If You Love Me,Do Not Weep August 03, 2007 2:58 AM
THE WORDS OF ST. MONICA’S SOUL TO ST. AUGUSTINE
“If you love me, do not weep.
If you only knew the gift of God and what Heaven is! If only you could hear the angels’ song from where you are, and see me among them! If you could only see before your eyes the eternal fields with their horizons, and the new paths in which I walk! If only you could contemplate for one moment the Beauty that I see, Beauty before which all others fail and fade! Why do you who saw me and loved me in the land of shadows, why do you think you will not see me and love me again in the land of unchanging realities? Believe me, when death breaks your chains as it has broken mine, when, on the day chosen by God, your soul reaches Heaven where I have preceded you, then you will see her who loved and still loves you. You will find her heart the same, her tenderness even purer than before. God forbid that on entering a happier life, I should become less loving, unfaithful to the memories and real joys of my other life. You will see me again transfigured in ecstasy and happiness, no longer waiting for death, but ever hand in hand with you, walking in the new paths of light and life, slaking my thirst to the full at the feet of God from a fount of which one never tires, and which you will come to share with me. Wipe away your tears, and if you love me truly, weepno more."
This beautiful prayer brings solace to the soul. Yet - how can we help not to weep when a loved one's gone?! We miss him/her SO much! All the memories... The things we still wanted to do together... How painful!
Nevertheless, I believe in St. Augustine's words because our deceased loved ones are at peace now, and they want to share their love and serenity with us... It saddens them to feel our grieving hearts. It should be a time to rejoice for all... But we're only humans and must have faith.
Sweetie,I know it is difficult "Not to miss them",and as time passes,the love for them is even stronger,or our memories feel urged to keep them present,these are common feelings from our missing,I cannot speak for everybody,our hearts are unique,and everybody "deals with their lost ones" in a very personal,and special way,but I have learned that our lost ones,remain alive inside our souls,and as long as we remember them with love,and hold on to the happy memories we have from them,keep them alive inside our hearts! We need to realize that they blessed our lives,when they were with us,and that if they could tell us today,what they want for us,I'm sure they would ask us not to cry,nor weep. To continue our lives,and to reach happines,in order to "Honor"their memory!For our loved ones,have always wanted "to good" for us,they would feel sad,if we were sad,and always wanted us to be happy.Because they loved us.Simple. Those that are gone,shall always be "alive" as long as we remember them.To honor their memory is to continue our lives as they would have liked us to,to see us giving our best to others,and to be happy ourselfs!
[ send green star]