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In the Beginning

1:1. In the beginning God created heaven, and earth.
1:2. And the earth was void and empty, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God moved over the waters.
1:3. And God said: Be light made. And light was made.
1:4. And God saw the light that it was good; and he divided the light from the darkness.
1:5. And he called the light Day, and the darkness Night; and there was evening and morning one day.  (Genesis 1:1-5.)


God Created Man to His Own Image


1:27. And God created man to His own image: to the image of God He created him: male and female He created them.
1:28. And God Blessed them, saying: Increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and all living creatures that move upon the earth.  (Genesis 1:27-28.)


The Lord God Had Planted A Paradise of Pleasure

2:8. And the Lord God had planted a Paradise of Pleasure from the beginning: wherein he placed man whom he had formed...

2:21. Then the Lord God cast a deep sleep upon Adam: and when he was fast asleep, he took one of his ribs, and filled up flesh for it.
2:22. And the Lord God built the rib which He took from Adam into a Woman: and brought her to Adam.
2:23. And Adam said: This now is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
2:24. Wherefore a Man shall leave Father and Mother, and shall cleave to his Wife: and they shall be two in one flesh.
2:25. And they were both naked: to wit, Adam and his Wife: and were not ashamed. (Genesis 2:8; 2:21-25.)


2:16  [God said:]  Of every tree of paradise thou shalt eat:
2:17. But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat. For in what day soever thou shalt eat of it, thou shalt die the death.  (Genesis 2:16-17.)


3:1. Now the serpent was more subtle than any of the beasts of the earth which the Lord God had made. And he said to the Woman: Why hath God commanded you, that you should not eat of every tree of paradise?
3:2. And the Woman answered him, saying: Of the fruit of the trees that are in paradise we do eat:
3:3. But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of paradise, God hath commanded us that we should not eat; and that we should not touch it, lest perhaps we die.
3:4. And the serpent said to the Woman: No, you shall not die the death.
3:5. For God doth know that in what day soever you shall eat thereof, your eyes shall be opened: and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
3:6. And the Woman saw that the tree was good to eat, and fair to the eyes, and delightful to behold: and she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave to her Husband, who did eat.  (Genesis 3:1-6.)


3:9. And the Lord God called Adam, and said to him: Where art thou?
3:10. And he said: I heard Thy voice in paradise; and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.

3:11. And He said to him: And who hath told thee that thou wast naked, but that thou hast eaten of the tree whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldst not eat?
3:12. And Adam said: The Woman, whom thou gavest me to be my Companion, gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
3:13. And the Lord God said to the Woman: Why hast thou done this? And she answered: The serpent deceived me, and I did eat.
3:14. And the Lord God said to the serpent: Because thou hast done this thing, thou art cursed among all cattle, and beasts of the earth: upon thy breast shalt thou go, and earth shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.
3:15. I will put enmities between thee and the Woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.
3:16. To the Woman also He said: I will multiply thy sorrows, and thy conceptions: in sorrow shalt thou bring forth children, and thou shalt be under thy Husband's power, and he shall have dominion over thee.
3:17. And to Adam he said: Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy Wife, and hast eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee, that thou shouldst not eat, cursed is the earth in thy work: with labour and toil shalt thou eat thereof all the days of thy life.
3:18. Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee, and thou shalt eat the herbs of the earth.
3:19. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return to the earth out of which thou wast taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return.
3:20. And Adam called the name of his Wife Eve: because she was the Mother of all the living.
3:21. And the Lord God made for Adam and his Wife garments of skins, and clothed them.  (Genesis 3:9-21.)


3:22. And He [God] said: Behold Adam is become as one of US [The Holy Trinity], knowing good and evil: now therefore lest perhaps he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever.
3:23. And the Lord God sent him out of the paradise of pleasure, to till the earth from which he was taken.
3:24. And He [God] cast out Adam: and placed before the paradise of pleasure Cherubims, and a flaming sword, turning every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.  (Genesis 3:22-24.)


