Saturday, November 5, 2011

O Death! where's thy Sting?

Michelangelo's The Last Judgement

I used to be afraid of death but then I realized it wasn't exactly death I was afraid of but where I will go when I die....

Many don't talk about death these days probably because they don't believe the afterlife exists or they are afraid to come to terms with the existence of the afterlife. The thing is even if one forgets or not, it is real and everyone will die one day.

Although some believe in the afterlife, they also believe that everyone who dies will go to Heaven, that Jesus has come down to save us so we have a free ticket; we can steal, fornicate, kill, lie in fact do all sorts and once we believe Christ has died for us and have acknowledged He is our savior, we go straight to Heaven. Well, they've got it all wrong...

NOTHING UNCLEAN can enter Heaven. Even if we believe in Jesus Christ and acknowledge his suffering on the cross we still have to show love by obeying his commandments.

Christ said:
 If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily, and follow me. (LK 9:23).

The demons believe and yet are in Hell solely because they did not serve God and that is the only way we shall be saved.

I think once we follow Christ, we should not be afraid of death nor find it hard to talk about it. Sometimes we do need to remind ourselves so that we do not stray from our main goal on Earth- to make heaven.

Hell is not a very pleasant place to be, neither is Purgatory and we have to reflect on this once in a while to keep us on track. Although God is merciful, He is also just but with Him all things are possible.

So in the words of St Paul: 

 with fear and trembling work out your salvation.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

All Souls Day- 2nd Nov

Would have said happy All Soul's Day but I guess its more of sadness and contemplation than happiness.
A day to pray for our beloved and others who have no one to pray for them. 
Purgatory is not a very pleasant place so it would be nice if we remembered our departed brethren, we are their only hope to see the beatific vision, lets help them.
There are a couple of prayers we could say in addition to attending mass on their behalf, we could also visit the grave of a loved one or a grave yard and say a couple of prayers for them. 
The Requiem Missa cantata is my favourite sung mass, I find the hymns moving which helps you contemplate better, here are some of the tunes I like
The Dies Ire is a psalm all must read...

Here is another version, very dramatic

Please attend a traditional Latin  sung Requiem mass, you will be moved....