The Catholic Church is Apostolic

The Catholic Church is Apostolic

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Ninth Article of the Apostles’ Creed continued…

  The Catholic Church is Apostolic. What exactly does this mean? This means that the Pope and the Bishops of the Catholic Church can all trace their actual lineage back to St Peter and the Apostles. That’s right, the Pope and Bishops are directly related through the succession of office. This isn’t an opinion, this is a fact, a De fide found in the Nicene CreedCredo in…apostolicam Ecclesiam (D 86) D 14, 1686. This from Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma by Dr Ludwig Ott the dogma asserts  : In its origin the Church goes back to the Apostles. She has always adhered to the teaching which she received from the Apostles. The pastors of the Church, the Pope and the Bishops are connected with the Apostles by succession of office. The apostolicity of the succession guarantees the unfalsified transmission of doctrine and makes manifest the organic connection between the Church of the present day and the Church of the Apostles.

  The Church is apostolic because the ordination at the Last Supper by Christ ( the Sacrament of Holy Orders ) was passed on by the laying on of hands by the Apostles to their successors, the Bishops. Is this actually in the Bible a protestant may ask? Where does this succession take place?  We find grounds for succession in the Old Testament, especially in Chapter 22 of the Book of Isaiah. I will summarize : The prefect ( this could be our Pope ) of the High Priest ( typologically this represents Jesus ) was not doing a very good job. In fact, God was displeased with Sobna’s action and wanted his office and his “keys”  transferred  to Eliacim the son of Helcias. The job of the prefect ( type of Pope ) was also to be responsible for the “keys” to the Temple. The prefect of the High Priest was like the prime minister and had sweeping power and authority. Also take note that God allowed for a time to have a Prefect or Prime Minister ( or Pope ) who was not doing a good job and was a great sinner. Isn’t that interesting? Also, where have we seen these  keys”  before? Jesus mentioned  “keys”  here in Matthew Chapter 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 upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven. This looks really close to what God revealed in Isaiah Chapter 22:[21] And I will clothe him with thy robe, and will strengthen him with thy girdle, and will give thy power into his hand: and he shall be as a father (or Pope) to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Juda. [22] And I will lay the key of the house of David upon his shoulder: and he shall open, and none shall shut: and he shall shut, and none shall open. [23] And I will fasten him as a peg in a sure place, and he shall be for a throne of glory to the house of his father.( Once again, my emphasis added) Here we see an excellent example of the New being hidden in the Old, and the Old Testament (covenant) fulfilled, revealed, and perfected in the New Testament by Jesus Christ !

  In the book of Acts we also find that the Holy Spirit did not come to the Apostles until the office of Judas Iscariot was filled! This office of Judas Iscariot, this Bishopric was filled by Matthias here in Acts Chapter 1:[20] For it is written in the book of Psalms: Let their habitation become desolate, and let there be none to dwell therein. And his bishopric let another take.[25] To take the place of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas hath by transgression fallen, that he might go to his own place.[26] And they gave them lots, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles. ( My emphasis added ) .  Let no one dare say that the Catholic Church is not Apostolic in its origin or that it is not in Holy Scripture.

  Here we have three great Saints who speak of the Apostolic succession being True Marks of the Catholic Church.

 St Jerome

“Far be it from me to speak adversely of any of these clergy who, in succession from the apostles, confect by their sacred word the Body of Christ and through whose efforts also it is that we are Christians” (Letters 14:8 [A.D. 396]).

St Augustine

“[T]here are many other things which most properly can keep me in [the Catholic Church’s] bosom. The unanimity of peoples and nations keeps me here. Her authority, inaugurated in miracles, nourished by hope, augmented by love, and confirmed by her age, keeps me here. The succession of priests, from the very see of the apostle Peter, to whom the Lord, after his resurrection, gave the charge of feeding his sheep [John 21:15–17], up to the present episcopate, keeps me here. And last, the very name Catholic, which, not without reason, belongs to this Church alone, in the face of so many heretics, so much so that, although all heretics want to be called ‘Catholic,’ when a stranger inquires where the Catholic Church meets, none of the heretics would dare to point out his own basilica or house” (Against the Letter of Mani Called “The Foundation” 4:5 [A.D. 397]).

