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Catholic Word of the Day: OUR LADY OF LUJÁN, 04-05-14
CCDictionary ^ | 06-05-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary

Posted on 07/05/2014 8:19:27 AM PDT by Salvation

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OUR LADY OF LUJÁN

 

Argentine shrine, forty miles west of Buenos Aires. Its main object of devotion is a small doll-like statue of the Blessed Virgin; her head is surrounded by a golden aureole and is crowned with hundreds of diamonds and other precious stones. The Basilica of Our Lady of Luján is the most important pilgrimage center in Argentina. According to legend, in 1639 a peasant from Cordova, wishing to revive his neighbors' "belief in their early faith," ordered two statues from Brazil, one of the Immaculate Conception, the other the Blessed Virgin and her Son. When the caravan delivering them reached a small ranch on the outskirts of Luján, the driver could not urge the horses on until the statue of the Immaculate Conception was removed, indicating Mary's own choice of where her shrine should be. The treasured statue went through many housing vicissitudes. One Negro grew from boyhood to old age guarding her first in a small chapel, then in a church, then in a larger edifice. As the number of miracles grew, the crowds also grew larger. In 1910 an impressive cathedral was completed and today it is one of the world's famous shrines to Mary honored by papal coronation. Since 1930 the cathedral has been raised to the rank of a basilica. Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay now all claim The Lady of Luján as their official protectress.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.



TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: argentina; blessedvirginmary; catholic
**Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay now all claim The Lady of Luján as their official protectress.**

Interesting

1 posted on 07/05/2014 8:19:27 AM PDT by Salvation
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2 posted on 07/05/2014 8:29:15 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Argentine shrine, forty miles west of Buenos Aires. Its main object of devotion is a small doll-like statue of the Blessed Virgin; her head is surrounded by a golden aureole and is crowned with hundreds of diamonds and other precious stones.

How is this not idol worship?

3 posted on 07/05/2014 9:09:11 AM PDT by EricT. (Everything not forbidden is compulsory.)
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To: Salvation

Worshiping the Lady of Lujan

4 posted on 07/05/2014 9:55:31 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: sr4402; EricT.

No worship, only God is worshipped in the Catholic Church.

Veneration and honor, yes.

Perhaps your Bible doesn’t contain Cahpter 3 of Sirach about honoring your mother and father.


5 posted on 07/05/2014 10:27:59 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Could have fooled me.

"You shall not bow down to them or worship them" Exodus 20:5

6 posted on 07/05/2014 10:59:18 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: Salvation
Your Kidding? You mention Sirach chapter 3 about fathers and Mothers? There are severe problems here:

Sirach 3:3 "Whoso honoureth his father maketh an atonement for his sins"

Sorry, Christ alone makes atonement for sins, and in the Old testament it was faith upon the sacrifice to be made by Abramham regarding the Lord "thou hast not spared thy only begotten son".

Is that not your understanding??

It is right to reject the book of Sirach for this severe error.

7 posted on 07/05/2014 11:23:14 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: sr4402
Your Kidding? You mention Sirach chapter 3 about fathers and Mothers? There are severe problems here: Sirach 3:3 "Whoso honoureth his father maketh an atonement for his sins"

Sorry, Christ alone makes atonement for sins, and in the Old testament it was faith upon the type of sacrifice made by Abraham regarding the Lord "thou hast not spared thy only begotten son".

Is that not your understanding??

Therefore, it is right to reject the book of Sirach for this severe error.

8 posted on 07/05/2014 11:36:43 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: sr4402

Have you ever heard of praying? That’s what’s happening in the picture, not worshipping.


9 posted on 07/05/2014 11:48:47 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: sr4402

So if you sin, it is OK? You don’t ever have to say “I’m sorry” or “Please forgive me.”

Strange


10 posted on 07/05/2014 11:50:28 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: sr4402

The book of Sirach was inspired by the Holy Spirit. Are you saying you know better than the Holy Sprit?


11 posted on 07/05/2014 11:51:23 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: sr4402

Every sin destroys, obscures, or denies what is good; God, however, is all-good and the author of all good. Therefore every sin goes against God (also) and must be set right again through contact with him.

Already in the Old Testament God says through the prophet Ezekiel: “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live” (Ezek 33:11). Jesus is sent “to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Mt 15:24), and he knows that “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick” (Mt 9:12). Therefore he eats with tax collectors and sinners, and then toward the end of his earthly life he even interprets his death as an initiative of God’s merciful love: “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins”


12 posted on 07/05/2014 12:09:40 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Oh, then they're not bowing down are they?

