Abortion. It is simply the murder of babies and hurting women. Let us pray to our lady for all those babies that will never be born, those helpless babies that feel pain when being aborted, and for all the countless Men and women who participate in this most regrettable action.
May The Lord our God bless and protect our mothers! There is no more glorious vocation then to the Motherhood!
Years of secrecy surrounding the United States’ drone program have left many questions—about targeted killings, transparency and due process; the power of President; and where battlefields begin and end.
Today at 3 P.M. E.T., Michael Walzer, the author of “Just and Unjust Wars” and…
We shall Miss secretary of State Hilary Clinton. She was one of the finest ones this nation has seen. She is the most traveled secretary to date.
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+Pax tibi et bonum
- Carlos Perez-Campbell
All Christians at all times have made a claim about Jesus Christ that no other religion has ever made about its leader: namely, that He is God in the flesh. Unfortunately, this doctrine that many Christians take for granted is now coming under vigorous attack from numerous and various quarters: even among those who claim to believe in the inspiration of the Bible. Does the Bible indeed teach that Jesus is God?
First of all, it is clear that Jesus referred to himself as God. “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am” (Jn 8:58). “I AM” is the Divine Name, the unutterable name, the name revealed to Moses in the burning bush:
Exodus 3:13-14 Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
By taking upon Himself the Divine Name, Jesus is declaring His divinity. The passage also strongly implies that Jesus is outside of time: an attribute only possessed by God. If Jesus is not God, then His words here are completely nonsensical.
Jesus’ words during His Temptation in the desert are also instructive. When Satan tempted Jesus to throw Himself off a cliff, even presuming to quote Scripture so as to make the temptation more persuasive, Jesus responded by saying, “You should not tempt the Lord your God” (Mt 4:7) — in reference to Himself! Satan was tempting God by tempting Jesus, and Jesus made sure Satan knew it.
Jesus also called Himself the “Son of God,” which, to the Jewish mindset, was a very radical statement. During Jesus’ trial before the Jewish leaders, the High Priest said to Jesus, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God” (Mt 26:63). Jesus responded by saying, “You have said so” (vs. 64), or as the NIV has it, “Yes, it is as you say.” The High Priest responded by tearing his robes and saying, “He has uttered blasphemy. Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy” (vs. 65).
Later, before Pontius Pilate, the Jews said, “We have a law, and by that law he ought to die, because he has made himself the Son of God” (Jn 19:7). They knew that to declare oneself to be “the Son of God” was to declare that one was of the same nature with God. The son of a father always takes on the nature of the father. Or, as the Letter to the Hebrews tells us, the Son “reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature” (1:3).
The Jews rebuked Jesus for healing a man who couldn’t walk, and telling him to carry his pallet on the Sabbath. Jesus responded by saying, “My Father is working still, and I am working” (Jn 5:17). Immediately after this, John is sure to tell us, in case we are not convinced, “This was why the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath but also called God his Father, making himself equal with God” (vs. 18).
Jesus, in order to make this more explicit, even said to the Jews, “I and the Father are one” (Jn 10:30). When they heard this, “The Jews took up stones again to stone him” (vs. 31). Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of these do you stone me?” (vs. 32) The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we stone you but for blasphemy; because you, being a man, make yourself God” (vs. 33).
Finally, when John, in his Revelation, saw a vision of “the Son of Man”, this figure said to him, “Fear not, I am the first and the last” (Rev 1:17). This Son of Man is equating Himself with “the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” who said, “I am the Alpha and the Omega” (vs. 8). Jesus, of course, called Himself “Son of Man” on many occasions throughout His ministry (28 times in Matthew’s gospel alone).
Jesus therefore is Christ (ancient Greek: Χριστός, Christós, meaning ‘anointed this is a translation of the Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ (Māšîaḥ), the Messiah, and is used as a title for Jesus in the New Testament.)
Jesus as well claimed divinity by performing Miracles were through his own power. In the bible Jesus forgave the Sins of a man. According to the Jewish Tradition only God ALONE forgive the sins of man. Jesus responded, “The Son of Man has authority to forgive sins.” He told man to walk and they walked.
Jesus was called the Bride/Groom
Jesus was called self the Lord of the Sabbath
These are titles reserved only for God.