  St Cyprian of Carthage

“[T]he Church is one, and as she is one, cannot be both within and without. For if she is with [the heretic] Novatian, she was not with [Pope] Cornelius. But if she was with Cornelius, who succeeded the bishop [of Rome], Fabian, by lawful ordination, and whom, beside the honor of the priesthood the Lord glorified also with martyrdom, Novatian is not in the Church; nor can he be reckoned as a bishop, who, succeeding to no one, and despising the evangelical and apostolic tradition, sprang from himself. For he who has not been ordained in the Church can neither have nor hold to the Church in any way” (Letters 69[75]:3 [A.D. 253]).

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

 

In  JM+JT,

Lee

 

Why is the Church Called Catholic?

Why is the Church Called Catholic ?

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Ninth Article of the Apostles’ Creed Continued…

 

Why is the Church called Catholic?

 Many people outside and within the Church do not know the answer to the question, ” Why is the Church called Catholic ? “. Catholic simply means Universal. The Catholicity or Universality of the Church is the third mark of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. Remember that the One True Church founded by Jesus Christ must have all four of these marks, and there can only be One !

 The Church is called Catholic because it is spread all throughout the World. We even have parishes on all Continents and even  in Antarctica ! Here are a couple pics from Antarctica, so cool, lol, literally!

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   The Church was first called Catholic in  in the letter from St Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans, written about 107 AD. In the Catechetical Discourses of St. Cyril of Jerusalem, the name “Catholic Church” is used to distinguish it from other groups that also call themselves the Church.

 The main point that needs to be made is that the Catholic Church is God’s chosen instrument to deliver salvation to men and women of the World. The Catholic Church herself is the guardian and protector of the deposit of faith, handed down to the apostles’ from Jesus Christ and in turn protected by the Popes and the Bishops under him. The fullness of Divine Revelation ( Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture ) including the Sacraments all reside within the Catholic Church’s fold. Pay Attention ! Main Point here : Nothing more is needed for our salvation, except of course, for our full participation with the grace that is offered in and through the Church!

  All humanity are called to join the Catholic Church. We do not discriminate against race, colour, ethnicity, culture, or sexual orientation …. all are welcome! The Catholic Church is also known as the Universal Sacrament of Salvation.

 One more point must be emphasized, there are other denominations that claim the name “Catholic“. These other groups, denominations, or sects may even look and act very Catholic. However, unless these groups are under the Pope and the local Bishop of the diocese in which they reside, they are only “Catholic” in name. Some of these groups or societies may even have valid orders and rites, but they are acting illegally without proper permissions from local authorities under Rome.

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

        In JM+JT,

           Lee

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The Catholic Church is Holy

The Catholic Church is Holy

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The Catholic Church is Holy

 We will continue looking at the Ninth Article of the Apostles’ Creed and focus on the Holiness of the Catholic Church. Last post we looked at the first mark of the Church : its Oneness. If we remember correctly from previous posts, the Church is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic, and these we call the Four Marks of the Church.

  We will let the late Reverend Monsignor Ronald Knox lead this catechesis on the Holiness of the Catholic Church.

“We must consider the second mark, the holiness of the Church. Here we are in a somewhat more embarrassing position when we start arguing with our friends outside the Church; they’re so apt to expect rather too much, aren’t they? The usual explanation the books give of this second mark is that “holiness” in the Church is proved partly by the continuance of miracles within her fold, and partly by the existence of the religious orders, with their special cult of perfection. The Church (we are told) has her ups and downs, her bad patches here and there, but we’ve still got Lourdes and we’ve still got Carmel. I’ve no quarrel with that explanation, but I think you can put the thing rather more simply in this way–Christians of any other denomination, if they describe that denomination as “holy” at all (which they very seldom do), are referring in fact to the individual holiness of its members. Whereas when we talk about the Holy Catholic Church we aren’t thinking, precisely, of the holiness of its members. We think of the Church as sanctifying its members, rather than being sanctified by its members. Sanctity–what a hard thing it is to define! There is a kind of bouquet of mystery about Catholic ceremonial, there is a kind of familiarity about the attitude of Catholics towards death and what lies beyond death, there is a patient acceptance of little oddnesses and inconveniences about the practice of religion, which you don’t find outside the Church itself, except perhaps among certain High Church people who have been at pains to imitate what is to us a natural attitude. That’s all very vague, and I haven’t time to analyze it more particularly; but I think the reason why atheists usually say, “If I was anything, I’d be a Catholic”, is that there is a something about her; and that something is really her sanctity, a quality which belongs to the institution as such, not to you and me.

