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Thanksgiving Is An Action

Jesus heals the leper
Jesus heals the leper

In Matthew we are told the story of one mans faith. After healing the leper Jesus instructs him; “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” (The gift of Moses refers to the Lamb of God)

In Luke we see Jesus healing ten lepers:

Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

-Luke 17:11-19

Lepers were the isolated outcasts of their day. They had an ugly deadly disease which ate away at their body.

Note that the lepers cried out to the Lord from afar. They were not intimate with the him. Nevertheless Jesus heard their petition and asked them to take a step of faith.

They were all made clean.

I certainly believe that all ten felt the emotion of gratitude. You cannot have something like leprosy lifted without feeling great exaltation But only one continued in action. Only one returned to offer thanks. And the response of the Giver was, “Were not TEN cleansed? Where are the other nine?”

Thanksgiving is not a mere feeling. Real Thanksgiving is an action.

Honoring the Gospel

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Contrary to what some claim—the Catholic Church— places the Bible at the center of it’s beliefs. The General Instruction Of The Roman Missal nos. 273 and 277 speak of the special veneration of The book of the Gospels. Usually carried by the Deacon or Lector, it is carried slightly elevated but not above the head and it is placed on the altar until the Alleluia. After the seconding reading the celebrating Priest or Deacon will take the Book of the Gospels from the Altar and raise it up while proceeding to the ambo in order to proclaim the Gospel.

The Bible & The Catholic Church
The Bible & The Catholic Church

Followed by one Old Testament, one New Testament and the Responsorial Psalm, the reading of the Gospel is the high point of the liturgy of the word.

The First Female President May Have Been Aborted

That is what Mother Teresa told Hillary Clinton…

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In 1994, Hillary Clinton met with Mother Teresa during a National Prayer Breakfast. Crisis Magazine reported that Clinton asked Mother Teresa why the United States had not had a female President yet.

“Because she has probably been aborted,” Mother Teresa responded.

Nearly 60 million babies have been killed since Roe v Wade made abortion legal.

Please help put an end to this barbaric killing.

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