God Wants Us To Be Saved!
by Father Charles M. Mangan
It may seem unnecessary to state that God our Creator wants us to be saved. Most of us have heard this truth since we were very young.
But it is vital that we restate this important assertion. Why? Because over the last five centuries, there have been varying views as to God's desire for the salvation of His people. And these different perspectives are still around today.
The famous word "predestination" comes into play here.
For the Catholic Church, "predestination" means that God has given each human person a destiny: to share Everlasting Life with Him forever in Heaven. The Almighty wills that each person be saved. Yet, He does not force salvation on anyone who is unreceptive to it.
The Protestant Reformer John Calvin (1509-1564) developed the contrasting notion that the Lord, before time began, in His Divine Foreknowledge selected some persons to go to Heaven and others to go to Hell. The concept of "double predestination" argues that one chosen to go to Hell is entirely incapable of altering the fate that God has assigned to him because of a "positive determination" to sin under which he is burdened and which he cannot suppress.
The Catholic Church counters this position of Calvin by declaring that authentic predestination is part of Divine Providence. The stance championed by Calvin is heretical because it denies God's desire that we be saved and the Redemption carried out by Jesus on Calvary. Further, Calvin's erroneous understanding of predestination contradicts the justice and holiness of God and neglects the freedom of the human person to decide where he will spend eternity.
Catholic teaching considers Saint Paul's Letter to the Romans (8:29-30) to be foundational for her doctrine of predestination. "For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that He might be the first-born among many brethren. And those whom He predestined He also called and those whom He called He also justified; and those whom He justified He also glorified."
God does know where I will spend eternity, but He does not compel me to choose Heaven over Hell or vice versa. The Lord cooperates in the merits that lead to Paradise but only permits the sin that leads to Hell.
The Council of Trent (1545-1563) taught that solely by a special revelation may one know with certainty his final destination. Nevertheless, spiritual writers have suggested eight signs in the lives of the just that point to God's special assistance. From this evidence, it may be concluded that the person endowed with one of these qualities is making progress on the road to the unceasing Kingdom of God.
1.) An upright life marked by the frequent reception of the Sacraments and the presence of the three Theological Virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity and the four Cardinal Virtues of Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance.
2.) A keen conscience that avoids sin and the "near occasion" (that is, persons, places, things and events) that leads to sin.
3.) A patience in suffering born from the Love of God.
4.) A relish for God's Holy Word as found in Sacred Scripture and the Apostolic Tradition.
5.) A mercy towards those who are distressed in body, mind or spirit.
6.) A genuine love of enemies that eschews revenge but instead forgives.
7.) A humility that is modeled on the meek Sacred Heart of Jesus.
8.) A filial devotion to Our Blessed Lady manifested particularly in the recitation of the Most Holy Rosary.
The presence of these eight characteristics guarantee that one has opened his soul to God and yielded to the saving action of the Holy Spirit. But no one who possesses even one of these qualities can congratulate himself. Rather, he must thank the Almighty for the influence of His saving grace.
Pastors, parents and catechists do well by teaching these "eight signs." Imagine the positive spiritual results if we strove to make these characteristics a part of our lives and encouraged those around us to do likewise!
Yes, God our Creator wants us to be saved. We rejoice in this truth and do all in our power to cooperate with Jesus Christ so that His plan for our eternal happiness will be realized.
Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life
http://www.catholic.org , VA
Monsignor Charles M. Mangan - Official, 390 66616-1125
More Catholic PRWire
Showing 1 - 50 of 4,718
A Recession Antidote
Monaco & The Vatican: Monaco's Grace Kelly Exhibit to Rome--A Review of Monegasque-Holy See Diplomatic History
Dna. Maria St. Catherine Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
A Royal Betrayal: Catholic Monaco Liberalizes Abortion
Dna. Maria St.Catherine De Grace Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
Embrace every moment as sacred time
Mary Regina Morrell
Letting go is simple wisdom with divine potential
Mary Regina Morrell
Father Lombardi's Address on Catholic Media
Pope's Words to Pontifical Latin American College
Prelate: Genetics Needs a Conscience
State Aid for Catholic Schools: Help or Hindrance?
Scorsese Planning Movie on Japanese Martyrs
2 Nuns Kidnapped in Kenya Set Free
Holy See-Israel Negotiation Moves Forward
Franchising to Evangelize
Catholics Decry Anti-Christianity in Israel
Pope and Gordon Brown Meet About Development Aid
Pontiff Backs Latin America's Continental Mission
Cardinal Warns Against Anti-Catholic Education
Three words to a deeper faith
Relections for Lent 2009
Wisdom lies beyond the surface of life
Mary Regina Morrell
World Food Program Director on Lent
Pope's Lenten Message for 2009
Keeping a Lid on Permissiveness
Glimpse of Me
The 3 stages of life
Sex and the Married Woman
A Catholic Woman Returns to the Church
Modernity & Morality
Just a Minute
Catholic identity ... triumphant reemergence!
Edging God Out
Burying a St. Joseph Statue
George Bush Speaks on Papal Visit
Sometimes moving forward means moving the canoe
Mary Regina Morrell
Easter... A Way of Life
Papal initiative...peace and harmony!
Proclaim the mysteries of the Resurrection!
Jerusalem Patriarch's Easter Message
Good Friday Sermon of Father Cantalamessa
Papal Address at the End of the Way of the Cross
Cardinal Zen's Meditations for Via Crucis
Interview With Vatican Aide on Jewish-Catholic Relations
Pope Benedict XVI On the Easter Triduum
by Catholic Online
- Daily Readings for Monday, April 24, 2017
- St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen: Saint of the Day for Monday, April 24, 2017
- Michigan doctors charged in America's first genital mutilation case - ...
- Day 2 - Novena for Workers, the Unemployed and Underemployed HD Video
- All The Earth Will Sing Your Praises
- Day 3 - Novena for Workers, the Unemployed and Underemployed HD Video
- Ron Howard and Henry Winkler mourn the loss of 'Happy Days' costar ...
- Day 1 - Novena for Workers, the Unemployed and Underemployed HD
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Monday, April 24th, 2017 HD
- Intro to the Novena for Workers, the Unemployed and Underemployed HD
Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.