Death

Noting the Final Corporal Work of Mercy

I’m fond of noting the final corporal work of mercy, to bury the dead. It shows the high regard Christians have for the body, which isn’t a husk to be shucked away, but the flesh our Savior took on and sanctified, and which will be raised again. + “I look forward to the resurrection of […]

Our Dear Deceased, Who Go Only a Little Before Us

It is natural to grieve the death of those who are dear to us, since death is abhorrent to nature, and faith teaches us that it is one of the chastisements of sin. Sorrow is a necessity when those whom we love depart from us by dying. For, although we know that they have not […]

How to Never Die Too Young

May we never die too soon! This does not mean dying young; It means not dying with our appointed tasks undone. It is indeed a curious fact that no one ever thinks of Our Lord as dying too young! This is because He finished His Father’s business. But no matter how old we are when […]

This Life Matters Infinitely

It makes sense, that if you think this life is all you have you’d want as much of it as you could get. And I don’t make light of the desire to avoid death. Death sucks. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, as I’ve watch a beloved friend slowly dying. Happy happy Christian talk […]

Purgatory Finale, Pt. 2: To Prepare Well for Death

The Divine Master admonishes us in the Gospel to prepare ourselves well for death… His love for us makes Him desire ardently that we should leave this world entirely purified… It is for this end that He ordinarily sends us the pains of sickness before death, and that He has instituted the Sacraments, to aid […]

All Souls Day: “We must pray much for them…”

The tradition of the saints helping the dead continues today in the Roman Catholic Church which particularly dedicates the month of November to them. On 2 November, it celebrates All Souls’ Day by offering the Eucharist and prayers for them. Saints such as Teresa of Avila, Catherine of Bologna, and the Cure d’Ars were revered […]

Now and At the Hour of Our Death

It dawned on me when we pray the Rosary and recite the Hail Mary parts of the prayer, we are praying to Our Blessed Mother and asking her to be with us at the two most important moments in our life. Now! And at the Hour of Our Death! The reality is nothing else matters. […]