When Saint Charles was dying he had the picture of the dead Christ brought to him, so that he could die happily in the thought of his Savior's death. And this is really the remedy for all those who fear death: to think often of Him Who is our life, and never to think of one without the other (Letters 512; O. XIV, pp. 119-120).
We are like stags on which powerful princes have placed collars bearing their coat of arms. Even after they have been let out and set free in the forest, whoever comes upon them must recognize them as having once belonged to this prince...God has put a desire for Himself in our souls, and this is a sign that we belong to Him. He has reserved the right to bring us back again to Himself and to save us according to His sweet and holy Providence shall dictate (T.L.G. Book 1, Ch. 18; O. IV, pp. 84-85).