A re-re-blogged lesson for ALL of us

A Closer Walk with God


As we consider ways to grow closer in our walk with God, two words come to mind – purity and glory.

Purity in being free from duplicity or double-mindedness.. Our human nature, or what I like to call our ‘self’ can never be perfectly pure until we are with our Lord in Heaven, but it is possible to work at living a pure life for the Lord, to attract others to Him and to have the close relationship with God that He so desires, and that we should desire as well. The Greek word for purity is hagneia (hag-ni’-ah) which denotes chastity which excludes all impurity of spirit, manner, or act. 1 Timothy 4:12 “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” 1 Timothy 5:1-2 “Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.”

Being “pure in heart,” involves inner cleansing: “Create in me a clean heart, O God” – Psalm 51:10. While the classical Greek word for “pure” (katharos) means being free from debt and guilt, the Biblical usage includes more than forgiveness. To be pure means to be single minded–free from the civil war of a divided self –being free from falsehood, hypocrisy, or pretense. The person who is rightly related to Jesus Christ will be pure in heart and life – 2 Timothy 2:19-22 “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”

If we are truly God’s children, we will desire to please Him. When Jesus blessed the “pure in heart” – Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God,” He affirmed that true happiness is loving God with our whole hearts, desiring that our whole lives please Him. In other words, purity demands that we remove anything and everything that would separate us from the holy presence of God – Habakkuk 1:13 “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity…”

Anyone who has the hope of seeing God “purifieth himself, even as he is pure” (1 John 3:3). Such a person begins and maintains a love relationship with God based on integrity and singularity of purpose. A pure life cannot exist without a pure heart set upon the Lord.

Glory – Greek word doxa (dox’-ah) – dignity, honour, praise, woship

1 Corinthians 10:31 “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”God has laid this verse on my heart today as never before. Knowing it is not enough, I must take action to implement it in my walk. This is a huge challenge for all believers. We all face those temptations from the world that bring pleasure. Remember, worldly pleasures are temporary! The world is at enmity with God – James 4:4 “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” I believe the biggest help to be had in overcoming all temptation boils down to asking ourselves this one question: “Is it glorifying to God? Will this bring glory and honour to my heavenly Father?” I know, I know, it goes totally against our very nature to ask ourselves that question when there is something before us that we think we just have to do or have to have.

I can envision a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other when I am tempted by the evils of this world.

But, if I speak out loud or even whisper to myself “do all to the glory of God.” And then ask myself, “Is this going to glorify God? Is this going to help further the Kingdom of God?” I have the power of His Word and His Holy Spirit to the “renewing of my mind” to help me overcome temptation. Remember also, evil and its minions must flee at the very name of Jesus. “No, you go away in Jesus’ name!” I cannot begin to count the very many times I have spoken those words over the years. We must realize that as human beings, we have absolutely no power over the plans the destroyer has to create havoc in our lives, but God has given us His Word, the name of Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to call on for His power! I am nothing without Him!

Remember! “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.”

The next time you are tempted by ‘the evils of this world’ why not ask yourself, “Will it glorify God or help to further His Kingdom?” Stop playing games – giving in to sin and begging forgiveness and feeling unworthy, over and over and over again. The devil seeks to destroy and kill everything and everyone that belongs to God. Do not give him the glory!

Lastly, “I hate to think that I would be involved in some sin when the last trump sounds and Jesus says, ‘Anna, come up hither!’” What shame and remorse I would feel, I cannot even imagine. Why should we continue to choose more sin to feel ashamed of when we meet our loving Master? And we will ultimately stand before Jesus and give account for what we did on this earth after we received Him as our Saviour, Lord, and Master. It is up to us what we do and how we grow in Him. Will we always be successful? No, we will stumble, but at least we can know that we have the tools that He has given us at to do our best to be pure and glorify our Holy God. 1 Peter 1:16

Bible Teaching On Saint John by Pat Miron


Some Bible Teachings of …Saint  JOHN

by Pat Miron

 John.8: [3] The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst [4] they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. … [10] Jesus looked up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again.” [BECAUSE OF her Faith in Jesus he forgives her the sin and tells her not to sin again.]

[12] Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” … [13] The Pharisees then said to him, “You are bearing witness to yourself; your testimony is not true.” … [17] In your law it is written that the testimony of two men is true; [18] I bear witness to myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness to me.” …[24] I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.”

[25] They said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Even what I have told you from the beginning. …[28] So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority but speak thus as the Father taught me.

[31] Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, [which MEANS TO LISTEN; TO HEAR; TO ACCEPT AND TO LIVE ACCORDINGLY …ONLY THEN] you are truly my disciples, [MEANS “THE new ‘Chosen-people’ of God”] [32] and you will know [BELIEVE What I Teach] …the truth, and the truth will make you free.” [ALL SINGULAR]

[34] Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, every one who commits sin is a slave to sin. [35] The [SINNER] slave does not continue in the house for ever [means: DOES NOT MERIT ETERNAL LIFE]; [BUT] the son continues for ever. [36] So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. [SAVED].

[43] Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. [44] You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. [45] But, because [AND] I tell the truth, [BUT] you [STILL] do not believe me. [46] Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?

[47] He who is of God hears the words of God; the reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.” [48] The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?” [49] Jesus answered, “I have not a demon; but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. [50] Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it and he will be the judge.

[51] Truly, truly, I say to you, if any one keeps my word, he will never see death.”

[54] Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing; it is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say that he is your God. [55] But you have not known him; I know him. If I said, I do not know him, I should be a liar like you; but I do know him and I keep his word.

[56] Your father Abraham rejoiced that he was to see my day; he saw it and was glad.”
[57] The Jews then said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” [58] Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”

John.1:1-5 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

1John.1 Verses 8 to 10 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

1John.5 Verses 16 to 17 “If any one sees his brother committing what is not a mortal sin, he will ask, and God will give him life for those whose sin is not mortal. There is sin which is mortal; I do not say that one is to pray for that. All wrongdoing is sin,  but there is sin which is not mortal.

John.20 Verses 20 to 23” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. 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”

 Heb.5 Verses 1 to 6  “For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is bound to offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was.”   John.15: 16 “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”

Bible passages that reference CONFESION OF SINS

THE OLD TESTEMANT / OLD COVENANT WAY: … Lev. 16: 20-22 OT Forgiveness of sins: [20] “And when he has made an end of atoning for the holy place and the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall present the live goat;  and Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the people of Israel, and all their transgressions, all their sins; and he shall put them upon the head of the goat, and send him away into the wilderness by the hand of a man who is in readiness. The goat shall bear all their iniquities upon him to a solitary land; and he shall let the goat go in the wilderness.”

I confess my iniquity, I am sorry for my sin. Psalm 38: 18

Do not be ashamed to confess your sins,  Sir. 4:26

When a man is guilty in any of these, he shall confess the sin he has committed Lev. 5:5

he shall confess his sin which he has committed; and he shall make full restitution for his wrong Num. 5:7

 Proverbs 28:13 “Those who conceal their sins do not prosper, but those who confess and forsake them obtain mercy.

Sirach 4:26 “Do not be ashamed to acknowledge your sins, and do not struggle against a rushing stream.”

I acknowledged my sin to thee, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”; then thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin. Psalm 32:5

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. 

And here is Christ, who is God, NEW COVENANT WAY of Forgiveness of sins

 “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.” Mt. 16:19

Jesus said to them [the Apostles] again, “Peace be with you. 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.”  Jn .20:021-23

 1 Jn. 1:8-10  “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

Eph. 4: 17Now this I affirm and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds; 18 they are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart; 19 they have become callous and have given themselves up to licentiousness, greedy to practice every kind of uncleanness.”

