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"VERY FEW CHRISTIANS ARE SAVED"
--St. Augustine*

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:

  1. ignore them and think they are speaking about someone else,
  2. think the saints are lying and we are given more wisdom than them,
  3. 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–even many of us with great knowledge of the faith–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. God gives us so much love and spends our entire lives blessing and guiding us…trying and trying to save us, and bounds of mercy is waiting to help us, but tragically, most still only grow somewhat in our faith–not into a SAVING FAITH, from rejecting His love. 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, 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 don’t know The Way.

Why Are the Faithful Dying?

Really, it is quite tragic, as there are so many who want God’s saving love, but horribly, most are living so terribly deceived. We don’t even know we’re rejecting it. Today, it is even worse than when most of the saints lived, since we live in a time of great darkness (cf. 2 Timothy 4:3-4); 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, 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. Then, from our pride, we never hear God calling us to repent and change.

The problem is, we spend our time focusing on 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 and works, if our hearts still desire to offend God? We tell God we love Him and that we are sorry for offending Him, but we aren’t REALLY working to live the entire Word, not all of it…which makes our love and sorrow we declare, just a lie. 

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 complaints, personalities and habits–what ever they may be–day in and day out. Or our growth is so small, so little from a very small faith. We will simply never obtain a saving faith.

Yet, 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,  like the saints have done, we are dead. Sadly, most think we are good enough, but we don’t realize: no growth–in becoming like 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 still don’t truly hate our sins enough to be wholeheartedly resolved to stop them and love God. Oh, perhaps 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 like Christ as God has commanded of us

Where is Our Contrition For Our Sins?

Have we been deceived and are caught up in our good works, thinking it is by our works which makes us righteous? When we are saved by the true contrition (true sorrow) in our hearts for our sins? That is how we embrace, not reject, God’s forgiving saving mercy He died to give us–REPENTANCE. “We implore you, in Christ’s name: be reconciled to God!” (2 Corinthians 5:20).

“If you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!” (Luke 13:3)

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? 

“Your love MUST be sincere. Detest what is evil [sin], cling to what is good.” (Romans 12:9).

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?

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). 

Truly, 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)

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,). Oh, 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.

Where is the Proof?

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 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 will be becoming a real saint (growing into the image of Christ). This is how we live the true faith…but horribly the devil has deceived most of us. Tragically, we don’t understand The Way.

Yet, 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. We just need to humbly seek grace from God, so we can have a really desire and strength to do God’s will. Then change our lives to do it. 

“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)

But horribly most simply don’t do this. We don’t want to live a life of penance; we want a life of pleasure. 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 [people and things of the world]…”

–St. John of the Cross, (Spiritual Maxims, #338- 339)

You Must Be Striving to Become a Real Saint?

Yes, 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, and now seek GOD ALONE as their source of joy, by way of the cross–rejoice[ing] in our sufferings” (Romans 3:5)–for the salvation of souls, like Christ did for us. They really live for God and His will.

“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)

Tragically most of us, even the faithful, don’t understand what the TRUE FAITH is and are still going to the world to satisfy our desires. 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). 

Tragically, we don’t know our deadly sins, our attachments to the word (idols–especially our attachments to people), 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 a saving faith either, mostly because we don’t even know we need one. Oh, we might live part of the faith, but it is the fullness of the faith, especially love of the cross, that saves.

“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).

Even though we love God and think we are giving our life to Him, most only give part of our lives to God, 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. With one hand, we praise and preach God is The Way and our happiness, but with the other, we proclaim the vast pleasures of the world is the way and our happiness, since that is what we follow and long to do. 

But we can’t desire both God and the world, we “will either hate one and love the other”(Luke 16:13). To learn more please read, “Become Attached to God and Not the World.”

Sadly, most are really lost thinking we are faithful. We don’t want to suffer and sacrifice pleasure to live by way of the cross–for souls, like Christ and the real saints have done before us. We strive hard to remove all our suffering, to make our lives as easy/pain free as possible and not to carry our healing crosses according to God’s will. Give up pleasure for the cross, like Christ and the saints have done, we simply don’t understand nor want to do. We love the world. We have been greatly deceived into believing that 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)

Truly, we are not called to just be a “believer” by word alone or to think we are already good enough since we do so much good for others, or to even seek to become better person than who we are, but 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 way of the cross. 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 take advantage of mercy and stay complacent with our many offences against God. 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).

We must sow in a field of hatred for sin, and we do this by gaining some fear of the Lord, which is when we obtain a great fear of sin and its horrid consequences against us, others and God. Then we come to know our great sinfulness (gain humility), which is hard to do, since we have spent our lives building up our pride and covering our sins. But after we come to know, at least some of what is keeping us from becoming a saint, we can acquire some more fear of the Lord and now begin removing sin, so to find the path towards obtaining a saving faith. This is the FIRST STEP. To learn more please read, “How Can I Be Saved.”

