The Treasures and Mystery of Catholism : The Treasures and Mystery of Catholism Joseph John Rothengast
(08/29/2003) The Nature Of God : The Nature Of God Etymology of the Word "God" Discusses the root-meaning of the name "God", which is derived from Gothic and Sanskrit roots.
Existence of God Formal dogmatic Atheism is self-refuting, and has never won the reasoned assent of any considerable number of men. Nor can Polytheism ever satisfy the mind of a philosopher. But there are several varieties of what may be described as virtual Atheism which cannot be dismissed so quickly.
Nature and Attributes of God In this article, we proceed by deductive analysis to examine the nature and attributes of God to the extent required by our limited philosophical scope. We will treat accordingly of the infinity, unity, and simplicity of God, adding some remarks on Divine personality.
Relation of God to the Universe The world is essentially dependent on God, and this dependence implies (1) that God is the Creator of the world -- the producer of its whole substance; and (2) that its continuance in being at every moment is due to His sustaining power.
The Blessed Trinity The Trinity is the term employed to signify the central doctrine of the Christian religion -- the truth that in the unity of the Godhead there are Three truly distinct Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Father : The Father The Creator
Trinity – One God
Holy Spirit Jesus – The Son : Jesus – The Son The Word
In the Beginning was the Word Holy Spirit : Holy Spirit Explains the classic seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit and how to obtain them. It shows how the Holy Ghost works in our souls, and what the soul is like with the Holy Spirit and also without Him. Plus, contained here are many prayers to the Holy Spirit that will draw us closer to Him. The Angels : The Angels Saint Michael
7 Orders of Angels
Guardian Angels COVENANTS : COVENANTS 1. THE EDENIC--Man's Dominion over Creation... A charge and a test
2. THE ADAMIC--The entry of sin necessitated a hope and discipline.
3. THE NOAHIC--Greater discipline, new start... promise of the Redeemer
4. THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT
5. THE MOSAIC COVENANT
6. THE DAVIDIC COVENANT
7. THE NEW COVENANT OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST The Old Testament : The Old Testament History
God will send The Messiah
Predicts how the Messiah will be received and what He will do THE TEN COMMANDMENTS : THE TEN COMMANDMENTS You shall not have other gods besides me.
THE NAME OF THE LORD IS HOLY
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
You shall not take the name of the Lord in vain
YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF You shall not kill.
You shall not commit adultery
You shall not steal
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbor's goods The New Testament : The New Testament Mathew
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
The Public Life of Jesus The Apostles : The Apostles Peter
Simon The Holy Lance : The Holy Lance The lance that pierce the side of Jesus is located in Saint Peter’s in Rome The Finger of Saint Thomas : The Finger of Saint Thomas The finger which was placed into Jesus’s wounds The Early Writings of the Apostolic Fathers of the Church : The Early Writings of the Apostolic Fathers of the Church The Writings of the Fathers Down to A.D. 325 : The Writings of the Fathers Down to A.D. 325 Volume I. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus
Clement of Rome, Mathetes, Polycarp, Ignatius, Barnabas, Papias, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus
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Volume II. Fathers of the Second Century
Hermas, Tatian, Theophilus, Athenagoras, Clement of Alexandria
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Volume III. Latin Christianity: Its Founder, Tertullian
Three Parts: I. Apologetic; II. Anti-Marcion; III. Ethical
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Volume IV. The Fathers of the Third Century
Tertullian Part IV; Minucius Felix; Commodian; Origen
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Hippolytus; Cyprian; Caius; Novatian; Appendix
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Volume VI. The Fathers of the Third Century
Gregory Thaumaturgus; Dinysius the Great; Julius Africanus; Anatolius and Minor Writers; Methodius; Arnobius
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Volume VII. Fathers of the Third and Fourth Centuries
Lactantius, Venantius, Asterius, Victorinus, Dionysius, Apostolic Teaching and Constitutions, Homily, Liturgies
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Volume VIII. Fathers of the Third and Fourth Centuries
The Twelve Patriarchs, Excerpts and Epistles, The Clementia, Apocrypha, Decretals, Memoirs of Edessa and Syriac Documents, Remains of the First Ages
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Volume X. Recently Discovered Additions to Early Christian Literature; Commentaries of Origen
The Gospel of Peter, The Diatessaron of Tatian, The Apocalypse of Peter, The Visio Pauli, The Apocalypses of the Virgin and Sedrach, The Testament of Abraham, The Acts of Xanthippe and Polyxena, The Narrative of Zosimus, The Apology of Aristides, The Epistles of Clement (Complete Text), Origen's Commentary on John, Books I-X, Origen's Commentary on Mathew, Books I, II, and X-XIV
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Volume II. The City of God, Christian Doctrine
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Volume III. On the Holy Trinity, Doctrinal Treatises, Moral Treatises
