Today, Sammi McClellan, Deacon Jayce's wife, lost her battle with cancer and passed from this life into the next. My heart is heavy for the family and friends she left behind. Through their loving marriage, Sammi and Deacon Jayce gave us the perfect example of the meaning of true love; that is, complete sacrifice for one another as the perfection of God's love in them. Their sacred sacramental union, designed by God, is the epitome of Jesus' message in this morning's readings at Mass (27th Sunday, Ordinary Time, Year B). What God joins, may man not separate.
Today, our loss, the passing of a beacon of Christ's light here on our temporary earth, is Heaven's gain.
In paradisum deducant te Angeli; in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres, et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Ierusalem. Chorus angelorum te suscipiat, et cum Lazaro quondam paupere æternam habeas requiem.