Thursday, January 23, 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

UNLESS we have a moral principle about such delicate matters as marriage and murder, the whole world will become a welter of exceptions with no rules. There will be so many hard cases that everything will go soft.”

~G.K. Chesterton: ‘Illustrated London News,’ Sept. 21, 1929.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The founder of the Catholic Church is Jesus Christ.

All of us know Catholics whom have left the Church for various reasons. Some left, and came back. Others were encouraged to leave and join other churches or religions, or they left religion all together.

They left because they did not feel that they had a “personal relationship” with Jesus in the Catholic Church. They left because they were hu...rt about a particular teaching. They left because they were fed up with the behavior of other Catholics, priests and bishops. They left because they were not taught the true beauty and joy of our faith, even though they may have attended Catholic schools their whole life. They left because they thought the homilies were boring, or the music was not entertaining enough. They left because they didn't feel welcome in the Catholic Church. They left sometimes for no reason at all – just that God and church were not a priority in their lives anymore.

Regardless of the reason, many Catholics have left the Church and we want them to come back home.

When they leave, and go elsewhere, many are often taught that the Catholic religion is wrong, that we worship Mary, that the Pope is the anti-Christ, that we are not Biblical, that we do not need to baptize our babies, and that we are all brainwashed and can’t think for ourselves. They are told that Catholics never read the Bible, that we don’t have a personal relationship with Christ, that purgatory is not biblical and doesn't exist, that abortion is okay, that marriage should be re-defined, or not defended, that you should never ask Mary or the saints to pray for you, and that the Eucharist is just a symbol, and not the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ.

And why does it matter if they leave the Catholic Church It’s all the same right?

It matters because as Catholics we think it is important to belong to the Church that Christ founded almost 2000 years ago. It matters because when you leave the Catholic Church, you leave the Eucharist – and all the sacraments that Christ Himself instituted. It matters because as Catholics we believe the Church contains the fullness of the truth, because it was founded by Christ Himself. This does not mean that we think other religions and Christian denominations do not contain any truth, for they do. But the Catholic Church, since it was founded by Jesus Himself and not a man, contains the fullness of truth, so we think it is very important to belong to the Catholic Church and share our faith with others.

The Catholic Church is both human and divine. Because it is divine, it will last forever. Because it is human, it will have scandals, and sinful people in it, just like what you will find in all denominations and religions. Scandals do not prove that the Catholic Church is false. They only prove what is obvious: that the Church contains sinners as well as saints.

Yes there have been terrible things that have happened in our Church - the sexual abuse scandal was horrible. I personally was disgusted with the behavior of some priests and bishops. Unfortunately this is not just a "Catholic" problem - the abuse of children happens throughout every religion, protestant denomination, organization (yes even atheist abuse children), school and family. According to what you hear and read in the media, it is just a "Catholic" problem. Not true. There is Evil everywhere. Evil does not discriminate and has no boundaries.

Despite humans messing things up at times, the Catholic Church was founded by Christ, and will forever be guided by the Holy Spirit until the end of time:

"I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. John 16:12-13

"I am with you always, to the close of the age." Matthew 28:19-20

As St. Teresa of Avila says, "The Truth suffers, but never dies."

There are over a billion Catholics in the world, many of them holy and devout people, doing their best to imitate and lead souls to Christ. It's not too often that we hear the good that the Church does to help so many.

Among all the Christian churches, only the Catholic Church has existed since the time of Jesus. Every other Christian church is an offshoot of the Catholic Church. The Eastern Orthodox churches broke away from unity with the pope in 1054. The Protestant churches were established during the Reformation, which began in 1517. Most of today's Protestant churches are actually offshoots of the original Protestant offshoots.

Only the Catholic Church existed in the tenth century, in the fifth century, and in the first century, faithfully teaching the doctrines given by Christ to the apostles, omitting nothing. The line of popes can be traced back, in unbroken succession, to Peter himself. This is unequaled by any institution in history.

Even the oldest government is new compared to the papacy, and the churches to which door-to-door missionaries belong are young compared to the Catholic Church. Many of these churches began as recently as the nineteenth or twentieth centuries. None of them can claim to be the Church Jesus established.

The Catholic Church has existed for nearly 2,000 years, despite constant opposition from the world. This is testimony to the Church's divine origin. It must be more than a merely human organization, especially considering that its human members—even some of its leaders—have been unwise, corrupt, or prone to heresy. Any merely human organization with such members would have collapsed early on. The fact that the Catholic Church is today the most vigorous church (and the largest, with about a billion members) is testimony not to the cleverness of the Church's leaders, but to the protection of the Holy Spirit.

