Ascension Thursday is significant for everyone … Christian or not!

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On Ascension Thursday, God once and for all time elevated humanity to heavenly status in the person of the already glorified and resurrected Jesus Christ.

Jesus quite rightly took his (by now, well used) human body with him to Heaven, since at his conception in the blessed womb of the Virgin Mary, it had become a permanent  and eternal part of his divine person-hood … along with his godly spirit and his human soul.

And lest we forget, that same Christ remains truly present in the Holy Eucharist in a corporal (substantial) way … so when we receive Holy Communion, we become one with he who is already eternally exaulted at the right hand of his heavenly Father … and we also receive a renewal of  Christ’s promise that we too might share a similar destiny, should we choose to remain faithful to Jesus, our Savior … who is the only one with the power that’s necessary for us to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil.

Also of some comfort is the fact that the one who will judge each of us on the Last Day … will also be one of us … in every good way.

It’s worth noting that while Jesus took his human body up to Heaven with him, he deliberately left his Catholic Church behind on the Earth, for the purpose of our salvation … to baptize in the the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit … to preach and teach the authentic Gospel to all the world … and to be the universal sacrament of salvation for all … until he comes again.

Until that great day, when our human bodies will be fully restored and finally transformed into glory … just like Jesus’ … let’s remember that all human life is sacred … because Jesus personally made it so … when he took on human flesh, suffered, and then died, in order to redeem us.

For that particular reason (and many more) we ALL belong to Jesus … whether we happen to be Christian … or not!

Acts 1:4-12 And eating together with them, he commanded them, that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but should wait for the promise of the Father, which you have heard (saith he) by my mouth. For John indeed baptized with water: but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost, not many days hence. They therefore who were come together, asked him, saying: Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom of Israel? But he said to them: It is not for you to know the time or moments, which the Father hath put in his own power: But you shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had said these things, while they looked on, he was raised up: and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they were beholding him going up to heaven, behold two men stood by them in white garments. Who also said: Ye men of Galilee, why stand you looking up to heaven? This Jesus who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come as you have seen him going into heaven. Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount that is called Olivet, which is nigh Jerusalem, within a sabbath day’s journey.

Why do people blaspheme the Roman Catholic Church, when it is the only path to salvation?

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Q: Why do people blaspheme the Roman Catholic Church, when it is the only path to salvation?
                                          
A: You’re certainly right about the blasphemy. The Catholic Church was born of the Holy Spirit on the first Christian Pentecost. Of that there is no doubt.

Anyone who knowingly and intentionally ascribes the work of the Holy Spirit to the devil is truly blasphemous. And that may well be blasphemy of the worst kind … the unforgivable sin.

The Catholic Church is the only Church that Jesus ever founded, authorized, constituted, empowered, and eternally guaranteed. Jesus did all that personally, while he still walked the earth, and he never did anything even remotely similar for any other person or group.

Anyone whom God might choose to “save” will be saved by the application of the grace that Jesus Christ obtained for us on the cross … grace that he has already entrusted to the Catholic Church, for the purpose of our salvation.

God is sovereign, and he can save anyone for any reason, with no qualifications at all, if he cares to. But anyone who gets invited into heaven, no matter what their religion, will first be purified and transformed by the grace of Christ, and somehow, the Catholic Church, the universal sacrament of salvation, will remain an absolutely essential part of that mysterious process.

So … you are absolutely right in all that you say.