Daily Archives: June 5, 2011

The Hypocrite

I was watching Mother Angelica on EWTN last night of a rebroadcast from the late 90’s. She said something so profound, as she always does. I’m going to emphasis on her subject.

Why is it, we can look at Saints like St. Augustine of Hippo, a man who lived and died from 354 to the year 430, who before he was a Saint, was just a repentant soul, moving away from adultery, fornication, and worldly things and moving in the direction toward God, away from a life of sin, and say, Boy what a great SAINT! But when we look at our own family members, friends and people in our community, doing exactly the same things as the greatest Catholic saints, we call them hypocrites. “Look at so & so! Preaching to me about how I should live and she did the same things I am!”

Lets define hypocrite: :

1: a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
2 : a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings

Our Lord severely rebuked the scribes and Pharisees for their hypocrisy (Matt. 6:2, 5, 16). “The hypocrite’s hope shall perish” (Job 8:13). The Hebrew word here rendered “hypocrite” rather means the “godless” or “profane,” as it is rendered in Jer. 23:11, i.e., polluted with crimes.

Now, how can we call someone a hypocrite, who has through life experiences, made many serious mistakes, is repenting and is trying to amend them through seeking Christ and returning to Him and the church He created?

The difference between a Saint in progress and a Hypocrite is one lies about his religion and faith. The other lays his life down in search for his religion and faith. And its very easy to distinguish between the two souls.

If you find yourself telling your repenting friends & family members, your not the same, chances are they are working on sainthood and not working to be a hypocrite.

When we hear non repenting souls, who make excuses for their sinful behavior using this name against repenting souls, it is the one calling who needs to look in the mirror and stop justifying their sinfulness, with lack of understanding in which the word is actually defined.

Before the word has a chance to leave your mouth, check yourself first. God never changes. What God did to St. Augustine of Hippo, (Not taking away from his Sainthood) He does to many souls, no matter what century they are living in. Are we to then call the “Prodigal Son” a hypocrite, or should we give him the encouragement to return home as fast as he can?


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God’s Grace In The Dark

Finding God’s grace in the dark…

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard many many people use the phrase “I’m probably going to hell anyway”. Then go right back to living in a life full of sin. Ive used it in my past. What is so profound in this statement is the fact that God’s grace is right there and many souls can’t see it. The very fact a soul would say this, should tell that soul, the second that statement leaves their lips, your not living as God wants you to or as you should be and you know it. The soul knows right from wrong because the difference between the two, is etched on each human heart. If we have any doubt about our salvation, by the way we are living, it should be seen as red flag from our Lord to change it. God will never send anyone to hell. Each soul chooses to go there by not doing what is right in the eyes of God.

You can change that….

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