Tag Archive | 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 […]

On Life and Death… But Most of All On Love

—from the end of an article/interview with author Kate DiCamillo, speaking about her dog Henry Losing Henry, “it breaks your heart — it is the lesson of life just made so explicit,” she said. “Because your heart goes, ‘I will never do that again.’ But then you think, what’s the point of being here if […]

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 […]

The Possibility of Doing Something About Death

For the Christian, the fear of death is changed from a trembling in the face of an unavoidable doom to a trembling over the possibility of not being in loving-unitive relation with the one who does not die. All things considered, I prefer the Christian trembling. No one may choose not to be annihilated by […]