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“I believe in everything.  I do not want to be bias against any religion because everyone has an opinion about the existence of God or the absence of a god in our lives.”

And another one says, “How can there be God if until now no one have seen him?”

It is our belief system that allows us to understand or not to understand God.  God has created in us a mind which we may all think all thoughts come from our brain.

Beyond this, there is something more, and this ebook further explains the truth that Jesus is in all of mankind since the beginning of creation and will always be there in us as He is in our being.

This ebook is meant to enlighten and please let me know your honest thoughts after reading it.

[Read on related hubpages post:  Supporting Photos and Video on “Jesus in All of Mankind Since Creation, He is Beyond Religion as He is in our Being]

The proceeds of this ebook will in part be used for cancer research and to benefit a Catholic Christian renewal movement in LA.

For me, everything belongs to God, I am a mere steward of anything He blesses me with while I may share with others the truth in God’s words in the light of Christ that we all may share and believe in His truth as we continue to pray through the Holy Spirit, be guided and more enlightened.

Blessings to you and your family as you may share in His goodness and in whatever good deeds may favor you doing, that  in all these, God may be glorified.

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"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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Let it be known that this commentary is not intended to condemn, rather, to help heal as Christ is for love, hope and truth, and in him there is forgiveness for those who wish to follow him in faith and in works that they renew and be redeemed from their sinfulness.

Reading this link, “What does the Bible Say About Tattoos,” can further guide us about tattoos as having evil or witchcraft connotations.

And going to another link of the same title tells us about the same thing, that tattoos have been identified as pagan practices in Japan, South America, Asia, Africa, Alaska and in other parts of the world, not to mention those in prison cells, of course, where it is a prevalent feature on those who just came out of the penitentiary.

Today, most people regard it as a form of art, but may we not forget that honoring God’s words in Genesis is more important, first and foremost, that God created us in His image and likeness and that we should honor and respect our body as the Temple of God, sacred as one having been created by the Father.

Peace Be to Those Who Follow Jesus, But Will There be Peace for Those Who Deny Him?

Our life is a borrowed one, from God, for one who believes in creation.

Others may not believe in this but if probabilities become one of the basis, have we not noticed how many people who have learned to trust and surrender themselves to God are more blessed with peace and love in their life together with their love ones?  And those who do foolish things against others and go against the will of the Father as embodied in the Ten Commandments and in the teachings of Christ Jesus have, more often than not, a more confused, insecure and troubled life?

And for so long as we put God first in everything that we do, we are saved.

God is all knowing and makes sure all those who follow Him through His Son Jesus Christ, keeping him in their hearts and not deny him, will be blessed and saved spiritually.

Peace to those who follow him. But will there be true peace for those who deny him?

Let me qualify this.  While we are all sinners, Christ wants us to continue to grow our faith in him.

With his love, mercy and forgiveness, we can be saved through confession, prayers and our willingness to change in his ways, as we seek his guidance through the Holy Spirit.

Follow through as you reflect on the following passage from the book of Matthew, and be guided with the truth in the words of our True Messiah, Jesus Christ, while he was challenging his twelve disciples to carry his words with determination, full of trust and unwavering faith in him as they set forth to heal the sick, drive out demons and preach in Jesus’ name among the Gentiles or non-Jewish community.

Imperative and stern as his warning may have been for those who may deny him, which is a grave sin equivalent to blasphemy or denying God Himself as he and the Father are One,  he wants to make his disciples confident as his followers, representing the Son of God, who is more than a prophet or a teacher, that many more will be led to the truth in Christ Jesus.

Yet, let not this passage be misinterpreted.  Behind this warning is a forgiving and a merciful heart that is full of love and who brings peace to those who turn to him for redemption, conversion and renewal.

Look around you and pray, and you will realize the truth beyond this powerful message of Christ with what is happening for those who turn away from Jesus.

In Matthew 10:26-42, Christ assured his disciples not to be afraid of people who hate them because of him as he said, “So do not be afraid of them, there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.




“Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.


“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn


“‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law
a man’s enemies will be the member of his own household.’


“Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.


“He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the One who sent me. Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.”

Do we not notice how unprecedented catastrophes have caused the world much death, destruction and devastation such as the gulf oil crisis, the powerful earthquake in Japan that caused a great tsunami tilting the earth’s axis, the rising of waters in populated areas, the series of powerful and deadly tornadoes plowing across the US, the upheaval in the Middle East and in Greece, chaos within households and families and some more looming in the horizon on top of the global economic crisis due to the growing sinfulness of man towards materialism as against the love and fear of God through the love of others?

