Recently I corresponded with a person who had an extremely serious, life-threatening health emergency. She saw this as a wake-up call to amend her lifestyle.

Unfortunately, she attributed the message to the "universe", stressing that she is a spiritual person.

I pray for her. There was no message from the "universe". It is not a person, has no rational intellect, and does not send messages. Thinking it does is neopegan, new-age, 100% false "enlightenment". It is simply a distraction of Satan to worship the created and not the Creator.

Our Lord, in His great mercy, does sometimes take extraordinary steps to wake us up. He also sends His message to us through His prophets, the faithful baptized. Unlike the "universe", we are all rational beings given freedom of conscience. We choose God or we reject Him.

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