|THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY: A BELIEF SINCE APOSTOLIC TIMES|
|Father Clifford Stevens
|The Assumption is the oldest feast day of Our Lady, but we don’t know how it first came to be celebrated.Its origin is lost in those days when Jerusalem was restored as a sacred city, at the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (c. 285-337). By then it had been a pagan city for two centuries, ever since Emperor Hadrian (76-138) had leveled it around the year 135 and rebuilt it as <Aelia Capitolina> in honor of Jupiter.
For 200 years, every memory of Jesus was obliterated from the city, and the sites made holy by His life, death and Resurrection became pagan temples.
After the building of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 336, the sacred sites began to be restored and memories of the life of Our Lord began to be celebrated by the people of Jerusalem. One of the memories about his mother centered around the “Tomb of Mary,” close to Mount Zion, where the early Christian community had lived.
On the hill itself was the “Place of Dormition,” the spot of Mary’s “falling asleep,” where she had died. The “Tomb of Mary” was where she was buried.
At this time, the “Memory of Mary” was being celebrated. Later it was to become our feast of the Assumption.
For a time, the “Memory of Mary” was marked only in Palestine, but then it was extended by the emperor to all the churches of the East. In the seventh century, it began to be celebrated in Rome under the title of the “Falling Asleep” (“Dormitio”) of the Mother of God.
Soon the name was changed to the “Assumption of Mary,” since there was more to the feast than her dying. It also proclaimed that she had been taken up, body and soul, into heaven.
That belief was ancient, dating back to the apostles themselves. What was clear from the beginning was that there were no relics of Mary to be venerated, and that an empty tomb stood on the edge of Jerusalem near the site of her death. That location also soon became a place of pilgrimage. (Today, the Benedictine Abbey of the Dormition of Mary stands on the spot.)
At the Council of Chalcedon in 451, when bishops from throughout the Mediterranean world gathered in Constantinople, Emperor Marcian asked the Patriarch of Jerusalem to bring the relics of Mary to Constantinople to be enshrined in the capitol. The patriarch explained to the emperor that there were no relics of Mary in Jerusalem, that “Mary had died in the presence of the apostles; but her tomb, when opened later . . . was found empty and so the apostles concluded that the body was taken up into heaven.”
In the eighth century, St. John Damascene was known for giving sermons at the holy places in Jerusalem. At the Tomb of Mary, he expressed the belief of the Church on the meaning of the feast: “Although the body was duly buried, it did not remain in the state of death, neither was it dissolved by decay. . . . You were transferred to your heavenly home, O Lady, Queen and Mother of God in truth.”
All the feast days of Mary mark the great mysteries of her life and her part in the work of redemption. The central mystery of her life and person is her divine motherhood, celebrated both at Christmas and a week later (Jan. 1) on the feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. The Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8) marks the preparation for that motherhood, so that she had the fullness of grace from the first moment of her existence, completely untouched by sin. Her whole being throbbed with divine life from the very beginning, readying her for the exalted role of mother of the Savior.
The Assumption completes God’s work in her since it was not fitting that the flesh that had given life to God himself should ever undergo corruption. The Assumption is God’s crowning of His work as Mary ends her earthly life and enters eternity. The feast turns our eyes in that direction, where we will follow when our earthly life is over.
The feast days of the Church are not just the commemoration of historical events; they do not look only to the past. They look to the present and to the future and give us an insight into our own relationship with God. The Assumption looks to eternity and gives us hope that we, too, will follow Our Lady when our life is ended.
The prayer for the feast reads: “All-powerful and ever-living God: You raised the sinless Virgin Mary, mother of your Son, body and soul, to the glory of heaven. May we see heaven as our final goal and come to share her glory.”
In 1950, in the Apostolic Constitution <Munificentissimus Deus>, Pope Pius XII proclaimed the Assumption of Mary a dogma of the Catholic Church in these words: “The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heaven.”
With that, an ancient belief became Catholic doctrine and the Assumption was declared a truth revealed by God.
Father Clifford Stevens writes from Tintern Monastery in Oakdale, Neb.
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I recommend purchasing this booklet which you can through the link below. It comes through America Needs Fatima, http://www.ANF.org.
