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Monday, May 25, 2015

By the Fruit It Produces you Will Know




     “My name is Aidan, and I come from the north of Ireland, but I live in England. I came to Medjugorje for my first trip back in February 1991 – totally unplanned. I had a free ticket with a parish in England, and I came here not knowing anything about Medjugorje. I took some advice and I was told to expect good weather and expect to be spiritually renewed. So I came with my summer clothes, with a cardigan, and I didn’t get the weather I was expecting at all! It was winter weather and very wet.

  “But what happened there, to make a long story short... there was a person there that I thought I knew – an acquaintance that I hadn’t seen in nine years. She was the sister-in-law of a fellow I went to college with back in Dublin. And this person, I thought I knew her. But from the waist down, no, it wasn’t her, because the woman I knew had a short leg.


Aidan

     “Well, towards the end of my pilgrimage, this woman came up to me and asked if I was Aidan, and I said yes, I was. She introduced herself as Fennella. And I said it was very exciting! So she turned to her friend and asked if she should tell me...and I said, 

“Yes, please tell me!”

 “She went on to explain that on Tuesday evening during the apparition (which at that time was taking place on the left tower of the church), she happened to be standing at the door to the tower; and her left leg, from her knee through her thigh, began to burn. And the burning sensation continued right up until the Consecration at the Mass, which could have been an hour. And after the burning sensation ceased, her legs were the same length!!!"


     “She told me this story, but she said that it wasn’t the whole story. She said that was only the physical miracle! I do believe that Medjugorje is a place where miracles happen. And some are confirmed by physical miracles. The actual miracle in her situation was a healing of the memory, the healing of a guilt that she carried for some 30 years. Back then, she was going to a disco in Dublin with her sister – she was about 15 or 16 – and a drunk driver ran into them. 


The sister was killed outright, and as a result of the accident, the growth in her leg was stunted. So not only did she get the healing of the memory and of the guilt, but she also got the growth back to her leg! And she said she was going home after the healing, the miracle, to tell her mother the truth. 


     She carried this for 30 years, this guilt. So Medjugorje is about peace! She received peace 30 years after a tragic event in her life. 



     “I personally received peace here. I had been to Confession, but I couldn’t forgive myself. And it was one evening, and I was at Mass outside, and a weight just lifted off my shoulders. And I can’t explain what the guilt was about, but it was just a pure weight that was lifted off my shoulders. In Medjugorje, Our Lady comes as the Queen of Peace, and any pilgrim who comes to Medjugorje, comes at Her own personal invitation. 


Those are Her own words. I heard them myself one night at an apparition on the mountain. Coming here is a response to Her personal invitation. And what She wants to give every pilgrim here is peace. 


     “We think actually of the Christmas message which was very different (Christmas 2013) because Our Lady didn’t give a message. It was Jesus, the Infant King of Peace, who said, “I am your peace. Live My commandments.” So peace can only come from Our Lord. 



     “And to think that Our Lady’s first message to the people here was “Peace, peace, peace, and only peace. Peace between God and man, and peace between men.” So Medjugorje is peace. No matter where you are, peace pervades this place – peace in your hearts and in your families. 



     “So please, take it from me! I am an example of responding to the invitation, and now I have that peace. And I hope that anybody who comes here can have that same peace. It is the peace, which Jesus says, our world cannot understand.”



 


Featured article from March's Spirit of Medjugorje

The Testimony of Aidan O’Kane By Cathy Nolan

Sunday, May 24, 2015

St. Catherine of Siena


 
 
Our Lord Jesus Christ speaks to St. Catherine of Siena

They [the homosexuals] not only fail from resisting the weakness [of fallen human nature] .... but they do even worse when they commit the cursed sin against nature. Like the blind and stupid, having dimmed the light of their understanding, they do not recognize the disease and misery in which they find themselves. For this not only causes Me nausea, but is disgusting even to the devils themselves whom these depraved creatures have chosen as their lords.

For Me this sin against nature is so abominable that for it alone five cities were destroyed by virtue of the judgment of My Divine Justice, which could no longer bear their iniquity ....

It is disgusting to the devils not because evil displeases them or because they find pleasure in good, but rather because their nature is angelic and flees upon seeing such a repulsive sin being committed. For while certainly it is the devil that first strikes the sinner with the poisoned arrow of concupiscence, nonetheless when a man actually carries out such a sinful act, the devil goes away.


