That is what Adam was created for. He was intended to ultimately rule over all Creation. We see furthermore that God gave to Adam a wife. As with all wives of princes, she would have been elevated to the status of queen over Creation upon the succession of Adam to the throne. Promises of this coming Redeemer were made in Genesis in the Protoevangelium. The Last Adam is the man, Jesus 1 Corin. Through His perfect life, substitutionary death, and glorious resurrection, in which He defeated death, our Lord Jesus now reigns as King over Creation. God the Father has found His replacement for the man who failed.
A New Man now reigns over Creation, and has been given all authority and privileges of that position which Adam could have had. The effect of the Fall on the covenant has been reversed. We are now in the New Covenant with a new covenantal Head over us. But for the program of regeneration to be fully accomplished, not only does the federal headship over Creation have to be restored, but the position of covenantal helpmeet must also be restored. If this is not restored, if the Edenic family is not restored to the exact condition as before the Fall, then the redemption program has failed.
Protestants somehow cannot see this because they do not understand covenant and they do not see that the whole purpose of the Father in the Incarnation was to restore the federal headship of man over Creation through the Last Adam. They are so locked in on the idea of individual salvation that they forget that mankind is a family and salvation is not only individual, but familial as well. Finally, what if Adam and Eve had not sinned and were still on earth? Would we bow to them?
Would we honor them? Of course we would, for they would be the mother and father of the whole human race, and the Holy Scriptures state that we are to honor our fathers and mothers. Father is a term of covenantal headship. Mother is a term of being covenantal helpmeet. That perfectly describes the relationship of Jesus and Mary.
Jesus is the covenantal Head. Without Her being helpmeet in bringing Him into the world, making the Incarnation possible by giving to Him a body of flesh, He could not have entered the world. Her role as helpmeet began at that moment. By their cooperative work, they have birthed a new Edenic family and are the King and Queen over all Creation. Everything that Adam and Eve could have had Jesus and Mary have now, including all the honors for their lives of obedience unto God. It is either presuppositional blindness or a willing refusal to study the typology and the interpretive keys to properly understand how the covenantal family of the Edenic Garden is restored in King Jesus and Queen Mary.
Quite frankly, if I might say this with kindness, there are none so blind as those who refuse to see. During the talk, two teenage girls walk in from the street not affiliated with the study group. They were simply interested in what was going on and was looking for something to do. My two older sons, Nathan and Joshua were present and so that worked out well. My talk was based from the bible and my personal experience:. This woman is Mary, whose heart would be pierced by a sword Luke 2: The church gives special honor to this woman who was chosen by the Father, for the Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Some people have become confused about this woman and the honor given her. Some say she is worshipped as a goddess, others call her an idol who has no power, a replacement for the Roman goddess Diana. So, this woman, who should be a source of unity for Christians, has become a most controversial figure. Is this what Jesus would want? To challenge this woman is to challenge the church itself, and the one who established it. The church teaches that God had prepared this woman for the purpose of bringing Jesus into the world, and at the moment of her beginning of existence, God protected her from original sin.
Our Protestant friends will quickly remind you of Romans 3: Mankind fell from grace and became separated from God. What is the basic message of this woman? She tells us in John 2: Indeed, upon the servants and my handmaids, I will pour out may spirit in those days, and they shall prophesy. And I will work wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below. I began to lead the group in the Rosary when a lady began to get very excited. Everyone stopped to see what was going on as she was reacting to her rosary changing to gold.
That became a source of excitement to us all. I was glad that my boys were present as this would be hard to explain if you were not there. I resumed leading the Rosary when a second lady began to express excitement.
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This time, we all were alert of what was happening. This ladies rosary turned to gold, one that she had for several years. It was the most incredible thing. Every time we met in prayer, she always had that rosary and we always retold the story. I was wondering if we were going to get through with the prayer itself! The two teenage girls were able to witness a miracle and they left very excited about the situation! The Virgin Mary is the woman of Revelation If you proclaim Christ then she is your Mother too!
Allow me to respond to several point which you have made. I, of course, believe that you are in error, or have at least refused to deal with my initial position as outlined in my opening post here. The Church is indeed the Bride of Christ. That was not, however, the point of my initial contention. You have not addressed the issue that Adam and Eve must be restored for the salvific work of Christ to be complete. You also are not separating the two natures of our Lord. Christ is the Incarnate Word, fully divine person.
