GOD WANTS YOU IN HEAVEN
Run to God!
The wisdom of the saints warn us,
"VERY FEW CHRISTIANS ARE SAVED"
the fewness of the saved is real
Souls are Dying!
Yes, “scarcely anyone is saved” as St. Alphonosus, Doctor of the Church tries to wake us up, in his letter to Christians (brethren of a confraternity), so we can see.
When we hear these words of the saints, we can respond in three ways:
- ignore them and think they are speaking about someone else,
- think the saints are lying and we are given more wisdom than them,
- 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).
Our eternity depends upon us changing to follow The Way the saints traveled to Heaven…not just striving to be a “good” Christian. That isn’t enough. We won’t choose Heaven.
Truly, even though God gives us so much love and spends our entire lives blessing and guiding us…trying and trying to save us, and bounds of mercy is waiting to help us, tragically, most still only grow somewhat in our faith–not into a SAVING FAITH.
Even though we think we have converted, have a great faith and are saved, horribly, most are still dying (going to Hell).
“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, 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.
Why Are the Faithful Dying?
Even though we know God’s great love for us and many of us are growing in faith and works–some of us have even shown fantastic acts of love–but tragically, most of us, despite our many good works/prayers are still not growing enough…not properly…not into a SAVING FAITH. We have been deceived.
I know this is hard to believe, especially if we have prayed so many prayers, done wonderful works and believe we have given our life to Jesus, thinking we have a great relationship with Him and wonderful faith, but truly the saints aren’t lying…our love for God simply isn’t 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)
The problem is, we spend our time focusing on how much God loves us, but we spend very little time focusing on how we can love Him. We are quite selfish…we want God’s love, but 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 be “perfect” like Christ, the one we should be following, removing sin after sin 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)
We still don’t truly hate our sins enough to be wholeheartedly resolved to stop them and love God. Oh, we want to be good people and do good; some of us do much good. We love doing good works and helping others. But are we really seeking to “stop sinning” (1 Corinthians 15:34) as God has commanded of us? Or are we caught up in our good works thinking our works makes us rightious that we now don’t know The Way.
We might think we want to stop sinning, but are we actually doing something to avoid sin and amend our ways? Or are we really still clinging to many of our sins?
“Your love MUST be sincere. Detest what is evil [sin], cling to what is good.” (Romans 12:9).
What resolutions did you have today to stop sinning? Anything? Or do you just do the same thing day in and day out?
Perhaps you do seek to stop some sins, the ones you see that are really hurting much of your life, but have you been deceived into thinking the rest are no big deal or that your prayers and good works some how makes up for them, as you show little concern for offending God in many ways.
Please know, it isn't the sins we hate that will damn us; it is the one's we don't.
If you have been truly toiling away correctly for years to “stop sinning”–to really follow Christ–and love Him, from truly hating your sins, you will have the proof.
From accepting God’s transforming grace by your sincere prayers and your great efforts to perfectly obey, constantly changing and growing into the image of Christ, by following the saints’ examples, since “one must imitate us [the saints]” (2 Thessalonians 3:7)…you are now practically a perfect saint. You aren’t just growing in works, no your are becoming like Jesus.
Yes, you are now constantly loosing sin, gaining virtue and choosing the standard of the cross to live by, denying yourself of the world’s pleasures and suffering and sacrificing-with joy-for the salvation of souls, like Christ did for us.
“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 Corinthians 1:18).
Are You Working Hard to be a Real Saint?
Yes, we “are called to be saints.” (Romans 1:7)–real saints. Not just in our thoughts, but most certainly in our actions. This is obedience. We are not called to just be a better person than who we are, or to think we are already good enough, but to strive to perfectly love God by seeking the goal of becoming a perfect self-sacrificing saint, by way of the cross. This should be our life’s goal.
Nothing else will cause us to lose our self-love (pride) so we can truly love God and not our will or any of our sins or the world. Beware, many will preach a different, easier way, but that just leads to death. Yes, “there are doubtless, few to be found in these lamentable times to lead souls in the way of perfection” (St. Vincent Ferrer, The Spiritual Life, Ch. IV), but this is the way we must travel with assistance or without.
