Jesus Did NOT Ask the Saints to Pray for HIM

January 30, 2009

 

Q. If Jesus, who is our ultimate example of how to live a holy life, NEVER asked a saint to pray for Him, why would we, as Christians, be encouraged to do so? In fact, no holy person of the Bible is mentioned to have done this?

A. This is true, however, I can’t think of a time He ever asked anyone to pray for Him. So we can’t take this to mean we should therefore never pray for one another. Especially since James specifically tells us to pray for one another. We do know that Jesus would go off and pray all night at times. What we do not know is what He actually said. And we know that all that Jesus said and did is not written down in scripture or else the whole world could not contain the books as as John says in his gospel. Jn 21:25

If you haven’t already read it you might want to see my post, “Why do Catholics pray to Mary?”


Blessed Bronislaw Markiewicz, January 30

January 30, 2009

blessed-bronislaw-markiewicz-jan-30Bronislaw Markiewicz

Pruchnik, Poland, July 13, 1842-Pawlikowice, January 29, 1912

He was the sixth of the eleven children of John Markiewicz, City Mayor, and Marianna Gryziecka, was born on the 13th of July 1842 in Pruchnik, Poland, in the present day Archdiocese of Przemyśl dei Latini. In his family home, he received a solid religious formation. Nonetheless, during his secondary studies in Przemyśl he experienced a certain wavering in the faith due, in large part, to the strong anti-religious atmosphere which dominated the school. However, he succeeded in overcoming this in a relatively short period, once again finding peace and serenity. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Boleslava Maria Lament, January 29

January 29, 2009

blessed-boleslava-maria-lament-jan-29 Blessed Boleslava Maria Lament

Lowicz, Poland, July 3, 1862 – Bialystok, Poland, January 29, 1946

Blessed Mary Boleslava Polish Lament, virgin, grasping the signs of the times, founded the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Family, to promote Christian unity, to help and the last to form Christian female youth.

Roman Martyrology: In the city of Bialystok in Poland, Blessed Mary Boleslava Lament, virgin, in the midst of political upheaval founded the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Family to promote Christian unity, help the poor and train the girls to Christian life.
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Pray for Mor Gabriel, the oldest Christian Monastery

January 29, 2009

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Mor Gabriel is under fire from Turkish Muslims who want its land. Their current excuse is proselytizm; this, in a country that wants to join the European Union but doesn’t feel the need to allow religious freedom.

I’m praying for the intercession of St. Michael the Archangel.


Why Do You Refer to Christians as “Protestants”?

January 28, 2009


Q. I consider myself a Christian but you seem to refer to non Catholics as Protestants. Why?

A. Well, because Christian refers to followers of Jesus Christ. There are three major groups of Christians:

  1. Catholic Christians-Founded by Jesus Christ
  2. Eastern Orthodox Christians-Break away the result of schism 1000’s
  3. Protestant Christians-Break away the result of the Luther’s Reformation 1500’s

All Christians have the majority of their beliefs in common with each other. But, of course, there are differences. The differences between Catholics and Orthodox are very few. The primary difference would be that the Orthodox Churches reject the Primacy of the authority of the Pope.

All the various denominations of churches resulting from protests against the Catholic Church in the 1500’s are called Protestants. At first there were Lutherans, then Presbyterians and Baptists. These have continued to split and multiply, until today there are over 40,000 different denominations born of the Protestant Reformation. Although Catholics and Protestant share many of their beliefs in common they have many more differences between them than between Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox Churches. Most Protestant denominations have carried forward the traditions begun by Luther, Calvin, and Henry VIII in opposition to Catholic doctrine. For this reason, it is easier, when addressing these difference to speak about Protestant beliefs rather than Anglican, Baptist, Presbyterian, or Calvary Chapel, etc. beliefs.


Blessed Julien Maunoir, January 28

January 28, 2009

blessed-julien-maunoir-jan-28 Blessed Julien Maunoir

Saint-George de Reintembault, France, October 1, 1606 – Plévin, France, January 28, 1683

Patronage: Brittany

Roman Martyrology:  In the village of Plévin in Brittany in France, Blessed Julien Maunoir, priest of the Society of Jesus, that both in towns and villages as in cities of this province to forty-two years he devoted himself entirely to the missions to the people.

Blessed Julien Maunoir is considered the ‘apostle of Brittany’, the historical region of France, for the extraordinary work missionary who played well for forty-two years. Born on October 1, 1606 in Saint-George de Reintembault fifth of seven children of a small trader of fabrics. The venerable Le Nobletz Michele (1577-1652), a popular missionary mysteriously learned of her birth and that in him God had prepared a help and a successor. Julien’s first teachers were his parents, usually happy to share with the poor the proceeds of their work. The favorite game of Julien was to bring together the partners, siding two by two in order of procession, and to repeat their prayers and songs learned in church. A priest of the parish, noting his attitude, uncommon in his peers, taught the him the basics of Latin and allowed him to attend a college of Rennes, the Jesuits between 1620 and 1625. Julien did not let himself be influenced by bad company and persuaded some of the companions of Mary congregation to burn the books perverse, not to attend the inns and to moderate the passion for the game. Hearing of businesses Jesuit missionary in China, Japan, America, and the thought that many souls are lost for lack of apostles, he meditated finally enter into the religious life. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis-Matulevičius, January 27

January 27, 2009

blessed-jurgis-matulaitis-matulevicius-jan-27Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis-Matulevičius

Lugine (Lithuania), April 13, 1871 – Kaunas, January 27, 1927

Roman Martyrology: At Kaunas in Lithuania, Blessed Jurgis Matulewicz, Bishop of Vilnius and then apostolic nuncio in Lithuania, founder of the Congregation of Marian Clerics and the Congregation of the Poor Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis or Matulewicz was a fine weaver of fate in the small Church of Lithuania, in a historical period where Lithuania experienced membership in Poland, Russia and even independence.

Jurgis was born in the village Matulaitis Lithuanian Lugine April 13, 1971, the last of the eight children of Andrew and Ursula Matulaitis. At age ten he was orphaned of both parents and his older brother John became his guardian. After after elementary school he was put to work in the countryside. In 18 years, in 1889, he followed the brother John Matulewicz to Poland, where the family name changed from Matulaitis in Matulewicz.

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