Pope Francis: A Eucharistic Miracle in Argentina

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More on the Eucharistic miracle of Buenos Aires… Note that the samples from Buenos Aires in 1996 and Lanciano in the EIGHTH century are from the same person…

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Eucharistic Miracle

I noticed a video on a recent Eucharistic Miracle going the rounds online.  As I had visited a number of Eucharistic Miracle sites in the past, I normally would have watched it later.  However I don’t know why I chose to view it and as I continued to listen to the speaker I got more interested simply because of how it was presented including the tests done and the discoveries.

This is one reason that I followed my late dad of not receiving communion by hand unless the priest instructed us too.  This is simply the body of Christ that I just cannot imagine holding with my hand.  It is too sacred to do such.  I then searched the web to fully understand the background of this new Eucharistic Miracle.

Below is a brief background of this miracle from the Love one Another magazine,  which occurred in Buenos Aires…

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Novena for Our Nation Seeks Mary’s Aid for America – National Catholic Register

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If ever there was a time for American Catholics, and Christians in general, to come together to the aid of our country, THIS IS THE TIME!!! The American nation and our Christian faith are both under attack and our best weapon is the Rosary.

Are you familiar with the Battle of Lapanto? Read about it. The Rosary did it.

In the Rosary, we have an assault weapon with a fifty round clip.” Fr. William Casey

 

Millions of Americans witness how, in the wake of the 2015 Obergefell decision that legalized same-sex “marriage,” congressional and state legislation, executive actions and court rulings conflict increasingly with God’s laws on marriage and family values. Since the enshrinement of Roe v. Wade into law in 1973 and the enactment of subsequent state laws to allow for assisted suicide, unborn children and the elderly and weak are under attack like no other time in U.S. history.

And now, an acrimonious presidential campaign has exacerbated the differences among Americans, leaving many with seemingly nowhere to turn.

A Wisconsin priest offers an answer…

The “54-Day Rosary Novena” will begin on Aug. 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption. The faithful are asked to pray daily for the nation to return to holiness, through the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on Oct. 7.

 

Click here to read the entire article, and get more information on how to participate…

Night FlagPray for America…

An Excellent Tour of The Catechism of The Catholic Church

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New page on the site.

This is an excellent video series presenting an overview of the Catechism of The Catholic Church. If you have not studied the Catechism (and really, how many of us have?) this is a great way to get an introduction.

Fr. Mahan has provided an introduction for each segment and a description of the topic covered in the section.

If you have any questions on Catholic teaching, this may be a good place to start!

For an online version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, click on the link below.

http://ccc.usccb.org/flipbooks/catechism/index.html#prologue

BK

Prayers to End Terrorism…

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While listening to the Terry and Jesse show this morning, they talked about a way to fight the evil of terrorism that each of us can participate in. It doesn’t involve anything more than the praying of two prayers each day, and takes only a few seconds to accomplish. They also pointed to the website where these prayers can be found and the background behind them explained. It’s worth the two minutes needed to go to and read.

Here’s the site:  http://legionsofangels.net/

Here are the prayers…

Prayer number one:

My Guardian Angel,
I send you to the throne of Almighty God.  Please petition Him to send legions of Angels to terrorists throughout the world to drive Satan and his fallen angels out of their lives forever.

Thank you my Holy Protector,

Amen

Prayer number two:

All loving God,
I pray for the terrorists throughout the world.  May they have a softening of their hearts and conversion of their soul to You.
I pray for justice in myself and in all mankind.

Thank you dear God,

Amen

“Sexual liberty should win”

Has “Sexual Liberty” replaced the love of money as the root of all evil?

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sexual liberty is the best

Upholding sexual liberty is the most important goal of the die-hard social liberal. There are many examples of this.

1) Chai Feldblum, now commissioner of the EEOC, said this about the supremacy of sexual liberty in an interview with Maggie Gallagher in 2006:

…when religious liberty and sexual liberty conflict, [Feldblum] admits, “I’m having a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win.” … “Sexual liberty should win in most cases. There can be a conflict between religious liberty and sexual liberty, but in almost all cases the sexual liberty should win because that’s the only way that the dignity of gay people can be affirmed in any realistic manner.”

Notice how Feldblum uses the phrase “sexual liberty” instead of “LGBT liberty.” I doubt it was an oversight. “Sexual liberty” is a broader category than “LGBT liberty.” It includes male/female couples and was pioneered by them, so…

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Nobody has a right to pregnancy-free coitus

Yes. Exactly.

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In Catholic circles there is an idea known as “the contraceptive mentality.” I’m not crazy about the phrase because it isn’t obvious what it means. At least, it wasn’t to me. It was only in the last four months or so that I understood it, even though I embraced the Church’s teaching on contraception 5-6 years ago, before I even officially became Catholic. Once I figured out what the phrase meant, I coined my own phrase:

Nobody has a right to pregnancy-free coitus.

