GOD WANTS YOU IN HEAVEN
Learn why the saints say:
"VERY FEW CHRISTIANS ARE SAVED"
the fewness of the saved is real
Souls are Dying!
We see how the world is a mess; perhaps we see how we are a mess, which is great proof we are doing something very wrong. Not only is the world a mess…the world is dying: choosing Hell for eternity. We are not embracing God’s saving forgiving mercy; we are rejecting it.
Yes, Christians are dying too. The saints in their vast wisdom are telling us the truth. This is a tragedy that simply can’t be ignored. What is more important than this? We are talking about ETERNITY!
Because of our great inclination (desire) to sin, “the path leading to Heaven is so narrow and so rough, so over grown, so dark and difficult to discern [since we can’t see what is causing us to reject God], that there are many who never find it their whole life long.” as St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church, teaches in this commentary on Matthew.
The devil doesn’t want us to acknowledge “how great is the multitude of those who still sleep in the darkness of error” as Pope St. Pius X has warned us, so we won’t seek Our Savior correctly to save us. But we simply must come to believe the saints. Then we can learn how we need to change, so we can be counted among the “few” (Matthew 22:14) who are saved.
“A great number of Christian adults are damned…those who are damned are damned by their own [unrepentant] malice.”
–St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Homily on the Fewness of the Saved)
I Don’t Commit Mortal Sin–Surely I’m Saved?
Even though we don’t seem to commit the grave mortal sins, and we spend our lives praying, doing good works and preaching God’s goodness–thinking we really love God–tragically most are still without a faith that saves.
Truly, not only are those, who don’t even try to live the faith walking blindly to their doom, but horribly so many of us–who do wonderful things for others, have a passion for the faith and great knowledge–have been deceived into thinking we have a saving faith–TRUE belief in Christ–when we still don’t.
“That person is blind who has knowledge…He seems to have his eyes on God but he does not, [he has been deceived] for his eyes are on the world and he has turned his back to God.”
–Jesus to St. Bridget of Sweden, (Revelations, Ch. 14)
Tragically, “the majority of men [whether we see our mortal sins or not] will not [see God]” as St. Justin explains in his studies in philosophy, (Ch. 4). Yes, mortal sin–sins that reject Heaven for Hell–are much more than most understand. To learn more please read, “What Are The Mortal Sins.”
Please understand, it isn’t that God doesn’t love us. He wants us saved. Oh, His love for us is unfathomable. We know of His great love. God gives us so much love. He spends our entire lives blessing and guiding us even up to the moment of our death…trying and trying to save us. Bounds of mercy is waiting to help us.
But tragically, even if feel God’s love, even if He has changed our lives, even if He has given us purpose and meaning and now, we believe we live for Him, sadly, most still haven’t grown enough in our faith…not into a true SAVING FAITH. This is the truth. Please don’t be deceived.
“The elect [those who obtain Heaven]…are few in number. It would cause us to faint away from grief to learn how surprisingly small is their number.”
–St. Louis De Montfort, (A Letter to the Friends of the Cross, Part II, #14)
To keep us living in the dark, the evil one will have us come up with a jillion reasons why this just isn’t true. He will have us misinterpret The Bible and the saints. He will convince us, we aren’t one of the damned, so we won’t be concerned with our salvation and neglect going to God correctly for help to save us. Then we’ll be banished to Hell for all eternity. Please don’t be deceived from our pride. The saints aren’t lying…most–even the faithful–don’t know The Way to Heaven.
No Unrepentant Sinner Is Saved?
Did you know, no unrepentant sinner is saved? We aren’t saved just because we know and love Jesus…or if we say He is our personal Lord and Savior. No; everyone, no matter how faithful we are, rejects God and His saving mercy if we aren’t sorry–TRULY sorry–for any of 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.)
Yes, the “faithful” aren’t automatically saved because of our prayers and works. We, great sinners, accept God’s saving forgiving mercy He died to give us by the contrition (sorrow) in our hearts for our sins.
For godly sorrow produces a salutary repentance without regret, but worldly [false] sorrow produces death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10).
Lacking true sorry for offending Perfect Goodness by any sin, no matter how big or small it is, rejects God’s forgiving mercy for sin. We simply must come to understand this.
Truly, it is an abomination of love–a mortal sin–to not be sincerely sorry for offending Our Most Beloved Lord with any offence…even a venial one. That rejects Heaven for Hell (sin). Please know, “there is a sin which is always “unto death” (1 John 5:16): the sin for which we do not repent [lack true sorrow for].” as St. Mark the Ascetic teaches in his works, (On Those who Think that They are Made Righteous by Works, Ch. 41).
Oh, how can we truly hate and repent of any sin if we don’t even hate it enough to work hard to leave it…if we aren’t firmly resolved to stop committing it? We can’t.
Yes, REPENTANCE–a true repentance: a humble contrite heart that hates sin…a heart with a sincere working effort to stop offending God–being truly resolved to become a real saint–so to perfectly love God, saves. That is a heart that can become reconciled to God. “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)
Venial Sins Become Mortal
With that said, what are we doing to amend our venial sins? What did we do today? Anything? Are our venial sins now living in us as mortal offences, since we think little of them and just continue in the like there is nothing wrong with offending God venially? Oh, how much love for God do we really have if we aren’t even trying to stop offending Him with our venial sins? Well, it isn’t with a saving love.
“[A] venial [sin]…becomes mortal,” when someone “fix[es] one’s end in that venial sin [isn’t truly resolved to amend].”
–St. Aquinas, Doctor of the Church, (Summa Theologica, Qu. 88, art.4)
Yes, the love we think we have for God simply isn’t true. We have been deceived. We are dying–choosing Hell (not in a state of grace)–since we habitually offend Our Lord day in and day out with countless sins thinking they are no big deal–just venial–as we put forth little to no effort at all into amending them. Tragically, we don’t understand the horror of sin.
Neglecting to work hard to leave our venial sins is from our lack of true hared for them, which proves our lack of true love for God? We cling to our sins from still having a complacency with offending Our Lord, from still having a great liking for them, because we never sought Christ to remove our will/desire to sin.
“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)
Truly, this is how Christ saves us–how He takes away our sins–not only does Christ restore our souls into the state of grace at our baptism, He removes our great desire for sin (which rejected sanctifying grace we received from our baptisms). Yes, Christ CONVERTS US (if we allow Him) from whatever amount of faith we have into a true saving faith… “be converted, that your sins may be wiped away” (Acts 3:19), so we can desire Him alone and accept His saving forgiving mercy He died to give us. To learn more please read, “What is the Desire for Sin?”
“O God! my soul was in the state of grace [at my Baptism], it was Thy friend; but by sin it became that slave of the devil, and Thine enemy….O my God! am I in Thy grace or not?
I certainly know that at one time I had lost it [when I desired my first sin and didn’t desire to amend–lacked true sorrow for my first crime], and who knows whether I have regained it [if I have gained true sorrow for ALL of my sins so to be in the state of grace again]?
O Lord! I love Thee, and am sorry for having offended Thee; make haste to pardon me…I hope I have arisen from my unhappy condition, but if I have not, hasten, O Jesus! to rescue me from it [give me truly contrite heart so to be in Thy state of grace and united with Thee again].”
–St. Alphonosus, Doctor of the Church, (The Way of Salvation [a Saving Faith] and Perfection, Med. 96)
Truly, Christ didn’t just come and die to give us a free rein to sin…no, “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching” (Matthew 4:25)…so we would “ Yes, He came to teach us The Way to Heaven…to teach us how to truly love God…to teach us how to lose our slavery to sin (become a new creation)…to teach us how to obtain true belief in Him (belief that He will change our hearts if we follow Him)…Yes, Christ came to teach us how to obtain a saving faith and then sanctity. To learn more please read, “Why Did Jesus Die for Our Sins?”
“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness [so we may leave our sinful way and become converted and saved],” (1 Timothy 3:16).
We Must Grow into Maturity
Yes, we are supposed to be spending our lives seeking God’s mercy to GROW in faith to learn how to really live the faith, so to remove our horrible liking for sin by “leave[ing] behind the basic teaching about Christ and advance[ing] to maturity [a saving faith]” (Hebrews 6:1). To learn more please read, “Believing in Christ is the Beginning of Faith.”
“[Only] those who have grown to maturity [into a saving faith] in the grace of God will find the joy of adopted children in the kingdom of heaven; those who have not grown to maturity [haven’t reached a saving faith] will become God’s enemies and, even though they were once his children [from baptism], they will be punished according to their deeds for all eternity.”
–St. Andrew Kim Taegon, (His Final Exhortation Letter).
Truly, we aren’t all walking around in a state of grace, since we don’t see “mortal sin” like the evil one has us thinking, so we won’t seek Our Savior to save us. How could we even know if we are in a state of grace? We can’t read our souls.
Once we obtain fear of the Lord–gain a fear of sinning against God, from coming to understand some of the horrible consequences of sin (like after reading this article), we can begin to seek mercy correctly (humbly) to advance outside of infancy in our faith.
The gift of fear of the Lord is definitely the basis [from the Holy Spirit]. It is fear of sin.”
–Pope St. John Paul II, (Spiritual Diary, Sept. 23)
Therefore, from our lack of fear, to the surprise of many–especially to the faithful–we haven’t grown into “mature manhood” (Ephesians 4:11-13)–a true saving faith. Sadly, most remain as infants (not eating solid food/not with God’s saving grace) our entire lives, even though we might be seen as “great” Christians, but God who reads our hearts knows we still desire many many sins.
For if we have GROWN into union with him through a death like his [dying to sin/removing our liking for sin], we shall also be united with him in the resurrection.” (Romans 6:5).
This complacency with sin all came about because we never obtained the true wisdom–fear of the Lord (fear of sinning)–that we needed to motivate us to do what was necessary to grow into true hatred for sin. We must teach God’s children that there are real lasting consequences to not sincerely hating our sins….we must work had to “sin no more” or we simply don’t truly love God.
“The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil [sin]…the beginning of wisdom…The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, so that [from fearing sin and its consequences] one may avoid the snares of death [by removing our desire to sin that leads to Hell]” (Proverbs 8:13; 9:10; 14:27).
Yes, without this fear of God, we are dead. It is this fear that provides us with the beginning of wisdom: the beginning of understanding The True Way to Heaven…the beginning of coming to know what is truly good. And the greater this fear, the greater our desire will be to suffer, so to live the faith, so God can save us (change us). To learn more please read, “What is Fear of The Lord.”
“You need to have someone teach you again the basic elements of the utterances of God. You need milk [helping grace], not solid food [saving grace]. Everyone who lives on milk lacks experience of the word of righteousness [isn’t with a saving faith], for he is a child [not with a mature saving faith]” (Hebrews 5:12-13).
Oh, we must mature (grow in grace) to obtain a truly humble contrite heart….so we can accept God’s sanctifying grace that we once received at Baptism but rejected the first time we had full knowledge of right from wrong and didn’t sincerely want to stop any of our sins–lacked true hatred for any sin–which was probably when we were a child. Yes, we need to desire to grow through God’s grace or we will die. To Learn more please read, “What is God’s Mercy and How Can I Receive It.”
“Newborn infants [who desire to grow], long for pure spiritual milk [actual/helping grace] so that through it you may grow into salvation [into a saving faith/mature/sustained by solid food–sanctifying grace]” (1 Peter 2:2).
Live For Eternal Life
Therefore, we MUST SEEK MERCY to LEARN and CHANGE. We can’t cling to our sins…not even our venial ones. We must start living for Eternal Life and seek Mercy to remove our great will/desire to sin, so we can grow into a saving/mature faith…instead of seeking all the nonsense we have spent our lives dreaming of. Our lukewarm living must end. Truly, “those whose sins still cling to them like a goatskin will stand on His left hand [who are cast into Hell]” (St. Cyril).
If we lived honest with ourselves, we would have clearly known of our great sinfulness and need for Mercy (help to remove our great will to sin/lack of sorrow), so we can grow out of infancy in the faith. But we have created our own reality. Our pride has so greatly blinded us, we think we are the ones with the wisdom and know The Way so we follow our own doctrine.
But truly, we are in trouble. Most know very little about our need for Mercy and do nothing at all to stop our sins…never mind to work with all of our hearts to leave ALL of our offences…to become real saints, so to perfectly love God. We have been greatly deceived and have a great desire for sin!
We are not growing…leaving our sins and becoming saints. We are indifferent to most of our offences against God…especially our venial sins…yet we presume we are saved, since we say we are “Christians”…or because we go to church, pray and do good works. God help us!
“O my God, now I know something of how great is the evil of venial sin! Ah, if I had understood it before, I would not have sinned as I did!…My Father, I give Thee my word that from now on I will make use of the means I know to be best suited to keep me from ever falling again into venial sins.”
–St. Anthony Mary Claret, (The Golden Key to Heaven, Meditation 11)
Please understand, we could have heard God calling us and even answered His call…and now we are doing great things for God, but if we, sinners, still haven’t grown in faith to obtain a saving faith and lack contrition for a single sin, we will still reject Heaven for sin. Please don’t be deceived.
Tragically, as St. Aquinas, Doctor of the Church, in his Summa Theologica I (q.23, art.7), teaches us “those who are saved are in the minority…very many in accordance with the common course [of life] and tendency of nature [follow our desire for sin and] fall short [of salvation]”…even though God sends us so much mercy to help us and wants us all in Heaven. We simply refuse His help, mostly from not understanding the seriousness of sin, from our lack of fear of the Lord, and choose our sins instead of Him. To learn more please read, “What is Fear of the Lord?”
Please don’t ignore God’s servants. The lack of true hatred for our sins–not working with all of our hearts to become saints (someone who doesn’t want to offend God again)–shows our lack of true love for God/lack of true faith and lack of sorrow for our sins–which will damn us. As Pope St. John Paul II taught us, “become a saint and do so quickly [you don’t know when your hour will come].”
“They [the lost] dishonor Him [Jesus] when He warns them through His servants, [by] ignoring the warnings and doing what they want.
–The Queen of Heaven to St. Bridget of Sweden, (Revelations, Ch. 37)
How Hard It is to Hate Sin!
Oh, how hard it is to truly hate sin, since we have grown so accustomed to our offences against God. Many of them are an acceptable part of our life…so acceptable that most of our sins we actually REFUSE TO SEE. This is true. Please don’t be deceived.
To come to see the sins we love, we must humbly seek Mercy to enlighten us to the offences we desire–to open our eyes so we may see all the sins we don’t truly hate and lack true contrition for–if we are ever going to truly repent of them and follow Jesus to Heaven.
“’Lord, let our eyes be opened.’ Moved with pity, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight, and followed Him” (Matthew 20:33).
For may of us, coming to see our sins we have spent our life time hiding is VERY HARD to do…so many of them we love too much to even admit they are sinful. Even if we want to see, our desire much of the time is only half-hearted, so we continue to remain blind. We simply don’t want to see ourselves for who we really are. Our pride won’t allow us. To learn more please read, “How Does Our Pride Kill Us.” But if we don’t learn how to “bring to light what is hidden in darkness” (1 Corinthians 4:5), so we can truly repent, we will die–perish into Hell.
“No one who conceals transgressions will prosper, but one who confesses [with true sorrow] and forsakes them [gives them up] will obtain mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).
Nonetheless, whether we want to see our sins or not, reality is, we habitually commit bounds of offences from having a great desire/liking for them. We greatly need Jesus to save us...to remove our will to sin, so we can desire God alone and be saved.
“There is no attaining to God without self-knowledge [knowledge of our sinfulness]; for from such knowledge alone come humility and the fear of God, which is the beginning of salvation [beginning of growing towards a saving faith].”
–St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church (His Last Work)
But since we have been tricked by the evil one, many, from our pride, will either think we don’t conceal our sins and have great contrition or from our lack of understanding, we won’t even know we can’t ignore our sins and need to grow in faith to obtain a truly “contrite, humbled heart” (Psalm 51:19) for all of our offences against God to be saved.
