Seeking Divine Mercy

 

 

For a very long period of time, approximately 25 years, this writer sought after all the rewards this world has to offer just as most others do. With self pride and ego, the professional goal often comes first with the aspiration to attain as much financial wealth and materialistic gain as possible. This is what modern society teaches us to hold most dearly; Self gratification. Our priorities determine the goals we chase, often at the expense of our own family. But 25 years of distancing myself from God to avoid facing any feelings of guilt in my obsession to attain satisfaction through “success”, suddenly came to an end one day on a gravel mountain road in March 2003. I came to the blessed enlightenment that nothing, no matter how much I attained, would ever be enough. Satisfaction was always smothered by competitiveness with others.  In contrast to my own adopted belief that I controlled a great deal in my life and at times in others, I realized we as human beings control nothing in our lives, only the ability to choose one way from the other. Although we can choose direction, we can not choose the outcome from taking one road as opposed to another. When looking deeply into the past, the occurrences we have experienced will take on the attributes of an intentional course but not one we controlled, although it becomes obvious someone has had a hand in our journey. If our choices are based on our turning our backs on God we suffer the consequences. What we see as accomplishments are nothing more than that which we believe to be goal oriented successes. Yet we routinely discover for ourselves that once we have reached these “successes”, they are not satisfying but only lead to further desires. It was with that realization this writer chose to take the accumulated experience of 25 years in professional investigations and research to begin seeking the truth about Faith, God and Christianity.

 

 

There are many reasons we begin to seek answers to questions in regard to Christianity and Faith regardless of what particular system of beliefs (denomination) we may belong to. With hope, you may have come across this website in search of answers or the direction to finding those answers. Some find it uncomfortable discussing these things with those whom we know personally for whatever reasons, this is not uncommon. Others may be for the first time seeking direction to learn about Faith in Jesus Christ. Frequently one is already of a Christian faith but have been recently awakened to a renewed interest and desire; the desire to strengthen his or her relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ. Some may even believe they have fallen too far into sin or away from their Faith for too long for our Lord to extend to them His Divine Mercy and forgiveness or to accept them back into His arms. Know this… No Sin is more powerful than the power of our Lord’s mercy for those sincere of heart. 

 

First one has to recognize that he or she is human and as such subject to human weaknesses and temptations. Some of us do not want to hear it. The reality is, disbelieving or refusing to accept it doesn’t change anything and to exalt oneself as free of sin or unconditionally saved is self righteousness at its core. As St. Paul tells us that is a determination to be made by Christ alone. We can only strive for holiness every day of our lives and although we are far from perfect, it is the sincerity of heart in our efforts to overcome our weaknesses and temptations that Jesus judges us by.  It is our contriteness of heart to repent that He graciously acknowledges through His divine mercy.

 

Gospel
Lk 18:9-14

Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else.

“Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.
The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity greedy, dishonest, adulterous or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’ But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’ I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”      
Gospel (Lk 18:9-14)

 

 Our purpose here is simple; we wish to share our experience and what we have learned with those seeking to understand their faith in Catholicism and to help correct misconceptions of those who never knew Catholicism. We offer assistance and direction to all who sincerely hold their devotion to Christ in seeking the truth more important than learning they may have been wrong in what they initially believed. The first step is to commit to seeking that truth.

 

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