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New Web Site of Catholic Faith Defenders Incorporated

Posted by catholicfaithdefender on August 20, 2010

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Ang kalan-on nga guitogot ug guidili (CFD vs SDA)

Posted by catholicfaithdefender on June 24, 2010

Proposition:


Pamatud-an ko nga ang pagkaong

gidili sa katawhan sa Dios sa

Daang Testamento nagpadayon hangtud

karon sa panahon sa kristiyanismo. (N.T.)

Pastor Concordio Viodor
Affirmative: SDA

Bro. Edgar Laugan CFD/CFLAMP
Negative: Catholic Defender

Ang kalan-on nga guitogot ug guidili (CFD vs SDA) part 1

Ang kalan-on nga guitogot ug guidili (CFD vs SDA) part 2

Ang kalan-on nga guitogot ug guidili (CFD vs SDA) part 3

Ang kalan-on nga guitogot ug guidili (CFD vs SDA) part 4

Ang kalan-on nga guitogot ug guidili (CFD vs SDA) part 5

Ang kalan-on nga guitogot ug guidili (CFD vs SDA) part 6

Ang kalan-on nga guitogot ug guidili (CFD vs SDA) part9

Ang kalan-on nga guitogot ug guidili (CFD vs SDA) part 10

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Debate sa Kaudtuhon

Posted by catholicfaithdefender on December 18, 2009

Debate sa Kaudtuhon

Hosted by Bro. Soc Fernandez and others


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Posted by catholicfaithdefender on November 16, 2009

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Strengthening Catholic Charismatic Communities

Posted by catholicfaithdefender on September 25, 2009

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Strengthening Catholic Charismatic Communities

Fr. Bart A. Pastor

WORKSHP TRACK PRESENTATION

FNCCC.CICC

MAY29, 2009. 2:00 P.M.

You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and tramples underfoot (Matthew 5:13)

You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.

Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house.

Just so, your light must shine before  others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father (Matthew 5:13-16).

The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened (Matthew 5:33).

Again the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away.(Matthew 5:47-48)

VARIOUS ROLES and MISSION OF CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES:

  1. Salt of the Earth    =        as Preservative and Flavoring
  2. Light of the World =        as Model and Beacon
  3. Leaven of Society  =        as Influence and Facilitator
  4. Net of Mankind              =        as Instrument of Salvation

QUESTION:

HOW DO WE FULFILL THIS ROLE AND MISSION?

ANSWER:

–          BE PURPOSE- DRIVEN PERSONS!

–          BE PURPOSE- DRIVEN COMMUNITIES!

–          BE COMMITTED TO A PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS!

–          BE SPIRIT FILLED AND BE A STAR!

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CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC

Posted by catholicfaithdefender on September 25, 2009

If you walked on the streets of Kampala randomly asking people about miracles, most probably you would hear the name Fr. Bill many times. Even those who don’t know his name would possibly tell you about an Indian Catholic Priest who likes the phrase: “Thank you Jesus, praise you Jesus!”

When it comes to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Uganda, it’s impossible to miss out the name of this great man. He was a man that faithfully served God to the end. At this time when the memory of his loss is still fresh in our minds, I cannot fail to salute him for his life well lived. Of course I have mixed feelings – sadness over losing him and his ministry, but also the joy of having in heaven another saint, an intercessor who knows us!

I do not want to imply that what I am writing is a full biography about him; this article is just meant to give an idea to our readers of who Fr. Bill was, especially to us as the Church in Uganda. I hope this story inspires you to live your life better. Remember, life is a game with no return match; you have to live in the best way you can ever because you live it once.

His Birth and call into Priesthood

Rev. Fr. Dr. Joseph Kurupamparambil, V.C., commonly Known as Fr. Bill in Europe and Africa, was born on February 23rd 1928 in the diocese of Kerala in India. His father was Xavier Kurupamparambil, a businessman and his mother was Anne. Possibly at this time no one knew how his live was going to impact the Christian world.

At first, he wanted to join the police force, but later, at the advice of a close relative who was already a priest, he started to admire priesthood. He joined the seminary and in 1958 he was ordained into the priesthood. After his ordination, Fr. Bill worked in different capacities in his home diocese of Kerala, culminating into a long administrative position in the Church.

The Turning-Point in his Life

At 48 years of age, Fr. Bill suffered two severe heart attacks, which left him bedridden over the next 45 days. His doctor warned him to restrain form any strenuous activity, including climbing stairs or even preaching; he was only to live under regular medication in an attempt to stabilize his condition.

