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Catholic Caucus: Joys and Inspiration
3 April A.D. 2002 | father_elijah

Posted on 04/02/2002 4:35:58 PM PST by father_elijah

I have received the joyful news that two of our Freeper family entered the Church at Vigil this last weekend. ventana and roachie received the sacraments, and this is an occasion for great rejoicing by all of the faithful.

I thought it would be good for us to congratulate those who have just entered the Church by posting a welcome, a favorite Catholic quote, a favorite Catholic link, a favorite Scripture, or even a favorite holy card image. Please join me in welcoming ventana and roachie. If there are any others, please let us know so we may all rejoice.


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To: judith anne; katnip
Oops, I pinged katnip when I meant to ping you!
51 posted on 04/03/2002 5:58:11 AM PST by LibertyGirl77
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To: father_elijah
Congratulations! At my parish there were two new adult Baptisms at the vigil...and 7 confirmands! Age's 20-30's.

A quote (excerpt) from Bishop Wilton D. Gregory (President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops) newsletter of 29 March 2002:

"We all know that we are not perfect, yet we all know the call to holiness and integrety of life cannot be taken lightly, not because of the scrutiny of the press or fear of legal action, but because the Lord demands it of all those who would be His Disciples."

52 posted on 04/03/2002 6:00:50 AM PST by grumpster-dumpster
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To: father_elijah; roachie; ventana
It's been 10 years of pure joy since I took my first communion as Roman Catholic. Congratulations.

Because the doctor of Catholic truth ought not only to teach the proficient, but also to instruct beginners (according to the Apostle: As unto little ones in Christ, I gave you milk to drink, not meat -- 1 Cor. 3:1-2), we purpose in this book to treat of whatever belongs to the Christian religion, in such a way as may tend to the instruction of beginners. We have considered that students in this doctrine have not seldom been hampered by what they have found written by other authors, partly on account of the multiplication of useless questions, articles, and arguments, partly also because those things that are needful for them to know are not taught according to the order of the subject matter, but according as the plan of the book might require, or the occasion of the argument offer, partly, too, because frequent repetition brought weariness and confusion to the minds of readers.

Endeavouring to avoid these and other like faults, we shall try, by God's help, to set forth whatever is included in this sacred doctrine as briefly and clearly as the matter itself may allow.

Summa Theologica


53 posted on 04/03/2002 6:20:33 AM PST by annalex
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To: LibertyGirl77
>>>-your non-Catholic FRiend :)

A privilege to call you such.

patent

54 posted on 04/03/2002 6:32:38 AM PST by patent
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To: constitutiongirl
Congratulations and God bless you too.
56 posted on 04/03/2002 6:38:14 AM PST by tiki
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To: father_elijah
bump
57 posted on 04/03/2002 6:46:13 AM PST by Mr. Thorne
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To: LibertyGirl77
Not a problem. ;-D
58 posted on 04/03/2002 6:48:40 AM PST by Judith Anne
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp; roachie; ventana
I didn't even have to scroll down to your name to know who authored this terrific post, Brian.

Roachie and Ventana, may the Risen Christ bestow upon you both all of His blessings.

Brian did forget one publication that you may wish to consider, "The New Oxford Review". You never know who may author an article that is published in this periodical, a periodical that emphasizes traditional Catholic values and beliefs.

God Bless,

EODGUY

59 posted on 04/03/2002 6:59:51 AM PST by EODGUY
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To: father_elijah
Welcome, ventana and roachie! Jesus's Body and Blood always gives you the strength you need to tread the world's paths each day. God Bless you, both!!
60 posted on 04/03/2002 7:05:23 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: father_elijah; roachie; ventana
Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home--
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene--one step enough for me.
I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on.
I loved to choose and see my path; but now,
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will: remember not past years.

So long Thy power hath blessed me, sure it still
Will lead me on,
O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone;
And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.

Cardinal Newman

Laetentur Caeli, et exultet Terra...

