Funeral Homilies by William J. Bausch

Overview

Father Bill Bausch's homilies are always outstanding. He brings a deep pastoral presence and much thought and preparation to each of them. This has never been more evident than here in this book of funeral homilies. Each is crafted to reflect the person remembered as well as the message of Scripture. Each reflects the communal nature of a Catholic funeral and is sensitive to the status of the mourners: non-Catholics, lapsed Catholics, faithful parishioners, relatives, and friends. Father Bill's words are ...
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Overview

Father Bill Bausch's homilies are always outstanding. He brings a deep pastoral presence and much thought and preparation to each of them. This has never been more evident than here in this book of funeral homilies. Each is crafted to reflect the person remembered as well as the message of Scripture. Each reflects the communal nature of a Catholic funeral and is sensitive to the status of the mourners: non-Catholics, lapsed Catholics, faithful parishioners, relatives, and friends. Father Bill's words are faith-filled and compassionate, comforting and challenging, communal and personal. He regards the funeral liturgy as one of the greatest teachable moments the Church offers and here this is very evident. Highly recommended for all priests, deacons, and preachers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585957279
  • Publisher: Twenty-Third Publications/Bayard
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 896,925
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Part 1 The Way We Are

The Faithful Departed 4

A Parish Reaches Out 13

Related Issues 21

Part 2 The Funeral Homilies

"It's All Right" 36

Sue, a Name on the Wall 40

Mike, in Need of a Story 44

Ralph, Deep Down 48

Mary, Wife and Weaver 52

Doug, the Waiter 55

Helen, on the Road to Emmaus 58

Bill, Another Ananias 62

Hans, the Blessed 65

Bob, Classmate and Priest 68

Vi, the Pilgrim 71

John, Before His Time 74

Pat, Making Ready the Way 79

Sally's Birth-day 84

Tom, the Music Maker 91

Swede, Casualty of 9/11 95

Mary, the Teacher 100

Eleanor, Who Did Not Look Back 104

Carol and Her Parachutes 109

Elaine: She Was the Gift 113

Helen Huntley, Cloak Toucher 118

Dot Bills and Stephen King 121

The Nonagenarian 125

Louise Wolf and John Quincy Adams 128

Peter and Friends 131

The Quiet Man 135

Madeline, Parish Pillar 139

Pete, the Veteran 144

Dick Bertodatti, Ladder Climber 147

Marge, the Just Woman 150

Rosemary Emerging 154

Homily for a Young Suicide 158

Homily for a Mother 161

Homily for an Aunt 165

Homily for a Brother 168

Part 3 Appendices

Instructions for My Funeral 176

The Mystery of Death 185

Love Trusts 186

When the Miracles Stop 191

John the Baptist and Second Thoughts 195

The Divine Absence 200

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