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“How can you explain God’s existence in this world when you cannot even see Him?”

“Ooopps! No so fast my friend.  Look again on a very powerful microscope and check what protein molecule binds us together?”

Wow!  ‘Laminin,’ believe it or not, in the form of a cross, is the protein molecule that binds our cells and tissues together, as further explained by Louie Giglio on above YouTube video link. Inspired by this truth on ‘Laminin’s’ connection to Jesus with the ‘crucified Christ’ in us, the binding cross that acts as an adhesive for all cells and tissues in our body, everything seen in ‘Laminin,’ is the truth in God’s words, as you may let the Holy Spirit guide to this phenomenon, and while you may read this kindle e-book, as you may open your hearts and souls, may you see ‘God’s kingdom in you’ (one of three ‘Let’s KJOH’ ebooks series thus far) , “‘Laminin,’ Binding Truth of the Cross and Creation, Avoiding Hell, Purgatory and Generational Sins.”  

Praise be the Lord Alleluia! How to avoid Hell, Purgatory and generational sins and curses with the crucified Christ in us in ‘Laminin,’ is further explained on same ebook, with a powerful prayer in it shared to help free us and our ancestors from the bondage of generational sins and curses. [Read on hubpages support post: Supporting Videos and Links for ebook:  “‘Laminin,’ Binding Truth of the Cross and Creation, Avoiding Hell, Purgatory and Generational Sins”] ImageAbove photo of the crucified Christ was taken at Saint Augustine Church, Culver CIty, CA on March 2013.

Have anyone notice, each time we come short of abiding in Jesus, there are signs that seem to remind us we need to go back to Him?

If not, do we not see how we may feel guilty in our hurts and pains as we listen more to our pride with malice in our hearts? Read this e-book and see how you may see ‘God’s kingdom in you.”

As in Matthew 10:34, Jesus said addressed to those who refuse to believe in His words, “Do not suppose that I come to bring peace to the earth.  I do not come to bring peace but a sword.”

A daunting challenge to us all that in His words come greater power, and anyone who refuse to abide and believe, may not find peace in himself, in his household, in his community or in his nation, rather, more self inflicted pain and stress.

May humility and obedience to God in Jesus, believing and following the truth in His words and commands, guide us in our everyday life, as in the humbling examples of our new pope in Pope Francis, and that of Saint Francis himself, may we become stronger in our faith in giving honor to Him as our Lord, Savior and True Master, that in Him, truth and peace may reign.

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Image“Alkaline from lemon? Impossible.”

That is what I thought it was too, impossible.  And yes, despite being a citrus fruit and drink, juice from lemon turns into alkaline as it gets absorbed in your body.

Can it then help heal arthritis?  Yes is the answer as you may read on this link from Yahoo Voices, ‘Five Health Problems you can treat with Lemon Juice,’ including kidney stones and stomach problems.

That is why many call it a ‘wonder fruit’ as it has many healthy uses aside from strengthening our dynamic, God-given, immune system.  Its cleansing, anti-viral and anti-bacterial elements makes it a low cost therapy.

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Please note:  All these related posts on natural remedies are for educational purpose only. Consult a health practitioner for any health problem(s) or “a doctor if symptoms persist.”

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Effective on Warts?

I have seen it effective on warts.  Lemon, with its anti-viral properties, can help destroy the warts virus.

Consistently rubbing on the affected area of the skin with lemon when you wake up in the morning and before bedtime, using a cotton swab, until it reddens or a trickle of blood comes out of it, after washing with warm water and re-applying lemon juice on it to help neutralize the remaining virus, can produce surprising positive results in a few days.

How do I know?  I do it on my face, and I can see great results as it helps cleanse and smoothen my face.

No wonder I see lemon as part of the ingredients in some facial cleansing lotions or cream.

Sometimes I just apply a freshly cut lemon fruit portion and rub it on my face, let it dry as you take out the remaining pulp bits from your face, and voila, you have a lemon cleansed face.  You may want to rinse your face after about half an hour before bedtime with your spouse to remove any sour tasting remnant on your face, lol.

Duct taping a bigger wart after a lemon application may help contain and hasten the healing process.

[Read on our link on Disabled.world.com for more related tips on warts natural therapies]

Helps Heal Diabetes too? 

Yes, Virginia, many posts on the web support this.

I found this link from about.com, “Benefits of Lemon and Diabetes,” by Elizabeth Woolley, quite informative and suits my research, choosing from among four interesting sources.

It tells us of lemon being an effective supplement in helping  heal diabetes among others including “sluggish digestion, constipation, some allergies, sinus problems” and more.

The effects of natural supplements as remedies for certain illnesses may differ from one individual to another though.

