From: Mary Zimmerman
Please allow me to just go back and touch briefly on my last letter, “Heaven and Hell.” I’d say if you feel like you are at a crossroad in your life’s journey, please choose heaven. To get some insight I suggest you read “On the Other Side” by Michael Brown, also “Heaven is For Real.” I just recently purchased “The Boy That Came Back From Heaven” as a DVD and find it most fascinating. It seems to me heaven really won’t be heaven to me till I see all my family arrived safely. That is my daily prayer.
As far as hell is concerned, there are two kinds of contrition and God in His great mercy accepts them both - “perfect” meaning we are sorry for our sins because we have offended God who is all good and deserving of all our love, and “imperfect” because you dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell. But fear not - pray, hope, love and trust. St. Padre Pio’s words are “Pray, hope, and don’t worry.” Blessed Pope John Paul II says, “Be not afraid.” I say strive to become a positive person, focusing our minds on how we can help others and that will help us to lead a happier, productive life. When I suffered depression I was very negative. Now I can see my glass half full. I give God thanks for that.
Now I present to you “Becoming a Positive Person.” I found several copies in my storeroom. I believe I wrote it some years ago and think it is worth sharing with you.
Becoming a Positive Person
Every day seems to bring us new opportunities to become a more positive person, allowing us to empty our hearts and minds which the negativity of the world seems to engulf, allow hope and trust to lead us into a happier world. I think we all agree time is on the run. How swiftly the weeks, months, and years go, almost as if the world is passing us by. Time can’t be stopped, slowed, nor can we change the past. But it is much easier to let time slip into eternity, if we use it to help and make others happy, passing on the unconditional love of God to others. The work we do - do it well. Having a positive, loving, prayerful, and forgiving attitude we’ll know we’ve done our best. Remember, things can’t be changed with all the worry in the world. Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow is future and today is a gift. Let hope and trust be your constant companions, securely entwined with love and prayer. God bless you always.
Your faith is a gift from God. Share it, wear it on your sleeve, but don’t lose it.