Catholic Consecration Of Body And Blood Of Jesus

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Some Catholics, and non Catholics do not understand what a great gift that Holy Eucharist is and that Jesus Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity is present in it.  Here is a simple explanation of this great Sacrament and Mystery from the 1914 Catholic Encyclopedia.Eucharist

‘When we speak of consecration without any special qualification, we ordinarily understand it as the act by which, in the celebration of Holy Mass, the bread and wine are changed into the body and blood of Christ. It is called transubstantiation, for in the Sacrament of the Eucharist the substance of bread and wine do not remain, but the entire substance of bread is changed into the body of Christ, and the entire substance of wine is changed into His blood, the species or outward semblance of bread and wine along remaining. This change is produced in virtue of the words: This is my body and This is my blood, or This is the chalice of my blood, pronounced by the priest assuming the person of Christ and using the same ceremonies that Christ used at the Last Supper.’

‘And whilst they were at supper, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke: and gave to his disciples, and said: Take ye, and eat. This is my body.  And taking the chalice, he gave thanks, and gave to them, saying: Drink ye all of this. For This is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins.  Matt. 26:26-28

‘That this is the essential form has been the constant belief and teaching of both the Eastern and Western Churches.’

jimlersch_eucharist800Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord.  But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.  I Corinthians 11:27-29

We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to truly believe in the Real Presence of Jesus In Holy Communion.  Jesus is God, therefore we kneel in adoration to receive Him with pure hearts and souls.  We would never want to subject Jesus to a soul filled with demons and impurity after we have committed a mortal sin.

Make a promise to God that you will never ever receive Him in Holy Communion unless you have confessed all you mortal sins and a have pure soul.

Holy Ghost Or Holy Spirit In Bible

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Holy Ghost In Scripture. holy-spirit-wallpaper-pic-0101

In the New Testament the word spirit and, perhaps, even the expression spirit of God signify at times the soul or man himself, inasmuch as he is under the influence of God and aspires to things above; more frequently, especially in St. Paul, they signify God acting in man; but they are used, besides, to designate not only a working of God in general, but a Divine Person, Who is neither the Father nor the Son, Who is named together with the Father, or the Son, or with Both, without the context allowing them to be identified.

A few instances are given here. We read in John, xiv, 16, 17: “And I will ask the Father, and he shall give you another Paraclete, that he may abide with, you for ever. The spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive“; and in John, xv, 26: “But when the Paraclete cometh, whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceedeth from the Father, he shall give testimony of me.” St. Peter addresses his first epistle, i, 1-2, “to the strangers dispersed . . . elect, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, unto the sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ”. The Spirit of consolation and of truth is also clearly distinguished in John 16:7, 13-15, from the Son, from Whom He receives all He is to teach the Apostles, and from the Father, who has nothing that the Son also does not possess. Both send Him, but He is not separated from Them, for the Father and the Son come with Him when He descends into our souls (John 14:23).

Many other texts declare quite as clearly that the Holy Ghost is a Person, a Person distinct from the Father and the Son, and yet One God with Them. In several places St. Paul speaks of Him as if speaking of God. In Acts 28:25, he says to the Jews: “Well did the Holy Ghost speak to our fathers by Isaias the prophet“; now the prophecy contained in the next two verses is taken from Isaias 6:9-10, where it is put in the mouth of the “King the Lord of hosts”. In other places he uses the words God and Holy Ghost as plainly synonymous. Thus he writes, I Corinthians 3:16: “Know you not, that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” and in 6:19: “Or know you not, that your members are the temple of the Holy Ghost, who is in you . . . ?” St. Peter asserts the same identity when he thus remonstrates with Ananias (Acts 5:3-4): “Why hath Satan tempted thy heart, that thou shouldst lie to the Holy Ghost . ? Thou hast not lied to men, but to God.” The sacred writers attribute to the Holy Ghost all the works characteristic of Divine power. It is in His name, as in the name of the Father and of the Son, that baptism is to be given (Matt. xxviii, 19). It is by His operation that the greatest of Divine mysteries, the Incarnation of the Word, is accomplished (Matthew 1:18, 20; Luke 1:35). It is also in His name and by His power that sins are forgiven and souls sanctified: “Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them” (John 20:22-23); “But you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Spirit of our God” (I Corinthians 6:11); “The charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost, who is given to us” (Romans 5:5). He is essentially the Spirit of truth (John 14:16-17; 15:26), Whose office it is to strengthen faith (Acts 6:5), to bestow wisdom (Acts 6:3), to give testimony of Christ, that is to say, to confirm His teaching inwardly (John 15:26), and to teach the Apostles the full meaning of it (John 14:26; 16:13).

