The Health and Wealth Gospel isn’t worth the paper it’s not written on.

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I would like to illustrate how the Faith and Prosperity teachings and our adherence to them robbed my wife and I of the one thing we needed the most: Truth, and the grace to carry the cross our Lord graciously and lovingly handed us. My wife was diagnosed with a rare lung cancer at 28 years of age while still nursing a 6 month old. Here’s my story:

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Editor’s note: The Health and Wealth Gospel is a fabrication of modern, materialistic Protestantism that enriches preachers (entertainers) to the detriment of the congregation, through the flagrant and creative preaching of imaginative modern heresies, falsely allegedly to be founded in Bible truth.

Seen on the web: Reader comment about Catholic Schools Week.

Posted by Bob on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 4:59 PM (EDT):

“Why did God make you? God made me to know Him, to love Him, to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in the next.”

Perhaps not many remember this question and answer from the Baltimore Catechism, but these few lines say so much. Having asked Catholic school students this question, they “danced” all over searching for a satisfactory response. Telling them the answer and they not only understood, but committed it to memory and were able to write a short essay on its meaning. How thousands of children once learned their Faith is now a thing of the past (and generally a taboo subject among administrators).

Likewise are the sheer numbers of school-age students who know little of Catholicism, because some 80% of them do not/cannot attend Catholic school.

Historically, the Plenary Councils of Baltimore set forth the manner in which our Faith was to be accorded to Catholics. The 19th Century councils recognized that public schools were generally detrimental to Catholics and set forth certain guidelines for bishops and their clergy that are certainly applicable today, among which are:

A Catholic school in every parish (where rudimentary Gregorian chant should be taught);
Textbooks should not contain items contrary to the Faith; and
It was desired that parochial schools be free.

Instead of building cathedrals (most new ones are monstrosities anyway), buying real-estate and other expenditures, how about committing these monies to Catholic education?

This “New Evangelization” must start on a firm basis – bishops already don’t pay teachers what their public school counterparts receive and they don’t allow unions to exist within their (arch-) dioceses (though every pope in the modern era has said it is the right of every worker to organize) and many non-Catholics attend our schools (and some teachers are not Catholic either).

How does one explain that ¾ of all students are at the elementary school level, while the remaining ¼ are in high school, where the attendant costs double – what happens to those thousands who can’t go to a Catholic high school? We’ve all seen “scholarships” given to the Protestant quarterback from a public high school – you see it at Catholic colleges for that matter. Is this fair? The charge that Catholic schools are only for the rich seems increasingly true.

Many clerics have said the Church is under siege from a government that sees no value in what our Church (and its schools) provide. Perhaps it is time to relearn from our past and set our priorities anew.

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Newly appointed Archbishop declares the State of Oregon “unchurched”.

The next Catholic archbishop of Portland comes with aTwitter account, aFacebook page and the relatively youthful perspective of a person born in 1960. At 52,  the youngest prelate to be named an archbishop in the United States, the Most Rev. Alexander K. Sample  says he’s ready for the challenge of an unchurched state.

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Editor’s note: There’s quite a few allegedly “churched” states needing attention these days, as well. New York, California, and Illinois, for starters!

The essential truth today’s Vatican refuses to proclaim to “the Jews”

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by Doug Lawrence

A recent commentary featured a number of false claims by the writers, coupled with a few self-serving, out of context or erroneous quotes from highly placed Catholic officials, including the late Pope John Paul II. To wit:

“It is absolutely unacceptable, impossible, to define the Jews as enemies of the Church,” said the Vatican’s top spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi. “Anti-Semitism in all its forms is a non-Christian act and the Catholic Church must fight this phenomenon with all her strength.”

(Sure! But can’t we all truthfully agree that while Anti-Semitism is indeed absolutely wrong, after more than 2000 years, the bulk of Jewish religious faith traditions and their related philosophies remain totally at odds with the fundamental teachings and practices of the Catholic Church?) 

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Vatican’s Commission on Religious Relations with Jews, lambasted Fellay: “The Jews are our older brothers,” he declared. “We are inseparably linked with the Jews.”

(Of course, this is technically correct, since The Blessed Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ, as well as all the Apostles were Jewish … and we received the Old Testament of the Bible (The Law, the Prophets and the Psalms) from the Jews. But it’s also true that many of our “older brothers” are spiritually blind. Hence, they have a serious problem comprehending the truth of the scriptures, in the light of Jesus Christ.)

