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"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, so we can see. This message isn’t isolated to only a few saints, no this same message is echoed from all the saints which speak about the fewness of the saved.
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 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).
Surely, we don’t believe 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 isn’t 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.
Truly, so many of us–who have a passion for the faith and are with 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)
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. Sadly, “the majority of men will not [see God]” as St. Justin explains in his studies in philosophy, Ch. 4.
It isn’t that God doesn’t love us…Oh, His love for us is unfathomable. We know of His great love. God gives us so much love and spends our entire lives blessing and guiding us…trying and trying to save us. Bounds of mercy is waiting to help us, but tragically, most still only grow somewhat in our faith…not enough…not into a 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. Convincing 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 want God’s saving love and believe we have it. But horribly, most are living so terribly deceived. We don’t even know we’re rejecting God’s saving forgiving mercy.
Today, since we live in a time of great darkness (cf. 2 Timothy 4:3-4), it is even worse than when most of the saints lived. The Way simply isn’t being preached. 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 prayed so many prayers, done wonderful works, made great sacrifices for God, 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 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)
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 are God telling us, wretched sinners, how great we are. Then we spend much of our time trying to prove to ourselves and others how “good” and/or “holy” we are. 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 problem is, we spend our time focusing on how good we are and 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 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, 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)
What good are all of our prayers, works and knowledge, if our hearts still desire to offend God…if we aren’t truly and I mean truly trying to leave every pleasure of the world that our hearts long for (our idols), and to stop every sin, even the slightest sin?
Oh, we tell God we love Him and that we are sorry for offending Him, but are we REALLY working to live the entire Word? No; not all of it…which makes our love and sorrow we declare, just a lie.
Why do we think the world is in such a mess…we don’t really love God? Not enough to sincerely work hard to stop offending Him. 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.”
Where is Our Contrition For Our Sins?
Have we been deceived into thinking we truly love God, even though we aren’t sincerely working with all of our hearts to amend our ways, from being caught up in our knowledge, prayers and good works, thinking it is by our knowledge, prayers and works which makes us righteous? When we 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.)
Tragically, we don’t really understand it is by TRUE contrition that we, sinners, embrace and not reject, God’s forgiving saving mercy He died to give us. And we can’t be forgiven for any sin if, at the very least, we aren’t truly resolved to stop the sin.
Yes, REPENTANCE 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)
Our focus should be in growing in HUMBLE CONTRITION…not pride filled prayers, works and knowledge. That does nothing for the soul if we aren’t sincerely working to stop offending God–to become a true self-sacrificing saint, as God commands of us. We have been deceived.
From not really understanding this truth, instead of seeking Christ to help us grow into a saving faith of true love for God/true contrition for our sins, we suffer from presumption of salvation instead…thinking we have a saving faith, when we are far from it.
Many might think we are truly sorry and want to stop sinning. We think we are repenting, but are we actually doing something to avoid sin and amend our ways? Or are we really just justifying our sins and still clinging to many of them–habitually committing them?
Please, honestly ask ourselves, how many sins do we habitually commit, as we continue with our same broken sinful behaviors, because we haven’t run to God for help, accepted His transforming grace, nor worked hard to stop repeatedly offending God?
“Sins are increased through habitual practice, and a venial sin that could have been pardoned through contrition [alone] becomes a serious one [mortal] through a person’s negligence [not amending it] and scorn [not believing it’s seriousness and now must be amended to be forgiven].”
–Jesus to St. Bridget of Sweden, (Revelations Ch. 19)
Sadly, we habitually continue in our sins, since we don’t have a horror for sin or really want to change (lack contrition), as we clearly prove, 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?
“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)
How much do we really love God and hate offending Him?
Then, from having little hatred for our sins and little contrition, most choose Hell over God’s saving love for some horrid sin. Tragic!
Blind to Who We Are
Some of us don’t even see how we aren’t truly living the faith; we don’t see our great habitual sins, our love of the world (our idols) or our rejection of the cross, but yet, we think we hardly sin, which just isn’t true. We love sin greatly. We just live deceived because we have been blinded. Sadly, blindness is proof that we don’t really want to see, because we want to stay in our sins and/or can’t bear to know we are sinning. All from our deadly pride.