 First Peter 2: “So put away all malice and all guile and insincerity and envy and all slander. Like newborn babes, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation;

 Romans 1: 24 ”Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever! Amen.”

Romans 2: 13 -16 “For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. When Gentiles who have not the law do by nature what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or perhaps excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus. “

Matthew 11: 25 ”At that time Jesus declared, “I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.

 1: John 5: 16 If any one sees his brother committing what is not a mortal sin, he will ask, and God will give him life for those whose sin is not mortal. There is sin which is mortal; I do not say that one is to pray for that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin which is not mortal. [Mortal sin is so grievous that it completely separates us from a personal relationship with God until we BOTH repent and Confess! Pjm]

Acts.8:22 Repent therefore of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.


The Old Covenant people of God understood the necessity of confession and repentance of sins to remain in fellowship with God. All sin sacrifices began with confession of sin and all peace offerings (communion sacrifices) with a confession of praise. These Old Covenant animal sacrifices prefigured the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Heb 10:1-10).

1Tim.6: 12 “Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

2 Cor. 7: 10 “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret, but worldly grief produces death.”

Matt.9 [6] But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins” — he then said to the paralytic — “Rise, take up your bed and go home.” [8] When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men. 

 Matt.10: [1] And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity

 Matt.28: [18] And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. This authority was given by the Father to the HUMAN NATURE of Jesus. Christ as God always possessed it. It was given in conjunction to the merits of Christ earned by His passion and death.

James 4: 7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you men of double mind.” All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him”

Mt. 7: 21 “Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.”

 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” Mt. 19: 17our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 Jn. 1: 9

 Heb. 9: 15 Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred which redeems them from the transgressions under the first covenant.

 Heb. 3: 1 “Therefore, holy brethren, who share in a heavenly call, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession”

Dear friends in Christ, if your method of personal sin forgiveness differs from this, WHICH IS GOD’S PRECISELY TAUGHT AND DESIRED MANNER; you would be well advised to consider that TRUTH is and must be singular. God used priest in the Old Testament times; WHY would He not follow his own Tradition and do so now under the New Covenant? The Sinners Prayer and Altar Calls are BOTH recent man-made innovations; neither is GOD approved. Amen!

A word about Love from my friend: Catholicworkingmother

What are We Waiting For?

November 11, 2014 Leave a comment

When our hearts are opened to the reality of true poverty in this world, we want to help in any way we can.   Mission trips open eyes to the poorest of the poor, and documentaries or commercials that spotlight a poverty that is entirely out of our daily realm, burn inside our spirits.   We look for ways to help…whether it be sponsoring or adopting a child, donating money, providing clothing and necessities, or offering service, prayers and love.  We know that through the Holy Spirit, there is some way each of us can help.  But how many times do we see, know, and feel the call to love through sacrifice, decide to take action…and then allow that decision to fade away?

 You know what the Lord is calling you to do.  What are you waiting for?

The time to clothe, feed, educate, shelter, heal, pray, love is NOW!  No matter how small you feel your contribution is, take that step NOW!  We are the Body of Christ.  Our love and all the blessings in our lives are meant to be shared.

They will know we are Christians by our love.  Are we sharing Christ’s burning love with this very needy world around us, or are we merely quoting Bible verses?  Are we seeing the poverty of spirit in the empty eyes and lives  of those who pass us each and every day?

Unless we ask that the Holy Spirit guide us to see with His eyes, and love with His heart, we might miss seeing the eyes that are silently crying out for help.  The eyes that try to fool the world into thinking they are happy, when on the inside, they are lonely, empty, and devoid of faith and hope.

Only Jesus can fill the needs of true poverty.  Only Jesus can infuse us with perfect love and mercy…overflowing our hearts to share that Divine Love with those suffering souls.

He is waiting for us to invite Him to work in us and through us.  What are we waiting for?

Always remember…they will know we are Christians by our love.


A new commandment I give unto you: That you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.  John 13:34-35

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’   “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.    Matthew 25:37-40

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.  If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;  but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud  or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.  It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!  Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture!  But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.

 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.  Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.  All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.    1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Incomprehensible? No, not with true Faith

Welcome friend,

Christianity has two incomprehensible profound Mysteries. The Blessed Trinity and the Most Holy Eucharist, Catholic Holy Communion, where Christ Himself is made “Truly, Really and Substantially Present; Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity”… The COMPLETE Christ. The Theological term describing this act is “transubstantiation.”

This is PURELY and Solely God’s doing; a true- Miracle.

Catholic Holy Communion is:

From  God the Father

 Of  God the Son

By  God the Holy Spirit … through by God’s choice, the hands of His Catholic priest.

“Do this in memory of Me.” Luke 22:19

What is often not rightly understood in the “error of the unbelievers,”  are these teachings of… John 6: verses 28,30,41-42, and 61. They assume in ERROR that Jesus was speaking of His Cardinal body. NO!  … Jesus speaks here of His Glorified, Risen and now Perfect Body. A body very real but at the same time Divine and Glorified.

This reality was clearly understood by Peter and the Apostles, who when asked by Christ: Cf. ‘Do you wish to call me a liar and desert Me too” replied: John 6: 68-70 “[68] Then Jesus said to the twelve: Will you also go away? [69] And Simon Peter answered him: Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. [70] And we have believed and have known, that thou art the Christ, the Son of God.”

This belie is understood and accepted  and clearly articulated in Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14: 22-24; Luke 22:19-21 and Paul in 1st. Cor. 11: 23-29; and all of John Chapter sisx

So we have the testimony of God Himself and FIVE authors of the Bible. Amen!

Genesis 1:29 where it was God ORIGINAL plan for humanity to not eat meat. This is changed by God after the Flood and the Burnt Offering Noah made to God of all “clean living animals”: Gen.9: 1-4 “And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every bird of the air, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea; into your hand they are delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.”

And therefore Catholic Holy Communion is an unbloody “re-presentation” of the first; the original Sacrifice {even God can only die “once.”} Making Christ present time and time again, through the very  Sacrifice of Christ who died for us, and  now chooses to remain with us as He Promised. Catholics meet God; our Creator, “face to face” even before the Beatific Vision.

John 20:28-29 “Thomas answered, and said to him: My Lord, and my God. Jesus saith to him: Because thou hast seen me, Thomas, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and have believed.” 

Matthew 28:18-20 “Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.

God Bless you,


Questions to ask yourself by Patrick Miron

Questions, and more questions for me to ask “Me”

By Patrick Miron: I’m a Catholic

 1. Why Me?

2. Why Now?

3. Why Here?

“You can’t SHARE what you yourself don’t have”; or, you can’t give “it” away if you don’t have it

This, a personal philosophy of the late Father John A. Hardon S.J., a friend and mentor to me.

On those rare occasions when I run out of faith-sharing things to do, I like to ask myself the above questions. I have pondered this, and even wondered if Peter, Paul and the other Early Fathers have asked themselves the same questions? Questions that seem to be prudent, maybe even urgent to ask of ourselves. If we don’t have an understanding of what God calls each of us to do; each in the manner prescribed by God the Holy Spirit; then we are unable to fulfill God’s reasons for our very existence.

One of the many “wonders” of sharing our Catholic Faith, especially with those investigating it from other faith backgrounds; is the sheer joy and super-abundant enthusiasm with which they so often, but not always, embrace it, and are eager to share it; when God makes possible “right understanding” possible to them; when God offers His Grace and it is accepted and fully applied, and without which; right understanding is impossible.

All of them seem to have asked and answered the above questions. And each of them seem to have grasped the importance sharing what they have just “been offered.”  …  Christ own Faith. {singular} They have  just been given is an accurate way to describe Christ One true- Faith, which is, as it must be, necessarily a singular reality; and always a gift from God Himself, because we can share our Faith, but only God can Convert one’s mind, heart and soul.

