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    Tuesday, March 27, 2007

    the failure of our own existence


    As the Pope says, what would be the failure of our existence?
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    When we finally lie quiet and dead, what happens?
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    That failure would be a Judgement unto hell. Left up to us that would never happen. The polls show that we all think we're going to heaven. Could it be?
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    It could not. There is nothing Jesus has ever said about the whole crew coming along for the ride. The closest account we have is of the thief on the cross. Being crucified with Jesus and defending his innocence may be our ticket, but I think that opportunity has passed.
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    How about how really really nice we can be at times. Maybe that will do it.
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    Let's see what the Pope says...
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    The important thing is to understand that "the true enemy is attachment to sin, which can lead us to the failure of our own existence," he said.
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    That's troublesome for sure.
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    "Only God's love can change from within the existence of the person and, consequently, the existence of every society, because only his infinite love liberates from sin, the root of every evil," the pope said.
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    That same love is reflected in the sacrifice of Christ, who came with the concrete goal of saving souls, he said."Christ came to tell us that he desires all of us in heaven and that hell, which isn't spoken about much in our time, exists and is eternal for those who close their hearts to his love," the pope said.
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    In "God and the World," a book-length interview in 2000, he said the church reminds people of heaven and hell in order to underline that "there is a responsibility before God, that there is a judgment, that human life can either turn out right or come to disaster."
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    The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines hell as "the state of definitive self-exclusion from communion with God and the blessed."

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