(St. Catherine of Siena, El diálogo, in Obras de Santa Catalina de Siena, Madrid: BAC, 1991, p. 292)

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Life of Saint Rita Mancini

 


Known as the patron saint of the impossible and model of maidens, wives, mothers, widows and nuns, St. Rita of Cascia is a canonized intercessor for challenging marriages, difficult children, feuding relatives, spiritual mothers and multiple vocations.


It is recorded that from the moment of her Baptism, little Rita Mancini possessed a mysterious power that inclined souls to God. She preferred solitude, prayer, and going to Church with your parents to attending picnics and parties where other little girls experienced great joy. It was observed that little Rita had a great love for the poor so that when she was served a plate of food, she would eat half and preserve the other half to give to the poor. The people of the town began to see how different Rita was from the other children of the hamlet, “When they observed that as she grew in years her life became more holy and sacramental, they respected and revered her—not indeed as a child, but rather as a person grown old in virtue.” The mothers of the town would tell their little daughters to take Rita as their model. Soon Rita’s reputation for sanctity spread beyond the little hamlet to the many towns and villages of Umbria.

Rita consecrated her virginity to God and built a small but pretty oratory in a corner of her simple home where she remained for one year separated from the world, in union with God, except when her aging parents needed her assistance. During the year of solitude, Rita spent her time meditating on the sorrowful mysteries of the Passion of Jesus Christ. At the conclusion of that year, Rita saw that her parents needed her constant assistance as they were becoming feebler. Rita thoroughly understood the obligations of children toward their parents and judged that it was the will of God to give up her life of solitude in order to of service to her aging parents.
 

At that time in Italy it was customary for girls to choose their state of life at the age of twelve. Records indicate that Rita was twelve years of age when she made her choice to be God’s consecrated virgin, a true spouse of Christ by embracing the religious life and becoming a nun. But when Rita shared her desire with her aging parents, they would not agree. With tears and pleading her parents told her that they did not desire the extinction of their family and since she was an only child, they desired her to be married. Rita sacrificed her will on the altar of obedience and consented to enter the marriage state. “In prayer the Lord confirmed that it was the will of God that she should submit to the will of her parents and that she would please God more by her submission than by following her own will.” (Fr. Joseph Sicardo, O.S.A)


The time had come when Rita Mancini would enter a new state of life—marriage. Having agreed to marry as her parents willed, she also agreed to marry whomever they chose for her. Her parents selected for their son-in-law a man named Ferdinando who was the son of well-to-do and influential parents. Ferdinando was gifted, proud, haughty, surly in speech and the very opposite in character and disposition to the modest and gentle Rita. “Ferdinando proved himself an ardent wooer and after a short courtship, he and Rita pledged their marriage vows before the altar of God. The marriage of Ferdinando and Rita recalls to our mind the marriage of St. Monica, mother of St. Augustine, who married under circumstances similar to those of St. Rita.” (Fr. Joseph Sicardo, O.S.A)

 
In a short time, Rita began to experience that her marriage was to be a school of trials and sorrows. Ferdinando began to show his true character and almost inhuman conduct with regard to his wife Rita. His words were harsh and cruel and with the least bit of agitation he flew into a passion against everything that Rita said or did—he was her persecutor, not companion and protector. Rita, however, did not succumb to such persecution but suffered the unnatural treatment of her cruel husband with courage and fortitude. God aided her with grace to be patient and humble. She set to work to conquer the sullen and perverse disposition of her husband. To check the wild rage of his anger, she sometimes observed a strict silence, uttering not a single word. In the end, after years of suffering, St. Rita’s humility and patience converted her cruel husband. Despite his miserable cruelty, she rendered him good and not evil. She would study his temper and find opportunities to help him to understand how great was his offense against God, and “how little he thought of his intelligence to allow himself to become the prey and the slave of anger and passion.” (Fr. Joseph Sicardo, O.S.A.)


Ferdinando became a changed man and God blessed the marriage of St. Rita with two beautiful sons. Rita was a joyful mother bestowing all her affection and love on her little sons and their father. Joy and happiness filled the atmosphere of their home and Rita instructed her family on the science of salvation.

