Tuesday, July 4, 2017

QUOTATION: How the Saints Die

St. Alphonsus Liguori

It seems in the sight of the unwise that the servants of God die with sorrow, and unwillingly, even as the worldly do ; but no, for God knows well how to comfort His children when they are dying ; and amidst the pains of their death, He makes them feel a certain incomparable sweetness, as a foretaste of that Paradise, which within a short time He will bestow upon them. Like those who die in sin, who even upon their death-bed experience certain foretastes of hell, such as remorse, fear, and despair; so on the contrary do the saints, by the acts of love which at that time they often make towards God, by the desire and by the hope that is in them, of very soon enjoying God, begin even before death to feel that peace which they will afterwards fully enjoy in heaven. Death to the saints is not a punishment, but a reward.

--St. Alphonsus Liguori, Preparation for Death