Attaining union with God is simply letting God be our Lord. Prior to union, we are our own gods in our lives. By relinquishing our hold onto our lives, God properly takes over and we are freed, now receiving power directly from him. Our trust is complete and order restored.
Sunday, February 17, 2019
In Luke 14.26, Jesus said to the crowds, "If any one comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. It occurs to me that this condition applies also when we go to him to surrender to him. He deserves our entire, sole devotion. His self-giving requires our self-giving.
Saturday, February 16, 2019
It is sin. If we lose our battle to sin, we will spend time in horrific misery for all eternity. If we get sin lifted off us by God, we'll experience the most exuberant feeling and live in paradise for all eternity. So, heed my advice – take sin seriously and defeat it when you still can.
God does not judge us like a college professor who fails you if you score below some prefixed mark or passes you after you have earned enough credit. I am sure that in some cases there is no question that the soul will go to heaven or hell. Anyway, I believe God will consider many factors at judgment time. If you are right on the borderline, he may just let you pass. The best policy is to love the Lord as much as possible and we don't have to be concerned about how we'll be judged.
Friday, February 15, 2019
The Lord made me see that we have inherited the original sin and ended up in this jam, helpless on our own, and he is committed to saving us because he loves us. It would be erroneous to think that we are basically evil, wanting to fight him. If that were the case, he needn't be merciful to us at all. With this understanding, we see that we are just capable of being bad as well as being good. The important thing to see is that by God's mercy, we can be freed and restored to holiness. All it takes is to believe in and follow Christ, something we can easily accomplish once we see that it is what God has planned for us.
A Christian is both timid and bold – timid because he realizes that he is finite before God; bold because God empowers him. A Christian is both humble and proud – humble because God is awesome to him; proud because he has God. A Christian is both invisible and visible –invisible because he hides himself in God; visible because God dwells in him.
I have family members and friends who love me and whom I also love, but our love is so much inferior to God's love for us. Here's how God loves us. He always listens to us, understands us perfectly, is sympathetic and most patient, never rushes to judgment, never points the finger at us, is faithful and trustworthy, ready to help always. Unlike us, his love is totally selfless and pure, the greatest. See how much he went through in order to save us. Strictly speaking, only he knows how to love, for we all fall short miserably. The least we could do is to accept his love, hoping that we'll learn how to love better. All human beings, being imperfect, are more difficult for us to love without his help. The Lord has to be the easiest person for us to get along with and love.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
In today's Gospel reading from Mark 7, a Greek woman begged Jesus to drive a demon out of her daughter. Because of her faith, Jesus did it. When the Lord willed, it was done. I am thinking that it's a good thing that we don't have such power, for if we do, we would surely mess up everything. The Lord will always will what is right and best for us – this we can be sure of. Trust in and follow him and all will work out fine personally for us.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Here is the complete spiritual journey summarized. Part 1 – from not believing to believing. Critical point: when you repent of your sins. You search for God on your own and reach that point critical for salvation. Part 2 – from believing to being a saint. Critical point: when you surrender yourself completely to God. You struggle mostly on your own from the beginning and the critical point is difficult for many to approach. But once you go beyond it, you are powered by God and the journey becomes a delight.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
I dare say that deep in their hearts most people know that money and material possessions cannot make them truly happy, yet they still strive to get rich and accumulate material things. It often takes something shocking or unexpected like a death, an accident, a serious illness . . . to wake them up. The biggest tragedy has to be that people do not want to know the God who only wants to save them.
Monday, February 11, 2019
For God, creating life or a miracle or anything is effortless. For us, creating something new always involves a lot of work. One thing that strikes me as an exception is creating a link to God. Anytime we wish to connect with the Lord, he knows it already. This is instant communication created without any effort on our part, unless you consider turning to the Lord to be an effort.
I've mentioned that the smart way to overcome temptation is to flee from it. I also want to point out that the more you enter the Lord and sense his holiness, the more repugnant sin becomes. Being human, you'll always feel the lure of temptation, but now you are stronger because you see that it will lead you to commit something that's repugnant to you. Also, attain union with God and you will not be lead into any temptation that can overpower you.
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Saturday, February 9, 2019
The fact that the Left in this country has absolutely no regard for the unborn and care only about their own existence and political power shows clearly that they are hypocrites to the core. It is appropriate that I repost this blog of March 23, 2012 below:
Yesterday I attended a forum on "Reproductive Justice: Does a Woman Have a Right to Choose?" at a local college. The panelists were made up of five well-known pro-choice, pro-abortion females. Naturally, abortion was the biggest issue among the reproductive rights claimed. What I basically saw was that they didn't believe that anyone, not even God or Church, should tell a woman what to do with her body, not admitting that the child conceived is not really a part of the mother's body. They admitted that abortion terminates a life, but it's the mother alone who knows whether it should keep the baby or not. One panelist had gone through an abortion herself and knew how painful an experience it was, so she wanted to make sure that others would have an easier experience ~ why didn't she make sure that others wouldn't have to go through an abortion?
