Traditional Roman Catholic Thoughts

Traditional Roman Catholic Thoughts

Reintroducing Logic and Reason to the Age of Sentimentalism

Christ is Risen!

Happy Easter! Christ is Risen! Hallelujah!

Today we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. How thrilling. Not only did Christ die for our sins, but He conquered death and is now glorified.

As I mentioned yesterday, Jesus was not given the proper burial according to Jewish law. So, since today the Sabbath would be over for the Jews, Mary the mother of James and St. Mary Magdalene went to the tomb. Each account is slightly different but here is Mark’s account.

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go and anoint him. Very early when the sun had risen, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb. They were saying to one another, “Who will roll back the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back; it was very large. On entering the tomb they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they were utterly amazed. He said to them, “Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Behold the place where they laid him. But go and tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.'” (Mark 16:1-7)

How awesome! This is the reading that took place at the Vigil Masses for this year. Now, first off, we see in Mark’s version, it was St. Mary Magdalene, James’ mother and Salome who went to the tomb. In Matthew’s account it is only St. Mary Magdalene and James’ mother. Luke says St. Mary Magdalene, Joanna and Jame’s mother were there.  Finally, John only makes mention of St. Mary Magdalene. I believe I mentioned yesterday that Our Lady, was there, but I believe I was confusing her with Mary the mother of James. However, we know that Mary Magdalene was there.

Now, the first of the week would be Sunday, as the day AFTER the Sabbath is the first day. God worked on days 1-6 to create the Earth and all the creatures and everything on it, and rested on the 7th. The 7th day being Saturday as Saturday was the Sabbath. The women worried about removing the stone as well, the stone was a huge circular disc placed in front of the tomb to make sure no one could get in. What we don’t see in this reading is how when the women tell Peter and the other disciples that Jesus is no longer in the tomb, they don’t believe them. But, Peter after a few moments runs out to the tomb to see for himself and then believes. I always find this funny because there is so much emotion going on that it is such a misunderstanding and who knows what is going on in everybody’s heads at the time.

Jesus, now raised, has fulfilled what He said in Luke 9:22 He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.” Having a glorified body, Jesus is no longer bound by simple walls and the like. In the glorified state, we can walk through anything! How cool is that?

Jesus, now present on this Earth again, brings hope and joy for all of us. How blessed we are to have such a loving God. Go forth this Easter season with a renewed sense of wonder and happiness. Lent is over. This doesn’t mean you can go back to your old ways, but you must now begin life as a new creature, a new creation.

Allow the spiritual growth that you ended with at the end of Lent, be the beginning to the spiritual growth that you will endure the rest of the year. Don’t sink back into the hole that you have came from, but continue on your spiritual and faith journey walking farther and farther away from that hole.

Christ is Risen!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!

Holy Saturday

It is now Holy Saturday, the last day in the Triduum. Jesus descended into Hell to redeem the world after His death on the cross yesterday. Jesus is not resting, He is redeeming! In some sense, today is a day of mourning. It is also a day of celebration as we know that tomorrow Christ will rise again from the dead and conquer death. Through His death and resurrection, He has redeemed the world.

Now, Jesus was placed in the tomb immediately after His death. Normally, the Jews would prepare the body with ointments and oils and herbs before burying the dead. However, since Jesus was crucified on Friday, and the Jewish Sabbath began at sundown Friday evening, there was no time to give Jesus the proper burial. He was rushed off to the tomb and laid and would be given the proper herbs and oils after the Sabbath was over.

The Jews followed the Sabbath to a t. They did not mess around. When God gave the 3rd Commandment “Thou Shalt Keep the Sabbath Day Holy”, the Jews were incredibly serious by not doing any work. As Catholic we are allowed to do some work. I for one enjoy doing yard work, and I find it relaxing. However, when I get frustrated and it starts to feel like work, I know that it is time to stop. Tomorrow, Mary and Mary Magdalene will go to prepare Jesus’ body for death properly.

Today in some regards we should consider a day of rest to some extent, as that is what the disciples and other followers of Jesus would have done today. It is not the Sabbath (ours is Sunday), so we are not required to rest all day like we are on Sunday, but it is encouraged. We can reflect on the Passion and how through Jesus’ Death and Resurrection, He has redeemed the world and allowed us access to Heaven. We should reflect more upon what it means to be Catholic as well as what it means to be a follower of Christ.

Many times we get it wrong. We get into a routine. We feel that “hey! Its okay if I do this, ya know, Jesus understands and its not a big deal”, but in reality, when we spend time to reflect on it, and ask ourselves the “what would Jesus do/think?”, we then realize, you know, this isn’t right. I need to amend my life.

