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A Big Heart Open to God
AMERICA ^ | Sept 2013 | Antonio Spadaro, SJ

Posted on 09/29/2013 1:56:25 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan

I pray the breviary every morning. I like to pray with the psalms. Then, later, I celebrate Mass. I pray the Rosary. What I really prefer is adoration in the evening, even when I get distracted and think of other things, or even fall asleep praying. In the evening then, between seven and eight o’clock, I stay in front of the Blessed Sacrament for an hour in adoration. But I pray mentally even when I am waiting at the dentist or at other times of the day.

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TOPICS: Apologetics; Current Events; Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues
KEYWORDS: church; evangelization; pope; prayer

1 posted on 09/29/2013 1:56:25 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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2 posted on 09/29/2013 2:27:34 AM PDT by narses
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A Big Heart Open to God
 
09/29/2013 1:56:25 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 1 reply
AMERICA ^ | Sept 2013 | Antonio Spadaro, SJ
I pray the breviary every morning. I like to pray with the psalms. Then, later, I celebrate Mass. I pray the Rosary. What I really prefer is adoration in the evening, even when I get distracted and think of other things, or even fall asleep praying. In the evening then, between seven and eight o’clock, I stay in front of the Blessed Sacrament for an hour in adoration. But I pray mentally even when I am waiting at the dentist or at other times of the day.
 

A Big Heart Open to God (Papal interview - full text))
 
09/20/2013 9:39:06 AM PDT · by Kennard · 6 replies
America Magazine - The National Catholic Review (Jesuit) ^ | September 30, 2013 | Antonio Spadaro, S.J.
I mention to Pope Francis that there are Christians who live in situations that are irregular for the church or in complex situations that represent open wounds. I mention the divorced and remarried, same-sex couples and other difficult situations. What kind of pastoral work can we do in these cases? What kinds of tools can we use? “We need to proclaim the Gospel on every street corner,” the pope says, “preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing, even with our preaching, every kind of disease and wound. In Buenos Aires I used to receive letters from homosexual persons...
 

A Big Heart Open to God [Original Pope Interview...You Decide if the Media is Being Accurate]
 
09/19/2013 4:34:30 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
ThinkingFaith.org ^
Editor’s Note: This interview with Pope Francis took place over the course of three meetings during August 2013 in Rome. The interview was conducted in person by Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal...
 

A Big Heart Open to God (America interview with Holy Father)
 
09/19/2013 8:24:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
America ^ | 9-19-2013
Editor’s Note: This interview with Pope Francis took place over the course of three meetings during August 2013 in Rome. The interview was conducted in person by Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal. Father Spadaro conducted the interview on behalf of La Civiltà Cattolica, America and several other major Jesuit journals around the world. The editorial teams at each of the journals prepared questions and sent them to Father Spadaro, who then consolidated and organized them. The interview was conducted in Italian. After the Italian text was officially approved, America commissioned a...
 

3 posted on 09/29/2013 2:36:21 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: Arthur McGowan

http://www.ronrhodes.addr.com/articles/the-eye-of-faith.html

This is true godly faith in action.


4 posted on 09/29/2013 2:39:21 AM PDT by jodyel
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To: jodyel

5 posted on 09/29/2013 2:47:48 AM PDT by narses
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To: narses

http://www.ronrhodes.addr.com/articles/the-eye-of-faith.html

This is true godly faith in action.


6 posted on 09/29/2013 2:52:07 AM PDT by jodyel
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To: Arthur McGowan

Brother, you don’t have to go through all those steps....just talk to Jesus and the Father, and trust Him! It is all by faith my brother. If you want to adore....adore Jesus....He is the one who laid down His life for you.


7 posted on 09/29/2013 3:13:48 AM PDT by astratt7 (obama,muslim,politics)
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To: astratt7

It is Jesus who is present in the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist, which He gave to us at the Last Supper. So, the Pope prays for an hour each evening just feet away from Jesus.


8 posted on 09/29/2013 3:46:42 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a female's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: jodyel

So?


