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02-11-2020 03:26 PM
Cabinet Maker I thought that on this 162nd anniversary of Our Lady’s first Apparition to Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes, linking this great article written in 1958 for the 100th anniversary would be informative and uplifting.
02-11-2020 11:35 AM
Atticus I was reporting other posts after the original, which also were not in keeping with this thread - and which still were posted by you - a non-Catholic. Your posts also had nothing to do with the thread topic - Catholic Spirituality. This thread is for Catholics only. I hope you, and others understand.
02-11-2020 09:57 AM
Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
I've reported your posts. You were warned.
Why report if I already removed the post? That is mean and unbecoming. REALLY!
02-11-2020 02:22 AM
Originally Posted by Sloth View Post
I appreciate the order of salvation in the Catholic faith. it is not a One and done sort of salvation. We are saved then continue to be saved, and it is a life long process.
In a Nazarene Bible Study, they used the term sanctification to describe this. Is that the term Catholics use?

The visual I use to depict salvation and sanctification is this. Salvation is akin to being one, no matter how far from God, repent and face your maker. Sanctification is now that you are facing your Creator, draw ever nearer to him.

As a young Catholic, I thought the goal was salvation. Now I realize being of service to God is the goal, following His will.

I’m so glad you have such a profound contentment with the spirituality that comes from your faith.

I realize the cats of the world like to focus on denominational differences but compared to secularists and globalists, what unites us truly is so much greater than what divides us.
02-11-2020 12:38 AM
Bluesman60 Personally I don't seek answers but I trust my blind faith will be rewarded in the end. I do seek guidance and protection. As a Catholic I always seek the intercession of our Holy Mother and to a lesser degree that of Saints and Angels mainly St Michael.
02-10-2020 10:37 PM
Originally Posted by PeterEnergy View Post
Hey, I got a question. Would any Catholic be willing to offer insight on how their Spirituality differs from others?
I think Mine / the Catholic Spirituality differs from others on many levels.

I think it is much more deeper and more rich than other varieties of Christianity.

I consider it to be a highly intellectual faith, that is extremely complex yet it always seems to have a answer reasonable answer to my questions.

I appreciate the order of salvation in the Catholic faith. it is not a One and done sort of salvation. We are saved then continue to be saved, and it is a life long process.
02-10-2020 07:22 PM
PeterEnergy Hey, I got a question. Would any Catholic be willing to offer insight on how their Spirituality differs from others?
02-10-2020 04:27 PM
Atticus For people reading this thread and coming to it for the first time. This thread is about Catholic Spirituality. Not about Catholic bashing, or about Catholic history, or about Protestant history or about Orthodox history.

I would advise all to beware of "history" from a biased source. If you wish to know the history of a particular church - the best source is FROM THAT CHURCH. I would not expect you to believe a Catholic history of Protestantism. Nor would I expect you to believe a Muslim history of Judaism. Please disregard histories which are biased against Catholicism. Incidentally, I majored in history. Steps off of soapbox.
02-10-2020 04:22 PM
Atticus I've reported your posts. You were warned.
02-10-2020 02:39 PM
Atticus My point is that you are not Catholic. That the lady in the video used to be catholic means almost nothing. Many Catholics do not understand their Faith - let alone history or what is correct.
02-10-2020 02:33 PM
Originally Posted by cat_1978 View Post
Do you disagree with the historical content?
This is not from a Catholic, as requested in the original post. It also is not about Catholic Spirituality. You already have posted this in a separate thread. Please remove it from mine immediately.
02-10-2020 02:33 PM
Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
Cat, Please remove this post. This is anti-Catholic. I will not ask again.
I removed it but What is your opinion about the historical info?
02-09-2020 06:15 PM
Originally Posted by cat_1978 View Post
What is your (Catholic folks here) opinion about this true history of the Catholic Church genesis.
Starting minute 21:30 but worth looking from the beginning.

Orthodox Christianity: Introducing the Frankish Papacy

Orthodox Christianity: Introducing the Frankish Papacy - YouTube
Please give an explanation how this video ties into the request of the initial post of this thread:
Catholics Only Please

I was drawn to the Roman Catholic Church by the Holy Spirit. Of this I am sure. I may post my story one day, if there are people truly interested - and if I decide not to publish it somewhere else.

I have always been drawn to people who BELIEVE in God and His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. With some people, it seems a matter of passing importance, but with others, when you talk to them about the Church or about the Spirit, you can see something come over them, and you will hear wondrous things.

