“Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, faring sumptuously every day: and a certain beggar named Lazarus was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table; yea, even the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and that he was carried away by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: and the rich man also died, and was buried. And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things: but now here he is comforted, and thou art in anguish. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, that they which would pass from hence to you may not be able, and that none may cross over from thence to us.’ And he said, ‘I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house; for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ But Abraham saith, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘Nay, father Abraham: but if one go to them from the dead, they will repent.’ And he said unto him, ‘If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, if one rise from the dead.’ “ (Luke 16:19-31)

HELL: The parable gives us a description of hell. It is a place of torment in which the soul is completely buried. The torment is caused by the flames of a supernatural fire, kindled by the anger of God. There is, therefore, no relief, no hope for the lost soul. It is separated from the abode of the just by a great chaos; it can never get to them, but must remain for ever and without hope in the torment of hell. An unbearable thirst was the principal torment of the lost glutton: his throat and tongue were burnt up with it. He thought that one little drop of water, such as could hand from the tip of man’s finger, would be an alleviation; but he could not get even that. He who had so sinned by gluttony was now consumed by an everlasting thirst. He who had refused to Lazarus even the crumbs which fell from his table, now vainly implored for one little drop of water to cool his burning tongue.

[From 'A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture' by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]

(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)

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Rila Monastery, Rilakloster, Kloster Rila, Рилски манастир, Bulgaria (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Francis: Price lists in Catholic churches are a scandal – Vatican Insider.

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emblem of the Papacy: Triple tiara and keys Français : emblème pontifical Italiano: emblema del Papato Português: Emblema papal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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English: Roman Catholic Infant Baptism in the United States. This photograph demonstrates a method of infant baptism whereby the child is held over a baptismal font and a priest or deacon pours Holy Water onto the child’s head while pronouncing the words, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” This picture was taken at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Spotsylvania County, Virginia on May 1, 2004 with a Sony Cybershot digital camera. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Now here’s something the Holy Father said that I can agree wholeheartedly! Why? Because I have experienced this type of church business and I don’t like it either! Too many parishes I assisted at were all hung up on money and fees, instead of bestowing the Sacraments freely. Here’s an example: Years ago, in one parish, the pastor wanted me to sign a declaration that I would never baptize anyone whose family did not donate weekly using the church envelopes. I said I could not sign that because someone might come in for a baptism, who didn’t have a job or money, and could not afford to give any money, so I would baptize their child.  As you can imagine, I was no longer welcome to serve at that parish anymore. Here’s some of what the Pope said:

At today’s mass in St. Martha’s House the Pope spoke out strongly against priests, lay people and secretaries who serve in the Church acting like businessmen: “The people of God cannot forgive this”; price lists for “for baptism, blessings, Mass intentions” need to go; God’s “redemption is free”

“Once, as a newly ordained priest,” Francis said, “I was with a group of college students and one couple wanted to get married. They went to a parish, but they wanted a wedding ceremony with the Mass. And, the parish secretary there said: ‘No, no, you cannot’ – ‘Why can’t we have a Mass? If the Council always recommends people to have a ceremony with the Mass ‘-’ No, you cannot, because it can’t last more than 20 minutes’-’ But why? ‘-’Because there are other slots [in the timetable for ceremonies]‘-’But, we want the Mass! ‘-’ So you will have to pay for two slots! ‘. So in order to have a wedding ceremony with the Mass had to pay two slots. This is the sin of scandal.”

“When those who are in the Temple – be they priests, lay people, secretaries, but who manage the Temple, who ministry of the Temple – become businessmen, people are scandalized. And we are responsible for this. The laity too! Everyone. Because if I see this in my parish, I have to have the courage to say these things to the parish priest. And the people are scandalized. It is interesting: the people of God can forgive their priests, when they are weak; when they slip on a sin the people know how to forgive them. But there are two things that the people of God cannot forgive: a priest attached to money and a priest who mistreats people. This they cannot forgive! It is scandalous when the Temple, the House of God, becomes a place of business, as in the case of that wedding: the church was being rented out”.

Thanks, dear Holy Father! You strengthened my faith in Holy Mother Church today!

 

 

Reparation in San Francisco: Protesting the Blasphemous Play “Testament” | 2014 | Current Campaigns.

