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|A Thread For Catholics by MrAladin: 9:01pm On Oct 03, 2013
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|Re: A Thread For Catholics by MrAladin: 9:05pm On Oct 03, 2013
THE CHURCH IS CATHOLIC AND SHE IS THE MOTHER OF ALL CHURCHES.
Catholic (Universal) in Means and in
The Church is Catholic (meaning "universal"
in two ways. First, the Church is universal
because Christ is present in her. She receives
from him "the fullness of the means of
salvation." In this fundamental sense, the
Church was Catholic on the day of Pentecost
and will be so until Christ returns.
Second, the Church is Catholic because she
has a mission to the whole world. The new
People of God (while remaining one) must
spread throughout the world. God made
human nature one and now he decrees that
all the scattered people be gathered
together. By its gift of universality, the
church seeks the return of all humanity
under Christ the Head (Second Vatican
Catholic Even When Local (832-833)
The Church is really present in all legitimately
organized local groups of the faithful united
to their pastors (called "churches" in the
New Testament). These communities might
be small and poor. Yet, in these particular
churches Christ is present and the One, Holy,
Catholic, and Apostolic Church is constituted
(Second Vatican Council).
The diocese (or eparchy) is a community of
faithful headed by a bishop ordained in
apostolic succession. These particular
churches are modeled after the universal
Church. In them the one and unique Catholic
Unity in Rome (834)
Particular Churches are fully Catholic by their
unity with Rome "which presides in
charity" (St. Ignatius of Antioch). "For with
this Church (Rome), by reason of its pre-
eminence, the whole Church must
necessarily be in accord" (St. Irenaeus). "All
Christian Churches have held the great
Church of Rome as their basis and
foundation since, the gates of hell have
never prevailed against her" (St. Maximus
In a Variety of Cultures (835)
The universal Church is not just a federation
of different particular Churches. The
universal Church is rooted in a variety of
cultures and takes on different external
expressions. The rich variety shows forth
the Catholicity of the undivided Church (Pope
All are Called (836)
All men are certainly called to this Catholic
unity. The Catholic faithful, others who
believe in Christ, and all mankind belong to
or are ordered to Catholic unity.
Some are Incorporated (837-838)
The fully incorporated are those who accept
all the Church's means of salvation and who,
by profession of faith, the sacraments,
church government, and communion, are
united in the visible structure of the Church.
However, a Church member who does not
persevere in charity is not saved. He is in the
Church's bosom, but "in body" not "in
heart" (Second Vatican Council).
Others who are baptized and are called
"Christian" but who do not profess the
Catholic faith are still joined to the Catholic
Church in many ways. They enjoy a certain,
although imperfect, communion with the
Catholic Church. The unity with the Orthodox
Church is so profound that it lacks little to
attain the fullness to permit a common
celebration of Eucharist (Pope Paul VI).
The Jews - Awaiting an Unknown Messiah
Those who have not heard the Gospel are
related to the People of God in various ways.
The Jewish People were the first to hear the
Word of God, and their faith is already a
response to God's revelation. To them
"belong the sonship, the glory, the
covenants, the giving of the law, the
worship and the promises" (Rom 9:4-5) and
"this call of God is irrevocable" (Rom 11:29).
The People of God of the Old Covenant and
new People of God expect the coming (or
the return) of the Messiah. However, the
People of the New Covenant await the
return of a risen Messiah. The People of the
Old Covenant await the coming of a still
unknown Messiah, because they do not
know or they misunderstand Christ Jesus.
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by MrAladin: 9:07pm On Oct 03, 2013
God's plan of salvation includes those who
acknowledge the Creator. Among these, in
the first place, are the Muslims who profess
the faith of Abraham and believe in one
merciful God as mankind's judge on the Last
A Common Origin (842)
The Church's bond with non-Christian
religions is the common origin and goal of
the human race. "All nations stem from one
stock and all share a common destiny,
namely, God. His providence extends to
all" (Second Vatican Council).
Other Religions (843)
The Church recognizes that in other
religions there is a search for a God. Any
goodness or truth in these religions is a
"preparation for the Gospel" (Second Vatican
Possible Mistakes in Religious Behavior
In his religious behavior, man can make
mistakes. "Deceived by the Evil One, men
have exchanged the truth of God for a lie
and served the creature rather than the
Creator. Without God, they are exposed to
ultimate despair" (Second Vatican Council).
The Church as Noah's Ark (845)
The Father wants to reunite all humanity
into his Son's Church. According to St.
Augustine and St. Ambrose, the Church was
prefigured by Noah's ark, which alone saved
the world from the flood.
