Thursday, April 24, 2014

What Is heaven Going To Be Like

What will we do in Heaven. Will it be a place with trees and flowers? Will the streets be paved with gold ? Will we be reunited with our loved ones ? These are all questions that I think we all ask ourselves atone time or another. So where do we look to find answers for these questions. My answer would probably be in scripture. You may also look in the Catholic Catechism. Some people will talk about their near death experiences. I am no so sure about this subject, so I take it with a grain of salt. The only thing that gets my attention is that there is a large number of people of all ages that have had this happen and their stories all tend to coincide with each other. I will have to just leave it at that.
  In Revelation Chapter 4 we get a description of Heaven. We see definite descriptions of a place with beings and things going on. Revelation Chapter 21 Verses 10 thru 27 gives a pretty good idea of what heaven looks like

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

Valga Jaani kiriku altaripilt Ülestõusnud Kristus
Risen Christ
  As Mary Magdalene  came to the tomb she saw that the stone had been moved away. The tomb was empty. He has risen. Nothing says it better than scripture itself. I have met so many that do not believe. Some will say it is just a history book or they are just lies by the Catholic Church. All I can do is Pray for them and hope some day they will know the truth. The only saying that always come to mind is Ye of little faith. I decided just to use the scripture for this post.

The Morning of the Resurrection By Edward Burne-Jones

John Chapter 20 Verse 1 to 31 from the New Jerusalem Bible  "
1 It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb
2 and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. 'They have taken theLord out of the tomb,' she said, 'and we don't know where they have put him.'
3 So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb.
4 They ran together, but the other disciple, running faster than Peter, reached the tomb first;
5 he bent down and saw the linen cloths lying on the ground, but did not go in.
6 Simon Peter, following him, also came up, went into the tomb, saw the linen cloths lying on the ground
7 and also the cloth that had been over his head; this was not with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself.
8 Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed.
9 Till this moment they had still not understood the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.
10 The disciples then went back home.
11 But Mary was standing outside near the tomb, weeping. Then, as she wept, she stooped to look inside,
12 and saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head, the other at the feet.
13 They said, 'Woman, why are you weeping?' 'They have taken my Lord away,' she replied, 'and I don't know where they have put him.'
14 As she said this she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, though she did not realise that it was Jesus.
15 Jesus said to her, 'Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?' Supposing him to be the gardener, she said, 'Sir, if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and remove him.'
16 Jesus said, 'Mary!' She turned round then and said to him in Hebrew, 'Rabbuni!' -- which means Master.
17 Jesus said to her, 'Do not cling to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to the brothers, and tell them: I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'
18 So Mary of Magdala told the disciples, 'I have seen the Lord,' and that he had said these things to her.
19 In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, 'Peace be with you,'
20 and, after saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord,
21 and he said to them again, 'Peace be with you. 'As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.'
22 After saying this he breathed on them and said: Receive the Holy Spirit.
23 If you forgive anyone's sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone's sins, they are retained.
24 Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.
25 So the other disciples said to him, 'We have seen the Lord,' but he answered, 'Unless I can see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.'
26 Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. 'Peace be with you,' he said.
27 Then he spoke to Thomas, 'Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Do not be unbelieving any more but believe.'
28 Thomas replied, 'My Lord and my God!'
29 Jesus said to him: You believe because you can see me. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.
30 There were many other signs that Jesus worked in the sight of the disciples, but they are not recorded in this book.
31 These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this you may have life through his name."
              Thank You For Reading and HAPPY EASTER

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday

                                GOOD FRIDAY

 Jacopo Tintoretto - The Crucifixion of Christ - WGA22477
                                   The Crucifixion of Christ

    I do not have a whole lot to say about Good Friday. I think it pretty much explains itself. Growing up I remember that on most Good Fridays at this time it would get dark and gloomy outside for awhile. It would always make me think about what Jesus went through.

 I saw this video below and thought it would be interesting to watch. I hope you enjoy it.


                            Well I just want to say Happy Easter to everyone and have a blessed day.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Was Jesus Crucified On Thursday Or Friday

68 Mark’s Gospel X the crucifixion image 1 of 2. Jesus crucified. Mignard
  I have heard quite a few different people saying Jesus was crucified on the cross on Thursday and not Friday as we Catholics believe. I myself had been always taught it was on Friday. When I first heard someone say this I thought here goes some more misinformation for the wagon. Well I decided to do some reading that has been written by Catholics and not any other faith.

 I read a response to an individual that asked the question on Catholic Answers. The person was using two different points to base his decision on. His first reason was because the day of preparation in the Gospels would have been Thursday and not Friday. He said that according to the text this would have been the day Jesus was crucified on. His second point was that Pope Benedict XVI in his homily was agreeing with him. Apparently this persons second reason was taken from an article in the wanderer that was mistranslated.
"  I decided to give the exact quote from Catholic Answers Good Thursday?, because he explains it better that I could.  This is only a small part. "As I said in my article, the day of preparation," in the Gospels, speaks in accord with the way the Passover was celebrated in the temple and by the priests. Though a strict observance of the date of Passover would have had "the day of preparation" to be on Thursday, the fourteenth of Nisan, the common practice of the day was similar to modern practice in the Church. Feasts could be, and often were, moved to the closest Sabbath. Thus, "the day of preparation," when the lambs were actually slain would have been Friday, rather than Thursday. Thus, Christ would have been crucified on Friday, "the day of preparation" (cf. Matt. 27:62). In my article, I did not have the space to get into precisely how the apostles could have celebrated the Passover if there were no sacrificed lambs to use for the liturgical observance. Pope Benedict XVI, in his above-mentioned Holy Thursday homily, actually gives a very plausible, though not definitive, answer to that question. He argues: "Consequently, Jesus celebrated the Passover without a lamb—no, not without a lamb: instead of the lamb he gave himself, his body and his blood." "

Here is a link another link to another article at Catholic Answers . 
  I hope this information is helpful and remember there is a lot of information available on the internet. Just be careful what you read because there is a lot of misinformation out there.
                      Thank You for reading and God Bless.
                          Happy Easter 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Asumption Of Mary

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Assumption of the Virgin By Peter Paul Rubens

 This is always a hard topic for people to grasp. It seems to produce quite a few different views. There isn't any actual date for the Assumption Of Mary. I have read that it may have been the dedication of some church, but there isn't any information for that either. Saint Theodosius has said that it was celebrated in Palestine before the year 500. This is the only feast of our lady in Rome.
  There are two places that lay claim to be the place of her assumption. The first one is Jerusalem and the second place of her assumption is Ephesus. The most popular choice by most people is due the the fact that her tomb is in Jerusalem. Here is a link to the Catholic Encyclopedia page on the Assumption Of Mary . Here is another link to some interesting reading on the Assumption of Mary .