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Veritatis Splendor

"Keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus, who inspires and perfects our faith" --Hebrews 12:2

Pope Benedict XVI before our Lord

And only where God is seen does life truly begin. Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution.
Each of us is the result of a thought of God.
Each of us is willed,
each of us is loved,
each of us is necessary.
There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.
~Pope Benedict XVI, Homily April 24th, 2005

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Our life is a preparation for death

That's not a bad sentence - though today's culture, which shuns any reminder of our mortality, disagrees. Rather, that sentence is a beautiful reminder of the ultimate purpose of our existence, and the infinite value of every single choice we make in this life, for every choice is another step either towards God or away from Him. It is a sentence that calls us to examine our life, to be always vigilant as Christ warned us, for we "know not the day nor the hour" of our meeting with Him face to face.

The proclamation of this ideal, of being always ready to meet the Lord, of being one of the "wise virgins" with a lamp always full of oil, is really the final legacy of Fr. Todd Reitmeyer. On my other blog, and on countless other blogs around, I spoke of his sudden death at 37 years of age on May 24th of this year.

Now, there is an amazing testimony to his life online by his friend Fr. Serna that all should read. It is not depressing, it is a beautiful witness!

The message of Fr. Todd, perhaps the entire purpose of his earthly life, can be summed up in three words - Go To Confession. His life was aimed at reconciling people with God and God with people, and at proclaiming the mercy of God at all times, so that all of us may be prepared at any time to see our Lord. Listen to him. Go to confession.


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