Are you feeling overwhelmed by the events of this past year and the continued confusion, division, and unrest around the world?
There’s a practice in the Catholic tradition that can help you to keep things in perspective and grow closer to Jesus.
The time to begin or enter more deeply into this fruitful, life-changing practice recommended by many of the saints is now!
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Based on Remember Your Death: Memento Mori Lenten Devotional by Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP, this email series will provide links to the readings of the day, an audio version of the Memento Mori Daily Examen, a short reflection excerpt from the devotional, as well as inspiring quotes from the saints!*
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Memento mori, or “remember your death,” was a phrase popular in medieval times. But remembering one’s death in order to live well is an ancient tradition that stretches back for millennia, to before the coming of Christ. The Book of Sirach urges, “In whatever you do, remember your last days, and you will never sin” (7:38). In the New Testament, Jesus exhorted his disciples to carry their cross daily (see Lk 9:23) which is another way of saying “Remember your death.” The Rule of Saint Benedict, written for monks in the 6th century, includes the imperative to “keep death daily before one’s eyes.” Stoic philosophers also speak of the importance of remembering death in order to live well. There is a long non-Christian and Christian tradition of the value of remembering one’s death. The practice can be valuable for non-Christians as well as for Christians. But for Christians, it’s entirely different. For us, death is illuminated by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Remembering death is more about remembering that Christ has saved us from the death of sin.
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble is at the forefront of reviving the ancient discipline of memento mori (“remember your death”). She was inspired by her order’s founder, Blessed James Alberione, who kept a skull on his desk to remind him of his inevitable death. She has written several resources to help people to meditate on their death regularly including a journal, a Lenten devotional, a prayer book on all the Last Things, and an upcoming Advent 2021 devotional.