We simply can’t justify our life of sin, no matter how small it is, as just fine because we see our sins as only venial or since we are so faithful or since God is so merciful. That rejects mercy for sin.
That prideful attitude seeks to take advantage of mercy and stay complacent with our many offences against God. That proves a great lack of true love for God and desire for sin, which is deadly.
“Make no mistake: God is not mocked, [He is a God of justice] for a person will reap only what he sows” (Galatians 6:7).
We must sow in a field of hatred for sin. Then from God’s mercy, grow in our faith gaining great virtue (godly qualities), so to come to truly hate every one of our sins, even the least of them, enough to work with all of our hearts to remove them all, one sin at a time, working towards perfection so to perfectly love God.
Are You Stopping ALL Sins – Venial One’s Too?
Yes, God wants us to seek to “be perfect just as our Heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). This isn’t optional. This is obedience. If we don’t want to be perfect, which sins do we want to keep; which sins do we think we can’t remove? Those are the ones that will kill us. They are the ones we don’t want to leave and will choose over God’s saving love.
We must seek to remove not only our mortal sins but love God enough to not want to offend Him at all by working to remove all our venial sins too, so we may become “perfectly holy” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
“My soul, if you do not [truly] resolve to quit these venial sins…one can look forward to death without fear [without fearing sin–without true sorrow and go to Hell]…[you] cannot expect to ever possess Thee.”
–St. Anthony Mary Claret, (The Golden Key to Heaven, Med. 9)
The Word and the saints teach us to live by the “Way of Perfection” (St. Teresa of Avila), but we preach a different doctrine. That is why we are so lost. We say that isn’t necessary. But it most certainly is. Everything we do must be “so that you may be[come] perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:4). We are to follow Jesus, who is perfect…this must be our goal! That is how we will come to truly love God.
Now, from not seeking God’s mercy so we can truly love Him–by stop our sins–no matter how many prayers we have prayed or works we have done, we haven’t obtained enough grace to come to truly hate our sins (we lack true contrition) and still desire and are clinging to many of our trespasses and not God.
As a result, we are choosing our sin over God’s saving love. Yes, we–the faithful–are rejecting God for sin.
This is why we need Our Savior--to remove our liking for sin--to remove our desire for our will and the world, so we can truly love and desire God and be saved by Him.
All it takes is just ONE sin…one lack of trust, one rejection of the cross, one sexual immoral desire, one act of vanity, one covetousness desire, one moment of unforgiveness that we don’t honestly want to let go of–that we lack true sorrow for, and we can reject God’s saving mercy for that sin.
Yes, one sin–mortal or venial–is infinitely offensive to Our Infinitely Perfect Lord, and if we have such little hatred for any offence against God that we don’t even care if we commit it, as we don’t wholeheartedly seek to remove it nor honestly desire to never commit it again, we are guilty of mortal sin.
Yes, mortal sins are much more than just murder and robbery. To learn more please read the article, “What Are The Mortal Sins.”
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)
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!
Do We Habitually Abuse God?
Honestly, how many sins do we habitually commit, as we continue with our same broken sinful personalities and behaviors, because we haven’t accepted God’s transforming grace to take them away, since we don’t really want to change, as we put a false/half-hearted effort, or little, or even no effort at all into quitting…making all sorts of excuses as to why they exist?
How much do we love God and hate offending Him?
Then, from having little hatred for our sins, we choose Hell over God’s saving love for some horrid sin. Yes, we must truly reject ALL of our sins even our venial ones, not just with our words but with our actions, to embrace God’s saving forgiving mercy. Please don’t be deceived.
This lacking contrition (lacking sorrow) for offending God–not hating sinning enough to truly work hard to not sin and/or failure to strive to leave any of our habitual sins–is an abomination of love that rejects God.
