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BLESSED ARE THE POOR

BLESSED ARE THE POOR
THE BEATITUDES OF JESUS ARE REVOLUTIONARY.

The Beatitudes present a model of happiness contrary to what is usually communicated by the media and by the prevailing wisdom.

Today, what is glorified is success at any cost, affluence, the arrogance of power and self-affirmation at the expense of others. According to the logic of this world, those whom Jesus proclaimed blessed are regarded as useless, “losers”.

BLESSED POOR

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”                                                                                                                             Matthew 5:3

BLESSED ARE THE POOR -WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

It seems confusing because we ought to strive to be rich in spirit, not poor.

At a time when so many people are suffering as a result of the financial crisis, it might seem strange to link poverty and happiness.  How can we consider poverty a blessing? Does Jesus teach material poverty? Jesus is here talking about the condition of the spirit, not of the wallet.

Jesus loves everybody. Jesus wants to bless everyone, so why would he single out the economically poor for some kind of special blessing?

Economic poverty and sociological poverty often overlap, but not always.  There are the “sociological poor”; these include people who are marginalized and oppressed, rendered vulnerable and given over to all sorts of hardships for reasons not of their own making. They are deprived the basic dignities which should be accorded all human beings–and it their spirits are often crushed, they are often broken-hearted, as a result.

It goes far beyond merely keeping the commandments: trying to gain eternal life. It’s undergoing a profound change in all of our attitudes, our value system, to really come to know Jesus, to hear His message, to imitate His way of life, to follow Him. That will require profound conversion.

BLESSED ARE THE POOR

Jesus is talking more about an attitude, a way of knowing one’s need for God, which is a disposition of the heart and not simply economic deprivation.

“When you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind. Blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”                                                                                        Luke 14:13-14

We understand that material goods are not a be-all and end-all for anyone, or should not be. We understand that we need enough to have a full human life, but we don’t need excess. We understand that God made the world for all and not just for a few, and so we need to find ways to share the goods of the earth and the goods of our world so everyone has a chance for a full human life.

The poor in spirit are those who recognize their total spiritual destitution and their complete dependence on God. So that the logic of being more will prevail over that of having more!

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.                                                                                                                              Matthew 5:3

DOES “POOR IN SPIRIT” MEANS TO BE HUMBLE?

Matthew takes a different tack on the same question.

This is the opposite of arrogance. In its deepest form, it acknowledges our desperate need for God. Jesus is declaring that it is a blessing to recognize our need to be filled by God’s grace. We don’t have the spiritual resources in ourselves to put Jesus’ teachings into practice. We can’t fulfill God’s call by ourselves. Man is a beggar before god.

Let’s unwrap this fully.

First of all, if we are to live by this Beatitude, all of us need to experience a conversion in the way we see the poor.  We have to care for them and be sensitive to their spiritual and material needs.

The second point – the poor are not just people to whom we can give something.  They have much to offer us and to teach us.  How much we have to learn from the wisdom of the poor!  The widow who gave her last two coins to the temple treasury is an example of the generosity of all those who have next to nothing and yet give away everything they have.  (Luke 21:1-4)

Thirdly, we repeat: we must try to be free with regard to material things.  The Lord calls us to a Gospel lifestyle marked by sobriety, by a refusal to yield to the culture of consumerism. Wealth ensures nothing. Indeed, once we think we are rich, we can become so self-satisfied that we leave no room for God’s word, for the love of our brothers and sisters, or for the enjoyment of the most important things in life. Ironically, it is a tragic thing to see a young person who “has everything”, but is weary and weak.

GREAT CRITERION

Saint Teresa of Calcutta clearly realized this: “Yes, I have many human faults and failures… But God bends down and uses us, you and me, to be His love and His compassion in the world; He depends on us to love the world and to show how much He loves it. If we are too concerned with ourselves, we will have no time left for others”.

Hedonism and consumerism can prove our downfall, for when we are obsessed with our own pleasure, we end up being all too concerned about ourselves and our rights, and we feel a desperate need for free time to enjoy ourselves.

We will find it hard to feel and show any real concern for those in needs, unless we are able to cultivate certain simplicity of life.

