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MyCatholicSource.com Newsletter - October, 2014

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IN THIS ISSUE:

* Greetings

* MCS News & Notes

* The Month of October: Dedicated to the Holy Rosary

* On the Attributes of God (A Poem)

* "The true peace of Christ can only exist in the Kingdom of Christ...": Some resources for the Feast of Christ the King

* Liturgical Feasts in October

* 'Catholic Trivia'

* Defending the Faith: "Apologetics Brief" - What is Truth? / How is Truth Recognized?

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Dear Friend,

"And let the peace of Christ rejoice in your hearts, wherein also you are called in one body: and be ye thankful." (Col. 3:15)

Greetings! We hope Fall has gotten off to a good start for you and that it will continue to be a happy & holy season. The month of October, which is dedicated to the Holy Rosary, begins with the feast of the Guardian Angels (10/2) and the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary (10/7) and concludes with the traditional feast of Christ the King (10/26) and All Hallows Eve/Vigil of All Saints (10/31). Also included are feasts of beloved saints such as St. Theresa of Avila and St. Francis of Assisi. We also look forward to a rather full calendar here with our Sixth Annual Rosary Week scheduled from 10/20 through 10/26 and our six year anniversary falling on 10/28.

Speaking of Rosary Week, if you have not already signed up, we invite you once again to join us. Participation is easy, free, and takes only a little time - yet the rewards you receive may be great! Since we plan to have a Traditional Latin Mass said for all Rosary Week participants, you'll also get to share in the benefits of the Holy Mass in addition to the rewards already to be had for praying the holy rosary. Please join us! Sign up today at www.MyCatholicSource.com/RosaryWeek

We thank you very much for your support of our site and of our newsletter.

Best wishes to you for God's blessings,

Your Friends at MyCatholicSource.com

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"I beheld, therefore, in the vision of the night, and lo, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and he came even to the ancient of days: and they presented him before him. And he gave him power, and glory, and a kingdom: and all peoples, tribes, and tongues shall serve him: his power is an everlasting power that shall not be taken away: and his kingdom that shall not be destroyed." (Dan. 7:13-14)

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MCS News & Notes

* Last chance to sign up for our Sixth Annual Rosary Week (10/20/14 - 10/26/14): Don't miss out! Please sign up today for this FREE event at www.MyCatholicSource.com/RosaryWeek . Don't pray the rosary? Why not start now? Already pray the rosary? Why not join us for a few extra rosaries? We're confident that you'll be glad you participated in this powerful, yet easy & 'hassle-free' Catholic event. Why not also invite your friends to join? [Note: If you'd like help praying the rosary, please visit http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/rosary/how_to_pray_the_rosary.htm ]

* Reminder: There will be an interruption in many of our services in early October due to vacations. Services affected may include: lending library, live chat, post / ad / order processing, subscription processing, correspondence, site / news / blog updates, etc. Although you may notice delays in the above services, access to the MyCatholicSource.com website itself should NOT be affected. For details, please visit http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/cg/notices.htm

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* Three Millionth Visitor Update: If increased traffic patterns persist, there is a slight chance that we will receive our 3-millionth visitor+ by the last day of October. Please visit often and help us reach this goal sooner. [+ Note: Number of visits is based on raw, unfiltered access logs. Excludes traffic prior to our 'official unveiling']

* Feast of St. Francis (10/4): Why not celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi by reviewing biographical information on this great saint, reading some of his inspiring writings, or praying some of his beautiful prayers? You can find this and more at the St. Francis Section at http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/saint_francis_page.htm . And while you're there, why not add your pet's name to the list of special pets? This is a must-see section for animal lovers.

* Reminder: October 26 is the traditional feast of Christ the King. As you may know, the motto of our site, "Christ the King", took root from the encyclical of Pope Pius XI entitled "Quas Primas". This encyclical makes great reading for the month of October. To view Quas Primas, please visit http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pd/quas_primas.htm

* October 28 marks sixth anniversary of the official unveiling of MyCatholicSource.com. We send our thanks to all visitors for their support over these past six years. We hope, by God's grace, to be able to continue to remain online for years to come. Prayer of Thanksgiving: "With all our heart and voice, we acknowledge, we praise, and we bless Thee, God the Father unbegotten, Thee, the only-begotten Son, Thee, the Holy Ghost the Paraclete, O holy and undivided Trinity." (Raccolta)

