Souls are Dying!
Yes, “scarcely anyone is saved” as St. Alphonosus, Doctor of the Church tries to wake us up, in his letter to the brethren of a confraternity, so we can see.
Even though God spends our entire lives loving and guiding us, trying to save us, and bounds of mercy is waiting to help us, tragically, we are still dying (going to Hell).
Most have been greatly deceived and from our pride suffer from the presumption of salvation so much so that we don’t correctly seek God’s mercy to save us.
We must truly learn The Way! We need a SAVING FAITH. Horribly, we are rejecting God’s saving forgiving grace that He died to give us from lacking TRUE sorrow for our sins! Yes, we might think we are sorry but as I will explain, so few really are.
“[Tragically,] there are few who wish to receive Him and to be saved by Him [most choose their sin instead], although His yoke is sweet and His burden light.”
–St. Francis of Assisi (Letter to All the Faithful)
Please Don’t Be Deceived
Some will say, “I love God…I’m saved.” But, is it our love for God that saves us? Are we saved by something we do? No, that isn’t the truth. We are saved by what Jesus did….not what we do.
We can consider ourselves quite religious, who have received miracles and healings from God; we can go to Church, pray often, and do all sorts of good works; we can feel we have a great relationship with God and bounds of knowledge about the faith, and that is good, but that isn’t what saves.
We must HUMBLE OURSELVES. God’s sanctifying forgiving grace saves (cf. Ephesians 2:8). Not anything we do.
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5).”
We need much grace to learn The Way. Truly, God gives us a free gift, and WE REJECT THAT GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE (cf. Romans 8:3) when we lack true sorrow for just one sin. Yes, lacking sorrow for offending Our Beloved Lord in any way (with a mortal or venial sin) is a “deadly sin” (1 John 5:16).
It is an abomination of love to not be sorry for offending Our Creator, and that reject’s God’s forgiving saving love.
This is why so “many are invited [to Heaven], but [only a] few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14). Only a few truly want God; the rest tragically still want our sins (lack true contrition) upon our death.
But yet, so we don’t live deceived, please ask yourself, “How can I truly hate and be truly sorry for what I don’t even work hard to amend?” I can’t.
Tell me, how many sins do we ignore and not work with all of our heart to stop, as we habitually commit them over and over again from not truly seeking God’s transforming mercy to amend our ways? Are we really working to obey…working towards becoming a perfect saint? Where is the poof?
Honestly, today what sins have we sought God’s mercy to amend? Any? What kind of sorrow for offending Our Lord do we really have?
Please don’t be deceived. If we aren’t working to stop our sins, really working with all of our heart to perfectly live for His will, we don’t really hate them…not with a true hatred. If we continue to lie to ourselves, there will be no hope for us, and eternity is everything! We must be with the “few.”
Only the humble–those who know their real sinfulness and great need for God’s mercy–know The Way. Beg God to teach us the truth about our lack of real faith. We must come to see our great sinfulness…the sins we intentionally hide so we won’t see them; the sin we think little of…all because we don’t really want to change. Yes, we must come to know them, since we can’t repent and work to change what we refuse to even admit.
Despite our good works, sacrifices, confessions and prayers, are we really still complacent with many of our offences against Our Lord–thinking of amending one, but not another–from a lack of TRUE love for God and lack of TRUE hatred for our sins, since we aren’t progressively amending them?
Or do we not see our sins or think we hardly commit them…Oh, the blindness we suffer from! Truly, salvation is hard to obtain.
“For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).
Did we forget about the infinite offence ONE SIN has against our infinitely perfect God? “I detest the smallest sin.” Jesus expresses to St. Faustina (Diary #1728). Oh, how His Heart is “grieved” (Psalm 78:40). We care so little about offending Him.
All of those good/pious things we do and fantastic blessings God sends are supposed to move us day after day, year after year into obtaining a mature, saving faith: believing so greatly that Jesus is Lord that we will suffer or do anything to follow (obey) Him (not sin) and have true sorrow for every sin if we fail–so we can accept God’s forgiveness for Eternal Life. But we aren’t gaining this kind of faith?
MOST AREN’T EVEN SEEKING A SAVING FAITH.
Perhaps we see God doing good through us and from our pride, we think we are saved. Perhaps we do seek God, but it isn’t so we can “not sin any more” (John 5:14). It is for other reasons. Don’t we know it is our very sins that cause all of our problems (lack of peace during the cross). Remove the sin…live in peace, especially during great trials.
