Ridding ourselves of “Self”

Another I Am a Catholic shared-Lesson

by Patrick Miron

 Having just passed “All saints Day”, which is followed by “All souls Day”; I find it a difficult task not to at least briefly reflect upon the “Four Last things” …. Death, Judgment, hell or Heaven; although this is not the primary subject of this reflection.

I’ve had the topic heading on my desk now for a month or so; not knowing just how to proceed. Today a series of Mass readings and other such reflections have given be some insight on how to continue. What I am going to share are a number of those reflection’s, so the “by Patrick Miron” will be more along the line of a facilitator; than an original author.

It is my prayerful hope that you will find one of more of them to be of spiritual benefit to you.

Objectively speaking, America {and many other countries as well} have succumbed to a self-inflicted plague, that I shall term “MEISM.” It’s ALL about Me! A natural consequence of which is a malaise a sickness that has no evident vaccine on the horizon.  This was caused both of sins of omission as well as sins of commission. Driven by pride {Satan’s most utilized tool}, it’s easy to actually convince oneself that we Do know more, that we Do know better than God and His Catholic Church.

One of the most disturbing, and destressing facts of recent years elections, is the large numbers of self- identified Catholics, {historically 50+%} who freely choose to support legislated abortions, same sex “marriages” and even transgender mandated bathrooms and locker- rooms.

Have we forgotten Sodom & Gomora; can the present legislated-immorality of today’s America; encouraged, supported, or merely accepted in silence be any greater than the moral depravity of those LOST cities?  … That more than HALF of the USA’S Catholic population; can somehow justify to themselves that ANY factor, or personal agenda issues, can supersede the Legalized and Tax-payer funded MURDER of the Holy Innocents; is itself, a hell-worthy condemnation. And WE who simply “look the other way”; who make little or no efforts to change and challenge the culture; are WE any better than those who vote into high office these A-moral [without ANY mortal foundation} candidates?

We choose for ourselves where we will spend Eternity. God’s Mercy is Great but NOT infinite!

Anyway, here are a number of reflections that I feel compelled to share with you.

FROM today’s 1st Mass Reading

1PHIL 3:17—4:1

Join with others in being imitators of me, brothers and sisters,
and observe those who thus conduct themselves
according to the model you have in us.
For many, as I have often told you
and now tell you even in tears,
conduct themselves as enemies of the cross of Christ.
Their end is destruction.
Their God is their stomach;
their glory is in their “shame.”
Their minds are occupied with earthly things.

But our citizenship is in heaven,
and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
He will change our lowly body
to conform with his glorified Body
by the power that enables him also
to bring all things into subjection to himself

 FROM THE BIBLE:

Heb.6: 10 “For God is not so unjust as to overlook your work and the love which you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do.”

Rev.2: 23 “and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches shall know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you as your works deserve.”

1 Peter 1: 17 “Now if you invoke as Father him who judges impartially according to each one’s works, conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your sojourning, “

Matt.19: 17 “And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” 

ABORTION IS A DIRECT VIOLATION OF GOD’S 5TH COMMANDMENT!

Philippians: 2: 3 to 4 “Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others”

FROM Saint John Paul II

“Freedom consist not in doing what we like, but in having the RIGHT to do as we OUGHT/” Emphasis mine

 FROM Pope Benedict XVI

“Help each other to live and to grow in Christian Faith so as to be a valiant witness for the Lord. Be UNITED, but not closed. Be HUMBLE, but not fear, be SIMPLE, but not naive. Be THOUGHTFUL, but not complicated; enter into dialog with others but be YOURSELVES.”  

 FROM the “Bread of Life Booklet for November 4th, 2016

“Many people desire to get their bodies in shape. They want to feel good and look good. Having a healthy body is a good thing; but it’s not the only thing.  The reality is that our bodies will die. {Genesis 3:19} Whether youe body is healty, sickly or infirm you can join your body to the body of Jesus hanging on the Cross. Now your suffering is united to His. …………… How should WE live to make our bodies and souls live with Jesus forever? WE make our bodies {& our minds and hearts} enemies of THIS world.”

 FROM an unknown author

“In every lie; there is an element of truth” …..  {“A partial truth is still a lie!”}

 FROM the book: “33Day’s to Morning Glory”… a self -retreat

Quoting saint {Mother} Theresa of Calcutta {day 16-17}

[Our Lady] was the first person to hear Jesus cry “I THIRST” {John 19:28} with St. John and I am sure Mary Magdalen. Because Our Lady was there on Calvary, she knows how deep, how real is His longing for you …………. Her role is to bring you face to face with the love in the heart of Jesus crucified……….  I {Jesus} have asked you, they {John and Madelyn} have asked you, and My Mother has asked you. Will you refuse to do this for Me?  …….. to take care of them and bring them to Me?

 FROM me

Most of us “Die” to Live; when we out to live in order to Die united to Christ.

 It seems to Me, that we can either choose to play now and suffer later; OR to PRAY, and sufffer now and assure our Eternal Life in heaven.

There are no “free-rides”

 FROM Father John A. Hardon’s Prayer book

From the Stations of the Cross: the 1st Station: Jesus is Condemned to Death

“Jesus, hearing His sentence, has only one resolve at heart: to compete His mission in spite of all of the repugnance’s of nature.

Should I, His companion, abandon my resolutions in order to follow my whims? I desire to be perfect, a saint and an apostle according to my vocation. For love of God alone, I will become indifferent to everything {this is the cure to America’s self- inflicted plague}. A man of eternity, yet doomed to die, I am impatient to fulfill my mission: to glorify God and to save my soul. Since I am on the road to heaven, I MUST {emphasis mine} ascend by Calvary, which is the only way there.” {Amen!}

Matt.10:38 “and he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.”

Matt.16:24 “Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

The Four {unavoidable} LAST Things ………………

Death

Judgment

Hell or

Heaven   

Pray much and make heaven, not Purgatory your lives’ goal!

God Bless you,

Patrick

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