Jesus is the perfect man, the Last Adam, the new federal Head of mankind. When you speak of the Church being the Bride of Christ, you are dealing with spiritual reality. I am speaking of the restoration of mankind — the creation in the flesh, so to speak. Two entirely different approaches and entities.
Do you wish the devil to be successful in destroying the intial work of God in the Garden in our earthly parents? If not, then you must accept that God has, through the Incarnation, restored and regenerated the Edenic family as it was initially found. Furthermore, the Church is not a human being. Human beings must be found to replace those who fell from their original position of headship over us. Yes, we do pray to Her, as we do to all those of our family who have been redeemed, who are truly alive in Christ in a manner beyond anything we could begin to comprehend, and because of that state of life, can hear our prayers and intercede for us.
Again, you fail to make the connection between the our first parents and our last parents. Everything in the Holy Scriptures points to the kingdom of God being familial in nature. Protestantism approaches the kingdom from the aspect of the Roman courtroom and nothing more. That is a huge error, for it not only affects your theology, but your eclessiology and your anthropology as well. Mankind is now offered a new family by the redemption work of Christ on the Cross. In order for that family to have all the earmarks of family, there must be male and female, covenant head and covenant helpmeet.
Jesus and Mary fit this pattern. Why would you deny the Blessed Virgin the opportunity to exercise Her motherhood in loving intercession for us, which was divinely given to Her by the sovereign choice of God. I have shown you why these are indeed very necessary conclusions.
The evil one destroyed or so he thought the work of God in the Garden. I make all things new! Or would you just rather take the semi-Gnostic position of the Full Preterists I know and just deny the need for the resurrection altogether by denying the need for our bodies and thus, the need for Adam and Eve to be reconstituted in new human parents?
You can only think this way if you ignore the analogies which God has set in the Holy Scriptures for us. Over and over the Holy Scriptures analogize the kingdom with family. Salvation is being adopted by grace. If you are willing to use such language, then you must take this analogy and use it according to its function. Do we not see earthly mothers interceding with a father for some legitimate desire that the child has?
Of coruse we do? Why are you so scared to treat the Blessed Virgin as the true Mother that God has made her to be in restoring the Edenic family to completeness? You mention that our view of Mary has nothing to do with the Gospel. On one hand, I agree with you. This should give us great hope as we travel this pilgrim journey. If some Catholics in their speech appear to either make or wish Her to be divine, that is their error.
Good, solid, orthodox Catholics know proper adoration and honor from worship which is to be given only to the Creator, and we know that She, Herself, points to Her Son in every icon ever written in the Orthodox Church! As on earth a wife holds authority over her children from her covenantal relationship to her husband, the head of the family, so the Blessed Virgin is what She is because of Her relationship to Her Son.
She is the first to be blessed with honor because of Her relationship to Her Son. We who persevere to the end shall follow in Her blessed footsteps! She is the Queen of Heaven. This follows the Jewish tradition that the Mother is the Queen, not the wife. The following verses relate to this Queen:. He is your Lord; honor Him, daughter of Tyre, Then the richest of the people will seek your favor with gifts. I think this is the basic issue here. I will be posting my brief response tomorrow.
Gary Michuta wrote the response and I will just add a few items. Gary is a very good apologist and you can learn more about him at http: No Catholic here owes Mr. I believe that you can undo this knot because Jesus grants you everything. I believe that you want to undo this knot because you are my Mother. I believe that You will do this because you love me with eternal love. Thank you, Dear Mother.
Mary, Beloved Mother, channel of all grace, I return to You today my heart, recognizing that I am a sinner in need of your help. Many times I lose the graces you grant me because of my sins of egoism, pride, rancor and my lack of generosity and humility.
I turn to You today, Mary, Undoer of knots, for You to ask your Son Jesus to grant me a pure, divested, humble and trusting heart. I will live today practicing these virtues and offering you this as a sign of my love for You. I entrust into Your hands this knot …describe which keeps me from reflecting the glory of God. Mary offered all the moments of her day to God. Meditating Mother, Queen of heaven, in whose hands the treasures of the King are found, turn your merciful eyes upon me today.
