The General Judgement

Continuation of the Seventh Article of the Apostle’s Creed

” From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead “

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The General Judgement

   In this post I am going to be focussing on the General Judgement. Like I stated in the last post we are one day closer to the second coming of Christ, therefore we are one day closer to our final and General Judgement. So, let us be prepared ! One item about the General Judgement that I would like to clear up right from the start. If , after our Particular Judgement, we are graced with the Beatific Vision (seeing God face to face in Heaven), we don’t have to worry that God might change His mind. In other words, if we are in heaven or purgatory after we die here on earth, than we don’t have to worry that at the General Judgement that God may decide to change His mind and toss us in Hell. It doesn’t work that way. I am going to borrow a line that some of my protestant brothers and sisters occasionally use, “ Once saved, always saved.” Of course, I am only using “once saved always saved” in reference to the particular and general judgements. Another day, we will look at the false doctrine of “once saved always saved”, but not today. I really hope that didn’t confuse anyone.

    To use an analogy that is Catholic, the General Judgement is to the Particular Judgement what Confirmation is to Baptism. In the Sacrament of Confirmation, our Baptism is actually completed and strengthened. It is like this at the General Judgement, it is a confirmation of sorts, of our Particular Judgement. Or, if we are alive on earth and have not actually died when the General Judgement takes place, than it will be likened to getting Baptism and Confirmation one after another or combined. Like I said, just using an analogy to help in explaining the General Judgement.

  So, what can be expected at the General Judgement. Well folks, to be very blunt, this is what EVERYTHING is leading up to. EVERYTHING is pointing to this very moment in history. HIS story, get it…This is His story and He has so kindly and lovingly willed us to be a part of it and to share in His love.

  God , in His wisdom, mercy and justice will reveal to the world, and everyone who ever lived , how each person actually fit into the grand scheme of time. The General Judgement is social. We will all be unveiled publicly, every single last one of us. All of our acts of charity, or evil for that matter, will be open and exposed for each and everyone to see. We will also see how these acts played out, and the long lasting and life changing effects that good, and evil had on mankind as a whole. Gods mercy, and His justice will all make sense at that time. A thought occurred while meditating on this topic. You know how sometimes we ask God the question WHY? Why God, did this or that child die. How could you let so many people get killed? Why did you let my mother get cancer? Why did my dad die at 63 and now my mom is without her husband? … God, in His love, compassion, understanding, mercy and justice will answer ALL of these questions, every single one of them. Not because He has to, because He will. All will be explained, and all will also make complete and perfect sense to everybody, and I mean everybody.

  Now, here are a few references to the General Judgement taken from scripture. Here is where the Truth speaks and should wake us up a lot, hopefully. The reason I say this is because the choices we make, and the actions we take, while here on earth, will decide for us whether we choose to go to Hell, or to Heaven. Yes, we decide whether we go to Heaven or Hell by what we do, or by what we do not do for that matter. God confirms our decision. Once we die, our will is fixed, no turning back from this point. So lets get this right folks, and use the long standing teachings of the Catholic Church to be our sure and certain guide, to hopefully get to Heaven with Gods grace.

   Oh yes, the Scripture references to the General Judgement. Let us look at Matthew Chapter 25, and these verses speak for themselves. Little commentary is needed here. Here goes, ” [31] And when the Son of man shall come in his majesty, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit upon the seat of his majesty. [32] And all nations shall be gathered together before him, and he shall separate them one from another, as the shepherd separateth the sheep from the goats: [33] And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on his left. [34] Then shall the king say to them that shall be on his right hand: Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” All the angels, yes it says ALL the ANGELS! That is a lot of angels, billions and billions , maybe more. Oh, and notice that Jesus is coming as a King in His majesty, and going to be judging us. One more thing, notice how Jesus tells us that the kingdom is, and was actually prepared for us from the beginning of the world. Prepared for us, for you. I love that part. Just saying… 

     Their is more here from Matthew 25, let us look ”  [35] For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in:[36] Naked, and you covered me: sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me. [37] Then shall the just answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry, and fed thee; thirsty, and gave thee drink? [38] And when did we see thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and covered thee? [39] Or when did we see thee sick or in prison, and came to thee? [40] And the king answering, shall say to them: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me.[41] Then he shall say to them also that shall be on his left hand: Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels. [42] For I was hungry, and you gave me not to eat: I was thirsty, and you gave me not to drink. [43] I was a stranger, and you took me not in: naked, and you covered me not: sick and in prison, and you did not visit me. [44] Then they also shall answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to thee? [45] Then he shall answer them, saying: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it not to one of these least, neither did you do it to me.[46] And these shall go into everlasting punishment: but the just, into life everlasting.”  Notice what it states in verse 41. Hell was not prepared for us, but for the wicked devil and his demons. So why would we ever choose this horrible eternity. Let us choose to try and take part in Gods Holy will for us and try to participate with abundance of grace that is available to us through prayer and the Sacraments of the Catholic Church. So much grace is available to us through the Catholic Church, it is amazing!

    One more point that I definitely have to cover is that the General Judgement will take place after the resurrection of our bodies. We will all face the Just Judge with body and soul. Also, our eternal destiny will also be in body and soul, either in Heaven or in Hell.

  A couple more pieces from Sacred Scripture about the General Judgement from Luke Chapter 12 ” [3] For whatsoever things you have spoken in darkness, shall be published in the light: and that which you have spoken in the ear in the chambers, shall be preached on the housetops. [4] And I say to you, my friends: Be not afraid of them who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. [5] But I will shew you whom you shall fear: fear ye him, who after he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell. Yea, I say to you, fear him.” This is Jesus speaking here , we should listen up probably.

   From Psalm 48 in Douay Rheims, or 49 in RSV we read in verse  [2] Hear these things, all ye nations: give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world. [3] All you that are earthborn, and you sons of men: both rich and poor together. And in Canticles Chapter 8 verse [6] Put me as a seal upon thy heart, as a seal upon thy arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy as hard as hell, the lamps thereof are fire and flames.

  St John also speaks about the General Judgement in Chapter 5 of the Gospel  verse: [28]” Wonder not at this; for the hour cometh, wherein all that are in the graves shall hear the voice of the Son of God. [29] And they that have done good things, shall come forth unto the resurrection of life; but they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment.”  Judgement here is condemnation by the way.

   Next post,  we will be looking at Heaven, Hell, Purgatory and or, some combination of these topics. So, that being said, if you have made it this far in this post good for you, their is hope after all. I know some people just balk or altogether, or just shut right down when the word hell is brought up. It is as if they are gonna live forever, or some may even be convinced that the actual place doesn’t exist. Some people are gonna be in for one huge surprise. Well, believe me, and much more, believe the Catholic Church and Jesus Christ, that Heaven, Hell and Purgatory are all more real than the false bill of goods that the world has been trying to feed us.

   If these topics make you feel uneasy that is a good sign. If these topics shut you right down or you choose to completely look the opposite way and pretend its all not real, maybe you should consider going to Sacramental Confession. Confession makes these topics a little easier to stomach, really you should try it. I try and go at least every couple of weeks. It is amazing how after going to Confession regularly makes these topics easier to look at.

    As always feel free to comment, criticize or just say hello in the comment box at the top of the post

     til next time, unless of course  Jesus comes back before I write my next post, just saying, we never know the day or the hour…

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

             In  JM+JT,

                  Lee

The Seventh Article of the Apostles’ Creed

” From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead ” 

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Chapel of Bones in Alcantarilha,  Portugal

  As we begin to take a look at the  Seventh Article of the Apostle’s Creed, I ask you to take a few minutes to meditate, or ponder the moment of your death, sitting, or standing before Almighty God, about to be judged, for how you spent your life here on earth. Just a couple of thoughts before we begin. First, we all will die and most do not know exactly when. Second, we  ALL will be judged for how we lived our life, like it or not, we cannot evade this. We must accept that all of us are actually born to die in a sense, but it’s how we live, that will decide how we will spend our life in eternity.

      I have just ended my 30 day Ignatian retreat with the Marian Catechist Apostolate. As a result of the spiritual exercises, I was able to ponder such subjects of life, death, heaven, hell and purgatory. One of the insights I acquired during these exercises is the relationship between free-will and time, curious. We are all taught that one gift that God has given us that is uniquely ours is that of our free-will. It occurred to me, that another gift that God has given us that is uniquely ours, is time. Both of these gifts, if used wisely, with Gods grace, should be gifted back to Our Lord, freely on our part. It also occurred to me, how I have abused this precious gift of time that God has so graciously gifted me with. Sometimes, I thank Him for the generous extension He has given me. A result of others prayers, I am certain, especially my dear mother. So, when thinking of the end it also occurred to me that our actual  ETERNAL FUTURE, depends upon our present here in time. From the finite to the eternal. This is very serious business folks. Every moment matters and our eternal future is riding on our Yes to Gods will and the time He allows us here on this earth. Eternity is a long, long, long, long, long……..long time, eventhough we will be outside time, that is how long eternity is. Its even longer than that! So let us all stop wasting our time and give some of it at least, back to God, along with our wills.

   So, on with the catechesis shall we. We have two kinds of judgement, and we will be taking a look at the first type in this post. The two types are called the  Particular Judgement  that happens immediately after we die, and we have what is called the  General Judgement  at the end of the world.

  St Paul in the Book of Hebrews in Chapter 9:[27] “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgment”. We will be immediately judged according to how we lived our lives as soon as we die. It is very important to remember that our stay here on earth is limited, and is used to test our entrance into the heavenly kingdom. God, is so merciful! He sends us so many messengers, and so many graces. He wants us to be with Him in Heaven, but we also need to show that we want to be with Him in Heaven as well. All of the Sacraments of the Catholic Church are specifically God given, to help us to gain eternity with Him in Heaven. Not only that, but the Sacraments also give us a taste of Heaven on earth, especially in the  Holy Eucharist.

   When we die, in the most simplest terms, our souls leave our bodies. We will be judged according to our works, more specifically on our charity. Have we sacrificed our time and our lives for others, for God. Have we tried to pray for those who have offended, or hurt us. Have we turned away from temptations that would lead us away from God. Have we taken that extra minute to spend with family, with a stranger, with that annoying man or woman? Was I constantly picking away at how this or that person lived out their Catholic Faith? These are some of the questions I ask myself at times. Believe me, I fail at these questions many times, I’m just grateful for some bit of awareness.

   This is our chance, actually, this is our Grace, not chance. This is our time here on earth, that God has specifically chosen for us to be in. This is nothing to complain about. We are here, right now, to give Glory to God! We are all called to be little  “praises of Glory”  as Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity says. All the graces are available, right here, right now. The exact same graces are here now that were here during St Teresa of Avila’s time, as St Athanasius’ time, Saint Francis of Assisi’s time…… the Grace is available! We are called to be saints, here and now in this moment of time that God has graced us with.

   So let us not fear death, but pray for a happy death ; a life lived for God, with His Grace, and the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church as my compass. Rest assured, if we are obedient to His will, to the best of our ability, we shall be eternally happy. If we live a life of selfishness and refuse His grace til the moment we die, we shall be eternally in misery. The choice is obvious, isn’t it? Lets stop wasting time and try and take part in Gods Holy Will. It is wise to remember what it reads in Holy Scripture, from the Book of Ecclesiasticus 7:[40] “In all thy works remember thy last end, and thou shalt never sin. “

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

       In  JM+JT,

              Lee

    For the Greater Praise of Glory!

For the Greater Praise of Glory!

St Ignatius  of  Loyola’s  Spiritual  Exercises

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  I just thought I would quickly check in to the site to let anyone who actually reads the site know that I am still very much alive. I am currently on Day 12 out of 30 days of the Spiritual Exercises. The exercises can be very challenging at times, and emotions run from extreme sense of consolation, to the other end of the dark night of desolation. This was to be expected, so I am grateful for the heads up. The devil definitely doesn’t want me finishing these exercises, this I am certain of. My family and myself are under attack. He has already tried throwing more than a few wrenches at our heads in the last few days. I ask you once again for your prayers, for my family, and myself, as I continue to take the spiritual exercises.I have received so much grace in these last 12 days, and I know it is a result of other peoples prayers, your prayers. I and my family thank you. I am also praying for you. May Almighty God protect us from the world, the devil, and ourselves!

          In  JM+JT,

                Lee

     For the Greater Praise of Glory!

Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

St  Ignatius’  Spiritual  Exercises

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    For the next 25 days I will be continuing to take part in the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola. Therefore I will be in retreat for the most part. So please excuse my absence. One of the pre-requisites for becoming a Consecrated Marian Catechist is taking part in the 30 day Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola. It is a great grace to have this opportunity to do so. It seems in Gods Divine Providence that He would grace me with this opportunity through a physical injury and loss of employment at this time. It is not exactly the way that I would have preferred to do the exercises, but what do I know. I thank Him, and I trust in His will for me and my family. He has something planned for sure, and this is just part of that plan. Thank you Jesus for this amazing opportunity !

