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Reflection on the Gospel for Sunday, March 30, 2014

by danardoyle

Readings for Sunday, March 30

I  think that today’s gospel about the healing of the blind man is more about spiritual healing than about physical healing – at least as it applies to us, the modern day readers.  Our world is in desperate need of spiritual healing.  People are looking for truth, love and happiness in all the wrong places.  Today’s gospel reading shows us the love and mercy of Jesus – it paints a very loving, empathetic picture of our God.  If only the world would come to believe and to trust in the one Healer.

I also thought of how we spend very little time thinking about our sinfulness.  We tend to think, “Hey, I don’t break any of the commandments, therefore I must be doing well.”  Some don’t even reflect that far.  Everything has become o.k. “as long as you’re not hurting anyone.”  As the body of Christ – His adopted children – when one part of the body hurts, we all suffer.  It would do us good to spend a bit of time meditating on the passion of Christ – how he suffered horrifically- for our sin.  Each time we sin, it’s like driving the nail into His tender hands.

This is an examination of conscience that I’ve used with my teens, based on the ten commandments.  They are significantly more far reaching than each would appear:

  1. I am the Lord Your God. You shall not have any other gods besides me.

_____Do you put God first in your life? Do you love anyone or anything                                                 more than you love God?

_____Are you ever indifferent or lukewarm about your faith?                                                 _____Are you ever ungrateful for the gifts God has given you?

_____Do you make time for prayers everyday, a few times a day?

_____Do you show respect for the sacraments, and prepare yourself                                                 properly to receive Holy Communion?

_____Do you put God and church activities before social activities,                                                 parties, sports practices, etc.?

_____Do you idolize movie/rock stars/musicians?

_____Do you participate in superstitions and believe them?

_____ Do you play Ouija board, participate in séances, visit palm

readers or fortune tellers?

  1. Thou shall not take the name of the Lord in vain.

_____Do you use God’s name casually or in vain – not in prayer

or in praise? (Jesus’ name?)

_____Do you watch movies/plays/read books that use God’s name

in vain? (Jesus’ name?)

_____Have you swore, cursed or used crude/profane language?

_____Have you called anyone an unkind name?

  1. Keep holy the Sabbath.

                        _____ Do you attend mass on Sundays/the Saturday vigil?

_____Do you say negative things about the Church/your church,

your priests? Do you pray for them?

_____ Do you fast one hour before receiving Holy Communion?

_____Do you participate as best as you can in mass?

_____Do you try to avoid unnecessary work/shopping on the Sabbath?

  1. Honor thy Father and Mother.

_____Do you disrespect your parents/teachers/grandparents/people

in authority in your life?

_____Do you ignore your parents or grumble when they ask you to do

something?

_____Do you say negative things about your parents?

_____Do you try to be of help to them?

_____Do you pray for them?

  1. Thou shall not kill.

_____Do you ever wish that something bad would happen to someone?

_____Do you hate or despise anyone?

_____Do you tease/fight with others?

_____Have you intentionally hurt another physically/mentally                                                             (feelings)?

_____Do you take care of your body?

_____Do you pray for the unborn/the dead/the elderly? (respect for                                                 life)

  1. Thou shall not commit adultery.

            _____ Do you show respect for members of the opposite sex as                               being persons with equal dignity?

            _____Do you hang posters of immodestly dressed “stars” on your walls?

            _____Do you dress modestly?

            _____Do you listen to or tell suggestive jokes/stories?

  1. Thou shall not steal.

_____ Have you copied another’s homework/test answer?

_____Have you wasted time that you were supposed to be doing

a job, chore or homework?

_____Have you taken something from a store without paying?

_____Have you borrowed something, broken it and not replaced it?

_____Do you try to return lost things to their rightful owners?

_____If you receive allowance, do you give part of it to church, to the

poor box or to a charity?

_____Have you read someone’s diary or private writing without his/her                                                permission?

  1. Though shall not bear false witness against they neighbor.

_____Have you spread gossip about another person?

_____Have you listened to gossip without standing up for that person?

(the subject of the gossip)

_____ Do you judge other people by their physical appearances?

_____Do you assume things (the worst) about other people without                         knowing for sure?

_____Have you held a grudge against someone who has hurt you                         without trying to forgive?

_____Have you lied?

_____Have you exaggerated a story to make it more interesting?

_____Have you bragged about something to make others feel inferior?

IX.     Thou shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.

X.     Thou shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.

            _____Are you jealous of anyone?

            _____Do you envy another’s possessions, gifts, talents, beauty, etc?

            _____Do you manipulate people to get something you want?

_____Are you content with the gifts God has given you, or do you                         always want more/better?

_____Do you give of your time and talent to help others?

 

 

To summarize: Ask yourself – How have you acted Christ-like? How have you failed to act as Christ would act in any given situation?

 

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Why “Just-One” is a critical key to our Catholic faith by Patrick Miron

Why “Just-One” is a critical key to our Catholic faith and right understanding, and right practice of it.

 One of the most amazing, most significant and critically important observations that we are called to make, is in understanding that Christ didn’t reinvent the wheel of truth or faith in the New Testament. Like a Theoligian does; He explained it, at times expanded its defination and undertanding, He fulfilled it, and even perfected parts of it, while at the same time building on the already firm foudation of Hebrew Traditions and beliefs already taught by Yahweh.

 Simply put the bible literally cannot contain contradictions. One truth cannot replace another truth.. Otherwise the bible would have no merit, no value for teaching and learning what God taught..

 From the Creation of humanity and consistanly onward God always and every time inisited on belief in only One God, only One set of common faith -beliefs as taught by God [and those chosen by Him to teach, guide and lead], and always only One Faith-organization. First the Hebrew Nation; then the Jewish Faith and now in the NT; the Catholic Church.

 From very early on Yahweh set the precedence of One Male Leader of HIS Faith and his Church. Beginning with Abraham, Noah, Moses, Jacob, Joseph, David, Soloman, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Joel, Micah, Zechariah, Malachi, John the Baptist, Jesus Christ and then Peter and through Peter, Christ [by practical necessity] includes the other Apostlres and those that follow Peter in order for the New Church to continue to Grow and flourish and complete the Mandate of Christ: Matt.28 Verses 16 to 20 “Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”

 Why?

