Christ will not forgive no sin without the church

From a sermon by Blessed Isaac of Stella, abbot (Sermo11: PL 194, 1728-1729) 

                                       CHRIST WILL NOT FORGIVE ANY SIN WITHOUT THE CHURCH

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             IMAGE OF BLESSED ISAAC OF STELLA – FORGIVENESS OF SIN AND THE CHURCH

                     CHRIST WILL NOT FORGIVE ANY SIN WITHOUT THE CHURCH

The prerogative of receiving the confession of sin and the power to forgive sin are two things that belong properly to God alone. We must confess our sins to him and look to him for forgiveness. Since only he has the power to forgive sins, it is to him that we must make our confession. “ After saying this he breathed on them and said: Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained”. (John 20: 22 – 23). But when the Almighty, the Most High, wedded a bride who was weak and of low estate, he made that maid-servant a queen. He took her from her place behind him, at his feet, and enthroned her at his side. She had been born from his side, and therefore he betrothed her to himself. And as all that belongs to the Father belongs also to the Son because by Nature they are one, so also the bridegroom gave all he had to the bride and he shared in all that was hers. He made her one both with himself and with the Father. Praying for his bride, the Son said to the Father: I want them to be one with us, even as you and I are one.


And so the bridegroom is one with the Father and one with the bride. Whatever he found in his bride alien to her own nature he took from her and nailed to his cross when he bore her sins and destroyed them on the tree. He received from her and clothed himself in what was hers by nature and gave her what belonged to him as God. He destroyed what was diabolical, took to himself what was human, and conferred on her what was divine. So all that belonged to the bride was shared in by the bridegroom, and he who had done no wrong and on whose lips was found no deceit could say: Have pity on me, Lord, for I am weak. Thus, sharing as he did in the bride’s weakness, the bridegroom made his own her cries of distress, and gave his bride all that was his. Therefore, she too has the prerogative of receiving the confession of sin and the power to forgive sin, which is the reason for the command: Go, show yourself to the priest.

The Church is incapable of forgiving any sin without Christ, and Christ is unwilling to forgive any sin without the Church. The Church cannot forgive the sin of one who has not repented, who has not been touched by Christ; Christ will not forgive the sin of one who despises the Church. What God has joined together, man must not separate. This is a great mystery, but I understand it as referring to Christ and the Church.

Do not destroy the whole Christ by separating head from body, for Christ is not complete without the Church, nor is the Church complete without Christ. The whole and complete Christ is head and body. This is why he said: No one has ever ascended into heaven except the Son of Man whose home is in heaven. He is the only man who can forgive sin.

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our Lady of good health

                                                                      OUR LADY OF GOOD HEALTH

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                                                            Where Is Our Lady of Good Health?

Our Lady of Good Health appeared to a shepherd boy named Tamil Krishnannesti Sankaranaranayam in Vailankanni, India around 1550 AD.

Our Lady asked the boy, who was delivering buttermilk, for some of his milk so that she could feed her child (Jesus). The boy gave her milk and went on his way.

When he delivered the rest of the milk, he apologized, explaining that there would be less milk than was ordered, but when he opened up the containers, the milk was completely full!

Some years later, Our Lady appeared again to a lame boy selling buttermilk. He was making no sales, but a beautiful woman appeared to him, holding a child, and asked for a cup of milk.

He gave her a cup; she fed her child (Jesus), and then Mary asked the boy to go to Nagapattinam and tell the man he would meet there to build a chapel in Vailankanni.

The boy realized that he was healed of his lameness, so he ran to the town, and the Catholic faithful built a small chapel in Vailankanni, in honor of Our Lady of Good Health.

 

The boy realized that he was healed of his lameness, so he ran to the town, and the Catholic faithful built a small chapel in Vailankanni, in honour of Our Lady of Good Health.

In the 1600s, a terrible storm hit a Portuguese merchant ship sailing to Ceylon.

The sailors invoked Our Lady, Star of the Sea for help, and God calmed the seas for them.

