The Judgment of God in History


In the era of the corona virus, everyone is talking about all sorts of things, but there are certain topics that remain forbidden, above all in the Catholic world. The primary forbidden topic is that of judgment and divine retribution in history. The fact of this censure is a good reason for us to consider the argument.

This talk by historian Robert De Mattei
should be required reading for every Catholic.
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…De Mattei argued that God sends mankind chastisements in the form of “war, plague, and famine” because of sin and to call mankind back to God. He described the infinite justice of God, and what this means, not only for individuals, but for nations. Every person faces his particular judgement at the moment of death, but there will also be a second judgement at the end of time. This will be the universal judgement at which every human action, idea, and society that has ever been “will be perfectly and clearly judged.”

Editor’s note: Catholics have real-time recourse to divine forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, but Nations do not. Hence, individual Catholics might escape divine retribution for their sins, but Nations most likely, will not. 

Thanks to Dorothy Cummings McLean at LifeSiteNews.com

 

As it was in the beginning…

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2nd Chronicles 7:13-14  If I shut up heaven, and there fall no rain, or if I give orders, and command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people:

(2 out of 3 occurring, as this is written)

And my people, upon whom my name is called, being converted, shall make supplication to me, and seek out my face, and do penance for their most wicked ways: then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins and will heal their land.

(While all the Catholic Churches, everywhere, are closed)

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Luke 24:44-48  And he said to them: These are the words which I spoke to you while I was yet with you, that all things must needs be fulfilled which are written in the law of Moses and in the prophets and in the psalms, concerning me. Then he opened their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures.

And he said to them: Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer and to rise again from the dead, the third day: And that penance and remission of sins should be preached in his name, unto all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

(Not much preaching of penance
and remission of sins, anymore)

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Revelation 6:8
  And behold a pale horse: and he that sat upon him, his name was Death. And hell followed him. And power was given to him over the four parts of the earth, to kill with sword, with famine and with death and with the beasts of the earth.

(We have at least 2 out of 4 of these
going on – “big time” – as this is written)

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Revelation 1:12-15  And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks:  And in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks, one like to the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the feet, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

And his head and his hairs were white as white wool and as snow. And his eyes were as a flame of fire:  And his feet like unto fine brass, as in a burning furnace. And his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars. And from his mouth came out a sharp two-edged sword. And his face was as the sun shineth in his power. 

And when I had seen him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying: Fear not. I am the First and the Last, And alive, and was dead. And behold I am living for ever and ever and have the keys of death and of hell.

(It’s good to know that Jesus is still in charge,
but he doesn’t look very pleased)

 

Cardinal Marx has a point

In a March 13 homily to the German bishops, Cardinal Marx said that the Gospel account of the woman caught in adultery (Jn. 7:53-8:1) should be applied to discussions of divorce and remarriage.

After reviewing the textual history of the passage and recalling that some rigorists in the early Church did not think that the sin of adultery could be absolved, Cardinal Marx said that Jesus showed the scribes and Pharisees, who wanted the woman to be stoned, that they, too, were sinners. “One thinks of the rigorists of all time in the Church … All are sinners like the woman, all have need of forgiveness.”

The prelate added that Jesus’ forgiveness of the woman, his restoration of her dignity before God, and loyalty to his example of mercy to sinners are important in the Church’s discussion of divorce and remarriage, especially as applied to confession, which is intended to offer sinners forgiveness and to save people from “the sentence of God” and “also from social death.”

Jesus’ forgiveness of the woman, however, is not a call to laxism– a reference to Christ’s words, “Go, and sin no more”– but a “call to a new life,” Cardinal Marx continued

The passage is crucial in understanding guilt and forgiveness, he concluded. “If we pastorally, spiritually, and theologically practice this more, then more doors could open than we think at the moment. Amen.”

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Editor’s note: What do you think?

“Forgive our trespasses [sins] as we forgive those who trespass [sin] against us.”

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After the Amish School mass killings the victim’s families went to the killers home that very evening to forgive the killer’s family. [ The Amish, like all true Christians, believe the Lord’s words: “Forgive our trespasses [sins] as we forgive those who trespass [sin] against us.”

We all must forgive in order for God to forgive us. The Amish felt they had to forgive before the sun went down on their anger, the day of the killings.

The race baiters and their media minions are fanning the flames of race warfare. Zimmerman, a Hispanic is running for his life and black gang members are being encouraged to feel that they need to get even with any Hispanics they meet.

