Funeral homilies in the Christian tradition are not eulogies where friends and family say how much they have appreciated the loved one who has gone before them. Nor are they panegyrics, which describe the achievements of the deceased.
The funeral homily situates the departed in the context of hope, within the bigger picture of Christ’s death and resurrection. These homilies are just a few from the hundreds of funerals I have celebrated.
May the deceased rest in peace and rise in joy.
Rev. Dr. John Dupuche is a Roman Catholic Priest, a senior lecturer at MCD University of Divinity, and Honorary Fellow at Australian Catholic University. His doctorate is in Sanskrit in the field of Kashmir Shaivism. He is chair of the Catholic Interfaith Committee of the Archdiocese of Melbourne and has established a pastoral relationship with the parishes of Lilydale and Healesville. He is the author of 'Abhinavagupta: the Kula Ritual as elaborated in chapter 29 of the Tantraloka', 2003; 'Jesus, the Mantra of God', 2005; 'Vers un tantra chrétien' in 2009; translated as 'Towards a Christian Tantra' in 2009. He has written many articles. He travels to India each year. He lives in an interfaith ashram.
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