Mother full with Love

The BLessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of Mercy. O sanctissima, O piisima, Dulcis virgo Maria.

Perpetual Virginity of Mary

The BLessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of Mercy. O sanctissima, O piisima, Dulcis virgo Maria.

Holy Mother of God

The BLessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of Mercy. O sanctissima, O piisima, Dulcis virgo Maria.

In the very beginning

God is truth and Life. Eternal Father come to the aid of mankind.

O Mary conceived with sin. Pray for us

The BLessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of Mercy. O sanctissima, O piisima, Dulcis virgo Maria.

Mother of all beauty

The BLessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of Mercy. O sanctissima, O piisima, Dulcis virgo Maria.

Mother of the Child Jesus

The BLessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of Mercy. O sanctissima, O piisima, Dulcis virgo Maria.

Jesus the Good Shepherd

God is truth and Life. Eternal Father come to the aid of mankind.

Jesus is Love. He loves you

God is truth and Life. Eternal Father come to the aid of mankind.

By His Wound we are healed.

God is truth and Life. Eternal Father come to the aid of mankind.

Because of your sorrowful passion, save us and the whole world.

God is truth and Life. Eternal Father come to the aid of mankind.

O Arch-Angel Michael defend us on the day of battle.

Archangel Michael be our safe guard against the evil one.

On this day God came to live amongst men.

God is truth and Life. Eternal Father come to the aid of mankind.

The New Jerusalem.

Nothing can ever be compared with the Beauty of the Heavenly Jerusalem.

Queen of Heaven.

At your right O Lord stand the Queen in Gold of Ophirm.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

OCTOBER 'Month of the Holy Rosary'

THE OCTOBER DEVOTION PRAYERS (MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY)
Prayer for Mondays & Thursdays before the Joyful Mysteries
O Queen of the Holy Rosary, dear Lady of Fatima, the very thought that so many have been blessed only because they had recourse to thee with confidence, inspires us with fresh hope and courage to call upon thee to come to our assistance. Thou didst once promise Saint Dominic that whosoever desired the grace of God should obtain it by means of thy Rosary: now we, with Rosary in hand, call

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

WORDS OF WISDOM



Wisdom Talk
Do you hunger for the Bread of Grace and Bread of Life? Draw near to the Blessed Virgin Mary who bore the Living Bread which came down from Heaven.

How could there possibly be any prayer more pleasing to Almighty God and the Blessed Virgin Mary, or any prayer that are easier, more precious or more helpful than these two prayers: The Our Father and The Angelic Salutation. We should always have them in our heart and on our lips to honor the Most Blessed Trinity and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

A Christian who does not meditate on the Mysteries of the Rosary is very ungrateful to Our Lord and shows how little he cares for all that Our Divine Savior has suffered to save the World. A Christian of this kind ought to fear that having never known Jesus Christ or having put him out of his mind and heart should remember that Jesus will also disown him/her at the Day of Judgment and will say reproachfully ‘Amen I say to you, I know you not’

There is no body in the world that will always recite the Rosary frequently, Meditating on the Mysteries of God and still remain in sin. For he shall be conscious of himself and be very careful not to commit a sin.

How do you think that Jesus and Mary who blesses those that curse them will ever curse those who honor them by the Hail Mary and the Our Father?

For the very first instance Elizabeth heard the greetings of the Blessed Virgin Mary, She was filled of the Holy Spirit and the baby in Her womb leaped for Joy. And Elizabeth pronounced in luke1:43 And why is this to me that the Mother of My Lord should come unto me?” Hey!!!!!!! Is Mary not the sister of Elizabeth why then did She call her the Mother of God and that She was not worthy for Mary to even come near Her.Thereby this event shows the greatness of Mary.

Our Lord is saying, ‘oh all of you that pass by, pause a while and see if there has ever been sorrow like unto the sorrow which I have undergone for love of you. Be mindful of my poverty and of my humiliations, think of the wine mingled with gall which I drank for you during my bitter passion.

Our Lord having known how weak we are made his prayer so short for us and very easy to say, so that if we say it devoutly and often we can be sure that Almighty God will quickly come to our aid.

It is by the devils wicked and jealous attitude that is responsible for getting people to neglect the Holy Rosary. And by so doing blocked the flow of God’s Graces which the Holy Rosary had drawn upon the world.

It is not even a Venial Sin not to say the Holy Rosary because it is voluntary, so therefore, sharing from the Graces and merits of your brothers and sisters who say this Holy Rosary in the world.

The Holy Rosary is made by the direct work of the Trinity and not by human instrument.

The greatest event in the whole history of the world was the incarnation of the eternal word by whom the world was redeemed and peace was restored between God and men.

The Blessed Virgin Mary was chosen to be and instrument for this tremendous event which was put into effects when she was greeted with the Angelic Salutation. “Hail full of Grace the Lord is with you, blessed are you among all women”.

These words and many others which could be given here should be more than enough to convince us that we must not only say the Rosary with our lips in honor of Our Lord and Our Lady, but also meditate upon the Sacred Mysteries while we are saying it.



The Hail Mary is a sharp and flaming shaft which joined to the word of God, gives the preacher the strength to pierce, move and convert the most hardened hearts even if he has little or no natural gift for preaching.



The Holy Scriptures reveals to us that after the Blessed Virgin Mary had visited her cousin Elizabeth, she recited the Magnificat. One prophetic verse in that prayer still echoes today, "Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed." [Lk. 1:48].The Holy Rosary fulfills the prophecy of those words, that the Blessed Virgin Mary shall be called blessed today as much as she was called blessed in the days that followed the glorious birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Most of the time in the Bible, God chooses to do His work through a human, whether it's Moses, Jacob, Joseph of the Old Testament, or one of the Prophets like Isaiah or Elisha. It's no different with Mary. God allowed salvation in the person of Jesus Christ to enter into the world through Mary, even though he could have just appeared all on his own. In like manner, it shows great humility on our part to approach Jesus in the exact same way that He approached us - Through Mary.  After all, if Jesus was obedient to Mary for 30 years of his life here on earth, shouldn't we imitate Him in that respect?   If Mary was good enough for Jesus, who are we to say that she isn't good enough for us?  Jesus Himself said that "No servant is greater than His Master". 



