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Malachi 1:11: For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name is great among the nations, and in every place incense is offered to my name, and a pure offering; for my name is great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts.

Hebrews 13:10: We have an altar from which those who serve the tent [the tabernacle of the Jewish temple] have no right to eat.

The Bible tells us that there is a priesthood and sacrifice under the new covenant of Christ. There is no way that a service of the Word or a Protestant communion service can be considered the sacrificial act that prophecy and St. Paul speaks about. However, we do find such elements in the teaching and practice of the Catholic Church. We have an altar of sacrifice and a pure offering, nothing other than the body and blood of Christ in the sacramental species.

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4 Responses

  1. Dear Fr Joe,
    Thank you for that very kind and compassionate prayer, I will keep it with love for those dark days.

  2. Also, I can’t find the right heading, but I’ve just had to have my dear old dog, Henry, put to sleep, and the house seems very empty. I know that Heaven is such enormous joy and bliss with the all encompassing love of God Himself that there will be no need for anything extra, but the ‘space’ that Henry occupied both in my heart and my home was enormous and, just at this moment, the consolation of my Catholic faith doesn’t quite take the pain away. It will pass, I know, but it’s really tough going through it. My life had been very full of loss, and each time another dose of that particular suffering comes along I feel I will not cope. Up till now, I have, but sometimes God seems very, very quiet.
    With love,

    FATHER JOE: Dear God, we thank you for the companionship and joy that Henry gave. We know that the friendship of a beloved dog harkens back to the original harmony lost long ago in the Garden when men first sinned. But while you gave men and women a special kinship, a faithful dog reminds us of our own responsibility and stewardship over the created order. When many have felt alone or abandoned, a dog like Henry reminded us that we are precious in the eyes of God and never orphaned. The unconditional loyalty and affection of a good dog often puts the attempts at unity and caring of people to shame. We ask you to heal Paul’s spirit over the loss of his dear friend. Let him know that all that made his friend so dear and lovable finds its source in you, the one who never forgets, and knows us better than we know ourselves. We thank you for the days that Henry walked with Paul and trust that you will sustain Paul as he continues his pilgrimage to you. Blessings on the beloved animals everywhere, and upon the people who care for them. Amen.

  3. And the ‘non-Catholics’, what on Earth happens to them, Limbo no longer exists, Purgatory is the start of the journey unto Heaven itself, and Hell is reserved for those who die in the state of Mortal Sin. So where do the ‘good Protestants’ go? Also, I remember from the penny catechism, that to commit Mortal Sin there had to be:– “Grave matter, full knowledge and full conscent”> it must, surely, be difficult to commit ‘mortal sin’ or am I like a small boy whistling in the dark?

    FATHER JOE: We know that Jesus is the Way and the Truth and the Life. But we leave judgment to God. I do not believe that God damns people for simple ignorance. If non-Catholics believe in and love Jesus, I have to think our Lord hears their cries and reaches out to them. As for mortal sin, it is easier to commit than you might imagine. Some sins are serious matter and the Church informs us about them. That means that the Catholic can not plead ignorance. Sins ranging from murder to deliberately missing Sunday Mass are a matter of mortal sin. If we freely consent, then we subjectively commit a grevious sin which darkens or kills the soul. The person who dies in mortal sin goes to hell.

  4. The Israelites, those chosen by God to inherit the promised land and follow The Law of Moses must surely be entitled to an afterlife even if they neither saw it that way nor believed in one; after all didn’t Moses and Abraham (or was it Elijah?) appear to Jesus at the Transfiguration, witnessed by some of the Apostles, and if that were so then they must have been saved at that point, unless, of course, they were in Limbo with a special dispensation for Earthly manifestation. So, it seems that a Jew can be saved as long as he is a good Jew, and maybe the same for a Muslim as long as he is a good follower of Islam. And such must also be the opportunity for salvation for our seperated bretheren even if they don’t believe in Transubstantiation.
    Perhaps we will all stand naked before Our Lord and Master for that final judgement after our earthly death, and then be given the choice to accept Him as truely God, or deny him and be consigned to an eternity of total isolation from all that is Good. Anyway, I presume that time is purely a worldly constraint, and something that does not limit the expansion of our Immortal Souls after the body is dead. Or is it only Catholics and some Orthodox Churches who believe in The Eucharist as established by Jesus prior to His death on a cross and the Easter Resurrection, who will find a place in God’s Heavenly Kingdom?
    I’ve often struggled with this awful dilemma, and have never really found an acceptable answer, can you shed a little more light on it please Fr Joe.
    From Paul

    FATHER JOE: The Old Testament prophets and patriarchs, the righteous dead, awaited the coming of the Messiah. As the old catechism taught, Jesus opened the gates to heaven that were closed by Adam and Eve’s sin. Notice in the Apostles’ Creed that Jesus descended unto the dead or into hell. This was not the hell of the damned but the limbo of the fathers. He makes possible their entry into heaven. However, note that the limbo of the fathers no longer exists. Adam and Eve, Noah, Moses, Abraham, David, Elijah, even St. Joseph, all awaited Christ so as to be translated into heaven. The economy of salvation changes with Jesus. He redeems us and establishes a new dispensation.

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