"And I beheld, and heard the voice of one eagle flying through the midst of heaven,
saying with a loud voice: Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth....
[Apocalypse (Revelation) 8:13]

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Mortality vs. Immortality

Mortality vs. Immortality - Sunday Reflection‏ 

Fr. Richard Voigt (The Resistance)

24th and Last Sunday after Pentecost - Mortality vs. Immortality

Every man, woman and child will face this ultimate truth:  we must die.  Death is the act which separates that which is mortal (i.e. our bodies) from that which is immortal (i.e. our eternal soul).
It is that simple.  Each of us must pay the price for the sins committed in the flesh.  Sin has a wage and St.Paul names that wage - Death.  No one can leave this life without paying that price.  We may pay it willingly or bitterly, but we will pay this reaper.  

Now the Catholic vision encourages us to meditate upon our death regularly if not daily.  St. John Bosco monthly set aside a day of school for the "Exercise for a Happy Death", which was fostered down to the time of the Second Vatican Council.  His principle was quite clear:  death has the power to clarify every moral issue.  If a boy found that he was stealing would he want to face God with the sin of theft on his soul.  Why the dream of going to hell was so gruesome that the boys wanted to avoid it at all costs.  Their monthly meditation upon death brought about lifetime conversions to holiness.  Today our holy Mother Church meditates upon the death of the world order.

In a brief moment life as we know it can and will change.  The choice is always the same:  an earthly paradise or heaven with all the angels, saints, Our Mother, and the Triune God.  The corruption of the beautiful body of Queen Elizabeth brought her counselor to realize how futile the body and the matters of the flesh truly are.   Our brothers and sisters who were martyred for the Faith exemplify their desire for the immortal pulled out of the mortal.  They pay the price for immortality by cashing in on the mortal.  

The goal of the great chastisement is not a punishment but a period of discernment concerning the immortal within us which is "dying to be born".  In every material transaction there is an exchange of cash for some product we desire.  Our body is the divine cash which can be used to redeem our immortal soul.  This is the reason for the intimate union of the body with the soul.  One must aid the other while each in our fallen state wars against the other as St. Paul remarked.

If we meditate upon this wondrous union we might come to realize that whatever the body suffers is potentially a grace which can be used to sanctify our souls and save the soul of another.  

You are called to draw the immortal soul out of your mortal body through self discipline, acts of expiation and the desire to use whatever irks you to save the soul of a sinner headed to hell if no one prays and sacrifices for that soul.
Yes, this is a spiritual warfare which in days ago the Catholic Church excelled in teaching.  Now that the Church (i.e. the Soul of Society) has been and is being cast out of the social body the reality of social corruption and decay is upon us.

Without the Soul our Society rots.  We are witnessing the immortal being dragged out of the mortal.  With it we know that the end has come upon us.  We may not like what we see but it is the process of releasing the Eternal from the Temporal.  Don't be fooled by the world around you, hold onto the immortal (i.e. your soul) and let go of all the rest.  
Yes, even if this means our martyrdom.  Let us prepare ourselves to release our souls into the hands of God.

God bless you,

In the hearts of Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

Fr. Richard Voigt

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