"truth is timeless" is the name of this Tumblr account and for good reason: truth is timeless. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, proclaims “I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life." The Old Testament states The Law and Jesus came to testify to and fulfill the Old Testament. It is clearly stated what homosexuality is in the Old Testament and affirmed in the New Testament.
The real message of The Gospel of Jesus Christ is this: All are sinners. Therefore repent of your sins and follow Christ, The Way, The Truth, The Life. He has overcome sin by death on The Cross. He has defeated it and opened the door to salvation.
There is no other Way. It doesn’t matter what your sins and temptations are. Give yourself to Him and His grace will be sufficient to help you though it. All shall suffer, regardless, because of original sin. The real question is “Will we suffer only here for a short time or as well for eternity?”
We are all tempted to do what is against our best interests and the explanation is beyond the scope and space here. I challenge you on this point if you are so sure that the gay lifestyle is “normal” to do the following.
Separate yourself from the “lifestyle” first. This is akin to the Early Fathers and hermits who separated themselves from all to seek God. You can’t stay in the sin and expect to find Him. He is pursuing you now, but you must detach yourself from the sin first.
It is said well over 300 times in The Bible, “Do not be afraid.” I repeat it. You can always go back to your old ways. However, this may be the only time you are called again, over your protestations and supposed sense, to see what The Savior is calling you to.
So many are deceived and the deceived work tirelessly, and sometimes unknowingly, to spread their error. Again, my only goal is to call to you to ask you to rethink your ways.
He is calling to you. He wants to save you. Does it make sense to give ourselves over to our animalistic desires or should we accept the dignity of being called to a higher purpose?
I don’t have all the answers but He does. At least check it out, won’t you? If the life you lead is fine, you have nothing to fear by testing it’s validity, right?
I propose this to you with no malice, but rather in love without judgement for my fellow man. Thank you!
With today’s ruling and The Fortnight of Freedom already underway, I offer this powerful prayer for all to pray to The Blessed Virgin Mary, to intercede for our petitions in this troubling time and world we live in.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.
Even now as we pray for an election that turns this country around, let also pray and discern what we shall do for ourselves and others with The Year of Faith proclaimed by Pope Benedict. Many are returning with determination to spend more time learning and understanding The Catechism of The Catholic Church. More to come on this…
Wow, all these great opportunities for learning, sharing, and growing in The Faith that are available today!
Thank and Praise God every day, unceasingly, for all this and every thing around us.
We had confusion, errancy, and Tradition considered “old, stuffy, and irrelevant for our time”.
I pray that some who were lost or left will return to find The Church more alive and relevant than we have seen in our teenage thru adult lifetime.
I am comforted to see the younger generation of the faithful discovering The Truth and beautiful history of Tradition. How joyful the Saints in Heaven must be to be invoked and known by the way their lives pointed to Christ as The Way, The Truth, and The Life.
“Humility is ‘thy will be done.’ Humility is focused on God, not self. Humility is not an exaggeratedly low opinion of yourself. Humility is self-forgetfulness. A humble man never tells you how bad he is. He’s too busy thinking about you to talk about himself. That’s why humility is such a joy and so close to the beatific vision, where we will be so fascinated with God that we forget ourselves completely.”—Peter Kreeft
“Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”—Blessed John Paul II (via firerainingdown)
“Each of us — you and me — must always remember that we need to be (God’s) hands and his heart for all of God’s creation. We never know when, but we can be certain that it will happen over and over again: we will be called to represent his love and his concern for another.”—Bishop David A. Zubik (Pittsburgh)
Every day, people seek signs from God. They do not stop to think that all they see before them is from God and He is working through those who love Him right before their eyes!
“The reason why people are so unhappy is because they have abandoned God. They settle for the things of this world which never satisfy. They might give us pleasure, but only for a short time, and then the novelty wears off and one is left high and dry. We are made for God. We fool ourselves when we insist our self sufficiency. The happiest and freest people are those who acknowledge the fact that we are not the center of the universe, that we are limited, and that God is eternal, all-powerful, all-loving, and just. But most of all that he is our Father and that whether we live or die, we are all in His care.”—(via srhelena-ofmary)
This is the very center of our being. I never tire of hearing this since I so often forget it! This thought is both absolute truth and counter-cultural today, more so than ever before it seems.
