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Wed, Nov. 7th, 2007, 09:54 pm
acellarinaday: Looking for a term.

I'm trying to remember the word for potential Confirmation recipients before they're Confirmed. I feel like there was a term for it - I can remember being called it when I was Confirmed - but of course, now that I need to use it, I can't remember what it is. Not exactly "applicants"... but something to that extent. If anyone out there can think of anything, it'd be really helpful.

Tue, Apr. 17th, 2007, 12:53 am
celtic_luna: saints

i was looking through all the saints, and couldn't find a saint for husbands or spouses, although there was one for housewives
any idea for a good saint to help me ask God to help me find the man he wants me to marry?

Tue, Feb. 6th, 2007, 11:27 pm
rechan: All About Nuns

Tell me about nuns.

Where do they live? What are their roles/jobs? What are their vows? Their specific ceremonies, rituals, etc? What role do they play in the religious community? How much do they make? Which ones wear the habits and when? Do they have any limitations beyond vows?

How do these above questions differ between the different Orders (Dominican vs Franciscan vs Benedictian, etc)?

Finally: What's the difference between a vow of Chastity and a vow of Celibacy? Is it just Color/colour Grey?Gray, or are there any particulars between them?

Thu, Apr. 13th, 2006, 12:07 pm
lynzabeth: Maundy Thursday

Today is the aniversary of the institution of the Holy Eucharist.



"Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, 'Take, eat; this is my body.'And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, 'Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.'" Matthew 26:26-28

"Let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst." Exodus 25:8

Passover Bread:
This is a good example of how the Jewish tradition of Passover Sedar fortold the coming and sacrifice of Christ. Jesus would have done this with His apostles at the Last Supper, and it would have most likely been the second peice that He would have used to institute the Eucharist. For the first time, the promise was fulfilled, before their eyes!

"It is unleavened, pure as Jesus was pure. It has dark stripes, as His back was striped by Pilate's scourging. It is pierced, as He was pierced on the Cross. Once it was the bread of life for Israel on the desert, as Jesus is the Jn 6:35 Bread of Life for all mankind. During the Seder, the head of the family takes three pieces of unleavened bread, reminding us of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He breaks in half the second piece, suggesting the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity crucified. He then wraps one of these two pieces, called the afikomen (Hebrew: festival procession), a reminder of Jesus' constant call, "Follow Me," in white linen, reminding us of Jesus linen burial cloth, and "buries" or hides it, as Jesus was entombed. Later the youngest at table "resurrects" or finds the afikomen as Jesus rose from the dead. The head of the family then breaks the afikomen and passes it around for all to eat, as Jesus did when He told His apostles, Lk 22:19 "This is My Body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me." In that way, Jesus through the Seder calls us to follow Him into His death and resurrection, to become a new person in Christ."

The same with the Wine: It has finally been fulfilled! Now we ACTUALLY have blood to drink, not just a representation.

"When the afikomen is broken and passed around for all to eat, Jews drink the third of four cups of wine, called the cup of blessing because it representsthe blood of the sacrificed paschal lamb. It is the cup that Jesus gave to His apostles, saying, Lk 22:20 "This cup which is poured out for you is the New Covenant in My Blood." He did not drink the fourth, the Kalah cup, explaining, Mt 26:29 "I tell you I shall not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom." But later that evening at Gethsemane, Jesus prayed by moonlight, Mt 26:39 "Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me." After He was captured, Jesus asked Peter, Jn 18:11 "Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given Me?" Many Catholics believe that Jesus drank the last cup on the Cross, Jn 19:29 "They put a sponge full of the vinegar on hyssop and held it to His mouth. When Jesus had received the vinegar, He said, 'It is finished'; and He bowed His head and gave up His spirit."
(http://www.therealpresence.org/eucharst/scrip/a6.html)

Fri, Apr. 7th, 2006, 09:27 am
dies___irae: (no subject)

Alerting you to the presence of feastfoods and inviting you to share. Its a place where people can post fun ideas or yummy recipes that commemorate feast days in the Church.

Mon, Mar. 27th, 2006, 08:17 pm
lynzabeth: instalement #4: Physical miracles.

Physical Miracles through the Holy Eucharist.

So much for the basis of
our conference. Now we go through each one of these three levels of miraculous
phenomena. Physical miracles through the Holy Eucharist. The history of the
Catholic Church is nothing less than the history of miracles performed by Jesus
Christ. So true is this that one of the marks of the true Church - besides being
One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic - is also the capacity to perform miracles.
That is, physical phenomena which are beyond the laws of physical nature. And
what we dare not forget is that so many of these wonders are performed by our
Lord through the Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament.

