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  • Prayer request for my father (near death)

    03/06/2015 8:33:34 PM PST · 90 of 90
    patriot08 to workerbee

    Prayers for your father and the family. God bless.

  • Can a Pope Be a Heretic?

    03/06/2015 8:32:42 PM PST · 116 of 116
    ansel12 to Mrs. Don-o

    Wow, it’s the Mormon answer.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-06-15

    03/06/2015 8:32:35 PM PST · 39 of 39
    Salvation to All
    One Bread, One Body

    One Bread, One Body

    Language: English | Español

    All Issues > Volume 31, Issue 2

    << Friday, March 6, 2015 >>
    Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-28
    View Readings
    Psalm 105:16-21 Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46
    Similar Reflections


    "They took him and threw him into the cistern, which was empty and dry. Then they sat down to their meal." —Genesis 37:24-25

    The hardness of the human heart is fully portrayed in today's readings. The brothers of Joseph moved quickly and easily from cold-blooded plotting of their brother's death, to throwing him in the cistern to die, to sitting down to eat their dinner. It's no different today, as an abortionist and his attendants can murder multiple babies in a day's work, and then head out to a restaurant to enjoy their supper.

    Sadly, this even happens in the Church. Catholic politicians, newscasters, and voters repeatedly cast their ballots and opinions for death, and then sit down in the pew at Sunday Mass for the eucharistic meal. Couples contracept and chemically abort their children and then sit down in the pews to eat the eucharistic meal.

    St. Paul commented on partaking in the Eucharist unworthily. He stated: "Shall I praise you? Certainly not in this matter!...This means that whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup unworthily sins against the body and blood of the Lord. A man should examine himself first; only then should he eat of the bread and drink of the cup" (1 Cor 11:22, 27-28). Otherwise, we put "a judgment on" ourselves and make ourselves "sick and infirm" (1 Cor 10:29-30).

    "Be earnest about it, therefore. Repent!" (Rv 3:19)

    Prayer: Father, I repent and accept Your offer to make things right (Is 1:18). Cleanse me of my sins and make me holy.
    Promise: "The Stone Which the builders rejected has become the Keystone of the structure." —Mt 21:42
    Praise: Sharon could not walk without a scooter for over a year. Jesus healed her legs at a healing service. She could not see to drive. Jesus healed her eyes a few months later, and now she can read perfectly and drive. She witnesses to His power to all.
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(3/4/15)[Prayer]

    03/06/2015 8:32:06 PM PST · 20 of 20
    Kitty Mittens to left that other site
    Standing with you in Prayer and Praise, Dearest Sister Mary.
    Your Graphics are Wonderful!

  • Walking With Jesus as a Former Catholic

    03/06/2015 8:30:42 PM PST · 120 of 120
    goat granny to Elsie

    I think those adult diapers would work...just have to put the 2 back legs onto the hole...

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-06-15

    03/06/2015 8:30:18 PM PST · 38 of 39
    Salvation to All

    Homily of the Day

    The Cornerstone

    Jesus Christ is the cornerstone that the builders rejected. And even today, the world still rejects him. We may say that this is not true, but when we think about what society is saying and preaching, we realize that, indeed, it is teaching the opposite of Christian values.

    The world says that the more earthly success we achieve, the more we gain in value as individuals. We don’t need God to reach the pinnacle of power, it is just through our own hard work and luck and stepping on others’ toes. As humans we have the freedom of choice to decide what is right and what is wrong, but if we value God we will look to

    Him for what is right and wrong, and to rely on Him to take care of our needs. To be a Christian is to put God first in our lives. This means continuously seeking His righteousness and totally relying on Him. We value God when we acknowledge that He knows better than we do on what we need in our lives.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-06-15

    03/06/2015 8:29:04 PM PST · 37 of 39
    Salvation to All
    Regnum Christi

    The Gift of Life
    March 6, 2015. Friday of the Second Week of Lent

    Matthew 21: 33-43, 45-46

    Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people:  "Hear another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey. When vintage time drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce. But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat, another they killed, and a third they stoned. Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones, but they treated them in the same way. Finally, he sent his son to them, thinking, ´they will respect my son.´ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another, ´This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.´ They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?" They answered him, "He will put those wretched men to a wretched death and lease his vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the proper times.” Jesus said to them, "Did you never read in the scriptures: ´The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes´? Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit." When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they knew that he was speaking about them. And although they were attempting to arrest him, they feared the crowds, for they regarded him as a prophet.

    Introductory Prayer: Lord, though I cannot see you with my eyes, I believe you are present to me now, in my innermost being, and that you know me far better than I know myself. I also know that you love me much more than I love my own self. Thank you for loving and watching over me, though I don’t deserve your love. In return, I offer you my sorrow for my sins and my hopes to love you more each day.

    Petition: Sanctify me in my work, Lord. May it bring me closer to you.

    1. God Entrusts Us with What He Values: It’s one thing to purchase an already functional property. It’s quite another thing to purchase a rundown property and fix it up yourself. Once tidied up, the latter is worth much more to you. It has become the fruit of your sweat and blood. It is not simply a possession; it is a part of you. In today’s Gospel, the landowner purchased the land and did the work himself to set up the vineyard before he handed it over to the tenants. When he entrusted it to them, he was not simply looking for a profit, but for someone to manage his vineyard. He valued it greatly, greatly enough to risk the life of his son. Christ has established his vineyard—the Church—and put it into our hands. Christ pays us the compliment of entrusting us with his work, with what he values. He not only gives us a job to do, but mysteriously puts the eternal salvation of other souls in our hands.

