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What Is A Monstrance?

Host Enclosed In A Monstrance.

What is a monstrance?Connected to Eucharistic adoration, the liturgical vessel is traced back to the Middle Ages.

Expressions of faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist have developed over time. One such development was the introduction of Eucharistic adoration outside of Mass and outside of the tabernacle. To facilitate this new devotion, a liturgical vessel called a “monstrance” was invented.

Monstrance comes from the Latin word monstrare, meaning “to show.” The purpose of the monstrance is to put on display a consecrated Host for those present to adore and venerate. The development of the monstrance can be traced back to the 13th century, when Eucharistic processions rose in popularity connected to the new feast of Corpus Christi.

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Eucharistic Challenges! Homily For Corpus Christi, 2017 By Rev. Fr. Emma. N. Asogwa

INTRODUCTION: 

Permit me today to glide over the normal salivating eucharistic theologies (which abound in the sequence of today) that should normally ornament a homily of today’s sort and to focus immediately on the Challenges which a celebration like today’s naturally evoke.

This is because it would not be possible for us today, within the margined confines of our space and time, to accommodate all that could be said about the Eucharist.

Secondly, in talking about the challenges, we would have the leverage to reflect shortly on the theological background behind each eucharistic challenge. Hence our Theme! These challenges are hereby highlighted as appreciation, utilization, preparation/purification, imitation and communion! 

EUCHARISTIC CHALLENGES: 

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5 Myths About The Holy Eucharist That Too Many People Still Believe (Maybe Even You!)

5 Myths About the Holy Eucharist that Too Many People Still Believe (Maybe Even You!)
     


Corpus Christi
is a special feast each year to especially commemorate the dogma of the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Since the Eucharist is Christ himself, the Eucharist is at the center of our Christian faith!
Which is why it’s unfortunate there are so many misconceptions about it. 
Here are 5 common myths:


Myth 1: The Eucharist is just a symbol.


Truth: Of course, there is symbolic value in our spiritual food coming to us in the form of bread and wine. But the Eucharist is not just a symbol. The Eucharist is Jesus himself!

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Facts Every Catholic Should Know About The Holy Mass & Eucharist: Read & Share

Every Catholic Should Know these facts about the Holy Mass and the Holy Eucharist. 

1. When the Eucharistic is being celebrated, the Sanctuary is filled with countless angels who adore the divine victim immolated on the altar. ~St. John Chrysostom               

2. The angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating Mass. ~St. Augustine                           

3. If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy. ~St. Jean Vianney        

4. The celebration of Holy Mass is as valuable as the death of Jesus on the cross. ~St. Thomas Aquinas                           

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​Catholic Worship is Dull! By Fr. Michael Numbe

Points you may take note of:

1. Authentic Catholics know that it is SOLEMN rather than dull. They love it so

2. Worship is not for ENTERTAINMENT. During worship humanity gives God his due and then ask Him for its needs. There are very many places that offer fun and entertainment. The Church cannot compete with them! 

3. Real worship MUST GIVE YOU A DIFFERENT FEELING from all other experiences. You are not supposed to feel the same way you feel at a birthday party, night club, office, beer parlour, motor park, home, school etc. Worshipping is a SACRED ACTIVITY. 

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5 Myths About The Trinity That Too Many People Still Believe (Maybe Even You).

5 Myths About the Trinity that Too Many People Still Believe (Maybe Even You!)
    

The Trinity is arguably the most important doctrine of the Church, since it deals with the very nature of God. And it is also very often misunderstood!

Here are five of the most common misconceptions:
Myth 1: The Trinity didn’t exist in the Old Testament.

Truth:
Actually, God has always existed as a Trinity. In the Old Testament, God did not reveal himself as clearly as a Trinity (though some evidence is there), but that doesn’t mean God wasn’t a Trinity. The doctrine of the Trinity describes the eternal nature of God.
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The Kingdom Of Galicia Boosts Of Its Own Holy Grail Which Is Precisely Not That Of King Arthur.