I entrust into your holy hands this knot in my life…and allthe rancor and resentment it has caused in me. I ask Your forgiveness, God teh Father, for my sin. Help me now to forgive all the persons who consciously or unconsciously provoked this knot. Give me, also, the grace to forgive me for having provoked this knot.
Only in this way can You undo it. Before You, dearest Mother, and in the name of Your Son Jesus, my Savior, who has suffered so many offenses, having been granted forgiveness, I now forgive these persons…and myself, forever. Thank you, Mary, Undoer of Knots for undoing the knot of rancor in my heart and the knot which I now present to you. Turn to Mary, you who desire grace.
Dearest Holy Mother, you are generous with all who seek you, have mercy on me. I entrust into your hands this knot which robs the peace of my heart, paralyzes my soul and keeps me from going to my Lord and serving Him with my life. Undo this knot in my love…. Along with you, dearest Mother, may I see these stones as friends. Not murmuring against them anymore but giving endless thanks for them, may I smile trustingly in your power.
Mary is the Sun and no one is deprived of her warmth. Mother, Undoer of Knots, generous and compassionate, I come to You today to once again entrust this knot…in my life to you and to ask the divine wisdom to undo, under the light of the Holy Spirit, this snarl of problems. No one ever saw you angry; to the contrary, your words were so charged with sweetness that the Holy Spirit was manifested on your lips.
Take away from me the bitterness, anger and hatred which this knot has caused me. Give me, o dearest Mother, some of the sweetness and wisdom that is all silently reflected in your heart. And just as you were present at Pentecost, ask Jesus to send me a new presence of the Holy Spirit at this moment in my life. Holy Spirit, come upon me! Mary, with God, is powerful. Queen of Mercy, I entrust to you this knot in my life…and I ask you to give me a heart that is patient until you undo it.
Teach me to persevere in the living word of Jesus, in the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Confession; stay with me and perpare my heart to celebrate with the angels the grace that will be granted to me. You are beautiful, Mary, and there is no stain of sin in You. Mother Most Pure, I come to You today to beg you to undo this knot in my life…and free me from the snares of Evil. God has granted you great power over all the demons. I renounce all of them today, every connection I have had with them and I proclaim Jesus as my one and only Lord and Savior. Thank you, dearest Mother.
Most Precious Blood of Jesus, free me! You are the glory of Jerusalem, the joy of our people. Virgin Mother of God, overflowing with mercy, have mercy on your child and undo this knot…in my life. I need your visit to my life, like you visited Elizabeth. Bring me Jesus, bring me the Holy Spirit.
Teach me to practice the virtues of courage, joyfulness, humility and faith, and, like Elizabeth, to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Make me joyfully rest on your bosom, Mary. I consecrate you as my mother, Queen and friend. I give you my heart and everything I have my home and family, my material and spiritual goods. I am yours forever.
Put your heart in me so that I can do everything Jesus tells me. Let us go, therefore, full of trust, to the throne of grace. Most Holy Mary, our Advocate, Undoer of Knots, I come today to thank you for undoing this knot in my life…You know very well the suffering it has caused me. Thank you for coming, Mother, with your long fingers of mercy to dry the tears in my eyes; you receive me in your arms and make it possible for me to receive once again the divine grace. Mary, Undoer of Knots, dearest Mother, I thank you for undoing the knots in my life. Wrap me in your mantle of love, keep me under your protection, enlighten me with your peace!
First, recite the prayer…. Therese of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands. O God, who did inflame with the Spirit of Love, the soul of your servant Therese of the Child Jesus, grant that we also may love you and make you much loved.
But if what I ask of you so earnestly does not tend to the glory of God and the greater good of my soul, do you, I pray, obtain for me that which is more profitable to both these ends. Almighty God, giver of all good gifts, who did will that Blessed Therese, being watered by the heavenly dew of your guiding grace, should bloom in Carmel with the beauty of virginity and patience in suffering, grant that I your servant may go forward in the order of her sweetness and may be found worthy to become a devoted and loyal follower of Christ.
