Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Prayer for a happy death 求快乐死祷文

Death is a terrifying reality...

Death is a frightening word...

Every one wishes for a good death...

Every one wishes for a good death and to be buried in a good place....

But Christians.. or rather Catholics are very courageous in facing death ... because they believed if you died with Jesus, you will rise with Jesus. Death is a transformation, a beginning of a new life, the eternal resurrected life!

But Catholics are afraid that they have no burial place!

Yes, Christians are facing shortage of burial grounds (public) especially in Klang Valley. All cemeteries are filled up to the brim, and government are dragging feet in providing new grounds ...

This morning, our Parish Priest Fr. William, his Assistant Fr. George, Parish Pastoral Council Chairman Francis Ooi and veteran leader Robert Tan went for a meeting with Archbishop Murphy Pakiam and Archdiocesan Finance Committee representative Datuk Lim Boh Ang (Asst Finance Administrator) regarding cemetery matters. I was invited by the Parish Priests to "tag" along to the meeting.

Maybe we can learn from the Chinese community in Malaysia... more far sighted in owning burial land and not relying solely on government provision.

Any way this is not the main thing I wanted to share about the meeting but something out of the meeting.

After the meeting, we met Tan Sri Lim, the Finance Administrator, who missed the meeting due to prior engagement. He is 93 years old still going strong, keeping busy and living healthy. Robert and I chatted with him ....... he shared with us a "Prayer for a happy death" by St. Theresa, the Little Flower.

I am not sure whether it is an original prayer composed by St. Theresa de Lisieux (may be some one can enlighten me) but definitely a good prayer to share:

By St. Therese – The Little Flower

Dear Jesus, thank you for the gift of life
And for the blessing
To be among those who know you are the Son of God.

Thank you for the gift of sight
That lets me see the wondrous things you made
And for my soul to help me see beyond my sight.

Thank you for all things
And especially my heart in which you placed
Magnetic seeds of grace that draw me forever to your love.

I know you hold me forever in the palm of your hand
And shield me forever with your holy face.
Yet, as years go by, Lord,
I fear the yoke of sickness and pain
And worry how my life will end.

And so I humbly come to ask you, Lord,
That when my time comes to leave here below,
Do not call me by a sudden death,
Not by accident that tears the body apart;
Not by illness that leaves the mind confused,
Or the senses impaired;
Not with a heart filled with hate,
Or a body wracked with pain;
Not abandoned, lonely, without love, or care;
Not by my own hands in a moment of despair.

Jesus, let death come as a friend
To set and linger with me until you call my name.

Then let me enter your heavenly home
To receive your final gift of grace
To be near you forever
And look upon the Divine Countenance of your Holy face.















溪水信女 said...

Thank you for posting the prayer! The one i learn from my mother since young is this simple version and we pray in our mother tongue, Teochew





Anonymous said...

我喜欢这样 "干净俐落" 的祷文,被主垂听的机会大,因为耶稣说过:「你们祈祷时,不要唠唠叨叨,如同外邦人一样,因为他们以为只要多言,便可获得垂允。你们不要跟他们一样,因为你们的父,在你们求他以前,已知道你们需要什么。(玛6:7-8 )

Agnes C said...