Bishop Donald J. Sandborn
Bishop Donald J. Sandborn
Here is what I gathered from your email:
1. Do you think Catholicism or Christianity is in competition?
2. Other lessons/belief systems that offer it’s own wisdom, comfort, and moral guidance?
3. What is wrong with the idea that every religious tradition offers different, but equally valid lessons about the world?
4. Could there be more to life than just Catholicism?
5. Is there something wrong with the person who decides what they truly believe?
My initial thoughts:
1. Christianity – religion based on the person and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, or it’s beliefs and practices (it does not say some beliefs and practices).
2. The Catholic Church is the main and earliest form of Christianity (there has to be a reason for that like everything else in the universe).
3. How can something be in competition with itself?
4. Truths from other “Christian” religions are either natural truths or taken from the Catholic Church and that is an historical fact, repeated over and over.
The first question that comes to my mind is whether or not you believe or recognize Jesus Christ as God (not just another Santa Claus like pretty much everyone treats Him), the 2nd person of the Blessed Trinity, or if you think of Him as another human being with no real significance.
Let us consider some points that can help us recognize the Divinity of Christ using reason and history. Reason because everyone has it, even those without Faith. And history because everyone lives in it, and it’s applicable, whether you like it or not.
1. Socrates had no one foretell his birth. Buddha had no one to pre announce him and his message or tell the day when he would sit under a tree. Confucius did not have the name of his mother and his birthplace recorded.
2. Search the writings of the Jewish people and the related history of the Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans. There have been no more prophecies of anyone coming after Christ.
3. What separates Christ from all men is that first He was expected; even the Gentiles had a longing for a Deliverer, or Redeemer. This fact alone distinguishes Him from all other religious leaders.
4. A second distinguishing fact is that once He appeared, He struck history with such impact that He split it in two, dividing it into two parts: one before His coming, the other after it. Buddha did not do this, nor any of the great Indian philosophers. Even those who deny God must date their attacks upon Him A.D. so and so, or so many years after His coming.
5. A third fact is this: every other person who ever came into this world came into it to live. He came to die. Death was a stumbling block to Socrates – it interrupted his teaching. But to Christ, death was the goal and fulfillment of His life, the gold that He was seeking. Few of His words or actions are intelligible without reference to His Cross. He presented Himself as a Savior rather than merely a Teacher. It meant nothing to teach men to be good unless He also gave them the power to be good, after rescuing them from the frustration of guilt.
6. The story of every human life begins with birth and ends with death. In the Person of Christ, however, it was His death that was first and His life that was last. “the Lamb slain as it were, from the beginning of the world.”
7. A fourth distinguishing fact is that He does not fit, as the other world teachers do, into the established category of a good man. Good men do not lie. But if Christ was not all that He said He was, namely, the Son of the Living God, the Word of God in the flesh, then He was not “just a good man”; then He was a knave, a liar, a charlatan, and the greatest deceiver who ever lived. If He was not what He said He was, the Christ, the Son of God, He was the anti-Christ! If He was only a man, then He was not even a “good” man, but He was not only a man. He would have us either worship Him or despise Him – despise Him as a mere man, or worship Him as true God and true man.
He will not allow us to pick and choose among His words, discarding the hard ones, and accepting the ones that please our fancy. We need a Christ Who will restore moral indignation, who will make us hate evil with a passionate intensity and love goodness to a point where we would drink death like water.
– The Life of Christ, Bishop Fulton Sheen 1958.
“It is thy own lips that have called Me a King. What I was born for, what I came into the world for, Is to bear witness of the Truth. Whoever belongs to the Truth, listens to My Voice.” (JOHN 18:37)
So as Christ is God and easily the most important and only pre-announced person in history, and as the Old Testament is mirrored through His Church in the New Testament. True Catholicism ties the ancient Jewish traditions of sacrifice (bread and wine for Thanksgiving, and the Pascal lamb for atonement of sins); Christ brought these sacrifices together as the Priest, the Victim, and the Redeemer all at once. With the Last Supper being the first Catholic Mass Christ said:
“And giving thanks, broke, and said: Take ye, and eat : THIS IS MY BODY, which shall be delivered for you: this do for the commemoration of me. In like manner also the chalice, after he had supped, saying: THIS CHALICE IS THE NEW TESTAMENT IN MY BLOOD: THIS DO YE, AS OFTEN AS YOU SHALL DRINK, FOR THE COMMEMORATION OF ME.
