The RCC’s Authority & the bible; short version

ONLY the CC, Only the Apostles and there successors have the AUTHORITY to TEACH; because THEY ALONE are protected by God Himself. Jn. 14:16-17; Jn.20:19-22; Jn.17:15-19.

Only the CC is GRANTED the MANDATE to Teach from Jesus Christ Himself.

Mt. 10:1-8 “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.
The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zeb’edee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent out, charging them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And preach as you go, saying, `The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons.”

Mt. 16;18-19 “And I [GOD] tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock [You Peter Singular] I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. 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. 28:16, 18-20 “ Now the eleven disciples [Apostles] went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 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.”

A very brief discussion on “Indulgences” by Pat Miron

Re: Indulgences are a bit of a problem for me… POST # 1

So, with indulgences, who decides how much is enough? Some of these things just seem far fetched to me. Who decides how many prayers is enough to remove the temporal effects of sin?

Why would ANY of this be necessary? Christ paid it ALL on the cross. Also, what is meant by “merits”? I’d really appreciate some clarification.[/QUOTE]

Hi Julie 🙂 I like your question and LOVE your final point.

The answer is profound and complex, but I’ll give it a try in the space allotted. IF you have additional questions PLEASE send me a PM. By necessity this is the very short version.

The issues to be considered are:

1. The degree of God’s Love

2. The Role of Christ CC in manifesting this Love

3. The actual Natures [PLURAL] of sin

4. The Authority of the CC: source and references

5. Indulgences defined and explained

Reply #1
God’s love is unlimited and to humanity, its quite incomprehensible. It goes back to why and how God Created us.

Why: Look up Isaiah 43:7,21. We are created because the manner of our creation causes us to be the most complex and god-like of all of Creation. [Gen. 1:26-27]. Humanity alone has the potential and ability to Know, Love, Serve, Obey, and THANK GOD for who and what He is.

That God creates us for this precise reason and THEN PERMITS us to decide to do; or NOT to do this, is evidence of God’s Love. Add to this the Incarnation; Christ Passion and Death, and then [to me at least], the greatest evidence of God’s love is remaining with us; REALLY with us; in Catholic holy Communion. God not just mere mortal; but a by free choice; inanimate objects to be ridiculed, mocked, ignored, and far too rarely; consumed for our Spiritual benefit.

Reply #2
Look carefully at these three passages: Mt. 16:19 “I Jesus] will do /did] give you [Peter / CC] []ALL OF] 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.”

Jn. 20:20-22 “When he [Jesus] had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples [Apostles] 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.”

Here Christ officially founds His CC. Then He gives the same Godly powers the He Christ has to Peter and His Church. This Means among a great many other things that the Church CAN LOVE and Christ Loves us.

Reply #3. The actual Natures [PLURAL] of sin

All sin is public! All sin effects self; others; the church and the community of God’s beloved. All sin requires repentance, contrition, confession [4 mortal sins], and “payback” both as restitution and for punishment.

So if one steals money: the money taken MUST be paid back. All sins accumulate a debt that too must be repaid before anyone can enter into heaven. One Must be PERFECT in order to enter into God’s Presence: Rev. 21: 27 “But nothing unclean shall enter it, nor any one who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” … Mt. 5:48 “ You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Reply #4. The Church authority. Look again at the “key’s to heaven” passage and not the authority to “bind and Loose.” This is unlimited power to govern; to make or cancel laws, to act in the name of and in the Power of Christ Himself. Above in the verse where Christ FOUNDS the Cc; the next passages is: “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

Reply #5. Indulgences
The Church both in the Power of God; and imitating God’s Love for us, institutes a means whereby humanity; both alive and dead [praying for the dead], can quicken the necessary “perfection process”, so necessary for most of us. [Those dying in unconfessed MS go to hell],

By developing a pay-back process [indulgences] that is carefully crafted and monitored; effected by certain prescribed and mandated prayers, or good actions, that off-set the unseen accrual of all sin. This leads to an eventual perfection acceptable to God. Sorry out of space.

PM me if you want further information.

