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the fewness of the saved is real
Souls are Dying!
Yes, “scarcely anyone is saved” as St. Alphonosus, Doctor of the Church tries to wake us up, in his letter to Christians (brethren of a confraternity), so we can see.
When we hear these words of the saints, we can respond in three ways:
- ignore them and think they are speaking about someone else or
- think the saints are lying and we are given more wisdom than them or
- try to understand why the saints say what they say, so we can change and be with the “few.”
“Many are called but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14).
Our eternity depends upon us changing to follow The Way the saints traveled to Heaven.
Truly, even though God spends our entire lives loving, blessing and guiding us…trying and trying to save us, and bounds of mercy is waiting to help us, tragically, most only grow so much in our faith–not into a SAVING FAITH–and most are still dying (going to Hell).
“[Tragically,] there are few who wish to receive Him and to be saved by Him [most choose our sin instead], although His yoke is sweet and His burden light.”
–St. Francis of Assisi, Letter to All the Faithful
To keep us dead and living in the dark, the evil one will have us come up with a jillion reasons why this just isn’t so, please don’t be deceived.
Why Are the Faithful Dying?
To the surprise of many, most of us, who consider ourselves “kind, religious people, who are always doing good for others,” who are without, what we understand to be, the serious “mortal sins,” suffer from the greatest blindness to our sinfulness.
Frankly, those who are the kindest, who do the greatest works, tend to suffer the most from this deadly condition.
Tragically, when we do good, we tend to like the good works we do so much so, we become disorderly attached to them and not to God. We then begin to see ourselves as good holy people and loose sight of our sinfulness that we too need to repent and change from so to be saved.
Oh, we might look wonderfully holy and humble on the outside, but if we aren’t careful, the devil is secretly eating away at our souls building up our blinding pride.
Even the Mother of God has warned the faithful about our lack of TRUE faith, but we just aren’t listening.
“I am the Lady of the Rosary, [the Mother of God exclaims] I have come to WARN THE FAITHFUL to amend their lives and ask for pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the Rosary. Let them continue saying it every day [with humble hearts for my help]” (Fatima).
Truly, even though we experience God’s great love for us and do wonderful works for Him, horribly, the faithful are dying because the evil one has us priding ourselves so greatly on 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, sadly we are still quite far from a saving faith and are actually outside of a state of grace.
Only, from God crushing our pride greatly, will we even begin to see.
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5).
Some will say, “I’m a kind, good person” or “I love God…I’m saved.” But, is it our “goodness” or love for God that saves us? Are we saved by something we do? No, that isn’t the truth. We are saved by what Jesus did….not what we do.
We can consider ourselves quite religious, who have received miracles and healings from God; we can go to Church and pray often…and do all sorts of fantastic works for God…even have given our lives to God; and that is good, but that isn’t what saves.
We, who still sin, must HUMBLE OURSELVES. God’s sanctifying forgiving grace saves (cf. Ephesians 2:8). Not anything we do or from any blessing we have been given. We don’t save ourselves, God saves us.
We Lack TRUE Sorrow for Our Sins
The reason we, the faithful and non-faithful alike, are dying is because, from our pride, we are rejecting God’s forgiveness and can’t be forgiven of our great sins committed against God to be welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven since we lack true sorrow for them.
Sure, we were forgiven and redeemed by Jesus’ death at our baptism. Of course without that, no matter if we have true sorrow for our sins or not, we still won’t be allowed into Heaven. But when we were baptized, we weren’t instantly with a saving faith.
From our baptism, we are brought into a state of grace, but when we were of age to possess full knowledge of right from wrong and committed our first sin–in our thoughts, words or deeds–in which we lacked True Sorrow for, WE REJECTED OUR STATE OF GRACE FOR SIN.
Yes, a lack of sorrow for any sin rejects God’s saving forgiving mercy. Oh, how young were we when we didn’t want to stop our first sin to obey God’s law?
“Thy death will not save me, if I do not on my part [to] detest every evil and have true sorrow for the sins I have committed against Thee.”
