St. Michael Prayer

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do, thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of God, cast into hell satan and all of the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Glory to God in the Highest!

Monday, April 20, 2015

15 Reasons Why I Love Beng Catholic!!!!

God, the Father: Creator of Heaven and Earth.  Father Almighty.  God of Love.  One of three Persons in the Trinity.  Through Him, all things were made.

Jesus: The Son of the Living God, Begotten not made, one if being with the Father.  Agreeing submitting His Will to the Father, Jesus suffered an horrific death for the sake of all humankind.  “Not my Will,” He said, “But Your Will be done.”

Holy Spirit:  The Third Person of the Trinity.  The Comforter.  The Guide.  The Paraclete

The Resurrection of the Body:  Jesus defeated death when He rose from the dead.  By His death we were saved.  By His Resurrection, we, too, will rise, one day.

The Truth - The Catholic Church speaks the truth, even if it’s not a popular truth to speak.  From the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Article 1: Section 1950: The Moral Law. 

“The moral law is the work of divine Wisdom. Its biblical meaning can be defined as fatherly instruction, God's pedagogy. It prescribes for man the ways, the rules of conduct that lead to the promised beatitude; it proscribes the ways of evil which turn him away from God and his love. It is at once firm in its precepts and, in its promises, worthy of love.”

The Mass:  The Mass is an encounter with Jesus, in which you pray with body, mind, and voice.  In the Mass we worship the Trinity.  We receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, which is Jesus, Himself.  We give thanks to God, and through the anointed hands of the priest, receive the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity  of Jesus. 

The Eucharist: Through the anointed and consecrated hands of the priest, the bread and wine offered at Mass become the person of Jesus, crucified on the cross for our sins. 

The Forgiveness of Sins:  Through the priest, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, when we repent with sincere hearts, and confess our sins, the priest, acting in the place of Jesus, forgives us our sins. 

The Blessed Virgin Mary: The Mother of God.  While we, as Catholics, do not worship and adore our Lady, we have a strong devotion to her and her feminine role in the Church.  With her fiat, the final chapter of the salvation of mankind began.  Free to choose, she had only one question, “How can it be, since I do not know man?”  The angel assured her that the power of the Holy Spirit would come upon her and she would conceive and give birth to a Son who was the promised Messiah.  With that knowledge, Mary said yes, and her Son, our Lord and God, was conceived in the womb of the Virgin that God chose to be our Savior.
Forgiveness of sins

Pope Francis:  Our beloved Pontiff who has opened more doors in the faith to welcome those whom we might have shunned without his love.  I’m not sure I could love our dear Pontiff any more than I do at this moment, but I’m sure God will find a way to show me, I should love and pray for him even more.

Purgatory: God’s gift to us.  If the stain of sin is still upon us, and we are not yet ready for heaven, rather than being condemned to hell, God’s gift of love for His children is Purgatory, where we will be purified of our sin condition knowing that we will be allowed in the presence of the Beatific Vision of God when we are cleansed.  Hope, literally, spring eternal in Purgatory.

Sacred scripture: The Bible: The Words of God, contained in the Bible, are spoken and read at each Mass.  The Word of God is proclaimed at each Mass.  Catholics are encouraged to read the Bible daily and meditate on the Word of God.  Begin each reading with a prayer to the Holy Spirit.  Reflect on what God is saying to you in Scripture.  Use an approved Catholic Bible.  Using the prompts of the Holy Spirit, put into practice what you read.

The Communion of Saints: All the Faithful form one body, which is the Church with Christ as it’s head.  We are one body.  We are linked to each other through that which is holy from all that are holy.

The Rosary of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary:  The Rosary, in line after the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, is the second most powerful prayer to God.  Many graces are granted to the faithful who pray the Rosary.  The Rosary consists of:  The Apostles’ Creed, followed by and Our Father, Three Hail Marys, and one Glory Be.  After this the name of the Mystery is pronounced:  The Joyful, the Sorrowful, the Luminous, and the Glorious.  Each decade of the Rosary has a name in the mystery on which we meditate as we pray.  In each decade of the Rosary we recite: one Our Father, followed by 10 Hail Marys, followed by one Glory Be.  In between each decade we pray the Fatima Prayer, “Oh, my Jesus, forgive us our sins.  Save us from the fires of hell.  Lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in most need of They Mercy.   To conclude the Rosary we pray the Hail Holy Queen.

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My Guardian Angel:  The comfort of knowing that God appointed a heavenly being to be with me all the days of my life, from the moment of conception to the moment my soul leaves my body at death, a spiritual being who will protect and guide me in the ways of God, is overwhelming.  Each of us, in addition to the magnitude of the  gifts God has given us, has an angel who loves us almost as much as God does.  This angel seeks to bring us to the Throne of God one day, and present us to God with overwhelming joy! 

There are many more reasons why I love my faith!  God is good!  God is love!  God is all powerful!  I praise God for the gift of the Catholic Church!

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