Also, Rita practiced the corporal works of mercy, and employed much time in caring for the spiritual needs of her neighbors. Reportedly, Rita restored many sick people to health by reciting one single “Hail Mary” by their bedsides. Rita would console the suffering:

Place all the weight of your trials and tribulations on the shoulders of Jesus Christ. He will carry them for you. Remember, He once carried a heavy cross.


Rita dissolved enmities and hatred among her neighbors and was known as a peacemaker.

Fr. Joseph Sicardo reports, “Though Rita had reformed her husband and had also made him a man of peace, Ferdinando had not a few enemies in Rocca Porrena. Before his marriage, and for some years after, he had engaged in many disputes and contentions with companions as hot headed and impulsive as himself, but as he was ready and adept with the dagger, he was generally the victor over his adversaries. These persons became Ferdinando’s enemies; a poisonous hatred rankled in their breasts. Eventually, they attacked him, stabbed him to death and left his lifeless body lying by the roadside, bleeding from a dozen wounds.”

 
When the dead and bleeding body of her husband was brought home, Rita was full of grief and sorrow until her tears tried up when the Lord consoled her. Her two adult sons desired to avenge their father’s death. As the sons grew up, Rita noticed that a change was taking place in their character and they became irritable like their departed father. Naturally Rita desired to stifle her son’s desire to avenge the murder of their father. When she saw the desire for vengeance growing in her sons, Rita fled to the crucifix and related the whole affair to Christ beseeching Him to change her sons, or no longer spare their lives from their father’s enemies. God answered her prayer and both her sons died from illness within a year, well prepared to go before God. A mother’s sacrifice of love!


Alone in the world now, Rita prayed, “O my dear Lord and Master. Since I am free now, when will the time come when You will admit me into the haven of religion?” Christ is not respond. In this difficult time she would say to herself...

 “My loving Savior drunk to the very dregs the bitter cup of abandonment, to animate and teach that all who would walk on the sorrowful way of the Cross must, at least, taste of one drop of His bitter chalice.”

 Rita made up her mind to keep knocking on the door of the Sacred Heart. One day she heard, “Arise, Rita, make haste my beloved spouse and come.” Rita applied for admission to the convent but her request was refused. Eventually she would enter the Maddalena Convent in a miraculous manner.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Your First Night in Hell



Let me be perfectly clear...The ONLY way your are going to HELL is because you want to.  Our Holy Father in Heaven sent HIS only begotten Son JESUS CHRIST to live and die for YOUR Sins.  Almighty GOD allowed HIS perfect, sinless, Divine Son to suffer untold agony so that you do NOT end up in Hell. 

GOD the creator of all things will knock and knock on the door to your heart over and over again trying to get your attention.  The Lord will send person after person with messages of love and acceptanceto try and get your attention. 

Our Holy Father who art in Heaven will orchestrate odd coincidences in your life trying to get your attention.  Almighty GOD has raised up men and women with gifts to preach and evangelize so that you may hear the call of HIS Divine love. 

The Lord of Lords and King of Kings will send Angels into your life disguised as ordinary people to speak words of encouragement into your life.  Words, which if you will hear them, will reveal GOD'S holy plan for your life. 

Brother or Sister I am telling you for a fact that you will have to fight Almighty GOD every step of the way to go to Hell.  Your Father in Heaven did not give you life so that HE could condemn you to Hell.  The Creator of all life will reach out to you even if you are in the process of giving up your last breath. Even then at deaths door step our Holy Father will call your name.  Our Lord and Father, Almighty GOD will chase you all the way to the gates of Hell trying to save you. 

No one, not any man or woman ever born was condemned to Hell by an angry GOD.  The Lord of this Universe and beyond will not, in wrath and anger, cast you into Hell.  

No!

Instead, it will be a Father with Holy tears in HIS eternal eyes who weeps from his perfect heart as you, by your OWN choice, fall into eternal Hellfire.  It will be a lone figure at the gates of Hell sobbing as the demons rend your flesh from your bones and drag your carcasses to the unending tortures meant not for MANKIND but for satan and his angels. 

 It will only be GOD, who will loved you so much that HE gave you every opportunity, every chance, to be saved and escape the eternal Hellfire, who will remember your name.  For, after the gates of Hell close that last time, your name and memory will be blotted out the book of life and all memories of you will be expunged from your loved ones heart and minds.  Because, there is no sorrow in Heaven, no weeping, your family, loved ones, husbands, wives, sons and daughters, family members and your friends, for them, and their Heavenly joy it will be as though you NEVER existed.  

