A Personal Letter to the Reader

Dear Reader,

You may wonder why I created this website. The answer is really quite simple. I love Jesus. He is amazing. His love and His faithfulness are beyond our comprehension. I can't begin to tell you how much my life has changed because Jesus Christ is now my Lord and my Savior. And because Jesus is so wonderful, I want you to know Him, too.

When I was a Catholic, my Catholic training made it difficult for me to understand who Jesus is and how much He loves me. I loved Jesus, but I was confused because of some of the things I had been taught. If you have the same problem, then I want to help remove some of that confusion, so that you can know Jesus better.

If you are not a Catholic, but you have Catholic friends or family members, then I want to help you understand them better.

I believe that there are two kinds of people in this world -- those who know Jesus Christ, and those who have the potential to know Him. We should love people in the first group because they are our brothers and sisters in Christ. And we should love people in the second group because they need to see the love of God in us and through us. It is the goodness of God that leads people to repentance. (Romans 2:4) When Christians are loving, it demonstrates God's goodness.

An example of this is Corrie Ten Boom, a Dutch woman whose family hid Jews during the Second World War. A man betrayed her family and reported them to the Nazis. Corrie's father died in prison. Corrie and her sister Betsie were sent to a death camp. Betsie died there but Corrie survived. She found out that the man who betrayed her family was in prison and was scheduled to be executed. She wrote to that man. She told him that she forgave him. And she told him about Jesus. He wrote back to Corrie saying that if she could forgive him after what he had done, then he wanted to know her God.

I hope that this website will be a blessing to you. If you disagree with me, that's OK. We don't have to agree. But we should love and respect one another.

May the Lord bless you and guide you. And may He give you a revelation of how much He loves you.

Mary Ann Collins
February 7, 2004