CHRIST IS DIVINE! HE IS GOD MADE FLESH!
If Jesus was a common man he would have given up the gig during the Passion. What man would have endured what Jesus did ? None! Only God himself would have been able to go through with the agonizing passion.
What about Easter ? What would have the Disciplined of Jesus gotten out of lying?
They received Punishment and Death. Why did these men suffer and become martyrs for Christ if he were a common man? If it were a lie at least one of them would have talked. But instead they spread the words of Christ like wild fire to all ends of the world while facing life threatening challenges.
Christianity isn’t about some distant God in a far away place…It isn’t about madness or lies…But about a real person. It is about God made Flesh.
The foregoing is very clear. Much more, too, could be presented; for example: attributes of God that Jesus possesses (such as omnipotence and omniscience), other titles of Christ (e.g., “Lord,” “Savior,” “King of kings,” etc.: all applied to the Father in the OT), or His forgiving sins in His own name: all plain indications of His divinity.
Please comment feel free to give some thoughts and insights. This is meant to provoke young minds to look further into Catholicism. Have a question? Ask me!
It is the 21st century. Why would anyone even consider joining a centuries old fraternity of old men slowly waiting for death.
Well I have a well thought out answer.
I know what you are thinking, but NO; the cool black dress shirt, dress pants, and black shoes along with the age old ”Tongue Depressor.” or most commonly known as, “That white tab Priest wear on their neck.” is not the number one Reason I want to become a Priest.
First my faith journey began at a very young age. My very first memory is in my Native Mexico. I was at Mass with my Grandmother whom would take care of me while my parents were at work. The Priest was lifting the Blessed Body and Blood of our lord and said, “Per ipsum, et cum ipso, et in ipso, est tibi Deo Patri omnipotenti, in unitate Spiritus Sancti, omnis honor, et gloria, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen” We were at an early Mass and all around us the Nuns were making the sign of the Cross. I then yelled out, “Papa Dios.” This is my earliest memory.
My entire life I have grown up Catholic. Mass every Sunday, Prayers before sleep, and the occasional Rosary. The Church was a massive part of my life. When I was asked what I wanted to be I would often respond, “A Priest!” As a child I would love to play Mass and I always was the Priest. I was fascinated by the Idea of the Priesthood. Not because of the Masses and Requiems, The clothing, The life…NO it was because they had what I wanted. They were close to God.
Christ our Lord called his apostles to leave everything and follow him. To receive a Vocation to the Priesthood is to be called to a Special Relationship with Christ. I as a faithful Catholic feel a call to a deeper relationship with our Lord. I will enter the clerical state through the ceremony of tonsure and I will become, “Alter Christus” I am to leave my own will and follow the will of our Lord. I shall to offer sacrifice, administer the Sacraments, be a shepherd of souls, preach the word of God. I would be called to service the flock of God where ever it may take me. As a Priest I would be at the total service of Christ Flock.
With no life of my own simply sharing a life in Christ I could do the wonderful things I enjoy to do. HELP OTHERS. Yes, I would be able to live a selfless life of service and aid to others around me. I would feed the poor, cloths the naked, comfort the afflicted. I could train the youth in the church to know the faith and live it out! The priest is indeed another Christ, or in some way he is himself a continuation of Christ. I could live a life as intended by our lord. I, as a Priest, Would be the Voice of Christ in the Desert that is this World. I could perform the Sacrifice of the Mass on a daily basis offering eternal thanks and Praise to God! I could also provide the proper Parish to nurture vocations of many and deepen the Faith of all. I could change things from within. Offer a stricter form of Catholicism and save many from a life of eternal damnation in Hell.
In the Church of today the “notion of sin was lost”. We can only appreciate our salvation and justification in Jesus Christ to the extent that we recognize the “wretchedness” of our sinfulness and how our sin is responsible for the one sacrifice of Jesus, his shedding of his blood on the cross, his death and his glorious resurrection. If sin and redemption are trivialized in the celebration of Mass, as they have been over that last few decades, then the central Christian experience of being forgiven and being a “wretch” in need of forgiveness will be trivialized as well. Only the one who truly understands the need for forgiveness will hunger and thirst for the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ.
