It is a crying pain, a sad regret.
I just come back from a funeral parlour in PJ to pay my respect to a 27 year-old girl. Painfully, she died so young, regrettably, I was not able to see her when he was alive. It was a matter of today and yesterday.
yesterday, I received a call from Agnes in Kota Kinabalu, informing me that a daughter of a fellow Catholic in her parish was in coma after a brain surgery in University Hospital. The parents wished to see a priest. The girl was not baptised.
Requests from a dying person or from his/her members of family are urgent and I usually respond quickly and appropriately.
However, it was weekend, every one was busy...busy. In fact most of us were blinded by our busi-ness. Many things were beyond my control, but one thing I could do was to visit the patient and her parents in hospital immediately and to find out more about their needs.
Busy-ness blinded me. I only keep in touch with the parent through phone and arrange to see them the next day.
This morning (Sunday), at about 10:00 am, received a call from the father that she has passed away.
Distraught and helpless parents' request to see a priest, and possible baptism of the dying daughter was not met. I could have gone to the hospital to see the girl alive.... I didn't.
I have failed.
I am grateful to Anna, a fellow legionary in PJ for arranging Fr. Martin Thien and Fr. Thomas Loh to visit and console the parents at the parlour, and offered prayer for the deceased. Thanks to many legionaries' presence for prayer too.
Her remains would be cremated and ashes be brought back to KK by her parents. May her soul through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
We do not own time.