“This is the chalice of My Blood….which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Eucharistic Prayer during Mass – my emphasis.)
He didn’t say ‘poured out for all.’ His sacrifice would only benefit those who believe in Him.
It is not sufficient simply to say to ourselves, in private: “I believe in Christ.”
We have to live our lives as followers of Christ: this includes speaking up in His Name and being prepared for ridicule and persecution as a result.
It means standing up to public opinion – or rather, those who purport to represent public opinion, employing loud, bullying tactics to threaten into submission those who don’t agree with their secular agenda.
We who have stood by weakly and allowed the removal of God from the public arena and morals will have to answer to Him for our cowardice. Where were we when Christ needed us to fight the good fight?
And those in authority who are leading the population astray will pay the wages of sin, too, together with those pushing their amoral agenda down our throats.
“Jesus said to his disciples: "Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come (Luke 17:1).” (My emphasis.)
As Martin G. Collins writes: “Anyone who leads others into sin bears great guilt. Only a deep-seated wickedness attempts to confuse and destroy another's potential.”
Lucy of Fatima said: “Taking into account the behavior of mankind, only a small part of the human race will be saved.”
"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it (Matthew 7:13-14).”
Is our final aspiration to number among the “souls going down into the abyss as thick and fast as snowflakes falling in the winter mist”? Blessed Benedict Joseph Labre.
St. Padre Pio was asked what he thought about modern people who don’t believe in hell: “They’ll believe in hell when they get there,” he replied.
Unless we repent and change our ways by conforming to God's will, we’re going to discover the truth of that saint’s statement.
But those who are ‘too smart’ to believe in God will find out just how smart they really are after they leave this world. They'll meet their Creator, and in that brief moment realize that in Him they have found the Truth. Then they will yearn to be with Him forever. But it will be too late.
Christ can save them while they're here on earth, but not afterwards. They’ll be cast out of His Presence for all eternity.
“If you wish to imitate the multitude, then you shall not be among the few who shall enter in by the narrow gate,” warns St. Augustine.
Is it really worth throwing away Jesus' sacrifice for us and risking our souls and those of our children?