Death: How To Talk To Your Children About It

A lot of parents do not talk to their children about death. Often parents steer clear of this subject believing that kids are not to be exposed to these types of potentially frightening subjects. However, I think that discussing this inevitable part of life with my kids is necessary. It is a known fact that children are better able to deal with situations if they have some understanding about it. So, I believe that giving my children information about death can help them prepare for it and deal with it when they go through a loss in the future.

As with other complex topics, it is important for us parents to remember that we need to take into consideration the age and developmental level of our child when discussing death with them. While we want to make them aware of the truth, we must make sure that we do not give them information that is not appropriate for their age–details that may be too upsetting for them.

If you want more ideas on how to explain death to your children, here’s a very helpful post: “Don’t Forget to Talk to the Kids About Death: 5 Tips to Getting Started.”

Why the Death of Christ Matters

Why is the death of Jesus Christ significant? The post this morning from “The Blaze,” called, “Does Jesus’ Death Really Matters?” made me ponder upon this very question.

Every year we celebrate Easter–in commemoration of the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ, but have we actually thought about the reason why Jesus–the Son of God–had to to experience death?

To answer the question it is imperative that we remember Adam and Eve and their disobedience to God. Our first parents were destined to live with God forever, but when they disobeyed God and ate of the Tree of knowledge of good and evil, they received death as a punishment–as well as every human being born from them.

While our God is a loving and merciful God, he is also just and true to his words. God’s holiness and justice demand that sin be punished through death. This is exactly why Jesus Christ had to die. He stood as the entire human race’s atoning sacrifice. The spotless and pure Son of God was the only one qualified to complete and everlasting sacrifice to remove, atone, and make eternal payment for our sin–so he did. Now, we all have a chance at attaining life eternal.

As it says it Romans 5:21, “So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful kindness rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Yes, Christ is risen! Hallelujah!

Goodbyes Are Said to Father Ramon Salas Cacho

This was a sad story to read about on Catholic News Agency. Such a fine priest and man, Father Ramon Salas Cacho was cut down in his prime. Car accidents terrify me and I hate even reading about them. From what I have been gathering Father Ramon was an exceptional man and he was loved by many. Let’s all keep Father Ramon and his family and parish in our prayers over the next few days.

“Coadjutor Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles has written a letter bidding farewell to Fr. Ramon Salas Cacho, an exemplary priest who tragically died in a car accident on July 9. In his letter, the archbishop expressed his sympathy and hope in God, praising the courageous testimony of Fr. Salas and the priest’s total commitment to his mission.

“For those who have faith, we know, as St. Paul says, that everything happens for the good of those who love God (Romans 8:28). There are events in our lives, however, episodes that remind us that accepting this truth is not always easy,” the archbishop wrote. “One of them has been the departure to Eternal Life of a priest friend, whose entire life was an affirmation of the Year of Priests we have just brought to a close: Fr. Ramon Salas Cacho, who completed his journey among us on July 9.”

“Ramon, how are you?’ I would often ask him each time I had the chance to visit Mexico City,” the archbishop continued in his letter. “‘Will you come with me to the Villa to celebrate Mass at the Basilica of Guadalupe?’ I would invariably ask him. And the generosity of his response was equally invariable: ‘Absolutely! I’ll pick you up at the airport and we’ll go pray to Our Lady of Guadalupe.’”

“The last time we were together at the feet of Our Lady, he turned to me with his usually spiritual joy and said, ‘It’s so great to pray with Our Lady of Guadalupe’,” the prelate recalled.

“His more than 25 years of priesthood were marked by a profound life of prayer, the devout celebration of the Holy Eucharist and untiring attention to the spiritual needs of so many men and women who came to him to be reconciled with God through the sacrament of Confession or to seek out counsel and wisdom through spiritual direction,” Archbishop Gomez noted.” – “Archbishop Gomez Gives Moving Farewell to Priest Killed in Car Accident”, Catholic News Agency