Jose Fernandez, the 24-year-old ace pitcher for the Miami Marlins, was killed in a tragic boating accident this past week. People have obviously struggled to make sense of this loss just like most of us do any time we lose people we love, respect, and admire.
And while I also felt incredibly sad for the family, friends, and teammates of Jose Fernandez I couldn’t help but think of how fragile life really is. How our time here on earth can end in the blink of an eye no matter how strong or talented we may be.
My next thoughts then transitioned to eternity and how we always need to be prepared for human death by being in a constant state of grace… totally free of mortal sin.
You see, as important as our family, careers, and health are nothing, and I do mean nothing, is more important than the state of our souls.
So if you’re not living in the state of grace I beg you to run, actually sprint, to the Sacrament of Reconciliation… most commonly referred to as confession.
If you haven’t been to confession for some time, years even, please don’t worry. The priest will welcome you and help you through it. And if you’re not sure how to even make a confession since it’s been so long all you need to do is review this guide to confession.
And, remember, God delights when his son’s and daughter’s return home… see the Prodigal Son parable (Luke 15:11-32) if you don’t believe me.
Then, once you’re in the state of grace make every effort to stay there. Attend Mass every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation, help others in need, and avoid sin… especially sins of the flesh. And if you do fall into sin please don’t despair. Instead, pick yourself up and get back to confession as soon as possible and continue fighting.
Finally, if you’re not Catholic and want to learn more about what we believe and why we believe it please go here. The good folks over at Catholic Answers have made, and continue to make, a massive impact on my personal faith journey.
Until next time… be holy, eat clean, and do more push-ups!