The revenge acts of violence, all over the country should be laid at the feet of these politicians and their co-conspirators in the media, who promote racial hatred and are responsible for every revenge act stemming from this case.

Written and Submitted by Ed S. – Arlington Hts, IL

Blogger publicly apologizes for being himself

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by Doug Lawrence

Read the story here

This reminds me of the time I had to send a serial-misbehaving, disruptive sixth-grade boy to the principal’s office.

After a heart-to-heart talk, the principal walked him back and asked me – in front of all the students – if I would let him rejoin the class.

Truth be told, I liked the young man – but for a number of very practical reasons – I just couldn’t tolerate his disruptive classroom behavior – so I was more than happy to exclaim, “We’re all Catholics here – and Catholics firmly believe in repentance and forgiveness – so sure – he can come back to class – but only if we all resolve to work together – so as to make sure this type of thing doesn’t happen again.”

As I remember, the entire class seemed to appreciate the lesson – and some of the children were actually a bit surprised.

From that day forward, “John” became my official class gofer, reader, filer, messenger, and all around utility man. I realized that he just couldn’t tolerate sitting still, so I gave him things to do and permission to stand up and even walk around the back of the classroom – so long as he remained reasonably quiet and considerate. That would not be easy!

Of course,  I reserved the right to let him know when things might be getting a bit out of control.  His parents approved of our arrangement, and we had no more unfortunate class incidents.

Many years have gone by and I occasionally run into John, at Sunday Mass. He still can’t sit still, but he has become a bright, energetic, cheerful and polite young adult. He manages to hold down a regular job and keep the faith – and in my book, all of that counts for at least ninety percent.

I always enjoy seeing him. 

May God continue to bless him – along with all those who struggle to overcome their various personal shortcomings – whatever they might be – by the power of God’s grace – and with a little help from their friends.

The Tremendous Value of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

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At the hour of death the Holy, Masses you have heard devoutly,
will be your greatest consolation. Every Mass will go with you
to Judgment and will plead for pardon for you.
By every Mass you can diminish the temporal punishment due to your sins,
more or less, according to your fervor.

By devoutly assisting at Holy Mass you render the greatest homage
possible to the Sacred Humanity of Our Lord. Through the Holy Sacrifice,
Our Lord Jesus Christ supplies for many of our negligences and omissions.

He forgives you all the venial sins which you are
determined to avoid. He forgives you all your unknown sins
which you never confessed.
The power of Satan over you is diminished.

By piously hearing Holy Mass you afford the souls in
purgatory the greatest possible relief; One Holy Mass heard during your life
will be of more benefit to you than many heard for you after your death.

Through the Holy Mass you are preserved from many dangers
and misfortunes which would otherwise have befallen you.
You shorten your purgatory by every Mass.

During the Holy Mass you kneel amid a multitude of holy
angels, who are present at the Adorable Sacrifice with reverential awe.
Through the Holy Mass you are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.

When you hear Holy Mass devoutly offering it to Almighty God
in honor of a particular saint or an angel thanking God for the favors
bestowed; you afford that saint or that angel a new degree of honor,
joy and happiness, and draw his special love and protection upon yourself.

Every time you assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the
Mass, besides other intentions, you should offer it
in honor of the saint of the day.

When the Priest offers the Host
I place upon the paten my heart:
the hearts of all those near and dear to me,
especially the hearts of my relatives:
the hearts of all those for whom
I have promised to pray:
the hearts of all those who have injured me:
the hearts of all those whom I may have injured:
the hearts of all the agonizing.

O Lord Jesus Christ, when Thou changest the bread and wine
into Thy Precious Body and Blood, change our hearts
into hearts pleasing to Thee.

When the Priest offers the Chalice.
I place within the chalice the souls of all my relatives
for whom I should pray: the souls of those for whom
I may have forgotten to pray,
the souls most devout to the Sacred Heart and the Blessed Virgin Mary,
the souls of the most abandoned.

O Lord Jesus Christ, when Thou changest
the wine into Thy Precious Blood change these poor souls
from their place of suffering unto eternal happiness.

Eternal Rest grant unto them O Lord
and let the perpetual light shine upon them.

Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary
O most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel! Fruitful vine!
Splendor of Heaven! Blessed Mother of the Son of God!
Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity!
O Star of the Sea, help me, and show me herein thou art my Mother!
O Holy Mary Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth,
I humbly beseech thee from the bottom of my heart,
to succor me in this necessity there are none
that can withstand thy power.

