The Transfiguration

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Seen at The Catholic Treasure Chest Website

How many Churches did Jesus Christ found?

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Q: How many Churches did Jesus Christ found?

A:  He founded only one Church.
And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” – Matthew 16:18

Notice that it is only ONE CHURCH in that verse. He did say Church, and not churches, did He not?

Thanks to Bob Stanley, of the Catholic Treasure Chest

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Ships and Boats, Arks and Barques

Have you ever noticed that there are several stories in Holy Scripture regarding ships and boats being tossed about in a tempest, and that all of those who remained aboard were saved?

Noah’s Ark saved only eight people, Noah and his wife, their three sons, Sem, Ham, and Japeth, and their wives. When the great flood came, whoever was not in the Ark perished and was not saved.

Genesis 7:13-23. This Noah’s Ark Old Testament story is a type of the ‘Ark’ of the New Testament, the Catholic Church. 

Noah built an ark:

Hebrews 11:7, “By faith Noah, having been warned concerning things not seen as yet, prepared with pious fear an ark in which to save his household. Having thus condemned the world, he was made heir of the justice which is through faith.” 

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Written and Submitted by Bob Stanley, of The Catholic Treasure Chest

Fascinating True Story – Discovering the Bones of St. Peter

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Mid 20th century excavations below St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus wasn’t kidding when he said, “Thou art Peter, and upon this Rock I will build my Church.”

It was St. Peter who fearlessly went to Rome, and who established the Catholic Church there around 42 AD, to be eventually martyred on orders from the crazed emperor, Nero. 

The ancients were right when they remembered St. Peter being crucified upside down, on or very near the spot where the famous obelisk now stands, in the middle of St. Peter’s square. 

Peter’s skeleton … minus the ankles and feet … was found buried directly below the basilica named for him there, in the Vatican.

The excavation site (“Scavi”) is open to the public, and it provides an amazing view of the ancient necropolis (cemetery) where large numbers of the faithful apparently arranged to be buried in close proximity to the final resting place of the man that Jesus hand-picked to “Feed my sheep”.

Early Christian graffiti marks the spot.

This is something every Catholic should become familiar with, since many anti-Catholic groups still attempt to deny that St. Peter was appointed the leader of the Church by Christ, and they also attempt to deny that St. Peter ever went to Rome.  

Click the link to read the whole story:

http://www.saintpetersbasilica.org/Necropolis/Scavi.htm

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Why Should Someone Consider Becoming Catholic?

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You should only consider becoming Catholic if:

You understand that the Church St. Peter established in Rome around the year 42 AD is the very same Church that was born on Pentecost, in Jerusalem, and the very same Church that has been known around the world as Catholic, since at least 107 AD.

You understand that it was the Catholic Church that compiled, wrote, and certiifed ALL the authentic scriptures, translating the Bible into the common language of the people, by the end of the 4th century.

You understand that the Bible will always remain a Catholic book, written by Catholics, for Catholics, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that the NT of the Bible reflects only authentic Catholic beliefs and practices.

You want to meet Christ in the flesh, BEFORE you stand before him in Judgment.

You want to understand and appreciate ALL that God has revealed, for the purpose of our salvation.

You prefer the clear and constant guidance of the authentic Church, to the 50,000 or so various “anointed” interpretations of scripture, and to the millions of self declared “preachers” who claim to “know” widely differing versions of God’s truth.

You want to have an ongoing personal relationship with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit … along with all the angels and saints.

You want to regularly participate in the very same sacrifice, and obtain the very same blessings, that flowed from Christ’s one time, once for all, eternal sacrifice for sin, on the cross at Calvary.

You appreciate the on-going, 2000 year tradition of the finest, God-inspired theological scholarship that the world has ever known … along with a complete and correct official Catechism that clearly defines all the truths of the faith.

You find crackers and grape juice to be somewhat “less filling” than the real and substantial body, blood, soul, and divinity of the risen Jesus Christ.

You appreciate the peace of mind that comes with KNOWING for sure that God has forgiven ALL your sins … right here and right now … without exception.

You like being part of the living sacred Tradition that is the authentic Christian Church … the People of God … and the Mystical Body of Christ.

You actually believe the Bible when it shows Jesus giving sweeping, unprecedented, unrestricted, and everlasting power and authority to St. Peter, to the apostles, and to their duly ordained successors, for the purpose of our salvation … and to no other persons, groups, or books.

