Why Does God Allow Suffering and Punishment?
The cross (suffering) is the way to christ
Suffering is a Blessing
“Why does our all loving God allow so much suffering?”, we cry, as we see evil from man fall on the innocent, natural disasters effect millions and viruses sweep through the world. Some might think God is cruel for allowing us to suffer like this. Some perhaps are deceived into thinking God doesn’t want us to suffer. But how mistaken we would be.
“The cross [suffering] is a gift too precious.” –Jesus to St.Gemma
If we are confused by those misconceptions and don’t see how the cross is a gift, it is because we don’t really understand that the cross is The Way to Christ, and sadly we have most likely spent our life rejecting the gifts from the cross.
Yes, our sufferings, if we trust in God, are the way to a wonderful life and eternity of peace, peace God promises to those who truly believe–trust in Him–even peace during times of great anguish.
But “How is this so?”, we might ask. How can an innocent child who is attacked by a mad man be a blessing? How can people responding to hate with more hate be a blessing? How can scores of people loosing everything, some even their lives, to a natural disaster be a blessing? How can an entire world shut down and many losing their lives from a deadly virus be a blessing?
Well, those things are terrible. That is true. But through them, God has a plan to make them into something very good for us. The crucifixion of Christ was terrible too…oh, but what good came from the cross…for those who truly believe!
“Let all men know that grace comes after tribulation [if we accept it]. Let them know that without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace…This [cross] is the ONLY true stairway to paradise.
–Jesus to St. Rose of Lima
We don’t need to understand or know God’s plan for us through those horrible crosses. But it is vast and dynamic beyond our comprehension much of the time. Yet, if we truly have faith in God: we believe God, who loves us deeply and wants us saved, allows everything for the good of our souls. Then we must know that no matter what horrible things occur, God has a plan–His Divine Providence–will make it truly good…that is if we allow Him.
“All things God works for the good of those who love him [enough to trust in Him]” (Romans 8:28).
Of course we will still fear large crosses…what I mean is, initially fear, for a brief moment some times will occur, since by nature we don’t want to suffer. Even Christ cried out “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.” But after that second of fear, we lose our innate fear and we have peace, as we pray for what we think is best, but surrender our will trusting in whatever God allows as ultimately leading to our good…what is truly best (what leads to our and other’s salvation).
For this reason, we should never worry…that is if we have true faith. If we worry about what has happened or might happen then we know our faith is lacking. If we truly believe in God’s love for us, then there should be no question that those horrible crosses are necessary for us to suffer–that they are most needed for us to grow in faith towards a saving faith and then into becoming a perfect saint and of course for a life of wonderful trusting peace in Christ.
Yes, God will make our suffering–no matter what it is–into something very wonderful–just like Christ’s crucifixion did for us, IF we believe.
Therefore, all suffering (or the threat of suffering) is allowed for our good…this WE MUST TRUST, as we patiently wait, with all trust, WITHOUT FEAR (that causes worry and a lack of peace), for God’s blessings to occur. This takes great faith! Pray to God to obtain it.
People like to say we have this faith, but if we honestly look into our lives, we can see plenty of times we seek our will and not God’s…from our lack of faith.
For when we hate our suffering or fear we might have to suffer, our faith is practically useless…like Peter, who promised God He had true faith, but what kind of faith did he prove he had…oh, he wound up having such a fear of suffering that he denied Christ three times. At that time, before he accepted grace and grew into true belief/true trust in God, Peter couldn’t even be by Christ’s side when He was dying; his faith was so weak. So when we see ourselves running from the cross, TRULY REPENT, like Peter, then we can accept God’s grace, gain true faith and stop fearing and live in peace.
It is when we let go of our will for God’s, that God can finally transform us and work miracles through us. Truly, the cross is always the way to Christ, that is, if we truly believe. I mean, if we believe enough to LEARN what God wants to teach us through the cross, since there are many lessons (which is much of the good that comes from the cross), so we can grow closer to Him. Yes, the cross has a purpose and isn’t meant to crush us…it is meant to make us stronger Christians, so to win the race to Life.
“We must love the Cross as Jesus Christ loved it…let him [us] take up his [our] cross…with joy, fervently clasp in his [our] arms and bravely set upon his [our] shoulders this cross that is his [our] own [which is to meant to save him/us]…after the example of Jesus Christ, and make it his weapon to victory [over death]”
–St. Louis de Montfort
Many Reasons For the Cross
The cross–our suffering–offers us fantastic blessings. Below are just some of the blessings that come from the cross.
The blessings of the cross:
- Let us know we have done something wrong
- Help us know we must change
- Grow into the image of Christ
- Help us gain true trust in God
- Learn to surrender our will for God’s
- Come to see our unrepented/unchanged sin
- Learn how to obey
- Learn how to turn to Christ for help when earthly consequences of our sins occur
- Teach us His blessed ways
- Help us lose our attachments to people, power and pleasure
- Test our faith (so we don’t live blind)
- Help us obtain a saving faith
- Atone for our sin
- Console God
- Grow in greater love with God towards perfect love
However, sometimes people are punished by God, who can never repent and change (their hearts are too hard) but their punishment is meant for others to see what happens from living a life of sin, so they will want to change.
“Sodom, Gomorrah, and the surrounding towns, which, in the same manner as they, indulged in sexual promiscuity and practiced unnatural vice, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire” (Jude 1:7).
Sometimes, God disciplines us in little ways in our daily lives, like when something bad occurs after we have sinned…for example: if we speak badly about someone (gossip) and then they go right out and do the same to us but maybe even worse. Hopefully, seeing ourselves being afflicted with the same treatment we relayed upon another, we can learn that nothing good comes from doing wrong.
But then there are others who learn nothing from such crosses and actually become angry. Then, perhaps we live in self pity that someone offended us, and we might even plan revenge…thinking all sorts of terrible things about them. Oh, we don’t see God’s lessons in the cross…we are not like Christ at all…we don’t forgive those who offend us, we degrade them and want to hurt them. When much of the time, we are just as guilty.
But if we are always looking into ourselves to see our sins, wanting to learn where we are going wrong so to not offend God, we will be enlightened to the truth about ourselves (our sinfulness). Then we will see the other’s sin, but not focus on that, but rather understand their weakness (lack of grace) and look into ourselves to see if we do the same thing (perhaps a little different), so we can learn from their mistakes. When we are focused on seeing to it that we don’t sin (not on another’s sin), we will take the cross and make it good (learning and allowing God to purify us of our desire for sin)…of course offering up any mistreatment for the salvation of souls…but the cross will always lead towards Christ.
Perhaps, God will allow us to suffer by having something bad occur after we do something good…this way we can learn to trust in God, as we wait for His blessings. We can learn how to carry a cross like Christ (who did all good for us but suffered greatly because of us)–like when we give charity to a person, and then they treat us poorly in return. We are so blessed to suffer like Christ.
