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"VERY FEW CHRISTIANS ARE SAVED"
the fewness of the saved is real
Souls are Dying!
Our Lord’s Sacred Heart of Love is being stabbed profusely over the loss of so many souls. It is unfathomable how many people are dying: choosing Hell for eternity but don’t even know it until “on the day of judgment” ( Matthew 11:22) and it is too late. “Many are called but FEW are chosen” (Matthew 22:14).
Oh, we simply must come to know that by Jesus’ sacrifice, we have been forgiven of our sins—“He is expiation for our sins” (1 John 2:2)—but horribly this unmerited gift, we are REJECTING. God is forlorn! We must change!
“[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)
“Whoever believes in him [with TRUE faith] should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Sadly, our belief in Christ simply isn’t true…it isn’t enough to accept His forgiving saving mercy.
“That gate [to Life] is narrow. They who desire to enter in that way are FEW, while those who desire the joys that come by it [from God] are many [they just never obtain it].”
–St. John of the Cross, Doctor of the Church, (A Spiritual Canticle, Stanza XXXVL)
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”, since there is so much we are doing wrong–much of the faith we have lost correct understanding.
“Lord, will only a few be saved?” He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able” (Luke 13:23-24).
Our Sins Reject God’s Mercy
Even though we know God loves us and wants to forgive us, we don’t realize it is our actions that are rejecting God’s love and forgiveness. “It is your crimes that separate you from your God” (Isaiah 59:2).
Oh, God’s unfathomable mercy wants to forgive us and save our souls–“[He] desires everyone to be saved” (1 Timothy 2:4), but WE PUSH HIM AWAY, because we want our sins instead Him, yet most don’t even know we are doing this.
We are especially blind today, since we live in a world that tries to make sin (offending God) acceptable.
Since God gave us hearts of love, naturally we want to make others happy. But from being deceived, as to what brings true happiness, many of us are looking for others to support and condone our sinful ways of life, since we find such pleasure in it. Then we and others justify our sins as perfectly fine, as if true happiness is found through a life of offending God.
“Happy are those who keep my ways” (Proverbs 8:32).
Christians are not called to bring others happiness through the world. That isn’t how we “love, as Christ loved us” (Ephesians 5:2). We are to care about the salvation of others’ souls…we are called to guide others to stop offending God (to love God), so they can find true earthly and eternal happiness, which comes by rejecting sin and truly living The Word. But we aren’t really guiding others to The Way nor are we following it ourselves…and we are rejecting God’s saving mercy for sin.
Honestly, we haven’t really sought Mercy to help us grow in faith to sincerely “turn away from evil [live The Word] and do good” (1 Peter 3:11 ). Sadly, we still desire sin. We habitually commit sin after sin, from not seeking God’s transforming mercy (grace) correctly, nor from working hard to avoid sin or stop the sins we persist in, which makes us without true repentance for our offences.
How can we truly hate (have true sorrow) and sincerely repent of any sin if we don’t even hate it enough to work hard to leave it? We can’t. If we aren’t firmly resolved to stop committing any sin that is obvious proof we aren’t truly sorry for it. We have rejected God’s forgiveness–His gift of Eternal Life–for that sin? Horrible!
“Among the penitent’s acts [the person confessing their sins] contrition occupies first place [since it is needed for salvation/forgiveness]. Contrition is sorrow of the soul and detestation for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again.” (CCC #1451)
Therefore, to have true sorrow, a sorrow that can accept forgiveness at our death, we must have grown adequately in our faith to hate our sins enough to be sincerely resolved/working to amend them all. But tragically so few are!
What resolution did you have today to amend even a single sin? Honestly, what was your plan… was there anything? Then what kind of sorrow do you really have if you have none nothing to work towards amending your sins? Please don’t be deceived.
“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)
Our Insincere Confessions Reject Forgiveness
Yes, repentance is how we accept God’s forgiving mercy. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins” (1 John 1:9).
But what good are our confessions, if our hearts aren’t truly sorry for offending God…if we still want to stay in our sins–if we desire the sin so greatly, we don’t even work hard to stop? Our confessions are WORTHLESS.
This is why we are dying. We lack TRUE sorrow for our offences against God. Our confessions aren’t accepting forgiveness, we are rejecting it. We don’t want–really want–to amend our ways. If we did, we our sins would be leaving. To learn more please read, “How Can Bad Confession Damn Us?”
“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.)
So many faiths tell us we need to repent to be saved, but they have been deceived into believing just “saying” we are sorry is enough. But I tell you, our words are MEANINGLESS if our actions don’t live the sorrow we claim we have. We will reject God for sin…and choose an eternity of torment.
“When he [John the Baptist] saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees [who had no desire to leave their sins] coming to his baptism [for the forgiveness of their sins], he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come [and now you know you need forgiveness]?
[If you want to be forgiven and Live] produce good fruit [love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control….stop the sin] as evidence of your [true] repentance…every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit [leave sin and gain fruits of the Spirit] is cut down and thrown into the fire [from proving their lack of true repentance].” (Matthew 3:7–8).
We Are Complacent With Sin (Love Sin)
Our Lord spends our entire lives, loving us, blessing us… trying and trying to get us to understand the horror of sin. The Word tells us, “if you live according to the flesh [desiring sin], you will die [go to Hell]; but if by the Spirit [desiring what is holy] you put to death the deeds of the body [you will stop your unrestrained habitual sins and come to truly hate sin, then], you will live [go to Heaven]” (Romans 8:13).
But tragically we haven’t grown enough in our faith for our “love [to] be sincere”…we don’t truly “hate what is evil [sin]” (Romans 12:9). We hardly even think of our sins and put forth little, if any, effort into amending them. We are busy with everything else. We are still living according to our flesh. We haven’t learned how to be righteous.
Yet, God inspired the entire Bible for us sinners, so we can learn how to truly love Him and sincerely want to leave our offences against Him…so we will gain TRUE contrition (true sorrow) for our sins–a saving faith–because then and only then can we accept His forgiveness and Live. To learn more please read, “What is True Sorrow?”
“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness [how to obtain a saving faith]” (2 Timothy 3:16).
But we have been so darkened to the truth. Who REALLY understands that without having true sorrow for literally every offence we have ever committed against God, we are choosing Hell (sin) over God? Is there anyone?
I mean sure many of us know we need to be truly sorrow to be forgiven. That is part of our innate understanding. We haven’t all blocked this reality from our conscience. But if we REALLY knew, we were choosing Hell for eternity if we neglected to work hard to leave any sin, wouldn’t we be running to God… sincerely seeking Mercy daily for help to leave all of our offences against Him and from our desire to change being true, we would be amending them. But we aren’t.
Horribly, from not really understanding, we aren’t growing in into the image of Christ, which is what happens if we truly live the faith. We are staying the same.
We are committing the same sins, day in and day out, without change. Sadly, for most of our sins, we are without even a thought or the smallest effort to amend them. We are far from having a true desire to amend our ways (as explained later). We are complacent with our sins, which proves we are greatly lacking true hatred for them and are without a saving faith. That complacency with sin shows we love sin over LOVING GOD.
Do We REALLY Love God?
So many of us are blessed to have a great passion for Our Lord. We say “I love you Lord; I want to do your will” because we are being moved by the Spirit and feel great love for God.
But tragically much of the time the love we actually have for God is still so very little–since we have accepted so little of God’s transforming grace. It is far from true love. Our love is only in word, not in our actions, which again makes our declaration of love worthless.
How do we love God?–by NOT OFFENDING HIM.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments [or at least try]” (John 14:15.)
Please know, we can pray a million prayers and do endless good works, but that isn’t how we love God, if we aren’t sincerely working to stop offending Him. If we aren’t striving to live God’s Word perfectly and leave all of our sins, because we humbly know we need Christ to save us, the love we think we have is just a lie. “That praise wounds My Heart because [real] love has been banished,” as Jesus told St. Faustina (Diary #1702).
All of those prayers and works are in vain. They don’t please God, nor do they help us obtain Life. Sure we can still grow in a life of prayer and good habits, but prideful prayers and works are without real love for Our Lord and they “wound” His Heart.
Yes, God will still tolerate them and continue to try to save us (move us towards selfless humility) with whatever amount of faith we have, but until we obtain a sincere desire to leave all of our sins (knowing we are great sinners in need of a Savior), they are all done in vain. They are really done from hearts of selfish-love (loving God for all the good He does for us), not hearts of real love for God: a love that doesn’t want to offend Him again.
We are the Epitome of Selfishness
Tragically, we are so selfish. 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 by 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: we don’t desire to work hard to stop our constant offences against Him. We continue in them like we don’t even care that we are offending God, saying “God loves me anyway” as we justify our sins as no big deal.
Where is our love for God?
“Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me” (John 14:21).
Truly, what kind of love do we really have? Most sadly, it is a very broken selfish love. Not a real or 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–we don’t want to stop offending Him. Oh, we ask God for help and accept His gifts; we pray prayers day and night all to get His love for ourselves and for others. 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 experience His love, to heal us or to make our or others lives better, but not so we can LOVE HIM (not so we or others can stop offending Him). But to love ourselves.
There are many kinds of love for God we can have. But reality is, most of us have not grown so much in our faith that we now have a true/saving love…sadly, most don’t even have enough grace to have real love for God… mostly because we aren’t seeking it (we don’t know we need it). To learn more please read, “How to Perfectly Love God.”
Has God Fully Changed Our Hearts?
From the fall of Adam and Eve, we are now a selfish race. Without God’s grace, we do everything for self-love, even if what we do seems like an act of charity, sadly, it isn’t. God’s grace makes all we do truly good. But if we reject His grace our acts are done from our pride.
How much has God changed our selfish “stony hearts” and moved us towards a saving faith? Have we really allowed God to “give you a new heart, and a new spirit” (Ezekiel 36:26) that truly loves Him? How much of His grace have we really accepted? 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 so to never offend God again? What kind of hearts do we really have?
Are we really “cleanse[ing] ourselves from every defilement of flesh and spirit” (2 Corinthians 7:1) removing sin after sin, leaving attachment after attachment (our idols, what we seek for happiness that isn’t God), “be[ing] conformed to the image of his Son” (Romans 8:29) –so to not break any of God’s commands–to truly live for His will so to not offend Him in the slightest way? Is there anyone doing this?
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)
Oh, we need much mercy (grace) to give us such a true love for God…a saving faith, but we aren’t humbly seeking it.
Tragically, instead of working to perfectly love God, most either think we are good enough. “Look at all of the prayers and works I do!” we boast, or we 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?
Remember, “whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me” (John 14:21). But we don’t observe God’s Word…nor do we sincerely try, not with all of it. And, it is our lack of true love, our lack of sincere desire to stop offending God that is rejecting Him. Truly, we are rejecting God for sin.
“Because they did not amend themselves…they thus so miserably received Eternal Punishment.”
–God the Father to St. Catherine of Siena, (Treatise on Discretion)
If we had great hatred for sin/love for God, we would be working hard and becoming real saints…someone who doesn’t want to offend God in the slightest way. We would be becoming like Christ. Be we aren’t. We have been deceived.
Yes, horribly the devil has darkened our concerns and understandings of The True Way to Heaven. Now, what we need for eternal life–true sorrow for our sins–isn’t preached correctly, thought about sincerely or sought whole heartedly. We are dying, even though Our Savior and His unfathomable mercy–despite our great sinfulness and rejection of Him–is waiting to change our hearts. We just don’t know we need Him.
Our Lord wants to take our hearts that desire sin (lack true love for Him), and transform them into hearts that truly hate offending Him. He wants to create a “clean heart” (Psalm 51:10) in us, so we can obtain a saving faith and Live. But, from being deceive, we would rather ignore our need for grace and continue in our sins, putting little to no efforts into changing so many of them… yet, presuming we are saved, since we are “Christian.”
But please know, the lack of true sorrow for ONE sin–which is of infinite offence to our infinitely perfect God–loses it all. “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it [and must repent to be saved]” (James 2:10).
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].”
–St. Mark the Ascetic, (On Those Who Think that They are Made Righteous by Works, Ch. 41)
What sins are you not working to amend? They are killing you. This is the truth. Now is the time to change! Eternity is forever!
Yes, TRUE contrition for all of our sins saves! Yet, we need to know, this true contrition–that determines our eternal death or Life–is quite hard to obtain. It so much more than just putting a half-hearted effort into amending the sins we think we can see, as explained later in this article. We have been greatly deceived!
The Devil Has Us Living Lukewarm Lives
The devil doesn’t want us to really understand that we must truly live the faith if we are to be saved by the faith. He wants us praising God in our words, but being lukewarm in our actions. He doesn’t want us concerned with our or our neighbor’s salvation. He doesn’t want us to stop offending God.
Satan wants us complacent with our sins…thinking we are saved by just “saying” we believe, even though our actions are far from living the faith we claim we believe in….yet, “such faith has no power to save” (James 2:14). To learn more please read, “What Are the Requirements of Salvation?”
The evil one wants us to be deceived into thinking we have true belief in Christ, so we won’t really know our need for Mercy nor work hard to receive grace so to grow into true faith and leave our sins that are rejecting Our Lord. Perhaps the devil is convincing us, we are saved no matter what we do, since God loves us unconditionally and His mercy is so great…even though The Word says, “If you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!” (Luke 13:3).
Oh, the devil wants us to continue to believe that obtaining salvation is easy…just avoid a few sins and bam “we are saved”…even though The Word says “the road is HARD that leads to Life” (Matthew 7:14), so we will continue to live lukewarm lives, not truly repenting and changing…not growing into self-sacrificing saints…even though The Word says, “we are called to be saints” (1 Corinthians).
Yes, the evil one doesn’t want us to seek Our Savior to remove our great will/desire for sin (to save us), so we can all die (go to Hell)…even though The Word says, “if we willfully persist in sin [have unrestrained habitually sin] after having received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins [since we reject His forgiveness from our desire for the sin/lack of contrition], but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire [hell] that will consume the adversaries [awaits us, if we don’t repent and change].” (Hebrews 10:26-27).
Oh, but, from being deceived, we persist in our sins, ignoring most of them…thinking we are saved, from any number of justifications we have been deceived into believing, as to why it isn’t necessary to sincerely strive to live the faith–to obey The Word and to sanctify our souls.
“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)
Yet, “the righteous shall live by faith [obedience to Christ/living for His will]” (1 Peter 3:11), so they can one day love God “with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). But tragically, we are still rejecting God’s saving love, since we obviously lack true sorrow for our sins, because we lack a sincere resolve to leave so many of them.
“Repent, therefore, and be converted [leave sin/live The Word], that your sins may be wiped away” (1 Timothy 2:4).
God is Being Patient with You
Please know, when God shows us His love, that is Him being “patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to [true] repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). God shows His love, because He is wanting us to love Him in return (to stop offending Him/to live for His will)… that is Him trying to motivate us to move in the right direction towards Life–to live for His will, since He doesn’t want us to reject Him and die.
But, we must know, when God loves us sinners that is in no way Him approving of our life of sin…so we stay cold or lukewarm deceiving ourselves into believing we are saved. He wants us on fire with love for Him and salvation. He wants us striving to become saints every single day. Every day we don’t, is a day we are complacent with our lives of sin. But most of us are so deceived, we are far from even understanding what we should be doing to become a saint. We have much to learn, as is discussed later.
Yes, sadly, from being deceived, we continue to pray and seek God for help with hearts that still want to stay in our sins…with hearts that aren’t TRULY sorry for our offences against God…with hearts that lack a saving faith/lack true belief in Christ…with hearts that are rejecting Him. Oh, we aren’t hearing God!
