"He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken." Jesus (Mark, 12:27)
Considering established conventions with regards to our references to spiritual life, we usually utilize the word "death" in our common conversation. However, it is imperative to understand it not as a cessation, but rather, as a transformation of life.
Spiritually speaking we are only familiar with a terrible type of death, that of the conscience blackened in evil, tortured by remorse or paralyzed in the piercing precipice that borders the path of insensitivity and of crime.
The time has come for us to recognize that we are all alive in the Eternal Creation.
By virtue of withholding this knowledge from humankind, grave errors have been committed. For this reason, the Catholic Church created in its theology an artificial heaven and hell. Diverse Evangelical Protestant groups, more attached to the word, believe that the physical body, material clothing of the spirit, would one day return from the grave, violating the principles of Nature. Also, numerous spiritists believe us to be laboratory phantoms or flickering forms, vague and ethereal, wandering indefinitely.
Whomsoever goes to the grave continues working, and here, as well as there, disorder only exists for the rebellious. In the surface of the Earth or beyond its limits, we continue very much alive.
Do not forget, therefore, that the discarnates are neither magicians nor fortune-tellers. They are simply brothers who continue in the struggle to improve and perfect their spirit. We encounter death only in the paths to evil, where the shadows impede the glorious vision of life.
Let us guard the lesson of the Gospel and never forget the fact that our Father is God of the living immortals.
XAVIER, Francisco Cândido. Our Daily Bread. By the Spirit Emmanuel. Spititist Alliance for Books, 2003. Chapter 42.