What is True Sorrow?
Yet, regardless, even if we know we needed a saving faith, most of us don’t know what true sorrow really is…making obtaining that goal so much harder?
Please know this true hatred and resolve we need to amend our sins, so to obtain true contrition, isn’t a small hatred or resolve–a half-hearted effort. No, we need to grow in our hatred for sin to where we would rather suffer anything even death rather than offend God again…not just because we fear punishment [servile fear/attrition] but mostly because we can’t bear to offend God, whom we want to perfectly love [filial fear/true contrition]. Wow!
True contrition is when we have grown in sorrow to hate sin so greatly--from "fear of the Lord [which] is hatred of evil [sin]" (Proverbs 8:13)--that we are willing to endure any suffering;rather than offend God in the future by sin" (Baltimore Cathechism #393)...so to love God.
This is the amount of hatred for sin we need to accept God’s forgiving mercy. Boy, does this take A LOT OF GRACE from God to give us this kind of faith (a saving faith). This is when we will finally truly love God above ourselves…and no longer reject Him from self-love.
“For those who desire Eternal Life, a pure love…is necessary, for it is not enough for eternal life to fly sin [leave sin] from fear of punishment [servile fear/attrition], or to embrace virtue from the motive of one’s own advantage [to experience God’s love/to feel like we are good people (build up our pride)/mercenary love]. Sin should be abandoned because it is displeasing to Me, and virtue should be loved for My sake [to LOVE GOD/filial fear/true contrition].”
–God the Father to St. Catherine of Sienna, (A Treatise of Discretion)
Please know, there are several types of sorrow (fear of sin) we must grow through in order to obtain continuous true contrition for all of our sins–filial love for God–so we can arise to a willingness to shed blood rather than offend God out of love for Him (lose all self-love). To learn more please read, “What is True Sorrow.” and “How to Perfectly Love 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)
Oh, how far are we from this kind of contrition? Shed blood rather than sin…oh, we won’t do anything to avoid sinning…never mind suffer.
We should have been spending our lives seeking Christ to give us the grace to obtain a heart like the saints–a heart that can accept forgiveness and truly love God…so Our Lord can save us, but we haven’t.
“I learned in the depths of my soul how horrible sin was, even the smallest sin, and how much it tormented the soul of Jesus. I would rather suffer a thousand hells than commit even the smallest venial sin. “
–St. Faustina, (Diary # 1016)
Now is the time to change and seek a hatred for sin so great, we would rather be tortured than offend the One we should be loving. God’s mercy (help) is waiting for us. Run to Him!
“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).
What is Most Important is Lost
Tragically, since we live in a time of great darkness, what is most important, what we need to obtain salvation has been stripped from our understanding and preaching…and bounds of souls are dying. Now is the time to start teaching God’s children correctly. Now is the time to start leading souls to Life.
Souls aren’t being saved by our preaching, they are being lost by our silence and misguidance. Everyone thinks we are walking around in a state of grace, when most haven’t even reached the first stage of contrition. To learn what kind of state our souls need to be in to receive Holy Communion worthily please read, “How to Receive Holy Communion Worthily?”
Sadly, from living so deceived, we are not seeking Mercy to save us…to change our hearts, and we are rejecting God’s saving forgiving mercy that He died to give us, since we still have a liking for sin upon our death. It is unfathomably tragic!
There are many who arrive at the faith, but few who are led into the heavenly kingdom.”
–Pope St. Gregory the Great, (Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers, Sermon 19)
Please know, from God’s unfathomable mercy, there are many ways God has provided to help us grow into a truly contrite heart (as listed further in this article), but without accepting enough of God’s grace to grow in faith to obtain True contrition for every sin, no matter how fantastically good we think we are, there is no salvation.
This is because we are still sinners, deserving of Hell because of the infinite degree of malice just one offence has against Perfect Goodness. Without accepting His free gift of eternal life (forgiveness of our sins) from having true sorrow for offending God, we are all damned. Please don’t be deceived.
We must spend our lives preparing for our death…seeking a saving faith and helping to save others souls too.
Presumption of Salvation
When we lack pureness and detachment, from still living with many habitual sins and not rejecting our idols (anything of the world we desire for self-love/happiness), because our eyes aren’t on pleasing/loving God, then we lose the ability to understand how narrow is The Way to Heaven.
“Pureness and detachment…enable spiritual persons to comprehend how straight is the way that leads to Life…in truth, it is very narrow, much narrower then you think…’There are few who find it’. Mark here the reason of this, which is that there are but few who understand how, and desire, to enter into this supreme detachment [from the world] and emptiness of spirit [lose all pride]….so God only ought to be the sole object of our efforts. “
–St. John of the Cross, (Accent of Mount Carmel Ch. 7)
When we are not walking in the correct light and have been deceived and don’t understand how “the road is HARD that leads Life” (Matthew 7:14), what should be our greatest priority in life–seeking our salvation–seeking a saving faith of true love for God and true contrition for our sins, isn’t a priority at all. We will be busy with other things…perhaps good things, but not with what should be our greatest concern.
How many of us pray great prayers and do great works for God, but since we presume we are saved, we aren’t growing towards becoming a saint by leaving sin and gaining virtue…becoming like Christ? Oh, we might be increasing in prays and works…but not losing sin. We are pretty much the same person, doing the same things day in and day out…our sins aren’t leaving.
Perhaps we have been deceived into believing it is by our vast prayers and many works that makes us holy (a saint). When in reality a saint is someone who truly hates their sins and truly loves God. They have grown in so much love with God that they have atoned for their life time of sins through rejoicing in God’s transforming cross. To learn more please read, “What Makes Someone a Saint?”
Sure saints pray and have good works but even the damned do that. To become a true saint we must focus on doing God’s will—trusting in Him–focus on loving God, never offending God again (becoming perfectly pure and detached from the world)–knowing that will lead us to a saving faith and then sanctity.
But from presuming we are saved, most only seek greater prayers and works, if anything at all….we are deceived and aren’t seeking what is most important: a heart that would rather suffer death than sin by striving to PERFECTLY LOVE GOD.
The true saints didn’t presume they had such a great faith. They knew they couldn’t read their souls. They toiled and toiled daily to leave more sin and seek Mercy to obtain perfect sanctity. They begged God over and over again for a greater desire to leave everything that was keeping them from perfectly loving Him, so they would never offend Him again. We need to do the same.
“Our most important affair is that of our eternal salvation; upon it depends our happiness or misery for ever…O God! what will my lot be? Shall I be saved, or shall I be lost? I may be either. And if I may be lost, why do I not embrace such a life [change my life to live as a perfect saint], as may secure for me life eternal?”
–St. Alphonsus de Ligouri, (The Way of Salvation and Perfection, Med. 1)
What is keeping us from correctly living the faith? How many years has God planned for us to obtain a saving faith/salvation? Are we squandering away our allotted time with the noise of the world?
When we lack a desire to work hard to seek salvation–to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12) from being deceived–please know that isn’t the only truth we are being deceived with. There is so much more.
If we have come to understand we have been deceived with somethings…I promise you, we are deceived with much more that our pride hasn’t allowed us to even acknowledge yet. But this entire web-site can help to shed light on the mass confusion we are living with, so we can gain knowledge and a real hope to change.
Oh, when the deceiver gets a hold of us and takes away our most important endeavor, not only do we not work for our goal–“the crown of life” (James 1:12)–since we think we have already obtained it, we are confused with bounds of other truths as well.
The devil, “the deceiver of the whole world” (Revelations 12:9), uses our pride to trick us, so we won’t really understand what it takes to obtain a saving faith (what are the requirements of salvation). He will have us misunderstand the Truth…thinking we, from all of our “studies”, are the ones with the wisdom, as we ignore the truly wise.
“[Many are] always trying to learn but never able to reach a knowledge of the truth [from our deadly, blinding pride]” (2 Timothy 3:7).
Then, believe it or not, our judgments, our priorities, our values and even our understanding of right from wrong, won’t be in accord with God either. But we won’t know it, since we are deceived. We will swear we are right, when we are very wrong. Oh, if we could only learn how to see ourselves…we wouldn’t be so lost. To learn more please read, “How Does Our Pride Kill Us.” and “How to See Our Sins.”
From this deception, we will think we are truly loving others and doing good. We will think we are correctly living the faith but from lacking grace, we can’t, since the devil has darkened our understanding of The Way to Heaven. Resulting in the world being full of much misguided love leading souls to death, not Life. No wonder the world is such a mess. To learn more please read, “Misguided Love.”
God even shows us many in the Bible, who profess their faith, but they prove it simply isn’t true, just like we do. But praise God, many of them came to see their lack of faith and repented and changed…but can we see and change too? To learn more please read, “What Are the Requirements of Salvation.” Many simply don’t know the depths of what it takes to obtain a saving faith…and don’t see our lack of faith.
Peter said to him in reply, “Though all may have their faith in you shaken, mine will never be.” Jesus said to him, “Amen, I say to you, this very night before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.” Peter [still being proud, and not even believing Christ] said to him, “Even though I should have to die with you, I will not deny you.” (Matthew 26:33-35)
Oh, how we lie to ourselves. Yes, from being deceived, we will think our profession of faith is true. We think we truly love God, that we have correct understanding and are living good lives, but please don’t fall for that trap. We need to convert. Our faith isn’t true. The saints–in their vast wisdom–are warning us that we, the faithful, are actually blindly walking to our doom.
“I am the Lady of the Rosary, [the Mother of God exclaims] I have come to WARN THE FAITHFUL to amend their lives and ask for pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the Rosary. Let them continue saying it every day [with humble hearts for my help].”
–Our Lady of Fatima
Are we hearing the Mother of God? Now is the time to change.
How Do We Respond to Suffering (the Cross)?
I know it is very hard to believe we could be one of the damned, especially if we see ourselves as vastly holy and/or have been presuming we are saved our entire lives. But to help us see if we are living the faith correctly or not, we need to look into how we respond to the cross. There is no easier way to “test yourselves” (2 Corinthians 13:5).
When we live the faith correctly and are in the state of grace, we have accepted God’s grace and have been given the fruits of the Spirit…not some of them, but all of them. When we accept God’s grace our habitual sins–the sins we made part of our lives…the sins we have such a great liking for that we used to repeat over and over again are now gone.
Sure we still commit sin, but not habitually from having a desire for the sin. Unrestrained habitual sin is clear proof of having a love for sin.
“If you are a habitual sinner [who isn’t working hard to amend them]…You are very ill; you are one of those invalids who, as St. Thomas of Villanova says, are seldom cured [by the prayers of others]; you are on the brink of perdition [Hell].”
—St. Alphonsus, Doctor of the Church, (Preparation for Death, Habit of Sin)
Therefore, lets look at how we respond to the cross. If we are living the faith correctly, from accepting God’s great transforming mercy, we now consistently live in GREAT “PEACE” (Galatians 5:22), especially during our crosses.
Of course we will still be in pain and weep/grieve over our and others sins; if we didn’t do that, what kind of love for God/contrition (sorrow) for our sins would we have? But, when we are living the faith correctly, we will have accepted God’s grace and have no more anger, anxieties, depression, worries…just peace during whatever God allows, no matter how horrible it is; it won’t cause us distress….we will surrender our will and be in “great peace” (Pslam 119:165).
Are we living in fantastic peace during all moments of our life from truly trusting in God? If not, then we know our repeated areas of unrestrained failure is clearly telling us we are still rejecting God’s saving forgiving mercy for those sins.
“The first degree of knowledge [of our sinfulness] brings about repentance–that is, sorrow–changing laughter into lamentation [loosing our false happiness (founded upon pride) and crying over our offences against God]…In its second degree knowledge brings about amendment, and as a result you no longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but you curb gluttony, throttle lust, put down pride and make the body that formerly served sin into a servant of holiness. Repentance without amendment gains nothing…
–St. Bernard of Clairvaux, (Sermon on Christmas Eve)
How do we respond when we are threatened with becoming sick…are we worried? Or when things don’t go the way we want…do we complain or are we impatient? Or when we lose something/someone we love…are we not accepting God’s will as good? Or do we want what we lost back? How about, when we are tired and still have to work…are we short tempered? Or when others treat us badly…do we reject the cross (don’t want to suffer), and complain, perhaps wanting to gossip about them as we lack forgiveness?
How about when we feel others don’t like us…are we distressed, upset? Or when we are hungry, tired or in pain…are we grumpy, treating others poorly? How about when we make an error or can’t do something from lacking talent…do we have self-pity, putting ourselves down wishing we were someone we aren’t? Or when someone criticizes/corrects us…do we deny their claims and seek to criticize them in return (not using correction from love…like they might have done, but from revenge, desiring to boost our pride)?
Truly, are our problems, sufferings, losses, sicknesses, exhaustion, mistreatment’s causing us to live with complaints, worries, angers (unforgiveness), frustrations, fears, loneliness, self-pity, jealousies, anxieties, being grumpy, upset and/or offended, etc.?
How do we respond to the cross? If we aren’t consistently in trusting peace, happily carrying our crosses, during ALL God allows, then something is wrong. To learn more please read, “How to Love the Cross.”
Our repeated unrestrained negative behaviors in response to the cross (God’s will) are only normal behaviors for those of us living outside of God’s saving grace, who still desire sin, who still don’t love God’s Law and trust in Him. Please don’t be deceived.
Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble” (Psalm 119:165).
Love of the Cross (Love of Suffering)
Peace during any cross–no matter how great or small it is–is given to us as a result of living the faith correctly. However there is more. When we live the faith as God intends, the cross of Christ actually becomes our food…what we crave to sustain us…just like it has for the saints.
We will actually have a thirst for the cross…not a thirst for the world’s pleasures, but the cross because the cross helps save souls.
We will live life “choosing to be afflicted” (Hebrews 11:25), so to imitate Jesus…to more perfectly love God and to send grace for the salvation of souls…like Christ did for us. To learn more please read, “How Can I Save Souls” and “What is Penance?”
“I began to feel another strong desire, an insatiable longing for suffering and to be able to share my Saviour’s pain. In the midst of my countless sins, I every day besought Jesus to let me suffer much. Yes my Jesus…I wish to suffer, and to suffer greatly for Thee.”
–St. Gemma Galgani, (Life of St. Gemma Galgani, Ch. 4)
When we live the faith correctly and grow in true love with God, all of the things in the world we thought made life so great will mean nothing to us now. Spending our time LOVING GOD, by seeking His will, by way of the cross, will be all that matters. Our happiness will no longer found through our pride or the world’s pleasures (our idols), just loving God…as we crave the cross (according to God’s will) for the salvation of souls. To learn more please read, “How to Find True Happiness?”
But we just don’t understand this. We think this is for saints only (not us). Oh, most of us are so far from truly living the faith like we have seen the saints grow into, that we don’t understand the grace that comes from the cross, and instead of seeking to “deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24), we sadly still seek the yummy food, the comfortable chair, the fun time with our friends…along with countless indulgences, to live a cross free life.
“The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Corinthinas 1:18).
Some of us will even lie about the saints saying they indulge in the world’s pleasures. We have done this because we don’t understand why the saints did what they did and then we wind up deceiving ourselves into believing it was for self-love.
Sadly, we don’t want to leave our attachments to the world and need to justify them as good. Many have distorted the truth, so we can live a life loving the world…not loving God. The devil has deceived us. To learn more please read, “How to Become Attached to God, Not the World.”
“Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15).
So much of our lives is spent doing that which is opposed to how the saints lived, which we have justified as perfectly acceptable…thinking since we aren’t a “religious” we are exempt from really following Christ. Oh, what the devil has done! We don’t love the cross…we love the pleasure. Sadly, we are living lukewarm lives and have become “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:4). Oh, we need Jesus to save us! To learn more please read, “What is God’s Plan for Marriage?”
