At Fatima, Our Lady said that it was getting increasingly more difficult for her to hold back her Son's Hand from punishing humanity for all of its sins. If that were true in 1917 at the time of her apparitions in Fatima, it must be all the more true as we close in on the year 2000. Indeed from personal experience, through the course of my life, I have witnessed the demoralization of our youth, of television, of Hollywood, of the sacredness of the married state, of respect for life in all of its stages, etc. It seems that human beings have lost their sense of good conscience. If that were not so, we would not have a jury acquitting Dr. Kevorkian and States desiring to make laws that permit aid to helping the elderly or those who are suffering to end their lives. On March 6, for example, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, struck down a Washington State law banning physician-assisted suicide. In New York (Manhattan to be specific) on April 2, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a similar law passed by that State. What a crazy mixed-up world in which we are living.!!! Where are the Divine Laws whereby people should be pattering their lives? God's Laws are still here, but man'sfaith in them is lost. Too many people want an excuse to commit sin...want an excuse to do whatever they want even if it is evil.
Oh, I certainly do not mean to imply that every human being on the face of the earth has gone bad. Scripture says: "Where sin abounded, grace did more abound." If we do not hold that, we would be denying the Word of God Himself. Indeed, there are more prayer groups than ever before, more people requesting adoration of Our Lord in the Eucharist and spending time before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. As I travel extensively, I meet so many people who are trying to come closer to God. But even these good people (and I hope that I can include myself among them) can and should be doing much more. More than once, Our dear Lady of Medjugorje has said that we are not praying enough; we are not living her messages. She has said that she wishes to help us but cannot, if we don't want it. Oh, brother! Coming from Our Heavenly Mother this reprimand is to be taken so very seriously. It is NOT a joke. God help us! God, please give to all of your children the will to improve. God, please!
But I do not want this article to focus only on the negative. We DO have to face the reality of what is evil in us and around us. But the most frequently used tool of the evil one is discouragement. No matter how poorly we have cooperated with Our Lady's requests, above all, we must not become discouraged. One of my most favorite sayings, which I learned as a very young Sister is: "There is less shame in falling, than in failing to rise." The only moment that really matters is the present moment. As Our Lady said: "Surrender your entire past to God." SURRENDER! That means don't hold on to the past. It won't save us! It's not a life jacket! God is found in the present moment. Each moment we can begin anew. We can give God our weaknesses...our failings...our lack of strong will.
While there is life...there is hope! Begin anew and anew and anew. Let's make frequent acts of hope. "O my God, relying on YOUR Infinite Goodness and Promises, I hope to obtain the pardon of my sins, the help of Your grace, and life everlasting, THROUGH THE MERITS OF JESUS CHRIST, my Lord and my Redeemer. Amen. Thank you, dear Mother, for coming to us and for us. He that is Mighty has done great things for you...and us. Amen."