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Wednesday, March 7, 2001

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Sts. Perpetua & Felicity

Jonah 3:1-10
Psalm 51
Luke 11:29-32

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is it the eleventh hour?

"Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed." —Jonah 3:4

To create our culture of death, many people have sinned repeatedly and grievously for many years. The culture of death will eventually self-destruct. But how long will it be? Are there only forty days more before the end? (see Jon 3:4) Are we on our last year? (Lk 13:8-9) Some believe that it's too late to avert mass destruction. When people thought this in the past, the prophet Joel proclaimed that "even now" God's people could repent with prayer and fasting (Jl 2:12). In Joel's time, it was almost too late, but there were still a few moments left to repent. We are still in the season of mercy, but the season of judgment is coming soon and possibly very soon. "The Judge stands at the gate" (Jas 5:9).

We don't know how much time we have left to repent. Consequently, the only wise thing to do is to repent now. "Now is the acceptable time! Now is the day of salvation!" (2 Cor 6:2) Go to Confession at the nearest opportunity. Fast and pray in the Holy Spirit to prepare for life-changing Lenten Confessions. Go to Confession as if this were your last Confession. Live this Lenten day as if it were your last Lent and your last day.

Prayer:  Father, may I repent more deeply today than I ever have before.

Promise:  "For at the preaching of Jonah they reformed, but you have a greater than Jonah here." —Lk 11:32

Praise:  Sts. Perpetua and Felicity displayed such peace and confidence in approaching their martyrdom that their jailer and many other bystanders became believers.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, August 9, 2000

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 18, 2000