The Benevolent King

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A general of the king’s army wanted to rule the whole land himself, so he rose up against the king with a large number of soldiers. The battle lasted a long time, but the rebel general was finally routed and fled with his family into another country.

The general was very unhappy in exile, trying to live with the shame he’d brought on himself and his family. Dressed like the beggar he’d become, he went back to the palace and entered the hall where the king held audience. He walked to the royal throne holding the king’s own two year old child in his arms. The rebel general approached the throne, knelt before the king and said, “Your Majesty, I’m the general who fought against you and wanted to take your life. I, as well as my wife and children, deserve to be put to death for my crime. But for the sake of this little boy, whom Your Majesty loves, I beg you to spare my family and me.”

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Respect for the Most Holy Eucharist Par22

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Thanks be to God, most people where I’ve been are generally respectful, but there have been some terrible abuses to the Eucharist reported over the years. For example, it was horrifying to read about pastors finding consecrated Hosts stuck beneath the pews like chewing gum, or people putting Hosts in their pockets. This sort of thing comes from two factors: a lack of solid catechesis about the Real Presence of Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist, and feeling pressured to receive Jesus during Communion time at Mass.

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Respect for the Most Holy Eucharist Part I

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God exists as a triune Being. He is one and the same God in three divine Persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The three persons are one, yet distinct. Time, space and dimension are boundaries of nature established for nature by the Supernature—God. Therefore, He is not bound by those boundaries, but rather imposes them on us. Because He is not bound by time, space and dimension, He experiences everything in the present. You and I can recall what happened a moment ago, anticipate what may happen a moment from now, and experience the present in…well, the present. For God, though, He experiences everything—from the creation of the universe to the end of the universe—all in the present. That is an interesting and perhaps even a mind-boggling concept requiring some contemplation on our part to realize the full ramifications of it all, so we’ll make a practical application of it now to help drive home a point.

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Holy Communion

Holy Communion

I’d like to begin this article with a personal note to you all.

The Holy Eucharist is the very heart of our holy and ancient Faith. Christianity makes absolutely no sense without this most precious of the divinely instituted sacraments. Indeed, it is beyond the imagination of this writer, who is a convert from agnosticism, what attraction exists in non-Catholic Christianity for those who don’t accept the fulness of Christ’s teaching on the Holy Eucharist. It is the singular truth of the Most Holy Eucharist that has made this convert (and countless others) fall helplessly, hopelessly, passionately in love with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My most sincere prayer is that the Holy Spirit will reach into the depths of your heart with these and other previously stated Eucharistic truths, and that you will respond with a life-long embrace of the One who gives you perfect love through this most adorable sacrament. J.S.

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What We See is What We Don’t See

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A father gave a beautiful crucifix to his young daughter. Then he asked her, “Annie, what’s the difference between the figure of Jesus on the crucifix and the Host which the priest holds up at the Consecration of the Mass?”

Annie didn’t hesitate a moment, “When I look at the figure on the cross I see Jesus ,and He isn’t there. When I look at the Host, I don’t see Jesus, but He is there.”
This is the true nature of the Most Holy Eucharist in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, but how much do we really know about the Mass? Before we look a little deeper into the Mass, let’s first look at a couple of the mechanics.

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Respect for the Most Holy Eucharist Part I

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God exists as a triune Being. He is one and the same God in three divine Persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The three persons are one, yet distinct. Time, space and dimension are boundaries of nature established for nature by the Supernature—God. Therefore, He is not bound by those boundaries, but rather imposes them on us. Because He is not bound by time, space and dimension, He experiences everything in the present. You and I can recall what happened a moment ago, anticipate what may happen a moment from now, and experience the present in… well, the present. For God, though, He experiences everything—from the creation of the universe to the end of the universe—all in the present. That is an interesting and perhaps even a mind-boggling concept requiring some contemplation on our part to realize the full ramifications of it all, so we’ll make a practical application of it now to help drive home a point.

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A Ruined Pair of Slacks

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This is a true story. I once knew a man who had three sons. All the sons were well-behaved and respected their father with a love not commonly seen. He seldom had to punish his sons, as they were eager to please their father. However, the oldest son got it into his head that he simply was not going to obey his father on one particular matter. The father spanked his son repeatedly for this chronic act of disobedience. It got to the point that the father knew he would lose his son to the boy’s own will if he didn’t break this streak of disobedience, so he decided to get creative.

