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A life of grace on earth is like a well-lit mountain from which there is a ladder to Heaven. Without grace, it is easy to wander onto the broad road which leads to Hell.
We are all on a journey, past great swamps and quicksands. It is not loving to say nothing when we see people set out on a dangerous path instead of the safe one: hence the importance of honest ecumenism, of good catechesis, and evangelisation.
As we travel towards Heaven, Christ is like a signal-man whom we rely on to send our messages to those waiting to meet us at our destination. Through Christ, we can be certain that our prayers reach God the Father, and the Saints.
It is Christ Who has built the vehicle by which we can be carried away from the 'war-zone' of earthly life, to safety. He is the designer, and the pilot who will take us on a free flight, if we will trust in Him.
It is a long way we must 'travel', if we are to persevere on our journey from sinful earthly life to the holiness and beauty of Heaven. Only by God's power, poured out in the sacraments, can we 'ascend' on high.
Until we find the narrow Way which leads straight to Heaven, it's as if we are wandering around on an unknown road, in a cloudy area, in darkness. Then we see the light, and the safe way ahead.
Near the end of our earthly journey, we come to an intersection. If we follow the wrong road we will find ourselves lost on a bypass, or in industrial wastelands. But if we do what Our Lady says, and follow the map - which is Christ's instructions - we shall follow the road to the great Cathedral of Heaven, at the city centre, and hear beautiful music, in glorious surroundings.
The Lord showed me the far horizons, and many of the other roads which people travel in efforts to reach God and Heaven. The one Way to Heaven is the Way made by Christ and shown out by His Church.
Sometimes we are too close to things to see their meaning. As the Lord 'expands' our view, we come to see things of real importance, such as the importance of persevering on the Way to Heaven. Someone whose view is first limited to the wallpaper in front of him, for example, can marvellously broaden his vision, to gaze almost as 'far' as Heaven.
Christ showed me plainly that there is only one Way from earth to Heaven: the narrow way made by Him, so that all Who will trust in Him can follow the Way and arrive safely in Glory. Those who refuse to follow the safe Way inevitably fall, at death, into the dark Abyss.
In the course of our spiritual life, the 'climate' changes, when someone moves from a 'snowy' area of loneliness and pain to a joyful area of sunshine and harvest - with much joy and fulfilment - before 'rising up' to Heaven.
As a beanstalk grows high, towards the sky, so should our spiritual life 'grow' towards Heaven. Though at times it seems as if we am growing 'downwards', the truth is that we can be moving in a great spiral, closer and closer to our Heavenly Home, even now, while we are doing little of outward importance.
We imitate Christ, Who painfully climbed a stairway towards Pilate, as we ascend a holy stairway from earth to Heaven, trying by God's grace to remain trusting and faithful to the end.
Christ has a path for each of us to follow. Whether we are Clergy or laity, married or single, busy in prominent tasks or 'hidden away' in obscure jobs or illness, we glorify Him if we follow the way He reveals to us. One step at a time, we can walk in obedience and trust.
Our determination to move towards Christ, even in difficulties, is like the determination of a child who struggles towards her mother, even when she can only just walk. Persistence is part of the journey.
At the 'heart' of the great fire of the Godhead stands the figure of Christ, like a second Adam. Christ stripped Himself of glory to descend to our sinful world: hence the Father's gift of an Immaculate Mother, to welcome Christ, and to be his 'home' in exile.
Christ awaits us at the tabernacle, as if at the 'Doorway' to Heaven. If we make efforts to abandon our bad habits and weaknesses, by His grace, it's as if we push aside some of the clutter which might have hindered us on our journey to Glory.
Each of us must 'climb' to Heaven in faith, hope and love, if we wish to reach glory, and avoid the smoke of Hell which lies below. With humility we can hope to persevere to the end, and to avoid lukewarmness, despair or self-satisfaction.
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