of Life and Death,
are those who have a very short illness, have
an opportunity to make peace with their family,
their friends, the world, and with You, God, and
then slip away peacefully and painlessly with
loved ones around them.
lucky are those who have a prolonged illness,
loss of coherence,
and an agonizing demise.
lucky from a secular viewpoint are those
whom You take suddenly, struck by lightning, or
by an automobile, or who suffer a heart attack
and die instantly, for they have no cognition
of death, or so it seems to us.
a spiritual standpoint they are perhaps the most
unfortunate, since they have no opportunity for
remorse, no last chance to "get it right"
with You finally
before they leave this earth.
to You, Lord, that I die without
a long illness, but with the opportunity
to make a last Confession and a last plea
for Your Divine Mercy and forgiveness.
I hope fervently I might have the anointing
and the last rites of the Church and die with
my mind and conscience at peace.
humbly that I may leave this world
without causing my survivors prolonged unhappiness,
but rather go peacefully,
easily and quickly.
that I may be received
into Your Merciful Arms, in forgiveness,
in humility, and in Peace, for all eternity.
Donn B. Murphy 2011
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