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John 8:12 "I am the light of the world."

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Thursday's Whatever !

Today is Transfiguration of Jesus / videos / 8-6-2017
note: It's Thursday's whatever !
go to link provided (days of the week music) underneath "My Favorites." / use
web version for mobiles. God Bless Always +++

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

"This Is My Body"

WHY JESUS GIVES HIMSELF TO US AS FOOD AND DRINK ?

Jesus gives himself to us in the Holy Eucharist as spiritual nourishment
because He loves us . God's whole plan for our salvation is directed to our
participation in the life of the Trinity,
the communion of Father , Son , and Holy Spirit.
Our sharing in this life begins with Our Baptism.
When by the power of the Holy Spirit we are joined to Christ , thus
becoming adopted sons and daughters of the Father.  It is
strengthened and increased in Confirmation .  It is nourished
and deepened through our participation in the Eucharist.
By eating the Body and drinking the Blood of Christ in the
Eucharist we become United to the person of Christ through
his humanity.  "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him. (John Ch. 6 V-56)  in being
united to the Humanity of Christ we are at the same time
united to His Divinity .
Our mortal and corruptible natures are transformed by being
joined to the source of life "Just as the living Father sent
me and I have life because of the Father , so also the One
who feeds on me will have life because of me." (John 6 V-57) 
By being united to Christ through the Power of the Holy Spirit
dwelling in us, we are drawn up into the eternal relationship of
love among the Father , the Son , and the Holy Spirit.  As Jesus
is the eternal Son of God by nature , so we become sons and
daughters of God by adoption through the sacrament of Baptism.
Through the sacrament of Baptism and Confirmation (Chrismation) 
We are temples of the Holy Spirit , who dwells in us.
And by his dwelling we are made Holy by the gift of sanctifying grace.
The ultimate promise of the Gospel is that we will share in the
life of the Holy Trinity.
The Fathers of the Church called this participation in the divine life
"divinization" (theosis) In this we see that God does not merely send
us good things from on high.  Instead , we are brought up in the inner life
of God. The communion among the Father , the Son , and the Holy Spirit.
In the celebration of the Eucharist (which means : thanksgiving ) 
We give praise and glory to God for this sublime gift. 

WHY IS THE EUCHARIST NOT ONLY A MEAL BUT ALSO
A SACRIFICE ?

While our sins would have made it impossible for us to share in
the life of God.  Jesus Christ was sent to remove this obstacle.
His death was a sacrifice for sins.  Christ is "The Lamb of God,
who takes away the sins of the world." (John ch. 1 V-29)
Through his death and resurrection , he conquered sin and death
and reconciled us to God.  The Eucharist is the memorial of this
sacrifice.  The church gathers to remember and to re-present
the sacrifice of Christ in which we share through the action
of the priest and the power of the Holy Spirit. Through the
celebration of the Eucharist , we are joined to Christ's sacrifice
and receive it's inexhaustible benefits.
In the Eucharistic re-representation of Christ eternal sacrifice before
the Father , we are not simply spectators. The priest and the
worshiping community are in different ways active in the
Eucharistic sacrifice.  The ordained priest standing at the altar
represents Christ as head of the church.  all the baptized , as
members of Christ Body , share in his priesthood , as both
priest and victim.
The Eucharist is also the sacrifice of the church . The church,
which is the body and bride of Christ, participates in the
sacrificial offering of her head  and spouse. In the Eucharist , the
sacrifice of the members of his Body who united to Christ form
one sacrificial offering.  As Christ's sacrifice is made
sacramentally present , united with Christ.  We offer ourselves
as a sacrifice to the Father. The whole church exercises the role
of the priest and victim along with Christ, offering the sacrifice
of the mass and itself completely offered in it.

WHEN THE BREAD AND WINE BECOME THE BODY AND
BLOOD OF CHRIST , WHY DO THEY STILL LOOK AND TASTE
LIKE BREAD AND WINE?

In the celebration  of the Eucharist the glorified Christ becomes
present under the appearances of bread and wine , in a way that is
unique. A way that is uniquely suited to the Eucharist.
In the churches traditional theological language.  In the act of consecration
during the Eucharist the "substance" of bread and wine is changed 
by the power of the Holy Spirit into the "substance" of the Body and
Blood of Jesus Christ.  At the same time , the appearances of bread and
wine remain "substance" are here used as philosophical terms , that
have been adapted by great medieval theologians . Such as St. Thomas
Aquinas in their efforts to understand and explain the faith .Such terms
are used to convey the fact that what appears to be bread and wine
in every way ( at the level of physical attributes )- that is , what can be
seen , touched, taste, or  measured.) in fact is now the body and blood
of Christ (at the level of substance or deepest reality). This change at the
level of substance from bread and wine into the Blood of Christ is called
"Transubstantiation" According to Catholic Faith , we can speak of the
Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist because his transubstantiation
has occured. This is a great mystery of our Faith - We can only know it
from Christ's teaching given us in the scriptures and in the tradition of
the church.
Every other change that occurs in the world involves a change in accidents
or characteristics.  Sometimes the accidents change while the substance
remains the same. For example , when a child reaches adulthood , the 
characteristics of the human person change in many ways, but the adult
remains the same person - the same substance . At other times the 
substance and the accidents both change
For example, when a person eats an apple , the apple is incorporated into
the body of that person - is changed into the body of that person. 
+++ Christ's presence in the consecrated bread and wine+++
Truly are in substance the Body and Blood of Christ, they have
none of the characteristics of a human body, but only then of 
bread and wine.

