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MyCatholicSource.com Newsletter - May, 2014

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IN THIS ISSUE:

* Greetings

* MCS News & Notes

* The Month of May: Dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary

* Resources for the Ascension

* Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary / Litany of Loreto

* Liturgical Feasts in May

* 'Catholic Trivia' [Themed: Abominations (From Holy Scripture)]

* Defending the Faith: "Apologetics Brief" - Do You Believe That Your Non-Catholic 'Christian Church' Will Gain You Salvation?

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Dear Friend,

Pax vobis! ("Peace be to you!") [Jesus' words to his disciples after the Resurrection (see Lk. 24:36, Jn. 20:19, etc.)]

Greetings & best wishes to you and yours at this most joyous time of year. We hope you had a blessed Easter and will continue to have a blessed Eastertide. This year, Ascension will fall on May 29 and Pentecost will follow in June. Also, Rogation days fall this month on May 26th, 27th, and 28th. [Note: Please see below for links for Ascension resources & Eastertide resources.]

We have been busy here with the 'final' uploading of redesigned pages, the 'final' updating of various images, the transition to our new search page, etc. We are also happy to report that we have readied the signup page for our Sixth Annual Rosary Week (to be held from 10/20-10/26/14). Please sign up today at www.MyCatholicSource.com/RosaryWeek . Participation in Rosary Week is easy, free, and takes only a little time. You can sign up for one day, a few days, or for the entire week. You can participate at any time of day or night. And, you can join us from the comfort of your own home or even from your parish. If you like, you can sign up anonymously (an e-mail address is NOT required). We really hope you will join us and other Catholics throughout the world in praying for worthy intentions. Please also invite your family & friends!

May you enjoy good health, good weather, and abundant spiritual blessings during this beautiful month of May which is dedicated to our most holy & blessed Mother.

Thank you for being a valued subscriber to our newsletter,

Your Friends at MyCatholicSource.com

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MCS News & Notes

* Rosary Week: We have updated the Rosary Week information & signup pages for our 6th Annual Rosary Week to be held from 10/20-10/26/14. We hope you will join fellow Catholics in praying the holy rosary for worthy intentions. Participation is easy and free, and you can pray from anywhere. For Rosary Week information, please go to www.MyCatholicSource.com/RosaryWeekInfo . To sign up for Rosary Week, please go to www.MyCatholicSource.com/RosaryWeek . For Rosary Week fliers that you can hand out or post, please go to www.MyCatholicSource.com/RosaryWeekInfo and click on the "fliers" link. We hope you will join us!

* Site Redesign Update: As of 4/14/14, we have uploaded all pages for the transition. We have also slightly modified the top & side images and have made changes to the bottom border. We have also changed images on the chat help page and on other pages to reflect the new design. Please let us know if you find any images or pages we have missed. There are still a number of items that we will need to address over the upcoming months. In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments about the transition, please let us know. We welcome & appreciate your feedback!

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* Have you completed first five Saturdays devotion? The first five Saturdays devotion, associated with Fatima, is accompanied by the Blessed Virgin Mary's promise to provide all graces necessary for salvation at the hour of one's death. If you haven't yet started this devotion, May is the perfect month to start. If you have completed this devotion, why not repeat it? For more information concerning this devotion, please visit http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/the_Blessed_Virgin/popular_marian_devotions.htm

* Did you have trouble accessing our site on 4/16 or 4/17? Our host once again experienced a major outage that affected our server on these dates. Please note that the outage was NOT related to our site redesign efforts - the issue resided with the hosting company and was totally unrelated to our site (many other servers were also down). An apology note from our hosting company said the issue was caused by "a complex and undocumented firmware bug present in multiple networking devices." They also assured us that "no confidential information was compromised." We regret any inconvenience to our visitors for this outage, and we especially regret that it occurred during Holy Week.

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The Month of May: Dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary

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"Mary is our sure way to Christ." (Pope St. Pius X)

"He who is devout to the Virgin Mother will certainly never be lost." (St. Ignatius of Antioch)

"What she asks, she obtains. Her pleas can never be unheard." (Bl. Pope Pius IX)

"We have the Virgin as universal advocate in all things, for she is more powerful in whatever necessity than are the other Saints in particular needs." (Pope Pius XII)

"After that, [Jesus] saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own." [Jn. 19:27 (DR Trans.)]

