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The Shroud of Turin-Is it real?

The Shroud of Turin has the markings of being a burial cloth of Jesus.  It is kept at the Vatican in Rome.  It has been scientifically tested and the results are listed below.  (Sorry for the length of this page but felt it was extremely important.)

A man did an autopsy on the image of the Shroud and came up with a report that is unforgettable.   New testing on the Shroud reveals the date of 33 AD + or -250 yrs.

Information about the victim and position of the body:

  • Between the ages of 30-45
  • Adult Male
  • About 175 lbs
  • Height 71 inches or about 5ft 11in
  • Long hair with a small braid in the back.  Short beard with a fork in the middle.
  • The left foot is on top of the right foot with left knee flexion maintained by rigor mortis.
  • The body has marks of two coins on the eyes.
  • The chest is expanded in an upward inhalation position.
  • The body is nude.
  • The victim would have been upright with arms over his head at the time of the whipping.
  • The body was in a crucifixion-type posture at the time of death.
  • Arms are crossed over lower abdomen. The arms would have been in a 65 degree position, on the cross, for the blood to fall the direction it did.  See below.
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The wounds He suffered:

  • SCALP: There are about 30 puncture wounds all over the scalp.  One blood stain is in the shape of the number 3.
  • FACE: The person has a swollen left cheek and nose cartilage is shifted to the right side with an abrasion.  Probably from direct blows.
  • SHOULDER: There are abrasion marks on his shoulder and shoulder blade from carrying a heavy cross or beam. Possible shoulder dislocation with right shoulder lower than the left.
  • SIDE/RIBS: Puncture wound between his right 5th and 6th ribs about the size of a spear head.  This shows two types of fluid, blood and “water” from the wound. The blood most likely came from the heart sac being pierced. The serum most likely came from the heart sac due to a ruptured heart from a stress induced heart attack.
  • ABDOMEN: The abdomen is distended
  • WRISTS/ARMS: There are wounds in the wrists where the median nerve is located. The body weight during crucifixion causes the nail to damage the median nerve and the thumb to flex inward to the palm. Blood flows wiggle along the arm in response to the the person lifting up and down to breathe.
  • SCOURGE MARKS: There are scourging wounds from the shoulders to the calves from a whip with two hard dumbbell-shaped pieces tied to the tails.  A typical Roman flagrum whip.  Lots of marks seen on buttocks, thighs and shins.  Typical injury is severe bruising, lung injury, broken ribs, connective and muscle tissue damage. Broken ribs can cause damage to rib veins and arteries during breathing and bleeding into the lung sac.  There are maps online of the scourge marks counting 159 on the front, 213 on the back and 372 total!  If the whip had 3 tails that would be 124 times of being whipped. Some marks are in groups of three below.

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  • LEG/ANKLE: The left ankle looks dislocated.  No broken legs.
  • KNEECAP: The left knee and kneecap are swollen and looks possibly fractured.  Probably from falling with a heavy cross.
  • FEET: There is a puncture wound in the right foot.  The same object penetrated both feet with the left being over the right. This can cause considerable blood loss.

Blood:

  • Human Blood type AB, 3% of population, 1 in 7 billion and is the “universal recipient” for blood donation.  The blood is very red possibly from UV irradiation.  Blood turns red in UV irradiation but turns brown without.
  • Whole blood and serum found.  Proteins, albumin, and bilirubin found in the serum.  High amounts of bilirubin found from scourging.
  • Potassium and iron found.
  • Sodium and Chloride found suggesting sweat.
  • Human globulins (part of the immune system) found.

Cause of death:

  • asphyxia by the position of his body during the crucifixion and exhaustion
  • severe blood loss from flesh wounds causing shock, dehydration and difficulty with blood clotting
  • accumulation of fluid in the chest cavity due to cardio-respiratory failure
  • compromised circulation due to intense pain
  • too much pressure in the chest

The persons who did the autopsy said that they felt that the injuries shown on the cloth coincided with the Gospel and the death and crucifixion of Jesus.

