“The Descent of the Holy Ghost Upon the Apostles. Many have wished that Our Blessed Lord had remained on earth, that we might have heard His voice, seen His compassionate eyes, and brought our children to be blessed by His hands. But He said ‘I can say truly that it is better for you I should go away; He who is to befriend you will not come to you unless I do go, but if only I make my way there, I will send Him to you.’ If our Lord remained on earth, He would have been only a symbol to be copied – not a life to be lived. By returning to his heavenly Father, He could then send both from the Father and Himself the Holy Spirit that would make Him live on earth in His new Body, which is the Church. The human body is made up of millions of cells, and yet is one because vivified by one soul, presided over by a visible head, and governed by an invisible mind. So on Pentecost, the Apostles, who were like the cells of a body, became Christ’s Mystical Body, because vivified by His Holy Spirit, governed by one visible head, Peter, and presided over by one invisible head, Christ in heaven. Our glorious Church is not an organization, but an organism. As our Lord once thought, governed, and sanctified through a human body, which He took from the womb of His blessed Mother, so now he teaches, governs, and sanctifies through his Mystical Body, the Church, which He took from the womb of humanity overshadowed by His Holy Spirit. Christ was infallible when He talked through a human body; He is still infallible when he teaches through a mystical Body. Christ sanctified when he forgave sins with human lips; He sanctifies still when he forgives sins through the power of His priests. Christ governed through His human Body, and he governs still. ‘He that heareth you, heareth Me.’ As a drop of blood can live in the body, but the drop of blood cannot live apart from the body, so neither can any of us live the fullness of the Christ Life except in His Mystical Body, the Church.” – Archbishop Fulton Sheen (The Fifteen Mysteries)
This is a great site showing the history of the Bible and how the cannon was decided upon. Also how the Protestant cannon came about.
Use the “Up” and “Down” arrows to navigate. Start with “Up”
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn child that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion. Amen.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen
PRAYER TO FREE 1000 SOULS FROM PURGATORY, Our Lord told St. Gertrude the Great that the following prayer would release 1,000
Souls from Purgatory each time it is said. The prayer was later extended to include living sinners as well.
“ETERNAL FATHER, I OFFER THEE THE MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD OF THY DIVINE SON, JESUS, IN UNION WITH THE MASSES SAID THROUGHOUT THE WORLD TODAY, FOR ALL THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal Church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.”
“If I were not a Catholic, and were looking for the true Church in the world today, I would look for the one Church which did not get along well with the world; in other words, I would look for the Church which the world hated. My reason for doing this would be, that if Christ is in any one of the churches of the world today, He must still be hated as He was when He was on earth in the flesh. If you would find Christ today, then find the Church that does not get along with the world. Look for the Church that is hated by the world as Christ was hated by the world. Look for the Church that is accused of being behind the times, as our Lord was accused of being ignorant and never having learned. Look for the Church which men sneer at as socially inferior, as they sneered at Our Lord because He came from Nazareth. Look for the Church which is accused of having a devil, as Our Lord was accused of being possessed by Beelzebub, the Prince of Devils. Look for the Church which, in seasons of bigotry, men say must be destroyed in the name of God as men crucified Christ and thought they had done a service to God. Look for the Church which the world rejects because it claims it is infallible, as Pilate rejected Christ because He called Himself the Truth. Look for the Church which is rejected by the world as Our Lord was rejected by men. Look for the Church which amid the confusions of conflicting opinions, its members love as they love Christ, and respect its Voice as the very voice of its Founder, and the suspicion will grow, that if the Church is unpopular with the spirit of the world, then it is unworldly, and if it is unworldly it is other worldly. since it is other-worldly, it is infinitely loved and infinitely hated as was Christ Himself. But only that which is Divine can be infinitely hated and infinitely loved. Therefore the Church is Divine.”
I actually wrote this a couple of years ago, but I think it’s timely now…
For starters, this is not just a “Catholic” issue. It’s an “Everybody” issue. But before I get to that, let’s say, just for the sake of argument, that it is a Catholic Church issue.
In stating that the Church ‘cannot impose their religious views’ on employees, Rep. Nadler has reversed reality.
The Church (and it’s many sponsored affiliates and institutions) does not force anybody to come to work for them. People come to Catholic institutions seeking employment. Catholic institutions do not hire people based on their religious preferences (if any), and they do not require them to be Catholic.
Let’s say you are interviewing someone for a job, and that person states that they will only take the job if you allow them to date your spouse. What would you think? You, hopefully, would end the interview immediately and go on to the next person in line.
Why? Because, you…
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I received an email from my sister today. It’s pretty amazing…
My friend Ann, my daughter’s almost mother-in-law, has had Stage 4 cancer for the last five years. She was determined to live long enough to see her son graduate high school. The two of them were even interviewed for the news because of their story of pure will (http://www.kcra.com/news/high-school-playbook/mothers-will-to-live-mirrors-sons-will-to-succeed/26331054#!02wBT )
Well, I BELIEVE between the prayers I’ve requested through all of you, my FB family, and the variety of novenas to countless saints from myself, she received news from the doctor yesterday that Heaven has answered everything. Her cancer is GONE! Yes, GONE! AMEN & HALLELUJA!!!
PRAISE GOD!!!!! Maybe you can join me and say a quick “THANK YOU!” to our Heavenly Host for this pure miracle!
This is just about perfect…
Dear Fellow Citizens,
Your letter sharing with me your thoughts on the upcoming “March for Marriage” in Washington, D.C.,
was forwarded to me while I was attending meetings out of town, and I have reflected on what you
have to say. I appreciate your affirmation of my Church’s teaching—not unique to our religion, but a truth
accessible to anyone of good will—on the intrinsic human dignity of all people, irrespective of their stage
and condition in life. That principle requires us to respect and protect each and every member of the
human family, from the precious child in the womb to the frail elderly person nearing death. It also
requires me, as a bishop, to proclaim the truth—the whole truth—about the human person and God’s will
for our flourishing. I must do that in season and out of season, even when truths that it is my duty
to uphold and teach are unpopular, including especially the truth about marriage as the conjugal union of
husband and wife. That is what I will be doing on June 19th.
With regard to your request that I not attend the March, and the reasons you give for this request, allow
me to explain the following points.
1. The March for Marriage is not “…
“Right is right if nobody is right. Wrong is wrong if everybody is wrong.” – Archbishop Fulton Sheen