As we left off with the Blessed Trinity, I prayed and asked the Holy Spirit what He would like me to share with you today. First of all, I may front load this blog until I get all of the things that I believe the Lord wanted me to get out right away. After a while, I may go to posting only two to three times a week. Also, as we build this blog to be better and more user friendly, we will change up the menus and widgets and other things that will eventually help this blog look more appealing.
What the Holy Spirit put in my heart today was that we need to treat this blog like a ministry that St. Paul used when he was gathering disciples for Jesus. We need to follow in his footsteps in that St. Paul was transformed by Jesus from a sinner to an apostle, and he spread the gospel to others for his work in the salvation of souls. Now, if you are not familiar with St. Paul, get your Bible and start with Acts, chapter 9 verses 1 – 30. It starts with St. Paul’s own conversion and how he was set on fire with the Holy Spirit. Chapter 9, verse 15,”But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before Gentiles, Kings, and Israelites, and I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name.” Our Lord said that St. Paul was a chosen instrument to carry His name. Then in verse 18, “Immediately things like scales fell from his eyes and he regained his sight. He got up and was baptized.” Now, if you are not sure what this means, it means that Paul could begin to see what Our Lord wanted him to see as a baptized son of God. Right away, Paul went and got baptized by both water and Spirit. Jesus told us we have to be baptized by both water and Spirit to enter the kingdom of Heaven (John 3: 5).
In our Catholic Church we are baptized as infants by water and later by the Sacrament of Confirmation initiating our unity with the Holy Spirit. But, if you want the scales to be removed from your eyes like St. Paul, you have to actively seek God. If you want to understand scripture and receive spiritual gifts and be able to understand what I am going to share with you in this blog, you have to desire to know God in a personal way and believe and serve God. That is why I stress a personal relationship with Jesus. Because, as I start to write what Our Lord has shown me, it is not going to make a bit of sense to you unless you ask and respond to the Holy Spirit to help you love and know Jesus with all of your heart, mind, and soul and that He reveals to you the truth. This is because our spiritual eyes and ears are opened to Jesus’ love, graces, and gifts when we ask for His heart to replace ours in our transformation into His image. Sometimes this is a grace that comes in an instant like it did with St. Paul, and sometimes it comes with time and a lot of effort on our part. But, Our Lord never disappoints when you continue to seek Him and pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5: 17).
All of our transformations take a life time because we are continually learning and growing from Jesus daily. But, sometimes we can stay stagnate like I did for thirty years before I surrendered to Our Lord. There is no way I would have ever imagined that there was so much to know and learn until I realized the importance of truly loving God with all of your heart. Our Catholic Church teaches this, but the Holy Spirit doesn’t start to reveal these things until you activate the gifts of faith, hope and love you receive in Baptism. There are many resources you can use besides Scripture, which is the number one Source. There are Charismatic groups that teach you Life in the Spirit, there are Spiritual retreats, there are thousands of books on lives of the Saints, there are Catholic conferences. So, unless you really start to work with the Holy Spirit and ask Him to teach you about Jesus, you may still have scales on your faith eyes. And that is okay for now until we work together and activate our faith and know that we have to allow the Holy Spirit to transform us so that we can learn to be obedient. As we grow stronger with the Holy Spirit, He teaches us how to be obedient to His will. This will also come with time and effort on our part. I am still learning this myself as we all are trying to discern God’s will for each of us. Once we start to obey and follow Our Lord’s will, then we are on the right track to become disciples for Him.
It is good for us to follow St. Paul in that Jesus chose him to speak to many people wo were not like him. That is why Jesus has put it on my heart that we Christians work together for the salvation of all souls. Jesus wants us to help him save all souls, not just Catholics, or Protestants, or Baptists. We have to put our differences aside and serve Jesus as Christians united in service to Him. I am not leaving my Catholic Church, just as I know you believe in your Christian denomination, but we must work together if we are truly in the end times as Jesus has revealed to me and others who are currently speaking out all over the world. As I put things together to show you how the Holy Spirit has shown me, where we are, you will see that I have used Catholic prophecies from Our Mother Mary, Saints, and modern day prophets, both Catholic and Non-Catholic. This is because we have to look at the big picture that our Lord has shown us, and not just what is front of our face. The whole Church has to carry out the mission for Jesus. There is a spiritual battle going on, and it is happening to all of God’s creation, not just our own little town, city or country. The next post, I am going to touch on is humility and love.