Pope Francis

The Kingdom of Galicia has its own Holy Grail, which is not precisely that of King Arthur.

An endless number of legends surround the chalice of the Last Supper which, some say, the Apostle James brought with him to the northern Iberian Peninsula. That chalice, or Grail, is depicted on the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Galicia. But in the midst of all these stories — a combination of popular devotion, apocryphal accounts and a little bit of superstition — a tradition persists along the Camino de Santiago of another Galician Holy Grail: a Eucharistic miracle that has drawn the faithful for more than 700 years.

About a 9-day walk from Compostela, following the Camino, you will find the small village of O Cebreiro. Its main treasure is a church, built by Benedictine monks at the beginning of the 9th century in the unmistakable Iberian Romanesque style of three sober naves, a rectangular apse and a bell tower.

But, in fact, the treasure is not the church itself, but what the church houses: the Galician Holy Grail.<!–more–>

A tradition deeply rooted in northern Spain tells us that on a rough winter morning, early in the first year of the 14th century, a priest was celebrating the Eucharist on the altar of one of the side chapels of the church. Snow and wind made it almost impossible to access the chapel, and the priest assumed no one would make it to Mass. To his surprise, a peasant named Juan Santín traveled all the way from Baixamayor to O Cebreiro, desiring to receive Communion.
According to the story, the priest (who had lost his faith in the Real Presence) asked the peasant “So much sacrifice for a little bread and wine?” At that moment the consecrated bread and wine became flesh and blood, restoring the faith of the priest. The dish bearing the bloody flesh remained on display, unspoiled, for more than a hundred years; Queen Isabella made a pilgrimage to the church in the late 15th century, and testified to its authenticity. The Eucharistic miracle of O Cebreiro became famous thanks to the stories the pilgrims spread through the Camino and beyond.

The miraculous chalice and paten are preserved in the church of O Cebreiro, where there is also a mausoleum with the remains of both the priest and the peasant, resting side by side. It is a must stop not only for pilgrims, but also for lovers of medieval traditions and stories.
Eucharistic Heart Of Jesus Have Mercy On Us And The Whole World!


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The Mysterious Story Of St. Faustina And The Flying Eucharist!


The Mysterious Story of St. Faustina vs. the Flying Eucharist.


    Previously, we shared St. Faustina’s beautiful Litany to the Blessed Host. Today we’re sharing the story of a unique and mysterious Eucharistic miracle she experienced.
St. Faustina was one of the great mystics of the 20th century, and she recorded her amazing regular supernatural experiences in her diary. In a passage dated to the late 1920s, she shares a number of fascinating stories about her personal encounters with Jesus Christ, both in apparitions and in the Eucharist. One amazing story stands out that took place while she was praying in her convent’s chapel.
“One day Jesus said to me, ‘I am going to leave this house,” the diary reads. “Because there are things here which displease Me.’” (Diary, 44ff)
Then something strange happened: the Eucharist left the tabernacle on its own and flew to her! “And the Host came out of the tabernacle and came to rest in my hand…”
If this were you, what would you do in this situation? The Blessed Eucharist – which is Christ’s body, blood, soul, and divinity – has just miraculously started moving around the room and landed in your hand. Would you be scared? Confused? Would you just freeze?
Well here’s how the saint responded: “I, with joy, placed it back in the tabernacle.”
But the Eucharist kept moving. “This was repeated a second time, and I did the same thing. Despite this, it happened a third time…”
After the third time, though, something new happened: “…the Host was transformed into the living Lord Jesus, who said to me, ‘I will stay here no longer!’”
Now, Jesus has told her twice that he wants to leave, and she has prevented him multiple times. After this second declaration, wouldn’t you think a saint would relent?
Not this saint! She confidently told Our Lord that she just wouldn’t let him leave the convent. She explains:
“At this, a powerful love for Jesus rose up in my soul, I answered, ‘And I, I will not let You leave this house, Jesus! And again Jesus disappeared while the Host remained in my hands. Once again I put it back in the chalice and closed it up in the tabernacle.”
This time, it was Jesus who relented. “And Jesus stayed with us.”
But the polish nun didn’t leave it at that. Jesus had said he had wanted to leave due to “things here which displease me.” So, in a very saintly manner, she took it on herself to try to atone for the problems: “I undertook to make three days of adoration by way of reparation.”
And that’s all she says about the encounter. What an incredible story of a wonderfully personal and intimate encounter with Our Lord!
St. Faustina, please pray for us!