“Our vocation is not something from which we (are) entitled to escape from time to time. Vocation is something rooted deeply in our identity. It is not something we do. It is who we are. If anything, our vacation time…(i)s a time to integrate our vocations more completely into the whole of our lives.”—Archbishop Paul S. Coakley (Oklahoma City)
I was at Adoration last night and found in the book holder on the back of the pew in front of me this wonderful book. It’s in the format of a Holy Hour but you can pray the 20 Mysteries of The Rosary or The Stations of The Cross if that’s what you like. The focus of each prayer is for our priests who have given their lives in service of Christ and us. Taken as a whole, I have never seen such a powerful, simple, and deep Devotional-type prayer book whose sole aim is praying for our priests, whose work is harder than ever in these times. Please consider obtaining the book, audiocast, CDs, etc. Go to prayingforourpriests.org for more details. Thank you and may God Bless you in your endeavors to help build the Kingdom of God in the Presence of this moment! (Please consider forwarding this to all you know who will join us in praying for our priests, who suffer greatly due to guilt by association, false accusations, dwindling numbers to take their place, lack of respect, and maybe hardest of all, loneliness.)
Candidate Obama said that he believed, as a Christian, that marriage was a union between one man and one woman. A little over half the country voted for him.
Here’s a marriage we desperately need in the U.S. - the marriage of wisdom and courage in the hearts and minds of the faithful. Alas, this is one that must occur through prayer unceasing and let it begin with us.
Everything we think, say, and do every single day of our lives has eternal consequences. Every time this thought enters your mind, rejoice and give thanks to The Lord for His reminder for He does it out of love for you!!
Call your Member of Congress to ask them to support efforts to protect religious liberty and to oppose the HHS mandate. Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121 and give the operator your zip code to be connected to your Representative’s office. Tell the staff person you speak with that you would like a response from your Representative and make sure they take down your address.
The HHS mandate affects not just Catholics, but people of all faiths. Many Christian colleges and non-religious employers have also sued the Obama Administration because of this affront to the First Amendment. Watch this short video and forward it to 14 of your non-Catholic friends.
Say the following prayer for religious liberty that the bishops have asked us to pray — and share the prayer with 14 friends:
Almighty God, Father of all nations, For freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Gal 5:1). We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty, the foundation of human rights, justice, and the common good. Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties; By your grace may we have the courage to defend them, for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land. We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness, and in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, with whom you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Let 14 friends know how your favorite Catholic institution is threatened by the mandate. The HHS mandate’s “fine on faith” is $100 per employee per day. Employers like the Archdiocese of Washington, DC or the University of Notre Dame will face fines of millions of dollars per year for noncompliance. Watch this video from the Archdiocese of Washington to learn more.
Make plans to go see the movie “For Greater Glory,” a movie about the loss of religious freedom in the 1920s in Mexico. Invite 14 friends to come along.
Offer up one sacrifice today for the intention of religious freedom. The bishops have called for both prayer and fasting.
Send out a tweet or a Facebook post at noon EST on the 4th of July with the words, “I Stand for Religious Freedom #Fortnight4Freedom” in synch with the nationwide coordinated ringing of church bells on the 4th of July.
Now is the time for prayer, now is the time to stand up, now is the time to take up your cross and follow Him in order that we shall overcome these grave threats to our freedom and liberty and the freedom and liberty for future generations.
You say "I can't be a Catholic with the bad things going on in it"
Yes, there have been some horrible things done by some priests and religious. Fact is, this has always been true with almost everything man is capable of doing. The same is true of all religions, denominations, institutions and governments.
This does not make it any better, though. Sins have been committed by men and in some cases, covered up by others. However, the sins of a few do not make the whole bad.
Even though Jesus established The Church, the work is done by humans, the same as you and me with all the faults and sins we carry. Hence, the need for frequent Confession.
The Church will last until The Lord comes again. The Sacraments will also remain to be available. We need these Sacraments on our way through life, especially the Body and Blood of Our Savior, Jesus Christ.
In short, the answer is not to complain, detract, and leave for something else. The answer lies in what we do when we as Catholics are faced with our own problems: prayer.
Pray that God, through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit, strengthen Pope Benedict, the cardinals, and the bishops and guide them all through the challenges within The Church and throughout the world.
