February 14, 2016 -
"FINDING OUR WAY BACK TO GOD"
God created each of us in His image and likeness. He gave us intelligence, a free will and an immortal soul, so that knowing God and becoming like Him, we would all perfect ourselves and inherit eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven. We have all been endowed with the capacity to achieve this lofty goal.
Because of our free will, however, we also have the capacity to reject our Heavenly Father and His commandments. Many choose to embark upon a sinful path, straying from the road of righteousness. If we remain in this fallen state, the consequences to our soul are grave indeed, for, as St. Paul tells us, “The wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23)
As we reflect upon the many times we have succumbed to temptation and have willfully gone against the teachings of Christ and His Church, it is natural for us to echo the words of the Apostles: “Who then can be saved?” (Mark 10:26) It is important for us to note, therefore, that our Lord is a forgiving God. His love for us is unconditional, and when we recognize the folly of our sinful ways and repent for all of our woeful deeds, He is there to greet us with outstretched arms!
Still, we must not lose sight of the fact that True and Complete Repentance involves more that merely saying “I’m sorry.” Our feelings of contrition must be put into action. A repentant life is a Changed Life, and the sincerity of our desire to free ourselves from sin’s bondage is the key to repairing our relationship with God.