John.15: 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”

“Why me” leads me to ask: “why do I even exist?” And here is what first comes to my mind:

Isaiah 43 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.”

So God has chosen to use me in a ministry that I am otherwise unqualified to accomplish.

Why here? This one I thing I can grasp. God has placed me here at this specific time and place to fill either a need; or needs that with His help I am able to do. To be an “Apostle” means “to be sent out.” All of us; yes ALL of us are being called to contribute what we have been given, to build up the Church that Christ Himself founded {singular: “MY CHURCH” Mt. 16:18},  sharing the gifts we have been granted by the Holy Spirit, to “build up the Church of God”, which is and has been for 2,000 years, the means; and the Portal of ALL salvation.

2Cor.6: 16 “What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people. … “THEM” here being also singular tense. Certainly God could not have waited until the Protestant Reformation; over a thousand years to make His One set of Faiths beliefs known.

Because God is “One”; God’s Faith can, and is also Only One. And just as God choose only One “Chosen People; with whom He shared His Faith; so too Christ continues the tradition by founding, guiding and guarding just His Catholic Church; who alone is Cf. “holder of all the Key’s to heaven” {Mt. 16:15-19 & 28:1620}. Whatever talents and gifts God has given to me are given to me to build up His Church. Singular. Amen!

“WHY Now?” I’m not sure I know the complete answer, but I am aware of the urgent need for qualified and unqualified to both know, live publically and fully our Catholic Faith, so we can share it, can explain t and when necessary, can even defend it. A Recent P.E.W. report claims that only about 23-25% of self-identified Catholics bother to attend Sunday Mass. And only about 10% take advantage of Sacramental Confession; KNOWN forgiveness of one’s sins. Not just hope and blind speculation; but God’s assurance. And it seems to be getting worse rather than better.

Saint Paul makes it spectacularly clear in 1st. Cor. 12: 1-10; 28-30 {but read the entire chapter.}

“Now concerning spiritual things, my brethren, I would not have you ignorant. You know that when you were heathens, you went to dumb idols, according as you were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man, speaking by the Spirit of God, saith Anathema to Jesus. And no man can say the Lord Jesus, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities of graces, but the same Spirit; And there are diversities of ministries, but the same Lord; And there are diversities of operations, but the same God, who worketh all in all.  And the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man unto profitTo one indeed, by the Spirit, is given the word of wisdom: and to another, the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit; To another, faith in the same spirit; to another, the grace of healing in one Spirit; To another, the working of miracles; to another, prophecy; to another, the discerning of spirits; to another, diverse kinds of tongues; to another, interpretation of speeches…. “And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?

2 Peter: 2: 1-5 “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there shall be among you lying teachers, who shall bring in sects of perdition, and deny the Lord who bought them: bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their riotousnesses, through whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you. Whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their perdition slumbereth not. For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but delivered them, drawn down by infernal ropes to the lower hell, unto torments, to be reserved unto judgment: And spared not the original world, but preserved Noe, the eighth person, the preacher of justice, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly” …One ought to ask: is the prevenalt, but clearly taught Doctirne of The “Real Presence”, taught by five separate authors of the bible and Christ Himself; denial of God? I fear it is.

So friends, how do you answer these “Why” questions?

God Bless you,

Patrick Miron


Infallibility Issues booklet Four, by Patrick Miron

I’m Catholic

Booklet Four

Catholic Infallibility Issues

By Pat Miron

 Fidelity to the Truth: The Bible, the Pope, and Christ Church.

                  These are among the more constant and contentious issues confronting The Roman Catholic Church. The infallibility of the Holy Bible, our Supreme Pontiff and the Church’s Magisterium and Official Doctrine and Dogma’s of our faith as issued by them. Many souls are lost because they refuse to accept God at His word on these topics (Yes I did mean to say God.) To be very clear, not only are we saying that they are not in error, and are de facto infallible, but also that there exist not the slightest possibility of error.  The Holy Bible, Our Supreme Pontiff and the Roman Catholic teaching authority, we term the Magesterium, not only must always speak the truth, they are literally incapable of not speaking the truth in official, qualified pronouncements on matters of Faith and Morals.

Understanding “Truth”

                  Jesus Himself tells us: “you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” Jn: 8:32 Truth is: “Conformity of fact or reality.”  In the end, there is but a single truth for every reality. 

                 Proceeding with two assumptions, the first of which is that we believe in a Supreme Creator, whom we call God, and secondly that we accept the basic premise of Jesus Christ as Savior. These truths are accepted by all who claim to be Christian. The fact that you are reading this booklet, gives ample evidence that these are reasonable assumptions. 

             The foundation for the issue of infallibility lay in the very essence and words of God Himself, who we are told in a doctrine of our faith from the chair of Peter, cannot lie. God is both all good and all just. A lie would violate both of these attributes. Our human nature often rebels at having to accept truths, which we ourselves are unable to explain, justify or fully comprehend. Therefore an element of faith is often required.  Pope John Paul II found it necessary to explain, as had previous Pontiffs, the issues of absolute truth and infallibility. In every age, both from within the Church, and from enemies outside her embrace are those who put forth, for their own purpose and with damnable intent, candy coated heresies.

 On September 14, 1998, Pope John Paul II, issued his encyclical letter, binding on all of God’s children, Fides Et Ratio (Faith and Reason). Here are a few of the truths shared in this binding on ALL document.

            God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth.” 

             “The relationship between man’s freedom and God’s law is most deeply lived out in the  “heart” of the person, in his moral conscience. As the Second Vatican Council observed: “In the depths of his conscience man detects a law which he does not impose on himself, but which holds him to obedience. Always summoning him to love good and to avoid evil, the voice of conscience can when necessary speak to his heart more specifically: ‘do this, shun that.’ For man has in his heart a law written by God. To obey it is the very dignity of man; according to it he will be judged.”  (cf. Rom. 2: 14-16)  Veritatis Splendor, The Splendor OF The Truth, Pope John Paul II, no. 54.         

              “Recent times have seen the rise to prominence of various doctrines which tend to devalue even the truths which had been judged certain. A legitimate plurality of positions has yielded to an undifferentiated pluralism, based upon the assumption that all positions are equally valid, which is one of today’s most widespread symptoms of the lack of confidence in truth. (The “fundamental Option.”) Denying truth its exclusive character and assuming that truth reveals itself equally in different doctrines, even if they contradict one another. On this understanding, everything is reduced to opinion; and there is a sense of being adrift.” FE- No.5 

              “Underlying all the Church’s thinking is the awareness that she is the bearer of a message which has its origin in God himself.” “We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” cf. 2 Cor: 4:1-2.”   The knowledge, which the Church offers to man, has its origin not in any speculation of her own, however sublime, but in the word of God which she has received in faith  cf. 1 Th: 2:13.  “In his goodness and wisdom, God chose to reveal himself and to make known to us the hidden purpose of his will” cf. Eph: 1:9, by which, through Christ, the Word made flesh, man has access to the Father in the Holy Spirit and comes to share in the divine nature” This initiative is utterly gratuitous, moving from God to men and women in order to bring them to salvation. As the source of love, God desires to make himself known; and the knowledge which the human being has of God perfects all that the human mind can know of the meaning of life.” FE – No.7 – Chapter 1 

        [Blessed] Pope John Paul II points out: “One of the great evidences of the truth of our Roman Catholic faith, are the countless numbers, many in extreme pain, who have given their very lives in belief of and support of her truth. “The martyrs know that they have found the truth about life in the encounter with Jesus Christ, and nothing and no-one could ever take this certainty from them. Neither suffering nor violent death could ever lead them to abandon the truth , which they have discovered in the encounter with Christ. The martyrs provide evidence of a love that has no need of lengthy arguments in order to convince. The martyrs stir in us a profound trust because they give voice to what we already know.” FE -No.32 – Chapter 3    The very same gifts available to the Saints and martyrs, are offered to you and me. Like them, we are expected to accept and use them for our own good and the good of His Church.

