“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
aggressive multiple sclerosis (MS) for over 32 years which has left me completely wheelchair dependent and living on a modest disability. The cost of a new wheelchair accessible van is $77,000. Not only will it enhance my life but assist me to continue to spread take a message of life with dignity for people with disabilities.
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Monday, September 26, 2016
That time proved to be a defining point for me. Would I succumb to the temptation of being delivered from a horrible disease that was destroying me if it required killing another human being? Granted, it would have been tempting if a restorative cure had been developed for MS using embryonic sources. Sadly I would have to turn away from it. I could not accept it. Some principles rise above self-interests.
It's doubtful that mainstream media like the New York Times and CNN, who were so enthusiastic to tout the promises of embryonic stem cell research 15 years ago, will not go back now to report its failure.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
|David Mainse prays with Billy Graham|
on 100 Huntley Street (late 1970s?)
My association with David goes back to mid-1990s. I appeared a number of times on 100 Huntley Street. Crossroads produced a documentary about my life for their series Stories of Our Becoming.
|Cover for the video|
To Be, Or Not To Be
-- the Human Family"
In fact, I was at the Crossroads studios in Burlington Ontario for another 100 Huntley Street the day David made his announcement he was going to retire and pass the mantle to his son Ron. The building's chapel was full as we watched David place his hands on Ron and pray his blessing. A new phase of ministry began and I was there to witness the event.
|Norma Jean and David Mainse|
celebrate their 58th wedding
Until we are in heaven, we will not know how many thousand upon thousands of people David Mainse led to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ over the years.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Christ calls a rebellious generation to lay down their rebellion and surrender their whole being to Him. That means to love God with all their heart, soul and mind, and their neighbour with as fervent a love as they have for themselves (Matthew 22.37-39, cf. Deuteronomy 6.5, 10.12, 30.6.) For most people it's too much. Perhaps this has something to do with the narrow gate that leads to life and few are on it yet the broad way that leads to destruction has many. (Matthew 7.13-14)
The cost to follow Christ is simply too dear. He calls people from undeveloped spiritual vagueness to become wholly holy ... to emerge squinting from spiritual darkness into Christ's intense light -- revealing and perfecting. Perfecting invariably involves pain. (See Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), 1430-1431.)
To follow Christ requires a change of mind, heart and morals (cf. CCC,368.) It requires a shift from self-centeredness to other-centeredness. People's lifestyles, status, possessions, addictions, or other worldliness may be too important to them. They want a new set of values to accommodate those things.
|Venerable Fulton Sheen|
Fulton Sheen wrote about the human desire to adopt new ethical systems, "...the tailoring of new standards of "morals" to suit our immoral ways of living." They want a creed that suits their behaviour and deeds and demands little from them.
I am increasing convinced that most people do not have an intellectual problem with God, they have a moral problem with God. It's not that they can't believe in God, their will is stubborn and they won't believe in God. They want God on their terms not His terms. It can't be that way. God is perfect but humanity is deeply flawed and sinful. To ask a perfect God of love (1John 4.8) to be content with humanity's imperfections of evil and not desire their removal, is to ask God not to be God. He was prepared to go to drastic lengths to make provision to reconcile sinful humanity back to himself for eternity (See John 3.16, 1John 2.1-2, 4.8-10. Also CCC, 976-987, 1422-1456)
Perhaps someone will say, "But I want God to accept me just the way I am." He will. That is what Calvary was all about. But that perfect God is the very essence of love and won't leave the imperfections unattended. They must be removed from the beloved to become more Christ-like. That is spiritual pilgrimage. Perhaps someone else will comment, "I just want God to leave me alone." If that's what is really wanted, God will do that too. That's leads to Hell.
It is not God's desire that anyone would be lost (cf. Ezekiel 33.11, John 3.16, 1Timothy 2.3-5, 2Peter 3.9.) But God sets the terms of his heaven and salvation. Salvation that leads to God comes exclusively through faith in Jesus Christ (John 14.6, Acts 4.12).
There is someone who rose from the dead: It is Jesus Christ. There are millions of people are here who have encountered him: It is Jesus Christ. There is no need for anyone to live in present or future torment without Him. His Church can help to point the way to love the Lord your God with all our hearts, souls and our minds, and to love others as ourselves.
[Click on image below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPgKcAAvwSU Video: the parable of the rich man and Lazarus]