How is Mary’s life an example of living out the Beatitude?

Q: How Mary’s life is an example of living out the Beatitude (below)?
Blessed are the pure in Heart; they shall see God.

A: 40. Hence the revered Mother of God, from all eternity joined in a hidden way with Jesus Christ in one and the same decree of predestination,[47] immaculate in her conception, a most perfect virgin in her divine motherhood, the noble associate of the divine Redeemer who has won a complete triumph over sin and its consequences, finally obtained, as the supreme culmination of her privileges, that she should be preserved free from the corruption of the tomb and that, like her own Son, having overcome death, she might be taken up body and soul to the glory of heaven where, as Queen, she sits in splendor at the right hand of her Son, the immortal King of the Ages.

Source(s):

MUNIFICENTISSIMUS DEUS
Apostolic Constitution defining “ex cathedra” (from the chair of Peter) the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin)

Information about St. Teresa of Avila?

Q: Information about St. Teresa of Avila?

A: Go here. You can download (3) of her books for free. Registration may be required.

http://www.ccel.org/t/teresa/

A prayer request from Father Morrow at St. Eugene’s in Yonkers, NewYork

A prayer request from Father Morrow over at St. Eugene’s in Yonkers, NY.

              

Today is the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary.
           
This feast was established by Pope St. Pius V to commemorate the victory of the Christian fleet in the Battle of Lepanto on this date in 1571.
               
The victory, which averted what would have been a disaster for Christian civilization at the time, was achieved through the intercession of Our Lady under the title “Help of Christians.”
          
St. John Bosco, who spread devotion to Our Lady under this title, used to say: “Pray to Mary Help of Christians and you will see what miracles are.”
               
I have a great favor to ask and it is not for myself but for someone who is need of Our Lady’s help at this time.  If at all possible would you join me in a Novena to Our Lady under this powerful title for nine days beginning tomorrow? 
               
Simply say the “Hail Mary” three times or even once each day above and beyond your usual daily prayers, and add the invocation “Mary Help of Christians, pray for us.” 
           
Thanks and God bless.
                  
Submitted by Doria2

Everything that makes Europe great has its roots in the Bible

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Everything that makes Europe great has its roots in the Bible, says Cardinal Bozanic

.- The Archbishop of Zagreb, Cardinal Josip Bozanic, said this week that “an indissoluble link exists between the Bible and Europe. Everything that made European culture and its civilization great has its beginning in the Bible.”

During his intervention at the Synod of Bishops, the Croatian cardinal explained that “issues such as the dignity of the person, the recognition of human rights, the separation of Church and State—just to cite a few examples—have their nucleus in the wellspring of the Bible. Social justice, rights, the criticism of any type of idolatry, the rejection of false images of God, also have their foundation in the Bible,” he added.

Likewise, the cardinal warned that a “Europe without God runs the risk of becoming a den of anguish and of building a civilization of fear.  The Word of God restores hope and joy. Europe, moreover, enters into crisis when it does not accept the interpretive strength of the Word of God, which has its ultimate foundation in faith and in inspiration.  This is an arduous task for all of the scientific disciplines, and especially for theology,” he said.

“Europe rightly brags of the development of its own theological thought but a subsequent effort is necessary for a more favorable confrontation with the new interpretations and scientific searches, which are often, on purpose, separated from the hermeneutic paradigms of Christian truth.”

“In fact, a culture that breaks with the Christian celebration, that is, with the celebration of the Mystery of the kindness of God and salvation in Christ, jeopardizes its own happiness and pushes Europe towards a civilization of affliction and of sadness,” Cardinal Bozanic argued. “The Word of God restores to the European man the capacity to celebrate life. Wherever the celebration of the Christian mysteries exist, there the Church is young, and that guarantees youth for Europe,” he concluded.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development funded Obama-headed group in 1980s

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Catholic Campaign for Human Development funded Obama-headed group in 1980s
Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama

.- Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama’s early work as a community organizer has brought to the fore the Catholic Campaign for Human Development’s (CCHD) longstanding support for political organizations accused of promoting radical left-wing politics and distorting Catholic teaching under the pretense of helping the poor.

