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What is the only unforgivable sin?

Many of us don’t think we sin.  What is a sin anyway?  What is the one unforgiveable sin?  I thought Jesus forgave all sins?  My parents or grandparents think I sin but I just think they are old fashioned.  They need to come up with the times right?  I just want to be free to follow my own rules.

Sin is when we are going in the opposite direction from God.  If we are not going toward God, then we are going away from God.  Sin is our choice to separate ourselves from God.  He gave us free will and respects our choice, even if we choose to leave and separate from Him.  The people who are in Hell are all volunteers.  They chose it.  God does not send people to Hell, they go willingly because they don’t want God.  He respects our choice to reject Him because He loves us.  This sounds backwards but He doesn’t want to force us to love Him.  He wants our total self-giving of ourselves to Him.  He doesn’t just want a little or want us to draw a line in the sand and say I will only give THIS much.  He wants all of us.

Sin can be big or small.  The small sins are called venial sins.  They aren’t as serious but if you have enough of them that can be serious.  These are smaller imperfections in us that cause problems.  Big sins are called mortal sins.  They ARE VERY SERIOUS!  These are like breaking the Ten Commandments or harming someone in a serious manner with ill intent.  These are sins like lying, stealing, killing, fornication (sex out of marriage), adultery, and not honoring God.  Think of the venial sins as paint spatter on your soul and think of the moral sins as big black ink stains on your gleaming white soul.

Our parents and grandparents most of the time can see our wrongdoings better than we can see ourselves.  They only have our best interest at heart.  Their biggest fear is for you to lose your soul and salvation.  Wouldn’t that be horrible if they went to heaven and you didn’t?  Think of the deep sorrow they would have for you.  They want to share the love of Heaven with you.  They are responsible to God for the salvation of your soul and they have to answer to God for the wrong choices you make.

Following your own rules sounds nice but if everyone followed their own rules, society would be chaos because who determines which rules we follow?  One person might think well stealing isn’t a big deal but the person he steals from might miss their car pretty bad.  We need to follow rules that are uniform to have a structured society.  We have to follow the laws or we have consequences.  We can’t speed or we would get a ticket or have an accident.

Jesus came to give us a second chance as mankind.  Yet we still refuse His mercy.  He died for our salvation, yet we still refuse Him and the only Church He founded.  We refuse to ask for forgiveness.  We commit sins and refuse to admit that we are sinning.  How horrible we treat Him.  We commit the sin of pride by thinking we are beyond sinning and don’t need forgiveness, or worse yet, we think the sin we committed is too grievous that we don’t deserve forgiveness.  This is the ONE UNFORGIVEABLE SIN, either thinking we don’t sin, not asking for forgiveness, or thinking its too bad that we don’t deserve it.  This is actually us rejecting God’s mercy and the mercy of the Holy Spirit.  If you think of Judas who turned Jesus over to be crucified, he realized that what he had done was wrong.  He tried to return the money he received but it didn’t clear his conscience.  He thought what he had done was unforgivable and killed himself.  How sad it is, that all he had to do was go to Jesus and ask for forgiveness.  What a story in the Bible that would have been huh?

Close your eyes for a moment, imagine that Jesus is tied to the pillar and the soldiers are scourging Him.  What a horrible sight, a painful sight to behold.  Now imagine that every time you sin, YOU are the one scourging Him.  This may sound like something hard to hear or you may say that sounds stupid; I mean after all we certainly wouldn’t do that.  But every time we sin and put ourselves first instead of God, that’s exactly what we are doing.  Think about it.  When we curse and use God’s name in vain or the “OMG” slang we are dishonoring God.  We need to think about our actions and understand that whatever we do to others, we have done to Jesus.

Yes we are human and not perfect by any means, but I have a remedy for you for all of this.  God doesn’t want to condemn us, He wants to offer and freely give His forgiveness and mercy for us to come back to Him.  We need to ditch the pride and come back humble and repentant to Him.  I you are Catholic and haven’t been to confession for awhile, go now and receive buckets of grace from Jesus!  If you are not Catholic, repent and come back to God, ask forgiveness.  Trust in Jesus that He will lead you to His mercy.  Everyone thinks that Jesus came to preach love but I am telling you that He really came to preach MERCY AND FORGIVENESS FOR ALL OF US, WE JUST NEED TO LEARN TO ASK FOR IT.

For more information please go to the link below.  It will bring you to a website PDF file of the Diary of St. Faustina.  This is an amazing story of Jesus coming to a nun and asking for people to come to His Divine Mercy.  This is a true story and is all documented in her diary and approved by the Catholic Church.  Please step into His mercy.  Jesus I trust in You.

http://www.boziemilosrdenstvo.sk/download/diary.pdf

 

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Don’t all churches have the Eucharist?