Could have fooled me.

13 posted on 07/05/2014 12:12:19 PM PDT by sr4402
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To: Salvation
So if you sin, it is OK? You don’t ever have to say “I’m sorry” or “Please forgive me.”

You didn't read the verse. It said "atonement for sins"

The Lord Jesus Christ said "Unless you believe that I am He you will die in your sins"(plural). There is no atonement for sins apart from Christ.

Sirach did not understand that it is the LAW, to Honor your Mother and Father, and that it is SIN not to do so. Honoring your Mother and Father does not ATONE for SINS. Only CHRIST Alone Atones for SINS.

14 posted on 07/05/2014 12:18:51 PM PDT by sr4402
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To: Salvation
I know error when I see it.

You didn't read the verse. It said "atonement for sins"

The Lord Jesus Christ said "Unless you believe that I am He you will die in your sins"(plural). There is no atonement for sins apart from Christ.

Sirach did not understand that it is the LAW, to Honor your Mother and Father, and that it is SIN not to do so. Honoring your Mother and Father does not ATONE for SINS. Only CHRIST Alone Atones for SINS.

This is a Grave Error leading to death.

15 posted on 07/05/2014 12:20:12 PM PDT by sr4402
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To: Salvation; All

So salvation is apart from Christ, sins are atoned for without the blood of Christ, and Faith is not required. Is that what you are saying Salvation??


16 posted on 07/05/2014 12:31:24 PM PDT by sr4402
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To: Salvation; sr4402
No worship, only God is worshipped in the Catholic Church.

Self-awareness fail.

17 posted on 07/05/2014 3:18:56 PM PDT by EricT. (Everything not forbidden is compulsory.)
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To: sr4402

I’ve read it several times, for it has been given to me as a penance in Confession.

Why argue about little things?


18 posted on 07/05/2014 3:23:07 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: sr4402

He understood it perfectly.

Unless you repent — you will die in your sins.

Yes, Christ died for our sins, but we must do our part too.


19 posted on 07/05/2014 3:25:06 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: EricT.

I am very much aware of worshipping only God.

You can’t do a personal judgment and know my mind like you stated.


20 posted on 07/05/2014 3:26:17 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Have you ever heard of praying? That’s what’s happening in the picture, not worshipping.

Who are they praying to?
Mary? An angel? A dead saint? Some other created being?

21 posted on 07/05/2014 3:26:34 PM PDT by EricT. (Everything not forbidden is compulsory.)
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To: EricT.

LOL! How would I know?


22 posted on 07/05/2014 3:35:18 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Why argue about little things?

Why argue about little things like Christ atonement for Sins? Are you kidding me Salvation?

Are you a Christian, believing Christ's atonement for your Sins is a little thing?

Again, Christ said "unless you believe that I am He you will die in your sins" - the one who paid for your sins, you will not go to heaven. And since God cannot admit anyone with sin into heaven (it would corrupt heaven) therefore you would end up in the other place, sharing with Satan and his demons in their punishment for all eternity.

It is the one unforgivable sin.

Do you really want to risk it?

23 posted on 07/05/2014 3:40:53 PM PDT by sr4402
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To: sr4402

The little thing is praying to whomever I want. You guys can’t read my mind.

If I pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament in the Adoration Room — it’s no business of your whom I am praying for.

Got it?


24 posted on 07/05/2014 3:46:49 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
You didn't answer about Christ's Atonment as being important in your life. Sorry to see that. One who doesn't have that is not a Christian.

As to praying to Mary, she sleeps with all the saints awaiting the Resurrection of the body.

God alone is omniscient in all place and at all times enough to hear prayers. No human is capable of it.

Folks bow down and pray and worship Mary. She would tell you to bow down, pray and worship Christ Alone (her Savior).

25 posted on 07/05/2014 4:04:21 PM PDT by sr4402
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To: sr4402; Salvation

Gee, it you read a fraction of a percent of what Salvation posts here, you would have NO need to even ask such a question. It is what the Catholic Church teaches. By the way, see what the Holy Spirit is doing among those who love Christ and accept His sacrifice on the Cross for their sins whether they be Catholic or Evangelical:

http://kennethcopelandministries.org/2014/07/the-story-behind-brother-copelands-papal-visit/#.U7XtQigXgTN

(You have to watch the entire video to understand the beauty of all of this. Jesus is LORD!)

http://www.jamesrobison.net/witnessing-the-miracle-jesus-prayed-for

May God bless you and yours.

