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While we are not experts on air pollution, our general support for a national standard to reduce hazardous air pollution from power plants is guided by Catholic teaching, which calls us to care for God’s creation and protect the common good and the life and dignity of human persons, especially the poor and vulnerable, from conception until natural death,” Bishop Blaire said in a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.

While we are not experts on air pollution, our general support for a national standard to reduce hazardous air pollution from power plants is guided by Catholic teaching, which calls us to care for God’s creation and protect the common good and the life and dignity of human persons, especially the poor and vulnerable, from conception until natural death,” Bishop Blaire said in a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.

Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : USCCB welcomes proposed EPA air pollution standards

Amen to that Bishop Blaire!

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Pope Prescribes the Eucharist as the "Antidote" to Modern Ills

MonstranceYou know what? So do I. There is nothing like a Real, Personal encounter and relationship with Jesus Christ, of which Eucharistic Adoration is second only to receiving Him at Communion.

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2011 / 02:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).– The Eucharist is the medicine which can heal our individualist society, Pope Benedict XVIsaid in his midday Angelus address on Corpus Christi Sunday.

“In an increasingly individualistic culture in which Western societies are immersed – and which is tending to spread throughout the world – the Eucharist is a kind of ‘antidote’ which operates in the minds and hearts of believers and is continually sowing in them the logic of communion, of service, of sharing – in other words, the logic of the Gospel,” said Pope Benedict to pilgrims in St. Peters Square on June 26.

Catholics believe that the bread and wine offered by Christ at the Last Supper literally became his body and blood – and that this same miracle is repeated by priests at every Mass since.Hence the name of today’s festivity – ‘Corpus Christi’ Sunday or ‘Body of Christ’ Sunday. 

“From the Eucharist,” observed the Pope, “the Risen Christ is truly present among his disciples and working with the power of the Holy Spirit. And in the following generations through the centuries, the Church, despite the limitations and human errors, has continued to be a force for communion throughout the world.”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes the Eucharist as the “source and summit” of Christian life. As the Pope bluntly put it today, “without the Eucharist, the Church simply does not exist.”

The Pope noted this belief in the centrality of the Eucharist has manifested itself throughout the history of the Church, beginning with the earliest Christian communities in Jerusalem who shared all possessions in common.

“From what came all this? From the Eucharist that is the Risen Christ, truly present among his disciples and working with the power of the Holy Spirit.”

He then drew upon the example of the fourth century Abitene martyrs from North Africa who chose to die rather than deprive themselves of Sunday Mass in the face of Roman persecution. They proclaimed “Sine Dominico non possumus’ – without the ‘Dominicum’ – without the Sunday Eucharist, we cannot live.” 

Pope Benedict concluded by urging all pilgrims to turn to the VirginMary, the mother of Jesus, who was described by Pope John Paul II as the “Woman of the Eucharist.”
 
“At her school, our lives become fully ‘Eucharistic’, open to God and others, capable of transforming evil into good with the power of love, striving to promote unity, fellowship, brotherhood.”

via Catholic News Agency

It seems as no mystery to me that the Church’s calendar celebrates the Body and Blood this past Sunday and then today, Monday, we have the option of celebrating the memorial of St. Cyril of Alexandria and in the old calendar (1962 Roman Missal) we celebrate Our Lady of Perpetual Help whose image is of the Blessed Virgin holding the infant Jesus.

All of this ties in to the fact that there is nothing more important than Christ. Nothing more important than knowing that He is present in the Blessed Sacrament. And that there is no creature better apt at helping us to see, believe and understand this than His Own Mother.

She lived Who we receive in Communion. Her relatives were filled with the Holy Spirit upon hearing her voice while she carried the Lord in the tabernacle that was her womb. She adored Him humbled on the Cross, the Lamb of God, for our sins.

Get to Adoration today! Find out more about Adoration and where by visiting The Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association.


The Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from Christ’s side, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee
From the malicious enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints
and with Thy angels
Forever and ever
Amen.


“I love You, O my God, and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life. I love You, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving You, than live without loving You. I love You, Lord and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally….My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath.”

– Saint John Vianney.

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Pope Prescribes Eucharist as "Antidote" to Modern Ills

MonstranceYou know what? So do I. There is nothing like a Real, Personal encounter and relationship with Jesus Christ, of which Eucharistic Adoration is second only to receiving Him at Communion.

