Posts by Melian

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  • Anaheim police officers to wear cameras

    09/14/2014 2:07:46 PM PDT · 9 of 9
    Melian to EveningStar

    I was at an Angels playoff game in the 70s. When the Angels won, the fans got excited and leaped over the fence and cavorted around the field. They weren’t hurting anything; they were just leaping and clapping and running. APD brought out the billy clubs and beat a bunch of them up in an effort to control the celebration. It was completely unnecessary and disgusting. (And they were all white fans, by the way.) Overreaction is a long tradition with them and not necessarily race related.

  • Book: Hillary has bad heart

    06/30/2014 10:42:54 AM PDT · 142 of 142
    Melian to seanmerc

    A bad heart? I think she’s heartless!

  • SCOTUS Rules Obama Admin Can’t Make Hobby Lobby Obey Pro-Abortion HHS Mand (details)

    06/30/2014 10:29:14 AM PDT · 25 of 26
    Melian to NYer

    Thank God!

  • Science, Saints, and the Shroud of Turin (Catholic Caucus)

    05/13/2014 9:20:39 PM PDT · 11 of 11
    Melian to NYer

    Quite interesting. It would be like Him to pick the most painful wound and suffer it in complete silence, never even mentioning it to the Apostles in all the times He appeared to them later, as a way to make an even more perfect sacrifice.

    There’s so much to meditate on here.

  • The Power of the Divine Mercy Novena

    04/27/2014 7:54:01 AM PDT · 35 of 35
    Melian to NYer

    Thank you! What a divine Divine Mercy Sunday it is!

  • The Power of the Divine Mercy Novena

    04/26/2014 2:06:01 PM PDT · 33 of 35
    Melian to NYer

    If I’ve done the Novena and finish it today with confession and attend the vigil Mass, is that fulfilling the guidelines, or do I also go to Mass tomorrow?
    Thank you, M.

  • Is this the Holy Grail?

    04/13/2014 10:40:10 PM PDT · 80 of 80
    Melian to Jewbacca

    Thank you for that interesting information on a Seder cup.

  • Obama gives Pelosi rosary beads blessed by Pope Francis

    04/13/2014 10:31:20 PM PDT · 137 of 137
    Melian to 2ndDivisionVet

    I hope she won’t have a minute of sleep as long as they are in her possession!

  • Prayer request for onyx's husband [Updates: 729, 841, 893, 911, 1108, 1171, 1222, 1390, 1501, 1575]

    04/13/2014 10:27:23 PM PDT · 627 of 1,923
    Melian to RedMDer; onyx

    Prayers sent on behalf of your dear husband and your entire family, onyx. May the peace and strength of Christ surround you in a tangible and healing way.

  • Pope to hold first official audience with the blind, deaf

    03/22/2014 7:18:08 PM PDT · 14 of 14
    Melian to RichInOC

    “The media doesn’t count?”

    Now that’s funny! Love it!

  • Your patron saint for 2014!

    01/04/2014 7:50:13 PM PST · 36 of 39
    Melian to NYer

    St. Jude, patron of difficult/lost causes!

  • World's oldest creature is revealed to be 507-year-old shellfish called Ming ...

    11/13/2013 9:39:42 PM PST · 70 of 73
    Melian to smokingfrog

    Fun thread. FReepers are funny!

  • Free Republic Recipe Thread

    10/28/2013 5:15:20 PM PDT · 73 of 99
    Melian to libertarian27

    Or maybe I should have said, “Winter Is Coming.”

    Please add me to the list.

  • Free Republic Recipe Thread

    10/28/2013 5:13:55 PM PDT · 72 of 99
    Melian to libertarian27

    Thank you! It’s getting cool here and I’m ready to bake!

  • Security guard finds body of baby in bag of teen suspected of shoplifting at Victoria's Secret

    10/19/2013 11:12:39 AM PDT · 11 of 11
    Melian to NYer

    This is her second baby, so she had more information than most teens.

