Katholisch Leben!

The Jesus Brothers

Zum Thema Schöpfung

Sehr geehrter Herr Gollwitzer,

mit großem Interesse habe ich Ihre Website "Jesus brothers" gelesen und möchte Ihnen dafür danken. Auch ich bin katholisch, habe aber ein Problem mit dem Thema Schöpfung/Evolution.

Von katholischer Seite wird immer wieder behauptet, dass der Schöpfungsbericht der Bibel mit der Evolutionstheorie zu vereinbaren sei. Dem kann ich jedoch nicht zustimmen. Die Schöpfung war ursprünglich "sehr gut" Nach dem Schöpfungsbericht ist der Tod eine Folge des Sündenfalls Adams (nach den Geschlechtsregistern in der Bibel war Adam eine historische Person). Der Tod in der gesamten Schöpfung (Menschen und Tierwelt) ist eine Folge des Sündenfalls Adams. Die gesamte Schöpfung seufzt nach Erlösung.
Nach der Evolutionstheorie ist der Tod jedoch schon vor dem Auftreten des Menschen vorhanden. Demnach schließen sich der Schöpfungsbericht und die Evolutionstheorie gegenseitig aus. Biblisch gesehen ist demnach nur die Schöpfung in sechs buchstäblichen 24-Stunden-Tagen möglich. Allerdings widerspricht dies den Jahrmilliarden der Evolutionstheorie.

Wie Sie sehen ist die Sache gar nicht so einfach! Jedenfalls wäre ich Ihnen für eine Antwort sehr dankbar.

Mit freundlichem Gruß

Peter

(2. Dezember 2011. Used with permission)

Die Kirche

Sehr geehrter Herr Gollwitzer,

 
Die Kirche Jesu ist von ihrem Ursprung, Gründer, Wesen und Ziel her eine. Sie ist verwirklicht in der katholischen Kirche in der Weise eines Samenkorns oder Keims der zur vollen Gestalt in der Herrlichkeit Gottes heranwächst. Die eine Kirche ist im auferstandenen Herrn da, der das Haupt seines Leibes ist. Der Leib Christi, die Kirche kann nie zerstört werden sondern wächst zu einem vollendeten Bau heran. Schmerzlich ist jede Spaltung und Trennung unter Getauften vom Nachfolger Petri, dem Stellvertreter Christi der das Volk Gottes leitet und Garant ihrer Einheit ist. Eine hoffnungsvoll Aufgabe sind alle ökumenischen Bemühungen zur vollen Communio in Christus die eine Gabe Gottes ist.

 

Mit herzlichen Segensgrüßen

Pater Christoph Eichkorn

Help the Children of Baseco (Philippines)!


Dear Mr. Gollwitzer,

First of all, I would like to thank you for taking interest on the project of our parish.  This email has long been delayed and I would like to apologize for that.  Through your email I have seen the possibility of the internet as a means of informing some people who may be interested in helping.  Had a preliminary discussion already with the spiritual director regarding this but still have to take this up with the board, as the Feast Day of Sto. Nino coming up, it will be after January for this to be discussed.

For starter Our organization is called, CONFRADIA DEL STO. NINO DE CEBU, the office is located at the Immaculate Conception Parish (San Agustin Church) Intramuros, Manila with the following telephone numbers (632) 5272746 / 5274052 Telefax 3382091.

One of the main projects of the confradia is the establishment of a pre-school in the most depressed area of the parish.  It started a year ago and now on its second year of operation.  We are temporarily holding classes in two sub-parish chapels with two classes each chapel, two morning sessions and two  afternoon sessions. We don't have a building for that yet and its a long way to go.  We took particular interest on this because of the recent ruling of our department of education that no child will be admitted in grade school unless the child has taken up pre-school.  In effect, lots of kids can't enroll for lack of qualification, hence the pre-school.  It is offered free of tuition, uniforms and school supplies.

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Hope you find the above information helpful in anyway, again, I apologize for the delayed reponse. Thank you and God bless you.


Sincerely,

Luz Porio

January 5th, 2011

Jesse Romero

Email-answer from Jesse Romero (www.jesseromero.com), after I thanked him for the great job he is doing and the difference he has made in my life and also told him a little about myself:

What a journey of faith. I am sitting here marveling at what GOD can do to a soul in darkness who reaches out to him. What an amazing modern day prodigal son story you have gone through. If ever I get over to Germany I will look you up - that's a promise. We have just entered the season of Advent, lets us be battle ready for the LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH is coming. May we be prepared to meet him as faithful soldiers on that day. May our Lord and our Lady bless and protect you, as you carry out your very noble ministry and engage the demons in the culture of death in hand to hand combat. With a rosary in one hand, with a bible in another hand and with JESUS in your heart onward Christian soldier for our KING draws near.