When the ship landed around Vailankanni, the sailors saw the small chapel to Our Lady of Good Health and built an even bigger, stone chapel there.

Pope St. John XXIII made the chapel at minor basilica in 1962, calling it the Lourdes of the East and honouring the strong tradition of Catholics making pilgrimages there.

PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF GOOD HEALTH

 Most Pure virgin, you are the health of the sick, the refuge of sinners, the consolation of the afflicted and the dispenser of all graces. In my weakness and discouragement, I appeal today to the treasures of your divine mercy and goodness, and I dare to call you by the sweet name of Mother. Yes, O Mother, attend to (______) or his/her infirmity, give me, him/her bodily health, so that he/she may do his/her duties with vitality and joy, and with the same disposition may he/she serve your Son Jesus and give thanks to you, health of the sick.

Our Lady of Good Health, pray for us.

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Saint Gregory the Great

                                                                                                                         SAINT GREGORY THE GREAT

 

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                                                                                              SAINT GREGORY THE GREAT’S STORY

 

Gregory was the prefect of Rome before he was 30. After five years in office he resigned, founded six monasteries on his Sicilian estate, and became a Benedictine monk in his own home at Rome.

Ordained a priest, Gregory became one of the pope’s seven deacons, and also served six years in the East as papal representative in Constantinople. He was recalled to become abbot, but at the age of 50 was elected pope by the clergy and people of Rome.

Gregory was direct and firm. He removed unworthy priests from office, forbade taking money for many services, emptied the papal treasury to ransom prisoners of the Lombards and to care for persecuted Jews and the victims of plague and famine. He was very concerned about the conversion of England, sending 40 monks from his own monastery. He is known for his reform of the liturgy, and for strengthening respect for doctrine. Whether he was largely responsible for the revision of “Gregorian” chant is disputed.

Gregory lived in a time of perpetual strife with invading Lombards and difficult relations with the East. When Rome itself was under attack, he interviewed the Lombard king.

His book, Pastoral Care, on the duties and qualities of a bishop, was read for centuries after his death. He described bishops mainly as physicians whose main duties were preaching and the enforcement of discipline. In his own down-to-earth preaching, Gregory was skilled at applying the daily Gospel to the needs of his listeners. Called “the Great,” Gregory has been given a place with Augustine, Ambrose, and Jerome, as one of the four key doctors of the Western Church.

An Anglican historian has written: “It is impossible to conceive what would have been the confusion, the lawlessness, the chaotic state of the Middle Ages without the medieval papacy; and of the medieval papacy, the real father is Gregory the Great.”

REFLECTION

Gregory was content to be a monk, but he willingly served the Church in other ways when asked. He sacrificed his own preferences in many ways, especially when he was called to be Bishop of Rome. Once he was called to public service, Gregory gave his considerable energies completely to this work. Gregory’s description of bishops as physicians fits in well with Pope Francis’ description of the Church as a “field hospital.”


 SAINT GREGORY THE GREAT IS THE  PATRON SAINT OF:

 

England
Epilepsy
Musicians
Teachers

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Give the world the best you have got Anyway

 

FOR CHRIST SAKE DO IT ANYWAY

(From a sign on the wall of Shishu Bahavan, the children’s home in Calcutta)

                                                                                    A N Y W A Y

People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered,

                                                                            LOVE THEM ANYWAY

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motievs,

                                                                               DO GOOD ANYWAY

If you are successful, you will false friends and true enemies,

                                                                              SUCCEED ANYWAY

The good you do wii be for forgotten tomorrow,

                                                                              DO GOOD ANYWAY   

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable,

                                                                    BE HONEST AND FRANK ANYWAY

What you spent years building may be destroyed overnight,

                                                                               BUILD ANYWAY

People really need help but may attack you if you help them,

                                                                        HELP PEOPLE ANYWAY

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth,

GIVE THE WORLD THE BEST YOU’VE GOT ANYWAY

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Our Lady of Sofanieh

 

 

                                                                                         OUR LADY OF SOFANIEH

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Our Lady of Soufanieh has appeared five times…the messages are in full harmony with Sacred Scripture through their deep spiritual meaning and their pressing appeal to faith, love, announcing the Immanuel, repentance, humility, joy in the Lord, mutual forgiveness and UNITY of The Catholic Church and for a common celebration date for the Feast of Holy Pascha/Easter. The Apparitions, Stigmata, Healings & Messages were all declared to be “Miraculous” by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch & endorsed by Eastern Rite Catholic Patriarchates.

