This is a great talk by Bishop Sheen on the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
- Where it came from
- Why oil is used
- How it’s done
- Why it’s done
- What it does
- What are the occasions of sin
- What sin does to our souls
- And more
Glorious Mysteries: (Wednesdays and Sundays)
The Glorious Mysteries (Wednesday and Sunday)
Mt 28:1-2, 5-8 “After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.
“And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, approached, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.
“Then the angel said to the women in reply, “Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified.
“He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
“Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ Behold, I have told you.”
Jn 20:19-21 “On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
“When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
“Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
Jn 11:25-26 “Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,
“and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Lk 24:50 “Then he led them out as far as Bethany, raised his hands, and blessed them.”
Mt 28:18-20 “Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit,
“teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
Mk 16:16 “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
Lk 24:51“As he blessed them he parted from them and was taken up to heaven.“
Ac 1:9-11 “When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.
“While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them.“
“They said, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.”
Lk 24:52 “They did him homage and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy.”
Ml 16:19 “So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God.”
The Descent Of The Holy Spirit:
Jn 14:16-17 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always,
“the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it, because it remains with you, and will be in you.“
Jn 14-26 “The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name – he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.“
Ac 1:5,8 “for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the holy Spirit.”
“But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Ac 2:1-6 “When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together.
“And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were.
“Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
“And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.
“Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.
“At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language.“
Ac 2:38-41 “Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the holy Spirit.
“For the promise is made to you and to your children and to all those far off, whomever the Lord our God will call.”
“He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”
“Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand persons were added that day.“
The Assumption Of Mary:
Gn 3:15 “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel.”
Rev 12:1 “A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
Heb 11:5 “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.“
2Kg 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.“
Lk 1:48 “For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.”
The Coronation Of The Blessed Virgin Mary:
(*While there is no direct mention of Mary’s coronation in scripture, it is actually rooted much in scripture. For example, the place of the Queen Mother in the Dividic Kingdom is one of intercession for the people, and the king’s main advisor. Dividic kings took their mothers extremely seriously and greatly honored their counsel.)
2Kg 19 “Then Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak to him for Adonijah, and the king stood up to meet her and paid her homage. Then he sat down upon his throne, and a throne was provided for the king’s mother, who sat at his right.
“There is one small favor I would ask of you,” she said. “Do not refuse me.” “Ask it, my mother,” the king said to her, “for I will not refuse you.”
Song of Songs 6:9 “One alone is my dove, my perfect one, her mother’s chosen, the dear one of her parent. The daughters saw her and declared her fortunate, the queens and concubines, and they sang her praises.”
Lk 1:49 “For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.”
Rev 12:1 “A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.“
Rev 12:5 “She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and his throne.“
Vatican II Constitution, Ch 53: “Because of this gift of sublime grace, she far surpasses all creatures, both in heaven and on earth.”
The Divine Office: “The Lord chose her. He chose her before before she was born.”
Sorrowful Mysteries: (Tuesdays and Fridays)
The Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday and Friday)
The Agony In The Garden:
Lk 22:39-46 “Then going out he went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him.
“When he arrived at the place he said to them, “Pray that you may not undergo the test.”
“After withdrawing about a stone’s throw from them and kneeling, he prayed,
“saying, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.”
“And to strengthen him an angel from heaven appeared to him.
“He was in such agony and he prayed so fervently that his sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground.
“When he rose from prayer and returned to his disciples, he found them sleeping from grief.
“He said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not undergo the test.”
The Scourging At The Pillar:
Jn 19:1 “Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged.”
Is 53:5 “But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins, Upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed.”
The Crowning With Thorns:
Mt 27:27-31 “Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus inside the praetorium and gathered the whole cohort around him.
“They stripped off his clothes and threw a scarlet military cloak about him.
“Weaving a crown out of thorns, they placed it on his head, and a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
“They spat upon him and took the reed and kept striking him on the head.
“And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the cloak, dressed him in his own clothes, and led him off to crucify him.“
The Carrying Of The Cross:
Jn 19:17 “and carrying the cross himself he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha.”
Mt 27:32 “As they were going out, they met a Cyrenian named Simon; this man they pressed into service to carry his cross.“
Lk 23:27-31 “A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him.
“Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children,
“for indeed, the days are coming when people will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed.’
“At that time people will say to the mountains, ‘Fall upon us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’
“for if these things are done when the wood is green what will happen when it is dry?”
Lk 23:33-46 “When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left.
“Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” They divided his garments by casting lots.
