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What would we die to know? ^ | Saturday, October 25, 2003 | Neil Cavuto

Posted on 10/24/2003 11:24:13 PM PDT by JohnHuang2

In all this coverage of the pope's golden anniversary, one alarming little item passed my desk. Apparently he knows when he's going to die. I don't know how he knows, but suffice it to say he knows. He's told his closest confidantes this and seems largely motivated by this.

Now there are a lot of people who don't flip over the Catholic Church and think even less of the pope for presiding over numerous scandals. I'm biased, of course, as I'm Catholic. I think he's done a remarkable job and, along with Ronald Reagan, probably even spearheaded the collapse of Communism itself. But that's another story.

I don't think it's beyond the realm of possibility that this pontiff knows when he will leave this world. It could explain his unusual haste in beatifying Mother Teresa and appointing no fewer than 30 new cardinals in the last week alone. He's traveled to more countries, introduced more saints and spoken out on more global issues than all the popes combined.

Why the rush? Why the big fuss? I think I know why. This pope senses he is running out of time, and he's got a lot to do. And it got me thinking: What would I do differently if I knew the exact day and hour I was going to leave this planet? It's a scary thought. I mean, it's not as if any one of us will escape death, so it's probably a good thing we think about death . . . but the exact hour?

How many of us would fret over the little things if we knew one "big" thing -- the hour of our passing? I suspect we wouldn't worry as much about the knucklehead veering into our lane on the highway, or the guy who takes forever at the ATM machine. I doubt we'd give much thought to political infighting, or the annoying chap at work sucking up to the boss.

I don't think we'd worry about the boss, or the people we work with, or work, period. We'd likely complain less about the little travails of life and focus a lot more on the meaning of life -- on our spouses, kids, relatives and friends. We'd hug more and complain less. We'd laugh more and worry less. And we'd think more and yap less.

Kind of like the pope is doing now.

There's clearly no litmus test to what the pope is up to. We Catholics in the United States forever urge him to get with the times and modernize. Priests should marry. Birth control should be OK. Silly mandatory Mass requirements should be suspended for all those holy days. The pope hears it all, and yet he dismisses it all. If he were running for office, he couldn't manage to tick off more people.

Those in favor of the Iraq war don't like the fact this pope was against the Iraq war. Liberals pushing abortion don't like the fact this pope is against abortion. Both sides say he is unreasonable. But maybe that's because we can't understand his reasoning or divine the possibility that it comes from a higher reasoning.

I'm not here to take a position on war or abortion. I am here to take a position on folks who march to a different drummer and a different cause, who see life not as something day-to-day but era-to-era. Deeply holy people can be scary people. They certainly don't see the world as I do.

They lack my impatience. They don't shout as much as me or argue as much as me. It's as if they're telling me the things that have a habit of working me up ultimately will get worked out.

There's something very peaceful, I suspect, of knowing when you're going to die; of trying to make a difference by making a statement in your actions and in your very demeanor.

Say what you will of this pope, but he seems to have that demeanor. Although riddled with Parkinson's disease and slowed by age, his eyes seem to take us all in . . . all our worries, all our angst, all our fears, all our anxieties.

Mine is a life devoted to covering financial news on a very popular cable news channel that reports on the day-to-day, oftentimes, the minute-to-minute. Leave it to a guy who walks this earth in weird outfits and hats to make sense of human nature and greater callings.

He sees life not as it is but as it can be. Life no doubt taught him that. But death, and knowing and embracing its moment, made him appreciate that. There's nothing like knowing about dying to find out truths we would all . . . die for.

TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: neilcavuto
Saturday, October 25, 2003

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1 posted on 10/24/2003 11:24:13 PM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
Has anyone else heard of this? Is it in the sense that the doctors have given him a certain number of weeks or months, or does he believe he knows the actual date?

A big frustrating that Cavuto mentions this in passing and the goes off on a tangent. Not that he doesn't make some valid points, but still....
2 posted on 10/24/2003 11:28:38 PM PDT by kms61
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To: JohnHuang2
Neil Cavuto is someone who I respect a lot. He is always optimistic and to the point. A clear thinking guy who isn't afraid to call a spaid a spaid
3 posted on 10/24/2003 11:30:03 PM PDT by MJY1288 (This is your tagline "Bush/Cheney04", this is your tagline on drugs "AnyOtherChoice/04")
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To: kms61
I havn't heard anything about any suggestion that he has weeks or month's, but just looking at the Pope would lead anyone to believe he is near death, When I see the Pope propped up and trying to speak, I can't help but think of the Movie "Weekend at Bernie's"
4 posted on 10/24/2003 11:34:33 PM PDT by MJY1288 (This is your tagline "Bush/Cheney04", this is your tagline on drugs "AnyOtherChoice/04")
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To: JohnHuang2
ok. if he really knows when he's going to die, then why doesn't he write it down, seal it in an envelope, mail it to himself, put it in a drawer with his personal items, like is will, and then after he dies we can open it and see if he was right?

