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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Ending well

Moving toward the end of the calendar year, the Church begins to remind us of the end of time.  In the Office of Readings, the books at the end of the Old Testament, the books of Maccabees and the book of Daniel the prophet are read.

At the end of our lives, St. John of the Cross writes, we will be judged by love—first, because our judge will himself be all-loving and, secondly, because the quality of our love, or its lack, will drive us from God or unite us to him.  For some people, this life seems to end even before death, because they can never move beyond a particular success or failure that determines the rest of their days; they drop out of life and seem to lose the sense of challenge or adventure that love invites us to.  For believers in a God whose love is infinite, this life can be marked and shaped by love constantly growing, even as bodily powers diminish.

Francis Cardinal George, OMI

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