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Saturday, July 1, 2006
Thank you for your Advice and Prayers
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I posted a few days ago about a group of atheists I have been talking with on the Internet. I have posted what I hope is my last reply to them. Here is what I wrote to them:

Well for the most part, no one wanted to just assume something for the sake of discussion. I asked just to keep this a civil conservation without profanity and my request was ignored. I said I care about everyone here and for that I was told that I am not cared for. I ask for you guys to prove your side of the story about God and you don’t.

I’m done here. I know I haven’t made a difference with anyone that I’ve talked with. But, I appeal to those that are reading my words without responding - please know that God is real. He is in the Catholic faith, the only denomination that goes back to the time of the apostles. I am here because I care. I used “please” several times and still people just don’t listen. For those of you out there that haven’t responded, seek Jesus Christ. Don’t remain in darkness. Go out to Jesus Christ and experience forgiveness, love, and hope, which reach unimaginable depths in Christ.

Again to those out there that are searching I ask:

Why do you doubt Jesus Christ? Do you believe that Alexander the Great existed? Do you believe King Tut existed? Why would you doubt Jesus Christ? There are many proofs of His life, death, and Resurrection. Historians have taught me there is proof for His existence. The story was recorded by 4 separate authors and today it’s in a book called the Bible.

Look at the faith of the martyrs, the apostles, and the saints. For 2,000 years, millions of people willingly laid down their lives rather than denouce Jesus. Certainly they would not die for nothing.

Look to the fact that the Church has survived every persecution that was thrown against it. Look to the place of Jesus’s Ascension. The spot where Christ had stood could never be covered with pavement; and more than that, the marble slabs placed there burst upwards into the faces of those who were laying them. The footmarks in the dust there prove that the Lord had stood on that spot: the footprints are discernible and the ground still retains the depressions his feet had left. They can not be covered.

Look at the miracles of the Holy Eucharist especially the Miracle of Lanciano that I posted about but no one commented on. Look also to the apparations of Mary in Guadalupe, Knock, Fatima, and Lourdes. Look at the Miracle of the Sun witnessed by 70,000 people in Fatima, some from a great distance than the rest of the group.

I am leaving this forum now. I just ask that no one respond to anymore of my words here. If you don’t, I have no reason to come back and say anything.

For those of you out there that are unsure of God, again I say “seek Him” becasue if you do, you will find Him. If anyone here ever wants to truly search for God or convert to the Catholic faith, I will help you in anyway that I can. You can contact me through my blog.

Good bye, everyone! And, I wish to thank the administration here for allowing me to stay and voice my opinion. I will leave now and no longer bother any of you again.
And, as I expected, they began to insult me again here (you will have to scroll down near the bottom). They also admit in one comment that they have found the comments of you guys, my fellow Catholic friends, on my other post. They said that they deleted all of your comments (again near the bottom). Again they insulted me.

I am sorry if any of you took a lot of time in your comments. I am sorry for this. But, I realize that I can't change them. I am writing this looking a crucifix. His hands are bleedings. His feet are pierced. The man of love that created the world and performed miracles, is condemned to die. And still He died for them. Jesus Christ is forgiveness.

I pray and hope that the people of that forum see charity in my words. For we are a people of faith. We are not the ones insulting and persecuting others like they insist the Church does. We silently accept all persecution and offer it up to our Master. We then are worth something because Jesus gives us strength! I did not use profanity and repeatedly thanked them. For that I was insulted regardless with profane words. For it sadly is the "blind leading the blind and both shall fall into the ditch."

This is why I must become a priest. I am going to do it for love. I still care about each one of them on that blog. I want every last one of them to be in peace forever. I don't want any of them to have to go to hell and look upon the face of the devil. St. Catherine received a vision of the devil once from Our Lord. And she told Him that she would rather walk on burning coals for the rest of eternity than go to hell and look upon the devil's face for one more moment.

I am called to live a life of love and serve everyone. And, I will serve Him in anyway possible. I am called to forgive those that attack me and pray for them. I have done that and will continue to do that.

So my friends, may the Lord, the God of peace, bless you all for your prayers and advice.

"Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you" (Matthew 5:10-11)

10 comments:

del_button July 1, 2006 at 12:16 AM
Kim said...

