Blessed Giuseppina Nicoli

December 31, 2008

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Blessed Giuseppina Nicoli

Casatisma, November 18, 1863 – Cagliari, December 31, 1924

Giuseppina Nicoli was born in Casatisma (Pavia), in a very religious family on November 16, 1863. She was raised in a serene environment even though, unfortunately, death took a number of brothers away at an early age. The young woman studied in Voghera and Pavia, achieving better results with the degree of master in the heart and cultivating a desire to devote herself to education of the poor. Vincenzo attracted by charisma, became a Daughter of Charity. She arrived in Turin, in the house of S. Central Salvario, September 24, 1883. A few months later she took the Parigi habit, in Rue du Bac, where Madonna, fifty years earlier, had appeared to Saint Catherine Labouré. She was only twenty years old when she was sent to Sardinia that, in time, was part of the same province of religion. To reach the island took a three-day trip. Her first assignment was to teach at the Conservatory of Providence of Cagliari. She issued vows straight five on which she wrote a thought, which was then rediscovered after her death. Addressing the Lord , she promised “to want to always faithfully serve, practicing poverty, chastity, obedience and serving for your love the poor.” She was thirty years old when diagnosed withtuberculosis, a disease that silently affected her health for the rest of her life, but never curbed the desire to continue to work for the Lord. When cholera broke out in the city, Sister Josephine was employed to cook, but once the emergency passed began the mission that would mark her life: educating young people and spreading the knowledge of the Gospel. Read the rest of this entry »


What Scripture Condemns Contraception?

December 30, 2008


Q. I would be interested to see biblical proof that God is against contraception. I know that Genesis 38:8-10 talks of Onan spilling his seed, but God was mad at Onan for not obeying him, I don’t believe it was necessarily the act he committed. If you read the verse prior in 6 & 7 it says that Judah’s firstborn was wicked so God put him to death. This is what he was indicating when he said he slew him too.

A.Yes, Onan too was wicked. Onan partook of sexual pleasure with his brother’s wife but contracepted by spilling his seed. That was his explicit intent. He was not obligated to give his brother’s wife an heir upon pain of death. God did not kill him b/c he didn’t want to give offspring to his brother. This is explicitly laid down in the Law. Punishment for not giving a dead brother offspring was a ceremony of humiliation, not death.

Deut 25:5When brothers live together and one of them dies and has no son, …Her husband’s brother shall go in to her and take her to himself as wife and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her 6“It shall be that the firstborn whom she bears shall assume the name of his dead brother, so that his name will not be blotted out from Israel 7“But if the man does not desire to take his brother’s wife, …8“Then the elders of his city shall summon him and speak to him. And if he persists and says, ‘I do not desire to take her, 9 then his brother’s wife shall come to him in the sight of the elders, and pull his sandal off his foot and spit in his face; and she shall declare, ‘Thus it is done to the man who does not build up his brother’s house. 10“In Israel his name shall be called, ‘The house of him whose sandal is removed.’

That is a far cry from execution.

To summarize: God killed Onan because he contracepted by spilling his semen on the ground, the ancient preferred method of contraception before condoms, IUD’s, spermicide, and the Pill. Protestant apologists, contend, in attempt to justify their approval of contraception, that God killed Onan b/c he refused to do the right thing and give his brother an heir. But the Deut. passage I quoted above proves that the punishment for refusing to take a dead brother’s wife and raise up an heir to him was PUBLIC HUMILIATION. The punishment was NOT death. It was NOT a capital crime to refuse to do the right thing.

But God showed His displeasure with Onan for pursuing sexual pleasure with the wife of his dead brother, stripped of its procreative power by contracepting (withdrawal). In God’s eyes this was a MORTAL, as in DEADLY sin. Exactly the teaching of the Catholic Church today.

Q. I also believe that God would not look down on a woman who prevents pregnancy because she has a medical condition that would either cause harm to her or the baby.

A. I agree with you.

Q. I had a friend who had 8 miscarriages because of a medical problem. It would be unwise for her to try for any more.

A. Unwise? If she just can’t bear another miscarriage or it would truly be a threat to her life, then her husband and she must agree out of charity to either adopt in order to have a child and/or abstain from intercourse during fertile times using NFP.
Q. I also have a friend who has a rare blood clotting disorder that endangers her life each time she gets pregnant. She has come close to dying with each child. After having her second child, she threw blood clots to her lungs and legs. They cannot give her any more medication for these clots again. If she has another child, she will sentence herself and her child to death. She will also leave her other two children motherless and her husband wifeless.

A. Then both her husband and she have a duty to avoid pregnancy. They may need to live as Mary and Joseph lived–in complete chastity, devoting themselves to God and their family in order to preserve the life of the mother. They will not die from abstinence. In fact, the self denial involved in this life will undoubtedly lead them closer to God, each other, and holiness.
Q. Yes she has faith, which is the reason she did not abort when so many specialist said it was the only way she could survive.

A. A noble, and holy woman.

Q. But, although we live by faith, we have to use common sense.

A. You mean that the husband should be allowed to indulge himself ?

And which methold of contraception would you stake your life on?

Abortion as a back up? Killing an innocent child just so they can have pleasure?

Q. I have faith that God will protect me, but I will not stand in the way of a moving train and expect to be saved from death.

A. Just don’t do it, then.

This just in: January 13, 2009

New study links oral contraceptives to increased incidence of breast cancer. But will we hear about this in the politically correct press?

Click HERE for the aticle at American Journal of Epidemiology



Blessed Eugenia Ravasco

December 30, 2008

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Blessed Eugenia Ravasco Founder
Milan, Jan 4, 1845 – Genoa, December 30, 1900

Roman Martyrology: In Genoa, Eugenia Ravasco Blessed Virgin, who founded the Institute of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary, whose care entrusted the education of female youth and the dedication to the needs of the sick and children.

Eugenia Ravasco was born in Milan on January 4, 1845 into a noble family and wealthy, healthy principles of Christian, but knew from childhood suffering.

In fact, since girl was orphaned by parents, being entrusted to the aunt Marietta Anselmi in Genoa, by uncles who treated her to a great love for the poor and already had in those years as spiritual director Salvatore Magnasco the canon, who later become archbishop of Genoa.

Heir to a large fortune, her father was a banker, she was promised in marriage to a marquis, but Eugenia wanted to consecrate the Sacred Heart of Jesus, beginning to lend her work in parishes and hospitals in the city, under the guidance of the priest Giuseppe Como, then the Jesuit Luigi Persoglio.
After the death of her sister, in 1868 she hosted at home, with the consent of the vicar of the diocese Bishop Genovese. Magnasco, the “Association for the Good”, whose members would become the Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, the congregation she founded with the aim of creating schools, and workshops for youth, education adolescents, especially the poor children and assistance of the sick.

Together with the first 18 sisters, Eugenia Ravasco issued perpetual vows, while with the help of Jesuit Persoglio, she formulated the rules for the institution. In 1882 came the canonical recognition and in 1883 the aggregate came to the Capuchin, bishops and ministers involved in the progression of the Opera, traveled to her, word spread throughout Italy and Europe; she wrote over two thousand letters.

She was a woman, who in the melee of historic and cultural change of the second nineteenth century, wanted to promote the status of women, say a true feminist, and the life of the mother Eugenia was all for the Church, young and the poor, drew its strength in the Eucharist, taking as models the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

The nuns of the Congregation of the “Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary” are now more than 500. The founding mother died in Genoa on December 30, 1900, was first buried in the cemetery in Staglieno citizen and then subsequently transferred ton the crypt of the House-mother of the Institute.

In 1945 the canonical process for his beatification began and finally on April 27, 2003, Pope John Paul II beatified her in Piazza S. Peter’s in Rome.

Author: Antonio Borrelli

SOURCE: Santi e Beati


Blessed Juan Bautista Ferreres Boluda

December 29, 2008

blessed-juan-bautista-ferreres-boluda-dec-29Blessed Juan Bautista Ferreres Boluda

Martyr of the Spanish Civil War

Ollería, Spain, Nov 27, 1861 – Picadero de Paterna, Spain, December 29, 1936


Father Juan Bautista Ferreres Boluda in Olleira was born (Valencia) on November 27, 1861 and entered the Society of Jesus in 1888, where he became a priest. He was professor of moral theology and canon law in theological Sarriá. He died in Valencia in “Picadero de Paterna” December 29, 1936 as a result of ill treatment received. He was 75.

Roman Martyrology: In the village of San Miguel de los Reyes in the same territory, Blessed Juan Bautista Ferreres Boluda, a priest of the Society of Jesus and martyr who, in the same persecution, imitating the Passion of Christ, deserved to achieve the palm of glory.

Beatified by John Paul II on March 11, 2001

Source: Santi e Beati


Mary Was Not Sinless.

