do you get the things you say on your website? The Catechism tells us that
its not a sin to fight wars and
defend ourselves, and Pope John Paul II even
blessed athletes. How do you justify
dont justify myself.
Holy orthodox and catholic and apostolic love justifies me. Sadly, most
so-called Christians hold politics and
sports and eroticism
and social acceptance more sacred and more dear in their hearts than their
love for God.
And why should this be? Well,
because these men and women have suffered emotional
conflicts in their childhood
they desire more than anything to be in
control of the
They are persons who so fear human weakness that,
in spite of calling themselves Christian, in the secret unconscious depths
of their hearts they look upon the Cross itself with repugnance.
Yet, Christ told us that
salvation can be attained only in the
Now, the Catechism of the
Catholic Church (CCC), like all the teachings of the Church, instructs
us in the necessary minimum (see CCC 2041) of what we must do to attain
the salvation promised by Christ. That is, if you do all that the
Catechism requiresdepending on whether you do it with full sincerity of
heartit will be likely that you will get to
Purgatory rather than
In contrast, if you want to be
more than one of the crowd that followed Jesus at a distancethat is,
if you want to climb Mount Carmel to attain personal
growth, heightened wisdom, enhanced interpersonal effectiveness, and divine
lovethen it will be necessary to do more than what is minimally required.
Follow the counsels on this website, for example,
to remove from yourself the psychological
baggage that prevents you from entering the
spiritual battle with darkness and from making that glorious climb into pure
Its your choice.
Either way, however, you will
have to pay a huge price.
The Price of
If you take the way of least
obligation, using your own wits and your own strength, hoping to squeak past
hell into Purgatory, you
wont be fighting the darkness, you will be adding to it. Plus, you just
might fall into hell anyway because of all the
temptations from which you now refuse to
Also, consider that, even if
you do manage to get there, Purgatory is not a Sunday picnic; you would drop
dead in horror right now if you had to see what the most abject of the poor
souls have to suffer.
At the moment of your judgment
after death, you will have to face Christ Himself who will ask you, as you
have scornfully demanded of me, How do you justify yourself?
Suddenly you will see yourself in the light of divine truth, andassuming
that you recognized and repented your sins before
you diedyou will sink down into the torment of purgation.
You will have to pay in Purgatory
for all the sins you have committed, including all the
prayers you failed to say and all the
sacrifices you failed to make for others during
the course of your life because you were too preoccupied with arguing about
politics, boasting about
sports, and otherwise
entertaining yourself with worldly pleasures.
Plus, you will have to pay even for the sin of not believing that your behaviors
were spiritually harmful when you were told that they were spiritually
harmful. Everything, even the least blade of grass, will be accounted for.
Gods justice is perfect.
But if you prefer to resist hearing
what I tell you, then go ahead and do what you want.
The Price of
the Front Lines
On the other hand, you could decide
to step into the front lines of the spiritual battle
against evil, armed only with love. Be prepared, however,
to be despised, calumniated, forgotten, ridiculed,
wronged, suspected, set aside, and unnoticedparticularly by other
Catholicsas the price for witnessing the
truth to people who dont want to hear it. The
world has grown spiritually cold because of its
seduction by sin, and,
above all else, it hates the Cross.
Every Christian has a
natural repugnance for the Cross; yet, once you
recognize this repugnance and understand how it inhibits you from living a
spiritually fruitful life, you can start
your penance now, before you get to Purgatory. The price that you will pay
during the course of the remainder of your life is almost nothing compared to
what you would have to pay if you were to put off your penance until Purgatory.
If you stop resisting the truth and change your behavior now, you can start to
produce spiritual fruit that will spread seeds of holy influence on others.
An Old Saying
Therefore, it all comes down to an old
saying: You can pay now or you can pay later. Its your choice. Just
remember that what you will have to pay later may be far, far more expensive and
horrifying than what you expected. Still, right now you are free to do what you
1. For example, an early death of a parent or
sibling, an alcoholic parent, an emotionally
or physically missing father, a rejecting or controlling
mother, and so on.
2. Prime examples of control, are
sports and politics,
right along with sexuality, intellectual
mastery, and technical mastery.