I love this article by Ann Barnhardt! She is so insightful!
The Key Character in Brideshead Revisited Is Mrs. Beryl Muspratt
Brideshead Revisited is one of my favorite novels. Sad, but in many ways glorious. What a story of sin, repentance, and redemption! The movie with Jeremy Irons is also wonderful. (Caveat: There is one graphic bedroom scene.)
To be confronted with our sin is, indeed, a blessed gift of God. Those who don't believe in the existence of hell, but live according to its standards, are in for a rude awakening on Judgement Day. Better to have a rude awakening now! And it is a charity to love others, but call them gently to repentance even if they hate you for it. The death of Lord Marchmain displays the power of grace through the ministry of the Church. He has lived a sinful life with a hatred for the church but dies reconciled. Note the recitation of the Confiteor in Latin.
Let us all pray for the grace of final perseverance. The devil will be busy at our bedside trying to win our souls as we face that frightening moment. That is the time that our devotion to Our Lady's rosary and scapular and our devotion to St. Joseph will be our consolation and protection. Who can hear the devil's viola when the angels are singing Hosannahs in our ears?
Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted, pray for us.
St. Joseph, patron of a happy death, pray for us.