Don’t we know, God has provided us with the world to use for His glory…to help us to better, know, love and serve God…not to love ourselves, not so we can seek anything in the world to make ourselves happy as we seek to take care of #1. The Word clearly tells us to “do nothing from selfish ambition…Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others” (Phillippinas 2:3-4).
We, sinners, should be living a life of penance, choosing the cross, offering up our sufferings to atone for our sins and the sins of the world: to send grace for the salvation of souls like Christ and the saints have done. But we live for ourselves, rewarding our sinful selves with constant pleasure and satisfying our self-indulging cravings (making us hypocrites–haters of the cross). Oh, we must learn to “reject [these] godless ways and worldly desires” (Titus 2:12)…not justify them as good.
“Woe to you…hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the plate [appear holy], but inside they are full of greed [not wanting to deny yourselves to help save others] and self-indulgence [seek to love yourselves, instead offering sacrifice/atonement for the sins of the world]” (Matthew 23:25).
Saints want to use every moment of their lives for the salvation of another. Saints want to do all they can to stop the sins of others…to alleviate God’s pain from our malice and to save God’s children from eternal damnation. “Whoever brings back a sinner from the error of his way [by word, sacrifice and/or prayer] will save his soul from death” (James 5:20). To learn more please read, “How Can I Save Souls.”
But sadly, today, who is even thinking of saving souls? Do we really know what that is? We just want to make other’s lives happy on earth. Who is thinking of Eternal Life?
Most of us are still running from the cross; we don’t want to deny ourselves of worldly pleasure, so we can spend our time with God (the source of true happiness) or to send grace to others, so souls can come to truly hate their sins so to truly love God and save our brother’s souls; we want the good life.
“Whoever finds his life [makes for himself a ‘good’ life] will lose it, and whoever loses his life [deny’s himself of the world’s pleasures] for my sake will find it” (1 Timothy 5:6).
Tragically, most of us aren’t even trying to carry what God allows us to bear. We want a cross free life. We might seek God’s help, but only to remove our burdens according to our will. We don’t want to carry our burdens to love Him. We are so weak (have little grace). Our crosses have made us weary and they feel like burdens, since we haven’t accepted His strength…oh, our crosses are far from a joy…something we would desire. Please, Lord give us the grace to “rejoice in our sufferings” (Romans 5:3).
Therefore, if we consistently lack God’s peace, during any of our crosses, we should clearly know something is very wrong within us. The cross shouldn’t anger us, stress us or wear us out. When we are truly with God, from little inconveniences to great insults…from small problems to great suffering…to even horrific torture, by His grace, we will be in peace and the greater the pain, much of the time, the greater we will feel ourselves souring high, during our suffering, being filled with God’s wonderful love. Yes, fantastic peace is what truly living the faith gives us…“[peace] that surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7). Please don’t be deceived. To learn more please read, “How to Love the Cross.”
Justifying that we have the right or that it is fine to behave in anyway outside of peace for any reason (no matter how we feel or are treated), doesn’t lead us to Life, but rather it directly leads us to death (complacency with our sins/a lack of sorrow for sinning). Our failures to respond to the cross like the saints is supposed to awaken us to our great need to repent, receive God’s grace and change.
We can say “I trust in God, His plan is always good”, but we prove if our words are real or just a lie by how we respond to the cross. Everyone is loving God’s plan when things go well, but we show the truth of our faith through the cross…our fruits of the Spirit living through us in times of trouble or when we have to do things we don’t like.
Yes, these crosses that God allows to occur in our lives, big and small alike, when we fail to carry them in trusting graceful peace, from lacking God’s virtues living in us, are God’s warning to us that we are needing much grace, so we don’t die blind and lose Eternal Life. To learn more please read, “Why Does God Allow Suffering and Punishment.”
Humbly See Our Sins
As we can see, we have much that needs to be changed. We aren’t truly repenting, amending our sins or putting the seeking of others salvation above loving ourselves…we are lost.
If we can honestly, humbly look into our behaviors, we should be able to see how we lack much faith (have much sin) and need Mercy (help) to change. Looking into how we act is one of the easiest ways to see our lack of faith and need for Mercy. But being honest with ourselves and our failures (even with what is clearly present) is so very hard for most of us, since we have spent our lives justifying our sins, so we can find happiness through our pride, and now we can’t see our sins. Frankly, like I said, most don’t want to see them.
Sadly, the faithful suffer the greatest with this illness: refusing to see our sins. From our pride, we like to think of ourselves as good and holy because of all we do. Then we live pretending we are without much sin, but in God’s eyes we are drowning in unrepentant sin…sins we refuse to see or work to change.
But we must learn how to open our eyes to the truth. It will take time, but by seeking God’s grace, we can. Then we can have hope for Eternal Life, so God’s grace: peace, knowledge and wisdom of The Truth can live in us and guide us correctly to Heaven. To learn more please read, “How Can I See My Sins.”
Please know, if we are being blessed to be able to see our lack of faith with a few of our behaviors, God is letting us know our lack of grace is effecting the rest of our lives too, even if we can’t see it.
When we lack grace, it doesn’t only effect one aspect of our existence (just what we can see). No, it really effects everything. Please beware. The rest of the articles on this web site are meant to help enlighten us to much of our errors so we can see more clearly, and then seek Mercy correctly so we can Live.
Oh, how many live blind lives…”from day to day, from year to year, until we approach death, when we expect to find that we have done something to our credit [especially after all our prayers and works], only to discover nothing but sacrileges [was truly done], which we have committed by our [prideful] confessions and communions.”
–St. John Vianney, (Sermons of the Cure d’ Ars, Passion Sunday-“Repentance”)
Scarcely Anyone is Saved
Yes, sadly “scarcely anyone is saved” as St. Alphonsus, Doctor of the Church explains to Christians. He tries to wake us up, so we can come to understand what is at stake if we don’t modify our lives.
Oh, we want to be good people and do the right thing. We “believe” in Jesus and think we are saved. But the saints are telling us that most of us have been greatly deceived, and the faith we think we have simply isn’t enough to be true. The saints are warning us that we need to change our lives (what we have done isn’t enough) if we wish to have the faith needed to accept God’s saving forgiving mercy, so to live in Heaven for eternity after we die.
This message of the fewness of the saved isn’t isolated to only a few saints, no this same message is echoed from all the saints which speak about this tragedy.
When we hear these words of the saints, who are far wiser than us, we can respond in three ways:
- ignore them and think they are speaking about someone else,
- think we are given more wisdom than them and we know better,
- try to understand why the saints say what they say, so we can change and be with the “few.”
“Many are called but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14).
Surely, we aren’t so proud to think we have been given more wisdom than the saints. Therefore, since The Word tells us “one MUST imitate us [the saints]” (2 Thessalonians 3:7), our eternity depends upon us changing not only to heed their warning but to follow The Way the saints traveled to Heaven…not just striving to be a “good” Christian or simply trying to improve daily or just doing what we think is best. That won’t be enough. We won’t choose Heaven.
Remember the “road is HARD that leads to Life” (Matthew 7:14). There is only One Way, and we know the saints have found it. WE MUST DO WHAT THEY HAVE DONE. That must be our goal!
Why Are the Faithful Dying?
Really, it is quite tragic, as there are so many people who
want God’s saving love and even declare, from what we think is our great faith, that we have no doubt that we are saved. But if we can humbly accept the teachings of the saints as what must be true, since they are wiser than us, from losing our pride, we will allow God to show us how most of us are living so terribly deceived.
“How greatly man deceives himself.”
–God the Father to St. Catherine of Siena, (Treatise on Discretion)
Today, since we live in a time of great darkness (cf. 2 Timothy 4:3-4), this deception we live with–not knowing The Way–is even worse than when most of the saints lived, because The Way simply isn’t being preached. I know some of us might think it is, but truly it isn’t. Sure God can still move us somewhat by what is being said, but not enough…not into a saving faith.
Because of this, even those, who so greatly desire holiness, are on the wrong path.
I know this is hard to believe, especially if we have greatly studied the faith, prayed so many prayers, done wonderful works, made great sacrifices and believe we have given our lives to Jesus, as we feel His love, thinking we have a great relationship with Him and wonderful faith, but truly even with all of those blessings and works, most of God’s faithful still don’t have a love that is TRUE.
“[Tragically,] there are few who wish to receive Him and to be saved by Him [most choose our sin instead], although His yoke [command] is sweet and His burden [cross] light.”
–St. Francis of Assisi, (Letter to All the Faithful)
Yes, as St. Francis teaches, we are still not truly following God’s commands nor picking up our crosses correctly. Resulting in most of us rejecting God and His saving mercy. It is incredibly tragic!
TRUE Faith Saves
Most of us preach faith alone in Jesus saves–“who [ever] believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (John 3:16)–which is true, but we don’t preach what this faith/belief really is, or we reduce it to being just a belief/understanding that Christ is Lord…when true faith is so much more than that.
And we surely don’t tell God’s children what are the consequences of not living the true faith/this disbelief is, which is the ONLY thing that is going to truly spur our (Christian) self-loving souls into wanting to work hard to do what is necessary to change….and then we die blind.
TRUE FAITH in Jesus is a faith that believes so greatly that Jesus is Lord--that Jesus will save us by taking away our great desire for sin, so we can truly hate our sins and truly love God (so we can accept His saving forgiving mercy He died to give us)--that we are willing to sacrifice, suffer and strive with all of our hearts to perfectly obey and follow Christ (to do His will).
Tragically, most of us, don’t even know why we are supposed to be living the faith. We don’t know what we should be doing with our lives. We don’t know the goal. We don’t even realize we live the faith so God can transform our hard hearts into hearts truly hate sin, who would rather suffer death than offend God, so we can finally truly love Him and be saved.
What are we living for? Our family, friends, job, sports, success at work or in our ministries (the accomplishments and happiness they bring)…what is it? We need to stop living for the world and start living for God (seek to perfectly LOVE HIM…to do His will…to stop sinning and trust in Him to save/change us, if we allow Him). Yes, we must follow Christ by faith, hope and love. Anything else is living a lukewarm life.
When we don’t live a lukewarm life and are striving to live the real faith, we are allowing Christ to make us a “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17), to take away our former ways that love/desire sin (who suffer from much self-love), to give us hearts that truly love God instead of our sins…we are allowing Christ to give us a saving faith, which can embrace His saving grace, so we can Live and then grow us into saints. Yes, living the faith saves.
“You should put away the old self of your former way of life, corrupted through deceitful desires [of sin and the world], and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth (Ephesians 4:22-24).
Oh, how hard it is to remove our former ways of life and become saints, since we have such a great desire to repeat so many of our sins from having a great love/longing for them. From never being taught we should be striving to perfectly love God, we are complacent with sinning and have little to no hatred/fear of sinning–no fear of the Lord–but yet, from being so greatly deceived, we presume we are saved.
Sure many of us want to be good people, and we might have even changed somewhat, but we aren’t striving to become perfect saints…not really. Some sins and attachments to the world’s pleasures (our idols), we simply don’t want to leave or even know we should be leaving them. We have been blinded. We have ignored much of God’s directions towards sanctity and are now lost.
If we did live the faith correctly, we would be becoming saints. But we aren’t….if we can’t see where we are broken, from the blindness we suffer, we must at least humbly acknowledge that we are. We are not becoming saints. Now is the time to seek Mercy to enlighten us so we can change and really LIVE THE WORD, which makes us into saints.
“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).
Don’t we know, we aren’t to be made clean from our Baptism just to go back out again and soil our garments staying filthy…we are to seek Mercy to help us make our “holiness perfect in fear of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 7:1).
But from accepting our filthy state of life, instead of having true faith, working to perfectly obey, we think God doesn’t mind our sins…when He hates them. “[I] detest the smallest sin” Jesus told to St. Faustina (Diary #1728)…we think God wants us happy with the pleasures of the world. When God wants us happy loving Him. We are so confused.
“‘You are my God. My happiness lies in you alone’ (v. 2)…the Psalmist radically rejects the temptation of idolatry [seeking happiness from the world]”
–Pope St. John Paul II, (General Audience, Wed., 28 July 2004)
Do We REALLY Love God?
The problem is, we spend our time focusing on all the good we do for others and how much God loves us despite our great sinfulness, but we spend very little time focusing on HOW WE CAN LOVE HIM. We are quite selfish…we want God’s forgiveness and love. We pray and pray and accept His great love for us, 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 love God so greatly, we are truly striving, daily, seeking God’s grace, working as hard as we can to become “perfect” like Christ, the One we should be following, removing sin after sin, leaving attachment after attachment (our idols), growing into His image, so to not break any of God’s commands–to truly live for His will and not offend Him in the slightest way? Anyone?
No wonder so few are saved.
Alas, daughter, how few there are who truthfully love me!”
–Jesus to St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church, (Autobiography Ch. 40)
Horribly, many don’t even believe becoming perfect–to never sin again–is possible. But that isn’t what the saints teach…just us poor deceived souls, as explained later in this article.
Horribly, instead of working to perfectly love God, most spend our time trying to justify our sins saying, “No matter what I do, God loves me”, which is true…but do we LOVE GOD?
Do we think faith in Jesus is believing that no matter what sins I commit, God loves me so greatly that He will forgive me anyway? I mean, well, technically that is true…but will Christ forgive us if we aren’t truly sorry for our sins? No, of course not.
Then why are we trying to convince ourselves that we are saved, if we don’t even sincerely desire to amend our ways–when we prove we aren’t truly sorry for offending God? That lie is leading us to our doom.
What good are all of our prayers, works and knowledge of the faith, if our hearts still desire to offend God…if we aren’t truly and I mean truly striving to become like Christ, leaving every pleasure of the world that our hearts desire (our idols) and working with all of our hearts to stop every sin, even the slightest sin…growing in love with the cross so to save souls? That is what hearts of true love for God do. If we don’t, we will still reject God for sin. We must truly hate All sin if we are going to truly love God and embrace His saving mercy.
Oh, we tell God we love Him and that we are sorry for offending Him, but what kind of confession are we really making?
“For a worthy confession…one ought to resolve to stay away from this or that particular place or thing which lead him into sin. Then he must also make definite, positive efforts to overcome his habitual sins, and even impose upon himself a small penance to be performed when he finds he has failed in a particular matter [in sorrow for the sin, as motivation to amend].”
–St. John Vianney, (Little Catechism, Qualities of Contrition, III, B. –Purpose of Amendment Must Be Specific).
Are we doing this?
Oh, we can say a prayer and have wishful thinking, but how far is that getting us? The saints don’t consider saying a prayer as a penance for anything. How can we tell God we love Him with any sincerity if we aren’t even working and working hard to stop our habitual offences against Him? We can’t. How far are we from a saving faith?
Are We Abusing God?
We want God’s love and we want God’s love. When we are feeling badly, we run to Him. We hear His call and go off to serve Him all to experience His love. There are countless books written on how to obtain His love/peace. We seek Him day and night, not so we can stop offending Him (not so we can love Him), but so He can make our lives better.
And when God loves us, by allowing us to feel His love and giving us what we seek, which He does hoping we will want to truly love Him in return (which is how we are saved), we don’t even desire to LOVE HIM: work hard to stop our constant offences against Him. We justify our sins as no big deal. “God loves me anyway” we say, as we continue in them like we don’t even care that we are offending God.
Where is our love for God?
Whoever loves me will keep my word [or at least try]” (John 14:23).
What kind of love do we really have? Most sadly, it is a very broken selfish love. Not a saving love. Reality is, we are the epitome of selfishness.
We love God for what He does for us, but we don’t love Him (don’t want to stop offending Him). Oh, we ask God for help and accept His gifts; we pray prays day and night all to get His love. We take and take and take from Him…and don’t get me wrong God wants to help us, but what do we do in return? We say thank you for the love and help and then we BEAT God unreservedly, with our unrestrained sins, as gratitude for all He does for us.
