The Joy of Salvation ... For Catholics
A Spirituality of Abandonment Founded on Complete Trust in Jesus Christ
Based on the Spirituality of St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Louis de Montfort, and St. Faustina Kowalska
The "Joy of Salvation" spirituality draws on the insights of three saints, primarily St. Therese of Lisieux, but also St. Louis de Montfort and St. Maria Faustina. And while many similar spiritual themes can be drawn from other wonderful and inspiring Saints, I have chosen to focus on these three because each adds a particularly important spiritual dimension to the "Joy of Salvation" spirituality.
Through St. Therese of Lisieux, one comes to understand that one should entrust the salvation of one’s soul entirely to Jesus Christ, and having done so, maintain complete confidence in him for one's salvation, thus avoiding Purgatory! Essentially, one can have confidence of going straight to heaven after death.
From St. Louis de Montfort, one learns to "give to Jesus all we can possibly give him, and in the most perfect manner, that is, through Mary's hands. In this devotion everything is given and consecrated, even the right to dispose freely of one's spiritual goods and the satisfactions earned by daily good works."1 The result? Jesus "will be generous toward the generous!"2
Finally, in giving the Divine Mercy Devotion to the world, Jesus told St. Faustina: "My daughter, speak to priests about this inconceivable mercy of Mine. The flames of mercy are burning Me -- clamoring to be spent; I want to keep pouring them out upon souls; souls just don't want to believe in my goodness."3
Each section of this web site elaborates on the basic themes mentioned above, but the place to visit first is the section on St. Therese of Lisieux and her teachings on Purgatory. Prepare to be delightfully surprised!
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