“I Can’t Resist Him Any Longer”

I just returned from the funeral mass of a wonderful friend, Lou Cirrotti. It was a beautiful mass, a great sendoff for this good man. Fr. Luke Fletcher, the main celebrant, shared the last text he received from Lou shortly before he died …… “Jesus is calling me home and I can’t resist him any longer”. I’ve never heard anything quite like it. I’ve been pondering its meaning. It almost sounds like trying to convince a friend to come to your party.

“ Lou, it’s going to be a great party… the food is out of this world, and you’ve never had wine like what I’m serving…. and did I tell you that it’s on the top of a mountain, overlooking this magnificent valley. And Lou that awful pain you’ve been enduring these last years will be gone. And by the way, there’s no longer any temptation or sin. And there’s no more lies and deceit and evil from the devil. And there will no longer be any sickness and death. Lou, your wonderful friends and family that have died will be there. And most of all your God who loves you so much will be there…I will be there. But Lord, what about my family and friends who need me on this earth? Lou, I’m going to take good care of them , and I will invite you to send blessings to them from the party…. and in the fullness of their time, they will join you. So, what do you say Lou… are you ready?” 

“Wow, Jesus is calling me home…. I can’t resist him any longer…. Let’s go.”

Well, I’m not sure this is the proper interpretation of what Lou said to Fr. Luke or if I even heard him correctly, but it sounds pretty good to me. Yet if anything, I’ve grossly underestimated the beauty and wonder and love of this eternal celebration called heaven.

“As it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him,”(1Cor. 2:9) 

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them;  he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.”(Rev. 21:4-5)

Wow, no wonder Lou said, “ I can’t resist him any longer”.

11 thoughts on ““I Can’t Resist Him Any Longer”

  1. Our limited minds can’t imagine or conceive what Our Father in heaven has prepared for us who are faithful.
    If we look at the resurrected Jesus we get a glimpse. Make us ready Lord🙏


  2. I, too, was deeply struck by those words. Thank you for reminding me of them.
    Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord; and let Perpetual Light shine upon him.


  3. Thank you for sharing this, Dave; It filled my heart with hope. May we set our hearts and sights on the higher and lasting things God has for us.


  4. Thank you Dave…well said!
    I think we might know many folks who are attending this “party of parties” and can’t wait for us to join them! May we all be ready and answer as Lou did…and so many others who answered the “Call”.
    🙏🏻 👼 ❤️


  5. Yes…I came home and told the kids about this exact quote. So beautiful..”He is calling and I can no longer resist!” Oh, to get to that point of not resisting….Lord, let you will be done!


  6. I was extremely touched by that line and had no idea of it prior to the funeral that morning. The fact that my dad was lucid and shared what was happening to him in his dying process gave us an “inside look” and taught me- it’s not scary, it’s absolutely beautiful when you have faith. This post brought me to tears. Thank you Dave.


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