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"VERY FEW CHRISTIANS ARE SAVED"
the fewness of the saved is real
Souls are Dying!
Yes, “scarcely anyone is saved” as St. Alphonosus, Doctor of the Church tries to wake us up, in his letter to Christians, so we can see. This message isn’t isolated to only a few saints, no this same message is echoed from all the saints which speak about the fewness of the saved.
When we hear these words of the saints, who are far wiser than us, we can respond in three ways:
- ignore them and think they are speaking about someone else,
- think the saints are lying and we are given more wisdom than them,
- try to understand why the saints say what they say, so we can change and be with the “few.”
“Many are called but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14).
Surely, we don’t believe we have been given more wisdom than the saints. Therefore, since The Word tells us “one MUST imitate us [the saints]” (2 Thessalonians 3:7), our eternity depends upon us changing to follow The Way the saints traveled to Heaven…not just striving to be a “good” Christian or doing what we think is best. That isn’t enough. We won’t choose Heaven. There is only One Way, and we know the saints have found it. We must do what they have done.
Truly, so many of us–who even have a passion for the faith with great knowledge–have been deceived into thinking we have a saving faith–TRUE belief in Christ–when we still don’t.
“That person is blind who has knowledge…He seems to have his eyes on God but he does not, [he has been deceived] for his eyes are on the world and he has turned his back to God.”
–Jesus to St. Bridget of Sweden, (Revelations, Ch. 14)
Even though we don’t seem to commit the grave mortal sins, and we spend our lives praying, doing good works and preaching God’s goodness–thinking we really love God–tragically most are still without a faith that saves. Sadly, “the majority of men will not [see God]” as St. Justin explains in his studies in philosophy, Ch. 4.
It isn’t that God doesn’t love us…Oh, His love for us is unfathomable. We know of His great love. God gives us so much love and spends our entire lives blessing and guiding us…trying and trying to save us. Bounds of mercy is waiting to help us, but tragically, most still only grow somewhat in our faith…not enough…not into a SAVING FAITH. Please don’t be deceived.
“The elect [those who obtain Heaven]…are few in number. It would cause us to faint away from grief to learn how surprisingly small is their number.”
–St. Louis De Montfort, (A Letter to the Friends of the Cross, Part II, #14)
To keep us living in the dark, the evil one will have us come up with a jillion reasons why this just isn’t true, how we aren’t one of the damned, so we won’t be concerned with our salvation and neglect going to God correctly for help to save us. Then we’ll be banished to Hell for all eternity. Please don’t be deceived from our pride. The saints aren’t lying…most–even the faithful–don’t know The Way.
Why Are the Faithful Dying?
Really, it is quite tragic, as there are so many people who want God’s saving love and believe we have it. But horribly, most are living so terribly deceived. We don’t even know we’re rejecting God’s saving forgiving mercy. Today, since we live in a time of great darkness (cf. 2 Timothy 4:3-4), it is even worse than when most of the saints lived. The Way simply isn’t being preached. Sadly, even those, who so greatly desire holiness, are on the wrong path.
I know this is hard to believe, especially if we have prayed so many prayers, done wonderful works, made great sacrifices for God, and believe we have given our lives to Jesus, as we feel His love, thinking we have a great relationship with Him and wonderful faith, but truly even most of God’s faithful still don’t have a love that is TRUE–a love that truly hates all sin and rejoices in the cross (our sufferings), which can accept His saving forgiving mercy.
“[Tragically,] there are few who wish to receive Him and to be saved by Him [most choose our sin instead], although His yoke [command] is sweet and His burden [cross] light.”
–St. Francis of Assisi, (Letter to All the Faithful)
Please understand just because God heals, blesses, and converses with us, that doesn’t mean He does so because we are righteous. Rather, God shows us His love, because He wants so very much for us to better know, serve and love Him for the salvation of souls. He wants us saved. That is the only reason God does anything–to help save and sanctify our souls. It is our pride that makes it into something else.
Most are deceived into thinking that all these acts of love are God telling us, wretched sinners, how great we are. Then we spend much of our time trying to prove to others how “good” and/or “holy” we are. Now, from our pride, we never hear God calling us to repent and change. Oh, our pride is killing us.
The problem is, we spend our time focusing on how good we are and how much God loves us, but we spend very little time focusing on how we can love Him. We are quite selfish…we want God’s forgiveness and love, but we don’t want to do what is necessary to love Him in return.
How do we love God?–by NOT OFFENDING HIM.
"If you love me, you will keep my commandments" (John 14:15)
Honestly, how many of us are truly striving, daily, seeking God’s grace, working as hard as we can to become “perfect” like Christ, the One we should be following, removing sin after sin so to not break any of God’s commands–to truly live for His will and not offend Him in the slightest way? Anyone?
No wonder so few are saved.
“Alas, daughter, how few there are who truthfully love me!”
–Jesus to St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church, (Autobiography Ch. 40)
What good are all of our prayers, works and knowledge, if our hearts still desire to offend God…if we aren’t trying to stop every sin, even the slightest? We tell God we love Him and that we are sorry for offending Him, but are we REALLY working to live the entire Word? No, not all of it…which makes our love and sorrow we declare, just a lie.
Where is Our Contrition For Our Sins?
Have we been deceived and are now caught up in our knowledge, prayers and good works, thinking it is by our knowledge, prayers and works which makes us righteous? When we are saved by the TRUE CONTRITION (true sorrow) in our hearts for our sins?
“Thy death will not save me, if I do not on my part detest every evil [sin] and have true sorrow for the sins I have committed against Thee.
–St. Alphonsus, Doctor of the Church, (Meditations for Every Day of Advent, Med.)
