Rev 21:27 “but nothing unclean will enter it, nor any (one) who does abominable things or tells lies. Only those will enter whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”
Heb 12:23 “and the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven, and God the judge of all, and the spirits of the just made perfect,“
God is love. Perfect love. Nothing is more perfect than the love of God.
Heaven is a place of perfect love and is completely devoid of hate.
Nothing unclean or imperfect will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
This is what real love works to obtain for itself and for the beloved.
The Devil is hate. Complete hate. Nothing is more completely hateful than the Devil.
Hell is perfect (not to be confused with the biblical “Perfect Hatred”, which is the hatred of evil) in only one thing – hatred. It is completely devoid of love.
Humans are incapable of complete hatred in our earthly lives. We may really hate someone or something, but we also have the capacity to love greatly. Human hatred is incomplete because the chance to love someone or something exists within us as we live day to day.
You may hate your boss, but love your children.
You may feel love for your spouse, children, parents, brothers and sisters and friends. You may love your dog. You may do things that show that love every day. And they may love you just as much.
Now, imagine yourself as a person whose every molecule, every atom, every electron, every proton, every neutron is completely and totally saturated with anger and hatred. Hatred for everyone and everything in the universe. Your parents, your siblings, your children, your friends, your neighbors, your pets and all of nature. And for yourself.
Now multiply those feelings of hatred and anger by infinity.
Now make it permanent. Everlasting. It’s not going away. Ever. You have become hatred and anger itself. It’s no longer just a temporary ‘feeling’, it’s who and what you are.
Now imagine looking into the eyes of your children and seeing that anger and hatred directed at YOU.
That is Hell. Utterly devoid of love. No matter how much you love someone on Earth and how much they love you, if you end up together in Hell all of your capacity for love is gone. You will hate each other, yourselves and everyone and everything else for all eternity. You won’t remember the love you once had – it, and the memory of it, will be erased, completely eradicated.
Even the thought of imperfect love is impossible where only hatred can exist.
This is what real love works to avoid for itself and for the beloved…
When we pray the Rosary, many, if not most, of us are accustomed to beginning the prayer with the Apostle’s Creed. But did you know that in many parts of the Church the introduction to the rosary does not include the Creed?
It’s true, and, to be honest with you, I didn’t know that either.
I then checked out the
ROSARIUM VIRGINIS MARIAE
OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF
JOHN PAUL II
TO THE BISHOPS, CLERGY AND FAITHFUL
ON THE MOST HOLY ROSARY
linked to in the article and found this:
The opening and closing
37.At present, in different parts of the Church, there are many ways to introduce the Rosary. In some places, it is customary to begin with the opening words of Psalm 70: “O God, come to my aid; O Lord, make haste to help me”, as if to nourish in those who are praying a humble awareness of their own insufficiency. In other places, the Rosary begins with the recitation of the Creed, as if to make the profession of faith the basis of the contemplative journey about to be undertaken. These and similar customs, to the extent that they prepare the mind for contemplation, are all equally legitimate. The Rosary is then ended with a prayer for the intentions of the Pope, as if to expand the vision of the one praying to embrace all the needs of the Church. It is precisely in order to encourage this ecclesial dimension of the Rosary that the Church has seen fit to grant indulgences to those who recite it with the required dispositions.
If prayed in this way, the Rosary truly becomes a spiritual itinerary in which Mary acts as Mother, Teacher and Guide, sustaining the faithful by her powerful intercession. Is it any wonder, then, that the soul feels the need, after saying this prayer and experiencing so profoundly the motherhood of Mary, to burst forth in praise of the Blessed Virgin, either in that splendid prayer the Salve Regina or in the Litany of Loreto? This is the crowning moment of an inner journey which has brought the faithful into living contact with the mystery of Christ and his Blessed Mother.
Both the article and the Apostolic Letter are well worth the read.