O Therese of the Child Jesus, lily of purity, ornament and glory of Carmel, I greet you, great saint, seraph of divine love. I rejoice in the favors our Lord so liberally bestowed on you. In humility and confidence I ask you to help me, for I know God has given you love and pity as well as power. Tell Him, now, I beseech you, of the favor I seek in this novena….
Your request will crown my petition with success and bring joy to my heart. Remember your promise to do good here on earth. After death I shall let fall a shower of roses. O Little Flower of Jesus, who at an early age had your heart set on Carmel and in your brief earthly life did become the mirror of angelic purity, of courageous love and of whole hearted surrender to Almighty God, turn your eyes of mercy upon me who trusts in you. Obtain for me the favor I seek in this novena…. O dear saint, grant me to feel in every need the power of your intercession; help to comfort me in all the bitterness of this life and especially at its end, that I may be worth to share eternal happiness with you in heaven.
O Little Flower of Carmel, Almighty God endowed you, consumed by love for him, with wondrous spiritual strength to follow the way of perfection during the days of your short life. Sickness touched you early but you remained firm in faith and prayer was your life. O pray for me that I may benefit by your intercession and be granted the favor I ask in this novena….
O Little Flower of Jesus, you have shown yourself so powerful in your intercession, so tender and compassionate toward those who honor you and invoke you in suffering and distress, that I kneel at your feet with perfect confidence and beseech you most humbly and earnestly to take me under your protection in my present necessity and obtain for me the favor I ask in this novena…. Vouchsafe to recommend my request to Mary, the merciful Queen of Heaven, that she may plead my cause with you before the throne of Jesus, her divine Son.
Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. My heart is filled with joy at the remembrance of the marvelous favors with which God blessed your life on earth and of the great glory that came to you after death. In union with you, I praise God, and offer Him my humble tribute of thanksgiving. I implore you to obtain for me, through your powerful intercession, the greatest of all blessings that of living and dying in the state of grace.
I also beg of you to secure for me the special favor I seek in this novena…. Therese, who, burning with the desire of increasing the glory of God, invariably attended to the sanctification of your soul by the constant practice of prayer and charity so that, becoming in the Church a model of holiness, you are now in Heaven the protector of all those who have recourse to you in faith, look down upon me who invokes your powerful patronage and join your petition to mine that I be granted the favor I seek in this novena….
Therese, seraphic virgin, beloved spouse of our Crucified Lord, you who on earth did burn with a love so intense toward your God and my God, and now glow with a bright and purer flame in paradise, obtain for me, I beseech you, a spark of that same holy fire which shall help me to put things of the world in their proper place and live my life always conscious of the presence of God. As I conclude my novena I also beg of you to secure for me the special favor I seek at this time….
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Praise be the Lord, the God of Israel, who delivered us by the hand of his servant Philomena! He left us under oppression but he had mercy on us and have forgiven us all our offenses! I beseech the Lord that never more the enemy takes us as hostages! And that our lives will never be given again to him by malice. We have kindled the wrath of the Lord. Then continue with the following intention for each day:. By the holy will of the Lord, may be broken by the sword of Philomena any adverse psychological oppression of the enemy in this day and forever!
By the holy will of the Lord, may be broken by the sword of Philomena all bonds of machination, vicious circle, bewitchment, Hexes, etc.. By the holy will of the Lord, may be broken by the sword of Philomena any link of perdition. To this end failure, the desolation, aridity, a spiritual desert, leave us in this day and forever! To achieve this, we pray that failure, desolation, aridity, spiritual desert, leave us in this day and forever! By the holy will of the Lord, may be broken by the sword of Philomena any initiative of man without God and return the holy will of God in this day and forever, and, Lord, thy holy God will be done in this day and forever!
By the holy will of the Lord, may be broken by the sword of Philomena any wickedness, cruelty, etc.. By the holy will of the Lord, may be broken by the sword of Philomena any depression, loneliness, division family, community,.. Father Bianco, sanctuary of Saint Cyriacus, Italy says that this saint was a powerful deacon exorcist. O glorious Saint Cyriacus, thou whom, for thy outstanding zeal and compassion, Pope Saint Marcellinus raised to the dignity of the diaconate in the Church of Rome, and who, with intrepid patience, didst endure the dislocation of thy members, the laceration of thy flesh, the torture of boiling water and, finally, death itself by beheading, look upon us who invoke thee, and obtain for us the grace to remain steadfast in the faith, in spite of the temptations of the Evil One, and to live in such union with Christ Jesus as to merit the blessedness of eternity in HIs presence.
