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Jesus’ Blood Type Is AB

Eucharistic Miracles

Catholic doctrine has always held that, upon consecration at Mass, Christ becomes truly and substantially present in the bread and wine on the altar. Over the centuries, however, there have been numerous reports of consecrated Hosts literally turning to physical flesh and blood.

One such miracle happened in 8th Century Lanciano, where a priest who was doubting the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist saw the bread and wine transform into human flesh and blood as he said the words of consecration. Over 1,200 years later, these substances have not decomposed.

These substances and others like them produce the same results when tested for blood type. AB. I think this is super cool, because AB is the universal receptor and Jesus took our blood guilt on Himself to save us from eternal damnation.

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News Notes from Catholic Vote

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CATHOLIC // The Supreme Court of the United States, in an 8-0 decision on Monday, ruled that the pension plans of religious hospitals meet religious exemptions from costly regulations. Justice Neil Gorsuch, the newest member of the Court, did not join in the ruling as he had not yet been confirmed to the Court when oral arguments in the case took place March 27.  http://cvote.it/2sLDvBO

PRAYER BREAKFAST // This morning over 1,000 Catholics will meet in Washington for the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. Carried on EWTN, the event will feature Vice President Pence and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, Archbishop of the Military Services.  http://cvote.it/2sLIhze

BUDGET // Under the Trump reform, food stamp recipients who cannot immediately find a job would be expected to engage in “work activation,” including supervised job searching, training, and community service. http://cvote.it/2rruYGr

DEMOCRATS // More than a dozen Democrats — including staunch Clinton supporters — just want Hillary to stop talking and go away. http://cvote.it/2rrl8UO

FBI // A Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said: “No smoking gun at this point” in the Trump-Russia probe. http://cvote.it/2qVJEtC

RUSSIA // Major networks will air former FBI Director Comey testimony on Thursday live. http://cvote.it/2sLYTHb

CULTURE // Showtime comedy shows premieres with vile assault on Catholic Church. Warning: story contains graphic details of this nasty show. http://cvote.it/2sLDNbS

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The Most Daring Papal Encyclical Ever Delivered

In 1937, the papal encyclical Mit brennender Sorge (With burning anxiety) was smuggled into Germany and read from every Catholic pulpit on Palm Sunday.  The letter expressed solidarity with faithful Catholics in Germany and spelled out the inherent contradiction between Nazism and Christianity. 

Mit brennender Sorge

Pope Pius XI knew the Gestapo would never allow the document to be distributed, so it was smuggled into Germany and distributed to Catholic printers.  On March 11, 1937, under cover of night, hundreds of thousands of copies were smuggled to every German Catholic Church where, the next morning, priests read it, in its entirety, from the pulpits.

The Nazis never saw it comingBy the time Palm Sunday Mass was over, Gestapo guards were at the church doors to confiscate copies.  But they were too late to prevent some twenty million German Catholics from hearing their pontiff condemn Hitler and his regime.

SUGGESTED READING

The Myth of Hitler’s Pope: Pope Pius XII and His Secret War Against Nazi Germany by Rabbi David G. Dalin
Hitler, the War, and the Pope by Ronald Rychlak
Bearing False Witness: Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History by Rodney Stark
Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler by Mark Riebling
The Priest Barracks: Dachau 1938 – 1945 by Guillaume Zeller

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Why We Are Going Back to Meatless Fridays

Friday it's still a thing

When I was a kid, we did not eat meat on Fridays.  Then, after Vatican II, we understood (wrongly it turns out) that we only had to do that during Lent. 

According to the article linked below, the only change Vatican II made was to give national episcopal conferences the power to make the meatless Friday an option, rather than a mandatory penance.

In some countries, meatless Fridays are still mandatory.  In the U.S., we can substitute a different kind of penance on Fridays, but abstaining from meat is still the penance of choice.*

I’m seriously annoyed that I did not know this.  I mean … I taught RCIA for 5 years!  How come NOBODY EVER TOLD US?!  Sheesh.

The article linked below lists three positives to choosing abstaining from meat for one’s Friday penance.

1. Symbolism. Friday was the day of Christ’s passion and death. When we do some kind of penance on Friday, we recall His sacrifice.  When we abstain from flesh foods, we specifically recall the sacrifice of His body.  (This is why cold-blooded flesh foods, like fish, are okay.)

