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Whatever Happened to Our Catholic Church?

"How was it that a little Catholic girl--born in Italy--became one of the most powerful figures of the American Communist Party at the height of its power during the late 1930's and 1940's?" asks Eleonore Villarubia. [See Eleonore Villarubia, "Bella Dodd--From Communist to Catholic," August 31, 2010.  Source: http://catholicism.org/bella-dodd-%E2%80%94-from-communist-to-catholic.html ].

When Christ spoke of “the garden full of weeds,” He said, "An enemy has done this." Likewise, after her conversion to Catholicism through Bishop Sheen, Bella Dodd confessed in her lectures that she herself led nineteen hundred young Communists to become priests in order to destroy the Church from within. Mu…

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Christ Has Risen from the Dead!

Christ has risen from the dead!

Christ has risen from the dead...

By His death, He conquered death...

And to those in the grave He bestowed life!

Roman Rite Consecration Prayer

Take and eat this (HOC)   for this is my Body...

Take and drink from this chalice. 

(From hic and thus from HOC my broken Body)

In hic is my salutary Blood of the new and eternal testament (covenant)...the chalice of my Blood, which is shed for you and for many unto the forgiveness of sin.  (Fr. Stedman Sunday Missal Explained, p. 52)

Prayer of St. John Chrysostom

I believe, O Lord, and I confess, that Thou art truly the Christ, the Son of the living God, who didst come into the world to save sinners, of…

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WHY SHOULD WE GO TO CHURCH?

Misericordia 

Gratias

Is the greatest salutary Theophany of the Mass (as experienced by Sr. Lucia at her convent in Tuy, Spain in 1929) the key to the Third Secret?  This vision where the words “Misericordia” and “Gratias” were actually spelled out alongside the vision substantiates the exegesis of “gratias” employed in this book. 

The Mass is “gratias” and “misericordia.” “Gratias” means “graces,” not “thanks.”  The first part of the Mass, like unto the Old Dispensation, petitions God’s mercy (misericordia).   

The Jerusalem Temple, the only “touch-down” point of God on earth, was characterized by the Mercy Seat.  One came here to encounter God’s …

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Why Did the Son of God Come Down to Earth?

Why did the Son of God [Who is Himself God] come down to earth?

Had Christ come to earth solely to suffer and die at Calvary, in time, He would have been forgotten or become merely an historical figure of a different kind.  Christ Himself indicated He did not want to be merely remembered when He taught His Apostles the words of worship: “Do this into my memory” (spoken at the Consecration of the bread and wine into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ; at every validly executed Mass).

Was this not another manifestation of the loving care that God bestows on His human creatures?  After all, God not only instructs us.  He insists on being present among us!

Adam and E…

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