9 posted on 09/29/2013 3:50:19 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a female's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: markomalley

I see your point. Nobody has posted this item in the past NINE DAYS.

A clever way to thank me for posting it, since it is still timely.


10 posted on 09/29/2013 4:00:40 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a female's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: jodyel

The Catholic Church draws its teaching from Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition.

Result?

One Church, spread throughout the world, with about a billion members.

Protestants believe in Scripture Alone, and Personal Interpretation of Scripture.

Result?

41,000 little churches.

Where in Scripture does Jesus refer to “my churches” rather than “my church” (singular)?

Where in Scripture does it suggest that Jesus wanted 41,000 little churches when He prayed “that they may be one,” and when He said to His apostles: “Go out into the WHOLE WORLD, teaching and baptizing in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”?

Where in Scripture is it suggested that anyone other than Jesus has the authority to found a church? Yet 41,000 people have taken it upon themselves to do so!


11 posted on 09/29/2013 4:14:00 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a female's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: Arthur McGowan

In other words, faith is very simple and all the rigmarole of organized religion is not necessary at all.

Exactly what I have been saying all along.

So????


12 posted on 09/29/2013 4:16:17 AM PDT by jodyel
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To: jodyel

Organized religion is unnecessary.

That explains why God didn’t have Moses build a tent for the Ark of the Covenant. That explains why God didn’t create the Levites as priests to offer sacrifice. That explains why God never directed Moses to make laws to govern the Chosen People.

That explains why Jesus never went to the Temple to pray. It explains why, when Jesus saw the Temple being used as a marketplace, it didn’t bother Him. That explains why, when He was about to die, Jesus didn’t bother with all the rigamarole of eating the Passover meal with the apostles.


13 posted on 09/29/2013 4:26:19 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a female's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: Arthur McGowan

Oh, Arthur, until the Spirit opens your eyes to the true meaning of “the church” you will persist in this statement.

I gave you that article so that you could see how very simple faith in God is...how very personal....how much a relationship it is.

I know it must be incredibly difficult for someone in Catholicism to think outside of it but that is exactly what I am asking you to do.

Step outside your religion, in prayer ask the Lord to come and place His Spirit in you, believe that He has, and step forward in faith just as Muller did.

I related an instance of answered prayer from the Lord when I was was a brand new believer and, over time, I have trusted God for bigger things and He has always answered.

I am not advocating any religion be it Catholicism or whatever. I want you to have a personal relationship with the Living God and see Him work in your life just as He did in Muller’s and mine and all the other believers in this world.

This is what is lacking in Catholicism...this wonderful personal relationship with our Creator.

Read the entire thread....watch the youtube video on Muller...and see how truly simple faith is...ask, believe, trust, and then see His response.

Try Him....He loves you so much and only wants your faith....just as expressed by Muller, by myself, by believers down thru the ages.

God bless,
jodyel


14 posted on 09/29/2013 4:29:35 AM PDT by jodyel
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To: Arthur McGowan

Your heart and mind and spirit are closed to the truth now, but one day I pray He will reveal Himself to you.


15 posted on 09/29/2013 4:30:59 AM PDT by jodyel
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To: jodyel

No, thanks.

I have to go now. It’s time for me to worship my statue of Our Lady of Fatima.

Then I’ll be going to the hospital to visit some lonely people, in order to earn my way into heaven.

Since it’s Saturday, I’ll also be going to confess my sins to a mere man.


16 posted on 09/29/2013 4:35:31 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a female's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: Arthur McGowan

Oh dear.....open your eyes please before it is too late.

Take care,
jodyel


17 posted on 09/29/2013 5:00:14 AM PDT by jodyel
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To: Arthur McGowan
In the evening then, between seven and eight o’clock, I stay in front of the Blessed Sacrament for an hour in adoration.
There is a cardinal that mentioned to us many years ago that he had no time for Adoration during the day (or night), but if Pope Francis can do this (who is busier than the pope?!) and hopefully he'll keep speaking about it time and time again, then we can all be lifted toward that direction.