                 “In Jesus Christ, the whole of God’s truth has been made manifest. ‘Full of grace and truth,’ he came as the ‘light of the world,’ he is the Truth. ‘Whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.’  CCC 2466  Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.’ ” Jn: 14: 6

             “Man tends by nature toward the truth. He is obliged to honor and bear witness to it: ‘It is in accordance with their dignity that all men, because they are persons . . . are both impelled by their nature and bound by a moral obligation to seek the truth, especially religious truth. They are also bound to adhere to the truth once they come to know it and direct their whole lives in accordance with the demands of truth’ ” CCC 2467

 Infallibility of the Holy Bible, God’s inspired, written word. 

             For a professed Christian to deny the infallibility of the Holy Bible would be paramount to denying the possibility of salvation. Absurd, ridiculous, and unheard of in Christian circles. Rather than the denial of these historically provable truths, the dispute is in not what the bible says, rather, what does it mean, and whom does it bind. It is these issues that factor heavily into God’s one church, becoming over thirty thousand, none – agreeing, different theology and different philosophy branches. Yet in the end there is only one truth, so how can there be different versions of it?

Sacred Scripture is the speech of God as it is put down in writing under the breath of the Holy Spirit.”    CCC 81

            Our understanding of the infallibility of the Holy Bible is aided by the teaching of Pope John Paul II, as we continue to quote and reference his 1998-binding Encyclical, Fides Et Ratio.

“Sacred Scripture indicates with remarkably clear cues how deeply related are the knowledge conferred by faith and the knowledge conferred by reason; and it is in the Wisdom literature (The following books are the consistory of Wisdom books of the Holy Bible: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes(Sirach), Song Of Songs, and Wisdom) that this relationship is addressed most explicitly. What is striking about these biblical texts, if [when]  they are read without prejudice, is that they embody not only the faith of Israel, but also the treasury of cultures and civilizations which have long vanished.”  FE- No.16 – Chapter 2   

         The bible is provable in three ways. (1) From historical written, persevered documents of the period.  (2) From exegesis (study that explains text) (3) from divine Revelation as can only be interpreted by the Church Christ founded.  “The bible not only contains the word of God, it is the word of God.”  This the proclamation of The Vatican Council, Sess. III, c ii .  One must also allow heavy weight of authority to Catholic Tradition, which bears much weight of historical evidence and lends full support to divine Revelation.

                 “Whatever its source, truth is of the Holy Spirit” FE No.49 –Chapter 4

            The bride of Christ, His Holy Catholic Church retains the sole right to interpret God’s holy written word, for several very important reasons. The bible is de facto, either Gods own words, or God’s inspired words. As previously shown, God desired to establish, and in fact did establish, only one Church. It therefore follows with clear and simple logic that He would desire that one and same body explain, define and declare, under the inspirations of His Holy Spirit, what He meant, and whom it binds.  Those who do not accept this proclamation do so, because to do anything else, would sustain acknowledgement of the fact that they have no God given authority to separate from the only Church that the Christ founded. If their authority to defy God’s desire for a single Church and all of it’s subsequent rules, doctrines and dogmas is not from God, then from whom, and from where, and should you be a part of it?  This statement cannot, and does not apply to those who have not yet been given the knowledge, truth and opportunity to become members of Gods foundational Church

The Council of Trent identified the books, which must be considered “as sacred and canonical.” They are the seventy-two books found in Catholic editions, forty-five in the Old Testament and twenty-seven in the New.  Protestant copies usually lack seven books Tobias, Judith, Wisdom, Ecclesiastics (Sirach), Baruch, and I, II Machabees and parts of books Esther 10:4-16:24, and Daniel 3:24-90; 13:1-14:42, Catholic Encyclopedia

             “God is the author of Sacred Scripture because he inspired its human authors; he acts in them and by means of them. He thus gives assurance that their writings teach without error his saving truth.  cf. DV 11- CCC 136 

                  “In order to discover the sacred authors’ intention, the reader must take into account the conditions of their time and culture, the literary genres in use at that time, and the modes of feeling, speaking and narrating then current. “For the fact is that truth is differently presented and expressed in the various types of historical writing, in prophetical and poetical texts, and in other forms of literary expression. “  CCC 110

              Gods own holy words sustain the truth of the Bible

              “For this I was appointed a preacher and apostle, (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.” 1Tim: 2:7 

             “For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.” 2 Cor: 13: 8 

    “For I have given them the words which you gave me, and they have received them and know 

      in truth that I came from thee.” Jn: 17: 8 

              “To them we did not yield submission even for a moment, that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.” Gal: 2: 5

                It is with clear, inspired understanding of the infallibility of the Roman Catholic bible, edited, clarified and certified, that we quote it freely, frequently and confidently.  After all, it is Gods very own words.

The Infallibility of The Catholic Pope

              “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren.” Lk: 22: 31-32  The relationship of Jesus the Christ and Saint Peter, our first Pontiff was a personal one. Yet it was not based solely on a personal preference; we do well to recall that numerous times, Christ reminded us that He was sent to “do the will of The Father.” This personal relationship is evidenced many times. Peter was chosen for every special event of Christ ministry on earth.  From the Transfiguration to His Agony in the garden, Peter was not simply included, but he was the primary witness and student.  When the issue of paying the temple tax arose, when Jesus asked, “And who do you say that I am?” the washing of the feet, the denial of Jesus, and the subsequent affirmation of love and fidelity of Peter for Jesus and His Church give evidence of this special, personal relationship.

  We also need to be aware of the leadership role assigned to Saint Peter by Jesus, and the acceptance of that role by Peter and the Apostles. “Jesus took with him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light. “He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Mt: 16: 15 –16  “Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you.” Mt: 26:35   

              This is after the event of Christ rising form the dead. “When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”  A second time he said to him, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”  He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.”  Jn.: 21: 15-17 

             Infallibility does not imply, nor does it demand perfect holiness, or a spotless, sinless character in the Pontiff, or the Magisterium articulating the truth expressed. Almighty God proclaims and substantiates their truth.  Peter, like all mankind (except Mary, the Mother of Jesus) was a sinner, but a sincerely repentant one. It is understood that our God is a Mighty God, indeed an All-mighty God, who has in the past, used men of questionable worth; Saints Peter, Paul, Moses, and even ordinary folks like you and me, to accomplish His goals, His will, will always be done.  All infallible pronouncements are inspired, and directed by the Holy Spirit, God Himself, and it is this certainty, this reality, this truth that confirms the authority they proclaim. Certainly, coming from holy, pious God fearing men is preferred, but it is not a requirement.  cf. CCC 1550

             “In the ecclesial service of the ordained minister, it is Christ himself who is present to his Church as Head of his Body, Shepherd of his flock, and high priest of the redemptive sacrifice, Teacher of Truth. This is what the Church means by saying that the priest, by virtue of the sacrament of Holy Orders, acts in persona Christi Capitis: It is the same priest, Christ Jesus, whose sacred person his minister truly represents. Now the minister, by reason of the sacerdotal consecration which he has received, is truly made like to the high priest and possesses the authority to act in the power and place of the person of Christ himself (virtute ac persona ipsius Christi). “ CCC 1548   

             The Church is a society; as such it must have laws that guide, and govern.

              No civil society is capable of governance without laws. The binding, guiding laws of the Roman Catholic Church are found in: God’s Commandments, The Code of Canon law for Ecclesiastical (church) governance, The General Instruction of The Roman Missal – GRIM, for Liturgical governance, and the Catechism of The Catholic Church, for understanding doctrine and dogma.  God’s code for living is found in Holy Scripture, and in condensed version in the Lord’s Prayer, and the Sermon on the Mount. What we believe is summarized in our Creed.   