O show me herein thou art my Mother!
O Mary conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to thee. (3 times)
Sweet Mother I place this cause in thy hands. (3 times)

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What you lose when you pass up Holy Communion

Greatest Sin of our Time?

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Before explaining what the Greatest Sin of our time is, let me prove that it also comes from the serpent, Lucifer. In 1930 two people wrote plans to destroy America from within and turn it into a communist nation. Lest you have no problem with communism it killed 1,500,000.000 of its own people in 60 years and every nation that adopted it failed financially, where everyone became poor. These two people were Antonio Gramsy and Saul Alinski. Salinski, a friend and teacher of Obama, wrote RULES FOR RADICALS, TOWARDS A SOVIET AMERICA.

In this book he outlined how to take over schools, the news media, the government, and even the history books. He planed to little by little to infiltrate the Churches and degrade the constitution of the USA. His teachers were George Bernard Shaw, Bernard Russal and John Dewy.

Most important is that he dedicated his book to Lucifer, the first radical.

Morality was Alinski greatest enemy and to overcome this he had to get moral teaching out of the school, Churches and even government laws. His idea was to replace moral laws with Lucifer laws of tolerance, non-judgmentalism, and acceptance of all point of views. He even wanted laws against speaking out against any kind of sin. These people infiltrated the schools and churches and led the progressive movement in politics. Progressives believe that the constitution is old fashioned and needs to be re-interpreted to fit the modern world. This plan was so successful that it produced the greatest sin of our age, That our conscience is the God of good or evil.

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Which is greater in God: Mercy or Justice?

We know that in God there is both mercy and justice; rather, that God is both mercy and justice. However, we also pray that, upon our death, we might meet in Christ not the just Judge, but the merciful Savior. Knowing that mercy and justice can never truly contradict one another, we might still ask which is greater in God, and which comes first and which is greater.
Is justice the foundation from which mercy builds? Or, is mercy the fundamental disposition of God toward his creatures?
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Editor’s note: Those who approach God in charity, and with genuine humility are likely to encounter their merciful Savior. Otherwise … ???

It is I, I, who wipe out, for my own sake, your offenses; your sins I remember no more.


“My own sake” = Jesus Christ

Thus says the LORD:
Remember not the events of the past,
the things of long ago consider not;
see, I am doing something new!
Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
In the desert I make a way,
in the wasteland, rivers.
The people I formed for myself,
that they might announce my praise.
Yet you did not call upon me, O Jacob,
for you grew weary of me, O Israel.
You burdened me with your sins,
and wearied me with your crimes.
It is I, I, who wipe out,
for my own sake, your offenses;
your sins I remember no more.

Today’s Mass reading: Isaiah 43:18-19, 21-22, 24b-25

Chilling, true story: The Night I Forgave My Daughter’s Killer.

We hoped this would be a once-in-a-lifetime family vacation — camping for a whole month in Montana. One night, at our first stop, our 7-year-old daughter Susie was kidnapped out of our tent. The tent was cut next to where her head had lain; she was pulled out and carried away.

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Some Light Lenten Reading On The Passion of Jesus Christ


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Read “The Passion Behind the Passion”

The Confession

Dad, I’m sorry. I’m afraid I made a mess of things.

I didn’t plan ahead.

I didn’t read the manual.

I used the wrong tools.

I was in a hurry.

I cut corners.

I let my emotions get the best of me.

I though I knew what I was doing.

I bit off more than I could chew.

I did it my way.

I realize now that I can’t fix the mess I made, and I need you.

“God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of His Son
has reconciled the world to Himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us
for the forgiveness of sins;
Through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace,
and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

Ask Alice: How to treat a 1st class relic (one you’re not currently married to.)


Send A Question To Alice

She’ll answer as many questions as possible,
right here, every Thursday.

Email responses will also be provided, as time permits.

Joan asks: I have in my possession a 1st class relic of Blessed Seelos and need to know how to take care of it when it is not being used by someone in special need.  What is the best paper back book on Saints (one that gives  a detailed account of Saints lives. )

Alice replies: How fortunate you are to have a first class relic of the New Orleans priest, dubbed the “cheerful saint” who was blessed with the gift of healing. If the Blessed Seelos relic is contained in a reliquary (relic case) you can keep it in any little box on your dresser. If the relic is simply affixed to a small paper or cloth, you can place the relic inside a clear plastic box.

