Advice For A Dying Faithful

Blessed Virgin and Child

After my last post, a reader who would like to remain anonymous informed me of her stage IV incurable cancer. She is aware that this is a great grace, as I (and many of our ancestors) have maintained for very long.

The reader asks for my advice. I posted below my first thoughts, then cancelled as I became aware that the reader, in a following comment, asked to remain anonymous.

 Hi ,
sad to hear, but really: a great grace.
I do not have to give you any different advice than any good priest would, I think, give you.
Spend as much time as you can in prayer. Take absolute care that you go to confession often and have provided for the Last Rites (God Forbid, relatives think to keep him away from you in order to let you believe things are not so advanced!). Put every suffering at the head of the Cross. But what I would like to do, is to pray as much as I can before and after caring that I am not in mortal sin. Rosary, litanies, other traditional devotions, I think everything will do, but the Rosary first. Today’s rosary is for you.
What, I think, you can *also* do is to arrange for a Gregorian Mass to be celebrated, for you after your death. Contact a good priest, or write to the SSPX. You can also have a Gregorian Mass said from Aid to the Church in Need. I believe you can do it yourself, otherwise ask a person of your trust to do it for you (you leave him the money of course).
Again: sad to hear, but a great grace. I wish some of the people I loved most had been given the same privilege. I for myself would consider myself lucky and would see in it a great sign of predestination.

I ask my reader to say their rosary for this faithful Catholic today (name not necessary) and to add whatever other idea they would have (I am assuming the earthly ones, like a will, have long been taken care of).

Posted on October 16, 2018, in Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. And, enroll in the magnificent Sacramental, the Brown Scapula.

  2. Well, I have a friend that cured himself of Stage IV cancer. He authored the book, “The Doctor Who Cures Cancer”.

    I’ll offer prayers for this person. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Margaret Costello

    If I were in this person’s shoes, I would make sure that any hospice care I receive does not drug me into oblivion or commit passive euthanasia via large doses of pain drugs. If I could swing daily communion, that would be awesome too:+) And yes, making sure I have the Gregorian Masses said for me would be the icing on the cake. That way if blood family messes up and gives me a horrid Mass or no Mass at all, I’m covered:+)

    All that pain and suffering is a HUGELY powerful weapon…a sacred time. If they have family members or loved ones away from the faith, I would offer it up for them. And I’d get the Brown Scapular around my neck too:+)

    God bless~

  4. My pastor recommended asking for an Apostolic Blessing when receiving the Last Rites. He said it remits the punishment of sins committed.

  5. Both my parents had cancer and my mother died at a young age from it. I have also always thought it was a great grace. One other piece of advice is to make a general confession. Take care and I will pray for you.

  6. God bless this lady, our spiritual friend. I will pray for you in my rosary. We are all headed there, any of us reading this may go ahead of you, we never know what each day will bring. Every day there are souls going up and souls coming down. We’re all in this human journey together. Please God, have mercy. Amen.

  7. I would also add the suggestion to bring in the hospital books dealing with the matter, I think Garrigou-Lagrange’s “Life Everlasting” would (together with Gospels etc.) be very useful.

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