             “In virtue of his office the Supreme Pontiff is infallible in his teaching when, as chief Shepherd and Teacher of all Christ’s faithful, with the duty of strengthening his brethren in the faith, he proclaims by definitive act a doctrine to be held concerning faith or morals.” CIC 749 §1   

              “The office uniquely committed by the Lord to Peter, the first of the Apostles, and to be transmitted to his successors, abides in the Bishop of the Church of Rome. He is the head of the College of Bishops, the Vicar of Christ, and the Pastor of the universal Church here on earth. Consequently, by virtue of his office, he has supreme, full, immediate and universal ordinary power in the Church, and he can always freely exercise this power.” CIC 331            

               “There is neither appeal nor recourse against a judgment or a decree of the Roman Pontiff.” CIC 331-§3   

                The domino like authority on the doctrine of infallibility continues as we discuss the infallibility of “The Church.” Authority both directly and indirectly from God, through Jesus, inspired and directed by the Holy Spirit, to Saint Peter, and those who replace him in legal succession. 

The people of God: Who are we?

       “Christ’s faithful are those who, since they are incorporated into Christ through baptism,

are constituted the people of God. For this reason they participate in their own way in the priestly, prophetic and kingly office of Christ. They are called, each according to his or her particular condition, to exercise the mission, which God entrusted to the Church to fulfill in the world.”

  CIC 204 §1 “This Church, established and ordered in this world as a society, subsists in the Catholic Church, governed by the successor of Peter and the Bishops in communion with him. CIC 204 §2  “Those baptized are in full communion with the Catholic Church here on earth who are joined with Christ in his visible body, through the bonds of profession of faith, the sacraments and ecclesiastical governance.” CIC 205  “Christ’s faithful are bound to preserve their communion with the Church at all times, even in their external actions.  CIC. 209 §1  ”They are to carry out with great diligence their responsibilities towards both the universal Church and the particular Church to which by law they belong. CIC. 209  §2  “All Christ’s faithful, each according to his or her own condition, must make a wholehearted effort to lead a holy life, and to promote the growth of the Church and its continual sanctification.” CIC 210 

The Magisterium’s discernment as diakonia (sharer) of the truth

                “The Church, the “pillar and bulwark of the truth,” “has received this solemn command of Christ from the apostles to announce the saving truth.” “To the Church belongs the right always and everywhere to announce moral principles, including those pertaining to the social order, and to make judgments on any human affairs to the extent that they are required by the fundamental rights of the human person or the salvation of souls.” CCC 2032

              The speaking voice of the Roman Catholic Church is manifested always (“In communion”) with the Supreme Pontiff, through the “Magisterium” (teaching authority), which consists of all bishops who are faithful to, and obedient to, the Pope. The Magisterium operates in two manners: Magisterium Extraordinary, in a solemn way with formal pronouncements, and Magisterium Ordinary, through the normal channels of instruction of the faithful. The Magisterium Extraordinary always speaks infallibly, and when the Magisterium Ordinary speaks universally, that is, collectively intended for all the faithful, it too speaks infallibility.  cf. Catholic dictionary 

             The Magisterium then, is the speaking voice of the Catholic Church. It consists of four declarative bodies. The Pope, who can and regularly does, speak independently on his own, the College of bishops, who at times of greater need or clarification, gather in Ecumenical Council, and the constant presence of the various Synod of Bishops (groups of bishops from general geographical locals, with common language and traditions), and the Roman Curia, inner circle of Cardinals selected for Church governance as well as instruction of the faith.  Each body reports to the Supreme Pontiff, is subject to him, and derives all of their authority from him. Indeed, they have no authority apart from communion with him, who is representative of Christ on earth.

        ”The head of the College of Bishops is the Supreme Pontiff, and its members are the Bishops by virtue of their sacramental consecration and hierarchical communion with the head of the College and its members. This College of Bishops, in which the apostolic body abides in an unbroken manner, is, in union with its head and never without this head, also the subject of supreme and full power over the universal Church.”  CIC 336

       The College of Bishops and Church Councils

        Only the Pope may call Church Council into being, and decide it’s topical content. He must approve all of its doctrine, dogma, and directives, as well as determine how they are to be issued, and whom they bind. Our church history has seen both local and general councils. General councils have greater authority. Vatican II was a general Council as was the Council of Trent. Cf. Canons 338, 341.

       The Synod of Bishops

      Bishops from different parts of the world meet regionally at regular intervals to assist the Roman Pontiff in defense of the faith, to promote a close relationship with the Bishop of Rome, and in support of ecclesiastical discipline. They also consider questions concerning the mission of the Church in the world. As a rule they discuss topics and matters proposed to them, which the Roman Pontiff must ratify, before they are propagated. Recent years have seen deliberate disobedience of this well – known mandate by various Synods, including America’s. Bishops only have the authority invested in them, emanating from God, through the Supreme Pontiff. Our Universal Church cannot exist without rules of governance. Civil society does not permit, and cannot permit, individual members to write their own laws, nor can any member, outside of the Supreme Pontiff, choose to, on their own authority, write or ignore written law. Ecclesial governance is not a democracy, might be better defined as a “benevolent dictatorship”.

                         The role of the Roman Curia within the Catholic Church

 Cardinals under the age of seventy-two are the Church body, inspired by God to elect The Pope. Cardinals are also selected by the Pope to head various branches of church government. In doing so they speak with the ”Popes voice, and with the Popes authority.” They too get authority from, and must be faithful to, and obedient to, the Pope to have binding authority. cf Can.360 “The term Apostolic See or Holy See mean not only the Roman Pontiff, but also, unless the contrary is clear from the nature of things or from the context, the Secretariat of State, the Council for the public affairs of the Church, and the other Institutes of the Roman Curia.” Can. 361

              “The Church’s Magisterium exercises the authority it holds from Christ to the fullest extent when it defines dogmas, that is, when it proposes truths contained in divine Revelation or also when it proposes, in a definitive way, truths having a necessary connection with these.” CCC 88

“The mission of the Magesterium is linked to the definitive nature of the covenant established by God with his people in Christ. It is this Magesterium task to preserve God’s people from deviations and defections and to guarantee them the objective possibility of professing the true faith without error. Thus, the pastoral duty of the Magesterium is aimed at seeing to it that the People of God abides in the truth that liberates. To fulfill this service, Christ endowed the Church’s shepherds with the charism of infallibility in matters of faith and morals.”  CCC 890

              “Divine assistance is also given to the successors of the apostles, teaching in communion with the successor of Peter, and, in a particular way, to the bishop of Rome, pastor of the whole Church, when, without arriving at an infallible definition and without pronouncing in a “definitive manner,” they propose in the exercise of the ordinary Magisterium a teaching that leads to better understanding of Revelation in matters of faith and morals. To this ordinary teaching the faithful ‘are to adhere to it with religious assent’ which, though distinct from the assent of faith, is nonetheless an extension of it.” CCC 892 

             “Faith is the theological virtue by which we believe in God and believe all that He has said and revealed to us, and that Holy Church proposes for our belief, because He is truth itself. By faith ‘man freely commits his entire self to God.’ For this reason the believer seeks to know and do God’s will. ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’ Living faith “work[s] through charity.’ ” CCC 1814 “Faith is man’s first step, a free step towards God. “ Theology: Science of Salvation, Father Rene’ Latourelle, Pg. 145

             As we conclude this chapter, we are encouraged to pray for strength and enlightenment. Ours is not a simple faith to accept or understand; TRUTH always remains truth, and faith is a challenge from God that allows us to humbly submit our will to His. The Holy Spirit remains in our mist to aid and guide us. We term the collection of truths about our beliefs, “our Catholic faith,” for good reason. Faith, a somewhat blind condition exist so that we must rely on the source of all truth, the Holy Spirit, for understanding, and the willingness to accept that which are not permitted to understand. Come Holy Spirit come!