An excellent paperback about saints’ lives is: Saint of the Day (5th revised edition) by Leonard Foley, O.F.M. and Pat McCloskey, O.F.M. (2003) ISBN 0-86716-535-9.  Another fine paperback is titled: The Saints from A to Z, by Cynthia Cavnar (2000) ISBN 1-56955-190-1.

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Joseph asks: Today is November 26, and a terrorist killed more than 100 people, calling them unbelievers and believing that by killing, God will reward them. How can one Love such people????

Alice replies:

I am very sorry to learn of the 100 innocent people who lost their lives on November 26. Your question is one of the biggest challenges of our faith.

One of my favorite scripture passages is (Luke 6:27-28) where Jesus said, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who maltreat you.”

Forgiveness is a vital component of love. It is the fabric from which miracles are fashioned.

As Jesus was dying, He forgave the repentant thief on the cross. St. Stephen, the first martyr, forgave the people who stoned him.

Ten years ago, Jennifer Bishop Jenkins taught me a lesson about loving one’s enemies: With God’s grace, Jennifer forgave the teen who brutally murdered her sister Nancy, her brother-in-law, and the couple’s unborn child.

As she lay dying Nancy wrote, “I (heart) YOU” in her own blood, on the wall of the couple’s townhouse.
Gradually, Jennifer realized that Nancy left her family a message of love to guide them for the rest of their lives.

Jennifer’s story changed my life forever. If Jennifer could forgive the unrepentant teen who murdered her beloved Nancy and her family, how can I not forgive people for everything they’ve done against me?

As human beings, we are naturally incapable of forgiveness. It is only with God’s grace that we can forgive others. “To err is human, to forgive is divine.”

Forgiveness is a process. When I ask God for the grace to forgive an enemy, He always answers my prayer. Please pray for the souls of the 100 victims who died on November 26, and pray for their murderer(s) as well. In this way you provide relief for their souls and heal your own heart, as well.

Doug Lawrence adds: Forgiveness is the true test of love. Jesus commanded Christians to love God and love our neighbors. Yet, unless an offender sincerely apologizes and makes amends, forgiveness appears to remain optional. And when it comes to matters of life and death (as in self-defense) it’s sometimes necessary for we Christians to preserve our rights (and our lives) by use of the “sword”.

The Catholic Church has formulated doctrines to guide us in such matters, but there are really no invariable, hard and fast rules to go by … other than the commandment mentioned above.

In an earlier post (on a different matter) Msgr. Charles Pope explained things this way: We do not love merely with good results in mind, we love unconditionally, as God does. God loves because God is love and that’s what Love does, He loves. And so to for us, called to be possessed of God’s love, we love. We risk  to love. The Lord was killed for the love he had for us. We do not love merely to get something from it, we simply love. Others may accept or refuse our love, but as for us we love. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him (1 John 4:16).

Christians also need to believe that God will restore whatever we might (temporarily) lose, by faithfully acting as “other Christs”. (Nobody ever said the Christian life would be easy.)

Forgiving, like love, is fundamental to our faith. Once we make up our mind to do it, just because Jesus asked, the matter should be settled. And from a purely practical point of view, when we refuse to forgive, we provide God with an exceedingly strict rule, by which to judge our personal soul:

Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us

Practical tips for a better understanding of supernatural healing.

by Doug Lawrence

The “Big Picture”

For thousands of years, it was widely accepted and understood that only the inimitable, unknowable, immutable God could forgive sins. Likewise, in spite of man’s knowledge of certain beneficial and even therapeutic natural compounds, the authentic healing arts also remained essentially in the hands of God, alone.

Yet today, thanks to Jesus Christ, the sacraments of his Catholic Church, and the Catholic ministerial priesthood, it is indeed possible to obtain total absolution from sin, and thanks to modern advances in medical care and the sciences (which were also fostered by the Church’s many contributions to Western civilization) it is also possible (in many cases) to obtain genuine physical healing, as well.

And while physical healing has never been the primary role of the church, the link between healing and the forgiveness of sins is one of the oldest and most essential of all, since that link was forged by none other than Jesus Christ, in one of the first public miracles of his earthly ministry.

Luke 5:17-26 And it came to pass on a certain day, as he sat teaching, that there were also Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, that were come out of every town of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was to heal them.

And behold, men brought in a bed a man who had the palsy: and they sought means to bring him in and to lay him before him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in, because of the multitude, they went up upon the roof and let him down through the tiles with his bed into the midst before Jesus. Whose faith when he saw, he said: Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.

