“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)

UNBELIEF: He who will not believe the teachers appointed by God (Moses and the prophets under the Old Law, and the Church under the New Law), would not believe, even if one rose from the dead and came to preach to him. Lazarus was called back from the grave by our Lord, and Christ Himself rose from the dead, and yet the majority of the Jews refused to believe!

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

(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)

 

SCRIPTURE COMMENTARY #370

Posted: November 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

“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)

THE JUSTICE OF GOD: The everlasting reward of Lazarus and the everlasting punishment of the glutton teach us to know the justice of God. But God’s justice is also shown by His temporal reward of the rich man, while on earth, for what little good he had done. Perhaps, in his earlier days, Dives had sometimes prayed, or had given an offering to the Temple; and because God, in His Omniscience, knew that this man would remain impenitent to the end, and would go to hell, He gave him his reward on earth. On the other hand, Lazarus had probably committed sins in his youth. But he had heartily repented of them, and by his misery on earth made satisfaction for them, and was at once received into the abode of the just. Nothing that is good is left unrewarded, and nothing that is sinful is left unpunished. Thus the fate of Dives ought to serve as a grave warning to the rich not to forget God or the care of their souls, and to make a right use of their riches, especially by alms-deeds. And the everlasting reward of Lazarus ought to bring consolation to the poor and suffering and teach then not to murmur or lose courage, but to endure all in patience and resignation, fixing their hope on God and His everlasting riches. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

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

(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)

MESSAGES EXPLAINED HEALING.

At Litmanová, Slovakia, where the Blessed Mother appeared between August 1990 and August 1995, her words reputedly included insight, among other matters, on how to maintain peace and maintain health.

The messages were as brief and edifying as they are fascinating.

“My dear children, I ask you again, change your lives and sacrifice them fully to God,” she intoned, at one juncture. “Because only in this way your lives may become eternal. Oh, my children, learn to say this: ‘Your Sacred Will be done’ everywhere and in everything because the eternal peace is hidden in You.’ Pray this until you understand that peace is the core of every soul.”

Read more here: http://www.spiritdaily.com/Limanova3.htm

Altomonte, Bartolomeo - The Immaculate Concept...

Altomonte, Bartolomeo – The Immaculate Conception – 1719 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is on December 8, which this year falls on a Monday. Although the obligation to attend Mass is removed when other Holy Days fall on a Monday, this is not the case for the Immaculate Conception. Thus, the faithful are obliged to attend Mass for the Holy Day on Monday, December 8, 2014.  In addition, an evening Mass on Sunday, December 7, 2014, does not suffice for both the Holy Day and the Sunday obligation.  Regularly scheduled Sunday evening parish Masses are Masses for the Second Sunday of Advent, not vigil Masses for the Immaculate Conception.

Here’s an apparition story that I never heard of!

MESSAGES FROM APPROVED APPARITION OF MARY AT LITMANOVÁ OFFERED PROTECTION DURING DISASTERS

 

The Church-approved apparitions at Litmanová include a slew of messages that are fascinating, sometimes surprising, we’ve learned, reviewing synopses of all the monthly appearances of Mary on a hilltop in Slovakia from August 5, 1990, to August 6, 1995.

Among them: word from the Blessed Mother on how to draw protection during coming events.

Read the article here: http://www.spiritdaily.com/Limanova2.htm

Русский: Феодоровская икона со сказанием Кострома

Русский: Феодоровская икона со сказанием Кострома (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

SCRIPTURE COMMENTARY #369

Posted: November 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

“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 DIVES WAS ETERNALLY PUNISHED: We are not told that he committed any sins which the world would consider to be great ones. On the contrary, he was esteemed as an honorable and generous man. He might quite truly have said to himself: “I have deceived no man, I have never taken any one’s life, nor have I sworn falsely. I am no miser; for I circulate my money freely, enjoy the use of it, and am praised by all my friends for my liberality.” True! and yet he was damned! Why? Because he was a sensual man, an epicurean, and religion was a matter of no consideration with him. His only thought was how to lead a pleasant life, and he neither troubled himself about the future, nor believed in a coming Redeemer. He led a life without prayer, without fear of hell or desire of heaven, a life without grace and without God. Could such a life as this be rewarded by the everlasting Vision of God? No; its obvious and inevitable sequel could only be found in hell, or in eternal separation from God! He lived his life away from God. He sinned, firstly, by unbelief. Neither he nor his brothers believed much, if at all, in the immortality of the soul, or in what God had revealed to man by Moses and the prophets, namely, the necessity of penance and of hope in the promised Redeemer. He sinned, secondly, by immoderate pride. It was not avarice which made him refuse his help to poor Lazarus, whom he passed every day of his life, but pride, which made him despise the poor man and refuse to vouchsafe one glance at him. Pride made him hard-hearted and unloving, and his self-love speedily developed into selfishness. He sinned, thirdly, by intemperance (gluttony) in eating and drinking, giving splendid banquets every day, for which reason he is also known as the rich glutton.

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

(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)

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