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2011 / 02:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).The Eucharist is the medicine which can heal our individualist society, Pope Benedict XVI said in his midday Angelus address on Corpus Christi Sunday.

“In an increasingly individualistic culture in which Western societies are immersed – and which is tending to spread throughout the world – the Eucharist is a kind of ‘antidote’ which operates in the minds and hearts of believers and is continually sowing in them the logic of communion, of service, of sharing – in other words, the logic of the Gospel,” said Pope Benedict to pilgrims in St. Peters Square on June 26.

Catholics believe that the bread and wine offered by Christ at the Last Supper literally became his body and blood – and that this same miracle is repeated by priests at every Mass since. Hence the name of today’s festivity – ‘Corpus Christi’ Sunday or ‘Body of Christ’ Sunday. 

“From the Eucharist,” observed the Pope, “the Risen Christ is truly present among his disciples and working with the power of the Holy Spirit. And in the following generations through the centuries, the Church, despite the limitations and human errors, has continued to be a force for communion throughout the world.”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes the Eucharist as the “source and summit” of Christian life. As the Pope bluntly put it today, “without the Eucharist, the Church simply does not exist.”

The Pope noted this belief in the centrality of the Eucharist has manifested itself throughout the history of the Church, beginning with the earliest Christian communities in Jerusalem who shared all possessions in common.

“From what came all this? From the Eucharist that is the Risen Christ, truly present among his disciples and working with the power of the Holy Spirit.”

He then drew upon the example of the fourth century Abitene martyrs from North Africa who chose to die rather than deprive themselves of Sunday Mass in the face of Roman persecution. They proclaimed “Sine Dominico non possumus’ – without the ‘Dominicum’ – without the Sunday Eucharist, we cannot live.” 

Pope Benedict concluded by urging all pilgrims to turn to the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, who was described by Pope John Paul II as the “Woman of the Eucharist.”
 
“At her school, our lives become fully ‘Eucharistic’, open to God and others, capable of transforming evil into good with the power of love, striving to promote unity, fellowship, brotherhood.”

via Catholic News Agency

It seems as no mystery to me that the Church’s calendar celebrates the Body and Blood this past Sunday and then today, Monday, we have the option of celebrating the memorial of St. Cyril of Alexandria and in the old calendar (1962 Roman Missal) we celebrate Our Lady of Perpetual Help whose image is of the Blessed Virgin holding the infant Jesus.

All of this ties in to the fact that there is nothing more important than Christ. Nothing more important than knowing that He is present in the Blessed Sacrament. And that there is no creature better apt at helping us to see, believe and understand this than His Own Mother.

She lived Who we receive in Communion. Her relatives were filled with the Holy Spirit upon hearing her voice while she carried the Lord in the tabernacle that was her womb. She adored Him humbled on the Cross, the Lamb of God, for our sins.

Get to Adoration today! Find out more about Adoration and where by visiting The Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association.


The Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from Christ’s side, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee
From the malicious enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints
and with Thy angels
Forever and ever
Amen.


“I love You, O my God, and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life. I love You, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving You, than live without loving You. I love You, Lord and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally….My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath.”

Saint John Vianney.

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A Biblical Walk Through the Mass

This episode of Catholic Answers LIVE welcomes Dr. Edward Sri, author and professor of theology and Scripture at the Augustine Institute’s Master’s in Catechetics and Evangelization program in Denver, Colorado.

Host Patrick Coffin’s interview is of course part promotion for Dr. Sri’s new book of the same title but in in Catholic Answers LIVE fashion it is also an open question and answer session concerning the Mass. That very same Mass that was prophesied in Malachi 1:11, “For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name is great among the nations, and in every place incense is offered to my name, and a pure offering; for my name is great among the nations, says the LORD of hosts.”

The Catholic Mass is not only an interactive prayer of worship and adoration of God but it is the place where two miracles take place daily the world over: the re-presentation of man’s salvation on Calvary and the transubstantiation of Our Blessed Lord’s Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the accidents of unleavened   bread and wine.

Take a listen and let’s discuss what Protestants and Catholics make of this.