God Bless,

Numbers in the Bible & what they stand for by Patrick Miron with help

“72” Were sent out in Christ name
Why “72”? And WHY are numbers in the bible signifient?
by: Patrick Miron

Luke 10: 1-5 “And after these things the Lord appointed also other seventy-two: and he sent them two and two before his face into every city and place whither he himself was to come. And he said to them: The harvest indeed is great, but the laborers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send laborers into his harvest. Go: Behold I send you as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes; and salute no man by the way. Into whatsoever house you enter, first say: Peace be to this house.”

Anytime one encounters a number in the bible, it’s important to ask if the number itself has significance. This is based on Jewish Tradition where numbers often have a meaning of their own, known by all, and understood by all for who the teaching or message is immediately intended for.
“In sacred Scripture numbers usually have more significance than their quantitative indicators. More often than not, even when a number is used to indicate a certain quantity, the individual number given may point beyond the numerical value to a symbolic significance. At other times the number given is not to be taken literally and may represent an approximate value, a symbolic value, or may represent hyperbole-an exaggerated value. For example, the six day period of Creation may not be literal but may represent a symbolic period of time that was perfected on the seventh day when God rested-7 being one of the four “perfect” numbers. Or the number of the 144,000 heavenly souls marked with the “seal of the living God” in Revelation chapter 7 may suggest, as Bible scholars both ancient and modern have interpreted it, a number reflecting the symbolic perfection of redeemed man in terms of the “perfect” number 12 which signifies perfection of government in Scripture. 144,000 is the square of 12.” Much additional information can be found on this web site.

ONE: In sacred Scripture “one,” ehad, in Hebrew, represents unity and is the quintessential number of monotheism, the worship of one God.

TWO: This number can mean difference, division or double portion.

THREE: In sacred Scripture the number three represents that which is solid, real, substantial, and something in its completeness. This number usually indicates something of importance or significance in God’s plan of salvation by identifying an important event in Salvation History. This number operates as a “sign-post” in Scripture study for the reader to “pay attention” to the significance of the next event.

FOUR: The number four represents God’s creative works, especially works associated with the earth:

FIVE: This is the number of power and Divine grace.

SIX: Both man and the serpent were created on the sixth day, therefore, the number six represents both man and rebellion. In the Greek alphabet the number six is not represented by an alphabetic letter but is instead represented by a symbol called the “stigma.” In Revelation 13:18 the number of the Beast is written not as 666 but is instead is written with the Greek symbols for 600 and 60 and 6. In his book Numbers in Scripture, E.W. Bullinger observes that these three symbols correspond to first and last letters of the Greek word for Christ = CHRISTOS, with the symbol of the serpent in between the two other numbers of 666 [see Numbers in Scripture page 49]. Perhaps this arrangement can be seen to be Christ the Messiah crushing the serpent as God told the serpent in Genesis 3:15: I shall put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he will crush your head and you will strike its heel.

SEVEN: Spiritual perfection and fullness or completion. It is the number of Covenant and of the Holy Spirit.

EIGHT: sh’moneh in Hebrew, from the root shah’meyn “to make fat” or “to cover with fat” which means to super-abound. The first of a new series: there are seven days in a week; the 8th day is the beginning of a new series of days. It is the number of salvation, resurrection, and new birth/regeneration.

NINE: This number is related to the number six, being the sum of its factors (3×3=9, and 3+3=6). It is significant of the end of man and the sum of all man’s works. Nine is therefore the number of finality or judgment.

TEN: Perfection of divine order

ELEVEN: disorder: 10 + 1 or 12 – 1; also disorganization, lack of fulfillment, imperfection

TWELVE: Perfection of government. Twelve is the number of the Church, both the Old Covenant Church of Israel founded by twelve physical fathers (the twelve sons of Jacob-Israel) and the New Covenant Church founded by twelve spiritual fathers (the twelve Apostles). This number also has a relationship with multiples of twelve END QUOTES

So dear friends we can now understand the core message in the choice of using “72.” It does NOT necessarily means that Christ ACTUALLY chose “72” additional disciples, even though it might have been?

