Onward Christian Soldier

I implore and encourage all Catholics to proclaim your love of Jesus openly through words and actions; to proclaim your Christianity!

Know and believe this: you are a follower of Jesus, you are saved and you are born again!

The Catholic Church has brought this to the world: Jesus, our faith, The Bible, educational institutions, healthcare institutions and numerous contributions to Art, Music, Science and Language among other things including but not limited to Tradition!

Be boldly Catholic! We make up the body of Jesus Christ! He is the head, we are the members or the body. It’s a mystery.

Jesus himself instituted the Church and the Papacy.  Jesus himself instituted the sacraments and the Eucharist and Confession and all the rest, all 7 sacraments are from God, not man made.- it’s not man made, it’s Biblical – see, https://www.ewtn.com/faith/teachings/churb1.htm.

Jesus never said take up your Bible and follow me. Jesus only said, take up your cross daily and follow me and again, in my Father’s house there are many mansions. See Matthew 16:24-26 and John 14:2. As a matter of fact it states in the Bible, John 21:25, that not everything Jesus did was recorded, hence we have Tradition!

Catholic’s don’t worship Mary, Our Blessed Mother, and The Mother of God. Nor do we worship other saints; and YES! It’s all biblical, please read, https://walkbyfaithtolive.com/2016/04/10/mary-theotokos-mother-of-jesus-mother-of-god-our-good-mother-a-biblical-basis/

Do not be afraid Catholic’s! Learn and study your Bible. We have the fullness of truth in The Liturgy of The Word and The Liturgy of The Eucharist and The Liturgy of Hours and The Rosary and ALL the other prayers of The Church.

Please read, https://walkbyfaithtolive.com/2015/11/04/the-pinnacle-of-christianity-is-the-catholic-mass-but-why-the-mass-explained-part-1-its-history/

https://walkbyfaithtolive.com/2015/11/23/the-catholic-mass-a-hidden-treasure-part-2/

https://walkbyfaithtolive.com/2015/12/19/the-mass-explained-liturgy-of-the-eucharist-part-3/

It’s all Biblical! Not man made!

I also want to point out I have learned from my Christian brothers and sisters who are not Catholic. Let’s focus on what we have in common, our Love of Jesus as the one and only Lord and Savior. As Jesus told us, “I am the way, the truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father except through me!” And It’s Biblical.

I have also learned from The Jewish faith as we should never forget Judaism is the root that Christianity and Islam stems from and we do have commonalities as Christians with Jews and Muslims. The Catholic Mass is rooted in Judaism. Jesus practiced Judaism and He gave us the Mass and the priesthood on the night He was betrayed. Also read John Chapter 6 and The Road to Emmaus in the Gospel of Luke. He also gave us the sacrament of Confession after he rose from the dead but before he ascended into heaven. And He gave us His Mother at the foot of the Cross. The saints over the last 2000 years are our friends and helpers in our walk with and toward Jesus!

Whether Hindu, Buddhist or any other religion or faith or even Atheist or Agnostic let is never forget we are all children of The creator and we can learn from each other if we have respectful dialogue.

Please read and study all four Gospels, The Acts of The Apostles, all the writings from St. Paul and all the other New Testament writers including St. Peter, St. James and the book of Revelation by the Apostle and Evangelist, St. John. The letter from James in particular is an excellent piece of writing on faith and works and how they work together. Meet with your pastor or priest to discuss what you have read. Practice bending your will to God, listen to Him, spend time with Him in silence. You have to work at it. Make sure you are not asking God to bend His will to your whims. Go to Mass every Sunday and make the sacraments of confession and Holy Communion a regular part of your life. Find a small faith sharing and Gospel reflection group at your parish to meet and study with on a weekly basis.

Please feel free to reply if you have any questions and most of all please pray for peace, unity and harmony and for all to follow the Divine will of God, which brings true happiness and joy in this life and the next!

May God bless you abundantly and may you experience the fullness of His life within you!

Keep walking! never stop walking in faith, and never forget to pray for me as I am praying for you, daily!!!

