Wake-Up Call Changes Priest

Father Steven Scheier almost died in 1985. His second chance led him to become a better priest — and understand God’s mercy, and the love of the Blessed Mother, more fully. He appeared on Mother Angelica's show in EWTN in the 1990s. Father Steven Scheier should have died on Oct. 18, 1985, in a collision while traveling back to his parish in the Diocese of Wichita, Kan. He suffered a major concussion and fractured vertebrae of the neck. Doctors gave him little chance to survive. But he did. Shortly after returning to his parish, as he read the Gospel of Luke about the unproductive fig tree, the page illuminated, enlarged and moved toward him from the Lectionary. Shaken after Mass, he remember

DEAR FATHER | Must we commit ourselves to prayer for loved ones who have died?

Thank you for asking this difficult question. It's a question that I believe is on the heart of many after a funeral. Unfortunately, it isn't brought up very often. After all, we don't want to say or think anything negative about our loved one, nor do we want to doubt the power of God's merciful love for anyone. This question remains something nagging our mind that we rarely address. Bring this concern now forward in your mind. As you first confront it, how do you feel about it? While not as comforting as the thought of them being in heaven, it shouldn't be overly dispiriting either. They have seen the Lord and have been assured that one day soon they will join Him forever in heaven. This th

 
 
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