VOTE!

This month dear friends, I intend to STRESS all Christians Grave Moral obligation to vote.

It ought not to be a secret that in recent years; in recent elections the overriding issue has been MORALS; Morality; decency; and the rapidly fading American Standard of God {please DO}! Bless America, far more than it is about politics.

The Democratic Party of MY youth; the THEN Party of the so called “Working Middle class”; has transformed and reinvented itself Nationally, and coming to your neighborhood soon {even- locally} as the Party of the Perverts; the Homosexual /Gay crowds; who wish to indoctrinate our youth in FILTH, by pointing out…Oh Look! It’s even legal. {If is “legal” it can’t be EVIL right? If we stand idly by, and allow and permit them then to go unchallenged in this War for Souls; how will WE be accounted at OUR “immediate Judgment.”

Matthew 18: 3-7

[3] And said: Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. [4]Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greater in the kingdom of heaven. [5] And he that shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me.

[6] But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea[7] Woe to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come: but nevertheless woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh.”

 THAT my friends is precisely why WE MUST Vote and encourage other like-minded moralist to do likewise.

It’s NOT about Trump or even the National Republican Party; though its platform STILL takes the Moral-highroad. It’s about protecting the Moral high-ground foundation that made America GREAT in the first place. Protecting Moral SANITY and all that OUR parents and grandparents fought for and sacrificed for US. It’s NOT a Democratic verses Republican issue; it’s ALL about what is Morally the RIGHT the thing; the Good thing to do.

Do all that you can dear friends to Get Out the VOTE!

… Do THIS and our God will surely Bless you!

With Prayers and Blessings,

Patrick

 

A Catholic’s { and A Christians!!!} role and duty in the US midterm and all elections

Fr. Shenan Boquet

 September 24, 2018 (Human Life International) – “The people are called on to take an always larger part in the public life of the nation. This participation brings with it grave responsibilities. Hence the necessity for the faithful to have clear, solid, precise knowledge of their duties in the moral and religious domain with respect to their exercise of their civil rights, and in particular of the right to vote. –Pope Pius XII, April 20, 1946, Discourse to Italian Catholic Action

With less than 50 days until the U.S. midterm elections, it is time we remind ourselves just how high the stakes of this election are, and what our duties are as Christian citizens.

In a country as populous as ours, with a government as large and seemingly remote as ours, we can easily fall prey to the temptation to believe ourselves just one tiny, insignificant number in a giant machine. “My vote doesn’t really count,” we tell ourselves. And thus, we justify our own laziness, rationalizing our failure to research the issues at stake and where the candidates stand on those issues, and our failure to show up at the polls on election day.

The reality is, however, that the results of November’s elections will impact every level of our society – from legislation, to judges, to the educational system, foreign policy, healthcare, and so much more. And though our vote is only one among millions, it nevertheless remains true that the accumulated weight of those millions of votes determines, in crucial ways, the future our country will take. This has never been truer than today, when there hangs in the balance grave moral and social issues: the status of marriage, the family, religious freedom, and respect for human life itself.

Pius XII: Voting is “An Act of Grave Moral Responsibility’

It might surprise some Catholics to learn just how deadly seriously the Catholic Church takes the duty to vote. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, for instance, outlines three duties that Catholics have to their countries: “to pay taxes, to exercise the right to vote, and to defend one’s country…” (¶2240). These three, says the Catechism, are “morally obligatory.”

The Venerable Pope Pius XII, whom I quoted at the beginning of this column, frequently used even more insistent language than this. In a speech to the parish priests of Rome in 1946, for instance, Pius XII spoke of the exercise of the right to vote as “an act of grave moral responsibility,” at least in those cases where the vote pertains to electing politicians responsible for the country’s constitution and laws. Such politicians, the pope observed, will directly affect issues such as “the sanctification of holy days of obligation, marriage, the family, schools and the just and equitable regulation of many social questions.”

In another speech, in 1948, the pope went even further, arguing that “in the present circumstances” any Catholic who failed to vote due to weakness or laziness committed “a sin grave in itself, a mortal fault.” These are stark words. And while the Church has not formally taught that the failure to vote is objectively a mortal sin, clearly Pius XII did not view failing to vote as a small, forgivable fault, at least in those elections pertaining to the country on a whole, or in which serious moral issues are at stake.