In the booklet there is a more detailed article as to the history of the Rosary than the article in the links below provide. There is also a guide to praying the Rosary including all of the prayers, the litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, along with other prayers and St. Louis de Montfort’s summary of the Life, Death and Glory of Jesus and Mary in the Holy Rosary, The Five First Saturday’s devotion, why the battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571 was so important and the reason for Our Blessed Mother’s appearing in Fatima, Portugal in 1917 to the three shepherd children was also more important for our times, as well as the Fifteen Promises of Mary Most Holy to those who pray the Rosary.
Make no mistake about it and know that it makes perfect sense why God is sending his daughter, spouse and mother as His messenger in our times! God is Merciful before He is Just! Mary is Mother of Mercy among her numerous titles. When Jesus Christ comes again, it will be for the final Judgment, so that will be it! There will be no more time for Mercy! It will be Judgment! Hence, we need to heed the message of Our Blessed Mother at Fatima! She is the final message of God’s mercy and her Immaculate heart will triumph “before the great and terrible day of the Lord!”
You can read more by clicking on the two links below and you can purchase the booklet as well. It is worth purchasing the booklet and reading it, in my opinion. It’s a small booklet of only 46 pages and also contains beautiful images of artwork.
St. Catherine of Siena explained it this way: “[Lord,] you are a mystery as deep as the sea; the more I search, the more I find, and the more I find the more I search for you but I can never be satisfied; what I receive will ever leave me desiring more. When you fill my soul I have an even greater hunger, and I grow more famished for your light. I desire above all to see you, the true light, as you really are.”
St. Catherine of Siena was named Doctor of the Church and is co patron of Italy and one of six patron saints of Europe. She was a Third Order Dominican like I am. We are now called lay fraternities of St. Dominic. She lived from 1347-1380. She was the 24th of 25 children. She counseled two Popes and was instrumental in the Popes returning to Italy from Avignon, France. She was a gifted preacher and writer and her masterpiece in writing is a book called The Dialogue. She is woman after my own heart even though she lived 800 years before me. She is a great saint to emulate because she emulated Jesus! I have a strong devotion to her and I encourage you to read about her and read The Dialogue.
I also want to thank my friend Fr. Jim as the piece above was taken from his Jubilee homily. The full homily appears on http://www.hutchsharbor.com.
St. Catherine of Siena, thank you for your example and pray for us!!!
OREMUS COMMUNICATIONS JULY 2017 NEWSLETTER
Hello everyone. Before we continue our ongoing tribute to Our Lady of Fatima on the 100th
Anniversary of her visits to the 3 children, Lucia, Jacinta, and Francesco in 1917, we want to mention a
guest appearance on the Oremus Communications Family Rosary Program (OCFRP) on Sunday, July 16,
by Dr. George Isajiw. In addition to being a Pro-life icon throughout Southeast Pennsylvania wherein he
has helped numerous families and saved the lives of countless babies, Dr. George is the grandson of
Blessed Nicholas Konrad, one of the 25 Ukrainian Martyrs beatified by St. John Paul II in 2001. Dr.
George will talk about these and other great topics as well as pray the Holy Rosary. We hope that you
can join us by logging onto: http://www.oremuscomms.com and clicking onto: LISTEN LIVE. Program begins
at 2:00pm EST-USA.
Also, in recognition of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week (July 23-29), sponsored by the
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Allyson Dreher of The St. Augustine Foundation
will be joining us on Tuesday, July 25th at 12:05pm EST-USA on the OCFRP to discuss Natural Family
Planning and Catholic Sexuality with emphasis on teen chastity.
And now back to the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima. On July 13th, 1917, Our Blessed
Mother appeared to the Fatima children for the 3rd time and the number of people gathered around
the children had grown from 50 or so in June to several thousand. The July visit is remarkable for
several reasons, not least of which is the vision of hell which the children witnessed; the request to
practice The First Saturday Devotion in order to make reparation for sins against her Immaculate Heart,
save souls from hell, and bring about world peace; and the importance of consecrating Russia to the
Immaculate Heart of Mary.
In his book, Fatima: The Full Story, Fr. John De Marchi, I.M.C gives an excellent account of the July
visit. The following are two relevant excerpts from pages 78 and 79 respectively.
