Wednesday, October 24, 2007
There are four cardinal virtues.
For justice, we are to appose unjust societal systems, and work for their destruction.
For justice, also, we do so, via Godly actions, and not by evil methods.
The virtue, that God gives us, to make wise, prudent, discerning decisions, is Prudence.
Without faith, we are very unlikely to gain salvation, without Hope, how can we ever act on faith? Surely, these are vital, but as the Apostle notes of much- when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away. Hope is only needed until it is realized. We hope for salvation, because we are not pure yet. We hope for purgatory, for sinlessness, because we are not yet sinless. When we are perfected, we will have all that we need. We will no longer need hope. When We know God, as He is, we will no longer have to believe in the unseen, because we will see it face to face. Of the three remainders, one remains.
Of Faith, we know- it is great, and vital, yet
is not as great as love. No act we can do is worth anything without Love. God is Love. Love is wonderfully described in I Corinthians 13, by God's apostle.
"2 And though I have the power of prophecy, to penetrate all mysteries and knowledge, and though I have all the faith necessary to move mountains-if I am without love, I am nothing."
"10 but once perfection comes, all imperfect things will be done away with. "
"12 Now we see only reflections in a mirror, mere riddles, but then we shall be seeing face to face. Now I can know only imperfectly; but then I shall know just as fully as I am myself known."
"13 As it is, these remain: faith, hope and love, the three of them; and the greatest of them is love."
I Corinthians 13 New Jerusalem bible
http://www.catholic.org/bible/book.php?id=46&bible_chapter=13 24 October 2007
Necessity of Baptism
God of love, God of Purgatory
God of Love
Hope is welcoming from the distance, that that is not yet.
Hope is the emotion we attach to things we want to happen.
Hope is one of the three things remaining at the end (I Corinthians 13).
It is not as great as love.
Faith is also worthless without love. "2 And though I have the power of prophecy, to penetrate all mysteries and knowledge, and though I have all the faith necessary to move mountains-if I am without love, I am nothing." I Corinthians 13 New Jerusalem bible http://www.catholic.org/bible/book.php?id=46 24 October 2007
And so, faith, and hope play a part, but neither should be overestimated. Faith is believing in the unseen on God's authority. Hope is hoping for the realization of the promises of God. When the unseen, unheard, waited for become real, then... Is there any need left for Faith or hope? Hope, therefore is vital to salvation. The purpose of hope is to save us, in trusting the words of faith, in love, and hope.
The antonym (direct opposite) of pisteuo (believe) is apeitheo (to disobey).
Faith therefore hints at more than belief. It is to hear, and to obey the voice of God. For, "my sheep recognize my voice" and we are his sheep. To believe the speaker, is to obey his message. Belief, is to consent something as real, because of who said something to you. We believe God, because of his nature, because of who we are, and because of his power. We, like Abraham are credited as righteous, because we act on this belief and obey the Holy Catholic Church, where demanded, and in believing, we accept, and perform our baptism, an illogical act of belief. For this trust, this act of belief, God gives us saving grace.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
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"Jesus Instituted Reconciliation in John 20 v 23
This sacrament takes the blemish/stain of mortal sin from our souls, reuniting us with God.
People avoid it, because it is awkward to tell a priest how you’ve messed up, when they have given up everything for God. The very fact that it is awkward makes this sacrament effective in conquering sin." Marc Aupiais