THE HOLY GUARDIAN ANGELS
Psalm 90: 1-2, 3-4ab, 4c-6, 10-11
Matthew 18:1-5, 10
October 2, 2006
Monastery of the Glorious Cross, O.S.B.
Sister Lucienne–Marie’s death this morning, on the feast of the Holy Guardian Angels, invites us to take up the splendid antiphon, In paradisum. Singing it, one seems to hear the whispering rush of angel wings and the joy of the saints coming out to welcome one greatly loved by Christ. I will invite you to sing it with me after Communion today.
May flights of angels convey you into paradise;
at your journey’s end may the army of martyrs shout your welcome
and escort you to the new and holy city Jerusalem.
We will remember Sister Lucienne–Marie for many things: for her irrepressible enthusiasm, for her childlike sense of wonder, for the smile that would light up her whole face, and for her contagious and passionate love of Sacred Scripture. Sister Lucienne–Marie was a born pedagogue; she taught not only with her sharp mind but her whole heart