Don’t all churches have the Eucharist? Other churches claim to have the real presence too.  I don’t understand.

Why can’t you find the Eucharist in any other church?  There’s a key component that the Catholic Church has that no other church has and without this you can’t have the Eucharist.  The key component is a valid PRIEST!  Jesus instituted the priesthood on Holy Thursday at the Last Supper.  He commanded them to do as He did.  “Take this all of you and eat of this for this is my Body.”  These may seem like just words but He gave the apostles the authority to, through Jesus, to hold the bread and wine and ask for the Holy Spirit to come down and change them into the Body and Blood of Jesus.  This is called consecration.  The authority of the Holy Orders of Priesthood came down from Jesus to Peter to the other apostles and other popes and bishops from there.  This is an unbroken line from Jesus directly to Pope Francis and the current priests and bishops today.  If someone breaks from the Catholic Church and makes their own church or ordinations, then they are NOT validly ordained through Jesus and therefore would not be able to be in communion with the Holy Spirit to turn the bread and wine to the Body and Blood of Jesus.

One question to ask is what do other churches do with the left over communion bread and wine?  Some put the wine or grape juice back in the bottle, Some throw the bread away in the garbage, some put the wafers back in the bag they came in, some make homemade bread and bring the leftovers home and cook with it, some pour it down the sewer to be mingled with sewage.  If it is the Eucharist and Body of Jesus, then why is it treated in such a way when they are done?  Some claim that Jesus “jumps” out of the bread and is just blessed bread then giving a reason it can be thrown away.  It is treated as a symbol.

In the Catholic Church, the wine is never put back in the bottle.  It is all consumed in each Mass.  The vessels are washed and the cleaning water is dumped down a sink that goes directly into the earth, not the sewer.   The left over Eucharist is put in a tabernacle (box of reverence for the Eucharist to be kept safe) and treated with deep reverence.  It is also put out on the altar for worship and adoration.  The Eucharist does not depend on the faith of the one consuming it.  It IS REALLY JESUS AND STAYS THAT WAY. There’s a big difference!

What do the other churches have then if not a valid Eucharist?  If they don’t have a valid priest to do consecration then they have a layman to BLESS the bread.  This would be the same as asking Jesus to bless our meals, which is good but still not consecrated into the Real Presence of the Body and Blood of Jesus.

This is why you can only find the Eucharist in the Catholic Church because Jesus designed it that way and us as humans have no authority in that.

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Fullness of the Faith

If you are not Catholic, you can receive grace by reading scripture, Baptism and praying.

But by becoming Catholic, you would be receiving the fullness of the faith, receiving also the grace of Baptism (if needed), Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation.  Catholicism is the fullness of the faith.  You need sanctifying grace for salvation.  Sanctifying grace is when you have no mortal (major) sin within you.

Think of it like this: Which would you rather have?

  • A dinner from the convenience store or from a restaurant with all the fixings?
  • A peanut butter sandwich or Thanksgiving Dinner?
  • A castle with only the king in his chamber or a castle with the king, queen, all their family and beautiful hall with tapestries and gold to celebrate the feast of our king?

I’m sure you get the point.  The Catholic Church has all the fixings.  Other churches are wonderful and have some truths within them however; the Catholic Church has ALL of the truth.  Not putting the other churches down because they do have some truths but wouldn’t you want everything?

There is nothing missing in the Catholic Church.  It has the fullness that Jesus created within His church.  You would be receiving the fullness of the faith directly from Jesus, Himself.  Why would you want anything else?

Some people go church shopping, looking for a good pastor to preach or for that hugging warm fuzzy feeling, but there is something soooo much more to it.  What about Jesus, Himself in the flesh?  The Eucharist IS Jesus.  You can’t find that in any other church!  You can take Jesus into your heart and have a closeness and intimacy with Him that you can’t find anywhere else.  This is what He meant it to be.  He longs to be in you literally, not symbolically.

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Statues? What’s up with all the statues?

Why do Catholics worship statues?  Do Catholics commit idolatry?  Are they even Christian?

Yes, Catholics are very much Christian and everything is based on what Jesus taught us.  Catholics have Bible verses in every Mass (service).

I remember a story about what the Catholic Church may look like from the outside.  If you stand outside of the church, you can see the stain glass windows but they are dark and unappealing.  The building just looks like any other building and not very exciting or even a little weird to people outside.  But if you look at it from the inside, the stain glass windows are so vibrant, beautiful and they tell a story.  Lights illuminate the ornate painted gold scrollwork on the walls and the beauty within.  Once you get to know what the Catholic Church is all about, you see the beauty within.

