"In the first book, Theophilus, I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught until the day he was taken up, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had suffered,appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While meeting with them, he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father about which you have heard me speak; for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit". St. Luke was giving the importance of the coming of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8)."
This would be what is called the first novena when the Apostles waited for 9 day for the empowering of the Holy Spirit upon the Church. This would be...
"Jesus answered them and said, 'Amen. amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw SIGNS but because you ate the loaves and were filled. Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal." So they said to him, 'What can we do to accomplish the works of God?' Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent." So they said to him, 'WHAT SIGN CAN YOU DO, THAT WE MAY SEE AND BELIEVE IN YOU?"
It is interesting that the crowd was asking for a sign that they might believe in Jesus and follow him. At this point they were ready to make Jesus King. Jesus is King, but not over the temporal realm of Israel, but over the hearts and minds of those seeking the fullness of truth. At the elevation of the Eucharist in Mass, I exclaim in exultation in my heart and soul, "The Sign, the sign, my Lord and my God!" I love the praye...
"Beloved, being very eager to write to you of our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints." St. Jude
St. Hilary was born at Poitiers, in modern day western France around 310 A.D.
Much of the Roman world at the time was Pagan and Hilary was raised by Pagan Parents who ensured the best education becoming a Greek Scholar.
Hilary would be about 15 years old when the great Council of Nicea (325 A.D.) took place that officially condemned the teaching of the Heretic Arius of Alexandria Egypt which denied the divinity of Jesus.
This would eventually become very important to Hilary.
Hilary's interest in philosophy kept him searching for truth, as a Pagan, he was much like the people whom St. Paul preached to at the Areopagus in Greece:
St. Paul said: "Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an alta...
Mary is connected unreservedly in Spirit, Mind, and Body to Jesus, you have heard it said by those outside of the Catholic Church asking Catholics and others if they have a relationship with Jesus. Those that can actually 'see', or 'get it' have the Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding that only Catholics have the greatest relationship with Jesus in the Eucharist that is possible, and which is not possible outside of the Catholic Church. Jesus said to be perfect as HE and the Father are Perfect. There is no one who has existed from the beginning, that have a greater Relationship to Jesus in the Eucharist than Mary, nor has anyone attained that perfection greater than Mary. You cannot fully know Jesus if you do not know Mary. If you are weak in this area at all, ask the Holy Spirit to give you the grace to know these Truths. Lord, give me all that is necessary to unreservedly give myself totally to Jesus. To Jesus through Mary, GregoryMary
Acts 9:31“Then the church throughout all* Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord. “
In the original Greek, it is:
Acts 9:31 ἡ μεν ουν εκκλησια καθ᾽ ὁλης της ιουδαιας και γαλιλαιας και σαμαρειας ειχεν ειρηνην οικοδομουμενη και πορευομενη τω φοβω του κυριου, και τη παρακλησει του ἁγιου πνευματος επληθυνοντο.
The term in bold commonly translated as ‘church throughout all’ is in Greek ‘”εκκλησια καθ᾽ ὁλης”—pronounced “Ekklesia Kath olos” or the Church Universal, since Kath olos is the same term used by St Ignatius for the Church in his letter. So it is valid to say that the Catholic Church is indeed identified as Christ’s Church in the 9th chapter of Acts?
This next coming week at Mass the Old Testament reading comes from Isaiah 66:18-21. It is really an important scripture as it reads, “Thus says the Lord: I know their works and their thoughts, and I come to...
After serving in the United States Army for over 26 years, the emphasis on leadership becomes an important standard that I believe to be essential in keeping Catholics, Catholic. The rank and file have had very little leadership so that many drift away for what ever attracts their attention.
On March 30th, 2017, on our Deepertruth Radio show, our host for the "Be Strong, Be Courageous, Be A Man" series, Mark Kiser asked me what I thought was important for Catholic leaders to be successful.
I responded with the Army "Eleven Principles of Leadership" which are required for junior leaders to learn. I believe that these principles come from our Christian heritage but without our foundations and with the secularization of our institutions, we sometimes miss the boat in our understanding and application.
I believe that any good leader, religious, political, military, family, whatever setting, these are some good common sense principles to help people in their leadership potential. If we appl...
The foundation of the United States are clearly based from our Christian roots, despite the continued attacks by the ultra left who today have taken over the Democratic Party.
Everywhere you see the suppression of the freedom of religion. The imposition of the Secular State by a few through Judicial Activism is knocking on the door to scandal, tyranny, and the take over of big government.
America, because of it’s Christian foundations, has been the leader in promoting freedom in the world, in fighting tyranny and brutal expansionism imposed by Communism. America was always seen as the good guys wearing the white hats. That was the America I was being raised in. But in recent decades, we have seen a deterioration trying to disrobe ourselves of our Christian foundations.
That means the attack on our Constitution which guarantees the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.
I first went on active duty in the Army on February 7, 1985. Our military training at that time was matched against the Russian...
When looking at the lives of the Saints, it can be very interesting at how the Lord used the gifts of each person.
Although their gifts varied, they were sold out to God with all their hearts, minds, strengths, and souls.
They had many struggles as we all do, that is important to remember, but they are with the Lord.
We want to imitate their strengths and know their weaknesses to help inspire us.
It is also interesting how Jesus still uses the lives of the Saints for His glory. Chapter 4 of Revelation is relatively a small chapter, but there is a lot of meat and potatoes there giving us a glimpse of the worship taking place before the Throne of God.
There are the twenty-four thrones on which twenty-four elders sits wearing white robes crowned with glory. These thrones represents the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve Apostles and their authority seats.
There are the four living creatures resembling the lion, a calf, a human face, and an eagle in flight exclaiming: “Holy, holy, holy is th...
This one can wake up family and friends, I was presenting to a 7th and 8th grade class and when I told them about this Miracle, I noticed a young 8th grade boy who had previously looked comfortable as to be sleepy, suddenly sat up and said, "He got his leg back"! After that he then stayed very attentive for the rest of the presentation. Please share, it may be the one that awakens those you love. To Jesus through Mary, GregoryMary
Young Miguel-Juan Pellicer had his leg amputated due to an accident. Thanks to his great devotion, the young man nurtured himself through the most Holy Sacrament and the Virgin of Pilar.
A great miracle came upon him, which was immediately recognized and approved by the Archbishop of Zaragoza who presided over the canonical process. In his clear judgment he wrote that “Miguel-Juan Pellicer of Calanda was miraculously given back his right leg, which was amputated years prior and it was not a natural occurrence but a miraculous one”.
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is recognized as the first American born Saint (28 August, 1774 – 4 January, 1821), she was raised in the Episcopalian Church which during those times, was much more conservative than what you see today.
At that time the Catholic Church in America was undergoing persecutions. St. Elizabeth was raised in the upper class of society and she eagerly read the latest in books and novels while wore the popular fashions of the time. Her favorite book came from the Scriptures (the King James version)
The influx of Catholic Immigrants from Europe was beginning in full swing. The Catholic Church went from something like 15,000 to 17,000 thousand to over 20,000,000 in a short period of time.
To the Protestants, this was seen as a threat to their vision of a Protestant Nation. Catholic Churches in New York and Philadelphia were ransacked and burned to the ground, convents were attacked by Protestant mobs.
Protestant Universities (Bob Jones) began to push Anti-Catholic b...