If we don’t see our VAST sinfulness, then we need to pray to God to open our eyes, because we are FAR from perfect self-sacrificing saints. We need to know where we are going wrong, so we can come to know the sins we are simply refusing to see (lack contrition for) so to chang and one day truly love God.
It is only by wanting to see and change that we can seek God’s mercy correctly to help us grow in hatred for our offences, so we can stop offending God and come to truly love Him. Or we will die from loving our sins over God. To learn more please read, “How Can I See My Sins.”
Those who are striving to LIVE THE FAITH do the following:
- Work hard to become a real saint who never wants to offend God again; work to sin no more,
- Grow in humility; grow in know our nothingness, our great sinfulness and our need for Our Savior
- Increase contrition/hatred for sin as we grow from some sorrow into true sorrow–a saving faith: a sorrow so great we would rather suffer anything even death than to offend God again (love God above ourselves)
- Increase our trust in God so we can fully understand all He allows ultimately leads to our good (a saving faith), for those who believe (who believe enough to learn and change from our crosses), which results in us never worrying again…living in peace beyond all understanding and walking on the Path of Life
- Pick up our crosses so we can rejoice in our suffering and never complain or run from our crosses again so we can imitate Jesus and gain bounds of grace for ourselves and others,
- Deny ourselves of our will, choose a penance (what we don’t like) for our sins and those of the whole world instead of a pleasure,
- Work hard to save souls like Christ has done for us (truly love others),
- Surrender our will for God’s, so God can move our every thought, word and deed so to lead us to Everlasting Life.
- Remove our idols–remove our attachments–everything our hearts long for to make us happy that keeps our hearts from longing for God alone.
Oh living the faith is much more that just saying some prayers and helping others…sincerely, we can’t be truly sorry for offending God, if we aren’t even sincerely striving to live the real faith. But most are blinded to what that really is. Now it time to preach the Truth.
We Greatly Lack Fear of The Lord?
Our neglect to work hard to live the true faith comes from us having a lack of Fear of the Lord.
Fear of the Lord is when we fear sinning, 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 and the other to bring us into true love for God.
But most sadly, when we pray those above words as our act of contrition, we clearly prove, it simply isn’t true in our hearts. For if what we professed were true, we would be amending our sins-not habitually remaining in many of them.
Who do you know who really fears sinning because we can’t bear to offend God (filial fear)? Or even someone who fears to sin because we dread to be punished in Hell or even on earth if we lack TRUE contrition (don’t fear to offend God) for a single sin (servile fear)? Anyone? Yes, we greatly lack a fear/hatred for sin. We have been deceived.
Sadly, we are complacent with sinning and think God will forgive us if we just “say” we are sorry or just show up in the confessional, contrition or not, which is a horrible lie that kills. We are ONLY forgiven through obtaining TRUE contrition for our sins. To learn more please read, “Can I Be Forgiven of One Sin and Not All Sins.”
Sadly our sorrow, for most, is just in word alone and not lived in our hearts, because we don’t hate our sins enough to do what is necessary to work hard to STOP REPEATING THEM, or even to look into our hearts to see how we are offending God, which all has come about because of our lack of fear to sin, which has made us lukewarm and even blind to The Way.
“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. Alphonosus, Doctor of the Church, (Preparation for Death, Habit of Sin)
This lacking TRUE contrition (lacking true sorrow) for offending God is an abomination of love, which is oh too common. Sadly, our confessions are so poor. They aren’t leading us to Life but rather death and not just because we don’t truly desire to stop our sins but for many reasons, in which most are completely unaware of. To learn more please read, “How Bad Confession Can Damn Us.”
“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)
Please know, being TRULY sorry for any of our sins isn’t just shown by having some resolve to amend our sins either. True sorrow 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 and not offend Him.
“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? Shouldn’t we be seeking Our Savior to help us obtain a truly humble contrite heart. Oh but, who even knows this is the kind of contrition we should be seeking Mercy to give us? Anyone?
How can we obtain any goal (a saving faith of true sorrow/true love) if we don’t even know it exists? We must preach The Truth. To learn more please read, “How to Preach the Truth and Save Souls.”
Yes, we must grow in our hatred for sin to where we love God above ourselves and would suffer anything rather than offend God, whom we should be loving with our whole hearts.
“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).
