This world was already headed down Crazy Street but we suddenly took a left turn to the Highway to hell. When double standards become the norm, American values become null, people become downright ugly and claim social justice and even Catholics thinking like liberals, then you know Jesus is not at the center.
I heard the craziest thing last month about a “catholic” who said that Jesus is okay with abortions, gay marriage, feminism and all kinds o’ crazy stuff. Liberalism is seen as the norm, with many “stars” coming out in support of gay marriage, abortion, etc. (reference Revelation 12:4 for a little update about stars). A lot of millennial my age feel the same exact way, which would make it a very popular belief. Was Jesus very popular among His peers? A resounding…..NO!
That was the point! There is a distinct separation between heaven/earth but there is a thin line between hell/earth. Now, before you gasp, let me explain. The path to Heaven is narrow, while the road to hell is huge. Heaven is a beautiful place where God resides, hell is a place of torment where prideful and sinful souls go. Earth is the in between, where far too often humans fall short. Why? Because we let our pride guide us. All the way back to Adam and Eve – it was pride that caused the fall of man and the stain of original sin. God never gave up on us, so He sent us His Son, Jesus Christ. Through His teachings and His example, we could find the courage to follow the Truth (God)
Think about it, the Creator of everything came down in the form of a baby. He didn’t come to scare people into believing, He came to show people how to live. He created for us the Catholic Church, which enforces the guidelines that are inspired by Jesus Christ Himself. There is no changing that, unless of course you aren’t afraid of heresy. In which case, you may want to seriously reconsider. I wouldn’t want to stand in front of Jesus and have to explain to Him why I felt like His teachings are out of date.
This brings me to two different priests, Father *Liberal and Father Peter West. Father Liberal wore a woman’s vagina hat while giving a homily. I could end it there because that’s bad enough and worthy of a pretty hefty fine of possibly skipping purgatory on his way down. He posts on a regular basis bashing conservatives…wait a minute. He’s Catholic? Yes. He’s a priest? Yes. So shouldn’t he be conservative? Well, technically yes. It gets even better, on his Facebook he has a picture of heavy set people holding a rebel flag with the caption “we’re boycotting Nordstrom”. There is a boycott going on right now because Nordstrom decided to drop Ivanka Trumps stuff from their line. Their claims of “the product not selling enough” seems to be rather suspicious. Seeing as though it comes right at the same time others are throwing an oversized temper tantrum because they didn’t get their way. That’s not even as offensive as the post that states God is planning on getting rid of religion. I’m honestly speechless. You as my readers know by now that not much can get me speechless. But this right here, this so called “priest” is disgracing to every Martyr that shed blood so that the Catholic Church can still stand.
Martyrs who were murdered by Jews, Muslims and Pagans because they proclaimed their love of Jesus Christ. Because they loved the Church that Jesus Christ had started. Their blood ran red over the land so that we could sit in Mass, so that we can continue on proclaiming the message that Jesus Christ had. Their blood didn’t run so that this so called “priest” could condemn everything that so many had fought hard to defend.
Then there is Father Peter West. Who is speaking up against what seems to be the liberal popular belief, even within the Hierarchy of the Church. He doesn’t proclaim hate or intolerance, he certainly doesn’t make fun of country people or obese people like father Liberal does. He doesn’t mince words when proclaiming the truth which is why so many people are throwing a fit. He is a modern day martyr, who is being attacked by members of our own Church. If his voice is silenced, then we have reached the breaking point. Catholicism was started by Jesus, built up by Martyrs through the Holy Spirit and carried on by us. If we fail to acknowledge that something is wrong with this new picture of Catholicism, then God is no longer in control. Because that means that we have turned our back on Him and instead invited satan to have a seat. This is the truth because it is Christ’s message. The Church was founded on the principles that Jesus gave us, it wasn’t founded on popularity or what the majority of the secular world wanted. It was the classic WWJD catch phrase. So make your choice and don’t be silent anymore. It is time that we stand together, united for the one purpose of bringing Jesus back to this dark world.
Give me the strength to stand up against hatred,
To defend your name to my last breath.
Thank you for giving me the blessings you have,
Even though I am undeserving.
Help me to not let those blessings be wasted,
Because I was to scared to defend you.
*Father Liberals name has been changed in the event that he throws a temper tantrum and tries to shut me down. Just do a quick Google search….
This whole ordeal about the Muslims and how Catholics are defending them baffles me. What baffles me even more is that a good majority of these so called “Catholics” are the ones who believe in abortion, same sex marriage, etc. So their POV about the whole subject matter is really inconsequential because their opinion is null and void. I really want to confront those who are seemingly faithful Catholics who can support Muslims.