That seems more clear to me. It makes it easier to see how contraception shifts the thought process surrounding sex. Even though not every act of sex makes a baby, in point of fact sex is a normatively and presumptively fertile act. Contraception shifts the thought process at this point. It makes people believe that sex is normatively and presumptively sterile. Once sex is viewed this way…

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The Mass in A.D. 155: St. Justin Martyr describes the early Christian liturgy

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Looks familiar, doesn’t it? Yes, this is the way the early Church worshiped.

Yes, this is the way we do it today.

Yes, we know what the Eucharist is…

Remember this when someone tells you any different.

And they will…

Chastity and Poverty – Mother Teresa

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Wise words from Mother Teresa…

Chastity does not simply mean that we are not married. It means that we love Christ with an undivided love. To be pure we need poverty. Is it wrong to have things? We vow poverty not because it is wrong to have things but we choose to do without these things.

Politics and Mortality

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I’m not as young as I used to be. (That’s not to say that I am not as handsome as I used to be – just not as young :-)) I’m still quite a ways from hitting the average age of mortality, but I have lots of friends and family who haven’t lived to where I am now.

I don’t over-dwell on this, but I do use this knowledge when formulating the ways in which I try to live my life. I know there is a lot more out there after my tenure on Earth ends, and I attempt to keep that in mind when making moral decisions. I would strongly prefer that my “lot more out there” be better than my “here and now”, and I also pray the same for my family, friends, and, indeed, all people everywhere.

That’s not to say that I don’t fail – I do. Every day. I have my struggles just like you do. Just like everyone does.

I’ve been thinking about this lately, relative to the current election cycle. This is not a political blog or post, but it is inspired by some of our nation’s politicians.

I’ve been considering how some of our political figures profess to be practicing Catholics or other denomination Christians.

I’ve been thinking about how many of them are personally opposed to things like abortion, but don’t want to put their personal “beliefs” into practice in their political office.

I’ve been thinking about some of those who, somehow, incorporate their political standing into their “Christianity” and not give a second thought to the morality of their actions, or, worse, change their original basic “Christian” beliefs for the sake of political expediency. After all, isn’t a church supposed to be based upon, and teach, truth? And shouldn’t a Christian strive to live that truth? And does truth change? (No, truth does not change – it’s always true.)

Somehow, people have gotten the idea that God will be merciful to us no matter what we do or how we live. It’s true that God IS ALL MERCIFUL. However, it seems that many people today have forgotten the other half of the equation – mercy requires repentance. Without repentance, we cannot accept God’s mercy. And repentance is more than an “I’m sorry”, it’s a firm “I have changed”. 

And I have been thinking about those of us who are not “practicing” politicians, but voters who support those politicians. Many of us are “practicing” Catholics or other denomination Christians. And many support those politicians who have decided that, in reality, their faith is not in Christ, but in the number of people who they can convince to vote for them. And that support is often given based on a capital letter in front of the name of the candidate.

We have a limited time on Earth and we don’t seem to realize it. We live our lives each day and really don’t know if we’ll wake up tomorrow. We put off doing the things we should do, we do things we shouldn’t do, and really don’t give a second thought to “what if it all ends today?”. If we are fortunate, we are here for seventy-five or eighty or ninety years and that’s about it. 

What’s sad to me is that a lot of these people are a lot closer to death than they realize. The are not spring chickens any more. Some of them are in their late sixty’s and seventy’s. How much time do they have left? Indeed, how much time do any of us have left, no matter what age?

As human beings, we are all headed towards death at breakneck speed and most of us think that we are immune to it, that it won’t happen to us. Well, probably most of those who die today got up thinking the same thing.

We are not immune. The question is not “if” but “when”.

That’s a question most of us have no answer for.

BK

 

John Pridmore: A Gangster Who Became Catholic – The Journey Home

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John was baptized but never catechized in the faith as a child. Later in life he turned to the power and wealth of the underworld for satisfaction in life. His discusses with Marcus how God spoke to him in his life and brought about his surrender to the Holy Spirit and Christ’s Church.

 

 

Did the Catholic Church Change The Ten Commandments? Catholic Answers

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Many Protestants and quasi-Christian denominations believe that the Catholic Church changed the Ten Commandments in order to try to “justify” certain Catholic practices (praying to Mary and the Saints, having religious statues and other art, percieved idolatry etc.). However, a close look at the differences between the two lists of commandments and the reasons they exist will reveal this perception as being false.

Basically, the Protestant version of the commandments splits the First Commandment into two separate commandments. In doing so, in order to keep the number of commandments at ten, they are forced to combine the Ninth and Tenth commandments into one, resulting in the reduction of the status of your “neighbor’s wife” to that of your “neighbor’s property.”  I’m pretty sure that God didn’t intend for that to be the case…

Despite appearances, we know Exodus 20 is not a prohibition against making “any likeness of anything” in a strict sense because we clearly see God either commanding or praising the making of images and statues in multiple biblical texts (see Exodus 25:18; Numbers 21:8-9; I Kings 6:23-28, 9:3). Just five chapters after this so-called prohibition against statues, for example, God commands Moses to make statues representing two angels to be placed over the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant:

And you shall make two cherubim of gold… The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another…. And you shall put the mercy seat on the top of the ark… There I will meet with you (Ex. 25:18-22).

Read the rest at Catholic Answers…

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