Source:


Diary Of St. Faustina, ‘Divine Mercy In My Soul’.

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Saint Faustina’s Little Known Litany To The Holy Eucharist.

Some of us may have probably heard of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, which was given to St. Faustina by Christ. But have you heard of her beautiful Litany to the Blessed Host?

St. Faustina was one of the great mystics of the 20th century, and she recorded her amazing regular supernatural experiences in her diary.

In a passage dated January 4, 1935, she explains the holy way she spent the final hours of 1934: in intense prayer before Christ in the Eucharist. (Diary, 352ff) Then, as the clock struck midnight, she broke out into a litany of praise to Jesus in the Eucharist!
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Only 7 Women In The World Can Wear White To See The Pope

Only 7 women in the world can wear white to officially meet the Pope.

This is the traditional protocol of the “privilège du blanc.”




President Donald Trump’s first visit to Pope Francis captured the world’s attention for various reasons, both because of their differences of perspective on sensitive issues and also because both Melania and Ivanka wore a black dress and veil to meet the Holy Father.
The Holy See does not impose a compulsory dress code, but does suggest a protocol for state visits and hearings with the Pope, both for men and women.
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7 Sanctuaries Linked By A Straight Line: The Legendary Sword Of St. Michael The Archangel.

Map of the 7 Sanctuaries linked by a straight line.

7 Sanctuaries linked by a straight line: The legendary Sword of St. Michael.

According to legend, the sacred line represents the blow with which St. Michael sent the Devil to hell.
A mysterious imaginary line links seven monasteries, from Ireland to Israel. Is it just a coincidence? These seven sanctuaries are very far from each other, and yet they are perfectly aligned.
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How Did A Stone Seal Jesus Tomb?

The Risen Christ with Mary Magdalene

If you have a mental picture of a large disk rolling away, think again.
When you imagine the stone that was rolled away from the tomb on the morning of the Resurrection, what do you see in your mind? We dare say that many people think of a nice round disk-shaped stone that merely needs a little push to get it rolling.

But recent archaeological studies on the matter suggest otherwise.
Disk-shaped stones to seal the caves in which people were buried in Jesus’ time were rare, as archaeologist Amos Kloner found out. Kloner could find only four such arrangements out of the more than 900 Second Temple-period burial caves around Jerusalem. And those four belonged to royal or well-to-do persons.
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How To Dress If You Are Going To Meet The Pope.

How to dress if you’re going to meet the pope.




Following protocol is a way to show respect, and that is itself a sign of charity.




Most people can only dream of an opportunity to meet the pope face to face, but if that dream ever does come true, here’s something to take into account: there’s a dress code.

The code applies especially to heads of state, and notes differences between formal state visits and informal encounters.
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How To Venerate The Relic Of A Saint.

A basic and simple guide for those unfamiliar with the ancient practice.
The veneration of relics in the Catholic Church is an ancient tradition that dates back all the way to the New Testament. We can find its origins in the life of Jesus Christ (think of the woman who touched Jesus’ cloak and was healed). The Church has always treated the relics of saints in a special manner, preserving them and often putting them on display for the benefit of the faithful.
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​A Reading From A Sermon By Saint Augustine on Ascension of The Lord

No one has ever ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven

Today our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven; let our hearts ascend with him. Listen to the words of the Apostle: If you have risen with Christ, set your hearts on the things that are above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God; seek the things that are above, not the things that are on earth. For just as he remained with us even after his ascension, so we too are already in heaven with him, even though what is promised us has not yet been fulfilled in our bodies.