Therefore, suffering for doing good, is a cross for us to learn how to be a true Christian…learn how to follow Christ. Yes, being misunderstand, falsely accused, hated and rejected for truly loving another is what the evil one can’t do in peace…He can’t peacefully pray for those who mistreat him, seeking good for them, since that is what saves. So, when we are in peaceful love towards those who treat us badly, as we bless those who curse us, seeking their salvation, we are allowing God’s grace to work through us.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:10-12).
If we have already grown a bit in our faith and no longer worry, complain or desire to run from our suffering, since we truly trust in God, then through our suffering, we can learn how to rejoice when we suffer for doing good and even rejoice for when we suffer from our sins…yes, even if we are suffering from our own sinfulness, we can be glad…for we can learn God’s blessed ways from our failures, so we can one day never offend Him again.
Yes, our sufferings can teach us how to become saints, who, from their great sorrow for their sins, saw suffering as a wonderful opportunity to learn and atone for their sins by accepting any punishment/penance as a means to send grace for them and others to grow into the image of Christ. Praise Jesus for the cross! Our sufferings can saves souls and make us into even more perfect saints too, so we can have a greater closeness to God in Heaven….if we want the blessing from the cross.
“The friends of God [the saved] suffer in this world in order to receive a lesser punishment in the future [atone for sins] or to win a greater crown in heaven [send grace to move them into a more perfect love of God].”
–Jesus to St. Bridget of Sweden
Truly, all this suffering is necessary…it was even necessary for Jesus, who had no sin, to learn The Way. Baby Jesus wasn’t born with perfect knowledge and wisdom. He became perfect in knowledge and wisdom through living just like us. Yes, even Jesus “learned obedience from what He suffered” (Hebrews 5:8). Of course until we mature and fully learn right from wrong, even if we do something wrong, it isn’t sinful. But from our human nature must learn obedience, and that is done by suffering. Sure some of us just refuse to learn/change; it isn’t that we haven’t been taught. We just don’t want to obey. So God will try to teach us over and over again so hopefully one day we will see our great need to repent and change and be saved.
“The cross: it is the cross he must carry for there is nothing more necessary, more useful, more agreeable and more glorious than suffering for Jesus Christ.
–St. Louis de Montfort
Therefore, if Jesus learned right from wrong from suffering the consequences of making wrong choices, we need to too. But let’s make sure we actually learn, instead of suffering and suffering and suffering and learning nothing at all….from our great liking for sin
How Does God Want to Help Me?
However, if we aren’t sure if our suffering is to help remove hidden our known sin or if it is for us to learn to become like Christ or to learn how to rejoice in the cross, or for some other reason, then we must pray and honestly examine our conscience to learn God’s intentions for our suffering.
For the most part, but not all parts, if we have a great Fear of the Lord (if we would rather suffer death than offend God) then our suffering is more likely to help us grow in great holiness towards sanctity (atone for our sins)…not for correction.
When we are disciplined/punished in big ways, but we are without a great hatred for sin, mostly…but again, not always, our suffering is because we just don’t want to change. God knows how we need punishment to even “see” our offence and know of our great need for God’s mercy.
We can see this in our everyday lives if we look; God is trying and trying to teach us through our suffering but we keep on suffering in vain…seeing nothing. We just try to get through it and never learn God’s blessed ways through our crosses.
p.s. Great suffering is why I finally decided to change my life and seek sanctity. I found myself incredibly needing God, when three of my five children were stricken with a deadly illness… Then I went to Him for help with them…but saw it was my sins preventing me from receiving the help I needed….so I sought wholeheartedly to change. Then, I began to learn how little I really loved God.
Now, I desire to love Him perfectly and love how my crosses are helping to transform me so one day I can get there. To learn more please read the book, “The Joy of Suffering”at www.LiftingOurValues.com. And the same is meant for you too. We all should hear God’s calling us to amend our lives (we aren’t perfect saints) and strive to become one, so our very broken love for God, which still desires many sins, can be transformed by God’s love into hearts that truly love Him, which can embrace His saving forgiving mercy so we can Live.
Nonetheless, the suffering we have from any cross…especially the Corona Virus is for a very good reason, as explained later in this article. We need to learn what God wants to teach us, or this suffering will be in vain.
“The discipline of the Lord, my son, do not spurn [reject]; do not disdain his reproof [correction]; For whom the Lord loves he reproves [hoping he will repent and be saved]” (Proverbs 3:11-12).
Therefore, to better understand and peacefully accept all God allows–suffering and punishment–in our lives, we simply need to see it all as coming from a loving Father, who sometimes (most justifiably) gets angry at our constant defiance, but is still always punishing us according to what we need…to teach us and give us the motivation we need to stop our sins so to move us towards Life.
“Because My love is great, that is why I warn and chastise (punish) them.”
–Jesus to St. Faustina
Our MAIN Gift from Suffering
Outside of coming to know our sins, so we can leave them (come to truly hate them), the number one greatest gift/blessing that God wishes to bestow upon us, who are not with a saving faith is to learn how to really trust in Him.
For when we have a saving faith, we fully trust in God. We must have this. When we are with a saving faith (in the state of grace) we don’t consistently worry or complain or wish our cross to leave against God’s will; we fully trust in all God allows as being truly needed for us to lose our liking for sin, so we can desire God alone and be saved by Jesus.
It is only by learning how to let go of our will and sincerely trust in Jesus—in what He allows as good…what we need to learn so to change–that we can lose our liking for sin and obtain a saving faith. To learn more please read, “What are the Requirements of Salvation” or the Home page article “Why So Few Christians Are Saved.”
Oh, how many of us say with our words, “Jesus, I trust in You,” but when the cross comes we are stressed or in despair or despondent…we far from truly being in peaceful trust in God. What does worrying gain us?…nothing. When we are stressed, we just proved we greatly lack true trust in Jesus to make good out of whatever He allows. We just proved our declaration of faith (trust in Jesus) is so very little.
“Do not worry about your life…Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? [Trust in God]…seek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness [desire to rid your life of sin and love God], and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself [from God’s grace, if you love Him]” (Matthew 6:25-34).
From little crosses like mistakes or running late, if we act with impatience, that proves we don’t want the cross. The reason we are all frustrated when things go wrong, is because we aren’t saying “Thy will be done.” We want no cross…thing to go our way. Therefore, when we suffer from any lack of peace (complaint, aggravation, etc.) we know that slight suffering is from our rejection of God’s will/the cross.
