We should not despair of the eternal salvation of persons who have taken their own lives. By ways known to him alone, God can provide the opportunity for salutary repentance. (2283)We as Catholic Christians who are called to love are called to mercy too. What these teens now know is that people can be both wonderful and not-so-wonderful. We all make bad decisions. We all fall to temptation and vice. We do stupid stuff and we deny it or hope it stays hidden. We hurt others. We hurt ourselves. Worst of all, we hurt God. Until that week, I could not reliably find the good in people who do bad. They were categorically bad. I struggled to understand and accept that God is in every person. But I believe that from our sin, God can bring good and from this I have learned that there can be good and bad wrapped up in one frail human. My prayer is that the kids learn this too. All of us are susceptible to the evil lurking around, but thankfully there is mercy from God -- and ideally from each other. A few weeks later, the school year began. The kids sat in his old classroom with a new teacher and they felt sad. With God’s grace though, they will come out on the other side of this with a softer heart for the weakness in all of us. They will remember the fallibility of their fellow humans and be kinder and more merciful to each other.
Copyright 2020 Merridith Frediani
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Merridith Frediani’s perfect day includes prayer, writing, unrushed morning coffee, tending to dahlias and playing Sheepshead with her husband and three teenagers. Her favorite part of the day is family dinner which sometimes doesn’t happen until 8:30 pm. She enjoys hanging out on the front porch and laughing with family and friends. Good Italian wine is a must.