Then from God’s mercy, we can grow in our faith gaining great virtue (godly qualities), so to come to reject our will for God’s and truly hate the world and every one of our sins, even the least of them, enough to work with all of our hearts to remove them all, one sin at a time, working towards perfection so to perfectly love God. 

Tragically, from the evil one’s deception, the neglect to truly live the faith, isn’t the only abomination of love towards God we are suffering from. There is so much more, in which this web site explains some. But the most shocking is that 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. Please read, “Will Anointing of the Sick Forgive Mortal Sin” and “What are the Requirements to Receive Holy Communion Worthily” to learn more. It is much more than most understand.

Work to Remove Venial Sin or They Are Now Mortal

But after we come to see how we aren’t a real saint (at least see some sins), God wants us to work with all of our hearts to remove them  one at a time to “be perfect just as our Heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). This isn’t optional or impossible. This is obedience. 

If we don’t want to be perfect, which sins do we want to keep; which 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 and will choose over God’s saving love. “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). Believe. His grace can remove them all.

We must seek to remove not only our mortal sins but 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). 

“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. Faustian, “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, but our sins 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) or have true sorrow for our sins, 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 and bring us to 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, if we go to Him correctly for help (mercy). 

Truly, 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! 

“[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, no matter how many prayers we have prayed or works we have done, 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.

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, we really need to change and seek God’s mercy to give us the desire we need to really work for a true 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)

Oh, but we don’t have this kind of saving faith, and sadly most aren’t even seeking God’s mercy to obtain it and many will even go so far as to say this kind of sorrow/contrition is bad (scrupulous). Oh, we are deceived. We are choosing our sin over God’s saving love

Yes, we–the faithful–are rejecting God for sinThis true love for God and true sorrow/true hatred for sin we must have to accept God’s forgiveness, I speak about more fully in this article and throughout this web-site.

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.

Do We Habitually Abuse God?

Please honestly ask ourselves, how many sins do we habitually commit, as we continue with our same broken sinful personalities and behaviors, because we haven’t run to God and accepted His transforming grace to take them away? 

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. Yes, we must truly reject ALL of our sins even our venial ones, not just with our words but with our actions, 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 becomes a serious one [mortal] through a person’s negligence [not amending it] and scorn [not believing it’s seriousness].” 

–Jesus to St. Bridget of Sweden, (Revelations Ch. 19)

Our neglect to end our venial sins, from our lack fear of the Lord, is damning us. This lacking contrition (lacking sorrow) for offending God is an abomination of love that is oh too common.

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)

Yes, the number one way we lack sorrow for offending God and reject saving mercy is when we don’t hate our sins enough to do what is necessary to STOP REPEATING THEM.

“Habitual sin binds down the mind, so that it cannot rise to uprightness [it can’t gain a state of grace].”

–St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church, (Catena Aurea, 13:10-17)

Most think nothing of our habitual venial sins, but they are deadly. We prove clearly we aren’t resolved to amend many of our sinful ways as we continue with countless offences against God.

Oh, our habitual sins are truly damning us…we prove we love them greatly and lack much sorrow for them.

“If you are a habitual sinner…You are very ill; you are one of those invalids who, as St. Thomas of Villanova says, are seldom cured [unless great effort is made]; you are on the brink of perdition [Hell].”

— St. Alphonosus, Doctor of the Church, (Preparation for Death, Habit of Sin)

If we truly wanted to love God and hated offending Him, we would RUN to God daily, seeking His transforming mercy over and over again, day after day, doing all we can to obtain grace to grow in our hatred for sin so we would rather suffer anything, even death, than offend Our Beloved Lord in the slightest way (have true contrition) and of course, little by little we would be changing. 

Perhaps we do seek God, but for most of us, it isn’t so we can “not sin any more” (John 5:14) so to love Him. We seek God for other reasons…like to help us with our problems.

Don’t we know, it is our very sins that cause all of our problems (our lack of peace during the cross) (cf. Isaiah 59:2). Remove the sin…live in peace, especially during our great trials.

Tragically, we are complacent with offending God and have found many ways to justify our repeated sins as not deadly, even though we aren’t even firmly resolved to amend them.

“Among the penitent’s acts [the person confessing their sins] contrition [sorrow] occupies first place [since it is needed for salvation]. Contrition is sorrow of the soul and detestation [hate] for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again [working effort to stop sinning–to become a saint]” (CCC #1451).

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 crossThey don’t habitually desire sin or the pleasures of the world, but habitually love God and are growing into His image, since they truly hate their sins and everything that keeps them from loving Him. 

