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How A Satanic Girl Tried To Steal The Eucharist

How A Satanic Girl Tried To Steal The Eucharist

 

SWITZERLAND 1447

The most important document that describes the miracle is the “Protocol of Justice”. This was compiled on July 16, 1447 by Hermann von Russeg, Lord of Buron. Its translation reads:

“On Wednesday, May 23,1447, the Blessed Sacrament was stolen from the parish Church of Ettiswil, and soon after it was found by Margaret Schulmeister, a young Lady who had a swineherd. The Holy Eucharist was not far from the parish church, close to the fence and thrown on the ground among nettles, and looked like a bright flower.”

After close investigation, the police arrested a young lady, Anna Vögtli from Bischoffingen, who soon of her own accord, confessed everything:

“Having slipped my hand in the narrow iron gate, I got hold of the large Host. But as soon as I went beyond the cemetery wall, the Host became so heavy that I was unable to carry the Sacred Host any longer. Being unable to go forward or to go backward, I threw away the Host, close to a fence in the nettles”.

The Sacred Host was discovered by Fraulein Margaret Schulmeister, a swineherd. She stated that:

“Once I arrived with my pigs close to the place where the Blessed Sacrament had been thrown, my animals did not want to go further. I asked the help of two men who were passing by on their horses. The two men saw in the grass the stolen Host divided in seven sections. Six of the Sections formed a flower similar to a rose and a great light was surrounding them.” The local parish priest was informed. He at once, together with all the parishioners, went there to pick up the Host and to bring the Sacred Host back to the church. He picked up the six Sections, but when he wanted to pick up the main central Section, this stuck to the ground before everybody’s eyes. This partition was interpreted as a sign, and it was decided to build a chapel precisely at that place where the Host had disappeared. The six Sections were kept in the church of Ettiswil and became a Sacred Object of great veneration by the inhabitants of the village and of foreigners. God performed many miracles there. The chapel and the altar were consecrated on December 28, 1448: a year and half after the events.

 

 

These Differences Between Real Catholics and Non-Catholics are So Great You Cannot Ignore them

These Differences Between Real Catholics and Non-Catholics are So Great You Cannot Ignore them

My wife and I just spent the past weekend in Maryland meeting our newborn son that we are adopting. While the details of that story are terrific, I want to talk about something else from the trip. After taking our new son, Jude home from the hospital, we ended up staying with some very close friends of ours that live in Maryland. Long story short, it may be a few extra days before we can bring him home to Texas.

Soooo…

While we were there, we ended up attending a non-denominational church service with our friends. During the service, I couldn’t help but be whisked back to our past church experiences before we joined the Catholic Church. On the way home, My wife and I ended up talking about some of the quirky little differences we have noticed since becoming Catholic. These are the biggest differences between Catholics and non-Catholics ones we noticed.

How we Pray

I have always found differences in prayer between all the Christian groups fascinating. I was never very good at or comfortable with praying out loud. When I went to a non-denominational Christian School or even as an adult attending Baptist & Evangelical churches, I never felt like there was a structure to it. There seemed to be a lot of words like “Father God,” “Just,” “In Jesus name,” “We come together,”… This makes me laugh when people say Catholic prayers are all the same and aren’t personal. For me, prayer became a lot easier once I started to look into specific Catholic prayers, written prayers, structured prayers. If anything, I learned to pray better that way, making my time in prayer more personal and constructive. I am not saying one does it better than the other. It’s just different.

Décor

Looking back, I have always preferred the beauty and artistry of traditional Catholic, Methodist, Episcopal, Lutheran, or any other church primarily decorated with stained glass and wood. These days, Evangelical and Protestant churches tend to be in a nice A-frame, metal building. The inside looks more like a sound stage set up for a concert or big performance. Very stripped down and basic, they have their own beauty. Especially when the praise and worship band is on stage. The lights are turned down low in the congregation, and the stage is usually well lit with some sort of blue or purple glow on the back wall. For me, I love the story that is told through the Stations of The Cross, Stained Glass, and general art work that all leads to Jesus on the Cross in the front.

Children in Church

Before we became Catholic, I had never seen so many kids in a church service. Mass is filled with children of all ages. From new-borns to teens, children are involved in Mass. Not only are they in attendance, they also serve during Mass. When we were going to a fairly large Baptist church, kids were usually dropped off at the nursery or Sunday School. We have been to other churches where the kids come down to the front for “children’s time” with the Pastor. After that, they leave for Sunday School or children’s church while the adults stay for the service. I think they are all great options. Personally, we take our kids into the cry room. We want our kids to be involved and present for as much of Mass as possible. They learn best from watching us.

Fellowship and being social

My wife’s biggest complaint in the Catholic Church has always been that there are not enough ways to get involved and/or be social at the church. I think this differs from parish to parish, but it certainly takes longer to get to know people in a Catholic Church. To be fair, my wife Abby expects to be signed up on a couple comities and at least one social ministry after her first visit. Me? I just want to take my time. At the churches we were going to before, everyone always seems to have a clipboard ready to sign you up for something. “Would you like to be one of our 10 directors in the 8-9 year old choir? Or maybe you could help with organizing the Thursday night over 40 singles pot luck dinner.” It doesn’t take long to get to know a few people that way.