    2. He Is Patient with Our Failures: The landowner did not stay around to supervise the tenants tightly. He did not even lay down rules or specify methods of cultivation. The master left the tenants to do their job as they saw fit.  God is not a tyrannical taskmaster. He knows that laboring in his vineyard is hard work. At harvest time the master sent messenger after messenger. He did not become irate or condemn the tenants after one messenger had been abused and another mistreated. Rather, he sends them his son:  he does everything possible to bear with their egotism and inspire them with his understanding and generosity.

    3. God Is Equally Repulsed by Our Inactivity as with Our Iniquity: “Because you are neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:15). The graver sin for the Pharisees was not what they decided, but rather their selfish and blind sterility in choosing not to decide. When Christ levies the sentence against the Pharisees, he does not say, “Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that respects life” (as serious as this is); rather, he chides them for not producing fruit. Note that the sentence is essentially equally severe: the one offense takes life, the other refuses to give it.

    Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, your hands knew human labor, and you sanctified your life and the lives of those around you through your toil. Help me to see the virtue you teach. Help me to return all my talents to you by the work of my hands and mind. I want to be your working apostle.

    Resolution: I will accomplish today an apostolic task that I have been putting off.

  • Mormon Nazis: New book uncovers LDS support for the Third Reich

    03/06/2015 8:28:19 PM PST · 135 of 135
    RedHeeler to ravenwolf


  • Can a Pope Be a Heretic?

    03/06/2015 8:25:23 PM PST · 115 of 116
    Mrs. Don-o to ansel12
    Here's 48 sources. The key here, Ansel12, as in all things Catholic, is a Hermeneutic of Continuity. The Pope demonstrates that the dogma is rightly anticipated by or foreshadowed by Scripture, and consistent with what has been taught by Fathers and Doctors of the Church, as well as Magisterial documents, through the centuries.

    Tolle, lege.

    1. Rom 8:28.

    2. Gal 4:4.

    3. Cf. Hentrich-Von Moos, Petitiones de Assumptione Corporea B. Virginis Mariae in Caelum Definienda ad S. Sedem Delatae, 2 volumes (Vatican Polyglot Press, 1942).

    4. Acts 20:28.

    5. The Bull Ineffabilis Deus, in the Acta Pii IX, pars 1, Vol. 1, p. 615.

    6. The Vatican Council, Constitution Dei filius, c. 4.

    7. Jn 14:26.

    8. Vatican Council, Constitution Pastor Aeternus, c. 4.

    9. Ibid., Dei Filius, c. 3.

    10. The encyclical Mediator Dei (Acta Apostolicae Sedis, XXXIX, 541).

    11. Sacramentarium Gregorianum.

    12. Menaei Totius Anni.

    13. Lk 22:32.

    14. Liber Pontificalis.

    15. Ibid.

    16. Responsa Nicolai Papae I ad Consulta Bulgarorum.

    17. St. John Damascene, Encomium in Dormitionem Dei Genetricis Semperque Virginis Mariae, Hom. II, n. 14; cf. also ibid, n. 3.

    18. St. Germanus of Constantinople, In Sanctae Dei Genetricis Dormitionem, Sermo I.

    19. The Encomium in Dormitionem Sanctissimae Dominae Nostrate Deiparae Semperque Virginis Mariae, attributed to St. Modestus of Jerusalem, n. 14.

    20. Cf. St. John Damascene, op. cit., Hom. II, n. 11; and also the Encomium attributed to St. Modestus.

    21. Ps 131:8.

    22. Ps 44:10-14ff.

    23. Song 3:6; cf. also 4:8; 6:9.

    24. Rv 12:1ff.

    25. Lk 1:28.

    26. Amadeus of Lausanne, De Beatae Virginis Obitu, Assumptione in Caelum Exaltatione ad Filii Dexteram.

    27. Is 61:13.

    28. St. Anthony of Padua, Sermones Dominicales et in Solemnitatibus, In Assumptione S. Mariae Virginis Sermo.

    29. St. Albert the Great, Mariale, q. 132.

    30. St. Albert the Great, Sermones de Sanctis, Sermo XV in Annuntiatione B. Mariae; cf. also Mariale, q. 132.

    31. St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theol., I, lla; q. 27, a. 1; q. 83, a. 5, ad 8; Expositio Salutationis Angelicae; In Symb. Apostolorum Expositio, a. S; In IV Sent., d. 12, q. 1, a. 3, sol. 3; d. 43, q. 1, a. 3, sol. 1, 2.