We need to preach this. Tragically, we don’t really understand TRUE contrition is how we, sinners, embrace and not reject, God’s forgiving saving mercy He died to give us–yes, REPENTANCE. “We implore you, in Christ’s name: be reconciled to God!” (2 Corinthians 5:20). But from not really knowing the truth, we don’t seek Christ to help us grow in our contrition, from some sorrow into true sorrow for all of our sins and we die.
“If you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!” (Luke 13:3)
Many might think we are truly sorry and want to stop sinning. We think we are repenting, but are we actually doing something to avoid sin and amend our ways? Or are we really justifying our sins and still clinging to many of them–habitually committing them?
Please, honestly ask ourselves, how many sins do we habitually commit, as we continue with our same broken sinful behaviors, because we haven’t run to God and accepted His transforming grace to take them away?
“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)
Sadly, we do this since we don’t really want to change, as we clearly prove, because we put a false/half-hearted effort, or little, or even no effort at all into quitting…making all sorts of excuses as to why they exist?
How much do we really love God and hate offending Him?
Then, from having little hatred for our sins and little contrition, we choose Hell over God’s saving love for some horrid sin.
Some of us don’t even see our great habitual sins and think we hardly sin, which just isn’t true. We believe this because we have been blinded. Sadly, we don’t want to see; we want to stay in our sins. If we don’t see our VAST sinfulness, then we need to pray to God to open our eyes, because we are far from perfect saints. We need to know the sins we are simply refusing to see so we can repent and change from them or we will die from loving them. To learn more please read, “How Can I See My Sins.”
Yes, we must truly reject ALL of our sins–even our venial ones and the ones we refuse to see; we can’t be OK with offending God at all. This hatred for sin can’t just be with our words alone but most surely must be in our actions as well (as we work hard to amend), if we wish to embrace God’s saving forgiving mercy. Please don’t be deceived.
“Sins are increased through habitual practice, and a venial sin that could have been pardoned through contrition [alone] becomes a serious one [mortal] through a person’s negligence [not amending it] and scorn [not believing it’s seriousness and now must be amended to be forgiven].”
–Jesus to St. Bridget of Sweden, (Revelations Ch. 19)
Our neglect to end our venial sins, from our lack of hatred for all sin–lack of Fear of the Lord: fear of sin and it’s consequences–is damning us.
There are many ways we lack sorrow for sinning, which also damn us, as this web-site explains. But the number one way we lack sorrow for offending God and reject saving forgiving mercy is when we don’t hate our sins enough to do what is necessary to STOP REPEATING THEM.
“[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).
Sadly, most think nothing of our habitual venial sins, and we prove we love them greatly and lack much sorrow for them, since we continue unreservedly with countless offences against God, but they are deadly. Please don’t be deceived.
“If you are a habitual sinner [who isn’t working hard to amend them]…You are very ill; you are one of those invalids who, as St. Thomas of Villanova says, are seldom cured [by the prayers of others]; you are on the brink of perdition [Hell].”
— St. Alphonosus, Doctor of the Church, (Preparation for Death, Habit of Sin)
This lacking TRUE contrition (lacking true sorrow) for offending God is an abomination of love, which is oh too common. Our confessions are so poor. They aren’t leading us to Life but rather death and not just because we don’t truly desire to stop our sins but for many reasons, in which most are completely unaware of. To learn more please read, “How Bad Confession Can Damn Us.”
“Examine yourselves, oh my friends, and see how rare such a [true] repentance is.”
–St. John Vianney, (Sermon of the Cure d Ars, Passion Sunday: Repentance)
Plus, being TRULY sorry for any of our sins isn’t just shown by having some resolve to amend our sins either. It is when we grow in sorrow to hate sin so greatly–from “fear of the Lord [which] is hatred of evil [sin]” (Proverbs 8:13)–that we are “willing to endure any suffering rather than offend God in the future by sin” (Baltimore Cathechism #393)…so to love God and not offend Him.
“In your struggle against [removing your liking for] sin you have not yet resisted [temptation enough] to the point of shedding blood [to avoid sin].” (Hebrews 12:4)
Oh, how far are we from this kind of contrition? If we truly wanted to love God and hated offending Him, we would RUN to God daily, seeking His transforming mercy over and over again, day after day, moment after moment, doing all we can to obtain grace so we can grow in our hatred for sin from some sorrow into gaining true sorrow, so we would rather suffer anything, even death, than offend Our Beloved Lord in the slightest way. To learn more please read, “What is True Sorrow.”
“If you ask me what [true] repentance is, I tell you that it is an anguish of the soul, and a detestation for past sin, and a firm resolve never to sin again…No my friends, you must not rely on tears alone. They are often deceiving, and many persons weep in the confessional and fall back into the same sin at the first opportunity…Christians who has sinned and wishes to obtain pardon, must be so minded that he would rather suffer the most cruel tortures than fall back into the sin which he has just confessed. “
–St. John Vianney, (Sermon of the Cure d Ars, Passion Sunday: Repentance).
Because, we–who aren’t becoming saints from leaving sin after sin–don’t fear we are going to perish from our lack of contrition for sinning…WE AREN’T SEEKING OUR SAVIOR TO SAVE US–to bring us to a saving faith. We suffer from presumption of salvation instead. To learn more please read, “The Blessings of Fear.”
Tragically, as we now know, we have been greatly deceived and have lived life complacent with offending God and have found many ways to justify our repeated sins as not deadly, even though that isn’t what the church teaches.
“Among the penitent’s acts [the person confessing their sins] contrition [sorrow] occupies first place [since it is needed for salvation]. Contrition is sorrow of the soul and detestation [hate] for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again [working effort to stop sinning–to become a saint]” (CCC #1451).
