A grave marker of a couple is illuminated with a candle as a full moon shines through clouds on All Souls’ Day. The day, observed on Nov. 2, commemorates all the faithful who have died. CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review

Death is not the final word

By 
  • October 30, 2014

“In the sight of the world, he is now dead.” 

Those are some of my favourite words in the entire liturgy, pronounced in the rite of commendation at the end of a funeral Mass. I try to pronounce them slowly and solemnly, with an appropriate sense of finality — “he is now dead”. 

I look forward to them because they are utterly honest. No “passing away”, “he is still with us” or “in a better place.” The reality is that the deceased is, according to the lights of this world, dead. 

Digital Columnists

The article you have requested is only available to subscribers of the Catholic Register.


There are two ways to read this article.

1. Subscribe to our digital edition and read the complete newspaper, plus additional features, on your PC, laptop or tablet.  Subscription rates start at just $3.99.

2. Subscribe to our weekly newspaper and have the print edition delivered right to you door each week.

Comments (0)

There are no comments posted here yet

Leave your comments

Posting comment as a guest. Sign up or login to your account.
Attachments (0 / 3)
Share Your Location