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Actions Forbidden Within And Outside The Course Of The Liturgy – Every Serious Catholic Must Know This 

Actions Forbidden Within And Outside The Course Of The Liturgy – Every Serious Catholic Must Know This 

*WHAT EVERY SERIOUS CATHOLIC MUST KNOW*
*CATHOLIC CULTURE: LITURGICAL ABERRATION*


The word “ABERRATION” means “forbidden”. Liturgical Aberration means signs and actions that are forbidden within the course of the Liturgy. The following are some of the Aberration within and outside the Liturgy:
1. Praying of individual Rosary or any form of prayer inside the Church while Mass is on.

2. Praying in front of the Statue of our Mother Mary while the Blessed Sacrament is exposed on the altar for Adoration is forbidden.

3. Mixing unblessed water with Holy water is forbidden or a Blessed salt with unblessed water is forbidden. Have the priest bless both water and salt before mixing together. Adding small quantity of holy water to bathing water is okay. This however, is not the same as adding holy water to unblessed water and thinking that by that addition, the unblessed water has become blessed and can be treated as holy water.

4. It is forbidden to make use of the Sanctuary for any purpose outside the Liturgical activities like Mass, Adoration, Benediction.

5. Using unblessed objects such as Rosary, Scapular, Medals to pray or wearing them is forbidden.

6. It is an Aberration to bow before the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle or while it is exposed. Rather, we should genuflect to the Tabernacle or the Exposed Blessed Sacrament. A profound bow is also good in the case of those who can’t genuflect. 

7. To take sacred objects that have been blessed to another Priest for blessing is forbidden. The first blessing cannot fade. That’s why there’s no need for a second. 

8. Chewing of the Holy Communion like biscuit is forbidden.

9. Apart from those functioning during the Liturgy on the Sanctuary, it is forbidden for persons to walk in and out of the Sanctuary. Except when the Priest called in the case of a necessity otherwise, this is wrong because every discussion and clarification must be done in the Sacristy before Mass.

10. Lying against a priest and criticizing him publicly is an abomination with dare consequences. Desist from it. You can respectfully discuss the issues with the priest in private.

ABERRATIONS IN THE CHURCH

1. Requesting for prayers from the Priest after Mass is not proper. The priest has already prayed the greatest prayer he can pray for you which is the Mass whether your intentions are vocalized or not. 

2. Receiving Holy Communion at Mass and going for confession after Mass is not forbidden. With an act of perfect contrition (contrition of love), a penitent can receive Holy Communion during Mass and go for sacramental confession as soon as possible. 

3. Not doing the penance given to us after going for confession is forbidden. Without the satisfaction (doing the penance given by the priest), there is no remission of the punishments due to sin. More so, Penance must not be done in a hurry.

4. It is forbidden to stand four yards or 3 metres close to the Priest while hearing confession of others. A good distance is required. It is a sign of our respect for the dignity of the Sacrament of Confessions. 

5. Receiving Holy Communion and singing without a moment of recollection and prayer is wrong. 

6. Washing the face and hands with the Holy water at the entrance of the Church is forbidden.

7. It is forbidden to bury sacred objects like Rosary, Scapular, Medals, etc. in a piece of land, foundation or in a compound (when it’s not the case that you’re respectfully disposing them…). It is sufficient to have a priest bless the land and sprinkle with Holy Water.

8. Hearing people’s confession and calling it counseling is forbidden. Sacramental Confession must be done. Anyone can counsel anyone but only a priest has the power and authority to hear people’s confessions and absolve them.

9. Placing a child on top of the Altar during the so called “dedication” is an aberration.

10. Saying “Holy water hasn’t touched me” whenever it’s sprinkled is a sign of a lack of faith. It may have touched you without your knowing it.

ABERRATIONS For Catholics 

1. Praying in front of a Marian Grotto and Blessed Sacrament and afterwards, going to the chapel to pray again shows poor understanding of our faith. It is the same Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the Chapel.

2. It is not right to greet a Priest before Mass especially morning mass.

3. It is wrong to call someone’s name at confession.

4. Fast before receiving Holy Communion, at least one hour, if you’re not sick. 

5. Unless it’s an emergency, don’t use the aisle (central passage) during the liturgy. It’s meant for processions only. Use the side passages instead.

*We need to read this and take it seriously because so many of us are guilty of this liturgical aberrations*.

Actions Forbidden Within And Outside The Course Of The Liturgy – Every Serious Catholic Must Know This 

Actions Forbidden Within And Outside The Course Of The Liturgy – Every Serious Catholic Must Know This 

*WHAT EVERY SERIOUS CATHOLIC MUST KNOW*
*CATHOLIC CULTURE: LITURGICAL ABERRATION*


The word “ABERRATION” means “forbidden”. Liturgical Aberration means signs and actions that are forbidden within the course of the Liturgy. The following are some of the Aberration within and outside the Liturgy:
1. Praying of individual Rosary or any form of prayer inside the Church while Mass is on.

