Just the other day I was catching up on episodes of the series Blue Bloods (Catholic family, cops in NYC, etc.). In one episode a rep from the police force in London pressed the NYC police commissioner about what he truly feared. He responded: Paris.
There is still a lot we don’t know about the terror attack on the homosexual night club in Orlando. We know that the perp, from Port St. Lucie, was Muslim and of Afghani origin and, born in NY, is an American citizen. He was a registered Democrat and he had class G, statewide firearms license. He married a woman from Uzbekistan in 2009. They met online. He was a wife-beater. They divorced. More information will eventually come out. READERS NEAR ORLANDO: Consider giving blood! Especially if you are type O (but all types will be helpful).
That said, the point I want to make is that you do not know the day, hour, minute when you will find yourself before the Just Judge for the accounting of and disposition of your immortal soul for eternity.
Death can strike at any moment of any day.
Dear readers, examine your consciences.
Make amends with people.
Perform works of mercy.
GO TO CONFESSION.
Fathers, bishops, preach about the Four Last Things.
Preach about confession.
Preach with urgency!
I thrust upon you the words of Paul in 1 Timothy 4:
I charge thee, before God and Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead, by his coming, and his kingdom: Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine. For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears:And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables. But be thou vigilant, labour in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill thy ministry. Be sober.
I beg you, dear bishops and priests, tell people the unvarnished truth about Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell. I implore you. Your eternal fate also hangs in the balance. Right?
All you readers out there, in most of the places where you are around the world, things are getting sporty. I urge you to exercise prudence in where you go and when.
When you are out and about – and I think we ought to be – practice great situational awareness. Look around at your surroundings. Watch for things or people or their mannerisms and what they carry that is out of place. If it catches your eye, keep an eye on it. If you are able to take some kind of training that might involve also learning about situational awareness, you will not have wasted your time and we could all be just a little safer if you do.
One thing I can ask you to do right now and that you don’t need a class for: when you are out and about, put your damn phones away! Don’t walk about with your eyes glued to little screens, walking though a digital tunnel of situational oblivion. Please?
Remember: We are all going to face our maker and be judged. My prayer for you is that that meeting be a happy one – and not any sooner or more violently that it has to be, submitting all things to God’s will, of course.
From a sudden and unprovided death, spare us, O Lord.