Over the past several decades, the CCHD has annually directed tens of thousands of dollars to several community organizing groups, including one headed by Obama in the 1980s.

Obama was lead organizer of the Developing Communities Project in Chicago, Stephanie Block reports in a September 28 article in the Wanderer. During Obama’s leadership, the organization received from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development $40,000 in grant money in 1985 and a $33,000 grant in 1986.

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The Passion Behind the Passion – Lenten Book Selection

              
The coming of the Son of God to die for us, so sins could be forgiven,
is history’s greatest love story.
    

 In that singular event, the Law, free will, good, evil, faith, grace,
and most importantly, God Himself,
acted to bring about the salvation of the world.
    

It happened in a way that most never expected …
that billions still refuse to accept
 and many more do not fully understand.
    

It happened for the benefit of mankind
 and for the glory of God …
and it was good!   

The Passion Behind the Passion

by Doug Lawrence

“Correlates the Bible and the Catholic catechism with the best in redemption theology, from St. Augustine through the Scholastics, and ties it all together, using popular concepts from the hit movie,
“The Passion of the Christ”.

          

T A B L E   O F  C O N T E N T S

 

1 Larceny In the Garden 

Creation was almost certainly the greatest “Family” Craft Project of all time (our time, not God’s time). As near as we can tell, God the Father served as “design architect”, God the Son, who would, interestingly enough, become a carpenter during His human life on earth, served as “craftsman” (John 1:3 “All things were made by Him”) and the Holy Spirit provided all the necessary “power”.
 

 

2 Living In Sin

One only needs to look around to see that every evil in the world is the result of sin. Despite 21st century advances in science, medicine and technology, sin remains as mankind’s
“public enemy number one”.

 

 

3 Free Will, Faith & Redemption

People ask, “If God is all powerful, why didn’t He simply destroy Satan, forgive Adam and save Himself (and all of us)
a lot of trouble?”
 

 

 

4 Fine Points of Redemption

Satan, blinded by pride, made a number of mistakes.  

First, he actually believed that he could overthrow God.  Next, Satan believed that he could cause God to change His “mind” and alter the divine plan that He (God) had ordained for creation. Finally (probably in a desperate effort to avoid hell) Satan thought he could cleverly appropriate for himself, all of man’s God-given gifts … and that he might actually be allowed to keep them. 

 

5 Ushering In The Kingdom

 

The “Kingdom of God” is a state of being which exists any time and any place the Holy Spirit accepts an invitation to take up residence
in a human soul.
   

 

6 Hello God. Nice To Meet Ya!

God has a Holy Name and He wants you to know it.

 

7 Yahweh’s Savior

When Yahweh, (I AM) the Eternal God, who knows the end from the beginning, chose to create all things, He knew that man would sin (separating himself from God). He also knew that, left to our own devices, mankind would never be able to make things right again.

  

 

8 Proof Jesus Is God

For those of us living today, excellent proofs can be found using PROPHECY and HISTORY.

 

9 Jesus Speaks

 

The four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) provide us with an extraordinary, divinely inspired collection of literary “snapshots” of the life of Jesus. From conception, birth and childhood, to public life, death, resurrection and ascension, the life of Jesus is a matter of history and is no longer seriously disputed by anyone. Even our modern calendar is based on the year of His birth.

10 The Spirit of Truth

 

We know the Holy Spirit as the Lord, the Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. He is the “Mighty Wind” who swept across the waters of the young earth, and the “Breath of Life” who introduced
Adam to his soul.

 

11 Mary, Universal Mom

The Blessed Virgin Mary came from a good family. Her father (Joachim) was a descendent of King David, and her mother (Anna) was descended from Aaron, the line of priests. Jesus then, possesses a human lineage that is completely appropriate for Messiah.
Even as a man, Jesus is both priest and king.

