How Quickly This Life Passes Away

(Medjugorje) Thursday September 23, 2010 – Feast of St. Pio – Father Simon, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

In the Sacristy there is a plaque on the wall that says, ‘Father, celebrate this Mass as if it were your first Mass, your last Mass, your only Mass.’ I am going to share my homily with you as if it were my first homily, hence I am nervous.

 

“I come from a country that has become very materialistic, a country where man and woman are increasingly creating a life without God*, and a life where God has been silenced by bad TV, and where bad living is the norm. A place where the Crucifix has been replaced by beautiful pictures. The Holy Water font has been replaced by a holder for car and house keys. And, the Bible easily replaced by a buyer’s catalog.

Fr. Simon, Middlesbrough, UK, September 23, 2010

Fr. Simon told the pilgrims that he would speak to us as if it were his first homily, and the impact of his words touched everyone’s hearts. He reminded us to look at our life and where we are heading. Our Lady has often reminded us to do the same.

“Where I come from at the moment, the people are mostly retired. Society teaches us to spend the final years of our lives in materialistic happiness, because for many people they believe there is nothing else after this life. It is sad really, that their lives are spent creating a vision and anticipating their retirement. They fail to realize how quickly this life passes away.

 

“I look after four very large hospitals back home. In England, what do you think the average age a woman is before she dies? 76. And, for a man it is even shorter, 71 years of age. Now, I see some of you with shocked looks on your faces, and if you are coming up to that age, God bless you! And, if you have passed that age, God help you! Perhaps, that is a very good place to start at, with God’s help and with God’s blessing. Because, what we need to do is to realize that God is in our life. We need to awaken more to the Wisdom of God in order that He can give us courage to embody His message of the Gospel.

 

“Yet, if each one of us were honest, we all fall short of the call to His discipleship, through our thoughts, through our words, and our many actions. Perhaps, this is one of the reasons why God manifested His Mercy so beautifully. Padre Pio, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation; he could read your soul like a father to a child, and point out your sins in a way that you would come closer to God. We need to be honest with God and with ourselves, that way he wouldn’t keep your soul more than 8 days from the Sacrament of Reconciliation. How long do we keep our souls from seeking God’s Mercy? For some, it might be days, for others months, and for others even years. How easy it is to allow time to accumulate between the Father and ourselves? Padre Pio is there to remind us of the Mercy of God, and the Padre works more powerfully today. I’m sure there are many here who could tell us a story of how St. Padre Pio has helped them in their lives.

 

“There is one moment in the hospital that I want to share with you today. I’m quite nosey in the hospital, I go from bed to bed and it doesn’t matter if the patient is Catholic or not. There was this man that I walked by and he said,’ ‘Father, go on, God doesn’t want to bother with me.’ I like a challenge, so I step in a side room to pray to Padre Pio and to ask for help from Jesus of the Divine Mercy. I went in to the man, and as I got to talking with him I found out that he was a lapsed Catholic for over 40 years. I encouraged him to make his peace with God. Later, in the conversation I found out that he has cancer and he said to me, ‘Father, the doctors told me that I might have 6 years to live, or 6 months, 6 days, perhaps 6 hours.’ All the better I told him, now is the time to make your peace with God. Well, that man didn’t have 60 minutes, he died within the hour.

 

“Do not allow your coming here to Medjugorje to be a mere “accident,” but rather may it be an “incident” of God’s Grace. Have the courage to live the message of the Gospel and continue the walk of discipleship. May we, like St. Padre Pio, impress upon our eyes the Cross of Christ.” – Fr. Simon, UK

*Our Lady said on January 25, 1997:

“Dear children! I invite you to reflect about your future. You are creating a new world without God, only with your own strength and that is why you are unsatisfied and without joy in the heart. This time is my time and that is why, little children, I invite you again to pray. When you find unity with God, you will feel hunger for the Word of God and your heart, little children, will overflow with joy. You will witness God’s love wherever you are. I bless you and I repeat to you that I am with you to help you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

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  1. R. Joseph Jalbert

    Great site. I just finished reading the book. This is the only book with a plan to turn around the communist take over our once great country.When is your next how to conference ? God knows we need a prayer group in my city but don’t see one.I bought a case but have not received them yet. I plan to give copies to our sheriff, priest and ministers in the Rome, NY area but would like to know how to set up a prayer group.

  2. R. Joseph Jalbert

    Great site. I just finished reading the book. This is the only book with a plan to turn around the communist take over our once great country.When is your next how to conference ? God knows we need a prayer group in my city but don’t see one.I bought a case but have not received them yet. I plan to give copies to our sheriff, priest and ministers in the Rome, NY area but would like to know how to set up a prayer group.

  3. Don’t forget to the mention the prayer times we had and way of life we’re being called to live. Forming the prayer groups is key to hearing God’s answer for each of our small communities – one of my friends in the Chicago area has handed out 100 books and formed three prayer groups and one of the members is heading to Medjugorje.

  4. I’ve signed up for the April conference and can’t wait. I’m halfway through the book and learning something new every day. We certainly need an action plan – the sooner the better. Now I can’t wait to finish the book. In fact, I ordered a case today for my family and friends. Thank you so much and will see you in April. God bless.

  5. I’ve signed up for the April conference and can’t wait. I’m halfway through the book and learning something new every day. We certainly need an action plan – the sooner the better. Now I can’t wait to finish the book. In fact, I ordered a case today for my family and friends. Thank you so much and will see you in April. God bless.

  6. I am just learning about the book They Fired the First Shot and I am telling everybody about it so they will read it and get educated about what all is happening to change our country. It is a wonderful book and I can’t quit talking about it and reading it as it is RIGHT ON!Is there still opening for the 2013 conference? I would love to get some friends together to attend. Thanks Nancy

  7. I went through the materials, I got moved with the conference. However, if possible I would appreciate to be one of the participates of the next coming comference in God’s willing. (The Country is South Sudan city Juba. But because it is not in the list I decided to put Uganda which also I have a home there. Cell Call +211 955711692 any time of the day you can call. And thanks.

  8. I miss you all. Thank you. Pray, I have applied in US embassy through which I hope to reach you all. Thank you and more prayers for my people and relatives.

  9. This is too amazing and very overwelming. I would like to attend the conference. It is important for me to attend even though I live in Ontario? Thank-you

  10. Excellent report! I see everything happening so clearly but am so alone here with not a single family member listening to me. It’s a difficult path. I would love to attend the next conference, but wouldn’t be able to walk the distance from where I’d have to park my car. The additional cost is also kind of hard for me as well. You are all always in my prayers. I miss the quiet and peaceful grace. In the Love of Mary and Her SonKathy

  11. I didn’t attend and would like to know if there is anyway that I can get my contact information to those that attended from the New York Area.I’d like them to be able to contact me so that we can concentrate our efforts with others that I have started speaking with.Please let me knowSincerely and God Bless,Michael J. Hebert (Bear)

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