Here “72” represents [6x 12] = “72.” The “6” here represents both man, and man’s natural tendency to rebel again change and authority. While the “12” represents both the responsibility and the necessary POWER of independent-“GOVERNANCE.”

The message then becomes that man [all mankind] is commanded by God, to “go forth and preach the [His] GOOD NEWS”; but the 6 x 12 lacks perfection and or competition, that the number “84” [7 x 12] would lend to the teaching. So the entirety of the message then is that this mandate becomes an ON-GOING; NEVER-ENDING task for humanity. It applied when Christ was here on earth, and it applies [perhaps even more urgently] to us today; to [1] Know the Good News; [2] to Live the Good News and to [3] SHARE the Good news as God grants us the opportunity to do so.

The “real-kicker” though is that the ability to KNOW the fullness of God’s “Good News“, and therefore the ability to share it [we can’t share what we ourselves do not have] resides exclusively within the confines of the Catholic Church.

Mt. 15:18-19 “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. And I will give to thee 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.”

Jn. 17:18-19 “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”

Jn.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.

Mk. 16:14-15 “At length he appeared to the eleven 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.

Mt. 28: 16-20 “And the eleven disciples 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 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.”

And NOW dear friends, you know! Amen!

a Babe & a baby by Pat Miron

A Babe & a baby
Sharing Faith and Family by Pat Miron {Great Grandpa} …
A mystery?

In my role as a catechist, I seldom include personal things about me and my family. But in participating this morning in EWTN”s daily Mass, one of my personal favorite Homeliest; Father Wade Mendez touched a “soft spot” of mine. The BABE Jesus and why God, the creator of every living thing and the entire Universe choose to come as a tiny helpless baby. After all, He is God, … He is King of Kings, Lord of Lord’s, He is all MIGHTY & All Powerful. So why did he choose to come as a tiny helpless Babe?

On December 3td, Karen {my bride of 47 years and counting] and I became Great grand -parents for a second time. I was completely awed by the fragility of our new great-grand-daughter, who we nick named “Scooter.” … [How soon we forget] … honestly, her tinny round face looks just like a Cherub; a tiny Angel. {9lbs 6ozs.} It was love at first sight!

As I held her the day she was born [grandma was the delivery coach], and being so close to Christmas, I could not help but reflect on Jesus, My, and OUR God, being this small, this helpless, this dependent upon mere mortals for his very life and sustenance.

It occurred to me that not only was this an act of incalculable love, but also an immeasurable , and deeply profound act of humility, and something I had thought too little of; a freely chosen act of enormous faith. He could do absolutely nothing for himself, and made himself totally dependent on his mother Mary, and “father” Joseph. My next thought was if Jesus has this much faith in His Created humanity [Genesis 1:26-27 & Isaiah 43: verse 7 & 21]; what must He expect from us, in faith returned?

Jesus didn’t say “follow me”; he said “take up your Cross and follow me.” [Mt. 5:19] ….

Father Wade asked; “what if the only image of Christ we had, was Christ hanging on the Cross?” Or what if the only image we had was Christ Resurrected?” … Both, near polar opposite differences would have been at best intimidating, and frightening. Certainly people in large numbers would have at least been reluctant to approach Christ in either case.

But who is intimidated or afraid of a new-born Babe? Especially one wrapped is swaddling clothes, born in a barn, and laying in a major? No one. And only the hard headed, hard hearted does not have tender [even loving] feeling towards a new born, tiny and innocent baby.

Luke 2:11-16 “For, this day, is born to you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying: Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will. And it came to pass, after the angels departed from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another: Let us go over to Bethlehem, and let us see this word that is come to pass, which the Lord hath shewed to us.”

Certainly part of the reason for the Incarnation, was our Creators desire to experience firsthand what His Created experienced. But just as clearly; Almighty God choose this form to manifest many key lessons for us. … Divine Providence desired to be loved, and to be loveable and accessible to all. He desired not to intimidate, not to threaten, not to force; rather to give us every opportunity to love him as he loves us, to choose him as he had already chosen us from time immortal.

