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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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What are the Chief Truths Taught by Jesus?

We can find the chief truths taught by Jesus in the Catholic Church found in the Apostles’ Creed.

APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth;

and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilot, was crucified, died and was buried.  He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

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.

These are the chief truths of the Catholic Church.  More explanation is below.

Jesus taught us that God is: all knowing, almighty, all-good.  These are God’s perfections that we praise.  He is the Supreme Being, eternal, and all-present (everywhere).  Jesus taught us that the Trinity is three Divine Persons but one God.

When we say hell in the Apostles’ Creed, we mean “the place where the good souls were waiting until heaven was reopened by Christ”.  We don’t mean the place of the damned.(The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism)

When we say that we believe in the Holy Catholic Church, we mean that Jesus chose and gave the power to Peter to be the first Pope. The successor of St. Peter is the Holy Father, the Pope now.  Jesus gave the power to teach, to sanctify and to rule the Church. “The Church is the congregation (body) of all baptized persons united in the same true faith, the same sacrifice and the same sacraments, under the Holy Father, the Pope.” (Baltimore Catechism)  There is only one Church with one head, the Pope.  This is how Jesus founded it.

The Communion of Saints is our family of saints and deceased loved ones who all pray for us, intercede for us and are our family in heaven.

The power to forgive sins was given to Peter and the apostles only and is offered through Confession in the Church.  The power was not given to anyone except the apostles and their successors.  That means that other churches/pastors do not have this Jesus-given power because they broke succession.

Resurrection of the body means that our bodies will be resurrected up when Jesus comes which means that we should take special care of our bodies after death.  If we have received the Eucharist during our life, we are the tabernacle of the Lord.  We should not be cremated if we can help it and if we are, our ashes are not to be scattered; instead they should be buried right away and not left on someone’s mantle.  Our bodies should be blessed and have a proper funeral in the Church.

Life everlasting is what Jesus promised us if we ate of His Body and Blood, the Eucharist in John 6.  This is what Jesus instituted.  This is what the Mass is about.  This is the core of Catholicism.  If we don’t eat of it, then we have “no life within us.” John 6.

If you believe this, then you are on your way to being Catholic.

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Is there a difference what church you go to?

I have been told, “There’s no difference between the Lutheran Church and the Catholic Church…right”?  There are many similarities between them…however there are many differences too. (Sorry if this is long. There’s a lot of material to cover.)

ORIGIN-Who started the Catholic Church = Jesus in 33 A.D.   Who started the Lutheran Church = Martin Luther 1517 A.D.

REASON FOR BEING-Why was the Catholic Church started = Jesus wanted salvation for our souls.   Why was the Lutheran Church started = Martin wanted to break away from the Catholic Church and protest against the Pope and many teachings of the Catholic Church.

COMMUNION-What is the Catholic communion = The real presence of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ instituted by Jesus, regardless of the person’s belief, it is still Jesus.  What is the Lutheran communion= A symbol or taught that it’s the body and blood of Jesus; however in the Lutheran Catechism it states “It is not eating and drinking that (forgives sins), but the words  “given and shed for you for the remission of sins” that have the power and it requires the belief in these words to receive the benefit“.  The Lutheran Communion is not a valid sacrament in the Catholic Church because of their lack of validly ordained priests in the Apostolic Succession, so they do not have the authority, to consecrate the communion, which then makes it the Body and Blood of Jesus.  This means it is not the Body and Blood of Jesus.  It would be blessed like saying the blessing over your meal.

What is done with the communion bread after church in the Catholic Church=The remainder of the Hosts (wafers) are stored reverently in a Tabernacle kept in the Church.  They are not mixed with the unconsecrated ones.  Any remaining wine is consumed.  The vessels are carefully cleansed and anything left is consumed so as not to allow any particle of Jesus to go down the sewer or be disrespected. What is done with the communion bread after church in the Lutheran Church=If it is home cooked bread, some bring it back home to cook with or sometimes it is thrown away in the garbage. There is no tabernacle.  If it is wafers, then the “blessed” wafers are put back into the cellophane bag with the “unblessed” ones and kept for next time. Any remaining grape juice/wine is poured back into the bottle.

SACRAMENTS-A sacrament is an outward sign of God’s grace given as a gift to us for our salvation.  How many sacraments does the Catholic Church have = 7, Baptism, Holy Communion, Reconciliation, Confirmation, Holy Orders, Matrimony and Anointing of the Sick.  How many sacraments does the Lutheran Church have = 2, Baptism and Holy Communion. They are Baptized but are not in full communion with the Catholic Church.

AUTHORITY/OFFICE OF KEYS-What the Catholic Church teaches=Jesus gave the authority to the apostles.  They were to form the Church and pass on this authority as Apostolic Succession in an unbroken line.  Jesus said “So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my church. And the gates of the underworld can never overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven: whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven”.  Matthew 16:18-19 Jesus gave only Peter the keys to His Church, Heaven giving him authority.  He did not give this authority to the public to forgive sins or have authority to interpret scripture.  What the Lutheran Church teaches=They go by the scripture John 20:23 and Matthew 18:18 and teaches “to forgive the sins of those who repent and to declare to those who do not repent that their sins are not forgiven”.  Since Martin Luther broke away from the Catholic Church, he broke the apostolic succession and any successive pastors in the church lost the Jesus-given authority to forgive sins, consecrate the Eucharist, interpret scripture and head the church.  When Martin Luther broke away he became someone from the public again, so he refused any and all authority that was given to him as a priest in the Catholic Church.