    32. St. Bonaventure, De Nativitate B. Mariae Virginis, Sermo V.

    33. Song 8:5.

    34. St. Bonaventure, De Assumptione B. Mariae Virginis, Sermo 1.

    35. St. Bernardine of Siena, In Assumptione B. Mariae Virginis, Sermo 11.

    36. Ibid.

    37. St. Robert Bellarmine, Conciones Habitae Lovanii, n. 40, De Assumption B. Mariae Virginis.

    38. Oeuvres de St. Francois De Sales, sermon for the Feast of the Assumption.

    39. St. Alphonsus Liguori, The Glories of Mary, Part 2, d. 1.

    40. Eph 5:27.

    41. I Tim 3:15.

    42. St. Peter Canisius, De Maria Virgine.

    43. Suarez, In Tertiam Partem D. Thomae, q. 27, a. 2, disp. 3, sec. 5, n. 31.

    44. Gen 3:15.

    45. Rom 5-6; I Cor. 15:21-26, 54-57.

    46. I Cor 15:54.

    47. The Bull Ineffabilis Deus, loc. cit., p. 599.

    48. I Tim 1:17.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-06-15

    03/06/2015 8:24:40 PM PST · 36 of 39
    Salvation to All

    Marriage=One Man and One Woman 'Til Death Do Us Part

    Daily Marriage Tip for March 6, 2015:

    A pediatrician asked a new mom when she and her husband were going to have a date that week. The doctor said, “I’m serious. Unless you agree to have a weekly date, you can find another pediatrician. Your child is more likely to thrive if your marriage is strong.”

  • Can a Pope Be a Heretic?

    03/06/2015 8:21:18 PM PST · 114 of 116
    ansel12 to Mrs. Don-o

    It seems like you don’t know, but you must have something that you can say explains why you kind of believe in Francis holding the position that produces infallible statements for your denomination, for instance his two newest saints.

  • Mormon Nazis: New book uncovers LDS support for the Third Reich

    03/06/2015 8:19:38 PM PST · 134 of 135
    ravenwolf to ansel12

    Mormonism is a religion, not a Christian denomination

    That makes the Christians look even worse, they did not need the help of the Mormons to vote the Communist in and they did not get it, as the Mormons voted for his opponent.

    Christians excluding the Mormons make up almost 75 percent of the U.S population.

    I am not a good mathematician so I don`t know how to blame the Jews at 4 percent or a smattering of others with less than 1 percent or those 16 percent who claim no belief.

    So I do not see how it could have been any one except Christians who voted the communist in power.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-06-15

    03/06/2015 8:19:33 PM PST · 35 of 39
    Salvation to Salvation
    The Word Among Us

    Meditation: Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-28

    2nd Week of Lent

    Israel loved Joseph best of all his sons. (Genesis 37:3)

    What a recipe for trouble! A father has twelve sons but unapologetically favors one over the others. As a result, let’s just say the golden boy, Joseph, doesn’t have self-esteem issues. To make matters worse, his dreams only reinforce his special status—and he enthusiastically shares them with his brothers. It’s no wonder their jealousy leads them to the brink of killing him!

    It’s a good thing that this story is in our Bible. It shows us that God can take jealousy, pride, and family dysfunction and bring something good from them. Resentment, lying, murderous thoughts, bitterness? It’s no problem; he can redeem it all and use it to bring about his plan. Look at what he did for Joseph and his family. From his slavery in Egypt, which his brothers engineered, Joseph was able to save his family from famine and reconcile with his brothers.

    So don’t despair if you see problems in your family. No one is perfect. There’s no denying the fact that sin is corrosive and can devastate relationships and deeply wound people. But don’t ever forget that sin doesn’t have the last word; God does! Even when you can’t see how everything will work out, even when the pain is real, you can still trust that God can go above and beyond. Think about Joseph all those years in slavery, in prison, learning to wait for God’s plan to come to full flowering.

    Be careful not to lose your perspective, either. Just as Joseph learned that God would work everything out for good if he stayed true to the Lord, the Spirit wants to teach you the same thing. God can see where things are heading and how they will all work out, even when it doesn’t make sense to you right now. You can trust him to love you every step of the way, right into the fullness of life that he has in store for you.

    Keep these truths in the forefront of your mind. Proclaim them to yourself often. Let Jesus fill you with hope and trust in him. He has your family in the palm of his hand!

    “Lord, I trust you with my family. I believe you can do great things with us. May we bring glory to you!”

    Psalm 105:16-21
    Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46

  • Can a Pope Be a Heretic?

    03/06/2015 8:15:53 PM PST · 113 of 116
    Mrs. Don-o to ansel12

    It’s slippery and evasive to provide a link to the original text? You can’t be serious.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-06-15

    03/06/2015 8:15:22 PM PST · 34 of 39
    Salvation to All
    Catholic Culture


    Daily Readings for:March 06, 2015
    (Readings on USCCB website)

    Collect: Grant, we pray, almighty God, that, purifying us by the sacred practice of penance, you may lead us in sincerity of heart to attain the holy things to come. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


    o    Basic French Bread

    o    Cassoulet


    o    Lenten Practices for Children

    o    Precious Coins: Mortification and Self-Denial


    o    Prayer for the Second Week of Lent

    o    Lent Table Blessing 2

    o    The Chaplet of St. Colette

    ·         Lent: March 6th

    ·         Friday of the Second Week of Lent

    Old Calendar: Sts. Perpetua and Felicitas, martyrs; St. Colette, virgin & religious (Hist)

    "If your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 5:20)." The need to make reparation is a vital, inescapable urge of a free person. His very nature cries out for order and peace. His reason tells him that where an order has been violated, the order must be repaired; and the higher the order, the greater must be the reparation. To be free at all, is to accept the responsibility for atonement. Sin is a violation of God's order. Sin demands reparation — the reparation of personal penance, personal prayer, personal charity to all. Part of our atonement to God is made by serving our fellow men. — Daily Missal of the Mystical Body

    According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of Sts. Perpetua and Felicitas. Their feast in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite is celebrated on March 7. Historically today is the feast of St. Colette, who revived the Franciscan spirit among the Poor Clares. Her reform spread throughout France, Savoy, Germany and Flanders, many convents being restored and seventeen new ones founded by her. She helped St. Vincent Ferrer in the work of healing the papal schism.

