Tarry for the Nonce

March 15, 2006

A Last Amen

Filed under: Religion — lmwalker @ 2:41 pm

I think Pope John Paul II was a very brave man.

[Dr. Renato] Buzzonetti recounts how on March 31, three days before his death, the ailing Pope was attending mass in his chapel when he felt a “sudden chill and violent shaking”.

His temperature quickly rose to nearly 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). He suffered septic shock caused by an infection of the urinary tract and cardio-circulatory collapse . . .

He started slipping in and out of consciousness at about 7:30 a.m. of April 2, the day he died. Later in the day he muttered his last comprehensible words in Polish (“Let me go to the house of the Father”) before entering a coma and dying at 9:37 p.m.

I don’t know precisely what a “cardio-circulatory collapse” is, but I know I don’t want one. I hope I die with such grace.

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