are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Should we want to know what is truly in the hearts of men, then there is no better way than listening to their last words. Below are collected the last words of a few of those spirits who have departed this world, both the spirits of saints of the first millennium and those of secular people of the second millennium, some of whom at least strove to rise above the vanities of this world.
be to God for all things.
and be kind to one another.
peace and love.
for those who were martyring him: Lord have mercy on their souls.
my Christ I was, and am, and shall be.
be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost.
on his martyrdom: I thank the Lord Jesus,
Son of the Living God.
don't know! I don't know!
desire to die and be with Christ.
the depths of the riches and the goodness of the knowledge of God!
will be done.
great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
basis of Christianity is love: God is love. To attempt to establish any
other creed will only, in the end, be folly.
banner over me was love.
have mercy on my soul.
issue now is clear: it is between light and darkness and everyone must
choose his side.
am going to the inevitable.
would conclude this short note with the dying words of an old Irish woman,
who lived in a tiny earth-floored cottage on the west coast of Ireland
at the beginning of this century:
More details of the book "The Lighted Way" and where to buy it, can be found on The English Orthodox Trust page of this site.