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"I saw two roads. One was broad, covered with sand and flowers, full of joy, music and all sorts of pleasures. People walked along it, dancing and enjoying themselves. They reached the end without realizing it. And at the end of the road there was a horrible precipice; that is, the abyss of hell. The souls fell blindly into it; as they walked, so they fell. And their number was so great that it was impossible to count them. And I saw the other road, or rather, a path, for it was narrow and strewn with thorns and rocks; and the people who walked along it had tears in their eyes, and all kinds of suffering befell them. Some fell down upon the rocks, but stood up immediately and went on. At the end of the road there was a magnificent garden filled with all sorts of happiness and all these souls entered there. At the very first instant they forgot all their sufferings" (Diary 153).

(via broadsmiles)

What’s Most Important

It’s great to know apologetics and it’s great to be able to thumb through scripture and to pull out what you need when you need it.. But what’s most important and what the world needs are saints. We need people to do hard and holy things.. The world is getting tired of our words.. They need people to pick up their cross and follow Christ… To grow in faith and holiness.

  • Extrapolated from Fr. John Ricardo’s speech on Jesus’ words of “who do you say that I am?” series.

Awesome talk by John Martignoni on the “One Church”

Once you understand the Eucharist, you can never leave the Church. Not because the Church wont let you but because your heart wont let you.

dramoor:

True.

(Source: catholicwarrior7, via potato-of-divine-mercy)

Truth: Hot Young Thing

"You can’t go around worrying about that hot young thing that’s trying to talk to you. Why? Because there will always be a hot young thing trying to talk to you, especially if you’re relatively successful. What you do instead is you care about that woman who’s completely in love with you.. And you see that hot young thing as an ugly distraction. She’s not ugly, you see? What’s ugly is what she’s doing. She’s trying to take what’s not hers. Everyone wants what they can’t have! There’s a difference." - Kevin (my best friend)

Venerable Fulton J Sheen

“I slipped His fingers, I escaped His feet,

I ran and hid, for Him I feared to meet. One day I passed Him, fettered on a tree,

He turned His head, looked, and beckoned me.

Neither by speed, nor strength could He prevail.

Each hand and foot was pinioned by a nail.

He could not run nor clasp me if He tried

But with His eye, he bade me reach His side.

“For pity’s sake,” thought I, “I’ll set you free.”

“Nay - take this cross,” said He, “and follow Me.

This yoke is easy, this burden light Not hard nor grievous if you wear it tight.”

So did I follow Him who could not move,

An uncaught captive in the hands of love.”

1954 - Venerable Fulton J Sheen

Dreaming of God

God is my dream. And when I see something or someone profaning or blaspheming His name I suffer. The image of His pure majesty abounds in me. I want nothing but Him and to be part of His eternal family. My life, my sweetness, and my hope.. To thee do we cry.. To thee do we lift up our souls, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears..

Dreams are pure within us, coming from an innocence that we have sanctified. But some dreams are rooted in a disfunction of emotion. A selfishness that we cannot control. We need God to purge these dreams from within us. We need God to refine our purpose and allow us to break down our strongest holds. Let nothing that is not rooted in God have a sanctuary in you. The only thing that may enter is the Holy Spirit. Let all dreams flow from Him. Let Him fortify and sanctify your mind, body, heart and soul..

Lord, I dream of you..

A Layered Understanding: One-Flesh

About the one-flesh principle. It says in Ephesians 5:29-32 it is a great mystery especially to Christ and the church.

May we begin here? That the one flesh principle of Christ, his church and his people, is the same as the marriage of man and woman. While the fidelity of marriage is consummated by the one flesh principle, as is the marriages to church consummated to the people through communion.

Now one-flesh, in my studies, is one of those squirmy topics people like to forget about. And yet, it just so happens that the Calvin, Luther and Catholic schisms happened from this topic as well; symbol, consubstantiation, transubstantiation. Please research the 3 as it is imperative to know.

Now, here we stand with the Genesis interpretation, the initial interpretation, layer 1 as I may say, that man and woman become one flesh in the conjugal act. This is true. Paul states that even a man is joined to a prostitute in the act of conjugal union and becomes “one-flesh.” How scary! Any act outside the marriage bed in “one-flesh” union! Or is it?

Let me posit - every sin we commit binds us. We become a slave to sin. We cannot serve 2 masters! One of the flesh, and one of Christ. Many will say that marriage equates to the conjugal union. But is this conjugal union in Truth? If I were to eat of bread that was offered in another’s name. Does that bread really unite me spiritually to Christ!? By no means! It binds me to the world, to the illusion! There is no truth in that bread. It is truly a lie.

