Jesus & Apostles Never Quoted from the “Apocrypha”.

March 31, 2009

Jesus & Apostles Never Quoted from the “Apocrypha”.

Q. Do you know that neither Jesus Christ nor the N.T. writers ever quoted anything from the apocrypha?

A. Let us examine the scriptures to see if this is so. First let’s look at the Book of Wisdom 2:12-21 and compare it to Matthew 27:41-44.

Wisdom 2:12Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us; he sets himself against our doings, Reproaches us for transgressions of the law and charges us with violations of our training.

13 He professes to have knowledge of God and styles himself a child of the LORD.14 To us he is the censure of our thoughts; merely to see him is a hardship for us, 15 Because his life is not like other men’s, and different are his ways.16He judges us debased; he holds aloof from our paths as from things impure. He calls blest the destiny of the just and boasts that God is his Father.

17 Let us see whether his words be true; let us find out what will happen to him. 18 With revilement and torture let us put him to the test that we may have proof of his gentleness and try his patience. For if the just one be the son of God, he will defend him and deliver him from the hand of his foes. 19 With revilement and torture let us put him to the test that we may have proof of his gentleness and try his patience. 20Let us condemn him to a shameful death; for according to his own words, God will take care of him.” 21 These were their thoughts, but they erred; for their wickedness blinded them,

Matthew 27:41 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. 42“He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ” 44In the same way the robbers who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

This passage in the Book of Wisdom may have been one of the major reasons the Jews removed it from their scriptures.

And compare Wisdom 13: 1 & 5 with Romans 1:19-20

Wisdom 13:1 For all men were by nature foolish who were in ignorance of God, and who from the good things seen did not succeed in knowing him who is, and from studying the works did not discern the artisan; … For from the greatness and the beauty of created things their original author, by analogy, is seen.

Romans 1:19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

Compare Wisdom 12:24-25 with Romans 1:24-25

Wisdom 12:24-25 For they went far astray in the paths of error, taking for gods the worthless and disgusting among beasts, deceived like senseless infants.Therefore as though upon unreasoning children, you sent your judgment on them as a mockery;
Romans 1:24-25 24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

Another comparison:

Sirach 27:6 The fruit of a tree shows the care it has had; so too does a man’s speech disclose the bent of his mind.

Mathew 7:17-20 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

The New Testament quotes Wisdom 51 times… here are just some of them, exposed in the further commentaries:

– Wis.2:13,18…Mat.27:42-43... for if the righteous man is God’s son, he will help him, and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries.
– Wis.3:13-14…Mat.19:10-12, 1Cor.7:34… Blessed is the barren womanBlessed also is the eunuchA special kind of just: The virgin and the eunuch.
– Wis.4:1-2…1Cor.7:38,34…
Better than this is childlessness with virtue
– Wis.5:18-20… Eph.6:13-18… The Armor of God
– Wis.7:26… Heb.1:3 For Wisdom is a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God, and an image of his goodness.
– Wis.
9:1Jn.1:1-3, Col.1:15:20The Hymn of the Word of John 1: O God of my fathers and Lord of mercy, who hast made all things by thy Word,
– Wis.9:10-11…John 16:13For Wisdom knows and understands all things, and she will guide me wisely in my actions and guard me with her glory.
– Wis.12:1-11…Heb.12… For thy immortal spirit is in all things
Wis.13:1-10Romans 1 The ungodly are inexcusable and foolish and miserable, like in Romans 1:20-23: For all men who were ignorant of God were foolish by nature; and they were unable from the good things that are seen to know him who exists, nor did they recognize the craftsman while paying heed to his worksnot even they are to be excused but miserable
– Wis.18:14-15…Night of Christmas… For while gentle silence enveloped all things, and night in its swift course was now half gone, thy all-powerful word leaped from heaven, from the royal throne, into the midst of the land that was doomed, a stern warrior..