After these serious warnings from the doctors, this was a time to prepare for a happy death anytime. But, you know, when God has purposed to use you, he uses your challenges to demonstrate his power. It’s from your tests that he creates a testimony. Fr. Bill’s greatest test of sickness was soon to give birth to his greatest testimony!

In that same year, 1976, two priests who had gotten their training from the Duquesne University in the USA, which was then the center of the Charismatic Renewal Movement, came from Bombay to conduct a retreat at Mangalappuzha Pontifical Seminary, in central Kerala. It was a retreat for an exclusive audience comprised of 2 bishops and 162 priests from all over Kerala. On the final day of the five-day retreat, they convened a healing session and Fr. Bill, who had been assured by his doctors that his heart condition was irreversible also joined the line to be prayed over.

In the process, Bishop Sebastian Mankuzhikkary approached Fr. Bill and asked him what to pray for. “Your Excellency”, answered Fr. Bill, “I had two heart attacks. If cured, I would like to do some service for Jesus”. As he said this, his doctor’s words reverberated in his ears: “Father, you have just overcome two massive attacks. A third one can be fatal, so be careful!” It was a delicate moment in which God had to demonstrate his healing power.

Bishop Sebastian laid his hands on the head of Fr. Bill and prayed. As the prayer went on, Fr. Bill felt the Bishops touch, and immediately he realized he could no longer see the bishop but instead saw Jesus Christ! “It was a real shock for me”, recalled Fr. Bill in his writings. “Yes, he has touched me! At that time I saw Jesus Christ who came to this world two thousand years ago. I felt his touch and, gained a new strength in my heart. He has healed me to perfect health”. According to Fr. Bill’s testimony, the image of Jesus touching him remained alive in his heart for the rest of his life and this kept giving him an impetus to continually dedicate his life to the Savior.

Great doubt was witnessed when Fr. Bill presented himself before his consulting cardiologist. The test now showed a healthy heart, but still the physician protested, hoping it might be due to some error in the test, so Fr. Bill was asked to come back for another thorough check up after 5 days. Meanwhile, Fr. Bill was warned by the doctor not to stop his medicines, but he responded with thorough conviction: “My Heavenly Father, who has created my heart, can give me a new heart if the original one is damaged”. “Do not stop your medicines and thus risk your life” was the doctor’s only reply.

Five days later, the doctor performed the long-awaited check-up and again he could not find any problem with the heart! He suspected Fr. Bill had taken some other stronger medicines. “No other medicine except the touch of my Lord” declared Fr. Bill. At the end of all the analyses the doctor proclaimed in a voice filled with belief and fervor: “Father, your heart is now healthier than before. Now I believe, God has touched you and given you a new heart. I believe!” This marked the beginning of new life and new ministry for Fr. Bill.

Fr. Bill as an International Preacher

After all medical tests by his doctors showed that he had recovered, Fr. Bill demonstrated this miraculous healing by climbing a nearby hill. This proved beyond any shadow of doubt that his heart had been totally healed. God had completely restored him for a greater ministry of passing over this message of healing to the whole world. He had to look for ways of achieving this.

Fr. Bill then asked his superiors to relieve him of his administrative duties so that he could concentrate on preaching the word of God. He decided to first go to Pittsburg, USA, to study Faith Healing. At the end of this training, his first recorded healing miracle occurred in a Church in Boston when he prayed over a paralyzed person in a wheel chair. Immediately the person was totally restored to health and began to walk! This confirmed that Jesus wanted him to pray for the healing of God’s people and this he did since then to the time he departed.

Fr. Bill often organized 6-day healing retreats popularly known as “Popular Missions”. During these retreats, he concentrated on preaching about the love of Jesus and the Cross of Jesus, in relation to the healing of the human soul, mind and body. Initially, he did this in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan, preaching to millions of people and as numerous testimonies continued to strongly confirm the special gift of healing and dynamic preaching that had been bestowed upon him, his travels extended to Cameroon, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, USA, Canada, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, S. America, East Indies, Europe, Asia and other parts of the world.

During his retreats and Healing Masses, lives were being transformed as people truly encountered Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. At the news of his death, most of the local newspapers in Uganda reported many extraordinary stories and testimonies about his ministry in all parts of the world. On different websites, numerous testimonies about miracles God has performed through Fr. Bill have also been displayed allover the world. They include healings from cancer, AIDS, fibroids, brain tumors, financial breakthroughs, the lame walking, barren women conceiving, the blind seeing, the deaf hearing and several other extraordinary manifestation of God’s power.

