Events like an earthquake will “rock” lives but if Catholics are faithful to the Gospel words of John 6: 69-70 “Lord to whom shall we go? You have the message of eternal life, and we believe; and we know you are the Holy One of God”, then they are prepared.
“If you say that and you mean it you are ready for Heaven…are we ready for Jesus? So even if an earthquake comes, even though we get a bit shaky and scared we know we are still ready,” said Fr Elveau Augustine of the Diocese of Roseau, Dominica in his homily at the Santa Rosa RC Church for the 232nd anniversary of its feast day last Sunday. He said focus was on the two verses from the Gospel reading with reference to St Rose. Fr Augustine was invited by parish priest Fr Steve Duncan to preach at the novena leading up to the celebration so he also experienced the 6.9 earthquake on August 21.
He said when the earthquake happened it looked like he was doing the “shuffle” dance. Although anxious and thinking of the concrete roof falling, he was sure of something within his soul ready for glory. Fr Augustine has visited Trinidad several times and observed traffic congestion at all hours of the day. He also noticed pedestrians walking aimlessly. He asked, “Where are people going to?”.