In the end, we are offered the promise of a different life, a healthier and happier life.

Do you struggle for justice, because you take seriously your commitment to God and to others?

MEANING OF BEING HOLY

Vassula Reydon received a host of messages from God, which she compiled in her notebooks, called True Life in God. The following excerpt come from her conversations with Jesus:

“Divine Works are beyond human understanding; many souls do not respond to My Works for these souls seldom want to change.”

 “These souls are attached to the world, to what is material; even though they call themselves spiritual, they are not, since they cling on what they see with their physical eyes and touch with their body; they are stubborn, living aridly; their heart will not open to let My Divinity pour into them.”   

The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. ”                                                                                   1 Corinthians 2:14

“Yes, there are many factors that obstruct them from dwelling in My Light; I have said and will repeat again and again these very important words: “anyone who does not welcome the Kingdom of God like a little child, will never enter it”; be innocent, believe in a child-like-faith, then My Divine Light will encompass you and you, like a flower, will face the sun and open, allowing My Light to pour in you.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Message to Vassula:  May 16, 1988

“Remember My Presence; do you know how much I desire this meditation upon My Presence? My Presence is also a very important Mystery that most of you seem to forget; meditate on My Presence; children, whom I love with an everlasting love, please Me by remembering My actual Presence; train yourselves by using these words, we, us, you and I, I and you, us; include Me in your activities, in your discussions and in your thoughts; respect My Presence, never forgetting that I am the Holy One; by remembering Me, you will sin less knowing and remembering that I Am with you.”  October 24, 1988

So God would want you to concentrate more on Him. Conversing with God is Prayer.  One can make this more of a reality by speaking in terms of weandus“, to show that one is united to God daily: “we are one.”  When you have a coffee, you have coffee for two. It is always “we” or “us” who are having coffee.            

“I enjoy sharing My plans with you; this Work is not yours but Mine; I just need your will and your consent to complete My Work; are you still willing to remain the instrument of My desires?”                                                                                                                       Message to Vassula:   June 17, 1994

To be holy as God is holy is to be holy with the very holiness of God Himself. The holiness of God descends and God unites Himself to each one so that the very powers of the soul (understanding and will) are in perfect union with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

God wants a special relationship with you all. He wants you all to come to know Him personally as your Friend who loves to spend time with you every day. How important it is to come to prayer every day!

Ask from your heart for the Gift of Piety (HOLINESS) and you shall obtain it … that my thoughts turn into Your Thoughts, my acts into Your Acts which are all pure and divine.

Ask for the Spirit of Fear (Reverence) to discipline you into keeping My Name Holy. Let My Spirit robe you with honor and reverence … Learn to bow your head low so that I may be seen; learn to lower your voice so that you may begin to hear My Voice and discover My intentions, My desires and My Will; learn to raise your voice only in praise for My Glorious Presence; learn to raise your head only in search of Me and of what is heavenly.

JESUS WISHES TO SPEAK TO YOU

BEING HOLY

Live as a Christian to a Heroic Degree.

“I love you.

I call you all, My friends, to strive for holiness. Some think that only a few are called to be holy while in fact you are all called. Holiness can be found only in following Me. Let My Will be done in you as perfectly as possible and live humbly relying on Me for all your needs. You have to be vested with My holiness and I have to be formed in you.

  • Holiness is exemplified especially by love without resentment whatsoever towards any person.
  • It also means that you are ready to forgive those who hurt you in any way.
  • It is also shown by humility, self-forgetfulness, and a readiness to help others.
  • A holy person is always conscious that he or she lives in My presence and often speaks to Me.

Do not be conformed to the world with its empty pleasures and vices, but walk with Me in faithfulness and truth.

Do everything, even the least, with much love. The secret of holiness is to develop a strong bond of love with Me and to do everything out of love for Me.

Do not compromise with sin but ask for the power of the Holy Spirit to weed sin out of your life. Habits of sin cannot be overcome by your own power. You are helpless against these. Only the power of the Spirit in you can break this diabolical hold on you. He will set you free from your prison.

Many are imprisoned by habits of lying, gossiping, sexual gratification and perversion, excessive drinking and drugs, addicted to smoking, gambling and many more.