With that said, so we don’t continue to live in the dark and die, honestly ask yourself, are you becoming a real saint (someone who doesn’t want to offend God again)? What resolutions did you have today to stop sinning? Anything? Where is your sorrow for your sins? Where is your love for God? Is it true?
“Your love MUST be sincere. Detest what is evil [sin], cling to what is good.” (Romans 12:9).
Now is the time to change. God Wants You In Heaven…and this web-site is hear to help you.
Oh, but perhaps you do seek to stop some sins, the ones you see that are really hurting much of your life, but have you been deceived into thinking the rest are no big deal or that your prayers and good works some how makes up for them, as you show little concern for offending God in many ways.
Please know, it isn't the sins we hate that will damn us; it is the one's we don't.
One sin we cling to rejects it all. Yes, we reject God’s saving forgiving mercy if we don’t truly hate just ONE sin. Truly, we are accountable for literally everything we do; “if all men knew this, no one would choose wickedness even for a little, knowing that he goes to the everlasting punishment of fire; but would by all means restrain himself, and adorn himself with virtue, that he might obtain the good gifts of God, and escape the punishments” (St. Justin Marytr, 1 Apologies, Ch 12).
Yes, ignoring any of God’s law–not being truly resolved to stop a single sin–not hating to offend Our Beloved Lord in any way–takes any sin and makes it a mortal rejection of God’s love.
“Neglect of God’s law [any law] brings inescapable punishment for the soul and that unquenchable fire.”
–St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church, (On Marriage and Family Life, SVS pg. 89)
Oh, we must be sorry for sinning ALL sin…not just some of them. “There is a sin which is always “unto death” (1 John 5:16): the sin for which we do not repent.” as St. Mark the Ascetic teaches (On Those who Think that They are Made Righteous by Works, Ch. 41,). Again, how can we truly hate and repent of any sin if we don’t even hate it enough to be working hard/firmly resolved to stop committing it? We can’t.
We must change Eternity is forever.
No Growth – No Life
If we weren’t deceived and were truly striving to love God and not offend Him…we would be growing in our faith correctly; we would be growing in virtue (qualities of Christ), which means our worrying, complaining, fears, and anxieties–especially during our crosses (suffering and life problems) would be leaving. We would be GROWING in Christ’s peace. But most aren’t.
“Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble” (Psalm 119:165).
We have God’s peace for a minute, but not the next. Therefore, we are doing something very wrong. Many might “say” we believe in Christ with our words, and we might have even changed once for the better when we first found Christ, but now, we still suffer from the same sinful personalities, complaints and habits–whatever they may be–day in and day out. Or our growth is so small, so little from a very small faith. If we don’t change, we will simply never obtain a saving faith (true hatred for our sins/true love for God).
If we aren’t consistently working hard “grow[ing] in the grace” (2 Peter 3:18) of God into becoming more like Christ, Our Savior, who we should be following to Heaven, gaining greater virtues after virtues, removing sin after sin, growing in peace, and contrition (sorrow for our sins) like the saints have done, we are dead. Sadly, most think we are good enough, since we do so many nice things for others, but we don’t realize: no growth in qualities of Christ–means no life.
“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)
Horribly, we don’t really know The Way or what saves, since we still don’t truly hate our sins enough to be wholeheartedly resolved to stop them.
Oh, we want to be good people and do good; some of us do much good. We love doing good works and helping others. But are we really seeking to “stop sinning” (1 Corinthians 15:34) and becoming “imitators of God” (Ephesians 5:1) as God has commanded of us?
Do You INTENTIONALLY Deny Yourself of the World’s Pleasures?
If you have been truly toiling away correctly for years with a repentant heart, to “stop sinning”–to really follow Christ–and love Him, from truly hating your sins, you will have the proof.
From accepting God’s transforming grace from your sincere prayers and your great efforts to perfectly obey, constantly changing and growing into the image of Christ–by following the saints’ examples, since St. Paul tells us to “be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1)…you are now practically a perfect saint. You aren’t just growing in prayers or works, no you are truly becoming like Jesus.
Yes, from truly living the faith: constantly loosing sin, gaining virtue, increasing our contrition and choosing the standard of the cross to live by, as you intentionally deny yourself of the world’s pleasures to serve, sacrifice and suffer-with joy-for the salvation of souls, like Christ did for us; you are becoming a real saint (growing into the image of Christ). To learn more please read, “What is a Real Saint.”
“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he MUST deny himself [deny himself of worldly pleasure-our will] and take up his cross [don’t complain or worry about suffering-trust] daily and follow Me [truly live all of The Word].” (Luke 9:23)
This is how we live the true faith…but horribly the devil has deceived most of us. Tragically, we don’t understand The Way. We don’t INTENTIONALLY deny ourselves of pleasure so we can choose the cross, like the saints have done. We aren’t learning how to leave it all to love God. If we have a cross most try to leave it; we don’t “rejoice in our sufferings” (Romans 5:3); and we certainly aren’t trying to give ourselves more. We don’t understand the healing cross of Christ.
“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).
Oh, we might live part of the faith, but it is the fullness of the faith, especially LOVE OF THE CROSS, that we must live, which is lost. Therefore, we must come to live to sacrifice…not to satisfy ourselves. To learn more please read, “Become Attached to God and Not the World.”
There are countless little ways in our everyday lives we can be true disciples of Christ by intentionally denying ourselves of worldly pleasure and happily choosing and picking up our crosses as we follow Jesus like the saints have done.
But horribly most simply don’t do this or even try. We don’t want to live a life of penance; we want a life of pleasure. Sure, it isn’t until we come to know the horror of sin and how greatly sinful we truly are, that we will find joy in the cross. Yet, we absolutely must seek this life of true discipleship and really do what God commands if we wish to be saved by Him. To learn more please read “What is Penance.”
