11 December 2010

Death is not the end

Today the Church observes the memorial of Pope Saint Damasus I (305-384). Among other things, he is known for writing many of the epithets found in the catacombs. He composed this one for himself:

He who walking on the sea could calm the bitter waves, who gives life to the dying seeds of the earth; he who was able to loose the mortal chains of death, and after three days’ darkness could bring again to the upper world the brother for his sister Martha: he, I believe, will make Damasus rise again from the dust.
May he make each of us rise again from the dust. Come, Lord Jesus! Maranatha!

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