December 28, 2008


Bread From Heaven: If all (all have sinned Rom 3:23) means, absolutely all, no exceptions, then in order for Jesus to be fully human He would have sinned. But we all agree that Jesus’ humanity is an exception to this verse. But, if there is one exception, why not two? or three? Nothing in scripture specifically says Jesus is the only exception. In general it is certainly true that most people, nearly all people have sinned. But the passage does not state that there are absolutely NO EXCEPTIONS.)


Q. Nothing is scripture points to anyone other than Jesus being sinless.

A. Actually there is. See this POST & this POST.

Q. And to use the justification that the Bible doesn’t say there aren’t exceptions to the rule as your logic is ridiculous.

A. That is your opinion. And I agree, an argument from silence is not a good argument. But, you are the one who only accepts Scripture. But we accept scripture and the teaching of the Apostles as taught orally. So for us this is not an argument from silence but you will not accept our documents. So, based on what we know about the Faith as believed and taught from the beginning, we are not swayed to abandon our beliefs just because they are not explicitly stated in Scripture. They are explicitly stated or alluded to in the ancient prayers, songs, and writings of the Church Fathers.

Q. Jesus is God and God is Jesus. God is perfect and has no darkness that dwells within him which means that Jesus doesn’t as well.

A. We agree. One other small point. Despite the fact that the rest of us are born with the stain of Original Sin, babies and children, before the age of reason, and people with mental deficiencies cannot sin.


December 28: Blessed Caterina Volpicelli

December 28, 2008

Blessed Caterina Volpicelli 
1839 – 1894 Read the rest of this entry »


December 27: Blessed Alfredo Parte, New Martyr Of Spain

December 27, 2008

Blessed Alfredo Parte
1899 – 1936 Read the rest of this entry »


Deep In History Conference 2009, Columbus, OH – Mark Your Calendars!

December 27, 2008

Deep In History Conference 2009 – Mark Your Calendars!

Since the Deep in History Conferences began we have journeyed together from the time of the Early Fathers to the beginning of the Catholic Church here in North America. October 23rd 2009 marks a new beginning in our journey to the past as the Deep in History Conference turns to the theme of the History of Catholic Doctrine.
Once again the focus of these weekends is to assist both Catholics and non-Catholics in their understanding what it means to be Deep in History, Deep in Scripture and Deep in Christ. In 2009, we will begin on the “rock” looking to understand the question of Authority: The Pillar and Bulwark. Read the rest of this entry »

Confession

December 26, 2008

That Catholic Show – I Confess


December 26: Blessed Agatha Phutta, New Martyr Of Thailand

December 26, 2008


Blessed Agnese Phila, Lucia Khambang and 4 companions

December 26, 2008

Blessed Phila Agnese, Lucia Khambang and 4 companions

Protomartyrs of Thailand

m. Songkhon (Thailand), December 26, 1940

Roman Martyrology: In the village of Song-Khon in Thailand, Blessed Martyrs Phila Agnese and Lucia Khambang, virgin of the Sisters Lovers of the Cross, and Agata Phutta, Cecilia Butsi, and Maria Viviana Hampai Phon, shot in the local cemetery because they refused to deny their Christian faith.

Christianity was introduced to Thailand in 1881 and in 1940 the Catholic faithful were already seven hundred. In the four years following, the French missionaries were forced to leave the country during the grip of war between Thailand and French Indochina. As is usual in such circumstances, national unity was regarded as a priority and instead “downgraded” danger to religious pluralism.

Songkhon The village, located on the shores of the Great Mekong River border with Laos, was the scene in 1940 of the glorious martyrdom of seven indigenous Christians: Filippo Siphong Onphitak, Phila Agnese, Lucia Khambang, Agata Phutta, Cecilia Buts, Bibiana Khamphai and Mary Phon. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Maria von den Aposteln von Wüllenweber

December 25, 2008

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Blessed Maria von dem Aposteln von Wüllenweber

Mönchengladbach, Germany, February 19, 1833 – Rome, December 25, 1907

Roman Martyrology: In Rome, Blessed Mary of the Apostles (Maria Teresa) von Wüllenweber, virgin, of German origin, who, lit by a missionary zeal, founded in Tivoli Lazio in the Institute of the Sisters of Divine Savior.

On Christmas Evening of 1907 the generous heart of Mother Mary of the Apostles ceased to beat. Rome concluded her active life, leaving a legacy that even today through the Sisters Salvatorian produce abundant fruits in the Church, in twenty-seven countries in the world.

Therese (this was her name) was born in Germany in Myllendonk Castle, close to Mönchengladbach, February 19, 1833. Firstborn of the five daughters of Baron Theodor von Wüllenweber, she grew up in a deeply religious family, in some respects but austere characterized by strong bonds of family affection. Her father, an affable man, was well liked by everyone. Therese received her first instruction at home from her mother and some priests. At the age of fifteen years she perfected her education and education from the Benedictines of Liege where, thinking of Rome as the heart of Christianity, she also wanted to study Italian. Read the rest of this entry »


Glory to God in the highest and peace to his people on earth

December 25, 2008

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Blessed Bartolomeo Maria Dal Monte

December 24, 2008

blessed-bartolomeo-maria-dal-monte-dec-23Blessed Bartolomeo Maria dal Monte

Bologna, November 3, 1726 – Bologna, December 24, 1778

Born in Bologna on November 3, 1726, he was ordained a priest in 1749 and graduated in theology in 1751. Undertaking missionary activities, he preached well in 62 dioceses in Italy. He founded the Opera Pia missions in preparation for missionary of the diocesan clergy. In 1775, he wrote the opera “Jesus at the heart of secular priest and regular church or considerations for each day of the month. He died on December 24, 1778.

Roman Martyrology: In Bologna, Blessed Bartholomew Mari Dal Monte, a priest, who in many regions of Italy preached to the people and Christian clergy the word of God and with this purpose established the Opera Pia Mission. He emulated Saint Leonardo da Porto Maurizio (1676-1751), who was a great preacher in northern and central Italy.

Bartholomew Maria Dal Monte was born in the scholarly city of Bologna, Nov. 3, 1726, to wealthy parents, was the fifth child of the couple, but four had died earlier after a few days after birth, his mother Anna Maria Bassani had prayed to St. Francis of Paola. Read the rest of this entry »


Doctrinal Changes Refute Infallibility of the Pope.

December 24, 2008

Q. Christ established the catholic church (small “c”), not the Catholic church. Does the “Church” since the time of the Council of Carthage on look like the church of Christ? No.

A. There was no ecumenical Council of Carthage. There were local bishop’s councils in Carthage, Africa. The first of these was held nearly a hundred years before the Bible was canonized. If, as you say the Church established by Christ was already lost to history, then how can you trust the canon of the New Testament? This same Catholic, universal Christian Church closed the canon of scripture in the early 400’s. Who Decided the Books of the Bible? This was a major factor in my entering the Catholic Church. I could find no way to accept the authority of the Canon of Scripture while at the very same time saying that the Church, the bishops, the council, the Popes who decided the canon and closed it, were supposedly apostate already. How can Protestants trust the canon and not trust the people who made the decision by the power of God?

But of course, I do believe that Hell has not overcome the Church established by Christ, just as He promised in Matt. 16:18 so I believe it has existed continuously since it was founded by CHRIST.

Q. Purgatory was not taught until the 4th century and was not formally recognized until the 16th century.

A. This is simply not historically true. Please see my post: Early Fathers on Purgatory taken from Catholic Answers

Q. If the Catholic church is governed by “infallible” men, then how can the church traditions and doctrines change?

A. Catholic Doctrine does NOT change. Please see this POST. What doctrine do you think has changed? Over time we as we study scripture and teachings of the Fathers, our understanding deepens and develops. But all of our doctrines remain. And the Tradition of the Church with a capital “T” does not change either. Our practices and disciplines can and do change. Like eating fish on Friday. And no pope has taught error to the whole church. Please see my post
Infallible?

Q. How could Popes be excommunicated if they are infallible.

A. Easy. There might even be popes in Hell. I hope you will read the above post but to be brief, infallibility refers to the fact that God protects His Church by ensuring that the pope, whenever he teaches on Faith and Morals to the Whole Church will never teach error. God will prevent this. The Pope is not perfectly sinless. Neither is every word from his mouth infallible. He only exercises God’s empowering infallibility when he teaches on faith and morals to the whole church.

Q. God is the only infallible One. He is the same today as he was yesterday, and will remain the same for all of eternity.

A. God is certainly infallible but He is able to produce infallibility in a man to accomplish His purposes. For instance, sacred scripture is all written by men who, we both believe, were used by God to teach infallibly in the written word.

Q. I thank you for such a kind intelligent debate!

A. You are most welcome.


VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Children Of Mary

December 23, 2008

 

The Children of Mary is a semi-contemplative community of Sisters forming in the diocese of Columbus (Ohio) under the guidance of Bishop Frederick Campbell. The Sisters spend time each day in humble adoration of Our Eucharistic King. We chant the Liturgy of the Hours (in English) and attend daily Mass. We serve our neighbor by praying and sacrificing for all of our brothers and sisters throughout the world, begging God to give grace to all to come to love and adore Him in the Most Holy Eucharist. Living simply and prayerfully, we seek ever deeper union with God. Each Sister spends part of each day in community prayer, work, recreation, adoration, and solitude, alone with God, in order to make ourselves available to God for the gift of contemplation, which deepens our love and increases our virtue. After preparation, each Sister consecrates her life to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and makes an act of abandonment to God’s loving, divine Providence.

