Speaking with a friend of mine here in Malta last week, we were both grateful and aware of the fact that great Catholics had come into our lives in the past and helped us on our way.
"In Him there is no darkness at all. The night and the day are both alike."
Sometimes, God surprises a person by bringing a mature, spiritual person into one's life just at the right time, when there is a great need.
"When we have run with patience the race, we shall know the joy of Jesus."
Both my friend and I expressed gratitude for this gift of past influences.
"Clear Son of Righteousness shine on my path and show me the way to the Father."
But, one thing we had to learn was that some people just want to go to hell. For a long time I could not see why some I knew would consistently chose lying, cheating, committing adultery, incest, drunkenness and dissipation, manipulation of others, homosexual sins, over the love of God. Some people choose darkness with their own wills still being free.
No amount of witnessing or caring or prayers would deter them from the paths of seeking power and status over pursuing the love of God.
The hardest lesson for me to learn was that some people choose to be against God.
A friend of mine who has been in combat twice in Iraq explained to me earlier this summer that he met so many people who choose hell. They choose murder, hatred, and ignorance even when rational explanations and apologetics concerning Christ were presented to them.
In Western, civilized cultures, people have a hard time understanding why some groups choose darkness over light.
In the face of darkness, we must continue to spread the Gospel. Christ is the Light of the World. This is our duty, to let all we meet know this is some manner.
But, sometimes, we must stop and realize that some people just choose hell. They want a life without God. They choose a life without God.
Do we pray for these people? Of course, and we love them as much as we are able. Too often, such people are closed to Catholic, hard love. Catholics give real love, not mushy love.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
Only in Christ can one walk in the light.
"The star of my life is Jesus."
I repeat a song I put on this blog this past summer, but another version. Choose the light. Look towards the Light, Who is Christ.
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