Though some might consider it dismal,
Montfort had a very realistic way of viewing the end times.
He would often remind those participating in his parish missions
that the end times were getting closer and closer each day.
Even though Montfort did not experience the ends time or the second coming,
his mindset is absolutely right.
From the moment of our birth,
we continue to become closer and closer to our death.
Again, this might sound dismal
but it is motivating.
We have a certain amount of time on this planet.
Only the Father knows exactly how long that is.
Since we do not know,
we must be working towards our goals.
Mainly, our goals of obtaining heaven
and bringing others along with us.
This mindset is completely opposite of what the world claims,
The world is concerned with living this earthly life how you wish,
you only have this earthly life once.
We do only get to live an earthly life once.
Why not live it with the afterlife in mind?
Montfort thought we should.
He avoided putting things off,
since the Lord was coming.
“We the believers put on the armor of God in order to be able to stand firm against the ambushes of Satan. Strong in faith, we await the blessed hope, the glorious manifestation of Jesus Christ. The Church that marches through history is in communion with that portion of the people of God which possess the full vision of the glory of God. For all those who belong to Christ have the same Spirit, they form one Church, because all are united to Him.”
This here is the battle.
This spiritual battle.
The battle for your soul.
Christ fighting for your soul
so that you may remain with Him for all eternity.
Satan fighting for your soul
so that you might burn in the fires of hell for all eternity.
Though not a popular concept,
a real one.
One that affects your eternal home.
Let us put on the armor of God
and stand firm against Satan.
Let’s save our own souls
and the souls of others.
Let’s not live it up in this life
so that we may live a life of eternal praise.
Let’s not give into this world,
so that we can save ourselves for the next.
Let’s fight on soldiers.
This Lenten blog series is based upon St. Louis de Montfort's writings. Unless otherwise noted, all the phrases in quotation marks are taken from the book Jesus Living in Mary.