They used the position taken by Catholics for Choice to bolster their own. I almost laughed out loud when one said that the bishops should not tell women what to do with the unborn because they don't have any children themselves. I wanted to tell them since they don't really know God, they are not qualified to preach to others on moral matters.
I believe that they're probably all church goers and did care about women's welfare; but unfortunately, they were misguided. Until the heart is touched by the love of God and converted, the chasm remains between the pro-abortion camp and the pro-life one. I also sensed that they might feel that the pro-lifers care only about the unborn ~ how I wish they know that we love the pregnant mothers, the unborn babies, and even them!
Friday, February 8, 2019
Telling others simply to love God and be holy is just too general – it won't affect the listener much in any way. What we need to give are specific, focused, strong and clear messages that illuminate the mind and better yet, touch the heart. The Lord is our supreme example. We don't have his authority, but we can certainly get to know his thoughts and learn his ways first.
In the Gospel reading from Mark 6, Herod had John the Baptist beheaded. Many of our generation today are right with Herod. We have a major political party that has no qualms about killing the unborn at any stage of their life, even if they survive a botched abortion. You are talking about allowing mothers to kill their own children for whatever reason! Our generation has truly become demonic.
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Think about it: only union with God makes sense. We cannot have union with a tree or any inanimate object. Union with nature is rather vague. Union with another person can never be perfect because there will always be differences between the two. Union with God makes sense because if differences exist, God has the power to remove them through changing us. Therefore, let union with God be the ideal state for us to attain.
In the Gospels, John the Baptist says that he baptizes with water, but Jesus will baptize with the Holy Spirit. In the Church's Charismatic Renewal movement, we do pray for baptism in the Holy Spirit and, lo and behold, dramatic changes take place. All of a sudden, scriptures come alive, Jesus becomes real, praying is a joy, you experience great exuberance, or your heart is set on fire for the Lord. These are all real experiences. Therefore, I ask you, my friends, to ask the Lord to baptize you in the Holy Spirit or release his power in you, to kindle in you the fire of his love. The Holy Spirit is gentle but powerful. Simply pray straight from you heart and let miracles happen. Anything coming from your heart the Lord hears. Anything you ask for for the love of him, he honors. His whole goal is have you live in peace and joy now and enjoy eternal life later.
In today's Gospel reading from Mark 6, Jesus summoned the Twelve, began to send them out to preach repentance and gave them authority over unclean spirits. They went off and indeed drove out many demons. It shows that all our gifts come from God and when you need a special gift, he gives it to you too. This leads me to think that we should ask for all the gifts we need for our work. Yes, ask him to make us special.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Again, in reviewing my old posts, I deleted those with links that no longer exist and came across this brainteaser posted on 9/26/2011. I thought it would be fun to repost it here. This time I'll give a hint to make it easier: the word starts with the letter N. Here we go.
What word is it?
(1) The word has seven letters.
(2) It precedes God.
(3) It is greater than God.
(4) It is more evil than the Devil.
(5) All poor people have it.
(6) Wealthy people need it.
(7) If you eat it, you will die.
Everything about God is infinite – nothing is impossible with him. With such a God, there is no point in asking him questions. The only way to deal with infinity is to accept it. We should just trust in him, obey him, rest in him, while marveling at his infiniteness.
Just nine days ago on Jan 28, I blogged about the three-word prayer "If you wish . . . ." Today I see that you can complete it with anything you have on your heart or let the Lord show you how he wants you to complete it. For example, you can pray "If you wish, heal my knee" or feel the Lord want you to pray "If you wish, help me forgive that person."
In today's Gospel reading from Mark 6, Jesus was not able to perform any mighty deed in his native place Nazareth because of the lack of faith of his own people. When we don't have any faith, we don't get to see the power of God in operation. God can do wonders; it's we who shut him out.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Anne Catherine Emmerich is a holy, German nun (1774-1824), who took sufferings upon herself to expiate the sins of the Church and her members. I started reviewing my old posts and came across three on her which I blogged in July of 2011. I am reposting them here because what she had experienced in her visions deserves to be known by all.
(1) Her angel led her across a narrow bridge safely and she saw on the bank a mousetrap around which a little mouse kept running and running, and at last slipped in to get the bait. Anne cried out, "You are sacrificing your liberty, your life for a mouthful!" "Are men more reasonable," asked her angel, "when for a momentary gratification they endanger their soul's salvation?"
