Evacuating the Valley of Tears
Godlessness is a sinking ship. God, however, does not want to save the ship. God wants to save the passengers. Abandon Ship!" "Abandon Ship!" is the cry of our God. "To the lifeboats!" "To the lifeboats!" his Church proclaims. Do you feel the exigency of our dire predicament? Do you feel the ship of godlessness sinking beneath your feet? Our salvation requires that we abandon ship and get into the life boats. God provided a fleet of life boats to evacuate us from godlessness, ferry us through the valley of tears, and return us to our home with God and his holy family in paradise. God occupies the life boats. The life boats are the holy places that define the escape route from godlessness to paradise. In the life boats, close encounters with the living God take place. There we include God in our lives and God includes us in his. During a close encounter, God transforms us. We cannot transform ourselves. The Church cannot transform us. Only God can. Transformation takes place in the lifeboats. Examples of the lifeboats are the Mass, Confession, the other sacraments, works of charity, acts of kindness, prayer especially the rosary, Eucharistic adoration, feeding the hungry, visiting the sick, fasting, the gathering of two or more together in God's name, bible study, suffering (if we apply love to it), the hour of death, etc. The job of the Church is to sound the alarm. If the exigency is not felt, the Church is not doing its job.