Through advanced worldwide media coverage you can be shocked, not only by the evils in your immediate area, but those around the world. In a certain way you have in your times more of a God’s eye view of your world. In another way you are less aware.
A family on a farm pre-media could watch things slowly grow. City people see these only as products in a supermarket.
The tension of life, death, and new life reaches a climax in the events of the conception, birth, life, crucifixion, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. You can participate in this cycle daily at the Mass, joining to it everything in your day of wonder, joy, shock and transcendence.
It all becomes too much for you. We let you sleep, and finally we lift you out and up. Meanwhile, soak it in!
Rising from the Ashes
The Church rose stronger from the era of the martyrs of pagan Roman massacres. Great grief overwhelms the faithful during the struggles throughout history.
Do not succumb to violence of arms or rhetoric. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and let Him be the Savior not only of your souls for heaven but also of your hope within the ashes of seeming defeat.
Those of you whose lives have been relatively peaceful can be the most devastated when the bad times come. Why? Why? Why? become your constant cry.
Can you accept that help from Us comes not so much in outward change as deep change in your own hearts?
“Be of good courage, for I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)