Thursday, September 29, 2016

Why are you Catholic?

This is what I believe too.. so why am I Catholic???
Hopefully because you know that the Catholic Church is the true Church of Jesus Christ, which He established on this earth:
Scripture says that the Church teaches the Wisdom of God: 

Ephesians 3:10 
To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 

Is God's Wisdom infallible? I say yes. 

Is there really any need to say more? I don't think so. But there is more. 

Scripture says that the Church is the pillar and ground of the truth: 
1 Timothy 3:15 
But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 

God is here saying that the Church always upholds the truth. I believe God. Therefore, I conclude that the Church is infallible. 

Scripture says: 
Matthew 16:18 
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 

Here the Church is depicted as keeping hell in a state of seige. And further it is said that hell will never prevail against the Church. If the Church committed errors in the mission given her by God, then the gates of hell would have prevailed. 

God says that won't happen. I believe God. Therefore, I conclude that the Church is infallible. 

But is this the Catholic Church?

I believe the Church described in Scripture is the Catholic Church, yes.

First, Jesus Christ appointed a Pastor as head of the entire Church: 
John 21:17 
He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 

I see only a few Churches with such a Pastor. Further, Jesus Christ said that the Pastor over His Church would be infallible: 

Matthew 16:17-19 (King James Version) 
17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 

The list of Churches accept this teaching gets smaller. Certainly, all Protestant denominations can now be eliminated. 

Jesus Christ not only said that the Pastor was infallible but Scripture describes the Church as infallible: 
Ephesians 3:10 
To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 

The list remains the same, but now I can certainly eliminate all Protestant denominations. 

Back to Matt 16:18, Scripture says that Jesus Christ established one Church. History shows that all the Churches sprang from the Church which is frequently described as the Mother Church. The Catholic Church. 

By simple logic of elimination, that leaves only the Catholic Church. Further, the Catholic Church can produce records tracing back to Apostolic times. 

Therefore, I conclude that it is the Catholic Church which is described in Scripture. 

....not trying to be facetious either.
Its a commonly asked question. The advantage of a Catholic and an Orthodox over every other non-Sacramental religion, is the Sacraments.

In the Sacraments, we are washed in the living water of the Holy Spirit and become children of God. Those Christians who deny the Sacraments must await the Final Judgment before they can walk with the Saints in heaven. Whereas, Sacramental Christians walk upon Mt. Sion, right now, in this life.


De Maria

Thursday, September 22, 2016

If we are not justified in Baptism...Then Christ died in vain.

Re: If we are not justified in Baptism...Then Christ died in vain.


Protestants generally believe that works flow from a life of faith.
Some, but the majority with which I've spoken say that works flow from salvation.

Faith must be their first. It is faith in Christ that leads to someone doing good works.
That is Catholic Teaching.

Works are a sign of faith. "Faith without works is dead." If someone claims to have faith, but has no works, then their faith is suspect.

Rather than "faith and works," I think most Protestants would say living faith evidenced by works.
That is not my experience. Most Protestants with which I've spoken, and I've been speaking to them for nearly twenty years now, say that they are justified by faith alone.


De Maria

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The God given Bible has 73 books

De Maria October 27, 2012 at 1:41 AM
John said:
All we have and were given by God through the apostiles were the 66 books of the bible.
Actually, the Bible consists of 73 books. God has given you a spiritual message in the number of the books in your canon.
Six is the number of imperfection and evil. That is why the number of the Beast is 666. That is also why the number of your canon has 66 books. God is telling you that your Bible is incomplete.
Whereas in Scripture the number 7 is the number which signifies covenant and the number 3 is the number which signifies God. The Catholic, 73 book Bible is the Covenant with God.
The catholics added their pound of baloney including the pope, Matt 16:18-19mary, Luke 1:2848pergatory,1 Cor 3:15holy water, Num 5:17mass, Heb 10:25-31etc. The protestants reformed what they felt necessary based on the bible,
In contradiction of the Bible. Take for instance the doctrine of faith alone. It directly contradicts Scripture:
James 2:24
King James Version (KJV)
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
and came up with many different loafs of their baloney. I believe you are correct in criticizing the flawed use of the sinners prayer.
I agree with that statement.
The truth exists in the bible.
True. And the Bible says the following about the Church:
1 Timothy 3:15
King James Version (KJV)
15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
Ephesians 3:10
King James Version (KJV)
10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
Jesus died for the elect. 
Christ died for all mankind:
Romans 5:6-8
King James Version (KJV)
6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
His sacrifice washed away and washes away our sin.
His Sacrament of Baptism does that:
Acts 22:16
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
If His Sacrifice washed away all sin, then even the wicked would be saved. But that is not the case.
Jesus is our ( the truly saved) mercy seat.
God’s righteousness is imputed to us.
Where is that in Scripture? Those who have proven themselves righteous by keeping the Commandments are judged or accounted righteous by God. His Grace is then infused upon the righteous man.
His holy spirit guides us and sanctifies us.
If we but listen.
His blood covers our sin.
If we repent.
The only clue we have of our redemption is our changed heart, that seeks to honor his stated will and glorifies his name.
And the works which are the result of our faith.
Work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Until called home to heaven, wrestle with our old man and repent when we fall short.
And approach the font of grace with confidence, the Sacrament of penance by which the Baptized receive the grace of forgiveness for the sins of which they have repented.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Let them debate!

As you know, I've been praying that third parties will  participate in the Presidential debates this year.  I feel like the Democrats and Republicans have made poor choices this year for our Presidential candidates and I believe we should be informed about who else is out there in order that we can pick the best person for the job.  To that end, please sign this petition:

It is a request that the Libertarian Ticket be permitted to participate in the debates.  They are the closest to the 15% requirement and the only ones registered in all 50 states.  