If we aren’t seeking first of all to stop offending God, no matter how many fantastic prayers we pray or great sacrifices we perform or incredible works God does through us (yes, God can work through us even if we are in the state of death), we still don’t know The Way and are lukewarm (cf. Matthew 7:22-23).
Seeking to make “holiness perfect [to stop sinning] in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1) must be what drives all of our thoughts, words and deeds, or we are sadly still lukewarm and dead. We can love the faith, want to be holy and give our lives to God, but what kind of holiness does someone have who is complacent with our offences against Our Lord? It is just a lie.
God is begging us to change. “Oh, if sinners knew My mercy [that wants to help them], they would not perish in such great numbers” Jesus to St. Faustina (Diary #1196).
Tragically, even with all of God’s love and help, from our lack of knowledge, desire and effort, we still have a liking for sin and habitually commit many, many of them. We have not yet grown in our faith to truly “hate what is evil [sin]” (Romans 12:9) so much that we would rather suffer anything–even death–than offend Our Beloved Creator...like those (with a saving faith) who truly loved God over their sins have done in The Word. (cf. 2 Maccabees 6). We lack much faith.
“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, but God hasn’t left us. Our Lord is trying to discipline and teach us…through our crosses. But we complain and run from His lessons; even if we accept them, we don’t look to learn.
Truly, we should “not disdain the discipline of the Lord” (Hebrews 12:5) but look at God’s warnings through our suffering, see His lesson, change and spend our life running to Him, for mercy (grace), to grow in faith from having just some faith in Jesus into having a true saving faith in Christ.
Amazingly, God patiently tolerates our incredible sinfulness, loving and helping us (if we will accept His love/help), hoping one day we will want to truly love Him in return.
But tragically most only grow in faith somewhat during our lives…perhaps in knowledge, a little trust, some works and/or prayers, but not in true wisdom–fear of the Lord (fear of sin and its consequences); and consequently, we have not grown into a saving faith–mostly because we aren’t seeking one.
Today, this is mainly because we don’t even know we need to have a saving faith/true sorrow to accept God’s sanctifying forgiving grace for salvation. We are so busy thinking we are faithful enough just the way we are.
This is because the devil has prided us, blinded and muted us. Outside of hearing this from the saints, this truth is rarely if ever taught. Yet, this is what is needed to be saved. We are dying and nobody is trying to save us!
Now from living in great darkness, we don’t spend our lives seeking Our Savior’s transforming grace (mercy) to change and increase our faith so we can obtain a truly humble contrite heart, which can accept His forgiveness for our life time of sins. No, we spend our lives seeking everything else, making them our idols.
We do not “fear the Lord and serve him completely and sincerely” (Joshua 24:14). We serve Him sometimes and serve ourselves (sin), seeking worldly pleasure for the rest. Horribly, as a result, we wind up not knowing The Way and rejecting helping and saving mercy for the world–sin.
“Thy death will not save me, if I do not on my part detest every evil 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.)
Who Are We Following?
Are we truly following the saints, who obtained salvation, who we know have correct wisdom and direction to guide us to Life? Or do we follow others or read books written by others, who might mean well and say lovely things, but they too are deceived and mistakenly leading us to our doom (a lukewarm life-not working to stop sinning so to love God)?
St. Anslem, Doctor of the Church tells us, “Do not follow the great majority of mankind, but follow those who enter upon the narrow way, who renounce the world [give up its pleasures], who give themselves to prayer [unceasing prayer], and who never relax their efforts by day or by night [to obtain true sorrow/saving faith and grow towards perfection], that they may attain everlasting felicity [bliss]” (The Four Last Things, Cochem, Ch. 4).
Do we renounce the world’s pleasures, “deny [ourselves]” (Mark 8:34) and choose the cross so we can desire God alone and help save souls like Christ did for us? Do we really strive to “pray without ceasing” (Mark 8:34) so we will always love God and do God’s will? Do we never relax our efforts to amend our ways “[never letting God’s] law depart from your lips. Recite it by day and by night, that you may carefully observe all that is written in it; then you will attain your goal?” (Joshua 1:8). Or are we trying to find God or happiness a different way?
Like I said, how can we really love God, obtain a saving faith and be truly sorry for any sin if we aren’t even trying to stop sinning, which is much more than just not steeling or not killing? We can’t.
God’s law is dynamic; it is living the entire Word, and we must seek to perfectly obey all of it, if we truly believe The Word (Jesus) is The Way. Remember the “road is HARD that leads to Life” (Matthew 7:13-14).
