[QUOTE[Dear Pat, First off thank you again for the book. I’ve been reading and rereading because I don’t like to just race through before having a handle on it. That is not to lay claim to perfectly understanding all I have gone through yet.
I also am hoping you have had and are continuing to enjoy this time of year with your family.
My quest for truth back in 2007 was really not something I set out on to prove my church’s correctness. [SDA] I simply made a list of what I believed in i.e. heaven, hell, death etc. and had to honestly assess the basis of that belief. The simple question I asked was, do I believe as I do because that’s what the preacher taught or have I seen these things for myself through the Scripture under the tutelage of God’s Spirit. It was by no means to bolster any particular church’s teaching. However, the one unshakable unwavering belief was that the Scripture is God’s inerrant revelation of Himself to us.
Much of what I see you believe is what I believe. But there are still differences. What I find incredibly and amazingly refreshing about your church is the devotion that is shining. I have come to a whole new appreciation if that is the proper word for Mary. She truly is a special one of a kind lady. Something I never really and still don’t fully grasp. And I find the way that many outside Catholicism reference the respect she holds among Catholics to be quite repugnant.
I also have a question concerning the Eucharist. Catholic teaching is that Jesus is literally present in the bread and wine. That is beyond my comprehension and I by no means mean that in a negative sense. It is thrilling and makes the idea of going to mass something thrilling. But God’s word is His living Word and is it not as much being in His real presence when you open the Scriptures? The Word is truly amazing!!!
Anyway, I continue to study your book, my Bible (a Catholic version by the way) and have been loving John Riccardo out of Plymouth MI doing RCIA classes on you tube. He is really phenomenal.
I’m not Catholic, but I may be more Catholic than you or I realize. And it all started by getting my hands on a missal, then meeting you on the boards.
My biggest struggle is the Sabbath and holidays. BTW I am ostracized by many of my SDA church members and family because of the holiday thing. Most Adventists think nothing of the roots of trees, mistletoe, yule logs and Santa.
Well, that’s where I am at present. Still have a lot to work through. I love truth and want to be in His kingdom. I have no doubt He will bring us (me and truth) together. God bless![/QUOTE]
My dear friend …
I have given much thought to your latest Mail to me. And frankly I am deeply concerned; and at the same time grateful for your candor, and still hopeful that the Holy Spirit will grant you His Seven Gifts to enable you to grasp the Mysterious Truths of His One True Church and Faith.
Please pray daily for these Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit; without which right understanding is very unlikely, if not truly impossible.
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Everyone ought to pray daily, for all of these gifts; I have done so for a long time.
I stated correctly that one cannot [impossible], be a Christian, much less a Catholic without of embracing the Birth of Jesus Christ, and just as importantly; His Death and Resurrection. … WHY is this?
This is true Jim, because not doing so would mean that such a person would then be following a False-god; a self-made-deity; but not the One True God; and as such it is at best doubtful, such a belief could get one to the Beatific Vision. Simply accepting the terminology of Christianity; but with limited Right understanding of the terms: God; Jesus; the Trinity; is a wrong and even a misleading path to GOD’S Truths.
Jim, it seems to ME, that all of your efforts thus far are focused on self-reliance; not on Divine intervention; hence these efforts are futile. … Rereading without first in humility seeking the Divine Intervention of the Holy Spirit, can only result in further frustrations. … WHY is this?
What is the Moral significance and demands of TRUTH?
Father John A. Hardon S.J., one of the 20th Centuries most esteemed Theologians, explains it clearly and precisely:
Truth is  the condition for grace  it is the source of grace  it is the channel of grace  it is the Divinely Ordained requirement of grace.” End Quotes
Benedict says: “If we omit the truth, what do we do anything for?”
“Their cannot be your truth and my truth or there would be no truth”
INCARNATION. The union of the divine nature of the Son of God with human nature in the person of Jesus Christ. The Son of God assumed our flesh, body, and soul, and dwelled among us like one of us in order to redeem us. His divine nature was substantially united to our human nature. Formerly the Feast of the Annunciation was called the Feast of the Incarnation. In the Eastern Churches the mystery is commemorated by a special feast on December 26. (Etym. Latin incarnatio; from in-, in + caro, flesh: incarnare, to make flesh.)
Father Hardon’s Catholic Dictionary
…, “TRUTH” would seem to be the ghost that you’re still chasing. Most often it cannot be found solely on one’s own efforts. Isaiah 55: 6-9
 “Seek ye the Lord, while he may be found: call upon him, while he is near.  Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unjust man his thoughts, and let him return to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God: for he is bountiful to forgive.  For my thoughts are not your thoughts: nor your ways my ways, saith the Lord.  For as the heavens are exalted above the earth, so are my ways exalted above your ways, and my thoughts above your thoughts.”
It is the incontrovertible reality of GOD assuming a second; a human nature like US in every way except sin that makes possible the HOPE in Faith because of LOVE our Eternal Life. It is impossible to “love” God and NOT at the same time accept all of His teachings. God has zero interest in OUR opinions; and expects and demands that we accept; even if we can only do so in the FAITH< that He alone can grant unto each of us.
One must get past the “self” and get fully into Faith and Hope, in order to find GOD’S Love. GOD’S TRUTH is very often a Mystery precisely to require His Faith. Which can only be had through very much prayer and reliance on God’s love for US.
