The Third day He rose again from the dead!!!
August 24, 2014
Second part, of the Fifth Article of the Apostle’s Creed
We have talked, actually typed and hopefully read, wink wink, much of what has been written on this blog about Our Dear Lord and His life and death. Now we need to look at the true historical event that took place on that First Easter Sunday! I have to say, I love meditating on the Glorious Mysteries of Our Lord and Lady’s Holy Rosary, especially on this mystery in particular ; Jesus’ Resurrection. In the words on Father Fernbeck, ” can you just imagine, ” seeing Our Blessed Lord’s resurrection, actually seeing Him come out of that tomb in His Glorified state at that ! It truly is a mystery worth meditating and praying on with much regularity. So, as I have stated here before, this blog deals with the TRUE TEACHINGS of The One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, and this part of the catechesis is also part of our Faith. I cannot stress with enough emphasis that Jesus’ Resurrection is not just a strict mystery, but a historical ,reasonable and credible, recorded event that can be substantiated and proved through the many historic documents and witness testimonies that are still available to us today. As St Paul saids in 1 Corinthian 15:” And if Christ be not risen again, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.” We know, for a fact that Jesus truly raised Himself from the dead, by His own Divine Power because of the testimony of His disciples and the hundreds of other witnesses that saw Him. If you do not believe this, than no reasonable, sane person could ever believe in any recorded history or person that existed for that matter, that has ever been written about at almost anytime in history. We have much more historical, recorded history detailing about Jesus’ life death and resurrection than we do about any historian before or even after His time on earth including Josephus among the Jews, Caesar and Pliny among the Romans, and Herodotus and Thucydides, Plato and Aristotle among the Greeks. So, it is a very reasonable, historical and credible mystery, to believe in Our Lord and His Glorious Resurrection. One other historical, recorded proof just amazes and adds tremendous credibility to the truth of Our Lord’s Resurrection , is the fact of the willing, courageous martyrdom of 11 of the 12 Apostle’s and the many disciples and witnesses of Our Lord’s Resurrection . So many of the same Apostles and disciples who originally abandoned our Lord because of fear, most heroically went willing to their death for Him only after having seen Our Lord after He raised Himself from the dead. We know to this day where many of those Apostles and disciples are actually buried today! Yes, today, we can visit the Holy Relics of many of the first martyrs, many are in Rome at St Peters Basilica and all over Rome for that matter. People don’t willingly die for something they don’t believe in, they just don’t. Especially not the way so many of the disciples of Jesus did, who happily, joyfully, and willingly were martyred giving witness and true testimony to Our Risen Lord! We still have martyrs today, look at Syria and Iraq in particular, and please pray for our brothers and sisters in the middle east especially!
I will continue more on Jesus’ Resurrection shortly
May God Bless us and protect us from the world, ourselves and the devil
He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead!
August 18, 2014
The Fifth Article of the Apostle’s Creed
” He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead “
when we hear the word “Hell,” I believe what comes to some peoples minds is the burning furnace of Hell, the smell of sulphur, where the demons of satan are running about everywhere, unchecked, tearing souls apart, limb from limb in an everlasting fire, howling and screaming, uneneding suffering and absolute hopelessness, deprived of ever seeing God. Something say, from the imagery detailed in Dantes Inferno, his Divine Comedy. Now, I must state this plainly, I do not suggest at all that this “Hell” is not real, however, this is not the “Hell” that we are going to be covering in the Fifth Article of the Apostle’s Creed. The Hell that Jesus descended into is also known as “the abode of the dead,” or the Limbo of the Fathers, or the underworld or Sheol in Hebrew, or Hades in Greek. This is the place, where the souls of the just were dwelling. The souls of the Old Testament Saints would have been there awaiting Our Dear Lords arrival. the souls of Adam and Eve, Moses, king David, Samuel the Prophet, Ruth, Isaiah, Daniel, Jeremiah, the Maccabean Martyrs, St Joseph and even St John the Baptist would have been their waiting for Our Lords arrival, and so many more. This Hell, was definitely a much better Hell to be in, than that other Hell that we will be discussing in another post. I believe this is why in more modern versions of the Creed we hear or read, that “He descended to the dead.” I have to admit, that I am not favourable to any change in any Creed or teaching to the Church at all, however, this particular change from the word “hell” to” dead” seems to make some sense and clear up a misconception. But, I still say “Hell” regardless! The word would never have to be changed to” dead” if ALL Pastors of souls didn’t shy away from the teachings of Hell and properly catechize ALL truths of the Faith and make the distinction between the two hells.