“You have seen hell where the souls of sinners go. To save them God wishes to establish in the
world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If you do what I tell you many souls will be saved and
there will be peace. The war will end, but if men do not cease to offend God another worse one
will begin. …..To prevent it, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate
Heart and the reparatory Communion of the First Saturdays.”
“If my desires are fulfilled, Russia will be converted and there will be peace; if not, she will
spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church; the good
will be martyred and the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be
annihilated. But in the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate
Russia to me and she will be converted and the world will enjoy a period of peace.”
On Wednesday, July 12th, Mr. Carl Malburg from the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of
Fatima Foundation will join OCFRP to comment further on the significance of the July apparition.
We hope you can join us on these various events and together we can continue to make a spiritual
difference throughout the world. OREMUS
1 John 1:8-10 – If we say , “We are without sin,” we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing. If we say , ‘We have not sinned,” we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Lord, have mercy!
John 15:16 – It was not you who chose me, says the Lord, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.
Psalm 139 – …truly you have formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb…
Psalm 71 – …from my mother’s womb you have been my help…
1 John 4:7-16 – …Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him and he in God…
Pope Benedict XVI – The essential nucleus of Christianity is expressed in the heart of Jesus!
“As Mary approached, Elizabeth’s child performed his first prophetic act, “announcing” Jesus’ arrival by a wild leap, while still inside the womb of Elizabeth”
“A lamp to my feet is your word, a light to my path”
John 6:58 – “Whoever eats this bread will live forever”.
Servant of God Dorothy Day to the Blessed Mother after receiving Holy Communion – “Here He is in my heart; I believe, help my unbelief; Adore Him, Thank Him, and Love Him, for me. He is your Son; His honor is in your hands. Do not let me dishonor him.”
Saint Justin, Martyr – “We are slain with the sword but we increase and multiply”
Saint Iraneus – “The glory of God is man fully alive”
John , chapter 17 – …”May they all be one as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that the world may believe that you sent me, says the Lord”…
Saint Catherine of Siena – “Selfish love shrinks your heart till it has room neither for yourself nor for your neighbors, while Divine charity so expands it that it can welcome friends and enemies alike – everyone, in fact – because it is clothed in Christ’s love and so follows him”
Cardinal Robert Sarah – “Western societies are organized and live as though God did not exist. Christians…have settled down to a silent apostasy. The Church must immerse herself more deeply in the grace of the sacraments…the duty to lead toward the “splendor of truth” from Saint John Paul II”
Pope Francis – “Being children of God…is our primordial vocation. We were made to be God’s children, it is in our DNA.
Saints Timothy and Maura were married and died in 286 – …Husband and wife were pinned up or crucified in such a way that each could see the other. Their passion lasted nine days “and, encouraging each other to persevere in the faith, they consummated their martyrdom” (Roman Martyrology)
Tobit, chapter 12 – “I am Raphael, one of the seven angels who enter and serve before the Glory of the Lord”. “So now get up from the ground and praise God”.
2 Corinthians 13:11-13 – …encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you…
John 3:16-18 – God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
Father Cornelius A Lapide on The Holy Trinity – To the Father is appropriated memory…To the Son is appropriated the intellect…To the Holy Spirit is appropriated the will…The Father therefore reforms the memory when he blots out of it the appearances of vain, foul, and forbidden things, and brings into it the appearances of divine things, so that it should remember only God, his worship and his love, piety and the other virtues. The Son reforms the intellect, so that it should think only of the things which pertain to salvation and holiness. The Holy Spirit reforms the will, so that it should love and desire the same. Therefore a holy soul continually reflects that it is a temple of the Holy Trinity.
Matthew 23:12 – Whoever exalts himself will be humbled
A reporter was once accompanying Mother Theresa as she cleaned the ulcerous sores of a dying man. The stench was overpowering. “I wouldn’t do that for a million dollars,” said he.
“Neither would I,” said Mother Theresa.
All these quotes and stories come from June issue of Magnificat.
Here is something you might want to immediately post on your blog. My very good friend and totally awesome priest Fr. David Poulson – diocese of Erie – told me he dreamed this prayer one night and woke up and wrote it down. It’s super cool!Peace brother!PS – happy Father’s Day!!!Yours in Christ Jesus,Tom
A Renewal of Baptismal Promises to Gain the Grace of Purity
(Prepare by going to confession and holy communion.)
