Saint Nicholas is the patron Saint of Pawnbrokers

Feast day December 6th

In 325, he was one of many bishops to answer the request of Constantine and appear at the First Council of Nicaea; the 151st attendee was listed as “Nicholas of Myra of Lycia”.[17] There, Nicholas was a staunch anti-Arian, defender of the Orthodox Christian position,[18] and one of the bishops who signed the Nicene Creed.[19] Tradition has it that he became so angry with the heretic Arius during the Council that he struck him in the face.[20] Continue reading

Immaculate Conception Jeremias & St. John Baptist

What most Catholics are not aware, that it is generally held, Jeremias and St. John Baptist were both born without sin. They were sanctified in their mother’s womb before birth. The protestant Bibles substitute the word sanctified for favored one or chosen one.

Sicily was one of the first countries to celebrate the feast day to a double of the first class with a vigil. 1739.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception December 8
Benedict Baur, O.S.B.

“Blessed art thou, O Mary!”

1. “The Lord possessed me in the beginning of His ways, before He made anything, from the beginning” (Epistle). Mary is likewise contained in the eternal Wisdom, who is to become man in time, who adorns her with His person, His purity, and His glory, and is most intimately united with her in His work on earth. Continue reading

What do the gifts in the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” refer to?

 The song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was written during a time of persecution and contains hidden meanings, such as: Partridge in the Pear Tree – Jesus Christ; Two Turtle Doves – the Old and New Testaments; Three French Hens – faith, hope, and charity; Four Calling Birds – four Gospels; Five Golden Rings – first five books of the Old Testament (the Pentateuch); Six Geese a-Laying – six days of creation; Seven Swans a-Swimming – seven gifts of the Holy Spirit; Eight Maids a-Milking – the eight Beatitudes; Nine Ladies Dancing – nine choirs of angels; Ten Lords a-Leaping – Ten Commandments; Eleven Pipers Piping – the faithful eleven Apostles; Twelve Drummers Drumming – twelve articles of the Apostles’ Creed.

Reality, Truth and Dogma

FSHG June 11, 2000 + 2017
End of the Easter Season Vigil of Pentecost

When defining these three words in reference to Church teaching we will find that they are inseparable. It is analogous to our concept of the inseparable of the Three Persons of the Blessed Trinity.
Patrick H. Omlor, in his article, “When Is Truth a Dogma?” lays down the definition of Dogma as follows:
“By dogma in the strict sense is understood a truth immediately (formally) revealed by God which has been proposed by the Teaching Authority of the Church to be believed as such” Ludwig Ott, Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, p. 4. Continue reading

No career, no science, no art, no political or social system can be a god of salvation for any person

However much the old habits of self-sufficiency and false ideals may plague a Christian, he is forever called to be a “new man.”

The distinct doctrine and ethics he inherits at his rebirth are everywhere true, and everywhere they are the way to heaven. No career, no science, no art, no political or social system can be a god of salvation for any person. Christ in His teachings, His life, His Church and his sacraments, must be accepted and sincerely lived.
Serving Christ in other men is a essential part of the Christian way of salvation and the surest expression of Christian love.

Unless the mind and will are ready to believe in God’s absolute right to teach and command, there is little likelihood that Lenten fasting and penance with extra prayer will be followed carefully.

The will must be free of self-interested desires and fears in order to bend the mind to assent to an unseen God and to His whole mysterious order of salvation. Prejudices and sinful habits easily find excuses for refusing assent to truth and to self-discipline.
Christian mysteries, accepted and lived, lead men to their supernatural destiny. A Christian’s joy in living his faith, without complaining of the cost, is a sign that he knows what he is about.
Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Monday Of Passion Week
12-10-07 Advent.

W.F. Strojie RIP Letter No. 82 December 8, 1985 ~ The Final Chapter

. . . written by Pope St. Pius X

It is more than twenty-five years since we were startled by strange and unsettling pronouncements from Rome. We were now to have a “dialogue” with the leaders of hundreds of erring sects. A liturgy for all in common was proposed at the first session of the Council. No objection was made by pope or bishops. Radical changes in the Mass and in the forms of the Sacraments followed, and in the teaching manuals. The infallible, the indefectible Church had admitted herself to have been mistaken in past centuries. The bishops and parish priests said, “Nothing essential is being changed.” Continue reading

Beheading St. John the Baptist – August 29

Father Kevin O’ Sullivan commentaries 1957,
St. John the Baptist, Elias and God’s Kingdom

When John the Bap­tist appeared at the Jordan river, pro­claiming that the kingdom of God was at hand (cf. Mt. 3:1-12; Mk. 1:2-8; Lk. 3:2-18) the Jews flocked to hear him. The expectation of the Promised Re­deemer, the Messias, was strong at this time, and here was a Prophet announcing his proximate arrival and calling on the people to repent of their sins in order to be prepared to receive him. Continue reading

Reflecting on our Faith as Catholics

See that none render evil for evil to any man; but ever follow that which is good towards each other, and towards all men, always,  always rejoice, pray without ceasing,  (Meaning to have God in your heart at all times) Thess. 5:15,  In all things give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you all. 19 Extinguish not the spirit. 18, Despise not prophecies. 20, But prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 21.If any man will not work, neither let him eat. II Thess.3:10
Dear friends.
Our enemy is not the Jews, Protestants, Masons or Communists. Our enemy is MORTAL SIN. Without MORTAL SIN their would be NO Jews, Protestants, Masons or Communists.The church teaches that every dis-order in the world is a reflection of Mortal Sin.

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The reasons why Catholics believe, “No one knows when the End will come.”

In as much as I have written on this before, like for the last 47 years, human beings being what they are, continue to find those loop holes that I figure were not necessary to explain. So once again I will try to give a more in depth explanation of this subject which really started in the 1500’s.
 
To begin with, we have to go to the first prophecy and sign we have for Christ’s return in St. Paul’s letter 2 Thessalonians when he tells us that the Lord cannot come back until the “Man of Sin” the son of perdition comes into the world. I’m sure that all through the century’s there were lots of people accused of being the Man of Sin or the AntiChrist. Pope Leo X got this distinguish title from Martin Luther.

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We were Created, Redeemed and the World ends with a Full-Moon

As I continually point out every-year the sequence of events pertaining God’s Creation of the world, (Ex: 12) His Redemptive act and the final Testimonial Judgment week all happen under a Full-Moon.
Adam was created under the Spring Passover Full-Moon. Christ Redeemed us under the Spring Passover Full-Moon and the final Testimonial , Judgment week starts on Pentecost Sunday and ends on the eve of Trinity Sunday, with a Full-Moon. (1)
 Here you have it my friends. God even puts a little Humor in it all by having the Gospel for Trinity Sunday tell us we all left for Heaven and Hell last night by saying. “I will be with you till the End of the World.”
He warns us from the very beginning of His Creation, in Psalms 88:37, ” His posterity shall continue forever, and his throne shall be like the sun before me; Like the Moon, which remains forever a  FAITHFUL WITNESS in the sky.”
So now my friends, you need not worry about the General Judgment Day till next year. The Great Chastisement should take place during Lenten Tide. A sign in the Heavens of a Cross should warn us but I don’t know if all will see it.
Grace be with you, in Christ, Parousia Joseph
(1) My booklet, “The Day of the Lord & the Signs of His Coming.”