My Husband "Subvet" says that when our first son "Sonshine" was born the sun rose on our world, when our second son "Gator" was born the sun laughed and when our daughter "Sugars" was born all the flowers bloomed. That says it all.

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
It's about learning how to dance in the rain."

Your mind is the garden, your
thoughts are the seeds, the harvest can either be flowers or weeds. — William

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Here's an email I received from Subvet, I thought it made good food for thought.

Found the following quote at a Catholic website, it references "God Is Near Us: The Eucharist, the Heart of Life" by Pope Benedict where he has this to say of the real meaning of the pro multis (the Latin phrase that means, literally, “for the many”) which is used in the consecration of wine during Mass. The thinking expressed goes beyond that into how Catholics should deal with non-Catholics:

We cannot start to set limits on God’s behalf; the very heart of the faith has been lost to anyone who supposes that it is only worthwhile, if it is, so to say, made worthwhile by the damnation of others. Such a way of thinking, which finds the punishment of other people necessary, springs from not having inwardly accepted the faith; from loving only oneself and not God the Creator, to whom his creatures belong. That way of thinking would be like the attitude of those people who could not bear the workers who came last being paid a denarius like the rest; like the attitude of people who feel properly rewarded only if others have received less. This would be the attitude of the son who stayed at home, who could not bear the reconciling kindness of his father. It would be a hardening of our hearts, in which it would become clear that we were only looking out for ourselves and not looking for God; in which it would be clear that we did not love our faith, but merely bore it like a burden. . . . It is a basic element of the biblical message that the Lord died for all—being jealous of salvation is not Christian.

So the next time someone says the Catholic Church condemns to Hell all non-Catholics, they might be advised to read this quote.


Penless Thoughts said...

There are so many misconceptions and misunderstandings about the believes of others.

As long as a person believes Jesus is the incarnate Son of God, that he came to earth and lived a sinless life and died for our sins thus paying the penalty for our sins THAT is all that is needed.

Satan loves to have us distrust one another and think only "we" have the complete, full knowledge.

I'm glad I know there is a Body of Christ of which all believes are a part!

One thing I like about blogging is I think it helps us understand this better.

Subvet said...

As an afterthought; I don't know how many times I've encountered the "saved" who smugly assure me that while deathbed conversions are possible (the point I'll be making about nonbelievers), their personal share of an eternal reward will be far greater for having lived a faithful life.

To put it another way; "I'm a gallon sized container, those "others" are only a pint."

An argument that always makes me roll my eyes.