             Catholics are not prohibited “free thought,” rather all Christians, especially informed, practicing Roman Catholics are under grave moral obligation to have an informed conscience, (CCC 1783, 1784, 1785) which inevitably leads us to humble obedience to our Pope and the Catholic Magisterium who are Divinely inspired to teach us what is beneficial, even necessary to our salvation. It is after all, not human, but Divine instruction that we are following. Amen! Pride is the devils key to our soul.

 Discussion Questions: Chapter Four

 Why must one seek the truth? How does God guide us in this search?  How many truths might there be for a single issue?

What does Pope John Paul II suggest is clear and persuasive evidence for the position the Catholic Church puts forth “for Catholic infallibility issues?”

How do we know that the bible is true? Does this mean everything in the bible is to be taken literally?

What is the authority of papal pronouncements? Are all papal pronouncements infallible? Are all papal pronouncements binding? Whom do they bind? Does a papal announcement need be ”infallible” in order to bind?

What is the name of the “teaching authority” of the Catholic Church. Who are members of this body? What is their authority?

How does a pope generally exercise the duties of his office.

God Bless you my friends,

Patrick Miron


ALL Salvation must flow through the Catholic Church: true or false?

A Brief dialog on Salvation, the RCC, then and Now

[QUOTE] I appreciate all that you wrote; but most of my questions remain unanswered:

Question #1: Is Unam Sanctam, which declares, proclaims, and defines that “it is absolutely necessary for salvation that every human creature be subject to the Roman Pontiff,” an infallible teaching?[/QUOTE]

The answer to the last part is YES but only because it states what the Church has taught nearly forever; It is a Defined Dogma of the RCC and it is this that make it infallible.

BUT it is the Church, NOT the Pontiff [Infallibility MUST be specifically declared] that makes this teaching binding on everyone.

[QUOTE]Question #2: If Unam Sanctam is infallible, did Pope Boniface VIII infallibly define any of the exceptions that are taught today in the CC? [/QUOTE]

Good QuestionBut not really relevant. While ALL Defined Dogma are unchangeable this means that the BASIC Truth can never change. It DOES NOT mean that the understanding cannot get better and aligned with current needs. Today’s Teaching HOLDS to the Basis Truth while ADDING the POSSIBILITY of other Christians who too have the sacrament of Baptism AND Belief in the Blessed Trinity; and WHO HAVE NEVER been exposed to the truths of the CC; MIGHT, through this sacramental unity and common belief under Precise conditions, also be included THROUGH the CC, in the POSSIBILITY of Salvation.

[QUOTE]Question #3: If Pope Boniface VIII did not define exceptions; at what point in history were “exceptions” infallibly defined? [/QUOTE] [QUOTE]Partial reply:

Since, Pope Eugene IV seems to be saying the same thing, only more sternly; I think it is fair to ask the same questions about the Bull Cantate Domino of 1441.

Pope Eugene IV:
“The most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics, can have a share in life eternal; but that they will go into the eternal fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless before death they are joined with Her; [/QUOTE]

Friend, I’m unsure you if you have a right understating of the POWER of the Church to NOT CHANGE; BUT EXPAND understanding as it becomes both Inspired by the HS and made necessary by a changing world? There was and IS NO NEED for “today’s exceptions” because they frankly were not a factor of possible consideration when either of these documents were propagated.

From the catechism of the RCC

780 “The Church in this world is the sacrament of salvation, the sign and the instrument of the communion of God and men”

846 “How are we to understand this affirmation, often repeated by the Church Fathers? Re-formulated positively, it means that all salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body:

Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation: the one Christ is the mediator and the way of salvation; he is present to us in his body which is the Church. He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and Baptism, and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church which men enter through Baptism as through a door. Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or to remain in it.”

847 “This affirmation is not aimed at those who, through no fault of their own, do not know Christ and his Church:

Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience – those too may achieve eternal salvation”.

1260 “Since Christ died for all, and since all men are in fact called to one and the same destiny, which is divine, we must hold that the Holy Spirit offers to all the possibility of being made partakers, in a way known to God, of the Paschal mystery.” Every man who is ignorant of the Gospel of Christ and of his Church, but seeks the truth and does the will of God in accordance with his understanding of it, can be saved. It may be supposed that such persons would have desired Baptism explicitly if they had known its necessity.”

Question #5: If it is infallible, did Pope Eugene IV infallibly define any of the exceptions that are taught today in the CC? I can’t imagine that he did. Who is left after “pagans, Jews, heretics, and schismatic” are professed to be headed into the eternal fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless before death they are joined with the CC.

[QUOTE]Question #6: If Pope Eugene IV did not define exceptions; at what point in history were “exceptions” infallibly defined?[/QUOTE]

SAME as Q #1

[QUOTE]Through these 6 questions, I’m basically asking the same thing Catholic forum members CHESTERTONRULES and ron77nyc asked–I quoted them in post #329.

How did the Catholic Church go from “No salvation outside the Catholic Church” to the exceptions given in the Catechism and other places? No one has answered this; and I’ve given up hope that anyone will.[/QUOTE]

These ARE NOT EXCEPTIONS! They are the result of Historical World-wide changes that NEEDED to be addressed. The Base Teaching of. the CC DID NOT AND CANNOT be changed. NOTICE PLEASE these two passages: Mt. 16:19  “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, [DONE DEAL] and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” These terms MEAN unlimited power of Governance by Gods chose Popes. And in Jn. 20: 21-22 which is the Institution of THEE CC “Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. 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.” This is an actual transfer of POWER From Christ to His Church: WITH THE SAME POWERS AND AUTHORITY THAT JESUS HAD ON EARTH.

 John 17:17-20Sanctify them in truth. Thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for them do I sanctify myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. And not for them only do I pray, but for them also who through their word shall believe in me”

John 20:21-22 “He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost”

Anyone seeking more information on The KEYS to heaven, please PM me.


a Cross or a Crucifix? Does it matter?

I Am a Catholic

Something to think about: “A Cross or a Crucifix”

by Patrick Miron

A Question

Catholics and a few Protestant Churches choose to use a “Crucifix” {the Cross with the corpus of Christ attached}; while most Protestant churches choose to use only {and sparingly at that}, the Cross without the Divine Presence attached.

Does or can this effect the practice of one’s Faith in a profound and significant manner?

THIS WILL BE THE TOPIC OF THIS LESSONBut first a bit of background.


Growth of the Christian cult

The Cross to which Christ had been nailed, and on which He had died, became for Christians, quite naturally and logically, the object of a special respect and worship. St. Paul says, in 1 Corinthians 1:17: “For Christ sent me not to baptize; but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of speech, lest the cross of Christ should be made void”; in Galatians 2:19: “With Christ I am nailed to the cross”; in Ephesians 2:16: Christ . . . . “might reconcile both to God in one body by the cross”; in Philippians 3:18: “For many walk . . . enemies of the cross of Christ”; in Colossians 2:14: “Blotting out the handwriting of the decree that was against us, which was contrary to us. And he hath taken the same out of the way, fastening it to the cross”; and in Galatians 6:14: “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ; by whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world“.

It seems clear, therefore, that for St. Paul the Cross of Christ was not only a precious remembrance of Christ’s sufferings and death, but also a symbol closely associated with His sacrifice and the mystery of the Passion. It was, moreover, natural that it should be venerated and become an object of a cult with the Christians who had been saved by it.


