Someone said that God was okay with women having abortions and gay marriage. This came from someone who claimed to be Catholic. Confusing, I know. Because all of these things that are mentioned go against everything the Catholic Church teaches. Again, confusing. Why not just remove yourself from Catholicism? Why not go to some other Christian religion that accepts these evil beliefs? Because, there is some perceived power that comes with claiming to be Catholic while at the same time claiming these beliefs fit in. Just a bunch of claims but nothing to back it up.
The Catholic Church is the oldest Christian Church that was founded by the one and only, Jesus Christ. The teachings cannot change and will not change but since Vatican II it has allowed some people to feel more at ease with going against the true teachings. However, if you look at the Bible and even at the Saints, we can learn a lot.
Let’s start with abortion. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you” Jerimiah 1:5. In this passage we see God talking to Jerimiah, telling him that before he was formed in the womb, He knew him. This is a very telling statement taken from the OT. He is telling Jerimiah a few very important concepts that apply to the issue of abortion. First is “before I formed you”, this is very intense. God forms us, each and every one of us, when we are in the womb. The act of marriage, the beauty that comes out of it, is a brand new little life. God is telling us, through the use of Jerimiah, that He forms us. How can you say that abortion is okay if He forms us in the womb? Are you then saying that God is wrong? Or are you saying that you are more powerful than God? Either of these really don’t sound too appealing.
If you say God is okay with abortion, then you are essentially saying that God doesn’t mind you destroying His creations. Which in case you aren’t too up-to-date with the OT – both times after He destroyed mankind for their sinful ways, He reinstated the covenant. He destroyed mankind for their sinful ways but women want the right to abort children because they are an inconvenience. Doesn’t make much sense when you put the pieces together. Let’s travel back to the OT again when God created humans – “God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). Except for little babies right? Or as the pro-choice women would say – embryos. “You knit me in my mother’s womb . . . nor was my frame unknown to you when I was made in secret” (Psalm 139:13,15). Again, made in secret – meaning that even the parents may not know right away that a child has been formed but God does.
Next we’ll look at homosexuality. “For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error” (Rom. 1:26–27). Natural relations are between a married male and female, it is a perversion for those of the same sex to have relations. “Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise acted immorally and indulged in unnatural lust, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire” (Jude 7). Marriage is a sacrament that is between a man and a woman, which is supposed to bring about new life for the Glory of God. A man/man and woman/woman cannot do that. The sexual act that occurs between them would then just be for pure pleasurable purposes which would make it an abomination is the eyes of God. This is also applied to those who practice sex outside of marriage and those who use any type of birth control. The sexual act then becomes one for just pleasure and does not bring about life. Where does that glorify God? It doesn’t, it is just for personal pleasure.
Give me the strength to defend your truth,
To truly let go, and let You and God control me.
Help me to have the strength You had on Calvary,
That while I am being ridiculed I turn to You.
I know they will try and bring me down,
To silence my voice that I am speaking for you.
I will defend you though, until I breathe my last.
As you all know I am a huge defender of the faith, as Catholics we all should be! That means I am always on the lookout for others who share that same passion and commitment. My dad is the one who shared with me the group Church Militant. From that moment I have been following them, their stories and I am amazed at the level of dedication and faith they have for their faith.
There is no doubting that the number of people who are “strict” with their faith are dwindling. On a side note the word strict has been given a negative connotation, mostly by those who are in the study of psychology. I know this because I majored in Child Psychology and let me say that is a huge reason I changed to Theology. Being strict is defined as demanding that rules concerning behavior are obeyed and observed. Not only are “specialists” saying that it can cause bad behavior in children but it has also trickled down into churches. People not kneeling during the transubstantiation, chewing gum during Mass, Mass looking more like a soundstage for music, and the list goes on!
Being strict is as basic as tying your shoes. It means behaving the way that God wants you to, doing the right thing and being a good person. Acceptance of our behaviors and the consequences they entail help us to become closer to God.
With that being said, often times Catholics, such as Church Militant and others who stick up for the church can be seen as strict. The word that comes to mind when people speak about the more liberal Catholics, is they seem to have more compassion. They accept homosexuals because they are who God “made” them, they say that marriage should be between anyone, women who are in a tough position can get an abortion, who are we to judge? Again, just like strict was given a negative connotation, compassion has been given a distorted one.
We can’t blur the lines between good and evil because times are changing and we’re getting more modern. That’s like you looking directly in Jesus’ face and saying that you are going to mold His teachings so that others who are living in sin can feel more comfortable. Hey, we’re a changing and more modern church Jesus, you should understand!
That is so wrong and beyond blasphemous. What is more compassionate? Expressing to someone that the life they are leading will lead them to hell, or accepting the behavior and even condoning it.
