Many images stream into my mind when I raise this question, some popular: Indiana Jones shouting to a man in a red fez, as the boat gets hacked to pieces by a rotating propeller behind them, “We’re both going to die!”  The man replies, “My soul is prepared.  How’s yours?”
Others are devotional: the mosaic of St. Agnes at the National Shrine, whom we celebrate as a “happy one” (beata), yet martyred at 13 years old.  Some are personal: I think of what someone said after my son, Thomas, died of crib death at seven weeks, “We can all rejoice that

Praise the Lord

Open this link in a new window ... http://www.thecatholicthing.org