Horribly, we are so deceived, we seek God for self-seeking reasons: to make our lives better…to experience His love…not so we can LOVE HIM (stop offending Him). But to love ourselves.
We don’t look for crosses that we can carry to ease His burden (so grace can be sent to others so they will desire to amend their ways), nor do we make resolutions to avoid our own sins and turn to Him for strength to never offend Him again…no, we want a great relationship with Him but don’t even want to try to stop offending Him. And then when He does love us anyway, we think we are rightious. When God is simply showing His patience and mercy towards us…trying to save us.
If we do try to stop a sin, it is only with the sins we see that are harming our or others lives. We care little, if anything at all, about how we are offending God. This is the truth! This is why most of the faithful are damned. We don’t love God! We just want God to love us. To learn more please read, “How to Perfectly Love God.”
“When the Lord saw how great the wickedness of human beings was on earth…his heart was grieved.” (Genesis 6:5-6)
Yes, so horribly, we pray; we tell God we love Him…that we want to serve Him, and we seek Him for mercy, love and comfort…and at the very same time, we scourge Him and grieve God’s Sacred Heart of love because we don’t really love Him, since we don’t sincerely want to stop our constant offences against Him as our life of unchanged sin proves. We aren’t becoming saints? No. We are staying the same. How horrible is that! Does anyone care? Where is our heart of love for God?
“They grieve over everything but [offending] me. They grieve for their own and their friends’ losses…They grieve over offending or hurting people more…but they do not grieve about offending or hurting me, who am the Creator of all things…I am utterly vile and despicable in their eyes [but they think they love me,]…[yet] they do not consider me worthy of any good [to stop offending Me], even though I have given them all good things.”
–Jesus to St. Bridget of Sweden, (Revelations, Ch. 46)
Do we hear the cry of Our Lord? We must change! We must stop trying to find love and start trying TO LOVE. Our selfishness must end.
The Lukewarm Way
Truly, not only is lacking TRUE contrition-not being wholeheartedly resolved to amend any sin–a mortal sin, but being lukewarm–not fully living the faith–is a mortal sin too.
It is an offence that rejects God for sin. And if left unrepented (unchanged) before our death, it causes our eternal doom.
“Because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:16).
However, being lukewarm is a sin most of us have forgotten about. Yet, it is the sin that bounds of people suffer from. The lukewarm are those who say we believe in Christ but go and live life how we wish (not truly following Christ’s Word or example…not becoming like Him).
We might think the lukewarm are only those who, perhaps only go to Church on Sunday or not at all, who “say” we are Christian, but are really living life opposed to The Word. Yes, they are lukewarm. But, being lukewarm is much more.
It is also the same sin that is killing most of the faithful too: the religious and the people, who perhaps attend daily Mass and/or who pray many prayers and do great works. Yes, being lukewarm has consumed the Christian/Catholic faith.
Those who are lukewarm, we are in the most dreaded of conditions. As the saints say, “it is an evil almost without remedy. Few surmount it.” as St. Claude de la Colombiere explained in his letter to a sister.
Oh, how hard it is for the lukewarm to hear and humble ourselves to do what is necessary for God to save us. We have been deceived into believing we have correct knowledge and wisdom and are saved by perhaps just saying “Christ is Lord” (the slightly lukewarm), or by perhaps thinking, since God has called us into the religious life, who God uses to heal, who pray many prayers and do many great works, sacrificing much for God…thinking it is by those things that make us holy, when we are really the greatly lukewarm (not living the true faith).
“This evil of tepidity [lukewarm] is only too common. Religious houses are full of people who keep the rule: rise, go to Mass, meditation, confession and communion…. without any [true] interior devotion…or desire to please God [to stop sinning]…they deliberately resolve not to bother about little things or about advancing in perfection.”
–St. Claude de la Combrie, (Spiritual Direction, letter 4, 1676)
The greater our state of lukewarmness is the more greatly we scourge Our Lord and the greater our punishment in the eternal fire will be…plus, the harder it is for the greatly lukewarm to hear of our great need to repent and change…since we are sure we are saved by the “faith” we have.
Oh, there is greater hope to convert a dying athiest (who is guided correctly) on his death bed than it is for the greatly lukewarm. This is beyond tragic! To learn more please read, “Who are the Dreaded Lukewarm?” and “Who Suffers the Most in Hell?”
“Would that I could persuade spiritual persons that the way to God consisteth not in the multiplicity of meditations, ways of devotions or sweetness [experiencing God’s love], though these may be necessary for beginners [to be motivated to begin the journey], but in one necessary thing only, in knowing how to deny themselves [of everything that keeps them from loving God]…giving themselves up to suffer [instead of sin] for Christ’s sake, and annihilating themselves [destroy their pride] utterly…There is no progress but in the following of Christ.”
–St. John of the Cross, (Accent to Mout Carmel Ch. 7)
This is very hard for many of us to understand, because we don’t really know what is expected of us to be true followers of Christ. True followers of Christ, should be continuously losing sin, gaining virtue and becoming like Jesus….growing in love with the cross…focusing on seeking perfection: TO NOT SIN AGAIN….just like Jesus. To learn more please read, “What is a True Follower of Christ.”
“So be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God” (Ephesians 5:1-2).
Someone who, not lukewarm, who is on fire with love for God and not still suffering from horrible pride and has a horror for sin (fear of the Lord/hatred for sin), does all to become like Christ by choosing to suffer anything RATHER THAN SIN. They are focused not offending God and helping other to not offend God. But how many are deceived into believing God’s will is only for us to just answer His call, pray and do good works. When God’s will is for us to stop offending Him. That is His will.
Sure we need to answer His call, pray and do good works but we do those things so they can help us to love God (not offend Him)…so they can help to transform our/others souls and remove our/others desire for sin for the salvation of souls. To learn more please read, “What is God’s will.”
But since our pride is driving us and we don’t have a horror for sin (no fear of the Lord), we want to love and serve God to get His love, seeking outwards accomplishments…not an inward conversion–becoming like Christ to love Him.
We think doing more and more prayers and works is what God seeks? Well, God does want unceasing prayer and works, many of them, but not from a heart that still loves sin. But from a heart that wants to truly love Him …a heart that would rather suffer death than sin.
We must convert our hearts FIRST to want to truly hate sin before any of our prayers or works can be of any value for us and our salvation.
But how can our hearts convert into hearts that don’t want to offend God again, if many of us believe becoming a perfect saint–someone who can no longer sin–is impossible? Many have been deceived into believing perfect obedience to The Word is not something we can do, which is tragic!
How do we expect to obtain any goal if we don’t even think it is possible to obtain?
Many saints became filled with so much grace, God took away their ability to offend Him. Yes, with God’s grace, perfection is most certainly possible. Believe! This is waiting for you too.
“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)
But instead of striving to perfectly love God (to never offend Him again), seeking a saving faith, the devil has caught us mostly with the passions of the world. Do we sit around being captivated by friends, family or technology entertaining ourselves playing video games, watching the horrible things that are happening in the world on the TV or whatever else (sports, hobbies, idle chatter, TV shows, etc.) that is keeping us busy, instead of seeking a saving faith..and then working towards perfection.
God wants us to spend our time working out our salvation trying to figure out how to LOVE HIM and then doing it…not everything else we choose to do with our time.
“Lord, save us, we are perishing.” (Matthew 8:25). We can’t live a lukewarm life lacking true faith in Christ or we will lose it all.
If we don’t change, we will never achieve a saving faith (someone not damned), or become a saint (someone who goes to Heaven after we die) or obtain perfection (someone who lives on earth no longer able to offend God)…if we don’t even know this is what we should be aiming for.
“[Please] escape from that lukewarmness which provokes God to reject you;…it is not safe for men who have embraced the holy Rule to halt before having attained the goal [perfection] to which it leads.”
–St. Bernard of Clairvaux, (Letter #96, to Abbot of Fountains)
The Word and the saints have said countless times to do everything “so that you may be[come] perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:4). But we say, you are fine just the way you are. The Word and the saints teach us to live by the “Way of Perfection” (St. Teresa of Avila), but we teach don’t worry about your natural sinful dispositions/personalities, God will use you anyway.
And sure God can use us, if we allow Him, but do we want to beat God with our unrestrained/unrepented sinful behaviors as He uses us or do we want God to use us with hearts that truly hate sin so greatly that we are seeking with our whole hearts to become perfect so to sincerely love Him?
Of course, God calls us to serve Him as sinners, but He wants to transform us into saints through our prayers and works. This we must come to understand. This will, His calling is our lives is meant to lead to our salvation. We are not fine just the way we are. We must change. That lie doesn’t bring self-esteem that leads to Life but justification of our sinfulness that leads to death.
The reason we don’t know The Way to Heaven and are not becoming like Christ, saving souls, is because we preach a false doctrine. We preach a lukewarm way of complacency with our sins. We preach a doctrine about accepting our sins as just who we are (so we can find self-value through our pride), which stabs God’s heart so greatly, words can’t adequately express the malice an indifferent sinner is towards Our Most Beloved Lord.
God didn’t create us to be rude, unloving, selfish, immoral, impatient, etc. (sinful)…those personality traits we naturally exhibit are not acceptable qualities that we should be complacent with. Sure God is fine with our shortcomings…He didn’t make a mistake with any lack of talent or lack of ability He has chosen to give us. But God didn’t make us to sin. He created us to be perfect..to love Him, not to offend Him.
From the consequence of Adam and Eve’s sin, we are stricken with many natural sinful desires that are born within us that are NOT acceptable. They offend God. They are the consequence of sin…not love. We are supposed to be seeking God’s Mercy to remove our innate desire for sin, not justifying it as good. Sure our non-sinful personalty traits and gifts/talents are perfect…but not our sins.
But instead of working to remove our horrible desire for sin that taints every desire of our hearts, many of us will discourage us by saying “be kind to yourself”… “don’t be scrupulous”, as if working with all of our hearts to stop offending God is scrupulous….but that is what someone says who is deceived. Many will say, “seeking to become a saint/perfect isn’t necessary…God doesn’t want you perfect; just be the best you can be” as if our sins are just fine.
We don’t know how to lead people to true happiness or Life. These are all lies that lead to our doom. To learn more please read, “How Can I Over Come My Scruples” for most we only need to learn how to use God’s gift–having a fear of sinning–correctly, and “How to Become a Saint.”
“You have regarded perfection as something impossible, even though Jesus Christ tells you to be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect. Therefore instead of achieving perfection, you have drunk down iniquity like water. Oh, what grumbling! What lying!”
–St. Anthony Mary Claret, (The Golden Key to Heaven, Med. 1, first point)
Oh, we aren’t preaching the truth: that we MUST be resolved to grow in virtue (lose sin) working to literally become like Christ or we are damned (part of the dreaded lukewarm–not living the true faith).
This is why we are so lost. We don’t really want to perfectly love, obey or follow God. We lack true faith in Christ. We don’t really believe doing that is The Way to Heaven.
Please know, before St. Teresa of Avila was truly striving to live the faith, when she was still a lukewarm nun, God, from His mercy, chose to send her great blessings and communications to motivate her to change. He showed her, her place in Hell that she was choosing, since she was still living a lukewarm life.
“I understood that the Lord wanted me to see the place the devils had prepared there for me and which I merited because of my sins.”
–St. Teresa of Avila, (Autobiography, Ch. 32)
Yes, even though St. Teresa seemed to have given her life to God when she became a nun, she was apparently still not with a saving faith and lacked true belief in Jesus (a belief that was willing to live ALL of The Word) and was rejecting Heaven for eternal suffering. Yet, God, in His great mercy, clearly warned her, so she could change her life and work hard to become a true self-sacrificing saint and lead others to salvation too. We must do the same.
After St. Teresa had decided to sincerely become a saint, she has become a beacon of light for those who desire Eternal Life. We need to change our lives to imitate the saints. To learn more please read, “What Makes Someone a Saint.” Shockingly, most don’t even know what qualities are needed to become a saint–anymore. We need to learn them if we are going to obtain the goal and teach them to others.
“The command has been written: Cling to the saints [for prayers and by following their example], for those who cling to them will be sanctified [obtain Heaven].”
–Pope St. Clement, (Divine Office Vol. III, 14 week in ordinary time)
Follow the Saints
Sadly, from our confusion, most just don’t understand The Word well enough to obtain Life. But of course, being blinded to this illness, we will think we do. Yet, from rejecting so much grace, we simply can’t know The Way. From humbly accepting this, we should turn to the saints of Christ’s Church for a true/correct interpretation, so we can begin to find The Way….to learn more please read, “Bible Study by the Saints.”
To not be part of the devil’s work of misguiding others, we need to no longer inspire others with quotes or encourage others to read books from those who aren’t saints…even if some of what is said is the truth…it isn’t what is the truth that kills but what isn’t. If we start to trust in someone, who seems good but isn’t, from misguided love, the anti-christ can easily confuse us all the way to our doom. To learn more please read, “What Does Evil Look Like.” Guide souls to THE SAINTS.
“False teachers will be among you. They will secretly bring in their own destructive teachings [not even knowing they are doing this themselves].” (2 Peter 2:1)
Remember, we are living deceived and from lacking much grace, much of the time, we won’t know the truth from a lie (this is a reality we must accept)…so to not be more deceived and mistakenly follow or guide someone else along the wrong path, stick with quoting and leading others to the saints alone. We know they found and know The Way.
Even if someone is a theologian, or a greatly successful writer, or even if he is a seemingly wonderful bishop or even the pope…if they aren’t saints, we should not trust/rely on them to guide us to The Way to Heaven. Question everything. I know this sounds horrible. But plenty of times in history many in God’s Church have failed us. Today, we are in a time of GREAT DARKNESS…it is so easy to be deceived. We must have “discernment of spirits” (1 Corinthians 12:10) to not be led astray.
“Beloved, do not trust every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they belong to God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)
The Bible warns us of these things so we can be alert. So many are living what the world considers “good” Catholic lives. But only the very few, who are saints or are correctly on the path to sanctity–humbly living by way of the cross: self-denial of one’s will, love of the cross (suffering), leaving the world’s pleasures (choosing the cross for the salvation of souls)…striving to perfectly love God (to stop all sins), growing in fantastic hatred of their sins (seeking penance)–know The Way. Please don’t be deceived.
Obviously, if someone isn’t becoming a true self-sacrificing saint, they are not correctly following Christ and still lost…so don’t follow them. But, since we still lack much grace ourselves, much of the time, we won’t understand who is truly sanctifying their soul (knows The Way) and who isn’t; we can’t discern the spirits correctly. Therefore, it is best to only trust and guide ourselves/others to follow the saints of Christ’s Catholic Church…which is what The Word teaches us to do.
“Be imitators of me [St. Paul], as I am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).
Of course, stay with the faith that saves “hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:17)…there is no others way. But don’t stay with the lost in the Church. And naturally, we must love and respect everyone, even a leader, who is lost, but we must not trust their guidance…and only do what the saints would do.
Mercy Won’t Save Us If We Reject Him
Oh, there should be no confusion as to why we can’t accept God’s saving forgiving mercy that He died to give us. We don’t truly hate our sins and love Our Creator…We live lukewarm from not learning The Way and still having a liking for our sins. Oh, but the devil will try to convince us other wise, so we won’t seek Mercy to save us.
“Oh, but His mercy is so great”, we say, “He will forgive us anyway”, but He can’t forgive us if are’t TRULY sorry for offending Him…if we aren’t truly striving to live the real faith. We will reject His forgiveness…from loving sin instead Him.
“Have you sought to deceive yourself by foolish reasonings on the justice of God and on His mercy? Have you not sought to persuade yourself that sin is not so great an evil–that God is too good to punish you?
–St. Ignatius of Loyola, (Spiritual Exercises, The Punishment of Sin)
St. Ignatius tries to get us understand the gravity of sin, so we can gain a fear of it, come to truly hate it and understand the reality of our rejection of His mercy because of our lax thoughts about offending God.