Welcome to the Church Militant, and the Communion of Saints!
Trebics

61 posted on 04/03/2002 7:12:16 AM PST by Trebics
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To: Trebics
HAVE YOU RECEIVED THE HOLY GHOST SINCE YOU BELIEVED?
62 posted on 04/03/2002 7:50:43 AM PST by vmatt
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To: father_elijah
I just came across this thread father_elijah! How wonderful and what a kindness that these many freepers took time to offer blessings and well wishes to my husband! He has been working round the clock on a presentation he is giving today in D.C. so I know he is unaware of the thread.

The Saturday night vigil was really wonderful. Seven readings! As you know, and a wonderful homily by our priest urging us to not sit back and let what is happening to our church go by without a fight. He said you (meaning the audience) will, more and more, be called upon to be soldiers in the church, soldiers for the sacraments. He urged us to write and let our Bishops and even the Pope know our feelings and thoughts, but not, under any circumstances, sit back do nothing.

I was my husband's sponsor. The congregation was so overwhelmed by the homily and the pageantry of the evening, and, I think, at the fact that the brave seven souls at the foot of the altar, amidst such turmoil within the church, took the step anyway. People were crying; including me. V's wife.

63 posted on 04/03/2002 8:06:05 AM PST by ventana
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To: constitutiongirl
Congratulations constituiongirl. Aren't we fortunate to keep company with the many knowledgeable Catholics on these threads? I feel fortunate, too, to have made acquaintences with some very knowledegeable protestant friends, who, though doctrinely different, have enlightened me, nonetheless. V's wife.
64 posted on 04/03/2002 8:20:26 AM PST by ventana
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To: patent
Thanks for the ping, and a hearty "Welcome Home!" to all the converts and reverts.
65 posted on 04/03/2002 8:55:36 AM PST by Steve1789
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To: father_elijah
Gloria! Gloria! Gloria in excelsis!
66 posted on 04/03/2002 9:04:58 AM PST by Salvation
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To: roachie, ventana; father_elijah
Congratulations and blessings to both of you.

We had 24 newly baptized, or those receiving their First Communion and/or Confirmation at last Saturday's vigil Mass. Hope yours was just as joyful! And from what I heard from the secretary at church yesterday 1200 new Catholics in the Portland Archdiocese!

Glory to God in the highest!

67 posted on 04/03/2002 9:09:00 AM PST by Salvation
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To: father_elijah
Sunday, April 7th is Divine Mercy Sunday!
68 posted on 04/03/2002 9:10:35 AM PST by Salvation
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To: father_elijah
Welcome home to everyone - this Easter was my second anniversary.

At this year's Vigil there were eight people baptized, about a dozen professions of faith from other denominations, and about a dozen confirmations. Everyone was smiling, but the people being baptized were just glowing with joy. That's when I started sniveling.

69 posted on 04/03/2002 9:12:47 AM PST by nina0113
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To: constitutiongirl
Congratulations!
70 posted on 04/03/2002 9:38:48 AM PST by Salvation
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To: roachie; ventana; father_elijah
While I am not Roman Catholic (yet), I want to congratulate roachie and ventana for their bold steps of faith. I hope it is not out of turn to include an Anglican prayer that is a treasure to me. I hope I don't offend by posting it here, but it is really the only thing I have to offer:

O God, the King of saints, we praise and magnify thy holy Name for all thy servants who have finished their course in thy faith and fear; for the Blessed Virgin Mary; for the holy patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs; and for all other thy righteous servants, known to us and unknown; and we beseech thee that, encouraged by their examples, aided by their prayers, and strengthened by their fellowship, we also may be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; through the merits of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

71 posted on 04/03/2002 9:41:09 AM PST by OxfordMovement
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To: OxfordMovement

That deserves a Pre-Raphaelite angel.

72 posted on 04/03/2002 9:59:22 AM PST by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: OxfordMovement
Beautiful prayer, thanks.
73 posted on 04/03/2002 9:59:57 AM PST by Salvation
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To: father_elijah
Congratulations & blessings, roachie & ventana!

