Posted by: TokenWife | October 26, 2009

Saint of the Day, October 26

 

 

St. Bean

Feastday: October 26

On December 16, there is named in the Roman Martyrology and in certain Irish calendars a Saint Bean in Ireland, who had been confused with the St. Bean whose feast is still observed in the Scottish diocese of Aberdeen, but on October 26, as founder of the bishopric of Mortlach in Banff which was the forerunner of that of Aberdeen. Nothing else is known about him. The fourteenth century chronicler Fordun, states that he was made bishop by Pope Benedict VIII, at the request of Malcolm Canmore, who is said to have founded an episcopal monastery at Mortlach. If true, this would be between 1012 and 1024; but the See of Mortlach is generally said to date from 1063. St. Bean’s dwelling place is supposed to have been at Balvanie, near Mortlach (Bal-beni-mor, "the dwelling of Bean the Great"). His feast day is October 26th.

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Posted by: TokenWife | October 25, 2009

Rite of Welcoming Baptized Persons

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Well today was the day – and I must say, it went by like the blink of an eye.

The build up was way more dramatic than the event itself – not saying it was anti-climactic, just saying I probably over anticipated – not to mention I was sleepy as all get out because I was so anxious about the whole thing I only got, maybe 3 hours of sleep last night!

We woke up @ 7am to shower and make sure my pores were closed and hair was dry before I left the house in the cool  morning air.

My cold is finally ending and I didn’t want a set-back!

Got the kids ready and ironed my skirt – I wore black and white.

Needless to say, I now feel less like an outsider looking in at church.  😉

Now I am off to read a little and nap – I have to clean out the car later.

Peace be with you!

lisa

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Posted by: TokenWife | October 25, 2009

Saint of the Day – October 25

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St. Daria & Those with her @ Rome

Feastday: October 25

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There is very little known about them.

Chrysanthus was an Egyptian, son of a Patrician, Polemius. He was brought to Rome from Alexandria during the reign of Numerian, and despite the objections of his father, who had brought him to Rome, was baptized by a priest named Carpophorus.

Chrysanthus refused is father’s attempts to get him married, finally married Daria, a Greek and a priestess of Minerva, converted her, and convinced her to live with him in chastity. When they converted a number of Romans, Chrysanthus was denounced as a Christian to Claudius, the tribune. Chrysanthus’ attitude under torture so impressed Claudius that he and his wife, Hilaria, two sons, and seventy of his soldiers became Christians, whereupon the Emperor had them all killed. Daria was sent to a brothel, where she was defended by a lion, brought before Numerian, who ordered her execution, and was stoned and then buried alive. When several followers of Daria and Chrysanthus were found praying at their crypt, among them Diodorus, a priest, and Marianus, a deacon, they were all entombed alive.

Their feast day is October 25.

Posted by: TokenWife | October 25, 2009

Purgatory

(Original can be found here: http://www.catholic.com/library/Purgatory.asp)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines purgatory as a "purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven," which is experienced by those "who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified" (CCC 1030). It notes that "this final purification of the elect . . . is entirely different from the punishment of the damned" (CCC 1031).
The purification is necessary because, as Scripture teaches, nothing unclean will enter the presence of God in heaven (Rev. 21:27) and, while we may die with our mortal sins forgiven, there can still be many impurities in us, specifically venial sins and the temporal punishment due to sins already forgiven.

Two Judgments

When we die, we undergo what is called the particular, or individual, judgment. Scripture says that "it is appointed for men to die once, and after that comes judgment" (Heb. 9:27). We are judged instantly and receive our reward, for good or ill. We know at once what our final destiny will be. At the end of time, when Jesus returns, there will come the general judgment to which the Bible refers, for example, in Matthew 25:31-32: "When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats." In this general judgment all our sins will be publicly revealed (Luke 12:2–5).
Augustine said, in The City of God, that "temporary punishments are suffered by some in this life only, by others after death, by others both now and then; but all of them before that last and strictest judgment" (21:13). It is between the particular and general judgments, then, that the soul is purified of the remaining consequences of sin: "I tell you, you will never get out till you have paid the very last copper" (Luke 12:59).