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Volume IV. The Anti-Manichaean Writings, The Anti-Donatist Writings
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Volume VI. Sermon on the Mount, Harmony of the Gospels, Homilies on the Gospels
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Volume VII. Homilies on the Gospel of John, Homilies on the First Epistle of John, Soliloquies
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Volume VIII. Expositions on the Psalms
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Volume X. Homilies on the Gospel of St. Matthew
Volume XI. Homilies on the Acts of the Apostles and the Epistle to the Romans
Volume XII. Homilies on First and Second Corinthians
Volume XIII. Homilies on the Epistles to the Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians, Timothy, Titus, and Philemon
Volume XIV. Homilies on the Gospel of St. John and the Epistle to the Hebrews Nicene and Post-Nicene FathersSeries II : Nicene and Post-Nicene FathersSeries II Volume I. Eusebius: Church History from A.D. 1-324, Life of Constantine the Great, Oration in Praise of Constantine
Volume II. Socrates: Church History from A.D. 305-438; Sozomenus: Church History from A.D. 323-425
Volume III. Theodoret, Jerome and Gennadius, Rufinus and Jerome
Volume IV. Athanasius: Select Writings and Letters
Volume V. Gregory of Nyssa: Dogmatic Treatises; Select Writings and Letters
Volume VI. Jerome: Letters and Select Works Volume VII. Cyril of Jerusalem, Gregory Nazianzen
Volume VIII. Basil: Letters and Select Works
Volume IX. Hilary of Poitiers, John of Damascus
Volume X. Ambrose: Select Works and Letters
Volume XI. Sulpitius Severus, Vincent of Lerins, John Cassian
Volume XII. Leo the Great, Gregory the Great
Volume XIII. Gregory the Great II, Ephriam Syrus, Aphrahat
Volume XIV. The Seven Ecumenical Councils The Sacraments(Not followed by all Christians) : The Sacraments(Not followed by all Christians) Baptism
Anointing of the Sick
Holy Orders The Mass : The Mass The Greatest Prayer
Established by Jesus at the Last Supper
The non-bloody recreation of the crucifixion
Eucharistic Miracles Eucharistic Miracles : Eucharistic Miracles The story of 36 major Eucharistic Miracles from Lanciano, Italy in 800 to Stich, Bavaria in 1970. Details the official investigations. Tells where some are still venerated today. Covers Hosts that have bled, turned to flesh, levitated, etc.; plus, of Saints who have lived on the Eucharist alone. Reinforces the Church's doctrine of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament Lanciano : Lanciano Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is the adoration of Jesus Christ present in the Holy Eucharist. In the many Churches that have this adoration, the Eucharist is displayed in a special holder called a monstrance, and people come to pray and worship Jesus continually throughout the day and often the night. Christ’s great love for us was shown when he was crucified on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and give us eternal life. He loves us without limit, and offers Himself to us in the Holy sacrament of the Eucharist. Can we not give Jesus a few minutes of love and adoration in return? Lanciano, Italy -- 8th century A.D. : Lanciano, Italy -- 8th century A.D. A priest has doubts about the Real Presence; however, when he consecrates the Host it transforms into flesh and blood. This miracle has undergone extensive scientific examination and can only be explained as a miracle. The flesh is actually cardiac tissue which contains arterioles, veins, and nerve fibers. The blood type as in all other approved Eucharistic miracles is type AB! Histological micrographs are shown. Betania : Betania "So Jesus said to them, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.'" (John 6:53-55) Sienna, Italy – August 17, 1730 : Sienna, Italy – August 17, 1730 Consecrated Hosts remain perfectly preserved for over 250 years. Rigorous scientific experiments have not been able to explain this phenomena. Blanot, France -- 1331 : Blanot, France -- 1331 The Eucharist falls out of a woman's mouth onto an altar rail cloth. The priest tries to recover the Host but all that remains is a large spot of blood the same size and dimensions as the wafer. Stations of The Cross : Stations of The Cross Christ condemned to death;
the cross is laid upon him;
His first fall;
He meets His Blessed Mother;
Simon of Cyrene is made to bear the cross;
Christ's face is wiped by Veronica;
His second fall;
He meets the women of Jerusalem;
His third fall;
He is stripped of His garments;
His death on the cross;
His body is taken down from the cross; and
laid in the tomb. Other Gifts : Other Gifts “The Rosary of the Virgin Mary”