;-)


26 posted on 07/05/2014 6:19:10 PM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: SumProVita
it you read

??

Notable absence of Scripture in all the replies.

27 posted on 07/05/2014 6:24:57 PM PDT by sr4402
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To: sr4402

Watch the video...Copeland gives LOTS of Scripture. If you miss this video, you may well regret it because our God is doing mighty things.


28 posted on 07/05/2014 6:51:18 PM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: sr4402; SumProVita

Some history for you, sr.

Sirach, chapter 3

« previous chapter | next chapter »

Responsibilities to Parents*

1
Children, listen to me, your father;

act accordingly, that you may be safe.

2
For the Lord sets a father in honor over his children

and confirms a mother’s authority over her sons.

3
Those who honor their father atone for sins;

4
they store up riches who respect their mother.

5
Those who honor their father will have joy in their own children,

and when they pray they are heard.

6
Those who respect their father will live a long life;

those who obey the Lord honor their mother.

7
Those who fear the Lord honor their father,

and serve their parents as masters.

8
In word and deed honor your father,

that all blessings may come to you.a

9
A father’s blessing gives a person firm roots,

but a mother’s curse uproots the growing plant.b

10
Do not glory in your father’s disgrace,

for that is no glory to you!

11
A father’s glory is glory also for oneself;

they multiply sin who demean their mother.c

12
My son, be steadfast in honoring your father;

do not grieve him as long as he lives.d

13
Even if his mind fails, be considerate of him;

do not revile him because you are in your prime.

14
Kindness to a father will not be forgotten;

it will serve as a sin offering—it will take lasting root.

15
In time of trouble it will be recalled to your advantage,

like warmth upon frost it will melt away your sins.

16
Those who neglect their father are like blasphemers;

those who provoke their mother are accursed by their Creator.e

Humility*

17
My son, conduct your affairs with humility,

and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts.

18
Humble yourself the more, the greater you are,

and you will find mercy in the sight of God.† f

20
For great is the power of the Lord;

by the humble he is glorified.

21
What is too sublime for you, do not seek;

do not reach into things that are hidden from you.g

22
What is committed to you, pay heed to;

what is hidden is not your concern.

23
In matters that are beyond you do not meddle,

when you have been shown more than you can understand.

24
Indeed, many are the conceits of human beings;

evil imaginations lead them astray.

Docility*

25
Without the pupil of the eye, light is missing;

without knowledge, wisdom is missing.

26
A stubborn heart will fare badly in the end;

those who love danger will perish in it.

27
A stubborn heart will have many a hurt;

adding sin to sin is madness.

28
When the proud are afflicted, there is no cure;

for they are offshoots of an evil plant.h

29
The mind of the wise appreciates proverbs,

and the ear that listens to wisdom rejoices.

Alms for the Poor

30
As water quenches a flaming fire,

so almsgiving atones for sins.i

31
The kindness people have done crosses their paths later on;

should they stumble, they will find support.

* [3:1–16] Besides the virtues that must characterize our conduct toward God, special duties are enjoined, such as honor and respect toward parents, with corresponding blessings (vv. 1–9). By showing such respect especially to old and infirm parents (vv. 10–13), the sins of children are pardoned (vv. 14–15). Failure to honor father and mother is blasphemy and merits a curse from God (v. 16). Cf. Ex 20:12; Eph 6:2–3.

* [3:17–24] Humility gives you a true estimate of yourself (vv. 17–20; cf. 10:28), so that you will do what should be done, and avoid what is beyond your understanding and strength (vv. 21–23). Intellectual pride, however, leads you astray (v. 24). Ben Sira is perhaps warning his students against the perils of Greek philosophy.

† [3:18] Other ancient texts read as v. 19:

Many are lofty and famous,

but to the humble he reveals his plan.

* [3:25–29] The antidote for stubbornness is to be found in the search for knowledge and wisdom.

a. [3:8] Ex 20:12; Dt 5:16; Mt 15:4; 19:19; Mk 7:10; 10:19; Lk 18:20; Eph 6:2–3.

b. [3:9] Gn 27:27–29; 49:2–27.

c. [3:11] Prv 17:6.

d. [3:12] Prv 23:22.

e. [3:16] Prv 19:26; 30:11, 14, 17.

f. [3:18] Mt 23:12; Lk 1:52; 14:11; 18:14.

g. [3:21] Ps 131:1.

h. [3:28] Dt 32:32; Wis 12:10.

i. [3:30] Sir 7:32–36; 29:8–13; Dt 15:7–11; Tb 12:9; Dn 4:24.