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Mercy vs. Envy

Mercy is defined as compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm. I like to define Mercy as listening to a family member or friend’s troubles, failings or fears and being there for them! Just being there and crying with them or allowing your heart to break with their’s, entering into their pain and suffering, or, entering into their joy if something truly great has happened in their life and celebrating that joy with them! This is called in the Greek, Agape! This is the love of God, this is selfless love! this is Divine Mercy!

Envy is defined as a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck. I like to define Envy as secretly or openly being happy when another suffers a loss or heartache, or, secretly or openly being sad when another experiences happiness or joy or gain. This is not any kind of love at all except love of self. This is evil.

Let’s always be Easter people; people who pray, hope, love and show Mercy, Divine Mercy!!!

https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_letters/documents/papa-francesco_bolla_20150411_misericordiae-vultus.html

http://www.thedivinemercy.org/message/

 

Mary, THEOTOKOS, Mother of Jesus, Mother of God; Our Good Mother, A Biblical Basis

The Rosary and The Hail Mary are rooted in Scripture, not man made. Mary, Our Blessed Mother, was chosen by God, the Father! She was chosen for God, The Son! She is a Holy Vessel, but so  much more. She is the Ark of The New Covenant (see link at the bottom of this article) because her womb bore and housed God Himself! She is The Bride of The Holy Spirit!

Mary is called Theotokos in the Greek which translates to English as Mother of Jesus or Mother of God.

Mary is also the perfect model of human obedience to the will of God and wisdom (See Proverbs 9:10). No other human being in the history of mankind cooperated with God’s grace like she did. She could have said no to the Angel Gabriel and to God’s will for her life. God did not make her become the mother of Jesus, he asked her. Thank God for her FIAT! Her act of faith, her YES!

I encourage all to prayerfully and meditatively  read The Gospel of Luke Chapter 1:26-56 as well as The Catechism of The Catholic Church starting at section 484.

For me, my Bible is my playbook and The Catechism of The Catholic Church is my weekly game plan. These two books work together like peanut butter and jelly and are necessary for growth in spiritual matters and formation of conscience. I played football from age 7-21 so this makes sense to me. I needed my playbook and weekly game plan to succeed in carrying out my duties as a football player and I need my Bible and CCC to reach my full potential as a Christian.

As for The Mother of God, she was esteemed by the Apostles and early church fathers starting in the first century. At the foot of the cross Jesus gave her to the care of The Apostle John who took her into his home and gave John to her to care for as son and so in turn gave her to His Church as Mother!

Mary of Nazareth, guided Jesus with tenderness and maternal love. We are called to bring her love and guidance to all those we come into contact with.

Mary of The Cenacle approached everything she did with an unselfish spirit. Cenacle was the group that the Holy Spirit descended upon at Pentecost, when Mary and The Apostles were in that room together. Cenacle is also the Upper Room Jesus and His Apostles were in during The Last Supper. We are called to always be open to the promptings of The Holy Spirit in our lives and to pray and work tirelessly for the communion of all people, encouraging all to go out to the world and tell the Good News.

Mary of The Visitation went without delay while pregnant into the “hill country” to visit and spend time with and help her older cousin Elizabeth when she heard the good news that she was pregnant in her old age. May we go out without delay to all people, bringing them news of the justice and faithful mercy of God.

Mary of The Annunciation and The Incarnation and The Presentation of the baby Jesus and The Finding of Jesus in the Temple when he was only 12 years old pondered all these things in her heart and listened to and obeyed God’s voice! May we listen to God’s voice obediently so we may experience His love for us; and may we place our trust in God and receive the spiritual energy we need as Mary did.

Mary of The Wedding Feast of Cana was attentive to the needs of others around her and always simply says to us as she said to them: “Do whatever He tells you.” May we never waiver from going to Mary to ask her simple intercession to bring our needs to the feet of Her beloved Son.

Mary at The foot of the Cross never ran or was faint. She suffered spiritual martyrdom “as a sword pierced her own soul” as the prophet Simeon forwarned her at the presentation of Jesus as an infant, while her Son Jesus, King of Martyrs, suffered physical death and total humiliation and abandonment throughout His Passion. Mary was always there by His side suffering with Him. (Luke 2:25-35)

Jesus, The King, and Mary, The Queen Mother are two hearts beating as one starting at The Annunciation to forever; The Sacred Heart and The Immaculate Heart.

