Author: Shirley Aaron

Catholic Children Forced To Learn Islamic Songs At Austrian Elementary Schools

Catholic Children Forced To Learn Islamic Songs At Austrian Elementary Schools

At an elementary school in Linz, Catholic children have to memorise and recite Islamic songs as part of the Islamic Ramadan festival. They were forced to take part and were punished if they refused.

We were on our way home when he suddenly started to sing ‘Allah, Allah’,” a shocked mother of one of the students says. He learned that at school and had to sing it. “It felt like a slap in my face!” she adds.

Mom, we have to get involved. The teacher said: “If we do not do that, we’ll have to go to the director and then there’ll be a punishment,” the son reported in fear of his mother’s reprisals. For two months he had to rehearse the songs.

As the mother points out, she has no problem whatsoever with other students living out their religions. “I was only shocked that all the children had to join in,” she says, emotionally.

The mother adds she has nothing against the Muslim festival, but every pupil should have a chance to opt out.

But the situation at the school was clearly different. The Islamic religious teacher came to the children in the class and ordered the students to learn the appropriate Ramadan songs, because the whole class must celebrate this festival.

It is not the first Islam-related incident at an Austrian school. An elementary school teacher from Vienna said earlier it’s impossible to integrate children anymore.

Sharia law is superior for many of my students,” she warned. “Music and dance are rejected on religious grounds. Also discussions and fights take place with increasing frequency along religious lines.”

According to her “Many schools are getting more and more out of control” and “the problems in the classrooms are almost impossible to solve anymore”. What a shame! 

‘Mass Is Boring’.

‘Mass Is Boring’.

There are so many comments I have heard about the Holy Mass from Catholics ranging from how conservative it is, to how it makes them sleep, to how they look forward to seeing certain Priests before they can attend mass. Well, I just feel very sorry for many.

I came by some words written by Matthew Kelly, the New York times best selling Author thus: ‘Anyone who says I’m bored actually insults God, but to say Mass is boring is a higher level of insult on God’. My quotation of his writing may not be exact but the sense is well captured. Analytically, no one can be bored because God has given us something to engage us always. If you haven’t discovered yours, then think harder!

My own concern is when people think that the Catholic worship must give you the kind of pleasure you get after a meal in an expensive eatery or after seeing Black Panther in a cinema or after shopping for the things you love from Shoprite or after mtn, glo, or airtel (Network service providers in Nigeria) give you awoof –(Excess) airtime. No! Little wonder, our new generation of Pastors invite Comedians into Church on Sundays to entertain the members. God, we are sorry!

The Holy Mass is strictly meant to facilitate an encounter with God. Your primary aim of worshipping in Church is to meet with God. You are not in Church to meet with a particular Priest who tells stories during his homily. You are not in Church to laugh at anything that is amusing during the sacred worship. You are not in Church to charge your phone as many people do since the generator will always be on. You are not in Church to look for beautiful girls or fine boys who can serve as life partners. You are not in Church to occupy space by just sitting down without being part of the worship.

As the document of the Church Fathers, Sacrosactum Concilium teaches ‘our participation at the liturgy of the Church must be full, conscious, active and fruitful’. When you are at Mass, you must sing when they sing, dance when you are meant to dance, stand when it is required, kneel when it is called for, pray when you are meant to, recite where recitation is needed. An attempt at this can make the mass a huge blessing to anyone who participates. If you participate fully, consciously, actively and still feel bored then you may have to see your Doctor for a special diagnosis. And please, stop calling the Mass a service. A service is worship led by a lay minister like a Seminarian, Catechist, Lay leader etc but the Mass is the worship celebrated only by a validly ordained Priest. Let us not confuse them. Worship can never be boring. It is always a source of goodness from God. Discover it and you will be blessed.

​MASS IS BORING, Written 

BY
REV. FR. LEO AWOJINRIN 

Catholic Diocese Of Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria.  

Scientific Proof That Jesus Was Crucified Just Got A Lot Stronger!  

Scientific Proof That Jesus Was Crucified Just Got A Lot Stronger!  

