Worth Remembering: Fathers Are The Priests Of The Home!

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The Ten Commandments For A Husband And Father

I. Develop an intimate, personal relationship with Jesus, allowing Him to forgive you of your past, to talk to you, to heal you and to guide you. Then, trust the Holy Spirit in all things. Trust Him to provide everything you need, including financial help.

II. Get your priorities in order: Jesus first, your wife second, your children third, your work fourth, etc. Develop a weekly schedule, blocking out quality time for the Lord, your wife, each child and the family as a whole. A husband’s most important time during any given day is the first five minutes when he gets home from work and the love and attention he shows his wife and children at that time. Remember that your human fatherhood is rooted in the Divine Fatherhood of Almighty God (cf. Ephesians 3:14-15; cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2214).

III. Realize that you are the “priest” of the home. It is your primary responsibility to oversee the TV and its influence, the internet and its influence, as well as the books and magazines that enter into your home. You must stand firmly against all evil influences, asking constantly for God’s strength and guidance to lead your family in living a pure, holy and non-violent lifestyle. Esto vir! (Be a man!). A father fosters moral virtue within his home first and foremost by example. Get into the habit of blessing your children – both alone and with your wife – before they go to sleep at night or before they leave the house in the morning.

Seven more – from Father Wade Menezes

PRAYER FOR OUR FAMILY Heavenly Father, most good and gracious God, sustain our family in Your love. Make our family home a place where holiness and love abound. In our daily actions, help each one of us to learn to be more like Jesus. Aid our family to imitate the Holy Family of Nazareth: Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Help our family to learn from the good example of those families that especially please You in their way of life. May our family members learn to give good example always by living lives in true Christian faith, hope and love. Assist our family in learning to bear pain and suffering as Jesus did. Aid our family members, too, in overcoming difficulties and carrying their crosses. Help our family life to lead to Jesus Christ, the Source of all Truth and happiness. We ask this through Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. AMEN.

FAMILY PRAYER TO OUR BLESSED MOTHER, MARY Holy Mary, Virgin Mother of God, we seek your patronage and we invoke you under your title “Queen of Families.” O Blessed Mother, you were conceived without sin. May every family choose you this day as the model for their household, along with St. Joseph, your most loving, chaste and caring spouse. Through your Immaculate Conception, preserve all families from every disaster, from all violence and from every misfortune. O Holy Virgin, bless and protect all families, strengthen them in trial and keep them from every evil. AMEN.

Submitted by Robert K.

Priest erroneously thinks the Catholic faith is based on the 10 Commandments

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The Catholic faith is based on the saving work of Jesus Christ
on the cross, at Calvary – not on any law

While there have long been shared campuses between Roman Catholic and non- denominational schools at primary level, the East Renfrewshire school would be the first to house Catholic and Jewish pupils on the same site.

Scotland’s first shared campus high school, St David’s Roman Catholic High School and Dalkeith High in Midlothian, opened in 2003.

The Rev Thomas Boyle, who is representing the Catholic Church during the East Renfrewshire Council consultation, said the Church had been “wary” in the past of campuses being shared with non-denominational schools. However, he said the proposal for two faith schools on one site was a “good idea”.

“Two schools from different religious traditions, each with their own ethos, headteacher and staff, both based on the commandments, cannot but complement each other,” he said.

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Editor’s note:  St. Paul would disagree…

Galatians 2:16 But knowing that man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, we also believe in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by the faith of Christ and not by the works of the law: because by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.

To explain further …

Galatians 3:1-29 (1) O senseless Galatians, who hath bewitched you that you should not obey the truth: before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been set forth, crucified among you?
(2) This only would I learn of you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law or by the hearing of faith?
(3) Are you so foolish that, whereas you began in the Spirit, you would now be made perfect by the flesh?
(4) Have you suffered so great things in vain? If it be yet in vain.
(5) He therefore who giveth to you the Spirit and worketh miracles among you: doth he do it by the works of the law or by the hearing of the faith?
(6) As it is written: Abraham believed God: and it was reputed to him unto justice.
(7) Know ye, therefore, that they who are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
(8) And the scripture, foreseeing that God justifieth the Gentiles by faith, told unto Abraham before: In thee shall all nations be blessed.
(9) Therefore, they that are of faith shall be blessed with faithful Abraham.
(10) For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse. For it is written: Cursed is every one that abideth, not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
(11) But that in the law no man is justified with God, it is manifest: because the just man liveth by faith.
(12) But the law is not of faith: but he that doth those things shall live in them.
(13) Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us (for it is written: Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree).
(14) That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Christ Jesus: that we may receive the promise of the Spirit by faith.
(15) Brethren (I speak after the manner of man), yet a man’s testament, if it be confirmed, no man despiseth nor addeth to it.
(16) To Abraham were the promises made and to his seed. He saith not: And to his seeds as of many. But as of one: And to thy seed, which is Christ.
(17) Now this I say: that the testament which was confirmed by God, the law which was made after four hundred and thirty years doth not disannul, to make the promise of no effect.
(18) For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise. But God gave it to Abraham by promise.
(19) Why then was the law? It was set because of transgressions, until the seed should come to whom he made the promise, being ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
(20) Now a mediator is not of one: but God is one.
(21) Was the law then against the promises of God: God forbid! For if there had been a law given which could give life, verily justice should have been by the law.
(22) But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise, by the faith of Jesus Christ, might be given to them that believe.
(23) But before the faith came, we were kept under the law shut up, unto that faith which was to be revealed.
(24) Wherefore the law was our pedagogue in Christ: that we might be justified by faith.
(25) But after the faith is come, we are no longer under a pedagogue.
(26) For you are all the children of God, by faith in Christ Jesus.
(27) For as many of you as have been baptized in Christ have put on Christ.
(28) There is neither Jew nor Greek: there is neither bond nor free: there is neither male nor female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.
(29) And if you be Christ’s, then are you the seed of Abraham, heirs according to the promise.