CONFESSION OF SINS-What the Catholic Church teaches=This is a sacrament.  For mortal (large) sins it is required to go to Confession for forgiveness and receive grace to resist sin in the future.  Through the priest Jesus gives us absolution.  This teaching comes from scripture John 20:23 and Matthew 18:18, but Jesus only gave this authority through the Pope and validly ordained priests.  What the Lutheran Church believes about confession of sins=This is not a sacrament.  They believe that you can do private confession to the pastor and get absolution. They teach that the pastor may offer absolution by saying “By the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”.  (This sounds great however Jesus didn’t give the pastor the authority to absolve people of sin.9  This is only an authority given in the Catholic Church passed down through the Popes.)

Comparing the two churches shows some of the differences between them, and if you are searching, then you already know that it’s important to be in the one, holy, catholic (universal) and apostolic church that Jesus founded.

Sources: The Small Catechism by Martin Luther, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Bible.

 

 

 

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Best Miracle of All

When I went to Mass today, I thought about Jesus in the Eucharist, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.  Right there on the altar, He is.  Right there in front of us.  Quietly offering Himself for those who desire that intimacy with Him.  He even commanded us to take His Body and Blood and eat of it in John 6.  He came the same way as a baby at Christmas.  People thought He would come as a glorious soldier to take down Caesar but that wasn’t what He came for.  He came quietly, trusting and loving to conquer our darkness of sin and give us a way to Heaven.

Each time we go to Mass, a miracle takes place.  I’m not kidding you or exaggerating.  It actually is a miracle!  Found only in the Catholic Church.  The Holy Spirit comes down from Heaven and turns the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus, and this happens at every Mass, every Catholic Church, every time Mass is offered, every day.  Jesus said He would be with us until the end of time and He is, in the Sacrifice of the Mass.  Jesus’ Sacred Heart is in each little Host (consecrated communion wafer).  If we look at the Miracle of Lanciano (check out my links for more information), then we can assume that if one Host has heart tissue and other qualities of a human heart from Jesus, then they ALL do.  They might not be visible but it’s there.  He gave us a little peek, in the Miracle of Lanciano, as to what He is offering us but don’t think that it only took place with one Host.  The miracle of consecration takes place with every Host but He gave us a glimpse into Heaven by showing us the Miracle Host of His Sacred Heart, all because of a priest with doubts.

I was eager to receive Jesus and hold Him close within me.  Once I received Him, I felt so full of gratitude and love for Him.  A love so deep that it brings me to tears as I kneel down in prayer.  I wanted to spend time with Him in prayer and thanksgiving.  There is nothing in this world worth more than the Eucharist!  Not gold, diamonds or all the money in the world.  Once you receive the Eucharist and truly understand this miracle, you only want Jesus.  You fall in love with Him and would give everything to be with Him in the Eucharist. ” Jesus, my Beloved, come into my heart and make it Thine own forever.  Let us never be separated, one from another.”

If you are missing out on this miracle, please consider joining the Catholic Church.  It will be an experience like no other in the world.

 Jesus came to give us Himself as manna from Heaven in the Eucharist, to feed our souls grace to get to Heaven to be with Him and love Him.  THIS IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT.

Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament (Eucharist), is the best miracle of all.

 

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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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How to spring your loved one from Purgatory

First off, Purgatory is the place where a soul goes to get purified after death but before going to Heaven.  You cannot go to hell from Purgatory.  Once you are in Purgatory, you are guaranteed to go to Heaven but you must be purified of any smaller sins and you must make retribution for your sins you committed during life.  Kind of like, if you were a child and broke a window with your baseball.  You would apologize for what you did but you would still have to clean up the broken glass and pay for the window to be repaired (you might be grounded too.)  This is Purgatory.  Check out these scripture readings: 2 Maccabees 12 (only in a Catholic Bible), and 1 Corinthians 3: 10-15

If you would like to “spring” your loved one from Purgatory, from Nov 1-8 of any year, you can go to any cemetery (doesn’t have to be the cemetery they are located in) and pray some prayers for your loved one, then ask for the Plenary Indulgence to go to your loved one, releasing them from Purgatory.  Also say in prayer, “If my loved one doesn’t need the indulgence, please give it to a soul who needs it the most”.  This is such a beautiful way to show our love to our loved ones.  Remembering them is great but to help them to see God is the ultimate gift to give them.

After this, you can ask for your loved one to pray for YOU too.  I recently did this for my Godfather.  It was so beautiful to think that I could help him to see the Glory of God when he spent his life helping me to learn about God.  Funny how things come around.  Today I will be going to a cemetery and praying for a homeless man that I knew, who was killed by a vehicle.  Shortly before he was killed, he asked me to pray for him.  I took this seriously and have been praying for him ever since. He was so repentant before he died.   I pray that God looks with mercy on him.

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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