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.”
I was reading somewhere where a Bible Christian had asked the question, “Did Jesus attend a Catholic seminary?”
Thinking about that question, I realized that no, He didn’t. Jesus WAS the ORIGINAL Catholic seminary, and the apostles were the original Catholic seminarians. And then the apostles became the next generation Catholic seminaries, and handed down what they had been taught by the original Catholic seminary professor, Jesus Christ, The Son of God.
And that same body of knowledge and teaching has continued to be handed down by the unbroken line of successors of the apostles to this day.
Dr. Hahn talks about his new book Consuming the Word and takes questions from viewers about the New Testament, the Early Church and the Eucharist.
Yes, Marian teachings are found in The Bible…
Former evangelical & anti Catholic preacher speaks of discovering the Blessed Mother in scriptures. Dr. Scott Hahn reveals incredible insights on the Biblical basis for the Catholic teachings regarding Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant. This presentation will help shatter many misconceptions and clearly demonstrate how Catholic teachings are unmistakably rooted in Sacred Scripture.
This is an excerpt from the Christ 101 course. I highly recommend the course to anyone interested in the art of apologetics, or just interested in learning WHY we believe what we believe.
http://www.ScottMSullivan.com – A lot of people assert that belief in miracles is unscientific? But is this true? Scott Sullivan argues here that it is not.
Awhile ago, a Facebook friend posted about a friend who has just discovered that she has stage 4 cancer – truly sad news, and I immediately said some prayers for her.
In her post, she asked the question, “Why can’t all the evil people in the world get cancer? Why it is always the kind gentle souls who suffer?” (Actually, cancer doesn’t make distinctions between good and bad people, but that’s not what encouraged me to write this post.)
What prompted me to jot down a few thoughts was that her words brought to mind an illustration given by Bishop Sheen, the point of which has really stuck with me throughout the years. It was very short and it went something like this”
There is a hospital that I have occasion to drive by quite often, and whenever I do, I feel a great sadness because within those walls there is so much wasted suffering.
The operative word here is “wasted“.
What Bishop Sheen is referring to is the lost opportunity for redemptive suffering – the chance to join our suffering with the suffering of Jesus Christ.
Jesus tells us that we are to take up our crosses daily:
“If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me”” (Luke 9:23)
This was not a suggestion but an admonition – “If you want to follow me, you have to do this.” We are to be imitators of Christ in every way, and this includes taking up our own crosses and following him.
And as Paul writes in his letter to the Colossians:
“Now I [Paul] rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church.” – (Col 1:24)
Why did Paul rejoice in his suffering? Because he understood the value and the concept of joining his suffering to that of Jesus, his (and our) Savior. For Paul, it was an act of love.
Why did Jesus embrace his suffering in the first place? He did it out of Love for all of mankind. He performed the the most perfect act of love in the history of all of creation, and he did it through the greatest infliction of suffering on one human being in the history of all of mankind.
We are reminded of this every time we see a crucifix. (This, by the way, is a great reason to have the Corpus on the crucifix, and not simply an empty cross, in our churches – the crucifix is the symbol of the greatest act of love ever performed. Why would we not want to be reminded of His love for us?)
We are called to take up our crosses on a daily basis and follow Jesus.
We are called to imitate Jesus.
Jesus suffered mightily because He loves us. We have the opportunity to turn our own suffering into an act of love by offering it up for the conversion of sinners, the salvation of souls and in penance for our own failures if we will but follow Paul’s example and join it with Jesus’ suffering.
Love. More than anything else, we are called to love.
“So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Cor 13:13)
What made Bishop Sheen sad is the fact that many, if not most, people inside hospital walls (or any place else) do not avail themselves of the opportunity to turn their suffering into an act of love.
It occurs to me that if there weren’t people turning their suffering into acts of love, there might be even more suffering than what already exists. It also occurs to me that, perhaps, ‘good’ people are allowed to suffer because ‘evil’ people don’t not know what to do with it.
OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF
JOHN PAUL II
TO THE BISHOPS, TO THE PRIESTS,
TO THE RELIGIOUS FAMILIES
AND TO THE FAITHFUL
OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
ON THE CHRISTIAN MEANING
OF HUMAN SUFFERING
To expand on Bishop Sheen’s statement about right and wrong…
“Right is always right, even when nobody is right. Wrong is always wrong, even when everybody is wrong.”
Truth is always true, even if nobody believes it. Falsehood is always false, even if everybody believes it.
Good is always good, even when nobody is good. Evil is always evil, even when everybody is evil.
Right and wrong. Truth and falsehood. Good and evil. None of these are reliant upon democracy – they are not decided on by a majority vote. They simply are, and no amount of subjective opinion can change them.
Sott M. Sullivan explains why the conspiracy theory that the disciples stole Jesus’s body and lied about the resurrection is completely discredited…
This is part of Dr. Sullivan’s Christ 101 course – I highly recommend it! You can find it here…