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Faith Clinic; Catechism Of The Catholic Church. Part A

Faith Clinic; Catechism Of The Catholic Church. Part A

GOD COMES TO MEET MAN

By natural reason man can know God with certainty, on the basis of his works. But there is another order of knowledge, which man cannot possibly arrive at by his own powers: the order of divine Revelation. Through an utterly free decision, God has revealed himself and given himself to man. This he does by revealing the mystery, his plan of loving goodness, formed from all eternity in Christ, for the benefit of all men. God has fully revealed this plan by sending us his beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

THE REVELATION OF GOD

I. God Reveals His “Plan of Loving Goodness”

“It pleased God, in his goodness and wisdom, to reveal himself and to make known the mystery of his will. His will was that men should have access to the Father, through Christ, the Word made flesh, in the Holy Spirit, and thus become sharers in the divine nature.”

God, who “dwells in unapproachable light”, wants to communicate his own divine life to the men he freely created, in order to adopt them as his sons in his only-begotten Son. By revealing himself God wishes to make them capable of responding to him, and of knowing him and of loving him far beyond their own natural capacity.

The divine plan of Revelation is realized simultaneously “by deeds and words which are intrinsically bound up with each other” and shed light on each another. It involves a specific divine pedagogy: God communicates himself to man gradually. He prepares him to welcome by stages the supernatural Revelation that is to culminate in the person and mission of the incarnate Word, Jesus Christ.

St. Irenaeus of Lyons repeatedly speaks of this divine pedagogy using the image of God and man becoming accustomed to one another: the Word of God dwelt in man and became the Son of man in order to accustom man to perceive God and to accustom God to dwell in man, according to the Father’s pleasure.

II. The Stages of Revelation

In the beginning God makes himself known

“God, who creates and conserves all things by his Word, provides men with constant evidence of himself in created realities. and furthermore, wishing to open up the way to heavenly salvation – he manifested himself to our first parents from the very beginning.” He invited them to intimate communion with himself and clothed them with resplendent grace and justice.

This revelation was not broken off by our first parents’ sin. “After the fall, (God) buoyed them up with the hope of salvation, by promising redemption; and he has never ceased to show his solicitude for the human race. For he wishes to give eternal life to all those who seek salvation by patience in well-doing.”

Even when he disobeyed you and lost your friendship you did not abandon him to the power of death. . . Again and again you offered a covenant to man.

The covenant with Noah

After the unity of the human race was shattered by sin God at once sought to save humanity part by part. the covenant with Noah after the flood gives expression to the principle of the divine economy toward the “nations”, in other words, towards men grouped “in their lands, each with (its) own language, by their families, in their nations”.

This state of division into many nations, each entrusted by divine providence to the guardianship of angels, is at once cosmic, social and religious. It is intended to limit the pride of fallen humanity united only in its perverse ambition to forge its own unity as at Babel. But, because of sin, both polytheism and the idolatry of the nation and of its rulers constantly threaten this provisional economy with the perversion of paganism.

The covenant with Noah remains in force during the times of the Gentiles, until the universal proclamation of the Gospel. The Bible venerates several great figures among the Gentiles: Abel the just, the king-priest Melchisedek – a figure of Christ – and the upright “Noah, Daniel, and Job”. Scripture thus expresses the heights of sanctity that can be reached by those who live according to the covenant of Noah, waiting for Christ to “gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad”.

God chooses Abraham

In order to gather together scattered humanity God calls Abram from his country, his kindred and his father’s house, and makes him Abraham, that is, “the father of a multitude of nations”. “In you all the nations of the earth shall be blessed.”

The people descended from Abraham would be the trustee of the promise made to the patriarchs, the chosen people, called to prepare for that day when God would gather all his children into the unity of the Church. They would be the root on to which the Gentiles would be grafted, once they came to believe.

The patriarchs, prophets and certain other Old Testament figures have been and always will be honoured as saints in all the Church’s liturgical traditions.

God forms his people Israel

After the patriarchs, God formed Israel as his people by freeing them from slavery in Egypt. He established with them the covenant of Mount Sinai and, through Moses, gave them his law so that they would recognize him and serve him as the one living and true God, the provident Father and just judge, and so that they would look for the promised Saviour.

Israel is the priestly people of God, “called by the name of the LORD”, and “the first to hear the word of God”, The people of “elder brethren” in the faith of Abraham.