–St. Alphonsus, Doctor of the Church, Meditations for Every Day of Advent, Med.
Truly, without a truly contrite (sorrowful) heart for each and every offence, we chose to commit against God, we will reject God’s forgiving saving mercy for some worthless sin.
We are supposed to spend our lives seeking God’s mercy to grow in faith, from having just some sorrow into gaining a mature faith of true sorrow/true love–we are to “leave behind the basic teaching about Christ and advance to maturity” (Hebrews 6:1). We need a “mature” (Colossians 1:28) SAVING FAITH or we reject mercy for sin!
“[Only] those who have grown to maturity [into a saving faith] in the grace of God will find the joy of adopted children in the kingdom of heaven; those who have not grown to maturity [haven’t reached a saving faith] will become God’s enemies and, even though they were once his children [from baptism], they will be punished according to their deeds for all eternity.”
–St. Andrew Kim Taegon (His Final Exhortation Letter).
Jesus only becomes Our Savior (cf. Luke 2:11) when we allow His helping mercy–His actual grace–to transform our hardened hearts of self-love, which still desires sin, into softened hearts of true love for God (cf. Ezekiel 36:26), which now truly hates all sin and all pleasures of the world (cf. 1 John 2:15) and desires God and His will alone so we can embrace God’s saving mercy He died to give us.
Horribly, despite God’s great patience and kindness towards us throughout our entire lives, most are still rejecting God’s saving forgiving grace that He died to give us from lacking TRUE sorrow for our sins! The devil has deceived us; we have not grown/matured enough in our faith.
“Do you not realize that God’s kindness [grace] is meant to lead you to [True] repentance?” (Romans 2:4), not to hope in God’s mercy to forgive us, when we aren’t even sorry for our sins.
What is True Sorrow?
Being Truly sorry for any of our sins is when we hate sin so greatly–from fear of the Lord–that we are “willing to endure any suffering rather than offend God in the future by sin” (Baltimore Cathechism #393).
If we want eternal Life, we must be truly sorry for ALL of our sins at the time of our death. But the sad reality is, most won’t suffer or even do anything to avoid sinning one sin, never mind all of them.
Honestly, what did you do yesterday to avoid sinning? What resolutions did you make and follow through with to stop offending Our Creator? Anything?
“In your struggle against [removing your liking for] sin you have not yet resisted [temptation enough] to the point of shedding blood [to avoid sin].” (Hebrews 12:4)
Perhaps we have some sorrow for some sins, but truthfully if we had true contrition for all of our offences against God, we “would let them[our]selves be tortured rather than be guilty of one imperfection and die a thousand deaths rather than commit sins.” as St. Teresa of Avila teaches us in “The Life of Teresa of Jesus,” Ch. 15.
Growing into a truly contrite heart for ALL of our sins–mortal and venial–is quite hard, since we need to seek God’s mercy over and over again for much grace to lose our desire for sin so to obtain a desire to suffer anything than sin.
But sadly our love for God over our sins just isn’t there and seeking to stop sinning ALL of our sins isn’t a thought in most of our minds or in a word preached from our lips. Many think is isn’t possible, so why bother trying. Oh, truly, we have been deceived.
“Since that day [when I had made my Act of Oblation on June 9, 1895], love has surrounded me and penetrated me through and through. Moment by moment, the Merciful Love of God renews and cleanses me and leaves my heart without a trace of sin.”
–St. Thérèse of Lisieux (Story of a Soul, Ch. 8)
St. Therese was able to obtain enough grace to no longer be able to sin. We can too. Believe!
Truly, we greatly lack true sorrow. Yes, lacking sorrow–not TRULY hating any of our offences against our infinitely perfect Lord–with any sin, mortal or venial, is a “deadly sin” (1 John 5:16).
The Infinite Offence of One Venial Sin
It is an abomination of love to not be truly sorry for offending Our Creator even with a slight sin.
