5. From Death to Love
Our consumer culture is afraid of death. Ignores it. As if it didn't exist. We will not find it on billboards - there we see only "happy" people shopping. The culture of money makes no mention of death because it undermines its assumptions that you must have as much as possible, more than others, focus on having (and not being), be better than others in order to be happy. You cannot stop, you do not have time to think about the meaning of life, let alone death, and the whole list of questions that they provoke. In this way, the culture of productivity delights people around the world, telling them that this is life .

Fortunately, reality defends itself. One day we find out that our loved one is sick with a terminal illness... In an instant our whole world is falling apart! We realize that we've wasted years on insignificant things! We didn't notice the most important thing. We've lived so many years without asking ourselves "what is the meaning of this life?". It is too late now. We were fooled. The death of the other clearly showed us that what we have led so far was not real life. And such moments are the last hope to wake us up. For a mature encounter with death that can bring us a lot of peace and stability. It can help us live really.

And how do you approach the death? What do you do when someone loses a loved one? Do you have the courage to enter into the experience of death with that person? Talk about it? When your friends leave, do you realize that you could be next? Today I invite you to the CONTEMPLATION OF DEATH. It is a wisdom practice present in various religions, from the Christian "memento mori" or "Spiritual Exercises" of Ignatius Loyola to the "Maranasati" of the Buddha. It allows us to see what is truly important in life.

You can do this exercise in the dark. Turn off the lights, cover windows, blinds, blinds. Feel like immersed in death for the next 20 minutes.You can do this exercise using a computer, tablet or phone. After the Exercise there will be a kind of anonymous sharing to get inspired by others. At the beginning:
Have a seat in a peaceful place...
Take a few deep breaths...
Say "yes" to everything that comes from within you...

Artur Pruś SJ (arczi@jesuits.net)
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