Monday, December 5, 2005
Live Each Day for God During Advent

"No matter how good food is, if poison is mixed with it, it may cause the death of him who eats it. So it is with conversation. A single bad word, an evil action, an unbecoming joke, is often enough to harm one or more young listeners, and may later cause them to lose God's grace" (St. John Bosco)

Especially during this Advent try and live each day for God. Jesus Christ, Our God, came to save us; He died our death because He loved us without reservation. We must accept our sufferings and crosses (Luke 9:23) and go on realizing that one day God will wipe away every tear from our eyes if we love Him (Rev. 21:4).

What must we do to enter Heaven? First, Heaven is the greatest joy. Hell is the opposite; it is the loneliness place on earth. Hell if for those that hate Our Savior and reject Him, so they are sent to the one place that God is not present - Hell. It is the loneliness of our soul that is the worst punishment in Hell. And the honest truth is that if someone commits one mortal sin and doesn't repent before death, the soul will go to hell. So, repent of your sins, go to Confession, and believe all the Church teaches.

"If anyone says that a man who is justified and however perfect is not bound to observe the commandments of God and the Church, but only to believe, as though the Gospel were a bare and absolute promise of eternal life without the condition of obeying the commandments, let him be anathema" (Council of Trent, Canon 20 on Justification).

"A new commandment I give unto you: That you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another" (Jesus's words in John 13:34, Douay Rheims).

2 comment(s):

del_button December 6, 2005 at 7:13 PM
Ginny said...

You have put a lot of thought and preparation for your Advent articles. I am enjoying them very much. Keep up the good work. God Bless

del_button December 7, 2005 at 6:26 AM
Matthew said...

Thank you very much, Ginny. I'm glad someone is enjoying them.

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