And of course great sufferings like sickness or financial and personal loss, if we complain, worry and/or hate our suffering, that is a clear sign we don’t love God’s will too. Therefore, if we find ourselves worrying or angry when things don’t go well or might not go well (fear of the cross), pay attention to those feelings (anything outside of peace), because God is wanting to enlighten us to our lack of faith and need for mercy (grace) to help us love and trust in the cross. Yes, the cross isn’t a way to a life of worrying, stress and disorder…but peace, for those who can learn to Trust in Him.
“Those of steadfast mind [who never waver from God] you keep in peace—in peace because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3).
Now, is the time to turn to God, with a repentant heart (sorrow, wanting to leave our sins), and seek Him for the grace we need to grow in faith/trust in Jesus, so we can never fear the cross, learn from them and sincerely gain real trust in Him.
Yes, the cross is to teach us how to let go of wanting control–thinking we know best (making ourselves God)–insisting things to go our way–wanting to remove our suffering and problems according to our will. Oh, the cross is to learn how to live for God and His will by trusting in all God allows as ultimately leading to our good (that He knows what is best).
Yes, the cross is nothing to fear and is meant to draw us closer to Christ and save us, and it most certainly does, if we can let go of wanting our will, learn and truly follow God (do His will/obey His Word), which is the only way to Heaven.
“When God tests us with crosses and suffering, he always leaves our spirits a glimmer of light by which we can maintain our great trust in Him and see His immense goodness.”
–St. Padrie Pio
But the cross, for those of us, who don’t believe at all or so very little, we sadly over look or don’t see God’s goodness in our crosses, and our suffering can even wind up causing some of us so much pain that instead of running to God for help to carry our crosses and learn from them, we reject God. Then the cross, that was meant to save us can lead us to our doom.
We should know, sometimes we won’t feel God’s help or learn from the cross right away. Perhaps it won’t be a recognizable lesson/assistance, but if we look for God’s love and lesson the best we can, while trusting God will help and teach us, when and how He wills, then the cross will work towards saving us. Therefore, but patient in our suffers and pray to God for strength to carry (according to His will) any cross He allows us to bear. To learn more please read, “What is God’s Will.”
“Rejoice in hope [that Christ is saving you], be patient in suffering [for it is helping us hate our sins/love God], persevere in prayer [for the strength to carry and learn from them]” (Romans 12:12).
So if we can’t find peace during any circumstance pray, confess your sins (lack of trust in God)…and pray some more especially the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:00pm (the hour Jesus died–the hour of great mercy) for the grace to sincerely trust in Jesus. Great mercy is sent at that hour.
Tell God you sincerely want to stop habitually offending Him and live like a true Christian: bearing the cross for the salvation of souls. Then honestly seek to change. God will flood the truly contrite heart with the grace needed to grow in wonderful trust and show us how to find the Way of Peace…and then bring us into a saving faith and even into a perfect saint, if we allow Him.
“Humanity will not find peace [during our suffering] until it turns trustfully to divine mercy.”
–Jesus to St. Faustina
But if after prayer, we are still overwhelmed with anxiety and can’t obtain a true trusting faith, for the meantime until we grow in more grace, God wants us to “cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7) and continue to strive to learn from our crosses, do what God wants and pray for a faith that brings “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).
Caring For The Spiritual Needs of Others is Our Greatest Priority
Some of us have such a lack of trust in God’s will through the cross, we hide from the world as we ignore our call to serve and save souls, and we focus mostly on protecting ourselves from suffering. Oh, but that isn’t The Way…serving our neighbor through fulfilling God wills for the salvation of souls is.
Having concern for our neighbor and his well being–his physical and most importantly his spiritual needs— needs to be where our mindset should be…not concern for ourselves as we try to avoid a cross.
Sure, we want to protect others from suffering unnecessarily, and we shouldn’t go looking to run into a swarm of bees either (unless it is God’s will). But our priorities must be that of God’s: our spiritual well-being as our first and greatest concern. And of course we should protect our tabernacles (our bodies) but only within moderation and never ever at the expense of neglecting another child of God. If we server others, so to love God, God will take care of us (allow only what is best for our Eternal Life to occur). This we must believe.
Sure some of us are born with greater courage and strength to tolerate possible suffering and actual suffering and we might become first responders to help others in need, so handling those issues of possible suffering to help others isn’t as distressing for us with those blessings. But when we have true faith and trust in Christ, God will not only give us that courage and strength of a first responder when we run to care for those in need, we will actually become elated with joy to suffer for the love of God if He wills. Yes, there will be an actual craving for the cross…an unspeakable joy wanting to suffer like Christ.
“For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross” (Hebrews 12:2).
Now, this can be hard to believe if we have spent our life running from our suffering, trying to fill our life with pleasure, but when we finally surrender our will for God’s and strive to live the true faith of being a real follower of Christ by way of the cross living to serve and suffer for the salvation of souls, we will crave the cross (according to God’s will).
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).
This is what Jesus and the saint have done, and what we need to strive to do to. Sure it will take a leap of faith for many–to trust in God to make something terrible into good, but that is where grace is obtained….it is in letting go of control, learning our nothingness (need for God to move our every thought, word and deed) and doing our best to love God and serve others through our crosses.
Therefore, when we lack the true trusting calm of living for God’s will during our suffering–even if the cross is only a little inconvenience–we know we are still lacking much faith…for once we find The Way of Peace, we are in great peace, nothing will make us stumble…for we will clearly see how the cross is making us like Christ.
“Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble” (Psalm 119:165).
But not to worry if we haven’t found The Way of Peace, remember the cross is meant to teach us how to grow in faith, so one day we can have a life of wonderful peace on earth and for all eternity.
So sadly, most people believe so little in God’s lesson–His love–through the cross, that we aren’t even looking for God to teach us, nor seeking to imitate Christ through carrying our crosses, so God can bless us through our sufferings.
“Teach me your way, O Lord” (Psalm 27:11).
No, we aren’t looking to learn. We are selfishly absorbed and focused on seeing to it we don’t suffer…making us haters of the cross. Yikes!
God just wants us to focus on doing His will–doing what is best for others–for their corporal and most importantly their spiritual needs and then trusting in all He allows as ultimately leading to our good.
Therefore, let’s stop focusing on rejecting the cross but focus on embracing God’s will, loving others and learning from any suffering God allows.
“At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later [if you can learn from it] it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it” (Hebrews 12:11).
Sure we can pray for safety and be cautious…especially to protect others safety. But we must exercise moderation and not proceed to extreme levels of caution, hoping to avoid a possible illness or suffering to where we neglect to love and serve. Of course, it is prudent for us to prepare for a possible cross (suffering to come), but we can’t let it consume our thoughts (as we waste time watching the news, etc.) or make us into hoarders. That causes us to lose focus on Him and His will. That is the work of the devil.
