CATHOLIC STORY – All girl-children are dolls from heaven
“I am Teresa!” (From website http://www.dollsfromheaven.com)
WELCOME BACK TO PROMISED SOIL!
This week I received a new follower with Twitter. It struck a cord in my heart and I followed back. The main reason is that I highly respect the Catholic Church. The discipline of love and devotion far exceeds my family, and I thought I had it good.
REVIEW SOME PERSONAL CATHOLIC HISTORY
I grew up in a Catholic town. I have never thought of it that way, but you can’t deny it. The town is named after the mission of St. Anselm that was established before California achieved statehood. And, of course the town is, San Anselmo.
My sister and I were given permission to visit all of the neighborhood churches we thought we wanted to. Several of our close neighbors were Catholic, so we favored attending Saint Anselm’s Catholic Church. We were not allowed to join any church.
We had no idea why our parents would not take us, and our close playmates were happy to let us be, but we did learn some things. Like how strict the school was. They all wore the same uniform. They had to go to confession, and to mass…and catechism.
BUT WE WERE SECULAR JEWISH
Our family lost its religious heritage when our great grand father came to California from Germany in 1858. It was a long and difficult journey, but they survived along with their prized grape cuttings. That was the beginning of the winery in Sonoma. (gunbun.org)
I grew up as unbaptized Protestant, but was never told our family was Jewish. Great grandfather (in-law) was named Jacob (Y’akov) who had a shofar (horn, trumpet) which my dad gave me, but could not tell me what it was.
God’s plan for us is really yet to be revealed. Our lives have been lived, and our grandchildren grew up much the same way. As the first-born, I was found by another family in the American-military community overseas, and my mother’s influence got me willing to be saved and baptized in an English-speaking Baptist church in Japan.
[I have three daughters, one step daughter, one son, and two step sons] The oldest daughter was baptized in the same church eleven years later when she was five. (The others received their faith and baptism eventually.)
Today I am praying for all our family to hear and receive the Gospel (Good News). Just last month a grand nephew received confirmation in a Lutheran church: A very hopeful sign. My prayer for all our children relies totally upon God. I know his will. We can trust Him! And only God can unite our church.
STUDY OF SAINT TERESA OF AVILA IS INTERESTING
(Portrait of St. Teresa of Avila by Francois Gerard)
“It is love alone that gives worth to all things.” She said.
Teresa born March 28, (also my birthdate) 1515, lived 67 years and died on the very last night of the Julian Calendar, October 4th, when the first day of the Gregorian Calendar began, October 15th. [Ten days went away with her!]
[Now, ten days have past (at least since writing the last paragraph). I have been suffering from chronic sinusitis, and am finally getting some relief with a Christian otolaryngologist (ENT), and his targeted medications. Praise God for his mercy.]
THE PATH TO CATHOLICISM IS BECOMING ATTRACTIVE TO ME
Researching St. Teresa of Avila (Spanish), and St. Therese of Lisieux (French), both contemplative discalced Carmelite nuns, and their books show material that girl-children need to see, and which is already available with the purchase of a Doll from Heaven. (see YouTube link) And there has been a decline of nuns and priests in global society. (@telegraphworld)
A SHORT EXAMPLE OF ST. THERESA’S STORY
“One day Léonie, thinking no doubt that she was too big to play with dolls, brought us a basket filled with clothes, pretty pieces of stuff, and other trifles on which her doll was laid: “Here, dears,” she said, “choose whatever you like.” Céline looked at it, and took a woollen ball. After thinking about it for a minute, I put out my hand saying: “I choose everything,” and I carried off both doll and basket without more ado.