What an amazing and Mysterious God we have. Because God is [Agape} love; and a new infant reflects and elicits that very emotion from us; even as a tiny newborn Babe, Jesus was teaching us what we must know, and what he expects from us. … John 13:34-35 “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.” Amen!

The POWER {and intent} of the Key’s to Heavens ONLY Gate by Patrick Miron

Start of Lesson 62 the a-A, b-B, c-C’s of Catholicism

To be mailed around January 11th. 2015

The power of the key’s CCC 981-983

981 After his Resurrection, Christ sent his apostles “so that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations.” [“SHOULD”AND COULD] The apostles and their successors carry out this “ministry of reconciliation,” not only by announcing to men God’s forgiveness merited for us by Christ, and calling them to conversion and faith; but also by communicating to them the forgiveness of sins in Baptism, and reconciling them with God and with the Church through the power of the keys, received from Christ:
[The Catholic Church ALONE was given and] has received the keys for the Kingdom of heaven so that, in her, sins may be forgiven through Christ’s blood and the Holy Spirit’s action. In this Church, the soul dead through sin comes back to life in order to live with Christ, whose grace has saved us.

982 “There is no offense, however serious, that the Church cannot forgive. {Through Sacramental Confession} “There is no one, however wicked and guilty, who may not confidently hope for forgiveness, provided his repentance is honest. Christ who died for all men desires that in his Church the gates of forgiveness should always be open to anyone who turns away from sin.” {This “honesty” is made manifest through changing one’s life}

983 “Catechesis strives to awaken and nourish in the faithful faith in the incomparable greatness of the risen Christ’s gift to his Church: the mission and the power to forgive sins through the ministry of the apostles and their successors:

The Lord wills that his disciples possess a tremendous power: that his lowly servants accomplish in his name all that he did when he was on earth.531

[Catholic] Priests have received from God a power that he has given neither to angels nor to archangels . . . . God above confirms what priests do here below.

Were there no forgiveness of sins in the Church, there would be no hope of life to come or eternal liberation. Let us thank God who has given his Church such a gift”
In praying the Lord’s Prayer, Christians of all denomination say {or ought to say}
The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread. {Has two meanings: First; give to us Catholic Holy Communion; Christ Himself; & Secondly: then, what we need for our daily substance….}

And forgive us our trespasses, is NOT to be separated from the First Petition of “THY Divine Will BE “DONE!” {Sins are forgive MY way {John 20:19-23; not as mortal men presume, assume and to willfully demand of Me”

As we forgive them that trespass against us.

This petition is too seldom addressed. It means exactly what Christ said: … “I WILL FORGIVE YOU TO THE EXACT AND PRECISE DEGREE THAT YOU FORGIVE EVERYONE FOR EVERYTHING” and no more!

Matthew 6: 12-15 “forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. Amen. For if you will forgive men their offences, your heavenly Father will forgive you also your offences. But if you will not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive you your offences.

And lead us not into temptation, is necessarily tied into” how our trespasses WILL be forgiven”…

But deliver us from evil. Is another way to ask God to teach us to “love”

… 1-John 3:23-24 “And this is his commandment that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ: and love one another, as he hath given commandment unto us. And he that keepeth his commandments, abideth in him, and he in him. And in this we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.”

For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.

These final three statements are, our prayers summation, are in a sense, a covenant that we freely make with God; each and every time we say this prayer, assuring Him that we DO understand what we are saying; & what we ARE praying, and that we Do understand that He IS “in-charge.” He alone can and does have the Power and Authority to alone determine how our sins WILL BE conditionally forgiven by Him
1st. as we freely choose to forgive everyone, for everything

2nd. As Christ has empowered His Catholic Priest’ IN HIS NAME, through Sacramental Confession:

John 20:19-23 “Now when it was late that same day, the first of the week, and the doors were shut, where the disciples {Apostles} were gathered together, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them: Peace be to you. And when he had said this, he shewed them his hands and his side. The disciples therefore were glad, when they saw the Lord. 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. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.”

John 17:14-20 “4] I have given them thy word, and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world; as I also am not of the world. [15] 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. 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”
“Amen” Means “I [DO!] Believe! And cements our covenant.

