How do you discipline a child who doesn’t listen? Calah Alexander |

How do you discipline a child who doesn’t listen?

Calah Alexander |

These 3 tips can take change your household.

I’ve been a parent for nearly 14 years, and there’s one truth I’ve learned that eclipses all others: I know nothing.

For real. All the half-baked, preconceived notions I had about child-rearing when I was pregnant with my first child came crashing down around my head within the first year or two of motherhood. Then, just when I felt like I was starting to find my footing again, along came another child. Lo and behold, this child was completely different. Everything I thought I’d learned with my oldest was rapidly unlearned as I found myself, once more, back at square one.

Over the years, I’ve come to learn a few rock-solid truths about parenting, such as: head lice happen to everyone and a reliable nit comb is always a solid investment. Or: when your kids start vomiting, don’t eat anything you don’t want to throw up later — no matter how you feel right now.

But when it comes to things like discipline, I’ll admit that while my philosophy is thoughtful and comprehensive, my execution is somewhat lacking. This has resulted in erratic, reactive discipline that’s ineffective at best … and counterproductive at worst. It’s taught my kids that listening and obeying isn’t always necessary. Depending on the situation and the limits of my attention, listening can be optional.

Obviously, this is a problem. It’s one that I’ve been striving to address for years, but I’ve only recently found success … and it happened when I finally stopped trying to change my own shortcomings and learned to work with them. So if you’re also trying to figure out how to get your kids to listen (and what to do when they don’t), here are a few simple things to think about.

1

WHAT ARE THE RULES?

One of my biggest struggles is consistency. I’ve often set rules and enforced them for weeks, even months at a time, before getting swept up in some tumultuous season and allowing those rules to slip. It’s usually for convenience’s sake — if we’re in a hurry, or something else takes precedence, I adapt by letting the rule that seems of lesser importance at the time to slide. This isn’t a horrible decision to make occasionally … after all, effectively parenting many children requires a certain degree of adaptability. But too much adaptability communicates to children that rules aren’t rules at all, just fluctuating expectations that change with the wind.

This is unfair for the whole family. It undermines the peace and stability that would help those seasons of life be far less tumultuous, and prevents the kids from learning to meet expectations and respect boundaries. So the first step I took was to set clear, practical (read: limited) rules. I can’t overestimate the importance of being practical when you’re setting rules. Pick 2 or 3 things that matter the most to your family and start there. You can always build on the rules, but you can’t lay a foundation that’s both strong and overly complicated.

2

WHAT IS THE SYSTEM?

Parenting is a whirlwind. It’s full of distractions and interruptions, which makes it difficult to be consistent even for the most clear-headed, detail-oriented person. For people like me who are uber-adaptable and get easily swept up in shifting priorities, it’s crucial to put in place a system to hold your kids — and yourselves — accountable. I chose to write daily rules and expectations on an A-frame chalkboard near the stairs, so the whole family could easily see and reference it.

The other thing I did was incorporate consequences into the rules themselves. For example, my kids have morning chores that must be completed before they can play outside, watch TV, or use electronics. If they choose to do any of those three things before their morning chores are completed, they forfeit that particular pastime for the rest of the day. Having it written where we can all see it has worked wonders for both me and the kids — I don’t have to remember what I told them to do, they don’t have to constantly ask for privileges until they’ve earned them, and the wheedling and bargaining after the fact is all but negated. I just point at the board and say, “it’s written right there. I can’t change the rules.” Plus, since they love nothing more than tattling on each other, they’re quick to report any infraction … which I’ve chosen to embrace, since it helps hold everyone accountable.

3

WHERE IS YOUR HEART?

Reactive discipline — particularly if it comes from a place of anger or frustration — doesn’t teach kids anything. It does, however, damage your relationship with your child. Often, parents feel disappointed when their kids don’t listen and break the rules … but if that disappointment manifests as anger, something powerful is being lost in translation.

We all feel disappointed when we break a rule and have to suffer the consequence. That’s a common human experience, and it’s a powerful thing to share with your children. When my son has to tell his best friend that he can’t go ride bikes because he broke the rules, I feel disappointed for him and I tell him so. I tell him how sad I am that he can’t go with his friend, and I let him feel sad about it without immediately reminding him that he brought it on himself. Expressing empathy is much more powerful than inflicting punishment, since it helps strengthen your relationship with your child rather than pitting him or her against you. They learn that we all have to suffer consequences, and they’re infinitely quicker and more willing to change their behavior in response to consequences that happen naturally rather than ones they feel are unjustly imposed.

Of course, there are always going to be tricky disciplines issues to navigate, especially as your kids get older. But setting rules, establishing a system for their enforcement, and reacting to your children empathetically instead of antagonistically can help give your family a solid foundation to tackle anything and everything that comes up in the future.

     10 Frequently Questions asked of & to Catholics       (and how Catholics can  reply to them with Biblically charity)

Are YOU an IFPC? (Informed and FULLY practicing Catholic? Do you wish to be one / or a better one?

          Right at the START of this, I profess that the idea for this lesson was pilfered from a pass-out that I had stuffed into my Bible some time ago and had forgotten about. However in reading it I had a few points that I think require necessary clarity. This information though is such that God Willing many (all) Catholics ought to be able to explain. I will use some Bible references, because what I share IS Biblically grounded, and because it is very likely that those asking are from some “Bible Church” (Sola Scriptura). Learning these responses will require some effort of your part; but then all “good things”, as a rule do. Don’t get hung up on the precise bible quotes, unless you’re able too, knowing what books they are in ought to be sufficient.

          The frequency Pass-out listed these from #10 to #1; while I will do it from #1 to #10. The first thing to do when asked ANY of these questions is to thank the person or people asking them. Their interest is most likely Holy Spirit Inspired. The second thing to remember is that they WILL BE seeking Bible evidence for our replies; hence I suggest one beginning with a brief discussion about the Bible being a “Catholic birthed book,” by sharing these facts. ALWAYS say a brief prayer for guidance from the HS to assist you before you open your mouth in reply (Holy Spirit PLEASE help me) to any question about our faith beliefs or Church.

1 All of the authors of the NT are recognized today as being “Catholics;” five of whom were Catholic Apostles: Matthew, John, James, Peter and Paul. (This may be a bit of a shock to some.) This may then raise the questions where does one find the term “Catholic” in the bible which will be the 1st question addressed

WHERE IS THE TERM “CATHOLIC” IN THE BIBLE (Light-heartily I reply that you’ll find it “right next to” the terms “Bible and Protestant, which also are not in the “Bible.”  

Here I reference John 20: 30-31 and John 21: 23-24 (these are the last two verses in both chapters, so it’s easy to remember.)

Jn. 20:30-31 “ [30]Many other signs also did Jesus in the sight of his disciples, which are not written in this book. [31] But these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God: and that believing, you may have life in his name.”

Jn. 21: 24-25 “ [24] This is that disciple who giveth testimony of these things, and hath written these things; and we know that his testimony is true.[25] But there are also many other things which Jesus did; which, if they were written every one, the world itself, I think, would not be able to contain the books that should be written.”

Then I explain that the Bible was fully authored by the end of the 1st. Century; (before this theological term had evolved.) BUT because of SEVERE persecutions by both the Jewish Priesthood who were trying to protect their religions-base (the only religion of the Jews,) and the Romans who feared that they MIGHT become a threat to them if they grew too large, so the bible as a Single-Volume of 73 of carefully chosen, GOD-Inspired, 2 Timothy 3: 16-17  books (46 OT and 27 NT) was not finalized with late in the 4th. Century. The first term of Christ NEW Church and faith was “The Way”:

Acts 19: 23 “ [23] Now at that time there arose no small disturbance about “the way” of the Lord.”

Acts 24: 14 “ [14] But this I confess to thee, that according to “the way”, which they call a heresy, so do I serve the Father and my God, believing all things which are written in the law and the prophets”

Then towards the end of the 1st. Century that name evolved to “Christians:”

Acts 11: 26 “[26] And they conversed there in the church a whole year; and they taught a great multitude, so that at Antioch the disciples were first named Christians”

By the way, I don’t think that it is essential (although it is beneficial), that you know the exact verses to quote; knowing what books that they are in ought to be sufficient.

The TERM “Catholic” was introduced around 110 AD, shortly after the bible had been fully authored. And the term means “Universal”, in following Christ direct COMMAND to His Apostles to “go out into the WHOLE WORLD” and teach ALL that I have COMMANDED YOU.” Mt. 28:20. “ [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 you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.”    ( BTW, this was and is Direct, Clear and Exclusive to Them at that time.)You can just GOOGLE the term for verification.  …   and YOU can decide if you wish to share the exclusivity commanded here.  So the Bible is a Catholic Book originally assembled and the NT fully authored by Catholics and at THAT time, exclusively for “Catholics” who were the original “Christians”, AND the ONLY Christians (except for some roaming heretics) until the “Great Eastern Schism” of 1054 AD. Just try to know the “Hi-Lights.”

