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The Evening of Life


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Excerpts from the Preface: “It is a mistake to suppose that only the old can calmly meditate upon old age and death.” This book, one of the “most beautiful on this subject … represents the Christian standpoint on old age. Philosophy can render old age bearable, but Christian faith alone can make it desirable, beautiful, and hopeful. Old age without the consolations of religion is moonlight as compared to sunlight. Our century largely lacks these consolations, and hence is restless and unhappy. The saddest part of it is, that it is symptomatic of an orphaned, soul-starved race seeking unconsciously its Father. For, on the day when all that is immortal in us shall go forth empty-handed into eternity, all the acquired money of this world and all the fleeting pleasures purchased by it, will be a worthless passport at the gate of heaven compared to Faith and Hope and Charity.”
This book is composed of 17 chapters. Just to mention a few: Old age, Thanksgiving, Science and Belief, The Church Authority, Retirement and others; but the most consoling words are found in the last chapter: Preparation, the End. That chapter alone makes the entire book worthwhile! Allow me, then, to mention a few points from that chapter. “The truth is, that not only must we old men die, but we must die soon. It should be borne in mind that sudden death is an evil only when there has been no preparation for it. Its suddenness is no longer a surprise, when it comes to one who is ready to receive it at any moment in any way. Do you wish to know my remedy for all the dangers, disappointments, and sorrows of this life? It is the thought of death.” This last chapter has words of advice and consolation about the gradual separation from persons and things but above all else it reduces the anxiety of those concerned about a painful death. The approach of death is inevitable to all but to the old it is inevitably near.

 

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