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by Cathy

November 4, 2022 Reflection – Without God you do not have a future!

Without God you do not have a future!

November 4, 2022

Dear Family of Mary!

Dear children! The Most High permits me to be with you, and to be joy for you and the way in hope, because mankind has decided for death. That is why He sent me to keep instructing you that without God you do not have a future. Little children, be instruments of love for all those who have not come to know the God of love. Witness joyfully your faith and do not lose hope in a change of the human heart. I am with you and am blessing you with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call. (October 25, 2022)

“That is why He sent me to keep instructing you that without God you do not have a future.”

Our Lady has been given the job of instructing us! And she has done such a wonderful job! She often tells us that we have a future, and by that she means an eternal future. When she says that, it is with authority, because she comes back from that future to instruct us about it!! Her instructions are meant to prepare us for that future, and to keep us on that road to Heaven.

Heaven! It is our future. But without God there will be no Heaven. This all makes sense only if we have faith, if God is real to us, and we believe in His revelation, through Jesus Christ. Somehow we have a longing for heaven, built into us deep down inside. But we run from that longing, and try to cover it over with worldly things, so we don’t have to think about it.

Our Lady has come from Heaven to make it absolutely clear that Heaven exists and God is calling us there.

We just have to convert and live for God.

Here is a section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church which teaches us the plain facts about Heaven. Maybe these words will help us to grasp the reality of Heaven and our destiny there. Our Lady wants us to realize that “without God you do not have a future” (i.e. Heaven).

PART ONE: THE PROFESSION OF FAITH
SECTION TWO I. THE CREEDS
CHAPTER THREE I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
Article 12 “I BELIEVE IN LIFE EVERLASTING”
II. Heaven

1023 Those who die in God’s grace and friendship and are perfectly purified live for ever with Christ. They are like God for ever, for they “see him as he is,” face to face: 596

By virtue of our apostolic authority, we define the following: According to the general disposition of God, the souls of all the saints . . . and other faithful who died after receiving Christ’s holy Baptism (provided they were not in need of purification when they died, . . . or, if they then did need or will need some purification, when they have been purified after death, . . .) already before they take up their bodies again and before the general judgment – and this since the Ascension of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into heaven – have been, are and will be in heaven, in the heavenly Kingdom and celestial paradise with Christ, joined to the company of the holy angels. Since the Passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ, these souls have seen and do see the divine essence with an intuitive vision, and even face to face, without the mediation of any creature. 597

1024 This perfect life with the Most Holy Trinity – this communion of life and love with the Trinity, with the Virgin Mary, the angels and all the blessed – is called “heaven.” Heaven is the ultimate end and fulfillment of the deepest human longings, the state of supreme, definitive happiness.

1025 To live in heaven is “to be with Christ.” the elect live “in Christ,” 598 but they retain, or rather find, their true identity, their own name. 599

For life is to be with Christ; where Christ is, there is life, there is the kingdom. 600

1026 By his death and Resurrection, Jesus Christ has “opened” heaven to us. the life of the blessed consists in the full and perfect possession of the fruits of the redemption accomplished by Christ. He makes partners in his heavenly glorification those who have believed in him and remained faithful to his will. Heaven is the blessed community of all who are perfectly incorporated into Christ.

1027 This mystery of blessed communion with God and all who are in Christ is beyond all understanding and description. Scripture speaks of it in images: life, light, peace, wedding feast, wine of the kingdom, the Father’s house, the heavenly Jerusalem, paradise: “no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him.” 601

1028 Because of his transcendence, God cannot be seen as he is, unless he himself opens up his mystery to man’s immediate contemplation and gives him the capacity for it. The Church calls this contemplation of God in his heavenly glory “the beatific vision”: How great will your glory and happiness be, to be allowed to see God, to be honored with sharing the joy of salvation and eternal light with Christ your Lord and God, . . . to delight in the joy of immortality in the Kingdom of heaven with the righteous and God’s friends. 602

1029 In the glory of heaven the blessed continue joyfully to fulfill God’s will in relation to other men and to all creation. Already they reign with Christ; with him “they shall reign for ever and ever.” 603

596 1 Jn 3:2; cf. 1 Cor 13:12; Rev 22:4.
597 Benedict XII, Benedictus Deus (1336): DS 1000; cf. LG 49.
598 Phil 1:23; cf. Jn 14:3; 1 Thess 4:17.
599 Cf. Rev 2:17.
600 St. Ambrose, In Luc., 10, 121: PL 15, 1834A.
601 1 Cor 2:9.
602 St. Cyprian, Ep. 58, 10, 1: CSEL 3/2, 665.
603 Rev 22:5; cf. Mt 25:21, 23.

This is our future!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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