These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly; but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:

God was manifested in the flesh,
Justified in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Preached among the Gentiles,
Believed on in the world,
Received up in glory.
-- 1 Timothy 3:15-16
74 posted on 04/03/2002 10:08:48 AM PST by Campion
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To: father_elijah
Here's one of my favorites from the masthead of the Wanderer (from memory - wording may be slightly different):

"No one can be at the same time a devout Catholic and a dedicated Socialist." --Pope Pius XI(?)

And here's a prayer for both of these new additions to the Church:

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus et benedictus fructus ventris tui Iesus. Sancta Maria, mater dei, ora pronobis pecatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.
75 posted on 04/03/2002 10:12:58 AM PST by Antoninus
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To: father_elijah

Literary Converts:Spiritual Inspiration in an Age of Unbelief
by Joseph Pearce

In Print & Available online

76 posted on 04/03/2002 10:36:22 AM PST by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
BTTT for Joseph Pearce and JRR Tolkein!
77 posted on 04/03/2002 11:15:57 AM PST by OxfordMovement
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To: OxfordMovement

Tolkien! Great Catholic writer.
Great Catholic artistic imagination.
True gem of mythic Britain.

Tolkien/Inklings Link

78 posted on 04/03/2002 12:05:23 PM PST by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: chatham; SoothingDave; Campion;
Bump
79 posted on 04/03/2002 12:53:52 PM PST by OxfordMovement
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To: Roachie,Ventana
Congratulations upon your entry into the Church.
80 posted on 04/03/2002 12:54:53 PM PST by mware
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To: MinuteGal; ltlflwr
ping
81 posted on 04/03/2002 1:00:26 PM PST by OxfordMovement
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To: OxfordMovement
I'm Lutheran, but am rejoicing with all the participants in this wonderful occasion.

"On Christ the solid rock we stand
"All other ground is sinking sand".

God bless you all.

Leni

82 posted on 04/03/2002 1:15:49 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
A Tolkein BUMP!
83 posted on 04/03/2002 2:55:37 PM PST by history_matters
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To: father_elijah
Thank you for the thread. I'm still full of joy. There are still two RCIA classes this year, but I'm returning to help with the next group. Our parish bapitsed 6 adults(one of them me)/6 children and in total Confirmed 22. Thanks to all here for the prayers and congradulations. I have included you all in my prayers as well. :)
84 posted on 04/03/2002 5:03:22 PM PST by roachie
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To: constitutiongirl; roachie; ventana; ELS; ejo; american colleen; Judith Anne; tiki; katnip...

My blessings and congratulations to constitutiongirl on her Confirmation. Praise God!

Regina coeli, laetare, Alleluia!

85 posted on 04/03/2002 5:08:51 PM PST by father_elijah
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To: Salvation;tiki;ventana
Thank all of you. I've just learned that one of my brothers is returning to the Church. He didn't want to attend the Vigil Saturday, but came because he knew it meant alot to me. His tears started when the Paschal candle was brought in and they didn't stop until the end. Today, he spent 2 hours talking to my pastor and he has reconciled himself to Our Saviour. This has indeed been the most blessed Easter season of my life.
86 posted on 04/03/2002 5:19:22 PM PST by constitutiongirl
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To: father_elijah
Thank you, father.
87 posted on 04/03/2002 5:22:27 PM PST by constitutiongirl
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To: father_elijah
Welcome to the new members!
88 posted on 04/03/2002 5:51:42 PM PST by RobbyS
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To: constitutiongirl
Prayers work, right? Deo gratias.
89 posted on 04/03/2002 5:53:17 PM PST by RobbyS
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To: father_elijah; roachie
Wow! I have not had time to read all this.Things are nuts at work.

I thank all for their kind words of encouragement, great links, and prayers.

Congrats to you roachie as well.

This has been a wonderful period in my life, and the apologetics (albeit betimes apoplectic) on FR (neverending story) were a huge part of my education. My thanks to all the Cs and NCs who drove me to the scriptures and strengthened my convictions. I have found a wonderful traditional church in the city(NY) a block from my office for masses during the week, another blessing. Thomas Merton wrote how important it was for him to have the Eucharist every day. After so many years, I find myself similarly inclined.

