Canadian Catechists Reading List Begins…

What’s on Lee’s Shelf  ???

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     I have to be honest, I am not sure exactly how to organize this section of the site. So, after discussing this section of the site tonight with a friend, I figured I would just start. Well, here goes! To begin, I will just share what is on my nightstand. These are the books that are must haves for this Marian Catechist and lover of the One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church and all She has to offer! Now, I have to warn you, I actually have a relatively small nightstand, but I have acquired quite a few ” must have within hand reach” books. Sometimes I think my wife thinks I’m nuts! I always tell her that their are much worse things I could be doing, and she shakes her head and tends to agree. I will link to these books to online Catholic Bookstores that I am familiar with mostly. However please also shop at your local Catholic Bookstores. We have an excellent one here in Niagara Region in Ontario Canada called Branches Catholic Bookstore and we are now also in relationship with Catholic Chapter House. These are two excellent resources, with a store front and online store!

      I guess you could say I have a wide variety of topics looking at my side table. And Yes, that is a kindle on top of the official  Catechism of the Catholic Church  which has a tremendous library with all of St Augustines works and all of St John Chrystosoms works also! Those two awesome Saints and Doctors of the Church alone could fill an entire wall with their masterpieces! No, I have not read all their work, it would take a few lifetimes probably. I always have close at hand The Catechism of the Council of Trent, my personal Favourite.The Catechism of the Council of Trent – compiled under the direction of St. Charles Borromeo and recognized as the most authoritative Catholic catechism. Leo XIII recommended two books– the Summa and this Catechism–for all seminarians! Pope Benedict 16th, as a Cardinal, called it the most important Catholic Catechism. Originally designed to supply parish priest with an official book of instruction, it has been used extensively by the laity as a steadying guide in our confused age. New typesetting and beautiful hardbound cover.

  S0, also on my table I have the  Three Ages of the Interior Life  Volume 1, by Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., was born in 1877 and is held as one of the greatest Catholic theologians of the twentieth century. He focused his writings against the error of Modernism, which denied the objective truth of Divine revelation, as well as on apologetics, including philosophy. In total, he authored over five hundred books and articles, and wrote as a thorough Thomist. Among Father Garrigou-Lagrange’s numerous works are The Three Ages of the Interior Life, Christian Perfection and Contemplation, Christ the Savior, and God, His Existence and Nature. He died in 1964.  This author I HIGHLY RECOMMEND.This particular book is a masterpiece in displaying how Catholic doctrine and spirituality are perfectly complimentary to one another, and have no need to be separated one from the other!

     I also have a  Douay Rheims translation of Holy Scripture. This is my favourite English translation, because it is true to the Latin Vulgate and not so corrupted like other Catholic translations. Just because a Bible has the name Catholic on it, does not mean it is a good , faithful translation. The best test I have found is to go to Luke , Chapter 1 verse 28, it should read “[28] And the angel being come in, said unto her:  Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee:  blessed art thou among women”  If the ” Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee” is not in your Bible you are best to get rid of that translation asap! Those exact words need to be in your translation of the Bible, if they aren’t, please get a new Bible and don’t give that one away either. We don’t need to be spreading error. You can burn it if you like, bury it or hide it real good!

    On the Catechetical front, well right next to me actually I have the COMMENTARY ON THE GENERAL DIRECTORY FOR CATECHESIS  Most Rev. Raymond Leo Burke  From the Forward:In accord with the directives of the Apostolic See, MarianCatechists employ a twofold vademecum in their apostolate:the Catechism of the Catholic Church for doctrine and the General Directory for Catechesis for catechetical method.

 Also, The Advanced Catholic Catechism Course Manual and Workbook and  the BASIC CATHOLIC CATECHISM COURSE  and  by Father John Anthony Hardon S.J.  Revised and Updated by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke  If you have been waiting to study the Faith, this is the perfect time to  start.

Next, THE QUESTION AND ANSWER CATHOLIC CATECHISM  Father John A. Hardon S.J.  A perfect way for modern Catholics to address the issues of faith, this straightforward catechism  provides precise answers to more than 1,700  questions about Church teachings, rituals, and religious practice. This Catechism presents the essentials of the Catholic Faith in a manner that is easy to use and spiritually sound.

   The next Catechism was compiled and written by Servant of God Father John Hardon S.J  and is simply called The Catholic Catechism “This volume is intended to meet a widely felt need for an up-to-date and concise source book on the principal teachings of the Catholic Church. Since the close of the Second Vatican Council, there has been such an accumulation of ecclesiastical constitutions and decrees and so many changes they introduced in Catholic practice that few people have been able to keep up with all that has happened… A parallel purpose of this volume is to offer those who use it a handy guidebook of the Catholic tradition, whether formally documented in ecclesiastical sources or implicitly accepted by the faithful under the aegis of the Church’s hierarchial leaders.”The method followed in presenting the Church’s doctrine is a combination of history and logic. Doctrines are placed into a historical framework by tracing their origins to the Old and New Testaments and placing their development within the context of persons, places, and times. The doctrine thus becomes more intelligible because it is viewed in the setting of its vital growth over the centuries.