Music, Art The Holy House : The Holy House The Holy Land had seen its last and truly unsuccessful Crusade in 1291. The last of the Christian soldiers withdrew from Nazareth the same year leaving behind the holiest of houses - unprotected. It was to be dealt with according to the Moslem tradition of pillaging and destruction. It may seem farfetched to think that a tiny clay house venerated by a handful of Christians could merit such vindictive rage. But this was a unique house - visibly an edifice of mud and straw but preserving within its framework living memories of its Royal Household - Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Mystical City of God : Mystical City of God The Mystical City of God; is the collected revelations made by the Blessed Virgin Mary to the Venerable Mary of Jesus of Agreda (a 17th Century nun). This book has been acclaimed by Popes, cardinals, theologians, as well as the clergy and the laity for over 300 years. The Mystical City of God has been published in sixty editions in various languages. The translator, Father George J. Blatter, a Chicago priest, first read the book in German and was so impressed that he learned the Spanish language in order to make a proper translation into English. His first edition appeared in 1912, ten years after he started his work. The book that we choose to promote is a popular abridgment (794 pages) of the original Mystical City of God (2,676 pages). The purpose of the abridgement is to bring to an even wider readership the sublime truths found in The Mystical City of God. The Passion of Our Lord : The Passion of Our Lord Faithful to the Bible story of the Passion and death of Jesus, it fills in many details and is edifying and inspiring beyond belief; plus, it is surprising and heart-rending. It will melt a heart of stone. This book is the best on the Passion we have seen. It is also wonderful on the Blessed Mother's role in our redemption. Includes a short biography of Sr. Emmerich. A great, great book for the whole family! The Life of Jesus Christ : The Life of Jesus Christ This extraordinary work contains a day-by-day and frequently hour-by-hour account of the three years of the Public Life of Christ, actually witnessed in vision by one of the greatest mystics of the 18th century. Besides dealing with the most profound mysteries of Judaism and Christianity, the narration includes a complete life of the Blessed Mother and extensive biographies of Noah, Abraham, the ancestors of the Holy Family, John the Baptist, the Apostles, Mary Magdalene, Judas and many intimate revelations about St. Joseph, St. Anne, St. Joachim and other relatives of Our Lord. Includes an account on the Creation of the World (Astounding!) as well as a wealth of information regarding the culture, customs, architecture, geography and even the weather conditions of ancient Palestine. Describes events from the Apostle's early missionary work, plus the death of the Blessed Mother. A treasure trove of information obtainable from no other source. Seems an act of God that these visions were permitted and recorded. The tremendous detail of these unusual volumes, along with the saintly, dignified style with which the story is related, will truly inspire the reader and bring him rich spiritual rewards. "From our own deep conviction of the great advantage to be derived from the pious perusal of the work . . . we do not hesitate in its approval to add our signature " . . . James Cardinal Gibbons. Souls in Purgatory : Souls in Purgatory Ever wanted to get a short, non-complicated, clear answer about purgatory? Most books deal with theology, opinions of it existence and more spiritual reasons for purgatory. This book just answers in everyman's language some basic questions. By giving examples of souls in purgatory and giving us the sin that most people commit that leads us there, it also helps us see where we might end up. At the end of the book, it gives us ways to help those in purgatory to be released into heaven. If you couldn't help those you love while they were alive, it gives us a way to help them now. Life Of Mary : Life Of Mary Anne Catherine Emmerich gives the "everyday" happenings in the lives of those she "observed". I thought this book was a lovely read, and give me renewed interest in the Bible itself. As with all her books, it is like reading the full story as opposed to the headlines. Because Anne Catherine was a nun, it is often supposed that this, and indeed all her books, are only for Catholics. However, for Jewish people, it gives a most profound knowledge of the rich Jewish culture two thousand years ago, and for Christians, it fills in the blanks that Mathew, Mark, Luke and John left - they probably didn't realize that two thousand years later, their readers would not know what a Jewish wedding was like (Mary's dress and hair do left me breathless!). After reading the Chapter of Christmas, you too will wonder how Santa Claus managed to take over this wonderful event. I have also read the four volumes of the Life and Passion of Our Lord. Easter has never been the same for me. Mary : Mary Prayer to for Intercession
Mother Of Jesus
Miracle of Cana The Shroud : The Shroud Why people believe
Never seen one like it
Describes Jesus’s suffering The Crucifix : The Crucifix Relic of the True Cross
Saint Helena The Holy Stairs : The Holy Stairs Veronica’s veil : Veronica’s veil Copy of the Image of Jesus during his carrying of the cross The Sudarium of Oviedo : The Sudarium of Oviedo According to this history, the Sudarium was in Palestine until shortly before the year 614, when Jerusalem was attacked and conquered by Chosroes II, who was king of Persia from 590 to 628. It was taken away to avoid destruction in the invasion, first to Alexandria by the presbyter Philip, then across the north of Africa when Chosroes conquered Alexandria in 616. The Sudarium entered Spain at Cartagena, along with people who were fleeing from the Persians. The bishop of Ecija, Fulgentius, welcomed the refugees and the relics, and surrendered the chest, or ark, to Leandro, bishop of Seville. He took it to Seville, where it spent some years. Jesus’s Tunic : Jesus’s Tunic The Beatitudes(Mathew 5: 3 -12) : The Beatitudes(Mathew 5: 3 -12) Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you (falsely)
because of Jesus.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.
Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Jesus’s Suffering : Jesus’s Suffering Scourged
Crowned with Thorns
Tunic ripped off dry blood
Nailed to cross The Incorruptibles : The Incorruptibles The stories of 102 canonized Saints and Beati whose bodies were found incorrupt long periods after their deaths, many of which endured abnormally adverse conditions in remaining intact. A fascinating and absolutely documented study--and one which will reinforce people's faith in the Catholic Church--the only religion that possesses the phenomenon of bodily incorruption. Peter’s Chains : Peter’s Chains Mary’s Tunic : Mary’s Tunic A prominent medieval shrine to Mary is located at Chartres, an old French city surrounded by fertile farm country about 50 miles southwest of Paris. In an ancient crypt under the magnificent 12th century cathedral, medieval pilgrims honored a prized relic of Mary -- her tunic -- which tradition said had been brought to Europe from the east by Charlemagne in the 8th century. Papacy : Papacy Established by Jesus
Line of succession from Peter to John Paul II
Jesus said, “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it!” From Peter to John Paul II : From Peter to John Paul II Record of Popes from Peter to the current Pope ..
Jesus stated that He will establish His Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it… The Catholic Church is the only Christian Church established and in continuous existence since Jesus
Was Jesus wrong? Papal Guidance : Papal Guidance Encyclical Letters
Teachings of the Magesterium
Assumption of Mary Religious Vocations : Religious Vocations Priesthood
Deacons Visionaries and Visions : Visionaries and Visions Visions of Jesus Christ.com - Catholic visionaries
Visionaries and Visions
Apparitions at Kibeho
Medjugorje Pilgrimage with Visionaries
Catholic Visionaries, Seers,Prophets, Mystics, Stigmatists Vatican Library : Vatican Library Treasure of Information handled down through the generations Vatican Museums : Vatican Museums The Vatican Museums have saved precious historical items throughout many generations Church Art : Church Art Sistine Chapel. Church Music : Church Music Gregorian Chants
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Music - Gregorian Chants Breviary of Leonell d'Este, Duke of Ferrara, c. 1441-1448 : Breviary of Leonell d'Este, Duke of Ferrara, c. 1441-1448 Country of Origin: Italy (Ferrara) Time Period: c. 1441-1448 Price: $8500 Matted: 16 x 20''
IM-3376 (275x200mm – 10 ¾ x 7 7/8’’) Original leaf from a medieval manuscript Breviary of the highest quality. 30 lines of ruled text in double columns, written in Latin with dark brown and red ink in fine gothic rotunda script on animal vellum. Six two-line initials in gold on blue or rust ground with delicate gold tracery; four one-line initials decorated in blue with red pen-work. A fluted architectural column ornament is in the central margin, terminating in a sprays of flowers, fronds, and foliage in green, brown, pink, red, blue, white and gold; Marginal panels on either side, the full height of the text, consist of similar ornamentation with the verso inhabited by a bird. (For sister leaves see Weick, Late Medieval…Manuscripts, 1983 and Rendell, The Medieval World, 141 & 142). Italy, Ferrara c. 1441-1448.
This leaf comes from what was once called the Llangattock Breviary after Baron Llangattock of the Hendre, Monmouth. The manuscript was purchased in 1958 and dismantled by Goodspeed’s of Boston. Philip Hofer purchased the largest portion – the first gathering with 10 leaves. The manuscript is now known to be The Breviary of Leonello d’Este, Duke of Ferrara. According to estate records it was illuminated between 1441 and 1448 by Giorgio d”Alemagna, Guglielmo Giraldi, Magnanimo, Matteo de Pasti and Bartolomeo Beninca. Grace : Grace Actual Grace Explains the concept of actual grace, which is defined in the article as "a supernatural help of God for salutary acts granted in consideration of the merits of Christ."