And the scribes and Pharisees began to think, saying: Who is this who speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? And when Jesus knew their thoughts, answering he said to them: What is it you think in your hearts?

Which is easier to say: Thy sins are forgiven thee; or to say: Arise and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man hath the power on earth to forgive sins (he saith to the sick of the palsy), I say to thee to: Arise, take up thy bed and go into thy house.

And immediately rising up before them, he took up the bed on which he lay: and he went away to his own house, glorifying God. And all were astonished: and they glorified God. And they were filled with fear, saying: We have seen wonderful things today.

For those suffering from chronic or incurable illnesses, who are looking to God for supernatural healing, there is much to be learned from the above passages. Let’s take it “by the numbers”:

“And it came to pass on a certain day, as he sat teaching, that there were also Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, that were come out of every town of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was to heal them. “

The Book of Genesis makes it clear that death, along with all human infirmities, are the collective result of Adam’s sin. The prophetic OT books inform us that the promised Messiah would have power over death, hell, and all human infirmities, while none of those things would have even the slightest power over him.

In that same vein, there was absolutely nothing in the Law of Moses, or in the Ten Commandments, which had the power to obtain forgiveness of sins, or to redeem mankind from eternal slavery to Satan, sin, and death. That type of relief is a function of grace … grace could only be obtained by and through Jesus Christ.

The assembled Pharisees and the Doctors of the Law, who were in the habit of “lording” the requirements of the law over the people, primarily for their own aggrandizement, were quite probably loathed to admit this.

“And behold, men brought in a bed a man who had the palsy: and they sought means to bring him in and to lay him before him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in, because of the multitude, they went up upon the roof and let him down through the tiles with his bed into the midst before Jesus. Whose faith when he saw, he said: Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.”

Sometimes, it will be necessary to rely on the kindness of friends, family, and even strangers, in order to obtain what we need from God. God most certainly provides, but we must be open to that divine provision, whatever it’s form, and cooperate with it, in every way possible.

Since faith remains absolutely essential in these matters, our most reliable helpers and intercessors will typically be faithful Catholics, who know and love God, and who understand how he customarily operates. Foremost in this regard are the saints in Heaven, followed by the saints on earth … fellow members of the Body of Christ … good people who we personally know, or to whom we are related … by blood, by baptism/grace and by nature. (Not necessarily in that order.)

The men who brought the paralytic to Jesus literally stopped at nothing in order to accomplish their mission. While we know little about their personal traits or proclivities, the fact that they acted definitively and with extreme perseverance in order to bring their friend/relative/loved one to Christ, says it all.

In that regard, it is also quite possible that the afflicted one was unconscious, or that he had little or no real faith of his own, and that the entire episode was the result of one or more unknown, faithful person’s free response to the grace of God, which promptly acted upon, resulted in a genuine (and very famous) miracle.

How many of us would resort to carrying someone up to the roof, chopping a hole, and then lowering a friend down through that hole, in order to bring him to God? It sounds crazy! Do such things even happen any more? No wonder miraculous healings seem to be so rare, in today’s world! Yet under the circumstances, these men did nothing more than what was required. And it certainly appears to “put the lie” to the heretical concept of “faith alone”.

Then, there’s the matter of Jesus choosing to first, forgive the man’s sins, rather than simply heal his physical infirmities … and the fact that Jesus chose to refer to the paralytic as “man” … rather than by his given name.

The name “Adam” literally means “The Man”.

Jesus, the Messiah, came to make “The Man” whole again, by making the forgiveness of sins possible. Only then could the corruption and death that sin inevitably brings, be rightly remedied.

The forgiveness of sins must logically precede everything else.
(And in God’s system of things, it always does.)

Jesus Christ, faith, church, and grace, as well as personal initiative, would henceforth, always remain as integral parts of our continuing process of reconciliation with God, and our daily struggle against the corrupting forces of evil.

A Plan for Supernatural Healing



1) Go to Confession. Go to Mass.
Receive Holy Communion. Get Anointed.

The Mass and the Sacraments are the most powerful, abundant
and effective channels of God’s grace,
and grace is the means by which ALL supernatural healing occurs.

If you’re too sick to go to church,
ask a priest to come to your hospital or home.


2) Pray.

Go to daily and Sunday Mass.
Make your case with God, in prayer.
Pray the Rosary. “Mom” will take care of you.
Pray for Saintly intercession.
Then … do it all some more … as best you can.


2) Ask friends, relatives and church members
to pray for you.