God moves in mysterious ways.  It is only in Christ Jesus and allowing ourselves to be enlightened by the power of the Holy Spirit through baptism in deep faith, with prayers and good deeds shall we be able to comprehend better His ways, His words and commandments.

Being able to read this is no coincidence, that you too may share the light, and with the love of Christ, you can better understand that “all things happen for a reason.”

[Read on our related post:  “God’s Awesome Works in God’s Awesome Creation and the Messiah in Jesus.”]

Obedience to the Will of the Father

And going back to our body, while we may be allowed to love and preserve it, as to keep it healthy, lovable and beautiful, let us not be overwhelmed by our own perception of beauty to the extent of being defiant to what God allows, lest we want to be engulfed by too much of our pride, arrogance and selfishness that unwittingly, we are led to the dark side of life, where the evil one may be feasting with delight as it lurks and waits for the kill.

Everything can be done in moderation just as long as it does not go against the will of the Father and so long as it does not cause undue harm to others.

But is not a tattoo or piercing one’s skin to hang an attached object worn more out of pride and a sense of  belonging, or plainly a sense of insecurity more than anythings else?

Do we need to follow others with utter disregard of good healthy and hygienic practices that these may just endanger our own safety and the health of others as well?

Anyone already with tattoos can reflect on how God has loved you since the time He created you with no unnecessary blemish on your skin.  But now your skin is blemished out of your own wish and craving because it is the fad, is this not like graffiti on the Temple of God?

Do you think our Creator will be happy or will He be happier if it is left clean just like anybody else who truly trusts on His will, out of honor, respect and obedience?  Or would this be sacrilege and disobedience to the Father?

Now, if this has been out of ignorance of God’s will for us, how are you wanting to repent if that mark on you stays?  Don’t you think you have been marked differently from the others now that you have become a black sheep with an indelible mark on your skin?

Yet, because of God’s great love for you, Christ will still seek you as a lost sheep who ran astray to return back where you belong, to his flock, and see the light in him and the true meaning of peace and happiness in life.

And that tattoo on your skin now becomes your reality check, and has become a positive reminder of God’s unconditional love for you, with that fervent hope that you will never find yourself lost again.

Not the emptiness that evil and the dark side of life brings, which will make you feel confused and lost forever.

Would piercing, cutting one’s flesh with tattoos or unnecessary dangling ornaments give us fulfillment in this life then?

Or are we just being fooled by the evil one to adore or idolize others or ourselves while taking away the true and more lasting happiness when we chose to live with Christ and in Christ?

Would living in simplicity and humility, with more dignity, integrity, honor and respectability be a better option than self denial and self-pity brought about by sins of the flesh, foolish pride and insecurity?

Is this truly loving oneself or just putting your self and your love ones at risk as they too may get confused getting the wrong signals from deeds that steer us away from the more responsible and the more disciplined behavior in Christ?

What is the real long term effect of this practice?  Is it going to be good for everybody or not?

As in Proverbs 15:33, “The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.”

[Read on another post on:  “‘Love’ by Saint Paul, Love of God and Self-Pity,” for added enlightenment.]

The possibility that the needles or tools used in piercing may not have been properly sterilized is always there and this already pose some danger.

And being dragged further to what is evil and wrong because of the so-called “normalcy bias,” wherein many people get hooked to thinking that it is normal to do what everybody does, without first weighing the realities and the long term negative repercussions these create in society can do us more harm than good.

Is this not only digging ones own pit to doom and trouble, and sadly extending the effects to future generations?

Is it not time to wake  up to reality and learn from the lessons of our past as our early fathers have tested our Almighty God of His patience and power which includes the great flood in Noah’s time, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the fall of the Tower of Babel, the rise and fall of many conquerors and dictators, the devastation caused by the Great Plague, by World War I and II, the now dwindling world economy that is causing a lot of chaos and confusion in many parts of the globe?

Evil That Veers Us Away from Jesus

Is it not time to see the truth in what is being imparted to us by God the need to go to His Son, Jesus Christ, and get inspiration from his teachings that we may thread the right path?

