Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Be prepared! Death comes like a thief in the night.

Lately, in my life many people have been dying.  My mom died in March of 2017, my friend Eugene passed away in August of 2017, somewhere in between my aunt died.  Another aunt died just a few days ago.  I also have two friends, recently one lost his grandmother and the other his father.  We have also had many funerals at our parish.  Upon reflecting on all of this I thought that death comes like a thief in the night.  Some people die suddenly and unexpectedly while others die after a long illness.  Therefore we must be ready at all times to see Our Lord.  We must change our ways, go often to the sacrament of reconciliation.  I suggest going once a month.  The church requires that we all go at least once a year however why not go more often?   In the sacrament of reconciliation not only do we have our sins forgiven by Jesus through the priest but we also receive sanctifying grace.  Sanctifying grace is the grace that helps us to become saints.  We all want to be saints because a saint is a person in heaven.  If there is a sin that we are attached to we must let it go and go to confession.  We ought to avoid people, places and things that lead us to sin.  God wants us to be with Him in heaven.  We must be ready at all times to meet Our Lord for our particular or final judgment.  God has given us the sacraments so that we can go to heaven.  We should also pray and read sacred scripture.  God is love and He loves you very much.

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