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Letters to the Editor

Is suffering on the horizon?

Of all the writers in the bible, Saint Paul, is to me the most prolific, especially when he was about to be sacrificed. And I personally like what he wrote to Timothy in Timothy 2-3 when he says, “You should know this Timothy, that (in the last days), there will be difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents and ungrateful. They will be unloving and unforgiving, they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good, etc. etc.”

Paul later says (in his last instructions), “You have followed my teachings, my conduct and my purpose in life; you have observed my faith, my patience, my love, my endurance, my persecutions and my sufferings.

All who want to live a Godly life in union with Christ Jesus, will be persecuted. But as for you, continue in the truths that you were taught and firmly believe, for all scripture is inspired by God. Therefore, I command you to preach the message, to insist upon telling it, whether the time is right or not. For the time will come when men will not listen to true teaching, but will follow their own desires.

As for me, the hour has come for me to be sacrificed; the time is here, for me to leave this life. I have done my best in the race, I have run the full distance, I have kept the faith.

No one stood by me the first time I defended myself; all deserted me. May God not count it against them. But the Lord stayed with me, and gave me strength, so that I was able to proclaim the full message for all the Gentiles to hear.”

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen compliments Saint Paul’s Timothy 2-3 when he says:

“Humanity in a crisis is generally insensitive to the gravity of the times in which it lives. Men do not want to believe their own times are wicked, partly because they have no standard outside of themselves by which to measure their times. If there is no fixed concept of justice, how shall men know it is violated?

Only those who live by faith, really know what is happening in the world; the great masses without faith are unconscious of the destructive processes going on, because they have lost the vision of the heights from which they have fallen.”

It is only those who believe in the concept of justice and in the Ten Commandments and the sacraments and have fought the good fight, finished the course and have kept the faith will be taken into his heavenly kingdom.”

Is the United States and the world, close to what St Paul and Archbishop Sheen are quoted as saying???? If it is, then everyone should begin praying the Rosary every day to diminish the suffering that is to come.

Carlo Olivero,

Dalzell

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