Month: October 2014

The Sixth Article of the Apostle’s Creed

” He ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right of God, the Father Almighty “

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      I apologize for not posting on Catechesis as much lately. The mission of this site has not changed,if anything, it has been strengthened and galvanized. Now, more than ever, it has become so glaringly obvious, that Catechesis in its most basic form, is so desperately needed. Not only is Catechesis needed for the lay faithful, or the potential convert or revert, but also for many, and I say many Catholic priests and their superiors. I will do my best to provide sound Catechesis on a regular basis. Please, print, copy, email, send whatever information from this site that you find useful for yourself, students, children, parents, priests, Bishops…… Use whatever you like from this site to help evangelize and catechize the population. Just give Canadian Catechist a little plug,  that’s all I ask :-). And yes, I do use emoticons lol!!!

    Once again, sorry for the delay in posting on Catechesis. I have had a couple of minor health issues that I have been dealing with lately. Nothing serious, but definitely enough to slow me down a bit. This month, I am also preparing for the thirty-day Ignatian retreat of the Spiritual Exercises. So please keep me in your prayers, I am going to need them. The Spiritual Exercises start on November first for myself and some of the other members of the Marian Catechist Apostolate who are working towards becoming Consecrated Marian Catechists. I hope others who read this site consider becoming Marian Catechists.

He ascended into Heaven

   Let us begin with the first part of the article,  “He ascended into Heaven“. Because of the fact that Jesus now has a  glorified body ( which in itself, has many amazing characteristics ), he was able to ascend  into Heaven by use of His human power, as well as His Divine power. Jesus ascended by His own power. He was not taken up into Heaven like Elias  from the Old Testament here in 2 Kings 2:[11]And as they went on, walking and talking together, behold a fiery chariot, and fiery horses parted them both asunder: and Elias went up by a whirlwind into heaven.”  So, we believe as it says in the Catechism of the Council of Trent that “ we believe that Christ ascended into Heaven as God and man by His own power.”  You see, because Jesus now has a  glorified body, he could travel at the behest of His soul. He could literally go wherever His Soul wished. We call this particular characteristic of a glorified body, “ Agility “. The  agility  that Jesus’ glorified body now has, gives him the ability to move at the speed of light at the command of the will. Their are some other really awesome characteristics that a  glorified body has that I’m itching to tell you about, but they will have to wait until I post on the ” the eleventh article of the Apostle’s Creed “, which is coming soon!

    Some may be wondering, or ask the question, ” why did Jesus go to Heaven” ? Why didn’t Jesus stay here? He could have stayed if He chose to as the God and man, right? To answer the last question first, Jesus is here as God and man, hidden under the species of bread and wine in every Catholic Church in the Holy Eucharist. To answer the question of why did Jesus go to Heaven. He told us exactly why He went in John 17:[7]But I tell you the truth: it is expedient to you that I go: for if I go not, the Paraclete will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. ” So, when He goes to Heaven, Jesus will send the Holy Ghost to help to strengthen and  confirm  the Apostle’s in their Faith. That is not all, their is another very important reason that Jesus went to Heaven. Also from the Gospel of John Chapter 14: [2]” In my Father’ s house there are many mansions. If not, I would have told you: because I go to prepare a place for you. [3] And if I shall go, and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will take you to myself; that where I am, you also may be.” Jesus is going to prepare a place for His followers.

    So far, just from this little bit of text from the  sixth article of the Apostle’s Creed  we have a lot of catechetical teaching. Their is more. Jesus  didn’t go to Heaven alone, oh no, He brought others with Him! Who did He bring? He brought the souls of the just whom He had delivered from the limbo of the Fathers. Those whom He preached to when He “ descended into hell “. All the Old Testament Saints including Adam and Eve, St John the Baptist, St Samuel, St David…..went with the Most Glorious King of Heaven and Earth into Heaven that very day, exactly 40 days after His Resurrection.

   We will cover more on this article of the Creed shortly…

       May Almighty God Bless us all, and protect us from the World, the devil, and ourselves

             In  JM+JT,

                    Lee

Rest in Peace my Brother Canadians

Corporal  Nathan  Cirillo

Warrant  Officer  Patrice  Vincent ;

Requiescat in pace.

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V. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
R. And let the perpetual light shine upon them.

And may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

V. Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine.
R. Et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Fidelium animae, per misericordiam Dei, requiescant in pace. Amen.