I hope you stop and think about what He went through for the forgiveness of your sins.  Picture it in your mind, you standing there watching his agony.  I want to cry each time I think about it.  When you look at the injuries above that He suffered for us, it becomes more than what you see in pictures or on a crucifix.  He suffered excruciating pain in every part of his body for hours before he died.  He was betrayed, mocked, spit on, hit, scourged, punctured with the crown of thorns, had to carry the heavy cross, nailed to the cross, hung on the cross for three agonizing hours, had to lift his body to breathe even though he had horrible pain in his wrists and feet, had a broken kneecap and possibly a broken nose and dislocated shoulder and ankle, and he, an innocent man, died for us.  He loved us that much that he would gladly suffer all of that pain for the forgiveness of our sins.  We don’t deserve his love but he gives it to us freely.  He suffered and died for us, what are we doing for Him?  Not enough, I’m sure.  Yes, he has risen but do you realize that each time we sin or blaspheme, it hurts him the same as if we were standing there whipping him ourselves?  He’s not up in heaven all smiles, he’s in agony yet because we are hurting him with our sins.  Many people say “OMG” but that’s a blasphemy against God.  Something that simple can cause that agony for Jesus.  We have no true sense of the pain He went through but we should try very hard not to cause Him anymore pain by sinning.

http://www.theholyshroud.net/Body.htm

http://www.newgeology.us/presentation24.html

https://www.shroud.com/bucklin.htm

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Christian Show for Men, by Men

EWTN has a wonderful show for men about living the message of Jesus Christ.  If you click on the link below, you will find the video library of all of their seasons.  It is based on a sports show format.  Men talk about what it specifically means for men to be a Christian.  You can be masculine and Christian at the same time with dignity.

http://www.crossingthegoal.com/video-library

 

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No Salvation Outside the Catholic Church

There is no salvation outside of the Catholic Church.  Does that mean that only Catholics are the ones going to heaven?  No.  It means that anyone who knows the truth of the Catholic Church and still rejects it, will not go to heaven.  Anyone who doesn’t know the truth of the Catholic Church and is ignorant of it’s teachings will be given mercy and judged on their current knowledge and desire to be with God.

If someone knows the truth of the Catholic Church and still rejects its teachings, rejects it with their mouth and actions, rejects the Eucharist, rejects the Virgin Mary, and rejects it’s sacraments, then they will not go to heaven.  Also, if they are rejecting the Eucharist, they are rejecting Jesus, Himself.

It states in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC#846-848):

“846 How are we to understand this affirmation, often repeated by the Church Fathers?  Re-formulated positively, it means that all salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body;

Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation: the one Christ is the mediator and the way of salvation; he is present to us in his body which is the Church. He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and Baptism, and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church, which men enter through Baptism as through as door. Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or to remain in it.

847  This affirmation is not aimed at those who, through no fault of their own, do not know Christ and his Church:

Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience–those too may achieve eternal salvation.

848  Although in ways known to himself God can lead those who, through no fault of their own, are ignorant of the Gospel, to that faith without which it is impossible to please him, the Church still has the obligation and also the sacred right to evangelize all men.”

Does this mean that a person doesn’t have to search out the truth in the Catholic Church?  No.  This is not a get out of jail free card.  This means that we all have an obligation to God to search out the truth and find our way into the Catholic Church.  We always have to keep learning and we always have to accept the truth and not reject the Church or it’s teachings.  Also, we need the Eucharist, Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, to have eternal life in heaven.  We only find this in the Church so if we reject the Eucharist or it’s teaching, then we will not have eternal life unless we are ignorant of it’s teachings.

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Five Reasons the True Church is Catholic

The picture below describes very well the five reasons that the Catholic Church is the true Church that Jesus founded.  No other church, except the Catholic Church, can claim these truths.  There is a comparison with other churches below the picture.