We may not realize it but those who lead us away from Jesus, and make us believe more on the power of the mind than of God, in psychic powers, in mind readers, in fortune tellers, playing spirit of the glass, transcendental meditation and levitation, propagating pornography, abortion and same sex or gay marriage, suicide bombing and terrorism, evil and violence on video and computer games, false prophets and soothsayers, black magic and voodoo worshipers, sorcery, witchcraft and the like, be wary, as these are the very tools of the evil one to deceive those who are weak in their faith and become willing victims, trapped from the dark side, only to see their lives troubled in the long run as they are carried away by wealth, power and materialism.

Anything that promotes hatred, divisiveness, lies, various ways leading to deny the truth in Christ Jesus and utter disregard for love. life and concern for others is not of God, but of the evil one.



Keep Our Light Burning in the love of Christ

Would a “never care less” mentality help us as we become blind to what is eating into the flesh of man that continues to destroy the fabric of society, as we are losing grip and our hold onto our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who suffered and died for us on the cross?

Will giving up be the right path?  Or will it be holding up the light of Jesus, to shine in this world and show pure love for ourselves by loving God through the love and genuine concern for others?

Nothing is ever too late for our God is a forgiving God, and with the love and mercy in Jesus, His Son, the Prince of Peace and our Advocate to the Father and Redeemer for the atonement of our sins, and our sincere intention to renew ourselves is what counts most, for whatever is past can never be undone.

We can only hope and pray for the misguided for renewal, that the Holy Spirit may come upon them, and that with the love, mercy and forgiveness in Jesus, they could be freed from sin.

In 1 John 3:13-15, “Do not be surprised my brothers, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and know that no murderer has eternal life in him.”

Anyone who does good for his neighbors is blessed, but anyone who lives in hate and vengeance will hardly attain peace in his life.

God knows knows what is in our heart, we can never hide anything from Him.

Let the wings of human justice take its course, whatever the outcome, show love, mercy and compassion and give thanks to God, for vengeance is not ours, but that of God.

And in Romans 12:14-21, “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.


Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eye of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘it is mine to avenge, I will repay,’ says the Lord. On the contrary:


“If your enemy is hungry, feed him,
If he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

And moving forward in Christ is the best remedy, that the evil one may again cower in fear and may be rendered maimed and powerless as we continue to thank and glorify God the Father Almighty for everything good in this life.

Turning back to Jesus, the Good Shepherd, as a lost flock is our calling and this should not remain unheeded lest we want to be lost forever from his protection, care and guidance, as he is the “Truth, the Way and the Life,” for in him we see the light, and in him and with him, we find true happiness and peace in this life.

In 1 Corinthians 1:17-31, in the Gospel of St. Paul, he writes to the Corinthians, “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel – not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.”


“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:


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


“Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.”


“Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were influential, not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written:


“Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”


[View this beautiful inspirational music video from our link with PeacewithGod.net – “Who is Jesus.”]

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Saint Paul was once a persecutor of the church of God when he was both Jewish as he was a son of a Pharisee and a Roman citizen, and called himself ‘abnormally born’ unworthy of being called an apostle, yet, by the grace of God, he was renewed as Jesus Christ revealed himself to him after his resurrection.

He was temporarily blinded upon seeing a vision of the resurrected Christ. And thus began his new life as a Christian who became a living witness to God’s love and resurrection, spreading the good news and winning converts to the church as inspired by the Holy Spirit in parts of Europe and Asia Minor.

Definition of Love by Saint Paul

In 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, Saint Paul writes through the Holy Spirit to inspire us about love:

        “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

        “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrong. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.


        “Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled, where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.


        “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

With the love of Jesus, the essence of love becomes more meaningful as we see husband and wife, true friends, families, communities and nations become powerfully intertwined with one another professing the kind of pure and unconditional love that Christ Jesus wants all men to know, learn and practice.

Impossible as it may seem, but it is the kind of love that our Heavenly Father has shown to us as manifested since the time of creation where he designated man as ruler and above all of creation.

It was when Adam and Eve became disobedient to God’s command not to eat of the forbidden fruit from the tree of wisdom and knowledge that both were banished from the Garden of Eden, felt ashamed of their nakedness and had to experience the realities and hardships while living this life.

Instead of living an immortal life, they had to experience death as a consequence.  And men, henceforth, multiplied, offsprings upon offsprings, good and bad, they began to fill the earth.

