Last night I watched the news for the first time in a few days.
One guy in North Carolina, who lost everything because of Florence, said that he’d seen things like this on TV but he never thought it would happen there.
From time to time, I remind you to make at least basic preparations against the day when you might need to move fast or when disaster strikes.
We don’t know the day or the minute when we will go before our Judge. Whether it is a natural event like a storm or meteor, or a man-made event like a drunk driver or a nutjob with a rifle, we just don’t know.
Avoid the trap of thinking that these things only happen to other people.
YOU are other people. It’s always someone else… until it’s you.
You can lose your house and everything you own in a storm, but you can lose your immortal soul from a mortal sin unconfessed.
So, examine your consciences and …
GO TO CONFESSION.
I would also add as a regular feature of your daily prayers that important petition in the Litany of Saints:
“A subitanea et improvisa morte… From a sudden and unprovided death, spare us O Lord.”
Sudden is one thing. Unprovided is another. An “unprovided” death is a death without access to the last sacraments, especially absolution from a priest.
That’s a scary thought…. especially if you haven’t been to confession for a long time.
When did you last go to confession?
Moreover, consider well your living conditions and security.
If you haven’t done so yet, begin to develop a physical situational awareness. Seek advice and training from professionals.
If you haven’t done so yet, begin to develop a spiritual situational awareness. Seek advice and training from priests.
Also, you should be reviewing what you will do, especially with your loved ones, when the big storm comes. Will you have food, water, clothing a place to go, a way to keep yourselves safe if you have to move fast?