The Sisters study the Faith so as to grow in love and appreciation for the gift of Faith, and also in order to be able to share the Faith with those who come in search of truth. Gently, humbly, we wish to share with everyone the beauty of the Catholic Faith and the astounding reality that God is with us in the Holy Eucharist. We pray for a greater awareness and appreciation of God’s Presence with us in the Holy Eucharist so that the natural consequences of such understanding – reverence and adoration, will blossom throughout the world.

SEE: http://www.childrenofmary.net/

Children of Mary
8353 Pleasant Chapel Road
Newark, Ohio 43056 USA

Phone: 740-323-1977

E-mail: childrenofmary@juno.com


December 23: Saint Anthony de Saint Anne Galvão

December 23, 2008

Saint Anthony de Saint Anne Galvão, 1739 – 1822


Blessed Pablo Meléndez Gonzalo

December 23, 2008

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Blessed Pablo Meléndez Gonzalo
Valencia, Spain, November 7, 1876 – Castellar, Spain, December 23, 1936

Roman Martyrology: In the land of Valencia in Spain, Gonzalo Meléndez Paul, martyr, that father during the persecution of religion, uniform throughout the example of Christ, for his grace he reached the eternal kingdom.

With the beatification, in the last two decades of almost a thousand martyrs of Spanish Civil War, it can be said that every job category is now officially represented in paradise. Laypeople, with the vast majority coming from the ranks of Catholic Action, are in fact so significantly represented among the hundreds of blessed among bishops, priests and religious, to be able to offer all workers a model and a contemporary protector. This week, for example, we want to bring to the fore a lawyer whose life is exemplary enough to redeem the reputation of dell’Azzeccagarbugli Manzoniana memory, perhaps in the collective entry. How to say that his martyrdom was not improvised, but logical conclusion and worthy culmination of a life fully illuminated by faith. Born on November 7, 1876 in Valencia, son of a Civil Guard commander who left him an orphan at 14. In addition to need, felt obliged, as first among seven brothers and sisters, to take to load the family in the truest sense of the term he would be the babysitter, the accompanist, the companion game, the teacher of all. While not neglecting his schooling, where, in fact, he graduated with honorable mention. Assume that, so intelligent and equipped, he decided to continue his studies at the Faculty of Law at the University of Valencia, graduating with honors and winning, moreover, a special prize as best student of law in all of Spain. Read the rest of this entry »


Scripture Disproves Purgatory?

December 22, 2008


Q . Regarding, 1 Peter 2:5 and “spiritual sacrifice”it is my understanding that this is an act of giving up and offering to God our time and effort in a way that is pleasing to Him. A spiritual sacrifice must be offered in an attitude of obedience, humility, and reverence. These sacrifices need to be acceptable to God THROUGH Christ. Through= something we do in relation to our relationship with Christ. Is that right?

A. Yes it is, absolutely right.

Q. But the verse you quote clearly states that our sacrifices are something we do through Christ. According to the Catholic explanation we are purified through fire and not through Christ.

A. No, you are misunderstanding. All purification is “through Christ” in a universal or global theological sense. But He uses various methods to purify or discipline us. The idea of fire comes directly from sacred scripture:

  1. Matthew 3:11
    “As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

  2. Matthew 3:12
    “His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
  3. Mark 9:49
    “For everyone will be salted with fire.
  4. 1 Corinthians 3:13
    each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.
  5. 1 Corinthians 3:15
    If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
  6. 1 Peter 1:7
    so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
  7. Jude 1:22-24 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh


The above verse we see as a fire of purification for our God is a consuming fire. He will purify us. Fire may be literal or not but it images for us better than anything else how this purification is accomplished. It is not pleasant, fun and easy. The impurities are burned up including many things we cling to and work so hard for in this life.

Q. The tense of the verse is in the present not in the future. If it referenced an event to come, the tense of the verse would also reflect that. “Offer spirtual sacrifices”

A. I am not sure what tense the Greek is in but there is a Greek tense that is present with effects into the future. But it doesn’t really matter because the present tense surely does not render us incapable of offering spiritual sacrifices now and in the future. You see, in Catholic theology, it is NOT that we believe Purgatory is ONLY in the Future. Our purification or Purgatory can begin right now in our lives as we strive to rid ourselves of every sin that clings to us and offer our suffering up to Christ. The concept of Purgatory being in the future is because, after death it is likely that we will still be in need of purification, before we enter into the GLORY AND HOLINESS OF GOD.

Q. But our purification occurs through our relationship with Christ here on earth.

A. Agreed.

Q. Hebrews 10:26-31 “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, THERE NO LONGER REMAINS A SACRIFICE FOR SINS, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will DEVOUR (it doesn’t state purifiy) the adversaries…..

A. “…if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth there no longer remains a sacrifice for sin.”

This verse needs careful interpretation because I don’t think either of us believes that any Christian who commits a willful sin, after he becomes a Christian is damned b/c “THERE NO LONGER REMAINS A SACRIFICE FOR SINS”.

We do believe that if the sinner repents he will be forgiven and restored to life. v. 18

So what is the apostle saying?

That if one has truly received the knowledge of the Gospel but goes on sinning that ONE sacrifice is useless for him.

We KNOW that it cannot possibly mean NO OTHER SACRIFICES EXIST because this would contradict

1 Peter 2:5

you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Q. You said that accepting Jesus as Savior “DOES NOT MAKE YOU HOLY” But please read :

Heb 10:10 And by that will we are sanctified [made holy] through the offering [sacrifice] of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

I believe that God states we ARE in fact made Holy through Christ’s sacrifice.

A. Of course, in one sense we are sanctified, set apart, and made holy because we are now children of God. However, we still are not suddenly transformed into sinless human beings. He could have zapped us and removed our sin nature, our fallen nature, but according to His perfect wisdom He desires that we, with His grace struggle against sin in order to progress in holiness.

  1. Ephesians 6:12
    For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
  2. Hebrews 12:4
    In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.

Now we believe that those who demonstrate heroic virtue, by the power of God and their obedience to Him have attained to a state of holiness in no need of Purgatory. But even the Saints sin venially. But for most of us something is going to need to be done, for most of us after death, in order to perfect us in holiness.

Q. That “something” was already done on the cross by our Lord and Savior Christ. Your use of the words “most of us” implies that some people on earth don’t require purification, but the Bible clearly states that ALL have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God. That term ALL really means everyone. There is no exception, no rank in church office will save a person from the judgement of our Holy God.

A. I beg to differ of course that All have sinned has no exceptions. Please see my post All Have Sinned, Except Mary?

Protestants believe sanctification or holiness is optional but we believe it is required in order to enter into God’s presence.”

Q. You belittle Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary with this sort of theology. Please do not be fooled into thinking that His sacrifice was not enough. This way of thinking is exactly the “trampling underfoot the blood of Christ” that Hebrews 10:26-31 is referring to, and God makes clear that there is horrible judgement that will follow this line of thinking and insulting the Spirit of Grace.

A. I understand that from your perspective it seems like we belittle Christ’s sacrifice because of your theology. But, remember, your understanding of scripture is only 500 years old. But that is just not at all true. In the Catholic Church every single mass, every single day, in every church, in every country around the world we celebrate Christ’s ONE sacrifice on the cross.

And every single Sunday around the world the Catholic Church celebrates His resurrection. And every single Friday we offer some little sacrifice in union with Jesus’ death on the cross on Good Friday. We even have crucifixes in every single Catholic Church. They are REQUIRED to be present and visible at every mass. The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ is the Source and Summit of our faith. If you had any real first-hand understanding of the Catholic Faith you would never have said that we belittle His sacrifice. On the contrary we honor it far more than any other religion.

Q. If you dig deep enough into the realms of “historical Christianity”, you will find the truth.

A. That is exactly what I did nine years ago. And I discovered that the Church that existed, in the first centuries after Jesus, was… lo and behold…Catholic!!!! It was just not Protestant in any way, shape, or form. I dearly wanted it to be. But it was not. So, I had no choice but to enter into the ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC, AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH founded by Jesus Christ Himself.

Q. The truth does not lie within the words and traditions of men, but in the word of God.

A. Amen!


Patrons Needed…

December 22, 2008

It occured to me the other day that for all that I write about the saints  we have not placed this blog under the spiritual patronage of any of our particular friends in heaven. 

I am a fan of martyr confessors, and Saint Joseph will certainly be our primary patron – he did everything I ever aspire to do – loved Our Savior, protected Our Lady & Christ in the womb, saw the Pyramids, died a righteous death, fights spiritually against communism, fights spiritually for workers, protects fathers, Canada, Italy, Korea, Peru, Mexico, Sioux Falls, Lexington and wheelwrights.  What is not to love about the man?  Blessed is he among men.