Of course, I don’t mean the saved never habitually choose their will over God’s…that sin only leaves when we obtain Christian perfection. But, I’m speaking about all of the sins we see and the ones we refuse to see that we willingly commit over and over again. Plus, I’m also not speaking about the sins we honestly desire to see, but God, from His wisdom, hasn’t allowed them to be known to us just yet. 

I’m speaking of the sins we know or refuse to know, the sins we simply don’t truly desire to amend. Boy are there so many habitual sins that are killing us; we must 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. Then the sins, which they have habitually chosen/are inclined to, which are still dwelling in their soul (the stain of sin remains), but they truly hate (have perfect contrition for), will be removed after death …yes, any remnant of sin that wasn’t removed by Christ on earth, will be removed in Purgatory. 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!

The Kinder We Are More Blind We Tend to Be

To the surprise of many, most of us, who consider ourselves kind, religious people, who are always doing good for others and praying many prayers, who are without, what we understand to be, the serious “mortal sins”, suffer from the greatest blindness to our sinfulness that we are clinging to.

Sure those with much power and knowledge of the faith (God’s chosen) are more inclined to suffer from this terrible blindness too, but, horribly it is the loving faithful, those of us who are called “saints” (seemingly great holy people) who live among us, because of all of the good we do, who tend to have the least humility: the least knowledge of our true sinfulness. This is true. They are the dreaded lukewarm.

“‘The Lord said to me, I am more deeply wounded by the small imperfections of chosen souls than by the sins of those living in the world [the non-faithful].” [St. Faustina said], it made me very sad that chosen souls make Jesus suffer, and Jesus told me, ‘These little imperfections are not all [little]. I will reveal to you a secret of My Heart: what I suffer from chosen souls. Ingratitude in return for so many graces is My Heart’s constant food, on the part of [such] a chosen soul. Their love is lukewarm [they don’t desire to stop sinning/truly live the faith], and My Heart cannot bear it; these souls force Me to reject them.”

–Jesus to St. Faustina (Diary # 580)

If we bear the qualities of having power in the church, much knowledge of the faith and do great works…watch out! The amount of ways the devil can destroy us by our hidden pride is unfathomable…Oh, tragically, most of today’s “great Christians”, have fallen into the devil’s trap and suffer horrible blindness and are rejecting the very mercy we think is saving us.

Tragically, the more good we do and the more others praise us, without being alert to the evil one’s attacks always keeping our misery before our eyes, the bigger our blinding pride tends to become. Sadly, when God gives us great grace to do a fantastic act of love or even attend Church or pray, most don’t praise God for giving us poor sinners such wonderful grace to work through us. No. The devil sneaks into our great acts of love and steels away all merit by convincing us of how wonderfully faithful and good we are, since we have done such mighty deeds (making us self-righteous). 

Then we secretly love to do the “good” because we like to be “good” (self-glory) and enjoy the praise and love we receive from our good works, seeking that.

We don’t really do the good works to love God, even though our words might say we do, but God who reads deep into our hearts knows, we do the “good” because we love how great it feels to be good–better than others and loved by others.

“What about all the good works we have done, were they all in vain? All those fasts, penances, almsgivings [donating money], the Communions and Confessions, do they not deserve any recompense [make amends]? No, Jesus Christ will say to you, your prayers were only idle babblings, your fast hypocrisy, your almsgiving vain…I was never [truly] considered in any of your doings…depart, ye accursed, into eternal fire.”

–St. John Vianney, (Sermons of the Cure of Ars, First Sunday of Advent, The Last Judgement)

Oh, our pride has blinded us to the fact that we can’t do anything truly “good”; that only by God working through our greatly sinful beings can anything truly good at all be done. Then we loose site of our great sinfulness and need for mercy. Now from our pride, since the devil convinced us we are righteous from our works, and we crave the pleasure they bring; we live darkened to The Way, blind to the sins we habitually still desire, and reject God for our sin. Tragic!

To learn more please read, “Why Our Good Works Can Damn Us.”

Is God Really Our Happiness?

We don’t only take our good works and build up our pride with them. Many of us, who consider ourselves as greatly faithful because of the good works we do, like with our ministries, tend to enjoy doing the good works so much, we seek them as our source of happiness and not to God. Our works actually becomes our God–what we live for.

After we become attached to our good works, just like I said above, we begin to see ourselves as good holy people and loose sight of most of our sinfulness and the things we are attached too that we need God’s mercy to sincerely repent and change from so to become attached to God and saved by Him.

“The Divine union [being united with God-in a state of grace] cannot, therefore, dwell in the soul if these affections [attachments] are not cast away.”

–St. John of the Cross, Doctor of the Church, (The Ascent of Mount Carmel, Ch. 4)

But we aren’t only attached to good works and seek them as our source of joy, no, as I mentioned above, we are attached to so many worldly things like: family, friends, food, sex, success, possessions, pampering, relaxation, beauty, fashion, praise, power, sports, hobbies, entertainment, and alike… and we long for them to bring us happiness and not God by living the way of the cross. The things that pull our eyes and hearts off of God are unending. But yet, if we still long for just ONE of those things at the hour of our death (commit idolatry), all is lost.