 So that the inevenabtle arguments and power grabs of ordinary men, could be easily resolved. One God, and only One set of beliefs to be held, through only One Church organization is symplistic-genius. ONE leader affirms that One set of teaching triths. Supported by God Himself. Guided, directed and protected from ANY possible error in Teaching on WHAT MUST BE BELIEVED, ACCEPTED AND LIVED IN ORDER TO “BE SAVED.” The CC cannot be [impossible] to-be in error when officially teaching on Faith matters and Moral issues.

 John.14 : 16 to 17 “ And I [Jesus] will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for ever, [COMPLETED IN JOHN 20:1922] even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you”

 John 17:15-19  “I [Jesus] do not pray that thou should take them out of the world, but that thou should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; thy word is truth.  As thou didst send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. [With My authority and with My Powers] And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth

 

[QUOTE] your Bible doesn’t say that Christ’s Church is one denomination. It also doesn’t name the church in Rome as the only true church. It is you who will not see the truth. [/QUOTE]

 

 My dear friend in Christ Jesus.

Of course it does! My bible does and if you use the KJV so does yours!

 Matthew: 16: 15-19  He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

 Please do not take the enlarged letters as yelling.  I simply wish to make it easy for you to see EXACTLY what YOUR God and Ours is clearly saying!

 Note the following please.

Jesus Himself is speaking directly to and only to Peter (with others listening).

 NOTE the use of SINGULAR TENSE WORDS.

“I” = Jesus

“You” = Peter (EACH time “you” is used!)

“ The Keys” = only one set of keys = only access to heaven is being granted to Peter.

“This rock” = PETER (singular)

“church” SINGULAR = One, = One Denomination!

 “The Church” did not move to Rome until after Jerusalem was destroyed for the Second Time, roughly 75 years after Jesus died. Now look at verse # 19.

 The terms “bind and loose” are highly significant and important.

 They were well known, often-used Legal and Binding “At Law” terms for complete, uninhibited, unrestricted total control and governance of what ever they were applied to. In this case the One True Church founded by Jesus to be governed by St. Peter and subsequent Pontiffs.

 There has been a historically provable unbroken and consecutive line of Popes. I can provide specific names and dates if you wish. This unbroken line goes from St. Peter, right up to our present Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI.

 Does Jesus say the power to governance is transferable? Yep, read verse 19 and my explanation of it. Really, would Jesus found His Church and expect to die with Peter? Does your church die if your pastor is called “home?” Of course NOT!

 Nor would Jesus began a church for just a few years! Certainly He DID NOT expect it to end with the Apostles!

 

[QUOTE] “your Bible doesn’t say that Christ’s Church is one denomination. It also doesn’t name the” church in Rome as the only true church. It is you who will not see the truth. [/QUOTE]

 

 My dear friend in Christ Jesus.

 Of course it does! My bible does and if you use the KJV so does yours!

 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

 Please do not take the enlarged letters as yelling.  I simply wish to make it easy for you to see EXACTLY what YOUR God and Ours is clearly saying!

 Note the following please.

 The terms “bind and loose” are highly significant and important.

 They were well known, often-used Legal and Binding “At Law” terms for complete, uninhibited, unrestricted total control and governance of what ever they were applied to. In this case the One True Church founded by Jesus to be governed by St. Peter and subsequent Pontiffs.

 There has been a historically provable unbroken and consecutive line of Popes. I can provide specific names and dates if you wish. This unbroken line goes from St. Peter, right up to our present Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI.

 Does Jesus say the power to governance is transferable? Yes, read verse 19 and my explanation of it. Really, would Jesus found His Church and expect to die with Peter? Does your church die if your pastor is called “home?” Of course NOT!

 Nor would Jesus began a church for just a few years!

 Nowhere in the Entire Bible Does Yahweh or Jesus ever speak of More than One God [Triune], One Faith [set of beliefs required for salvation], or more than one Church. Not one word!

 One Church 

 Phil.2: 2  “complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.”

 Eph. 4: 1-7 “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body [WHICH MEANS ONE CHURCH] and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, [Meaning only One set of beliefs] one baptism,

one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

 Eph. 2: 18-22 “ for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, [SINGULAR… when NO OTHER Christian faiths would exist for more than ONE THOUSAND YEARS AFTER THIS WAS WRITTEN] built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a    holy temple in the Lord;

 John.10: 16 “And Ihave other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flo

Eph. 4: 1-7 “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

 Eph. 2:19-20 “So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,  in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

 Eph. 3: 9-10  “And to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in  God who created all things;  that through the church [SINGULAR / THERE WERE NO OTHERS] the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose which he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,”

 John 17:18-20 As thou didst send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. [WITH MY POWERS AND MY AUTHORITY] And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth. “I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”

 

 John.10: 1-2, 7, 9  “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door [SINGULAR] but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber; but he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. I am the door; if any one enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” …. WHICH MANDATES ACCEPTANCE OF ALL THAT CHRIST TAUGHT!

 John 17: 17-22 “Sanctify them in the truth; [DONE DEAL] thy word is truth. As thou didst send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. [With My Power as God] And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth. [Assurance of IMPOSSIBILITY of Error in teaching on Faith-Beliefs [WHAT MUST BE HELD AS TRUE] and Morals“I do not pray for these only, but  for those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. The glory which thou hast given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one”

 Eph. 5: 23  Christ is the head of the church [singular] , his body, [singular]

 Eph. 3: 9-10  “And to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in  God who created all things;  that through the church [singular] the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose which he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,

 Col. 1: 18 He is the head of the body [singular], the church; [singular] he is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in everything he might be pre-eminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell”

 SUMMATION:

Salvation must, in an absolute sense Flow through the CC for all of the following reasons:

 One God, One Faith and One Church is the ONLY Biblical teaching. Period!

 Jesus Founded Only One Church, One Faith on One God, AND THE CC IS THE ONLY CHURCH THAT EXISTED WHEN THE BIBLE WAS SPOKEN WRITTEN AND PRESERVERED.

 Jesus gave to Peter ALONE the Key’s to the Kingdom of Heaven [Mt. 16:18-19] AND THROUGH PETER THE OTHER APOSTLES: Mt. 18:18, Mt. 28:16-20, John 14: 16-17, John 17:15-19, John 20:19-23.