"Many and well known are the proofs of her solicitude, manifested from time to time even in a miraculous manner." (Pope Leo XIII)

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Related Resources...

* Blessed Virgin Mary (Topic Page) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/tp/topic_page-Blessed_Virgin_Mary.htm

* Blessed Virgin Mary (Reflections) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/qt/mary_our_mother_reflections.htm

* Misc. Marian Facts - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/the_Blessed_Virgin/facts.htm 

* Marian Scriptural References - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/the_Blessed_Virgin/marian_scriptural_references.htm

* Popular Marian Prayers & Hymns - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/the_Blessed_Virgin/marian_prayers.htm

* Popular Marian Devotions - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/the_Blessed_Virgin/popular_marian_devotions.htm

* Some Reasons to Honor the Blessed Virgin Mary - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/the_Blessed_Virgin/reasons_to_honor_mary.htm

* Some Thoughts on the Blessed Virgin Mary - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/the_Blessed_Virgin/thoughts_on_mary.htm

* Marian Feasts - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/the_Blessed_Virgin/marian_feasts.htm

* Marian Apparitions - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/the_Blessed_Virgin/apparitions.htm

* Do Catholics Worship Mary? - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/the_Blessed_Virgin/do_catholics_worship_mary.htm

* Marian Encyclicals - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pd/classic_encyclicals_by_category.htm

* Marian Apologetics - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/nc/non_catholics__Marian.htm

* Mary, Our Mother Section - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/mary_our_mother.htm

* Marian Coloring Pages - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/catholic_activities/catholic_fun_coloring_activities.htm

* Word Searches (Blessed Virgin Mary) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/catholic_activities/catholic_fun_word_searches.htm

* Blessed Virgin Mary (Crossword Puzzle) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pca/crossword_puzzle_Mary.html

Looking For Something Else? Try Our Various Indexes For 15,000+ Entries - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/help.htm

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"As the sun is brighter than the moon, and the moon is brighter than the stars,' so is Mary exalted above all creatures." (Sequence)

"Whenever we speak of Mary or speak to her, let us not forget that she is really our Mother, for through her we received divine life. She gave us Jesus himself, the source of grace." (Pope Pius XII)

"Let us rest assured that an earthly enemy is not so terrified at a great army as are the powers of hell at the names and protection of Jesus and Mary." (Muller)

"Can. 1276 It is good and useful suppliantly to invoke the Servants of God reigning together with Christ and to venerate their relics and images; but before the others, all the faithful shall follow the Blessed Virgin Mary with filial devotion." (1917 Code of Canon Law)

"God could have given us the Redeemer of the human race and the founder of the Faith in another way than through the Virgin, but since divine Providence has been pleased that we should have the man-God through Mary, who conceived him by the Holy Ghost and bore him in her womb, it only remains for us to receive Christ through the hands of Mary." (Pope St. Pius X)

"What honor, what loves does not our Lord oblige us to render her, since He has filled her with the plentitude of all good in such a way that, if we have some chance of salvation, we have it all from Mary." (St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church)

"The Lord, the apostles, and the prophets have taught us that we must venerate in the first place the Holy Mother of God, who is above all the heavenly powers. If anyone does not confess that the holy, ever virgin Mary, really and truly the Mother of God, is higher than all creatures visible and invisible, and does not implore with a sincere faith her intercession, given her powerful access to our God born of her, let him be anathema." (Second Council of Nicaea)

"Let all, therefore, try to approach with greater trust the throne of grace and mercy of our Queen and Mother, and beg for strength in adversity, light in darkness, consolation in sorrow; above all let them strive to free themselves from the slavery of sin and offer an unceasing homage, filled with filial loyalty, to their Queenly Mother." (Pope Pius XII, "Ad Caeli Reginam", 1954 A.D.)

"Ancient and modern history and the more sacred annals of the Church bear witness to public and private supplications addressed to the Mother of God, to the help she has granted in return, and to the peace and tranquility which she had obtained from God. Hence her illustrious titles of helper, consoler, mighty in war, victorious, and peace-giver." (Pope Leo XIII, "Supremi Apostolatus Officio", 1883 A.D.)