holy-spirit-prayer-confirmation-holy-card-800-004-e24-651-800x703With these Apostles He will abide for ever (John 14:16). Having descended on them at Pentecost, He will guide them in their work (Acts 8:29), for He will inspire the new prophets (Acts 11:28; 13:9), as He inspired the Prophets of the Old Law (Acts 7:51). He is the source of graces and gifts (I Corinthians 12:3-11); He, in particular, grants the gift of tongues (Acts 2:4; 10:44-47). And as he dwells in our bodies sanctifies them (I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19), so will and them raise them again, one day, from the dead (Romans 8:11).

But he operates especially in the soul, giving it a new life (Romans 8:9 sq.), being the pledge that God has given us that we are his children (Romans 8:14-16; II Corinthians 1:22; 5:5; Galatians 4:6). He is the Spirit of God, and at the same time the Spirit of Christ (Romans 8:9); because He is in God, He knows the deepest mysteries of God (I Corinthians 2:10-11), and He possesses all knowledge. St. Paul ends his Second Epistle to the Corinthians (13:13) with this formula of benediction, which might be called a blessing of the Trinity: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the charity of God, and the communication of the Holy Ghost be with you all.”  1914 Catholic Encyclopedia

Novena To Holy Spirit 4th Day

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The Holy Ghost_GIAQUINTO, Corrado

O SANCTE SPIRITUS, qui sollemni Pentecostes die repente per dispertitas linguas tamquam ignis in Apostolos descendens, intra cenaculum congregatos, ita eorum mentes illuminasti, eorum animos incendisti, eorumque voluntates roborasti, ut inde per universum mundum proficiscerentur et ubicumque animose fidenterque Iesu Christi doctrinam annuntiarent, eamque suo profuso cruore obsignarent, renova, quaesumus, in animas quoque nostras prodigiales gratiae tuae effusiones. O HOLY SPIRIT, who on the solemn day of Pentecost didst suddenly descend upon the Apostles gathered in the Upper Room in parted tongues as it were of fire and didst so enlighten their minds, inflame their hearts, and strengthen their wills, that henceforth they went through the entire world and courageously and confidently proclaimed everywhere the teaching of Christ and sealed it with the shedding of their blood, renew, we beseech Thee, the wondrous outpouring of Thy grace in our hearts also.
Quanta mentes nostrae ignorantia laborant circa naturam gravitatemque divinarum veritatum, quae obiectum fidei efficiunt, sine qua salutem nemini sperare licet. Quot aberrationes a iusta terrenorum bonorum aestimatione, quae saepius animae ipsimet anteponuntur. Quam saepe corda nostra non, ut debent, Creatoris amore palpitant, sed ignobiliter creaturarum cupidine. Quam saepe falso humani iudicii respectu impellimur, cum debemus Iesu Christi praecepta palam profiteri, eaque sincere et cum rerum etiam iactura in vitae usum deducere. Quanta infirmitas in amplectenda ferendaque sereno libentique animo huius vitae cruce, quae christianum solummodo potest divini Magistri sui discipulum dignum efficere. How grievously our minds are afflicted with ignorance concerning the nature and dignity of those divine truths which form the object of faith, without which no man may hope for salvation. How far men go astray from a just estimation of earthly goods, which too often are put before the soul itself. How often our hearts do not beat with love of the Creator as they ought, but rather with an ignoble lust for creatures. How often are we led by a false respect for human judgment, when we ought to profess openly the precepts of Jesus Christ and to reduce them to action with a sincere heart and with, if need be, of our worldly substance. What weakness we manifest in embracing and carrying with a serene and willing heart the crosses of this life, which alone can make the Christian a worthy follower of his divine Master.
O Sancte Spiritus, mentes nostras illumina, corda nostra purifica, voluntatesque nostra redintegra; ita quidem ut infinitum animae nostrae pretium plane cognoscamus, itemque peritura huius mundi bona pro nihilo habeamus; ut Deum supra res omnes adamemus, eiusque amore proximos, quemadmodum nosmetipsos, diligamus; ut fidem nostram non modo palam demonstrare ne timeamus, sed de eadem potius gloriemur; ut denique non tantum res prosperas sed res etiam adversas quasi de manu Domini accipiamus, confisi prorsus omnia Eum in eorum bonum esse conversurum, qui erga Eum amore ferantur. Fac, quaesumus, ut nos, suavibus gratiae tuae impulsionibus constanter respondentes ac perseveranti animo operantes bonum, amplissimam sempiternae gloriae messem aliquando accipere mereamur. Amen. O Holy Spirit, enlighten our minds, cleanse our hearts, and give new strength to our wills; to such a degree, at least, that we may clearly recognize the value of our soul, and in a like manner, despise the perishable goods of this world; that we may love God above all things, and, for the love of Him, our neighbor as ourselves; that we may not only be free from fear in professing our faith publicly, but rather may glory in it; finally, that we may accept not only prosperity but also adversity as from the hand of the Lord, with all confidence that He will turn all things into good for those who lovingly tend towards Him. Grant, we beseech Thee, that we, by constantly answering the sweet impulses of Thy grace and doing that which is good with a persevering heart, may deserve one day to receive the rich reward of glory everlasting. Amen.

