What is the purpose and meaning of holy water?

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Q: What is the purpose and meaning of holy water?

A: Holy water is a sacramental … an aid to holiness.

Ordinary water has always played a central role in the purification (washing) of worldly things.

Holy water … water that has been blessed by a Catholic priest or bishop … works the same way for people and things that have been set apart for service to God.

Blessing one’s self with holy water while making the sign of the cross recalls our baptism,  obtains forgiveness for venial sins, and rededicates our life to God.

The Bible shows us a world recreated and covered with water.  A world subsequently destroyed by water (Noah’s flood). And the Egyptian army drowned by water (Moses and the Red Sea) … saving God’s people.  John the Baptist baptized with water, in a universal call to repentance. Jesus spoke about “living water”. On the cross, blood and water poured from his pierced side, while water baptism … an essential sacrament of the Church … now serves as the entryway to all that the Kingdom of God has to offer.

Not surprisingly, devils and demons seem to find water … the ordinary kind … and especially the holy kind … totally repugnant.

All the more reason to use it frequently.

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Do we need to follow the teachings of Moses including the Sabbath, or only the law of Christ ?

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Q: Do we need to follow the teachings of Moses including the Sabbath, or only the law of Christ ?

A: Christians are obligated to follow the authentic teachings and to observe the precepts of the Catholic Church … which include a readopted and readapted, authoritative, New Covenant  version of the Ten Commandments.

Under the old Judaic system, non-Jews were never required (or expected) to keep any of the old law.

Thanks to the Holy Spirit, the apostles, and the Church … neither are Christians.

In fact, since we have Christ and the Church, Christians are actually prohibited from doing so.

It’s interesting to note that keeping the old law has no salvific value for the Jews, either … which is why the Church has always been charged with the job of leading Jews … and all men … to Christ.

This is a short summary what the Catholic Church actually teaches on the matter. (And it constitutes a real mental “stretch” for most people, the first time they see it.)

Pius XII: Mystici Corporis, 29: “And first of all, by the death of our Redeemer, the New Testament took the place of the Old Law which had been abolished; then the Law of Christ together with its mysteries, enactments, institutions, and sacred rites was ratified for the whole world in the blood of Jesus Christ…but on the Gibbet of His death Jesus made void the Law with its decrees fastened the handwriting of the Old Testament to the Cross, establishing the New Testament in His blood shed for the whole human race. “To such an extent, then,” says St. Leo the Great, speaking of the Cross of our Lord, “was there effected a transfer from the Law to the Gospel, from the Synagogue to the Church, from the many sacrifices to one Victim, that, as Our Lord expired, that mystical veil which shut off the innermost part of the temple and its sacred secret was rent violently from top to bottom.”30: “On the Cross then the Old Law died, soon to be buried and to be a bearer of death, in order to give way to the New Testament of which Christ had chosen the Apostles as qualified ministers”

Council of Trent, ch 1, 793: “but not even the Jews by the very letter of the law of Moses were able to be liberated or to rise therefrom”

Council of Trent, Session 6, ch 2: “that He might both redeem the Jews, who were under the Law”

Council of Trent, Canon 1: “If anyone shall say that man can be justified before God by his own works which are done through his own natural powers, or through the teaching of the Law…let him be anathema.”

Council of Florence, DS 695: “There are seven sacraments of the new Law: namely, baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, penance, extreme unction, orders, and matrimony, which differ a great deal from the sacraments of the Old Law. For those of the Old Law did not effect grace, but only pronounced that it should be given through the passion of Christ; these sacraments of ours contain grace, and confer it upon those who receive them worthily.”

Council of Florence, DS 712: “It firmly believes, professes, and teaches that the matter pertaining to the law of the Old Testament, of the Mosiac law, which are divided into ceremonies, sacred rites, sacrifices, and sacraments, because they were established to signify something in the future, although they were suited to the divine worship at that time, after our Lord’s coming had been signified by them, ceased, and the sacraments of the New Testament began; and that whoever, even after the passion, placed hope in these matters of the law and submitted himself to them as necessary for salvation, as if faith in Christ could not save without them, sinned mortally.”“All, therefore, who after that time observe circumcision and the Sabbath and the other requirements of the law, it declares alien to the Christian faith and not in the least fit to participate in eternal salvation, unless someday they recover from these errors. Therefore, it commands all who glory in the name of Christian, at whatever time, before or after baptism’ to cease entirely from circumcision, since, whether or not one places hope in it, it cannot be observed at all without the loss of eternal salvation.”

Pope Benedict XIV, Ex Quo Primum, #59: “However they are not attempting to observe the precepts of the old Law, which as everyone knows have been revoked by the coming of Christ.”

Pope Benedict XIV, Ex Quo Primum, #61: “The first consideration is that the ceremonies of the Mosaic law were abrogated by the coming of Christ and they can no longer be observed without sin after the promulgation of the Gospel.”

Pius VI, DS 1519-1520 (condemned the following): “Likewise, the doctrine which adds that under the Law man ‘became a prevaricator, since he was powerless to observe it, not indeed by the fault of the Law, which was most sacred, but by the guilt of man, who, under the Law, without grace, became more and more a prevaricator’; and it further adds, ‘that the Law, if it did not heal the heart of man, brought it about that he would recognize his evil, and, being convinced of his weakness, would desire the grace of a mediator’; in this part it generally intimates that man became a prevaricator through the nonobservance of the Law which he was powerless to observe, as if ‘He who is just could command something impossible, or He who is pious would be likely to condemn man for that which he could not avoid’ (from St. Caesarius Serm. 73, in append., St. Augustine, Serm. 273, edit. Maurin; from St. August., De nat, et “rat., e. 43; De “rat. et lib. arb., e. 16, Enarr. in psalm. 56, n. I),– false scandalous, impious, condemned in Baius (see n. 1504).1520 20. “In that part in which it is to be understood that man, while under the Law and without grace, could conceive a desire for the grace of a Mediator related to the salvation promised through Christ, as if ‘grace itself does not effect that He be invoked by us’ (from Conc. Araus. II, can. 3 [v.n. 176]),– the proposition as it stands, deceitful, suspect, favorable to the Semipelagian heresy.