(2) She was taken to a place to be shown how it is with our prayers before God. They seemed to be inscribed on large white tablets which were divided into four classes: some were written in magnificent golden letters; others in shining silver; some in darker characters; and still others in black streaked lines. The guide explained to her: "What's written in gold is the prayer of those who have united their good works to the merits of Jesus Christ and often renew this union; they aim at observing his precepts and imitating his example. What's written in silver is the prayer of those who think not of union with the merits of Jesus Christ; but who are, notwithstanding, pious and pray in the simplicity of their hearts. What's written in darker colors is the prayer of those who have no peace unless they frequently confess, communicate, and daily say certain prayers; but who are, however, tepid and perform their good works through habit. Lastly, what's written in black streaked characters is the prayer of those who place all their confidence in vocal prayers and pretended good works, but who do not keep God's Commandments nor curb their evil desires. Such prayer has no merit before God."
(3) God also made it clear to Anne about his justice and mercy in this vision. She said, "Great is God's justice, but still more inconceivable is his mercy. He damns only those who are determined not to be converted; they who have a spark of good will are saved. Those who grieve for their sins, confess them sincerely, and trust confidently in the merits of their Savior; they are saved and their sins will no longer be remembered. It's true that they go to purgatory, but not to remain long. On the other hand, many stay long in purgatory who, although not great sinners, have lived tepidly. Through pride they would take no admonition or instruction from their confessor. The time was when the thought of only one poor sinner's condemnation grieved me so that I could not get over it; but on the present occasion, though many were condemned, I was perfectly calm, for I saw that God's justice called for it." Here she just answered my questions.
Monday, February 4, 2019
Sunday, February 3, 2019
On a beautiful, calm, sunny day, it's easy not think about the stormy days ahead after the season changes. Then when those days arrive, we are not prepared and may suffer damage or loss of our properties. Likewise, if we do not think about our life after death in advance, we won't be prepared and may lose our soul.
I have lived long and known the Lord enough to see clearly what life is all about. When you are young, you only see what you wish to achieve in your life. In other words, you see yourself as the master in control of your own destiny. What you do not always see is that you were born into a mostly secular, sinful world which can easily influence and shape you wrongly. As you age, you begin to see this danger and start to seek God or if you had somewhat known him earlier, to deepen your faith. My advice is to be aware of the existence of evil and start seeking the God of Christ when you are still young. If you play God too long, you may lose him forever.
There are fools and there are the wise ones. The fools are those, especially the elites, who think they are in control, have everything, and live to serve themselves only; while the wise ones are those who have already linked themselves to God, got their eternal life all settled, and now live to serve the Lord, bearing fruit and building up treasures in heaven.
On Feb. 1, I mentioned that I probably would not be able to blog until after Feb. 10. Well, things have turned out differently – I am back and blogging. Here's what has happened. I was asked to see three people south of here in Los Angeles, Temecula, and the San Diego area. My wife was already in Los Angles. I did not get a strong call to go until I heard that the friend in the San Diego area who recently lost her husband was feeling somewhat down, so I thought it would be a good time to lift her spirit by telling her about the Lord who can fill us with so much joy and hope. Yesterday I took the short flight in the morning. It had been raining hard all along the coast. At times in flight, the turbulence was so bad that the plane shook and jerked you thought it might break apart. Anyway, after a little over an hour, the flight continued past the arrival time for about 20+ minutes in grey and murky layers of clouds with horrible visibility. The time was before noon, but it looked so dark outside that you thought it was almost evening. Finally, the pilot announced that the plane was going to return to where we started, for he could not locate the airport landing strip and did not want to waste more fuel. It was all very dramatic. We finally got back, all passengers cheered. Clearly, the Lord did not want me to complete this trip for reason not clear to me yet. I also suffered from motion sickness, feeling dizzy and nauseous. Slept all afternoon and all night, feeling almost normal now. I thought of the suffering in hell again. It would be so much worse than feeling motion-sick and, worst of all, suffering for all eternity! I truly wish that no one would ever end up there. Do not commit any mortal sin. If you already have, go to confession and get it absolved. Salvation means saving your own soul too and first! This may be one of the reasons I did not complete this trip.
Friday, February 1, 2019
In Matthew 6.33, Jesus said, "Seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things [the pagans seek] will be given you besides." He is saying that we should choose God and heaven first, and not worry about everything else. [Note. I probably won't be able to post anything until after the 10th of this month. Meanwhile, God's blessings on all of you who visit my blog.]
In today's Gospel reading from Mark 4, Jesus said to the crowds, "The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade." This is a beautiful picture. We should be the soil for the Lord to make rich so that the seed he plants in us can grow to its fullest potential. Know that what we produce may not be impressive or even visible to us, but it would be great in the eyes of the Lord.