Memento Mori: How a skull on your desk will change your life

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By keeping death "daily before one's eyes," life is made better.

Someday you will die.


I’ll write that again, since you are reading online and most likely are distracted.

Someday you will die.

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How might your life be different if every day you reminded yourself of this fact?

There’s no avoiding the reality of your impending death. Unless Jesus comes again during your lifetime, you will die. Whether suddenly and tragically or peacefully at the end of a long life, you will eventually close your eyes, never to reopen them.

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Focusing on your death may seem morbid, unhealthy, disturbing, and perhaps even diabolical. And in some cases it can become so. Death in itself is an evil. Saint Augustine wrote that death is “the very violence with which body and soul are wrenched asunder.” But Jesus has changed the nature of death for those who believe. Before becoming pope, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger once wrote: “The sting of death is extinguished in Christ.”

A long-standing Christian tradition recognizes the powerful spiritual value in remembering one’s death in order to live well. The Rule of Saint Benedict, written in the 6th century, includes the imperative to “keep death daily before one’s eyes.” As the Catechism points out, both Scripture and the teachings of the Church remind us of “the responsibility incumbent upon man to make use of his freedom in view of his eternal destiny” (1036, emphasis mine).

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The practice of remembering that you will die helps you to keep in mind that your life will...
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