Since becoming Catholic, the most wonderful thing I learned, is “how much God loves me!” How I can “depend on this love.” How His greatest “attribute,” is His “compassion.”
Prior to becoming Catholic, I had never heard the word “attribute” contained in the same sentence with God. I saw God in four ways, “He loved me,” “He would forgive me,” “vengeance was His,” and “fear His wrath.”
Since becoming Catholic, I have never heard the words, “vengeance” or “wrath.” I am not saying, “these are not “attributes” of God.” I am saying all the Church has ever taught me, is “how much God loves me.” “How there are no limitations when it comes to His mercy and compassion.” “How greater the sinner, the more right they have to the mercy of Christ.” What a wonderful God, the Church gave to me.
You know, prior to these teachings, I was also very afraid of God. Was lightning going to “strike me dead?” “Was I going to hell in a handbasket, for truly without the Church teachings, that is how I felt.” Then there were the moments where because “Jesus was my personal Lord and Saviour, no way was I going to hell.” The constant going back and forth.
Of course I still “try and keep myself out of hell.” You know trusting in His greatest attributes, “compassion” and “mercy” sure makes it a lot easier. Knowing it is my “works” that are going to be judged, separating me from the “sheep” and the “goats,” helps a lot also. This helps me, because I actually have a “say” in the matter. I will either send myself to “hell” or send myself to “heaven.” The Church teachings enable me to work all of this out though! (Isn’t that great!)
The Church gave to me the “God of love.” The “God of free will.” “The God of forgiveness.” “The God I can turn to, no matter what I have done, said, or thought.” “The God of mercy and compassion.” The Church gave to me, “the fullness of God.”
God Bless, SR