Go to those that can bring the power of the Holy Spirit upon you, and you will be free. I love you.”

The above messages came to Father Melvin Doucette:

Fr. Melvin Doucette was ordained to the priesthood on and joined the Missionaries of Africa for 29 years in Africa. In contemplative prayer every morning, Fr. Doucette receives by interior locution “messages from heaven” to share with the public.

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WHAT DOES SPIRITUALITY MEAN?

ASTONISHING PREDICTIONS

God divinely inspired the BIBLE . How do we know? Each of eight accurate predictions  show a high probability mathematically. The probability of one individual fulfilling eight prophecies have odds of 1 in 10 17  (1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000). Jesus Christ fulfilled all prophecies, therefore the Bible MUST BE TRUE. 

DIVINE OR HUMAN CALIPHS

The Old Testament indicates another 40 astonishing predictions.

CHINA DECEASED RELATIVES

Christianity experiences stunning growth—from approximately 3.8 million adherents in China in 1956 to an estimated 87 to 100 million Christians today.

CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

In the end, one Christian conversion will benefit the whole family.  The gifts of the Holy Spirit of healing and deliverance will help the whole family. A prayer of deliverance of evil spirits will leave any member of the family with a complete sense of peace immediately. A prayer of healing from a Christian disciple produces 80% healing. The remaining healing comes from continued prayer of praise and thanksgiving until all the healing is complete. This healing comes from the Holy Spirit through the power in the Name of Jesus Christ.  No other god or deity or doctor uses this power. This proves the TRUTH OF CHRISTIANITY. 

Christianity and Hinduism Differences

BILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS CAN’ T ALL BE WRONG!

Christianity is not a philosophy, but it is  a relationship with God, your Creator,  in Christ TODAY. It is not knowledge of abstract principles.  How do we know this? Healing takes place TODAY in the Name of Jesus Christ. 

GOD’S HEALING ASSURED 2

 HEALING?

 Many Christian disciples use the gift of healing.  They also use deliverance to deliver away evil spirits influencing people. These evil spirits cause depression, addictions and illness through all forms of stress.  Only the Name of Jesus Christ makes healing and deliverance possible.Chinese Religion God

AN EXPERIMENT OF GOD’S TOUCH 2

HOW IS JESUS STILL ALIVE TODAY?

Jesus is alive today! He heals today (through His followers) and in many cases it is realized immediately. How else can you explain the explosion of Christianity, the world’s largest religion, on earth: 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31 percent) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth. 

Christians know and feel His Presence; they communicate with Him personally; Christian prayers are always answered.

This author has been given the Gift of Healing only because he is a Christian Lay Missionary, who travels  two to three places every year. On his last trip to Columbia he successfully transferred his Gift to his Spanish translators, who were able to heal as he did. He has healed Muslims to their great surprise.

He also delivers away evil spirits along with their healing. All those who are delivered from evil spirits feel a complete physical  sense of peace.

DREAMS AND VISIONS

God can give a message to those non-Christians to change their heart.  God knows faith will be developed eventually. God will come to you in the form of dreams or visions. So be sensitive to any dreams or visions, when you ask God for it earnestly.

NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES

PROOF OF HEAVEN 2

Is the BIBLE true? 2

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?

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ARE YOU AN ASPIRING THEOLOGIAN?

WHAT IS THEOLOGY?

ASPIRING THEOLOGIAN

Theology is neither a nine-to-five job nor a career. To know and speak truly of God is a vocation that requires more than academic or professional qualifications. The image you should have in mind is not the professor with a tweed jacket, but rather the disciples who dropped everything to follow Jesus. Becoming a theologian means following God’s Word where it leads with all one’s mind, heart, soul, and strength.

Theology is the study of how to speak truly of God and of all things in relation to God. But theologians can’t approach the object of their study the way biologists study living creatures or geologists the earth. God cannot be empirically examined. God is the creator of all things, not to be identified with any part of the universe or even with the universe as a whole. Speaking of God thus poses unique challenges. If God had not condescended to communicate to creatures something of his light, we would be in the dark.