I seem to have noticed the more you believe in its healing benefits, the more it may work.

In other words, faith, for me, is a vital element in every healing process and since we were all created by God, in Jesus, comes our true healer.

If many illnesses have been healed by faith, some of these illnesses attributed to things of evil in the olden days, it is in believing in Jesus and abiding in Him that we may see the fullness of healing.  Do you believe this?

As in Act 5:12-16, “Many signs were done among the people at the hands of the apostles.  They were all together in Solomon’s portico. None of the others dared to join them, but the others esteemed them. Yet, more than ever, believers in the Lord, great numbers of men and women, were added to them.  Thus, they even carried the sick out in the streets and laid them on cots and mats so that when Peter came by, at least a shadow may fall on one or another of them. A large number of people from the towns in the vicinity of Jerusalem also gathered, bringing the sick and those disturbed by unclean spirits, and they were all cured.”

15 Hidden Health Secrets of Lemon

Reading further on another helpful link, beliefnet.com, it tells us of 15 other health hidden secrets of lemon.

Now I know lemon can help heal acne.

How about fatigue, exhaustion, dizziness, nervousness, anxiety and the like, that can be caused by stress?  I never knew drinking lemon juice can help heal too.  And so does a lemon room freshener for employees working in an office, it is found to cause relief and helps make them efficient.

For canker sore, and to help protect tooth enamel, chewing lemon and waiting for about an hour before brushing your teeth is reportedly effective.

Check it out on said link on beliefnet.com and feel more confident using lemon as a versatile natural remedy, including skin remedies for corns and calluses, eczema, for fever, cold or flu, for halitosis, for hypertension together with garlic, honey and onions, to help lower your bad cholesterol level, as an insect repellent, as a bug bite therapy, as a sleep inducing element especially when mixed with insomnia healing herbs like chamomile, hops and valerian, helps in stomach health, helps relieve pain once rubbed on affected areas of the body and it helps fight varicose and spider veins with vein strengthening properties.

I once had allergies on my arms and some parts of my body, and I presumed it was from the micro-fiber material wrapped around a reclining computer armchair we had.  I applied lemon juice on it until it gradually disappeared.

You may have micro-fiber dust flying inside your room with furniture wrapped with it, be wary if you find allergy spots on your skin, it may be causing the allergy.

I have come across lemon’s fat dissolving ways too that helps lower down weight.

Wow!  Is that not amazing?  I won’t be surprised if you would discover a lot more remedies learning from this resource.

Sharing these secrets with others can be helpful but be wary of possible ‘don’t do’s’ that same link may further help educate you to know.

Our body is equipped with an immune system.  It is a part of God’s creation in our body.

Once the immune system is neutralized or weakens, unfortunately, by some medication, by certain foods we may have consumed or by certain virus or bacteria transferred into the human body by contact,  it may be important to keep it back in shape again or revitalized for renewed strength.

Believing in natural healing and in the power of our faith in Jesus, I have learned to live in the essence of my faith, using natural remedies being at best, effective, as we learn to humble ourselves more to God’s commands, that we may better minimize stress in our lives, living by His words of love and forgiveness.

I firmly believe that spiritual health helps bring about a sustainable physical health.

Thank God I have seen His goodness, using only natural supplements to keep me in good health.

I have read from reliable sources how some medications can harm our immune system, and this finding I have come to believe especially so when I regained back my health doing natural means, totally stopped by reliance on prescribed medication, and trusting more on God’s words, relying more on my faith.

Will it work on you?  Only if you do believe.

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“I hate you!  You never loved me!  I don’t want to see your face again, ever!”

“You never listened to me and you never tried to understand me.  You’re such a bore and I hate being with you.”

“I have always been right and you know it.  You have been wrong all the time.  Anyone who does not agree with me is no better than dead.”

“I know that I can do anything as long as I believe I can do it.  I do not have to believe in Jesus or in anyone to achieve my goals.  By believing in myself alone, I can do it.”

“I believe I can live forever as long as I do so believe I can.  I do not have to believe in Jesus.  Nobody can make me believe in him.”

Are these words in any way familiar to you?  Are these of God or from the evil one?

While it is true that we may believe what we may want to believe, and this is from our own ‘free will,’ may not our emotions or our past negative or traumatic experiences hinder us from believing in what is true in God’s words, and from believing what is true in Jesus.

[Read this post as we may seek the truth about God:   God or Mammon – to Serve only One Master]

In John 14:6, Jesus answered, “I am the truth, the way and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

How many times have we been carried away by our emotions?   And how many times have we come into trouble because of this?

