Tribulation Times

(Joh 14:21-24) He that hath my commandments and keepeth them; he it is that loveth me. And he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father: and I will love him and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith to him, not the Iscariot: Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself to us, and not to the world? Jesus answered and said to him: If any one love me, he will keep my word. And my Father will love him and we will come to him and will make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my words. And the word which you have heard is not mine; but the Father’s who sent me.

ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT: Love is our mission: The family fully alive

MSGR CHARLES POPE: Some Good Common Sense on Marriage, Sexuality, and the Family

A MOMENT WITH MARY: My Immaculate Heart will triumph: What does this mean?

“Finally, I would like to revisit another key message of the secret made quite rightly famous: ‘My Immaculate Heart will triumph.’ What does this mean?” Cardinal Ratzinger asked.

He answered: the triumph of one who leaves everything to God like Mary did, and in imitation of Mary: “The heart that is open to God, purified by the contemplation of God, is stronger than guns and arms of all kinds.” The victory of Mary’s Heart therefore is an appeal to the freedom of each Christian to enter into God’s loving plan for us on a daily basis.

And he also explained: “Mary’s fiat, the word of her heart, changed the course of history, because she introduced the Savior into the world – since, thanks to her ‘yes,’ God could become man in our world and remain so for ever. The devil has some power over this world, we can see it and experience it continually; he has some power because our freedom accepts to be diverted from God.”


It’s a false question. God doesn’t send anyone to hell and God doesn’t deal out eternal punishment. God offers us life and the choice is ours as to whether we accept that or not.

God, Jesus tells us, doesn’t judge anyone. We judge ourselves. God doesn’t create hell and God doesn’t send anyone to hell. But that doesn’t mean that hell doesn’t exist and that it isn’t a possibility for us.

Here, in essence, is how Jesus explains this:

God sends his life into the world and we can choose that life or reject it. We judge ourselves in making that choice. If we choose life, we are ultimately choosing heaven. If we reject life, we end up living outside of life and that ultimately is hell. But we make that choice: God doesn’t send us anywhere. Moreover, hell is not a positive punishment created by God to make us suffer. Hell is the absence of something, namely, living inside of the life that’s offered to us.

As Jesus tells us in John’s Gospel: “God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, the light has come into the world, and the people loved darkness rather than light … I judge no one.” 

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The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Fortitude

36. A hermit said, ‘A tree cannot bear fruit if it is often transplanted.  So it is with the monk.’

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