When Roman Catholic Bishop Romeo Blanchett was told he had terminal cancer, he said to his radio audience, “A terminal disease is not something that should bring despair….Everybody is terminal from the day he is born. Some of us are told a little more clearly that is going to come sooner than others are told. That is a blessing . . . When the Lord wants us and takes us, we will have a better life . . . Death is really the beginning of eternal life. It should be a cause for joy.”

J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.