* For centuries, numerous popes, saints, and others have strongly encouraged all to pray the rosary. In fact, the Blessed Virgin herself has urged us to pray the holy rosary. We would also like to encourage all subscribers to pray the rosary daily - and October is a great month to start. Please see http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/rosary/daily_rosary.htm for reasons to pray the rosary daily. "I beg of you to beware of thinking of the rosary as something of little importance - as do ignorant people and even several great but proud scholars. Far from being insignificant, the rosary is a priceless treasure which is inspired by God." (St. Louis de Montfort) For additional information on or assistance with the holy rosary, please visit http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/tp/topic_page-holy_rosary.htm

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The Month of October: Dedicated to the Holy Rosary

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"Of all the prayers, the Rosary is the most beautiful and the richest in graces; of all it is the one most pleasing to Mary, the Virgin Most Holy." (Pope St. Pius X)

"[E]xperience shows that no sooner do the people commence to practice this devotion that they open their hearts to the largest channel of grace, so as to be flooded with heavenly gifts." (Muller)

"We desire very earnestly, Venerable Brethren, that the Holy Rosary should be recited in a special manner in the month of October and with increased devotion both in the churches and in homes." (Pope Pius XI, "Ingravescentibus Malis", 1937 A.D.)

"Always pray the rosary." [St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)]

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Related Resources...

* The Holy Rosary (Topic Page) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/tp/topic_page-holy_rosary.htm 

* Promises of the Rosary - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/rosary/promises_of_the_rosary.htm

* What is the Rosary and Why Pray it? - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/rosary/what_the_rosary_is_and_why_pray_it.htm

* Facts About the Rosary - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/rosary/rosary_facts.htm

* History of the Rosary - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/rosary/history_of_the_rosary.htm

* How to Pray the Rosary / Mysteries of the Rosary - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/rosary/how_to_pray_the_rosary.htm

* Tips for Praying the Rosary - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/dusub/rosary_tips.htm

* The Holy Rosary (Reflections) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/qt/holy_rosary_reflections.htm

* The Holy Rosary (Papal Writings) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pd/classic_encyclicals_by_category.htm

* The Daily Rosary - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/rosary/daily_rosary.htm

* The Rosary in Latin - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/rosary/the_rosary_in_latin.htm

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

* How to Pray the Rosary (Topic Page) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/tp/topic_page-how_to_pray_the_rosary.htm

* Holy Rosary (Section) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/holy_rosary.htm

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

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

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

* Devotions, Sacramentals & Pious Practices - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/prayers_and_devotions/devotions.htm

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

* Rosary (Crossword Puzzle) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pca/crossword_puzzle_rosary.html

* Rosary (Word Search) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pca/word_search_rosary.htm

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

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

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"The power of the rosary is beyond description." (Archbishop Fulton Sheen)

"Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray. This is a statement that I would gladly sign with my blood." (St. Louis de Montfort)

"If you want peace in your heart, in your home, in your country, assemble together every night and say the Rosary." (Pope St. Pius X)

"How great is the power and mercy of the Blessed Virgin for those who are faithful in the practice of the Rosary! If you wish then, to save your soul, practice the devotion of the Rosary with fervor and perseverance. If you wish to save the souls of those who are near and dear to you, try to introduce this devotion without delay into your family." (Muller)

"The fathers and mothers of families particularly must give an example to their children, especially when, at sunset, they gather together after the day's work, within the domestic walls, and recite the Holy Rosary on bended knees before the image of the Virgin, together fusing voice, faith and sentiment. This is a beautiful and salutary custom, from which certainly there cannot but be derived tranquility and abundance of heavenly gifts for the household." (Pope Pius XI, "Ingravescentibus Malis", 1937 A.D.)

"Were a good friend to present us several times with a thousand dollars, we would not object to such a sum, but rather wish the amount to be increased. The good Christian, in like manner, never finds the repetition of the prayers of the Rosary tedious, but rather truly delightful. He knows that one single prayer of the Rosary, which is recited with devotion is of more value than all the money, than all the riches, in the universe. What will money, what will all the riches of this world, avail us after death? But the prayers of the Rosary will then be of more help to us than all the honors and earth in the world." (Muller)

"[M]ay the beads of the Rosary be in the hands of all" (Pope Pius XII, "Ad Caeli Reginam", 1954 A.D.)