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The matter of old law vs. new law and the Church, continues to be one of contention among Catholics and non-Catholics alike, but it really shouldn’t be, since the new covenant really is all new … not just a rehash or restatement of the old … and it is a much, much better deal … based on the love and grace of Jesus Christ.

Besides … the totality of old testament experience definitively proved that the old law never saved a soul … never could … and never would.

We needed a holy redeemer to make salvation possible. That’s the all new and better covenant … based on salvation in Jesus Christ and his Church … and not by the keeping of any law.

The sacraments (particularly the sacrament of reconciliation) perfectly reinforce and underscore this most fundamental principle of the Catholic faith.

Grace … not law … in the end, prevails.

POPE INGITES CONDOM DEBATE

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POPE INGITES CONDOM DEBATE

On his flight to Cameroon yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI was asked about the Catholic Church’s position on fighting AIDS. He said, in part, “One cannot overcome the problem with the distribution of condoms. On the contrary, they increase the problem.”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue had this to say:

“Last year, Edward C. Green, director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, wrote that ‘In every African country in which HIV infections declined, this decline has been associated with a decrease in the proportion of men and women reporting more than one sex partner over the course of a year-which is exactly what fidelity programs promote.’ As for condom use, Green said, ‘Many countries that have not seen declines in HIV have seen increases in condom use, but in every country worldwide in which HIV has declined there have been increases in levels of faithfulness and usually abstinence as well.’ The Catholic Church, it is well known, has been at the forefront of such programs. It also operates more hospitals and related medical centers for AIDS patients than any other private institution in the world.

“If condoms were the answer, then why is it that New York City, which under Mayor Michael Bloomberg has given away tens of millions of free condoms, has an HIV rate three times the national average? Furthermore, the promiscuous distribution of condoms in New York has coincided with a spike in sexually transmitted diseases of all sorts. Isn’t it time we learned that condom worship is irrational?

“Anyone who thinks that condom distribution, education and/or research is going to solve a problem which is mostly a function of behavioral recklessness is positively clueless. Not only that, such persons unwittingly contribute to the problem by distracting attention and resources away from that which works.”

1957 Mike Wallace TV Interview with Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood

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Take a close look at this (circa 1957) Mike Wallace TV interview with Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, who evidently never met a baby she actually liked.

 

 

 

“The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” (Margaret Sanger, Women and the New Race (Eugenics Publ. Co., 1920, 1923)

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A Guide To Catholic Medical Ethics

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A complete Catholic guide to medical ethics, courtesy of Ascension Health Care System.

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Kathleen Sebelius “Source of greatest embarrassment” – “Betrayed her Catholic faith”

sebeliussmall1As a Roman Catholic, Gov. Sebelius’ appointment is “the source of the greatest embarrassment because she has publicly and repeatedly betrayed her Catholic faith, in the most fundamental tenet of the moral law, that is, the law to safeguard and foster human life from the moment of its inception to the moment of natural death,” said Archbishop Burke.

“Her position on the question of procured abortion is the source of the greatest scandal to Catholics and to all who uphold the natural moral law,” he continued.

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Why do Evangelicals have such a problem with the Blessed Virgin Mary?

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Q: Why do Evangelicals have such a problem with the Blessed Virgin Mary?

A: For a bunch of guys who claim to believe only what they can read in scripture, they sure do come up with a lot of “facts” that can’t be found ANYWHERE in the Bible!

They also seem to be totally unable to make any accurate, logical conslusions, based on what the Bible actually says.

For example, in 1st Kings 2:19 we get to see the court of King Solomon at work.

In the Royal House of David, we see that the queen is the MOTHER of the king, and the official job of the queen is to intercede with the king, on behalf of the people.

The late King David’s mom, Bathsheba approaches King Solomon’s throne. Seeing her, Solomon rises, bows, and has a throne set at his right hand for his mom, the queen.

With great respect, he shows the queen to her throne. Then Solomon gives her his undivided attention, listening attentively to all her requests, since both the 4th commandment and the traditions of the royal house require it.

In Luke 1:30 we see Mary and Gabriel:

Luk 1:30 And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.
Luk 1:31 Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb and shalt bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name Jesus.
Luk 1:32 He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father: and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever.
Luk 1:33 And of his kingdom there shall be no end.

From this we know that Jesus is both the son of God and the son of David. King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And since Mary is Jesus’ mother, and under God’s rules the mother of the king is the queen, Mary is the authentic queen of the royal house of David, and also the AUTHENTIC queen of heaven.

As such, her official job as queen is to intercede with her son for the needs of people, while Jesus remains the one intercessor with God the Father.

There’s absolutely no conlict with authentic scripture (or authentic Christianity and even, Judaism) here!

The Catholic Church has always clearly understood and taught all of this, while protestants (of late) conveniently ignore it, or even flat out, lie about it.

The Bible does little good if it is not fully understood and properly applied.

Our protestant brethren suffer from a level of confusion that rivals the old Tower of Babel. And it’s their own fault, since even a protestant can see from both scripture and genuine world history that Jesus founded only one Church for the purpose of our salvation … the Catholic Church … and Jesuse promised that his Church would last until the end of time, and that the gates of hell would NEVER prevail against it.

Go figure!