Late last night I was pondering a number of issues. One of which is what is going to happen now…how will things play out this year. I have listened to many different opinions on the matter but for some reason I feel a little unsettled.
Just as I was drifting off to sleep last night a thought came to me which really reasonated and made sense.
I am thinking about what Charlie Johnston keeps saying: “Do the next right thing”. In essence, as I see it, “Act Like a Christian”. That’s what I believe God is doing with us….we are being purified because we are not acting like Christians and we are not standing up for Christian values and beliefs. We have let the liberals dictate to us how we should believe, hence we have fallen into a great big pit. Now God, in His Mercy, is going to help us out of that pit – but, we have to learn our lesson well because this is our last chance.
What does Jesus say about the greatest commandment? He says, “Love your God with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength” and the second is this “love your neighbor as yourself”.
God is helping us to do just that by allowing all of us to live through some very tough trials. I read something the other day that points to this. When Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc on a number of East Coast States, people have been coming out in droves to help each other. Strangers helping strangers. That is loving your neighbor as yourself. Would those same individuals have done something for that stranger had they not been in that tough situation. Probably not. Suffering brings out our compassion and love for one another. Something that we have been in short supply of in the past few decades.
Now look at your own specific trials and ponder them. What is God doing in your life? I know in my own life as I ponder this, I am finding that I really struggle with some people who have been put into my life. I find it very difficult to love these people. I don’t see Jesus in them. But you see, God is saying to me “love your neighbor”. I am being put to the test almost continuously these past few months and I have failed A lot.
This last failure of mine, as I was praying about it at Mass one day, really hit me like a ton of bricks. As I was walking back from receiving Holy Communon, I suddenly looked up and there was this huge picture of the Divine Mercy Image. I knew He was speaking to me. I knelt down and He spoke to my heart and told me what he was doing with me. How my pride has been getting in the way and He is working on that – you see I have a real problem when people start accusing me of something that I didn’t do. That is pride. Boy, it is tough to be humble.
The way God works in helping us overcome our faults is by allowing these situations so that we can overcome our sinful ways. I knew then that God was allowing these individuals to be in my life and basically torment me so that I could work on becoming humble. I should have listened to their accusations and then thanked God for these people who are helping me become a better person. Instead, I became extremely irritated and annoyed by them. I didn’t want to speak to them or be around them.
Thats what purification is….helping us to rid ourselves of our sinful ways so we can become pure and holy in His sight. Suffering brings us to our knees and truly does humble us. We realize how much we need God. God wants to be “King of our lives”. So, everything that He allows to happen to you, know that it is for the good of your soul. We are being purged now so we will be ready to enter into the new Era of Peace. The whole point of all of this is to bring us back to Him and our Christian values once again.
One more thing on this topic. Clear your mind of all assumptions you have about the end times. Why, because whatever we think is going to happen, probably isn’t going to happen. We have no clue. God is clearly showing us why we are going through these trials, but we don’t know what these trials are going to look like. We don’t know the severity of them. Be at peace and keep your focus on doing the right thing and loving God. That really is all we need to do because if we do those two things, we will not fear what is coming. We will be able to walk through the fire with God at our side.
The second item I am thinking about a lot these days is Pope Francis. Now you have probably heard some of the things he has been doing, and it drives me crazy. What drives me even crazier is when people defend him and his behavior. His behavior is not Christlike. I cannot speak ill of him or I will be in sin, but I can explain what I believe he is dong wrong.
I really do respect Charlie and I do believe in him. But, for the life of me I don’t understand his take on Pope Francis. He, himself is disturbed by some of the things that Pope Francis is saying and doing, but yet still maintains that he is the Pope for these times. That he will lead us through the “storm”. If this is so, then Pope Francis will have to undergo a very, very huge conversion. Pope Francis who has been given much will be responsible for much. Souls lives are at stake here….He is teaching something that is heretical. Cardinals have approached him (Pope Francis) on the matter, but yet he speaks indignantly about them.
I am speaking about admitting divorced individuals to receive Holy Communion as well as those who are living together who are sexually active. Grave sins. Bishops from all over the world are allowing this, in part because of this letter on the family that Pope Franics wrote. Some of these Bishops had been doing it for awhile but now they have basically been given permission to do so. Can you image the price Pope Franics will have to pay for all those souls who will now be in mortal sin. Oh my, now that is terrifying.
We need to be obedient to the Magisterium of the Church; however, we do not need to be obedient to false teachings. So don’t do it. I think we all need to have a “Holy Boldness”. Speak out when things are not right. There have been some theologians who have spoken out from the very beginning about Pope Francis and they were labeled heretics. Wrong. People who don’t agree with Christian or conservative values sure do like to label people a lot.
Look at the election. Those on the left discredit and mock anyone who voted for Trump. They think we are stupid and racist. They cannot for the life of them understand or accept that we too are part of this country. That we have a voice as well. Did they forget that we are a democracy.
Of course we know Satan is angry and riling everyone up. He doesn’t have much time left and he knows it. So this is to be expected. I say, hang on and be bold. Do the right thing, Be a Christian, act like a Christian, so that in the end you and I both can enter into a brand new life where we will once again have Happiness and Peace.
All your trials are for a very specific reason. Look within yourself and ask God what He is trying to show you. Don’t be blaming anyone else. God is working on you just as He is with me. Your trials will be different than mine simply because we have different things to work on. Remember, Anger, confusion, doubts, anxiety, lies etc. are all from the enemy – Satan. people don’t like to say that word, just like our government doesn’t like to say the term terrorist. Speak the truth, nothing can hurt you then. We need truth. Let’s be done with false compassion, lies, political correctness and all that gets in the way of being in the light.
God Bless and be bold. Truth is on Our side.