“Examine yourselves, oh my friends, and see how rare such a [true] repentance is.”
–St. John Vianney, (Sermon of the Cure d Ars, Passion Sunday: Repentance)
To the surprise of many, most of us, who consider ourselves kind, religious people, who are always doing good for others, praying many prayers, and who are without, what we understand to be, the serious “mortal sins,” who presume we are saved because of all of the good we do or love we have for God, suffer from the greatest blindness to our sinfulness that we are clinging to and are rejecting the very mercy we think is saving us.
Tragically, when God gives us great grace to do a fantastic act of love or even attend Church or pray, most don’t praise God for giving us poor sinners such wonderful grace to work through us.
No, the devil sneaks into our great acts of love and steels away all merit by convincing us of how wonderfully faithful and good we are, since we have done such great deeds. Now from our pride, since the devil convinced us we are righteous, by our works, we live darkened to The Way, blind to the sins we still desire and actually reject God from our lack of contrition since we still desire those sins over loving Him. Tragic!
Is God Really Our Happiness?
Plus, others who pride ourselves as greatly faithful when we do good works, like with our ministries. We tend to enjoy doing the good works so much so, we seek them as our source of happiness and not to God.
“The Divine union [being united with God-in a state of grace] cannot, therefore, dwell in the soul if these affections [attachments] are not cast away.”
–St. John of the Cross, Doctor of the Church, (The Ascent of Mount Carmel, Ch. 4)
After we become attached to our good works, we begin to see ourselves as good holy people and loose sight of most of our sinfulness and the things we are attached too that we need God’s mercy to repent and change from so to become attached to God and saved by Him.
But we aren’t only attached to good works and seek them as our source of joy, no we are attached to so many worldly things like: family, friends, food, sex, success, possessions, pampering, relaxation, praise, sports, hobbies, entertainment, and alike… and we long for them to bring us happiness and not God by living the way of the cross. But yet, if we still long for just ONE of those things at the hour of our death (commit idolatry), all is lost.
“There will be terrifying times in the last days. People will be self-centered…lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:2-4).
Honestly, what do we run to every day to keep us happy? What do we think about during our day? Is it really God? Are we obeying God and using our thoughts to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) for the salvation of souls, or are we thinking about our next great meal, time with our friends, accomplishments at work, our favorite show–sporting event…? Oh, the pleasures of the world that have captivated our hearts and minds are endless (never mind all of our worries and complaints–our lack of trust)!
Horribly, we give some of our day to God and the rest to ourselves or “the whole world [which] is under the power of the evil one.” (1 John 5:19).
We simply must change and reject ALL of the world and its pleasures and love God, by way of the cross? But, since we “are perishing” (1 Corinthians 1:18) as the Word says, most don’t understand we are called to choose the cross and not the pleasure. But the cross is the way to Christ. Believe!
“Christians MUST imitate Christ’s sufferings, not set their hearts on pleasures.”
–St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church, (On Pastors, Sermon 46)
Yes, if we are truly striving to follow Christ, we are supposed to be rejecting the world’s pleasures and living for God…finding our happiness in spending our time coming to greater know, love and serve God–seeking the salvation of souls–by Way of the Cross, in reparation for our sins, to send grace to help souls, like Christ did for us. To learn more please read, “What is Penance”
Truly, we can find happiness…perfect happiness in God alone by His grace, through the cross.
“Is there greater joy than suffering for the love of You…I could not have believed one could bear so much and can explain it only by my great desire to save souls.” –St. Teresa de Lisieux (Story of a Soul. Intro., epilogue)
Oh, since the “gospel is veiled” (2 Corinthians 4:3), obtaining salvation is much more involved than most understand. Truly, we can’t desire sin or anything in the world that keeps us from loving God with all of our hearts. Boy do we need MUCH grace to get to this kind of saving faith.
Can’t Be Forgiven
Please don’t be deceived and think we can just ask for forgiveness and all will be fine.
We can't confess with true sorry and obtain saving forgiving mercy, since we aren't TRULY sorry for ALL of our sins.