We must understand that the care of others’ souls is even of GREATER IMPORTANCE than the care of our bodies. If hospitals workers can find the courage and a way to care for the physically sick, true followers of Christ need to seek God for grace to have courage and FIND A WAY to care for the spiritual needs of God’s children…WE ARE THE DOCTORS OF THE SOUL.
Guidance towards Life, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, The Mass, and the sacraments can’t be abandoned. They aren’t just some extra curricular activity…disposable, unnecessary. They are MORE ESSENTIAL than worldly medicine for those who are properly disposed to receive grace from them. Where is our faith?
Sure God will send His grace anywhere if we ask; it is just greatly harder without the sacraments. How hard should we make it for God’s children to obtain that spiritual food (grace) they need for their soul? How hard should it be for us to eat? Should we shut down all of the stores (churches/sacraments) all together…and allow the sheep to fend for themselves? What would Jesus want us to do?
If we really believed in the necessity of the care of our souls, as being more important than anything, we would find a way to “feed my sheep” (John 21:17).
“Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him [then if your love is true], “Feed my sheep” (John 21:17).
Suggestions on how to see to it the sacraments and blessings from God are received during an epidemic:
- Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament is on a platform in an open area or parking lot and/or the priest process around with Christ in the monstrance to all of the cars of the adorers.
- Confession can be heard where the priest sits six feet apart from the penitent and the people wait in their cars for their turn or drive through confessions (but only one person can be in the car at a time).
- Mass is said on a raised platform and the people participate from their cars…like a drive in movie theater. Online Mass is acceptable but far from the same thing. Most people have a very had time focusing on the Mass via TV and treat it more like a TV show greatly lacking focus and reverence. For most, the reverence and focus is practically gone from all of the distractions in one’s home.
- Communion is distributed to each person in their car by using an Extraordinary Minister, who says (so the communicant can repeat, if no Mass was attended), “Lord, I’m not worthy that you should enter under my roof but only say the word and my soul shall be healed”. Next, if we are concerned about using our hands to distribute the Host, using a kitchen tool (like something that is used to grasp a danish), the Host is picked up, as the Extraordinary Minister says, “The Body of Christ” and places It onto the hand of the communicant. Or Communion can be distributed by placing each Host on a Communion Paten (on top of a clean peace of cloth) for each communicant to take and eat.
- Spiritual Guidance can be done via siting at a distance, through video chat or by the phone.
Where there is a will, there is a way. Do we have a will? If you do, seek Christ to help you find a way.
For we can love, protect and heal the body, but if the soul is sick and we don’t heal ourselves and others, we will not only not be able to carry our crosses well, we perish into Hell for all eternity if we die in such a condition. What is more horrible than that?
We are all worried about earthly suffering and death. What about our eternal suffering and death? God help us! What has the devil done to our sense of priority? To learn about what makes a soul properly disposed to receive grace from these sacraments and blessings, please read, “How to Receive Holy Communion Worthily”, “How Bad Confessions Can Damn Us” and “How to Pray Humbly.”
Truly, who is saving souls? What is more important? It is the greatest job in the whole world. But if we don’t really understand the gravity of the illness in souls and our responsibility, we won’t understand the value of being a true disciple of Christ…and we will not operate with the priorities of God…neglecting to do the greatest good and souls will suffer, souls God was counting on us to help save.
Of course, we aren’t to disobey the Church’s authority (even if we disagree with their decisions). We are not to be prideful self-imposed leaders. That is defiance, which is from great pride and most sinful. It won’t produce truly good fruits. Humble obedience to the Church like the saints have done, sincerely doing all we can do, produces the fruits of righteousness. Now…if our government on the other hand is imposing laws that prevent us from practicing our faith, then there is real concern as to whether we follow Christ or the world.
“So they called them back and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus [don’t save souls]. Peter and John, however, said to them in reply, ‘Whether it is right in the sight of God for us to obey you rather than God, you be the judges. It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard [not to live the faith]’” (Acts 4: 10-20).
With that said, that in no way means God wants us to be obstinate to authority. “Let every person be subordinate to the higher authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been established by God. Therefore, whoever resists authority opposes what God has appointed, and those who oppose it will bring judgment upon themselves” (Romans 13:1-6).
For example, lets say we are told we can no longer pray in our schools, that doesn’t mean we go ahead and do it anyway, even though our government is preventing us from practicing our faith. But we can work to change the laws. However, there may come a time, when we need to hide in our cellars to celebrate The Mass and risk our lives to see that faithful receive the sacraments and grow in faith…rather than sin against Our Lord, like the truly faithful were willing to do in times of past, so to love God and save souls. It takes a wise soul to know what is God’s will. Pray to God for wisdom.
What Have Our Fears Done?
Sometimes our fears get out of control. Our fears and level of fear vary from person to person. Our natural personalities and different life experiences cause our fears to elevate or digress. But when this occurs our good moderate fear that keeps us living smart and wise can leave. Then many begin to justify our excessive or lax fears as good…since our opinions are so strong (seem so right); we can’t fathom them being wrong.
However, we should be very concerned about any fear when our fears keep us from living The Word and serving God through loving others…when our fears keep us from making God’s priorities (our spiritual life/health) our greatest concern, that is when we know our fears have become quite bad.
Imagine running a homeless ministry where you feed the hungry. Then when a virus comes around, since we fear getting sick, we allow the homeless to starve or deny/reject those who we deem might be potentially contaminated from eating and force them to go hungry.
From our hidden self-love and not living according to God’s priorities, we have allowed others to suffer and not be nourished…yes, we have allowed others to starve to protect ourselves from a possible injury (potential cross). What a horrible lack of charity! But to justify our actions, we will say we were doing this to protect the others in the ministry from getting sick, but when we serve God, we serve ALL…and trust God will take care of us during our ministry of love.
Hopefully, we see the parallel here between the homeless and the children of God in the Church, who were forced to starve and not permitted to receive life sustaining grace: reconciliation (grace to avoid sin & restoration from death to Life) and Communion (heavenly food to help us grow and sustain our spiritual life), during the COVID-19 pandemic. Oh, what the devil causes us to do from fear of the cross.
The spiritual nourishment that God had waiting for His children, which should be our greatest priority, was made unnecessary…disposable. No wonder most people see no “need” to attend church and receive the sacraments. We don’t really believe it is of greatest value either. Tragic!
Nobody should ever be denied the sacraments. How horrible! But his has occurred and now we are paying the price for our sins.
The closing of the churches was in grave error. It will bring horrible consequences for years to come. The loss of attendance will cause a great loss of income, which will surely cause many churches to eventually close, since the people won’t easily return.
Why would all the people run back to the church when it opens? Many have lost their desire to attend Mass and found other things to do with their time. They just don’t see the “need” and realize they can live just as happy of a life with no church…since their faith was so little before the epidemic.