"As for our Lord's mother, to whom especially I have entrusted and do entrust you, and shall never fail to entrust you until we see her as we long to do - what am I to say of her whom heaven and earth cease not to praise though they can never do so as she deserves? But this you must hold as certain: as she is higher, holier, more perfect than every other mother, so much the more is she kind and gentle towards her erring but repentant sons and daughters. So make a firm resolution never to commit another sin, prostrate yourself before her, and pour forth your tears from a contrite and humbled heart. You will find her, I can assure you beyond all doubt, more accessible, more tender in the love she bears, you, than any natural mother could be on earth." (Pope St. Gregory VII)

"Let us not be surprised, therefore, at the enthusiasm and profound respect wherewith the Church extols the Blessed Virgin and her prerogatives. Let us on the contrary be convinced that all the praise the Church can give her, and all the devotion she can ever bear towards her, are far below what is due to her as Mother of the Incarnate God. No mortal will ever be able to describe, or even comprehend, how great a glory accrues to her from this sublime dignity. For, as the glory of Mary comes from her being the Mother of God, one would have first to comprehend God himself in order to measure the greatness of her dignity. It is to God that Mary gave our human nature; it is God whom she had as her Child; it is God who gloried in rendering himself, inasmuch as he is Man, subject to her: hence, the true value of such a dignity possessed by a mere creature, can only be appreciated in proportion to our knowledge of the sovereign perfections of the great God, who thus deigns to make himself dependent upon that favored creature. Let us therefore bow down in deepest adoration before the Majesty of our God; let us therefore acknowledge that we cannot respect as it deserves the extraordinary dignity of her whom He chose for His Mother." (Dom Gueranger)

"Let us bless her often, and sing her praises: for behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed (Luke I, 48)." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church")

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Resources for the Ascension

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"So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God." (Mk. 16:19)

"When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight. While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them. They said, 'Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.'" (Acts 1:9-11)

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* Ascension (Definition) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/catholic_basics/catholic_basics_definitions.htm 

* Ascension (Prophecies) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pcs/biblical_prophecies_ascension_pentecost.htm

* On Our Lord's Passion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension (Selections From the Baltimore Catechism, Lesson: 08) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/cd/catechism_selections_search_lsn.asp

* Prayer for the Ascension - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pr/prayers_and_hymns_for_certain_occasions_times.htm

* Ascension Thursday / Holy Days of Obligation - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/catholic_basics/catholic_basics_holy_days_of_obligation.htm

* Ascension (Coloring Pages) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/catholic_activities/catholic_fun_coloring_activities.htm

* Jesus (Topic Page) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/tp/topic_page-Jesus.htm

Looking For Something Else? Try Our Various Indexes For 15,000+ Entries - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/help.htm

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Prayer for the Ascension: "Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who believe Thine only-begotten Son, our Redeemer, to have this day ascended into heaven, may ourselves dwell in spirit amid heavenly things. Through the same Lord." (Collect)

"O Lord Jesus Christ! I adore you restored to live among the dead, ascending into heaven, and seating yourself at the right hand of your Father: I implore you to make me worthy to follow you there, and to be presented to you." (Prayer of St. Catherine dei Ricci)

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Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary / Litany of Loreto

Lord, have mercy on us. 

Christ, have mercy on us. 

Lord, have mercy on us. 

Christ, hear 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.

Holy Mary, pray for us.

Holy Mother of God, pray for us.

Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.

Mother of Christ, pray for us.

Mother of the Church, pray for us.

Mother of divine grace, pray for us.

Mother most pure, pray for us.

Mother most chaste, pray for us.

Mother inviolate, pray for us.

Mother undefiled, pray for us.

Mother most amiable, pray for us.

Mother most admirable, pray for us.

Mother of good counsel, pray for us.

Mother of our Creator, pray for us.

Mother of our Savior, pray for us.

Virgin most prudent, pray for us.

Virgin most venerable, pray for us.

Virgin most renowned, pray for us.

Virgin most powerful, pray for us.

Virgin most merciful, pray for us.

Virgin most faithful, pray for us.