Statues in the Catholic Church are reminders for us, like people would have pictures of their family in their wallet.  If we didn’t have pictures of our great grandparents, we wouldn’t know what they looked like, right?  We honor the Virgin Mary (I will write more about that later) and the saints but only ask for them to pray FOR us, like we ask our family and friends to pray for us.  Idolatry would be if we thought that the statue itself would be able to do what we ask, but the statues only remind us of Jesus or the saints and we only worship God and Jesus.

We also have crucifixes of Jesus on the cross to remind us of His sacrifice for us.  We are not crucifying him again.  Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are all one thing, not separate.  You can’t have one without the other. People have asked me why we want weddings in the church instead of on the beach.  The answer is, so that we have a crucifix to look at and remind us of the sacrifice that we are called to do within our marriage which is a covenant (promise) between the couple and God, instead of a contract of only the couple.

Although it may LOOK like we worship the statues, we are really using the statue to remind us of the person and asking for the person to PRAY FOR US and WITH US to God.  If you think about it, if you wanted something you would go to your mom and ask for her to ask dad for you right? Why?  Because you know that he wouldn’t refuse her on your behalf.  It’s the same with the Virgin Mary and Jesus and God.  The Virgin Mary goes to her Son and asks Him for and with us for our request and Jesus will always listen to His Mother.  The saints do the same thing.  They are our huge family in Heaven and they are on our side and willing to assist us to reach heaven.

Jesus gave His mother to us when He was on the cross dying.

26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loves, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.  John 19:26-27

Jesus not only gave the Virgin Mary, his mother, to John to care for but He also gave her to us as our Mother.  She is our Blessed Mother in Heaven and we need to honor her as Jesus would.

 

 

 

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My story searching for Jesus

You might think that I don’t understand where you are at or what you are feeling about this whole thing but I was once as far from Jesus as possible.  I was born and raised in the Catholic Church.  When I was about 33 I fell away from the Church.  I felt myself searching for the truth, not just because my parents taught it to me, but I needed to know that I truly had the truth.  Part of growing up and maturing I guess.  The whole time I was away, I felt a hole in my heart for the Eucharist but I wanted to do my own research.  It took me about 9 years to finally come to a conclusion.  I came back to the Church in 2008 and had never felt such love and forgiveness and mercy from God and Jesus in my whole life.  I’ve had some people tell me that I went back just because it was what I was raised with.  This couldn’t be farther from the truth!  I had an open mind for all of my options, all 40,000 or so, denominations worth.  But the more I researched it, the more it brought me to the Catholic Church.  I guess the fact that the Church is 2,000 years old spoke to me deeply.  Any church with that kind of history has to have something right.  The other thing that struck me was that when I researched the Eucharistic Miracles, it kept coming back that it truly is the Body and Blood of Jesus, and I can’t find that in any other church.  I wanted the real thing!  I wanted what Jesus promised for my salvation.

For the last three years, I have been doing a lot of research trying to help friends and family with their faith walk.  I don’t claim to be any expert on the subject but I have experienced the hole in my heart of the absence of Jesus and I have experienced Jesus filling that hole up with his mercy and love again.  What I found during my struggle of searching for the truth is trying to figure out what is the truth and what isn’t.  I think that’s the hardest part.  If you look at the history of all the churches, that will give you an idea of where the true church of Jesus is and where you can start.

I had some questions and things that were hard to understand but the more I thought about it the more it made sense.

Please make yourself open to trusting in God’s mercy.  Let Him guide you home.

If the Church has harmed you in any way, I apologize for any wrongdoing. We are all sinners.  Even the Pope and Bishops are sinners because we are all human.

The Catholic Church is a hospital for sinners, not a house of saints.

No one would be judging you.  All of us are sinners.  The Church just wants to offer God’s mercy and love to you.  All you have to do is seek it out and it will be yours.  That’s what I did and I have never been sorry.  I can’t believe the path He has led me down, all because I trusted in Him.

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How do I have a true personal relationship with Jesus?

Can I believe in God and worship my own way?  Can’t I just see God in nature?  Why do I have to go to church?  Why do I have to follow God’s rules?  Can’t I just follow my own rules?

We have the choice of free will and God will respect our choice.  He won’t force us to come back to Him, but He WILL be there calling us back to Him.  He will always love us, even enough to allow us to reject Him.  We have to ask ourselves , “Who do we love more…God or me?”  If you love God, then you will sacrifice yourself for Him for you know that your reward will be great in heaven.

