The group considered, “In our day dying and death are often treated as taboo subjects or certainly with discomfort and sadness rather than a celebration of a life. It is not often that an opportunity is created for final words and wishes of someone about to leave this life? Although deep down the question is hanging there, ‘What are the greatest legacies of my life that I as a parent can leave? Would it be material success in life or seeing integrity in my children?’” Would it be love? The attached image attached of a Jacues Brel song is worth downloading in full, just the words, or the song from youtube is meaningful.
When David’s time to die drew near he said to his son Solomon, “I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, show yourself a man and keep the charge of the Lord, your God, walking in his ways, that you may prosper in all that you do. The Lord spoke concerning me, saying, “If your sons take heed to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail to be a man on the throne of Israel. 1 Kings 2:1-12.
Pope Francis: Whether believers or not, we are agreed today that the earth is essentially a shared inheritance, whose fruits are meant to benefit everyone. For believers this becomes a question of fidelity to the Creator, since God loves everyone and created the world for everyone. LS93