O excellent martyr of Christ, honoured today in all the world, let us experience the power of thy arm. Show us thy mercy, even as thou hast shown it in times past, and grant us the favour we desire. Glory be to the Father three times. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us. God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us. God the Holy Ghost, Have mercy on us. Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us. Cyriacus, valiant Deacon, pray for us St. Cyriacus, martyr of Christ St. Cyriacus, mighty exorcist St. Cyriacus, mighty intercessor in danger St. Cyriacus, shining mirror of faith St. Cyriacus, terror of Hell St. Cyriacus, helpful advocate in death St. Cyriacus, exemplar of patience in adversity St. Cyriacus, despiser of the world St. Cyriacus, valiant champion of the Faith St. Cyriacus, mighty patroness of the dying St.
Cyriacus, in temptations against faith St. Cyriacus, in adversity and trials St. Cyriacus, in anxiety and want St. Cyriacus, in every struggle St. Cyriacus, in every temptation St. Cyriacus, in sickness St. Cyriacus, in all needs St. Cyriacus, in fear and terror St. Cyriacus, in dangers of salvation St. Cyriacus, in dangers of honor St. Cyriacus, in dangers of reputation St.
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Cyriacus, in dangers of property St. Cyriacus, in every danger. Be merciful, spare us, O Lord! Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Lord! From all sin, deliver us, O Lord! Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Almighty and eternal God, Who hast bestowed extraordinary graces and gifts on Thy Saint Cyriacus, we beseech Thee to graciously hear the petitions of all who invoke his intercession. O God, who didst miraculously fortify St. Cyriacus in the confession of the Faith, grant us we beseech Thee, to imitate his fortitude in overcoming all temptations against it, and protect us through his intercession in all dangers of soul and body.
Three times, blow by drawing a cross on the sick cheek and recite this prayer:. St Apollonia Beautiful and divine, Being seated at the foot of a tree, On the white marble stone. Benedictine and mystic writer; born in Germany, 6 Jan. Nothing is known of her family, not even the name of her parents. It is clear from her life Legatus, lib. I, xvi that she was not born in the neighbourhood of Eisleben. When she was but five years of age she entered the alumnate of Helfta.
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The monastery was at that time governed by the saintly and enlightened Abbess Gertrude of Hackerborn, under whose rule it prospered exceedingly, both in monastic observance and in that intellectual activity which St. Lioba and her Anglo-Saxon nuns had transmitted to their foundations in Germany. All that could aid to sanctity, or favour contemplation and learning, was to be found in this hallowed spot. Here, too, as to the centre of all activity and impetus of its life, the work of works-the Opus Dei, as St.
Benedict terms the Divine Office — was solemnly carried out. Such was Helfta when its portals opened to receive the child destined to be its brightest glory. Gertrude was confided to the care of St. Mechtilde, mistress of the alumnate and sister of the Abbess Gertrude. From the first she had the gift of winning the hearts, and her biographer gives many details of her exceptional charms, which matured with advancing years.
Thus early had been formed betwen Gertrude and Mechtilde the bond of an intimacy which deepened and strengthened with time, and gave the latter saint a prepondering influence over the former. O most merciful Jesus, the giver of all goods and all the graces, all what the heavens and the earth contain praise you in return for the extreme kindness with which you have spilled into the heart of your servant, St.
Gertrude, the abundance of your mercy and your grace. I would remind you, O Jesus, the promise you made to fulfill always and in all circumstances the requests that would be sent to You through St. Gertrude, sure refuge and source of graces for all who invoke you refuge, pray for us.
Lord, deign always be my good pastor, in spite of my ingratitude, and though I did not often follow your conduct, open to me the gates of your kingdom, and let me enter through your holy wounds. Protect me by your holy passion; because without your flagellation I would be scourged with the sharp rods of my sins;. But I had the misfortune to flee from your cross and your passion, and this is why I have become so poor. In union with that love which drew Thee down upon earth and caused Thee to fulfill the work of our Redemption, I offer Thee this prayer.