For, as the pope added, how can any Catholic “remain indifferent to the composition of a Parliament, to which the Constitution gives the power to legislate in matters that directly concern the highest religious interests and the conditions of life of the Church itself in Italy?” These words apply as much to the United States in 2018 as they did to Italy in 1948.

Principles of Catholic {And Christian}Voting

Pius XII was equally insistent, however, that if there is a duty to vote, this duty ought not to be exercised willy-nilly, but only in light of objective moral standards. While every Catholic must vote according to his conscience, said the pope, he is enjoined by strict duty to “give his vote to the candidates who offer truly sufficient guarantees for the protection of the rights of God and of souls, for the true good of individuals, families and of society, according to the love of God and Christian moral teaching.”

In other words, a Catholic cannot vote merely for the sake of voting, or according to blind party loyalty. A Catholic is a Catholic all the time, and is primarily a Catholic, rather than a member of a certain party, or even a citizen. As such, all Catholics must conscientiously educate themselves not only on the issues at stake in an election, and the stances of individual politicians on those issues, but also the moral teachings of the Church and how to apply those teachings in the voting booth.

There are numerous resources where Catholics can go to begin to educate themselves on how to vote as a Catholic. EWTN, for instance, has a comprehensive Catholic voter’s guide (available here), while the U.S. bishops have also issued a document – Faithful Citizenship – that provides guidance on voting as a Catholic. Both of these resources emphasize that, above all, that Catholics must be aware that there are some actions that involve matters so grave, and on which Catholic teaching is so clear, that no Catholic can ever knowingly vote for a politician because that politician supports these actions. These are so-called “intrinsically evil” actions. When deciding how to vote, our research must begin with these issues.

“A prime example is the intentional taking of innocent human life, as in abortion and euthanasia,” notes Faithful Citizenship. Other examples include redefining marriage, destructive research on human embryos, human cloning, genocide, torture, the intentional targeting of civilians in war, “acts of racism, treating workers as mere means to an end, deliberately subjecting workers to subhuman living conditions, treating the poor as disposable…”

As Cardinal Ratzinger wrote in a 2000 statement from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: “When political activity comes up against moral principles that do not admit of exception, compromise or derogation, the Catholic commitment becomes more evident and laden with responsibility. In the face of fundamental and inalienable ethical demands, Christians must recognize that what is at stake is the essence of the moral law, which concerns the integral good of the human person.”

While it is true that Catholics may at times – alas, in our day and age, all too often! – be forced to choose between politicians who support some of these intrinsically evil actions, and to vote for the “lesser evil,” – i.e. the politician who is likely to do the least damage to the common good – these issues in themselves are non-negotiables. This is especially true in the cases of those evils – such as abortion – that constitute direct attacks on human life. For as St. Pope John Paul II repeatedly emphasized throughout his pontificate, a society that doesn’t respect the fundamental right to life is incapable also of protecting other, lesser human rights. To deliberately vote for a pro-abortion candidate because of that candidate’s support for abortion would constitute a grave sin, as would voting for a pro-abortion candidate when there is a viable pro-life alternative.

“Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights,” St. Pope John Paul II said in Christifideles Laici, “for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture, is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination.”

Catholics {And Christians} Must Transcend Party Politics

As Catholics, our duty is to lend our voice to the proclamation of the objective truth. As such, our loyalties must transcend party loyalties. This nation is divided on key moral issues – contraception, abortion, homosexual unions, divorce, co-habitation, and euthanasia – which this election will either help to heal or exacerbate. Our task is not to promote a political platform but preach the fullness of the Gospel of Life. For a Christian, politics is merely one area in which the truths of the Gospel may be made manifest in human life.

As the anonymous early Christian author of the beautiful “Letter to Diognetus” writes to his pagan interlocutor: “[Christians] live in their own countries as though they were only passing through. They play their full role as citizens, but labor under all the disabilities of aliens. Any country can be their homeland, but for them their homeland, wherever it may be, is a foreign country. … They live in the flesh, but they are not governed by the desires of the flesh. They pass their days upon earth, but they are citizens of heaven. Obedient to the laws, they yet live on a level that transcends the law.”

