St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Living the Moral Life 71

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We can get frustrated with the sins we commit. We trip and fall constantly. It would be easy to despair of going to confession for the same old sins every single time. In our despair, we could easily blame God for taking away our freedom. But it is the devil that loves to see us beat ourselves over the head, not Jesus. The devil is our accuser (Rev 12:10); Jesus is our advocate (1 John 2:1).

Jesus never promised us a bed of roses in this life (Mt 16:24). Peace and bliss comes in the next life (Psalm 16:11). Until we get there, we have God’s plan to guard and protect us. Our Father in Heaven sent His Only Begotten Son to save us, and in particular, you. His name is Jesus. This Jesus was willing to die on the cross for you no matter what sins you may have committed in the past. Don’t ever despair because of your sins. There is always hope for God’s mercy. As long as we are earnest in our struggles in this life, Jesus is willing to forgive any sin or pattern of sin.
Keep your eye on your prize, who is Jesus. Do not obsess about the sins. We do have to do an examination of conscience and go to confession. Know your sins and weaknesses. But focus on the good to counter the weaknesses. Always rely on God’s grace in the many facets He offers them. Virtue is your immediate goal, but Jesus is your destiny. He is always helping us to that destiny.
When Jesus died on the cross for us, He did not just become an advocate when we are judged; He became an advocate for us while we are here suffering. Jesus Christ crucified had earned us many graces in this life (1 Cor 1:23 & 24). That is why He sent His angels to guard us and our family in heaven as our brothers and sisters.
We are proud followers of Christ (Rom 1:16). He is our model and our only hope. He shows us the way of goodness, love and freedom. It is a freedom built upon self-control for the good of others. It is a freedom that inspires all to love and raise each other up. Imagine a society where all are free to keep the doors unlocked, where children are free to come up to strangers and not be hurt, where government officials really care about the well-being of the people, where nobody takes advantage of others. That is freedom! It is the way of Jesus!
It was not through the Bible that God revealed Himself. He revealed Himself to us in the person of Jesus (Mt 1:23). Jesus spoke words to His followers and did many things to reveal himself. These things were written down later so that we too may believe (Jn 20:31). These written words along with the selected writings of the Apostles became known to us as the New Testament of the Bible. Jesus revealed Himself in the way of life He lived and died. This is the way that we dare to follow. It is the way Our Savior first trod. It is the way of goodness and grace. It is the way of living a moral life for Jesus.

Author: stjosephstmary

We are two Catholic Churches close to downtown Freeport, IL. Our communities are over 150 years old and have been dedicated to our lord Jesus Christ since our inception. We believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was concieved by the Holy Spirit, born of ythe Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilot, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

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