Imagine, if you will, a world where all people were concerned about the salvation of their soul. Imagine yourself, aware of God in your life each moment, and weighing your actions and words for their eternal merit or lack thereof. Would you willingly fall prey to the snares of the world if you knew that the fate of your soul hung in the balance?
Do you even think about the state of your soul?
Every one of your actions, words, and thoughts are known to God. That can be an intimidating thought, but only if you are attached to sin and the ways of the world. When you truly love Him and desire to do His will, that is a comforting thought.
Think, for a moment, about the times when you have overindulged in some food or drink, how it gave you a momentary pleasure and now even the memory of that pleasure is gone. Now think of a time when you have done something charitable, perhaps given money to someone in need of food, or helped someone with counsel, or stood outside an abortion mill praying the rosary. How much more memorable those occasions!
The road to the salvation of the soul is full of self sacrifice; of dying to yourself and putting God first, others second, and yourself last. We are fortunate that we have examples to follow in the communion of Saints, the Church Triumphant. There are many inspirational writings to keep us on track, books written by saints, biographies, sacred music, encyclicals from the Popes; there are so many resources out there to inspire us to lift ourselves up to God.
The greatest resource we have available to us are the Sacraments. In this Lenten season, I urge you to do a moral inventory, to examine your conscience thoroughly, and to go to Confession. Spend some time in Adoration. Pray the Rosary every day and strengthen your prayer life. Live to love God. As we approach Good Friday remember how merciful God is and how willing He was to suffer and die for the salvation of our souls. Make a heartfelt act of contrition.
O my Redeemer, thou hast shed Thy blood to purchase my soul, and I have so often lost it, and lost it again!I give Thee thanks that Thou hast given me time to recover it by recovering Thy grace. O my God, would that I had died before I had ever offended Thee!It comforts me to know that Thou knowest not how to despise a heart which humbles itself, and repents of its sins.
O Mary, Refuge of sinners, succor a sinner who recommends himself to thee and trusts in thee.
(St. Alphonsus Ligouri)