Catholic President of Ireland? Dec 6, 2008 12:43:22 GMT
Post by guillaume on Dec 6, 2008 12:43:22 GMT
By the way, Gabriel, you should differentiate between judging acts and judging the person who commits those acts. A may commit heinous sins and yet through repentance (including reparation where possible) be raised higher than B who never committed such heinous sins but never repented those sins he did commit. Is this what you mean by "crucified"?
Exactly. I am reading a great great book for great sinner, like me (in French) called "the Art of using his Faults". It is mainly based on the Spirit and Writings of Saint Francois de Sales. In this book, dedicated to sinners, above all great sinners and people who fall frequently, Saint Francis teach us that God allows some sins, and sometimes serious sins, in order, for us, to remind that "without Him" you cannot do nothing. Humility. Proud leads to sin. End of the Story. However, Saint Francis teach us as well that sinners should never abandon Faith and above all Hope, and never fall in despair, despite their great misery due to their sins. God's Mercy is infinite, never stops. Saint Francis tells us to regret - of course - our sins, to - on some sort - contemplate them with horror, but also not to concentrate too much on them. It is the demon's will, after he managed to lead us into temptation - to lead us into despair. That would be the sin of Judas, who despaired to the end, taken his own life.
And proportionally, because of the Mercy of God, great sinners can become great saints, indeed. If their repentance is proportional to the seriousness of their sins. I am not saying that we must sin to become saint ! ;D But because of the Mercy of God, who can make a good from bad, and ONLY because of the mercy and grace of God, some great sinners can become great saints. They are many examples.