Because we don’t know we should be seeking Our Savior to soften our hard hearts to give us a truly contrite heart…WE AREN’T SEEKING OUR SAVIOR TO SAVE US–to bring us to a saving faith and most—yes most of God’s children are dying. We MUST do more.
If we truly wanted God to save us, we would be RUNNING to God daily, seeking His transforming mercy over and over again, especially through the sacraments of the Church…day after day, moment after moment, doing all we can to obtain grace so we can grow in our hatred for our sins/true love for God.
Then we would be growing from some sorrow into gaining true sorrow, and would rather suffer anything, even death, than offend Our Beloved Lord in the slightest way and then atoning for our sins. We would be becoming real saints. But we aren’t. To learn more please read “How to Become a Saint.”
We suffer from presumption of salvation (presuming we are saved) and have no fear of sinning, we are dying. Who knows the requirements of salvation or is even humble enough to know we still need a mature saving a faith. To learn more please read, “What Are the Requirements of Salvation.”
Tragically, as we now know, we have been greatly deceived and have lived life complacent with offending God with many, many sins…not loving the cross but delighting in the world’s pleasures instead. We have found many ways to justify our repeated sins and vast attachments to the world as not deadly, even though that isn’t what the church teaches. This must change.
“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).
Now is the time to change. God Wants You In Heaven…and this web-site is hear to help you get there.
One Sin Loses it All
Please know, it isn't the sins we hate that will damn us; it is the one's we don't.
One sin we cling to rejects it all. Yes, we reject God’s saving forgiving mercy if we don’t truly hate just ONE sin. “Whoever keeps the whole law, but falls short in one particular, has become guilty in respect to all of it” (James 2:10).
Truly, we are accountable for literally everything we 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).
Yes, ignoring any of God’s law–not being truly resolved leave a single attachment (idol) or to stop a single sin–not hating to offend Our Beloved Lord in anyway–takes any sin even if it was venial and makes it a mortal rejection of God’s love.
“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)
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. 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? We can’t.
We must change Eternity is forever.
15 Ways We Can Become Like Christ?
Seeking to stop offending God is much more involved than most understand. Leaving our sin isn’t just looking to stop lying, immorality and alike…it means we are to be changing to become like Jesus—“be imitators of God” (Ephesians 5:1)—the One we should be following. To learn more please read, “How to Be a True Follower of Christ.”
“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 weren’t deceived and were truly striving to love God and not offend Him…we would be growing in our faith correctly, which means we would be growing in virtue (qualities of Christ) and becoming REAL SELF-SACRIFICING SAINTS (the goal of our faith). Our worrying, complaining, fears, and anxieties–especially during our crosses (suffering and life problems) would be leaving. We would be GROWING in Christ’s peace. But most aren’t.
“Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble” (Psalm 119:165).
If we aren’t consistently working hard from fear of the Lord, “grow[ing] in the grace [of God]” (2 Peter 3:18), becoming more like Christ, Our Savior, by striving to perfectly obey/follow God, we are dead.
If we are alive in our faith, we must be “doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22); we must be growing in our faith towards “mature manhood” (Ephesians 4:13), by not only doing what I mentioned above but also seeking to live all of The Word perfectly, by doing ALL of the following:
- Gaining greater virtues (qualities of goodness) towards being the perfect image of Christ (2 Peter 1:5-8),
- Removing sin after sin towards never offending God again (1 Corinthians 15:34),
- Growing in prayer towards unceasing prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17),
- Progressively loosing our attachments to all that pulls our hearts from God–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 that those things have kept us from fully loving God, so we can only long for God and His will alone and help atone for our sins and those of the world (Matthew 16:26),
- Increasing and purifying our works by helping the earthly and spiritual needs of others, so our works are done solely according to God’s will, to the best of our ability (under the circumstances), for the love God and the salvation of souls…not loving as the world loves: building up others blinding pride, seeking to make others happy so to win friends but loving how Christ loved us, by helping others always with the goal of their salvation (1 Corinthians 15:58),
- Growing in peace towards perfect peace, 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),
- Growing in our understanding of our nothingness–growing in humility (knowledge of our sinfulness)–so we will truly understand our need for God’s mercy, so to not reject any of it from our pride (2 Chronicles 7:14),
- Increasing our contrition (sorrow for our sins/hatred for sin/fear of the Lord/love of God) with the goal of obtaining perfect/true contrition (a saving faith), a contrition so great we would rather suffer even death than sin (Luke 7:47),
- Improving our carrying of our crosses, 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 live a life of peace and for the salvation of our souls (Luke 14:27).