The worst part will be as you look up into Heaven and see the AWESOME, mind blowing, rewards that GOD had waiting for you, then and only then will you understand how much GOD really loved you. Only then, will you comprehend that the world was a fleeting shadow, fools gold, for which you traded for an eternity trapped in darkness with satan and his angels who hate you and torment you endlessly. 

                                                     Robert D Anding III



Jesus suffered God's wrath on the Cross on our behalf by the Shedding of his Precious Blood and Body at the Cross of Cavalry so that our Sins can be forgiven.

An exchange took place at the Cross 2000 years ago when Jesus carried and took all the sins of the world upon himself as the Son of God. He took our sins and in an exchange , He gave to us His righteousness as an inheritance. God is Righteous and the Bible says the penalty of sin is spiritual death. Jesus paid the price for our Salvation.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

John 3:16

If you haven't made the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior today or if you are a professing Christian and you need to be born again i offer you the Savior's invitation - there is a Hell to shun and a Heaven to Gain. You have a Hope, a Future and a Destiny in God.

why don't you Say this Prayer wherever you are right now , God knows the situation your in and He knows what your going through.

Say this prayer and mean it from your Heart and surrender yourself to Him..... that's all it takes... just surrender.

Let's Pray :

Father God,

You loved the world so much that You gave Your only begotten Son to die for my sins so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have Eternal Life.

Your Word says we are saved by grace through faith as a gift from You. There is nothing we can do to earn salvation, it is a gift , so Lord i accept what Jesus accomplished for me at the Cross of Cavalry.

I believe and confess with my mouth that Jesus Christ is Your Son, the Savior of the World. I believe He died on the Cross for me and bore all of my sins, and paid the price for them.

I believe in my heart that You raised Jesus from the dead on the third day and that He is alive today.

Have mercy on me, a sinner. I believe in you and that your Word is true. I know that without you in my heart and my life ....this Life is ....meaningless.

Come into my heart today Lord Jesus...

By faith I receive Jesus Christ now as my Lord and my Savior. I believe that i am saved and will spend eternity with You in Heaven ! Thank You. Father God. I am so grateful. In Jesus name. You are my Lord and my friend.

I give you my Heart and my Life today and I ask You to take full control of this life from this moment onwards; I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ."

Amen.



Padre Pio the Miracle Monk


   
 Paul Walsh was 17 years old when the car he was driving hit a tree on Chester Pike in suburban Piladelphia on an icy December night in 1983. One doctor described his head injuries as the equivalent of dropping an egg on a cement sidewalk. Not only was his skull shattered, every bone in his face was broken and there was a tear in his brain. Doctors at Crozier Chester Medical Center said he was irreversibly brain damaged and would never regain consciousness.  But as the old saying goes, “never say never.”


     On Saturday, May 14, 2005, Paul Walsh received a bachelors degree in liberal arts from Neumann College In Aston, PA. “I’d like to teach special ed,” said the 38-year-old graduate, who is employed as a full-time health care associate with Elwyn, Inc., a residential day program for the mentally disadvantaged. “I’d like to continue working with mentally disadvantaged persons.” 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paul’s recovery from massive head injuries in 1984 was “unexplained, on a purely medical and scientific basis” said one of the physicians who treated him, Michael Ryan, M.D. In a written statement, Dr. Ryan said: “It is my feeling that without the help of the supernatural influence, Paul would today be dead or continue to be in a comatose state.”
 
     Although he recalls little of his four-month ordeal following the accident, his mother, Betty Walsh, remembers every detail, from the moment she got the phone call on the night of the accident. “The nurse told me to come to the hospital right away,” said the mother of ten from Ridley Park, PA.  “It was hard to even recognize Paul. His face was so swollen, like a pumpkin, and totally wrapped in bandages. It didn’t look very good but he did recognize my voice because he moved when he heard me.”
 

After ten hours of surgery the following day, during which Paul lost four and half times the amount of blood in his body, he was transferred to Crozier-Chester Medical Center where his condition remained critical.


     At first, he seemed to be improving and was even talking a little, but there was a suspicious fluid dripping out of his nose. Everyone thought he had a cold and a month went by before doctors discovered the fluid wasn’t from nasal congestion - it was spinal fluid. A cat scan revealed a tear in Paul’s brain.