Now, I know what Jesus taught. He taught us the two most important commandments were love God and your neighbor (summed up version). Many of the arguments surrounding the “love of Muslims” is that Jesus said these two commandments are the most important. However, context is everything. And unless you are willing to look at everything that Jesus said, not just the stuff that supports your disillusioned belief, then it is again null and void.
This is kind of a long piece of Scripture: 2 John 1:6-12 – so I’ll just sum up the most important parts and please look up and read this, it is very enlightening. Jesus tells us that love is the most important commandment. John tells us though (while being influenced by the Holy Spirit) that there are people who are deceivers and will do so by failing to acknowledge Jesus Christ. And if they go beyond the teaching of Jesus Christ – then they do not have God with them. Here’s just a little glimpse into the Qur’an: 4:157 That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah”;-but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not. 4:171 O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a messenger of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His messengers. Say not “Trinity”: desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is one Allah: Glory be to Him: (far exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. (Yikes! Don’t say the Trinity or Allah will not be happy!) Last but not least, Jesus in their belief will rise again as a follower of Muhamad and will kill all the infidels – all Christians, Jews, etc. unless of course you convert.
“Its okay though! They’re still our brothers and sisters, as long as they live a good life and are nice.” No they’re not!! John told us deceivers are in this world who will fail to acknowledge who Jesus is or who go beyond what Jesus taught. The Muslims acknowledge Jesus but they degrade everything that He stood for. They said that He wasn’t crucified, it was just an appearance, you can’t mention the Holy Trinity because that would be offensive to Allah and that Jesus will be a follower of Muhamad and will kill all the infidels who don’t convert. That right there is exactly what John was talking about. Whoever greets this person will share in his wicked activities. “If anyone comes to you bringing a different doctrine, you must not receive him into your house or even give him a greeting”, now that’s a pretty heavy statement. The Muslim religion teaches a completely different doctrine then that of Catholicism.
2 Corinthians 3:4 – And even though our gospel is veiled,* it is veiled for those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that they may not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. The god of this age being satan who has casted the darkness upon those who do not believe in Jesus Christ. Their darkened hearts cannot see the beauty of the Gospel.
2 Thessalonians 3:6
“We instruct you, brothers, in the name of [our] Lord Jesus Christ, to shun any brother who conducts himself in a disorderly way and not according to the tradition they received from us.”
John 6: 53-54 53 Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats* my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.
These are just a few of the many passages that discuss the importance of having faith in Jesus Christ – without Him we are dead. It also teaches about the non-believers, those who either degrade Jesus or completely deny Him. The Muslims know Jesus, they just don’t believe in His divinity, His teachings or His crucifixion. Being a follower of Jesus Christ isn’t easy, it shouldn’t be. But when it becomes so perverted by what people want to believe as opposed to what is actually there – then it becomes dangerous. It’s dangerous because souls are at stake here. This isn’t just a regular well lets disagree about whether green or red apples are better. This is a time when we have to embrace what the true teachings of Jesus are and not the ones that make us feel good. Heaven isn’t attained by those who stand with the world but rather by those who are willing to defy the world in order to bring the message of Jesus Christ.
Take my hand and guide me through this battle,
Help me to spread the message of Your Light.
Give me the strength to stand in Your word,
To fully embrace the teachings that bring salvation.
Someone said that God was okay with women having abortions and gay marriage. This came from someone who claimed to be Catholic. Confusing, I know. Because all of these things that are mentioned go against everything the Catholic Church teaches. Again, confusing. Why not just remove yourself from Catholicism? Why not go to some other Christian religion that accepts these evil beliefs? Because, there is some perceived power that comes with claiming to be Catholic while at the same time claiming these beliefs fit in. Just a bunch of claims but nothing to back it up.
The Catholic Church is the oldest Christian Church that was founded by the one and only, Jesus Christ. The teachings cannot change and will not change but since Vatican II it has allowed some people to feel more at ease with going against the true teachings. However, if you look at the Bible and even at the Saints, we can learn a lot.
Let’s start with abortion. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you” Jerimiah 1:5. In this passage we see God talking to Jerimiah, telling him that before he was formed in the womb, He knew him. This is a very telling statement taken from the OT. He is telling Jerimiah a few very important concepts that apply to the issue of abortion. First is “before I formed you”, this is very intense. God forms us, each and every one of us, when we are in the womb. The act of marriage, the beauty that comes out of it, is a brand new little life. God is telling us, through the use of Jerimiah, that He forms us. How can you say that abortion is okay if He forms us in the womb? Are you then saying that God is wrong? Or are you saying that you are more powerful than God? Either of these really don’t sound too appealing.
