Seeking Divine Mercy

 

 

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Have you ever questioned what has gone wrong that we have evolved into the society we have become today?

Do you think it sad but normal to hear on any given day that several people have been murdered in a shopping mall, school or on a public street, or by one of our children who perhaps afterward committed suicide, violently ending his or her own life? Have you taken the time to stop and think about it?

 

Can you assure yourself it will never happen to your son or daughter?  That they will never become the victim or the cause of such an act?

 

A large number of us seem to claim there isn’t the time to really think about it because of the hustle of daily life. Some of us blame God for the negative events that occur in our lives but curiously we never seem to blame satan’s influence. And how often do we sincerely thank God for anything let alone every gift we have been given? Do we thank Him for our health, friends, our spouse and loved ones, those prior relationships we have had with those who have passed, the gifts we have received and the talents we have been given? Do we realize that although we may be able to strengthen those gifts or talents, we do not control the decisions of others who judge us by our talents and abilities when it comes to our progress in society? Do we thank God for the Gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, and do we Thank His Son for all He suffered for our eternal life?

 

There are those who avoid attending church to worship our Lord because they are only willing to selectively accept parts of the churches teachings while rejecting the doctrines they don’t agree with as though God’s word is flexible and we only have to live by what we find convenient. Have you ever heard someone claim they are a “Christian” but believe in “the right to choose”? Choose what… and why don’t they ever finish the sentence? A person either believes in God or doesn’t... Regardless of the “denomination” of Christian faith, either one is truly a Christian or not, there’s no middle ground other than that place satan would have us occupy.

 

To some, practicing their faith is too inconvenient “… it’s what is in your heart that counts so practicing your faith as the Church Teaches is not important as long as your intentions are good and you treat others “appropriately.” This is misguided to say the least. 

 

In the Old Testament, God, through the Holy Spirit, handed down His Word to the prophets, and in the New Testament, His Son our Lord, Jesus Christ, brought the Father’s Word to fulfillment. This isn’t a coincidence. These were the prophecies the prophets were proclaiming, the coming of the Messiah, His life, His suffering, His death, and His resurrection from the dead. This is the substance of God’s Promise and the teachings and doctrines of the Catholic Church and it is historically attested to for 2000 years. How many Christians, including those of the Catholic Faith, regardless of denomination read The Holy Bible in it’s entirety as they should or really know how to interpret it?

 

What are we teaching our children? What priorities and example do we display to them that they will eventually grow and live by.  Consider the following;

 

A description of which society?: a culture of immorality, all but totally abandoning the institutions of marriage and family values, principles of life in procreation along with the general acceptance of abortion and contraception, unwavering acceptance of divorce, social and legal acceptance of homosexuality, newly established fellowships in paganism, genocide against the unborn more commonly out of convenience preceded by uninhibited promiscuity and negligence, a consistent growth in the rate of multiple and mass murders both within families and among the general public, murder/suicides; the adoption of “legally” accepted devaluation of life of senior citizens within society reducing their access to medical procedures based on economic valuation under adopted standards established by politicians determining value of life proportionate to age and estimated longevity or “human monetary worth”, with the option to “assist suicide” for those refused medical treatment based on age while growing ever closer toward selective euthanasia.

 

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This is our society as it has perverted itself over the last 50 years, but it goes much further than that. It is something written over centuries upon centuries quoting historic accounts of another society as well. It is taken from a historic account of the Social adoption of perverted practices of the Caligula Society during the 1st century Roman Empire. What then can we say if this description is a historic account of the deterioration of that society history has recorded as ruled by a mad, insane ruler, which today mirrors our current society? We therefore can relate our social conscience accordingly.

In the not so distant past, parents made sure the time was set aside for their children to be educated not only “right from wrong” but also the practice of their family’s faith. A parent saw to their children’s knowledge of God, and understanding of respect and morality. There are those who do continue these teachings today but how many can from their heart honestly say that? How many of our children are nearing or have reached adulthood without any real knowledge or faith in God. Or do we find it just barely possible to teach what we think is “right and wrong” with the time we have? How many of us once had God in our own lives but lost awareness over time?

 

Divorce and often its end result, single parenting was nowhere near as prevalent as it has become today. According to today’s outlook, divorce often seems to offer a more convenient alternative to the responsibilities of working on a marital relationship, its commitments and sacrifices. Unplanned Pregnancy? Again, according to today’s outlook, abortion often seems to offer a more convenient alternative to the responsibilities of parenthood. Taking the time teaching our children about faith and God, ethics and morality? Programs and cartoons on DVDs and TV or “kids networks” often seem to offer a more convenient alternative to the time it requires fulfilling these responsibilities because “we just don’t seem to have time.”