 

Question #2 “Are YOU saved?”

Reply: Yes and I am still in the process of “being saved.” Because Justification is a life- long process; never just a single act.  … A GREAT Many Protestants hold to an OSAS (One Saved Always Saved philosophy); granted “by a profession of faith; a proclaimed Belief is Jesus as ‘Their LORD and Savior” (an “altar call” of some sort, who through “Subsatory- Substitution” …ie. Jesus HAS ALREADY accomplished EVERYTHING needed for their salvation; which MOST assume “cannot then be lost.”) If this discussion gets deep enough ask THEM where THAT is in the bible.

1 John speaks very clearly about not sinning anymore.1 Jn. 5:18. 1 Jn.3:8 & 1 Jn. 1:6-7:

1 Jn. 5:18 “ [18] We know that whosoever is born of God, sinneth not: but the generation of God preserveth him, and the wicked one toucheth him not.”
1 Jn. 3:8 “ [8] He that committeth sin is of the devil: for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God appeared, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

AND THIS: 1 Jn. 1:6-7 [6] If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth. [7] But if we walk in the light, as he also is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (They may hold that this Act of Jesus in an “ungoing forgiveness”; in other words they can sin at will and whatever they do is automatically forgiven.” So here is how to invalidate THAT argument. The Bible is a Holy Spirit Book 2 Timothy 3: 16-17 ( THIS IS a PASSAGE that you should commit to memory) … “[16] All scripture, (is) inspired of God,(and) is profitable to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct in justice, [17] That the man of God may be perfect, furnished to every good work.” Once again if Prudence dictates ask them to prove that from the use of the ENTIRE Bible.

Here is a Rule for “Right understanding of the Bible that you can share with them:

Never ever, Can, May, or Does; Any- one passage or verse have the POWER or the Authority to invalidate, override, or make void ANY –OTHER passage or verse. (God simply cannot contradict Himself.) … Where this even the slightest possibility (it’s NOT), it would render the entire Bible as worthless to teach or learn one’s faith.

St. Paul Himself recognizes that ones salvation is a life-long-task:  Phil. 2:12

Phil..2:12 “[12] Wherefore, my dearly beloved, (as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but much more now in my absence,) with fear and trembling work out your salvation.”  … And then ASK;   ”WHY would Paul teach THIS is he understood salvation could be, or was “assured”?”

Here’s some more evidence:

1st. Cor. 9:27 “[27] But I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.”

1st. Cor. 10:12 “[12] Wherefore he that thinketh himself to stand, (Be ALREADY Saved) let him take heed lest he fall.” One might then ASK: are we to assume that Paul didn’t believe in Jesus? Hmmmmm

Clearly Paul understood that Salvation was a Lifetime effort and stuggle.

 

Question #3 “IF YOU died tonight would you go the heaven?

Catholics have a conditional-assurance of salvation. (As does all of humanity.)

1 Jn. 1: 3-5 “ [3] That which we have seen and have heard, we declare unto you, that you also may have fellowship with us, and our fellowship may be with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. [4] And these things we write to you, that you may rejoice, and your joy may be full.[5] And this is the declaration which we have heard from him, and declare unto you: That God is light, and in him there is no darkness.” (This means if we are “in the state of God’s graces,” previously  supported by the earlier 1 John passages already shared.) But to enter into heaven one MUST BE without sin, literally perfect and holy:

1 Peter 1: 15-16 “[16] Because it is written: You shall be holy, for I am holy. [17] And if you invoke as Father him who, without respect of persons, judgeth according to every one’s work: converse in fear during the time of your sojourning here”

Mt. 5:8  

1st. Cor. 1:10 “[8] Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.” (BUT keep in mind they may THINK that Jesus has already ASSURED THIS for them for LIFE.) .. SEE replies for #2

1 Jn. 5: 16-17 [16] He that knoweth his brother to sin a sin which is not to death, let him ask, and life shall be given to him, who sinneth not to death. There is a sin unto death: for that I say not that any man ask. [17] All iniquity is sin. And there is a sin unto death.” (Mortal and Venial sins.) Explain because God has to be “Just and Fair” that He cannot judge stealing a candy bar from Walmart the same as in ANY manner supporting an abortion. The first can’t send one to Hell; the second one can.

So in order to be assured that if “we were to dies today would I go to heaven” DEPENDS upon me being in the “State of GOD’S grace; with NO unforgiven Mortal sins.” HOW ARE CATHOLICS sins forgiven? John 20:19-23 

Jn 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. The disciples therefore were glad, when they saw the Lord. [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.” This is also taught in Mt. 16: 19 “[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.”

 

 

Question #4 “Why do you worship wafers/” (FYI: I have never been asked this, at least not in this manner.) …. “Why do Catholics believe Jesus is present in our holy communion?” I have been asked.

When asked this, the first I do is SMILE and go on the offence. I ask something along the line of: “are we to suppose that GOD cannot do this? That GOD cannot do any “good thing?” (And THIS IS the greatest of all possible “good things because it it Jesus Himself, in Person; “Really, Truly and Substanually Present.”

For your FYI, I’ll provide the Bible references; BUT I usually explain, unless they want of insist upon the evidence; that God simply CANNOT LIE. In Mt. 28: 20 He promises that He WILL be “with US” until the end of time. (They will likely know this, but think it means only “Spiritually.”)

I explain to them that five different CATHOLIC-authors of the NT, testify to this Reality. Mt. 26, Mk. 14, Lk. 22, John 6, and Paul in 1st. Corinthians. If they choose to then still want further evidence I tell them to read with the Literal Understanding those Inspired Authors intended John 6:46-57 & verses 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.” If they still don’t believe ask them to READ Paul, 1st. Cor. 11:23-30 “  [23] For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread. [24] And giving thanks, broke, and said: Take ye, and eat: this is my body, which shall be delivered for you: this do for the commemoration of me. [25] In like manner also the chalice, after he had supped, saying: This chalice is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as often as you shall drink, for the commemoration of me. [26] For as often as you shall eat this bread, and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come[27] Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. [28] But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. [29] For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord. [30] Therefore are there many infirm and weak among you, and many sleep. (This terms HERE means have self -condemned themselves to eternal Hell.) LOOK at verse #27: and ask: Let me ask you a question; HOW can a person be GUILITY of the “body and blood of our LORD” If Paul is only speaking of ordinary bread and wine?… You many not convince them, but if they are being led by the Holy Spirit; they should have something to prayerfully ponder.

If they still are doubtful ASK to please GOOGLE “Eucharistic Miracles.”

 

Question #5 “Why Do Catholics “worship” Mary? (This is the one I have been most often asked.) With a HUGE smile I respond; “You almost asked the right question.” (what do you mean?”…. take out the word “worship” and insert in its place “reverence”, and you “nailed it.” We Catholics KNOW and are taught (Catechism #266 teaches) “266 “Now this is the Catholic faith: We worship one God in the Trinity and the Trinity in unity, without either confusing the persons or dividing the substance; for the person of the Father is one, the Son’s is another, the Holy Spirit’s another; but the Godhead of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is one, their glory equal, their majesty coeternal” (Athanasian Creed: DS 75; ND 16). … So if you change your question to “WHY do Catholics “reverence” Mary; it then an accurate, and a GOOD question. Catholics reverence Mary because She alone was chosen by our Perfect GOD to be the Mother of “His Son.” GOD literally had BILLIONS of other options; other women that He might have selected; but NO, He choose Mary. … Everything (excepting Her freewill choices) were initiated BY GOD, not by Mary; NOT even by Mary’s request. So Her being born sinless; Her Virgin Birth of Jesus; Her Assumption into heaven; except Her sinless entire Life, which She HAD TO (and did) fully cooperate with God’s graces in order to accomplish; were parts of God’s plan for Her. The Biblical evidence of this is all in Luke chapter One. Verses 26-35 (all the parts of the “Hail Mary” prayer) and verses 46-55 show Her respect for what GOD had chosen to accomplish through Her:

 “[46] And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord. [47] And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour[48] Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.[49] Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me; and holy is his name. [50] And his mercy is from generation unto generations, to them that fear him.”……. (Some think that we Catholics hold Mary on the same spiritual-plane as Her Son Jesus. Verse #47 clearly corrects that thinking.)

Having now explained Catholics actual beliefs and practices regards Mary; it is a good idea to go on and explain WHY we reverence Mary with Prayers. (THIS APPLIES SIMILARLY TO Saints as well.)

