"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Friday, November 5, 2010

Catholics should Gaze to Heaven with the Prayer by St. Francis of Assisi

Catholics around the world and in particular our suffering brethren within oppressive Islamic states are being tested. The recent violence targeting Catholics in Iraq send a global waves of condemnation by peace-loving leaders except that we hear no official condemnation from some Islamic States and the noisy CAIR in the United States and Muslim groups in Europe.

While we may be feeling upset with their deafening silence, we, Catholics should not give in to that temptation to hatred. Remember that wrath can cause us to sin and it' one of the 7 Capital Sins, which we can be all patient, one of the 7 Virtues.

The prayer of St. Francis of Assisi will give us a sense of TOTAL LOVE even to those who doesn't know how to love, who doesn't value LIFE. Let's gaze up to heaven with the prayers of St. Francis that we, Catholics will not fall into their trap to sow hatred but LOVE and UNDERSTANDING.

Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there is hatred let me bring your love,
Where there is injury your pardon Lord,
And where there's doubt true faith in you.

Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there's despair in life, let me bring hope,
Where there is darkness, only light,
And where there's sadness, ever joy.

O Master grant that I may never seek,
So much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
In giving to all men that we receive
And in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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