How can we be truly sorry for any sin, if we prove we don’t even hate it enough to seek God’s grace to stop habitually committing so many of them? Nor how can we expect to not reject God, if we aren’t rejecting the world’s pleasures for the cross, so we can truly imitate Christ and desire God and His will alone for the salvation of souls.
We greatly need God’s HELP! Our Savior is waiting to help save us. He will give us the desire to truly live the faith and obtain true contrition when we don’t. Run to Him!
“[Make] holiness perfect in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 2:1)
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 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!
Also, please don’t be tricked into thinking you have tomorrow to change–that love of sin will damn you. You don’t know your hour and for most it takes years to acquire enough grace to let go of all that we desire that isn’t God so to 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.
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, 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!
“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. 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.”
Truly, “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).
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]” (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 simply must hear God calling out to us, so we can humbly run to God so to remove our liking for sin and the world…so God can be our everything–to be saved by Him.
But even with these truths clearly spoken, some will still say, “I’m a kind, good person” or “I love God…I’m saved.” But truly, is it our “goodness” or 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 are still great sinners!
We can consider ourselves quite religious, who have received miracles and healings from God; we can go to Church and pray often…and do all sorts of fantastic works helping others…we can even have given our lives to God and live amoung the poor, doing incredible deeds of service; and that is good, but that isn’t what saves.
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!
We Lack TRUE Sorrow for Our Sins
The reason we, the faithful and non-faithful alike, are dying is because, from our pride, we are rejecting God’s saving forgiveness and can’t be forgiven of our great sins committed against Him to be welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven since we lack true sorrow for our offences against Him.
“Thy death will not save me, if I do not on my part [to] 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.)
Yes, we are saved by our CONTRITION FOR OUR SINS. Having True Contrition is the ONLY way to Heaven.
We aren’t saved if we have some faith and love for God; we are saved if we grow in faith to have true love, which gives us TRUE CONTRITION for our sins.
Sure, we were forgiven and redeemed by Jesus’ death at our baptism. Of course without that, no matter if we have true sorrow for our sins or not, we still wouldn’t be allowed into Heaven. But when we were baptized, we weren’t instantly with a saving faith. That belief must be sought after; we should be longing for God’s grace (mercy) to remove our sins so we can grow into a saving faith.
“Rid yourselves of all [sin]…like newborn infants, long for pure spiritual milk [grace] so that through it you may grow into salvation [grow into a saving faith]” (1 Peter 2:1).
From our baptism, we are brought into a state of grace, but when we were of age to possess full knowledge of right from wrong and committed our first sin–in our thoughts, words or deeds (freely chose our first sin)–in which we lacked True Sorrow for (didn’t truly desire to stop sinning so to love God), WE REJECTED OUR STATE OF GRACE FOR SIN.
Yes, we aren’t all walking around in a state of grace, since we didn’t commit some grave mortal sin as the deceiver likes us to believe–to remove our concern for our salvation–so we don’t seek Our Savior to save us. We all need to seek our Savior to restore our state of grace and give us the grace to keep it living within us. Outside of seeking perfection, seeking a saving faith should be our life’s goal.
Plus, since we can’t read our souls, we will never know for sure (unless God gives us a special grace) if we have obtained such a saving faith.
“[Some saints say] I know not whether God has yet pardoned the many sins whereby I have offended him, as I cannot be sure of having had a true sorrow for them.”
–St. Alphonosus, Doctor of the Church, (Spiritual Treatises, Ch. VI)
However, if we follow Christ correctly, truly desiring to grow in our faith, we can have real hope in Our Savior to give us such a faith at least upon our death. Jesus wants us saved. This is what true faith in Jesus really is.
Oh, but how young were we, when we had full knowledge of what we were doing and freely chose to not stop sinning. That was our first deadly disobedience to God’s law–our first irregular mortal sin? This is why we need Jesus, to take away not only our regular mortal sins but our liking for all sin, so we don’t reject God for sin, and can be saved by Him.
