Unusual post considering I’m not Catholic, but I do think Protestants have abandoned too many of the solid principles in the rush to escape the yoke of a power-hungry Pope (ofc, we’d never have that problem now, perish the thought).
Interesting self-improvement applications. I’ve been looking into grace as it may be channeled by humans, the best ladies are said to possess it, it’s like female charisma, so if anyone else has good resources give us a bell.
“Attendance at Mass, regular confession, spiritual exercises, fasting, and prayer are wonderful vehicles of grace but if we think pious activities will sanctify us, we will only appear to be holy on the outside like the Pharisees”
Recipe for Salvation When You Don’t Really Mean It
step one: adopt three African babies, no more, no less than these, but three is the number of the Trinity
two is too few, four is overboard
three will make thy Lord happy
and so it is written, in my headcanon Bible.
“However, man cannot transform himself into a holy being. As my Irish grandmother would say, “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.”
I was told it means you can’t make bad people good, because they closed that door a long time ago.
Nor can you improve the quality of people without their consent, a concept familiar to those who’ve been to a therapist.
“we are basically trying to save ourselves with our religious works.”
The CHINOs never cared for their posterboi Jesus, as you can tell by the gaudy memes, let alone the Big Man. Politics is always #1 in their hearts. They’d wear hoodies with God is Good, totally forgetting all the humility schtick.
“In fact, self-appointed spiritual disciplines that are not inspired and empowered by the Holy Spirit are self-centered, not God-centered. To put this thought in more shocking terms, when we try to perfect ourselves we are stealing Christ’s job of redemption and sanctification.”
Beware of false prophets on Youtube.
*cough cough Whores of Patreon cough*
““You’re working for satan, not God.” I realized I still had not allowed Jesus to justify me. I was still relying on good works to earn God’s approval.”
Signalling is a sin?
Insincere signalling, I think.
Think of it this way, your salvation is out of your hands. Try to be a good person and do the right thing, the really right thing, and any God worth his salarium would be content with that.
“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Scammers move on quickly so you don’t expose them, all those metaphors about light? Most people doling out advice are in it for something other than truth. Most overt being the love of money…
If you have nothing to hide from a God, why the guilt? Perhaps this is the reason Christianity allowed Europeans to thrive culturally, it taps into our vice weakness (the infamous white guilt) and directs it positively. I haven’t seen pagan religions achieve this, where records exist.
Know thyself, and thy inner jerk.