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"VERY FEW CHRISTIANS ARE SAVED"
the fewness of the saved is real
Souls are Dying!
We want to be good people and do the right thing. We “believe” in Jesus and of course think we are saved. But the saints, in their vast wisdom, are telling us that most of us have been greatly deceived, and the faith we think we have simply isn’t true. The saints are warning us that we need to change our lives if we wish to have the faith needed to accept God’s saving forgiving mercy, so to live in Heaven for eternity after we die.
Yes, sadly “scarcely anyone is saved” as St. Alphonsus, Doctor of the Church explains in his letter to Christians, as he tries to wake us up, so we can come to understand what is at stake if we don’t modify our lives.
This message of the fewness of the saved isn’t isolated to only a few saints, no this same message is echoed from all the saints which speak about this tragedy.
When we hear these words of the saints, who are far wiser than us, we can respond in three ways:
- ignore them and think they are speaking about someone else,
- think we are given more wisdom than them and we know better,
- try to understand why the saints say what they say, so we can change and be with the “few.”
“Many are called but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14).
Surely, we aren’t so proud to think we have been given more wisdom than the saints. Therefore, since The Word tells us “one MUST imitate us [the saints]” (2 Thessalonians 3:7), our eternity depends upon us changing to follow The Way the saints traveled to Heaven…not just striving to be a “good” Christian or doing what we think is best. That won’t be enough. We won’t choose Heaven. There is only One Way, and we know the saints have found it. WE MUST DO WHAT THEY HAVE DONE.
I Don’t Commit Mortal Sin–Surely I’m Saved?
Even though we don’t seem to commit the grave mortal sins, and we spend our lives praying, doing good works and preaching God’s goodness–thinking we really love God–tragically most are still without a faith that saves.
Truly, not only are those, who don’t even try to live the faith, walking to their doom, but horribly so many of us–who do wonderful things for others, have a passion for the faith and great knowledge–have been deceived into thinking we have a saving faith–TRUE belief in Christ–when we still don’t.
“That person is blind who has knowledge…He seems to have his eyes on God but he does not, [he has been deceived] for his eyes are on the world and he has turned his back to God.”
–Jesus to St. Bridget of Sweden, (Revelations, Ch. 14)
Tragically, “the majority of men [weather we see our mortal sins or not] will not [see God]” as St. Justin explains in his studies in philosophy, Ch. 4. Yes, mortal sin–sins that reject Heaven for Hell–are much more than most understand. To learn more please read, “What Are The Mortal Sins.”
Please understand, it isn’t that God doesn’t love us. He wants us saved. Oh, His love for us is unfathomable. We know of His great love. God gives us so much love. He spends our entire lives blessing and guiding us…trying and trying to save us. Bounds of mercy is waiting to help us, but tragically, even if we seem to answer God’s call in our lives, most still only grow somewhat in our faith…not enough…not into a true SAVING FAITH. Please don’t be deceived.
“The elect [those who obtain Heaven]…are few in number. It would cause us to faint away from grief to learn how surprisingly small is their number.”
–St. Louis De Montfort, (A Letter to the Friends of the Cross, Part II, #14)
To keep us living in the dark, the evil one will have us come up with a jillion reasons why this just isn’t true. He will convince us, we aren’t one of the damned, so we won’t be concerned with our salvation and neglect going to God correctly for help to save us. Then we’ll be banished to Hell for all eternity. Please don’t be deceived from our pride. The saints aren’t lying…most–even the faithful–don’t know The Way.
Why Are the Faithful Dying?
Really, it is quite tragic, as there are so many people who feel such great desires to give our lives to Jesus, want God’s saving love and even declare, from what we think is our great faith, that we have no doubt that we are saved. But if we can humbly accept the teachings of the saints as what must be true, since they are wiser than us, from losing our pride, we will allow God to show us how most of us are living so terribly deceived.
“How greatly man deceives himself.”
–God the Father to St. Catherine of Siena (Treatise on Discretion)
Today, since we live in a time of great darkness (cf. 2 Timothy 4:3-4), this deception we live with–not knowing The Way–is even worse than when most of the saints lived, because The Way simply isn’t being preached. I know some of us might think it is, but truly it isn’t. Sure God can still move us somewhat by what is being said, but not enough…not into a saving faith.
Because of this, even those, who so greatly desire holiness, are on the wrong path.
I know this is hard to believe, especially if we have greatly studied the faith, prayed so many prayers, done wonderful works, made great sacrifices and believe we have given our lives to Jesus, as we feel His love, thinking we have a great relationship with Him and wonderful faith, but truly even with all of those blessings and works, most of God’s faithful still don’t have a love that is TRUE.
“[Tragically,] there are few who wish to receive Him and to be saved by Him [most choose our sin instead], although His yoke [command] is sweet and His burden [cross] light.”
–St. Francis of Assisi, (Letter to All the Faithful)
Yes, as St. Francis teaches, not only those who aren’t believers but even the faithful are still not truly following God’s commands nor picking up our crosses correctly. Resulting in most of us rejecting God and His saving mercy. It is incredibly tragic!
The Lukewarm Way
Being lukewarm–not fully living the faith–is a mortal sin. It is an offence that rejects God for sin (chooses Hell).
“Because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:16).
However, being lukewarm is a sin most of us have forgotten about. Yet, it is the sin that bounds of people suffer from, who say we believe in Christ but go and live life how we wish (not following Christ’s Word or example). But this is the same sin that is killing most of the faithful too, which is very hard for us, who are living what we consider greatly faithful lives, to understand. We lack this understanding, because we don’t really know what is expected of us to be true followers of Christ.
Most of us preach faith alone in Jesus saves, which is true, but we don’t preach what this faith really is or we reduce it to just being a belief/understanding that Christ is Lord…when true faith is so much more than that.
TRUE FAITH IN CHRIST is believing so greatly that Jesus is Lord, that we will sacrifice, suffer and strive with all of our hearts to change our lives so to perfectly love, obey, and follow Him (which is the way to heaven/sanctity).
But in all honestly, we simply aren’t striving to perfectly love, obey and follow God. We aren’t striving for sanctity…not really.
Don’t we know, we aren’t to be made clean from our Baptism just to go back out again and soil our garments staying filthy…we are to seek Mercy to help us make our “holiness perfect in fear of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 7:1).
But Instead of working to perfectly obey, we think God doesn’t mind our sins…when He hates them. “[I] detest the smallest sin” Jesus told to St. Faustina (Diary #1728). Our Lord has said countless times to do everything “so that you may be[come] perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:4). Why aren’t we listening?
The Word and the saints teach us to live by the “Way of Perfection” (St. Teresa of Avila), but the reason we don’t know The Way is because we preach a different doctrine.
We preach a lukewarm way. We say seeking to become a saint isn’t necessary or impossible or maybe a callaing for someone else. Some even say it is bad to seek to stop all of our sins (scrupulous). To learn more please read, “How Can I Over Come My Scruples” for most we only need to learn how to use God’s gift–having a fear of sinning–correctly.
This is why we are so lost. We don’t really want to perfectly love, obey or follow God.
Sadly, some of us think we are building up someones self-esteem and making them happy, by telling them that God is OK with our sins…that He doesn’t want us perfect…that our sins are only venial and nothing to worry about, but we are preaching a LIE. God isn’t OK with our sin; He hates them and wants us to work hard to leave the all. That lie is preventing souls from growing in hatred for our sins–especially with our venial sins–which is killing souls (making them lukewarm)…not helping them. It might make us temporarily happy, but it surely won’t bring eternal happiness.
“They [the lost] do not consider that the least little sin a man finds delight [doesn’t truly hate/lacks contrition for] is enough to damn him to an eternal torment.”
–The Queen of Heaven to St. Bridget of Sweden, (Revelations, Ch. 37)
“There is a sin which is always “unto death” (1 John 5:16): the sin for which we do not repent [don’t seek to amend].” as St. Mark the Ascetic teaches. Oh, there should be no confusion as to why we can’t accept God’s saving forgiving mercy that He died to give us. We don’t truly hate our sins and love our Creator…We live lukewarm. Oh, but the devil will try to convince us other wise, so we won’t seek Mercy to save us: to give us a truly humble contrite heart that seeks to live the true faith.
“Oh, but His mercy is so great”, we say, “He will forgive us anyway”, but He can’t forgive us if are’t TRULY sorry for offending Him…if we aren’t truly striving to live the faith. We will reject His forgiveness…from loving sin instead Him.
“Have you sought to deceive yourself by foolish reasonings on the justice of God and on His mercy? Have you not sought to persuade yourself that sin is not so great an evil–that God is too good to punish you?
–St. Ignatius of Loyola (Spiritual Exercises, The Punishment of Sin)
Oh, St. Ignatius tries to get us understand the gravity of sin, so we can gain a fear of it, come to truly hate it and understand the reality of our rejection of His mercy because of our lax thoughts about offending God.
Please fully understand, if we aren’t growing towards perfectly loving God–leaving our sins, attachments and grow in virtue–becoming closer and closer to real saints, we are dead. We must be amending our sins.
“He is a scoffer, not a penitent [not someone sorry for their sins], who commits what he repented of. Nor is he cleansed [forgiven] who weeps for his sins, yet does not forsake [work to stop] them.”
–St. Isadore of Seville, Doctor of the Church, (De Summo Beno ii)
After all of your years of being a Christian are you a saint or darn close to one? That is the proof we have been truly following Christ correctly. Sadly, for most…our answer is no…we year after year, we are pretty much the same. We aren’t growing into becoming like Christ, the one we should be following. And if we declare our answer as yes, most are only saying this because we don’t even know what a real saint is.
For most of us, from our lack of understanding of what true faith in Jesus is–we have little concern with our failures to obey/follow Christ, which has caused most of us to ignore much of The Word (Christ), which leaves us denying Him and living lukewarm lives: lives not truly seeking to live the entire faith–not fully believing in Christ: “The Word made flesh” (John 1:14). But yet, from being deceived, we still think we have a true faith that saves, when we don’t. To learn more please read, “How To Be a True Follower of Christ.”
“Neglect of God’s law [any law] brings inescapable punishment for the soul and that unquenchable fire.”
–St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church, (On Marriage and Family Life, SVS pg. 89)
What Part of The Faith Do We Ignore?
We can’t pick what parts of Christ we want to follow and reject the rest. If we want to follow Christ to Heaven, we must strive to live all of The Word and be growing into saints. But tragically, we reject or neglect much of God.
For example, the faith of:
- seeking to stop ALL of our offences against God–working to “stop sinning” (1 Corinthians 15:34) so to perfectly live The Word is obviously not lived, but
- growing in LOVE of the cross–by practicing self-denial of what our bodies, of self-love, desire (pleasure), and “choosing to be afflicted” (Hebrews 11:25)–choosing the cross–so God can use our sacrifice to send grace to others for the salvation of souls, like the saints and Christ did for us, so OUR JOY CAN BE FOUND IN LOVING GOD AND SAVING SOULS–instead of in loving ourselves–is omitted as well.