Koch recently called for “the Catholic Church to conduct a deeper theological reflection … to throw light theologically on the new relationship with Judaism which has developed after Nostra Aetate.”

(Boiled down to its essence, that “new relationship” appears to be purely political … and one-sided, to boot: Speak not against Judaism or the Jews, in any matter, regardless of truth or error … and never fail to meekly “swallow” and accept the popular Jewish “line” regarding many uniquely Catholic doctrinal and political matters, from the truth of the Gospels, to the Holocaust, to issues like birth control and abortion.)

In 2000, in an iconic moment for the new relationship, Pope John Paul II prayed at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, according to a Jewish custom. He inserted into the Wall a signed prayer formally committing the Catholic Church to “genuine brotherhood with the people of the Covenant.”

(The good Pope was careful not to mention WHICH Covenant he was speaking about. The Jews are the people of the Old Covenant, which was only temporary, and never had the power to save a soul. Salvation is to be found in Jesus Christ alone … in and through his New Covenant Church. How can anyone … even our beloved Pope John Paul II … hope to pursue “genuine brotherhood” through mere political gestures, without scrupulous attention to the truth?) 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church actually explains the truth of the matter quite well, when it wisely excludes the Jews and all other Christ deniers from inclusion in the group defined as “The People of God” (emphasis mine):

782 The People of God is marked by characteristics that clearly distinguish it from all other religious, ethnic, political, or cultural groups found in history:

– The People of God: God is not the property of any one people. But he acquired a people for himself from those who previously were not a people: “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.”

– One becomes a member of this people not by a physical birth, but by being “born anew,” a birth “of water and the Spirit,” that is, by faith in Christ, and Baptism.

– This People has for its Head Jesus the Christ (the anointed, the Messiah). Because the same anointing, the Holy Spirit, flows from the head into the body, this is “the messianic people.”

– “The status of this people is that of the dignity and freedom of the sons of God, in whose hearts the Holy Spirit dwells as in a temple.”

– “Its law is the new commandment to love as Christ loved us.” This is the “new” law of the Holy Spirit.

– Its mission is to be salt of the earth and light of the world. This people is “a most sure seed of unity, hope, and salvation for the whole human race.”

-Its destiny, finally, “is the Kingdom of God which has been begun by God himself on earth and which must be further extended until it has been brought to perfection by him at the end of time.”

This truth is in no way Anti-Semitic, since it applies equally to every race, culture and creed … offering the free gift of salvation in Jesus Christ, to all.

Any questions?

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12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit, in the Catholic Tradition

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…altogether we have 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit in Catholic Tradition. As we can see many  of them speak to zeal, while others in a way that seeks to set forth a virtue rooted in moderateness.

One of the great gifts the Spirit seeks to give us is not a rejection of passion or other human gifts, but a moderation and proper appropriation of them. For God the Holy Spirit has given all the gifts of the World, including beauty, and human passions for a reason and for a good end. But the Fruits of the Spirit are gifts to both to inspire zeal and to regulate and appreciate what God has given for a reason and a purpose. By these gifts we steer a middle ground between rejection and indulgence, excess and defect, enjoyment and hedonism. Modus omnibus in rebus (All things in moderation (including moderation)). The Sequence Hymn for Pentecost says of the Holy Spirit:

Flecte quod est rigidum (Bend what is rigid),
fove quod est frigidum (warm what is cold),
rege quod est devium. (rule what deviates).

And thus we see both zeal and moderation in these gifts and in all things a ruling over anything that deviates. Come Holy Holy Spirit, rule our hearts and inflame them with your love.

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50,000 Pro-Lifers March Against Abortion in San Francisco

The ninth annual Walk for Life West Coast rally at Civic Center Plaza filled the plaza with 50,000 pro-life people publicly showing their opposition to abortion as they walked the two miles from City Hall to the Ferry Building.

The peaceful pro-life walkers traveled through the heart of the city’s shopping and financial districts. More than to 50,000 participated, organizers estimated.

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Jesus scared a would be thief out of a Florida woman’s home.

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“When I realized what was going on, I stood up and said, ‘In the name of Jesus, get out of my house now,’ Hagler told WJXT-TV.

And he said, ‘I’m going to shoot someone.’

And I said it again, real boldly”, Hagler continued. “Everybody started chanting, ‘Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,’ and he did a quick scan of the room, and ran out the door as fast as he could go.”

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Editor’s note: Once again … Jesus Saves!