Recently, another senseless killing and violence in Aurora, Colorado was all over the news.  The suspect, a young 24 year old PhD student from San Diego, California, James Holmes,  reportedly peppered bullets while inside a movie theater among a big crowd of Batman moviegoers, all wanting to see the popular “The Dark Knight Rises.”

[Read more on YahooNews:  Witnesses: Chaos and Confusion Inside a Colorado Movie Theater Shooting]

Influenced by the famed Batman’s great nemesis in ‘Joker’ or not, as others may have creatively surmised after seeing him fancily appearing in court for the first time sporting an ‘orange’ dyed hair – as on this related link on YahooNews – we are once again challenged in our faith as we may begin to reflect on the true purpose of our being in this life.

Would we rather face life as a ‘joke’ with all the lures of materialism around us or would we face it in truth, that no material thing in this life will ever give us true contentment, true peace or true happiness in this life because ‘everything in the world is just passing,’ and ‘whether we like it or not, everything material will never last, including our life.’

Now, if we see in Lucifer the ever cunning and intelligent master of evil gets into our hearts and soul, would we not rather be set free from all these and return to our True Master in Jesus?

And again, is it not our foolish pride, selfishness and malice in our hearts, the lack of love and understanding, and the lack of forgiveness as we let material things rule our mind, has this not caused division among all peoples in the world?

Is it not evil around us that tells us not to believe in God, in Jesus, that we may remain confused and lost as we may learn to trust more what is deceiving and live in darkness?

How many have we already seen, senseless killings and all, here in the US and around the world, with mostly innocent men and women, many times including children, as hapless and defenseless victims.  Is it not in Jesus’ words that he said not to deny him, lest we do not want to have peace  in our lives, as in Matthew 10:34?

How many more will we have to watch and see, while we sit on in the comfort of our homes, in awe, in sadness, yet powerless against all that is evil around us.

It is not the ‘absence of God’ in our lives that has helped encourage all these?

[Read on related post:  The Evil Virus Spread by our Ego]

Remember my friends, God in Jesus has always been there in our spirit carrying us in our hurts, despair and disappointments in life.  Our ever forgiving and ever righteous God wants us back in his flock.  He does not want us to stay in darkness and be lost in evil.  He wants us to follow him and remain in his flock.

Jesus is our hope for ‘in him and in him alone is our salvation,’ make no mistake about that, and never entertain any doubt, lest we want the evil one become our master, and see our spirit perish with him?

Looking back at the time of our great fore parents in Adam and Eve, they have fallen short of God’s grace as they fell prey to the deceitful ways of Satan, embodied by the serpent, promising them wisdom and knowledge if they only believed in him and take of and eat the forbidden fruit.  Hence, just like Satan and the fallen angels having been outcast from heaven, they have to be outcast from Paradise, to live and endure mortal trials and suffering as penalty for their disobedience and yes, always wary of Satan’s unending volleys of temptation thrown onto their path along with the pressures as they face the realities of their shortened life where death is inevitable from their sin, that all of us, their descendants, have to live with, until our True Messiah in Jesus came to save us from this ‘original’ sin.

And in that basic community blessed by marriage, where man and woman share their life together, and if so blessed with children as husband and wife, the husband becomes the head, as Christ is the head of the church, as the true bearer of God’s truth in his words, to help guide and enlighten his wife and family ‘as Christ loves his church,’ as in Ephesians 5:25,  and the wife, to ‘submit to your husband as to the Lord,’ as in Ephesians 5:22.

While Eve was created from the rib of Adam, that Adam may feel the joy as he sees himself gifted and blessed by God with a partner, one taken from his own flesh, and thus be freed from loneliness, is it not the message of love, honor, respect and unity of purpose in God seen here as the main focus, not superiority of position out of selfishness, material pride or any form of malice?

No form of manipulation or retaliation to gain advantage over the other must ever rule, otherwise, would there be love?  Giving and forgiving is the key to a lasting relationship, and as husband and wife may live in the flesh, they may share the joys of living in love, united in passion for each other, as they may remain in one flesh and one body in Christ Jesus, ‘through him all things were made’ as in John 1:3, and may see eternal life in them, together with their children as one family, with love and forgiveness in their hearts and in their endless faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

If God created us out of ‘love’ and continues to do so that he gave us His only begotten Son in Jesus, to sacrifice and die for us on the cross, purchasing us from our sins, and through the power in his resurrection and the power of his mercy – I pray that we be enlightened by this truth, and strongly encourage everyone to read the bible starting with the Acts of the Apostles, and see how the power of the Holy Spirit has guided the apostles, that we too may find strength while we seek the truth in this life, the true purpose of our being and see the glory of God in Christ Jesus reign in our mind, in our hearts and spirit, forever, as we may have eternal life in us.

