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Before God, We Are All Equal 

Before God, We Are All Equal 

*Before God, We are all Equal*

_(Wednesday 21st August, 2019. Read Judges 9:6-15, Psalm 21 and Matthew 20:1-16)_

_“If in good faith you are anointing me king over you, then come and take refuge in my shade; but if not, let fire come out of the bramble and devour the cedars of Lebanon” *(Judges 9:15).*_

In yesterday’s Gospel passage, Peter asked Jesus, “We have left everything to follow you, what then is there for us?” And in response, Jesus mentioned two kinds of rewards; seats in heaven and hundredfold returns of all that was left for the sake of God’s kingdom. Going further, Jesus gave us the parable of the Landowner to explain to Peter what it means to leave everything behind for the sake of God’s kingdom. This parable highlights God’s impartiality and the basic equality of all men.

As Saint Paul would say: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are equal, and each shall receive his wages according to his labour” (1st Corinthians 3:6-9).

Like the workers who were recruited for work in the vineyard at different times of the day, we are not all gifted the same way, we were not all born the same day, and we did not come to know God the same day. However, in the end, we all shall be rewarded not according to how much work we have done, but according to what is rightfully our due. In other words, no one has any reason to boast or look down on others.

Jesus says: “The last will be first, and the first will be last.” *The essence of the Christian life is COLLABORATION, not COMPETITION*. Each is called to give his or her maximum capacity to achieve the good of all. In today’s first reading, Jotham narrated a very beautiful story.

Once upon a time, the trees came for a meeting to elect a king from among them. The olive turned down the offer, as it felt its oil was too precious. It refused to give away his talent, same with the fig tree, who felt his fruits were too delicious, the vine tree as well, because of its wonderful wine. Eventually, they had to settle for the bramble tree who seemingly had nothing of value.

Everyone is a bundle of talents. We have all been blessed in different ways, but when we refuse to deploy our gifts and talents for the common good, when we hide under the cover of mediocrity, when we are not ready to sacrifice that which is precious inside us for the sake of others, our society suffers. On the other hand, when we go about engaging in superiority-fights, when we begin to find ways of pulling others down, when we intentionally spread unverified rumours about others just because we are jealous of their talents, our society even suffers the more.

Can u sing? Then sing for God. Can you talk very well? Then start making speeches for God. Can you write? Then start writing for God. Can you pray for people? Then begin today to use your gift to promote God’s kingdom. Find something to do for God. Put your talents to work for the vineyard of God. Do not do it for the sake of reward. Do not be like the servants who expected to receive more because they were hired earlier. Just offer yourself freely for God’s service and never envy nor look down on anyone.

Let Us Pray: Lord Jesus, use me till there is nothing left, Amen.

Pope Pius X, pray for us, Amen.

*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Wednesday of the 20th week in Ordinary Time. Bible Study: Judges 9:6-15, Psalm 21 and Matthew 20:1-16).*

-Fr. Abu.

Is It True That The Catholic Church Is The “Babylon” Or “Harlot” Woman Mentioned In The Book Of Revelation?

Is It True That The Catholic Church Is The “Babylon” Or “Harlot” Woman Mentioned In The Book Of Revelation?

Is It True That The Catholic Church Is The “Babylon” Or “Harlot” Woman Mentioned In The Book Of Revelation?

Several ignorant anti-Catholic cults (e.g. SDA, INC, ADD, WMSCOG, BAC, etc.) had frequently accused the Catholic Church as the “Pagan” “Babylon” or “Harlot” woman being mentioned in the Book of Revelation. They are simply trying hard to demonize the Church founded by Christ, yet they failed many times eversince their cults had just emerged few decades ago. Because it was Christ himself who had promised that even the gates of Hell shall not prevail against his Church. How come that the Church they accused as “Pagan” or “Babylon” was responsible for the compilation of the Christian Bible that anti-Catholics are using now?

Anti-Catholics are relying solely to their erroneous private interpretation of a certain prophetic passage in Revelation 17 which says:

“On their forehead was written a secret name: Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots (Whore) and detestable things of the Earth” (Rev.17:5).