Mary is the daughter of God the Father, the Bride of the Holy Spirit, and the mother of Jesus.  That would make it almost blasphemous to put her down on every occasion. As Gabriel said, in a message from God, "Hail Mary!"  Catholics agree wholeheartedly with Gabriel! 



Catholics never have worshiped Mary as a goddess, but we do recognize that her soul, like every other soul ever made, is very much alive. People who say that Mary is dead sound more like atheists than like Christians. Mary says that her soul "magnifies the Lord", which makes Jesus clearer, more in focus, and larger.  That's a great lens to be looking at Jesus through. According to Gabriel, Mary was full of grace before the incarnation of Jesus, which indicates that Mary was part of the heavenly plan all along, not a random choice.



If one is lost and needs to get somewhere, the best thing to do is to find someone who knows the way better than anyone else.  Most of mankind is lost, and needs to find Jesus. Mary is the one person who knows the way better than anyone else, because She and Jesus shared the same body for 9 months, Jesus was subject to Her for 30 years, they probably even look alike, and they are of one accord.  Getting close to Mary is the fastest and best way to get close to Jesus.  It's pure folly to even think that by getting close to Mary you are somehow getting farther away from JesusJesus got his sacred Body and his precious Blood from MARY!
 
"Because of Mary's singular cooperation with the action of the Holy Spirit, the Church loves to pray in communion with the Virgin Mary, to magnify with her the great things the Lord has done for her, and to entrust supplications and praises to her.

Contrary to the belief of many of our separated brothers and sisters, when Catholics pray the Holy Rosary, they do not pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the same way as when they pray to God. Seeking the intercession of the Virgin Mary through the Marian Sacramental of the Holy Rosary, they pray to God through Mary.
The Catholic Church officially recognizes Three Marian Sacraments, these being The Holy Rosary, The Brown Scapular and The Miraculous Medal.

Of all the different kinds of Marian devotions, endless Catholic Church prayers, litanies and Novenas, the Holy Rosary is The Most Popular on Earth.

The Church Sacramental of the Rosary, recited daily throughout the world, brings back to memory thousands and thousands of times the words of the angel of God, "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you." [Lk. 1:28]



Those who have adopted the devotion of the Holy Rosary, they have grown in a special relationship with the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. Having achieved this, they have consequently grown closer to Jesus. Through Mary, they have come to know Jesus in a very special way.




Catholics view Mary as the person who will defeat Satan on earth.  But she will not do it alone. Everyone who is consecrated to Jesus through Mary will help her in her God given mission to defeat the enemy.  As the Archangel Gabriel once said - "HAIL FULL OF GRACE!” 
 


Genesis 2:23 “ Then the man said. At last here is one of my own kind-Bone taken from my bone and flesh from my flesh.
NOTE: It makes us understand the incarnation of Jesus in the womb of Mary, therefore Jesus bone & Flesh are the same with that of the Blessed Virgin Mary his mother.



Symbolism of the Rosary in the Bible : the number of fishes counted by Jesus and his disciples as 153 signifies 153 Hail Mary(the 150 beads of the rosary + the 3 at the start)



At the mention of Jesus, every Knee must bow that Jesus is Lord (Philippian 2:10-11) THE NAME OF JESUS IS MENTION SO MANY TIMES IN THE ROSARY RECITATION MAKING IT A TRUE DEVOTION
  


King David Prayed “O, turn unto me, and have mercy upon me, give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thy HANDMAID. TELL ME WHO IS THE HANDMAID OF THE LORD (THE ANSWER IS MARY)



PARABLES (STORY TIME)


The kingdom of God is like a king who had only one son from his beautiful Queen. The king and the Queen loved this little Prince of theirs’ so much and allowed him to grow loving everyone including his guards and servants, slaves and other members of the kings subjects.

As time went on, when the Prince was due for marriage, he found out that some people dislike the king’s precious Gold (his Mother) the person the king treasures very much.

The prince later found a girl he wants to marry, and he brought the girl to his house, the Queen treated the her daughter in-law kindly but the girl disliked the Queen and asked the prince to let her be if he don’t do away with his Mother. So the prince got annoyed, and sent her away saying ‘How can you be my wife if you do not love  my mother, nor my father’ but only me; this marriage will never work out.’

So the prince apologies to his parents and kept on searching for another to marry, and finally he got one who also behaved like the first, but in a different way, in the sense that she loved the prince, the king but disliked the Queen. So the king sent her away saying ‘How can you hate my wife and pretend you love and obey me. Out of my sight before I send my guards to bind you out’.

The prince gave a long distance off in order to get his parent’s choice. So he gathered friends to play with but his friends told him saying ‘We would have loved to be with you but we can’t stand your mother’. The prince got annoyed with his friends and sent them out of his house, and asked them not to ever return.

One faithful day, the Queen called his son and said to him “All of which you have brought to my house are all the same, they do not love me and I will not allow them to destroy my kingdom, to put enmity between you and me. So from today onward stay away from bad friends who always pretend to love you and your father but hate Me. Remember your father will never allow that”; and the prince said to his mother, OK mummy I will do as you have said because you and daddy know the best for me.  I will not bring anyone into this kingdom to spoil our good relationship.

On another occasion the prince found a girl, but this time around she was so a humble type, full of love for the prince, the king and the queen. The Queen found favour in her and accepted her to be the prince’s bride and they both got married and lived happily ever after. (STORY ENDS)

As you have read this Parable reflect on it. The Queen is the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Prince is Jesus Christ, and the King is GOD. Now all his friends and wife to be is the people of this world.