His Superior General, Fr. Anthony Plackal, in the foreword to the book entitled “Jesus Touched me – Biography and Retreat Talks of Fr. Joseph K. Bill, V.C.M.A.”, said the following about Fr. Bill’s ministry: “… I have myself been an eye witness to the big crowds assembled to listen to the preaching of Fr. Bill and to join in the prayers led by him in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Two cardinals and a few Bishops in these countries have testified to me personally that Fr. Bill is a zealous and effective preacher. They told me that the special element they like in the preaching of Fr. Bill is his straight-forward and simple presentation of the Catholic teaching in the light of the Holy Gospel with clarity and certainty… People in all levels of social status come to listen to Fr. Bill. Ex-ministers, MLAs, doctors, engineers and ordinary people flock to him in programmes of Popular Missions, Retreats and also for personal counseling and guidance in life. I have noticed with my own eyes his joyous announcements, such as, ‘Jesus loves you’; and ‘the heaven is open for you today’, make people jump and dance with joy and hope in God Almighty…”

The following words appeared on http://frbillusa.net/, at the news of Fr. Bill’s death, to describe what a treasure to the world he was: “A beautiful, holy priest shining with the love of God, driven night and day to tell each of us how much God loves us, and then to extend Jesus’ healing touch and deliverance from all evils. He wore out his first heart at age 48, and then at age 80 wore out the second, stronger heart Jesus had given him in 1976”.

It is something amazing that, in his old age, Fr. Bill still traveled to all parts of the world and ate all kinds of foods without any problem. In fact, it is said that for the last 30 years of his earthly life, that is since the age of 48 when he experienced the heart problem which God healed, till he experienced the heart problem that ended his life, he never fell sick again except with one malaria, which according to him, was a message from God that he should pray for people who are being disturbed by malaria.

The ministry of Fr. Bill in Uganda

In 1993, while in India, Fr. Expedit Magembe was so touched by his experience when he met Fr. Bill and so Fr. Expedit decided to invite him to Uganda for the first time. When he came, he conducted a retreat at Kiziba Parish. In 1997, Fr. Bill started organizing Popular Missions at Namugongo and later, in many parts of Uganda. In every part of Uganda that he went, numerous testimonies about blessings, breakthroughs, favors, deliverance, victory, healing, empowerment and conversion always followed.

Fr. Bill’s ministry has had a lasting impact in the lives of many other priests known for ministering the word of God, miracles and healing in Uganda, like Fr. John Baptist Bashobora, Fr. Expedit Magembe, Fr. Anthony Musaala, Fr. James Burasa, Fr. Athanazius Musajjakkaawa and others. They all testify to the anointed ministry of this man of God. Even Dr. Cyprian Lwanga, Archbishop of Kampala, testified as having witnessed God using Fr. Bill to restore health to a mad person. The life and ministry of Fr. Bill has encouraged many Christians to seek and utilize the gifts that the Holy Spirit never ceases to give.

Fr. Bill’s constructed the Vincentian House, as well as the Miraculous Medal Shrine at Bugonga in Entebbe, where he has been rested. One reason he gave for constructing this house in Uganda is that he admired the courage of the Uganda martyrs. This is why he even chose Uganda martyrs Shrine in Namugongo as the venue for his retreats. I personally heard him a number of times saying he wished to die and be buried in Uganda. As the Church in Uganda, we cannot fail to appreciate Fr. Bill’s love for our motherland.

Fr. Bill was one of the first priests in Uganda to integrate the activities of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal into the daily life of the Catholic Church. For instance, many Ugandans first came to hear the phrase “Healing Mass” in relation to Fr. Bill’s ministry. He loved Mother Mary and said he always prayed at least 3 rosaries each day. This way, he inspired members of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal as well as all Catholics to develop deeper devotion to the Mother of the Church. All these efforts contributed to the strengthening of the Catholic faith, at a time when the Church in Uganda is facing many challenges.

The Fr. Bill I knew

One thing I surely liked about Fr. Bill was his joy. He always smiled and asked his audience to praise Jesus in a short prayer: “Thank you Jesus! Praise you Jesus!” He was a man always radiant on his face. He never looked tired, though those who had a chance of staying with him say he used to spend most of the night not in his bed, but in prayer. At his advanced age, still this man of God would stand for several hours preaching, without showing any signs of fatigue.

I cannot also forget his jokes. During one program that I listened to on Radio Maria program, he was asked how he travels allover the world eating all kinds of foods at that advanced age and he replied: “My stomach is Catholic!” Also, in Namugongo, he told us of a joke that there was a sacristan who used to steal money from the Church and the priest who used to condemn that sacristan. When they died, both met in hell. “Father, how did you end up here?” asked the man. “Be quiet,” interrupted the priest, “the Bishop is also over there!” At such an advanced stage, very few people can be funny, but for Fr. Bill jokes were part of his ministry and indeed they moved his listeners.

