Very Close to Home
by Thomas A. Droleskey
As most readers of this website know, I am a native of Long Island. Although I have lived in other places in my nearly sixty-one years of life and have been situated in the Midwest once again for the past nineteen months, Long Island will always be my earthly 'home." It was simply wonderful to be able to visit during our all-too-brief week long stay there three months ago, enjoying particularly walking around my beloved hamlet of Oyster Bay on Thursday, July 26, 2012. Yes, I must admit, that I have longed hoped to return "home" to Oyster Bay, realizing, of course, that there is no human possibility of this occurring lest some thoroughly unexpected windfall comes our way.
God's plan for us is always better, something that I learned to accept in my latter thirties after much grumbling about the various locations outside of New York (Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Missouri) where my professional life took me between January of 1973 and January of 1990, although I was back in New York for most of the period between 1980 and 1988. The good God had to pound it into my thick, self-willed skull to accept His will as best and to quit complaining about finding myself in locations where he had willed for me from all eternity to serve Him in spite of myself. This is by way of saying that although I do indeed miss Long Island and environs and the considerable number of friends that we still have there, believe it or not, I realize that we are living at present where God wants us to be, and He will lead us elsewhere in His good time.
As Saint Paul reminded us:
So that we may confidently say: The Lord is my helper: I will not fear what man shall do to me. Remember your prelates who have spoken the word of God to you; whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation, Jesus Christ, yesterday, and today; and the same for ever. Be not led away with various and strange doctrines. For it is best that the heart be established with grace, not with meats; which have not profited those that walk in them. We have an altar, whereof they have no power to eat who serve the tabernacle.
For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the holies by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people by his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore to him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have not here a lasting city, but we seek one that is to come. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise always to God, that is to say, the fruit of lips confessing to his name. (Hebrews 1: 6-15)
We must strive only for our true home, Heaven. It is there alone that we will find a permanent dwelling as those who have died in a state of Sanctifying Grace and have satisfied the debt they have owed God for their sins either by means of the penance they have done while alive or by the suffering they endured in Purgatory enjoy the glories that Saint Paul explained to us and are good to meditate about on this Vigil of All Saints:
 Howbeit we speak wisdom among the perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, neither of the princes of this world that come to nought;  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, a wisdom which is hidden, which God ordained before the world, unto our glory:  Which none of the princes of this world knew; for if they had known it, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory.  But, as it is written: That eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared for them that love him. (2 Cor. 2: 6-9.)
Yes, our true home is Heaven, where citizenship is open to those who have loved God as He has revealed Himself to us through His true Church, the Catholic Church, and who have persevered until the moment of their deaths in a state of Sanctifying Grace as they kept the Holy Names of Jesus, Mary and Joseph ever on their dying lips, beseeching Our Lady in the great Ave Maria to pray for them at that moment, the hour of their own death. We must be content, therefore, with wherever it is God has placed us and to serve Him with all of our hearts, minds, bodies, souls and strength as we accept the daily crosses that come our way with joy and gratitude.
All of this having been noted, though, I must admit having a sense of great personal devastation after viewing the damage done to Long Island by Hurricane Sandy. I have lived through several hurricanes during my time on Long Island. I have never seen such utter destruction as i witnessed on the notebook computer via the wireless device that connects it with the internet.
Look, I know Long Island very well, although I am more familiar with Nassau County while not unfamiliar with most of Suffolk County with the exception of the "Hamptons" and the rest of the "south fork," which I have visited precisely twice in my life, once in 1956 and the other time in 1987. To see streets that I have traveled so many times flooded beyond description and the houses thereon destroyed as if they had been carpet bombed was quite a shock. Sure, yes, we were very grateful to be physically safe in the southwestern part of Ohio.
However, our Catholic hearts go out to "our people," the loud, brash, laugh-out-loud, boisterous, Long Islanders who are always ready offer a sardonic quip, sometimes exclaimed in a loud voice to no one in particular.
