Posts Tagged ‘Death’

‘Bone church’ forces us to stare mortality in the face Comments 0

Monday, November 11th, 2019

The crypt chapel in the Church of Holy Mary of the Conception in Rome is composed completely of human bones, hanging lanterns and all. While the chapel is some “weird Catholic stuff,” to say the least, it does present a pressing and unavoidable lesson: that our lives are short and that we are all going Read more

Jimmy Carter says he is “at ease with death” two weeks after being hospitalised Comments 0

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Former US President Jimmy Carter said he was “at ease with death” while speaking in front of a crowd during a Sunday school service this weekend. The lifelong Baptist appeared in church less than two weeks after being hospitalized for fracturing his pelvis in a fall. The 95-year-old was teaching Sunday school at the Maranatha Read more

Becoming through dying Comments 0

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Perhaps someone very dear to you has already died, and you know the pain of losing them. Our Christian faith teaches that through our dying, “life is changed, not ended”. Not only that: it teaches that “… all the good fruits of human nature, and all the good fruits of human enterprise, we shall find Read more

Bishop Stuart O’Connell R.I.P Comments 0

Monday, August 5th, 2019
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The emeritus bishop of Rarotonga, Stuart O’Connell, died in Auckland on Friday at the Little Sisters of the Poor, St Joseph’s Home, Herne Bay. He had been ill with cancer for some time. Pope John Paul II appointed O’Connell to be the bishop of Rarotonga in November 1996. He was ordained bishop on February 22 Read more

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross wrote the book on grief and dying, then found herself stuck in one of her five stages Comments 0

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

It’s 50 years since Swiss-born pioneer in death studies Elisabeth Kübler-Ross wrote her classic text, On Death and Dying. The book introduced readers to the “five stages of grief” model she had developed to explain how people cope with death. The five stages of grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance. Then in 1995, following a Read more

Analysis of the assisted dying debate Comments 0

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Dying and death is not a new phenomenon: we have always become ill, suffered, were going to die and someone else could have killed us. So why now, at the beginning of the 21st century, after prohibiting euthanasia for thousands of years and when we can do so much more to relieve suffering than in Read more

Unprecedented outpouring of grief at funeral for President Lonsdale Comments 0

Monday, July 3rd, 2017
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The people of Vanuatu showed their love for President Baldwin Lonsdale who died on 17 June by turning out in their thousands for his funeral and procession to the airport. His sudden death was as a result of a heart attack. He was 67. Lonsdale, who served as president from 22 September 2014 until he Read more

Will this be our last Holy Week? Comments 0

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Is Holy Week really worth the effort? If you talk to pastors, liturgists, choir directors, leaders of RCIA, etc., Holy Week is a time of frenetic activity, the culmination of much planning and lack of planning, and somehow—at least sometimes—inspiring. And then…? Well, a few weeks of lilies and extra “Alleluias!” and then back to Read more

The living, the dead, and Alfred Lord Tennyson Comments 0

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Although never fond of church going and heedless of doctrinal orthodoxy, Tennyson was profoundly religious, stating: “Two things I have always been firmly convinced of—God—and that death will not end my existence.” Early and late, Tennyson’s theme was mortal beauty.  In The Princess (1847), when he was scarcely forty, he set it to an enchanting Read more

Death is not frightening – trust God instead says Pope Comments 0

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Death is not frightening if you are faithful to God’s teachings. Don’t fear it. Think about the day you meet Jesus and put your faith in God, says Pope Francis. Read more Related Posts:Prince Charles and Camilla to meet Pope FrancisPope Francis and President Trump could meet in late MayHollande to meet Pope Francis after Read more