“The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Corinthinas 1:18).
Yes, striving to live the real faith, by seeking to become a true self-sacrificing saint, simply isn’t preached. We preach to others to pray, do good works and to gain knowledge of the faith…but we don’t preach of our NEED to become like Christ (a real saint), to make “holiness perfect in fear of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 7:1), so to not be lukewarm and suffer from mortal sin. We might say “we are called to be saints” but we don’t say it is necessary to change to strive with all of our heats to become a saint to be saved. We don’t know what the consequences of this disobedience is…and are blindly walking to our doom.
If we want a saving faith, we must change and follow Christ to sanctity…we can’t stay complacent with any of our sinfulness. Have you been changing daily progressively leaving yours sins and attachments (idols) becoming a real saint, which is the proof we are truly living the faith? Probably not.
Yes, from not learning the correct Way to Heaven and presuming we are saved, we don’t have a real reason to seek Our Savior to save us: to give us a sincere desire to leave everything that is preventing us from perfectly following Christ. Sadly, we are living lukewarm lives and have become “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:4).
Without Fear We are Dead
From hearing God’s call, we might have grown in prayers, works and knowledge, but most have still never grown from being “infants” (1 Corinthians 3:1) in the faith, even if we appear greatly religious, because we have never gained FEAR OF THE LORD (fear of sin/hatred of evil).
“The gift of fear of the Lord is definitely the basis [from the Holy Spirit]. It is fear of sin.”
–Pope St. John Paul II, (Spiritual Diary, Sept. 23)
Really, does anyone we know actually fear sinning? Do we really fear to offend God because we can’t bear to transgress against Him, whom we seek to love perfectly (filial fear) or does anyone even, fear sinning because we are scared of receiving God’s just punishments for our sins (servial fear)? Do we have a constant fear of sin that drives our sin desiring bodies away from offending God and into living the entire Word? For most of us…we don’t. We hardly think about avoiding sin.
Yet, without this fear, we are dead. It is this fear that provides us with the beginning of wisdom: the beginning of understanding of The True Way to Heaven…and the greater this fear, the greater our desire will be to suffer so to live the faith. To learn more please read, “What is Fear of The Lord.”
“The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil [sin]…the beginning of wisdom…The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, so that [from fearing sin and its consequences] one may avoid the snares of death [avoid sin]” (Proverbs 8:13; 9:10; 14:27).
Therefore, from our lack of fear, we haven’t grown into “mature manhood” (Ephesians 4:11-13)–a true saving faith. Sadly, God’s beloved children have been deceived into thinking we are saved, when most are horribly unknowingly rejecting God and His saving mercy from living complacent with many sins (refusing to see most of them) and losing our home in Heaven that God had waiting for us from never being correctly taught The Way nor seeking to live it.
Please know, Jesus never showed St. Teresa of Avila her place in Heaven. When she was a nun receiving great blessings and communications from God, before she decided to sincerely work to sanctify her soul, He showed her, her place in Hell, since she was still living a lukewarm life.
Yes, even though St. Teresa seemed to have given her life to God when she became a nun, she was apparently still not with a saving faith and lacked true belief in Jesus (a belief that was willing to live ALL of The Word) and was rejecting Heaven for eternal suffering. Yet, God, in His great mercy, clearly warned her, so she could change her life (become a saint) and be saved. We must do the same.
“I understood that the Lord wanted me to see the place the devils had prepared there for me and which I merited because of my sins.”
–St. Teresa of Avila, (Autobiography, Ch. 32)
Has Our Pride Blinded Us?
Please understand just because God heals, blesses, and converses with us, that doesn’t mean He does so because we are righteous. Rather, God shows us His love, because He wants so very much for us to better know, serve and love Him for the salvation of souls. He wants us saved. That is the only reason why God does anything–to help save and sanctify our souls. It is our pride that makes it into something else.
Most are deceived into thinking that all these acts of love that God bestows upon us are God telling us, wretched sinners, how great we are. Then we spend much of our time trying to prove to ourselves and to others how “good” and/or “holy” we are from all of God’s gifts and blessings. Now, from our pride, since we sought self-glory, we never heard God calling us to repent and change. Oh, our pride is killing us.
“The pride of your heart has deceived you.” –St. Ambrose (Obadiah 1)
Do We REALLY Love God?
The problem is, we spend our time focusing on how good we are and how much God loves us despite our great sinfulness, but we spend very little time focusing on HOW WE CAN LOVE HIM. We are quite selfish…we want God’s forgiveness and love, but we don’t want to do what is necessary to love Him in return.
How do we love God?–by NOT OFFENDING HIM.
"If you love me, you will keep my commandments" (John 14:15)
Honestly, how many of us are truly striving, daily, seeking God’s grace, working as hard as we can to become “perfect” like Christ, the One we should be following, removing sin after sin, leaving attachment after attachment (our idols), growing into His image, so to not break any of God’s commands–to truly live for His will and not offend Him in the slightest way? Anyone?
No wonder so few are saved.
Alas, daughter, how few there are who truthfully love me!”
–Jesus to St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church, (Autobiography Ch. 40)
Do We Justify Our Sinfulness?
Horribly, most spend our time trying to justify our sins saying, “No matter what I do, God loves me”, which is true…but do we LOVE GOD? Do we think faith in Jesus is believing that no matter what sins I commit, God loves me so greatly that He will forgive me anyway? I mean, well, technically that is true…but will Christ forgive us if we aren’t truly sorry for our sins? No, of course not.
Then why are we trying to convince ourselves that we are saved, if we don’t even sincerely desire to amend our ways–when we prove we aren’t truly sorry for offending God? That lie is leading us to our doom.
Honestly, what good are all of our prayers, works and knowledge of the faith, if our hearts still desire to offend God…if we aren’t truly and I mean truly striving to become like Christ, leaving every pleasure of the world that our hearts desire (our idols) and working with all of our hearts to stop every sin, even the slightest sin? We will still reject God for sin. We must truly hate All sin if we are going to truly love God and embrace His saving mercy.
Oh, we tell God we love Him and that we are sorry for offending Him, but are we REALLY working with all of our hearts to not sin and live the entire Word? No; not really, not all of it…which makes our love and sorrow we declare, just a lie. Yes, a lie.
Honestly, what are you doing to see that you stop habitually offending God? Anything?
“For a worthy confession…one ought to resolve to stay away from this or that particular place or thing which lead him into sin. Then he must also make definite, positive efforts to overcome his habitual sins, and even impose upon himself a small penance to be performed when he finds he has failed in a particular matter [in sorrow for the sin, as motivation to amend].”
–St. John Vianney, (Little Catechism, Qualities of Contrition, III, B. –Purpose of Amendment Must Be Specific).
Are we doing this? Oh, we can say a prayer and have wishful thinking, but how far is that getting us? The saints don’t consider saying a prayer as a penance for anything. How can we tell God we love Him with any sincerity if we aren’t even working and working hard to stop our habitual offences against Him? We can’t. Oh, how far are we from a saving faith?
Are We Abusing God?
Oh, we want God’s love and we want God’s love. When we are feeling badly, we run to Him. There are countless books written on how to obtain His love/peace. We seek Him day and night, not so we can stop offending Him (not so we can love Him), but so He can make our lives better.
And when God loves us, by giving us what we seek, which He does hoping we will want to truly love Him in return (which is how we are saved), we don’t even desire to LOVE HIM: to work hard to stop our constant offences against Him. We justify our sins as no big deal. “God loves me anyway” we say, as we continue in them like we don’t even care that we are offending God.
Where is our love for God?
Whoever loves me will keep my word [or at least try]” (John 14:23).
What kind of love do we really have? Most sadly, it is a very broken selfish love. Not a saving love. Reality is, we are the epitome of selfishness.
We love God for what He does for us, but we don’t love Him (not offend Him). Oh, we ask God for help and accept His gifts. We take and take and take from Him…and don’t get me wrong God wants to help us, but what do we do in return? We say thank you for the help and then we BEAT God unreservedly, with our unrestrained sins, as gratitude for all He does for us.
We don’t make resolutions to avoid sin and turn to Him for strength to never offend Him again…no, we want a great relationship with Him but don’t even want to try to stop offending Him. Or if we do try to stop a sin, it is only with the sins we see that are harming our or others lives. We care little, if anything at all, about how we are offending God. This is the truth! This is why most of the faithful are damned. We don’t love God! To learn more please read, “How to Perfectly Love God.”
“When the Lord saw how great the wickedness of human beings was on earth…his heart was grieved.” (Genesis 6:5-6)
Yes, so horribly, we pray; we tell God we love Him…that we want to serve Him, and we seek Him for mercy, love and comfort…and at the very same time, we scourge Him and grieve God’s Sacred Heart of love because we don’t really love Him, since we don’t sincerely want to stop our constant offences against Him as our life of unchanged sin proves. We aren’t becoming saints? No. We are staying the same. How horrible is that! Does anyone care? Where is our heart of love for God?
“They grieve over everything but [offending] me. They grieve for their own and their friends’ losses…They grieve over offending or hurting people more…but they do not grieve about offending or hurting me, who am the Creator of all things…I am utterly vile and despicable in their eyes [but they think they love me,]…[yet] they do not consider me worthy of any good [to stop offending Me], even though I have given them all good things.”
–Jesus to St. Bridget of Sweden, (Revelations, Ch. 46)
Do we hear the cry of Our Lord? We must change!
Are We Leaving Our Sins?
Who do you know who is leaving sin after sin, growing in virtue after virtue, becoming like Christ, the One we should be following? Is there anyone? Perhaps we changed once for the better, when we heard God’s initial call but from then on we have stayed pretty much the same. Oh, we might have grown in our prayers and works–but again, what good are they if we are staying in our sins?
Why aren’t we accepting God’s transforming grace and changing? After all of our years of being a “Christian”, praying many prayers, receiving the sacraments and supposedly living The Word, we should be saints or darn close to one by now. If we aren’t, we have been doing something very wrong.
The result of living the faith correctly is becoming like Christ–a saint. Please don’t be deceived into thinking this is a goal for someone else. No, this is your goal…if you want to be saved. We are “called to be saints” (1 Corinthians 1:2). Living the faith doesn’t keep us as unrepentant, unatoned for sinners…it makes us sanctified.
“The soul that follows and imitates Him more and more becomes more and more like Him…In imitation of the Son of God, the God-Man, the children of God are to work away at their salvation [work towards gaining a saving faith].