“He became the source of eternal salvation for all who OBEY Him” (Hebrews 5:9).
We Are Saved by Faith–Obedience–Trust in Christ (The Word)
Please know, we are not supposed to obey the “law” thinking we are saved by obedience to a law. No. “A man is not justified by observance of the law” (Galatians 2:16). We aren’t obeying just a “law”, from the fear of our “Disciplinarian” (Galatians 3:24-25) punishing us…well, in the beginning of our conversion towards Life…yes, we will obey out of fear of punishment (servile fear), because we lack the grace to do any better.
It takes much grace to think selflessly and be willing to do what it takes to leave our sins (to come to truly hate our sins) from only being concerned with the fact that our sins offend God (by having faith/desire to love God). Having the fear Our Lord will say to us, “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire” (Matthew 51:41), since we never obtained true contrition for our sin, is our initial motivation.
But to be saved, we must GROW IN FAITH to obey the “law” because we desire to perfectly love God…to not offend Him again (finial fear)…our self-concern over God must leave.
“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, we are obeying Christ, who is The Law, Our Savior–“The Word [who] became flesh” (John 1:14)… not just some “rules.” Yes, The Law is Christ. Therefore, from having FAITH in God’s Word (Jesus), knowing that by persevering in striving for perfect obedience to God, we trust, Our Lord can save us. We trust that He change our hearts which love ourselves over Him, that desire sin and the world instead of Him–which are rejecting Him–into hearts of true hatred for sin, which desire Him alone–that have true love for Him (a saving faith).
Yes, this is true faith in Jesus…not believing Christ can save/forgive us even if we lack true sorrow for our sins. That is a lie that is damning us, but true faith is believing Christ can give us a saving faith IF we follow Him (live His Word).
It is our faith in Christ, not only believing that He is Lord, but believing that–living His Word–saves: changes our hearts into hearts true contrition that can accept His saving forgiving mercy He died to give us. Praise God!
“If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments [the entire Word]” (Matthew 19:17).
If we follow another lukewarm doctrine and don’t follow The True Way that the saints traveled to Heaven, we will die. Please don’t be deceived. “There are some who are confusing you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ [don’t follow them]” (Galatians 1:7). Sadly, so many have fallen astray…“the world is on the road to perdition [Hell]” (St. Padrie Pio, Letter to the Seers of Garabandal, 1962); please don’t die as one of them. God wants you in Heaven.
“Ah! A great many persons live constantly in the state of damnation [but don’t even know it]!
–St. Vincent De Paul (Voice of the Saints)
Can You Hear?
If you can hear God speaking to you through this article and you now have a fear of gong to Hell, then praise God! You are one of the few that have ears that can hear and have been given the great blessing of having “fear of the Lord (fear 0f sin).” (Acts 9:31).
“You want to gain this fear of the Lord…[to do so, come to] understand the seriousness of an offense against God and to reflect on this frequently in your thoughts; for it is worth our life [salvation] and much more [yours and others eternal closeness with God] to have this virtue rooted in our souls.”
–St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church, (The Way of Perfection, Ch. 41.)
Fear of the Lord is a gift from God meant to move/motivate us towards doing what is necessary to obtain Eternal Life. “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 seeking Christ to remove our desire to sin that leads to Hell]” (Proverbs 14:27). This is the first stage of wisdom.
“Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom [knowing our need to seek a saving faith]” (Psalm 111:10).
No, fear of the Lord isn’t having an awe or reverence of God or some other nonsense the devil has deceived us with, so we will stay complacent with our sins and die. According to the true saints, who know The Way correctly, fear of the Lord is having a fear of sinning, because of its consequences, for we know our sins greatly offend God, whom we should desire to perfectly love (finial fear). And if we don’t gain true hatred/true contrition for them, they will banish us into Hell (servile fear), since we have chosen them over God. Sin should be greatly feared; it can kill us. Eternity is forever!
“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)
If you have been blessed with this fear, you are honest with yourself (humble enough to admit your guilt) because you know you are not truly trying to leave all your sins; you know you are complacent with many of your sinful ways, lacking true sorrow for them and need Mercy to help remove your great liking for sin from your heart.
Having this knowledge is great! Like was said, this is the first step of wisdom–the very first step we need to have in order to move from darkness into Light. Most people don’t have this. To learn more please read, “What is Fear of the Lord?”
“The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil [sin]” (Proverbs 8:13).
Now, you can begin, if you are willing to do what is necessary to change, to learn and grow into a saving faith…so one day you can finally come to truly love God. Then you can embrace His Saving Forgiving Mercy and Live. Therefore, if you believe you aren’t saved, then this web-site is for you, and you can start to allow God to transform your life…Alleluia!
But if you have been reading this article thinking, “surely it is not I who has this lack of faith”, believing you are certainly saved…since you are so holy, or since you love God so greatly, or because you do so much good and hardly sin, or perhaps thinking you have great knowledge of God, fantastic blessings and gifts and/or already possess true contrition for your offences, then this web site is even more greatly needed for you, since you are suffering from much blinding pride like Peter was (Matthew 26:33) and are confused about many things.
I know this is hard to believe but truly, your pride has you deceived as to who you really are. You are actually lying to yourself, and you can’t see many of the sins you love (the ones you don’t sincerely desire to leave) nor do you correctly understand what true contrition really is…it is HARD to obtain. Sadly, your pride has blinded you.
Please don’t live in denial or allow this to anger you and blind you even more, but humbly look for where you might be going wrong (it is possible)… because God wants you in Heaven too.
“For in pride there is ruin and great confusion” (Tobit 4:13)… “When pride comes, then comes disgrace; but wisdom is with the humble” (Proverbs 11:2).
I Don’t Commit Mortal Sin–Surely I’m Saved?
A lot of people won’t believe we are one of the damned, because we don’t think we commit any mortal sins. Mortal sins are hard to understand, but “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 (which are discussed later)–are in the “majority of men” but most can’t see them. This is mostly because of our pride. We don’t really want to see; we don’t want to know we error…well, at least not that greatly, since we pride ourselves as being good.
Therefore, to not be deceived, so we may correctly/humbly seek Mercy to enlighten us, let’s please look with humility for where we are going wrong–knowing we are sinners, who are far from perfect and can greatly error. Please don’t assume we are without sin…that pride will blind us. “If we say, ‘We are without sin,’ we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).
We must know, even if we 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 and are hardly sinning, sadly, most still haven’t grown enough in our faith…not into a true SAVING FAITH and our unknown mortal sins are rejecting Him. This is the truth as will be explained. 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)
Truly, the saints aren’t lying. But I know this can be hard to believe, yet not only are those, who don’t even try to live the faith–who are committing what we see as grave sins–walking blindly to their doom, but horribly so many of us–who consider ourselves greatly faithful, who pray bounds of prayers, and have great knowledge and gifts from God, who have even given their lives in a most beautiful way to serving Our Lord and others–have been greatly deceived into thinking we have a saving faith–TRUE belief in Christ/true contrition for our sin–when we still don’t.
The horribly reality is, even though we think we have fantastic faith and knowledge and are living for God’s will, we have been so terribly deceived into putting our hearts and eyes on ourselves, on sin and on the world…and not on God and His will, but we can’t see it. Yet, as a result, we think we truly love God, but we are blind.
“That person is blind [doesn’t know his sins or how to obtain Heaven] 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)
Yes, our knowledge and faith might seem great, but it just isn’t true (much deception lives in us)…as is explained in this article and web-site. So, please be open to what the saints teach our reality is or we will never see and die. Truly, we must become honest with ourselves or we will blindly/proudly reject God for sin like so many have suffered before us.
Most sadly, “scarcely anyone is saved” as St. Alphonsus, Doctor of the Church, explains to Christians. Horribly, this is true despite what any non-sanctified person wants to try to convince us. Truly, St. Alphonsus is trying to get us to “wake up, and strengthen what remains and is on the point of death” (Revelations 3:2) before it is too late, so we can come to understand what is at stake if we don’t come to see and modify our lives.
Sure, we want be good people and do the right thing. We “believe” in Jesus and think we are saved. But the saints are telling us that we have been greatly deceived, and the faith we think we have simply isn’t enough to be true. It won’t save us.
Even the Mother of God–Our Lady of Fatima–has begged us to change. “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].”
Yes, the mother of God tells us why she has come–“I have come to warn the faithful“–but we, faithful, are just too proud. We think she is speaking about someone else. Yet, she has specifically told us she has come for “the faithful.” She is trying to give us Fear of the Lord (fear of sinning), but our pride won’t allow us to hear.
The evil one has even deceived many of us into believing if we have a fear going to Hell, we lack faith in Jesus, since The Word says, “perfect love casts out all fear [of Hell]” (1 John 4:18).
Of course, perfect love casts out all fear of going to Hell, but do we have perfect love of God? Do we no longer sin? Have we received so much of Jesus’ transforming grace that God’s love has removed our ability to offend Him? No. We still sin. Therefore, we don’t perfectly love God, and we very much have something to fear.
The fear of sin and its consequences–fear of the Lord–must live in us. We can damn ourselves from a single unrepentant trespass. Yes, we should fear damnation and take caution to avoid sin and repent of them all. His mercy can’t save us if WE REJECT HIM for sin.
Having a fear of going to Hell isn’t having a lack of faith, it is having WISDOM…what the devil doesn’t want us to have and has stolen from our lives. Oh, how many of the “faithful” have no fear of going to Hell? Tragic!
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge [of how to obtain salvation]; fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 9:10; 1:7).
Oh, we are fools. No wonder hardly anyone goes to church. We don’t think it is necessary.
“Work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12)…oh, we don’t really understand what that means. We have no wisdom.
If we do go to church…that is good, but tragically, we still go for the wrong reasons. Sadly, we go to get God’s help for us in this life, or out of obligation, or to become holy (for self-benefit…not to truly love God/to stop offending Him/to save souls). Or, perhaps we go to have friends or to do “good” because we like being “good” and feeling like we are doing God’s will. I mean none of those reasons are “bad” but if we don’t change, those reasons won’t bring us to Eternal Life.
And if we already consider our lives as good enough (don’t see our need for God), why would we even bother spending our time going to church? We don’t realize we need God to SAVE US…to change our hearts and give us a true hatred for sin/a saving faith or we will choose to be cast into the “place of torment” (Luke 16:28) for eternity. Truly, if we want people to go to church (for the right reason–to love God), we need to PREACH THE TRUTH. We need to know we need to be saved. We need to know we need God to remove our liking for sin or we will be damned forever.
Oh, what has the devil done? He has stolen our faith, removed our hatred of sin, killed our love of God, destroyed our comprehension of sin and our sinfulness, and tainted our understanding of our need for mercy (help and forgiveness). He has greatly confused us.
We are suffering fantastically from presumption of salvation….I’m not talking about assuming we are saved by our own power. Well, I mean yes, I do mean that, but to really understand what that means, what I’m really taking about is “presuming we are saved”– declaring that we can read the contrition of our own souls–that we know if our sorrow for our sins is true or not.
Please know, the true saints didn’t presume they had such a great faith (were saved) despite any relationship they had with God or works they were doing. They were humble.
“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)
They knew they couldn’t read their souls. That judgement belongs to God alone. “I do not even judge myself [St. Paul said]. I am not aware of anything against myself [any mortal sin still left in me], but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me” (1 Corinthians 4:4).
Instead of presuming they were saved, the saints HOPED for it, if they continued to live The Word. So, they toiled and toiled daily to more perfectly live for God’s will–to leave more and more sins and attachments (idols)….as they strove to become a perfect saint…knowing it is by living the faith that God can remove their inclination/desire for sin, so they can desire God alone and be saved.
The saints focused on what they could do to love God and save souls, and begged God over and over again for a greater hatred for sin…a greater desire to leave everything that was keeping them from perfectly loving Him, so they would live for His will and never offend Him again. We need to do the same.
But we don’t sincerely do this. 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 our sinfulness and the seriousness of sin and from our lack of fear of God; we just don’t seek Him correctly (humbly). We don’t know of our need to be saved. We pridefully assume we are. Then we choose our sins instead of Him and die.
“They will not amend their ways. They have no fear of God [fear of sinning against Him]” (Psalm 55:20).
Please don’t ignore God’s servants. As Pope St. John Paul II taught us, “become a saint and do so quickly [you don’t know when your hour will come].” We must teach people fear of the Lord and our need for Mercy (need to be saved) or we will all be lost forever!
“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)
Please don’t be deceived. The Mother of God is speak to YOU. You must repent and change. Yes, even if you are one of God’s beloved most blessed shepherds, with fantastic talents and blessing. You too have fallen for the devil’s traps and must amend your life. Yes, this is true!
Please listen to Our Lady of La Salette, “[Now,] there are no more generous souls, there is no one [priest] left worthy of offering a spotless sacrifice to the Eternal for the sake of the world….[This is true,] Lucifer, together with a large number of demons, will be unloosed from hell [which has occurred]; they will put an end to [the true] faith little by little, even in those dedicated to God [won’t know The Way]. They will blind them…” Wow! Yes, this has really happened. This is why we don’t know The Way to Heaven.
Tragically, now, from having a lack of true shepherds to guide us, we ALL live in the time of great darkness.
“After this first shepherd, that is, after these friends of mine, who used to be in my Church in days of old, other unrighteous shepherds came [the one’s who fell into the trap of the evil one]”… my Spirit is absent from them, since they do not care about the perdition of the sheep…[But you, who have ears that can hear] run with me to the sheep that still have a breath of life and let us lift them up and refresh them! [Teach them The True Way].
Have compassion on me, for I bought them at a very high price!… O my friends [who can hear], I love these sheep so dearly [I can’t bear for them to die]… That is why I cry out to my friends [who can hear] with all my heart… do not spare yourself in working for me since I endured such things out of love for you. Work manfully and bring help to all my sheep in distress [and bring them to Life].”
–Jesus to St. Bridget of Sweden, (Revelations Ch. 59)
Oh, God wants us saved, but we need more warnings. We aren’t hearing. We are all dying.
Please don’t be deceived into thinking Our Lord is happy with us… Oh, He is in a perpetual sadness over the loss of His beloved children, crying out to us, who can hear to help save them. Who could laugh and be happy, when your very children, that you died for, that you love so tenderly are rejecting you and rushing to their eternal doom?
If we want to bring some joy to God’s crushed heart, then decide you never want to offend Him again and do all you can to truly repent and change. Then after you learn The Way correctly and are living it (have proof we understand it, so to not lead another astray), work hard to teach others how to save their and others souls. God wants us all in Heaven.
“For the love of God is this, that we keep his commandments [the entire Word]. And his commandments are not burdensome [if we hate sin and love God]” (1 John 5:3).
Nothing is More Tragic
Tell me, what is more tragic than a person, who thought they gave their life to God, who thought they had a great relationship with Our Lord, who couldn’t wait to die and go to Jesus, to only come to find out, upon judgement, that their faith they thought was great, was only a lie? Oh, the eternity they thought they had, IS LOST all because they were deceived into believing bounds of lies (many of which we will learn about later) that have lead them to their eternal doom. Horribly, after their life of presuming they were saved, they aren’t with Our Lord; they have rejected Him forever. Absolutely tragic!
When we go before God at judgement, we won’t be able to lie to ourselves any more. We will stand there with the naked truth of our great rejection of God (our guilt). “Lo, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is he who is awake, keeping his garments [clean/without unrepentant sin] that he may not go naked and be seen exposed [with vast sin at judgement]!” (Revelation 16:15).
