May I learn from You
how precarious are earthly things,
how great divine things,
how fleeting is time,
how lasting things eternal.
Grant that I may prepare for death, fear judgment,
flee hell,
gain paradise.
Through Christ our Lord.

            These are the last two stanzas from the Universal Prayer Attributed to Pope Clement XI. This is one of the recommended prayers at the back of the Roman Missal for priests (and all Catholics) to say after Mass.  It’s also one of the personal favourite prayers. It helps cut through all the petty hassles of the day to the Big Picture.
            It is precisely this Big Picture that Catholics are encouraged to contemplate during November.  During this month we take time to recall what’s known as “The Last Things” – Death, Antichrist, Particular/Universal Judgement, Hell, Purgatory, Heaven, Resurrection, and Life Everlasting.
            On Wednesday November 27th from 7:30-9:30 I will give a presentation on the Church’s teaching about these fascinating realities and the human questions that come along with them: “What happens when I die? Can a person go to Hell from Purgatory? Will I be reincarnated as a butterfly?  Will we all be zombies at the Resurrection?”
            As priests, we often only speak to those who choose to come to Church. But you are in offices, schools, hospitals, and workshops – interacting with those who have never heard the Good News of the Big Picture. Please join us, so that you can be apostles in your state of life to God’s plan of salvation.

Fr. Jim Zettel