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"When you think about death, do not be afraid, in spite of your sins.  For He already knows that you love Him and what stuff you are made of.  If you seek Him, He will welcome you as the father welcomed the prodigal son; but you have to seek Him."  (St. Josemaria Escrivá)

There is a preacher on the radio who has announced that May 21, 2011 is the date of the Second Coming, and that the world as we know it will end.  With the recent catastrophic events taking place in Japan and around the world, some are taking his prophecy seriously.  While I don't believe we are ever meant to be able to pinpoint the return of Christ, it does give us an opportunity to think about what will happen when that time does come.

Alpha_Omega.jpgJosemaria Escrivá tells us not to worry as long as we have sought out a relationship with God and tried to live our lives according to His will.  If we haven't established that relationship yet, this Lent is a wonderful time to start:  "Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation." (2 Corinthians 6:2)  We may not know the day or the hour, but judgment will come to all of us, and we should be always prepared for it.  Fr. Escrivá also wrote:  "Death comes and cannot be avoided.  What empty vanity it is, then, to center our existence on this life.  See how much many men and women suffer.  Some suffer because life is coming to an end and it pains them to leave it; others because it is going on, and they are sick of it.  In neither case is there room for the mistaken view that makes our passage through this world an end in itself.  One must leave that way of thinking behind and anchor oneself to another, an eternal one.  A total change is required, to empty oneself of self-centered motives, which pass away, and to be renewed in Christ, who is eternal."

Today, now, why not get down on your knees and ask Christ into your heart, to take your sins and give you life.  Don't be self-centered; become Christ-centered and live without fear of whatever the future may bring.

St. Josemaria Escrivá, pray for us!

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