How can someone, who truly loves God and not our sins, not be horribly grieved–horrified in fact–for offending such a great, loving…perfect God. Horribly, that lack of contrition reject’s God’s forgiving saving mercy for sin and chooses eternal torment instead.
We must obtain True Contrition. We need a Horror of Sin!
“I [Jesus] detest the smallest sin.” Our Lord expressed to St. Faustina in her Diary #1728. We must do the same.
Tragically, most of us lack a horror for offending God so greatly, that we think so little of many of our offences against God–especially our venial sins as we habitually commit many of them.
All sin offends God, who is deserving of all of our love, not our malice. It is true venial sin doesn’t damn us, but lacking contrition/not hating a venial sin does.
“They [the lost] do not consider that the least little sin a man finds delight [doesn’t truly hate/lacks contrition for] is enough to damn him to an eternal torment.”
–The Queen of Heaven to St. Bridget of Sweden, Revelations, Ch. 37
The devil has tricked us into thinking venial sins are just fine to commit…as if there is nothing wrong with offending God as long as it is venial. Where is our love for God? Where is our hatred for sin?
Oh, how God’s Heart is “grieved” as psalmist tell us (Psalm 78:40), since we care so little about offending the One who loves us so much.
“A venial sin…becomes a serious one through a person’s negligence [not stopping the sin] and scorn [disregarding it of importance], as you can deduce from the case of this soul who has already been condemned.”
–Jesus to St. Bridget of Sweden, Revelations Ch. 19
Deadly Habitual Sin
The number one way we lack sorrow for offending God is when we don’t hate our sins enough to do what is necessary to STOP REPEATING THEM.
“Habitual sin binds down the mind, so that it cannot rise to uprightness [it can’t gain a state of grace].”
–St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church, (Catena Aurea, 13:10-17)
Honestly, we prove clearly we aren’t resolved to amend many of our sinful ways as we continue with countless sins.
Sadly, most of us continue in our same sinful habits every day, repeating our sinful personalities, desires and actions. We aren’t changing, becoming like Christ. We aren’t really trying to be come perfect saints. We aren’t allowing God’s transforming grace to stop our sins. We are pretty much the same person today as we were yesterday? Repeating sin after sin.
Oh, some of us might have changed once in our life when God first came into our lives, but now, we are not daily growing in virtue, we are not growing in qualities of goodness–loving our crosses–growing into the image of Christ.
Many of us think we are “good” because we don’t commit the regular mortal sins, but in the eyes of God we are dead with habitual venial sins (the irregular mortal sins). Please understand, no growth=no Life.
Oh, our habitual sins are damning us…we love them greatly and lack much sorrow for them.
“If you are a habitual sinner…You are very ill; you are one of those invalids who, as St. Thomas of Villanova says, are seldom cured [unless great effort is made]; you are on the brink of perdition [Hell].”
— St. Alphonosus, Doctor of the Church, Preparation for Death, Habit of Sin
If we truly wanted to love God and hated offending Him, we would go to God daily, seeking His transforming mercy over and over again, day after day, to help us stop offending Him.
Perhaps we do seek God, but for most it isn’t so we can “not sin any more” (John 5:14) so to love Him. We seek God for other reasons…like to help us with our problems.
Don’t we know, it is our very sins that cause all of our problems (our lack of peace during the cross). Remove the sin…live in peace, especially during great trials.
Oh, how many sins, great and small alike, do we recommit over and over again, because we are doing little if anything at all to stop them, when God’s transforming mercy is waiting to take them away?
Tragically, we are complacent with offending God and have found a way to justify our repeated sins as not deadly, even though we aren’t firmly resolved to amend them.
“Among the penitent’s acts [the person confessing their sins] contrition [sorrow] occupies first place [since it is needed for salvation]. Contrition is sorrow of the soul and detestation [hate] for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again [working effort to stop sinning–to become a saint]” (CCC #1451).
We can love the faith, want to be holy and give our lives to God, but what kind of holiness does someone really have who is complacent with any of our offences against Our Lord and just continues in them without change? It is just a lie.