 The Seven Sacraments ALL Instituted are ONLY and Exclusively practiced within the Catholic Church [and the Orthodox churches as well].

 

The CC is the Only Church actually founded by God; just as the OT Jews were the Chosen people; NOW under the New Covenant; we Catholics are the “Chosen people.”

 Jer. 31:33  “ But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel  after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I  will write it upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

 1 Cor. 11: 23 “For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread,  and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for * you. Do this in remembrance of me.”  In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”  For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”

 Heb. 8: 6 “But as it is, Christ * has obtained a ministry which is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion for a second.

 Heb. 8: 13 “ In speaking of a new covenant he treats the first as obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.”

 2 Cor. 3:12-16 “Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not see the end of the fading splendor.  But their minds were hardened; for to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their minds; but when a man turns to the Lord the veil is removed.   Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding  the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

 God Bless you,

Pat

 

When God beckons; it’s prudent to heed the call 43 “pagan” questions with Catholic answers; {5 at a time} by Patrick Miron part 3

When God beckons; it’s prudent to heed the call

43 “pagan” questions with Catholic answers; {5 at a time}

by Patrick Miron

part 3

 [QUOTE]  11. Did God send all his prophets to USA or Europe or Australia? [/QUOTE]

 Actually God did not send ANY of His Prophets to these places. The USA and Europe  and Australia as We know it did not even exist as countries Before Christ.

 [QUOTE] 12. How many prophets did God send to mankind? [/QUOTE]

 Again I’m unclear of what you’re seeking here? The LAST Prophet was John the Baptist who was beheaded while Christ was still on Earth [30 to 33 AD]

 Matthew 14: 6-12 “But on Herod’ s birthday, the daughter of Herodias danced before them: and pleased Herod.  Whereupon he promised with an oath, to give her whatsoever she would ask of him. But she being instructed before by her mother, said: Give me here in a dish the head of John the Baptist. And the king was struck sad: yet because of his oath, and for them that sat with him at table, he commanded it to be given.  And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison And his head was brought in a dish: and it was given to the damsel, and she brought it to her mother. And his disciples came and took the body, and buried it, and came and told Jesus”

[QUOTE]13. Who made some people beggar and some people rich?[/QUOTE]

 Both are normal conditions of the “human condition.” There are a few examples that come to mind where God did REWARD faithful service to King Solomon; who when asked by God what he wanted; replied in the utmost humility: “wisdom” to rule YOUR People Lord.

 3 Kings 4: 26-32 “ And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of chariot horses, and twelve thousand for the saddle. And the foresaid governors of the king fed them: and they furnished the necessaries also for king Solomon’ s table, with great care in their time. They brought barley also and straw for the horses, and beasts, to the place where the king was, according as it was appointed them.  And God gave to Solomon [REWARDED him] wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart as the sand that is on the sea shore.  And the wisdom of Solomon surpassed the wisdom of all the Orientals, and of the Egyptians, And he was wiser than all men: wiser than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chalcol, and Dorda the sons of Mahol, and he was renowned in all nations round about. Solomon also spokethree thousand parables: and his poems were a thousand and five”

  1. And “Job” who had great wealth, and satan asked God’s permission to TEST Job’s faithfulness; which God granted only he could not KILL Job. He did KILL his entire family and make Job blind; but Job remained faithful to God through it all’

 Job 1: 11-12 ”But stretch forth thy hand a little, and touch all that he hath, and see if he blesseth thee not to thy face. Then the Lord said to Satan: Behold, all that he hath is in thy hand: only put not forth thy hand upon his person.”

 Job 1: 19-22 “ A violent wind came on a sudden from the side of the desert, and shook the four corners of the house, and it fell upon thy children and they are dead, and I alone have escaped to fell thee. Then Job rose up, and rent his garments, and having shaven his head fell down upon the ground and worshipped, And said: Naked came I out of my mother’ s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: as it hath pleased the Lord so is it done: blessed be the name of the Lord. In all these things Job sinned not by his lips, nor spoke he any foolish thing against God.”

I’m unaware of any that God CAUSED to be poor.

This deservers a fuller explanation.  God can rightly be defined as “All Good things perfected” God certainly has the Power and authority to cause both good and evil, in man’s manner of understanding. BUT God id infinitely Superior to man in every way:

  1. Isaiah 55: 6-10 “Seek ye the Lord, while he may be found: call upon him, while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unjust man his thoughts, and let him return to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God: for he is bountiful to forgive. For my thoughts are not your thoughts: nor your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are exalted above the earth, so are my ways exalted above your ways, and my thoughts above your thoughts.  And as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and return no more thither, but soak the earth, and water it, and make it to spring, and give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater”
  2. I have often heard uninformed opinions that the “God of the Old Testament was a mean and vengeful God.” When I hear this I always ask for specific passages; then show them that indeed God is; because as a Good; Fair and Just God; he MUST repay good with good and evil with evil WHEN there is no repentance! That dear friend is Divine Justice.
  3. God is the cause of ALL Good things; but God cannot cause EVIL without a just cause motivating Him to do so. God does however PERMIT evil, death, illness, poverty for TWO REASONS.
  4. So that God can remove this for His GREATER Glory
  5. So that Both man and God can benefit: If man accepts his burdens and offers them up Job did, man merits Grace and benefits from God. So there is in all affliction a POSIBILITY for man’s spiritual enrichment and God’s Glory.