-Book of the Wisdom of Solomon

For a look at why the hermenutic of Quotation=Canonicity proves too much please see this post Canon of Scripture

Blessed Bonaventure da Forli, March 31

March 31, 2009

blessed-bonaventure-of-forli-march-31 Blessed Bonaventure Tornielli from Forlì, Priest
March 31
Forlì, 1411 – Udine, 31 March 1491

Bonaventura Tornielli or Forlì, an was apostolic preacher at the time of Pope Sixtus IV. The proclamation of the Word of God through the human word was his main activity, which insisted especially on the subject of penance. He was born in 1411 in the capital of Romagna and at 37, in 1448, joined the Servants of Mary (which was then the vicar) and was a valente biblista. Despite amasse silence and contemplation was an exceptional speaker. Put to good use his gift, animating missions throughout Italy. He did until his death, at age eightyn in Udine – where he preached for Lent – March 31, 1491. Pius X confirmed his cult in 1911.

Roman Martyrology: At Udine, Blessed Bonaventure of Forlì, a priest of the Servite Order, which preached repentance to the people in various regions of Italy, and died as an octogenarian; his intent was to preach a Lenten service.

Bonaventure was born in Forlì in 1410, probably to the noble family Tornielli, even though this story appears in the ancient biographies only from the mid-seventeenth century.

He heard the call to religious life, and, a great devotee of Our Lady, he entered the convent of the Servants of Mary in his city. His intellectual skills were considerable and in 1448 he was sent to Venice for further studies. For six years study was his principal occupation; he gained the title of master in theology. “Small and thin and haggard in person, but most eloquent science,” says an old record, he then started extraordinary preaching activities, entrusted to the inspired Paul. He gathered in different cities a wide audience, and recommended frequency for the sacraments and charity toward the sick and needy. Despite his appearance and content that was certainly not light and sometimes courageous homilies, he instilled confidence and sympathy, so as to be nicknamed “between painter.” Perhaps for this reason his message was more incisive, urging penance on the faithful who flocked to hear him. Among his famous sermons was one that took place before the Senate of the Venetian Republic, on March 25, 1468 (and 1482) and that of 1488 at the Basilica of St. Marco. Also memorable were his sermons in the cathedral in Florence, at the request of the Senate of the city, and the SS. Annunziata in 1481. Important missions in Bologna and Perugia especially that of 1476, during a terrible plague. Founded in 1487 in Brescia Sant’Alessandro to the Society of SS. Annunziata.

Fruitful was the work of the Blessed in the Order. Prosecutor in 1482, had acquired the convent of Piobbico (Urbino) and in Forlimpopoli. On May 31, 1483, while he was prior of San Marcello in Rome, Pope Sixtus IV gave him the option to withdraw to a hermitage with six companions while retaining the post of apostolic preaching, which enabled him to travel throughout Italy. He loved personal prayer and contemplation, which is often Montesenario retired, on the steps of the Seven Holy Founders, and Montegranaro. It was however important the task that covered the Order and expectations by sacrificing his solo aspirations. He participated, as Provincial of Romagna, the chapter Vetralla of 1485, being invested in the home office to bring the congregation to greater compliance with the Rule. As Vicar General of the Friars dell’Osservanza, the reform movement born in the Order, he was always attentive to remedy the ill-feeling that arose between the brothers. That was acquired in the convent of S. Mary Paradise Clusone (Bergamo). In 1488 he was speaker in the famous Chapter of Bologna, but, in addition to words, was his example to be uplifting: usually refrained from meat and wine, walking barefoot, in any weather.

The indefatigable elder brother accused taken ill during a Lenten preaching in Udine, in the convent of S. Maria delle Grazie. He died on Holy Thursday March 31, 1491, at about eighty years of age. Spontaneous worship around his person was born and a few miracles took place and were recorded by notaries. The faithful kept as relics even the hair of his beard. In order not to contravene the rules church had not yet confirmed the cult, was ordered the killing of the first tomb, somewhat greater than the amount due. In 1507 in Venice to Udine, Lieutenant Andrea Loredan, was blessed by a miracle and two years later, in his return home he wanted to carry the body. It was placed high in the sacristy of the church of the Servi in which was celebrated especially on Holy Thursday. During the Napoleonic suppression in 1810, the brothers had to leave the monastery and the relics were first brought into the private home of a brother, then in the church of Sts Ermagora and Fortunato, in 1908 in the church of Sacred Heart, already Abbazia della Misericordia, and finally, in 1971, returned permanently in the shrine of the Graces of Udine.

The cult “ab immemorial” was confirmed on 6 September 1911 by St. Pius X with the liturgical feast on March 31. Among the ancient pictorial depictions of the Blessed Bonaventura is worth mentioning that the church of the Servants of Orvieto.