We are supposed to spend our lives seeking God’s mercy to grow in faith, from having just some sorrow/some love into gaining a mature faith of true sorrow/true love–we are to“leave behind the basic teaching about Christ and advance to maturity” (Hebrews 6:1). We need a SAVING FAITH or we reject mercy for sin!
“[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).
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 and all pleasures of the world 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!
Horribly, despite God’s great patience and kindness towards us throughout our entire lives, most are still so blind that we preach of God’s great goodness, but at the same time we are rejecting Him. Oh, the devil has deceived us; we have not grown/matured enough in our faith. We are dying!
“Do you not realize that God’s kindness [grace] is meant to lead you to [True] repentance?” (Romans 2:4), not to hope in God’s mercy to forgive us, when we aren’t even working/resolved towards perfection and live without proven true sorrow for our sins or even without the hopes of obtaining such contrition since we aren’t really following Him.
“Since I [God] have re-created and restored to the life of grace [removed the stain of original sin], the human race, through the Blood of My only-begotten Son, as I have said, men are not grateful, but, going from bad to worse, and from guilt to guilt, even persecuting Me with many injuries [not even trying to stop offending Me], taking so little account of the graces which I have given them, and continue to give them [trying to save them]…I say to you that they will be more hard-hearted, and worthy of more punishment, and will, indeed, be punished more severely, now that they have received redemption in the Blood of My Son [and rejected it], than they would have been before that redemption took place.”
–God the Father to St. Catherine of Siena, (Doctor of the Church, Dialogue, Ch. Treatise on Discretion)
What is True Sorrow?
Oh, we must change and not only speak of God’s love for us, but begin seeking to truly love God, so to gain true sorrow for our life of injuring Our Beloved Lord. But what is this sorrow that loves God and accepts His saving forgiving mercy?
Being Truly sorry for any of our sins is when we hate sin so greatly–from “fear of the Lord [which] is hatred of evil [sin]” (Proverbs 8:13)–it’s having a fear of sin and its horrible consequences against God, others and ourselves–so much so, that we are “willing to endure any suffering rather than offend God in the future by sin” (Baltimore Cathechism #393)…so to love God and not offend Him.
Oh, how far are we from this kind of contrition?
So, to have true contrition, not only must we hate sin enough to be truly resolved to amend–to not commit the sin again, we must hate the sin so greatly we will do or suffer anything rather than offend God in the slightest way.
Oh, this saving contrition is truly a gift from God for those who can open their hearts to receive it.
But the sad reality is, most won’t suffer or even do anything to avoid sinning one sin, never mind put our greatest efforts to avoid all of them. If we sin, we sin…it seems to be no big deal, as we put little effort to avoid offending God.
“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)
Perhaps we have some sorrow for some sins, but truthfully if we had grown in our faith to where we now have grown from some sorrow into true contrition for all of our offences against God, “we would let them[our]selves be tortured rather than be guilty of one imperfection and die a thousand deaths rather than commit sins.” as St. Teresa of Avila teaches us in “The Life of Teresa of Jesus,” Ch. 15.
Growing into a truly contrite heart for ALL of our sins–mortal and venial–as we can see is quite hard, since we need to seek God’s mercy over and over again for much grace to soften our very hard hearts and lose our desire for sin (self-love).
But sadly our love for God over our sins just isn’t there. Seeking to stop sinning ALL of our sins simply isn’t a thought on most of our minds nor a word preached from our lips. Many think living The Word perfectly isn’t possible, so why bother trying. Oh, truly, we have been greatly deceived!
“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)
St. Therese was able to obtain enough grace to no longer be able to sin. We can too. Believe!
If we truly wanted to love God–to stop offending Him–we would most certainly work hard daily to sin no more…but we lack desire–we lack fear of the Lord–and don’t want to work hard for such a goal and are suffering greatly from “deadly sin” (1 John 5:16).
However, if we want Life, we must obtain True/Perfect Contrition. Therefore, we need a Horror of Sin!