Back when Santorum was running, we created a Facebook page called Adoration for Santorum, and a fair amount of people joined, prayed, and adored. One of the women who joined mentioned to me that she had previously spent 40 days in Adoration [for Life] attending one hour each day. She told me it was "life-changing." That knocked around in my head every day, and when Lent came, I decided to try it, knowing full and well, it would be difficult; we have only one car in our family. But, through the grace of God, I was successful. Was it life-changing? I can only say it was the most beautiful time I have ever spent 40+ days in a row, and come the next Lent, through the Love of Christ (and the prayers of His mother), I did it again.

The home we just moved from (only there nine months) was across the street from a Catholic Church that had Adoration on the first Monday of every month. One hundred paces to "see" Our Sweet Jesus; so beautiful!
"Nowhere on earth are you more welcomed, nowhere on earth are you more loved, than by Jesus, living and truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time that you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in heaven, and will help bring about an everlasting peace on earth." --Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapels

Thank you Pope Francis. ♥


18 posted on 09/29/2013 5:14:37 AM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: Arthur McGowan
"It is Jesus who is present in the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist, which He gave to us at the Last Supper. So, the Pope prays for an hour each evening just feet away from Jesus."

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:19-20)

So can you; so can we all. Just join hands with another person to pray, and Jesus is right there beside you.

19 posted on 09/29/2013 9:08:58 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.)
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To: CatherineofAragon; Arthur McGowan
Since Arthur may still be worshiping his Our Lady of Fatima statue (do you think he was using sarcasm?), I'll put in my two cents. While Christ is surely present when you pray, He is not present in body. In the Eucharist, he is living, present in His Body. That's why fervent Catholics get so excited about Eucharistic Adoration (and, of course, Communion). Have you read of the Eucharistic Miracle at Lanciano? Here's a snippet (with a link to more of the story):
The analyses were conducted with absolute and unquestionable scientific precision and they were documented with a series of microscopic photographs.

These analyses sustained the following conclusions:
  • The Flesh is real Flesh. The Blood is real Blood.
  • The Flesh and the Blood belong to the human species.
  • The Flesh consists of the muscular tissue of the heart.
[Other approved] Eucharistic Miracles
20 posted on 09/29/2013 9:58:18 AM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: Arthur McGowan

I pray on my knees in front of my statue of Mary from the time i get up of a morning 4 am until my wife calls me for breakfast and i pray mentally as i eat.

On my way to work i get down on my knees in front of Mary and pray for five minutes, and on my drive to work i always stop at least twice and get on my knees in the walmart parking lot as i have a 30 minute drive.

When i get to work i always stop in the break room and pray until time to punch in and when work starts i am not allowed to to be away from my post so i spend 8 hours counting beads because my job does not require my hands.

I also spend my lunch time praying for all of those lost souls that i work with that say they don,t have time to Pray because of doing my job, :yeah right:, so being hungry when my shift ends i just stop and Pray once on the way home.

My wife has dinner ready so being hungry i spend thirty minutes with out praying but i do Pray and count my beads while my wife is bathing me.

Then i spend four hours in front of my statue of Mary and after that i pray myself to sleep and believe it or not i even pray all of the time that i sleep.

I think the Bible says something about not doing your alms before men but my Church sure don,t teach that nonsense.


21 posted on 09/29/2013 1:33:40 PM PDT by ravenwolf
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I think the Bible says something about not doing your alms before men but my Church sure don,t teach that nonsense.
Being a carnival-barker is wrong. Praying in public (or encouraging prayer), however, is not. [The late] Fr. John A. Hardon (a good friend of Mother Teresa's), once said:
One final word. All that I have said was not only an exhortation to say the Rosary. Absolutely not! I am pleading with you to become apostles of the Rosary. Promote the Rosary. Urge the Rosary. Teach the Rosary. Shall I say, advertise the Rosary. It is through the Rosary that we can bring countless souls back to Christ from whom they have strayed. It is through the Rosary that we can make them lovers of Christ through the mediation of His Mother, the Mother of Miracles since the marriage feast at Cana even to the dawn of eternity. [emphasis; mine]
Since I have a disability that is always hard to deal with and on some days impossible to withstand, I carry a rosary around with me about 50% of the time. It not only helps me get to where I'm going (and back), but many people have commented on it, as it's beautiful in addition to being functional. In brings up wonderful conversations, as many folks are non-attending Catholics, but remember their First Communions with joy, etc. I do not know your affiliation, but some non-Catholics bring up that verse [I think] because they don't want others to be encouraged to pray asking intercession [of Mary].

