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A Meditation on the Swift Brevity of Life, as Seen in a Video

July 24, 2015 4 Comments
A Meditation on the Swift Brevity of Life, as Seen in a Video

The short video below shows the span of one woman’s life, some seventy years in less than two minutes. How quickly she moves through the stages of her life, from infancy to her golden years! My mind drifted back to a photo album my father once assembled not long before his death. In the frontispiece […]

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Considering Cremation? A Reflection on the Reverent Interment of Cremated Human Remains

May 18, 2015 19 Comments
Considering Cremation? A Reflection on the Reverent Interment of Cremated Human Remains

I have written off and on about some of the problems that are setting up around cremation. Of course there has been very little explicit teaching or information available to Catholics to help them to frame their thinking. To assist modestly in that refelction I wrote the following flyer for my own parish. What follows is the […]

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The "Great Gettin’ Up Morning" as Described in an Unlikely Advent Hymn

December 8, 2014 8 Comments
The "Great Gettin’ Up Morning" as Described in an Unlikely Advent Hymn

Here in the heart of Advent, we are considering how prepared we are for the Lord to come again. Either He will come to us or we will go to Him, but either way we must prepare. In today’s post I’d like to consider some teachings about the Day of Judgment, from an Advent hymn that […]

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Not a story, not a word will be lost. But we shall recover it all, and tell the old, old stories once again.

July 6, 2012 5 Comments

When my Father lay dying, I remember that one of the losses I began to grieve was that he was the keeper of many family stories. He was the one who could look at an old family photograph and tell you who they all were and something about each of them. As I saw him […]

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A View to Die For – 32 Story High Rise Cemetery

December 16, 2011 11 Comments

It is no surprise to learn that, as land values continue to rise, space for cemeteries gets scarce. I have seen more and more mausoleums be built at the local cemeteries, and they are getting taller as the years go on. But the picture to the right really takes the concept to new heights! The […]

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A Friend of the World is an Enemy to God. A Consideration of St Cyprian’s Teaching against the Fear of Death

November 29, 2011 9 Comments

As we wrap up November and the traditional meditation we make on the four last things (death, judgement, heaven and hell), A classic meditation of St. Cyprian comes to mind. It is a meditation on a fundamental human struggle to be free of undue attachment to this world and to truly have God, and the […]

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Death is No Therapy At All. The Bishops Speak Well Against Physician Assisted Suicide

June 17, 2011 7 Comments

Pope John Paul, and also Pope Benedict, have referred to Western Culture as a “culture of death.” Fundamentally what this means is that, when confronted with human difficulties, the offered solution is increasingly, the death or non-existence of the person with the problem. To illustrate this, I was recently talking with teenagers on the sin […]

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Abide With Me. A Hymn to Share with the Dying

June 3, 2011 14 Comments

One of the great and stately hymns of the Protestant musical heritage is “Abide With Me.” I love to play it at the organ, its rich chordal progression, and counterpoint in the pedal, create a very moving experience. The words too are a minor masterpiece that are a prayer of one approaching death with faith. […]

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