What are the pros of being Catholic over Lutheran?

Q: What are the pros of being Catholic over Lutheran?

A: The #1 difference: Due to their separation from the Catholic Church, the Lutheran eucharist remains only bread and wine, and is effective in only a spiritual dimension.

The Catholic eucharist is indeed the body, blood, soul, and divinity of the risen Christ … just as Jesus definitively declared.

This fact has a huge bearing on the power and effectiveness of the respective liturgies, since Jesus is corporally present as perfect victim, mediator, high priest, and God, at every Catholic Mass, while Lutherans must settle for a mere preacher.

Question about the Eucharist and Cannibalism?

Q: Question about the Eucharist?
If the Eucharist is the body and blood of Christ, isn’t that by definition cannibalism?

A: Eating the dead flesh of a fellow human being would be cannibalism.

Catholics sacramentally partake of the risen body and blood of Jesus Christ, who is alive and glorious … and who is also God.

BIG difference!

MINNESOTA PROF PLEDGES TO DESECRATE EUCHARIST

July 10, 2008

MINNESOTA PROF PLEDGES TO DESECRATE EUCHARIST

Paul Zachary Myers, a professor at the University of Minnesota Morris, has pledged to desecrate the Eucharist. He is responding to what happened recently at the University of Central Florida when a student walked out of Mass with the Host, holding it hostage for several days. Myers was angry at the Catholic League for criticizing the student. His post can be accessed from his faculty page on the university’s website.

Here is an excerpt of his July 8 post, “It’s a Frackin’ Cracker!”:

“Can anyone out there score me some consecrated communion wafers?” Myers continued by saying, “if any of you would be willing to do what it takes to get me some, or even one, and mail it to me, I’ll show you sacrilege, gladly, and with much fanfare. I won’t be tempted to hold it hostage (no, not even if I have a choice between returning the Eucharist and watching Bill Donohue kick the pope in the balls, which would apparently be a more humane act than desecrating a goddamned cracker), but will instead treat it with profound disrespect and heinous cracker abuse, all photographed and presented here on the web.”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue responded as follows:

“The Myers blog can be accessed from the university’s website. The university has a policy statement on this issue which says that the ‘Contents of all electronic pages must be consistent with University of Minnesota policies, local, state and federal laws.’ One of the school’s policies, ‘Code of Conduct,’ says that ‘When dealing with others,’ faculty et al. must be ‘respectful, fair and civil.’ Accordingly, we are contacting the President and the Board of Regents to see what they are going to do about this matter. Because the university is a state institution, we are also contacting the Minnesota legislature.

“It is hard to think of anything more vile than to intentionally desecrate the Body of Christ. We look to those who have oversight responsibility to act quickly and decisively.”

Contact President Robert Bruininks at bruin001@umn.edu

A Catholic eucharist question????

Q: After you received the bread (Eucharist) and you go back to your seat.

Everybody kneels and prays. What do you pray??????? Do you say your own prayers???? Some Hail Mary???? Some Glory Be???

Please!!! Serious Answers!! I just received my first Eucharist today and they didn’t tell me.

A: Jesus remains physically present for about 15 minutes after you receive him. During that time, you’re as holy as you’re ever likely to get, this side of Heaven.

You have a wonderful opportunity to adore Jesus, and to “commune” with all the angels, all the saints, and all the “People of God” no matter where they might be, through him, with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit.

You can also just simply “be” and let Jesus do all the “talking”.

Exactly what you do and how you chose to do it is up to you.

Question for Catholics: How many of you accept transubstantiation? (I’ve yet to meet a Catholic who does.)

Q: Question for Catholics: How many of you accept transubstantiation? (I’ve yet to meet a Catholic who does.)

A: Anyone who understands that Jesus fulfilled the OT Passover at the Last Supper, and that he replaced it with the NT Mass, which is the re-presentation of his one time, once for all, perfect and eternal sacrifice for the sins of the world, knows that Jesus was deadly serious when he declared, “This is my body. This is my blood.” Do this in remembrance of me.”

Ask yourself what would have become of those who applied only symbolic lamb’s blood to their doorposts, and who ate only symbolic lamb on the first Passover, and you’ll see that God is very serious about this type of thing.

Catholics have always believed in transubstantiation, more than a thousand years before the term for it was even invented, because that is what Jesus taught, that is what the apostles taught, that is what the early Church Fathers taught, and that is what the Church continues to teach today.

Nothing has changed … and there’s certainly nothing to be found in the Bible, to the contrary.

At every Mass, Jesus becomes truly and substantially present on the altar for us … body, blood, soul, and divinity … as High Priest, Perfect Victim, brother, king, and God.

In this way, through Jesus, we faithfully ask God to bless us and keep us, and to provide for all our needs.

God originally spoke everything into existence, from nothing.

Why is it so difficult for some people to take him at his word about the Holy Eucharist, especially those who claim to be justified by faith?

Here’s another Catholic who gracefully accepts transubstantiation, and all that goes along with it!

Catholics and the Holy Eucharist

Catholics and the Holy Eucharist

A few days back, I responded to a comment made by a protestant fellow who complained about people who go to Church on Sunday, yet don’t seem to follow through during the rest of the week.

“How can they possibly ‘know’ God, if they don’t follow him, 7 days a week?”

