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A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST

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Wehear a great deal these days from Protestant Fundamentalists about the need to establish a " personal relationship with Jesus Christ " - sounds like a great idea - sounds reasonable.

But Catholics have been there in reality for 2,000 years.

It occurred to me most forcefully at Holy Mass this morning and at Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament following Holy Mass. Could we have a more personal relationship with Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ than to belong faithfully to the one Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church He founded and guaranteed to remain with until the end of time?

Could we have a more personal relationship  with Jesus Christ than to enjoy the 7 Sacraments He left in the care of that Church? And really, could we have a more utterly personal relationship with Jesus Christ than to be present at Holy Mass as Bread and Wine are miraculously transubstantiated into His Body, Blood ,Soul and Divinity at the Consecration by His Priest acting truly "in persona Christi…

THE NEW CARDINALS ANNOUNCED - WILD SPECULATION PROVED IDIOTIC

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Latest News - (First noticed @ Father Adrian Sharp and then Rorate and then Father Z.)The Holy father announced the following after the Angelus to-day :

The Pope named 15 voting cardinals:
- Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State;
- Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary of the Synod of Bishops;
- Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith;
- Archbishop Beniamino Stella, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy;
- Archbishop Leopoldo José Brenes Solórzano of Managua, Nicaragua;
- Archbishop Gérald Cyprien Lacroix of Québec;
- Archbishop Jean-Pierre Kutwa of Abidjan, Ivory Coast;
- Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster;
- Archbishop Orani João Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro;
- Archbishop Gualtiero Bassetti of Perugia-Città della Pieve; [replaced Bagnasco as a member of the Cong. for Bishops]
- Archbishop Mario Aurelio Poli of Buenos Aires;
- Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo jung of Seoul;
- Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati Andrello o…

" INCIDENTAL IMPERFECTION" Bl. JOHN HENRY CARDINAL NEWMAN

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"I shall console myself with the reflection, that life is not long enough to do more than your best, whatever that might be; that they who are ever taking aim, make no hits; that they who never venture, never gain; that to be ever safe, is to be feeble; and that to do substantial good, is the compensation for much incidental imperfection." I posted that quote here on 10th February, 2011. And, like most people I find it appealing. Maybe it specially appeals because it can tend to comfort and justify somewhat , the way we have acted - always in our minds for the best reasons. There are benefits in the present Internet era in the constant presentation to our minds of things we have always known , but now are brought together in such a way as to give us cause to reflect more deeply. Such a text I came across recently the devout Irish Priest Father Martin Graham had long kept it at the head of the Facebook Page he administers. It goes like this :  "Martin Graham
IMPORTANT MESSA…