If it hadn't been for the wonderful woman on Facebook telling me about her Eucharistic prayers, I never would have thought it possible that I too could accomplish what she did.
22 posted on 09/29/2013 3:11:36 PM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: mlizzy

Whoops, you said alms... I put that post up too quickly... was in a hurry to give alms to the church... -lol-


23 posted on 09/29/2013 5:17:18 PM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: Arthur McGowan
It is Jesus who is present in the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist, which He gave to us at the Last Supper. So, the Pope prays for an hour each evening just feet away from Jesus.

And when the pope leaves, Jesus is left sitting there in that 'thing'...

24 posted on 09/29/2013 6:04:32 PM PDT by Iscool
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To: Arthur McGowan

Very elementary questions...A little bible research will reveal the answers to you...


25 posted on 09/29/2013 6:06:35 PM PDT by Iscool
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To: mlizzy
He is not present in body. In the Eucharist, he is living, present in His Body.

Jesus is in heaven...He never left heaven...He is sitting at the right hand of the Father...Nowhere is there any evidence that Jesus leaves heaven...

The story of Jesus leaving heaven is a myth...It is more Greek mythology...Jesus told us he was going to heaven and he sent the Holy Spirit to take his place on earth...

26 posted on 09/29/2013 6:14:53 PM PDT by Iscool
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To: mlizzy

Whoops, you said alms... I put that post up too quickly... was in a hurry to give alms to the church... -lol-


If i advertised it to the world every time i stopped and helped some one i think it would be the same thing.

But think nothing of it, i goof more than i don,t goof.,,, lol


27 posted on 09/29/2013 6:18:50 PM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: Iscool
There's plenty of evidence, but according to your postings, nothing you would believe. I think a good argument is that Jesus can do anything He would like to do, and why wouldn't He want to nourish His flock?
28 posted on 09/29/2013 6:22:44 PM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: Iscool
And when the pope leaves, Jesus is left sitting there in that 'thing'...
Heavens no! Jesus is never left alone in the monstrance.
29 posted on 09/29/2013 6:26:06 PM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: jodyel

I know you believe it is pointless and sinful to ask our deceased relative and friends, or saints, to pray for us.

Is it also pointless and/or sinful to ask angels—such as the angel Jesus says is assigned to each of us—to pray for or assist us in any way?


30 posted on 09/29/2013 8:23:53 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a female's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: mlizzy
There's plenty of evidence, but according to your postings, nothing you would believe. I think a good argument is that Jesus can do anything He would like to do, and why wouldn't He want to nourish His flock?

That is falsely assuming Jesus wants to sit in this wafer til someone eats him...

Jesus does nourish his flock...Spiritually...

Christians are nourished each and every day by the Spirit who indwells us...

2Co 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

Every day...Without the Eucharist...

Col 1:8 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.
Col 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Col 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

Col 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Col 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom;

31 posted on 09/29/2013 8:27:38 PM PDT by Iscool
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To: Iscool

Actually, no. He is put back in the tabernacle.

And of course, Jesus is not “alone.” While He is sacramentally present in the Eucharist (as He promised at the Last Supper, when He said, “This is my body...This is my blood”), He is in Heaven, at the right hand of the Father.


32 posted on 09/29/2013 8:28:33 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a female's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: Arthur McGowan

“....Is it also pointless/sinful to ask angels—such as the angel Jesus says is assigned to each of us—to pray for or assist us in any way?....”

Why would any individual pray to anyone other than Jesus? Common sense tells us He’s the King and we have direct access to Him at any time...and He has asked we make our requests known to HIM.