Sleep now, read more later.
v.

90 posted on 04/03/2002 5:56:14 PM PST by ventana
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To: constitutiongirl; AKA Elena; redhead; father_elijah; ventana; roachie; tiki; ejo; els...
Another great conversion story:

Noted Abortionist Finds God and Faith: A Review of Dr. Nathanson's Autobiography

91 posted on 04/03/2002 6:02:05 PM PST by Diago
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To: father_elijah;Askel5;all
While I was searching the Web I came across this beautiful poem. This thread seems like a good place to share it.

"The Beautiful Hands of a Priest"

We need them in life's early morning,
We need them again at its close,
We feel their warm clasp of true friendship;
We seek them when tasting life's woes.
When we come to this world we are sinful,
The greatest as well as the least:
And the hand that makes us pure as angels
Is the beautiful hand of a priest.

At the altar each day we behold them,
And the hands of a king on his throne
Are not equal to them in their greatness,
Their dignity stands all alone;
For there in the stillness of morning
Ere the sun has emerged from the east,
There God rests between the pure fingers
Of the beautiful hands of a priest.

And when we are tempted and wander
To pathways of shame and sin,
Tis the hands of a priest will absolve us
Not once, but again and again.
And when we are taking life's partner
Other hands may prepare us a feast;
But the hand that will bless and unite us
Is the beautiful hand of a priest.

God bless them and keep them all holy
For the Host which their fingers caress
What can a poor sinner do better
Then praise Him, Who chose thee to bless?
When the death dews on our eyelids are falling
May our courage and strength be increased
By seeing raised o'er us in blessing
The beautiful hand of a priest.

Anonymous

92 posted on 04/03/2002 6:06:53 PM PST by ELS
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To: father_elijah; ventana; roachie
Congratulations! Here's a link to my favorite saint.
93 posted on 04/03/2002 7:19:58 PM PST by Aquinasfan
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To: constitutiongirl
More great news. I'm so glad for him. The world is getting better one person at a time through God's Grace. Pray for more people to join God's family to show His love and mercy.
94 posted on 04/03/2002 7:41:32 PM PST by tiki
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To: Diago
I just answered you on the other thread about Condi Rice and I would repeat that here and add: Isn't it amazing to see what God can do with a soul? How He can turn the darkest heart to light and love? It also shows how important it is for us to keep praying and live a life of faith and rely on God because that is where the power lives. We can beg, plead, argue and cajole and it won't change anyone's heart but God can use us to change hearts if we let Him.
95 posted on 04/03/2002 8:25:52 PM PST by tiki
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To: MozartLover
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Congratulations!

96 posted on 04/03/2002 10:49:15 PM PST by Jeff Chandler
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To: Jeff Chandler
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97 posted on 04/03/2002 11:03:47 PM PST by Jeff Chandler
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To: OxfordMovement
A very beautiful prayer,thanks.

Just like the Marines the Catholic Church "Needs a few good Men" (or women).

98 posted on 04/04/2002 3:53:12 AM PST by chatham
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To: OxfordMovement
What a beautiful prayer, thank you for posting it. I'll do it again if you don't mind!

O God, the King of saints, we praise and magnify thy holy Name for all thy servants who have finished their course in thy faith and fear; for the Blessed Virgin Mary; for the holy patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs; and for all other thy righteous servants, known to us and unknown; and we beseech thee that, encouraged by their examples, aided by their prayers, and strengthened by their fellowship, we also may be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; through the merits of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

99 posted on 04/04/2002 4:16:03 AM PST by american colleen
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To: father_elijah; ventana; roachie; constitutiongirl
Congratulations to all and God bless you!
The good God does not need years to accomplish His work of love in a soul; one ray from His Heart can, in an instant, make His flower bloom for eternity... St. Therese of Lisieux

Quote taken from the Society of the Little Flower webpage.

May you be filled with God's good graces and remain steadfast in your faith.

100 posted on 04/04/2002 8:41:02 AM PST by ltlflwr
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