For My Non Catholic brothers/sister Continued(7 and 8)

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

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7.The question comes up. How can they even hear you? The saints in heaven don’t have to hear anything. Once in heaven we become like the angels,scripture tell us. The angels are aware of what is going on in our life. In fact,those in heaven would be more aware.Why ‘pray to’ saints? They intercede for us.There is nothing a saint can do for us unless God were to permit it. With God’s permission I’m not uncomfortable with the prayers of the righteous ones in heaven.The prayers of the holy ones rise like incense before the throne of God. I need all the help i can get. We are ALL the body of Christ;His family. Here on earth,heaven and purgatory.Death doesn’t separate us, except physically.I also hear how they can pray for you if they’re dead? If you’re a Christian you believe in life after death. No one in heaven is dead. Jesus tell us,God is the God of the LIVING.

At Jesus transfiguration Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus.[They represented the law and the prophets.]Alive or dead?

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Last but not least;THE END TIMES

The term “endtimes” applies both to the era of Christ’s first coming (Heb 1:2, 1 Cor 10:11, Heb 9:26) and to the events immediately before his return and the end of the ages (Mt 24:13, 2 Tim 2:1, 2 Peter 3:3). The definitive Catholic teaching on the endtimes is contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church under the discussion of the article of the Creed, “From thence He will come again to judge the living and the dead.” [CCC 668-682]

As the Creed infallibly teaches, the Second Coming is associated with the end of the world and the Last Judgment. Therefore, it is NOT associated with any earlier time – such as to establish a “Millennium.” The Catholic Church specifically condemns “millenarianism,” according to which Jesus will establish a throne in this world and reign here for a thousand years [CCC 676]. She teaches instead that Jesus already reigns in eternity (1 Cor. 15:24-27, Rev. 4 & 5) and that in this world His reign, established as a seed, is found already in the Church [CCC 668-669]. This is the 1000 years, which is the Hebrew way of indicating an indefinite long time – in this case, the time between the first and second comings, the era of the Church, in other words the last days in the broadest sense.The Book of Revelation situates this era between the persecutions of the Roman antichrists of the first century and the final unleashing of evil at the end.

Naturally, non-Catholics cannot accept that the Catholic Church represents Christ in this world, so they are forced to look for a personal earthly reign somewhere out in the future. The notion that Jesus will come, reign, and then depart, so that the devil can trick the world again, is incompatible with the incomprehensible dignity of the Lord and His love for His people. Jesus’ Coming will be definitive, triumphant and ever-lasting, NOT temporal and limited.

As for the Rapture, the meaning of 1 Thes 4:15-17 is that at the return of Christ (v.15) and the General Resurrection of the Dead (v.16), those who survive the persecution of the Antichrist will have no advantage in being resurrected over those who died before His Coming [CCC 1001]. All will go to meet Him and be with Him forever (v.17; cf. Rev 20:17-21:27).
The Catechism provides us with a general order of events at the End [CCC 673-677]. Chronologically they are,

1. the full number of the Gentiles come into the Church

2. the “full inclusion of the Jews in the Messiah’s salvation, in the wake of the full number of the Gentiles” (#2 will follow quickly on, in the wake of, #1)

3. a final trial of the Church “in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth.” The supreme deception is that of the Antichrist.

4. Christ’s victory over this final unleashing of evil through a cosmic upheaval of this passing world and the Last Judgment.

As Cardinal Ratzinger recently pointed out (in the context of the message of Fátima), we are not at the end of the world. In fact, the Second Coming (understood as the physical return of Christ) cannot occur until the full number of the Gentiles are converted, followed by “all Israel.”

Approved Catholic mystics (Venerables, Blessed and Saints, approved apparitions) throw considerable light on this order, by prophesying a minor apostasy and tribulation toward the end of the world, after which will occur the reunion of Christians. Only later will the entire world fall away from Christ (the great apostasy) and the personal Antichrist arise and the Tribulation of the End occur.

Although this is not Catholic doctrine, arising as it does from private revelation, it conforms to what is occurring in our time, especially in light of Our Lady of Fátima’s promise of an “Era of Peace.” This “Triumph of the Immaculate Heart” (other saints have spoken of a social reign of Jesus Christ when Jesus will reign in the hearts of men) would seem to occur prior to the rise of the Antichrist. The optimism of the Pope for the “New Evangelization” and a “Civilization of Love” in the Third Millennium of Christianity fits here, as well. This would place us, therefore, in the period just before the events spoken of in the Catechism, that is, on the verge of the evangelization of the entire world. Other interpretations are possible, but none seem to fit the facts as well, especially when approved mystics are studied, instead of merely alleged ones.


