Pilgrims Who Journey to the Shores of Eternity

Sea of TiberiusHave you ever stopped to reflect on just how short our lives on earth are? 

Currently, the number of people living in the United States who have attained age 100 is between 96,000 and 97,000.  And this number is inflated due to the large number of rural/farm people who lived here a hundred years ago. How many of you are blessed to have known your grandparents or grandchildren? Fewer than you would think.

Chances are very good that in 100 years, no one you know now will be alive on earth, including you, of course. But we will all be alive beyond death, in one place or another, but not here. After just two generations, most of us are, for all practical purposes, forgotten… but never by God.

So as you travel through this world, enjoy the wonderful, beautiful creation God has entrusted to you, but keep your sight fixed firmly on Heaven and the One who awaits you on the shores of etenity.

From the Universal Prayer:

Teach me to realize that this world is passing, that my true future is the happiness of heaven, that this life on earth is short, and the life to come, eternal. Help me to prepare for death, with a proper fear of judgment, but a greater trust in Your goodness, Lead me safely through death to the endless joy of heaven… Amen

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Deacon Michael Bickerstaff is the Editor in chief and co-founder of the The Integrated Catholic Life.™ A Catholic Deacon of the Roman Rite for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Deacon Bickerstaff is assigned to St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church where he is the Director of Adult Education and Evangelization.

He is a co-founder of the successful annual Atlanta Catholic Business Conference; the Chaplain of the Atlanta Chapter of the Woodstock Theological Center’s Business Conference; and Chaplain of the St. Peter Chanel Faith at Work Business Association and co-founder and Chaplain of the Marriages Are Covenants Ministry, both of which serve as models for similar parish-based ministries.

He and his wife have two adult children, one daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.

NB: The views I express on this site are my own. I am not an official spokesman for either my parish or diocese.

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