That's what I'd do anyway, send my remaining loved ones a "sign."
5 posted on 10/24/2003 11:44:15 PM PDT by California74
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To: kms61
Supposedly the Third Prophesy of Fatima tells of the fates of the Popes. I understand the Pope had a meeting with Sister Lucia, the final surviving witness. Perhaps she told him when he was going to die.
6 posted on 10/24/2003 11:53:03 PM PDT by Swordmaker
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To: JohnHuang2
Then there's my cousin's husband's father. He's 89 and a long-time Baptist, as well as a widower. In August, he was suffering from congestive heart failure and kidney failure. The doctors determined nothing more could be done for him. They ceased his medicines and sent him home to die. They said death would come within two weeks.

Prayers were said. A vigil began. All his remaining friends and family came to see him. He'd made his mind up that he would face the inevitable and was mentally prepared for what awaited.

Except it didn't happen. He got better (makes you wonder about those medicines, doesn't it?). A couple of Sundays ago, he actually got dressed and went to church!

Nobody believes his longterm prognosis is good but it's amazing to me how everyone, including the patient, was prepared for the end and yet God allowed him more time.

I do think some people "know" when it's their time. I also believe that God is sovereign over life and death and it all happens according to His timetable and nobody else's. Just ask a guy named Lazarus.

7 posted on 10/25/2003 12:09:45 AM PDT by Tall_Texan ("Is Rush a Hypocrite?"
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To: JohnHuang2; american colleen; sinkspur; Lady In Blue; Salvation; Polycarp; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; ..
In all this coverage of the pope's golden anniversary, one alarming little item passed my desk. Apparently he knows when he's going to die. I don't know how he knows, but suffice it to say he knows. He's told his closest confidantes this and seems largely motivated by this.

It is also rumored that the next pope is one of the new cardinals, white smoke for a black pope notwithstanding.

8 posted on 10/25/2003 12:45:45 AM PDT by NYer ("Close your ears to the whisperings of hell and bravely oppose its onslaughts." ---St Clare Assisi)
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To: JohnHuang2

This type of thing isn't unheard of.
If you research the events surrounding Fatima, you will see the same situation regarding Jacinta.

Jacinta revealed to Lucia that the date and hour of her death had been revealed to her.
She even knew she would be alone at the time.

Lucia confirmed it happened just as Jacinta had told her.

I have no trouble believing there is a similar situation with JPII

9 posted on 04/01/2005 8:55:12 PM PST by Scotswife
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To: MJY1288

Cavuto has been tested in the fire, He has a chronic illness and has had cancer.

10 posted on 04/01/2005 9:04:14 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (I helped a soldier today.)
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To: JohnHuang2

I was walking through a Sharper Image store one time and I came across this "count down clock" that would tick off the seconds until you were gonna die. You would tell it some things about your age, weight, sex, exercise habits, etc., and then it would sit there and tell you how long you had.

I looked at that thing, and I thought, "Who the Hell would want to know? What a morbid thing to have around." And I can't say that I've ever actually seen one of these things in anyone's home or office. So maybe nobody ever bought one.

11 posted on 04/01/2005 9:17:14 PM PST by Nick Danger (You can stick a fork in the Mullahs -- they're done.)
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To: Nick Danger

"So maybe nobody ever bought one"

They may have just gone online instead:

Anyway, decent piece by Cavuto, who seems much more real than most talking heads.

12 posted on 04/01/2005 9:27:21 PM PST by TomMore
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Doesn't he have MS, and had Bladder Cancer?

Neil comes from the same school I do, I believe that what makes a person successful is not how a person handles success, it's how a person handles failure. I believe you must find a way to laugh about your problems and then go make the changes you need to, in order to make sure you don't make the same mistake again. I have no time for snivelers, it's a total waste of emotions and it's also a choice.

I choose to laugh... Not cry :-)

13 posted on 04/01/2005 9:31:32 PM PST by MJY1288 (The Democrats are the party for the death of the innocent and life for the wicked)
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To: Tall_Texan
Matthew 17:20 : He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

I've always wondered if Jesus meant the 'mountain' to describe this sort of situation (illness, in this case).

14 posted on 04/01/2005 9:38:41 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (Look! Jimmy Carter! History's greatest monster!)
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To: InvisibleChurch

The man I was discussing died in February, 2004, six months after the doctors sent him home to die with weeks to live.

As to your question, I don't know how to equate illness with a mountain. It's too early in my day to get my head around that.

15 posted on 04/02/2005 9:42:10 AM PST by Tall_Texan (If you can think 180-degrees apart from reality, you might be a Democrat.)
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To: MJY1288

When life tests you in the fire you can either quit or become stronger.

You can use it to build character or sit around feeling sorry for yourself.

16 posted on 04/02/2005 11:19:34 AM PST by TASMANIANRED (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.)
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