1 Tim 6:12
JR

(November 29th, 2009)

Cursillo

Miteinander den Glauben erfahren – der Cursillo als Möglichkeit der Glaubensvertiefung

Aus eigener guter Erfahrung möchte ich einen Glaubenskurs weiterempfehlen, der sich an alle am katholischen Glauben interessierten Menschen richtet.

Cursillo heißt nichts anderes als „kleiner Kurs“. Es geht dabei um einen 3-tägigen Glaubenskurs, dessen Name zwar aus Spanien kommt – wie der Kurs selbst – der aber schon seit vielen Jahren in allen deutschsprachigen Diözesen und in der ganzen Welt gehalten wird.

In den 3 Tagen des Cursillo, jeweils von Donnerstag abends bis Sonntag abends, bekommen die Teilnehmer einmal eine Gesamtschau, was überhaupt das Wesentliche unseres Glaubens ausmacht. Der Cursillo will uns die Bedeutung der Taufe bewusst machen, zu erlebbarer kirchlicher Gemeinschaft führen und zur Weitergabe des Glaubens motivieren. Deshalb genügt es, einmal im Leben einen Cursillo mitzumachen. Jeder, der Interesse am Christsein hat, kann am Cursillo teilnehmen. Obwohl das katholische Verständnis der Sakramente vermittelt wird, nehmen auch immer wieder evangelische Christen mit großem Gewinn am Cursillo teil. Besonders hilfreich ist der Cursillo auch für Menschen, die Gott suchen, aber bisher nur wenig Beziehung zur Kirche haben.

Der Kurs wird von einem ehrenamtlichen Team aus Laien und einem Priester gehalten. Impulse der Mitarbeiter/innen, die Glaubensinformationen und persönliche Glaubenserfahrungen vermitteln, werden in kleinen Tischgruppen in Gesprächen unter den Teilnehmern vertieft.

Viele Teilnehmer berichten nach dem Kurs, dass sie fanden, was sie seit Jahren gesucht haben: Lebenssinn, tragfähige Beziehungen, aber auch einfach eine Bestärkung in ihrem christlichen Glauben und mehr Freude. Oft fühlen sich die Teilnehmer nach dem Cursillo sicherer, über ihren Glauben zu sprechen und finden neue Möglichkeiten, ihren Glauben an ihrem Platz im Alltag und in der Pfarrgemeinde zu leben.

Ich selbst habe viele wertvolle Impulse für die Gestaltung meines eigenen Glaubenslebens bekommen: Angefangen von neuen Ideen für das persönliche Gebet bis hin zu neuen Kontakten zu Menschen, die ihren Glauben bewusst leben. Inzwischen bin ich als Mitarbeiterin beim Cursillo im Erzbistum Köln tätig. Nähere Informationen gibt es unter www.cursillo.de

Claudia D.

(22. Januar 2009)

 

Email Exchange With Fr. Ben Cameron From the Fathers of Mercy

Dear Brothers in Christ,

I do not know if anyone ever gets to read this email, but I will send it anyway because the Lord will read it for sure.

The reason I am writing you is to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

To tell the story of my life would be somewhat too long, but let's put it like this:

There have been two major changes in my life: one milestone is my way out of the gay life that I have been embracing for many, many years. The Lord even helped me establishing an international Christian ex-gay ministry called JASON (www.freewebs.com/jason-online).

The second one was maybe just as painful: my way back to the Catholic Church where I was born and raised in. I had completely fallen away from the faith and through American Christians I found back and out of the gay life. But for a couple of years I was wandering through evangelical and fundementalist churches (the Baptists, Churches of Christ and so on). Now I have met tremendous Christians there, but the search for truth led me on. It was people like Scott Hahn, Tim Staples, German Capuchin friars with whom I was allowed to spend a lot of time - and - last but most certainly not least - the CD's and DVD's I got from you guys. Most especially the teachings of Fr. Bill Casey and Fr. Ben Cameron helped changing my life - again.

I even started registering in a Catholic study program that allows you to study besides your regular jobs (I already passed the first two levels and am doing my internships in different parishes now), started a Cahtolic homepage (www.katholisch-leben.org) and am very commited to my church congregation.

But most of all I am so glad to be "back home". Funny thing - even in my gay time I would sometimes just go into an empty church, sit there and listen.

On many occasions, I was desperate enough to kill myself and even tried so twice. The last time I was close I started praying like I've never prayed before (I wasn't even very religious back then!). I told HIm where I was at - the bottom of the rope - and that He would either get me outa here or I would swallow the pills that were already on my kitchen table.

Now see what has happened the last years!