We need to go to church for our spiritual nourishment that God and Jesus want so badly to give us.  We need to go frequently so that we can resist sin and keep our souls perfectly gleaming white and stay close to Jesus.  If you think about it, you wouldn’t have a spouse you only visit weekly or monthly or not at all, right?  You wouldn’t have much of a relationship if you did that.

How do I have a  personal relationship with Jesus?  Doing anything to learn about Jesus is always good, reading the Bible or other resources, but you have to spend time knowing Jesus to form that closeness you crave.  Spend time praying but also just talk to Jesus like you would a brother or best friend.  Tell Him how you feel, what your frustrations are, thank Him for your blessings, pray for others, and ask for better understanding and a stronger faith.

My suggestion for you would be to get a crucifix and just spend time thinking about what He sacrificed for you. You are not worshipping the crucifix, just trying to understand His pain and suffering.  What pain did He go through?  I didn’t know until recently that when the soldiers took His clothes off to crucify Him, they also tore at His flesh because the blood had dried on his back and legs from being whipped and stuck to the robes.  They don’t tell you these things growing up.  He fell three times skinning his knees and elbows.  Can you imagine the pain He experienced laying on that rough wood with all those open wounds on his back?  He also had to rub on that wood to lift himself to breathe. Think about what He went through for us as sinners.  His love for us is so immense that we can’t even comprehend it but we can see it on the crucifix.

Another way to become close to Jesus is to spend time with Him in Adoration.  Even if you aren’t Catholic, you can still go to any Catholic Church and spend time with Him in front of the tabernacle knowing He is there.  Seriously, try it.  Ask what times they have Adoration and you can also go to see Him on the Altar.  To treat Him with reverence, please be sure to bow to Him upon entering or leaving and remain silent during your time there (out of respect for others praying).  Some churches have Adoration all day so you can easily fit it into your schedule.  He is right in front of you.  He is there, for you, to come and visit with.  He wants your company and love.

The more time you spend WITH Him, the more you will come to KNOW Him and have that personal relationship with Him.

 

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What is the Eucharist?

The Eucharist is the Real Presence of Jesus’ Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity as Communion for us to receive within us as nourishment for our souls.

What’s different about the communion at the Catholic Church compared to the other churches?

  • Catholics can receive Holy Communion every day.  Other churches can be weekly, monthly or just a few times per year.
  • Catholics believe that the Eucharist changes completely into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ with only the appearances of bread and wine left.  Other churches believe that it is only a symbol or that Jesus is only “in, with and under the bread” but not changed into Jesus.  Also, they believe that it depends on the faith of the receiver whether Jesus is present.  Catholics believe that Jesus is present regardless of the faith of the believer.  Catholics believe that once it is changed  into Jesus (transubstantiation), every particle IS Jesus.  Catholics after communion reserve what is left in the tabernacle in the church because it is still Jesus and should be treated very reverently.  Other churches don’t have tabernacles because their communion is not reserved.  Some is taken home with parish members to be consumed, thrown away or disposed of in other manners.
  • Catholics also have what is called “Adoration”.  This is where the Eucharist is placed into a stand (monstrance) and placed on the altar so that people can give respect, love and adoration to Jesus in the Eucharist.  This is a very peaceful devotion and form of prayer.  Some have reported that they felt a presence when they came into the room before they knew that Jesus was there.  To others who don’t understand or believe, it may seem like we are worshipping a piece of bread but it is actually Jesus.
  • The Catholic Church is the only church that you will find the Eucharist (Real Presence of Christ).  The reason is that the Catholic Church is the only church that has that authority passed down from Jesus to his priests down an unbroken chain.  Other churches don’t have this authority passed down unfortunately.  They are able to bless their communion bread but not to change it to Jesus.

I wanted to know more about the Eucharist so I looked for Eucharistic Miracles.  The Miracle of Lanciano is so beautiful!  The Eucharist changed into actual heart muscle tissue and the wine turned into real human blood, type AB.  This was all substantiated by a blind scientific study. Click on this link for more info.   http://www.therealpresence.org/eucharst/mir/lanciano.html

There are other Eucharistic Miracles that have been verified also.  Once you understand how Jesus has sacrificed himself to become the Real Presence in the Eucharist, you understand how much he really loves each and every one of us.

For more information, please read John 6:35-58.  It reveals the plan Jesus has for us regarding the Eucharist.  Verse 51 is especially interesting: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”  He is NOT speaking symbolically here.  He wouldn’t have risked everyone walking away if he had.  They didn’t understand at the time but after his resurrection people began to understand what he meant.  If Jesus can walk on water, change water to wine, heal the lepers, and rise from the dead, then it should be easy for us to believe that He can change the bread and wine into His Body and Blood.