The Veneration of the Cross: In the seventh century, the Church in Rome adopted the practice of Adoration of the Cross from the Church in Jerusalem, where a fragment of wood believed to be the Lord’s cross had been venerated every year on Good Friday since the fourth century. According to tradition, a part of the Holy Cross was discovered by the mother of the emperor Constantine, St. Helen, on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 326. A fifth century account describes this service in Jerusalem. A coffer of gold-plated silver containing the wood of the cross was brought forward. The bishop placed the relic on the table in the chapel of the Crucifixion and the faithful approached it, touching brow and eyes and lips to the wood as the priest said (as every priest has done ever since): ‘Behold, the Wood of the Cross.’

Adoration or veneration of an image or representation of Christ’s cross does not mean that we actually adore the material image, of course, but rather what it represents. In kneeling before the crucifix and kissing it we are paying the highest honor to our Lord’s cross as the instrument of our salvation. Because the Cross is inseparable from His sacrifice, in reverencing His Cross we, in effect, adore Christ. Thus we affirm: ‘We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee because by Thy Holy Cross Thou has Redeemed the World.


A crucifix (from Latin cruci fixus meaning “(one) fixed to a cross”) is an image of Jesus on the cross, as distinct from a bare cross. The representation of Jesus himself attached to the cross is referred to in English as the corpus (Latin for “body”).[1][2]

The crucifix is a principal symbol for many groups of Christians, and one of the most common forms of the Crucifixion in the arts. It is especially important in the Latin Church of the Catholic Church, but is also used in Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches, in Coptic, Armenian and other Oriental Orthodox churches, as well as in. Methodist, Lutheran and Anglican churches, but less often in churches of other Protestant denominations, which prefer to use a cross without the figure of Jesus (the corpus). The crucifix emphasizes Jesus’ sacrifice — his death by crucifixion, which Christians believe brought about the redemption of mankind. Most crucifixes portray Jesus on a Latin cross, rather than any other shape, such as a Tau cross or a Coptic cross.” END Quotes from this source.


Why the Crucifix? By Greg Witherow

“Sometimes Catholics are asked, “Why do you use a cross with Christ nailed to it?

If the questioner is a Protestant (typically an evangelical), there are usually a couple of reasons for the question. One is a belief that the crucifix represents a skewed theology. A second reason is the belief (by some) that a crucifix is idolatrous. It should be pointed out Catholics are not opposed to using a cross. It is a matter of record many Catholic churches have a cross on their steeples. In this essay we will examine why Protestants object to a crucifix and why Catholics use them.

Understanding Our Separated Brethren

Protestants see their empty cross as a witness to the Resurrection. They might tell you, “I serve a risen Savior, therefore my cross is empty”. The implication is an empty cross exclusively

witnesses to the gospel, as it speaks to the finished work of Christ while a crucifix does not. To

some, a crucifix is offensive as it is perceived to elevate Good Friday over the Resurrection.

And it reinforces Protestant suspicion that Catholics hold to a distorted, morbid and truncated

gospel. The following passage, which speaks of our justification (salvation), might be used.

 “[he] was put to death for our trespasses and raised for our justification.”


A second group of Protestants view the crucifix as idolatry. Why? It is an image of Christ that

is revered by Catholics. It is therefore claimed to be an idol. Somewhat related is that the

crucifix is a reminder of the Sacrifice of the Mass. Many Protestants falsely believe Catholic

priests intend to re-kill Christ as a sacrifice during Mass. No wonder they take offense! With

such an understanding it would be incredulous if they did not. Let me further illustrate.

As some readers know, the author of this paper is a former evangelical (Calvinist). My wife and

I have homeschooled our kids for years. In doing so we used a popular curriculum produced by

an evangelical publisher and used by thousands of Christian schools and homeschoolers. After

our conversion we continued to use the materials with the provision that we would pre-check the

class assignments knowing the publishers were anti-Catholic. I’m glad we did.

We soon came across a children’s story about a little boy who had a Catholic friend. In the story

the evangelical boy somehow came in possession of a crucifix. Holding it in his hand he cried

out that it was an idol and threw it against the wall, breaking it into pieces. Illustrations depicted

the scene. His mother, while admonishing him as overreacting saw his intentions as virtuous and

his conclusion as sound. Such anti-Catholic curriculum is not rare in Christian schools.

We Preach Christ Crucified”

The Catholic response is as follows. When the apostle Paul tried to articulate the gospel message into its most simple, core meaning he stated,  “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. AND ” “but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. ” In the spirit of Paul’s admonition, the Catholic Church sees the crucifix as a visible image of the gospel. With Paul the Church proclaims, “we preach Christ crucified”. Perhaps not just Jews and Gentiles take offense to this? True, the crucifix is not the only way to “image” the gospel, but it is certainly a Biblical one. Such a response may give our first inquirer reason to pause. Our second inquirer is usually more contentious and difficult to convince. Suffice it to say Catholics do not worship idols (or saints) and we don’t pretend to re-sacrifice Christ in the Mass.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church Paragraph 2114:” Idolatry is a perversion of man’s innate religious sense. An idolater is someone who “transfers his indestructible notion of God to anything other than God”. (Catholics worship) God alone. Any Catholic will tell you a crucifix is not God. No sane Catholic worships it).

Paragraph 1366: The Eucharist is thus a sacrifice because it re-presents (makes present) the

sacrifice of the cross, because it is its memorial and because it applies its fruit… (Catholic priests do not pretend to re-kill, re-crucify or re-sacrifice Christ in the Mass).

 General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM)

Paragraph 308: “There is also to be a cross with the figure of Christ crucified on it, either on the

altar or near it, where it is clearly visible to the assembled congregation”… (This requirement is

for the Latin Rite Mass).

Holy Scripture:

1 Corinthians 2:2 “For I judged not myself to know anything among you, but Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”

 1 Corinthians 1:23-25 “ But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews {And in current times, also the Protestants and all unbelievers} indeed a stumbling block, and unto the Gentiles foolishness: But unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”

FROM Dewy bible explanations: [25] The foolishness: That is to say, what appears foolish to the world in the ways of God, is indeed most wise; and what appears weak is indeed above all the strength and comprehension of man.”

  1. Revelation 5:6-10 “And I saw: and behold in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the ancients, a Lamb standing as it were slain, having seven horns and seven eyes: which are the seven Spirits of God, sent forth into all the earth.  And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat on the throne. And when he had opened the book, the four living creatures, and the four and twenty ancients fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints: And they sung a new canticle, saying: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; because thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God, in thy blood, out of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation. And hast made us to our God a kingdom and priests, and we shall reign on the earthEND OF QUOTED ARTICLE

To the best of my personal knowledge the entire Protestant community uses their own version of the Ten Commandments wherein the issue of IDOLATRY is made with great emphasis, the second Commandment.

The Catholic version is: [Which historically existed about 1,500 YEARS before Luther & the KJ bible]

  1. I, the Lord, am your God. You shall not have other gods besides me.
  2. You shall not take the name of the Lord God in vain
  3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day
  4. Honor your father and your mother
  5. You shall not kill
  6. You shall not commit adultery
  7. You shall not steal
  8. You shall not bear false witness
  9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife
  10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods

In the Protestant Churches, they are as follows, with the differences highlighted:

You shall have no other gods but me.

  1. You shall not make unto you any graven images
  2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain
  3. You shall remember the Sabbath and keep it holy
  4. Honor your mother and father
  5. You shall not murder
  6. You shall not commit adultery
  7. You shall not steal
  8. You shall not bear false witness
  9. You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor

 While both versions essentially say and teach the same thing in their entirety, the difference of understanding and priority are profound. WHY? Because they seem to establish a biblical bases for their separation [SCHISM]. They seem to have “hard evidence: of Catholicism falling away from Christ truth.

