ST. ANTHONY OF
Saint Anthony of
Saint Anthony was born in
The ship, on which he was a passenger, was driven off course and landed in S
In 1233, Francis of Assisi appointed Anthony the first professor of theology for the Friars. (This was a big step for Francis who had a distrust of the over intellectualization of religion.) Anthony is credited with introducing the theology of
In popular devotion, Saint Anthony is venerated as the apostle of charity, the finder of lost objects, patron of lovers and marriage, of women in confinement, and of miners.
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The Mystical Body of Christ
My Catholic Faith by Luis LaRaviore Morrow, 1961
of the Baltimore Catechism, the Holy Bible and the Collectio Rituum.
Why is the Catholic Church called the Mystical Body of Christ? The Catholic Church is called the Mystical Body of Christ, because its members are united by supernatural bonds with one another and with Christ, their Head, thus resembling the members and head of the living human body.
How are we united to the Mystical Body of Christ?
We are united by three spiritual bonds: a) a Liturgical bond (the profession of the Catholic faith); b) a Symbolic bond (the profession of the Catholic faith); and c) a Hierarchical bond (obedience to the Church’s rulers, and freedom from a penalty that would cast us out of the Church).
- In the Mystical Body, Christ as head wills to be helped by his Body. Thus He rules the Church, but does so indirectly through the hierarchy, human authority. In a similar manner the human head, to live has need of the rest of the body.
- Among the members of the Mystical Body of Christ there exists interdependence; so that although each one has his own individual function, yet he does not live for himself alone, but for the entire body. Every good he does perfects the Body, of which he is a part.
What is meant by the Communion of Saints” in the Apostles’ Creed?
By the “Communion of Saints” is meant the union of the faithful on earth, the blessed in heaven, and the souls in purgatory, with Christ as their head.
- There is only one Mystical Body, only one Church which contains three portions:
- All the saints and angels in heaven compose the Church triumphant, because they have gained the crown of victory. B) The souls in purgatory comprise the Church suffering, because they still have to expiate for their sins before they can enter heaven. C) The faithful on earth compose the Church militant, because they have to struggle ceaselessly against the enemies of their souls.
- All the members of the Church are of one family, and share in the spiritual treasures of the Church.
While those in the state of mortal sin do not enjoy fully the benefits of the “communion of saints”, even they are not entirely excluded form it. Thus they may receive the grace to repent and recover sanctifying grace. Hence a Catholic, who still belongs to the Church, although a great sinner, may have more hope of being converted than one who cuts himself off form the Church.
How do the MEMBERS of the Communion of Saints HELP ONE ANOTHER?
The members of the “communion of saints,” the blessed in heaven can help those in purgatory and on earth by praying for the blessed in heaven and pray to them, because they are worthy of honor and as friends of god will help the faithful on earth.
Lost Lambs at http://www.lostlambs.net
Recently, while writing a reflective piece on life and Catholicism (see Post #38, Random Thoughts: The Promise) I was Googling a construction date for St. Mary's Catholic School in Newton and crossed paths of a blog from a young man from Newton (my home town) who now lives in the Kansas City area.
He just happens to have some nice pictures of St. Anthony and has posted them on his blog. Please visit his blog, comment and/or email him to say hello. Be sure to mention Venite Missa Est!
A Prayer and a Call for Volunteers
To an Altar Boy
To serve him freely there,
Where even the angels falter,
Bowed low in reverent prayer.
To touch the throne most holy,
To hand the gifts for the feast,
To see Him meekly, lowly.
Descend at the word of the priest.
To hear man’s poor petition.
To sound the silver bell.
When He in sweet submission,
Comes down with us to dwell.
No grander mission surly
Could saints or men enjoy;
No heart should love more purely,
Than yours, my altar boy.
God bless you, lad, forever.
And keep you in His care,
And guard you that you never
Belie the robes you wear.
For while bespeaks untainted
A heart both tried and true;
And red tells love the sainted
And holy martyrs knew.
Throughout life, then, endeavor
God’s graces to employ;
And be in heart forever
A holy altar boy..
Altar servers, boys and young men, to serve on the altar at Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite (Traditional Latin Mass) at St. Anthony Church, Wichita.
Parents: What a great opportunity for your young men and boys to be part of the beautiful and ancient liturgy of holy Catholic Church.
For inquiries please contact Tony Strunk, Master of Ceremonies at email@example.com .
Monday August 25 to Friday, August 29, 2008
Participants will also have opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration to extend the worship of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Devotion to Our Blessed Lady will be fostered by the recitation of the Holy Rosary in Latin. Additionally, sacramental Confession will be offered frequently throughout the week for the spiritual benefit of those attending the workshop. And best of all, each day of the workshop, registrants will participate in the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass, with an ever-deeper love and appreciation of the Church, her liturgical traditions and of her Savior, Jesus Christ.
Tragedy and Shame...
Video: Boston Archdiocese Closes 131 Year Old Church Closes
Mother has been a lifelong devout Catholic, pilgrimaged to see Pope John Paul II, traveled to view the Catedral Metropolitana in Mexico City and prays the rosary faithfully every evening. Her faithful husband, my father, passed two years ago.
Please petition our Lord and Holy Mother for God's grace and deliverance from all evil in these, her waning days. Bless you Mariana Saenz Llamas.