So check your category and change instantly to the best of the best. God blesses you. Amen



It is impossible to measure the power and scope of her offices since the day she was taken up to that height of heavenly glory in the company of her Son, to which the dignity and luster of her merits entitle her. From her heavenly abode she began, by God's decree, to watch over the Church, to assist and befriend us as our Mother; so that she who was so intimately associated with the mystery of human salvation is just as closely associated with the distribution of the graces which for all time will flow from the Redemption.
. The power thus put into her hands is all but unlimited. How unerringly right, then, are Christian souls when they turn to Mary for help as though impelled by an instinct of nature, confidently sharing with her their future hopes and past achievements, their sorrows and joys, commending themselves like children to the care of a bountiful mother. How rightly, too, has every nation and every liturgy without exception acclaimed her great renown, which has grown greater with the voice of each succeeding century. Among her many other titles we find her hailed as "our Lady, our Mediatrix, "the Reparatrix of the whole world, "the Dispenser of all heavenly gifts."
Since faith is the foundation, the source, of the gifts of God by which man is raised above the order of nature and is endowed with the dispositions requisite for life eternal, we are in justice bound to recognize the hidden influence of Mary in obtaining the gift of faith and its salutary cultivation - of Mary who brought the "author of faith"into this world and who, because of her own great faith, was called "blessed." "O Virgin most holy, none abounds in the knowledge of God except through thee; none, O Mother of God, attains salvation except through thee; none receives a gift from the throne of mercy except through thee."

 
 

Types of Sins



Do SIN has types

It is noticeable that Protestants argue that sin has no type, but I put it to you that there are types of sins.
                             1.     Sins that can be forgiven
                             2.     Sins that cannot be forgiven
According to Matthew 12:31-32.
And so I tell you that people can be forgiven any sin and any evil thing they say, but whoever says evil things against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who

Doubts and Clearance

Mary: Ever Virgin



 

Most Protestants claim that Mary bore children other than Jesus. To support their
claim, these Protestants refer to the biblical passages which mention the "brethren of the Lord." As explained in the Catholic Answers tract Brethren of the Lord, neither the Gospel accounts nor the early Christians attest to the notion that Mary bore other children besides Jesus. The faithful knew, through the witness of Scripture and Tradition, that Jesus was Mary’s only child and that she remained a lifelong virgin.

Why recite the Rosary



WORDS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY 


The words Full of Grace reminds me that the Holy Spirit has showered so many Graces upon me that I am able to give these Graces in abundance to those who ask for them through me as Mediatrix.

When people say the Lord is with me they renew the indescribable joy that was mine when the Eternal Word became incarnate in my womb.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Protestants view & Biblical corrections



When Non-Catholics Say....ANSWERS
Some of the greatest Christians around are non-Catholic Christians. Their faith in Jesus is truly amazing. Their love of scripture is something that all Catholics need to emulate.  However, some of what they think about the Catholic Church is just plain wrong.  This section hopes to answer some of these things with some Catholic "quick hits", from the Bible, in a question and answer format.  Peter says in 1 Peter 3:15: "but in your hearts reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence."
"Are you saved?
Then you say:
I am in that process. We are saved by grace, which I received at Baptism when the Holy Spirit came into me, when I was confirmed and the Holy Spirit came to me again, & I also receive sanctifying grace every time I go to confession and receive Jesus Christ Himself in the Eucharist. Salvation is a lifelong journey, not a one time acceptance of "Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior" in my past (that phrase is NOT in the Bible).  Jesus says in Mark 13:13 that IF WE ENDURE TO THE END, we WILL BE SAVED (future tense, not past).  Paul says we WILL be saved (future tense, not past) by fire on the day of our judgment in 1 Corinthians 3:15.

“Catholic Church Tradition is not of God. Only the Bible alone is inspired.”
Then you say…
The New Testament speaks of a rock that followed the Israelites in the desert (1 Corinthians 10:4), “Moses’ seat” (Matthew 23:2), Jannes and Jambres opposing Moses (2 Timothy 3:8), the prophecy that the savior shall be called a Nazarene (Matthew 2:23), and the dispute over Moses’ body (Jude 1:9).   Please show me in the Old Testament where these things are. If you can’t, then these things are an example of Tradition being used in the New Testament.  The New Testament also says that The Church is the pillar and bulwark of Truth, not  scripture alone  (1Timothy 3:15).  Paul says to hold fast to the Traditions he taught, either in writing or by word of mouth (2 Thessalonians 2:15).  The Bible says that Christ is The Head of His Church (Ephesians 5:23), so by attacking His Church, just like Saul did, you are attacking Jesus Himself (Acts 9:4).  If Sacred Tradition (what all generations of the Church have taught) is ignored, then the alternative is that heretical popular doctrines of the day, like homosexual marriage, cloning, abortion on demand, embryonic stem cell research, etc., will start to be accepted by pastors and churches who want to be called modernistic, and who don't want to offend the popular culture. This can currently be seen in the Anglican and Episcopalean Churches, as well as some other protestant churches. These formerly evil things become part of their church doctrine by a simple majority vote of the delegates to their conventions.  Vice should never become virtue by popular vote. Isaiah 5:20 says "woe to them who call evil good and good evil." When Tradition is not present in a church, this is exactly what happens, and is happening now before our very eyes.

