Eternity draws near

Eternity Draws Near!

YOU must die; be always prepared.
You may die when you least think of it.
You will die, and the moment of death will decide your lot for Eternity
Consider, meditate, ponder well that terrible word–Eternity.

O Eternity, which alone deserves our care and solicitude!
O Eternity, which alone is neglected and forgotten by the generality of mankind!
Who will give to mine eyes a fountain of tears that I may weep over this forgetfulness of Eternity?
O Eternity, who shall measure thy depth; who shall sound thy boundless abyss?
Millions and millions of ages are nothing, when compared with Eternity!
After millions and millions of years there will still remain a never-ending Eternity.

Everything else passes away; but Eternity never passes away.
Happy the just, who shall reign with God during a whole Eternity
Woe to unhappy sinners! if they die in mortal sin they shall suffer for all Eternity.

Yes, my soul, after this short life thou must live for ever either in a state of endless happiness or of endless misery.
Thou art now suspended between these two Eternities; one or the other must be thy final lot.
Canst thou hesitate to choose between an Eternity of happiness or an Eternity of misery?

What then wilt thou do?

Think of death, which is the gate to Eternity.
Think of judgment, which is to decide thy lot for Eternity.
Think of hell, which is the abode of a miserable Eternity.
Think of heaven, which is the habitation of a happy Eternity:
Continually labor to secure the all-important concern of Eternity
Repent, watch, pray, suffer patiently all the evils of this life, and strive courageously for a happy Eternity.

O Lord, spare me not in time, provided Thou spare me for
Eternity!


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Blessed are those who die in the Lord

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Who wrote this? Just curious

I would rather just think about the present and do the best I can with it.

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Don’t see a specific author. I asked but haven’t received an answer yet.

It struck me as very goth, which to me isn’t a bad thing.

Every human person on the face of the earth could do far worse than to read and meditate on this daily.

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Unfortunately, I’m of the generation to whom the word “Eternity” evokes an 80s perfume by Calvin Klein that used to have adverts with gothy models whispering “Eternity”. When it gets to the “O Eternity” point, I’m hearing their voices again.

Having brushed up against eternity twice in the last
couple of years, (heart attack in 2018, and full cardiac arrest on an operating table this July) this was good to read.

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It’s certainly sobering and somber, and I’m guessing the person who wrote this did not like to go to many parties.

To me, the word “eternity” evokes the poem by Andrew Marvell called “To His Coy Mistress,” from my college years:

But at my back I always hear
Time’s winged chariot hurrying near:
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast Eternity.

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Sad really, that people can be so saturated with worldly sights and sounds and delights that they think that is all there is… also sad that our young people have scarcely heard the word eternity… As an aside, I was bemoaning the thought I had that my own grandchildren (and children) have no appreciation of the old gospel songs…At least the old songs could teach them something of God’s goodness!

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IIRC, "Blessed are the dead… " is from Holy Scripture.

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‘if men knew what eternity is, they would do everything to change their lives.’ - St Jacinta

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A site says that the author’s name is Fr. Peter Carota, he passed away in July 2016:

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