For as often as you shall eat this bread, and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come. Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily (hence the Sacrament of Confession), shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgement to himself, not discerning (believing, reverence towards the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist under the appearance of bread and wine, the whole of the Catholic Faith, and everything Protestants and everyone else aims to destroy), the body of the Lord. Therefore are there many infirm and weak among you, and many sleep.”
What it comes down to is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the same exact sacrifice offered to God the Father by His only begotten Son but in an unbloody manner. And the whole of the Faith depends on whether or not the person really and truly believe that after the bread and wine are transubstantiated they are completely and wholly, the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ. Because it was given from Christ to His Apostles and passed down through the imposition of hands to the Bishops and priests of the true church today.
Nothing else that any human being has ever done comes even close to this importance. That is God on the Altar right in front of your eyes! He did it for the Jews in the Old Testament when they wandered the desert for 40 years. He was a white mana that came down for them every morning to satisfy all their physical needs. And now His precious Body and Blood are our spiritual food if we want an eternity of happiness with God and it’s the only way we get to Heaven. Everything else is made up because ex-Catholics could not live up to the moral standards Christ instituted to His Apostles.
Just as a father has love for his children and does things that may at first seem harsh but ultimately is out of love of his children, so Christ gave us His Church, and promised to be with us until the end of time if we only adhere to the truth and everything He has commanded of us. Not just the things WE want to do or believe in, because history is full of that. It is daily obedience to the Will of God. Baptism for the washing of the soul from the stains of original sin, frequent reception of the Sacraments, keeping the commandments, observing sundays and holy days of obligation, as long as we are alive on this Earth we can turn to God and repent and start living the way we are supposed to be living. Denouncing the world, and all its enticing material things, dying to our physical senses, and seeking only the solicitation of the things that are of God’s Will for us. Obedience is paramount in making it into the Ark of the New Testament. We cannot get to Heaven by ourselves, you need the Holy Ghost dwelling in your soul and you receive that through His Church not anyone else’s. Just as Faith without works is dead, works without Faith are useless. Christ’s Presence in the Holy Eucharist IS the Catholic Faith, and it IS Christianity.
“If any man eat of this bread, He shall live forever; and the bread that I will give, IS MY FLESH, for the life of the world.”
What could be more important, efficacious for the salvation of our souls, than adherence to what the Creator of the Universe has commanded us to do? And who else has such a love for us, as to make themselves one with Him by offering us the bread of His flesh for our salvation? How important is it to you? If one believes they are a good person, is that simply enough? Because if one were truly a good person would they not follow and listen to the Source of all Good, God made man, Christ Himself?
Principal Christian Religious Bodies in the U.S.
|NAME||PLACE OF ORIGIN||FOUNDER||YEAR|
Eastern Orthodox (19 bodies)
Lutheran (21 bodies)
Mennonite (15 bodies)
Presbyterian (10 bodies)
Bapist (24 bodies)
Friends or Ouakers (4 bodies)
Reformed Churches (4 bodies)
Baptist, German (4 bodies)
Methodist (22 bodies)
United Brethren (2 bodies)
Churches of Christ
Latter-Day Saints (7 bodies)
Adventist (5 bodies)
Assemblies of God
Church of the Nazarene
Schism from Catholic Church
Grebel, Mantz, Blaurock
John and Charles Wesley
Otterbein and Boehm
Thos. and Alex. Campbell
Mary Baker Eddy
Union at General Assembly
Union at General Assembly
This article has been taken from “My Catholic Faith” I am not the author merely the distributor.God Bless BJS!!
What do we mean when we say that God is the Creator of heaven and earth? — When we say that God is the Creator of heaven and earth, we mean that He made all things from nothing by His almighty power.
“All things were made through him, and without him was made nothing” (John 1:3) “For in him were created all things” (Col. 1:16).
