St. Alphonsus (c. 1750): “This reflection, that with death all ends, caused St. Francis Borgia to resolve to give himself wholly to God. The Saint had to accompany the body of the Empress Isabella to Granada. When the coffin was opened, every one fled from the horrible sight and odor; but St. Francis, touched by Divine light, remained to contemplate in that corpse the vanity of the world; and gazing on it, exclaimed: ‘Art thou, then, my empress?’… Thus then, he concluded within himself… I will therefore from this day forth serve a master that can never die.” (Preparation For Death, pp. 13-14)
Pope St. Gregory the Great (c. 590): “Forgiveness of sin is bestowed on us only by the baptism of Christ.”
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