May 25, 2019

Tag - Death

A Band of Gold

The late author, Patrick Conroy, wrote the Lords of Discipline about his school, The Citadel, a military institution in Charleston, SC. The first line read: I wear the ring. When I read that line just recently I had to look down at my gold wedding...

Regarding Fairness

During a 1962 press conference, President John F. Kennedy commented on the plight of American reservists who continued to be held on active duty after the Berlin Crisis had subsided. At one point, he noted: “Life is unfair.” Tragically...

My Lost Love

The early morning of October 8, 2016 was sunny yet chastened by a biting chill. However, the cold gave sincere promise of flowering into a very pleasant day. It was not just the chill that I will take to my grave but the memory of a lost love. That...

A Life of Little Deaths

The act of getting old really has two parts to it. During the second half of anyone’s life, there is the usual noticeable decline that can be severely pronounced in some people. I heard many years ago that the secret of longevity is to pick good...

The Idea of Death Frightens Us

The idea of death often frightens us, and so as a society, we sometimes joke about it as a way of coping with our fears and uncertainties. For instance, there’s the story about a man from Illinois who was going to take a winter vacation in Cancun...

Judy Sent Me

EDITOR NOTE: On October 8th, after 50 years and 42 days of marriage, Judith C. Borst went to her heavenly home. Judy was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved—and was loved by—her family, friends, and community. She also...

Eternal Man

German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche made quite a stir in the late 19th century when he informed the world God is dead! Since then most people have misunderstood what he meant. He wasn’t saying that God had lived and then He died. Nietzsche meant...

It Won’t Fit into Two Square Yards

Perhaps those words were on the mind of Saint Cyprian as he wrote about those who would store up treasure in “earthly” riches: Their property held them in chains…chains which shackled their courage and choked their faith and hampered their judgment...

Doctor, Is Death in the Room?

A woman went into a confessional in a distracted state of mind, and instead of reciting the customary formula, she began, “Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive. . . .” Then, realizing she was saying the “Grace Before...

We Carry Only What We Gave Away

Once upon a time there was a court jester who said something so foolish that the king, as a joke, handed him a staff and said, “Here, jester; take this and keep it until you find a bigger fool than yourself.” Many years later the king, now a very...