As we begin each day, let us contemplate on the four last things namely Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell for a few minutes. The thought of the four last things should help us to avoid all sin in our day-to-day life. Let us prepare ourselves for our death by being in a state of grace because the day and hour is unknown. It maybe today. It maybe this hour. It maybe this minute. So let us not wait till tomorrow to confess our sins. Let us align our will with the Will of God. Let us be ready to accept whatever kind of death he has in mind for us.
O Lord God, I look ahead to the end of my life, and with true contrition for having offended Thee, I accept in advance, from Thy loving hands, whatever death it will please Thee to send me. I accept this death with all its pains, anguish and suffering, in reparation for my sins and for love of Thee. I rely on Thine all-powerful grace to see me through my last hours, moment by moment, and to bring me home to a happy eternity with Thee forever. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Mary, mother of departing souls, pray for us.
St. Joseph, Patron of a Happy Death, pray for us.