 

 

The Catholic Church is the one and only Church that was founded by Jesus Christ, the Eternal Word, the Lamb of God, and the second Person of the Holy Trinity. It was founded to replace the religious system of the Old Covenant and its’ reliance on animal sacrifice and keeping the Mosaic Law, with a better system, the New Covenant, which relies solely on the merits of the perfect, sacrificial death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and the faith of his church.

 

13 Jesus, God Man

The Apostle John, known as “the disciple whom Jesus loved”, became the last of the Apostles, the sole survivor, elder “churchman” and the world’s only remaining eyewitness for Christ.  
He spoke of his closest friend, a marvelous, Spirit-filled man who was God Himself, come down from heaven in the flesh, to save mankind: Jesus, the Lamb, the risen Christ. John spoke also of their mother, Mary. After all, it was Jesus himself, who, moments before He died, entrusted His mother to John’s care …

 

14 Apostles and Priests

In the Gospels we meet the Disciples (followers) of Jesus, ordinary people from every walk of life who, by the grace of God, were able to recognize the divinity in Him. Jesus certainly was a very unusual man, fearlessly speaking out with power and authority against the corruption and evils of those days, never failing to condemn sin while quickly forgiving repentant sinners.

 

15 The Pope

One of the hallmarks of the Catholic faith is our belief that the Pope is God’s designated and true representative on earth. Firmly rooted in Scripture and confirmed from the earliest times by Apostolic Tradition, the primacy of Simon Peter, “the Rock”, whose office and authority lives on today in our current Pope, remains the solid earthly foundation on which the Catholic Church is built.

 

16 End Times

Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded the trumpet: and there were great voices in heaven, saying: The kingdom of this world is become our Lord’s and his Christ’s, and he shall reign
forever and ever.

 

17 Scriptures for the End

Psalm 58:3-58:8 The wicked are alienated from the womb; they have gone astray from the womb: they have spoken false things. Their madness is according to the likeness of a serpent: like the deaf asp that stoppeth her ears: Which will not hear the voice of the charmers; nor of the wizard that charmeth wisely. God shall break in pieces their teeth in their mouth: the Lord shall break the grinders of the lions. They shall come to nothing, like water running down; he hath bent his bow till they be weakened. Like wax that melteth they shall be taken away: fire hath fallen on them, and they shall not see the sun.

 

18 What Do We Do Now?

Based on the totality of Tradition, Scripture, and the constant teaching of the Church, from the earliest days, I can conclude that there is only one way to salvation.

 

…………………………..

Inspired by the movie The Passion of the Christ directed by Mel Gibson,
which was adapted for the screen from the original work
of the Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich.

EUCHARIST DESECRATED ON YouTube

 

October 7, 2008

 

EUCHARIST DESECRATED ON YouTube

 

Under the name fsmdude, a Canadian man, Dominique, has posted over 40 videos on YouTube desecrating the Eucharist. Catholic League president Bill Donohue responds as follows:

 

“On September 29, I wrote to YouTube CEO Chad Hurley asking him to take down these offensive videos. I left a phone message for him on October 3, but he refuses to respond. Accordingly, I have posted my own video on YouTube calling attention to this matter.

 

“It was a professor from the University of Minnesota, Morris campus, Paul Z. Myers, who started the war on the Eucharist this past summer by intentionally desecrating a consecrated Host. Because Myers committed this act off-campus, the University did nothing about it. The latest copycat, however, has violated YouTube’s own ‘Community Guidelines.’ YouTube makes it clear that it does not ‘permit hate speech,’ defined as ‘speech which attacks or demeans a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion….’ It also says it ‘is not a shock site.’ Now if desecrating what Catholics believe to be the Body and Blood of Christ does not constitute hate speech, as well as expression designed to shock, nothing does.

 

“In August, YouTube took down a video of a teenager who urinated on the Holocaust memorial in Rhodes, Greece. That was not only the right moral choice, it was consistent with its own strictures. Catholics deserve the same sensitivity, and that is why we are asking YouTube to take down these unconscionable videos. It is not only right morally, it is in compliance with its own guidelines.”

