“Dear Lord, it has been about 2000 years since You showed Your great love and mercy for us and were crucified, since You conquered death and returned to establish Your Church on earth, since You majestically ascended into heaven with the promise of eternal life for all those who love You and do Your will. The world has changed so much since then, yet man’s strengths and weaknesses remain the same. I see the same characteristics of pride, self love and vanity dancing into the hearts of all men and women behind a changing backdrop. We grow close to You, we try to recognize and do Your will, we eventually fail by taking over with our own ideas and amazingly, You always lovingly take us back. Natural disasters or societal devastation occur in the world, the humble of the Church slowly step in and with Your help, they try to build up Your kingdom again and again. The tools change, the countryside changes, the weapons change; but it is the same pattern. Man begins to think his power is closer to Yours or that he doesn’t need religion or worse, he doesn’t need You. Then everything comes crashing down and man desperately, sadly and humbly reaches out to You again. You always remain, arms outstretched, Your blessed Sacred Heart open to receive man’s love again and again.
“I see this pattern in our current world, as our society spouts off idealisms of independence, freedom and choice. How sad that the notion of independence pushes You away. Society, especially Americanism, praises the notion of ‘making it on your own,’ personal success is measured through wealth and power. You are not in this picture. Religion and faith are thought to be a crutch for the weak minded. Religion and faith are thought to make slaves of people, not allowing freedom. People are told they can marry anything. People are told that life does not begin at conception, instead, it is labeled an embryo, not a child, and the mother is free to allow life or death for the child You gave her. Doctors even become butchers, brutally taking the lives of these precious unborn children and justifying it under the false package of free choice for the mother and her body. Your divine miracle of giving life is ignored and explained away through man’s feeble scientific explanations. How far from the truth have we wandered? Scientists now are even trying to fool themselves that they can create life through cloning. Men are once again puffed up with their own abilities and thinking they can become like You.
“Where is the humility? Where is the sense of awe? Natural disasters occur – hurricanes, earthquakes, etc., that we can not control. The devastation causes awe. The annihilation causes humility – people have to ask for help. Some look to You, some see You in others, but the humility slowly abounds again. Does man really need such drastic measures to turn his heart? Natural disasters turn some hearts and yet, others are turned by man’s disasters. The power of evil grows in the pride of men who warp their purpose for life into acts of terrorism. Things like the destruction of the two towers on 9/11 reveals the devastating power of pride in men turned away from Your love and mercy for all mankind. After this horrible event, however, people drew their strength and courage from You and some hearts were turned and some were awakened. Some became heroes with You on their side, and many of these heroes proudly acknowledged Your help. Suddenly, television shows that once would never include the mention of Your name or Your principles were infused with You and Your age old promises of love and hope. These are glimmers of hope for change in our world.
“This cycle of Your promises and blessings being followed by a turning away, a swelling of human pride, a failure and a return to Your promises and blessings began with Adam and Eve in the Garden. Will we ever get it right? When will we ever just remain faithful to You and then be with You in heaven for eternity? Oh dear Lord, open our hearts, minds and souls to hear Your Word and to receive Your love. May we cling to Your blessed Sacred Heart. May we live in the hope and faith of Your promises. Oh dear Lord, help us learn through our mistakes throughout history. Call us, form us, join us to You and never let go. Keep us humble; make us free by being Your servants. Blessed Mary, call your children home and prepare our hearts to truly receive Your son’s great love and to live in humble awe of our great Lord.”