Carita Hill Scott - Memorial Service

Readings from the Sacred Scripture

The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all; and His tender mercies are over all His works. The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works. The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear Him; He also will hear their cry, and will save them. The Lord preserveth all them that love Him; but all the wicked will He destroy. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord; and let all flesh bless His holy name for ever and ever. (Psalm 145:8, 9, 17-21)

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)

Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14:1-3)

And behold, I come quickly, and My reward is with me, to give to every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. Blessed are they who do His commandments, that they may have power in the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. (Revelation 22:12-14)

Readings from the Heavenly Doctrines

After the death of the body, the spirit of man appears in the spiritual world in a human form, altogether as it appeared in the natural world. He also enjoys the faculty of sight, of hearing, of speaking, and of feeling, as before in the world; and he is endowed with every faculty of thought, or will, and of action, as before in the world; in a word, he is a man in all things and in every particular, as he was before in the world, except that he is not encompassed with that … [physical] body which he had before; he leaves this when he dies nor does he ever resume it. This continuation of life is what is meant by the resurrection. (Arcana Coelestia 10594, 10595)

That after death man lives to eternity is manifest from the Word, where life in heaven is called life everlasting; and the Lord said to His disciples, “Because I live, ye shall live also”; and concerning the resurrection He said that “God is the God of the living, and not of the dead, for all live unto Him,” and that they cannot die any more. (Divine Providence 324:5)

When a man passes from the natural into the spiritual world, he takes with him all things belonging to him as a man, except his earthly body. For he is still in a body, as he was in the world, and to all appearance in the same body; but his body is spiritual, and wholly distinct from what is natural. Man, now a spirit in a spiritual body, enjoys every external and internal sense which he had when he was in the world. In a word, when a man passes from one life into the other, or from one world into the other, it is the same as if he passed from one place to another; and he carries with him all things which he had in himself as a man. Therefore after death, which is only the death of the earthly body, it cannot be said that man has lost anything that belonged to him as a man. (Heaven and Hell 461)

Carita Hill Scott

April 15, 1923 – August 21, 2012

A Memorial Address

by the Rev. James P. Cooper

He which testifies these things says, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus (Rev. 22:20).

The Word, in its internal sense, treats only of what has to do with eternal life. Therefore, words which have to do with time take on a different meaning. For example, the word "quickly" has no meaning of "time" to the angels, but instead conveys the idea of what is certain or sure to happen. There is nothing more certain in our life in this world than that it shall eventually come to an end, and this is in the order of Creation, as God intended. This is because the Lord, from His Divine Love, wills to give to everyone His blessing of eternal life.

This blessing cannot be received unless one first lives in the natural world. This is because in the Divine order of creation we have been given the opportunity to live in a world where our own will and our own freedom of choice allows us to form an individual character that is uniquely our own and uniquely suited to perform uses to others. By living in the natural world, learning facts, experiencing many things, getting to know many people, we form our eternal spiritual character. But that character, that unique individual, cannot be set free to perform spiritual uses in God's kingdom until the things of the natural world are set aside.

The death of the natural body is the way that the Creator designed for us to make the transition from the world of nature to the world of the spirit, a world where every person is gifted with a higher and more perfect life than could have ever been known on earth, a life that is not limited by the imperfect senses of the natural body. When the natural body is shed and the spiritual body gently awakened, the new spirit finds a vitality, a sharpness of sensation, a full delight that cannot be compared to the delights of the natural world. As the senses of the spiritual body are keener, so the spiritual mind is also much quicker and more sensitive to truth. Things of love and wisdom are perceived that make the nature of God Himself visible and tangible. It is for this reason that we say that when a person dies he comes into the presence of the Lord, and the Lord is said to "come" to him.

This "coming" is the supreme end and purpose of human creation. It is the highest fulfilment of the Lord's love and mercy. It is this meeting that the Lord guides each and every one of us towards during every moment of our lives in the natural world. And because it is certain that we will meet the Lord when we eventually die, that there is life after the death of the body, He says, "Behold, I come quickly" (text).

To all those who in heart and life accept the Lord's leading, this "coming" brings with it blessings more wonderful than those of us who remain in the natural world can imagine. It makes it possible for those in spiritual life to reach for and achieve those goals and ambitions that have guided their lives, but which may have eluded them because of physical limitations. These blessings increase year by year to eternity, as the new spirit grows into the appreciation and use of the things of the spiritual world. This is in the order of creation, because these blessings also make it possible for spirits to receive the love, the wisdom, and the use from the Lord ever more perfectly.