We reverence and pray to & THROUGH Mary and the Saints to Jesus because we’re “family.” We Catholics believe in “the communion of Saints & saints.” Simply put this means that all the Souls in heaven + all the souls detoured to purgatory in route to heaven + and all of us Catholic-believers on earth are connected through Jesus, so WE’RE FAMILY. And families help each other in times of need. So Mary and the Saints being members of “our family” are anxious to assist us, and eagerly take our petitions; THEN they add their own on top of ours, and then present them personally to God on our behalf. Consequently they are made more efficaous (effective.) Amen!

 

Question #6  Why do Catholics Confess their sins to a priest? I love this question which I have been rarely asked; but I suspect that may be due to fear factors. (Do “I” really want to know the answer to this one?) I do suspect though that it is a lingering question for many non-Catholics, as the Holy Spirit is always prompting and seeking to share God’s Truths.

Once again I began with a big smile and thank them for asking me this question, “May I first ask you a question?”…. Are you familiar with the Old Testament? Perhaps you’ll recall that Moses was commanded to set Aaron and his sons aside to be “Priest for Yahweh / God? One of the specified duties of the OT priest was the “forgiveness” of their sins, testified to in the Books of Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers. So Jesus was not “inventing the wheel here”; no, He was only perfecting what had long been a normal function of the called and ordained priesthood. But what Jesus did was to “perfect” the New Testament Priesthood; actually sharing with THEM, to a lesser degree, some of His Powers as evidenced I Matthew 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 ye 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.

So Jesus here clearly intends to share with His Apostles some of His Powers and authority. Then we see in (this one you need to memorize) Matthew 16: 18-19 [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

These Godly powers granted by Jesus to His apostles and by necessity to their successors “to BIND” and or “to LOOSE” here are dual-authorities to make and amend, or even void laws, regulations and practices; BUT ALSO to forgive , or NOT to forgive sins.

Later John in chapter 20:19-23 (another one you should memorize) relates specifically and precisely when Jesus empowers them to actually forgive sin in His NAME…

[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. The disciples therefore were glad, when they saw the Lord. [21] He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. (This is a literal statement)  [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.”

 

1 John 5: 16-17 tells us that we can and are capable of sin in a manner that is so grave that it actually separates us from our “personal relationship with God” until and unless it is confessed…(Theologians call it MORTAL sin)  [16] He that knoweth his brother to sin a sin which is not to death, let him ask, and life shall be given to him, who sinneth not to death. There is a sin unto death: for that I say not that any man ask. [17] All iniquity is sin. And there is a sin unto death.”

“Unto death” means self- inflicted Eternal Hell if not confessed, forgiven and remitted. THIS IS EXACTLY WHY JESUS INSTITUTED THE SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION. He wants to give us every advantage possible to gain admittance.

 

Then I remind our friends that this is in the Bible; an INSPIRED book, 2 Tim. 3:16-17        (yet another one to be memorized) because GOD desired that it be there; that it be accepted and that it be advantaged. THIS IS THE ONLY MANNER PRECISELY, AND CLEARLY EXPRESSED IN THE BIBLE FOR SIN FORGIVENESS GOD’S WAY. …. Smile: If you choose to challenge God on this critical to our salvation; well I’ll pray for you

Exodus 28:1-3 [1] Take unto thee also Aaron thy brother with his sons, from among the children of Israel, that they may minister to me in the priest’s office: Aaron, Nadab, and Abiu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. [2] And thou shalt make a holy vesture for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty.”

Leviticus 17:16  [16] And he shall make good the damage itself which he hath done, and shall add the fifth part besides, delivering it to the priest, who shall pray for him, offering the ram, and it shall be forgiven him

Numbers 6: 16[16] And the priest shall present them before the Lord, and shall offer both the sin offering and the holocaust”

Question #7  “Why do Catholics pray to Idols.” Once again I began with sa smile and a sincere thank you for asking this question. The short answer is that we don’t; we pray to and THROUGH the Saint or Mary in heaven that they represent. We’ve covered this in some detail. Then I ask with another smile; are YOU aware that God approves of IDOLS? ….. He commanded Moses to make a Brass Serpent and put it on a pole to for those bitten by the snakes to  “look at” and they would be cured. Exodus 25: 17-19; and He commanded Moses to build Angels to be placed on both sides of the Ark. Numbers 21: 8-9

So what we learn here from GOD Himself that it is NOT the “image” but the purpose of that image that matters. Anything that can possibly lead one CLOSER to God is a “GOOD”; while anything that is intended to compete with GOD is “Evil.” … Statues of Mary and the Saints that we pray THROUGH, do lead us close to God and therefore are “very good.”

 

Question # 8 “Why Do Catholics pray for the dead?” Catholics frankly have a fuller understanding of the Natures of God, the nature of our Souls and the nature of Sin. I know this makes no sense to you because Protestants make some very dangerous assumptions that God will accept your dictating to Him just HOW he MUST save you. Whether or not God DOES accept these demands is a mystery. God can do any good thing; still NOT doing it His Way carries great risk. Catholics believe in purgatory and you don’t, so the question then is “WHY MUST purgatory exist?”

God can accurately and briefly be defined as “All Good things Perfected.” By this definition we are led to ask; “are being “fair” and “Just,” … “good things?” Of course they are, thus we can know that in an absolute sense GOD MUST “Be Good.” God in order to be our Perfect God cannot Judge me stealing a candy bar from Walmart and me choosing to commit adultery; both sins, which are a direct affront against the Sovereignty of God, as being of equal consequences for my evil choices. The first sin can’t send me to Hell, the second most assuredly can if not confessed and forgiven God’s way; 1 John 5: 16-17 & John 20:19-23.

When a person dies Divine Justice gives three options for where, by their life-choices, their Soul will be sent.

If we die in the “State of God’s Graces”; meaning without unconfessed; unremitted Mortal sins 1 John 5:16-17 we are assured of Heaven; HOWEVER, entry into heaven requires that the Soul be literally “perfect” without blemish as is Jesus, who’s Nature will neither tolerate or accept anything less.

The nature of sin is more complex than for many, is at first evident. Because all sin is an ATTACK of the Sovereignty of God; God even when and after forgiving us our sins applies a concealed penalty which theologians have termed “The Temporal Punishment that all sins accrue.” The amount of this debt, how it can be lessened, or even paid in full, and the accounting repayment of this debt is entirely up to and accomplished by and through Jesus alone..

The Catholic Church; Matthew 16: 15-19; 28:18-20 and John 17: 17-20 clearly, directly and exclusively commands and empower to do all that is possible to lead Souls to heaven.

Matthew 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 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.”

Matthew 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 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.”

DOUAY CATHOLIC BIBLE EXPLANATION: [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. End Quoted

 

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 truth. [20] And not for them only do I pray, but for them also who through their word shall believe in me; [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. End Quoted

 God in order to Be GOD is and must be “perfect” in every way; consequently in order to enter into heaven; Our Soul too must either be perfect (no sins and no debt for sins still due upon death of the Mortal body, OR be ABLE to be made by Christ “perfect” (though purgatory; or condemn that unsaveable Soul to eternal Hell.

It is precisely because God HAS TO BE both “just” and “fair” that He HAD TO create a place of purification (purgatory) for the Millions of Souls throughout the ages who died still in “God’s graces” (without unconfessed or unforgiven Mortal sins); yet still imperfect because of lesser (“venial sins” ) unconfessed and unforgiven; OR the Debt all sins accrue still existing, and requiring full repayment on that Soul.

Similar to the terms “Catholic”. “Protestant”, “Religion”; and even “Bible”; which are not FOUND in the bible; though each of them is implied: Mt: 16:18; Mt. 7:21; Mt. 28:20; Mt. 5:2, the term “purgatory” too is a later teaching given a specific name.

Rev.21: 27But nothing unclean shall enter it, nor anyone who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

Matt.5:26 “truly, I say to you, you will never get out till you have paid the last penny.”

Matt.5: 48 “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Heb.2:10 “For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through suffering.”

1John.3: 2 – 3 “Beloved, we are God’s children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. And every one who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.”

1Cor.3: 13 – 14 “each man’s work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward.”

Each of the above teachings reference purgatory.

Purgatory HAS TO EXIST because of Divine Justice; God MUST BE “Fair.”  Further because God desires that “All Souls” be saved 1st. Timothy 2: 3-4 (though He knows that will not happen); God out of Love for man created a manner to make perfect those Souls that were undeserving of Hell, yet ALSO not yet deserving of Heaven. THAT is how much He loves us.

