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Philippe de Maistre: "Death offers the ultimate opportunity to reveal the best of oneself"

2021-10-27T15:56:13.530Z

INTERVIEW - The priest invites us to allow the dying to “stay alive until the end”. A vigorous reflection on the eve of the All Saints' Day celebrations.



Former chaplain general of the Stanislas college in Paris, Philippe de Maistre is currently parish priest of Saint-André de l'Europe.

He publishes

Dying Alive.

A spirituality of the end of life

(Éditions Le Laurier).

LE FIGARO Why a book on death?

Philippe DE MAISTRE.-

To talk about life!

Death is not a "side" of life.

Life and death are two sides of the same coin.

All philosophers invite people to consider death in order to live better.

And the Christian faith sees in death a passage to life.

Our time does not cease to separate death and life.

We die far from home, most often in the hospital.

Death is thus driven from life.

But life is also driven out of death.

Because we no longer see the last moments as a time to live.

They are denied any value, failing to place them in the perspective of eternal life.

Suddenly, we spend a lot of energy to shorten them by euthanasia or to erase them by therapeutic relentlessness and sedation.

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Source: lefigaro

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