After seeing the Catholic Catechism answer to: Why did God make us? [mentioned by a junior member]. Answer: To know Him, love Him and serve Him here on earth and to be happy with Him forever in Heaven, during my post communion moments I asked Him to increase my knowledge, love & service of Him.
I believe He has answered me in the following way: Jesus said if you love only your friends then you reap no reward, but if you love your enemies and those who hate you, you are then entitled to one.
I believe this is also the way God behaves: He would reap no glory in merely loving those who love Him, but His glory escalates dramatically when He loves all those who are unworthy of His love.
When He acts like this OUR esteem, love, adoration and thanks for Him also increases.
The following may be heretical, but when we all reach the judgement chair of Jesus He may invite us ALL into Heaven.
Some will say: But that’s not fair!.. I say: What skin is it off your nose if you are receiving what your behaviour deserves and ALL these other undeserving souls are also enjoying a fair measure of Heavenly joy [which incidentally gives God joy to see everyone happy].
I also want to see everyone happy and I pray for that every day as part of my service of God.
I believe this insight was inspired by the Holy Spirit. Pray the Fatima decade prayer Jesus passed on to Lucia during the apparition of July 13th, 1917. “O my [loving] Jesus, pardon us, save us from the fire of Hell, and draw ALL SOULS to Heaven, especially those most in need” and you will be benefiting Jesus, ALL SOULS, and yourself. This prayer can be verified in Google search: Lucia’s version of the decade prayer at Fatima. Notice that Jesus uses the word “draw” in His prayer. If you look up its meaning in the Oxford Dictionary you will discover that an applicable meaning is: [quoted straight from the dictionary]: • direct or attract (someone’s attention) to something: it was an outrage and we had to draw people’s attention to it | a bright red instantly draws the eye.
When we say this prayer we are empowering Jesus to direct and attract everyone’s attention to Heaven, our final dwelling place.
This prayer can be verified in Google search: Lucia’s version of the decade prayer at Fatima. Click on the 1st hit. A few paragraphs down you will see the following from an interview with Lucia regarding the apparition on the 13th of July, 1917.
Here it is:
According to the book Our Lady of Fátima by William Thomas Walsh (Macmillan, 1947), in an interview with the author, Sr. Lucia states that “The correct form is the one I have written in my account of the apparition of July 13: ‘O my Jesus, pardon us, and save us from the fire of hell; draw all souls to heaven, especially those most in need.’” This version does not have the commonly added phrase “of thy mercy” at the end of it.
You may notice that for better grammar and smoother recitation I have added ‘loving’ before the word ‘Jesus’, something Jesus would not have done I believe. I have also moved the word ‘and’ from ‘and save us from the fire of Hell’ to ‘and’ draw all souls to Heaven etc. Champo120