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A Biblical Walk Through the Mass

This episode of Catholic Answers LIVE welcomes Dr. Edward Sri, author and professor of theology and Scripture at the Augustine Institute’s Master’s in Catechetics and Evangelization program in Denver, Colorado.

Host Patrick Coffin’s interview is of course part promotion for Dr. Sri’s new book of the same title but in in Catholic Answers LIVE fashion it is also an open question and answer session concerning the Mass. That very same Mass that was prophesied in Malachi 1:11, ”For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name is great among the nations, and in every place incense is offered to my name, and a pure offering; for my name is great among the nations, says the LORD of hosts.”

The Catholic Mass is not only an interactive prayer of worship and adoration of God but it is the place where two miracles take place daily the world over: the re-presentation of man’s salvation on Calvary and the transubstantiation of Our Blessed Lord’s Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the accidents of unleavened   bread and wine.

Take a listen and let’s discuss what Protestants and Catholics make of this.

http://www.google.com/reader/ui/3523697345-audio-player.swf?audioUrl=http://www.catholic.com/audio/podcast/ca110330a.mp3

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Reclaiming Our Dead: Christian Reality of Halloween

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Image of souls being purified by flames in purgatory via Wikipedia.

First I would like to note that Halloween, or more rightly called All Hallows (as in …hallowed be thy name) Eve  is essentially a vigil celebration for All Saints Day, which occurs November 1st on the Church’s Liturgical Calendar. November 2nd is called All Souls’ Day. Both are ancient feast days of the Church and serve to recognize those unnamed saints in heaven and those are find themselves now in purgatory, respectively.

The more recent relationship of evil with All Hallows Eve, which I will refer to more appropriately All Saints’ Eve, is a result of anti-Catholicism rooted in the Protestant Reformation. Catholics have always accepted and confronted the reality and inevitability of physical death because of our Hope and Love in Christ. It is that allows Christians to turn what many fear into something that is the final step on our path to just judgement and spending eternity with Our Blessed Lord (we strive to anyway).

All Saints Eve of course, is the vigil for All Saints Day and what the Catholic Encyclopedia states was  to was, “instituted to honour all the saints, known and unknown, and, according to Urban IV, to supply any deficiencies in the faithful’s celebration of saints’ feasts during the year” (Catholic Encyclopedia: All Saints’ Day). This is a good and just celebration of those who have attained their rewards in heaven and are now, as the Church Triumphant, praying for the success of the Church Militant (us) and the Church Suffering (souls in purgatory).

Because offering the sacrifice of the Mass on behalf of the dead is always beneficial, the Church, in her wisdom, saw fit to set aside a day to offer a Mass, worldwide, for the repose of all the souls in purgatory. Again, the Catholic Encyclopedia states:

The commemoration of all the faithful departed is celebrated by the Church on 2 November, or, if this be a Sunday or a solemnity, on 3 November. The Office of the Dead must be recited by the clergy and all the Masses are to be of Requiem, except one of the current feast, where this is of obligation.

The theological basis for the feast is the doctrine that the souls which, on departing from the body, are not perfectly cleansed from venial sins, or have not fully atoned for past transgressions, are debarred from the Beatific Vision, and that the faithful on earth can help them by prayers, almsdeeds and especially by the sacrifice of the Mass. (SeePURGATORY.)

It is interesting to note that when the Spanish made it to Mexico, they found a similar, ancient celebration among the Aztecs. This became known as El Dia de los Muertos and essentially served the same purpose for the Aztec people. As is often the case:

The Catholic Church recognizes in other religions that search, among shadows and images, for the God who is unknown yet near since he gives life and breath and all things and wants all men to be saved. Thus, the Church considers all goodness and truth found in these religions as “a preparation for the Gospel and given by him who enlightens all men that they may at length have life.”(332: Lumen Gentium 16 cf. Nostra Aetate 2; 1997 Catechism of the Catholic Church 843)

The result is a rich, pious celebration of Christianity that is both theologically legitimate and culturally rooted.

Our secular world will do anything to hide, deny and pervert the fact that many of the cultural traditions and celebrations we enjoy today are either rooted in Christian theology or renewed in Christ thus becoming something positive. This is why we now find the ghoulish version of All Saints’ Eve being held up and celebrated. Christians need to take this and every Holy Day (root of holiday) back and not be fearful of confronting the world in doing so.

