Saturday, May 21, 2011

A Catholic Perspective On the Rapture

If I even believed that the rapture should happen today, would I be among the chosen? (tongue in cheek)

Catholics don't believe in the rapture, although there are some interesting things to consider about being prepared.

Have I lived the life God wanted me to live, done the things God wanted me to do?

Have I answered the call to my vocation, raised my family as best I could?

Did I accept the sufferings, both small and large, that He has offered me for my perfection?

Have I loved my neighbor as God has loved me?

Did I give of myself generously to those in need?

Was I a good and loving spouse, friend, human being?

Did I keep His Commandments?

Have I worshiped with sincerity and humility?

I doubt that today I will be taken in the rapture, mostly because I believe that God wants all of us to be saved, not just a select few. He came for the salvation of all men (cf. Lk 2) and tells us that we will know neither the time, nor the place. But, He does remind us that we need to be prepared. (cf. Mt 25)

The best advice I have ever heard is this: receive every Communion as if it were your first, and live every day as if it were your last.

God bless all of you!

updated 5/21 -- 7:25p (and I'm still here!) based on some constructive comments from friends.


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