Almighty and all loving God, who have been so merciful and compassionate to me, while I have been an ungrateful and faithless sinner, today I solemnly make use of my free will, which is your gift to me. I renounce Satan, and all his works, and all his empty promises. In particular, I renounce any influence that I have allowed him to have in the past over my senses, especially the senses of sight and touch, over my imagination and memory and over my sexual faculty. I renew my baptismal promises in which I solemnly renounce him. I profess my faith in God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, and I promise to serve God faithfully in His Holy Catholic Church. In the power of the Holy Ghost, I profess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father. I invite Jesus to exercise the sovereign authority, that He won by the shedding of His blood, to rule over my body, soul and spirit. I willingly place myself, whole and entire, beneath Jesus’ feet and accept His Lordship over my life. I consecrate myself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the chaste heart of St. Joseph. I consecrate myself to the holy archangels, Saint Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael and to my guardian angel and invite them to crush Satan and his minions beneath my feet, to bind them and cast them into the outer darkness where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. I consecrate myself to my baptismal and confirmation patrons, Saints __________and __________and invite them to take holy possession of me. I rely on their intercession to enable me to do God’s will with my every thought, word and deed. I make these renunciations, professions, invitations, and consecrations permanently and irrevocably in the Most Holy Name of Jesus. Amen.
(Make both the great and small signs of the cross with holy water.)
Thank you Tom and Fr. Poulson
Happy Pentecost! The Birthday of the Catholic Church is celebrated today!
I believe I have been inspired by the Holy Spirit in the spirit of Pentecost to write this article, which will be a difficult one to write because many on all sides of the issues may not agree, but I write it because I believe with all my heart, mind and soul I am called to and it is better I please God then man.
The information contained is obtained through much reading, study and prayer as well as personal and private revelation.
For facts and figures I encourage you to read my previous article at https://walkbyfaithtolive.com/2017/05/05/on-abolishing-abortion-the-great-evil-of-our-time/
So, we begin, what does it mean to be Pro Life?
At the outset of this piece let me start by saying I am not sure it’s humanly possible to be truly Pro Life.
I believe and practice brutal honesty! Starting with myself and I encourage you to do same.
Let me explain, to be truly pro life means we need to protect life , all life, at every stage. That rules me out because I eat meat. If you are a gun toter, you are out; if you don’t protect and care for the environment you are out; if you are a racist you are out; if you don’t support immigration and providing safe havens for refugees you are out; if you use artificial contraception you are out; if you engage in or support homosexual sexual activity you are out; if you master-bate you are out; if you are transgender and mutilate body parts you are out; if you drive drunk you are out; if you smoke, use drugs and drink alcohol to excess you are out. If you view pornography, go to strip clubs and partake in prostitution you are out. If you are okay with abortion and euthanasia and the death penalty and war and embryonic stem cell research and invitro-fertilization and the ends justify the means attitude you are definitely out!
There are a number of other things I can mention that would cause you and I to strike out as well.
No need to despair though! I am an optimist and believe the many do not want to inflict harm on anyone. We are fallen creatures and need God and His mercy and thankfully He gives it to us.
Strive for holiness daily and go deeper in faith and learn and follow Church Teaching!
So, what do these terms mean; pro life, pro choice, conservative, liberal and many more. I don’t like to use them because they label us and we should not be labelled.
On one hand I could be labeled too liberal as I am opposed to the death penalty, guns, racism and unjust war and I support legal immigration, providing safe haven for refugees and being good steward of the environment.
On the other hand I could be labeled too conservative as I oppose abortion totally and radically for any reason at any stage. I also oppose euthanasia and despise even using that term as well as artificial contraception. I strongly support traditional marriage and capitalism as long as it’s not unfettered.
Maybe rather than use the term pro life we should figure out a way to protect the life of the unborn. Our Constitution states life is to be protected. So, why are we not protecting life of the unborn? A presidential candidate stated the unborn has no rights. maybe we should change that.
We use this term Pro Life. I consider myself Pro Life but what does it mean.?
I used many examples earlier that would preclude or exclude many from actually being Pro Life.