It was only last week that I had correspondence with a schoolmate of mine from Oyster Bay High School whose husband was in my Class of 1969, discovering that this wonderful, hard-working man had died in April of 2010 after a long bout with cancer. They lived in Bayville, New York, north of Oyster Bay and situated right on Long Island Sound. Bayville is now under water. I showed Lucy photographs of Ransom Beach in Bayville where she had played a few times. Everything was submersed in salt water from Long Island Sound. Even Oyster Bay Harbor itself was stirred up enough for the wind and waves to send a yacht crashing onto West Shore Road, the artery that connects the hamlet of Oyster Bay up to Bayville (the harbor is on one's right and exclusive Mill Neck, New York, is on one's left as one drives the three miles from Oyster Bay to Bayville across the tiny Bayville Bridge). Unbelievable.
Also unbelievable was the sight witnessed on Monday evening, October 29, 2012, the Transferred Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, of water cascading into the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel in lower Manhattan. I have spent forty of my nearly sixty-one years in and around New York and environs. I have never seen such a thing in my life. And while I have never visited the Jersey Shore, making pizza on one occasion for a former graduate student of mine and his wife and children in Toms River, New Jersey, and am thus completely unfamiliar with the area, it was shocking to see what New Jersey Governor Christopher Christie called devastation beyond anything he knew was possible.
Yes, readers of this site know full well that this is all a chastisement. It is no accident that Atlantic City was hit hard. It is no accident that the Empire State, which "legalized" of surgical baby-killing three years before the decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States of America in the cases of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, January 22, 1973, and just last year enacted a "law" permitting a perverted concept of marriage to be contracted, was hit hard. And it is no accident that the financial district of lower Manhattan is under water given the injustices perpetrated by large banks and the rampant exploitation of consumers who are enticed to open credit card accounts with usurious interest rates. Only one who is spiritually blind can deny all of this. Granted.
Nevertheless, of course, we can note the fact of the chastisement while at the same time feel great empathy for those who have been afflicted, those who have lost loved ones or who have seen their homes destroyed or severely damaged or who have had damage done to their businesses. Horrifying is the only word that can describe the effects of the fire in the Breezy Point section of the Rockaway Peninsula in the Borough of Queens on Monday evening, October 29, 2012, that destroyed nearly one hundred homes in this primarily working-class area of Catholics.
Those who do see these truly tragic and devastating events through the lens of the true Faith understand, however, this is all a work of the ineffable Mercy of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Who desires that men seek shelter in Its warmth as they flock to Him as His consecrated slaves through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. The tender mercies of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus are beckoning all those who have suffered unspeakably terrible losses to understand that they need to be about the business of preparing themselves for a good death, which they escaped in what is being called "Superstorm Sandy" only as a result of those tender mercies. This is a time for one and all to reassess their lives and to realize quite indeed that we have not here a permanent dwelling, that we must be attached to the glories of Heaven alone. God will find ways to attach us to Heaven alone by detaching us from the things, people and places of this passing world if we do not do so ourselves, which is one of the reasons He sends us natural catastrophes such as "Superstorm Sandy."
Each and every cross that the good God sends us is
the means by which we can give salutary example to lukewarm Catholics
and to all non-Catholics that God never permits us to endure any cross
that is beyond our capacity to carry by means of the graces that His
Co-Eternal and Co-Equal Son, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
won for us by the shedding of each and every drop of His Most Precious
Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross and that flow into our hearts and
souls through the loving hands of His Most Blessed Mother, she who is
the Mediatrix of All Graces.
Catholics rejoice in their crosses.
Catholics rejoice when they are castigated and humiliated and misunderstood and calumniated.
Catholics rejoice when they are denied temporal honors and worldly success.
Catholics rejoice when they are deemed worthy to
suffer some terrible physical or emotional affliction as this means that
God has seen fit to make it more possible for them to pay back what
they owe for their sins in this passing, mortal vale of tears and thus
to do their Purgatory on earth.
Mind you, by way of reiteration, this is not
to denigrate or to minimize in any way the tremendous suffering that is
taking place the areas affected by Superstorm Sandy, including my own native and much beloved Long Island. This is, however, remind the very
few readers of this little-read website that we are supposed to look at
each of the events in our own lives and in the world through the
supernatural eyes of the Holy Faith.
The loving hand of the good God is seeking to chastise us.
