Mary, Mother of tenderness who is always near, teach us how to live and have faith.
You are living in the day your ancestors dreamed about. They went through too much for you to get stuck where you are. They sacrificed too greatly for you to give up on what God put in your heart.
Still today there are so many martyrs, so many who are persecuted for the love of Christ. They are the real strength of the Church!
A bad Buddhist who entrusts to Amida:
Some time ago I was in correspondence with a drug addict who showed great interest in the Jodo Shinshu teaching. He had a hard time trying again and again to give up taking drugs but he always returned to his bad habit. More than this, he was afraid that he cannot be saved by Amida as he is.
I said to him:
Just entrust to Amida Buddha as you are. If you can abstain, and is useful to try, this would be good for your health, but if you cannot, don’t worry. Jodo Shinshu is especially for people who cannot abstain, who are incapable of any practice, for those that any advice or any treatment is useless, for people whose minds are too sick to recover from their problems, anxieties, and deviations. Its not that they especially want to be like this, but their habitual karma is too strong for them to overcome. After many years and even many lives of taking the drugs of ignorance and blind passions how can one think and act like a normal person? How can one practice Buddhism and become a Buddha by himself?
I met many times with alcoholics and told them the same if they asked me questions on Buddhism. If you tried and cannot give up, then be an alcoholic who entrusts to Amida. Be an alcoholic or drug addict nembutsu follower. Be a bad Buddhist who entrusts to Amida.
Jodo Shinshu is the path for sick people, for those without hope. Its the path for alcoholics, drug addicts, and all kind of people with strong attachments. All are equally accepted by the Compassion and Primal Vow of Amida Buddha. So please, come as you are. Your salvation is in Amida’s hands, not yours.
You can try to cure yourself of any addiction you have, but do NOT postpone taking refuge in Amida Buddha until you become ready, or clean or worthy… You are saved not because you “deserve”, but because Amida loves you unconditionally.
Namo Amida Butsu
People may have written you off, but God doesn’t write you off. When you hear those voices telling you that you’ve blown it, you missed your chance, that means you’re listening to the wrong voices.
When you know someone is cheering for you, it gives you an edge. You can run a little faster. You can jump a little higher. You can withstand a little more pressure.
Our relatives did great things without all the technology, without the conveniences. Now, let’s honor them by going further. Let’s leave the next generation better off than we have it.
All of heaven is cheering for you. You are not running alone. The grandstands are packed with people that believe in you. What you’re going through is not unnoticed. People that have been there and made it are rooting for you.
Become a hero of faith. Do something great, leave your mark, let your talent shine, overcome what seems impossible. You may not see how it can happen, but you have generations cheering you on.