Fr. Bill was a loving priest. In his retreats, he welcomed everyone as they are. In one of his retreats in Namugongo, the first lame person to walk was a Muslim! When he went to Kabale, at first the people from other faiths spoke negatively about the whole idea, but in the evenings they kept going near to listen. In the end, having listened to his message of love, so many of them came to openly participate and they acknowledged his special gift. I also recall how, out of his own initiative, late last year, he came to the parliament of Uganda and asked the Speaker to arrange for a prayer in which he prayed for all Members and Staff of Parliament as well as the whole nation of Uganda. All this was out of love for Uganda. He often said that at his age he would have loved to be in a good house, in India, eating good food and not being bothered by unending journeys, but because of the love of God, he couldn’t but preach the gospel to all creation.

Unusual Events Surrounding his Departure

Fr. Bill’s last retreat was in Gulu District. During this retreat, he prophesied about his death before it actually came. On Wednesday, during his last preaching on earth, he said he had always been praying that he may die in Uganda and that he may also be buried in Uganda. Of course he was saying this at a time when no body knew that in the next 2 hours he would be gone.

In his preaching that day, he emphasized that he was ready to go to heaven and that that’s why he had traveled all the way to northern Uganda to preach the good news in a place where there has been a lot of blood shed. He remarked: “Blood was shed for us, so we also have to die for Jesus”. This statement was really prophetic and it was fulfilled when his body spent 7 hours bleeding after death. In truth, Fr. Bill died for Jesus. In fact this reminds me of St. Paul’s words that to live is to live for Christ and to die is to die for Christ.

It is also surprising that when those around him talked about taking him to hospital, after getting the attack on his heart, he refused saying he will die from that room since he is dying for the Jesus he believes in and praises. In fact, when they insisted, he departed while trying to reach him to the hospital. He went to eternity on Friday, March 14th 2008, 2am Ugandan time. From 2pm when he died, to 9am in the morning of Friday, his body was bleeding; something that shocked the doctors as they could not easily explain it scientifically. The doctors were also surprised that, though he was dead, his blood was fresh and the pressure like that of a living person! There was indeed something extra-ordinary about this holy man’s death.

I have also noticed that there is a striking relationship among the major dates in Fr. Bill’s life – they all seem to all have an 8 in them. He was born in 1928, he was ordained a Priest in 1958, he got the first heart experience at the age of 48 and he went home in 2008! It is also astonishing that his burial was on March 19th 2008, which is the feast of St. Joseph, his patron saint. In other words, Fr. Bill’s body was buried on his feast day! It’s simply amazing.

Our Hope is Built on the Rock!

Jesus said that he is the Resurrection and Life, whoever believes in him shall live even when he dies! This is the unconquerable hope we have in Christ. We are not unbelieving ‘believers’; we believe in the resurrection of the dead and so we join our prayers in surrendering the soul of Fr. Bill to our loving creator.

I must confess that, as I wrote this article, I felt afraid of using the term “death” in reference to Fr. Bill and so I minimized it as much as possible. I kept using “Departure” instead. It was because to me, Fr. Bill’s was not really death but resting. And I would not be surprised if his congregation soon or later brought up a cause for his canonization as Saint. This is a man who gave his best to his Savior, to the extent of dying while serving him. Indeed we are cerebrating his life and not merely mourning his death.

The departure of Fr. Bill left me with several unanswered questions. Have I been doing my best to bring the message of Christ to the people I have access to? If I were to live to the age of 80, like Fr. Bill did, would I, at that old age, still be having the zeal to move in all parts and to stand for many hours in order to bring souls to Christ? If I died today, would people testify about me like they are testifying about Fr. Bill? Maybe this is a time for us to reflect on what we have been doing (or not doing) for Christ. Fr. Bill has left a challenge to you and I; it’s upon us to see to it that, irrespective of our position, we have impacted the world before our day comes, so that we shall happily say: “Lord, I did my best”.

REFLECTION: “Life passes away so quickly that we ought to think more of how to die than how to live” (St. Teresa of Avila).

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How To Pray the Holy Rosary

Posted by catholicfaithdefender on May 24, 2009

Posted By: Bro. Alejandro Purca Jr

Learn about the history and meaning of the rosary, a beloved Catholic custothat links the gospel and contemplative prayer. The new mysteries of light and other the mysteries are included, along with instructions on how to pray the rosary.