    I cannot fathom why she didn’t take the living baby to a fire department and abandon it. They would have gotten that baby some help... and, after medical treatment, some desperate childless couple might have adopted it when it was old enough to go home.

    God help us.

  • Jeff Head Cancer Update: September 29, 2013

    10/01/2013 8:24:50 PM PDT · 142 of 149
    Melian to Jeff Head

    All systems are go! Prayers sent for your continued health and healing.

  • Well, I sure screwed it up today… (Update at #250)

    09/15/2013 6:20:33 PM PDT · 152 of 347
    Melian to trussell

    Prayers sent for you.

  • Pope Francis rejects false religiosity

    09/10/2013 5:28:41 PM PDT · 559 of 807
    Melian to Revolting cat!

    I couldn’t agree more, Revolting cat!

  • Pope Francis rejects false religiosity

    09/10/2013 5:25:11 PM PDT · 557 of 807
    Melian to boatbums

    I comprehend, boatbums. I was just responding to a sentiment expressed by an objective reader who was horrified by what non-Catholics are writing on this thread. He did not express any problem with what Catholics were writing.

    Seems he found a big difference between the posts of the two groups. Perhaps there are a thousand silent readers who never post who feel as he did?
    I would assert to you that one doesn’t have to make it personal to take a stand; you just have to say that the sarcastic or hate-filled posts of “Christians” make you sad or uncomfortable or disgusted or doubtful of their brand of spirituality or, simply, embarrassed for them. That’s what I think when I read their petty posts: they’ve embarrassed themselves, whether they know it or not. I would be embarrassed to be lumped in among their number.

    One can speak out publicly against something in general terms. One can take a stand for civility and brotherly love without naming names. I don’t see much of even that kind of courage from Protestants on these threads. Someone who wants to take a stand can also simply shun the haters by refusing to respond to their baiting posts or when they are pinged. See my tagline.

    I can take it because I am a very happy and satisfied Catholic; I’m just pointing out the disconnect between saying one is a Christian and then spewing hate. Apparently others see it too. I’ve just decided not to ignore it anymore and to label it for what it is.

    Most importantly, I have always found your posts to me to be thoughtful and respectful. I thank you for that.

  • Pope Francis rejects false religiosity

    09/10/2013 5:02:48 PM PDT · 554 of 807
    Melian to Iscool

    “But don’t you feel kind of lonely, empty, after he has passed thru your system???”

    No, Iscool, I don’t. In fact, I feel like a cleansing, warming wind has filled my lungs. I feel peace and gratitude and glory.

  • Pope Francis rejects false religiosity

    09/10/2013 4:58:41 PM PDT · 553 of 807
    Melian to boatbums

    Thank you for your scholarly reply, boatbums. However, the point seems to be that no one knows why Luther wrote what he did or if he actually did have an encounter with the devil. But that is what Luther wrote.

    If he was just attempting to strengthen his followers’ stance, how odd to use the devil’s approval to strengthen support for your argument.

    Are you agreeing that Luther did write the devil spoke out against the Mass, Mary, and the saints while disagreeing that he wrote the devil supported his idea of faith alone?

    If so, I think my point is still valid. But I did not know that there was any confusion about what Luther’s motives were for writing what he did. I thought everyone just accepted that Luther had written this. Again, I’m not sure second guessing his motives changes the odd fact that he did write it in support of his new, man-made concept of church, but I do thank you for the clarification and for the amount of effort in your response.

    I’m sure Lucifer loves the continual exponential division of the Protestant religion. Divide and conquer.

  • Pope Francis rejects false religiosity

    09/10/2013 4:37:58 PM PDT · 548 of 807
    Melian to Elsie

    Hence, Pope Francis’s rejection of false religiosity, Elsie.

  • Pope Francis rejects false religiosity

    09/09/2013 5:21:45 PM PDT · 369 of 807
    Melian to goodwithagun

    I couldn’t agree more! I doubt converts will come to them since most readers are probably aghast at the vitriol that they spew. I used to be gentle with them, kind, compassionate, understanding; all in the name of ecumenism... until I was in some doozy threads.

    Haters gonna hate! And birds of a feather will flock together. All I can do as a Catholic is continue to state the truth: we also love the Bible, we do good works, we follow Christ, and we possess something beyond price: the Eucharist Christ left us. Catholics can no longer keep the Good News under a bushel for fear of hurting people’s feelings. We’ve got to educate these sad souls who’ve been fed lies like pablum.

    We’ve got something great and we should tell anyone who will listen. Didn’t St. Paul tell us to be on fire with it? Many Protestants don’t know Luther wrote in his treatise against “The Mass and the Ordination of Priests” of a midnight encounter with Lucifer, during which the devil spoke against the Mass, Mary, and the saints, but gave Luther unqualified approval for his new, man-made doctrine of “faith alone.” Wake up call!!! Lucifer likes Sola Scriptura! If the devil likes what you’re doing, you’d better rethink, I think.

    False religiosity is obvious. Spirituality is obvious. And if you’re sure about your religion, you don’t need to hate. Your last paragraph is exactly why I’m not on FR much anymore: sound and fury signifying nothing. It’s time to make the world better. God bless you.

  • Pope Francis rejects false religiosity

    09/09/2013 5:00:43 PM PDT · 365 of 807
    Melian to boatbums

    “Many seem to think they know what Catholics non-Catholic Christians do and believe, but they do not.”

    No, I think many of the non-Catholic “Christians’” comments on threads like these are pretty easy to comprehend. Hatred is the fruit of the devil and it spews forth, no matter how measured the Catholic reply.

    It seems only Catholic Christians talk about ecumenism and unity. I’d be more impressed with non-Catholic Christians if more of them would publicly defend civility and chastise the haters when they spew their emotional, illogical, rabid junk.

  • Pope Francis rejects false religiosity

    09/09/2013 4:53:10 PM PDT · 361 of 807
    Melian to piytar

    Understandably frustrated! I have been there. A very wise priest once told me not to get in a twist about it because the Holy Spirit is still guiding the Church. Be not afraid.

  • Pope Francis rejects false religiosity

    09/09/2013 4:51:08 PM PDT · 359 of 807
    Melian to caww

    The lukewarm receive choice words from Jesus himself in Scripture. He’s pretty hard on them. He always tells those in error that they are in error.

    I stand by my words. Most non-practicing Catholics only had a problem with Catholicism when they were told NO: no divorce, no abortion, no promiscuity or impurity. When a difficult situation arose and the time came to walk the walk, they chose self over obedience.

    That’s pretty hard to admit to yourself, much less others. It creates a lot of cognitive dissonance. So they give other reasons. Protestants are only too happy to listen to their complaints and tell them they did the right thing.

    When you love Jesus, His yoke is easy. When you love yourself, His yoke is heavy. We see this in the Gospels.

    Finally, if you want to know Christ, the best way, the most complete way, the most spiritual and miraculous way, is to know him through the Catholic understanding of him. It is amazing!

  • Cal Worthington Legendary Car Salesman DEAD AT 92

    09/09/2013 4:36:10 PM PDT · 60 of 67
    Melian to kingu

    As a kid, he always interested me. He seemed to understand human nature very well! We want to see animals doing strange things, attractive people, and people doing odd stuff! RIP, Mr. Worthington!

  • Pope Francis rejects false religiosity

    09/08/2013 4:03:16 PM PDT · 109 of 807
    Melian to piytar

    FWIW, our pastor spoke at Mass about the Scripture readings for today: Wisdom 9:13-18, Phil 1:9-10, 12-17, and Luke 14:25-33. There wasn’t a word about immigration, only our responsibility as Catholic Christians to put God first above all things, even family.

