November 7th 2021

“I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth.”  That is the fundamental belief.  There is one true God.  Human beings are created to praise, reverence, and serve God our Lord, and by means of doing this to save their souls.  Belief is not passive.  It is active.  The restless human soul will not rest until its work is finished.  The Mass is a public work.  Before Mass, it is proper to prepare for the celebration.  You should make sure you confess your mortal sins to a priest before coming.  Make a good examination of your conscience before coming into the confessional. If you confess your mortal sins with the firm intention of not committing those sins again, then you have made a good confession.  Even if you haven’t committed any mortal sins, it is still a good practice to come to confession at least once a month to help keep you on the Way of Christ.  Saint Mother Theresa of Calcutta went to confession every week.  Minor or venial sins are forgiven at the beginning of the Mass when we pray the penitential act.  So, if you have not committed any mortal sin, you can receive communion without going to confession.  You should read and pray with the Mass readings: the first reading, the responsorial psalm, the second reading, and the Gospel before attending Mass.  That will prepare you and make you more open to listening to the Word of God.  “I believe in Jesus Christ His only Son, Our Lord.”  Belief in Jesus Christ requires that you meet Him in the Eucharist and come to know His eternal love for you and everyone.  Jesus suffered once and died on the Cross so that we could be forgiven for our sins and healed.  Jesus ascended into Heaven, and He suffers no more.  The head no longer suffers.  The crown of thorns was exchanged with the crown of glory.  We who are in His Body still suffer.  When Jesus returns to judge the living and the dead, He will not come to condemn but to save.  “And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them, I do not condemn him, for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world. Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words has something to judge him: the word that I spoke, it will condemn him on the last day, because I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. So what I say, I say as the Father told me.” (Jn 12:47-50)  “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” (Jn 13:34)  You need to seek and know the love God has for you.

“You formed my inmost being;

you knit me in my mother’s womb.

I praise you, because I am wonderfully made;

wonderful are your works!

My very self you know.” (Ps 139:13-14)

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