Old Testament Spirituality

In the Old Testament, various sacrifices were offered to God, sometimes called offerings.  This was because of Original Sin.  The first examples of this are the offerings of Cain and Able.


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4:1. And Adam knew Eve his Wife; who conceived and brought forth Cain, saying: I have gotten a man through God.
4:2. And again she brought forth his Brother Abel. And Abel was a shepherd, and Cain a husbandman.
4:3. And it came to pass after many days, that Cain offered, of the fruits of the earth, gifts to the Lord.
4:4. Abel also offered of the firstlings of his flock, and of their fat: and the Lord had respect to Abel, and to his offerings.
4:5. But to Cain and his offerings He had no respect: and Cain was exceeding angry, and his countenance fell.
4:6. And the Lord said to him: Why art thou angry? and why is thy countenance fallen?
4:7. If thou do well, shalt thou not receive? but if ill, shall not sin forthwith be present at the door? but the lust thereof shall be under thee, and thou shalt have dominion over it.
4:8. And Cain said to Abel his Brother: Let us go forth abroad. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his Brother Abel, and slew him.
4:9. And the Lord said to Cain: Where is thy Brother Abel?  And he answered: I know not: am I my Brother's keeper?
4:10. And He said to him: What hast thou done? The voice of thy Brother's blood crieth to Me from the earth.  (Genesis 4:9-10.)


“Noe built an altar unto the Lord: and taking of all cattle and fowls that were clean, offered holocausts upon the altar.” (Genesis 8:20.)

An Important Note:

Noe did not offer a Supper Meal to God, but rather a burnt sacrificial offering of sacrifice because the purpose of an Altar is to make sacrifice upon it.

“For the use of an altar is to make sacrifice upon it; the use of a table is to serve men to eat upon it.’  (“Vindication of the Papal Bulla Apostolicae Curae”, by the Catholic Bishops of England, 1898, Section 38. “The Destruction of Altars”, page 64; emphasis added.)



Old Testament Jewish Temple at Jerusalem

The Old Testament of the Roman Catholic Bible provides proof of how Almighty God revealed the specific sacrifices which He, the Infinite Creator, wanted from each created human being with a rational Immortal Soul.  This explains why there are so many details concerning the various types of specific sacrifices in the Old Testament which were minutely regulated and performed by the Jewish Priesthood, but which were only a shadow of the good things to come  (Hebrews 10:1).



Old Testament Jewish Temple at Jerusalem
High Priest Burning Incense on the Tiny Altar Before the Holy of Holies


Old Testament Jewish Temple at Jerusalem
A Few Areas Inside the Temple



 

Old Testament Jewish Temple at Jerusalem
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“And another Angel came, and stood before the Altar, having a golden censer; and there was given to him much incense, that he should offer of the Prayers of all Saints upon the Golden Altar, which is before the Throne of God.   And the smoke of the incense of the Prayers of the Saints ascended up before God from the hand of the Angel.”  (Apocalypse 8:3-4.)


Why Was the Jewish Sabbath Changed to Sunday?



The Lord’s Day

Unlike the Jews, Catholics have always worshiped God on Sunday which is  “the first day of the week” called “the Lord’s Day”.

Said another way, Catholics have never worshiped God on the Jewish Sabbath, which is Saturday and the last day of the week.

Sunday is never called “the Sabbath” by the ancient Fathers and historians of the Catholic Church, but “the Lord’s day” (kuriake).




Proof from Scripture

The practice of meeting together on the first day of the week for attending the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is indicated in the following Scripture sources.

“And on the first day of the week [Sunday], when we were assembled to break bread

[an euphemism to mean “the Mass” due to the “Discipline of the Secret” as explained below*],
Paul discoursed with them, being to depart on the morrow:  and he continued his speech until midnight.” (Acts of the Apostles 20:7.)

“On the first day of the week [Sunday] let every one of you put apart with himself, laying up what it shall well please him; that when I come, the collections be not then to be made.” (1 Corinthians 16:2.)