Mirror of justice, pray for us.

Seat of wisdom, pray for us.

Cause of our joy, pray for us.

Spiritual vessel, pray for us.

Vessel of honor, pray for us.

Singular vessel of devotion, pray for us.

Mystical rose, pray for us.

Tower of David, pray for us.

Tower of ivory, pray for us.

House of gold, pray for us.

Ark of the covenant, pray for us.

Gate of Heaven, pray for us.

Morning star, pray for us.

Health of the sick, pray for us.

Refuge of sinners, pray for us.

Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us.

Help of Christians, pray for us.

Queen of Angels, pray for us.

Queen of Patriarchs, pray for us.

Queen of Prophets, pray for us.

Queen of Apostles, pray for us.

Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.

Queen of Confessors, pray for us.

Queen of Virgins, pray for us.

Queen of all Saints, pray for us.

Queen conceived without original sin, pray for us.

Queen assumed into heaven, pray for us.

Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us.

Queen of Families, pray for us.

Queen of peace, pray for us.

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. 

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

Let us pray. Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, unto us Thy servants, that we may rejoice in continual health of mind and body; and, by the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin, may be delivered from present sadness, and enter into the joy of Thine eternal gladness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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For more prayers, please visit http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/tp/topic_page-catholic_prayers.htm

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Liturgical Feasts in May

The following is a listing of all liturgical feast dates for May as they appear at http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/saints/feasts.htm

Note: (T) = Traditional, (N) = New (Novus Ordo)

Reminder: Feasts may be superseded / transferred / etc.

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May 1 - St. Joseph the Workman (T)

May 1 - Sts. Philip & James, apostles (T)

May 1 - St. Joseph the Worker (N)

May 2 - St. Athanasius (T)

May 2 - St. Athanasius (N)

May 3 - Finding of the Holy Cross (T)

May 3 - St. Juvenal (T)

May 3 - Sts. Alexander I (pope), Eventius, Theodulus (T)

May 3 - Sts. Philip & James, apostles (N)

May 4 - St. Monica (T)

May 5 - St. Pius V, pope (T)

May 6 - St. John before the Latin Gate (T)

May 7 - St. Stanislaus of Cracow (T)

May 8 - Apparition of St. Michael the Archangel (T)

May 9 - St. Gregory Nazianzen (T)

May 10 - St. Antoninus (T)

May 10 - Sts. Gordian & Epimachus (T)

May 12 - St. Pancras (T)

May 12 - Sts. Nereus, Achilleus & Domitilla (T)

May 12 - St. Pancras (N)

May 12 - Sts. Nereus & Achilleus (N)

May 13 - St. Robert Bellarmine (T)

May 13 - Our Lady of Fatima (N)

May 14 - St. Boniface (T)

May 14 - St. Matthias, apostle (N)

May 15 - St. John Baptist de la Salle (T)

May 15 - St. Isidore (N)

May 16 - St. Brendan (T)

May 16 - St. John Nepomucene (T)

May 16 - St. Ubaldus of Gubbio (T)

May 17 - St. Pascal Baylon (T)

May 18 - St. Venantius of Camerino (T)

May 18 - St. John I, pope (N)

May 19 - St. Peter Celestine, pope (T)

May 19 - St. Pudentiana (T)

May 20 - St. Bernardine of Siena (T)

May 20 - St. Bernardine of Siena (N)

May 21 - St. Christopher Magallanes & companions (N)

May 22 - St. Rita of Cascia (T)

May 22 - St. Rita of Cascia (N)

May 23 - St. John Baptist de Rossi (T)

May 25 - St. Gregory VII, pope (T)

May 25 - St. Madeleine Sophie Barat (T)

May 25 - St. Urban I, pope (T)

May 25 - St. Bede the Venerable (N)

May 25 - St. Gregory VII, pope (N)

May 25 - St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi (N)

May 26 - St. Eleutherius, pope (T)

May 26 - St. Philip Neri (T)

May 26 - St. Philip Neri (N)

May 27 - St. Bede the Venerable (T)

May 27 - St. John I, pope (T)

May 27 - St. Augustine of Canterbury (N)

May 28 - St. Augustine of Canterbury (T)

May 29 - St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi (T)

May 30 - St. Felix I, pope (T)

May 30 - St. Ferdinand III (T)

May 30 - St. Joan of Arc (T)

May 31 - St. Angela Merici (T)

May 31 - St. Petronilla (T)

May 31 - The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces (T)

May 31 - The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (T)

May 31 - Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (N)

Please Note: Above may exclude moveable feasts. For moveable feasts, see below and try here: http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/latin_mass_and_tradition/traditional_liturgical_calendar.htm . For other feasts, try the MCS Daily Digest each day at http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/cg/mcs_daily_digest.asp

Also...

