Of all the Causes which conspire to blind
Man's erring Judgment, and misguide the Mind,
What the weak Head with strongest Byass rules,
Is Pride, the never-failing Vice of Fools.
Whatever Nature has in Worth deny'd,
She gives in large Recruits of needful Pride;
For as in Bodies, thus in Souls, we find
What wants in Blood and Spirits, swell'd with Wind;
Pride, where Wit fails, steps in to our Defence,
And fills up all the mighty Void of Sense!
If once right Reason drives that Cloud away,
Truth breaks upon us with resistless Day;
Trust not your self; but your Defects to know,
Make use of ev'ry Friend--and ev'ry Foe.
And while impending, certain death does offer clarity, our modern secular society has not equipped most people with a foundation for meaningful reflection. In a Catholic state, even the meanest of men was submerged in the faith. The modern man is submerged in secularism, narcissism and nihilism, his mind is numbed by a constant onslaught of the senses and pleasure, and much of the Christian society is a heretical Christian society. Considering the state of modern man, modern society and the modern state, we need as much time as possible with the condemned if we hope to bring them to true contrition and absolution.