Friday, November 20, 2009

Thoughts on the "Last Things"

Tribulation Times


November 21, 2009  


(Mar 13:31-33) Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my word shall not pass away. But of that day or hour no man knoweth, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray. For ye know not when the time is.

ZENIT.ORG: On the End Times and God's Kingdom- "Behold the Power of the Word of Christ"

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FATHER CORAPI: Thoughts on the "Last Things"

SAINT FAUSTINA: The Origin of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

MANILLA BULLETIN: Only tragedy, not to be a saint

As regards becoming a saint, when you tell that to someone, chances are he will look at you oddly and say, "To be a saint? That's not for me. I'm too worldly for that."

But the truth is our ultimate goal is and should be to become a saint. In short, to attain heaven. If you don't aspire to reach heaven, where will you be in the next life?

Someone quipped, "There are only two places in the next life: the smoking (hell) and non-smoking (heaven) area. Will you spend your eternity - in the smoking or non-smoking area?"

Are you doing every means to achieve that goal? As the French novelist Leon Bloy rightly puts it: "The only tragedy in life is no

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t to be a saint."

By the way, saints in heaven are not only those canonized, those with capital S, but also those with small S who are already there but were not officially declared saints by the Church.

Becoming a saint does not mean imitating the extraordinary feats of someone like the martyrs who died for their faith. If you can do it, great. In fact, today we need more heroes of the Church.

Becoming a saint in our modern times means more of imitating people who fell down and kept trying to rise.

They may have committed mistakes in their marriage or religious life, but kept coming back, faithfully following the Lord. Remember such saints like St. Peter who denied the Lord, St. Paul, formerly the fierce persecutor of Jesus' disciples, Matthew, the hated tax collector, the adulterous woman?

If such people have anything extraordinary about them, it is that they never stopped trying to live the will of God in their day-to-day lives. They were ordinary people with extraordinary faith and determination.

Frank Rega: Below are some spicy excerpts from my new, forthcoming book about Luisa Piccarreta.   

On the coming era:
The world is doing everything it can to banish Jesus from society, from schools, from conversations – from everything.  But while the world is plotting to destroy His Church and to kill his ministers, Jesus is preparing an Era of Love – the era of the third Fiat.  He will confound the world by means of love.  Wherever He has been banished, He will raise His throne, and reign in an astonishing way, such that man will fall at the foot of His throne as though bound by the power of His love.  His love will be shown in a marvelous and unheard of way.  Therefore Luisa must be attentive because He wants her to be with Him, so they can work together in preparing this celestial and divine Era of Love.
If they want to make war, so be it.  When they get tired, Jesus will make His war . . . of love.  Their tiredness in evil, their disenchantment and disillusionment, will dispose them to receive His war.   All of the acts of Luisa and those of others done in His Volition will wage war – but not a war of blood.   It will be waged with weapons of love, giving forth graces, gifts, and peace, such as to astonish ungrateful man.  The acts done in His Will, carrying the creative power within themselves, and descending from heaven, will bring all goods upon earth.

EWTN: Luisa Piccarreta - Status of her Cause

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 24- "On meekness, simplicity and guilelessness"

11. An upright soul is a fellow lodger with humility, but an evil one is a daughter of pride.   

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