++++++++++++++++++++God's timing is not our timing, but He is never late.++++++++++++++++++++

Layers - in the knowledge of God and the path to holiness

Learning about God is like unwrapping a head of lettuce, pealing back one leaf at a time. Always there is another leaf below. We will eventually reach the center of the head of lettuce; but we will never unwrap everthing there is to know about God.

The path to holiness is like pealing an onion. God shows us what is sinful and convicts us that we have sinned. No matter how sweet the onion, there are always tears in the peeling. No matter how sweet the grace of repentence, there are always the pain of letting go of the sin. As the peeling of the onion reveals another layer, so God shows us what we lack in holiness, drawing us ever closer to "be(ing) perfect even just as your heavenly Father is perfect." Matthew 5:48

What I Believe

Why I am and always will be a Catholic. "So Jesus said to them, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. Tthe living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me. This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever." John 6:53-58 The words and actions of man cannot sanctify. Only the priest, empowered by his ordination, can invoke the Holy Spirit to transform the bread and wine into Jesus so we can receive Him - Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity into our bodies and souls. This is the core of the Catholic Church; without this there is no purpose or meaning to the Catholic Church. There are other ways to holiness, to grow in grace; there is no better way than union with Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

Visitation Catholic Church

Visitation Catholic Church

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Road to Heaven

Imagine life as a highway. Our starting point is at our conception; the ending point at our death is our ultimate destination for eternity. Our goal for our destination is heaven. This road curves and goes over bumps and hills. Sometimes we can see where we are going for miles. Other times the road curves so often that we don’t know from moment to moment where we are. The constant on this road is the white line down the center. That line is Jesus. As long as we stay close to that line we will be okay, and we know that no matter what happens to us on that road we will be okay. Since we are not perfect, though, we do not travel straight. Sometimes, we wander all over the road, and sometimes we leave the road. We can even lose sight of our destination, thinking another destination is better. This is the result when we sin. Our travel becomes erratic, and we may even leave the road. God has provided aides for us. Confession is our steering wheel putting us back next to the center line of Jesus. His laws and commandments are rumble strips telling us we are leaving the road. Even when we leave the road completely to travel in the opposite direction, there are bright lights, the Church and its saints, along the road showing where to head to get back on. Other aides God has provided for us are the Eucharist for nourishment along the way, the Bible for those who need more than to simply trust God to get them there, and sometimes the people who tell us ‘no’ are acting as curbs so we don’t stray off the road. God may even let us go into a ditch, for those of us who need to bottom out first before listening to Him. Whatever we are in need of, God will make it available to us.

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