The author of this letter expresses his pride that his fellow Christians are not like their pagan neighbors. Though they look like their neighbors on the outside, and though they follow the customs of whichever country in which they are residing, their lives are lived on a higher level, their loyalties are higher loyalties. Unlike their pagan neighbors they do not expose their newborn babies to death, they do not commit adultery, they return a blessing for evil words, and they love those who persecute them.

Would that the same could be said for all Christians today! We Catholics in the U.S.  are not first and foremost Republicans or Democrats. Nor are we first and foremost Americans, or citizens of whichever country in which we happen to be living. We are citizens of a higher country, and though we diligently obey all the just civil laws in the earthly cities where we live, we are always beholden to a higher law, and where the law of the earthly city conflicts with the law of the heavenly city, our loyalty is unswervingly due to the higher law.

This is the spirit with which a Catholic approaches the voting booth – not to bolster the career of his favorite politician or political party, or to advance some purely temporal political scheme, but to make Christ present in the temporal order. As Cardinal Ratzinger put it, “By fulfilling their civic duties, ‘guided by a Christian conscience’, in conformity with its values, the lay faithful exercise their proper task of infusing the temporal order with Christian values…”

In this age of great upheaval, when critical moral issues are at stake, it is more incumbent than ever that Christians heed the exhortations of the Church not to renege on their duties as citizens; let us approach the voting booths in November armed with a clear knowledge of the issues and the moral truth, and let us pray fervently that the outcomes of the election lead to the protection of the true common good, above all through the protection of life, marriage, family, and religious freedom.

Published with permission from Human Life International. END QUOTES

Christ in Us Through the Rosary by ROMANO GUARDINI

Christ in Us Through the Rosary

ROMANO GUARDINI

 

To linger in the domain of Mary is a divinely great thing. One does not ask about the utility of truly noble things, because they have their meaning within themselves. So it is of infinite meaning to draw a deep breath of this purity, to be secure in the peace of this union with God.

With this we come back to what we said in the beginning. Man needs a place of holy tranquility that the breath of God pervades and where he meets the great figures of the Faith. This place is the inaccessibility of God Himself, which only Christ opens to man.

All prayer begins by man becoming silent — recollecting his scattered thoughts, feeling remorse at his trespasses, and directing his thoughts toward God. If man does all this, this place is thrown open, not only as a domain of spiritual tranquility and mental concentration, but as something that comes from God.

For this reason the Rosary is so important in times like ours — assuming, of course, that all slackness and exaggeration are done away with, and that it is used in its clear and original forcefulness. This is all the more important because the Rosary does not require any spe­cial preparation, and the petitioner does not need to generate thoughts of which he is not capable at the moment or at any other time. Rather, he steps into a well-ordered world, meets familiar images, and finds roads that lead him to the essential.

The Christian heart has always known Mary as the essence of compassion and love, to whom men can turn with particular and unreserved confidence. This is ex­pressed so well by the intimate name that was given her from the beginning: the name of mother. When Chris­tian hearts begin to beat, they know that Mary is theirs because she is the mother of Christ. The same maternal mystery in her surrounds Christ, “the firstborn among many brethren,” and us. Christians have at all times carried their petitions to Mary with the conviction that they were doing right.

There is something stupendous in the profusion of human petitions that find expression in the Hail Mary: that she may intercede for us “now and at the hour of our death.” There is no naming of details. Every human need is included, and we all employ the same words to portray our misery.

{INSERTED HERE BY PJM}

Hail Mary, [Lk. 1:28]

Full of Grace [Lk. 1:28]

The Lord is with thee [Lk 1:27]

Blessed are you among all women [Lk 1:42]

And Blessed in the fruit of your womb: Jesus [Lk. 1;42]

Holy Mary [Lk.1: 28]

Mother of God 1:35

Pray for us sinners [our catholic petition]

Now and at the hour of our death

Amen” [I BELIEVE!]

Romans 12: 2 “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. “ End insertion pjm

 To this we must add something else. To say the Rosary correctly is not easy, and I must ask the reader not to dwell on single words but to strive to find their right meaning.

The Apostle Paul speaks in his letters again and again of an ultimate mystery of Christian existence: namely, that Christ dwells “in us.” “It is now no longer I that live, but Christ lives in me,” he says in his message to the Galatians. He exhorts us to be faithful and vigilant, “until Christ is formed in you.” He sees the significance of Christian growth in “the deep knowledge of the Son of God, to perfect manhood, to the mature measure of the fullness of Christ,” and in “becoming conformed to the image of His Son, that He should be the firstborn among many brethren.”