Money, Money, Money

One argument anti-Catholics often use to attack purgatory is the idea that the Catholic Church makes money from promulgating the doctrine. Without purgatory, the claim asserts, the Church would go broke. Any number of anti-Catholic books claim the Church owes the majority of its wealth to this doctrine. But the numbers just don’t add up.
When a Catholic requests a memorial Mass for the dead—that is, a Mass said for the benefit of someone in purgatory—it is customary to give the parish priest a stipend, on the principles that the laborer is worth his hire (Luke 10:7) and that those who preside at the altar share the altar’s offerings (1 Cor. 9:13–14). In the United States, a stipend is commonly around five dollars; but the indigent do not have to pay anything. A few people, of course, freely offer more. This money goes to the parish priest, and priests are only allowed to receive one such stipend per day. No one gets rich on five dollars a day, and certainly not the Church, which does not receive the money anyway.
But look at what happens on a Sunday. There are often hundreds of people at Mass. In a crowded parish, there may be thousands. Many families and individuals deposit five dollars or more into the collection basket; others deposit less. A few give much more. A parish might have four or five or six Masses on a Sunday. The total from the Sunday collections far surpasses the paltry amount received from the memorial Masses.

A Catholic "Invention"?

Fundamentalists may be fond of saying the Catholic Church "invented" the doctrine of purgatory to make money, but they have difficulty saying just when. Most professional anti-Catholics—the ones who make their living attacking "Romanism"—seem to place the blame on Pope Gregory the Great, who reigned from A.D. 590–604.
But that hardly accounts for the request of Monica, mother of Augustine, who asked her son, in the fourth century, to remember her soul in his Masses. This would make no sense if she thought her soul would not benefit from prayers, as would be the case if she were in hell or in the full glory of heaven.
Nor does ascribing the doctrine to Gregory explain the graffiti in the catacombs, where Christians during the persecutions of the first three centuries recorded prayers for the dead. Indeed, some of the earliest Christian writings outside the New Testament, like the Acts of Paul and Thecla and the Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicity (both written during the second century), refer to the Christian practice of praying for the dead. Such prayers would have been offered only if Christians believed in purgatory, even if they did not use that name for it. (See Catholic Answers’ Fathers Know Best tract The Existence of Purgatory for quotations from these and other early Christian sources.)

Why No Protests?

Whenever a date is set for the "invention" of purgatory, you can point to historical evidence to show the doctrine was in existence before that date. Besides, if at some point the doctrine was pulled out of a clerical hat, why does ecclesiastical history record no protest against it?
A study of the history of doctrines indicates that Christians in the first centuries were up in arms (sometimes quite literally) if anyone suggested the least change in beliefs. They were extremely conservative people who tested a doctrine’s truth by asking, Was this believed by our ancestors? Was it handed on from the apostles? Surely belief in purgatory would be considered a great change, if it had not been believed from the first—so where are the records of protests?
They don’t exist. There is no hint at all, in the oldest writings available to us (or in later ones, for that matter), that "true believers" in the immediate post-apostolic years spoke of purgatory as a novel doctrine. They must have understood that the oral teaching of the apostles, what Catholics call tradition, and the Bible not only failed to contradict the doctrine, but, in fact, confirmed it.
It is no wonder, then, that those who deny the existence of purgatory tend to touch upon only briefly the history of the belief. They prefer to claim that the Bible speaks only of heaven and hell. Wrong. It speaks plainly of a third condition, commonly called the limbo of the Fathers, where the just who had died before the redemption were waiting for heaven to be opened to them. After his death and before his resurrection, Christ visited those experiencing the limbo of the Fathers and preached to them the good news that heaven would now be opened to them (1 Pet. 3:19). These people thus were not in heaven, but neither were they experiencing the torments of hell.
Some have speculated that the limbo of the Fathers is the same as purgatory. This may or may not be the case. However, even if the limbo of the Fathers is not purgatory, its existence shows that a temporary, intermediate state is not contrary to Scripture. Look at it this way. If the limbo of the Fathers was purgatory, then this one verse directly teaches the existence of purgatory. If the limbo of the Fathers was a different temporary state, then the Bible at least says such a state can exist. It proves there can be more than just heaven and hell.