Because Protestants do not believe this; they assume in serious error that purgatory simply does not apply to them. BUT just as “truth” is not, and cannot be changed by unbelieve; neither can the reality of Purgatory. Even “IF” GOD succumbs to their Dictating to Him, how He MUST “save them”; (which remains a mystery as to being fact), it is unassured that this would include full automatic repayment for the Debt all sins accrue; which we can know because God in order to be “Good”; must also be “fair.”

So we Catholics pray for our Brothers and Sisters (Souls) in purgatory; because the Church (and there God approved Mt. 16:19) permits us to assist the Souls of our Passed loved ones; and even those Souls we don’t know; though our “communion with these saints” by our prayers, sacrifices and good works offered up for their early entry into Heaven.

 

Question #9 “Why do you call your priest “Father?”

Matthew 7: 8-9 “[8] But be not you called Rabbi. For one is your master; and all you are brethren. [9] And call none your father upon earth; for one is your father, who is in heaven. [10] Neither be ye called masters; for one is your master, Christ.

 

CATHOLIC DOUAY BIBLE EXPLANATION: [9] “Call none your father upon earth”: Neither be ye called masters. The meaning is that our Father in heaven is incomparably more to be regarded, than any father upon earth: and no master to be followed, who would lead us away from Christ. But this does not hinder but that we are by the law of God to have a due respect both for our parents and spiritual fathers, (1 Cor. 4. 15) and for our masters and teachers.” End Quoted

It is notable that both in the Old and the New Testaments “Abraham is called ‘Father.’”

Joshua 24: 3 “ [3] And I took your father Abraham from the borders of Mesopotamia: and brought him into the land of Chanaan: and I multiplied his seed, [4] And gave him Isaac: and to him again I gave Jacob and Esau. And I gave to Esau mount Seir for his possession: but Jacob and his children went down into Egypt

Luke 16-24 “ [24] And he cried, and said: Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, to cool my tongue: for I am tormented in this flame.”

What Abraham was to the OT Jewish nation; Our Catholic Priest are similar; but oh now though Jesus, so much more powerful than their Old Testament predecessors. Both were chosen by GOD to be His representatives:  Exodus 30: 30-31; John 15:16.

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 ye 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 giveEnd Quotes

Paul 1st. Cor. 11:23-30 “ [23] For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread. [24] And giving thanks, broke, and said: Take ye, and eat: this is my body, which shall be delivered for you: this do for the commemoration of me[25] In like manner also the chalice, after he had supped, saying: This chalice is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as often as you shall drink, for the commemoration of me. [26] For as often as you shall eat this bread, and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come. [27] Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. [28] But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice[29] For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord. [30] Therefore are there many infirm and weak among you, and many sleep.”

John 20: 21-23 “[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.”

Matthew 28:19-20 “[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 you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.

Matthew 16: 18-19 “[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 (all of) the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven. “

It is precisely because Catholics Priest are called and Ordained; chosen, educated, and empowered not only to be another mirror image of Jesus; BUT in His Name and through His granted Powers; Catholic Priest Can and DO actually Make Jesus Present to us IN PERSON, in Catholic Holy Communion; are empowered to actually forgive our sins in the Sacrament of Known Forgiveness; can heal the sick; and directly and exclusively empowered to share the fullness of His Truths without even a possibility of error.

So todays Catholic priest take over in the Name and with the authority and some of the Power of Jesus who commanded and empowered them (John 17:17-20)  directly, specifically and exclusively to:  [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 you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world. End Quoted Similar to Abraham, Moses and the Prophets they are called to be our Spiritual “Fathers” and to lead as many as are willing to follow them on the Road to Emmaus, and beyond. The term is of a “Spiritual fatherhood.” Battling Satan and his Minions, in a perfect world without sin and sinners; a great many of them do so. These God selected “Fathers” do make Jesus present; forgive our sins and teach us the fullness of Christ One True Faith.

 

 

Question #10 “Why Do Catholics Obey the Pope?”

 

“POPE. Title of the visible head of the Catholic Church. He is called Pope (Greek pappas, a child’s word for father) because his authority is supreme and because it is to be exercised in a paternal way, after the example of Christ.” End Quoted: Father John A. Hardon’s Catholic Dictionary

Catholics Obey the Pope who is (or is supposed to be) our Spiritual “Father”; as the Direct Successor of Peter, he Holds all of the Key’s to Heaven’s gate (Mt. 16:18-20) and is directly, precisely and exclusively called and commanded to teach the entire world the fullness of Christ truths, (Mt. 28:18-20) and he is empowered and protected with the warranty of Jesus Himself, to be enabled to do so without error on all matters of Morals and Faith BELIEFS, so long as what he teaches conforms to the historical teaching of the Catholic Magisterium; the Churches teaching authority. (John 17:17-20). And the Pope can and may teach Infallibly conditionally.

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God as Father? Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio –

God as Father?

Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio –

The Fatherhood of God has come under fire with the rise of feminism.  If we know that God is pure spirit who transcends male and female, masculine and feminine, why preserve what some believe to be the antiquated, patriarchal practice of referring to the divinity as “Father”?  This article uses the occasion of the American observance of Father’s Day to address this issue.

Father’s Day invites us to ask a very important question – what does it mean to call God “Father?”

Most of the great religions of the world believe in one God and teach the gist of the Ten Commandments.

But that the supreme Being is not just “King of the Universe” or  “Master” but “Father,” that he desires that we have a close, familiar relationship with Him–these ideas you don’t find anywhere outside the teaching of Jesus.

To call God “Father” does not mean to say, of course, that he is an old man with a white beard.  Only the second person of the Blessed Trinity wedded himself to a male human nature in the womb of Mary.  The Father and the Holy Spirit are pure Spirit and transcend male and female, masculine and feminine (CCC 239).  This is no new insight brought to Christianity by the feminist movement.  It has always been taught that the word “Father” applied to God, is used by way of analogy.  Analogies tell us something very true despite being imperfect.  Until recently, the father was recognized by Western society as origin, head and provider of the family.  To call the first person of the Trinity “Father” means that he is the origin and transcendent authority of all and cares for the needs of all.

But we all instinctively know that a father who just pays the bills and barks orders is not enough.  We expect a dad to have an intimate, affectionate relationship with his children, to spend “quality time” with them.  To call God “Father” means, then, that he is near to us, intimately concerned with us, fond of us, even crazy about us.  He is not the distant, clockmaker God of Thomas Jefferson and the Deists.   This aloof God of the philosophers created the world to run by virtue of its own natural laws so that he could withdraw and occupy himself with more interesting pursuits.

No, the God whom Jesus calls Father cares about us and knows us intimately.  “Every hair on your head is numbered (Matthew 10:30).” He loves us more than we love ourselves and knows us better than we know ourselves.

Now, this does not mean that He makes all things go smoothly for us.  He loves us so much that He made us in His image and likeness, which means He made us free.  And through the free choice of the first man, evil and death were invited into our world.  He does not shield us from all the troublesome consequences of this “original sin” which each of us, sadly, has ratified with our own personal sin.  But He sent us prophets, like Jeremiah, to wake us up and warn us of the horrible consequences of disobedience.  And finally He sent his firstborn Son to be a new Adam, to pay the price of that disobedience and give the human race an undeserved new start.

The most horrible consequence of sin, eternal death (Gehenna), has been graciously removed for all who accept the free gift of salvation that comes by way of the cross of Christ.  But evil is still at large in the world, and evil brings trials and tribulations.  Our Father will not shelter us from these anymore than He sheltered Jeremiah (Jer 20:10-13) or Jesus.  A good father doesn’t protect his children forever from the harsh realities of life, but helps them as they progress through various stages of development to face the challenges and grow through the difficulties.  Scripture says that even Jesus learned obedience through what he suffered (Heb 5:8-9).  How much more do we need to learn and mature, and some learning can only take place through suffering.

So as a true Father, he loves us too much to take us out of the fray.  But there’s one thing we can be sure of–He’ll never leave us to fight our battles alone.

 

“Feed MY Sheep” Why does the Pope have the right, indeed the mandate to speak to Gods children, on behalf of God Himself?

“Feed MY Sheep”
Why does the Pope have the right, indeed the mandate to speak to Gods children, on behalf of God Himself?

Matt. 16:13-19

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

First: we accept the fact that word’s have specific, “common” meeting to those giving utterance and to those being spoken to.

Second: We acknowledge that both those giving utterance, and those who have done the transcribing, are inspired by The Holy Spirit, (Jesus exempted because He too is God), to use specific words, phrases and locations. In other words, mere coincidence has no place in our discussion. We accept the facts that Jesus knew what He was doing, and that as God, He was incapable of lying.

Point One: Why did Jesus select the area of Caesarea Philippi, to make this enormously important appointment?

Reply: Caesarea Philippi is located in the northern part of Judea. The above quoted passage took place on a large hill, and was the location of a very large, and locally famous, Pagan Temple. As a “safeguard” the temple was build behind a huge protective ROCK.