    Many seem to think they know what Catholics do and believe, but they do not. Most fallen away Catholics are running from the Church and attempting to tar it to make their desertion feel more acceptable. Disparaging the Church lessens their cognitive dissonance. They tell their litany of complaints to Protestants who are only too willing to believe the worst of Catholics. Those Protestants accept the version of the Church told by Catholics Who Just Couldn’t Cut It. They then pass on their erroneous information as though it was gospel.

    Catholicism is a very demanding religion and the lukewarm are winnowed out. They go somewhere else, where Billy Bob (who got religion last week) tells them what they want to hear to grow his own personal ministry/mealticket. They join Billy Bob’s flock and start to tithe to him. Billy Bob is only too happy to continue to stroke their egos about how bad the Catholics are and how wise they are to follow his “learned” interpretation of Holy Scripture.

    It’s very sad; but even Jesus let those who said, “This is a hard teaching” walk away. The Catholic road is the Way of the Cross and it’s not for wimps. Jesus showed us that in John 6.

  • Pope Francis rejects false religiosity

    09/08/2013 3:47:42 PM PDT · 106 of 807
    Melian to goodwithagun

    As a Catholic, I thank you for your informed, ecumenical Christian attitude. May God bless you for it!

  • Pope’s vigil for Syrian peace expected to be biggest in decades

    09/06/2013 9:45:24 PM PDT · 9 of 47
    Melian to NYer

    I will fast tomorrow, read the Gospel, and try to make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament. Lord, hear our prayer!

  • Interview with former Catholic Priests and Nuns on why they left

    09/06/2013 9:41:12 PM PDT · 413 of 444
    Melian to vladimir998

    “You do realize that those references to Peter were written years after the events described, right?”

    Thanks, v998! It seemed insulting to point out that the name change was obviously being spelled out, long after it had happened, to try to clarify for the potentially confused.

    Some people work so hard to stay confused!

  • MegaChurch or Catholic Church?

    09/03/2013 9:23:03 PM PDT · 1,431 of 1,463
    Melian to terycarl

    I agree, wholeheartedly, terycarl!

  • Interview with former Catholic Priests and Nuns on why they left

    09/03/2013 9:22:17 PM PDT · 360 of 444
    Melian to Elsie

    Yes, He did!

  • MegaChurch or Catholic Church?

    09/02/2013 8:23:03 PM PDT · 1,425 of 1,463
    Melian to metmom

    I gave you many Scripture citations about the value of suffering and Christ’s own words. I’m sorry that’s not enough for you.

  • MegaChurch or Catholic Church?

    09/02/2013 8:21:37 PM PDT · 1,424 of 1,463
    Melian to metmom

    Catholics keep repeating it because it’s the truth. Isn’t it amazing that for the first 1500 years there was one Bible and Catholicism was taking care of it, teaching from it, and translating it.

    Then a disobedient, headstrong priest decided to forsake his vow of obedience and wrote his own version of the Bible, deleting parts that he didn’t like or that were in conflict with the man-made church he intended to start. He started a Catholic-lite church. A sad, disgruntled, weak man started Protestantism.

    No. Catholics never used a Protestant version of the Bible. That version is abridged and edited. That version is an abomination of God’s Sacred Scripture. Nope, no man-made Bible for me. I’ll take the Bible inspired by the Holy Spirit, and the Church actually begun by Christ and the Apostles. Nothing less would do for me. I want it all.

  • MegaChurch or Catholic Church?

    09/02/2013 8:13:57 PM PDT · 1,423 of 1,463
    Melian to metmom

    Well, thank you for acknowledging that Catholics are encouraged by Church leaders to read the Bible.

    Judging from this thread, I would say a lot of Protestants are apparently not reading it either.

  • MegaChurch or Catholic Church?

    09/02/2013 8:11:14 PM PDT · 1,422 of 1,463
    Melian to CynicalBear

    I can’t believe I have to tell you about the scripture passage that says we each receive different gifts from the Holy Spirit. Try 1 Cor 12: 4-5, 8-11, 28-31 for starters.