Sanctifying Grace Describes the nature and characteristics of sanctifying grace; also treats of "justification", which is the preparation for sanctifying grace. Grace (gratia, Charis), in general, is a supernatural gift of God to intellectual creatures (men, angels) for their eternal salvation, whether the latter be furthered and attained through salutary acts or a state of holiness. Eternal salvation itself consists in heavenly bliss resulting from the intuitive knowledge of the Triune God, who to the one not endowed with grace "inhabiteth light inaccessible" (I Tim., vi, 16). Christian grace is a fundamental idea of the Christian religion, the pillar on which, by a special ordination of God, the majestic edifice of Christianity rests in its entirety. Among the three fundamental ideas -- sin, redemption, and grace -- grace plays the part of the means, indispensable and Divinely ordained, to effect the redemption from sin through Christ and to lead men to their eternal destiny in heaven. : Grace (gratia, Charis), in general, is a supernatural gift of God to intellectual creatures (men, angels) for their eternal salvation, whether the latter be furthered and attained through salutary acts or a state of holiness. Eternal salvation itself consists in heavenly bliss resulting from the intuitive knowledge of the Triune God, who to the one not endowed with grace "inhabiteth light inaccessible" (I Tim., vi, 16). Christian grace is a fundamental idea of the Christian religion, the pillar on which, by a special ordination of God, the majestic edifice of Christianity rests in its entirety. Among the three fundamental ideas -- sin, redemption, and grace -- grace plays the part of the means, indispensable and Divinely ordained, to effect the redemption from sin through Christ and to lead men to their eternal destiny in heaven. Actual Grace : Actual Grace The definition of actual grace is based on the idea of grace in general, which, in Biblical, classical, and modern language, admits of a fourfold meaning. In the first place, subjectively, grace signifies good will, benevolence; then, objectively, it designates every favour which proceeds from this benevolence and, consequently, every gratuitous gift (donum gratuitum, beneficium). In the former (subjective) sense, the king's grace grants life to the criminal condemned to death; in the latter (objective) sense the king distributes graces to his lieges. In this connection grace also stands for charm, attractiveness; as when we speak of the three Graces in mythology, or of the grace poured forth on the lips of the bridegroom (Ps. xliv, 3), because charm calls forth benevolent love in the giver and prompts him to the bestowal of benefactions. As the recipient of graces experiences, on his part, sentiments of gratefulness, and expresses these sentiments in thanks, the word gratiae (plural of gratia) also stands for thanksgiving in the expressions gratias agere and Deo gratias, which have their counterpart in the English, to say grace after meals. Sanctifying Grace : Sanctifying Grace A supernatural state of being infused by God into our soul that gives us participation in the divine life. The participation in the divine life is the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.
Sanctifying grace belongs to the whole soul, including the intellect and will. It is greater than the virtue of charity because charity belongs only to the will.
Sanctifying grace is a permanent part of our soul as long as we cooperate with its effects. When we have sanctifying grace in our soul we are said to be in the state of grace. If we pass into eternity while in the state of grace we will go either to purgatory or directly to heaven. When we commit a mortal sin, the offended Holy Spirit departs from us and we lose our sanctifying grace. If we pass into eternity while in the state of sin we will, objectively speaking, send ourselves to hell.
Actual grace helps us grow in sanctifying grace.
Sanctifying grace is sometimes called habitual grace or justifying grace. Relics : Relics The word relics comes from the Latin reliquiae (the counterpart of the Greek leipsana) which already before the propagation of Christianity was used in its modern sense, viz., of some object, notably part of the body or clothes, remaining as a memorial of a departed saint. The veneration of relics, in fact, is to some extent a primitive instinct, and it is associated with many other religious systems besides that of Christianity. At Athens the supposed remains of Oedipus and Theseus enjoyed an honour which it is very difficult to distinguish from a religious cult (see for all this Pfister, "Reliquienkult in Altertum", I, 1909), while Plutarch gives an account of the translation of the bodies of Demetrius (Demetr. iii) and Phocion (Phoc. xxxvii) which in many details anticipates the Christian practice of the Middle Ages. Sacramentals : Sacramentals "Sacramentals are sacred signs instituted by the Church. They prepare men to receive the fruit of the Sacraments and sanctify different circumstances of life" (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1677).
"One of the most remarkable effects of sacramentals is the virtue to drive away evil spirits whose mysterious and baleful operations affect sometimes the physical activity of man. To combat this occult power the Church has recourse to exorcism, and sacramentals" (The Catholic Encyc., 1913, VXIII, p. 293).
"Another effect is the delivery of the soul from sin and the penalties thereof. Thus in the blessing of a cross the Church asks that this sacred sign may receive the heavenly blessing in order that all those who kneel before it and implore the Divine Majesty may be granted great compunction and general pardon of faults committed. This means remission of venial sins, for the Sacraments alone, with perfect contrition, possess the efficacy to remit mortal sins and to release from the penalties attached to them" (The Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913, VXIII, p. 293).