Then, they desperately concluded that the “Babylon who is the Mother of Harlots is no other than the Catholic Church”. Is this biased interpretation correct? Obviously NO!

Babylon

The term “Babylon” in the Bible refers to a place, and not a Church or a religion (Rev. 16:19, Rev. 18:10, Rev. 18:21). And it is figuratively referring to the Empire of Rome (1 Pet.5:13), not the Catholic Church. Rome was known for its seven hills, and is even mentioned in Rev. 17:7.

Harlot Woman

The “woman” mentioned in Revelation 17 similarly refers to the Pagan Roman Empire who killed the Apostles (Sts. Peter and Paul) and several early Christians. In Rev. 17:6 it says:

“I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of the witnesses (martyrs) to Jesus” (Rev. 17:6).

Historically, it was Caesar Nero, the pagan Roman Emperor who ordered the killing of Sts. Peter and Paul, and several Christian believers. Persecutions had continued until Constantine the Great was converted to Christianity and signed the Edict of Milan on 312AD. Caesar Nero killed his mother and two of his wives. He then committed suicide. With that, many bible scholars considered Caesar Nero as the fulfilment of the 666 due to his beastly characteristics. His name also adds up to a total of 666 in the Hebrew equivalent.

Almost 30 Catholic Popes starting from St. Peter had been martyred until Constantine the Great gave freedom for all Christians in Rome. If the Catholic Church is the “harlot woman” who killed early Christians including the Popes, then she killed their own leaders (the Pope), which is a very absurd accusation.

The Great Roman Empire

The Roman Empire was divided into two (2) era – the Pagan Empire and Christian Empire. The nation of Israel, European and Middle Eastern countries in Asia had been part of this biggest empire in the history. The Pagan Roman Empire had worshipped their pagan gods (e.g. Jupiter, Saturn, etc.), and had persecuted Christians until the reign of Constantine the Great on 312AD. It was Caesar Nero the pagan emperor who ordered the killings of Apostles Peter and Paul, while many Christian believers were fed to the hungry lions.

On the other hand, the Christian Roman Empire had been instrumental for the propagation of Christianity throughout the empire. It was in this period that the Catholic Church made its effort to compile the Christian Bible. In the late 4th century, at Councils of Rome, Hippo and Carthage, the Catholic Church had decided to give the final list of 27 books to be part of the New Testament. Around 300 books were rejected by the Church, and those 27 NT books were added to the 46 OT books of the Septuagint, making a single book called the “Bible”. If the Book of Revelation was really against the Catholic Church, then the Church could have removed it in the list of New Testament canon, just like how the Church rejected those other 300+ books (e.g. Gospel of Thomas, Acts of Peter, Gospel of Mary, etc.).

To those who still insists that the Catholic Church is a “Pagan” “Babylon” and “Harlot” woman, it is now high time for you to throw away your Bible. Because everytime you quote verses coming from New Testament, you accept the Authority of the entity who compiled it – the Catholic Church. By the way, where was your sect/cult located when the Catholic Church made its effort in compiling the Bible?

#Little Knowledge Is Really Dangerous ☢️

How To Dress In The Presence Of The Blessed Sacrament 

How To Dress In The Presence Of The Blessed Sacrament 

How To Dress In The Presence Of The Blessed Sacrament.

In the Book titled “The Blessed Eucharist: Our Greatest Treasure” By Fr. Michael Muller, C.S.S.R. In one of the chapters entitled “Additional Examples of the Real Presence” (1). Fr. Muller reports an event that should be of interest to those who tend to take little concern for how they dress and appear before the Blessed Eucharist:

Mass Consecration – Eucharist

The greatest reverence is owed to the Blessed Sacrament.

Towards the close of the last century, there lived a very impious man in Rottweil, a little town of Swabia, Germany. One day, when in the most solemn procession of Corpus Christi, the Blessed Sacrament passed by the house of this impious wretch, he had the diabolical audacity to scoff at the Blessed Sacrament in a most horrid manner. He placed himself before the window in his shirt sleeves, with his butcher’s apron on and a white nightcap on his head. By appearing in this unbecoming dress, he wished to show his contempt and disrespect to the Holy Eucharist…

This blasphemer soon after died the death of a reprobate…

Immediately after the death of this impious man, such horrible noises, such frightful groanings, lamentations and howlings were heard in his house that no one could stand it any longer. Every person easily guessed the cause of it, the difficulty was, how to remove it.

