God’s Mercy For All

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Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen gentium 16:

Those who have not yet received the Gospel are related in various ways to the people of God. In the first place we must recall the people to whom the testament and the promises were given and from whom Christ was born according to the flesh.(Rm 9,4-5). “On account of their fathers” this people remains most dear to God, for “God does not repent of the gifts he makes nor of the calls he issues” (Rm 11,28-29). But the plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator. In the first place amongst these there are the Muslims, who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham, along with us adore the one and merciful God, who on the last day will judge mankind.

Nor is God far distant from those who in shadows and images seek the unknown God, for it is he who gives to all men life and breath and all things, (Acts 17, 25-28) and as Savior wills that all men be saved (1Tim 2,4). Those also can attain to salvation who through no fault of their own do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, yet sincerely seek God and moved by grace strive by their deeds to do his will as it is known to them through the dictates of conscience. Nor does Divine Providence deny the helps necessary for salvation to those who, without blame on their part, have not yet arrived at an explicit knowledge of God and with his grace strive to live a good life. Whatever good or truth is found amongst them is looked upon by the Church as a preparation for the Gospel. She knows that it is given by him who enlightens all men so that they may finally have life. Continue reading

Hell Is Self-Chosen

Some people are angry at God and can’t believe He is good because they believe He sends people to hell. But hell is self-chosen. God does not wish anyone to be condemned, but neither can He force Himself on anyone who does not want to see His face and be with Him forever. This is what true love is. Love is not manipulation. It can never be given or received by force. This is how much God respects us and loves us.

Some may reply that even if there are people who do not want to be with God, if God’s love is unconditional, He could have provided them with a better place to live in and not have them live in a place where they shall be punished forever. But here we go back to man’s freewill. He can either choose God or choose to be away from Him. God is Light. God is everything that is good, pleasing, holy and perfect. God is beauty and God is joy and peace! To choose to be away from Him is to choose just the opposite of that. It is to choose darkness and every evil and imperfect thing. It is to choose hell itself.

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets, and stones those who are sent to her! How often I would have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you would not!” – Matthew 23:37, (WEBBE) Continue reading

Reincarnation and God’s Mercy

‘When the single course of our earthly life is completed, we shall not return to other earthly lives’ (CCC 1013).

REINCARNATION FAILS
Reincarnation fails in the following respects:
1. Our longing to escape from ourselves and our failure to recognize God’s unique purpose for our lives. Why? Because with reincarnation, we lose our identity and our core gifts. We shift from one kind of person to another that we don’t know anymore who we really are.
2. Living over and over again is short of God’s mercy that only wills for us to live this painful life once.
3. Reincarnation seeks our attraction on the satisfaction of our desires in this life rather than in the perfect life God wills for us in the new earth.
4. It deceives us into believing we can overcome the weakness of the flesh and of our fallen nature on our own.
5. It eradicates the existence of a loving personal God in whom alone we can find happiness.
6. It makes us believe that all our current sufferings is a just punishment and a result of karma. It ignores the wisdom and truth that even the innocent can suffer and that their suffering is not their due punishment.
7. It ignores the power of grace and mercy.
8. If it evokes us to feel tired of this life and long for the next, won’t we get more exhausted living successive lives starting over and over again rather than receive perfect life in heaven?
9. If reincarnation’s goal is to correct a mistake, how can we ever succeed and get out of the cycle when a new life only breeds more and more mistakes?
10. Belief in reincarnation brings danger of the occult and influence of deceiving spirits that can make people imagine an illusion of a past life.

Bible Verses: Continue reading

Light in the Dark Night of the World

It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end… because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing… this shadow. Even darkness must pass.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

Sometimes it is difficult to find much light as we try to see the future of the Church. It has already lost much of its earthly riches and power. It has long been divided and opposed. And its enemies lurk now from every side. Enemies that seem to grow stronger from day to day. Enemies that are now openly taking off their masks as they proudly attack what used to be an insurmountable foe.