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Reminder: The My Catholic Source.com Sixth Annual Rosary Week will be held this year from 10/20 - 10/26. Please join us! Sign up today at http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/fdb/rosary_week_sign_up.htm

It's easy & free to participate!

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On the Attributes of God (A Poem)

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The following is taken from a 19th century Irish publication ("Catholic Penny Magazine"). An imprimatur was not located on the publication. [Note: We have made some changes to the text below (e.g. capitalization, punctuation & spelling changes)]

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Great, eternal, sovereign King!

Let us Thy praise for ever sing;

Let us Thy majesty proclaim,

And ever glorify Thy name!

Invisible to mortal sight,

In robes of pure celestial light,

Thou reignedst in Thy native clime,

With all Thy attributes sublime;

Before earth was, or time began,

Or angels were, or issued man,

Ere nothing at Thy great command,

Brought forth the sky, the seas, the land!

O King of kings! O Lord of lords!

What is it that Thy might records?

Is it the heavens? With the earth,

Which from Thy word received their birth?

These are as nought before Thy face,

With all the sons of Adam's race.

Before Thee all the angels quake,

And at Thy beck the heavens shake;

Even the archangels are in dread,

Whilst Thy pure brilliant light is shed.

Thy power exceeds all human thought,

Thy will all that was ever sought;

Thy majesty no man can tell;

Thy judgments are inscrutable;

No power Thy justice can command;

Thy truth is seen in every land;

Thy sanctity all worlds proclaim;

Thy mercy over Thy works doth reign;

Thy wisdom's seen in all designs;

Thy goodness in full glory shines;

Thy beauty, no less than Thy might,

Is full of joy, of peace, and light;

Thy knowledge hath no bounds nor end;

Thy greatness none can comprehend;

Thy love no heart can fully feel;

Thy glory none can ever reveal;

Thy height, Thy depth, Thy breadth, Thy length,

No man can fathom, nor Thy strength.

Thou livest, within, without, around,

Above, on earth, and under ground.

Thy name is feared in heaven, in hell,

Where saints adore, or devils dwell.

O God! Thou art praised in golden lyres,

By spirits bright, in heavenly choirs,

Midst cherubs' songs, and seraphs' fires,

Whilst thrones and dominations sing,

Holy! Holy! Sovereign King!

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Also Try...

* 'Scriptural Litany of God' - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pcs/scriptural_litany_of_God.htm

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

* God (Topical Scripture) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pcs/pcst/topical_scripture_G4a.htm

* God (Reflections) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/qt/catholic_basics_reflections_God.htm

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"The true peace of Christ can only exist in the Kingdom of Christ...": Some resources for the Feast of Christ the King

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Reminder: Traditionally, the feast of Christ the King falls in October. As stated by Pope Pius XI, "It is not necessary, Venerable Brethren, that We should explain to you at any length why We have decreed that this feast of the Kingship of Christ should be observed in addition to those other feasts in which his kingly dignity is already signified and celebrated... We have commanded its observance on a Sunday in order that not only the clergy may perform their duty by saying Mass and reciting the Office, but that the laity too, free from their daily tasks, may in a spirit of holy joy give ample testimony of their obedience and subjection to Christ. The last Sunday of October seemed the most convenient of all for this purpose, because it is at the end of the liturgical year, and thus the feast of the Kingship of Christ sets the crowning glory upon the mysteries of the life of Christ already commemorated during the year, and, before celebrating the triumph of all the Saints, we proclaim and extol the glory of him who triumphs in all the Saints and in all the Elect." (Pope Pius XI, "Quas Primas", 1925 A.D.). In the Novus Ordo calendar, the Feast of Christ the King is celebrated "after the triumph of all the Saints" - in November, on the Sunday before Advent.

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"It is, therefore, a fact which cannot be questioned that the true peace of Christ can only exist in the Kingdom of Christ - 'the peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ.' It is no less unquestionable that, in doing all we can to bring about the re-establishment of Christ's kingdom, we will be working most effectively toward a lasting world peace." (Pope Pius XI, "Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio", 1922 A.D.)

"It is apparent from these considerations that true peace, the peace of Christ, is impossible unless we are willing and ready to accept the fundamental principles of Christianity, unless we are willing to observe the teachings and obey the law of Christ, both in public and private life." (Pope Pius XI, "Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio", 1922 A.D.)

"In the first Encyclical Letter which We addressed at the beginning of Our Pontificate to the Bishops of the universal Church, We referred to the chief causes of the difficulties under which mankind was laboring. And We remember saying that these manifold evils in the world were due to the fact that the majority of men had thrust Jesus Christ and his holy law out of their lives; that these had no place either in private affairs or in politics: and we said further, that as long as individuals and states refused to submit to the rule of our Savior, there would be no really hopeful prospect of a lasting peace among nations." (Pope Pius XI, "Quas Primas", 1925 A.D.)

"When once men recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony." (Pope Pius XI, "Quas Primas", 1925 A.D.)

"If We ordain that the whole Catholic world shall revere Christ as King, We shall minister to the need of the present day, and at the same time provide an excellent remedy for the plague which now infects society." (Pope Pius XI, "Quas Primas", 1925 A.D.)

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Related Resources...

* Christ the King (Topic Page) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/tp/topic_page-Christ_the_King.htm

* On The Peace Of Christ In The Kingdom Of Christ (Papal Document: Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, Pope Pius XI, 1922) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pd/ubi_arcano_dei_consilio.htm

* On The Feast Of Christ The King (Papal Document: Quas Primas, Pope Pius XI, 1925) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pd/quas_primas.htm

* Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Feast of Christ the King) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pr/prayers_and_hymns_for_certain_occasions_times.htm

* Prayers to Christ the King - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pr/prayers_and_hymns_Jesus.htm

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

* Kingdom / Kingdom of God (Topical Scripture) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pcs/pcst/topical_scripture_K2a.htm

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

* For Indulgence Information for the Feast of Christ the King, Try Here - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/cg/indulgences.htm

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

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"He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father: and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever." (Lk. 1:32)

"And he hath on his garment and on his thigh written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. " (Apoc. 19:16)

Prayer to Christ the King: "O Christ Jesus, I acknowledge Thee to be the King of the universe; all that hath been made is created for Thee. Exercise over me all Thy sovereign rights. I hereby renew the promises of my Baptism, renouncing Satan and all his works and pomps, and I engage myself to lead henceforth a truly Christian life. And in an especial manner do I undertake to bring about the triumph of the rights of God and Thy Church, so far as in me lies. Divine Heart of Jesus, I offer Thee my poor actions to obtain the acknowledgement by every heart of Thy sacred kingly power. In such wise may the kingdom of Thy peace be firmly established throughout all the earth. Amen." (Raccolta)

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Liturgical Feasts in October

The following is a listing of all liturgical feast dates for October 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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October 1 - St. Remigius (T)

October 1 - St. Theresa of the Child Jesus (N)

October 2 - The Holy Guardian Angels (T)

October 2 - The Guardian Angels (N)

October 3 - St. Teresa of the Child Jesus (T)

October 4 - St. Francis of Assisi (T)

October 4 - St. Francis of Assisi (N)

October 5 - St. Placid & companions (T)

October 6 - St. Bruno (T)

October 6 - St. Bruno (N)

October 7 - Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary (T)

October 7 - St. Mark, pope (T)

October 7 - Sts. Marcellus & Apuleius (T)

October 7 - Sts. Sergius & Bacchus (T)

October 7 - Our Lady of the Rosary (N)

October 8 - St. Bridget of Sweden (T)

October 9 - St. John Leonardi (T)

October 9 - Sts. Denis, Rusticus & Eleutherius (T)

October 9 - St. Denis & companions (N)

October 9 - St. John Leonardi (N)

October 10 - St. Francis Borgia (T)

October 11 - The Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (T)

October 13 - St. Edward, king of England (T)

October 14 - St. Callistus I, pope (T)

October 14 - St. Callistus I, pope (N)

October 15 - St. Teresa of Avila (T)

October 15 - St. Teresa of Avila (N)

October 16 - St. Hedwig (T)

October 16 - St. Hedwig (N)

October 16 - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (N)

October 17 - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (T)

October 17 - St. Ignatius of Antioch (N)

October 18 - St. Luke the Evangelist (T)

October 18 - St. Luke the Evangelist (N)

October 19 - St. Peter of Alcantara (T)

October 19 - St. Paul of the Cross (N)

October 19 - Sts. Isaac Jogues, John de Brebeuf & companions (N)

October 20 - St. John Cantius (T)

October 21 - St. Hilarion (T)

October 21 - St. Ursula & companions (T)

October 23 - St. John of Capistrano (N)

October 24 - St. Raphael the Archangel (T)

October 24 - St. Anthony Claret (N)

October 25 - Sts. Chrysanthus & Daria (T)

October 26 - St. Evaristus, pope (T)

October 28 - Sts. Simon & Jude, apostles (T)

October 28 - Sts. Simon & Jude, apostles (N)

October 31 - Vigil of All Saints (T)

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...

