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Saint Augustine of Hippo is considered on of the greatest Christian thinkers of all time and the Doctor of the Church.
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The way how I see the church is, you have the saints and then you have those who were once baptized but haven't been to church since. Then there are those who are somewhere in between. I suspect most of us are in the middle somewhere. I would hope most of us are leaning towards sainthood but I feel to many of us are more towards the later. How do you feel about it?



Aug 23rd new
Hi Eric,
We live in a very difficult world to achieve holiness. Society and our culture push independence, money, career, house, etc. ............not to mention the addictions of pornography, alcohol, drugs, gambling. We are pushed to not focus on God. St. Faustina, who actually died in the 1930's and has been called the greatest saint of the 20 th century, was shown the path to heaven and to hell.

One path was wide, beautifully lit, paved, etc with no signs of any danger and dropped off precipitously into hell. The second path was narrow, dirt, overgrown with weeds and went to heaven.

Unfortunately, many people do not choose to do the work and make the sacrifices that a path to God and heaven requires. They choose the rewards of this life. We must all strive for holiness. Our "how to" book is the bible and needs to be read daily for it contains exactly how to live as spelled out throughout the New Testament.

I agree with you - our culture is not choosing God. It is very sad. If you have not read the Harbinger - I recommend it. We as a country are in trouble.

God bless,
Bernie
Aug 23rd new
(quote) Bernadette-792394 said: Hi Eric,
We live in a very difficult world to achieve holiness. Society and our culture push independence, money, career, house, etc. ............not to mention the addictions of pornography, alcohol, drugs, gambling. We are pushed to not focus on God. St. Faustina, who actually died in the 1930's and has been called the greatest saint of the 20 th century, was shown the path to heaven and to hell.

One path was wide, beautifully lit, paved, etc with no signs of any danger and dropped off precipitously into hell. The second path was narrow, dirt, overgrown with weeds and went to heaven.

Unfortunately, many people do not choose to do the work and make the sacrifices that a path to God and heaven requires. They choose the rewards of this life. We must all strive for holiness. Our "how to" book is the bible and needs to be read daily for it contains exactly how to live as spelled out throughout the New Testament.

I agree with you - our culture is not choosing God. It is very sad. If you have not read the Harbinger - I recommend it. We as a country are in trouble.

God bless,
Bernie
Sister Faustina's Diary can be purchased rather cheaply online. It is well worth reading but slow going. It's not like other books. You have to take your time with it. I highly recommend it!
Aug 23rd new
(quote) Bernadette-792394 said: Hi Eric,
We live in a very difficult world to achieve holiness. Society and our culture push independence, money, career, house, etc. ............not to mention the addictions of pornography, alcohol, drugs, gambling. We are pushed to not focus on God. St. Faustina, who actually died in the 1930's and has been called the greatest saint of the 20 th century, was shown the path to heaven and to hell.

One path was wide, beautifully lit, paved, etc with no signs of any danger and dropped off precipitously into hell. The second path was narrow, dirt, overgrown with weeds and went to heaven.

Unfortunately, many people do not choose to do the work and make the sacrifices that a path to God and heaven requires. They choose the rewards of this life. We must all strive for holiness. Our "how to" book is the bible and needs to be read daily for it contains exactly how to live as spelled out throughout the New Testament.

I agree with you - our culture is not choosing God. It is very sad. If you have not read the Harbinger - I recommend it. We as a country are in trouble.

God bless,
Bernie
Excellent post, Bernadette!

I came across an image some time ago that depicts what you describe about the roads to heaven and hell quite well:

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Aug 25th new
An allegory/ Hinds Feet on High Places. Can't remember who wrote it. An interesting read with an interesting ending The road to Heaven is the difficult way.
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