How to Have a Happy Death

Death is often marked by sadness and loss. For many, death is something fearful. However, there is a way to have a happy death. Fr. Josh Johnson responds to the question, “How does a person die well?” He offers advice on dying well and an example of an individual who died well.

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Keep death always before your eyes.


Glory Story (1:19)

Question (4:50)

How can a person die well?

Saint Story: St. Moses the Black (15:10)

St. Moses the Black or St. Moses the Ethiopian lived a very interesting life. In the earlier part of his life, he was a slave until he was suspected of theft. He was then dismissed. From there, his life took a downward spin as he turned completely to a life of thievery. After years in this life, he was running from the authorities and saugh shelter with some monks in the desert.

Moses was inspired by the monks’ lives, so he converted and joined their community. It was not easy for Moses to change his life. He worked incredibly hard at growing in virtue and prayer. He felt the weight of his sins and his imperfection. The community showed him much grace and kindness.

Eventually, Moses became a priest and the leader of the community. When he was about seventy-five years old, word reached the community that a gang was going to attack the community. Moses with seven others remained and greeted the gang with peace. However, all of them were martyred. 

The feast of St. Moses the Black is on August 28th.


Meet Fr. Josh Johnson

While Fr. Josh was raised Catholic, he didn’t like the Church growing up. Then, one day in adoration, he fell in love with Jesus and received the call to become a priest.

Now, Fr. Josh is the Vocations Director of the Diocese of Baton Rouge in Louisiana. He is a presenter in four of Ascension’s programs: Altaration, YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body, The 99, and Connected: Catholic Social Teaching for This Generation, as well as the author of Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation, Pocket Guide to Adoration, and co-author of Pocket Guide to Reconciliation.

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