Monday, April 9, 2018

Lessons In Joy by Teresa Beem


Fixing our eyes on Jesus, 
the pioneer and perfecter of faith. 
For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, 
and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 
Hebrews 12: 2


Scripture tells us that there is a time and season for everything, Eccl. 3:1. And now is the time and season for joy!

This is the Easter Season and for the next few weeks we are not to be downhearted but look up and experience the rich mercy of God.

We just spent forty days in Lent pondering our mortality. We began by putting ashes on our foreheads to remind ourselves that we will one day cast off this mortal flesh and we will stand before our Lord for our final judgement. We fasted and prayed and confessed our sins. The Bride, God's Church, gives us this Lenten season that we may experience what it means to be mortal. We had to courageously examine our lives so that we renounce the dark grip of death Satan has on us. We had to break free from the enslavement of sin the Devil has so deceived us into loving! We were taken by the Church Triumphant through the process of dying to sin and being reconciled to our fellow man and to God.

For God teaches us that it is only through Lent we can experience the eternal bliss of eternity with God and the supernatural joy of Easter tide. 

A Wonderful and Strange Season

I know that most of us are facing real sufferings right now. How can we just turn off our worries, turn off our hard circumstances, turn off our loneliness and fear and troubles? How can we do that Lord? How can you even ask us to do something utterly impossible?

What a strange thing for God to command that His people cultivate joy this season! Because God asks of us the impossible. But He also promises that all things through Christ Jesus are possible. He has provided a way of Joy, in fact a season of Joy that He is calling us to enter in faith. 

Jesus knows what He is asking of His people, for even through the agonies of the Garden of Gethsemane when He cried out to God to let this Cross pass from Him, when He sweat blood and was beaten to the point of death by barbaric soldiers, when he was mocked and betrayed then murdered on a Cross by the very humans He created—through all that Jesus said that He felt Joy. 
For the joy set before Him He endured the cross... 
While God, at times, surprises us with joy, if you find you are without joy, you can ask God for it. The normal way to joy is to ask. And if in this season of Easter, you want the supernatural gift of peace and joy that will rise above all the sufferings and pain and heartache we experience on earth, pray for it. God desires that we ask and He will supply abundantly. 

And if you ask and do not receive it, perhaps it is because you are clinging to some selfishness or pride, some addiction or sin that you don't want to let go of, or you feel you cannot let go of. There is a reason there is forty days of Lent before the season of Joy. It is because God knows that the grace of joy cannot be received without human hearts being reconciled with others and with God. Sin holds us down. It must be released. 

And some sorrows are beyond our control. There is such suffering on earth. But despair is not inevitable. This is the season to let fear, anxiety and pain go. Give it to our gracious Lord.

Like Christ, we too can experience joy no matter how terrible our circumstances. St. Paul described this:
…in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds. 2 Cor. 7:4
In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 2 Cor. 8: 2
You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. I Thess. 1: 6

Joy is not something we can experience without God's grace. Joy is not a mortal experience that we can whip up with food, alcohol, drugs or entertainment. Joy cannot be mustered up with positive thinking or by inspirational speakers. Because joy is not a feeling. It is not an experience of pleasure. Joy is beyond that. Joy is when God elevates you so far above the darkness of this earth that you can glimpse heaven.

Lent can be a struggle because we 
contemplate the end of our own earthly, physical story, so that our eternal story may be changed!  During Lent our eyes are on the horizon but we make a sudden change at Easter and our eyes turn to the sky and we look vertically making a Cross with those two seasons! 

Lent makes possible Easter's divine ending because we have been reconciled to God through Christ's Cross and for those who accept His gift, we are told to look up and see that it is a very, very happy ending. The morality of Lent bursts forth in the immortality of the Cross at Easter. 

God tells us that we are in the season of Easter… a season of supernatural joy. God asks us to allow Him to fill us with this. I pray that each one of us reaches out for this joy and be filled. 

Jesus Christ is risen to day Hallelujah!! 


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Why the Catholic Church requires us to go to church on Sundays:




You have a child infected with a deadly necrotic disease. There are two ways to cure the disease--have it run its course, infecting hundreds of other people, causing the child (and those around your child) to to lose the function of their body and they will have to be hooked up to machines, but the worse part is that it takes many years to recover--like seventy. Life will be hell for your child and all others--but eventually the disease will be cured-- but your child will never fully get rid of the symptoms and will have to remain on life support. 

OR the child can go to the doctor's home once a week to receive a shot and not only will the child NOT get worse (and thus be much less likely to infect others), the child will slowly and eventually be cured. 

If you are the mother of such a child, would you not REQUIRE the child (because they are immature) to go to the doctor's once a week for the shot? Would you not urge your child that is a matter of life and death for not only him but everyone he might infect?
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THAT is why the Catholic Church requires us to go to Church on Sunday. It is a great act of mercy. ENORMOUS mercy.

You see, we are so immature, we do not understand the horror of sin and how it makes us stupid and ugly and filthy and miserable. Sin is the cause of our suffering. Our sin affects our family and friends. We can actually, even unknowingly cause our brothers and sisters to sin! Sin leads to sin and we eventually so habituate ourselves in sin that we need a miraculous intervention of Christ to save us. But by that time, we are so wounded and deformed, so far off the path of righteousness that we spend many decades relearning how to think and behave and love and have faith. 

When we allow sin to reign in our lives, we sink so deep that it takes a lifetime of suffering and sorrows, regret and heartache to get back onto the path. 

But Christ had a better way. Baptize your children into the faith. Begin them early
confessing their sins aloud and understanding reconcilliation with Christ. Go to church with them each week so they understand that weekly mass is meeting with the Great Physician so that He can HEAL us! 

The sacraments are not there to interrupt our fun time. They are there so that we don't have to suffer for sin. There is a hard way--learning through great agonies and hardships. Then there is the way God provided for us--the sacraments--the easiest possible way to prevent us from making terrible choices and living in a tsunami of misery. Sacraments kill the sin in us through God's unfathomable mercy. 
The requirement to attend mass is not a burden. Our eyes are so weakened with entertainment and business and fatigue that we do not see that mass is WHERE we will find the joy and peace and restoration from sin we so desperately need. 



God's Church knows what she is doing. Mother Church knows that the truth will set us free... and where there is sin, there is no freedom.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

NEW BOOK FOR OUR TENTH ANNIVERSARY AS CATHOLICS


As a "thank you" to the Catholic Church on our tenth anniversary of converting, we will be offering a book relating our conversion experience. At first, to keep costs down for our reader, we will be offering it on Kindle for free from our side. Kindle will probably ask less than a dollar for it. 

We hope you will check it out and we will soon be putting up a link here to purchase it. Blessings!





Tuesday, January 2, 2018

ADVENTISTS PLEASE WATCH THESE VIDEOS

Andrew Michell (aka Prolife Andrew) is a devoted Adventist convert and has a great mission within the Adventist Church. Please watch, pass on and call SDA leaders to do something about this.





Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Morning Thoughts Podcasts

Catholic and Protestant Debates

SOLA FIDE

WHAT DID GOD MEAN?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_5Mav3JHcY

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