One of the best ways to meet someone like this - i.e. a very holy person, is to visit a convent or a monastery. Some of the most holy people I have ever met are nuns. I remember one who almost exuded light from her eyes as she spoke of her love of God.

I would like to share some videos, audio and perhaps some written materials here in an effort to expose some of you to something positive about Catholicism. Something less logical and historical, and more otherworldly.

I will begin with the story of Betty Brennan. Betty was raised as a Roman Catholic. She had a good life and married and had a child, who died. She left the Faith and became a Satanist. Here she tells the tale of how that happened, and how the healing power of Christ and His Church brought her back. It is an incredible story.
01-13-2020 07:55 PM
Henrykjr My wife and I said the same thing!

01-13-2020 07:53 PM
Cabinet Maker Wouldn’t it be cool if when you call back to thank him after you’ve received the medals, you’re told that they’ve never had a Michael working there.....
01-13-2020 07:41 PM
Henrykjr I wanted to share this story with you because I got a pretty good chuckle out of it today.

The "America needs Fatima" website produced a St. Michael Medal with the "Michael of the Morning" pray on the back of it:

You can see the medal on this page here:

Anyway....the Michael medal is for first responders, military etc...... since the medal was out of stock I called and spoke to a lady before Christmas and told here I wanted to buy 1000 of these medals......on top of the blessed Rosaries we give away.....we want to give a blessed medal to all the police we see in our daily lives.... the woman took our name and info and never called back....I'm sure she just got busy and forgot.

So I called is how the call went.

Hello this is Michael at America needs Fatima....I told him that I was looking for the woman I spoke about the medals. Michael says to worries Henry.....I'm going to take care of you right now.

Within 5 minutes of talking to Michael......the Michael of the Morning Medals are on their way.

Coincidence? I think not!

01-06-2020 05:30 PM
Originally Posted by Atticus View Post

Today is the feast of Epiphany. This commemorates the day that the "Magi", the 3 visitors from the East - commonly known as the wise men, or King Balthazar, King Melchior and King Caspar (the three kings), arrived at the stable where Christ was born, and worshiped Him, bringing Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and Myrrh. It is the conclusion of the Christmas season, and gave rise to the modern term "epiphany" which is a noun meaning "a realization" or "a discovery." Merry Christmas to all of you! The feast is ended. Christ is born in Bethlehem. Alleluia!!! Alleluia!!! Alleluia!!!
On the Feast of the Epiphany, the family gathers to ask God’s blessing on their home and on those who live in or visit the home. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home, our comings and goings, our conversations, our work and play, our joys and sorrows.

A traditional way of doing this is to use chalk to write above the home’s entrance. It can also be written somewhere inside the home.

+20 C M B 18+

The letters C, M, B have two meanings:
• They are the initials of the traditional names of the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar.
• They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat, “May Christ bless the house.”

The “+” signs represent the cross and 2018 is the year.

Here’s a suggested format for the blessing:

All make the Sign of the Cross.

Leader: “Peace be to this house and to all who dwell here, in the name of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

Reader: When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,
in the days of King Herod,
behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews?
We saw his star at its rising
and have come to do him homage.”
After their audience with the king they set out.
And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them,
until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.
They were overjoyed at seeing the star,
and on entering the house
they saw the child with Mary his mother.
They prostrated themselves and did him homage.
Then they opened their treasures
and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod,
they departed for their country by another way.

The word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God

Using chalk, write on the outside of your house or inside above the front main entrance,
above or next to an entrance:

+20 Christus Mansionem Benedicat 18+ or +20 C M B 18+

These words mean. “May Christ bless this house” or you may use the names of the Magi

+20 Caspar Melchior Balthazar 18+ or +20 C M B 18+

All: Lord God of heaven and earth, you revealed your only begotten Son to every nation by the guidance of a star. Bless this house and all who live here and all who visit. May we be blessed with health, kindness of heart, gentleness and the keeping of your law. Fill us with the light of Christ, that our love for each other may go out to all. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
01-05-2020 11:15 PM
Atticus Epiphany