Please fully understand, if we aren’t growing towards perfectly loving God–leaving our sins, attachments and growing in virtue–becoming closer and closer to real saints (like Christ), we are dead. We must be amending our sins.
“He is a scoffer, not a penitent [not someone sorry for their sins], who commits what he repented of. Nor is he cleansed [forgiven] who weeps for his sins, yet does not forsake [work to stop] them.”
–St. Isadore of Seville, Doctor of the Church, (De Summo Beno ii)
After all of our years of being a Christian are we a saint or darn close to one? That is the proof if we have been truly following Christ or not. Sadly, for most…our answer is no…After all of our Communions, confessions, prayers and works, year after year, we are pretty much the same. We aren’t growing into becoming like Christ, the one we should be following. And if we declare our answer as yes, most of us are only saying this because we don’t even know what a real saint is.
For most of us, from our lack of understanding of what true faith in Jesus is–we have little concern with our failures to obey/follow Christ, which has caused most of us to ignore much of The Word (Christ), which leaves us denying Him and living lukewarm lives: lives not truly seeking to live the entire faith–not fully believing in Christ: “The Word made flesh” (John 1:14). But yet, from being deceived, we still think we have a true faith that saves, when we don’t. To learn more please read, “How To Be a True Follower of Christ.”
“Neglect of God’s law [any law] brings inescapable punishment for the soul and that unquenchable fire.”
–St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church, (On Marriage and Family Life, SVS pg. 89
Has Our Pride Blinded Us?
Please understand just because God heals, blesses, and converses with us–even if He uses us greatly to help and heal others (uses us to do His mighty deeds) that doesn’t mean He does so because we are righteous. God blesses and uses the righteous and damned alike. We must humble ourselves.
“Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers [you who still love yourselves.]” (Matthew 7:22-23).
How many times has God answered our prayers and we think he has done this because we are holy? Oh, how miserable is our pride? These acts of love God shows us wretched sinners, is God displaying how much He loves us, so we will want to change to better know, serve and love Him for the salvation of souls.
Sure, “whatever you ask for in prayer with faith [knowing our nothingness and God’s greatness…seeking His will alone], you will receive” (Matthew 21:22), but God most certainly answers bounds of prayers of those from little to no faith at all hoping we will see His love and repent and change. “Look, you are well [I healed you]; do not sin any more, so that nothing worse [a greater punishment] may [not] happen to you” (John 5:14).
All God does or allows is because He wants us saved–to help save and sanctify our souls. It is our pride that makes it into something else.
We are nothing. God’s grace is everything. Everything within us is tainted by self-love. Without allowing grace to move us, there is nothing truly good being done through us (nothing that can be for our merit/to truly love God), even if what we do helps another. Grace makes our will, which is tainted by self-love, into something truly God.
Please know, God uses nothing to show His glory. Once we begin to think of ourselves as something, since we have been deceived into thinking this is how we find happiness (through our pride), we know the devil has caught us in his web of prideful lies. Frankly, from the consequences of original sin dwelling in us, we have to daily (even every moment) seek God’s mercy to remove this great desired for self-glory (self-love) that dwells with in us. To learn more please read, “What is the Desire for Sin?”
But if we don’t know this the devil will easily take God’s power, gifts and blessings that He has bestowed upon us (which was meant to help save us) and get us to boost up our pride with them…thinking we are something special because of them. When we are nothing…nothing but sin. God’s grace is everything good within us. Tragically, from allowing the devil to pride us, God’s love isn’t helping to lead us to Life, but killing us in blinding pride (confusing us with the entire faith).
Tragically, most of us are deceived into thinking that all these acts of love that God gives us and miracles He performs through us are God telling us, wretched sinners, how great we are. But that is a lie!
Then, believing the lie, we spend much of our time trying to prove to ourselves and to others how “good” and/or “holy” we are from all of God’s gifts and blessings we have. Now, from our pride blinding us, since we seek self-glory, we never hear God calling us to repent and change. Oh, our pride is killing us.
“The pride of your heart has deceived you.” –St. Ambrose, (Obadiah 1)
Are We Leaving Our Sins?
Who do you know who is leaving sin after sin, growing in virtue after virtue, becoming like Christ, the One we should be following? Is there anyone? Perhaps we changed once for the better, when we heard God’s initial call but from then on we have stayed pretty much the same. Oh, we might have grown in our prayers and works–but again, what good are they if we are staying in our sins?
Why aren’t we accepting God’s transforming grace and changing? After all of our years of being a “Christian”, praying many prayers, receiving the sacraments and supposedly living The Word, we should be saints or darn close to one by now. If we aren’t, we have been doing something very wrong.
The result of living the faith correctly is becoming like Christ–a saint. Please don’t be deceived into thinking this is a goal for someone else. No, this is your goal…if you want to be saved. We are “called to be saints” (1 Corinthians 1:2). Living the faith doesn’t keep us as unrepentant, unatoned for sinners…it makes us sanctified.
“The soul that follows and imitates Him more and more becomes more and more like Him…In imitation of the Son of God, the God-Man, the children of God are to work away at their salvation [work towards gaining a saving faith].
–St. Maximilian Kolbe, (Will to Love, Christ Transforms Us)
If we truly loved God and hated sin, we would be changing daily…we would be losing our sinful thoughts, words, and actions…yes, our sinful personalities would be leaving: our impatience, intolerance of others wrongs, worrying, complaining, anger, unwillingness to work hard, jealously, immorality, love of the world, etc….oh, everything sinful we do would be leaving little by little, towards us becoming a real saint…living in wonderful peace. But we have peace one minute and then lose it the next; we are far from saints.
Oh, we must be working hard to amend our sins or there is no Life in us!
“If men only knew what eternity is, how they would make all possible efforts to amend their lives.”
–St. Jecinta of Fatima
If we find that we aren’t growing or have fallen further away from becoming like Christ: growing in our fears, anxieties, angers, laziness, jealously, impatience, etc., then praise God for allowing us to see our lack of grace. Many are so blind, we can’t even see where we are sinning/failing greatly. But if we can see, at least something, we don’t have to remain blind and continue to fall all the way to our doom. Recognizing our loss of peace and lack of growth is supposed to awaken us to our need to repent and change. Seeing our sin should be a most wonderful thing.
But sadly, most don’t see our sins or even want to see, since we have justified our sinful behaviors: fears, complaints, worries, anxieties, grumpiness, intolerance, impatience as acceptable/normal or even good. Or we view ourselves on such a high plateau above who we really are, we simply can’t accept reality and will even become offended if someone tries to tell us otherwise (show us our sins).
But if we do see our lack of living the faith correctly, perhaps we don’t see our sins as something to be concerned about. We think we are good enough, or we think that confessing our sins (with our lack of hatred for sin) makes everything better. But it doesn’t, since we have no horror for sinning against God; therefore, we lack of true sorrow for sinning.
Sadly, most of us don’t spend our day trying to not offend God and live for His will perfectly, like someone with true contrition does. If we happen to sin, we sin…it is no big deal to us, since we are complacent with Offending God. Yes, the devil has caught us.
As a result, we are staying as unrepentant sinners, with the same sinful habits and personalities, because we put a false/half-hearted effort, or little, or even no effort at all into coming to see our sinfulness or quitting our sins…making all sorts of excuses as to why they exist instead? Please know, “God will smite the head…of those who persist in their sins” (Psalm 68:21).
To not be deceived, ask ourselves, honestly, what sins do we continue to commit, from day to day, year to year, since we haven’t sought Christ’s transforming grace correctly (humbly) nor worked hard to restrain ourselves from offending Our Beloved Lord with them? These are the sins that are killing us.
“Habitual sin binds down the mind, so that it cannot rise to uprightness [it can’t gain a state of grace].
–St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church, (Catena Aurea, 13:10-17)
We must be honest with ourselves or we will die. Without gaining humility–knowledge of our true sinfulness–we will never be saved…never obtain true repentance. To learn more please read, “How to Gain Humility.”
Help to Obtain True Contrition
God’s mercy has given us many ways we can be assisted in receiving forgiveness of our sins.
Help to obtain forgiveness of our sins:
prayers of the faithful (friends, clergy, etc.)
prayers of The Mother of God
prayers of the saints
praying the Mass
praying certain prayers and devotions
wearing the scapular
reception of holy water
reception of The Eucharist
reception of extreme unction
reception of absolution
Any of these can provide us with the forgiveness of our sins. But none of those will obtain us anything (no grace at all, no forgiveness) if we approach them with great pride. The more pride we have, the more grace we reject…grace that could have been used to move us into obtaining forgiveness of our sins (true contrition). Without accepting grace and having our hearts transformed into that of true contrition, we can’t be forgiven. Please don’t be deceived.
Do We Indulge in the World’s Pleasures?
Oh, but there is more. Not only do most lack a true effort to amend our sins, sadly, we refuse to obey much of The Word, and ignore it like it doesn’t even exist. Like I said, we don’t live our life loving the cross—intentionally denying ourselves of pleasure to truly follow Christ, so He can send grace, from our self-denial/sacrifice, to help souls grow into a saving faith for their salvation…like the saints have done. Who really does this?
“If anyone wishes to come after me, he MUST deny himself [of his will–pleasure for the cross] and take up his cross daily [don’t complain about suffering–trust in God’s will] and follow me [live The Word]. (Luke 9:23)
God’s Word is clear, but we don’t live it and souls are dying. “Pray much and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to hell because there is no one to make sacrifices for them” is what Our Lady of Fatima has pleaded for us to do. But, we have a thousand excuses why this isn’t necessary…as we selfishly seek out the world’s pleasures to make us happy.
If we do happen to have less of something (suffer a cross), we just tolerate it; we don’t intentionally, with a sincere heart of love for other’s souls, offer it to God on their behalf. We just deal with it, or complain about it, or try to run from it. Oh, the souls that could have been saved through our sacrifices, but weren’t! Just tragic!
We love to indulge in the finer things in life–from food, to drink, to clothes, to cars, to vacations, to entertainment, to social gatherings, to collections of various things…oh, its something different for everyone. Look in our driveways, look in our closets, look in our houses, look at what we put in our stomachs, look at what we do in our spare time? How many indulgences do we have and partake in? Also, if for some reason we can’t indulge, most wish we could…which makes our hearts just as guilty. We don’t know how to save souls; we know how to love ourselves. To learn more please read, “How to Save Souls.”
“The one who is self-indulgent is dead” (1 Timothy 5:6).
Are We Leaving Our Attachments?
Tell me, who is working on leaving all of our attachments (idols)? Or do we even know we have them? An attachment is whatever we set our hearts and minds on obtaining for happiness that isn’t God or His will. It is anything that keeps us from desiring God alone as our source of joy. And boy is there a lot.
An attachment causes us to repeatedly seek a world’s pleasures to love ourselves, not God. It could be as simple as a cup of coffee or as addicting as sex (seeking self-gratification). To learn more please read “What is God’s Plan for Marriage.”
Now, both of those things could be good–could be used/done for God’s glory, according to God’s plan for drink and sex–but if we are honest with ourselves, we can see they are mostly used/done for self-love (to satisfy ourselves) as we crave them (are tempted to seek them for self-gratification) and then we desire them for pleasure (long for them–repeatedly seek them out to satisfy ourselves)…since we don’t desire God alone as our source of happiness.
“If they believed in the eternal joy of Heaven and in the horrific torments of hell, they would desire nothing but me…they would hate the world…[But they don’t so] their hope [for salvation] is vain, because they hope that their sin will be forgiven without justice and a right judgment…
And therefore, when they cry out to me and say ‘O God, have mercy on me’, they do not deserve to be heard or to enter into my glory since they did not want to follow their Lord in suffering, and, therefore, they should not follow him to the glory.”
–Jesus to St. Bridget of Sweden, (Revelations Ch. 39)
Instead of rejecting self-loving temptations and not responding to impulse, we love and run to them. From our lack of discipline, we satisfy ourselves with all sorts of worldly pleasures. But if we keep on running to the world to satisfy our desires, and don’t learn “self- discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7), from inviting God’s grace to work through us and how to deny ourselves and suffer like Christ, we will die. God is waiting to change our self-loving hearts, but we must run to Him for mercy (help).
But sadly, most don’t even know what idols are. We don’t preach about this deadly truth so we can escape it. Therefore, we don’t know we have them. Now we haven’t been running to God and working towards leaving them. Resulting is us not growing in our faith correctly. Oh, we don’t have our eyes set on God, seeking to perfectly live for His will–cross and all–for the salvation of souls? Sadly, we are lost…seeking much of the world to bring us joy…neglecting our neighbor.
We are supposed to “rid ourselves of every burden [attachment] and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race [to Life] that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus [who will rid our liking for sin and the world and save us, if we allow Him]” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Tragically, we don’t know what we should be living for. We are supposed to be giving all of ourselves to God. Not just some minutes here and there, and the rest to the world–which is what our sinful/selfish beings desire. We are living deceived.
Oh, we praise God as our source of happiness, like when we are at church. Yet sadly, when we leave, we praise the world as our joy…since we give the rest of our hearts and minds (most of our time) to the pursuit of happiness with the world’s pleasures. However, we can’t love both God and the world…we “will either hate the one and love the other” (Luke 16:13). We need to seek Mercy to change us…for we have many idols. We still love the world very much.
Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15).
The world is only supposed to be used to help us better know, love and serve God…not to keep us from Him. Everything we do is supposed to be done for His glory, not to love ourselves. Yet, “through pleasures and luxuries, [we] have bound the world’s burden upon them[our]selves” as St. Ambrose (Christian faith, Ch. 13 #84) explains…and now we are under a blinding spell walking by the “power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19).
“[Jesus] Himself complains most bitterly and sorrowfully about the small number of souls in His grace, who are willing to renounce whatever the observance of His laws requires of them [so to love Him].”
–Sr. Lucia of Fatima
Are we really willing to renounce our attachments–the pleasures we seek out for happiness–to love God? Is so, then to come to see our attachments, ask ourselves, why do we doing something? Is it really for God’s glory…to better know, love and serve Him? If what we are doing is only for self-pleasure, are we willing to change so to follow the saints who have grown to honestly say…“There is nothing on earth that I desire other than You” (Psalm 73:25). If not, all will be lost.
Oh, how far are we from having “nothing on earth that we desire!” There are countless things we think about throughout our day, that we run to for happiness that prevent us from running to God seeking His will alone…and sure they vary from person to person. But we need to learn them all so we can leave them, but for most, we can hardly see any. To learn more please read, “How Can I See My Sins.”
St. Francis de Sales teaches us to “attach yourself not to human consolations and friendships…” (in a letter to a friend). This is the wisdom of the saints. But are we listening to them? We love running to our friends and family especially when we feel bad or are board…but that is stripping ourselves of the relationship with God we should have. Are we really willing to give up seeking out our family and friends–that we crave for happiness–to love God. To learn more please read, “How to Become Attached to God and Not the World.”
“If any one comes to Me without hating [what] his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life [has done to our friendship with God, since we clinging to them & ourselves (our will) and not God], he cannot be My disciple.” (Luke 14:26)
Yes, our family, friends, food, drugs/addictions, drink, sex, work, beauty, fitness, money, hobbies, entertainment, TV/social media, sports, knowledge, praise, attention, respect, success…all we desire to do or get to keep ourselves busy, content and feeling loved, all we seek to fill ourselves with–from the moment we wake up to when we go to bed–that isn’t Our Lord by seeking to do His will, we have made our idols–what we run to for happiness. That is if we repeatedly run to them for happiness; if it is only a one time thing, it isn’t an attachment but a regular sin.
“If your desire and aim is to reach the destination of the path and home of true happiness [Heaven]…then earnestly apply your mind to seek constant purity of heart, charity of mind and calm of the sense. Gather up your heart’s desire and fix it continually on the Lord God above. To do so you must withdraw yourself so far as you can from friends and from everyone else, and from the activities that hinder you from such a purpose. Grasp every opportunity when you can find the place, time and means to devote yourself to silence and contemplation…avoid the restless agitation of the noisy world.”
