George A. Sprecace M.D., J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New London, P.C.

Life After Death

Here is a thumb-nail sketch of Life...and of Life after Death, thanks to The Book of Wisdom of the Holy Bible, and to a brief commentary by Rev. Joseph Castaldi of St. Joseph Parish in New London, Ct. 
     "God did not make death,
           nor does He rejoice in the destruction of the living. 
      For He fashioned all things that they might have being;
           and the creatures of the world are wholesome,
      and there is not a destructive drug among them
           nor any domain of the netherworld on earth,
          for justice is undying.
      For God formed man to be imperishable;
          the image of His own nature He made him. 
      But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world,
          and they who belong to his company experience it."
Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24
"Until 1963, the Catholic Church not only preferred burial of the body in a tomb, but actually prohibited cremation.  That prohibition was in response to a prevailing attitude connected with cremation which denied the resurrection of the dead and the immortality of the soul.  Today's changing economic, geographic, ecological and family factors have led the Church to shift its position.  The Catholic Church, while still preferring burial in a tomb now permits cremation 'in case of necessity' as long as that procedure is not chosen as a denial of Christian teaching.  The Church prefers the burial of the body in the ground or in a tomb for these reasons.  It imitates the example of Christ.  It emphasizes the dignity of the human body.  It strengthens our belief in personal resurrection.  It counters the current popularity and acceptance of re-incarnation.  It provides a foretaste of the transformation which takes place after the death and the resurrection of the body.  It facilitates the grieving process."

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