Christ is now exalted above the heavens, but he still suffers on earth all the pain that we, the members of his body, have to bear. He showed this when he cried out from above: Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? and when he said: I was hungry and you gave me food.

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Final Decisive Battle: Between The Kingdom Of Christ And Satan Over Marriage And Family – Sr. Lucia. 

(Exclusive) Cardinal Caffarra: “What Sr. Lucia wrote to me is being fulfilled today”
The Fatima visionary told him: “A time will come when the decisive battle between the kingdom of Christ and Satan will be over marriage and the family.”
Sr. Lucia’s prophetic words that “the decisive battle” between the Lord and Satan would be over marriage and the family “is being fulfilled today,” Cardinal Carlo Caffarra has told Aleteia.
The Italian cardinal was speaking on Friday afternoon, May 19, at the fourth annual ‘Rome Life Forum,’ a gathering which brings together over 100 life and family leaders from over 20 nations to discuss how to defend and strengthen marriage and family life around the world.
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How Long Is Jesus Truly Present After We’ve Received Holy Communion?

How long is Jesus present in the Eucharist after we’ve received Communion?




“We have to pay proper respect to Our Lord”

The great treasure of the Catholic Church is the Eucharist — Jesus himself hidden under the appearances of bread and wine. We believe, as the Catechism states, that “In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist ‘the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained’” (CCC 1374).




Additionally, this Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist does not end immediately when we receive him at Communion time. The Catechism goes on to explain how, “The Eucharistic presence of Christ begins at the moment of the consecration and endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist” (CCC 1377).

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Yes, God Can Forgive A Soul In Hell When They Ask For Pardon. But…..

Question: Can God forgive a soul in Hell when they ask for pardon?

Answer: Yes

However there is a “But”. Let’s get something straight first, NO SOUL IN HELL CAN BE SAVED. This does not mean that God cannot forgive a soul in hell when they ask for pardon, it means however that the soul CAN NO LONGER ASK for pardon from God from a sincere heart. Souls in hell cannot love, cannot be sorry, cannot be moved to anything good and sincere, therefore, they cannot be moved to speak to God in a loving manner.

When this soul was on earth it didn’t want communion with God, it resisted the graces of God; it wanted to be “left alone”. Hell means a state of “being left alone” for all eternity.

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The Polish Pope Who Restored The Divine Mercy Devotion.

​You probably already know about the Devotion to Divine Mercy in the Catholic Church. Divine Mercy images can be seen in churches around the world, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is very popular, and Divine Mercy Sunday is an official feast day of the Church. The founder of the devotion, Faustina Kowalska, is even honored as a Saint.

But it wasn’t always this way. In fact, the whole devotion was actually suppressed for many years and almost lost for good. It only came back due to prayer, perseverance, and the hand of Divine Providence.

 
This is its amazing story.
Promising Beginnings.

The devotion to Divine Mercy as we practice it today came from St. Faustina Kowalska, a polish nun who lived in the early 20th century. Through regular visions of Jesus and the saints, Jesus himself gave her the details of the devotion. She wrote descriptions of what she saw and heard in her diary, which are now published in a book called The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul.




Warning her fellow nuns that a great war was coming and that they should pray for Poland, she died at the age of 33 on October 5th, 1938.




A year later, Germany invaded Poland. Impressed by the accuracy of her prophecy, Archbishop Jałbrzykowski of Vilnius Poland allowed for public use of the Divine Mercy devotion for the first time. The devotion quickly spread through Poland and was a source of strength and inspiration during the terrible years of the war. By 1941, it was already spreading around the world and, despite the war, had made it all the way to the United States. St. Faustina’s spiritual director during her earthly years, Fr. Sopoćko [Now Blessed] who was a Polish Priest was inspired to start a religious congregation (something like a religious order) related to the devotion.