–St. Albert the Great, (On Cleaving to God, Ch. 6)
Yikes, the TV/internet alone is enough to kill us. Honestly, are we watching that to better know, love and serve God? Just turn it off and spend our time talking with God. Oh, but we don’t know how or don’t want too…since we have spent our lives running from God to the noise of the world. Hum…please know, there is no TV/internet in Heaven…or Hell for that fact. Why are we clinging to that for happiness?
“For one hour of pleasure here, we suffer an hundred hours of pain.”
–St. John of Avila, (Letters to a woman who chose the consecrated life)
Oh, our vain past-times that produce no treasures in Heaven, but rather offend God, since our hearts desire them and not God and His will alone, are killing us. Yes, “The children of the world strive after worldly pleasures…[they are] the lukewarm Christians” (St. John Vianney, Sermons of the Cure D’Ars, Pentecost). Imagine claiming we are a Christian and then partaking in the pleasures of a party (social gathering–unless of course it is our wedding or some very special day)…especially during Lent. What are we thinking? The horror!
“Just as you share in sufferings so you will share in the divine glory (2 Corinthinas 1:7)
We have lost The Way. We must,“overcome your[our] passions or be a salve to them” (St. John Vianney). Yes, we need to choose to suffer, do what ever it takes to rid our passions for the world, so we can one day our passion can be to truly love God and save souls through the cross.
If we did spend our life living the faith correctly, loving the cross for the salvation of souls and didn’t waste our time loving ourselves, how many souls could our sacrifices have helped to save? How much time would we have to come to TRULY know, love and serve God so to seek a saving faith? Oh, look at what happens when we haven’t made God our true source of happiness, we don’t know The Way to Eternal Life and souls God wanted to use us to save, are lost for eternity. Just tragic!
“If you want to love me with all your heart and to desire nothing but me, I will draw you to myself through love, just as a magnet draws iron to itself…[But] how could my Spirit [saving grace] remain with the people who have no divine love for me…Their heart is full of vile worms, that is, full of worldly desires.”
–Jesus to St. Bridget of Sweden, (Revelations, Ch.3; Ch. 6)
Therefore, no matter how “holy” we think we are or how much good we do for others, we can’t be a true Christian–have divine love for God–if we reject the cross and live for the pleasure. How can we ever come to truly cling to Our Savior, if our hearts are longing for so much that isn’t Him? We can’t. Just one attachment rejects saving forgiving mercy…just one act of idolatry, we don’t truly hate, loses it all. Please don’t be deceived.
What Have Our Sins Done?
Are we looking for contrition for our sins, a real motivation to change, then just look at what our sins have done. Oh, how many souls has God brought to us to save, and what did we really do for them? Did we lead them to the true faith that saves? Did we suffer and sacrifice, so grace could be sent, to move them towards Life? Or did we lead them to death by our poor examples and false preaching, and do nothing to really help them. Oh, what have our sins done! To learn more please read, “Misguided Love.”
Yes, the cross–sacrificing the world’s pleasures–to better know, serve and love God, for the salvation of souls, is The Way. Let’s learn how to live the real faith and then teach it others. To learn more please read, “How to Become Attached to God and Not the World.”
Please, we must sound the alarm. For goodness sake, the world has a chance we will catch the Corona virus, that 1% of the population has caught…yes, 1% (328 billion USA population, 1% = 3.2 million), which could be potentially deadly and everyone is in alarm…and don’t get me wrong, it is good to be cautions within moderation, while still always seek one’s spiritual health is first priority above one’s physical health (ensuring the sacraments are received) and of course, never allowing our fears to prevent us from serving God.
But what else is going on today, right before our very eyes: practically everyone is literally choosing to go to Hell–for eternity–since we don’t know The Way and are rejecting Mercy, but we are MUTE. What is wrong? What has the devil done to us? We MUST love each other enough to tell them the truth. The people have the right to know we are walking to our doom. Seek God for courage. Please preach the truth and save souls! How could we not!
“I can not rest, but must needs [to] run and shout a warning to them…Neither can I understand why other priests…do not preach or exhort their flock so that they might avoid this unbearable eternity of Hell. It is still a source of wonder to me how the laity–those men and women blessed with the Faith–do not give warning….why should there not be a warning of the eternal fire to waken those who are drifting in the sleep of sin [to their eternal doom]…”
–St. Anthony Mary Claret, (Autobiography, Ch. 2).
If we, the faithful, don’t change and start preaching the truth, and give the people a real reason to live, so they can change their life and seek Mercy to save them, not only are we damning our own souls, the world will continue to die and implode within itself…as it looks for happiness, peace and justice far outside of God’s will. We must arise from our silence and PREACH THE REAL GOSPEL. We must save God’s children.
“It is necessary, most dearly beloved [priests], to cry out, to make our voices loud. If we do not come to the aid of our Church, who will? Who will do this? Who will reform the peoples?”
–St. Charles Borromeo, (Third Oration to the Clergy at the Eleventh Diocesan Synod)
And if God’s beloved priests are suffering too great of an illness to save the Church, we the faithful, who have ears that can hear, need to. We must reform the Church. We are dying. Please, allow God to use you to save His children from eternal doom…eternity is forever!
We Can’t Remove It All At Once
But I do want to mention, that for most of us, we can’t leave everything we desire for happiness all at once, or we will be miserable and/or very board….plus that would be virtually impossible anyway, since from our sinfulness, we couldn’t possibly accept enough grace to do it correctly. A heart that sincerely desires to leave it all, and is working on doing it, is what God wants.
When we have made the world our source of joy and that is what we need for happiness, and we remove it, what will we do with our “free” time? What will sooth our heart? From loving the world, we don’t really know God and obtaining much joy (at first) from the cross will be hard, nor will most of us even know His will (not most of it), since we will still lack much grace. Therefore, when we remove what we seek to bring us joy, if we can’t fill our emptiness instantly with God’s love, we will feel terrible.
Much of the time, sacrifices aren’t instantly gratifying like with the world’s pleasures. Therefore, for most–however not for all–this life change towards truly following Christ should be done little by little–one small removal of our worldly pleasures at a time, replacing it with something of God–according to our desire and ability, running to God for strength, as we work to let it all go so to love God. To learn more please read, “How Can I Be a True Follower of Christ.”
That doesn’t mean we can’t like things or do things we like. That means we can’t do things opposed to God’s will, things that aren’t for His glory…things we long for/desire to make us happy…those are the things that are keeping us from God–yes, the things that are self gratifying. Of course, it will take some time to truly understand and learn what our attachments are. But, at first, start with what we can understand and see.
Examine what attachments hinder your spiritual life, what passions engross it, and what chiefly attracts you. It is by testing the passions of the soul, one by one, that we ascertain our spiritual condition…when you have gone through each point of this examination and have ascertain your own position [then]…
[If you desire to amend] thank God for such amendment, however slight, as you may have found in yourself, confessing that it is the work of His mercy Alone in you…
[Then seeking knowledge for] their remedies, you will do well…earnestly asking His Grace to confirm you and keep you stead fast in His Holy Love and Service [so change can be made].”
–St. Francis de Sales, (Introduction to the Devout Life, Ch. 7,8,9)
But I must warn you, the devil will try to convince us what are doing is God’s will, for His glory and not to love our selves…just so we stay attached to one idol and die. He doesn’t need to get us to stay attached to many idols to own us…just one is enough. Then we reject God forever and belong to him for eternity. Beware!
So, what is the main thing that we can see that is keeping our mind from being constantly fixed on God and His will? Then seek grace–especially in the sacraments and running to Mary, the Blessed Mother, the deliver of Grace (on earth and from Heaven) for help and work hard to remove it…then move to our next attachment. To learn more please read, “What is God’s Mercy and How Can I Receive It”
Then, if we do this correctly–if we are willing to carry a cross (suffer some discomfort) so to love God–our rejection of our attachments, will send us much grace. After persisting in leaving our attachments, we will receive grace and more grace and grow in wonderful happiness through the cross, for we will have finally put our hearts and minds on loving God, our source of true joy. To learn more please read, “How Can I Find TRUE Happiness.”
“[You are to] live in the world as if God and your soul only were in it; so shall your heart be never made captive by any earthly thing.”
–St. John of the cross, (Spiritual Maxims, Poverty of Spirit)
Christ Saves Us By Removing Our Desire For Sin
I know it is hard to let go of and truly hate what we desire (sin/loving ourselves), since this inclination to sin–to love ourselves, not God, is part of our sinful nature inherited from the consequences of Adam and Eve’s first sin. To learn more please read,”What is the Desire For Sin” it is quite a complicated part of our existence.
“Baptism, by imparting the life of Christ’s grace, erases original sin and turns a man back towards God, but the consequences for nature, weakened and inclined to evil, persist in man and summon him to spiritual battle.” (CCC#405)
To not die from this strong desire for sin, we must seek Christ for grace to change us. We should have been seeking Him our whole lives to save us…God did place this desire to seek Him in our hearts too…but most ignore it or don’t really understand what we are to do with it.
From this confusion, we turn to God for all of the wrong reasons, not to learn how hate sin and love Him for the salvation of our souls…but mostly to remove the crosses that comes our way so we can have a cross free life, when we should be learning how carry our crosses–LIVE The Word, not just to understand or agree with it.
“For this single sin [Adam and Eve’s sin], a majority of adults are damned for all eternity [since they never sought Christ to remove their desire for sin]. Everyone who is damned is damned on account of the uncontrolled passions of his heart which draw him to sin [and not God alone]. “
–St. Anthony Mary Claret, (Golden Key to Heaven, Meditation 4).
Yet, from being greatly deceived, we aren’t seeking Christ to save us. Now, from having such a great liking for sin–since it grows if we don’t seek to amend it–we have made it an acceptable part of who we are. We don’t even see half of our sins, since we have convinced ourselves they are not even sinful…but we must open our eyes and change. Eternity is forever!
“The part of the last apparition which has remained most deeply imprinted on my heart is the prayer of our heavenly Mother begging us not to offend any more Almighty God, Who is already so much offended.”
–Sr. Lucia of Fatima
The Consequence of Sin
Why do we think the world is such a mess…we don’t really love Our Lord…not even His faithful? Not enough to sincerely work hard to stop offending Him. We are focused on ourselves…getting love from God, but not loving Him in return.
How are we supposed to bring others to the Light, if we don’t know the way ourselves?
If we want to learn why we are suffering from the Corona virus and from bounds of miseries, please read, “Why Does God Allow Suffering and Punishment.” God wants us saved.
However, from the evil one’s deception, all that has been mentioned in this article aren’t the only abominations of love towards God/lies that we are suffering from. Oh, there is so much more confusion with the faith, in which we can read about throughout the different articles on this web-site and even continuing in this article.
But the most shocking aliment in the Church is that the sacraments aren’t leading us to Life. What stands this Church–The Catholic Church (the one Christ founded)–apart from all of the others churches that man founded–the sacraments–aren’t saving us.
The requirements to obtain Holy Communion and Anointing of the Sick worthily aren’t understood by most, our confessions are actually harming us and even Indulgences (which aren’t technically sacraments) are hastening us towards death and souls who want to be saved by these sacraments and blessings are actually falling towards their doom from receiving them improperly and/or unworthily. Please read, “How Bad Confessions Can Damn Us”, “Will Anointing of the Sick Forgive Mortal Sin”, “How to Receive Holy Communion Worthily” and “Will An Indulgence Take Away the Punishment For My Sins?” to learn more.
How To Obtain a Saving Faith
If we don’t want to chose sin over God (chose Hell), then we need to work on gaining a heart of true love for God…by asking God to give us a heart that would sincerely rather suffer death than sin (true contrition).
To obtain this heart of true love is easy (even though it is hard because we don’t want to change)…but learning what to do is easy, if we have a true desire. To start, once we matured enough and gained full knowledge of right from wrong, God told our hearts all we need to do to be saved.
So if we want, God can guide and transform our hearts of self-love into hearts of true love; we just need to turn to God for help, learn The Way and then do it.
“I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them upon their minds” (Hebrews 10:16).
But since we have such a hard time listening to the truth in our hearts, from God’s divine mercy, He has helped us even more…God has written His directions for what we need to do so we can learn how to hate sin/love God in The Bible.
“The means of salvation and sanctification are know to all; they are laid down in the Gospel, explained by the master of the spiritual life, practiced by the Saints, and necessary to all who wish to be saved.” as St. Louis de Montfort expresses in The Doctrine of the Holy Slavery (#4)–and especially through Christ’s example; Oh, He is Our Savior in more than one way. To learn more please read, “Why Did Jesus Die for Our Sins.”
“The reason why Christ died for sins once for all…was that He might lead you to God.” (Peter 3:18).
Therefore, by following Christ and the lives of the saints–changing to do what they have done–who have successfully lived the faith and obtained “the goal of [your] faith, the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:9), God can transform our hearts, and we can be saved too.
Yes, to obtain a saving faith all we need to do is follow Christ–obey Him–by seeking His will, which is the perfect unique plan He has created to transform each of us for the salvation of our souls. By doing this, Christ can, if we allow Him, remove our desire/inclination for sin that envelops our entire being…so His grace can consume literally everything–every thought, word and deed. Then He will guide and transform us, if we REALLY want to change into a saving faith. To learn more please read, “What is God’s Will.”
“He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:9).
Oh, the Law isn’t meant to burden us…to keep us from having fun. It is meant to SAVE US. The law teaches us how to love God, which will bring us greater joy than anything in the world. To learn more please read, “How Can I Find True Happiness.” Let’s learn how to obey/follow Christ so we can grow in faith to love God with a saving love.
“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).
Can We See Ourselves?
To allow Christ to guide us to Life, we need to see where we are failing…see the sins we love–the sins we ignore–for we can’t grow in faith to truly hate what we refuse to even see. From there, we can seek God to help us obtain a sincere desire to stop committing them and the strength to do it. To learn more please read, “How Can I See My Sins.”
In order to see the sins we love, which are beyond the few habitual sins we can see, we need humility, which is sincere knowledge of our sinfulness (our nothingness), which provides us with great understanding of our need for mercy (God’s help to save us). But this is something we greatly lack.
Most think we hardly sin. But that just isn’t true. Or if we think we sin, we only see a hand full of them. Why? This is because we don’t examine our conscience properly (humbly). Many people are so busy noticing the sins of others or what we think are the sins of others, thinking they are far worse than ourselves, that we can’t recognize our own trespasses.
“All true knowledge of our spiritual progress rests; as to an examination of sins…how we have been going on since we made good resolutions concerning them.”
–St. Francis de Sales, (Introduction to the Devout Life, Ch. 7)
We must change who’s sins we are focused on–even if others are sinning against us–and put our attention on what we are doing wrong and where our failures to love exist within ourselves. It doesn’t matter how others treat us, it matters how we treat them.
While then there are others, who are so focused on all the good we do, since some of us are very charitable and make great sacrifices for others, but then, we never honestly look for our own crimes against God wanting to amend them…and live blind.
Some will “say” we are great sinners, even though we can’t say what these great sins are, but even with that, we have little or no resolve to amend them, and then there are others who think we hardly sin, and also have the same lack of desire to amend. So if we want to love God, we MUST want to see our sins and amend our life to become a real saint…yes, that is YOUR calling. To learn more please read, “How to Become a Saint.”
“Because they did not amend themselves…they thus so miserably received Eternal Punishment.”
–God the Father to St. Catherine of Siena, (Treatise on Discretion)
We can’t continue in our faith dead–not living–not growing towards becoming like Christ. We must learn how to see the sins we have spent our lives justifying, so we can seek Mercy to amend them.
We aren’t only just a little impatient or perhaps lacking a little trust (complaining, worrying)…and if we get rid of those couple of sins “bam”, we are a saint. Oh, we have so many other sins we ignore–that we aren’t resolved to amend. The Word is composed of so much more than just the few “sins” we see.