 

 So many to ask the friendship of…  And under what title we will address Our Lady?  Oh this is no small matter.

Any suggestions?

UPDATE:  Ss. Joseph & Saint Gianna Beretta Molla have been chosen as our first patrons…  Icons have been commissioned.  Who should we add from there?  Certainly, we appreciate all the saintly friendship we can get.


Blessed Thomas Holland

December 22, 2008

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December 22

Roman Martyrology: In London, England, blessed Thomas Holland, a priest of the Society of Jesus and martyr who, sentenced to death under King Charles I for having clandestinely played his ministry, made the hanging with the spirit to God.

Blessed Peter Friedhofen

December 21, 2008

blessed-peter-friedhofen-dec-211Weitersburg, Koblenz, February 25, 1819 – Koblenz, December 21, 1860

A Chimney sweep from the age of 15 years, the orphan Peter Friedhofen and, upon the death of his brother, kept the widow with11 children. Like all the craftsmen getting to Germany. He founded works for the poor and sick. And in 1850 the Brothers of Mercy of Mary Help of Christians. He died in Koblenz in 1860 aged 41.

Roman Martyrology: At Koblenz in Rhineland in Germany, blessed Peter Friedhofen, religious, who was first a chimney sweep, then founded the Congregation of the Brothers of Mercy of Mary Help of Christians, for whom he had to bear with gentleness and serenity of mind ridicule and harassment.

If there is a patron of chimney sweeps, Blessed Peter Friedhofen could certainly be appointed, notwithstanding that he was also a founder of a religious congregation. Read the rest of this entry »


What is still Lacking in Christ’s Affliction?

December 20, 2008


Q. In Col 1:24, “lacking in regards to Christ’s afflictions” references Christ’s limitations on this earth.
Christ had to die for our sins which left his message with the apostles or the saints (body of believers).
A. What you have given is an interpretation of Col 1:24. Let’s take a look at it again.

Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.

I am mystified how you came to the interpretation that “what was ‘lacking in Christ’s afflictions’ refers Christ’s limitations on this earth. What limitations might those be, since He was fully God and fully man? The phrase “Christ’s afflictions” is more appropriately interpreted to mean his suffering and death. I have never heard that it referred to His limitations. Do you have a scripture to support this?

And St. Paul is clearly saying that his (Paul’s) sufferings in his (Paul’s) flesh is somehow filling up or filling to the full what was “still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions for the sake of …the Church.” This verse does not in any way shape or form fit Protestant theology. But it does fit Catholic theology.

Q. Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary wasn’t “lacking”, but his time on earth to complete God’s mission was.

A. But how can “what was lacking in Christ’s afflictions” possibly refer to a lacking of time? Can you support this with scripture?

Q. If you believe, God meant Christ’s death wasn’t enough then you believe, God to be a liar and a hypocrite. For God’s word clearly states that Christ’s sacrifice was enough “once and for all”.

A. I am not saying something was “lacking in Christ’s afflictions”. St. Paul says it. In Scripture. In Infallible Scripture.

Of course, this in no way means that somehow Jesus failed to complete what He came to do. Absolutely NOT. What I am saying is that by the sovreign plan of God, there WAS SOMETHING FOR MAN TO DO TO COMPLETE our perfection to complete the salvation gained for us by Jesus Christ. The Catholic Church teaches that each of us must be perfectly purified before we can come into the presence of God. This purification occurs in our life through our sufferings offered in reparation to Christ in this life and the next for our purification.

We both must interpret this scripture in order to make sense out of it and still glorify Christ. The Catholic interpretation just makes more sense to me.


Blessed Michal Piaszczynski

December 20, 2008

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Lomza, Poland, November 1, 1885 – Sachsenhausen, Germany, December 20, 1940

Blessed Michal Piaszczynski, Polish diocesan priest, was born in Lomza on November 1, 1885 and died in Sachsenhausen, Germany, December 20, 1940. Beatified by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw (Poland) on June 13, 1999 with 107 Polish martyrs.

Roman Martyrology: In the prison camp of Sachsenhausen in Germany, blessed Michal Piaszczynski, priest who, for his Polish origin, was made a martyr in a foreign prison because of his faith, reached between the torments to heavenly glory.

SOURCE: Santi e Beati


Blessed Maria Eva Noiszewska of Providence and Marta Maria Jesus Wolowska, Martyrs

December 19, 2008

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Blessed Maria Eva Noiszewska

of Providence

and

Marta Maria Jesus Wolowska

Martyrs

+ Pietralewicka Góra, Poland, December 19, 1942

Blessed Mary of Providence (in the world Noiszewska Ewa), born in Osaniszki in Lithuania on June 11, 1885 and Blessed Martha and Maria Jesus (in the Casimir Wolowska), born in Lublin in Poland on November 30, 1879, professed religious of the Congregation of Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary, shared martyrdom in faith hate to Pietralewicka Christian Góra at December 19 1942. They were beatified by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw (Poland) on June 13, 1999 with 106 Polish martyrs.

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Roman Martyrology: In the town of Slonim in Poland, Beate Maria Eva Noiszewska of Providence and Maria Marta Wolowsk of Jesus, virgin of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception and martyrs who, during the occupation of Poland in war, were shot for their faith.


How Can You Believe in Purgatory?

December 18, 2008

Q. I believe that you are truly reaching for truth where none lies. Please read the Greek Interlinear translation of Luke 23:42-43 And he said to Jesus “Be reminded of me whenever you may be coming into the kingdom of you’ 43 And He said to him “Amen to you I am saying today with me you shall be in the park (paradise)” Jesus is not a liar and this may simply be some aspect of the bible that we do not understand how, but need to trust that because Jesus said it that it is true.

A. I have a Greek Interlinear. The fact is Jesus and the Thief did NOT go to Heaven on Friday, as many Protestants contend to try to discredit the Catholic Doctrine of Purgatory. However, perhaps they went to the blessed part of Sheol so that Jesus could preach the Gospel to them, on Friday. Or perhaps, it could be read as “Today I tell you, you will be with me in Paradise.” And even if the Thief did go straight to Heaven I have read Catholic Commentary to the effect that his suffering on the cross may have sufficed, to purify his soul.

Q. Hebrews 12:14 asks us to ‘pursue’ peace and holiness.

14. Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord

Are we to aim or pursue after purgatory?

A. No, we are not to pursue Purgatory but pursue holiness in this life in order to avoid Purgatory altogether or lessen our need for purification after this life.

Q. Or does this verse truly mean that we are to live pure and holy lives on earth to the best of our ability?

A. Yes, of course.

Q. Does God not know the hearts of men? Isn’t God able to discern whether we are lover’s of God or the world? We are told by the Bible to strive for holiness. This is an action, something that WE are to DO. Not something that happens to us!

A. Yes God knows us and we are to Do all we can to be holy. But if at the end of our lives we are not bad enough for Hell but not pure enough for Heaven.

CCC 1031 The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned.606 The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire:607

As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.

Q.Once again you quote an action that we need to do.

2 Cor. 7:1 Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.

This is the dedication of ourselves to Christ and living righteously. Hebrews 6:1 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from DEAD works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened…..if they FALL AWAY, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put HIM to an open shame.

A. Agreed, it is something WE must DO after we are saved.

Q. You truly must read the whole text not just one line. This verse is referencing how we LOVE others, and how our Heavenly Father expects us to love others as he has loved us.

Matthew 5:48 “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as you Father in heaven is perfect ”

A. That is your interpretation, but I should think PERFECTION in loving others would in fact be sign of purification from all sin.

Q. Matthew 12:36 references the judgment we will all face for our utterances. It has no reference to purification, but to judgment day.

6 But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.

A. I agree. I used this verse to point out the Jesus’ death does NOT remove all judgment of our souls.

Q. Man must do his part which is to accept Christ as our Savior. Our lives should reflect that relationship which means we do our best to be obedient to God. (don’t; fornicate, get drunk, lie, steal, worship idols, envy, be prideful, etc…..).

A. Absolutely.

Q. God does not expect us to be perfect, but we become worthy of his all sufficient grace by the blood of Jesus.

1 John 1:7-9 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son CLEANSES us from ALL sin…..If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 2:1-2 And if anyone sins, we have an ADVOCATE with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

Hebrews 10:26 For is we sin WILLFULLY after we have received the knowledge of truth, there NO LONGER REMAINS A SACRIFICE FOR SINS. (God is pretty clear about this)

Romans 8: 1 There is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

A. I agree of course with Scripture as does the Catholic Church. You are right, God does not expect us to be perfect in order to access His grace and salvation. But we must be perfect in order to enter into His presence in Heaven.

We INTERPRET these scriptures differently. Protestants generally interpret these all literally (except Hebrews 10:26) to prove the absence of Purgatory but they rarely interpret the Hebrews passage literally because that would mean that ANY sin no matter how small, since they believe all sin is equal, would cause a loss of salvation.

