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Twelve Advantages to be Derived from the Contemplation of Death July 23, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, error, foolishness, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition.

I haven’t visited Dom Lorenzo Scupoli in some time.  He has some excellent meditations on the Four Last Ends.  This one is on the advantages gained by souls who contemplate their own death on a regular basis.  I found this very good, I pray you do, too!

1. Contemplation of death enables us to judge properly and prevents our being imposed upon in all affairs. With nothing we came into this world, and with nothing shall we leave it.  Why then should we consume our very lives in the accumulation of riches?

No one is to accompany us out of this world and to our final judgment; why then are we so fond of creatures?

The stench and corruption of the grave in which the pampered body is the prey of the lowest vermin shows us the folly of carnal pleasures…..

2. ……..It is our best instructor through life, laying down but one simple rule, which is the direction of all our acts to one last end.  This consideration drives away all the petty troubles which punctuate this life with unfailing regularity; it steadies us on the course and sustains us on the journey.

3. It teaches us to know ourselves, one of the essential points of true wisdom.

4. It teaches us to despise all that this world can offer, and is the solace of all true servants of God.

5. It is like ice, and helps to chill and deaden the fire of concupiscence; it is a bridle which curbs our sensual appetites.

6. It is a continual source of humiliation, a specific remedy against pride and vanity.

7. It is an excellent preservative against sin.  “In all thy works be mindful of thy last end, and thou shalt never sin.”(Eccl VII:40).

8. It brings exasperated minds back to peace and reconciliation.  Whoever considers seriously that a certain and unavoidable death will one day bring him before the Judge Who shows no mercy but to those who show mercy to others, he will easily be induced to forgive.

9. It is an antidote against the pleasures and vanities of the world…..

10.  It teaches us a provident economy with regard to our salvation, by setting before our eyes the transitory character of this life, and the necessity of laying up a treasure of good works while it is in our power to do so.

11. It induces us to embrace penances with a cheerful spirit.

12. It encourages us to persevere in the way of penance with unshakable firmness.

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We live in a culture that is absolutely terrified of growing old, being old, etc.  65 year olds want to be like 28 year olds, wearing skinny jeans and partying.  I think much of this is due to a great, latent fear of death, a fear so great many people have quite willingly bought into the grave error of universal salvation.  So now Catholic funereal Masses are more instant canonizations than they are Requiems imploring prayers for the departed souls.  How many souls languish in Purgatory as a result?

If they are that lucky.  Given the omnipresence of grave sin, Purgatory might not be nearly so populated as it once was.  I pray I’m wrong.  But there is much to be said for contemplating death, the extinguishing of this life, and our judgment before the all-powerful Lord. “It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of Almighty God.”  Indeed, it is.  And we would be very well to contemplate all the four last things, to better prepare ourselves for the end that inevitably awaits all of us.

A far better thing it is to know Jesus




1. Baseballmom - July 24, 2014

Good reminder… Will be sending this on to others…

2. Kim - July 24, 2014

Best article ever. There was a reason human skulls were sometimes displayed in monasteries—–to remind the faithful of the transience of this life.

Lynne - July 24, 2014

I wish this blog had a like button…

Tantumblogo - July 24, 2014

Well, sorry, I killed my Facebook account after one too many egregious embraces of immorality and Church hatred.

That just makes me hard to like…….

skeinster - July 24, 2014

My everyday rosary, an antique which I innocently got on eBay, has a skull bead above the crucifix. I say an Ave on it for the previous owner.

3. Jana - July 25, 2014

I have to say again what a blessing you are to me as a devout traditional Catholic. I don’t even know how I ended up on this blog. The only thing I can think is the Holy Spirit guided me. The Holy Spirit is truly working through you to help save many souls and I’m so blessed to receive all of this life saving information. I know I’ve said these things to you in the past, but I must continue to express my fillings, because I am so thankful. I have two boys and a husband that I know are in mortal sin and these post continue to push me to do penance and fasting for their souls. May God continue to bless you and your family abundantly.

Tantumblogo - July 25, 2014

Jana thank you so much for the kind words. I really appreciate it.

Do you have a spiritual director or at least a good confessor? He may be able to help you with guiding your efforts to be more efficacious both for you and your loved ones. Your first duty is to assure your own salvation. Don’t let familial circumstances ever risk that.

God bless you. I will pray for you! I am sorry for your sufferings, they are so common today.

Jana - July 25, 2014

No, unfortunately my parish has a wolf in sheep’s clothing for a spiritual director and a Priest who when asked serious Catholic religious questions just says “don’t worry about it”. I befriended a retired Priest two years ago and all he could do is try to push me in to being a progressive Catholic. These are just a few reasons why your blog is very helpful to me. I can’t rely anyone in my church or the other churches with-in my community and I’m praying and searching to find the corrections needed due to being blinded and delusional about my faith for so many years. I do want to thank you for asking and your wisdom. God Bless!

Tantumblogo - July 25, 2014

No, no, thank you, I’m just trying to help. I did not mean to sound bossy if I did.

You’re not in Dallas, I take it? No traditional parish around anywhere?

Is there SSPX around? For someone in your situation, I might recommend it. You can e-mail me if you have questions. larryr103@gmail.com

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