Bucket lists are things you want to do before you die…before you “kick the bucket.” For some it might be bungee jumping, swimming with the sharks, visiting the Taj Mahal or seeing the Pyramids. The focus on many of these lists is on sensation, thrills and pleasure for oneself. Some are pretty crazy.
Let’s take a moment to look at our bucket lists from God’s point of view and ask what might a Catholic bucket list look like? What might He want you to experience before you die and take the most exciting trip of your life? In the time you have left ask yourself what will bring you closer to the Lord as you prepare for the journey of a lifetime? Here are some suggestions.
This list should come from your heart and really be guided by the spiritual and corporal works of mercy…so find some way to help the least of us… the hungry, the sick, the orphan or the widow.
Here are some other items to consider putting on your Catholic bucket list:
- Go to confession
- Love your enemies
- Pray constantly
- Attend Adoration Chapel
- Forgive 70 x’s 7… etc.
Catholic writer Mark Shea says,
“Finally, make your peace with God. The greatest thing about the Catholic faith is that it both teaches us how, and gives us the means, to die really well. Since you are going to kick the bucket, you may as well do it in style, prayed up, forgiven in the sacrament of Viaticum, and at peace as you make the Great Change. Heaven is after all the ultimate pilgrimage destination.”