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What’s our main job as a spouse?

Have you ever thought about it?  Most people would think…”to love my spouse forever, right?”  Well, kind of.

We will only be married to our spouse until one dies.  We will not have marriages in heaven.  So we will not be married forever but we will want to see our loved one in heaven.  This brings me to my point.  Our main job and responsibility for our spouse is to get THEM to heaven.  That’s a tall order!

It’s hard enough to get ourselves to heaven but now we have to try to get our spouse there too???  Yes.  God wants us to try to get everyone to heaven, as He craves for all of us to say yes to Him and be holy enough to get to heaven.  When we say “I do”, we are taking on the responsibility of getting our spouse to heaven too.  But what’s nice is that their responsibility is to get YOU to heaven too.  (Is that a taller order?)

This is true love in the eyes of God.  You sacrifice yourself in every way to try to get your spouse to heaven and they do the same for us.  That’s what marriage is all about.  This is the LOVE that God wants for us in our marriages.  That’s why it’s a lifetime commitment and not a commitment that we end just because it’s not convenient or doesn’t measure up to our expectations.  Marriage is between you, your spouse, AND GOD.  When you don’t have God in the middle of your marriage, your marriage doesn’t have a solid foundation upon the covenant of God.  God formed marriage between a man and woman to produce children and have bonding.  Through this union, children are produced who will be taught to love God and each spouse will love each other enough that they will get each other into heaven to be with God.  Isn’t that the ultimate gift we can give our spouse, to give them an eternity with God in heaven?  I do this for you because I love you that much.

 

 

 

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Propaganda, against the one true Church, in my mailbox.

Propaganda, prop·a·gan·da, präpəˈɡandə/
noun:
  1. derogatory
    information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.

I opened up my mailbox and found a small book without much explanation as to what it was about.  I put the author into a search engine and found that the source of this book came from a Protestant faith and that the author regularly sends out literature against the Catholic Church.  Propaganda can be found in the strangest places.  I have seen it in public bathrooms, laundromats and in restaurants among other unexpected places.  There is a lot of extremely negative reference in it to the Papacy and the Pope of the Catholic Church.  There are references to the “Beast”, claiming that the Catholic Church and the Pope are the “Beast” himself.  There are a lot of half-truths and misunderstandings in it.  Many times you will hear them refer to the Church as the “whore of Babylon”  These things are NOT true.

This doesn’t make me angry but makes me feel so deeply saddened that someone would take the time to put this book together and put it out in a mass mailing to everyone’s home (where they should feel safe from being bombarded by propaganda), when they don’t even have the whole truth. I wish they would spend the time learning about the truth.  I feel so sad for this person or faith who don’t understand the truth of Jesus and His Church.  This is exactly why I started this blog; to extinguish the many misunderstandings of the Church.  I want you to have the truth of the only Church that Jesus established.

There are so many who write and pass on propaganda with half-truths and misunderstandings in it and typically it isn’t against other Protestant churches but instead focus their offense against the Catholic Church.  By passing this on, these people are taking away the choice of others to choose the one true Church of Jesus.  They are telling others who are searching for the truth what to choose by persuasion and deceit.  This is breaking the 8th Commandment of God, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor”.  Isn’t Jesus also our neighbor?  They are passing on falsehood about Jesus.

What would this do to Jesus?  Imagine how this would make Him feel.  He established His one true Church and died for us but there are some people who are trying to keep others out of the Church He worked so hard to establish.  This has to be disheartening and heart breaking for Him to see others led away from the truth.

I urge you to be careful of what literature and other information you are consuming in your search for the truth of Jesus and His one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church.  Be sure of your source and that you are getting the actual truth.  One suggestion of mine would be to go to a Catholic Church or Catholic book/religious store and purchase the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which is all teaching based on the Bible and what Jesus and the Apostles taught from the very beginning.  Listen to a Catholic radio station for more information.  Better yet, go to the Catholic Church and attend RCIA classes.  Get your information from a reliable source.  If it sounds derogatory against the Catholic Church, then it is not the truth of the Church.  The Catholic Church is beautiful of course because Jesus built it.  It couldn’t be anything else.  So when you hear of derogatory information, ask yourself, are they telling the truth or trying to knock down Jesus’ Church?  Don’t let them win by leading you away from the truth that Jesus wants you to have.  He’s calling you Home.

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Believing in Jesus

A Martyr is someone who is killed because of their religious beliefs.  White Martyrdom is when a person is persecuted for their religious beliefs.  We all hear about martyrs but do we really think about it?  People who are willing to endure unspeakable pain, ridicule, anguish and torture because they won’t denounce their belief in God.

