Auster to convert
'The last shall be first'!  :)
(03-31-2013, 07:26 PM)Allan Wrote: Baptized followed immediately by death.  Now that's awesome!  Do not pass GO, do not collect $200, etc.


Not directed at you particularly - we all need a reminder of this hard (certainly for lifelong, goodie-two-shoes Catholics like yours truly) teaching:

The kingdom of heaven is like to an householder, who went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And having agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard [. . .]
But about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing, and he saith to them: Why stand you here all the day idle? They say to him: Because no man hath hired us. He saith to them: Go you also into my vineyard.
And when evening was come, the lord of the vineyard saith to his steward: Call the labourers and pay them their hire, beginning from the last even to the first. When therefore they were come, that came about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first also came, they thought that they should receive more: and they also received every man a penny.
And receiving it they murmured against the master of the house, Saying: These last have worked but one hour, and thou hast made them equal to us, that have borne the burden of the day and the heats. But he answering said to one of them: Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst thou not agree with me for a penny? Take what is thine, and go thy way: I will also give to this last even as to thee. Or, is it not lawful for me to do what I will? is thy eye evil, because I am good?
So shall the last be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.

Matthew 20:1-2,6-16

Now [the] elder son was in the field, and when he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing: And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said to him: Thy brother is come, and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe. And he was angry, and would not go in.
His father therefore coming out began to entreat him. And he answering, said to his father: Behold, for so many years do I serve thee, and I have never transgressed thy commandment, and yet thou hast never given me a kid to make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son is come, who hath devoured his substance with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
But he said to him: Son, thou art always with me, and all I have is thine. But it was fit that we should make merry and be glad, for this thy brother was dead and is come to life again; he was lost, and is found.

Luke 15:25-31
I will say a prayer for him anyway on the off chance that he messed his soul up in a hospital bed in a few hour window.  But truly I'm envious a little....we all gotta go sometime, and aside knee deep in a pile of brass while receiving absolution...that's pretty good.
Wow, literally just in time too. Requiéscat in pace.

God bless him and may he rest in peace... He wrote to me once and said nice things about my site. What an honor that was coming from a man as learned and respected as he was!
I only just heard of him, but to know a soul almost certainly in heaven!  Wonderful. 
(04-01-2013, 01:56 AM)Allan Wrote: I only just heard of him, but to know a soul almost certainly in heaven!  Wonderful. 

Maybe I'm wrong, but even if you are baptized just before your death you can still need to go through Purgatory. And we pray for people in Purgatory, not people in Hell.
Yes, he was baptized 15 years ago.  So purgatory is an option.  So say prayers for him.  Still, wonderful news.

Baptism on your deathbed is immediate heaven, by the way.
That poor man suffered so much in the last couple of years with pancreatic cancer.  I am so grateful to God to learn that Mr. Auster converted to the Faith!  That is the most heartwarming news I've heard in a long time.  May he Rest in Peace.

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