God is seeking to humiliate us in order that we might
rely more fully upon Him as He has revealed Himself to us exclusively
through the Catholic Church.
God is seeking to remind the creature that He, the
Creator, has created the laws and the properties of the universe and
that no amount of human planning, no matter how sincerely motivated or
how carefully implemented, can probe the depths of the creation that
came into existence at His mere willing it so.
The earth itself will end in God's good time. He is, I
believe, seeking to remind us that no created thing on this earth will
last forever, that the end of our own particular lives can occur at any
time. We are not to take even our next breath for granted. Everything
good thing that we have, starting with the Holy Faith Itself, is His
gratuitous gift to us.
Catholics must, therefore, have the same sense of
detachment from as did holy Job after Satan was permitted by God to
deprive him of everything he had, including his life and children,
willing to bend under the mighty arm of God as He seeks to rid us of our
disordered self-love to have a pure love of Him and His Holy Will:
 Then the Lord said to Satan: Behold, all that he hath is in thy hand:
only put not forth thy hand upon his person. And Satan went forth from
the presence of the Lord.  Now upon a certain day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in the house of their eldest brother,  There came a messenger to Job, and said: The oxen were ploughing, and the asses feeding beside them,  And the Sabeans rushed in, and took all away, and slew the servants with the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell thee.
 And while he was yet speaking, another came, and said: The fire of God
fell from heaven, and striking the sheep and the servants, hath consumed
them, and I alone have escaped to tell thee.  And while he also was yet speaking, there came another, and said: The
Chaldeans made three troops, and have fallen upon the camels, and taken
them, moreover they have slain the servants with the sword, and I alone
have escaped to tell thee.  He was yet speaking, and behold another came in, and said: Thy sons and
daughters were eating and drinking wine in the house of their elder
brother:  A violent wind came on a sudden from the side of the desert, and shook
the four corners of the house, and it fell upon thy children and they
are dead, and I alone have escaped to fell thee.  Then Job rose up, and rent his garments, and having shaven his head fell down upon the ground and worshipped,
 And said: Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I
return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: as it hath
pleased the Lord so is it done: blessed be the name of the Lord.  In all these things Job sinned not by his lips, nor spoke he any foolish thing against God. (Job 1: 12-22.)
We must never murmur against the will of God.
Not once. Not ever. None of us ever suffers truly as his sins deserve.
God is merciful even in the administration of his chastisements to those
who love Him.
The chastisement that has afflicted the areas hit hard by Superstorm Sandy at this time is meant not only for them. It is for us all.
Perhaps someone who has suffered directly or who sees from afar the loving hand of God at work in this chastisement who has not been to Confession to a true priest will be reminded that he has a need to do so promptly (and there are enough true priests on Long Island for Catholics there to seek out in order to get their souls straight with God; I spoke with one of those priests on the telephone just last evening). They are being invited to accept the fact that God will not be mocked. Sins must be punished. And God chooses a variety of ways to punish us errant, recidivist, ungrateful sinners. The elements of the earth are themselves disturbed by human sins as they are part of the Order of Creation (Nature) whose perfect balance was rent asunder as a result of Original Sin.
I would entreat you, however, to consider how Our
Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Himself told Mother Mariana de
Jesus Torres that the sins of men in Ecuador, a country favored with the
visits of Our Lady of Good Success and ruled for twelve years (1859 to
1865 and 1869 to the time of assassination in 1875) by that great
exemplar of the Social Reign of Christ the King, Gabriel Garcia Moreno,
would diminish the luster of the sunsets in that country on the equator:
She saw that when this would happen, the beautiful
dawn that each morning would break forth with refulgence over this
land--so enchantingly spectacular that some persons would rise at
daybreak just to see the day break--would lose some of its brilliance.
Thus does earth reflect Heaven, and the earth's beauty and vitality
diminish with sin and infidelity to grace. This favor of beautiful dawns
should cease, Mother Mariana was given to understand, because the
Republic [of Ecuador, which was then only a Spanish colony] would become
corrupt and ungrateful for the benefits it received from God. (Marian
Therese Horvat, Ph.D., Stories and Miracles of Our Lady of Good Success, Tradition in Action, Inc., 2002, p. 68.)