[Read on this enlightening hubpost:  Jesus – in All of Mankind Since Creation, He is Beyond Religion as He is in our Being]

May you join me in prayer that in our love  for our people and our nation, we may be guided to bring back  the light of Christ in our lives, that we may all be healed as we see the power of God’s love and mercy upon us all, and be empowered while imploring the Holy Spirit to proclaim in peace the truth in Christ Jesus, and to become fearless as witnesses in his great works in us, that God in Jesus may be glorified as we keep him in our hearts, in his presence, forever in him we may triumph against all that is evil in this world and be healed.

[Read on:  Even in Death Our Spirit Lives as we may Die in Christ, by Faith and in God’s Will, We Live]

Let’s KJOH (Keep Jesus in our Hearts), forever.

Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, our True Master

As in John 1:3, “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”

Standing alone ‘majestic’ and ‘imposing’ on a hilltop overlooking the awesome Mike Sharpe’s Ranch.

“The Tree of Hope,” that’s what I call it, unmindful of what Mike Sharpe or others may call it.

This thing of beauty may have a few leaves on it but its massive trunk and many branches tells us so many things about life.

“Life is what you make it,” and so does the old saying goes.  But if there is hope, that dream remains alive in every person.

And one’s positive outlook in life help much guide one to the life ahead.

What more can be positive when one realizes that while life has a beginning, it may never end after all?  Or will it?

It depends on your perspective, or your outlook in life, perhaps?

Yes, it depends largely on what you believe in.

Whoever or however you may think made this world, and how it came into being what it is and how we see it today, would it ever matter much to you if you have not entertained the question that asks us, “where do we go when we die?”

Atheists may say, “I care less, for I know there is no God, but I do believe in science because it’s what I see and it has made my life better and worth living.”

No matter how I look at this statement, don’t you see it selfish and entertains hopelessness?

Is it rather evil in our ego that makes us think this way, or is it God?

[Read on hubpages:  The Evil Virus Spread by Our Ego]

If we believe in God, and through Jesus, he created us all and all other things in this world since the beginning, as in John 1:3, don’t you think he has the rightful control over us in our reaction and response to all things, including the gift talents, of science and technology?

From us comes our own ‘free will’ to react, but God triggers a response to every reaction we may create.  Our body sends vivid signals to him and quickly or in no time, a fitting response comes, and every time, he asks us quietly like a voice from inside us, “Who is your master, is it Me in Jesus, or is it Mammon or evil?

[Read on:  God or Mammon – to Serve Only One Master]

Just gazing at the ‘Tree of Hope,” as it greets all visitors to Mike Sharpe’s Ranch, I can see why faith in Jesus can give us hope, as we may see beyond what life presents in our day to day trials in our life long journey towards the truth, the same way that Mike Sharpe may have found hope while given that great opportunity to grow his business as a partner in a company that shares in that truth of our being, in that truth of sharing our talents and pooling our efforts and resources together onto a great mission, where we may express our love for our Creator by unselfishly helping others win with their love ones in this life and the next, and by doing so, may be blessed from their efforts, be it in kind or in spirit, irregardless, it is something that you may gain rewarded in your living sacrifice, that others may prosper.

With man, this may be impossible, but “with God all things are possible,” as in Matthew 19:26.

In his 30 fruitful years partnering with the company and helping many achieve financial freedom and independence, Mike Sharpe has remained humble, for he knows that in one’s humility comes greatness, and in a humble man comes honor and respect.

[Read on GHE post:  Invitation to Help People Learn Better Ways Towards Debt Freedom and Financial Independence]

And as Jesus said while sharing one of the eight beatitudes, “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.”

In our faith comes hope, and may the truth in God’s words prosper our life towards greater peace and joy in this life and onto his eternal kingdom.

[Read related post:  Even in Death our Spirit Lives as we may Die in Christ, by Faith and in God’s Will, we Live]

Enjoy my shared pictures and videos during the trip and feel a part of God’s greatness as we reflect in his words and the beauty of his goodness as he blesses, to always humble ourselves before him as part of his creation:

From A Day of Beauty at Mike Sharpe Ranch June 30 2012
"In whatever we do let the 'Light of the World' shine as you gain strength in Him, in Jesus, in the guidance of the Holy Spirit, every single day of your life."

“In whatever we do let the ‘Light of the World’ shine as we gain strength in Him, in Jesus, in the guidance of the Holy Spirit, every single day of our life.”



Our Commentary Topic Post link:  ‘You Can Change Your Life with a Few Simple Steps’ by Cindy   Nicolson.

Good point on conquering ourselves Cindy and Win.

Nice to be a winner indeed.   But for how long?

As you’ve said Cindy, life is short.   What could be better, would it not be a plan for eternity?   If we were with wise men we would be wise as in Proverbs 13:20?   How does being wise compare with the wisdom of God?