Answered by Colin B. Donovan, STL

 To sum up the differences:
In Catholic teaching Jesus return is triumphant and definitive. He comes ONCE.

Jesus doesn’t come,leave and come back again.

In Catholic teaching the just do not necessarily escape any tribulation.IMHO i believe that  many Christians may suffer more  in persecution. To understand the question of suffering i highly recommend reading Blessed John Paul II’s encyclical on Redemptive Suffering.

Salvifici Doloris

Letter of Pope John Paul II on the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering, 11 February 1984

On the Redemptive Suffering of Christ (abridged from sections 14-21)

http://www.ewtn.com/faith/teachings/rdmpc1.htm

From the Vatican website  http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/apost_letters/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_11021984_salvifici-doloris_en.html

To look further into Catholic doctrines and practices i highly recommend the Catechism.For one it will do a far better job  than i have;PLUS it will cover more territory.

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You can buy the book or read online here: http://usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catechism/catechism-of-the-catholic-church/

 

For My Non Catholic brothers/sisters

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i tried to reblog some good blogs but only one ended up reblogged. Decided i would go ahead and do my own entry for today.Retry the other stories later-a word press glitch perhaps. I wrote out  a series of 7 problems that non Catholics have with our doctrine and practices. For each problem i wrote out a brief reply.

I will start with purgatory. One of the biggies.

The main question seems to be why purgatory? The necessity. The other objection is that no one can seem to find it in scripture. Of course the word purgatory is not there. Nor is the Trinity,the Incarnation or for that matter the word Bible. The word itself isn’t the problem. It’s the teaching because we know that words aren’t necessarily spelled out in scripture. Revelation tells us that nothing imperfect can enter heaven. Luther (in the 16th century)claimed sins were ‘covered over.’ Trust me-sins can be covered over a mile high and God will still see them. What purgatory is,is a purification.A getting ready to enter into the beatific vision of God by people who are saved.Everyone in purgatory is on the way to heaven. PERIOD.

Out of love of God one would want to be purified,perfect to meet Him. Yes,it may take place in this life but it may not happen in this life. We may die with some vestiges of hanging onto something here or not having paid the TEMPORAL punishment for sin. We’re not talking about the sin itself here.We’re talking about the just consequences of sin or the hanging onto an attraction to something in this life. Another words you can break your neighbors window and apologize.To make good on this apology you would have to make restitution or replace the window to that persons satisfaction. If you broke the window out of ill feelings toward the person and still hung onto those ill feelings even after making restitution then you’re still falling short. You’re not really reconciled to that person. In a sense that’s purgatory.The restitution for your actions and the letting go of the attraction to sin. Once purified you’re ready to see God because you are now perfect.I’ve heard the example of Marcus Grodi on the Journey Home of purgatory as the mud room where you clean off the mud before you enter someone’s house.

Some non Catholic denominations teach that there is a purification that takes place in this life. Purgatory is simply a purification in the next if it does not take place here.

2. The Pope’s infallibility.

Pope Francis publicly received the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession). ALL Popes go to confession. They are not flawless,sinless beyond making mistakes.

All infallibility means is that when the pope speaks from the seat of Peter(ex cathedra)re faith and morals he is infallible. Scripture was written by men though inspired by God and it’s infallible. Jesus gave Peter the keys and the power to bind and loose.Jesus promised evil would not prevail over His Church.He promised the Holy Spirit would lead into ALL truth.

3.Why do Catholics worship Mary? That’s called begging the question and the answer is we don’t. We do recognize that God exalted her. There are many women in scripture who were blessed but none like Mary. Her role in Salvation History is undeniable and not relegated to putting out a statue of her in a Nativity scene once a year.

Yes,she was saved by her Son.He saw to it that she was immaculately conceived..that is,without sin. Mary is totally human and God proclaimed her full of grace and put enmity between her and Satan.

4. Catholics reject Sola Scripture or scripture alone as the sole authority. Yes we do.

We believe scripture is the infallible inerrant word of God.

We accept Scripture and Tradition,that is Paradosis or the handing down of apostolic tradition.

Paradosis,a Greek word from the New Testament which can be defined as:

a giving over which is done by word of mouth or in writing.

There are many problems with sola scriptura not the least of which is that Jesus never commanded,not even once,the apostles to write a single word.