Men must quit their sins and repent of them in the
Sacred Tribunal of Penance. They must treat each other as they would
treat Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Who was made Flesh in
Our Lady's Virginal and Immaculate Womb, where He spent nine months
growing to the point of His Nativity in poverty and anonymity in
Bethlehem on Christmas Day. No one can say--that he loves Our Lord and
yet supports His dismemberment mystically in the persons of innocent
preborn children. And it is impossible to provide for any element of
the common temporal good on an enduring basis as long as the innocent
preborn are attacked with legal impunity, as long as the Sovereignty of
God over the sanctity and fecundity of marriage is denied by means of
contraception, as long as perversity is promoted under the slogans of
"diversity" and "human rights," as long as men live as though there is
no true Church and that they do not have to face Christ the King as
their Judge at the moment of their Particular Judgments.
Men cannot sin wantonly without realizing terrible chastisements from God.
Saint Alphonsus de Liguori made this clear in Preparation for Death:
The Lord does not wish us to be lost; and therefore, by
the threat of chastisement, he unceasingly exhorts us to a change of
life. Except you will be converted, He will brandish His sword. Behold,
he says in another place, how many, because they would not cease to
offend me, have met with a sudden death, when they were least expecting
it, and were living in peace, secure of a life of many years. For whey
they shall say: Peace and security: then shall sudden destruction come
upon them. Again he says: Unless you shall do penance, you shall
likewise perish. Why so many threats of chastisements before the
execution of vengeance? It is because he wishes that we amend
our lives, and thus avoid an unhappy death. "He," says Saint Augustine,
"who tells you to beware, does not wish to take away your life." It is
necessary, then, to prepare our accounts before the day of account
arrives. Dearly beloved Christians, were you to die, and were your lot
for eternity to be decided before night would your accounts be ready?
Oh! how much would you give to obtain from God another year or month, or
even another day, to prepare for judgment? Why then do yo not now, that
God gives you this time, settle the accounts of your conscience?
Perhaps is cannot happen that this shall be the last day for you? Delay
not to be converted to the Lord, and defer it not from day to day; for
His wrath shall come on a sudden, and in a the time of vengeance He will
destroy thee. My brother, to save your soul you must give up your sin.
"If then you must renounce it at some time, why do you not abandon it at
this moment?" says Saint Augustine. Perhaps you are waiting till death
arrives? But for obstinate sinners, the hour of death is the time, not
of pardon, but of vengeance. In the time of vengeance He will destroy
Our Lady explained Our Lady of La Salette told Melanie Calvat and
about the terrible effects of sin in the world on September 19, 1846:
The Church will be in eclipse, the world will be
in dismay. But now Enoch and Eli will come, filled with the Spirit of
God. They will preach with the might of God, and men of good will will
believe in God, and many souls will be comforted. They will make great
steps forward through the power of the Holy Spirit and will condemn the
devilish lapses of the Antichrist. Woe to the inhabitants of the
earth! There will be bloody wars and famines, plagues and infectious
diseases. It will rain with a fearful hail of animals. There will be
thunderstorms which will shake cities, earthquakes which will swallow up
countries. Voices will be heard in the air. Men will beat their heads
against walls, call for their death, and on another side death will be
their torment. Blood will flow on all sides. Who will be the
victor if God does not shorten the length of the test? At the blood, the
tears and prayers of the righteous, God will relent. Enoch and Eli will
be put to death. Pagan Rome will disappear. The fire of Heaven will
fall and consume three cities. All the universe will be struck with
terror and many will let themselves be lead astray because they have not
worshipped the true Christ who lives among them. It is time; the sun is
darkening; only faith will survive.
is the time; the abyss is opening. Here is the King of Kings of
darkness, here is the Beast with his subjects, calling himself the
Savior of the world. He will rise proudly into the air to go to Heaven.
He will be smothered by the breath of the Archangel Saint Michael. He
will fall, and the earth, which will have been in a continuous series of
evolutions for three days, will open up its fiery bowels; and he will
have plunged for all eternity with all his followers into the
everlasting chasms of hell. And then water and fire will purge the earth
and consume all the works of men's pride and all will be renewed. God
will be served and glorified."