5/4/14 - Second Sunday after Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday) (T) | Third Sunday of Easter (N)

5/11/14 - Third Sunday after Easter (T) | Fourth Sunday of Easter (N)

5/18/14 - Fourth Sunday after Easter (Cantate Sunday) (T) | Fifth Sunday of Easter (N)

5/25/14 - Fifth Sunday after Easter (T) | Sixth Sunday of Easter (N)

5/26/14 - Rogation Monday (T)

5/27/14 - Rogation Tuesday (T)

5/28/14 - Vigil of the Ascension | Rogation Day (T)

5/29/14 - Ascension of Our Lord [Note: Traditionally, this is a holy day of obligation, but on the Novus Ordo calendar it is often transferred to Sunday in the U.S. For information for your area, contact your parish or diocese.]

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'Catholic Trivia'

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Note: This month there are 20 themed trivia items. [Theme: Abominations (From Holy Scripture)]

[Reminder: Translation / punctuation / referencing / capitalization / etc. may vary. Interpretation and application of Scripture should not be contrary to the perennial, official teaching of the Roman Catholic Church. Do not take Scripture passages out of context. Do not inflict harm on yourself or others, break laws, take unsuitable / incautious or inappropriate / drastic actions, or take figurative items literally.]

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Complete the scripture passages below...

1. "You justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts; for ___ is an abomination in the sight of God." (Our Lord Jesus Christ, Lk. 16:15)

2. "To the LORD the ___ man is an abomination, but with the upright is his friendship." (Prov. 3:32)

3. "___ lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who are ___ are his delight." (Prov. 12:22)

4. "When one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his ___ is an abomination." (Prov. 28:9)

5. "A woman shall not ___, nor shall a man ___; for anyone who does such things is an abomination to the LORD, your God." (Deut. 22:5)

6. "The ___ are an abomination to the LORD, but those who walk blamelessly are his delight." (Prov. 11:20)

7. "There are six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to him; Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood; A heart that plots wicked schemes, feet that run swiftly to evil, The false witness who utters lies, and he who ___." (Prov. 6:16-19)

8. "You shall not ___ as with a woman; such a thing is an abomination." (Lev. 18:22)

9. "The wicked man's ___ are an abomination to the LORD, but the pure speak what is pleasing to him." (Prov. 15:26)

10. "___ are an abomination to the LORD, but a full weight is his delight." (Prov. 11:1)

11. "Every ___ man is an abomination to the LORD; I assure you that he will not go unpunished." (Prov. 16:5)

12. "Everyone who does any of these abominations shall be ___." (Lev. 18:29)

13. "He who ___ the wicked, he who ___ the just, are both an abomination to the LORD." (Prov. 17:15)

14. "The images of their gods you shall destroy by fire. Do not covet the silver or gold on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be ___; for it is an abomination to the LORD, your God." (Deut. 7:25)

15. "The ___ is an abomination to the LORD, but he loves the man who pursues virtue." (Prov. 15:9)

16. "The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the ___ of the upright is his delight." (Prov. 15:8)

17. "The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination, the more so when ___." (Prov. 21:27)

18. "Therefore, as I live, says the Lord GOD, because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your detestable abominations, I swear to cut you down. I will not ___." (Ezek. 5:11)

19. "Let there not be found among you anyone who immolates his son or daughter in the fire, nor a fortune-teller, soothsayer, charmer, diviner, or caster of spells, nor one who ___. Anyone who does such things is an abomination to the LORD, and because of such abominations the LORD, your God, is driving these nations out of your way." (Deut. 18:10-12)