2. Praying in front of the Statue of our Mother Mary while the Blessed Sacrament is exposed on the altar for Adoration is forbidden.

3. Mixing unblessed water with Holy water is forbidden or a Blessed salt with unblessed water is forbidden. Have the priest bless both water and salt before mixing together. Adding small quantity of holy water to bathing water is okay. This however, is not the same as adding holy water to unblessed water and thinking that by that addition, the unblessed water has become blessed and can be treated as holy water.

4. It is forbidden to make use of the Sanctuary for any purpose outside the Liturgical activities like Mass, Adoration, Benediction.

5. Using unblessed objects such as Rosary, Scapular, Medals to pray or wearing them is forbidden.

6. It is an Aberration to bow before the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle or while it is exposed. Rather, we should genuflect to the Tabernacle or the Exposed Blessed Sacrament. A profound bow is also good in the case of those who can’t genuflect. 

7. To take sacred objects that have been blessed to another Priest for blessing is forbidden. The first blessing cannot fade. That’s why there’s no need for a second. 

8. Chewing of the Holy Communion like biscuit is forbidden.

9. Apart from those functioning during the Liturgy on the Sanctuary, it is forbidden for persons to walk in and out of the Sanctuary. Except when the Priest called in the case of a necessity otherwise, this is wrong because every discussion and clarification must be done in the Sacristy before Mass.

10. Lying against a priest and criticizing him publicly is an abomination with dare consequences. Desist from it. You can respectfully discuss the issues with the priest in private.

ABERRATIONS IN THE CHURCH

1. Requesting for prayers from the Priest after Mass is not proper. The priest has already prayed the greatest prayer he can pray for you which is the Mass whether your intentions are vocalized or not. 

2. Receiving Holy Communion at Mass and going for confession after Mass is not forbidden. With an act of perfect contrition (contrition of love), a penitent can receive Holy Communion during Mass and go for sacramental confession as soon as possible. 

3. Not doing the penance given to us after going for confession is forbidden. Without the satisfaction (doing the penance given by the priest), there is no remission of the punishments due to sin. More so, Penance must not be done in a hurry.

4. It is forbidden to stand four yards or 3 metres close to the Priest while hearing confession of others. A good distance is required. It is a sign of our respect for the dignity of the Sacrament of Confessions. 

5. Receiving Holy Communion and singing without a moment of recollection and prayer is wrong. 

6. Washing the face and hands with the Holy water at the entrance of the Church is forbidden.

7. It is forbidden to bury sacred objects like Rosary, Scapular, Medals, etc. in a piece of land, foundation or in a compound (when it’s not the case that you’re respectfully disposing them…). It is sufficient to have a priest bless the land and sprinkle with Holy Water.

8. Hearing people’s confession and calling it counseling is forbidden. Sacramental Confession must be done. Anyone can counsel anyone but only a priest has the power and authority to hear people’s confessions and absolve them.

9. Placing a child on top of the Altar during the so called “dedication” is an aberration.

10. Saying “Holy water hasn’t touched me” whenever it’s sprinkled is a sign of a lack of faith. It may have touched you without your knowing it.

ABERRATIONS For Catholics 

1. Praying in front of a Marian Grotto and Blessed Sacrament and afterwards, going to the chapel to pray again shows poor understanding of our faith. It is the same Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the Chapel.

2. It is not right to greet a Priest before Mass especially morning mass.

3. It is wrong to call someone’s name at confession.

4. Fast before receiving Holy Communion, at least one hour, if you’re not sick. 

5. Unless it’s an emergency, don’t use the aisle (central passage) during the liturgy. It’s meant for processions only. Use the side passages instead.

*We need to read this and take it seriously because so many of us are guilty of this liturgical aberrations*.

Hell Is Real – As Related From Visions Of Our Lady And The Saints

Hell Is Real – As Related From Visions Of Our Lady And The Saints

Over a hundred years ago today, on 13 July 1917, Our Lady is said to have revealed a vision of hell to three little Portuguese shepherds. According to the eldest, Lucia dos Santos’ later reminiscence, “The vision lasted but an instant. […] Otherwise, I think we would have died of fear and terror.”

Mary, it appears, doesn’t really go in for doctrinal soft-peddling, even when dealing with primary school-age children. And to be fair to her, she has a good track record raising kids.

Nevertheless, hell isn’t as popular as it used to be. Surveys consistently show that while lots of people still believe in Heaven, rather fewer believe in “the other place”. And that trend is as true of Catholics as it is for everybody else.