*clap clap clap* You have done what you can, and the rest is up to the Spirit. You have done the best you can do in that situation, and honestly; I don't think God asked for anythimg more.

God Bless!

del_button July 1, 2006 at 12:32 AM
Matthew said...

“Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.”
~Saint Augustine

Hello Moneybags,
I admire your faith. You've been in the Holy Roman Catholic Church for such a short period of time and know more about Christ and the scriptures then many Catholics learn or want to learn in a long time. What really hit me in the face in your post was when you said you did not want them to look at the face of the devil. It reminded me that if they do not accept Christ into their hearts before they pass away, they will suffer the horrors of hell, whether they believe in hell or not. Your a great Christian and I know you will make a great priest. Your blog has greatly helped me learn the truth that our faith is founded on. My prayers are with you. And as Kim said, you've done the best in this situation. I hope you continue your blogging! God Bless You!

your brother in Christ,
Matthew


P.S. About the author, Paulo Coelho I commented about, I still haven't started reading his book, but am planning on starting soon. Here is one of his quotes that I found... I will post about what the book was like in the future.

“I still pray but it's something automatic, and I'm not even sure I still believe in it... Because I've suffered, and God didn't listen to my prayers. because many times in my life I have tried to love with all my heart, and my love has wound up being”

del_button July 1, 2006 at 12:50 AM
Anonymous said...

In this situation, You've done what the above quote of Saint Augestine posted by Matthew says.

God Bless.

del_button July 1, 2006 at 10:06 AM
Anonymous said...

Oops, spelt Augustine wrong, sorry...

del_button July 1, 2006 at 10:14 AM
Fredi said...

I repeat dear brother,

Your are to be commended for your fortitude, steadfastness and exemplary Christian behavior during your horrendous ordeal.
Now may you rest in Christ's peace.

From a reflection by Abbott Joseph:
We might ask how Peter being the rock of the Church applies to us. Peter may be the only rock, but he himself says in his first epistle that we are all living stones in the spiritual temple of the Lord (1Peter 2:5). We’re chips off the old block, as it were, but we have our coherence in the unity that comes through Peter (and his successors) as head of the Church of Christ. Peter as rock also expresses the teaching authority of the Church as well as her hierarchical and sacramental structures. So to be part of the Church is to hold the faith of the apostles, to recognize the authority of Peter, to accept the structure of the visible Church and to participate in her sacramental life.

But there is much more, and for this we turn to St Paul. The epistle reading highlights his labors, sufferings, and mystical experiences. So to be part of the Church is also to work for the Church, whether it be through ordained ministry, works of charity and mercy, evangelization, or any other way of making the truth and love of Christ accessible to others. Since we still live in a fallen world, this will entail suffering. We may experience opposition, persecution, ridicule, or mere indifference. St Paul was well aware of the cost of discipleship, as he detailed it in his epistle: he was scourged, beaten, stoned, shipwrecked; he suffered from hunger and thirst and exposure, and from enemies—both those he recognized as enemies and those he thought were friends but who turned out to be enemies—and the list goes on. The powers of Hell will not prevail, but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to try, and the whole history of the Church bears that out. To be a Christian is to accept the Cross and to follow Christ, come what may.

Yet this difficult and demanding life attracted countless followers. Why?

del_button July 1, 2006 at 10:52 AM
JP said...

Amen brother.

del_button July 1, 2006 at 1:01 PM
Moneybags said...

I appreciate all of your words. Fredi, I especially thank you for your inspirational words concerning Sts. Peter and Paul. They deeply move me.

God Bless all of you.

del_button July 1, 2006 at 1:43 PM
Fredi said...

They move me too. Every reflection of Abbott Joseph's is rich in truth and wisdom. I recommend them as daily reading.

God bless.

del_button July 2, 2006 at 2:36 AM
andy said...

Moneybags,

The sower of the seed never sees the results that those who bring in the harvester does. All the sower gets to see is ground, whereas the Harvester gets to enjoy the wheat that was planted.

Be steadfast in your faith and continue to allow the work of God to flow through you; be a mouthpiece.

You are an inspiration and are in my prayers!

del_button July 2, 2006 at 2:37 AM
andy said...

Oui, please I beg your mercy on the bad structure of my previous entry!

It should of read,

The sower of the seed never sees the results that those who bring in the harvest.

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