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  The Way > Last things > Chap. 35
734

'This is your hour; this is the reign of darkness.' So the sinful man has his hour? Yes... and God his eternity!


735

If you are an apostle, death for you will be a good friend who helps you on your way.


736

Have you seen the dead leaves fall in the sad autumn twilight? Thus souls fall each day into eternity. One day, the falling leaf will be you.


737

Have you never heard the worldly-minded sadly complain that 'each day that passes is a step nearer death'?

It is. And I tell you: rejoice, apostolic soul, for each day that pass brings you closer to Life.


738

For 'others', death is a stumbling block, a source of terror. For us, death — Life — is an encouragement and a stimulus.

For them it is the end: for us, the beginning.


739

Don't be afraid of death. Accept it from now on, generously... when God wills it, where God wills it, as God wills it. Don't doubt what I say: it will come in the moment, in the place and in the way that are best: sent by your Father-God. Welcome be our sister death!


740

What part of the world would collapse if I were missing, if I were to die?


741

Do you see how the corpse of the loved one disintegrates in foul and reeking liquids? That, then, is the body beautiful! Contemplate it and draw your own conclusions.


742

Those paintings by Valdes Leal, with their distinguished heaps of decaying flesh — bishops, noblemen, all in rank corruption — surely they must move you.

What then do you say of the Duke of Gandía's cry: 'No more will I serve a lord whom I can lose through death'?


743

You talk of dying 'heroically'. Do you not think that it is more 'heroic' to die a bourgeois death, in a good bed, unnoticed... but to die of love-sickness.


744

You — if you are an apostle — will not have to die. You will move to a new house: that is all.


745

'He shall come to judge the living and the dead.' So we pray in the Creed. God grant that you never lose sight of that judgment and of that justice and... of that Judge.


746

Does your soul not burn with the desire to make your Father God happy when he has to judge you?


747

Worldly souls are very fond of thinking of God's mercy. And so they are encouraged to persist in their follies.

It is true that God our Lord is infinitely merciful, but he is also infinitely just: and there is a judgment, and he is the Judge.


748

Courage. Don't you know that Saint Paul tells the Corinthians that each will duly be paid according to his share in the work?


749

There is a hell. Not a very original statement, you think. I will repeat it, then: there is a hell!

Echo it for me, at the right moment, in the ear of one friend, and of another, and another.


750

Listen to me, you who are absorbed in science: your science cannot deny the reality of diabolic activities. My Mother, the holy Church, for many years required her priests each day at the foot of the altar to invoke Saint Michael, 'against the wickedness and snares of the devil'.


751

Heaven: 'the eye has not seen, nor the ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man to conceive the things that God has prepared for those who love him.'

Don't these revelations of the Apostle spur you on to fight?


752

Always. For ever! Words brought to our lips by our human desire to prolong — to make eternal — what is pleasant.

Lying words, on earth, where everything must end.


753

All that this earth can offer us is continually passing away: hardly has pleasure begun than it is already ended.


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