A poor couple wanted to enrich each other for Christmas. She wanted to bring him joy by buying him a new bracelet for his ancient watch, since she did not have money she did it at the expense of cutting her long hair. He in turn sold that precious watch from his grandfather and bought her some combs for her beautiful hair. On Christmas Day their mutual gifts were useless. But their love saved their relationship throughout their whole life.
The old lady was smart. Nevertheless, the atheist did a good deed to feed the hungry woman. He might convert in future and he won't exmperience hell just purgatory from where there is only one way and thus he will join the poor woman in heaven.
So glad they teach the term of TRANSUBSTANTIATION (unfortunatelly misspoken in the video)! The Catholic Church believes in transubstantiation: the substance of bread and wine change while the accidents usually remain (weight, shape, taste, color, smell etc.), unlike the heretical view of consubstantiation (a parallel presence of both of bread and Body, wine and Blood) or pure transfinalization (a change of meaning of the Eucharistic elements). The Council of Trent stated that the term "transubs… [More]
At the conversion of St. Paul: Christ ~ the Church: 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.' Then I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied. [More]
Ephesus - goddess Artemis and cult of the Roman Lord - the Cesar => laxity in faith and morals in midst of this multicultural pagan city Smyrna - strong Jewish population (by an exception spared from Roman pressure) => Christians hid behind Jews to avoid persecution Pergamum - large Amphitheater => sexual immorality Thyatira - trade guilds (f. e. textile such as Lydia) => work but also prostitution (God will judge works) Sardis - wealth and commerce => active in worldly matters (but dead in a … [More]
Sometimes (not every Sunday!), it is permitted to have underpubescent children (small!) seperated for children liturgy of the Word - always getting an explanation approved by the parish priest (he should preview the catechesis!). But why, in this case, is the deacon not conducting it? Besides other abuses, here once again we cut the branch we sit on: let not the young ones understand Holy Mass is serious business... "Everybody feels relaxed?"
Beutiful! We have a chance to follow the Intention of our Holy Father Pope Benedict for November 2011: That the Eastern Catholic Churches and their venerable traditions may be known and esteemed as a spiritual treasure for the whole Church.