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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Marcellino D'Ambrosio (Dr. Italy)
The Assumption of the Virgin Mary (called the Dormition in the Christian East) has been celebrated as a solemn feast on August 15 since ancient times. What is the meaning and basis of the dogma and the Solemnity?
I once asked a college theology class if anyone could explain the doctrine of the Assumption of Mary. A student replied, “yeah, that’s the teaching whereby the Catholic Church ‘assumes’ that Mary is in heaven.”
Dogma of the Assumption of Mary
There’s a bit more to the dogma of the Assumption than that. The Church does not just “assume” that any canonized saint in is in heaven. Rather, it authoritatively declares that a person is in glory and should therefore be honored in liturgy and imitated in life. Our church calendar is filled with saints’ days.
But why a particular day for each saint? The first evidence for this goes back to AD 155, to a bishop named Polycarp. The account of his martyrdom notes that after his execution, the faithful collected his bones, more precious than gold, and put them in a place of honor where every year they gathered to celebrate the anniversary of his death as a sort of “birthday” into eternal life. Celebrating Mass in the catacombs over the relics of the martyrs’ led to the practice of putting relics in the main altar of every church. Eventually saints who did not die a martyrs death were also commemorated on their heavenly “birthday” and their relics were accorded great honor.
From very early times, August 15 has been observed as the “birthday” of our Blessed Lady. On this greatest of all Marian feasts we celebrate the greatest moment of her life – being permanently re-united with her son and sharing his glory.
All the saints experience the “beatific vision” upon their entry into heaven, and we celebrate this on every saint’s day. But there is something unique about Mary’s day. The Catholic Church teaches authoritatively that it is not just Mary’s soul that was admitted to God’s glory, but that at the end of her earthly life, Mary’s body as well as her soul was assumed into heaven by the loving power of God.
There is no eyewitness account of the actual assumption of Mary recorded in the Bible. Come to think of it, though, no one witnessed the actual resurrection of Jesus either. The evidence was an empty tomb and eyewitness reports that the Risen Lord had appeared to them.
Empty Tomb, No Relics
Interesting parallel here. There is a tomb at the foot of the Mt. of Olives where ancient tradition says that Mary was laid. But there is nothing inside. There are no relics, as with other saints. And credible apparitions of Mary, though not recorded in the New Testament, have been recorded from the 3rd century till today.
Mary is not equal to Christ, of course. Jesus, though possessing a complete human nature, is the Eternal Word made flesh. Mary is only a creature.
But she is a unique creature, the highest of all creatures. This is not just because she was born without the handicap of original sin. Eve and Adam were born free of sin as well, but it did not stop them from sinning as soon as they had the chance. Mary instead chose, with the help of God’s grace, to preserve her God-given purity throughout the whole of her life.
Queen Stands at your Right Hand
The bodily corruption of death was not God’s original plan. It came into the world through sin, as St. Paul says “the sting of death is sin” (I Cor 15:56). So it is fitting that she who knew no sin should know no decay and no delay in enjoying the full fruits of her son’s work. It is fitting that she who stood by Christ under the cross should stand by him bodily at the right hand of the Father. “The Queen stands at your right hand, in gold of Ophir” (Psalm 45). Enoch and Elijah, who the Old Testament says were assumed into heaven, were surely great in God’s eyes. But they do not begin to compare with the immaculate mother of His Son.
We too, one day, insofar as we accept God’s grace, will stand at His right hand. But Paul says that “all will come to life again, but each one in proper order” (I Cor. 15:23).
The Redeemer, of course, blazes the resurrection trail. But who is to be first among his disciples? The one who is last is first, the Lord’s humble handmaid who did no more than say yes, and keep saying yes, and whose soul magnified not herself, but the Lord.
"Es gibt nicht mehr als 100 Menschen auf der Welt, die die Katholische Kirche wirklich hassen, aber es gibt Millionen, die das hassen, was sie für die Katholische Kirche halten…Wenn wir Katholiken all die Unwahrheiten und Lügen, die gegen die Kirche gesagt wurden, glauben würden, würden wir die Kirche wahrscheinlich Tausend Mal mehr hassen als sie es tun."
