Category: Cathechism

Pope Francis’ Amazing Insight On The 10 Commandments, You Have To Read This

Pope Francis’ Amazing Insight On The 10 Commandments, You Have To Read This

The devil was able to convince Eve of a lie. Do we buy into it too??

Pope Francis has centered on one word in the Bible that helps us to see the Ten Commandments as they should be seen — not as cold directives, but as an invitation to relationship.

The pope offered this reflection this morning at the general audience, as he continued with his new series of catecheses on the commandments.

“In the Bible the commandments do not exist autonomously, but are part of a relationship,” he said.

The Holy Father pointed out that at the beginning of Exodus 20, “we read – and this is important – ‘And God spoke all these words.’”

“It appears to be an opening like any other, but nothing in the Bible is banal,” he said. “The text does not say, ‘And God spoke these commandments,’ but ‘these words.’

“The Jewish tradition always calls the Decalogue ‘the ten Words.’ And the term ‘Decalogue’ is intended to say precisely this. And yet they have the form of laws, they are objectively commandments. Why, then, does the holy Author use, right here, the term ‘ten Words?’ Why? And why not ‘ten commandments?’”

The pope asked what difference lies between a command and a word?

“A command is essentially a communication that does not require dialogue. The word, on the other hand, is the essential means of relations as dialogue. … A word is received, communication is given, and the commandments are words of God: God communicates Himself in these ten Words, and awaits our response.”

Francis noted how different it is to receive an order, versus to “perceive that someone is trying to speak with us.”

And he reflected on how Satan at the beginning was able to deceive Adam and Eve precisely on this point. “He wants to convince them that God has forbidden them to eat the fruit of the tree of good and evil to keep them in submission. The challenge is precisely this: is the first rule that God gave to man the imposition of a despot who forbids and compels, or is it the care of a father who cares for his young and protects them from self-destruction? Is it a word or is it a command?”

“The most tragic, among the many lies that the serpent tells Eve, is the suggestion of an envious deity: ‘But no, God is envious of you’ – and of a possessive deity – ‘God does not want you to have freedom.’ The facts show dramatically that the serpent lied; he made them believe that a word of love was a command.”

Pope Francis said that man is always at this crossroads, facing the question: “Does God impose things or does He take care of me? Are His commandments just a law, or do they contain a word, to care for me? Is God master or father?”

And he answered, “God is the Father: never forget this. Even in the worst situations, think that we have a Father Who loves us all. Are we subjects or offspring?”

“A thousand times we must choose between the mentality of slaves or the mentality of sons. The commandment is that of a father, the word is that of a Father,” he exclaimed.

“The Holy Spirit is a Spirit of sons, He is the Spirit of Jesus,” the pope said. “A spirit of slaves cannot but receive the Law in an oppressive way, and can produce two opposing results: either a life made up of duties and obligations, or a violent reaction of rejection. … The commandments are the path toward freedom, because they are the word of the Father that makes us free in this journey. The world needs not legalism, but care. It needs Christians with the heart of sons. It needs Christians with the heart of sons: do not forget this.”

Is it Ok to Chew Communion Host or Allow to Dissolve in the Mouth?

Is it Ok to Chew Communion Host or Allow to Dissolve in the Mouth?

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican

The host may be chewed or simply permitted to dissolve in one’s mouth.

Before the advent of modern hosts, the host would have been more bread-like and for centuries Christians would have had to chew the Eucharist. In the past few centuries, the modern host has evolved and Christians who are uneasy with the idea of chewing the Real Presence can opt to simply let the host dissolve in their mouths.

There is no directive from the Church on this matter. Either way is an acceptable manner of receiving the Eucharist.

READ ON TO LEARN How NOT to receive Jesus in the Eucharist

I am sure you have prepared yourself to receive Jesus in the Eucharist tomorrow. But I do not think of receiving him tomorrow ONLY is enough, it is STAYING with him.

Whenever you go for confession bearing in mind you JUST WANT TO RECEIVE COMMUNION FOR A WHILE, you “Cheat” on God whom you should love. You simply “rob” him and run; you approach him with the plans of hurting him later on. This is NOT CONTRITION, this is DEATH!

Going to Jesus because we want to ALWAYS BE WITH HIM is the one and ONLY way to receive him worthily. You cannot plan to sin against the Lord whom you claim in your prayers (Act of love) to love “Above all” and “Never to sin again” and still nurture the plans of hurting him even while kneeling to receive Penance or the Eucharist. This is fraud and a big sin on our part.

Jesus wants those who are sincere “Father, I have sinned” and they mean “Father, I have sinned against you, I am sorry, I DO NOT WANT TO SIN AGAINST YOU ANYMORE” and not “Father, I have sinned, forgive me today, I want to sin tomorrow, I hope your mercy will remain for me then”.

No matter how many times the priest says “I Absolve you”, you have not been forgiven, instead you may be guilty of even greater sin, that of “Lying to the Holy Spirit” and deserving of “death” which is portrayed in St Peter’s encounter with Ananias, and his wife Sapphira. (not physical death, but committing a sin against the Holy Spirit)
You cannot Sin, come to Jesus’ pool of mercy, (which he suffered and died to give us) and still lie to him, trying to trick him. Oh, what else do we want Jesus to do that he has not done?

Prepare your self, but NEVER APPROACH Jesus in the Sacraments if you are not sincere. If you are suffering from a sinful habit, COME! Jesus will heal you, but never lie or try to trick him by planning sins ahead or living with instruments of sin or sinful companions.

