A message to share with your children.

A most terrible thing happened last week. We lost our 14 year old nephew. At the mass, Father James McPhillips gave a sermon. This sermon not only celebrated Kyle’s life, it also included a most powerful message to the young people who were in attendance. This was most touching. Father’s message was from the heart. I realize that not many young people read this blog, but parents do. I have taken the message from the homily. Share it with your children.

Taken in from the homily 


Again, at a time like this— words seem very empty—But Id like to address some words to the young people here today

Kyle was really a good kid, but even good kids do foolish things sometimes—and what Kyle did the other daywas really really really foolish

You’ve got to know how precious your lives are

Each one of you is a special gift of God to our world

Each one of you are a unique presence of the Lord in our midst for you are made in His image and likeness

You are a one and only creation of God-the person you are with your unique gifts and talents, hopes and struggles will never be repeated in this world

I know its hard at times for you to believe how much you are loved and appreciated because those of us who are older don’t always make it clear how much you mean to us – how much you mean to God

A lot of times we presume you know how much you’re treasured – the truth is:

You’re our hope for the future and our joy in the present

When we have bad days-get discouraged-or have struggles—you’re the ones who make it all seem worthwhile

Please don’t ever doubt how precious you are or how valuable your lives are

Life is often hard—but at the same timeLife is good- it’s a gift from God

Today the Catholic Church celebrates throughout the world the feast of ‘the exaltation of the cross- I invite you to reflect on the crucifix

The fact is – God does His best work through the cross – if we let Him

You see – it’s especially in the hard times of life that God can form our character- ”In the midst of struggles He can form us to be people of courage- ‘people of compassion”people willing to give and sacrifice for others

That’s at the heart of love-giving of self for others—and it’s usually during the struggles of life (the crosses of life) that God can do His best work in making us – making you” – the best you can be

It’s not easy” – but it is good

Sometimes as a people we tend to focus on – “the heartaches” – pain- frustration and disappointments of life

But there is so much love in our world – goodness– and caring

So much joy, happiness and peace if we just open our eyes to it and open our hearts to the Lord

And while we all face struggles at time – we can come through those struggles being better people – more loving people – more compassionate people—the fact is -it’s an adventure – don’t ever give up on the adventure

The Lord calls us to embrace the adventure – that’s what the Lord made us for

He never wants us to give up

Today we come to weep – we mourn with broken hearts because we know how good life is and we mourn that Kyle isn’t here to share the goodness of life with us

But as Christians we also come with great hope – because Kyle did receive God’s saving grace

As Christians we know this isn’t the end of life – but a new beginning

We know the Lord is with us in our heartache and we pray that Kyle will come to share forever with the Lord the joy of heaven

We pray for Kyle and for all those who have gone before us – that they will be – brought into the presence of our Lord

Father James McPhillips

St. Helen’s Church, Burton, Ohio September 14, 2017

FEL 9/18/2017

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