Written on 19 July 2015, 08.20 by Gene C. Alberto

When did the Church begin its work?

 

Its work began and first visibly manifested on Pentecost Sunday when the Holy Spirit came down upon the apostles.  It enable the Church to teach, to sanctify and to rule the faithful in the name of Christ.

 

Why is the Church called the Mystical Body of Christ?

 

The Catholic Church is called the Mystical Body of Christ because its members are united by supernatural bonds with one another and with Christ, their Head, thus resembling the members and head to the living human body.

 

Just as a human body has one head, so does the Church have one Head who is Christ.  The Pope is His Vicar or representative on earth, the visible head of the Church.

 

Just as our human body is made up many members, such as hand, feet, eyes, lungs, heart, etc., so is the Mystical Body of Christ.

 

In what ways can the laity participate actively in the apostolate of the Church?

 

Every Catholic is obliged to help the Church to spread.  Non-Catholics are most often brought into the Church by the good example of Catholics.  Be interested in non-Catholics, don’t argue, but answer their sincere questions.  Encourage them and arose their interest in the Catholic faith; promote high standards in the press, television, cinema and internet; take part in the activities of church activities and organizations; represent, under proper direction, the Church’s position in speaking and writing; and go as lay missionaries to other lands.

 

References:

 

Is 40. 60-62, Jer 33, Ps 22; 79; jn 3:29; 10:1-18, Mk 2:19-20 Acts 9:45, Rom 12:4-15, 1 Cor 12:12-27, Ep 5:25-27, 1 Pet 2:11-12, 4:1-11, Col 1:18-24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WHEN HEAVEN SMILED DOWN ON MAN

(It all happened at Mount Carmel, a beautiful mountain range in Palestine overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.  It is not too far from Nazareth.

 

About eight hundred fifty years before the birth of Christ, the prophet Elijah lived a holy and penitential life on the heights of Mount Carmel.  He saw a Lady prefigured in a little cloud that rose over the sea, bringing rain and new life to the parched earth.  He and his followers honored the coming of the Mother of the Messiah.

 

Centuries after, during the early morning on July 16, 1251, our Lady of Mount Carmel appeared to St. Simon Stock of the Carmelite Order.  She was holding a brown scapular accompanied by multitude of angels.  She said to him: “Receive, my beloved son, this scapular of your Order.  This shall be to you and all the Carmelites a privilege that whoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.  It is the badge of salvation, a protection in danger, a pledge of peace and eternal alliance.”

 

Full of consolation and courage by our Lady, Simon wrote a detailed account of our Lady’s visit and promises.  Devotion to the scapular began to spread.  Miracles took place by means of the scapular, not only in St. Simon’s day, but through the centuries and even today.  Through the scapular the dead have risen, memories have been restored, fires have been extinguished, shipwrecks have been avoided, bullets have been flattened, swords have been blunted, sights has been restored, the sick have been cured, floods have been halted, the drowning have been rescued, souls have been converted and saved.

 

The saints through the ages have had personal love and devotion for the scapular.  It is not two little tabs attached strings that matter so much as it is our Lady who is so all important.  It is love for and consecration to Mary that matters.  The scapular is an outward sign of that consecration, and it is the sign given by her.  She loves it, she blesses it.  So, too, does she love the devout wearer and she blesses him or her.

 

Our confidence and trust is not in the brown cloth; it is in the intercession of the powerful Mother of God who has made a promise and who is able to keep that promise.

 

Our Lady’s last visit to Bernadette at Lourdes was on July 16th, the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  Bernadette said that never had she looked so beautiful as she did then.  The last vision at Fatima as seen by Lucy on October 13th was of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  Lucy said that she understood by that apparition that the rosary and the scapular are inseparable.  Through the scapular we consecrate ourselves to Mary.  We wear her livery, her garment, to honor her, to show our love for her.  In trying to imitate her we become more pleasing to God, and we draw closer to Him on the path of holiness.  Mary will then be with us at death, and her loving hands will reach out to take us to heaven.

 

On his death bed, St. Simon at the age of ninety sought the solitude of his tiny room where he is confined and spent the entire night on his knees.  His beautiful prayer, “Flos Carmeli,” has come down to us:  “Flowers of Carmel, blooming vine, splendor of heaven, Mother divine, none like you!  Mother of meekness, peerless you are!  To your children favors impart, Star of the Sea!”

 

He looked up to heaven and the room was flooded with a great light.

 

Sources:

Holy Scripture: 1 Kings 18:41-46

Cause of Our Joy by Sister Mary Francis Le Blanc, O. Carm.

Life of Mary by Mother Mary of Agreda

The Lowly Life of Lord Jesus and His Blessed Mother

by: Sister Anna Catherine Emmerich

 

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