And that something is not affected, really, by all the mud-slinging which starts, among the more embittered kind of Protestants, the moment the sanctity of the Church is mentioned. Immoral popes and worldly bishops, and priests in odd parts of the world who aren’t any better than they should be, and the massacre of St Bartholomew and a dozen other incidents which recall to us the dictum “Happy is the nation which has no history”–well, yes. All that we can admit, and regret, and refuse to extenuate, and still say, “Yes, I know, but I’d sooner be a Catholic than anything else, because I’m not much of a chap really, and somehow being a Catholic means feeling that you get something out of it, whereas being any other kind of Christian means feeling that you’ve got to put something into it.” All that’s true, and it’s fine. But, mark you, the real reason why Catholic propaganda doesn’t go down better than it does, is our individual unholiness. I don’t so much mean the way Catholics are always appearing in the police-courts and so on; there’s a lot to be said about that, and it’s not all to our discredit. No, I mean rather our terrible second-rateness, our determination to get to heaven as cheaply as possible, the mechanical way in which we accept our religious duties, our habit of thinking about every problem of conduct in terms of sin and of hell, when we ought to be thinking much more about generosity in our treatment of God. “Nor knowest thou what argument thy life to thy neighbour’s creed hath lent”–it isn’t logic, but that’s the real mark of the Church the world is looking out for, all the time. ”

  I have to say this catechesis of  the late Monsignor Ronald Knox  really hit me square in the chest! It is up to us to be examples of Christ and His Holiness, and we can only do that through Him, with Him, and in Him. That is only possible if we are regularly approaching the Sacraments of confession and Holy Eucharist. Recently I have had time to reflect on the effort that I actually put into life in general. Sometimes I settle for “just doing enough”. Through Christ and His Sacraments I know that I can do much better through Him, and with Him, and for Him. His grace is always there, why do I settle for “good enough”?

      In JM+JT,

                 Lee

 

The Ninth Article of the Apostles’ Creed

 

The Ninth Article of the Apostles Creed

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I Believe in the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints

   To begin this post on the Ninth Article of the Apostles Creed , we will be looking at what we call  “The Four Marks of the Church“.  I have to say that the Four Marks of the Church are absolutely vital to one’s understanding of what the Catholic Church actually is ; they are also the bedrock of the Church’s claim to being the One True Church founded by Christ! If you choose to learn about the Four Marks of the Church, you will be well on your way to being able to defend the Catholic Church and Her “constant and very firm teachings “.

    What are the Four Marks of the Church? I am glad you asked ! The Church is  : 1One, 2. Holy, 3. Catholic, and 4. Apostolic. We will focus first on the oneness of the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church’s unity is evident in its oneness. The Church is one in Jesus Christ through His mystical body. There is one Jesus and He founded one Church, not many Churches. Jesus never said churches, he said church. Let us look at the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 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. ( my emphasis added)”  Notice Jesus’s words, “my church”. “My church” is singular not plural, so this must mean one Church.

  The Sacred Scriptures are very explicit concerning the Church’s oneness. I have heard it said before that , ” a text without context is no text at all “. I have to say that I completely agree with that statement. Certain verses of Holy Scripture on their own can be twisted and manipulated to fit a person’s particular agenda or personal belief or wish. On this topic of the One Holy Catholic Church , it is inconceivable that the Holy Scriptures can be read in any other way than to support the Oneness of the Catholic Church. Let us look at just a few of the verses from Holy Scripture, they speak for themselves ; after all it is God’s Word !  In John Chapter 10 verse 16 Jesus speaks  “So there shall be one flock, one shepherd.” Jesus again speaks on John Chapter 17 verses 17-23 “ “I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 The glory which thou hast given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me.( my emphasis with bold).

 Let us move on to St Paul so that we can get some more context concerning the Oneness of the Church. Like I stated earlier, it is very important to read the Holy Scriptures in context of the entire Bible. We cannot pick and choose, or cut and paste the particular verses that may co-sign our personal thoughts or ideas. Like St Augustine states, ” The old is revealed in the new, and the new is hidden in the old “. The Holy Scriptures do not contradict one another ; in fact, they always compliment one another.

 Once again, let us read St Paul’s words from the Letter to the Ephesians , Chapter 4 verses 3-6 ”  eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. ” (my emphasis added). Brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ I urge you to read and re-read these passages, they leave no room for interpretation, especially when read in context with the Bible as a whole. Also I ask that you key in on  “ one baptism “. I have run into so-called former Catholics, I call them roaming Catholics, who have actually been ” re-baptized “. This is a serious offence against God. God didn’t make a mistake when you were baptized the first time. Trust Him, He doesn’t make mistakes, ever!

  I’ll tell you what, I will list a few more passages you can investigate concerning the Church’s oneness. Here they are :

1 Cor 1:10 – there should be no divisions among you  ( over 40,000+ protestant denominations)

Col 3:15 – called in one body

Rom 12:4-5 – though many, we are one body in Christ

Rom 16:17 – avoid those who cause schism  ( I wonder how Luther interpreted this verse???)

Mark 3:25  –  And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand

Jesus and St Paul make it very clear that unity is the fundamental characteristic of the One True Church. The Catholic Church has stood as one for 2,000 years. The Catholic Church is one in government ; under the Pope and the Bishops. The Catholic Church is One in Faith ; we need only look to the Apostles Creed, Seven Sacraments, the Our Father, and the Ten Commandments. The Catholic Church is One in Worship ; we worship together at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on all days (especially on Sunday), all continents, all time zones. It doesn’t matter where you may find yourself on this earth, if there is a Catholic Church in the area you will most likely be able to follow along.

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

 

In  JM+JT,

Lee

‘ Gender Ideology is Demonic ’

Austrian bishop: Pope Francis told me ‘gender ideology is demonic’

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This article borrowed from Life site News   

Andreas Laun , Pope Francis

VATICAN – Pope Francis strongly condemned “gender ideology” in a private conversation with Austrian Bishop Andreas Laun earlier this year, the bishop related in a recent essay.

In doing so, the pope follows in the footsteps of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. Nearing the end of his pontificate, the pope emeritus spoke twice about gender ideology as “a negative trend for humankind,” and a “profound falsehood,” which “it is the duty of pastors of the Church” to put the faithful “on guard against.”

“In response to my questioning, Pope Francis said, ‘Gender ideology is demonic!’” Bishop Laun wrote in his essay, adding that the pope was not exaggerating in his comment. Steve Jalsevac/LifeSiteNews.com

Bishop Laun, auxiliary bishop of Salzburg, wrote about the words of Pope Francis in March in an essay for the German Catholic news publication Kath.net. Bishop Laun told LifeSiteNews that he met the pope briefly on January 30 as part of the Austrian bishops’ ad limina visit, a meeting with the pope that bishops must do every five years.  Laun added that he was the last of the bishops to speak with the Holy Father.

“In response to my questioning, Pope Francis said, ‘Gender ideology is demonic!’” Laun wrote in his essay, adding that the pope was not exaggerating in his comment.  “Indeed, gender ideology is the destruction of persons, which is why Pope Francis was justified in calling it demonic,” he said.

Writing of gender ideology, Bishop Laun explained that “the core thesis of this sick product of reason is the end result of a radical feminism which the homosexual lobby has made its own.”

“It asserts that there are not only Man and Woman, but also other ‘genders’. And furthermore: every person can choose his or her gender,” he added.

“Today,” he said, “it is promoted by governments and VIPs and substantial amounts of money are spent on spreading it, even in teaching materials for kindergartens and schools.”

For more information on the subject, Bishop Laun encouraged the reading of the latest book by famed German Catholic sociologist Gabriele Kuby, Die globale sexuelle Revolution: Zerstörung der Freiheit im Namen der Freiheit (The Global Sexual Revolution: Destruction of Freedom in the Name of Freedom).

Kuby, a long-time friend of Pope Benedict XVI, formally presented the now-pope-emeritus with a copy of the book in November 2012. “Thanks be to God that you write and speak (about these things),” Pope Benedict said to her.

For Kuby it is no shocking thing to call gender ideology demonic.

“Gender ideology is the deepest rebellion against God that is possible,” Kuby told LifeSiteNews. “Man does not accept that he is created as man or woman, no, he says, ‘I decide! This is my freedom!’ – against experience, against nature, against reason, against science!”

“It is the ultimate perversion of individualism,” she explained, “It robs man of the last remnant of his identity, that is, to be a man and a woman, after having lost faith and family and nation.”

“It is indeed diabolical,” she concluded, “that an ideology, which every person can discern as a lie, can capture the common sense of people and become the dominant ideology of our time.”

In his December 21, 2012 address to the Roman Curia, Pope Benedict gave an extensive warning on the use of the “term ‘gender’ as a new philosophy of sexuality.”

“According to this philosophy, sex is no longer a given element of nature, that man has to accept and personally make sense of: it is a social role that we choose for ourselves, while in the past it was chosen for us by society,” he said. “The profound falsehood of this theory and of the anthropological revolution contained within it is obvious.”

The pope continued: “People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being. They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves. According to the biblical creation account, being created by God as male and female pertains to the essence of the human creature. This duality is an essential aspect of what being human is all about, as ordained by God. This very duality as something previously given is what is now disputed. The words of the creation account: “male and female he created them” (Gen 1:27) no longer apply. No, what applies now is this: it was not God who created them male and female – hitherto society did this, now we decide for ourselves. Man and woman as created realities, as the nature of the human being, no longer exist. Man calls his nature into question.”

Benedict XVI noted the philosophy’s harm on human dignity, family, and children. ”When the freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker himself is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God, as the image of God at the core of his being.”

Pope Benedict again addressed gender ideology a month later in a January 19, 2013 address.  “It is the duty of pastors of the Church,” said Pope Benedict, “to put the Catholic faithful and every person of good will and right reason on guard against the trend of these ideologies.”

“It is a negative trend for humankind, although it may be disguised by good feelings in the name of alleged progress, alleged rights, or an alleged humanism,” he said. “Thus the Church reaffirms her great ‘yes’ to the dignity and beauty of marriage as an expression of the faithful and generous bond between man and woman, and her no to ‘gender’ philosophies, because the reciprocity between male and female is an expression of the beauty of nature willed by the Creator.”

 

The Third Day He Rose Again from the Dead

The Third Day He Rose Again from the Dead

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 Fifth Article of the Apostle’s Creed  :  Jesus’s  Resurrection

    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! The Third Day He Rose Again from the Dead. 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’s 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’s 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:[14]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 has ever existed or been written about at anytime in recorded history. We have much more historical recorded history detailing Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection than we do about any historical figure before or 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, it is the fact of the willing and 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

           In  JM+JT,

                       Lee

He is Risen !!!

He is Risen !!!

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Alleluia Alleluia Christ is Risen !!!!

Holy Week

Holy  Week

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Holy Week

   Holy Week  is a time of great penance and reflection. It is the most important time to reflect on Jesus’s approach to the Cross. As Jesus’s Passion approaches, it is a special time to reflect on what He did for me,  my family, and the World ; how Jesus willingly chose to go through torture, humiliation, and execution for ll of us, knowing that many would turn their backs on Him.  I think about the twelve Apostles and their last week with Jesus before His Crucifixion on Good Friday. I will contemplate the Last Supper, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Scourging at the Pillar, and the rest of the sorrowful mysteries. Like St Ignatius of Loyola suggests : I will try to imagine being at these actual places and take part in what happened.

      Look at Jesus’s hands as He turns the simple bread into His Body. Watch His hands as He holds the chalice of wine and turns it into His Blood. Watch Jesus wash the feet of His Apostle’s ; always teaching us through His Word and His action’s. Imagine the way Jesus felt knowing that Judas was going to betray him for thirty pieces of silver. Can you imagine? Betray your Creator, whom you just spent the last three years of your life with ?

 To be honest, every time I commit a sin, I betray Jesus! Every time I sin, I add a lash to His Scourging. Every time I sin, Jesus sweats a tear of blood because of me. Every time I sin, I strike the nail through His hands and His feet. Every time I sin, I pierce our Lord through His precious side! Let me never forget dear Lord that you carried and assumed all of my personal sins onto yourself!

Jesus in His human nature, literally took all of the sins of mankind into and onto His body. Can you imagine the actual weight of all of mankind’s sins ; past, present, and future? I have a hard time living with my own sins, never mind someone else’s. Think about it. Can you imagine carrying around someone else’s sins? Jesus didn’t just do it for those who love Him. Jesus chose to take the sins of those who hate him to! Thank you Jesus!

Holy Week  Video from Spain with a  live link for Holy Week Events !  Click on En Directo and you will have live feed of Holy Week from Spain. Here is a link for the schedule of Holy Week events.

Here is a link to live Holy Week events in Spain!!!

    Have a truly  Holy Week !

     In JM+JT,

                 Lee

Pope Francis Denounces ” Gender Theory “

 

Pope Francis Denounces ” Gender Theory ”  

VATICAN: POPE FRANCESCO MEETS CARDINALS

          this article borrowed from Toronto Catholic Witness, a reliable source for true Catholic News and solid insight !

SuPope Francis denounces “gender theory” and cohabitation: where is the Holy See Press Office? Why are they censoring the Pope?

On March 21st, 2915, Our Holy Father again denounced the evil ideology that is destroying society and families: gender ideology. 
Then there is the ideological colonization of families, methods and proposals that are in Europe and also overseas. Then that mistake of the human mind that is gender theory which creates a lot of confusion. So the family is under attack.
All of this begs the question: where is the Holy See Press Office? Why are they not issuing translations in major languages of the world? And why are they issuing severely truncated versions: why are they erasing all and any references to the obvious increasing opposition of the Holy Father to the Adulterist and Homosexualist Parties positions, as advocated by the innovators in the scandalous and heretical mid-term relatio
 
The censored version, eliminating all reference to the evils of gender theory, and cohabitation before marriage may be read here. 

From Vatican News (www.news.va) screenshots (in respectively Italian, French and English show the insidious manipulation by the Holy See Press Office. Readers can see for themselves that only the Italian version mentions gender theory. 





Some Thoughts on Gender Theory

Thoughts on “Gender theory”

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More on  “Gender Theory”

  What is “Gender Theory” ?

   Just to re-fresh from last week, ” gender theory “, is the THEORY that you choose your own sex. This THEORY is in direct opposition with God and the Catholic Church’s teachings. GENDER FACT, to put it simply is that boys are born with boy parts and girls are born with girl parts. ” Gender theory “, would have us think differently ; it would say that each person would choose from one of 51 different options of gender. Actually, according to ” gender theory ” the person can be one or more genders at the same time, or even change their gender at will. Like I stated in last weeks post , ” gender theory ”  is all about the sexualizing of our children and society. It is an attack on the family and on the dignity of the human person as a son or daughter of Almighty God. From Genesis Chapter 1 we read “[27] And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them.”  I emphasize, ” male and female he created them ” and that God created us to His image. We cannot credit ourselves for being created, we did not create ourselves.

This post, unlike most others is going to contain some opinion. However, these opinions will be based on practical observations and facts. Lately I have glanced over certain pew studies  on when young Catholics leave the Church. 79 percent of those who have dropped the name “Catholic” and claim no religious affliation of any kind, have done so by age 23 in the United States. I assume that this statistic is comparable here in Canada . The first observation is that by the age of 23 is when most young adults are probably just leaving or at least in college or university. What is it about College or University that is causing young Catholics to leave the Church ; could it be their exposure to ” gender theory ” ? I think so !

