THOUGHT OF DEATH
man who lives daily with the thought of death is a saint. But not every
desire for death is good. A sinner usually prays humbly for death; but the
man who does not want to change his ways may, in sheer despair, actually
long for death. And there are some who are completely insensitive; they have
no fear of death for a while.
And so it
is asked: "If the thought of death is good for us, why has God
concealed from us the day of our death?" Because if we knew when we
would die, we would lead sinful lives up to the end with the intent of
being good at the last moment, not realizing that our bad lives will
confirm us in evil up to the last moment without any possibility of
lament over your sins, do not entertain the thought that God is so good that
He will save you at all cost. This thought is good for those who easily
despair. But this thought diverts you from discovering your sins and removes
the fear of God (which removes all fears).
The man who
wants to constantly think of death and God's judgment and who, at the same
time, gives in to worldly distraction and cares, is like someone trying to
swim and clap his hands. The remembrance of death reduces the desire to be
involved in the cares of the world.
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THOUGHT OF DEATH REMOVES ALL FEARS
A monk once
said that the thought of death is the only consolation for a human body that
is destined to die and decay. And another monk, Hesychius, said that the
thought of death will prevent you from ever committing a sin.
constant remembrance of death is a gift from God. He often denies it to
those burying someone in the cemetery, but gives it to those alone in their
rooms. It is a sign that the Christian soul loves nothing of the things of