Death is a subject that is not a usual topic of discussion around the family dinner table. It generally is a topic that is not discussed at all. I write on this topic as my last topic for the web page, as everything must come to an end and I do believe it is time to bring these articles to an end. Time and energy is just not what it used to be. I thank all who have read these articles and the kind comments I received. Now on to the article.
In the last 10 days I have been involved in 10 funerals. I had one friend who took her own life, another whose son-in-law took his life, another whose mother-in-law died. I conducted a funeral for the father of one of my friends and in the others I was involved in some way or another. These funerals, as all funerals do, remind me just how short our life span is, we never know when our time will come, or how. I have tried to make it a habit of being prepared at all times, the best way I know. In Luke’s Gospel chapter 12 verse 40, we read. You also must be ready because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.
Death has a way of opening our eyes about the future. We often pray for our deceased family members and friends. How often do we pray to St Joseph for a happy and unexpected death? I would like to suggest to you this prayer adapted by St. Vincent Ferrer.
JOSEPH WHOSE NAME WILL BE OUR PROTECTION DURING ALL THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES, BUT ABOVE ALL AT THE MOMENT OF DEATH. I ASK FOR YOUR POWERFUL INTERCESSION. AT THE HOUR OF MY DEATH, OBTAIN FOR ME THE GRACES OF FULL USE OF MY SENSES,HEARTFELT SORROW FOR MY SINS, FIRM FAITH, HOPE IN GOOD MEASURE AND PERFECT LOVE, THAT I MAY BE ABLE TO HONESTLY SAY. / Into your hands O Lord, I commend my spirit. You have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.
Blessings now and always,
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