So, just as you do not interpret Hebrews 10:26 LITERALLY we interpret the other passages to be referring to the ETERNAL consequences of sin ONLY and not to the temporal consequences of sin.And we base this on Historical Christianity.

This PROVES to be true since repentance and acceptance of the forgiveness of Jesus DOES NOT magically make all the temporal consequences of sin disappear, like an STD or out of wedlock pregnancy etc. We just cannot see the all the spiritual consequences of sin so easily.

Q. Can you honestly tell me that you believe in the depth of your soul that; our Father in Heaven, the most supreme being of all time, stepped off his thrown to become the lowest of men, a baby, lived a sinless life, suffered as we suffer through trials and tribulations, KNOWINGLY accepted his fate to be ridiculed, spit on, mocked, have the flesh torn from his body, carry his own cross while he is half dead, hung to die a thief’s death, mocked while dying for those laughing at him, and willingly giving up his life so that WE may live, conquered death through the resurrection, fellowshipped with his disciples after his death and ascended to sit at the right hand of the Father. Can you honestly tell me that His sacrifice was not enough? Your answer is either yes or no. If your answer still remains yes, my heart aches for you, and I pray that God will have mercy on you for trampling underfoot the sacrifice of Christ, God’s only Son. God’s word never ever in it’s entirety states that Christ’s sacrifice was not sufficient. The Bible in fact states exactly the opposite.

A. Well,…Yes, because that is what the Christian Church has believed since the time of the disciples. And this verse:

Colossians 1:24 Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what islacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, still for the sake of his body, which is the church.

But, of course, God could have decided to save us in the way the Protestant Churches teach. Christ’s death COULD have sufficed completely, in the way Protestants believe and reject the necessity of absolute, real, material, holiness and perfection and purification…GOD COULD HAVE CHOSEN TO DO IT THAT WAY. And we admit that He certainly could have chosen to let us into Heaven putrid with sin but accept Jesus’ covering. But scripture would have been written very differently then, in that case.

It is not that we trample the scrifice underfoot. We simply submit to what the Church has always taught and believed.

I entered the Catholic Church because I could not find a way to believe that Martin Luther, and John Calvin could possibly have more authority and a more accurate understanding of what the apostles taught after 1500 years had passed than the Early Church Fathers.

I said to myself that I would find out what the Chruch believed in the very earliest centuries. If it was Protestant beliefs I found I would stay Protestant but if it was Catholic, if they believed Catholic doctrines, foreign to what Protestants believed , I would have to seriously consider whether the Catholic Church was in fact the Church founded by Jesus Christ HIMSELF.


Blessed Giulia Nemesia Valle

December 18, 2008

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Blessed Giulia Nemesia Valle

Aosta, June 26, 1847 – Bedworth, December 18, 1916

Giulia was the name chosen by her parents Anselmo Valle and Cristina Dalbar. She was born in Aosta on the June 26, 1847 and was baptised on the same day in the ancient collegiate church of Saint Orso.

She spent the first years of her life within a happy family who rejoiced at the birth of another child – Vincent – and where the parents’ ran a milliner’s shop and a solid commercial activity respectively assured a certain welfare. But her mother died when Giulia was four. The two orphans were thus entrusted first to the care of the paternal relatives in Aosta and later to the maternal ones in Donnas. Here they found a calm environment The school, catechism and the preparation for the sacraments took place at home under the guide of a priest who happened to be a family friend. Read the rest of this entry »


Saint José Manyanet y Vives

December 17, 2008

blessed-jose-manyanet-y-vives-dec-17 Saint José Manyanet y Vives

Tremp (Lleida, Spain) January 7, 1833 – Barcelona (Spain) December 17, 1901

Josep Manyanet was born within a large and Christian family on January 7, 1933 in Northeastern Spain, in the city of Tremp, province of Lleida. He was baptized on the same day at his parish Church of our Lady of Valldeflors, patroness of the city. At a very early age, when he was five years old, he was offered to our Lady by his mother. He had to work to complete his schooling with the Piarist Fathers in Barbastro and at the Seminaries of Lleida and Urgell. He was ordained priest on April 9, 1859.

After twelve years of hard work in the Diocese of Urgell at the service of his bishop as private secretary, librarian of the seminary, administrator of the chancery and secretary for pastoral Visitations, he felt God’s call to become a religious priest and to found two religious congregations. Read the rest of this entry »


Sola Scriptura & Purgatory

December 16, 2008


Q. What scriptures support the Doctrine of Purgatory?

A. You ask for this because you are convinced that the final authority for your beliefs is scripture. And I know you are sincere in this because I was also, when I was a Protestant. But this practice would never have caught on if it had not been invented 1500 years after Christ, after the canonization of the Bible, and also, after the invention of the printing press. Because most people could not even read let alone afford a Bible. See my post on Sola Scriptura.

I want to be very clear about a very fundamental difference between the Protestant Churches and the Catholic Church. Starting in the years after 1517 Protestants began to sit down with Sacred Scripture and REJECT ALL HISTORICAL CHRISTIAN BELIEFS they did not like or that they could not find explicitly in Scripture. They mistakenly believed that they were deriving their new religion OUT OF SCRIPTURE. But this is simply not the case. As can be seen by the following evidence.

“Luther removed seven OT books and five NT books. Not because he found a table of contents in scripture alone but because these books contradicted his new religion.

The Protestants kept the historic Christian doctrines of the Trinity and the Incarnation because they agreed with them and they were hinted at in scripture but not because they were stated clearly and unambiguously in scripture, the way Protestants demand scripture for Purgatory or the Immaculate Conception. As proof of this take the Jehovah’s Witnesses who reject the Trinity and Incarnation on the basis of scripture alone.

Luther and Henry VIII kept the doctrine of the Real Presence in the Eucharist based on their Interpretation of scripture alone but later reformers rejected this Historic Christian Doctrine based on their INTERPRETATION of scripture alone. And so the division of Christ’s Church began in earnest despite:

John 17:20-23“My prayer is …. 21 that all of them may be ONE, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. … I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be ONE as we are ONE: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete UNITY to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

…which Protestants ignore or interpret away despite their proclamation of Sola Scriptura. Once Sacred Scripture was unhinged from Historic Christianity anyone’s interpretation was just as good as anyone else’s. No final authority existed anywhere in Protestantism. So division was unavoidable.

So, regarding Purgatory I cannot give any scripture that categorically teaches the Doctrine of Purgatory that would satisfy a sola scriptura Protestant. I can show you verses that imply the doctrine HERE. I can show you writings of the early Church fathers from before the time when the Bible was canonized HERE or HERE at Catholic Answers. I can show you that the concept, of the need for purification before attaining Heaven, has roots in the Jewish Faith HERE.

If you are able to believe it is possible to sit down 2000 years after the birth of Jesus and read scripture and interpret it infallibly all by yourself, disregarding what Christians believed in the years immediately following the death of the apostles, you have more faith than I do. But, by what authority do you claim infallibility? Or does Luther claim infallibility? Or Calvin? Or any of the Protestant sects?


Blessed Clemente Marchisio, December 16

December 16, 2008

blessed-clemente-marchisio-dec-16Blessed Clemente Marchisio

Ilford, Cuneo, March 1, 1833-Rivalba Torinese, December 16, 1903

Clemente Marchisio was born on March 1, 1833 at Newport. He was an indefatigable priest, first as assistant to change and Vigone, then for 43 years was a parish priest Rivalba Torinese, where he died on December 16, 1903.

Without anything away to the pastoral care of his flock, he founded and directed for 28 years the Institute “Daughters of St. Joseph.”

Roman Martyrology: At Rivalba in Piedmont, blessed Clemente Marchisio, the local parish priest, founded the Institute of the Daughters of St. Joseph.

The earthly life of B. Clemente Marchisio is a clear sign that major projects often arise in the most humble places. From the heart of a simple priest Piedmont’s, pastor of a small hill country, rose a still thriving organization.
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Cardinal Arinze on the Freedom to Kneel, Receive on the Tongue

December 15, 2008

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Chesterton Quote on the Church

December 15, 2008

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It is me or does it seem that Catholic blog comboxes have recently become more civil, thoughtful and sometimes as rich as the OP.

I found this nugget which explains so much so well and felt the urge to share: Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Karl Steeb

December 15, 2008

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Blessed Karl Steeb

Tubingen (Württemberg, Germany), December 18, 1773 – Verona, December 15, 1856

Roman Martyrology: In Verona, blessed Carlo Steeb, a priest, who was born in Tubingen, professed the Catholic faith in Verona, and ordained a priest, founded the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy in support of sorrow, the needy and the sick.

His father was a businessman very well esteemed (he administered the assets of the Duke of Wurttemberg), sent him to Paris at sixteen and at eighteen to Verona to learn and practice. He was a mature and reserved boy, all study and work. He was a fervent Protestant, but was fascinated with the lively Veronese world, with its cultural and religious vitality. He attracted a dialogue with some great figures of priests and laity, and this led him in September 1792, to become Catholic.