Sola scriptura has led to heresy,apostasy and confusion. Each person interprets scripture as they see fit;that is they’re taking an infallible source and in a vacuum deciding what it means for themselves. Sometimes people will even disagree with their own minister and ministers will disagree with other ministers.Once that happens there’s only a few ways it can go. The people move onto another denomination more in line with their interpretation OR a new denomination gets started. Sacred Scripture basically gets tossed to the wind. I’m going to post a whole entry just on the topic of Sola Scriptura in the near future. Why Scripture was mean to be liturgical and  used liturgically in the early church.

5.  Confession. The big question is why when i can confess directly to God. I’m sure God knows what we’ve done before we even step into our backyard,look to the heavens and confess our sins to Him. That said,remember Jesus forgave sins as the Son of MAN.

The fact that is mentioned is important. Second ,He gave this power to the apostles. He did not give them the ability to read minds.”‘As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained’” (John 20:21–23). (This is one of only two times we are told that God breathed on man, the other being in Genesis 2:7, when he made man a living soul. 

We do pray at Mass:

The Confiteor( I Confess)

I confess to Almighty God, to blessed Mary ever Virgin, to blessed Michael, the Archangel, to blessed John the Baptist, to the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints and to you, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly, in thought, word and deed, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Micahel the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, Father, to pray to the Lord our God for me.

It is in the Sacrament of Reconciliation where Jesus gave the power to forgive sins that we humble ourselves enough to admit our sins out loud(accuse ourselves,own up and admit guilt)divine mercy and confession and hear the powerful words,”I ABSOLVE YOU”.

James 5: 14-15

14Is anyone among you sick?* He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint [him] with oil in the name of the Lord,j 15and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.*

 

6. The Rosary. Vain repetition? Why would it be VAIN(self centered)when the rosary  is a reflection on the life of Jesus through the eyes of His mother,Mary? There is no way on earth you can pray the rosary and not immerse yourself in some way to the Gospels.To the life of Jesus.  It is powerful and definitely not vain(self centered).One can be distracted when praying the rosary-we’re human-but when prayed as well  as possible it definitely has a profound affect.

The Rosary is divided into what we call the Mysteries. They are the Joyous,Glorious,Sorrowful and Luminous based on the Gospel stories at each point of the life of Christ.

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I’m going to conclude the topic with the Communion of Saints and Catholic teaching on end times. The Communion of Saints is another one of those doctrines non Catholics question.The teaching on end times is usually vastly different from some non Catholic denominations,depending on which one.All Christians accept the Second Coming of Christ. Beyond that,there are some differences.

I will post these 2 as a separate entry;mostly because they will take longer. I need to write up some notes as well.Haven’t got that far today.i believe i’ve hit on the questions most often raised by non Catholics.

Feel free to comment on what i’ve already posted. God willing,back tonight!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EG 137: The Liturgical Context of the Homily

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Vasnetsov_Maria_Magdalene In Evangelii Gaudium , Pope Francis suggests a model for the liturgical homily. Not meditation. Not catechesis. But a dialogue between God and people. How can this be accomplished with only one person speaking? I’m curious to see:

137. It is worthy remembering that “the liturgical proclamation of the word of God, especially in the eucharistic assembly, is not so much a time for meditation and catechesis as a dialogue between God and his people, a dialogue in which the great deeds of salvation are proclaimed and the demands of the covenant are continually restated”.[JOHN PAUL II, Dies Domini  41]

This point will be coming up in a few weeks as we examine this apostolic letter of the late pope. So this is not some new idea, at least coming from the Chair of Peter.

What about the homily not being catechesis? It’s better than catechesis:

The homily has special…

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Top O The Morning

ImageHowz everyone doing today? I’ve had my first cup of coffee.How about you?

I’ve gotten the popcorn cleaned up.Husband air pops his popcorn at night,props his legs up in the recliner and munches away.

It’s one of the few things he can eat much of and he’s turned into an addict. He must have stayed up watching either the food network or the History Channel. I watched Chopped with him for a little bit last night. So far this morning I did the few dishes we had,let dog out and sat down for the news.Aide will help me clean fridge,throw some laundry in and i think we’ll rake up some of the leaves in the yard today.

The sun shines so brightly through the window this time of day i have to pull curtains over or get blinded. Just a tad.The plants need their light. Husband must have had rough night. i know i went to bed after Chopped. I’ll let him sleep. He probably didn’t sleep more than an hour and i know he ran his oxygen all night.

They ordered a tens unit for him for his legs and back.Nothing gives him relief.We hope this does.