DOES THE BREAD CEASE TO BE BREAD AND THE WINE CEASE TO BE 
WINE?

Yes ! In order for the whole Christ to be present - body , blood, soul , and divinity-
the bread and wine cannot remain, but must give way. So that his glorified
Body and Blood may be present. Thus in the Eucharist the bread ceases to be
bread in substance , and becomes The Body of Christ , while the wine ceases to
be wine in substance , and becomes The Blood of Christ . 
As St. Thomas Aquinas observed . "Christ is not quoted as saying
"This bread is my body" but " This Is My Body."

TRANSUBSTANTIATION / THE HOLY EUCHARIST / 9-23-2-18

Dear One's , remember always Christ didn't try to convince his Disciples
and try to PROVE "This is My Body and Blood to be shed for the World"
he only REPEATED in saying "This is My Body" for "I Am
The Way , The Truth and The life ." 








Sunday, September 23, 2018

Transubstantiation / The Holy Eucharist

TRANSUBSTANTIATION: is Latin meaning: The Change of substance or essence of the
sacrament of the Eucharist during the Mass , become in reality the
body and blood of Jesus Christ+++

The church teaches it's a mystery "The signs of bread and wine become , in a way
surpassing understanding "The body and blood of Christ.

When do the Bread and Wine become the Body and Blood of Christ ?
The substance is changed during the consecration of the Priest in
saying the Words given by Christ himself during the last supper+++
The bread and wine is not consecrated for it's own sake , after all , but
for the good of the church and for the world +++

From the supper at Emmaus, disciples have cherished the Eucharist
as the clearest sign of the Risen Lord's abiding presence+++

The Holy Eucharist is the Body and Blood of Christ in appearance
of Bread and Wine. 

The Holy Eucharist +++ Matthew Ch. 26 Verses 26 - 28 
During the meal Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it, and
gave it to his disciples. "Take this and eat it," he said, "This is
my body."  Then he took a cup , gave thanks, and gave it to them,
"All of you must drink from it," he said , "For this is my blood,
the blood of the covenant , to be poured out in behalf of many
for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you , I will not drink this 
fruit of the vine from now until the day when I drink it
new with you in my Father's reign (kingdom) ." 
Then , after singing songs of praise , they walked out to the
Mount of Olives. 

Note: Jesus said (many) referring to his people !  Christ body and
his blood was not given only to the twelve disciples. It was to
be given to ALL PEOPLE +++

The Holy Eucharist+++ Luke Ch. 22 Verses 14-20
When the hour arrived , he took his place at table, and
the apostles with him.  He said to them; "I have greatly
desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.
I tell you, I will not eat again until it is fulfilled in
the kingdom of God."
Then taking a cup he offered a blessing in thanks
and said " Take this and divide it among you; I tell
you , from now on I will not drink of the fruit of 
the vine until the coming of the reign of God."
then , taking bread and giving thanks, he
broke it and gave it to them , saying;
"This is my body to be given for you. Do 
this as a remembrance of me." He did the
same with the cup after eating, saying as he
did so: This cup is the new covenant in my blood,
which will be shed for you. 

The Lord's Supper+++1 Corinthians Ch. 11 Verses 23-28
I received from the Lord what I handed on to you ,
namely , that the Lord Jesus on the night in which
he was betrayed took bread, and after he had given thanks,
broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you. Do this
in remembrance of me."  
In the same way , after the supper , he took the cup , saying, "This
cup is the new covenant in my blood . Do this, whenever you
drink it , in remembrance of me,"  
Every time , then , you eat this bread and drink this cup, 
you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes ! This
means that whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the
Lord unworthily sins against the body and blood of  the Lord.
A man should examine himself first ; only then should he eat
of the bread and drinks the cup . 

THIS IS MY BODY / 9-26-2018

THE LAST SUPPER / video / 5-16-16

ONE BREAD ONE BODY / song / 5-31-16

THE SOFT WORDS OF BLESSED MARY / video / 4-2016 ; the video at the bottom
of story speaks about the Holy Eucharist.

