Sermon of Fr. Dermot Connolly

How do we define death? Is it the cessation of life? The departure of the soul and conscious mind from the body, leaving behind only a husk? Generally, we define death as the cessation or permanent termination of all biological functions that sustain a living organism. We accept it as such. We know this to be the truth.

If we take this definition as truth, how does one account for what was seen in Jackson City? When bodies rise in death to fulfill the most basic need, the need to feed, this definition seems inadequate. We are in a new age, my friends. This phenomenon is the result of greed. The pursuit of financial gain on the part of one man. He took something that was meant to help people, changed it and made it into something that took away the certainty of death. In essence, he took the promise of The Resurrection and skewed it. He made it something to be feared. This man and those like him are to be feared and pitied. Feared and pitied because their greed blinds them to the vile and evil nature of their work. The intention of those who created the base formula for the substance that was meant to help us were good intentions. But let us not forget the saying, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions," and when a few of them realized the potential of what they had created, greed took hold.

The resulting entities of the resulting substance are to be feared and pitied. Feared because of what they can do to us. Pitied because greed took away the chance for their bodies to rest peacefully in death. Zombies walk among us my friends. Let us pray that those responsible shall be held accountable. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Authors Note: OK, this is a one-shot companion piece to my story "The Rising." If you have not read it, please do so and review- I like reviews.