News report.Stabbing at a Pa school. Terrible. When we went to school it was the last thing we would worry about. Stabbings and shootings happened on the mean streets of NYC,not small town USA and definitely not in our schools.

Here’s Eric Holder testifying before Congress. I remember when there were calls for him to resign. I KNEW he would never resign and Obama would never fire him.

Before i take off for a bit(more coffee,aide will be here for the day)have to mention. I left out the link,author and info re Gaudium et Spes 20-21

Here is that info: Pope Paul VI[ Encyclical] http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_cons_19651207_gaudium-et-spes_en.html

 

Fire at St. Elias Church

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Over the weekend one of the most beautiful and orthodox Eastern Catholic Churches burnt down.

From CTV News: Pastor on church fire: ‘It’s like a death in the family’

Firefighters were called to St. Elias The Prophet Ukrainian Catholic Church near Heritage Road and Bovaird Drive in Brampton just before 7:00 a.m. on Saturday.

The church, which was built completely from wood and was famous for its ornate architecture, was completely engulfed in flames by the time emergency crews arrived.

Fueled by strong winds, firefighters say the blaze spread quickly through the church, causing more than $500,000 in damage.

Information on how you can help from St. Elias Church’s website:

REBUILDING SAINT ELIAS – It was with sadness and shock that we witnessed our church building burn to the ground on the morning of Saturday, April 5, 2014. We are greatly relieved that no-one was injured, and grateful for the…

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We Are Equal

Equal in dignity because we are made in the image and likeness of God.

Entry will be an answer to the false inequality/equality as put out by progressives.

When Hitler took over German the first freedom he attacked was freedom of religion.When Marxism took over the first freedom that was attacked-freedom of religion.Glenn Beck used to say it was freedom of speech.I always disagreed. It’s Freedom of Religion they go after.Soon followed by freedom of speech,press,assembly.

Now a progressive will say, we are allowed to go to our houses of worship.The freedom that is protected is much broader;freedom of religion which INCLUDES worship. What they are trying to do is get religion out of the public square. Why? The Nazi’s wanted the state to be god. The Communists wanted the state to be god. Only the state can save you.

The Catholic Church teaches:

 “that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is  the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of  all the principles of our social teaching. In our society, human life is under  direct attack from abortion and euthanasia. The value of human life is being  threatened by cloning, embryonic stem cell research, and the use of the death  penalty. The intentional targeting of civilians in war or terrorist attacks is always wrong. Catholic teaching also calls on us to work to avoid war. Nations must protect the right to life by finding increasingly effective ways to prevent conflicts and resolve them by peaceful means. We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.”

Source: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/life-and-dignity-of-the-human-person.cfm

Progressives have a vision where the state replaces God. Since the state can’t create man(meaning male and female)the only equality it can offer is a contrived equality.

First they have to convince the citizens they don’t have equality.

A contradiction to Catholic teaching especially but Christianity in general. As soon as you believe there is inequality two things happen:

1.the state can offer you the equality you don’t have

2.the state  can determine who deserves it and who doesn’t and that means they can support abortion,euthanasia,embryonic stem cell research etc.They can support programs that foster government dependency. They use class warfare.[ Rich or poor, our dignity comes from our Creator.]

Let’s look at end times teaching from the Catholic Church.She condemns  millenarianism. The teaching of millenarianism, that Christ before the Final Judgment will come visibly to rule over this world, is a serious error. The teaching of millenarianism is the very thing the Antichrist will need to set up his rule over the world. The Catholic Church teaches Jesus returns ONCE,called the Second Coming of Christ.

A final trial of the Church will take place “in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth.” The supreme deception is that of the Antichrist.

 The notion that Jesus will come, reign, and then depart, so that the devil can trick the world again, is incompatible with the incomprehensible dignity of the Lord and His love for His people. Jesus’ Coming will be definitive, triumphant and ever-lasting, NOT temporal and limited.

Source: http://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/endtimes.htm

All it would take  then is the state becoming god and the promise of a utopia. Mark Levin  called it Ameritopia.

You can’t tell me that much of what we’re seeing-and shocked to see-is not demonic in origin.We have to understand what freedom is.People are confusing freedom with licentiousness.

Progressives don’t’ fear ‘Jesus. You can’t make the state god if people still believe in God.They have to remove any mention of Jesus. Any mention of God. Anything that relates to Christianity.Of course,they’re attacking the Catholic Church. especially the charities she provides. Think about that.It should be obvious why.

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