"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Prayer for a Happy Death by Corazon C. Aquino

Prayer for a Happy Death
By Corazon C. Aquino (1994)

Almighty God, most merciful Father
You alone know the time
You alone know the hour
You alone know the moment
When I shall breathe my last.

So, remind me each day,
Most loving Father
To be the best that I can be.
To be humble, to be kind,
To be patient, to be true.

To embrace what is good,
To reject what is evil,
To adore only You.
When the finial moment does come
Let not my loved ones grieve for long.

Let them comfort each other
And let them know
How much happiness
They brought in life.

Let them pray for me,
As I will continue to pray for them,
Hoping that they will always pray
For each other.

Let them know that they made possible
Whatever good I offered to our world.

And let them realize t hat our separation
Is just for a short while
As we prepare for our reunion in eternity.

Our Father in heaven,
You alone are my hope.
You alone are my salvation.

Thank you for your unconditional love. Amen.

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