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Funeral Sermon for Margaret Robinson 9 August 2004

Funeral Sermon for Margaret Robinson 9 August 2004

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Funeral Sermon for Margaret Robinson 9 August 2004
Dear Fathers, family, friends and faithful,I welcome you all here and thank you for coming to share our grief, pay respects to the memory of Margaret, and pray for therepose of her wonderful soul.Deeply as we are saddened at this great loss to our lives, so trulyare we consoled by the gift of our Catholic Faith, the teachings andexample of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His saints, with the genuinehope this faith brings.
“What great things God has prepared for those who love Him”
We are here to show reverence to her mortal remains, andrecognize in them the consecrated chalice and ciborium of her  body, this vessel of the Most Holy Trinity.She has passed from this vale of tears, her pilgrimage and exilehave ended, and well may we hope that our Heavenly Mother Mary will
“show unto her the blessed fruit of her womb, Jesus”,
asso often she has prayed for this.This is why we offer this morning the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass,to obtain her speedy entrance into eternal bliss, having united her sufferings with those of her divine Lord in the offering of so manydaily Masses.We have the privilege of having present here the three celebrants of this Solemn High Requiem, all from the priestly Society of St. PiusX; and with us in the front are visiting priest friends from theOrder of St Vincent de Paul and St. Benedict, as well as two priests
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from the Oriental Maronite Rite of St Maroun and St Charbel, herewith the blessing of the Maronite Archbishop.This shows the unity of faith and legitimate diversity of riteswithin the Church, and we pray there will be even greater unity inthe truth throughout the Church soon. Thank you all for coming,and heartfelt condolences to my dearest Dad and my wonderfulsupportive five brothers.You will notice that not only are there booklets with the sacredtexts in Latin and English for you to follow the proceedings and join in the hymns, but also another booklet with the order of ceremony and some words written as a eulogy by my Dad on theday Mum passed away. It is clear from how he writes that Dadclearly considers his late wife to have been an Angel of charity tohim and all who knew her.Many of you will concur with this opinion, not that we are here tocanonize her nor to exaggerate anything. Let us commend her soulto God, remember with gratitude what was good, and commend therest to the Mercy of God.Let us try also to understand how Faith leads to differing vocationsin life; for mum it was motherhood and that entirely and joyfully.For St. Charbel it was monastic, to an extent we cannotcomprehend. He knew the danger to his vocation of natural andfamily attachments, so he refused to ever visit or allow his mother to visit him, nor did he even attend her funeral. This seems to uscruel, maybe sinfully against the fourth commandment, but
not so
in the light of Faith and fidelity to one’s vocation.Mum’s vocation was to love, like St Theresa of the Child Jesus
(a favourite saint of hers)
, except to love as a mother not a nun. Shefulfilled her vocation admirably and we her children are justly proud of her. She gave us the Faith with her mother’s milk, and she
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and Dad nurtured it with the holy sacraments of the Church.Margaret has six of the seven sacraments, three at the hands of her son, a priest.The late Archbishop Fulten Sheen wrote that motherhood is like anatural sacrament, similar to Holy Orders in a way.The mother takes her baby to her breast, and, like the priest, says:“This is my Body, take and eat…unless you eat My Flesh anddrink My Blood you will not have life in you”. Her flesh becomesthe victim for the child to consume, her life is sacrificed to give uslife; every mother is at risk of death in delivery, as a consequenceof the Original Sin. God did not bring sin, or suffering or deathinto this world,
we did
by abuse of our precious gift of free will.Hence it is just that we suffer.Suffering and death are the natural consequences of sin, and theHoly Sacrifice of the Son of God is the ONLY remedy for thisdisease.So that is why mum was devoted to the Mass, the remedy for sin.When she could, she came here to Rockdale to attend this ancientand venerable rite of the Latin Church which she loved so much.As a child she belonged to the Maronite rite, and this changedwhen she was married, by law of the Church. It was the Maroniterite that I discovered aged 20, even before I knew there had ever existed a traditional Latin rite of Holy Mass. When Mum could notget to Mass she would put on a video of this very church or asimilar one, so that she may participate with her whole heart andsoul and mind, and follow with the missal, thus fulfilling her Sunday duty under the third commandment, to keep holy theSabbath.I do not wish to speak a lot about the person of Margaret Robinson, but more about her great reward that we hope from God’s mercy,and
how we also may attain to this
. A little comparison may help.
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