Music

Ahhh… The ever so popular “Praise & Worship Team”. The young good looking guy wearing jeans and sandals playing guitar next to the well dressed former jazz musician accompanied by that professional drummer that is in 4 other Christian bands all surrounded by the women in the church that can sing and the jazz musician’s son on keyboards. Not a bad way to start church. But I remember there came a point when I just couldn’t repeat “Holy, Holy, Holy” 100 more times. My wife on the other hand, loves it. For me, give an old Hymn with lyrics I can’t understand.

 

Source: CatholicFB

‘They Open for Us The Way to Heaven’ – Pope Francis On World Day Of The Poor

‘They Open for Us The Way to Heaven’ – Pope Francis On World Day Of The Poor

Pope on World Day of the Poor: They open for us the way to heaven.

Pope Francis is offered bread as he leads a special Mass to mark the new World Day of the Poor in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, November 19, 2017 – REUTERS.

 

Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Sunday – the XXXIII Sunday in Ordinary Time and the first-ever World Day of the Poor – in St. Peter’s Basilica. The Holy Father announced the World Day of the Poor during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, and entrusted its organization and promotion to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.

There were some 4 thousand needy people in the congregation for the Mass, after which Pope Francis offered Sunday lunch in the Paul VI Hall.

Speaking off the cuff to guests at the luncheon, the Holy Father said, “We pray that the Lord bless us, bless this meal, bless those who have prepared it, bless us all, bless our hearts, our families, our desires, our lives and give us health and strength.” The Holy Father went on to ask God’s blessing on all those eating and serving in soup kitchens throughout the city. “Rome,” he said, “is full of this [charity and good will] today.”

The World Day of the Poor is to be marked annually, on the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

In the homily he prepared for the occasion and delivered in St. Peter’s Basilica following the Gospel reading, Pope Francis said, “In the poor, Jesus knocks on the doors of our heart, thirsting for our love.” He went on to say, “When we overcome our indifference and, in the name of Jesus, we give of ourselves for the least of his brethren, we are his good and faithful friends, with whom he loves to dwell.”

Reminding the faithful that it is precisely in the poor, we find the presence of Jesus, who, though rich, became poor (cf. 2 Cor 8:9), and that there is therefore in each and every poor person, a “saving power” present, Pope Francis said, “[I]f in the eyes of the world they have little value, they are the ones who open to us the way to heaven.”

“For us,” the Pope continued, “it is an evangelical duty to care for them, as our real riches, and to do so not only by giving them bread, but also by breaking with them the bread of God’s word, which is addressed first to them.

“To love the poor,” Pope Francis said, “means to combat all forms of poverty, spiritual and material: and it will also do us good. Drawing near to the poor in our midst will touch our lives. It will remind us of what really counts: to love God and our neighbour. Only this lasts forever, everything else passes away.

Source:

Vatican Radio

Kiss Of Death: How Judas Rejected The Holy Eucharist On The Last Supper

Kiss Of Death: How Judas Rejected The Holy Eucharist On The Last Supper

The last Supper

JUDAS ISCARIOT REJECTED THE HOLY EUCHARIST.

“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.” (John 6:56).

Judas’ betrayal of Jesus seems to be directly related to his rejection of the Eucharistic doctrine preached by Jesus as set forth in the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel. Repeatedly in that “Bread of Life Discourse” preached at the synagogue in Capernaum, Jesus made the amazing claim that his body and blood were true food and drink, saying “my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink” and that “if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you” (see verses 6:26 through 6:71).

After preaching this challenging lesson on the Eucharist, the Gospel text specifically states that many of Jesus’ followers became disillusioned and left him. The text says:

Many of his disciples, when they heard it, said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” (John 6: 60).
After this many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him (John 6:66).

It is somewhat chilling (although most likely only coincidental) that the very verse where many of Jesus’ followers left Him, secondary to Jesus’ sermon on the Eucharist, is John 6:66.

It is not coincidental, however, that at that moment when so many of Jesus’ followers were leaving him because of his teaching on the Eucharist, Jesus mentions Judas’ own unbelief, stating:
“But there are some of you that do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the first who those were that did not believe, and who it was that would betray him (John 6:64).

Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life; and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?” He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, was to betray him (John 6: 68-71).

John 6 foreshadows Judas’ ultimate betrayal of Jesus which began on Holy Thursday, the very day Jesus instituted the Eucharist as the “new covenant in my blood” (Luke 22:20). We Catholics have the unbelievable privilege of truly receiving the body and blood of Jesus at Holy Mass. And even though we may hear an echo of John 6:60 (“This is a hard saying; who can listen to it”) from voices not in harmony with the Church on this critical teaching concerning the real presence (Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity) of Jesus in the Eucharist, we must cling to this teaching of Jesus like Peter did when the Lord asked him if he also wanted to leave the Lord over this doctrine, saying, like Peter, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the message of eternal life” (John 6:68).

After leaving the Last Supper and going out into the “dark” (John 13:30), Judas subsequently that same evening gave Jesus a kiss of betrayal in the Garden of Gethsemane. It was after leaving Jesus’ first Mass early (on Holy Thursday) that Judas went out and led the authorities to arrest our Lord.

 

Source: Catholic Strength – Tom Mulcahy, M.A.

Ref. The Gospel of John (audio series) by Dr. Scott Hahn (especially his commentary on Chapter 6).

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