++++++++++++++++++++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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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Sacrifice of the Mass

When we go to Mass, what are we doing? By the power of the Holy Spirit, through the ordination of the priest, we are uniting ourselves to Jesus’ death on Calvary, His sacrifice for our salvation. The Israelites were rescued from Egypt through the Passover. Each year they celebrated Passover, uniting themselves with the first. The Jews had a different sense of time than us. We have difficulty thinking outside of linear time. For them, Jesus included, in celebrating Passover, they were re-presenting the original event at their table. Jesus was celebrating Passover at the Last Supper. When He offered bread and wine as His Body and Blood, though, He was looking forward to the next day when He would be offering His Body and Blood on the Cross. In the Mass, we, like the Jews, look backward uniting ourselves with Jesus’ offering on the Cross, as the Jews united themselves with the first Passover. Jesus is our high priest. He made that one offering for our sins, our salvation. We, in turn, offer His sacrifice, His offering, to the Father. When we celebrate the Mass, we unite ourselves, not only with all those who also are celebrating the Mass at that time but also those who have in the past because God is timeless. One sacrifice, one offering, re-presented across time. A working of God that our minds are unable to comprehend. A gift of God to enable us to repent our sins and receive His grace, direct from Jesus on the Cross.God

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