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Veronica Brandt holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering. As editor, she has produced fine publications (as well as valuable reprints) dealing with Gregorian chant, hymnody, Latin, and other subjects. These publications are distinguished on account of their tastefulness. She lives in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia, with her husband Peter and five children.
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"Upon the road, René was always occupied with God. His words and the discourses he held were all expressive of submission to the commands of Divine Providence, and showed a willing acceptance of the death which God was sending him. He gave himself to God as a sacrifice, to be reduced to ashes by the fires of the Iroquois, which that good Father's hand would kindle. He sought the means to bless Him in all things and everywhere. Covered with wounds as he himself was, Goupil dressed the wounds of other persons, of the enemies who had received some blows in the fight as well as those of the prisoners. He opened the vein for a sick Iroquois. And he did it all with as much charity as if he had done it to persons who were his best friends."
— St. Isaac Jogues (writing in 1643)

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Funerals and Last Things
published 11 November 2013 by Veronica Brandt

grave stone E ARE DOOMED! These words would often be on our lips back in high school in the lead up to exams. Usually followed by despairing moans of “I’m dead!” Sometimes we would go off on tangents of planning our hypothetical funerals, what flowers, what music, etc.

Melodramatic teens aside, funerals are serious occasions. The Church has a wealth of traditions for the occasion. In reality it can be a very turbulent and emotional time. Having stable, familiar, unchanging plans in place can be very reassuring, rather than the pressure to be original and creative.

Here is a fantastic run down on the issues around your average Catholic funeral today by Monsignor Charles Pope:

Funeral Foibles. How many Catholic funerals lack balance and do not teach clearly on the Last Things