Will you not agree with me that being wise here means being as wise as those who follow God’s words?

I know that some people may find my views boring, many times, though, do we realize that we can get confused and get lost focusing our efforts more on material things in this life which may just be reduced to nothingness?  And this may all become meaningless as we come to pass?

St. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 3:16-23,

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.

“Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.”

And in Romans 8:36-39, Saint Paul makes it clear how we, as believers, become more than conquerors,

“As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, no any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

With above verses I have learned to understand that truly, ‘man cannot live by bread alone’ as in Matthew 4:4, and it takes more than anything in this world to make man truly happy, and that is believing and living the words of God in Christ Jesus.

And in 1 Corinthians 1:19, Saint Paul in Christ,

“For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

For is not God’s wisdom greater than human wisdom?

If we have to die today, what will we ask our Creator to justify an extension of our life?

But how can we ever ask for an extension when we have not truly believed in Him or have just put Him on the sidelines while we have tried to satisfy our own cravings?

Is this not similar to denying Him?  Is it not better to invest on the long term than on a short term?  Even a true businessman knows this, the only difference being, seeing things beyond this life, which is spiritual.

Did God not say love one another as He has loved us?   Or was it love ourselves first before we love others?

I have tried doing this before and loving my ego for it but what did I get, I was humbled with a mild heart attack, and after 8 years, had a mild stroke, perhaps, as a reminder that I need to refocus my life on Him and share the light of Christ Jesus, His Son, through his love, mercy and forgiveness with others.

While God wants us to be happy in this life, He simply asks us, as we have been gifted with a free will, to put Him at the center of our life that we may better live this life in true peace and happiness, as we live in harmony with His Spirit.

Try to do otherwise, and disregard love for others – a love that is true and responsible – do we not suffer more in pain and put ourselves more into trouble?  We may for a time be happy with our material possessions, but will this really last, or, are pressures from material things creating a hell out of our lives?

Is the evil one just fooling us by veering us away from the truth in Christ’s words and the true meaning of love which is for one another?

When we enjoy life out of the love of others, do we not feel a more profound happiness that lasts with fulfillment in our hearts and spirit?

The beauty that we see with our own eyes may better be pleasing and more enhanced with the beauty that we see from within our spirit.

And God being spirit, can we not better relate to Him also with our hearts and spirit, and in our love and concern for others?

Others may say this is Communism, but does communism really paint a picture of love where there is lack of freedom and the absence of God in our midst?

I remember the words of Jesus to Saint Peter when Peter cut one ear one of Jesus’s captors (but later picked it up and miraculously restored it back), in Matthew 26:52, he said, “Put your sword back in its place, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.”

Are not the swords of too much materialism, envy and malice towards others causing us to suffer because that is what we have chosen to invest upon?

[Read on related posts:  Using Money and Talent for the Love of God and Love of Others, and Providing Others Better Ways Toward Debt Freedom and Financial Independence Got Me Involved]

And in Hebrews 4:12 KJV, it states, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Praying through the Holy Spirit for discernment may guide us better as we live this life.

Thank you for this opportunity to share in Christ on your post Cindy, Godspeed to all.

“The Treatise on Purgatory – Saint Catherine of Genoa” from cfpeople.org/apologetics

You may not believe in Purgatory, but this may change your outlook in life as Sister Catherine of Genoa shares her vision of Purgatory in her life long devotion to God as you read through our above link.

I was just ticketed for parking violation.  My lovely wife reminded me on a Thursday morning of July 2011 that I should go look out from the balcony of the apartment building we are staying in Los Angeles, California, and see the ticket on my car’s windshield.

Sure enough, I saw the familiar small white envelope on my car’s windshield.  It was my second parking violation ticket, and a charge of another $68 will be another slash on our budget.  And to think, I can’t imagine that I forgot all about the need to re-position my car the day before when me and my 18 year old son had just done a pretty good hand wash on it two days before the traffic enforcer caught it sitting on that side of the road where the city street sweeper truck was scheduled to do its cleaning routine for that week, and almost all the time that day before, I was just proudly gleaming at it enjoying the sight of my newly washed car that saved me around $10.

Oh well, as they say, “if something will go wrong, it will go wrong,” and I have to admit of my human weakness, and I rejoice in acknowledging my weakness in my forgetfulness as I am made whole in Christ every time I see myself humbled.  And I am happy for those who accept their faults for it is this acceptance of what is true that one learns to renew and better himself and stand strong as witness to God’s truth in his words.

I just have to console myself that, perhaps, the city needed more funds to cover its bigger deficit.  And spending $68 for six months parking near the sidewalk is not really bad, huh?

