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And Death Is Gain: A Reflection on the Proper Christian Sense of Death

November 7, 2017 3 Comments
And Death Is Gain: A Reflection on the Proper Christian Sense of Death

This is the third in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Yesterday we pondered the fear of death and some understandable reasons for it, but we also considered how a lack of lively faith can lead to a fear of death that is unchristian. As St. Paul […]

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On the Fear of Death

November 6, 2017 9 Comments
On the Fear of Death

This is the second in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. For the faithful, the day we die is the greatest day of our life on this earth. Even if some final purifications await us, the beatific vision for which we long lies just ahead; our exile […]

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The Mystery of Life and Death

November 5, 2017 1 Comment
The Mystery of Life and Death

This is the first in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Note: I wrote this post prior to the terrible shooting that occurred Sunday in Texas. Once again we are confronted with terrible violence and the specter of sudden death. Please offer your prayers for those who […]

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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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