We as Christians believe in the bible and know that it is the inspired word of God. We believe that Jesus was crucified and died for our sins. There has been a lot written down and recorded about crucifixion, but not many artifacts have been found. A recent discovery has revealed some key details about crucifixion that we never knew! Take a look and see for yourself:

Crucifixion was a horrible form of punishment that we have always heard about, but how much of it do we actually understand? It is believed that the practice of crucifixion was first developed by Assyrians and Babylonians but quickly became popular all throughout the Roman empire. Many people had to endure slow, painful deaths on a cross, the most famous crucifixion being Jesus Christ. Although it is believed that crucifixion was a somewhat common practice, there is still very little physical evidence on it, that is, until now.

The materials used during crucifixion are very hard to come by nowadays. Many archaeologists and historians have searched for these artifacts but are unable to find much since the wood used for the crosses, is a soft organic material and quickly decomposes. As for the nails, many believe that they were collected and used as amulets by people who believed that these nails had magical and medicinal qualities. So when it comes to the crucifixion of Jesus, there hasn’t been much that archaeologists have found other than writings and accounts of the incident.

In 1968 an archaeologist known as Vassilios Tzaferis had finally gotten to excavating a group of Jewish tombs located at Giv’at ha-Mivtar in northeastern Jerusalem that were believed to be from the 1st century CE. He came across a peculiar ossuary, or stone box, that held several bones. There was a faint inscription on the box that read “Yehohanan ben Hagkol,” or Yehohanan, son of Hagkol. At first he believed that it was referencing the man’s full name and family line, however after further investigation, it turned out that there was no record of the surname Hagkol. In fact, when they compared to linguistic patterns that were used during the time, they found out the word actually may have meant “crucified.” Inside of the box was the first physical evidence ever found of crucifixion, a heel bone that was still holding the nail that had been used on a cross.

The researchers also discovered that the nail they had found that was used to crucify the man still had traces of olive tree wood on it. The nail was also bent. This evidence tells us so much more about the method of crucifixion. It is now believed that the nails were not actually driven through the palms of their hands, but they actually had their wrists tied around the top of the horizontal beam. This was done in a way that would have made supporting the weight of their body impossible. As for their feet, they were likely nailed through the heels on either side of the supporting beam.

Having this new evidence of crucifixion has made the case of Jesus being crucified even stronger. We now know more about how crucifixion really worked and it matches up with what is portrayed in the Bible.

Have you read about the crucifixion of Christ lately? Let’s take a look at Matthew 27:32-54

As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. They came to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. And sitting down, they kept watch over him there. Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is Jesus, the king of the jews.

Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”

Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”

And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”

Please pray with us:

“Dear Jesus, thank  you so much for your sacrifice on the cross. I am so undeserving of your love, yet you give it to me freely. Help guide me today so that I can live for your glory. I love you Jesus! Amen.”

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Results Of The Eucharistic Miracle Of Sokolka: The Host Is Tissue From The Heart Of A Dying Man! 

Results Of The Eucharistic Miracle Of Sokolka: The Host Is Tissue From The Heart Of A Dying Man! 

Laboratory analyses confirm that the structure of the cardiac muscle fibers and the structure of the bread are intertwined in a way impossible to reproduce by human means.

Every day, on the altars of Catholic churches around the world, the greatest miracle possible takes place: the transformation of bread and wine into the true Body and Blood of Christ.

Nonetheless, when we receive Communion, we can only touch its true nature with our faith, because our senses only perceive bread and wine, physically unaltered by the consecration.

What are the implications, then, of the Eucharistic event in Sokolka, Poland?

It took place on Sunday, October 12, 2008, two weeks after the beatification of Servant of God Fr. Michael Sopocko.

During the Holy Mass celebrated at the parish church of St. Anthony in Sokolka, at 8:30 a.m., a consecrated host fell from the hands of one of the priests during the distribution of Communion, next to the altar. The priest interrupted the distribution of Communion and picked up the host, and, in accordance with liturgical norms, placed it in a small container of water—in this case, one found in some churches beside the tabernacle, where the priest may wash his fingers after distributing Communion. The host was expected to dissolve in the water, which would later be disposed of properly.

