I belong to a prayer chain that is worldwide. The requests are sent to us via email after they are compiled weekly by our leader. Over the years I have heard or read as it were, of many, many terrible atrocities that require prayer for the victims and the perpetrators. One 3-year-old little girl, I have been asked to pray for was beaten by her mother’s boyfriend and placed into a hot oven. Every time I think about that poor innocent child being abused in this way it sickens me.
I mention this incident as an example of the evil in the world. So many people don’t believe in the devil. How foolish they are. He has certainly seduced so many into believing that he does not exist in order to trick them into falling away from God and His laws. What other reason would account for the terrible act of this man who harmed this innocent child?
As Christians, we are called to pray for both the victim and the abuser. We must pray for his forgiveness and repentance. We are called to love everyone, to pray for friend and foe.
Hitler, the Holocaust, the extermination in Rwanda, teenagers shooting up schools and killing their fellow students, ISIS, abortion, assisted suicide, homosexuality, the list goes on and on. The devil is alive and well and his evil is rampant here on earth. I wonder how long it will take for people to wake up and realize that the only way to go is with God.
Now I know that many of you will say that if there was really a God and if God truly loved us He would not permit these kinds of atrocities here on earth. That is the first line of defense that the devil uses to insist that God does not exist. God does not make us follow him. He does not insist we follow His laws. We are free to choose the path we follow. God sent us His divine Son to save us from eternal damnation. The devil is betting that he can seduce us with temporary worldly “things” through our veracious lustful appetites. Money, fame, fortune, sex…
Each generation is convinced that the world is getting worse for their children. I worried for my children, but I am even more worried for my grandchildren. I honestly believe that we are headed for a rude awakening in the form of a great chastisement. According to the Blessed Mother, and many visionaries if we do not mend our ways it is coming. The good news is that God is a forgiving God. We can repent and be forgiven. Until we take our last breath here on earth we can change our eternity. But our sorrow and repentance must be sincere. God wants us to spend our eternity with Him. Jesus never tires of asking us to allow Him into our hearts.
If we do choose to follow the narrow path we can take comfort in the words of St. Padre Pio. “Have courage and do not fear the assaults of the Devil. Remember this forever; it is a healthy sign if the devil shouts and roars around your conscience, since this shows that he is not inside your will.”