- Growing in our desire to love God through the cross, by multiplying our acts of penance–increasing our sacrifices/suffering–self-denial of pleasure to atone (pry the price) for our and others sins (committed after baptism) so to make everything a sacrifice, just like Christ did for us (Philippians 4:7),
- Losing our will (which is that of sin), with the goal of perfectly surrendering all we desire for God’s will, which is perfect and what we need to do to obtain a saving faith (John 8:44),
- Growing in gratitude for God’s mercy and justice by being able to see more clearly God’s love which is incomprehensable to us sinful beings (Lamentations 3:32-33),
- Increasing in true knowledge and wisdom of God, which has no end and begins from fear of the Lord (Proverbs 2:6),
- Increasing our love for God so our hearts and eyes will be perfectly affixed on Him, with the goal of perfectly loving God: to where we no longer fear punishment or offending God again, since we have allowed God’s grace to fill us and remove our ability to offend Him…now we only love Him…doing all (every thought, word and deed) for God’s honor and glory…removing all self-love (Ephesians 5:1).
These are the goals of what someone, who is truly working to live the real faith and not neglecting any of God’s Word does. This is what the saints have done. This is what we must do if we seek to Live. Yes, “He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him” (Hebrews 5:9). By obedience we will learn how to leave our sins and the world’s pleasure we long for to make us happy (our idols) and come to truly hate sin and love God by way of the cross.
We are supposed to spend our lives seeking God’s mercy to grow in faith to really LIVE the faith by “leave[ing] behind the basic teaching about Christ and advance[ing] to maturity” (Hebrews 6:1). Yes, we need to GROW into a SAVING FAITH (we don’t automatically have one) or we will reject saving forgiving mercy for sin! 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).
I understand, we want to be good people and some of us do much good. We love doing good works and helping others, but if we aren’t really seeking to “stop sinning” (1 Corinthians 15:34) and becoming “imitators of God” (Ephesians 5:1)–SAINTS—as God has commanded of us, our prayers and works are all in vain, since we don’t truly desire to love God. Please don’t continue to live deceived. Your eternity depends upon you hearing God’s call, seeking His mercy (help) so you can change.
From the evil one’s deception, this isn’t the only abomination of love towards God that we are suffering from. There is so much more confusion with the faith, in which we can read about on this web-site.
The most shocking aliment in the Church is that the sacraments aren’t leading us to Life. Not only are our Confessions damning us, the requirements to obtain Holy Communion and Anointing of the Sick worthily aren’t understood by most either and souls who want to be saved by these sacraments are actually hastening 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” and “How to Receive Holy Communion Worthily” to learn more.
Live a Life of Penance
If we can see we aren’t with a saving faith, now is the time to follow the saints and strive to become a real saints, since we “are called to be saints.” (Romans 1:7), not just in our thoughts, but most certainly in our actions. This is obedience and how we come to perfectly love God and obtain a saving faith.
Real saints live a life of penance, rejecting pleasure for the cross, since they grew to understand their sinfulness and gained a horror for sin. The saints saw what the world’s pleasures have done to their relationship with God and have run from their will…seeking family, friends, hobbies, sports, success, entertainment, food, fashion, relaxation, money, etc. whatever it is they once lived for or sought for happiness, and now seek GOD ALONE as their source of joy, by way of the cross–“rejoice[ing] in our sufferings” (Romans 3:5)–for the salvation of souls, like Christ did for us.
“Consider how very necessary it is for you to set your face against yourself [against your will of seeking pleasure], and walk in the way of penance [self-denial]…if anyone temps you with lax opinions and should even confirm them by miracles, trust him NOT; but rely rather upon penance [choosing the cross] and perfect detachment from creatures [the people of the world]…”
–St. John of the Cross, (Spiritual Maxims, #338- 339)
They really live for God and His will, not the billions of passions that go about the world pulling our heats and minds off of Him, because they know they need to and want to in order to LOVE GOD. We want this to be our goal, if we wish to Live.
