It seems there is a video going about of Card. Woelki reading from the will of the late Joachim Card. Meisner (most recently known as one of the Four Cardinals of the Five Dubia).
Like everyone, I do not know the hour or the day of my death, nor the way or where I will die. Therefore I’d like to write down one last word to you all that will be read at an appropriate moment. It is really a last word for you in this world to Jesus Christ. Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Word through which everything is created. I thank you that you wanted me and that I was therefore created. Your Word accompanied me through life and led me through the world and around people when in need. Therefore I became a priest and then a bishop. Moulded and ordained by your stigmata. The most remarkable thing about my life is that you redeemed me through your Cross and deemed me worthy of your sufferings. Through your love for the world, your heart, your hands, your feet were punctured. Out of love for mankind you touched me with your Cross. You let me be your priest and your bishop. Therefore, especially in death, I want to praise the Cross of our Lord, Jesus Christ which brought joy into the world. In the Divine Office I witness and profess with our priests emphatically: Christ, divine Lord, you are loved only by those who have the power to love. Christ, you are my hope, my peace, my joy, my whole life. Christ, my soul draws towards you Christ, to you I pray. Christ, I hold myself close to you. With all the strength of my soul, I love you, Lord, alone, I seek you, I follow you. In this joy, I tried to serve you all in the Archdiocese of Cologne. Our Bishopric town of Cologne bears the honorary title Sancta Colonia Dei Gratia Romanae Ecclesiae Fidelis Filia – Holy Cologne, by the grace of God, the Roman Church’s faithful daughter. I tried conform to this expression in my episcopal service. Christ gave the Petrine office to the Church in order to give an orientation and support to the many people in the different times. That is my last request to you all for your salvation. Stay with our Holy Father. He is the Peter of today. Follow his guidance. Listen to his word. Peter wants nothing for himself, but everything for the Lord and for his brothers and sisters. You all know the course of my life followed three societal systems – the 12 years of Hitler, 24 year reign of communism and now over 20 years of democratic freedom. In all three epochs, the service of the pope has given me orientation, encouragement and assistance. Remain always with the Pope and you will never lose Christ. I do not desire the grace which the Apostle John received, nor the forgiveness with which you pardoned Peter. I only desire the words which you said to the robber on the Cross: “Today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Cologne, 25 March 2011
Joachim Cardinal Meisner, Archbishop of Cologne
Meditate daily on the Four Last Things.
GO TO CONFESSION!