Christians and followers of other faiths share the doubts of our rational society. Churches don?t really discuss death and the afterlife ? perhaps they are embarrassed by such old-fashioned notions? As a reaction New Age books have brought ?near-death experiences? to public attention. These are common in all cultures and tell the same story. On leaving the body the person travels up a long tunnel of light. To welcome them is the Love which created the universe in the human form shaped by their religion on earth ? Jesus, the Virgin Mary or a divine figure of another faith. In meditation we too catch glimpses of eternity. We connect with the Divine life-force embodying love, joy, peace and Marian Dunlop?s other Words of Life. St. Paul says that the world?s wisdom is foolishness compared with God?s (1 Corinthians 1:17-28). On the spiritual path everything is upside-down from how society sees it. Even our bodily decline and the winding way into dementia prepare us to let go as we approach eternity. Dr. Kubler Ross called another book: Death: the final stage of growth. It is the mystery our society is most afraid of. St. Paul describes our glimpses of eternity: ?For now we see through a glass darkly: but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know even as also I am known.? (1 Corinthians 13:12). So what is the meaning of life?

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