FAITH. The acceptance of the word of another, trusting that one knows what the other is saying and is honest in telling the truth. The basic motive of all faith is the authority (or right to be believed) of someone who is speaking. This authority is an adequate knowledge of what he or she is talking about, and integrity in not wanting to deceive. It is called divine faith when the one believed is God, and human faith when the persons believed are human beings. (Etym. Latin fides, belief; habit of faith; object of faith.) Father Hardon’s Catholic Dictionary
HOPE. The confident desire of obtaining a future good that is difficult to attain. It is therefore a desire, which implies seeking and pursuing; some future good that is not yet possessed but wanted, unlike fear that shrinks from a future evil. This future good draws out a person’s volition. Hope is confident that what is desired will certainly be attained. It is the opposite of despair. Yet it recognizes that the object wanted is not easily obtained and that it requires effort to overcome whatever obstacles stand in the way. (Etym. Latin spes, hope.)
EASTER. The day commemorating Christ’s Resurrection from the dead. It is the greatest of all Christian festivals, having the central place in the liturgical year. It is the Christian feast linked with the Jewish Pasch. The exultant Alleluia is constantly repeated in the Mass and Divine Office, the Vidi Aquam replaces the Asperges, and the Regina Coeli the Angelus. The Easter season continues from Easter Sunday to Trinity Sunday inclusive. (Etym. Anglo-Saxon Eastre, Teutonic goddess of dawn and spring.) Father Hardon’s Catholic Dictionary
The SIGNIFICANCE of Easter is that it is precisely & exclusively because Christ DID Rise from the Dead; that we too can HOPE [and believe] in our own resurrection; in an Eternal Life of OUR choosing: either Heaven or Hell.
A primary effect [benefit] of Easter is that without Christ resurrection attaining HEAVEN would still be an impossibility, as a critical result of Adam & Eves Original sin was a TOTAL Lockout of Heaven:
Genesis 3: 21-24 ” And the Lord God made for Adam and his wife, garments of skins, and clothed them.  And he said: Behold Adam is become as one of us, knowing good and evil: now, therefore, lest perhaps he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever.  And the Lord God sent him out of the paradise of pleasure, to till the earth from which he was taken.  And he cast out Adam; and placed before the paradise of pleasure Cherubims, and a flaming sword, turning every way, to keep the way of the tree of life”
So Jim, the Incarnation; The BIRTH of our SAVIOR Jesus the Christ, and the Passion, Death and Easter- RESSURECTION of Jesus are the essential elements of the Christian and most certainly the CATHOLIC Faith; because without which there CAN BE NO Beatific Vision. PERIOD!
BEATIFIC VISION. The intuitive knowledge of God which produces heavenly beatitude. As defined by the Church, the souls of the just “see the divine essence by an intuitive vision and face to face, so that the divine essence is known immediately, showing itself plainly, clearly and openly, and not mediately through any creature” (Denzinger 1000-2). Moreover, the souls of the saints “clearly behold God, one and triune, as He is” (Denzinger 1304-6). It is called vision in the mind by analogy with bodily sight, which is the most comprehensive of human sense faculties; it is called beatific because it produces happiness in the will and the whole being. As a result of this immediate vision of God, the blessed share in the divine happiness, where the beatitude of the Trinity is (humanly speaking) the consequence of God’s perfect knowledge of his infinite goodness. The beatific vision is also enjoyed by the angels, and was possessed by Christ in his human nature even while he was in his mortal life on earth. (Etym. Latin beatificus, beatific, blissful, imparting great happiness or blessedness; from beatus, happy.)
Father Hardon’s Catholic Dictionary
In conclusion Jim, for Catholics & Christmas NOT to celebrate Religiously, in Awe and Wonder, these two Christian FOUNDATIONAL Feast seems not merely unworthy; but insane; LACKING completely, Faith. Hope and Love.
Isaiah 43: 7-10 & 21”
 And every one that calleth upon my name, I have created him for my glory, I have formed him, and made him.  Bring forth the people that are blind, and have eyes: that are deaf, and have ears.  All the nations are assembled together, and the tribes are gathered: who among you can declare this, and shall make us hear the former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, let them be justified, and hear, and say: It is truth.  You are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that you may know, and believe me, and understand that I myself am. Before me there was no God formed, and after me there shall be none.
& verses 21-25
 “This people have I formed for myself, they shall shew forth my praise.  But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob, neither hast thou laboured about me, O Israel.  Thou hast not offered me the ram of thy holocaust, nor hast thou glorified me with thy victims: I have not caused thee to serve with oblations, nor wearied thee with incense.  Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy victims. But thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thy iniquities.  I am, I am he that blot out thy iniquities for my own sake, and I will not remember thy sins.” [HIGHLY CONDITIONALLY]
MY recommendation my FRIEND, is that you put down my book and all other materials; fall on your knees and PRAY very much for God’s Merciful help and essential guidance.
Until and unless you are granted the graces to Understand and accept Christmas and Easter; you will never be ab le to grasp the Reality of the Eucharist; the REAL Presence of our God in Person.
May the Holy Spirit guide your path my FRIEND. Know that ypu remain in my daily thoughts and prayers.
My friend I have addressed with you, the Sabbath, Holidays and the Eucharist in prior communication. IF I can do any more for you; PLEASE let me know, but it seems to me that you must first TURN to God in humility and seek His essential assistance in order to be able to grasp all and the Truths I have already shared and ecplained.
With prayers, Faith and Hope in your being able to grasp GODS TRUTHS,