"Sacramentals may be employed to obtain temporal favors, since the Church herself blesses objects made use of in every-day life" (The Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913, VXIII, p. 293). Scapulars : Scapulars Brown
In presenting the Scapular to St. Simon Stock for the world, Our Lady made but one condition to Her promise of salvation: "Whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire." She promises that anyone who enters Her family of Carmel, and dies, shall not be lost. In effect, She is telling us that Her Scapular is our passport to Heaven. True devotion to Mary always has these notes: homage, confidence, and love. To be a sign of salvation, those three notes must be practiced perseveringly. When we invest ourselves in the Scapular we practice the homage of becoming members of the Queen's battalion, we profess confidence in Her promises, and we become Her special children of love. But, in order to be assured of salvation, we must persevere in those sentiments. By wearing the sign (Scapular) of membership until death, we can continually show the Mother of God that we venerate Her, believe in Her and love Her. Miraculous Medal : Miraculous Medal O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. The Meaning of the Front Side of the Miraculous Medal : The Meaning of the Front Side of the Miraculous Medal Mary is standing upon a globe, crushing the head of a serpent beneath her foot. She stands upon the globe, as the Queen of Heaven and Earth. Her feet crush the serpent to proclaim Satan and all his followers are helpless before her (Gn 3:15). The year of 1830 on the Miraculous Medal is the year the Blessed Mother gave the design of the Miraculous Medal to Saint Catherine Labouré. The reference to Mary conceived without sin supports the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary—not to be confused with the virgin birth of Jesus, and referring to Mary's sinlessness, “full of grace” and “blessed among women” (Luke 1:28)—that was proclaimed 24 years later in 1854. The Meaning of the Back Side of the Miraculous Medal : The Meaning of the Back Side of the Miraculous Medal The twelve stars can refer to the Apostles, who represent the entire Church as it surrounds Mary. They also recall the vision of Saint John, writer of the Book of Revelation (12:1), in which “a great sign appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of 12 stars.” The cross can symbolize Christ and our redemption, with the bar under the cross a sign of the earth. The “M” stands for Mary, and the interleaving of her initial and the cross shows Mary’s close involvement with Jesus and our world. In this we see Mary’s part in our salvation and her role as mother of the Church. The two hearts represent the love of Jesus and Mary for us. (See also Lk 2:35). Indulgences : Indulgences Plenary
Full remission of punishment due to sin
Partial remission of punishment due to sin Heaven : Heaven Father, Son and The Holy Spirit
Mary and the Saints
Archangels Michael Raphael Gabriel
Angels (Regular Purgatory : Purgatory A place to be purified
Part of the Body of Christ
To be prayed for
Next stop HEAVEN Hell : Hell Frightening stories of real-life experiences. Part II has a great Catholic apologetics. Covers common mortal sins, conscience, Catholic attitude, marriage, divorce, purity, etc., Catechism : Catechism Part One: The Profession of Faith
Part Two: The Celebration of the Christian Mystery
Part Three: Life in Christ
Part Four: Christian Prayer
Glossary Canon Law : Canon Law BOOK I : GENERAL NORMS (Cann. 1 - 6)
BOOK II : THE PEOPLE OF GOD
BOOK III : THE TEACHING OFFICE OF THE CHURCH
BOOK IV : THE SANCTIFYING OFFICE OF THE CHURCH (Cann. 834 – 848)
BOOK V : THE TEMPORAL GOODS OF THE CHURCH
BOOK VI : SANCTIONS IN THE CHURCH
BOOK VII : PROCESSES Catholic Obligations : Catholic Obligations Mass on Sunday and Holydays of Obligation
Receive the sacrament of Penance during Easter Prayer : Prayer Meditation
Vocal To be a light - Evangelization : To be a light - Evangelization Bares the soul of a saint and reveals the methods which were so successful for him in converting others. From age 5 he was haunted by the thought of the souls about to fall into Hell. This insight fueled his powerful drive to save as many souls as he could Padre Pio : Padre Pio Famous for the stigmata, Padre Pio (d. 1968) possessed many other miraculous gifts. Describes his reading of hearts, conversions, celestial perfume, prophetic insight, bilocation, cures. MORTAL AND VENIAL SIN : MORTAL AND VENIAL SIN Mortal sin destroys charity in the heart of man by a grave violation of God's law; it turns man away from God, who is his ultimate end and his beatitude, by preferring an inferior good to him.
Venial sin allows charity to subsist, even though it offends and wounds it. The Seven Deadly Sins : The Seven Deadly Sins Pride is excessive belief in one's own abilities, that interferes with the individual's recognition of the grace of God. It has been called the sin from which all others arise. Pride is also known as Vanity.
Envy is the desire for others' traits, status, abilities, or situation.
Gluttony is an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires.
Lust is an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body.
Anger is manifested in the individual who spurns love and opts instead for fury. It is also known as Wrath.
Greed is the desire for material wealth or gain, ignoring the realm of the spiritual. It is also called Avarice or Covetousness.
Sloth is the avoidance of physical or spiritual work. Miracles of the Saints : Miracles of the Saints Miracles of Saints
SAINTS AND MIRACLES
Spirituality, Saints and Miracles
MYSTERIES, MARVELS, MIRACLES IN THE LIVES OF THE SAINTS By Joan ...
Saints and Scientific Investigation of Miracles Padre Pio : Padre Pio Padre Pio, a humble Capuchin priest from San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, was blessed by God in many wonderful and mysterious ways. The most dramatic was the stigmata. Padre Pio bore the wounds of Christ for fifty years!
Among his other gifts were perfume, bilocation, prophecy, conversion, reading of souls, and miraculous cures. People are still being cured through his intercession in ways that cannot be explained by medicine or science.
