In this lesson, we focus a need to grow in virtue and holiness as we see in the example of the Lord's cure of the bleeding woman.
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In the Traditional Mass for this Sunday, the Gospel is taken from Jesus' healing of the woman with a hemorrhage and the raising of the ruler's daughter (Matthew 9:18-26). The Gospel reveals our blessed Lord's power, dignity, and glory, before which we must one day appear in Judgment. Our Lord Jesus Christ, no one else, not even Caesar, must be the sole king of our hearts and minds. And we can appear clean and holy before our Lord only through grace, for which reason virtue is needed in pious souls.
"On the Last Judgment" by St. John Vianney
Our catechism tells us, my children, that all men will undergo a particular judgment on the day of their death. No sooner shall we have breathed our last sigh than our soul, without leaving the place where it has expired, will be presented before the tribunal of God. Wherever we may die, God is there to exercise His justice. The good God, my children, has measured out our years, and of those years that He has resolved to leave us on this earth, He has marked out one which shall be our last; one day which we shall not see succeeded by other days; one hour after which there will be for us no more time. What distance is there between that moment and this -the space of an instant. Life, my children, is a smoke, a light vapour; it disappears more quickly than a bird that darts through the air, or a ship that sails on the sea, and leaves no trace of its course!
When shall we die? Alas! will it be in a year, in a month? Perhaps tomorrow, perhaps today!
May not that happen to us which happens to so many others? It may be that at a moment when you are thinking of nothing but amusing yourself, you may be summoned to the judgment of God, like the impious Baltassar. What will then be the astonishment of that soul entering on its eternity? Surprised, bewildered, separated thenceforth from its relations and friends, and, as it were, surrounded with Divine light, it will find in its Creator no longer a merciful Father, but an inflexible Judge. Imagine to yourselves, my children, a soul at its departure from this life. It is going to appear before the tribunal of its Judge, alone with God; there is Heaven on one side, Hell on the other. What object presents itself before it? The picture of its whole life! All its thoughts, all its words, all its actions, are examined.
This examination will be terrible, my children, because nothing is hidden from God. His infinite wisdom knows our most inmost thoughts; it penetrates to the bottom of our hearts, and lays open their innermost folds... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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