The classic evidence for this are the miracles that occur at Our Lady's
shrine at Lourdes in France. Remember it was Our Lady who obtained from her
divine Son the first miracle He performed in His public ministry when He changed
water into wine at the marriage feast at Cana in Galilee. From the very
beginning the shrine at Lourdes witnessed countless physical wonders. By now
thousands, testified scientifically. We commonly associate these wonders with
the people bathing in the water at Lourdes. What we are liable to forget however
is that part, an essential part, of the phenomena at the sanctuary in Lourdes is
the fact that the sick and even the dying are blessed with the sacred monstrance
containing the Blessed Sacrament.

One of the classic examples is the sudden cure recorded by a physician who
was part of the examining board at the Lourdes shrine. According to this
physician the sudden healing of a women dying of cancer was the most medically
remarkable experience he had in his two decades of working with the examining
board. She arrived at Lourdes in a dying condition. First she was immersed at
the water at Lourdes. The first effect was excruciating pain. Then the pain
ceased but the cancer remained. It was only the next day when the priest blessed
her with the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance that she was immediately cured of
her cancerous condition.

Over the years similar wonders have been recorded about the power of the
Blessed Sacrament through the intercession of Our Lady to perform miracles of
bodily healing in favor always only of those who believed. All that we find
recorded in the Gospels about the miraculous cures performed by Jesus can be
duplicated many times over by the account of similar signs and wonders where the
miracles took place through the Holy Eucharist. - So far the working of
physically miraculous phenomena through the Blessed Sacrament.

Thu, Mar. 23rd, 2006, 11:42 am
lynzabeth: (no subject)

Wed, Mar. 22nd, 2006, 10:29 am
lynzabeth: Just a little fun.....

Not meant to be serious at all......



Mon, Mar. 20th, 2006, 12:06 pm
lynzabeth: more: Christ the Miracle Worker in the Eucharist, part 3

Faith, the Condition for Christ's Performing Miracles.

Faith, I repeat
is the condition for Christ performing miracles. Is it any wonder that our faith
in the Real Presence, the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, should be
rewarded by miraculous phenomena. But, what an important adversative, but, you
must believe!



What Is A Miracle?

What is a miracle? I thought before we went any
further it would be useful to explain briefly what a miracle is. It would be
equally useful to know that God works different kinds of miracles. Different
levels, if you wish, of miracles. It would be especially useful to know that our
Lord in the Blessed Sacrament performs the highest kinds of miracles which only
He, our Incarnate God, can produce.

In general a miracle is any effect perceptible by the senses, produced by God
which surpasses the powers of nature. Immediately we must explain that there are
three levels of natural laws that God can surpass and thus perform a miracle.
There are the physical laws of visible nature. Thus the sudden healing of a
fatal disease surpasses needless to say the powers of human physical nature.
Indeed surpasses the powers of all physical nature. Walking on water is
naturally impossible. The raising of a dead human being back to life exceeds all
created power, and no one but God with His omnipotence can raise a dead person
back to life. And just for the record, physical miracles are the lowest level of
miraculous phenomena.

On a higher level than physical miracles is the performance of what the
Church calls moral miracles. A moral miracle exceeds the powers of the human
will in the practice of superhuman moral virtue. For which the Church has coined
the term "heroic moral virtue". This in fact is one of the norms used by the
Church in her assessment of authentic sanctity. The lives of saints like Francis
of Assisi and Thomas More. The deaths of martyrs like St. Agnes and Maria
Goretti. These are witnesses to the miraculous power that Christ has given to
His most beloved followers over the centuries. In other words, every canonized
saint is a moral miracle. And today's world needs (what a safe statement) men
and women and even children who are practicing what the Church calls heroic
virtue.

Finally, still on the different levels of miraculous phenomena there are
intellectual miracles in which God enlightens the human mind beyond all natural
capacity for acquiring knowledge. The most obvious witnesses to this highest
level in the time of Christ were (Shall I say it?) the dense thick-headed
Apostles. God had to enlighten them, and this is part of our faith -
miraculously. However, over the centuries Christ has continued performing these
miracles of the intellect. In a St. Augustine of Hippo, and in a St. Therese of
Avila, or in a Catherine of Siena. These testify to the power of Christ, the
Incarnate Truth, can produce among human beings who believe that He is indeed
the Living God in human form.


Mon, Mar. 20th, 2006, 09:53 am
dies___irae: (no subject)

quiz time (and no looking it up, its cheating)

First one with the correct answer gets a Hail Mary, Our Father and Glory Be said for their intentions and those of their friends, family and benefactors (all who reply will be especially included in the intentions of my rosary tonight)



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