This, in the first place, is an expression of the unity of faith and the communion of grace, just as one may say of a person that a venerated model lives in him. But there is more significance to this, more from a human standpoint: namely, a communion that surpasses the joint indwelling of grace and mercy, of conviction and loyal allegiance; a participation in the reality of Christ that cannot be felt deeply enough. There is more significance also in the eyes of God; and we only rightly value the meaning of these words if we seek to understand what they mean to God.

God loves man. We say and hear this again and again. But it seems that this message is not always understood in its whole gravity. For it means not only that God is kindly disposed to man, that He pardons his sins, gives him the strength to lead a virtuous life, and leads him toward that likeness to God which is the meaning of creation. Surely all of this must not be treated with disdain. It should be enough and more than enough, and, anyway, it would be senseless in this case to lay such things on a scale. But we see that it is not enough when we use the measurements that God Himself has placed in our hands: namely, what He has done for His love’s sake.

God has taken the task of atoning for our sins upon Himself; in the human nature which He assumed, He became man, remained man, and keeps the human form eternally. We must put an end to the attitude of taking it for granted when we hear and accept all this.

Here must be found a motive in action that concerns God Himself, and we can only express it by saying that His love must have meant fate for Him from the beginning. The word is uncommon, but I do not find a better one; so I must ask the reader to try and understand what is meant by it.

This same God has loved man from the start, and loved him in divine truth. So man’s commissions and omissions are not consummated “beneath” God, so to speak, and pursued by Him with the eyes of affection but still as something that does not concern Him. Loving man, God has in a way allowed man’s fate to touch His heart. He has united His honor — the honor of a loving Creator — with the salvation of His creature in such a manner that whatever happens there is God.

Here begins the self-investment of the honor of a loving Creator of which we spoke before. It continues when it is said of man that he was created in God’s image, for this means that God has placed the honor of His own image into man; and as His motive was love, it further means that He is now united with this man in a manner that cannot be compared to a loving union on the human plane. This self-investment grows deeper and more inexorable with the advent of God into the course of sacred history, with the covenant He formed with man, and with the revelation of His holy truth and decrees — up to the event of the Incarnation, a deed that burst asunder all and every earthly scale.

This article is adapted from a chapter in The Rosary of Our Lady.

To be of real importance to Him is a gift God gave to man. It is the beginning of His love. There must be a mysterious longing for man in God. In the eyes of the infinite Eternal, in the eyes of the Lord who is and possesses all, man must be very precious, and God wants to have a share of him.

This is the mystery to which the spiritual masters refer when they speak of God’s birth in man. God not only strives to be man’s helper and guardian, as He is with all that has being, but to have a share in his existence, to enter it, transfer Himself into it, to become the Son of Man. This happened, once and for all, in the Incarnation of the Son of God. Christ’s life is the essential and substantial fulfillment of God’s love expressed to man.

No one is dispensable, for every one exists only once, and God loves man so much that He wants to renew the mystery of the Incarnation in every one of us. To become a true believer means to receive the risen Christ within us. To live the life of faith is to make room for Him, so that He may express Himself and grow within oneself.

Faith is finally fulfilled when Christ penetrates a man’s being and becomes his one and all. The life of Christ is the theme that is given and carried out in every man anew. More and more Christ enters into his life, and God in Christ; evermore man’s human side is led across to Christ, and through Christ to God.

In this manner the new man is created, in whom the Lord lives again, in whom God sates His love. Through this, man becomes what God wants him to be. The Rosary conforms to this mystery. What happened in Mary does not concern us at a holy distance, but fashions for us the unique, unattainable, and yet primal form of what should take place in the life of every Christian: the “taking shape” of the eternal Son of God in the life of the man of faith.

When that man meets the figures that make up the cast of the Rosary, he comes close to the primal form of this proceeding, and the hidden spark in him is ignited. Not consciously, so that he desires this and does that; but by seeing and pausing, by praising and imploring in the surroundings of Mary, the mystery of a Christian life is roused and awakened. It is called forth, it breathes, it grows, and it expands. To this creature becomes His own fate.