The Rosary

A Prayer for All Seasons

by Gloria Hutchinson

Like an Olympic champion emerging from early retirement, the rosary has come back into its own as a prayer beloved by everyday Catholics. It had suffered a slow decline after Vatican Council II. Now, after celebrating the Year of the Rosary, we look back and celebrate this newly expanded and ever-reliable prayer for all seasons.

The reemergence of the rosary has been propelled by Pope John Paul II’s apostolic letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae (The Rosary of the Virgin Mary) published in October 2002. The letter announced a Year of the Rosary and expressed the Holy Father’s hope that the prayer would once again be embraced by families and all who seek the gift of peace.

In the letter’s introduction, John Paul II emphasizes that though we pray for Mary’s intercession, the rosary is truly about Jesus. It is “at heart a Christo-centric prayer” that can be seen as a compendium or short summary of the gospel. The first chapter then reflects on the theme of “Contemplating Christ with Mary.”

As Chapter 2 begins, the unsuspecting reader has no idea that something new and groundbreaking is about to occur. With the skill of a preacher who rouses his congregation with a just-minted story, the Holy Father then introduces five new mysteries to be added to the traditional 15.

The effect on most Catholics, reading news summaries of the apostolic letter, was an enlivening mix of surprise, curiosity and a pleased recognition that John Paul II was right on the mark. His proposed Luminous Mysteries (mysteries of light) would focus on Christ’s public ministry between his baptism and his passion.

These five new mysteries would take their place between the joyful and the sorrowful mysteries, which focus respectively on Christ’s childhood and on his suffering and death. “Why didn’t I ever notice what was missing before?” people asked themselves.

The traditional 15 mysteries, including the glorious mysteries which follow the sorrowful, had become so familiar that few ever questioned whether the rosary might be incomplete as a Christ-centered prayer. However, once the proposed addition became known, a common response went something like this: “The rosary used to be like a biography that jumped from birth to death without an in-between. Now, we can stay with Jesus as he gathers his disciples and gets them ready for what’s to come.”

Roots of the rosary

Before moving on to the revived rosary with its mysteries of light, we look back to the origins of this time-honored prayer. Where did it come from? When did it arise as a popular devotion? What is it about the rosary that has enabled it to remain, over nine centuries, a prayer for all seasons?

The historical particulars are hard to pin down. But the custom of praying on    a string of beads was already common in the 12th century. Anyone who has done so intuitively understands the tactile appeal of praying with the hands, as well as hearts and voices. Buddhists, Sikhs and Muslims had long used beads to count certain prayers that were repeated.

Christian monks ran beads or knotted string through their fingers as they chanted their required 150 psalms. Because these religious professionals prayed in Latin, the common folk could not chime in. Some resourcefully started praying 150 Our Fathers on the beads as their version of the monks’ prayer.

Any account of how the rosary developed has to pause and make a respectful bow to St. Dominic (1170-1221) and the Order of Preachers, which he founded. Whether or not Dominic actually received the rosary from Mary during an apparition is unknown. However, he and his followers certainly propagated the prayer from the 13th century onward.

One measure of the prayer’s early popularity is the jealous infighting among religious orders to claim it as their own. Both St. Francis of Assisi and St. Ignatius were at various times accredited as the recipients of Our Lady’s rosary. To stake their respective claims, members of these religious orders commissioned paintings of Mary passing the rosary to Francis or Ignatius.

Not to be outdone, the Dominicans convinced the pope to ban any art depicting anyone but their founder from receiving in his outstretched hands the coveted string of beads from Mary. Since that time, Dominic has remained the undisputed champion of the rosary, which was often called Our Lady’s Psalter or Book of Psalms.

The rosary took its familiar form in the 16th century. Pope Pius V recommended that Catholics pray on their beads 150 Hail Marys in decades separated by an Our Father while reflecting on the life of Christ. Pius left his distinctive mark on the prayer by adding the second half of the Hail Mary to the biblical beginning (Luke 1:28,42).

Having endured the centuries with varying degrees of fidelity paid to it, the rosary has always been seen as a prayer of the people. It has been described as “a garland of roses” (the meaning of its name), “a string of pearls” (poet Robert Cameron Rogers) and “one harp that any hand can play” (poet Joyce Kilmer). Pope Paul VI even referred to the rosary as a Bible for those unable to read.

Praying the beads can be as simple as breathing, and as satisfying as holding a mother’s hand. That simplicity may be reason enough to guarantee its survival until kingdom come.

