"Let Go and Let God"

In John 6:40 Jesus declared, "For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." Overcome your fears and let God through the Holy Spirit mold you and rule your life. Be happy as you trust in Jesus, follow his teachings and God will bless your life abundantly. And in 1 Corinthians 5:16-17, the Holy Spirit in Saint Paul tells us, “Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

In John 8:12, Jesus spoke again to the people saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life." Make a difference in this world by helping others know Jesus in you and see the light ... Let your light shine brightly now!

And in Matthew 6:33, Jesus said, " Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you." Live with true peace, see and feel the blessings and fulfillment that come upon your life when you do what is good for others as compared when you judge and cause pain in others which can bring so much stress, conflict and even illness in your life."

To Our Youth and The Weary, "Hope and Trust in God and Be Generous"

Herewith is a related inspirational message from the letter of St. Paul to the young Timothy (1Timothy 6:17-19), which states, “Command those who are rich in the present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

Saturday, August 27, 2011

"The Truth in Purgatory as in the Vision of Saint Catherine of Genoa"

"The Treatise on Purgatory - Saint Catherine of Genoa" from www.catholictreasury

You may not believe in Purgatory, but this may change your outlook in life as Saint Catherine of Genoa shares her vision of Purgatory in her life long devotion to God as you read through our above link.

 I was just ticketed for parking violation.  My lovely wife reminded me on a Thursday morning of July 2011 that I should go look out from the balcony of the apartment building we are staying in Los Angeles, California, and see the ticket on my car's windshield.

Sure enough, I saw the familiar small white envelope on my car's windshield.  It was my second parking violation ticket, and a charge of another $68 will be another slash on our budget.  And to think, I can't imagine that I forgot all about the need to re-position my car the day before when me and my 18 year old son had just done a pretty good hand wash on it two days before the traffic enforcer caught it sitting on that side of the road where the city street sweeper truck was scheduled to do its cleaning routine for that week, and almost all the time that day before, I was just proudly gleaming at it enjoying the sight of my newly washed car that saved me around $10.

Oh well, as they say, "if something will go wrong, it will go wrong," and I have to admit of my human weakness, and I rejoice in acknowledging my weakness in my forgetfulness as I am made whole in Christ every time I see myself humbled.  And I am happy for those who accept their faults for it is this acceptance of what is true that one learns to renew and better himself and stand strong as witness to God's truth in his words.

I just have to console myself that, perhaps, the city needed more funds to cover its bigger deficit.  And spending $68 for six months parking near the sidewalk is not really bad, huh?

With a weak faith, the evil one could have easily ruined my day, but the Holy Spirit seems to be reminding me always not to worry, for worrying will not add a single hour or day in my life, as Jesus has said to his disciples in Matthew 6:27.

And in 2 Corinthians 11:30, Saint Paul in Christ states, “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that will show my weakness.”

What can happen worse is a possible heated conflict among individuals because of a disagreement over flimsy things such as anything material that is never worthy of any argument, as all things that one cannot bring along upon one's death, these becoming eventually meaningless.  And it is in treasuring things that may bring one to eternal life, for me, is more worthy of keeping in one's heart and spirit, and being steadfast in our faith that we may never falter in sharing this truth with our family and love ones, if we truly love them and care for them.  And is this not the words of God that we should learn to seek and adhere to?

That is why, for me, the essence of faith and obedience in His words through Christ Jesus has become an important guide in my life, and I know that anything material cannot be brought along when I will be called by God Almighty telling me my ''time is up.'

In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17, Saint Paul, after he admonished everyone to live in peace with each other, to encourage the timid to help the weak, to be patient with everyone, nobody to pay wrong for wrong and to always be kind to each other and to everyone else, he said, “Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

And the more I live my life, the more peace and happiness comes in my heart and spirit as I reflect on above powerful verses.

In above example, there is nothing that compares with attuning your life in humility and obedience to God's will through God's words in Christ and his commandments, that we can better prepare ourselves ready and duly cleansed and worthy of God's embrace even while we live this life, as Purgatory in itself.

Essence of Purgatory 

The essence of Purgatory coincides with the truth in Christ's teachings and it clarifies the meaning of retribution, confession of sins, forgiveness of sins, prayer and repentance with renewal, and Purgatory's state compared with heaven and hell.

Here on earth, according to Saint Catherine,  we can already start cleansing our selves from all sins and from all impurities in our hearts and spirit, as we prepare for the afterlife, when we will one day be with our Lord Jesus Christ in heaven, as she has done so herself, manifest in her life long dedication to God, in humility and total obedience to His will, especially in her last 10 years of her life serving and showing her selfless sacrifice in the care and love of others.

Come to think of it, how can we be accepted in heaven if we still are attached to things material, to our pride, to sins of lust and other sins that make our souls unclean and unfit to ever be worthy of God's embrace in His Heavenly Kingdom?

Will it not help for us to approach all things that is set forth before us as trials from the Lord, and that he may not burden us with something the we cannot bear or endure, so long as we stay faithful to him?

In Romans 6:11-14 St. Paul states, “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.”

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 exhorts us in St. Paul, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

That is why, whenever I experience something that goes wrong, I pray for a better understanding of all these and rejoice in God's blessings instead of uselessly panicking and getting tempted with the thought of something that is here to test my patience and my faith, as I always trust in the Lord that nothing on earth can ever be greater than Him and His love for all of us through His Son, Jesus Christ.

And in everything unexpected that happens in this life, I believe, blessings will soon come in abundance through faith in Christ Jesus, as has been proven many times in my life with my family.

A few days after my parking violation, we saw a long beautiful cabinet table sitting near the recycling bin, seemingly slightly used and made of good material.  For whatever reason the former owners discarded it is the least of my concern, but it fit very well our need for our bedroom TV and the need for extra drawers to duly help organize a few clutter in our room.

We felt that this saved us another $200 or so if we opted to purchase a similar versatile table.

"God is really good," I said to my wife, "he provides us with what we need."  My wife smilingly nodded with glee in her eyes.  To think it is not the first time that we experienced God's goodness.

In Proverbs 37:4, “Delight yourself with the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

And it is in the guidance and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit that we can further be guided in this truth as we continuously thank God for giving us the desires of our heart.

Let us now get into the life of Saint Catherine of Genoa before we summarize to you the essence of God's revelation to her about Purgatory in 'The Treaties of Purgatory."

Saint Catherine and Her Faith

As early as in the young tender age of 13, Saint Catherine has already confessed of her wish to enter into the convent of Santa Maria del Grazie, in Genoa, Italy.  This house of the Augustinian Canonesses of the Lateran was where her elder sister, Limbania, took the vow as a nun.

When her confessor heard this, he immediately told the young Catherine of the difficulties of the life of the religious to which she responded with such 'prudence and zeal' that amazed Father Cattaneo Marabotto prompting him to see in her something that is 'not human but supernatural and divine.'

She grew up to become a tall and beautiful lady with a 'well shaped body, fair complexioned and possessed dark eyes.  It did not take long before her elder brother, Giacomo, who inherited her father's wealth and possessions when he passed away, planned her betrothal to Guiliano  Adorni, from the powerful Ghibeline family, with the support of her mother, and she was left with no choice as she accepted this cross to carry in blind obedience to her mother and her elder brother.

Her husband was described of possessing a 'strange and recalcitrant nature who wasted his substance in disorderly living.'  But as years passed, she was exposed to practicing a certain commerce with the world.  Until her conversion in 1474 during the Eve of Saint Bernard when she fell down unconscious from prayer as she saw a vision of our Lord covered with blood from the cross from whence, she cried out loud, "No more of the world for me! No more sin!"

She devoted the rest of her life caring for the sick while being guided by the Ladies of Mercy and living in a life of prayer.  She was able to obtain from her husband a promised that she would live with her as a brother, which he kept.  She lived in utter sacrifice and avoided all kinds of worldly temptations.

A few years after her conversion, her husband joined her in her works of mercy after he himself received the third order of Saint Francis.  And in 1497, she nursed her husband until he died, extolled her of all her virtues in his will and left her all his possessions.

Saint Catherine suffered in her life while serving and caring for sick as 'rector of the hospital with unlimited powers.'   She so arranged that her prayerful devotions and her ecstasies will not interfere in her activities while she cared for the sick.  And in total humility and faith in the Lord she happily joined our Creator on the 15th of September, 1510.

Recorded by Mrs. Charlotte Balfour, as extracted from Saint Catherine's writings, "We should not wish for anything but what comes to us from moment to moment," Saint Catherine told her spiritual children, "exercising ourselves none the less for good. For he who would not thus exercise himself, and await what God sends, would tempt God. When we have done what good we can, let us accept all that happens to us by Our Lord's ordinance, and let us unite ourselves to it by our will. Who tastes what it is to rest in union with God will seem to himself to have won to Paradise even in this life."

Saint Catherine's doctrine, "The Treatise of Purgatory

In conceptualizing her vision of Purgatory, Saint Catherine states that those in Hell are careless in their salvation while those in Purgatory are those whose guilt have been wiped away from the moment of their death as they have acknowledged their sins and have earnestly 'repented for their offences against divine goodness,' with their pain ever lessening with the time.

Both those in Hell and Purgatory have 'no more free will' upon the time of death, with those in Hell having the will to sin, and 'bears the guilt with them throughout eternity,'  as they suffer the pain they would have to endure without end.

Men dead in sin merit infinite pain for an infinite time, but God's mercy only allotted to him at a given  time and has determined the quantity of pain, in justice 'God could have given him more pain.'

Saint Catherine emphasized, "O how dangerous is sin committed in malice! Hardly does a man repent him thereof, and without repentance he will bear its guilt for as long as he perseveres, that is for as long as he wills a sin committed or wills to sin again."

If you try to examine your conscience, do you in anyway feel bad or feel the pain, sorrow, grief and the guilt as you sin such as wantonly denying the words and commandments of God and in Christ by:

  1. lying before others to suit your own selfish desires and satisfaction and not accepting who and what we really are and not asking forgiveness for our sins and iniquities;
  2. bearing as a false witness against another;
  3. your ill intent to defraud, malign or punish another out of your own selfish desires, out of envy, jealousy. or out of undue retaliation or vengeance;
  4. your non-forgiveness, persecuting others, including yourself, by letting them or yourself suffer the pain, either physical or emotional, out of self-pity, your own anger, selfishness, pride, vain conceit, with your continuous tirade of demeaning words, insults, blames, curses or slander against something done which merit not anything that may be noble, righteous, or worthy of praise, and out of love, that disrespects the dignity of your neighbor whose body made in God's image and likeness becomes a sacred temple of God, and against anything which you yourself may have also been guilty of before;
  5. or an opinion or point of view which goes against the words of God and the evil outcome thereof;
  6. coveting, claiming or using without due permission or authority what is not yours or belongs to your neighbors;
  7. vanity and love for material things more than our love and our trust in God through Christ Jesus, and through our love of others, that God, not we or anything material, may be glorified;
  8. and all other sins of lust you can think of? 

If we feel no remorse or any guilt in any of the aforementioned sins of malice, we may be bound to Hell where there is the absence of God.

And Saint Faustina, in her 'Vision of Hell,' where God revealed to her the different tortures of Hell that all may know about the truth and the reality of the existence of Hell, also complements the revelation of God on Saint Catherine about Purgatory.

The pain of those damned in hell, however, is still 'not infinite in quantity' as the 'dear goodness of God sheds the ray of His mercy even in Hell.'

Only God knows what punishment one will need to endure in Hell or in Purgatory, depending on how we have lived in this life and depending on the depth of our prayers as we pray with all our heart and in all sincerity, that through our good deeds and love for others, our God of love and mercy and forgiveness, through Christ our Lord and Savior, may hear and  listen to us.

God wants us to continue to be prayerful, as we praise. thank and show how we adore Him through His Son, Jesus Christ, and to follow him, what we may be guided in his light, and be willing to share this light too with others as we show our genuine love can concern for our neighbors, starting with our own family.

Is it not apparent that it is in loving God and others that we truly see a more fulfilling, noble, honorable and respectable way of loving ourselves?

Praying for our dearly departed love ones, and for others worthy of our prayers, for God's rays of love, mercy and forgiveness to possibly cleanse those still in Purgatory as a show of our love and concern for them, as we believe in the power of the love of God and the power of prayers, is this not what God wants of us, a show of our intense faith through our love for others?

In Mark 11:24, Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  

And may God's greater wisdom in the Holy Spirit guide us in our faith that through it all, God knows what is in our hearts as He is all knowing, almighty and powerful.  Obedience and humility to His will makes us whole in Him, and believing that in His time and in His way, He knows what is best for us as He answers at best our prayers as part of His greater plan for us all, that we may remain in His light and not turn to where darkness is for in our doubts and in our pride come our weakened souls onto temptation from the evil one, in deceit that feeds malice in our flesh to satisfy hunger in our ego.

In everything, may our spirit be stronger in the humility and obedience of our hearts and souls to God, ever abiding in Jesus in our faith, for as always, may we see greater wisdom in believing in God's will upon us all, as in the Lord's Prayer, "God's will be done," as we may as soon, in our faithful and loving patience, 'taste and see the goodness of the Lord.'

In John 15:7, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

And in Matthew 19:26, Jesus Said, "With God, all things are possible."

[Read our related post on:  "... 'Jesus Saves' via Christaninsal.Over-blog.com, on Love in Christ, Mama Mary and the Saints" as you may want to seek for further enlightenment in God's words.]

Saint Catherine reminds us too that those committing malice who refuse to repent and renew, they shall bear its guilt for as long as they persevere, that is, for as long as they will to commit the sin or they will to sin again, they may be in danger of being bound for Hell if in this life they continue to sin in malice and refuse to totally cleanse themselves of this sin.

We are being admonished by Saint Catherine, by divine enlightenment, to be stronger in our faith than our cravings for anything material, to be selfless in our love for God and of others, less we want to suffer Hell, as early as in this life.

Through it all, knowing and believing that we have the crucified Christ in us, in "laminin," the protein molecule that binds the cells and tissues together that make us one body, and yes, it is in a form of a cross, we need to be stronger in this life as we carry our own cross while being strong in the Spirit of Christ, and that in Christ there is hope, for in Christ and with Christ there is everlasting love and mercy as we may live in His truth, in His light and by His redeeming and sanctifying grace.

[Read on related supporting post to ebook:  "Supporting Videos and Links for ebook,'Laminin,' the Binding Truth of the Cross and Creation ..."]

It is in dying to one self and being one with God through Christ Jesus, and in Christ, that one may experience this feeling of ecstasy in him as he experiences his oneness with God.

She likens our cravings for material things as similar to one who, by instinct, cannot but bear living without bread in this life, to which one reacts so strongly with the pain felt so intense with its absence that one is experiencing Hell, his impatience and his will may lead him to be damned in Hell, as his will may become wholly and solely focused on the bread which he so desires.

But for one who lives in restraint and is able to deny himself of his worldly cravings and has accepted the words of Christ as the real and true food for himself in this life, may very well be freed from guilt, as he would bear every pain and suffering necessary to see God in Christ Jesus, our true Savior who has brought us life and love.

Life Cycles Toward God or Mammon

Leaning towards God through Christ, may very well conform with Saint Christine's message of renewal and redemption that may cleanse one's self and may lead to eternal life, as opposed to that vicious cycle towards evil that lead to Mammon and Hell.

Let me try to simplify the two vicious cycles that may either make or break relationships in our life, and these are as follows:

1) one with God as master   >>>   any given situation   >>>   practice love, humility, forgiveness, sharing using God's words and Commandments as weapons and tools    >>>    be joyful, pray, and give thanks     >>>    avoid conflict     >>>     peace and love     >>>    more productive, efficient and fruitful in the light of truth in Christ    >>>    HEAVEN

note: above cycle may continue until death, and onto eternal life, may lengthen life, and more importantly, may lead to HEAVEN

as compared to:

2) one with Mammon (material things, money, sins of lust, power, wealth)     >>>     any given situation      >>>    worry, blame, dig on past mistakes using pride, selfishness, human wisdom and intelligence or hurting/lethal weapons as tools      >>>     injuries, death,     >>>     conflict, unforgiveness, hatred, vegeance     >>>     goes back to worry, blame, etc. = vicious cycle of never ending conflict, inefficiency and new unproductive situations are created with snowballing effect     >>>     growing Mammon in the absence of God in Christ   >>>   HELL

note: above cycle may continue until death, and it may shorten life, and sadly, may lead to HELL, even as early as in this life, especially when there is the absence of God in one's life

Do you see now the clearer picture and the root causes of good and evil? Which cycle would you rather choose?

Two Rays of Light from God for Cleansing

Saint Catherine talks of two kinds of rays from the enormous light from God. One that purifies and another that destroys all the imperfections in our soul, and destroys the 'self' in us, although already in the state of the absence of guilt with complete repentance made during our lifetime.

This 'self' refers to our inner being that has caused us to sin in malice, pride and selfishness.

As we have accepted the love of God in Christ, there is a need for our purification, one free from all imperfection as one takes away the rust from his soul until it becomes pure as gold ready to face God and be one with Him.

Earlier in this life, God wants us to already purify ourselves from any imperfection that we may be cleansed from sin and from all guilt in confession and repentance, followed with total renewal that anytime we are called, we are purified and sinless, as well as guiltless to perfection, ready to be one with him in eternal life.

In Matthew 5:43-48, Jesus tells the crowd and his disciples, “You have heard that is was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Redeeming USA and the World from Debt and Chaos, With Music Video 'You are Mine'

'Debt Crisis Hits Heart of Eurozone, ECB extends Lifeline' via Yahoo News 

USA, the "Number One Economy in the World" has been humbled by its Debt Crisis with a whopping $14.3 Trillion and more in unsettled international loan obligations.

Everybody knows whatever happens to America, with its great power and influence, a big part of the world follows.

And now, we see many of big guns in the European Union also showing signs of weakness in the stock market as in above link.

A video presentation from a well known economist and financial analyst has predicted the downfall of America as early as 2008, when it bailed out many a big name in the American business industry and worldwide.

And another one suggested three investment solutions out of the Debt Ceiling Debacle through our link on Money Morning.

But what could be the best solution?

It seems no ordinary man can save America from its woes, and this time, do you think a miracle from God will save America, or the world?

Not even Superman, Batman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Wolverine or much less Lady Gaga or Justin Beiber or even Captain America can solve the problem, lol?

The Need for God and Love in this World

Is it not true that the America we once knew has put emphasis to God's role in helping shape this nation since the time it gained its independence from England on July 4, 1776?  That was the time when the first President of the United States in General George Washington was head of government.

And up until the US constitution was amended by secularists who were convinced that America should be a secular state instead or a godless state on November 2004, when second term President George W. Bush was elected in November 2, 2004, did we see the word 'God' removed in the US Constitution and on the Preamble, as an effect of approved amendments.

During the term of the greatly loved, God fearing US President Ronald Reagan, we saw him turn the US economy around in mid 1980's despite gargantuan challenges in his term.

After his term, however, many of its people have sadly and slowly slipped from ever thinking about God or to even thank God for the many blessings that the Almighty has granted this nation blessed with great talents, and rich in God's love and favor, and for a great many years some looked up to the US as the new Israel with many migrating to this 'land flowing with milk and honey.'

Indeed in 2004, we have seen that in the American preamble, there is no mention of God in it anymore?

While I see America embracing all kinds of culture and diversities in its existence as a freedom loving nation, this is all good as it is in God's words to love one another and to exercise our own 'free will' in this life, within the given limits and bounds of the laws of the land in the attainment of due peace and order as we are bound by the laws of man through its duly formed and approved constitution and legal principles of rights and justice.

But don't you think too much freedom can really be dangerous?

And come to think of it, how can America, the home of the brave and the strong, ever find its way out from its own mess with possible miracles from God when many have gone astray and have not seen the essence of obedience to God much as it has seen wealth, power and material things to lead its path?

If we were to look it up in the Holy Bible, God has made it clear when He said we can only choose one master, and it is either God or Mammon (evil, material, money, sins of lust or pride).

Sadly, America and much part of the world have turned to Mammon or evil in this life.  Evil has now crept into the windmills of American minds, and so with most of the world.

If we have seen America rise to greatness and believe that it is the hands of God that has brought America to where it is right now, is it not proper to give God the honor due Him, and see Him heal this seemingly lost nation and its people who are full of hope and promise of what opportunities may lie ahead?

In Malachi 3:8-10, God admonishes us to trust in Him and give Him what is due, a 10th of our income in tithes, through His church, the poor and the needy, aside from our family and community, and he will bless us abundantly.

“Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me.

“But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’

“In tithes and offerings.  You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it."

Enriching ourselves selfishly is contrary to God's commandments in Christ, as it is contrary to a government's concern on its main obligation to satisfy the needs of its people.

We cannot close our eyes from the lessons of the past, on how God has kept His covenant of love with His people, that He has always been forgiving as we have in Him a God who is 'slow to anger,' but when He is pushed to the limit, He shows his wrath just to remind us His words are true, and we need to believe and follow His lead.

We cannot continuously deny the truth in God's words and the truth of His existence through miracles and wonders He has shown us and with what we see around us including the great technology that we now enjoy with all these making our life easier, implanted in the minds of a select few to become instruments of His love for us, the many apparitions of our Blessed Mother calling us time and again that we may be guided by the light of her Son in Jesus, and the Holy Spirit's ever magnifying presence in those who have opened their hearts to believe in Christ's love and divine mercy.

What more can we ask for as we still remain blind from all this love that God has shown us?  Did we or are we now heeding his call for renewal and conversion?

Blessed are those who continue to thank and glorify God for the gifts and blessings they receive while using their God given talents, as I continue to pray for those who are still lost and confused in this world that they may open their hearts and spirit to God, through His Son Jesus Christ, and celebrate this life in his goodness as they come to realize how important God's gifts in them are that these may be used for the love of many, especially for those who are in need.

As in Matthew 5:3, Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."  And in Matthew 5:8, he said, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."

[Read further on our related post:  "Commentary on - 'Love' by Saint Paul, Love of God and Self-Pity" on TypePad.com with related links on knowing more about God, his message in these times and the essence of 'love' in this life.]

God knows everything as He is all knowing.  And in this short and limited life we are allowed to live on this worldly planet, we are being tried and tested by our Creator how well we receive and abide by His commandments, and how well we understand and live in accordance to the truth in His words.

In Near Death Experiences or NDE's, some doctors and scientists attending to people who claimed to have seen  a bright light and deceased people whom they recognized as their love ones during the given time they were known to be clinically or brain dead, have concluded that there is consciousness of the spirit in such instances.

Some have claimed to have seen Jesus or a similar image of him.  Some claimed to have heard God and have been engulfed by an inexplicable joy, love and happiness in a body of radiant light.  Some have vividly given an account of what they have seen and heard during their NDE, duly confirmed by people around them on given instances.

Is this not a proof of the truth in afterlife and in the consciousness of the spirit after the death of our body?

While Jesus has made clear that his next coming is on the Last Judgment, he also has said, in Matthew 19:26, "... with God, all things are possible." And Christ Jesus, being God made man, can make his presence felt to people who have learned to accept him, through the Holy Spirit, and who may be needing enlightenment, through our prayers, anytime and in anyway as he so wills it, and in all these, God's love for man is made manifest in our faith as we learn and chose to live in God's grace.

[Read more on NDE via inside links on:  "...'Jesus Saves' via Christaninsal Over-blog.com, on NDE, Mama Mary and the Saints."]

In many recorded apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mother with miracles of healing, conversion and enlightenment attributed to these, and while praying through Christ's intercessors in saints and the blessed, yet, deceased people, many learned and respected individuals in society have remained baffled by these events.

While many die of deadly illnesses, we see enlightened doctors and scientists who find natural complements and medications worthy of their time and efforts while doing meaningful researches.  Many of them have seen more success ratings on similar cures achieved, compared to highly and technologically advanced gadgets and forms of modern therapies and medications.

Many honest inventors and innovators with selfless desires to help man in his plight against poverty, pollution, rising cost of power, oil and other commodities and services, have been emboldened to pursue their worthy efforts to help the poor, hapless individuals and the downtrodden who have very limited resources, education and other material capacities to keep up surviving in a morally sick and wealth driven economy.    

Are these not indications of God's hands moving us towards Him through those who have seen the light?

If many people see the separation of the church and the state as ideal, there should be no qualms on that as God wants man to be obedient to the laws of the land and to pay our taxes, so long as they are for the good of man and help provide for the needs of man.

As Christ has said, in Luke 20:25, "Then give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."

However, God has created man to be of help to man, irregardless of what race or nationality, what culture or religion, or what economic, political or philosophical belief; and that man use all of God given resources for the love of others, not for the love of one or a selected few.

Jesus Christ has always been for the poor and the marginalized, and has always admonished us through the church to help these brothers of ours, in that they may have a better quality of life, and in so doing that we may be blessed.

Christ also reminds us not to lose our soul by clinging to what is worldly or evil, as he is more concerned of our spirit, which has a greater influence on our body and on the way we carry ourselves in society.

If only our government leaders and politicians on post realize how instrumental and important their roles are as catalysts of God's plan for us in this life, they should find it their responsibility to lead man towards love of neighbors as it is in this high ideal that man accepts the truth in God's commandment through Christ, who has been sent by God to truly save mankind from destruction and evil in this world.

May we learn to use material things to glorify God, not the other way around where we become enslaved by material things wherein we become more like robots or puppets of our own creation,  lost and confused as to how we can get out from an entrapment of our own making as we seek more satisfaction for things that cannot can never satisfy us in full, as we crave for something higher with our pride and vanity getting the better of us, until we realize how foolish we have been wasting our life for something that will never last, and things that we cannot bring along when we come to pass.

[Watch this 'cool' and meaningful music video:  "World Order" which reminds us how we may react like robots or puppets as we allow ourselves to be ruled by our insatiable worldly vices.]

Have you not noticed how fast technology has improved, how new things have kept man overwhelmed and how fast time has passed, and yet, in one blink of an eye, how man has been humbled with the downfall of a business giant, the crashing of the stock market, unexplained solutions to the foreseen threat of global warming, the violence and bloodshed among brothers in the east, the death or fall of a dictator, the difficulty in controlling a devastating tsunami, earthquake, hurricane, an oil spill or a series of powerful tornadoes, the explosive eruption of an angry volcano, and many more series of unusual events seen right before our very eyes, and recently, the discovery of a mysterious dwarf star, named Elenin, which, for a while, other observers found it to appear like a controlled object with an unpredictable movement.

Others say it does not look like a mere comet as some in NASA may have described it.  And according to some analysts, it may be the one causing earthquakes and other natural calamities around world as it draws nearer to the earth in between the sun, and the YouTube video contributor even estimated this to happen somewhere September 26 and 27 this year, when there may be an expected polar shift as Elenin wrestles with the sun with its own gravitational pull, and may spell chaos and destruction.

Apparently,  NASA has announced in August 2011 (on this link by Ian O'Neill on August 17, 2011, "Comet Elenin Won't Kill Us Says Nasa,") that there is nothing to worry about Elenin as it is far too small to becoming a real threat to our planet.

While Elenin, as described by NASA to be of no threat to us, this may have awakened many to the truth in the words of God about the importance of loving one another that we may have eternal life in us, and that we may always seek guidance and see redemption in the light of Christ as we shun from evil.

And that anytime, we may be ready to face our Creator when 'rapture' comes, and as in Mark 13:32, Jesus said to his disciples, "But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone." 

Let there be no mistake about it, that God moves in mysterious ways, and no human wisdom or human intelligence can ever fathom, for "He is our great and ever loving God, from whom all good things come."

We may always relate calamities, disorder, violence and chaos all over the world to chastisement and retribution as what has been proclaimed in the book of Revelation.  But the most important question that we may nee need to always ask ourselves is, "Are ready in both body and spirit?"

Even in the Third Secret Message of Fatima from Christ Jesus as revealed to Sister Lucy by the Blessed Mother, a greater punishment is to be expected if Jesus' call for prayer, atonement and sacrifice will be left unheeded.  And with so much evil going on the the world and in the church, Satan is seen to be working doubly hard as he knows he is running short of time.

In Revelation 16:15, St. John wrote of God Almighty’s message to all men, “Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.”

God in Christ Jesus has been calling on us for repentance, renewal and conversion that we may lead others to see his light.  And we pray that God may save us from the perils and threats towards chastisement.

Gift of Life Eternal

In Matthew 16:25-26, he tells his disciples, “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?”

Jesus also reminds us in Matthew 19:23, as he tells his apostles, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

In Matthew 23:11-12, Jesus Christ said to the crowd with his disciples, "The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted."

Is it not true that when we die we are humbled, not matter how rich, famous or powerful we may have been in our lifetime, whether we like it or not, our decaying body will be like the dust of the earth that will be trampled upon by all kinds of creatures and living organisms at any given time.

Whence, we shall be judged not only by God, but by people who have known us, who would either pray for us that our souls may be forgiven and accepted by our Heavenly Creator, or to deserve the fires of Hell, as you have lived a life with no forgiveness in your heart, nor has even asked forgiveness, arrogant, proud, conceited and uncaring, selfish or lacking in the love of others, full of malice, deceit and untruthfulness, no respect to life,  too judgmental against others as not to recognize or accept his own faults with no guilt or remorse for any wrong doing, and enjoy the lavish of power, wealth, and all other sins of lust that the evil one finds delight with, yet, never lasts.

God calls on us to cleanse our body and our souls as early in this life, as Saint Catherine of Genoa,who has received this divine revelation in her lifetime, calls it as Purgatory or cleansing oneself while living in this life, compared to the Purgatory after death where we are cleansed with two rays of light from God that purify our souls and destroy all our sins before being totally cleansed and worthy to enter the gates of heaven, for those who have lived and renewed themselves in Christ and are already free from guilt as they have fully been forgiven for all their worldly sins including malice towards others before their death, that we may bring our family and our love ones together to be one with Christ and in Christ, and lead others as well to his light, and gain that elusive entry into God's Heavenly Kingdom.

[Read more on our post:  "The Truth in Purgatory as in the Vision of Saint Catherine of Genoa," and see its relevance in our life as it intends to enlighten.]

In John 20:23, Jesus said to his disciples, “If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven."

While the US has not been stingy in sharing its vast wealth and technology to the world by:  enhancing its role as the policeman of the world against abusive tyrants and dictators in the name of freedom, justice and democracy; providing material and manpower assistance to countries devastated by natural and man induced calamities; and by sharing its advanced technology and know-how for greater efficiency and productivity to countries that need it most, it has, nevertheless, fallen short of providing lasting peace in the Middle East and has become suspect to promoting its own national and global interests.

In fairness to the US, however, let us not close our eyes to the many people and countries it has helped, influenced and inspired in the fight for freedom, justice and democracy. Many more are in line, but is war with violence and death to many the real answer as we seek true and lasting peace?

Or would it just be a vicious cycle that will keep on recurring because of culture, or a never ending peace with vengeance, sins of lust, pride and selfishness that runs and rules the mind, and with a distorted definition of love without forgiveness in one's heart?

Through Jesus' Christ's teachings may we gain wisdom, and through humility, we may find and gain respect and honor.

It is in accepting our faults and differences and our willingness to change and be renewed in Christ that we are made whole.  And it is in humility that we find strength.

As in Proverbs 15:33, "The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor."

Living this life in accordance to how Christ wants us to live can make our life more peaceful, orderly and joyful, as he wants us to experience how beautiful living in heaven is while on earth, with a life full of love for others, and where the love of God abounds as He lives in us.

In John 6:47 and 51, “I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life … I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

After successfully driving away a demon from a mute person who eventually spoke miraculously as he was healed, in Luke 11:23 Jesus said to the crowd who witnessed this, “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters.”

God wants us to give importance to His words and commandments, and putting Him at the center of our lives through Christ His Son, will be more pleasing to Him.

“I and the father are one,” said Jesus in John 14: 11-14, and he added, “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me… I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

In Psalm 95:8-11, it states, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah (means quarreling), as you did that day at Massah (means testing) in the desert, where your fathers tested and tried me, though they had seen what I did. For forty years I was angry with that generation. I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways.” So I declared an oath in my anger, “They shall never enter my rest.”

In Numbers 14:18, “God is slow to anger, abounding in love.” But when his wrath comes in disobedience, many people perish.

In Matthew 14:22-33, Jesus was seen walking on a stormy sea by his disciples.  They were terrified momentarily thinking that they have seen a ghost.  When Jesus identified himself, Peter, as the leader noting to be recognized,  asked Jesus if he could come to him.  Jesus called him to come and he did.  He was already walking on the water when strong winds frightened him and he began to sink, for he cannot swim.  He frantically asked help from Jesus.  Wherefore, Jesus grabbed him by the hand as said, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?"

Christ calls on us to fully trust in him and not to be carried away by power, wealth, sins of lust and of pride as these will deprive us of true happiness.  We may never find lasting satisfaction in all things that are temporary in this life.

Rather, is it not in sharing our love with others or anything that is good given from deep within our hearts that we find true satisfaction?

In Acts 20:35, in the words of our Lord Jesus himself, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."  The more we share our love with others, in any form, be is in prayers, in thought or in praise, or be it anything material, the more we are blessed.

And we may as well wake up to reality and ask, "Can we bring any of our belongings when we die?"

We may live up to 40, 70, or a 100 years but do we ever realize how the evil one has made a fool of us as he has kept us lured and enslaved by material things?

How important is it to live more than a 100 years when  we can choose to live for eternity in Christ?

Whether we like it or not we will have to face death some time, and when we do, is it now wiser to prepare for eternal life instead of enriching ourselves yet cannot enjoy all these when we die, while forgetting and forsaking our poor or sick brothers who are in need of help or comfort?

What is the use of working so hard expending our blood, sweat and tears for a future nobody knows for certain?  Or would we rather prepare our soul for eternal life than compromise it and suffer in hell?

Do we want to keep our life meaningful with God guiding us, or meaningless with things that can never give us true satisfaction?  Is not a meaningless life comparable to a bubble that pops outs into nothingness in just a matter of time and disappears into oblivion?

When we die, is it not from dust we came, to dust we shall return?

For whatever God has created, only God has the right to take away.  Does this not, therefore, makes us mere administrators of material things in this life and not as true owners, and all we have is a borrowed life?

Medals, trophies, paintings, cars, mansions, houses, certificates of ownership. bank accounts, investments, savings and other treasures that we keep in our life, will all these matter when we die if we have not lived to love others?

Or would these matter more if we have shared all these selflessly for the love of others, feeling so light and happy as we see tears of joy in between hugs of loving, giving and forgiving?

As in the bible, the book Ecclesiastes reminds us that everything in life is meaningless, but not until we learn to understand the wisdom of God and strive to become mature in spirit that we learn to “fear God and keep His commandments, which is the duty of man,” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14), whence, shall God “bring indeed every deed into judgment, including every hidden things, whether it is good or evil.”

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 exhorts us in St. Paul, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

Looking back in history, have we not seen how many powerful people and a great many nations that have been toppled down from power and humbled as they turned to materialism instead of obeying Christ's words in loving one another?

Is this not true for individuals and families, where those who refuse to do what is good find more trouble living by themselves or with their love ones?

In 1 Corinthians 1:19, Saint Paul states, "For it is written:  "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."

God moves in mysterious ways and He knows every move we make as we cannot hide anything from Him.  He is Omnipotent as He is Omniscient, He is Immortal and Ever-Knowing as He is Everlasting for He has created everything.  He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.

In Matthew 10:26-42, Christ assured his disciples not to be afraid of people who hate them because of him as he said, “So do not be afraid of them, there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

“Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn

          “‘a man against his father,
          a daughter against her mother,
          a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law
          a man’s enemies will be the member of his own household.’

“Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

“He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the One who sent me. Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.”

May we be enlightened by God's words and pray that within our hearts and spirit we may better understand the true meaning in every verse of the holy scriptures in the Holy Bible.  And with the guidance
of the Holy Spirit, may we see the light of Christ in this life.

In James 1:6-8, Saint James reminds us not to doubt the wisdom in God's words, "But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is just like the wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind; That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double minded-man, unstable in all he does."

And with regards to his teachings, Jesus made it clear to his disciples in Matthew 24:35, as he said, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away."

To America, a Call for Redemption 

America, I can feel it through the Holy Spirit, that you are being called by God to listen to His words of truth, and in His Son, Jesus Christ,  that  you and your people may be saved ...  and the whole world may follow.

We pray that President Obama, all the leaders and people of this great nation, and other nations of the world heed God's call for redemption towards humility and obedience to God's will in Christ by showing their concern for others as opposed to being enslaved by material things.

And in so doing, save man from the clutches of further destruction due to the evils of materialism, havoc and chaos from greed, and the pitfalls of false beliefs that show no reverence to love and life, the latter being the very same essence that give meaning to Christ's words, therefore, to be addressed with due respect and honor.

God is calling upon us to use material things to prosper God's love through the love of others, and be selfless in our efforts to redeem this beautiful land and this beautiful planet as a whole that God has given us.

As we are in pursuit of true peace and happiness, only in Christ, in following and believing his words
and trusting in him, will we be able to attain this goal, guided by his love, mercy and power over all evil.

And with him, we are saved.

As in Matthew 6:33, Jesus tells his disciples, "... seek first His (God’s) kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."

And never again shall we use material things to benefit evil, rather, use material things to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ, in whose words we see the light as he "the way, the truth and the life," as in John 14:6.

America, let us all be unified as a nation, concerned of this nation's survival and existence.

It is in heeding God's call for redemption that we can truly heal our land, and this goes beyond redeeming America from its ever growing debt burden and other material woes, as we try to address the root cause which is man's greatest folly, that of idolatry towards 'excessive materialism' and towards sins of lust, pride and power ... leading to Mammon.

As man has been created in the image and likeness of God, the body with life in it has become the temple of God.

The focal point of the attack from the evil one is the body of man.  Once weak in its faith in Christ, the body succumbs to sins of lust, love of fame, wealth, power and false glory as all these lead to emptiness and the lies of evil.

Pride, vanity and selfishness then drives man to hatred at the slightest provocation, that leads him to retaliation and vengeance.  If uncontrolled, may lead to violence and other disorderly behavior, which often times can be compared to childish and immature reactions.

With love that is of Christ, we die to our 'self' as we become humble and obedient to God as we start to find happiness serving others by showing our concern for all men, and this is what the evil one fears.

The evil spirit wants us to be subservient to his evil ways and be controlled by its chains of malice, lies and deception, hatred, vengeance and non-forgiveness that continue to rule in evil people's hearts.

Unfortunately, the evil one has been successful so far in confusing man as to the true meaning of its scheme, purposely distorting it to satisfy its purpose of justifying its evil plans to rule the earth as many who are weak in their faith are swayed to this belief, resulting in the death of many, and the others completely lost as they have been deceived into accepting false beliefs of love which in reality, promotes hate, deception and violence mainly intended to divide rather than unite, create trouble rather than bring peace, sow terror and anger rather than promote love and forgiveness.

Let this evil unmask itself and see him by its evil ways, with no reverence to life and  no respect to love that is pure, true and unconditional.

In truth, it is the opposite of  love that is merciful, forgiving and understanding as described in the Gospel of Saint Paul, and this is the love in Christ which is love of others.

Be not afraid of the evil one when you are with Christ and in Christ, because by the mere mention of Jesus, His Holy Name, the evil one scampers away in fear for he is the 'King of Kings' and the 'Lord of Lords.'

And for those who have been deceived, the need for guidance and enlightenment through love and peace in the light of Christ as we may proclaim the truth that they all be redeemed, renewed and saved to becoming true servants and true followers as men in Christ.

Let no evil come to prey on America's people and the rest of the world who may see and embrace the light, as they shall all be guided in Christ and with Christ.

All shall be exhorted to overcome all temptations to do evil, create havoc, disorder, confusion. destruction, or riots as what is happening now in the UK, Greece and in the Middle East.  May the love of Christ prevail that peace may reign in their hearts.

And standing as one, together in nation building through God and in Christ, we shall see us rise beyond debt and evil, seeing God through Christ, lifting us up to redemption as we maintain our focus onto supporting and enhancing ways that may prosper our faith, which in reality goes beyond our economy, using all of our efforts and resources including nature which comes free from our Creator as needed, bleed if we may, sacrifice and contribute materially, physically and spiritually, as this warfare is now beyond physical, in accordance to our individual capacity while maintaining freedom, truth, peace, justice and equality for all, until we see this nation once again rise from the clutches of evil, and into the palm of God Almighty, whom our forefathers have long honored, revered and worshiped, hence made this land great and wonderful, where His Son in Jesus, the great Savior and Messiah, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, shall dominantly reign from among all of creation.

Now is the time to repay God's kindness in Jesus by offering all the love that we can give, all the love that we can share to America, this great nation that we love, and in this, that we all may be healed and be blessed  by our Almighty God and Father, who lives and reigns forever.

And that we may be guided to profit not for material and selfish gains, rather to profit in both body and spirit, in our love for our family, in our love for others, and yes, in our love for this great and wonderful nation in Christ Jesus, and be it so too for the love of all people of God around the world.

We may have seen similar bleeding made in Thailand, Japan, South Korea, in the UK, Australia, Russia, Germany, the Philippines, and other parts of the world, as we have likewise seen in the US during the civil war and during the two World Wars, when all of these countries have responded to the unseen hands of God through Christ, towards unity and self-sacrifice into productive nation building brought about by that resounding call from their spirit to love one another.

Truly, each time, these life changing exercises have ignited a magnanimous response from among the peoples which resulted in awesome economic recoveries in miraculous proportions beating all odds.

While not all have been Christians, all have responded, nevertheless, with the same kind of 'unconditional love' that Christ has taught us.  And in all these, it was the hands of God, with the love and mercy in Christ Jesus, which made possible the humbling of men for 'love of country and people.'

The ball is on us, America, to show our full trust in our Lord Jesus Christ and our love for one another that we may see this country prosper in the light of Christ.

That anyone who believes in this exercise of love in Christ, may also live in Christ.  The burden of choice, however, lies solely on the people's will as a healthy exercise of their own 'free will.'

As in Matthew 19:26, "With God, all things are possible."

In 2 Peter 3:1-18, Saint Peter, the Rock, on whom Christ started building his church, writes about the Last Judgment as the “Day of the Lord,” that we may further see the truth in Christ, “Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.

"First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

"But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

"But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.

"Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by the fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.

"So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.

"Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”

In Romans 6:19-23, Saint Paul admonished the former slaves now set free, “I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

From the Book of Ezekiel 18:3-32, it is written, “Therefore, O house of Israel, I will judge you, each one according to his ways, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent! Turn away from your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!”

Let us wake up to truth that no material things last, and all material things can only give us temporary happiness, and when we die, it is our spirit that lives.  We live to satisfy God by following Christ, and not the evil one who enslave us to sin as we fall from his trap and deception, which brings us to the love of material things, to veer us away from God and keep us away from true peace and happiness, the latter being made whole by sharing our love and our concern for others, and our show of mercy and forgiveness to our neighbors.

With God, who has the sole power to destroy the spirit, as in Matthew 10:28, as we learn to live in Christ in our love for others as against selfish gains and greed, our spirit continues to live as we are saved in Christ through faith and good deeds, and as we live in his grace, and so may we live in eternal and heavenly bliss with Christ Jesus standing by our side in atonement of our sins before our Heavenly Father.

And in all these, all those who believe and live in Christ Jesus, may see the light, in the USA, together with those in the whole wide world and its peoples, may be redeemed from the clutches of evil and darkness, that all may be renewed to be one in God's love, hope, mercy and forgiveness, and that they who may be renewed may help change the rest of the world, as they may see the goodness in sharing the light of Christ to the whole world, and that in all these, God may be glorified.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Commentary on - "New York Challenges Defense of Marriage Act" on Yahoo News, and on Denying Christ

"New York Challenges Defense of Marriage Act" on Yahoo News"

Listening to God's words and reflecting on them as we pray for continued guidance in the Holy Spirit make us better understand His wisdom in Christ Jesus.

In John 2:22-23, as it is written, “Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus in the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist – he denies the Father and the Son. No one denies the Son and the Father. Whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”

Reading on our above post link, there has been so much hype on "Same Sex Marriage" and now it is endangering our closely guarded freedom through the "Defense of Marriage Act," and we take from Christ's words that it should be protected, otherwise, we may only be inviting more temptations into our lives promoting the sins of lust.

And if we are here to protect more lives and prevent more suicides out of disillusionment, despair, depression and depravity, are we not adding more by promoting "same-sex marriage," and further confusion and hatred in this world as we encourage self-pity rather than true love of others if we promote sins of lust?  Or would opening one's heart and spirit to Christ for physical (that is, both mind and body) and spiritual healing help and provide a better solution?

Is the "pursuit of freedom and happiness" the right of the few endangering the right of the many then justifiable?

[Please read further with truth on God's words on:  "'Love' and Saint Paul, Love of God and Self-Pity"]

Any action that may create economic activity is not necessarily for the common good or is it?

Porno magazines, X-Rated DVD's and other pornographic materials, Gay Bars, Prostitution Dens and the like, are these promoting good values that will prosper community building or will these only help destroy relationships and families and continue to eat into the moral fiber of society?

God does not want us to rush in our judgments like our great great grandparents in Adam and Eve did when they ate the forbidden fruit, rather, weigh them carefully before getting into activities that promote sins of lust, while reflecting on the truth in His words through His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, our True Redeemer and Messiah.

Think of the ill effects of such activities on our family.  Asking ourselves what if these happen to our love ones?  Do we have the moral authority to tell them and enlighten them to what is wrong when we ourselves are doing or tolerating what is sinful or lustful?

Have we not noticed how evil things we may have been doing in the past gets back to us through our love ones?

Many times, it is always better to refrain from what is forbidden by God than regret the consequences later on.

God knows everything that happens around us, and He 'will repay' what is due to evil doers.  And repayment may be as fast as it may happen while we spend our life here on earth, or, it may happen in the afterlife, when we will be called for retribution on the day of judgment.

In Romans 12:17-19, Saint Paul reminds the many of words of God, "Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eye of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘it is mine to avenge, I will repay, ' says the Lord."

And in Psalm 95:8-11, it states, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah (means quarreling), as you did that day at Massah (means testing) in the desert, where your fathers tested and tried me, though they had seen what I did.  For forty years I was angry with that generation.  I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways.”  So I declared an oath in my anger, “They shall never enter my rest.”

While God in Christ Jesus wants us to love our neighbors, we have a responsibility to abide by his words of truth, as we can only boast of his words and be guided by his words as in 1 Corinthians 1:17-31.

Further, in 1 Corinthians 2:4-5, St. Paul says in all humility, devoid of eloquence or superior wisdom, but with love and in truth in the spirit and with the crucified Christ, “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.”

And writing about the ‘Wisdom of the Spirit,’ St. Paul states in 1 Corinthians 2:6-16, “We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:

          "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him…”

         "but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.

        "The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught but the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment:

        "For who has knows the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?”

        "But we have the mind of Christ.”

On God’s temple in us and the power of humility with no malice towards anyone as against bickering and hatred brought about by divisiveness, St. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 3:16-23. “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.

        "Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness.” And again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” So then, no more boasting about men! All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Caphas or the world or life or death or the present or the future – all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.”

Anyone who sins in lust and promotes this sin or any other sin is not a follower of Christ but one who denies Christ and follows evil.  How can one live in peace if he denies Christ?

[Read more about denying Christ on:  "... What Does the Bible Say About Tattoos and True Peace in Christ Jesus]

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 exhorts us in St. Paul, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

Romans 6:11-14 St. Paul states, “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.”

May we find our faith going stronger as we become witness to Christ’s teachings in our own homes as we continue to pray and ask for his blessings, his guidance and protection to keep our family intact and safe from the evil one with the love of Jesus in our hearts.

[Read on our related post:  "In Support of Pro-Family Group Stands Against Allowing Same-Sex Marriage."]

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Commentary on - "'Jesus Saves' via Chritianinsal.over-blog.com," on 'love in Christ', NDE, Mama Mary and the Saints

Here is my honest belief and commentary on above post linked from Over-blog.com as I continue to pray for our guidance and enlightenment through the Holy Spirit. My purpose in this blog is not to malign or condemn anybody, rather, to be an instrument of the truth in God's words in my own expression of my love and concern for others, as one having seen the light, that they too may see the light of Christ with the message of unity among men towards love and forgiveness, irregardless of one's religious, political, philosophical or ideological inclination and to willingly share it with others, among members of their community and with the rest of the world.

[Read as subject of commentary:  "'Jesus Saves' via Christianinsal.over-blog.com."]

Mama Mary and the Saints

I so too believe that the Blessed Virgin Mother is the Mother of Christ as presented in the scriptures.

A deeper meaning comes, that she is the Main Vessel of the Holy Spirit, best explained on the 'tool of salvation' on e-book inspired by the Holy Spirit, "Jesus is Real - An Attestation to the Truth ..."

She loves us so much as she has loved Jesus, her Son, who is the Son of God.

As Catholics, we honor Mama Mary as such as she has become the chosen one of God who would bear His Son, with the Angel Gabriel himself being sent by our Heavenly Father to give meaning to this great and joyful revelation, just as Jesus has been the chosen One of God to be the Son.

While the Blessed Virgin Mother has been so honored, just like many other saints who have lived with Christ and in Christ, contrary to what others insist that they are being worshiped when they are not, rather accept them as well loved intercessors to Christ Jesus, with the power of the Holy Spirit extended to them as they have all become one with Christ, and Christ is still, the one and only "Mediatrix of All."

Mama Mary was born 'sinless,' as her nephew, John the Baptist's parents, Zechariah and Elizabeth were also righteous and 'blameless' before God as in Luke 1:6.  Mary was 'favored in fullness of God's grace' being 'with the Lord,' as in Luke 1:28.  Nobody was worthy except her to become the mother of God in Jesus as this has been God's plan for her among all elect even before creation, that Jesus' victorious death and resurrection may be fulfilled.  This special role is indeed worthy of great praise and thanksgiving as we are blessed in her holy presence ever guiding us towards the love of her Son, Jesus, as all the others saints, whether physically present or not in this life, have tirelessly and relentlessly continued to do so, inspiring us in our faith in Jesus.

It is no wonder that many miracles and apparitions have been credited and recorded to Mama Mary's name because of the love that she has shown for mankind and for those who believe in her Son, Jesus Christ, that their love for Jesus may grow.

If the love for Mama Mary can be so intense, it is because she personifies the ever loving mother we have in heaven, who from the beginning, has been ever faithful and obedient to our Heavenly Father, having been Divinely blessed and chosen by the love and grace of God, with a heart so pure and holy, living a life so simple, humble and true.

Will this not also true among the saints and beatified people, who, by their intense love of God in Jesus, have become instruments of the power of the Holy Spirit and have become vessels of God's love in Christ, with enormous miracles granted in their powerful intercession.

Let us not be divided by our faith in Jesus because some Christians insist that Mary is not to be worshiped which is a total misconception and is misleading as it is untrue and unverified.  The Catholic Christian faith never teaches that the Blessed Virgin Mother and the saints are to be worshiped but honored.

Honoring the saints and Mama Mary should not mean we submit ourselves to the sin of idolatry, because the saints and Mama Mary are all instruments of the love of God in Jesus and they being intercessors, all point to Jesus through the Holy Spirit as the source of their power, love and blessedness.

Let us remember that Jesus does not want us divided in our faith, rather, to be ever strong, steadfast and united against all evil that continue to divide and deceive us to weaken our faith when divided, as we get confused and vulnerable through our pride and ego, through our self serving human intelligence which veers us from the truth in God's words in Jesus.

And when they are honored, it does not mean they are being worshiped through images made for them inside churches, rather, their spiritual bodies are honored and respected as in them is the true Temple of the Holy Spirit, as they remain pure and holy.

Yes, we do not have to kneel before statues and the Catholic Church also says this, but  if some Catholic faithfuls want to kneel before images of Christ, Mama Mary and the saints, it is meant to worship God and glorify God, as we all know as true Christian believers, that Christ is the only way to the Father, and together with the Holy Spirit, he and God the Father are One.

This makes images as mere reminders of our faith, just as the crucifix is, not as statues or idols being worshiped or are ever to be worshiped.

I just hope and pray that no one puts malice in this practice as showing reverence and honor to Mama Mary and the saints can be expressed as humanly as possible and Christ, having lived among men, as the "word made flesh," can very much relate to this human expression of love of God through others.

And this too has been manifest in his first miracle when he turned the jars of water into wine at the prodding of his mother, Mama Mary, who meant nothing more than to provide life, joy and happiness in a great feast of love in itself, a wedding celebration in Cana.

And through Christ Jesus, the true Messiah, as God made into Man, following him and putting our full trust in him through his words of love and in the forgiveness of sins, we may be saved.

As in 1 John 2:1-6, Saint John exhorts all men to walk with the light of Christ, “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

“We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The many who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly complete in him. This is how we know we are in him. Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.”

[Read on related hubpost designed to further enlighten us on our faith:  Even in Death our Spirit Lives as we may Die in Christ, in God's Will, we Live]

Many times, we too, or anyone who so believes, become faithful intercessors of Christ Jesus whenever we help pray for the needs of our brothers and sisters, and believing that Mama Mary and the saints can become more powerful intercessors for our petitions through the power of Christ and the Holy Spirit, this has further strengthened our faith in God as many of us have seen the fruits of this practice with the countless mind bungling miracles and blessings that have occured and continue to happen in this life, and many times, no ordinary human being or even the learned scholars or scientists can explain.

Will all these be welcomed with joy and happiness rather than with ridicule and speculation if it comes as a a message from God on the love of Christ Jesus especially to those who have learned to believe, that others too may see the truth in God's words?

For indeed, God moves in mysterious ways.  And in all these, God is glorified.

[Read further on this related post:  "Graven Images:  Altering the Commandments?" from CNA.com for  insights we may find helpful as we seek guidance with the truth in God's words.]

If kissing images is considered idolatrous, would kissing the picture of your mom, child, girlfriend, dad, wife, best friend or whoever you love be considered also idolatrous if God teaches us to show our love and concern for others, while keeping in mind that our love for God is never to be compromised because without Him we are nothing?

Would praying before God while in front of, or holding a picture of a love one we are praying for constitute idolatry?

Is asking for prayers through our family members and friends in our community be different from asking intercessory prayers from Mama Mary or the saints and the blessed yet holy people who are, nevertheless, deceased or departed?

Love in Christ

In Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus said to the Pharisees in the presence of a crowd and his disciples on the question of what is the greatest commandment, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law of the Prophets hung on these two commandments.”   

Are not the first four commandments in the Ten Commandments referring to the love of God, while the rest, to the love of others?

And as long as we acknowledge and believe in our deep love of God and of others, more than anything else in this world, we are saved in the light of Christ.

Let us always pray that we do not fall into the trap of deceiving ourselves from the truth implied by this powerful commandment of God in Christ which is the love of God and the love of our neighbors.

Let the true meaning of the scriptures find their way into our hearts through the Holy Spirit as we reflect on the truth that God made everything out of His everlasting "love' for man.

Being able to avoid sins of lust and the lures of power and wealth make us stronger in our faith as we allow the Holy Spirit to empower us, becoming stronger in protecting ourselves from being enslaved by things material which only make us weak in body and spirit as we become wordly.

Persevering in our faith, on the other hand, makes us whole with Christ and in Christ and no one can ever break that powerful bond in us.

If our great fore parents in Adam and Eve, the first man and woman created by God fell from sin because of eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of wisdom and knowledge, the apple representing material things, let us not fall too as an easy prey to the evil one by being overcome by our pride or by vanity and be carried away by human wisdom and intelligence that keep dividing us and tend to pull us away from the truth in the love of Christ Jesus, Our Lord and Savior.

We must fully understand why Jesus, the Son of God, suffered and died for us on the cross, precisely so with his words of truth and love, and in his death, resurrection and ascension into heaven, we too are saved from sin through the forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life for those who believe in him, have faith and follow him.

What we have lost through the sin of Adam and Eve, we have regained in Christ through the gift of life eternal.

NDE or Near Death Experiences

Moving further, during the transfiguration in Matthew 17:1-9, did not the apostles Peter, James and John see Elijah and Moses, the latter two, despite their having already departed from this world, were seen talking with Jesus?  If you believe in this, does this not reveal to us the truth in a living and conscious spirit even after our death?

It may interest you to note that in the presence of some doctors and learned experts in the medical world, after careful study and observation on some duly recorded near death experiences or NDE, they have made baffling discoveries about the consciousness of the spirit, and as an exampledespite a brain dead patient - a spirit that saw his own body as he drifted away from it, went from room to room near his own room, saw and heard conversations among people in those rooms before returning back to his own body.

And when he got up vividly recounting every detail of what he saw, heard and experienced, all the doctors and medical experts were amazed yet convinced of their conclusion about the consciousness of the spirit despite a brain dead person.

With the consciousness of the spirit away from its brain dead body, does this not give essence to prayers passed on to saints for intercession, where the power of love in prayers really matter?

Those who experienced NDE have claimed to have seen their deceased relatives and the consciousness in their spirit.

Will this not give credence to Catholic Christian beliefs of praying for the dearly departed that they may enjoy eternal bliss and happiness with God in heaven, and so they too can pray for us and return the favor?

No wonder I have felt protected too, and so with my family, with my brush with death in previous car accidents, mild heart attack and mild stroke, as I continue praying for my son who passed away just two days after birth, about whom I am always proud to claim we already have an angel in heaven, for my Dad who passed away at the age of 63, and for my many friends and relatives whom I pray for that our Heavenly Father grant them eternal peace in heaven.

In Matthew 22:30, Jesus said to the Sadducces who questioned him on marriage and resurrection, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage, they will be like the angels in heaven. But about the resurrection of the dead – have you not read what God said to you? I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”

And being with Christ make us ‘like angels’ when we die, and like angels, we are no longer dead but living as one with God in life eternal, forever.

In Christ, we overcome death as we overcome the wages of sin which is death.

[Read our related post on the power of prayers:  "Prayers Can Move Mountains"]

And going back to kissing pictures and holding pictures of our love ones in prayer, is this not just a show of human affection and physical attachment that we are prone to do for our love one, and not idolatry?

Do not sportsmen kiss their trophies or winners and champions in any kind of human activity of event do that too, but are they worth of our condemnation or judgement of being idolatrous?  Is this not being merely human and purely a normal human reaction as we live in the realities of this life we need to savor the fruits also of our labor or arduous training to also give meaning to and celebrate God's gift of life?

Less we become overwhelmed, perhaps, that we forget that in all these, God needs to be glorified, including everything that we are blessed with in this life.

Isn't it so that because of God and with our God given talents we excel and prevail in activities we allow ourselves to be a part of?

Aren't we allowing the evil one prey on our weakness whenever we forget to honor God as due?  Are all these including our talents not coming from God?  If so, do we not allow ourselves to become a pawn of the devil whenever material things matter more than the One who created us all, our Heavenly Father?

While we respect other religions which do not believe in the Holy Trinity - ie, the worship of Three in One God namely, the God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit - we still pray for their conversion and enlightenment through the Holy Spirit that they too may see the light in Christ.

While I may obviously be biased in my faith, is it not Christianity which promotes love and respect to life, forgiveness of sins, belief in only One True God, freedom in the practice of other religion and respect to others' faith, promotes love of God more than love of worldly and material things, belief in one True Messiah in Jesus Christ, the only Begotten Son of God, and the amazing truth in his wonderful miracles of healing, driving out demons, calming the sea, raising the dead to life, great miracles performed out of faith in Jesus and those made in his name through the Blessed Mother, the saints and the faithfuls, the power and truth in his words and teachings on top of the many miracles performed by God the Father as recorded in Holy Bible as He has prepared man for the coming of His Son in Christ, our True Redeemer and Savior.

Indeed we are blessed with the saving grace in Christ Jesus.

Reading from our link on "'Vision of Hell' as shown to Sister Faustina Kowalska or Saint Faustina, you will see how God revealed to Saint Faustina the truth about Hell while guided and protected by an angel in the presence of angry devils so "no soul may find an excuse by saying there is no Hell."

Reading through it, do you not see how and why we already see Hell around us as we live this life, that with the absence of God in our life and the absence of love and the lack of it, we are rendered weak in health, fail in our relationships, and suffer in depression, sadness, loneliness, too much anxiety and fear, with some of us ending in hospitals, rehab centers, psychology clinics, mental hospitals, jails and in other God forbidden places?