In the sight of the Lord, each person's life on earth is for no other purpose than that he or she may be prepared to receive these eternal blessings; and that is why it is of the Lord's Divine Providence and in the order of His creation that the natural body should die.

Carita was born on April 15, 1923 in Kitchener, Ontario. She was the 3rd of 7 children born to Yada Roschman and Edward Hill. Of the 7 siblings, she is survived by Betty Horigan and Stanley Hill. Leonard, Ralph, Murray, and Madeline have all preceded her into the spiritual world.

Carita grew up in a wonderful house in Waterloo, Ontario, attended the Carmel Church School, and a year at the Academy of the New Church in Bryn Athyn, PA.

Her brother Leonard had a friend, Bruce Scott, who used to come over to the house quite often. Eventually, the visits were more to talk to Carita than Leonard. I occasionally had the pleasure of giving Carita a lift to and from church and she was a great conversationalist. She always got very happy and nostalgic in April because that’s when Olivet hosts Sons Ladies’ Night. It seems that Bruce was living in Toronto and wanted Carita to join him at Ladies’ Night, but Carita was still living in Kitchener. Bruce was able to arrange for transportation and an approved place for her to stay overnight, so she was able to come to Toronto on a great adventure and have a date with Bruce – dinner and a program at the church. It sounds so simple and sweet to us today, but it was a happy, important memory of Bruce’s kindness to her in their early days of courtship, and it serves to illustrate Carita’s amazing ability to be content with her life.

Carita and Bruce were married August 9th, 1947 in Kitchener, and then they moved to Toronto as Bruce was a law book salesman for the Carswell Company. Like most people they started out in a small apartment, but when Diane came along they felt they needed to move into a house so as not to inflict the neighbours with the sound of a baby crying. A few years later they moved to Etobicoke and they remained in that house until just a few years ago.

Carita was by choice a stay-at-home mom, caring for Diane, Barry, and Andrew. Bruce, a travelling salesman for Carswell, was away a lot. It meant that Carita had to be both mother and father much of the time at home. And that’s why their time at the cottage became so important to the family. They loved it for all the usual reasons relating to fun and relaxation, of course. She was absolutely overjoyed the day they got electricity at the cottage, and delighted in every advance that made her life a little easier there. The Orrs and the Swalms were like an extended family, and lifelong friendships were forged there. There were other visitors, of course, and she loved them too. She liked to get in a swim every day, but unlike Bruce she didn’t much like the motorboat.

Perhaps most important, while they were at the cottage, Carita made sure that Bruce was in his fatherly role as head of the house. She said this often enough to me that I’m certain that she felt it was very important to their family.

The game of Bridge was very popular in those days, and it was a major part of the social network at the church. Carita loved to play. She was also interested in a lot of other activities. Once the kids got old enough that she had some time to herself she took up curling, and attending classes in painting and photography. This is kind of surprising because she was actually rather shy. She confronted her shyness by going out and doing things with people. She learned to overcome it most of the time, but she still dealt with some anxiety.

Going to church was a way of life to Carita. Right up to the end of her life, it took something pretty serious to keep her from church. I was always impressed by the questions and comments she made about things published in the Chatterbox or the annual report, or New Church Canadian. They showed that she read everything carefully and with real interest, showing that she really cared about all aspects of her church.

The Lord tells us in His Word that the essence of love is the desire to freely give of oneself in order to make another person happy (see TCR 42, 43). The very joy of human life consists in a sense of being needed, of possessing something that is of value to others so that it can be freely given to them in order to give them pleasure. This joy in being useful and helpful to others is the very joy of heaven itself, and it is why all people have been created to be unique individuals, each possessing gifts and abilities that enable them to perform uses to others in a way different from any other human being. This also gives them a unique place in human society on earth, and in the angelic societies of heaven. The fitting of our unique talents into situations where they are needed has given rise to the professions, occupations, and offices that minister to the welfare of all mankind.

As we go through the routines of our daily life fulfilling the demands of our occupations, we are introduced into the joy of use and service. But the truth is that what people do with hand or brain is only a means whereby they give to others their gift of love, and stir in others the answering affection of the heart. This is the real use – not what is done, but the love revealed in the doing of it – that binds people together, feeds their souls, promotes their happiness, and imparts to them gifts of eternal value.

Those of us who were close to her in this world will miss her, but we cannot but be grateful to her for the gifts we received from her that are of eternal, spiritual, value. We must also rejoice that she has been called by the Lord to all the blessings of heavenly use toward which the Lord has been secretly leading her since the first moment of her birth.

"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also" (John 14:1-3).