Woe To Me If I Do Not Preach The Gospel
It was published in all the papers of France.
A couple living together found life
They could not take it any more. He,
was 22 years old; she, Florence, 23.
only way out, they decided, was the
of suicide. For some strange reason,
decided to record their passing away.
turned on the cassette recorder and
us a harsh reminder of the last moments
Florence, "Mum, we cannot cope
we want to leave and rest. Life has
Everything stinks. Why should we continue
Alain, "Dad, I am tired of being
to you. Please, forgive me if I am
to hurt you with what I am going to
Florence, "We know what we are
I am going to put the volume higher."
Florence, "Ah, gosh, it's painful,
I don't want to die. Alain, please,
again because I am in great pain."
And as her voice grows ever fainter,
live?....I don't what to die. I don't
to die..... I am very weak....."
Another true story which hit the media,
time an elderly couple in Rome. They
everything money could buy. Apartment
a chic area in Rome. All the possible
imaginable. Cruise every year to the
He was a successful businessman. She
still pretty for her age. Lots of social
life. No children not to be burdened
responsibilities in life.
Well, one day, they were found dead.
the husband shot his wife, then he
What I found particularly significant
the suicide note they left near their
"We are depressed, sick, lonely."
This is what the world gave them, "We
are depressed, sick, lonely."
Just two stories. Among many. So much
so many tragedies. Columbine High School
in Littleton, Colorado. Atlanta.
How can one remain snug and comfy on
all this heartache....
when one knows that Jesus Christ wants
heal the broken hearted...
when one knows that He came to comfort
who are in grief...
when one knows that He has the power to set
the prisoners free from this cage of anger
when one knows that if only these people
had met a community of brethren with whom
they could have walked on the way of salvation,
if these people had met the Church, these
people would still be alive...
Indeed, how can one not evangelize?
The simple truth is that what we are
to accomplish are not projects or plans
programs or devotions, but the preaching
of Jesus Christ, in season and out
Souls need Him. NOW.
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