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May the joy of the Resurrection be with you father , Happy Easter , father I wanted to know , what is the difference between Jesus Christ and Christ , God bless you abundantly

Hello,

Resurrection joy and blessings to you also :)

The Savior was named Jesus because He saves His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21).

The Savior is called “the Christ” which means the anointed One (we call sacred oil “chrism”), and it is a special title given to the promised Messiah, mentioned in the Old Testament prophecies (Matthew 27:22).

So His name is Jesus and His title is the Messiah. Jesus Christ is like saying, “Jesus, the Messiah.” God bless and take care! Fr. Angel

Hello Fr. Angel! Just wanted to share that I was received into the Catholic Church via Confirmation this past Easter Vigil :) after a couple years of discernment and prayer. One of the most moving experiences in my life with no regrets! And I think it's just awesome that the faith journey just doesn't end there. So if you may, please pray for me! :)

Hello,

Congratulations brother and heartfelt best wishes for you, that this Resurrection joy and victory of Jesus Christ will sustain you all your days!! God bless and take care! Fr. Angel

Hello, Padre! Thank you for your answer to my last question! But I have another: could be Aristotle in Heaven? or: could the pagans, before Christ, go to "Limbus Patrum" and, after, to Heaven? Thank you.

Hello,

Before the coming of Christ, there is a spiritual and moral obligation to hear His Word, and to submit to Him in faith, for there is no other Name under heaven by which people are saved.

However, before the coming of Christ, those who followed truth and practice justice as they understood it in their conscience could be sent to the limbo of the fathers, or the netherworld, and then heaven after Christ’s soul liberated those spirits.

So, yes, Aristotle and other pagans before Christ could enter heaven. After the coming of Christ, it is more complicated but the Catholic Church says that those with invincible ignorance of the truth of the Catholic Faith can be saved. Pope Francis recently reminded us of this. God bless and take care! Fr. Angel

Does God knowing the future preclude free decisions?

polishedlake:

Theological fatalists claim that God foreknowing your future actions renders them un-free. Consider their argument.

(1) Necessarily, if God knows that I will do X, then I will do X.
(2) God knows that I will do X.
(3) Therefore, necessarily, I will do X.

However, (3) doesn’t…

wyattguy:

Also my baptismal candle, and confirmation saint name tag.

wyattguy:

Also my baptismal candle, and confirmation saint name tag.

The Exultet or Easter Proclamation beautifully chanted in Latin. Nice to listen to while you work.

To The Troll Who Called My Son Ugly

Someone called this precious little angel “ugly” because he has Down’s syndrome. But his mama does a beautiful job of putting that person in their place. I can’t think of many things that are lower and more vile than blaspheming the Creator’s image in innocent little children.

nannykim:

Beautiful/ new words to a familiar song

Amazing and inspirational song with Easter/resurrection theme!

Pope Pius XII sings the Easter Preface

Father, this is ironic, but why do we fall priests "Father?" Does it have to do with Persona Christi at all? I just wanted to know incase someone asks me.

Hello,

The history of calling priests “father” is complicated. For most of history, priests were not called “father” but by their regular name. The bishop was called “father” and in the monastic life later on, the abbot was called father.

Later, in the Middle Ages, when religious orders were formed, many of the Catholic faithful called Franciscans or Dominicans “father”. I am not sure why this practice took place, except to guess that the mendicant friars were close to the people, especially the poor, and calling them “father” was a sign of affection by the people.

It is said that in the last 200 years, the Irish developed the practice of calling all priests father, and that this practice spread with Irish immigration. For most of history, priests were addressed with titles of respect such as “Sir” but were not called “father.”

There is nothing wrong with calling a spiritual leader ‘father.” Even Jesus called Abraham “father Abraham.” Since the priest generates the life of grace in souls by baptism and the other sacraments, it makes sense to honor his spiritual fatherhood by calling “father.”

God bless and take care! Fr. Angel

what is the significance of the renewal of baptismal vows at Easter Sunday mass?

Hello,

Easter is Resurrection, when Jesus shows forth that He is truly God, as He claimed, and that He has truly wiped away sin and gained for us eternal life, as He promised.

Baptism is our participation in that Resurrection victory of Christ, and so Easter Sunday is the most appropriate day of the year in which to rededicate ourselves to Christ and the Church, by the renewal of the baptismal confession of faith and rejection of Satan.

In fact, the real significance or importance of Lent is to turn us back to Christ if we have been “backsliding” and to prepare us for that renewal of our promises to Him.

God bless and take care! Fr. Angel

theraccolta:

Christ Conquering Death

theraccolta:

Christ Conquering Death

Easter Morning.

catholic-revert:

When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight.

Luke 24:30-31 
Happy Easter. He is risen.

What are your thoughts on Christians serving in the military?

michaelangerlo:

fatherangel:

Hello,

My thoughts are those of the Catholic Magisterium as taught through the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

2310 Public authorities, in this case, have the right and duty to impose on citizens the obligations necessary for national defense.

Those who are sworn to serve their country in the armed forces are servants of the security and freedom of nations. If they carry out their duty honorably, they truly contribute to the common good of the nation and the maintenance of peace.

See this link which gives a more amplified explanation of the Catholic Church’s stance toward the sanctity of all human life and the preservation of peace between peoples:

http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/p3s2c2a5.htm

In the early Church, Christians were fiercely pacifist and did not accept military service, for a number of reasons, including the violence it might entail, and the worship by soldiers of the Roman emperor. But as the Church acquired practice experience of what happens when there is not a military force to protect peace, its attitude changed. It no longer accepted entire peoples to subject themselves to annihilation or genocide merely for the defense of the ideal of Christian peace.

God bless and take care! Fr. Angel

That only really argues that one has a right to self-defense.

And it confuses militarism with self-defense. Gearing up with weaponry, going over to someone else’s land, blindly following orders given by illegitimate human authority, contributing to the death and destruction and mayhem of people who are not a legitimate threat is not self-defense.

Sorry, you guys are doing the Jesus thing very wrong, and you disappoint him:

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Let’s not skip over some very pertinent facts. First, I am NOT THE ORACLE of Delphi, who received messages from the Greek gods. Too often, people expect more of my answers than I am able to give prudently.

Instead, I received a very vague question in my inbox about MY thoughts of Christians serving in the military.

The question did not ask about what is “militarism” and what is “self-defense.” The question did not probe into whether it would be moral for a Christian to join a military that demanded immoral conduct.

The question simply asked “what are your thoughts about Christians serving in the military?” So, not knowing the background of the person and seeing that the question was vague, I purposely kept the response somewhat vague, choosing to quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

I wasn’t trying to answer the question from all angles. I wasn’t trying to give a theological dissertation on the nature of just, and unjust, practices in warfare. If the person comes from the U.S, that would then involve a discussion of the American practice of “pre-emptive war.”

If the person who asked is from another country where people are drafted but never go off to combat, that would call for a different answer. Context and background of the person asking the question means everything in trying to answer the question properly.

The last thing I would want to do is to start berating and preaching at a young person who is legally required to serve in their military, but who lives in a country which never inserts itself into military conflict.

Just keep these nuances and factors in your mind before you assume that I am trying to bless any and all military conduct without knowing the background and context of the person posing the question. In other words, I am not confused about militarism and self-defense. I am just not sure which is at stake in the mind of the person posing the question.

So, my answer from the Catechism was purposely general in nature. God bless and take care! Fr. Angel

He’s the boss.

He’s the boss.