Book 11 of the Confessions of Saint Augustine describes the hell of time for unbelievers, all surreal, all dissociative, the future now presently past, no possibility of being in solidarity with others, simply wasting time marking time.
Biden checked his watch each time a coffin was carried out of the plane, thirteen times…
Did you ever notice that the Dali’s time-pieces are not all in sync? One has been thrown off, slowed down by six minutes by the Lord of the Flies, the death monger, Satan, making all seem absurd, surreal…
Look at the time piece draped over the coffin[?]; just under the “12” you’ll see a fly and its shadow.
But Saint Augustine provides the solution, Christ Jesus, for whom time is but a creation that He holds in His hands, from beginning to end. Jesus said that when He would be lifted up on the cross, stretching out His hands on the cross, He would draw all to Himself right across time into that one hour of mercy, where we could then be in solidarity with Him being in solidarity with us, in which time we would not be wasting time marking time. With Jesus we are brought into all time and out of time into eternity with Him. After all:
- Copiosa apud eum redemptio – Redemption is abundant with Him
This is the Redemptorist church near Saint Mary Major Basilica in Rome, which I would pass by, and enter into, frequently. Mercy is based on justice. It is justice which makes mercy credible. But we have to choose with God’s grace to believe. We have to choose to see the justice of the wounds bringing mercy. We have to choose to see the coffins of those who laid down their lives for others, giving their lives that others may live.