Anything that shares the quality of union but does not possess truth is not true union. It is an illusion of the evil one. How great an illusion to make one to feel infinitely bound to someone or something because of an illusion. How silly. Have you not heard that The Lord can unbind you and free you from sin? Have you not heard the The Lord has defeated the evil one?

What defiles so greatly that cannot be clean? What is too great a sin that the infinite Master cannot destroy! We are not in bondage! We are set free by our faith in The Lord!

This is another layer, layer 2 may I say. Each layer takes us deeper than the first. The next layer is our soul taking a deep breath for it has been suffocating, suffering the perils of death. What strong language can I use to remind you of this freedom? The cross, the mystery, goes deep. Deep within us it purifies us and cleanses our temple.

I write this, because you are not bound to the world my brothers and sisters. You shall be bound to Christ. And He will purify you and set you free.

This is a topic people struggle with today. I hope this brings you relief my friends :)

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. (‭1 Peter‬ ‭4‬:‭12-13‬ ESV)

A True Song

A love so true it can only be.. Anything less would be a lie to me.. It’s true.. I would be nothing without you..

A wishful place isn’t what I believe.. I see only your love inside of me.. The temple, my Love, it’s all so true.. It’s not a wish, it’s a promise to me and you..

Yes us, we don’t deserve it.. It’s us.. Yes it’s worth it..

Give up everything that we have, our life for a blessing that we need so bad.. Sainthood, Jesus, your calling me.. To live for your love, you set me free..

Yes us.. We don’t deserve it.. It’s us.. Yes it’s worth it..

On my knees, oh hear me pray, for always will I reach for your embrace.. Sing a new song to lift me up high.. This life is for worship and to recognize..

It’s true.. I’d be nothing without you..

Tags: catholic song

"Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses."

— (‭1 Timothy‬ ‭6‬:‭12‬ ESV)

"For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church."

— (‭Ephesians‬ ‭5‬:‭29-32‬ ESV)

Our Savior is calling for us to walk on water with Him. Such an amazing and beautiful song.

White As Snow

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” - Isaiah 1:18 

Please, know this, while the sins of our flesh may make us feel stained and impure, there is nothing that the Lord Jesus Christ cannot make clean. In His eternal love our sins and our transgressions absolutely melt away in His burning passion. Nothing impure can remain when He enters into us. Nothing impure can remain when we enter into Him.

Brothers and sisters, have you fallen into the sexual immorality of the flesh? A pinnacle of our weakness, the most personal of our mortal sins, the disgrace of the temple that is within us! Have you become “one-flesh” with one whom is to not be your husband or wife, with one whom is not The Lord Jesus?

Hear me! The temples can be cleansed and the stains can be made white as snow! This is all within His power! Could we enter the kingdom of Heaven with this stain still present on our soul? No! It is forgivable, it is redeemable, Christ has paid the ultimate price to free us from bondage! We are being called to experience True love, irrevocable love, and immeasurable happiness.

Have you considered yourself ruined by your actions and irrevocably damaged? Fear not, brothers and sisters, The Lord renews and makes clean all things in us! Do you feel bound to something with shame and regret? Do you feel your whole body grown in pain when the spirit enters into you and brings to conscience your failures?

Brothers and sister, even sexual impurity, idolatry and murder are forgivable to The Lord! We become monstrously stained by our actions and inwardly grown for innocence, peace, sanctity and love when the spirit comes to us and calls us to sanctity! Lord, thank you for this Holy gift! Even in our most grievous failures you remain faithful! How we love you so!

Lord, at times we may feel unworthy of this kind of treatment. This is not something we are used to nor fully understand. Lord, don’t you see that we fail repeatedly in your name, that we are blind sheep trying to follow your voice in the darkness! Here I am Lord! Oh, how I long for you Lord! Come lead me Lord! Grab hold of me, come be with me, oh!, how I love you!

Bring us peace, make us white as snow. Cleanse us, sanctify us, let us worship you and renew our body’s with you! Let us present ourself, your church, your people, your body, as acceptable for being in Holy Communion with you! Your love never fails, endures all things, and brings peace to the whole world.

Lord, we ask that you cleanse our temple, allow for the Holy Spirit to come dwell within us. Make us a Holy and living sacrifice for The Lord. May we pursue sainthood humbly, meekly, stainless, like an innocent child of God.

In Jesus Name We Pray for all those whom are struggling in bondage and seek freedom. May they be made white as snow.

Amen

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