On Ash Wednesday, a lone gunman killed 17 people and wounded 15 in a high school in Parkland, Florida, ironically named last year as “the safest place in Florida.” See the Ash Wednesday Cross in the photo below on the forehead of a grieving woman at the school.
After Adam sinned, God told him, “You are dust, and to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:19). Ash Wednesday and the Cross of this woman’s ashes should remind us of this. We will never know when God will call us to himself. Jesus said that no man knows the time nor the hour and that we must be prepared and be ready. We should live every day as if it is our last, in faith, hope and love. We pray that the 17 killed were ready and that God called them to himself. Are you ready? If not, it’s time to get ready and to regularly pray and receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.
One option on Ash Wednesday for the minister of the ashes is to say, “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.” It is not enough for us just “to get our ashes,” we must repent, believe in the Gospel and act upon our belief in order to receive the forgiveness of our sins and eternal life and happiness with Jesus.
Many people ask, “Why did this shooting happen?” This was not merely a human criminal event, it was sin, inspired and directed by Satan, evil personified. Law enforcement authorities revealed that the killer confessed that “demon voices” told him “what he needed to do to launch the deadly assault.”
Evil is not created by God, it is the absence of the good that He has created, inspired by a real evil personality, Satan, with whom the human race has been in conflict since the Garden of Eden when he tempted Adam and Eve into the Original Sin.
“Without the knowledge Revelation gives of God we cannot recognize sin clearly and are tempted to explain it as merely a developmental flaw, a psychological weakness, a mistake, or the necessary consequence of an inadequate social structure, etc. Only in the knowledge of God’s plan for man can we grasp that sin is an abuse of the freedom that God gives to created persons so that they are capable of loving him and loving one another (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 387).”
Jesus King of All Nations explained why He allows evil from people and suffering from natural disasters, after the Haitian earthquake on January 12, 2010 which killed almost 100,000 people, injured about 220,000 and made at least 1.5 million people homeless with 250,000 residences and about 30,000 commercial buildings severely damaged.
Five days after the earthquake, Jesus gave a consoling message about that devastating natural disaster that also applies to the recent Florida mass killing. He told his Secretary, the mystic of His devotion, “Those who have lost their lives in this tragedy are victims of Merciful Love. Their sacrifice will not only help to secure their salvation but will also call down My Great Mercy upon their nation and the world. . . . I allow such things in nature to serve My Divine Plan of Love, to help awaken the consciences of souls and thereby to turn their hearts and minds to Me, their God and Savior and also to allow them to participate in My Redemptive Act by sharing in My sufferings (Journal 351-352).”
So, what is the remedy? Jesus King of All Nations said, “In these times only one thing will be given as a remedy. I Myself AM that remedy!!! (Journal 159).” Let us do as Jesus asked us and turn our hearts and minds to Him, share in His sufferings, accept His grace and mercy and be a people of peace under the Prince of Peace. Let us implore Him for peace to overcome violence and for the grace of the end of the innocent casualties and deaths. May we reverence the life, dignity, beauty and wonder of every single human being from conception to natural death and may we pray for the grace, mercy and protection that Jesus King of All Nations promised us.
After a lone gunman ambushed and fired upon a group of police officers on July 7, 2016, in Dallas, Texas, killing five officers and injuring nine others, Jesus said:
When will you accept My devotion of Jesus, King of All Nations? Are not these atrocities enough to move you to faith and action?
Once more I offer to you this precious gift and remedy from Heaven. Will you at last accept it and practice it? Will you at last enthrone My image and proclaim anew My Sovereign Rights and Supreme, Inviolate Authority over mankind?
Hear Me at last or the state of the world will continue to decline yet further until one day the Great Chastisement will fall upon you and you shall cry, “Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord!”
We are called to have hope in the promise of Jesus King of All Nations for a great renewal of the Church, of mankind and of all creation. Jesus King of All Nations said:
Take up My devotion of Jesus, King of All Nations for in its practice you shall find for yourselves a haven of Grace, Mercy and Protection. Enthrone this My image everywhere for I shall be powerfully present there and the Power of My Sovereign Kingship shall surely shield you from My Just Judgement.
Be strong and do not lose hope. I AM with you to save you. (Journal 414-419).
Yours is the choice. I leave you free to accept or reject both My admonition and My gift (Journal 375, 376, 379).
God is seemingly calling out to us, “America, you need Me!” There is no other leader, or political, legal or economic solution. We are in a spiritual battle (see Ephesians 6:12) and only God can help us.
God told King Solomon, “If then my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).”
So let us humble ourselves, turn from our evil ways and pray to Jesus King of All Nations that He will hear us from heaven, pardon our sins and heal our land. Let us pray The Litany for the Healing of Our Land.
In President Trump’s Address to what he called “a nation in grief,” he said, “In these moments of darkness, we hold onto God’s Word in scripture, ‘I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you.’ We trust in that promise and we hold fast to our fellow Americans in their time of sorrow.”
For more information and for the prayers and promises of Jesus King of All Nations for protection against chastisements, you may read my book, Chastisements: Preparation and Protection against Them.