BY GOD, OF GOD, TO GOD

Are you familiar with Thomas Aquinas’s definition? “Theology is taught by God, teaches of God, and leads to God.”

By God. Only God can make himself known. We’re simply children who love their father and want to know him better, who trust their father’s wisdom: And He (Jesus) said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”                                                                     Matthew 18:3

Of God. Theology is thinking hard about what God has taught about Himself and all things in relation to Himself.

To God. Theology is ultimately about cultivating godliness, in oneself and one’s community. A theologian is a certain kind of person, whose created intelligence has been illumined by the Holy Spirit. Continue reading ARE YOU AN ASPIRING THEOLOGIAN?

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SEVENTH DAY ADVENTISTS: the TRUTH

SEVENTH DAY ADVENTISTS

Most people know little about the Seventh-day Adventists beyond that they worship on Saturdays, not Sundays. But there’s more to this unique sect. 

The Seventh-day Adventist church traces its roots to American preacher William Miller (1782–1849), a Baptist who predicted the Second Coming would occur between March 21, 1843, and March 21, 1844. Because he and his followers proclaimed Christ’s imminent advent, they were known as “Adventists.” 

When Christ failed to appear, Miller reluctantly endorsed the position of a group of his followers known as the “seventh-month movement,” who claimed Christ would return on October 22, 1844 (in the seventh month of the Jewish calendar). 

Ellen White gained recognition in Adventist circles as a prophetess and became the church’s leader; she claimed to receive the first of several hundred visions in December of 1844.

Often Adventist-related publishing houses conduct mass mailings of their literature to every home and post office box in a community. Much of the published material comes from White’s single most popular volume, The Great Controversy. Continue reading SEVENTH DAY ADVENTISTS: the TRUTH

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CRASH INTO HEAVEN

CRASH HEAVEN

HERE’S A SEARCHING QUESTION? 

“If you were to die tonight, and “St Peter” or “Elijah” or “Mohamed” was at the “Pearly Gates of Heaven” and asked you, ’Why should God let you into His Kingdom?’ – what would you say?”
   1) What would your own personal answer be?
   2) What do you think the answer would be from a true believing Christian

THE MOST COMMON RESPONSES ARE:

     a) I am not perfect, but in all honesty, I think I’m a good person.
    b) I sincerely try to keep the 10 commandments,
    c) I always try to do my best ( – although I sometimes fail)
    d) I know I am a good person ( – and at least better than one of my neighbors !)

The answers assume that if a person rates high enough on a divine “scale of goodness”, then that person SHOULD get into “heaven” based on their performance (or merit). The answers from people in other religions have a lot in common with these same answers.

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OUR LIFE IN HEAVEN

OUR LIFE IN HEAVEN

A NEW LIFE IN HEAVEN

We tend to look at the resurrected life in heaven as a great mystery. Yet, the resurrected life is to be found in the present moment.

When the fetus leaves the womb, we call this birth. Once born into the world, the child is more fully alive in new way of living. In the same way, it would make no sense for people of this world not to be born into eternity. The swift aging of our bodies tells us that our hold on earthly life is short.  Our bodies speak to us about impermanence. This tells us that we may not be really at home in this world: our destiny lies elsewhere.

Perhaps the most powerful image of transformation in nature is the butterfly, which is really a transformed caterpillar. Caterpillars appear to have a fairly pleasant life feasting on an almost inexhaustible salad bar right under their feet. One day the caterpillar spins a web around itself. Slowly a change takes place. Suddenly, the tomb-like cocoon opens to reveal a creature that has been totally transformed. The butterfly actually looks quite beautiful. Now instead of only a view from the surface of the leaves, the butterfly sees the entire garden.

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DEMONS AND SPIRITUAL WARFARE 2

SPIRITUAL WARFARE: 25 TRUTHS

Christ is speaking to St. Faustina who lives in a convent about the 25 truths about demons and spiritual warfare.

Heaven Hell Spiritual Warfare

Jesus began, “My daughter, I want to teach you about spiritual warfare(Diary 1760)(The Lord’s words are in bold text; commentaries follow.)

spiritual warfare

  1. Never trust in yourself but abandon yourself totally to My Will.

Trust is a spiritual weapon. Trust is part of the shield of faith that St. Paul mentions in the following chapter six of Ephesians: the armor of God. Abandonment to God’s will is an act of trust; faith in action dispels evil spirits.

