Death

On Relics and Reverence For the Bodies of the Dead

Angels are pure spirit; animals and plants are purely physical matter. Our glory is to unite the material and the spiritual within our own person. Jesus crowns this human glory in the Incarnation. + There is a tendency today to conclude that when a person dies he is no longer here; he has gone away […]

Suffering, Death, and Liberation Into a World

The Christian way is to enter into suffering and death with Christ. We see that He did not dismiss our suffering with contempt, but took it to Himself, embraced it, and fathomed the depths of desolation upon the cross…. He has broken the bonds of sin and death—death, not just the cessation of physical powers, […]

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 […]