Jesus descended to the underworld after He died to visit the souls of the just who had died up to that time and were detained in the limbo of the Fathers. His descent was a manifestation of His power and authority over ALL Creation, including the underworld. Christ visited the just souls not with His body but with His soul, united with His Divinity, because Jesus truly died as we learned in the previous post. You may be asking, why would just souls be detained in limbo? Simple answer, sin! Christ came to save us from sin, He alone could open the gates of heaven to us and restore friendship with God, He is our Redeemer! If you take notice of the art I chose for this post, also referred to as “The Harrowing of Hell,” it shows the doors of hell busted down by Our Lord, and He is carrying the Standard of Salvation. Can you just imagine the joy that the just souls must have had when that door was smashed down by Our Lord. However, we have to remember a very important point; the souls of the just did not immediately enter heaven after Jesus preached salvation to them and gave them the Good News. The souls of the just in limbo, still had to wait 40 days until Jesus’ ascension into Heaven, only after that, were the souls of the just able to enjoy the Beatific Vision and have a true face to face with God!
Next post we will look at the second part of this article that deals with the Resurrection of Our Lord!
May God protect us from the world, the devil, and ourselves!
ps please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters that are still being persecuted in the Middle East, most especially in Syria and Iraq!!!!!
URGENT STATEMENT OF THE CHALDEAN PATRIARCH
August 10, 2014
BREAKING: URGENT STATEMENT OF THE CHALDEAN PATRIARCH On Alarming Situation of 130,000 Refugees and Other Grave Matters this from Rorate Caeli Blog
Please Help Iraqi Christians!!! Caution, Graphic Images!!!
August 9, 2014
The Work of Satan and his henchmen the Muslim group ISIS
A member of ISIS who just found his new, absolutely terrified 7 yr old Bride. Can anyone who has children or not, even imagine this? Some of these ISIS fighters are from our very own backyards in Ontario Canada!!! It won’t be long before ISIS visits here, they need to be stopped!!!!! Please call members of government and plead with them to help these brothers and sisters of ours!!
Prayer and fasting followed by real action is called for!!!
WARNING !!!!!! These next couple of pics are very graphic but need to be seen!!!!!!!!
Yes, that poor little girl has had her head cut off by the followers of mohammed….God have Mercy on us all!!!
Obviously whoever made it this far in this blog literally gets the picture. This work of satan and his army are here on this earth NOW!!!! Yes, they are here NOW!!! We need to take action, yes by prayer and fasting and sacrifice money and more if necessary.
The best Aid agency I have found to date with boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria is www.cnewa.org
About a month ago, I wrote to you about the terrified Christians of Iraq — trapped between the armed extremists of ISIS and Iraqi government forces. Many people responded with extreme generosity. If you were among them, I thank you very much for your donation.
But I’ve received alarming new reports from our regional staff. The nightmare was only just beginning. As ISIS escalates its rampage of hate, thousands of families have now been forced to run for their lives. You can help them by clicking here.
and more than 100,000 Christians are fleeing in terror.
Local sisters, priests and religious workers are scrambling to provide shelter. Local villagers are struggling to provide food and water. But it just isn’t enough.
And ISIS wants to expel or destroy them all.
ease the suffering of these frightened families.
What will happen next? I’m afraid we’ll soon find out. But with your support, CNEWA will walk with these courageous Christians. Whatever happens and wherever they go.
Remember: The help you give today could mean the difference between life and death for these families.
Thank you and God bless you,
P.S. Please forward this urgent email to your family and friends.
AN URGENT LETTER OF THE CHALDEAN PATRIARCH
August 7, 2014
AN URGENT LETTER OF THE CHALDEAN PATRIARCH