                             Take Up your Cross and Follow Me

 C. Phil.2: 8 And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross Luke.9 :23 And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Mark.8: 34 And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Luke.9: 23 And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Luke.14: 7 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple”

[QUOTE] 14. Which Angel(s) spoke to Maryam and Jesus ? [QUOTE]

As a FYI: It’s “Mary” not Maryam. And I’m unaware of any Angels talking to Christ; but several times He had angels minister to His needs. 1. When he was tempted by Satan in the Desert

  1. Matthew 4: 1-11 “ Then Jesus was led by the spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards he was hungry.  And the tempter coming said to him: If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.  Who answered and said: It is written, Not in bread alone doth man live, but in every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God.  Then the devil took him up into the holy city, and set him upon the pinnacle of the temple, And said to him: If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down, for it is written: That he hath given his angels charge over thee, and in their hands shall they bear thee up, lest perhaps thou dash thy foot against a stone.  Jesus said to him: It is written again: Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.  Again the devil took him up into a very high mountain, and shewed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them,  And said to him: All these will I give thee, if falling down thou wilt adore me.  Then Jesus saith to him: Begone, Satan: for it is written, The Lord thy God shalt thou adore, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil left him; and behold angels came and ministered to him”
  2. And a second time during Christ Agony in the Garden: Luke 22: 41-45 “And he was withdrawn away from them a stone’ s cast; and kneeling down, he prayed, Saying: Father, if thou wilt, remove this chalice from me: but yet not my will, but thine be done. And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony, he prayed the longer. And his sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground. And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow”
  3. To Mary: Luke 1: 26-35 “ And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’ s name was Mary.  And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus.  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever.[33] And of his kingdom there shall be no end.  And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man?  And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God”
  4. There was an angel that did appear multiple times to Mary’s husband: Joseph.

Matthew 1:20 “ But while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Ghost.”  But the name of the angel is not revealed.

[QUOTE] 15. Is Jesus the Son of God? [/QUOTE]

 YES, and the evidence is in number 14. Luke 1: 26-35

 End of Q’s 6-15

When God beckons; it’s prudent to heed the call 43 “pagan” questions with Catholic answers; {5 at a time} by Patrick Miron part 3

When God beckons; it’s prudent to heed the call

43 “pagan” questions with Catholic answers; {5 at a time}

by Patrick Miron

part 3

 [QUOTE]  11. Did God send all his prophets to USA or Europe or Australia? [/QUOTE]

 Actually God did not send ANY of His Prophets to these places. The USA and Europe  and Australia as We know it did not even exist as countries Before Christ.

 [QUOTE] 12. How many prophets did God send to mankind? [/QUOTE]

 Again I’m unclear of what you’re seeking here? The LAST Prophet was John the Baptist who was beheaded while Christ was still on Earth [30 to 33 AD]

 Matthew 14: 6-12 “But on Herod’ s birthday, the daughter of Herodias danced before them: and pleased Herod.  Whereupon he promised with an oath, to give her whatsoever she would ask of him. But she being instructed before by her mother, said: Give me here in a dish the head of John the Baptist. And the king was struck sad: yet because of his oath, and for them that sat with him at table, he commanded it to be given.  And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison And his head was brought in a dish: and it was given to the damsel, and she brought it to her mother. And his disciples came and took the body, and buried it, and came and told Jesus”

[QUOTE]13. Who made some people beggar and some people rich?[/QUOTE]

 Both are normal conditions of the “human condition.” There are a few examples that come to mind where God did REWARD faithful service to King Solomon; who when asked by God what he wanted; replied in the utmost humility: “wisdom” to rule YOUR People Lord.

 3 Kings 4: 26-32 “ And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of chariot horses, and twelve thousand for the saddle. And the foresaid governors of the king fed them: and they furnished the necessaries also for king Solomon’ s table, with great care in their time. They brought barley also and straw for the horses, and beasts, to the place where the king was, according as it was appointed them.  And God gave to Solomon [REWARDED him] wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart as the sand that is on the sea shore.  And the wisdom of Solomon surpassed the wisdom of all the Orientals, and of the Egyptians, And he was wiser than all men: wiser than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chalcol, and Dorda the sons of Mahol, and he was renowned in all nations round about. Solomon also spokethree thousand parables: and his poems were a thousand and five”

  1. And “Job” who had great wealth, and satan asked God’s permission to TEST Job’s faithfulness; which God granted only he could not KILL Job. He did KILL his entire family and make Job blind; but Job remained faithful to God through it all’

 Job 1: 11-12 ”But stretch forth thy hand a little, and touch all that he hath, and see if he blesseth thee not to thy face. Then the Lord said to Satan: Behold, all that he hath is in thy hand: only put not forth thy hand upon his person.”

 Job 1: 19-22 “ A violent wind came on a sudden from the side of the desert, and shook the four corners of the house, and it fell upon thy children and they are dead, and I alone have escaped to fell thee. Then Job rose up, and rent his garments, and having shaven his head fell down upon the ground and worshipped, And said: Naked came I out of my mother’ s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: as it hath pleased the Lord so is it done: blessed be the name of the Lord. In all these things Job sinned not by his lips, nor spoke he any foolish thing against God.”

I’m unaware of any that God CAUSED to be poor.

This deservers a fuller explanation.  God can rightly be defined as “All Good things perfected” God certainly has the Power and authority to cause both good and evil, in man’s manner of understanding. BUT God id infinitely Superior to man in every way:

  1. Isaiah 55: 6-10 “Seek ye the Lord, while he may be found: call upon him, while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unjust man his thoughts, and let him return to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God: for he is bountiful to forgive. For my thoughts are not your thoughts: nor your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are exalted above the earth, so are my ways exalted above your ways, and my thoughts above your thoughts.  And as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and return no more thither, but soak the earth, and water it, and make it to spring, and give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater”
  2. I have often heard uninformed opinions that the “God of the Old Testament was a mean and vengeful God.” When I hear this I always ask for specific passages; then show them that indeed God is; because as a Good; Fair and Just God; he MUST repay good with good and evil with evil WHEN there is no repentance! That dear friend is Divine Justice.
  3. God is the cause of ALL Good things; but God cannot cause EVIL without a just cause motivating Him to do so. God does however PERMIT evil, death, illness, poverty for TWO REASONS.
  4. So that God can remove this for His GREATER Glory
  5. So that Both man and God can benefit: If man accepts his burdens and offers them up Job did, man merits Grace and benefits from God. So there is in all affliction a POSIBILITY for man’s spiritual enrichment and God’s Glory.