In such a climate, the message of Fátima does not necessarily sit easily. But then, neither – and this really ought to give us pause – does the message of Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus talks about hell, gehenna in New Testament Greek, an awful lot. True enough, it is not a subject he ever dwells on in detail: there is no suite of parables which intimate various aspects of hell, as there are for the Kingdom (see Mark 4; Matthew 13). But Jesus refers to it in all main strands of the gospel tradition. And what he does say, though brief, is often graphically to-the-point. “Fires of hell”, the phrase used in the Fátima decade prayer – which was also, I might add, revealed one hundred years ago – Is a thoroughly Jesuanic image (Mark 9.43; Matthew 13.42, 50; 25.41).

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From the visions of two of the churches saints, they give us, just a tip of what Hell looks and feels like. 


The Hell seen by Santa Teresa d’Avila

In the vision of the Saint there are several important factors concerning hell:

a) The place where the hell would be, whose entrance consists of a long tunnel, is narrow, like a low, dark and cramped oven. A pestilential place where there is neither hope of comfort nor space to sit or relax. The ground, all smelly mud, is full of disgusting reptiles. There is no light, but very dense darkness and in the meantime everything that can be painful to the sight can be seen anyway.

b) The penalties suffered by the damned. The soul is invested by a fire that Teresa can not describe; the body (the Saint is there with the soul and the body) is tortured horribly by intolerable pains. But all this is still nothing in front of the agony of the soul that suffers an oppression, an anguish, a sadness and a living and desperate pain “that I do not know – says the Saint – how to express myself”. “To say that you suffer continuous agonies of death is not enough, because at least in death it seems that life is torn off from others, while here it is the same soul that makes itself into pieces by itself. The most atrocious suffering is the thought that these penalties have neither end nor any mitigation”. The worst torments are the fire and inner despair. The pains and afflictions are felt in spirit but are truly suffering, as if one were suffering in the body.

c) Such punishments are such as to overcome every human imagination: compared to them, the most atrocious sufferings of this earth are nothing. What is said about hell and its tortures has nothing to do with reality, because it is totally different.

It is certain that “how much is meditated on the torments of hell, on what the demons are suffering, or that is read in the books, has nothing to do with reality, because it is totally different, like a portrait compared to the object retracted. Almost not even our fire can be compared with that of down there”.

d) In addition to the chastisements we say so common for all the damned, there are also terrifying punishments for every particular vice.

e) It is the same damned soul that is torn apart, which is done in pieces by itself. “I did not see – says the Saint – who made me suffer them (called torments), but I felt burning and dilating, although the worst torment was the fire and inner despair”.


The hell seen by Santa Veronica Giuliani

And now, in short, the most remarkable is found in the visions of Santa Veronica:

a) Hell is a “very dark” place but it gives fire like a great furnace. In all other visions the landscape, so to speak, is essentially always that, even if some details change. Even when he finds himself in a deserted, dark and solitary place, he hears nothing but screams, cries, whistles of snakes, noises of chains, wheels, irons, barrels so large that, at every stroke, the whole world seemed to sink. Like when he finds himself “in a low, black and fetid region, full of bulls’ bellowing, of lions screams, of snake whistles … A great mountain rose up in front of me and was covered with asps and basilisks tied together … The living mountain was a clamor of horrible curses”. It is always hell as Jesus tells her: “Aim and look carefully at this place that will never end. So the torment, my justice and my strict disdain.”  Torment for the damned is precisely the justice of God and his strict indignation.

b) The damned are those who have rejected God and his law, and have chosen to serve their ego. The demons keep them as tied beasts of different species. Beasts which, in an instant, become in the eyes of the Saint, creatures (men), but so terrifying and ugly, that they gave her more terror than the demons themselves. The Saint sees them fall, damned forever, in that abyss like a rain. Hell, according to the Saint, deserves it above all for the sin of ingratitude. The souls, that is, despite being in the abundance of so many goods, almost never know how to recognize their origins and almost never remember those who have done everything and gave them.

c) Even in hell there is an order: those who sin more and more seriously responsible, suffer more frighteningly than others who have sinned less and with less responsibility. For S. Veronica there is a higher hell, that is, benign hell, and a maximum hell. There are therefore various departments, perhaps depicted in those mountains, one different from the other from which the damned rush into the abyss. In fact, the mountain opens wide and in its open flanks the Saint sees a multitude of souls and demons intertwined with chains of fire. Demons, extremely furious, harass the souls who cry out in despair. To this mountain, follow other more horrible mountains, whose bowels are the scene of atrocious and indescribable tortures.