The hole in their heart that God wants to fill through His sacraments of love (grace), they are now filling with the world…and no longer feel the need for God. If they really felt the need for God, they would have been flocking into the churches when they did reopen, risking health and all….but they apparently don’t think they need God, because this is what we have taught them.
We have closed the churches and told the people it isn’t necessary to attend, and now we think all of a sudden, when it is “safe” (and when is that really going to happen), they are going to run back to church thinking attending Mass is necessary again. Why would they think that? When we have clearly told them otherwise? How are we going to recover from this? What percent of the people do you think will return? Will it be enough to sustain the faith?
Horribly, the loss of whatever good habits most people might have had have dwindled away. The loss of grace and the loss of desire to worship God will hurt the world in unfathomable ways…what little grace people had been receiving by at least going to Mass is now gone. If we think depriving people of grace through neglecting confession, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Eucharist and the Mass is no big deal, then we don’t understand the power of God’s grace in His Church. If we think they are obtaining it in the same way by the internet, we are fooling ourselves.
I tell you, if we believe the world is bad now, in 2020, let’s see how it becomes when hardly anyone even desires to attend Mass anymore…when many churches are closed from a lack of attendance (no money)…oh, unfathomable confusion, even worse than we see today, from a lack of love for God awaits. A world run by people, with hearts of love wanting to do good, but the Author of Good not being in our hearts, causing us to constantly be operating with misguided love…yes, a graceless society…even more graceless than it is today. I tremble!
But yet, most still don’t see what awaits. Therefore, we aren’t stopping this or if we do see it, we are too scared to speak out to change it. The deceiver is working hard among us. Don’t we know the harder we make it for the people to come and receive grace, the fewer will come…we are stifling God’s children of what they need to Live. We are killing souls…not helping to save them. What are we doing?
If we aren’t rejecting certain people, we consider at greater risk of being sick, we are limiting the hours people can pray before The Blessed Sacrament, limiting the Masses and limiting confessions. WHY? How is that saving souls? What are our priorities? Why are we doing this?
Some churches are closed all day, except during Mass…some still don’t even offer confession unless it is by appointment or maybe only once a week. What is happening? There was hardly any means of obtain grace before Corona, now it is unbelievably worse. To learn more please read, “Make a Church that Saves.”
It isn’t that the clergy and church staff are so incredibly busy that they simply don’t have anymore time to serve. The problem is, that there simply isn’t a will from fear or a lack of desire to serve the few who have shown up for God’s grace. We need to make the sacraments and the grace God has waiting for us–especially in adoration–readily available, so anyone who wants to obtain grace can…not preventing them from getting God’s grace….creating burdens for them. Why? God help us!…Oh, we have been deceived..our priorities are all wrong. We need to repent and change.
We should be working as hard as we can making obtaining the grace everyone has been starved of easier and more available. We must encourage the people to come back to church…and if they are in the church they too need to know The Way. And to teach everyone the only way is to give the people enough reason/motivation to change by giving them FEAR OF THE LORD.
We need to tell the world that, "We aren't saved unless we LIVE the true faith...come back to Church, change your life; God wants to save your soul."
We must warn everyone of their impending doom, if we abandon the faith. This is our moral and ethical responsibility. We can’t let the world die blind.
Sure, if there is a potentional for great illness, it wouldn’t be prudent to neglect to take sanitary precautions nor would it be smart to invite the truly sick to eat with the healthy. That is when we would suffer from an immoderate lax fear, which is wrong too. Our neglect to use basic common scene could cause us or others to become sick, which isn’t the goal.
Please understand, just because we trust in God that doesn’t mean we don’t use our minds to avoid danger and fear nothing. It means we do God’s will and not our own, using appropriate caution, serving God’s children (how ever many there may be) without fearing anything God allows, as we work as hard as we can to SAVE SOULS. We must put taking care of the few faithful we have left into the forefront of our work…or we will lose them too….and for them and the rest of us, we must wake up to understanding how to truly obtain salvation or we will all die.
Why Is God Allowing Us To Suffer From the Corona Virus?
The reason God has allowed so much suffering to fall upon the whole world with this pandemic is because we live in a world that says we love God, but WE DON’T REALLY LOVE HIM….and God wants to awaken us to our fantastic need to CHANGE.
“Punishment [suffering] is inflicted as a medicine that is corrective of the sin [if one sees the medicine and works with God to cure the soul].”
–St. Thomas Aquinas
Horribly, our love for God isn’t true. Most only love God for what He does for us. Oh, we feel love for God, but horribly for practically all of us, our love is still only a SELFISH LOVE…for we only love God because of all He does for us…we are constantly seeking Him to help us, but….
WE DON’T REALLY LOVE HIM, since we aren’t sincerely working hard to not offend God–to literally “stop sinning” (1 Corinthians 15:34) ALL sin…even the least venial sin, and follow The Way of Perfection like the saints, who truly love Him have done, which is how we really love Him too. Tragic! We are actually complacent with offending Him in bounds of ways. That isn’t how we love God, but how we love sin.
“Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me” (John 14:21).
Oh, we say we love God, but what kind of love do we really have if we continue in our trespasses against God, putting little if any effort at all into stopping so many of them, as if it does’t matter at all that we spend our day offending Our Lord. What kind of love is that? We should be striving to “be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect” so to never offend Him. But we hardly do anything to try to stop even one sin never mind be truly resolved to “sin no more” (John 8:11).
Oh, we might want God’s love, His help, and His peace, but we put forth so little if any effort into LOVING GOD (not offending Him) in return for all of the wonderful blessing He bestows upon us. Yes, honesty what are you doing to become a real saint…someone who truly doesn’t want to offend God again, who is running from the pleasures of the world, which pull their heart and mind off of God, so they can desire God alone? But yet, we wonder why the world is riddled with deadly viruses and suffering. Don’t wonder. We are suffering because of our unrepentant unchanged sin. We don’t love God!
“Our Lady can no longer uphold the arm of her Divine Son which will strike the world. If people amend their lives, Our Lord will even now save the world [from suffering], but if they do not, punishment will come.”
–Our Lady of Fatima
Oh, we tell God we are sinners; we ask for forgiveness; we pray and do good works…but we don’t love God–all of those seemingly acts of love are really abominations if we don’t sincerely want to stop offending Him and become true self-sacrificing saints as He has commanded of His flock. We can’t be complacent with being sinners and think we have a heart that sincerely loves God. That is ridiculous!
“Alas, daughter, how few there are who truthfully love me!”
–Jesus to St. Teresa of Avila
Yes, we want God’s forgiveness, His help…all sorts of love from Him. But we don’t do what is necessary to love Him in return–which is by working with all of our hearts to stop our offences against Him and sanctifying our souls. Oh, what kind of love for God do we really have if we aren’t horrified we offend Our most merciful loving Lord and would rather be tortured or die rather than offend Him…well, it isn’t a saving love, but a selfish love from our pride. To learn more please read, “How to Perfectly Love God.”
