Bread of Life

BREAD OF LIFE
 this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. (john 6: 50)
The miracle of God’s physical presence to us at every Mass is the truest testament to Christ’s love for us and His desire for each of us to have a personal relationship with Him. Jesus Christ celebrated the first Mass with His disciples at the Last Supper, the night before He died. He commanded His disciples, “Do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19). The celebration of the Mass then became the main form of worship in the early Church, as a reenactment of the Last Supper, as Christ had commanded. Each and every Mass since commemorates Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross through the Holy Eucharist. Because the Mass “re-presents” (makes present) the sacrifice on Calvary, Catholics all around the world join together to be made present in Christ’s timeless sacrifice for our sins. There is something fascinating about continuing to celebrate the same Mass—instituted by Christ and practiced by the early Church—with the whole community of Catholics around the world…and in heaven.

THE REAL PRESENCE

Why does the Catholic Church believe Christ is really present in the Eucharist?
The Catholic doctrine of the Real Presence is the belief that Jesus Christ is literally, not symbolically, present in the Holy Eucharist—body, blood, soul and divinity. Catholics believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist because Jesus tells us this is true in the Bible:

“I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh." The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ So Jesus said to them,

"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him” - John 6:48-56
Furthermore, the early Church Fathers either imply or directly state that the bread and wine offered in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper is really the body and blood of Jesus Christ. In other words, the doctrine of the Real Presence that Catholics believe today was believed by the earliest Christians 2,000 years ago!

This miracle of God’s physical presence to us at every Mass is the truest testament to Christ’s love for us and His desire for each of us to have a personal relationship with Him.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

OUR LADY'S TEARS

(Too many souls are going to hell)


Weeping Fatima Statue

by G. G.

For two thousand years the Blessed Virgin has devoted herself with diligence to appear on earth. Indeed, She has appeared in many parts of the world. For what reason? To cooperate in saving souls, which is why Jesus came on earth and gave His life; He gave His life for our salvation.

Therefore, the only thing that interests her is our eternal salvation. All the miracles, healings, favours, etc., are only an enticement for our conversion. Our conversion is her only concern.


What does it mean to be converted?

To be converted means to change my life. If I am an atheist and unable to see that all that surrounds me is from God, to open my eyes and my mind and accept, without reservations, all that God asks of me. Careful observance of God's law in every detail even at the cost of my own life; this is conversion.

To be converted means that if I am a blasphemer and have used my mouth and intelligence to offend God, from now on I must stop cursing and offending God. I must go to confession and ask for God's forgiveness since every act of disrespect towards God, if done with full awareness, can bring me to hell.

To be converted means that if up to now I have shown little or no regard for God and His law I must immediately change my ways and put God first in my life above everything else.

To be converted means that if I have treated Sunday as just a regular working day ignoring what belongs to God: Mass, prayer, family time, day of rest, from now on I will observe the third Commandment: Remember to keep holy the Lord's Day. Remembering that the non observance of this Commandment, besides offending God, can bring me to hell to live with the devils for all eternity.

To be converted means that if up to now I have not treated my parents as the fourth Commandment requires from now on I must have concern for them as I have for my own life. Remembering that one day my children will deal with me likewise and furthermore, remembering that by honouring my parents I can save my soul.

To be converted means that if I held a wrong view of life from now on I must denounce abortion, euthanasia, suicide, wars, and all that depreciates life since only God is the sole owner of all life. Even if governments allow such deviations I am called to oppose them at the risk of being punished, keeping in mind that obedience to God is first and foremost.
To be converted means that if I have used sex as an object for self pleasure from now on I must consider sex as a sacred gift which God has given me for sublime purposes: the continuation of human life within the binding Sacrament of Marriage. Any tampering with sex not in line with God's purposes is a sin that brings me to hell. Masturbation, the birth control pill, infidelity in marriage, all artificial birth control methods, homosexuality, premarital sex, and all sexual perversions are deviations from God's order which bring me to hell. Remembering that Christ in the Gospel is quite unsparing on this point: "anyone who looks at a woman to possess her is guilty of committing adultery with her in his heart."
To be converted means falling in love with truth. To regard truth with awe and devotion because it comes from God and only He is absolute Truth. I am called to denounce all lies and errors since these offend God and neighbour by destroying Truth. They say that the liar loses fifty per cent of his/her value and goes through life working at fifty per cent of his/her worth and, therefore, his/her works are worth half the normal value. So, then, never lie, not even in small ways since small lies give way to big lies.