We can partake in the celebrations by dressing ourselves and our children as saints (if one wishes to celebrate the martyrdom of a saint, dress accordingly – when appropriate) or heroic, righteous figures instead of ghouls and evil characters that laud violence and the satanic. Let us feast and celebrate with tricks and treats all done in a harmless and charitable nature and environment. And as always, the best and most appropriate way to celebrate any of these days is attend Mass offering our prayers and communion for the faithfully departed.

Catholic lay evangelists Jesse Romero and Terry Barber speak to very issue on their podcast Straight Talk Catholicism:

Episode: Catholics And Halloween – Straight Talk – Jesse Romero And Terry Barber – 10/26/10

Reclaiming Our Dead: Christian Reality of Halloween

Image of souls being purified by flames in purgatory.

First I would like to note that Halloween, or more rightly called All Hallows (as in …hallowed be thy name) Eve  is essentially a vigil celebration for All Saints Day, which occurs November 1st on the Church’s Liturgical Calendar. November 2nd is called All Souls’ Day. Both are ancient feast days of the Church and serve to recognize those unnamed saints in heaven and those are find themselves now in purgatory, respectively.

The more recent relationship of evil with All Hallows Eve, which I will refer to more appropriately All Saints’ Eve, is a result of anti-Catholicism rooted in the Protestant Reformation. Catholics have always accepted and confronted the reality and inevitability of physical death because of our Hope and Love in Christ. It is that allows Christians to turn what many fear into something that is the final step on our path to just judgement and spending eternity with Our Blessed Lord (we strive to anyway).

All Saints Eve of course, is the vigil for All Saints Day and what the Catholic Encyclopedia states was  to was, “instituted to honour all the saints, known and unknown, and, according to Urban IV, to supply any deficiencies in the faithful’s celebration of saints’ feasts during the year” (Catholic Encyclopedia: All Saints’ Day). This is a good and just celebration of those who have attained their rewards in heaven and are now, as the Church Triumphant, praying for the success of the Church Militant (us) and the Church Suffering (souls in purgatory).

Because offering the sacrifice of the Mass on behalf of the dead is always beneficial, the Church, in her wisdom, saw fit to set aside a day to offer a Mass, worldwide, for the repose of all the souls in purgatory. Again, the Catholic Encyclopedia states:

The commemoration of all the faithful departed is celebrated by the Church on 2 November, or, if this be a Sunday or a solemnity, on 3 November. The Office of the Dead must be recited by the clergy and all the Masses are to be of Requiem, except one of the current feast, where this is of obligation.

The theological basis for the feast is the doctrine that the souls which, on departing from the body, are not perfectly cleansed from venial sins, or have not fully atoned for past transgressions, are debarred from the Beatific Vision, and that the faithful on earth can help them by prayers, almsdeeds and especially by the sacrifice of the Mass. (SeePURGATORY.)

It is interesting to note that when the Spanish made it to Mexico, they found a similar, ancient celebration among the Aztecs. This became known as El Dia de los Muertos and essentially served the same purpose for the Aztec people. As is often the case:

The Catholic Church recognizes in other religions that search, among shadows and images, for the God who is unknown yet near since he gives life and breath and all things and wants all men to be saved. Thus, the Church considers all goodness and truth found in these religions as “a preparation for the Gospel and given by him who enlightens all men that they may at length have life.”(332: Lumen Gentium 16 cf. Nostra Aetate 2; 1997 Catechism of the Catholic Church 843)

The result is a rich, pious celebration of Christianity that is both theologically legitimate and culturally rooted.

Our secular world will do anything to hide, deny and pervert the fact that many of the cultural traditions and celebrations we enjoy today are either rooted in Christian theology or renewed in Christ thus becoming something positive. This is why we now find the ghoulish version of All Saints’ Eve being held up and celebrated. Christians need to take this and every Holy Day (root of holiday) back and not be fearful of confronting the world in doing so.

We can partake in the celebrations by dressing ourselves and our children as saints (if one wishes to celebrate the martyrdom of a saint, dress accordingly – when appropriate) or heroic, righteous figures instead of ghouls and evil characters that laud violence and the satanic. Let us feast and celebrate with
tricks and treats all done in a harmless and charitable nature and environment. And as always, the best and most appropriate way to celebrate any of these days is attend Mass offering our prayers and communion for the faithfully departed.

