No earthly pleasures, no kingdoms of this world can benefit me in any way. I prefer death in Christ Jesus to power over the farthest limits of the earth. He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest. He who rose for our sakes is my one desire. Do not talk about Jesus Christ as long as you love this world.
– St Ignatius of Antioch
This evening I had the golden opportunity to pray with some good followers of Christ for a dying man. We were all of one heart and one mind. We were all praying for the dying man’s conversion. In his last days, will he have the grace to repent sincerely of his sins and seek forgiveness? Will he desire to join the family of God? So many questions go through our minds. The family members agonise over this waiting even as life ebbs away. Yet only God alone knows what lies in the dying man’s heart.
This evening the priest preached on the need to love God and to love one’s neighbour. In our going to the death bed of the dying man to plead for his conversion, I guess we were trying to love this neighbour of ours. But will he accept baptism? Only God knows.
When I read the quotation above, the words that accompanied the quotation was : 2 November. That is All Souls’ Day. For the whole of this month we will be praying for the souls of the faithful departed.
Lord, will this dying man accept you? Will he prefer you to the world that he now has to part with? All the women, all the wine, all the songs…………they cannot save his soul. Only you can, and I pray that you will hear the cries of his loved ones and grant him the grace to say YES, YES, YES! Yes, to the gift of salvation! Yes, to the gift of eternal life! Yes, to the gift of friendship with you, dearest Lord!