     “That’s when they realized he was worse off than they thought,” Betty said. 

     Doctors tried to repair the tear but the inside of Paul’s head was too shattered. They resorted to draining the fluid with spinal taps and then a catheter, but Paul’s condition continued to deteriorate. He began slipping in and out of consciousness.
    
 Another cat scan revealed that he had hydrocephalus and the ventricles of his brain were filling with fluid. Doctors prepared him for emergency surgery to put a shunt in his head to drain the fluid when they discovered yet another serious complication - he had also developed spinal meningitis. “At this point, there was no hope,” Betty said. “The ventricles just kept filling with fluid and it flattened the frontal lobe of his brain which one doctor told me was his whole personality.”

     Even though Paul was alive, in essence, he was gone.“They kept saying ‘you have to stop hoping. . . the way he is now is the way he’s going to be. He is permanently and irreversibly brain-damaged.’” But Betty was not about to give up on her son. Even though she had nine other children at home, she felt like the woman in the Bible who had ten coins but lost one and could not stop searching until she found it.

     “We just decided Paul needed a miracle,” Betty said. “In the end, if Paul didn’t get better, I would accept it, but in the meantime, I was really going to believe I could have a miracle and I would at least pray with faith.”

     A woman from St. Madeline’s in Ridley Park, gave her five prayer cards for people who were in the process of beatification and needed a miracle. Every day after Mass, she and her mother would go to the hospital and pray the rosary over Paul, then say the five prayers. “Whenever I came to the Padre Pio prayer, Paul blessed himself, even though he was totally unconscious,” Betty said.
 
 
     Several people witnessed the phenomena, including a few nurses. Betty decided to call a local group of Padre Pio devotees and report what was happening. They decided to send someone to the hospital with one of the gloves worn by Padre Pio over the bloody stigmata wounds in his hands. On Monday, March 12, Paul was blessed with the relic and within days, one of his many serious ailments had miraculously vanished.

     Betty called the group again and on April 6, 1984, the glove was once again brought to Paul and laid on his head.  “I knew immediately something happened because it was like an electric shock went through him,” Betty said. “He opened his eyes and looked around the room, very clear-eyed. Then he fell back into the coma again but I just knew something had happened.”


     She was right. The next day, when she returned to the hospital she was shocked to find her son sitting in a chair and watching television. He turned and said “Hi Mom.”

     The nurse rushed in and told Betty: “He’s been talking all day!”  When she called the neurosurgeon to tell him Paul Walsh was talking, the doctor said, “It’s not possible’ and hung up on her.”

     But it was true. “They gave Paul another cat scan and all the doctor kept saying was, ‘I don’t believe this. I don’t’ believe this.’ The frontal lobe of his brain wasn’t smashed anymore.”
Even more inexplicable was what happened days later, on Easter Sunday morning, when Paul and his roommate woke up to find a man standing at the foot of Paul’s bed. Described as “an old priest in a brown robe,” Paul thought it was Betty’s brother, Charley, who bears a remarkable resemblance to Padre Pio. 
 
 
     “I remember being very certain that my Uncle Charley had been in to visit me,” Paul said. “I did see him. He was very happy and smiled at me. And then he left the room.”
     
 
 
Betty knew it couldn’t have been Charley because he lives in Boston. She folded up a picture of Padre Pio, hiding the name, and showed it to Paul. “That’s who visited me,” he said. “Isn’t that Uncle Charley?”

     Weeks later, Paul Walsh walked out of Crozier Chester Medical Center, completely healed.

     If there was any doubt in their minds that Padre Pio interceded in Paul’s healing, those doubts were put to rest a year after the accident when the family received an unexpected phone call from Bill Rose, who lived on the property where Paul hit the tree. Rose claimed he heard the crash the night of the accident and ran outside to find Paul laying on the ground with his face in a gutter. He knew the person was dying and while someone called for an ambulance, he held Paul’s head up out of the gutter and prayed for his soul.

     “Within the first few minutes of your son’s accident,” he told Betty, “I did the only thing I knew that had any chance of saving your sons life... 

"I dedicated him to Padre Pio and asked Pio to intercede before the throne of Grace!”

