Catholic Candle note: The article below was written by a man who has always been Traditional Catholic and who has been continually fighting liberalism since before Vatican II.
created the best possible universe, which reflects His mercy and Divine virtues. And you as a Traditional Catholic can share His mercy and benevolence for a happy life free of stress and worry.
How is this possible with so many uncertainties, evils, and earthly disasters? Well, you must understand God’s plan for you and your family, and how you must live to take advantage of it. You must humbly live so that the Traditional Catholic Faith is your whole life. Every day, everything should start and end with the Traditional Catholic Faith’s laws and precepts.
However, God, out of love, sometimes sends a “cross” as a reminder that to reach your goal of heaven, you must make a change.
Let’s consider God’s plan for you and your family. In the simplest of terms, you were created to be happy with Him in heaven. And whatever happens to you on earth (except your sins) happens in order to fulfill that goal. So, if you are fired from your job, your car breaks down, or your “perfect” fiancée returns the ring
Later, you find out her marriage (to someone else) was a disaster and “ended” in divorce.
, you must understand and thank God for each cross which is necessary so that you change course to a safe route to heaven. Think of it as a loving parent who, out of love, disciplines a child with a much-needed spanking. That is a parent who always wants the best for the child, but knows enough not to over-indulge him.
God created us out of His goodness. He doesn’t benefit from us in any way.
Our Lord teaches us: “When you shall have done all these things that are commanded you, say: We are unprofitable servants; we have done that which we ought to do.” St. Luke’s Gospel, 17:10.
Thus, any cross He sends us is out of His goodness in order to facilitate our goal to be happy with Him in heaven. We surely need those crosses for correction. Isn’t it comforting to know that God knows what crosses we need to reach our heavenly goal?
So, thank Him for them and carry them with love and without worry or stress. Don’t think for a minute that He may forget about us or let something bad happen to us for no helpful reason.
As St. Paul assures us: “All things work together unto the good for those who love God.” Romans, 8:28.
If He forgot about you, you would cease to exist.
Our Lord taught: “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? Yea, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: you are of more value than many sparrows.” St. Luke’s Gospel, 12:6-7.
His love sends the “helpful” crosses we need to keep us on the straight and narrow road to and through the pearly gates. His forgiving mercy is always available, so if we fall, we shouldn’t get discouraged and give up. Start over.
God allows evil but does not will it. So if an evil would befall you, He would provide grace and necessary strength to see you through it to an (eventual) happy ending. Much like Noah and the Ark in the Great Flood, the good Lord will provide.
Have faith. He will never abandon you if you are living a Traditional Catholic Life. Worry and stress will begin again if you lose confidence in God and start to doubt Divine Providence, or question that God sends only “good” crosses to help you to heaven.
If you had your heart set on something and it is lost or doesn’t happen, you can be certain it was in God’s plan that it not take place. So, during hard times, it is oh-so-comforting to know that God’s plan and His will are always in your best interest.
Thank God that by His grace you are a Traditional Catholic. Live a stress-and worry-free life on earth, and focus on trying to attain the final reward in heaven with a loving and generous God.
People notice persons who live this way and this sets a good example for others which they will want to emulate.
Catholics-in-name-only (e.g., lax conciliar Catholics) aren’t capable of understanding and believing what is necessary to live a worry-and-stress-free life.
Thank God every day for our Traditional Catholic Faith!