    Stational Church

    St. Colette in 1380, Nicolette was named in honor of St. Nicholas of Myra. Her loving parents nicknamed her Colette from the time she was a baby. Colette's father was a carpenter at an abbey in Picardy. Quiet and hard-working, Colette was a big help to her mother with the housework. Her parents noticed the child's liking for prayer and her sensitive, loving nature.

    When Colette was seventeen, both her parents died. The young woman was placed under the care of the abbot at the monastery where her father had worked. She asked for and received a hut built next to the abbey church. Colette lived there. She spent her time praying and sacrificing for Jesus' Church. More and more people found out about this holy young woman. They went to see her and asked her advice about important problems. They knew that she was wise because she lived close to God. She received everybody with gentle kindness. After each visit, she would pray that her visitors would find peace of soul. Colette was a member of the Third Order of St. Francis. She knew that the religious order of women who followed St. Francis' lifestyle are the Poor Clares. They are named after St. Clare, their foundress, who was a follower of St. Francis. During Colette's time, the Poor Clares needed to go back to the original purpose of their order. St. Francis of Assisi appeared to Colette and asked her to reform the Poor Clares. She must have been surprised and afraid of such a difficult task. But she trusted in God's grace. Colette traveled to the Poor Clare convents. She helped the nuns become more poor and prayerful.

    The Poor Clares were inspired by St. Colette's life. She had a great devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist. She also spent time frequently meditating on the passion and death of Jesus. She loved Jesus and her religious vocation very much.

    Colette knew exactly when and where she was going to die. She died in one of her convents in Ghent, Flanders, in 1447. She was sixty-seven. Colette was proclaimed a saint by Pope Pius VI in 1807.

    Excerpted from Holy Spirit Interactive

    Things to Do: Station for today is in the church of St. Vitalis, martyr, the father of the two illustrious Milanese martyrs, Sts. Gervasius and Protasius. It was built about 400, and consecrated by Pope Innocent I in 401/2. The dedication to St. Vitalis and his family was given in 412. The church has been rebuilt several times, of which the most comprehensive rebuilding was that of Pope Sixtus IV before the 1475 Jubilee. It was then granted to Clerics Regular.

  • Can a Pope Be a Heretic?

    03/06/2015 8:14:33 PM PST · 112 of 116
    Mrs. Don-o to metmom; boatbums; Iscool; Resettozero; Elsie; Gamecock
    The question has been raised as to whether the Catholic Church teaches that Mary died beore her body was taken up to heaven. The answer is that most Catholics believe that she did die, and very ancient sources attest to it, but this was not part of the infallible definition. In other words, the particular part about her dying is solidly founded, but not presented as infallible.

    Pope Pius XII, in Munificentissimus Deus (1950), cites ancient liturgical texts from both East and West, as well as the writings of the Church Fathers, all indicating that the Blessed Virgin had died before her body was assumed into Heaven. Still, the dogma, as Pius XII defined it, leaves the question of whether the Virgin Mary died open. What Catholics must believe to be infallibly taught is "that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory."

    The underlined phrase is ambiguous; it allows for the possibility that Mary may not have died before her Assumption. In other words, while most Christians East and West believer that Mary did die, Catholics are not bound, at least by the definition of the dogma, to believe it.

    This well illustrates the difference between "infallible" and "solidly founded" or "authoritative." Generally speaking, the infallible part of a declaration will be very narrowly worded ---minimalist, if you will -- so that it encompasses nothing more than what is absolutely essential.

    The entire text of an encyclical or a Ecumenical Council document is never infallibly proclaimed. Only a sentence or two of such a document is presented as infallible.

  • Prayer request for my father (near death)

    03/06/2015 8:13:18 PM PST · 89 of 90
    annalex to workerbee

    Lord Jesus, be near Thy servant in the hour of his passing and comfort his family.

    In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, amen.

  • The Lord's Supper: solemn symbolism or corporeal flesh and blood?

    03/06/2015 8:12:20 PM PST · 209 of 209
    Springfield Reformer to daniel1212

    Excellent resources. Thanks for posting. I will have to find a place in my basement for them as well. :)

  • Can a Pope Be a Heretic?

    03/06/2015 8:11:57 PM PST · 111 of 116
    ansel12 to Mrs. Don-o

    They do what you just did there, they twist things and are slippery and evasive.

    Is there really no simple answer for such a simple question, if you believe that he is doing it?

    “who decides if the Pope is being infallible, and where is the information coming from, that he is delivering to you infallibly?”

