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Posted on 11/13/2011 3:30:36 AM PST by Catholic Examiner
A commentary of St Augustine on Psalm 95
Then all the trees of the forest will exult before the face of the Lord, for he has come, he has come to judge the earth. He has come the first time, and he will come again. At his first coming, his own voice declared in the gospel: Hereafter you shall see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds. What does he mean by hereafter? Does he not mean that the Lord will come at a future time when all the nations of the earth will be striking their breasts in grief? Previously he came through his preachers, and he filled the whole world. Let us not resist his first coming, so that we may not dread the second.
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I’m one of those atheists who was brought up Catholic, but I had to post because that’s actually a very compelling headline.
It seems common discussion about this subject is all about the end of everything and fantasy-film-like concepts. So it’s a very interesting approach for an article, and very thought-provoking. Thanks for posting this.
I am very sorry to hear of your tremendous loss. You are right about the headline being compelling.
The second coming is exactly the end of everything. Or, as I once heard a priest describe it, it’s “everyone out of the pool. That’s it.” Not so much fantasy-film elements, as the other way around. The second coming has been talked about in Catholic circles for 2,000 years. Movies, being a bit over 100 years old follow, not lead.
Our life’s business, as Catholics is, whatever else we are doing, to do His will, according to our station in life, here on earth, in hopes that we may join Him and serve Him in the next. At the risk of sounding overly bossy, I would, and do, ask that you might wish to reconsider your atheism. Whatever it was that brought you to it, there is still time. (Catholic Examiner, please excuse my non-attempt to threadjack)
For a long time I was a very weak Catholic...but I have come to see his miracles in my life. Whenever He has directed my life and as I have responded to his will...doors have flown open for me.
As I look back on the roads He’s pointed to...I stand in amazement at how He has allowed me to come to Him at my speed and in my time.
If your life is hard enough, you can look at the Second Coming the same way you consider your own death: “Yeah, whatever.”
I have a few questions for prophecy futurists to challenge your thinking:
“For a long time I was a very weak Catholic...but I have come to see his miracles in my life.”
Same here. It’s always a good day when I look up and say “Thank, you, Lord!”.
God is real whether we believe in Him or not.
Truly, and well said. For a time, I was not good a Catholic. As a child in the sixties and seventies, my catechesis wasn’t too good in some areas. I never left, though it took some time before I answered when the Holy Spirit called me back. I am more grateful than words will ever properly convey, or could. And totally, truly and utterly devoted to the Lord, Deo Gratias.
What a wonderful quote.... thank you. Having swum the Tiber 17 years ago, I now read the Book of Revelation with joy and anticipation instead of fear and trepidation. Maranatha!
I'm waiting for that second wind to come sweeping in....