29 posted on 07/05/2014 8:10:42 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: SumProVita; sr4402

Oops, I posted three instead of the Introduction.

SIRACH — INTRODUCTION

THE WISDOM OF BEN SIRA
(ECCLESIASTICUS)
The Wisdom of Ben Sira derives its title from the author, “Yeshua [Jesus], son of Eleazar, son of Sira” (50:27). This seems to be the earliest title of the book. The designation “Liber Ecclesiasticus,” meaning “Church Book,” appended to some Greek and Latin manuscripts, is perhaps due to the extensive use the church made of this book in presenting moral teaching to catechumens and to the faithful. The title “Sirach” comes from the Greek form of the author’s name.
The author, a sage who lived in Jerusalem, was thoroughly imbued with love for the wisdom tradition, and also for the law, priesthood, Temple, and divine worship. As a wise and experienced observer of life he addressed himself to his contemporaries with the motive of helping them to maintain religious faith and integrity through study of the books sacred to the Jewish tradition.
The book contains numerous well-crafted maxims, grouped by affinity, and dealing with a variety of subjects such as the individual, the family, and the community in their relations with one another and with God. It treats of friendship, education, poverty and wealth, laws, religious worship, and many other matters that reflect the religious and social customs of the time.
Written in Hebrew in the early years of the second century B.C., the book was finished by ca. 175. The text was translated into Greek by the author’s grandson after 117 B.C. He also wrote a foreword which contains valuable information about the book, its author, and himself as translator. Until the close of the nineteenth century the Wisdom of Ben Sira was known to Christians in translations, of which the Greek rendering was the most important. From it the Latin version was made. Between 1896 and 1900, again in 1931, and several times since 1956, incomplete manuscripts were discovered, so that more than two thirds of the book in Hebrew is available; these Hebrew texts agree substantially with the Greek. One such text, from Masada, is pre-Christian in date. The New American Bible provides a critical translation based on the evidence of all the ancient texts.
Though not included in the Jewish Bible after the first century A.D., nor, therefore, accepted by Protestants, the Wisdom of Ben Sira has been recognized by the Catholic Church as inspired and canonical. The Foreword, though not properly part of the book, is always included with it because of its antiquity and importance.
The contents of the Wisdom of Ben Sira are of a discursive nature, not easily divided into separate parts. Chapters 1–43 deal largely with moral instruction; 44:1–50:24 contain a eulogy of the heroes of Israel. There are two appendixes in which the author expresses his gratitude to God (51:1–12), and invites the unschooled to acquire true wisdom (51:13–30).


30 posted on 07/05/2014 8:13:27 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: sr4402; SumProVita

**Chapters 1–43 deal largely with moral instruction;**

So back to the Commandments. “Honor your father and your mother.”

God bless you and Good night.


31 posted on 07/05/2014 8:15:15 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: sr4402; SumProVita

This is from the Old Testament. They didn’t know about Jesus yet.


32 posted on 07/05/2014 8:28:01 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: SumProVita

**We continued in such glorious fellowship that words could never begin to describe it. I am fighting back tears even as I write, so glorious was the manifest presence of Jesus. I couldn’t help but wonder in those moments if Jesus, as He did when Stephen was stoned leading to the conversion of Saul of Tarsus to become Paul the Apostle, perhaps once again stood at the right hand of the Father looking down on that scene in Rome between Evangelicals and the Pope, turn to the Father and say, “Look, I think my prayer is about to be answered. Look, Dad, maybe we can put Your arms around the world that I died to redeem and I live to fill to overflowing with Your joy, peace and love.”**

Wow on the James Robinson one.


33 posted on 07/05/2014 8:33:57 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation; All
Those who honor their father atone for sins;

This is as the heresy of Pelagius. It is the idea that one does not need Christ's atonement to deal with ones sins, that a good dead cancels out sin before God, and that one can deal with ones sin on ones own. It is a rank heresy that also spread all over the known world from Rome before 321 AD and had to be dealt with, in the Church Council of Ephesus.

It violates the psalm "Thy Word is Pure" in the worst way.

It is like that in "The Acts of Paul and Thecla" when she says she Baptised herself even though Paul was around. It promotes the idea that one can do things like communion and baptism on ones own, without a priest or minister.

Why a Catholic would promote such ideas is completely beyond me since it would seem to violate everything the church stands for.

34 posted on 07/06/2014 3:43:26 AM PDT by sr4402
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