Knowing full well what my friend actually meant, I couldn’t help responding that Catholics who regularly attend Mass and receive Holy Communion “know” God better than any protestant ever could, simply because they regularly receive the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ in the most intimate and personal manner possible … and it doesn’t get any better than that, this side of heaven.

Of course, I got an email from him that basically said, “You mean to tell me that a Catholic who regularly receives communion is likely to fare better than somebody like Billy Graham, who studies the Bible all the time and preaches all around the world?

( … And all this time I though protestants didn’t believe in salvation by works! … )

My reply went something like this:

The eucharist IS Jesus. Jesus IS the eucharist.

The eternal one who is enthroned at the right hand of the Father in heaven is the same one who is tabernacled in my flesh, and who indwells my immortal soul.

Anybody who attempts to live a fully Christian life without properly covering both of these human dimensions is going to have a real tough time of it.

Catholics know this, because Jesus in the eucharist is the source and the very center of our existence.

Meanwhile, you protestant guys are out there thumping Bibles to 50,000 different tunes, while relying on a symbolic form of purely spiritual communion.

The two are only very remotely comparable.

Until Jesus comes again in glory at the end of the age, the authentic holy eucharist (not mere crackers and grape juice) constitutes the closest and most intimate relationship with God that any living human can have.

That’s where the real power is.

That’s the true test of faith.

Jesus said so … and the double “amen” means he wasn’t kidding.

John 6:53  Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen, I say unto you: except you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you.
John 6:54  He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day.
John 6:55  For my flesh is meat indeed: and my blood is drink indeed.
John 6:56  He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood abideth in me: and I in him.
John 6:57  As the living Father hath sent me and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, the same also shall live by me.

Link to a study of the Eucharist in the Catholic Catechism

How is the sacrifice of the Mass and the sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary the same?

Q: How is the sacrifice of the Mass and the sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary the same?

A: Jesus was crucified only once … at Calvary … body, blood, soul and divinity … but he will always BE the eternal sacrifice for sin that served to redeem the whole world.

At Mass, the VERY SAME crucified (and risen) body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ becomes present for us on the altar.

Since it (he) is the SAME Jesus … then it (he) is also the SAME one time, once for all, eternal sacrifice for sin that was present on the cross at Calvary.

The logic is irrefutable.

There’s other similarities, too, but they get kind of “deep”.

Send me an email if you want more info.

Fr. Tom Euteneuer: Walking with Jesus Christ Through the Week Called Holy.

Fr. Tom Euteneuer: Walking with Jesus Christ Through the Week Called Holy

A short excerpt from Fr. E’s weekly newsletter:

On Holy Thursday two great institutions are commemorated. Let us not overlook Our Lord’s firm desire to establish them as perpetual gifts for us: one is the sacred priesthood and the other is the Eucharist. He said that He “greatly desired” to eat that Passover with His disciples and that is because He wanted to entrust to certain unworthy men the awesome task of handing down the memorial of His inestimable Sacrifice “in remembrance of Him” to the end of time. Will we thank Him from the depths of our hearts this week for the infinite richness of His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Eucharist and for the blessing of His priest brothers who bring that Gift to us?

As we continue to walk with Him we reach the week’s summit on Friday – Calvary – but we notice that He is now accompanied in His suffering by His Mother. She was not at the Last Supper because She was not given the gift of the priesthood, but She walked with Him to another Altar of Sacrifice and stood there in perfect union with His redemptive suffering. Let us walk with the Mother of Sorrows on this sorrowful day to derive the deepest possible graces from the Cross that She so perfectly shared in. Then, when He is put in the tomb, let us stay by Her side on Holy Saturday, in vigil, contemplating, grieving for the sins that put Him there and waiting in “joyful hope” for the Day that will never end.

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Book Selection: “The Passion Behind the Passion”

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Book Selection: “The Passion Behind the Passion”

By: Doug Lawrence, 2004

A thoroughly Catholic study of “The Peculiar Theology of Redemption”.

Inspired by the movie, “The Passion of the Christ”.

The amazing, true story of the supernatural love behind the Passion and death of Christ, including an in-depth reexamination of the foundations of our faith. 

In an effort to understand precisely how Christ’s death on the cross, at the hands of men, actually served to redeem mankind, to determine precisely why it was necessary for Jesus to so grieviously suffer, and to discover the reason(s) why only the Son of God could do the job, the author pulls together 2000 years of authentic Christian theology, along with the writings of St. Augustine, St. Anselm, St. Thomas Aquinas, and others. Then, he painstakingly correlates all the information with the Gospels, and with the Catholic Catechism, adds a host of interesting, little known Bible facts and commentary, and illustrates it all with classic 19th century Bible art.

An easy read. A great, and absolutely true story.  For all ages. 241 pages. Letter size, loose leaf format. Available from AskMeAboutGod.Org for $20.00.   

The reader should come away with a fresh and more practical perspective on the Christian faith, and a greater appreciation for the Church, the Priesthood, the Mass, the Holy Eucharist, and for God, whose total self-giving for our salvation, made it all possible.

Key concepts

Why we all need redemption. Exactly how it works.

How can God’s own death, at our hands, pay a debt we owe to Him?

The surprising role of the Church.

Why our children continue to be born with original sin.

Where is it written? By whom? When?

How this present world age will come to an end, some day.