We need to wake up from our “sleep of death” (Psalm 13:3). That is why God is punishing us so greatly, since we have heard none of His other pleas for us to change. We should have seen and heard God’s other warnings through our other sufferings and His warnings in The Word and by His mother and the saints…but we didn’t. We have ignored them all and are still living life just the same. We aren’t becoming saints. But God is trying to offer us correction (if we will see it) so we won’t die in our sins.
“Whenever we suffer some affliction, we should regard it both as punishment and as correction.”
Our Lady of La Salette Truths Coming to Reality
Horribly, now from ignoring all of God’s pleas to change “the harvest is spoiled” (Our Lady of La Salette). As a result, in God’s anger, but through His mercy, He is sending a greater sign of our need to CHANGE…so we don’t all continue to perish from not even gaining a saving faith of true love for God/true contrition for our sins before our death.
“Woe to the inhabitants of the earth! God will exhaust His wrath upon them, and no one will be able to escape so many afflictions together.” –Our Lady of La Salette (prophecy)
But will we listen now or will we still need more punishment to amend our ways? Will we start preaching the truth or still remain silent…letting others think our unrepented/unchanged sins are no bid deal…not teaching Christians what living the true faith really is (that of love of the cross)? Hopefully, a few will hear and change…but sadly there is more suffering…great great suffering to come as Our Lady has warned us…because most won’t change.
“A great famine will come. Before the famine comes, children under the age of seven will begin to tremble and will die in the arms of those who hold them.”
–Our Lady of La Salette (prophecy)
Horribly, we will need to suffer like Pharaoh, who needed unfathomable plagues to occur and even to have his own child die before he would relent to God’s will, even for a moment. Horrible what our blinding pride does. But I tell you, this is the unfathomable truth.
“The chiefs, the leaders of the people of God [the priests], have neglected prayer and penance, and the devil has bedimmed their intelligence [they don’t know The Way]. They have become wandering stars which the old devil [of pride and lies] will drag along with his tail to make them perish. God will allow the old serpent to cause divisions among those who reign in every society and in every family. Physical and moral agonies will be suffered [which are prevalent today]. God will abandon mankind to itself [walking in darkness] and will send punishments which will follow one after the other for more than thirty-five years [since we don’t want to love Him…but rather love sin].”
–Our Lady of La Salette (prophecy)
Oh, we are like bad children, who just won’t listen to their parent. We won’t do penance for our sins either. Where is our sorrow? Oh, most don’t even know what penance is anymore…we live for the world’s pleasures not to atone for our sins by way of the cross…Oh, penance isn’t a couple of Our Fathers and a Hail Mary…well, not for the saints, who truly hated their sins. To learn more please read, “What is Penance.”
“So from now on it should not be your aim to seek enjoyment but to truly mourn [over your sins] with all your heart.”
–St. Albert the Great
Please don’t follow the lost world. What is it going to take for us to wake up and see our great errors so we can seek Mercy for help to change? God help us!
Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light [to understand The Way]” (Ephesians 5:14).
No More Prideful Prayers
I tell you, God doesn’t want to hear another prideful plea for help with our crosses…telling Him we are sinners in need of mercy, when we don’t even want to truly repent and LEAVE OUR SINS to become real self-sacrificing saints–so to truly love Him. That incredibly hurts God’s Sacred Heart of Love. To learn more please read, “What are the Requirements of Salvation”…most don’t really understand them, even those who have studied the faith for years and are its teachers.
Oh, God has been putting up with our self-loving prayers for so long…and He has still been sending us what we beg for, while He hopes and hopes we will see His love and want to truly love Him in return. But we, prideful souls, don’t see a thing. We aren’t changing. “O faithless and perverse generation” (Luke 9:41). This must end.
Yes, God doesn’t want to hear another prideful boast that we are doing all we can, when we are not. He doesn’t want to hear how we are so wise and knowledgeable thinking we know The Way, when we don’t.
Oh, we tell God we are sinners; we ask for forgiveness; we pray and do good works…but we don’t even really love God, since we aren’t honestly striving to stop offending Him. We habitually offend Him thinking nothing of our venial sins. We don’t even look to see how we are sinning. We don’t want to see. We don’t want to be real Christians that seek to love Him by Way of Perfection and the Cross. No we love ourselves so much more. Tragic! To learn more please read the Home page article on this web-site.
Now, all of those seemingly acts of love we perform are really abominations if we don’t sincerely want to stop offending Him and become true self-sacrificing saints as He has commanded of His flock. And because of our lack of love for God, God is sending punishment accordingly. We can’t be complacent with being sinners, even with a single venial sin, and think we have a heart that sincerely loves God. That is ridiculous!
“Alas, daughter, how few there are who truthfully love me!”
–Jesus to St. Teresa of Avila
Therefore, hold your breath…if you don’t want to amend your life, if you can’t humbly approach God, your prayers will be in vain. “It is your crimes that separate you from your God, It is your sins that make him hide his face so that he does not hear you” (Isaiah 59:2). Our prideful prayers must end! We must sincerely desire to repent and change. We must know we are failing to love God and seek to learn. To learn more please read, “How to Pray Humbly.”
“Suffering must serve for conversion [change into a greater likeness of Christ], that is, for the rebuilding of goodness [to stop sinning and truly grow in faith] in the subject [the person suffering], who can recognize the divine mercy in this call to repentance.
–St. Pope John Paul II
This Suffering is Because of YOU
Oh, but you say, “I don’t have great sins”…it is the other guy that is causing this terrible plague to fall upon us. NO. That isn’t the truth, poor prideful soul. The world’s punishments are because of YOU and your lack of true love for God. Don’t look at another…just look at YOURSELF.
Yes, we ALL have played a part in the world’s punishments that is upon us…we all continue in many of our sins like there is nothing wrong with them….we are guilty.
If we can’t see our guilt, we are like the pharisees who wanted to stone the woman caught in the act of adultery. We accuse others and warrant their death (proclaim how horrible they are deserving of great punishment), but we don’t accuse ourselves nor see our own due punishment we deserve if we don’t come to hate our sins and love God. We are all guilty and need to understand others weakness, because we are weak too and seek to truly help one another to repent and change.
If we were truly horrified that we Offend Our Beloved Lord, we would be leaving our sins and becoming true self-sacrificing saints: someone that doesn’t want to offend God again with the slightest sin and runs from the pleasures of the world we seek instead of God, so we can desire God alone and carry the cross with Christ. But we aren’t doing this.
