The Act of Contrition: On Dying

July 30, 2010

The Dying

There is no denial to death.   It will come like a thief  in the night.  And when this happens, one must be ready to meet the Father God and leave love ones on earth for a while.  This is not to make things horrible and curtail the present life undertakings, but it is seeing  that something better would come to all eternally.

Being prepared for death  is being reminded of roles in life.   Having worked and working for loved ones and communities is a step forward going to some point of leaving.  In any form, anyone has to be calm to make an exit gracefully.

From an ESL book “Express Yourself” questions are raised to students, and teachers have to  prepare profound  answers:  What would you do if you had one year to live?  How about if you had only six months?  How about if you had  only one week?  The questions are teasing but quite serious because “What if?”  How about you what would be your answers?

Questions like “How do you prepare for death?” comes up with interesting answers. “I have death project plans,” and  some funny, sad, unbelievable discussions tie up.

Some people get burial lots in advance and pay memorial services insurance.  Many write their “will,” and endorse to trusted family members/communities.  However, others don’t.
Still others, who have that opportunity to prepare because of long suffering (like long-term sicknesses) prepare pictures, letters, documents, and their clothes for the burials. This is the amazing grace  and courage facing death.

David Kessler (Harper Collins Publishers) book titled “The Rights of the Dying,” enumerates: 1) the right to be treated as a living human being 2) the right to be free of physical pain 3) to be cared 4) to participate in all decisions concerning one’s care 5) the right to seek spirituality 6) not to die alone.

 “The right that the sanctity of the body will be respected after death,”  is seriously  considered,  among others.

Many stories and poems write about death as death is the contrast of birth and life.  Generally, no one could ever decide how he would die and when, but this is all in God’s time.  And don’t worry He has  the promise of eternity with Jesus Christ.

Praying the “Act of Contrition”  is a reminder to face life everyday and being ready, as well.      

An Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you.  And I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell.  But most of all, because I have offended You, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love.  I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.

Rosalinda Flores Martinez


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