It is hard to leave what we love…sin. Any boy do we commit many many of them from having a liking for them. To rid this desire for sin, are we working hard to LIVE the Word…never relaxing our efforts…like the saints? Or do we think our mild efforts are enough or are we not even trying at all?
Please don’t be deceived. Living the true faith is by seeking to become “perfectly holy” (1 Thessalonians 5:23 ). Yes, we “are called to be saints.” (Romans 1:7)…not to just become better people or to know God better.
Are we really working hard for this goal…are we striving…truly striving to obey God’s law…ALL of the law, “to be perfect just as our Heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48) like the saints tell us we must?
Or do think obedience isn’t necessary or think it isn’t possible, so we don’t even try? What little sorrow we have for our sins; what little love we have for God! We aren’t even trying to not offend Him.
Perhaps, we lie to ourselves and “say” we are working to stop all of our sins–that we are striving to become a saint–but in reality, which God knows, we don’t even have real resolutions to amend our sinful ways. We must change!
Sadly, most of us do the same thing every day; we are pretty much the same person today as we were yesterday? We might have changed once in our life when God first came into our lives, but now, we are not daily growing in virtue (not growing in qualities of goodness-growing into the image of Christ).
Oh, we might be growing in knowledge of the faith or in prayers and works, but not true holiness–not becoming like Christ–removing sin after sin striving to be “imitators of God” (Ephesians 5:1). We are just growing in pride.
Tragically, we are far from a faith that saves as our constant habitual sins and lack of change from our lack of real effort to amend proves.
“The majority of men shall not see God.”
–St. Justin, Doctor of the Church (First Apology, Ch. 21)
God Has Provided Us With Clear Warnings–But We Have Fallen For the Lie
If the warnings in The Word aren’t enough, the saints and the Mother of God have given us many warnings too, but we simply aren’t listening. It is as if we don’t really want to love God. MERCY WANTS TO HELP US TO TRULY HATE OUR SINS so we can gain true sorrow for them, but we have been deceived into thinking mercy forgives when we aren’t even sorry. So instead of wanting to really love God, we want to take advantage of mercy instead.
The Blessed Mother has cried out to us saying, “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 [for my help]” (Fatima).
I understand there is much confusion with the wrongful preaching and falsities being spread, but it should be expected.
“For such people [who guide us to death but don’t even know they are doing such a thing] are false apostles, deceitful workers, who masquerade as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan masquerades as an angel of light. So it is not strange that his ministers also masquerade as ministers of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).
Someone even created a tale, which is spreading like wild fire, that Our Lord told St. Gertruide the Great that we can pray a certain prayer and a 1000 souls are freeded from purgatory, but that simply isn’t true at all. That complete exaggeration makes it seem like there are billions of souls in purgatory and its easy to be freeded. However, we can read the truth ourselves.
We can be smart and check for ourselves what the saints say. Her and many saints writings are available on-line. Sure it can be a little challenging to find some quotes with the many books and translations out there but it is worth our effort to not be deceived.
We can search the pdf file (type control F on our keyboard to open a text search) and we can see there are many prayers written, but not the one we are supposed to pray. And no where does it say a 1000 or any number of souls are freeded by praying any certain prayer.
But rather it says how a soul of great faith, who prays devoutly, can be of great benefit in helping to free many souls from purgatory.
If we desire to help or save souls we need to become a person of great faith too. Just rattling off a prayer without true devotion doesn’t do much if anything.
Sure sometimes God does show special favor to one prayer over another. But truly, how much good would any prayer be if we have little faith/charity?
It is a heart of true faith that God can really use. “The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful” (James 5:16). We must be careful to not be deceived. Such lies are killing us by making us lukewarm and not concerned with our eternity.
Oh, we need Our Savior and every angel and saint in Heaven’s help. Mercy (grace) is waiting to teach us and help us grow in faith so we can come to truly hate our sins and embrace God’s most merciful gift of Eternal Life.
But horribly we reject that mercy mostly from a lack of humility and lack of desire to work hard to stop offending God with ALL of our sins, which has resulted, mostly because we have been deceived into believing we are saved. When in fact we are rejecting Our Savior for some wretched sin.
Oh, what sins have we been committing our entire life; what sins do we not even want to see; how many sins do we ignore and don’t even think about amending, thinking they aren’t a big deal (even the venial ones). Each one is deadly. (cf. Acts 3:19).
“A venial sin…becomes a serious one through a person’s negligence [not stopping the sin] and scorn [disregarding it of importance], as you can deduce from the case of this soul who has already been condemned.”
–Jesus to St. Bridget of Sweden (Revelations Ch. 19)