“Consider how very necessary it is for you to set your face against yourself [against your will of seeking pleasure], and walk in the way of penance [self-denial]…if anyone temps you with lax opinions and should even confirm them by miracles, trust him NOT; but rely rather upon penance [choosing the cross] and perfect detachment from creatures [the people of the world]…”
–St. John of the Cross, (Spiritual Maxims, #338- 339)
You Must Be Striving to Become a Real Saint–to Really Love God
As I said we must follow the saint and strive to become a real saints, since we “are called to be saints.” (Romans 1:7)–real saints. Not just in our thoughts, but most certainly in our actions. This is obedience.
Real saints hate the world’s pleasures and have run from the family, friends, hobbies, sports, success, entertainment, food, fashion, relaxation, money, etc. whatever it is they once lived for or sought for happiness. Now seek GOD ALONE as their source of joy, by way of the cross–“rejoice[ing] in our sufferings” (Romans 3:5)–for the salvation of souls, like Christ did for us. They really live for God and His will, not the billions of passions that go about the world pulling our heats and minds off of Him, because they know they need to and want to in order to LOVE GOD.
“It pains me to see so many pitiful blind people fleeing hurriedly from the very gracious offer [Eternal Life] of the Master…My soul is extremely distressed when I see these truly blind people…who’s passions [for the world] have robbed them of wisdom…They are constantly on fire with thousands of desires for earthly satisfactions…Jesus extends his very tender invitation to come and drink the living water, but…what response does he get from these wretched people [they still want the world]?”
–St. Padre Pio (Letter, Oct. 10, 1915)
But even with all of the sacrifices the saints make, they don’t believe for a moment, their horribly sinful beings, are saved because they are doing all of those pious things. They know they need to obey and reject the world–to let go of everything they desire (sin)–so instead of their sinful nature controlling their thoughts, words and deeds, they are now allowing God–their Savior–to fill their minds and hearts with His grace so HE CAN DO EVERYTHING THROUGH THEM. God–His grace–makes them holy. They are not holy…just a misery of sin. The saints fully understand their nothingness and great need for God’s mercy (grace).
But tragically most of us, even the faithful, don’t understand this kind of TRUE FAITH. We don’t know our unfathomable sinfulness and need for mercy. Most aren’t living a life of penance from sorrow for sinning and are still going to the world to satisfy our desires and are rejecting God’s helping (actual) grace: the very mercy God wants to use to give us a true saving faith.
Oh, the grace that was meant to take away our great desire for sin, so we can sincerely desire Our Savior is lost for so many. Horribly, “the vast majority of Christians are enveloped in the most shocking ignorance [of their faith]” as St. John Baptist Vianney, warns us. (Sermons of the Cure of Ars, The Lost Works). And because we live in the time of great darkness, that is practically everyone. Jesus help us!
Tragically, we don’t know our deadly sins, our attachments to the word (idols–especially our attachments to ourselves and others), nor do we understand the love of cross (the joy of suffering/penance) from being so greatly deceived. We simply don’t fully understand or live the faith, not like the saints…nor are we seeking God’s mercy (help) to bring us into such understanding and a saving faith either, mostly because we don’t even know we need one.
Even though we love God, most still only give part of our lives to Him, while the rest of our lives are in pursuit of worldly goals and fun to fill our void, as we actually reject God for the world. We don’t want God all of the time, just some of it. But we can’t desire both God and the world, we “will either hate one and love the other”(Luke 16:13).
Most desire so much that isn’t for God and His will, and we are dying because of it. What do you do in your “free time” is it for God’s honor and glory–to better know, love or serve Him…or is it a fruitless indulgent to keep you busy with the world that only keeps you from God? We have been greatly deceived into believing all this surrendering of our will and sacrifice of all these worldly pleasures isn’t necessary. Oh, but it most certainly is.
“If they believed in the eternal joy of Heaven and in the horrific torments of hell, they would desire nothing but me...they would hate the world...[But they don’t so] their hope [for salvation] is vain, because they hope that their sin will be forgiven without justice and a right judgment…
And therefore, when they cry out to me and say ‘O God, have mercy on me’, they do not deserve to be heard or to enter into my glory since they did not want to follow their Lord in suffering, and, therefore, they should not follow him to the glory.”
–Jesus to St. Bridget of Sweden, (Revelations Ch. 39)
And the rest of us, who appear to have given up everything for God, are deceived into believing it is by those great acts of sacrifice that we are saved..as we actually show little love for God and great love for ourselves.
“‘Jesus, [St. Faustina said] but there are so many souls praising You in convents [where we have left everything to follow You].” The Lord answered, “That praise wounds My Heart, because love has been banished from convents. Souls without love and without [true] devotion, souls full of egoism and self-love, souls full of pride and arrogance, souls full of deceit and hypocrisy, lukewarm souls who have just enough warmth to keep them alive: My Heart cannot bear this.”
–Jesus to St. Faustina, Diary #1702
Oh, we have been deceived! We don’t really love God and believe He is saving us (by removing our desire for sin/lack of contrition); sadly, we have been tricked into loving ourselves and thinking we are saving ourselves by our great prayers and sacrifices we make.
But please understand, those who know The Way, don’t reject the pleasures of the world because those acts make us holy, but we let go of all we desire, so our hearts won’t long for them…only God alone, so we can allow God to fill our hearts and God can become what drives our everything, because everything we do, even great acts of what seem to be love and sacrifice, are shrouded in sin. Yes, without allowing the Spirit to move us everything, the good and the bad we do, is driven by our nature, which is sin.
