I am in France and the events of the last three days have impressed upon all of us the uncertainty, insecurity and brevity of life.
Let me share one or two thoughts from this horrible set of events which have gripped the nation here.
One should be prepared for death at all times. One may be shopping, or visiting friends in an office, or at work and such violent people who hate the West could interfere with one's life and happiness.
A person may be walking down the street, or going to church and find one's self in the presence of danger.
We live in dangerous times. We live in times prophesied by such great minds as G. K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc.
We live in times when those who hate Christ, the Church and the Western civilization will try and destroy us.
Be prepared. Stay in sanctifying grace. If you are not, get there.
Be real and face the situation.
Go to confession, pray to be ready for anything.
Hamlet said, "The readiness is all" and it is more true today than for a long time