History of the Church

The Discipline of the Secret

It was not lawful for those initiated in the doctrine of Christianity to speak of, or publicly represent certain of its tenets and usages, for example ... the Holy Eucharist and the Sacrifice of the Mass... Hence also the exclusion of even the Catechumens from the ‘Mass of the Faithful’This caution the early Christians were compelled to observe to guard themselves against intruders among the Catechumens and their Holy Faith against base misrepresentations. The ‘Discipline of the Secret’, which lasted during the first five centuries [A.D.], accounts for the guarded language of the early writers... and explains why the Fathers of [the Catholic Church during] this period write so cautiously concerning the Real Presence of our Lord in the [Sacrament of the Most Holy] Eucharist.” (Rev. J. A Birkhæuser, “History of the Church”, Fr. Pustet & Co., 1893, page 118, ¶ 309; emphasis added).



The Lord’s Day


Sunday is also calledThe Lord’s day
“I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day.”
(Apocalypse 1:10.)



Proof from Other Sources

From the beginning, Catholics have observed the Lord’s Day on Sunday, not on the Jewish Saturday Sabbath as proven in a First Century A.D. source.


Patriarch Saint Ignatius of Antioch

“If, therefore, those who were brought up in the ancient order of things have come to the possession of a new hope, no longer observing the Sabbath, but living in the observance of the Lord’s Day, on which also Our Life rose again.” (Patriarch Saint Ignatius of Antioch, a.k.a. Theophorus [ho Theophoros], [b. in Syria c. 50 A.D. - d. Martyred in the Flavian amphitheater at Rome, Italy on Tuesday, February 1, 107 A.D.], Patriarch of Antioch, Martyr, an Apostolic Father of the Catholic Church, appointed the Bishop of Antioch by Saint Peter the Apostle and Consecrated a Bishop by an Apostle, most probably either by Saint Peter or by Saint John the Apostle of whom he had been a Disciple, “Epistle to the Magnesians”, Chapter IX [9], Let Us Live with Christ.)



Jesus Christ taught His Apostles and Disciples to use Sunday for the Lord’s Day.

On the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place...  Sunday is the day on which we all hold our common assembly [the Mass], because it is the first day on which God, having wrought a change in the darkness and matter, made the world; and Jesus Christ our Saviour on the same day rose from the dead. For He was crucified on the day before [Friday] that of Saturn (Saturday); and on the day after [Sunday] that of Saturn, which is the day of the Sun [Sunday], having appeared to His Apostles and Disciples, He [Jesus Christ] taught them [His Apostles and Disciples] these things, which We have submitted to you also for your consideration.” (Saint Justin Martyr [b. Sichem, a.k.a. Neapolis, or Flavia Neapolis, modern day Nablus, Palestine c. 100 A.D. - d. Rome, Italy c. 165 A.D.], “The First Apology of Justin”, Chapter LXVII [67], Weekly Worship of the Christians; emphasis added.)

“Others... suppose that the sun is the god of the Christians, because it is a well known fact that we pray towards the East, or because we make Sunday a day of festivity.” (Tertullian, Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus [b. Carthage, 155 A.D. - d. 225 A.D.], Part  I.  “Apologetics”, Section VI [6], “To The Nations”, Chapter XIII [13], The Charge of Worshiping the Sun Met by a Retort; emphasis added.)



Bishop Saint Augustine

What you call Sunday, we call ‘the Lord’s day’, and on it we do not worship the sun, but the Lord’s resurrection.” (Bishop Saint Augustine, a.k.a. Aurelius Augustinus [b. Tagaste, Africa, Saturday, November 13, 354 A.D. - d. Hippo Regia, Africa, Wednesday, August 28, 430 A.D.], Bishop of Hippo Regia, Father and Doctor of the Catholic Church, “Concerning Two Souls, Against the Manichaeans”,  [De Duabus Animabus Contra Manichaeos.] 391 A.D., Book XVIII [18], The Relation of Christ to Prophecy, Continued, ¶ 5; emphasis added.)