Non Catholics very often attempt to make a huge deal out of “Peter” NOT being “the Rock” Jesus Choose to “build his church [singular] on. They can’t prove in biblically, or historically; but never give up the attempt, as they have to refute this evident teaching in order to begin to justify their very existence as an alternative and competing faith, church and religion to the ONE founded and desired by God. If Jesus did not give all of the Keys’ [heaven access] to Peter, and through Peter today’s Catholic Church; to whom DID Jesus give them? It is impossible that Christ waited over one thousand years and the Great Eastern Schism or 1,500 years for the Protestant Reformation to do so.

The POWER of ”the Key’s” is grounded factually, biblically and historically on the reality of: One God; One set of Faith beliefs, and One Church. AMEN!

Matthew 16: 13-20 {WITH explanations from the Douay Bible} “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, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven. [20] Then he commanded his disciples, that they should tell no one that he was Jesus the Christ.

[18] Thou art Peter: As St. Peter, by divine revelation, here made a solemn profession of his faith of the divinity of Christ; so in recompense of this faith and profession, our Lord here declares to him the dignity to which he is pleased to raise him: viz., that he to whom he had already given the name of Peter, signifying a rock, St. John 1. 42, should be a rock indeed, of invincible strength, for the support of the building of the church; in which building he should be, next to Christ himself, the chief foundation stone, in quality of chief pastor, ruler, and governor; and should have accordingly all fullness of ecclesiastical power, signified by the keys of the kingdom of heaven.

[18] Upon this rock: The words of Christ to Peter, spoken in the vulgar language of the Jews which our Lord made use of, were the same as if he had said in English, Thou art a Rock, and upon this rock I will build my church. So that, by the plain course of the words, Peter is here declared to be the rock, upon which the church was to be built: Christ himself being both the principal foundation and founder of the same. Where also note, that Christ, by building his house, that is, his church, upon a rock, has thereby secured it against all storms and floods, like the wise builder, St. Matt. 7. 24, 25.

[18] The gates of hell: That is, the powers of darkness, and whatever Satan can do, either by himself, or his agents. For as the church is here likened to a house, or fortress, built on a rock; so the adverse powers are likened to a contrary house or fortress, the gates of which, that is, the whole strength, and all the efforts it can make, will never be able to prevail over the city or church of Christ. By this promise we are fully assured, that neither idolatry, heresy, nor any pernicious error whatsoever shall at any time prevail over the church of Christ.

[19] Loose upon earth: The loosing the bands of temporal punishments due to sins, is called an indulgence; the power of which is here granted

Ephesians 4:1-7 “I therefore, a prisoner in the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation in which you are called, 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 {Church} and one Spirit; as you are called in one hope of your calling. One Lord, 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”

Ephesians 2: 18-20 “And coming, he preached peace to you that were afar off, and peace to them that were nigh. For by him we have access both in one Spirit to the Father. Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners; but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and the chosen of God, Built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone”

Luke 9:1-2 “Then calling together the twelve apostles, he gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick”

Acts 5:29 “But Peter and the apostles answering, said: We ought to obey God, rather than men.”

Matthew 28: 16-20 & Mark 16:14-15 “And 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. Go 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 taught personally to YOU”!} and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.”

So this final teaching in Matthew supports and confirms “the Key’s” as well as the Apostles, and through them today’s Catholic Church BEING the One and only ne Founded, desired, guided and guarded; who is empowered to forgive our sins in Sacramental Confession, and through whom ALL salvation must and mysteriously DOES flow. Amen!

End of Lesson 62 the a-A, b-B, c-C’s of Catholicism

the Search for Peace

My Dear friends in Christ,

May I suggest that as a GOAL for 2015 that each of us choose the word “PEACE” and then strive to make it possible?” It seems to me that in order to attain true “peace”, which must encompass and include love, mercy, forgiveness, tolerance, and other such highly esteemed qualities that we must first reflect on its profoundness, and it’s rarity within ourselves and the world we live in.