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All other churches:

  1. All other churches are founded by men.  Some as early as the 1500’s, and some as recent as the last 10 years.  If someone doesn’t like one church, they church hop or they start another church.  Many have splintered off from each other and changed doctrine.
  2. Other churches may have attempted to translate the Bible but they also took out seven (7) books of the Bible and removed and changed other wording to suit their teachings.  The Catholic Church put the Bible together back in the 300-400’s AD.  So the other churches holding belief that the Bible is the only word of God and that the Catholic Church is not Biblical, the Catholic Church put the Bible together and there wouldn’t be a Bible if it wasn’t for the Catholic Church.
  3. The other churches typically have two (2) sacraments, while the Catholic Church has all seven (7) that Jesus instituted. (Baptism, Holy Communion/Eucharist, Reconciliation/Confession, Confirmation, Holy Matrimony, Holy Orders and Anointing of the Sick.)
  4. Other churches can only trace their authority back to their founder, men, who started their churches only as far back as the 1500’s.  Authority in the other churches is based on individual interpretation not on the authority that Jesus put into place, the Pope and Magistrate.
  5. Other churches change their doctrine to fit, not what Jesus taught, but what the parishioners want or what their church wants to fit with “the times”.  The Catholic Church doesn’t have this moving target in their doctrine, they stay solid with Jesus’ teachings.  The teachings of the Catholic Church is the same “universal” around the world and the doctrine will not change because it is what Jesus taught regardless of how much pressure society puts on it just because they want their way. We need to follow Jesus’ teachings, not expect Jesus to follow us.

These are the truths that only the Catholic Church can claim.  This is all historic and you can research the history in the Early Fathers of the Church.  They all point to the Catholic Church.  The Church is 2000 years old and comes directly from Jesus and the only church that can say that truthfully.

Defending the Catholic Faith Video Website   Check out their videos at this website.

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Change the World the Jesus way

If you are tired of this world falling apart around you, you can do something about it.  When you watch the news, it gets so discouraging because all you see is the world going down the tubes.

Now YOU can save the world by following these three devotions.

Prayer:  Pray this prayer on behalf of the world. “O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You.”  Pray especially for your enemies and for anyone who threatens the peace of the world and for their conversion.

Fasting:  Fast one day per week, preferably on Fridays because that’s the day the Lord was crucified, by eating bread and water or no more than one meal in the day collectively.  Make sure you are healthy enough to do this.  Fasting = Less food, more water, and finding Christ in the quiet of our self emptying. He fills us with His presence. Fast on Wednesdays and Fridays. (Courtesy of: http://www.catholic.org/clife/lent/story.php?id=67271 )  Offer up your sacrifice saying “I offer up my sacrifice today, nailed to the cross, for Jesus, on behalf of the world for the reparation of our sins.”

Repent:  Many think they don’t sin these days.  We all sin.  We need to admit our sins and be sorry for them and we need to repair our ways and make them more in line to Jesus.  Pray the Act of Contrition:  O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven, and the pains of hell; but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life.  Amen. (https://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/prayers/contrit.htm)  We can also pray this prayer on behalf of the world.

So when you feel so helpless in our chaotic world, you CAN do something and God loves it when you Pray, Fast, and Repent.  You would be helping the world to convert by God’s grace and we really need it right now.  God listens to His little ones.

 

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You can’t avoid Hell by thinking it doesn’t exist.

I’m not going to give you the fire and brimstone talk.  This is not meant to scare you, only to get you to consider the idea of how would you change your life if Hell does exist.  I know that there are many who don’t believe that Hell or Satan exists, but St. Faustina said that in her vision of Hell she noticed “that most of the souls there are those who disbelieved that there is a hell”.  http://www.divinemercysunday.com/vision.htm

Hell is locked from the inside.  Hell is full of volunteers.  If we are going away from God or rejecting Him, we are choosing Hell.  There is no other choice if we reject God.  The sin of omission…  “The sin of omission shall condemn many to hell, be they layman or Hierarchy.  I repeat:  not the sin of commission, but the sin of omission will commit many to hell.”  Our Lady of the Roses,  October 6, 1980

If you don’t believe in Hell, that’s ok but do you really want to take that big of a chance on your eternal soul?  You would be chancing Hell for eternity.  We can’t understand truly what eternity really is but when a soul is in Hell, there is no way out and no end. Many people don’t play the lottery because there is not much chance of winning but are willing to take that chance on Hell.  There are only two choices, Heaven or Hell.  What will you choose?  And after you die, you can’t change your mind, there is no going back.