This is not meant as a tutorial on how to pray the Rosary, but as an aid in meditation upon the Mysteries.
First, a very brief description of the Mysteries associated with the Rosary devotion. I won’t repeat this in the subsequent posts on the Scriptural basis for the Mysteries, but I thought it might be helpful to those not familiar with those mysteries.
The Rosary is, largely, a meditation on many of the main events in the life of Christ as recorded in Sacred Scripture. These events are recalled in the “Mysteries” attached to each decade of the devotion.
There are four sets of mysteries: The Joyful Mysteries, the Sorrowful Mysteries, the Glorious Mysteries and the Luminous Mysteries. Each set consists of five separate mysteries:
Joyful Mysteries: (Mondays and Saturdays)
- The Annunciation
- The Visitation
- The Birth Of The Lord
- The Presentation
- The Finding Of Jesus In The Temple
Sorrowful Mysteries: (Tuesdays and Fridays)
- The Agony In The Garden
- The Scourging At The Pillar
- The Crowning With Thorns
- The Carrying Of The Cross
- The Crucifixion
Glorious Mysteries: (Wednesdays and Sundays)
- The Resurrection
- The Ascension
- The Descent Of The Holy Spirit
- The Assumption Of Mary
- The Coronation Of The Blessed Virgin Mary
Luminous Mysteries: (Thursdays)
- The Baptism Of Jesus
- The Self Manifestation Of Jesus At The Wedding Of Cana
- The Proclamation Of The Kingdom And His Call To Conversion
- The Transfiguration Of Jesus
- The Institution Of The Holy Eucharist
I have decided to start with the Luminous Mysteries because today is Thursday, the normal day of the week to pray the Luminous Mysteries.
I hope this is helpful to somebody – Anybody… 🙂
The Luminous Mysteries (Thursday)
Baptism of Jesus:
Mt 3:13-17 “Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.
“John tried to prevent him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?”
“Jesus said to him in reply, “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed him.
“After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened (for him), and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove (and) coming upon him.
“And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
Self Manifestation At The Wedding at Cana:
Jn 2:1-11 “On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.
“Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.“
“When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”
“Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.”
“His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.”
“Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons.“
“Jesus told them, “Fill the jars with water.” So they filled them to the brim.”
“Then he told them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it.“
“And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from, the headwaiter called the bridegroom”
“and said to him, “Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now.”
“Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.”
Proclamation of the Kingdom and Call to Conversion:
Mt 1:14-15 “After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Lk 4:16-21 “He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free,
“and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.”
“Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.
“He said to them, “Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Transfiguration of Jesus:
Mk 9:2-8 “After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them,
“and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
“Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses, and they were conversing with Jesus.
“Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
“He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
“Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; then from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
“Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them.“
Institution of the Eucharist at The Last Supper:
Lk 22:19-20 “Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.”
“And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.“
1 Cor 11:23-27 “For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread,
“and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
“In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
“For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.
“Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord.“
Enoch was assumed body and soul into Heaven – Gen 5:24; Heb 11:5
“Then Enoch walked with God, and he was no longer here, for God took him.” Gen 5:24
“By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and “he was found no more because God had taken him.” Before he was taken up, he was attested to have pleased God.” Heb 11:5
Elijah was assumed body and soul into Heaven – 2 Kings 2:11
“As they walked on conversing, a flaming chariot and flaming horses came between them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.” 2 Kg 2:11
Two witnesses assumed into Heaven – Rev 11:12
“Then they heard a loud voice from heaven say to them, “Come up here.” So they went up to heaven in a cloud as their enemies looked on.” Rev 11:12
Bodily assumption into Heaven is not contrary to Scripture – it’s right there in Scripture for all to see. God has deemed that these saints be lifted bodily – assumed – into Heaven.
Jesus is God, The Son of God, The Father. By the power of God, The Holy Spirit, Mary is His mother.
If God saw fit to assume Enoch, Elijah, and the two witnesses bodily into Heaven, Why would he not assume His own mother, also?
