Living in the Two Hearts

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Fulton Sheen… Part II

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on January 14, 2009

Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, "God Love You All!"

Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, “God Love You All!”


Part II : We continue…

The Lesson

“Unless there is a cross, in our lives, there will never be a resurrection. The Christian Law of Life IS ‘We have to die in order to live’ (cf Mt 10:38-39).  Now I do not mean and He did not mean physically dying, He meant mortification, self-denial.  The application of the Cross in our lives.  So that, unless we die to ourselves we cannot live with Him. We do not like the Cross in our lives.  As a matter of fact, we would like to escape it…that’s the essence of the demonic, the escape from the mortification, the Cross and the penance…”

Jesus knew, that unless He took up His Cross, there would be no salvation for mankind, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” ~Jn 12:24

This was the answer given to the Greeks just two weeks before His crucifixion

 

“This is the Lesson of Jonah, the Lesson of Our Blessed Lord, and this is the essence of Christianity! Remember, Christianity is not easy!”

Perhaps that is why there is such a high interest in the Oriental religions? You have a religion without cost, a religion that requires no penance or mortification. All you have to do is “Just BE” – I think Yoga likes to embrace this principle, doesn’t it?

 

“Christianity COSTS SOMETHING.  Grace is NOT CHEAP.”

As my priest said yesterday in his homily for the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus – “Do you want to see the price tag?  Just look at the Crucifix.”

 

“We just cannot walk through life into the Kingdom of Heaven.  We have to work out our Salvation; and there will be crosses in our lives that we make through self-denial and mortification, and then there will be other crosses that are imposed on us… Sickness, particularly of children…Now what do we do with crosses?  We have to unite it with Our Lord on the Cross in order to use it to ‘purchase’ our eternal salvation.”

I think this is where most Protestants would throw up their hands and say, “What a minute, now!  What do you mean ‘purchase’ our eternal salvation?  Christ died once and for all!”

Yes, He did.  But no where did He say, “Once saved, always saved.”  In fact, no where in scripture is this even implied.  And if anyone can find it, please send it on to me.

Our Salvation is constant and continuous until the day we cease our life on this good earth.  We must always  strive for in our everyday lives.

As Blessed Mother Teresa has said, “Life is not about the extraordinary, but rather, the doing of the ordinary in an extraordinary way.”

The only thing, ladies and gentlemen, that we are GUARANTEED, is our eternal life.  And that eternal life can be either spent in the company of God, worshiping Him at His throne.  Or eternally separated from God because we have chosen to separate ourselves from Him.

 

This is why our salvation is achieved by our working for it day by day.  We can choose to separate ourselves from God forever the same as we can choose to be with Him for all eternity.  Jesus’ death won us the ability to choose the latter.

“Therefore gird up your minds, be sober, set your hope fully upon the grace that is coming to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.'” ~1 Peter 1:13-16

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