Yes, at judgement, our great love of ourselves, love of sin and love of the world (hatred for God) will be blaringly present. What we refused to see before, will now never leave us. “For there is nothing hidden, except to be disclosed [made known]; nor is anything secret, except to come to light [for all to see]” (Mark 4:22). Yes, we and everyone else will really know what we have done to God, others and ourselves, and this horrible reality will stay with us for all eternity as we are tormented for rejecting God for the devil (sin).
“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 [your faith was a lie]. Depart from me, you evildoers [who still desire yourselves, sin and the world instead of Me.]” (Matthew 7:22-23).
Oh, we can’t allow this to occur again. We must do all we can to prevent one more soul from dying.
But, who today is warning us of our impending doom if we stay complacent with any of our sins. Christians are supposed to be saving souls. But we aren’t. Oh, we don’t even know we need to seek Mercy to help us grow into a saving faith (a truly humble contrite heart that can accept His forgiveness). We have all been deceived into believing we are already saved. Who is teaching us The Way?
Who is giving us Fear of the Lord? This is the singular ingredient that if the devil removes from our understanding, we are dead.
Beware the evil one, who “disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14), lures us into believing him with many words of love and truth…telling us things we want to hear, so we can think he is guiding us correctly. Then, when we aren’t looking (trust him), he robs us of our fear of sin and then strips us of other truths, so we won’t know The Way. But please know, the devil doesn’t have to make us into monsters for us to be damned, all he needs to do is remove our fear of God, then we belong to him.
True contrition, true humility and true love of God are all founded on having Fear of the Lord. Please know, praying and trying to live The Word without having at least some amount of Fear of the Lord (some fear of sin and its consequences) won’t lead to Life…all of it will be in vain. “If anyone fears the Lord he will show him the path he should choose.” (Psalm 25). We must come to understand this. We can’t Live without having the fear of sin.
Oh, is anyone trying to give us this blessed fear and/or helping us grow in this hatred of sin, so it can become true enough to accept God’s forgiving saving mercy…is anyone trying to save us? No. We are all lost and dying! To learn more please read, “What is Fear of the Lord?”
“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 [what kind of faith do they really have?]….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)
“I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things [commit mortal sin] will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:21). Yes, The Word and the saints of the past have warned us… but who today? Where are the people and the priests trying to save the lost? There is no one, because nobody can see.
Darkness Has Come
Yes, the time we have read about in The Bible–that we knew was coming–has finally arrived; “For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness [over] the peoples (Isaiah 60:2). Only someone with a special grace would be able to see in such a time, which is why I am re-sending the warnings of the saints and speaking so clearly.
Please know, “a third of their [the Church’s] light [of knowledge] was darkened” (Revelations 8:12) some time ago, and now, after the rest of the light has been stamped out. We are suffering from great darkness over the entire Church…as prophesied: “[we have been] plunged into [total] darkness” (Revelations 16:10).…and now we don’t know how to obtain Eternal Life.
But of course we don’t know we are living in this reality; because of the very darkness we are living in. Most tragically, many think we are vastly “holy”, when sadly, we are dead and don’t even understand the first step towards Life (fear of the Lord). It is tragic! Yet, now God’s mercy is giving us a chance to see, so we can flee from the sins we are living in and live the true faith, before it is too late. Praise God…let’s open our eyes.
“Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her [don’t follow the lost of My Church], my people so that you do not take part in her sins, and so that you do not share in her plagues [die]; for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities [her sins aren’t forgiven/her punishment will be great!]'” (Revelation 18:2-5).
But to open our eyes, so we can see and change, we need to fully understand, the darkness The Word speaks about in Revelations isn’t a “literal” darkness (no sun) like some have been deceived into believing but a vast spiritual darkness, with all sorts of plagues/illness being spread–spiritual lies–that are killing us. These lies have tricked us into loving sin, desiring/lusting for the pleasures of the world and living for ourselves. We have been “led astray to idols” (1 Corinthians 12:2) and our hearts are torn… we don’t seek God alone. We have many idols that we run to for happiness instead of God (as explained later).
“Therefore God gave them up in the lusts [desires] of their hearts to impurity [all they wanted that wasn’t God and the world became dark]… because they exchanged the truth about God [being the true source of happiness] for a lie [believing sin or some created thing will satisfy the longings of the heart]” (Romans 1:24-2).
Horribly, we are infested with illness (false understanding/false love/false faith), since we went out and partook in the lies, and now we are very ill and don’t know The Way to Heaven. Yes, there is a “mortal, prophesy against the shepherds” (Ezekiel 34:2)… all of the shepherds and the sheep (for the most part) are living as dead. We have been killed by the lies.
Please don’t think someone outside of the Catholic Church (the only Church Christ Himself founded) is doing any better. No. Others abandonment of the true faith, since they were deceived into believing another way is better (suffer from much deception), won’t lead them to Life but death.
Please know, the other churches don’t have the vast means we need to receive the grace necessary to sincerely come to hate sin (to save us). They don’t have the sacraments of God’s Church that send fantastic grace to help us. They don’t have the Mother of God’s help directly from Heaven, or the saints or the traditions from the apostles (showing us what we should be doing) or the Catechism (the correct interpretation of The Directions to Life authored by the saints) all of which leads to a saving faith, if we live it correctly. PLEASE don’t be deceived. Eternity is forever. God’s Church is The Way…but we simply can’t follow the lost of the Church; we must follow its saints.
To learn more please read, “How to Save Souls.” and “The Time of Great Darkness” because The Word and the prophets have clearly spoken about this truth (darkness coming). We should have known.
“Prepare to live three days in total darkness [what The Father considers 3 days, which is not long considering the span of humanity]. These three days [when nobody knows The Way] are very close [and has now arrived]… And in these days they will remain as dead [without saving grace] without eating or drinking [without receiving grace from the Body and Blood of Christ]. Then the light [of true knowledge] will return. But many will be the men who will not see it anymore [still won’t be able to see/understand The Way].”
–St. Padrie Pio (Letter to Superior 1959)
But to keep us living in the dark, the evil one–who’s goal is to deceive us–will have us come up with a jillion reasons why this just isn’t true. Not only will he pride us into believing we are too holy and knowledgeable to have such a lack of faith and to be so deceived, He will also have us misinterpret The Bible and the saints all to keep us blind. He will convince us, we aren’t one of the damned, so we can remain dead, so we won’t be concerned with our salvation and neglect going to God correctly for help to save us (to change our hearts). Then we’ll be banished to Hell for all eternity. Please don’t be deceived from our pride.
The Lord wants to save us, the shepherd and the sheep alike…“The Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you [just open your eyes to see Him]” (Isaiah 60:2).
Now, please don’t go and think the end of the world is now upon us…that simply isn’t true. After this prophecy in Revelation is fulfilled, which is when the lie is destroyed (the truth is brought to the Light) and all those leaders of the faith living the lie are in shame, which happens in “one hour [according to The Father, which is very fast]” (Revelation 18:10), then eventually the light of truth in The Church will be restored (Revelations 19:6-8).
Next as Revelations 20 tells us, “He [an angel] seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years [1000 years according to The Father, which is a long time]. So the only thing we need to concern ourselves with is our own end and that of our neighbor’s, which is rapidly approaching. The end of the world isn’t for a long time. Yet, if you have ears that can hear, now is the time to repent and change and follow Christ to Heaven.
What Makes a Sin Deadly?
“There is such a thing as deadly sin” (1 John 5:16). But the reason we are so deceived and don’t think we have deadly sin on our souls is because we don’t really understand what the deadly sins are or what makes a sin deadly. To learn more please read, “What Are Mortal Sins?”
Yet, dying with any unrepentant mortal sin on our souls damns us forever. It is a rejection of God for sin. We need to learn what these are.
“Mortal sin… results in the loss of charity and the privation [loss] of sanctifying grace, that is, of the state of grace. If it is not redeemed by repentance and God’s forgiveness, it causes exclusion from Christ’s kingdom and the eternal death of hell” (CCC # 1861).
To prevent us from dying with unrepentant mortal sins that we can’t see, even though we should know what they are since “what the law requires is written on their hearts” (Romans 2:15), but to help us who have blocked out much knowledge of the truth from our hearts, God clearly tells us what some of our deadly sins are:
“Be sure of this, that no fornicator [sexual relations outside of marriage] or impure person [thinking, watching, wearing or doing anything impure], or one who is greedy, that is, an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God” (Ephesians 5:5).
“Do you not know that [unrepentant] wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Fornicators, idolaters [those who desire the world and its pleasures for happiness instead of God], adulterers, male prostitutes, sodomites [homosexuals], thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers [those who argue], robbers—none of these will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9:10).
Okay, if we can see that we commit any of these sins, then it is easy to see some of the places we are going wrong. But if we don’t, it is much harder to know some of our failures, because we can’t see our mortal offences against God.
Now, some people want to argue that some of those sins are sometimes only venial and that is true. If we commit any of them and it isn’t a grave matter, then it is not mortal.
But we need to fully understand, that any sin mortal or venial that we ignore, that we don’t think is a big deal and we don’t seek/desire to amend, no matter how slight it is, that sin is now mortal. Yes, any sin we think lightly of is mortal…
“A venial sin…becomes a serious one [mortal] through a person’s negligence [not working to stop the sin] and scorn [disregarding it of importance].”
–Jesus to St. Bridget of Sweden (Prophecies and Revelations, Ch. 19).
This is because it is a mortal sin–an abomination of love–to be complacent with offending God with any sin, even the slightest, and we should know this (God wrote it in our hearts). Yes, we must truly HATE SIN…ALL sin. Please don’t be deceived. “[I] detest the smallest sin” Jesus told to St. Faustina (Diary #1728). We need to too.
Therefore, how much sorrow for a sin do we have if without reservation we habitually commit it?…not much, if any…diffidently not true sorrow. So our unrestrained habitual sins need to leave. Please know, “God will smite the head…of those who persist in their sins” (Psalm 68:21).
“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 your or others prayers]; you are on the brink of perdition [Hell].”
—St. Alphonsus, Doctor of the Church, (Preparation for Death, Habit of Sin)
Venial Sins Become Mortal
With that said, how many venial sins do we pay little, to no, attention to and just repeat over and over again…you know, our sinful personality traits: our impatience, worrying, complaints, anger, resentments, jealousy, our gossiping tongues, and negativity…oh, our lack of kindness towards certain people, our vanity, immorality and the bounds of arguing and selfish things we do just to get what we want that a true saint wouldn’t do.
Oh, we all do different things, but there is just so much. Yet, any of them that we aren’t resolved/working to amend are mortal…We must be striving to obey all of God’s Word.
“Do not worry” (Matthew 6:35)… “Do not complain” (James 5:9)… “Surely impatience kills” (Job 5:2)… “All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice. [And] be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you [who offend Him with countless sins of your own]” (Ephesians 4:31-32).
Perhaps we have been committing some of these sins our whole life long, complacently thinking these are just part of who we are. Where is our contrition for our sins?
From ignoring bounds of venial sins, we aren’t becoming true self sacrificing saints…since we are we not TRULY following Christ? Oh, this is clearly proven, since we are staying the same.
Year after year, we are the same people… with the same sins and the same broken personalities…we aren’t changing (growing), therefore, we aren’t living the faith correctly. It doesn’t matter how “good” we are, if we aren’t GROWING towards becoming a real saint, we don’t have a true hatred for sin…we don’t have a real desire to amend.
After our entire life of being a “Christian” with all of our Masses and confessions attended, with all of our prayers and sacrifices made, and our countless hours of reading The Word and serving others and blessings from God, from all that grace God has sent to transform us, do we have such little hatred for our sins, we are still continuing in them?
After all that God has done, have we rejected all of God’s transforming grace, and we are still complaining and impatient when things don’t go our way? Do we still lack so much trust in what God allows that we worry when things don’t go well or according to our will? What kind of faith do we really have? Are we really leaving our sins and becoming saints or are we staying the same? Lying to ourselves, won’t save our souls.
“Then he began to reproach the cities [Churches] in which most of his deeds of power had been done, because they did not repent. ‘Woe to you… For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in [the world]… they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, on the day of judgment it will be more tolerable for… [the world] than for you… Will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be brought down to Hades’ (Matthew 11:20-24).
Sure some of us have changed perhaps once when we first found Christ but now we have gone lukewarm (we are not growing) or perhaps we are growing but it is so slowly, we will never obtain the goal (a saving faith) since we don’t even know we should have such a goal.
Perhaps we are one of the few blessed souls, whom God is sending big warnings of our lack of grace, and we are even going backwards: becoming more grumpy, more anxious, more worried, more impatient, more irritable etc…having less and less virtues.
As our years go on, no matter what crosses come our way, we should be becoming more and more in peace and virtuous like Christ (actually our crosses should be greatly moving us toward immitating Jesus)… that is IF we are truly following Christ. But if we aren’t God is clearly warning us we are dying and going to be brought down to Hades if we don’t repent and change befor our hour comes.
Well, maybe, we are working to change a certain sin, but we are doing it without the goal of amending them all. We are complacent with all of the rest, which makes us still damned.
Oh, perhaps we make excuses as to why our sins exist to try to justify them? “Oh, I’m hungry and tired… that is why I’m so grumpy” as if God’s grace can’t remove our evil inclinations when we are hungry and tired…but instead of seeking God for strength to love at all times (to not sin) under any cross (trial), we justify our sinful dispositions as just part of life, not even concerned with the fact that those sins are OFFENDING GOD. Where is our love for Our Lord?
Yes, every one of them, even if they are a small/venial sin are mortal…a deadly sin that has rejected God’s saving mercy. This is because we still lack a true hatred/contrition for that sin (we aren’t resolved/working hard to leave them). Please don’t be deceived.
Also, we should know, even if our sin is an inherited sinful trait we were born with (inclined towards), God wants us to seek Him for the grace to remove it from our lives too. Truly, we can’t stay complacent with any sin…all of them offend God!
“[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)
Therefore, ask ourselves, how often do we think “that is not so bad” as we ignore and think lightly of the minor things we think, say or do wrong, not even caring that we just offended God venially. Well, we didn’t just offend Him venially…no, from our lack of care, we just offended Him mortally. Yes, all sins matter. All sins we choose OFFEND GOD, whom we should desire to perfectly love. If we don’t care that we have just offended God with any sin, we are damning our souls from having a lack of love for God (a lack of hatred for our sin).
“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)
Oh, Lord we need help. 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. We have been greatly deceived and have a great desire for sin! Tragically, 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!
Tragically, some of us still won’t be able to see how we habitually commit any venial sins, but if we can see at least some of these problems, praise God. It is better than living completely blind to our venial sins we aren’t working to amend…our mortal sins. Yet, later I will speak of our sins of omission (what we should have done but didn’t do), which should open anyone’s eyes.
But if we can see, 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 teach and strengthen us, to remove our great will/desire to sin, instead of seeking all the nonsense we have spent our lives dreaming of. We need to start seeking grace. 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).
We Can’t Hate What We Refuse to See
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.
“How greatly man deceives himself.”
–God the Father to St. Catherine of Siena, (Treatise on Discretion)
Above you were just shown a VERY FEW of the sins we don’t tend to recognize that we continue in, but with those sins most are able to see them, if someone were to point them out. Yet, believe it or not, most of our sins we don’t care about amending and therefore ignore. It is just something different for everyone.
We have become so good at ignoring our sins that now we don’t even recognize them as sins, since we have been spending our lives justifying them as acceptable. Sadly, we can’t even see them, even if we were to try. This is the truth.
Yes, the devil has tricked us into believing many of our sins are not even sinful…so we will live in denial and cover them and die without having true repentance…even though the truth–the knowledge of their sinfulness is written in our hearts. We just don’t (really) want to see, since our pride and passion for these sins is just so great.
