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Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Praised be Jesus Christ!! Now and Forever!!
In today's homily Fr. Altier hit the nail right on the head. He always does though. We must focus on Our Lord Jesus Christ not on the world.
My thought is that we have to call ourselves daily in to judgment. We have to accuse ourselves and examine our conscience daily and beg for Mercy from God. When we pray daily and when we examine our consciences daily then we need to seek out times of Mercy in the Sacrament of Penance. Real progress in the spiritual life, I think, can not occur if we do not rend our hearts and take advantage of the great Sacrament of Mercy in frequent confession. The lines going to the confessionals should, I think, be just as long than the lines to receive Our Lord Jesus in the Holy Eucharist at Mass. If people would understand the great grace that comes from the Sacrament of Penance and the healing that occurs to the soul in the confessional the lines would stretch out the doors of Churches.
The signs of what ever age we are entering will occur. The world will face serious troubles but we don't need to wring our hands worrying but rather wring our hearts. We have to focus on the calling each of us has as Children of Light to proclaim Christ irregardless of the days ahead. We can be watchful and pray. I remember reading of a very holy monk in the middle ages who was working in the garden. He was asked "if you knew the Lord was coming in a hour what would you do"? He responded (paraphrasing) "I would continue to hoe in a strait row". That is the attitude we need to have. If our hearts are ready through daily examinations, prayers and frequent reception of the Sacraments (Penance and Eucharist) then we go on a 'hoe a strait row' - in otherwords be obedient to the holiness of the present moment and our state in life. What Christ calls us to (or what He calls me to) in the future will be revealed then- right now we pray and go on working in the gardens. Troubles and consolations will come but Christ must be our focus in the present moment of Mercy and Grace.
Omnia Pro Iesu Per Mariam!!
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