Again, one might object that no creature by virtue of his own power can have any significance in the eyes of God, least of all man who sins and becomes God’s contradiction. One might object that God’s love can find no worthy object, being a consummate motive in itself. That is very true! No creature can, of his own power, draw down God’s love upon himself, because the creature has nothing to offer of his own. Whatever he has and is, he has from God. But he has it very truly from Him — and that establishes its validity before Him. Otherwise, what could it mean that God Himself, looking at His work of creation, declared with mounting emphasis that all He had made was “good.” It was indeed “good”; in fact, it was “very good” in His eyes. END QUOTES {MY emphasis PJM}

Editor’s note: This article has been adapted from a chapter in Fr. Guardini’s The Rosary of Our Lady which is available from Sophia Institute Press

My friends, I would ADD that saying the Rosary is a GREAT pious prayer for all Christians. It begins with the CREED; then the Lord’s Prayer; then 3 Hail Mary’s {solidly Biblical as evidenced above}, then the Prayer to the Blessed Trinity. So ALL of these prayers except for the Catholic Creed have great Spiritual merit to ALL Christians. {PJM} May I suggest you reread John 19:25-27 … Mary by Christ generous act is the Spiritual Mother of all humanity

CAN THE BIBLE PROVE THE CATHOLIC FAITH By Patrick Miron

CAN THE BIBLE PROVE THE CATHOLIC FAITH

By Patrick Miron

RM

Sat 9/29/2018, 6:46 PM

You

“today a Protestant told me that’s it’s impossible to prove the Catholic faith using only the bible he said Catholics rely on other books and texts to prove there faith”
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REPLY:

CAN THE BIBLE PROVE THE CATHOLIC FAITH

RM

Sat 9/29/2018, 6:46 PM

“today a Protestant told me that’s it’s impossible to prove the Catholic faith using only the bible he said Catholics rely on other books and texts to prove their faith”

Sent from my iPhone END QUOTES

It would be helpful if your Protestant was a bit more specific. You’re correct to NEVER assume that what they believe is correct; always check it out as you are doing.

If this person had been more specific and said “the bible does not teach the FULLNESS of the Catholic Faiths beliefs and practices”; that would be an accurate statement. As asked, it is not.

The better question THEN would seem to be:

Did Jesus ever intend for EVERYTHING He taught and desired to be in the bible?

No! {Matthew 16:19}.  … Based on 2 Tim. 3:16-17, this is even biblically verified in John 20: 30-31 & John 21: 24-25. There is also a solid point of common sense here. 2,000 years ago there were to electronic recording devices; so what was recorded was at best very selective. We CAN assume that Jesus worked miracles daily; perhaps even more often than that. {Mt. 8:6, 12:15, and 15:30.}

The answer is “No”! … In fact nowhere in the bible that I can recall, has Jesus commanded that what He taught {much Less ALL that he taught or did} be put into book form, or even any written form.

John 14:26[26] But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you.”

Mt. 28:18-20[18] And Jesus coming, spoke to THEM saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. [19] Going therefore, teach YOU 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.” {Singular tense, direct and precisely exclusive to the Apostles and THEIR successors.}

Perhaps a more telling question would be:

Is there a Biblical Foundation; a biblical justification for the Catholic claim of being the One TRUE Faith and Church of Jesus Christ?  … Yes there is.

 Here are the issues that permit such an unsubstantiated Protestant belief.

[1] No-one is to self- interpret or misinterpret what GOD has Ordained, Commanded and Taught.

Not only is there bible which is more recent in origin;{they used OURS to reinvent theirs} making it newer than the Original {and even the English version} than the Catholic Bible; they simply {by absolute necessity AND a lack of God’s necessary graces} either ignore, or misinterpret what the bible clearly and precisely articulates, as I and the Bible clearly show.

Deuteronomy 4:2

You shall not add to the word {interpret it incorrectly} which I am commanding you, nor take away from it{interpret it incorrectly} that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.