 

BELOVED JESUS,

GRANT THAT I REST IN YOU ABOVE ALL THINGS,

ABOVE ALL CREATURES, ABOVE ALL YOUR ANGELS, ABOVE ALL PRAISE, ABOVE ALL REJOICING AND EXULTATION, ABOVE ALL GLORY AND HONOUR, ABOVE ALL HEAVENLY HOSTS, FOR YOU ALONE ARE THE MOST HIGH, YOU ALONE ARE THE ALMIGHTY AND GOOD ABOVE ALL THINGS. MAY YOU COME TO ME AND RELIEVE ME, AND RELEASE ME FROM MY CHAINS, AND GRANT ME FREEDOM, BECAUSE WITHOUT YOU MY JOY IS NOT COMPLETE, WITHOUT YOU MY TABLE IS EMPTY. ONLY THEN WILL I COME TO SAY HERE I AM, BECAUSE YOU HAVE INVITED ME. 

 

PRAYER FOR CHURCH UNITY

 

Almighty and eternal God,
You have promised that there will someday be but one fold and one Shepherd.
Hasten that day, we pray You,
in Your most merciful kindness and generosity.
Pour the light of Your grace
into the minds of our non-Catholic friends
so that they may see the truth,
and fully realize that the truth is one and undivided.
Give them also the strength of will
needed to follow in the direction of the light You give them.

Let us, their neighbours and friends,
not be a hindrance to their conversion by our bad example.
Rather let Your goodness be made clear to them by the virtue of our lives.
Then may they finally all be brought to You,
the Light that enlightens every man who comes into the world.

Amen.

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Real image painted by Jesus Himself

REAL IMAGE PAINTED BY JESUS HIMESELF

 

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The above painting by Christ Himself shows oil flowing from an icon of Christ.

Thousands of pilgrims come to AL HEET village in Sweda, Syria, to bow down to an icon of Christ flowing Oil and to see a man whose body bears the stigmata.

EL HEET

 

The latter is called Nasser Khouris and is a worker in the construction of building/

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Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe

                                                                                   SAINT MAXIMILIAN MARY KOLBE

 

IMAGE OF ST MAXIMILIAN MARY KIOBE

 

SAINT MAXIMILIAN MARY KOLBE’S STORY

 

“I don’t know what’s going to become of you!” How many parents have said that? Maximilian Mary Kolbe’s reaction was, “I prayed very hard to Our Lady to tell me what would happen to me. She appeared, holding in her hands two crowns, one white, one red. She asked if I would like to have them—one was for purity, the other for martyrdom. I said, ‘I choose both.’ She smiled and disappeared.” After that he was not the same.

He entered the minor seminary of the Conventual Franciscans in Lvív–then Poland, now Ukraine– near his birthplace, and at 16 became a novice. Though Maximilian later achieved doctorates in philosophy and theology, he was deeply interested in science, even drawing plans for rocket ships.

Ordained at 24, Maximilian saw religious indifference as the deadliest poison of the day. His mission was to combat it. He had already founded the Militia of the Immaculata, whose aim was to fight evil with the witness of the good life, prayer, work, and suffering. He dreamed of and then founded Knight of the Immaculata, a religious magazine under Mary’s protection to preach the Good News to all nations. For the work of publication, he established a “City of the Immaculata”—Niepokalanow—which housed 700 of his Franciscan brothers. He later founded another one in Nagasaki, Japan. Both the Militia and the magazine ultimately reached the one-million mark in members and subscribers. His love of God was daily filtered through devotion to Mary.