Erzbischof Fulton Sheen
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Father Joseph Ratzinger 1969 Prediction of the Future of the Church
In a 1969 German radio broadcast, Father Joseph Ratzinger offered this prediction of the future of the Church:
“The future of the Church can and will issue from those whose roots are deep and who live from the pure fullness of their faith. It will not issue from those who accommodate themselves merely to the passing moment or from those who merely criticize others and assume that they themselves are infallible measuring rods; nor will it issue from those who take the easier road, who sidestep the passion of faith, declaring false and obsolete, tyrannous and legalistic, all that makes demands upon men, that hurts them and compels them to sacrifice themselves.
To put this more positively: The future of the Church, once again as always, will be reshaped by saints, by men, that is, whose minds probe deeper than the slogans of the day, who see more than others see, because their lives embrace a wider reality. Unselfishness, which makes men free, is attained only through the patience of small daily acts of self-denial. By this daily passion, which alone reveals to a man in how many ways he is enslaved by his own ego, by this daily passion and by it alone, a man’s eyes are slowly opened. He sees only to the extent that he has lived and suffered.
If today we are scarcely able any longer to become aware of God, that is because we find it so easy to evade ourselves, to flee from the depths of our being by means of the narcotic of some pleasure or other. Thus our own interior depths remain closed to us. If it is true that a man can see only with his heart, then how blind we are!
How does all this affect the problem we are examining? It means that the big talk of those who prophesy a Church without God and without faith is all empty chatter. We have no need of a Church that celebrates the cult of action in political prayers. It is utterly superfluous. Therefore, it will destroy itself. What will remain is the Church of Jesus Christ, the Church that believes in the God who has become man and promises us life beyond death. The kind of priest who is no more than a social worker can be replaced by the psychotherapist and other specialists; but the priest who is no specialist, who does not stand on the [sidelines], watching the game, giving official advice, but in the name of God places himself at the disposal of man, who is beside them in their sorrows, in their joys, in their hope and in their fear, such a priest will certainly be needed in the future.
Let us go a step farther. From the crisis of today the Church of tomorrow will emerge — a Church that has lost much. She will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of her adherents diminishes, so it will lose many of her social privileges. In contrast to an earlier age, it will be seen much more as a voluntary society, entered only by free decision. As a small society, it will make much bigger demands on the initiative of her individual members. Undoubtedly it will discover new forms of ministry and will ordain to the priesthood approved Christians who pursue some profession. In many smaller congregations or in self-contained social groups, pastoral care will normally be provided in this fashion. Along-side this, the full-time ministry of the priesthood will be indispensable as formerly. But in all of the changes at which one might guess, the Church will find her essence afresh and with full conviction in that which was always at her center: faith in the triune God, in Jesus Christ, the Son of God made man, in the presence of the Spirit until the end of the world. In faith and prayer she will again recognize the sacraments as the worship of God and not as a subject for liturgical scholarship.
The Church will be a more spiritual Church, not presuming upon a political mandate, flirting as little with the Left as with the Right. It will be hard going for the Church, for the process of crystallization and clarification will cost her much valuable energy. It will make her poor and cause her to become the Church of the meek. The process will be all the more arduous, for sectarian narrow-mindedness as well as pompous self-will will have to be shed. One may predict that all of this will take time. The process will be long and wearisome as was the road from the false progressivism on the eve of the French Revolution — when a bishop might be thought smart if he made fun of dogmas and even insinuated that the existence of God was by no means certain — to the renewal of the nineteenth century.
But when the trial of this sifting is past, a great power will flow from a more spiritualized and simplified Church. Men in a totally planned world will find themselves unspeakably lonely. If they have completely lost sight of God, they will feel the whole horror of their poverty. Then they will discover the little flock of believers as something wholly new. They will discover it as a hope that is meant for them, an answer for which they have always been searching in secret.