“Good Works have nothing to do with getting into heaven. Faith alone is what gets you into heaven.”
Then you say…
James 2:24 PLAINLY says - You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. Matthew 5:16 commands us all to do good works as a way to let our light shine before men, so as to give glory to God.  In Matthew 25, at the final judgment, only the people who performed good works got into heaven (Matthew 25:31-46). The people who did not were banished into hell. In those verses, Jesus said that whatever we do for the least of our brethren, we do to HIM! Matthew 7:21 says  "Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." (In other words, one has to do the good works prescribed in Matthew 25:31-46!) In the book of James, God declares through Scripture that faith without works is dead (James 2:14-17). Who wants dead faith?  Dead faith is no faith at all. True faith in Jesus has good works embedded in it.  Paul says that scripture makes you complete by equipping you for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Paul also says in Colossians 1:10 that good works are the fruit of our faith; This is so important because Jesus cursed the fig tree in Matthew 21:19 because it did not bear any fruit, and in Matthew 7:19 Jesus says that every tree that does not bear good fruit is to be cut down AND THROWN INTO THE FIRE. Jesus says that we will do greater works than He did (John 14:12).  The only useless kind of works are old Jewish works of the law (Galatians 3:10), like circumcision, ritual hand washing, and dietary laws.  These useless works of the law are certainly not good works, which we have to do as a result of our faith in Jesus Christ, and which we were created for (Ephesians 2:10).  Hebrews 10:24 says to stir up one another to "love and good works", which indicates that love and good works GO TOGETHER.  1 Timothy 6:18 says that the rich are to also be rich in good deeds, so that they can attain heaven.  Titus 3:8 says that those who believe in God must do good deeds, because they are excellent and profitable.  Catholics, just like Jesus Christ and his apostles,  don’t do good works in order to be saved; rather, we do good works because that is what Jesus expects us to do if we truly have faith in Him.  Doing good deeds is the imitation of Christ's life on earth, who raised the dead, healed the crippled, and made the blind see. St. Paul says that there are three things that abide;  faith, hope, and love, and THE GREATEST of these is LOVE, not faith (1 Corinthians 13:13).  Faith in Jesus Christ and the resultant good works go together like heat and light from a flame!  Pretty hard to separate those 2!


“The Eucharist is only symbolic.  I can’t see any difference between a consecrated host and a plain host.”
         Then you say…
Do you have a soul?  Yes?  Then please show it to me.  Does gravity exist?  Then please show me what it looks like. Has anyone ever seen the wind, or just the effects of the wind?  What does air look like?  Catholics walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).  The Real Presence of Jesus is hidden in the Eucharist EXACTLY like the divinity of Jesus was hidden in His manhood.  Nobody who looked at Jesus could tell he was God by looking at him (except during the Transfiguration), and the Eucharist on every altar of every Catholic Church is just like that. You can't tell by looking at a consecrated host or the Precious Blood that it is truly Jesus, but, IT IS! Every Sunday Catholics say that we believe in all things seen and unseen, from the Nicene Creed formed in 325 AD.  Jesus said at the Last Supper, “This IS my body” (Matthew 26:26), not “This represents my body.”  Paul says that if you eat the Eucharist without discerning THE BODY (1 Corinthians 11:29-30), then you eat it to your own condemnation, and could get sick and die.  Jesus Himself says His Flesh is real food and His blood is real drink (John 6:55). Just like the Adam physically ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil and died (Genesis 3:3-17), just so, we are to physically eat Jesus’ (the new Adam, 1 Corinthians 15:45) flesh (John 6:51-56) from His tree (the Cross, Acts 5:30) and live forever.  When Jesus says that “the flesh is useless” (John 6:63), He is not referring to His flesh (John 6:51: 54: 55: 56), but rather our human flesh in general. Otherwise, it would mean that Jesus’ flesh is useless, which would negate everything He just said in the entire chapter of John 6.  There is no record in any of the gospels concerning the Last Supper of anyone present eating a regular Passover Lamb; rather they ate a consecrated piece of motzah bread that Jesus said was His Body, and we all know that Jesus is the spotless Lamb of God.  And always remember, the Jews had to physically eat the Passover Lamb to complete the Passover meal, not a symbol of a Passover Lamb.  If the Eucharist is really only a "symbol," then Jesus and His followers didn't really understand anything about the Passover Meal, and that is very hard for any Christian to fathom.  Some people say that when Jesus said "This IS My Body," that he was speaking metaphorically, like when He said "I am the Door," or "I am the Vine."  But in the cases of the door and vine analogies, no one said "How can this man become a wooden door or a climbing plant. BUT, in John 6:52, His disciples did say, "How can this man give us His flesh to eat?"  In other words, His followers understood Him EXACTLY to be speaking literally, not figuratively, in regards to the Eucharist. He even let them leave Him over this "hard saying," and did not go to them and explain to them that he was speaking symbolically, like he did with other parables that he had to explain (like the parable of the sower and the seed).  We also have the writings of the disciples of the apostles, the early Church Fathers, like Iranaeus and Ignatius.  These early Church Fathers, many of whom were martyred for the faith at the Colosseum in Rome, were taught what to believe by the apostles. In no case did they ever say that the Eucharist is symbolic;  rather, they said that it is indeed the flesh of Jesus Christ.  Many Protestants refuse to read their writings, saying proudly that "they aren't biblical".  They then pick up and read the writings of Max Lucado and Billy Graham!  These early Church Fathers, at the risk of their very lives,  handed on the gospels and the epistles to all future generations, before there even was a New Testament, which didn't come about until the late 4th Century.  Their writings should at least be read from a historical context. To ignore them is to ignore Church history, which some protestants really believe started in the 16th Century with Martin Luther.

