What is essential? Since COVID-19, governments have legislated and decreed that some stores and services are essential and some are not. We have been told that some outings are essential and others must be avoided. We should ask ourselves the same question: “What is essential for us; what is absolutely necessary in our lives?” Certainly, basic necessities are essential, such as food and shelter. Other things are less essential and we can live without them. In today’s world, to have access to essential goods each person must have an adequate amount of money, or purchasing power, to obtain what is necessary for living. In Social Credit financial reform, also known as Economic Democracy, purchasing power is guaranteed with the feature known as the Dividend (for a better understanding, financing consumers).
It is absurd for a country to borrow money from commercial banks and pay interest on loans. A nation can create money directly, without interest charges, based on national productive capacity. However, the nefarious nature of international banking prevails because the population does not understand how money is created. Freedom and liberty requires that the population is informed on this score and education is the method we recommend at MICHAEL.
A minimum of material goods are certainly necessary to live. Yet, fortune, fame and celebrity are not enough to ensure happiness. God has instilled in the heart of each of us a thirst for the infinite, which only an infinite being, God Himself, can satisfy. God is Love, He loves us without measure and that is why He allowed His only Son to die on the cross to save us.
When we return to the question, “What is essential?” we also ask closely related questions, “What gives meaning to my life? Why do I exist? What happens after death?” For a Christian, it is essential to live in union with God for eternity. This is why he created us. If we miss this ultimate aim, we miss everything.
This was understood by Carlo Acutis, an Italian youth who died at the age of 15 of leukemia. Carlo was beatified by the Catholic Church on October 10, 2020. He offers an example of holiness to all the faithful (my highway to Heaven).
Young Carlo had two great loves and beacons in his life: the Eucharist, his “highway to heaven”, and the Blessed Virgin Mary. The same two pillars would save the universal Church, according to a dream by Saint John Bosco (the two columns). The power of intercession given by God to the Virgin Mother is great, as evidenced by the conversion of Claude Newman through the Miraculous Medal.
Jesus tells us in the Gospel that if we do not nourish ourselves with the body of Christ, we will not have eternal life. He is truly present in the Eucharist as the consecrated host becomes His flesh. Unlike other foods that are transformed when consumed, the Eucharist transforms us. But how can we nourish ourselves with Holy Communion if we do not have access to the sacraments, if churches are closed or if attendance is limited to small numbers? Some faithful bishops have addressed this issue, including the Archbishop of San Francisco, Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone (free the mass).
If less than 1 % of people diagnosed with COVID-19 die from it, we can still have 100 % certainty that the rest of us will one day die. It is good then to ask oneself this question: “Where will I spend eternity after my physical death: in heaven or in hell?” To go to heaven, one must convert, pray, do penance, and follow the Gospel. This is what Jesus, Mary and the saints repeat in their heavenly messages (from heaven).
What is essential in my life? What brings me closer to God, and what takes me away? It really is a soul-searching exercise and continuous self-examination is necessary. To each person, have a good and fruitful exam!