Dispositions for a Good Death
St. Louis Grignion de Montfort
These dispositions are believed to be written by St. Louis Marie de Montfort. On the eve of his death, a copy was found among the effects of the missionaries accompanying the Saint. It is preserved in the general archives of the Company of Mary.
Think of death every day.
Death is certain.
Live a good life.
Make your Will as soon as you can.
Follow the practices of the Saints to remind you of death & prepare for it
Endure sickness patiently for these reasons:
God sends it to you.
Receive the Sacraments of Penance, Holy Eucharist & Extreme Unction.
Choose two good friends to help you.
Resist the temptations of the Devil.
Resist any temptations to vainglory and presumption.
Do not be misled by friends and relatives.
Follow the example of Jesus and forgive all your enemies from the depths of your heart.
Ask pardon of those you have offended, and of those you caused to offend God.
Commit your souls into the hands of God.
Commit your body to the earth, and willingly accept that it become the food of worms.
Pray to God for yourself and for others.
Commit all your relatives and friends to the care of the Blessed Virgin.
Exhort your whole family to true devotion to the Blessed Virgin.
Renew your baptismal promises, and bid farewell to everyone here below.
Thank God for His infinite mercy and for all His benefits, and then rely on Him alone.
Adore God's judgment of you, no matter what it may be.
Offer yourself to the Justice of God in union with Our Lord Jesus Christ, no matter where He may put you, provided that there you may be able to love God.
Ardently desire the joyous possession of Jesus and of His Kingdom.
Have the prayers for the dying said and give the responses yourself. Have the Passion of Our Lord read or the Prayer He offered before He died. (John 17)
Recite, if you can, the Magnifcat and the Psalm, “I rejoiced because they said me, We shall go up into the house of the Lord.” (Ps 121:1)
Finally, in union with Jesus and Mary, with nothing more to worry about, with no one near you but your two friends, wait for the hour of death with joy. Often repeat the words, “Jesus, Mary, Joseph,” to gain the indulgences of the confraternities you belong to, kiss your crucifix, look at the image of the Blessed Virgin, make the Sign of the Cross, and sprinkle your bed with holy water.
May Almighty God have mercy on all who submit to Him.