                             Take Up your Cross and Follow Me

 C. Phil.2: 8 And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross Luke.9 :23 And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Mark.8: 34 And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Luke.9: 23 And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Luke.14: 7 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple”

[QUOTE] 14. Which Angel(s) spoke to Maryam and Jesus ? [QUOTE]

As a FYI: It’s “Mary” not Maryam. And I’m unaware of any Angels talking to Christ; but several times He had angels minister to His needs. 1. When he was tempted by Satan in the Desert

  1. Matthew 4: 1-11 “ Then Jesus was led by the spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards he was hungry.  And the tempter coming said to him: If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.  Who answered and said: It is written, Not in bread alone doth man live, but in every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God.  Then the devil took him up into the holy city, and set him upon the pinnacle of the temple, And said to him: If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down, for it is written: That he hath given his angels charge over thee, and in their hands shall they bear thee up, lest perhaps thou dash thy foot against a stone.  Jesus said to him: It is written again: Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.  Again the devil took him up into a very high mountain, and shewed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them,  And said to him: All these will I give thee, if falling down thou wilt adore me.  Then Jesus saith to him: Begone, Satan: for it is written, The Lord thy God shalt thou adore, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil left him; and behold angels came and ministered to him”
  2. And a second time during Christ Agony in the Garden: Luke 22: 41-45 “And he was withdrawn away from them a stone’ s cast; and kneeling down, he prayed, Saying: Father, if thou wilt, remove this chalice from me: but yet not my will, but thine be done. And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony, he prayed the longer. And his sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground. And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow”
  3. To Mary: Luke 1: 26-35 “ And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’ s name was Mary.  And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus.  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever.[33] And of his kingdom there shall be no end.  And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man?  And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God”
  4. There was an angel that did appear multiple times to Mary’s husband: Joseph.

Matthew 1:20 “ But while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Ghost.”  But the name of the angel is not revealed.

[QUOTE] 15. Is Jesus the Son of God? [/QUOTE]

 YES, and the evidence is in number 14. Luke 1: 26-35

 End of Q’s 6-15

 

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When God beckons; it’s prudent to heed the call

43 “pagan” questions with Catholic answers; {5 at a time}

by Patrick Miron

 part 2

 [QUOTE] 6. Does God eat, sleep and die?[/QUOTE]

 No God being Pure Spirit has no need of sleep and nourishment. And “God” cannot die for the same reason. However Jesus Christ who ALONE has BOTH a perfect Divine Nature [meaning He is always God], ALSO choose to have for a time, a perfect human nature that dies on the Cross for us. And then three days later Arose from the Dead.

 John 10: 30 “ I and the Father are one”. [That is, one divine nature, but two distinct persons]John 2: 14:21 “And he found in the temple them that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting.  And when he had made, as it were, a scourge of little cords, he drove them all out of the temple, the sheep also and the oxen, and the money of the changers he poured out, and the tables he overthrew. And to them that sold doves he said: Take these things hence, and make not the house of my Father a house of traffic.  And his disciples remembered, that it was written: The zeal of thy house hath eaten me up.  The Jews, therefore, answered, and said to him: What sign dost thou shew unto us, seeing thou dost these things?  Jesus answered, and said to them: Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. [Here the reference to “THIS TEMPLE” MEANS the Temple of Christ Own Body; He was Prophesying His Death and Resurrection.] The Jews then said: Six and forty years was this temple in building; and wilt thou raise it up in three days? [They obviously didn’t get the message!] But he spoke of the temple of his body”

  1. Mt. 16: 21 “From that time Jesus began to shew to his disciples, that he must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the ancients and scribes and chief priests, and be put to death, and the third day rise again.”

 [QUOTE] 7. Which God control the universe?[/QUOTE]

 By default, this is already answered. There IS ONLY One True God who is the Creator of the Universe and all living things in it.

 Dt 32:39 “It is I [God] who bring both death and life”

[QUOTE] 8. Who created us?[/QUOTE]

 This too has already been addressed. Genesis 1: 26-28

[QUOTE] 9. Who was the first prophet?[/QUOTE]

 I’m not sure what you’re seeking here? And Why?  It seems to me to not be very relevant?

 If we are speaking of Major Prophets? [there are also so “minor Prophets]

 To Israel: The first was Elijah [about 900 years BC]

 The First Prophet of the Exiles: Ezekiel

 To Judah: Habukkuk

 The First Prophet After the return from Exile was Haggai

 The First Prophet to Assyria was Jonah.

 The first MAJOR Prophet was Isiah; about 700 years before the Birth of Christ

 Not understanding exactly what your seeking here. I do hope this meets your need? IF NOT please let me know.

 [QUOTE] 10. Who was the last prophet?[/QUOTE]

 The Last Old Testament Prophet was Malachi around 450 BC

 However the LAST Prophet was John the Baptist the cousin and forerunner for Jesus Christ.

 Mark 1:1-10 “ The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaias the prophet: Behold I send my angel before thy face, who shall prepare the way before thee. A voice of one crying in the desert: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. John was in the desert baptizing, and preaching the baptism of penance, unto remission of sins. And there went out to him all the country of Judea, and all they of Jerusalem, and were baptized by him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.  And John was clothed with camel’ s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and he ate locusts and wild honey.  And he preached, saying: There cometh after me one mightier than I, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. I have baptized you with water; but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.  And it came to pass, in those days, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And forthwith coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit as a dove descending, and remaining on him.”

  1. Matthew 21:32 “For John came to you in the way of justice, and you did not believe him. But the publicans and the harlots believed him: but you, seeing it, did not even afterwards repent, that you might believe him”

 

When God Beckons [ an 8 part series] pt 1 by Pat Miron

 

 When God beckons; it’s prudent to heed the call

43 “pagan” questions with Catholic answers; {5 at a time}

by Patrick Miron

 Dear friend in Christ,

 Thank you so much for your post. The questions you ask are well thought out but will require

lengthy and extensive replies to provide what you’re looking for. The Problem with that is the  FORUM limits the size of post, as well as the PM [private mail] system.

 As a FYI: I offer a TOTALLY FREE OF ALL COST course called “BUILDING BLOCKS OF OUR CATHOLIC FAITH” It is: 1. Comprehensive 2. Easy to read and comprehend 3. Provides the evidence [usually biblical] of what we do, what we believe and why we can do and believe it. Lessons are e-mailed once or twice a week [your call]. I also answer all Faith questions.

 In an attempt to limit these replies to a readable and comprehendible length; I will address 5 of your questions at a time.

