"Why did God make you?" The Baltimore Catechism says the answer is: "God made me to know him, to love him, and to serve him in this world and to be happy with him forever in the next." Jesus answered the question even more briefly: "I came so that [you] might have life and have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). So what does this mean for You? To seek and find God's Will for You - To Do God's Will - and to then enjoy the "abundant life" He promises! If it sounds too simple all I can suggest is "Try It, You'll Like It!" The "third step prayer" will help you in your Journey. God Speed!
By the Way -- God IS Jesus, and Jesus IS God. How do we know this? Well, Think about it: Socrates taught for 40 years, Plato for 50, Aristotle for 40, and Jesus for only three; yet the influence of Christ's 3-year ministry infinitely transcends the impact left by the combined 130 years of teaching from these men who are considered among the greatest philosophers of all antiquity. Jesus painted no pictures; yet some of the finest paintings of Raphael, Michalengelo, and Leonardo da Vinci received their inspiration from Him. Jesus wrote no poetry; but Dante, Milton, and scores of the world's greatest poets were inspired by Him. Jesus composed no music; still Haydn, Handel, Beethoven, Bach, and Mendelssohn reached their highest perfection of melody in the hymns, symphonies, and oratorios they composed in His praise. Every sphere of human greatness has been enriched by this humble Jew, who was God in the Flesh. Who else but God could accomplish this? Why does all of Mankind count its days from B.C. and A.D.?
It's time to quit the debating society and accept Jesus/God as your personal Saviour; remember - the only thing necessary to live in a state of eternal ignorance, and the only proof against all arguments is contempt prior to investigation!
Think of it this way: If he's not God, it won't hurt you, and if He is God, you will finally find the peace and strength that you have been looking for! Finally, why not believe? Why not obey God's Laws? You have nothing to lose by believing, trusting, and obeying; and everything to gain! This is the greatest opportunity in the world knocking - all you have to do is take the key of willingness and open the door of Faith. You'll never find a better deal anywhere!
To pick up a straw from the ground through obedience is more meritorious than to preach, to fast, to use the discipline to blood, and to make long prayers, of one's own will. - St. Alphonsus Rodriguez
Beware of becoming vexed or impatient at the faults of others; for it would be folly when you see a man falling into a ditch, to throw yourself into another to no purpose. - St. Bonaventure
You will accomplish more, and conquer more readily, by yielding and humbling yourself, than by harshness and disputation. Who does not know that more flies are caught with an ounce of honey than with a hundred barrels of vinegar? - St Francis de Sales
In this life there is no Purgatory, but either Paradise or Hell. He who bears tribulations with patience, has Paradise; he who does not, Hell. - St. Philip Neri
The greatest gift one can receive from God in this world is wisdom, power, and will to conquer himself, by denying self-will. - St. Francis of Assisi
It is not enough for obedience to do what is commanded. It must be done without debate, and must be looked upon as the best and most perfect thing possible, though it may seem and may even be the contrary. - St. Philip Neri
If you are ever conscious of impulses, thoughts, and judgements opposed to obedience, though apparently good and holy, do not admit them on any account, but reject them promptly, as you would thoughts against chastity or faith. - St. John Climacus
Humility is the mother of many virtues. From it spring obedience, holy fear, reverence, patience, modesty, mildness, and peace; for, whoever is humble easily obeys all, fears to offend any, maintains peace with all, shows himself affable to all, is submissive to all, does not offend or displease any, and does not feel the insults which may be inflicted upon him. He lives happy and contented, and in great peace. - St Thomas of Villanova
Resist your impatience...practicing, not only with reason, but even against reason, holy courtesy and sweetness to all, but especially to those who weary you the most. - St. Francis de Sales
Finding The Will of God
Ephesians 1: 5-12
2 Corinthians 8:1-7
1 Thessalonians 5:11-18
1 Peter 2:15
1 Peter 4:1-7 and 19
1 John 2:15-17
Hebrews 10: 35-39
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
St. Ligouris' Thoughts on God's Will and Our Lives
God's Will for You
The Supreme Rule of Duty; Doing God's Will
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