Those who are in God’s grace, habitually sin no more. Please don’t be deceived; we can’t love God and hate sin if we habitually commit any sin…mortal or venial. Those who can accept God’s saving mercy have done what it takes to loose their love for sin. Now, they habitually love God and are growing into His image, since they truly hate their sins.
What Do Those with True Sorrow Do?
There are most certainly things people do who desire a saving faith or already have a saving faith….not because those things save; Jesus saves. But when we have true contirtion for our sins or even one day wish to have such a great saving faith, we do certain things out of love for God (finial fear) or even fear of death (servile fear) with the hopes God’s mercy will give us such a faith if we love Him enough to obey/follow Him.
To have a saving faith, our sorrow must grow from having just some sorrow (some faith) into having a sorrow so great for each and every sin, a sorrow so great that we would rather suffer anything, even death, than to offend our Lord. We must come to really love God above our sins.
And boy does it take much of God’s grace to obtain this kind of saving faith since we desire (habitually commit) so many sin.
To run the race of Life and obtain the goal, God, from His love, gave us His Word to teach us how to do that.
The Word tells us we must “be holy yourself in every aspect of your conduct” (1 Peter 1:15). This is true obedience to Him.
This is why we need Our Savior…He desires to change our hard hearts that have an obvious liking for many sins (since we continue to repeat them) and transform our hearts into hearts that TRULY hate all sin, so we can sincerely love Him and accept His saving mercy.
A soul, who is truly sorry for offending God (has a saving faith), has a HORROR FOR SIN–all of their sins–and never stops seeking His mercy for help DAILY to amend their ways so to LIVE THE WORD by continuously:
- Increasing their prayers— aiming for God’s goal to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:16) so they can constantly love God, receive much grace and come to know God and His will,
- Removing offences— aiming for God’s goal of “perfect holiness” (2 Corinthians 7:1)…”to stop sinning” (1 Corinthians 15:34)…to live the entire word, so they can love God and not offend Him,
- Removing attachments to the world (the people, power and possession they desire that aren’t to know, serve or love God)– aiming for God’s goal of “not love[ing] the world or the things of the world” (1 John 2:15) so their hearts can long for God and not anything else so to truly love Him above all,
- Increasing their works of service for the salvation of souls–aiming for God’s goal to “love one another. As I [Jesus] have loved you ” (John 13:34) so they can be growing into the image of Christ, whom we should be following and perfectly loving our neighbor,
- Doing penance for their life of sins and the sins of the whole world–aiming for God’s goal to “[fill up] in my flesh…what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ” (Colossians 1:24), so they can continue Christ’s work on earth in helping to atone (pay the price) for our sins committed after baptism so to be purified for Eternal Life,
- Living a life of self-denial/suffering and sacrificing with joy (carrying their crosses) for souls–aiming for God’s goal to “rejoice in our sufferings ” (Romans 5:3-4) so they can send grace to souls, like Jesus did for us, to assist souls in their journey toward a saving faith.
Are you REALLY resolved and working to do ALL of the above?
The above efforts–to truly love God and sin no more–are exactly what those who are truly sorry for their sins do. Actually this is what anyone who even one day wants to obtain true contrition/a saving faith do too.
This is The Way the saints have traveled and what we must seek to do too if we want to Live.
“Whoever wishes to come after me MUST deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34).
What happens is we get our priorities all out of wack. Many put all of our energies into doing something that we think is good (and/or God’s will), and it might even be good, but if we don’t put the removal of our sins, especially our habitual sins and attachments (and of course our mortal sins)–seeking to sanctifying our lives, striving for perfection–FIRST, we will merit NOTHING from our life’s work…charity or not. All will be in vain.
If we truly believe in God (the Word) our first priority will most certainly be to work and work hard to perfectly obey His will by being truly resolved to live the entire Word by doing what God desires of us at all moments, so we can “attain the goal of [your] faith, the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:9).
