Showing posts with label Sacraments. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sacraments. Show all posts

Monday, April 1, 2013

Pope washes foot of layman; Ceremony symbolizes humility...

Here's a video of the Pope washing the foot of a layman,

"In ancient times, when roads were bad and footwear was worse, the washing of a guest's feet was a required sign of hospitality. Today when someone comes to your home, you’re more likely to offer to take their coat and bring them beverage rather then have the help fetch a basin to refresh their worn feet.

The gesture of a servant's washing a newly arrived guest’s feet is sprinkled throughout the Jewish and Christian scriptures. That the characters in question were respectable, hospitable, and well off would have been culturally recognizable to earlier readers. In the Christian tradition, one story of feet washing entirely changed the paradigm.

In the Biblical accounts of the Easter story, Jesus rides into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday on a donkey to adoring crowds. Just a few days later he gathers his 12 disciples for what would be their Last Supper before he was crucified.

According to the Gospel of John, after everyone has reclined at table before the meal, Jesus, dressed as a servant, washes their feet. The disciple Peter recoils at the sight of his master taking on the role of a servant.

Jesus then explains to them, “So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” (John 13:15 NRSV)

Source: CNN

Sunday, April 10, 2011

How I imagine the final judgement of being judged is like

Another scene from LOST. This is how I imagine the final judgement might be like:

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

FAQ about Exorcism

"Every had questions about exorcisms. Check out this article.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

How to prepare for the Great Warning

The following is a list of things we need to do to prepare spiritually for the Great Warning:
  • Cleanse your souls of all sin, mortal and venial.
  • Pray and wear your sacramentals and place a crucifix upon your door.
  • Wear the Brown Scapular
  • Keep Rosary with you at all times
  • Visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
  • Return to the Sacraments
  • Confess mortal sins to a priest

Monday, April 12, 2010

Padre Pio - Celebrates the Eucharist

In this incredible documentary film, Padre Pio tells his story. The voice of the simple friar from Pietrelcina lives on through his own writings, recalling various moments from his remarkable life. Padre Pio is now known as Blessed Pio of Pietrelcina, as a result of his beatification on May 2nd,1999, by Pope John Paul II. A humble Capuchin priest from San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, Padre Pio was blessed by God in many wonderful and mysterious ways. He was born to Giuseppa and Grazio Forgione, peasant farmers, in the small Italian village of Pietrelcina on May 25, 1887. From his childhood, it was evident that he was a true child of God.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Fr. Benedict Groeschel on Contentment

Father Benedict Groeschel talks about how today's culture keeps us from being content.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Good Friday (Part 3) - Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Archbishop Fulton J Sheen discusses Good Friday.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Good Friday (Part 2) - Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen discusses Good Friday.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Friday (Part 1) - Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Archbishop Fulton Sheen discusses Good Friday

Monday, March 29, 2010

What it's like to be smited, smitten, or smote

This scene from LOST is what I imagine being smited or smote means:

Friday, March 26, 2010

Plenary Indulgence each year on Divine Mercy Sunday

In a decree dated August 3, 2002, the Apostolic Penitentiary announced that in order “to ensure that the faithful would observe this day (Divine Mercy Sunday) with intense devotion, the Supreme Pontiff himself established that this Sunday be enriched by a plenary indulgence…so that the faithful might receive in great abundance the gift of the consolation of the Holy Spirit. In this way, they can foster a growing love for God and for their neighbor, and after they have obtained God’s pardon, they in turn might be persuaded to show a prompt pardon to their brothers and sisters.”

The plenary indulgence is granted (under the usual conditions of a sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and a prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff) to the faithful who, on Divine Mercy Sunday, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, recite the Our Father and the Creed, and also adding a devout prayer (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!).

Additional provisions are offered for those who are impeded from fulfilling these requirements, but who wish to acquire a plenary indulgence. The full text of the decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary may be found at: While the readings and prayers for Mass on this day remain unchanged (they reflect perfectly on Our Lord’s Divine Mercy) the Holy See offers this reflection:

The Gospel of the Second Sunday of Easter narrates the wonderful things Christ the Lord accomplished on the day of the Resurrection during His first public appearance: “On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad to see the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, so even I send you,’ and then He breathed on them, and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained’” (Jn 20, 19-23).

In addition, the decree requires that parish priests “should inform the faithful in the most suitable way of the Church’s salutary provision. They should promptly and generously be willing to hear their confessions. On Divine Mercy Sunday, after celebrating Mass they should lead the prayers that have been given above and they should also encourage the faithful to perform acts of mercy as often as they can.”

From the Feb. 2003 edition of the BCL (Bishops Committee on the Liturgy) NewsLetter by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

What is the Feast of Divine Mercy?

During the course of Jesus' revelations to Saint Faustina on the Divine Mercy He asked on numerous occasions that a feast day be dedicated to the Divine Mercy and that this feast be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter. The liturgical texts of that day, the 2nd Sunday of Easter, concern the institution of the Sacrament of Penance, the Tribunal of the Divine Mercy, and are thus already suited to the request of Our Lord. This Feast, which had already been granted to the nation of Poland and been celebrated within Vatican City, was granted to the Universal Church by Pope John Paul II on the occasion of the canonization of Sr. Faustina on 30 April 2000. In a decree dated 23 May 2000, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments stated that "throughout the world the Second Sunday of Easter will receive the name Divine Mercy Sunday, a perennial invitation to the Christian world to face, with confidence in divine benevolence, the difficulties and trials that mankind will experience in the years to come." These papal acts represent the highest endorsement that the Church can give to a private revelation, an act of papal infallibility proclaiming the certain sanctity of the mystic, and the granting of a universal feast, as requested by Our Lord to St. Faustina.
Concerning the Feast of Mercy Jesus said:

Whoever approaches the Fountain of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. (Diary 300)

I want the image solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it. (Diary 341)

This Feast emerged from the very depths of My mercy, and it is confirmed in the vast depths of my tender mercies. (Diary 420)

On one occasion, I heard these words: My daughter, tell the whole world about My Inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.* [our emphasis] On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will I contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy. (Diary 699)

Yes, the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there must also be deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to our neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to absolve yourself from it. (Diary 742)

I want to grant complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My mercy. (Diary 1109)

As you can see the Lord's desire for the Feast includes the solemn, public veneration of the Image of Divine Mercy by the Church, as well as personal acts of veneration and mercy. The great promise for the individual soul is that a devotional act of sacramental penance and Communion will obtain for that soul the plenitude of the divine mercy on the Feast.
*The Cardinal of Krakow, Cardinal Macharski, whose diocese is the center of the spread of the devotion and the sponsor of the Cause of Sr. Faustina, has written that we should use Lent as preparation for the Feast and confess even before Holy Week! So, it is clear that the confessional requirement does not have to be met on the Feast itself. That would be an impossible burden for the clergy if it did. The Communion requirement is easily met that day, however, since it is a day of obligation, being Sunday. We would only need confession again, if received earlier in Lenten or Easter Season, if we were in the state of mortal sin on the Feast.
Diary, Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, Divine Mercy in My Soul (c) 1987 Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Stockbridge, MA 01263. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Plenary Indulgence for Holy Thursday

In honor of the jubilee Year of the Priest, which takes place from June 19, 2009 - June 19, 2010, the Church is offering the opportunity to receive a plenary indulgence for all the faithful.

Priests will be able to gain this indulgence by praying lauds or vespers before the Blessed Sacrament - either in the tabernacle or exposed to public adoration. Priests are also to "offer themselves with a ready and generous heart for the celebration of the sacraments, especially the sacrament of penance." This indulgence can also be applied to deceased priests.

Partial indulgences can be obtained by priests through "devotedly recit[ing] the prayers duly approved to lead a saintly life and carry[ing] out the duties entrusted to them."

The plenary indulgence available for the faithful can be obtained on the opening and closing days of the Year of the Priest, on August 4th – the 150th anniversary of the death of St. Jean-Marie Vianney, on the first Thursday of the month throughout the jubilee year, or on other days as established by the ordinaries of particular places. The faithful on these days must attend Mass in an oratory or church and offer prayers to “Jesus Christ, supreme and eternal priest, for the priests of the Church, or perform any good work to sanctify and mould them to his heart.”

They must also have gone to confession and prayed for the intentions of the Pope, as is always the case with obtaining indulgences.

A partial indulgence is available for the faithful as well when they pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be five times, or any other approved prayer “in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to ask that priests maintain purity and sanctity of life.”

The plenary indulgence is also available to those elderly, sick, or otherwise unable to leave their homes, provided that, “on the days concerned, they pray for the sanctification of priests and offer their sickness and suffering to God through Mary, Queen of the Apostles,” with the intention of fulfilling the usual three conditions – going to confession, receiving the Holy Eucharist, and praying for the intentions of the Pope.

What are indulgences like this and what do they mean?

A partial indulgence is one that remits part of the punishment a person owes for his or her sins committed. These indulgences are relatively easy to obtain and one can do so as often as he or she wants. In order to receive a partial indulgence, the person must be baptized, be in the state of grace, have the intention of obtaining the indulgence, and perform the works or offer prayers correctly.

A plenary indulgence, which is more difficult to obtain and can usually only be obtained at most once per day, is one which accounts for all of the punishment a person would face for sins committed up to that point. In order to receive this type of indulgence, one must meet all the requirements for a partial indulgence, not be excommunicated, have no attachment to any kind of sin, and receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion and offer prayers for the Pope's intentions within the prescribed period of time. Obviously it is more difficult to receive a plenary indulgence, and many times those who strive for it might not obtain it – in which case it is believed that God grants at least a partial indulgence for the efforts and intentions of the faithful trying to obtain the indulgence.

