The Final Conversations of a Dying Priest
Father Arne Panula died quite publicly and for a very long time.
We kept hearing the end was near, but he kept on going and going. Besides in his coffin, the last time I saw him was when he took the podium at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast and offered a prayer. This movie-star-handsome man looked terrible: hair gone, skeletal, bruises covering his head from the treatment he was receiving. And yet he was there.
Much like Pope St. John Paul the Great, Father Arne showed us how to suffer and how to die.
For those who don’t know, Father Arne ran a