   Please keep my family and myself in your prayers as I go through these spiritual exercises. My wife and children are very much apart of my being able to take this time to spend with our Lord. I want to thank my wife for helping to make this possible, I know it is a sacrifice. Thank you all for your prayers and patience. I promise I will be back in the next week or so with some faithful Catechesis.

         In   JM+JT,

                        Lee

    ps ;   one of the  “creatures   I gave up in was reading Catholic Blogs and news, and I am so glad I did.

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 !

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      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

 

Islamic State urges attacks on Canadian citizens !!!

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Islamic State urges attacks on Canadian citizens in

audio recording

Posted on September 22, 2014 by SunriseMarian

The Associated Press
Published Monday, Sep. 22 2014, 8:54 AM EDT
Last updated Monday, Sep. 22 2014, 12:04 PM EDT

The Islamic extremist group ISIS, that has occupied parts of Iraq and Syria has issued a new threat against western countries including Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
In an audio recording distributed on social media, Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant urges supporters to kill westerners from countries who have joined efforts in northern Iraq, whether military or civilian.

The Canadian government has not said whether it views the recording as authentic, but France appears to be treating it as such, as is SITE, a Washington think-tank that analyzes terrorist groups.
The group represents a threat not just to the Middle East, but the world, said Jason MacDonald, a spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office.
“We will continue to work with allies to push back against this threat,” MacDonald said in an email.
“Like our allies we will not be cowed by threats while innocent children, women, men and religious minorities live in fear of these terrorists.”
The Harper government has taken a hard line on IS. Last week, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird likened the fight against the al-Qaida splinter group to the struggles against communism and fascism.
Canada is also sending 69 special forces personnel who will serve as advisers to Iraqi forces battling IS militants.
Responding to al-Adnani’s statement, France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said he is confident in the country’s security.
“France is not afraid because it is prepared to respond to their threats,” he said.
The IS statement was released in Arabic by the group’s media arm, Al-Furqan, and appeared on militant sites used by the group. The Associated Press reported the speaker sounded like that of previous recordings attributed to al-Adnani.
The 42-minute audio statement was released online late Sunday. In it, al-Adnani said the coalition would not be able to defeat the jihadis. He called on Muslims everywhere to kill anyone whose country takes part in the attack.
“Oh, believer, do not let this battle pass you by wherever you may be. You must strike the soldiers, patrons and troops of the tyrants. Strike their police, security and intelligence members,” al-Adnani said.
“If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that joined a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be.”
A transcript, distributed on social media late Sunday night, also seemed to accuse countries like Canada and Australia of meddling in affairs that are none of their business.
“What threat do you pose to the distant place of Australia for it to send its legions towards you? What does Canada have anything to do with you?”
A Public Safety Canada report last month said some 130 individuals were suspected of terror-related activities abroad at the beginning of 2014, including about 30 people with Canadian connections suspected of terror activities in Syria.
The Canadian government has said it has begun revoking the passports of those it suspects of wanting to go abroad to join terrorist groups.
IS’s reach on social media also makes them a potential threat on Canadian soil, suggested Michel Juneau-Katsuya, a former Canadian intelligence officer who now heads up an Ottawa cybersecurity company.
“They have been capable (of recruiting) young people without speaking directly to them face to face,” he noted.
“If they’ve been capable through the media — through the Internet — to reach them, I wouldn’t be surprised that they convince some of these people that instead of travelling to the Middle East, to stay here and simply attack us here.”
With files from The Associated Press.

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ps   this is important information and needs to be shared! These ISIS types are here in our midst on Canadian soil, not just over in Iraq and Syria. We need to call our elected officials and demand something be done to protect our children from being beheaded here! Don’t think for a minute that this won’t happen, it happened last year in England in broad daylight to Lee Rigby! This isn’t just a regional or terrorist problem, this is a religious problem! Please drop the political correctness with Islam, it is what it is! The attacks are inevitable, they will happen. However, our police and intelligence could do much more to minimize the damage that is likely to occur .

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Lee Rigby’s killer doing an interview and quoting passages from the “holy” Koran. Yes, that is Lee Rigby’s blood!

 

May Almighty God have Mercy on us all!

Queen of Heaven and Earth, pray for us!

In JM+JT,

Lee