"Outside the Church There is No
How do we understand this saying from the
Church Fathers? All salvation comes from
Christ through his Body, the Church which is
necessary for salvation because Christ is
present in his Church.
Jesus said, "The man who believes and
accepts Baptism will be saved; the man who
refuses to believe in it will be
condemned" (Mk 16:16). By these words
Jesus also affirmed the necessity of the
Church, because Baptism is its door to the
Refusing to Enter (847)
Someone who knows the Catholic Church
was founded as necessary by God and
refuses to enter or remain in it, cannot be
Just Not Knowing (848)
However, those, who through no fault of
their own do not know either the Gospel of
Christ or his Church, can achieve salvation by
seeking God with a sincere heart and by
trying to do God's will (Second Vatican
Council). Although God can lead all people to
salvation, the Church still has the duty to
evangelize all men.
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by SalC: 8:23am On Oct 04, 2013
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by MrAladin: 8:55am On Oct 04, 2013
Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi
Reading 1 BAR 1:15-22
During the Babylonian captivity, the exiles
“Justice is with the Lord, our God;
and we today are flushed with shame,
we men of Judah and citizens of Jerusalem,
that we, with our kings and rulers
and priests and prophets, and with our
have sinned in the Lord’s sight and disobeyed
We have neither heeded the voice of the Lord,
nor followed the precepts which the Lord set
From the time the Lord led our ancestors out
of the land of Egypt
until the present day,
we have been disobedient to the Lord, our
and only too ready to disregard his voice.
And the evils and the curse that the Lord
enjoined upon Moses, his servant,
at the time he led our ancestors forth from
the land of Egypt
to give us the land flowing with milk and
cling to us even today.
For we did not heed the voice of the Lord, our
in all the words of the prophets whom he
but each one of us went off
after the devices of his own wicked heart,
served other gods,
and did evil in the sight of the Lord, our God.”
Responsorial Psalm PS 79:1B-2, 3-5, 8, 9
R. (9) For the glory of your name, O Lord,
O God, the nations have come into your
they have defiled your holy temple,
they have laid Jerusalem in ruins.
They have given the corpses of your servants
as food to the birds of heaven,
the flesh of your faithful ones to the beasts of
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver
They have poured out their blood like water
round about Jerusalem,
and there is no one to bury them.
We have become the reproach of our
the scorn and derision of those around us.
O LORD, how long? Will you be angry forever?
Will your jealousy burn like fire?
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver
Remember not against us the iniquities of the
may your compassion quickly come to us,
for we are brought very low.
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver
Help us, O God our savior,
because of the glory of your name;
Deliver us and pardon our sins
for your name’s sake.
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver
Gospel LK 10:13-16
Jesus said to them,
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you,
For if the mighty deeds done in your midst
had been done in Tyre and Sidon,
they would long ago have repented,
sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and
at the judgment than for you.
And as for you, Capernaum, ‘Will you be
exalted to heaven?
You will go down to the netherworld.’
Whoever listens to you listens to me.
Whoever rejects you rejects me.
And whoever rejects me rejects the one who
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by MrAladin: 9:08am On Oct 04, 2013
Today The Church celebrate the memorial OF st. Francis Of Asisi.
Lets take look at some of his Famous Quote.
Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.
For it is in giving that we receive.
If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.
If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by cyphercypher: 9:14am On Oct 04, 2013
NAME: St. Francis of Assisi OCCUPATION: Saint BIRTH DATE: c. 1181 DEATH DATE: October 03, 1226
PLACE OF BIRTH: Assisi, duchy of Spoleto, Italy
PLACE OF DEATH: Assisi, Italy AKA: St. Francis of Assisi
FULL NAME: Saint Francis of Assisi AKA: Saint Francis AKA: San Francesco d'Assisi
ORIGINALLY: Francesco di Pietro di Bernardone AKA: St.
Francis BEST KNOWN FOR
St. Francis of Assisi abandoned a life of luxury for a life devoted to Christianity after reportedly hearing the voice of God, who commanded him to rebuild the Christian Church and live in poverty. He is the patron saint for ecologists.
