How Beautiful…

I will not abandon the Fulness of Truth just because somebody doesn’t live according to the truth that I love…

Christ did not abandon me. I will not abandon Him.

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My Three Reasons To Be Catholic

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When someone asks me why I am Catholic, I tell them, “I am Catholic for three reasons…

1 – Eucharist

2 – Eucharist

3 – Eucharist

And for extra measure…

“Everything else revolves around that…”

If a Catholic understands what the Eucharist is, they will never leave.

If a lapsed Catholic figures out what the Eucharist is, they will return home.

If a non-Catholic understood what the Eucharist is, they would not stay away… 

BK

 

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Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

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Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His angels and in His Saints.

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May the heart of Jesus, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, be praised, adored, and loved with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time.

Amen.

O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary I beg the conversion of poor sinners.

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A Prayer In Honor Of Mary’s Birthday

Dear Blessed Mother,

You are amazing – pure and immaculate from the time of your conception on into eternity. You love me more than my own earthly mother – not an easy task, but true just the same. You are there for me always when I call – and when I don’t…

Without your “Yes”, I would not know Jesus. He came to me through you, and I come to Him via the same path. You lead me closer to Him every day, and I cannot imagine a greater gift than that. 

Thank you so much for all you have done and continue to do with your Son, for all of us…

Happy Birthday!

Love,

Bill

PS – And as St. Anselm said… 

Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O sacred Virgin; give me strength against thine enemies, and against the enemy of the whole human race. Give me strength humbly to pray to thee. Give me strength to praise thee in prayer with all my powers, through the merits of thy most sacred nativity, which for the entire Christian world was a birth of joy, the hope and solace of its life.

When thou wast born, O most holy Virgin, then was the world made light.

Happy is thy stock, holy thy root, and blessed thy fruit, for thou alone as a virgin, filled with the Holy Spirit, didst merit to conceive thy God, as a virgin to bear Thy God, as a virgin to bring Him forth, and after His birth to remain a virgin.

Have mercy therefore upon me a sinner, and give me aid, O Lady, so that just as thy nativity, glorious from the seed of Abraham, sprung from the tribe of Judah, illustrious from the stock of David, didst announce joy to the entire world, so may it fill me with true joy and cleanse me from every sin.

Pray for me, O Virgin most prudent, that the gladsome joys of thy most helpful nativity may put a cloak over all my sins.

O holy Mother of God, flowering as the lily, pray to thy sweet Son for me, a wretched sinner.

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All…

All Sacred Scripture, all history, all love, all truth, all existence points to, and can be summed up in, one word:

Eucharist

As Catholics, we really DO walk by faith and not by sight…

BK

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5 REASONS WHY the Catholic Church is the TRUE CHURCH

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What Every Catholic Needs To Hear Right Now

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Time To Leave The Church?

Lots of ugly things going on right now. Interestingly, some people have decided that they have had enough. They say they will never step inside a Catholic Church again.

This makes no sense. Priests and bishops who commit atrocities condemn themselves, not the Church.

You cannot judge a church by the people who do not live according to its teachings.

If I was present at the last supper, and I knew what Judas was about to do, would I stop following Jesus?

No.

If I were present at the crucifixion and I found out that Judas had arranged it, would I run away from Jesus? 

No.

If I elect to leave the Catholic Church because of the actions of people who do not follow the teachings of the Church, that’s exactly what I would be doing. 

In whom do I place my faith? My parish priest? My bishop? No. I place my faith in Jesus Christ.

When St. Francis of Assisi was informed that a certain priest was causing scandal, he visited the priest. When he saw him, he knelt in front of the priest and kissed the hands through which the Holy Spirit performes the miracle of trans substantiation – turning bread and wine into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. It’s not the sinful priest who does it – the most sinful priest in the history of the world is still the medium through which God creates this miracle. 

So why would I leave Him in the Eucharist because of something that that a human being did?

The ONLY reason I can think of would be that I do not believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. And If I don’t believe that, I am not really Catholic anyway and I shouldn’t be receiving at Mass. To do so is to bring condemnation upon myself. (See 1 Cor 11:23 – 29) 

https://rightbill.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/proper-reception-of-the-eucharist.pdf

I am as upset as anyone else about this mess. But I’m not going to blame God. If anything, I am trying to get closer to Him and the Body of Christ on Earth, The Church. 

Judge the Catholic Church not by those who barely live by its spirit, but by those who live closest to it. – Fulton Sheen

Another thing that I am not going to do is hate the people who have hurt us so badly. I am praying for their true conversion and for justice according to God’s will. Not mine or anyone else’s. 

It seems to me that leaving the Catholic Church because somebody – even lots of somebodies – have disgraced themselves and scandalized the Body of Christ is a lot like finding out that you have a blotch of skin cancer and deciding that, rather than have it cut out, you will commit suicide.

Cut out the cancer.

BK

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That They Be One…

Many, if not most, of us are separated from loved ones – parents, children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters, nieces, nephews, friends, aunts uncles, cousins, etc. – either by long distance or by death. Sometimes for a short while and sometimes for decades. And in the case of death, for the rest of our lives. We all miss somebody. 

What many, if not most, of us don’t realize is that there is a way to stay connected with each other that doesn’t involved computers, snail mail or cell phones.

So how do we do that?

We become one. One with Jesus. One with the saints.    

One with each other. 