More important, if less spectacular, are the spiritual healings that take place in all parts of the world! Padre Pio is a powerful intercessor!! Therese Neumann : Therese Neumann Adalbert Albert Vogl. These are the personal memories of a life-time family friend who was also an official witness in the process leading to the Cause for Therese Neumann's beatification. Here Mr. Vogl describes Therese's Passion ecstasies, her stigmata, miraculous receptions of Holy Communion, her abstinence from 1926 to 1962 from all food and drink except the Eucharistic Host, her living without sleep, her visions and the language phenomenon, her mystical recognition of priests and relics, her cures and prophecies, and her bilocation and other mystical gifts. Therese was at the pinnacle of world fame during the Nazi regime which she and her friends opposed vigorously, and an informative chapter is included showing the proportion of voters who brought Hitler to power had very few Catholics among them. 72 phenomenal black and white and color photographs graphically portray the wounds and bleeding and the Passion she experienced over 700 times. Although not told in this book, there is an often recounted story which tells that Therese is the mystic who prophecied that because of the mercy of God, bombs would not fall on U.S. soil as a reward for the generosity of the American people to many other countries of the world. But the chastisement that would befall America would be due to natural disasters and financial loss. Therese lived between 1898 and 1962 and offered her sufferings in reparation for the horrors of this century. Her life appears to be a pure gift of God as an inspiration to all of us Mother Teresa : Mother Teresa The Cardinal Virtues: : The Cardinal Virtues: prudence, temperance, courage, justice
Classical Greek philosophers considered the foremost virtues to be prudence, temperance, courage, and justice. Early Christian Church theologians adopted these virtues and considered them to be equally important to all people, whether they were Christian or not. The Theological Virtues: : The Theological Virtues: love, hope, faith
St. Paul defined the three chief virtues as love, which was the essential nature of God, hope, and faith. Christian Church authorities called them the three theological virtues because they believed the virtues were not natural to man in his fallen state, but were conferred at Baptism. The Seven Contrary Virtues: : The Seven Contrary Virtues: humility, kindness, abstinence, chastity, patience, liberality, diligence
The Contrary Virtues were derived from the Psychomachia ("Battle for the Soul"), an epic poem written by Prudentius (c. 410). Practicing these virtues is alledged to protect one against temptation toward the Seven Deadly Sins: humility against pride, kindness against envy, abstinence against gluttony, chastity against lust, patience against anger, liberality against greed, and diligence against sloth. The Seven Heavenly Virtues: : The Seven Heavenly Virtues: faith, hope, charity, fortitude, justice, temperance, prudence
The Heavenly Virtues combine the four Cardinal Virtues: prudence, temperance, fortitude -- or courage, and justice, with a variation of the theological virtues: faith, hope, and charity. I'm still researching the origins and popular usage of this formulation. The Seven Corporal Works of Mercy : The Seven Corporal Works of Mercy feed the hungry,
give drink to the thirsty,
give shelter to strangers,
clothe the naked,
visit the sick,
minister to prisoners, and
bury the dead. THE BLOOD OF ST. JANUARIUS : THE BLOOD OF ST. JANUARIUS Tradition has it that St Januarius was bishop of Benevento (a town near Naples) later to die a Christian martyr beheaded at the hands of the Emperor Diocletianus, in 305 AD at Pozzuoli.
Ceremonies in his honour were instituted by archbishop Orsini of Naples in 1337.  No mention of the liquefying blood was made however, until 1389, when on August 17, the phenomenon was first reported. A chronicle of Naples written in 1382  describes the Januarian cult but still makes no mention of either the miracle or the relic. It is very likely that "the blood of Januarius" is one of the many relics to materialize during the Middle Ages Stigmata : Stigmata CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Mystical Stigmata
STIGMATA and STIGMATISTS, Wounds of Christ on saints
Patron Saints Index: Saint Francis of Assisi
CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Legends of the Saints
Catholic saints, Catholic saints directory, Catholic saints sites ... Risen from the Death : Risen from the Death the lives of St. Francis Xavier, St. Patrick, St. John Bosco, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Rose of Lima, Bl. Margaret of Castello, etc. Includes the raising of persons who had drowned, been hanged, of those whose bodies had been mutilated, suffered decay, been reduced to skeletons or been buried for several years. Also includes young children, unbaptized infants, persons executed for a crime and persons raised to testify in criminal cases or to testify to some religious truths, and of persons who would have been condemned to Hell had they not been called back from Hell for another chance. Also, descriptions of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory by temporarily dead persons and an analysis of contemporary "after death" experiences. Plus, other wonders, such as levitation, bilocation, total abstinence from food or drink, miraculous survival of intense heat--and much, much more! Many pictures of the saints and their miracles. Apparitions : Apparitions Lourdes, France
Akita, Japan Garabandal, Spain
San Giovanni, Italy
La Salette, France