Just look in the mirror…look at the lives we live. Do we go to church and then right after we get done giving praise to God, we now give praise to the world…as we seek friends, entertainment, wealth, success, accomplishments, relaxation, etc…everything but God and His will to fill us.
Honestly, what do we look like? Are we really humble, simple, pure? What do we act like? Are we truly chased, loving, and tolerant when others do wrong to us? What do we desire? It is sincerely God and His will alone as we do all for the salvation of souls.? Are we really changing our life so one day we can live it like a real saint?
Or do we really live lives as a hippocrates? Does what we look like, act like or desire differ greatly from a true self-sacrificing saint, who’s heart and mind is on God alone? Who are we following? The saints? Please ask God, where are we failing to sanctify our souls? Oh, we need Jesus to change us.
But the hardest part is getting us to realize just how sick (deceived and riddled in sin) we really are–just how much we desire sin (aren’t really following Christ or the saints)–so we can know just how much we are in need of the healing mercy of Our Savior, so to be saved by Him. To learn more please read, “What are the Requirements of Salvation” most don’t understand the basics…plus there is a test in this article to see if you do.
If we don’t see our VAST sinfulness…if we can’t actually say what many of our sins are–not all of them, for God would never allow us to see them all, we would die of horror, but if we can’t say many of them then we need to pray to God to open our eyes, because we are FAR from perfect self-sacrificing saints. If we want to love God by not offending Him, we need to know where we are failing.
Self-knowledge humbly opens up our hearts to love and hear God’s truths; it is invaluable.
“This Blood teaches the truth to him, who, by self-knowledge, dissipates the cloud of self-love, and in no other way can he learn.
–God The Father to St. Catherine of Siena, (Treatise of Divine Providence)
God asks us to change our entire lives–to leave everything and follow Him. Yes, everything must change (grace must move all of us). We must strive to “be imitators of God” (Ephesians 5:1) if we are to have real hope in Jesus saving us. Let’s learn The Way to Eternal Life.
The following is a list of some basic things those who are really striving to LIVE THE FAITH do, so Christ can save them:
- Working hard to become a real self-sacrificing saint, someone who wants to perfectly follow and love God by The Way of Perfection–the Way of the Cross (1 Corinthians 1:2) (2 Corinthians 7:1),
“Christian holiness consists in this: 1. Resolving to become a saint…” –St. Louis de Montfort (Letter to the Friends of the Cross)
- Striving to sin no more–to remove our sins: pride, greed, jealously, gossiping, laziness, anger, impatience, worrying (lack of trust)…sin after sin–all of our habitual sins–through God’s grace towards receiving the fullness of God’s grace and obtaining the goal of never offending God again even with the slightest sin. (1 Corinthians 15:34) (John 5:14),
“Since that day [when I had made my Act of Oblation on June 9, 1895], love has surrounded me and penetrated me through and through. Moment by moment, the Merciful Love of God renews and cleanses me and leaves my heart without a trace of sin.”–St. Thérèse of Lisieux (Story of a Soul, Ch. 8)
- Growing in discipline and self-control, so God’s grace can move all our thoughts, words and action and not our sinful desires and impulses (Proverbs 25:28)
- Working to become perfectly pure—to banish all we think, do, or say that isn’t perfectly chased–what God or the Blessed Mother wouldn’t, think, do or say, by looking at ourselves and honestly asking ourselves, “If Jesus or the Blessed Mother were alive today, would they wear, think or do what we do, think or wear.” And then seek to remove all they really wouldn’t do…all, vanity, lust and impurity from our lives…turning our eyes from the slightest impurity, stripping ourselves of all desire to be seen as attractive or sexy; by not beatifying ourselves, but wearing lose, covering modest clothing so to not cause ourselves or another to fall into any impure or vain thoughts. Not allowing our eyes, to fall on another and focus on their body–noticing the perfections/imperfections of their form–instead of praying their soul. (Ephesians 5:3)
- Losing our will so God’s plan on what we need to do to obtain Life can happen, as we let go of what we want and replace it with what God wants–in all of our thoughts, words and actions–because, from the consequence of Adam and Eve’s first sin, we all have a great desire/inclination for sin, making our will that of sin. Therefore, our father-who we naturally want to obey-is sadly the devil, but by truly turning to Christ, as adopted children, God will take our hard hearts of self-love and make them natural hearts of true love for God. (Matthew 10:39),
- Progressively loosing our desire for the pleasures of the world (our attachments) to all that pulls our hearts and minds from desiring God alone–all that is our source of happiness that isn’t God: people, power, possessions…so we will lose our idols and come to truly hate all those things that have kept us from fully loving God, so we can only long for God and His will alone (Matthew 16:26) (1 John 2:15) (Luke 14:26),
“In the beginning of the heavenly journey…[it is a] world like wild beasts…The first is [when we change to live The Way], we must forfeit the world’s favour [lose popularity], lose friends, credit, reputation, and property [things we love]; the second is not less cruel; we must suffer the perpetual deprivation of all the comforts and pleasures of the world [live like Christ]; and the third is still worse: evil tongues will rise against us, mock us, and speak of us with contempt [be seen as doing wrong when we aren’t]…[yet, those] relying on His love and favour [trust in God], finds no difficulty in saying: ‘I will fear no wild beasts’…the soul must…trampling under foot all sensual appetites and all natural affections [to seek God and His will alone, not the desires of the body]…This then, is the way to seek the Beloved.” –St. John of the Cross (A Spiritual Canticle, Stanza III)
- Growing in humility/self-knowledge, growing in understanding of our nothingness (our inability to do anything truly good without God’s grace moving us)–growing in knowledge of our great sinfulness–so we will truly understand others sinfulness and our need for God’s mercy, so to not reject any grace from our pride and to truly be able to love God and others (2 Chronicles 7:14) (James 4:6),
- Increasing our contrition/hatred for sin, so we can obtain the goal of perfect/true contrition (a saving faith): a contrition so great we would rather suffer anything, “death rather than sin” (St. Dominic Savio) because we can’t bear to offend God, whom we don’t want to lose and wish to love with all of our hearts. It is when we will love God above ourselves and then seek to have our love for God/hatred for sin increase towards sanctity and then perfection (Luke 7:47) (Proverbs 8:13),
“Do you not realize that God’s kindness [grace] is meant to lead you to [True] repentance?” (Romans 2:4),
- Increasing our Fear of the Lord: which is when we fear sinning (because of its consequences), because we dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell (servile fear), but most of all because our sins offend God, whom we should be loving with all of our hearts (filial fear). Yes, fear of the Lord is composed of two fears…one to spur us to want to begin to repent and change (servile fear) and the other to bring us into true love for God (filial fear)…but when we are moved to change by either fear of the Lord, that is because we have been blessed with wisdom and can learn finally The Way to Life (Proverbs 9:11),
“The gift of fear of the Lord is definitely the basis [from the Holy Spirit]. It is fear of sin. –Pope St. John Paul II, (Spiritual Diary, Sept. 23)
- Growing in prayer through attending the Mass, reading The Word, vocal and mental praise, adoration and supplication (seeking help) towards unceasing prayer so God can one day move our every thought, word and deed and not our sinful self (1 Thessalonians 5:17),
- Increasing our trust in God so we can grow into truly trusting in God: fully understanding that all He allows is meant to ultimately lead to our good–to grow closer to a life of peace,then a saving faith and sanctity, for those who believe enough to learn and change from all God allows–especially our crosses–into becoming a closer to the image of Christ (seeking to truly follow Him). Then after true trust is gained, we will walk on the Path of Life with Christ without complaining or worrying during our crosses towards the goal of our faith, the salvation of our souls (Proverbs 3:5-6),
- Growing in peace towards perfect peace (losing complaining or worrying), especially during suffering, from gaining true trust in Christ–in all He allows as leading to our good (the reward for living the faith correctly) (Philippians 4:7),
- Frequently receives the sacraments especially that of confession and Holy Communion (if worthy) so God’s fantastic strength, which is sent through these gifts (to those who are properly disposed) can move them along the path of Life towards a saving faith and then becoming a perfect saint (John 6:53),
- Learn from the good and the bad, so God can teach us His blessed ways and we can constantly change and grow towards becoming like Christ…living for God’s will alone. (Psalm 25:4-5)
- Increasing and purifying our works (caring for the earthly and spiritual needs of others), so they are done for the right reasons…not so we can feel like we are a good person, but only for His honor and glory, working to the best of our ability (under the circumstances), for the love of God through our neighbor according to His will for the salvation of souls…not loving as the world loves: by building up others blinding pride through useless conversation, complements and gifts, seeking to make others happy so to win praise for ourselves, success, and friends as we even become others idols (what they need for happiness), but loving how Christ loved us, by helping others always with the goal of the salvation of their souls (2 Corinthians 1:6) (John 12:43),
“Fly with care [run from the] praises of men, hold them in abhorrence as you would a mortal poison [they lead to death].” –St. Vincent Ferrer (The Spiritual Life, Ch. 3)
- Improving our carrying of our crosses, so we can carry them with Our Lord, striving to never complain or worry over what God has allowed, but to peacefully trust in all–even tragedy, sickness and loss–as what we need to help us learn and change so one day we can live a life of peace as we allow Christ to purify us and lead us to Heaven through the cross and send grace for the salvation of souls through our peaceful suffering like Christ (Luke 14:27),
- Growing in our life of penance/love of the cross; from having great sorrow for our sins, we seek to do something to make right our wrongs (apologize, repair wrong to neighbor and suffer and sacrifice to atone to God)…using the cross as a motivator to encourage change. Intentionally denying ourselves of pleasure (choosing what we don’t like), making sacrifices to love God and others, so that one day everything (according to God’s will) may become a cross so to love God, through our neighbor, just like Our Lord loved us…growing in our desire to love Christ through the cross; increasing our sacrifices/suffering to atone (cover/pay the price/in reparation) for our and others sins–in an attempt to make right our wrongs (committed after baptism) and to save souls through the grace sent by the joyful carrying of the cross (1 Peter 4:8) (Colossians 1:24),
“Penance, penance, penance…Make of everything you can a sacrifice, and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins” –Our Lady of Fatima,
- Growing in gratitude for God’s mercy, punishments and justice (the Law) by being able to see more clearly God’s love and patience He has with us sinful beings, which is incomprehensable but it is an ever growing understanding that available to us all (Lamentations 3:32-33) (Revelation 3:19),
- Increasing in true knowledge and wisdom of God, which has no end and begins from fear of the Lord so we can understand The Word and know The Way to Eternal Life (Proverbs 2:6),
- Increasing our desire/work to save souls by preaching, praying and living a life of sacrificing (giving up of worldly pleasure and carrying our crosses) to send grace for our dying neighbor, for their conversion, at least, at the hour of their death and by preaching the truth and living the true faith like Christ has done for us, so to truly love God and others (Mark 16:15),
“Offer up everything in your power as a sacrifice to the Lord in reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners . . . More than all else, accept and bear with resignation the sufferings that God may send you.” –Angel of Fatima
- Gaining greater virtues (qualities of goodness) from living the faith correctly working towards being the perfect image of Christ (2 Peter 1:5-8),
- Growing in our humble devotion to those who can assist us–imploring prayers/help from the righteous: our faithful neighbor, and the Blessed Mother, the angels and the saints, who are living with Christ in Heaven, following the tradition of the Church and the saints from the beginning of Christianity, so we can receive all the help God has waiting for us and move more easily towards a saving faith, sanctity and perfection. (James 5:16)
- Increasing our love for God, leaving our distractions, so no distraction will pull our hearts or eyes off of God, so one day we can be perfectly affixed on God, with the goal of perfectly loving Him, which is done by following Christ and allowing God’s grace to fill us so to remove our ability to offend Him. Then we will no longer fear punishment (since we can’t sin) as we only love God…doing all (every thought, word and deed) perfectly for God’s honor and glory, since Christ–His grace–is now moving everything in us (Ephesians 5:1) (1 John 4:18).
“This vocation to perfect love is not restricted to a small group of individuals. The invitation, “go, sell your possessions and give the money to the poor”, and the promise “you will have treasure in heaven”, are meant for everyone.”‘–Pope St. John Paul II, (Veritatis Splendor, #18)
Oh, as we can see, living the faith is much more that just going to church, praying some prayers and helping others; we have been greatly deceived! What have we let our pride do to God’s faith? Tragic!
When pride comes, disgrace comes; but with the humble is wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2).
Now is the time to humble ourselves. How much of God’s Word do we ignore? Are we really following the saints to Heaven?
Sincerely, we can’t be truly sorry for offending God and truly love Him if we aren’t even sincerely striving to live the real faith–ALL of it.
Sadly, most are blinded to The Way and we are dying. That is why St. Augustine is warning us that “Very Few Christians Are Saved.” We aren’t following Christ; therefore we never come to truly love Him. Yet, now is time to change and preach The Truth; souls are dying…souls God wants to use you to save.
“Who are you? A soul divided in the service of God? A soul embarrassed by a multitude of human affections? You have now to detach your heart from creatures…Who are you? A soul given to worldly pleasures?…”Return, you transgressors, to the heart” (Is. 46:8)….Who are you? A soul struggling with long and violent temptations…You need strength to resist….Who are you? Lastly, are you a guilty soul? …Ah! You require nothing less than all the grace of God…[lets learn how to obtain them]”
–St. Ignatius of Loyola, (Spiritual Exercises, First consideration)
Sins of Omission
From looking at the list above, we can see sometimes our greatest sins are our sins of OMISSION–not doing what we should have done. Yes, ignoring any of God’s law: not being truly resolved to leave a single attachment: not working to leave the food, our affections to friends, family, things, success, etc. that we crave and desire for happiness–our idols or not being truly resolved to stop habitually committing any sin, and not living a life of penance (seeking self-denial/sacrifice…love of the cross) or neglecting to work hard to change from our life of indulgences so to walk as Jesus walked, while carrying our crosses in peaceful trust–yes, not TRULY following Christ (the saints)–prevents Christ from transforming our hearts into hearts of true love/true hatred for sin (keeps Christ from saving us).
We must work hard to change everything because “whoever keeps the whole law, but falls short in one particular, has become guilty in respect to all of it” (James 2:10). Therefore, we will have to come to true repentance for every part we are guilty of neglecting. And as was said before, we can’t hate a single breaking/neglecting of God’s law if we aren’t even sincerely trying to change to live it.
What part of The Word do we not want to live..that we aren’t little by little working to make perfect in our lives? What choices that the saints have made that we don’t want to follow? That is what will kill us.
Please know, it isn't the sins we hate that will damn us; it is the one's we don't...and all it takes is one small sin we cling to...just one refusal to obey.
Truly, we are accountable for literally everything we do or don’t do; “if all men knew this, no one would choose wickedness even for a little, knowing that he goes to the everlasting punishment of fire; but would by all means restrain himself, and adorn himself with virtue, that he might obtain the good gifts of God, and escape the punishments” (St. Justin Marytr, 1 Apologies, Ch 12). Oh, we must be sorry for sinning ALL sin…not just some of them. Therefore, we must be working hard to LIVE all of The Word–especially love of the cross by seeking to become a real saint. To learn more please read, “How to Become a Saint.”
We must change Eternity is forever!
If we want to change, now that we can see how we aren’t really living the saving faith (saved), wonderful! The angels and saints in Heaven are dancing and God is waiting to transform you.
“I tell you, there will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:10).
Now, we must make a resolution to become a real saint..a real perfect saint–someone who never wants to offend God again in the slightest way and is willing to do what it takes to get there, so we can one day perfectly love Him or at least begin to change because we don’t want to spend eternity in Hell (then God can transform our hearts into doing all so to love Him). Being complacent with our sinfulness must end.