“[Man is] blinded by passion, which does not permit him to acknowledge his fault nor profit by the correction.”
–St. Alphonsus, Doctor of the Church, (Reflections useful for Bishops that then man govern well their churches; Ch. 2 #9)
We will have to implore Mercy for much grace, to give us a true desire to see, to even begin to see what we refuse to acknowledge. Our desire to see ourselves as who we aren’t is just too great. Yet, “no one who conceals transgressions will prosper, but one who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).
For may of us, coming to see our sins we have spent our life time hiding is VERY HARD to do… since we want to think of ourselves as without error, even if someone were to directly tell us what we are doing wrong, we will still refuse to admit the truth.
We see this often when someone criticizes/corrects us. Instead of humbly looking into ourselves, apologizing and admitting our error, we become offended, angered and refuse to admit our wrongs. Yikes! From our love of sin and pride we habitually cover our sins, since we don’t want to see them, which is damning our souls. We need to change this.
“Those who disregard discipline [ignore correction] hate themselves [hate their weakness/don’t want to see it], but those who heed reproof [follow correction] acquire understanding [accept themselves for who whey are (sinners) and understand their need for Mercy… and have hope for salvation].” (Proverbs 15:32).
For many of us, even if we want to see our sinfulness, 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. Most simply deny the truth. This must end. We must admit our sins! To learn more please read, “How Does Our Pride Kill Us.” 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 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).
But to help us gain a small understanding of a big problem, here is an example of how we love our sins and others around us promote them too: “Oh, you deserve better, so taking that is fine; he doesn’t pay you what you are worth anyway”, our friend tells us, so we will think she supports us. “Oh, she did you so wrong; you have every right to be angry at her”, our spouse tells us, so we will think he understands us. “Oh, you can’t help your passions of the flesh; you have the right to happiness”, our pastor tells us, to support our life of sin, so we can feel like He cares about us.
Wow, people want to love us and we want to love others so greatly that the devil tricks us into justifying our sins as loving someone, when guiding someone away from sin is true love (caring for the salvation of their soul).
Oh, we are suffering from such deception that not only do we deceive ourselves into justifying sin, we misguided others left and right, right to their doom as well. Yet, all along thinking we are loving/supporting others with these lies. We are so confused, and this confusion is meaning our and others eternal life. We aren’t loving others, we are killing them. Because if we try to cover/justify just ONE sin as acceptable, we are damning our souls. Please don’t be deceived.
“Beware of…hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known… I will warn you whom to fear: fear him [God] who…has power to cast into hell [and come to true repentance before it is too late]” (Luke 12:1-5).
Tragically, so much of our lives are spent covering our sins. If we aren’t justifying our own sins, others are doing it for us. Sadly, whether we want to believe this or not, we love sin and we love to offend God, so much our happiness, much of the time is founded on sin.
But if we ever want 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 hide…that 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. Then one by one God will enlighten us.
“’Lord, let our eyes be opened.’ Moved with pity, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight, and followed Him” (Matthew 20:33).
Yes, at first God will enlighten us well enough for us to begin to follow Him. Then little by little, according to our desire and God’s will, we will be enlightened to the vast sins we desire, so we can seek God for the strength to remove that misery (liking of our sin) from our souls.
Of course we won’t ever see all of our sins. We don’t need to to obtain true contrition for our sins. But we do need to come to see and repent of the sins we refuse to see and love. 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 open our eyes and remove our will to sin, so we can desire God alone and be saved. To learn more please read, “How Can I See My Sins?”
“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 [the 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 already 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.
Sins of Omission
Oh, but there is more… our sins of omission: the things we should have done but didn’t. If we can come to understand what these are, they can greatly help us obtain true self-knowledge.
As we know, some of us were given much grace at birth and have rather calm dispositions. We don’t complain, or worry, or argue. We are rather cheerful, agreeable and pleasant. We didn’t have to work hard to abandon our life of sin by seeking God’s mercy to become so much like Christ. God bestowed such blessings upon us at our birth. But please don’t be deceived, we are still with much sin, from not allowing God to make us into saints. And what prevented that from happening are mostly from our sins of omission.
Now that we know, not working hard to stop any sin makes it mortal, because we lack contrition for that sin, we also need to know neglecting (omitting) to live any of The Word makes anything we don’t do that Christ would have done, mortal as well. Of course, that is, if it is a repeated neglect (lack of desire to follow any part of Christ), not just a one time fall (unless it is a grave matter; then it is mortal).
“Neglect of God’s law [any law] brings inescapable punishment for the soul and that unquenchable fire [since we love the sin/not God].
–St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church, (On Marriage and Family Life, SVS pg. 89)
This means we can’t ignore–not strive to live–any of God’s Word, not even the slightest. If we do then we don’t care about loving/following/obeying Christ…which is a mortal sin. We must be working hard to FOLLOW CHRIST all of Him and be becoming like Him.
“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)
To help us understand the difference between the sins of omission (what we should have done but didn’t) and the sins of commission (what we did but shouldn’t have) here are a few examples: I might have not robbed a bank (sin of commission), but I didn’t give true charity to the poor and just ignored them (sin of omission). I might have not lied, but I didn’t say the truth someone needed to hear. I might have not missed Church on Sunday, but I didn’t answer God’s call and become a priest/nun. I might have not gotten angry with my neighbor, but I didn’t deny myself of what I wanted and/or picked up my cross, so God could use my sacrifice to send grace to help save the soul of my neighbor.
Yes, sin is a lot more than we thought. Here is a simple list of just a few of our more unknown mortal sins: venial sins of commission and omission that most ignore and habitually commit:
- Not doing everything to love God and our neighbor (love/care for the earthly and spiritual needs of others… to help save their souls). This is what the entire Bible teaches us to do “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-19).
- Not surrendering any of our will (any moment) for God’s will; we must realize we can’t do anything good/correct without God’s grace moving us. Therefore, every second of our lives we need to seek Him so we can do His will, so God can guide us to live how He wishes (which is His perfect plan for us to obtain Heaven) and so we can us to serve Him by loving and saving our neighbor as He wills. “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind [through God’s grace], that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2).
- Not being self-less; nothing we do should be to please ourselves (which is complete opposed to our sinful nature/self-love), but to help another, especially by making sacrifices of what we want that would have been to love ourselves but by denying ourselves to help–send grace–to save another’s soul. We need to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, like Christ was for us. “No man should seek his own interest” (1 Chorinthians 10:24).
- Doing something from seeking out to have self-gratification/self-pleasure; Our calling in life is to follow Christ, who did all to help save us. He sought no pleasure for himself, just for the sake of pleasing himself, but did all with the goal of loving The Father, which is done by helping to save our souls (since God wants us all in Heaven) “For people will be lovers of themselves…lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:2-4).
- Doing something for self-glory “Do everything for the glory of God ” (1 Corinthians 10).
- Not praying all of the time “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Yes, this is possible. To learn more please read, “How to Pray Humbly”
- Not doing everything to the best of our ability for God “Whatever you do, work at it with your whole being. Do it for the Lord” (Colossians 3:23).
- Not giving thanks to God for everything (the good and the bad) knowing it is His perfect will for us “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you [trust in Him]” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
- Not forgiving everyone/holding grudges “If you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions” (Matthew 6:15).
- Self indulging “The one who is self-indulgent is dead ” (1 Timothy 5:6).
“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)
Really, those are just a few of God’s laws–directions on how we can love God and not sin, which apply to every moment of our lives. No moment must be willfully given to sin. But of course, seeking to live The entire Bible is what we really need to do or we are dead (don’t care enough to strive to perfectly obey). We should also know, the more serious the sins that we commit are, the more grave it is (the more we reject God for that sin).
Yes, there is much more to sin than just what we do wrong; what we didn’t do that we should have done is a HUGE portion of our life of rejecting God…and those concepts are dynamic. Yet, both prevent us from living the faith, gaining a saving faith and becoming like Jesus…The One we should be following.
Lovers of Pleasure
One of the great ways we are dying is that we have SO MANY IDOLS. We desire bounds of things to bring us happiness that aren’t God.
Countless impure delights are sought to entertain ourselves in the world, from what we think and say, to what we wear and watch. We love to be sexy and look at what is sexy. Oh, but we don’t want to see it…”oh, there is worse” we will say to ourselves…to justify our sins, just so we can continue to tantalize our senuality (think impurely)…since we love it.
But not only do many of us seek impurity for fun, how much of our time/life do we justify as just fine but, if nothing else, it is wasted….not lived for God and His will…for His glory, but rather it is lived in our pursuit of our personal happiness with the world’s pleasures. Yes, not only have we made sin our idol, we have made bounds of things in the world our idols too.
“In the last days there will come times of stress. For men will be LOVERS OF SELF, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, fierce, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, LOVERS OF PLEASURE rather than lovers of God,” (2 Timothy 3:1-4).
God clearly tells us of why we are suffering from such blindness and lack of true faith, but most simply won’t believe they are the ones with these problems, so we won’t look to see how we do all of those things, and we will remain blind and die as unrepentant sinners. But, we must open our hearts to the truth. Our hearts aren’t truly focused on loving God, but sadly, we sinners, are focused on loving (idolizing) ourselves…seeking to love ourselves.
Did you know God doesn’t want us to spend our lives seeking happiness for ourselves? I know this sounds crazy, but it is true. Sure God wants us happy, but He wants us happy by loving Him. Yes, wonderful–true happiness–is waiting for us, which is found through LOVING GOD…not seeking some sin or created thing or filling our pride to satisfy our hearts.
Our source of happiness needs to be God, not our family, friends, success, complements, hobbies, sports, things etc. Wow! Yes, we need to find our happiness in loving God…God alone needs to be what we seek for happiness. He must be our only God.
Oh, we like to say “I love God above everything” but our hearts tell a different story. In fact we love/are attached to countless things. We just don’t see it…since our pride and passions for them has blinded us.
But truly, whatever we seek to make us happy (which isn’t God or His will), all of those are our idols. Yes, there is a lot. But our passions/desire for the world is killing us. We need to seek Mercy for the strength to see and then abandon them all, or they are mortal sins. This is a HUGE problem that we are blind too, that is keeping us from Our Savior, as explained later.
“Do not become idolaters as some of them did; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and they rose up to play [seeking the world’s pleasures and not God for happiness].” (1 Corinthians 10:7)
Yes, that means, everything we do for self-gratification that is not for God’s glory is sinful too. We must “do ALL to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31), not ourselves. Truly, there is just so much we have been deceived with!
Oh, what are we living for….God? Are we watching that TV show to better know, love and serve God…if not, why are we doing it? Oh, to love ourselves, well, then that is sinful. “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit…Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,…[He] emptied himself, taking the form of a slave…became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:3-8).
Any moment of our lives that we live for self-love/our will and not love of God/His will, and we ignore it, thinking it is fine and don’t seek to amend it, that is a moment we are committing mortal sin, since we are complacent with offending God.
Why do we think the saints lived the way they lived? Because it wasn’t sinful…because that is how we love God. Yes, mortal sin is much more than we understand. Please don’t be deceived.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER who is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).
Sure it can be hard to understand what we do that is truly to better know, love and serve God…for His will and not our own, but if we don’t even seek such knowledge, we will never find The Way…and then we will stay complacent with offending God and die. To learn more please read, “How to Become Attached to God and Not the World?”
If we sincerely loved God or even wanted to sincerely love God, we would have been working hard to leave ALL of our offences…striving to become true saints…truly living The Word…living for God and His will. Sure we can’t do it all at once. God doesn’t expect us to, but we would be working to remove one sin…one attachment at a time. But from being deceived, we aren’t. To learn more please read the Lifting Our Values Book, “How to Obtain a Saving Faith.”
If we aren’t sincerely striving to become a perfect saint, now is the time for you to seek Mercy and change. Now is the time for you to seek “the kingdom of God and his righteousness [a saving faith]” (Matthew 6:33). God is waiting for You…go to Him.
“No, my friends, do not let us deceive ourselves. Let us flee, or else we may run the danger of being lost. All our saints have fled and despised the world all their lives. Those who were obliged to live in it lived as if they were not in it. How many of the real great ones have left this world to live in solitude [to obtain Life]!…how difficult it was to obtain salvation in this world,!”
–St. John Vianney, (Sermon, 23rd Sunday after Pentecost)
I know this is a hard concept to understand, when we are living in the world…but trust the saints. We have many idols we need to leave, if we want to Live.
A True Christian
Hum, did we even know if we are a true Christian we are supposed to be spending our day working to save souls just like Christ and the saints have done before us…yes, not only aly are we supposed to do our jobs for God’s honor and glory, we are supposed to be living our life to love God, which is done by working hard to save our neighbor’s soul (everyone’s soul).
we are supposed to be sacrificing pleasure for the cross? “If anyone wishes to come after me, he MUST deny himself [of His will/what he wants] and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). This is really the essence of the entire Christian faith…and most aren’t even living it.
“Pray much and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to hell because there is no one to make sacrifices for them.”
–Our Lady of Fatima
Yes, practicing the Christian faith means we are supposed to be learning how to joyfully sacrifice, suffer and carry crosses like Christ for the SALVATION OF SOULS (to help souls gain true contrition for their sins). Yes, our lives are supposed to be focused on saving souls…We are supposed to be following Christ…becoming like Him…a true saint…working hard to save souls through the cross.
“Christians MUST imitate Christ’s sufferings, not set their hearts on pleasures.”
–St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church, (On Pastors, Sermon 46)
But we are so deceived, we don’t even know how to save souls…since we don’t know what how to obtain Eternal Life. Horribly, we don’t seek the cross, we seek the pleasure. We love ourselves and want more and more for ourselves…when Our Lord is suffering greatly because His children are dying. neighbor is dying…not God and our neighbor (His children). Oh “the joys of this world lead to eternal misery” as St. Ambrose, Doctor of the Church, teaches in his letter to the Philippians, because we seek them for happiness and not loving God by doing all we can to save His children from eternal doom.
If we are truly striving to follow Christ, we are supposed to be rejecting the world’s pleasures and living for God…finding our happiness in spending our time coming to greater know, love and serve God–seeking the salvation of souls–by Way of the Cross, in reparation for our sins, so to send grace to help souls, like Christ did for us…This is what a True Christian does…and LOVES.. To learn more please read, “What is Penance” and “How to Love the Cross.”
“Be imitators of me [St. Paul]… Unfortunately, many go about in a way which shows them to be enemies of the cross of Christ [as they run from sacrifice/suffering to the world for its pleasures]… such as these will end in disaster! Their god is their belly [as they delight in good food]… I am talking about those who are set upon the things of this world [family, friends, success, things…etc. to make them happy].” (Philippians 3:17-19).
But the devil has us, and we live for the world. Our god our belly? The idol chatter we have with others…is another god? Oh, the bounds of other things we do just because we want them to make us happy? Oh, we love to converse and eat out, to entertain and be entertained… not “to preach and to teach” (Matthew 11:1) the gospel, for the salvation of souls, like Christ. Our minds are not like His….no, we love it for the pleasure it brings us (honors, indulgences, attention, comfort, satsification). Oh, “you have lived on the earth…in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter” (James 5:5). Tragic! Can we hear?
We Are Haters of The Cross
Tragically, we have been so mislead, “many live as enemies of the cross of Christ” (Philippians 3:18). What God has sent to save us–to remove our liking for sin–we hate. We don’t trust in the cross; we complain about it and do all we can to leave it. The illnesses, inconveniences, problems and challenges in life aren’t making us more like Christ; they are making us more selfish and self-centered as we worry, and complain, whishing we had what we want.
