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The Horror Facing Catholics in Nicaragua

The Horror Facing Catholics in Nicaragua


The horror facing Catholics in Nicaragua: attacks, arson, desecration

As violent oppression continues to rise in Nicaragua, with at least 10 people killed on Sunday, Catholic bishops have called for a day of prayer and fasting for July 20 “as an act of atonement for the profanation carried out in recent months against God.”

On that day, the bishops said, “We will pray the prayer of exorcism to St. Michael Archangel.”

Recent developments that led the bishops to issue the call include:

On Tuesday, according to the auxiliary bishop of Managua, the country’s capital, the neighborhood of Monimbo in the southeast city of Masaya was under attack. He said gunfire reached the parish of St. Mary Magdalene, where a Catholic priest was seeking refuge.
On Saturday, the Divine Mercy Church in Managua was under siege for 16 hours. It had become a refuge for students who, while protesting at a nearby university, were attacked by pro-government forces. Pictures posted to social media showed the church had been pockmarked by bullets.
On Sunday, the car of a bishop was shot at as he was on his way to the northern city of Nindiri, where he had hoped to stop an attack by the military. He wasn’t wounded, but the tires and windows of the car were destroyed.
On the same day, the house of a priest in Masaya was ransacked by the police. Belongings were taken with no explanation given.
On Monday, a center of the papal charity Caritas was set aflame in the northern city of Sébaco.
On July 9, a cardinal, a bishop and the papal representative were among clergy from Managua attacked as they attempted to protect St. Sebastian Basilica in the nearby city of Diriamba from a pro-government mob.
The list, though incomplete, serves as an illustration of the situation under President Daniel Ortega and his wife, the country’s vice president, who’ve labeled the Catholic Church as public enemy number one, amid a crisis that exploded in April with widespread protests against a social security reform plan that was never implemented.

“In Nicaragua, amidst this reality of violence, manifestations of evil are expressing themselves in this irrational and disproportionate violence,” said Father Boanerges Carballo, Managua’s episcopal vicar for pastoral affairs.

Yesterday, the brief video below, showing an apparent desecration of a tabernacle and consecrated hosts, appeared on social media with the explanation: “This was done today in Nicaragua – The priest posted a quick video for his bishop. Please pray. Heartbreaking.” It’s unclear where, exactly, this originated. (Please be patient. It may take a moment to load.)

Pray for the people of Nicaragua, their priests, their bishops. Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, pray for us!

4 Ways Many Catholics Are Receiving the Eucharist Wrong (Including You)

4 Ways Many Catholics Are Receiving the Eucharist Wrong (Including You)

Most Catholics receive the Holy Eucharist in a manner that abuses the holiness of God’s presence in the Holy Eucharist. Many Catholics are not even aware that those gestures are wrong as a result of ignorance, some are just lazy to observe them.
Overtime there are several ways through which many Catholics receive the Eucharist wrongly but below are three major ones that point to it all:

1. Not Bowing Before Receiving the Holy Eucharist

Paying reverence before the receiving the Holy Eucharist is a very important aspect of the Holy Communion. Because we are face-face with Christ at that moment, coming to receive his flesh and blood. So showing respect by bowing, kneeling or making the sign of the Cross are most appropriate and reverencing acts before receiving Him. This can be confirmed in the USCCB’s General Instruction of the Roman Missal.

2. Not Saying “Amen” Before Receiving the Holy Eucharist

Responding “Amen” when the Priest administering the Eucharist says “Body of Christ” before receiving the Eucharist. Saying “Amen” means you fully acknowledge and believe in the Holy Eucharist. So it’s very important we get patient enough while in the Communion lines to always say “Amen”. Most times due to long communion lines people get pressured and they receive the Eucharist without saying “Amen”
It’s just one word, so always be patient enough to acknowledge the Eucharist by saying “Amen” before receiving it.

3. Being in a “State of Grace”

The Holy Eucharist reception is meant for just Practicing Catholics who are in a state of grace. Being in the State of Grace before receiving the Holy Communion means being without a mortal sin since your last confession. If you are not in the “State of grace” you need to go to confession before receiving the Holy Eucharist but you can as well attend a Holy Mass.

Receiving the Eucharist in a state of mortal sin is a sacrilege. So don’t do it!.

Not receiving when you are not in the proper state shows your love and respect for Jesus. If you’re in a state of mortal sin, going to Mass but not receiving actually shows you’re heading back on the right track.

4. Not praying properly after

When one receives a person understands what it means to receive Christ in their souls I think they’ll be inspired to kneel and thank him. If they cannot kneel, they’d at least take a moment to welcome such an August Guest. He deserves a pause; a feeling and sentiment of love and humility. And what is more?

He wants to talk to you!
To me, it is bad to not take a moment to thank God for the gift of his body and blood especially habitually; when we have formed the habit of not saying “thank you” to he who waits for us every day in the Sacrament of his love.

5 Amazing Things Catholics Can Learn From St. Padre Pio

5 Amazing Things Catholics Can Learn From St. Padre Pio

St. Padre Pio’s life, on earth, touched many lives and it continues to this day. There are still many ways we can learn from this great saint’s preaching.

Here are five quotes of his that we can apply to our lives and learn from every day.

1. “You don’t have to be worthy, you only have to be willing.”

It can be easy to feel unworthy to hold a certain position or be put in charge of a task. Padre Pio reminds us that we need only be willing to accept the challenge. We do not have to be perfect by any means. The Lord only requires that we say yes.

