So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Ready or not... . Are you ready for the Lord?

What'll it be, lake of fire or everlasting life?

Do souls go to hell? Yes. The Lord Jesus taught so.
The Son of man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.
So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous, and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.—St. Matthew 13:41-42, 49-50.
Do we know who goes to hell?

Nope, not exactly. We know that if a soul is in a state of mortal sin at death, such a soul will spend an inescapable eternity in the hell state. It's not our job, however, to locate people in hell. We're not driving the car, so-to-speak. We can and should, however, inform someone about certain consequences when his behaviour behind the wheel is putting his soul (and possibly the souls of others) at risk. If the driver is drunk on his sins, he is more than likely going to drive off the salvation road and crash into reality. Whose fault is that? His, the human driver. His choices add up to a direction in this life and the next.

The soul that is satisfied with his or her bad choices, the soul who makes no attempt whatsoever to change direction, the soul who rejects the Sacrament of Penance that could free him/her from their bad choices, the soul too proud to change, is someone who is already very close to hell. For the person who behaves badly and who refuses to repent, hell should come as no surprise.

Conversely, the soul that abandons himself or herself to God and trusts that God should be in the driver's seat, that God's way is the best path, the path taught by Holy Mother Church, then such a soul has hope.

Hope, love, beauty.

God loves us. Each of us is created to respond to God's invitation to everlasting life found only in and through Jesus Christ. God made us for love, but man misused his freedom and fell into sin.

We are born into a fallen world, a world of imperfect love, of love gone awry, a world of false loves. Because we enter into this world in a fallen state, and we lack the grace to live with the freedom and love for which God designed us, we need God's saving help to respond to His invitation to authentic love.

Jesus, Who is God, entered into the human condition to rescue us from sin and death. He gave His life so that we might live. His Sacrifice broke the chains of death on men's souls. God provides the grace to accept His invitation to the fullness of freedom and new life and the peace which only Jesus can give. We need but ask Him to give us the grace to respond, moment to moment, day by day, year after year. All are invited to intimate communion with Jesus Christ and His Church.

What'll it be? Hope or despair? It's your choice. Jesus is waiting to give you the grace to believe in Him and His Gospel of hope, joy and love. Just ask Him to show you the Way—His Way of love.

This Advent, pray. Ask Jesus to reveal Himself to you. If you are doing that much, you are on the right track. A willingness to consider Jesus is a sign that the seed of faith is already growing within you. Now you must water that seed. Ask God to help you grow in faith.

Pray. Go to Mass. Read the Gospels. Talk to a priest.

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