At last, as if inspired by God, they had recourse to the following expedient: It was resolved that this man’s portrait should be painted in the same dress and posture in which he had appeared, to scoff at the Blessed Sacrament, and that the painting should be placed in the opening of the wall, instead of the window, in order to show to all who should pass by how God punishes the scoffers of the Blessed Sacrament. Strange to say, no sooner was this painting placed in the wall, than the house became quiet.

Some years afterwards, the wife of a Protestant preacher who lived opposite could no longer bear the sight of this horrid portrait. Accordingly, her husband went to the Civil Magistrate to obtain an ordinance for the removal of the picture. His petition was granted, but no sooner was the painting removed than the former frightful scenes returned and continued until the alarmed people of the house obtained permission to restore the painting to its place. One of our Fathers related this event to me, as an eye-witnes of the fact.

In this Post-Vatican II era, it is common to see men and women appear before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament wearing “unbecoming dress” with the indifference or even approval of the local priest. Men today go to Mass wearing not only the long shirtsleeves of that impious blaphemer, but short shirtsleeves, T-shirts and Tank-Tops of our own revolutionary era. Jeans, Bermuda shorts, tennis shoes, sandles, flip-flops, work boots, and worse are commonplace. Some shirts have prints of enemies of the Church such as *Che Guevara, while others have prints of scantily clad women.

Without getting into specifics concerning clothing, I think the message of this event reported by Fr. Muller is very clear: At Church, at Mass, whenever or wherever we are in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, if we love Our Lord we should always try our very best to do the opposite of the above mentioned impious wretch of Rottweil, lest we suffer the same fate.

*Che Guevara – [was an Argentine Marxist revolutionaryphysician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia in popular culture].

Source: From Michael Muller“The Blessed Eucharist, Our Greatest Treasure”. Published in 1868, republished by TAN 1994, pp. 201-203.

The 10 Characteristics Of True Biblical Beauty

The 10 Characteristics Of True Biblical Beauty

Dear Lovely Sisters:

Every woman is beautiful in GOD’s eyes and you are beautiful, too. However, you can become captivating by cultivating inner beauty, which never fades, and by cultivating the ten characteristics of true biblical beauty.

The ten characteristics of true biblical beauty are:

1. A good heart (1 Samuel 16:7).

2. A gentle and quiet spirit (1 Peter 3:3-4).

3. A pleasant and peaceful manner (Proverbs 3:15-18).

4. Being humble and loving (Ephesians 4:2-3).

5. A fear of the LORD (Proverbs 31:30).

6. Wifely submission (1 Peter 3:3-4).


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. Being clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (Colossians 3:12).

8. Strength (Proverbs 20:29).

9. Looking to GOD in everything (Psalm 34:5).

10. Doing good deeds (1 Timothy 2:9-10).

In addition, every woman can make herself charming and winsome through cultivating:

1. Vital health.

2. A pleasing disposition.

3. A cultured manner.

4. Femininity.

TIPS:

1. Ask GOD to grant you the ten qualities of true biblical beauty.

2. Cultivate the qualities of a charming and winsome character.

3. Study the arts of charm and refinement – apply what you learn to your own behavior.

4. Carry yourself with dignity and poise, and maintain good posture.

5. Do everything possible to acquire good health and stamina, and to maintain it.

6. Make it a daily effort to look feminine and to dress with care.

7. Strive to make your beauty real rather than artificial.

8. Do not wear too much makeup or perfume.

REMEMBER:

“Outer beauty attracts, but inner beauty captivates” (Kate Angell).

“A smile is the best makeup any girl can wear” (Marilyn Monroe).

There is no cosmetic or surgery which can hide the deformity of a bad temper or an ugly personality.

Tolerate no trait in yourself that you consider unattractive in others.

True beauty is more than your face and figure, and your manner is worth more than both.

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