We shall all be changed , in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye... Death has been triumphantly destroyed.  Where, Death, is your victory?  Where, Death, is your sting? 


(1 Corinthians 15:52-55)


A man fears death

because he fears

the unknown.

All that man can know

is life.

And death,

it appears to him,

is the opposite of life

and as such

remains dark and impenetrable.

And so,

man shrinks from it in horror

as from a fearful and obscene thing.


But this is to be

oblivious of the fact

that Christ has come and said:

"I am the Resurrection and the Life."


Several other things

Christ has said

about death

--- all couched in terms of life,

that same strong,

colorful life

that one experiences here on this planet.

He spoke about death in terms of life,

a terminology we can easily fathom.

He has given us to understand

that death is not the finish of life.

It is the first spilt second

of a new

and brighter life.


"In Death,

Life is not

taken away

but only changed."



from Preface to the Mass