“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)
But even with all of the sacrifices the saints make, they don’t believe for a moment, their horribly sinful beings, are saved because they are doing all of those pious things. They know they need to obey and reject the world–to let go of everything they desire–so instead of their sinful nature controlling their thoughts, words and deeds, they are now allowing God–their Savior–to fill their minds and hearts with His grace so HE CAN DO EVERYTHING THROUGH THEM.
Yes, God–His grace–makes them holy. They are not holy…just a misery of sin. The saints fully understand their nothingness and great need for God’s mercy (grace). We want to grow in humility so we too can gain such understanding of our nothingness too, so God can take away our liking for sin.
But tragically most of us, even the faithful, don’t understand this kind of TRUE FAITH. We don’t know our unfathomable sinfulness and need for mercy. Most aren’t living a life of penance from sorrow for sinning, we are still going to the world to satisfy our desires and are rejecting God’s helping (actual) grace: the very mercy God wants to use to give us a true saving faith.
Oh, the grace that was meant to take away our great desire for sin (crush our habitual sins) and bring us to a saving faith (true contrition), so we can sincerely desire Our Savior is lost for so many. 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 or live the faith, not like the saints…nor are we seeking God’s mercy (help) to bring us into such understanding and a saving faith either, mostly because we don’t even know we need one. To learn more please read,”What is Penance?”
We Must Give God Our Everything
If we want Eternal Life and wish to really live The Word, then we need to give God our everything. Even though we love God, most still only give part of our lives to Him, while the rest of our lives are in pursuit of worldly goals and fun to fill our void, as we actually reject God for the world. This is why we are failing.
We praise God for one moment but then the next we are looking for something of the world to bring us happiness. Sadly, the world, much of the time, is our idol…what we seek for happiness. We don’t want God all of the time, just some of it. And we defidently don’t want the cross to send grace for the salvation of souls, so we can immitate Christ. But we can’t desire both God and the world, we “will either hate one and love the other”(Luke 16:13).
But until we grow in greater love with God, we will think it is impossible to leave (lose our attachment to) all we live for that brings us happiness (sports, hobbies, friends, money, etc.)…but if we seek Mercy and try, as we slowly receive 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, we will hate.
Most desire so much that isn’t for God and His will, and we are dying because of it. What do you do in your “free time” is it for God’s honor and glory–to better know, love or serve Him…or is it a fruitless indulgent to keep you busy with the world that only keeps you from God? We have been greatly deceived into believing all this surrendering of our will and sacrifice of all these worldly pleasures isn’t necessary. Oh, but it most certainly is.
“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)
And the rest of us, who appear to have given up everything for God, are deceived into believing it is by those great acts of sacrifice that we are saved..as we actually show little love for God and great love for ourselves. Thinking those acts make us holy–saved.
“‘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! 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” and “How to Desire God Alone.”
Now is The Time to Change by The Way of Perfection
If we want to change, now that we can see how we aren’t saved (aren’t really living the saving faith), then we must make a resolution to become a real saint..a real perfect saint. Being complacent with our sinfulness must end. After we have a firm resolve to change, we need to seek the means to obtain sanctity. This website is here to help. To learn more please read, “How to Become a Saint.”
Then ask God to show us where we are not living like a true saint (read The Word and books written by the saints) and seek God’s grace to help us remove our trespasses one at a time so we can “be perfect just as our Heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48), never quitting–never losing our desire to change/to truly love God–or all will be lost.
Nothing else, but seeking to perfectly love God, will cause us to lose our self-love (pride), so we can truly love God and gain true contrition for our sins. Beware, many will preach a different, easier way, not The Way the saints traveled, but that just leads to death. Yes, “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), but this is the way we must travel with assistance or without. To learn more please read, “How to Become a Saint.”
We simply can’t justify our life of sin and love of the world, 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 stay complacent with our many offences against God, declares we save ourselves and desires to take advantage of mercy (not really seek to love God). That proves a great lack of true love for God and desire for sin, which is deadly.
“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)
If we don’t want to be perfect, which pleasures of the word that keep us from God or sins do we want to keep; which things and sins do we think we can’t remove? Those are the ones that will kill us. They are the ones we don’t really want to leave to love God and will choose over God’s saving love. “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). His grace can remove them all. Believe!
We must love God enough to not want to offend Him at all by working to become like Him, removing our attachments and all our mortal and venial sins too, “making holiness perfect in the fear of God [fear of sin]” (2 Corinthians 7:1). To learn more please read, “What are the Mortal Sins”; they are more complicated than most understand.
