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Watch Video 👇: Blessed Virgin Mary’s Statue Beheaded At Catholic Church In Carlifonia. 

Watch Video 👇: Blessed Virgin Mary’s Statue Beheaded At Catholic Church In Carlifonia. 

A vandal appears to be targeting Catholic churches in Pomona Valley, with the most recent attack on a beloved statue at a Chino church.

“This is a place we come to feel safe, to feel God’s presence, to worship with our community,” said Marianne Hacker, pastoral administrator at Saint Margaret Mary’s Church.

“It brings people comfort,” Hacker said.But on March 30, 2019, a vandal trespassed onto the property and delivered a blow that severethe statue in two.

It’s like a clean cut,” Hacker said.

The damage made the church recall a strikingly similar crime at another local Catholic church.

That’s why I’m thinking it was a sledgehammer like they used at Our Lady Lourdes,” Hacker said.

Just a month ago and three miles away in Montclair, a person was caught on camera hopping onto a planter at Our Lady Lourdes Catholic Church and using what appeared to be a sledgehammer to hack the heads off two of their statues.

Definitely trying to make a statement,” Hacker said.

Saint Margaret Mary’s Church thinks the same person is responsible for both crimes, and now they wonder if the same person destroyed their double pane stained glass window last month.“It’s a picture also of Mary that was just shattered by a huge, huge stone,” Hacker said.

Both churches say they don’t know why they were targeted, but they’re praying for the person who’s trying to hurt them.

“We’re always willing to forgive, and we’re always willing to help if there’s anger,” Hacker said.

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The Significance of The Sign Of The Cross In The Catholic Church

The Significance of The Sign Of The Cross In The Catholic Church

The sign of the cross is an important and powerful prayer. It is a holy symbol which is a shield and a sword. It dedicates what you are doing within the name of Jesus. It brings God’s blessing. It might not be a good luck charm, however, it is a sign that claims that you are willing to simply accept the suffering of the Cross. So, whenever you do the sign of the cross, you are affirming your faith in Jesus and your disposition to suffer for Him. It is not simply an action but a prayer in itself, because many of the Christian faithful begin every morning, the moment they awaken, by making that sign which explains it all, even without the need for words.Therefore, it should be said with reverence and we shouldn’t rush through it. It is highly inappropriate to make the sign of the cross in irreverent or in an insincere fashion.The sign of the cross however, is a situation whereby a person traces a symbolic cross on their body (touching one’s forehead with a finger or a few, then the chest, then the front of the left shoulder, and finally the front of the right shoulder) or in the air in commemoration of the crucifixion of Christ. It is used in several Christian traditions, but it is most prominent in Catholic and Orthodox tradition.The sign of the cross represents the triumph of Jesus Christ over death. It is additionally used as a prayer to chase away evil or to bless oneself in a very time of prayer or need. The formal and best way of the sign of the cross is the use of 3 fingers, especially when entering the church. Though, people are generally free to perform the sign as they please so long as the gesture is respectful and offered in the full sincerity of the faith. Because, For Christians, the Cross is not a symbol of pain and death, but of love and life.

Where do we necessarily use the Sign of the Cross?

The manual sign of the Cross is made in so many situations and is both liturgical and devotional. It is used in:

  • Baptism
  • Confirmation
  • Use by new Catechumens at the Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults,
  • We use it at Mass when it is done by the Priest on the Gospel of the Bible,
  • By the Parishioners when they hear the Word of God at Mass (mark is made on the forehead, the lips, and theheart).
  • In extreme unction (the ancient Anointment of the Sick) the sign of the cross was made over the sick organ(s)too.
  • It is being made over the lips in the “Domine labia mea aperies” of the Divine Office.
  • And over the host and chalice after the words of consecration had been made at the Mass, when transubstantiation takes place to change the host and wine to the body and blood of Christ.
  • The sign of the Cross is also made when we begin and end our prayers.
  • We make it when we enter and leave a church.
  • We start each Mass with it.
  • We may also do the sign of the cross when we hear the Holy Name of Jesus taken in vain.
  • And when we walk through a Catholic church where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the tabernacle.
  • It is made in the air with the hand, as a blessing for the faithful, which is reserved for the use of ordained clergy, Bishops.

Still, with the horror of the cross and crucifixion, bearing in mind that Jesus died such a death, Christians chose the cross as a symbol to identify themselves with. It seems certain that, at least from the early Christians, the cross does not represent pain, torture, and death. Rather, it symbolizes God’s love for his people and also the new life we are able to have through Him. Leave it to God to change one thing as ugly as the cross into a gorgeous image of affection and life.

SPIRITUALITY The ‘Secret Code Of Catholic’

SPIRITUALITY The ‘Secret Code Of Catholic’

What’s the name of that screwball comedy? The one with the two desperados? That one. Anyway, they’re in mortal danger. One guy makes a quick Sign of the Cross in a desperate plea for heavenly assistance. The other guy looks at him, thinks for a second, and then traces a huge Star of David on his chest.

The Sign of the Cross means something. And everyone knows it. It means belonging to something greater than yourself. Something extraordinary.

Many of our Catholic-isms go way back to the early days of our faith. Ever hear an Irish biddy say, with a trace of the word sod in her accent, “The Good Lord willing’?” She got it from St. James, who popularly wrote:

Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we shall go into such and such a town, spend a year there doing business, and make a profit’ — you have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow.You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears. Rather you should say, ‘If the Lord wills it, we shall live to do this or that (James 4:13-15).

Then there are my Syrian Christian neighbors, who punctuate all their conversations with “Thanks, God,” just as St. Paul told the Thessalonians in his first letter to them: “In all situation give thanks” (5:18).