 

Many avoid anything that interferes with what is considered most convenient and self-gratifying while pursuing ambitions. They have detached themselves from God with an ever-growing distance. In the process we have unwittingly abandoned our souls and persistently risk the salvation of our children for our own goals. We have set materialism on a pedestal like the golden calf and have abandoned God and the value of family in setting our individual priorities. Most often it is self-pride and ego that is the underlying forces demanding satisfaction. Pride and ego are also spoken of in The Holy Bible as the foundation of sin.

 

What are our Priorities? How many people stand in lines for hours or camp out for days to purchase toys or tickets for sporting events or shows and we’ll buy them because we “have to have them”. Yet how many Christians are there who rarely if ever go to worship let alone raise their children taught in the knowledge of their faith and love of our Lord?

 

How many of those under the age of eighteen who have taken lives before taking their own were raised in a family practicing their true Christian faith or at least knew of Our Lord? And what will you take with you of this world when you leave this life behind? Is the limited time we spend on earth more precious than the eternal life we are offered by our Heavenly Father?

 

Let us wake up to our own individual weaknesses and return to our faith and to our Lord, Jesus Christ, before it is our own lack of recognition or ignorance that awakens us. We need only turn around to Him with an open heart and invite Him in. His love for each of us is more than we could ever comprehend and His forgiveness transcends all wrong.  Let us seek knowledge of Him, which will increase our admiration, and love for Him. Learn how to pray once again or even for the first time so that we may teach and in turn save our children. We can reach salvation through His Divine Mercy, forgiveness and love. We need only learn to love Him in return.

 

Jesus said to His disciples…

“…Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.

This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever."

These things he said while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.  Then many of his disciples who were listening said, "This saying is hard; who can accept it?"

Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, "Does this shock you? What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 

It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe."

Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him.  And he said,  "For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father."

As a result of this, many (of) his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him.

Jesus then said to the Twelve, "Do you also want to leave?"  Simon Peter answered him, "Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God."   (John: 6, 57-68)

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If there were those who could stand personally before our Lord yet because of their limited ability to understand be so weak as to disbelieve in Him and walk away, how could we not realize our frail nature to disbelieve, refuse to accept and walk away, and with that realization learn from the disciples who walked away and remain as those who had true faith, the apostles who remained?

 

 

When it comes to choosing God through our faith as our priority, humanity is frail. In our earthly way, we are beings of a physical nature and relate to that which is of a physical nature. To relate to something that is without physical substance or is of a super-natural existence is difficult to comprehend in our finite minds. We require proof or evidence. Absent of either of those, all we have left is faith.

 

In relationships, whether faith in our friend, our husband, wife, doctor, preacher, priest, or our Lord, without faith, there cannot be a true, confident relationship. Yet no test of faith can exist where all the answers are known. There, knowledge and discernment replace true faith. In any relationship, regardless of whether it is with another person or our Lord, faith must exist in whomever the object of our love may be in order for the relationship to survive because unlike our Heavenly Father, we cannot know what is to come in the future to know where a relationship will lead us. So it is that our faith is weak and frail yet even more so with our Lord who we cannot easily relate to due to our physical nature and His super-natural being. We fall easily, giving up on what we cannot encounter with our limited senses.

 

Some think it would be so much easier to have faith in our Lord if we could see Him even once. But the reality is, to see Him just once could never be enough. Our desire to see Him and be with Him would then become incomprehensible. Anyone who has ever experienced love knows the strongest desire is to be with the person you love and separation tormenting.  So why can’t we be with Him now you may question? To skip this physical lifetime, which would be necessary in order to be with our Lord, would cancel out all that we would experience, most importantly, all that influences us in the exercise of our God given gift of free will. To be able to choose freely to know Him and love Him as He desires or proceed on our own path just as we choose to enter or avoid any other relationship. Faith to trust, love and devote oneself in that ultimate relationship with Our Lord. The closer we come to knowing Him the stronger our faith, trust, Love and devotion can grow. When weakness seems to become overwhelming, remember the Apostles who lived and walked with our Lord and knew and loved Him so strongly to suffer the persecutions, tortures and deaths they suffered for not silencing their faith. What could create such an unwavering devotion but He, who is the Truth? We must always be vigilant of our human weaknesses as they are the open doorways to the master of lies and it is he who would benefit from our failure.

 

May we always seek strength through the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome our weaknesses and not abandon our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

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