“For what the flesh [our nature] desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other” (Galatians 5:17).
It is our pride that simply won’t allow us to see ourselves for who we really are (sinners) and let God change us. To learn more please read, “What is the Desire for Sin” and “How to Desire God Alone.”
We Must Change
Truly, we are not called to just be a “believer” by word alone, we are commanded to strive to become “perfectly holy” (1 Thessalonians 5:23)–to perfectly love God by seeking the goal of becoming a perfect self-sacrificing saint, by surrendering our will and walking by way of the cross as a penance for the salvation of souls. This should be our life’s goal if we want to Live.
Nothing else will cause us to lose our self-love (pride), so we can truly love God and gain true contrition for our sins. Beware, many will preach a different, easier way, not The Way the saints traveled, but that just leads to death. Yes, “there are doubtless, few to be found in these lamentable times to lead souls [to Heaven] in the way of perfection” (St. Vincent Ferrer, The Spiritual Life, Ch. IV), but this is the way we must travel with assistance or without. To learn more please read, “How to Become a Saint.”
We simply can’t justify our life of sin and love of the world, no matter how small it is, as just fine because we see our sins as only venial or since we are so faithful or since God is so merciful. That rejects mercy for sin.
That prideful attitude seeks to stay complacent with our many offences against God, declares we save ourselves or desires to take advantage of mercy. That proves a great lack of true love for God and desire for sin, which is deadly.
“Make no mistake: God is not mocked, [He is a God of justice] for a person will reap only what he sows” (Galatians 6:7).
Tragically, from the evil one’s deception, this isn’t the only abomination of love towards God that we are suffering from. There is so much more confusion with the faith, in which we can read about on this web-site.
But the most shocking aliment in the Church are that the sacraments aren’t leading us to Life. Not only are our Confessions damning us, the requirements to obtain Holy Communion and Anointing of the Sick worthily aren’t understood by most either and souls who want to be saved by these sacraments are actually hastening towards their doom from receiving them improperly and/or unworthily. Please read, “How Bad Confessions Can Damn Us”, “Will Anointing of the Sick Forgive Mortal Sin” and “How to Receive Holy Communion Worthily” to learn more.
Now is The Time to Change by The Way of Perfection
If we want to change, now that we can see how we aren’t saved, then we must make a resolution to become a real saint. Being complacent with our sinfulness must end. After we have a firm resolve to change, we need to seek the means to obtain sanctity. This website is here to help.
Then ask God to show us where we are not living like a true saint (read The Word and books written by the saints) and seek God’s grace to help us remove our trespasses one at a time so we can “be perfect just as our Heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48), never quitting (losing our desire to change/to truly love God) or all will be lost. Always, knowing that this isn’t optional or impossible. This is obedience.
“This vocation to perfect love is not restricted to a small group of individuals. The invitation, “go, sell your possessions and give the money to the poor”, and the promise “you will have treasure in heaven”, are meant for everyone.”
–Pope St. John Paul II, (Veritatis Splendor, #18)
If we don’t want to be perfect, which pleasures of the word that keep us from God or sins do we want to keep; which things and sins do we think we can’t remove? Those are the ones that will kill us. They are the ones we don’t really want to leave to love God and will choose over God’s saving love. “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). His grace can remove them all. Believe!
We must seek to remove not only our worldly attachments: everything we seek for happiness that isn’t God and His will–that isn’t done for God’s honor and glory (what we do for self-love) and our mortal sins, but, as the saints say, we must love God enough to not want to offend Him at all by working to remove all our venial sins too, “making holiness perfect in the fear of God [fear of sin]” (2 Corinthians 7:1). To learn more please read, “What are the Mortal Sins”; they are more complicated than most understand.
“My soul, if you do not [truly] resolve to quit these venial sins…one can look forward to death without fear [without fearing sin–without true sorrow and go to Hell]…[you] cannot expect to ever possess Thee.”
–St. Anthony Mary Claret, (The Golden Key to Heaven, Med. 9)
The Word and the saints teach us to live by the “Way of Perfection” (St. Teresa of Avila), but we preach a different doctrine. We say it isn’t necessary. This is why we are so lost.
We don’t know The Way. Some think we are building up someones self-esteem and making them happy, by telling them that God is OK with our sins…that they are only venial…that we are fine just the way we are, but we are preaching a lie.
Being sinful is never OK. God is not OK with our sins. How many times has God told us in the Bible to leave our sins? Jesus told St. Faustina, “I detest the slightest sin” (Diary # 1728). He wants us to detest the slightest sin too and spend our time working to STOP SINNING. We must seek to change.
“How sad you make me feel when you are not sorry for your venial sins! For, until you are, you cannot begin to have true interior life.”
–St Joesmaria Escriva (The Way, #330)
Of course our short comings, lack of talents, etc.–our non-sinful qualities–are just how God wants us to be, and even some of them, God wishes to change (even though they aren’t sinful), but our offences against God are absolutely horrible. We must strive with all of our hearts to amend them all.
But we should know, if we are honestly seeking true sorrow (a saving faith/perfection)–to stop sinning–we should never despair over our sins. God is so pleased with our real desire to amend them and love Him that He will even use our sins, to humble us, teach us and bring us to a saving faith and then perfection. Sure, it takes much grace to grow into perfection. But wonderfully, God understands our weakness and despite our great sinfulness, He will help us to get there, no matter what horrible sins we commit or have committed, that is if we go to Him correctly for help (mercy). To learn more please read, “How to Pray Humbly.”
Always remember, we are to follow Jesus, who is perfect…this must be our goal! Everything we do must be “so that you may be[come] perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:4). This is true obedience. This is The Way. Being complacent with any of our sins, no matter how small it is, isn’t how we love God. That is how we love sin. If some saints were able to become perfect–not able to sin any more–we can too. Believe!