Ask them to go to Mass, to Confession,
and to receive Holy Communion too,
since the efficacy of their prayers on your behalf is (typically)
dependent on the amount of “respect” God has for them,
and that too, is essentially, a function of grace.

Click here to learn more about “Merit”


3) Cultivate the Cardinal Virtues
of FAITH, HOPE and CHARITY, in your own soul.

Cling to Jesus Christ …
for without him, there can be no real hope.
At the same time, do everything possible to fully cooperate
with your priest, your doctors and your other care-givers.
That way … you’re “good to go” … no matter what!

Believe that God heals and that the Mass,
the sacraments, and the prayers of the faithful
are truly effective indeed,
according to the order of God’s abundant grace.

Believe that God will answer your prayers
in the best possible way, at the best possible time.

Never fear!
Romans 8:31  What shall we then say to these things?
If God be for us, who is against us?

The Memorare
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins,
my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,
but in thy mercy hear and answer me. – Amen.


Look for the love …

Matthew 25:36  Naked, and you covered me:
sick, and you visited me:
I was in prison, and you came to me.

Matthew 25:40  And the king answering shall say to them:
Amen I say to you,
as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren,
you did it to me.

At the very least,
the illness or infirmity of a friend or relative
provides ordinary people
with an opportunity to actually live the Gospel.

At the very least,
illness or infirmity
provides the afflicted with the time and opportunity
to turn to God for supernatural solace and support …
and that is often a very precious commodity
in today’s fast-paced world.


Try to make sense of the suffering.

Suffering remains a great mystery,
yet we know that suffering was an integral part
of Christ’s earthly life,
and particularly of his atoning sacrifice
for the sins of the world,
on the cross at Calvary.

In his letter to the Colossians,
St. Paul explains that our own sufferings might,
when offered up and combined with those of Jesus Christ,
somehow help to save souls,
or serve to alleviate the suffering of others.

Offering up our sufferings to God, to be applied as he sees fit,
is in itself a beautiful act of faith, hope and charity.
On a more practical note,
such devotions help make our sufferings
more endurable …
or might even alleviate them, entirely.

Many believe that earthly suffering
may actually serve to reduce or eliminate
the need for a “stay” in Purgatory, when we die.

Some Catholics who have endured and overcome
extreme suffering have described their ordeal
as “a true gift from God”.

In the order of God’s supernatural grace,
as the Blessed Virgin Mary has already
personally demonstrated,

Nothing is Broken.
Nothing is Missing.

God’s grace is truly sufficient.

Get some right away!

(And remember … God heals all types of afflictions …
not just medical issues.)

Why do we need the Sacrament of Penance if Christ has died for our forgiveness?

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Q: Why do we need the Sacrament of Penance if Christ has died for our forgiveness?

A: St. Paul clearly explains that Jesus’ death on the cross provided forgiveness for PAST sins.

Rom 3:23 For all have sinned and do need the glory of God.
Rom 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

 

Rom 3:25 Whom God hath proposed to be a propitiation, through faith in his blood, to the showing of his justice, for the remission of FORMER sins …

He’s right, because God would never forgive sins that had not yet been committed. That would be patently unjust and not in keeping with God’s system of things. God does not license anyone to freely commit sin.

At the same time, Jesus’ one time, once for all sacrifice on the cross provides an infinite reservoir of grace, that when properly dispensed (through the sacraments) and applied by the duly ordained ministers of his authentic (Catholic) church … is sufficient to absolve the faithful of their sins … subject to the usual conditions of genuine contrition and a firm purpose of amendment (repentance).

Only in this way can one be absolutely sure of God’s certain and immediate forgiveness, thereby escaping divine judgment, as well as replenishing all the grace that might have been lost due to sin.

Those who do not have access to the sacrament of reconciliation, or who reject it, will have to wait until Judgment Day to see if God has truly forgiven their sins, and by then it may be too late.

Jesus gave the apostles the power to forgive sins, as his very first post-resurrection act. The Church continues that work to this day, and it’s remains the most provocative, in your face assault against the forces of Satan, sin and death, that the world has ever known.

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Seen on the web: Comment about the Catholic Church

This is from a cradle-Catholic, on her way to 82 years old.

There have been many changes in the Roman Catholic Church since I was carried there to be baptized many, many years ago. Some of these changes were mind-boggling to me at the time, but the church changed, nonetheless.

It boggles the mind to imagine the changes that will come to the church in the next 80+ years. God be with it. I loved the church of my youth, and I love the church of today. How can I not? The church has forgiven me, how can i not forgive the church. Thanks be to God.

