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Welcome Home to Jesus

With Christmas only nine days away, I thought I’d share something with you that I received in the mail. The local Lutheran church sent out postcards to probably everyone in the area inviting them to Christmas services. While the gesture appears to be kind, one thing caught my eye. “Welcome Home to Jesus” was their opening line to invite you. Upon seeing this, I immediately thought “huh, I didn’t know they had Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.”

Jesus Christ Eucharist

Obviously, they don’t, which is why I found the choice of words ironic. The only Church that can honestly claim that they have Jesus Christ, physically present, is the Catholic Church (no, I’m not discussing the Churches who have apostolic authority but are in schism). It is also worth noting that only those who are members of the Catholic Church will be making the trip to Heaven, extra ecclesiam nulla salus.

The invitation continues: “Join us this Christmas and each Sunday as we worship our Savior and live our faith as a welcoming community.” The fun part about “welcoming community” with this church is that they are very gay-friendly, with 80% of their congregation voting for gay marriage.

While we have but only a handful of days before we await the joyful birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, I want to remind and urge you to get to confession. Christ came to make all things new, and through the Sacrament of Confession, we can give our sins to Jesus, so that we may return to the state of grace. To go to Heaven, we must be in the state of grace. Mortal sin kills the soul and severs our ties with God. Confessing our mortal sins with a contrite heart will heal this tie and allow us to have a chance at eternal life.

We should also spend this time preparing for the Lord by assisting the poor as we can, pray for the dead, help the sick, and performing the other spiritual and corporal works of mercy. I would also ask that you pray for the Pope and all of the clergy, as it is clear we are dealing with a modernist infestation at all levels.

Jeff December 16, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

Lenten Plans

Well…its that time of the year again. Ash Wednesday begins in less than two weeks. The funny thing is that about two weeks ago I was psyched for it, I couldn’t wait for Lent to begin. However, the excitement has dulled, mainly because I dread the emotional turmoil I seem to go through every year at this time. I know spiritually I get attacked and tested much more during Lent, after that Advent, which, makes sense. Lent being a time of preperation, repentance and giving up of earthly desires for Jesus’ Crucifixion and Ressurection seem to be a great reason for Satan to attack when we are most weak. After all Lent is just like Jesus being led to the desert to be tempted by Satan.

What to give up? Well, I have already decided this. It is a mix of what I gave up last year and years past, but last year during Lent I suffered a slew of different medical problems that forced me to pretty much only do one offering. But, I digress:

No Sugar – I actually gave up sugar last year for a month for other reasons and was impressed with how healthy I felt afterwards, so, why not, its a tough addiction for me.
100 Pushup Challenge and 200 Situp Challenge – I started these last Lent with very good results, however, I had to go to physical therapy and was told that I couldn’t do pushups and I gave up on situps out of depression. (www.onehundredpushups.com and www.twohundredsitups.com)
Read Scripture – I’m disappointed in myself for not pulling out my Bible enough. So, one chapter of the Gospel and several chapters of the Old Testament should be sufficient.

I think that for Lent we should try to add or subtract 4 things if we are able to. That should be our goal. We have 4 aspects to our human persona, no matter what state we are at in life.
Mental, Physical, Spiritual and Emotional.
Mental- We have a brain that God has given us to use for good. We should try to add something educational or take away something that doesn’t help. (E.g. Read something educational, Give up TV or Internet) (I am not giving up or adding in this as I am already doing a lot of studying for my career, I am unsure if I am able to add more, I may get rid of my Netflix subscription if I spend too much time using it).
Physical- Our bodies are a temple. We need to keep them active and healthy. (E.g. Exercise, give up sugar or some sort of food).
Spiritual- Our souls need their nourishment too. It is important to add or subtract an activity that will help us grow in holiness. (E.g. Read Scripture, Pray, Mass).
Emotional- Our emotions also are needed to be controlled.
There are many other activities you can do for Lent. It really is up to you and if you haven’t given up anything for Lent, I suggest you start this year. Ash Wednesday is on March 9. For those who may not know or have forgotten, Ash Wednesday is a day of Fast and Abstinence. Fasting as in 2 small meals and one normal size meal, no snacks. Abstinence as in abstaining from meat. Fish and seafood are permitted. Fridays are always days of Abstinence and finally Good Friday is another day of Fast and Abstinence.

Jeff February 24, 2011 1 Comment Permalink

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