Life is a journey; the choices you make now will determine your eternal destination.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Trinity Sunday

From a parish bulletin that I subscribe to:

THE ATHANASIAN CREED: TRINITY SUNDAY

The Athanasian Creed is one of the approved statements of the truths of the Faith, dating back to the fourth or fifth century. It is a short, clear exposition of the doctrines of the Trinity and the Incarnation, with a passing reference to several other dogmas. Unlike most of the other creeds, this one deals almost exclusively with these two fundamental truths, which it states and restates in terse and varied forms so as to bring out unmistakably the trinity of the Persons of God, and the twofold nature in the one Divine Person of Jesus Christ. It was formulated in response to the Arian Heresy and is prayed at the office of Prime on Trinity Sunday.



The Athanasian Creed

Whoever wills to be in a state of salvation, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic [apostolic/universal] faith, which except everyone shall have kept whole and undefiled without doubt he will perish eternally.

Now the catholic faith is that we worship One God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity, neither confounding the Persons nor dividing the substance. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, another of the Holy Spirit. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is One, the Glory equal, the Majesty coeternal.

Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit; the Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Spirit uncreated; the Father infinite, the Son infinite, and the Holy Spirit infinite; the Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Spirit eternal. And yet not three eternals but one eternal, as also not three infinites, nor three uncreated, but one uncreated, and one infinite. So, likewise, the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, and the Holy Spirit almighty; and yet not three almighties but one almighty.

So the Father is God, the Son God, and the Holy Spirit God; and yet not three Gods but one God. So the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Spirit Lord; and yet not three Lords but one Lord. For like as we are compelled by Christian truth to acknowledge every Person by Himself to be both God and Lord, so are we forbidden by the catholic religion to say, there be three Gods or three Lords.

The Father is made of none, neither created nor begotten. The Son is of the
Father alone, not made nor created but begotten. The Holy Spirit is of the Father and the Son, not made nor created nor begotten but proceeding. So there is one Father not three Fathers, one Son not three Sons, and one Holy Spirit not three Holy Spirits. And in this Trinity there is nothing before or after, nothing greater or less, but the whole three Persons are coeternal together and coequal.

So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Trinity in Unity and the Unity in Trinity is to be worshipped. He therefore who wills to be in a state of salvation, let him think thus of the Trinity.

But it is necessary to eternal salvation that he also believe faithfully the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. The right faith therefore is that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man.

He is God of the substance of the Father begotten before the world, and He is man of the substance of His mother born in the world; perfect God, perfect man subsisting of a reasoning soul and human flesh; equal to the Father as touching His Godhead, inferior to the Father as touching His
Manhood.

Who although He be God and Man yet He is not two but one Christ; one, however, not by conversion of the Godhead in the flesh, but by taking of the Manhood in God; one altogether not by confusion of substance but by unity of Person. For as the reasoning soul and flesh is one man, so God and Man is one Christ.

Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again from the dead, ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of the Father, from whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies and shall give account for their own works. And they that have done good shall go into life eternal, and they who indeed have done evil into eternal fire.

This is the catholic faith, which except a man shall have believed faithfully and firmly he cannot be in a state of salvation.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Hope

The March for Life is really encouraging; and it's showing a trend in Canada that is really exciting- our youth, and even- dare I say it- politicians are getting behind the pro-life movement. There is hope.
From LifeSite News:


Canadian MPs Praise Pro-Life Successes, Vow to Keep up Fight at March for Life


By Patrick B. Craine

OTTAWA, Ontario, May 18, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The annual National March for Life in Ottawa was blessed again this year with a strong voice on the podium on Parliament Hill from a group of 21 federal Members of Parliament.

The MPs used the occasion to celebrate the successes for the Canadian pro-life movement over the last year, and to pledge their continued efforts in the fight for life on the Hill.

Conservative MP Jeff Watson (Essex), standing alongside his wife and five children, gave voice to the upbeat optimism of the pro-life event when he said, "I think we can all declare that, first of all, we will have in Canada a culture that supports life from conception to natural death – we will see that come to pass.

"And secondly, I think we can declare together an end to the old debate about abortion, and the dawn of a new day in Canada where abortion will be unthinkable."

At least 21 pro-life MPs came to address the crowd, which was estimated at 12,500. Of the 21, 18 were from the Conservative party and 3 were from the Liberal party. No representatives from the Bloc Quebecois or the NDP are known to have attended.