Sister Julia Dubowska, of the Congregation of the Eucharistic Sisters, was the parish sacristan. At the end of the Mass, at the request of the pastor, Fr. Stanislaw Gniedziejko, she poured the water and the host into another container. Knowing that the consecrated host would take some time to dissolve, she placed the new container in the safe located in the parish sacristy. Only she and the pastor had the keys to the safe.

A week later, on October 19, Mission Sunday, when the pastor asked her about the condition of the host, Sister Julia went to the safe. When she opened the door, she noticed a delicate aroma of unleavened bread. When she opened the container, she saw, in the middle of the host—which was still largely intact—a curved, bright red stain, like a blood stain: a living particle of a body. The water was untainted by the color.

The sister immediately informed the priest, who brought in the other priests at the parish and the visiting missionary, Fr. Ryszard Gorowski. They were all amazed and left speechless by what they saw.

They kept a discreet and prudent silence about the event, considering its importance; this was a consecrated host which, by the power of the words of Christ at the Last Supper, was truly His Body. From a human point of view, it was difficult at that point to define if the altered form of the remainder of the host was the result of an organic growth, a chemical reaction, or some other cause.

They immediately notified the metropolitan archbishop of Bialystok, Edward Ozorowski, who went to Sokolka with the chancellor of the Curia and other diocesan officials. They were all deeply moved by what they saw. The archbishop ordered that the host be protected while they waited to see what would happen.

On October 29, the container with the host was transferred to the Divine Mercy Chapel in the rectory, and placed in the tabernacle. The next day, by decision of the archbishop, the stained host was taken out of the water and placed on a small corporal, which was then put back in the tabernacle. The host was kept this way for three years, until it was solemnly brought to the church on October 2, 2011. During the first year, it was kept secret. During that time, the Church authorities reflected on what to do, since they were dealing with a sign from God which needed to be interpreted.

By mid-January of 2009, the altered fragment of the host had dried out naturally, and remained like a blood stain or clot; since then, its appearance has not changed.

That same month, the archbishop requested histopathological studies be done on the host. On March 30, he created an ecclesial commission to study the phenomenon.

A piece of the altered host was taken and analyzed independently by two experts, Prof. Maria Sobaniec-Lotowska, MD, and Prof. Stanislaw Sulkowski, MD, in order to ensure the credibility of the results. Both are histopathologists at the Medical University of Bialystok. The studies were carried out at the university’s Department of Pathomorphology.

The specialists’ work was governed by the scientific norms and obligations for analyzing any scientific problem in accordance with the directives of the Scientific Ethics Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The studies were exhaustively described and photographed. The complete documentation was given to the Metropolitan Curia of Bialystok.

When the samples were taken for analysis, the undissolved part of the consecrated host had become embedded in the cloth. However, the red blood clot was as clear as ever. This transformed part of the host was dry and fragile, inextricably interwoven with the rest of the fragment, which had kept the form of bread. The sample that was taken was large enough to carry out all the necessary studies.

The results of both independent studies were in perfect agreement. They concluded that the structure of the transformed fragment of the host is identical to the myocardial (heart) tissue of a living person who is nearing death. The structure of the heart muscle fibers is deeply intertwined with that of the bread, in a way impossible to achieve with human means, according to the declaration of Prof. Maria Sobaniec-Lotowska.

The studies proved that no foreign substance was added to the consecrated host; rather, part of the host took the form of heart muscle of a person near death. This kind of phenomenon is inexplicable by the natural sciences. At the same time, the Church teaches us that the consecrated host becomes the Body of Christ, by the power of His own words at the Last Supper, repeated by priests during the consecration of the Mass.

The results of the histopathological studies, dated January 21, 2009, were included in the dossier given to the Metropolitan Curia of Bialystok.

In its official communiqué, the Metropolitan Curia of Bialystok stated:

The Sokolka event is not opposed to the faith of the Church; rather, it confirms it. The Church professes that, after the words of consecration, by the power of the Holy Spirit, the bread is transformed into the Body of Christ, and the wine into His Blood. Additionally, this is an invitation for all ministers of the Eucharist to distribute the Body of the Lord with faith and care, and for the faithful to receive Him with adoration.”


Source:

Aleteia

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