Author: Daniele Bolognini

Source: Santi e Beati

Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition Equal

March 30, 2009

Q. The quote I am posting below proves that the R.C. church teaches equality between scripture and the catechism.

The Documents of Vatican II

Hence there exist a close connection and communication between Sacred tradition and sacred Scripture. For
both of them, flowing from the same divine wellspring, in a certain way merge into a Unity and tend toward the
same end. For sacred Scripture is theWord of God inasmuch as it is consigned to writing under the inspiration
of the divine Spirit. To the successors of the apostles, sacred tradition hands on in its full purity God’s word,
which was Entrusted to the apostles by Christ the Lord and the Holy Spirit . . . Consequently, it is not from
sacred Scripture alone That the Church draws her certainty about everything which has Been revealed.
Therefore both sacred tradition and sacred Scripture are to be accepted and venerated with the same sense of
Devotion and reverence. Sacred tradition and sacred Scripture form one sacred deposit of the word of God,
which is committed to the church (p.117).

The Question and Answer Catholic Catechism

59. Where do we find the truths revealed by God?
We find the truths revealed by God in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition.

60. How does Sacred Scripture compare with Sacred Tradition?
Both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition are the inspired word of God, and both are forms of divine
revelation. Sacred Scripture is divinely inspired writing, whereas Sacred Tradition is the unwritten word of
inspired persons.

89. Why is Sacred Tradition of equal authority with the Bible?
The Bible and Sacred Tradition are of equal authority because they are equally the word of God’ both derive
from the inspired vision of the ancient prophets, and especially from the infinite wisdom of God incarnate who
gave to the apostles what he came down on earth to teach, through them, to all of mankind.

A. I do not deny that they are of equal authority. But, many imagine that because of the equality of Scripture and Tradition, Catholic doctrine could be almost anything. And that the Catholic Church therefore, ends up with all kinds of Doctrines diametrically opposed to Sacred Scripture. But that is NOT how it works. The beliefs of the the Church existed FIRST. Scripture and the Teaching of the Apostles or Sacred Tradition are cited to support these doctrines.

Jesus—>Christian Faith—> Authentic Apostolic Teaching—>Oral and Written =Tradition and Scripture

And I can assure you NOTHING that the Church believes contradicts one thing in Sacred Scripture.

It is the BELIEFS of Protestants and their INTERPRETATION of scripture that contradicts Catholic Doctrine.

The reason for this is that both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition were DERIVED out of the FAITH and the CHURCH founded by Jesus Christ. So, the Bible does not contradict Catholic Doctrine and Catholic Doctrine does not contradict the Bible.

The only thing that contradicts Catholic Doctrine are Protestant Doctrines derived from various interpretations of Sacred Scripture 1500-2000 years after they were written.

Q. How do you relate John 21:25 to oral teachings?

A. John 21:25

Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

The reason for citing this verse is to point out that Jesus did and said many, many things that did not get written down in John’s Gospel or even the rest of the NT. For instance, all that Jesus explained to the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Now Protestants will just say “We don’t need anything more than what was canonized.” But Catholics would disagree saying that the fullness of the Faith did not get written into the Canon of Scripture. Nothing in scripture says Scripture is enough. Therefore, this passage in John shows that there is nothing wrong with accepting unwritten teachings of the apostles which we call TRADITION. Traditions of men is something completely different. And St. Paul even exhorts the Thessalonians to hold firmly to what he taught them, both written and ORAL.

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.

Q. What about 2 Thess. 2:15? Remember scripture backs scripture.

A. I agree.

Q. Oral traditions get lost over time, but the written word of God has withstood time and persecution.

A. I would have to say the same thing about the Catholic Faith. Where in scripture does it teach that oral traditions get lost over time? I would contend that the Oral teachings of the Church were eventually written down and God has by HIS power protected and preserved the TRUTH within the One,Holy,Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

Q. How can you possibly follow “oral” traditions handed down over 2000 years ago?

A. I believe that God protected the purity of the Faith handed on by word of mouth just as St. Paul taught in Scripture. You believe in the inspiration of the Old Testament don’t you? Moses wrote down the first five books of the OT. The events he recorded were thousands of years before his time. We both believe that God safeguarded the truth to Moses several thousand years later. While on the other hand Sacred Tradition began to be written down within one hundred years after Christ’s resurrection. We reject any and all writings, no matter how old they are if they do not align with scripture and the Faith as always believed and taught. I am sure you believe God could have done this. The question you must decide is, “Did He?”