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by cyphercypher: 9:17am On Oct 04, 2013
THe Life Of St. Francis
orn in Italy circa 1181, St. Francis of Assisi
was renown for drinking and partying in
his youth. After fighting in a battle between
Assisi and Perugia, Francis was captured
and imprisoned at ransom. He spent nearly a
year in prison—awaiting his father's
ransom—and, during this time, reportedly
began receiving visions from God. After his
release from prison, Francis reportedly
heard the voice of Christ, who told him to
repair the Christian Church and live a life of
he abandoned his life of luxury and devoted
his life to Christianity, and became known all
over the Christian world. Later in life, Francis
reportedly received a vision that left him
with the stigmata of Christ—marks
resembling the wounds Jesus Christ
suffered when he was crucified—making
Francis the first person to receive the holy
wounds of the stigmata. He was canonized
as a saint on July 16, 1228. Today, St. Francis
of Assisi has had a lasting resonance, with
millions of followers across the globe.
Early Life of Luxury
Born circa 1181 in Assisi, duchy of Spoleto,
Italy, St. Francis of Assisi, though revered
tosay, began his life as a confirmed sinner.
His father was a wealthy cloth merchant
who owned farmland around Assisi, and his
mother was a stunning Frenchwoman.
Francis wanted for nothing during his
youth; he was spoiled, indulging himself
with fine food, booze and women, and left
school at the age of 14. By this time, he had
become renown as a teenage tearaway who
frequently drank, partied and broke the city
curfew. He was also known for his charm
and for being dandy in his dress.
In these rustic surroundings, Francis of
Assisi learned the skills of archery, wrestling
and horsemanship. He was expected to
follow his father into the family textile
business, but was bored by the prospect of
life in the cloth trade. Instead of planning a
future as a merchant, he began
daydreaming of a future as a knight; knights
were Medieval action heroes, and if Francis
had any ambition, it was to be a war hero
like them. It wouldn't be long before the
opportunity for warfare beckoned.
In 1202, war broke between Assisi and
Perugia, and Francis eagerly took his place
with the cavalry. Little did he know at the
time, his experience with war wold change
War and Imprisonment
Francis and the men of Assisi came under
heavy attack, and in the face of superior
numbers, they took flight. The whole
battlefield was soon covered with the
bodies of butchered, mutilated men,
screaming in agony. Most of the surviving
Assisi troops were immediately put to death.
Dressed like an aristocrat in expensive new
armour, Francis was quickly captured by
enemy soldiers, but, judging him worthy of
a decent ransom, decided to spare his life.
He and the other wealthy prisoners were
thusly taken as prisoners, led off to a dank
underground cell. Francis would spend
nearly a year in this miserable prison cell—
awaiting his father's ransom—during which
time he may well have contracted a serious
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by cyphercypher: 9:19am On Oct 04, 2013
Also during this time, he
would later report, he began to receive
visions from God.
After the War
Finally, after a year of negotiations, Francis's
ransom was accepted and he was released
from prison in 1203. When he came back to
Assisi, however, Francis was a very different
man. Upon his return, he was dangerously
sick in both mind and body—a shell-
shocked casualty of war. He had fought and
lost in a bitter, bloody war, and was left with
mental and physical scars.
One day, as he would later report, whilst
riding on a horse in the local countryside,
Francis encountered a leper—regarded, at
the time, as the lowest of the low, an
untouchable. Previously, Francis would have
run from the leper, but on this occasion, his
behavior was very different. Viewing the
leper as a symbol of moral conscience—or
as Jesus incognito, according to some
religious scholars—he embraced and kissed
him, later describing the experience as a
feeling of sweetness in his mouth. After this
incident, Francis felt released from many of
his inhibitions. Suddenly, his earlier life of
wine, women and song had lost all of its
Subsequently, Francis, now in his early 20s,
began turning his focus toward God.
Instead of working, he spent an ever-
increasing amount of time at a remote
mountain hideaway as well as in old, quiet
churches around Assisi, praying and looking
for answers. During this time, while praying
before an old Byzantine crucifix at the
church of San Damiano, Francis reportedly
heard the voice of Christ, who told him to
rebuild the Christian Church and to live a life
of extreme poverty. Thusly, Francis
abandoned his life of luxury and devoted his
life to Christianity. He began preaching
around Assisi and was soon joined by 12
Some regarded Francis as a madman or a
fool, but others viewed him as one of the
greatest example of how to live the Christian
ideal since Jesus Christ himself. Whether he
was really touched by God, or simply a man
misinterpreting hallucinations brought on
by mental illness and/or poor health—
following his release from prison, he was
incredibly sleep-deprived and malnourished
—one thing is for certain: Francis of Assisi
quickly became well-known throughout the
Devotion to Christianity
After his epiphany at the church of San
Damiano, Francis experienced a defining
moment in his life. In order to raise money
to rebuild the Christian Church, he stole a
bolt of cloth and a horse from his father. His
father became furious upon learning of his
son's crimes, and subsequently dragged
Francis before the local bishop. The bishop
told Francis to return his father's money, to
which his reaction was extraordinary: He
stripped off his clothes and passed them,
along with the money, back to his father,
declaring that God was now the only father
he recognized; this event is credited as
Francis's final conversion, and there is no
indication that Francis and his father ever
spoke again thereafter.