“[Make] holiness perfect in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 2:1)
Therefore, no matter how many prayers we have prayed or works we have done, knowledge we have been given or how much God talks to us and blesses us, if we haven’t obtained enough grace to come to truly hate every single sin we have ever committed so greatly we would rather suffer any torment at all, even death, than offend Our Beloved Lord by even by the slightest sin (have true sorrow/true love), then, we are still clinging to our sins and not God. We are not with a saving faith.
“I learned in the depths of my soul how horrible sin was, even the smallest sin, and how much it tormented the soul of Jesus. I would rather suffer a thousand hells than commit even the smallest venial sin. “
–St. Faustina, (Diary # 1016)
Is our effort to avoid sin and hate the pleasures of the world, so we can truly love God and not cling to anything but Him, this great? If not, then we really need to change and constantly seek God’s mercy to give us a desire to begin to work towards a true saving faith.
This is why we need Our Savior--to remove our liking for sin--to remove our desire for our will and the world, so we can truly love and desire God alone and be saved by Him.
All it takes is just ONE sin…one lack of trust (worry/complaint), one rejection of the cross, one sexual immoral desire, one act of vanity, one covetousness desire, one moment of unforgiveness that we don’t honestly want to let go of (habitually commit/desire)–that we prove we lack true sorrow for, and we reject God’s saving mercy for that sin.
Yes, one sin–mortal or venial–is infinitely offensive to Our Infinitely Perfect Lord, and if we have such little hatred for any offence against God that we don’t even wholeheartedly seek to remove it nor honestly desire to never commit it again, we are guilty of mortal sin.
Yes, mortal sins are much more than just murder and robbery. To learn more please read the article, “What Are The Mortal Sins.”
They [the lost] do not consider that the least little sin a man finds delight [doesn’t truly hate/lacks contrition for] is enough to damn him to an eternal torment.”
–The Queen of Heaven to St. Bridget of Sweden, (Revelations, Ch. 37)
Oh, the sins are endless that we can desire over God…and we desire so many of them. We greatly need Our Savior’s help! He is waiting for us. To learn more please read, “How to Desire God Alone.”
Habitually Love God
Those who are living continuously in God’s state of grace are striving to perfectly surrender their will for God’s, and habitually sin no more and love the cross. They don’t habitually desire sin or the pleasures of the world, but habitually love God. They are growing into His image, since they truly hate their sins and everything that keeps them from loving Him. This is the faith we want to at least obtain.
Of course, I don’t mean the saved never habitually choose their will over God’s…that sin only leaves when we obtain Christian perfection. But, I’m speaking about all of the sins we see and the ones we refuse to see that we willingly commit over and over again. Plus, I’m also not speaking about the sins we honestly desire to see, but God, from His wisdom, hasn’t allowed them to be known to us just yet.
I’m speaking of the sins we know or refuse to know, the sins we simply don’t truly desire to amend. Boy are there so many habitual sins that are killing us; we must greatly seek God’s mercy so we can come to truly hate each of them. Please don’t be deceived. We can’t truly love God and love sin or the world. We will reject Him.
Please know, someone can still be saved who is still a habitual sinner, but they must have at least grown in faith enough to obtain true sorrow for those habitual sins and all sin at the moment of their death, being truly resolved if they did have another moment to live they would leave it all for God. To learn more please read, “How to Save the Souls of the Dying.”
Then the sins, which they have habitually chosen–are inclined to sin–which are still dwelling in their soul because the stain of sin remains (their garment isn’t white), but they truly hate all sin (have perfect contrition) and are forgiven, that stain will be removed after death …yes, any remnant of sin that wasn’t removed by Christ on earth through penance/love, will be removed in Purgatory if we can obtain enough love for God upon our death that we would honestly rather suffer death than sin.
But to be walking around in the state of grace, we need to lose our desire for sin and gain a love for God so great that we continuously have such great hatred for sin that we would rather be tormented than offended God in the slightest way (have continual perfect/true contrition)–habitually love God.
But to even get to this kind of faith takes much grace. Boy is this kind of sorrow hard to obtain, since we desire sin so greatly. Humbly, run to Jesus and His Mother and all of the angels and saints for help! To learn more please read, “What is God’s Mercy and How Can I Receive It.”
We Must Mature into a Saving Faith
We were forgiven and redeemed by Jesus’ death at our baptism. Of course without that, no matter if we have true sorrow for our sins or not, we still wouldn’t be allowed into Heaven. But when we were baptized, we weren’t instantly with a saving faith. That belief must be sought after; we should be longing for God’s grace (mercy) to remove our sins so we can grow into a saving faith and desire God alone.
“Rid yourselves of all [sin]…like newborn infants, long for pure spiritual milk [grace] so that through it you may grow into salvation [grow into a saving faith]” (1 Peter 2:1).
From our baptism, we are brought into a state of grace, but when we were of age to possess full knowledge of right from wrong and committed our first sin–in our thoughts, words or deeds (freely chose our first sin)–in which we lacked True Sorrow for (didn’t truly desire to stop sinning so to love God), WE REJECTED OUR STATE OF GRACE FOR SIN.
Yes, we aren’t all walking around in a state of grace, since we didn’t commit some grave mortal sin as the deceiver likes us to believe–to remove our concern for our salvation–so we don’t seek Our Savior to save us. We all need to seek Our Savior to restore our state of grace and give us the grace to keep it living within us. Outside of seeking perfection, seeking a saving faith should be our life’s goal. This is the faith we should be living, the faith the saints lived.