“It is forbidden to pray to the saints. You can only pray to God. The saints are dead, and it is forbidden to contact the dead.  Besides that, in 1 Timothy 2:5, the Word of God says that there is ONE Mediator between God and man, Jesus Christ.”
Then you say…
In Genesis 30:14, it says, “Then Rachel said to Leah, "Give me, I pray, some of your son's mandrakes."  In Genesis 40:8, the bible says that Joseph prayed to his fellow captives as follows: “They said to him, "We have had dreams, and there is no one to interpret them." And Joseph said to them, "Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me, I pray you."  To pray means merely to ask; it does not mean to talk to God only. Look it up in the dictionary. In 2 Maccabees 15:13-14, the dead Jeremiah appears to Judas Maccabees and it says that he prays much for the people of Israel.  The saints are not dead, they are alive. Jesus says that  "God is not the God of the dead, but of the living" (Matthew 22:32).  Paul says that we are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses, in Hebrews 12:1.  Witnesses have to be alive in order to testify on our behalf to the supreme judge.  In Revelation 6:10, we learn that the saints in heaven know what is going on down here on earth.  In Luke 16:24, we learn that dead people in hell can communicate with the very dead Abraham. In Mark 9:4, the "dead" Moses and Elijah appear to Jesus and communicate with Him regarding his exodus from earth. People who believe that being dead in the body is also dead in the soul are called atheists, not Christians. It would be sinful to conjure up a dead person, like Saul did with Samuel (1 Samuel 28:14), in order to gain hidden knowledge (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).  But asking for intercession (1 Timothy 2:1) from live, holy people is very biblical, due to the power they have (James 5:16, 2 Peter 1:4). Revelation 5:8 and 8:3 plainly state that the saints and angels present our prayers to God in the form of incense.  Saints pray alongside of us to Jesus as our intercessors. They do not stand "between" us and God.  And they can pray for us when we are asleep, 24/7.  There is indeed one mediator between God and man, and that is Jesus Christ.  And what is He the mediator of?  Paul says in Hebrews 9:15 and Hebrews 12:24 that Jesus is the mediator of THE NEW COVENANT, not prayer.  Intercession in prayer does not equate to being the mediator of the New Covenant;  they are 2 entirely different things.  The saints are equal to the angels, and are His sons, according to Luke 20:35-36.  John 17:20-23 says that the saints are one with God, and that He has given them HIS glory.


“Catholics break the biblical command to not call anyone on earth father by referring to their priests as Father”.
Then you say…
One of the Ten Commandments given us by God was to “Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother.”  It doesn’t say “Dad”; it says Father.  Paul says that he is our father in Christ Jesus in 1 Corinthians 4:15. In James 2:21, James refers to Abraham as our father.  In 1 John 2:14, John is writing to the fathers.  Hyperbole is used in the Bible in several places, in order to make a point. The point with “call no man on earth your father” (Matthew 23:9) is to let us all know that our Heavenly Father is the Father of us all (“Our” Father).  Other examples of hyperbole would be “all have sinned” (Jesus, 1 day old infants, people born with brain damage have not sinned), and “all Israel will be saved” from Romans 11:26 (Israeli murderers, robbers, sorcerers, fornicators, etc., who do not repent will not be saved).  Jesus says in Luke 14:26 ,"If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.  Does anyone really think that statement by Jesus is to be taken literally?  And in America we have this holiday called “Father’s day”. Do you celebrate this day with Catholics?

“The Catholic doctrine of Purgatory is made up. It has no biblical basis.”
Then you say…
In 2 Maccabees 12:42-45, Judas Maccabees offers up prayer for the dead who had sinned by wearing forbidden idols. The book of Daniel says that the very throne of God is fire: “As I looked, thrones were placed and one that was ancient of days took his seat; his raiment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, its wheels were burning fire.” (Daniel 7:9). And when God speaks, fire issues forth from His mouth: “A stream of fire issued and came forth from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened. (Daniel 7:10).  In the New Testament, at Pentecost, God the Holy Spirit appeared as non-consuming tongues of fire to the apostles (Acts 2:3).  God also appeared as a non-consuming fire to Moses in the burning bush (Exodus 3:2). And then there are these 2 verses of scripture that talk about God and fire: Hebrews 12:29: "For our God is a consuming fire."1 Peter 1:7: "The  genuineness  of  your  faith,  more  precious  than  gold  that is perishable  even  though tested by  fire, may  prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ."  In Matthew 12:31, Jesus told the parable about blaspheming the Holy Spirit (not believing that the Holy Spirit can save you, no matter what – the sin of despair), and said that anyone who does blaspheme the Holy Spirit  "will not be forgiven in this age or the age to come" (Matthew 12:32).  Since sins aren't forgiven in Hell, and those in Heaven are already forgiven for their sins, then this one statement indicates another place after death where sins can indeed be forgiven.    In the First Book of Peter 3:19 and 4:6, Peter says that after the crucifixion and death of Jesus, that Jesus "went to speak to the spirits in prison", which means that there is a place people go to after they die that is a prison and not heaven nor hell. When Jesus told the parable of the man beating up others who owed him money, after he himself had been forgiven his debts (Matthew 18:23-34), He said “And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt. So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart" (Matthew 18:34-35).  Since there is no release program in Hell, and no one wants to ever leave Heaven, this also indicates that there is another temporary place of torment where saved sinners go who have been forgiven their sins, but who have not paid all of their debt, down to the last penny, for their sins. In fact, in Matthew 5: 25-26, Jesus says “Make friends quickly with your accuser, while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison; truly, I say to you, you will never get out till you have paid the last penny.”  Isaiah was caught up into heaven and had to have his unclean tongue cleansed with a burning coal by a seraphim (the angels closest to God, who’s very name means burning one (Isaiah 6:5-7).  The Bible also says here that Isaiah’s guilt was taken away by this fire. Why purgatory?  It is a blessing because of what the bible says in Revelation 21:27 – “Nothing unclean shall enter heaven”.   So unless you are perfect with God when you die, you have no chance to get into heaven, unless you are purged of your sinfulness first.  An important point to remember is that the Bible talks about "the abode of the dead", "sheol", and "hades."  These terms are NOT referring to hell, but rather the prison that Peter talks about in Peter 3:19 (Revelation 20:14 says that at the end of time, hades will be thrown into hell, which clearly indicates that they ARE NOT the same place).  The Catholic Church now uses the term "purgatory" instead of those former terms, and purgatory refers to a place of purifying fire, which burns the hardened crust off of our souls that our sins have formed. Paul prays for the dead Onesiphorus in 2 Timothy 1: 16-18. And besides all of that, there is 1 Corinthians 3:11-15: For no other foundation can any one lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any one builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw --  each man's work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.  If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward.  If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