“The people stood by and watched; the rulers, meanwhile, sneered at him and said, “He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Messiah of God.”
“Even the soldiers jeered at him. As they approached to offer him wine
“they called out, “If you are King of the Jews, save yourself.”
“Above him there was an inscription that read, “This is the King of the Jews.”
“Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us.”
“The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation?“
“And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.”
“Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
“He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
“It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon
“because of an eclipse of the sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle.
“Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”; and when he had said this he breathed his last.”
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)
Sorrowful Mysteries: (Tuesdays and Fridays)
Glorious Mysteries: (Wednesdays and Sundays)
Luminous Mysteries: (Thursdays)
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?
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:17 that Christ did not send him to baptize. Does this mean that baptism is not necessary for salvation? Karlo Broussard gives the reason why the answer is no and explains what Paul meant.
Scott Hahn gives awesome Biblical Explanations to some great questions about Catholic teaching. Why did God change names of Biblical Characters? Why worship on Sunday? Why is eating the Body of Christ in the Eucharist not cannibalism? What difference does it make whether or not we are Catholic? What’s wrong with the “Jesus and me” mindset?
Dr. Scott Hahn answers question about Purgatory, Sunday or Sabbath… etc….
Translation makes a BIG difference, particularly in Sacred Scripture. This article opens up a whole meaning to the Lord’s Prayer that most people don’t know about.
Most folks, when praying the Lord’s Prayer, simply assume that the phrase “our daily bread” is a request for food. At one level, that’s true. But at a more accurate level, we are actually requesting the grace to receive the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord, Jesus Christ, each day.
Each time we pray the Our Father, we are asking for the Eucharist. And that’s true whether or not we are Catholic Christians.
The word “daily” in “give us this day our daily bread” is the Greek word epiousios. In a certain sense, it’s a difficult word to translate because it’s a brand new word. Before Christ, nobody had used this word. This word is found no where else in Greek literature. Jesus actually coined this word. Perhaps he did so to give this petition special significance.
“Epi” means highest, above, or superior. As a prefix, this gives us “super-“. Next we have the word “ousios,” which means essence, substance, or nature.
I would like to jot down some thoughts on the subject of praying for the dead. What has prompted this post is the response from the local community to a tragic accident here which claimed the life of a twenty year old woman, and left (at last report) her twenty year old passenger in critical condition.
I have been praying for these two young women and I would ask that you consider uttering a word of prayer for them also. Dozens of people are praying for the families of the victims, and for the (so far) survivor. However, no one has mentioned praying for the young woman who died, and this is what has moved me to write.
Each day I pray for the souls who may be in Purgatory (specific family members, friends and prayer requests) and also for those who have no one else to pray for them. I think that there must be a lot of souls there who have been forgotten by their families, or who may not have any loved ones or friends left to pray for them.
Or, perhaps, they don’t believe in Purgatory in the first place.
Matthew tells us that whoever “speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come” (12:32). This would seem to indicate that there is some sort of “forgiveness” or “second chance” after death, but we know that once we die we cannot change our lives (repent).
So what is this “forgiveness” in the next life? It’s not so much “forgiveness” as it is a purification. In 1 Cor, Paul tells us that if someone “builds on the foundation of Christ using gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay or straw, the work of each will come to light, for the Day will disclose it. It will be revealed with fire and the fire will test the quality of each one’s work. If the work stands that someone built upon the foundation, that person will receive a wage. But if someone’s work is burned up, that one will suffer loss; the person will be saved, but only as through fire” (1Cor 3:12 – 15). The wood, hay and straw are burned away, leaving only the gold, silver and precious stones, purified.
The Book of Revelation tells us that “nothing unclean will enter Heaven” (Rev 21:27) and Hebrews tells us of “the spirits of the just made perfect” (Heb 12:23). Heaven and imperfection are not compatible. God and imperfection are not compatible. Purgatory is a place of purification which enables a soul to become perfected and, therefore, enabled to become “a partaker of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4).
While there may be people who, when their time on Earth is over, go straight to Heaven, I suspect that many, if not most, of us stop over in Purgatory on the way. I think that very few of us die in a state of perfection and, therefor, require some “cleanup” before we can enter through the pearly gates.
Of course, there is no way to know the state of a person’s soul when they die (or at any other time), but I believe that it is an act of charity (love) and hope to pray for the repose of their soul. A soul cannot pray for itself after death, but we can pray for them. And we can offer our own suffering as a prayer for them (and each other) (see Colossians 1:24).
And we should, particularly for those for whom no one else is praying.
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).