–St. Maximilian Kolbe, (Will to Love, Christ Transforms Us)
If we truly loved God and hated sin, we would be changing daily…we would be losing our sinful thoughts, words, and actions…yes, our sinful personalities would be leaving: our impatience, intolerance of others wrongs, worrying, complaining, anger, unwillingness to work hard, jealously, immorality, love of the world, etc….oh, everything sinful we do would be leaving little by little, towards us becoming a real saint…living in wonderful peace. But we have peace one minute and then lose it the next; we are far from saints.
Oh, we must be working hard to amend our sins or there is no Life in us!
“If men only knew what eternity is, how they would make all possible efforts to amend their lives.”
–St. Jecinta of Fatima
If we find that we aren’t growing or have fallen even further away from becoming like Christ (growing in our fears, anxieties, angers, laziness, jealously, impatience, etc.), then praise God for allowing us to see our lack of grace. Many are so blind we can’t even see where we are sinning/failing. But if we can see, at least something, we don’t have to remain blind and continue to fall all the way to our doom. Recognizing our loss of peace and lack of growth is supposed to awaken us to our need to repent and change.
But sadly, most don’t see our sins, since we have justified our sinful behaviors: fears, complaints, worries, anxieties, grumpiness, intolerance, impatience as acceptable/normal or even good. Or if we do see our lack of living the faith, we don’t see our sins as something to be concerned about. We think we are good enough, or we think that confessing our sins (with our lack of hatred for sin) makes everything better. But it doesn’t, since we have no horror for sinning against God; we lack of true sorrow for sinning.
We don’t spend our day trying to not offend God, like someone with true contrition does. If we happen to sin, we sin…it is no big deal to us, since we are complacent with Offending God. Yes, the devil has caught us.
As a result, we are staying as unrepentant sinners, with the same sinful habits and personalities, because we put a false/half-hearted effort, or little, or even no effort at all into quitting our sins…making all sorts of excuses as to why they exist instead? Please know, “God will smite the head…of those who persist in their sins” (Psalm 68:21).
“If you are a habitual sinner [who isn’t working hard to amend them]…You are very ill; you are one of those invalids who, as St. Thomas of Villanova says, are seldom cured [by the prayers of others]; you are on the brink of perdition [Hell].”
— St. Alphonsus, Doctor of the Church, (Preparation for Death, Habit of Sin)
To not be deceived, ask ourselves, honestly, what sins do we continue to commit, from day to day, year to year, since we haven’t sought Christ’s transforming grace correctly (humbly) nor worked hard to restrain ourselves from offending Our Beloved Lord with them? These are the sins that are killing us.
“Habitual sin binds down the mind, so that it cannot rise to uprightness [it can’t gain a state of grace].
–St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church, (Catena Aurea, 13:10-17)
We must be honest with ourselves or we will die. Without gaining humility–knowledge of our true sinfulness–we will never be saved…never obtain true repentance. To learn more please read, “How to Gain Humility.”
We MUST Have True Contrition
We must know that we, sinners, are saved by the TRUE CONTRITION (true sorrow) in our hearts for our sins?
“Thy death will not save me, if I do not on my part detest every evil [sin] and have true sorrow for the sins I have committed against Thee.
–St. Alphonsus, Doctor of the Church, (Meditations for Every Day of Advent, Med.)
Our words are meaningless if our hearts don’t truly hate ALL sin and truly love God. Our vast prayers, works and knowledge aren’t supposed to just make us “feel” better, they are meant to transform our hearts into hearts of true love for God, that is, if we can humble ourselves enough and allow God to change us.
Tragically, most don’t really understand it is by TRUE contrition that we, sinners, embrace and not reject, God’s forgiving saving mercy. What is really needed to obtain salvation is lost in our thinking. It is not preached nor really understood.
Yes, REPENTANCE–a true repentance–with a sincere working effort to stop offending God (working to become a real saint), so to perfectly love God, saves. “We implore you, in Christ’s name: be reconciled to God!” (2 Corinthians 5:20).
“If you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!” (Luke 13:3)
But this true resolve we need to amend our sins…isn’t a small resolve–a half-hearted effort. No, we need to grow in our hatred for sin to where we would rather suffer anything even death rather than offend God again…not because we fear punishment but because we can’t bear to offend God, whom we want to perfectly love. Wow!
True contrition is when we have grown in sorrow to hate sin so greatly--from "fear of the Lord [which] is hatred of evil [sin]" (Proverbs 8:13)--that we are willing to endure any suffering;rather than offend God in the future by sin" Baltimore Cathechism #393)...so to love God.
This is the amount of hatred for sin we need to accept God’s forgiving mercy. This is when we will truly love God above ourselves.
“For those who desire Eternal Life, a pure love…is necessary, for it is not enough for eternal life to fly sin [leave sin] from fear of punishment [servile fear], or to embrace virtue from the motive of one’s own advantage [mercenary/self love]. Sin should be abandoned because it is displeasing to Me, and virtue should be loved for My sake [filial fear].”
–God the Father to St. Catherine of Siena (A Treatise of Discretion)
Sure we will begin our journey out of infancy to love God/leave sin because don’t want to suffer in Hell (servile fear) and then we will be motivated to change from experiencing God’s love (mercenary love), but we must advance to a fear of sin so great–a love of God so true–we would suffer anything rather than offend Our Beloved Lord (filial fear) and lose our desire to do good to receive God’s love (mercenary love) and simply love Him for the sake of love (all self-love must leave). This is a love that saves.
The soul who has climbed this step [toward a saving faith] with servile fear and mercenary love alone, falls into many troubles. Such souls should arise and become sons, and serve Me, irrespective of themselves [not for care of themselves], for I, who am the Rewarder of every labor, render to each man according to his state and his labor; wherefore, if these souls do not abandon the exercise of holy prayer and their other good works, but go on, with perseverance, to increase their virtues [by leaving sin/living the faith], they will arrive at the state of filial love [a saving faith]”
–God the Father to St. Catherine of Siena (A Treatise of Discretion, Imperfection of those who love God for their own profit).
To learn more please read, “What is True Sorrow” because there are many types of sorrow we must grow through in order to obtain continuous true contrition for all of our sins–filial love for God–so we can arise to a willingness to shed blood rather than offend God (lose all self-love).
“In your struggle against [removing your liking for] sin, you have not yet resisted [temptation enough] to the point of shedding blood [to avoid sin].” (Hebrews 12:4)
Oh, how far are we from this kind of contrition? Shed blood rather than sin…oh, we won’t do anything to avoid sinning…never mind suffer.
We should have been spending our lives seeking Christ to give us the grace to obtain a heart like the saints–a heart that can accept forgiveness and truly love God…so Our Lord can save us, but we haven’t.
“I learned in the depths of my soul how horrible sin was, even the smallest sin, and how much it tormented the soul of Jesus. I would rather suffer a thousand hells than commit even the smallest venial sin. “
–St. Faustina (Diary # 1016)
Now is the time to change and seek a hatred for sin so great, we would rather be tortured than offend the One we love. Oh, but who even knows how to obtain this is the kind of contrition or that we should even be seeking Mercy to give this saving faith? Anyone?
“If you ask me what [true] repentance is, I tell you that it is an anguish of the soul, and a detestation for past sin, and a firm resolve never to sin again…No my friends, you must not rely on tears alone. They are often deceiving, and many persons weep in the confessional and fall back into the same sin at the first opportunity…Christians who has sinned and wishes to obtain pardon, must be so minded that he would rather suffer the most cruel tortures than fall back into the sin which he has just confessed. “
–St. John Vianney, (Sermon of the Cure d Ars, Passion Sunday: Repentance).
Do We Indulge in the World’s Pleasures?
Oh, but there is more. Not only do most lack a true effort to amend our sins, sadly, we refuse to obey much of The Word, and ignore it like it doesn’t even exist. Like I said, we don’t live our life loving the cross—intentionally denying ourselves of pleasure to truly follow Christ, so He can send grace, from our self-denial/sacrifice, to help souls grow into a saving faith for their salvation…like the saints have done. Who really does this?
“If anyone wishes to come after me, he MUST deny himself [of his will–pleasure for the cross] and take up his cross daily [don’t complain about suffering–trust in God’s will] and follow me [live The Word]. (Luke 9:23)
God’s Word is clear, but we don’t live it and souls are dying. “Pray much and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to hell because there is no one to make sacrifices for them” is what Our Lady of Fatima has pleaded for us to do. But, we have a thousand excuses why this isn’t necessary…as we selfishly seek out the world’s pleasures to make us happy.
If we do happen to have less of something (suffer a cross), we just tolerate it; we don’t intentionally, with a sincere heart of love for other’s souls, offer it to God on their behalf. We just deal with it, or complain about it, or try to run from it. Oh, the souls that could have been saved through our sacrifices, but weren’t! Just tragic!
We love to indulge in the finer things in life–from food, to drink, to clothes, to cars, to vacations, to entertainment, to social gatherings, to collections of various things…oh, its something different for everyone. And if for some reason, we can’t indulge, we wish we could…which makes our hearts just as guilty. We don’t know how to save souls; we know how to love ourselves.
“The one who is self-indulgent is dead” (1 Timothy 5:6).
Are We Leaving Our Attachments?
Tell me, who is working on leaving all of our attachments (idols)? Or do we even know we have them? An attachment is whatever we set our hearts and minds on obtaining for happiness that isn’t God or His will. It is anything that keeps us from desiring God alone as our source of joy. And boy is there a lot.
An attachment causes us to repeatedly seek a world’s pleasures to love ourselves, not God. It could be as simple as a cup of coffee or as addicting as sex (seeking self-gratification). To learn more please read “What is God’s Plan for Marriage.”
Now, both of those things could be good–could be used/done for God’s glory, according to God’s plan for drink and sex–but if we are honest with ourselves, we can see they are mostly used/done for self-love (to satisfy ourselves) as we crave them (are tempted to seek them for self-gratification) and then we desire them for pleasure (long for them–repeatedly seek them out to satisfy ourselves)…since we don’t desire God alone as our source of happiness.
“If they believed in the eternal joy of Heaven and in the horrific torments of hell, they would desire nothing but me…they would hate the world…[But they don’t so] their hope [for salvation] is vain, because they hope that their sin will be forgiven without justice and a right judgment…
And therefore, when they cry out to me and say ‘O God, have mercy on me’, they do not deserve to be heard or to enter into my glory since they did not want to follow their Lord in suffering, and, therefore, they should not follow him to the glory.”
–Jesus to St. Bridget of Sweden, (Revelations Ch. 39)
Instead of rejecting self-loving temptations and not responding to impulse, we love them From our lack of discipline, we satisfy ourselves with them. But if we keep on running to the world to satisfy our desires, and don’t learn “self- discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7) and how to deny ourselves and suffer like Christ, we will die. God is waiting to change our self-loving hearts, but we must run to Him for mercy (help).