Jesus died for us. Jesus also told us what we are to do and how we are to live our lives if we are to be true followers. We can give it our hardest and if we are indeed trying to follow His commandments, and when we fall we ask for forgiveness and when we sin we go to confession, we can rest assured that we are on the right path. However, if we make excuses for us and fall short, we put ourselves in a dangerous position. When we are not on the path to Christ and we die, we may end up in Hell. This is important to always keep in mind. God isn’t up in Heaven waiting for us to trip up so He can send us there. We freely choose Hell based on our actions.

God wants us to be with Him in Heaven. So, this Easter, let us take up our crosses so that we can join Jesus on Calvary. Let us know that through the Resurrected Christ, we have a shot of eternal salvation in Heaven. Let us be thankful, that Jesus is indeed the Messiah, and that through Him, we are able to conquer death and sin, and to achieve a level of holiness, never before seen.

Good Friday

Happy Good Friday! First and foremost, today is a day of fasting and abstinence.

Fasting- Eating only 2 small meals and 1 average size meal. This means no snacking in between meals.

Abstinence- This is the practice of abstaining from flesh meat. This includes beef, pork, chicken, goose, etc. You can abstain by having seafood (fish, shrimp, lobster, etc) or not having any meat, fruits and veggies.

Today, we remember the death of Our Lord Jesus. Why is Good Friday so good anyways? I mean, Jesus died, that doesn’t sound too good to me. Well, that’s a good question. When Jesus was put to death, for a crime that He didn’t commit, He took upon the sin of the world in order that we may be able to have eternal life in Heaven. Jesus freely chose this and understood this. Being the Son of God, He is in perfect union with His Heavenly Father.

When Jesus died on the cross, He made Himself an offering, a sacrifice, so that we can partake in the eternal glory of Heaven. Now, this is not forced upon us. If we do not want this sacrifice, we are free to reject it. In this sacrifice though, we are without Our Lord. He mentioned that He would rise again, but what if He doesn’t? I’m certain that this was going through the disciples’ heads. On top of that, what could Jesus mean by rising again? No one has ever done this before!

Spend some time in silence today and reflect on Our Lord’s death.

Questions About the Faith

I think a lot of people have many questions about Roman Catholicism. Now, I don’t have all the answers, but I feel that I have a pretty good understanding regarding the faith. Again, I don’t know everything, as well, its impossible to know everything, but I do enjoy teaching others about why we believe what we believe. That being said, I want to encourage you to ask questions in the comments.

One reason I started this blog is because I wanted to be able to reach out to others who may be too intimidated to ask me in person, or well, don’t have contact with me. The internet is so vast with all the information that even asking a simple question in Google will return many hits with quite differing answers and opinions.

Also, I myself am not perfect when I write up my posts. Sometimes, for example, I think of other things I should have said or added, or maybe even not descriptive enough. So, ask for clarification if I need to be more specific here or there. I’m not perfect, nor will I ever be.

As I’ve told my religious ed kids, you can ask me anything. If I don’t have an answer, I will look it up for you. It  provides me an opportunity to grow in faith and knowledge as well.

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The Last Supper

Today is the last day that Jesus will walk among us before He enters into His passion. Tonight Jesus will offer up His body and blood for us as a sign of the new covenant. We will then eat and drink and receive him into us. Ordinary bread and wine will have the same characteristics, but it will not be what it seems! What an incredible mystery that Christ leaves for us.

Lent is over. Now, that doesn’t mean its time to break out the chocolate and everything else that we’ve given up for Lent. We are in the Triduum. It is sort of like its own season, but not quite. The Triduum in case you didn’t know consists of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Easter is part of….wait for it….the Easter season.

Before Jesus and the disciples celebrated the Passover meal, Jesus was humble and washed the feet of the disciples. It is easy to overlook this, but this is a huge example of how we as followers of Christ, who are called to imitate Him, must serve those around us. The Son of God, who has all the glory in the world, submits to those around Him, and serves them! How often do we see great leaders spend the time to help the little guy? When was the last time the President of the United States took time to help the people that he serves? We are all called to serve those around us, both when asked, and when the opportunity presents itself.

We are called to offer ourselves to another in sacrifice. We are no better than anyone else. Its really easy to forget this and think of ourselves as better. Society pushes this on us constantly. You have to be the BEST in order to achieve whatever it is that you are going to accomplish. This mentality is pushed on us on a regular basis. How often are we pushed to look down on those around us who don’t match up to us? The world judges. Christians do not. Christians who do, are asking for judgment and condemnation upon themselves. Judge not, lest you be judged, condemn not, lest you be condemned, forgive and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37). Christ’s words, not mine.

After Mass tonight, we will then enter into the Passion of Our Lord. This will lead us right into Good Friday. As a reminder, Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence. Two small meals and one almost normal meal. No meat. I will discuss this again tomorrow as a reminder. Day’s of fast are mandatory unless there is a serious reason why you can not fast.

May God bless you and your Triduum, the Holiest 3 days of the year.