In each house of the Society, in order to provide the members who live therein some good thoughts about death, there will always be kept in reserve a crucifix which will be hung in some visible place of a common room of the house. It is this crucifix which will be placed in the hands of the deceased and enclosed in the coffin with him.
Letter to Hippolyte Courtès, 22 February 1825, EO VI n.171
“Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return…” Ash Wednesday liturgy
“If I can get a man to think seriously about death for five minutes, I can get him saved.” Dwight L Moody