Rod Bruinooge (CPC, Winnipeg South), chair of the Parliamentary Pro-Life Caucus, promoted his private member's bill, C-510, called Roxanne's Law, which seeks to “empower women to press charges against people who threaten them into an abortion," he said.

“In the pro-life movement in Canada it’s important to take small steps to acknowledge the value of the unborn, and I’m hopeful that people like yourselves will support this bill,” he added.

Liberal MP Dan McTeague (Pickering-Scarborough East) told the crowd, "Remember: none of us here would be able to enjoy life if indeed we didn't have life as a premise."

McTeague was hailed as a hero for the pro-life movement in March after he defied his party's whip and voted against a motion from his party that called on the government to include abortion in the government's G8 maternal and child health initiative. Following the March 23 vote, McTeague's spokesman told LSN that his vote was simply "based on the position he's held for 16 years as an elected member of Parliament.”

Kelly Block (CPC, Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar) said, "I believe in the sanctity of all life from conception to natural death and to that end I will stand."

Brad Trost (CPC, Saskatoon-Humboldt), who has made headlines on numerous occasions over the last year for his pro-life efforts, called the march "a celebration of life." "A year ago when we stood up here, we did not think that the House of Commons would overwhelmingly defeat a piece of legislation on euthanasia," he said. "We did not think that the House of Commons would vote against a measure calling on the government's support for funding of abortions overseas. These are victories we need to celebrate."

Royal Galipeau (CPC, Ottawa-Orleans) donned a Montreal Canadiens jersey and explained that he wears the number 18 because the Hebrew word for 'life' ('chai') is given a numerical value of 18. "I'm very proud to use number 18 to glorify life from conception to natural death," he said. "Don't ever forget: you're the landlords here; we're just tenants."

Dean Del Mastro (CPC, Peterborough) issued a challenge to his pro-abortion colleagues. "Before we determine what the law on abortion should be, maybe the first step is to determine when this place believes that life begins," he said. "I'm prepared to put my case forward, I believe science will put its case forward, and I'm prepared to stand four-square on my position, but I'm also prepared to have that conversation. Is the other side?"

Seven other MPs addressed the crowd: David Anderson, Guy Lauzon, Harold Albrecht, Ed Komarniki, Maurice Vellacott, Gurbax Singh Malhi, and Mark Warawa. Seven others were prevented from speaking due to a lack of time: Pierre Lemieux, Leon Benoit, Phil McColeman, Lavar Payne, Tim Uppal, Stephen Woodworth, and Paul Szabo.


See related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:

Cardinal Ouellet to Canadian Gvmt: Take Stand For Life at Home Too
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/may/10051310.html

12,500 Gather on Parliament Hill for Canadian March for Life
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/may/10051303.html

800 Teens Pack Inaugural Canadian March for Life Youth Banquet
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/may/10051414.html

Canada's March for Life Draws Unprecedented Media Coverage
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/may/10051710.html

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day


To all the mothers out there who have lost their children, or are forgotten by their children, may our Blessed Mother take you beneath the Mantle of her love, comfort you, and lift you up to her Beloved Son.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Abortion

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Mother's Day weekend; and just as a reminder that not all women who become mothers (for I believe that you are a mother from the moment of conception) choose to allow their children to be born, to live, love, laugh and cry, grow up to love God and give Him the glory that is His due, please read this story about an abortion facility, and redouble your prayers to end this savagery; and to put behind bars all those who call themselves Doctors who delight in the killing of the Innocents.
All children deserve to know a Mother, and not to be used as experiments for some deranged psychopath. I hope every woman who is considering an abortion, will think of more than just her own selfish needs, and consider the gift of life that God has given her.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Hail Mary



Smiley did a wonderful post on the Hail Mary, by St. Louis de Montefort here. There are so many ways to honor our Blessed Mother, and this Mary Month of May is a good time to reflect on how much or little we do every day to honor the one who brought the Salvation of the world to us. The beautiful Hail Mary, well said, is probably the simplest and best way; anyone can say it, and it's even appropriate for non-Catholics, as it is Biblical in text.
I encourage the wearing of the brown scapular, daily Rosary, and the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin. I usually do Prime and Compline from the Little Office, sometimes one or two of the other Hours.