20. "Now the end is upon you; I will unleash my anger against you and judge you according to your conduct and lay upon you ___. I will not look upon you with pity nor have mercy; I will bring your conduct down upon you, and the consequences of your abominations shall be in your midst; then shall you know that I am the LORD." (Ezek. 7:3-4)

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Answers:

1. "You justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts; for what is of human esteem is an abomination in the sight of God." (Our Lord Jesus Christ, Lk. 16:15)

2. "To the LORD the perverse man is an abomination, but with the upright is his friendship." (Prov. 3:32)

3. "Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who are truthful are his delight." (Prov. 12:22)

4. "When one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination." (Prov. 28:9)

5. "A woman shall not wear an article proper to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman's dress; for anyone who does such things is an abomination to the LORD, your God." (Deut. 22:5)

6. "The depraved in heart are an abomination to the LORD, but those who walk blamelessly are his delight." (Prov. 11:20)

7. "There are six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to him; Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood; A heart that plots wicked schemes, feet that run swiftly to evil, The false witness who utters lies, and he who sows discord among brothers." (Prov. 6:16-19)

8. "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; such a thing is an abomination." (Lev. 18:22)

9. "The wicked man's schemes are an abomination to the LORD, but the pure speak what is pleasing to him." (Prov. 15:26)

10. "False scales are an abomination to the LORD, but a full weight is his delight." (Prov. 11:1)

11. "Every proud man is an abomination to the LORD; I assure you that he will not go unpunished." (Prov. 16:5)

12. "Everyone who does any of these abominations shall be cut off from among his people." (Lev. 18:29)

13. "He who condones the wicked, he who condemns the just, are both an abomination to the LORD." (Prov. 17:15)

14. "The images of their gods you shall destroy by fire. Do not covet the silver or gold on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be ensnared by it; for it is an abomination to the LORD, your God." (Deut. 7:25)

15. "The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but he loves the man who pursues virtue." (Prov. 15:9)

16. "The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is his delight." (Prov. 15:8)

17. "The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination, the more so when they offer it with a bad intention." (Prov. 21:27)

18. "Therefore, as I live, says the Lord GOD, because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your detestable abominations, I swear to cut you down. I will not look upon you with pity nor have mercy." (Ezek. 5:11)

19. "Let there not be found among you anyone who immolates his son or daughter in the fire, nor a fortune-teller, soothsayer, charmer, diviner, or caster of spells, nor one who consults ghosts and spirits or seeks oracles from the dead. Anyone who does such things is an abomination to the LORD, and because of such abominations the LORD, your God, is driving these nations out of your way." (Deut. 18:10-12)

20. "Now the end is upon you; I will unleash my anger against you and judge you according to your conduct and lay upon you the consequences of all your abominations. I will not look upon you with pity nor have mercy; I will bring your conduct down upon you, and the consequences of your abominations shall be in your midst; then shall you know that I am the LORD." (Ezek. 7:3-4)

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Defending the Faith: "Apologetics Brief" - Do You Believe That Your Non-Catholic 'Christian Church' Will Gain You Salvation?

It is good for Catholics to be able to defend their faith against attacks (or even simple questions) from those outside the Church. We therefore hope you may find the following "apologetics brief" helpful.

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Note: Text below is taken from http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/nc/non_catholics__salvation.htm  

The following may be used as discussion points when discoursing with those outside the Church (or even among Catholics).

Topic: Do You Believe That Your Non-Catholic 'Christian Church' Will Gain You Salvation? (Note: Topic is directed at Protestants)

Consider:

* Jesus established only one Church, the Catholic Church. All other so called 'churches' were started by man and are in formal opposition to the one Church started by Christ. Does one seriously expect to find salvation in a 'church' started by man? Is it not dangerous to forgo the keys to heaven which Christ promised ONLY to St. Peter in Mt. 16:19? How, then do you expect to get in? Remember that it was Christ who left the keys with Peter! "If heaven can be entered without the power of the keys, in vain would they to whom the keys were given seek to prevent entrance within its portals." (Catechism of the Council of Trent)

* "Those who believe in Christ outside of the Catholic Church believe in a 'Christ' that doesn't exist - one that didn't set up a Church, one that didn't leave the Eucharist, one that didn't establish a papacy..., in short, a false Christ."

