Do you see Church tradition just like a family or a cultural tradition?

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 Q: Do you see Church tradition just like a family or a cultural tradition?

A: God took the trouble of sending his divine son Jesus, who died for us, and who established ONE holy, Catholic, and apostolic church, for the purpose of our salvation.

Then he assigned the Holy Spirit as the constant advocate and guide of that church.

Sacred Tradition is the way the Holy Spirit guides the authentic Church, from age to age.

Everything and anything else has about as much religious significance as April Fool’s Day.

Worldwide prayerful commemoration of the 3rd anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II

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Worldwide prayerful commemoration of the 3rd anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II.

His Eminence, Francis Cardinal George, along with Bishop Joseph Perry and the Pope John Paul II Adoration Association of the Archdiocese of Chicago are encouraging everyone to participate in the worldwide prayerful commemoration of the 3rd anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II. Every Adoration Chapel in the world is encouraged to open its doors for prayer this hour.

St. Marcelline Adoration Ministry is hosting an hour of prayer for everyone this Wednesday, April 2nd from 7-8pm in the church. There will be Eucharistic Adoration, A Divine Mercy Chaplet, and Benediction led by Deacon Mike Filipucci.

Please spread the word to your friends and family and the other ministries in the parish. All are welcome!

For more information contact: Carrie and Bob Alexander at 847-882-3250 or St. Marcelline Parish office at 847-524-4429.

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Second Coming of Jesus Christ?

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Q: Second Coming of Jesus Christ?
How will Christians (specifically ‘western’) respond to coming of Christ, I mean to say that one day some Middle Eastern man comes to fulfill the prophecy, he would have some trouble just getting through those Isreali checkpoints, and wait till the Americans hear of it, would they respond with JDAMs fearing him a threat or what? just curious because of all the fear from MEs…no disrespect meant.

A: Two things are certain about the 2nd coming:

1) The ANTI-CHRIST will come first, deceiving the whole world.

2) The 2nd coming of the REAL Jesus Christ will be unmistakable … JDAMS or not.

Should Pope John Paul II be made a saint?

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Q: Should Pope John Paul II be made a saint?

The church wants to speed up the cannonization – is this wise considering all the pedophilia cases that were covered up/ enabled by the church during his reign? Or is the coverup/enabling something that should be overlooked?

A: If the requirement for sainthood was physical perfection, the answer would be no.

But that is not the case.

Many of the greatest saints were clearly less than perfect, at some point in their life … some for MOST of their life.

Based on the remarkable life and accomplishments of the man, and the way he charitably applied his obvious spiritual and charismatic gifts for the benefit of the whole world, I would have to say … YES!

The act of forgiving his assassin is unparalleled in the annals of modern world history.

That alone should qualify him, in my opinion.

Why does the Catholic Church acknowledge Jews and Muslims as believers in the one true God?

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Q: Why does the Catholic Church acknowledge Jews and Muslims as believers in the one true God?

A: The Church and non-Christians

839 “Those who have not yet received the Gospel are related to the People of God in various ways.”325

The relationship of the Church with the Jewish People. When she delves into her own mystery, the Church, the People of God in the New Covenant, discovers her link with the Jewish People,326 “the first to hear the Word of God.”327 The Jewish faith, unlike other non-Christian religions, is already a response to God’s revelation in the Old Covenant. To the Jews “belong the sonship, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and of their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ”,328 “for the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.”329

840 And when one considers the future, God’s People of the Old Covenant and the new People of God tend towards similar goals: expectation of the coming (or the return) of the Messiah. But one awaits the return of the Messiah who died and rose from the dead and is recognized as Lord and Son of God; the other awaits the coming of a Messiah, whose features remain hidden till the end of time; and the latter waiting is accompanied by the drama of not knowing or of misunderstanding Christ Jesus.
841 The Church’s relationship with the Muslims. “The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day.”330

842 The Church’s bond with non-Christian religions is in the first place the common origin and end of the human race:
All nations form but one community. This is so because all stem from the one stock which God created to people the entire earth, and also because all share a common destiny, namely God. His providence, evident goodness, and saving designs extend to all against the day when the elect are gathered together in the holy city. . .331