  1. In desolation, darkness and various doubts, have recourse to Me and to your spiritual director. He will always answer you in My name.

In times of spiritual warfare, immediately pray to Jesus. Invoke His Holy Name that is feared in the netherworld. Bring darkness into the light by telling a spiritual director or confessor and follow his/her instruction.

  1. Do not bargain with any temptation; lock yourself immediately in My Heart.

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HEAVEN IS FOR REAL 2

 WHERE WILL YOU READ ABOUT A VISION OF HEAVEN, HELL AND PURGATORY?

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Here are three accounts of visions of heaven, hell and purgatory. Try to be open to these stories.  Try not to be so skeptical this time. It is very revealing and it will be to your benefit.

Heaven is for Real

A young boy emerges from life-saving surgery with remarkable stories of his visit to heaven.

Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn’t know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear.

Heaven is for Real Souls in Purgatory

Colton said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how “reaaally big” God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit “shoots down power” from heaven to help us, and how Colton was able to pray for his father on earth . Continue reading HEAVEN IS FOR REAL 2

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GOD’S WAY TO HEAVEN 2

WHAT IF THEY ARE SINCERELY WRONG?

So many people today are sincere about what they believe regarding Heaven.  

God way to heaven

They pray but to what effect?GOD’S WAY TO HEAVEN

SHORTFALL  of these FOUR LAWS

SHORTFALL ONE: “THESE FOUR LAWS” FORGET THAT FAITH WORKS AND THAT FAITH ALONE CANNOT SAVE
Romans 1:5 speaks of our “obedience to the faith.” Obedience and true faith in God always go together. You can’t have one without the other:”You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone”.                                                                    James 2:24 Continue reading GOD’S WAY TO HEAVEN 2

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REAL HELL EXPERIENCE 2

Hell experience

THREE CATEGORIES OF HELL EXPERIENCE

The problem of evil exists in every single world-view and religious tradition. The devil really has no power over us unless we give it to him. Jesus identified these demons: “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”                                                              John 8:44

When we die, unfortunately all our choices become eternal. They have eternal ramifications.

There are three categories of experiences that (Near Death Experience) NDEs have experienced:

HELL EXPERIENCE

  1. HELL ON EARTH: it was like a great battlefield. Everywhere people were locked in what looked like fights to the death, writhing, punching, gouging… “”And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”                                                                      Matthew 25:30
  2. THE PIT being trapped in a dark cave accompanied by a putrid smell like feces, sulfur or death in extreme cold or extreme heat and even fire. The demons resembled humans but they were ugly and grotesque.
  3. THE VOID: described as a falling experience through outer darkness. “It became horrific, no feeling, no sensation, no sense of light. Underground laborers, performed some endless, brutally monotonous task. “I saw hell, and I’m not going back. I want to find the God that pulled me out of hell.”

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WILL CATHOLICS GO TO HEAVEN? 2

Was my Catholic friend merely a devoted husband, a wonderful friend, and a good man?

CATHOLICS HEAVEN

Catholics who are “devout” and “inconsistent” can be saved.

“There are genuine Christians who are devout and inconsistent Roman Catholics. Devout is in the sense that they’re earnest, serious, and sincere. Inconsistent is in the sense that their true heart embrace of Jesus is better than their mental ideas or doctrines.

CATHOLICS HEAVEN

A person will be saved — even if many doctrinal ideas are confused or erroneous:

  • “If a person has a genuine encounter with the living Christ and recognizes the hopelessness we are in without grace and without Christ,
  • and if they see that “Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 

CATHOLICS GO TO HEAVENCatholics believe they are justified by God’s grace which is a free gift but it is received through baptism initially, through the faith which works by love in the continuous life of the Christian and through the sacrament of reconciliation if the grace of justification is lost through mortal sin. The Church teaches that we can be saved only by God’s grace.  Continue reading WILL CATHOLICS GO TO HEAVEN? 2

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