Living in these times can be tough, and in fact, trying to save the soul at this time is something that is highly complex. Christ himself said about these times.
“For there shall be then great tribulation, such as hath not been from the beginning of the world until now, neither shall be.”
And the Holy Spirit also notes the following:
“And one of the ancients answered, and said to me: These that are clothed in white robes, who are they? and whence came they? And I said to him: My Lord, thou knowest. And he said to me: These are they who are come out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and have made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
Apocalypse 7, 13-14
With these quotes as support we can say without exaggeration that this generation of the elect (and hopefully you -reader- and I may find ourselves in that group) is the one that will have to overcome major obstacles. To the extent that Christ himself points.
“For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders, insomuch as to deceive (if possible) even the elect.”
All this constant effort, and fighting against everybody, or to be more precise, 7 billion people, can leave our souls exhausted, and in some cases discouraged, tempted by despair.
Sometimes even the constant effort to fight and condemn misguided heretics, which in the absolutely majority of the cases includes our closest relatives, creates the effect of making us less happy, and perhaps even be tempted by bitterness.
Other Catholics sometimes find that they are the only ones in the country, and that they may probably not be able to marry.
And all this sometimes makes us forget the importance of recreation. For a person who is doing a constant mental and spiritual effort, periodic rest and relaxation through play, is not only valuable, but is also critical.
The Dimond Brothers, at Most Holy Family Monastery have said (and I also have noticed) that people who do not relax or play, tend to then lose the faith and are in particular attracted by extreme concepts and heresies.
After all, we are human, and we need also to relax, even when everyone else is in need of help.
We can not remain like iron soldiers at all times, and Christ himself stated the following.
“And said: Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
Is in balance where sacred scripture tells us that we can find justice and harmony.
“Keep therefore and do the things which the Lord God hath commanded you: you shall not go aside neither to the right hand, nor to the left.”
“All things have their season, and in their times all things pass under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted. A time to kill, and a time to heal. A time to destroy, and a time to build. A time to weep, and a time to laugh. A time to mourn, and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather. A time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.
A time to get, and a time to lose. A time to keep, and a time to cast away. A time to rend, and a time to sew. A time to keep silence, and a time to speak. A time of love, and a time of hatred. A time of war, and a time of peace. What hath man more of his labour? I have seen the trouble, which God hath given the sons of men to be exercised in it.
He hath made all things good in their time, and hath delivered the world to their consideration, so that man cannot find out the work which God hath made from the beginning to the end.”
Ecclesiastes 3, 1-11
Therefore, I decided to create this section, to share articles on the importance of recreation, games that can be played with family, tutorials for making games, hobbies that may be interesting, etc, etc
After all, remember that even monks have a period of recreation in their monastic rules that have been approved by Holy Mother Church.
“Taking, then, this and other models of discretion, the mother of virtue, let him so temper all things that the strong may still find something they will do with zeal, and the weak may not be disheartened.”
Rule of Saint Benedict, Chapter 64
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