Open the Door to Them
They are dead, but they live
They are dead, but they live, those who have left us for a better world; they are dead to the earth, but they live higher, closer to you, Lord.
They are dead, but they live. They died in their bodies, but not in their minds; what makes their person and the bottom of their heart, remains forever.
They are dead, but they live. They will live more in the resurrection, but already now they live a life that surpasses our own.
They are dead, but they live. They have found in you the gushing spring, which will not dry up anymore, and which will flourish all their energies.
They are dead, but they live. They live from love, from their love for you, from their love for all; they only love, and their lives are filled.
They are closer to us
They are nearer to us since they have gone to your home, Father. They have found in you a higher love that makes them take part in all our lives.
They are closer to us, for they can see us, those who are invisible, with a new glance filled with your light, which joins us everywhere and follows us step by step.
They are closer to us, those who seem to be silent, and hear nothing more; they listen to our hearts to gather our desires and present them in a sheaf of prayer.
They are closer to us; we can not feel all their sympathy, but it is efficacious and faithful at all times; they accompany us by leading us towards you.
They are closer to us, those who have left us for a better world. They want to share what makes them happy; they awaken in us the ardor of hope.
My last desire
My last desire, what will it be, Lord? When you come to take me, to make me pass from this terrestrial life to another existence, what will be the last movement of my heart, the last gleam, which will light up in my exhausted eyes before our meeting?
I wish it to be a craving for you, a desire so ardent ... Let it be an eager and ideal response to your own desire to take possession of my whole person for an endless union ...
But I also would not have to wait until the very last moment so that this great desire takes hold of myself and carries me towards you. It is a landed desire which should nourish itself on all my days, to deepen and cement the strengths of my heart.