Old Law – Fulfilled and Set Aside By Jesus Christ

Doug responds to those who believe certain features of the Old Law “automatically” made their way into the New Covenant Catholic Church

by Doug Lawrence

In a recent post, Professor Howard Kainz offered his opinion that the Old (Mosaic) Law was somehow automatically stripped of its dietary and other obsolete features, and that its great moral precepts somehow, automatically made their way into the New Covenant Catholic Church.

Not to try to “muddy the waters” … but the New Covenant was all-new … not reliant at all upon anything in the Old Covenant … except for the perfect fulfillment of all that was written in the books of the Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms … by the promised Messiah … Jesus Christ.

The risen Jesus said as much, himself. And earlier, he had used the example of old and new wine skins to explain why the new would be essentially incompatible with the old.

Jesus Christ released us from the curse of the Old Law … every jot and tittle of it … and replaced that now obsolete concept with the grace and peace available only through him and the Catholic Church he personally founded, authorized, empowered, and eternally guaranteed … for that express purpose.

Jesus gave St. Peter and the apostles the awesome and virtually unrestricted power of binding and loosing … and with the help of the Holy Spirit … they and their successors shortly decided to reaffirm certain basic tenets that had been contained in the old law … and totally do away with others.

Martin Luther and his ideological descendants gravely err when they deny the power of the Catholic Church to govern and to make rules for the benefit of the Christian faithful.

Other than that, there’s absolutely no basis in scripture or tradition for the automatic, selective movement of portions of the Old Covenant laws over to the New Covenant Catholic Church. The hierarchy of the Catholic Church deliberately made those critical judgments and decisions, much as they are still being made today … usually by means of papal decrees and duly called synods and councils.

None of this happened by accident … by autopilot … or by osmosis. All was accomplished by the Catholic Church, according to the foreknowledge and plan of Almighty God.

Thank God we Catholics have the grace and peace of Jesus Christ, the head of the Catholic Church, and the source and summit of our Christian life, as our first, best, and final resort … instead of the totality of the Old Law, which though it was certainly of God, never saved a soul … because that job was always rightly reserved for Jesus, himself.

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Pope Benedict’s three simple rules for living a holy life

Addressing an estimated 12,000 people in St. Peter’s Square April 13, Pope Benedict said there are three simple rules for living a holy life:

“Never let a Sunday go by without an encounter with the risen Christ in the Eucharist; this is not an added burden, it is light for the entire week.”

“Never begin or end a day without at least a brief contact with God” in prayer.

“And along the pathway of our lives, follow the road signs that God has given us in the Ten Commandments, read in the light of Christ; they are nothing other than explanations of what is love in specific situations.”

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Sharia Law: The False Messiah of Islam.

Muslim Sharia Law (with a few modifications) is based on the same Ten Commandments that were given to Moses on Mt. Sinai.

Like the Scribes and Pharisees, who officially interpreted and enforced the old Mosaic Law, Islam has its own group of Ayatollahs and Imams.

Unfortunately, the Jews and the Muslims never came to understand that the old Law 1) was never intended to last forever; and 2) was actually a curse.

Here’s how this works:

The first thing Moses did (after getting a set of replacement tablets, from God) was to add a rather extensive set of statutes and ordinances to the original Commandments, creating what we know as the Mosaic Law.

Over time, other statutes and ordinances were added, making the Law ever more heavy and onerous, until … by the time of Christ … the whole thing was so laden with arcane and pointless requirements … that it … along with its corrupt administrators … the Scribes and the Pharisees … served to spiritually oppress the entire Nation of Israel … much as the Roman occupation oppressed them, civilly.