Fr. Cioffi states that “we have carried the principle of variability of ritual and musical forms to a degree which destroys the very concept of ritual whose nature is to be the same.” Without contemplation created by “silence, sameness, repetition, and precision in the ritual,” there is the unfortunate tendency to keep improvising which then destroys the essence of ritual.
I could as a Catholic Priest repair the Church. Repair the essence of the ritual and give a meaning to the Church which has been lost in the hearts of millions.
I Carlos Ricardo Perez-Campbell would be Another Christ.
Cardinal Walter Brandmuller elevates the Eucharist during a Tridentine-rite Mass at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican May 15, 2011. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Vatican II was an attempt by the Catholic Church to reach out and adapt into the Modern World. The hope was that it would reform the Church in order to attract the worlds Catholic back to Holy Church. However…At least in the West, It miserably failed.
Believers have left in droves. Here in the nation I live, The United States, the attendance of Holy Mass has has declined by over a third since 1960. In my own Parish familiar faces continually leave citing various issues, but all can be summarized as an in satisfaction with the Parish it’s self. Children do not understand the faith and sadly enough the Parents do not understand it either. Rome…We have a Problem. Looking from the outside in someone could very well say that the Holy Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church could very well be on route into the catacombs of History. However as a Church we refuse to do so.
Yet a beacon of hope has been lit for millions of Catholic around the world. Hope in Holy Church is begging to be restored from an unlikely source… The extraordinary form of the Mass. Take the Latin mass, dumped by the Vatican in 1962 for liturgies in vernacular languages. In its most traditional form, the priest consecrates the bread and wine in a whisper with his back to the congregation: anathema to those who think openness is the spirit of the age. But Father John Zuhlsdorf, an American priest and blogger, says it challenges worshippers, unlike the cosy liberalism of the regular services. “It is not just a school assembly,” he says.
My generation is scared with uncertainty. Economic ruin, War, and Social unrest across the world. It seems that every thing is no longer safe. However many of us, including me, have found the sanctuary we have searched for. The only certain thing in a time plagued by uncertainty. We have found Christ himself in the Catholic Church of yesterday. The very form of the Mass and Tradition which was so painfuly executed by the Vatican II council in the 1960’s. By the understanding of His Holiness Pope Benedict the XVI the Latin Mass and old view of the Church has been unshackled. It has resurrected from the dead to save millions. (Yes i am comparing it to the Glorious Resurrection of our Lord) The Youth is demanding the Latin Mass and a stricter form of Catholicism.
But it is not a fogeys’ hangout: the congregation is young and international. Like evangelical Christianity, traditional Catholicism is attracting people who were not even born when the Second Vatican Council tried to rejuvenate the church. Traditionalist groups have members in 34 countries, including Hong Kong, South Africa and Belarus. Juventutem, a movement for young Catholics who like the old ways, boasts scores of activists in a dozen countries. Traditionalists use blogs, websites and social media to spread the word—and to highlight recalcitrant liberal dioceses and church administrators, who have long seen the Latinists as a self-indulgent, anachronistic and affected minority. In Colombia 500 people wanting a traditional mass had to use a community hall (they later found a church).
A big shift came in 2007 when Pope Benedict XVI formally endorsed the use of the old-rite Latin mass. Until that point, fondness for the traditional liturgy could blight a priest’s career. The cause has also received new vim from the Ordinariate, a Vatican-sponsored grouping for ex-Anglicans. Dozens of Anglican priests have “crossed the Tiber” from the heavily ritualistic “smells and bells” high-church wing; they find a ready welcome among traditionalist Roman Catholics.
The return of the old rite causes quiet consternation among more modernist Catholics. Timothy Radcliffe, once head of Britain’s Dominicans, sees in it “a sort of ‘Brideshead Revisited’ nostalgia”. The traditionalist revival, he thinks, is a reaction against the “trendy liberalism” of his generation. Some swings of pendulums may be inevitable. But for a church hierarchy in Western countries beset by scandal and decline, the rise of a traditionalist avant-garde is unsettling. Is it merely an outcrop of eccentricity, or a (as I feel) it is a sign that the church took a wrong turn 50 years ago.