Today is the feast of Epiphany. This commemorates the day that the "Magi", the 3 visitors from the East - commonly known as the wise men, or King Balthazar, King Melchior and King Caspar (the three kings), arrived at the stable where Christ was born, and worshiped Him, bringing Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and Myrrh. It is the conclusion of the Christmas season, and gave rise to the modern term "epiphany" which is a noun meaning "a realization" or "a discovery." Merry Christmas to all of you! The feast is ended. Christ is born in Bethlehem. Alleluia!!! Alleluia!!! Alleluia!!!
12-18-2019 07:13 AM
Watchingtheweasels ...another thing I would add that I think expect is true for both Roman Catholic and Orthodox congregations is that on a per capita basis there are far fewer “first generation” members. Far fewer people join these churches in the US than circulate in and out of your typical Evangelical or Pentecostal megachurch on an annual basis (and I use “circulate” deliberately, for while there is a spotlight on the new arrivals, those who drop out/move/leave for the most part slip out the back door unnoticed). For some who are in such congregations, seeing an adult convert join may be something they have never seen before and may raise as many questions for them as it does for the person joining.

So the atmosphere of fellowship may be there in an evangelical or Protestant congregation, deliberately cultivated by ushers and greeters. A good friend of the present Southern Baptist Convention President even deliberately planted people in the pews to go forward at the altar call to fake baptisms to encourage others to come forward. But it’s an extremely shallow fellowship that rarely extends beyond the Sunday morning gathering.

...and what Cabinet Maker said about worshipping in liturgical setting as opposed to a songs and a service setting.
12-17-2019 12:16 PM
Cabinet Maker
Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
On my mind most recently has been the lack of people to talk to, at length, about spiritual matters. In other words, I would like to tell people about my stories, and hear about the stories of other catholics. I would like to see how people live out their catholic Faith, and what that looks like in their lives.

My parents generation used to invite families over for dinner with some frequency. This seems to be absent in my own (Generation X) generation. Some churches have coffee-hour after Mass, but that's not conducive to anything more than small-talk. I'm also a member of the Knights of Columbus, and they also have "fellowship" after their meetings - but again, it looks like small talk, with coffee and donuts, sandwiches, etc.

My only source, most of the time, for hearing about this kind of thing (other than this thread), is Relevant Radio. There are many shows where people call in and relate stories or ask for prayers, which sometimes gives you some insight on their own spirituality.

So I'm starting to think about starting a group like this at our parish. I'm thinking that there must be other catholics who want this kind of group the way I do. Do any of you know of anything like this? Is there some kind of discussion group like this in your diocese? Let me know. I'd like to get some ideas from someone who has already tried this. Or maybe you can offer your own ideas. Thanks!
My feeble attempt at explanation...

As a convert coming from a Protestant mindset, you're more used to fellowship than occurs through the Catholic mindset. Our focus is on the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass and the ways taught by the Church to honor God. A fair number of "requirements". Protestants have no real equivalent, so their gatherings can really only revolve around Bible Study and listening to a Pastor explain some Scripture. (And don't forget to swipe your card).
I'm a Cradle Catholic, and my exposure to the Faith was thru once a week Catechism classes (to which we were school bussed from public school to Church!), Confession and Mass. I did become an Altar Boy, but besides an occasional Retreat organized for kids, I remember very little interaction with other Catholics outside of these things. Most of my extended family were Catholic, but the overriding sense for us was we all did what was required, and little more. So growing up with that, plus going away to college (out of Mom's watchful eye) in 1970, I had no real foundational grasp on the Faith itself to combat the Collegiate Hedonism thrust upon a teenager. So thus began my 40 year lapse. Accidentally tripping over Immaculate Heart Radio while tuning my shop radio began the long process of return. Yet I KNOW it was no accident.

So all that being said, I now totally know what you're searching for and why it's hard to find. Relevant Radio is on most of the time in my shop still, and I relate to those folks better than most personally at Church. The relative anonymity of radio or the Internet allows people to open up more, plus pick specific interests, problems or debates they want to chime in on.
In a way, that's what you're trying to do...find some like minded folks who are as dedicated to the Faith as you and want to share how they found it and then live it. We're out here, but finding such locally, willing to talk face to face, is difficult.

Personally, and I haven't found a setting yet, I want to get involved with some charitable Ministry. Even during my lapsed years, I worked with Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together (since I'm in the Trades), and also volunteered at a soup kitchen once a week at a Congregationalist Church. Those are the places that I found folks with more Love of Christ and were willing to actually DO what Jesus asked. In person. Not just throw money in the basket and call it good.
I know that the K of C is a great outfit (although their outfits are not ). I can't yet decide whether to commit, though. Have you built a personal relationship with any of them? Any families around your age with similar circumstances? It takes a while to build friendships, especially for those loners like me.

You'll find them. Until then, you still have our little SB family to sound off on.
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