The Scriptural Rosary

Joyful Mysteries – (prayed on Monday and Saturday)

The Annunciation of Mary that she is to be the Mother of the Savior (Luke 1:26-38; Isaiah 7:14)

The Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-45)

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 2:1-7; Matthew 1:23)

The Presentation of the Infant Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:22-38)

The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52)

 

Luminous Mysteries – (prayed on Thursday)

 

The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan (Matthew 3:13-17)

The Wedding Feast at Cana (John 2:1-2)

The Proclamation of The Kingdom of God (Mark 1:15; 2:3-13)

The Transfiguration of Jesus (Luke 9:28-36)

The First Eucharist (Matthew 26:26-30)

 

Sorrowful Mysteries – (prayed on Tuesday and Friday)

 

The Agony of Christ in the Garden (Mark 14:32-36)

The Scourging of Jesus at the Pillar (John 18:28-38; 19:1)

The Crowning with Thorns (Mark 15: 16-20)

The Carrying of the Cross (Luke 23:26-32)

The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus (Luke 23:33-34; 39-46)

 

Glorious Mysteries – (prayed on Sunday and Wednesday)

 

The Resurrection of Jesus (Luke 24:1-6)

The Ascension of Jesus into Heaven (Luke 24:50-53)

The Coming of The Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4)

The Assumption of Mary into Heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17)

The Coronation of Mary (Revelation 12:1-6)

The Memorare, Salve Regina and Ave Maria forever!!!

As I stated in this article, devotion to Mary, Mother of God started in the earliest days of Christianity and was passed on to each generation.

“Mary and Jesus go together. Through Mary we want to continue our converse with the Lord and to learn how to receive Him better. Holy Mother of God, pray for us, just as at Cana you prayed for the bride and the bridegroom! Guide us towards Jesus–ever anew! Amen!” – (Homily , Altotting, September 11, 2006 – Pope Benedict XVI)

In the early 1200’s Mary appeared to St. Dominic and gave Him the Rosary as we know and pray it today. It is made up of beads on a chord that makes a circle with the Crucifix at the end of it and we pray the Apostles Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be and Hail Holy Queen while holding our hand and fingers over the beads as we move our fingers from one bead to the next to completion. There are 5 decades with 50 beads and we meditate upon the mysteries for that particular day as outlined above.

 

Special thanks to The Marist Brothers pamphlet on Mary, Our Good Mother, http://www.maristbr.org

http://www.catholic.com/magazine/articles/mary-the-ark-of-the-new-covenant

 

 

Cathechism of The Catholic Church – The Responsibility of The Lay Faithful

II. THE LAY FAITHFUL

897 “The term ‘laity’ is here understood to mean all the faithful except those in Holy Orders and those who belong to a religious state approved by the Church. That is, the faithful, who by Baptism are incorporated into Christ and integrated into the People of God, are made sharers in their particular way in the priestly, prophetic, and kingly office of Christ, and have their own part to play in the mission of the whole Christian people in the Church and in the World.”430

The vocation of lay people

898 “By reason of their special vocation it belongs to the laity to seek the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and directing them according to God’s will. . . . It pertains to them in a special way so to illuminate and order all temporal things with which they are closely associated that these may always be effected and grow according to Christ and maybe to the glory of the Creator and Redeemer.”431

899 The initiative of lay Christians is necessary especially when the matter involves discovering or inventing the means for permeating social, political, and economic realities with the demands of Christian doctrine and life. This initiative is a normal element of the life of the Church:

Lay believers are in the front line of Church life; for them the Church is the animating principle of human society. Therefore, they in particular ought to have an ever-clearer consciousness not only of belonging to the Church, but of being the Church, that is to say, the community of the faithful on earth under the leadership of the Pope, the common Head, and of the bishops in communion with him. They are the Church.432

900 Since, like all the faithful, lay Christians are entrusted by God with the apostolate by virtue of their Baptism and Confirmation, they have the right and duty, individually or grouped in associations, to work so that the divine message of salvation may be known and accepted by all men throughout the earth. This duty is the more pressing when it is only through them that men can hear the Gospel and know Christ. Their activity in ecclesial communities is so necessary that, for the most part, the apostolate of the pastors cannot be fully effective without it.433