I have listened to your teachings many times, I have set up a daily routine of prayer and Bible reading, I try to pass on the love God has for me to others and much more. None of this is something I can pad myself on the shoulder for. For each of those things I am deeply thankful to the Lord and the people He used. People like Fr. Bill casey and Fr. Ben Cameron.

For almost all of my life I have suffered under "social phobia". "Normal" people have no clue whta this means to those who have it: you suffer from incredible fears and anxieties each and every day of your life. And for most of the time all I wanted was to die to end the pain. Not a single day of being happy. Only neverending sadness, desperation, depression and fear.

Now for decades I have seen my life as one big curse. Even in my Christian time. Yes, I did all I could to love and serve the Lord and others also and have been working really hard on that. But on the inside I was a dead man walking.

I seeked and got help from a Christian therapist from OPUS DEI and it has helped a lot, but it helped more to learn to live with it - the emotional pain was still there.

It wasn't until I heard Fr. Bill Casey that I understood that I could find Jesus in all of that. That my life is not a curse but a gift, even with all that drama I am going through. That real faith means to accept what you cannot change. And accept it with a joyful heart - not with complaints. That in all of that I still have to hold on to God, to trust Him even if I still have moments where I do not see any light and am so sick of the suffering. To humbly and even thankfully accept it, accept my cross and follow Him just the same. Or even because of that. As Fr. Bill Casey said, it is so easy to follow Him when things are going fine, but so much harder to do so when life doesn't treat you as you expect it to.

Also I have seen my own failings during all of those years.

Now whenever I feel down, I know where to seek help: I frequently receive the sacraments of reconciliation and the Eucharist (man, how I have grown to love the mass!!), I pray and read the Bible each and every day, I ask the saint for their intercession (most of all Mother Mary, Saint Francis, Saint Konrad and Padre Pio) and also seek the Lord in those who need Him most.

But sometimes I still find myself sitting in an empty church.

But wait a minute - it isn't empty. Jesus Himself is there! And spending time at the tabernacle in His presence has become one of the most healing moments in my life.

For all of that I want to greatly thank you. I sure owe you guys big. No, we've never met, but your teachings went right to my heart.

So thanks for reading this email and all the best from Munich, Germany.

May the Lord continue to bless you richly!

Robert Gollwitzer


Robert Gollwitzer
Ridlerstr. 21
80339 Munich
Germany

Phone: 001 49 (0)89 78018960
Email: free32@gmx.de


Dear Robert:

Thank you for sharing your story with us.  It is a blessing to hear how the Lord Jesus has been working in your life, and showering His Divine Mercy out upon you.  Although you may never, in this life, be completely free of the pain that you feel from the things that led you into the homosexual lifestyle, please know that the Lord Jesus truly will continue to work in your life, that He wants to heal the wounds that you have suffered -- both those inflicted upon you by others, and those that are self-inflicted wounds.  He can work His miracles of healing both through the sacraments and prayer, and also through other people.  Are you familiar with the Catholic group for homosexuals called "Courage"?  
It is a very good organization for Catholics who have a homosexual orientation, but are seeking to live in chastity and to grow in holiness.  It was started by Fr. John Harvey in Philadelphia.  You can find a link for it on the "Catholic links" page of our website.  I would highly recommend this group to you.

I have seen your name come across in the internet orders for CDs and DVDs, so I am very happy to hear that they have made such a good impact in your life!  May God be praised!  I have a question for you:  would it be okay with you if we use a redacted version of your testimony in our novena-newsletter or on our website.  By "redacted" I mean that we would remove any information that would identify you personally.  I think that your story can be an inspiration to many people; maybe even helping to reach thousands of souls with the Good News of the healing power of Jesus and His Mercy!

Please keep us in your prayers, and be assured of our prayers as well.  If you could pray on Tuesday, January 20th for the Conversion of President Barack Obama, we would appreciate that as well.  There will be over 400 Masses offered throughout the United States and at least 13 other countries for this intention on that day (Inauguration Day).  
Thank you, and God bless you!

Fr. Ben Cameron, CPM

Mon, 19. Jan 2009

Michael D. O'Brien

Dear Robert,

Thank you for your kind message, and your courageous witness to the truth--for all that you do to bring souls out of despair and bondage to sin. Members of my extended family (cousins) have come out of the "gay" life, and are now faithful Catholics. A long struggle, but a truly heroic one--opening their hearts to deeper dimensions of love.

I wish I could write more, but I receive hundreds of emails, and am falling farther and farther behind in my primary creative work, and so my reply must be very brief.

Please remember me in your prayers, and I will pray that you continue to be a loving and true "sign of contradiction", a signpost in the desert of the modern age.

Grace and peace in ever greater measure be with you,

in Jesus our Lord,

Michael O'Brien

(Author of "Father Elijah")

Nov 19, 2008