Tag Archives: dying

Precious Blood Spirituality

As is most often the case, I was in the company of a group of Sisters who are in my congregation. This was a purely social gathering of seven of us, no meetings this time.  We were all talking prior to a meal being served. I don’t even remember how we got onto the subject of aging but we did. (Just to put this in context. I was the youngest and a full generation, maybe a generation and a half, behind everyone else in the group.) As part of the conversation I shared an insight …

Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Pre-departure Area

When I worked in the Philippines we Franciscans used to refer to those who were nearing death as being “in the pre-departure area.” Perhaps it was our way of denying death or preparing ourselves to accept the fact that one of our Franciscan brothers was nearing death. If I recall, it was a retired priest who started that “pre-departure” tag, based on the way the Manila Airport passengers were moved into a special gate area before boarding. The “pre-departure” tag keeps coming into my mind whenever there is someone close to me entering into the …

Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

New Life Means Dying

Psalm 102:2: Lord, hear my prayer; let my cry come to you. I cry out. I want all my needs met. This is my childhood program for happiness that refuses to let go. But it must go for me to truly live! My ego will never be satisfied as it will always demand more. As I was sitting in prayer mulling over the psalm verse above, I heard a voice in my heart say, “Yes, I know your needs…but what about the needs of those around you? What if you tried to satisfy their needs …

Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment