My faith has grown very weak because of several personal issues, and I need help.

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Q: My faith has grown very weak because of several personal issues, and I need help.

Any suggestions?


A: God loves you. God will provide. Don’t worry.

There are times in everyone’s life when selfish things seem to crowd God out of the picture, and when sin seems to easily overcome.

There’s nothing you can do that God won’t forgive, if you humbly apologize and make a good faith effort at repentance.

Catholics have a number of distinct advantages in that regard, but other Christians need to do it the best way they can.

And no matter how bad things might look, remember that anyone who stands in front of the Judgment seat of Christ with at least a modicum of charity remaining in their soul is not likely to see eternal damnation.

Finally, remain faithfully and charitably involved in all of the work, worship, sacraments, and devotions of the Church, and you’ll never be far from God.

May God bless you and keep you, and grant you grace and peace, forever.

Legion of Mary – The Providence of God

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https://douglawrence.wordpress.com/legion-of-mary/

What Is Holiness? Why Is Holiness Important?

Q: What Is Holiness? Why Is Holiness Important?

A: Holiness is something we have in Christ, and it’s impossible to achieve without him.

Since nothing unholy will ever be admitted to Heaven, holiness is critical for salvation.

The whole purpose of the Church is to lead all to holiness in Christ, so that death and hell will no longer reign over the earth.

The most dependable way to achieve authentic holiness is through a lifetime of charitable and faithful participation in all of the work, worship, sacraments, and devotions of the Catholic Church.

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

IV. CHRISTIAN HOLINESS

2012 “We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him . . . For those whom he fore knew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.”64

2013 “All Christians in any state or walk of life are called to the fullness of Christian life and to the perfection of charity.”65 All are called to holiness: “Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”66

 

In order to reach this perfection the faithful should use the strength dealt out to them by Christ’s gift, so that . . . doing the will of the Father in everything, they may wholeheartedly devote themselves to the glory of God and to the service of their neighbor. Thus the holiness of the People of God will grow in fruitful abundance, as is clearly shown in the history of the Church through the lives of so many saints.67

2014 Spiritual progress tends toward ever more intimate union with Christ. This union is called “mystical” because it participates in the mystery of Christ through the sacraments – “the holy mysteries” – and, in him, in the mystery of the Holy Trinity. God calls us all to this intimate union with him, even if the special graces or extraordinary signs of this mystical life are granted only to some for the sake of manifesting the gratuitous gift given to all.

2015 The way of perfection passes by way of the Cross. There is no holiness without renunciation and spiritual battle.68 Spiritual progress entails the ascesis and mortification that gradually lead to living in the peace and joy of the Beatitudes:

 

He who climbs never stops going from beginning to beginning, through beginnings that have no end. He never stops desiring what he already knows.69

2016 The children of our holy mother the Church rightly hope for the grace of final perseverance and the recompense of God their Father for the good works accomplished with his grace in communion with Jesus.70 Keeping the same rule of life, believers share the “blessed hope” of those whom the divine mercy gathers into the “holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”71

How do you get into Heaven?

Q: How do you get into Heaven?

A: God is love.

Love is another word for charity.

Anyone who departs this sphere of existence with at least some charity remaining in their soul is not likely to see eternal damnation.

That said, there’s no substitute for a lifetime of faithful and charitable participation in all of the work, worship, sacraments, and devotions of the Catholic church.

Of course, Jesus remains the sole judge.

What is your opinion on Catholics?

Q: What is your opinion on Catholics?

A: Catholics are the “spoiled rich kids” of Christianity, on whom God has lavished all his love and care, for the last 2000 years.

Many Catholics neither appreciate God’s abundant blessings, or do much of anything to reciprocate.

The clergy has been out of control for hundreds of years … and there’s the real source of the problem.

That said, those Catholics … clergy or laymen … who take the time to come to know and love God, and who act accordingly, by faithfully and charitably participating in all of the work, worship, sacraments, and devotions of the Church, will almost certainly obtain all the blessings and rewards that God has promised … and much, much more.

Can I have a non-cliche answer?

Q: Can I have a non-cliche answer?

Some Christians are very eager to describe their faith, but the way they do it often leads me to believe that they have no idea what they are actually talking about. Isn’t there more to it than just being a good person who doesn’t sin because anyone can follow rules and be good? I would like to hear a Christian describe how to be a Christian without using the words “Just accept Jesus into your heart.” I would like to hear a Christian describe how Christians should know how to act without saying, “faith leads us down the path of righteousness.” Or “The Bible tells us how.” I would like to hear a Christian say what the purpose of being a Christian is with something more specific than, “To bring glory to God.” Or “To usher in the kingdom of Heaven.” I am not trying to prove some point here. I want to know what you mean specifically by “righteousness.” What does it mean right now, today, in a real way to “bring Glory to God”? Etc. Can you do it? Without sounding cliche.

A: Catholics rightly understand that the only way most people will ever be able to discern and/or have any hope of accomplishing the high purpose for which God created them, is through a lifetime of full, faithful, charitable participation in all of the work, worship, sacraments and devotions of the only authentic and universal Christian Church that Jesus ever founded, for the purpose of our salvation.

This is no cliche … this is truth … based on the teachings of Christ and the apostles … and on the sum total of 2000 years of practical, worldwide experience.

What in the Catholic church assures a home in Heaven one day?

Q: What in the Catholic church assures a home in Heaven one day?

A: The short answer is … Jesus!

Here’s the longer answer:

Once baptized, all a Catholic needs to do is make sure that at least a modicum of charity remains in his soul, at death.

1Co 13:1  If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
1Co 13:2  And if I should have prophecy and should know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
1Co 13:3  And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
1Co 13:4  Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely, is not puffed up,
1Co 13:5  Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil:
1Co 13:6  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth:
1Co 13:7  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
1Co 13:8  Charity never falleth away: whether prophecies shall be made void or tongues shall cease or knowledge shall be destroyed.
1Co 13:9  For we know in part: and we prophesy in part.
1Co 13:10  But when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away.
1Co 13:11  When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But, when I became a man, I put away the things of a child.
1Co 13:12  We see now through a glass in a dark manner: but then face to face. Now I know in part: but then I shall know even as I am known.
1Co 13:13  And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity.

Catholics hope to ensure this through a lifetime of full, faithful, and charitable participation in all of the work, worship, sacraments, and devotions of the Church.

But anyone who believes they can be absolutely sure of their eternal destiny disrespects Jesus, the only judge.

Nobody is worthy of Heaven unless and until Jesus personally invites them in.

Pages and Pages of Catholic Prayers and Devotions

Pages and Pages of Catholic Prayers and Devotions

Submitted by Nancy W.

Christians, prayer, and free will?

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Q: Christians, prayer, and free will?


How come you ask God to help you be a good Christian? Isn’t that saying that God could help you if he wanted, and therefore if he hasn’t been helping you, then he’d rather that you did so by your own choice?
And what’s with asking God to help prevent you from sinning?
And surely, if he is omniscient, he knew you were going to ask that anyway, right?
And he also knows whether or not he’s going to answer that prayer, and also knows how you’ll respond whether he answers it or not?

And also – if he DOESN’T answer a prayer from you for help in being a better christian, then what the hell does THAT say?

A: It isn’t quite that simple.

It typically takes much more than simple prayer to figure out all of what God has in store for us.

It takes a lifetime of full, active, and charitable participation in ALL of the work, worship, sacraments, and devotions of the universal (Catholic) Church.

It doesn’t get any better than that, this side of Heaven.

How Can I Become Closer To God?

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Q: How Can I Become Closer To God?I know that Jesus died on the cross for my sins that he rose again, and if I choose to believe I am saved … but honestly, if I died tonight I dont know if I would be going to heaven. How do I become closer to God?

A: Set aside your preconceived notions for a moment, and prayerfully reflect on what Jesus did, between the time he rose again from the dead, and the time he ascended to heaven.

During that time, Jesus founded, authorized, empowered, and eternally guaranteed one, holy, apostolic, and universal Church, for the purpose of our salvation.

Jesus never “founded” a Bible. He never founded a “Jesus Relationship Club”. He never founded ANY other Church, and he NEVER similarly authorized or empowered any other person or group.

Ten days after Jesus returned to Heaven, he sent the Holy Spirit to be the Church’s official and permanent guide.

The only Church that Jesus blessed and empowered in this manner has been known as Catholic, since at least 107 AD … and anyone who truly desires to become closer to God may certainly do so through a lifetime of full, active, and charitable participation in ALL of the work, worship, sacraments, and devotions of that authentic and universal Church.

There is no better or more effective way. There is no alternative means of salvation.

Anything less IS less … and in the end, anything less simply may NOT be enough!

Link to The Catechism of the Catholic Church. 

God bless you.