Text Box: Volume 19 No. 2            OF THE CHURCH
Text Box:     OF MAN WITH GOD   April, 2009 A.D.

If we continue contemplating the cleansing fire of Divine Love, we can better understand what St. Paul means when he says he dies with Christ daily. We can better understand what Christ means when He says we must take up our cross and follow Him.

When St. Paul said he dies with Christ daily, he is saying he throws himself into Christís Divine Love for him daily. He knows that Divine Love for him is there, and he accepts it daily, lives in it daily, experiences it daily, and that experiencing of the Divine Love God has for him, and his desire to continue experiencing it, is what keeps him faithful to God, and causes a reciprocation of love from him to God.

When Christ God tells us to pick up our cross and follow Him, He is not saying suffer for the sake of suffering. He is telling us to throw ourselves into the unimaginable Divine Love He has for us. He is telling us to experience His Love for us, because when we experience that Love we will desire nothing else, unless we desire to love ourselves more than we desire to experience His love for us.

But since we can not comprehend someone desiring to love themselves more than desiring to experience Godís Love for us, we are unable to comment on such a thing. Incomprehensible as it is, it is something which most of us have done, but we have done it because we did not really know, had never really experienced, Godís Love for us and reciprocated that Love. Were we too selfish? Probably not. Probably, the cares and stresses of our lives blocked Text Box: ~ CHRIST WON THE WAR, BUT IT IS UP TO EACH INDIVIDUAL TO WIN HIS OWN PARTICULAR BATTLE 
And there may be some who do not want to go to heaven. ~

From Metropolitan Archbishop Paul, S.S.B.
To the flock entrusted into my care:

There is an erroneous concept that because Jesus Christ suffered, Text Box:  The Society of Clerks Secular of Saint Basil 
(The Basilians - The Basilian Fathers )
because people desire to believe as truth that which allows the sins desired by the individual.

The General Situation

There are innumerable people who believe in the almighty, all powerful, all knowing, omnipotent God. There also are innumerable people who believe that Jesus Christ is God, the second Person of the Blessed Trinity God, which is composed of the the same Jesus Christ God the Son, God the Father, and God the Holy Ghost, being one God and three Persons. They believe this truth even though they do not and can not understand it and even less, comprehend it. Of this innumerable number of people there are very few who consistently and viably seek to learn, understand, comprehend, and follow Godís instructions. Conversely, there are seemingly innumerable people who sometimes, usually glancingly and fleetingly, and only occasionally, acknowledge the existence of those instructions.

Not only does there seem to be no rational expiation for this laxity, but Text Box: THE CLEANSING FIRE OF GODíS LOVE

The fire of Purgatory probably, actually is the fire of Godís Love, His Divine Love, which burns away the impurities from the soul so as to leave it clean and pristine. Probably.

If it is the fire of His Love, then this might be, not must be but might be, the most happy and pleasing experience next to actually being united with God in Heaven.

Each of has loved or loves someone or some thing with an all encompassing and all consuming love. We may only barely remember that experience, and Text Box: SAINT JOSEPH OF 
And the Holy Grail

All that is known for certain concerning him is derived from the canonical Gospels. He was born at Arimathea  hence his surname  "a city of Judea" (Luke, xxiii, 51), which is very likely identical with Ramatha, the birthplace of the Prophet Samuel, although several scholars prefer to identify it with the town of Ramleh. He was a wealthy Israelite (Matt., xxvii, 57), "a good and a just