Your Lesson For The Day...

Here are a few little email tidbits that I have sent out from time to time.
I call them 'Your Lesson For the Day'.

In making my way through the O.T. slowly for a third time I have run across some interesting things. Jer 23 is a must read for a wealth of info.
I can see these false profits (misspelled on purpose) all over the place today, as scripture describes when GOD said, 'not sent by Me'.. Jeremiah 23:16, 21, 25, 30, 31, 32
Also compare Jer 23:29 with Lk 24:32. Interesting reading to say the least. 

Let those who say that Mary had other children because the Bible mentions the brothers (brethren) of Jesus, explain this verse to you.

1Chronicles 23:22,
"And Eleazar died, and had no sons, but daughters: and their brethren the sons of Kish took them."
A quote from the King James bible.
Whose brethren???
Did the brethren marry their blood sisters???

"To a great extent the level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood. When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women."
~ Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

"There are no crown wearers in heaven who were not cross bearers here below." 
 ... C. H. Spurgeon (1834-1892), under "Cross Bearers" in  Gleanings among the Sheaves [1869]

"The most thrilling thing you can ever do is win someone to Christ. And it's contagious. Once you do it, you don't want to stop."
   ... Luis Palau (b.1934)

"Christ is full of grace by divine right (John 1:14). Mary is full of grace by
divine gift (Luke 1:28)".
Dr. Richard Geraghty

Mat 23:1, Then said Jesus to the crowds and to his disciples,
Mat 23:2 "The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat;
Mat 23:3 so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice.
Mat 23:4 They bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger.
Mat 23:5  They do all their deeds to be seen by men; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long,
Mat 23:6  and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues,

Sounds like our congress at work to me.
I wonder if any of those few hundred in office ever read the Bible, or much less see themselves in those verses?

1Timothy 4:16  "Take heed to yourself and to your teaching; hold to that, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers."
Compare with James 5:19-20.

"Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander, Caesar, Mahomet, and Napoleon; without science and learning, He shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and schools combined; without the eloquence of schools, He spoke words of life such as never were spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of any orator or poet; without writing a single line, He has set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art and sweet songs of praise, than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times. Born in a manger, and crucified as a malefactor, He now controls the destinies of the civilized world, and rules a spiritual empire which embraces one-third of the inhabitants of the globe. There never was in this world a life so unpretending, modest, and lowly in its outward form and condition, and yet producing such extraordinary effects upon all ages, nations, and classes of men. The annals of history produce no other example of such complete and astonishing success in spite of the absence of those material, social, literary, and artistic powers and influences which are indispensable to success for a mere man." 
... Philip Schaff (1819-1893)

"Mary gave Christ the ability to die. Jesus gave Mary the ability
to live forever."
Fr Benedict Groeschel

2Chronicles 8:11  "And he removed the daughter of Pharao from the city of David, to the house which he had built for her. For the king said: My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, for it is sanctified because the ark of the Lord came into it."

Now, with what can you equate this statement to the New Ark of the Covenant?
A hint!
The Lord came into the New Ark (Lk 1:38,  2:6-7), so the BVM is sanctified as well.  Like Uzziah who was zapped by GOD for touching the wooden ark (2Sam 6:2-8) now equate that to the New Ark.

Regarding scandals in the Church:
How do we reconcile them with the holiness of the Church?
"The Church isn't holy because of us. It is holy because of Him."
Fr Corapi.

 The woman of Revelation 12 is said to be the Church and not the Blessed Virgin Mary, so some non-Catholics like to say.

Regarding this, Fr Mitch Pacwa mentioned this:
Rev 12:5 proves them to be absolutely wrong:
"Rev 12:5  And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with an iron rod. And her son was taken up to God and to his throne."

The Church did not bring forth Jesus Christ. Just the opposite, Christ brought forth the Church.

According to an old saying:
"What is gratuitously asserted can be gratuitously denied."
In other words, statements made without proof can be denied without proof.

Are you saved?
Some non-Catholic sects teach that as long as you accept Jesus Christ you are saved since He died on the cross for all of our sins, past, present and future. This means to them that no matter how many sins they commit, they are still saved.

A reply from Mother Angelica on the subject:

"Yes but what did Jesus say to the woman caught in adultery?"
John 8:10  Jesus looked up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"
John 8:11  She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again."

 Even in the Old Testament good works were beneficial for salvation:

2Chronicles 12:12, "But yet because they were humbled, the wrath of the Lord
turned away from them, and they were not utterly destroyed: for even
in Juda there were found good works."