In the beginning God alone lived. Then out of nothing, by His almighty power, He created heaven and earth, and all things in heaven and on earth. Only God can create; that is, He alone can make something out of nothing. Time began with this creation. Before it there was only eternity.
“Before the mountains were made, or the earth and the world was formed, from eternity Thou art God” (Ps. 89:2).
God created heaven and earth, and everything in heaven and earth. By this is meant everything which is not God. “Heaven” refers to the angels and their abode; and “earth” to all the material universe, including the earth, stars, planets, and all things and beings in them.
God created everything by an act of his will. “He spoke and they were made; he commanded and they were created” (Ps. 32:9).
In its first book, Genesis, Holy Scripture tells the story of Creation. In the beginning all was void and empty and dark; that is, there was nothing but chaos, which God Himself had created. Then out of this chaos God brought about order and law, creating heaven and earth.
“In the beginning God created heaven and earth. And the earth was void and empty, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God moved over the waters” (Gen. 1:1-2).
In how many days did God create the world? — God created the world in six days, resting on the seventh day.
These “days” of creation were not necessarily days of twenty-four hours like those we have today, since our sun had not yet appeared. Catholic theologians commonly interpret them as long periods of time. Thus the “seventh day” is still going on. For Holy Scripture says that on that day God rested; that is, He ceased to create new kinds of things.
The Hebrew word for “day” may stand for a day, a week, a month, a century, or any indefinite period of time. Fundamentalism is an enemy of Science; it takes the “days” of Creation as of 24-hour periods, like the periods we call “days” in our time.
Very probably the sacred writer divides creation into six days in order to consecrate each day of the week by connecting it with one or more of the Creator’s works; and to impress on the Jews the divine command to sanctify the seventh day.
In the creation, God worked from the lower to the higher: He first made plants, and then He created the animals that would use them for food. Man was the crown of His earthly creations; all other works in the material universe, were for man’s enjoyment and use.
On the first day, God said: “Be light made,” and light was made. Then He divided light from darkness, and called the light Day and the darkness Night. On the second day, God made the sky or firmament and divided the waters.
The “heaven” thus made is the material heaven in which the stars, the moon, and the sun pursue their courses.
On the third day, God made dry land to appear, bade it bring forth plants.
In its account Holy Scripture concerns itself chiefly with our earth. Originally a fiery ball of gaseous matter, it gradually lost its heat, and land began to appear, apart from the sea. The moisture and warmth encouraged the development of organic life, the beginning of which had been implanted by God in the original primary matter.
On the fourth day, God made the sun, moon, and stars. On the fifth day He made creeping things, birds, and fishes. On the sixth day, He made beasts and cattle. Finally, “God created man to His own image.”
Man is different from the animals in his possession of reason and free will. Surpassing them all in dignity, he is the crown of God’s creations, the one for whom the world had been made ready.
On the seventh day, God “rested … from all His work which He had done.”
On the seventh day God ceased to make new kinds of things. This “seventh day” continues to the present; everything that is “made” now is a development or a combination of already existing matter. It is true that “nothing is new under the sun.” However, God continues to work in this sense: that He preserves and governs created things, and that He creates souls for those to be born.
Is there no contradiction between the account in the book of Genesis, and the latest discoveries of science, concerning the origin of matter?— No, there is not the least contradiction between the account in the book of Genesis, and the latest discoveries of science, concerning the origin of matter.
An apparent contradiction arises through the mistake of uninformed persons, who forget that the Church reads the Bible bearing in mind the principal object of the sacred writers.
In writing the account of the creation, the sacred writer, under the guidance of the Holy Ghost, wished to impress upon the Jews (for whom he was writing) that there is but one God, and that He created the entire universe, living and lifeless.
At that time the Jews were surrounded by idolatrous peoples who believed in the existence of many gods, and worshipped all kinds of creatures, even the sun, moon, plants, animals, and images.
In pursuing his aim, the sacred writer used the form that was most effective, under the circumstances, to convey his meaning. It is a popular form: that is, it relates historical events in popular expression and order.