"Catholics need to be “born again” in order to be saved."
Then you say…
Finish the sentence.  The sentence says that you must be born again of water and the spirit in order to be saved (John 3:5).  This is a clear reference to Baptism (Matthew 3:16).  We know from Matthew 3:16 that the Spirit comes to us at Baptism, which makes us a new creation in Christ, rather than just being a carnal being of planet earth. The phrase can also be translated "born from above" in addition to "born again". Tell them that you have been baptized and this is no longer an issue for you. Water and the Spirit together in the Bible always mean a new creation, or new life, or new beginning. In Genesis 1:2, the spirit moved over the water, creating the plants and animals and humans (new creation).  In Genesis 8:8-12, Noah let loose a dove (symbolizing the Holy Spirit) over the water to find out if there was any dry land (new beginning).  In Exodus 13:21, The Holy Spirit appeared as a pillar of fire next to the Red Sea to guard and guide the Israelites to the Promised Land (new beginning). And as previously mentioned, the Holy Spirit descended as a dove over the water where Jesus was baptized in Matthew 3:16.  And as if to put a punctuation mark on the true meaning of being born again of water and the spirit, a few verses after John 3:5, where Jesus says you must be born from water and the spirit, in John 3:22, Jesus actually baptizes people - which is the only place in scripture where He does that!
"Catholics need to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ."
        Then you say…
Catholics consume the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ at every Holy Communion (John 6:56).  Like the Blessed Virgin Mary, we are living tabernacles of Christ  immediately after receiving Holy Communion.  You can’t get more personal than that.  And when they say that you must have accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior in order to be saved, please ask them to show you where that is in the Bible...It isn't in there.

"You cannot lose your salvation, even if you commit what you Catholics call a mortal sin. Once saved, always saved. And besides, all sin is equal."
Then you say…
Jesus says in Mark 13:13 that you have to endure to the end to be saved.  Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:27 that he pummels his body lest he himself should be disqualified from heaven after preaching the gospel. Peter says in 2 Peter 2:20-22 that if you go back to your old ways of sin after following Christ, your new sinful state in life is worse than the first time you were a habitual sinner.  Paul says in Hebrews 10:26-29 that if you sin deliberately after receiving the knowledge of truth, a fury of fire will consume you.  The Spirit of God rested upon Saul in 1 Samuel 10:6, and then the Spirit left Saul in 1 Samuel 16:14.  Concerning mortal sin, John says in 1 John 5:16-17 that there is indeed a thing called mortal sin, which he recommends not even praying about.  Also, in John 19:11, Jesus himself talks about Judas having the GREATER sin.


"You Catholics say that the Mass is an unbloody sacrifice of Jesus. The bible says that Jesus died once for our sins. Why do you keep on crucifying him again and again on that altar?"

Then you say…

Malachi 1:11 says that “For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name is great among the nations, and in every place incense is offered to my name, and a pure offering; for my name is great among the nations, says the LORD of hosts.”  This is a prefigurement of the Mass that Jesus initiated at the Last Supper, when He said “Do THIS in memory of me”.  The definition of the word THIS is that the changing of the bread and wine into His Body and Blood (Luke 22:19-20) must be perpetuated for all time.  The Eucharist is the replacement for the Passover meal that the Jews ate – a meal that saved them from physical death, and used unleavened bread.  The Eucharist also uses unleavened bread, and saves us from spiritual death.  The priest is not "re-sacrificing" Jesus over and over again. Rather, the original sacrifice is made present once again, through time and space, for us here now to enter into.  If you've ever watched the same movie repeatedly, the actors aren't redoing their original acting over and over again.  It is just re-presented again, in the original form.  The same goes for the Mass. This Holy Sacrifice of the Last Supper can never be repeated, because it never ends, and is offered for all generations for all time. By attending Mass, where heaven meets earth, we are physically present in a mystical way with the angels and saint and Jesus in the Heavenly liturgy, the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:9).


"Why do you have Jesus hanging from a cross in every Catholic Church?  Don’t you know that He is risen?"

Then you say…

Like St. Paul,  the  Catholic Church  preaches  Christ  crucified (1 Corinthians 1:23).  By looking at the crucified Jesus on the cross, it is a constant reminder to us all that Jesus said that we, His followers, must pick up our own cross and follow him (Matthew 10:38). Meditating on the crucifixion of Jesus is healing for our soul (Isaiah 53:5).  Catholics who meditate on the Passion of Jesus Christ on a regular basis get great spiritual benefits from doing so. The Passion of Jesus Christ is not just some past historical event; rather, it is an on-going salvific event that is just as present to us as it was to the people who were there at that time.  Always remember that we humans are stuck in time and space, and God is not. God is eternal, and every event that ever happened or will happen is present to him. And if we unite our sufferings with Jesus' sufferings on the cross through meditation, then we too become witnesses to his crucifixion, in a mystical way.  We know this from John's vision in Revelation 5:6, where John sees Jesus in heaven looking as though he had been slain. Many of the great saints who meditated on the Passion say that it is one of the best ways to overcome habitual sin.



"It is forbidden to have statues, and yet, you Catholics have statues in all of your churches.  This is idolatry!"

Then you say…

It certainly would be idolatry if any Catholic thought that the plaster and paint before him in the form of a person was actually a god. When God wrote this Commandment, the Israelites at that very moment were worshipping an Egyptian god, the golden calf (Exodus 32:4).  They were worshipping it as a god.  It is not forbidden to have statues. The Ten Commandments were carried around in the Ark of the Covenant, which had 2 statues of angels on top of it (Exodus 25:22).  Solomon had statues of cherubim in his magnificent temple (Ezekiel 41:19).  Moses had a serpent statue made in the desert, so that all who looked upon it (not worshipped it), would be healed of snake bites (Numbers 21:8).  When people stand up, place their hands over their hearts, and pledge allegiance to a red, white, and blue colored piece of fabric, that is only honoring what it represents, it is not worship. The exact same thing goes for statues.  The devil uses evil imagery on TV, in the movies, on web pages, in magazines, and on billboards to ensnare humans every day; conversely, the Catholic Church uses sacred imagery and art to inspire people to holiness.  When you look at a picture of your dead child or parents and start crying, you are not “worshipping” the picture; it is only a reminder of what the person looked like.

