TO DIE IN GRACE

Every Body Wants to Rule the World by Ecoseasons

The ‘Art of Dying well’

by Saint Robert Bellarmine

St. Bellarmine drew from Scripture some guideposts on how we can live and always be ready to meet Christ.  Here is what I gleaned from his writings:

  • Live well to die well – now is the time
  • Die to the world – detach from the good things of this life by a moderate love of them
  • Promote Faith, Hope and Love – be selfless charity toward others
  • Be knowledgeable about death and the coming of the Lord – prepare
  • Be good steward of wealth – help the poor
  • Live soberly, justly and compassionately
  • Cultivate daily prayer

“It is His breath that is in us, and when He wants to, He will take it away.”

-Pope Clement I-

Our lives and our final hour are in God’s hands

 

OUR HALOES

The Four Last Things:

Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell

This week I attended an ‘end times’ conference – a loaded concept that is fundamental to how we live our lives.  Of the many sub-topics mentioned above, there are haloes which impart great hope.  Please stay with me.

Who isn’t afraid of dying???

I was afraid of death – until my mother became ill for a long time.  I spent more time sharing my heart with her and prayed daily to Saint Joseph to bring her to a ‘happy death’ meaning for her to experience a peaceful transition.  A month before she died, her pastor assured me she was ready to meet God.  That’s when I decided to strive for holy transformation – not an impossible feat with God’s grace!

“It is appointed for men to die once.”  Hebrews 9:27

The conference presented every aspect of death, particular judgment, heaven, purgatory, hell, the second coming, the resurrection of the dead, the general judgment and finally eternity and the new Jerusalem as found in Holy Scripture.  The primary theme echoes ‘don’t wait for transformation until death.  Put selfishness to death from vice to virtue and live to be transformed into the mind of Christ.’  The choice is ours to live for good or evil.

I became excited when heaven and the beatific vision was explained.   In heaven each one of us will be perfectly unique in beauty and gifts; we will be reunited with our families and friends; our bodies will have special abilities and creation will be restored for our enjoyment; we will be perfectly happy – all done by grace – forever.

Saints who have gone before us recount their secrets to joyful living; they anticipated heavenly delights which influenced their actions, as seen by their haloes on holy cards.  They witness to us degrees of holiness in heaven.  Jesus said “there are many mansions in my Father’s house.”  We will never see our own haloes, but we will see and enjoy God’s love and light in others’ haloes.  What loving images haloes will bring to us, don’t you think?

“Live so as not to fear death.

For those who live well in the world, death is not frightening but sweet and precious.”

St. Rose of Viterbo

I hope to see you all in heaven one day!

sincerely, your scribe for love, truth and peace

 

 

SOULFUL HYMN

Black Swans @Paul

Are we not sons and daughters of one Father?

May this hymn by Josiah Conders (1789-1855)

encourage what it suggests

“To Be Ordered’

“In Christ there is no east or west,

In him no south or north;

But one great fellowship of love

Throughout the whole wide earth.

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Join hands, then, members of the faith,

Whate-er your race may be!

Who serves my Father as his child

All Christly souls are one in him

Throughout the whole wide earth.”

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May this hymn ‘To Be Ordered’ stand as a goodly path to follow.

Happy Tuesday!

 

WHIRLING AROUND

Rumi – Mystical Poet

HAIKU

O JELALUDDIN

POET SPEAKS UNIVERSAL

GOAL – UNION WITH GOD

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Poem – Only Breath

“Not Christian or Jew or Muslin, not Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi or Zen.  Not any religion or cultural system.  I am not from the East or the West, not out of the ocean or up from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not composed of elements at all.

I do not exist, am not an entity in this world or the next, did not descend from Adam or Eve or any origin story.  My place is placeless, a trace of the traceless.  Neither body or soul.

I belong to the beloved, have seen the two worlds as one and that one call to and know, first, last, outer, inner, only that breath breathing human being.”

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“There is a way between voice and presence where information flows.

In disciplined silence it opens.

With wandering talk it closes.”

IMMACULATE HEART

Mary by Stephen B. Whatley

Today honors the Immaculate Heart of Mary

A celebration of Mary with her son Jesus to effect salvation history

“My heart will rejoice in your salvation.

I will sing to the Lord who has been bountiful with me.”

Psalm 13 12-6