Lord, have mercy, Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy, Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy, Christ, hear us. God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us. God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us. God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us. Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us. Holy, Mary, pray for us. All ye holy choirs of Angels, pray for us. All ye Saints and Elect of God, etc. Saint Gertrude, Thou chaste virgin, Thou beloved daughter of the Heavenly Father, Thou chosen bride of Jesus Christ, Thou temple of the Holy Ghost, Thou joy of the Holy Trinity, Thou fragrant flower in the hand of Jesus Christ, Thou ever-blooming spring flower, Thou rose without thorns, Thou chaste dove without the stain of sin, Thou earthly seraph, Thou living sanctuary, Thou strong protection of all who venerate thee,.
Jesus Christ, Spouse of Saint Gertrude, have mercy on us. Through her humility, have mercy on us. Through her charity, etc. Through her untiring patience, Through the ardent love she bore Thee, Through the delight with which Thou didst dwell in her heart, Through the love which Thou hast for her, Through the love with which Thou hast chosen her from eternity, Through the love with which Thou didst s o sweetly attract her to Thyself, Through the love with which Thou so delightfully didst unite her to Thyself, Through the love with which Thou so complacently dwelt in her heart, Through the love with which Thou didst end her life with a happy death, Through the love with which Thou hast conferred on her eternal life, Through the love with which Thou lovest and rejoicest all the blessed,.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us. Pray for us, O holy virgin Saint Gertrude, R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. O Lord Jesus, by the love Thou didst bear to the virginal heart of Saint Gertrude and by which Thou hast promised that no sinner who would honor and love her should die a sudden and unprovided death, grant me, I beseech Thee, this grace, and let me so love Thee and repent of my sins that with faith and confidence I may expect a happy death.
O God, Who in the heart of the holy virgin Gertrude didst provide for Thyself a pleasing abode, through her merits do Thou cleanse from our hearts every stain of sin and grant that we may enjoy fellowship with her for evermore, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Saint Paulina suffered from diabetes for much of her life and is considered by some to be the Patroness of diabetics. Also she can intercede with great compassion for people suffering of this chronic disease. Saint Pauline, intercede for us before the throne of God so that we will always have the courage to bring about a more human, just and brotherly world.
Behold me recalling His favors to thee, that thou mayst plead for me. May this blessed Rose, sweet with the memories of thy daily acts of love before the image of the Crucified Savior, and of the wonders wrought for thee in thy dying moments, give me confidence that thou in Heaven wilt plead that I, too, may share in the good things God has in store for thy clients. Saint Rita, mystical Rose of every virtue, pray for us.
Rita, exemplary Augustinian Sister, we honor you for your devotion to the Passion of Christ. Although your early life was filled with disappointment, frustration, and unceasing tragedy, you never lost faith and trust in God. For this you are the patroness of the impossible, and our inspiration and advocate in desperate circumstances. Lord have mercy on us.
Christ have mercy on us. God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us. Holy Patroness of those in need, St. Rita, pray for us. Rita, whose pleadings before the Divine Lord are almost irresistible, pray for us. Rita, who for thy lavishness in granting favors hast been called the Advocate of the Hopeless, pray for us.
Rita, Advocate of the Impossible, pray for us. Rita, so humble, pray for us. Rita, so pure, pray for us. Rita, so mortified, pray for us. Rita, so patient, pray for us. Rita, of such compassionate love for thy Crucified Jesus, pray for us. Rita, obtainer from Christ whatsoever thou askest, pray for us. Rita, on account of whom all confidently have recourse to thee, pray for us. Rita, comforter of thy petitioners, pray for us. Rita, lavish to thy suppliants in so many cases, pray for us. Rita, aspiring only for the greater glory of God pray for us.
Focus on your intention when praying the lines below. By the singular merits of thy childhood, Obtain for us our request. By the perfect union with the Divine Will, Obtain for us our request. By thy heroic sufferings during thy married life, Obtain for us our request. By the consolation thou didst experience at the conversion of thy husband, Obtain for us our request. By the sacrifice of thy children rather than see them grievously offend God, Obtain for us our request.
