First of all i want to wish you and yours a
I also wanted to write to you about your special last night.The power of faith. I see you had the nun on a bus on. Sorry Sean,but if you hadn’t mentioned she was a nun i’d have had no idea. You also have to know this is a very liberal group that probably voted for Barack Obama and thinks the Catholic Church is a democracy. Maybe these nuns should get off the bus. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way have to say it was a very good discussion. Fr Morris and Fr Murray(spelling)were excellent.
I never miss Fr Morris when he’s on Fox. I’ve heard some great talks from him on You Tube .Both priests were terrific though. The nun on the bus? Topic for another day.
I heard your concerns about death. Yes,we all want to be here as long as possible. Jesus said,He came to give us life more abundantly. Nobody should be in a hurry to die. We also have to know that we’re all heading home.
I know that’s scary. It’s a home we’ve never seen and we have to die to get there.
Let’s think about this for a minute though.
There were billions upon billions of years Sean Hannity was non existent. You weren’t even nothing. You just didn’t exist at all.
Then your parents met and because of that event taking place in human history you were conceived.
That one remarkable instant of one particular sperm meeting egg and you became a real human being.
Now you have to go through a passage. It’s probably the most dangerous time for an infant in their whole life.
From the comforting, nourishing, breathing,all encompassing womb of your mother you have to leave in order to be born.You have no idea what this is about,what it’s going to be like-no concept because you’re an unborn infant. A baby.
Talk about going into the unknown and you have no cognizant ability to understand what is taking place.
After all those billions of years of being non existent you are now Sean Hannity.
You’ve been given your life.
You had no say, no choice, no input,no involvement. You didn’t ask God for your life. You didn’t have to.
Death,like birth,is a passage.
Sorry,but i feel a nap coming on. Back soon!
Part II Death and Birth,the Similarities and the Differences
Death,like birth,is a passage we have no experience of.None of us have any memory of our birth. We have no idea of what the passage from here to eternity is like. We have an idea from scripture but no real experience. We don’t die-come back to tell the story-and then die again.Normally.We’ll get to that. So neither experience-birth or death-has a memory for us.
The difference between death and being born are obvious. We know what life is like after someone is born. We also know that the second we are born we are destined to leave this life.
Birth is a passage into this life but it has an end. Death is a passage into life but it’s ETERNAL.
We know what life is like after someone dies based on scripture. It is where the power of faith and reason comes in.Scripture tells us some truths about heaven and death;what our finite mind can comprehend.God(i noticed) never reveals more than we can handle.So what we can’t understand,we accept. For instance,the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. The disciples walked off after He emphasized He meant this teaching.Jesus looked at the ones who were left. He asked if they also wished to leave. They didn’t understand the teaching but they accepted it as truth. They said,to whom would they go(if not Jesus)? We ask,to whom would we go? We accept Jesus teaching on the Eucharist even if we don’t grasp it. We accept His teaching on heaven and eternal life even if we can’t grasp it. Even if we don’t know from experience. The point is,there are teachings on death,heaven and eternal life we can take to heart.
Let’s step back for a moment though. Do you realize how remarkable it is that you,Sean Hannity,exist? Do you know how remarkable it is that you were born at this time,at this moment in history,to your particular parents and that you went on to marry the particular woman you did? Sean Hannity was non existent for billions and billions of years and in one moment he was conceived?
So before you get too scared of death remember that God wanted you here in the first place. In fact, consider that there must be a reason you are here at this time and in this place with certain people.
Further consider that we’re wired for eternal life with God. We’re meant for immortality-but we we’re meant for a life of beatitude with God eternally or a life of misery in hell for eternity. It’s not simply that we’re meant for immortality-it’s immortality based upon the life we choose HERE. We wouldn’t be given the desire for eternal life unless there were some way to fulfill it.
What do you do if you’re scared of death? Pray for perseverance.Take St Joseph as your patron. He is the patron of a happy death. Sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? It’s very likely he died with Jesus and Mary at his side.Your guardian angel is with you every moment of the day. Finally,have gratitude that you exist at all. Keep in mind how remarkable your life is and remember where it came from. I am convinced,beyond a shadow of a doubt,that there is a heaven and a hell. PLEASE get a Catechism of the Catholic Church.Read it,study it and use it for a reference. Every Catholic should have it,read it and study it.(The nuns on the bus need a refresher course.)It will help you on your faith journey. Be grateful we’re Catholic. What a gift. We have to keep that faith nourished. The sacraments,the Eucharist and all the treasures we have in the Church. There’s the Catechism,the encyclicals (Humanae Vitae is a gem), the writings of Blessed John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict the XVI.
HUMANAE VITAE(Human Life):
Someone is bound to say hold on,what about scripture. We hear it proclaimed at Mass every week and the Catechism is based on scripture-there are footnotes .Of course,read scripture.There is no way on earth Jesus didn’t rise from the dead.Every single one of the apostles ran off,got scared and hid out. Something happened that totally emboldened them to risk their lives.They didn’t go from being totally despondent,lost and crushed (believing Jesus failed)to fulfilling His commands unless some extra ordinary event took place. We weren’t made for this life,given faith and reason,the freedom to choose between good or evil and NOT be made for an immortal life. Think about that.It’s just not possible. One of the attributes that separate us from animals is animals have no idea they are going to die.They don’t have the intellect or the emotions. We do and our life has meaning.They make no choices between good and evil-we do.
Ever hear of Father Robert Spitzer? If you haven’t, hear ya go. The man is phenomenal. http://www.magiscenter.com/
including near death experiences
There will be a part III AFTER Easter.Separate entry 🙂 It’s definitely a tough topic.
ICON OF THE RESURRECTION