If you say God is okay with abortion, then you are essentially saying that God doesn’t mind you destroying His creations. Which in case you aren’t too up-to-date with the OT – both times after He destroyed mankind for their sinful ways, He reinstated the covenant. He destroyed mankind for their sinful ways but women want the right to abort children because they are an inconvenience. Doesn’t make much sense when you put the pieces together. Let’s travel back to the OT again when God created humans – “God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). Except for little babies right? Or as the pro-choice women would say – embryos. “You knit me in my mother’s womb . . . nor was my frame unknown to you when I was made in secret” (Psalm 139:13,15). Again, made in secret – meaning that even the parents may not know right away that a child has been formed but God does.
Next we’ll look at homosexuality. “For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error” (Rom. 1:26–27). Natural relations are between a married male and female, it is a perversion for those of the same sex to have relations. “Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise acted immorally and indulged in unnatural lust, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire” (Jude 7). Marriage is a sacrament that is between a man and a woman, which is supposed to bring about new life for the Glory of God. A man/man and woman/woman cannot do that. The sexual act that occurs between them would then just be for pure pleasurable purposes which would make it an abomination is the eyes of God. This is also applied to those who practice sex outside of marriage and those who use any type of birth control. The sexual act then becomes one for just pleasure and does not bring about life. Where does that glorify God? It doesn’t, it is just for personal pleasure.
Give me the strength to defend your truth,
To truly let go, and let You and God control me.
Help me to have the strength You had on Calvary,
That while I am being ridiculed I turn to You.
I know they will try and bring me down,
To silence my voice that I am speaking for you.
I will defend you though, until I breathe my last.
One of the many lessons I have learned in my life is – don’t do things for appreciation. First, because you should be doing it out of the goodness of your heart for Jesus Christ. Second, you’ll end up utterly disappointed at the lack of appreciation that the person actually has with what you did for them.
Us as humans have many weaknesses that we have to constantly fight against in order to become who Christ wants us to be. Wanting admiration or feeling the need to be recognized to feel accomplished is one of them. I am sure that we can all attest to feeling this way and then ending up extremely hurt if our actions are not appreciated. Especially when the actions are extremely charitable for a person who may not have deserved it.
This is exactly what my parents are going through with my brother and sister as well. Time, money and health all spent on making sure that he would be okay. Days were filled with bedside vigils, prayers and time in order that if he should pass away, he wouldn’t do so alone. My father took leave without pay driving 2 ½ hours both ways and spending the night at the hospital. My mother has Parkinson’s and was sleeping on a cot, “showering” in a hospital bathroom, barely eating anything and making some pretty tough decisions. Also, growing up, we were given a good life filled with love, good times and family unity. My parents sacrificed so much for us children, which half of them don’t appreciate.
Many people are faced with this complicated, often times delicate balance. You want to feel appreciated but you don’t want to outright ask for appreciation. In reality, we don’t need that human level appreciation to determine our actions. The action in and of itself is what should provide us with the level of satisfaction that we need. Our sacrifices no matter how big or small are seen and felt by God. He is the one that truly matters in the end, that we do the right thing for Him.
What if someone tries to undermine your act of charity or sacrifice? Ignore them. I know this sounds like a silly way to do this but it is ultimately the best way to go about it. People with the kind of attitude, where there is no appreciation, are allowing themselves to spread evil. God wants us to love each other and to live our lives according to the Gospel. That is why we help others, why we go out of our way to help our neighbor, to speak up when there is an injustice and to be beacons of Jesus’ hope. When others don’t see that and fail to show their appreciation, will have to deal with those consequences, there is nothing we can do to change their view point on the situation. It will only cause us even more heartache and pain. So we can always hold on to the fact that we did what we had to and we did it for Christ. He above all is the most important and He appreciates what you did.
Please mend my torn heart,
That is hurt because of the actions of others.
This life is not an easy one,
But with You we are never alone.
I give all my pains, sorrows and hurt to You,
Please wrap me in Your loving and healing embrace.
The New Year is hear and the first few weeks of the month are filled with a sense of having to accomplish all your New Year resolutions. By the time February rolls around everyone’s lost their steam and then we wait until next year to attempt more resolutions, only this time we resolve to be more steadfast in our resolutions. It’s an endless cycle that goes around each year, so how do we become successful? It’s really easy, put Christ first!
When we decided to become true followers of Christ, we set ourselves up for a difficult road. “We know that we belong to God, and the whole world is under the power of the evil one” 1 John 5:19. With that understanding, the evil one hates-with-a-capital-H anything that has to do with God – most specifically Jesus Christ. Simply because of who He is and most importantly because of what He stands for, Salvation.