… “Pope Francis opens 2015 with calls for peace, loyalty to the church, and devotion to Mary” quoted from a headline taken from “CATHOLIC NEWS TODAY” 01/01/2015… the peace he refers to is along the lines of a world without war. And certainly, that is highly commendable. Most especially as ISIS as the self-proclaimed spokesmen {and thug} for the world-wide Islamic Republic; has made evident that their chief goal is the complete annihilation of all competing religions throughout the entire world, starting with Catholicism and all forms of Christianity. … Sure some Muslims claim to be against the ISIS unprovoked murderous atrocities, but perhaps secretly, applaud such an agenda? There seems to be little difference in current times than there was in the Crusades….

“The first of the Crusades began in 1095, when armies of Christians from Western Europe responded to Pope Urban II’s plea to go to war against Muslim forces in the Holy Land. After the First Crusade achieved its goal with the [RE] capture of Jerusalem in 1099, {which had been captured, unprovoked by the Muslims} … the invading Christians set up several Latin Christian states, even as Muslims in the region vowed to wage holy war (jihad) to regain control over the region. Deteriorating relations between the Crusaders and their Christian allies in the Byzantine Empire culminated in the sack of Constantinople in 1204 during the Third Crusade. Near the end of the 13th century, the rising Mamluk dynasty in Egypt provided the final reckoning for the Crusaders, toppling the coastal stronghold of Acre and driving the European invaders out of Palestine and Syria in 1291.” : This site is worth checking into … {PJM}
“The threat of Islam

Misconceptions about the Crusades are all too common. The Crusades are generally portrayed as a series of holy wars against Islam led by power-mad popes and fought by religious fanatics. They are supposed to have been the epitome of self-righteousness and intolerance, a black stain on the history of the Catholic Church in particular and Western civilization in general. A breed of proto-imperialists, the Crusaders introduced Western aggression to the peaceful Middle East and then deformed the enlightened Muslim culture, leaving it in ruins. For variations on this theme, one need not look far. See, for example, Steven Runciman’s famous three-volume epic, History of the Crusades, or the BBC/A&E documentary, The Crusades, hosted by Terry Jones. Both are terrible history yet wonderfully entertaining.

So what is the truth about the Crusades? Scholars are still working some of that out. But much can already be said with certainty. For starters, the Crusades to the East were in every way defensive wars. They were a direct response to Muslim aggression—an attempt to turn back or defend against Muslim conquests of Christian lands.”

My friends, is this not what we face o today? What can we, and what ought we be doing about it? Of this I am personally unsure and ill-equipped to offer a specific plan. What I do know is that doing nothing, is NOT the right thing to do. We MUST pray MUCH and bring God’s Judgment to bear. Each of us MUST become prayer-warriors in defense of the NEW “Holy Innocents” Then we must attempt to influence our Government to take prudent, but completely necessary actions, by how we VOTE and letting Washington Know our feelings on this life-critical; Faith critical matter.

Some have decided to blame Pope Francis, for all “in-action”, because he advocates ONLY mediation. Knowing {I personally suspect} that it is totally meaningless, and futile with thugs. … For a Pope to advocate stronger measures, such as direct military intervention, would be slanderous to our Catholic Church, and have NO chance of changing the final outcome… I have even heard it suggested that the “Popes Personal Army”, the Swills-Guard ought to take direct military action. {FOX News: Justice Jeanine: 12/28/2014…} This is simply foolish: the Swiss Guard is not trained for WAR; they train to protect the Pope and the Vatican.

… If we take Christ advice to judge [others only] by their actions; there “fruits”, one can wonder about the sincerity of these weakly articulated Mid-Eastern Powers positions, backed only by occasional verbal protest, and little else, and even wonder why the “world’s powers” are so silent, and willing to quietly allow {complicity approve off} such intentions and encourage them to proceed? Might it be that they too seek the total world-wide destruction of Catholicism and Christianity?