— gep

Tiller’s church served as “enabler” of his ghastly work

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Isaiah 3:11 Woe to the wicked unto evil: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.

Probably the most deliberately misused, misunderstood, and misapplied passage in scripture is “Judge not, lest ye  be judged.”

While much of modern society self-servingly presumes that Jesus was telling us NOT to JUDGE at all … what Jesus was actually saying is that every believer is obligated to make prudential judgments about a whole array of choices … 24/7 and 365 … but ONLY after having properly formed their consciences in the light of Christ, and with the help of the authentic teachings of his Church.

After spending a lifetime attempting to live up to that awesome responsibility we will one day, be ultimately and finally judged (to Heaven or to Hell) by Jesus Christ alone. It is ONLY in THIS judgment that we are to have no part, at all.

Except for the most radical and liberal sects of Christianity … which might falsely attempt to teach almost anything in Jesus’ name … authentic Christianity has always maintained that the killing of innocents (in this case, by abortion) is intrinsically evil, and something that God would NEVER sanction, under ANY circumstances.

Tiller’s congregation might have saved his life … and the lives of countless innocents … if someone in charge had decided to have a “face to face” with Tiller, explained the absolute need for his authentic contrition and genuine repentance … and after a reasonable trial period … if Tiller remained unable or unwilling to stop the killing … shown him the door.

Some might say that since abortion is legal, that it cannot be sinful … but they would be wrong … since NO government (or ANYONE, for that matter) has the legal right to take an innocent life. 

The scripture verse that all of us should actually keep in mind at all times is, “Go, and sin no more.” since absent authentic contrition (sorrow for sin) and genuine repentance (turning away from sin) God is (typically) not willing to forgive.

Tiller’s ministers should have explained this to him … over and over again, if necessary … in order to help save both his life and his soul.

The fact that Tiller was a long time member of that church, and was an usher there … tells us that Tiller and his entire congregation had instead made a deal with the devil … becoming complicit in the ongoing deaths of thousands of innocent babies, the abuse of as many women, and eventually in Tiller’s own death, as well.

The “judgment” that took place in that church on Pentecost Sunday may not have been of God, but there’s no doubt that God permitted it … just as he had earlier (on Pentecost, 586 B.C.) permitted the Babylonians to destroy Jerusalem and the first Temple … and as he also permitted the Romans to encircle, invade, and shortly, destroy apostate Israel, along with the second Temple, on Pentecost, 70 A.D. 

The congregation that silently condoned and empowered Tiller’s bloody, scandalous, and murderous work has now also been stained with Tiller’s blood. It will always be so.

In the interest of justice, it’s now time for Tiller’s congregation to take a long look at what they stand for, what they’ve done (and failed to do) and what they now ought to do now, to help make things right with God. There’s also plenty of innocent blood that still needs to be mopped up.     

The real question we need to ask is:  “How does ANY Christian group manage to tolerate within their congregation, the constant presence of a totally unrepentant, long-time, notorious slayer of innocent babies? Why didn’t anyone in authority take the necessary steps that might have put an end to the scandal, or (at least) act to somehow mitigate the killing?

The following statement is signed by The Rev. Lowell Michelson and The Rev. Kristin Neitzel of Wichita’s Reformation Lutheran Church — the church to which abortion provider George Tiller belonged, and where he was killed, last Sunday:

The Reformation Lutheran Church family is shocked and deeply saddened by the violent murder of Dr. George Tiller, a longtime member of our congregation, that occurred in our church home May 31.

Editor’s note: (You ought to be sad. Shame on the lot of you!)

Our congregation strives to be a safe place for all people. We deplore the violence that took place within the walls of our church. Further, we reject any notion that violence against another human being is an acceptable way to resolve differences over any issue. We must always strive to engage in peaceful discussion. Our faith calls us to this. Our humanity demands it.

Editor’s note:(It would have been much nicer if your congregation had helped to make Wichita safe for the infants and women upon whose misery Tiller profited so handsomely. When were you planning to tell Tiller that what he was doing was wrong, and that his actions constituted a grievous sin against God and man? What kind of faith do you call that? Blind faith?)

In the wake of this tragic event, our deepest concern is for the family of George Tiller. We ask the community to join us in prayer for them as they face the difficult days ahead. Our hearts ache with them. We also ask that the family’s privacy be respected.