The term pro life is not found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, however abortion and euthanasia are and I encourage all to read sections 2270-2275 on abortion and sections 2276-2279 on euthanasia.
In the Bible we have Deuteronomy 30:15-20 and Jeremiah 1:5 among many other passages in support of Life.
I believe in protecting human life from moment of conception until natural death and everywhere in between. I am not in favor of harming an animal but I do eat meat. I would not harm an insect unless it’s in my dwelling.
To those who accuse pro lifers of being anti woman –
Those who say pro lifers are anti woman are wrong. Explain that one to me? If you are okay with abortion then you are anti woman as half of the babies killed are woman and are you really helping the mother, who is a woman? Is abortion really giving the woman her best and what she needs?!
On other issues –
Artificial contraception and any sexual activity or intercourse between those of the opposite sex or same sex that does not promote or welcome life is anti life so that is what I mean in my description earlier on what it means to be pro life. Same sex sex can never promote or welcome life so it goes against life or contracepts it. Sex should be reserved for marriage. Sex between opposite sex people whether married or not who use contraception also goes against life.
I encourage all to read and promote and encourage NFP (Natural Family Planning) between married people and also encourage all to refrain from sex until married.
Pornography, masterbation, strip clubs and prostitution are all a giant NO. Never! Ever! Let’s just say no to that entire industry and never watch or go to it and shut all those places down because no one ever goes there because none of it promotes life!
Maybe we should use the term promote life instead of pro life.
We, as human beings need to change and we need to protect human life at all stages starting in the mother’s womb.
We also need to be bold. We need to discuss this and share articles like this with others , especially our children.
That may be the best thing we can do and maybe the best way to explain what pro life means – helping others live and become the best version of himself or herself and all that God created him or her to be.
God bless you and thanks for reading and sharing this with others.
Eat and drink healthy, exercise, sleep and enjoy pure relationships with family and friends!
Educate yourself! Pray! Act!
If you need help in any of these areas go to the link below to find the resource you need –
Other articles on what it means to be pro life I encourage you to read –
The purpose of this article is twofold; first, it’s purpose is to promote and spread the message of Our Lady of Fatima as we celebrate the 100th anniversary, and second to explain that when we promote fake equality and untruthfulness it is damaging.
First, let us focus on the message of Our Lady of Fatima. Our Blessed Mother appeared to 3 young shepherd children Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta, six times over a period of 5 months in Fatima, Portugal starting on May 13, 1917 and ending on October 13, 1917. WWI was still raging and her mission as she was sent by God was to promote peace, warn against the final result of sin and teach us how to draw closer to God and attain heaven, which is by unceasing prayer, as her Son and our Lord taught us.
These apparitions and messages given by Our Lady at Fatima may be the most important ever given in the history of the Church since Jesus ascended into heaven.
The simple message is fourfold. Attend Confession and Mass, pray the Rosary and meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary, especially during the first Saturday in 5 consecutive months.
Our Blessed Mother reinforced everything Jesus had already told us; Heaven and Hell do exist! Unceasing prayer and sacrifice is needed to save souls from Hell! Jesus is the way to Heaven and The Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Heart is eternally grafted into her Son’s Sacred Heart! The message is clear!
Our Lady of Fatima in 1917, rightly prophesied WWII before it broke out due to the sins and errors of mankind and a lack of faith, sorrow for sin and repentance.
The United States of America take heed in the year 2017 of our Lord!
Errors and Lies would be spread by Governments and Cultures as we saw in Nazi Germany and Communist Soviet Union and as we see today in the U.S.A., Europe and beyond.
Mary and Jesus tell us the truth, Hell exists and sadly people go there. But Our Lady of Fatima brings us great hope, even today as she instructs what we are to do: Pray, Penance, Action! It not only helps us but it helps others.
To learn more about Our Lady of Fatima and what Mother Church teaches go to http://www.oremuscomms.com.
Secondly, what do I mean by – the problem with fake equality? Well, it has roots in everyone gets a trophy and one world order, which means we are all the same.
We are not the same. Each of us is uniquely created in the image of God. Different skin color, different levels of intelligence, different athletic abilities, different musical abilities, different artistic abilities, even different levels of learning and ability to speed read.
