viewed according to the senses terrifies and causes fear; but when
viewed with the eyes of faith it consoles and becomes desirable. It
appears terrible to sinners, but lovely and precious to the saints. -
St. Alphonsus Liguori
Alphonsus teaches the proper attitude toward death, which is one of
readiness; of always having one's "debts cleared". He
cautions against letting even one day pass without reflecting on the
certainty of death, the shortness of time and the length of
chapter is a short consideration on some aspect of death, divided
into three points easily understood by people in every state of life.
Each point is followed by reflections and prayers to help one
persevere in his efforts to lead a holy life, St. Alphonsus prefaces
each chapter with a quotation from Scripture designed to touch the
heart of every reader.
is the one journey every man must go through alone. This book
demonstrates how only consistent, thoughtful meditation on this
reality can set people on a more resolute path to holiness.