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Scott P. Richert

Family Is Forever

By November 14, 2013

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During November, the Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory, we remember all of the faithful departed, but we should remember in a special way our parents.The gravestone of George and Grace Richert, Saint Peter's Lutheran Church graveyard, Corydon, Indiana. (Photo © Scott P. Richert) They gave us the gift of life and, in most cases, the gift of faith as well. Few of us ever get the chance, in this lifetime, to repay them what we owe.

That's why our prayers for them are so important. By keeping them in mind as we pray, and offering up our little sufferings and trials throughout the day, we can lessen their sufferings in Purgatory and help them to enter fully into Heaven. And since they remain our parents, we know that, in Heaven, they will intercede for us as well.

(The gravestone of George and Grace Richert, Saint Peter's Lutheran Church graveyard, Corydon, Indiana. Photo © Scott P. Richert)

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November 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm
(1) Marilou says:

These articles always make me want to speak up for those who did not come from loving homes. Everyone just seems so content to just assume all mothers had their children’s best interests at heart, even while stories are in the news of Joan Crawfords, Casey Anthony’s and the like. I appreciate that it would be nice were it so, but these stories without any admission that it is not always so just go another step to making children of abusive homes, or homes where mother was mentally ill or unstable or whatever – especially if there was no one else to advocate for the children – feel that somehow it is them that is defective. Lord knows, that’s what we were told as children by the very people who were supposed to know better.

November 16, 2012 at 10:10 am
(2) Little Lost Girl says:

Thank you for your comment! I am from one of ‘those’ families you reference. It is always difficult for me to read articles that assume everyone had loving parents who had their best interest at heart. My faith is in spite of my parents and the morals they failed to instill. I pray for them but I have to remain out of their lives for my sake and my children’s. Thank you for remembering us lost children who cringe when we see the commercials for hallmark cards, reminding us that our moms and dads aren’t the type cards are made for.

November 15, 2013 at 11:37 am
(3) Tom Imbordino says:

To Marilou and Little Lost Girl: I fully understand what you mean and how you feel. Although your parent(s) may not have been as loving and/or caring as they should have been, they DID choose to give you life-not abort you! The Lord asks us to have a share in His cross for a reason; reasons that we may never understand in this life. If you hold anger and a lack of forgiveness in your heart, ask God for the grace to do so. As a matter of fact, Christ demands it in the Our Father, “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us…”
It isn’t easy, but do what many have done: accept your burden, then release it to Jesus; then use your experience to help you to NOT be like your parent(s). God bless you.

November 17, 2013 at 12:09 am
(4) mellie says:

WHY is there an ad for mormonism at the top of this page?! That’s not something we as Catholics should be doing.

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