During this Octave of Corpus Christi and the Novena to the Sacred Heart, we must keep our focus on the eternal life and know that this life is just a journey to the next. Each day we encounter a spiritual battleground in making the choice to accept the darkness of this world or the Light of Christ. If we keep this in perspective – we can make it through the toughest time – even to martyrdom if it is God’s Will.
During this constantly changing world (and now within the Church), we must remember that God is unchangeable. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow – for all eternity. That should bring such comfort to us in a world that is constantly evolving and in constant turmoil. The sun that brings us warmth on this earth is ever changing. It is affected by the seasons, the time of day, clouds, etc. It brings us warmth and we desperately need it but……it is of the earth.
Not so with God, as St. James says (1:17) "Every best gift, and every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change, nor shadow of alteration." He repeats what the Psalms teach us:
“In the beginning thou did found the earth; And heaven is the work of thy hands. They shall pass away, but thou shall abide, And all things shall grow old like a garment. Like raiment thou changest them, and they are changed; but thou art the same, and thy years have no end.” (Ps 101:26-28)
God’s wisdom is unfailing, His holiness unchanging and His power is eternally limitless. His love and happiness eternally undimmed and always burning bright from the flames of His Most Sacred Heart. God never fails; His goodness is unchangeable.
Men fail. Men turn away from the light of Jesus Christ and choose the darkness and close their hearts to God’s grace and love. Like prideful Satan, they want to be self-sufficient (God themselves). It would be wise to be humble instead of prideful. St. Teresa of Avila says that humility is truth. We are creatures and God is the creator – plain and simple truth. God the Creator’s realm of love and grace comprises innumerable wonders incomparably surpassing those of the world of nature. Why would anyone want to trade those in for what man or nature can procure on their own? All the miracles, the entire Church Militant and all the sacraments and their affects on the soul are gifts of the wonders and love which come from the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus...... He loves us to folly, say many of the saints!
We can go beyond God’s earthly wonders and think of Heaven. Many do not think upon Heaven or hunger for it but this is not the Will of God for He wants us to hunger and long to be with Him for all eternity in the glorious city of Heaven. It would do us all good right now to think of how all the citizens of Heaven are forever freed from tribulation and showered with countless blessings! Eye has not seen nor ear heard, nor human heart understood what it is that God has in store for those who love Him. He has opened Heaven for all of us with His Most Precious Blood on the Cross. We are only called to humble ourselves to obey Him in all things and to Love Him with our whole heart mind and soul and to love our neighbor as ourselves. The intense Love of the Most Sacred Heart is the reason for our being and the reason He died for our sins so that we could be with Him for all eternity. We will never merit Heaven – it is a gift but it comes with a condition – to Love Him!
St. Augustine says, “Heaven and earth and all things contained therein, cease not to tell me that I should love my God.”
Do we love our God? Do we love Him above ALL things? Do we keep His Presence throughout our day so that we give Him thanks and glory for EVERYTHING and at all times. This would bring us great joy and great graces during a time in history when the world is growing stone cold.
How foolish to think we can do anything without Him – yet that is what the New World Order is all about. Our technology is “so great” that they want to replace God with it. God created us and loves us. The computer did not. Our life can only have true meaning and grace if we give God EVERYTHING – our love, our possessions, our family, our wealth, our career – our life! He will give us eternity with Him!
We have to make a choice – do I want to be ruled by man and be forced to give him homage or do I want to be ruled by God’s grace and love and only give Him thanksgiving and love? I pray we make the right eternal choice
May we pray for our children that they make the right decisions with their free will.
May we love God above all things and LONG for our life with Him in the Eternal City of Heaven!
Cheer up!!! We are almost home!! May we pray to help others to get there as well!
Immaculate Heart of Mary – pray for us!
Sacred Heart of Jesus, burning with love for us, inflame our hearts with love for You!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!