Link

The Apostle’s Creed Points the Way

The Apostle’s Creed’s history comes from the Apostles 2000 years ago.  These were some of our Early Church Fathers giving us a road map to help us find the way to what Jesus taught us.  It’s a faithful summary of the Apostle’s faith.

It starts out with the words, “I believe…”.  This is a profession of faith.  We profess our belief in God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Forgiveness of Sins, the Resurrection of the Body and Life Everlasting.

  • I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth;
    • (God is one, loving, living, merciful, gracious, truth, love, the first person of the Trinity, Almighty, and created everything for His glory and it is ordered and ruled by His laws.)
    • (The Trinity is one God but three separate persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  The Trinity is NOT three Gods.)
  • and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
    • (Jesus is the second person of the Trinity.  Jesus, in Hebrew, means “God saves”.  The word “Christ” comes from the Hebrew “Messiah” which means “anointed”.  “He descended into Hell” means that Jesus descended “into the depths of death so that the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those that who hear will live”.  Remember that Heaven was not open at this time and Satan had the power over death and evil.  All those who had died were waiting for the Messiah to open Heaven because of the Fall of man.  The Hell we think of where Satan is, is not the same place Jesus went.  Jesus ascended into Heaven 40 days later after His Resurrection.)
  • I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
    • (The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, is a who and not a what, is symbolized by water, anointing, fire, dove, cloud and light, the seal, and the finger of God.)
    • (The Holy Catholic Church is the church that Jesus founded through the apostles 2000 years ago.  It is a visible church.  It possesses the four marks of the true church: one, holy, catholic (universal) and apostolic.  No other church on earth possesses all of these four marks.)
    • (Communion of Saints, means a communion of faith, sacraments, charisms, charity in the faithful to form one body with Christ as the Head of the Church.)
    • (Forgiveness of Sins, means the power given by Jesus in John 20:22-23 for the Apostles to forgive or retain sins.  This power is only for the apostles and their successors.  This is the Sacrament of Confession)
    • (In 1 Cor 15:12-14 it states that “…if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain…But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.”  Those alive in Christ will raise again body and soul and have life everlasting in Christ.)
    • Amen means “I believe”.
    • Many non-Catholic churches say the Apostle’s Creed but might hold a different meaning than what the apostles or Jesus meant.  Do your research and find out if your church truly believes what the apostles believed in the Early Church.

The Four Marks of the True Church are as follows (CCC 866-870):

  1. The Church is one: acknowledges one Lord, confesses one faith, is born of one Baptism, forms only one Body, is given life by the one Spirit, for the sake of one hope (Eph 4:3-5) at whose fulfillment all divisions will be overcome.
  2. The Church is holy: the Most Holy God is her author; Christ her bridegroom, gave himself up to make her holy; the Spirit of holiness gives her life.  Since she still includes sinners, she is “the sinless one made up of sinners”.  Her holiness shines in the saints; in Mary she is already all-holy.
  3. The Church is catholic: she proclaims the fullness of the faith.  She bears in herself and administers the totality of the means of salvation.  She is sent out to all peoples.  She speaks to all men.  She encompasses all times.  She is “missionary of her very nature.”
  4. The Church is apostolic.  She is built on a lasting foundation: “the twelve apostles of the Lamb” (Rev 21:14).  She is indestructible (Mt 16:18).  She is upheld infallibly in the truth: Christ governs her through Peter and the other apostles, who are present in their successors, the Pope and the college of bishops.
  5. The sole Church of Christ which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic,…subsists in the Catholic Church, which is governed by the successor of Peter and by the bishops in communion with him.  Nevertheless, many elements of sanctification and of truth are found outside its visible confines.  (This means that many, not all, elements of truth are found outside of the Catholic Church but the fullness of faith is found within the Catholic Church.)

CCC stands for Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Please see the Catechism paragraph numbers 194-1065 for reference.

For more topics, click here.

Advertisements
Link

Great Media Explaining What Jesus Taught

There’s a website called FORMED, that has many audio programs, movies, video programs, and eBooks on it of Catholic content.  This is a beautiful website that contains so much information about the life of Jesus and the truth of what He taught.  There are movies you can show your family without worry, for movie night and popcorn.  You can download the eBooks to your device and take them with you.  The audio programs are wonderful to listen to and explain many interesting topics, some with a little humor.  When you go onto the website, scroll down and you can play the little video explaining the website.

