Soul-Alert Bracelet?

NOT a Soul-Alert bracelet!

Johnhenry recently commented that it might be a good idea to market bracelets alerting medical staff of your need for sacramental help (Confession, Extreme Unction and Viaticum) should you be rendered unable to ask for these things yourself. A good idea, no doubt. Everyone I work with knows who I want called to my bedside if I am in extremis, even before calling my nearest and dearest.

However, even better than a Soul-Alert bracelet is to continually practice “perfect contrition”, so that it is as familiar to you as your own heartbeat, breathing or skin, when you eventually need it.

Remember, perfect contrition is being sorry for having ever offended God, Who is so infinitely good, and kind, and loving towards us, and thus worthy of all our love in return. The proof of His love for us is His passion and death, undergone to save every single one of us from damnation. Our sins drove the scourges and thorns and nails into Christ, and drained Him of His life-giving blood, and they continue to do so.

Imperfect contrition, in contrast, is being sorry because you are afraid of hell.

Do you see the difference? In the first you treat God as He deserves to be treated, as the Saviour of you and all mankind. In the second, you treat Him like some fierce cunning disciplinarian, who is just waiting for you to slip up and fall from grace so that he can send you to hell for all eternity! This may suffice to get you to the threshold of a confessional, in a panic, but it is far from ideal.

It is better to walk through this valley of the shadow of death knowing God as He really is, your loving Saviour, than to see Him as a projection of your own perverse self-hate, which is what guilt is.

About Brother Burrito

A sinner who hopes in God's Mercy, and who cannot stop smiling since realizing that Christ IS the Way , the Truth and the Life. Alleluia!
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9 Responses to Soul-Alert Bracelet?

  1. One of the talents of a great writer is to say profound things in very few words. This post certainly fits that description.


  2. kathleen says:

    True Brother Burrito, but I still think that a ‘healthy’ fear of Hell – of being excluded from Eternal Life in God’s Presence – is far better than refusing to believe in its existence.
    That (as many great saints have warned us) could just possibly lead you to taking that very wrong path which leads there!


  3. Brother Burrito says:

    Kathleen, those who refuse to believe in Hell remind me of myself aged 13, deciding to ride my bike with my eyes closed to see what would happen….

    Yup, lots of suffering and tears, though not eternal in my case.

    William, [gulp] thank you, and God love us.


  4. johnhenrycn says:

    OT, but can someone remind me which recent post referred to the Prayer of St Joseph for working people? Thank you.


  5. bukojin says:

    Perfect contrition is unbeatable, but, if you need an outward sign of Faith, Rosary beads do the job well.


  6. GC says:

    JH, it was here, in the 9th paragraph:

    Is this the prayer of which you speak?

    Prayer for a Happy Death

    O God, great and omnipotent judge of the living and the dead, we are to appear before you after this short life to render an account of our works. Give us the grace to prepare for our last hour by a devout and holy life, and protect us against a sudden and unprovided death. Let us remember our frailty and mortality, that we may always live in the ways of your commandments. Teach us to “watch and pray” , that when your summons comes for our departure from this world, we may go forth to meet you, experience a merciful judgment, and rejoice in everlasting happiness. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


  7. johnhenrycn says:

    Thanks, GC. I’m glad to have that prayer, too. The one I was referring to was “A Workman’s Prayer to St Joseph”, but I Googled that phrase and the relevant link appeared. It’s a prayer composed by St Pius X.


  8. Toadspitttle says:

    Burrissimo was, as we would naturally expect from his current abilities – unusually precocious for a 13-year-old.

    (Yes, I know – I’m full of sh*t.)


  9. annem040359 says:

    In the states, there are some devotional medals or business size cards that do say, “I am a Catholic, please call a priest” in the event of an emergency.


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