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Chapter 46

The Last Days

 

When He comes at the end of time
to judge the living and the dead,
the glorious Christ will reveal
the secret disposition of hearts
and will render to each man according to his works
and according to his acceptance or refusal of grace.
—Catechism of the Catholic Church (682)

 

 

Know also this, that in the last days shall come dangerous times.  For men shall be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, wicked, inhuman, without peace, slanderers, licentious, unmerciful, without kindness, traitors (apostates), stubborn, puffed up, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, having the appearance of religion, but denying its power.” (2 Tim. 3:1-5)

Are the “last days” upon us?  No one knows the day or the hour but we do see “signs of the times.” (Matt. 16:3)  We are witnessing climate change.  The “moral climate,” that is, has become foggy and filthy from hedonism.  Due to the widespread use of the birth control pill and other contraceptives, the rising tide of immodesty and pornography worldwide, and the pervasive presence of music that appeals to our lower nature, the “atmosphere” has become toxic to chastity.  We have become “lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.”

Moreover, we have become “lovers of money” more than lovers of God.  “The cares of this world and the lure of riches choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.” (Matt. 13:22)  We are obsessed with possessions.  The word of God, “the sword of the Spirit,” the Truth that sets us free, cannot bear fruit amid the relentless pursuit of money and material things. (Eph. 6:17)  “You cannot serve God and mammon,” as St. Matthew, the former tax collector, knew full well. (Matt. 6:24)

Lastly, we have become “lovers of self” more than lovers of God.  Here is the fundamental flaw to all of fallen humanity.  We are selfish and self-centered.  We seek to please ourselves, first and foremost, instead of the God who created us.  That is the definition of sin.  Yet, if we were to please God, we would find what truly satisfies our deepest needs and desires.  We would find Love, Life, Truth, and Peace, the freedom of humility, the beauty of Divinity in the Ocean of Love.  We would find God, the Giver of all good things, who gives Himself to those who please Him.  We would find everything that we were looking for, only, on a higher, more spiritual level. 

 

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