"Loving God and loving our neighbors
are the key to Heaven"
Fr. Francis Su
November 3, 2012
The Blessed Mother continues exuding
fragrant oil through her statue in Naju on November 3, 2012
Fr. Francis Su delivers a homily during the
First Saturday Mass in Naju on November 3, 2012
Brothers and sisters! I have a question for you.
Right at this moment, are you close to the Heavenly Kingdom or are
you far away from it? (Response: 'We are close to the
Heavenly Kingdom!') We already know that the most important
Commandment for us is that we should love God with our whole heart,
with our whole soul, and with our whole mind and the second most
important Commandment is to love our neighbors as ourselves. If we
really impress these Commandments on our hearts and faithfully
practice them, we should be close to the Heavenly Kingdom.
Have you ever seen an airplane flying with only one
wing on one side? . . . An airplane cannot fly with only one wing on
one side; likewise, we cannot fly to the Heavenly Kingdom with only
one wing. We need two wings to be able to reach Heaven. The first
wing is our love for God and the second wing is our love for our
neighbors. Many people say that they love God but do not love their
neighbors. In that case, it will be very difficult for them to enter
the Heavenly Kingdom.
Then, who are our closest neighbors? To a wife, her
husband is the closest neighbor. To a husband, his wife is the
closest neighbor. The children, parents, and brothers and sisters
are also the closest neighbors. Sadly, in recent years, love has
been drying up and even being destroyed in many families. The
Blessed Mother shed her first fears in Naju on June 30, 1985 and
gave us her first message in Naju two and a half weeks later, on
July 18. In that message, she said, "
. . . A husband and a wife are joined together so that they may
lead a happy life. But my Son Jesus becomes broken-hearted when they
hate each other and do not forgive each other. You must love one
another. Who are your closest neighbors? How can you say that you
love me and love the Lord when you cannot even love those in your
family? Sanctify your family through love and harmony. This is what
my Son Jesus thirsts for."
Who do you think are the main targets of the devil's
attacks in our time? . . . They are the clergy and the families.
Because so many people are not awake, their families are being
disintegrating. There are some people who work hard in the church,
but, when they go home, they become so different and mistreat their
Brothers and sisters! We cannot enter the Heavenly
Kingdom with only one wing. If we serve diligently in the church and
worship God fervently but are unkind and unforgiving to our closest
neighbors, one of our two wings is broken. As the devils are seeking
all the possible ways to destroy the families, this is a very
serious matter that love is disappearing in the family and the
family is being broken apart. When families are broken apart, the
number of priests and religious will also decrease and the Church
There was a couple with three daughters. Between the
couple, many little things have accumulated over time and
communication also gradually disappeared between them. Eventually
they decided to divorce. The wife said to her eldest daughter aged
12 years: "Your father and I decided to divorce. You need to
pick between me or your father." Her husband said the same
words to his daughter.
The eldest daughter went down to the basement at
night, lit a candle, and prayed the rosary and did this night after
night. Two younger sisters began looking for their elder sister,
found her in the basement, praying and weeping, and joined her.
Soon, their parents also knew this.
Several days later, their father finally spoke to
the eldest daughter, "I cannot do this divorce because of
(three of) you." The girls continued praying in the
basement. Before long, their parents reconciled with each other and
the whole family began praying the rosary together.
What you should do from today is to kneel and pray.
A husband must pray for his wife. A wife must pray for her husband.
If you only persist in being in discord and fight, the devil will be
extremely pleased and say, "Right! You are not the one who is
at fault. If you remain silent, you will be treated like a fool.
Keep fighting! Fight more forcefully!" The devil will
whisper to the husband, "Don't you remember the attractive
woman you saw the other day?" and whisper to the wife, "Find
a better man. You deserve a better man."
I will tell you about another case. It happened in
1990. I was temporarily working at a different parish for two or
three weeks. One day, a woman came to me with a face full of anger, "Father,
I cannot eat anything because of my husband. I cannot sleep because
of him. Please punish my husband severely." Her face filled
with hatred looked very ugly.
I asked her, "Do you love God?" She
said, "Yes, I love God very, very much." So, I quoted
to her some of the teachings in the Gospel and said, "If you
love God, you must also love your husband, who is your closest
neighbor." Then, I prayed with her, "Lord, let this
daughter of Yours be able to forgive her husband from the depth of
her heart." Immediately, she fell down on the floor by the
power of the Holy Spirit. When she woke up, I asked her, "Do
you still want me to punish your husband?" She answered, "No,
Father. I just forgave my husband." She was smiling
beautifully and looked at least five years younger. Because she
opened her heart, Our Lord could remove all of her anger and
resentment from her heart and filled it with joy, peace, and love.
Brothers and sisters! Totally entrust everything to
the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed
Mother. Then, start praying with your family especially in this Year
of Faith. Even when you feel that you must have a fight, offer it up
graciously so that Jesus and the Blessed Mother may be able to come
into your family and reside there. I know many people who pray
together as a family. Some of their sons want to become priests and
some of their daughters hope to become Sisters. Holy priests and
holy religious come from holy families.
Lastly, I am going to tell you about St. Rita who
lived in the 15th century Italy. Her mother was a devout
Catholic and raised Rita to become filled with love for God and love
for neighbors. Rita married a man, but later found out that he had
killed a man. Rita began praying for her husband and tried to help
him as much as possible. Rita found out that her husband had
committed the murder because of a deep enmity between his family and
another family. Later her husband was murdered by a member of the
other family. Thanks to Rita's help, her husband was able to forgive
the murderer before he died. Rita also publicly forgave the person
who killed her husband. However, her husband's younger brother and
her two sons were determined to take revenge on the murderer from
the other family. Knowing this, Rita went to the person who had
killed her husband and said to him, "My husband's relatives
are coming this way to kill you. But how can I hate you, as God
loves you? I already forgave you and wish to help you save your
life. Without any delay run away with your son."
Later, the father of the person who had killed Rita's
husband came to her and thanked her for saving his son's life. Rita
told him, "Now is the time for both families to be completely
reconciled with each other and forgive each other." She
further told him about the importance of their love for God and love
for neighbors. Soon all in the two families gathered together and
restored peace and harmony between them, which had seemed impossible
Finally, I want to ask all of you the following
questions. Will you really love God with your whole heart, with your
whole soul, with your whole mind, and with your whole strength?
(Response: "Yes, I will".) Will you really love your
husband or wife, your closest neighbor, and your parents and
children? (Response: "Yes, I will".) As you love God
wholeheartedly and love your neighbors as your own selves, you
should be able to fly toward Heaven with both wings. Now, the
remaining homework for you is to go home and begin praying with your
family every day. If you do this, you will be faithfully carrying
out what the Holy Father is ardently asking every one of us to do in
this Year of Faith. I pray for God's blessing on you.
Published by Mary's Touch By Mail
Gresham, Oregon, 11-6-2012