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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Teaching Death to Nursing Students with Leo Tolstoy

Many saints who were priests encouraged their brethren to preach frequently about death. After our birth and baptism, death is the most important hour and one for which we need to be well-prepared. Nursing students will often be the last contact in life except for family and close friends. A proper attitude toward death and respect for the dying patient is absolutely crucial. Please pray for those in the medical profession. In our culture of death, many are being trained not to preserve and protect life, but to hasten death. Fight the culture of death and love and respect those who are near life's end. 

Teaching Death to Nursing Students with Leo Tolstoy

BY RICHARD BECKER, NOVEMBER 27, 2015
To make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.  ~ T. S. Eliot
We’ve come to the close of our annual month-long reminder of the obvious: We’re all going to die. It’s a truism that we learned as kids in Sunday school and CCD—the first of the four Last Things: death, followed by judgment, and then heaven and (rather, or) hell—although we Catholics are reminded of death year round. It’s front and center in our liturgy, our creed, and even our routine devotional prayers. “Pray for us sinners,” we repeatedly implore the Blessed Mother in our rosaries, “now and at the hour of our death.”  

1 comment:

newguy40 said...

Priests preaching about Death. Huh....

I had the immense blessing to hear a four night lenten mission on the four last things by a orthodox priest this year. Each evening was 1-2 hours lecture. It was full of teaching and truth that everyone needs to hear.
It was one of the few high points I've had in my most recent experiences in the Church.

Advent is a also penitential time and a reminder of our definitive encounter with the supreme judge sooner rather than later. What will we have to show Him when He comes?