Today's first reading from Sirach 27 is what today's sinners need to hear. Let me quote part of it.
Wrath and anger are hateful things, yet the sinner hugs them tight. The vengeful will suffer the Lord's vengeance, for he remembers their sins in detail. Forgive your neighbor's injustice; then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven. Remember your last days, set enmity aside; remember death and decay, and cease from sin! Think of the commandments, hate not your neighbor; remember the Most High's covenant and overlook faults.
Since these sinners don't even pray, they are not likely to heed these words. How sad that they have reached the point only some dire calamity might perhaps get their attention!
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