Church history does matter, because if you study it you will see that the early Church was totally Catholic. The early Church believed in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist; Christ appointed Peter the first pope as the leader of the early Church; Early Christians did pray for their dead; Christ did give the apostles the power to forgive sins; Mary was loved and honored by the early Christians, etc. . . Think about it – if you are looking for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you can’t get more personal than when you receive His body, blood, soul, and divinity in the holy Eucharist, and are a part of the actual Church that Christ founded. It’s important to know this, know why we are Catholic, embrace the fullness of our faith and then be good, holy witnesses to others.

If you have never studied Church history, study it now and see what the early Church was really like, what Catholics believed, and what they practiced. So many people converted to the Catholic Church after studying Church history, particularly regarding the issue of authority. (Two great books to read on church history are: “Four Witnesses”, by Rod Bennett, and “The Father Knows Best” by Jimmy Akin.)

Blessed Pope John Paul II and Blessed Mother Teresa are two Catholics who truly lived their Catholic faith. Their holiness, love for Christ, and devotion to Our Lady set a wonderful example for all of us to follow. Remember - our goal is Heaven, bringing souls to Christ, and letting others know about the Church that He founded. As Christians we are all in this together, doing the best that we can to imitate Christ. As Catholic Christians, it is important to know what we believe and why we believe it, so that we can share the joy and beauty of our faith with others, and hopefully, help others in their journey to the Catholic Church.

So welcome to this "Love Being Catholic" Facebook page!  --- Hopefully we will all learn a little bit more about our beautiful faith, and share the love of Christ and his Church with others. For those who have left, please come back. There is so much that many of us did not know about our faith growing up, and we hope with God's grace this will touch some of you to at least think about returning to the Catholic faith. For those of you who are just entering the Church - welcome home!

Wherever you are on your journey, know that Jesus loves you. We love you where you are, and our hope and prayers are that you will be led gently and joyfully back to the Catholic Church. Being a part of the Church that Christ founded will bring you much joy, peace and closer to Christ than you could ever imagine.

The founder of the Catholic Church is Jesus Christ, and for this I am truly humbled to be a Catholic. I pray that I will always be grateful for this gift, and that I will forever love and live my Catholic faith joyfully and charitably.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Desiderata - Les Crane

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

January's Full Wolf Moon

A lightning bolt hit the iconic landmark during heavy storms in the Brazilian city in the early hours of Tuesday morning
Striking: Lightning hits Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.
Striking: Lightning hits Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.
This is the jaw-dropping moment the 100-foot statue of Jesus towering over Rio de Janeiro was hit by lightning.
The stunning scene was captured during a flash storm which hit the coast of Brazil in the early hours of the morning.
The Christ the Redeemer statue is the largest depiction of Jesus in the world and stands more than 2,000 feet above Rio on top of the Corcovado Hill.
After being struck by lightning in February 2008, the iconic figure had to undergo restoration work because of damage to its head and fingers.
The statue, which was named one of the seven new wonders of the world in 2007, is made of 700 tonnes of reinforced concrete.




Monday, January 6, 2014

There are few things more Promethean than...

Presuming to receive Holy Communion in the hand, aka, 'God-grabbing'.

Presuming to receive Holy Communion not in a State of Grace, thereby committing sacrilege.

Presuming that a Communion plate is no longer needed when distributing Holy Communion to safeguard the Eucharist and any precious fragments, each one of which is the Lord God.

The unordained presuming to touch the Sacred, Most Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

Presuming that Baptism, reception of Holy Communion and membership of the One True Church are no longer necessary for Salvation.

Presuming or imagining that by the whim of man's desire, the truth expressed by the Magisterium can 'change' to the degree that morality and belief no longer mean the same thing as they did for everyone else in Church history.

Presuming that Almighty God has sanctioned a revolutionary understanding in the sacred liturgy by reference to a vague 'spirit', like that of Vatican II.

Presuming to spread new interpretations of the Church's teachings that have no basis whatsoever in the writings of the Saints, Doctors of the Church, Church Fathers of the words of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Presuming that the words of Our Lord on various matters concerning morality and belief 'should not be taken literally'.

Presuming that by virtue of the high Office which you occupy in the Church established by Our Lord, that this gives you liberty to alter on a personal whim those customs, rules and norms followed by your predecessors because you have been handed 'absolute power' and the Office that you fill is now your 'possession', as well as the Church handed into your care.

Presuming that the Church's ancient use of Gregorian Chant is no longer suitable music to be sung in the liturgy.

Presuming to use white vestments or a white Altar frontal at a funeral, without the solemnity such an event demands, with a sense that we should pray for the dead, because 'everyone goes to Heaven'.

Presuming that everybody shall be saved, including those of other religions not attached to the True Vine or that Hell is empty.

Presuming that God will give you a favourable judgment upon Death.

Can anyone else think of various activities and trends taking place within the 21st century Catholic Church which are distinctly 'Promethean'? Prometheanism is really about unholy presumption - presuming that that which is sacred and holy ,which is not yours, is, or can be, or will be, solely by virtue of your own will, without any reference to the Divine will made known in His Holy Church, guided by the Holy Spirit.