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The "Last Year" Test 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18

The "Last Year" Test

If we knew, as did the apostle Paul, that this was our last year on Earth, would we change anything?

At a Glance

Arthur Brooks wrote a piece in The New York Times in which he reflected about the Buddhist practice of sometimes looking at corpses in various stages of decay. Staring at death helps them to be mindful of life. This leads us to think of the "Last Year" test. It's a test in which we imagine that this is our last year on Earth. How would such knowledge change our lives? For one example, we need only turn to today's epistle reading.

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For material based on today's gospel text, see "My Bad," October 28, 2007, at

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