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Deception

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“See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ” (Col 2:8).

I have been reading this story for the past few days, regarding the man who took his own life in Seattle. I have read his personal social media posts regarding his ordeal with terminal illness and other struggles and what is very clear cut about this man to me, from my perspective, is he never truly grasped our Catholic faith.

Same sex marriage, assisted suicide, divination (consulting mediums), all are very grave sins within our faith.

From the moment this story broke, it was riddled with deception.  When I say this, I am not speaking about deception within the leaders of the Catholic Church, but self deception on the part of the man who took his own life into his own hands, and finished his way.

Let it be known, that I do not know what has become of this mans soul. I pray for him.

What I do know, is through looking at his posts, that he was not a follower of our Lord, nor obedient to His teachings.  Most of what I have read, through his own writings and the aftermath of his decision to take his own life, has left a mess riddled with deception and has caused many faithful asking the question, who did this? Many place the blame on the Priests, the diocese, and even the man. Who is to blame? Deception is to blame.

SELF-DECEPTION

Definition

The moral failure to recognize one’s own limitations and failures or to see the real reasons for one’s behavior.

The entire story reeks of  diabolic (division). Thus, deception and the very name of the devil.

Romans 16:17-20 is needed here. We are so quick to blame one another when deception has entered the picture. We need not to blame one another, but rather need to reinforce that wall where the evil one tried to gain access, by remaining in the Truth, crushing deception’s head and the illusions it has produced.

Our Lord speaks of the evil one in this way: “He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks in character, because he is a liar and the father of lies.”

Self deception speaks in character also. Because the one who has deceived themselves, does not yet know the Truth. The Truth is our Lord. The “fruit” produced under self deception, is deception, false hope and disobedience. Do not be drawn into it.

The night before our Lord’s passion, “While they were eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.”.  The evil one was in the same room.  He had entered into Judas, while he was conspiring against Him. I ponder now, how often we conspire against our Lord as we try to justify our own self deception. The times we tell ourselves, Jesus will forgive me if I do this because I feel its right for me, without taking counsel from those who do know, without a doubt, what we want to do is truly unjust. We only deceive ourselves as our Lord knows better and desires the better for us, always. He will never force the better upon us as He created us with free will, to accept Him, or deny Him and the better.

From tonight’s Liturgy of the Hours, Evening Prayer:

Clothe your faithful people in the armor of salvation,
 and shield them from the deceptions of the devil.
Lord, show us your mercy.

 

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Playing Hard To Get With God

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“She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” Matthew 9:21

There is an oped in USA today: Churches could win back teens like me if they were more welcoming and less judgmental

In simply reading the title of the article, I laughed. Win you back? You have already been won by our Lord. Its up to you to return to your first Love.

Love does not demand to be won back. He is there for the taking. If you desire Him, you can have Him and He will not demand you do. The title of this article reads like a typical “Hollywood” movie. It reeks with pride. Win you back? You are free to leave and you are free to return. Our faith is not some romance novel where you are being chased by that guy who goes out of his way and goes your way, changing everything about Himself to make you love Him, while you are playing hard to get. Not even close. He created you. It is you who have walked away from Him.

Playing hard to get never works with our Lord because He allows you to stay away. Its called Free Will. Its up to you to desire Him. If one is not attracted to our Lord himself, in His fullness, what’s the point of coming at all? People are judgmental about everything we do. Humility allows us to overlook rash judgement, and stay in Love with Him, no matter what anyone else says. Its called fortitude. Fortitude is the moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good. It strengthens the resolve to resist temptations and to overcome obstacles in the moral life. The virtue of fortitude enables one to conquer fear, even fear of death, and to face trials and persecutions. It disposes one even to renounce and sacrifice his life in defense of a just cause. “The Lord is my strength and my song.” “In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

These very souls who do persecute us, in even the smallest ways, help us to see the reality of our OWN overblown egos. But this is not something that can be overcome with self pride. If I hold the attitude that I am the best thing our Lord could ever imagine, I have puffed up my own ego and placed myself on His throne, and Him below myself.

What is it that causes souls to return to the Church? Is it the events? Is it the groups? Is it the bands? If it is, those same souls quickly become bored and look for some other group, event and band elsewhere. Because its not the FULLNESS of our Lord.

Our Lord called me to Himself. What does that mean? It means I had to make a LOT of very important decisions. Do I stay in a really bad abusive relationship with the world, where I lived the life of illusion or “Follow Him”. In making the free choice to “follow Him”, I chose obedience to Him. I came home for Him. Many things stand in our way when we do this. But those things are always interior struggles that seek to ruin this new relationship with our Lord, the same way a jealous old interest tries to draw you back into that toxic relationship you once had, filling you up with false promises and things you always wanted, because you were “comfortable” in it.

God’s house is very inclusive, but the issues come when we demand God to change to suit our needs and not the other way around. We are called to accept Him as He Is. Not how we perceive Him to be.

A question we all need to ask ourselves is this. What do I desire? When we desire just Him, everything in Him comes with Him.

Lets go back now to the woman who just desired to touch the hem of our Lord’s cloak. Did she stay away and demand our Lord come to her? Did she place limits on Him? If He only comes to me and touches the hem of MY dress, I will follow him… No. It was her decision. And what a decision that was she made.

Never allow our Lord to be the one that got away as He is the only Way, the Truth and the Life. No games. He is True Love.

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It Is Him – The Eucharist

I need to share this. We always struggle with our faith. We hear Him calling us, and yet, we put off “going home” because we think we know better. We listen to the “world”, and think it is better. It is not. We are not. Our Lord knows EVERYTHING and knows what you need before you even ask Him.

I could not understand why those around me, didn’t want to believe my conversion story. This: Just one-third of U.S. Catholics agree with their church that Eucharist is body, blood of Christ – Tells me why. If souls do not believe Him, why would they believe me? I refuse to stop there. I know without a doubt it is Him and nothing in this world, will ever get me to not listen to Him and not believe Him again. Hearing Him has left a mark on me that I can never deny Him again.

This is a huge part of my conversion back home to the Catholic Church. I had been struggling for MANY years with this sin. I hope it brings other to face their fear of their own sins, and overcome them, returning to our Lord who waits for you with open arms.

Easter 2008 – My husband was home from Yuma (USMC separated us for a time), and I went into the yard to water. There is a protestant church behind our home and as I watered the trees and grass, I watched all these cars pulling in for “Easter” services. I stood and chucked a bit, as a Catholic, and said to myself: What did they even do in there? Its not real worship! – THAT VERY SECOND – In my heart, I heard our LORD ask me: Where are you? What are YOU doing? – That voice ROCKED my world. Destroyed it! Where was I? What was I doing? I certainly wasn’t at Mass! I certainly wasn’t where I was supposed to be! It bothered me for a WEEK. I could NOT stop thinking about it. By the time the following Sunday came, I found myself NEEDING to get to Mass. It was Divine Mercy Sunday, and I NEVER stopped attending Holy Mass again. The following December, I heard that voice in my heart again! The post below is what He said. The YEARS since, is what He has done to me ❤ I share this to give Him the praise, glory, honor and all the power. Thank you LORD. I love You too.

Cohabitation And Holy Communion

 

If today your hear His voice, harden not your hearts

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For My Protestant Friends

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A wonderful video – If you have questions about the Catholic faith, go to a Catholic for the answers.

Part Two:

A Protestant Talks With a Catholic Priest

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