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-06-15

    03/06/2015 8:11:32 PM PST · 33 of 39
    annalex to Salvation

    Death of St. Colette

  • Walking With Jesus as a Former Catholic

    03/06/2015 8:03:29 PM PST · 119 of 120
    2nd amendment mama to terycarl
    A comment was made about a group celebrating Christmas and you stated that Christ wouldn't want to be part of that

    Nope NEVER said that!!! Go back and look at what I posted then you can apologize to me.

  • Can a Pope Be a Heretic?

    03/06/2015 8:02:29 PM PST · 110 of 116
    Chesterbelloc to Mrs. Don-o

    Very happy to see posts from you again!

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-06-15

    03/06/2015 8:02:20 PM PST · 32 of 39
    Salvation to All
    Catholic Spiritual

    On the Malice of Mortal Sin

    March 6, 2015 by Dan Burke  


    “I have brought up children and exalted them; but they have despised me.”
    cf Isaiah 1:2

    What does the sinner do when he commits mortal sin? He insults God, he dishonors him, he afflicts him. In the first place, mortal sin is an insult offered to God. The malice of an insult is, as St. Thomas says, estimated from the condition of the person who receives and of the person who offers the insult. It is sinful to offend a peasant; it is more criminal to insult a nobleman: but to treat a monarch with contempt and insolence, is a still greater crime. Who is God? “He is Lord of lords and king of kings” (Revelation 17:14). He is a Being of infinite majesty, before whom all the princes of the earth, and all the saints and angels, are less than an atom of sand. “As a drop of a bucket…as a little dust” (Isaiah 40:15). The prophet Hosea adds, that, compared with the greatness of God, all creatures are as insignificant as if they did not exist. “All nations,” [Isaiah] says, “are before him as if they had no being at all” (cf Isaiah 40:17). Such is God; and what is man? He is, according to St. Bernard, a heap of worms, the food of worms, by which he shall be soon devoured. “Saccus vermium, cibus vermium.” He is “miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17). Man is a miserable worm, that can do nothing; he is so blind that he knows nothing, and so poor and naked that he possesses nothing. And this miserable worm voluntarily insults a God! “Vile dust,” says the same St. Bernard, “dares to provoke such tremendous majesty.” The angelic doctor, then, had just reason to say that the sin of man contains, as it were, an infinite malice. “Peccatum habet quandam infinitatem malitiae ex infinitate divinae majestatis” (P. 3, q. 2, c. 2, ad. 2.). And St. Augustine calls sin “an infinite evil.” Hence, were all men and angels to offer themselves to death and annihilation, the oblation should not satisfy for a single sin. God punishes sin with the pains of hell; but all theologians teach that this chastisement is less than sin deserves.


    And what punishment can be sufficient for a worm who assails his Lord? God is the Lord of all, because he has created all. “All things are in thy power. . . . Thou hast made heaven, and earth, and all things” (Esther 13:9, 10 [Esther 4:C:1, 2 NAB]). All creatures obey God, “The winds,” says St. Matthew, “and the sea obey him” (Matthew 8:27). “Fire, hail, snow, ice, stormy winds, which fulfill his will” (cf Psalm 148:8). But when man sins, what does he do? He says to God, Lord, I will not serve thee. “Thou hast broken my yoke; thou hast burst my bonds; thou saidst, I will not serve” (Jeremiah 2:20). The Lord says to him, Seek not revenge; take not that property which belongs to another; abstain from that unchaste gratification. But man answers, I will have revenge; I will take possession of that property; I will indulge in that forbidden pleasure. Like Pharaoh, when Moses, on the part of God, commanded him to allow the people to go into the desert, the sinner answers, “Who is the Lord, that I should hear his voice, and let Israel go?” (Exodus 5:2). The sinner says the same–Lord, I know you not; I will do what I please. In a word, he insults the Lord to his face, and turns his back upon him. Mortal sin is precisely a turning away–from God. “Aversio ab incommutabili bono” (St. Thomas, Summa Theologica, Part I of Part II, q 24, art 4). Of this the Lord himself complains–“Thou hast forsaken me, saith the Lord thou art gone backward” (cf Jeremiah 15:6). You have, says God, been ungrateful to me; you have abandoned me; you have turned your back upon me; you “are gone backward.” God has declared that he hates sin. Hence he cannot but hate the sinner who commits it. “But to God the wicked and his wickedness are hateful alike” (Wisdom 14:9). In committing sin, man dares to declare himself the enemy of God, and to contend single-handed with the Lord. “He hath,” says Job, “strengthened himself against the Almighty” (cf Job 15:25). What would you say if you saw an insect attack an armed soldier? God is the Omnipotent Being who by a nod has “created heaven and earth out of nothing” (cf 2 Maccabees 7:28). And if he wish, he can, by another act of his will, destroy all creatures. “The Almighty Lord, who, at a beck, can utterly destroy…the whole world” (cf 2 Maccabees 8:18). In consenting to sin, the sinner stretches out his hand against the Lord. “He hath,” says Job, “stretched out his hand against God. He hath run against him with his neck raised up, and is armed with a fat neck” (cf Job 15:26). He raises his neck, that is, he swells with pride, and runs to insult God; he arms himself with a fat neck, that is, with ignorance; for a fat neck is the symbol of ignorance, of that ignorance which makes the sinner say, What have I done? What great evil is that sin which I have committed? God is merciful–he pardons sinners. What an insult! What temerity! What blindness!