But sadly, most don’t even know what idols are. Therefore, we don’t know we have them, so we haven’t been running to God and working towards leaving them. We aren’t growing in our faith correctly, since we don’t have our eyes set on God, seeking to perfectly live for His will–cross and all–for the salvation of souls? Sadly, we are lost…seeking much of the world to bring us joy…neglecting our neighbor.
We are supposed to “rid ourselves of every burden [attachment] and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race [to Life] that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus [who will rid our liking for sin and the world and save us, if we allow Him]” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Tragically, we don’t know what we should be living for. We are supposed to be giving all of ourselves to God. Not just some minutes here and there, and the rest to the world–which is what our sinful/selfish being desires.
Oh, we praise God as our source of happiness, like when we are at church. Yet sadly, when we leave, we praise the world as our joy…since we give the rest of our hearts and minds (most of our time) to the pursuit of happiness with the world’s pleasures. However, we can’t love both God and the world…we “will either hate the one and love the other” (Luke 16:13). We need to seek Mercy to change us…for we have many idols. We still love the world very much.
“Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15).
The world is only supposed to be used to help us better know, love and serve God…not to keep us from Him. Everything we do is supposed to be done for His glory, not to love ourselves. Yet, “through pleasures and luxuries, [we] have bound the world’s burden upon them[our]selves” as St. Ambrose (Christian faith, Ch. 13 #84) explains…and now we are under a blinding spell walking by the “power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19).
“[Jesus] Himself complains most bitterly and sorrowfully about the small number of souls in His grace, who are willing to renounce whatever the observance of His laws requires of them [so to love Him].”
–Sr. Lucia of Fatima
Are we really willing to renounce our attachments–pleasures we seek out for happiness–to love God? Is so, then ask ourselves, why are we doing something. Is it really for God’s glory…to better know, love and serve Him? If not, are we willing to change to follow the saints who have grown to honestly say…“There is nothing on earth that I desire other than You” (Psalm 73:25). If not, all will be lost.
Oh, how far are we from having “nothing on earth that we desire!” There are countless things we run to for happiness that prevent us from running to God seeking His will…and they vary from person to person. But we need to learn them all, but for most, we can hardly see any. To learn more please read, “How Can I See My Sins.”
St. Francis de Sales teaches us to “attach yourself not to human consolations and friendships…” (in a letter to a friend); this is the wisdom of the saints. But are we listening to them? We love running to our friends and family especially when we feel bad or are board…but that is stripping ourselves of the relationship with God we should have. Will we really give up seeking out to our family and friends, that we crave for happiness, to love God. To learn more please read, “How to Become Attached to God and Not the World.”
“If any one comes to Me without hating [what] his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life [has done to our friendship with God, since we clinging to them & ourselves (our will) and not God], he cannot be My disciple.” (Luke 14:26)
Yes, our family, friends, food, drugs/addictions, drink, sex, work, beauty, fitness, money, hobbies, entertainment, TV/social media, sports, knowledge, praise, attention, respect, success…all we desire to do or get to keep ourselves busy, content and feeling loved, all we seek to fill ourselves with–from the moment we wake up to when we go to bed–that isn’t Our Lord by seeking to do His will, we have made our idols–what we run to for happiness. That is if we repeatedly run to them for happiness; if it is only a one time thing, it isn’t an attachment but a regular sin.
“If your desire and aim is to reach the destination of the path and home of true happiness [Heaven]…then earnestly apply your mind to seek constant purity of heart, charity of mind and calm of the sense. Gather up your heart’s desire and fix it continually on the Lord God above. To do so you must withdraw yourself so far as you can from friends and from everyone else, and from the activities that hinder you from such a purpose. Grasp every opportunity when you can find the place, time and means to devote yourself to silence and contemplation…avoid the restless agitation of the noisy world.”
–St. Albert the Great, (On Cleaving to God, Ch. 6)
Yikes, the TV/internet alone is enough to kill us. Honestly, are we watching that to better know, love and serve God? Just turn it off and spend our time talking with God. Oh, but we don’t know how or don’t want too…since we have spent our lives running from God to the noise of the world. Hum…you know, there is no TV/internet in Heaven…or Hell for that fact. Why are we clinging to that for happiness?
“For one hour of pleasure here, we suffer an hundred hours of pain.”
–St. John of Avila, (Letters to a woman who chose the consecrated life)
Oh, our vain past-times that produce no treasures in Heaven, but rather offend God, since our hearts desire them and not God and His will alone, are killing us. Yes, “The children of the world strive after worldly pleasures…[they are] the lukewarm Christians” (St. John Vianney, Sermons of the Cure D’Ars, Pentecost). Imagine claiming we are a Christian and then partaking in the pleasures of a party (social gathering–unless of course it is our wedding or some very special day)…especially during Lent. What are we thinking? The horror!
“Just as you share in sufferings so you will share in the divine glory (2 Corinthinas 1:7)
We have lost The Way. We must,“overcome your[our] passions or be a salve to them” (St. John Vianney). Yes, we need to choose to suffer, do what ever it takes to rid our passions for the world, so we can one day truly love God and save souls through the cross.
If we did spend our life living the faith correctly, loving the cross for the salvation of souls and didn’t waste our time loving ourselves, how many souls could our sacrifices have helped to save? How much time would we have to come to TRULY know, love and serve God so to seek a saving faith? Oh, look at what happens when we haven’t made God our true source of happiness, we don’t know The Way to Eternal Life and souls God wanted to use us to save, are lost for eternity. Just tragic!
“If you want to love me with all your heart and to desire nothing but me, I will draw you to myself through love, just as a magnet draws iron to itself…[But] how could my Spirit [saving grace] remain with the people who have no divine love for me…Their heart is full of vile worms, that is, full of worldly desires.”
–Jesus to St. Bridget of Sweden, (Revelations, Ch.3; Ch. 6)
Therefore, no matter how “holy” we think we are or how much good we do for others, we can’t be a true Christian–have divine love for God–if we reject the cross and live for the pleasure. How can we ever come to truly cling to our Savior, if our hearts are longing for so much that isn’t Him? We can’t. Just one attachment rejects saving forgiving mercy…just one act of idolatry, we don’t truly hate, loses it all. Please don’t be deceived.
Are we looking for contrition for our sins, a real motivation to change, then just look at what our sins have done. Oh, how many souls has God brought to us to save, and what did we really do for them? Did we lead them to the true faith that saves? Did we suffer and sacrifice, so grace could be sent, to move them towards Life? Or did we lead them to death by our poor examples and false preaching, and do nothing to really help them. Oh, what have our sins done!
Yes, the cross–sacrificing the world’s pleasures–to better know, serve and love God, for the salvation of souls, is The Way. Let’s learn how to live the real faith and then teach it others. To learn more please read, “How to Become Attached to God and Not the World.”
Please, we must sound the alarm. For goodness sake, the world has a slight chance we will catch the Corona virus, that less than 1% of the population has caught…yes, less than 1% (328 billion USA population, 1% = 3.2 million), which could be potentially deadly and everyone is in alarm…and don’t get me wrong, it is good to be cautions within moderation–always seeing that one’s spiritual health is first priority above one’s physical health (ensuring the sacraments are received).
But what else is going on today, right before our very eyes: practically everyone is literally choosing to go to Hell–for eternity–since we don’t know The Way and are rejecting Mercy, but we are MUTE. What is wrong? What has the devil done to us? The people have the right to know we are walking to our doom. Please preach the truth and save souls! How could we not!
“I can not rest, but must needs [to] run and shout a warning to them…Neither can I understand why other priests…do not preach or exhort their flock so that they might avoid this unbearable eternity of Hell. It is still a source of wonder to me how the laity–those men and women blessed with the Faith–do not give warning….why should there not be a warning of the eternal fire to waken those who are drifting in the sleep of sin [to their eternal doom]…”
–St. Anthony Mary Claret, (Autobiography, Ch. 2).
We Can’t Remove It All At Once
But I do want to mention, that for most of us, we can’t leave everything we desire for happiness all at once, or we will be miserable and/or very board….plus that would be virtually impossible anyway, since…
from our sinfulness, we couldn’t possibly accept enough grace to do it correctly. A heart that sincerely desires to leave it all, and is working on doing it, is what God wants.
When we have made the world our source of joy and that is what we need for happiness, and we remove it, what will we do with our “free” time? What will sooth our heart? From loving the world, we don’t really know God and obtaining much joy (at first) from the cross will be hard, nor will most of us even know His will (not most of it), since we will still lack much grace. Therefore, when we remove what we seek to bring us joy, if we can’t fill our emptiness instantly with God’s love, we will feel terrible.
Much of the time, sacrifices aren’t instantly gratifying like with the world’s pleasures. Therefore, for most–however not for all–this life change towards truly following Christ should be done little by little–one small removal of our worldly pleasures at a time, replacing it with something of God–according to our desire and ability, running to God for strength, as we work to let it all go so to love God. To learn more please read, “How Can I Be a True Follower of Christ.”
That doesn’t mean we can’t like things or do things we like. That means we can’t do things opposed to God’s will, things that aren’t for His glory…things we long for/desire to make us happy…those are the things that are keeping us from God–yes, the things that are self gratifying. Of course, it will take some time to truly understand and learn what our attachments are. But, at first, start with what we can understand and see.
Examine what attachments hinder your spiritual life, what passions engross it, and what chiefly attracts you. It is by testing the passions of the soul, one by one, that we ascertain our spiritual condition…when you have gone through each point of this examination and have ascertain your own position [then]…
[If you desire to amend] thank God for such amendment, however slight, as you may have found in yourself, confessing that it is the work of His mercy Alone in you…
[Then seeking knowledge for] their remedies, you will do well…earnestly asking His Grace to confirm you and keep you stead fast in His Holy Love and Service [so change can be made].”
–St. Francis de Sales (Introduction to the Devout Life, Ch. 7,8,9)
But I must warn you, the devil will try to convince us what are doing is God’s will, for His glory and not to love our selves…just so we stay attached to one idol and die. He doesn’t need to get us to stay attached to many idols to own us…just one is enough. Then we reject God forever and belong to him for eternity. Beware!
So, what is the main thing that we can see that is keeping our mind from being constantly fixed on God and His will? Then seek grace–especially in the sacraments and running to Mary, the Blessed Mother, the deliver of Grace (on earth and from Heaven) for help and work hard to remove it…then move to our next attachment. To learn more please read, “What is God’s Mercy and How Can I Receive It”
Then, if we do this correctly–if we are willing to carry a cross (suffer some discomfort) so to love God–our rejection of our attachments, will send us much grace. After persisting in leaving our attachments, we will receive grace and more grace and grow in wonderful happiness through the cross, for we will have finally put our hearts and minds on loving God, our source of true joy. To learn more please read, “How Can I Find TRUE Happiness.”
“[You are to] live in the world as if God and your soul only were in it; so shall your heart be never made captive by any earthly thing.”
