Thought for the Day – 9 January – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
“The greatest lesson in life springs from reflection on death.
Whoever does not learn, how to live, from death, will never learn anything from anybody!
We MUST DIE and we DIE ONLY ONCE.
This is a test which we shall never have a chance to repeat!
This thought should inspire in us a healthy fear of sin and an ardent desire to be more closely united with God and more faithful in the observance of His law.
As a special fruit of this mediation, let us form the resolution of asking for the last Sacraments at the hour of death, instead of waiting until our relatives are obliged to exhort us to receive them.
It is not a sentence but a gift, for which we ask.
It is the greatest gift which God’s mercy could grant us in that final and decisive moment of our lives .
There is another resolution which we ought to make.
We should live everyday as if it were our last but, we should work as tirelessly as if we never had to die!”