Mary couldn’t have been immaculately conceived. Paul says in Romans 3:10….”there are none righteous, no not one”.
        Then you say…
Paul was quoting Psalm 14 (“It is written”), which is referring to atheists. In the book of Luke, there are at least 3 people in the New Testament who are righteous – Simeon (Luke 2), Elizabeth, and Zechariah (Luke 1).  The angel Gabriel called Mary “full of grace” before she conceived Jesus in her womb (Luke 1:28) – that must make her righteous and immaculate in the eyes of God, to be “full of grace”. And besides, we had all better be righteous, or we won’t make it into heaven (Matthew 5:20). Original sin is passed onto babies from their mother's womb.  The Immaculate Conception of Mary therefore prevented original sin from being passed onto Jesus. Jesus lived in Mary's womb for 9 months, and that womb had to be pure and holy for Jesus to live there, as Mary's womb was the holy of holies that contained the Word of God, made flesh. For the record, Mary was not the first immaculately created woman...Eve was. Mary is the new Eve, who overcomes Eve's yes to the spirit Lucifer which allowed forbidden fruit and damnation to enter the world by saying yes to the spirit Gabriel, which allowed the Eucharist and salvation to enter the world. Mary's Immaculate Conception doesn't mean that she didn't need a savior; all it means is that she was rescued from sin by being given His grace ahead of time to not fall into sin; the rest of us are rescued from sin by the blood of Jesus, his flesh in the Eucharist, our love for God and neighbor, and through the sacrament of confession. And Luke 6:43 says " For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit."  Elizabeth tells Mary in Luke 1:42:  "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!  So that means that since Jesus is the fruit of Mary, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit, then it logically follows that Mary, while not divine, is certainly free from sin, like her Son. Otherwise, she could not have the pure and sinless God of the universe inside of her.

"The Rosary is nothing but repetitive prayer, which is forbidden by scripture, in Matthew 6:7."
Then you say…
Matthew 6:7 says not to heap up empty phrases, like the Gentiles do. The vocal part of the Rosary is made up of the Our Father, the Glory Be, the Apostles Creed, and the Hail Mary.  The Our Father is right from the Bible, the Glory Be says “Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.”  The Apostles Creed comes to us from the Apostles.  The Hail Mary comes to us from Luke, where the words of Gabriel (Hail Mary…) and the words of Elizabeth (blessed art thou…) are joined with the exhortation for the intercession of Mary, from John 2 (the waiters asked for Mary’s intercession to her son regarding no more wine).  Anybody who compares these biblical prayers to the “empty phrases” that the Gentiles used when praying to Isis, golden calves, and sun gods is really stretching it.  Jesus Himself repeated his prayer to God the Father at least 3 times in scripture during the agony in the Garden (Matthew 26), which, by the way is one of the 20 non-vocal meditations of the Rosary, which come to us from scripture.  In Revelation 4:8, the 4 living creatures in heaven say the same prayer over and over again, day and night, without ceasing.  Of course, no one should just say the prayers of the rosary without meditating on the meaning of the 20 mysteries.  The meditation on the mysteries, rather than concentrating on the words of the Hail Mary prayer, is the key to the success of the Rosary, as it unites vocal prayer with the meditations in the mind of the lives of Jesus and Mary, and it drives the devil crazy.

"There is nothing in the Bible that says we have to worship Mary, like you Catholics do. She was just an ordinary woman like all women."
Then you say…
The Bible says that Mary’s soul, still very much alive and well as are all souls in heaven, magnifies the Lord (Luke 1:46).  The Bible also says (Luke 1:48) that ALL GENERATIONS are to call her blessed (and presumably to really mean it, and not just pay lip service).  Like the Old Testament Ark of the Covenant (Hebrews 9:4) which carried manna from heaven, the word of God, and the rod of Aaron that was dead and came back to life, Mary, in her womb carried Jesus who is the bread of life (John 6), the Word made Flesh (John 1), and who also was dead and who came back to life. Her adoptive son, St. John, says in Revelation 11:19 that he sees the long lost Ark of the Covenant. In the next sentence he describes the Ark as “A Woman (Genesis 3:15) clothed with the sun” (Mary appeared as a Woman Clothed with the Sun at Guadalupe, in 1531).  Catholics do not worship the very much alive (Matthew 22:32) Mary, but we do ask for her very powerful intercessory prayers (1 Timothy 2:1, James 5:16) alongside of us and Jesus, not between us and Jesus.  After all, if we are to imitate Jesus who honored his mother and father, shouldn't we do the same?  And if  we want Jesus to be our brother, doesn't that automatically make...Mary...our...Mother?  And besides all that, we know from Luke 6:43 that a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.  In Luke 1:42 , we learn that Jesus is the fruit of Mary's womb, so if Jesus is pure and holy, then so must Mary be, although she is not a goddess.  Luke 1:30 says that Mary had found favor with God BEFORE conceiving Jesus in her womb.  In Luke 1:28 Gabriel calls her "full of grace" before the incarnation; one cannot be full of grace and have any sin, otherwise she would not be full of grace.  There is a huge difference between the veneration due to Mary and the saints and the worship to God alone, just like there is a huge difference between the honor you must give your earthly mother and father and the worship due to God alone.  And no one gives honor to their earthly father by ignoring or putting down their own mother;  Rather, if you truly love your earthly father, then you will honor his wife, your mother, as well. No one would get into your house if they said that they love you, but your mother was a useless "vessel" or "incubator" for you, and had nothing to do with how you turned out. The exact same thing goes for getting into heaven as well.