With the end of the war, the devotion spread even faster. By 1951, just 13 years after St. Faustina’s death, there were 150 religious centers in Poland dedicated to Divine Mercy. In 1955, a Polish bishop, with the approval of Pope Pius XII, started a religious congregation dedicated to spreading the devotion. 

Pope Pius XII blessed a Divine Mercy image in 1956 and allowed many bishops throughout the world to give their blessing to writings about the devotion. Vatican Radio even started promoting the devotion in its programming.

Two Decades of Suppression.




But not everyone in the hierarchy approved of the devotion. Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani, the head of the Holy Office (predecessor to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith – the Vatican’s theological watchdog department), tried to persuade Pope Pius XII to sign a condemnation of St. Faustina’s works, but was rebuffed.

When Pope John XXIII was elected Pope in 1958, Cardinal Ottaviani had another chance. The Cardinal included her works on a list of books to consider banning soon after the new pope was elected. On March 6th, 1959, the Holy Office finally issued a document that forbad the use of “images and writings that promote devotion to Divine Mercy in the forms proposed by Sister Faustina.”


THE BAN

During the time of Pope John XXIII, the Supreme Congregation of the Holy Office, in a plenary meeting held on November 19, 1958, made the following decisions:

1. The supernatural nature of the revelations made to Sister Faustina is not evident.

2. No feast of Divine Mercy is to be instituted.

3. It is forbidden to divulge images and writings that propagate this devotion under the form received by Sister Faustina.

The second decree of the Holy Office was on March 6, 1959, in which the following was established:

1. The diffusion of images and writings promoting the devotion to Divine Mercy under the form proposed by the same Sister Faustina was forbidden.

2. The prudence of the bishops is to judge as to the removal of the aforesaid images that are already displayed for public honor.


It seemed like St. Faustina’s devotion to Divine Mercy might be over with.

A Second Look



The Polish people were crushed – including many of the clergy. One such person was Karol Wojtyła. A “rising star” in the church’s hierarchy, he was influential in the drafting of several key documents of Vatican II and was appointed Archbishop of Kraków at the relatively young age of 43 in 1964. Within a year of having his new position, and with approval from the Vatican, he started a fresh investigation into her works.

He discovered that the previous condemnation of St. Faustina’s works had been mostly a result of those at the Vatican reading her works not in their original Polish but via faulty French and Italian translations.

Then in April of 1978, after decades of work and prayer by the supporters of the Divine Mercy devotion, the Vatican reversed its previous ban on her works! Catholics around the world rejoiced! Just a few months later, the now-Cardinal Wojtyła, who had led the effort, was made Pope John Paul II.


LIFTING THE BAN


SACRED CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH.



Notification regarding the devotion to Divine Mercy in the form proposed by Sr. Faustina Kowalska.


Notification* 
The question has arisen from different regions, especially from Poland and from those in authority, whether the prohibitions contained in the “Notification” of the Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office, published in the AAS (1959), p. 271, regarding devotion to Divine Mercy in the form proposed by Sr. Faustina Kowalska, are considered still in force.

 
Having examined many original documents unknown in 1959, considering the circumstances that have profoundly changed, and having taken into account the opinion of many Polish Ordinaries, this Sacred Congregation declares that the prohibitions contained in the cited “Notification” are no longer binding.

From the Seat of the Sacred Congregation, April 15, 1978.



+ Franjo Cardinal Seper

Prefect 

+ Jérôme Hamer, O.P.,

Titular Archbishop of Lorium

Secretary.



Why The Devotion Was Banned In The First Place. 