 


On Sunday November 9, 2014, dozens of friends and supporters of the American Society for the Defene of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) and America Needs Fatima gathered outside the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco to protest the blasphemous play Testament. Previously titled The Testament of Mary, the work makes a mockery of the Virgin Mary and Catholic teaching, going so far as to portray Our Lady as an idolatrous woman who denies the divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Arriving Sunday afternoon it became clear to the protesters their presence was not welcomed, as several cars were parked in the spaces where the protest was to occur. Not letting this be a hindrance, the faithful Catholics crowded the sidewalks, holding up banners and signs expressing their indignation. The 20 foot standards of the American TFP, sonorous melodies played on the bagpipes, and banners with the names of 45,239 individuals who signed an online protest against the blasphemy were impossible to ignore, many passersby snapping photos of the manifestation with cell phones. The crowd prayed the Most Holy Rosary and offered up many other prayers in reparation, and sang hymns to honor the Mother of God being insulted a short distance away inside the theater.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As patrons of the play emerged, an older woman approached the protesters and asked, “How do you know it’s bad if you haven’t seen the play?” One of the men holding up a banner quickly responded, “I don’t have to drink poison to know that it’s harmful.” Others passing by across the street attempted to mock the public act of prayer, saying, “Why don’t you all go pray in church?” The faithful Catholics only responded by praying with greater fervor, drowning out these fruitless efforts to impede them.

The act of reparation came to a close as the evening came on and the sun fell behind the buildings of the City by the Bay. Participants in the protest commented on the indifference of the majority who walked by, annoyed at the presence of the demonstration but unconcerned about its purpose. However, all departed with the assurance that though the majority of men in this city, like so many others, care little to defend the honor of Our Lady, those gathered that Sunday afternoon were able to stand firm against blasphemy and console the Queen of Angels. May she send cohorts of the heavenly host to lead her faithful sons and daughters to victory against her enemies and the triumph of her Immaculate Heart.

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The lion-emblazoned standard of the society (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, painting by Bartholomeus van Bassen, ca. 1620-30 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, faring sumptuously every day: and a certain beggar named Lazarus was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table; yea, even the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and that he was carried away by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: and the rich man also died, and was buried. And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things: but now here he is comforted, and thou art in anguish. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, that they which would pass from hence to you may not be able, and that none may cross over from thence to us.’ And he said, ‘I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house; for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ But Abraham saith, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘Nay, father Abraham: but if one go to them from the dead, they will repent.’ And he said unto him, ‘If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, if one rise from the dead.’ “ (Luke 16:19-31)

WHY LAZARUS WAS ETERNALLY REWARDED: When he was in this world, he was faithful, pious and resigned. He had for many years lived a life of misery, but he bore all his sufferings, poverty, contempt, and pain with the utmost patience and resignation to God’s will, making use of them to sanctify his soul. He did not murmur nor complain, but hoped in the Redeemer and the everlasting life to come, and united himself closely to God by a holy love.

[From 'A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture' by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]

(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)

 

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A vision of Hell from Dante’s Divine Comedy. Illustration by Gustave Doré. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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A Voice from Hell

Everyone has heard of that scary place called Hell. But most of us just brush it off. We aren’t going there, so why worry?

Read all about it…

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deaconjohn1987:

Excellent article on Church/science teachings:

Originally posted on St Anne Center for Women's Health:

I have not posted in a while, but this was received by a friend, and needs to be sent out!

(Don’t skip #1 – not talked about as much)
The values espoused by the Church can seem harsh and even unfair in our live-and-let-live ethos. It’s understandable that many today believe that the Church is out of step with the modern world and that its teachings are no longer relevant.

But what is amazing (and certainly unintentional) is the fact that modern science — which so many assume is the antithesis or even enemy of Catholic teaching —actually bears out the truth and value and relevance of what the Church has taught for 2,000 years. Here are ten examples to illustrate my point.

  1. The Church teaches that pride is the root of all vices. Research studies in psychology show that narcissism and irrational thinking are on the rise, especially…

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Another view of Our Lady of Fatima by Valeška, which now resides at Trinity Heights Shrine in Sioux City, Iowa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is a quote from Robert Moynihan, publisher of Inside the Vatican Magazine:

“Francis will begin to speak more clearly on Church doctrine in order to slowly win back those “conservatives” in his own flock who have been worried and disappointed in recent months, while all the while retaining his credentials on “the left.”

Those credentials are so “solid” now that Francis is in an enviable position: he can become clearer, more “conservative,” without altering his positions on the love of the poor and oppressed a single bit.

Thus, Francis is in a position to surprise us.

He might, for example, in part for ecumenical reasons (to reach out to the Orthodox with their rich liturgy) decide to celebrate Mass publicly, according to the old rite (the old Latin Mass), something even Pope Benedict never did.

And, he might consider a public prayer for Russia, which would involve consecrating that country to Mary’s Immaculate Heart — perhaps together with the Russians themselves —  if the meaning of such a consecration could be clearly articulated and understood as a positive thing and a blessing, not something spiritually colonizing or condescending.”

This last quote regarding a consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is something I have prayed for over 40 years and hopefully would fulfill Our Lady’s request at Fatima. Our Lady said the consecration would happen, but it would be late! I believe then would come the Era of Peace, promised by Our Lady at Fatima. Let’s keep praying for this intention and for Pope Francis!

Deacon John
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