Jesus Wants Us To Be Rich???
Where in the Scriptures does it say Jesus wants His followers to be rich?
Is Pornography Always a Mortal Sin?
I was intrigued by a group of concerned citizens publicly demonstrating in front of an adult metroplexxx the other day. I knew a few of these people from Church, and they are not really the kooky, judgmental types with bullhorns and such. In fact, I intend to join them in this mission tomorrow and perhaps every Saturday for about a half hour to an hour. (yes, they take shifts). I'm quite looking forward to it, actually.
But my question is this. At what point does pornography cross the line of mortal sin? Does this line even exist? Is the damage already done if you have these images in your mind, even if you don't follow with self- stimulation (masturbation)? Is looking at girlie pictures mortal sin? The Catechism says this is grave matter which can lead to mortal sin.
Pornography and, uh, self abuse are addictions that I struggled with when I was younger. I know how harmful it is and while I try not to be judgmental I imagine it will be difficult not to come across that way to those who patronize these places. While I've certainly been blessed with my gift of gab, I think it's important to come across as friendly, concerned, but yet firm. I've been thinking of some phrases and quotes to give when I am there.
So far, I've come up with this, and in the manner of paraphrasing;
"Pornography accounts for 75% of divorce rates today." (it's true)!
"Pornography is an addiction." (maybe I'll even personalize a bit here, in the event that I'm talking one on one, of course.)
"Don't spend your money here. Use that money and take your wife/ girlfriend/ children out to dinner tonight. (or something like that).
Anybody out there have any more ideas? They would be greatly appreciated.
Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary
The month of September is a very special time for the Church. The Blessed Mother has several feast days in this month, and this is the perfect time to consecrate yourself to her Immaculate Heart and grow in love and knowledge of Jesus through Mary, also known as Holy Slavery. There will be one starting this Wednesday, Sept. 4 and ending on Oct. 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.
Basically, this is a 33 day period of intense prayer and preparation, with the actual consecration taking place on Day 34. This method was set forth by St. Louis de Montfort with the premise that just as God used Mary to bring Christ to us, He still uses her to bring us to Him even today. https://totalconsecration.newevangelizers.com/consecration-explained/
...from the website...
The 33 day preparation includes a preliminary period of 12 days during which we endeavor "to free ourselves from the spirit of the world." This initial 12 days is followed by a second period of three weeks. The first of these three weeks is devoted to the knowledge of ourselves, the second to that of the Blessed Virgin, and the third to that of Jesus Christ.
The object of this consecration is to cast off the spirit of this world, which is contrary to that of Jesus Christ, in order to acquire fully the spirit of Jesus Christ through the Blessed Virgin. Hence the practices suggested by St. Louis de Montfort:
renouncement of the world, and
knowledge of self, of the Blessed Virgin, and of Jesus Christ.
I'm looking forward to getting started. I would encourage all who read this to join me in this exercise of spiritual growth.
Religious Fundamentalism or Mental Illness?
Kathleen Taylor, a neurologist at Oxford University, said that recent developments suggest that we will soon be able to treat religious fundamentalism and other forms of ideological beliefs potentially harmful to society as a form of mental illness.
She made the assertion during a talk at the Hay Literary Festival in Wales on Wednesday. She said that radicalizing ideologies may soon be viewed not as a personal choice or free will but as a category of mental disorder. She said new developments in neuroscience could make it possible to consider extremists as people with mental illness rather than criminals.
Read more at https://digitaljournal.com/article/351347
St. Joseph and the Eucharistic Prayers
The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued a decree dated 1 May and signed by the prefect of that dicastery, Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, which provides that, after the Blessed Virgin Mary, the name of her husband St. Joseph also be read in the Eucharistic Prayers II, III, and IV.
I wanted to provide the link here, unfortunately it isn't working.
Maybe some of you don't think this is news worthy of starting a new thread, but for someone who has always had a special devotion to St. Joseph, including that being my middle name, this has been a long time coming. It's reassuring to know that our wonderful new Pope Francis thinks as highly of the Holy Family as did his predecessor.
The Pope and Islam: A Religion of Peace?
I came across a couple of mysterious chaplets recently. One of them is a 16 beaded chaplet and the other is an unusual 10 beaded chaplet with the beads connected between 2 chains in sort of a ladder- style form rather than the chain going through the middle of the beads. They are both very beautiful and I would like to find more information about them. Maybe someone here could help.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ
As a Catholic, I have always understood that all Christians are initiated as members of the Body of Christ through our Baptism. We are all adopted sons and daughters of God. I also know that many non- Catholic Christians will not grant us the same privilege that they seem to enjoy as members of this brother and sisterhood. I'm not talking about mainstream Protestantism, although I'm sure many would blanch at the idea. How do Protestant Christians understand the Body of Christ among themselves? Who is privy to this membership? Is it a revelation or an idea that a certain denomination holds that will grant them exclusive membership to this club? I'm not trying to bash non- Catholics, but I am trying to understand where they're coming from.
Hopefully, I can get a response from one of the more enlightened non- Catholics (or former non- Catholics) on this forum.
After Communion, our parish recites (among others), certain prayers before the announcements are read, and one of them is the Prayer of Saint Gertrude the Great. The prayer reads as follows:
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son Jesus Christ in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.
I have no problem with the prayer itself, but there is also the promise of "1,000 souls freed from Purgatory" each time this prayer is recited. This alone has always bugged me, so I decided to do a little investigative work myself. I came across a few interesting discoveries...
1). The prayer (and presumably the indulgences) were "recommended and approved by M. Cardinal Pahiarca, Lisbon, Portugal March 4, 1936." Problem is, Cardinal Pahiarca never existed. Manuel Gonsalves Cerejeria was the Cardinal of Lisbon from 1929- 1971.
2). In a papal publication entitled Acta Sanctae Sedis (Acts of the Holy See) published in the 19th century, Pope Leo XIII specifically condemns this notion:www.olrl.org/pray/apocryphal.shtml
3). In one of her visions, St, Gertrude wrote that she witnessed a "vast multitude of souls" released to heaven after she recited the aforementioned prayer. A "vast multitude" does not necessarily equal 1,000. There is no specific mention of 1,000 souls in any of her writings.
Again, I have no problem with the prayer itself. I do feel it's my duty, however, to bring these issues forward and expose them. If any of you feel that I'm the one in error here, I would appreciate your input.
Catholics, Mormons, and Jehovah's Witnesses
What do these 3 groups have in common? Not much, as far as I can tell. But boy, If I had a dollar for every time I hear..
"Catholics, Mormons, and Jehovah's Witnesses think this..."
"Catholics, Mormons, and Jehovah's Witnesses do that..."
"Catholics, Mormons, and Jehovah's Witnesses believe this..."
This unholy trinity, as far as Evangelical Protestants are concerned, are the worst plague on Christianity since the Witnesses arrived on the scene 99 years ago. I know that they (EP's, that is), believe that these three groups believe salvation is exclusive only to them. Other than that, I see no reason to lump these groups together. Are there any other reasons, other than the one I mentioned?
I could probably noodle this one out on my own, but I'm tired after a long day at work. Besides, I like hearing the ideas from you guys.