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New Words That Bring Light

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A little girl named Ann and her father were non-Catholics who were visiting New York City. Ann was very interested in visiting different kinds of churches, so her father took her into a non-Catholic church where they admired the organ, stained glass windows and the intricately hand-carved pulpit.

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What is the Holy Eucharist?

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One day a messenger came into the court of King St. Louis of France all out of breath from excitement. He exclaimed, “Your Majesty, hurry to the church. A great miracle is taking place!”

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To Be a Soldier of Christ

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I fully expect non-Catholics to be void of any understanding regarding the sacrament of Confirmation, but when my fellow Catholics are at a loss to explain what it is and what it does, I’m just a wee bit perplexed. Unfortunately, that seems to be the case, so we’ll focus this week on what is, to my way of thinking, one of the most exciting aspects of Catholicism.

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Sunshine the Eskimo

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A bishop of Alaska told of an Eskimo boy, John. He was called Sunshine before he had a Christian name, as his parents were pagan. Once when he was two years old Sunshine had convulsions; he couldn’t breathe and seemed to be dying. Holding the babe in her arms, the mother looked at the father. She told him she would take the child outside and leave him to die, because no one must be allowed to die inside an Eskimo igloo.

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Seven Rivers

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A certain holy monk was taken in a dream by his guardian angel and shown a vast plain covered with many cities and men. On one side of the plain a rushing spring of water came forth from a hillside, and divided into seven clear streams, which flowed down into the plain. At the other side of the plain another fountain rushed up from a dark cave, and also spread out into seven streams.

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I Need a Drink… While You Fix My Car

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An odd way of thinking has crept into the minds of Catholics over the last 45 or 50 years… one that is decidedly not Catholic. Actually, there are several philosophies most certainly not Catholic that have gained ground in our thinking in recent decades, but there is one we should all find disturbing because it has eternal implications.

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Why Worship God?

Why Worship God

Personally, I think there are two things all Christians should be able to prove—especially Protestants. Our separated brethren claim strict adherence to the Bible as the end-all-be-all of divine revelation, believing it to be the “inspired” word of God, yet none of them know how to prove the Bible is inspired. Well, I think they should have to prove that. Catholics too, for that matter. That is something we will cover in a future issue.

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The One True Church (Part V)

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In the last installment, we made it half way through the four marks of the Catholic Church—the marks given to demonstrate her Founder is Jesus Christ, God Himself. Today we will finish with the marks we call catholic and apostolic.

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The One True Church (Part IV)

The One True Church (Part IV)

In our last installment, we began looking at the four marks of the Church; that is, that she is one. Today we will continue with the second mark, stating that the Church is holy. Before we do, however, we need to define the origin of the Church a little more deeply.

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The One True Church (Part III)

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Queen Elizabeth of England, whom the British called Good Queen Bess because she regularly oppressed Catholics, was out in the English countryside with her hunting party when she came upon a venerable old farmer working his field. She soon discovered that the old man was a fervent Catholic, faithful to the old religion. The Queen tactfully tried to win the old man over to the religion of her father, King Henry VIII.

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Catholic Spirituality -v- A Spiritual Awakening

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Question:

In reference to the insert on May 6, 2018. It said, “The reason I specify Catholic spirituality instead of Christian spirituality is, any sort of spirituality that comes from outside the Catholic Church is not approved by the Church”.

I was shocked when I read this! Are you saying that the spiritual awakening that I experienced in the rooms of Alcoholic Anonymous is not approved by the Catholic Church? This spirituality has kept me sober for 37 years but you are saying that doesn't count? That its not acceptable to God? God led me to the rooms of
AA, God saved my life via AA, and I think your statement is ridiculous.

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The One True Church (Part II)

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One of the most mighty rulers of the world was the first Napoleon. All of Europe was at his feet. The year 1804 was set for his coronation as emperor, and he invited Pope Pius VII to do the crowning. He tried to persuade the pontiff to move the papal throne to Paris. With high-sounding language and energetic gestures, the conqueror set before the Holy Father the advantages of such a change.

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The One True Church (Part I)

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In my last post, I began our examination of how Christ founded the Catholic Church. This week, we are going to take it a step farther…perhaps several steps farther.

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