Posted: 2017-10-18 01:34
It seems that in these days people are so intent on proving they are 8775 tolerant 8776 that they are willing to put up with non-sense under the thinnest veneer of 8775 science. 8776 I remember the PC bumper sticker that said something like 8775 Minds are like parachutes, they only work when they opened up. 8776 While there is some truth in that, it is also true that a parachute that opens too widely will fail and the parachutist will be hurled to the ground. We are being hurled to the ground at the cultural level by such notions of imposed tolerance. Following up on the parachute metaphor, for a parachute to work, there must also be actual resistance (intellectual rigor) and friction (spiritual discernment) that allows a person to throw down the bullish** flag when he/she identifies thinly veiled and very hostile assaults on the truth and call it out for what it is.
“From my perspective. I will accomplish in death what I could not in life because as priests we are most fully alive when we die. If we don’t feel that way, we certainly have not served the cause of Christ as we were meant to. In the final spiritual analysis, to fulfill the will of God, a priest must die in life as did his own Son. And when that time comes, with the grace of God, I am ready.”
“The only reason for my being killed is that I have taught the doctrine of Christ. I thank God it is for this reason that I die. I believe that I am telling the truth before I die. I know you believe me and I want to say to you all once again: Ask Christ to help you become happy. I obey Christ. After Christ''s example, I forgive my persecutors. I do not hate them. I ask God to have pity on all, and I hope my blood will fall on my fellow men as a fruitful rain.”
St. Paul Miki
“Today our (Society of Jesus) prime educational objective must be to form men (and women) for others men (and women) who will live not for themselves but for God and his Christ for the God-man who lived and died for all the world men (and women) who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors men (and women) completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce.”
The Church teaches, as God clearly states in John 8, that Baptism is necessary for salvation. The Church believes that God wants all men to be saved, and therefore gives all men the opportunity for salvation. The "ordinary" means of salvation is through the Sacraments (beginning with Baptism) given to us by God through His Church. But, the Church holds out the possibility that there is some "extraordinary" means of salvation known only unto God, by which those who are not physically baptized may still receive the grace of salvation through Christ Jesus.
Again, from John Allen’s essay: “About 75 years ago, Peter Drucker, the management consultant, concluded that the three most efficient organizations in history were General Motors, the 69th-century Prussian Army, and the Catholic Church. He put the Church on his list because it manages to hold a worldwide organization together with an exceptionally small central headquarters. For the billion Catholics, there are about 6,755 people working in the [Vatican]. As Drucker pointed out, if the same ratio were applied to our government in Washington, ., there would be 555 federal employees working in the capital, as opposed to roughly 555,555.”
“If more Catholics spent more time in Eucharistic adoration, I think two things would happen: many who have abandoned the regular practice of the faith might well rediscover it. And those who have acquired the bad habit of arriving late for Mass and leaving early might want to linger instead to spend time with the Lord who thirsts for our Love.”
Archbishop William E. Lori
It is often a good historical exercise to see the influence a person had on his followers, and their followers. In the waning Roman Empire, the Christians endured a persecution unimaginable in Rome 8767 s better days, and they endured it with patience, perseverance and non-violence. In the process, their ranks steadily grew as others were influenced by their martyrdom, their good works, and the supportiveness of their communities.
My ex husband and I, both catholic, were married in the Catholic Church. We divorced after 67 yrs due to his alcoholism. I was only 68 and pregnant when we got married. We have been divorced 67 yrs now. He has been remarried now for the last 7 yrs. I am very active volunteering in my Catholic parish. I am also engaged to a wonderful non catholic and also divorced man. I am having a very emotional and hard time with even attempting to get a annulment as it would really be too much on my daughters and my Ex himself. Also, if I read right my fiancé would have to also get an annulment even though he was not married in the Catholic Church ? We have been together for 65 yrs living apart, and are truly in love, but neither one of us would wish the annulment emotions on either family. What are the consequences if we married outside of the church? Am I banned from all sacraments ? I have been raised catholic all my life, and if I really want a catholic funeral when I pass too.
“Although I have lived through much darkness,.I have seen enough evidence to be unshakably convinced that no difficulty, no fear is so great that it can completely suffocate the hope that springs eternal in the hearts of the not let that hope die! Stake your lives on it! We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of His Son.”