Many saints have been given a glimpse of Hell and all have tried to warn us about it. See the links below for documentation of these visions.

If God is so merciful, then why is there a Hell? God respects our free will and if we choose to reject Him then WE are the ones who choose Hell, not Him. He is giving us what we want.  We should take out some fire insurance to protect us from Hell.  It would be the best policy ever.  How about “INFINITY INSURANCE” for the salvation of our souls for infinity?  It doesn’t cost anything but will have a huge payout in Heaven!

Please don’t take the chance on your eternal soul.  You and your soul are too precious to loose by taking such a big chance.  Even if you are right and there is no Hell, why take that chance??  But what if you are wrong and there IS a Hell…?  Don’t follow the crowd, in our culture, by falling into the pit of fire.  Stand tall and follow God’s rules.

Read the book called “Jay’s Journal” by Anonymous.  This is an actual diary of a 15 year old teenager who got involved in the Occult.

http://www.todayscatholicworld.com/bosco_hell.htm

 

 

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The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Take the time to study and meditate on the names below to come to know and understand Jesus’ Sacred Heart in this Litany.  Come and be sheltered by Jesus’ Sacred Heart.

Litany of Sacred Heart Of Jesus

In 1899 Pope Leo XIII approved this Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for public use. This litany is actually a synthesis of several other litanies dating back to the 17th century. Father Croiset composed a litany in 1691 from which 17 invocations were used by Venerable Anne Madeleine Remuzat when she composed her litany in 1718 at Marseille. She joined an additional 10 invocations to those of Father Croiset, for a total of 27 invocations. Six more invocations written by Sister Madeleine Joly of Dijon in 1686 were added by the Sacred Congregation for Rites when it was approved for public use in 1899. This makes a total of 33 invocations, one for each year of life of our Lord Jesus Christ. A partial indulgence is attached to this litany. 
Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy

Christ, hear us
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven,
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
God, the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity, One God,
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father,
Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mother,
Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God,
Heart of Jesus, of Infinite Majesty,
Heart of Jesus, Sacred Temple of God,
Heart of Jesus, Tabernacle of the Most High,
Heart of Jesus, House of God and Gate of Heaven,
Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of charity,
Heart of Jesus, abode of justice and love,
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love,
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues,
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise,
Heart of Jesus, king and center of all hearts,
Heart of Jesus, in whom are all treasures of wisdom and knowledge,
Heart of Jesus, in whom dwells the fullness of divinity,
Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father was well pleased,
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received,
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills,
Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful,
Heart of Jesus, enriching all who invoke Thee,
Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness,
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins,
Heart of Jesus, loaded down with opprobrium,
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offenses,
Heart of Jesus, obedient to death,
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance,
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation,
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection,
Heart of Jesus, our peace and our reconciliation,
Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who trust in Thee,
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee,
Heart of Jesus, delight of all the Saints,

Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world,
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world,
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world,

V. Jesus, meek and humble of heart.

Lord, have mercy.
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Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

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spare us, O Lord.

graciously hear us, O Lord.

have mercy on us, O Lord.

R. Make our hearts like to Thine.

Let us pray;

Almighty and eternal God, look upon the Heart of Thy most beloved Son and upon the praises and satisfaction which He offers Thee in the name of sinners; and to those who implore Thy mercy, in Thy great goodness, grant forgiveness in the name of the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who livest and reignest with Thee forever and ever. Amen.

Thank you to EWTN http://ewtn.com/Devotionals/Litanies/sacred_heart.htm