* "You resist God if you don't accept HIS Church." How exactly do you expect to gain salvation while resisting God?

* "[W]hosoever turns his back on the Church [called Christ's body in Scripture!] cannot be near to Christ." (Pope Leo XIII, "Rerum Novarum", 1891 A.D.) Do you who call yourself 'Christian' seriously expect to find salvation apart from Christ's own Church? Do you not realize how dearly Christ loves his Church (see Eph. 5:25)? "[N]ot without sorrow we can hear people - whom we wish to believe are well-intentioned but who are certainly misguided in their attitude - continually claiming to love Christ but without the Church, to listen to Christ but not the Church, to belong to Christ but outside the Church. The absurdity of this dichotomy is clearly evident in this phrase of the Gospel: 'Anyone who rejects you rejects me.' And how can one wish to love Christ without loving the Church, if the finest witness to Christ is that of St. Paul: 'Christ loved the Church and sacrificed himself for her'?" (Pope Paul VI)

* "How can a man say he believes in Christ if he doesn't do what Christ commanded him to do?" (St. Cyprian of Carthage) Don't forget that it was Christ who said that...

"Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me." (Our Lord Jesus Christ, Lk. 10:16)

And that...

"If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector." (Our Lord Jesus Christ, Mt. 18:17)

It was Christ also who said that "whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains upon him" (Jn. 3:36)

* Do you realize that you do your own will, not Christ's, when you reject his Church? "Men do their own will, not God's, when they do what displeases God" (St. Prosper / Council of Orange II, 529 A.D.)

* Do you not realize that no man-made religion is capable of achieving salvation - but is, in fact, a religion based on lies! This is the case no matter how well intentioned a person might be. As Scripture says, "an athlete cannot receive the winner's crown except by competing according to the rules" (2 Tm. 2:5)

Note: Visit http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/nc/must_i_be_catholic_to_be_saved.htm for 'Must I Be Catholic To Be Saved?'

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"Let them hear Lactantius crying out: 'The Catholic Church is alone in keeping the true worship. This is the fount of truth, this the house of Faith, this the temple of God: if any man enter not here, or if any man go forth from it, he is a stranger to the hope of life and salvation. Let none delude himself with obstinate wrangling. For life and salvation are here concerned, which will be lost and entirely destroyed, unless their interests are carefully and assiduously kept in mind.'" (Pope Pius XI, "Mortalium Animos", 1928 A.D.)

"To hold, therefore, that there is no difference in matters of religion between forms that are unlike each other, and even contrary to each other, most clearly leads in the end to the rejection of all religion in both theory and practice. And this is the same thing as atheism, however it may differ from it in name. Men who really believe in the existence of God must, in order to be consistent with themselves and to avoid absurd conclusions, understand that differing modes of divine worship involving dissimilarity and conflict even on most important points cannot all be equally probable, equally good, and equally acceptable to God." (Pope Leo XIII, "Immortale Dei", 1885 A.D.)

"Let us love our Lord God, let us love His Church: Him as a Father, her as a Mother; Him as a Master, her as His Handmaid; for we are the children of the Handmaid herself. But this marriage is held together by a great love; no one offends the one and gains favor with the other... What does it profit you not to have offended your Father, when He will vindicate your offended Mother? What does it profit you to confess the Lord, to honor God, to preach Him, to acknowledge His Son, to confess the Son seated at the right hand of the Father, if you blaspheme His Church... Cling, then, beloved, cling all with one mind to God our Father and to the Church our Mother." (St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church, c. 5th century A.D.)

"Is there eternal life, then, outside the kingdom of heaven? First, turn your ears away from this error, eradicate it from your minds. This is something new in the Church, previously unheard of: that there is eternal life outside the kingdom of heaven, that there is eternal salvation outside the kingdom of God... whoever does not belong to the kingdom of God, undoubtedly belongs to damnation. The Lord, who will come and who will judge the living and the dead, just as the Gospel says, will make a division in two parts, on the right and on the left... To one group He designates a kingdom, to the other, damnation in company with the Devil. There is no one left for a middle place... Some will be on the right hand, others will be on the left hand: another hand I never knew." (St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church, c. 5th century A.D.)

