On Jesus’ terms, alone, ever. Never ours. Praise Him!!!!
“…there is always the terrifying possibility that God will give us or permit us to have exactly what we ask for; in a way, that is what our particular judgment will be. You will stand before the throne of the Judge, and He will look at your life and discover what you truly, in your heart of hearts, have desired: God or something else. If you have accepted God’s grace and by that grace have desired God, you will be welcomed into His presence to see Him face to face, and find in that vision joy beyond joy. And if you rejected grace and do not desire God, He will grant that desire also and cast you out of His presence, where the burning absence of Him Who is every man’s fulfillment is the worst torment of hell.
Every Catholic knows this, or should, even if we don’t often put it into words so harsh.”
1. It is appointed unto men once to die, and after this
the judgment.1 It is of faith, that immediately after death
we shall be judged according to our works in this life.
And it is also of faith, that upon this judgment will de-
pend our eternal salvation or perdition. Imagine your-
self to be in your agony, and to have only a short time
to live. Think that in a short time you would then have
to appear before Jesus Christ to give an account of your
whole life. Alas! how alarming would the sight of your
sins then be to you!
Jesus, my Redeemer! pardon me, I beseech You, be-
fore You judge me. I know that I have many times
 already deserved to be sentenced to eternal death.
No, I desire not to present myself guilty before You, but
penitent and pardoned. O my sovereign good! I am
grievously sorry for having offended You,
2. O God! what will be the anguish of the soul when
it shall first behold Jesus Christ as its judge, and behold
Him terrible in His wrath? It will then see how much
He has suffered for its sake; it will see what great
mercies He has exercised towards it, and what powerful
means He has bestowed upon it for the attainment of
salvation; then will it also see the greatness of eternal
goods, and the vileness of earthly pleasures, which have
wrought its ruin; it will then see all these things, but to
no purpose, because then there will be no more time to
correct its past errors; what shall have then been done
will be irrevocable. Before the judgment seat of God,
no nobility, nor dignity, nor riches will be considered;
our works alone will be weighed there.
Grant, O Jesus! that when I first behold You I may
see You appeased; and, for this end, grant me the grace
to weep, during the remainder of my life, over the evil
which I have done in turning my back upon You, to
follow my own sinful caprices. No, I desire never more
to offend You. I love You and desire to love You
3. What contentment will that Christian enjoy at the
hour of death who has left the world to give himself to
God; who has denied his senses all unlawful gratifica-
tions: and who, if he has on some occasions been negligent,
has at last been wise enough afterwards to do worthy
penance for it! On the other hand, what anguish will
that Christian experience who has continually relapsed
into the same vices, and at last finds himself at the point
of death! Then will he exclaim: “Alas! in a few moments
I must appear before Jesus as my judge, and I have not
as yet even begun to change my life! I have many times
 promised to do so, but I have not done it; and now, in
a short time, what will become of me?”
Ah, my Jesus and my judge! I give You thanks for
the patience with which You have until now waited for
me. How many times have I myself written my own
eternal condemnation . Since You have thus waited to
pardon me, reject me not, now prostrate at Your feet.
Receive me into Your favor through the merits of Your
bitter Passion. I am sorry, my sovereign good! for hav-
ing despised You. I love You above all things. I de-
sire never more to forsake You. O Mary! recommend
me to Your Son Jesus, and do not abandon me.
–St Alphonsus Liguouri
1 “Statutum est hominibus semel mori; post hoc autem, judicium.”
Heb. 9. 27.
Love & salvation,