What Is Wanting?

Posted by on Dec 15, 2018 in Catholic Action, Pope Michael, Sanctification | 0 comments

Dear friends,
Recently We sent three things written by Father Fancis Dominic for your consideration. The first was on the wall of fire, which surrounds God’s Church, which Saint Alphonsus believes we must all go through. The second is an invitation to become truly like Jesus Christ, that is self-less. When we walk through the wall of fire, self gets burnt away. The third, which We added is on pride and the man, who came to Jesus to ask: “What is yet wanting to me?” (Matthew 19:16-25)
Father Francis Dominic wrote: “The fire of God does not fall on many today, because they have not placed everything on the altar. They are willing to give up everything for the Lord, except their jobs and their comforts. If anything on this earth is still valuable and precious to you, then you are not a disciple of Jesus.” Saint Paul says of the people of our time, and this includes many of us: “Men shall be lovers of themselves … lovers of pleasures more than of God.” (2 Timothy 3:2,4) Do we love our jobs or our comforts more than God? Jesus said: “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not carry his cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26-27) If you were given a choice between doing God’s will and losing your family, or compromising in order to keep your family, what would you do? If you will or have compromised, then you are on the wrong side of the wall of fire. God demands for us to be all in.
Let us consider a couple of people and their stories. The first realized that he had been deceived (Matthew 24:24) by a Traditionalist group and that he must depart from them. Because he had taken a prominent position in the group, he also felt the duty to go public with the will of God. At one point, a very public opportunity was offered. He told his family, that if they believed they needed to distance themselves for their own safety, he would understand, but he said that he must take this opportunity.
Another person found themselves in a similar situation. When they spoke the truth, they found out that truth has a very ugly daughter, hatred. All of these people lived in or near a small town, which made things worse. For several years, he would be walking downtown doing errands and see someone he had known. He would then watch them cross the street in order to avoid him.
And yet another person realized God’s will would require him to take a very unpopular position with the world and many who call themselves Catholic, but do lie. (Apocalypse 3:9) He knew that he would lose family and friends, and indeed he did. In fact, part of his family refuses to have anything to do with him to this very day.
None of these were offered martyrdom, but consider what the martyrs suffered in the defense of truth and virtue. Are we ready to imitate them, if offered the same opportunity? If not, then we also say we are Catholics, but do lie. We may have all of the external marks, baptism, profession of the Faith, union with the Pope, but without the internal desire to do God’s will no matter what it costs our Catholicism is a mere facade.
Above we considered the man, who had great riches and came to Jesus asking: “What is yet wanting to me?” Let us go to the end of the story: “Jesus saith to him: If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come follow me. And when the young man had heard this word, he went away sad: for he had great possessions.” (Matthew 19:21-22)
Let us all ask our own selves, what is yet wanting to me? What am I holding back from Jesus, that He is asking me for, either Himself directly or through His holy Church.
+Michael pp

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