On whether it’s a sin to want to die – Blessed Elder Joel Yannakopoulos of Kalamata, Greece (+1966)

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On whether it’s a sin to want to die

Blessed Elder Joel Yannakopoulos of Kalamata, Greece (+1966)

One poor and sick old woman asked Fr. Joel, “Father, is it a sin that I want to die?”

“If you want to die,” Fr. Joel replied, “to deliver yourself from the difficulties of life, then it is a sin, because you thereby grumble against God for allowing such difficulties. However, if you want to die so as to sin no longer and not to grieve God, then it is no sin. And, if you desire death because you cannot stand separation from God and you want to be with Him as soon as possible, then your desire to die is blessed!”

Source:

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