      In  JM+JT,

                    Lee

 

Can Catholic Doctrine Change?

 

St Athanasius, pray for us !

St Athanasius

      St Athanasius  was the greatest champion of Catholic belief on the subject of the Incarnation, particularly on Christ’s true humanity and divinity, in the Patristic Church, and in his lifetime earned the characteristic title of “Father of Orthodoxy”, by which he has been distinguished every since.

    St Athanasius  was exiled three times by general councils or synods dominated by Arian bishops, twice by order of the Emperor. He was slandered, condemned by a false council, tried and acquitted of various absurd charges. The Emperor Constantine and his successors considered Athanasius a trouble-maker.” But Blessed Cardinal Newman called him “a principal instrument after the Apostles by which the sacred truths of Christianity have been secured and conveyed to the world”.

This image of the saint trampling down Heresy is on the ceiling on Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome.  Wow! What an awesome Saint!  His Feast Day is May 2. St Athanasius, pray for us!

  Can Catholic Doctrine Change?

A lot is being said as of late about a change in Church teaching. It can be gut wrenching and confusing for those who work all their lives, trying to faithfully live out their Catholic Faith. For those who are new to the Church, they may be wondering,  can the Church change Her teaching?” This also goes for those who may not be new to the Church, and may be part of the un-catechised generations since the council. Well, this is part of my responsibility, as a member of the Marian Catechist Apostolate, to set this record straight. Catholic Doctrine cannot change .

Catholic doctrine is not an altogether closed system of Divinely revealed teachings. Catholic Doctrine can become clearer, and more defined in time.  For instance, Although the belief that Mary was sinless and conceived immaculate has been widely held since Late Antiquity, the doctrine was not  defined dogmatically in the strict sense until 1854, by Pope Pius IX in his papal bull Ineffabilis Deus. But, in what we call the broad sense, the Church always believed in Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception. So, the truth became more defined, the content of the truth had already been established.  Let us take for instance an object viewed through a microscope or telescope. You see the object through the eyepiece, you know what the object is. As you gently adjust the lens, the object becomes clearer in view. Never does the object become something, which it is not. Nor does the object become another altogether different object. However, if the viewer of the object is insane, he may see a distorted view of the object, or an altogether different object. The actual, true object, has in fact, not changed.

So, what we have here may not be a question of Doctrine, but a question of  Faith. We know that in the Catechism of the Catholic Church it states There will be no further Revelation 66The Christian economy, therefore, since it is the new and definitive Covenant, will never pass away; and no new public revelation is to be expected before the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ.”28 Yet even if Revelation is already complete, it has not been made completely explicit; it remains for Christian faith gradually to grasp its full significance over the course of the centuries.” And the Catechism also states in 67 Christian faith cannot accept “revelations” that claim to surpass or correct the Revelation of which Christ is the fulfillment, as is the case in certain non-Christian religions and also in certain recent sects which base themselves on such “revelations”.  

Why a question of Faith you say? Well, Faith is a submission of the mind to God’s revealed Truth. It is also a surrender of the will to Almighty God’s revealed commands. We have the Divinely revealed Truth in its absolute fullness in the Catholic Church founded by Jesus Christ. So, with these Truths, Divinely revealed, why would anyone, let alone an ordained Catholic ever try and change or confuse a faithful Catholic into believing something altogether different than what Jesus Himself taught? Because, that person or persons has either lost completely, or worse, never had the great gift of Faith! Faith is a gift to be treasured, nurtured, shared and lived within and under the beautiful umbrella of the Catholic Church. Guard your Faith my brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. Please read Sacred Scripture, and Sacred Tradition. Read the Encyclicals, and the Catechism of the the Catholic Church. The wolves are not just outside the Church, sometimes they can be inside the Church also. Jesus  states in Matthew 24: “[4] And Jesus answering, said to them: Take heed that no man seduce you: [5] For many will come in my name saying, I am Christ: and they will seduce many.” 

      Let us not be seduced, and may we faithfully protect the precious gift of Faith, received at Baptism, strengthened at Confirmation and continually fuelled and fed at the Holy sacrifice of the Mass and frequent Confession.

May  Almighty God  protect us from the World, the devil and ourselves !

In  JM+JT,

Lee

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us all!

Mary, Seat of Wisdom pray for us!

