Daniel A. Lord, S.J.
an M.A. in Philosophy from St. Louis University and later was ordained as a priest in 1923.
Death, admittedly, one would wish to postpone for as long as possible. But to live always, without
end—this, all things considered, can only be monotonous and ultimately unbearable. This is precisely
the point made, for example, by Saint Ambrose, one of the Church Fathers:
“Death was not part of nature; it became part of nature. God did not decree death from the beginning;
he prescribed it as a remedy. Human life, because of sin ... began to experience the burden of
wretchedness in unremitting labour and unbearable sorrow. There had to be a limit to its evils; death
had to restore what life had forfeited. Without the assistance of grace, immortality is more of a burden
than a blessing... Death is, then, no cause for mourning, for it is the cause of mankind's salvation”.
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