Thursday, April 19, 2012

Stop Wasting Your Life

Archbishop Fulton Sheen is blunt, in the video below, about how we are all wasting our lives. I can't stress more how beautiful this video is, but hard to watch. Here is one quote from the video (emphasis added):
"Really, most of us live below the level of our energy. And in order to be happy, we have to do more.  Now, we can do more, spiritually and every other way....so you see how important it is to have in the mind to do all that you can.  To work to the limit of your ability.  Our world is really suffering from indifference. Indifference is apathy, not caring.  I wonder maybe if our Lord suffers more from our indifference, than he did from the Crucifixion."
He then quotes from a poem called about entitled "Indifference" by G. Studdert-Kennedy, written in 1929 about Birmingham, England - but it could be written about any modern city. What a wonderful meditation for Lent:
When Jesus came to Golgotha, they hanged Him on a tree,
They drove great nails through hands and feet, and made a Calvary;
They crowned Him with a crown of thorns, red were His wounds and deep,
For those were crude and cruel days, and human flesh was cheap.

When Jesus came to Birmingham, they simply passed Him by.
They would not hurt a hair of Him, they only let Him die;
For men had grown more tender, and they would not give Him pain,
They only just passed down the street, and left Him in the rain.

Still Jesus cried, ‘Forgive them, for they know not what they do,'
And still it rained the winter rain that drenched Him through and through;
The crowds went home and left the streets without a soul to see,
And Jesus crouched against a wall, and cried for Calvary.

Part II
Part III

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