Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Father Robert Barron's homily is worth listening to if you are interested in knowing why the Sacrament of the Eucharist is the "source and summit of ecclesial life."

The Catechism of the Catholic Church provides a comprehensive theological discourse on the Sacrament of the Eucharist.  Begin here:  and proceed through the pages to here:

Pope Francis

Monday, August 17, 2015

Why Not Mary?

      In our journey home to the Caholic Church, learning more about the role of Our Blessed Mother was not a difficult hurdle for either of us.  We both had our own moments of increasing veneration for our Blessed Mother. We both had always understood that Mary, the Mother of God, our Blessed Mother, has a much higher role in Salvation History than what Protestants (conservative and liberal) allow her. The Christian Faith in the Catholic Church has held fast for 2,000 years on more than Sacred Scriptures alone (Sola Scriptura). Sacred Authority and Sacred Tradition, the two other legs of the 3-legged stool of the Church we referred to in earlier writings, has from the beginning venerated Mary above all believers. Mary's fiat made her the first follower of Christ. Mary's fiat leads us in our yes to the Most High God.
     As we stated at the outset of this blog, we do not need to debate over the issues that tend to make a thoroughgoing Protestant bristle at all things Catholic. The answers are already recorded in history.  The Catholic Church is the foundation of doctrine that the Protestant Movement took parts of to formulate their protests into denominations.  We will lead you back to the reliable source of the doctrine of the Christian Faith: The Catechism of the Catholic Church (Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, Sacred Authority together), Papal Encyclicals, Apostolic and early Church Father's writings.

Most conservative Protestant Christians accept that the Truth that the angel, Gabriel, annouced to Mary that she would bear the Son of the Most High God (Annunciation). And most conservative Protestant Christians accept the Truth that Jesus Christ, the Messiah, was born of a virgin (Incarnation).

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Most Protestant Christians accept the tradition that Our Blessed Mother held her crucified son, the Son of God, before He was laid in the tomb. Yet that was not specifically referred to in any of the four gospels.

Few Protestant Christians accept the tradition or dogma of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven, why? Catholic Christians accept and honor the early Church's understanding that was and is held firmly by the Sacred Tradtion and Sacred Authority of the Catholic Church.

Few Protestant Christians accept the tradition or dogma of our Blessed Mother as Queen of Heaven, why? Catholic Christians accept and honor the early Church's understanding that our Blessed Mother interceeds for us before the Triune God, why?

Most Protestant Christians eagerly seek out devout Christian's intercessory prayer on their behalf.Catholic Christians also eagerly seek out devout Christian's intercessory prayer on their behalf: those in eternity and those who remain on this side of eternity.

We are consoled by our Blessed Mother's eternal intecessory role as Queen of Heaven.  Her role does not supersede the role of our Savior, the LORD Jesus Christ, as the "one mediator between God and the human race" ( I Timothy 2:5) We do not worship Our Blessed Mother, but we venerate her above all Christians here and in eternity as the first of all believers.  We do not worship any Saint, we ask them to intercede for us. We grow in our faith, in part, because of the fellowship of Saints; therefore, we venerate them as our "cloud of witnesses" who have passed through the scrim between time and eternity. (Tobit 12:12, 14; Second Maccabbees 15:11-12,14; Luke 16:19-31; John 10:11-16; 21:15-17; Second Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 4:11; First Timothy 2:5; First Peter 5:4; Revelation 6:9-11; 5:6-8; 8:3-4)

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Navigating a Blog

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Fellow bloggers give the advice we now pass on to you, the reader. The first post you see when you enter a blogsite is the last post the writer uploaded.  In order to read a blog (in our case, a story) from start to finish you must go to the archive list on the right side of the screen.  Go the earliest month you see and use the dropdown menu to find your way to the beginning of the story.  In our case, we made this blog public in July 2015.  The first post in July is the beginning of our story.  We hope this assists our friends who are new to visiting blogs.

Saturday, August 1, 2015