|The Green Shift Phenomenon|
Those who are living a profligate lifestyle.
Those who are striving to live a holy life.
I know these are rough categorizations, but I choose them because looking at things this way will help me say what I want to say.
And yet, there is hope for these. As God brought the Prodigal Son to his senses and as Jesus caught the attention of the Samaritan Woman at the well, so it is not too late for these profligate Christians to repent. However, more words are not what they need. They need to be touched by God in some way that God knows will get their attention. For this we pray. And for this we love and suffer. Cornelius, the centurion at the Cross, came to his senses watching Christ die. How many may come to their senses watching you and I die daily and loving, as Christ did, to the end? May God help us.
Whether or not you or any particular single person ever becomes a monk, whether a house or institution of men or women ever comes out of our striving—that is a matter of God's calling and Grace. It is a matter of many things over which you or I have no control. However, what we do have some control over is whether or not I will pray today, whether or not I will go to bed on time tonight, and whether or not holiness is a priority that I am striving for.