   Interestingly, in doing some recent investigative work on the origins and implementation of  ” gender theory “, I came across some very dark information. There are entire schools and universities that are dedicated to implementing ” gender theory ” into every course and curriculum of University and College. The one institute that I found has specialists that teach professors on exactly how to implement ” gender theory ” into all courses taught in university or college including Catholic religious classes. Here is the link . This institution and its professors are involved with every area of higher education. This was always suspected, but to see it is another thing.

   We know that ” gender theory ”  is and has been being taught in the universities for quite some time now. Our local university is notorious for its pushing of  ” gender theory “. What about high schools?  Well, “gender theory” has officially been implemented in high school for a couple years, see here. In the case of the high school implementation of  ” gender theory “, it seems that a terrible tragedy was taken advantage of and used as leverage in order to justify the teaching of this trash called ” gender theory “.

  So, there we have it ; “Gender theory” is in the colleges, the universities, and the high schools. It was only a matter of time before the big push would come from the social engineers to have ” gender theory ” taught to our beloved children at their most vulnerable age, in elementary school. The social engineers just can’t seem to wait for Catholics to leave the Church at the age of 23, no, they want them damaged and destroyed in grade 3. For those who don’t know, that is when the actual ” gender theory ” will begin being taught in publicly funded elementary schools in Ontario. Here is a piece of the actual curriculum that will be used in September in Grade 3 classes all through Ontario

Grade 3 gender theory teaching

 See how the social engineers craftily try and sneak in ” gender identity ” and ” sexual orientation ” into the grade 3 teaching. They sneak it in with a person’s allergies, family background, and skills and talents!!! How crafty!!!

 So, why would Catholics leave the Church if they subscribed to this THEORY? Because it is not at all compatible with the natural law, Christian, or Catholic teaching. From the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 6 we read “[24] No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. ” 

  As a parent, catechist, and member of the Catholic Church, this whole situation concerns me greatly! In the eyes of the social engineer’s , ” gender theory ” is likened to a death blow against God and His Holy Church. We know that this will never be, because of God’s promise in Matthew Chapter 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.” However, this doesn’t mean that many, many souls will not be lost to this evil teaching called ” gender theory “. We have seen the effect it has had on college and university students. Shortly, we will see the effect it has had on high school students. Do we really want to see what it will do to our youngest of children? In a sense, we are in uncharted waters! We as parents, Christians, and Catholics must stand up to this gravest of evil ! Parents as First Educators is spear heading the fight against this evil in Ontario, here is their website. Please sign up for their emails and consider donating to a truly just cause.

What else can we do? I’m glad you asked ! We can properly take responsibility for our children’s education and teach them the truth about God and His natural law. We have to catechize our children! That’s right, we have to catechize our children. We, as parents are the first educators, not the state, not the Bishop, and not the priest on Sundays! Even our very own Bishops in Ontario, for the most part, have compromised with this evil doctrine by allowing it to be implemented in so-called Catholic Schools. The exception is the Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast , who is actually publicly concerned for the souls of children ! This means that we as parents will have to get off our butts and probably learn or re-learn what the Catholic Church actually teaches. Sunday Mass attendance will just not cut it in this environment. Up until a few years ago, I probably had a grade 3 level of Catholic education concerning the Church, even though I took grade 12 religion class at a Catholic high school. In fact, I passed religion class every year all through elementary and high school ; with almost ZERO CATHOLIC CATECHESIS !!! Religion class is not the same as catechesis. BREAKING NEWS FLASH :  In Ontario, very little actual catechesis is taught in publicly funded elementary or high schools, Catholic or not !

  For a very thorough and simple catechism I would suggest you pick up a copy of  The Question and Answer Catholic Catechism by Servant of God Father John A. Hardon , S.J. If you prefer something a little more advanced I would suggest Apologetics and Catholic Doctrine  by Archbishop Michael Sheehan.

    Til next time, may God protect us from the world, the devil, the social engineers, and ourselves !

                In  JM+JT,

                           Lee