The bishop gave Francis a rough tunic, and
dressed in these new humble clothes,
Francis left Assisi.
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by cyphercypher: 9:21am On Oct 04, 2013
Unluckily for him, the first
people he met on the road were a group of
dangerous thieves, who beat him badly.
Despite his wounds, Francis was elated.
From now on, he would live according to
Francis's Christ-like poverty was a radical
notion at the time. The Christian Church was
tremendously rich, much like the people
heading it, which concerned Francis and
many others, who felt that the Church's
long-held apostolic ideals had eroded.
Francis set out on a mission to restore Jesus
Christ's own, original values to the now-
decadent Church. With his incredible
charisma, thousands of followers were soon
drawn to him, listening to his sermons and
joining in his way of life; his followers
became known as Franciscan friars.
Continuously pushing himself in the quest
for spiritual perfection, Francis was soon
preaching in up to five villages per day,
teaching a new kind of emotional and
personal Christian religion that everyday
people could understand. He even went so
far as to preach to animals, which garnered
criticism and earned him the nickname
"God's fool." But Francis's message was
spread far and wide, and thousands of
people were captivated by what they heard.
In 1224, Francis reportedly received a vision
that left him with the stigmata of Christ—
marks resembling the wounds Jesus Christ
suffered when he was crucified, through his
hands, and the gaping lance wound in his
side—making Francis the first person to
receive the holy wounds of the stigmata.
(According to scripture, Francis's wounds
never left him for the rest of his life; some
believe that his wounds were actually
symptoms of leprosy, not proof of a miracle.)
Death and Legacy
As he approached his death, many predicted
that Francis was a saint in the making. When
his health began to decline more rapidly,
Francis went home. Knights were sent from
Assisi to guard him, and to make sure that
no one from neighbouring towns would
carry him off (the body of a saint was
viewed, at the time, as an extremely valuable
relic that would bring, among many things,
glory to the town where it rested).
Francis of Assisi died on October 3, 1226, at
the age of 44, in Assisi, Italy. Today, Francis
has had a lasting resonance, with millions of
followers across the globe. He was
canonized as a saint just two years after his
death, on July 16, 1228, by his former
protector, Pope Gregory IX. Today, St. Francis
of Assisi is the patron saint for ecologists—a
title honoring his boundless love for animals
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by engrtee(f): 10:39am On Oct 04, 2013
Saint francis, pray for us
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by SalC: 7:59pm On Oct 06, 2013
Happy sunday to all my brethren.
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by MrAladin: 8:46pm On Oct 06, 2013
Sal C: Happy sunday to all my brethren.Same To You Sir.
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by MrAladin: 8:59pm On Oct 06, 2013
The Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy
Have I neglected to do the following whem
circumstances obliged me:
The Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy
1. To admonish sinners.
2. To instruct the
3. To counsel the doubtful.
4. To comfort the sorrowful.
5. To bear
6,To forgive all injuries.
7, To pray for the living and the dead?
The Seven Corporal Works of Mercy
1. To feed the hungry.
2. To give drink to the
3. To clothe the naked.
4. To visit and ransom the captives.
harbor the harborless.
6. To visit the sick.
7. To bury the dead?
Remember our Holy Catholic Faith teaches us
that … as the body without the spirit is
dead; so also faith without works is dead.
The Seven Deadly Sins and the Opposite
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by MrAladin: 9:09pm On Oct 06, 2013
The Four Sins which Cry to Heaven for
1. Willful Murder.
2. The sin of Sodomy or
3. Oppression of the poor.
4. Defrauding the
laborer of his just wages.
The Six Commandments of the Church
1. Have I heard Mass on Sundays and holy days
2. Have I fasted and abstained on the days
appointed and have I kept the Eucharistic
3. Have I confessed at least once a year?
4. Have I received the Holy Eucharist at least
once in the year?
5. Have I contributed as far as I must to the
support of the Church?
6. Have I observed the laws of the Church
concerning Marriage, i.e.: Marriage without a
priest present, or marrying a relative or non-
The Five Blasphemies Against the
Immaculate Heart of Mary
1. Have I blasphemed against the Immaculate
2. Have I blasphemed against Our Lady´s
3. Have I blasphemed against Our Lady´s Divine
Maternity? Have I failed to recognize Our
Lady as the Mother of all men?