    Just what Bible do you read that you are not familiar with this concept that we each receive different gifts from the Holy Spirit? I am amazed you don’t seem to know this! And they say Catholics don’t know the Bible!

  • MegaChurch or Catholic Church?

    09/02/2013 8:00:21 PM PDT · 1,421 of 1,463
    Melian to CynicalBear

    Well, the original Scripture is 100 percent correct... but not all the versions made by men to suit their own personal interpretation of Jesus. Leaving whole chapters out so those pesky passages that say works are needed are forgotten is a crime.

    The Catholic Church collected the 100 percent correct Scripture, working with the Holy Spirit. We have the complete version, not the edited, dumbed-down version created much later by disgruntled men. I feel so sorry for anyone who reads the abridged version of Sacred Scripture. What a terrible loss.

  • MegaChurch or Catholic Church?

    09/02/2013 7:55:12 PM PDT · 1,420 of 1,463
    Melian to CynicalBear

    I can cite as many texts and more saying works are needed. Also, don’t forget the story of the unprepared virgins. Obviously their hearts were in the right place but they didn’t follow through with action. We know what happened to them.

    Not sure what the slavery passages have to do with it. I don’t think they proved your point. Living in the Church Christ started, in the way He wanted us to, is not slavery. It’s joy.

  • Interview with former Catholic Priests and Nuns on why they left

    09/02/2013 8:40:05 AM PDT · 212 of 444
    Melian to Alamo-Girl

    This is exactly why Catholics believe in the authority of Peter as leader of the Church. God was the Rock and Christ said in front of all the Apostles that He was renaming Simon the Rock. He then said He would built His Church on that rock. He was speaking to fellow Jews who knew what Rock meant.

    From the very first days of the Church, the disciples knew the authority to lead the Church on Earth had be given to Peter by Christ Himself with the renaming, which is always of great importance in the Bible, and the use of the word Rock, which had only been applied to God before that.

    Again, Christ said it and it is faithfully recorded by the Holy Spirit in Scripture. Catholics take the Scripture very literally. We simply believe what Jesus said.

  • MegaChurch or Catholic Church?

    09/01/2013 11:00:22 PM PDT · 1,393 of 1,463
    Melian to metmom

    Time for bed here, but I believe I’ve answered your questions.

    I believe I’ve proved in my posts that many serious Catholics love and read the Bible.

    I believe I’ve proved in my posts that I know Scripture as well as you do.

    I think I’ve given you serious food for thought, should you choose to think. And I hope you will. I will gladly mail you a parish bulletin so you can see we read the Bible for yourself.

    I’m not sure why a happy and fulfilled Catholic generates such heat on these threads, but I will continue to check in from time to time. I only know that there is a depth and glory and beauty to Catholicism that cannot be matched by any man-made religion. I can feel Christ’s touch on every part of the Mass. And I know that I am supposed to share that joy with everyone I meet.

  • MegaChurch or Catholic Church?

    09/01/2013 10:51:01 PM PDT · 1,392 of 1,463
    Melian to metmom

    Yes, our Bible is better. It has not been defaced by mere men. It was compiled under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and has not been “edited” like other religions’ bibles.

  • MegaChurch or Catholic Church?

    09/01/2013 10:48:54 PM PDT · 1,391 of 1,463
    Melian to metmom

    All Catholics should feel free to share the beauty and glory of their faith in Christ with others. That’s called evangelization and Christ asked us to do it in Scripture. We are to spread the Good News!

    It is right for Catholics to let people know we feel our Church has the fullest, most beautiful, most Scriptural and dependable understanding of Christ.

  • MegaChurch or Catholic Church?

    09/01/2013 10:43:52 PM PDT · 1,390 of 1,463
    Melian to metmom

    I believe the original text of the Bible was in Greek and was then translated to the Latin. The Catholic Church preserved the original for all time until men tore chunks out of it. Our translation is based on the Greek original. We decided what the text of the Bible was, in accord with the Holy Spirit.

