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Cochrane Prayer Night September 16

Fr. Matthew moves from reflecting on holy living to holy dying. Memento mori is a latin phrase that exhorts us to remember that we will die, something we are encouraged to do in Scripture, Sirach 7:36. He discusses the Cult of Melancholia and the 17th century Caroline Divines who emphasized the importance of considering a Christian death while you are healthy in order to prepare for it as a necessary step in eternal life with Christ. This contrasts with society today, which invests countless dollars in trying to convince us to avoid our own mortality.

He ends with a quotation for reflection from John Donne's own meditations prior to his death:

The church is Catholic, universal, so are all her actions; all that she does belongs to all. When she baptizes a child, that action concerns me; for that child is thereby connected to that body which is my head too, and ingrafted into that body whereof I am a member. And when she buries a man, that action concerns me: all mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated; God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice; but God's hand is in every translation, and his hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again for that library where every book shall lie open to one another.