With a weak faith, the evil one could have easily ruined my day, but the Holy Spirit seems to be reminding me always not to worry, for worrying will not add a single hour or day in my life, as Jesus has said to his disciples in Matthew 6:27.

And in 2 Corinthians 11:30, Saint Paul in Christ states, “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that will show my weakness.”

What can happen worse is a possible heated conflict among individuals because of a disagreement over flimsy things such as anything material that is never worthy of any argument, as all things that one cannot bring along upon one’s death, these becoming eventually meaningless.  And it is in treasuring things that may bring one to eternal life, for me, is more worthy of keeping in one’s heart and spirit, and being steadfast in our faith that we may never falter in sharing this truth with our family and love ones, if we truly love them and care for them.  And is this not the words of God that we should learn to seek and adhere to?

That is why, for me, the essence of faith and obedience in His words through Christ Jesus has become an important guide in my life, and I know that anything material cannot be brought along when I will be called by God Almighty telling me my ”time is up.’

In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17, Saint Paul, after he admonished everyone to live in peace with each other, to encourage the timid to help the weak, to be patient with everyone, nobody to pay wrong for wrong and to always be kind to each other and to everyone else, he said, “Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

And the more I live my life, the more peace and happiness comes in my heart and spirit as I reflect on above powerful verses.

In above example, there is nothing that compares with attuning your life in humility and obedience to God’s will through God’s words in Christ and his commandments, that we can better prepare ourselves ready and duly cleansed and worthy of God’s embrace even while we live this life, as Purgatory in itself.


Essence of Purgatory 

The essence of Purgatory coincides with the truth in Christ’s teachings and it clarifies the meaning of retribution, confession of sins, forgiveness of sins, prayer and repentance with renewal, and Purgatory’s state compared with heaven and hell.

Here on earth, according to Saint Catherine,  we can already start cleansing our selves from all sins and from all impurities in our hearts and spirit, as we prepare for the afterlife, when we will one day be with our Lord Jesus Christ in heaven, as she has done so herself, manifest in her life long dedication to God, in humility and total obedience to His will, especially in her last 10 years of her life serving and showing her selfless sacrifice in the care and love of others.

Come to think of it, how can we be accepted in heaven if we still are attached to things material, to our pride, to sins of lust and other sins that make our souls unclean and unfit to ever be worthy of God’s embrace in His Heavenly Kingdom?

Will it not help for us to approach all things that is set forth before us as trials from the Lord, and that he may not burden us with something the we cannot bear or endure, so long as we stay faithful to him?

In Romans 6:11-14 St. Paul states, “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.”


2 Corinthians 10:3-5 exhorts us in St. Paul, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”


That is why, whenever I experience something that goes wrong, I pray for a better understanding of all these and rejoice in God’s blessings instead of uselessly panicking and getting tempted with the thought of something that is here to test my patience and my faith, as I always trust in the Lord that nothing on earth can ever be greater than Him and His love for all of us through His Son, Jesus Christ.

And in everything unexpected that happens in this life, I believe, blessings will soon come in abundance through faith in Christ Jesus, as has been proven many times in my life with my family.

A few days after my parking violation, we saw a long beautiful cabinet table sitting near the recycling bin, seemingly slightly used and made of good material.  For whatever reason the former owners discarded it is the least of my concern, but it fit very well our need for our bedroom TV and the need for extra drawers to duly help organize a few clutter in our room.

We felt that this saved us another $200 or so if we opted to purchase a similar versatile table.

“God is really good,” I said to my wife, “he provides us with what we need.”  My wife smilingly nodded with glee in her eyes.  To think it is not the first time that we experienced God’s goodness.

In Proverbs 37:4, “Delight yourself with the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

And it is in the guidance and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit that we can further be guided in this truth as we continuously thank God for giving us the desires of our heart.

Let us now get into the life of Saint Catherine of Genoa before we summarize to you the essence of God’s revelation to her about Purgatory in ‘The Treaties of Purgatory.”


Saint Catherine and Her Faith

As early as in the young tender age of 13, Saint Catherine has already confessed of her wish to enter into the convent of Santa Maria del Grazie, in Genoa, Italy.  This house of the Augustinian Canonesses of the Lateran was where her elder sister, Limbania, took the vow as a nun.

When her confessor heard this, he immediately told the young Catherine of the difficulties of the life of the religious to which she responded with such ‘prudence and zeal’ that amazed Father Cattaneo Marabotto prompting him to see in her something that is ‘not human but supernatural and divine.’

