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Please Don’t Let This Happen to You!

Thousands have gone to their death rejecting the authority of the Pope, whom Jesus gave the authority to in Matt 16:18-19 (Jesus builds His Church upon Peter and gives him the keys to the kingdom) and John 21:17 (Peter is given Christ’s flock as chief shepherd).

Thousands have gone to their death rejecting the deep sacrificial love of Jesus’ Sacred Heart and the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist explained in John 6:35-71 (Bread of Life Discourse), Matt 26:26 (Eucharist is instituted), and 1Cor 11:23-29 (receiving unworthily is guilty of His Body and Blood {This would not be true if it were just a symbol or Jesus was speaking figuratively.}).

Thousands have gone to their death rejecting the sanctifying grace that Jesus has offered and wants to give in the Sacrament of Confession instituted in Matt 18:18 (whatever you bind and loose on earth, so it is in heaven) and John 20:23 (whose sins you forgive are forgiven and whose sins you retain are retained).

Thousands have gone to their death rejecting the only Church Jesus founded, simply because they didn’t understand it (See Matt 28:18-20 Jesus delegates all power to Apostles.  Also see Luke 10:16 Jesus gives the power to the Apostles to speak with Christ’s voice. {Apostolic Succession through the Pope}).

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One of the Early Church Fathers said:

“The Catholic Church is the work of Divine Providence, achieved through the prophecies of the prophets, through the Incarnation and the teaching of Christ, through the journeys of the Apostles, through the suffering, the crosses, the blood and the death of the martyrs, through the admirable lives of the saints…  When then, we see so much help on God’s part, so much progress and so much fruit, shall we hesitate to bury ourselves in the bosom of that Church?  For starting from the apostolic chair (Pope) down through succession of bishops, even unto the open confession of all mankind, it has possessed the crown of teaching authority.”   —The Advantage of Believing 35, St. Augustine (A.D. 392)

You can’t change your mind after you die and meet Jesus in judgment.  Now is the time to see how beautiful the Church is that Jesus founded and the many sacrificial gifts He gave you for your salvation.  Follow the Early Church Fathers, they won’t steer you wrong.  And by the way they were all Catholic and so is Jesus!

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Scam in the mail

My family and friends and I have received these solicitations in the mail.  Beware of the St. Matthew’s Churches from Tulsa, Oklahoma.  These are NOT Catholic nor are they legitimateThey are scamming people using the image of Christ and His name for their monetary benefit. 

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This is the “prayer rug” the scammers are using to get your money.

 

They send out a “prayer rug” (pictured above) for you to put under your mattress and to pray on, then ask for you to send it back to them with “seed money” for you to get your prayers answered.  God doesn’t make payment of money a condition for your prayers to be answered.  You can pay almsgiving as a sacrifice but it is not contingent on getting your prayers answered.  The man who heads this scam has a $2.2 million house in California.  They don’t pay taxes because they are under the guise of being a church.  If you receive this in the mail, please don’t send any money because they will bombard you with more solicitations for more money.  Just toss it in the garbage and be sure to tell everyone else to watch out.

The best way to get your prayers answered is to pray to Jesus before the Blessed Sacrament.  He will give you peace and He knows your grief and it won’t cost you any “seed money”.

Below is a link for a more complete description of the scam.

http://www.womenofgrace.com/blog/?p=12783

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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.

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Have You Been Away from the Church?

Has it been months, years or decades since you have been to the Catholic Church?  Why did you leave?

  • If you just neglected to attend Church, you can come back once you go to Confession.  That’s all it takes.
  • If you have sinned and don’t think Jesus can forgive you, no matter what you have done, all you have to do is go to Confession and ask for His mercy and forgiveness.  He will forgive your sins even if you find it hard to forgive yourself.  Go to Confession/Reconciliation.  Be reunited with Jesus.
  • If you disagree with something that the Church teaches, go to the RCIA classes through the Church or just ask a priest at any Catholic Church.  They can explain it easily and make you feel more comfortable to go forward.
  • If you are just bored with Mass, then I encourage you to research the true meaning of the Mass.  Usually the real reason for boredom of the Mass is a misunderstanding of it.
  • If you have a difficulty with your relationship with God or Jesus, know that He longs for you.  Look to God as your Father and understand His role in your life as loving you more than anyone else.  Look at the Crucifix to learn how much He loves you that He would offer His only Son for you.  Learn more about the Eucharist.  This will help with understanding love.
  • If you got married outside of the Church or if you are in need of an annulment, then I urge you to go to the Church and inquire about the annulment process or the process for getting your marriage blessed so that you are in communion with the Church.
  • If you are missing one of your sacraments, go to the nearest Catholic Church and get signed up for RCIA classes.  These will help you complete the process.  You would get all sacraments together usually, after the classes are completed.  This is an easy process.
  • If someone hurt or offended you in the Church, I apologize to you for the hurt they have caused.  Please don’t hold their actions against the Church.  The Catholic Church is the “hospital for sinners” and sometimes people don’t understand how their actions can hurt others.  Please find it in your heart to forgive them and come back to the Church.
  • Whatever the reason for being away from the Catholic Church, there is help within the Church to resolve the difficulty.   You will find forgiveness and mercy in the Church.

Please come back to the Church.  We miss you and we love you but even more important…Jesus misses you in the Eucharist.  Come home.

Please check out this website and learn how to come into or come back to the Catholic Church.  http://www.catholicscomehome.org/

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Bible Alone? Or is There More?