Catholic lay evangelists Jesse Romero and Terry Barber speak to very issue on their podcast Straight Talk Catholicism:

Episode: Catholics And Halloween – Straight Talk – Jesse Romero And Terry Barber – 10/26/10

How NOT to be Saved

The late Fr. Al Lauer, founder of Presentation Ministries, provides for us encouragement to go to Mass and some insight on how you can avoid going to hell.

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Today’s Scripture Readings for Mass:

Tuesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

First Reading: Ezekiel 28:1-10

The word of the LORD came to me: Son of man,
say to the prince of Tyre:
Thus says the Lord GOD:

Because you are haughty of heart,
you say, “A god am I!
I occupy a godly throne
in the heart of the sea!”—
And yet you are a man, and not a god,
however you may think yourself like a god.
Oh yes, you are wiser than Daniel,
there is no secret that is beyond you.
By your wisdom and your intelligence
you have made riches for yourself;
You have put gold and silver
into your treasuries.
By your great wisdom applied to your trading
you have heaped up your riches;
your heart has grown haughty from your riches–
therefore thus says the Lord GOD:
Because you have thought yourself
to have the mind of a god,
Therefore I will bring against you
foreigners, the most barbarous of nations.
They shall draw their swords
against your beauteous wisdom,
they shall run them through your splendid apparel.
They shall thrust you down to the pit, there to die
a bloodied corpse, in the heart of the sea.
Will you then say, “I am a god!”
when you face your murderers?
No, you are man, not a god,
handed over to those who will slay you.
You shall die the death of the uncircumcised
at the hands of foreigners,
for I have spoken, says the Lord GOD.

Responsorial Psalm: Deuteronomy 32:26-27ab, 27cd-28, 30, 35cd-36ab

R. (39c) It is I who deal death and give life.
“I would have said, ‘I will make an end of them
and blot out their name from men’s memories,’
Had I not feared the insolence of their enemies,
feared that these foes would mistakenly boast.”
R. It is I who deal death and give life.
“‘Our own hand won the victory;
the LORD had nothing to do with it.’”
For they are a people devoid of reason,
having no understanding.
R. It is I who deal death and give life.
“How could one man rout a thousand,
or two men put ten thousand to flight,
Unless it was because their Rock sold them
and the LORD delivered them up?”
R. It is I who deal death and give life.
Close at hand is the day of their disaster,
and their doom is rushing upon them!
Surely, the LORD shall do justice for his people;
on his servants he shall have pity.
R. It is I who deal death and give life.

Gospel: Matthew 19:23-30

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich
to enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Again I say to you,
it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.”
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said,
“Who then can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said,
“For men this is impossible,
but for God all things are possible.”
Then Peter said to him in reply,
“We have given up everything and followed you.
What will there be for us?”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you
that you who have followed me, in the new age,
when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory,
will yourselves sit on twelve thrones,
judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters
or father or mother or children or lands
for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more,
and will inherit eternal life.
But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

How NOT to be Saved

The late Fr. Al Lauer, founder of Presentation Ministries, provides for us encouragement to go to Mass and some insight on how you can avoid going to hell.

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Today's Scripture Readings for Mass:

Tuesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

First Reading: Ezekiel 28:1-10

The word of the LORD came to me: Son of man,
say to the prince of Tyre:
Thus says the Lord GOD:

Because you are haughty of heart,
you say, “A god am I!
I occupy a godly throne
in the heart of the sea!”—
And yet you are a man, and not a god,
however you may think yourself like a god.
Oh yes, you are wiser than Daniel,
there is no secret that is beyond you.
By your wisdom and your intelligence
you have made riches for yourself;
You have put gold and silver
into your treasuries.
By your great wisdom applied to your trading
you have heaped up your riches;
your heart has grown haughty from your riches–
therefore thus says the Lord GOD:
Because you have thought yourself
to have the mind of a god,
Therefore I will bring against you
foreigners, the most barbarous of nations.
They shall draw their swords
against your beauteous wisdom,
they shall run them through your splendid apparel.
They shall thrust you down to the pit, there to die
a bloodied corpse, in the heart of the sea.
Will you then say, “I am a god!”
when you face your murderers?
No, you are man, not a god,
handed over to those who will slay you.
You shall die the death of the uncircumcised
at the hands of foreigners,
for I have spoken, says the Lord GOD.