St Athanasius, pray for us!

 

 

Chaplet of the Holy Face

Lord show us your Face and we shall be saved

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   Please pray daily with the members and friends of the Marian Catechist Apostolate as requested by His Eminence Cardinal Raymond Burke the The Chaplet of the Holy Face  for the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is scheduled to take place in Rome from October 5th to October 19th. The theme of the Synod is The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.

   Saint Athanasius  relates that the devils being asked what verse in all of Holy Scripture they feared the most, replied, “That with which the sixty-seventh Psalm commences,’ Let God arise…..”  They said that this always compelled them to take flight.

CHAPLET OF THE HOLY FACE

God, come to my assistance.

Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father…

(say one time )

 Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered;

let those who hate Him flee before His Holy Face.

(33 times in honor of the mortal life of Our Lord)

 

Glory to the Father…

(3 in honor of the Trinity)

 

Pray this chaplet using 33 beads of an ordinary rosary or a Holy Face Chaplet rosary

  PS  May the Pope, Cardinals and Bishops of the Church be truly docile to the Holy Spirit and seek the Truth

         May Almighty God protect them from themselves, the World, and the devil

         Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us

         Seat of Wisdom, pray for us

         St Athanasius, pray for us

      In  JM+JT,

            Lee

What is a Christian Marriage?

What is a Christian Marriage?

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The Savior Sanctifies Christian Marriage at Cana and performs His first Public Miracle by changing Water into Wine

        I think it is an appropriate time to take a pause on catechesis of the Apostle’s Creed and look at what is a Christian marriage ; let us look at what the Church’s “constant and very firm teaching” is concerning the Sacrament of  Marriage. The Third Extraordinary General assembly of the Synod of Bishops is scheduled to take place in Rome from October 5-19. The theme is The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in Context of Evangelization. I received a letter this week from our International Director of the Marian Catechist Apostolate, His Emminence Cardinal Raymond Burke, who will be presenting at the Synod. He asks all members of the Apostolate, and all the faithful for our daily prayers, especially during the time of the Synod. Here is what His Emminence asks of us in the letter,” As you well know, the understanding of marriage and the family as the foundation and the first cell of the life of society and of the Church is under siege in our society. I ask you to pray daily, for the duration of the Synod, the enclosed  Chaplet of the Holy Face, asking that the Holy Spirit will inform the hearts and minds of all Synod participants, so that all the activities and deliberations of the Synod will reflect clearly the truth about marriage and the family.” So please, let us pray this Chaplet of the Holy Face together during the time of the Synod in Rome and please consider fasting also.

     The resources I will be using for this post will all be doctrinal in nature. Their will be no interpretations or side-stepping what the Church teaches now, and has always taught. Do not be deceived my brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, Catholic Dogma is based In Divine Revelation and cannot change. Yes, doctrine and dogma in certain circumstances can become clearer and more defined but the content remains unchangeable. God is unchangeable and so are His timeless teachings. For those who wish to read more on Christian Marriage and check my sources, please, I encourage you to do so.

    First off, for those who do not know, a Sacrament is a sensible sign, instituted by Jesus Christ, which confers the grace it signifies. Or can be described as an outward sign, of an invisible grace. Literally, the word “sacrament” means something sacred. Every sacrament requires two elements, matter and form. In the case of marriage, the matter is the mutual consent given freely by the man and woman to be married. The form of the sacrament consists in their expression of mutual consent to take each other. A marriage becomes a sacrament when contracted by a baptized man and a baptized woman. It is that simple actually. Once consent is given by both parties to one another, they confer the sacrament themselves. However, the priest, bishop or deacon is an indispensable witness to be sure. This is a very important note to any and all baptized Catholics ; unless dispensed  by the bishop, a Catholic must marry  before a duly authorized priest and two witnesses. Now, for all those who love those weddings on the beach in the Caribbean. This doesn’t mean you are not married or that it is invalid. But its best just to talk to your priest or bishop and make sure everything is on the up and up. Best case scenario is always to get married in a Catholic Church. You can go to the Caribbean afterwards!

        In  the Catechism of the Catholic Church it is in Article 7, 1601  First, here is what the Catechism states,  1601The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament. ” Now, what is this covenant? A covenant is a sacred, unbreakable bond between a person or persons , made directly with God. It is different than a contract, a contract is usually an exchange of goods or services for money. A covenant is an exchange of persons, in this case, the husband and wife, with God Himself. These two become one with one another and are united to God Himself. Like I stated before, you cannot break covenant with Almighty, Infinite God. The covenant is binding, even if the state says differently. God is the author of marriage, not the state.