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One of the many lessons I have learned in my life is – don’t do things for appreciation. First, because you should be doing it out of the goodness of your heart for Jesus Christ. Second, you’ll end up utterly disappointed at the lack of appreciation that the person actually has with what you did for them.
Us as humans have many weaknesses that we have to constantly fight against in order to become who Christ wants us to be. Wanting admiration or feeling the need to be recognized to feel accomplished is one of them. I am sure that we can all attest to feeling this way and then ending up extremely hurt if our actions are not appreciated. Especially when the actions are extremely charitable for a person who may not have deserved it.
This is exactly what my parents are going through with my brother and sister as well. Time, money and health all spent on making sure that he would be okay. Days were filled with bedside vigils, prayers and time in order that if he should pass away, he wouldn’t do so alone. My father took leave without pay driving 2 ½ hours both ways and spending the night at the hospital. My mother has Parkinson’s and was sleeping on a cot, “showering” in a hospital bathroom, barely eating anything and making some pretty tough decisions. Also, growing up, we were given a good life filled with love, good times and family unity. My parents sacrificed so much for us children, which half of them don’t appreciate.
Many people are faced with this complicated, often times delicate balance. You want to feel appreciated but you don’t want to outright ask for appreciation. In reality, we don’t need that human level appreciation to determine our actions. The action in and of itself is what should provide us with the level of satisfaction that we need. Our sacrifices no matter how big or small are seen and felt by God. He is the one that truly matters in the end, that we do the right thing for Him.
What if someone tries to undermine your act of charity or sacrifice? Ignore them. I know this sounds like a silly way to do this but it is ultimately the best way to go about it. People with the kind of attitude, where there is no appreciation, are allowing themselves to spread evil. God wants us to love each other and to live our lives according to the Gospel. That is why we help others, why we go out of our way to help our neighbor, to speak up when there is an injustice and to be beacons of Jesus’ hope. When others don’t see that and fail to show their appreciation, will have to deal with those consequences, there is nothing we can do to change their view point on the situation. It will only cause us even more heartache and pain. So we can always hold on to the fact that we did what we had to and we did it for Christ. He above all is the most important and He appreciates what you did.
Please mend my torn heart,
That is hurt because of the actions of others.
This life is not an easy one,
But with You we are never alone.
I give all my pains, sorrows and hurt to You,
Please wrap me in Your loving and healing embrace.
The New Year is hear and the first few weeks of the month are filled with a sense of having to accomplish all your New Year resolutions. By the time February rolls around everyone’s lost their steam and then we wait until next year to attempt more resolutions, only this time we resolve to be more steadfast in our resolutions. It’s an endless cycle that goes around each year, so how do we become successful? It’s really easy, put Christ first!
When we decided to become true followers of Christ, we set ourselves up for a difficult road. “We know that we belong to God, and the whole world is under the power of the evil one” 1 John 5:19. With that understanding, the evil one hates-with-a-capital-H anything that has to do with God – most specifically Jesus Christ. Simply because of who He is and most importantly because of what He stands for, Salvation.
When we make resolutions for the New Year we have to make sure that they align with what Christ would want for us. For example, let’s say you vow you want to go into the New Year and enjoy life to the fullest. There’s no specific goal or idea, just you wanting to do what you want and have fun. The big red flag here is the focus on you. We talked previously in a post about JOY – Jesus Others and Yourself. When you live your life like that, then you will find true joy. So, we should look at a New Year resolution as how can I better myself through Christ. So this resolution won’t actually bring any real lasting joy or you may find yourself not being able to accomplish as much as you wanted.
Some common resolutions are weight loss, spending more time with family, travel more, get a new hobby, etc. These can all be really great resolutions but make sure you are doing them for the right reason. If you want to travel more, travel to areas you are not familiar with and bring some evangelizing materials along with you. If funds and time permit make a pilgrimage to some religious shrines. If you want to lose weight and be healthy, that’s perfectly okay and actually quite important. However, again make sure that you are doing it to be healthy for a pure purpose and not so you can look good in a bikini for the upcoming swimsuit season. If you want to spend more time with your family, start adding in family prayer, read the Bible together and if you are able to, go to weekday masses as well.
When you put Christ in the center of your life, even your New Year resolutions, then you will be successful. Just remember, don’t ever get despairing if things aren’t coming together exactly as you had planned or how quickly as you had planned. We have to keep our head up, keep on moving and try the best we can. This is a New Year and a new opportunity for you to become Christ centered and become the way that Jesus wants you.
Please help me to completely dedicate my life to You,
Give me the courage to do all things through you.
If it is Your will, then please let me be successful with my New Year resolutions.
I give You glory and praise.
Just a little announcement to all my readers. Last year has been crazy but this year will be better! With that being said, I have been neglecting posts and I really feel bad about it. I will start posting regularly with 4 posts a week. You guys have been great and your support is awesome! I am spreading God’s message and hopefully touching some lives along the way