We aren’t rejoicing in them, so we have a cross to offer up for the salvation of another. No, we are wishing they were gone. We don’t want to be true Christians.
Oh, how many of us have spent our entire lives praying for what we want…never really TRUSTING in what God has allowed to occur as meant for our good: what we need to grow closer to Christ…into a saving faith and a life of peace? So, sad. Oh, the cross is the way to Christ, but we are rejecting/hate it.
Horribly, we are so deceived, we even think suffering and sacrificing pleasure for the cross–being a true Christian–makes a miserable life, when it brings greater joy than any self-loving pleasure could bring.
“Is there greater joy than suffering for the love of You?…I could not have believed one could bear so much and can explain it only by my great desire to save souls.”
–St. Teresa de Lisieux (Story of a Soul. Intro., epilogue)
But we don’t understand this. The only joy we know of is the false joy the world brings, so we seek a great life in this world. But if we want eternal life, we need to die to this word (lose our desire for this world) or we won’t have the next.
“Those who lose their life [leave all the joys of world] for my sake will find it [eternal joys]” (Matthew 10:39).
Oh, how confused are we! Do we really believe if we hate the world–and the incredible pleasure it brings–we will see God? Or, have we been deceived, through various justifications, into believing God wants us happy with the world’s pleasures…when He wants us happy in this world…LOVING HIM. Are we willing to give up what we love (what we seek for happiness), so we can love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength?
“No, my dear friends, do no let us deceive ourselves. We must sacrifice the world for Jesus Christ.”
–St. John Vianney (Sermon, 23 Sunday after Pentecost)
If not…then we will stay the same and live for the world and its pleasure… thinking we love God, because that is what we have convinced ourselves. But God, who reads the truth of the heart, knows that simply isn’t true…well, we don’t love with a saving love. Our love is mostly a lie (based on self-love).
And, yes, if we give our hearts to the world, seeking that for pleasure, we can have an abundance of worldly joy, but we won’t have an abundance of God’s love. We will lose it all. We can’t love both God and the world…we will either hate the one and love the other.
What do you want…the world or God? You can’t have both. If our hearts long for anything in the world…we reject God. Only God can be our idol…or that is a mortal sin (making something out of nothing). Yes, we will reject The Creator and Savior of All from desiring some created thing, instead of Our Creator. Horrible!
“The idolaters, and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur” (Revelation 21:8).
I tell you, we have been so deceived; we are so far from The Way; we have so much to change. We are attached to countless pleasures of the world, in which “the god[s] of this world [our idols]…blinded…[our] minds” (2 Corinthians 4:4). It is true, we don’t even see all we long for that isn’t God.
As a result, we don’t how to truly love God or man …we don’t understand the joy God sends when we surrender all to love Him–to save the souls of His children. Most don’t even know God uses our sufferings and sacrifices of love to help others…sadly, even if we were taught this, from our great lack of grace, we won’t really care. We will be focused on ourselves instead.
“There will be terrifying times in the last days. People will be self-centered…lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:2-4).
But if we really knew how many souls are dying…what eternal suffering really is and how much souls need our assistance, we would gladly pour out great tears begging God to help them and give all we enjoy (according to God’s will) to love our dying neighbor. But we don’t…even though The Word and the saints say so many are perishing. Yet, only God truly knows how many souls are lost despite His bitter passion, but the quantity is so great, it caused Jesus to sweat blood in utter anguish over the loss of so many of His children.
Today too, Our Lord is still suffering and suffering because of the loss of endless souls. And yet, most still don’t really believe…not enough do so something about it. Absolutely tragic! “They do not wish to hear My call [to seek My Mercy, so to repent and change and help save souls], but proceed into the abyss of hell. The loss of these souls plunges Me into deadly sorrow.” as Jesus told St. Faustina (Diary # 580). Oh, Our Lord is suffering…daily anguish. But, prayer and suffering/sacrificing can help alleviate His pain by helping to saves souls…Believe!
“You will save more souls through prayer and suffering than will missionary through his teachings and sermons alone. I want to see you as a sacrifice of living love.”
–Jesus to St. Faustina (Diary # 1767).
Please know, we aren’t in a state of grace/righteousness or even working our way towards righteousness if we aren’t truly and I mean truly striving to become like Christ by way of the cross. “Whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:38).
Our Lord loved the cross, not because He liked to suffer. Who likes that? But He loved the cross because His sacrifice and suffering was what we needed to become saved. He descended from Heaven as God and became His own creation…taking the form of a slave to love us and suffered and suffered…He tried and tried to show us The Way…even when we just wouldn’t listen (understand or truly believe), He persisted. Oh, every moment after our (Adam and Eve’s) fall, God has existed in suffering over the love of us.
He loves us so much that He wasn’t only willing to suffer but was filled with joy to suffer for our benefit. This is why He found joy in suffering; it was because He was loving us.
“For the sake of the joy [the grace sent for the salvation of souls through the cross] that was set before him he endured the cross” (Hebrews 12:2).
Oh, if we only really followed Christ, we would be becoming true Christians, who love the cross, who really loved others and were willing to suffer to help save them. But we are so self-absorbed; we don’t want to suffer and beg God for mercy…we want to walk around with a false smile on our faces, when our neighbors are DYING.
We have been so deceived; we aren’t caring about our neighbor…trying to save them from eternal torment, constantly seeking Mercy to send them grace. Sadly, we are trying to give ourselves a great life with worldly pleasure–which is the opposite of what God did.
Tragically, we don’t want to “make all we can a sacrifice” as the Mother of God, in Fatima, tells us we must do to love God and save our neighbor, whom God wants in Heaven. No; we don’t obey, nor do we understand that is how we save souls and love God…since we are living in darkness. We are looking to love ourselves.
But if now we can hear, if we want to learn how to become a real Christian, so to truly love God and our neighbor, we need to learn how to joyfully sacrifice pleasure and suffer for the love of them. And with every sacrifice we make for God/another, God sends grace to help save us too. To help us love God and neighbor, Lifting Our Values has “Piacular Beads” (sacrificial beads of love) to motivate us to make sacrifices throughout our day. Please try them. St. Teresa of Lisieux used something similar…and grew into having a fantastic joy to suffer.
“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 [of sin], 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)
Love Through the Cross
So please ask ourselves, how can we work away at our salvation–strive to obtain a saving faith–by follow Christ if we aren’t leaving our sins, living for His will and growing in imitation of Him… if we aren’t working hard to leave every pleasure of the world that our hearts desire that isn’t God and His will (our idols)… seeking the cross so we can help save souls, like all of the saint have done? We can’t.
I’m not saying we can’t have any worldly pleasures. There are many which are needed to help us better, know, love and serve God. Plus, our bodies are weak and need rest, exercise and play (on occasion based on health and age). But we simply can’t seek them for self-glory, self-gratification, or self-indulgence etc. or desire them (set our heart on wanting them for happiness). And if we can, we need to sacrifice the pleasure for the cross to love our neighbor…like all the saints before us.
For example: Let’s say, you have a family member, who doesn’t understand the joy of the cross and they feel loved and happy with the world. Without it, they are a misery…for the love of God still isn’t their happiness. So, you see they are suffering and very unhappy. You want to help them; so you pray for them, but you know they are rejecting so much grace. Your prayers aren’t helping them too much right now. They are still so depressed. But you know ice cream and a movie always helps to cheer them up (that is their source of happiness).
Therefore, since they don’t have God, it is perfectly fine to go out and get them an ice cream. There is nothing sinful with eating ice cream. You should avoid the movie however; what movie isn’t filled with immorality (something to tantalize our sensuality) or at least is so captivating you won’t be able to pray unceasingly and it’s images will most likely stay with your mind far after the movie keeping you from having your mind on God alone? Then partaking in that movie would surely cause us to offend God. That is what we want to avoid at all costs–sin.
If polite, you can only buy them the ice cream, so you don’t enjoy the pleasure that will come from it. Then you can offer that sacrifice for souls…but if the person you are with is offended and insists you have some too, then eating ice cream isn’t sinful at all. But if taking another for an ice cream will lead them into greater and greater attachment to the world, then we should avoid that if that is the greatest good, for the salvation of their soul, which only wisdom can help us understand that. To learn more please read, “How to Save Souls.”
So as we can see…we can hate the world and how it keeps our hearts and minds from Jesus and still live in it. But it isn’t easy, since one partake in a pleasure can leave our hearts longing for more. Then we are right back to desiring the world all over again.
“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 Eternal Life] 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 (Revelation Ch. 39)
We need to focus on doing God’s will and making sacrifices when we can…as we carry our crosses with Our Lord for the salvation of souls. Please know what Our Lord will’s for each of us is quite different, we should seek to learn what that is. For follow His will, is God’s perfect plan He created for us to obtain Eternal Life. To learn more please read, “What is God’s Will?”
So now, if we understand some of what God expects of us, it is the time to seek God for grace, so we can begin to Live The Word and come to love our crosses…not just the pleasures we reject to love God and our neighbor, but also all of the suffering/hardships/losses (crosses) God allows in our lives.
We need to learn how embrace them all, so we can “rejoice in my[our] sufferings” (Colossians 1:24) knowing we are learning from them (what are our sins), changing because of them (so to suffer because of our sins) and growing closer to Christ (His imitation) through them, instead of letting them crush us. To learn more please read, “Why Does God Allow Suffering and Punishment”
“We also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance [strength/grace to continue the race], and endurance produces character [becoming like Christ], and character produces hope [for salvation]” (Romans 5:3-4).
Oh, the cross is The Way to a saving faith, sanctity, and perfection. Focus on the cross. The cross is supposed to pull our hearts and eyes off of the world and place them on God–Our Savior, who alone can lead us to Heaven.
Truly, we don’t understand how much our hearts are attached to the world and not God. As a general rule, we need the opposite of what we, sinful self-loving beings desire (our will/self-pleasure)–for the cross, as a penance, to move towards Life.
But the devil destroyed our understanding of the cross and instead of embracing it, and following Christ through it, we run from it? We surely don’t seek out crosses to carry (do what we don’t like) so God can send grace from our sacrifice for the salvation of souls (ours and others)…we live to please ourselves…we live for the world and it’s pleasures instead…we live for the success, friends, complements…our pride!
Tragically, we don’t want to be nothing (lose our self-glory) as we silently carry our cross for the salvation of souls…like Christ and the saints have done…living a life of penance for our sin and the sin of the world. We don’t even know what penance is. To learn more please read, “What is Penance?” Tragically, we want to be someone and have everything. But if we don’t change in the end, we will lose it all.
Oh, “the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).
If we don’t love God this much, we still need much more grace from God, so we can first obtain enough belief (fear of the Lord) to really desire to change, so we can do what is necessary to leave everything that is preventing us from becoming a saint and then grow in faith to obtain this saving faith (sincere hatred for every sin/true love for God), and then sanctity (true love for God, which grows and atoned for all of our sins committed after our baptisms).
But once we obtain true sorrow for our sins, this won’t be hard at all…we will burn to do it, as explained later. To learn more please read, “What is Penance?” But until then, it will be a challenge to crush the head of the serpent, who seeks in to keep us in our selfish ways. To learn more please read, “How to Love the Cross.” But like was said, there is even more to true sorrow that we still don’t understand, which is explained later…so please continue to read. Eternity is forever!
Yes, to obtain Life, we need to desire/work hard to become perfect. Think about it, how can we ever love God, with a saving love and live the faith that saves, if we ignore any of our offences against Him–our sins of commission and omission, if we won’t work hard to love/obey any of The Word (Christ, The Word made flesh)…if we aren’t becoming self-less like Him? How can we truly love God if we aren’t striving to become “perfect, just as our heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48), as He commands? We can’t.
But who is really doing this today? Reality is, today, because we are living in the time of great darkness, we Christians live lukewarm lives….still indulging in the world’s pleasures…still complaining and running from our crosses…still staying in our sins. We aren’t really growing into perfect saints. Oh, how many preach becoming perfect (unable to sin) isn’t even possible? Tragic!
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, when we get what we want and then we lose it the next, when something goes against our will; we are far from saints.
Oh, we must be working hard to amend our sins…seeking to live for His will or there is no Life in us! Living the faith doesn’t keep us as unrepentant, unatoned for sinners…it makes us sanctified.
“If men only knew what eternity is, how they would make all possible efforts to amend their lives.”
–St. Jacinta of Fatima
Oh, we believe God can remove some of our sins, by His grace, but the devil has deceived us into believing He can’t remove all of them. Tragically, we don’t really believe in the almighty power of God? Look at what we have allowed the devil to do. He has stolen our faith.
“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)
Yes, some saints have become perfect. Believe! With God’s grace, we can too. But we must seek Him and seek Him and seek Him to obtain it.
If we believe God’s grace can not prevent us sinning, then how can we strive to perfectly love God/to stop all of our sins, if we don’t even believe perfect obedience is possible? We can’t.
“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)
People will say, “God doesn’t want you perfect.” Yes, He does. He doesn’t want you to offend Him again. Of course our imperfections/mistakes are fine (as long as they aren’t from our neglect), but our sins must end. Oh, many will deceive us saying, “Just be the best you can be” as if our sins are not a problem. The best we can be is perfect–without sin. This is what God wants…this should be our goal. Sure we have to work towards perfection one step at a time. And even if we are riddled with sin, God is most pleased with our efforts. But God doesn’t want us to offend Him again…He wants us to “stop sinning” (1 Corinthians 15:34).
Horribly, we try to build up our and others self-esteem with lies; lies that lead to our doom. Instead of striving for the goals of the saints, who made it to Heaven, we are being told to be lukewarm “you are great just the way you are”, so we can like ourselves with these lies…sure our short comings are not sinful and part of God’s perfect plan for us (we need to stop wanting to be who we aren’t), but not our sins…offending God isn’t great. It is a horror! It is time to obtain “fear of the Lord”…a great fear of sin, so we can change.
Oh, what the devil has done! “Because you are lukewarm [not growing into a saint], and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth [because of all of the grace you have rejected]” (Revelations 3:16). Tragic! To learn more please read, “How to Find TRUE Happiness.” It isn’t found with a lie.
“This is what we [the ones who correctly know The Way] pray for, that you may become PERFECT“ (2 Corinthians 13:9).
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will renounce the faith by paying attention to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the hypocrisy of liars” (1 Timothy 4:1-2), please don’t believe the deception of the evil one…follow the saints. They made it to Heaven. To learn more please read, “What Does Evil Look Like?”
Horribly, the devil has us believing his lies, living them and preaching them. Now, what we need to obtain salvation–a heart that sincerely wants to never offend God again…a heart that wants to perfectly love God–we don’t even believe is possible to obtain. No wonder so many are perishing.
“Everything depends on our having true light [desire] to keep the law of God perfectly.“
–St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church, (The Way of Perfection, Ch. 5).
“Sin must not reign over your mortal bodies so that you obey their desires [we must seek Mercy to remove our desire for sin]…[you must] present yourselves to God as…weapons for righteousness”(Romans 6:12-13) if we want Eternal Life.
But since the devil has us so confused, we don’t really “hunger and thirst for righteousness [a saving faith]” (Matthew 5:6), since we think we are already righteous/saved…we aren’t striving for perfection and have become complacent with who we are…when we need much mercy because we are far from a saving faith.
The Humble Know We Need to be Saved
Yes, leaving the multitude of sins and pleasures we love, so to live a life like Christ and cling to Him is hard. We have countless bad selfish habits that are hard even see, never mind to break them, since we are clinging so tightly to them. We have thousands of desires of the flesh that we are attached to, that we don’t know exist too, in which only grace can abolish, so we can desire God alone. And to lose our desire for them of all…takes much MUCH MERCY.
