Jan 23, 2016

Catholicism

"The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines [temples] made by man," (Acts 17:24) 

The Catholic Church has buildings, but she is not a building. We don't go to Mass because the Church is beautiful. We don't go because we like the people there or the music. We go to Mass because of the Eucharist! The most important thing (and never forget this) is the Eucharist! Let us not forget the Sacraments which exist, and are real, and substantial no matter what building, cave or dirt patch they happen to be in or on. We are blessed to have such beautiful churches, and wonderful people to be around, this is Gods mercy! Is he pleased with such beauty? He is, if it is for God and not for our own vanities to feed some material need we have. Yet no beauty of a building compares to Christ in the Eucharist!!!

"And I give them life everlasting!" 

Sincerely Joanne

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Regarding the image we have access to live the bible through the Church's Sacraments and celebrations. In fact our Lord gave us the church.This doesn't mean that Catholics individually always live the Gospels as they should. For Christ did not come to call the righteous but us sinners into repentance. Salvation as we know is a process simply because we as individuals are always falling from Grace. 

Jan 21, 2016

Why Catholicism?

Why would I go to a church that can only offer me Jesus spiritually and attached to an incomplete theology based on private interpretation? When I can have him in His fullness, body, blood, soul and divinity in The Blessed Sacrament of The Eucharist? A theology preserved and formed by The Holy Spirit! 


"For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit." (2 Peter 1:16-21 ESV)

What our first Pope said!

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Eucharist is Scripture Study guide. 

Jan 20, 2016

The Life of Man - To Know and Love God | Catechism of The Catholic Church

   I have begun again to read the Catechism of The Catholic Church. I think it is an awesomely beautiful companion to the Sacred Scriptures. The Catechism does not replace the Scriptures, nor does it add anything to the Scriptures! The Catechism offers a sound theological interpretation of Sacred Scripture.
Interpretation founded on Christ, protected by the
Holy Spirit, and held by 2,000 years of Christian thought.

"In reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church we can perceive the wonderful unity of the mystery of God, his saving will, as well as the central place of Jesus Christ, the only–begotten Son of God, sent by the Father, made man in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit, to be our Savior. Having died and risen, Christ is always present in his Church, especially in the sacraments; he is the source of our faith, the model of Christian conduct, and the Teacher of our prayer." (APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION FIDEI DEPOSITUM)

My prayer for all of those who love Christ is to take it and read!

Sincerely Joanne Utke

The Life of Man —To Know and Love God 

God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength. He calls together all men, scattered and divided by sin, into the unity of his family, the Church. To accomplish this, when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son as Redeemer and Savior. In his Son and through him, he invites men to become, in the Holy Spirit, his adopted children and thus heirs of his blessed life.

So that this call should resound throughout the world, Christ sent forth the apostles he had chosen, commissioning them to proclaim the gospel: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” (Mt 28:18-20) Strengthened by this mission, the apostles “went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it.” (Mk 16:20)

Those who with God’s help have welcomed Christ’s call and freely responded to it are urged on by love of Christ to proclaim the Good News everywhere in the world. This treasure, received from the apostles, has been faithfully guarded by their successors. All Christ’s faithful are called to hand it on from generation to generation, by professing the faith, by living it in fraternal sharing, and by celebrating it in liturgy and prayer. (Cf. Acts 2:42)

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Jan 19, 2016

Is the New Age "Law of Attraction" compatible with Catholic teaching?

   Catholic Answers speaker and former New Age teacher Sharon Lee Giganti explains why the "Law of Attraction" can be dangerous, and how it is completely incompatible with the Catholic faith. Former New Thought "insider", Sharon Lee Giganti is committed to exposing the hidden dangers of the New Thought Movement and its' widely spreading philosophies. After suspecting that her New Age influence and teaching might have unwittingly played a part in such horrific tragedies as murder and suicide, Sharon finally realized how life threatening their occult methods could be, and returned to the Catholic Church.

Now a certified Catholic Catechist and postulant of The Holy Family Institute, Sharon's eye-witness testimony reveals the hazardous aspects of recent New Thought block-busters such as, "The Secret", "A Course in Miracles" and Eckhart Tolle's "A New Earth"— and, in doing so, actually reinforces the saving Truths of our Catholic Faith.

More on Sharon and the new age deception at newagedeception.com

Rose Sweet - JOURNEY HOME

Author Rose Sweet talks about her life and what made her come home to the Catholic Church. Hosted by Marcus Grodi

Jan 17, 2016

Knowledge is the Antidote to Vaccine Orthodoxy - NVIC Newsletter

Today, everybody knows somebody who was healthy, got vaccinated and was never healthy again, even though vaccine orthodoxy has declared vaccines are safe and effective. Read more and discover why knowledge is more important than ever.

 Very informative video for you to watch.

Knowledge is the Antidote to Vaccine Orthodoxy - NVIC Newsletter:

Jan 13, 2016

The Eucharist in the Bible | Catholic Answers

 Michael Barber is the Professor of Theology, Scripture and Catholic Thought at John Paul the Great Catholic University. He has his Ph.D. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. His dissertation was on the Historical Jesus and Sacramental Eschatology under the world famous scholar, Colin Brown. He has an M.A. in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and received his B.A. in Theology and Philosophy from Azusa Pacific University...
The Eucharist in the Bible

Plus check out my Eucharist in Scripture study guide.

I believe! Do you?

Jan 4, 2016

Tim Staples: Former Assemblies of God Youth Minister - The Journey Home ...

    A must watch for anyone struggling with Catholic teaching on Mary, specifically the Immaculate Conception. Tim Staples not only offers his own conversion story, but a sound biblical defense of Catholic teaching. For more information on Mary click here to see my previous posts.

Jan 1, 2016

The One True Faith

The One True Faith Podcasts

The One True Faith is Saint Michael's Media's weekly television program which showcases the truths of the Catholic faith in a lively and exciting manner, presented by multiple Emmy-award winner Michael Voris. Michael tackles a single topic each week, explaining the Catholic faith in an exciting and engaging manner.

I really enjoy these audios. Just click on the link and get your ear buds and take a listen.