 Also as filler information:

We hold and believe that there is

Only One True God

 That One True God can and DOES have only One True Faith

 And that God in the Old Testament [“Yehweh”] chose only One Chosen People; and Christ in the New Testament followed that tradition with founding ONLY One New Church. Which I will demonstrate in your first Question.

 One God: [“Triune in Nature”] Father, Son, and Holy Spirit:

Mt. 3: 13-17 “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan, unto John, to be baptized by him But John stayed him, saying: I ought to be baptized by thee, and comest thou to me?  And Jesus answering, said to him: Suffer it to be so now. For so it becometh us to fulfill all justice. Then he suffered him. And Jesus being baptized,{1} [JESUS: SON OF GOD] forthwith came out of the water: and lo, the heavens were opened to him: and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove,[ {2}God the “HOLY SPIRIT”] and coming upon him.  And behold a voice from heaven, saying: This is my beloved Son, [{3} GOD THE FATHER] in whom I am well pleased.”

This ONE True God; Has Three Divine Persons [Father, Son and Holy Spirit]. One Divine and Perfect Nature which each of them hold in its entirety. THIS IS PERHAPS THE MOST PROFOUND AND DIFFICULT TO COMPREHEND FAITH-BELIEF. Which is why it requires what  we call it; “Faith.”

Exodus 6:7 “And I will take you to myself for my people, I will be your God: and you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brought you out from the work prison of the Egyptians.” Mt. 26: 36-38 “Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law?  Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind.This is the greatest and the first commandment”

 ALSO you should be aware of something [that most folks aren’t [even “Christians”]; which is THE INFALLIBLE RULE FOR RIGHT UNDERSTANDING OF THE BIBLE. As a FYI, I share it with you here:

[I use caps for emphasis; not shouting]

 “Never ever; can. May or DOES

One passage, verse or teaching

Have the power or authority to

Invalidate, make void or override another

Passage, verse or teaching.

Were this even the slightest possibility; [ITS NOT], it would render the bible as useless and worthless to teach or learn one’s Faith.”

 Mt. 4: 4 ”Who answered and said: It is written, Not in bread alone doth man live, but in every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God” 2nd.Tim. 3:16-17 “ All scripture, [IS] inspired of God, is profitable to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct in justice, That the man of God may be perfect, furnished to every good work”.

 Other Christian faiths; all “manmade” and originated by founders who thought they knew more or knew better than God and the only Church He promised  to guide and protect, which is WHY there exist today thousands of Protestant sects [means to “protest”]; yet :truth is as it MUST be: singular per defined issue.”

 While there are many THOIUSANDS of self -professed; man-made “Christian religions” which started about 500 years ago , there is still Just One Catholic Church holding to the same basic beliefs and practices after about 2,000 Years, with 23 associated, same belief branches. AND Today’s Roman Catholic Church is the only Church and Faith desired by God; founded by God and protected by God; so help ME God! Today’s Catholic Church was the ONLY Christian Faith from the time of Christ for about 1,000 Years [‘The Great Eastern Schism 1010AD]; which too is provable historical fact. And todays Catholic Church is the only one that can prove these claims biblically.

 [QUOTE]Dear all,

“I am interested to know more about Christian Religion. Please provide evidences from the Holy Bible.”[/QUOTE] I will endeavor to do just that; however you need to know that NOT everything is in the Bible.

  1. John 20:30-21“Many other signs also did Jesus in the sight of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God: and that believing, you may have life in his name.”  This is that disciple who giveth testimony of these things, and hath written these things; and we know that his testimony is true.” John 21:24-25 “But there are also many other things which Jesus did; which, if they were written every one, the world itself, I think, would not be able to contain the books that should be written.”
  2. I will use primarily the Douay Rheims Catholic bible and it is the Oldest and truest translation. … http://www.drbo.org/chapter/50001.htm [a historically provable fact]

 This also historically provable. Christ died around 33-35 AD. The bible in its entirety was authored by the end of-the First Century or the very early 2nd Century. There was a prolonged period of time when the bible did not exist in book form; although some individual letters did exist. Writing implements were scarce and very costly; PLUS the general population was mostly illiterate. So WORD of Mouth; following OT tradition and practice was very common and relied upon. And the very early Church grew despite not having the bible.

 [QUOTE]1. Which is the true religion?[/QUOTE] “TRUTH” logically and Morally MUST BE singular per defined Issue. Pope Benedict said: “THERE CANNOT BE MY TRUTH AND YOUR TRUTH OR THERE WOULD BE NO TRUTH.”

 First; you’re right. There can be, and is ONLY One True religion. It is both historically and biblically provable to be today’s Catholic Church.

 Mt. 10: 1-8 “And having called his twelve disciples together, he gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of diseases, and all manner of infirmities.  And the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the publican, and James the son of Alpheus, and Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.  These twelve Jesus sent: commanding them, saying: Go ye not into the way of the Gentiles, and into the city of the Samaritans enter ye not. But go ye rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And going, preach, saying: The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils: freely have you received, freely give”

  1. Mt. 16: 13-19 “And Jesus came into the quarters of Caesarea Philippi: and he asked his disciples, [Apostles] saying: Whom do men say that the Son of man is?  But they said: Some John the Baptist, and other some Elias, and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets.  Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am? Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God  And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven.  And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church [SINGULAR], and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  And I [Jesus] will give to thee [Peter] [ALL OF] the keys of the kingdom of heaven.And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven”
  2. John 17: 14-20 “I have given them thy word, and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world; I pray not that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from evil. They are not of the world, as I also am not of the world.  Sanctify them in truth.Thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. [THIS MEANS PRECISELY WHAT IT SAYS: “WITH GOD’S OWN POWERS AND AUTHORITY] And for them do I sanctify myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. [HERE JESUS GIVES HIMSELF AS WARRANTY OF THE TEACHING TRUTHS TAUGHT BY HIS CATHOLIC CHURCH… NO OTHER CAN MAKE THIS CLAIM!]  And not for them only do I pray, but for them also who through their word shall believe in me”
  3. Eph. 4: 2-7 “ With all humility and mildness, with patience, supporting one another in charity. Careful to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. One body [MEANS ONLY ONE CHURCH] and one Spirit; as you are called in one hope of your calling. One Lord,  [ONLY] one faith, one baptism. One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in us all. But to every one of us is given grace, according to the measure of the giving of Christ.” 
  4. Mark 16: 14-15 “ At length he [JESUS] appeared to the eleven [Apostles: Judas Christ betrayer killed himself]  as they were at table: and he upbraided them with their incredulity and hardness of heart, because they did not believe them who had seen him after he was risen again. And he said to them: Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” NOTE HERE CHRIST CHANGED HIS ORIGINAL MANDATE TO GO ONLY TO THE JEWS; NOW TO THE ENTIRE WORLD, WHICH REQUIRES SUCCESSION IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH.