Revelation 22:18-19
I testify to everyone who hears the words of prophecy in this book: If anyone adds to them, {interpret them incorrectly} God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, {misinterprets them} God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

2 Peter 1: [16] For WE did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. [17] For when he received honor and glory from God the Father and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” [18] we heard this voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. [19] And WE have the prophetic word made more sure. You will do well to pay attention to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. [20] First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, [21] because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

Douay Bible explanation 20 “No prophecy of scripture is made by private interpretation”… This shews plainly that the scriptures are not to be expounded by any one’s private judgment or private spirit, because every part of the holy scriptures were written by men inspired by the Holy Ghost, and declared as such by the Church; therefore they are not to be interpreted but by the Spirit of God, which he hath left, and promised to remain with his Church to guide her in all truth to the end of the world. Some may tell us, that many of our divines interpret the scriptures: they may do so, but they do it always with a submission to the judgment of the Church, and not otherwise.

21 For prophecy came not by the will of man at any time: but the holy men of God spoke, inspired by the Holy Ghost. End Quotes

This leads then to the definitive question:

Since even GOD can have ONLY one set of Faith beliefs thus effectively placing ALL other Christian sets of faith-beliefs in competition with Christ One True Faith. {All the others being self-made-imitations of a SINGLE-Truth}; If as Protestants suggest; the Catholic Church is not Christ One True Faith and Church; then which of the other Christian Faiths IS that One True Church and Faith??????? Because Only One is possible; which other one is THAT “one true Faith and Church” desired and directly established by Jesus Christ.

{Protestants} Please don’t embarrass yourself by some version of “all faiths are equal.” a position which is illogical and unsustainable. Were this actually the TRUTH {which is literally impossible}; there would be but One Church. Which is precisely what Jesus Christ desired, intended; and exactly what He did establish with HIS Catholic Church, about 2,000 years ago, which was about 1,500 years before the Protestant Reformation /revolution. {Martin Luther was an Apostate Catholic Monk/priest.}

“Truth” by any good dictionary is defined as being ONLY singular tense per defined issue.

Jesus teaches US that He IS:

John.14: [6] Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me. NOTE that EACH IS SINGULAR TENSE.

[3] {Please see the attachment} on Bible history timeline:

Jesus founded the RCC about 2,000 years ago. {Protestantism is 500 years old.}

*The New Testament was NOT even fully written until the End of the 1st. Century

* The Bible is a Catholic birthed book:

It was the early Fathers who amidst much debate; guided by the Holy Spirit; who the 46 OT books. Then it was men known today to have been Catholics, five of them were Apostles, who authored the Entire NT’s 27 books.

* Every bible reference to “church” or “churches” is factually; directly and exclusively referencing the Roman Catholic church; and churches.

* Because of the “Dispersion” caused by the severe persecution by both the Romans and the Jewish hierarchy; AND the high degree of illiteracy so common in that time period; the NORM for teaching was by Word Of Mouth; NOT so much the written word.

*Duplication of written instructions {independent books of the bible} were a rarity; until after the Edict of Milan in 325 AD and the end of persecutions for a time.  And yet growth of this New One Faith and One Church under One God grew rapidly on the Blood of the MANY-martyrs. {If so many were willing to give their very Life this new Faith MUST BE what really God wants.}

So it is historically evidenced that the Early Catholic Church; did NOT have the bible as a regular “book” for instructions to be passed on and utilized for the first few-centuries, yet teaching of the Faith, guided by the HS continued successfully, mostly by Word of Mouth with great effect.

[4] That Protestants so often miss the correct bible-teaching very often rest with this seemingly insignificant factor; they commonly are MISSING or overlooking the implication of the Holy Spirit’s {unerring} use of singular tense words and terms. That they read the bible seeking a different understanding; one far more to their liking is also highly relevant.

So here is the Biblical SHORT version of the evidence of what ALL Bibles, when rightly understood teach, that summarize the Catholics Church’s foundational and unlimited authority and powers to do what She has done.

Mt. 10: 1-8

1] And having called his twelve disciples together, he gave THEM power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of diseases, and all manner of infirmities[2] And the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, [3] James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the publican, and James the son of Alpheus, and Thaddeus, [4] Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. [5] These twelve Jesus sent: commanding them, saying: Go ye not into the way of the Gentiles, and into the city of the Samaritans enter ye not.

