++++++++++++++++++++God's timing is not our timing, but He is never late.++++++++++++++++++++

Layers - in the knowledge of God and the path to holiness

Learning about God is like unwrapping a head of lettuce, pealing back one leaf at a time. Always there is another leaf below. We will eventually reach the center of the head of lettuce; but we will never unwrap everthing there is to know about God.

The path to holiness is like pealing an onion. God shows us what is sinful and convicts us that we have sinned. No matter how sweet the onion, there are always tears in the peeling. No matter how sweet the grace of repentence, there are always the pain of letting go of the sin. As the peeling of the onion reveals another layer, so God shows us what we lack in holiness, drawing us ever closer to "be(ing) perfect even just as your heavenly Father is perfect." Matthew 5:48

What I Believe

Why I am and always will be a Catholic. "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 real food, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. Tthe 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 forever." John 6:53-58 The words and actions of man cannot sanctify. Only the priest, empowered by his ordination, can invoke the Holy Spirit to transform the bread and wine into Jesus so we can receive Him - Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity into our bodies and souls. This is the core of the Catholic Church; without this there is no purpose or meaning to the Catholic Church. There are other ways to holiness, to grow in grace; there is no better way than union with Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

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Saturday, December 8, 2007

Immaculate Conception

“The Blessed Virgin Mary in the first instance of her conception was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race." from the declaration of Pope Pius IX on the dogma of the Immaculate Conception
Today is the feast day of the Immaculate Conception. The Catholic Church thinks that it is important enough to designate it as a holy day. The Immaculate Conception is the belief that Mary was conceived without sin. Mary, like all of us, did need a Savior. God, being timeless, in a preventative action, applied the merits of our redemption by Jesus to Mary. “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked with favor on his lowly servant: From this day all generations will call me blessed .“ (Matthew 1:46-48). He did this so that she could make an entirely free choice when Gabriel appeared to her (the Annunciation). Eve, being sinless, said “no” to God’s will. Mary, being sinless, said “yes” to God’s will. This is why Mary is also referred to as the “new Eve.” God also made it possible to Mary to be sinless so that she would be a pure “ark of the (new) covenant” when carrying Jesus in the womb. The Church did not define the Immaculate Conception until 1854, but the doctrine was not created then. The dogma defined a Church doctrine that had unfolded over the centuries from the time of the early Church.

For more information see http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07674d.htm and http://www.churchyear.net/ic.html

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