Guadalupe, Mexico Cracow, Poland : Cracow, Poland On October 5, 1938, a young religious by the name of Sister Faustina (Helen Kowalska) died in a convent of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Cracow, Poland. She came from a very poor family that had struggled hard on their little farm during the terrible years of WWI. Sister had had only three years of very simple education. Hers were the humblest of tasks in the convent, usually in the kitchen or the vegetable garden, or as a porter. Guadalupe : Guadalupe Blessed Virgin appeared to Juan DiegoDecember 9th and 12th 1531Guadalupe, Mexico Lourdes : Lourdes During the 18 Apparitions, the Virgin Mary spoke to Bernadette, suggesting that we come here. The response of everyone of us to that invitation is made in Lourdes to-day, a Town of Friendship, world centre of pilgrimage, a special place of meeting with God and people. Fatima : Fatima The Miracle of the Sun experienced by thousands of all faiths and beliefs
Sister Lucy and the three secrets The Last Fatima Vision : The Last Fatima Vision A vision experienced by Sister Lucy while in the convent Chapel Zeitun : Zeitun " Official investigations have been carried out with the result that it has been considered an undeniable fact that the Blessed Virgin Mary has been appearing on Zeitun Church in a clear and bright luminous body seen by all present in front of the church, whether Christian or Moslem" Holy Spirit : Holy Spirit Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
fear of the Lord. Missions : Missions Australian Catholic Mission - aid agency and Work of the Pontifical Mission Societies giving aid to children and communities throughout the world. Columban Fathers - hundreds of Columban priests, lay missionaries, and seminarians invite you to join us on mission. Franciscans Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood Holy Spirit Missionary Association - Catholic evangelization training and outreach. Malankara Cathoic Mission of Toronto, Canada Marist Missionary Sisters - Catholic missionary community of women who dedicate their lives to cross-cultural mission outside of their countries of origin. Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers Africa Region - offers shared experiences of missions in Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Namibia. Maryknoll Mission Family - U.S. based Catholic mission movement. Mennonite Brethren Missions and Services Miracle of the Rosary Mission Mission Possible - mission work in Peru and foster programs for children. Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) - contains history, news, vocation information, and more about the U.S. province of the OMIs. Missionary Society of St. Paul@ Salesian Missions SEDOS - a union of 90 missionary congregations, publishes a theological and missiological review with the same name. Society for the Propagation of the Faith - Pontifical Mission Society tasked with fostering a deeper spirit of universal mission among all baptized Catholics. Society of African Missions (Societas Missionum Ad Afros - SMA) (1) Society of St. Paul - dynamic media mission addressing theology, scripture, philosophy, social justice, in books, audio and video tapes. Society of the Divine Word - not-for-profit missionary order of priests and brother serving the needs of the Church around the world. Survive-Miva - Catholic charity providing transport resources to missionaries throughout the world. Catholics : Catholics Catholism by Jesus Christ
Who said: (Mathew 16:18)
And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Why then would people not follow the Church that Christ established? World Religions : World Religions If you are a member of the Jewish faith, your religion was founded by Abraham about 4,000 years ago.
If you are a Hindu, your religion was developed in India around 1,500 B.C.
If you are a Buddhist, your religion split from Hinduism, and was founded by Buddha, Prince Siddhartha Gautama of India, about 500 B.C.
If you are a Roman Catholic, Jesus Christ began your religion in the year 33.
If you are Islamic, Mohammed started your religion in what is now Saudi Arabia around 600 A.D.
If you are Eastern Orthodox, your sect separated from Roman Catholicism around the year 1000.
If you are a Lutheran, your religion was founded my Martin Luther, an ex-Monk of the Catholic Church, in 1517.
If you belong to the Church of England (Anglican), your religion was founded by King Henry VIII in the year 1534 because the pope would not grant him a divorce with the right to remarry. World Religions 2 : World Religions 2 If you are a Presbyterian, your religion was founded when John Knox brought the teachings of John Calvin to Scotland in the year 1560.
If you are a Unitarian, your religious group developed in Europe in the 1500's
If you are a Congregationalist, your religion branched off from Puritanism in the early 1600's in England.
If you are a Baptist, you owe the tenets of your religion to John Smyth, who launched it in Amsterdam in 1607.
If you are a Methodist, your religion was founded by John and Charles Wesley in England in 1744.
If you are an Episcopalian, your religion was brought over from England, to the American colonies and formed a separate religion founded by Samuel Seabury in 1789.
If you are a Mormon (Latter-Day Saints), Joseph Smith started your church in Palmyra, N.Y., NOT Salt Lake City, which would have been my guess. The year was 1830. World Religions 3 : World Religions 3 If you worship with the Salvation Army (yes, it's a religious group, not just an organization that collects money in kettles on Christmas and serves dinners to the homeless), your sect began with William Booth in London in 1865.
If you are a Christian Scientist, you look to 1879 as the year your religion was founded by Mary Baker Eddy.
If you are a Jehovah's Witness, your religion was founded by Charles Taze Russell in Pennsylvania in the 1870's.
If you are a Pentecostal, your religion was started in the United States in 1901.
If you are an agnostic, you profess an uncertainty or a skepticism about the existence of God or a Higher Being.
If you are an atheist, you do not believe in the existence of God or any other higher power. World Religions 4 : World Religions 4 African Religions
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