This provides the clue as to why the devotion was banned in the first place. The fact is that the only translation the Vatican possessed of the Diary of St. Faustina in the 1950s was a faulty translation of the book into Italian, which included gross distortions of what Sister Faustina had written (for example, our Lord said to Sister Faustina, “I am Love and Mercy itself” in Diary 1074, but the Italian translation makes it appear that Faustina was making this claim about herself!). 

It was almost impossible for religious documents of any kind to be smuggled out of Poland to the Vatican in the 1950s because Poland was trapped behind the Iron Curtain, and Eastern Europe lay under the grip of Stalin. Thus, the Vatican placed a ban on the message and devotion largely because it was operating without the original documents, that is, on the basis of misinformation.

Cardinal Wojtyla
knew this, and when the opportunities arose later to get the correct information about Sister Faustina to the authorities in Rome, he and his confreres in the Polish episcopate did not hesitate to do so. Moreover, by 1978 the authorities in Rome also had on file the extraordinarily detailed theological analysis of Sister Faustina’s Diary written in French by Fr. Ignacy Rozycki, one of Europe’s leading Thomists and a member of the Pontifical Theological Commission.
 
This weighty tome by Fr. Rozycki exonerated Sister Faustina of all suspicions of heterodoxy, and must have been another factor that led the CDF to lift the ban. 

Saint Faustina and Saint John Paul II.

Although they never met on earth, although both stayed in Kraków Poland for two months at the same time, they are joined by something more profound and more powerful: by spiritual ties, sensitivity to the mystery of Divine and human Mercy, the style of life and ministry in this spirit and the message of Mercy, transmitted by Jesus in the 1930s. Sister Faustina transcribed it faithfully in her Diary. Jesus told her: 

“Be at peace, My daughter. This Work of Mercy is Mine; there is nothing of you in it. It pleases Me that you are carrying out faithfully what I have commanded you to do, not adding or taking away a single word” (Diary 1667). 

In turn, Holy Father John Paul II as Pope, showed it to the world along with the life of Sister Faustina as “God’s gift for our times” and transmitted for the third millennium of faith. 
The image of the Divine Mercy, features the characteristic pale and red rays and the caption: Jesus, I trust in You. On the one hand the image shows God’s merciful love for man, demonstrated to the fullest in Christ’s life, death and resurrection. On the other hand, the image reminds us of the Gospel urge for trust in God and active love of the neighbour, the most adequate response of man to God’s prevenient love. 

Karol Wojtyła [Later Pope John Paul II] began to discover this message of Mercy already during the Second World War, when as a worker in the Solvay factory he would visit the chapel of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy [St. Faustina’s Convent Chapel] in Kraków-Łagiewniki, with a venerated image of the Merciful Jesus. 

After receiving the Holy Orders, Fr. Wojtyła celebrated here devotions to the Divine Mercy, commenced by the spiritual advisor to Sister Faustina towards the end of her earthly life, Fr. Józef Andrasz SJ. It was then that he got acquainted with the message of the Apostle of Divine Mercy. 
Convinced about the need of sharing this gift with the world and having made sure that the Notification of the Holy See forbidding the spread of Divine Mercy worship in the forms transmitted by Sister Faustina was lifted, he commenced the procedure aiming at raising her to the glory of the altars. The chapel, where the earthly remains of the Apostle of Divine Mercy was relocated in 1968, was entered on a list of shrines of the Diocese of Kraków. 
“Right from the beginning of my ministry in St Peter’s See in Rome, I considered this message my special task. Providence has assigned it to me in the present situation of man, the Church and the world” (Collevalenza, 22 November 1981). 

As Pope, he beatified Sister Faustina (18 April 1993) and canonised her (30 April 2000). 

“Today my joy is truly great in presenting the life and witness of Sr. Faustina Kowalska to the whole Church as a gift of God for our time. Jesus told Sr. Faustina: Humanity will not find peace until it turns trustfully to divine mercy (Diary, 300). Through the work of the Polish religious, this message has become linked for ever to the 20th century, the last of the second millennium and the bridge to the third. It is not a new message but can be considered a gift of special enlightenment that helps us to relive the Gospel of Easter more intensely, to offer it as a ray of light to the men and women of our time”. – Pope St. John Paul II.