–St. John of the cross (Spiritual Maxims, Poverty of Spirit)
Christ Saves Us By Removing Our Desire For Sin
I know it is hard to let go of and truly hate what we desire (sin/loving ourselves), since this inclination to sin–to love ourselves, not God, is part of our sinful nature inherited from the consequences of Adam and Eve’s first sin. To learn more please read,”What is the Desire For Sin” it is quite a complicated part of our existence.
“Baptism, by imparting the life of Christ’s grace, erases original sin and turns a man back towards God, but the consequences for nature, weakened and inclined to evil, persist in man and summon him to spiritual battle.” (CCC#405)
To not die from this strong desire for sin, we must seek Christ for grace to change us. We should have been seeking Him our whole lives to save us…God did place this desire to seek Him in our hearts too…but most ignore it or don’t really understand what we are to do with it.
From this confusion, we turn to God for all of the wrong reasons, not to learn how hate sin and love Him for the salvation of our souls…but mostly to remove the crosses that comes our way so we can have a cross free life, when we should be learning how carry our crosses–LIVE The Word, not just to understand or agree with it.
“For this single sin [Adam and Eve’s sin], a majority of adults are damned for all eternity [since they never sought Christ to remove their desire for sin]. Everyone who is damned is damned on account of the uncontrolled passions of his heart which draw him to sin [and not God alone]. “
–St. Anthony Mary Claret, (Golden Key to Heaven, Meditation 4).
Yes, we are supposed to be spending our lives seeking God’s mercy to grow in faith to learn how to really live the faith so to remove our horrible liking for sin and the world by “leave[ing] behind the basic teaching about Christ and advance[ing] to maturity [a saving faith]” (Hebrews 6:1). To learn more please read, “Believing in Christ is the Beginning of Faith.”
“[Only] those who have grown to maturity [into a saving faith] in the grace of God will find the joy of adopted children in the kingdom of heaven; those who have not grown to maturity [haven’t reached a saving faith] will become God’s enemies and, even though they were once his children [from baptism], they will be punished according to their deeds for all eternity.”
–St. Andrew Kim Taegon (His Final Exhortation Letter).
Truly, we aren’t all walking around in a state of grace, since we don’t see “mortal sin” like the evil one has us thinking, so we won’t seek Our Savior to save us. How could we even know if we are in a state of grace? We can’t read our souls.
To obtain a saving faith we must mature into this faith that can accept that saving grace, which we once received at Baptism but rejected the first time we had full knowledge of right from wrong and didn’t sincerely want to stop a sin–lacked true hatred for any sin–which was probably when we were a child. To learn more please read, “What Are the Mortal Sins.” They are greatly different than most understand.
Yet, from being greatly deceived, we aren’t seeking Christ to save us. Now, from having such a great liking for sin–since it grows if we don’t seek to amend it–we have made it an acceptable part of who we are. We don’t even see half of our sins, since we have convinced ourselves they are not even sinful…but we must open our eyes and change. Eternity is forever!
“The part of the last apparition which has remained most deeply imprinted on my heart is the prayer of our heavenly Mother begging us not to offend any more Almighty God, Who is already so much offended.”
–Sr. Lucia of Fatima
The Consequence of Sin
Why do we think the world is such a mess…we don’t really love Our Lord…not even His faithful? Not enough to sincerely work hard to stop offending Him. We are focused on ourselves…getting love from God, but not loving Him in return.
How are we supposed to bring others to the Light, if we don’t know the way ourselves?
Yes, we are dying from self-love (pride), as we habitually offend Our Lord day in and day our with countless sins thinking they are no big deal–just venial–as we put forth little to no effort at all into amending them.
“[A] venial [sin]…becomes mortal,” when someone “fix[es] one’s end in that venial sin [isn’t truly resolved to amend].”
–St. Aquinas, Doctor of the Church, (Summa Theologica, Qu. 88, art.4)
Neglecting to work hard to leave our venial sins is not from a hared of sin/love for God? It is from having a complacency with offending God from having a great will/desire for sin, because we never sought Christ to remove it. Horrible!
“The souls in hell having been found at the moment of death with a will [desire] to sin, have with them an infinite degree of guilt; and the punishment they suffer, though less than they deserve, is yet, so far as it exists, endless.”
–St. Catherine of Genoa, (The Treatise of Purgatory, Ch. 4)
If we want to learn why we are suffering from the Corona virus and from bounds of miseries, please read, “Why Does God Allow Suffering and Punishment.” God wants us saved.
However, from the evil one’s deception, all that has been mentioned in this article aren’t the only abominations of love towards God/lies that we are suffering from. Oh, there is so much more confusion with the faith, in which we can read about throughout the different articles on this web-site and even continuing in this article.
But the most shocking aliment in the Church is that the sacraments aren’t leading us to Life. What stands this Church–The Catholic Church (the one Christ founded)–apart from all of the others churches that man founded–the sacraments–aren’t saving us.
The requirements to obtain Holy Communion and Anointing of the Sick worthily aren’t understood by most, our confessions are actually harming us and even Indulgences (which aren’t technically sacraments) are hastening us towards death and souls who want to be saved by these sacraments and blessings are actually falling towards their doom from receiving them improperly and/or unworthily. Please read, “How Bad Confessions Can Damn Us”, “Will Anointing of the Sick Forgive Mortal Sin”, “How to Receive Holy Communion Worthily” and “Will An Indulgence Take Away the Punishment For My Sins?” to learn more.
How To Obtain a Saving Faith
If we don’t want to chose sin over God (chose Hell), then we need to work on gaining a heart of true love for God…by asking God to give us a heart that would sincerely rather suffer death than sin (true contrition).
To obtain this heart of true love is easy (even though it is hard because we don’t want to change)…but learning what to do is easy, if we have a true desire. To start, once we matured enough and gained full knowledge of right from wrong, God told our hearts all we need to do to be saved.
So if we want, God can guide and transform our hearts of self-love into hearts of true love; we just need to turn to God for help, learn The Way and then do it.
“I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them upon their minds” (Hebrews 10:16).
But since we have such a hard time listening to the truth in our hearts, from God’s divine mercy, He has helped us even more…God has written His directions for what we need to do so we can learn how to hate sin/love God in The Bible.
“The means of salvation and sanctification are know to all; they are laid down in the Gospel, explained by the master of the spiritual life, practiced by the Saints, and necessary to all who wish to be saved.” as St. Louis de Montfort expresses in The Doctrine of the Holy Slavery (#4)–and especially through Christ’s example; Oh, He is Our Savior in more than one way. To learn more please read, “Why Did Jesus Die for Our Sins.”
“The reason why Christ died for sins once for all…was that He might lead you to God.” (Peter 3:18).
Therefore, by following Christ and the lives of the saints–changing to do what they have done–who have successfully lived the faith and obtained “the goal of [your] faith, the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:9), God can transform our hearts, and we can be saved too.
Yes, to obtain a saving faith all we need to do is follow Christ–obey Him–by seeking His will, which is the perfect unique plan He has created to transform each of us for the salvation of our souls. By doing this, Christ can, if we allow Him, remove our desire/inclination for sin that envelops our entire being…so His grace can consume literally everything–every thought, word and deed. Then He will guide and transform us, if we REALLY want to change into a saving faith. To learn more please read, “What is God’s Will.”
“He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:9).
Oh, the Law isn’t meant to burden us…to keep us from having fun. It is meant to SAVE US. The law teaches us how to love God, which will bring us greater joy than anything in the world. To learn more please read, “How Can I Find True Happiness.” Let’s learn how to obey/follow Christ so we can grow in faith to love God with a saving love.
“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).
Can We See Ourselves?
To allow Christ to guide us to Life, we need to see where we are failing…see the sins we love–the sins we ignore–for we can’t grow in faith to truly hate what we refuse to even see. From there, we can seek God to help us obtain a sincere desire to stop committing them and the strength to do it. To learn more please read, “How Can I See My Sins.”
In order to see the sins we love, which are beyond the few habitual sins we can see, we need humility, which is sincere knowledge of our sinfulness (our nothingness), which provides us with great understanding of our need for mercy (God’s help to save us). But this is something we greatly lack.
Most think we hardly sin. But that just isn’t true. Or if we think we sin, we only see a hand full of them. Why? This is because we don’t examine our conscience properly (humbly). Many people are so busy noticing the sins of others or what we think are the sins of others, thinking they are far worse than ourselves, that we can’t recognize our own trespasses.
“All true knowledge of our spiritual progress rests; as to an examination of sins…how we have been going on since we made good resolutions concerning them.”
–St. Francis de Sales, (Introduction to the Devout Life, Ch. 7)
We must change who’s sins we are focused on–even if others are sinning against us–and put our attention on what we are doing wrong and where our failures to love exist within ourselves. It doesn’t matter how others treat us, it matters how we treat them.
While then there are others, who are so focused on all the good we do, since some of us are very charitable and make great sacrifices for others, but then, we never honestly look for our own crimes against God wanting to amend them…and live blind.
Some will “say” we are great sinners, even though we can’t say what these great sins are, but even with that, we have little or no resolve to amend them, and then there are others who think we hardly sin, and also have the same lack of desire to amend. So if we want to love God, we MUST want to see our sins and amend our life to become a real saint…yes, that is YOUR calling. To learn more please read, “How to Become a Saint.”
“Because they did not amend themselves…they thus so miserably received Eternal Punishment.”
–God the Father to St. Catherine of Siena (Treatise on Discretion)
We can’t continue in our faith dead–not living–not growing towards becoming like Christ. We must learn how to see the sins we have spent our lives justifying, so we can seek Mercy to amend them.
We aren’t only just a little impatient or perhaps lacking a little trust (complaining, worrying)…and if we get rid of those couple of sins “bam”, we are a saint. Oh, we have so many other sins we ignore–that we aren’t resolved to amend. The Word is composed of so much more than just the few “sins” we see.
Just look in the mirror…look at the lives we live. Do we go to church and then right after we get done giving praise to God, we now give praise to the world…as we seek friends, entertainment, wealth, success, accomplishments, relaxation, etc…everything but God and His will to fill us.
Honestly, what do we look like? Are we really humble, simple, pure? What do we act like? Are we truly chased, loving, and tolerant when others do wrong to us? What do we desire? It is sincerely God and His will alone as we do all for the salvation of souls.? Are we really changing our life so one day we can live it like a real saint?
Or do we really live lives as a hippocrates? Does what we look like, act like or desire differ greatly from a true self-sacrificing saint, who’s heart and mind is on God alone? Who are we following? The saints? Please ask God, where are we failing to sanctify our souls? Oh, we need Jesus to change us.
