…LOST???…WHAT?!?!?…HOW?!?!?

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It’s about time I took pen in hand…err…keyboard in hand…to finally get to the root of this so called ‘mystery’.

It would seem that when someone comes to my simple office with the words “We lost (insert name) today” I ALWAYS have that brief moment of jocularity in my head that says “Did you try looking in the cupboard?”…

Here are the facts, friends: YOU CANNOT LOSE SOMETHING UNLESS IT WAS YOUR’S TO BEGIN WITH…and…. YOU CANNOT LOSE SOMEONE IF YOU KNOW WHERE THEY ARE!

Take the first example, if you will, that in order for you to ‘lose’ something (I.E: YOUR SOUL) it would have to have been YOUR’S to begin with.  The fact is that your soul does not belong to you.

I will wait till THAT bit sinks into your noggin….

True story: Your soul BELONGS TO GOD…yep…whether you are a Buddhist, Methodist, or any other kind of ‘ist’ the plain and simple fact is your soul CAME FROM GOD and therefore BELONGS TO GOD.  It is merely in your keeping until He wants it back.

“and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.” – 1 Corinthians 3:23

Now…some may dispute this fact, and that is okay…because if they realize they are disputing an ABSOLUTE truth, then therefore they are passing a judgement on others..and we ALL know how naughty THAT is…so..I add THIS to the above statement…

“You are judging by appearances. If anyone is confident that they belong to Christ, they should consider again that we belong to Christ just as much as they do.” -2 Corinthians 10:7

So..no ONE sect of faith has any particular claim that THEY are the ONLY ones belonging to God…end of story…moving along…

The part that gets to me is when someone says “We lost so and so today”…how in the name of Saint Sebastian is THAT possible??

Did you leave them in the broom closet?

Did you check under the rug in the den?

Seriously…’LOST’..???

When someone departs from THIS life they are not ‘lost’…because we KNOW where they are!

Ask yourself: Did they live a good life? Did they have a good heart? Did they do what they could to help others?..if the answer is YES then we KNOW where they are…

And even if the answer is ‘NO’ EVEN THEN we know where they are…they are with OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN…if not for reward, then for judgement…right?

In all actuality what we DID lose was the PRESENCE of someone… the person who occupied that cubicle over there…or that chair at the table…or the owner of those really incredible shoes (are they up for grabs? ..JOKING!).

To lose something means it had to be yours to begin with, and that somehow you simply laid it down and forgot where it was…or by a simple twist of fate it somehow got waylaid out of a pocket or box….and we all know that THAT is impossible with a person’s ENTIRE BEING.

To lose something means we did not place sufficient value on it..that we turned our backs on it and forgot it…I somehow think that is not the case with an entire person…

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.…” – 1 John 5:2

So how is it that we believe we lost someone?

I mean, if we are doing what He said to do (So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” – John 13:34) then we LOVE them…and if you love something, or someone, you simply cannot LOSE them.

Follow the logic?

If we feel we HAVE lost someone..then OBVIOUSLY we must not have love the person ENOUGH…because we MUST have mislaid them somewhere…(check under the table, have you looked there?)

So…we know we cannot lose what is already someone else’s…so, the soul: not ours..others: again, not ours…faith?? Well..since you bring it up…yes, I HAVE heard some say they have “lost their faith”…

Allow me to retort…

You cannot LOSE faith… because if it is yours, then it is yours FOREVER. Yep…in your heart, head, or other extremities YOU know if you had ANY faith to begin with.

At ANY point in your life where you call on God (or The Divine) then YOU HAVE FAITH. You cannot have lost something you always have to begin with. It may be that you simply forgot it was there!

Sometimes small things DO get mislaid…like say…A MUSTARD SEED.

Faith CAN be as small as something like a mustard seed, and simply overlooked in the recesses of your heart… “It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds,” -Mark 4:31 …so in effect you did not LOSE faith, you simply OVERLOOKED where you placed it.

Placing it on shaky ground CAN lead to it becoming overlooked or waylaid…so…KEEP AN EYE ON THAT SUCKER. Small things have a tendency of slipping through the cracks…

Back to the point: HOW DO WE KNOW we are ‘Of God’? Well..the answer, surprisingly, is LOVE.

Like any ‘shake and bake’ directions, the Word of God TELLS US how to keep those we want to see again in our minds and hearts:

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 

No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.

If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

We love because he first loved us.

Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.

And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.” – 1 John 4:7-21

So…I think that we did not LOSE someone…or something…(like FAITH, or GOD, or OURSELVES)…we simply misplaced them somewhere and can easily find them again.

If they are not HERE, then they must be with THE OWNER…and if WE love one another enough, then we will get to return ourselves to The Owner and be with those whom He already has recalled!

THE LOGIC IS IRREFUTABLE.

SAINT OF THE DAY: 24 SEPTEMBER, 2014

Our Lady of Ransom or of Mercy

Our Lady of Ransom or of Mercy

The story of Our Lady of Ransom is, at its outset, that of Saint Peter Nolasco, born in Languedoc about 1189. At the age of twenty-five he took a vow of chastity and made over his vast estates to the Church.

After making a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Montserrat, he went to Barcelona where he began to practice various works of charity.

He conceived the idea of establishing an Order for the redemption of captives seized by the Moors on the seas and in Spain itself; they were being cruelly tormented in their African prisons to make them deny their faith.

He spoke of it to the king of Aragon, James I, who knew him well and already respected him as a Saint; for the king had already asked for his prayers when he sent out his armies to combat the Moors, and he attributed his victories to those prayers.

In effect all the Christians of Europe, and above all of Spain, were praying a great deal to obtain from God the remedy for the great evil that had befallen them.

The divine Will was soon manifested.

On the same night, August 1, 1218, the Blessed Virgin appeared to Saint Peter, to his confessor, Raymund of Pennafort, and to the king, and through these three servants of God established a work of the most perfect charity, the redemption of captives.

On that night, while the Church was celebrating the feast of Saint Peter in Chains, the Virgin Mary came from heaven and appeared first to Saint Peter, saying that She indeed desired the establishment of a religious Order bearing the name of Her mercy.

Its members would undertake to deliver Christian captives and offer themselves, if necessary, as a gage. Word of the miracle soon spread over the entire kingdom; and on August 10th the king went to the cathedral for a Mass celebrated by the bishop of Barcelona. Saint Raymund went up into the pulpit and narrated his vision, with admirable eloquence and fervor.

The king besought the blessing of the bishop for the heaven-sent plan, and the bishop bestowed the habit on Saint Peter, who emitted the solemn vow to give himself as a hostage if necessary.

The Order, thus solemnly established in Spain, was approved by Gregory IX under the name of Our Lady of Mercy.

By the grace of God and under the protection of His Virgin Mother, the Order spread rapidly.

Its growth was increased as the charity and piety of its members was observed; they very often followed Her directive to give themselves up to voluntary slavery when necessary, to aid the good work.

It was to return thanks to God and the Blessed Virgin that a feast day was instituted and observed on September 24th, first in this Order of Our Lady, then everywhere in Spain and France.

It was finally extended to the entire Church by Innocent XII.

(SOURCE: Les Petits Bollandistes: Vies des Saints, by Msgr. Paul Guérin (Bloud et Barral: Paris, 1882), Vol. 11;Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints, a compilation based on Butler’s Lives of the Saints and other sources by John Gilmary Shea (Benziger Brothers: New York, 1894).)