Dr. Peter Colosi: A Catholic Understanding of Death and Dying

(Our Sunday Visitor) – Throughout the month of November, we remember and pray for our beloved dead and contemplate the lives of the saints who have gone before us. This month, therefore, is a good time to ponder the meaning of death from a Catholic perspective, as well to reflect on and spiritually prepare for our own inevitable death.

If you ask people today how they hope to die, many will say, “In my sleep, painlessly and suddenly, without noticing.” Yet, there is a prayer, long forgotten now, that Catholics prayed regularly: “Oh Lord, deliver me from a sudden death!” When it comes to dying, Catholics used to pray to God for the exact opposite of what many today hope for. Why? What happened? CONTINUE