Point Two: In O.T. biblical days it was common for cities to be walled and fortified. Further, they really did have a main gate, and there was a Key to the City, that really locked and unlocked the main gate.

Point Three: In the quoted bible passage: “I,” “you,” “my,” and “church” are all singular for very specific reasons. “Church” for example clearly, indisputably, shows God’s intent to start and Shepherd only “one church.”

Point Four: In every walled city there was a “King” which is the role Jesus assumes in this story. “Hail King of the Jews!” Mark 15:18

Point Five: As one might expect, actually running the city was a whole lot like real work, so it was delegated to another, usually called the “Prime Minister.” So we will use that term for the one who actually ran the city, day in, and day out. The P.M. answered ONLY to “the King.” What the PM ordered done, was done, and what the PM forbid, was legally forbidden, and violators were punished by the PM.

Point Six: The terms, “To Bind and or To Loose” were legal and binding at law, Rabbinical Terms, known and accepted by all those Jesus was speaking too as authority to Govern.

Point Seven: Just as Jesus is the King in this story, Simon, Now “Peter” (Greek for “rock,”) is the new Prime Minister! As such he in given total and complete autonomous rule and daily governance of the New Church that Jesus has just created. “On this “rock” meaning the very person of Peter himself, “I” will build “my” church. Again Words Mean Something!

Point Eight: “I will give you” Peter the Key’s to the Kingdom of Heaven. PERIOD! This is God telling us this fact.

Point Nine: The power to govern is immediate, total, complete, unlimited and binding on all. Amen!

Point Ten: God knew what He was doing, Jesus knew what He was setting up, Peter and the Apostles understood exactly what was meant and accepted and lived in obedience, what God had ordained. We, my friend are to do no less. “The gates of Hell shall not prevail against Her,” does not mean that sin cannot or for that matter, does not exist within Her. No, what is promised by God is two-fold. First, sin will not prevail! Second, God promised to send the Holy Spirit, as the guarantor of TRUTH, that any official pronouncement from “the chair of Peter,” on matters of Faith and or Morals, cannot, I repeat, cannot be in error, because God Himself say’s so.

 First we note in verse 14, that Jesus asked the question: ”who do people say that I am?” In verse 15 He asked His twelve deciples, “but who do YOU say that I am?”  And we find that they are speechless. Then Simon Peter replies: “You are the Christ.” Jesus replies in verse 17: “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.

Notice the name change: In the bible, whenever God changes a name, that person is called to a particular and prominent role. For example: Abram to Abraham, or John the Baptist being named John, not Zachary after his father, upon the Angel’s direction from God.

In verse 18, Jesus specifies that I (singular) Jesus will build My (singular) Church (singular) upon this rock (singular). And warrants with His own merits (too soon come in His Crucifixion) that it is and will be THE TRUTH, and that Satan shall never prevail against Her.

Next in verse 19 Jesus says: I (singular) will give to you Simon Bar-Jona (also singular), the key’s to the gate of Heaven (singular).

Now to be sure that we understand the significance of these words we share the following.

In the Old Testament times it was common practice for the major cities to be “walled in.” They actually were surrounded by wall that had GATES, and the gates, especially the “Main gate” actually had a KEY.

Also it was common to have a KING of the City (Jesus is in this role.) And a Prime Minister who actually had COMPLETE Power and Authority to rule and administer the city. The key carrier, actually had sole possession of the “key to the city (the city is a symbol of the Kingdom of God) and ran independently the city, day-in and day-out. The carrier of “the Key,” answered to NOONE except the KING. Simon Peter was given the “Key to the KINGDOM of Heaven,” With complete and total authority to Rule and Administer “the Kingdom.”

To be sure that everyone CLEARLY understood His message, Jesus in verse 19 goes on to say as further proof of His Singular intent: “, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Why did Jesus, who is God use these very words? Because the words “to bind,” and “to Loose,” were Rabbinical Terms, Binding in Jewish Law. At the time of their pronouncement they were spoken by a Jew, to Jews who would clearly have understood the significance of the words, and their Binding authority. That is why we never read about any attempts to usurp the Power of Simon Peter by any other Apostle! They understood exactly what Jesus said, what Jesus had done, and what Jesus meant.

 ” 17: “And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. This verse gives assent by God the Father to the decision Jesus Proclaimed, and also of the Presence and assent of the Holy Spirit who make know “the Will of The Father.”

 Old testament Typology: Is. 22: 19-22

19 I (Reference to a dishonest Prime Minister) will thrust you from your office, and you will be cast down from your station. 20 In that day I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, 21 and I will clothe him with your robe, and will bind your girdle on him, and will commit your authority to his hand; and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. 22* And I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. 23 And I will fasten him like a peg in a sure place, and he will become a throne of honor to his father’s house.

 Additional biblical support for “One Church” and Primacy of Peter

Matthew 16:19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven . . .”

The “power of the keys” has to do with ecclesiastical discipline and administrative authority with regard to the requirements of the faith, as in Isaiah 22:22 (cf. Is 9:6; Job 12:14; Rev 3:7). From this power flows the use of censures, excommunication, absolution, baptismal discipline, the imposition of penances, and legislative powers. In the Old Testament a steward, or prime minister is a man who is “over a house” (Gen 41:40; 43:19; 44:4; 1 Ki 4:6; 16:9; 18:3; 2 Ki 10:5; 15:5; 18:18; Is 22:15,20-21).

 Mt: 16:19 ” whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

 “Binding” and “loosing” were technical rabbinical terms, which meant to “forbid” and “permit” with reference to the interpretation of the law, and secondarily to “condemn” or “place under the ban” or “acquit.” Thus, St. Peter and the popes are given the authority to determine the rules for doctrine and life, by virtue of revelation and the Spirit’s leading (Jn 16:13), and to demand obedience from the Church. “Binding and loosing” represent the legislative and judicial powers of the papacy and the bishops (Mt 18:17-18; Jn 20:23). St. Peter, however, is the only apostle who receives these powers by name and in the singular, making him preeminent.

  1. Peter’s name occurs first in all lists of apostles (Mt 10:2; Mk 3:16; Lk 6:14; Acts 1:13). Matthew even calls him the “first” (10:2). Judas Iscariot is invariably mentioned last.
  2. Peter alone among the apostles receives a new name,Rock,” solemnly conferred (Jn 1:42: Mt 16:18).
  3. Peter is regarded by Jesus as the Chief Shepherd after Himself (Jn 21:15-17), singularly by name, and over the universal Church, even though others have a similar but subordinate role (Acts 20:28; 1 Pet 5:2).
  4. Peter alone among the apostles is mentioned by name as having been prayed for by Jesus Christ in order that his “faith may not fail” (Lk 22:32).
  5. Peter alone among the apostles is exhorted by Jesus to “strengthen your brethren” (Lk 22:32)

.Peter first confesses Christ’s divinity (Mt 16:16).

  1. Peter is regarded by the Jews (Acts 4:1-13) as the leader and spokesman of Christianity.
  2. Peter is specified by an angel as the leader and representative of the apostles (Mk 16:7).
  3. Peter leads the apostles in fishing (Jn 21:2-3,11). The “bark” (boat) of Peter has been regarded by Catholics as a figure of the Church, with Peter at the helm.
  4. Peter’s words are the first recorded and most important in the upper room before Pentecost (Acts 1:15-22).

 Peter takes the lead in calling for a replacement for Judas (Acts 1:22).

 Peter is the first person to speak (and only one recorded) after Pentecost, so he was the first Christian to “preach the gospel” in the Church era (Acts 2:14-36).

 Peter works the first miracle of the Church Age, healing a lame man (Acts 3:6-12).

 Peter utters the first anathema (Ananias and Sapphira) emphatically affirmed by God (Acts 5:2-11)!

 Peter is the first person after Christ to raise the dead (Acts 9:40).

  1. Cornelius is told by an angel to seek Peter for instruction in Christianity (Acts 10:1-6).

 Peter is the first to receive the Gentiles, after a revelation from God (Acts 10:9-48).

 Peter instructs the other apostles on the catholicity (universality) of the Church (Acts 11:5-17).

 Peter is the object of the first divine interposition on behalf of an individual in the Church Age (an angel delivers him from prison – Acts 12:1-17).

 Peter presides over and opens the first Council of Christianity, and lays down principles afterwards accepted by it (Acts 15:7-11).

  1. Peter is the first to recognize and refute heresy, in Simon Magus (Acts 8:14-24).

 Peter’s name is mentioned more often than all the other disciples put together: 191 times (162 as Peter or Simon Peter, 23 as Simon, and 6 as Cephas). John is next in frequency with only 48 appearances, and Peter is present 50% of the time we find John in the Bible! Archbishop Fulton Sheen reckoned that all the other disciples combined were mentioned 130 times. If this is correct, Peter is named a remarkable 60% of the time any disciple is referred to!