Much of the Church had been asleep. We seem to have been complacent for far too long, underestimating the foes that continued to lure and deceive the world. Many have already fallen to the other side and instead of serving Him who is True, they now serve only their own lusts and worldly desires.

Some who have remained awake on the other hand have built walls around themselves, speaking only towards one another as though their gifts were meant to be hoarded for their own use alone. They would soon realize that whatever light they still possess would eventually grow dim if they do not learn the ways of mercy and compassion.

Still there are those who have grown desperate and afraid. They see no more how history can still unfold for the better. They almost lose the very foundations of their faith as they enter the dark night where they cannot see the face of Him they have professed to believe in.

They are like the disciples on the way to Emmaus. They talk about Jesus with heads bowed down saying, “we had hoped”. How painful indeed to have hoped and then to lose that hope!

How can they recover that which they have lost? Where can we look for light in a world that has grown dim? Where are the saints of long ago that can be as stars to guide us in this dark night of the world? Continue reading

Eucatastrophe

‘Eucatastrophe’: the sudden happy turn in a story which pierces you with a joy that brings tears… it produces its peculiar effect because it is a sudden glimpse of Truth, your whole nature chained in material cause and effect, the chain of death, feels a sudden relief as if a major limb out of joint had suddenly snapped back. It perceives… that this is indeed how things really do work in the Great World for which our nature is made. And I concluded by saying that the Resurrection was the greatest ‘eucatastrophe’ possible in the greatest Fairy Story – and produces that essential emotion: Christian joy which produces tears because it is qualitatively so like sorrow, because it comes from those places where Joy and Sorrow are at one, reconciled, as selfishness and altruism are lost in Love.” – Letter from J.R.R. Tolkien

The consolation of fairy-stories, the joy of the happy ending: or more correctly of the good catastrophe, the sudden joyous “turn”… is a sudden and miraculous grace: never to be counted on to recur. It does not deny the existence of… sorrow and failure: the possibility of these is necessary to the joy of deliverance; it denies (in the face of much evidence, if you will) universal final defeat and in so far is evangelium, giving a fleeting glimpse of Joy, Joy beyond the walls of the world, poignant as grief.

It is the mark of a good fairy-story, of the higher or more complete kind, that however wild its events, however fantastic or terrible the adventures, it can give to child or man that hears it, when the “turn” comes, a catch of the breath, a beat and lifting of the heart, near to (or indeed accompanied by) tears, as keen as that given by any form of literary art, and having a peculiar quality.”

In such stories when the sudden “turn” comes we get a piercing glimpse of joy, and heart’s desire, that for a moment passes outside the frame, rends indeed the very web of story, and lets a gleam come through.

The peculiar quality of the ”joy” in successful Fantasy can thus be explained as a sudden glimpse of the underlying reality or truth. It is not only a “consolation” for the sorrow of this world, but a satisfaction, and an answer to that question, “Is it true?”

The Gospels contain a fairy- story, or a story of a larger kind which embraces all the essence of fairy-stories. They contain many marvels—peculiarly artistic, beautiful, and moving: “mythical” in their perfect, self- contained significance; and among the marvels is the greatest and most complete conceivable eucatastrophe. But this story has entered History and the primary world; the desire and aspiration of sub-creation has been raised to the fulfillment of Creation. The Birth of Christ is the eucatastrophe of Man’s history. The Resurrection is the eucatastrophe of the story of the Incarnation. This story begins and ends in joy. It has pre-eminently the “inner consistency of reality.” There is no tale ever told that men would rather find was true, and none which so many sceptical men have accepted as true on its own merits. For the Art of it has the supremely convincing tone of Primary Art, that is, of Creation. To reject it leads either to sadness or to wrath.

The Christian joy, the Gloria, is of the same kind; but it is preeminently (infinitely, if our capacity were not finite) high and joyous. But this story is supreme; and it is true. Art has been verified. God is the Lord, of angels, and of men—and of elves. Legend and History have met and fused.

-On Fairy-Stories by J.R.R. Tolkien