She grew up to become a tall and beautiful lady with a ‘well shaped body, fair complexioned and possessed dark eyes.  It did not take long before her elder brother, Giacomo, who inherited her father’s wealth and possessions when he passed away, planned her betrothal to Guiliano  Adorni, from the powerful Ghibeline family, with the support of her mother, and she was left with no choice as she accepted this cross to carry in blind obedience to her mother and her elder brother.

Her husband was described of possessing a ‘strange and recalcitrant nature who wasted his substance in disorderly living.’  But as years passed, she was exposed to practicing a certain commerce with the world.  Until her conversion in 1474 during the Eve of Saint Bernard when she fell down unconscious from prayer as she saw a vision of our Lord covered with blood from the cross from whence, she cried out loud, “No more of the world for me! No more sin!”

She devoted the rest of her life caring for the sick while being guided by the Ladies of Mercy and living in a life of prayer.  She was able to obtain from her husband a promised that she would live with her as a brother, which he kept.  She lived in utter sacrifice and avoided all kinds of worldly temptations.

A few years after her conversion, her husband joined her in her works of mercy after he himself received the third order of Saint Francis.  And in 1497, she nursed her husband until he died, extolled her of all her virtues in his will and left her all his possessions.

Saint Catherine suffered in her life while serving and caring for sick as ‘rector of the hospital with unlimited powers.’   She so arranged that her prayerful devotions and her ecstasies will not interfere in her activities while she cared for the sick.  And in total humility and faith in the Lord she happily joined our Creator on the 15th of September, 1510.

Recorded by Mrs. Charlotte Balfour, as extracted from Saint Catherine’s writings, “We should not wish for anything but what comes to us from moment to moment,” Saint Catherine told her spiritual children, “exercising ourselves none the less for good. For he who would not thus exercise himself, and await what God sends, would tempt God. When we have done what good we can, let us accept all that happens to us by Our Lord’s ordinance, and let us unite ourselves to it by our will. Who tastes what it is to rest in union with God will seem to himself to have won to Paradise even in this life.”

Saint Catherine’s doctrine, “The Treatise of Purgatory

In conceptualizing her vision of Purgatory, Saint Catherine states that those in Hell are careless in their salvation while those in Purgatory are those whose guilt have been wiped away from the moment of their death as they have acknowledged their sins and have earnestly ‘repented for their offences against divine goodness,’ with their pain ever lessening with the time.

Both those in Hell and Purgatory have ‘no more free will’ upon the time of death, with those in Hell having the will to sin, and ‘bears the guilt with them throughout eternity,’  as they suffer the pain they would have to endure without end.

Men dead in sin merit infinite pain for an infinite time, but God’s mercy only allotted to him at a given  time and has determined the quantity of pain, in justice ‘God could have given him more pain.’

Saint Catherine emphasized, “O how dangerous is sin committed in malice! Hardly does a man repent him thereof, and without repentance he will bear its guilt for as long as he perseveres, that is for as long as he wills a sin committed or wills to sin again.”

If you try to examine your conscience, do you in anyway feel bad or feel the pain, sorrow, grief and the guilt as you sin such as wantonly denying the words and commandments of God and in Christ by:

  1. lying before others to suit your own selfish desires and satisfaction;
  2. bearing as a false witness against another;
  3. your ill intent to defraud, malign or punish another out of your own selfish desires, out of envy, jealousy. or out of undue retaliation or vengeance;
  4. your non-forgiveness, persecuting others, including yourself, by letting them or yourself suffer the pain, either physical or emotional, out of self-pity, your own anger, selfishness, pride, vain conceit, with your continuous tirade of demeaning words, insults, blames, curses or slander against something done which merit not anything that may be noble, righteous, or worthy of praise, and out of love, that disrespects the dignity of your neighbor whose body made in God’s image and likeness becomes a sacred temple of God, and against anything which you yourself may have also been guilty of before;
  5. or an opinion or point of view which goes against the words of God and the evil outcome thereof;
  6. coveting, claiming or using without due permission or authority what is not yours or belongs to your neighbors;
  7. vanity and love for material things more than our love and our trust in God through Christ Jesus, and through our love of others, that God, not we or anything material, may be glorified;
  8. and all other sins of lust you can think of?

If we feel no remorse or any guilt in any of the aforementioned sins of malice, we may be bound to Hell where there is the absence of God.

And Saint Faustina, in her ‘Vision of Hell,’ where God revealed to her the different tortures of Hell that all may know about the truth and the reality of the existence of Hell, also complements the revelation of God on Saint Catherine about Purgatory.

The pain of those damned in hell, however, is still ‘not infinite in quantity’ as the ‘dear goodness of God sheds the ray of His mercy even in Hell.’

