+A must-read for understanding redemptive suffering, or offering it up.
+Monsignor Charles Pope preaches a funeral homily and confronts his listeners - and us: You are going to die. Are you ready to meet God?
+Frank Weathers quotes Blaise Pascal's beautiful - and long - sentence about holy dying from a letter to his sister, here.
+Pope John Paul II on Purgatory.
+Bishop Wenskie speaks words of hope, promise, and eternal life in Death and Hospice.
+ Dawn Eden at Headlinebistro.com comments on the first guide for dying well since since St. Alphonsus Liguori’s Preparation for Death.
+ In 1957, Jacques Fesch died under the guillotine for the crime of murder. In prison, he underwent a profound conversion. He tells of a little door through which we all must, and may, pass strengthened by God's grace.
+ Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household, tells how our suffering and dying become freedom, united with Christ in the praetorium.
+ Monsignor Charles Pope on the ‘beauty’ of dying.
+ Archbishop Vincent Nichols in England rejects the notion of a "right to death" as in the case of the conductor and wife who recently committed the mortal sin of "joint suicide."
+ Awesome Marian chivalry in action. His last words were I forgive you.
+ Even the very young can live, suffer, and die in the beauty of the Lord. Like Gloria.
+ A pharmacist who sees meaning and purpose in human suffering asks, Could our persistent search for the utopian, hardship-free world, be blinding us to the great value of suffering?
+ A prayer written by Ruth, a mother of eight who died of cancer, for asking your Guardian Angel to go to Mass for you when you can't.
+ Pope Benedict says that Heaven begins on earth, now. And if we say "Yes" like Mary, "in the same measure of this our 'yes,' this mysterious interchange will also happen for us and in us: We will be assumed into the dignity of the One who has assumed our humanity."
+ St. Francis de Sales on Purgatory.
+ The curious smile of Elder Joseph. The smile that came after he died.
+ On indulgences: by Jimmy Akin, Catholic Answers, and the Vatican.
+ Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk shares his expertise on The Authentic Transformation of “Useless” Human Suffering.
+ Saint John Vianney on what souls in Purgatory can do for their benefactors.
+ Far, far from worthless, our suffering is, if offered up, an apostolate.
+ The incomparable British convert, Monsignor Ronald Knox, on the least appreciated friend of the human race, Mort.
+ Amy Welborn ponders the loss of a friend and her husband.
+ Zenit tells the touching story of a woman called ‘Anna’ and the Pope. "Like the Virgin and so many other worthy and holy people," continued Anna, "I didn’t want to rebel, but wanted to say: 'Here I am. I'm ready ...'"