OCF 411: Introducing Cremation

411. The Christian faithful are unequivocally confronted by the mystery of life and death when they are faced with the presence of the body of one who had died. Moreover, the body which lies in death naturally recalls the personal story of faith, the loving family bonds, the friendships, and the words and acts of kindness of the deceased person. Indeed, the human body is inextricably associated with the human person, which acts and is experienced by others through that body. It is the body whose hands clothed the poor and embraced the sorrowing.

Thus the Church makes its case for the unburned body of the deceased. Some might find it a curious way to begin a section on cremation, but I agree with the approach. The body indeed confronts us, reminds us, and does not let us get away so easily and securely when faced with the prospect of death. No more embraces.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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