[6] But go YOU rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. [7] And going, preach, saying: The kingdom of heaven is at hand. [8] Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils: freely have you received, freely give

Mt. 16: 15-19

[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 YOU That THOU art Peter; and upon{YOU PETER} this rock I will build MY CHURCH** {singular}, 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 YOU shalt bind upon earth, it shall {ALSO} be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever YOU shalt loose upon earth, it shall {ALSO} be loosed also in heaven.” {Singular; direct; precise and exclusive.}

** {All churches are self-identified by their own freely chosen set of Faith beliefs.}

John 17:17-24

[17] Sanctify THEM in truth. Thy word is truth. [18] As thou hast SENT ME into the world, I also have SENT THEM into the world. [19] And for THEM do I sanctify myself, THAT THEY ALSO may be sanctified in {MY} truth. [20] And not for them only do I pray, but for them also who through THEIR WORD shall believe in me; {this means that only the CC has Jesus Himself in Person and exclusively, as the very warranty of teaching His Truths on all Faith and Moral issues}

[21] That they all may be one, as thou, Father, in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. [22] And the glory which thou hast given me, I HAVE GIVEN TO THEM that they may be one, as we also are one: [23] I in them, and thou in me; that they may be made perfect in one: and the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast also loved me. [24] Father, I will that where I am, THEY ALSO whom thou hast given me may be with me; that they may see my glory which thou hast given me, because thou hast loved me before the creation of the world.

 Mt. 28: 18-20

[18] And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. [19] Going therefore, teach YOU 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. {Direct; precise and exclusive.}

[18] “All power”: See here the warrant and commission of the apostles and their successors, the bishops and pastors of Christ’s church. He received from his Father all power in heaven and in earth: and in virtue of this power, he sends them (even as his Father sent him, St. John 20. 21) to teach and disciple, not one, but all nations; and instruct them in all truths: and that he may assist them effectually in the execution of this commission, he promises to be with them, not for three or four hundred years only, but all days, even to the consummation of the world. How then could the Catholic Church ever go astray; having always with her pastors, as is here promised, Christ himself, who is the way, the truth, and the life. St. John 14.”

Summary:

These few verses prove all of the following:

  1. That Jesus did freely choose the Apostles, and successors {compare Mt.10: 5-8 with Mt, 28: 19-20} to directly and exclusively be guided and protected to hand on His One true set of Faith beliefs, nearly 1,500 years before the Protestant Reformation.
  2. Jesus promised that the Gates of hell would never PREVAIL against Her; though that would not inhibit Satan from continually making the attempt.
  3. Jesus Promised to send the HS to bring to enlighten their Minds to ALL that he had taught them; ALL that He desired THEM to share with the world.

John 14: 26

[26] But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach YOU all things, and bring all things to YOUR MIND, whatsoever I shall have said to YOU. 

 Another reason Protestants get so very much wrong is that they quite-often-fail completely in their understanding of the Powers and Authority granted to them in and THROUG the “Key’s” of Matthew 16:18-19, to be guided and YET independently authorized as Apostles and by necessity their successors through Peter as their head; to make laws and rules with the unlimited authority of governance.

Are we to suppose that Jesus would come to earth, pay the Price he Paid, do and accomplish all He did, including establishing His One God; One Faith in and through His One True Church; and then leave it to grow itself through the centuries?  Untethered; unmonitored, unregulated, independently lacking disciplines and Order? {The Protestant experiments have amply demonstrated how well THAT works {NOT!}.

Christ gives Peter and successors UNLIMITED; answerable ONLY to Him the King; complete and total Powers and Authority backed by heavens promise to HONOR same without ANY imposed restrictions.

Matthew 16: 18-19

[18]And I say TO YOU That THOU art Peter; and upon{YOU PETER} this rock I will build MY CHURCH** {singular}, 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 YOU shalt bind upon earth, it shall {ALSO} be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever YOU shalt loose upon earth, it shall {ALSO} be loosed also in heaven.” {Singular; direct; precise and exclusive.}

 To which I add; SO BE IT; AMEN!

 Here are some other Bible passages that support all of the above.

2 Peter 1:20

1 Tim. 3:15

2 Tim. 3: 16-17

Mt. 7: 1-6

Judges 17:6

Acts 19:11-12

Acts 19: 11-12

Mt. 23: 1-8

Eph. 2:20-22

Eph. 4: 1-7

Lk. 10:16-20

John 20: 19-23

1St. Cor. 11:23-30

It is to be understood that each of these is Literal in their rightful translations.

May Jesus be permitted to GUIDE our life paths.

Patrick