Is it possible to reach perfection in the human world?

Q: Is it possible to reach perfection in the human world?

A: It’s possible for practicing Catholics, who receive Holy Communion while in a state of grace, to attain spiritual perfection … and maintain it … for a period estimated to be about a quarter of an hour, at a time.

There is also a corresponding physical effect, which is not yet completely understood.

Going to hell?

Q: Going to hell?  What are the real things that people do to make them go to hell?

A: Many people fail to understand the importance of becoming a member of the authentic, universal (Catholic) Church, through baptism, and even if they do, they often fail to participate in a way that might empower them to eventually come to truly know and love God, and begin to understand and appreciate his overall plan.

As a result, people often fail to learn how to deal charitably with one another.

Taken to its’ logical conclusion … over an extended period of time … that just might do it.

Quote of the Week – About Women

“To a great extent the level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood.

When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her.

The higher her virtue, the more her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her.

The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women.”

~ Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Submitted by Bob Stanley 

Marriage: The Gift of Love and Life

Marriage: The Gift of Love and Life

By Bishop Victor Galeone

C.S. Lewis once wisely observed: “When everyone is rushing headlong towards the precipice, anyone going in the opposite direction would appear to be mad.”

In July of 1968, the world at large thought Pope Paul VI had lost his mind. For in that month he issued his long-awaited encyclical Humanae Vitae , which reiterated the church’s age-old ban on every form of contraception. A tidal wave of angry dissent erupted over the pope’s decision. Catholic and non-Catholic alike berated “the celibate old man in the Vatican” for hindering the church’s full entry into the modern era.

As we approach the 40 th anniversary of that historic document, I wish to emphasize its importance for our times. As a backdrop for my remarks, I would like to place it in the context of its time. In the same year that Pope Paul issued Humanae Vitae , another Paul – Paul Ehrlich – published a book entitled, The Population Bomb . In that 1968 bestseller, Ehrlich made some stark predictions …

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What are some Instances Of Holiness In The Bible?

Q: What are some Instances Of Holiness In The Bible?

A: Of course, God is holy.

People, places, and things become holy when God accepts them, takes them to himself, or sets them apart, for his particular purpose(s).

Holiness is something that is impossible to achieve on our own.

Holiness is something we Christians experience, and hopefully become, in and through Jesus Christ and his Church.

Adam and Eve were originally holy … before the fall.

The ground on which Moses walked, when he encountered God, was holy. Odds are, Moses eventually became holy, too, since he spent a lot of time in God’s immediate presence.

The desert Tabernacle was holy, as was the Ark of the Covenant, and later … so was the Temple in Jerusalem.

The Blessed Virgin Mary is Holy. Mary was the first person in history to be “saved” … and she was saved, from the moment of her conception. She was also the first person since Adam and Eve to receive sanctifying grace from God. This was to equip and prepare Mary to become the mother of Jesus.

John the Baptist was probably holy, since he had a special mission from God, he was baptized by the Holy Spirit while still inside his mother’s womb, and he was also a martyr.

Golgatha (Calvary) is holy, since that’s where Christ’s blood was poured out. Jesus’ tomb would also be holy, for much the same reason.

The Church is holy, because it comes from God, and it belongs to God.

Baptism makes a person holy.

The Bible is holy, because it is the inerrant, written Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit.

St. Stephen, the first martyr of the Church was holy.

Christians who confess their sins, who exhibit true contrition for them, and who authentically repent, might be holy … at least until they commit another sin.

Every Catholic and Orthodox Church building and sanctuary is holy, since the real presence of Jesus Christ is typically reserved there.

Denominational Christian church buildings are holy, because they are dedicated to God.

Catholics who receive the Holy Eucharist, while in a state of grace, are most certainly holy, since they enjoy the real presence of Jesus Christ within them, which for a short time, makes them living tabernacles of the Lord.

Moving further along, all the saints in Heaven, as mentioned in the Book of Revelation, are holy.

When Jesus comes again, all of creation will become holy … transformed by the power of God … for eternity.

There’s probably a number of other good examples, and I dont mean to exclude anyone or anything. I just ran out of time.

What role do saints play in Catholicism?

Q: What role do saints play in Catholicism?

A: Saints are the success stories of Christianity … the people who have already “made it” to Heaven.

And if THEY could do it, than by God, WE can, too!

And once Heaven has been obtained, Christ promises that the saints will rule and reign with him, as co-heirs.

This is why Catholics believe in the power of saintly intercession. Not to take anything away from Jesus … but to reflect his glory through the ultimate perfection of his creatures … who are the saints in Heaven … the Blessed Virgin Mary being first among them, in the order of God’s grace.

HOLOCAUST-SURVIVING JEWS THANK POPE

June 18, 2008

HOLOCAUST-SURVIVING JEWS THANK POPE

Today, Pope Benedict XVI is welcoming a group of Jewish Holocaust survivors. Arranged by the Pave the Way Foundation, the group will personally thank the pope for the Catholic Church’s intervention in saving their lives in Italy during World War II.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue addressed this event today:

“Despite attempts by embittered ex-priests and seminarians, and others, to discredit Pope Pius XII’s heroic efforts in rescuing Jews during the Holocaust (as many as 860,000 were saved), the evidence is mounting that Pius was a ‘Righteous Gentile.’ What is happening in the Vatican today is another reminder of just how great a man he was.

“October 9 marks the 50th anniversary of Pius’ death. To mark this important event, the Vatican announced yesterday that a convention will be held November 6-8 to honor his work; a photo exhibit will be on display in the colonnade of St. Peter’s Square from October 21-January 6. Millions of Catholics hope that eventually Pius will be beatified and then canonized. The Catholic League certainly supports this process.

“Those who disagree with this assessment have a lot of explaining to do. For example, the true test of the Catholic Church’s role in rescuing Jews was in Italy, and nowhere in Europe were more Jews saved-fully 85 percent-than in Italy. Also, the chief rabbi in Rome during the German occupation, Emilio Zolli, once said that ‘no hero in all of history was more militant, more fought against, none more heroic, than Pius XII.’ Indeed, Zolli was so moved by Pius’ work that he became a Catholic after the war, taking the pope’s name as his baptismal name.

“Finally, today’s meeting of Jewish Holocaust survivors thanking the pope for what the Church did to save their lives says it all. No amount of revisionism can change that.”

Link to the Catholic League

Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust