Rosa Mystica: A Commonplace Book

Rosa Mystica: A Commonplace Book

The good have no need to be "afflicted" at the thought of death

Those who love God are not afflicted at the thought of having to leave riches, possessions, wealth, or this world’s goods. They have never been attached to these so-called attractions. Neither do they fear giving up worldly honors or fame, for they have always avoided them, or considered them to be what they truly are, vanity and smoke.

Good people are not even unduly afflicted at having to leave relatives and friends, for they have loved these only in God. Now in death they recommend them to the heavenly Father who loves them even more than the relatives and friends do. And at the same time, as they await their merited crown in heaven, they foresee that in heaven they will be able to assist their loved ones more than while still on earth.

St. Alphonsus Liguori, Preparation for Death