10/26/14 - Feast of the Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ (T) [Refresher re: traditional timing of this feast: "It is not necessary, Venerable Brethren, that We should explain to you at any length why We have decreed that this feast of the Kingship of Christ should be observed in addition to those other feasts in which his kingly dignity is already signified and celebrated. It will suffice to remark that although in all the feasts of our Lord the material object of worship is Christ, nevertheless their formal object is something quite distinct from his royal title and dignity. We have commanded its observance on a Sunday in order that not only the clergy may perform their duty by saying Mass and reciting the Office, but that the laity too, free from their daily tasks, may in a spirit of holy joy give ample testimony of their obedience and subjection to Christ. The last Sunday of October seemed the most convenient of all for this purpose, because it is at the end of the liturgical year, and thus the feast of the Kingship of Christ sets the crowning glory upon the mysteries of the life of Christ already commemorated during the year, and, before celebrating the triumph of all the Saints, we proclaim and extol the glory of him who triumphs in all the Saints and in all the Elect." (Pope Pius XI, "Quas Primas", 1925 A.D.)]

 

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The Vatican has announced that the following feast days have been added to the general Roman calendar...

Pope John XXIII - October 11

Pope John Paul II - October 22

While the feast days have been added to the (Novus Ordo) calendar, they are "optional and not obligatory memorials."

[Ref.: Newsflash (9/12/14) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/cmno/news_and_opinion.htm ]

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'Catholic Trivia'

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Note: This month there are 20 trivia items and all items are themed. The theme is 'Uncomplimentary remarks from New Testament'.

Notice: The following is humbly presented in response to the idea recently circulating that those who are Christian may never legitimately 'insult' another person (or that "To insult is not Christian"). Certainly, Christians must always love their neighbors, but that does not preclude the possibility that an uncomplimentary remark may sometimes be lawfully uttered. To say otherwise is to condemn actions of the Apostles, Saints -- and even of Jesus Christ Himself.

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Who said the following...? [Hints/Reminder: All items are from the NEW Testament. Items are in no particular order.]

1. "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?"

2. "You serpents, you brood of vipers, how can you flee from the judgment of Gehenna?"

3. "You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time?"

4. "You belong to your father the devil and you willingly carry out your father's desires."

5. "You brood of vipers, how can you say good things when you are evil? For from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks."

6. "You son of the devil, you enemy of all that is right, full of every sort of deceit and fraud. Will you not stop twisting the straight paths of (the) Lord?"

7. "God will strike you, you whitewashed wall."

8. "You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always oppose the Holy Spirit; you are just like your ancestors."

9. "You brood of vipers, how can you say good things when you are evil?"

10. "Oh you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil. You fools!"

11. "For I see that you are filled with bitter gall and are in the bonds of iniquity."

12. "O stupid Galatians!"

13. "One of them, a prophet of their own, once said, 'Cretans have always been liars, vicious beasts, and lazy gluttons' That testimony is true. Therefore, admonish them sharply, so that they may be sound in the faith, instead of paying attention to Jewish myths and regulations of people who have repudiated the truth."

14. "They are filled with every form of wickedness, evil, greed, and malice; full of envy, murder, rivalry, treachery, and spite. They are gossips and scandalmongers and they hate God. They are insolent, haughty, boastful, ingenious in their wickedness, and rebellious toward their parents. They are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless."

15. "For many, as I have often told you and now tell you even in tears, conduct themselves as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction. Their God is their stomach; their glory is in their 'shame.' Their minds are occupied with earthly things."

16. "For you suffer the same things from your compatriots as they did from the Jews, who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets and persecuted us; they do not please God, and are opposed to everyone, trying to prevent us from speaking to the Gentiles that they may be saved, thus constantly filling up the measure of their sins. But the wrath of God has finally begun to come upon them."