There’s programs for youth, Spanish-speaking, and sacramental preparation.  It contains documentaries, faith formation and Bible studies.  It even contains programs explaining the Church’s true teaching on topics such as pro-life and abortion, homosexuality (program is called “Called to Courageous Love”), God and Science, and how to be truly happy.

I have found this website to be extremely helpful in my faith path and I love the movies and their good quality content.  Their content is added to frequently.  I absolutely love the program called “Convinced”.

It costs $9.99 per month (American money) and you can receive a 7-day free trial also.  You can call your parish and see if they have a subscription.  If they do, the parish would give you a code to put in so that it is free for you to access.

Click here to find www.formed.org

I don’t receive any kickbacks or paid advertisements from this website (or any other advertising) but I just feel that it is such a good way to help people to find the truth.

Click here to find more topics.

Link

How Much Do You Know About Being Catholic?

Take this quiz and find out how much you know about what Catholics believe.  Answers are below.

  1. How do you make the Sign of the Cross?
  2. To whom did Mary go visit as soon as she found out she was pregnant with Jesus?
  3. True or False:  The Stations of the Cross are a Sacrament.
  4. Do Catholics WORSHIP or HONOR Mary?
  5. What is the name of the Pope?
  6. What was the name of the Pope before our present Pope?
  7. Yes or No: Mother Teresa has officially been named a saint of the Church.
  8. What does the word Catholic mean?
  9. Yes or No:  Should a Catholic receive communion at a non-Catholic service?
  10. True or False:  A Lutheran can receive communion at a Catholic Mass.
  11. True or False:  Only a priest can baptize someone.
  12. Can a person be baptized more than once?
  13. True or False:  A person can receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick more than once.
  14. True or False:  Priests can NEVER reveal what they hear in confession even if they are brought to court.
  15. True or False:  Judas was one of the 12 Apostles.
  16. How many days are in Lent?
  17. What is the name of the day that begins Lent?
  18. The day Jesus died is called ___________________________?
  19. The day Jesus rose from the dead is called _________________________?
  20. What does it mean to “Fast” in the Catholic Church during Lent?
  21. True or False:  People can fall out of purgatory and go to hell.
  22. Who was the first Pope?
  23. What do we celebrate on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception?
  24. What do we celebrate on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary?
  25. What happened to Jesus on the Feast of the Ascension?
  26. At what age must a Pope retire?
  27. The sin of Adam and Eve is called the ____________________sin.
  28. How many Sacraments are there?
  29. Name the Sacraments.
  30. What kind of oil is used for the sacrament of baptism, confirmation, holy orders and anointing of the sick in the Church?
  31. True or False:  If you are Catholic, you are guaranteed to go to heaven when you die.
  32. True or False:  Catholics can receive the Sacrament of Confirmation more than once.
  33. True or False:  Jesus was married.
  34. Name four saints.
  35. In Christian art, what is the dove a symbol of?
  36. True or False:  If we forget God, God will forget us.
  37. When a priest explains the Gospel during Mass, this is not a sermon, it is called a ______________.
  38. True or False:  Just having a sexual thought or feeling is a sin.
  39. What is it called when we believe something that cannot be scientifically proven?
  40. How many beads are in a decade of the Rosary?
  41. What prayer is said on the large beads of the Rosary?
  42. Jesus grew up in what religion?
  43. What is the little voice in our head that tells us right from wrong?
  44. What is the piece of furniture called where the priest sets the bread and wine and says the prayers to make it become the Body and Blood of Jesus?
  45. True or False:  We are only pretending at Mass when we say the bread and wine become the body and blood of Jesus.
  46. True or False:  A person always has the right to end his/her life.
  47. True or False:  A Catholic can have their ashes scattered anywhere they want after they die.
  48. Where does the Pope live?
  49. Who elects the Pope?
  50. What color smoke comes from the chimney of the Vatican when a Pope is elected?
  51. What is the smoky stuff used sometimes at Mass on special occasions by the priest called?
  52. True or False:  An evil action is permitted if the result is good.
  53. What was the name of the angel who told Mary she would give birth to Jesus?
  54. What is it called when we drop to one knee before going into a pew?
  55. Do we genuflect when we go into a non-Catholic church?
  56. Why don’t we genuflect when we go into a non-Catholic church?
  57. Jesus cried when a friend of his died.  Who was this?
  58. In the Bible, who made Jesus perform his first miracle?
  59. What celebration was Jesus at when he performed his first miracle?
  60. Finish this sentence from a prayer:  HAIL MARY, FULL OF ________________________.
  61. What is the gold container called where the Body of Christ is kept during the week?
  62. What is the name of Mary’s mother?
  63. What is the name of Mary’s father?
  64. True or False:  Is it possible for God to do something evil if He chooses to?
  65. True or False:  Is it possible for God NOT to love us?
  66. True or False:  Catholics believe that everything that the Pope teaches is infallible, meaning no matter what the says he is right.
  67. True or False:  The Pope cannot sin.
  68. True or False:  Catholics believe that the Bible is the Word of God.
  69. True or False: Catholics worship statues.
  70. True or False:  Once your are baptized Catholic you are always Catholic, no matter what.