The words used, while in themselves not scientifically exact, are in conformity with ordinary speech, and understandable by ordinary people. In the same way today we say, “The sun rises in the east”, even when we know through the investigations of science that the sun does not “rise” at all. Events are set down in an order not necessarily scientific, but suited to the understanding of a primitive people, and therefore of all mankind. We must remember that the sacred writer was not aiming to teach physics or anthropology, but Faith.
Do Revelation and Science contradict each other? — No; Revelation and Science do not, and cannot, contradict each other, for both are of God.
There may at times be an apparent conflict between faith and science; but this is only apparent, and never real. God cannot contradict Himself. He cannot lead us into error.
True Science is the handmaid of Religion. Science and the scientific method are means of arriving at the truth, and Religion is Truth. The greatest scientists have been Christians; a majority of outstanding leaders in science were Catholics, and many were priests. Only the shallow dabblers in science absurdly pretend that there is a conflict. The apparent conflicts arise from false interpretations, as when one takes for scientific truth what is false or not proved, or accepts as a doctrine of faith something not taught by the Church.
There can never be a real conflict between Revelation and Science, because they deal with entirely different spheres. Revelation is concerned with Faith and spiritual things; physical Science is concerned only with material things.
The Bible’s purpose is to teach salvation; but people make the mistake of considering it a treatise on Science. St. Thomas and St. Augustine taught that when the Bible describes some phenomenon of nature, it sets it down in terms of its appearances.
No scientific experiment or theory can dispense with the necessity of a Creator. Unless His existence is accepted, we can never explain: (a) the origin of matter, even the most elementary; (b) the origin of motion; (c) the origin of the very first living organism, and of the spiritual soul of man; and (d) the origin of the order and law so apparent in the universe.
What are the only difficulties found by some scientists in the Biblical account of the creation? — The only difficulties found by some scientists in the Biblical account of the Creation are connected with the order or sequence of events followed in the Book of Genesis.
If we study the proper interpretation, even these difficulties will be found not to exist.
The account in the Book of Genesis is in logical, not chronological, order. The writer groups together similar works of creation, for the easier understanding of a primitive people.
The Church has not made any positive definition of the way in which the Biblical account of Creation is to be interpreted.
Catholics are free to accept the interpretation that they prefer, so long as they also accept the fact taught: that God created the whole universe and everything in it.
Neither Revelation nor Science gives a definite answer to the question concerning the age of the world. Geologists assert that long periods of time were necessary for the formation of the various strata of the earth’s surface. Astronomers assert that some stars are a million light-years from the earth.
A Catholic is free to hold on this point whatever he believes is a sound and scientific conclusion. The estimates of scientists vary.
|Algue, a priest, invented the barocyclonometer, to detect approach of cyclones.||Ampere was founder of the science of electrodynamics, and investigator of the laws of electro-magnetism.|
|Becquerel, Antoine Cesar, was the founder of electro-chemistry.||Becquerel, Antoine Henri, was the discoverer of radio-activity.|
|Binet, mathematician and astronomer, set forth the principle, “Binet’s Theorem.”||Braille invented the Braille system for the blind.|
|Buffon wrote the first work on natural history.||Carrell, Nobel prize winner in medicine and physiology, is renowned for his work in surgical technique.|
|Caesalpinus, a Papal physician, was the first to construct a system of botany.||Cassiodorus, a priest, invented the watch.|
|Columbo discovered the pulmonary circulation of the blood.||Copernicus, a priest, expounded the Copernican system.|
|Coulomb established the fundamental laws of static electricity.||De Chauliac, a Papal physician, was the father of modern surgery and hospitals.|
|De Vico, a priest, discovered six comets.||Descartes founded analytical geometry.|
|Dumas invented a method of ascertaining vapor densities.||Endlicher, botanist and historian, established a new system of classifying plants.|
