Tag Archives: death

Reading “Gaudete et exsultate”: Pope Francis schools those who shy from spiritual combat imagery

I’ve been working my way through the very long Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et exsultate (GEE).  It’s a whopping 20K words.
There is a very good section near the end.
From GEE 159 and following, the Pope speaks in clear terms about the Devil, “the prince of … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2018 04 – Ash Saturday: Getting ready for… it.

Today is Saturday after Ash Wednesday.  Lent is barely underway.  The Roman Station is S Agostino ad Tryphonem. 
In gratitude especially to benefactors who help me and this blog, during Lent I’m once again offering 5 minute daily podcasts to encourage you … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2018 03 – Ash Friday: Grant me a little more time

Today is Friday after Ash Wednesday.  Lent is barely underway.  The Roman Station is Ss. Giovanni e Paolo al Celio. 
In gratitude especially to benefactors who help me and this blog, during Lent I’m once again offering 5 minute daily podcasts to … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2018 02 – Ash Thursday: What you are I was, what I am you shall be.

Today is Thursday after Ash Wednesday.  Lent is barely underway.  The Roman Station is San Giorgio in Velabro. 
In gratitude especially to benefactors who help me and this blog, during Lent I’m once again offering 5 minute daily podcasts to encourage you … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2018 01: Ash Wednesday – Unto dust thou shalt return.

Each day during Lent I’m once again offering 5 minute podcasts to give you small boost, encouragement in your own use of this holy season.
I provide these especially in gratitude to benefactors who help me and this blog.
Today is Ash Wednesday.  Lent begins.  … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: The “Ultima” chant

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
When my father died, about 11 years ago, the priest who offered his funeral Mass ended it by chanting what he called “the Ultima”. The priest who did it is a very good friend of mine, and this … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What if we are alive when Christ returns?

From a reader…

QUAERITUR:
Is it true that we will all die? If Jesus comes at this very moment many people will be alive. Do we die before going to hell or Heaven?
First, we don’t know exactly what is going to happen, … Continue reading

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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, what would … 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 the Apostolic Pardon. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Do the devout have the hardest deaths?

From a reader…
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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 think that … 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, as a … 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 we Catholics … 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 Wayne… Oscar … 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 a … Continue reading

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