Everything you want to know about Catholicism
ok, so the subtitle to this journal is "everything you ever wanted to know about Catholicism," or something to the like.
maybe these aren't theological "facts," but general observations i've made in my nearly two years as a Catholic:
- Catholics eat. A LOT.
- Catholics talk. A LOT, as well. (This week I went to Church of the Redeemer - the Catholic Church I went to growing up - with my dad. And as we walked in, people were talktalktalktalktalktalktalking away. I found it kind of disturbing, even though it was friendly, build-up-the-Body-of-Christ talk among family and friends. Then, one of the lectors came up about 5-10 minutes before Mass and asked everyone to quietly reflect on how they could serve God better, and the whole church shut up. It was wonderful, and so very, very Catholic. ;) )
And this one's more of a question:
- The Gospels say so much about bringing His word to the ends of the earth, proclaiming from housetops, letting our lights shine before all men, etc. etc. etc. Our Protestant brothers and sisters really take that to heart sometimes and apply it very practically. (Ever been asked if Jesus Christ is your personal savior on a street corner?) As Catholics, I think we apply Christ's instructions just as well, but perhaps we do it in subtler ways. (e.g., inviting people over for dinner and spontaneously discussing the faith, March for Life, wearing crosses and medals, serving the poor, hungry, and forgotten, and most of all loving one another) My question to you - how can we, as Catholics, better preach the Gospel - with and without words as necessary?
The Burning question we all have:
And finally, what the protestants must be thinking:
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Prayer of St. Patrick-
Christ as a Light, illumine and guide me, Christ as a Shield
o'ershadow and cover me. Christ be under me, Christ be over me, Christ be
beside me on the left hand and right. Christ be before me, behind me, about me,
Christ this day be within and without me. Amen
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The BREASTPLATE of Saint Patrick
I bind myself today, -
To the power of God to guide me,
The might of God to uphold me,
The wisdom of God to teach me,
The eye of God to watch over me,
The ear of God to bear me,
The Word of God to speak for me,
The hand of God to protect me,
The way of God to lie before me,
The shield of God to shelter me,
The host of God to defend me
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in breadth, Christ in length, Christ in height
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks to me,
Christ in the eye of every man that sees me,
Christ in the ear of every man who hears me -
Salvation is the Lord's,
Salvation is the Lord's,
Salvation is Christ's,
Let thy salvation, 0 Lord, be ever with us.
The Key to the Eucharist is the Humanity of Jesus Christ.
At this point
we turn to the Real Presence and we ask ourselves. "What is this Real Presence?"
In one declarative sentence - It is Jesus Christ - true God, but, with emphasis,
also - true man. It is the same identical Jesus who changed water into wine at
Cana in Galilee. The same who invited Peter to come to Him walking on the water.
The Real Presence is the real Jesus with real flesh and real blood, with the
same hands and feet and open side that He told the doubting Thomas to touch and
Once this fact dawns on a person - (It is not dawned on everyone who calls
himself a Catholic; how well I know). - But once this fact dawns on our minds
that Christ performed His miracles as God but through His human nature as man,
then the inevitable happens. That person's faith is rewarded by the experience
I am not exaggerating. I am not indulging in hyperbole. We all need miracles
in our lives. Let's be sure we know what we are saying. During His public
ministry the Savior assured His followers they would continue working miracles
in their favor. Even more; He promised that the miracles they would perform
would be greater than those which His contemporaries witnessed during His
visible stay in Palestine.
However, let's have no misunderstanding; Christ the Almighty Son of God, who
became man, worked miracles during His visible stay on earth only in favor of
those who believed. Those who believed that the man they called Jesus was no one
less than Almighty God. We should therefore expect this same Jesus to continue
working miracles. But I repeat, only for those who believe that the same Jesus
is still on earth, but now demanding our faith twice over. He wants us to
believe that He is in the Holy Eucharist with the fullness of His humanity, and
also to believe that His human nature is united with the second person of the
Christ's contemporaries during His visible stay on earth had only to believe
that the man that they saw with bodily eyes was the Incarnate God. We however
are to believe that what looks like bread and tastes like wine is the Son of God
who became the Son of Mary.
I found this really awesome theological paper by
Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., S.T.D. It's titled "Christ the Miricle worker in the Eucharist"
. Because it's a lot to digest, i'll be posting it in parts here, so we can read a little and then discuss it if you guys want to. Then after a day or so i'll post the next subdivision or two (Fr. Hardon has broken it up quite nicely for this).
During His visible stay on earth Christ performed countless miracles. He
restored sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf and the use of their limbs to
the paralyzed. The winds and sea obeyed Him. He told the dead Lazarus to come
forth, and Lazarus came out of the grave. The crowning miracle of Christ's
visible stay on earth was to raise Himself by His own divine power on Easter
But Christ continues performing miracles in our day. I know of no single
statement I can share with you that is more practically important than to be
convinced that Christ works and wants to perform miracles in our favor today.
And that we can add, for the best of reasons, because Jesus Christ is still on
earth. And He promised, "Behold, I am with you all days even to the end of the
Now our subdivisions - Miracles through Christ's Visible Humanity.
As we examine the Gospel narratives we find two remarkable facts. First, Jesus regularly associated His teaching with working with what John calls "signs and wonders". These signs and wonders made His humanly incomprehensible teaching believable. Miracles are necessary to make God's revelation credible. Please do not forget that. That statement is an article of the Catholic Faith.
