I’ve been reading some online discussion of Ted Kennedy’s funeral. Does he deserve a Catholic funeral? He was quite the sinner…maybe he shouldn’t be allowed to have one!
All I can think is that I love that he got a Catholic funeral. I love that he was able to benefit from the Sacraments at death’s door. I love that he – a great, big, public sinner – might be in Heaven ahead of me.
Who, of any of us, deserves a Catholic funeral? Who, of any of us, deserves the Sacraments?
Which of us is really fit to throw stones at him, now that he’s died, when we honestly cannot say we know the state of his soul?
Pointing out his many faults at this point is useless. What is useful, however, is to pray for his soul. Pray that he’s in Purgatory, being purified. Pray that he had a deathbed conversion. Pray that he repented of his public sins, as well as his private ones.
Pray that, one day, you’ll see him in Heaven and embrace him there.
So you’ve got a choice now. You can pray for his immortal soul, or you can pick up a stone.
Which will it be?