By thy miraculous entrance into the convent, Obtain for us our request. By thy severe penances and thrice daily bloody scourgings, Obtain for us our request. By the suffering caused by the wound thou didst receive from the thorn of of thy Crucified Savior, Obtain for us our request. By that Divine Love which consumed thy heart, Obtain for us our request. By that remarkable devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, on which alone thou didst exist for four years, Obtain for us our request.
By the happiness with which thou didst part from thy trials to join thy Divine Spouse, Obtain for us our request. By the perfect example thou didst give to people of every state of life, Obtain for us our request. Pray for us, O St. O God, Who in Thine infinite tenderness hast vouchsafed to regard the prayer of Thy servant, blessed Rita, and dost grant to her supplication that which is impossible to human foresight, skill and efforts, in reward for her compassionate love and firm reliance on Thy promise: Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.
Psychological and biological discomfort occur often with the torments of spiritual order. This involves that you should try to relax and be morally supported by friends or loved ones. Then the healing of physical or psychological pain can not be complete if you do not heal your spiritual problems. The human being has a body, a psyche and a spirit. So his whole being must be healed by the grace of God: True healing is complete healing of body, psychism and spirit. Regarding spiritual disorders from the Adversary, they can be fought and driven out.
In order of priority, here are some tips to start:. First of all, occult practices cartomancy, clairvoyance, spiritualism, turntables, ouija, marabouts, voodoo, astral travel, astrology, yoga, communication with the dead, automatic entries, white magic, black magic, hypnotist, shaman, doll with pins, witchcraft, pacts, dating sects, etc.. Anyone who persists until the end in these diabolical practices led his soul to hell.. Go to Mass every day. Communicate devoutly either in the hand with a decent attitude, or on the tongue on your knees and hands joined which is more respectful of Jesus.
Confide your troubles in a Mass intention. Just ask a priest that you know to say your intention during Mass. This intention can be writtent as this: Thus the whole mass is said for you and a mass has a great healing power. Sometimes, we ask to celebrate nine Masses for this intention Novena and sometimes 30 Masses trentain. In this case, the offering to do is more important. At least once a month, and sometimes if necessary once a week.
Each week, many parishes offer one hour of silent adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. It is very beneficial for the soul and the spirit to come to this Eucharistic adoration. This is the most beautiful prayers, the summit of prayer. In this prayer, Eucharistic grace received at Holy Mass continues and Christ brings many benefits and comfort.
Do not hesitate to ask him several times a day in the prayer to cover us with His Most Precious Blood. We can ask him to keep us safe in His Most Sacred Heart. Augustine emphasized tended towards a transactional theory of atonement which differed from the idea of theosis that was holding sway in the East. However, the exact nature of the transaction involved was left nebulous in the writings of the great bishop of Hippo. An idea that had begun to hold sway in the Western Church was the ransom theory whereby Jesus gave His life as a ransom paid to Satan who was then unable to hold him in the bondage of death.
New speculation began in the eleventh century with St. Anselm who asserted instead that no ranson is owed to Satan but instead satisfaction to God's honor. Anselm's theories met some opposition notably Peter Abelard who backed a theory of Jesus redeeming us by His moral example , the idea would eventually begin to dominate Western thinking and be held as the logical consequence of Augustinian theology. Pelikan focuses in on St. Anselm's satisfaction theory of the atonement as setting the stage for all discussion on the matter in the Western Church for centuries to come.
The theory would continue to be developed in various ways but Western ideas on salvation became uniformly cross-centered. The cross was the turning point in human history and the fact that the crucifixion had been for the salvation of mankind demonstrated that Christ was the Lord of history and His sovereignty was absolute. Pelikan then turns to the matter of how the grace won by Christ was made efficacious for men. Here special attention is focused on two developments within Western Christianity: Although the core was something imported from the Church's earlier Catholic tradition, the Western Church would further develop the particulars into a distinctive theological consensus.
In examining the issue of devotion to Mary and the Saints, Pelikan notes that such practices had long been established, but the West began to develop them in new directions. What began to set apart the Western understanding of Mary's role in the divine economy was the emphasis placed on her as mediatrix. This was not to be understood as mediating in the sense of Christ who mediates between God and man through His sacrifice on the cross, but in the sense that she brought Christ to us through the Incarnation and can bring us to Christ through her intercession.
