Chapter 10, Part 1: Pages 384 - 399
Our Preparation for the Tempest: 3 Questions to Ponder
Week 26 Questions
How very prophetic Dr. Plinio’s words in the 1920 letter to his friend are. Ten years before its outbreak, he talks of the inevitability of a world war in which the “putrefaction” of the “sad twentieth century” will reach its climax.
He foresees the rising of the worst elements in society and the persecution of the Church. What Dr. Plinio calls the ‘sad twentieth century” is a time when, from all appearances, the world is enjoying unlimited happiness, with its “liberal and egalitarian mentality” which excluded the Law of God.
Dr. Plinio sees only one possible solution – to “. . prepare for the fight and prepare the Church, like the sailor who prepares the ship before the tempest”. Dr. Plinio’s words can be applied directly to these times.
How can we distance ourselves from the present worldly atmosphere of unfounded optimism, while at the same time seeing and suffering the true crisis of the Church and preparing for the tempest?
Before the death of Dona Gabriela, life at the family “mansion” must have seemed stable and permanent.
Dona Lucilia was then plunged into the reality and uncertainty of real financial losses.
Dona Lucilia accepted these setbacks as Divinely Providential, and she was still able to live comfortably in a succession of rental homes.
Wherever life unfolds for Dona Lucilia and her family, she maintains a home where one “steps into a refreshing sanctuary of peace” where Dr. Plinio always noted the “sharp contrast between the frenzy of the street and the blessings of the home.”
Are we prepared when, despite our most prudent planning, all is suddenly changed into difficulty and uncertainty – are we prepared to place our hearts and souls with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as did Dona Lucilia?
Dr. Plinio’s life was very full and demanding. He maintained a lawyer’s office, was highly involved in apostolic activities, and as a renowned Catholic leader was obliged to attend and often give speeches and conferences at public events, as well as his teaching positions.
Amidst all of this, though, he was always aware of his duty to refresh both his physical and spiritual well-being. When possible, he would take a short vacation or attend a spiritual retreat.
Maybe we too have such opportunities available, but if not, we still can find methods to renew ourselves.
What are some ways – in your own circumstances by which you can turn things around, even a bit, to provide a change?