Who today is really seeking to love God by Way of the Cross–The Way of Perfection…growing and growing in love of the cross and in our contrition/hatred for our offences until it becomes True Sorrow: a sorrow so great we would rather suffer death than offend God, whom we truly desire to love with all of our hearts? Is anyone really doing this?
“[Those who hate sin and seek only God’s will] would let themselves be tortured rather than be guilty of one imperfection and die a thousand deaths rather than commit sins.”
–St. Theresa of Avila
Who is sincerely working to leave all that pulls our mind off of God–everything we seek for happiness that isn’t God and His will (our idols)–so we can only desire Him alone? Who? Idolatry is a mortal sin.
Oh, we love bounds of pleasures and waste countless hours with them, when God wants us to live for Him and Him alone by way of the Cross. Is anyone really seeking to become a real Christian…a self-sacrificing saint as God commands? No wonder God is punishing us; we need to see that we don’t even know what it takes to be saved (to love God). We need to come to see our VAST sins. We are dying. We have lost the true faith.
“You are members of Jesus Christ. What an honor! But, also, what need for suffering this entails!
When the Head is crowned with thorns should the members be wearing a laurel of roses? When the Head is jeered at and covered with mud from Calvary’s road should its members be enthroned [complemented/loved] and sprayed with perfume? When the Head has no pillow on which to rest, should its members be reclining on soft feathers? What an unheard of monster such a one would be!
No, no, dear companions of the Cross, make no mistake. The Christians you see around you, fashionably attired, super-sensitive [can’t carry a cross], excessively haughty [proud] and sedate [dignified], are neither true disciples nor true members of the crucified Jesus…
My God! How many would be Christians there are who imagine they are members of the Savior when in reality they are His most insidious persecutors, for while blessing themselves with the sign of the cross, they crucify Him in their hearts.
If you are lead by the spirit of Jesus and are living the same life with Him, your thorn-crowned Head, then you must look forward to nothing but thorns, nails and lashes, in a word, to nothing but a cross. A real disciple needs to be treated as his Master was.”
–St. Louis de Montfort
Oh, we don’t know The Way. God help us. How can anyone really love God if we aren’t even striving to live the real Christian faith.
Sure some of us are more grievous hardened sinners than others, but are you becoming a saint? Where is the proof? After all of those years of being a “Christian” if you have been following Christ correctly, you should be a saint by now or darn close to one. Are you?
Or do you still live for the world and its pleasures, thinking you can love God and the world at the same time…as you run home after work and relax with your TV, video games, yummy food and drink, social media…oh, whatever it is for you that you long for that isn’t God is your idol? Do real saints do that? No, their hearts desire God alone, not worthless things (created things).
Sure they can use something in the world to help them rest, so they can work hard again for God. But their mind is never pulled off of Him and doing His will…but yet, our minds are hardly on God, always wanting pleasure to make us happy, not to help us serve God as we seek to make Him happy, since we have allowed the pleasure of the world to consume us and not God.
Saints minds are CONSTANTLY focused on God the His will…nothing of the world…looking for the cross to offer up their suffering for their sins and the sins of the world, so to send grace through the cross…like Jesus did for us. Have we been trying to achieve this?
We should have been spending our lives leaving the pleasures we long for, looking to sacrifice, so we can grow in faith to desire God alone and live perfectly for His will by way of the cross. But we haven’t.
Horribly, besides our attachments to people, power and pleasure (the world), not sincerely living the faith of self-denial and carrying the cross, we are also attached to sin too…and for years we have habitually committed the same sins over and over again. Tell me, how is that loving God? Again, that isn’t love of God but the love of SIN. We are causing God pain. Do we care?
“How often they defied Him in the wilderness and caused Him pain in the desert” (Psalm 78:40).
Are we any better than our ancestors?…No. We are worse.
“Although I have re-created and restored to the life of grace, 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, taking so little account of the graces which I have given them, and continue to give them, that, not only do they not attribute what they have received to grace, but seem to themselves on occasion to receive injuries from Me, as if I desired anything else than their sanctification. “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 from loving sin instead].”
–God the Father to St. Catherine of Sienna
Now is the time to love God…not cause Him pain, by not even caring if we offend Him. Oh, what do we expect to reap from our self love? Therefore, we must believe trying to make our life happy by removing our suffering and filling it with worldly pleasure isn’t The Way, but rather trying to make God happy by self-denial of pleasures (losing our will), sacrificing and carrying our crosses is. If we don’t understand this, then please read, “How to Become Attached to God and Not the World” and “How to Perfectly Love God.”
But through this suffering, God wants to awaken us. God’s mercy has been waiting and waiting to teach and strengthen us so we can leave our habitual sins and the worlds’ pleasures…not so we can think mercy will save us, as we continue to unreservedly offending God, but so we can seek Mercy to save us–to change us so we can accept His forgiving mercy and not reject it from still having a liking for sin.
It’s Not My Fault I Don’t Know The Way
Oh, but you might say it isn’t your fault…you have never been taught The Way correctly. Perhaps that is true since God’s priests, for the most part if not for all parts, tragically have been greatly deceived and don’t know The Way themselves.
“The priests, ministers of My Son, the priests, by their wicked lives, by their irreverence and their impiety in the celebration of the holy mysteries, by their love of money, their love of honors and pleasures, the priests have become cesspools of impurity. Yes, the priests are asking vengeance, and vengeance is hanging over their heads.
Woe to the priests and to those dedicated to God who, by their unfaithfulness and their wicked lives, are crucifying My Son again! The sins of those dedicated to God cry out towards Heaven and call for vengeance, and now vengeance is at their door, for there is no one left to beg mercy and forgiveness for the people. There are no more generous souls, there is no one left worthy of offering a spotless sacrifice to the Eternal for the sake of the world.
God will strike in an unprecedented way. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth! God will exhaust His wrath upon them, and no one will be able to escape so many afflictions together.”
–Our Lady of La Salette (prophecy)
While it is true the priests eternal doom will be unfathomably more horrific than if we don’t repent and change but “the demands of the law are written in their[our] hearts” (Romans 2:15) and written in the Bible and professed by the saints. Therefore, even if we have been mislead, we are still accountable too…or we will perish like everyone who doesn’t truly obtain a saving faith of true love for God/true contrition for our sins.
Do we now see how much we need these punishments to wake us up?
Yes, we deserve every bit of suffering we are getting. We are GREAT SINNERS! We have hypocritically loved God and been scourging Him all the long, while we have been thinking we were truly loving Him. Horrific!
But if now you can see, praise God! Harden not your hearts. Now you can sincerely repent and tell God you are so sorry for not striving to stop offending Him and beg God for mercy, not to stop your suffering (you deserve it)–embrace your penance…every little inconvenience, and beg God to give you the grace to truly surrender to His will…so to not seeking anything but what He desires/allows…fully believing it is the greatest good for your soul, as you humbly (knowing your need) plead for true knowledge, wisdom and strength to obtain the desire to sincerely leave the world (sin and it’s pleasures) and work hard to become a true self-sacrificing saint.