We must also pray for those who feel betrayed directly and indirectly by individuals or The Church as a whole. If you are one of those, be assured we are praying that your hurt be healed and that God, through ways we can not comprehend, will lead you back to The Church as happens every day, even now at this moment.
When the world, be it one person or many, pushes you around, causes anxiety, or crowds good things out of your life AND there is no good answer or way to fix it, stop for a minute at look at it this way: God knows and he wants you to look to His Son. Not to copy Paul, but you have to know, believe and say,”Jesus is infinitely bigger than this. I can conquer all things through Christ.”
From this, you shall see how immaterial this thing is (no matter what the world says), we can overcome together with Our Lord, and to continue to worry is to have flagging faith in Him. So then pray to Him and His Infinite Mercy that He may help you overcome through Faith, Hope, and Love.
He is waiting for you to take up your cross and follow!
The craziness is here, tourism and suburbanites in full swing, everybody enjoying themselves. Post-Cubs games happy hours and the like. I can still partake and enjoy, but I always know where the line is. What does this mean tomorrow? Self-respect, respect from others, and a strong self-examen.
I actually thank God that He allows such temptation. It strengthens me and makes me rejoice that He finds me worthy of such temptation. I KNOW it is a sign of His love, the burnishing of gold through fire.
That said, I invite my brothers and sisters in Christ to always consider this first and foremost before answering or replying here or anywhere on the Internet. When I fail, as I have before, to do the same, please remind me. We are the doers of The Word. As our debt is forgiven, let us forgive those through our calm, loving tone. If the other refuses to yield, leave it to God and resist presenting “pearls before swine.”
May God bless all of us!
“It is a disconcerting fact that while the Lord who comes to us in Holy Communion is exactly the same person who will come to us on the day of judgement, we long for his coming in the one case and dread it in the other. We feel that we know him instinctively now, but then he will be a stranger, that Christ the lover and Christ the judge are two different people. Of course they are not, they are one and the same, and in God justice and love are one and the same thing.”—Caryll Houselander (via fathershane)
Since I started reading meditations by Caryll Houselander in Magnificat monthly missal, I am literally stunned at the simple and profoundly deep messages this mystic left us. Bravo for yet another!
Spend one hour a week in front of The Blessed Sacrament. If possible, make it the same day and time. Pray the rosary, read Scripture, talk intimately with The Lord, and listen. You will be changed forever. You will look forward to this hour and do everything to make sure you can be there with Him! All glory, all honor, all praise be your’s Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in The Most Blessed Sacrament.
It is the Hand of God at work. At this critical time in our country’s history when the US government is attacking the Catholic Church with the HHS mandate, we have this powerful film, “For Greater Glory”, as a warning of the consequences of a government trying to stamp out religious rights. The Church will prevail, but at what cost?
We must, in any way we can, do everything possible to educate our fellow countrymen before it comes to the point of what it did in Mexico.
I beg you to ponder, meditate, and pray about this quote from the movie - “Who are you if you don’t stand up for what you believe?”
May God bless us all and through His Grace give us all we need to prevail against this evil and all evils we face and confront every day. Amen.
It’s another attempt to establish a slippery-slope law. All these slippery-slope laws are denied as such by those who request them. Then, they go on to harden, add to, and expand them, just like they implied they wouldn’t.
“We have tried negotiation with the Administration and legislation with the Congress – and we’ll keep at it – but there’s still no fix. Time is running out, and our valuable ministries and fundamental rights hang in the balance, so we have to resort to the courts now.”—Cardinal Timothy Dolan (New York)
Today is the Feast Day of St. Mary Magdalene 'de Pazzi!
She is one of the great Carmelite Saints. Google her and you will find much information on this mystic and writer.
Father James Kubicki, head of the Apostleship of Prayer (a wonderful and widespread ministry!), has a short YouTube video of great paintings of her and a synopsis of her life. As we are all called to be Saints, may her life, writings, and perseverance through temptations and suffering be an inspiration on our own journey to Calvary, following joyfully behind Jesus.
God’s gift, the gift of life, is sacred, precious, priceless and considered less valuable every day as the world slips deeper into the darkness of the evil one. Silence is assent. Pray, my brothers and sisters, that you will not fall into the pit that grows daily, swallowing more and more souls. Pray, not in desperation but in hope for He has already won. But who will join Him in eternity?