It would seem people who have a need to go elsewhere aren’t comfortable enough taking to Jesus. I think it has much to do with whatever their relationship is with Him....maybe their too distant from Him...maybe they haven’t spent enough time with Him to build the ralationship of trust....but it likely falls on their relationship with Him and where that is.


33 posted on 09/29/2013 8:36:37 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww

Did your mother ever pray for you in her life? Should she not bother, since Jesus does everything?

Would you ASK your guardian angel for any kind of assistance?

If not, why not?

If not, then wasn’t it pointless for God to appoint an angel specially responsible for you?


34 posted on 09/29/2013 9:25:09 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a female's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: Arthur McGowan

I just have a heart to share the Lord and show others how He has worked in my life and want that so badly for them as well. But it seems I have wandered into a catholic vs. protestant slug fest and, quite frankly, don’t see much of the Spirit of the Lord on either side.

I go straight to the throne of God and make my prayers known and He delights in answering them for me. It is not up to me to convince you of anything relating to your religion, Arthur, and I really had no idea how dear these things are to you and other Catholics. When/if the Lord chooses to reveal any truth to you, He will.

In the meantime, I will just continue to post things that show how the Lord has worked in me and for me and you may take from them, or not, as you will.

May God bless you,
Jody


35 posted on 09/30/2013 12:23:32 AM PDT by jodyel
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To: jodyel

Look of “Communion of Saints,” and see if makes any sense to you.


36 posted on 09/30/2013 1:04:06 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a female's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: Arthur McGowan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communion_of_saints

I read this, and no, it doesn’t make sense to me...but that is because I believe Scripture as revealed to me by the Spirit. Catholics have scripture down pat but it is the interpretation thereof that is not correct.

But, again, it takes the Spirit of the Lord revealing Himself in your spirit for you to understand. My beloved grandmother, who was my Christian example, went to be with the Lord in 2009. I did not grieve for her at all...in fact, I rejoiced because I knew she was with Him....and I long to be there too.

To long for physical death is the hope of ever believer because we are instantly with Christ. I don’t pray for my grandmother or to my grandmother....she has been made perfect in the Lord already and is in heaven with all those who have gone before. Believer’s celebrate death because our salvation is sure and we know we will be with Him the instant we pass from this world to the next.

Awhile back I came across this book on Google and read thru some of the deathbed confessions.....some are from unbelievers and some from believers. You may choose to make of it what you will, but in my experience of death the believer’s testimonies ring true....actually they all do for where each individual, according to his spiritual state, will be spending eternity. As believers, we simply have no doubt where we will be when we die, and you may too.

http://books.google.com/books?id=fy20dDbgu-MC&pg=PA523&dq=deathbed+voltaire&hl=en&sa=X&ei=sDVJUoWKFvO_2QWzhoG4Cw&ved=0CEoQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=deathbed%20voltaire&f=false

I hope that answered your question.


37 posted on 09/30/2013 1:32:52 AM PDT by jodyel
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To: Iscool
That is falsely assuming Jesus wants to sit in this wafer til someone eats him... Jesus does nourish his flock...Spiritually... Christians are nourished each and every day by the Spirit who indwells us...
Well the Spirit must be working within you, because I never used to be able to read your commentary without feeling like I just took 2 Niacin tabs. :)

That being said, Jesus is not "trapped" in the monstrance. He could leave at any time, just like He could have fled off the Cross, but He remains [and remained] ....... to nourish us [to speak to us] and to listen to what we have to say.

http://www.fightingirishthomas.com/2011/12/perpetual-eucharistic-adoration-chapels.html

Don't you think it would be cool if Jesus came to this earth daily in Body form? Wouldn't you want to see Him? Would you ignore His Presence, or would you run, fly, walk, or drive to catch just a glimpse? That's what we as Catholics have. This is our belief. He is there! This is why so many enjoy reading about the saints, as they all carried the same message of the Living Christ within the Eucharist; no man or woman not fed by the Eucharist, could have matched the strengths of the saints.
38 posted on 09/30/2013 7:41:50 AM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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