We aren’t going to do this by our own power…so if we feel overwhelmed and now have despair, that is because we are thinking we need to do this by our strength, which isn’t possible. To learn more please read, “How to Over Come Despair Against Hope for Salvation?”
“When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astounded and said, “Then who can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:25-27).
Therefore, we will need to learn how to let go of control and allow God to save us. And that is done by seeking HIS WILL. For God, who loves us immensely, has created a perfect plan for how we are to leave our desire for sin so we can come to truly love Him. Yes, that is only done by seeking to follow HIS WILL. His will for us, is how we will obtain Life. Believe! When we truly work hard to follow His will, by learning, changing and growing, from all moments He allows, He will save us (remove our desire for sins/give us a true hatred for sin, so we can desire him alone/truly love Him). This we must believe. We must learn how to TRUST IN GOD.
Sure to do this, we will need to “work.” God isn’t going to move the lazy and fearful, who don’t want to work and/or suffer to change. If we don’t want to work or lack courage, we can’t do this. So, if we lack those qualities…seek them first. But, regardless, we will be able to change by His grace that is what will give us the real power to change.
Please know, we can’t talk ourselves into having true contrition for our sins. Sure our contemplation of our sinfulness and of God’s passion (and other things) can help move us into a state of true contrition, but TRUE contrition is only obtained by grace. It is a gift from God.
To obtain this grace we will need to learn how God dispenses His grace (not that we can force God to do anything) and how to accept it. Wonderfully though, through the only Church Jesus founded–the Catholic Church–there are bounds of ways to obtain much grace….especially through participating in the holy sacrifice of the Mass, the Eucharist (if worthy) and confession. To learn more please read, “What is God’s Mercy and How Can I Obtain It?”
But the only way we are going to obtain a saving faith–the grace needed to save our souls–and come to truly hate our sins is if we make a TRUE COMMITMENT to become a perfect saint. Nothing less will do. To help us do this step by step please read the Lifting Our Values book, “How Can I Obtain a Saving Faith?” and many of the books the saints have authored to help lead us to Life.
Our goal must be to become a saint. We are “called to be saints” (1 Corinthians 1:2)…not just to be a “Christian” or one of those lukewarm “saints”, who perhaps we were striving for before, but a true self-sacrificing saint–a True Christian–that gets to Heaven. We can’t stay as complacent sinners if we want to Live. To learn more please read, “How to Become a Saint.”
Hopefully, we can see we greatly need Our Savior to save us…but I do want us to know this true hatred/true contrition we need for our sins is still much more than we think. Yes, believe it or not there is even more to learn in this article.
We want to know the depths of what TRUE sorrow really is and what are the signs that we might have it, since true sorrow is what we need to be saved. So please continue to read the rest of this article…there is much we are still confused about.
But please know, it is by persevering in seeking Our Savior for grace, which transforms and saves, that we can have any real hope for salvation. Yes, “by your perseverance you will secure your lives” (Luke 21:19)…like the saints have done…NOT by proudly presuming we are saved, but by constantly seeking Christ to save us…to make us perfect saints.
“If somehow I [St. Paul] may attain the resurrection from the dead [attain a saving faith/salvation]). Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own” (Philippians 3:11-12).
Honestly, what good are all of our prayers, works and knowledge of the faith, if our hearts still desire to remain in any of our sins…if we aren’t striving for true perfection? They won’t save us. They are supposed to help bring us into a saving faith, IF we humbly know we need one. But pridefully partaking in any of them will do nothing for advancing us towards Life. “He guides the humble in righteousness, and teaches the humble his way” (Psalm 25:9).
Yes, this road to Eternal Life is hard…God wasn’t kidding when He said, “The road is Hard that leads to Life.” But if we decide we really want to do this and are willing to change, one step at a time, then we should TRUST IN GOD to save us (to change our hearts into one of true love/true contrition for our sins). Yes, we will have to work at this every day…frankly every moment of every day, with persistence, never quitting when we suffer or fail, but carrying our crosses and learning from our failures. Then we will win the crown of Life.
“Do not fear what you are about to suffer… Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10).
But if we don’t seek this path, with Christ, then we will be lost forever. Please don’t be deceived.
Tragically, from being deceived, we have been rejecting much of Our Lord’s grace that was meant to transform us into a saving faith…since our pride has deceived us into believing we are already saved. Oh, there is MUCH we don’t have correct understand about as explained later in this article and throughout this web-site, which is keeping us from the grace of God.
True faith in Jesus is NOT believing He will save us (forgive us) for just "saying" we are sorry, even if we lack true sorrow for our sins (that is a lie that kills). TRUE FAITH IN JESUS is believing that God can save us (give us a truly humble contrite heart), IF we sincerely seek Him for grace and are truly resolved/willing to work hard to change: to give up little by little what we love, to love God...saying, "Lord, 'I believe [enough to want to change] but help my unbelief [give me a true desire to change--true hatred for sin--so I can do it]" (Mark 9:24)...one sin at a time (according to Your will) towards perfection.
Now, if we have been humbled (know we aren’t “saved”) and have some fear of the Lord, then must work hard to obtain a saving faith/salvation…we must, “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12)...we must always keep fear in the for front of our conscience, so we don’t become lax.
From reading this, many will hear enough to believe we aren’t saved, but our faith won’t be enough to move us to really do what is truly necessary to Live. So tragic! If this is you, then never stop trying to obtain a faith that can at least get you to move towards Life. Hopefully, you will accept enough grace to gain the courage to do what is necessary for you to change (to do God’s will), or all will be lost.
But if we have enough faith to begin the journey towards Life, no matter how far we are from it, God wants you in heaven, and will provide the means for you to obtain it, if we continue on the course. And to do that, we must BE ALERT, someone or some thing will always try to get us to become cold or lukewarm again.
Oh, many begin well, but end in disaster.
“You were running well; who prevented you from obeying the truth?” (Galatians 5:7). Don’t listen to the lies…follow the cross of Christ. Follow Christ through the preaching of the true saints. To learn more please see “Books Written by Saints.”
All we need is one stumbling block, and we lost the race. We could have grown so wonderfully, but if we allow one thing to prevent us from continuing to grow towards perfection, we reject it all. Yes, we must always be growing up until our death (if we wish to Live), or we have gone complacent with sin all over again. Sure sometimes it might seem like one step forward and two steps back, but the burning effort to love God (to change) will be there.
“The one who perseveres to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 24:13).
Without having a fear of Hell where “their worm [of their conscience] does not die, and the fire [of suffering] is not quenched” (Mark 9:48)…we can’t Live. Yes, without knowing our unrepentant sins choose eternal torment, there is no way we can obtain Life. This is because,
for the most part, having a fear of suffering (servile fear) is what initially brings us to seek Mercy for forgiveness, with a heart that can accept some amount of grace.
“They have arisen with servile fear from the vomit of mortal sin… the soul, having seen the punishment which follows her sin, climbs; and gathers together her memory to recollect her vice, her intellect to see the punishment which she expects to receive for her fault, and her will to move her to hate that fault. And let us consider this to be the first step [towards a saving faith].”
–God the Father to St. Catherine of Sienna (A Treatise of Discretion)
Prior to having fear of the Lord–a fear of sin and its consequences–the first stage of wisdom, believe it or not, we only made false confessions, since we weren’t actually sorry for offending God and/or we sought God for forgiveness but with proud hearts (presuming we are saved, not knowing our real need for Mercy/having no hatred for sin) sadly without any kind of real sorrow that can accept mercy.
“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”)
Reality is, most of us have sought forgiveness without even considering that our sins are horribly offending God. We attend confession for other reasons like wanting self-improvement, duty–thinking going to confession is what good Catholics do; it is how to become holy…perhaps because we did something really wrong and/or hurt another, which are all good reasons. But we don’t attend because we are horrified we have offended God and are looking for His grace in the sacrament to help us to stop offending Him.
For example: Let’s say, we committed an abortion and then feel really badly for taking the life of our child, and we want to be forgiven of our sin to find peace within ourselves. Then we go to confession seeking God’s forgiveness…but if we don’t realize that not only did we end the life of our child, which is of course very wrong, but even more important than that, we greatly OFFENDED GOD, we will reject God’s forgiveness.
This is true. We can be sorry and should be sorry for any wrong we do, but even athiets are sorry for their wrongs. Sure the act of confessing our sins does help us find peace even if we haven’t been forgiven by God…especially if we seek God for peace, and we can forgive ourselves for our sins.
But, even though God’s unfathomable mercy wants to forgive us of any and all of our sins, since He loves us, if we aren’t at least mostly sorry for offending Him (above being sorry for offending others), either because we fear His just punishments (servile fear/imperfect contrition) or because we can’t bear to offend Our God, who is all good and deserving of all of our love (finial fear/perfect/true contrition), of course being resolved to never commit that sin again, WE REJECT HIS FORGIVENESS in the sacrament of reconciliation.
This is why the saints are trying to warn us that so few are being saved. We are not sorry for offending God. Few have grown from having just some sorrow “worldly grief” (sorry for offending others, being less than what we want to be, etc.), into “godly grief” (sorry for offending God that leads to change) and then into true sorrow (as explained later).
When we have real “godly grief” that leads us to change (to stopping our sins) and then we can grow into continuous true sorrow. After we confess our sins, if we don’t change (move completely or little by little away from the sin)… we are still too weak in faith and our declaration of sorrow is still a lie.
“For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation [causes us to leave the sins we love and embrace Mercy] and brings no regret, but worldly grief [sorrow derived from self-love or self-pity] produces death. For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, what eagerness to clear yourselves [to stop the sins–truly repent]” (2 Corinthians 7:10-11).
Some might attend confession if we committed, what we consider, a mortal sin because we fear going to Hell, and if confessed in the sacrament of reconciliation with an enough of that fear, we can receive forgiveness for that one sin, if in fact our fear has arisen to true imperfect contrition (as explained later). To learn more please read, “What is True Sorrow?”
Yes, all sins which have true imperfect contrition can be forgiven during confession to a catholic priest, which will give us much grace to move towards true contrition for all of our sins… but we will be forgiven only for the sins in which such a great contrition exists in our hearts. To learn more please read, “Can I be Forgiven of Some Sins but Not All Sins?”
But remember TRUE Contrition is the contrition we need for every sin to be saved at our death. Plus, imperfect contrition (fear of punishment for our sins) can only obtain forgiveness in the sacrament of reconciliation, not at the moment of our deaths…the moment that determines our eternity. Only True contrition can do that. But there are some very rare cases with sacrament of anointing of the sick that forgiveness can be received. To learn more please read, “Does Anointing of the Sick Forgive Mortal Sin?”
To accept grace (not forgiveness but transforming grace) during confession, to help move us toward true contrition for every sin, we need some amount of servile fear/imperfect contrition (some fear of offending God because of His just punishments) and/or finial fear/perfect (true) contrition (some fear of offending God whom we desire to perfectly love). Yes, some amount of “fear of the Lord” must be present, or we should NOT attend confession…since our confessions are nothing but sacrilegious (having no real amount of hatred for sin). To learn more please read, “How to Make a Good Confession.”
“You want to gain this fear of the Lord…for it is worth our life and much more to have this virtue rooted in our souls.” –St. Teresa of Avila, (The Way of Perfection, Ch. 41.).
Please know, we might have felt God’s grace in the sacrament of confession, but without at least having some amount of “fear of the Lord”, we couldn’t embrace the grace. Tragically, Our Lord’s transforming and/or forgiving grace hit the surface of our souls and then fell to the floor. To learn more please read, “How Bad Confession Damn Us?”
We need to teach other how to be sorry for “offending God”, not just telling others they are forgiven if they just “say” they are sorry, since our words mean nothing if our hearts aren’t truly sorry. Therefore, we need to seek Christ with “fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12) to remove our great desire for sin so we can become truly sorry for offending Him, so He can save us, because nobody is born with true contrition for our sins or true faith in Jesus; we need grace to give it to us.
Now, we know that true/perfect contrition which embraces forgiving mercy at our death is having a hatred in our heart of our ALL of our sins that causes us to become truly resolved to change–to become a perfect saint–because we have offended God, whom we desire to perfectly love Him…but there is more as we will read about later in this document.
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. We reject it.
This is because we are still sinners, deserving of Hell because of the infinite degree of malice just one offence has against Perfect Goodness. Yes, one sin we still desire upon our death rejects it all. 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.
The World is Lost
Yet, we see a world so greatly deceived, with no concern over their salvation. Many are even looking for ways to be assured of our salvation, so to not “work out your salvation with fear and trembling”…looking for salvation without seeking Our Savior to remove our great love of sin…as we live comfortable with our offences against God, with a false smile on our faces, thinking nothing of our sins, believing since God is so merciful He will save us, even though we are rejecting Him and far from a saving faith. It is absolutely tragic!
Oh, but if we wanted to see the truth, we don’t have to look very hard. We see how the world is a mess; perhaps we see how we are a mess (not all of us have smiles founded by deceiving pride), which is great proof we are doing something very wrong. Not only is the world a mess…as we now know the world is dying. We are not embracing God’s saving forgiving mercy; we are rejecting it.
“The whole world has thus become corrupt, they [My ministers] being much more guilty than seculars.”
–God the Father to St. Catherine of Sienna (A Treatise of Prayer)
Yes, Christians are dying too…religious and non-religious alike. 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! We must save our and other’s souls. But since we have been so deceived, we don’t know where we are going wrong or we see just a very little. To learn more please read, “What Are the Requirements of Salvation?”
Truly, 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. But we simply must come to believe the saints enough to seek Mercy to save us. Then we can learn how and what we need to change, so we can be counted among the “few” (Matthew 22:14) who are saved.
Tragically, since we live in the time of great darkness, as we can see what is most important is lost. What we need to obtain salvation has been stripped from our understanding, our preaching and our lives…the devil has tricked us. Now bounds of souls are dying…on top of this there are a magnitude of other truths we are being deceived with too that will prevent us from obtaining the goal, as is explained in this website.
Therefore, we must spend our lives humbly preparing for our death…seeking God’s mercy to teach us and to remove our liking for sin, one sin at a time towards a saving faith/true belief in Christ. Then, AFTER we learn The Way correctly, we need to help others to save their souls too. This is what being a true Christian is all about…saving souls. To learn more please read, “How to Preach the Truth and Save Souls?”
But horribly since the whole word is in the dark, we are the blind leading the blind. Everyone thinks we are walking around in a state of grace/saved, when most haven’t even reached the first stage of contrition (recognizing that we still love sin and are in need of Mercy to bring us into a saving faith/have fear of the Lord), which not only makes our confessions invalid, it causes us to receive Holy Communion unworthily too. 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?”
“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)
Yes, we aren’t being lead to the kingdom of heaven since there is nobody to lead us. And today, we are in the time of great darkness and we are truly alone….only the saints of the Church should we seek for guidance. The devil one has sadly darkened the rest. They are our guides along with Christ of course.
Follow the Saints
Sadly, from our great confusion, we 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.”
Even though we live in the time of great darkness, God has still given some knowledge of a few truths of the faith to some people and what they say could bear some truth…but it isn’t what they say which is true that will damn us…it is all we are deceived into believing is true, which is false, which will. And when we lack much grace as we all do today, we simply can’t distinguish the truth from a lie correctly.
Please understand the devil works through our good intentions. He intermingles lies with the truth so we can’t see…then we believe the lie and die. Please know, if there are a thousand truths but there is one lukewarm lie, that one lie is enough to kill us. To learn more please read, “False Revelations and Apparitions.”