St. Venantius May 18

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Scarsellino_-_Martyrdom_of_St._Venantius_of_Camerino_-_Google_Art_ProjectAt the age of fifteen, St. Venantius of Camerino was denounced for his Christian religion to Antiochus, who was Prefect of Camerino under the Emperor Decius. St. Venantius presented himself to the prefect at the city gates. For a long time the prefect tempted him by means of promises and threats, then commanded that he be beaten and chained. Miraculously freed by an Angel, St. Venantius was then burned with torches and suspended face down over a smoking fire. Led back again to the governor, he had all his teeth and jaws broken and, thus mutilated, he was thrown into a pit of dung. Rescued from this pit by an Angel, he stood once more before the judge, who, even as St. Venantius was speaking to him, fell from his tribunal, crying out, St. Venantius his God is true, take away our gods! and expired. At length, after new and exquisite torments, St. Venantius was beheaded, along with ten others, and so finished the course of his glorious struggle. The Christians gave honourable burial to the bodies of these martyrs, who now rest in Camerino, in the church dedicated to St. Venantius.  1960 Roman Breviary

Traditional Catholic Altar Boys Save Souls

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When visiting the convalescent hospital, the people are very happy to see all the altar boys in their cassock and surplice.  It stuck Marion so much, that she wanted to go to confession.  She had not gone in 45 years and she has a very serious disease from which she could die at any minute.  IMG_4002This man had never gone to confession in his life.IMG_3999Confession really makes people feel good.

Holy Spirit Gives Strength To Say No To Sexual Sins

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From the Holy Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, we have been given the indwelling presences of the Holy Trinity, including the Holy Spirit.   In a world where we are inundated with sexual impurity, we need strength from God to fight the sexual temptations and to stay sexually pure.

the-holy-spiritWe do not avail ourselves enough to invocation of the Holy Spirit when in time of temptation.  Four of the fruits of the Holy Spirit pertain to sexual purity.

  • Goodness, or in other words ‘holiness’ helps us be pure and holy.
  • Modesty, dressing and acting modestly helps us avoid sexual lust.
  • Continency is a discipline to abstain form sexual activity.
  • Chastity helps us live chaste sexual lives.  Celibacy when we are single.  And sexual chastity when we are married in the Catholic Church, (no unfaithfulness, adultery, pornography, masturbation, lust).

All of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are great aids in fighting the battle against the sins of the flesh and to live chaste lives.  But there are three that are especially helpful since they help us to do what is right, not what is wrong.

