Someone posted on Facebook this past week...it is true that things happen for a reason. But sometimes the reason is that you are stupid and make bad choices. Truer words may have never been spoken.
But that still doesn't answer the "what now" question. While it is true that we do not always follow God's will for our lives, it IS true that God continuously brings good from bad situations. Writes straight with crooked lines, as it were. One of the good things that should come from this is a return to prayer. Honestly, I think most of us are prayer-slackers.
We need to pray for (and with) our families and for the conversion of our country. We have turned away from God, and there will be consequences for our actions. One thing that I have come across recently is the Patriotic Rosary. Pray a decade every night if a whole Rosary seems overwhelming.
During this year of Faith, get to know your Catholic Faith. Understand why we believe what we believe, even if you don't think you agree with it. Make use of the sacraments! Even (or maybe, especially) confession. Invite a friend - to Mass, to confession, to pray.
Padre Giovanni Triglio suggested going a bit further in a recent post:
I suggest a modest program. Voluntary resumption of the ALL Friday abstinence (except on Solemnities) and voluntary fasting on all Wednesdays (or at least one day a week, except on Solemnities) in REPARATION for the sins of our age; DAILY rosary; MONTHLY confession; ANNUAL retreats; PERIODIC pilgrimages; and FREQUENT acts of piety and devotion. Simultaneously, we need to READ and LEARN more about our religion and be more assertive in SPREADING it, first by example and secondly by prudent and compassionate CATECHESIS.There is much to be done, my friends! Are you ready?
The Roman Empire converted thanks to the blood of the martyrs but also because their faith became contagious. Lukewarm Catholics attract no one. Mediocrity is a cancer. PRAY for vocations AND pray for better politicians. Support those who defend LIFE and oppose those who promote death and perversity.