2. “God will never permit anything to happen to us that is not for our greater good.”

This is a difficult reality to swallow, especially when we do not receive an outcome we had hoped for. But it’s a great reminder of Romans 8:28: “We know that all things work for good for those who love God…” God knows what He is doing, after all, and He holds each and every one of us in the palm of His hand. We simply need to trust in His ways, as hard as that may be.

3. “God will always give us more than we deserve.”

What great encouragement! Once we hand God the reins, He often has a funny way of returning the favor by blessing us more than we could ever have imagined.

Read also: This Healing Prayer By St. Padre Pio Is The Most Powerful Prayer Ever

4. “Serve the Lord with laughter.”

This is self-explanatory. Laugh. Be joyful. Smile. We never know whose day we might make a simple laugh, smile, or kind word.

5. “Pray, hope, don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayers.”

“Pray, hope, and don’t worry” is probably Padre Pio’s most famous saying; however, we do not often hear the second part, which is: “Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.”

Worry really is pointless! It is kind of like a rocking chair–it gives us something to do, but does not help us move forward. Of course, there will almost always be something to worry about, but dwelling on that worry will not help remedy the situation. The Lord hears each and every one of our prayers and His mercy never fails.


Glorious, humble and beloved Padre Pio. Teach us, we pray, humility of heart, so that we may be counted among the little ones of the Gospel to whom the Father promised to reveal the mysteries of His Kingdom. Help us to pray without ceasing, certain that God knows what we need even before we ask Him. Amen.

10 Popular Things Catholics Are Tired of Hearing (and How to Respond )

10 Popular Things Catholics Are Tired of Hearing (and How to Respond )

Despite the many stereotypes that hang over our faith, the important thing to remember is our Church has stood the test of time and remained for more than 2,000 years.

Below are 10 popular things every Catholic is tired of hearing

1. Catholics worship statues

This stereotype is painful to hear. Not only is this completely false, but it is ludicrous. Despite the fact that there are 801 million Protestants worldwide, according to the Pew Research Center, my rant will be geared towards our brothers and sisters in the United States. In this country, approximately 51.5% of people are Protestant Christians.

Realistically, most of these families have pictures in their home, which is completely normal, right? Right. They have pictures of their loved ones, both living and deceased. Is it not hypocritical then to say that Catholics are idol worshipers when these families have portraits of their loved ones on the walls? If these Protestant families can have pictures of Uncle Bernie and Mawmaw hanging on the wall, then most certainly the Church can present pictures of our beloved Jesus, his disciples, and the saints.

2. Catholics pray to Mary instead of God

This is a very common misconception throughout the Protestant community, and while I can understand why it is, I am also disheartened that many jump to such a harsh conclusion of the Catholic faith.

We don’t pray to Mary, we ask her to pray for us, just as a Protestant asks their deceased grandparent/parent to watch over them.

3. The saints can’t hear your prayers because they are dead.

I beg to differ. Since when is anyone who is in Heaven considered dead? We call it the afterlife for a reason. In fact, there is biblical proof that the saints can hear our prayer

-Revelation: 5:8 “And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.”

-Revelation 8:3-4 “Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand.”

4. Mother Mary isn’t important; she’s just like anyone else

If our Blessed Mother isn’t important, then every female would have had an immaculate conception. For this reason, that is why the declarative statement above doesn’t make sense. Of course, Mother Mary is important, she gave birth to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

What is so amazing about the Catholic faith is the fact that we recognize the importance of Mary, and we honour her accordingly. She is a role model and saint for all Christians to look up to because she submitted to God completely.

Until the day another woman gives birth to Jesus, no one will ever be just like Mary. She is a very special, holy woman.

5. Catholics made up all their rules

Every single tradition we have in the Catholic Church, namely during Mass, has biblical roots. Not to mention the fact that Jesus was the founder of our Church. I don’t know about you, but Jesus doesn’t make mistakes.

6. God said to confess sins to Him, not a priest

This one is a personal favourite of mine. Drum roll, please.

-James 5:16 “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”

It is true that we pray directly to God, and ask Him to forgiveness, however for sins(mortal) we do as Jesus commands and confess it to one another (our priests). Jesus said this directly to his disciples, so through Him, they were able to forgive sins. This power passed down to every priest, and so on and so forth. That felt good.

7. Catholicism is a cult

Jesus Christ founded this Church more than 2,000 years ago, I would hardly call it a cult.

8. Catholics aren’t Christians

The word Christian is associated with anyone who follows Christ’s teachings, and since the Catholic Church does just that then we are to be called Christians. Not to mention Catholics were actually the first Christians.

9. Catholics added books to the Holy Bible.

This one is so hilarious it hurts. For 300 years there was no Bible, only random writings from the prophets like St.Peter etc, until the Catholic monks compiled and canonized what is now known today as the Holy Bible. (That is until the Protestant Reformation occurred, in which one man *Martin Luther* removed 7 books). Ouch.

10. Catholics believe you can pay your way into Heaven

We definitely do not. That is a huge misconception which occurred during the Protestant Reformation.

Despite the many stereotypes that hang over our faith, the important thing to remember is our Church has stood the test of time and remained for more than 2,000 years.

Whether you are Catholic or Protestant– we are all followers of Christ, and He is the ultimate goal.

Source: rcatholics.com

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