We have sold ourselves and our consciences for temporal security, instead of keeping ourselves pure for eternal security.
We have become anxious of the things of this world, seeking to be soothed by the voices of this world, instead of being anxious to please the Lord and soothed by His Words.
We have whored ourselves out, seeking love and security anywhere else but our true home in God.
We are Gomer.
Instead of abandoning all principles, all morals, and our fidelity; we need to practice fidelity to God and His Commandments all the more. We need to turn away from the illusory images of the world, seeing them as they truly are: the devil's ugly disguises dressed up to be their most alluring. We need a deeper conversion to Christ.
I invite you, in this time of turmoil in our country, to take courage in our faith, to cling ever more tightly to the Cross, to His Words and His commandments. Our Lord has won, for us! Let us be faithful to Him, turning away from sin and despair. It may be hard to keep our joy, our peace, and our hope when all the world around us is saying that our lives should be drudgery, lackluster, and hopeless because we follow Christ. But I reject that notion!
"The baptized know that the decision to follow Christ can entail great sacrifices, at times even the sacrifice of one's life." (Pope Benedict XVI's Homily at Benin)It will also entail the sacrifice of family, of friends, of honor, and of prestige - things that many people do not want to give up, because it will also entail giving up temporal comforts.
"Today, so much still binds us to the world of the past, so many fears hold us prisoners and prevent us from living in freedom and happiness." (Pope Benedict XVI's Homily at Benin)The devil still tries to remind us of how "good we had it" when we were mired in sin - and so we fear living a fully Christian life, because we fear that we are missing something "good". But all "good" comes from our Creator!
"Let us allow Christ to free us from the world of the past! Our faith in him, which frees us from all our fears and miseries, gives us access to a new world, a world where justice and truth are not a byword, a world of interior freedom and of peace with ourselves, with our neighbors, and with God. This is the gift God gave us at our baptism!" (Pope Benedict XVI's Homily at Benin)Yet we cannot see that our fear is leading us to miss out on the fullness of life. Instead of feeling that we are the ones missing out, we should feel compassion for those whose lives are the true drudgery - because they do not have the hope that we do. They have fallen for the illusions of the world, they are the ones trapped in an endless cycle of sin.
"I urge you, to strengthen your faith in Jesus Christ, to be authentically converted to him. He alone gives us the true life and can liberate us from all our fears and sluggishness, from all our anguish." (Pope Benedict XVI's Homily at Benin)We must remember the hope we have - and not to get bogged down by the hopelessness of those around us - no matter if they are family, friends, loved ones. We do have a hope, and though it may seem like the world is crumbling, we have a steadfast faith in Jesus and His Church.
Be filled with peace for He has overcome the world!
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