843 The Catholic Church recognizes in other religions that search, among shadows and images, for the God who is unknown yet near since he gives life and breath and all things and wants all men to be saved. Thus, the Church considers all goodness and truth found in these religions as “a preparation for the Gospel and given by him who enlightens all men that they may at length have life.”332

844 In their religious behavior, however, men also display the limits and errors that disfigure the image of God in them:
Very often, deceived by the Evil One, men have become vain in their reasonings, and have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and served the creature rather than the Creator. Or else, living and dying in this world without God, they are exposed to ultimate despair.333

845 To reunite all his children, scattered and led astray by sin, the Father willed to call the whole of humanity together into his Son’s Church. The Church is the place where humanity must rediscover its unity and salvation. The Church is “the world reconciled.” She is that bark which “in the full sail of the Lord’s cross, by the breath of the Holy Spirit, navigates safely in this world.” According to another image dear to the Church Fathers, she is prefigured by Noah’s ark, which alone saves from the flood.334

“Outside the Church there is no salvation”

846 How are we to understand this affirmation, often repeated by the Church Fathers?335 Re-formulated positively, it means that all salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body:
Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation: the one Christ is the mediator and the way of salvation; he is present to us in his body which is the Church. He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and Baptism, and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church which men enter through Baptism as through a door. Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or to remain in it.336

847 This affirmation is not aimed at those who, through no fault of their own, do not know Christ and his Church:
Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience – those too may achieve eternal salvation.337

848 “Although in ways known to himself God can lead those who, through no fault of their own, are ignorant of the Gospel, to that faith without which it is impossible to please him, the Church still has the obligation and also the sacred right to evangelize all men.”338

Source: Catechism of the Catholic Church

Late Abortions Decrease Dramatically In Kansas

Late Abortions Decrease Dramatically In Kansas Due To Pro-life Efforts

Total number of abortions also declines

Topeka, KS – March 31, 2008 – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is reporting that the total number of abortions done in Kansas dipped in 2007, with the most remarkable decrease in late-term abortions. Those generally decreased by 23 percent while late abortions done after viability dropped 28 percent.

“We fully expected to see a dramatic drop in late-term abortions in Kansas due to the fact that late-term abortionist George Tiller closed his abortion mill to patients for a record 38 days last summer,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We believe that closure was a result of a number of factors, including pressure from pro-life groups and criminal charges that were unexpectedly filed against him by the attorney general’s office.”

“We strongly believe in the power of prayer, and last year Operation Rescue hosted three major prayer events outside Tiller’s abortion mill prior to the closure,” said Newman. “We also aggressively brought pressure on Tiller’s abortion business through our tireless investigations, which have exposed what we believe is criminal activity committed by his abortion staff. We publicly released our information and reported it to law enforcement, the legislature, and other disciplinary groups.”

However, the statistics also show an unfortunate increase in the number of abortions done on women who reside in other states. Operation Rescue attributes this increase to the recent closure of several abortion clinics in nearby states.

“This is a good news, bad news situation,” said Newman. “While we are grateful that dangerous abortion mills are closing around the nation, it is unfortunate that Kansas has become a magnet for child-killing. This only adds to Kansas’s reputation of being the Nation’s Abortion Capital.”

Read KDH&E Abortion Reports

________________________________About Operation RescueOperation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation.  Operation Rescue recently made headlines when it bought and closed an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas and has become the voice of the pro-life activist movement in America.  Its activities are on the cutting edge of the abortion issue, taking direct action to restore legal personhood to the pre-born and stop abortion in obedience to biblical mandates. Click here to support Operation Rescue________________________________

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Operation Rescue Troy Newman President 316-841-1700
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A Voting Guide That’s 100% Pro-Life

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A Voting Guide That’s 100% Pro-Life

Judy Brown of the American Life League is unabashedly 100% Pro-Life, all of the time, and for every reason … and that is definitely a good thing.

The American Life League …”ALL”… that she heads, has posted a new Pro-Life Voting Guide that explains how we can all vote intelligently and faithfully, to uphold life … from the moment of conception in the womb … until the moment of natural death.

It’s short, and it’s sweet!

To read it, click here.