When Did Catholics Add Books to the Bible? « The Black Cordelias

March 30, 2009

When Did Catholics Add Books to the Bible? « The Black Cordelias
Revisited… (NOTE TO ADMIN, reset date to republish!)

Holy Martyrs of Constantinople, March 30

March 30, 2009

holymartyrsofconstantinople-mar-30 Holy Martyrs of Constantinople

March 30

Roman Martyrology: Commemoration of many holy martyrs, in Constantinople, at the time of Constantius, by order of the bishop Aryan Macedonio, were sent into exile or tortured with unprecedented kinds of torture for refusing to abjure the orthodox faith.

Source: Santi e Beati, Catholic Online

Blessed Emmanuele de Alburqurque, March 29

March 29, 2009

blessed-emanuele-de-alburquerque-mar-29Blessed Emmanuel de Alburquerque, Knight of Mercedario
March 29
XIII Century

Knight of Mercedario layman, Blessed Emmanuel de Alburquerque, was born into one of the most illustrious families of Portugal. He was distinguished for charity and the virtues of life and honorably accepted the appointment of the Redeemer. Sailing to Africa, in 1289, on a mission of redemption, he was surprised by a great storm in which the wreck was inevitable, when he saw the sky Brains de Santa Maria, which he always called, who commanded the winds and the sea and immediately calms them. Arriving safely in Morocco, freed 126 slaves from the cruel oppression of Muslims. Full merits of the saints died in the peace of the Lord in Spain under General de San Pietro Amer.

The Order celebrates him on March 29.

Source: Santi e Beati

Roast and Eat Jesus???

March 28, 2009

Q. Jesus talked in many parables during his ministry. I do not think that Jesus wanted the disciples to tie him up and roast Him over a fire so they could literally eat him or drink his blood.

A. I had to smile when I saw this and not for the reason many might think. But several years before I was received into the Catholic Church I was calling and talking to people at local denominations. I had heard good things about a Lutheran Church in town. So I called and got to speak to the pastor. I asked questions and his answers were very good. Since I had already visited the church I had picked up a brochure about what they believed. So, I asked about their belief that Jesus was present in communion. After he affirmed this belief I asked, “How can you believe that. If Jesus had meant for us to take Him literally then why didn’t He just cut off His arm and pass it around?”

For you Catholic readers you are probably aghast right now by the irreverence of both the questioner and me. Now I will admit to a bit (a lot) of condescension on my part when I asked my question but I meant no disrespect and I suspect neither does the inquirer. It is an honest question.

FACT: Jesus took bread, blessed it, and said, “Take, Eat, THIS IS MY BODY”

FACT: Jesus took the cup, blessed it and said, “Take, Drink, THIS IS MY BLOOD”

FACT: Cannibalism was just as repulsive to the ancient Jews as it is to us today. They understood Jesus to be speaking literally. That is why many of them left Him at this time.

FACT: Drinking blood was prohibited by the OT Law

So, WHAT DID JESUS MEAN? He meant that he would take on the appearance of bread and wine to spiritually nourish His children for their perilous journey to Heaven. This fulfilled many Old Testament events and sacrifices. The God of the Universe further humbles Himself by becoming a perpetual sacrifice for sin.




  • Perfect Lamb slain for sin on Day of Attonement—>Lamb of God slain to attone for all sin
  • Sin offering eaten—>Body and Blood of the Lamb of God eaten
  • Passover lamb eaten to escape Angel of Death—>Christ is our Passover Lamb whoever eats will live forever I Cor. 5:7
  • Blood of Lamb on the doorposts –>Cup of wine is the blood of Jesus.
  • Blood put on the doorpost with a branch of hyssop—>Jesus on the cross offered wine on a branch of hyssop
  • Water of Nile turned to blood—>Jesus turns water into wine–>Eucharistic cup of wine become blood of Christ
  • The Bread of the Presence, kept in the holy of holies—>We keep the Presence of Christ under the appearance of bread The NEW Bread of the Presence, in our tabernacles in every Catholic Church.

By becoming present under the appearance of Bread and Wine in communion, Jesus fulfilled all of the OT types while at the same time keeping the OT Law against drinking blood.