Therefore, 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 or from approved apparitions by the Church or suggested by a saint (who has true wisdom) has approved… even if some of what is said by the non-sanctified, is the truth…remember, 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 alone.
“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, since we are living deceived, from still lacking much grace, much of the time, we won’t know the truth from a lie. This is a reality we must humbly accept, but when we are suffering from much blinding pride, we simply can’t. Then we will continue to believe and run to the lost for guidance, since we love what they say.
But from not knowing our guides are deceived, we are mistakenly being lead along the wrong path to our doom, since the lie is so well hidden in words that sound like love. Therefore, please, so we won’t continue to poison ourselves with lies, since we can’t detect false teaching, stick with believing, quoting and leading others to follow 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.
Since we live in the time of great darkness. 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…since nobody knows The Way. 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. There are many living what the world considers “good” Catholic lives, who we think are fantasticly holy, 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.
One of the easiest ways to see if someone even knows the most basic reality needed to move towards Life is seeing if they have correct understand “Fear of the Lord”. If they don’t understand it as fearing offending God (servile/finial fear) because they dread its consequences, they are vastly blind. Don’t trust a word they say, even if some of it is obviously good. They will lead us to our doom. That is great proof of someone very lost.
“The beginning of wisdom [fear of the Lord] is the point where wisdom [knowledge of how to obtain a saving faith–how to love God] begins to work, and in this way fear is the beginning of wisdom, yet servile fear [works] in one way, and filial fear, [works] in another [but both work towards the same goal–salvation].” –St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church
Now, that doesn’t mean if someone does correctly understand fear of the Lord, they can see properly as to the way to Heaven, but at least they have the first step. 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, as was said, humbly accept this reality and please don’t quote or lead people to follow anyone who isn’t a saint…even if what they say is really good, because much of the other things they say most likely are leading us to our doom (we just can’t see it).
Nonetheless, trust and guide ourselves/others to follow the saints of Christ’s Catholic Church. There are so many of them. Why risk being instruments of death and through misguided love and lead souls to follow the lost. When we can help lead souls (ours and others) to Life by following those who have truly learned The Way to Heaven…the SAINTS, which is what The Word teaches us to do to.
“We wanted to present ourselves as a model for you, so that you might imitate us [the saints]” (2 Thessalonians 3:9).
Of course, stay with the faith that saves–the only Church Christ Himself founded–The Catholic Church– “hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:17)…there is no other 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. To learn more please read, “How to Save Souls?”
Now We 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. We aren’t saved if we have done some great act of love for another or even if we have given up our lives to serve God. We aren’t saved by our works…no matter how great that are; works don’t save. “For by grace [saving forgiving grace from God’s sacrifice] you have been saved…it is not from works” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Everyone, no matter how faithful or “good” we are, rejects God and His saving forgiving mercy that he died to give us if we aren’t sorry–TRULY sorry–for any of our sins.
Yes, the “faithful” aren’t automatically saved because we “believe in Jesus” nor from of all our prayers, sacrifices or works. We, great sinners, accept God’s saving forgiving mercy, which He died to give us, by the contrition (sorrow) in our hearts for our sins.
“I have come to call…sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:32)
Sure our prayers and works, if we are seeking God correctly, should help us grow into true sorrow for our sins–a saving faith of true love for God. But sadly, for most it doesn’t…mostly because we aren’t seeking a saving faith; we proudly already think we have one. Frankly, prideful prayers…aren’t even considered “prayers” according to God…but babbling. Yet, even if we are greatly offending Him with our prayers drowning in pride, He tolerates them for our benefit and still tries to lead us to Life.
However, even if we call upon God’s mighty power through those prideful prayers, they can’t move us on the path of life…since we can’t be on the path if we are filled with pride. Truly, we could feel and experience His grace, but we will reject it (it won’t change our heart–move us into obtaining true contrition) if we pray without humility.
As we now know, obtaining a saving faith of true sorry for every one of our sins is actually quite hard to obtain, since it isn’t a sorrow that just comes from our words, but it is a sorrow that comes from our hearts that is proven by our actions, and changing our hearts is quite hard to do.
To obtain this kind of sorrow that saves, we need to spend our lives seeking God to transform us, to give us this kind of hatred for sin/faith, but tragically, we are not. The devil as either given us no fear over our sins or convinced us we hardly sin and have nothing to fear….but we are far from a perfect saint with many sins we simply ignore/love.
Yet, if we lack TRUE contrition for any sin, no matter how big or small it is, that rejects God’s forgiving saving mercy for sin. We simply must come to understand this. This is the truth that must be preached, since we have lost understanding of what saves.
We are saved by God's sacrifice that forgave us of our sins, and we reject that forgiveness if we lack TRUE sorrow for any sin.
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).
But please know, this true hatred and true 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 from just some hatred, which perhaps only has a thought of stopping a sin, into a hatred so great to where we would rather suffer anything even death rather than offend God again.
“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, most won’t do anything to avoid sinning…never mind suffer. But yet, if we lack this contrition for just ONE sin, we reject God and His saving forgiving mercy for that sin.
“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).
Don’t you think we should know this? This is what saves. This is what we must seek Mercy to obtain. Yes, we need Mercy to help us grow into such a great love for God, to where we love Him above ourselves… that we would rather suffer greatly than to offend Him in the slightest way. This is true love.
But as we can see, the devil has our minds and tongues. We don’t know this most basic truth of the faith. If the evil one hasn’t blinded us to this truth, he has us petrified us against preaching the words of Everlasting Life, so we can become his instruments of doom.
But regardless of whether the shepherds have helped to save our souls or not, what are we doing to leave our sins? We will be held accountable for what we have done to leave the darkness of sin to love God. What resolution did we have today to stop even a single sin? Honestly, did we do anything at all?
Are we a perfect saint? If not, then why aren’t we striving to become one? This is how we really love God.
Oh, but there is more; not only must we love God enough to suffer rather than offend Him, we must have such hatred for sin, not only because we fear punishment [servile fear/attrition], which is the fear of suffering on earth or in the after life from our sins, but we must also greatly fear sin mostly because we can’t bear to offend God, whom we want to PERFECTLY LOVE [filial fear/true contrition]. Yes, we must rather be tortured that sin, mostly because we can’t bear to offend God (our self-love must leave). Wow! That is a great contrition! And to obtain it we need to spend our lives seeking Mercy to give it to us.
So please ask yourself, are you really seeking God to help you grow into true contrition? Are you working as hard as you can to obey God…striving to perfectly love Him…to “not sin again” (John 8:11)…to not have any sins cling to you? If not, now is the time to change. If so, then where is the proof…are you really accepting God’s transforming mercy leaving sin after sin, growing in virtue after virtue becoming a saint? Truly, lying to ourselves will only kill us. Only the humble truth saves!
True contrition is when we have grown in sorrow for our sins to hate sin so greatly--from "fear of the Lord [which] is hatred of evil [the fear of sin]" (Proverbs 8:13)--that we are willing to endure any suffering;rather than offend God in the future by sin" (Baltimore Cathechism #393)...because we want to perfectly love God.
This is the amount of hatred for sin/love for God we need to accept God’s forgiving mercy. This is what saves. Boy, does this take A LOT OF GRACE from God to give us this kind of faith for every sin we have ever committed. This is when we will finally truly love God above ourselves…and no longer reject Him from self-love.
Oh, we should have been spending our lives seeking Christ to give us grace after grace to obtain a heart that can accept His forgiveness…like the saints have worked so hard to obtain, before they were able to atone for any of their sins, 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)
This is the kind of contrition we need before we can atone for a single sin too. But, we have been deceived. Tragically, we have wasted away our lives seeking bounds of worthless things instead of salvation (a saving faith) and then sanctity.
But praise God, now He is talking to us in a way we can hear. Now is the time to change, learn and preach the truth so we can grow into a love for God so true that we would rather be tortured than offend the One we should be loving. God’s mercy (help) is waiting for us. Run to Him…with humble hearts; There is much to learn as this website teaches. He wants to save us!
We Desire Sin
Yes, despite all of our knowledge, sacrifices, prayers and works…despite all of the blessings and love God has shown us, the love we think we have for God, we clearly prove, simply isn’t true. We have been deceived and are actually scoffers.
“He is a scoffer, not a penitent, who commits what he repented of. Nor is he cleansed [forgiven] who weeps for his sins, yet does not forsake [stop] them.”
–St. Isadore of Seville, Doctor of the Church (De Summo Beno ii)
Oh, 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 and attachments to the world (our idols: what we run to as our source of happiness) thinking they are no big deal–just venial or not even sinful since we don’t understand the faith–as we put forth little to no effort at all into amending them. Horribly we are scoffers–someone who mocks the faith–since we don’t really care that we are offending God. Tragically, we greatly lack true faith/true love for God, but most just don’t see it.
“Let it be known to you therefore, my brothers, that through this man [the perfect sacrifice and way we need to change our lives which provides] forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you; by this Jesus everyone who [truly] believes is set free from those sins…[but] beware…that what the prophets said does not happen to you, ‘Look, you scoffers! Be amazed [at God’s sacrifice and Words of Eternal Life] and [still] perish…[because] you will never believe even if someone tells you [since you won’t allow Christ to remove your liking for your sins]'” (Acts 13:38-41).
The reason we lack true love for God–lack true belief in Christ–and are still complacent with many sins (lack true contrition) is because we never sought Christ to remove our great will/desire to sin. From the fall of Adam and Eve, we have a great inclination/desire to sin and the only way we won’t be a scoffer [mocker of the faith] is if we spend our lives seeking Christ to remove our great liking for sin, or we will die still desiring sin over Our Savior. Tragic!
“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)
How Does Christ Save Us?
Truly, removing our WILL TO SIN, which rejected God’s sanctifying grace (the grace we received at our Baptism) the first time we had full knowledge of right from wrong and didn’t sincerely want to stop any sin, is how Christ saves us. This is how He takes away our desire for sin and gives us a true desire to love Him.
And God does this when we obey His word–our directions to Life. Yes, those who are saved have “purified your souls by your obedience to the truth” (1 Peter 1:22).
We must come to understand that we are not born with true faith in Jesus. We need to follow Jesus’ Word and accept His grace, so Jesus can CONVERT US-“Be converted, that your sins may be wiped away” (Acts 3:19)—from whatever amount of faith we have–whatever desire to love God/desire to not offend Him we have– into a faith that hates sin so greatly–that loves God so wonderfully–that we would rather be tortured or die than offend God…into a faith that doesn’t desire sin nor desire anything of the world (no idols)…a faith that only desires Him.
After we grow in faith and die to sin (lose our desire for sin), then we can accept and KEEP 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–when I 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 learn how to “sin no more” (John 8:11). 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 (a belief that believes so greatly that Jesus is Lord that we would rather die than to not follow/obey 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
Therefore, 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)...not wasting our lives on fruitless things, when we have bounds of sins and worldly pleasures we are attached to. 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.
We can hope, if we diligently seek Christ to save us, if we grow and grow in our faith towards maturity, that God will remove our great desire for sin…that He will give us such great faith of true contrition, but we surely can’t presume we are saved…again, we can’t read our souls.
“I exhort you to repentance, because it is my duty and I know that God is inexhaustibly merciful…but since we cannot know the depths of the riches and of the wisdom and knowledge of God [who knows of the real contrition in our hearts], I will temper my statement, expressing a wish [for forgiveness] rather than taking anything for granted…it must be understood that it is impossible or difficult to know for sure [if we have received such a blessing].”
–St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church, (Divine Office IV 21 wk)
Oh, when the devil blinds us, we will all think we are saved. When sadly, we are far from it. Many of us have so many devotions we pray and works we do and that is good, but what good are they really if we only take God’s love–His miracles, blessings, healings–but we don’t work hard to stop offending Him…if we don’t allow Him transform us into saints.
If only we knew what our pious actions were really meant to lead us towards true contrition/true love for God, then the great grace God sends us wouldn’t just show God’s love for us, by healing and help us, it would actually transform our hearts into a new creation. We would be becoming like Christ… becoming true self-sacrificing saints…truly living the faith.
But that simply isn’t happening, and we are perishing. However, 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 start advancing outside of infancy in our faith towards a mature saving faith.
From our lack of fear of sin, to the surprise of many–especially to the faithful–this is why 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 from all our knowledge, prayers and works we do, 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–the fear of the Lord (fear of sinning)–that we needed to motivate us to do what was necessary to stop sinning and grow into true hatred for our offences against God. Now we are not only lacking a saving faith, we have been blinded to much of the truths of the faith as well.
“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).
Yes, we must gain correct knowledge and wisdom and mature (grow in grace) one step at a time 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 lacked true hatred for any sin. Yes, we must 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
Yes, REPENTANCE–a true repentance…a soul actually striving to remove all of their sins…striving 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).
For godly sorrow produces a salutary repentance without regret, but worldly [false] sorrow produces death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10).
Presumption of Salvation
Have we been deceived into believing we are automatically saved by our vast prayers and many works thinking that makes us holy (a saint). When in reality a saint is someone who truly hates their sins and truly loves God. That is really what makes us holy.
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–focusing on loving God (through the cross), and never offending God again (becoming perfectly pure and detached from the world)–knowing that will lead us to a saving faith and then sanctity.
Saint’s 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…ah, the cross: what makes us true Christians (as talked about later). This is what we must love, but most of us have been tricked into running from our pain and suffering. To learn more please read, “What Makes Someone a Saint?”
What happened is, the world became deceived into thinking every “Christian” is saved, by just declaring ourselves “Christian” even though we aren’t truly allowing God to transform us into a saving faith.
Horribly, those who consider themselves “the faithful” are suffering even more than those who don’t “practice” the faith, since the evil one has prided the faithful so greatly into thinking they are so much better than the ones who don’t go to church, when God considers the faithful far more guilty, since they have wasted bounds of grace, far above the non-practicing Christian or anyone else.
“I [Jesus] will allow convents and churches to be destroyed. I [St. Faustina] answered, ‘Jesus, but there are so many souls praising You in convents.’ The Lord answered, That praise wounds My Heart because love has been banished from convents [and churches].
Souls without [true] 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 aren’t growing towards perfection] who have just enough warmth to keep them alive: My Heart cannot bear this.
All the graces that I pour out upon them flow off them as off the face of a rock [onto the floor]…And if they do not repent and become enkindled by their first love [God, not the world], I will deliver them over to the fate of this world.
How can they sit on the promised throne of judgment to judge the world, when their guilt is greater than the guilt of the world? There is neither penance nor atonement…O heart especially chosen by Me [the faithful], were you chosen for this, give Me more pain? The great sins of the world are superficial wounds on My Heart, but the sins of a chosen soul pierce My Heart through and through.”
–Jesus to St. Faustian Diary (#1702)
Now, not only are the faithful not able to see their great guilt, they are accountable for all of the grace that they allowed to fall to the floor, which was sent to help save them. Tragic! To learn more please read, “Who Suffers the Most in Hell.”
From the faithful’s great pride, from our many attachments to sin and the world, seeking that for happiness, we lost the ability to understand how narrow is The Way to Heaven (lost fear of sin). To learn more please read, “How to Find True Happiness.”
Now today, since the evil one has infiltrated God’s Church so greatly there simply aren’t any shepherds to lead our souls to Life. I understand this is almost unbelievable, but the saints, scripture and the Mother of God have prophesied all of this. This should have been expected, but we weren’t looking. To learn more please read, “How to Save Souls.”