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In Closing...

"Let us live as the Blessed Virgin lived: loving God only, desiring God only, trying to please God only in all that we do." (St. John Vianney)

"I have never read of any saint who did not have a special devotion to the glorious Virgin" (St. Bonaventure, Doctor of the Church, 13th century A.D.)

"Many souls are in heaven through the prayers of Mary who otherwise would not be there." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church")

"All those who love the Mother of God, that is to say, all true Catholics, are persuaded that, after God, Mary is our principal support in our conflicts with Satan. This persuasion is not merely a pious conjecture; it rests on constant experience and on dogmatical foundations the most unshaken." (Fr. Delaporte)

"When this example of His holy resurrection was finished, our same Lord and Savior returned by ascending to His paternal home, which in His divinity He had never left." (Council of Toledo XI, 675 A.D.)

"While Peter has the keys of heaven, Mary has the key to God's heart; while Peter binds and looses, Mary also binds with the chains of love and looses with the gift of pardon. While Peter is the guardian and the minister of indulgences, Mary is the generous and wise treasurer of God's favors. 'He who desires grace and does not have recourse to Mary, desires to fly without wings.' (Dante)" (Pope Pius XII)

"This is why the blessed Virgin is called powerful - nay, sometimes, all-powerful, because she has, more than anyone else, more than all the angels and saints, this great, prevailing gift of prayer. No one has access to the Almighty as His Mother has; none has merit such as hers. Her Son will deny her nothing that she asks; and herein lies her power. While she defends the Church, neither height nor depth, neither men nor evil spirits, neither great monarchs, nor craft of man, nor popular violence, can avail to harm us; for human life is short, but Mary reigns above, a Queen forever." (Cardinal Newman)

"Being the sure means and the straight and immaculate way to go to Jesus Christ and to find Him perfectly, it is by her that the souls who are to shine forth especially in sanctity have to find Our Lord. He who shall find Mary shall find life (cf. Prov. 8:35), that is, Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (Jn. 14:6). But no one can find Mary who does not seek her; and no one can seek her who does not know her; for we cannot seek or desire an unknown object. It is necessary, then, for the greater knowledge and glory of the Most Holy Trinity, that Mary should be more than ever known." (St. Louis Marie de Montfort)

"Let us not be surprised, therefore, at the enthusiasm and profound respect wherewith the Church extols the Blessed Virgin and her prerogatives. Let us on the contrary be convinced that all the praise the Church can give her, and all the devotion she can ever bear towards her, are far below what is due to her as Mother of the Incarnate God. No mortal will ever be able to describe, or even comprehend, how great a glory accrues to her from this sublime dignity. For, as the glory of Mary comes from her being the Mother of God, one would have first to comprehend God himself in order to measure the greatness of her dignity. It is to God that Mary gave our human nature; it is God whom she had as her Child; it is God who gloried in rendering himself, inasmuch as he is Man, subject to her: hence, the true value of such a dignity possessed by a mere creature, can only be appreciated in proportion to our knowledge of the sovereign perfections of the great God, who thus deigns to make himself dependent upon that favored creature. Let us therefore bow down in deepest adoration before the Majesty of our God; let us therefore acknowledge that we cannot respect as it deserves the extraordinary dignity of her whom He chose for His Mother." (Dom Gueranger) 

Ave Regina Caelorum (Antiphon): "Hail, O Queen of heaven enthroned! Hail, by Angels Mistress owned! Root of Jesse, Gate of morn, Whence the world's true Light was born: Glorious Virgin, joy to thee, Loveliest whom in heaven they see: Fairest thou where all are fair, Plead with Christ our sins to spare." (Latin: "Ave, Regína cælórum, Ave, Dómina Angelórum: Salve, radix, salve, porta, Ex qua mundo lux est orta: Gaude, Virgo gloriósa, Super omnes speciósa, Vale, o valde decóra, Et pro nobis Christum exóra.") Source: Raccolta

"O Lord Jesus Christ! I adore you restored to live among the dead, ascending into heaven, and seating yourself at the right hand of your Father: I implore you to make me worthy to follow you there, and to be presented to you." (Prayer of St. Catherine dei Ricci)

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