SECTIONS of Matthew chapter 7: “[1] Judge not, that you may not be judged, [2] For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again. [3] And why seest thou the mote that is in thy brother’ s eye; and seest not the beam that is in thy own eye? [4] Or how sayest thou to thy brother: Let me cast the mote out of thy eye; and behold a beam is in thy own eye? [5] Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam in thy own eye, and then shalt thou see to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. …

So one might take from the above that we Catholic-Christian are simply NOT to judge anyone at any time. BUT read on, and uncover the actual moral teaching. The above is only teaching that we ought to Cf. “clean up our own selves, before presuming to pass judgment on others./” Very solid advice indeed.

[7] Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you. [8] For every one that asketh, receiveth: and he that seeketh, findeth: and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened. …

The Lesson here for US is to first seek “peace” within ourselves and within our families. This is much easier said than accomplished. And yet it is an oft repeated; very important Lesson taught by Christ:

… John 14:27 “27] Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, do I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. “

… Romans 14:33 [33] Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen”

… Phil. 4:9 “[9] The things which you have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, these do ye, and the God of peace shall be with you.”

… Pentecost Sunday: … John 20:19-23 “[19] Now when it was late that same day, the first of the week, and the doors were shut, where the disciples were gathered together, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them: Peace be to you. [20] And when he had said this, he shewed them his hands and his side. …. [21] He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. [22] When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. [23] Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.”

So important to our Spiritual life is God’s “peace” that at the moment where God institutes the most amazing means; the most astounding means of our own “peace”; Sacramental Confession and forgiveness of OUR OWN sins; where HE Offers US His Peace, which more than anything, any other cause; limits and even inhibits our own inner wellbeing and is a primary cause of unrest, disturbing; even making impossible our own inner peace.
Friend, please take advantage often of this path to inner peace.
… [12] All things therefore whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you also to them. For this is the law and the prophets. [13] Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat. [14] How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it! [15] Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

[16] By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? [17]Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit. [18] A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit. [19] Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire. [20]Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.

[21] Not everyone that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. [22]Many will say to me in that day: Lord, Lord, have not we prophesied in thy name, and cast out devils in thy name, and done many miracles in thy name? [23] And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity. [24] Every one therefore that heareth these my words, and doth them, shall be likened to a wise man that built his house upon a rock,[25] And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell not, for it was founded on a rock.”

We may not be able to solve the world’s problems; but we are NOT to sit idly by and do nothing.
Pray much, Pray often, Pray daily for God’s inner peace and ALSO for those persecuted today, as the mirror what the Apostles themselves and the Church throughout Melina has endured. God WILL judge us not only on what we do; BUT also on what we fail to do.

Have a Blessed 2015
Patrick: working4christtwo

Laying on of hands by Dr. Taylor Marshall

The Laying on of Hands in the Old and New Testaments
By Dr. Taylor Marshall
In Acts 6:6 we read: “These they set before the Apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them.”

laying on of hands

Catholic tradition identifies this as the first Apostolic ordination – the ordination of seven men to the diaconate.

The laying on of hands wasn’t new in Acts. In the Old Testament, we find the same act in Numbers 27:23: “and he laid his hands upon him and commissioned him as the Lord directed through Moses.”

So why “laying on of hands”? The hands signify the human capacity for work, creative art, and touch. Secondly only to the face, the hands reveal the heart and thoughts of a person. When a high priest, apostle, or bishops lays his hands on someone, it communicates “I am re-creating you. I am touching you. I am passing on something of my own to you.”

For priests and bishops, they should have a devotion to their own hands. For parents, they should use their hands to bless their children daily. For everyone, regardless of state or vocation, recall that there is something importance about your hands.

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Wisdom from “Catholic Working mom”

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Posted : December 31, 2014 at 12:15 pm
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Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.
Neil Gaiman

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
Oprah Winfrey

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.
Hal Borland

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
Ben Franklin

Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.
Jonathan Edwards

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
Helen Keller

Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

And suns grow meek, and the meek suns grow brief, and the year smiles as it draws near its death.
William C. Bryant

Good parties create a temporary youthfulness.
Mason Cooley

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Revelation 21:4
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Thank you, God, for another day – another year perhaps – another chance to know You to love You and to serve You better. Have a happy and blessed New Year, everyone!

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