Gen 3:15 “I will put enmity between you and the woman”
In other words, complete incompatibility and revulsion between two entities. As far away from each other as East is from West.
Galatians 4:4 “God sent His Son, born of a woman” – Paul does not use Mary’s name but the word “woman”.
John 2:4 “Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does this concern affect me?” – Jesus calls His mother “Woman”.
John 19:26 “When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple there whom He loved, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son. Then He turned to the disciple, “Behold your mother.”” – Again, Jesus calls His mother “Woman”.
Rev 12:17 “The dragon was enraged at the woman” -The Woman’s child is Jesus. The mother of Jesus is Mary.
The “Woman” of Gen 3:15 is Mary, the Mother of Jesus, the second person of the Holy Trinity.
Jesus and the Devil (evil) cannot co-exist. They cannot contact each other. They are like two magnets of the same pole repelling each other. Jesus is pure goodness and cannot contain evil while the Devil is pure evil and cannot contain good. Jesus has enmity with the Devil.
And so does The Woman – His mother – Mary.
There are ALWAYS at least two deaths with each abortion. Sometimes it’s the death of the baby and the death of the mother. Other times it’s different…
The worst thing we, as human beings, can lose is not our job. Not our home. Not our friends. Not our self image. Not our health. Not our family. Not our hair. Not our good looks. Not our ability to speak. Not our hope. Not our ambition. Not our popularity. Not our talent. Not our influence. Not our reputation. Not our credibility.
The worst thing we can loose is our conscience because, while that may lead to the loss of all of the above, it will certainly lead to the loss of our soul.
And that is the only thing we cannot live without in eternity…
It occurred to me that, regarding my life on Earth, I’m going to be dead a lot longer than I’m going to be alive. And at my age, I’ve been alive a lot longer in the past than I will be from here on out, so why sweat the temporary stuff?
Why should I spend my time here pursuing the things that I’m not going to be able to take with me? Not that it’s not great to be comfortable, but why would I make those things the end all to be all?
The answer, of course, is that I wouldn’t.
I am grateful for all that The Lord has blessed me with, but I don’t want to be hung up on the earthly things. I would much rather concentrate on the “forever” things of eternity.
And now it occurs to me that, where eternity is concerned, I’m going to be alive a lot longer than I’m going to be dead.
Note to self: Adjust accordingly.
Truth doesn’t exist to let you bend it to make you feel good. It doesn’t exist one way for you and another way for me. It’s not there to pick and choose the truths you want to believe and pooh pooh the ones that don’t fit into your particular set of values or life style. It’s not there to let you not feel guilty when you do something outside of it’s boundaries. It’s not subjective.
It’s Objective whether you agree with it or not. Whether you accept it or not. Whether it makes you feel good or not.
Truth is there to be true. It will always catch up with you in the end.
It’s there to make you HAPPY in ETERNITY.
And that’s the truth.
Once again, Venerable Fulton J. Sheen hits the nail on the head.
Only those who live by faith really know what is happening in the world…
There is a great spiritual battle going on in the world. Millions of people don’t recognize it because they have lost their consciousness of God and the Devil – or they have stopped believing in them altogether and have adopted a completely relativistic approach to the world.
We need to pray for those who have lost, or never had, faith. Our world and their eternity depends on it…
Catherine of Siena, Claire of Assisi, daywithoutwomen, Elizabeth, Helena, Joan, Joan of Arc, Kateri, Lucy, Mary, Mary Magdaline, Monica, Mother Teresa, Perpetua and Felicity, teresa, Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux, women
For those who aren’t quite sure, here’s a guide on the obligations for fasting and abstaining during the Lenten season.
I’ve out grown one of these but not the other. Can you guess which one? 🙂
While I am beyond the age limit on one of these obligations, my wife and I still adhere to both. Old habits…
Have a blessed Lenten season!