    Affections and Prayers

    Behold, O my God! At thy feet the rash and daring rebel, who has had the temerity and audacity to insult thee so often to thy very face, and to turn his back upon thee. Thou hast said, “Cry to me, and I will hear” (Jeremiah 33:3). Hell is too little for me; this I already know. But remember, O Lord, that I am more sorry for having offended thee, who art infinite goodness, than I would be for the loss of all my property and of my life. Ah, Lord, pardon me, and do not permit me ever to offend thee more. Thou hast waited for me that I may forever bless thy mercy and love thee. Yes, I bless thee, I love thee, and I hope, through the merits of Jesus Christ, that I shall never again be separated from thy love; thy love has rescued me from hell; it is by thy love that I am to be preserved from sin for the future. I thank thee, my Lord, for the light. and the desire thou dost give me to love thee forever. Ah! Take possession of my whole being–of my soul and body–of my powers and senses–of my will and liberty. “I am thine — save me.” Thou art my only good; thou art alone amiable; mayst thou also be my only love. Give me fervor in loving thee. I have offended thee grievously. Hence it is not enough for me to love thee; I wish to love thee ardently, in order to compensate the injuries I have done thee. From thee, who art omnipotent, I hope for this love. I also hope for it through thy prayers, O Mary, which art powerful before God.

    Editor’s Note: This meditation is from St. Alphonsus Liguori’s “Preparation for Death” (1758).

  • Can a Pope Be a Heretic?

    03/06/2015 8:01:56 PM PST · 109 of 116
    Mrs. Don-o to ansel12

    Read? I’m glad to hear it.

  • Can a Pope Be a Heretic?

    03/06/2015 7:57:50 PM PST · 108 of 116
    ansel12 to Mrs. Don-o

    Yeah, the Mormons do the same thing.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-06-15

    03/06/2015 7:55:35 PM PST · 31 of 39
    Salvation to All
    Day 17

    Lent Day 17 – Divine Light

    by Fr. Robert Barron

    One of the key visuals in the story of the Transfiguration is the divine light that radiates from Jesus. Matthew says, “His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.” Luke reports, “His clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.” And Mark says, “His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them.”

    This light seems to signal the beauty and radiance of a world beyond this one, a world rarely seen, only occasionally glimpsed, amidst the griminess and ordinariness of this world.

    Is this beautiful and radiant world ever seen today? Let me share a few stories with you. When I was travelling recently, I met a man who, as a young man, met St. Padre Pio, the famous stigmatist. He was privileged to serve his Mass. During the elevation of the host, after the consecration, this man noticed something remarkable: there was a glow around the holy man’s hands. Years later when he heard reports of “auras” he said to himself, “That’s what I saw that day.”

    Malcolm Muggeridge, the English journalist and convert to Catholicism, was filming Mother Teresa for a documentary. One day, the electricity was out, and he bemoaned the fact that he had to film her without lights, convinced that the day would be lost. However, when the film was developed, he noticed that the scenes were beautifully lit. To his surprise it appeared as though the light was coming from her.

    Consider also the Shroud of Turin. There is scientific speculation that the marks on the shroud, the holy icon thought by many to be the burial shroud of Christ, were caused by a burst of radiant energy—light energy.

    I’d like to leave you with one last thought: from the time of the earliest disciples, the holy followers of Jesus were pictured with halos above their heads. What is a halo if not the divine light breaking into our world today?

  • Can a Pope Be a Heretic?

    03/06/2015 7:54:41 PM PST · 107 of 116
    Mrs. Don-o to ansel12

    Your answer is in the source cited; the one with the 48 footnotes. It’s just a click away. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to refer you to the original document and ask you to read it. I don’t have the time to produce a Reader’s Digest version -— still less a cartoon format -— suitable for the fast-paced lifestyle of the modern senior FReeper.

    I ask for your consideration, too, because I am still recovering from a near-fatal disease and 6 weeks in the hospital. I haven’t the strength.

  • The Baptism and The Filling: The Baptism in the Spirit and The Filling

    03/06/2015 7:47:27 PM PST · 13 of 13
    Zuriel to RaceBannon

    **The BAPTISM and the FILLING may both occur simultaneously. For example, in Acts chapter 2 the believers were BAPTIZED (Acts 1:5 and see Acts 11:15-17) and they were filled (Acts 2:4).**

    They were NOT baptized in Acts 1:5. They were being prophesied to, just like John 20:22; for the Holy Ghost was not coming until Jesus Christ departed. They received the Spirit in Acts 2:4, and in Acts 11:15-17, Peter testified that it happened to those Gentiles JUST LIKE it happened him and the others “at the beginning”, when they were ‘filled’ (received the promise of the Father).

    Baptized, filled, come upon.......all terms for being born of the Spirit. Staying filled is simply a term for walking in the Spirit, and not in the flesh.

    Why does this teacher not bring up the Lord’s description of being born of the Spirit?.....

    “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou HEAREST the SOUND thereof, but canst NOT tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is EVERY ONE that is BORN of the SPIRIT”. John 3:8 (my caps).