St. Faustina herself predicted the spread and growth of this devotion before her death, She states in her diary – “I feel certain that my mission will not come to an end upon my death, but will only begin…” (Diary 281).



 

For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world!

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What Are Marian Apparitions, And How Can The Church Decide If They Are True?

Q: What are Marian apparitions, and how can the Church decide if they are true?

A: Marian apparitions are considered to be private revelations according to what is taught in the Catechism. They don’t “improve or complete Christ’s definitive Revelation, but help to live more fully by it in a certain period of history” (No. 67).

Marian apparitions can be investigated and approved by the local bishop, but in some cases, the Holy See takes over the inquiry. In 1978, Paul VI approved a document of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that lays out norms for discerning apparitions. Among the criteria used are the harmony of the messages with Catholic doctrine, the docility of the visionaries to Church authority and the signs of the supernatural.

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When Is It Considered Too Late For Anyone Coming To Mass To Recieve Holy Communion? 

Answered by Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum.

Q: At what point in time during Mass it is considered too late for anyone coming into the Mass to receive Communion? These days I see a lot of people who enter the Mass even as Communion is being given and they head straight to receive. Is this right? — E.M., Port Harcourt, Nigeria

A: Like most priests, I am loath to give a straight answer to this question because, in a way, it is a catch-22 question for which there is no right answer.

It is true that before the Second Vatican Council some moral theology manuals placed arrival before the offertory as the dividing line in deciding whether one fulfilled the Sunday obligation of assistance at Mass. But after the liturgical reform, with its emphasis on the overall unity of the Mass, modern theologians shy away from such exactitude.

Mass begins with the entrance procession and ends after the final dismissal and we should be there from beginning to end. Each part of the Mass relates and complements the others in a single act of worship even though some parts, such as the consecration, are essential while others are merely important. Continue reading

Can Getting Drunk Be Considered A Mortal Sin?

​Is it a mortal sin to get drunk?

When there is a question of what is sinful and what isn’t, there usually are certain acts that do not always have a yes-no kind of reply as to their moral quality. Drinking is one of those. There are a couple of factors to be considered by the individual to determine if drinking as much as they do constitutes a sin, a mortal one. Again, the final judgement as to the moral quality of actions may not always lie with people like us who try to explain what is good and bad, but with each person’s informed conscience since we cannot really interpret the commandments of God in the context of individual concrete situations (which play serious role in constituting moral evil, in diminishing or increasing their gravity and culpability). So the discourse here is on an objective level and bears tinctures of personal opinion too. Continue reading

Since Jesus Atoned For Our Sins, Why Do People Go To Hell Even When They Believe In Jesus?

Questions about Heaven and Hell will always keep to bother many Christians.  This oone was answered by Tom Nash.

Question

If Jesus atoned for our sins, why then do people go to hell, even when they believe in Jesus?

Answer

As St. James makes clear, “You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder” (James 2:19; emphasis added). So it’s not simply enough to believe in God’s existence. We have to respond and accept his free gift of salvation. We do this by our free-will choices, our “good works.” As the word gift implies, we don’t or can’t earn our salvation, but we must freely cooperate with God in being saved, and we do so through our everyday choices. Continue reading

Do You Think That Any Priest Can Forgive The Sin Of Adultery?

There are many teachings in the Catholic Church that one nneeds to keep updating oneself oon these teachings to be informed on what the Church stands for.

There are many questions but then there are answers to all these questions. 

Our question for today is this:

Can a any priest absolve the sin of adultery?

Answer

Yes, any priest with faculties can forgive the sin of adultery. The only exception that would render the absolution invalid is if the priest himself had been part of the adulterous affair (can. 977).

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