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Hope: The Confidence in Something Unseen

“Never lose hope in God’s mercy.”  —The Rule of St. Benedict, Ch. 4 At one point in the ceremony in which a monk makes his final profession, he chants this verse from the Psalms: “Uphold me, O Lord, according to your promise and I shall live. And do not confound me in my expectation.” Then he lays face down on the
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Grief: The Loss of Something Good

“Day by day remind yourself that you are going to die.” —The Rule of St. Benedict, Ch. 4  Bell no. 5 tolls … One stroke for each year of profession … A monk has died. The toll of the bell is the way death is announced in the life of the monastery. The bell has scarcely finished tolling out the years before the
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Questions to Consider Before You Prepay

You may have considered preplanning, or even prepaying, for your funeral arrangements. Planning for your funeral, or the funeral of a loved one, in advance can help you make informed decisions. If you plan to prepay for your funeral expenses, the Federal Trade Commission suggests considering these issues before
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Kindred Spirits

Excerpted from “Kindred Spirits,” written by Archabbot Justin DuVall, OSB Friends and guests who have taken part in the funeral of a monk at the abbey often walk away from the cemetery feeling at a loss for words. They have just peered down into an open grave where a plain poplar coffin marked with a
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Let’s Talk About Death

“I know this is gross…” “I know this is morbid…” “If I die…”  One thing that all people have in common is the fact that someday we will die. It’s a part of living. From the moment we are born, we are dying. And yet it is one of the most difficult conversations to start and to have. Because we
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