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Citizens Of Heaven Living As Citizens On Earth

Citizens Of Heaven Living As Citizens On Earth

If you are baptized, you are a citizen of heaven — your true home. The saints — the citizens of heaven who have reached there before us — are cheering us on! While the saints reminds us all we could be, most especially they should remind us of all we are

Regardless of where we are on the earthly political spectrum — Democrat, Republican, independent, or some other political affiliation — we have to stay connected to the primary Gospel truth regarding our Christian citizenship. 

By virtue of our Christian Baptism, we are born into the family of God. It is an indelible reality that cannot be washed off our soul. It’s like spiritual DNA; we are born with it and it cannot be reversed. 

Holy Baptism is the foundation of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit. … Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission. (CCC, 1213; see CCC, 1272–1274)

What is wrought by Baptism is a constant attachment to the Body of Christ and the Church. 

St. Paul writes: “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ”(Philippians 3:20). Note the present tense of Paul’s words. Our citizenship is in heaven. This is not a hypothesis; this is a reality. 

Jesus prayed for his disciples (and future followers) before he died, coaching them in this holy dual citizenship between heaven and earth. 

[Father,] … I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours. …

I do not ask that you remove them out of the world but that you keep them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. Consecrate them in the truth. Your Word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. And I sanctify myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth. I pray not only for them, but also for those who will trust in me through their word. (John 17:9, 15–20)

Obviously, “the first calling of the Christian is to follow Jesus” (CCC, 2253). And the Church, for its part, is not to be misled with the political community, yet it “respects and motivates the political freedom and responsibility of the citizen” (CCC, 2245).

Four duties of citizens

1. Be subject and collaborate with authorities. It is a Christian’s responsibility to voice “just criticisms of that which seems harmful to the wellness of persons and to the good of the community” (CCC, 2238).

2. Volunteer “to the good of society in a spirit of truth, justice, solidarity, and freedom.” Love and service of one’s country follows the larger duties of gratitude and charity. Good citizens ought “to accomplish their roles in the life of the political community” (CCC, 2239).

3. Take co-responsibility with authorities for the common good. Encouraging the common good includes the moral duties to “pay taxes, to exercise the right to vote, and to uphold one’s country” (CCC, 2240).

4. Welcome immigrants. Prosperous nations have an obligation to welcome foreigners seeking security or jobs that cannot be found in their country of origin. They have a natural right, as guests, to security.

Authorities, for the sake of the common good … may make [immigration] subject to various juridical conditions, particularly with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens. (CCC, 2241).

Does The Bible Predict An Asteroid Will Strike The Earth? NASA Says It Is Inevitable

Does The Bible Predict An Asteroid Will Strike The Earth? NASA Says It Is Inevitable

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On February 15, 2013, a previously undetected near-Earth asteroid slammed into the Earth. The object, weighing about 14,000 tons, ripped through the air at a shallow angle, saving the planet from catastrophe. The meteor then exploded over a populated area, sending thousands to the hospital. This was a warning shot.

The Chelyabinsk meteor is the single-most dramatic impact of an asteroid with Earth ever captured on film. A similar blast in Tunguska, Russia over a century before flattened 2,000 sq/km of forest.

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PURGATORY State or Place?

PURGATORY State or Place?

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A friend once said to me “I met my wife on facebook” and in my own meditiation about Purgatory I began to think of the question “where is Purgatory?” and to liken it to my friend who found his wife on facebook I asked ‘where is facebook?’ Is facebook just a platform? Or is facebook located where the servers are located in America and Europe? Or is facebook located at my friends and his wife’s different locations at the time they met each other on facebook? Like when someone says “I met my wife in Port Harcourt, Beigin, London, Paris or Texas.

Where is Purgatory?  For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son: that whosoever believeth in him may not perish, but may have life everlasting. Jn 3:16

Nothing unclean shall enter into the Kingdom of God as it is written in the Holy Scriptures and again it is written that “whosoever says that he is without sin is a liar”.

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