In John’s gospel the Lord says: By this love you have for one another, everyone will know you are my disciples. In a letter by John we read: My dear people, let us love one another since love comes from God and everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Anyone who fails to love can never have known God, because God is love.

So the faithful should look into themselves and carefully examine their minds and the impulses of their hearts. If they find some of the fruits of love stored in their hearts then they must not doubt God’s presence within them, but to make themselves more and more able to receive so great a guest they should do more and more works of durable mercy and kindness. After all, if God is love, charity should know no limit, for God himself cannot be confined within limits.

What is the appropriate time for performing works of charity? My beloved children, any time is the right time, but these days of Lent provide a special encouragement. Those who want to be present at the Lord’s Passover in holiness of mind and body should seek above all to win this grace. Charity contains all other virtues and covers a multitude of sins.

As we prepare to celebrate that greatest of all mysteries, by which the blood of Jesus Christ destroyed our sins, let us first of all make ready the sacrificial offerings – that is, our works of mercy. What God in his goodness has already given to us, let us give it to those who have sinned against us.

And to the poor also, and to those who are afflicted in various ways, let us show a more open-handed generosity so that God may be thanked through many voices and the needy may be fed as a result of our fasting. No act of devotion on the part of the faithful gives God more pleasure than the support that is lavished on his poor. Where God finds charity with its loving concern, there he recognises the reflection of his own fatherly care.

Do not be put off giving by a lack of resources. A generous spirit is itself great wealth, and there can be no shortage of material for generosity where it is Christ who feeds and Christ who is fed. His hand is present in all this activity: his hand, which multiplies the bread by breaking it and increases it by giving it away.

When you give alms, do not be anxious but full of happiness. The greatest treasure will go to the one who has kept the least for himself. The holy apostle Paul tells us: He who provides seed for the sower will give bread for food, provide you with more seed, and increase the harvest of your goodness, in Christ Jesus our Lord, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.

Pope Leo the Great, circa 440 A.D.


How Can This Man Give Us His Flesh to Eat

There is many disputes between the Protestant and un-Protestant Protestants over the meaning of the Bread of Life Discourse.  This video will help Protestants understand how the Blessed and Consecrated Bread at the Mass is transubstantiated into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ Jesus.









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How can this man give us His flesh to eat?

In several recent debates on the Holy Eucharist, my Protestant interlocutors were trying to claim that Jesus actually meant this at the Last Supper:

“This is NOT my Body …….”
“This is NOT my Blood …….”

But the underlining question being asked is this:


My response to my Protestant interlocutors:

Don’t you find it ironic that you are asking the same questions the unbelieving disciples asked in John 6:66, while they were grumbling among themselves?

It is very difficult to explain when you do not have the Eyes of Faith that they also don’t have.  John 6:60 “Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this said, “This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?”  Isn’t it here that Judas fell away?  My opponents are asserting the same thing as those in John 666.

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The New Testament just fell from the sky.

Protestants might have the impression that the bible just came to be as if it fell from the sky, in the KJV no less.  At the time the New Testament canon was being decided there were approximately 45 gospels and over 400 writings contending in some manner for inclusion as canonical scripture.  It was not until 362 AD that St. Athanasius, a leading Church Father, provided a list of books which matches our list of canonical books of the NT.  The Church beginning in 382 AD under the instruction of the pope held a series of councils culminating with the Council of Carthage in 397 AD which finalized the canon of the NT.  In the end the only books which made it into the canon of scripture where those considered canonical by the Western Church in the city of Rome.  Once the pope ratified the council findings the NT canon was accepted by the Church as a whole. 
The only reason we have a bible today is because the Catholic Church said so.  There were no protestants at these councils none at all.  If there were, I invite you to list the names of these Protestants.   The Catholic Church did not need the assistance of any Protestants in figuring out the bible; there were no protestants around and history would have to wait for over a millennia for the first protestants to show their face upon this earth.  If no bible was available and given the 45 gospels and over 400 epistles and the like to the protestant reformers of the 16th century would be anyone’s guess what they would have come up with.  We certainly know that Hebrews, James, Jude and Revelations would not have made it into the NT scripture.
The Fathers of the Church are important because they, in their writings, are a witness to us as to what the apostles taught to them when they preached the faith throughout the known world.  It is this faith which the Farther of the Church record in their writings and admonish those considered heterodox.  The Fathers of the Church provide a record of the Church of their time of its beliefs, practices and traditions and how the apostles and the Early Church interpreted scripture.  It is their writings and theological insights which have guided and shaped the Church’s doctrines and dogmas.  The Fathers of the church illustrate to us the organic nature of the development and clarification of doctrine and dogma within the History of the Church which they have shaped.
 Christ never asked the apostles to write a book and distribute it but rather preach the Faith as taught to them.  Books require an external source of interpretation, no book interprets itself.  If Christ gave us a bible, he should have given us an authority to interpret the Bible.  He certainly did so with the Jews of the Old Testament, why would he have not done so for Christians of the New Testament?  Did he say read it and go and created 40,000 denominations/sects/cults for yourselves?  No, he prayed that they all be one.  Christ established one Church, and only one Church. 
 Look at the legal history of the United States and the interpretation of the United States Constitution.  Originalism in interpretation of the Constitution means that we look at the original intent and meaning of the text of the constitution, as understood by the Founding Fathers as provided in their writings.  This is exactly what the Catholic Church seeks to do in the same manner.  The courts (certainly the highest of these –SCOTUS) provides a living voice and a framework which arbitrates and adjudicates contentions in accordance to the constitution and the laws.   This is again no different from why the Catholic Church exists as an institution.  Without the Judiciary there would be anarchy, and likewise so, without a Church which speaks with authority.  This anarchy is evident in Protestantism which has given us 40,000 denominations/sects/cults.  The gate is certainly wide which leads to destruction; 40,000 denominations/cults and sects wide.  
Where does the idea of the Trinity come from?  Certainly it is biblical.  But the word nor the conceptual form exists in the scripture.  How about Original Sin?  These are traditions – the teachings of the Church Fathers which lent assistance to the development of these doctrines.  Without the Church Fathers, we would not have the concept of the Trinity nor of Original Sin.

The Lambs, The Sheep and the Goats – updated 2/1/17


I’ve been told over and over again, by Protestants, that “the church is the collection of all true believers.”  I agree with this statement wholeheartedly. Anyone can make this claim. But who is a True Believer according to Jesus?    Every Protestant tradition from the Mormans to the Iglesias ni Cristo and every denomination, cult and sect in between make this claim.  Are the Presbyterians, the Baptists, the Jehovah Witnesses, those who are the collection of all true believers?  Actually all of the approximately all 45,000 denominations, cults and sects which are protestant or not in communion with the Bishop of Rome make that claim.   But can it really be if many of these communions are teaching opposite and opposing doctrines and new gospels?

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The R. Zell – Tim Spangler Debate.

Here are the questions that Tim Spangler, a lucker found on many Fr. John Hollowells video comment threads has challenged me on.

Tim Spangler challenges me to to show him Catholicism in the following verses.

I will number these so Tim can follow along.

Here is Tim Spanglers Challenge:

How about YOU Zell? Care to go down the list with me to see if this is referring to CATHOLICISM?

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