 Mt. 28: 16-20And the eleven disciples [APOSTLES] went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them.  And Jesus coming spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.  Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy GhostTeaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded [TAUGHT] you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.”

 Eph. 2:19-20 “So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,  in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

 Eph. 3: 9-10  “And to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in  God who created all things;  that through the church [singular]the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose which he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,

 1 Cor. 12: 12-13  For just as the body [singular] is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, [singular]  though many, are one body, [singular]  so it is with Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–Jews or Greeks, slaves or free–and all were made to drink of one Spirit. [SO LONG AS ONLY THE ONE SET OF FAITH BELIEFS IS HELD TOO]

 John 10:16“And other sheep I have, that are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd”

 So the answer to question #1,is today’s Catholic Church, which is founded by Christ on the Apostles and is historically traceable back to them. The Eastern churches that are in “Schism” WERE a part of the original CC, until they choose to separate themselves from us around 1010 AD. The CC was the ONLY “Christian Church” anywhere in the world until this sad event took place.

[QUOTE]2. What is the true name of God?[/QUOTE]

 The short answer is “GOD”

 In the Old Testament He is called “Yahweh” / the Omega : the First and the Last; the one that always was and always Is. The “great “I AM!”

 Exodus 3:11-14 “And Moses said to God: Who am I that I should go to Pharao, and should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? And he said to him: I will be with thee: and this thou shalt have for a sign, that I have sent thee: When thou shalt have brought my people out of Egypt, thou shalt offer sacrifice to God upon this mountain. Moses said to God: Lo, I shall go to the children of Israel, and say to them: The God of your fathers hath sent me to you. If they should say to me: What is his name? what shall I say to them? God said to Moses: I AM WHO AM.He said: Thus shalt thou say to the children of Israel: HE WHO IS, hath sent me to you.”

 Rev. 22:12-13 “Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to render to every man according to his works. I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” 

 Isaiah 9: 6-7 [ABOUT 700 YEARS BEFORE THE BIRTH IF JESUS CHRIST]  “For a CHILD IS BORN to us, and a son is given to us, and the government is upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of Peace. His empire shall be multiplied, and there shall be no end of peace: he shall sit upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom; to establish it and strengthen it with judgment and with justice, from henceforth and for ever: the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” The “most commpn name for God remains “Jesus Christ” who among a great many other things fut a “human face” ON GOD for our sakes.

 [QUOTE] 3.Why we cannot see God?[/QUOTE]

 Once again the short answer [not being glib here], is that God wants to be Known; more than seen. God is [because He us all things good] a Spiritual Entity. … Genesis 1: 1-5 “In the beginning God created heaven, and earth.  And the earth was void and empty, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God moved over the waters. And God said: Be light made. And light was made.  And God saw the light that it was good; and he divided the light from the darkness.  And he called the light Day, and the darkness Night; and there was evening and morning one day. “ &John 4: 23-24 “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true adorers shall adore the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father also seeketh such to adore him. God is a spirit; and they that adore him, must adore him in spirit and in truth.”

 That said; God is “All Powerful” and able to do any, yes, ANY Good thing. Not only did God become Incarnate man through Jesus Christ, but there are times when God had Angels [also spiritual beings] {the term means “God’s messengers”}, appear in human form.

 Tobias 5: 5-8 Then Tobias going forth, found a beautiful young man, standing girded, and as it were ready to walk. And not knowing that he was an angel of God, he saluted him, and said: From whence art thou, good young man?  But he answered: Of the children of Israel. And Tobias said to him: Knowest thou the way that leadeth to the country of the Medes?  And he answered: I know it: and I have often walked through all the ways thereof, and I have abode with Gabelus our brother, who dwelleth at Rages a city of the Medes, which is situate in the mount of Ecbatana. 

So we know now that God AND His Angels are “Spiritual Realities”; Spiritual Beings. In the First Book of Genesis, the first book of the bible  we are informed that man [humanity] is made in the “image and likeness of God”

 Gen. 1: 26-28 “And he said: Let us make man to our image and likeness: and let him have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creeping creature that moveth upon the earth. And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them.  And God blessed them, saying:Increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and all living creatures that move upon the earth”

 Humanity is the pinnacle of the hierarchy of ALL Created Things. [the term means “to make something out of nothing]. So just HOW & WHY does man alone,of ALL created things in the Universe emulate the God who Created us?

 Only man [humanity] is given a mind, [not speaking here of the brain], a intellect [not meaning ones “IQ”] and a freewill which are ALL prenatally attached to mans’ Soul. And like “God” [but to a lesser degree]; these things are too, Spiritual Realities. And like God they are also immortal. Cannot be killed and do not die. It is this “Other Self

of humanity” that will be judged in the Judgment; and will “see God” [intuitively] and then either attain heaven or hell; which ever OUR lives choices have determined. Man mortal bodies  were Created from dust and will return to DUST upon death.

 Genesis 3: 13In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return to the earth, out of which thou wast taken: for dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return”

 So that explains the HOW; now let’s address the WHY?

 Isaiah 43 Verses 7 & 21 “And every one that calleth upon my name, I have created him for my glory, I have formed him, and made him. & This people have I formed for myself, they shall shew forth my praise”

 Man exist by God’s desire to be known, loved and served; fully and obediently. In fact the ENTIRE Universe exist so that man COULD know, in Awe and Wonder, that a Good God exist; and then freely choose to love and serve Him; or deny and hate Him.

 In Old Testament times Yahweh appeared under various forms; but never as a human being until the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. Some of the forms were:

 Fire: Exodus 3:2 “And the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he saw that the bush was on fire and was not burn”

 A Cloud: Exodus 13:21“And the Lord went before them to shew the way by day in a pillar of a cloud, and by night in a pillar of fire: that he might be the guide of their journey at both times”

 A Voice:  Deuteronomy 5:22 “These words the Lord spoke to all the multitude of you in the mountain, out of the midst of the fire and the cloud, and the darkness, with a loud voice, adding nothing more: and he wrote them in two tables of stone, which he delivered unto me.”