Through the prophets, God forms his people in the hope of salvation, in the expectation of a new and everlasting Covenant intended for all, to be written on their hearts. The prophets proclaim a radical redemption of the People of God, purification from all their infidelities, a salvation which will include all the nations. Above all, the poor and humble of the Lord will bear this hope. Such holy women as Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, Miriam, Deborah, Hannah, Judith and Esther kept alive the hope of Israel’s salvation. the purest figure among them is Mary.

….to be continued

Prayer for Family; Husband, Wife and Children. Share with Others

Prayer for Family; Husband, Wife and Children. Share with Others

Prayer for the Family

O God of goodness and mercy, to Thy fatherly guidance we commend our family, our household and all our belongings. We commit all to Thy love and keeping; do Thou fill this house with Thy blessings even as Thou didst fill the holy House of Nazareth with Thy presence.

Keep far from us, above all else, the blemish of sin, and do Thou alone reign in our midst by Thy law, by Thy most holy love and by the exercise of every Christian virtue. Let each one of us obey Thee, love Thee and set himself to follow in his own life Thine example, that of Mary, Thy Mother and our Mother most loving, and that of Thy blameless guardian, Saint Joseph.

Protect us and our house from all evils and misfortunes, but grant that we may be ever resigned to Thy divine will even in the sorrows which it shall please Thee to send us. Finally give unto all of us the grace to live in perfect harmony and in the fullness of love toward our neighbor. Grant that every one of us may deserve by a holy life the comfort of Thy holy Sacraments at the hour of death. O Jesus, bless us and protect us.

O Mary, Mother of grace and of mercy, defend us against the wicked spirit, reconcile us with Thy Son, commit us to His keeping, that so we may be made worthy of His promises.

Saint Joseph, foster-father of our Savior, guardian of His holy Mother, head of the Holy Family, intercede for us, bless us and defend our home at all times.

Saint Michael, defend us against all the evil cunning of hell.

Saint Gabriel, make us to understand the holy will of God.

Saint Raphael, preserve us from all sickness and from every danger to our lives.

Our holy Guardian Angels, keep our feet safely on the path of salvation both day and night.

Our holy Patrons, pray for us before the throne of God.

Yea, bless this house, O God the Father, who hast created us; O God the Son, who hast suffered for us upon the holy Cross, and Thou, O Holy Spirit, who hast sanctified us in holy Baptism. May the one God in three divine Persons preserve our bodies, purify our minds, direct our hearts and bring us all to everlasting life.

Glory be to the Father, glory be to the Son, glory be to the Holy Ghost! Amen.

Husbands and Wives.

Lord, inspire those men and women who bear the titles “Husband” and “Wife”. Help them to look to You to themselves to one another to rediscover the fullness and mystery they once felt in their union. Let them be honest enough to ask: “Where have we been together and where are we going? Let them be brave enough to question: “How have we failed?” Let each be foolhardy enough to say: “For me, we come first”. Help them, together to reexamine their commitment in the light of Your love, willingly, openly, compassionately. One Hail Mary…
Hail, O Virgin of Guadalupe. We place under your powerful patronage the purity and integrity of the Holy Faith in Mexico and in all the American Continent, for we are certain that while you are recognized as Queen and Mother, America and Mexico and our Matrimony will be saved…
Amen.

Prayer for Children

O God the Father of mankind, who hast given unto me these my children, and committed them to my charge to bring them up for Thee, and to prepare them for eternal life: help me with Thy heavenly grace, that I may be able to fulfil this most sacred duty and stewardship. Teach me both what to give and what to withhold; when to reprove and when to forbear; make me to be gentle, yet firm; considerate and watchful; and deliver me equally from the weakness of indulgence, and the excess of severity; and grant that, both by word and example, I may be careful to lead them in the ways of wisdom and true piety, so that at last I may, with them, be admitted to the unspeakable joys of our true home in heaven, in the company of the blessed Angels and Saints. Amen.

O Heavenly Father, I commend my children to Thy care. Be Thou their God and Father; and mercifully supply whatever is lacking in me through frailty or negligence. Strengthen them to overcome the corruptions of the world, whether from within or without; and deliver them from the secret snares of the enemy. Pour Thy grace into their hearts, and strengthen and multiply in them the gifts of Thy Holy Spirit, that they may daily grow in grace and in knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ; and so, faithfully serving Thee here, may come to rejoice in Thy presence hereafter. Amen.