Four years later he was ordained a priest, with great bitterness on the part of his family, he was disinherited. (But upon the death of his sister Guglielmina paternal goods passed to him). It was a time of war between Napoleon and Austria: battles of Bassano, of Bishop’s Castle, the Rivoli, and then the uprising of anti-1797 (the “Pasque Veronese”). Verona, already in Venice for 18 years will see alternating dominion of theFrench and the Habsburg Empire. Carlo Steeb lived at this time between infirmaries, hospitals, military and the infectious lepers, as a priest, nurse and interpreter in three languages.

He kept teaching, other work was not paid. His “fixed” is the bed (or straw) of the suffering in war and in peace, among them living as a man of the tip of the Evangelical fellowship of priests and laity Spedalieri, founded in 1796 by Pietro Leonardi, with men and women. He had typhoid and testament ago, but his spiritual director, Father GB Bertolini, warned him: “It’s not your time. The Lord expects something great from you.”

The great thing was born in 1840, in two rooms, and the Institute Sisters of Mercy, dedicated to all suffering and need, born with the impetus and support its economic, and the work of Luisa Veronese Poloni, then Mother Vincenza, of whom he is the confessor. (Confessa throughout Verona, this item from the German thin). From the two rooms, the Institute began a journey that continues into the third millennium, with homes in Europe, Latin America and Africa.

And he, that many called the “father of the sick”, died after seeing the completion of the church in Verona, where his body is buried. Pope Paul VI beatified him in 1975.
Author: Domenico Agassi

SOURCE: Santi e Beati


Inspired Writings After the Close of the Canon

December 14, 2008

Q. Please consider the following verses:

Revelation 22:18-19 “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book: If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book”
Proverbs 30: 5-6 “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”
Isaiah 8:20 “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to THIS word, it is because there is no light in them.”

If you would, please provide me with scriptural evidence in which God states men will come after the completion of the Bible and create other inspired writings.

A. The Catholic Church does not claim that any other inspired writings have been created by men after the close of the canon. So, Protestants and Catholics agree that public revelation ended with the death of the last apostle.

You may mistakenly think that the Catholic Church has added to the scriptures because we believe doctrines that Protestants reject. But what the Catholic Church teaches is the whole deposit of faith just as Paul exhorts us to do in:

2 Thessalonians 2:15 So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.

We adhere to both the oral and the written teachings of Jesus to His apostles. And as St. John says:

John 21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written.

So, we know that there is more than just what got written down. The Catholic Church has the Fullness of the Truth. We have both the Oral and the Written Tradition that St. Paul speaks about.

The reason that the Catholic Church has doctrine that Protestants do not have is not because we have added to the Deposit of Faith, after the Bible was canonized (400 A.D.) but because Protestants have rejected the oral traditions recommended by St. Paul in 2 Thess. that have always and everywhere been believed by historical Christianity.


Blessed Mary Frances Schervier

December 14, 2008

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Blessed Mary Frances Schervier

Aachen, Germany, January 3, 1819-December 14, 1876

Roman Martyrology: At Aachen in Germany, Frances Schervier Blessed Virgin, who long worked in the city caring for the poor, the sick and afflicted and founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Poor St. Francis to meet the needs of the needy.

She was born in Aachen in Germany, Jan 3, 1819, the goddaughter of the Emperor Francis II, then his noble subject. At 13 she was orphaned; her mother Eloisa Migeon, taken from Miss to engage in relief of the poor, teaching them catechism, as they continued in this meritorious work, in an often indifferent, sometimes hostile environment, Frances Schervier spare no fatigue, without fear, she found support in Apostolic enterprise and welfare, in the parish vicar of her father ISTAS.

After withdrawing at Liege in Belgium, Oct 3, 1845, together with five companions she formeda welfare group in Aachen, which was opportune, because of an epidemic of cholera and smallpox raging in the city.

She must give a canonical form to the nascent institution, so she wrote a rule that is affiliated with the Franciscan spirituality, under the protection of s. Francis with the primary purpose of charity, poverty and works of mercy for the poor.

The new congregation, which took the name of ‘Sisters of the Poor of s. Francis’, was approved by Pope s. Pius X in 1908; meanwhile October 12, 1850, Mary Frances and her sisters, issued their religious vows, but their institution spreading rapidly; already in 1858 had been founded a house in the American State of Ohio, while in others areas of assistance they saw the sisters committed during the wars of 1864, 1866 and 1870 devoted to health care in military hospitals and then to the recovery of youth traviata.

Mother Mary Frances Schervier died on December 14 ,1876 in Aachen, about 58 years, because of her reputation and fame of her holy life, the clergy urged the city to begin the cause for her beatification on February 28, 1928.

In 1970, the congregation had 121 Properties in Germany and the United States with approximately 1700 sisters, Mother Schervier was beatified on April 28, 1974 by Pope Paul VI.

SOURCE: Santi e Beati


December 13: Blessed Maria Maddalena della Passione

December 13, 2008

Blessed Maria Maddalena della Passione

Blessed Maria Maddalena della Passione, 1845-1921 Read the rest of this entry »


Neruda’s Socks: Only a Catholic Could Write Like He Did

December 13, 2008

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The Catholic imagination is sacramental.  That is, the Catholic is poised to see the supernatural working through the natural.  The world is shot through with God’s grace and every simple moment is an occasion of his presence.

I give you Neruda’s socks:

“Ode to My Socks” by Pablo Neruda
(translated by Robert Bly)

Mara Mori brought me
a pair of socks
which she knitted herself
with her sheepherder’s hands,
two socks as soft as rabbits.
I slipped my feet into them
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Blessed Antonio Grassi

December 13, 2008

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Blessed Antonio Grassi

Fermo, Ascoli Piceno, November 13, 15-20December 13, 1671

Roman Martyrology: In Fermo in Italy, blessed Antonio Grassi, a priest of the Congregation dell’Oratorio, peaceful and humble man, who by his example prompted many brothers strongly with the rule.

Antonio Grassi was born into a distinguished family of Fermo (Ascoli Piceno) on November 13, 1592. His childhood was simple and religious studies at the curate of St. Peter, attending the church of S. Spirit of the Fathers of the Oratory. Soon embodied the spirit Filipino and entered the congregation on October 11, 1609. The Oratorio di Fermo, one of the oldest, was born in 1586, while S. Filippo Blacks was still alive (he died nine years later). On December 17, 1617, citizens in the Cathedral, Bishop Alessandro Strozzi ordered the priest. Mansueto and smiling, Father Antonio was distinguished by his catechetical commitment, especially in preparing children to receive the sacraments, and charity toward the sick and imprisoned. He spent many hours in the confessional, saying that the main task of the priest was sympathy, help and consolation.

In 1625, he went on a pilgrimage to Rome to gain indulgences of the Jubilee: he visited many churches and places of the Founder. His mysticism gained the admiration of all. In 1635 he was elected Superior Filippini of his city, a position he held until his death.

He had an exceptional charisma and all, nobles and common people, saw in him a father. In those years, in March, were born several Oratorian houses. In one of these, a Monte S. Right, instantly healed the knee of a woman, Giacoma Pupilli. Outstanding was his mission to “pacere, many rivalries that could set off between individuals as among the lowly. Quest’apostolato was so providential that the governor had put his portrait in the Palace City. Father of the poor, his charity was exaggerated. In a year of exceptional famine, he donated to the needy even their blankets, and his coat; he held out his hand to ask for alms and then distributed them to others. His generosity became proverbial and different stories have been told: Father Antonio Raccamadoro saw some copper coins in his hands turned into silver coins, in the Conservatory of Orfane wine multiplied in abundance. At night he visited those who were ashamed to seek his help. To the brothers, who sometimes blamed him for his excessive generosity, he said that Providence would not ever miss anything, for alms reduced to a minimum the expenditures of the house.

Truly, the Virgin Mary, was his annual pilgrimage, as long as he could walk, the Santa Casa di Loreto. Here was an actor of exceptional, struck by lightning but remaining unharmed while his clothes were burned, on September 4, 1621. Every Saturday went into the church of S. Maria a Mare to celebrate the Holy Mass, helping to revive the sanctuary that was almost abandoned.

His reputation for holiness arrived in Rome, earning the esteem of the pope and brothers. Among others Cardinal Colloredo, shortly after his death, began the process of beatification. Blessed Antonio predicted his ascent to heaven four years before it happened. Spiritually also attended by the Archbishop of Fermo, that during the days dell’agonia not moved away from his bedside, his last at 22, December 13, 1671. Legends of his holiness spread immediately throughout Italy and in Germany, many graces and miracles were attributed to him. During the Holy Year 1900, September 30, Pope Leo XIII beatified him. His body is kept in an artistic glass urn, under the high table of the Church of Carmine di Fermo. The monastery where he lived all his life as a priest for fifty-five years, is now the headquarters of the tribunal.
Author: Daniele Bolognini

SOURCE: Santi e Beati


Farewell Avery Cardinal Dulles, stalwart defender of the faith

December 13, 2008

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It is a sad day.  Cardinal Dulles, the only Catholic convert among his leading American family, he was a formidable pioneer of Catholic orthodoxy through an era of theological and liturgical chaos.  Among his Jesuit confreres, he was an unflinching defender of the faith in every way the spirit of the age challenged her.  Read the rest of this entry »


The Thief on the Cross Did NOT Go to Purgatory!