In 1939, the Nazi panzers overran Poland with deadly speed. Niepokalanow was severely bombed. Kolbe and his friars were arrested, then released in less than three months, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

 In 1941, Fr. Kolbe was arrested again. The Nazis’ purpose was to liquidate the select ones, the leaders. The end came quickly, three months later in Auschwitz, after terrible beatings and humiliations.

A prisoner had escaped. The commandant announced that 10 men would die. He relished walking along the ranks. “This one. That one.”

As they were being marched away to the starvation bunkers, Number 16670 dared to step from the line.

“I would like to take that man’s place. He has a wife and children.”
“Who are you?”
“A priest.”

 

No name, no mention of fame. Silence. The commandant, dumbfounded, perhaps with a fleeting thought of history, kicked Sergeant Francis Gajowniczek out of line and ordered Fr. Kolbe to go with the nine. In the “block of death” they were ordered to strip naked, and their slow starvation began in darkness. But there was no screaming—the prisoners sang. By the eve of the Assumption, four were left alive. The jailer came to finish Kolbe off as he sat in a corner praying. He lifted his fleshless arm to receive the bite of the hypodermic needle. It was filled with carbolic acid. They burned his body with all the others. Fr. Kolbe was beatified in 1971 and canonized in 1982.

 

REFLECTION

Father Kolbe’s death was not a sudden, last-minute act of heroism. His whole life had been a preparation. His holiness was a limitless, passionate desire to convert the whole world to God. And his beloved Immaculata was his inspiration. (Feast day 14th of August)

 

Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe is the Patron Saint of:

Addicts
Drug addiction

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Who founded your Church part II

WHO FOUNDED YOUR CHURCH – PART II

In our first Part we gave you the Founders  of the following Churches: The Catholic Church – Anglican – Church of England – Baptist Church – Lutheran – Methodist Church – Evangelical  Association – Pentecostal Church – Presbyterian Church  and Seven Day Adventist.

Here are WHO Founded your Church Part II:

 

ANABAPTIST

“Anabaptist” is a term that means “rebaptizer” and refers to what is known as the Radical Reformation. The Protestant Reformation began in Germany in 1517. It sprang up in a different but similar form in Zurich in the early 1520′s, begun by Ulrich Zwingli, Conrad Grebel, and Felix Manz.

 

CHURCH OF CHRIST SCIENTIST

The Church of Christ, Scientist was founded in 1879 in Boston, Massachusetts, by Mary Baker Eddy, author of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and founder of Christian Scientist.

 

CHURCH OF OUR HEAVENLY FATHER

Name:

Church of Our Heavenly Father Inc

Year Founded:  2017

Engaged In: 

 Manufacturing

 Importing

    Exporting!  CONTACT: Adam Medway

 

CHURCH OF THE EAST: FOUNDER THOMAS THE APOSTLE

Thomas the Apostle, also called Didymus, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus according to the New Testament. Thomas is commonly known as “Doubting Thomas” because he doubted Jesus’ resurrection when first told of it; later, he confessed his faith.

 

EASTERN ORTHODOX

Georgian Orthodox Church. The first Eparchy was founded in Georgia, traditionally by the Apostle Andrew. In 327, Christianity was adopted as the state religion by the rulers of Iberia (Eastern Georgia). From the 320s, the Georgian Orthodox Church was under the jurisdiction of the Apostolic See of Antioch.

 

QUAKER

Quaker Religion Today The Religious Society of Friends, also referred to as the Quaker Movement, was founded in England in the 17th century by George Fox

 

JEHOVAH’S WHITNESSES

The group now known as the Jehovah’s Witnesses was founded in 1879 by Charles Taze Russell, a Pennsylvania businessman.

 

GOD’S KINGDOM SOCIETY (G K S)

 The late G. M. Urhobo, about 1934.

MORMONS

The church was founded by Joseph Smith (1805 – 1844)

 

EPISCOPAL

A theological seminary of the Episcopal Church in the catholic tradition. It was founded on Aug. 30, 1842, by three young deacons, James Lloyd Breck, William Adams, and John Henry Hobart, Jr.

