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Death, the Gateway to Life
Gilbert Shaw (1886-1967) first practised as a lawyer, then was ordained priest in the Church of England. His priestly ministry included work among the unemployed in the East End of London in the 1930s, and later in Central London at St Anne’s Church, Soho. He worked for the Association for Promoting Retreats for many years. In the last three years of his life, he was Warden of the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God.
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St Paul assures us of life after death and of the resurrection to eternal life. In this selection from Fr Gilbert Shaw’s teaching on the Christian approach to death we are given guidance in preparing for our own deaths and helping others to prepare for theirs. We are urged, too, to pray for all drawing close to death, especially those who, for whatever reason, have little hope in God’s mercy.