    Oh, a passage on suffering: Romans 8: 16-17 we are heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him. Phil 1: 28-29 granted to believe, also to suffer for him. Col 1:24 filling up what is lacking in Christ’s sufferings. Heb 12: 5-7 whom God loves, he disciplines. 1 Peter 2: 19-21 suffering equals grace and Jesus suffered as our example.

    Gee, I guess Catholics do read the Bible, metmom. I’m glad I could find these passages for you since you seem unfamiliar with them.

  • MegaChurch or Catholic Church?

    09/01/2013 10:32:18 PM PDT · 1,389 of 1,463
    Melian to metmom

    metmom, you surprise me. Did Christ not suffer to pay for our sin? Did Christ not suffer to purify our guilt? Did God the Father not find that a meaningful sacrifice?

    If Christ’s suffering did not help pay for our sin, there would have been no reason for Him to suffer. He could have been quickly murdered without any suffering, if only death was required. But he suffered. Why? Because suffering for God’s sake matters. Loving God enough to suffer for Him matters. Christ’s death saved us, but He suffered for some reason. We know Christ valued endurance: Matt 10:22

    And how many times in Scripture do we read about God tempering those He loves like steel in the fire? Suffering well for love of God matters to Him!

    This is pretty basic. St. Paul talks often about how he suffers for Christ. I’m not sure what your problem with it is, but you will find your answer in the New Testament.

  • MegaChurch or Catholic Church?

    09/01/2013 10:17:51 PM PDT · 1,388 of 1,463
    Melian to bkaycee

    I agree with you on that: we are told to offer up our bodies as living sacrifice and walk the way of the cross. It is a path of obedience and self-denial and it only ends when Jesus tells us “it is finished” and we die.

    Matt 24:13 tells us only those who persevere to the end will be saved. Romans 11:22 tells us to remain in His kindness or you will be cut off. John 14:21 tells us that he who keeps Christ’s commandments is the one who loves Him. Romans 2:2-8 tells us we gain eternal life by perseverance in good works. Gal 5:4-6 tells us nothing counts but faith working through love. Eph 2: 8-10 tells us we are created in Christ Jesus for good works. Phil 2:12-13 tells us to work on our salvation with fear and trembling. James 2:14-24 says a man is justified by works and not faith alone.

    Salvation is not that simple. It would be nice if it was, and lots of people would like to believe it was that easy, but the Holy Spirit inspired sacred Scripture above says it is not. Hb 6:4-6 describes sharers in the Holy Spirit who then fall away. Heb 10:26-27 tells us if you sin after receiving the truth, judgement remains. And let’s not forget what Christ said about the lukewarm. Presumably they believed but not very actively or strongly. Are the lukewarm saved? There are just too many passages in Holy Scripture that contradict the simplistic notion of being “saved”.

    I think of Salvation as receiving a ticket to Heaven on the day of your baptism, but you can’t misplace, ruin, or lose the ticket. You have to take good care of it and keep it safe until the day you die and present it to board the train. You have to be dependable and mindful that you will be taking that journey. The gift of Faith is to be held on to and lived with and kept safe until the end. We must finish the race to the end.

    Finally, I have always wondered if the concept of being “saved” was presented to Protestants as a way to grow the membership. It is a soothing, attractive, and non-strenuous idea, one that would appeal to the masses. As we can see above, it’s not really Scriptural, because I can cite just as many passages that refute the idea. But it makes people feel good. They are happy because the issue seems nicely settled for them. It’s a more difficult and thought provoking journey to work out your salvation with fear and trembling every single day. And you have to tell yourself “no” a lot.

