Our pre-Christian and early Christian ancestors knew something about death because they lived so closely to it. They lived it in the annual cycle of planting and harvesting; of feasting and fasting; of spring, summer, fall and winter. They lived close to it in the human cycle of birth and death and they were conscious of another world beyond the grave. This other world is for us a source of hope and joy because there we see what happens to those who not only live lightly with death, but who live in the constant presence of Jesus.

-Br. James Koester, SSJE

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