Everything in the Bible?
<ul><li>&quot;But the word of the Lord abides for ever.’ That word is the good news which was preached to you&quot;  (1 Pe...
<ul><li>“ And what you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust  to faithful people who will be able to teach oth...
First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation. ( 2 Peter 1:...
So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and asked, &quot;Do you understand what you are reading?&q...
 
<ul><li>The word “Church” (Latin  ecclesia ) originally meant a convocation or assembly gathered for a religious purpose. ...
<ul><li>In the Old Testament God called the chosen people of Israel to be his holy people. </li></ul><ul><li>In the New Te...
 
<ul><li>Pope Pius XII –Encyclical on the  Mystical Body,  said “it is the society of those who have been baptized, and who...
 
This expression also refers to the communion between holy persons  (sancti) ; that is, between those who by grace are unit...
For though we live in the world we are not carrying on a worldly war, for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but h...
 
 
 
HE CHOSE THE 12 DISCIPLES (Mark 3 13:19)
HE AUTHORISED AND EMPOWERED THEM TO TEACH, SANCTIFY & GOVERN ( Luke 9:1-6; Matt. 28:19-20; 18:17-18; John 20:23 Mark 16:15...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
<ul><li>“ MAGISTERIUM” in Latin means “duty or office of  Teacher”’ – used in the Church to mean the “Teaching Authority” ...
Men & Women Consecrated their life <ul><li>Diocesan & Religious Priests – 406,411 </li></ul><ul><li>Deacons – 33,391 </li>...
IT’S BREAK TIME !
SHARING <ul><li>FACILITATORS: WHAT DO I LIKE ABOUT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH? </li></ul>
 
 
 
Nicene Creed We believe in  One, Holy, Catholic  and  Apostolic  Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of...
 
 
There is  one   body  and  one   Spirit , just as you were called to the  one hope  that belongs to your call,  one  Lord,...
 
By his grace  Jesus makes the Church holy,  just as he is holy.  This doesn’t mean that each member is always holy. Jesus ...
But the Church itself is Holy because it is  the source of Holiness  and is the guardian of  the special means of grace  J...
The Holy Spirit, whom Christ the head pours out on his members,  builds, animates, and sanctifies  the Church ..  CCC 747
 
Jesus’ Church is called catholic (&quot;universal&quot; in Greek) because it is his gift to all people.  He told his apost...
 
 
 
AUTHORITY AND INFALLIBILITY  <ul><li>I will give you the  keys of the Kingdom of Heaven , and whatever you  bind on earth ...
APOSTOLIC  SUCCESSION
<ul><li>“ For  I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you…”  </li></ul><ul><li>1 Cor 11:23 </li></ul><ul><li>“ ...
This is the most basic meaning of Catholic Tradition; it is the true faith  itself, given to apostle by Christ and  faithf...
 
<ul><li>The Magisterium is protected from error and guided by the Holy Spirit who  “reminds and guides to all truth”  ther...
 
 
Traditions of the Church  Teachings of the Church Fount  of  God’s  abundant  Graces
<ul><li>The Catholic Church considers all goodness and truth found in these religions as “a preparation for the Gospel and...
<ul><li>Those who, through no fault of their own,  do not know  the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless  ...
<ul><li>&quot;Although in ways known to himself God can lead those who, through no fault of their own, are ignorant of the...
“ So then, my beloved, obedient as you have always been, not only when I am present but all the more now when I am absent,...
&quot;I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race,  I have kept the faith . Henceforth there is laid up for me ...
 
 
 
