One thing that is for certain, in this uncertain world, is death. Do not fool yourself into thinking you will never die or that you will die at an old age. Everyday take time to thank God for life today and the grace (help) to prepare for a holy death. As we live, so we will die. People die at all ages from cancer, accidents, murders and old age.
People fool themselves into believing that they will change the last minute (or year) of their life. They put off stopping sinning and going to confession because they falsely believe that they have plenty of time to change and confess.
How can we define eternity when we have never lived, or experience, living outside of time. All we know is time here and now: 60 seconds, 60 minutes, 24 hours, 7 days, 30 days, 12 months, a year and counting how many years old we are. We celebrate our birthday every year; 1, 2, 3, 21, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, (maybe 80, 90 or 100, if we are so blessed and have lived a clean healthy life).
And this is why we have better be existing in eternity in the great loving pleasurable presence of God. And this is why we do not want to be in the flames of purgatory, (till we have been purified to be able to enter into the perfect loving presence of Almighty God). Nor do we want end up in the endless presences of the hateful presence of the devil and all his minions in the fires of hell.
I meditate on this everyday, every time something bothers me. I remind myself that a little sinful pleasure is not worth spending eternity in hell, (with the devils, fire, horror, darkness, fighting, scratching, biting, squishing, screams, thirst, hunger, stink, hatred, despair, depression, remorse, mental illness and filled with other hateful evil people that only gets worse and worse forever).
One exercise I do, at catechism and other places to give a tiny glimpse into eternity, is to just repeat over and over for 5-10 seconds the word; forever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever.
Right off, after a few seconds, people are totally irritated. Yet, they have no qualms about going to hell forever, as long as they can do what they choose to do right now.
Many people just create their own idea of what their after death will be like. They simply wish hell away. The Jehovah Witnesses do not believe in hell. Atheist do not either. Many Catholics tell me that that we are living in hell right now.
I have experienced the devil, many others have too. Why do we have exorcisms. Many many people (as well as myself) have experienced of an evil weight on their chest (when they are somewhat asleep), that keeps them from breathing and praying. “Just tell the possessed people it is mental illness”. Almost all religions believe in evil spirits and some sort of bad place after death for evil people.
So, let us meditate every day on death and more so on ETERNITY, so as to be prepared for death when ever it may come along. Be assured that sooner or later, it will eventually come along. We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and believe in what is contained in Holy Scriptures, what Jesus said, Mary’s apparitions and the hundreds of experience the saints have had, and written down, about heaven and hell.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.