But the hardest part with getting us to sincerely seek to convert and continue to convert–to sincerely strive to leave the world to follow Christ–is getting us to realize just how sick (deceived and riddled in sin) we really are–just how much we desire sin (aren’t really following Christ or the saints)–so we can know just how much we are in need of the healing mercy of Our Savior, so to be saved by Him. To learn more please read, “What are the Requirements of Salvation” most don’t understand the basics…plus there is a test in this article to see if you do.
If we don’t see our VAST sinfulness…if we can’t actually say what many of our sins are–not all of them, for God would never allow us to see them all, we would die of horror, but if we can’t say many of them then we need to pray to God to open our eyes, because we are FAR from perfect self-sacrificing saints. If we want to love God by not offending Him, we need to know where we are failing.
Self-knowledge humbly opens up our hearts to love and hear God’s truths; it is invaluable.
“This Blood teaches the truth to him, who, by self-knowledge, dissipates the cloud of self-love, and in no other way can he learn.
–God The Father to St. Catherine of Siena (Treatise of Divine Providence)
God asks us to change our entire lives–to leave everything and follow Him. Yes, everything must change (grace must move all of us). We must strive to “be imitators of God” (Ephesians 5:1) if we are to have real hope in Jesus saving us. Let’s learn The Way to Eternal Life.
The following is a list of some basic things those who are really striving to LIVE THE FAITH do, so Christ can save them:
- Working hard to become a real self-sacrificing saint, someone who wants to perfectly follow and love God by The Way of Perfection–the Way of the Cross (1 Corinthians 1:2) (2 Corinthians 7:1),
“Christian holiness consists in this: 1. Resolving to become a saint…” –St. Louis de Montfort (Letter to the Friends of the Cross)
- Striving to sin no more–to remove our sins: pride, greed, jealously, gossiping, laziness, anger, impatience, worrying (lack of trust)…sin after sin–all of our habitual sins–through God’s grace towards receiving the fullness of God’s grace and obtaining the goal of never offending God again even with the slightest sin. (1 Corinthians 15:34) (John 5:14),
“Since that day [when I had made my Act of Oblation on June 9, 1895], love has surrounded me and penetrated me through and through. Moment by moment, the Merciful Love of God renews and cleanses me and leaves my heart without a trace of sin.”–St. Thérèse of Lisieux (Story of a Soul, Ch. 8)
- Growing in discipline and self-control, so God’s grace can move all our thoughts, words and action and not our sinful desires and impulses (Proverbs 25:28)
- Working to become perfectly pure—to banish all we think, do, or say that isn’t perfectly chased–what God or the Blessed Mother wouldn’t, think, do or say, by looking at ourselves and honestly asking ourselves, “If Jesus or the Blessed Mother were alive today, would they wear, think or do what we do, think or wear.” And then seek to remove all they really wouldn’t do…all, vanity, lust and impurity from our lives…turning our eyes from the slightest impurity, stripping ourselves of all desire to be seen as attractive or sexy; by not beatifying ourselves, but wearing lose, covering modest clothing so to not cause ourselves or another to fall into any impure or vain thoughts. Not allowing our eyes, to fall on another and focus on their body–noticing the perfections/imperfections of their form–instead of praying their soul. (Ephesians 5:3)
- Losing our will so God’s plan on what we need to do to obtain Life can happen, as we let go of what we want and replace it with what God wants–in all of our thoughts, words and actions–because, from the consequence of Adam and Eve’s first sin, we all have a great desire/inclination for sin, making our will that of sin. Therefore, our father-who we naturally want to obey-is sadly the devil, but by truly turning to Christ, as adopted children, God will take our hard hearts of self-love and make them natural hearts of true love for God. (Matthew 10:39),
- Progressively loosing our desire for the pleasures of the world (our attachments) to all that pulls our hearts and minds from desiring God alone–all that is our source of happiness that isn’t God: people, power, possessions…so we will lose our idols and come to truly hate all those things that have kept us from fully loving God, so we can only long for God and His will alone (Matthew 16:26) (1 John 2:15) (Luke 14:26),
“In the beginning of the heavenly journey…[it is a] world like wild beasts…The first is [when we change to live The Way], we must forfeit the world’s favour [lose popularity], lose friends, credit, reputation, and property [things we love]; the second is not less cruel; we must suffer the perpetual deprivation of all the comforts and pleasures of the world [live like Christ]; and the third is still worse: evil tongues will rise against us, mock us, and speak of us with contempt [be seen as doing wrong when we aren’t]…[yet, those] relying on His love and favour [trust in God], finds no difficulty in saying: ‘I will fear no wild beasts’…the soul must…trampling under foot all sensual appetites and all natural affections [to seek God and His will alone, not the desires of the body]…This then, is the way to seek the Beloved.” –St. John of the Cross (A Spiritual Canticle, Stanza III)
- Growing in humility/self-knowledge, growing in understanding of our nothingness (our inability to do anything truly good without God’s grace moving us)–growing in knowledge of our great sinfulness–so we will truly understand others sinfulness and our need for God’s mercy, so to not reject any grace from our pride and to truly be able to love God and others (2 Chronicles 7:14) (James 4:6),
- Increasing our contrition/hatred for sin, so we can obtain the goal of perfect/true contrition (a saving faith): a contrition so great we would rather suffer anything, “death rather than sin” (St. Dominic Savio) because we can’t bear to offend God, whom we don’t want to lose and wish to love with all of our hearts. It is when we will love God above ourselves and then seek to have our love for God/hatred for sin increase towards sanctity and then perfection (Luke 7:47) (Proverbs 8:13),
“Do you not realize that God’s kindness [grace] is meant to lead you to [True] repentance?” (Romans 2:4),
- Increasing our Fear of the Lord: which is when we fear sinning (because of its consequences), because we dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell (servile fear), but most of all because our sins offend God, whom we should be loving with all of our hearts (filial fear). Yes, fear of the Lord is composed of two fears…one to spur us to want to begin to repent and change (servile fear) and the other to bring us into true love for God (filial fear)…but when we are moved to change by either fear of the Lord, that is because we have been blessed with wisdom and can learn finally The Way to Life (Proverbs 9:11),
“The gift of fear of the Lord is definitely the basis [from the Holy Spirit]. It is fear of sin. –Pope St. John Paul II, (Spiritual Diary, Sept. 23)
- Growing in prayer through attending the Mass, reading The Word, vocal and mental praise, adoration and supplication (seeking help) towards unceasing prayer so God can one day move our every thought, word and deed and not our sinful self (1 Thessalonians 5:17),
- Increasing our trust in God so we can grow into truly trusting in God: fully understanding that all He allows is meant to ultimately lead to our good–to grow closer to a life of peace,then a saving faith and sanctity, for those who believe enough to learn and change from all God allows–especially our crosses–into becoming a closer to the image of Christ (seeking to truly follow Him). Then after true trust is gained, we will walk on the Path of Life with Christ without complaining or worrying during our crosses towards the goal of our faith, the salvation of our souls (Proverbs 3:5-6),
- Growing in peace towards perfect peace (losing complaining or worrying), especially during suffering, from gaining true trust in Christ–in all He allows as leading to our good (the reward for living the faith correctly) (Philippians 4:7),
- Frequently receives the sacraments especially that of confession and Holy Communion (if worthy) so God’s fantastic strength, which is sent through these gifts (to those who are properly disposed) can move them along the path of Life towards a saving faith and then becoming a perfect saint (John 6:53),
- Learn from the good and the bad, so God can teach us His blessed ways and we can constantly change and grow towards becoming like Christ…living for God’s will alone. (Psalm 25:4-5)
- Increasing and purifying our works (caring for the earthly and spiritual needs of others), so they are done for the right reasons…not so we can feel like we are a good person, but only for His honor and glory, working to the best of our ability (under the circumstances), for the love of God through our neighbor according to His will for the salvation of souls…not loving as the world loves: by building up others blinding pride through useless conversation, complements and gifts, seeking to make others happy so to win praise for ourselves, success, and friends as we even become others idols (what they need for happiness), but loving how Christ loved us, by helping others always with the goal of the salvation of their souls (2 Corinthians 1:6) (John 12:43),
“Fly with care [run from the] praises of men, hold them in abhorrence as you would a mortal poison [they lead to death].” –St. Vincent Ferrer (The Spiritual Life, Ch. 3)
- Improving our carrying of our crosses, so we can carry them with Our Lord, striving to never complain or worry over what God has allowed, but to peacefully trust in all–even tragedy, sickness and loss–as what we need to help us learn and change so one day we can live a life of peace as we allow Christ to purify us and lead us to Heaven through the cross and send grace for the salvation of souls through our peaceful suffering like Christ (Luke 14:27),
- Growing in our life of penance/love of the cross; from having great sorrow for our sins, we seek to do something to make right our wrongs (apologize, repair wrong to neighbor and suffer and sacrifice to atone to God)…using the cross as a motivator to encourage change. Intentionally denying ourselves of pleasure (choosing what we don’t like), making sacrifices to love God and others, so that one day everything (according to God’s will) may become a cross so to love God, through our neighbor, just like Our Lord loved us…growing in our desire to love Christ through the cross; increasing our sacrifices/suffering to atone (cover/pay the price/in reparation) for our and others sins–in an attempt to make right our wrongs (committed after baptism) and to save souls through the grace sent by the joyful carrying of the cross (1 Peter 4:8) (Colossians 1:24),
“Penance, penance, penance…Make of everything you can a sacrifice, and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins” –Our Lady of Fatima,
- Growing in gratitude for God’s mercy, punishments and justice (the Law) by being able to see more clearly God’s love and patience He has with us sinful beings, which is incomprehensable but it is an ever growing understanding that available to us all (Lamentations 3:32-33) (Revelation 3:19),
- Increasing in true knowledge and wisdom of God, which has no end and begins from fear of the Lord so we can understand The Word and know The Way to Eternal Life (Proverbs 2:6),
- Increasing our desire/work to save souls by preaching, praying and living a life of sacrificing (giving up of worldly pleasure and carrying our crosses) to send grace for our dying neighbor, for their conversion, at least, at the hour of their death and by preaching the truth and living the true faith like Christ has done for us, so to truly love God and others (Mark 16:15),
“Offer up everything in your power as a sacrifice to the Lord in reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners . . . More than all else, accept and bear with resignation the sufferings that God may send you.” –Angel of Fatima
- Gaining greater virtues (qualities of goodness) from living the faith correctly working towards being the perfect image of Christ (2 Peter 1:5-8),
- Growing in our humble devotion to those who can assist us–imploring prayers/help from the righteous: our faithful neighbor, and the Blessed Mother, the angels and the saints, who are living with Christ in Heaven, following the tradition of the Church and the saints from the beginning of Christianity, so we can receive all the help God has waiting for us and move more easily towards a saving faith, sanctity and perfection. (James 5:16)
- Increasing our love for God, leaving our distractions, so no distraction will pull our hearts or eyes off of God, so one day we can be perfectly affixed on God, with the goal of perfectly loving Him, which is done by following Christ and allowing God’s grace to fill us so to remove our ability to offend Him. Then we will no longer fear punishment (since we can’t sin) as we only love God…doing all (every thought, word and deed) perfectly for God’s honor and glory, since Christ–His grace–is now moving everything in us (Ephesians 5:1) (1 John 4:18).
