Fr. George Rutler: Hail Christ the King

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By Fr. George Rutler, Church Militant, November 22, 2020

He reigns during peace and tribulation

These days, I am frequently asked if we are living in the end times. As the grace of holy orders does not make me a seer, I defer, as is prudent, to the King of Universe: “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming” (Matthew 24:42).

So the answer simply is that we do not know, but as the Coast Guard’s “Semper Paratus” motto exhorts, we must constantly be prepared. That vigilance is contingent on everyone’s immediate obligation to ponder the end of his own life. For the Christian, this is a stimulus to faith rather than neurosis. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).  …

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