Such was the situation at our parish, St James, in Arlington Heights, this morning. As the tiny coffin was brought in one could not help but cry for the little soul who only knew violence….yet rejoice that he was happy, laughing and playing, being carried through heaven on the wings of other angels, knowing full joy. Still the sting of his short life is haunting.
I have to believe that our pastor, Father Matt Foley, had the most difficult of situations in preparing a homily. Yet, it was beautifully and sensitively presented to some 100 "strangers" to Baby Za. While I wouldn't attempt to repeat Father's words, I can somewhat encapsulate it. As Father said, it is pointless to dwell on the tragic circumstances of Baby Za's death …rather we need to look at the fact that so many people came to celebrate this tiny soul, having no prior knowledge of his birth and death until just a few days ago. And, for those who attended we need to remember and not let this be a fleeting moment in our lives. What are we to do with the moments of grace we experienced?
For myself, I cannot not pack them away in the recesses of my brain. I am forever changed by one human soul who was innocently born into this world…and I will be forever touched by the incredible love of Susan Walker in reaching out to these children and calling them her own.
As a post script, I must thank Glueckert's Funeral Home in Arlington Heights. This wonderful family owned funeral home charges nothing for the burial of these little angels. Truly the Spirit of God is at work in many.