“This vocation to perfect love is not restricted to a small group of individuals. The invitation, “go, sell your possessions and give the money to the poor”, and the promise “you will have treasure in heaven”, are meant for everyone.”‘–Pope St. John Paul II, (Veritatis Splendor, #18)
Oh, as we can see, living the faith is much more that just going to church, praying some prayers and helping others; we have been greatly deceived! What have we let our pride do to God’s faith? Tragic!
When pride comes, disgrace comes; but with the humble is wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2).
Now is the time to humble ourselves. How much of God’s Word do we ignore? Are we really following the saints to Heaven?
Sincerely, we can’t be truly sorry for offending God and truly love Him if we aren’t even sincerely striving to live the real faith–ALL of it.
Sadly, most are blinded to The Way and we are dying. That is why St. Augustine is warning us that “Very Few Christians Are Saved.” We aren’t following Christ; therefore we never come to truly love Him. Yet, now is time to change and preach The Truth; souls are dying…souls God wants to use you to save.
“Who are you? A soul divided in the service of God? A soul embarrassed by a multitude of human affections? You have now to detach your heart from creatures…Who are you? A soul given to worldly pleasures?…”Return, you transgressors, to the heart” (Is. 46:8)….Who are you? A soul struggling with long and violent temptations…You need strength to resist….Who are you? Lastly, are you a guilty soul? …Ah! You require nothing less than all the grace of God…[lets learn how to obtain them]”
–St. Ignatius of Loyola (Spiritual Exercises, First consideration)
Sins of Omission
From looking at the list above, we can see sometimes our greatest sins are our sins of OMISSION–not doing what we should have done. Yes, ignoring any of God’s law: not being truly resolved to leave a single attachment: not working to leave the food, our affections to friends, family, things, success, etc. that we crave and desire for happiness–our idols or not being truly resolved to stop habitually committing any sin, and not living a life of penance (seeking self-denial/sacrifice…love of the cross) or neglecting to work hard to change from our life of indulgences so to walk as Jesus walked, while carrying our crosses in peaceful trust–yes, not TRULY following Christ (the saints)–prevents Christ from transforming our hearts into hearts of true love/true hatred for sin (keeps Christ from saving us).
We must work hard to change everything because “whoever keeps the whole law, but falls short in one particular, has become guilty in respect to all of it” (James 2:10). Therefore, we will have to come to true repentance for every part we are guilty of neglecting. And as was said before, we can’t hate a single breaking/neglecting of God’s law if we aren’t even sincerely trying to change to live it.
What part of The Word do we not want to live..that we aren’t little by little working to make perfect in our lives? What choices that the saints have made that we don’t want to follow? That is what will kill us.
Please know, it isn't the sins we hate that will damn us; it is the one's we don't...and all it takes is one small sin we cling to...just one refusal to obey.
Truly, we are accountable for literally everything we do or don’t do; “if all men knew this, no one would choose wickedness even for a little, knowing that he goes to the everlasting punishment of fire; but would by all means restrain himself, and adorn himself with virtue, that he might obtain the good gifts of God, and escape the punishments” (St. Justin Marytr, 1 Apologies, Ch 12). Oh, we must be sorry for sinning ALL sin…not just some of them. Therefore, we must be working hard to LIVE all of The Word–especially love of the cross by seeking to become a real saint. To learn more please read, “How to Become a Saint.”
We must change Eternity is forever!
Please know, “there is a sin which is always “unto death” (1 John 5:16): the sin for which we do not repent.” as St. Mark the Ascetic teaches (On Those who Think that They are Made Righteous by Works, Ch. 41,). Again, how can we truly hate and repent of any sin if we don’t even hate it enough to be working hard/firmly resolved to stop committing it or to live the Word? We can’t.
“O my God, now I know something of how great is the evil of venial sin! Ah, if I had understood it before, I wold not have sinned as I did!…My Father, I give Thee my word that from now on I will make use of the means I know to be best suited to keep me from ever falling again into venial sins.”
–St. Anthony Mary Claret (The Golden Key to Heaven, Meditation 11)
If we want to change, now that we can see how we aren’t really living the saving faith (saved), wonderful! The angels and saints in Heaven are dancing and God is waiting to transform you.
“I tell you, there will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:10).
Now, we must make a resolution to become a real saint..a real perfect saint–someone who never wants to offend God again in the slightest way and is willing to do what it takes to get there, so we can one day perfectly love Him or at least begin to change because we don’t want to spend eternity in Hell (then God can transform our hearts into doing all so to love Him). Being complacent with our sinfulness must end.
After we have a firm resolve to change our entire life, we need to seek the means to obtain sanctity. GRACE! To do this we must LEARN The Way of Perfection–the Way of the Cross–that is the ONLY way to Eternal Life. That is The Way Christ and His Saints traveled. Please read, “How to Become a Saint.”
But to do this won’t be easy. There are so many wrongful teachings being spread, it is absolutely unbelievable….the whole faith needs to be learned all over again. It has been corrupted and distorted and it’s killing us.
If you are blessed to see how you have been deceived with a few things I have mentioned above, then you must know you have been deceive with bounds of other truths as well. You just don’t see them yet. Please humbly accept this reality, and look for where else the devil has caught you in his trap.
This whole spreading of lies as truth began with someone not understanding a Truth. Then instead of humbly preaching it anyway (for we don’t have to understand something for it to be true; we don’t have the wisdom of God or the saints), they recreated their own truth based on what they understood and then taught it to another and then to another and then to another as if it was Truth.
Today, from one’s pride, the faith Christ began isn’t what the apostles taught us nor what the saints lived; it is what a non-sanctified, confused man thinks it should be, which is a lie that is damning soul after soul after soul. Tragic! This has been going on for so long, horribly the teachers of the faith don’t know The Way themselves.
“There are doubtless, few to be found in these lamentable times to lead souls [to Heaven] in the way of perfection”
–St. Vincent Ferrer, (The Spiritual Life, Ch. IV)
Therefore, we must ask God to show us where we are not living like a true saint and read The Word, the Catechism (authored by the saints-correctly translated) and books the written by the saints or approved by a saint, and beg God to keep us from mistranslated anything into being our own created faith.
Throw away all of the rest of the books. Oh, they mean well and might make us “feel” temporarily happy or seem to help, but they don’t know any better, and are misguiding us, teaching us how to love ourselves (not God) and leaving us lukewarm…leading us on the path to our doom. They are a big problem. To learn more please read, “Books Written By the Saints.” and “What Does Evil Look Like.”
Then seek God’s grace to help us remove our trespasses one at a time and live for His will alone, so we can “be perfect just as our Heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48), never quitting, when it is seems too hard and never losing our desire to change/to truly love God–or all will be lost. To Learn more please read, “How to Overcome Despair Against Hope for Salvation.” Remember, “God Wants You In Heaven.”
The saints not only rejected indulgences and have lost their attachments (what they used to long for for happiness), they also lived a life of penance, rejecting as much pleasure for the cross as they could, since they grew to understand their sinfulness and gained a horror for sin–a horror for Offending God–and wanted to make right their wrongs (atone) and also wanted for God to use their additional sacrifice for the salvation of souls.
“Offer prayers and sacrifices constantly to the Most High…Make of everything you can a sacrifice, and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners.”
–Our Lady of Fatima
By nature God created our bodies to seek pleasure. Before Adam and Eve’s first sin, we sought pleasure in loving God, but after their sin, we all suffer from the consequence of their sins and now seek pleasure in loving ourselves (desiring sin). The desire to love God is still with in us but it is drowned out because of our strong inclination to sin. It is only through God’s grace that our hard hearts which love ourselves more than God can be transformed…and the only way to transform us is through love…true love. Not love like the world loves, with idol conversations, gifts and similes of approval…but love like Christ loves through the cross.
“The Christian vocation is one of sacrifice, penance, expiation. We must make reparation for our sins…We must try to imitate Christ, “always carrying about in our body the dying of Christ,” his abnegation, his suffering on the the cross, “so that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our bodies.”
–St. Josemaria Escriva (Christ is Passing By, The Season of Mortification)
Yes, Christ came to earth to show us what true love is, so we can clearly see how to rid our desire for sin and gain a sincere/true desire to love God and that is by living the way of the cross…like Christ and the saints have done before us. This is how we accept God’s saving forgiving mercy He died to give us.
There are endless ways we can reject pleasure for the cross. There is a cross we can choose to carry and a cross God is looking for us to carry around every corner too. For example: if you get a headache don’t run for the pain killers…just, “accept and bear with resignation the sufferings that God may send you” as the angel said to the Fatima children, silently and if possible make no notice to another of your discomfort (of course if it seems like a serious medical condition it is fine to consult a doctor) and offer it up “in atonement for our sin and those of the whole world” (Jesus to St. Faustina Diary # ). Let’s say your in the store buying food. You see the food you like, and instead of choosing what you like choose something less or what you don’t even like at all and offer it to God ” “. Let’s say, you are comfortable in your house at 75° then change the temperature to 77°. When you go to dress don’t ware what makes you look most attractive, but what makes you look most simple and invisible. Yes, the penances don’t need to be great…little crosses atone and save souls too…when done from a heart of great love. To learn more please read, “What is Penance.”
However, no matter if we carry a big cross or a small, the amount of grace God can send to a soul is based upon not the size of the sacrifice, but the love in our heart that it was derived from. Therefore, no matter what sacrifice we make, we need to have the intention of loving God with all of our heart. We can’t sacrifice just for it to be some quest we seek to accomplish, but done seeking no reward, just to love God by trying to do something to make right our wrongs.
But even with all of the sacrifices the saints made, they didn’t believe for a moment, their horribly sinful beings, were saved because they were doing all of those pious things. They knew they needed to obey and reject the world–to let go of everything they desired–so instead of their sinful nature controlling their thoughts, words and deeds, they would now allow God–their Savior–to fill their minds and hearts with His grace so HE CAN DO EVERYTHING THROUGH THEM.
Jesus only becomes Our Savior if we allow His helping mercy–His actual grace–to transform our "hearts hardened" (Mark 8:17) by self-love, that is attached to many sins and worldly pleasures, into a "new heart, and a new spirit" (Ezekiel 36:26) that truly hates all sin, all pleasures of the world, and even our sinful self and desires God and His will alone so we can embrace God’s saving mercy He died to give us, for the salvation of our and others souls. This is our faith!
