++++++++++++++++++++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

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Trinity

The thought of the Creator, the Word and The Breath of Life in the creation story is staggering. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in a union that are separate persons, but one God. Individual yet together. All-knowing, all-powerful, united and being - of love. A bond of Love between the Father and the Son that is so immense that it is a person, the Holy Spirit. Three person, one God. Eternal, infinite in love, mercy , justice. “Awesome” is still an inadequate reaction. A word beyond ‘awesome’ would still be inadequate. Our minds cannot begin to comprehend God. When we try, we turn Him into something less; we create our own God. The Hebrews did not speak the name of God. That was a good idea, for even naming Him, defines Him who is indefinable. Yet, it is this indefinable God, who enables us to approach Him and to learn His ways. We can learn His ways through the Bible; we can approach Him through the Church; we can join with Him through His Son, Jesus in the Eucharist. The step of God becoming man, Jesus, is so much more a step than that God become Man being present to us in the Eucharist. God relating to us both times in both a spiritual manner and a physical manner. In a way that, if we cannot comprehend, we can relate to and accept. Jesus is our link as physical beings to a spiritual God. Could we accept the Father or the Spirit as well if we did not have Jesus, the living Word? Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.  As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world without end. Ame.