December 12, 2008


Sarah: Regarding the idea of the “reparation for the temporal consequences of sin” please see Isaiah 53. I would suggest you read the whole chapter, but I will emphasize verse 5 “By his wounds we are healed”. The term “healed” cured: freed from illness or injury.

BFHU: But, Sarah, the reality is that we are NOT truly healed because we still sin. If everything was healed, cured, completed in the life of a Christian as soon as they believe in Christ and repent of sin, then why are there so many verses in the NT that urge us to increase in holiness?

Hebrews 12:14 Pursue peace with all men, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

Matthew 12:36 But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.

Matthew 5:48 Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

2 Corinthians 7:1 Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.

Philippians 3:12-15 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

I could go on. In all of God’s activity in Scripture He does His part but He always requires Man to do the part God gives to him.

  • God gave Adam and Eve all they needed but they were required to NOT eat from one tree.
  • God promised to rescue Noah and family but Noah had to build an ark.
  • God promised to free the Israelites from slavery but they had to observe the Passover.
  • God promised to give the Israelites the Promised Land but they had to go into battle.

If we must pursue that holiness without which no one will see God, something IS STILL NEEDED–complete holiness, perfection, purification. We both know about sanctification but most Protestants are taught it is optional for salvation and for entering into the presence of God. Catholics, take these verses, along with hundreds of other verses, to be holy as He is holy, literally. So, we are supposed to strive for holiness in this life, and what is not accomplished for our purification in this life, will be completed in Purgatory. The rejection of the need for purification can be supported only if we concentrate on certain verses. But, it doesn’t hold up if one tries to reconcile it with all of scripture.

SARAH: Another verse; Luke 23:43TODAY YOU WILL BE WITH ME IN PARADISE” Jesus does not go on to say after a couple hundred years of purification. JESUS states, “today”. Is Jesus capable of lying? misquoting the truth? Or is the son of God simply mistaken?

BFHU:I understand why you ask these questions. You are convinced that your interpretation of these verses leaves no other possibility than to believe that Jesus was a liar or at least not omniscient if Catholic theology is accepted. But, there are some other possibilities, after all. First of all, Jesus did not go to Heaven that very Friday as we find out when Jesus tells Mary Magdalene, on Sunday, that He has not ascended to the Father yet. Therefore, Jesus and the thief did not go directly to Heaven on Friday. The possibility is that the Greek should be read: “I tell you today, you will be with Me in Paradise” rather than “I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise”. There are no commas in the Greek. Both are legitimate interpretations but the second one doesn’t line up with scripture.


Pray For This Man

December 12, 2008

I don’t know what he is going through, but he is suffering a great deal and needs your prayers.


Blessed Pius Ludwik Bartosik

December 12, 2008

blessed-pius-ludwik-bartosik-dec-121Blessed Pius Ludwik Bartosik

Kokanin, August 21, 1909-Auschwitz, December 12, 1941

Roman martyrology: Next to Krakow in Poland, Blessed Pius Bartosik, a priest of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual and martyr who, during the occupation of Poland by a foreign regime hostile to God, prostrated by torture carried out his martyrdom for Christ in the extermination camp of Auschwitz.

Ludwik was born on August 21 1909 at Kokanin, firstborn of Wojciech, a shoemaker, and Wiktoria Tomczyk. His family was very poor, but thanks to many efforts and with the help of friends and the pastor of the place, the boy received a good intellectual preparation so that he could begin his studies at the gymnasium below Tadeusz Kosciuszko Kalisz. In 1926 he was therefore accepted the Order of Friars Minor Conventual, where he began his novitiate Sept 7 at Kalwaria Paclawska and then Pagiewniki. On September 8, 1927 he made his first religious vows and was given the name Pius. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Pilar Villalonga Villalba

December 11, 2008

blessed-pilar-villalonga-villalba-dec-11Servant of God  Pilar de Villalonga Villalba. Soltera. Sus labores

Valencia, Burjassot January 22, 1891-December 11, 1936
Member of Catholic Action

How Long Has Intercesssion of the Saints Been In Place?

December 10, 2008

Q. Does anyone know how long this Catholic practice has been in place and why it was instituted? To be honest, it seems to me that the information I have come across to support it is flimsy at best.

A. It has been around from the very earliest centuries of Christianity. This practice was taken for granted long before the Bible was canonized.

Clement of Alexandria

“In this way is he [the true Christian] always pure for prayer. He also prays in the society of angels, as being already of angelic rank, and he is never out of their holy keeping; and though he pray alone, he has the choir of the saints standing with him [in prayer]” (Miscellanies 7:12 [A.D. 208]).

Origen

But not the high priest [Christ] alone prays for those who pray sincerely, but also the angels . . . as also the souls of the saints who have already fallen asleep” (Prayer 11 [A.D. 233]).

Cyprian of Carthage

“Let us remember one another in concord and unanimity. Let us on both sides [of death] always pray for one another. Let us relieve burdens and afflictions by mutual love, that if one of us, by the swiftness of divine condescension, shall go hence first, our love may continue in the presence of the Lord, and our prayers for our brethren and sisters not cease in the presence of the Father’s mercy” (Letters 56[60]:5 [A.D. 253]).

Anonymous

Atticus, sleep in peace, secure in your safety, and pray anxiously for our sins” (funerary inscription near St. Sabina’s in Rome [A.D. 300]).

Pray for your parents, Matronata Matrona. She lived one year, fifty-two days” (ibid.).
Mother of God, [listen to] my petitions; do not disregard us in adversity, but rescue us from danger” (Rylands Papyrus 3 [A.D. 350]).

“Therefore, we pray [ask] you, the most excellent among women, who glories in the confidence of your maternal honors, that you would unceasingly keep us in remembrance. O holy Mother of God, remember us, I say, who make our boast in you, and who in august hymns celebrate the memory, which will ever live, and never fade away”(Oration on Simeon and Anna 14 [A.D. 305])

Cyril of Jerusalem

“Then [during the Eucharistic prayer] we make mention also of those who have already fallen asleep: first, the patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, that through their prayers and supplications God would receive our petition . . . ” (Catechetical Lectures 23:9 [A.D. 350]).

Hilary of Poitiers

“To those who wish to stand [in God’s grace], neither the guardianship of saints nor the defenses of angels are wanting” (Commentary on the Psalms 124:5:6 [A.D. 365]).

Ephraim the Syrian

“You victorious martyrs who endured torments gladly for the sake of the God and Savior, you who have boldness of speech toward the Lord himself, you saints, intercede for us who are timid and sinful men, full of sloth, that the grace of Christ may come upon us, and enlighten the hearts of all of us so that we may love him” (Commentary on Mark [A.D. 370]).

The Liturgy of St. Basil

By the command of your only-begotten Son we communicate with the memory of your saints . . . by whose prayers and supplications have mercy upon us all, and deliver us for the sake of your holy name” (Liturgy of St. Basil [A.D. 373]).

Gregory of Nazianz

May you [Cyprian] look down from above propitiously upon us, and guide our word and life; and shepherd this sacred flock . . . gladden the Holy Trinity, before which you stand” (Orations 17[24] [A.D. 380]).

“Yes, I am well assured that [my father’s] intercession is of more avail now than was his instruction in former days, since he is closer to God, now that he has shaken off his bodily fetters, and freed his mind from the clay that obscured it, and holds conversation naked with the nakedness of the prime and purest mind . . . ”

Gregory of Nyssa

“[Ephraim], you who are standing at the divine altar [in heaven] . . . bear us all in remembrance, petitioning for us the remission of sins, and the fruition of an everlasting kingdom” (Sermon on Ephraim the Syrian [A.D. 380]).

John Chrysostom

“He that wears the purple [i.e., a royal man] . . . stands begging of the saints to be his patrons with God, and he that wears a diadem begs the tentmaker [Paul] and the fisherman [Peter] as patrons, even though they be dead” (Homilies on Second Corinthians 26 [A.D. 392]).

Jerome

“You (Vigilantius) say in your book that while we live we are able to pray for each other, but afterwards when we have died, the prayer of no person for another can be heard. . . . But if the apostles and martyrs while still in the body can pray for others, at a time when they ought still be solicitous about themselves, how much more will they do so after their crowns, victories, and triumphs?” (Against Vigilantius 6 [A.D. 406]).

Augustine

“A Christian people celebrates together in religious solemnity the memorials of the martyrs, both to encourage their being imitated and so that it can share in their merits and be aided by their prayers” (Against Faustus the Manichean [A.D. 400]).

