We do not know the Day nor the Hour

A stern reminder from Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

We do not know the day or the hour.

It reminds me of in our Latin Church we sometimes pray about living amidst the vicissitudes of this world.

It reminds me that we as Catholic pray in the petitions of the Litany of Saints to be preserved from a sudden and unprovided death.

This is a video of the tsunami which struck Japan a month ago.

Warning: The last couple minutes are hard to watch.

Life is not CGI, friends. Bad things happen to nice people who are going about life just like you.

As this Lent continues, ask yourself the questions:

Are you ready now to go before the Lord your Maker and your Judge?
Have you helped those for whom you are responsible to be ready?
When was the last time you made a good and complete confession of your sins and received valid absolution?

“But Father! But Father!”, some of you may be saying now. “Are you trying to scare us? Shouldn’t we go to confession out of love and not fear?”

Yes, I am trying to scare you. I want to scare the hell out of you.

Going to confession for the higher purpose of expressing sorrow for violating God’s love is laudable. But going to confession because you are afraid of hell and because you know your life could end at any moment is enough. If I can get you out of your complacence and into a confessional even out of fear, fine. I take that.

I’ll take the fear now for a confession. We can work on the love part brick by brick.

Priests… bishops… this includes you. Your judgment … our judgment… is going to be exacting, for so much more has been given. “I don’t have time” isn’t a good plan. Just go. Die in the state of mortal sin and you’ll go to hell.

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