Thursday, December 28, 2006

A happy death...


Catholics are accustomed to pray for a happy death - rather, they ought to be. What is happy about death? It is dying in the state of grace, dying in the Lord.
Today's gospel, the prophecy of Simeon captures it well.
"Lord, now let your servant go in peace;
your word has been fulfilled:
my own eyes have seen the salvation
which you prepared in the sight of your people,
a light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel." - Luke 2

2 comments:

  1. Ben (is it true you and Jennifer are getting divorced?): I am a big fan of praying to St. Joseph for the grace of a happy death. I did this recently with a dying friend and I am convinced it worked. If nothing else for the fact that her passing was relatively peaceful considering how ill she was. I made sure to stop by a church and thank St. Joe.

    St.Joseph is often overlooked but he is one of my favorite saints. IMHO, he should not be underestimated.

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  2. Hamlet2:11 PM

    What a gift a happy death is. The only thing better than a happy death is a happy death that is pretty not far in the future.


    To die...to sleep

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