When we make resolutions for the New Year we have to make sure that they align with what Christ would want for us. For example, let’s say you vow you want to go into the New Year and enjoy life to the fullest. There’s no specific goal or idea, just you wanting to do what you want and have fun. The big red flag here is the focus on you. We talked previously in a post about JOY – Jesus Others and Yourself. When you live your life like that, then you will find true joy. So, we should look at a New Year resolution as how can I better myself through Christ. So this resolution won’t actually bring any real lasting joy or you may find yourself not being able to accomplish as much as you wanted.
Some common resolutions are weight loss, spending more time with family, travel more, get a new hobby, etc. These can all be really great resolutions but make sure you are doing them for the right reason. If you want to travel more, travel to areas you are not familiar with and bring some evangelizing materials along with you. If funds and time permit make a pilgrimage to some religious shrines. If you want to lose weight and be healthy, that’s perfectly okay and actually quite important. However, again make sure that you are doing it to be healthy for a pure purpose and not so you can look good in a bikini for the upcoming swimsuit season. If you want to spend more time with your family, start adding in family prayer, read the Bible together and if you are able to, go to weekday masses as well.
When you put Christ in the center of your life, even your New Year resolutions, then you will be successful. Just remember, don’t ever get despairing if things aren’t coming together exactly as you had planned or how quickly as you had planned. We have to keep our head up, keep on moving and try the best we can. This is a New Year and a new opportunity for you to become Christ centered and become the way that Jesus wants you.
Please help me to completely dedicate my life to You,
Give me the courage to do all things through you.
If it is Your will, then please let me be successful with my New Year resolutions.
I give You glory and praise.
Just a little announcement to all my readers. Last year has been crazy but this year will be better! With that being said, I have been neglecting posts and I really feel bad about it. I will start posting regularly with 4 posts a week. You guys have been great and your support is awesome! I am spreading God’s message and hopefully touching some lives along the way
Dear Mom and Dad,
The seasons change, leaves fall away, the sun sets and rises but one thing remains the same – your love. A love that I was surrounded in when growing up and that I still continue to feel. Many children are neglected, either their parents just don’t feed them or are too poor to afford food. You sacrificed your food for your children’s, opting to go hungry instead of letting your little ones have an empty stomach. Many children are not shown love and are made to feel worthless. You let us kids know that if we worked hard enough, then we can and will accomplish our dreams. Dad worked hard in the military, sacrificing so much to ensure that his children had a roof over their head, clothes on their back and food in their tummy. Mom worked hard taking care of the children, showering them with love, cooking, cleaning and playing with them. Many kids are beaten for the mere fact of breathing wrong and just existing, other kids are left to their own devices with no direction. You instilled a discipline of respecting adults, being responsible and respecting ourselves. You gave us chores that we learned to complete and were rewarded for. One time we had a ticketing system where you went out and bought a bunch of cool toys. We all worked hard to earn tickets, then had an auction on the goodies that we wanted. We learned that by dedicating ourselves to a task, completing it thoroughly and working hard will lead to success. I respect you two for what you have done for me and how you have helped me, even if most of the time I didn’t deserve it.
Since the fall of Eden people have always have their weaknesses, their struggles. None of us are free from that. That is why Jesus came, to help us work through these weaknesses and to find salvation. This world is one that we must carry our cross, walk with Jesus and follow the path He has for us. We are so often overcome by the temptations of the devil that we lose our way. That was me. I was tempted by wanting so badly to be a part of the world, which is what I did. My parents had brought me to God and helped me to develop a faith within the Catholic Church. When I reached a certain point in my life I rebelled against the idea of the Church and what faith was; so much so that I was wicked to my parents. I did everything to keep my heart in the world that I didn’t realize how much damage I was really doing. So much so that twice in my life I really had to face reality and it wasn’t until the second time that I truly took what Jesus was giving me. I changed my life so much because I knew that was what had to be done, when in doing so I found true happiness. So much tragedy has struck in my life since my transformation that I can’t help but to see that the path I have chosen is the one that Christ has wanted for me. It is through these tragic events that I see Jesus smiling at me because I know that He holds me, that through these sufferings something beautiful is being made.
My parents are a big part of why I am where I am now. They have helped me and all their children through their falls because that is the type of people they are. Not all their children appreciate the sacrifices and support they have made but Jesus knows the truth. We can create wicked scenarios that are completely false but in the end, God knows. You can smear someone’s name as much as you want in false lies but it won’t last forever. The light will always overcome the dark and the lies will always be made known.
Help us to appreciate the love a parent has for us.
When they try to guide us, help us to listen to them,
Not to fight against the wisdom they offer.
Bring peace and comfort,
When children are wicked to their parents,
Please wrap your arms around the parents to comfort them.
Help give parents the strength to stand tall against the attacks of Satan.