“Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (Jn15:13)
We aren’t discouraged by punishment for our sins. It is meant to train us in self-discipline, so that as we press on in holiness, we can overcome our fear of death. if those who aren’t afraid (“because of the faith which work by love”) are hardly noticed, then there wouldn’t be much glory in martyrdom. And the Lord couldn’t say, “Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John, in his epistle, espressed it in these words. ” As He laid down His Life for us, so ought we to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (1Jn3:16) Therefore, it would be useless to praise those who face death for righteous ‘ sake if death wasn’t really severe trial. But those who overcome the fear of death by their faith, will receive great glory and fair compensation for their faith.
No one should be surprised, therefore, that death is a punishment for previous sins. Neither should it surprise us that the faithful die after their sins are forgiven to exercise the fearlessness of righteousness by conquering their fear of death. AUGUSTINE
Augustine, Saint and Doctor: City of God , Book13 #4 pg414-5 excerpts.
# 4. Why death the punishment of sin is not withheld from those who by the grace of regeneration are absolved from sin
Who would not, then, in company with the infants presented for baptism, run to the grace of Christ, that so he might not be dismissed from the body? And this Faith would not be tested with an unseen reward:
For death was incurred by sinning, now righteousness is fulfilled by dying.
For the righteous prefer by believing to suffer what the first transgressors suffered by not believing. For unless they had not sinned they would not have died; but the martyrs sin if they do not die. The one died because they sinned, the others do not sin because they die.
By the guilt of the first, punishment was incurred: by the punishment of the second, guilt is prevented.
That God has granted to faith this grace, that death, which is the admitted opposite to life, should become the instrument by which life is reached.
I would like to announce the 2019 International Conference on the Shroud of Turin entitled, “Science, Theology and the Turin Shroud” and call for abstracts for oral or poster presentations to be made at the conference. This conference will take place on Wednesday, August 14 to Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Redeemer University, 777 Garner Rd E, in Ancaster, ON, Canada. For details on abstract format, submission, and conference registration, please visit the conference website at: http://custance.org/conference. This conference is being organized by Dr. Gary Chiang, Professor (emeritus) of Biology at Redeemer University and the author of “The Holy Shroud of Turin: a genuine artifact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
CityofGod.blog: Daily Indulgence prayer: [An indulgence of 5 years: A plenary indulgence under usual condition, once a month for the daily devout recitation of this prayer. S.P. Ap., Jul15, 1935]
Almighty, and everlasting god, who hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son to be the redeemer of the world, and hast been pleased to be reconciled unto us by His Blood, grant us, we beseech Thee, so to venerate with solemn worship the price of our salvation, that the power thereof may here on earth keep us from all things hurtful, and the fruit of the same may gladden us for ever hereafter in heaven. through the same Christ our Lord, Amen.
Daily Indugence: The faithful who, at the elevation of the Sacred Host during Mass, OR when It is exposed, recite this ejaculation with faith, piety and love are granted: 7 yrs. Indulgence; a plenary indulgence once a week, if this practice is followed daily, on conditions of confession, Communion and prayer for the intentions of the sovereign Pontiff.
“My Lord and my God!”
Be not faithless heathens but believing!