Plus, since we can’t read our souls, we will never know for sure (unless God gives us a special grace, like St. Paul had been given at the end of his life) if we have obtained such a saving faith.
“[Some saints say] I know not whether God has yet pardoned the many sins whereby I have offended him, as I cannot be sure of having had a true sorrow for them.”
–St. Alphonosus, Doctor of the Church, (Spiritual Treatises, Ch. VI)
However, if we follow Christ correctly, truly desiring to grow in our faith, we can have real hope in Our Savior to give us such a faith at least upon our death. Jesus wants us saved. This is what true faith in Jesus really is: trusting in Jesus to transform our hardened hearts, so we can accept His saving forgiving mercy (that is if we follow Him correctly). Therefore, don’t be deceived, CHANGE.
Oh, how young were we, when we had full knowledge of what we were doing and didn’t really hate our sin and/or freely chose to not stop committing it. That was our first deadly disobedience to God’s law–our first mortal sin? It is a grevious mortal sin to not want to stop offending God by any sins. We must be firmly resolved to “sin no more” (John 8:11) or we reject forgiveness for sin. This is why we need Jesus, to take away not only our regular mortal sins but all our liking for sin, so we don’t reject God for sin, and can be saved by Him.
We are supposed to spend our lives seeking God’s mercy to grow in faith, from having just some sorrow/some love into gaining a mature faith of true sorrow/true love–we are to“leave behind the basic teaching about Christ and advance to maturity” (Hebrews 6:1). We need a SAVING FAITH or we reject mercy for sin!
“[Only] those who have grown to maturity [into a saving faith] in the grace of God will find the joy of adopted children in the kingdom of heaven; those who have not grown to maturity [haven’t reached a saving faith] will become God’s enemies and, even though they were once his children [from baptism], they will be punished according to their deeds for all eternity.”
–St. Andrew Kim Taegon (His Final Exhortation Letter).
Jesus only becomes Our Savior if we allow His helping mercy–His actual grace–to transform our “hearts hardened” (Mark 8:17) by self-love, that is attached to many sins and worldly pleasures, into a “new heart, and a new spirit” (Ezekiel 36:26) that truly hates all sin, 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!
Horribly, despite God’s great patience and kindness towards us throughout our entire lives, we have not grown/matured enough in our faith. We are dying!
“Do you not realize that God’s kindness [grace] is meant to lead you to [True] repentance?” (Romans 2:4), not to hope in God’s mercy to forgive us, when we aren’t even truly resolved towards perfection (stop sinning) and live without proven true sorrow for our sins or even without the hopes of obtaining such contrition since we aren’t really striving to follow Him. Oh, what torment awaits us!
“Since I [God] have re-created and restored to the life of grace [removed the stain of original sin], the human race, through the Blood of My only-begotten Son, as I have said, men are not grateful, but, going from bad to worse, and from guilt to guilt, even persecuting Me with many injuries [not even trying to stop offending Me], taking so little account of the graces which I have given them, and continue to give them [trying to save them]…I say to you that they will be more hard-hearted, and worthy of more punishment, and will, indeed, be punished more severely, now that they have received redemption in the Blood of My Son [and rejected it], than they would have been before that redemption took place.”
–God the Father to St. Catherine of Siena, (Doctor of the Church, Dialogue, Ch. Treatise on Discretion)
This saving contrition is truly a gift from God for those who can open their hearts to receive it.
But the sad reality is, most won’t suffer or even do anything to avoid sinning one sin, never mind put our greatest efforts to avoid all of them.
Sadly our love for God over our sins and ourselves (control) just isn’t there. Seeking to stop sinning ALL of our sins simply isn’t a thought on most of our minds nor a word preached from our lips. Many think living The Word perfectly isn’t possible, so why bother trying. Oh, truly, we have been greatly deceived!
“Since that day [when I had made my Act of Oblation on June 9, 1895], love has surrounded me and penetrated me through and through. Moment by moment, the Merciful Love of God renews and cleanses me and leaves my heart without a trace of sin.”
–St. Thérèse of Lisieux (Story of a Soul, Ch. 8)
St. Therese was able to obtain enough grace to no longer be able to sin. We can too. Believe!
If we truly wanted to love God–to stop offending Him–we would most certainly work hard daily to sin no more…but we lack desire–we lack fear of the Lord–and don’t want to work hard for such a goal and are suffering greatly from “deadly sin” (1 John 5:16). To learn more please read, “What is Fear of the Lord.”
Even if we read this website and believe we must change…tragically, most simply don’t believe enough. And since we are such slothful people, full of self-love, who don’t want to move unless we feel it is absolutely necessary, whatever unbelief we still have, unless we seek grace–by doing something that we can do–so to increase our desire, our lingering disbelief will cause us to die. Please read, “What is God’s Mercy and How Can I Receive It” for help.
Please Hear God Calling For You
If you don’t believe The Word, the saints and I enough, and you neglect to persistently seek out God’s mercy to help you grow into a SAVING FAITH and then perfection–since you didn’t head this warning or you simply don’t think you need to, and you are wrong…please know, you will choose Hell for all eternity, which is forever, and ever and ever!
Also, please don’t be tricked into thinking you have tomorrow to change–that love of sin will damn you. So many people think they have tomorrow to amend. Oh, you don’t know your hour or how long it will take you to change. For most it takes years to acquire enough grace to let go of all that we desire that isn’t God so to desire God alone and be saved by Him. Before you know it, your hour will come, and you wouldn’t have even begun your journey…tragic!
Yes, “the road is HARD that leads Life” (Matthew 7:14)…”work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). Don’t follow the vast majority of the lost…only the very few who are truly seeking God’s mercy for Eternal Life.