To be converted means never to steal, not even in small ways. The thief is a liar and his/her life will be a continual lie. To think that at the end of life the thief will have to leave all behind and end up in the fire of hell for all that he/she has stolen.

To be converted means not to desire another's wife/husband or another's goods. This is an easy sin to fall into since our mind wonders in these areas whether we are working or resting, whether we are up or lying in bed, whether we are sitting or standing. Mere consent alone to these thoughts is a sin even though nothing actually materializes.

In short, to be converted means not to do what offends God whatever that may be: on this depends our salvation.

Going back to Our Lady's tears, then, it is sufficient to say that all this grieves her and she comes to tell us not to commit any of these sins. She knows that even one of these sins can bring one to hell.

And to her enticement to prayer, to confession, to penance, to reciting the family Rosary: all methods not to fall into sin and convert to a Christian life.

But, when we fail to do all this and continue to live outside of God's grace we will receive eternal damnation after death; that is to say we will be in hell living with the damned and the devils.

These are Our Lady's tears. Normal tears or tears of blood. To live in God's favour means to be ready always when God calls us and death will find us without mortal sin on our conscience so that we may go to Heaven and not to hell.

Too many souls are going to hell. This is a heavy proclamation Our Lady made at Fatima when she appeared to the three young shepherds. She gave them a vision of hell where the souls of the damned cried and burned without being consumed. Truly a terrible thing!

Our Lady's proclamation is indirectly repeated when we say that morally speaking things are not going well, that people are turning away from God, that men and women no longer believe, that Christians are dechristanized and in need of reevangelization, that the devil has taken over the world, that the young are perverted, etc., etc.

These are all proclamations that confirm that too many souls are going to hell. If this is true it should make us tremble because it refers to all the six billion people living on earth: white, black, red, all races and all religious denominations.

If Our Lady proclaimed that too many souls are going to hell and any right thinking person that sees how badly the world is going affirms this, then, it must be true. If this is true we remain helpless? We remain helpless! Let us cry out as well.

When there is an epidemic we all become concerned to stop it from spreading. Since the beginning of the world no one has ever proclaimed what Our Lady is proclaiming. How do we respond? Is it a lie or is it the truth?

When Galileo announced that the earth is round all were alarmed. He was imprisoned not to disturb the contemporary thinking of the time that the earth was flat. Here we are dealing with a more serious issue of whether the earth is round or flat. We are dealing with too many souls are going to hell. I that write and you that read can end up in hell. It is enough to commit one mortal sin or to live in sin and we can be part of these souls that are going to hell. Imagine! For all eternity. Billions of years will pass and our life in hell continues. The sufferings and pains of this world are quite mild in comparison to the eternal fire.

Since the world began this is the saddest news ever received. The flood, wars of all times, earthquakes, famine, genocides, are all things that pass in comparison to hell that never passes away.


Conclusion: let us seriously ponder whether or not it is all true. Let us change our way of living and place ourselves in Our Lady's hands with the hope that she will help us to see the Truth and not to go to hell. Remember that this is the most important thing in our life: Heaven or hell.

2 comments:

WMP said...

Thank you. We need to share this with as many souls as possible who needs to hear it. Stay close to our Lady and Our Lord.

Michael said...

Thank you for your comments, WMP; God bless you!

Saying the Rosary at least twice a day is one way to keep Satan at bay.