As recorded in The Mystical City of God, Our
Lady explained to the Venerable Mary of Agreda, the earth itself will
be shaken of the work of the devil to inspire us to commit unrepentant
after unrepentant sin, and that she, Our Lady, will make possible our
salvation by her perfect fiat to the will of God the Father at the
"Woe to the earth, and to the sea, because the
devil is come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he hath but a
short time." Woe to the earth, where so many sins and such wickedness
shall be perpetuated! Woe to the sea, which refused to pour forth its
floods and annihilate the transgressors at the sight of so great
offenses against its Creator, and to avenge the insults against its
Maker and Lord! But more woe to the profound and raging sea of those
that follow the demon, after he had descended in their midst in order to
war against them with great wrath and with such unheard of cruelty! It
is the wrath of the most ferocious dragon, and greater than that of the
devouring lion (I Pet. 5, 8), who attempts to annihilate all creation
and to whom all the days of the world seem a short time to execute his
fury. Such is his hunger and thirst to do damage to mortals, that all
the days of their life do not satisfy him, for they come to an end,
whereas he desires eternal ages, if possible, in order to wage war
against the sons of God. But incomparably greater than against all
others is his rage against that most blessed Woman, who was to crush his
head (Gen. 3, 15).
How can there not be "woe to the earth, and to the sea" when men sin so wantonly, when multinational corporations are so driven by the insanity of their Talmudic-Calvinist-Masonic "bottom line" profit margin that American manufacturing jobs are shipped overseas, especially to Red China, to exploit low-paid, if not slave-labor, workers to manufacture practically everything that is sold in this country and around the world?
How can there not be "woe to the earth, and to the sea" when men in those multinational corporations enjoy their ill-gotten gains by living in the lap of utter material luxury and decadence as they hire Americans to sell the substandard--and sometimes quite dangerous to our health---Red Chinese-manufactured goods that are mega stores (Walmart, Target) for wages that are so meager in order to "cut costs" and, it should be noted, to keep their own wage-slaves on the "credit merry-go-round" to purchase appliances and computers and other "big ticket" items made in Red China?
How can there not be "woe to the earth, and to the sea" when the naturalists seeking public office either accept the daily slaughter of the preborn or believe that to say or doing anything of real substance about it is not politically prudent or expedient?
How can there not be "woe to the earth, and to the sea" when the government of the United States of America attacks and invades sovereign nations, overthrowing regimes said to be "threats" to their own people and to the world-at-large while enabling the mass murder of human beings in this country and coddling the most murderous nation on earth, Red China, in which the corporate robber barons who contribute to campaigns of the leaders of both major organized crime families of naturalism in this country as they also fund Planned Parenthood and related organizations, thereby depriving themselves of future workers and customers. Who cares that the countries that are destabilized by American intervention (Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya) turn into bloody messes as believing Mohammedans seize power and then engage in warfare upon their "liberators" and each other? We must export the "American way" that is bringing so many chastisements upon this country at the present time to other lands who are not been privileged to experience "this way" first hand. (Please see "Victory" in Libya, written in 2011, for a naturalist's commentary on the fact that "victory" in Libya, accomplished without Congressional authorization and without a just need there was no threat to American national security, will be as dangerous to the imperial Caesar Barackus Obamus Ignoramus as Iraq was to Caesar Emeritus Georgii Bushus Ignoramus.)
God will not be mocked.
Those in the counterfeit church of conciliarism who defy anathematized propositions and break the First and Second Commandments and teach untruths to Catholics and non-Catholics alike mock God.
Those who exercise political power in the nooks and crannies of governmental systems founded on false, naturalistic, religiously indifferentist, anti-Incarnational and semi-Pelagian principles mock God as they present themselves to us as demigods whose every decision must be obeyed without question lest one be called a "terrorist" or, in the case of the naturalists of the false opposite of the "right," "unpatriotic."
Those who control what is called "popular culture" mock God by polluting our souls in numerous ways, insidiously placing their foul words, sounds and images on our billboards, in the supermarkets and other stores where we shop, in restaurants and, for those foolish enough to own a television and to watch contemporary programming, in what is called "entertainment" right at home (please see Still Nothing Super About the Super Bowl and King George III Is Looking Pretty Good These Days).