And so it seems certain to me that the Church is facing very hard times. The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals. But I am equally certain about what will remain at the end: not the Church of the political cult, which is dead already, but the Church of faith. It may well no longer be the dominant social power to the extent that she was until recently; but it will enjoy a fresh blossoming and be seen as man’s home, where he will find life and hope beyond death.”
Why did it have to be a friend who chose to betray the Lord?
and why did he use a kiss to show them, that's not what a kiss is for?
Only a friend can betray a friend, a stranger has nothing to gain.
and only a friend comes close enough to ever cause so much pain.
Why did it have to be a thorny crown place upon his head?
It should have been a royal one, made of jewels and gold instead.
It had to be a crown of thorns, because in this world that we live,
all that would seek to love a thorn is all the world has to give.
Why did it have to be a heavy cross he was made to bear?
and why did they nail His feet and hands; His love would have held him there.
It was a cross for on a cross, a thief was supposed to pay.
and Jesus had come into the world to steal every heart away.
Yes, Jesus had come into the world to steal every heart away.
“In this world are many people who do not master their bodies. Such people say that no one can tell them what to do, not even God, and they think that in this way they have no master. In the end they become slaves to anything.”
"Interesting that they call it "gay pride" because pride is the worst of sins and the root of all other sins - in essence a stubborn rebellion against God and his commandments. This parade in Tel Aviv is awful and shameful not only because Israel promotes sexual perversion and the distortion of God's purpose for the human person, but it's even worse because they celebrate it with "pride". Remember that God will extend His protection upon you, Israel, only to the extent that you keep his commandments. In other words, you are inviting disaster upon your nation. Repent!"
Ich habe mich gestern mit jemandem aus der Kirche getroffen. Wir sind beide schockiert über die Zustände innerhalb der Kirche und die Scheinheiligkeit, wie damit umgegangen wird. Wir wollen unseren Teil dazu beitragen, damit sich das ändert.
Unter anderem wollen wir das aus dem Dunklen zerren, was dort viel zu lange verborgen war. In der ganzen Missbrauchs-Debatte werden ja die hetero- oder homosexuellen "Fehltritte" diverser Geistlicher oder Kirchen-Angehöriger völlig unter den Teppich gekehrt.
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“We do not want a church that will move with the world. We want a church that will move the world.”
― G.K. Chesterton
“Every sin is a choice to turn a miraculous being into an object for consumption. It flattens the human person, one’s self and one’s victim, into a one-dimensional universe.”
― Michael D. O'Brien, Father Elijah: An Apocalypse
If the Church becomes more and more like the world, why would we need the Church then anymore? The world does what the world does - and it can do that way better than Church people will ever be able to. If we don't have more than this, if we are no different than anybody else, what's the point of being a follower of Jesus Christ?
Moralistic Therapeutic Deism
"Das Gebet ist die beste Waffe, die wir haben ; es ist ein Schlüssel, der das Herz Gottes öffnet".
Wisdom of the ancients: "Should we look to kings and princes to put
right the inequalities between rich and poor? Should we require soldiers
to come and seize the rich person's gold and distribute it among his
destitute neighbors? Should we beg the emporer to impose a tax on the
rich so great that it reduces them to the level of the poor and then to
share the proceeds of that tax among everyone? Equality imposed by force
would achieve nothing, and do much harm. Those who combined
both cruel hearts and sharp minds would soon find ways of making
themselves rich again. Worse still, the rich whose gold was taken away
would feel bitter and resentful; while the poor who received the gold
from the hands of soldiers would feel no gratitude, because no
generosity would have prompted the gift. Far from bringing moral benefit
to society, it would actually do moral harm. Material justice cannot be
accomplished by compulsion, a change of heart will not follow. The only
way to achieve true justice is to change people's hearts first - and
then they will joyfully share their wealth." -- St. John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople (died in 407 A.D.)