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Christian Cop meets with a Satan worshiping convict

A story about love, conviction, repentance, a police officer open-air preaching / street witnessing, the warnings of false conversions, and what is the evidence of Salvation.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Four Gates of Hell

The Four Principal Gates 

of Hell by St. Alphonsus Liguori 

 

After our Lord had commanded our first parents not to eat of the forbidden fruit, unhappy Eve approached the tree and was addressed from it by the serpent who said to her: Why has God forbidden you to eat of this delightful fruit? Why hath God commanded you? Eve replies: God hath commanded us that we should not eat, and that we should not touch it, lest perhaps we die. -----Gen. 3:3.

 

Behold the weakness of Eve! The Lord had absolutely threatened them with death, and she now begins to speak of it as doubtful: Lest perhaps we die. If I eat of it, she said, I shall perhaps die. But the devil, seeing that Eve was little in fear of the Divine threat, proceeded to encourage her by saying: No, you shall not die the death -----Gen 3:4; and thus he deceived her, and caused her to prevaricate and eat the apple. 

 

Thus, even now, does the enemy continue to deceive so many poor sinners. God threatens: Stop, sinners, and do penance, because if not you shall damn yourselves, as so many others have done: "Except you do penance, you shall all likewise perish." The devil says to them: "No, you shall not die the death." Fear nothing, sin on, continue to enjoy yourselves, because God is merciful; He will pardon you by and by, and you shall be saved. "God," says St. Procopius, "inspires one with fear, the devil takes it away." God only desires to terrify them by His threats, in order that they may depart from sin, and thus be saved. The devil wishes to destroy that fear, in order that they may persevere in sin, and thus be lost. 

 

Many are the wretches who believe the devil in preference to God, and are thus miserably damned. At present, behold the Lord displays His anger and threatens us with chastisement. Who knows how many there may be in this country who have no thought of changing their lives, in the hope that God will be appeased, and that it will be nothing. Hence the subject of the present discourse: SINNERS WILL NOT BELIEVE IN THE DIVINE THREATS, UNTIL THE CHASTISEMENT SHALL HAVE COME UPON THEM. My brethren, if we do not amend, the chastisement will come; if we do not put an end to our crimes, God will.

When
Lot was warned by the Lord that he was about to destroy Sodom, Lot at once in formed his sons-in-law: Arise! get you out of this place, because the Lord will destroy this city. -----Gen. 19:14. 

 

But they would not believe him: And He seemed to them to speak as it were in jest. They imagined that he wished to sport with their fears, by terrifying them with such a threat. But the punishment overtook them, and they remained to be the sport of the flames. My brethren, what do we expect? God warns us that chastisement hangs over us; let us put a period to our sins, or shall we wait for God to do it? Hear, O sinner! what St. Paul says to you: See, then, the severity and goodness of God-----towards them, indeed, that are fallen, the severity; but towards thee the goodness of God, if thou abide in goodness, otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.----Rom 11:22. 

 

Consider, says the Apostle, the justice which the Lord has exercised towards so many whom He has punished, and condemned to Hell; towards them, indeed, that are fallen, the severity, consider the mercy with which He has treated you; but towards thee the goodness of God. You must abandon sin; if you change your ways, avoid the occasions of sin, frequent the Sacraments, and continue to lead a Christian life, the Lord will remit your punishment, if you abide in goodness; if not, you shall perish, otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.  God has already borne with you too long, He can bear with you no longer. God is merciful, but He is just withal; He deals mercifully with those who fear Him; He cannot act thus towards the obstinate.

Such a person laments when he sees himself punished, and says, why has God deprived me of my health? Why has He taken from me this child, or this parent? Ah, sinner! what have you said, exclaims Jeremias, your sins have withheld good things from you. -----Jer. 5:25. 

 

It was not the desire of God to deprive you of any blessing, of any gain, of your son, or your parent; it would have been the wish of God to make you happy in all things, but your sins have not allowed Him. In the book of Job we read these words: Is it a great matter that God should comfort thee? But thy wicked words hinder this. -----Job 15:11. 

 

The Lord would fain console you, but your blasphemy, your murmuring, your obscene words, spoken to the scandal of so many have prevented Him. It is not God, but accursed sin, that renders us miserable and unhappy. Sin maketh nations miserable. -----Prov. 14:34. 

 

Complaining to God when He deals justly with us, is revealing the darkness from within us. Let us be grateful that Almighty GOD chastises us here and now while we still have air to breathe and time to repent.  Praise be to our Father in Heaven that HE does all to gain our attention while there is still time to turn back.