“The intended reading audience of this Catholic catechism are all those priests, religious and laity, and above all parents and teachers, who are looking for a concise statement of the faith they profess, the conduct they practice, and the worship they give to the Lord.”

–From The Catholic Catechism by John A. Hardon, S.J.

   Right now, Sept 19/14  I am in the middle of reading two books. To be honest, I am always reading and re-reading Catechetical and Doctrinal material, but I wanted to read something a little lighter and spiritual. So, I am reading The Fire Within, by Thomas Dubay  .This book is the fruit of Fr. Dubay’s many years of study and experience in spiritual direction and in it he synthesizes the teachings on prayer of the two great doctors of the Church on prayer–St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila–and the teaching of Sacred Scripture.

But the teaching that Fr. Dubay synthesized is not collected from Teresa and John for contemplatives alone. It is meant for every Christian and is based on the Gospel imperative of personal prayer and the call to holiness. All the major elements of these great teachers are ordered, commented on and put in the context of their scriptural foundations. Here is an outstanding book on prayer and the spiritual life written by one of the best spiritual directors and retreat masters of our time, and based on the writings of the Church’s two greatest mystical doctors.

The second book is by a great Saint that I have an interest in. He is especially relevant in our time because of the huge disconnect between Church and state in the western world as of late. The book is written by St Thomas More and is called  A Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation . Here in modern English is More’s examination of the comfort of God in times of difficulty. Written in the Tower of London while More was awaiting execution for refusing to betray his faith, this book is a fictional dialogue between a young man, Vincent, and his mortally ill uncle. Vincent is afraid that an impending Muslim invasion will force him to betray his faith or die a martyr. More shows how all suffering can be beneficial if you respond to it properly.

On the philosophical side, I have History of Philosophy Volume II  Augustine to Scotus by Frederick Copleston S.J  Surveys schools of Western thought from the Patristic period and St. Augustine through the Carolingian renaissance, St. Bonaventure and St. Thomas Aquinas to Duns Scotus. I have also read and studied History of Philosophy Volume I Greece and Rome . Progress of philosophical thinking among the Greeks, leading to a dual climax in the work of Plato and Aristotle, demanding a synthesis by the Neo-Platonists. Both of these books I highly recommend to those who are interested in Philosophy. Especially those who are interested in St Thomas and his writings. These were an excellent primer to a better understanding of St Thomas, his theology and his writings on all matters. I am just a beginner, but  I have to say, I learned a lot from these two volumes on the study of wisdom and the history of philosophy and the development of it. I wasn’t familiar with some of the words and phrases of the philosophical language. So, I just looked them up on wiki or google and would write out short definitions in these two volumes and refer back to them. Before I knew it these words were second nature and part of my vocabulary! Words like dialectic, epistemology, rhetoric, exemplarism, aliquid… look them up 🙂  one is in latin!  See you soon. I have many more books to add to the list, and on my side table, but I’m getting tired. You should see the basement and bookshelves and desk, oh my!!!   🙂

May Almighty God Bless us and keep us safe from the World, the devil and ourselves

In   JM+JT,

Lee

 

How Do We Practice What We Learn?

Fifth  Article of the Apostle’s Creed continued…

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; the third day He rose again from the dead

  In this post I am going to be not so much catechizing on What we believe, but more on how we put what we believe into practice. So, how we can practice and grow in our faith. It is of course an excellent practice to learn as much as one can about our beautiful Catholic Faith, but we must put this knowledge and faith into practice, to truly grow into a deeper more fruitful relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! All Catechesis, must be Christ-centered!!!

   Being a member of the Marian Catechist Apostolate demands that we not just grow in our doctrinal and catechetical learning, but also spiritually. We need to have a balance of doctrinal and spiritual development, that balances ones complete make up as a  Marian Catechist and as a member of the Church Militant on earth. I believe it can become a temptation at times to believe because we are learning about God, that we are getting to know God in a better way. I have to say that this is not always true. In fact, many of the so-called brightest theologians and scripture exegetes have turned out to be heretics, apostates and in some cases even atheists! One that immediately comes to mind is Martin Luther and John Calvin, their are many , many more. In fact, they are in our midst today ,and not just an anomaly of the distant past.

    We can actually put into practice what we learn in the  Articles of the Apostle’s Creed. How you say? Certainly, on Sundays and our Holy Days of obligation we attend Mass faithfully. Even more, if at all possible, we should be attending Holy Mass as often as possible, not just limited to the Holy Days of obligation. Their are other pious practices that will help us to grower closer to our Lord and His Holy Mother. The daily praying of the Holy Rosary is actually praying, and meditating on  the Gospel itself! Another practice that Marian Catechists do is to pray the daily Angelus  at least two times a day.

   Traditionally, Wednesdays were a day to especially honour St Joseph, the foster-father of Jesus and the chaste spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I can tell you from personal experience, that St Joseph’s intercessory ability is awesome! He has helped me in many tough situations. Please build a strong relationship with this most great Saint, second only to Mary the Mother of God (Theotokos) . Here is a link to an ancient prayer to St Joseph  that I choose to say everyday, it can also be used as a 9 day Novena prayer. Once again, prayers to St Joseph are very powerful and always answered! This is what my patroness Saint, Teresa of Jesus says of St Joseph, “I know by experience,” says St. Teresa of Avila, “that the glorious St. Joseph assists us generally in all necessities. I never asked him for anything which he did not obtain for me.”

    So on Fridays, in commemoration of  Jesus’ Passion and Death on the Cross, we are obliged to perform some act of penance or mortification. Ouchhh!!! Did you say mortify? Yes, I did! This does not mean, nor do I  suggest that you whip or flag yourself half to death. Some people still may do this, but any penance or mortification should also be discussed with one’s spiritual advisor! I am only touching on a couple suggestions. This can be as simple as abstaining from meat, or having a computer fast for that day. It is meant to help unite yourself with our Lord and His Passion and death. A small token to add to the Mystical Body in Heaven and Earth. It also helps us to aquire virtue, especially in temperance. Practicing penance and mortification helps by bringing our unruly passions into check through practice. Remember, we “practice our Faith”. I have to admit, I have a sweet tooth! It is a tough one for me, but its easier when I offer it up to our Blessed Lord ! It helps to bring that particular passion into check.

   Of Course, we cannot forget the day dedicated to our Lady, Saturday. Saturday is the day that we honour the Blessed Virgin Mary.  We honour our Lady, whose Faith remained unshaken on that Holy Saturday, and never faltered. She had Faith and Hope that Her most Holy Son, Jesus Christ would indeed rise from the dead, as He said He would. In honour of Her, we can light a votive candle for Our Lady’s intentions, or honour her by just spending a little more time meditating on the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. For those who have a devotion to our Blessed Mother, I might suggest the book  True Devotion to Mary by St Louis Marie de Monfort . This book is a masterpiece of Marian devotion and is a favourite of mine and was a favourite of St John Paul II. His papal motto “Totus Tuus”, meaning, all yours, was borrowed from St Louis de Monfort!

     Til next time,

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

        In  JMJ,

                Lee

What is Catechesis ?

What is Catechesis?

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 Is Catechesis important?

     A couple of  questions have been asked already and I haven’t even begun this post. The answers to these questions may be obvious to some, but for others they are very important ; especially if you claim the name “Catholic” or are just interested in the Church at all. It is so important to know what it is to be Catholic and what we as Catholics actually  believe. The best way to learn is through what we call  “catechesis“. The word “ catechesis ” actually means to impart knowledge, or to teach by imparting knowledge. The traditional way of imparting knowledge is through a question and answer format, originally done through word of mouth by first Christ and than the Apostles. As the Apostle to the Gentiles St Paul said to the Romans in the 10 th Chapter of his Epistle “[17] Faith then cometh by hearing; and hearing by the word of Christ.” 

  Now, for those who may not know, we as Catholics did not just make-up catechesis and catechisms. In fact, catechesis takes its roots from Judaism. The Hebrews taught catechesis in the home where the father would primarily teach the Jewish religion to his children. The Hebrews also taught religion in school. Thirdly, the Hebrews would learn about their faith in the synagogues and the Temple by the priests and Levites and rabbi’s. Now, does any of this sound familiar? We still have a similar system today ; however, we need to look at the order again. Where we as Catholics are failing, yes I said failing, is in teaching or  catechizing our children in the home ; especially the fathers! It is vitally important for parents to be THE PRIMARY EDUCATORS of CATHOLIC EDUCATION to their children. As the child grows, so do the lessons on catechesis. A child’s understanding of their faith must grow in keeping with their secular education. Otherwise the faith, as we have all seen from the emptying Churches, will certainly be abandoned as a remnant of their childhood.

   Where do we find the teachings of the Church? I thought you would never ask… Here on this website is a good beginning, but I would suggest that every family own at least one good Church approved Catechism. My favourite Catechism is The Catechism of the Council of Trent . It is easy to read and very straight forward, and it leaves no room for ambiguity or confusion. Some catechisms do lead to confusion, so stick with the good ones, I will list a few here.Please don’t just go and buy any book that says catechism on it, some of them are just downright terrible. Any books at the Marian Catechist store are very good especially if authored by our founder, Servant of God Father John Hardon. He actually has a question and answer Catholic Catechism that is excellent to start with, and can be kept in your pocket or lunch box to be read on breaks or lunch… wink, wink! Apologetics and Catholic Doctrine by Archbishop Michael Sheehan is also an excellent Catechism and gets into more intermediate Catechesis. It is a great read and re-read, mine is highlighted from front to back! The one that my wife reads, but I would also highly recommend, especially for those that aren’t big on reading is My Catholic Faith . This is especially good to use with children and converts to the religion, it is a wonderful Catechism. Of course, last but not least is the official Catechism of the Catholic Church . It can also be found online at the Vatican website here  http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM. Some of these books are not available on the Branches website yet, but we do have them at the store, so please come in and take a look!!!

    Why is Catechesis so important in these times? Once again, glad you asked. Because the younger generation hasn’t been properly catechized at home first, at school second , or at Church in many instances. The flock has scattered, and is leaving or has left the Church en-masse! That being said their are still small faithful pockets where Catechesis thrives, but we need much more of that. That is where the lay catechist comes in, like you and I. I can’t and I won’t get into exactly how things went very wrong in many places throughout the world, especially here in Canada and catechesis changed from God centred to self centered, but somewhere that shift did indeed happen. Now, we must focus on the solution ; what we need to do together is get back down to the Truth of Jesus Christ and His One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church!!! As our International director at the Marian Catechist Apostolate His Eminence  Cardinal Raymond Burke says, “ catechesis is a school of faith that is a deepening of Christian life in all its aspects: knowledge , prayer and worship, and witness.”  Cardinal Burke  also states , ” the object of catechesis, communion with our Lord Jesus Christ, and, therefore to present the Catholic faith in it entirety, especially the entire truth of the mystery of Christ.”  Did the Cardinal say the entire truth? I think he did say the entire truth! I couldn’t have stated it better myself. We need the Truth and the whole uncorrupted Truth, not just the teachings on heaven. The World needs the Truth, it is starving for the Truth. The world thinks that Oprah Winfrey is a spiritual teacher, come on people! People are seeking for the truth in all the wrong places, we have it right here in the Catholic Church. We need to share the Truth with others and be that arrow or sign pointing to Jesus Christ and His One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church!!!

      ….. So please, parents and fathers of young children, it is never to early to start catechizing your children. Secondly, for those of you who are teachers, it is vitally important when teaching the Catholic Faith to children or students of any age , that your teaching is sound and faithful. Thirdly I will address the Pastors……… please know your faith inside and out, all of it, so that you can properly hand it on to the next generation of future catechists and maybe a future parent, priest, bishop or who knows, maybe oneday we will have a Pope from Canada :-).

   If you have any questions about the Church and Her teachings on Holy Scripture and Holy Tradition, please leave a comment or send me an email. One more thing, don’t forget to subscribe to www.canadiancatechist.com  .

  What Jesus teaches us in the 5th Chapter of St Matthew is the Truth. Here is some great Catechesis from the Master Catechist Himself. Here are a few verses that I hope will  inspire you like they do to me. So get out there and share your faith with the world ! “[13] You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men. [14] You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid. [15] Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house.

[16] So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven”

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

In JM+JT,

Lee

The Third day He rose again from the dead!!!

Second part, of  the Fifth Article of the Apostle’s Creed

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Jesus’ 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! I have to say, I love meditating on the Glorious Mysteries  of Our Lord and Lady’s Holy Rosary, especially on this mystery in particular ; Jesus’ Resurrection. In the words on Father Fernbeck, ” can you just imagine, ” seeing Our Blessed Lord’s resurrection, actually seeing Him come out of that tomb in His Glorified state at that ! It truly is a mystery worth meditating and praying on with much regularity. So, as I have stated here before, this blog deals with the TRUE TEACHINGS of The One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, and this part of the catechesis is also part of our Faith. I cannot stress with enough emphasis that Jesus’ Resurrection is not just a strict mystery, but a  historical ,reasonable and credible, recorded event  that can be substantiated and proved through the many historic documents and witness testimonies that are still available to us today. As St Paul saids in 1 Corinthian 15:[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 existed for that matter, that has ever been written about at almost anytime in history. We have much more historical, recorded history detailing about Jesus’ life death and resurrection than we do about any historian before or even after His time on earth including Josephus among the Jews, Caesar and Pliny among the Romans, and Herodotus and Thucydides, Plato and Aristotle among the Greeks. So, it is a very reasonable, historical and credible mystery, to believe in Our Lord and His Glorious Resurrection. One other historical, recorded proof  just amazes and adds tremendous credibility to the truth of Our Lord’s Resurrection , is the fact of the willing, courageous martyrdom of 11 of the 12 Apostle’s and the many disciples and witnesses of Our Lord’s Resurrection . So many of the same Apostles and disciples who originally abandoned our Lord because of fear, most heroically went willing to their death for Him only after having seen Our Lord  after He raised Himself from the dead. We know to this day where many of those Apostles and disciples are actually buried today! Yes, today, we can visit the Holy Relics of many of the first martyrs, many are in Rome at St Peters Basilica and all over Rome for that matter. People don’t willingly die for something they don’t believe in, they just don’t. Especially not the way so many of the disciples of Jesus did, who happily, joyfully, and willingly were martyred giving witness and true testimony to Our Risen Lord! We still have martyrs today, look at Syria and Iraq in particular, and please pray for our brothers and sisters in the middle east especially!

     I will continue more on Jesus’ Resurrection shortly

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

           In  JM+JT,

                       Lee

He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead!

The  Fifth  Article of the  Apostle’s  Creed

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       ” He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead “

 when we hear the word  “Hell,” I believe what comes to some peoples minds is the burning furnace of Hell, the smell of sulphur,  where the demons of satan are running about everywhere, unchecked, tearing souls apart, limb from limb in an everlasting fire, howling and screaming, uneneding suffering and absolute hopelessness, deprived of ever seeing God. Something say, from the imagery detailed in Dantes Inferno, his Divine Comedy. Now, I must state this plainly, I do not suggest at all that this “Hell” is not real, however, this is not the “Hell” that we are going to be covering in the Fifth Article of the Apostle’s Creed. The Hell  that  Jesus descended into is also known as “the abode of the dead,”  or the Limbo of the Fathers, or the underworld or Sheol in Hebrew, or Hades in Greek. This is the place, where the souls of the just were dwelling. The souls of the Old Testament Saints would have been there awaiting Our Dear Lords arrival. the souls of Adam and Eve, Moses, king David, Samuel the Prophet, Ruth, Isaiah, Daniel, Jeremiah, the Maccabean Martyrs, St Joseph and even St John the Baptist would have been their waiting for Our Lords arrival, and so many more. This Hell, was definitely a much better Hell to be in, than that other Hell that we will be discussing in another post. I believe this is why in more modern versions of the Creed we hear or read, that “He descended to the dead.” I have to admit, that I am not favourable to any change in any Creed or teaching to the Church at all, however, this particular change from the word “hell” to” dead” seems to make some sense and clear up a misconception. But, I still say “Hell” regardless! The word would never have to be changed to” dead” if ALL Pastors of souls didn’t shy away from the teachings of Hell and properly catechize ALL truths of the Faith and make the distinction between the two hells.

  Jesus descended to the underworld after He died to visit the souls of the just who had died up to that time and were detained in the limbo of the Fathers. His descent was a manifestation of His power and authority over ALL Creation, including the underworld. Christ visited the just souls not with His body but with His soul, united with His Divinity, because Jesus truly died as we learned in the previous post. You may be asking, why would just souls be detained in limbo? Simple answer, sin! Christ came to save us from sin, He alone could open the gates of heaven to us and restore friendship with God, He is our Redeemer! If you take notice of the art I chose for this post, also referred to as  “The Harrowing of Hell,” it shows the doors of hell busted down by Our Lord, and He is carrying the Standard of Salvation. Can you just imagine the joy that the just souls must have had when that door was smashed down by Our Lord. However, we have to remember a very important point; the souls of the just did not immediately enter heaven after Jesus preached salvation to them and gave them the Good News. The souls of the just in limbo, still had to wait 40 days until Jesus’ ascension into Heaven, only after that, were the souls of the just able to enjoy the Beatific Vision and have a true face to face with God!

Next post we will look at the second part of this article that deals with the Resurrection of Our Lord!

May God protect us from the world, the devil, and ourselves!

            In JM+JT,

                      Lee

ps  please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters that are still being persecuted in the Middle East, most especially in Syria and Iraq!!!!!



URGENT STATEMENT OF THE CHALDEAN PATRIARCH

BREAKING: URGENT STATEMENT OF THE CHALDEAN PATRIARCH On Alarming Situation of 130,000 Refugees and Other Grave Matters   this from Rorate Caeli Blog

 Rorate was sent a Declaration by the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch, Louis-Raphael I Sako, on several urgent aspects and the grave risk in which Iraqi Christians and other refugees still find themselves.

THE ALARMING SITUATION OF THE REFUGEES
WARNING OF A DISASTER YET MORE DREADFUL
+Louis Raphael Sako
Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon
President of the Assembly of the Catholic Bishops in Iraq
Baghdad – Iraq
 
10 August  2014
 
 
Death and sickness are taking hold of the children and elderly people among the thousands of refugee families spread over the Kurdistan Region who lost everything in the recent tragic developments while the ISIS Militants are still advancing and the humanitarian aid is insufficient.
 
There are seventy thousand displaced Christians in Ankawa [Erbil] along with the other minorities in this city that has a population of more than twenty-five thousand Christians. The families who found shelter inside the churches or schools are in a rather good condition while those who are still sleeping in the streets and public parks are in a deplorable situation…
 
In Dohuk, the number of Christian refugees’ amount to more than 60.000 and their situation is worse than those in Erbil. There are also families who found shelters in Kirkuk and Sulaymaniyah, as well as some have arrived as far as in the capital city of Baghdad.
 
While the humanitarian needs are escalating: housing, food, water, medicine and funds, the lack of international coordination is slowing and limiting the realization of an effective assistance to these thousands awaiting immediate support. The Churches are offering everything within their capacity.
 
To summarize the situation of the Christian villages around Mosul up to the borders of Kurdistan Region: the churches are deserted and desecrated; five bishops are out of their bishoprics, the priests and nuns left their missions and institutions leaving everything behind, the families have fled with their children abandoning everything else! The level of disaster is extreme.
 
The position of the American president Obama only to give military assistance to protect Erbil is disappointing. The talks about dividing Iraq are threatening. The Americans are not up to a rapid solution to give hope specifically as they are not going to attack the ISIS in Mosul and in the Nineveh Plain. The confirmation that this terrible situation will continue until the Iraqi Security Forces will fight along with Peshmerga against the ISIS militants is very depressing. The President of the Kurdistan Region said that the Kurdish troops are fighting with a terrorist State and not minor groups! While the country is under fire, the politicians in Baghdad are fighting for power.

 
At the end, perhaps, Mosul will not be liberated neither the villages in the Nineveh Plain. There is no strategy to dry up the sources of manpower and the resources of these Islamic terrorists. They control the oil town of Zumar and the oil fields of Ain Zalah and Batma along with the oil fields of Al-Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor in Syria. The Islamic extremist fighters are joining them from different countries around the world.
 
The choices of refugee families:
 
Migration: where and do they have the necessary documents and money?
 
To stay: in the halls and in the refugee camps, waiting the summer to end and winter to come? Will the schools be reopened and will their children go to elementary schools, high schools or colleges? Will they be welcomed in the schools in Erbil, Duhok and Sulaymaniyah? What is the future of the properties and belongings, along with the jobs, of these thousands of innocent people forced to fee overnight from their dear villages?
 
These are questions that should inflict pain in the conscience of every person and organization so that something should be done to save this people that have their history in this land from their beginnings.
  like I have stated recently, the best aid organization I have found and feel comfortable personally donating our own money to is at     www.cnewa.org
        In   JM+JT,
                     Lee
 
 

Please Help Iraqi Christians!!! Caution, Graphic Images!!!

The Work of Satan and his henchmen the Muslim group ISIS

 ISIS man marries 7 year old

A member of ISIS who just found his new, absolutely terrified 7 yr old Bride. Can anyone who has children or not, even imagine this? Some of these ISIS fighters are from our very own backyards in Ontario Canada!!! It won’t be long before ISIS visits here, they need to be stopped!!!!! Please call members of government and plead with them to help these brothers and sisters of ours!!

Prayer and fasting followed by real action is called for!!!

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WARNING !!!!!!   These next couple of  pics are very graphic but need to be seen!!!!!!!!

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Yes, that poor little girl has had her head cut off by the followers of mohammed….God have Mercy on us all!!!

Obviously whoever made it this far in this blog literally gets the picture. This work of satan and his army are here on this earth NOW!!!! Yes, they are here NOW!!! We need to take action, yes by prayer and fasting and sacrifice money and more if necessary.

The best Aid agency I have found to date with boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria is www.cnewa.org

Dear Friend,

About a month ago, I wrote to you about the terrified Christians of Iraq — trapped between the armed extremists of ISIS and Iraqi government forces. Many people responded with extreme generosity. If you were among them, I thank you very much for your donation.

But I’ve received alarming new reports from our regional staff. The nightmare was only just beginning. As ISIS escalates its rampage of hate, thousands of families have now been forced to run for their lives. You can help them by clicking here.

Last night, the Iraqi town of Qaraqosh fell to ISIS,
and more than 100,000 Christians are fleeing in terror.
That’s right, 100,000 Christians. Patriarch Louis Raphael I of the Chaldean Catholic Church shared that it is “an exodus… Christians are walking on foot in Iraq’s searing summer heat towards the Kurdish cities… They are facing a human catastrophe and risk a real genocide.”

Local sisters, priests and religious workers are scrambling to provide shelter. Local villagers are struggling to provide food and water. But it just isn’t enough.

Most of these Christians are women, children or elderly.
And ISIS wants to expel or destroy them all.
Right this minute, Iraq’s Christian families face absolute annihilation. Yes, they’re in our prayers. But they need more: the strongest support we can give.

Any contribution you can make will help CNEWA
ease the suffering of these frightened families.
So please send your gift now by clicking here.
Pope Francis appeals “to the international community to take initiatives to put an end to the humanitarian drama underway… to ensure the necessary aid for so many displaced people whose fate depends on the solidarity of others.”

What will happen next? I’m afraid we’ll soon find out. But with your support, CNEWA will walk with these courageous Christians. Whatever happens and wherever they go.

Remember: The help you give today could mean the difference between life and death for these families.

Thank you and God bless you,

Carl Hétu
National Director
CNEWA Canada

P.S. Please forward this urgent email to your family and friends.

Donate HERE to support Iraq’s Christians and their neighbours
Donate HERE to support CNEWA’s work worldwide
In JM+JT,
Lee
ps. Catechesis will be back very soon
Jesus please we beg you ,have mercy on us!!!
Mary Queen of Peace, pray for us!!!
St Pius X pray for us!!!
 

AN URGENT LETTER OF THE CHALDEAN PATRIARCH

AN URGENT LETTER OF THE CHALDEAN PATRIARCH

August 5, 2014
Your Holiness Pope Francis
Your Beatitudes the Patriarchs of the East
Your Excellencies the Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences
The Christians of Iraq face an enormous tragedy
The Christians of Mosul (Nineveh Province, Iraq), horrified, have fled the city with only the clothes they were wearing. Their churches have been profaned and on August 2, a mass migration took place from the villages of Telkev, Batnaya and Telleskuf as, knowing that the small town of Sinjar alongside other neighboring villages had fallen and seventy persons had been massacred, gave rise to panic. There, on Monday, August 4, ISIL commenced the bombardment of the village of Telkef and a young Christian was killed. This having been said, it is evident that there is practically no collaboration between the central government and that of the Kurdish Region and, in addition to that, the new government is not yet formed!
As for our political parties, they have failed in every tangible manner, and this for reasons well known to everyone as well as to each of these parties themselves.
As for the Church, she finds herself completely alone, more than ever; nevertheless her leaders are strongly required to react before it is too late in applying the necessary pressure on the international community as well as those other decision-makers in view of fundamental answers necessary to the scandalous crimes and the destructive conspiracies that affect, above all, unarmed citizens in Iraq, Syria, and in Palestine – Gaza.
It should be noted that the motivation for all of these killings is the lust for everything that lies beneath the earth like oil and gas…what else explains this war so curiously radicalised and, as if following an excellently premeditated plan, does not take the least account of the destinies of the people.
We are equally shocked and indignant with the absence of a vigorous position taken by Muslims and their religious leaders, not the least because the actions of these factions represent a menace for Muslims themselves.
In fact, speeches are good for nothing, so too declarations that rehash condemnations and indignation; the same can be said for protest marches. In addition, while appreciating the generosity of our donors, we would say that donations and fundraising too are not what will solve our problems. We have to demand a large-scale administrative [governmental] operation on an international level. There is in fact the need for awareness, in conscience, regarding this simple human principle: the demand for real actions and solidarity because we are before a crisis related to our very existence, facing the fact that “we will be or we will not be.”
This is an appeal from the bottom of the heart in the search for a solution that lies uniquely in the hands of the international community and above all with the great powers. We address ourselves profoundly to their consciences and that they should review their positions and to re-evaluate the impact of the situation of today.
These powers face a human and moral responsibility. It is no longer reasonable to take recourse to double standards. They are called to free themselves from their narrow interests and to unite themselves in a political and peacekeeping solution that puts an end to this conflict. These powers must vigorously exercise pressure on those who support financially and train militarily these factions and so cut short these sources of violence and radicalisation.
Concerning the Christians of Iraq, in our pastoral ministry towards them, we also call upon the international community: our Christians are in urgent need of humanitarian aid, as too they are in need of an efficient, true and permanent protection that reassures them that there is no end to their existence, whose origins are so deeply rooted in Iraq; this also concerns Christians in other regions of the Middle East that are burning and being torn apart.
We also appeal to our brothers and sisters around the world, that they too be truly with us in solidarity at this our time of suffering this terrible ordeal; that they live with us this feeling of solidarity as if belonging to the same family.
We are in need of a communion of the heart, and for prayers with our faithful during this terrible ordeal as we experienced during the visit of the delegation of Bishops of France presided by His Eminence Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon.
We remain believing in dialogue, exchange and conviviality.
That God may grant us the grace and possibility to overcome this trial, that He remove from all hearts all hatred and violence.
In great union of prayer,
Louis Raphael I Sako
Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans
this copied from http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2014/08/an-urgent-letter-of-chaldean-patriarch.html#more

Christ’s Death and Burial

” suffered under Pontius Pilate was crucified died and was buried “

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The Fourth Article of the Apostle’s Creed continued……

We have covered much catechesis in a short time, but we have far to go. I know that I have delved into a more intermediate and advanced catechesis at times, but I am trying to keep things as basic as possible. For those who would like to get deeper into the Church’s  De Fidei  teachings, I would highly recommend a book by Dr. Ludwig Ott called Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma and I would also point you to our bookstore at the Marian Catechist Apostolate   for other excellent catechetical and faithful Catholic reading material. It is an excellent source for all of The Church’s teachings on the Faith. One of these days I promise to get working on the Reading List also. On with the catechesis……

  In death, our body and soul are separated from one another, it is actually that simple. When Jesus died, this is precisely what happened to Him, His soul was separated from His body. However, His Divinity remained united with both His body in the tomb and His soul that was separated from His body. I say again, Jesus’  Divinity remained united with both His soul and His body even though His body and soul were separated at His death. This leads us to the fact that Jesus’ body did not begin the decomposition process that all other humans go through at death due to original sin (except for The Blessed Mother of course who suffered no corruption at death due to Her Immaculate Conception). Jesus’ human body did not corrupt eventhough He had truly died, as seen in Acts 13  of Sacred Scripture ” [37] But he whom God hath raised from the dead, saw no corruption.” We also read this in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “627 Christ’s death was a real death in that it put an end to his earthly human existence. But because of the union which the person of the Son retained with his body, his was not a mortal corpse like others, for “it was not possible for death to hold him”470 and therefore “divine power preserved Christ’s body from corruption.”471 Both of these statements can be said of Christ: “He was cut off out of the land of the living”,472 and “My flesh will dwell in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, nor let your Holy One see corruption.”473 Jesus’ Resurrection “on the third day” was the sign of this, also because bodily decay was held to begin on the fourth day after death.474 “

 So now that we are learning about the beautiful Catholic Faith, how can we put what we learn into action. With The Fourth Article of the Apostle’s Creed  we commemorate the Passion and Death of Christ by participating in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass regularly, not just on Sundays, also by observing Fridays as obligatory days of penance ( like not eating meat or no internet or tv). Also by praying the Rosary and especially praying and meditating on the sorrowful mysteries is an excellent way of actually practicing this article of the Apostle’s Creed. Also, making the Way of the Cross is another wonderful way of putting into action what we learn in the  The Fourth Article of the Apostle’s Creed.

May Almighty God protect us from the World, the devil, and ourselves.  In  JM+JT ,   Lee

ps    please pray for our brothers and sisters in the Middle East that are being persecuted, threatened, tortured, and even crucified! They are truly bearing the heaviest of Crosses!  Mother of Mercy, we beg you, pray for us!!!

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!!!

URGENT

 

URGENT – WE BEG ALL CATHOLICS TO JOIN IN ADORATION ON AUGUST 1st, DAY OF PRAYER, ADORATION AND SOLIDARITY FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ, SYRIA & MIDDLE EAST

In solidarity with our Persecuted Brethren in Iraq and Syria
Friday, August 1, 2014
This was the day chosen by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP) for a worldwide day of Public Adoration of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament in supplication for our persecuted brethren in Iraq, Syria, and the Middle East:
The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter asks all of its apostolates around the world to dedicate Friday, August 1 to a day of prayer and penance for the Christians who are suffering terrible persecution in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East.
 
August 1 is the First Friday of the month and the Feast of St. Peter in Chains, which is celebrated as a Third Class Feast in FSSP houses and apostolates. It is the feast in which we read of the great power of the persevering prayer of members of the Church: “Peter therefore was kept in Prison. But prayer was made without ceasing by the Church unto God for him.” (Acts 12:5)
 
This feast of our Patron should be an invitation to the faithful to join us in Holy Hours and other fitting prayers to beg the Most Holy Trinity that these members of the Mystical Body may persevere in the faith, and that, like St. Peter, they may be delivered from this terrible persecution. May such a day serve as a reminder to us of the stark contrast that stands between our days of vacation and ease, and their daily struggle for survival as they are killed or exiled from their homes. (Source)
It is a day, we believe, chosen wisely by that Fraternity: we please upon all our Catholic brethren, East and West, attached to the Ordinary Form (Mass of Paul VI) or to the Extraordinary Form (Ancient Mass), whatever their theological bent, to join this worldwide prayer day. Whether you consider yourself a more liberal, conservative, traditional, or just plain Catholic, let us join together in this worldwide Adoration of Our Lord Jesus Christ, together with all the Angels and Saints.It is also appropriately chosen because Pastors and Chaplains will have 10 days to prepare properly, to contact projects that help Christians in need and collect all kinds of contributions for the Christians of the Middle East (from Aid to the Church in Need to CNEWA, the Syrian and Chaldean Catholic Churches, and other organizations), and, in particular, to add to their bulletins and convey to their congregations how to participate next Sunday, July 27.

Please, spread this initiative around. No need to link to us, or to even mention you saw it here — just copy, paste, and just let this idea spread around throughout the world, through the web, through social networks, to your family and friends.Bishops, Pastors, priests, join us. First Fridays are a special day of the month, and nothing better next First Friday, August 1, than for all Catholics around the world to join in Adoration before Our Lord to implore his mercy and kindness for our most neglected brethren in Iraq, Syria, and throughout the Middle East.

taken from Rorate Caeli