Last words – a collection of the last words uttered, at the edge of eternity.

http://www.pdegraaf.com/articles/last_words.pdf

Unfortunately as I continued to read this pdf it contained NO Catholic Saints. Below are just a handful of saints and their selfless last words:

The Saint was a missionary, possibly Jesuit, and possibly died sick at sea. Last word: “Souls.”

Francis De Sales He died on December 28, 1622, after giving a nun his last word of advice: “Humility.”

St. Thomas More spoke freely of his belief that “no temporal man may be the head of the spirituality”. He was sentenced to be hanged, drawn, and quartered (the usual punishment for traitors who were not the nobility), but the King commuted this to execution by decapitation. The execution took place on 6 July 1535. When he came to mount the steps to the scaffold, he is widely quoted as saying (to the officials): “I pray you, I pray you, Mr Lieutenant, see me safe up and for my coming down, I can shift for myself”; while on the scaffold he declared that he died “the king’s good servant, but God’s first.”

St. Perpetua’s last words were to her brother: “Stand fast in the faith and love one another.”

St. David of Wales who ruled his diocese until he had reached a very old age. His last words to his monks and subjects were: “Be joyful, brothers and sisters. Keep your faith, and do the little things that you have seen and heard with me.”

Pious legend has it that Saint Aloysius Gonzaga’s first words were the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, and his last word was the Holy Name of Jesus.

Andrew Kim Taegon was one of several thousand Christians who were executed during this time. In 1846, at the age of 25, he was tortured and beheaded near Seoul on the Han River. His last words were: “This is my last hour of life, listen to me attentively: if I have held communication with foreigners, it has been for my religion and for my God. It is for Him that I die. My immortal life is on the point of beginning. Become Christians if you wish to be happy after death, because God has eternal chastisements in store for those who have refused to know Him.”

last wordsLast Words: Final Thoughts of Catholic Saints and Sinners [Paperback] Author: Paul Thigpen – Amazon.com