“But God said to him: Thou fool,
this night your soul will be required of you! And the
things you have acquired, whose will they be?”
(St. Luke 12.20)
whom is God speaking? For some who read this
now … yes, at this very moment … the answers is — YOU! Certainly
it will one day be you. 100%.
suddenly become quite different, yes?
pretensions about the question of God’s existence — about Heaven and
Hell — and about the way you have lived your life — have come to this:
the betrayal of reality by pretensions that what must
be will not be — and will not come to your door.
Not this night.
are filled, row by row, each day by those whose pretensions — like yours
— came to an abrupt end and reality could be eluded no longer. Don’t
believe me? Open tomorrow’s paper — if you are not in it.
will be an accounting — and you think that somehow you alone
will be exempt from it.
Do I say
this to frighten you?
God said it —
to save you!
on it — and return to God, to the Church, and to the Sacraments.
is appointed, and however untimely death, she is never
late — and, strange to say, neither will you be.
you nothing new, nothing that you have not already known — or at least
suspected — and for all your bravado you move inexorably toward it withal.
is a conjecture at most. Think on that, too.
waiting. The next move is yours — and it may be your last.
not hear this from the pulpit. Sadly it is likely that you have not
heard it since Vatican II. But let it be said, that we may be without
excuse: “Now is the acceptable
time.” (2 Cor. 6.2)
sake — and yours — seize it!
we are, let us not despair!
of the saving love of God is to deny God
for Whom all things are possible
(Saint Matthew 19.26) This is the Parable of the the Vineyard
(Saint Matthew 20. 1-16) — even unto the last moment of our lives on
earth God’s mercy and forgiveness is open to us!
that reason, do not be guilty of the sin of presumption: thinking that
God will save you no matter what, and therefore do as you will without
fear of consequences.
is loving, but God is also just.
then, love God: it is for that end that we were created. Not to be successful
or powerful or admired by the world; not to be happy in this life (we
will never be) or free from suffering. Our reason for being is to
love God and to do His will — not ours.
Yes, let us fear Hell — from which Christ delivered all who turn to
Him; those who for His sake deny themselves daily, take up their
Cross, and follow Him (Saint Luke 9.23) against the raging winds
of the world and unseen powers that incessantly call us to deny Him.
This we must not do, for He has warned us that
those who “deny Me
before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in Heaven.”
(Saint Matthew 10.33)
is frightfully real — but so is Heaven where dwells the
One Who tells us, “though your sins be as scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they
shall be like wool” (Isaiah 1.18).
we turn to Him, for “The blood of Jesus his Son
cleanses us from all sin.” (Saint John 1.7)
and “Jesus Christ,
Who is the faithful witness, the first begotten of the dead, and the
Prince of the kings of the earth, Who hath loved us, and washed us from
our sins in His own blood” (Apocalypse 1.5)
nothing to fear — except sin
Avoid it as the
that it is, and hope in the mercy of God. Sin is not only disobedience
to God — it is death to the soul.
We have good reason to fear Hell
because we do not fear sin!
Flee it, and slam the door
on the face of Hell — and the unspeakably evil archfiend who awaits those who think it folly.
To God, to Heaven — there
let us fly in a hope that will not disappoint us:
“Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath
it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared for
them that love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2.9)
Sanctity; Heaven or Hell: you — you alone are free to
make that choice. Be quick about it! Today’s obits are filled
with people who delayed ... and lost.
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