You understand that it’s no coincidence the Catholic Church has outlasted every other world government of any kind, and that the nations still look to the Vatican for “light” and for “salt”.

You realize that the discovery of the bones of St. Peter beneath the basilica in the Vatican, during mid 20th century excavations, means that Jesus really wasn’t kidding, when he said, “Thou art Peter, and upon this Rock I will build my Church.”

You realize that corruption and sin has plagued the Church since Judas, that evil will never stop attacking the Church, both from within and without, yet the Church will always remain one, holy, and without blemish, because it belongs to God.

You have faith in Christ … in ALL that he did for us, and in ALL that he promised, without exception or limitation.

What’s the Deal On Papal Infallibility?

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First of all … there’s absolutely no doubt about the fact that St. Peter was the leader of the Church,
and that he was the unanimous choice of both Jesus and his Father:

Mat 16:15 Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am? 
Mat 16:16 Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God.
Mat 16:17 And Jesus answering said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood
hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven.

This was followed immediately by the following divine promise, which in terms of absolute power and authority, is unprecedented in power and scope … even when compared to the Old Testament promises that God made
to Abraham, Israel, Moses, and others:

Mat 16:18 And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this Rock I will build my church,
and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Mat 16:19 And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven.
And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven:
and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.

The simple fact is … when God himself promises you the “Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven”
and he backs it up with the his personal assurance that he will back whatever decisions
you make, even so far as translating your earthly decisions into heavenly laws …
that’s about as INFALLIBLE as ANYONE can ever get!
This doesn’t mean everything the Pope says is without error,
or that the Pope is incapable of error, or sin.
It does mean that when the Pope sees a need, as the leader of the whole Church,
to make a definitive statement regarding faith and/or morals,
he can invoke this divine mandate, and speak his mind,
knowing that even if he is WRONG, God will keep up his end of the deal,
and somehow make it right! 
In actual practice, throughout the 2000 year history of the Catholic Church,
the Pope has invoked this power of infallibility twice … or only about once every thousand years.And for the die hard critics out there … this power is nothing new.
Even the corrupt high priest Caiphus,
who convicted Jesus of blasphemy and sent him to Pilate, to be sentenced to death,
had the official power and the absolute right to speak infallibly … and he did.
Infallibility … the divine power to prophesy, if you will … has been with us for a long, long time.
Virtually all the Old Testament prophets and priests had it, 
so why shouldn’t the God-appointed leader
 of the grace empowered New Covenant Christian Church have it … even more? 
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The third time Jesus appeared to the apostles after the resurrection,
Jesus personally presided at St. Peter’s official “swearing-in” ceremony.
Note the triple scrutiny (3rd appearance of Christ, 3 affirmations of Peter’s faith and love, 3 divine commands):

Joh 21:14 This is now the third time that Jesus was manifested to his disciples, after he was risen from the dead.
Joh 21:15 When therefore they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me more than these?
He saith to him: Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs.
Joh 21:16 He saith to him again: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? He saith to him: yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs.
Joh 21:17 He said to him the third time: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he had said to him the third time: Lovest thou me? And he said to him: Lord, thou knowest all things: thou knowest that I love thee.
He said to him: Feed my sheep.

And just so there wouldn’t be any misconceptions about “power and glory” this time, Jesus immediately explained to St. Peter that the only earthly reward Peter would ultimately receive
would be imprisonment and death: 
  
Joh 21:18 Amen, amen, I say to thee, When thou wast younger, thou didst gird thyself and didst walk where thou wouldst.
But when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands,
and another shall gird thee and lead thee whither thou wouldst not.
Joh 21:19 And this he said, signifying by what death he should glorify God.
And when he had said this, he saith to him: Follow me.

All of this was done in light of the eternal nature
of the one, holy, apostolic, and Catholic Church that Jesus founded,
for the express purpose of our salvation, that would endure until the end of time:

Mat 28:16 And the eleven disciples went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
Mat 28:17 And seeing him they adored: but some doubted.
Mat 28:18 And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.
Mat 28:19 Going therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.
And behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.

A Church that would last until the end of time would no doubt need to have
an enduring structure, along with Spirit anointed leadership and government.
The hierarchical government of the Catholic Church
is based on what we know of the hierarchical structure of Heaven:

Act 20:28 Take heed to yourselves and to the whole flock, wherein the Holy Ghost hath placed you bishops,
to rule the Church of God which he hath purchased with his own blood.
Act 20:29 I know that after my departure ravening wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
Act 20:30 And of your own selves shall arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

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