Monday, June 29, 2009

Catholic Catechism: Thoughts on Mercy and Judgment

Upon responding to the supremacy of God, Catholics recognize the need for repentance and the judgment of God when we declare, “From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.” We accept the gift of free will that allows us the choice to turn away from God’s grace, and doom our souls to hell if we so choose to ignore His Mercy. For it is only through God’s Mercy that we are to be saved.

We know Jesus will return in the fullness of His Glory, and all people will be held accountable for their actions. The Catholic Catechism affirms God’s Revelation in this. We also know that when this happens, the Kingdom of God will continue for the rest of time.

There is a definitive dignity men have by being made in the Image of Christ. We are not mere creatures. We are fellow human beings, and heirs to the Kingdom of Heaven. This requires unquestionable trust in God’s goodness, expressed with faith in the Trinity. We turn away from ourselves, changing our priorities, and recognizing Christ as our ultimate goal.