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  • BIBLE WAS NOT PRINTED UNTIL - 16 TH CENTURY – FAITH WAS DISSEMINATED THROUGH SACRED TRADITIONS AND SCRIPTURES OF THE CHURCH
  • How can Sola Sciptura Stand?
  • The word &amp;quot;tradition&amp;quot; is taken from the Latin &apos;trado, tradere&apos; meaning to hand over, to deliver, or to bequeath. The teachings of Scripture are written down in the Bible, and are handed on, not only in writing, but also in the lives of those who live according to its teachings. The teachings of Tradition are not written down, but are lived and are handed on by the lives of those who lived according to its teachings, according to the example of Christ and the Apostles (1 Corinthians 11:2, 2 Thessalonians 2:15). This perpetual handing on of the teachings of Tradition is called a living Tradition; it is the transmission of the teachings of Tradition from one generation to the next.
  • St. Paul speaks of all Christians as members of Christ, so that with Him, they form one Mystical Body (Cf. 1 Cor 12:12-31; Col 1:18; 2:18-20; Eph. 1:22-23; 3:19; 4:13). St. Paul did not use the word Mystical. It was developed more recently to bring out the fact that this union is unique, there is no parallel to it. It is not the same as the union of a physical body, nor that of a business corporation.
  • The Church, the Mystical Body, exists on this earth, and is called the Church militant, because its members struggle against the world, the flesh and the devil. The Church suffering means the souls in Purgatory. The Church triumphant is the Church in heaven. The unity and cooperation of the members of the Church on earth, in Purgatory, in Heaven is also called the Communion of Saints. When St. Paul uses the word &amp;quot;Saints&amp;quot; in opening an Epistle Ephesians 1:1, he does not mean they are morally perfect. He has in mind Hebrew qadosh , which means set aside for God, or coming under the covenant. Being such means of course they are called to moral perfection. But of course, not all have reached it in this world.
  • Armour of God – Eph 6: 10-17
  • for &amp;quot;the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective&amp;quot; (James. 5:16) Luke 15:7,10 – if the angels and saints experience joy in heaven over our repentance, then they are still connected to us and are aware of our behavior
  • The first and original church
  • THIS IS THE 3 FOLD MISSION OF THE CHURCH
  • The Holy Spirit, whom Christ the head pours out on his members, builds, animates, and sanctifies the Church. She is the sacrament of the Holy Trinity&apos;s communion with men CCC 747
  • The Pope is advised by the College of Cardinals. The Cardinals are usually Archbishops of large Metropolitan areas. Hebrew 13:17 – Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls and will give you an account. Let them do it with joy and not with sighing- for that would be harmful to you.
  • CCC 85 “The task of giving an authentic interpretation of the Word of God, whether in its written form or in the form of Tradition, has been entrusted to the living teaching office of the Church alone. Its authority in this matter is exercised in the name of Jesus Christ.” This means that the task of interpretation has been entrusted to the bishops in communion with the successor of Peter, the Bishop of Rome; The Teachings are authoritative and binding and infallible. 2 Tim 1: 12-14
  • 217,616 PRAISHES IN THE WORLD Basic fabric that held and continues to hold the church together is obedience. The Joke on how to address the priest, bishop, cardinal, pope and God?
  • TIMELINE OF CHURCH AND BIBLE- AT THAT TIME THE BIBLE WAS NOT COMPILED AND NOT ALL THE BOOKS WERE WRITTEN.
  • Romans 12: 5 – One Body in Christ 1 Cor 11:17- One Bread One Body 1 Cor 12:12 – body is one has many members, many members of one body. 1 Cor 12:13 In one spirit we are baptised into one body- drink of one spirit
  • ROMANS 3:23 For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.    Proverbs 15:3 - The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good   Hebrew 12 : 14 Strive for peace with all men, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
  • GUIDES US TO ANSWER THE CALL TO HOLINESS- TO BE SET APART-
  • SHE IS THE OUTWARD SIGN OF AN INWARD GRACE THAT FLOWS FROM THE TRINITY WHICH MAKES HER THE FOUNT OF GRACES- ORDINARY GRACES DISPENSE THROUGH SACRAMENTS TO MAKE US HOLY
  • Traditions &amp; rituals its richness and not just a show!
  • “ You are to be called Cephas” – Jesus to Peter in John 1:42 Cephas in Aramaic (language spoken in Jesus’ time and by Jesus) = Rock and translated in english to mean “Peter”
  • UNBROKEN SUCCESSION – FROM PETER TO BENEDICT 2005- CHURCH ELECTION – COLLEGE OF CARDINALS BELOW 80 YEARS OLD GATHERED
  • CCC 85 “The task of giving an authentic interpretation of the Word of God, whether in its written form or in the form of Tradition, has been entrusted to the living teaching office of the Church alone. Its authority in this matter is exercised in the name of Jesus Christ.” This means that the task of interpretation has been entrusted to the bishops in communion with the successor of Peter, the Bishop of Rome; The Teachings are authoritative and binding and infallible. 2 Tim 1: 12-14
  • FOR THE FAITHFULS
  • WHY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH?