If a cross does befall you that you can’t carry or is not leading you or another to Life, you may ask God if He wills to remove it, but fully realizing everything that He allows (to stay or leave) is what we need at least for the moment, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will stay forever. Therefore, let’s learn from all our suffering and grow closer to Christ through the blessed cross.
Then pray for those who don’t yet have grace to understand our need for this cross. Pray for mercy for those who are dying with out a saving faith. Pray for those who can’t carry it and for those we aren’t learning from it and share this web-site. Then if it is God’s will, things will change…but also this cross might pass with no change from God’s children and all this suffering will just be in vain.
Therefore, if we want our suffering to end….CHANGE. If you want to be blessed with grace through our crosses…CHANGE. That is all God is looking for…that is what we need to do to LIVE. We must CHANGE.
“For I am merciful, I will not continue my wrath forever. Return, rebellious children, says the Lord” (Jeremiah 3:12).
Please, learn The Way, as this web site explains and from reading The Word and the works authored by the saints only, then strive with all of our hearts to live the faith that saves and become a true self-sacrificing perfect saint…then encourage and teach others to do the same.
“The Society of men is on the eve of the most terrible scourges and of gravest events. Mankind must expect to be ruled with an iron rod and to drink from the chalice of the wrath of God.”
–Our Lady of La Salette (prophecy)
If these words scare us or if our current cross isn’t carried in peace and we find ourselves in distress, since we just can’t peacefully trust, then confess our sins (with a true desire to change) and again pray…especially the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:00pm (the hour Jesus died–the hour of great mercy) for the grace to sincerely trust in Jesus.
“I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea [received many blessings from God], and all of them were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. All ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they drank from a spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was the Christ. Yet God was not pleased with most of them [for they loved themselves and not God], for they were struck down in the desert [and suffered greatly].
These things happened as examples for us, so that we might not desire evil things, as they did. And do not become idolaters [lovers of pleasure, not lovers of God]…Let us not indulge in immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell within a single day [as a consequence of sin]. Let us not test Christ as some of them did, and suffered death by serpents. Do not grumble [in ingratitude] as some of them did, and suffered death by the destroyer. These things happened to them as an example, and they have been written down as a warning to us” (1 Corinthians 10:1-11).
I do want to mention, the La Salette prophecies have begun to pass some years ago and are slowly being fulfilled in our midst and will continue for quite some years to come. To read the complete Our Lady of La Salette prophecies click here. Please don’t read them as if they were written as a chronological order of events; they aren’t. Please know, even more than what I have written on this site has come to pass or is currently occurring. May the messages move you to CHANGE.
We Want the Cross
As we can see sadly, from our lack of grace and not knowing The Way, most don’t really want to follow Christ, by Way of the Cross, since it is full of all sorts of self-denial and suffering. This is because our nature, without grace, is full of self-love: that of seeking to please and protect ourselves even at the expense of others. This is why we need Our Savior to give us a heart like His, a heart that is sorrowful for our sins and wants to atone for the for our offences and those of the whole world.
Without much grace, we are ignorant and run from the cross–which is anything that causes pain–thinking that is opposed to joy. And without much grace sure suffering and punishment are quite unwelcomed and not joyful.
Naturally, we want to avoid all that causes us discomfort and love ourselves. We want an easy, comfortable life full of fun and pleasure of all sorts. We think that is the life God desires us to have–a life of earthly joy with the world. But oh, that is the trick of the evil one, so we live for ourselves, the world and not God for the salvation of souls.
“[We are] lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:4).
But when the light of wisdom comes into our lives, we can clearly see that the agony in our lives is The Way to Christ’s peace. It was for the saints and it is for us too. Oh, what a paradox the cross is real but this is The Way.
Our Lord showed us The Way to Heaven as He boar great suffering. He wants us to follow His example.
When we obtain enough grace and gain wisdom, WE WANT THE CROSS. Why? Because we enjoy hurting ourselves…no, not at all. We want the cross because we know the cross is The Way to Christ.
Did Christ like being hurt…no. But he joyfully bared the cross and sought after it, because He knew The Cross was The Way to SAVE OUR SOULS…so He loved the cross, and we must too. It is meant to save us. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. We simply can’t truly follow Christ without it.
God begged His saints to bear crosses and suffer for the salvation of souls and He is begging us too.
“My daughter, I want to instruct you on how you are to rescue souls through sacrifice and prayer. You will save more souls through prayer and suffering than will a missionary through his teachings and sermons alone. I want to see you as a sacrifice of living love, which only then carries weight before Me.
You must be annihilated, destroyed [of your pride], living as if you were dead [to your will] in the most secret depths of your being. You must be destroyed [come to know your true nothingness] in that secret depth where the human eye has never penetrated; then will I find in you a pleasing sacrifice, a holocaust full of sweetness and fragrance. And great will be your power for whomever you intercede. Outwardly, your sacrifice must look like this: silent, hidden, permeated with love, imbued with prayer. I demand, My daughter, that your sacrifice be pure and full of humility, that I may find pleasure in it. I will not spare my grace, that you may be able to fulfill what I demand of you….
You shall accept all sufferings with love. Do not be afflicted if your heart often experiences repugnance and dislike for sacrifice. All its power rests in the will, and so these contrary feelings, far from lowering the value of the sacrifice in My eyes, will enhance it. Know that your body and soul will often be in the midst of fire. Although you will not feel My presence on some occasions, I will always be with you. Do not fear; My grace will be with you.”
–Jesus to St. Faustina
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Loving our crosses will not only save our lives but others too. Therefore, please don’t run from them. Ask God to strengthen us and then teach us His blessed ways through the cross, so we can change and become more pleasing to Him and save souls (ours and others).
Once grace is obtained, suffering will bring more joy than the party or great vacation, since the party and vacation are self-serving and don’t save souls nor love God–the cross does. Yes, God will fill us with His unfathomable when we choose to suffer for the love of Him–yes, unspeakable joy will be ours when we live to love Him and not ourselves.
We must know, God didn’t come into the world to show us the way to the “good life”…living it up with the world’s pleasures. He showed us The Way self-denial and suffering–The Way of the Cross.
When God blesses us with enough faith, through grace, we come to understand the cross as the way to Christ. We will no longer seek to do all we can to avoid suffering but allow whatever God wills and even choose the cross for the salvation of souls. Then we will be glorifying God and not ourselves.
“Whoever offers himself willingly to suffer anything in order to please Me, he truly glorifies Me.”
–Jesus to St. Gertrude the Great