St. Peter was raised a fisherman in the house of Bar-Jonah and Brother of St. Andrew. Born in Bethsaida, near Lake Tiberias he was well acquainted with the Sea. Jesus called him Cephas (John 1:42) calling him to be a fisher of men (Matthew 4:19).
“Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you...
A special note to all my brothers and sisters in Christ, all of the Eucharistic Miracles we bring to you are so important and yes you will enjoy this one so much. But there is much more at the end of this one, as Mary's own word's are attached for us to meditate on and then take action in our own lives and those that God puts into our path. SHARE with those you love and those that God blesses you with by giving you an opportunity to show your Zeal and love for HIM. To Jesus through Mary, GregoryMary
The Eucharistic miracle of Santarém, together with that of Lanciano, is considered among the most important Eucharistic miracles. Numerous studies and canonical analyses were carried out on the relics. The Host changed into bleeding Flesh and Blood flowed out of the Blessed Sacrament.
Both relics are preserved to this day in the Church of St. Stephen in Santarém. Some Popes granted plenary indulgences to this Eucharistic miracle: Pius IV, St. Pius V, Pius VI, and Pope Gregor...
I left college in the winter of 1979, and moved south of Branson Missouri to Northern Arkansas to a nearby town, Harrison Arkansas. I would live there nearly five years before finally signing up with the United States Army. I recall one day in 1980, I received a phone call from a local resident of Harrison
Arkansas who was not happy with my strong Catholic Faith.
This Gentleman claimed to have been raised a Catholic, went to twelve years of Catholic school, but was now a practicing Jehovah’s Witness. His real purpose of calling me was because I defended a local radio host who happened to say, “Merry Christmas” to a caller. The Caller had responded that she was not celebrating what she thought was a “Pagan” holiday. I responded to the Harrison Newspaper, and wrote a letter to the editor defending Christmas. This was when I received the phone call.
It was not long into the conversation that the Gentleman became very impatient, he told me that if I wanted to remain Catho...
“Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He should sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the Church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven”.James 5:13-15
I was brought up to understand that a Sacrament was as an outward sign of the inward grace we receive through what I will call the Lord’s outreach to His people. Certainly, in my life, the Sacraments have been a life line.
While stationed at Fort Campbell Kentucky, I use to go to St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Oak Grove just outside of the Military post.
I was very involved with the Parish through the Knights of Columbus, the RCIA, the Youth Group, CCD, Bible Studies, I even would take my 53 inch TV to present good Catholic programs after the Saturday Mass.
“Know this, my brethren. Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, for the anger of man does not work the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rank growth of wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if any one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who observes his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself and goes away and at once forgets what he looks like. But he who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer that forgets but a doer that acts, he shall be blessed in his doing”(James 1:19-25).
Consider the early Christians and what their journey to the Catholic Faith was based! Much like the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) of today, the early Church saw conversion as a process. The origin of Lent can be seen through the lens of history....
Jesus said, "I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh." The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me. This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live for ever." John 6:51-58
Listen closely to some of the saints that were sinners like you and...
The Scripture teaches that if you train a child in the way of righteousness, they would never depart from it. Today, this is challenged like never before. In America today about one in ten Americans are classified statistically as "fallen away" Catholics. Something seems to have gone wrong the past few decades, parents are not as a whole handing on the faith to their children.
The attack on the family has had a profound impact on faith. When Mom and dad are living the faith together as a family bond, their children holds fast to the faith more than 90% of the time. When everything falls on Mom because dad is out of the picture, children holding on to the faith drastically is reduced to between 10 to 30%.
Our problem today does not seem to have been a problem for Anicius Eupropius and his wife, Claudia Abondantia Reguardati. They were wealthy nobles living in Italy (Nursia Unbria), yet would be the parents of two recognized Saints, St Benedict was the twin brother of St Sch...
Following President Trump'sState Of The Union Address 2/4/2020, the Democrats were quick to attack the President's speech. Nancy Pelosi literally ripped the Presidential signed copy of the State of the Union Speech at the end of the address. The following is taken from "The Daily Signal of the Heritage Foundation" who undertook looking into the facts that the Democrats disputed in the speech:
The Daily Signal of the Heritage Foundation fact-checked the following key parts of Trump’s address:
1. “We are restoring our nation’s manufacturing might, even though predictions were that this could never be done. After losing 60,000 factories under the previous two administrations, America has now gained 12,000 new factories under my administration.”
According to Poynter Institute’s PolitiFact in 2017, “the United States has lost more than 60,000 factories since 2001.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 356,046 manufacturing establishments existed in the second quarter of 20...
"Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, 'Take, eat; this is my body.' And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, 'Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.'" (Matthew 26:26-28)
This is so exciting, one of the best to share, first because of Mary & the Eucharist, and then a recent Eucharistic Miracle with so many things that will bless those who hear what happened.
God's love for us is poured out in the sacrament of the Eucharist, where Christ is truly present for us, giving us life and healing.
The Roman Catholic Church has consistently held fast to the belief in the Real Presence. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
The mode of Christ's presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as "the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to wh...
The Roman World in 231 A.D. was a time of darkness that seemed to cover the whole land. Yet, despite this the Light of Christ was blazing trails throughout the Roman Empire.
The Catholic Faith was growing underground despite great oppression.
Out of the Roman world, civilization was ruled by the Roman Caesars who claimed to be a god. Pagan religions were commonly accepted as long as the recognized the Caesars claim to be their lord. This was a serious issue to the Catholic faith who recognized the one true God, the Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Church recognized Jesus Christ to be the one true God/Man. The Roman law forbade Christianity because of this fact.
In January 250 A.D. the Roman Emperor Decius made the edict forcing all the inhabitants throughout the Roman Empire to offer sacrifice to Pagan gods and his image in the witness of the local Magistrates. Once the sacrifice was given then a certificate was drafted showing such worship was offered....