Until God sent His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, as promised and as proclaimed by the prophets, born of the Virgin Mary, that through his passion and death on the cross, and his eventual resurrection and ascension into heaven, that man was saved from the sin of Adam and Eve, through baptism in water and in the Name of the God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit – the Holy Trinity in One God.

Since we have been created out of the love of God, so shall we be saved by the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior and the True Messiah.

And it is in our faith and in following God’s commandments and Christ’s teachings, we are made complete as these painstakingly lead us to salvation and to life eternal.



As many religious would say, “God never promised us a bed of roses.”  Otherwise, would we still be challenged to do what is good in this life by following and adhering to his commandments?

With our ‘free will,’  do we not enjoy our freedom as long as we know and realize our limitations?  Do we not know that love comes with a responsibility, as it is not only for ourselves but for others as well?

Is this not when we learn true discipline and live our life in truth and with the love of Jesus that we better enjoy life with God’s blessings seeing us through the afterlife?

The Law of Man and God’s Love

Man’s laws are basically made to govern people that there may be order in the community but God’s love is more supreme than any other law as it surpasses all that was, that is and that will be.

Man can have varied applications of the law of the land but God’s love is the one that encompasses all laws as it is limitless, infinite and eternal.


And so is Christ’s words, which is God’s words.

“I and the Father are one,” as Jesus stated in John 14:11.

And the divinity of Christ has been seen since that time he was born when angels proclaimed his presence in a manger to the nearby shepherds, the day he was baptized by John the Baptist and the heavens were opened as God spoke through the Holy Spirit pleased with His Son in Jesus, during the Transfiguration at the mount as he was seen with Moses and Elijah with God’s voice again acknowledging His Son in him and during his resurrection and ascension witnessed by many besides the apostles.

In 1 Corinthians 1:17-31, in the Gospel of St. Paul, he writes to the Corinthians, “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel – not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.”


“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:


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


“Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.”


“Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were influential, not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written:


“Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”
Jesus made it clear to his disciples in Matthew 24:35 as he said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”

And in John 15:12, Jesus made clear his commandment of love, “… Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

And the more we accept and believe that this life is only temporary, the more we learn the importance of God’s wisdom in this life.  

Have we not noticed how God has tried to reveal His love for us in this life with the many trials and blessings that have come upon us just to test our faith in Him?  Did all these happen by chance or for a reason?

Whenever we do good to others, do we not get back the joy, peace and warmth of others?  Is it not God making all these happen?  And without Him our Creator, can we live a meaningful life, and find more strength in Him through Christ Jesus, instead of being confused and lost in the face and presence of evil and darkness?

And when we do what is against God’s will, do we not feel the guilt, the shame and God’s constant reminders that what went wrong is causing us trouble or even illness?


But when we show humility, mercy and forgiveness, love and charity, compassion and understanding towards others, do we not get all these in return making our life easier, healthier and more manageable?

And when we keep on sinning, not listening and not heeding to God’s words, do we not stumble and fall along the way, or see something unusual happening in our life that seems to be leading us to the light of God in Christ?


Think about it, God in Jesus has been there all along in your life and yet you still fail to recognize, listen, respond and acknowledge him as he has been calling you to return or join him in his flock.

Yet for those who responded, some of you may still have wandered as your faith wavered having stood on rocky or thorny ground

[Read on this link: “The Parable of the Sower,”  Matthew 13:3-2)].

Never lose faith, for in the love of Jesus, and with God’s mercy and forgiveness, there is hope for those who repent and work their best towards complete renewal.


Should we not thank our loving and merciful God through Jesus for his goodness and faithfulness by serving him in our own way and by becoming a good Christian example to our family and to the community we belong?

Would this not make everybody happy?



Love of God and Self-pity

Christianity begins at home and in 1 Timothy 3:1-5, St. Paul defines the overseer as the “husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.”

If we opt to be ruled by material things or by money, which the evil one prefers, can we ever attain satisfaction and peace in our life?

Is not the true meaning of love, therefore, the love of God, more than the love of material things?

Are we not being deceived by the evil one when we prefer to be blinded by material wealth, power and sins of lust which lead us to more problems, anxiety, fear and with no peace in ourselves and our love ones?

Is not our refusal to admit our own mistakes, our incorrigible spirit, our lack of guilt or remorse over sinful acts, our lack of empathy blaming others yet frown on those who blame us a sign of moral degradation which come out hurting more people including our love ones?  Is this not the wrong mind set that needs proper direction and guidance, which otherwise, would cause more trouble than good?