How about us? Do we bear any traces of our membership in the body of Christ? Do we value our Catholic-isms — or do they embarrass us? Do we even understand them?

Catholic-isms are not just quaint and quirky. When you consider that Catholics believe that we are, body and soul, members of Christ’s body, they make sense. We don’t merely have faith in our inner thoughts. We have it in our arms and our legs, our ears and our lips, our hands and our knees. We do and say things to show our faith. We speak faith, and we act faith. Whether we realize it or not, people notice. My sister was not conscious of her Catholic-isms; they were just part of her. They’d been passed down much the way a person’s language and accent comes down from generation to generation.

We would not respect a person who was ashamed of his race or his people. So we shouldn’t bury our Catholic-isms as if they are an embarrassment. Do we say grace in restaurants, or are we more concerned with blending into sameness with those around us? If our Protestant friends unashamedly ask us to pray with them, do we confidently make the Sign of the Cross? Do we make a habit of thanking God in conversation so it’s as natural as saying hello?

As our culture grows more secular, it may not be easy to spot the Secret Code of Catholic. I spied it recently in a documentary called Living on One Dollar. It tells the story of four college guys who set out to experience and document third-world poverty in rural Guatemala. The young filmmakers never mention the religion of the people they had adopted as neighbors for a summer. There was only the telltale Spanish language to give away the fact that missionaries had once lived among them — missionaries who not only shared their poverty for a summer but for a lifetime in order to give these children of God the Catholic faith.

The film bore no trace of such a history — except one that slipped in by accident. A young village woman spoke of her hope to earn enough money through her weaving to go to nursing school. Then she added with a little smile, “God willing.” Those who speak the Secret Code of Catholic know that this means she is depending on assistance from above.

The lack of faith that surrounds us tends to make us self-conscious about performing our little Catholic-isms, but it is all the more reason to make the Secret Code of Catholic truly part of us. Nothing attracts attention — in a good way — like a sincerely held belief. If nothing else, it provokes curiosity. And it can show a longing in others to belong to something greater than themselves and lets them know who they can request about it.

All these little visible signs in the Secret Code of Catholic were created to be seen and heard so that Catholicism would be known and no longer be a secret. Let us open a window for others so that they can visit that other world, and possibly they might even come to live there.

Corpus Christi: An Opportunity To Carry The Living Christ Out Into The World

Corpus Christi: An Opportunity To Carry The Living Christ Out Into The World

In as much as it is popular parlance to explain certain events or places as heaven on earth, I find this to be a hard sell. After all, the world can be a cruel and unforgiving place, full of many who detest the very idea of heaven, life eternal, and true forgiveness.

This however, is a cynicism which cannot be allowed to persist, for there is indeed one thing upon this earth which is always and forever perfect, made manifest everyday all across the world: the Lord’s body and blood are consecrated every day in every country in the world. It is in celebration of this perfection that, on the day of Corpus Christi, we parade this unblemished article through the streets. This was, however, not always the case.

Corpus Christi itself is a feast day with its roots in the medieval period and has its particular origins in one woman’s desire to have more time in the year to show on the Blessed Sacrament.

St. Juliana of Liege was, like many women in mid-12th century Liege (present-day Belgium), a fervent devotee to the blessed body and blood of Christ.

Moreover, this aspect of the Christ only received specific attention during the Lenten season, and Juliana felt that such an important part of the Catholic faith as the Eucharist deserved another feast day. Throughout her early life, she received dreams she took to be prophetic, of a full moon blemished by darkness. Though she spoke with few people about these visions, she interpreted the moon to be the Church, and the dark blemish a visualization of the shame of giving so little devotion to the blessed body and blood of Jesus.

Definitely, St. Juliana would become the canoness of her abbey, and confessed her visions to a priest. The priest relayed this details to local intellectuals, who agreed with her sentiment and start to lobby among the local clergy for such a feast day to be instituted, as in those days feast days could be set by the bishops, not needing direction from Rome.

It did not take long for the tradition to catch on, spreading particularly following her death, and formal papal recognition of the new feast came in 1264 with the bull Transiturus de mundo. Since that time, the feast has only grown to hold a prominent place in the Catholic liturgical year, a time outside of Lent to reflect upon the most crucial element of every Mass: the body and blood of Christ himself.

Corpus Christi is traditionally celebrated the Thursday after the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (the Sunday after Pentecost). In the United States, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) is observed on the following Sunday after Trinity Sunday.

Corpus Christi is then a privilege for us to carry the Living Christ out into the world for all to see. This being such a momentous event reflective not only of our faith but the Catholic family as a whole, it has become customary to dress well for Eucharist procession; Sunday best no matter the day.

Heads are to remain bare, and people walk in pairs so that both order and respect might be maintained. If you are taking part in a procession this year, be mindful not to appear ostentatious or immodest, as the true star of the show will be up front. The monstrance containing the Eucharist takes precedence above all, though the ornateness and pomp of your particular Eucharistic container may vary from the elaborate, star-like designs of old to the more modern, simplistic creations of our time.

Carrying Christ through the streets in celebration of his life, resurrection, and infinite grace, we publicly testify to our faith in life everlasting and victory over death.

In a secular age which would rather see such ideas cast aside, our public witness is all the more important. To those who live in a utopian, whishing fantasy of mankind’s perpetual growth, who delude themselves into thinking that perfection upon this Earth is possible, it is crucial to show them that one thing which is truly perfect.

When we walk with Christ among the wider world, we believe in two things above all else: that we as a human race and the world we inhabit are flawed, and that there is one perfect being which can save us from death, one of the imperfections our first parents brought upon our race.

This feast of Corpus Christi, let us walk confidently in the knowledge that we, Christ True Church, are blessed with a gift beyond value, and have truly found heaven on earth.

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