“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 the reason we don’t know The Way is because we preach a different doctrine. We say it isn’t necessary or even bad to seek to stop all of our sins. This is why we are so lost.
We don’t know The Way. Some 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 they are only venial…that we are fine just the way we are, but we are preaching a LIE and killing souls…not helping them.
Being sinful is never OK. God is not OK with our sins. How many times has God told us in the Bible to leave our sins? Jesus told St. Faustina, “I detest the slightest sin” (Diary # 1728). He wants us to detest the slightest sin too and spend our time working to STOP SINNING. We must seek to change.
“How sad you make me feel when you are not sorry for your venial sins! For, until you are, you cannot begin to have true interior life.”
–St Joesmaria Escriva (The Way, #330)
Of course our short comings, lack of talents, etc.–our non-sinful qualities–are just how God wants us to be, and even some of them, God wishes to change (even though they aren’t sinful), but our offences against God are absolutely horrible. We must strive with all of our hearts to amend them all or we are complacent with offending God and dead.
But we should know, if we are honestly seeking true sorrow (a saving faith/perfection)–to stop sinning–we should never despair over our sins. God is so pleased with our real desire to amend them and love Him that He will even use our sins, to humble us, teach us and bring us to a saving faith and then perfection.
Sure, it takes much grace to grow into perfection. But wonderfully, God understands our weakness and despite our great sinfulness, He will help us to get there, no matter what horrible sins we commit or have committed, that is if we go to Him correctly for help (mercy). To learn more please read, “How to Pray Humbly.”
Always remember, we are to follow Jesus, who is perfect…this must be our goal! Everything we do must be “so that you may be[come] perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:4). This is true obedience. This is The Way. Being complacent with any of our sins, no matter how small it is, isn’t how we love God. That is how we love sin. If some saints were able to become perfect–not able to sin any more–we can too. Believe!
“[Make] holiness perfect in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 2:1)
Therefore, no matter how many prayers we have prayed or works we have done, knowledge we have been given or how much God talks to us and blesses us, if we haven’t obtained enough grace to come to truly hate every single sin we have ever committed so greatly we would rather suffer any torment at all, even death, than offend Our Beloved Lord by even by the slightest sin (have true sorrow/true love), then, we are still clinging to our sins and not God. We are not with a saving faith.
“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)
Is our effort to avoid sin and hate the pleasures of the world, so we can truly love God and not cling to anything but Him, this great? If not, then we really need to change and constantly seek God’s mercy to give us a desire to begin to work towards a true saving faith.
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 alone and be saved by Him.
All it takes is just ONE sin…one lack of trust (worry/complaint), 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 (habitually commit/desire)–that we prove we lack true sorrow for, and we 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 (not living/following any of The Word) that we don’t even 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! He is waiting for us. To learn more please read, “How to Desire God Alone.”
Habitually Love God
Those who are living continuously in God’s state of grace are striving to perfectly surrender their will for God’s, and habitually sin no more and love the cross. They don’t habitually desire sin nor the pleasures of the world, but habitually love God. They 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 known to us just yet.
I’m speaking of the sins we know or refuse to know, the sins we simply don’t truly desire to amend. Boy are there so many habitual sins that are killing us; we must greatly seek God’s mercy so we can come to truly hate each of them. Please don’t be deceived. We can’t truly love God and love sin or the world. We will reject Him.
Please know, someone can still be saved who is still a habitual sinner, but they must have at least grown in faith enough to obtain true sorrow for those habitual sins and all sin at the moment of their death, being truly resolved if they did have another moment to live they would leave it all for God. To learn more please read, “How to Save the Souls of the Dying.”
Then the sins, which they have habitually chosen–are inclined to sin–which are still dwelling in their soul because the stain of sin remains (their garment isn’t white), but they truly hate all sin (have perfect contrition) and are forgiven. Now, that stain will be removed after death …yes, any remnant of sin that wasn’t removed by Christ on earth through penance/love, will be removed in Purgatory if we can obtain enough love for God upon our death that we would honestly rather suffer death than sin.
But to be walking around in the state of grace, we need to lose our desire for sin and gain a love for God so great that we continuously have such great hatred for sin that we would rather be tormented than offended God in the slightest way (have continual perfect/true contrition)–habitually love God.