Is this not veering away from the truth where one is trapped into insensibly believing that cheating, spreading lies and hate, doing graffiti everywhere, tattoos or cuttings on the body which is God’s temple, cursing and committing slander, creating fear and hurting others’ feelings with our uncontrollable emotions and anger are but normal and should be tolerated?

And on encouraging same-sex marriage, are we not encouraging more homosexual practices and sins of lust in our society and unwittingly legalizing pedophile practices, forgetting the lessons on the destruction by God of Sodom and Gomorrah


Where do we think we are leading our society if we keep on keeping a blind eye on the sins of man, are we not pushing it to further destruction?

Are we not getting into the pitfalls of  the so-called ‘normalcy bias’ which make us think that whenever many people do it, it has become a norm and it is alright to follow and do the same?

And is not love of oneself or selfish love more of self pity than anything else as this leads only to sins of lust, anger, pride, arrogance, hatred and greed, and that any of these takes away the true meaning of love?

Are we not killing ourselves more in this life as we become slaves of sin and of things material, which tend to push us more into the dark side of life?

On the other hand, if we love God by loving our neighbors and sharing with them the love of Jesus, do we not have peace and true happiness?

When asked by Martha to tell her sister Mary to help her with her chores for Jesus’ visit into their home with the apostles, in Luke 10:41 he said, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Listening to Jesus’ teachings first and putting them into practice before you go on your chores for whatever purpose and consideration would better equip you to face the trials and challenges in this life as you will be more blessed with God’s words in your path glorifying His name in Jesus.

Life is what we make it, and “we sow what we reap.”

While we respect the great sacrifice that others make to live a decent way of life, don’t you think attending too much to things that are material can rob us of the time that God has intended for us?  And following this strenuous routine can bring about more problems on our health, our safety, our family or on our life long concerns and possessions, aside from losing our direction towards the path to salvation?

In John 6:27 Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

While God wants us to be ever productive in this life using our God given talents and wisdom to glorify His Holy Name, is it not balancing and prioritizing our life to what truly is noble and worth emulating in the eyes of God before us and others the best option that we can make?

Will this too not bring more happiness to all who delights in God’s favor?

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


As and as in Matthew 6:33, Jesus tell his disciples, “… seek first His (God’s) kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Have you ever realized how many times things just happen and gets into the right place in your life and in your favor whenever you just leave things to God and fully trust in Him as you surrender everything to His will?

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.”

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.”

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.”

In 1 John 2:1-6, St. John exhorts all men to walk with the light of Christ, “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.


“We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The many who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly complete in him. This is how we know we are in him. Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.”

Further in 1 John 3:13-15, “Do not be surprised my brothers, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and know that no murderer has eternal life in him.”

If hating others is tantamount to murder, does this help us further understand the wisdom of loving and forgiving our enemies by guiding them to the light of Jesus?

In Colossians 3:25, “Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism.”


And in Romans 12:14-21, “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.


“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eye of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘it is mine to avenge, I wrill repay,’ says the Lord. On the contrary:
        
         ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him,
          If he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
          In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’


“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

May Saint Paul’s definition of love that is pure, with malice to none and love that is ‘responsible’ as we care for others, further inspire us and make a clear imprint in our minds as we KJOH (keep Jesus in our hearts) and put our ‘trust in the Lord.’

I can attest to the truth in the love of Jesus through my life experience.  If you feel the same way, stand up for the truth and let your voice be heard that others may see the light.  Alleluia.


[Read on our related posts on God’s Awesome Works in God’s Awesome Creation  and   “Christ’s Teachings Seen in 90:10 Principle” for added inspiration.]


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Death of Osama bin Laden

While many in the US were celebrating the death of Osama Bin Laden (OBL), killed by US Navy Seals in a clandestine operation on the first of May, 2011, there was no Muslim outrage condemning his death in Pakistani territory from his supposed Al Qaeda, Taliban and Muslim Extremists or Fundamentalist supporters.

Is this a sign of the waning of support to his cause with even many of those interviewed from among the Muslim community across the US welcoming the breaking news as a sign of relief?

The Master Terrorist who had inspired many suicide bombings killing thousands of Muslims, Americans and innocent civilians from around the globe which included the daring yet infamous 911 attacks inside the US itself failed to elude his own death this time.

