Fr Bob: Love God Above Everything

Fr. Bob's Commentary, Medjugorje


“Dear children! God gave you the grace to live and to defend all the good that is in you and around you, and to inspire others to be better and holier; but Satan, too, does not sleep and through modernism diverts you and leads you to his way. Therefore, little children, in the love for my Immaculate Heart, love God above everything and live His commandments. In this way, your life will have meaning and peace will rule on earth. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

June 2, 2010 – Our Lady’s Apparition to Mirjana

“Dear children, today I call you, with fasting and prayer, to clear the way by which my Son will enter into your hearts. Accept me as a mother and a messenger of God’s love and of His desire for your salvation. Free yourself of everything from the past which burdens you and gives you a sense of guilt; of everything that brought you to error – darkness. Accept the light. Be born anew in the justice of my Son. Thank you.”

Love God Above Everything

A. God Gave You the Grace to Live and Defend the Good.

1. At Creation. When God created us, He instilled in our soul several natural gifts. One of these is the gift of habitual knowledge of the first general principles of moral action, e.g. “do good” and “avoid evil.” Through our use of practical judgment our conscience applies these principles to particular cases.

2. At Baptism. In this Sacrament we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, third     Person of the Blessed Trinity, Whose presence fills us with a divine instinct for God and the accomplishment of His Will. The Holy Spirit brings also a great number of supernatural virtues, gifts and fruits to help us to face the many challenges of life in our efforts to make the right choices.

3. Actual Graces are transient helps at any given moment that God freely gives to the person of good will who seeks to do the right thing.

B. Satan Through Modernism Diverts You and Leads You to His Way.

1. Modernism is a form of subjectivism that tends to place primary emphasis on a certain interior religious feeling. This leads to all kinds of errors.

a. They assert that the Church and the Sacraments were not instituted by Christ Himself but grew out of man’s need to give sensible manifestation to his religious feeling.

b. They say that Faith is a craving for God coming from one’s interior feeling.

c. They hold that dogmas do not contain absolute truths, but are mere symbols capable of continuous change.

d. They state that in religion everything is subject to change (relativism). Pope Pius X condemned Modernism in 1907.

2. Pope John Paul II attacks Modernism in his encyclical The Splendor of Truth by underscoring the objectivity of truth. Truth is the correspondence of the mind   to reality and the book of Genesis begins with a given: God exists, etc.

a. Conscience is not the tribunal that creates the good; conscience itself must be enlightened by and formed by the light of truth. Divine law is the universal and objective norm of morality.

b. God the Father offers us not only the truth about the good – the commandment of love summed up in the Ten Commandments – but also the “new law” revealed by Christ, which is His Spirit within us – His grace enabling us to love and do good.

3. Pope Benedict XVI continues the attack against relativism in his encyclicals.

C. Love God Above everything and Live His Commandments.

1. In loving God we are saying He is number one in our life and the source of all our blessings. This is an act of humility, a confession that of ourselves, we are nothing and He is everything.

2. In obeying His Commandments we give witness to our love of Him and in   loving our neighbor we manifest signs of the same love. We also give good example which helps to create a Christian atmosphere in the public square that is becoming more and more secularistic.

-Rev. Robert Hughes, S.M.

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