Only God knows what punishment one will need to endure in Hell or in Purgatory, depending on how we have lived in this life and depending on the depth of our prayers as we pray with all our heart and in all sincerity, that through our good deeds and love for others, our God of love and mercy and forgiveness, through Christ our Lord and Savior, may hear and  listen to us.

God wants us to continue to be prayerful, as we praise. thank and show how we adore Him through His Son, Jesus Christ, and to follow him, what we may be guided in his light, and be willing to share this light too with others as we show our genuine love can concern for our neighbors, starting with our own family.

Is it not apparent that it is in loving God and others that we truly see a more fulfilling, noble, honorable and respectable way of loving ourselves?

Praying for our dearly departed love ones, and for others worthy of our prayers, for God’s rays of love, mercy and forgiveness to possibly cleanse those still in Purgatory as a show of our love and concern for them, as we believe in the power of the love of God and the power of prayers, is this not what God wants of us, a show of our intense faith through our love for others?

In Mark 11:24, Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

In John 15:7, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”


And in Matthew 19:26, Jesus Said, “With God, all things are possible.”

[Read our related post on:  “… ‘Jesus Saves’ via Christaninsal.Over-blog.com, on Love in Christ, Mama Mary and the Saints” as you may want to seek for further enlightenment in God’s words.]

Saint Catherine reminds us too that those committing malice who refuse to repent and renew, they shall bear its guilt for as long as they persevere, that is, for as long as they will to commit the sin or they will to sin again, they may be in danger of being bound for Hell if in this life they continue to sin in malice and refuse to totally cleanse themselves of this sin.

We are being admonished by Saint Catherine, by divine enlightenment, to be stronger in our faith than our cravings for anything material, to be selfless in our love for God and of others, less we want to suffer Hell, as early as in this life.

It is in dying to one self and being one with God through Christ Jesus, and in Christ, that one may experience this feeling of ecstasy in him as he experiences his oneness with God.

She likens our cravings for material things as similar to one who, by instinct, cannot but bear living without bread in this life, to which one reacts so strongly with the pain felt so intense with its absence that one is experiencing Hell, his impatience and his will may lead him to be damned in Hell, as his will may become wholly and solely focused on the bread which he so desires.

But for one who lives in restraint and is able to deny himself of his worldly cravings and has accepted the words of Christ as the real and true food for himself in this life, may very well be freed from guilt, as he would bear every pain and suffering necessary to see God in Christ Jesus, our true Savior who has brought us life and love.

Cycles Toward God or Mammon

Leaning towards God through Christ, may very well conform with Saint Christine’s message of renewal and redemption that may cleanse one’s self and may lead to eternal life, as opposed to that vicious cycle towards evil that lead to Mammon and Hell.

Let me try to simplify the two vicious cycles that may either make or break relationships in our life, and these are as follows:

1) one with God as master   >>>   any given situation   >>>   practice love, humility, forgiveness, sharing using God’s words and Commandments as weapons and tools    >>>    be joyful, pray, and give thanks     >>>    avoid conflict     >>>     peace and love     >>>    more productive, efficient and fruitful    >>>    HEAVEN

note: above cycle may continue until death, and onto eternal life, may lengthen life, and more importantly, may lead to HEAVEN

as compared to:

2) one with Mammon (material things, money, sins of lust, power, wealth)     >>>     any given situation      >>>    worry, blame, dig on past mistakes using pride, selfishness, human wisdom and intelligence or hurting/lethal weapons as tools      >>>     injuries, death,     >>>     conflict, unforgiveness, hatred, vegeance     >>>     goes back to worry, blame, etc. = vicious cycle of never ending conflict, inefficiency and new unproductive situations are created with snowballing effect     >>>     growing Mammon    >>> HELL

note: above cycle may continue until death, and it may shorten life, and sadly, may lead to HELL, even as early as in this life, especially when there is the absence of God in one’s life

Do you see now the clearer picture and the root causes of good and evil? Which cycle would you rather choose?



Two Rays of Light from God for Cleansing

Saint Catherine talks of two kinds of rays from the enormous light from God. One that purifies and another that destroys all the imperfections in our soul, and destroys the ‘self’ in us, although already in the state of the absence of guilt with complete repentance made during our lifetime.

This ‘self’ refers to our inner being that has caused us to sin in malice, pride and selfishness.

As we have accepted the love of God in Christ, there is a need for our purification, one free from all imperfection as one takes away the rust from his soul until it becomes pure as gold ready to face God and be one with Him.

Earlier in this life, God wants us to already purify ourselves from any imperfection that we may be cleansed from sin and from all guilt in confession and repentance, followed with total renewal that anytime we are called, we are purified and sinless, as well as guiltless to perfection, ready to be one with him in eternal life.

In Matthew 5:43-48, Jesus tells the crowd and his disciples, “You have heard that is was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

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