But sadly, even many, who read this and hear God talking to them, will only feel motivated for a moment to do something. Then the devil will distract them with the world…like the sower of the seed on poor or rocky soil or amoung the thorns, and they will lose all motivation and go on living life just the same. They just won’t have the courage or desire to do what is needed to CHANGE. Horrible!
Please pray and sacrifice for such souls, for after coming to gain clear knowledge of the Truth and still rejecting it, their suffering will be even more horrible forever. To learn more please read, “Who Suffers the Most in Hell.”
“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)
“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. God wants you in Heaven.
And then, preach the truth to others too. The reason this web-site has tugged on your heart is because it didn’t just say what we need to do, it gave the reason why and proof. People won’t do what is necessary to change unless we truly believe if they don’t WE WILL DIE. If the doctor tells us we must diet and exercise to be healthy, we won’t listen…we think we are healthy enough. But if we are shown an ekg and told we are on the verge of a massive heart attack from our poor lifestyle, then we might be motivated enough to do something.
This–servile fear (fear of Hell from our sins)–is the only real motivation today that us, prideful beings who aren’t really striving to become saints, can hear…and even with that unless great grace is sent, along with the words of truth, most will still remain motionless and die.
But to hope “to save at least some” (1 Corinthians 9:22), we must speak the truth with clarity and telling God’s children the consequence of disobedience, and then we must make sure we are praying and sacrificing for the souls as well so the maximum enlightenment and grace can be sent. Then if they still reject the truth and grace, God won’t hold us accountable for neglecting our neighbor, but will be very pleased that we are true disciples of Christ. To lean more please read, “How to Preach the Truth and Save Souls.”
Many of the saints like Pope St. John Paul II spoke about this ignorance of The Way and moral failure of the faithful, as he did in his encyclical “Veritatis Splendore” saying “[it is] necessary to reflect on the whole of the Church’s moral teaching…[there is] certainly a genuine crisis…[we] have most serious implications for the moral life [failure] of the faithful and for communion in the Church.”
Even the Mother of God has warned the faithful about our lack of TRUE faith, but we just aren’t listening, or from our pride, we think they are speaking about someone else.
“I am the Lady of the Rosary, [the Mother of God exclaims] I have come to WARN THE FAITHFUL to amend their lives and ask for pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the Rosary. Let them continue saying it every day [with humble hearts for my help]” (Fatima).
Truly, even though we experience God’s great love for us and do wonderful works for Him, horribly, the faithful are dying because the evil one has us priding ourselves (blinding us) so greatly with our “goodness” thinking from all of our knowledge of the faith, many prayers and great works, that we hate our sins and truly love God. When, in God’s eyes, from our lack of humility, we are still morally failing God in many ways, far from a saving faith and are actually outside of a state of grace and bound for Hell.
Only, from God crushing our pride greatly and giving us much fear of the Lord (fear of sin and it’s consequences) will we even begin to see. To learn more please read, “What is Fear of the Lord.”
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5).
We simply must hear God calling out to us, so we can humbly run to Go to remove our liking for sin and the world…so God can be our everything–if we wish to be saved by Him.
But even with these truths clearly spoken, some will still say, “I’m a kind, good person” or “I love God…I’m saved.” But truly, is it our “goodness” or love for God that saves us? Are we saved by something we do? No, that isn’t the truth. We are saved by what Jesus did….not what we do. We are still great sinners!
We can consider ourselves quite religious, who have received miracles and healings from God; we can go to Church and pray often…and do all sorts of fantastic works helping others…we can even have given our lives to God and live amoung the poor, doing incredible deeds of service; and that is good, but that isn’t what saves.
We, who still sin, must HUMBLE OURSELVES. God’s sanctifying forgiving grace He died to give us saves (cf. Ephesians 2:8). Not anything we, sinful beings, do or from any blessing we pride ourselves for having received. We don’t save ourselves, God saves us!
Please, we don’t have to die from lacking contrition for our sins–lacking true faith/true love for God. God’s great transforming mercy (help) is waiting to take away our liking for our sins, so we can truly love Him and not our sins and accept His saving forgiving grace for great peace in our life on earth and for all Eternity .
“There are many who arrive at the faith, but few who are led into the heavenly kingdom.”
–Pope St. Gregory the Great, Doctor of the Church, (St. Leonard of Port Maurice’s – The Little Number of Those Who Are Saved)
If we are blessed to be able to hear, we don’t need to be with the majority and die. We just need to learn how to follow Christ and obtain His grace, so He can leads us to Heaven, as we grow from some faith in Jesus into a true saving faith.
Why the Catholic Church is the Surest Way to Salvation.
“Among the penitent’s acts [the person confessing their sins] contrition [sorrow] occupies first place [since it is needed for salvation]. Contrition is sorrow of the soul and detestation [hate] for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again [to become a saint]” (CCC #1451).
“All are called to holiness [this is obedience to God and needed for eternal life]: ‘Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect [must be our goal].’ In order to reach this perfection the faithful should use the strength dealt out to them by Christ’s gift [His grace], so that . . . doing the will of the Father in everything, they may wholeheartedly devote themselves to the glory of God [live for God] and to the service of their neighbor. Thus the holiness of the People of God will grow in fruitful abundance, as is clearly shown in the history of the Church through the lives of so many saints” (CCC #2013).
Our Lady of Fatima
“I am the Lady of the Rosary, I have come to warn the FAITHFUL to amend their lives and ask for pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the Rosary. Let them continue saying it every day [for my help].”
God wants you in Heaven. Hear Him crying out pleading for you to repent and change. He gave you your life to live for Him. Don’t reject Him. Come embrace His loving mercy. It is waiting for you. He will take away your sins, if you only allow Him. Let go of the world and live for Jesus. Eternity is forever!