THE TASK OF MY LIFE AND THE CONGREGATION TO WHICH I BELONG
IS TO AWAKEN A LOVE FOR THE MISSIONS IN ALL HEARTS
Joy is not an emotion usually associated with death. Birthdays and weddings are joyous occasions – but death?
Perhaps we are looking at things from the wrong perspective: from our own perspective, our own loss, and not that of the dying person who celebrates both a birthday and wedding? The Church celebrates the feast days of its saints on the day they died, calling it their "birthday in heaven". Christ is the bridegroom of every soul, so the moment of death is the moment we meet our Bridegroom face to face for the first time. How could this not be a moment of joy?