The Jews of that time had to endure (literally) the worst of all possible worlds!

Now comes Jesus, the Messiah, the promised Holy One of Israel, who would perfectly fulfill all that was written about him in the books of the Psalms and the Prophets, and by his saving death, also fulfill every jot and tittle of his Law, setting it aside … in favor of his all new and better covenant, and his grace empowered Catholic (universal) Church.

Refusing to accept even the possibility that God might choose to send his only begotten son as the redeemer of all mankind, Muhammad fell victim to the same spiritual blindness that still afflicts the Jews.

Meanwhile … thanks to the Holy Spirit … we Christians came to understand that Jesus Christ freed us from the curse of the old Mosaic Law. A law which was never intended to save souls … or to last forever … but only to point out the utter sinfulness and imperfections of man … and to demonstrate the absolute need for a holy redeemer.

In truth … Jesus Christ and his grace … not any law … is the first, best, and final recourse … of every Christian.

So, anyone who prefers to rely instead, on “keeping the law” in order to please God, is bound to fail.

Failing, there is no recourse … so a person is then practically bound to live a cursed existence … constantly oppressed by the law’s onerous, essentially pointless requirements … and always “under the thumb” of various officials, who serve to interpret and enforce it.

This seems to be an apt description of Sharia Law, as currently practiced throughout the Muslim world today. Does it not?

The eternal consequences of this grievous error are also very significant, since as we know, no one ever obtained salvation by “keeping the law”.

But what about today’s Christians, still attempting to observe the Ten Commandments? Isn’t that equally absurd?

Absolutely not!

With Jesus Christ as our savior, the Law no longer constitutes a curse, since even when we fail to keep it, forgiveness, absolution, sanctifying grace, and a fresh start … remain constantly and freely available to us, through the sacraments and devotions of the Catholic Church.

So, even when we Christians fail, salvation is still within our means … since our “means” is none other than Jesus Christ! (How’s that for a practical definition of faith?)

Thanks be to God!

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Evangelist Ray Comfort (wrongly) claims the Catholic Church is selling its followers short.

According to Comfort, the Ten Commandments, as transcribed in the Catholic bible, are different from those that appear in the King James translation, in that the Catholic version does not include the prohibition on graven images.

Editor’s note: Mr. Comfort is a Protestant evangelist who fails to understand that every jot and tittle of the old law (in the Greek, “iota”) including all of the the original 10 Commandments, was perfectly fulfilled and set aside by Jesus Christ, when Jesus fulfilled all things, and gave us the (all new) New Covenant, in his blood.

If Jesus had not done so, then we Christians would all have been “stuck” under the curse of the old law until the end of time … unredeemed and unreconciled with God … just like the Jews and the Muslims.

Under the awesome and virtually unrestricted powers granted to the Catholic Church alone, by Jesus Christ (including but not limited to “Binding and Loosing … on Earth and in Heaven) the newly established, early 1st century Catholic Church … shortly decided to re-adapt and reaffirm the Commandments … in a way that was fully compatible with the new law of grace and mercy in Jesus Christ, on which we New Covenant Christians are uniquely empowered to faithfully rely.

That’s why the Ten Commandments of the Catholic Church differ from those listed in the Old Testament … why Protestant Bibles don’t match up with Catholic ones … and why the old prohibition against “graven images” no longer exists.

But since Mr. Comfort is willingly ignorant of such things, and prefers to depend only on his extremely limited personal understanding of authentic Christian theology and the sacred scriptures, he instead chooses to criticize the teachings of the only church that was ever founded, authorized, empowered and eternally guaranteed by Jesus Christ … for the purpose of our salvation … the Catholic Church.

Such are the errors of heretics and apostates everywhere, no matter how good their intentions!

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Q: If law is the ministration of condemnation and death, did Jesus condemn himself to death by fulfilling law?

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Q: If  the law is the ministration of condemnation and death, did Jesus condemn himself to death by fulfilling law?

A: To the contrary … perfectly fulfilling the law while totally avoiding sin is the only way to escape death, since under God’s oldest and most essential law, the “Law of Sin and Death” ONLY one without sin is NOT liable to die.

That’s why Satan and his minions had no business doing what they did to the totally impeccable Jesus.  And that’s why Jesus’ death officially put Satan out of business, forever … since nobody … not even the devil … then, the acknowledged “Prince of this World” …  had the power or the authority to take the life of a sinless man … let alone the only begotten son of God.

As for the rest of us, no matter how hard we try, we’re stuck with our inherited sinfulness, due to Adam’s original fall from grace. So without faith in Jesus Christ and true allegiance to him, who is our God, our High Priest, our brother, and our holy Redeemer, and who is also the only “well spring” of God’s sanctifying grace, we typically remain slaves to Satan, sin and death, forever.

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