After we have a firm resolve to change our entire life, we need to seek the means to obtain sanctity. GRACE! To do this we must LEARN The Way of Perfection–the Way of the Cross–that is the ONLY way to Eternal Life. That is The Way Christ and His Saints traveled. Please read, “How to Become a Saint.”
But to do this won’t be easy. There are so many wrongful teachings being spread, it is absolutely unbelievable….the whole faith needs to be learned all over again. It has been corrupted and distorted and it’s killing us.
If you are blessed to see how you have been deceived with a few things I have mentioned above, then you must know you have been deceive with bounds of other truths as well. You just don’t see them yet. Please humbly accept this reality, and look for where else the devil has caught you in his trap.
This whole spreading of lies as truth began with someone not understanding a Truth. Then instead of humbly preaching it anyway (for we don’t have to understand something for it to be true; we don’t have the wisdom of God or the saints), they recreated their own truth based on what they understood and then taught it to another and then to another and then to another as if it was Truth.
Today, from one’s pride, the faith Christ began isn’t what the apostles taught us nor what the saints lived; it is what a non-sanctified, confused man thinks it should be, which is a lie that is damning soul after soul after soul. Tragic! This has been going on for so long, horribly the teachers of the faith don’t know The Way themselves.
“There are doubtless, few to be found in these lamentable times to lead souls [to Heaven] in the way of perfection”
–St. Vincent Ferrer, (The Spiritual Life, Ch. IV)
Therefore, we must ask God to show us where we are not living like a true saint and read The Word, the Catechism (authored by the saints-correctly translated) and books the written by the saints or approved by a saint, and beg God to keep us from mistranslated anything into being our own created faith.
Throw away all of the rest of the books. Oh, they mean well and might make us “feel” temporarily happy or seem to help, but they don’t know any better, and are misguiding us, teaching us how to love ourselves (not God) and leaving us lukewarm…leading us on the path to our doom. They are a big problem. To learn more please read, “Books Written By the Saints.” and “What Does Evil Look Like.”
Then seek God’s grace to help us remove our trespasses one at a time and live for His will alone, so we can “be perfect just as our Heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48), never quitting, when it is seems too hard and never losing our desire to change/to truly love God–or all will be lost. To Learn more please read, “How to Overcome Despair Against Hope for Salvation.” Remember, “God Wants You In Heaven.”
The saints not only rejected indulgences and have lost their attachments (what they used to long for for happiness), they also lived a life of penance, rejecting as much pleasure for the cross as they could, since they grew to understand their sinfulness and gained a horror for sin–a horror for Offending God–and wanted to make right their wrongs (atone) and also wanted for God to use their additional sacrifice for the salvation of souls.
“Offer prayers and sacrifices constantly to the Most High…Make of everything you can a sacrifice, and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners.”
–Our Lady of Fatima
By nature God created our bodies to seek pleasure. Before Adam and Eve’s first sin, we sought pleasure in loving God, but after their sin, we all suffer from the consequence of their sins and now seek pleasure in loving ourselves (desiring sin). The desire to love God is still with in us but it is drowned out because of our strong inclination to sin. It is only through God’s grace that our hard hearts which love ourselves more than God can be transformed…and the only way to transform us is through love…true love. Not love like the world loves, with idol conversations, gifts and similes of approval…but love like Christ loves through the cross.
“The Christian vocation is one of sacrifice, penance, expiation. We must make reparation for our sins…We must try to imitate Christ, “always carrying about in our body the dying of Christ,” his abnegation, his suffering on the the cross, “so that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our bodies.”
–St. Josemaria Escriva, (Christ is Passing By, The Season of Mortification)
Yes, Christ came to earth to show us what true love is, so we can clearly see how to rid our desire for sin and gain a sincere/true desire to love God and that is by living the way of the cross…like Christ and the saints have done before us. This is how we accept God’s saving forgiving mercy He died to give us.
There are endless ways we can reject pleasure for the cross. There is a cross we can choose to carry and a cross God is looking for us to carry around every corner too. For example: if you get a headache don’t run for the pain killers…just, “accept and bear with resignation the sufferings that God may send you” as the angel said to the Fatima children, silently and if possible make no notice to another of your discomfort (of course if it seems like a serious medical condition it is fine to consult a doctor) and offer it up “in atonement for our sin and those of the whole world” (Jesus to St. Faustina Diary # ). Let’s say your in the store buying food. You see the food you like, and instead of choosing what you like choose something less or what you don’t even like at all and offer it to God ” “. Let’s say, you are comfortable in your house at 75° then change the temperature to 77°. When you go to dress don’t ware what makes you look most attractive, but what makes you look most simple and invisible. Yes, the penances don’t need to be great…little crosses atone and save souls too…when done from a heart of great love. To learn more please read, “What is Penance.”
However, no matter if we carry a big cross or a small, the amount of grace God can send to a soul is based upon not the size of the sacrifice, but the love in our heart that it was derived from. Therefore, no matter what sacrifice we make, we need to have the intention of loving God with all of our heart. We can’t sacrifice just for it to be some quest we seek to accomplish, but done seeking no reward, just to love God by trying to do something to make right our wrongs.
But even with all of the sacrifices the saints made, they didn’t believe for a moment, their horribly sinful beings, were saved because they were doing all of those pious things. They knew they needed to obey and reject the world–to let go of everything they desired–so instead of their sinful nature controlling their thoughts, words and deeds, they would now allow God–their Savior–to fill their minds and hearts with His grace so HE CAN DO EVERYTHING THROUGH THEM.
Jesus only becomes Our Savior if we allow His helping mercy–His actual grace–to transform our "hearts hardened" (Mark 8:17) by self-love, that is attached to many sins and worldly pleasures, into a "new heart, and a new spirit" (Ezekiel 36:26) that truly hates all sin, all pleasures of the world, and even our sinful self and desires God and His will alone so we can embrace God’s saving mercy He died to give us, for the salvation of our and others souls. This is our faith!
Yes, God–His grace–makes the saints holy. They are not holy…just a misery of sin…just like we all are. But the saints fully understood their nothingness and great need for God’s mercy (grace) and obtained it.
We want to grow in humility so we too can gain such understanding of our nothingness, so we can run to God humbly to take away our self-love–liking for sin and pleasure (not the cross)–so God can transform our hard hearts into natural godly ones.
But tragically most of us, even the faithful, don’t understand this kind of TRUE FAITH. Penance simply isn’t understood or lived. We don’t know our unfathomable sinfulness and need for mercy and the cross. To learn more please read, “Why Does God Allow Suffering and Punishment.”
“It pains me to see so many pitiful blind people fleeing hurriedly from the very gracious offer [Eternal Life] of the Master…My soul is extremely distressed when I see these truly blind people…who’s passions [for the world] have robbed them of wisdom…They are constantly on fire with thousands of desires for earthly satisfactions…Jesus extends his very tender invitation to come and drink the living water, but…what response does he get from these wretched people [they still want the world]?”
–St. Padre Pio, (Letter, Oct. 10, 1915)
To find The Way won’t be easy. Horribly, “the vast majority of Christians are enveloped in the most shocking ignorance [of their faith]” as St. John Baptist Vianney, warns us. (Sermons of the Cure of Ars, The Lost Works). And because we live in the time of great darkness, that is practically everyone. Jesus help us!
Tragically, we don’t know our deadly sins, our attachments to the word (idols–especially our attachments to ourselves and others), nor do we understand the love of cross (the joy of suffering/penance) from being so greatly deceived. We simply don’t fully understand nor live the real faith, not like the saints…nor are we seeking God’s mercy (help) to bring us into such understanding or saving faith either, mostly because we don’t even know we need one.
But until we grow in greater love with God, we will think it is impossible to leave (lose our indulgences and attachment to our earthly loves) which is all we live for to bring us happiness and find ourselves too weak to sacrifice pleasure for the cross…but if we seek Mercy–in all the vast ways He provides us with help–as we try, removing what we can, slowly receiving more grace from truly striving to follow Christ (following the list above) and through partaking in the sacraments correctly (as this website explains), what we once couldn’t live without (our attachments), we will HATE because we now understand it kept us from loving God and what we have no strength to do, will from God’s grace, be easy.
The truly sad thing is, those who appear to have given up everything for God, who seem to be living with the removal of attachments, and many sacrifices, like may religious seem to be living, are mostly deceived into believing it is by those great acts of sacrifice that we are saved…and then they die from presumption of salvation (thinking we save ourselves–not God)… thinking those acts make us holy–saved. Those acts just allow God to use our great sinfulness to save souls. We are nothing.
“‘Jesus, [St. Faustina said] but there are so many souls praising You in convents [where we have left everything to follow You].” The Lord answered, “That praise wounds My Heart, because love has been banished from convents. Souls without love and without [true] devotion, souls full of egoism and self-love, souls full of pride and arrogance, souls full of deceit and hypocrisy, lukewarm souls who have just enough warmth to keep them alive: My Heart cannot bear this.”
–Jesus to St. Faustina, Diary #1702
Oh, we have been deceived! Oh, if we have fallen into this trap, we don’t really love God and believe He is saving us (by removing our desire for sin/lack of contrition); sadly, we have been tricked into loving ourselves and thinking we are saving ourselves by our great prayers and sacrifices we make. When we are saved by Christ, when He transforms our hearts from stony hearts into natural hearts of humble contrition.
It is our pride that simply won’t allow us to see ourselves for who we really are (sinners) and let God change us. To learn more please read, “What is the Desire for Sin”.
Oh, the sins are endless that we can desire over God…and we desire so many of them. We greatly need Our Savior’s help! He is waiting for us. Run to Him. To learn more please read, “How to Desire God Alone.”
Rely On God Alone
If we strive to change our life like the saints have done, which is written above, but we simply can’t live the faith, that is because we are relying on our strength and not God alone. We didn’t learn of our true nothingness yet. To learn more please read,”How Can I Regain My Faith” or “How to Over Come Despair Against Hope For Salvation.”
This is especially hard for the “successful” person, those with much natural discipline…like athletes, who boost themselves up to motivate themselves to achieve great things.
We need to not do that if we want Eternal Life; we need to do the opposite. Bow our heads low, know our inability to do anything and seek Mercy to do everything. Oh, a life of constant prayer is what we will seek the strength we need to come to truly love God. For, when we strive and strive to do everything God wills, but only use our strength, we will only go so far from whatever innate discipline/strength God bestowed upon us at birth. But to obtain a saving faith, we need the strength of God–Our Savior. We simply can’t do it alone. Only God can save us.
If God is allowing you to fall over and over again, but you are trying to live the faith…then He is seeking to humble you, so you can truly let go of control and allow God transform you.
“To show how insignificant a being man is when he relies upon himself alone…What does God do to bring us to a knowledge of ourselves, to make us conscious of our unworthiness? He allows the devil to approach us. Look at that Christian, who envied those saints who were living on roots and herbs, and who made the heroic resolution to chastise his body with the same hardships; but, lo! a slight headache, the prick of a needle causes him to break out in loud lamentations.”
–St. John Vianney, (Sermons of the Cure D’Ars, First Sunday of Lent)
You see, we are nothing…without grace moving us…nothing at all. Accept our nothingness, and allow God to change you. We must be willing to do whatever God wants of you. Because until you surrender your will for His–do what His plan is for your transformation–you will only grow so much–if at all, not into a saving faith.
Please Hear God Calling For You
If you don’t believe The Word, the saints and I enough, and you neglect to persistently seek out God’s mercy to help you grow into a SAVING FAITH, sanctity and then perfection–since you didn’t head this warning or you simply don’t think you need to, and you are wrong…please know, you will choose Hell for all eternity, which is forever and ever and ever!
Also, please don’t be tricked into thinking you have tomorrow to change–that love of sin will damn you. So many people think they have tomorrow to amend. Where is our hatred for sin? Oh, you don’t know your hour or how long it will take you to change. For most it takes years to acquire enough grace to let go of all that we desire that isn’t God, so to desire God alone and be saved by Him. Before you know it, your hour will come, and you wouldn’t have even begun your journey…tragic!
Yes, “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). Don’t follow the vast majority of the lost…only the very few who are truly seeking God’s mercy for Eternal Life by working hard to follow Him.
But sadly, even many, who read this and hear God talking to them, will only feel motivated for a moment to do something. Then the devil will distract them with the world…like the sower of the seed on poor or rocky soil or amoung the thorns, and they will lose all motivation and go on living life just the same. They just won’t have the courage or desire to do what is needed to CHANGE. Horrible!
Please pray and sacrifice for such souls, for after coming to gain clear knowledge of The Truth and still rejecting it, their suffering will be even more horrible forever. To learn more please read, “Who Suffers the Most in Hell.”
“If today you hear His voice harden not your hearts.” From God’s great love for you, God is calling out to you. Please diligently seek Him. He wants to remove your desire for sin so you can desire Him. God wants you in Heaven.
Many of the saints like Pope St. John Paul II spoke about this ignorance of The Way and moral failure of the faithful, as he did in his encyclical “Veritatis Splendore” saying “[it is] necessary to reflect on the whole of the Church’s moral teaching…[there is] certainly a genuine crisis…[we] have most serious implications for the moral life [failure] of the faithful and for communion in the Church.”
As we know 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.
Truly, even though we experience God’s great love for us and do wonderful works for Him, horribly, the faithful are dying because the evil one has us priding ourselves (blinding us) so greatly with our “goodness” thinking from all of our knowledge of the faith, many prayers and great works, that we hate our sins and truly love God. When, in God’s eyes, from our lack of humility, we are still morally failing God in many ways, far from a saving faith and are actually outside of a state of grace and bound for Hell.
Only, from God crushing our pride greatly and giving us much fear of the Lord (fear of sin and it’s consequences) will we even begin to see. To learn more please read, “What is Fear of the Lord.”
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5).
We, who still sin, must HUMBLE OURSELVES. God’s sanctifying forgiving grace He died to give us saves (cf. Ephesians 2:8). Not anything we, sinful beings, do or from any blessing we pride ourselves for having received. We don’t save ourselves, God saves us!
Please, we don’t have to die from lacking contrition for our sins–lacking true faith/true love for God. God’s great transforming mercy (help) is waiting to take away our liking for our sins, so we can truly love Him and not our sins and accept His saving forgiving grace for great peace in our life on earth and for all Eternity.
If we are so blessed to be able to hear, you now know you have been greatly deceived and must change. God is calling for you. God wants you in Heaven. We don’t need to be with the majority and die. We just need to learn how to follow Christ and obtain His grace, so He can leads us to Heaven, as we grow from some faith in Jesus into a true saving faith. God wants you in Heaven. But don’t just come alone; we are called to save souls, so preach this truth to others and work hard to save God’s children. Our Lord is in mortal agony over the loss of each soul. To learn more please read, “How to Preach the Truth and Save Souls.”
Why the Catholic Church is the Surest Way to Salvation.
“Among the penitent’s acts [the person confessing their sins] contrition [sorrow] occupies first place [since it is needed for salvation]. Contrition is sorrow of the soul and detestation [hate] for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again [to become a saint]” (CCC #1451).
“All are called to holiness [this is obedience to God and needed for eternal life]: ‘Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect [must be our goal].’ In order to reach this perfection the faithful should use the strength dealt out to them by Christ’s gift [His grace], so that . . . doing the will of the Father in everything, they may wholeheartedly devote themselves to the glory of God [live for God] and to the service of their neighbor. Thus the holiness of the People of God will grow in fruitful abundance, as is clearly shown in the history of the Church through the lives of so many saints” (CCC #2013).
Our Lady of Fatima
“I am the Lady of the Rosary, I have come to warn the FAITHFUL to amend their lives and ask for pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the Rosary. Let them continue saying it every day [for my help].”
God wants you in Heaven. Hear Him crying out pleading for you to repent and change. He gave you your life to live for Him. Don’t reject Him. Come embrace His loving mercy. It is waiting for you. He will take away your sins, if you only allow Him. Let go of the world and live for Jesus. Eternity is forever!