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162 • Part I. The Creed: The Faith Professed

It is in regard to death that man’s condition is most shrouded in

doubt. Man is tormented not only by pain and by the gradual

breaking-up of his body but also, and even more, by the dread

of forever ceasing to be. But a deep instinct leads him rightly to

shrink from and to reject the utter ruin and total loss of his per-

sonality. Because he bears in himself the seed of eternity, which

cannot be reduced to mere matter, he rebels against death. All

the aids made available by technology, however useful they may

be, cannot set his anguished mind at rest. They may prolong his

life-span; but this does not satisfy his heartfelt longing, one that

can never be stifled, for a life to come. . . .

The Church, taught by divine Revelation, declares that God

has created man in view of a blessed destiny that lies beyond the

limits of his sad state on earth.

—GS, no. 18


May you live in peace this day, may your home be with God

in Zion,

with Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, with Joseph and all the

angels and saints . . .

May you return to [your Creator], who formed you from the

dust of the earth . . .

May you see your Redeemer face to face.

—Prayer of Commendation,

Rite of Commendation of the Dying, no. 220

I am not dying. I am entering eternal life.

—St. Thérèse of Lisieux