I did an interview recently on the little-known practice of preparing for a good death.
Here are some of the quotes I referenced:
“When once you have departed this life, there is no longer any place for repentance, no way of making satisfaction. Here life is either lost or kept. Here, by the worship of God and by the fruit of faith, provision is made for eternal salvation. Let no one be kept back either by his sins or by his years from coming to obtain salvation. To him who still remains in this world there is no repentance that is too late.” -St Cyprian of Carthage
“If we were required to die twice, we could jettison one death. But man dies once only, and upon this death depends his eternity. Where the tree falls, there it shall lie. If, at the hour of death, someone is living in bad habit, the poor soul will fall on the side of hell. If, on the other hand, he is in the state of grace, it will take the road for heaven. Oh, happy road!” – St John Vianney
“…is not he a fool who seeks after happiness in this world, where he will remain only a few days and exposes himself to the risk of being unhappy in the next, where we must live fore eternity? We do not fix our affections on borrowed goods, because we know that they must soon be returned to the owner. All the goods of
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I rely on Father Troadec for daily meditation material because he follows the Church’s liturgical use of the scriptures every day of the year. This is a special production of his for these troubling times. I encourage you to read it, regardless of what you think about the Wuhan. The Psalms are always great! Consider reading and sharing this article.… Read the rest
One of the cool things about being Catholic:
There is a Saint Corona, and she is the Patron Saint against plague and epidemics.
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I’ve mentioned this novena to Christians who are in need of miracles. The devotion is based on the unwavering fidelity of Mary and her perfection of the role that Eve failed at. As St. Iraneus of Lyons wrote in ‘Against Heresies’, Book 3, Chap 22:
the knot of Eve’s disobedience was loosed by the obedience of Mary. For what the virgin Eve had bound fast through unbelief, this did the virgin Mary set free through faith
There is also a beautiful painting by Johann Georg Schmidtner in St. Peter am Perlach in Augsburg, which depicts the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady untying knots while standing on the serpent, reminiscent of Genesis 3:15:
“I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.”
If you’ve ever asked a fellow sinner to pray for you, why not ask a Saint in heaven?
Novena to Our Lady Undoer of Knots – Day 1
1. Make the sign of the cross
2. Say the Act of Contrition. Ask pardon for your sins and make a firm promise not to commit them again.
Oh my God I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell. But most of all, because I offended you, oh my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with … Read the rest