|Eustachius, for whom the Eustachian tube was named, was one of the founders of modern anatomy.||Fabricius discovered the valvular system of the veins.|
|Fallopius, for whom the Fallopian tube was named, was an eminent physiologist.||Fizeau was the first to determine experimentally the velocity of light.|
|Foucault invented the first practical electric arc lamp; he refuted the corpuscular theory of light; he invented the gyroscope.||Fraunhofer was initiator of spectrum analysis; he established laws of diffraction.|
|Fresnel contributed more to the science of optics than any other man.||Galilei, a great astronomer, is the father of experimental science.|
|Galvani, one of the pioneers of electricity, was also an anatomist and physiologist.||Gioja, father of scientific navigation, invented the mariner’s compass.|
|Gramme invented the Gramme dynamo.||Guttenberg invented printing.|
|Herzog discovered a cure for infantile paralysis.||Holland invented the first practical sub marine.|
|Kircher, a priest, made the first definite statement of the germ theory of disease.||Laennec invented the stethoscope.|
|Lancist, a Papal physician, was the father of clinical medicine.||Latreille was pioneer in entomology.|
|Lavoisier is called Father of Modern Chemistry.||Leverrier discovered the planet Neptune.|
|Lully is said to have been the first to employ chemical symbols.||Malpighi, a Papal physician, was a botanist, and the father of comparative physiology.|
|Marconi’s place in radio is unsurpassed.||Mariotte discovered Mariotte’s law of gases.|
|Mendel, a monk, first established the laws of heredity, which gave the final blow to the theory of natural selection.||Morgagni, founder of modern pathology; made important studies in aneurisms.|
|Muller was the greatest biologist of the 19th century, founder of modern physiology.||Pashcal demonstrated practically that a column of air has weight.|
|Pasteur, called the “Father of Bacteriology,” and inventor of bio-therapeutics, was the leading scientist of the 19th century.||Picard, a priest, was the first to measure accurately a degree of the meridian.|
|Regiomontanus, a Bishop and Papal astronomer; was the father of modern astronomy.||Scheiner, a priest, invented the pantograph, and made a telescope that permitted the first systematic investigation of sun spots.|
|Secchi invented the meteorograph.||Steensen, a Bishop, was the father of geology.|
|Theodoric, a Bishop, discovered anesthesia in the 13th century.||Torricelli invented the barometer.|
|Vesalius was the founder of modern anatomical science.||Volta invented the first; complete galvanic battery; the “volt” is named after him.|
|Other scientists: Agricola, Albertus Magnus, Bacon, Bartholomeus, Bayma, Beccaria, Behalm, Bernard, Biondo, Biot, Bolzano, Borrus, Boscovitch, Bosio, Bourgeois, Branly, Caldani, Cambou, Camel, Cardan, Carnoy, Cassini, Cauchy, Cavaliere, Caxton, Champollion, Chevreul, Clavius, De Rossi, Divisch, Dulong, Dwight, Eckhel, Epee, Fabre, Fabri, Faye, Ferrari, Gassendi, Gay-Lussac, Gordon, Grimaldi, Hauy, Heis, Helmont, Hengler, Heude, Hilgard, Jussieu, Kelly, Lamarck, Laplace, Linacre, Malus, Mersenne, Monge, Muller, Murphy, Murray, Nelston, Nieuwland, Nobili, Nollet, Ortelius, Ozaman, Pelouze, Piazzi, Pitra, Plumier, Pouget, Provancher, Regnault, Riccioli, Sahagun, Santorini, Schwann, Schwarz, Secchi, Semmelweis, Spallanzani, Takamine, Tieffentaller, Toscanelli, Tulasne, Valentine, Vernier, Vieta, Da Vinci, Waldseemuller, Wincklemann, Windle, and a host of others, too many to mention
God Bless BJS!!
God is eternal: He has no beginning and no end. Before there ever was anything, there was God. He always was, is, and ever will be. With God there is no time: everything is present. We cannot imagine eternity, but we can understand what it is to be without beginning or end
What do we mean when we say that God is eternal? — When we say that God is eternal, we mean that He always was and always will be, and always remains the same.
God had no beginning; there never was a time when there was no God. God can never cease to exist; He will have no end. He will always be living, immortal.
There is no time with God: with Him there is neither past nor future; everything is present. “One day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Pet. 3:8). “Before the mountains were made, or the earth and the world was formed, from eternity and to eternity thou art God” (Ps. 89:2). “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end” (Apoc. 1:8).
God will always remain the same
God cannot change. The God that is God now is the same God that has ever been, the same God that will ever be, from and throughout all eternity, the “Father of Lights, with whom there is no change, nor shadow of alteration” (Jas. 1:17).
