(c) Anthony Zubac

November 15, 2018
St. Albert the Great

Dear Family of Mary!

“…Witness the love which never ends because it comes from the Heavenly Father who is eternal and who offers eternity to all of my children. The spirit of my Son will be alongside you.” (November 2, 2018)

Our Lady tells us that there is a love that will never end. It is a love that cannot be canceled or changed by anything we do. It is a love that will never change. God loves us with His immeasurable love, forever. His love is immutable. This means that even if we choose not to love God in return and to live only for ourselves, it will not change God’s love for us. God’s love never ends.God’s love offers eternal life to all His children. God waits for us to choose to desire eternal life with Him, ask for forgiveness of our sins, beg Him for mercy, and trust that His love is mercy for us. God loves us this much.

Our Lady tells us to witness this great love which never ends to all those who do not yet know of it. She sees so many of her children living with no knowledge of this love and even no knowledge of eternal life. They are in great danger. And so, accompanied by Jesus’ Spirit, we are called to witness to it with our lives.

Our Mother has mentioned eternity many times in her messages. She brings it up because she knows how easy it is for us to lose track of it. Our temporal life can seem so demanding, so involved, that we forget to look up and look forward. We are heading toward eternity at a frightening rate ourselves. Why do we not live with eternity as our future?

In fact, to live without a deep belief in our personal eternal life creates a terrible sorrow, fear, and disconnect. Those who do not believe in life after death are prone to live only for earthly power, wealth, pleasure, or worse, to live for evil. They have lost their way, because our souls are really on a journey to eternity, whether we believe it or not. Life without an eternal perspective is a life of loneliness, despair, and darkness. We do not want anyone to live in such a terrible state.

God’s love desires that they realize the truth, that they will live forever, and that His love awaits them for eternity.

In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this reality is affirmed and presented:

Part One – The Profession of Faith, Section Two, Chapter Three, Article 12 “I believe in life everlasting” Paragraph 1020:

1020 The Christian who unites his own death to that of Jesus views it as a step towards him and an entrance into everlasting life. When the Church for the last time speaks Christ’s words of pardon and absolution over the dying Christian, seals him for the last time with a strengthening anointing, and gives him Christ in viaticum as nourishment for the journey, she speaks with gentle assurance:

Go forth, Christian soul, from this world
in the name of God the almighty Father,
who created you,
in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God,
who suffered for you,
in the name of the Holy Spirit,
who was poured out upon you.

Go forth, faithful Christian!
May you live in peace this day,
may your home be with God in Zion,
with Mary, the virgin Mother of God,
with Joseph, and all the angels and saints.

May you return to [your Creator]
who formed you from the dust of the earth.
May holy Mary, the angels, and all the saints
come to meet you as you go forth from this life. .
May you see your Redeemer face to face. (OCF, Prayer of Commendation)

During this month of November, the Church urges us to think on our eternal future, not to frighten us but to point us in the right direction and give us tools to find the way home. She wants us to live with eternity in our field of vision, daily. And we need to share that beautiful future with our brothers and sisters, as a gift of hope and encouragement. God’s love will never end and it will never change for us, it will always be “yes”!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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