" "To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible." - St. Thomas Aquinas

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Book Review - The Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call



If you care about the salvation of souls (yours and those you know and love) you MUST read Dr. Ralph Martin’s book, The Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call

It is a clear and concise explanation of an essential Truth we rarely hear preached in our Churches anymore – there is a hell and it is being heavily populated.

For too long we have flipped Church teaching upside down suggesting that it is pretty smooth sailing to the pearly gates.  Many of our contemporary teachers erroneously tell us that we ‘have a reasonable hope that all will be saved”. That is not what our Lord told us.

Unless we return to His Truth – “that the road is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Mt 7:14), we will deprive ourselves and those we love of the precious and undeserved Gift our Lord suffered and died to offer us – eternal salvation. 

We are in the midst of a Jubilee Year of Mercy. We should seek God’s mercy and extend mercy to all with whom we interact.  One way of doing this work is to share Dr. Martin’s book as widely as possible. The time for Mercy will come to an end. At some point chosen by our Lord, we will all stand before His Throne of Justice.  It will be too late then to realize the Evil one has eternally mislead us.

Please make reading and sharing The Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call a priority this Lent!  You can engage in no better or more urgent work of mercy.

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - February 11, 2016


(Photo©Michael Seagriff)

Pondering Tidbits of Truth is my simple and inadequate way of providing nuggets of spiritual wisdom for you to chew on from time to time.


 

St. Augustine

For while you give yourself up to evil, you come to consider yourself good, because you do not take the trouble to look at yourself. You reproach others and you do not take stock of yourself. You accuse others and you do not examine yourself. You place them before your very eyes and you place yourself behind your back. So when the time comes for me to reckon with you, I shall do the opposite; I will turn you around and confront you with yourself. Then you will see yourself and you will weep.

(From Sermon 17)

St. John Paul II

"...we must pray too because we are fragile and culpable. We need to admit humbly and truly that we are poor creatures, with confused ideas...We are fragile and weak, and in constant need of interior strength and consolation. Prayer gives us strength for great ideals, for keeping up our faith, charity, purity, generosity; prayer gives us strength to rise up from indifference and guilt, if we have had the misfortune to give in to temptation and weakness. Prayer gives light by which to see and to judge from God's perspective and from eternity. That is why you must not give up praying! Don't let a day go by without praying a little! Prayer is a duty, but it is also a joy because it is a dialogue with God through Jesus Christ."

(From Audience with Young People on March 14, 1979) 

St. Josemaria Escriva

"God humbled Himself to allow us to get near Him, so that we could give our love in exchange for His, so that our freedom might bow, not at the sight of His power merely, but before the wonder of His humility."  

(From Christ Is Passing By)