Those, with true sorrow, who can accept God’s saving grace, aren’t complacent with any of their failures to love God or their neighbor (anyone)…great or small alike. They don’t neglect any of God’s laws and seek His help to grow in faith to live them.
“Neglect of God’s law [any command] 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)
A heart with true sorrow or who one day wants to have a truly contrite heart for all of their sins, loves God enough to not continue to unreservedly offending their Lord. They are willing to do what it takes to change…not just with some sins but they are firmly resolved to amend ALL OF THEM…one sin at a time.
We aren’t only dying because we aren’t truly living the Word, we are also dying because even if we confess our sins wanting to be holy, tragically, very few have enough desire/contrition to accept any grace from God through the sacrament.
Sadly, our confessions are so poor most don’t have enough sorrow to be forgiven of one sin, never mind forgiven of all of our trespasses, so to be moved into a state of grace.
“See how rare such [true] repentance is. Alas, it is as scarce as a good confession.”
–St. John Vianney, Sermons of the Cure d’ Ars, Passion Sunday “Repentance”
Of course, we need to, “confess our sins, [then] he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:19). But this confession we must make can’t be lacking in contrition either: saying we are sorry with our words, but in our hearts we really aren’t (as our lack of change proves), which makes our confessions in vain.
Truly, God gives us a free gift, and from our pride, WE REJECT THAT GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE (cf.Romans 8:3) when we lack true sorrow for just one sin.
“Bad confessions damn the majority of Christians.”
–St. Theresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church
Whole Population of Deceived
Sadly, there is a whole population of poor deceived souls, who think forgiveness is received, when we aren’t even trying to stop committing our sins–when we aren’t even truly sorry for offending God. How tragic!
“Yes, my brethren, a Christian 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, Cure d Ars, Passion Sunday “Repentance”
How can we be truly sorry for any sin if we aren’t even trying (not really resolved) to amend it? If we think that, we have fallen for the trap of the devil, who wants us to sin unreservedly against Our Lord and die.
Oh, what commands of God do we ignore? Each one is deadly. Truly most of us are hardly working to amend anything never mind working with our whole heart to become a true saint.
The devil gives us all sorts of justifications and excuses as to why it is OK to sin, so to remove our guilt and stop us from seeking God’s mercy (help) to amend our ways. We must change and become like Christ.
“Whoever claims to abide in him ought to live [just] as he lived” (1 John 2:6).
For most, if we are changing it is so little; it is only with the sins we feel necessary to amend, moving so slowly from such a small faith…our faith must GROW into a saving faith…our Goal is perfection– to “be imitators of God” (Ephesians 5:1)...not just to make our lives better, but so we can truly LOVE GOD.
Please, we don’t have to die from lacking contrition for our sins–lack of 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.
We just need to learn how to obtain it so to grow from some faith into a true saving faith in Christ.
Why the Catholic Church is the Surest Way to Salvation.
“Among the penitent’s acts [the person confessing their sins] contrition [sorrow] occupies first place [since it is needed for salvation]. Contrition is sorrow of the soul and detestation [hate] for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again [to become a saint]” (CCC #1451).
“All are called to holiness [this is obedience to God and needed for eternal life]: ‘Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect [must be our goal].’ In order to reach this perfection the faithful should use the strength dealt out to them by Christ’s gift [His grace], so that . . . doing the will of the Father in everything, they may wholeheartedly devote themselves to the glory of God [live for God] and to the service of their neighbor. Thus the holiness of the People of God will grow in fruitful abundance, as is clearly shown in the history of the Church through the lives of so many saints” (CCC #2013).
Our Lady of Fatima
“I am the Lady of the Rosary, I have come to warn the FAITHFUL to amend their lives and ask for pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the Rosary. Let them continue saying it every day [for my help].”
God wants you in Heaven. Hear Him crying out pleading for you to repent and change. He gave you your life to live for Him. Don’t reject Him. Come embrace His loving mercy. It is waiting for you. He will take away your sins, if you only allow Him. Let go of the world and live for Jesus. Eternity is forever!