  1. Peter’s proclamation at Pentecost (Acts 2:14-41) contains a fully authoritative interpretation of Scripture, a doctrinal decision and a disciplinary decree concerning members of the “House of Israel” (2:36) – an example of “binding and loosing.”
  2. Peter commanded the first Gentile Christians to be baptized (Acts 10:44-48).

 Paul went to Jerusalem specifically to see Peter for fifteen days in the beginning of his ministry (Gal 1:18), and was commissioned by Peter, James and John (Gal 2:9) to preach to the Gentiles.

29: 1 Then said Jesus to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; 3 so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice. (Mt. Chapter 23)

 Note: While the bible does not speak specifically of the “ Chair of Peter,” this term gets it’s origin from “the Chair of Moses,” which EVERYONE KNEW WAS THE “SEAT OF RELIGIOUS AUTHORITY.”

  1. Peter corrects those who misuse Paul’s writings (2 Pet 3:15-16). ‘In conclusion, it strains credulity to think that God would present St. Peter with such prominence in the Bible, without some meaning and import for later Christian history; in particular, Church government.

 The papacy is the most plausible (we believe actual) fulfillment of this directive toFeed my sheep.‘ ”  

Catholics like to claim that THEY HAVE “the One True Church” We/re Guilty as Sin! (Can anyone say “scandals”?)          Some food for thought by Patrick

Catholics like to claim that THEY HAVE “the One True Church”

We/re Guilty as Sin! (Can anyone say “scandals”?)

         Some food for thought by Patrick

         I will not endeavor here to prove extensively, this claim (Though I do believe that it is provable. If anyone wishes to discuss that point further?) Please do contact me:  patrickmiron66@hotmail.com

          Those who question today’s Catholic Church’s “authority” and exclusive Founder as being the “One True Church and Faith of Jesus” seem to have us dead to right’s.” We’re GUILT AS SIN” After all, could or would God; Jesus permit “His Church” to be so infested with perverts, heretics, and evil men? AND soooooo many of them?

          Today’s some 2000 year old “Catholic” faith and Church has about 1.3 BILLION self -professed world wide “Catholics.” There is no reckoning of what percentage of that number are IFPC”s (Informed and fully practicing Catholics), but it is certainly less that THAT 1.3 Billion self-professed, in name –only “Catholics.” My goodness, one need only look at our National Politicians who CLAIM that they are “Catholics” but live like Satan’s minions. (Advocating and making legal Abortions, Gay “rights”; even same sex “marriage”.) NEWS FLASH!!!! “Catholicism is not merely a “term”; a moniker; NO, it’s a life-style. It’s actually knowing, believing and practicing what Jesus Teaches. And I suspect, perhaps to a lesser degree, this, or some other wrongful plague infest “all” Christian faiths and churches? Which in no- way diminishes the gravity of the scandals of today’s RCC.

          However I’m not sure that is the “best question to be asking,” though it is a good and relevant one. After all, our “All Knowing GOD” choose JUDAS; as one of the 12, though He certainly desired that ALL 12 Apostles would be productive and great examples for each of us to follow. But JUDAS was a big “Yea But!?….     Why was that?

          What all need to understand is that “Churches and churches” cannot sin; they are literally incapable of sinning. It is the people who “make up” that Church and those churches; very mortal and too often sinful folks who can and do sin. (1 John 1:6-8) That this is so evident within Christ Church is indicative of how He Created each of us “(and public media aided) in His very image (Gen. 1:26-27; Gen 2: 6-7). So two questions loom: (1) How was that (2) Why was that?

          Both answers encroach on the very reason for our existence (Isaiah 43: 7 & 21), which obviously these notorious-sinners either don’t know, don’t “care about”, or fail to grasp the significance of? (May all three?)

The “How” can be summed up by pointing out that GOD is “Rational” and so are we. Which BTW is an exclusive ability of humanity in all of the Universe. This permits us to freely choose to love and or to hate; to do good and or evil. OUR freewill-CHOICES. God neither likes nor condones such; BUT He does permit it.

The “WHY” is a bit more complex and profound. About 4,000 years ago GOD proclaimed to Abram (later to be named Abraham) …Genesis 17: 1[1] And after he (Abram) began to be ninety and nine years old, the Lord appeared to him: and said unto him: I am the Almighty God: walk before me, and be perfect.”  

           Then in recorded history; the bible which was fully authored about 1,900 years ago; this same command was repeated for the benefit of our possible salvation. We know that the more often a message is taught in God’s Divinely Inspired Word (2 Timothy 3: 16-17) the greater is its importance to our personal salvation. The more prudence dictates that we pay attention to it.

Matthew 5: 48 [48] Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect.”

James 1: 4 -5 “ [4] And patience hath a perfect work; that you may be perfect and entire, failing in nothing. [5] But if any of you want wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men abundantly, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

Ephesians 6: 13 “ [13] Therefore take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect.”

Romans 12:[2] And be not conformed to this world; but be reformed in the newness of your mind, that you may prove what is the good, and the acceptable, and the perfect will of God.”

Luke 1: 17[17] And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias; that he may turn the hearts of the fathers unto the children, and the incredulous to the wisdom of the just, to prepare unto the Lord a perfect people”

So now friends, without making excuses (which is all they would be) for the past; even the current actions of sinful “catholic” men; men chosen by God to be HIS teachers and the exclusive purveyors of His Truths (Mt. 10: 1-8; Mt. 16:15-19; John 17:17-20; Eph. 2:18-22; Eph. 4:1-7; Mt. 28: 18-20) and this is the short list as a FYI. We know that they will be judged by the fruit (In this case very ROTTEN fruits that Do SMELL to “high-heaven”) of their labors; as will each of us. (Mt. 7: 15-28; Rev. 2:23). So unless and or UNTIL (by God’s accepted graces) you are perfect; may I suggest it would be prudent to withhold your “judgment”; to be aware of the atrocities, these perversions of ALL that is good and pure; but permit GOD to pass His fair and just Judgments as He surely will. Pray for them; they SURE are in need of it. May the GOD of Mercy be ever in our midst! Amen!

          Did you know that we ALL MUST be “perfect” before we can enter into heaven? That is why our GOD of Mercy and LOVE created Purgatory.

To Jesus THROUGH Mary,

Patrick

The Ten M’s On the Highway to Heaven Father ED BROOM, OMV

The Ten M’s On the Highway to Heaven

Father ED BROOM, OMV

Behold, ten words all beginning with the letter “M” to help you on the highway to holiness, which terminates in your heavenly homeland for all eternity. Hopefully these ten hints and nudges will fire your spiritual engine to pursue the true purpose of your life—to be holy as your heavenly Father is holy and attain true sanctity of life!

Let us dive in, head first!

  1. Map in Life

If you are traveling to a new destination but without your map, then rest assured you will end up in the wrong place. Common sense! Get your GPS, plug it in and follow directions; then you will arrive with speed and graceful ease. Our life has an ultimate destiny, but we must have a correct map to navigate us in the right direction.

Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits and the composer of the Spiritual Exercises, gives us the map to arrive at our eternal destiny; it is called principle and foundation (Spiritual Exercises # 23). The first sentence of this short meditation or consideration paves the way: “Man is created to praise God, reverence God, serve God so as to save his soul.”

The classical catechism expresses this same concept with a slightly different twist to it: “We are here to know God, love God, and serve God in this life so as to be happy with Him forever in heaven.”Therefore, in all we say, think, plan and do, may God and eternal life in heaven be our primary focus. This is our map in life.

  1. Meditation

Without a deep prayer life our spiritual life will be superficial, mediocre, tepid and stagnant. God does not want this. He warns us in the Book of Revelation: “You are neither hot nor cold but lukewarm, I will vomit you out of my mouth.” Strong words!

Find some quality time on a daily basis to meditate on the Word of God. As the Psalmist reminds us: the Word of God is a light and lantern for our steps.

Jesus accentuates the importance of the Word of God in His rebuttal to Satan: “Man does not live only on bread but on every word that issues forth from the mouth of God.”

  1. Mass and the Eucharist

Not only should we meditate on the Bible, the Word of God, but we should have a daily hunger for Jesus who is the Bread of Life. If possible, try to set aside time daily to attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and to receive Holy Communion with faith, with devotion and with an ever-growing love.

In the Our Father we pray: “Give us this day our daily bread.” A Eucharistic interpretation of this passage could be to receive the Bread of Life in Holy Communion on a daily basis. Indeed, the greatest action that the human person can do on earth is to receive Jesus, the Bread of Life, into his heart in Holy Communion with a heart overflowing with love. Try it; you will never regret it!

