Christ’s Death and Our Own

“Death is grim, of course, my dear daughter; but the life beyond, which God in His mercy will give us, is most desirable. Truly, in no way must we lose heart because, even though we are weak, our weakness is not nearly as great as God’s mercy toward those who want to love Him and place all their hope in Him. When blessed Cardinal Borromeo was dying, he had someone bring him an image of our Lord after His death; this was in order to soften the dread of his own death by uniting it to that of his Savior. Such contemplation of Him who is our life is the best remedy against the fear we have of our own death; we should never think about one without also thinking of the other.”

Francis de Sales, quoted in Holy Bible: Mosaic

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