Editor’s note: (Tiller’s family certainly knew what he did for a living. They all profited handsomely from it, and enjoyed a nice standard of living, as a result. They deserve their privacy … and also a big share of the guilt.) 

Members of Reformation Lutheran Church have been deeply affected by this tragedy. To address their needs, we are assembling a team of crisis intervention specialists.

Editor’s note: (You guys are obviously going to need a lot more help than that. Why not try crying out to God for forgiveness, with prayer and fasting, combined with new leadership, all around?)

In this time of uncertainty, we stand firm in the promises of Jesus Christ: forgiveness, hope, love, and new life, even from death. We pray for healing and peace to be restored. We offer our thanks for the many prayers of support from across the country. Your words of encouragement are a blessing to the people of Reformation Lutheran Church and Wichita.

Editor’s note: (Not uncertainty … apostasy! Jesus promised to separate the sheep from the goats, and to send divine judgment and wrath on the fakes and the evil doers. Quit kidding yourselves, before it’s too late. Tiller the Killer is already dead. No telling who might be next. The time for repentance is NOW!)

Psalm 50:16-22 But to the sinner God hath said: Why dost thou declare my justices, and take my covenant in thy mouth? Seeing thou hast hated discipline: and hast cast my words behind thee. If thou didst see a thief thou didst run with him: and with adulterers thou hast been a partaker. Thy mouth hath abounded with evil, and thy tongue framed deceits. Sitting thou didst speak against thy brother, and didst lay a scandal against thy mother’s son: These things hast thou done, and I was silent. Thou thoughtest unjustly that I should be like to thee: but I will reprove thee, and set before thy face. Understand these things, you that forget God; lest he snatch you away, and there be none to deliver you.

Here’s the Official Lutheran ELCA “Position” on Abortion (from their website):

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 The ELCA Social Statement on Abortion , adopted by the 1991 Churchwide Assembly, acknowledges the issue’s complexity, noting that it “evokes strong and varied convictions about … human life and responsibility, freedom and limits.” The statement also offers useful guidance: “A developing life in the womb does not have an absolute right to be born, nor does a pregnant woman have an absolute right to terminate a pregnancy. The concern for both the life of the woman and the developing life in her womb expresses a common commitment to life.”

A last resort

“The strong Christian presumption is to preserve and protect life,” the statement says. “Abortion ought to be an option only of last resort. Therefore, as a church we seek to reduce the need to turn to abortion. …We also deplore the circumstances that lead a woman to consider abortion as the best option available to her.”

The statement adds: “The church recognizes that there can be sound reasons for ending a pregnancy through induced abortion.” These are the threat to a woman’s physical life; when pregnancy has resulted from rape, incest or sexual violence; and fetal abnormalities incompatible with life.

Basic faith convictions undergird the ELCA statement. Created in God’s image, we see all of life as a mysterious, awesome gift. As a community of forgiven sinners, Christians are free to make just and caring choices. In fact, the statement says, “we have both the freedom and the obligation to engage in serious deliberation on moral matters.” A compassionate community, praying and standing with those in struggle, is called neither to judge nor justify but to support people making difficult moral decisions.

Editors note: (With the “wishy-washy” and “luke-warm” spiritual guidance illustrated here, one can understand how these folks could easily tolerate and quickly rationalize even rampant and notorious evil in their congregation, in their community, in their government, and just about anywhere else. Barack Obama, the ABORTION President, must love these guys! I wonder how long they “deliberated” with Tiller the Killer, before just “giving in”? This is the height of moral apostasy!

The spiritual works of mercy are:

To instruct the ignorant;

To counsel the doubtful;

To admonish sinners;

To bear wrongs patiently;

To forgive offences willingly;

To comfort the afflicted;

To pray for the living and the dead.

So be it. May God have mercy on us all.)

Do Christians practice “blood sacrifice” to be forgiven for their sins?

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Q: Do Christians practice “blood sacrifice” to be forgiven for their sins?

A: It was necessary for Christ’s innocent blood to be shed in order for satan’s evil dominion to be destroyed, so that mankind might be redeemed from slavery to satan, sin, and death, and subsequently reconciled with God.

The precise reasons and the practical application for all this is a complex theological matter that is actually little understood, even by theologians … let alone average Christians.

Catholics do indeed regularly offer Jesus’ body and his blood to God in a timeless liturgical re-presentation of Christ’s one time, once for all, eternal sacrifice for the sins of the world, because that’s exactly what Jesus told us to do.

That holy sacrifice is known as the Mass … and it works!

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