THE NEEDS OF GOD

A PIECE OF YOU MY LORD !  5-15-2018

AN EMPTY SOLDIER / 5-2018

CORPUS CHRISTI (THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST / 6-2017




Saturday, September 22, 2018

St. Michael, Gabriel & Raphael (Archangels)

ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL +++
The name of the archangel Michael
means, in Hebrew, who is like unto
God  ' and he is also known as
"the prince of the heavenly host,"  He is
usually pictured as a strong warrior ,
dressed in armor and wearing sandals.
His name appears in Scripture four
times ... From Revelation we learn of the
battle in heaven, with St. Michael and
his angels combatting Lucifer and the other
fallen angels (or devils).  We invoke St. Michael 
to help us in our fight against Satan; to rescue
souls from Satan, especially at the hour of
death; to be champion of  the Jews in the 
Old Testament and now Christians; and
to bring souls to judgement .
NOTE: ST MICHAEL'S ARMOR (given dream) is 
towards the bottom 9-13-2017

ST. GABRIEL'S NAME MEANS "GOD IS MY STRENGTH"+++
Biblically he appears three times as a messenger.
He had been sent to Daniel to explain a vision concerning
the Messiah.  He appeared to Zachary when he was
offering incense in the Temple, to foretell the birth
of his son, St. John the Baptist.  St. Gabriel is 
most known as the angel chosen by God
to be the messenger of the Annunciation,
to announce to mankind the mystery of
the Incarnation ; meaning :  (the belief in
Jesus Christ as BOTH God and a 
human being. the divine nature of 
the Son was UNITED but not mixed
with human nature in One Divine Person,
Jesus Christ, who was both "truly God and
truly man". This is central to the traditional
Faith held by most Christians. )
The angel's salutation to Our Lady Blessed Mary,
so simple and yet so full of meaning , Hail Mary,
full of grace  has become the constant and
familiar prayer of all Christian people.

ARCHANGEL RAPHAEL +++
Our knowledge of the Archangel Raphael 
comes to us from the book of Tobit.  His 
mission as wonderful healer and fellow
traveller with the youthful Tobias has
caused him to be invoked for journeys
and at critical moments in life.
Tradition also holds that Raphael
is the angel that stirred the waters
at the healing sheep pool in Bethesda.
His name means "God has healed".

In The Name of Jesus / St. Michael's Armor / 9-13-2017
Jesus Our Shepherd (short Story) 6-10-2017
Will You come and follow Me (The Summons) 6-11-2017
In This Place 6-11-2017

Friday, September 14, 2018

God Bless The North Carolina's

Dear North Carolina's , We are thinking and praying for ALL of you ,
during Hurricane Florence. 
May We  ALL pull together in God's own strength and
HELP in anyway possible +++
Our World is in prayer for YOU !
God Bless you always
Today is "Embrace The Cross" May we turn our Night lights on for North Carolina +++
May you go to " Days of the week music "  link below . It provides further information about "Embrace the Cross."

A Message about Night Lights / 8-8-2016

Days of the week Music / 7-11-2017

My Love for you will never be shaken / 9-11-2017

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Sunday, September 9, 2018

In Honor of 9-11

IN HONOR OF 9-11 / MAY GOD BLESS U.S.A. & OUR WORLD +++
May we turn our NIGHT LIGHTS ON !  God Bless Always,  Lori

9-11 Memorial Sound of Silence / 9-12-2018

One Call Away / first responders/ 9-12-2018

My Given Dream of a Large City / 7-6-2017+++

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Dominican Nuns Chanting / 2 mins.


Voices Chant from Avignon / 6 mins.


Nuns Chants of Avignon


In Honor of St. Teresa of Calcutta

Today is the 5th of the month "Embrace The Cross"
In Honor of St.Teresa of Calcutta , India / 9-2018

So Will I / Mix of Music

So Will I / Mix of Music / 08-2018
You can find this link on :
Bundle of Music / 5-1-2017 / Note: this link ( the 6th link) is provided
underneath "My Favorites" use web version for mobiles
ENJOY !!

You Say (lyrics) by Lauren Daigle


You Say , by Lauren Daigle


In Honor of St. Teresa of Calcutta

Today is Sept. 5 , the death of St. Teresa of Calcutta , India.
May we give honor to Blessed Teresa for she is now with
Our Loving Lord +++
Blessed Mother Teresa Pray for Us.

Today is "Embrace The Cross" may we turn our nightlights on +++
click below:
Sept 5th in Honor of St. Teresa / 9-2017
A Visit of comfort and peace / 11-16-2017

Monday, September 3, 2018

Happy Labor Day !

May you ALL have a Happy and Blessed Labor Day !
Enjoy being with your family and loved ones !
God Bless Always +++
click here:
Days of the Week Music / 7-11-2017 / go to Monday's Madness / 9-3 at bottom of post.

Note:  May we turn our nightlights on !!