    “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with YOU know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be IN you.....AT THAT DAY ye shall know that I am IN my Father, and ye IN me, and I IN you.......But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost.....”. John 14:16,17,20,26

    “”Nevertheless I tell you the TRUTH; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go NOT away, the Comforter WILL NOT come unto you; but if I DEPART, I will send him unto you.” John 16:7

    “And, behold, I send the promise of the Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” Luke 24:49

    “And being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but ‘wait for the promise of the Father, which’ saith he, ‘ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.....But ye shall receive power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon you....’” Acts 1:4,5,8

    **In order to be baptized in the Spirit the unsaved person must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31 and see Galatians 3:26-27).**

    Acts 16:31? how about the WHOLE story of HOW to ‘believe on the Lord Jesus Christ’?.....How do they believe on a preacher sent from God......

    The conversion of the keeper of the prison, in Philippi, is a story that is rarely told completely. Quote 16:31, and get out of Dodge.

    The story continues with Paul speaking “unto him the word of the Lord, and to ALL that were IN HIS HOUSE. And he TOOK THEM that same hour of the night, and WASHED their stripes; and was BAPTIZED, he and all his straightway. And WHEN he had BROUGHT them INTO HIS HOUSE, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, BELIEVING in God with all his house.” Acts 16:32-34

    1. We see that the keeper of the prison has brought Paul and Silas into his house, because they speak “the word of the Lord” to the man and all those “IN HIS HOUSE” (unless you think that they somehow got a message to hustle on down to the prison for church service).

    2. “He TOOK THEM” (took them from his house to where, pray tell?). Well, he washed their stripes somewhere besides the house. Some place where there would be plenty of water for the messy job of washing their stripes.

    3. While still AWAY from home, possibly at the same location, they were BAPTIZED, he and all his straightway.
    (you can insist that that is talking about Spirit baptism only, but you can’t prove it. I believe it is water baptism, or both water and Spirit baptism).

    4. He brought them back INTO his house,......he and all his “rejoiced, BELIEVING in God with all his house”.

    Gal. 3:26,27 IS quite similar to 1Cor. 12:13, but they were already born again (1Cor. 1:2; Gal. 1:2,6), so no mention of water baptism is needed.

    1Cor. 15:29 is obviously speaking of water baptism. For Paul is speaking of those being baptized into the body of Christ, which includes those in Christ that had died by then. He is saying it would be a total waste to baptize if Jesus Christ is not risen. Why do teachers prefer to avoid that verse? (Except for the Mormans, that have it completely misunderstood.)

    **Historically, the BAPTISM of the Spirit took place as follows:
    Acts 2 - The Jews became members of the body of Christ.
    Acts 8 - The Samaritans became members of the body of Christ.
    Acts 10- The Gentiles became members of the body of Christ.
    Today every believer becomes a member of the body of Christ at the moment of saving faith (1 Corinthians 12:13).**

    Today?? That’s sounds like something has changed from ‘the beginning’ that Peter testified of in Acts 11. Does the writer know that saving faith is a term that MUST mean being born again? Jesus Christ said one MUST be. Acts 2:38 is where his commissions are initiated. He hasn’t changed, and neither has his word.

  • The Night Prayer of the Church as a “Rehearsal for Death”

    03/06/2015 7:47:06 PM PST · 41 of 41
    Grateful2God to Grateful2God

    Pray. Sorry, tired eyes!

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-06-15

    03/06/2015 7:46:25 PM PST · 30 of 39
    Salvation to All

    Day 65 - Jesus Curses the Fig Tree


    Today's Reading: Matthew 21:18-22

    18 In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he was hungry. 19 And seeing a fig tree by the wayside he went to it, and found nothing on it but leaves only. And he said to it, "May no fruit ever come from you again!" And the fig tree withered at once. 20 When the disciples saw it they marveled, saying, "How did the fig tree wither at once?" 21 And Jesus answered them, "Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and never doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, Be taken up and cast into the sea,' it will be done. 22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith."

    Today's Commentary:

    A fig tree: A symbol of Old Covenant Israel (Jer 8:13; Hos 9:10). Jesus curses it because it is barren and has no figs (Mk 11:21). Symbolically, then, he announces God's curse on the unfaithful of Israeli.e., those who refuse him as the Messiah and lack the fruits of repentance (3:8-10; 21:41, 43). Israel's faithlessness is a negative example: the Church must learn from the nation's mistakes and pray instead with faith and confidence (21:21; 17:20; Jas 1:6).

  • The Night Prayer of the Church as a “Rehearsal for Death”

    03/06/2015 7:45:25 PM PST · 40 of 41
    Grateful2God to Old Yeller

    We don’t always. Some are prayers we learn as children; some are written by the saints. The prayers referred to in the article are part of the Liturgy of the Hours: prayers said, usually by religious, at certain times of the day, so that at all times, 24/7, prayers are going up to God. These are mostly Scriptural, with intention pertaining to the Liturgical season. It’s sort of the earthly version of Revelation, where the living creatures did not cease to play to God before His Throne.

  • The Night Prayer of the Church as a “Rehearsal for Death”

    03/06/2015 7:35:13 PM PST · 39 of 41
    Grateful2God to Bigg Red
    "Yes, I say that one twice a day. I have just recently — past 2 years or so —reconnected in prayer to my Guardian Angel."

    What a blessing! Their feast is celebrated on Oct 2.

