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Funeral Mass Celebrated for Thomas Aquinas College Graduate

A funeral Mass was recently said for Rosie Grimm, a Thomas Aquinas College graduate of 2010, who suffered from a serious medical condition due to a tumor, according to the College.

Fr. Isaiah Teichert, uncle and godfather of Rosie, offered the homily at the funeral Mass, stating “every suffering is meant to end in resurrection.”

Fr. Teichert shared how prayers were offered for Rosie across the country, especially through the intercession of Cardinal Newman, and said, “I don’t think it is a coincidence that Rosie died on the anniversary of Newman’s Beatification — a kind of love tap from him, it seemed to me.”

The Gospel at the funeral was the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Fr. Teichert related how Mary and Martha were disappointed that Jesus hadn’t come to heal Lazarus before he died, but that He has “mysterious timing” and power “over death itself.” He continued:

…being a friend of Jesus does not mean you will escape suffering. One of the clearest things in the message of Jesus is that His followers will suffer. Even His mother and father do not escape intense suffering. But the Gospel hope is that, with Jesus, suffering has meaning…

So, if you feel powerless or hopeless or discouraged today, let the hope of this gospel dawn on you. Once again, maybe for the thousandth time, say to the Lord, “I believe, I trust in you.” We, of course, need to make that act of faith, not just once, but again and again, renew it, over and over, like a commitment to a vocation.

Fr. Teichert said that Rosie expressed her “sadness” and “longing” about never having married, and so he prayed, “Come Lord, be like the bright sun, like the Bridegroom coming from his tent. Rosie, the King desires your beauty.”

Thomas Aquinas College is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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