“Many shepherds have destroyed my vineyard…They have made it a desolation [faithless]; desolate, it mourns to me. The whole land is made desolate [no one is with true faith], but no man lays it to heart [cares enough to restore it]” (Jeremiah 12:10-11).
Yes, the world is at its worse right now…oh, when we are not walking in the correct light and have been deceived by presuming we are saved, we don’t understand what should be our greatest priority in life–seeking the salvation souls (ours and others). Frankly, seeking true love of God and true contrition for our sins, won’t be a priority at all. We will be busy with other things…perhaps good things, but not with what should be our greatest concern…not with seeking a saving faith–Eternal Life.
Please understand, we won’t go to Purgatory if we don’t have a saving faith, we are damning ourselves into Hell for eternity. Purgatory is only for those who obtained a saving faith upon their death but didn’t use their suffering on earth well (to atone for their sins committed after Baptism). That is one of the reasons why our crosses are so necessary, because that momentary affliction is preparing our souls for Eternal Life, that is, if we offer up our suffering united with Christ for our sins and the sins of the world. To learn more please read, “How to Love the Cross.”
“For this slight momentary affliction [compared to the fires of Hell] is preparing us [our souls] for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure [Heaven, for those who believe in its healing remedy upon our souls], because we look not at what can be seen [our suffering] but at what can not be seen [the strengthening and healing of our souls]; for what can be seen [suffering] is temporary, but what cannot be seen [the state of our soul] is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).
So please ask yourself, what is keeping you from correctly living the faith? How many years has God planned for you to obtain a faith that saves/salvation? Has “the god of this world [our idols]…blinded…[our] minds” (2 Corinthians 4:4) causing us to squander away our allotted time with the noise/distractions of the world?
Is the [helping] grace that God desires to give us today…is that grace, which is meant to move us towards obtaining salvation, being rejected from our hearts not humbly seeking or accepting it? What good are all of our prayers if we pray them with proud hearts…thinking we are saved? Oh, the grace we are rejecting. Please know, we can never go back again and regain what we have rejected…that grace is lost forever.
Please don’t reject any more of God’s love…we might not be able to obtain enough grace to save our souls and all will be lost. NOW is the time to humbly repent and change and start accepting God’s grace, so we can begin growing towards becoming a perfect saint. Eternity is forever!
“See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springs up [no habitual resentment/or any sin lives/clinging to us] and causes trouble [rejects grace]…see to it that no one becomes like Esau…who wanted to inherit the blessing, [but] he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent [for it was a great error to reject that grace/blessing, which was irreversible], even though he sought the blessing with tears [that grace he rejected was lost forever]” (Hebrews 12:15-17).
Our Illness is Greater Than We Think
If we have just come to understand that we have been greatly deceived and the faith we thought we had simply isn’t true, then there is much more that we can’t see. It is like we have just been diagnosed with cancer and a horrible one at that. I promise you, this cancer isn’t localized… no, it has spread through our entire lymphatic system–to all parts of our body–in which only a miracle could cure….sure some of the cancer is more obvious than others, but it is everywhere.
Yes, we have cancer of the soul, which has spread through every facet of our thoughts, words and deeds. Of course some are more ill than others but regardless of the severity of our illness, we won’t be able to see the vast ways the devil has destroyed The Truth from our understanding without MUCH grace.
Right now, we won’t see how we are living committing many deadly sins since we still refuse to see, because we still lack much grace. But please just trust what I’m saying is true. It is there. If won’t believe this reality, then we won’t look for our illness correctly and will still pridefully seek a cure, overlooking much deadly sin, which just won’t produce the cure we need to Live.
Recognizing that we have been deceived and are quite ill is a wonderful miracle from God, but it is only the very beginning of what we need to start to seek Mercy to remove the entire illness from our bodies. For Mercy to wipe out this horrible destructive–hidden–cancer (our desire for sin and misconceptions of the faith), we will need to be enlightened to its whereabouts, so we, along with God’s grace, can work together to rid everything that is keeping us from loving God.
Oh, there is so much wrong within us. Once we start to see some more of the cancer, we will be flabbergasted at how it has truly infiltrated our entire being. How much we have been deceived with; it is really unbelievable! The Word, the Catechism, and the saints works (correctly interpreted) and this entire web-site can help to shed light on the mass confusion we are living with, so we can gain correct knowledge and have real hope to remove this destructive cancer from our lives.
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 and are quite lost.
Yes, 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, so we won’t know The Way. He will have us misunderstand the Truth…in The Word and through the saints…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. We won’t be able to lead ourselves or others to Life. But we won’t know it, since we are so deceived. We will swear we are right, when we are so very wrong. Oh, if we could only learn how to see ourselves…we wouldn’t be so lost.
Learning how to examine our conscience is key. Then we would be able to see our great pride, humble ourselves and come to learn the real Truth. To learn more please read, “How Does Our Pride Kill Us.”, “How Can I Gain Humility,” and “How to See Our Sins.”
Please know, from suffering with this deception, we will think we are truly loving others and doing good with much of our life. 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 our lives and the whole 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.”
This has been a problem throughout all time. God even shows us many in the Bible, who profess their faith, but prove it simply isn’t true, just like we constantly do. Yet, praise God, many of them came to see their lack of faith and have repented and changed…God’s mercy can heal any illness, no matter how great it is But can we see and change too? If we can’t see our lack of faith, from our lack of humility, we will reject the very cure we need.
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 our preaching is correct, but it is far from it. Yes, that devil will have us thinking we truly love God, that we have correct understanding and are living good lives, but please don’t fall for that trap. If we can’t admit our lack of faith and need to convert, how can we even have real hope?
Yes, our faith simply isn’t true. The saints–in their vast wisdom–are warning us that we, the faithful, are actually blindly walking to our doom.
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.”
Are we hearing the Mother of God? Now is the time to change. God is waiting for You!
How Do We Respond to Suffering (the Cross)?
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) than how we respond to challenges/suffering.
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 (no longer habitually repeated).
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, which is what most of us suffer from.
Therefore, let’s 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. This is because we have learned how to surrender our will for God’s (what He allows).
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, resentment towards others…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). To learn more please read, “How to Find True Happiness.”
Are we living in consistent fantastic peace during all moments of our life from truly trusting in God? If not, then we know our repeated areas of unrestrained failure/sin 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? How about if we have more work than we think we can do….are we stressed? Or when we lose something/someone we love…are we not accepting God’s will as good and distressed…wanting 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 gossiping about what they have done to us from our lack forgiveness?
How about when we feel others don’t like us…have ignored us…are we distressed, resentful of them, 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, resentments, anxieties, selfishness, 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, saying “Thy will be done” as we do the best we can, “rejoice[ing] in our sufferings” (Romans 5:3), trusting in God then something is wrong. To learn more please read, “How to Love the Cross.”
Truly, 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 when we are not delighting in the sinful things of the world that reject Grace (self-love). 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”, “What is Penance?” and “How to Be a True Follower of Christ.”
“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 lose everything in the world that pulls our heart away from God and grow into true love with Him, 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 for the salvation of souls, will be all that matters. Our happiness will no longer be found through our pride/sin or the world’s pleasures (our idols), just loving God…as we crave the cross (according to God’s will), so we can conform ourselves to Christ, who loved us, 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. Instead of seeking to “deny himself [surrender his self-loving will], take up his cross [don’t run from and complain about suffering, seek and rejoice in it], and follow me [do what Jesus would do]” (Matthew 16:24), we seek out every pleasure/attachment the world has to offer to bring us happiness. Sadly, we don’t understand what following Christ, picking up our crosses or self-denial really is. We want self-love…we want the relaxing the TV show, the yummy food, the comfortable chair, the fun time with our friends…along with countless other indulgences, to live a cross free life. We don’t know where true happiness lies.
“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).
When was the last time you denied yourself of a worldly craving to pick up a cross (sacrifice what your self loving bodily wants), like Christ and the saints have done, so God could send grace through your sacrifice for the salvation of another? Have you ever done this? Truly, we don’t live the faith daily, since we don’t even know what it is. We aren’t following Christ…we aren’t following the saints…we aren’t living our lives for the salvation of another. We are deceived….and are living our lives like the rest of the world, seeking a cross free life.
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 have done what they did. Then we wind up deceiving ourselves into believing the saints did something of pleasure for self-love. Or we think something they did is good but it was sinful, forgetting that saints lives are journeys from sin to saint. Not all saints even made it to perfection, but when we are deceived it is easy to think a sinful action is good or vice versa, since it is so easy to make rash judgements.
Or perhaps we were taught lies and are just preaching the same false truth that was taught to us. But if we really wanted to learn what true love is, God would teach us The Way…and that is through surrendering our will and living a life through the cross.
But sadly, we don’t want to leave our attachments to the world (all that we run to to make us happy) and we choose to justify them as good, so we can remain in them guilt free. Many have distorted the truth, so we can live a life loving the world…not loving God. But because we are greatly deceived, most don’t even realize the trap we are in. It is tragic! 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 rationalized as perfectly acceptable…thinking, since we aren’t a “religious” we are exempt from really following Christ…oh, today the religious don’t really know what The Way is. 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).
Oh, 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 have been deceived and are living for ourselves, rewarding our sinful selves with constant pleasure and satisfying our self-indulging cravings (making us hypocrites–haters of the cross). We don’t know how to be Christians. 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).
Please know, that 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, since we all think we are saved? We just want to make other’s lives happy on earth. Who is thinking of Eternal Life? Who has Fear of the Lord?
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 His will/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 might seek God’s help, but only to remove our burdens according to our will. We don’t want help 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 have been 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 the lack 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.
God, as a loving Father, even sends great punishments in our lives to hopefully warn us to amend our ways before it is too late. But how many punishments do we need before we will change? Horribly, most hear nothing from God’s cross (punishments).
“If men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, … the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. …Each day recite the prayer of the Rosary. With the Rosary pray for the Pope, bishops and the priests.”
–Our Lady of Akita
Our Lady has warned us, but many even pretend like punishments don’t exist and just continue in life just the same, and yet we wonder why we are suffering. Oh, we are the most defiant of children. How many times has God given us just what we have asked for…all so we will see His love…so we will want to love Him (stop offending Him).
Oh, but we just take and take God’s most gracious gifts…His over flowing gifts. We don’t want to see nor stop our sins. But yet again, when something bad happens, we run to Him again. All we want to do is try to take mercy while still loving sin. We never learn.
Now, like any good father, He is punishing us so we can see our wrongs through our suffering. He is calling to change! But will we? What will it take for us to change? Or are we all just going to die? How much anguish will we cause our Lord? To learn more please read, “Why Does God Allow Suffering and Punishment.”
“My child, do not despise the Lord’s discipline [punishment] or be weary of his reproof [correction/criticism], for the Lord reproves the one he loves [He wants to save you]” (Proverbs 3:11-12).
Why Are We So Deceived?
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.
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 understand 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.
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!
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. We are so lost. And when God 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! We have no concern for Him. This is why we 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 and to leave our life of idols (all we seek for happiness that isn’t Him or His will) as our life of unchanged sin and attachments 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.
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 that 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 when we first decided to convert, but we are not still leaving sin, growing and growing towards perfection. Horribly, we think we are good enough and perhaps are only choosing to grow in prayers and works, but from our pride we are now actually lukewarm. Some sins and attachments to the world’s pleasures (our idols), we simply don’t want to leave nor do we even know we should be leaving them. We have been blinded. We have ignored so much of God’s directions towards sanctity and are now lost.
If we did live the faith correctly, we would be becoming saints…real self-sacrificing 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 at least broken. That is the first step. 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).
“How could you be so stupid? After beginning in the spirit [from baptism], are you now to end in the flesh [loving sin and the world]?” (Galatians 3:3).
Horribly, from accepting our filthy state of life, instead of striving to have true faith, working to perfectly obey, we think God doesn’t mind our sins…when He hates them. 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)
The Lukewarm Way
Being lukewarm is much more then just not working hard to stop sinning, but it is a very deadly sin.
“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 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. The deception is just so great since we don’t know what saves and 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 (when our faith is really dead).
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 who prays many prayers and does many works. 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 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 is 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 on not offending God and helping others 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 to leave our attachments and become like 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!
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 for our lives, is meant to lead to our salvation/sanctity.
We are not fine just the way we are. The sinful inclinations we were born with, the ones we acquired by the wrongful instruction/observation of others and the ones we created within ourselves, must leave. We must change. Thinking our sins are fine doesn’t bring self-esteem and happiness…all it brings is death. Yes, justification of our sinfulness leads to death not Life. Don’t believe those who preach a false doctrine or we will perish. Remember we are ALL living in great darkness.
“Uninstructed [incorrectly instructed] souls have gone astray…lawless people [the leaders] supposed that they held the holy nation in their power, they themselves lay as captives of darkness…were sick themselves…[Now] whether they were farmers or shepherds or workers who toiled in the wilderness, they were seized, and endured the inescapable fate for with one chain of darkness they ALL were bound” (Wisdom 17).
This whole darkness exists because we preach or are preached a false doctrine and then follow it. We preach or are preached 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 or just the way we are. Sure our non-sinful personalty traits and gifts/talents are perfect…but not our sins. We must come to hate them.
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 mean to ourselves or scrupulous….but that is what someone says who is deceived.
We don’t know how to lead people to true happiness or Life. These are all lies that are runing our perfect peace on earth and killing us. 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.”
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 even 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)
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? God loves to heal and help us in our lives, but not to convince us that we area holy and righteous. Through these acts of love God shows us wretched sinners, 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. Why do we run around calling ourselves and others holy. 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. God is holy…not ourselves.
Please know, God uses nothing to show His glory. Once we begin to think of ourselves as something, by the complements we tell ourselves or that others tell us, 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. Now God can’t use us. Frankly, from the consequences of original sin dwelling in us, we have to daily…actually at 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 He gives us most of the time 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)
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:
admit our sins
apologize to God
work hard to amend
seek to make our wrongs right
pray prayers and devotions
prayers of the faithful (friends, clergy, etc.)
prayers of The Mother of God
prayers of the saints
pray the Mass
perform acts of love
almsgiving (donate money)
wear 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). So, let’s seek to remove our pride. Without accepting grace and having our hearts transformed into that of true contrition, we can’t be forgiven. Please don’t be deceived.
“Do not be idle, then, but walk daily in all these paths [towards forgiveness]; they are easy, and you cannot plead your poverty [having a great desire for sin, making that an excuse]. For though you live your life amid great need, you can always set aside your wrath [forgive, understand, & have mercy towards others], be humble [know your nothingness/great sinfulness], pray diligently and condemn you own sins [work hard to sin no more].”
–St. John Chrysostom (Divine Office Vol. IV 21 wk)
Do We Indulge in the World’s Pleasures?
Oh, but there is more. Not only do most lack a true effort to obtain true contrition, 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!
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.
“Consider how very necessary it is for you to set your face against yourself [do what you don’t like, since we like sin/our will], and walk in the way of penance [surrendering our will for God’s]…if any one tempts you with lax opinions, and should even confirm them by miracles, trust him not: but rely rather upon penance and perfect detachment from creatures.” –St. John of the Cross, Doctor of the Church, (Spiritual Maximus #338)
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; it is too hard. 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!
“Few spiritual persons arrive at the noble courage and resolution [to change] in their conduct…[from pride] these can never answer, “say that I am lost,” because they are not lost to themselves [have not humbled themselves into knowing their need for Mercy] and are still ashamed to confess Christ [needs to save them] before men…these do not therefore really live in Christ.”
–St. John of the Cross, Doctor of the Church, (A Spiritual Canticle, Stanza XXXIX)
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.
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!