Thursday, August 3, 2017

The national anthem of Hell is “I Did It My Way”

The school of Christ is the school of charity. On the last day, when the general examination takes place, there will be no question at all on the text of Aristotle, the aphorisms of Hippocrates, or the paragraphs of Justinian. Charity will be the whole syllabus. - Saint Robert Bellarmine: (1542 – 1621: was an Italian Jesuit and a Cardinal of the Catholic Church)

Gospel Text: (MT 13:47-53)
Jesus said to the disciples:
"The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea,
which collects fish of every kind.
When it is full they haul it ashore
and sit down to put what is good into buckets.
What is bad they throw away.
Thus it will be at the end of the age.
The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous
and throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth."

"Do you understand all these things?"
They answered, "Yes."
And he replied,
"Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven
is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom
both the new and the old."
When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there.

Most of us were baptized as infants: in a way we have been "caught" for Christ. The lifelong challenge is to live our vocation and life as true Christians, loyal followers of Christ and his Gospel message. As good “fish” we are rewarded with eternal life with God; as bad “fish” we are punished with an eternity without God.

As we go through life, we continue to make choices: we hope we choose responsibly and correctly to be rewarded with eternal life with God.

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