Thursday, December 09, 2010
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Today Rich and I have been back in full communion with the Church for 6 years having been away from Her for 26 years. It is the Church Jesus established, built on Peter, our first Pope. We are JOYFUL, and PROUD to be CATHOLIC.
Please come Home if you've been away or want to be Catholic.
There's no time is like "NOW."
'Today, if you hear His voice, harden not your hearts.'
COME HOME to ROME SWEET HOME.
Saturday, December 04, 2010
Everybody loves Santa Claus. He embodies holiday cheer, happiness, fun, and gifts—warm happy aspects of the Christmas season. How do Santa Claus and St. Nicholas differ?
Santa Claus belongs to childhood;
St. Nicholas models for all of life.
Santa Claus, as we know him, developed to boost Christmas sales—the commercial Christmas message;
St. Nicholas told the story of Christ and peace, goodwill toward all—the hope-filled Christmas message.
Santa Claus encourages consumption;
St. Nicholas encourages compassion.
Santa Claus appears each year to be seen and heard for a short time;
St. Nicholas is part of the communion of saints, surrounding us always with prayer and example.
Santa Claus flies through the air—from the North Pole;
St. Nicholas walked the earth—caring for those in need.
Santa Claus, for some, replaces the Babe of Bethlehem;
St. Nicholas, for all, points to the Babe of Bethlehem.
Santa Claus isn't bad;
St. Nicholas is just better.
—J. Rosenthal & C. Myers
Interesting: The REAL FACE of St. Nicholas
St. Nicholas had a difficult time during the 16th century Protestant Reformation which took a dim view of saints. Even though both reformers and counter-reformers tried to stamp out St. Nicholas-related customs, they had very little long-term success except in England where the religious folk traditions were permanently altered. (It is ironic that fervent Puritan Christians began what turned into a trend to a more secular Christmas observance.) Because the common people so loved St. Nicholas, he survived on the European continent as people continued to place nuts, apples, and sweets in shoes left beside beds, on windowsills, or before the hearth.
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Hmm. "Everyone who listens to these words of mine and ACTS on them..." Thinking on that a bit. He does not say, "Everyone who just believes in Me" will enter the Kingdom, but that 'belief' must mean, in effect, ACTING, DOING and 'working out' that belief, that 'salvation.' It's not just a 'mental ascent' and or a heart 'belief' alone, with no action. It is not "faith" alone as James also tells us, but it is grace that saves us, and then that grace of a transformed heart/soul is evident in the working out of that faith/belief, resulting in actions of love and goodwill. Love generates good works, but not all good works stem from love. Many 'good works' can stem from pride. So we're to believe, but it has to be more than 'belief' alone, for even devils 'believe.' They not only 'believe' but they can quote scripture inside out and backwards. Remaining IN Christ is essential. We are constantly warned to 'remain in Him' for apart from Him we can do nothing, and will 'collapse' in ruin. Isn't it then also wise to not only remain in Christ as a personal effort, but also as a 'Church' and remaining in HIS Church, also then essential for our safety and salvation? For He and His Church are One. Dis His Church and you risk dissing the Rock of Salvation and you risk collapsing in ruin. Just a thought.