A few months ago I was in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan visiting my mom in an Elder Care facility, and also visiting my sister, who has left the Catholic Church, and is a proud and active “Christian” [a former Baptist] even though she no longer goes to any church regularly. She reads the bible daily, has an active prayer life and is close-minded about everything Catholic. On my previous visit I had the opportunity to read her from HER own bible; John 20:19-23

King James Version (KJV) John 20:19-23
19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, then the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 20 And when he had so said , he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad , when they saw the Lord 21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23 Whose soever sins ye remit , they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain , they are retained “ King James online version QUOTE

 When I read this to her; she replied: “well that may be what it say’s BUT that is not what it means.” I then asked “well then what DOES IT MEAN?” To which she replied: “I don’t want to talk about this anymore.” Now back to the more recent trip. As Divine Providence would have it, our Aunt who lived in Wisconsin died and we went to the funeral. It was held in a Catholic Church as  our family is mostly Catholics. On the way back to her place she asked me: “WHY do Catholics leave Christ on the Cross, don’t we understand and believe in the Resurrection?”

 I explained [or tried too], that in the RCC Easter is the highest and most significant annual Feast Day celebrated by the Church. That our Hope and Expectation for Eternal Life with Christ hinges of the fact that Christ DID rise on the third day, and did ascend back into heaven; so we too MIGHT conditionally have the possibility of eternal Life. [She holds to a OSAS philosophy]

  This is in MY PERSONAL OPINION, highly significant as it relates to the practice of our faith and many of our significant differences with our non-Catholic brethren. WHY? What I shared about my sister is a quite common non-Catholic view of what Christ has promised.  Once Saved, Always Saved [salvation CAN’T be lost for ANY reason rest on the premise that anyone CAN read and self-interpret the bible. Because Christ has Died AND Rose from the dead [PAST TENSE] there is no need to ponder or focus on sacrifice; Christ, or our own. And all of this goes back to their understanding that the Catholic Church HAS lost God’s protection, which chooses to ignore Mt 16:18-19 & 28:16-20; especially verse 20 where Christ commits to being with His Church [specifically, & exclusively  until “the end of time, ”so they are {seemingly}“Justified” in what they do, teach and preach 

So let’s look at a few passages from the bible avail to them, but ignored or misunderstood, wrongly translated, because they neither teach nor understand the One Infallible Rule for RIGHT understanding of the bible {which BTW is a Catholic birthed book.}

Never EVER

Can, may or DOES

One Passage, Verse, or Teaching

Have the Power or authority

To make Void, Invalidate or Override


Passage, Verse or Teaching

Such even as the slightest possibility would render the entire bible as worthless to teach or learn ones faith.

First the issue of Idolatry: FROM THE BIBLICAL COMMANDS OF YAHWEH-God on how to build the Ark of the Covenant; Exodus 25:18-20 Thou shalt make also two cherubim’s {A class of angels} of beaten gold, on the two sides of the oracle. [19] Let one cherub be on the one side, and the other on the other. [20] Let them cover both sides of the propitiatory, spreading their wings, and covering the oracle, and let them look one towards the other, their faces being turned towards the propitiatory wherewith the ark is to be covered.”

Clearly  the Cherubim’s are “graven images” ordered by God Himself. The again in Numbers 21:6-9

6] “Wherefore the Lord sent among the people fiery serpents, which bit them and killed many of them. [7] Upon which they came to Moses, and said: We have sinned, because we have spoken against the Lord and thee: pray that he may take away these serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. [8] And the Lord said to him: Make brazen serpent, and set it up for a sign: whosoever being struck shall look on it, shall live. [9] Moses therefore made a brazen serpent, and set it up for a sign: which when they that were bitten looked upon, they were healed.” 

So then it would seem that it’s NOT “graven images” that are forbidden as GOD Himself commanded they be made. Rather it is the intended USE of the object that determines if it is forbidden or permitted. IF it points to God, IF it is an AID to one’s Faith and belief in God, then it’s permitted and a GOOD thing. On the other hand if it competes with God, and draws one away from the One True God, then and only then is it a forbidden image or practice. So one can easily disprove the Protestant claim of Catholics and Idolatry.  This then also defeats their claim of a bible-foundation for a justification for their schism from the One True Faith taught and desired by Christ.

Matthew 16: 13-19 And Jesus came into the quarters of Caesarea Philippi: and he asked his disciples, saying: Whom do men say that the Son of man is? [14] But they said: Some John the Baptist, and other some Elias, and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets. [15] Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am? [16] Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. [17] 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. [18] And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it[19]And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, {TEACH IN MY NAME ON FAITH BELIEFS AND MORALS} it shall be bound [ACCEPTED AND BINDING} also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.”

Matthew 28:16-20 “[16] And the eleven disciples {Apostles} went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them. [18] And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. [19] Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. [20]Teaching 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”

The issue is Sacrifice {and perhaps an unknowing absolute need for it?}

“Take Up your Cross and Follow Me”  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.” Matt.5: 19Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.Matt.19: 17 “And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”

 As to the issue of a truncated Faith

I hasten to point out the obvious:

There is But One True God

One God can have only One true set of Faith beliefs which is historically true as well as biblical truth. The keys were given only to the Catholic Church; along with the essential power to teach fully and correctly His One Faith. Then Christ, following His own example of only One Chosen People in the OT, founded ONLY One new and true Church, which existed exclusively as the “only Christian Church” in the entire world for about 1,000 years before the Great Eastern Schism.

Mt. 16:18 “ And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”.  Mt. 28:19-20 “ Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. [20]Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.”

So in order for this Protestant position to be possible; God has to be lair or the bible is in error!

It is profoundly amazing what the seemingly meaningless act of removing Christ from His Cross has permitted the non-Catholic community to conclude. And this evens unknowingly {as it COULD and ought to be recoginized as such}, is a Grievous Mortal sin of PRESUMPTION. The mystery of Divine Justice on man’s salvation looms large, because His Sacrifice is downplayed or ignored leading them to feel free to also ignore the self-sacrifice that Christ clearly commands and expects from each and all of us, including Sacramental-Confession as God’s “normal way for the forgiveness of all sins.” And they also miss out on God Himself in the Most Holy Eucharist, where Christ Sacrifice is made Present Truly, Really and Substanually, at every Catholic Mass. {1st Cor. 11: 21-29} Thus the issue of wither or NOT their sins are actually forgiven seems unanswered.  Behind their personal-beliefs in “altar calls” and the Sinners Prayer” as effective means of sin-forgiveness lies the that sins must NOT be forgiven in a manner approved or commanded by God, settling rather for personal chosen belief in only mortal- MAN”S invented-criteria for “Being Saved,” while ignoring the Powers entrusted to THEE Church, as the exclusive Holder of ALL Keys to heaven {Mt. 16: 15-19} as the way God Commands wants, and accepts our sins to be forgiven. {John 20: 19-23}. This amounts to a denial of sin for those accepting the foolishness of “Once Saved Always Saved.” They error and put their Souls at risk choosing to mix “what God COULD do” verses what “God DID {biblically} choose to do.”

One can wonder who will be saved, and who will be rejected. ONLY GOD can make that call, so we ought not to prejudge them, but trust in God’s Mercy, to find a way to either convert them, or save them. And I have no doubt that WE are to be an active part; and to assume an active role is aiding God in this quest for souls.

We all should be exceedingly grateful for God’s grace and calling us HOME to His Catholic Church, with its Seven Sacraments, and grace limited ONLY by our right and frequent use of them, with its One True Faith, and knell before the Crucifix with grateful minds, hearts and souls. Understanding His Sacrifices for us, and knowing that there remains a debt, and a degree of sacrifice to be repaid and demanded of all of us.

God Bless you and yours,

Patrick Miron