Monday, March 22, 2010

References for the Sacrament of Penance in the KJV

Scriptural references from the KJV for the Sacrament of Penance

Rules and Rituals of the Brown Scapular

  • People are enrolled in the Scapular only once by a priest or authorized person.
  • The Scapular can be replaced afterwards by a medal, which has on one side the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and on the other, the image of Mary.
  • The Scapular holds us to live as authentic Christians in line with the teaching of the Gospel, to receive the sacraments, to profess our special devotion to the Blessed Virgin, which should be expressed each day, at least by saying the Hail Mary three times.
Short form of giving the scapular

 Receive this Scapular, a sign of your special relationship with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, whom you pledge to imitate. May it be a reminder to you of your dignity as a Christian in serving others and imitating Mary. Wear it as a sign of her protection and of belonging to the family of Carmel, voluntarily doing the will of God and devoting yourself to building a world true to his plan of community, justice and peace.

The Carmelite Scapular is not:
  • a magical charm to protect you
  • an automatic guarantee of salvation
  • an excuse for not living up to the demands of the Christian life
It is a sign:
  • which has been approved by the Church for over seven centuries;
  • which stands for the decision to
  • follow Jesus like Mary:
  • be open to God and to his will
  • be guided by faith, hope, and love
  • to pray at all times
  • to discover God present in all that happens around us.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Value and Meaning of the Brown Scapular

The Blessed Virgin teaches us:
  • To be open to God, and to his will, shown to us in the events of our lives;
  • To Listen to the Word of God in the Bible and in life, to believe in it and to put into practice its demands;
  • To pray at all times, as a way of discovering the presence of God in all that is happening around us;
  • To be involved with people, being attentive to their needs.
The Scapular finds its roots in the tradition of the Order, which has seen in it a sign of Mary’s motherly protection. It has therefore, a centuries old spiritual meaning approved by Church.

  • It stands for a commitment to follow Jesus, like Mary, the perfect model of all the disciples of Christ. This commitment finds its origin in baptism by which we become children of God.
  • It leads us into the community of Carmel, a community of religious men and women, which has existed in the Church for over eight centuries.
  • It reminds us of the example of the saints of Carmel, with whom we establish a close bond as brothers and sisters to one another.
  • It is an expression of our belief that we will meet God in eternal life, aided by the intercession and prayers of Mary.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Garabandal Story: The Miracle of the Host

Above the village is a steep hill on which stands a cluster of 9 pine trees. "One day," said the girls, "an angel with a golden chalice appeared to us at "The Pines". He told us to recite the Confiteor and then he gave us Holy Communion." This wonderful favor happened many times during those days when the parish priest of the neighboring town of Cosio could not go to Garabandal. It was possible to film some of these Communions, using very bright light. The movements of the lips and tongues of the girls gave the exact idea of a real Communion. On May 2, 1962, the angel told Conchita that God would perform a miracle so that all people would believe: they would see the Sacred Host on her tongue at the moment of Communion and that she should make this known fifteen days in advance. On July 18, 1962, the town was crowded with visitors. At midnight Conchita, who had remained in her home continually surrounded by visitors, entered into ecstasy and went out into the street. At a short distance from her house she fell down on her knees in the midst of the crowd. Lanterns were focused on her. She put out her tongue upon which nothing was resting, as everyone could see. In a few moments, a white host appeared on her tongue and remained there for a few minutes. A businessman from Barcelona, Don Alejandro Damians, standing less than three feet from the girl, secured some very good moving pictures. In the film there appeared 79 pictures of the extraordinary scene. This same witness wrote a report which he submitted to the Bishop of Santander, together with a copy of the film. The number of witnesses on this occasion was very large: there were people from different cultures and social classes. Don Benjamin Gomez, a farmer from Potes, wrote:

"I was standing at less than an arm's length from the girl. I saw very well that her tongue was completely clean of everything. The girl did not move. Suddenly there appeared on it the Sacred Host. It was white, shining and resplendent. It reminded one of the snow when the sun strikes it with its brilliant rays. The girl's face was beautifully transformed into heavenly ecstasy. Her face was angelic I can certify that she was there motionless, moving neither hands nor tongue. In this motionless position she received the Sacred Host. We had enough time to contemplate this marvelous phenomenon without any undue haste, and we were many who saw it. I was an unbeliever until that day. I am not such a Catholic as to be subject to any hallucination or imagination. I had not concerned myself about God until then except to offend Him. I went to confession in April but previous to that time I had not gone to confession for twenty-three years."

The miracle of the host is a true confirmation of the apparitions of Our Blessed Mother in Garabandal and of the reality of her message. But a still greater miracle has been promised.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Sacraments: The Eucharist references in the KJV

Scriptural References from the KJV for the Eucharist

Source: KJV Bible Gateway

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A priest explains the Rosary and influence of John Paul II

The rosary, a Catholic way of praying and meditating is explained by a priest.