OUR STORY …
Rom had tossed and turned a lot last night. It wasn’t that he was worried about something. He wasn’t. The old guy just had a lot to think about. Rom was the kind of man who did his best thinking while he slept.
Judgment was on Rom’s mind this day, so he decided to stop by the Catholic bookstore and have a little talk with Sr. Charlie. Of course, she didn’t know everything, but it certainly seemed to Rom like she did.
Rom knew that judgment was the work of Jesus alone. He understood that only He had been given the authority to judge souls. And only Jesus could issue truly perfect judgment to everyone too. But still, if only he understood how Jesus judged, maybe Rom would be able to mold his life so that it would be more pleasing to our Lord.
IT IS WRITTEN ..
The Bible tells us that the Gospel Jesus preached had to go to all nations as a testimony to all people (Matt 24:14). This Gospel was the good news of the Kingdom of God. Everyone is invited. No one is excluded. And no place on earth is bypassed.
Jesus sent His disciples into the world with this message (Matt 28:16-20). And the successors of those disciples have been doing that ever since.
The Catechism tells us that believing in the Christ and in the One who sent him is necessary for obtaining salvation. Without faith, it is impossible to please God. (CCC 161)
It also reminds us that faith is a personal act. It is the free response of a human person to God’s initiative to reveal Himself. Interestingly, we cannot believe without being carried by the faith of others. And by our faith, we help support the faith of others. (CCC 166)
LIFE GOES ON …
Rom loved Jesus, and he wanted only one thing more than he wanted to go to heaven. That one thing was to be able to take his family and friends there with him.
He and his wife had long ago rethought the purpose of their marriage. They each accepted the responsibility of helping the other spouse get there. They prayed for each other and with each other. They encouraged each other to be the best version of who God made them to be. They also prayed for their adult children and grandchildren. And they strived to be a good example of what a Christ-centered person would be in everyday, real life.
Of course, Sr. Charlie came through for Rom like she always did. She responded in truth and humor. Rom didn’t always catch her humor as it occurred, but he often thought back on things that she had said. He was convinced that her wit and wisdom combined to be a precious gift to her sisters and to all the friends who visited the Catholic bookstore in old Chucktown.
Rom would just have to wait until the right moment to learn exactly how Jesus really judges us. But his struggles helped him realize something more important. He could completely trust Jesus.
“Jesus, I trust in you! Jesus, I trust in you! Jesus, I trust in you!”
That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!