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 have been deceived into thinking God does’t want us to suffer. But how mistaken we would be.
If we are confused by those misconceptions it is because we don’t really understand that the cross is The Way to Christ. Yes, our sufferings are the way to a wonderful life of peace, peace God promises to those who truly believe…even peace during times of great darkness and suffering.
“The cross [suffering] is a gift too precious, and from it come many virtues.”
–Jesus to St.Gemma
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 scores of people loosing everything, even for some 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, we don’t need to understand or know God’s plan, it is vast and dynamic beyond our comprehension much of the time, but 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. We must know that no matter what horrible thing occurs, God has a plan to make it truly good.
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. If we have true faith, we must believe that God will make our suffering–no matter what it is–into something very good. That is why God allows everything…for our good.
“All things God works for the good of those who love him [enough to trust in Him]” (Romans 8:28)
Therefore, all suffering and punishment is allowed for our good…this WE MUST TRUST, as we patiently wait, with all trust, without fear, for God’s blessings to occur. This takes great faith! Pray to God to obtain it.
Truly, the cross is always the way to Christ, that is, if we believe. I mean, if we believe enough to learn what we are doing wrong (see God’s warning–His lesson), so we can learn how we aren’t following Him and His will correctly, and so we can change from our sins to grow closer to Jesus. 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 cross…with joy, fervently clasp in his arms and bravely set upon his shoulders this cross that is his own [which is to meant to save him]…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:
- Grow into the image of Christ
- Gain true trust in God
- Come to see our unrepented/unchanged sin
- Learn how to obey
- Teach us His blessed ways
- Help us loose our attachments to people, power and pleasure
- Test our faith
- Atone for our sin
- Grow in greater love with God
- Send grace for the salvation of souls
God doesn’t want us to die (go to Hell) from our unrepented/unchanged sin (sins we prove we lack true sorrow for). He wants us to become saints. So He will discipline us (who are so blessed), and allow us to suffer to hopefully awaken us to our need to change and to send us wonderful grace for the salvation of our souls.
Sometimes, there are small sins that we must change…sometimes there are horrible mortal sins that we must amend and other times God is simply trying to get us to trust or grow into great trust in Him (which is needed for salvation).
On occasion, God disciplines us in little ways in our daily lives, like when something bad occurs after we have sinned…so we can see that nothing good comes from doing bad. Or God will allow us to suffer by having something bad occur after we do something good…so we can learn to trust in God as we wait for His blessings, and so we can learn how to carry a cross like Christ–to learn how to be a true Christian. Or if we are already a follower of Christ, who carries our crosses, then we will rejoice when we suffer for doing good, for we are blessed to imitate Jesus.
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 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 for the salvation of souls. Praise Jesus for the cross! Our sufferings can saves souls and even make us into more perfect saints by helping us love God more perfectly–by living like Jesus did for us.
“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
Just please always remember, even Jesus had to “learn obedience from what He suffered” (Hebrews 5:8). And Jesus truly despised sinning. Therefore, if Jesus learned right from wrong from suffering the consequences of making wrong choices, we will 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.
However, if we aren’t sure if our suffering is to help remove hidden or known sin or if it is for us to learn how to rejoice in the cross like Christ, or for some other reason, then we must pray and honestly examine our conscience to learn God’s intentions for our suffering…mostly, if we have a great Fear of the Lord (would rather suffer death than offend God) then our suffering is most likely to grow in great holiness towards sanctity…not for correction.
But sometimes, we are disciplined in big ways, because we just don’t want to change; we can see this in our everyday lives if we look. p.s. This is why I finally decided to change my life and seek sanctity. To learn more please read the book, “The Joy of Suffering”at www.LiftingOurValues.com. Also we can see this with global suffering, like today with the Corona Virus and through the prophecies by the Blessed Virgin Mary, from a global love of sin, as I explain later in this article.
“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 and 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
The number one greatest gift/blessing that God wishes to bestow upon us, who are not with a saving faith (for when we have a saving faith we do not fear God’s will), from our suffering or our fear of potential suffering is to learn how to really trust in Him. It is only by learning how to let go of our will and sincerely trust in Jesus by following Him/His will, by way of the cross, 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 say we trust in Jesus, but when the cross really comes or even if the cross threatens to come, we greatly lack true trust in Jesus to make good out of our suffering (if He wills us to bear a cross). Sadly, we don’t really trust in Him. We just proved our declaration of faith 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)
Therefore, if we find ourselves worrying or angry when things don’t go well or might not go well, pay attention to those feelings, because God is wanting to enlighten us to our lack of faith and need for mercy (grace). Now is the time to turn to God, with a repentant heart (sorrow, wanting to leave our sins) for the grace we need to grow in faith/trust in Jesus, so we can never fear the cross, sincerely gain real trust in Him and never worry or become angry when life goes opposed to our will again.
God wants us to let go of wanting control–thinking we know best (making ourselves God)–wanting things to go our way, and 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), that is, for those who can sincerely believe this. Yes, the cross is nothing to fear and is supposed to draw us closer to Christ, and it most certainly does, if we can let go of our will and truly follow God (His will), which is the only way to Heaven. To learn more please read, “What is God’s Will.”
“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 who don’t believe at all or so very little, they over look God’s goodness, and our suffering can cause some of us so much pain that instead of running to God for help to carry our cross and learn from it, we reject God. Then the cross, that was meant to save us can lead us to our doom.
When we truly believe, the worst pandemics, loss, sickness, and tragedy can come our way, and we will remain in wonderful peace, peace beyond all understand from our trust in God…we will fully understand all is meant for the good of our souls….therefore, we will serve God, rejoice in His will and live for Jesus–cross and all.
“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
So if we can’t find peace during any circumstance pray…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. Great mercy is sent at that hour.
Tell God you sincerely want to stop habitually offending Him, and wish to reject the world’s pleasures and live like a true Christian: bearing the cross for the salvation of souls. Then honestly seek to change. Then God will flood the truly contrite heart with the grace needed to grow in wonderful trust and to find the Way of Peace…and then into a saving faith and even a perfect saint if we allow Him.
“Humanity will not find peace 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 learn from our crosses 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 will have such a lack of trust in God’s will through the cross, we will hide from the world as we ignore our call to serve and save souls, and we will 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: the spiritual well-being being the 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, 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.
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.
“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. No. 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. If we really believed this, we would 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 in 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?
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 sincerely doing all we can do produces the fruits of righteousness.
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.
“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 or even close to it; we only love God for what He does for us. Oh, we feel love for God and for some of us we even feel great 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 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 might want God’s love, His help, and His peace, but we put forth little if any effort into LOVING GOD (not offending Him) in return for all of the wonderful blessing He bestows upon us. Yes, what are you doing to become a real saint…someone who truly doesn’t want to offend God again? 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 others 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 (that of love of the cross) really is? 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.
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.
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 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!
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
What kind of love for God do we really have if we aren’t horrified we have 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.”
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. 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 were truly horrified that we Offend Our Beloved Lord, we would be 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, 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?
“[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. Who lives the life of the true cross? 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). Their minds are CONSTANTLY focused on God the His will…nothing of the world…looking for the cross to offer up their suffering to God, so to send grace through the cross…like Jesus did, for the sins of the world. Have we been trying to achieve this?
We should have been spending our lives leaving the pleasures we long for 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? That isn’t love of God but the love of SIN.
“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. 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) 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).
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 plead for 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