Monday, May 30, 2011

Are You Ready to Die?

While waiting to receive Communion at Mass, a thought struck me.  If I was ready to receive the Eucharist, then I was ready to die.  The Church teaches that one must be in a state of grace to be eligible for Communion and that all who die in a state of grace are saved.  This truth is at once comforting and grave.  When we examine our conscience before Mass, we are asking ourselves if we are prepared for immediate death and judgement.   Every time we walk forward to enter into the Mystical Body of Christ, we judge ourselves to be worthy by grace both for the Sacrament and for Heaven.  This should be cause for great joy and a serious look at our own souls.


  1. The rarest sort of post-- short, memorable, undeniably true,
    important, and a point that I for one have never before seen
    or heard. I would dearly love to hear a sermon built around
    this observation of yours, Mr. Button. Nicely done.

  2. Clinton: Thank you for the kind words.

  3. suddenly, i i?
    short yet memorable it makes you ponder on LIFE...