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Saturday, December 31, 2005
Filling the Empty Vaccum Within
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I felt deeply compelled to write of this tonight:

I desperately remind you all, fellow Children of Our God, that God is love (1 John 4:8)! He is the author of our soul and the unique joy of our very heart. Ever beat not only beats because of Him but for Him. I tell you, as a Catholic of nearly 3 years, that Christ is here in His Church - the Catholic faith. For Christianity is not a man-made faith or an institution among men. It is Our connection to God; the bridge to our Heavenly paradise. Through the Eucharist and the Holy Mass we, unlike any other time in life, reach so closely to Heaven. Each of us are called to love God in life, but I tell you that the Church is the complete truth.

Christianity is not just a set of rules and regulations. Rather, Christianity is the realization of the truth - Jesus Christ. And the realization is so great that we wish not to break Our friendship with Our Lord but serve Him. It was He, on that road to Calvary, that laid down his life for you! I tell you there is nothing more beautiful than to give up your life to Christ and follow Him without compromise. There is nothing more poetic than to accept Him into your heart.

St. Augustine lived nearly 30 years of life in worldly pleasure but then He found God. He wasn't influenced by the theological arguments of their having to be a creator or a source of morality. He was moved by the empty vacuum in his soul that only God filled. And when God and the Church came into His life all lonliness was obliterated. As he writes in his world famous book Confessions: "Our Hearts are restless until they rest in Thee." St. Augustine found the faith through St. Martha's, his mother, prayers and St. Ambrose's example of a Christian life. I remind you, there are many Augustines among us. Let us all try to be that Ambrose and guide them.

For that is our purpose, to find that inner peace in life. And that peace has a name - Jesus Christ in the Holy Church.

"'I would like to show them [World Youth Day pilgrims] how beautiful it is to be Christian, because the widespread idea which continues to exist is that Christianity is composed of laws and bans which one has to keep and, hence, is something toilsome and burdensome -- that one is freer without such a burden,' said Pope Benedict XVI" (Source: Pope Benedict XVI, August 14, 2005)

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