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Is it Possible to Face Death Serenely?

“Jesus’ Resurrection does not only give us the certainty of life after death, it also illumines the very mystery of the death of each one of us. If we live united to Jesus, faithful to him, we will also be able to face the passage [...]
Tags: Love of God, Heaven, Cross, Faith, Grace, Death, happiness, life, eternity

Twelve Points about the Next Life

1 We impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glorification. None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is [...]
Tags: Heaven, Hope, Death

The kingdom of heaven: what is it?

Christ’s kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion endures through all generations (Dan 3:100). The solemnity of Christ the King of the universe is celebrated on the last Sunday of the liturgical year. The kingship of Christ remained completely hidden until he was [...]
Tags: Heaven, Jesus Christ, Ascetical struggle, Holiness

A Judge who is our Father and our Friend

The image of the Last Judgement is not primarily an image of terror, but an image of hope; for us it may even be the decisive image of hope. Is it not also a frightening image? I would say: it is an image that evokes [...]
Tags: Heaven, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Examination of Conscience, Divine sonship

Facing up to the fear of death

Listen, my son, I’ll tell you something I heard not long ago. A friend of yours whom you may not know personally – he runs several businesses, he’s a very busy man, and constantly on the move from one place to another – told me [...]
Tags: Love of God, Heaven, Death


Heaven: ‘the eye has not seen, nor the ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man to conceive the things that God has prepared for those who love him.’ Don’t these revelations of the Apostle spur you on to fight? The Way, 751 Do [...]
Tags: Love of God, Heaven, Death

What are “the Last Things”?

Christian tradition uses the term "the Last Things" for what faces each person at the end of his or her life on earth: death, judgement and eternal destiny - heaven or hell. Through the liturgy, the Church brings these realities before us particularly in November, [...]
Tags: Abandonment to God, Heaven, Death

5th Glorious Mystery: The Coronation of the Virgin Mary

There is no danger of exaggerating. We can never hope to fathom this inexpressible mystery; nor will we ever be able to give sufficient thanks to our Mother for bringing us into such intimacy with the Blessed Trinity. Friends of God, 276 Thou art all fair and [...]
Tags: Heaven, Holy Rosary, Our Lady

4th Luminous Mystery: The Transfiguration

Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James and his brother John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves, and was transfigured before them. And his face shone as the sun, and his garments became white as snow. And behold, there appeared to [...]
Tags: Joy, Heaven

Christ overcame death

On November the Church invites Catholics to pray for the departed souls. Here are some texts that St. Josemaría wrote on the topic of death. I give you thanks, my Jesus, for your decision to become perfect Man, with a Heart which loved and is most [...]
Tags: Heaven, Faith, Jesus Christ, Death