“There is an ecclesiastical discipline, as the faithful know, when the names of the martyrs are read aloud in that place at the altar of God, where prayer is not offered for them. Prayer, however, is offered for the dead who are remembered. For it is wrong to pray for a martyr, to whose prayers we ought ourselves be commended” (Sermons 159:1 [A.D. 411]).

“At the Lord’s table we do not commemorate martyrs in the same way that we do others who rest in peace so as to pray for them, but rather that they may pray for us that we may follow in their footsteps” (Homilies on John 84 [A.D. 416]).

From these quotes I hope you can see this practice is very ancient. These comments, except for Jerome’s, speak of the intercession of the Saints matter of factly, indicating its universal acceptance.

The lack of recommendation of this practice in scripture does not prove anything since in John 21:25 the Saint tells us that if all that Jesus did and said were written down the world could not contain the books. This is why the Catholic Church is not restricted only to the written WORD but also accepts what has been passed down to us in the oral WORD.


Blessed Gonzalo Viñes Masip

December 10, 2008

blessed-gonzalo-vines-masip-dec-10Siervo Gonzalo de Dios Viñes Masip, Canónigo Colegiata de la de Xàtiva, Xàtiva, January 19, 1883 – Valles, December 10, 1936

Diocesan Priest of the Archdiocese of Valencia. Died at 53.

Beatified by John Paul II as one of the 232 companions of JOSÉ APARICIO SANZ, PRESBÍTERO, martyr of the Spanish Civil War.

Source: Vatican


VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Third Order Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate

December 9, 2008

The Third Order Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate is an offshoot of the Franciscans Tertiaries of the Immaculate founded by Fr. Stefano Manelli, FI. They are totally dedicated to Our Lady sealed by the Marian vow of total consecration to the Immaculate, after the recent example of St. Maximilian Kolbe. They live a penitential life of prayer in community; have made private vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

 

Starting the day with Morning Prayer, the Sisters go out to work in a variety of church related occupations centered in the parish. They also make and sell rosaries, rosary bracelets, and a variety of craft items to help support the FI missions. Spiritually united with the other Sisters, each sister prays the Angelus, Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and other community prayers. Living a life of love and joy in the Immaculate, the Sisters seek to make Our lady known and loved and to bring all to Christ through the Immaculate. Coming together for meals, the Sisters are spiritually renewed with readings from a variety of pious works.

The Sisters live in community, wear a traditional habit, and are in total conformity with the church magisterium. Under the guidance of the FI priests, the Sisters share the same charism and spirituality as the FI missionary friars and Sisters, and also evangelize through mission appeals to support the FI missions. The formation program consists of aspirancy, postulancy, novitiate, and profession. The Sisters accept candidates beginning with the age of 18, as well as delayed vocations. They have one retreat Sunday a month, make a variety of novenas during the year, pray the Stations of the Cross, Franciscan crown and have choir practice as well as other spiritual exercises throughout the month.

After coming together for evening prayer, the Sisters enjoy each other’s company at recreation. Closing the day with night prayers, the Sisters retire after singing a hymn to Our Lady enclosing themselves under her mantle with the knowledge that they have brought joy and solace to mission lands through their prayer and support of Our Lady’s missionaries.

If you are interested of knowing more about these sisters, please write or contact:

Franciscan Tertiary Sisters of the Immaculate
E-Mail: maryqueenofapostles@cox.net
Telephone (401) 725-8417

SOURCE: http://www.marymediatrix.com/religious-life/franciscan-tertiary-sisters-of-the-immaculate/

NOTE TO READERS: If you have any suggestions for orders or communities you feel should be highlighted for TCB’s “Vocations Tuesday” please Contact us! @ ASimpleSinner@gmail.com!

 


In Memorium: Servant Of God Archbishop Fulton J Sheen

December 9, 2008


His last Good Friday reflection, 1979, Saint Agnest Church, NYC.

With Pope John Paul II


All Have Sinned Except Mary?

December 8, 2008

Q. So, despite the fact that scripture says, “All have sinned” Catholics reject that scripture and say instead, “All have sinned, except Mary?”

A. Not exactly. We would say “All have sinned except Jesus and Mary.” If Christians accept the fact that Jesus was sinless and that He was fully Human then the statement “All have sinned” has at least one exception that all Christians agree upon. Therefore, if there is one exception (Jesus) then why can there not be another exception? Mary. There are examples in Scripture of seeming absolutes, such as all, no one or every, that just do not mean ABSOLUTELY all, no one or every, with NO EXCEPTIONS.

For instance”

John 3:32 He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony.

Here is John the Baptist talking about Jesus. Is it true that no one receives his testimony? Of course not. This is a hyperbolic use of “no one”. John accepted His testimony and we know the apostles and many others accepted it.

Mark 14:53-64 states “all” the Sanhedrin assembled for Christ’s trial, that the “whole council” sought for testimony against Him and they “all condemned him to death.”

But we know there were exceptions to the “whole” and the “all,” such as Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea. Again, this verbiage indicates a majority of the Sanhedrin or all of its members who were actually in attendance at the trial—but not literally every single person who composed this Jewish council.

Romans 3:10-11 None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands, no one seeks for God.

In its immediate context, we see Paul is reproving Jews who thought mere physical lineage from Abraham ensured their place in God’s family by quoting from Psalm 14:1. But when we look to all of Sacred Scripture, we find Paul’s use of “no one” in his argument could not possibly mean every single human being, or Scripture would be contradicting itself!

Exceptions to the “none” and “no one” in Romans 3 are God’s faithful people as revealed by numerous OT passages. These state some certainly did obey the command to “seek for God.” They are even called “the righteous” in several places, including this exact same Psalm in verse 5! Thus, even the phrase, “none is righteous,” has scriptural exceptions, meaning neither the “none” nor the “no one” of Romans 3:10-11 should be interpreted as encompassing absolutely every single person.

Thus, “all have sinned” in Romans 3:23 does not have to mean every single human being who has ever lived has sinned. Even Martin Luther believed in the Immaculate Conception of Mary long before it was officially defined as a dogma of the Church. See what Luther said HERE.

It is also interesting that even though the Eastern Orthodox Churches broke away from the Roman Catholic Church in the 11th century, they have always and continue to teach Mary’s lifelong sinlessness. This fact adds to the credibility and antiquity of this Catholic doctrine.

If you question this doctrine you really have to ask yourself:

Could God have created Mary without a sin nature?”

Of course He could.

“Theoretically, could Mary, without the defect of original sin have resisted the temptation to sin throughout her whole life with the grace of God?”

Of course.

But is this historically accurate? Well, all existing Christian Churches hold the Immaculate Conception to be true up to and including the reformer, Martin Luther. So WHO and by WHAT authority did this belief get thrown out?


Blessed José Maria Zabal Blasco

December 8, 2008

blessed-jose-maria-zabal-blasco-dec-8Blessed José Maria Zabal Blasco

Valencia, Spain, March 19, 1898 – Picadero de Paterna, Spain, Dec 8, 1936

Roman Martyrology: In the village of Picadero Paterna in Valencia in Spain, blessed Giuseppe Maria Zabala Blasco, martyr, that father during the persecution against the faith won with strength in Christ the torments of martyrdom.

José María Zabala Blasco, the lay faithful, was born in Valencia on March 19 ,1898. At twelve years was orphan of his father and was hired as an apprentice in the study of Pablo Meléndez Ponzalo and then between the management staff in railways. On May 3, 1925 he married Catalina Cerdá Palop, and had three children, who had a Christian education. A man of great faith and piety, José María joined Catholic Action and was a member of a Catholic union, where he was distinguished in defending workers’ rights.

At the outbreak of civil war and fierce religious persecution that crossed Spain, José María Blasco Zabala was captured in the first days of November 1936 and was martyred on December 8, 1936, Sollen Conception of Mary, at Picadero de Paterna, near Valencia.

Pope John Paul II on 11 March 2001 raised to the honors of the altars far 233 victims of that persecution, such as this beautiful figure of secular, worker and father of the family.

Source:
Parish Archive

Source: Santi e Beati


Saint Maria Giuseppa Rossello

December 7, 2008

saint-maria-giuseppa-rossello-dec-7Saint Maria Giuseppa Rossello

Axminster (Savona), May 27, 1811 – Savona, December 7, 1880

She was born in 1811 in Savona and since she was little was known for love and devotion. She never had a doll, not only because it was a very expensive toy but also because her living dolls were the popular children of the neighborhood. Iscrittasi between tertiary Franciscan, worked, at two noble two spouses. But she refused to be taken in exchange for the parents that renounce asked to take the veil. She received the prize for her generosity when the bishop of Savona accepted her and tasked her to work with poor and abandoned youth. Around 1837 she formed a group of girls who opened two popular female schools. Three years later came the Institute of the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy, which Sister Rossello led for over forty years. Soon the congregation spread to Italy and Africa where it mainly taught enslaved children. She died on December 7, 1880 in Savona. She was canonized by Pope Pius XII on June 12,1949.

Source: Santi e Beati


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