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Wednesday, May 24, 2006
How Far Are We from Being Universal?
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It is becoming more and more frustrating for me to read of "Catholics" that think they can believe in lies while still serving the Church. In Enormous Prayers: A Journey into the Priesthood, one priest does not believe in angels. Angels! The very creatures that are referenced over 200 times in the Bible.



"Then he shall say to them also that shall be on his left hand: 'Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels'" (Matthew 25:41)

Jesus even spoke of angels and a priest would outright deny their existence! It was the Archangel Gabriel that announced the Incarnation to Mary! The Catechism states that angels are a "truth of the faith"; Catholics must believe in them. Then the book mentions another priest that says purgatory is not real. Purgatory is real and it is a firm part of the faith. A Catholic is obligated to believe every single dogma and firm truth of the faith. If we do not then we are not Catholic! We must believe in the Creed:
We believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father by whom all things were made; who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead, whose kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And we believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Not only the above, but we must follow the Church on morals. There are five non-negotiables, five things that Catholics must be opposed to. There is no leniency - these are always wrong.

  1. Abortion
  2. Embryonic Stem Cell Research
  3. Gay Marriage
  4. Euthanasia
  5. Artificial Contraception

It is my prayer that all Catholics start believing and teaching these firm truths. We are to be beacons of the light. You are called to go out and preach the Good News of Jesus Christ and His Church! Remember, as Mother Teresa said, God didn't ask you to be successful, He asked you to be faithful. You may only bring one person to the Catholic Church your entire life. Thousands may reject your words and the Church. You may suffer persecution for the sake of the Truth. But that is one soul closer to God. That is one soul and that makes all the difference in the world.

Believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Believe and Follow His Church!

I am alarmed by the number of "charities" that go directly against the Catholic Church like Catholics for Reproductive Freedoms and others. I want to know what are some good charities out there. Here are the criteria I use to define the best charities.

  1. They have a Catholic credo and agree with everything the Church teaches.
  2. They work for the improvement of society and/or helping out individuals in need.
  3. They support evangelization and the spreading of the Gospel. I don't want to support an organization that doesn't help to bring Jesus to others.
  4. Most of the contributions go directly to programs and not to fundraising, management, etc.

1 comments:

del_button May 24, 2006 at 9:11 PM
Ma Beck said...

MB,
I like any charity associated with the search engine
www.prolifesearch.com

They ensure that all the organizations they give to are in full compliance with Church teaching.
And it's the same engine that powers Google, so you get the same results, only every time you use it to search, they give a donation to pro life causes.

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