17. "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men's bones and every kind of filth."

18. "Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do."

19. "Some, by rejecting conscience, have made a shipwreck of their faith, among them Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme."

20. "These people are waterless springs and mists driven by a gale; for them the gloom of darkness has been reserved."

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Answers:

1. St. John the Baptist in Mt. 3:7 & Lk. 3:7: "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?"

2. Jesus Christ in Mt. 23:33: "You serpents, you brood of vipers, how can you flee from the judgment of Gehenna?"

3. Jesus Christ in Lk. 12:56: "You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time?"

4. Jesus Christ in Jn. 8:44: "You belong to your father the devil and you willingly carry out your father's desires."

5. Jesus Christ in Mt. 12:34: "You brood of vipers, how can you say good things when you are evil? For from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks."

6. St. Paul - who was "filled with the Holy Spirit" - in Acts 13:10: "You son of the devil, you enemy of all that is right, full of every sort of deceit and fraud. Will you not stop twisting the straight paths of (the) Lord?"

7. St. Paul in Acts 23:3: "God will strike you, you whitewashed wall."

8. St. Stephen, protomartyr, in Acts 7:51: "You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always oppose the Holy Spirit; you are just like your ancestors."

9. Jesus Christ in Mt. 12:34: "You brood of vipers, how can you say good things when you are evil?"

10. Jesus Christ in Lk. 11:39-40: "Oh you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil. You fools!"

11. St. Peter in Acts 8:23: "For I see that you are filled with bitter gall and are in the bonds of iniquity."

12. St. Paul in Gal. 3:1: "O stupid Galatians!"

13. St. Paul in Ti. 1:12-14: "One of them, a prophet of their own, once said, 'Cretans have always been liars, vicious beasts, and lazy gluttons'" That testimony is true. Therefore, admonish them sharply, so that they may be sound in the faith, instead of paying attention to Jewish myths and regulations of people who have repudiated the truth."

14. St. Paul in Rom. 1:29-31: "They are filled with every form of wickedness, evil, greed, and malice; full of envy, murder, rivalry, treachery, and spite. They are gossips and scandalmongers and they hate God. They are insolent, haughty, boastful, ingenious in their wickedness, and rebellious toward their parents. They are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless."

15. St. Paul in Phil. 3:18-19: "For many, as I have often told you and now tell you even in tears, conduct themselves as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction. Their God is their stomach; their glory is in their 'shame.' Their minds are occupied with earthly things."

16. St. Paul in 1 Thes. 2:14-16: "For you suffer the same things from your compatriots as they did from the Jews, who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets and persecuted us; they do not please God, and are opposed to everyone, trying to prevent us from speaking to the Gentiles that they may be saved, thus constantly filling up the measure of their sins. But the wrath of God has finally begun to come upon them."

17. Jesus Christ in Mt. 23:27: "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men's bones and every kind of filth."

18. Jesus Christ (to St. Peter) in Mt. 16:23: "Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do."

19. St. Paul in 1 Tm. 1:19-20: "Some, by rejecting conscience, have made a shipwreck of their faith, among them Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme."

20. St. Peter in 2 Pt. 2:17: "These people are waterless springs and mists driven by a gale; for them the gloom of darkness has been reserved."

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Defending the Faith: "Apologetics Brief" - What is Truth? / How is Truth Recognized?

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__truth_doctrine.htm

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

Topic: What is Truth? / How is Truth Recognized? [Note: Topic is directed at Protestants]

Consider:

* The best way to recognize truth in matters of religion is to consider its source. If a doctrine traces back to Christ and the Apostles, it has to be true. 

* Scripture also tells us that the Catholic Church may be relied on for truth, even calling her "the pillar and foundation of truth" (1 Tm. 3:15). Her teachings are protected by infallibility. [Note: Visit http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/vatican_view/papal_infallibility.htm for more information on infallibility.]

* Further, one must recognize various truths regarding religious truth. For example, consider that...

* Religious truth is fixed and not relative or subjective.

* Religious truth does not require the assent of anyone to remain true. Even if the whole world rejected it, it would still be true.

* Religious truth is not negotiable.

* Religious truths cannot truly contradict one another.

* Religious truth differs from opinion and "feeling".

* Religious truth is not based on "what you want to hear".

* Religious truth arises from God, not man.

* Many people will dislike the truth (cf. 2 Pt. 2:2).

