Life is union and junction of mind, soul, and body; death is the disruption of their union; God preserves it all even after this disruption.
St. Anthony the Great
For it is for him to fear death who is not willing to go to Christ.
The root of all good works is the hope of the resurrection; for the expectation of reward moves the soul to good works.
St. Cyril of Jerusalem
To the good person to die is to gain. The foolish fear death as the greatest evils, the wise desire it as a rest after labors and the end of ills.
Eternity, eternity, when shall I come to you at last . . . in eternity where we will love with a glance of the soul.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Life is uncertain and, in fact, may be very brief. If we compare it with eternity, we will clearly realize that it cannot be more than an instant.
St. Junipero Serra
This I declare, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall not fall asleep, but we will all be changed, in an instant in a blink of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For that which is corruptible must clothe itself with incorruptibility, and that which is mortal must clothe itself with immortality. And when this which is corruptible clothes itself with incorruptibility and this which is mortal clothes itself with immortality, then the word that is written shall come about:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.
Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God who gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:50-55
On entering the tomb they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they were utterly amazed. He said to them, “Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised; he is not here.”