What do we mean when we say that God is all-good? — When we say that God is all-good, we mean that He is infinitely lovable in Himself, and that from His fatherly love every good comes to us.
God is Himself love. Love is part of His nature. Compared to God’s infinite goodness, the goodness of man is nothing, only the shadow of a shadow.
Men, creatures of God, are good because God made them to His image and likeness. “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is sweet” (Ps. 33:9).
Out of His goodness, God created angels and men, although He had no need of them. God loves His creatures far more than a mother loves the children she has borne.
God gives us the beautiful world to live in. He takes care of our body and soul. He showers benefits and graces on us day after day. He prepares for us a place in heaven. Above all, He sent His Son down to earth to die for us.
What do we mean when we say that God is all-knowing? — When we say that God is all-knowing, we mean that He knows all things, past, present, and future, even our most secret thoughts, words, and actions.
God is all-knowing. Before His eyes all secrets, even the most hidden, are clear, even secrets that will not be thought of by man until the end of the world.
God knows us for what we are: we cannot hide anything from Almighty God. “All things are naked and open to the eyes of him to whom we have to give account” (Heb. 4:13).
God, all-knowing, will one day make everything known to everybody, disclosing our entire lives for all to read and know.
If we think of this power of God to see and know all things, and His promise to make everything manifest on the last day, we can more easily resist temptations to sin. “For there is nothing hidden that will not be made manifest; nor anything concealed that will not be known” (Luke 8:17).
What do we mean when we say that God is all-present? — When we say that God is all-present, we mean that He is everywhere.
God is all-present, because there is nothing that can have existence apart from Him. All creation exists in Him as thought exists in the mind. There is no place where God is not.
“‘Do I not fill heaven and earth?’ saith the Lord” (Jer. 23:24). “In Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). However, we must not make the mistake of thinking that God, in Whom everything exists, is limited by this everything. He has no limits, and exists outside as well as in all creation.
God is all-present, present everywhere, at the same time. He is not like man, that cannot be in two places at the same time. God is wholly everywhere at the same time
The presence of God should be an incentive for us to do everything to please Him. As we are careful never to do anything wrong in the presence of our mother, how much more careful should we be in the presence of God! “Shall a man be hid in secret places, and I not see him?” (Jer. 23:24).
Although God is everywhere, we do not see Him, because He is a spirit, and cannot be seen with our eyes.
Similarly, we cannot see our own soul or that of another. “God is spirit, and they who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).
What do we mean when we say that God is almighty? — When we say that God is almighty, we mean that He can do all things.
God can do anything, by a mere act of His will. Nothing is impossible to God.
“Things that are impossible with men are possible with God” (Luke 18:27). The only thing God cannot do is to make a contradiction:– He cannot will wrong, because wrong is a contradiction of His goodness.
God’s omnipotence or power is known to us especially by the magnificence of creation, and by His miracles.
Yet God created all the immensity of the heavens with nothing except His word. “Be light made. And light was made.” (Gen. 1:3). In the same way Our Lord worked many of His miracles. “Great is the Lord … of his greatness there is no end” (Ps. 144).
Is God all-wise, all-holy, all-merciful, and all-just? — Yes, God is all-wise, all-holy, all-merciful, and all-just.
God is all-wise. The more we learn of the wonders of the universe, the more we are amazed by the infinite wisdom of God, by His almighty power. His knowledge is infinite. He knows how to direct all things to the highest ends, and by the most fitting means.
God is infinitely holy in Himself. He loves good and hates evil. Therefore He is also all-just. He will punish the wicked and reward the good. “Be ye holy, because I the Lord your God am holy” (Lev. 19:2).
Partial justice is done in this life, for often the good are happy, and the wicked are tormented by their conscience. But complete justice will not be accomplished till the next life.
God is infinitely merciful He gives sinners time for repentance. He receives us back with joy when we repent. But merciful as He is, we must not presume on His mercy, for “God will not be mocked.” “The Lord is compassionate and merciful, long suffering and plenteous in mercy” (Ps. 102:8). “He is long-suffering, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9).
