2 Corinthians 6:2

For He says, “At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation.” Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Don’t ask when Judgement Day will be.  Judgment Day is happening right now.  Oh sure, there will be a consummation at the end of the time.  But the only way to the Future is through the Present.  Today, now, this very instant, Jesus calls you to receive and live His salvation.  That is why the “Hail Mary” does not merely direct our prayer to the far-off someday.  It directs it to the present moment, which is the only moment we can do something about.  The past is gone.  The future is not ours to see, much less control.  Only this moment right now is yours to choose God.  Today, choose Him.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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