  • Walking With Jesus as a Former Catholic

    03/06/2015 7:33:48 PM PST · 118 of 120
    terycarl to CynicalBear
    So you can’t show “where Jesus and the apostles taught the celebration of Easter”?

    Jesus celebrated Easter by rising from the dead!!!....there were Angels and everything!!! The apostles and Mary Magdelin even went to visit the grave site.

    We choose a Sunday to celebrate that it Easter

  • God Has Not Cast Away His People,Israel...Romans 9-11 pt 14

    03/06/2015 7:30:46 PM PST · 36 of 36
    winodog to CynicalBear

    Acts 8:1
    And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.

    The church was scattered in about 42 AD.

  • Walking With Jesus as a Former Catholic

    03/06/2015 7:29:39 PM PST · 117 of 120
    terycarl to 2nd amendment mama
    And exactly just where did I state that? Please cite the exact post

    A comment was made about a group celebrating Christmas and you stated that Christ wouldn't want to be part of that

    why not?? It's a birthday party

  • Luther's Comments About the Jews vs. The Papal Bull "Decet Romanum"

    03/06/2015 7:29:34 PM PST · 19 of 19
    xone to af_vet_1981
    Anything except an affirmative is not only cognitive dissonance,

    Theology by assertion. What is cognitive dissonance is a Catholic going on about Luther's anti-semitism as if it differs from the OTC's. And yet it does differ, unlike the Catholic church, it was all talk.

    As a Catholic, you best get on board with your hierarchy. You viewpoint is out of their mainstream.

    Do not choose theological antisemitism masquerading as Christianity. Choose life.

    Don't confuse your outlook with Christianity. God's Word has the final say.

  • The Night Prayer of the Church as a “Rehearsal for Death”

    03/06/2015 7:29:26 PM PST · 38 of 41
    Grateful2God to defconw

    You’d think they’d be grateful their person was still alive! Art Linkletter was right: people are funny...

  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Cardinal Virtues, Individual Justice

  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Cardinal Virtues, Individual Justice

    03/06/2015 7:27:10 PM PST · 3 of 4
    Salvation to nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...

    Lenten Series Ping!

  • Catholic Word of the Day: JOSEPHINISM, 03-06-15

    03/06/2015 7:25:54 PM PST · 6 of 6
    Grateful2God to Salvation
    I got it confused with Josephite marriage, where the couple agree to live as brother and sister, remaining continent.

    Amen that we (please, God!) don't have it here!

  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Cardinal Virtues, Individual Justice

    03/06/2015 7:25:28 PM PST · 2 of 4
    Salvation to Religion Moderator
  • The Baptism and The Filling: The Baptism in the Spirit and The Filling

    03/06/2015 7:24:52 PM PST · 12 of 13
    RaceBannon to UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide

    Those who get saved, are the elect

    Those who believe


    but, if you mean Calvinism...soon...

  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Cardinal Virtues, Individual Justice

    03/06/2015 7:24:31 PM PST · 1 of 4
    Our Obligations to God and Neighbor
  • Why Are There So Many “Bad” People in Church?

    03/06/2015 7:18:07 PM PST · 59 of 59
    Campion to CyberAnt
    It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. -- 1 Tm 1:15 (NASB)

    Doesn't sound like Paul agrees with you.

  • Prayer request for my father (near death)

    03/06/2015 7:13:19 PM PST · 88 of 90
    Grateful2God to Salvation
    Remember also to pay the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy at his bedside. May God give your Dad, you, and all your loved ones His Peace! God bless you! Amen...
  • From Fundamentalist Baptist to Catholic – Steve Wilson’s Story

    03/06/2015 7:13:17 PM PST · 1,140 of 1,140
    terycarl to metmom
    Show us where that's found in Scripture. Chapter and verse, please.....

    I think it's right before the verse that says take and eat of this"THIS IS MY BODY" .or near it at least...How come some things apply and some do not??...When He said call no man father did He mean His daddy Joseph....when He said take and drink of this, "THIS IS MY BLOOD" was He just kidding???

    I think that's a much more meaningful statement than call no man father....

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-06-15

    03/06/2015 7:06:59 PM PST · 29 of 39
    Salvation to All

    Friday, March 6

    Liturgical Color: Violet

    Today the Church honors St. Sylvester of
    Assisi. St. Sylvester was the first priest
    ordained in the Franciscan order. Feeling
    guilty about overcharging St. Francis for
    stone to rebuild a church, he repented
    and became a very holy priest.

  • Mormon Nazis: New book uncovers LDS support for the Third Reich

    03/06/2015 7:01:34 PM PST · 133 of 135
    laplata to ravenwolf

    Not to worry. Nothing against you. Thanks.

  • Mormon Nazis: New book uncovers LDS support for the Third Reich

    03/06/2015 7:00:33 PM PST · 132 of 135
    ansel12 to ravenwolf

    Mormonism is a religion, not a Christian denomination, and you are wrong about the majority of Christians voting for Obama.

    The polling is done of voters, and they are asked what religion they are.

  • Mormon Nazis: New book uncovers LDS support for the Third Reich

    03/06/2015 6:58:41 PM PST · 131 of 135
    ansel12 to StormPrepper

    Evangelical turnout was higher in 2012 than in 2008.

    Are you of the Mormon religion? Why are you attacking Evangelicals?