The Catholic Church added seven books to the Old Testament at the Council of Trent, following Martin Luther’s Reformation in the 16th Century.
Then you say..
This is totally false.  These seven books, Baruch, 1 and 2 Maccabees, Judith, Tobit, Wisdom of Solomon, and Sirach were put into the Bible by Pope Damasus I way back in the late 4th Century.  They were approved at the Councils of Hippo in 393 AD, and the Council of Carthage in 397 AD.  Look it up!  They were written in Greek, so the Hebrew speaking Jews didn’t consider them to be from God.  However, the Greek speaking Jews at the time did, and they remain in their bible to this day. Luther, some 1100 years later, removed them from the Bible, under his own authority (infallible?), because they didn’t agree with his own personal opinion of what the Bible should have said.  The Council of Trent, which corrected all of the abuses that started the Reformation (the selling of indulgences), in response to Luther taking them out of his personal bible, merely reaffirmed that they were scriptural.  As proof of this, in the century before Luther, these books were published in the Gutenberg Bible.  Protestants adhere to the Catholic Tradition of having 27 books in the New Testament, which was also decided at the Councils of Hippo and Carthage in the late 4th Century, but then strangely disbelieve the Catholic Church when it comes to the Old Testament. The Wisdom of Solomon is actually mentioned in the New Testament, in Luke 11:31 and Matthew 12:42.  An interesting coincidence is that the Protestant Bible has 66 books in it. Six is the number of incompleteness in the Bible, as in 666.  The Catholic Bible has 73 books in it. 7 is the number of completion (God rested on the 7th day after creation, 7 Sacraments, 7 days in the week, forgive someone 7 times 70, etc.). Three is the number of the Blessed Trinity.


The Catholic Church's scandal where priests molested altar boys proves the Catholic Church is evil.
Then you say..
And what about the protestant Jimmy Swaggart visiting prostitutes on Bourbon Street?  The protestant Jim Bakker seeing a young woman on the side?  The protestant Jesse Jackson fathering a baby out of wedlock?  The protestant Al Sharpton making up the Tawana Brawley story?  The protestant Jim Jones murdering hundreds of his followers with poison?  The protestant Tony Alamo getting caught molesting young girls in Arkansas?  The protestant David Koresh molesting young girls in Waco?  The protestant Puritans murdering women in Massachusetts accused of being witches?  Do any of those protestant scandals "prove" that the Protestant Church is evil?  And besides all of that, there were scandals in the early church, namely that of Judas who sold Christ to the Pharisees so they could hand him over to the Romans, and that of Peter, who denied Jesus three times.  The Church survived those apostles, hand picked by Jesus Himself.  Sinful leaders of the Church do not necessarily equate to an evil Church. It only means that the leaders are human, not gods.  Just look how evil politicians in charge of our country commit adultery and steal money.  That doesn't mean that America is a rotten country and we should leave it;  rather, it only means that we elect weak people who sin to office. The exact same thing goes for the 2% of priests over 50 years who have fallen into grievous sin. The other 98% are clean as a whistle.


Mary had sexual relations with Joseph after Jesus was born (Matthew 1:25), & because the Bible says that Jesus had brothers (Matthew 13:55).
Then you say:
The first verse cited is
Matthew 1:25:  but knew her not "until" she had borne a son; and he called his name Jesus.
The word "until" does not necessarily mean a change in status after the event has passed. How many fathers have gone on trips and told their children to be good "until" I get back?  For sure, the father is not saying that the kids should start being bad after he gets back.  In Matthew 28:20, Jesus tells us all that He is with us always, "until" the end of the age.  Jesus is surely not implying here that He won't be with us in heaven after the end of our time here on earth. 
The second verse cited is
Matthew 13:55: Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?
The word "brother" in the bible, "adelphos", also means kindred, brethren, or cousin.  Just like today, there are Christian brothers and sisters who are not blood related.  If Jesus had brothers, then He would not have entrusted "The Woman" (his mother Mary) to the apostle John at the foot of the cross (John 19:27).  Jesus Himself said that whoever did His will was His brother (Mark 3:35). 1 Corinthians 15:6 says that Jesus appeared to 500 brothers, which is proof that the word "brother" is not to be taken literally.  In 1 Corinthians 16:12, Paul calls Apollos his "brother".  In 2 Corinthians 1:1, Paul calls Timothy his "brother". In 2 Corinthians 2:13, Paul calls Titus his "brother".  In Philippians 2:25, Paul calls Epaphroditus his "brother".  In 2 Peter 3:15, Peter calls Paul his "brother".
Mary is the spouse of the Holy Spirit. Joseph would surely not have violated Mary's holy womb (Ezekiel 44:2), the pure Ark of the New Covenant.

The Catholic Church sold indulgences in the 16th Century, and that proves the entire Catholic Church is evil.
Then you say:
The Diocese of Mainz, where Luther was, offered indulgences (the easing of punishment after the guilt of sin is taken away through Confession) for people who donated money for the Vatican. Almsgiving is recommended by the bible in many places (Tobit 12:9, Sirach 3:30, Luke 12:33, Acts 10:4) for the atonement of sin.  There is nothing wrong with almsgiving.  The appearance of impropriety, however, where Luther saw all of this as the "selling of indulgences", is what precipitated his reformation.  This perceived abuse was only in the diocese of Mainz, however, and was not widespread.  
All one has to do today to see the same kind of abuse is to listen to protestant TV preachers asking for a "faith offering, if this show has been a blessing to you", in other words, "give me money for the blessing I have just given you through my preaching".  And  besides that, they tell their viewers that if they do give a sacrificial offering to them, then that is a seed that will help them become wealthy in this life, something that is NOT in the New Testament, anywhere.  Real Christians know that the New Testament preaches against riches (James 1:11, James 5:1, Revelation 3:17), and only promises rewards in the next life (James 2:5, Luke 18:22).