Monday, May 4, 2009

Forgetting to Plan or Planning to Forget?

The days are flying by, the seasons change before we know it, and we make our plans, sometimes too easily forgetting to plan for (or perhaps planning to forget) Eternity and the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, Hell. Oh, I know - those Four Last Things are serious subjects, and we like to think about nice things. Forgive the understatement, but isn't the hope of Heaven - one of the Four Last Things - a "nice" thing?

How easily we forget that even the longest life is brief; how quickly the truth slips from memory that our lives are not truly ours. Christ ransomed our souls with a great price and not one of us knows how much time we have. Will we cooperate today with the time God has given us to use His graces well and work out our salvation?

It is for us to become holy here and now, for we cannot be certain whether we will be here this evening.
~St. Maximillian Kolbe

All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you.
~Gandalf, in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings

What else can possibly be said, when those two beautiful quotes say it all?

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