There are others who mock God as well and, truth be told, almost as frequently.
These others who mock God believe, as do the merchants of conciliar and social evil, that they are doing good, that they are virtuous and that things are all right with God for them.
These others who mock God consider most others to be beneath them.
These others who mock God think everyone else is uncharitable except themselves.
These others who mock God go to Confession regularly, perhaps even every week.
These others who mock God receive Holy Communion regularly.
These others who mock God spend time before the Blessed Sacrament when they are able.
These others who mock God pray at least one set of mysteries of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary every day.
These others who mock God read about the lives of the saints as they believe that they are serious about pursuing the path to the heights of personal sanctity.
Who are these other people?
Look in the mirror.
To quote a cartoon strip from the 1960s that was written at the height of the Vietnam War and was also used to convey an urgency to the nonexistent "environmental crisis, "We have met the enemy, and they are us."
If we wonder why the earth rumbles and the winds blow so strongly and record heat and snowfall seems to get worse with each passing year, do not blame the junk science fiction of "global warming." Look in the mirror. We are in need of chastisement. Each of us is responsible, at least to a greater or lesser extent, for the state of the Church Militant on earth and that of the world-at-large.
The only possible advantage that we might have over the lords of Modernity in the world and Modernism in the counterfeit church of conciliarism, most of whom cannot plead invincible ignorance of the lies that they tell, is that we have the possibility of reforming our lives in cooperation with the graces won for us by the shedding of every single drop of the Most Precious Blood of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ that flow into our hearts and souls through the loving hands of Our Lady, she who is the Mediatrix of All Graces.
While we pray for those on the East Coast who are suffering the after-effects of "Superstorm Sandy," whose impact touches my own life very directly as we keep in prayer all of those who have been affected, especially our wonderful friends, let us remember to take precautions in our own lives to be kept safe for the moment of a sudden death, which can occur at any time. We have much for which to make reparation as many of us, myself included, have participated in various, if not all, aspects of the harms of naturalism that are very responsible for enticing men to sin and thus disturbing even the natural elements of the earth and the sky and the sea more and more and more with every passing year.
It will be when we get serious about cooperating with Sanctifying and Actual Grace that whatever seeds we plant for the conversion of men and their nations to o the Catholic Faith can bear good fruit so that that their constitutions will truly bind them together and serve legitimate national interests as civil leaders seek to pursue the common temporal good in light of the man's Last End, the possession of the glory of the Beatific Vision of God the Father, god the Son and God the Holy Ghost for all eternity in Heaven. We must remember that, as Pope Saint Pius X noted in Vehementer Nos, February 11, 1906, "the civil power must not only place no obstacle in the way of this conquest, but must aid us in effecting it." It will be only then that civil constitutions will serve the interests of men in this life because they seek to serve God through His Catholic Church as our mater and magister exercises the Social Reign of Christ the King, only then that we will have civil rulers who, like Saint Louis IX and Saint Wenceslaus and Saint Edward and Saint Casimir and Saint Canute and Saint Stephen of Hungary and Saint Henry the Emperor, will humble themselves on their knees before the King's Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament rather than appear to be above the laws of God and man.
And in order for this to occur as the fruit of Our Lady's Fatima Message and the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart, we must lead the way with sincere and humble contrition for our sins and a firm purpose of amendment as we, consecrated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, make use of the ineffable Mercy of the Divine Redeemer, Christ the King, in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance as often as we can (and, for those who are without a true priest to hear their confessions and give them Absolution, making sure to pray to Our Lady for the grace of having true and perfection contrition for our sins in the hope of getting to Confession one day as God makes this Sacrament available to them).
What are we waiting for?
Let us continue to pray for those suffering homelessness or other inconveniences right now as a result of Superstorm Sandy, whose effects have been felt out here in Ohio and elsewhere in the Midwest (it was truly a phenomenal sight to behold in satellite photographs of it), and that they will be able to rebuild their homes as well as continue to building up their souls to be prepared for the loss of everything in this life at the moment of their deaths.
Let us resolve to pray a Rosary right now for the needs of those who have suffering as a result of this monster storm and for the souls of those who have been killed by it.
Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints