So here are the results, drum-roll please, .......... :
Strange that while you don't have to 18 to have an abortion, no one under 18 should read about it. Hmmmmm.....
“We call predestination God's eternal decree, by which he determined with himself what he willed to become of each man. For all are not created in equal condition; rather, eternal life is foreordained for some, eternal damnation for others. Therefore, as any man has been created to one or the other of these ends, we speak of him as predestined to life or death.”The Catechism of the Catholic Church has something a little different to say about predestination:
“To God, all moments of time are present in their immediacy. When therefore he establishes his eternal plan of "predestination," he includes in it each person's free response to his grace: "In this city, in fact, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place." For the sake of accomplishing his plan of salvation, God permitted the acts that flowed from their blindness.” (CCC 600)In the two paragraphs above, we see the biggest difference between the Catholic and Calvinist understanding.
“… As I live, says the Lord GOD, I swear I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked man, but rather in the wicked man's conversion, that he may live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! …” (Ezekiel 33:11)The “perseverance of the saints” is a term used by some Calvinists and has the same meaning as “once saved, always saved”. It’s the idea that if a person is predestined for heaven or hell, then his actions will reflect it. It’s not so much that the person’s free will is unable to fight the urge to act righteously or sinfully, it’s that God has predestined them and therefore “wired” them that way.
“805 No one moreover, so long as he lives in this mortal state, ought so far to presume concerning the secret mystery of divine predestination, as to decide for certain that he is assuredly in the number of the predestined [can. 15], as if it were true that he who is justified either cannot sin any more [can. 23], or if he shall have sinned, that he ought to promise himself an assured reformation. For except by special revelation, it cannot be known whom God has chosen for Himself [can. 16].” Ecumenical XIX (Contra Novatores 16 cent.) SESSION III (Feb.4, 1546)The Church teaches that we must cooperate freely with His grace until the end of this life in order to enjoy the next with Him. When we mess up and fall into a state of mortal sin, we have been given the gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation to enter back into a right relation with Him.
Gospel Reading: Luke 1:57-66, 80
Now the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered, and she gave birth to a son. And her neighbors and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they would have named him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said, "Not so; he shall be called John." And they said to her, "None of your kindred is called by this name." And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he would have him called. And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, "His name is John." And they all marveled. And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea; and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, "What then will this child be?" For the hand of the Lord was with him. And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness till the day of his manifestation to Israel.
As a Roman Catholic for over 30 years, I was taught from the Catechism that salvation was by faith plus baptism, the sacraments, good works, law keeping, the sacrifice of the Mass, indulgences, purgatory and penance. According to God's word this is another gospel that leaves Catholics with a false hope. Only when Catholics trust the Lord Jesus Christ as their all-sufficient savior will they know they are saved completely and forever!
The Purpose Of Proclaiming The Gospel Ministries
1. To urge Roman Catholics to renounce their faith in anything that opposes or nullifies the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
2. To persuade Roman Catholics to personally place their complete trust in Jesus Christ, His word, His grace, His redemption, His perfect sacrifice, His substitutionary atonement, and His finished work, so they can be saved from the power and penalty of sin and become children of God.
3. To expose the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church that oppose or nullify the true Gospel, so people can know truth from error and not be deceived.
4. To awaken Christians and evangelical churches to the reality that Catholics who adhere to the official dogmas of the Roman Catholic Church need to hear the gospel and repent from their dead works. (Hebrews 6:1)
Thanks Mike, wonderful work you're doing. Please, don’t hold back, tell us how you really feel about the Catholic Church. How does the line go, “5 minutes before leaving the Church they knew nothing about Her teaching, 5 minutes after they’re an expert.”
So, does anyone know who the “Catholic Apologist” is? Not sure if it’s been mentioned on the radio show (I don’t listen to it), but I can’t seem to find it online anywhere.
Here are the agreed upon terms of the debate (from Mr. Gendron’s camp):
1. “What must I do to be saved?” is the only topic.
2. Only the Bible will be used as a source for truth.
3. The debate will be in a Catholic medium or a neutral place. (Mike will not perpetuate their false doctrine in evangelical churches)
This is such a bad idea. Why would Relevant Radio give this guy a platform? What’s the point? The way I see it you have three possible outcomes of such a debate:
1. They both duke it out to a perceived draw. In this case, each side (protestant and Catholic) walk away feeling that their gladiator did a good job.
2. The Catholic apologist does a better job than the protestant. All of the Catholic listeners (98% of those listening that day) will feel better about what they already believe. Come on, it's a Catholic radio station after all! Humbleness still being a virtue in the Church, the debate become a fond memory. The 2% of the protestant listeners will feel as though their warrior was stymied by the Catholic host.
3. The protestant “evangelist” Mike “I was a Roman Catholic for over 30 years” Gendron does a better job than the mystery Catholic apologist. Catholics in the listening crowd feel uncomfortable, and a small few may even have their faith shook. The 2% of protestant listeners are pumped. Humbleness, no longer part of Mr. Gendron’s belief system (hey, just check out his website), the audio recording and broadcast it over the Internet like the spoils of war.
Being a little facetious here, but I have to question if the risk is worth the possible gain.
Not to sure how many in the Catholic world were aware of the big “Atheist Debate” that went on about a month ago. It featured Christians (from the Way of the Master) Kirk Cameron (remember Growing pains?) and Ray Comfort (another evangelist) facing off against atheists (from the Rational Response Squad) Kelly (never gave her last name) and Brian Sapien (creator of the despicable Blasphemy Challenge website) to debate the existence of God. The debate was hosted by ABC news. Yout can still watch the debate here if you're interested.
So, what happened when the self appointed defenders of Theism and Atheism clashed? It was at best a draw. The atheists’ arguments were old, tired, and weak. They conducted themselves in an immature almost “oh yeah, …, well you’re stupid” manner. The Christians on the other hand were unable to really answer the arguments the atheists put forth, or to deal with the predictable rebuttals from the atheists. The Christians seemed unable to sustain any solid argument and came across as just, well, unprepared.
The result was a boost to the atheist crowd's moral, and a lot of head shaking and disappointment from the Christian realm. The number of people visiting the Blasphemy Challenge website went through the roof. After a couple of millennia of feeling the ideals of atheism could not be defended in the light of Christian logic, they now had a confidence to be bold - and obnoxious.
People put way too much weight behind debates. The argument can easily turn from what concept is correct, to who is the better debater. The truth found in a concept is in no way dependant on a person’s ability to defend it, or even their ability to persuade others to hold it. Truth is truth by the very virtue of what it is. The whole world could believe it false, and it would still be true.
So I do hope that the debate goes well tomorrow. I hope that the unknown Catholic apologist (I hope they’re from the Catholic Answers world) makes quick work of Mr. Gendron, and the show moves on to something a little more “relevant”.
Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon,“Do you see this woman? When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet,but she has bathed them with her tearsand wiped them with her hair.You did not give me a kiss,but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered.You did not anoint my head with oil,but she anointed my feet with ointment.So I tell you, her many sins have been forgivenbecause she has shown great love.But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”The others at table said to themselves,“Who is this who even forgives sins?”But he said to the woman,“Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”In the last line Jesus tells the woman, “Your faith has saved you”. This woman was saved, but there was no alter call, no sinner’s prayer, not even any emotionally moving background music! While there may be nothing inherently wrong with any of these things, they are only the possible beginnings of faith and not an end in themselves. This woman’s faith that "saved her" was demonstrated without her speaking a single word.
Faith is the theological virtue by which we believe in God and believe all that he has said and revealed to us, and that Holy Church proposes for our belief, because he is truth itself. By faith "man freely commits his entire self to God." For this reason the believer seeks to know and do God's will. "The righteous shall live by faith." Living faith "work[s] through charity."
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?' And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did
for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'
The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a devotion found in one sense stretching back to the 11th or 12th century, and in another sense to the apostles John and Paul. It’s a devotion that once was so popular schools, parishes, hospitals, nursing homes and the like were named after it. The most popular image linked to the devotion was so widespread that even today it would be hard to find a Catholic who would not recognize it.But today, these things are only an echo of what once was. The symbols of the devotion remain, but ones not understood by recent generations. I would like to explain in this post exactly why this devotion has seen such a drop in the last 40 years or so, but to be honest I can’t. I can’t, because I don’t know why. But what I can do is to try explaining why it shouldn’t have.
So, what is the object of this devotion? By object I mean the “what” we showing devotion to. Is it Jesus’ physical, human heart? If so, you may ask (and rightfully so) why not His ear? Or how about his spleen, I bet Jesus had a fabulous spleen.While the “what” we are showing our devotion to is directed toward the human heart of Christ, it is only a symbol of the true object of the devotion which is the love that Christ has for us. Here is what is found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 478):
This point is so important for people to keep in mind. This is a devotion is above all a devotion to love which Christ has for the Father and for us. And through this devotion to the love of Christ, we show Christ the love we have for Him. “We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19) It is a devotion of action, requiring us to show our love for Christ in every part of our lives. It does not allow us to hide behind a faith dead and lacking works (James 2:14), but demands a living faith permeating every aspect of our lives.
Jesus knew and loved us each and all during his life, his agony and his Passion, and gave himself up for each one of us: "The Son of God. . . loved me and gave himself for me." He has loved us all with a human heart. For this reason, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, pierced by our sins and for our salvation, "is quite rightly considered the chief sign and symbol of that. . . love with which the divine Redeemer continually loves the eternal Father and all human beings" without exception.
This type of devotion is what the world desperately needs now. A devotion that calls man to respond to Christ's love as less of a sponge, soaking up love and not spilling a drop, and more of a mirror, taking what has been shown to him and reflecting it out to the world.
“For through the law I died to the law, that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me.”
In today's Gospel reading, Mark 12:38-44, we find the story of the poor widow woman giving two small coins (leptons or Widow's Mites), her "whole livelihood".
38 In the course of his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces,
39 seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets.
40 They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext, recite lengthy prayers. They will receive a very severe condemnation.”
41 He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums.
42 A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.
43 Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury.
44 For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.”
In the temple, in the Court of Women, there were 13 trumpet-shaped "boxes" used to collect the charitable giving from the Jews in town for the Passover. Even though these were in the Court of Women, women and men were allowed. It is here that Jesus and His disciples watched as the poor woman gave everything she had.
The coins that the women placed in the box were Jewish coins called lepton. A lepton was the coin of the least value and worth only about 1/64 of a normal days wage. Obviously, this was a poor woman indeed.
How easy it would have been for the woman to not give anything. Would it not be understandable for a widow, who really had no way to support herself in those days remember, to use what little she had to live off? And even if she wanted to give something, how easy it would have been to give one coin to God, and keep one coin for herself. That surely would have been generous beyond expectation.
But Jesus uses this situation to teach His disciples (us included) a lesson as relevant then as it is today: God wants us to give freely to Him ALL of our lives!
He doesn't want to be part of our lives, He wants our lives to be part of His. Committed to serving and loving him and others in every area of our lives. To avoid compartmentalizing our faith, allotting God a part of ourselves, but not the whole. To give our lives and all we have to Him in complete faith.
But what can God do with my seemingly small and unimportant life? Wait until this Sunday to find out what He did with five loaves, two fish, and a whole lot of hungry people...
Today, the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, was originally celebrated as the Feast of Corpus Christi (the Body and Blood of Christ). This Feast is a day to celebrate the gift of the Holy Eucharist. In 1264, Pope Urban IV issued the papal bull "Transiturus" in which Corpus Christi was made a feast day.
It was placed on this day to mirror Holy Thursday, the day the Eucharist was instituted by Christ at the Last Supper. But, since Good Friday follows Holy Thursday, it's not the most appropriate day to celebrate and so we are given another day to express our joy.
As most know, the celebration of this feast is usually accompanied by a Eucharistic procession, stating in a public and beautiful way our belief and adoration of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.
So, why do we celebrate this feast this Sunday and not today? In the US, the Feast of Corpus Christi is a movable feast. This means that the date of its observance is not tied to a calendar date, but a number of days from Easter. So we celebrate the feast 63 days after Easter, or the Sunday after Trinity Sunday (last Sunday).
Our parish will be having a Eucharistic Procession after the 10:30 am Mass this weekend, and I hope you can all be there for it. What a statement it would be to our community, Parish, and children!