 

 

Answers are below:

  1. Touch your forehead as you say, “In the name of the Father”, touch your chest and say, “and the Son”, touch your left shoulder and say, “and the Holy”, touch the right shoulder and say, “Spirit”, fold your hands in prayer and say, “Amen.”
  2. Her cousin Elizabeth.
  3. False, the Stations of the Cross are NOT a Sacrament.
  4. Catholics HONOR  Mary.
  5. Pope Francis.
  6. Pope Benedict
  7. Yes, Mother Teresa is officially a saint of the Church as of September 2016.
  8. The word Catholic means “universal”.
  9. No, a Catholic should not receive communion in a non-Catholic church, because the non-Catholic church does not believe the same about communion as the Catholic, so the Catholic is not in communion with the non-Catholic church.
  10. False, a Lutheran CANNOT receive communion at a Catholic Mass, because the Lutheran does NOT believe the same about the Eucharist as the Catholics so they are not in Communion with the Church.
  11. False, anyone can baptize someone if that person is in imminent danger of death.  They can baptize with water or whatever liquid is available, “In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.”
  12. False, a person can only be baptized once.
  13. True, you can receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick more than once.
  14. True, priests can NEVER reveal what they hear in confession.
  15. True, Judas was one of the 12 Apostles.
  16. There are approximately 40 days in Lent.
  17. Ash Wednesday begins Lent.
  18. The day Jesus died is called Good Friday.
  19. The day Jesus rose from the dead is called Easter.
  20. Fasting in the Catholic Church during Lent means to eat the equivalent of one meal during the day.
  21. False, people CANNOT fall out of Purgatory and go to hell.  Once they are in Purgatory, they are guaranteed to go to heaven.
  22. The first Pope was St. Peter.
  23. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a celebration of the conception of the Virgin Mary, within her mother, without Original Sin, in preparation of her becoming Jesus’ mother.
  24. The Feast of the Assumption of Mary is the celebration of the Virgin Mary going to heaven body and soul, not under her own power, but under God’s power.
  25. The Feast of the Ascension is the celebration of Jesus going up to heaven under His own power.
  26. Popes are not required to retire at any age.
  27. The sin of Adam and Eve is called Original sin.
  28. There are seven Sacraments.
  29. Baptism, Holy Communion, Reconciliation/Confession, Confirmation, Holy Orders, Matrimony, and Anointing of the Sick.
  30. The oil used for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick is called Chrism oil.
  31. Catholics are not guaranteed to go to heaven when they die.  You can lose your salvation as they DON’T believe in “once saved, always saved”.
  32. False, Catholics can only be Confirmed once.
  33. False, Jesus was NOT married.
  34. Common saints are: St. Joseph, St. Christopher, St. Theresa, St. Francis, St. Michael, St. Clare, St. Padre Pio, St. Maria Goretti, St. Joan of Arc, etc.
  35. The dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit.
  36. False, God will NEVER forget us.
  37. A priest explaining the Gospel is called the Homily.
  38. False, a sexual thought or feeling is not a sin, it’s how you act on that thought or feeling that could be a sin.
  39. When we believe in something not scientifically proven is called Faith.
  40. A decade of the Rosary is made up of 11 beads, or 10 small Hail Mary beads and 1 larger Our Father bead.
  41. The larger Rosary bead is for the Our Father prayer.
  42. Jesus was Jewish as he grew up.  When He came into His ministry, He instituted the Catholic Church.
  43. The little voice in our heads telling us right from wrong is called our conscience.
  44. The priest sets the bread and wine on the ALTAR  and says prayers to make it become the Body and Blood of Jesus.
  45. False, We NEVER pretend at Mass when we say the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus.
  46. False, a person NEVER has the right to take his/her own life because we are only stewards of this life and God is the creator and owner of our lives.
  47. False, a Catholic can NOT scatter their ashes because their body contains the Body and Blood of Jesus and therefore needs to be reverently buried.
  48. The Pope lives in Rome at the Vatican.
  49. The Cardinals elect the Pope.
  50. White smoke comes out of the chimney of the Vatican when a Pope is elected.
  51. The smoky stuff that the priests use on special occasions is called incense.
  52. False, an evil action is NEVER permitted even if the result is good.
  53. The angel Gabriel was the one who told Mary she would give birth to Jesus.
  54. Dropping to one knee before getting into a pew is called genuflecting.
  55. No, we DO NOT genuflect in a non-Catholic church.
  56. We do not genuflect because there is no Tabernacle and therefore Jesus is not present in the Eucharist.
  57. Jesus’ friend that died was called Lazarus.
  58. Mary, Jesus’ mother, made Him perform His first miracle.
  59. The Wedding at Cana was the place Jesus performed His first miracle.
  60. Hail Mary, full of GRACE.
  61. The gold container where the Body of Christ is kept is called the Tabernacle.
  62. Mary’s mother is called St. Ann.
  63. Mary’s father is called St. Joachim.
  64. False, God is not capable of doing something evil because He is all good.
  65. False, It is NOT possible for God to not love us.  God loves not matter what.
  66. False, Catholics believe that the Pope is infallible only when he is teaching about faith and doctrine.
  67. False, the Pope does sin and he even goes to Confession.
  68. True, Catholics believe the Bible is the Word of God.
  69. False, Catholics DO NOT WORSHIP STATUES.  The statues are holy reminders of our family of saints in heaven.  They are kind of like pictures of family in your wallet.  We don’t worship the picture, it’s just a reminder of them.
  70. True, once you are baptized Catholic, you are always Catholic, even if you do not attend Catholic Church, you are still Catholic.  You would be able to come back to the Church by going to Confession, if you have received that Sacrament for the first time.