  1. Mercy

Jesus commanded us: “Be merciful as your heavenly Father is merciful.” Mercy must be a two-way street—if we want to be recipients of God’s inexhaustible fount of mercy then we must practice mercy towards others, especially at home with those who are closest to us. Indeed, “Charity begins at home.”

I highly recommend reading and meditating on the spiritual classic, The Diary of Divine Mercy in My Soul by Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska. Jesus called her the Secretary of His Mercy. May we all be secretaries of God’s mercy, recipients of God’s mercy, preachers and livers of God’s mercy, missionaries of God’s mercy, living icons of God’s mercy.

Mercy is the greatest attribute of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and it is simply God’s loving Heart forgiving the moral misery of the sinner. At the end of our lives we will all be saved only by God’s infinite mercy. “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His mercy endures forever.”

  1. Meal time

Let us try to rediscover the importance of fortifying our families by treasuring and cherishing meal time. We should always start off our meals by inviting God to be with us as we eat by saying a short prayer. Then may spouses, parents, brothers and sisters enjoy the company of each other as a gift and treasure!

Allow every family member to speak freely and let us learn to listen attentively. Bonding is so necessary for family members; the daily meal-time is the prime time to bond as a family. Jesus sat down at the table with friends; so we are invited to sit down at the table with our family.

One suggestion: during this relatively short time together no t.v., radio, phones, electronic gadgets of any kind; these all put a damper on this time for family connection and family bonding.

  1. Mortification

The spiritual life can be compared to a bird taking fight. A bird will never take flight unless he has full use of both his wings. A one-winged bird will never ascend beyond the ground he hops on.

Likewise, in our spiritual life we urgently need two wings to soar into the spiritual atmosphere of holiness that God desires for us. What are these two wings? They are ferventprayer and the constant practice of penance or mortification. In other words, we are called to live a life of sacrifice. Jesus states this in unequivocal terms: “Whoever wants to be my follower must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.”  If you have never been spiritually trained to live a life of penance and mortification, then start by giving up small things so as to build up will-power; then add to your spiritual muscles.

  1. Meekness of Heart

One of the most beautiful qualities of heart is that of meekness. On one occasion Jesus actually described His Sacred Heart: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”(Mt 11:28-30)

Meekness is not weakness, but powerful emotion and feelings under control. A meek person practices patience on a constant basis even when he encounters the most trying and burdensome crosses. Jesus of course is our supreme model and example. A meek person is not cutting, abrupt, sarcastic, biting, rude, careless or inconsiderate. A meek person has great respect for all people that cross his path because he recognizes that they are all creatures of God and destined for heaven.

  1. Missionary Spirit

If we love God, then we should love what God loves — the salvation of souls. The last words of Jesus before ascending to heaven were the following: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you. And behold I am with you always, until the end of time.”(Mt. 28: 19-20).

Pope Saint John Paul II was possibly the greatest missionary in the past century, if not millennium. In his encyclical on the call to be missionaries, The Mission of the Redeemer, the pontiff challenges all believers and followers of Jesus, who was sent by God the Father, to be engaged in the missionary work of the Church. From Baptism we are all called to be missionaries. In Confirmation the Bishop states that the newly confirmed are called to both defend the faith and spread the faith.

In the same encyclical Saint Pope John Paul II asserts that the modern mission territory is the big cities. “The harvest is rich but the laborers are few.” Pray to the Holy Spirit to enlighten you on how you can be a modern missionary, so as to work with Jesus to save souls and gather an abundant numbers of souls into the eternal granaries — heaven!

  1. Mass Media

We live in an electronic world that can be used either for good or evil, for our sanctification or our condemnation. Take a step back and look at all of the modern technological means or tools that we have at our finger tips and pray to the Holy Spirit to discern how you can use these to please Almighty God and to save souls. Here is a list that you might examine and pray over for discernment: t.v, radio, YouTubes, Podcasts, Instagram, Facebook, blog articles, books, pamphlets, pictures, paintings—all of these are means that can be used for good, but also for evil.

Is there any one of these that you feel inspired to look into and utilize so as to promote the Kingdom and bring souls closer to God? Saint Thomas Aquinas highlights the fact that one soul is worth more than the whole created universe.

  1. Mary: Our Life, Our Sweetness, and Our Hope

In the midst of the torments, storms, trials and sufferings of life we should lift up our minds, our hearts and our souls to Mary, the Stella Maris — The Star of the Sea! It was the great Doctor of the Church, Saint Bernard, who presented Our Lady as the bright and shining Star of the Sea. By lifting our gaze to her in the midst of the storms of life, our bark (our soul) will not capsize and sink, but will sail smoothly to the port of salvation—our heavenly homeland.

Therefore, let us always make a constant and concerted effort to get to know Mary, talk to Mary, confide our joys and sorrows to Mary, invoke Mary, trust Mary, imitate Mary, love Mary and die in the arms of Mary. “Never was it known that anyone who fled to her protection was left unaided.”(Marian prayer—the Memorare)

Conclusion

In conclusion, read and meditate upon these Ten M’S of your spiritual life. Then, after meditating upon them try to put them into practice on a daily basis, at least some of them. If done your spiritual life will grow, flourish and blossom filling the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary with immense joy.

My friends, God has given us one life to live and to live to the fullest extent possible. Let us work diligently in this life, and then we can rest forever in heaven.

 

By Fr. Ed Broom, OMV

Father Ed Broom is an Oblate of the Virgin Mary and the author of Total Consecration Through the Mysteries of the Rosary and From Humdrum to Holy. He blogs regularly at Fr. Broom’s Blog.

Oh Lord; How GREAT Thou Art

Consider… God’s Accuracy 

How Great is our God!  Our Creator and Redeemer… and do we THINK about it?

God’s accuracy may be observed in the hatching of eggs… For example: the eggs of the potato bug hatch in 7 days; those of the canary in 14 days; those of the barnyard hen in 21 days; the eggs of ducks and geese hatch in 28 days; those of the mallard in 35 days;the eggs of the parrot and the ostrich hatch in 42 days. (Notice, they are all divisible by seven, the number of days in a week!) (inserted by PJM… AND the Number that the Old Testament Jews knew to also mean “full, complete and even perfect.” What an AWESOME God we have.)

God’s wisdom is seen in the making of an elephant. The four legs of this great beast all bend forward in the same direction. No other quadruped is so made. God planned that this animal would have a huge body, too large to live on two legs. For this reason He gave it four fulcrums so that it can rise from the ground easily.

The horse rises from the ground on its two front legs first. A cow rises from the ground with its two hind legs first. How wise the Lord is in all His works of creation!

God’s wisdom is revealed in His arrangement of sections and segments, as well as in the number of grains.

  • Each watermelon has an even number of stripes on the rind.
  • Each orange has an even number of segments.
  • Each ear of corn has an even number of rows.
  • Each stalk of wheat has an even number of grains.
  • Every bunch of bananas has on its lowest row an even number of bananas, and each row decreases by one, so that one row has an even number and the next row an odd number.
  • The waves of the sea roll in on shore twenty-six to the minute in all kinds of weather.
  • All grains are found in even numbers on the stalks, and the Lord specified thirty fold, sixty fold, and a hundred fold all even numbers.

God has caused the flowers to blossom at certain specified times during the day.

Linnaeus, the great botanist, once said that if he had a conservatory containing the right kind of soil, moisture and temperature, he could tell the time of day or night by the flowers that were open and those that were closed!

The lives of each of you may be ordered by the Lord in a beautiful way for His glory, if you will only entrust Him with your life. If you try to regulate your own life, it will only be a mess and a failure. Only the One Who made the brain and the heart can successfully guide them to a profitable end. 

(Another insert from Pjm… there is a fish from Florida whose skeleton is in the shape of a CROSS)

I HOPE YOU FIND THIS AS FASCINATING AS I DID. May God Bless You In Ways You Never Even Dreamed. I didn’t think twice about forwarding this one.

The Bible – When you carry the Bible, Satan has a headache, when you open it, he collapses, when he sees you reading it, he loses his strength, AND when you stand on the Word of God, Satan can’t hurt you! And did you also know…

When you are about to forward this email to others, the devil will probably try to discourage you, but do it anyway.

What is happening at Mass?  By Bishop Barron

What is happening at Mass?        By Bishop Barron

It is an encounter with the real flesh and blood person of Christ Jesus, and it’s also a dialogue, a prayer and a play.

As many Catholics know, the Second Vatican Council famously referred to the liturgy as the “source and summit of the Christian life.” And following the prompts of the great figures of the liturgical movement in the first half of the 20th century, the Council Fathers called for a fuller, more conscious, and more active participation in the liturgy on the part of Catholics.