"Purgatory Not in Scripture"

Some Fundamentalists also charge, as though it actually proved something, "The word purgatory is nowhere found in Scripture." This is true, and yet it does not disprove the existence of purgatory or the fact that belief in it has always been part of Church teaching. The words Trinity andIncarnation aren’t in Scripture either, yet those doctrines are clearly taught in it. Likewise, Scripture teaches that purgatory exists, even if it doesn’t use that word and even if 1 Peter 3:19 refers to a place other than purgatory.
Christ refers to the sinner who "will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come" (Matt. 12:32), suggesting that one can be freed after death of the consequences of one’s sins. Similarly, Paul tells us that, when we are judged, each man’s work will be tried. And what happens if a righteous man’s work fails the test? "He will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire" (1 Cor 3:15). Now this loss, this penalty, can’t refer to consignment to hell, since no one is saved there; and heaven can’t be meant, since there is no suffering ("fire") there. The Catholic doctrine of purgatory alone explains this passage.
Then, of course, there is the Bible’s approval of prayers for the dead: "In doing this he acted in a very excellent and noble way, inasmuch as he had the resurrection of the dead in view; for if he were not expecting the dead to rise again, it would have been useless and foolish to pray for them in death. But if he did this with a view to the splendid reward that awaits those who had gone to rest in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought. Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be freed from this sin" (2 Macc. 12:43–45). Prayers are not needed by those in heaven, and no one can help those in hell. That means some people must be in a third condition, at least temporarily. This verse so clearly illustrates the existence of purgatory that, at the time of the Reformation, Protestants had to cut the books of the Maccabees out of their Bibles in order to avoid accepting the doctrine.
Prayers for the dead and the consequent doctrine of purgatory have been part of the true religion since before the time of Christ. Not only can we show it was practiced by the Jews of the time of the Maccabees, but it has even been retained by Orthodox Jews today, who recite a prayer known as the Mourner’s Kaddish for eleven months after the death of a loved one so that the loved one may be purified. It was not the Catholic Church that added the doctrine of purgatory. Rather, any change in the original teaching has taken place in the Protestant churches, which rejected a doctrine that had always been believed by Jews and Christians.

Why Go To Purgatory?

Why would anyone go to purgatory? To be cleansed, for "nothing unclean shall enter [heaven]" (Rev. 21:27). Anyone who has not been completely freed of sin and its effects is, to some extent, "unclean." Through repentance he may have gained the grace needed to be worthy of heaven, which is to say, he has been forgiven and his soul is spiritually alive. But that’s not sufficient for gaining entrance into heaven. He needs to be cleansed completely.
Fundamentalists claim, as an article in Jimmy Swaggart’s magazine, The Evangelist, put it, that "Scripture clearly reveals that all the demands of divine justice on the sinner have been completely fulfilled in Jesus Christ. It also reveals that Christ has totally redeemed, or purchased back, that which was lost. The advocates of a purgatory (and the necessity of prayer for the dead) say, in effect, that the redemption of Christ was incomplete. . . . It has all been done for us by Jesus Christ, there is nothing to be added or done by man."
It is entirely correct to say that Christ accomplished all of our salvation for us on the cross. But that does not settle the question of how this redemption is applied to us. Scripture reveals that it is applied to us over the course of time through, among other things, the process of sanctification through which the Christian is made holy. Sanctification involves suffering (Rom. 5:3–5), and purgatory is the final stage of sanctification that some of us need to undergo before we enter heaven. Purgatory is the final phase of Christ’s applying to us the purifying redemption that he accomplished for us by his death on the cross.

No Contradiction

The Fundamentalist resistance to the biblical doctrine of purgatory presumes there is a contradiction between Christ’s redeeming us on the cross and the process by which we are sanctified. There isn’t. And a Fundamentalist cannot say that suffering in the final stage of sanctification conflicts with the sufficiency of Christ’s atonement without saying that suffering in the early stages of sanctification also presents a similar conflict. The Fundamentalist has it backward: Our suffering in sanctification does not take away from the cross. Rather, the cross produces our sanctification, which results in our suffering, because "[f]or the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant; later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness" (Heb. 12:11).

Nothing Unclean

Purgatory makes sense because there is a requirement that a soul not just be declared to be clean, but actually be clean, before a man may enter into eternal life. After all, if a guilty soul is merely "covered," if its sinful state still exists but is officially ignored, then it is still a guilty soul. It is still unclean.
Catholic theology takes seriously the notion that "nothing unclean shall enter heaven." From this it is inferred that a less than cleansed soul, even if "covered," remains a dirty soul and isn’t fit for heaven. It needs to be cleansed or "purged" of its remaining imperfections. The cleansing occurs in purgatory. Indeed, the necessity of the purging is taught in other passages of Scripture, such as 2 Thessalonians 2:13, which declares that God chose us "to be saved through sanctification by the Spirit." Sanctification is thus not an option, something that may or may not happen before one gets into heaven. It is an absolute requirement, as Hebrews 12:14 states that we must strive "for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord."