 

SALVATION ARMY

Origin: 2 July 1865; 155 years ago, London.

 

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Who founded your Church

WHO FOUNDED YOUR CHURCH

It is good to know where one stands when it comes to a matter of TRUTH! So too, will it be good for us to know WHO Founded the Church to which we belong. Here are but few: My top Ten in no particular order. 

 

     The Catholic Church by Jesus Christ “And so I say to you Peter: You are a rock, and on this rock foundation I will build my Church, and not even death will EVER be able to overcome it” (Matthew 16:18) Good News Bible.

 

      Anglican – The Anglican Communion was founded at the Lambeth Conference in 1867 in London, England, under the leadership of Charles Longley, Archbishop of Canterbury. The churches of the Anglican Communion consider themselves to be part of the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic church, and to be both catholic and reformed.

 

     Church of England – On 3 November 1534 King Henry VIII became the Head of the newly founded Church of England. At the time this was a seismic shift in the power dynamics of Europe, as England’s split from Rome was confirmed. 

 

     Baptist Church – Both Roger Williams and John Clarke, his compatriot and coworker for religious freedom, are variously credited as founding the earliest Baptist church in North America in 1639.

   

      Martin Luther: Founder of Lutheranism. Martin Luther (1483–1546)  

     

      Methodist – Methodism has its roots in eighteenth century Anglicanism. Its founder was a Church of England minister, John Wesley (1703-1791)

 

       Evangelical Association, founded by Jacob Albright and often referred to as the Evangelical Church, one of the historic predecessor bodies of the United Methodist Church. It merged with others in 1946 to become the Evangelical United Brethren Church.

  

       Pentecostal church – George Jeffreys (1889–1962), a Welshman, founded the Elim Pentecostal Church in Monaghan, Ireland in 1915.

     

       Presbyterian Church Founding. The roots of the Presbyterian Church trace back to John Calvin, a 16th-century French theologian, and minister, who led the Reformation in Geneva, Switzerland beginning in 1536

 

        Seven Day Adventist

Founder: Joseph BatesJames WhiteEllen G. WhiteJ. N. Andrews

Origin: 21 May 1863;  Battle CreekMichigan, U.S.

 

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Queenship of Mary

QUEENSHIP OF MARY STORY

 

Pope Pius XII established this feast in 1954. But Mary’s queenship has roots in Scripture. At the Annunciation, Gabriel announced that Mary’s Son would receive the throne of David and rule forever. At the Visitation, Elizabeth calls Mary “mother of my Lord.” As in all the mysteries of Mary’s life, she is closely associated with Jesus: Her queenship is a share in Jesus’ kingship. We can also recall that in the Old Testament the mother of the king has great influence in court.

In the fourth century Saint Ephrem called Mary “Lady” and “Queen.” Later Church fathers and doctors continued to use the title. Hymns of the 11th to 13th centuries address Mary as queen: “Hail, Holy Queen,” “Hail, Queen of Heaven,” “Queen of Heaven.” The Dominican rosary and the Franciscan crown as well as numerous invocations in Mary’s litany celebrate her queenship.

The feast is a logical follow-up to the Assumption, and is now celebrated on the octave day of that feast. In his 1954 encyclical To the Queen of Heaven, Pius XII points out that Mary deserves the title because she is Mother of God, because she is closely associated as the New Eve with Jesus’ redemptive work, because of her preeminent perfection, and because of her intercessory power.


REFLECTION

As Saint Paul suggests in Romans 8:28–30, God has predestined human beings from all eternity to share the image of his Son. All the more was Mary predestined to be the mother of Jesus. As Jesus was to be king of all creation, Mary, in dependence on Jesus, was to be queen. All other titles to queenship derive from this eternal intention of God. As Jesus exercised his kingship on earth by serving his Father and his fellow human beings, so did Mary exercise her queenship. As the glorified Jesus remains with us as our king till the end of time (Matthew 28:20), so does Mary, who was assumed into heaven and crowned queen of heaven and earth. FEASTDAY 22nd AUGUST

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