  • The gift of wisdom helps us to know what is important and to detach from a sensual life and to live a life pleasing to God that looks forward to the joys of heaven.
  • The gift of piety helps us to be holy, pray and serve God, not our passions.
  • The gift of fear gives us true fear of offending God and be condemned to hell for the sins of the flesh.  It also gives us the strength to avoid all things that would offend God.

As weak as the flesh is, the Holy Spirit gives strength to fight temptation and enlightens the intellect/mind so that we are able to make a correct decision to not sin and instead to do the good.

The next time we are sexually tempted, let us turn to the Holy Spirit and beg for more graces to have the power to obey the will, not our fallen passions.  Of course we also turn to Jesus, Mary, St. Joseph, St. Michael, all the angels and saints for their help too.

holy-spirit-prayer-confirmation-holy-card-800-004-e24-651-800x703We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and have the graces and knowledge to help us stay sexually pure.

Traditional Catholic Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost

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Holy Ghost Or Holy Spirit

Holy Ghost_stained glassSYNOPSIS OF THE CATHOLIC DOGMA

The doctrine of the Catholic Church concerning the Holy Ghost forms an integral part of her teaching on the mystery of the Holy Trinity, of which St. Augustine (De Trin., I, iii, 5), speaking with diffidence, says: “In no other subject is the danger of erring so great, or the progress so difficult, or the fruit of a careful study so appreciable”. The essential points of the dogma may be resumed in the following propositions:

  • The Holy Ghost is the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity.
  • Though really distinct, as a Person, from the Father and the Son, He is consubstantial with Them; being God like Them, He possesses with Them one and the same Divine Essence or Nature.
  • He proceeds, not by way of generation, but by way of spiration, from the Father and the Son together, as from a single principle.

Such is the belief the Catholic faith demands.  1914 Catholic Encyclopedia

Traditional Catholic Rosary Solves All Problems

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The month of May is traditionally dedicated to the Virgin Mary.  Along with that always comes the recitation of the Holy Rosary. rosary_booklet_main In 1957, Sister Lucia of Fatima encouraged Fr. Fuentes by telling him that praying the Holy Rosary solves all our problems.

gold_rosary‘The Most Holy Virgin, in these times is which we live, has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Holy Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, temporal or spiritual, (especially), in the personal life of each one of us, of our families, or the families of the world, or of the religious communities, or even of the life of peoples and nations, that cannot be solved by the Holy Rosary.rosary

There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.

With the Holy Rosary, we will save ourselves.  We will sanctify ourselves.  We will console Our Lord and obtain the salvation of many souls.’

Rosary-For-Busy-PeopleWe are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to know the power of the simple Holy Rosary.  Let us always pray the daily Rosary and share this powerful prayer with others.

St. Paschal Baylon May 17

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pascualbailon02Born at Torre-Hermosa, in the Kingdom of Aragon, 24 May, 1540, on the Feast of Pentecost, called in Spain “the Pasch of the Holy Ghost”, whence the name Pascal; died at Villa Reale, 15 May, 1592, on Whitsunday. His parents, Martin Baylon and Elizabeth Jubera, were virtuous peasants. The child began very early to display signs of that surpassing devotion towards the Holy Eucharist, which forms the salient feature of his character. From his seventh to his twenty-fourth year, he led the life of a shepherd, and during the whole of that period exercised a salutary influence upon his companions. He was then received as a lay brother amongst the Franciscan friars of the Alcantarine Reform. In the cloister, Paschal’s life of contemplation and self-sacrifice fulfilled the promise of his early years. His charity to the poor and afflicted, and his unfailing courtesy were remarkable. On one occasion, in the course of a journey through France, he triumphantly defended the dogma of the Real Presence against the blasphemies of a Calvinist preacher, and in consequence, narrowly escaped death at the hands of a Huguenot mob. Although poorly educated, his counsel was sought for by people of every station in life, and he was on terms of closest friendship with personages of eminent sanctity. Pascal was beatified in 1618, and canonized in 1690. His cultus has flourished particularly in his native land and in Southern Italy, and it was widely diffused in Southern and Central America, through the Spanish Conquests. In his Apostolic letter, Providentissimus Deus, Leo XIII declared St. Pascal the especial heavenly protector of all Eucharistic Congresses and Associations. His feast is kept on 17 May. The saint is usually depicted in adoration before a vision of the Host.