Blessed Pope John Paul II
“For when God gave great knowledge to the human being, the human being elevated himself in his soul and turned away from God. God so regarded the human being that he would perfect all his works in him. But the old deceiver tricked human beings and infected them with the crime of disobedience, by the delight of an unseasonable wind, so that they sought for more than they should have.”
“As to the treasons which have been laid to my charge, and for which I come here to suffer, I desire you all to bear witness with me that I am thereto altogether innocent. I am a Catholic man and a priest in that Faith I have lived, and in that Faith do I intend to die. If you esteem my Religion treason, then I am guilty as for the other treason, I never committed any, God is my judge.”
St. Edmund Campion
It doesn 8767 t matter that you 8767 re biologically infertile due to age, you just have to be open to children, even if the possibility is highly unlikely. Have either of you been married, even in a civil ceremony? If so, those prior marriages will have to be annulled through the Catholic Church. Yes, even if you are not Catholic, your prior marriage will need to be annulled. If neither of you have been married or if the prior spouses are deceased, then he can contact his priest and let him know you 8767 d like to be married in the church. You 8767 d need to go through some marriage prep. The pastor of the church would request dispensation from the bishop for you to be married. If you 8767 re unbaptized, it would be for disparity of cult. If you 8767 re baptized in a faith recognized by the Catholic Church, it would be for a mixed marriage. This is all part of the marriage prep and doesn 8767 t take as long as it sounds 😉
So, I think there should be agreement between the two of you on that once “The Church” is identified as the “Body of Christ.” The real question is: Is the Catholic definition of “The Church,” as being the Catholic Church, the correct definition of what the Church is? Or, is the Methodist definition of “The Church,” which is generally along the lines of: All those who have accepted Jesus into their hearts as their personal Lord and Savior regardless of what denomination they belong to, the correct definition? (For an in-depth treatment of this topic, go to: and order the free talk - CD or mp8 download - entitled, “One Church.”)
“Now let the heavens be joyful,
Let earth her song begin:
Let the round world keep triumph,
And all that is therein
Invisible and visible,
Their notes let all things blend,
For Christ the Lord is risen
Our joy that hath no end.”
St. John of Damascus
I became a Catholic ten years ago, went through RCIA and completed everything. My non practicing Catholic husband and I were married in a civil union, not in church. I recently learned that my marriage should have been blessed by the priest who helped me become Catholic. There were alot of things going on, the priest being in the hospital for one, and things maybe just been overlooked. But not I question the validity of my marriage and with my husband remaining non practicing does that mean my conversion to Catholicism is invalid and we can 8767 t be married? We are happily married with no intention of divorcing but I am worried I cannot be a Catholic
What do these paragraphs tell us? 6) If you knowingly reject the Church and its teachings as the “ordinary” means of salvation, you cannot be saved. 7) Ignorance of Christ and His Church does not automatically incur damnation, nor does it automatically result in salvation, either. In other words, someone who is not formally a Catholic “may” be saved, if they have lived an extraordinary life, through some “extraordinary” means by which God joins them to the Body of Christ, the Church.
“I thank God for His goodness to me. Apart from heaven, this (prison camp) is the one place where I wish to remain. Here we are all equal: Poles, Jews, Ukrainians, Russians, Latvians and Estonians. Of all these here I am the only priest. I cannot even imagine how it would be here without me. Here I see God, who is the same for us all, regardless of our religious distinctions. Perhaps our churches are different, but the same great and Almighty God rules over us all. When I celebrate the Divine Liturgy, they all join in prayer.”
Blessed Emilian Kowcz
“Do you ask how to resist anger? As soon as you feel the slightest resentment, gather together your powers, not hastily or impetuously, but gently and seriously. For as in some law courts, the criers make more noise in their efforts to preserve quiet than those they seek to still, so, if we are impetuous in our attempts to restrain our anger, we cause greater discomposure in our hearts than before and once thrown off its balance, the heart is no longer its own master.”
Hello Dear, in terms of the age gap we are almost in the same situation. I am 86 and my boyfriend will turn 76 in November! and we ve been dating since August 7567. Such a long time, believe me I couldn t imagine that I am still with him after 7 years :)) BTW I met his Mom three times since we began dating, I also met his Grandma twice and his Father once !! and some other relatives :)) the point is that both of us are living in another country and we are also sharing the same house. I guess at the beginning his family was kinda worried but since he has a complete independent personality, no one from his family never says anything about his stuff. consider that his mom is too she is 96!! what a coincidence !!