Yes, I am a devout Catholic, and yes, I am also a Christian. One of my most admired Christian pastors, Dr. Robert Schuller, has died at the age of 88. He was an inspiration to me while growing up as a teenager in Maryland. I used to watch his show (The Hour of Power) every Sunday with my mom. It was held at the famous megachurch, the Crystal Cathedral in California which I got to visit when I lived there back in the day.
I have never seen (next to St. John Paul II, and Mother Theresa) a Christian so sincere that their mere presence exuded kindness and love like Dr. Schuller. I remember whenever I watched him on television, I would be overcome with joy and filled with the Spirit simply because I can see the face of Christ in Reverend Schuller. “That is how I wanted to be when I become a priest”, I have always said. I loved the way he delivered his sermons.
Well, as you all know I didn’t become a priest but I still remain a Christian. Dr. Schuller’s death does not sadden me for I know that he is now with Christ in heaven where there is no sunset and no dawning.
Here’s his famous benediction that he delivered with fervent sincerity – each and every Sunday:
And now may the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. And may God give you His peace in your going out and in your coming in, in your lying down and in your rising up, in your labor and in your leisure, in your laughter and in your tears… Until you come to stand before Jesus in that day in which there is no sunset and no dawning. Amen