The participation of lay people in Christ’s priestly office

901 “Hence the laity, dedicated as they are to Christ and anointed by the Holy Spirit, are marvelously called and prepared so that even richer fruits of the Spirit maybe produced in them. For all their works, prayers, and apostolic undertakings, family and married life, daily work, relaxation of mind and body, if they are accomplished in the Spirit – indeed even the hardships of life if patiently born – all these become spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. In the celebration of the Eucharist these may most fittingly be offered to the Father along with the body of the Lord. And so, worshipping everywhere by their holy actions, the laity consecrate the world itself to God, everywhere offering worship by the holiness of their lives.”434

902 In a very special way, parents share in the office of sanctifying “by leading a conjugal life in the Christian spirit and by seeing to the Christian education of their children.”435

903 Lay people who possess the required qualities can be admitted permanently to the ministries of lector and acolyte.436 When the necessity of the Church warrants it and when ministers are lacking, lay persons, even if they are not lectors or acolytes, can also supply for certain of their offices, namely, to exercise the ministry of the word, to preside over liturgical prayers, to confer Baptism, and to distribute Holy Communion in accord with the prescriptions of law.”437

Participation in Christ’s prophetic office

904 “Christ . . . fulfills this prophetic office, not only by the hierarchy . . . but also by the laity. He accordingly both establishes them as witnesses and provides them with the sense of the faith [sensus fidei] and the grace of the word”438

To teach in order to lead others to faith is the task of every preacher and of each believer.439

905 Lay people also fulfill their prophetic mission by evangelization, “that is, the proclamation of Christ by word and the testimony of life.” For lay people, “this evangelization . . . acquires a specific property and peculiar efficacy because it is accomplished in the ordinary circumstances of the world.”440

This witness of life, however, is not the sole element in the apostolate; the true apostle is on the lookout for occasions of announcing Christ by word, either to unbelievers . . . or to the faithful.441

906 Lay people who are capable and trained may also collaborate in catechetical formation, in teaching the sacred sciences, and in use of the communications media.442

907 “In accord with the knowledge, competence, and preeminence which they possess, [lay people] have the right and even at times a duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church, and they have a right to make their opinion known to the other Christian faithful, with due regard to the integrity of faith and morals and reverence toward their pastors, and with consideration for the common good and the dignity of persons.”443

Participation in Christ’s kingly office

908 By his obedience unto death,444 Christ communicated to his disciples the gift of royal freedom, so that they might “by the self-abnegation of a holy life, overcome the reign of sin in themselves”:445

That man is rightly called a king who makes his own body an obedient subject and, by governing himself with suitable rigor, refuses to let his passions breed rebellion in his soul, for he exercises a kind of royal power over himself. And because he knows how to rule his own person as king, so too does he sit as its judge. He will not let himself be imprisoned by sin, or thrown headlong into wickedness.446

909 “Moreover, by uniting their forces let the laity so remedy the institutions and conditions of the world when the latter are an inducement to sin, that these may be conformed to the norms of justice, favoring rather than hindering the practice of virtue. By so doing they will impregnate culture and human works with a moral value.”447

910 “The laity can also feel called, or be in fact called, to cooperate with their pastors in the service of the ecclesial community, for the sake of its growth and life. This can be done through the exercise of different kinds of ministries according to the grace and charisms which the Lord has been pleased to bestow on them.”448

911 In the Church, “lay members of the Christian faithful can cooperate in the exercise of this power [of governance] in accord with the norm of law.”449 And so the Church provides for their presence at particular councils, diocesan synods, pastoral councils; the exercise of the pastoral care of a parish, collaboration in finance committees, and participation in ecclesiastical tribunals, etc.450

912 The faithful should “distinguish carefully between the rights and the duties which they have as belonging to the Church and those which fall to them as members of the human society. They will strive to unite the two harmoniously, remembering that in every temporal affair they are to be guided by a Christian conscience, since no human activity, even of the temporal order, can be withdrawn from God’s dominion.”451

913 “Thus, every person, through these gifts given to him, is at once the witness and the living instrument of the mission of the Church itself ‘according to the measure of Christ’s bestowal.”‘452

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p123a9p4.htm