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Don’t neglect to do the good works which God commands.

Discussing and debating religion is not as important as keeping God's Commandments.  In essence, they amount to claims of faith.  In other words, everything is important.  But the most important thing, is to keep God's commandments.

1 Corinthians 7:19
Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.
Galatians 5:6
For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
Faith which works by love is the equivalent of keeping the Commandments:

John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

And it is they who will be saved:

Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
In my opinion, the most important thing to God is that we keep His Commandments. Those Christians who keep His Commandments will be saved in this life by virtue of the Sacraments and in the age to come by virtue of the righteous judgement of God.
Those non-Catholics who keep His Commandments will be saved in the age to come by virtue of the righteous judgement of God.
Those who do not keep His Commandments will not be saved. For God, actions speak louder than words. Speaking and teaching is great, but don’t neglect to do the other good works which God commands.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

The difference between prayer, worship and Liturgy

There is very little difference between the words "prayer" and "worship". But they do not mean exactly the same thing.
The basic difference in this day and age, is that worship is only directed to God but prayer can be directed to either God or the Saints.
So, what is prayer?
Let us begin by studying about the word, "prayer", what it means today and what it used to mean long ago.
To pray is to communicate with God or the Saints, our faith, our love, and our wants. So, we can say that prayer is communication.
Prayer today is basically considered an act of faith in God. An act of worship. A Catholic and Protestant can agree upon this. But, for some strange reason, Protestants tend to give a word one meaning and deny the fact that most words have multiple meanings. Therefore they deny the fact that prayer has another very important definition, and it is still seen in books which are written in the ancient language. One of those is the King James Bible:
Luke 14:18
And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
Notice that in this verse, the word "pray" is used in the sense of petition, beseeching or begging. And this is the other sense which the Church recognizes in the word, "prayer".
Therefore, today, there are at least three religious senses to the word "pray".
1. We can pray to God in the sense of praise, worship or adoration.
2. We can pray to God in the sense of petition or request.
3. This one requires a bit of further explanation. As we have seen, a prayer or request can be addressed to anyone, God or man. In the Old Testament, prayer was addressed to God and man. But prayer was not addressed to the dead, faithful or not.
However, there is a New Dispensation in the New Testament. Jesus has shown us that those who die in the state of grace are counted amongst the living:
John 11:26
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die….
To prove this, Jesus spoke to Moses and Elijah on the top of the mountain:
Matthew 17
King James Version (KJV)
1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, 2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
And Scripture tells us that all the Baptized are now on top of that mountain with the Saints:
Hebrews 12:21-24
King James Version (KJV)
21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) 22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
And so, in the New Testament era, we can make prayers of praise and petition to the Saints who went before us to the heavenly Kingdom.
We do not worship them, but we do acknowledge the love of God towards them as we do towards all our fellow men.
So what is worship?
In our explanation of the word "prayer", we used the word "worship" a couple of times already. Like prayer, worship has a meaning which is universally accepted and another which is no longer used frequently, an archaic sense.
To worship is to acknowledge and praise God's authority and power over us. In today's world, worship is only directed to God.
However, worship was not always exclusively directed to God. We can see this in the ancient text of the King James Bible where Joshua worships the angel:
Joshua 5:14
And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my Lord unto his servant?
However, Joshua was merely showing reverence for an authoritative figure. In older times, in America and Britain, Kings and Judges were referred to as "your worship". Because of the recognition of their authority and power.
archaic honor given to someone in recognition of their merit.
[as title] (His/Your Worship) chiefly British used in addressing or referring to an important or high-ranking person, especially a magistrate or mayor:
we were soon joined by His Worship the Mayor
Today, we no longer use the word, worship, to describe the honor we give anyone but God. Instead we use the words reverence, honor and veneration.
I'm sure you've noticed that prayer and worship have much in common. They are almost synonymous when it comes to prayer directed to God. Prayer directed to God is the worship of God. Because any prayer directed to God acknowledges and praises His power and authority over our lives.
Indirectly, prayer directed to the Saints is the worship of God because in doing so, we also acknowledge the great thing which God has done through that Saint. Much like when we praise a painting. When we praise a painting we indirectly praise the painter who made the painting. When we praise a Saint and acknowledge the holiness of the Saint, we indirectly acknowledge the God who made the Saint.
Liturgy is the work of man. It is frequently called the Mass. It is the public gathering of the people of God to acknowledge God's authority and power over our lives. Therefore, worship is the main purpose of the Liturgy. However, the Liturgy includes every form of prayer we can offer to God. Praise, glory, honor, thanksgiving, petition, sacrifice, etc. It also includes rites and rituals which were commanded by God that we should do in remembrance of His Son.
Many people think that private prayer and worship are all that is necessary and that Liturgy is optional. But that is far wrong. It is clearly explained in Scripture that God takes great offense with those who do not honor Him in the Liturgy on the appointed day:
Hebrews 10:25-31
King James Version (KJV)
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Heavenly Liturgy
What is the heavenly Liturgy? Scripture reveals that the saints and angels in heaven are always praying to God. Therefore, we are taught that all our prayers on earth are linked to the prayers of the angels in heaven.
This is especially true in the Mass. Where we believe that we, humans on earth, join the whole cohort of heaven in proclaiming God's glory. This is why the Church recommends that we pray continually in order that we may always be united to the Mass and to the heavenly Liturgy of the saints and angels.
With that in mind, through the centuries the Church has given us many tools in order to encourage us to pray continually.
and many, many other devotions are taught by and supported by the Church. We should take advantage of these and to the yearnings in our heart in order to always remain united to God, wherever we may be.
I hope this helps. Let me know if there is anything which needs clarifying. See also New Dispensation and Prayer for the dead.