The "Path" of CONVERSION

"Reflections" regarding THE PATH OF CONVERSION
(continued)

 

Prayer ~~  "Come Spirit of Love!  
Come and
transform the hearts of all your people!  Come quickly, so we may at long last "see" the new heavens and new earth!"


The universal call to holiness

Jesus tells us, "Be ye holy, because I the Lord your God am holy." (Leviticus 19:2) 

Conversion is the start of that long journey to holiness. 

Our beloved Pope and his Bishops loving remind us that everyone of God's children are called to be HOLY. 

Once true conversion of our minds and hearts takes place then we begin to journey toward God, Who is Holy.  On our journey toward holiness,
JESUS IS OUR ROLE MODEL.

Because He is LOVE,
THE HEART OF HOLINESS IS LOVE!
 

By giving of ourselves to others, we are imitating Jesus.  Jesus attended to the needs of the sick, lame, poor and needy.  We as Christians are also asked to follow in Jesus' footsteps by helping others.

When we help others and do it with unconditional love, we are imitating Jesus!    This love may be to the point of giving our lives for others. 

 

Our Lady of Guadalupe reminds us that her son Jesus is "...the Way, the Truth and the Life." (John 14:6)

As she leads us to her son, she tells us,  Jesus is the one and only "path"
 which leads to holiness!

So that we may really begin to "know" Him, we must read His words in Sacred Scripture.
Then after prayerful reflection, seriously think about what He is telling us.  By doing this we nourish our hearts and our souls

Our Holy Father gently reminds our priests that this same practice must be a basic feature in the preparation of their homilies.  It is important not only to accurately interpret and present the readings, but it is most helpful to do so in words that the parishioners are able to understand.  In Matthew Chapter 24, verse 35, Jesus tells us, "Heaven and earth shall pass, but My words shall not pass."

 

Penance and reconciliation

True conversion of our hearts and minds means "...leaving behind our "worldly" way of thinking and acting" and replacing it with a more Christ-like way of thinking and acting. 

In this way our entire person is changed for the better.

The "old" self must die and be reborn.
 When we are formed "anew" we become like Christ.

To know and love God is to know and love all people.

For this to happen, we must first become reconciled with God.  

We are able to do this through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  

FIRST, we must always remember to approach this sacrament with the proper state of mind which is with sorrow.  We must first realize that we are weak, imperfect beings and we need the grace of this sacrament to help us overcome our human weaknesses and sins.  

SECOND, we must also approach this sacrament with a firm resolve to change and to do better.  This means with humility of mind and heart.  In this way, we will approach it with the intention of trying to improve our spiritual life.  

Here we are able to ask God to forgive our serious imperfections and He gives us the grace to grow in holiness. 

If we seek God's forgiveness, we too must forgive our brothers and sisters.  Remember, we must be imitators of Christ.  

He forgave sinners and the soldiers who crucified Him.  His words were, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34) 

 

FORGIVENESS IS LOVE!

Our Holy Father believes there is a crisis going on with the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Namely, he is concerned with the fact that today few people are taking advantage of the benefits of God's merciful love and grace in this sacrament.

In order to help remedy this crisis, he encourages the priest to give sufficient time to the hearing of personal confessions AND strongly encourages our priests to continually invite the faithful to participate in this loving sacrament.  

He gently reminds the priests that they, themselves, need to remember to take advantage of this special gift of grace and love. 

The Catholic Church is "...called to be...the living sign of unity" with our brothers and sisters throughout the world because it is the Catholic Church which welcomes "...all nations, and tribes, and peoples, and tongues..."  (Revelation 7:9)  It is a fact that the Continent of America represents many different ethnic, cultural and economic ways of life.  It is the duty of THE CHURCH IN AMERICA to unite the people of the different churches.  It is extremely important that THE CHURCH IN AMERICA be first, "a living sign of reconciled brotherly love.  Second, an ongoing appeal to solidarity and third, always "...a witness ever present in our various political, economic and social systems."

THIS IS WHAT WILL UNITE THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD!

 

SUMMARY  ~~

CONVERSION is a continuing process of seeking perfection in the ways of God!

As Catholic Christians we are summoned  to walk the "path" of conversion to strengthen our faith and love for Jesus Christ. 

This conversion must become part of our daily lives. 

We must imitate Jesus in order to live a life of
 HOLINESS AND LOVE. 

We must be united with our Pope, Bishops and priests so that a strong solidarity among the peoples in America will be formed! 

In this way we are able to overcome the divisions that now separate many people in this great continent.  United we stand in God's light, holiness and love.  Divided we fall into sin and darkness.

By walking in the "light" we find our way and the truth!

 Let all of us choose the light and as apostles of the "NEW" evangelization may we assist those who are still in darkness so that they may come to
 "KNOW"
LOVE,
HOLINESS

AND
GOD
!