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If you are able, do not hesitate to assist at someone’s holy death. You will never regret it.
By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine, Jan. 5, 2023
Austin Ruse is a contributing editor to Crisis Magazine. His latest book, Under Siege: No Finer Time to be a Faithful Catholic, is now available from Crisis Publications.
How beautiful the deathbed of Benedict must have been. What a wonder to have been there.
We are a bit spooked by death and dying. Seeing a body in a coffin at a wake is a jarring thing. But to be there as someone lay dying? That is a whole other thing, a profound thing.
Five years ago, journalist Kate O’Beirne lay dying of lung cancer at Georgetown University Hospital. Word began to circulate that her friends had gathered around her bed to say the Rosary with her. I felt great envy that I was not among them. Kate was my friend and sometimes mentor, but for some reason, I lacked the courage to ask to go. …