Jesus prayed, 

JN 17: 20 – 24

20: I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,

21: so that they all may be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also, may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.

22: And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one,

23: I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me.

24: Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

 

Rev. 19:9, 17

9: Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who have been called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These words are true; they come from God.”

17: Then I saw an angel standing on the sun. He cried out (in) a loud voice to all the birds flying high overhead, “Come here. Gather for God’s great feast,

 

What is “God’s great feast, the wedding feast of the Lamb”?

The Eucharist – The Mass.

When we receive the Eucharist, we are receiving the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ.* We take Him into our bodies. His blood flows in our bodies. His flesh becomes one with ours. 

And we are not partaking of the feast alone. We are joining in communion with everyone who is participating in the feast. 

And who is participating? 

God The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Saints in Heaven. 

And all of those on Earth in the Mass. We are ALL joined with each other – we are one.

…”so that they all may be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also, may be in us,”

And I have given them the glory you gave me,. so that they may be one, as we are one,

I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one,

So if you are missing family or friends, make a date to “meet at the wedding feast of the Lamb” – even if you are a million miles apart in earthly distance, you will be sitting right next to each other at Mass. And if you miss a loved one, or a lot of loved ones, who have gone on to eternity, you can be sitting with them at the same time. And when you properly receive the Eucharist, you will be one with all of them – quite literally. 

BK

*It is not within the scope of this post to explain the evidence for the real presence of our Lord in the Eucharist. For information on that, please click on the link below.

Click here for information about the Eucharist, what it is, why it is what it is, its history all the way from the time of creation, and who is eligible to partake of it Also information on where to find the Mass in the Book Of Revelation.

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Benedict XVI: Maximus the Confessor on Gethsemane and the Mystery of Redemption

“Pope Benedict is discussing the teaching of Maximus the Confessor (c.580-662) that Christ possessed a human and a divine will (as was subsequently taught by the Third Council of Constantinople in 680-681 after Maximus and Pope Martin I had died as martyrs in defence of this truth).”

Enlarging the Heart

Pope Benedict is discussing the teaching of Maximus the Confessor (c.580-662) that Christ possessed a human and a divine will (as was subsequently taught by the Third Council of Constantinople in 680-681 after Maximus and Pope Martin I had died as martyrs in defence of this truth).

At first glance, it might appear to be something good if in Christ there had been only one will.

However, St. Maximus understood immediately that this would have destroyed the mystery of salvation, because a humanity without will – a man without a will – is not a true man, but rather an amputated man.

Therefore, the man Jesus Christ would not have been a true man, would not have experienced the drama of the human being, which consists precisely in the difficulty of conforming our will with the truth of being.

Thus St. Maximus affirmed with great determination: Sacred Scripture does not…

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Through The Virgin Mary

God came to us through the Virgin Mary. It seems logical that we can go to Him the same way.

Mother Mary, pray for us and bring  us to your Divine Son, as you brought Him to us. Amen.

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Forgive Me, Father…

No, you do not have to confess this…

If we did, I would have to have my own designated confessional.

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Even More On Truth…

Truth is its own argument, its own proof.

You can rail against it. You can vote against it. You can deny it. You can attempt to redefine it. You can accuse it of falsehood. You can stretch it. You can mis-interpret it. You can discriminate against it. You can try to hide it. You can try to hide FROM it. You can write letters to the editor proclaiming it as a lie. You can call it hatred. You can march against it. You can call it intolerant. You can try to shut it down. You can start enormous movements in society to fight it. You can bully against it. You can sue against it.

You can even point to Snopes.com as the ultimate test of truth and have it be wrong. 

The one thing you cannot do is change it. Therefore, you cannot defeat it. 

Truth doesn’t have to argue back. It simply needs to exist.

Because, in the end, only truth will survive. 

BK

 

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The Road To Hell

The prize behind the prettiest curtain isn’t always what you are looking for… 

Glamour and glitz may look good on the outside, but you probably don’t have to look too deeply before it starts to get ugly…

Fast living eventually comes to a screeching halt…

BK

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When You Are Empty Of Christ

If you take a bottle and pour the contents down the sink, is it empty?

No. That’s because the the liquid that was discarded has been replaced by atmosphere. 

likewise, if you take an “empty” bottle and half fill it with liquid, half of the atmosphere is displaced by the liquid, and the bottle remains “full”. 

Not “half full”, but completely full. That’s because half of the bottle is full of liquid and the other half is full of atmosphere. It doesn’t matter that you can only see the liquid part, the atmosphere is still there (unless you “suck” the air out of the bottle).

Nature abhors a vacuum, so anytime something is removed from something else, it gets replaced by something other than whatever it was full of in the first place. Pour milk out of a bottle and air rushes in. 

If you drink a soda pop through a straw, you are, essentially, reducing the air pressure inside your mouth and the soda is being pushed up into your mouth to replace whatever was in there in the first place (air). 

Reduce the air pressure inside of a vacuum cleaner (create a partial vacuum) and more air (and dirt) is pushed (not sucked) into the machine to replace the air and equalize the pressure. The more air that is forced out of the vacuum cleaner the more air and dirt is pushed back in to replace it.

The same thing can be said of your soul…

The more you ignore Christ, the more room there is for other things to get pushed in and fill up the void…

Try to fill your soul with Christ so that it is not empty.

When you are empty of Christ

*H/T Fr. Michael Thomas for the quote/meme

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