OUR STORY …
“Why do some people think they can’t get to heaven or even question the existence of such a holy and wonderful state of being?” Herman wondered. “And why do some others trivialize it so much by teaching that we have no part in our journey to heaven, as if there is nothing we need to do to prepare ourselves to enter those (figuratively speaking) gates some day?”
This really bothered Herman because, as a cathedral mouse and superhero of the faith, he wanted everyone to go to heaven. He did not want anyone to be left behind, and most certainly, not any of his family or friends. But surely some — perhaps many, will not be citizens of heaven.
IN THE BIBLE …
The Bible tells us we are saved by grace through faith and not by anything we do (Eph 2:8-9). It was Christ on a cross, blood and water gushing from His side, that opened the gates of heaven to everybody. Nobody, not even you or me, is excluded from this all-encompassing gift of grace. But the Bible tells us something else too.
Nothing unclean will ever enter into heaven (Rev 21:27). We must be holy as God is holy (1 Pet 1:16). And though our baptism washed the stain of original sin away from us, we still have an attraction to it. Put delicately, we like our sin. And our desire for sin prevents us from being holy. The Bible calls it “being sanctified.”
To be sanctified and justified, we must cooperate with God’s grace and the gifts of the Holy Spirit (CCC 2008-2010). In other words, we must do good works which quicken (give life) to our faith and follow the teachings of Christ and the Church He established and still leads today.
LIFE GOES ON …
Herman was slowly beginning to understand that the true nature and purpose of charitable works was not about ending or alleviating suffering and pain. It was actually about helping others experience love in the midst of suffering. It was about demonstrating that the power of love was greater than the pain of existence.
Herman remembered that the largest charitable organization in the whole world is the Catholic Church. Each time he went to his parish church, it seemed small and insignificant. But together with the rest of his Catholic family, there was nothing that even compared to it.
Herman renewed his commitment to compassion as he prepared for the new day. He was ready to join his brothers and sisters where love encounters pain and suffering.
That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B,