"Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matthew 5:48)

Friday, May 17, 2024

**Communion Experience*

           I attended a heavenly banquet offered personally to me by the Lord. 

**Jazzing Up Your Life*

        The Lord God is infinitely rich and loves us. What we can receive from him is inexhaustible! Get to know him well first, ask for whatever that's good for both you and him, and you'll get it. Then you'll be living a most exciting life

**It's a Great Feeling . . .

when you know Christ and that he is the truth.         

**Beauty of the Family

        While driving to morning Mass today, I had to brake my car to an almost complete stop when I saw a family of Canadian geese crossing the road ahead of me. These geese visit us every year and they pair up for life. The family I saw consisted of the two parents with around half a dozen goslings. They were not in a rush and the goslings looked really cute following their parents. The Lord made me see how beautiful a human family could be when all its members love him and are united as one in him. Alas, can you even find such a family today?

***Remain Awake and Active

        We need to remain awake and active at all times. When we are asleep or half-asleep, impure thoughts often enter our minds and we find ourselves weak in resisting them. Then we wake up, see everything clearly, and are able to dismiss them outright. When we are awake, we need to be aware of God's holy presence and the urgency to help him defeat evil and save souls. That the Lord will be victorious in the end is certain, but that doesn't mean we can just trust in him and wait for things to happen. On the contrary, we need to submit ourselves totally to him to actively carry out every single will of his for us.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

**Union Counts

        Communion experience. I don't see or hear Jesus physically, but I know I am in union with him spiritually, and that's all that counts right now.

**Believe Only in God

        We humans come up with some amazing products and inventions and believe that we are capable of achieving anything on our own. Let's now look at the Lord God. Not only he created us and everything else, he's able to create anything on the spot simply by willing it. We are just not in his league! We can't even remain alive without his support! Be humble foremost so that you may remain in the truth.

***More Basic than Patience

         Three days ago, I blogged about patience being a sign of holiness. I now see that to be perfectly patient, we mustn't have any ego. I see clearly that it's my ego that has caused me to become impatient every time in my past. So humility is even more basic than patience. Be totally humble and you are holy.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

***What God Desires the Most from Us***

         In today's Gospel reading from John 17, Jesus prayed to the Father that all those whom he had given him might be one as he and the Father were one. To be one is the closest possible relationship we can have with each other. To be one with God is to be in union with him. When we are all in union with him, our oneness becomes extra special. This union with God is not just another relationship; it is the ultimate relationship we can have with God, one that exalts us to the highest level of our existence. We Catholics should rejoice that we have the Holy Eucharist, the Most Blessed Sacrament, given to us by Christ himself at the Last Supper. The Lord knows human nature fully, so the idea of providing us the consecrated bread and wine to consume at Mass is ingenious. Without this physical union, spiritual union remains an abstract concept. The Eucharist seals the deal here. In union with God, we become his and he ours, and we are no longer of the world. It is the intimate relationship most desired by our Lord. All Catholics should make seeking union with God through the Holy Eucharist their top goal. (Again, I recommend reading the book He and I by Gabrielle Bossis, a spiritual classic which has become increasingly hard to find.)

**Only Relationship We Need to Keep

        In today's Gospel reading from Acts 20, Paul gave his farewell speech at Miletus to the presbyters of the Church of Ephesus. When he had finished speaking, he knelt down and prayed with them all. They were all weeping loudly as they threw their arms around Paul and kissed him, for they were deeply distressed that he had said that they would never see his face again. All our relationships with others on earth will end one day, but our relationship with the Lord God will last forever. When we get to heaven, we'll again be united with all others there as one in the Father, this time forever.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

***Our Biggest Enemy***

         When we abandon ourselves to God, we no longer care about ourselves, and we become completely free. It just shows that we are our own biggest enemy in wanting to be set free.

**Faith to Be Ever Present

        Communion time message: If we receive the Lord and expect that he'll transform us for the better, we need to believe in it. With him, things do not happen without faith.

***Loving God Is Exciting**

        For Christ the Lord, we can never love him enough. The exciting part of loving him is that we can always love him still more, knowing that we can never match his love for us. It really comes down to letting him love us, for it's by letting him love us that our love for him grows. While life with the Lord is most exciting. life without him becomes utterly boring.  

***Advocating Union with God

        If life is to be meaning and fruitful, we need to be connected with God in some way. I believe the best relationship we can have with the Lord is to remain in union with him thru the Holy Eucharist. It is direct, super strong, and most satisfying, and O, also life-changing. 

**Living for Christ**

        Once you start living for Jesus, you know you no longer belong to the world. You feel as if you are just going thru the motion of doing all the necessary things in this world, while your heart and mind are on the Lord always. It feels somewhat surreal, but you know that you are free!

***Hard to Get into Heaven, Then . . .

         To get into heaven, we have to get all our sins removed first. Since many of us rather "enjoy" remaining in sin, they will not be able to enter heaven. But there is a powerful way to make getting into heaven super easy, and that is accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Repent our sins to him and he'll take them away to make us heaven bound. Furthermore, he can even take away our tendency to sin! So even though going to hell is easy, going to heaven can be super easy/

Monday, May 13, 2024

***Easy to Go to Hell (a Serious Warning!)***

        Suppose you have committed a serious sin and try to forget it. That is, you may feel bad about it, but you never really feel sorry about it, and let's say you are not even a Christian. Do you think you should be allowed to enter heaven? I don't think so. For if anyone carrying a serious sin can enter, where would you draw the line? So you could be a person that's nice to others most of the time and lives a fairly peaceful life, but with that unrepented serious sin still on your soul, you may be shocked to find that after you die, the door to heaven is closed for you. 

***Total Fulfillment

        Communion experience. The Lord totally fulfilled me as I happily received him as he had asked. My joy was complete, ready fof his Coming!