So, I find myself on the threshold of eternity. O Jesus, chief Shepherd and Bishop of our souls, the mystery of my life and death is in your hands, close to your heart. On the one hand I tremble at the approach of my last hour; on the other hand I trust in you and only look one day ahead. I feel I am in the same condition as St. Aloysius Gonzaga, that is, I must go on with what I have to do, always striving after perfection but thinking still more of God’s mercy.
-St. John XXIII
I Know That My Redeemer Lives
I know that my Redeemer lives, and on that final day of days, his voice shall bid me rise again: unending joy, unceasing praise!
This hope I cherish in my heart: to stand on earth, my flesh restored, and, not a stranger but a friend, behold my Savior and my Lord.