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Meditation on Death

Often, in prayer books, one will see a “Prayer for a Happy Death.” What does this mean? It simply means dying in a state of grace. Lent is a good time for spiritual reading, and St. Francis de Sales book, Introduction to the Devout Life, is a good candidate for this, and contains this (slightly edited) meditation on death: Preparation Place yourself in the Presence of God and ask Him to inspire you. Imagine yourself on your death-bed, incurably ill. Considerations Consider the uncertainty of the day of your death. One day, my soul, you must depart from this body. When will it be? … With or without warning? As a result of illness of accident? Shall I have a chance to go to Confession? Shall I

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