Taken from “My Catholic Faith” I am not the author merely the distrubutor.
God Bless BJS!!
God created the world in six days. On the first day He made light and darkness, day and night. On the second day He made the sky and divided the waters. On the third day of Creation, God caused dry land to appear out of the waters, and bade plants to spring forth from the land. On the fourth day God made the sun, the moon, and the stars. On the fifth day He made creeping things, birds and fishes. On the sixth day God made beasts, and finally, man. Then on the seventh day God stopped working: He rested. “The heavens show forth the glory of God.” (Ps. 18:2).
Who is God? — God is the Supreme Being, infinitely perfect, Who made all things and keeps them in existence.
God made everything — men, beasts, plants, planets, stars, everything. Not only that; God keeps everything in existence. Were He to take away His hand from what He created, everything would disappear into nothingness quicker than thought. Without a cause, there could be no effects. Without God, could there be anything at all?
“In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). “In him were created all things” (Col. 1:16). “It is he who gives to all men life and breath and all things” (Acts 17:25).
The traditions of all nations and races support the idea of the existence of God. All nations and peoples have an inner convictionof God’s existence; their intellect supports their instinctive trust.
Even among the wildest, most remote, and most degraded pagans there is invariably found the worship of some deity recognized as supreme, on whom man depends. There are savage peoples without ruler, laws, or even settlements, but never without some god that they worship with prayer and sacrifice
What do we mean when we say that God is the Supreme Being? — When we say that God is the Supreme Being, we mean that He is above all creatures, the self-existing and infinitely perfect Spirit.
“I am the first and I am the last, and besides me there is no god” (Is. 44:6). “‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end,’ says the Lord God. ‘who is and who was and who is coming'” (Apoc. 1:8)
What is a spirit? — A spirit is a being that has understanding and free will, but no body, and will never die.
God is a pure spirit. As God has no body, when we speak of His eyes and His hands we only speak in a figurative manner, in order to make ourselves more understandable according to our human way of speaking.
Our Lord said to the Samaritan woman at the well: “God is spirit; and they who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). Yet God has often taken on visible forms, in order to be seen by men. Thus he showed Himself in the form of a dove at the baptism of Jesus, and in the form of tongues of fire on Pentecost. God is neither a dove nor tongues of fire; He merely assumed those forms in order to be seen by mortal eyes.
Angels and devils are pure spirits. Men are only partly spiritual, because they have a body. Man’s soul is a spirit, absolutely independent of matter, and by creatures indestructible.
As spirits, God and men have this in common, though in different degrees: all have understanding, intellect, and free will. By his free will man can even defy his Creator, God.
What do we mean when we say that God is self-existing? — When we say that God is self-existing we mean that He does not owe His existence to any other being.
God made us, but who made God? God said to Moses, “I am who am” (Exod. 3:14). He exists of Himself, deriving His Being from no other. God is the First Cause.
All other beings and things owe their existence to God. In comparison to Him, we are nothing.
Man can never have a complete knowledge of God. Man is finite and cannot fully understand the infinite. A cup can contain the immensity of the ocean more easily than man can fully understand the Infinite God.
We know God only partly, from the order, harmony, and existence of things, from our conscience, and from God’s revelations to man.
What do we mean when we say that God is infinitely perfect? — When we say that God is infinitely perfect, we mean that He has all perfections without limit.
God is immense and eternal, “an ocean without shore or bottom,” the unchangeable Being that only Himself can fully understand: “Of his greatness there is no end” (Ps. 144:3)
God is so great and wonderful that He needs nothing to make Him greater or more wonderful. He possesses all perfections, countless, innumerable, illimitable, boundless.
God cannot be better, holier, or more perfect than He already is. He is at the acme of perfection, the uncreated, the Infinite. “Heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee” (3 Kings 8:27).
So perfect is God that He is infinitely incomprehensible, incapable of being completely understood. Reason can verify the revelation that God made of Himself. But when we make our reason or our emotions the final authority, we make ourselves our own god, and shut the road to the supernatural, the Infinite.
