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Further Thoughts on Repentance

As regards my previous post. Aie chihuahua! I think it has already been misapplied. Nevertheless, it’s a great spiritual exercise to examine our consciences and make the proper response to the call of Medjugorje. Many people love Our Lady of Fatima as I do. It’s a fascinating story. At the same time, we can learn a great deal from Our Lady of Medjugorje.

Before we delve into prophecies from apparitions, we should always remember what St. Faustina said, “It’s never too late to become a great saint, even on our deathbeds.” That’s paraphrased a bit, but it’s the same message. So no one is beyond hope. Nor should we panic. The message is given to us to prevent that, so that we may prepare our hearts, minds, and souls. It’s never a bad idea anyway, because in the end, everybody dies. That is the fate for all mankind, and being prepared to transition to the other side is the best policy anyway.

What is different with the messages of Medjugorje is the foretelling of a major change in the world, something sent by God. We can alter the future by our actions, she tells us, and so even if not enough people respond to the message to prevent what may come entirely, we can alter the severity, can mitigate the disasters. We have already seen things happening in the world that changes our perspective about what can come to pass. Already many have perished unexpectedly through disasters. We don’t know what lies ahead, but we’ve been told it is such as the world has never seen. Thus the urgent need for people to respond to Our Lady’s call to prayer and fasting two days a week. It’s really interesting to read the messages. It can change your life and your focus on what’s important.

I don’t focus on disasters. I focus on what can be done. None of us know the day or the time of future events, but we do know what we can do, because we’ve been told by Our Lady.

So my remembrance of St. John’s call to repentance fits in very well with Our Lady’s call to repentance, conversion, prayer, and fasting. I’ve mentioned this before, but it has slipped my own mind, and I’ve been thinking about it again recently, so I thought I’d mention it to those of us who have kind of let it slide a bit. If the saints did these things, imagine what it means for you and me. And if Our Lady is appearing to ask this of us, it must be very important. She also calls us back to daily Scripture reading.

So for those of you who want to schedule some media event based on my impending “repentance”, it’s not a public event. It’s personal, as it should be for all of us. For example, you youth may be calling your sister a hog. HAH! You don’t have to tell the whole world. I remember when I was a kid, my brothers would have a lot of fun when they were going to sleep. One would call the other a name, but he wanted to say it in French. So he’d call out to my mom, “How do you say pig in French?” My mother would answer, “Cochon!” Then he’d turn to my other brother and say, “COCHON!” Then my other brother would call out to my mom and ask, “How do you say goat in French?” and my mom would reply, “Cabri!”. And so it would go in a hilarious fashion, as they giggled and teased. But you don’t have to tell the whole world if you were really trying to offend your sibling or anyone else. Just go to confession in private and repent of that. That’s a good starter. Remember we are not trying to besmirch the reputations of people. That’s wrong, because everyone has private foibles. So keep it secret. Then the person in question is far more likely to keep YOUR issues secret as well. But it’s about respecting the dignity of every human being, while turning to God in your heart.

So my previous entry wasn’t about some loud proclamation of guilt or anything else. So many people want to proclaim others “GUILTY!”, but it’s really about our own selves, and our conversation with God. It’s also about returning to Him and His Commandments in our lives. And actually, the person we know the best is ourselves. We may speculate on the life of someone else, but we don’t really know. If we have been missing church services, maybe it’s time to return. If we don’t feel comfortable in one church, go to another. There are always diverse personalities in any church.

So St. John’s message of repentance sounded out on the first day of the apparitions of Our Lady of Medjugorje. Hm….

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