If you go for confession today and sin tomorrow, go back to the confessional, keep struggling against sin, Jesus will always help you, forgiving and helping you up every time, but NEVER LIE about it, admit your guilt, repent sincerely, and Jesus will make you new!

Prayer:

Lord, from time to time you stretch out a hand of friendship, of forgiveness, or love, of peace: help me that i may respond properly; reciprocating your love in my daily life, and through your mercy, merit to dwell with you eternally in heaven, where i shall see you as you truly are, unveiled and burning with love for me. Amen.

What’s the difference between the Apostles’ Creed and Nicene Creed?

What’s the difference between the Apostles’ Creed and Nicene Creed?

Or, as they are commonly referred to, the “short Creed” and the “long Creed.”

When attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, the congregation joins together in reciting a Profession of Faith after the homily. This is also known as the Creed, from the Latin word credo, meaning “I believe.”

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal explains the purpose of the Creed embedded in the Mass.

The purpose of the Creed or Profession of Faith is that the whole gathered people may respond to the Word of God proclaimed in the readings taken from Sacred Scripture and explained in the Homily and that they may also honor and confess the great mysteries of the faith by pronouncing the rule of faith in a formula approved for liturgical use and before the celebration of these mysteries in the Eucharist begins.

In other words, the Creed is a much longer “Amen” to everything that was said in the Liturgy of the Word and an affirmation of what is about to unfold in the Liturgy of the Eucharist. It is a personal and collective assent, proclaiming to all present that you believe in the foundational beliefs of the Catholic faith.

The Church, in her wisdom, has selected two different Creeds that can be recited during the Mass: the Apostles’ Creed and Nicene Creed. The instruction in the Missal states, “Instead of the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed, especially during Lent and Easter time, the baptismal Symbol of the Roman Church, known as the Apostles’ Creed, may be used.” The decision of which Creed to use is up to the priest and local bishop.

Both Creeds are ancient and have roots that can be traced to the very beginnings of the Church.

The Nicene Creed is strictly speaking the “Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed” and was first developed following the First Council of Nicaea in 325. It was held to combat a theological error called Arianism (from its principal proponent, a priest named Arius) that denied the divinity of Christ. A Creed was developed to affirm the teachings of the Church and was further refined at the First Council of Constantinople in 381. It expanded on previous Creeds in order to be more precise in what the Church believed.

Before the Nicene Creed there existed many other early Creeds, often called a symbolon in Greek. According to Edward Sri, a symbolon had great meaning in the ancient world.

In the early Church, Christians described their Creed, their summary statement of faith, as the symbolon, the “seal” or “symbol of the faith.” In the ancient world, the Greek word symbolon typically described an object like a piece of parchment, a seal, or a coin that was cut in half and given to two parties. It served as a means of recognition and confirmed a relationship between the two. When the halves of the symbolon were reassembled, the owner’s identity was verified and the relationship confirmed. In like manner, the Creed served as a means of Christian recognition. Someone who confessed the Creed could be identified as a true Christian. Moreover, they were assured that what they professed in the Creed brought them into unity with the faith the Apostles originally proclaimed.

The Apostles’ Creed grew out of that ancient tradition and according to legend, the Apostles themselves each wrote a portion of that Creed on Pentecost. While scholars have debated for centuries the authenticity of such a claim, many believe that at the very least, a form of the Apostles’ Creed was written during the 2nd century and was based on an outline from the apostolic age.

Both Creeds essentially say the same thing, with one being more precise (Nicene) and the other summarizing the faith in fewer words (Apostles’). The purpose of each one is the same, affirming the faith and proclaiming before all what we believe.

What Are The Holy Days of Obligation In The Catholic Church?

What Are The Holy Days of Obligation In The Catholic Church?

On holy days of obligation, Catholics are obliged to participate in Mass. Every Sunday is a holy day of obligation, as are six other days throughout the year. In the United States, these holy days of obligation are

  • January 1: The Feast of Mary, the Mother of God

  • 40 days after Easter Sunday: Ascension Thursday

  • August 15: Assumption of Mary into heaven

  • November 1: All Saints’ Day

  • December 8: The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

  • December 25: Christmas, the Nativity of Our Lord

Holy days are like Sundays in that Catholics must attend Mass, and if possible, refrain from unnecessary servile work. Some Catholic countries, such as Italy, Spain, and Ireland, give legal holiday status to some of these holy days, so people can attend Mass and be with family instead of at work.

In the United States, Christmas Day (December 25) and the Immaculate Conception (December 8) are always days of obligation. Christmas and Easter (which always falls on Sunday) are the highest-ranking holy days, and the Immaculate Conception is the feast for the United States. However, if any of the other holy days falls on a Saturday or Monday, they aren’t considered holy days of obligation, because they’re back-to-back with Sunday. The concern is that it would be burdensome to many Catholics to have to go to church two days in a row.

To make things even more confusing, some parts of the United States have moved holy days, such as the Ascension from Thursday to the closest Sunday. If in doubt, it’s best to call the local Catholic parish or just go to Mass anyway. Attending Mass is never a waste of time, even if it ends up not being a holy day of obligation.

Europe has four more holy days than the United States observes: January 6 (Epiphany), March 19 (St. Joseph), Corpus Christi (Thursday after Trinity Sunday, which is the Sunday after Pentecost, which is 50 days after Easter), and the Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul (June 29).

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