Sister Faustina also mentioned, on top of the seven kinds of tortures, about "the caverns and pits of torture where one form of agony differs from another," designed for particular souls depending on how they have sinned. 

Even in the earlier recorded revelation of God to Saint Catherine of Genoa, in her divinely inspired writings on   "The Treatise of Purgatory," I can see a relation of this revelation to that of Sister Faustina as they complement each other.

While Saint Catherine writes about the truth in Purgatory, Sister Faustina shares with us her vision about the tortures in Hell.

Saint Catherine tells in her biography that as early as in this life, she has learned to endure the pains of cleansing and the purification of her heart and spirit, dying to her 'self,' as she dedicated the latter part of her life in the love and service of others while caring for the sick.  And for her, living in the love of Christ was incomparable as she was blessed with great and unexplained joy and happiness.

[Refer to our post on:  "The Truth in Purgatory as Seen in the Vision of Saint Catherine of Genoa"]  

In Matthew 5:22, Jesus said, “But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool,’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”

May we learn to avoid  bigotry and hatred towards our misguided brothers, rather, peacefully guide them to Christ, less we wish to endanger ourselves into the fires of hell.

And in some NDE, there were some who mentioned of struggles or a downward pull to darkness before they saw the light, and as they prayed to God or Jesus, they were brought to the indescribable light of God and love.

Is not this a fitting revelation of how true God and Jesus is?  And with God's mercy and forgiveness, we are given the chance to renew ourselves and be a light to others.

Anyone who had this NDE experience and having seen that bright awesome light - usually attributed to the presence of the Holy Spirit as seen by Saint Paul before Jesus revealed himself to him temporarily blinded for three days before setting forth to witnessing Christ's resurrection and the truth in his words -  is considered very fortunate and blessed as one is given another chance to life and another chance for renewal and redemption.  This may become an encouragement for others as one becomes a living witness to the truth in God's words in Christ.

Alas, for the weak in faith who still remain blind and cannot see the true message and meaning of this experience comes real misery.  

But for those who have surrendered everything to God and have the Holy Spirit in them, in humility, kindness and the presence of Christ in their hearts, all these bring them true joy and happiness for they have accepted the truth in Christ and have considered this life as temporary leading to what greater glory there is into eternal life. 

This life, therefore, for those who believe, becomes no more than a stepping stone from materialism to life everlasting, from death to immortality, from darkness to light.

Praying for guidance through the Holy Spirit while onto our linked sites in this post can better prepare us to understand the essence of the NDE and on Sister Faustina in the light of the truth in the love of Jesus, and to be careful not to be deceived by some elements in NDE claims as some may be fraudulent with the absence of filtering mechanisms on the site.  We pray, nevertheless, that the Holy Spirit will enlighten us for those which veer us away from Jesus and his words.

Truly, God moves in mysterious ways. I can see how many people in NDE have been made instruments to make us realize the truth in the afterlife and the truth about the living light that engulfs one with the enormous love of God, some of them seeing or hearing and feeling Jesus, the Son of God.

We Christians are indeed fortunate to have Christ reveal the truth in his words, and it is up to us to live them and to share them with others that they too may be saved.

In Philippians 1:21, Saint Paul writes as he rejoices in God’s words and in his overwhelming faith and love in Jesus, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

Let us be enlightened, my dear brother, that Jesus is the Son of God, made human by God precisely so we can better relate to God through him.

We both know that Jesus suffered enough, my brother, more than enough, to save us from sin, and from all sins that man can think of including sins of pride, arrogance, anger, hatred, slander and murder, lust, greed, sins of omission, of non forgiveness, of retaliation and vengeance, gossips, malicious thoughts and intent over others and all other sins of the flesh or of material things that no one can ever take with him when he dies.

And so long as you put your heart and soul for him and to live your life in him and with him, then you are saved, yes, we are all saved in Christ Jesus, by the grace of God in faith, doing good deeds and become a shining witness of the truth in God's words.

In James 2:26, Saint James said, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”

And in Romans 8:36-39, Saint Paul makes it clear how we, as believers, become more than conquerors:  " As it is written:

        “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

        “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, no any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Further in Colossians 3:5-14, Saint Paul states his message on idolatry and the need for unity among all Christian believers, “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.  Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.  You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

And in 1 Corinthians 3:16-23, Saint Paul makes it clear to all followers of Christ, and to even those who are learning to know Christ, to respect and love one another as not to boast against each other as he tells them, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are the temple.

"Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of age, he should become a “Fool” so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness; and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” So then, no more boasting about men! All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future – all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.”

Let us, therefore be one, my dear brothers, in worshiping God as due, through the light of Christ and spreading his love and the truth in him here and around the 'wide wide world' through his words, and put a stop to our unnecessary debates of judging each other.

Otherwise, do we not become unwilling and weak instruments of the evil one as we are dividing ourselves from the love of God which only benefits evil because that is the only way that the devil can further his claim to his own truth?

In Ephesians 4:29-32, Saint Paul writes to the Ephesians about being careful with what comes out of our mouths, out of which should come love and compassion instead of evil and malice, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

If we believe that all material things are foolish things in this world, as written in the scriptures, should we worry about idolatry which refer to things that are also material, and is not dwelling on this issue, therefore, foolish and divisive as this cannot save our soul more than the love that we show for each other can?

And is it fair to talk against the Mother of Jesus,  when she has shown many times her love and concern for us through her recorded Marian Apparitions in different parts of the world which includes Medjugorje 1981, Lourdes 1858, ,Ponmain 1871,  Pellevoisin 1876, Gietrzlwald 1837,  Knock 1879, Fatima 1917, Guadalupe in Mexico 1831, Banneux 1933, Beauraing 1932, La Salette in 1846, Rome in 1842, Paris in 1830 and Syracuse 1953.

Have you ever experienced the love of a mother?  If you did, you may understand me when I say, "there is nothing that can compare with the kind of love a mother filled with grace can ever give and offer to all her children."

No wonder for some smart kids, they find it wiser to ask what they need from their dad through their mom, huh, lol.

But on a more serious and truthful note, the more love we project through our prayers, that love multiplies through all intercessors to Christ Jesus.

And for Mama Mary, we are all her children and as such, her love for us abounds with care, compassion, protection, understanding and forgiveness.

And in praying the Holy Rosary, made from within our hearts, Catholic faithfuls ask the Blessed Virgin Mother, and the saints as they may be included in the litany, to intercede for us as our vessels to Christ and the Holy Spirit for the forgiveness of sins, for love and unity in the family and the community and for all other petitions it may be personally designed to address.

However we may design our prayers, for so long as they are said from within our hearts and express our love of God through our love for our fellowmen, the more God listens to us.

Whether you support this or not is not for me to demand, but to learn to love our Blessed Mother as we love our own mother, ever thankful of the sacrifices they went through while showing the kind of love only a mother can give, and the saints as well, as they have become true witnesses of God's goodness through Christ, the way we are taught by Jesus to love our neighbors and one another, is my humble prayer.

And for my hope, that for unity in our purpose.

For is not love that which conquers all a higher and deeper goal than what our intelligence dictates?

Is not love higher that anything else, and yes, higher than the law of the universe, because God is love?

In Romans 13:10, Saint Paul, after exhorting the Romans to 'love others as yourself,' and states further, “Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”

With our divisiveness  are we professing our love for others because we base our judgment on what we know and what we believe as human intelligence?  Is not human intelligence limited to what we read, hear and see and is not of the Holy Spirit?

May 'love' in God's words fill our hearts and soul as we seek the truth in the Holy Spirit.

And in 1 Corinthians 13:8, Saint Paul in the love of Christ stated, "Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away."

We may not realize it, but the evil one siphons to his side those who are lost in this world and make them his, namely, all those who are weak in their faith and are prone to take their life because of the lack of it, and those who do not know and believe in Christ, or the anti-Christ as Jesus would call anybody who denies and refuse to believe in him.

And with the truth in the love, mercy and forgiveness in Christ, may all be enlightened to draw ourselves, and the unbelievers to open their eyes and spirit that they too may learn to know him, be nearer to him and learn to thank God in Jesus and glorify him in all good things and in all circumstances, for it is from God, that all good things come, and it is in Christ that we abide by God's will in us.

[Read and get further inspiration from our post:  "'Love' by Saint Paul, Love of God and Self-Pity"]

Let us, therefore, challenge ourselves and pray for unity of purpose and believe, as we are one body in Christ Jesus, and pray for those who have not accepted Christ yet in their life.

And together, we can be stronger as we spread the love and the truth in Christ around us, that we all can be saved.

And as Saint Paul wrote in Romans 8:31, "If God is with us, who can be against us."

[Read further on an enlightening post for our children:  "Teaching Children About Love and Obedience In and With Christ Jesus"]

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