* Religious truth will be denied, but is still the truth (cf. 2 Tm 4:3-4).

* Religious truth is not subject to compromise.

* "Truth must, by necessity, exclude error."

* Religious truths are not determined by majority vote.

* "[T]he truth is not created or measured by man but is given to man as a gift by the supreme truth, God" (Pope John Paul II)

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"We belong to God, and anyone who knows God listens to us, while anyone who does not belong to God refuses to hear us. This is how we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit." (1 Jn. 4:6)

"Man's nature is such that truth tastes bitter and pleasant vices are esteemed." (St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church)

"Those who wage war against the truth are powerless to win; rather, they wound themselves, like those who kick against spikes." (St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church)

"People hate the truth for the sake of whatever it is they love more than the truth. They love truth when it shines warmly on them, and hate it when it rebukes them." (St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church)

"There is only one way of standing in the truth; many and various of not standing in it." [Origen ('the greatest scholar of Christian antiquity' - although he would eventually be excommunicated and be regarded as a heretic), 3rd century A.D.]

"The order of time shows that that is divine and true which has been handed down from the beginning; that that is alien and false which has been added later. That is the prescription which disposes of all heresies started in later days - they can make no assured claim to the truth." [Tertullian ("an excellent early Christian writer" - although he would ultimately fall into heresy), 3rd century A.D.]

"The Church, instituted by the Lord and confirmed by the Apostles, is one for all men; but the frantic folly of the diverse impious sects has cut them off from her. It cannot be denied that this tearing asunder of the faith has arisen from the defect of poor intelligence, which twists what is read to confirm to its opinion, instead of adjusting its opinion to the meaning of what is read. However, while individual parties fight among themselves, the Church stands revealed not only by her own doctrines, but by those also of her adversaries. And although they are all ranged against her, she confutes the most wicked error which they all share, by the very fact that she is alone and one. All the heretics, therefore, come against the Church; but while all the heretics can conquer each other, they can win nothing for themselves. For their victory is the triumph of the Church over all of them. One heresy struggles against that teaching of another, which the faith of the Church has already condemned in the other heresy - for there is nothing which the heretics hold in common - and the result is that they affirm our faith while fighting among themselves." (St. Hilary of Poitiers, Doctor of the Church, c. 356 A.D.)

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In Closing...

"Next to the holy sacrifice of the Mass, there is, indeed, nothing more terrifying to [the devil], nor does he bear a more implacable hatred to anything than to the devotion of the Rosary." (Muller)

"If, therefore, the rulers of nations wish to preserve their authority, to promote and increase the prosperity of their countries, they will not neglect the public duty of reverence and obedience to the rule of Christ." (Pope Pius XI)

"Let marriage be honored among all and the marriage bed be kept undefiled, for God will judge the immoral and adulterers." (St. Paul, Heb. 13:4)

"Can. 1141 A marriage which is ratified and consummated cannot be dissolved by any human power or by any cause other than death." (1983 Code of Canon Law)

"If anyone states that the marriage bond can be dissolved by reason of heresy, domestic incompatibility, or willful desertion by one of the parties: let him be anathema." (Council of Trent)

"Marriage has God for its Author, and was from the very beginning a kind of foreshadowing of the incarnation of His Son; and therefore there abides in it a something holy and religious; not extraneous, but innate; not derived from men, but implanted by nature." (Pope Leo XIII)

"We decreed by an Encyclical Letter that, to win the help of Heaven for the Church in her trials, the great Mother of God should be honored by the means of the most holy Rosary during the whole of the month of October. In this We followed both Our own impulse and the example of Our predecessors, who in times of difficulty were wont to have recourse with increased fervor to the Blessed Virgin, and to seek her aid with special prayers." (Pope Leo XIII, "Superiore Anno", 1884 A.D.)

"Now, to appease the might of an outraged God and to bring that health of soul so needed by those who are sorely afflicted, there is nothing better than devout and persevering prayer, provided it be joined with a love for and practice of Christian life. And both of these, the spirit of prayer and the practice of Christian life, are best attained through the devotion of the Rosary of Mary." (Pope Leo XIII, "Magnae Dei Matris", 1892 A.D.)

"Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you." (Mt. 6:33)

Christus Vincit, Christus Regnat, Christus Imperat (Latin for "Christ conquers, Christ reigns, Christ commands")

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