4. Have I publicly sought to sow in the hearts
of children indifference or scorn, or even
hatred, of this Immaculate Mother?
5. Have I outraged Her directly in Her Holy
Have I received Holy Communion in the state
of mortal sin? (This is a very grave sacrilege.)
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by MrAladin: 9:14pm On Oct 06, 2013
Tommorow Being The 7th of Oct is the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary - ... - Catholic Culture
Ordinary Time: October 7th ... to pray the
Rosary for the intentions of the Pope, the
mission of the Church and peace.
Pls Make sure U attend Holy n also Pray Ur rosary.
So That ouR Mother Mary will Intersede on ur behave.
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by SalC: 9:26pm On Oct 06, 2013
Mr. Aladin:Thanks brother. Pls as regards your last sentence see if you can help me out on this thread.https://www.nairaland.com/1458705/holy-communion-between-paul-jesus
Someone actually asked that question and am still in a fix on how to answer that.
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by macof(m): 9:27pm On Oct 06, 2013
The largest and richest Religious organisation in the world
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by SalC: 9:38pm On Oct 06, 2013
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by MrAladin: 7:33am On Oct 07, 2013
Sal C: Thanks brother. Pls as regards your last sentence see if you can help me out on this thread.https://www.nairaland.com/1458705/holy-communion-between-paul-jesus
Bro The Answer to Ur QUstn is Clear.
But am Having Some Difficulty On How To Put. B4 THE week Runs Out I post it.
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by italo: 8:18am On Oct 07, 2013
Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
This feast was instituted by Pope St. Pius V in thanksgiving for the great naval victory over the Turks at the battle of Lepanto on this day in the year 1570, a favor due to the recitation of the Rosary. This victory saved Europe from being overrun by the forces of Islam.
Lepanto, perhaps the most complete victory ever gained over the Ottoman Empire, on October 7, 1571, is commemorated by the invocation "Help of Christians," inserted in the Litany of Loretto. At Belgrade the Turks were defeated on the Feast of Our Lady ad Nives in 1716. A second victory gained that year on the Octave of the Assumption determined Pope Clement XI to command the Feast of the Rosary to be celebrated by the universal Church. Leo XIII added the invocation "Queen of the most Holy Rosary, pray for us," to the Litany of Loretto. The Feast is in reality a great festival of thanksgiving for the signal and countless benefits bestowed on Christendom through the Rosary of our blessed Queen.
In modern times successive popes have urged the faithful to pray the Rosary. It is a form of contemplative prayer, mental and vocal prayer, which brings down God’s blessing on the Church. It is a biblically inspired prayer which is centered on meditation on the salvific mysteries of Christ in union with Mary, who was so closely associated with her Son in his redeeming activity.
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by SalC: 8:22am On Oct 07, 2013
Mr. Aladin:I will greatly appreciate that. Good morning and do have a great day.
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by MrAladin: 8:25am On Oct 07, 2013
italo: Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
the Rosary Is Indeed The Most Powerful Weapon.
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by SalC: 8:30am On Oct 07, 2013
@ Italo thanks for the post.
@Damerry I see you peeping
Brethren let's not forget to say at least 5 decades of the holy rosary today.
Wishing us all a fulfilled day ahead.
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by damerry(m): 8:37am On Oct 07, 2013
Hehehe, I'm staring fully at the thread! Why would i peep? This is my home zone.
Happy feast day of our lady of the most holy rosary!
I'll definitely pray 20 decades b4 evening mass today.
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by italo: 8:56am On Oct 07, 2013
@ Sal C, you're welcome.
Good morning all.
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by SalC: 9:12am On Oct 07, 2013
damerry: Hehehe, I'm staring fully at the thread! Why would i peep? This is my home zone.That's nice. Pls remember Sal C in your prayers.
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by MrAladin: 9:22am On Oct 07, 2013
damerry: Hehehe, I'm staring fully at the thread! Why would i peep? This is my home zone.may The Blessed Virgin Mary Queen Of The rosary intercede on Our Behave
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by damerry(m): 2:12am On Oct 08, 2013
Sal C: That's nice. Pls remember Sal C in your prayers.definitely! I prayed for all co-threaders
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by Syncan(m): 3:17am On Oct 08, 2013
My name is Syncan and I'll like to join this community. Glory to Jesus!
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by SalC: 9:55am On Oct 08, 2013
damerry: definitely! I prayed for all co-threadersThanks.
|Re: A Thread For Catholics by SalC: 10:00am On Oct 08, 2013
Syncan: My name is Syncan and I'll like to join this community. Glory to Jesus!You are highly welcome.
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