Yes, God–His grace–makes the saints holy. They are not holy…just a misery of sin…just like we all are. But the saints fully understood their nothingness and great need for God’s mercy (grace) and obtained it.
We want to grow in humility so we too can gain such understanding of our nothingness, so we can run to God humbly to take away our self-love–liking for sin and pleasure (not the cross)–so God can transform our hard hearts into natural godly ones.
But tragically most of us, even the faithful, don’t understand this kind of TRUE FAITH. Penance simply isn’t understood or lived. We don’t know our unfathomable sinfulness and need for mercy and the cross. To learn more please read, “Why Does God Allow Suffering and Punishment.”
“It pains me to see so many pitiful blind people fleeing hurriedly from the very gracious offer [Eternal Life] of the Master…My soul is extremely distressed when I see these truly blind people…who’s passions [for the world] have robbed them of wisdom…They are constantly on fire with thousands of desires for earthly satisfactions…Jesus extends his very tender invitation to come and drink the living water, but…what response does he get from these wretched people [they still want the world]?”
–St. Padre Pio (Letter, Oct. 10, 1915)
To find The Way won’t be easy. Horribly, “the vast majority of Christians are enveloped in the most shocking ignorance [of their faith]” as St. John Baptist Vianney, warns us. (Sermons of the Cure of Ars, The Lost Works). And because we live in the time of great darkness, that is practically everyone. Jesus help us!
Tragically, we don’t know our deadly sins, our attachments to the word (idols–especially our attachments to ourselves and others), nor do we understand the love of cross (the joy of suffering/penance) from being so greatly deceived. We simply don’t fully understand nor live the real faith, not like the saints…nor are we seeking God’s mercy (help) to bring us into such understanding or saving faith either, mostly because we don’t even know we need one.
But until we grow in greater love with God, we will think it is impossible to leave (lose our indulgences and attachment to our earthly loves) which is all we live for to bring us happiness and find ourselves too weak to sacrifice pleasure for the cross…but if we seek Mercy–in all the vast ways He provides us with help–as we try, removing what we can, slowly receiving more grace from truly striving to follow Christ (following the list above) and through partaking in the sacraments correctly (as this website explains), what we once couldn’t live without (our attachments), we will HATE because we now understand it kept us from loving God and what we have no strength to do, will from God’s grace, be easy.
The truly sad thing is, those who appear to have given up everything for God, who seem to be living with the removal of attachments, and many sacrifices, like may religious seem to be living, are mostly deceived into believing it is by those great acts of sacrifice that we are saved…and then they die from presumption of salvation (thinking we save ourselves–not God)… thinking those acts make us holy–saved. Those acts just allow God to use our great sinfulness to save souls. We are nothing.
“‘Jesus, [St. Faustina said] but there are so many souls praising You in convents [where we have left everything to follow You].” The Lord answered, “That praise wounds My Heart, because love has been banished from convents. Souls without love and without [true] devotion, souls full of egoism and self-love, souls full of pride and arrogance, souls full of deceit and hypocrisy, lukewarm souls who have just enough warmth to keep them alive: My Heart cannot bear this.”
–Jesus to St. Faustina, Diary #1702
Oh, we have been deceived! Oh, if we have fallen into this trap, we don’t really love God and believe He is saving us (by removing our desire for sin/lack of contrition); sadly, we have been tricked into loving ourselves and thinking we are saving ourselves by our great prayers and sacrifices we make. When we are saved by Christ, when He transforms our hearts from stony hearts into natural hearts of humble contrition.
It is our pride that simply won’t allow us to see ourselves for who we really are (sinners) and let God change us. To learn more please read, “What is the Desire for Sin”.
Oh, the sins are endless that we can desire over God…and we desire so many of them. We greatly need Our Savior’s help! He is waiting for us. Run to Him. To learn more please read, “How to Desire God Alone.”
Rely On God Alone
If we strive to change our life like the saints have done, which is written above, but we simply can’t live the faith, that is because we are relying on our strength and not God alone. We didn’t learn of our true nothingness yet. To learn more please read,”How Can I Regain My Faith” or “How to Over Come Despair Against Hope For Salvation.”
This is especially hard for the “successful” person, those with much natural discipline…like athletes, who boost themselves up to motivate themselves to achieve great things.
We need to not do that if we want Eternal Life; we need to do the opposite. Bow our heads low, know our inability to do anything and seek Mercy to do everything. Oh, a life of constant prayer is what we will seek the strength we need to come to truly love God. For, when we strive and strive to do everything God wills, but only use our strength, we will only go so far from whatever innate discipline/strength God bestowed upon us at birth. But to obtain a saving faith, we need the strength of God–Our Savior. We simply can’t do it alone. Only God can save us.
If God is allowing you to fall over and over again, but you are trying to live the faith…then He is seeking to humble you, so you can truly let go of control and allow God transform you.
“To show how insignificant a being man is when he relies upon himself alone…What does God do to bring us to a knowledge of ourselves, to make us conscious of our unworthiness? He allows the devil to approach us. Look at that Christian, who envied those saints who were living on roots and herbs, and who made the heroic resolution to chastise his body with the same hardships; but, lo! a slight headache, the prick of a needle causes him to break out in loud lamentations.”
–St. John Vianney (Sermons of the Cure D’Ars, First Sunday of Lent)
You see, we are nothing…without grace moving us…nothing at all. Accept our nothingness, and allow God to change you. We must be willing to do whatever God wants of you. Because until you surrender your will for His–do what His plan is for your transformation–you will only grow so much–if at all, not into a saving faith.
Please Hear God Calling For You
If you don’t believe The Word, the saints and I enough, and you neglect to persistently seek out God’s mercy to help you grow into a SAVING FAITH, sanctity and then perfection–since you didn’t head this warning or you simply don’t think you need to, and you are wrong…please know, you will choose Hell for all eternity, which is forever and ever and ever!
Also, please don’t be tricked into thinking you have tomorrow to change–that love of sin will damn you. So many people think they have tomorrow to amend. Where is our hatred for sin? Oh, you don’t know your hour or how long it will take you to change. For most it takes years to acquire enough grace to let go of all that we desire that isn’t God, so to desire God alone and be saved by Him. Before you know it, your hour will come, and you wouldn’t have even begun your journey…tragic!
Yes, “the road is HARD that leads Life” (Matthew 7:14)…”work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). Don’t follow the vast majority of the lost…only the very few who are truly seeking God’s mercy for Eternal Life by working hard to follow Him.
But sadly, even many, who read this and hear God talking to them, will only feel motivated for a moment to do something. Then the devil will distract them with the world…like the sower of the seed on poor or rocky soil or amoung the thorns, and they will lose all motivation and go on living life just the same. They just won’t have the courage or desire to do what is needed to CHANGE. Horrible!
Please pray and sacrifice for such souls, for after coming to gain clear knowledge of The Truth and still rejecting it, their suffering will be even more horrible forever. To learn more please read, “Who Suffers the Most in Hell.”
“If today you hear His voice harden not your hearts.” From God’s great love for you, God is calling out to you. Please diligently seek Him. He wants to remove your desire for sin so you can desire Him. God wants you in Heaven.
Many of the saints like Pope St. John Paul II spoke about this ignorance of The Way and moral failure of the faithful, as he did in his encyclical “Veritatis Splendore” saying “[it is] necessary to reflect on the whole of the Church’s moral teaching…[there is] certainly a genuine crisis…[we] have most serious implications for the moral life [failure] of the faithful and for communion in the Church.”
Even the Mother of God has warned the faithful about our lack of TRUE faith, but we just aren’t listening, or from our pride, we think they are speaking about someone else.
“I am the Lady of the Rosary, [the Mother of God exclaims] I have come to WARN THE FAITHFUL to amend their lives and ask for pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the Rosary. Let them continue saying it every day [with humble hearts for my help].”
–Our Lady of Fatima
Truly, even though we experience God’s great love for us and do wonderful works for Him, horribly, the faithful are dying because the evil one has us priding ourselves (blinding us) so greatly with our “goodness” thinking from all of our knowledge of the faith, many prayers and great works, that we hate our sins and truly love God. When, in God’s eyes, from our lack of humility, we are still morally failing God in many ways, far from a saving faith and are actually outside of a state of grace and bound for Hell.
Only, from God crushing our pride greatly and giving us much fear of the Lord (fear of sin and it’s consequences) will we even begin to see. To learn more please read, “What is Fear of the Lord.”
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5).
We, who still sin, must HUMBLE OURSELVES. God’s sanctifying forgiving grace He died to give us saves (cf. Ephesians 2:8). Not anything we, sinful beings, do or from any blessing we pride ourselves for having received. We don’t save ourselves, God saves us!
Please, we don’t have to die from lacking contrition for our sins–lacking true faith/true love for God. God’s great transforming mercy (help) is waiting to take away our liking for our sins, so we can truly love Him and not our sins and accept His saving forgiving grace for great peace in our life on earth and for all Eternity .
“There are many who arrive at the faith, but few who are led into the heavenly kingdom.”
–Pope St. Gregory the Great, Doctor of the Church, (St. Leonard of Port Maurice’s – The Little Number of Those Who Are Saved)
If we are so blessed to be able to hear, you now know you have been greatly deceived and must change. God is calling for you. God wants you in Heaven. We don’t need to be with the majority and die. We just need to learn how to follow Christ and obtain His grace, so He can leads us to Heaven, as we grow from some faith in Jesus into a true saving faith. God wants you in Heaven. But don’t just come alone; we are called to save souls, so preach this truth to others and work hard to save God’s children. Our Lord is in mortal agony over the loss of each soul. To learn more please read, “How to Preach the Truth and Save Souls.”
Why the Catholic Church is the Surest Way to Salvation.
“Among the penitent’s acts [the person confessing their sins] contrition [sorrow] occupies first place [since it is needed for salvation]. Contrition is sorrow of the soul and detestation [hate] for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again [to become a saint]” (CCC #1451).
“All are called to holiness [this is obedience to God and needed for eternal life]: ‘Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect [must be our goal].’ In order to reach this perfection the faithful should use the strength dealt out to them by Christ’s gift [His grace], so that . . . doing the will of the Father in everything, they may wholeheartedly devote themselves to the glory of God [live for God] and to the service of their neighbor. Thus the holiness of the People of God will grow in fruitful abundance, as is clearly shown in the history of the Church through the lives of so many saints” (CCC #2013).
Our Lady of Fatima
“I am the Lady of the Rosary, I have come to warn the FAITHFUL to amend their lives and ask for pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the Rosary. Let them continue saying it every day [for my help].”
God wants you in Heaven. Hear Him crying out pleading for you to repent and change. He gave you your life to live for Him. Don’t reject Him. Come embrace His loving mercy. It is waiting for you. He will take away your sins, if you only allow Him. Let go of the world and live for Jesus. Eternity is forever!