None of this diminishes our value in God’s eyes nor in the eyes of those who truly love us.
But the fact is as in one example here, Kevin Love is not equal to Lebron James in talent in the game of basketball. Both are professional NBA players and teammates and both are needed on the team to help the team win because each brings unique and special talents to it’s team to help it succeed, similar to the body of Christ! We need the different talents and gifts of each of us to help, sustain and grow the Church!
It is the same for the game of life including gender and marriage. Men and Women bring unique and different Charisms or gifts to each other in marriage that lift up the marriage to a mystical bond in Christ!
Complimentarity and Subsidiarity make any society GO! The man and woman in marriage perfectly compliment each other in every way, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually as the family unit – man, woman, children, all in the spirit of subsidiarity make up the domestic church and handle their own affairs without intervention from an outside source like the government or culture.
Let me further point out that man and woman, whether heterosexual or homosexual, black, white, red or yellow, Christian, Jew, Muslim or something else, tall short, bald, disabled, healthy or not and born or unborn all have unique gifts and talents and all are called to glorify God and help others by submitting each of our wills to God and living chaste lives in the service of others starting within our own families, neighborhoods and communities!
We don’t discriminate, ever against anyone! All are one in Christ Jesus our Lord to the glory of God in the Communion of the Holy Spirit, the Apostles and all the Angels and saints with Christ as our Head and Mary most Holy, the Blessed Mother as the Queen, whether the individual is a believer or not.
There is a natural law that we didn’t create, it’s beyond us, and because of natural law we are called to be pro life in every way which goes far beyond protesting for or against abortion, euthanasia, genocide, the environment, racism and the death penalty and immigration. Natural law applies to plant and animal life. Natural law states that pregnancy is created via a male and a female including the animal kingdom. Natural Law states a man cannot carry a child because man has no womb or the necessary body parts. Two homosexual men and two homosexual women are unable to conceive a child together naturally between the two of them. All of this is part of being pro life. I am pro life in every sense of the word!
Everyone is called to be pro life in every way and we welcome those from the LGBTQ community to stand with us as pro lifers and we welcome them into our Church, but it does not change the fact that those in the LGBTQ community and/or those that support it’s lifestyle, as it’s the lifestyle, not the person, that we call out, are in direct contradiction with what it means to be pro life naturally.
Use of artificial contraception also stands directly against life.
Core values and traditions is what the Church defends justly.
That in no way means I or we hate any single person who disagrees or is different from us and what we believe. It also doesn’t mean I or we are judging them for a decision they have made. Nor does it mean they have to turn away from the Church or being pro life.
In reality we need to pray for them, pray for all! Friend and Foe alike. Every DAY!!!
But we do need to be clear on all issues! We also need to be clear that we will not be bullied or allow others to call us bigots when it’s not true, and when we speak truth.
Educate yourself and come into the TRUTH!!!
The culture has become so engrossed in feelings, not hurting someones feelings, that it has become a detriment to society! The culture also disrespects, actually hates and despises Church teaching which is truth. The culture either has no regard for heaven or hell, does not care or simply does not believe! And we must push back against that. As for me, please hurt my feelings if what you say or do to me will help me get to heaven! Please do it! God nor I want to see even one soul perish to everlasting Hell! No way no how, not on my watch! It’s way too important! Eternally!!!We are obligated to admonish the sinner and instruct the ignorant starting with ourselves!
I am thankful and indebted to my parents for all eternity for 3 reasons:
#1 they are heterosexual and got married
#2 they stay married and didn’t divorce
#3 they chose life
My gratitude to my parents for these 3 decisions should not be offensive to anyone but in our new 2017 society it is and we need to see how everyone feels about it so they can express themselves. I’m so thankful to my parents but it’s not just because they chose life – before they chose life they had to choose each other, in a heterosexual marriage, which then led to my brother and I conception through heterosexual love making which was open to the possibility of conception/transmission of life- and not just fulfilling a sexual desire or urge of instant gratification, which does not bring the ultimate and permanent joy God wants us to experience through patience, prayer and sacrifice.
Here’s how you know you may need to put a question mark next to LGBTQ – if all of us were transgender or homosexual there would be no natural reproduction and the world would have ceased to exist already and will in the future if we continue down this path. This would be the same for animals – we would have to artificially engineer their reproduction, so let’s stick to the natural, please.