“I [Jesus] detest the smallest sin.” Our Lord expressed to St. Faustina in her Diary #1728. We must do the same.
All sin offends God, who is deserving of all of our love, not our malice. It is true venial sin doesn’t damn us, but lacking contrition/not hating a venial sin does.
Oh, how God’s Heart is “grieved” as psalmist tell us (Psalm 78:40), since we care so little about offending the One who loves us so much.
“A venial sin…becomes a serious one through a person’s negligence [not working to stop 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)
Deadly Habitual Sin
The number one way we lack sorrow for offending God is when we don’t hate our sins enough to do what is necessary to STOP REPEATING THEM.
“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)
Most think nothing of our habitual venial sins, but as I expressed before, they are deadly. We prove clearly we aren’t resolved to amend many of our sinful ways as we continue with countless sins.
Sadly, most of us continue in our same sinful habits every day, repeating our sinful thoughts, words and actions. We aren’t changing, becoming like Christ. We aren’t really trying to be come perfect saints. We aren’t allowing God’s transforming grace to stop our sins. We are pretty much the same person today as we were yesterday? Repeating sin after sin.
Oh, some of us might have changed once in our life when God first came into our lives, but now, we are not daily growing in virtue, we are not growing in qualities of goodness–loving our crosses–growing into the image of Christ.
Please understand, no growth=no Life…no matter how much we have grown, if we don’t continue until death, we will reject it all.
Oh, our habitual sins are damning us…we love them greatly and lack much sorrow for them.
“If you are a habitual sinner…You are very ill; you are one of those invalids who, as St. Thomas of Villanova says, are seldom cured [unless great effort is made]; you are on the brink of perdition [Hell].”
— St. Alphonosus, Doctor of the Church, (Preparation for Death, Habit of Sin)
If we truly wanted to love God and hated offending Him, we would RUN to God daily, seeking His transforming mercy over and over again, day after day, doing all we can to obtain grace until we stop offending Him, and we would be changing.
Perhaps we do seek God, but for most of us, it isn’t so we can “not sin any more” (John 5:14) so to love Him. We seek God for other reasons…like to help us with our problems.
Don’t we know, it is our very sins that cause all of our problems (our lack of peace during the cross). Remove the sin…live in peace, especially during great trials.
Oh, how many sins, great and small alike, do we recommit over and over again, because we are doing little if anything at all to stop them, when God’s transforming mercy is waiting to take them away?
Tragically, we are complacent with offending God and have found a way to justify our repeated sins as not deadly, even though we aren’t even firmly resolved to amend them.
“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 [working effort to stop sinning–to become a saint]” (CCC #1451).
We can love the faith, want to be holy and believe we are giving our lives to God, but what kind of holiness does someone really have who is complacent with a single offence against Our Lord and doesn’t carry the cross for souls and just continues in our sins and love of the world without change? It is just a lie.
Those who are living in God’s state of grace, habitually sin no more and love the cross. Please don’t be deceived. We can’t truly love God and love sin or the world.
Those who can accept God’s saving mercy have done what it takes to obtain God’s grace to loose their love for sin and the world. Now, they habitually love God and are growing into His image, since they truly hate their sins and everything that keeps them from loving Him.
Of course, I don’t mean the saved never habitually choose their will over God’s…that sin only leaves when we obtain Christian perfection. But, I’m speaking about all of the sins we see and the ones we refuse to see that we willingly commit over and over again. Plus, I’m also not speaking about the sins we honestly desire to see, but God, from His wisdom, hasn’t allowed them to be know to us just yet.
I’m speaking of the sins we know or refuse to know, the we simply don’t truly desire to amend. Boy are there so many habitual sins that are killing us; we must seek God’s mercy so we can come to truly hate them. We need God’s help!
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 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 blessed to be able to hear, we don’t need to be with the majority and die. We just need to learn how to follow Christ and obtain God’s grace so we can grow from some faith into a true saving faith in Christ.
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!