Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011: (St. Bernardine of Siena)
Jesus said: “My people, today’s Gospel reading is very familiar, since you have heard this at many recent funerals. My promises are not just for a few people, but they are given to everyone as an invitation to heaven. I go to prepare a place in heaven for every person who is faithful to Me in accepting Me as Master and Savior, as well as every person who asks My forgiveness. When you die, not everyone comes directly to heaven. Only those, who live saintly lives or suffer their purgatory on earth, can come directly to heaven. Those, who refuse to accept Me, are on the road to hell, but those, who love Me a little, will need to be purified in purgatory. All of these places do exist, and if someone doubts this truth, he or she will find out too late at death. My promise of being resurrected one day with your body, will also be fulfilled after the final judgment. These many places include seven levels of heaven based on your capacity to love Me and your neighbor. This is why many of My faithful look forward to when I will call them home to heaven because they know that I will keep My promise to those who love Me.”

Jesus said: “My people, when things wear out, or you need a change, it is relatively easy to buy a new home, a new car, or a new computer. When your body starts to stop working in your bad bones, or chronic aches and pains, you cannot buy a new body, although some replace hips and knee joints. Your body is mortal and it will die one day, but your soul lives on forever. Facing up to the fact that you are not going to be living here much longer, is a sobering fact of life. Since your soul is immortal, you want to plan your best resting place. You have two basic choices either in hell or eventually in heaven. Since being with the One who loves you in heaven is far better than being in the flames of hell with the devil who hates you, it is time now to see how you can make it to heaven. You need to come through Me to get into heaven, so loving Me is your first step. I have told My people that you have to be child-like to get into heaven. Living a simple and humble life is your second step. Those, who eat My Body and drink My Blood worthily, will have eternal life. This is why I ask My faithful to confess their sins frequently, and receive Me in Holy Communion as often as they can. By staying close to Me in My sacraments of grace, this will be your third step. By knowing what I have promised you in this life, you can come to Me and you will have no fear at your death that you will be with Me in heaven for your eternal life.”