But how many other sites are out there, just waiting to pull us in? Joseph as he was a carpenter, although the Patron Saint of the Universal Church, is also seen as a Patron Saint of homes and, for the past few decades or more, home sales.
But let's get back, specifically, to burying that St. As a Catholic it is important to understand that we do believe in our ability to ask for intercession. Sadly, I came across a website offering a "Real Estate Spell Kit" that included: 1 Dressed and Blessed Saint Joseph Candle, 1 Statuette of Saint Joseph, 1 Bottle Saint Joseph Oil, 1 Saint Joseph Chromo Print, and 1 Saint Joseph Holy Card. ' I can only hope and pray that no Catholic has purchased this kit.
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Sadly then, when our faith is developed through secular influences and we are indoctrinated in the ways of the world, we are sometimes prone to behavior that perpetuates the labels that outspoken anti-Catholics throw our way.
How often are our dollars supporting ministries that are actually anti-Catholic in nature?
When we are not grounded in the teachings of our one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church, we are vulnerable and might rightly be called to task for our behavior.
So, with spring here and many people putting their homes up for sale, all I ask is this... Bezalel , US Cheryl Dickow - author and speaker, 248 917-3865 Bezalel [email protected] All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online.
As she said, not through conversations with one another that have been influenced by the secular world's presentation of the Catholic faith but by studying Church letters, reading Scripture along with the Catechism, and participating in studies that have been approved by at least one Church organization.
These are only the tip of the iceberg in regards to ways in which we grow and learn as Catholics because, of course, websites faithful to the teachings of the Magisterium offer a wealth of information as well.However, unlike other Christian faiths, we are not limited to those who are with us now, in the flesh and blood, but we also rely on those who have gone before us, the whole of the "Communion of Saints." We also have what are called "Patron Saints." Catholics need only to look to the Catechism (truly an easy-to-read book absolutely filled with every single thing you need to know about our faith) to understand that the communion of saints is that body of Christ that includes the living and the dead; thus, our ability to ask for intercession knows no earthly bounds. Now, what does the Catholic Church specifically teach about such practices as burying a St. Interestingly, because the Church in her wisdom understands her own roots and teachings, and has great confidence in her people, neither agrees nor disagrees with such practices.Patron Saints would be those faithful elect who are believed to be in God's presence and are given to us as heavenly intercessors for a variety of specific needs. Essentially the Church says, although these are my words and not hers, "When you abide by the practices of our faith and never cross into superstition induced behavior, it could make perfect sense to bury a statue because it isn't the act of burying the statue that you see as having value and benefit but, instead, the intercession of St. These things that move you towards a deeper relationship with God and an understanding of His commands can be good for you. The Church counts on us to understand her teachings and move forward in wisdom and knowledge so that all we do reflects what the Church teaches us about our faith." As you can imagine, this answer didn't sit well with my Christian friend, and rightly so. Do we Catholics believe in luck, good, bad, or otherwise, in such a way that it is part of our faith? And, really, I believe we all ought to care how we present ourselves and our living, vibrant faith to the world.So today I take umbrage with Catholics who bury statues and tell their curious Christian brethren that it is for "good luck." Sadly, too many Catholics today are being catechized by sources such as the secular news, popular magazines, outspoken "conservatives" who must certainly have it "right," and, with greater impact, new age literature thinly veiled as Christianity.Mix that with our Sacred Traditions and we have many Catholics practicing a morphed version of Catholicism.