“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).

Honestly, what do we run to every day to keep us happy?  What do we think about during our day? Is it really God? Heavenly things? Are we really obeying God and using all our thoughts to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) for the salvation of souls, or are we thinking about our next great meal or trip, time with our friends, accomplishments at work, our hobbies, our favorite show–sporting event…? Oh, the pleasures of the world that have captivated our hearts and minds are endless–never mind all of our worries and complaints–our lack of trust!

Horribly, we give some of our day to God and the rest to ourselves or “the whole world [which] is under the power of the evil one.” (1 John 5:19).

We simply must change and reject ALL of the world and its pleasures and love God, by way of the cross? But, since we are perishing” (1 Corinthians 1:18) as The Word says, most don’t understand we are called to choose the cross and not the pleasure. But the cross is the way to Christ. Believe!

“Christians MUST imitate Christ’s sufferings, not set their hearts on pleasures.”

–St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church, (On Pastors, Sermon 46)

Yes, 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, to send grace to help souls, like Christ did for us. To learn more please read, “What is Penance” 

Truly, we can find happiness…perfect happiness in God alone by His grace, through the cross.

“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)

Oh, since the “gospel is veiled” (2 Corinthians 4:3), obtaining salvation is much more involved than most understand. Truly, we can’t desire sin or anything in the world that keeps us from truly loving God. Boy do we need MUCH grace to get to this kind of saving faith.

Can’t Be Forgiven

Please don’t be deceived and think we can just ask for forgiveness and all will be fine.

We can't confess with true sorry and obtain saving forgiving mercy, since we aren't TRULY sorry for ALL of our sins.

How can we be truly sorry for any sin, if we prove we don’t even hate it enough to seek God’s grace to stop habitually committing so many of them? Nor how can we expect to not reject God, if we aren’t rejecting the world’s pleasures for the cross, so we can truly imitate Christ and desire God and His will alone for the salvation of souls?

We greatly need God’s HELP! Our Savior is waiting to help save us. He will give us the desire to truly live the faith and obtain true contrition when we don’t. Run to Him!

“[Make] holiness perfect in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 2:1)

The reason we, the faithful and non-faithful alike, are dying is because, from our pride, we are rejecting God’s saving forgiveness and can’t be forgiven of our great sins committed against Him to be welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven since we LACK TRUE SORROW for our offences against Him. To learn more please read, “What is True Sorrow.”

“Thy death will not save me, if I do not on my part detest every evil [sin] and have true sorrow for the sins I have committed against Thee.”

–St. Alphonsus, Doctor of the Church, (Meditations for Every Day of Advent, Med.)

Yes, we are saved by our CONTRITION FOR OUR SINS. Having True Contrition is the ONLY way to Heaven.

We aren’t saved if we have some faith and love for God; we are saved if we grow in faith to have true love, which gives us TRUE CONTRITION for all our sins.

Sure, we were forgiven and redeemed by Jesus’ death at our baptism. Of course without that, no matter if we have true sorrow for our sins or not, we still 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.

“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 and all pleasures of the world 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. 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)

What is True Sorrow?

Oh, we must change and not only speak of God’s love for us, but begin seeking to truly love God, so to gain true sorrow for our life of injuring Our Beloved Lord. But what is this sorrow that loves God and accepts His saving forgiving mercy?

I mentioned it briefly, but being Truly sorry for any of our sins is when we 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?

So, to have true contrition, not only must we hate sin enough to be truly resolved to amend–to not commit the sin again, we must hate the sin so greatly we will do or suffer anything rather than offend God in the slightest way. 

Oh, 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. If we sin, we sin…it seems to be no big deal, as we put little effort to avoid offending God.

Perhaps we have some sorrow for some sins, but truthfully if we had grown in our faith to where we now have matured from some sorrow into true contrition for all of our offences against God, “we would let them[our]selves be tortured rather than be guilty of one imperfection and die a thousand deaths rather than commit sins.” as St. Teresa of Avila teaches us in “The Life of Teresa of Jesus,” Ch. 15.

Growing into a truly contrite heart for ALL of our sins–mortal and venial–as we can see is quite hard, since we need to seek God’s mercy over and over again for much grace to soften our very hard hearts and lose our desire for sin (self-love). 

But sadly our love for God over our sins 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.”

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!

Also, please don’t be tricked into thinking you have tomorrow to change–that love of sin will damn you. You don’t know your hour and for most it takes years to acquire enough grace to let go of all that we desire that isn’t God so to 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, 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!

“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.

“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)

The Warning

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 God so to remove our liking for sin and the world…so God can be our everything–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 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.

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“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!

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