God alone can bridge the chasm that yawns between the finite and the infinite. When we take advantage of His grace to seek Him in loving trust, He holds out His hand, a Father calling to children, to cross the chasm safely to Him.
The Creator is above all the created, though something of Him, some likeness of His Being, may be found in every creature. But even were all creatures, from the most glorious seraphim to the lowliest of moss, to combine their powers and perfections, theirs would be a faint shadow of God’s all-encompassing supremacy.
What are some of the perfections of God? — Some of the perfections of God are: God is eternal, all-good, all-knowing, all-present, and almighty.
God’s perfections do not exist separately in Him, but are one and identical with Himself. They are only various manifestations of His one nature and perfection. In God, for example, His goodness is one with His wisdom and power. His perfections, besides being one and the same in Him, are also identical with Him: that is, God Himself is infinity, wisdom, goodness, power.
Taken from “My Catholic Faith” I am not the author merely the distrubutor.
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“But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall render an account for it in the day of judgment.” Matthew 12:36
The more we think of God the more we want Him and to think about Him. We desire His Will above all things. When we stop thinking about God, we stop directing our attention and love to Him. We start to think about ourselves, our selfish wills, and our wants disguised as needs. The devil gets into our heads if we don’t already start to have idle thoughts. He plays with images and thoughts to tempt us and lead us to sin. He whispers and provokes with no remorse. And the best of his accomplishments are to get someone to not believe he is there, ever.
Hardly anyone today believes, salvation or damnation is not the center of much focus today. Most everyone believes they hold the truth in their own interpretation of the way life should be according to them. There is no authority, to answer to, therefore there are no punishments to merit. This in turn allows many to consistently break the commandments of God without care. A greater portion of people cant even recite the commandments, how can one keep the commandments if they don’t even know them?
What do we do when we know our life purpose? Our final end with God that should take precedence over everything. We work it out with fear and trembling! With Faith, Hope, and Charity we merit our salvation by doing His Will. This is not achieved in one day, it is not even achieved in a year. Perfection of one’s soul takes a lifetime of hard work and sacrifice, God gives us all the tools, as well there are present plenty of distractions and obstacles. How do we know we are doing the Will of God? And what can we do but everything we can daily to obtain it.
In many examples of lives of the saints the thing found common amongst all of them was that they stayed busy. If they were not cleaning, or doing charitable work then they were praying. Or they were praying and doing these works. They were productive, constructive, and never sat idle to allow themselves the possibility of being tempted to sin. St. Martin de Porres is often depicted with a broom in one hand and a rosary in the other. Many Saints were gardners, or spent their time in the confessionals, or traveling to the sick, teaching children, giving to the poor, visiting the incarcerated, helping the elderly, etc. The greatest tool they used during these times was mental prayer.
The beauty of mental prayer is that you can enter dialogue with God, the Blessed Virgin, your guardian angel, and Saints anytime you want. You can implore their intercession, they can ask God for Actual Graces on their behalf for you, they can teach you how to approach certain situations with their examples of living. You can do it while you clean, or drive, or when you walk. All you have to do is shut off the music, tv, and put the phone down.
Start reading Catholic literature, listen to sermons from real traditional priests, learn the truth about God not the many falsehoods the Vatican and learned Bible worshippers now produce. Take God’s Word for everything, it is produced by His Church that offers perpetual sacrifice daily to honor and appease Him who is worthy of all glory. You cannot go wrong with what is truly right. Stop following people who say one thing and do another. Ask God for His Will to be shown to you everyday and it will soon become apparent the tests and opportunities that He allows to happen and that is provided in order that you do the right things.
Do not waste time complaining, moaning, and groaning. They are plenty of people doing that for all eternity. Pains and sorrows are coming know matter what, embrace your cross, step outside of your comfort because this world is not our home anyway. Start building your eternal crown, and the merits that will accompany you for eternity. When one does their best to focus on God constantly and the things of God, interest in everything else starts to dull. The more you get to know God love naturally follows. When you love someone with your whole heart and soul, you want to sacrifice your life in order to serve theirs. There is no one better to serve but our Ultimate Master and Creator from which all good flows. Find truth in things and you will find God. Sit idle and you will be swallowed by the prince of this world.
God Bless BJS!!