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Posted by: TokenWife | October 24, 2009

A little Catholic Humor

Okay first, I must give credit where credit is due and admit that I did not come up with any of these jokes on my own – I got them from a Facebook Group called : We’re not crazy, we’re just Catholic.

 

Joke #1

The Pope and Nancy Pelosi are on the same stage in front of a huge crowd.
The Pope leans towards Ms. Pelosi and said, “Do you know that with one little wave of my hand I can make every person in this crowd go wild with joy? This joy will not be a momentary display, like that of your followers, but go deep into their hearts and they’ll forever speak of this day and rejoice!”
Pelosi replied, “I seriously doubt that. With one little wave of your hand? Show me.”
So the Pope slapped her.

 

Joke#2

A cabbie picks up a Nun.
She gets into the cab, and notices that the very handsome cab driver won’t stop staring at her. She asks him why he is staring.
“I have a question to ask you, but I don’t want to offend you,” says the cabbie.
“My son, you cannot offend me,” says the Nun. “When you’re as old as I am and have been a Nun as long as I have, you get a chance to see and hear just about everything. I’m sure that there’s nothing you could say or ask that I would find offensive.”
“Well,” said the cabbie, “I’ve always had a fantasy to have a Nun kiss me.”
“Well, let’s see what we can do about that,” the Nun replies. “First, you have to be single and, second, you must be Catholic.”
The cabbie is very excited and says, “Yes, I’m single and Catholic!”
“Okay,” says the Nun. “Pull into the next alley.”
The Nun fulfills his fantasy with a passionate kiss but and then some, but when they get back on the road, the cabbie starts crying.
“My dear child,” says the Nun, “why are you crying?”
“Forgive me, Sister, for I have sinned,” says the cabbie. “I lied, and I must confess that I’m not single and Catholic, but married and Methodist.”
That’s okay,” says the Nun. “My name is Kevin and I’m going to a costume party.”

 

Joke#3

While walking down the street one day, tragically, a US Senator is struck and killed instantly by a bus.
The senator’s soul arrives at the entrance to heaven, where he is met by St. Peter.
“Welcome to heaven,” says St. Peter. “But before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.”
“No problem, just let me in,” says the man.
“Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.”
“Really, I’ve made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,” says the senator.
“I’m sorry, but we have our rules.”
And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.
Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne.
Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go.
Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises…
The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on heaven where St Peter is waiting for him.
“Now it’s time to visit heaven.”
So, 24 hours pass with the senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns. “Well, then, you’ve spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity.”
The senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: “Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.”
So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.
Now the doors of the elevator open and he’s in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.
He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.
The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder.
“I don’t understand,” stammers the senator. “Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there’s just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable.
What happened?”
The devil looks at him, smiles and says, “Yesterday, we were campaigning. Today, you voted.”

 

Joke #4

A priest is giving a homily when the mic shuts off. He exclaims, "There’s something wrong with this mic!" The parishioners immediately respond, "And also with you."

 

Joke#5

Two brothers were quite unruly and their mother patiently awaited the day when the older of the two was able to receive the sacrament of penance.
The day came and went and there was little change in his behavior. After a terrible fight with his younger brother, the mother had had enough and drove her older son to the Church for confessions. The little boy angrily went in to the room and shut the door and recited off a list of things he had done.
"Where is God?" The Priest said to him when the time for receiving the penance came. The little boy said nothing. Again the Priest asked and again the little boy was silent. Finally, the Priest gave him some prayers and the little boy left.
After arriving home, the little boy went to the room he shared with his brother and hid in the closet. His little brother came in and asked what was wrong.
"God’s missing," the older brother said. "And they think I took him!"

 

Joke#6

Jesus was walking along one day, when He came upon a group of people surrounding a lady of ill repute. It was obvious that the crowd was preparing to stone her, so Jesus made His now-famous statement, "Let the person who has no sin cast the first stone."
The crowd was shamed and one by one began to turn away. All of a sudden, a lovely little woman made her way through the crowd. Finally getting to the front, she tossed a pebble towards the woman.
Jesus looks over and says, "I really hate it when you do that, Mom."

Posted by: TokenWife | October 24, 2009

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Posted by: TokenWife | October 23, 2009

Still sick!

I’m supposed to be in bed right now, but was feeling 10% better (for now) and decided to compose a little something in my blog.