How did you do?  This is a taste of what Catholics believe.  Did you find anything in the quiz that surprised you?  You don’t have to but if you would like, please let me know what your scores were.  You can click on the Contact Page or you can leave a reply below in the box.   I hope this quiz helps you to know the truth of what Catholics believe and I hope it spurs you to learn more about the beautiful faith called the Catholic Church.  Thank you for taking the quiz.

For more topics, click here.

Link

The Seal of the Confessional Like a Best Friend

The Catholic Confessional is better than a best friend you tell all your secrets to.  You can go to Confession and tell your sins with the confidence that the Priest will not ever tell anyone.  The Seal of the Confessional cannot be broken for any reason, period.  No court can force a priest to tell what he has heard in the Confessional.  The Seal is between you, the priest and God and that’s where it stays.  If you choose to tell someone what was said, then that is your choice but the priest still cannot tell what was said.  This Seal of the Confessional is sacred.  No matter what you confess, no matter how bad it is, it stays in the Confessional.  It’s sort of like the confidentiality with your doctor but no matter how secret you think something is with him, he still has to document it.  The Confessional is even better because the vow of confidentiality is absolute.  Our priest says that people have brought lists of sins and after being absolved they leave the list with the priest, who in turn destroys the list.  This ensures that the information does not get into any other hands.  When asked if the priest remembers what a person confessed, he said he never remembers.  He stated that there is nothing you can confess that he hasn’t heard before.  The Seal of the Confessional is only found in the Catholic Church and is very comforting and healing when you need to unload all the garbage of sin.

If you go to any Protestant church and ask to make a confession to a pastor/minister, he can listen to you but there is not that Seal of confidentiality to be trusted.  You can assume that he will keep your sins quiet but you don’t have that sacred oath that can’t be broken.  This uncertainty causes people to hold back from getting everything off their chest.  They don’t want that sort of information used against them or embarrassing them.

Click here for more information on Confession.

Click on the following video link for more information:

https://www.catholic.com/video/understanding-the-seal-of-confession

For more topics, click here.