This childish incident was a forecast, so to speak, of my whole life. Later on, when the way of perfection was opened out before me, I realised that in order to become a Saint one must suffer much, always seek the most perfect path, and forget oneself. I also understood that there are many degrees of holiness, that each soul is free to respond to the calls of Our Lord, to do much or little for His Love—in a word, to choose amongst the sacrifices He asks. And then also, as in the days of my childhood, I cried out: “My God, I choose everything, I will not be a Saint by halves, I am not afraid of suffering for Thee, I only fear one thing, and that is to do my own will. Accept the offering of my will, for I choose all that Thou willest.” (Excerpt from online edition by Gutenberg.org)
THERE IS NO RAPTURE
I am watching Catholic TV (EWTN) where I am hearing true teaching (confirmed to me) that I have never heard. One of the first things I heard as a young Christian youth leader, was why anyone can believe the pre-mid-post tribulation rapture:
To which my first pastor, with a ThM degree from Southwest Baptist Seminary, told me it actually depends upon the seminary you go to. This didn’t make sense to me.
And one seminary nearby, is the Dallas Theological Seminary, is known for its dispensationalism teaching.
And that has been a teaching I’ve understood and subscribed to — until this week. It was Dr. David Twellman, director of Institute of Pastoral Theology, said to Marcus Grodi, on Journey Home, “There is no rapture!” He said, referring to the whole truth with as much as four senses of interpreting scripture–not literal alone.
Something I am looking forward to see more of . . . “As far as the millennium goes, we tend to agree with Augustine and, derivatively, with the amillennialists. The Catholic position has thus historically been “amillennial” (as has been the majority Christian position in general, including that of the Protestant Reformers), though Catholics do not typically use this term. The Church has rejected the premillennial position, sometimes called “millenarianism” (see the Catechism of the Catholic Church 676). In the 1940s the Holy Office judged that premillennialism “cannot safely be taught,” though the Church has not dogmatically defined this issue.” (Catholic.com)
IS THAT YOU GOD? HOW DO I BLESS MYSELF?
Then, the same day, I heard in my heart to google how and why one ‘crosses’ oneself. This was eye opening! Many Protestant denominations cross themselves. The eight step procedure is simple and authoritative, in Latin, ‘Signum crucis’.
Crossing oneself with the sign of the cross is appropriate for proclamations of the Gospel, and invoking the Trinity before and after prayer; which means, “I will always be obedient to God’s law and Christ’s teaching.” (Wikipedia link)
TO BE PERFECT
Lastly, I need to refer to how to do theology with respect to the church: Here is the video clip that is powerfully telling of the miracles that helped bring Cardnal Newman into sainthood. Heart Speaks to Heart from Heaven – a very well produced video.
I am still impressed by such remarkably profound commentary concerning holy religious living. “To be perfect is to change often.” (Cardnal Newman) Well, I can see more change coming for me and Viv and for our families and friends.
Today, for my nap I tuned into the music stream of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and I heard the most beautiful Gregorian chant that brought me to tears. “O Nata Lux de Lumine” (O Light born of Light). I believe the church is waking up to glory! This is a beautiful prayer!
“O Light born of light, Jesus redeemer of the world, with loving-kindness deign to receive, suppliant praise and prayer. You Who once deigned to be clothed in flesh for the sake of the lost; grant us to be made members of your blessed body.” (www1.cpdl.org)
TRUE RELIGION IS BEAUTIFUL AND SEVERE
“True religion has two sides, the beautiful and the severe.” (from the video link, Heart Speaks)
Heaven is the destiny of the church, of Jesus Chist’s followers: A beautiful place, The promised land. But for now, we can get closer to heaven by thinking beyond the walls of church buildings . . . every baptized believer belongs to the Kingdom of Heaven.
Think beyond denominational lines–consider the possibility of agreeing with all four senses of biblical interpretation (not just one) according to sacremental reality and issues of obedience to authority. (Institute of Pastoral Theology, Dr. David Twellman)
The severe part of our religion is here and coming represents the pruning of the unfruitful church teaching: Try to keep the faith! Trust our loving Redeemer to save you and your family. This is the Year of Mercy for the apostolic church.
And here is where I started. If you highly regard our Christian Faith, and agree your daughters really need to share it, give the gift of Therese in the nun’s habit, that comes with the book, The Story of a Soul and “Her Little Way” (Go to DollsfromHeaven.com )
May God bless every reader here today and forevermore, (thank you for your prayers) amen.