    The key for me is this: Christ’s way is not easy. He told us so in the parable of the narrow gate. He showed that again when the followers could not accept his hard teaching in John 6 and walked away and He let them go. He showed us when even Peter denied Him and the apostles abandoned Him. Paul had to live with temptations every day. Christ asked us to do the hardest thing of all: love others as much as we love ourselves. Obviously that has to happen every day of our lives, even after we receive the gift of faith. He told the good man he was doing great but now he had to sell everything and do more. He told the prostitute her contrition saved her but she MUST SIN NO MORE. There’s a big “or else” in that story. Being “saved” is easy; but, for me, it truly doesn’t jive with everything we know about Christ’s life.

    bkaycee, I want to thank you for the tone of your posts and the thoughtful responses. I also forgot to mention to you before that in our parish bulletin there are Scripture passages cited for reading every day of the week. We are not forced to read Scripture, but in our bulletin every week we Catholics are invited to read the Bible every day and incorporate it into our lives. We also bow to the Bible before and after each reading. And before the Gospel reading we make the sign of the cross on our foreheads, lips and chests as a way of asking Christ’s Word to fill our thoughts, our words, and our hearts.

    Most Protestants do not know these facts. They believe what they are told at their churches about Catholics. I invite anyone to go to a Mass and see how we treat the Bible. We love it too!

  • MegaChurch or Catholic Church?

    09/01/2013 9:32:03 PM PDT · 1,382 of 1,463
    Melian to metmom

    “Suffering doesn’t pay for sin or purify us.” I think Christ, and God the Father, would beg to differ! Christ suffered for us. And the Father found it meaningful!

    Another clue is that Christ fasted for 40 days. Apparently He thought suffering counted for something then too! LOL

  • MegaChurch or Catholic Church?

    09/01/2013 9:28:04 PM PDT · 1,380 of 1,463
    Melian to Iscool

    Again, we know each of us receives a unique spiritual gift from the Holy Spirit and not all receive the same gift. But Jesus selected 12 people to be special leaders. He gave them special teaching, experiences, and prayed special prayers for them. He promised the Spirit would come to guide them. He prayed they would remain united in the faith. Scripture also tells us to avoid those who create dissension: Rom 16:17.

    Read the words I wrote again. Then read the Scripture passages I have cited. They can’t be twisted. All Christians receive spiritual gifts from the Holy Spirit. But the leadership of the Catholic Church, the successors of Peter’s authority receive guidance by the Holy Spirit. Luke 10:16, John 14:16 and 26, John 16:13, 1 Tim 3:15.

    And Catholics have the best, most complete, most divine Bible of all available to them. Not the one men have defaced and defiled to suit their whims/weaknesses. Truly, the Catholic Church is marked in all ways as Christ’s one, true Church!

  • MegaChurch or Catholic Church?

    09/01/2013 9:14:49 PM PDT · 1,377 of 1,463
    Melian to terycarl

    And thank you for being part of the faithful remnant!

    The lukewarm are being winnowed out and the Church Militant will be smaller but just as strong as ever. Christ’s Church will prevail to the end. Unfortunately, we know what Christ thought of the lukewarm from Scripture. I think this is an amazing time to be a Catholic because it is not easy! In a small way, we are persecuted by the media and fellow “Christians” each day. It is a gift to be able to accept a few stripes for the sake of faithfulness to Christ’s teachings. We are lucky! May God bless you!

    Dear Lord, please touch the hearts of lukewarm Catholics and inspire them to learn more about their faith. Instill in them a thirst to investigate the teachings of your Church as adults in faith. Help them to grow in their understanding of your Word and in their love of the Eucharist. Strengthen your Church Militant and inspire us to educate and inspire them. I ask this in Jesus’ name.

  • MegaChurch or Catholic Church?

    09/01/2013 9:03:52 PM PDT · 1,376 of 1,463
    Melian to terycarl

    Agreed. The fragmentation increases exponentially in the Protestant movement. I see it as a clear sign that Christ is not steering that ship! It flies against everything he wanted for us all.

    Protestantism is a religion of parts, created by men in their own likeness. I see it as a Tower of Babel crossed with a golden calf. I honestly don’t know how they can ignore that! Christ warned there would be many false prophets but the sheer volume is stunning.