I think your post could have been phrased better, but essentially I agree.
I have a story
I suffered from a mortally sinful sexual addiction, and I fought it for a whole year, losing more ground daily.
My parents, pastor, others, all tried to remind me not to feel down about it, to feel Gods mercy, to feel his grace, that he will have mercy on me, all this, how accepting his mercy as your hope will save you. They did this to varying degrees. One said not to try a daily rosary for this, just remembering Gods mercy is better. Another said I should not feel so guilty. Another said I should not go to confession so much, and be happy and joyful christian. You know what? My addiction GOT WAY WORSE.
Then I found a traditionalist Catholic website that said bluntly. You have lust, you burn in hell. It had stereotypical descriptions of all the pains of hell, condemned me ruthlessly, and told me to pray a 15 decade rosary in hope of reparation, to go to weekly confession over it. And now, 2 months later, my addiction has vanished.
Did I stop due to fear? Hell no! (Pun intended). I stopped because I was not simply causing God to pour more mercy onto me, I was LEAVING him for hell. That is heartbreaking. The cold fact was that if I died like this, God would not run and chase me, I would have turned my back on him…and this realization is what snapped the addiction for good.
Funny how that worked. :rolleyes:
I have a strong devotion to the Divine Mercy. And Jesus said to St Faustina, If souls do not pass through my mercy they will pass through my justice. God does not wrap his mercy to accept our sins, we must shed them and actively enter into his mercy.
Good post, OP.