[Read on our related Yahoo News Link – “Death Comes for the Master Terrorist – Osama bin Laden”]

In Proverbs 14:22, “Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness?” 

[Read on another related link under National Catholic Register – “Was Osama bin Laden Chronically Stupid or What?]

Do we not find true peace and love if we choose to love God with our whole heart, mind and soul, and love our neighbors in God’s grace with compassion, care, mercy and forgiveness?

Otherwise, do we not find more stress in our life as we hide from the truth and see the true light of God?

In Matthew 7:15, 19-20, Jesus said while preaching to the crowd, “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly they are ferocious wolves… Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” 

Over the years, US intelligence found it very difficult to locate Osama bin Laden until very recently, as they were closely following his most trusted courier, Sheikh Abu Ahmed of Kuwait, they found what seemed to be a very likely hiding place for OBL, a high-fenced mansion ironically situated a few hundred yards away from Pakistan’s prestigious Military Academy.


And after weighing his options, President Obama gave the go signal for a carefully planned raid into the compound until the elite Team Six of the US Navy Seals successfully accomplished the operation with the death of OBL. 


[Read on another Yahoo News link – “Phone Call by Kuwaiti Courier Led to bin Laden”]

Seeing the Light in Jesus

How many times have we seen haughty and proud men who have abused and caused death to mankind, in that they have become evil in their ways, fall down from power and humbled by God?


In the death of Osama bin Laden, may we see the light and do what is good for man, and open our eyes that we may find wisdom as we veer away from darkness and evil.


That we should see the message of Easter as the dawn of a new beginning renewing ourselves to be one with God  as Jesus has paved the way in fulfilling heaven’s plan to redeem man through his passion and death on the cross, his miraculous resurrection and ascension.

And that we may learn to carry our own cross, deny ourselves by being humble and selfless in our efforts to lead others to him in this life that they too may see God’s promise of eternal life (read Luke 9:22-23).


In 1 John 2:15-17, St. John, through divine guidance from the Holy Spirit tells us, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”

May we always remember that God created everything in this world and in the universe, with man and his God given talents making possible the discovery of more wonderful things for man to enjoy life on earth.  And that without God, we are nothing.

[Read on this related post, “God’s Awesome Works in God’s Awesome Creation and the Messiah in Jesus,” that we may better understand God and believe in Him with an open heart.]

While Jesus was praying, upon his baptism at the River Jordan by John the Baptist, and as stated in the gospel of Luke 3:21-22, “heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’”

With power over life and death, as God is in him and he in God, Jesus is our true Redeemer who is the Truth, the Way and the Life.

Is it not appropriate that we use all things to glorify His Holy Name by doing what is good for man?


Have we truly asked ourselves and realize the fundamental truth in this question, can we carry anything with us after our death?  Is not everything material left here on earth when we die?  Is not only our spirit that remains in us as we are summoned by our Creator when our time has come?


Hence, while here on earth, is it not proper to thank him for his goodness by using all things material for the love of God and man that we may attain salvation?


As God has revealed to us that we are made in His image and likeness, therefore, do we not consider our body sacred that is worthy to be praised and filled with anything that is good and pleasing to Him?

In the beginning during the days of creation, as in Genesis 1:26, “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

Once again, while it is true that we are made masters of God’s creation, Jesus reminds us not to lose our soul by clinging to what is worldly or evil.  In Matthew 16:25-26, he tells his disciples, “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?”

And in Proverbs 15:33, “The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.” 

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In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus says, “Come to me all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Just pray and lift up to God all our problems, troubles, sufferings, trials and tribulations, and ask forgiveness for our sins as we forgive those who have wronged us as they seek to make amends with us, and think of no malice against others or be judgmental and God will take care of the rest as we do what is best, ever productive and honest in God’s eyes as we do our work and chores, for the good of our family and for the good of others as well.

In this way we are cleansed of all evil and we are ready to accept Him as our true God and Savior through the Holy Spirit –  the Sacrament of Baptism in water, in the name of the Father, the Son and in the Holy Spirit is the first step for a true Christian believer to be cleansed and be under Christ’s shield and direction towards salvation – ever prayerful for his faithfulness, love, mercy, guidance and protection.

Just trust in Him and follow his words and commandments in praises and good works and you will see abundant blessings, miracles, good health and peace in your life.

May God continue to guide and bless us all as we keep Jesus in our hearts.

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