The souls of the new inhabitants are rushing down with the fury of dense hail. “And at this arrival, punishments are renewed on the damned”. In an even more profound place thousands of souls are piled up (they are those of the murderers), over which looms a press with an immense wheel. The wheel turns and makes all hell tremble. Suddenly the press swoops upon the souls, reducing them almost to one; so that each participates in the penalty of the other. Then they come back as before.There are several souls with a book in their hands. The demons beat them with fire rods in their mouths, with iron maces on their heads, and with sharp spikes they pierce their ears. They are the souls of those religious bastards, who adapted the rule to their own use and consumption. Other souls are locked up in bags and impaled by the devils in the mouth of a horrible dragon forever. They are the souls of the misers. Others bubbled into a lake of rubbish. Suddenly they strike lightning. The souls remain incinerated, but then regain the primeval state. “The sins they have committed are the most serious that any living can imagine”.

d) At the bottom of the abyss are the hierarchys of hell. Here, in fact, the Saint sees a monstrous throne, made of terrifying demons. In the center a chair formed by the heads of the abyss. The Saint notes that the mute pillow of the chair was Judas and other desperate souls like him. When asked the angels who those souls were, she received this terrible answer: “They were dignitaries of the Church and religious prelates”. Satan sat on it in his indescribable horror and from there he watched all the damned.

e) The vision of Satan forms the torment of hell, as the vision of God forms the delight of Paradise. Here, the blessed are happy in the vision of God which is the source and root of all their goods; in hell, the damned, as well as being incredibly tormented by demons who dispense pain and suffering unheard of in their hatred, is the vision of Satan above all, their greatest enemy and creator in part of their damnation, which makes them suffer unspeakably.

f) In hell there is also the sorrow of the senses: the Saint speaks of flames and fire, of cries and noises, of stench and horrendous smoke. that can not be compared to any penalty on earth. Great mystery, hell and terrible reality. “Many – as Our Lady said to Sr. Veronica – do not believe that there is hell, and I tell you that you who have been there, have not understood anything of what it is”.

Jesus Can Heal Us In These Five Ways

Jesus Can Heal Us In These Five Ways

In these five ways can Jesus heal us.

1: First, he heals our bodies.

When Simon’s mother-in-law is sick, says the Gospel, “They immediately told him about her. He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.”

It is always the same: Someone is sick; we tell Jesus; he reaches out.

This three-step process has happened throughout time ever since. Christians care for the weak; they bring them to Christ; he makes them strong.

It will work in the lives of our loved ones as well. When they are sick, “immediately tell him.” He will grasp their hand.

2: He heals our minds.

“They brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons,” says the Gospel. Soon, he was, “preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.”

The first thing to recognize here is that the Gospels clearly understand the difference between disease and demons. One needs a cure; the other needs an exorcism. Jesus did both throughout the Gospel. Today, the need for exorcism is only increasing.

But it also points to another kind of healing. In ancient monastic literature demons are pictured as gruesome hidden companions dragging us away from our duty. Jesus heals us from that, too.

3: He heals the brokenhearted.

At one point in today’s Gospel, Jesus interrupts all the curing and expelling of demons to say, “Let us go to the nearby villages that I may preach there, also.”

He urgently wants to go and meet as many people as he can, bringing the Good News. Why? Because without God, people feel the way Job does in our first reading.

“I have been assigned months of misery,” says Job, “and troubled nights have been allotted to me. If in bed I say, ‘When shall I arise?’ then the night drags on.”

The life he is describing is the life of a sick person. It is also the life we all have without God.

But God “heals the brokenhearted,” says the Psalm. With God, life has everything it needs, spiritually: meaning, purpose and consolation.

Often, God allows us to stay sick; but when he does, it is so that he can heal our broken hearts.

4: He heals shyness.

God doesn’t just heal our broken hearts; he heals our worried, self-conscious hearts, too. St. Paul makes that clear in his famous words from today’s second reading, “Woe to me if I do not evangelize!”

Being Christian is a boon to shy people.

Think of the new kid at a new school. The new kid is lost and alone; unrecognized by all and unwanted by most. But there is one person for whom the new kid is a golden opportunity: The shy person at the school. A new kid is someone the shy person can relate to, approach, and help.

Well, if Jesus Christ truly is God’s way of showing the world how to find happiness, and he is, then there are a lot of “new kids” that shy people can approach. In fact, we have to.

“To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak,” says St. Paul. “All this I do for the sake of the gospel, so that I too may have a share in it.”

5: God heals through us.

God has set up that the world such that new kids can’t find their way around the school without help. He has also set up the world such that we only find healing with help.

That goes for the sick, whose intercessors bring them to the Lord, and that goes for those without God, too.

They will never find him without us. And he expects them to find him.

“If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast,” says Paul, “for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it!”

Woe to us if God doesn’t heal those around us who need it.

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