My take on it….28 January, 2013

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IS GOD A CATHOLIC?!?!?!?

NOPE. Not ONE sect of Christianity has single claim to God. His word, given to us through The Bible, says NO WHERE in it that God is EXCLUSIVELY ANY RELIGION.

Why is that? Because God IS the Religion!

I see people slinging around their dogma, and rhetoric, and using a pretty big brush to slam another person’s faith with it.

If you wish to be a TRUE Christian, all you need is found inside The Bible. There is no need (if you do not wish to) to go to ANY specific Church and become “one of them”.

Jesus says: “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.

Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” -Matthew 6:5-8

If we were to be TRUE Christians, we would adhere to GOD’S law and NOT “Doctrine” made up by man. Jesus outlines SPECIFICALLY what it entails to be a “person of faith” in John 11:25-26 “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

So…DO the churches have power over your soul?? Nope…not a one does….

But JESUS does…and His Father GOD does…but not a church….what happens if you DO NOT go to a church?? NOTHING. Not one blessed thing….whom do you think has more control over a soul than GOD HIMSELF???? NO ONE.

Jesus says why in John 11:40 we can ALL get into heaven REGARDLESS of what “church” we attend… -“Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

BELIEF…..that is all it takes….not doctrine, not rhetoric, not dogma…BELIEF….FAITH…

HOW DO YOU KNOW I speak the truth~?? Well…if I am wrong, then I will find out when I appear before the Throne, and NOT before.

Faith…that is all it takes…faith as small as a mustard seed…that is what it takes to be a Christian…

“He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” -Matthew 17:20

So do not worry what church you go to, or what THEY say is law (for their laws were made by MAN…and I do not follow MAN’S LAW…I follow GOD’S LAW) for God Himself set down the laws you should follow…you can find them easily located in His Word….

But then again…that is just MY take on it….

SAINT OF THE DAY: 28 JANUARY, 2013

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Saint Peter Nolasco
Founder
(1189-1256)

In the early thirteenth century the Moors still held much of Spain, and in sudden raids from the sea they carried off thousands of Christians, holding them as slaves in Granada and in their citadels along the African coast.

A hero of these unfortunates was Saint Peter Nolasco, born about the year 1189 near Carcassonne in France. When he went to Barcelona to escape the heresy then rampant in southern France, he consecrated the fortune he had inherited to the redemption of the captives taken on the seas by the Saracens. He was obsessed with the thought of their suffering, and desired to sell his own person to deliver his brethren and take their chains upon himself. God made it known to him how agreeable that desire was to Him.

Because of these large sums of money he expended, Peter became penniless. He was without resources and powerless, when the Blessed Virgin appeared to him and said to him: Find for Me other men like yourself, an army of brave, generous, unselfish men, and send them into the lands where the children of the Faith are suffering.

Peter went at once to Saint Raymond of Pennafort, his confessor, who had had a similar revelation and used his influence with King James I of Aragon and with Berengarius, Archbishop of Barcelona, to obtain approbation and support for the new community.

On August 10, 1218, Peter and two companions were received as the first members of the Order of Our Lady of Ransom, dedicated to the recovery of Christian captives. To the three traditional vows of religion, its members joined a fourth, that of delivering their own persons to the overlords, if necessary, to ransom Christians.

The Order spread rapidly. Peter and his comrades traveled throughout Christian Spain, recruiting new members and collecting funds to purchase the captives.

Then they began negotiations with the slave-owners.

They penetrated Andalusia, crossed the sea to Tunis and Morocco, and brought home cargo after cargo of Christians.

Although Peter, as General of the Order, was occupied with its organization and administration, he made two trips to Africa where, besides liberating captives, he converted many Moors.

He died after a long illness on Christmas night of 1256; he was canonized by Pope Urban VIII in 1628.

His Order continues its religious services, now devoted to preaching and hospital service.

READING OF THE DAY: 28 JANUARY, 2013

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“The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said of Jesus, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “By the prince of demons he drives out demons.”

Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables, “How can Satan drive out Satan?

If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.

And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand; that is the end of him.

But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property unless he first ties up the strong man.

Then he can plunder his house.

Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be forgiven them.

But whoever blasphemes against the holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin.”

For they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.” -Mark 3:22-30.

Commentary on Reading of the day : 28 JANUARY, 2013

BLESSED JOHN PAUL

Commentary on the Reading of the day provided by:

Blessed John-Paul II, Pope from 1978 to 2005
Encyclical « Dominum et vivificantem », § 46 (trans. © Libreria Editrice Vaticana)
~The sin against the Holy Spirit~

Why is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit unforgivable?
How should this blasphemy be understood ?

St. Thomas Aquinas replies that it is a question of a sin that is “unforgivable by its very nature, insofar as it excludes the elements through which the forgiveness of sin takes place.”

According to such an exegesis, “blasphemy” does not properly consist in offending against the Holy Spirit in words; it consists rather in the refusal to accept the salvation which God offers us through the Holy Spirit, working through the power of the Cross.

If man rejects the “convincing concerning sin” which comes from the Holy Spirit (John 16:8) and which has the power to save, he also rejects the “coming” of the Counselor (John 16:7) – that “coming” which was accomplished in the Paschal Mystery, in union with the redemptive power of Christ’s Blood: the Blood which “purifies the conscience from dead works” (Hebrews 9:15).

We know that the result of such a purification is the forgiveness of sins. Therefore, whoever rejects the Spirit and the Blood (cf. 1 John 5:8) remains in “dead works,” in sin.

And the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit consists precisely in the radical refusal to accept this forgiveness, of which he is the intimate giver and which presupposes the genuine conversion which he brings about in the conscience.

If Jesus says that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit cannot be forgiven either in this life or in the next, it is because this “non-forgiveness” is linked, as to its cause, to “non-repentance,” in other words to the radical refusal to be converted…

Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, then, is the sin committed by the person who claims to have a “right” to persist in evil – in any sin at all – and who thus rejects Redemption.

One closes oneself up in sin, thus making impossible one’s conversion, and consequently the remission of sins, which one considers not essential or not important for one’s life.

This is a state of spiritual ruin, because blasphemy against the Holy Spirit does not allow one to escape from one’s self-imposed imprisonment.