I am still super excited about Sunday, I am just praying that I am feeling a lot better by then.

So, I am wondering if I have  the flu or something – because when my pain medicine wears off I get extremely weak, and feel pain all over my body – my hubby says I am not allowed out of the bed for the next couple days, but he is in the tub right now, so I’m sneaking onto the computer to write! LOL!

We went out earlier, because I was suffering from some serious cabin fever (I hate being inside all day) so we decided to run to Burlington’s to look around and return some jeans we bought the day before – then we took a quick trip to the mall.

On the ride out I was okay, still felt a little tired, but felt good enough to be out of the house for a bit.

But then, we made it over to the mall and while in Macy’s I thought I was going to keel over!

I was having chills, could barely breathe, could hardly walk, and felt extreme pain in all of my joints.

I was in so much discomfort I almost wanted to cry – I was actually making noises – groans and moans.

Yup, it was baaaad!

So we made it back home (after buying some soups from the health food store) and I stripped off my clothes, put my jammies back on, and made a home with the bed.

I just got to the point where I felt like getting out to write, but best believe I am going straight back to bed when I finish this post – I feel like crap and have the most annoying cough known to man (my symptoms change every 8 hours or so, the cough is new, earlier it was ginormous sneezes that occurred spontaneously).

Hope my nose isn’t raw in the morning from all the blowing I’ve been doing today!

May peace be with you.

 

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Posted by: TokenWife | October 21, 2009

I finally caught it…

So for the past week or so, everyone in my house has been ill – the sniffles or just a cold.

Everyone except for yours truly.

But somehow I finally caught it. (insert frowny face here)

Probably from my kissy-poo husband! (LOL)

I woke up this morning with a scratchy throat and this irritating feeling in the roof of my mouth where the end of my sinuses are – and I feel…

SICK

This sucks because on Sunday I am participating the the Rite of Welcoming Baptized Persons (yes I’ve been baptized – before Islam I was Protestant) at my church as part of the process of becoming fully Catholic – yes, indeed I am excited, but I did not anticipate being ill.

God willing, I am feeling better by Sunday.

Also, for whatever reason, I haven’t had the desire to write in the past few days either – not sure why, guess I have been busy.

Either way, I am writing now, and my blog is officially updated.

Now, I am going to go lie down in the hopes of helping the healing process along because this thing needs to be gone by Saturday night!

May peace be with you!

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Posted by: TokenWife | October 18, 2009

A Guide for Confession – Prayers – Catholic Online

One of the many resources I utilize online to help me in learning my new faith/way of life.
A Guide for Confession – Prayers – Catholic Online

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Posted by: TokenWife | October 17, 2009

Honesty & Forgiveness

 

When I was Muslim, I would start my blog posts (or most things I did that I felt were important) off with the following:  Bismillah ir rahmaan ir raheem!  Which simply means: In the name of God, the beneficent and most merciful.

I somehow feel incomplete or almost disrespectful by starting my blogs off with nothing at all anymore, since I am no longer following Islam I felt it inappropriate to begin that way.  But, I am still a follower of The Way, and have since allowed Christ Jesus into my heart and praise him daily.  So I have decided to still open the same way, just with a Christian spin.

I say all that, to say this:

 

In the name of The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, Amen…

 

When you make the decision to forgive an individual, why does it seem that another person (or other people)– who is/are not involved in the issue – tries so hard to make the forgiveness you are seeking to share nearly impossible to accomplish?

Is it the fact that the many mistakes this person (who is not involved) has made in their life is haunting them because they have not sought repentance?

Or perhaps the direction they are headed in their life (and seemed to have been headed since their youth) has not changed, nor does it seem to be headed to positive change and perhaps they feel the bitterness of not knowing God because they refuse to genuinely turn to Him.

I am not sure of the reason, but I do pity those in the aforementioned situation.

I often remark that, “You don’t know me, so don’t think that you do”, not out of bitterness or mean spiritedness – But more so out of honesty and caring.

A person can allow themselves into an embarrassing or compromising situation by behaving as if they know exactly who I am without even taking the time to get to know me at all.  By listening to others who have assumptions about me and how I am can also lead one down a similar road I’m afraid.

I am not a perfect person, nor do I have all the answers – but one thing is for sure, and that is:  If I offer up a statement, recommendation, or blog about certain behaviors that I feel one should/should not partake in, I am more than likely following my own advice.

I not only write these blogs for other people, I write them for myself as well.

May peace be with you.

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