A request from a friend:
Remember also being told this in Catholic grammar school Bob, way back in the 50's.   As I recall it had something to do at the "Final" judgement when the book of names was opened in Heaven and we would be able to see our sins and the sins of others.  Never really gave it much those days we pretty much accepted what we were taught. I guess just another wonderful display of Gods great love and Divine Mercy for us ....all who are sinners and really don't deserve to be in His Almighty presence.  I'll be anxious to hear the actual teaching on this.
All Gods blessings.....Val

Here it is Val:
Here is the answer. Remember that in those days the nuns taught from the Baltimore Catechism, many years before the CCC was released. That is not to say that the Baltimore was wrong.
I went to Tim Staples with the question and here is his excellent response:

The Church has taught infallibly that there will be both a particular judgment of every individual and a general judgment where all will be judged publicly and before all. Dr. Ludwig Ott, in his book, ďFundamentals of Catholic Dogma, gives an excellent treatment of this on pages 492ff. But this must be understood properly. This will not be a matter of everybody ďbeing concerned with other peopleís sins.Ē This will be a glorious celebration of Godís justice and mercy that we will see to be absolutely one in God. We will see with Godís eyes, so to speak, and with Godís heart. We will only rejoice in Godís mercy and forgiveness and what God has done in the elect and we will only rejoice in Godís justice in those who are damned. We will be able to see that all is good, right and just. Just as we can feel good about a person guilty of murder going to prison for life because that is good (this is not out of vengeance, but out of a sense of justice. We do not rejoice in the person being deprived of freedom, etc., we rejoice in the justice of it all), we will rejoice at the fact that those who will go to Hell will deserve it. In fact, if a person who was unrepentant and deserved Hell were to not go to Hell that would be an injustice.

"While those who give scandal are guilty of the spiritual equivalent
of murder [i.e., destroying other peopleís faith in God by their
terrible example], those who take scandal, who allow scandals to
destroy their faith are guilty of spiritual suicide."
St Francis De Sales
"Liberalism: a mental disorder wherein the illogical becomes
completely logical with no lasting effect on the conscience."
Catholic Answers
More on the 'brothers' of Jesus.

1Chronicles 26:30: "Of the Hebronites, Hashabiah and his brothers, seventeen hundred able men, were overseers of Israel on the other side of the Jordan, to the west, being responsible for all the work of the Lord's house and for the work done by the king's servants."

Hashabiah had seventeen hundred brothers???
How did his mother ever manage that in one lifetime?
Maybe his father had 10 wives and each had 170 sons???  Or 100 wives with each having 17 sons??? Well then in either case there would be many half brothers, right? 
What about daughters? Did their mother only have sons?
Oh well, let us tell those who say that Mary had other children, figure it out.

On the subject of female priests:

1Timothy 3:12:
"Deacons should be men who have been married but once..." (Catholic Confraternity version)
"Let deacons be the husband of one wife, and let them manage their children and their households well..." (RSV)

That verse clearly shows that a deacon must be a male, not a female.
Now remember, for a priest to become a priest, he must first pass through the deaconate.
So it seems to me that this is an excellent verse to use against those who call for female priests.

Sirach 4:11
"And thou shalt be as the obedient son of the most High, and he will have mercy on thee more than a mother."

 It is to be noted that Sirach was written about 200 years before Jesus the Christ  was born.

Ecc 10:19  Men prepare bread for laughter, and wine and oil that the living should rejoice: but to money all things will humbly yield obedience....Septuagint

Ecc 10:19  For laughter they make bread, and wine that the living may feast: and all things obey money......Douay

Hmmm, sounds like a perfectly fitting verse for what is happening today.

What is the difference between a disciple and an Apostle?
Jesus separated those two terms here:
Luke 6:13: "And when it was day, he called his disciples, and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles;"

Here is a clip from the Haydock commentary:

Ver. 6:13. These twelve Christ chose as individual companions and domestics. To these he committed the charge of founding and governing his Church. He sent them as legates, or ambassadors, (for this is the import of the word apostle) to all the world. Hence their power was more universal than that of bishops, which is confined to their own dioceses or districts. The jurisdiction of the apostles was not limited to place. (Tirinus) --- This power which Jesus Christ delegated to his apostles, and which was for the benefit and regulation of the universal Church in all future ages, the apostles, in their turn, delegated to their successors in the ministry, with such regulations and limitations as have been judged in the Holy Ghost necessary for the proper government of the spiritual kingdom of God upon earth. And it is the height of presumption to question any ordinations that come to us with the authority of the Catholic Church: for, "whatever the Church says, is true; whatever she permits is lawful; whatever she forbids, is evil; whatever she ordains, is holy; whatever she institutes, is good." (St. Augustine) --- How futile then is the objection of Calvin, who pretends, that an apostle, being nothing but a legate, can make no laws, nor prescribe or teach any thing not expressed in his mandatum! (Calvin, Institutes lib. iv. chap. 8)

Written by Bob Stanley, March 17, 2010
Updated April 13, 2010
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"Have I then become your enemy, because I told you the truth?"
Galatians 4:16