 The passages that quote Moses as “seeing” God “face to face” mean that God made His Presence known to Moses in a unique manner. Not a literal “face to face” meeting. Perhaps in the same manner He did with Peter, James and John in the New Testament at the “transfiguration?”

 Mt. 17: 1-5 “And after six days Jesus taketh unto him Peter and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart: And he was transfigured before them. And his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow.  And behold there appeared to them Moses and Elias talking with him.  And Peter answering, said to Jesus: Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them. And lo, a voice out of the cloud, saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye him

[QUOTE]4. Does God have any partner?[/QUOTE]

 Not is the sense that I THINK???? You’re asking?

God chose the Jewish nation and ordered them to build for Him a temple:

 3 Kings 5:5 “Wherefore I [King Solomon; son of King David] purpose to build a temple to the name of the Lord my God, as the Lord spoke to David my father, saying: my son, whom I will set upon the throne in thy piece, he shall build a house to my name”

 So it was the temple and those that worshiped God in it that were in a sense “God’s partners’.

Likewise it is in the New Testament; under the New Covenant; the only Church and Faith Founded, desired, guided and protected by God; todays Catholic Church that are God’s TRUE “friends,” and “partner” with Him in sharing HIS “Good News” [Gospel]. Others have GRAFTED themselves on to the vine, and are partial truth, and partial partners. BUT only the CC is in full communion with what God founded, desires and protects. JohnJohn.15: 15 “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you”

 [QUOTE]5. Does God have a wife and children?[/QUOTE]

 NO, that is a fable created by the Mormon /LDS church, just a few hundred years ago.

 So this ends Q’s 1 through 5. PLEASE ask any questions this may raise.

 God Bless you,

Patrick

Contraception is not God’s way; not God approved by Bishop James Conley

.- Bishop James Conley of Lincoln hopes his new pastoral letter on the sacrificial “language of love” and the disruptive immorality of contraception will be received “with open hearts and open minds.”

“My hope is that people, Catholic couples especially, and also Catholic physicians and pharmacists, will be willing to look at this issue again,” he told CNA March 20.

“The Language of Love” is Bishop Conley’s pastoral letter on the sacrificial nature of love and on contraception, officially promulgated March 25 — the feast of the Annunciation, when the Church celebrates Mary’s assent to becoming the Mother of God. The letter can be read in full, and listened to, here.

Bishop Conley said Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical “Humanae Vitae,” which rejected contraception as contrary to Christian ethics, had a “prophetic message” that was “good news for all Catholics, since we know that the contraceptive mentality has been so pervasive and so devastating.”

He said he hopes that couples using contraception, and physicians prescribing it, will “think again” about their actions, and turn to “God’s tender mercy by making a good heartfelt confession.”

“Sacrifice is the language of love,” Bishop Conley wrote in his pastoral letter. “Love is spoken in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who poured out his life for us on the cross. Love is spoken in the sacrifice of the Christian life, sharing in Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. And love is spoken in the sacrifice of parents, and pastors, and friends.”

“We live in a world short on love,” he lamented.

The pastoral letter warns that “when it rejects the gift of new life, through the use of contraception,” American culture is rejecting love.

“Husbands and wives are made to freely offer themselves as gifts to one another in friendship, and to share in the life-giving love of God.”

He said God created marriage to be unifying and procreative, joining husband and wife “inseparably in the mission of love, and to bring forth from that love something new.”

“Contraception robs the freedom for those possibilities,” he continued, warning that the use of contraception “gravely and seriously disrupts the sacrificial, holy and loving meaning of marriage itself.”

He said marriage is a call to “loving as God loves… freely, creatively and generously.”

The letter will be delivered to every registered family in the diocese, and will be made available as a podcast and as a broadcast on Nebraska Catholic radio.

Bishop Conley voiced gratitude for the example of the “hundreds of families” who have “opened themselves freely and generously to children.”

While this requires sacrifice, he said, “sacrifice is the harbinger of true joy.”

“The Language of Love” was inspired by  a 1991 pastoral letter, “In Obedience to Christ,” issued by Bishop Glennon Flavin, who shepherded the Lincoln diocese from 1967 to 1992.

Bishop Flavin’s letter had discussed contraception’s incompatibility with Catholic married life and medical ethics, and is regarded as a landmark in the history of the Diocese of Lincoln.

Bishop Conley said that his predecessor’s letter had “a profound effect” on him as a young priest in the Diocese of Wichita.

When he became Bishop of Lincoln in November 2012, he began to think how he could re-present Bishop Flavin’s “wonderful, beautiful teaching,” which led to his preparation of “The Language of Love” as an update to his predecessor’s teaching.

Bishop Conley told CNA that Catholics who reject or ignore the immorality of contraception should look to the Church and to the teachings of Christ as “a message of love and mercy,” a message proclaimed by Pope Francis.

The bishop’s letter specially addressed Catholic physicians, pharmacists, and other health care professionals. He praised their efforts to help their patients, but at the same time he said no Catholic health care providers should engage in medicine “by undermining the gift of fertility.”

Health care, he noted, is “the art of healing,” while and contraception and sterilization “denigrate and degrade the body’s very purpose.”

John Brehany, executive director of the Catholic Medical Association, told CNA March 20 that he welcomed the pastoral letter as “a clear, compelling call to fidelity on an issue that is central to human happiness and health,” saying the letter has an “inspiring and constructive explanation” of Catholic teaching on contraception and sterilization.

Brehany said the letter can benefit faithful Catholic health care professionals through its “high-quality reaffirmation of Church teaching.”

“Even the choir needs to hear good sermons from time to time.”

The letter can bring clarity to health care professionals who are confused or ignorant of their moral obligations related to contraception and sterilization; Brehany said he knows many Catholic physicians who did not know about the immorality of these practices for many years.

“People respond to the truth, especially when it is spoken with clarity and love,” Brehany continued, encouraging lay Catholics to read the letter and to “share it with confidence.”

 

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