That the Vatican II dream of a revived liturgical awareness and practice has, at least in the West, largely remained unrealized goes without saying. In the years following the Council, Mass attendance in Europe, North America, and Australia has plummeted. The numbers of Catholics who regularly attend Mass in those parts of the world hover between 10 and 25 percent. Therefore, it is not surprising that an extraordinary number of those who self-identify as Catholics in the West have very little idea what the Mass actually is. My 31 years of priestly ministry convince me that, even for a great number of those who attend Mass, the liturgy is a kind of religiously-themed jamboree.

So what is the Mass? What happens during this paradigmatic prayer? Why is it the beginning and culmination of what it means to be a Christian? In the course of this brief article, I will share just a couple of basic insights.

First, the Mass is a privileged encounter with the living Christ. Christianity is not a philosophy, ideology, or religious program; it is a friendship with the Son of God, risen from the dead. There is simply no more intense union with Jesus than the Mass. Consider for a moment the two major divisions of the Mass: the liturgy of the Word and the liturgy of the Eucharist. When we meet with another person in a formal setting, we typically do two things. We get together and talk, and then we eat. Think of the first part of Mass as an exchange, a conversation, between the Son of God and members of his mystical Body. In the prayers and interventions of the priest, and especially in the words of the Scriptures, Jesus speaks to his people, and in the songs, responses, and psalms, the people talk back. There is, if you will, a lovely call and response between the Lord and those who have been grafted onto him through Baptism. In the course of this spirited conversation, the union between head and members is intensified, strengthened, confirmed. Having talked, we then sit down to eat, not an ordinary meal, but the banquet of the Lord’s Body and Blood, hosted by Jesus himself. The communion that commenced with the call and response during the first part of Mass is now brought to a point of unsurpassed intensity (at least this side of heaven), as the faithful come to eat the body and drink the lifeblood of Jesus.

A second rubric under which to consider the Mass is that of play. We tend quite naturally to think of play as something less than serious, something frivolous and far less important than work. But nothing could be further from the truth. Work is always subordinated to an end beyond itself; it is for the sake of a higher good. So I work on my car that I might drive it; I work at my place of employment that I might make money; I work around the house so that it might be a more pleasant place to live, etc. But play has no ulterior motive, no end to which it is subordinated. Hence, I play baseball or watch golf or attend a symphony or engage in philosophical speculation or get lost in a sprawling novel simply because it is good so to do. These activities are referred to in the classical tradition as “liberal,” precisely because they are free (liber) from utility. When I was teaching philosophy years ago in the seminary, I would gleefully tell my students that they were engaging in the most useless study of all. Invariably they laughed—revealing the utilitarian prejudice of our culture—but I always reminded them that this meant the highest and most noble kind of study.

The Mass, as an act of union with the highest good, is therefore the supreme instance of play. It is the most useless and hence sublimest activity in which one could possibly engage. Recently, I had the privilege of attending the Mass for the installation of new members of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulcher. For the solemn liturgy, the Knights wore dashing capes emblazoned with the Jerusalem cross and jaunty black berets, while the ladies donned elegant black gowns, gloves, and lace mantillas. Two bishops, in full Mass vestments and tall miters, welcomed the new members into the order by dubbing them on both shoulders with impressively large swords. As I watched the proceedings, I couldn’t help but think of G.K. Chesterton’s remark that children often dress up when they engage in their “serious play.” Capes, hats, ceremonial gloves, vestments, and swords for dubbing are all perfectly useless, which is precisely their point. So all of the colorful accouterments and stately actions of the Mass are part of the sublime play.

Why is the Mass so important? Why is it the “source and summit” of the Christian life? I could say many more things in answer to these questions, but suffice it to say for the moment that it is the most beautiful encounter between friends and that it is an anticipation of the play that will be our permanent preoccupation in heaven. End Quotes

“Where in the NT are “priest” mentioned”

Full Question

https://www.catholic.com/qa/where-in-the-new-testament-are-priests-mentioned

 The New Testament mentions three categories of Church leaders: bishops, presbyters, and deacons. So how can the Catholic Church justify its office of “priest”? The New Testament writers seem to understand “bishop” and “presbyter” to be synonymous terms for the same office (Acts 20:17-38).

BISHOPS [Douay Bible]

1 Tim 3: 1,2

Titus 1:3

1 Pet. 2:25

DEACON [RSV Bible]

Rom 16:1

Phil 1:1

1 Tim 3:8, 10, 12, 13

PRIEST; [presbyter]

Answer

The English word “priest” is derived from the Greek word presbuteros, which is commonly rendered into Bible English as “elder” or “presbyter.” The ministry of Catholic priests is that of the presbyters mentioned in the New Testament (Acts 15:6, 23). The Bible says little about the duties of presbyters, but it does reveal they functioned in a priestly capacity.

They were ordained by the laying on of hands (1 Tm 4:14, 5:22), they preached and taught the flock (1 Tm 5:17), and they administered sacraments (Jas 5:13-15). These are the essential functions of the priestly office, so 8, 10, 12, 13wherever the various forms of presbuteros appear–except, of course, in instances which pertain to the Jewish elders (Mt 21:23, Acts 4:23)–the word may rightly be translated as “priest” instead of “elder” or “presbyter.

 

Is this really Jesus? A primer on Christ in the Eucharist by Tom Hoopes 

Is this really Jesus? A primer on Christ in the Eucharist

Tom Hoopes |

Most Christians on the globe belong to a Church that believes in the Real Presence.

One reason so few people today believe what the Church teaches about the Eucharist is that the teaching is so shocking: After consecration, the host at Mass isn’t bread; it is Jesus Christ himself. He just looks like bread.

Really?

Really. Here’s how the Catechism puts it: “In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist ‘the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.’”

Christians have always believed in the Real Presence. And it has always been shocking.

Jesus taught the doctrine most clearly in the sixth chapter of John:

“Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. … For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.”

The scandalized reaction:

“On hearing it, many of his disciples said, ‘This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?’ …  From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.”

But the apostles soon learned what Jesus meant. As St. Paul explained, in First Corinthians, written around the year 54:

“The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’”

After rising from the dead, Jesus dramatically demonstrated that he would remain with us in the Eucharist. In the town of Emmaus, two disciples didn’t recognize Jesus until …

“When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.”

The Eucharist united the first Christians.

What did the first Christians do? They celebrated the Eucharist, according to Acts:

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

The invaluable early Christian teaching book, the Didache (79), guards the Eucharist, and calls it a “sacrifice”:

“Let no one eat or drink of your Eucharist, unless they have been baptized” (Chapter 9). “Every Lord’s day gather yourselves together, and break bread, and give thanksgiving after having confessed your transgressions, that your sacrifice may be pure” (Chapter 14).

Strict New Testament rules guarded the Real Presence:

“Whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.”

Justin Martyr, sometime between 147 and 161, wrote in his First Apology (Chapter 66) of “this food we call the Eucharist”:

“[W]e do not receive these things as common bread or common drink; but as Jesus Christ our Savior being incarnate by God’s word took flesh and blood for our salvation, so also we have been taught that the food consecrated by the word of prayer which comes from him, from which our flesh and blood are nourished by transformation, is the flesh and blood of that incarnate Jesus.”

The world understood what Christians believed, and they were shocked, accusing the Christians of cannibalism.

Through the years, the Real Presence has been an important part of Christian spirituality.

St. John Chrysostom (347-407) said: “You say, ‘I should like to see his face, his garments, his shoes.’ You do see him, you touch him, you eat him. He gives himself to you … to be your food and nourishment.”

St. Augustine (354-430) said: “Christ held himself in his hands when he gave us his body to his disciples saying, ‘This is my body.’”

St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) said: “What sublime humility … that the Lord of the universe, the divine Son of God, should stoop as to hide himself under the appearance of bread for our salvation.”

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) wrote to his son: “I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: The Blessed Sacrament. … There you will find romance, glory, honor, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that.”

Mother Teresa of Kolkata (1910-97) said: “When you look at the crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you. When you look at the Sacred Host you understand how much Jesus loves you now.”

To this day, most Christians worldwide believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. 

There are a little more than 2 billion Christians in the world. Half of those, about 1 billion, are Catholics (of those, only 7% are in the United States). Another 12% of the world’s Christians are Orthodox Christians who also believe in the Real Presence.

That means more than 3 of every 5 Christians belongs to a Church that believes in the Real Presence.

It’s no wonder. When Jesus says we are saved by his blood, he doesn’t mean that we are “saved” by his “blood” — he means his real blood really gives us eternal life.

Where do we find it? In the Eucharist End Quoted