   I think it is important to understand the actual purpose of marriage. Some people, a lot of people, Catholics included, may believe that marriage is about personal satisfaction and happiness ,or even collecting more stuff. What can the other person do for me, what is in it for moi? I assure you, this is where the western secularized world has gone very wrong. If I could use three words to describe marriage, they would be self-giving love, or self-giving sacrifice. Love and sacrifice are synonymous, they are interchangeable. True love is actually not an emotion, true love is in the will. By its very nature, the institution of marriage and married love is for the procreation and education of the offspring (children) CIC 1013 Par 1. In Matthew Chapter 19, Jesus explicitly states,”[6] Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.” You just cannot get past our Lords Word.

As a married Catholic, I have access to a tremendous treasury of supernatural grace that I can call upon due to this most awesome sacrament. Sometimes, I do have to call upon these graces to get through the hurdles that life seems to throw at me. I also need to remember those beautiful words that St Paul left for us and remember that it isn’t about me and my wants, in Ephesians Chapter 5 St Paul states very clearly ”  [25] Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the church, and delivered himself up for it: ” How easy it is to forget, that as a husband, I have been called by Jesus Christ to love my wife like He loves the Church. What an awesome calling we have as Christian husbands and fathers! St Augustine used to refer to the fathers he preached to as his ” fellow Bishops“. Now, lets not let that one get out of control and go to our heads gentlemen lol. I have tried that one with my wife, and it doesn’t always go over so well. When I tell my wife that I am speaking as the “domestic Bishop”, she usually just rolls her eyes. But seriously, this is our calling as husbands ; to lead or Shepard our little domestic Church or flock, to heaven. It isn’t about BMW’s, or big fancy houses. All that stuff is nice, but anything that distracts us from getting our family to heaven needs to be taking a backseat. It is ok to own “stuff” but don’t let that “stuff” own you. We are called to raise little Saints and lead our family to the Heavenly Gates!

So, a couple more facts about marriage. Naturally, marriage can only be between a man and a woman. In the first Chapter of Genesis,”  [27] And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them. [28] And God blessed them, saying: Increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and all living creatures that move upon the earth. ”  Also from the Catechism once again speaks of the marriage bond and its indissolubility here ” 1640 Thus the marriage bond has been established by God himself in such a way that a marriage concluded and consummated between baptized persons can never be dissolved. This bond, which results from the free human act of the spouses and their consummation of the marriage, is a reality, henceforth irrevocable, and gives rise to a covenant guaranteed by God’s fidelity. the Church does not have the power to contravene this disposition of divine wisdom.”  This is our Catholic teaching, given to us from God, Divinely revealed through Holy Scripture and Holy Tradition. No human power, not even the Pope with the Bishops can undo what God has fixed as a sure thing!

Please, we need to pray and fast more than ever for our Holy Father Pope Francis, our Cardinals, Bishops and priests. Surely satan is trying to wreak havoc and do what he does best, create confusion. Have faith in Jesus Christ and our Divinely revealed deposit of faith guarded in the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. Lets keep our eyes on the Cross of our Lord and not be distracted by the wolves dressed as sheep. Our teachings are secure, they cannot and will not change.

Our responsibility as Catholics to Christian marriage, is to teach it, preach it, and most importantly, live it. Everyday of our lives, we are to be witnesses of the Gospel in our Christian marriages, inside the home and outside also. . This would be next to impossible without the sacramental grace that comes with marriage, and the rest of the sacraments.The sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist and frequent confession are necessary to fully live out our vocations as husbands, wives, mothers, and fathers. Yes, this is our vocation, for those of us who are married. Our ticket to heaven is our husband or wife and children, that is for sure! I am most certain that if I get to meet God one day, God willing, that a big part of that meeting will be about how I treated my wife and children. Did I try and love my wife and family, like Christ loved the Church? A good part of the pagan world converted as a direct result of the witness given by Christian married couples in the early centuries. We need to do this again, today, as in NOW, it is never to late, until it is to late!

May Almighty God  protect us from the World, the devil, and ourselves!

In   JM+JT,

Lee