All Conversations in My Heart
Thursday, December 10, 2015
  why do they call us Catholic
I am alternately frightened or concerned, depending upon what good or bad news I hear. One can choose either state. I am frightened for the souls of so many in the Church or concerned about their spiritual welfare throughout eternity. We all were conceived in the Beatific Vision. How many of us will return there?
As a Catholic or as should any Catholic we have to decide our way to Heaven and what is of the greatest importance to save our soul. What are we is the first question we must ask? The answer for me is I am Catholic the name the Church gave us as the Catholic Encyclopedia records
The combination "the Catholic Church" (he katholike ekklesia) is found for the first time in the letter of St. Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans, written about the year 110. The words run: "Wheresoever the bishop shall appear, there let the people be, even as where Jesus may be, there is the universal [katholike] Church”. The encyclopedia goes on to quote many writers of the early times of the Church who around the same time as St Ignatius. The name Universal in English was used to separate us from the original gnostics who denied God was in Jesus and made every effort they could to separate His Manhood from His Divinity, including denial of Mary as Mother of God, or ever Virgin. Ever used to mean “forever in this case”. It is amazing how these lies and denials are still promoted in the world today and waved like a battle flag to calumniate the Catholic Faith. Even I am afraid in the lack of respect for the Eucharist. Can anyone deny that the way the Eucharist is treated by catholics today is not a spiritual way of not caring either trough the virtue of religion or the one of piety. Can any of us deny that if we truly love God as we should, if there is deep in the center of our hearts a firm intellectual belief the Eucharist is the Body and Blood of Him who chose to suffer dreadfully and to die an extremely cruel death upon a Cross, in the stiflingly heat of the Palestinian sun, we should each in our own way, think we owe Him at least a proper thanks? Can any of us say, can any of us think, we would do the same for Him as He did for us? Not voluntarily I think. We run away as fast as possible in our millions.

I give You glory and praise Lord Jesus of Nazareth, Son of the Living God and Son of Mary and thank you for the precious gift of Your Life's Blood poured out upon the whole world to bring to us a state of everlasting grace.

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