Still, it was subject to excesses and this new attention paid to Mary would lead to the elevation of devotion to saints in general as the excesses of popular piety became a seriously debated issue in the Church. Pelikan then explores how debates over the exact nature of the Eucharist led to the evolution of the theory of transubstantiation within the Western Church. Theological arguments over the nature of Christ's presence, whether the presence was objective or subject to the believer's faith, and other related issues all led to the adoption of the language of substance and accidents in the presentation of the emerging doctrine.
The concerns over the Eucharist opened up the discussion for the nature of the Sacraments in general. These disputes included the definition of what constituted a Sacrament and the numbering of the Sacraments. As time went on, a general agreement of a Sacrament as an outward sign conferring an inward grace and the numbering of seven Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Penance, Ordination, Matrimony, Exreme Unction would be the consensus. Pelikan then describes how the Western Church, with its development of doctrine and ecclesial polity, would more and more see itself as upholding the one true faith of Christ in a fallen world.
The patristic consensus of earlier centuries was viewed entirely through the prism of Augustinian theology and even this Augustinian view was interpreted through the later developments of St. Thus later developments within the Western Church known as the Catholic Church were projected onto the patristic writers and the interpretations of the Eastern Church known as the Orthodox Church were viewed as deviations even though the latter were often closer to the original intent of the Church fathers themselves.
The truth of the developed Catholic consensus was challenged not only by the Eastern Church but by various spliter groups that developed in the West to protest the corruption of power and worldliness within the Catholic Church and also the rise of the dualist Cathari.
Responses to such challenges often were to deem them as heretical on the basis of their challenging the papal authority. Even the Eastern Churches, which stayed faithful to the original version of the Creed delivered by the Councils of Nicea and Constantinople, were deemed as at fault for not changing the Creed to include the fillioque added centuries later by the Western Church. Pelikan also delves into the relationship between Catholicism and non-Christian religions. There was renewed contact with Judaism in this period that reached far beyond the triumphalism of earlier centuries.
Much of this contact was frequently between Jews and Jewish converts to Catholicism. There were still, however, limits to how far this dialogue could proceed and some in the Church were always wary of a "Judaizing" tendency among Catholic so engaged. The rise of Islam as a world power also necessitated a response and here Western theologians joined their Eastern counterparts in seeing it as a Christian heresy that mixed truths of the Catholic faith with errors accumulated elsewhere.
Perhaps the greatest challenge to the Catholic Church was the recovery of the works of Aristotle. The East had long been familiar with the philosopher and even Islam had its take on his work, but the recovery of his philosophy shook the intellectual community within the Catholic Church to its foundations. Here was a perfectly integrated worldview - perhaps the most sophisticated yet devised - that was completely without Catholic influence. Pelikan explores how theologians grappled with this new synthesis while trying to maintain the brand of Augustinian theology that had become the standard for Catholic theological discussion.
The greatest example of this was the new synthesis achieved by St. Thomas Aquinas in the Summa Theologica. Aquinas' towering achievement left in tact the Catholic docrine by stripping it of much of the platonic influence in the Augustinian synthesis and expressing it in terms of the Aristotelian view.
The essential Augustiniansim of the system was maintained but its new outlook more clearly integrated it with the study of nature. The new syntheses led to further theolgical development as new areas of intellectual investigation opened up but the new approach was not without its critics. The often slavish reliance on Aristotle by less talented interpreters than the great scholastics of the thirteenth century would eventuall ossify much of Catholic theology and lead to the undoing of much of its achievements.
The development of Catholic doctrine in the medieval period is remarkable as it was derived from the Catholic tradition of earlier centuries but in many ways is totally different.
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Unlike the East, the Western Church was not hesitant about taking theology in new directions in response to internal and external influences. Jaroslav Pelikan's account in The Growth of Medieval Theology makes clear how the Western Church could change elements of its faith and practice in sometimes significant ways while, in its eyes, truthfully claim to maintain the tradition as had been handed on to them.
For anyone interested in how the patristic Catholic consensus developed into the medieval Catholic consensus, there is no more detailed explanation than in this book.