Responsorial Psalm: Deuteronomy 32:26-27ab, 27cd-28, 30, 35cd-36ab

R. (39c) It is I who deal death and give life.
“I would have said, ‘I will make an end of them
and blot out their name from men’s memories,’
Had I not feared the insolence of their enemies,
feared that these foes would mistakenly boast.”
R. It is I who deal death and give life.
“‘Our own hand won the victory;
the LORD had nothing to do with it.’”
For they are a people devoid of reason,
having no understanding.
R. It is I who deal death and give life.
“How could one man rout a thousand,
or two men put ten thousand to flight,
Unless it was because their Rock sold them
and the LORD delivered them up?”
R. It is I who deal death and give life.
Close at hand is the day of their disaster,
and their doom is rushing upon them!
Surely, the LORD shall do justice for his people;
on his servants he shall have pity.
R. It is I who deal death and give life.

Gospel: Matthew 19:23-30

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich
to enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Again I say to you,
it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.”
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said,
“Who then can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said,
“For men this is impossible,
but for God all things are possible.”
Then Peter said to him in reply,
“We have given up everything and followed you.
What will there be for us?”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you
that you who have followed me, in the new age,
when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory,
will yourselves sit on twelve thrones,
judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters
or father or mother or children or lands
for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more,
and will inherit eternal life.
But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first."

How NOT to be Saved

The late Fr. Al Lauer, founder of Presentation Ministries, provides for us encouragement to go to Mass and some insight on how you can avoid going to hell.

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Podcast Title: Daily Bread – Catholic Reflections
Podcast URL: http://www.presentationministries.com/dbread/dbreadpodcast.asp
Today’s Scripture Readings for Mass:

Tuesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

First Reading: Ezekiel 28:1-10

The word of the LORD came to me: Son of man,
say to the prince of Tyre:
Thus says the Lord GOD:

Because you are haughty of heart,
you say, “A god am I!
I occupy a godly throne
in the heart of the sea!”—
And yet you are a man, and not a god,
however you may think yourself like a god.
Oh yes, you are wiser than Daniel,
there is no secret that is beyond you.
By your wisdom and your intelligence
you have made riches for yourself;
You have put gold and silver
into your treasuries.
By your great wisdom applied to your trading
you have heaped up your riches;
your heart has grown haughty from your riches–
therefore thus says the Lord GOD:
Because you have thought yourself
to have the mind of a god,
Therefore I will bring against you
foreigners, the most barbarous of nations.
They shall draw their swords
against your beauteous wisdom,
they shall run them through your splendid apparel.
They shall thrust you down to the pit, there to die
a bloodied corpse, in the heart of the sea.
Will you then say, “I am a god!”
when you face your murderers?
No, you are man, not a god,
handed over to those who will slay you.
You shall die the death of the uncircumcised
at the hands of foreigners,
for I have spoken, says the Lord GOD.

Responsorial Psalm: Deuteronomy 32:26-27ab, 27cd-28, 30, 35cd-36ab

R. (39c) It is I who deal death and give life.
“I would have said, ‘I will make an end of them
and blot out their name from men’s memories,’
Had I not feared the insolence of their enemies,
feared that these foes would mistakenly boast.”
R. It is I who deal death and give life.
“‘Our own hand won the victory;
the LORD had nothing to do with it.’”
For they are a people devoid of reason,
having no understanding.
R. It is I who deal death and give life.
“How could one man rout a thousand,
or two men put ten thousand to flight,
Unless it was because their Rock sold them
and the LORD delivered them up?”
R. It is I who deal death and give life.
Close at hand is the day of their disaster,
and their doom is rushing upon them!
Surely, the LORD shall do justice for his people;
on his servants he shall have pity.
R. It is I who deal death and give life.

Gospel: Matthew 19:23-30

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich
to enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Again I say to you,
it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.”
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said,
“Who then can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said,
“For men this is impossible,
but for God all things are possible.”
Then Peter said to him in reply,
“We have given up everything and followed you.
What will there be for us?”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you
that you who have followed me, in the new age,
when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory,
will yourselves sit on twelve thrones,
judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters
or father or mother or children or lands
for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more,
and will inherit eternal life.
But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”