Today is World Day of the Sick, and the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. I think that it should be the day to pray for the world, which is sick. Just as flesh eating disease destroys a body, so the world is being destroyed. We have become a society of depravity, where we murder our children, glorify homosexuality, corrupt our children within their schools, kill our weakest members, deny God, and live for sensual pleasures. In Biblical days, God would have wiped us from the face of the earth- and that is something that He may yet do, if we do not change. I can only believe that the prayers for intercession from those who still hold to their faith are being heard, and staying the hand of Justice. When I read stories like this, where a baby born alive is swept into the trash, I have a difficult time believing that a society that condones and perpetrates the abortion industry can be a healthy society. How can any country that does this consider itself to be great? How can anyone justify the atrocities that are rampant, not just in North America, but throughout the world? How can humanity bear the burden of evil that has infiltrated our daily lives? How can we have hope when it is obvious that Satan has a stranglehold on the world, and is choking off the flow of grace and goodness?
There is only one way- The Way, the Truth, and the Life. The time we are going through now is like the dark night of the soul for the world, and the only way to combat it is prayer, and living our faith to its fullest.
To all those who have fallen away from the church because they are tired of its restrictions, I say take a good look in the mirror and see if you can truthfully say that you are doing God's will, or if you reject Him because His way interferes with your enjoyment of the pleasures of the world.
To all the women who are considering abortion, remember that you were once where your baby is now.
To all those who don't want to care for the elderly or handicapped, you may someday be in their situation.
Fr. Corapi says to remember that in the end, we win, but a battle cannot be won unless we fight. So today, get out your rosary and pray hard for our diseased world; pray for the end of Satan's grasp and the reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. And if you have been putting your faith on the back burner because you are just too busy to pray, or to go to Mass, remember that God always has time for you, even if you don't have time for Him.
Bishop Fulton J. Sheen put it this way:
.....God willed to make a moral universe, and the only condition upon which morality is possible is freedom.
In the very nature of things, ethics and morality can exist only upon the condition of a veto....A victory may be celebrated only on those fields in which a battle may be lost. Hence, in the Divine order of things, God made a world in which man and woman would rise to moral heights, not by that blind, driving power that makes the sun rise each morning, but rather by the exercise of that freedom in which one may fight the good fight and enjoy the spoils of victory, for no one can be crowned unless he has struggled....
So you see, it is up to each one of us.