Negative population rates across the globe is not good. That is another story but suffice it to say that both global warming and population control are myths. In addition let’s leave things in God’s hands and stop pretending to be or play God.
Lastly, I call out my heterosexual friends, acquaintances and strangers to turn a hedonistic lifestyle over to God. Those who are not living chaste lives and sexual pleasure seekers whether inside or outside the context of marriage.
Repent! Turn around and remain faithful to the Gospel! It’s never ever too late and your very soul depends on it!!!
Here is some food for thought sent to me by a Facebook friend- 1917 was when our Lady and Blessed Mother appeared to the children at Fatima. A coincident? I think not. I call it a Godcident!
I must give credit to Tony McGinley, Peter DeMaio, John Williamson and Theresa Howe Quigley for parts of this article and to my mom and dad, Robert and Elodia DeFeo for choosing life.
I encourage you to do more research into NFP (Natural family planning) and seek out Dr. Monique Ruberu to be your gynecologist.
Look into the links page of this website for more resources that will help educate you on the issues of our day and help you grow in Christ every day.
I give glory to God in everything, especially, protecting all forms of life at every stage, born and unborn and stating that sex is reserved for marriage and marriage is between one man and one woman.
Pornography and masterbation pave the way to hell. Never lose hope though, never give up trying and striving for holiness no matter how often you stumble. Go to confession and then go to mass and Holy Communion and listen to Our Lady of Fatima, pray the Rosary, make reparation for sins, your own, your families and the sins of the world. Meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary and Bible verses and read and use the Catechesim of the Catholic Church.
About Today for Sunday in the 4th week of Easter
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts 13:14, 43-52
Psalm 100:1-2, 3, 5
Revelation 7:9, 14b-17
Today is the Fourth Sunday of Easter. A reflection on today’s Sacred Scriptures:
The Gospel this Sunday in all three reading cycles is about Jesus as the Good Shepherd. This year the emphasis is on the voice of Jesus.
We can imagine how that voice must have stirred the hearts of all who were disposed to listen to it, how it must have moved people with its authority and its power to persuade. The voice of Jesus was at times so loving, and at other times so challenging. It was that voice saying to Peter, “Feed my sheep,” that still rang in his ears as he preached boldly to the Sanhedrin. It was that voice crying out, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” that echoed still in the heart of Paul as he and Barnabas preached in the synagogues of Perga and Antioch and Iconium. It was the voice of Jesus which drowned out the vicious lies of all those enemies of truth that tried to choke off the Good News so bravely proclaimed by Peter and Paul.
The readings during the Easter season clearly show us how gladly those great Apostles suffered persecution and even death “for the sake of the Name.” No wonder we call Peter and Paul the great pillars of the early Church who inspired so many others not to fear contempt and bodily harm because the Holy Spirit was with them. Those who followed that voice would be rewarded with a glorious crown.
It’s no wonder that literally millions of Christians have suffered for their faith down through the ages. Millions even today are deprived of human rights, imprisoned and killed just because they are loyal to that voice of the Good Shepherd. Racial hatred, abuse of women, child slavery, and exploitation of the poor, to name but a few, are the effects of strident, angry and evil voices which constantly try to drown out the loving voice of the Good Shepherd who proclaims justice for the oppressed.
In Jesus’ lifetime on earth as preacher and healer, He was known for His compassion and love. Shortly before His Passion and death, He stopped on His way to Jerusalem to weep over the city, crying out, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were unwilling!” (Luke 13:34-35)
Jesus is best known, however, as a shepherd, leading His flock to eternal life. He called Himself the door, the gate, the sheepfold itself. The shepherd knows each individual sheep by name, and each one of His flock are safe when they follow His call. Today’s Gospel emphasizes this aspect of a shepherd–his voice. “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they never perish.” (John 10:27-28)
Many in our world are now fascinated by another voice, that of Pope Francis, who urges us to bring the power of our love and concern to the poor, the persecuted, and the powerless of this world. When we hear his voice, we recognize the authentic voice of Jesus Himself. May we heed his voice especially in the months ahead. 
 Catholic Calendar and Daily Meditations, Fourth Sunday of Easter