The revival of a Gospel prayer

When Mary appeared to three children in Fatima at the turn of the last century, she identified herself as the Lady of the rosary. She impressed on the children how important it was to pray the rosary daily for world peace.

From that time until the mid-1960s, many Catholics took Mary at her word. If they did not pray the rosary with their families or in their parishes, they fingered their beads on the way to work or while waiting in airports. Even those who neglected to use the beads for their intended purpose often had rosaries dangling from their rearview mirrors or their bedposts, like portraits of Mother that are prominently displayed whether we are remembering to visit her or not.

In the early 1960s, Vatican II realigned Catholic priorities in many areas, including the liturgy and the Scriptures. It had been a common practice among older people especially to pray the rosary during the Mass. Since the liturgy was then celebrated in Latin at an altar facing away from the people, the rosary was once again satisfying those who needed a simple form of prayer. They were not at ease with the missals that often ran parallel columns of Latin and English Mass texts.

To correct what had become for some an unbalanced devotion to Mary, the Church toned down its devotional practices honoring the Mother in order to refocus on the Son. In the intervening decades, the rosary receded from the forefront of many Catholics’ prayer lives.

Now it is coming into its own once again with a reinforced recognition of its Gospel character. Each of the constituent prayers of the rosary (the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be) is rooted directly or indirectly in the Gospels. Whether Catholics are praying “Blessed are you among women” (Luke 1:42) or “He ascended into heaven” (Luke 24:51), their awareness of where these verses come from has been heightened by Bible study groups, now active in many parishes.

As a result, Mary’s authentic importance in the Gospels and in the life of the Church has become more evident. Pope Paul VI in Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary (1974) emphasized that all Christian piety should have a biblical imprint.

He advised that devotion to Mary as “Mother and Associate of the Savior” should be permeated with “the great themes of the Christian message” as we find it in the Scriptures (#30).Paul VI called the attention of modern women to the reality that the Mary we hail in the Ave Maria was a dynamic, grace-filled woman who gave her “active and responsible consent” to the Incarnation. When she proclaimed her radical Magnificat, she announced God’s vindication of the oppressed against the powerful and privileged of this world (#37).

Those who picture her as a passive woman uninvolved in the work of forging God’s kingdom of justice and peace have not yet encountered the Mary of the Gospels. They have yet to reconcile their malleable Mary with the prophetic one who rejoices in the downfall of the mighty and the lifting up of the lowly.

And those who view her rosary as an outdated devotion for their pious elders are similarly off-base. Pope Leo XIII saw the rosary as “an effective spiritual weapon against the evils afflicting society” (RVM, #2). And John Paul II himself, hardly a homebound pope uninvolved in critical global issues, calls it his favorite prayer.

These misconceptions will be short-lived as the teaching of John Paul II in his recent letter sinks into the minds and hearts of believers. His primary purpose in adding the five mysteries of light to the rosary was to make the prayer “more fully a compendium of the Gospel” (Rosarium Virginis Mariae, #21).

The five new mysteries begin with the Baptism of Jesus (spotlighting his identity as God’s beloved Son and his mission as the Messiah). The Baptism is followed by the Wedding at Cana (illuminating the first sign Jesus gave of his yet-to-be-revealed glory) and the Proclamation of the Kingdom (holding a bright candle to Jesus’ saving work of healing and forgiveness).

These three mysteries are followed by the Transfiguration (the most luminous of the mysteries, in which Jesus’ glory and divine nature shine) and the First Eucharist (enlightening our understanding of Jesus’ self-gift to us at the Last Supper, as well as our identity as the one Body of Christ).

Although Mary remains in the background of four of the mysteries of light, she stands forth as an intercessor in the Wedding at Cana. Her words to the wine steward may be taken as her counsel to the Church in every season: “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5). As the Holy Father points out: “This counsel is a fitting introduction to the words and signs of Christ’s public ministry and it forms the Marian foundation of all the ‘mysteries of light'” (RVM, #21).

Renewal of a Christ-centered prayer

The rosary is a Christ-centered prayer in which we pray to the Son in the company of his Mother. With Mary, we contemplate the face of Christ and the mysteries of the life he shared with her. Even in the words of the Hail Mary itself, it is Christ “who is the ultimate object both of the Angel’s announcement and of the greeting of the Mother of John the Baptist: ‘Blessed is the fruit of your womb'” (Luke 1:42; RVM, #19).

A clear focus on the life of Christ emerges as the mysteries of the rosary make the circle from joyful to luminous to sorrowful to glorious. Our fingers passing from one decade to the next make the journey with Jesus as he is conceived and born, as he teaches and heals, as he gives himself to us in forms of bread and wine, as he suffers and dies, rises and is glorified in the Church of our day.

Now that the mysteries spotlighting significant events in Christ’s public ministry have been added, the circle is complete. Their presence gives fresh life to the traditional rosary and renews it as a prayer for the 21st century. The “sweet chain linking us to God,” as Blessed Bartolo Longo (1841-1926) described the rosary, continues to give us much to ponder.

Prayer for all seasons

Three centuries ago St. Louis de Montfort wrote a devotional guide called The Secret of the Rosary. In it he advises readers that “each mystery reminds us of [Christ’s] goodness to us in some specific way and it is by these mysteries that He has shown us His overwhelming love and desire for our salvation.”

St. Louis knew from experience that when we pray the rosary in a contemplative way, Christ’s goodness to us in each of the mysteries will come home to us. It is only when we are “out to lunch” via mental distraction that the mysteries march by without increasing our intimacy with him.

Like the Jesus Prayer and other ancient forms of meditation, the rosary is, as John Paul II says, “a path of contemplation.” When the fingering of the beads is not accompanied by reflection on the mysteries, the rosary may readily slip into the realm of “babbling many words” against which Jesus warned us (Matthew 6:7).

How do we avoid the mindless repetition that sometimes gives the rosary a bad name? How can we learn from Mary the art of pondering all these things in our hearts? Why do we have such trouble entering into the quiet mulling of contemplative prayer?

Probably nobody put it better than Meister Eckhart. The 14th-century Dominican mystic wrote: “God is always ready but we are not ready. God is near to us but we are far from him. God is within; we are without. God is at home; we are abroad.”

Breathing life into your prayer

Here are a few simple suggestions about how to remain “at home” with God no matter where you’re praying the rosary. As skiers do stretching exercises before hitting the slopes, take time to relax and breathe deeply from your diaphragm before beginning to pray. Imagine yourself breathing life into your prayer. Then ease into the prayer while remaining in touch with the steady rhythm of the Spirit breathing and praying in you.

As schoolchildren read one chapter a day, decide to reflect on one mystery at a time with the undivided attention usually reserved for loved ones who have been away too long. The same approach can be used for each of the consecutive four mysteries. You can get through an entire decade this way. Be patient with yourself if distractions come. Gently let them go and move back to the mystery at hand.

You may find it helpful to pray a mystery that connects most closely with your life at that particular time. For instance, when facing a difficult decision or wondering what direction God wants you to take, ponder the Baptism of the Lord. Connect with Jesus as he leaves his earlier life behind and emerges from the Jordan to do the work of the Beloved Son.

Or, when the comfort and predictability of your life are suddenly disrupted by some unexpected but demanding opportunity, ponder the Annunciation. Connect with Mary as the blessed disturbance of Gabriel’s message—and her daring “Yes”—turn her young life upside down and sideways.

More important than any suggestions, tools or techniques for praying the rosary is the conviction that God treasures each word, each thought, each quiet pondering in which our hearts are invested. And the more practiced we become at staying “at home” with our loving God, the more meaningful the rosary will become in our daily lives.

Gloria Hutchinson is a former teacher and catechist who writes extensively on the spiritual life. Her books include Praying the Rosary, A Retreat With Gerard Manley Hopkins and Hildegard of Bingen and Praying the Way: Reflections on the Stations of the Cross, all by St. Anthony Messenger Press.

How to Pray the Rosary

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The Mysteries of the Rosary

Joyful Mysteries (Monday & Saturday)

1. The annunciation to Mary that she is to be Mother of the Savior

(Luke 1:26-38)

2. The visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-45)

3. The nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 2:1-7)

4. The presentation of the Infant Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:22-38)

5. The finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52)

Luminous Mysteries (Thursday)

1. The baptism of Jesus in the Jordan (Matthew 3:13-17)

2. The wedding feast of Cana (John 2:1-12)

3. The proclamation of the Kingdom of God (Mark 1:15; 2:3-13)

4. The transfiguration of Jesus(Luke 9:28-36)

5. The first Eucharist(Matthew 26:26-30)

Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday & Friday)

1. The agony of Christ in the garden (Mark 14:32-36)

2. The scourging of Jesus at the pillar (John 18:28-38; 19:1)

3. The crowning with thorns (Mark 15:16-20)

4. The carrying of the cross (Luke 23:26-32)

5. The crucifixion and death of Jesus (Luke 23:33-34; 39-46)

Glorious Mysteries (Sunday & Wednesday)

1. The resurrection of Jesus (Luke 24:1-6)

2. The ascension of Jesus into heaven (Luke 24:50-53)

3. The coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4)

4. The assumption of Mary into heaven (Song of Songs 2:8-14)

5. The coronation of Mary (Revelation 12:1-6)

The Roses of Peace Prayer

The term rosary initially referred to a circular enclosed garden, and later to a garland of roses. Since Mary is invoked as Mystical Rose in traditional litanies, Catholics find it easy to associate this beautiful, sweet-smelling and wonderfully enfolded flower with the woman we call Mother. When Mary appeared as Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego, she filled his tilma with roses in December. So the association seems to be as appealing to Mary as it is to those who honor her.