Secondly - Christ during His visible stay on earth worked these miracles of
course as God, but always through His humanity. In other words, the miracles
performed by Jesus in Palestine were always the result of human words spoken, or
the result of the touch of Christ's human hands. On one dramatic occasion a
women was suddenly healed of years of hemorrhaging the moment she tugged on
Jesus therefore performed (past tense) astounding wonders related in the
Gospels. Always by His divine omnipotence but, (watch the preposition) but
through His human nature as man. We are also told that on occasion that Jesus
could not (this is the Almighty) perform miracles in certain places. Why not?
Because of the people's lack of faith. The two words humanity and faith are
crucial to an understanding to the working of miracles.
Next: "The Key to the Eucharist is the Humanity of Jesus Christ."..... just a teaser..... :-D .
Hey ya'll. I got this in my Saint of the Day e-mail today, and I thought it was really interesting. It's a great story. :)
Louise, born near Meux, France, lost her mother when she was still a child, her beloved father when she was but 15. Her desire to become a nun was discouraged by her confessor, and a marriage was arranged. One son was born of this union. But she soon found herself nursing her beloved husband through a long illness that finally led to his death.
Louise was fortunate to have a wise and sympathetic counselor, St. Francis de Sales, and then his friend, the Bishop of Belley, France. Both of these men were available to her only periodically. But from an interior illumination she understood that she was to undertake a great work under the guidance of another person she had not yet met. This was the holy priest M. Vincent, later to be known as St. Vincent de Paul.
At first he was reluctant to be her confessor, busy as he was with his "Confraternities of Charity." Members were aristocratic ladies of charity who were helping him nurse the poor and look after neglected children, a real need of the day. But the ladies were busy with many of their own concerns and duties. His work needed many more helpers, especially ones who were peasants themselves and therefore close to the poor and could win their hearts. He also needed someone who could teach them and organize them.
Only over a long period of time, as Vincent de Paul became more acquainted with Louise, did he come to realize that she was the answer to his prayers. She was intelligent, self-effacing and had physical strength and endurance that belied her continuing feeble health. The missions he sent her on eventually led to four simple young women joining her. Her rented home in Paris became the training center for those accepted for the service of the sick and poor. Growth was rapid and soon there was need of a so-called rule of life, which Louise herself, under the guidance of Vincent, drew up for the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul (though he preferred "Daughters" of Charity).
He had always been slow and prudent in his dealings with Louise and the new group. He said that he had never had any idea of starting a new community, that it was God who did everything. "Your convent," he said, "will be the house of the sick; your cell, a hired room; your chapel, the parish church; your cloister, the streets of the city or the wards of the hospital." Their dress was to be that of the peasant women. It was not until years later that Vincent de Paul would finally permit four of the women to take annual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. It was still more years before the company would be formally approved by Rome and placed under the direction of Vincent's own congregation of priests.
Many of the young women were illiterate and it was with reluctance that the new community undertook the care of neglected children. Louise was busy helping wherever needed despite her poor health. She traveled throughout France, establishing her community members in hospitals, orphanages and other institutions. At her death on March 15, 1660, the congregation had more than 40 houses in France. Six months later St. Vincent de Paul followed her in death.
Louise de Marillac was canonized in 1934 and declared patroness of social workers in 1960.
this is not so much a "Catholic fact," but an inquiry.
you know how in the Magnificat, Mary says something to the liking of, "He has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty."
i thought of something -
maybe He gives the same to the hungry and the rich.
maybe they both get all that they'll ever need
because that's what Christ is.
but perhaps the hungry are the ones that notice it,
while the rich are never full- they are always thirsting for more, and wouldn't know true fulfillment even if they had it
which they do
Happy Feast of St. John of God.
Oh he's a silly one.
Having given up active Christian belief while a soldier, John was 40 before
the depth of his sinfulness began to dawn on him. He decided to give the rest of
his life to God’s service, and headed at once for Africa, where he hoped to free
captive Christians and, possibly, be martyred.
He was soon advised that his desire for martyrdom was not spiritually well
based, and returned to Spain and the relatively prosaic activity of a religious
goods store. Yet he was still not settled. Moved initially by a sermon of
Blessed John of Avila, he one day engaged in a public beating of himself,
begging mercy and wildly repenting for his past life.
Committed to a mental hospital for these actions, John was visited by Blessed
John, who advised him to be more actively involved in tending to the needs of
others rather than in enduring personal hardships. John gained peace of heart,
and shortly after left the hospital to begin work among the poor.
He established a house where he wisely tended to the needs of the sick poor,
at first doing his own begging. But excited by the saint’s great work and
inspired by his devotion, many people began to back him up with money and
provisions. Among them were the archbishop and marquis of Tarifa.
Behind John’s outward acts of total concern and love for Christ’s sick poor
was a deep interior prayer life which was reflected in his spirit of humility.
These qualities attracted helpers who, 20 years after John’s death, formed the
Brothers Hospitallers, now a worldwide religious order.
The archbishop called John of God to him in response to a complaint that he
was keeping tramps and immoral women in his hospital. In submission John fell on
his knees and said: “The Son of Man came for sinners, and we are bound to seek
their conversion. I am unfaithful to my vocation because I neglect this, but I
confess that I know of no bad person in my hospital except myself alone, who am
indeed unworthy to eat the bread of the poor.” The archbishop could only trust
in John’s sincerity and humility, and dismissed him with deep respect.
John became ill after 10 years of service but tried to disguise his ill
health. He began to put the hospital’s administrative work into order and
appointed a leader for his helpers. He died under the care of a spiritual friend
and admirer, Lady Anne Ossorio.
The reason (well main reason) that the Holy Father wears a white cassock is because Blessed Innocent V who was pope in 1276 was the first member of the Dominican order elected. Because he kept wearing the Domincans' white cassock, it became traditional papal garb even today.