My goal in life? I want to cross the finish line with nothing else left to give for my Lord, hearing those words: "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter in!"
"In Deutschland ist es wichtiger, Verständnis zu haben als Verstand."
do you and I realize what we are doing at this point? We are molding
Jesus into our image. He is beginning to look a lot like us because,
after all, that is whom we are most comfortable with. And the danger now
is that when we gather in our church building to sing and lift up our
hands in worship, we may not actually be worshiping the Jesus of the
Bible. Instead we may be worshiping ourselves"
Pfarrgemeinderäte sind eines der gescheiterten Experimente in Folge des 2. Vatikanischen Konzils. Frei nach dem Motto "Das Gegenteil von gut ist gut gemeint".
Da bilden sich - in der Regel theologisch kaum gebildete - Laien ein, dem Pfarrer vorschreiben zu können, was er zu tun oder zu lassen hat (oder zumindest einen Einfluss darauf und auf die Angelegenheiten der Pfarrei zu nehmen). Laien, die kaum wiedergeben können, was die Kirche lehrt und warum (gemäß dem Katechismus der Katholischen Kirche) - und deren Privatleben auch nicht notwendigerweise mit den kirchlichen Lehren zu Ehe und Familie übereinstimmt.
Laien haben eine wichtige Funktion innerhalb der Kirche - Priester spielen zu wollen gehört aber nicht dazu (ja, auch innerhalb der Messe maßen sie sich immer mehr an). Folge davon ist, dass Priester oftmals einen psychischen und spirituellen Albtraum erleben, ständig unter Stress sind und Probleme mit ihrer Identität haben.
Auch ohne Pfarrgemeinderäten kann und soll man den Pfarrer tatkräftig unterstützen.
Ein absolutes Unding aber sind die Pfarreiverbände. Da werden einfach bestehende Pfarreien zusammengeworfen und die Priester funktionieren bestenfalls als Sakramentenspender und sind sonst nur einer von vielen.
Nein, das geschieht nicht deshalb, weil wir zu wenig Priester haben. Weltweit ist due Zahl der Priester eher am steigen und viele unserer Geistlichen kommen eh aus anderen Ländern.
Hier wollen Menschen die Kirche übernehmen, die mit dem traditionellen katholischen Glauben nicht mehr viel zu tun haben und den Rest der Kirche auch noch zugrunde richten.
Ich kann nur alle verbliebenen traditionellen Katholikinnen und Katholiken auffordern, aufzustehen, tätig zu werden und für ihre Kirche zu kämpfen!
Wenn die Hirten es nicht tun, müssen eben die Schafe tätig werden!
“One of the most pathetic—and dangerous—signs of our times is the growing number of individuals and groups who believe that no one can possibly disagree with them for any honest reason.”
Aufruf an alle Priester und Ordensangehörigen!
Viele von euch wissen Bescheid, wenn eure Mitbrüder sich sexuell unangemessen verhalten - sei es, dass sie Minderjährige missbrauchen oder sexuellen Kontakt mit Menschen desselben oder des anderen Geschlechts haben.
Die "Täter" gehen hierbei quer durch alle Hierarchie-Ebenen.
Trotzdem ist kaum jemand bereit, mit diesem Wissen an die Öffentlichkeit zu gehen. Über die Gründe hierfür kann man nur spekulieren - Angst, Bequemlichkeit, Desinteresse etc.
Jeder dieser Gründe ist eine Schande für sich.
Wer selbst Vergebung finden will, muss auch seinen Anteil dazu leisten, Sünde auszurotten. Wer dies nicht tut, wird zum Mittäter.
Diejenigen, die nun bereit sind, mit ihren Informationen an die Öffentlichkeit zu wenden, dürfen sich gerne an mich wenden. Wir werden einen Weg finden - und wenn es bedeutet, dass euer Name dabei verschwiegen wird.
Seid nicht weiterhin Teil des Problems - werdet Teil der Lösung!
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