2. Simplicity. It’s easy to remember, it’s time-tested, and it’s neither too easy nor too demanding for most people.  (There’s nothing stopping vegetarians from choosing something else to skip.)

3. Solidarity.  Friday abstinence is like ashes on Ash Wednesday.  It’s part of one’s Catholic identity. A single shared sacrifice is more powerful of us than the more generic doing-of-something-penitential on Fridays.

I’m convinced.  Dearest and I are going meatless on Fridays from now on, just like when we were kids.

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*It is inappropriate to do penance on a solemnity.  A solemnity is a very special feast day.  Most solemnities are one day long, but the two greatest solemnities in the Catholic calendar — Easter and Christmas — last for eight days.

The eighth day is called “octave day” and the days in between are said to be “within the octave.”  The days within the octaves are “little” solemnities; the first and eighth days are “big” solemnities.

Any Friday that falls within the octaves of Easter or Christmas are not days of abstinence or penance.

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Gaining Insight Into Today’s Political and Cultural Scene

I’ve been reading How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization.  It’s a fascinating book that makes a very compelling argument for why Catholic-Christianity is responsible for the moral, ethical, and legal basis for Western civilization.

When the author compares some element of Western civilization with the way the pagan world operated in Christ’s time, I am often struck by how similar the pagan world was to the way the Left wants our world to become.

I recommend this book, even if you’re no fan of Catholicism.  All of Christianity was Catholic until 1517, by which time Western civilization was well established.

Even where they reject certain Catholic doctrines, most Protestants take Catholic values for granted.  This is very evident in the Constitution, which was written by Protestants and which the Left wants to radically alter.

This book can give you a good insight into the political and cultural battles we face today and make it even more clear that it’s not so much a political and cultural battle as it is a spiritual one.

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Blessed Josef Mayr-Nusser

Blessed Josef and wife

A northern Italian layman, Josef Mayr-Nusser, has been beatified by the Roman Catholic Church.  His feast day is Oct. 3.

Beatification is a step on the way to canonization.

In 1944, Mayr-Nusser, a Catholic husband and father, refused to take the oath of allegiance to Hitler after being drafted into the SS.

He believed that Nazi ideals could in no way be reconciled with Christian ethics and values.

As a result of his refusal, he was jailed, put on trial and sentenced to death for treason.

He was ordered to march to the Dachau concentration camp, where he was to be shot by firing squad.  He died of dysentery along the way.

On Sunday, Pope Francis said that Blessed Josef is a model for all laymen and fathers “on account of his great moral and spiritual stature.”

Dachau concentration camp held many religious prisoners of Nazi Germany, and became known as the “largest monastery in the world” because of the number of clerics there.

The camp housed some 2,700 clergy, roughly 95 percent of whom were Catholic priests from Poland, making it one of the largest residences for priests in the history of the Church.

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Are Sundays part of Lent?

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Interesting article here for us Catholics.

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Deciding to give up something during Lent at all is purely voluntary. You are free to set the conditions of your Lenten sacrifice. This means that if you decide to allow yourself to enjoy whatever it is you have given up for Lent on Sundays, you may do so. You don’t need anyone’s permission. Likewise, if you want to maintain your Lenten sacrifice straight through, with no break on Sundays, that is perfectly fine, as well. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ here.”

Also, “when a solemnity falls on a Friday during Lent (as sometimes happens with the Solemnity of St. Joseph on March 19) that abstinence is not customarily observed.”

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Unrestricted Immigration: It’s not a Catholic thing

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The Roman Catholic Church has a longstanding teaching, drawn from natural law, that the nation is an extension of the human family.

As the father of a family has not only the right but also the duty to protect those in his charge, the properly constituted authorities of a state have a duty to use their power to advance the common good of the nation.

“Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws, and to assist in carrying civic burdens — The Catechism of the Catholic Church #2241

The mistaken idea that the RCC supports unrestricted immigration stems from its teaching on the personal right of migration.  This teaching says that someone in straitened circumstances should be allowed to leave his country of origin, bringing with him those under his care.  However, it does not include the unlimited right of migrants to settle wherever they wish.

“The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin.” — The Catechism of the Catholic Church #2241 BOLD added

The key phrase is “to the extent they are able.”  The authorities of the receiving country have a primary duty to act in the common good of their own citizens, because each country, as Pope Francis said, has the “right to control its borders.”

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