Bible Alone as the sole authority for faith is called Sola Scriptura.  This came from the Protestant doctrine during the Reformation revolt in the 1500’s AD.

The Bible does not teach Sola Scriptura or Bible Alone.  Nowhere in the Bible does it say that the Bible is the sole authority of the faith.  Jesus, the Apostles, and the early church never taught Bible alone and never practiced it.  The Bible wasn’t even written when Jesus was on earth.  That  wasn’t until about 400 years later.  Bible Alone wasn’t even taught until the Reformation in the 1500’s.

The whole truth is that Sola Scriptura is a false doctrine.  Sola Scriptura creates the sole interpreter of the Bible as the Bible itself, causing an interpretation based on human opinion and multiple errors.

I was at a Lutheran Church awhile back for an occasion.  The pastor stated that “we don’t need the Catholic Church to interpret scripture.  We can do it ourselves.”  This is a serious error.  We can’t pick and choose what scripture says, we need God to make the decision of the truth and Jesus gave the authority of interpreting the Scriptures to His Church…the Catholic Church.  He did this by giving the “keys of the kingdom” to St. Peter.

Now that we know that the Sola Scriptura is not a true doctrine worthy of belief, let’s look at the Biblical truth and importance of Apostolic Tradition instead.  Apostolic Tradition will lead us to the true meaning of Scripture because without it, the meaning will become distorted and full of errors.  This is why there are so many churches who can have the same scripture on Sunday but can preach something so different.  They are interpreting it on their own.

We need Jesus’ authority and the guidance of the Holy Spirit to interpret Holy Scripture so we don’t get it wrong.  If we follow the true interpretation of the Scriptures from the Catholic Church, we will get so much more out of the Scripture.  It opens up new doors that we never knew were there.  One example is John chapter 6.  If you read it with the eyes outside of the Catholic Church, you will see Jesus speaking of a symbol but if you read it with the eyes of Catholic interpretation, you will see the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.  You may say, yes but every church has their own ideas about what it means.  I say to you that truth has only one interpretation.

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Ever Wondered Why?

Have you ever wondered why Catholics pray to saints?  Or genuflect?  Or call it Mass instead of worship service?  All questions are good questions.  Whatever your question, you can get dozens of answers on the radio show, Called to Communion.  It is meant for people who have questions but didn’t know where or who to ask.  It is also on EWTN on Thursdays and Saturdays.  Check for the time in your area.

Click on the link below and then click on the “Called to Communion” link for several podcasts to listen to.  Also, if you would like to subscribe to their feed, click on “Subscribe” right under the name of the show.

There’s another answer forum that is very interesting.  Catholic Answers is a great resource for those nagging questions.  You can watch a video, listen to audio or look it up by topic.  This show is also coming to television soon.

I sincerely hope that these help you in your search for the One True Church.

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What is RCIA?

RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.  This is a class meant for anyone who wants to know more about the Catholic Church or for those who missed a sacrament when they were younger like confirmation or baptism.  It usually starts about September and ends at Eastertime but can go all year through.  Usually, this is about a nine month process.  People who want to strengthen their faith or just curious about the Church can go to all or some of the classes.  Just because you attend does not mean that you have to become Catholic but once you begin to understand the truths of the Church, you may feel the tug to take that leap and become Catholic.  If that is what you desire, then you would finish the classes, pick a sponsor for confirmation, and come into the fullness of the faith, usually at Easter.  You would declare that you believe what the Church teaches.  A sponsor would help to answer questions you may have and to guide you in your faith journey, helping you to build your faith stronger.  The classes are usually two hours long and cover the basics of the Catholic Faith.  You still need to keep learning about the faith after the classes because there is so much to learn.  It’s like an onion with many layers.  All you have to do to get started is go to the nearest Catholic Church and ask about the RCIA classes.  The Church will help you get started.

Usually, when you start another church, you just sign up and you start going or maybe they don’t even require you to sign up.  You can church hop without much trouble.  You might not even really understand what that new church teaches.  In the Catholic Church, we take doctrine and the 2000 year history seriously and want people who attend to understand what the teachings are. There’s a lot to cover in the classes too.  That’s why it takes months to become Catholic.

Can you pick and choose what you believe and still be Catholic?  The answer is no.  That is what is called a cafeteria Catholic.  If you struggle with certain topics such as the Virgin Mary, saints, calling a priest Father, or whatever other topic, you need to find out more and understand why the Church teaches it.  Once you understand it, it will be easier to accept.  You don’t have to be a scholar and understand everything about the Church, but you should be able to say that you accept the authority of the Church to teach the truth of Jesus.  Many people struggle with the authority of the Church since many have not had to accept higher authority than the pastor in their church.  This is a very fundamental cornerstone in the Church.  We hold the Pope with high honor because he is in the succession of St. Peter, the first Pope, and given authority through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, because… “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”. Matt 16:18   It’s the truth and we have an obligation and God-given desire to accept the truth.

Some people are not ready to do any more than go to the classes for a year or two and that’s ok.  There is no pressure to become Catholic.  This is your faith journey and there is no time limit on it.  If you feel the tug toward the Church or just plain curious, take the next step and ask about the RCIA classes to find out the truth about the Church, then when you are ready take the next step into the Church.  If you are not quite ready, take your time and listen to God’s call.  He’ll lead you where He wants you to be on His time.

I’ve heard people say, “I will NEVER become Catholic!” then when they learn more about it…they end up in the loving arms of the Catholic Church and wouldn’t give it up for anything.