Crucifixion, with the Blessed Virgin Mary and St John - by LIEFERINXE, Josse - from Musée du Louvre, Paris
In this Depiction of the Crucifixion, Christ's Body hangs Dead, on the Cross-of-Salvation. Christ will Suffer no-more. His Heart has been Pierced-by a Lance, and Sheds Water-and-Blood, which are Symbolic-of the Birth of Christ's One-and-Only Catholic Church. Spectators have departed the Scene, leaving only God's Holy Mother, and Saint John. The Heaven's are filled with Rejoicing Angels, who Celebrate the Defeat of Satan by Jesus Christ. On the Cross remains the Body-and-Divinity of Jesus Christ, which will in-turn, 'Spend' Three (3) days in the Tomb, to be 'Eternally-United' after Three (3) Days, with the Soul-and-Divinity of Christ, on Easter Morning. At the Moment-of Christ's Death, when the Will-of-the-Father, and Defeat-of-Satan, had been 'Accomplished', Christ's Soul-and-Divinity 'Descended'-into Hell like a Lightening Bolt, and Satan and his followers were Forced to-'Acknowledge' their Defeat. One such Victory Scene is depicted under Christ's Left Arm, where we see Saint Michael, the Power-of-God, 'Driving'-out the Devils, who Imprisoned the the Just-Followers of-God in-Limbo, from the Time-of-Adam (Genesis), until Christ 'Triumphantly-Reopened' the Gates-of-Heaven (Ascension Thursday), for all the Faithful.
(Refer to 'Descent to Hell', for more Detail on this Subject)
Jesus Christ Died in-Battle, for us
Greater Love than this, no Man hath,
Maiorem hac dilectionem nemo habet
Some People make Perfection, Consist-in an Austere Life;
|Nota Bene: Bible Verses quoted-in this Book are from the English Douay-Rheims Translation, commissioned-by the Catholic Church.|
Faith is the Foundation-of Charity; but Faith, ultimately is Perfected-by Charity. Our Faith becomes Perfect, when our Love of God is most Perfect. Love brings-with it, not only Faith-of-Understanding, but also Faith-of-the-Will. ( Soul = Intellect + Will) Those who 'Believe' only-with their Intellect, but-not with their Will ─ as Sinners who are completely Convinced-of the Validity-of the Truths-of-Faith, but who 'Choose' (an Act-of the Will) not to Live-by them ─ are very Weak in Faith. If they Firmly 'Believed' that God is a Treasure without-Price, and that Sin - because it Robs them of His Grace - is the Greatest of Evils, they would certainly 'Change' their Lives. If, then, they Prefer some Miserable Trifle, to God, it is either because they do not 'Believe', or because their Faith is very Weak.
On the other hand, those who 'Believe' with both Intellect and Will, have Perfect Faith. They not only 'Accept', but Willingly Believe-in God, the Revealer of all Truth, because-of God's Love for them. They Rejoice-in their Faith, and therefore Try to-make their Lives Conform-to the Truth, in which they Believe.
The Lack-of Faith, on the Part-of Sinners, cannot be Blamed-on the Obscurity-of God's Truth; for God has-'Given' them Clear and Convincing Evidence-of these Truths. Often, their Weakness-of Faith, can be 'Traced'-to their Sinful Lives. Those who would rather Reject Divine Friendship, than 'Surrender' Sinful Pleasure, really 'Wish' there were no-Law, to- Haunt them. And so they Try to 'Blind' themselves to the Truth, because its Presence, 'Mingles' Bitterness with their Pleasure. Because of this, they Try to-'Prove' there is no Soul, no God, no Hell; and they 'Choose' (an Act-of the Will), to 'Live' and Die like Brute Animals, without Law and without Reason.
Despite the Beliefs-of the Materialists, the Deists, and the Humanists, we know that God, in His Mercy, has 'Created' us to be Eternally (∞) Happy, in Heaven. He has 'Showered' us with Grace and Light, to 'Lead' us to Eternal (∞) Life. He has Redeemed us at the Cost of so-much Suffering. And yet, how many Try-to Deny Everything, so-that they may Sin, more-Freely. But, 'Try' as they may, they cannot 'Escape' the Fact, that God will 'Judge' them by their Works. If only they would 'Apply' themselves Earnestly-to the Love-of God, they would 'Cast-Aside' their Doubts, and 'Firmly-Believe' all the Truths, that God has 'Revealed'.
Those who really Love Jesus Christ, keep His Eternal (∞) Truths, Forever-before their Eyes, and Act in accord-with them. How thoroughly, do those who Love Jesus Christ, 'Realize' that Apparent-Greatness is nothing but Smoke-and-Ashes, and that their only Happiness, Lies-in Loving their Creator, and 'Doing' His Holy Will.
We are, in-Reality, no more than we are before God; and what Good will it be, that we 'Gain' the Whole World, if we Lose our Souls, in the Process? All the Goods-of the World, can never 'Fill' a Human Heart; only God Himself, can 'Fill' it.
Some-of Today's Christians 'Believe', but their Faith is not Complete. They 'Accept' the Gospel, the Trinity, Redemption, the Sacraments; yet they do not 'Believe' Completely. Jesus Christ has said:
Now 'Compare' this Gospel Teaching, to the 'Creed'-of those who 'Say' they Believe-in Christ and, in-Effect, say:
Either they do not 'Believe' the Gospel, or they 'Believe' only Part-of it. Those who 'Believe' All-of it, 'Consider' it a Grace ─
Such is the Faith, of those who 'Believe' All that is Written-in the Gospel, and such, too, is the Faith of those who have a Real Love, for Jesus Christ.
"O my God, make me a Saint"