As we hold in our hands the strung roses of wood, glass, marble or plastic, the scent of peace arises. Like children caressing a smooth shell or a brilliant marble, we feel the quiet stirring of contentment. John Paul II reminds us, “The rosary is by its nature a prayer for peace, since it consists in the contemplation of Christ, the Prince of Peace, the one who is ‘our peace’ (Ephesians 2:4; RVM, #40).

The pope corrects those who would label the rosary an escape from the world’s harsh realities. Instead, by focusing our awareness on Christ, the rosary opens our eyes to the necessity of being peacemakers and justice-doers according to his example.

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THE TRUE CHURCH

Posted by catholicfaithdefender on April 28, 2009

MARKS OF THE TRUE CHRUCH

How do we know which the one true church establishes by the Church?

1. By the marks of the church we mean certain clear signs by which all me can recognize it as the true church founded by Jesus Christ.

2. It is important that we know which is the church established by Christ, in order that we may obey it, as God commands. Then shall we also be certain what to believe and do in order to be saved.

3. The true Church must be that which Christ personally founded, and the apostles propagated. It must have existed continuously since the time of Christ. It must teach in their entirely all the doctrines commanded by the Divine Founder while He was still on earth; and all its members must profess those fundamental doctrines.

4. The True Church must be a visible organization, discernable and discoverable, evidently existing, with clear marks or signs distinguishing it as the Church of Christ.

The chief marks of the Church:

One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic

ONE

1. Christ intended His church to be one; therefore the true Church must be one. (Mark 3:24)

HOLY

2. Christ intended His Church to be Holy ;( John 17:17-19)

CATHOLIC

3. Christ intended His Church to be universal, that is Catholic; and therefore the True Church must be Universal Catholic.(Matt.18:19)

APOSTOLIC

4. Christ intended His Church to be propagated by His Apostles. (Matt.16:18)

We Prove that the True Church of Christ-is the Catholic Church Because:

1.Only the Catholic Church possesses the marks of the Church established by Christ. That is, Unity, Holiness, Catholicity and Apostolicity.

2.only the Catholic Church throughout its history gives evidence of miraculous strength, permanence, and unchangeableness in its doctrine.

3. Only the Catholic Church has proved itself indestructible for almost two thousand years. Against every variety and number of formidable enemies.

4. Only the Catholic Church suffered from persecution and outside attacks and from schism and heresy within its ranks, yet still lives after 2,000 years.

5. Only the Catholic Church has proved itself an exception to the law of decay and death. It has watched the birth and decay of every government on earth for almost two thousand years. In spite of corruption and persecution, in spite of the combined forces of error and evil, after every attack the Catholic Church rises as the Bride of Christ, ever fresh and fair.

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Prayer Meeting on the Air

Posted by catholicfaithdefender on March 11, 2009

Prayer Meeting on the Air

DYKC (RPN-9) 675 KHz

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Every 2nd Saturday of the Month


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Host: Brother Alejandro “Jun” Purca Jr.


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Bro. Jun Purca explained the Catholic doctrine regarding Justification.


Bro. Jun Purca emphasized the Biblical teaching of the Catholic Church regarding “Justification”.


Co host: Grace Judilla and Brenda Gabito


Sister Brenda read the questions of the listeners regarding Catholic Teaching.

Bro. Jun answers the questions come from the listeners and he also answers some Protestant objections regarding our Catholic Doctrine.


“Studio listeners”


Tune in your radio set and listen the Catholic Faith Defender’s Program “Prayer Meeting on the Air” live in DYKC 675 KHz (RPN-9); every Saturday; 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

You may also text your questions, objections and suggestions regarding the program and Catholic Doctrine.

Text or Call: 09104262677

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Catholic Faith Defender’s Radio Program -Davao Chapter-

Posted by catholicfaithdefender on March 11, 2009

Catholic Faith Defender’s Radio Program -Davao Chapter-

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