I spoke with someone about St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, who were both martyred for their faith.  They said that they believed in Jesus but didn’t understand why someone would die for their faith, “why not just ‘say’ what the captor wants to hear and then be free”?  This person didn’t truly understand that by “saying” what the captor wants, you are denouncing God.

We say we believe in Jesus, but to believe in Him means much more than just believing He existed.  What does it truly mean to believe in Jesus?    We think it’s all about love and roses because He has resurrected but if we read the scriptures below within the understanding of the Eucharist, then it takes on a new light.

  • John 6: 35  Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life (the Eucharist); whoever comes to me (the Body of Christ in the Eucharist) will never hunger, and whoever believes in me (The Blood of Christ) will never thirst.
  • John 6: 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son (seeing and discerning the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist from that of ordinary bread) and believes in him (the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist) may have eternal life, and I shall raise him (on) the last day.
  • John 6: 47-48  Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes (in the Eucharist as the Real Presence) has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life  (The Eucharist).
  • John 6: 55  For my flesh is true food (The Body of Christ as The Eucharist), and my blood is true drink (the Blood of Christ).”

Try reading the scriptures John 6:35-58 with the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist in mind.  It is all in the context of the Eucharist and yes, Jesus meant it literally, not symbolically.  It’s eye opening.  Especially when you consider the scripture, “I am with you (in The Eucharist) always, until the end of the world” (Mt. 28:20).  The Eucharist has been with us since Jesus founded it on Holy Thursday at the Last Supper.  This is also the same time Jesus began the ordination of priests.  This is not a coincidence.  He needed the priests, because through the priests and the Holy Spirit we have the Eucharist.  This is only done through the ordination and apostolic succession of the priests.

Believing in Jesus means we believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Body and Blood of the Eucharist.  This is truly believing in Jesus.  You cannot have believing in Jesus without the Eucharist; Jesus and the Eucharist are the same and inseparable.  These sound like strong words but once you understand the connection; that the Eucharist is Jesus’ Heart, it makes perfect sense. (Check out the Miracle of Lanciano on my Links page-The Eucharist Host is true human heart tissue with veins and nerves and the Blood is AB blood type.)

When you read the above scriptures in a new light, then the idea of dying for our faith becomes more clear.  Of course we would die for Jesus if we truly love Him and understand what context He meant regarding the Eucharist.  The martyrs I mentioned above would not have died for a symbol, but they did die for the Eucharist.  When we get to that point, then and only then can we truly say, “I believe in Jesus and I would die for Him”.

For further information, check out the Bread of Life Discourse at BREAD OF LIFE DISCOURSE & REASONS TO BE CATHOLIC  (especially check out #42 and #43, then scroll down to the bottom of the page for a good explanation on the Eucharist).  They have an easy explanation of the Eucharist and the difference between Protestant and Catholic beliefs.

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What do I do if I feel Jesus pulling me to the Catholic Church?

My family and friends are telling me I’m doing something wrong.  My family is angry with me or concerned for my salvation if I become Catholic.  I’m not ready to convert to Catholicism but am interested in what it means. What do I do?

If you feel Jesus drawing you to the Catholic Church, the first thing you do is…let Him.  Let Him guide you down your faith path.  All of our paths are different.   If He is drawing you to the Catholic Church, then maybe begin with learning all you can about it.  Make sure you have an open mind to understand His teachings through His church and be sure you get all of the facts from a Catholic source, not misunderstandings from others.

As for your family and friends, reassure them that you are on a good path and that you are finding more to your faith, not less.  Tell them about the truths you find.  This can be hard for family and friends to understand so be patient with them.  Some may fall away permanently, some may just be angry for a time, but keep your eye on Jesus.  Some may see what you are finding and they may want it too.

If you want to learn more, go to any local Catholic Church and ask about RCIA classes.  These are classes that will teach you about the different aspects of the faith.  RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  They are classes that help your understanding about the church.  It helps to get rid of any misunderstandings or myths you may have received from others.  You are not obligated to become Catholic if you take the classes.  If you do choose to become Catholic, then you would most likely come into full communion with the church on Easter receiving all of the sacraments you are in need of, especially Baptism (if needed), Confirmation, First Eucharist, and First Reconciliation.  When this happens, you come into a huge family not only here on earth but also in Heaven.   Classes usually start in the fall so if you are interested, check it out as soon as possible to that you don’t miss much.  Just remember that you are doing so much more in your faith by becoming Catholic; you are coming Home to the fullness of the Faith.