It may seem that the lives of some non-believers are often much easier and carefree than our own. Unshackled to principle, they may float free between pleasures with no particular conscience. But this ‘freedom’ is not true freedom, and one shouldn’t mistake it for what it really is; being lost in the wilderness. This ‘freedom’ of the non-believer does not extend into the afterlife, and is in fact, shackled only to this, our material world. Since they have not had to endure the call of their consciences, they will not find our God’s eternal peace.
And we pray:
Lord God our Creator and Father, let me endure all that is sacred, just and fair in this world. Help us understand in facing our sufferings that we are doing so for Your sake, in Your glory. Thus, give us grace and show us mercy, for in answering to our consciences, we know we are doing Your work. Help us stay pure in this world Lord, for we know that in the afterlife Your rewards to us will be great, bounteous and glorious. Amen.