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His Goodness

"He Himself bore our sins in His body upon the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed. For you had gone astray like sheep, but you have now returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls."

1 Peter 24-25


The goodness of Our Lord Jesus Christ is truly beyond our comprehension. To fully understand the magnitude of God's love and mercy towards us, His mere creatures, I am convinced that we would die of joy. You and I, we live and breathe the goodness of the Lord, for without it, we would simply fail to exist. It is His breath that we breathe, it is His mercy that gives life to our beings. It is He that gives purpose, direction and meaning to each one of us. He is everything. To fall in love with love Itself, is a joy beyond all telling.


"If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love" John 15:10.


In this scripture passage from the Gospel of John, Our Lord speaks of remaining in His love. If a soul loves God, he will seek and keep His commandments because he loves Him. If a soul does not love God, he will not seek nor will he keep the commandments of God. It is so simple, yet how often do we humans complicate the simple truths of the Bible, the Living Word. How often do we try and distort the message in order to fit our ideology, our sinful desires and attitudes. Take the 7th commandment, "Thou shall not kill", yet babies are being slaughtered in the womb of their mothers. This heinous crime is even encouraged by people who claim to be Catholics. Take the 8th commandment, "Thou shall not commit adultery", yet women walk up and down the beach amidst men practically naked. And these grave matters have become socially acceptable.


How are we to remain in His love when we find ourselves having committed such grave sin? How could we ever stand before this awesome and great, all-knowing King of glory? Whom no man can look upon and live? This God Whose purity is more brilliant than the sun? There is a way. And this way is known to few, and even fewer are those who follow it. You will find this way, when you "seek Him with all your heart."* Jesus Christ is "the Way, the Truth, and the Life"*, and He Alone. There is no other, nor can He be found any other way than from what He has revealed to us through Holy Scripture. "I have not spoken in secret from some place in the land of darkness, I have not said to the descendants of Jacob, 'Look for me in an empty waste.' I, the LORD, promise justice, I declare what is right."*


“In the tribunal of mercy [the Sacrament of Reconciliation]... the greatest miracles take place and are incessantly repeated” (Diary 1448) are the words spoken from Our Lord to Saint Faustina. Jesus is the One Who calls us to a better life. It is He that provokes a desire to be made anew, to be changed. It is He that waits for us in one of the countless mysteries of His love, the confessional. It is here that souls come to be cleansed, through a life giving fountain of mercy, a well of mercy that has no end. It is here that we can be cleansed from the mire and darkness of sin, the guilt that lays on man's shoulders like a heavy burden that can only be lifted through humility and repentance. One is to approach this sacrament with a broken and contrite heart, yet never despairing and filled with a lively confidence in a loving Father Whose desire is to save their soul. This is the way to attain purity of heart, to attain purity of soul. It is here in the confessional, that the Blood and Water of Jesus Christ gushing forth from His side as a fountain of mercy to save us, cleanses and redeems us. Do not be afraid to approach the Divine Physician, for it is He that invited you.


Women are called to a life of holiness, purity and goodness. The whole human race springs forth from the womb of the female. The babe is first formed and brought forth from the woman. How necessary it is for the purity of women. How necessary is it that all women come to understand the dignity that is theirs and the heights of holiness in which they are called to.


"Do not be afraid to be holy! Have the courage and humility to present yourselves to the world determined to be holy, since full, true freedom is born from holiness."

St. John Paul ||




Notes:

Isaiah 45:19, Deut 4:29, John 14:16

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