At the Glesga Necropolis

Wee Willie Winkie rins through the toun Upstairs an doonstairs in his nichtgoun Rappin at the windaes, tirlin at the lock Are aa the bairnies in their beds, it’s past echt o clock? There are bairnies sleepin here that niver waukened up Niver saw a simmer’s day, or got the birthin cup Niver watched the […]

Expecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum

For Christians, burial is not the disposal of a thing. It is caring for a person. In burial, we’re reminded that the body is not a shell, a husk tossed aside by the “real” person, the soul within. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Cor. 5:6–8; Phil. […]

My Hower Is Past

Near this place lyeth the body of Ann Clark of town, Midwife, who departed this life the 12th day January, 1733, Aged 77 years. Memento Mori. On harmless babes I did attend Whilst I on earth my life did spend, To help the helpless in their need, I ready was with care and speed, Many […]

I Have Always Desired to Die on Sunday

I see from the number of physicians that you think my condition dangerous, but I thank God, if it is His will, that I am ready to go. […] It is the Lord’s Day; my wish is fulfilled. […] I have always desired to die on Sunday. — Words of General Thomas Jonathan Jackson on […]

Christ Has Prepared a Place for Them

From Fr. Phillips: This is what we believe. We bring to God in prayer all those who have died, and we commend them to His merciful keeping, knowing that for those who are being cleansed in purgatory, they live with the sure hope of eternal life. And while the purgation may be difficult, nonetheless they […]