Tag Archives: death

ASK FATHER: Last prayer at the point of death

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Forgive the morbid nature of my query, but with the nature of the world today (and the mindset of an undertaker) a question has been on my mind. If one were to know death was imminent, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How long after death can Last Rites be given?

In the last few hours some of you have sent similar questions. QUAERITUR: How long after death can the Sacrament of Anointing be administered? Sometimes we say “Last Rites”, though technically Last Rites includes Penance, Anointing and Viaticum (Eucharist), and hopefully … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Do the devout have the hardest deaths?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have been unsettled by remarks of a Dr Martin Scurr (Daily Mail 27 Jan 2015) who some years ago served the Jesuits at their HQ in Mayfair and religious attached to Westminster Cathedral. “I always … Continue reading

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“Welcome to Hell! Here’s your ice cream!”

It has been sometime since I posted anything from Savage Chickens.  (I wonder where the Masked Chicken” got himself off to, anyway.  You don’t suppose The Colonel finally caught up to him, do you?) New Hell!  How jolly. While we, … Continue reading

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Malaysian Airlines 17, Death and You

The black boxes from Malaysian Airlines 17 might indicate that the pilots attempted a vain evasion. I doubt it. I suspect that exploding death was sudden. Who knows who may have survived the initial blast and remained conscious for some … Continue reading

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Boston’s Wake

In your charity, please pray for the victims in Boston and for their loved ones. As some prepare for wakes, this is a wake up call for a country and for families and individuals. One of the most important petitions … Continue reading

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Alfred Hitchcock – Catholic

Who can fathom the graces God offers as death draws near to us? Some people are given the great gift of courage not to wait too long to become a Catholic, sometimes after a long time thinking about it. John … Continue reading

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Memento mori!

Over at the amusing and often useful blog Art of Manliness there is a post about Memento Mori art. “Memento mori!” means, “Be mindful of death!” or “Don’t forget that you are going to die so repent, confess your sins, and live … Continue reading

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Of caskets

Have you thought today yet about the fact that you are going to die? Here, let me help. I was recently told about a maker of caskets in the USA: Marian Caskets. They are inspired by Pope John Paul II’s … Continue reading

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Planned Parenthood copycats 40 Day for Life to pray FOR abortion

Planned Parenthood is evil.  Planned Parenthood is evil to its roots. From Life News: Planned Parenthood Sets Up 40 Days of Prayer for Abortion by Steven Ertelt A local Planned Parenthood abortion business in California is copycatting the 40 Days … Continue reading

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Artist Daniel Mitsui’s VERY COOL new art, including a “Four Last Things”. (Fr. Z rants a little.)

The artist Daniel Mitsui, in his newsletter, indicates that he has new art, including a representation of the Glorious Mysteries (a nice gift to a priest after Easter) and – this really caught my eye – the Four Last Things! … Continue reading

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Reader Feedback about going to confession

From a reader: Dear Fr Z Until today, I had not been to confession (and therefore not taken Communion) this calendar year. My spiritual life was decaying and I was “lapsing”, having lost trust and hope in the saving grace … Continue reading

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Vermont: Death with Dignity Bill

From a priest reader: Dear Fr. Z, Can I ask for urgent prayers from your readers? The Vermont State legislature (one of the most secular in the country) is trying to rush through the “Death with Dignity” Bill this week … Continue reading

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Free contraception is good for big business abortion

Abortion is big business.  Merchants of death such as Planned Parenthood, and now apparently the White House, know this.  Therefore they promote promiscuity, which will lead to more abortions which will produce more profits.  It isn’t difficult.  As part of … Continue reading

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Saints of pots and pans, shipwrecks, beheading, and music both mystical and sublime

I bring to your attention four saints on the calendar listed in the 2005 Martyrologium Romanum. 1. Sancti Roberti Bellarmino, episcopi et Ecclesiae doctoris, e Societate Iesu, qui praeclare de theologicis temporis sui controversiis peculiari ac subtili habitu disputavit; cardinalis … Continue reading

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