But as I described to even get to this kind of faith takes much grace. Boy is this kind of sorrow hard to obtain, since we desire sin so greatly (refuse to leave our sins). Therefore, humbly, run to Jesus and His Mother and all of the angels and saints for help, through all the means the Church has to give us wonderful grace, so Jesus can save us! To learn more please read, “What is God’s Mercy and How Can I Receive It.”
We Will Never Know if We Have a Saving Faith
As we strive to live the faith that saves, since we can’t read our souls, we will never know if we are in a state of grace. Please don’t be deceived by those who try to convince us that we can be in the state of grace by confession alone…we will never know if we confessed with true contrition for each and every sin we have ever committed or not.
Yes, we can’t read our souls, we will never know for sure (unless God gives us a special grace, like St. Paul had been given at the end of his life) 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)
We must HOPE for salvation by truly working with Christ and His grace to soften our hard hearts, never presuming we have salvation (unless we grow in such faith to where God allows us to know our contrition is in fact true).
You see, 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 and desire God alone.
“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. This is the faith we should be living, the faith the saints lived.
Then, 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: trusting in Jesus to transform our hardened hearts, so we can accept His saving forgiving mercy (that is if we follow Him correctly). Therefore, don’t be deceived, CHANGE. Follow Jesus by truly seeking to Live All of the faith.
Horribly, despite God’s great patience and kindness towards us throughout our entire lives, 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 truly resolved towards perfection (stop sinning) and live without proven true sorrow for our sins or even without the hopes of obtaining such contrition since we aren’t really striving to follow Him. Oh, what torment awaits us!
“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)
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.
Sadly our love for God over our sins and ourselves (control) 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! We can become perfect.
“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), because we don’t believe being a sloth kills. To learn more please read, “What is Fear of the Lord.”
Even if we read this website and believe we must change…tragically, most simply don’t believe enough. And since we are such slothful people, full of self-love, who don’t want to move unless we feel it is absolutely necessary, whatever unbelief we still have (lack of fear of the Lord), unless we seek grace–by doing something that we can do–so to increase our desire, our lingering disbelief will cause us to die. Please read, “What is God’s Mercy and How Can I Receive It” for help.
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 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. 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 alone. God wants you in Heaven.
“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)
Then, preach the truth to others too. The reason this web-site has tugged on your heart is because it didn’t just say what we need to do to be saved, it gave the reason why and proof. Most importantly, it gave you Fear of the Lord…and clearly told you the consequence of our unrepented/unchanged sins.
People won’t do what is necessary to change unless we truly believe if we don’t WE WILL DIE. If the doctor tells us we must diet and exercise to be healthy, we won’t listen if we think we are healthy enough. But if we are shown an ekg and told we are on the verge of a massive heart attack from our poor lifestyle, then we might be motivated enough to do something.
This–servile fear (fear of Hell from our sins)–is the only real motivation today that us, prideful beings who aren’t really striving to become saints, can hear…and even with that unless great grace is sent, along with the words of truth, most will still remain motionless and die. Please read “What is Fear of the Lord” and the “Beauty of Fear.” to learn more. For if we aren’t living the saving faith correctly, we should have much fear–we are on the verge of Eternal doom.
God call us, who have ears that can hear, to preach this truth, with the to hope “to save at least some” (1 Corinthians 9:22). We must speak the truth with clarity by telling God’s children the consequence of disobedience. To make our words effective, we must make sure we are praying and sacrificing for the souls as well so the maximum enlightenment and grace can be sent to help them. Then if they still reject the truth and grace, God won’t hold us accountable for neglecting our neighbor, but will be very pleased that we are true disciples of Christ. To lean more please read, “How to Preach the Truth and Save Souls.”
But horribly most won’t preach the truth, since we seek to make others happy and want friends. We love like the world loves, and are killing souls since we think loving other is removing our fear of the Lord. Please don’t fall for this trap…preach like Christ..love like the saints, with THE TRUTH. To learn more please read, “What Does Evil Look Like.”
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]” (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 Go to remove our liking for sin and the world…so God can be our everything–if we wish 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!
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 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 His grace, so He can leads us to Heaven, as we grow from some faith in Jesus into a true saving faith
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!