    1. 4. Everything in the Bible?
    2. 5. <ul><li>&quot;But the word of the Lord abides for ever.’ That word is the good news which was preached to you&quot; (1 Pet. 1:25) St. Peter </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;So faith comes from what is </li></ul><ul><li>heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>(Rom. 10:17). </li></ul>
    3. 6. <ul><li>“ And what you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well” </li></ul><ul><li>( 2 Tim 2:2) </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter&quot; (2 Thess. 2:15). </li></ul>
    4. 7. First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation. ( 2 Peter 1:20) There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures. (2 Peter 3 :16)
    5. 8. So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and asked, &quot;Do you understand what you are reading?&quot; And he said, &quot;How can I, unless some one guides me?&quot; And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Acts 8:31-31 Council of Jerusalem – Acts 15
    6. 10. <ul><li>The word “Church” (Latin ecclesia ) originally meant a convocation or assembly gathered for a religious purpose. </li></ul><ul><li>In Christian usage the word “church” refers to the worshipping community, the local community or “parish” and the entire universal community of believers. (CCC, 751 – 752) </li></ul>
    7. 11. <ul><li>In the Old Testament God called the chosen people of Israel to be his holy people. </li></ul><ul><li>In the New Testament, Jesus calls his disciples to form a community of faith as the people of the New Covenant. Jesus inaugurates the Church through his preaching and teaching and in His total self-giving on the cross (CCC, 763 – 766) Eph 2: 19-22 </li></ul>
    8. 13. <ul><li>Pope Pius XII –Encyclical on the Mystical Body, said “it is the society of those who have been baptized, and who profess the faith of Christ, and who are governed by their bishops under the visible head, the Pope, the Bishop of Rome.” </li></ul><ul><li>St. Paul speaks of all Christians as members of Christ, so that with Him, they form one Mystical Body (Cf. 1 Cor 12:12-31; Col 1:18; 2:18-20; Eph. 1:22-23; 3:19; 4:13) </li></ul>
    9. 15. This expression also refers to the communion between holy persons (sancti) ; that is, between those who by grace are united to the dead and risen Christ. Some are pilgrims on the earth ; others, having passed from this life, are undergoing purification and are helped also by our prayers. Others already enjoy the glory of God and intercede for us. All of these together form in Christ one family, the Church, to the praise and glory of the Trinity – CCC 961-962
    10. 16. For though we live in the world we are not carrying on a worldly war, for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 2 COR 10:4
    11. 20. HE CHOSE THE 12 DISCIPLES (Mark 3 13:19)
    12. 21. HE AUTHORISED AND EMPOWERED THEM TO TEACH, SANCTIFY & GOVERN ( Luke 9:1-6; Matt. 28:19-20; 18:17-18; John 20:23 Mark 16:15-16)
    13. 36. <ul><li>“ MAGISTERIUM” in Latin means “duty or office of Teacher”’ – used in the Church to mean the “Teaching Authority” of the Church . </li></ul><ul><li>( CCC 85-87, 888-892) </li></ul><ul><li>Comprises of The Pope and Bishops in union with him; </li></ul>
    14. 37. Men & Women Consecrated their life <ul><li>Diocesan & Religious Priests – 406,411 </li></ul><ul><li>Deacons – 33,391 </li></ul><ul><li>Religious Brothers – 54,708 </li></ul><ul><li>Religious Sisters -760,529 </li></ul><ul><li>Seminarians – 58,538 </li></ul>Total of 1,255,039 Clergies & Religious consecrated their lives to serve the Lord Total :More than 10,000 Saints & Beati Martyrs : Last Century 170 millions
    15. 38. IT’S BREAK TIME !
    16. 39. SHARING <ul><li>FACILITATORS: WHAT DO I LIKE ABOUT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH? </li></ul>
    17. 43. Nicene Creed We believe in One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
    18. 46. There is one body and one Spirit , just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith , one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:4-6
    19. 48. By his grace Jesus makes the Church holy, just as he is holy. This doesn’t mean that each member is always holy. Jesus said there would be both good and bad members in the Church (John 6:70).
    20. 49. But the Church itself is Holy because it is the source of Holiness and is the guardian of the special means of grace Jesus established, the sacraments (Eph. 5:26).
    21. 50. The Holy Spirit, whom Christ the head pours out on his members, builds, animates, and sanctifies the Church .. CCC 747
    22. 52. Jesus’ Church is called catholic (&quot;universal&quot; in Greek) because it is his gift to all people. He told his apostles to go throughout the world and make disciples of &quot;all nations“ (Matt. 28:19–20).
    23. 56. AUTHORITY AND INFALLIBILITY <ul><li>I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven , and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven , and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven .&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 16:19 </li></ul>
    24. 57. APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION
    25. 58. <ul><li>“ For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you…” </li></ul><ul><li>1 Cor 11:23 </li></ul><ul><li>“ For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received” </li></ul><ul><li>1 Cor 15:3 </li></ul>
    26. 59. This is the most basic meaning of Catholic Tradition; it is the true faith itself, given to apostle by Christ and faithfully transmitted to each new generation. CCC 77-78
    27. 61. <ul><li>The Magisterium is protected from error and guided by the Holy Spirit who “reminds and guides to all truth” thereby gives us certainty in matters of doctrine ; (John 16:12-13) </li></ul><ul><li>“ and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 16:19 </li></ul>
    28. 64. Traditions of the Church Teachings of the Church Fount of God’s abundant Graces
    29. 65. <ul><li>The Catholic Church considers all goodness and truth found in these religions as “a preparation for the Gospel and given by him who enlightens all men that they at length have life. (CCC 843) </li></ul>
    30. 66. <ul><li>Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience – those too may achieve eternal salvation. (CCC 847) </li></ul>
    31. 67. <ul><li>&quot;Although in ways known to himself God can lead those who, through no fault of their own, are ignorant of the Gospel, to that faith without which it is impossible to please him, the Church still has the obligation and also the sacred right to evangelize all men.&quot;(CCC 848) </li></ul>
    32. 68. “ So then, my beloved, obedient as you have always been, not only when I am present but all the more now when I am absent, work out your salvation with fear and trembling . Phil 2:12 ‘ Not everyone who says to me, &quot;Lord, Lord&quot; shall enter the Kingdom of heaven’ (Matt. 7:21).&quot;
    33. 69. &quot;I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith . Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day&quot; (2 Tim. 4:7-8)
    34. 71.

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