How To Know If The Priesthood Is My Vocation

How To Know If The Priesthood Is My Vocation

Q. I’m about to graduate from college and I still don’t really know what I want to do. I’ve been thinking about the priesthood off and on for a few years, but I’m not sure that’s really for me. What do you think I should do?

A. I think you should pray!

Yes, prayer is the answer to all questions in life, big and small. Prayer is our lifeline to God, it’s the way we let God lead us and the way God pours forth His strength upon us. So prayer is definitely the answer. But let me offer some additional thoughts and things to incorporate into your prayer.

First of all, regarding the life decision of a vocation, I suggest there is a very specific way to pray. You see, God does have a plan for every one of us. It’s a perfect plan by which we can cooperate with His will and be an incredible instrument for good in the world. But praying about our vocation is best done in a very special way. And Mary, our Blessed Mother, is the perfect model for the way we need to pray.

Our Blessed Mother had a very unique and special calling from God. She was to become the Mother of the Son of God. On one level, this is a privilege beyond compare. But on another level it could have been overwhelming and too much for one person to handle and embrace. But she never let it overwhelm her. Instead, she embraced this calling in the perfect way and therefore becomes the perfect model for us in prayer, especially regarding our vocation in life.

The key to our Blessed Mother’s prayer is her “Yes” to God. It’s interesting that, when the angel Gabriel appeared to her, she wasn’t really even asked if she would say yes. Instead, the angel basically told her that she will conceive and bear a son and He will be called Son of the Most High. She asked how this would happen and was told it would be by the power of the Holy Spirit. Then she simply responded, “May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).

I think the important thing to note here is that this was not the first time Mary said yes to God. Rather, this response, “May it be done to me…” was her continual prayer throughout her life. From her childhood until her Assumption she continually said yes to God. That’s why the angel didn’t have to wait for her response before saying that she will conceive the Son of the Most High. She had already said yes to God, over and over again throughout her life.

This is the best way to pray about any vocation. I’d encourage you to imitate this prayer by saying yes to God, today, regarding whatever God has in mind for you. Tell God, in prayer, that whatever His will is, the answer is yes. Tell God the answer is yes even before you know what His will is. This approach is very freeing! What’s left is to simply discern what God is saying to you. But for that you simply need to wait until He gently reveals that will more each and every day. And if you say yes today, His will for you will become clearer.

Too often we can approach life with the question, “what do I want to do.” This is not the right approach. If we simply tell God that we want His will and our answer to that will is yes, we will find that His plan can more easily take hold of our lives and lead us to what is best for us and others

How to Stop The Sin of Adultery and Be Saved

How to Stop The Sin of Adultery and Be Saved

Q. I am married male with the addiction of looking for other women and committing adultery very often. I become very disloyal to my wife despite going to confession. Many times I am doing the same mistake because of the addiction. Can I be saved by God by leaving this sinful life and turn to my Lord? Please reply.

A. This is a question that is ideally addressed more fully at your church by speaking with your priest or even with a good Catholic counselor. It’s difficult to accurately address through this forum. But here are a couple of brief thoughts that are important to understand to help point you in the right direction.

First, the Mercy of God is so perfect and so absolute that He deeply desires to free you from every sin. Committing adultery is a sin and can also become an addiction. When this happens, Confession is essential. But often times the grace of Confession works best when the addiction is also confronted through other means. Try to make an appointment with your priest or seek out a good counselor. Please do visit this link and explore the wisdom offered by this ministry. Have hope and be diligent in seeking freedom.

Secondly, adultery causes deep hurt in marriage. Though God easily forgives when you sincerely confess to Him, don’t expect the hurt in your relationship with your spouse and other family members to be healed overnight. This is an unfair expectation of them. Healing is most certainly possible and reconciliation must be sought and hoped for, but it will require time, patience, mercy, forgiveness and conversion. Don’t be overwhelmed by this, just have hope and commit yourself to doing whatever you need to do so as to bring about healing and a restoration of trust. It may take weeks, months or even years, but seeking this honest reconciliation is essential.

Have hope! And do not use the addiction as an excuse. That may be hard to accept but it is essential that you take responsibility for your actions. Do this within the context of God’s Mercy and unlimited power to free you from every sin. Trust in Him and surrender your life to Him every day. If you do, the Lord will not let you down.