I am so happy the Lord knows all about me so that he may show me exactly how to live the best life on earth.
Friday, August 12, 2022
God's sole mission is to save us and he needs our cooperation. For without it, he cannot do anything. Then we may be doomed. So if we want the Lord to help us, we must "help" him too. There is no relationship more beautiful than God and us becoming of one mind and one heart!
The peace we need the most is the peace we experience when we have reconciled ourselves to God through Christ. This is the peace granted by the Lord that surpasses understanding. No other peace is on that level nor as permanent as this one.
Today I realize that we absolutely need God, no matter how righteous we are. First of all, without him sustaining us, we would instantly stop breathing and die. Secondly, as sinners, how are we going to overcome evil and save our souls without his help? Among the myriad reasons, these are just two most fundamental ones.
Thursday, August 11, 2022
This maybe an old video, nevertheless the sign is wonderful. I have seen another photo taken here in California not far from my place, showing a light beam shooting straight up through the roof of a house where a priest resides. It turned out that the beam originated from a consecrated host that happened to be in the house at the time.
This is the first video I saw early morning today on YouTube. It affected me very much and stayed with me thru morning Mass. Of course, the Church does not mandate Catholics to believe in any private revelation, officially approved or not. One thing I learned from the message is that if enough believers pray hard enough, the Lord hears them and will grant what they ask for. In John 14:12, Jesus said to his disciples, "Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these . . ." Perhaps praying to make the Lord change world events or any of his original plans is one of those greater works.
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
In Matthew 15:11, Jesus said to the crowd, "It is not what enters one's mouth that defiles that person; but what comes out of the mouth is what defiles one." Jesus is right. People don't change unless they allow God to change them interiorly, and that's difficult for many, for they have already become deeply mired in the material world. So they remain the same. And God gets shut out.
God is infinitely more merciful than us. If I pray that someone will not be lost, I am sure the Lord would want to save him even more. Suppose my guess of the ratio of those who'll end up in heaven to those who'll end up in hell is say 7 to 3, I wouldn't be surprised that it turns out to be 8 to 2 or even 9 to 1. God is always more generous than we can expect.
In the Fatima prayer we say at the end of each decade of the Holy Rosary, we ask Jesus to save from the fires of hell and lead to heaven especially those in most need of his mercy. This makes sense. But we are often so turned off by the worst evildoers that we wish them dead. Of course, this is wrong, for God loves all of us equally. Pleasing God must be our sole concern and goal.
In today's Gospel reading from John 12, Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be." It's so comforting and a joy to know that when you serve the Lord faithfully, you are always with him. What a beautiful relationship!