Posted by: fvbcdm | April 20, 2012

Feast of Saint Anthony Pavoni (19 April 2012)

In this morning’s email, I received a story from a friend of mine about a dying patient who had confided to his doctor that he was afraid to die.  The doctor brought his dog to the dying man’s home but left the dog outside the room when he went into the sickroom. They could hear the scratching and whining outside door.  The doctor said to the sick man, “You hear that?  It is my dog, wanting very much to get into this room.  He has never been in here before and he has no idea what is in this room, except that he knows I am in here—his master.  And he wants to be with me.  The doctor opened the door, and the dog leaped in, happy to be with his master again.  The doctor said to the patient: we should be like that.  We don’t know what heaven will be like, but we know that our beloved Master will be there, and therefore we should be eager to be with him, as my dog was to be with me.

That reminded me of the little conversation that took place in the sickroom of Saint Therese of Lisieux shortly before she died.  Her doctor leaned over her bed and asked her, “Sister, are you resigned to die?”  (He didn’t know what sort of person he was dealing with.)  She looked up at him in surprise and answered, “Resigned to DIE?  Doctor, I am resigned to LIVE!” Death was not a problem for her; living was.  That is a truly Christian outlook.  Let us think about that. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

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