 

Contact editor@YouTube.com

 

About Sacred Scripture

Many fail to realilze that it was the Catholic Church that originally decided to compile all of the sacred scriptures, that the Catholic Church wrote ALL of the New Testament scriptures under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that the Catholic Church certified ALL of the sacred scriptures as authentic, officially declared the scriptures to be the inerrant, inspired Word of God, translated the scriptures from the original languages into the common langauge of the people, and did all of this by the end of the 4th century.

Furthermore … since the New Testament was written by Catholics and for Catholics, it necessarily reflects only authentic Catholic beliefs and practices. This is something non-Catholics often overlook, to their detriment, and at the expense of the truth.

Everyone interested in the Bible … Catholic or not … should spend some time reading this authentic Catholic Church document, on the nature of sacred scripture:

DOGMATIC CONSTITUTION ON DIVINE REVELATION … DEI VERBUM

Is there Scripture to support the office of a priest in the New Testament church?

Q: Is there Scripture to support the office of a priest in the New Testament church?

A: Yep. The scriptural evidence can be found throughout the four Gospels.

You may have noticed Jesus working with a dozen hand picked men, known as the Apostles, with whom he shared (among other things) the Last Supper.

The events of the Last Supper included the eternal fulfillment of the old Jewish Passover, the establishment of the New Covenant, the initiation of the New Covenant Ministerial Priesthood, the receiving of the essential Liturgy of the Catholic Mass, and the institution of the sacrament of Holy Communion, which anticipated Christ’s definitive sacrifice for sin, which remains the official remembrance of Christ’s suffering and death on the cross, until he comes again.

It was these same 12 who faithfully passed along all these truths, literally establishing Christ’s Church upon them, some 1500 years before the first Protestant ever thumped a Bible.

These same guys also wrote all the New Testament scripture, the meaning of which remains authentically and exclusively Catholic, in spite of the thousands of weird and wacky personal interpretations that people have come up with since.

The question you should be asking is: Why didn’t somebody tell you all this before, why didn’t they know all this, and/or why did they try to keep this information from you?

Why do people pray to saints in Heaven?

Q: Why do people pray to saints in heaven when the Bible does not give an example of this nor commands us to? ?

A: The Book of Ruth clearly defines the right of a kinsman to redeem family members who are related to them by blood.

Jesus, the Son of Man (son of Adam) is the most notable of all the kinsman redeemers.

That said, anyone … especially someone who is now in Heaven … has the same right to petition God on behalf of “kin” who are still alive on earth … and still working out their salvation.

This is where the saint’s right of intercession comes from. And we’re all related to Adam and Eve, so we’re all “kin”.

Better go back and study that Bible a bit closer!

What is the meaning of Communion for Roman Catholics?

Q: What is the meaning of Communion for Roman Catholics?
Also, what is the focus and purpose of Mass for Catholics?

A: Communion is the real and substantial body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ … while Jesus remains the source and summit of all Catholic life, and the very center of all Catholic worship.

Jesus desired that all should be one in him, and holy communion is the blessed sacrament that he personally instituted, the night before he died for us, in order to make it so.

The Mass is the eternal fulfillment of the Jewish Passover, the sacred remembrance of the Last Supper, and the re-presentation of Jesus’ one time, once for all, eternal sacrifice for sin.

The Mass is also where Jesus becomes present for us on the altar, through the authority of the Church, through the actions of the priest, and by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Once that occurs, Jesus acts as our High Priest, perfect victim, and Heavenly mediator, making perfect and acceptable sacrifice to God the Father, on behalf of all his people.

That sacrifice is Jesus, himself. Not crucified again, but offered up again … reminding the Father, the Church, and the whole world … of Jesus’ great, heroic, and saving work, on our behalf.

More on this here:

https://douglawrence.wordpress.com/the-ho…