One small note: A week from this Friday is the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (More on this Feast next week). That means that if you start a novena to the Sacred Heart today, it would end on the feast day. Why not do something wild and crazy and start a novena tonight with your family after dinner? Oh, come on! Just pray the following prayer as a family each day starting today and ending next Friday:
NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
O most holy Heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore You, I loved You, and with a lively sorrow for sins, I offer You this poor heart of mine. Make the humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to Your will. Grant, good Jesus, that I may live in You and for You. Protect me in the midst of danger; comfort me in my afflictions; give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, Your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death.
“Abortion doesn’t make you Un-Pregnant, it makes you the mother of a Dead Baby!”Wow. It kind of rocked me back on my heels. Very to-the-point, very blunt, very true. I wish I would have been able to tell her how much I liked it, but she drove off before I got the chance.
- Not ready for a(nother) child/timing is wrong
- Can’t afford a baby now
- Have completed my childbearing/have other people depending on me/children have grown
- Don’t want to be a single mother/am having relationship problems
- Don’t feel mature enough to raise a(nother) child/feel too young
- Would interfere with education or career plans
= 86% of abortions!!!
Physical problem with my help (problem mind you – not necessarily life threatening)
Was a victim of rape
= 4.5% of abortions!!!
Remember, this data is not from the Pro-Life crowd, it’s from Planned Parenthood. It’s impossible not to see how abortion is used as a contraceptive to deal with children who have become an unwanted burden. Maybe this is a result of children having the amazing ability to draw our love and attention from ourselves, and direct it outward to another - a very unpleasant concept to the modern, self-absorbed crowd.
Just look at what then asked about what the hugly popular supermodel Gisele Bundchen had to say when asked about what she thought about abortion:
“If she thinks she doesn't have the money or the emotional condition to raise a child, why should she give birth?”
In her defense, Ms. Bundchen isn't exactly known around the world for her mind ... if you get what I'm saying.
Another couple of statistics that I found tremendously disturbing:
- 1 out of every 4 pregnancies in the US end in abortion (50% in Russia)
- 90% of pregnant women who are given a Down syndrome diagnosis have chosen to have an abortion.
This prayer was written by Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director Priests for Life:
Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life, And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters. I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion, Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death by the Resurrection of Your Son. I am ready to do my part in ending abortion. Today I commit myself Never to be silent, Never to be passive, Never to be forgetful of the unborn. I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement, And never to stop defending life Until all my brothers and sisters are protected, And our nation once again becomes A nation with liberty and justice Not just for some, but for all, Through Christ our Lord. Amen!
“Abortion doesn’t make you Un-Pregnant, it makes you the mother of a Dead baby!”
"A man tried to jump into Pope Benedict XVI's uncovered popemobile as the pontiff began his general audience Wednesday in St. Peter's Square and was wrestled to the ground by security officers."The Holy Father is Ok, thank God.
"On the night of Pentecost, after I had buried the dead,I, Tobit, went into my courtyard to sleep next to the courtyard wall. My face was uncovered because of the heat. I did not know there were birds perched on the wall above me, till their warm droppings settled in my eyes, causing cataracts."Hmmm. Was there really a need to include the "warm" part?
"In two millennia of Christian history, about 70 million faithful have given their lives for the faith, and of these, 45.5 million -- fully 65% -- were in the last century"
So many willing to give their lives for the faith, while I find it hard to share mine."The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church. "
An armed group gunned down and killed Fr Ragheed Ganni and three of his aides [deacons]. The murder took place right after Sunday mass in front of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Mosul where Father Ragheed was parish priest.
Father Ragheed himself had been targeted several times in previous attacks. The Church of the Holy Spirit has also been repeatedly attacked and bombed in the last few years, the last time occurred but a few months ago.
How happy they must be now.
Eternal rest grant unto them, 0 Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Hmmm. I looked up a few things this weekend, and I was surprised to find how often this idea is found in the Bible. I found that the Old Testament uses the Hebrew word for lot, “gowral”, 77 times. And the New Testament uses the Greek word, “kleros”, 13 times. Not all the verses are positive, some are neutral and others negative, but the idea that casting lots to determine God’s will was found in about half of the verses.
So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed, "You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this apostolic ministry from which Judas turned away to go to his own place." Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was counted with the eleven apostles.
The lot is cast into the lap, but the decision is the Lord’s alone.For the skeptics, here are a few passages you can look up: Lev 16:8, Jos 18:6-10, 1 Sam 14:42, 1Ch 24:31, and 1Ch 26:13-14.