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Pentecost Sunday
The Birthday of the Catholic Church
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The Official Beginning of
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The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass:
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Historically, in the Old Testament, prayers and various kind of sacrificial offerings were made to God.  Today, in the days of the New and Eternal Testament, prayers are still offered to God along with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, according to the Rite for the Traditional Catholic Mass, is Offered upon an Altar of Sacrifice, not a 16th Century Protestant Supper Table.



The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass:
The Prophecy Fulfilled
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1:11. For from the rising of the sun even to the going down, my name is great among the Gentiles, and in every place there is sacrifice, and there is offered to my name a clean oblation: for my name is great among the Gentiles, saith the Lord of hosts.  (Malachias 1:11.)



Solemn Administration of
The Sacrament of Baptism
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The Spiritual Birthday of a Roman Catholic
The Beginning of The Catholic Spiritual Life
Which is the Life of Grace
Of the Person Who Is Baptized


Please Note:  In the above graphic, the Priest is annointing the forehead of the Infant with Holy Oil which is only one of  many parts of the Solemn Administration of the Sacrament of Baptism, with an Altar Boy assisting him by holding the two small containers of the Holy Oil and the Sacred Chrism.  Both Women have their heads covered for their presence at the Administration/Reception of this Holy Sacrament which is in the very special Baptismal Room of the Church, called The Baptistry.  The God-Mother is holding the Infant with the God-Father behind her to provide assistance to her, as needed.  The Mother and Father of the Child are observing the Spiritual Birthday of their Child.
 


The Spiritual Life
IS
The Life of Grace



What is The Spiritual Life?

The Spiritual Life is Ultimately the Supernatural Life which is the State of Perfection.


What is The Life of Grace?

All Tradition declares that The Life of Grace on earth is in reality the seed of glory.



What is Sanctifying Grace?

Sanctifying Grace is a participation in the Divine Nature, and makes us like to God,


What is The Spiritual Life?
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“Now The Spiritual Life.is perfected by the Virtues, since it is ‘by them’ that ‘we lead a good life’, as Augustine states (De Lib. Arb. ii, 17,19).”  (Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P., [b. 1225 A.D. in Rocca Secca, Naples, Italy - d. Wednesday, March 7, 1274 A.D. in Fossa Nuova, Italy], Doctor of the Church: “Angelic Doctor”, “Common Doctor”; “Summa Theologica”,  Part I-II, Question 65, Article 2, On the Contrary; emphasis added.)

A Precise Definition of The Spiritual Life

“God has given us, not only a natural life, but also a share in His Spiritual Life.  All life must be perfected. Perfection is of two kinds.  1.  Absolute, in which the end of perfection is attained only in Heaven.  2. Relative, which is the perfection we can reach here on earth, namely union with God. This perfection is reached by three stages: The Purgative Way, The Illuminative Way, and The Unitive Way.”  (“The Maryknoll Catholic Dictionary”, Compiled and Edited by Albert J. Nevins, M.M., Imprimatur + Jerome D. Hannan, Bishop of Scranton, November 28, 1964, “State of Perfection”, page 440, column 2, d; emphasis added.)

(Editor's Note:  The three stages (a.k.a. ages) of The Spiritual Life are explained in detail by Reverend Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., “The Three Ages of the Interior Life, Prelude of Eternal Life”.


What is The Life of Grace?
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“All Tradition declares that The Life of Grace on earth is in reality the seed of glory.  St. Thomas delights also in saying: ‘For Grace is nothing else than a beginning of glory in us’. (24).”   (Reverend Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P. [b. Auch, France 1877 A.D. - d. Rome, Italy, 1964 A.D.], who taught dogmatic and Spiritual theology for 53 years at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the Angelicum, in Rome, “The Three Ages of the Interior Life, Prelude of Eternal Life”, Translated by Sister M. Timothea Doyle, O.P., Volume One, Chapter 1,” The Life of Grace, Eternal life begun”, The Seed of Eternal Life in us, page 36,, Footnote # 24, without the abbreviations:  Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P., “Summa Theologica”,  Part II-II, Question 24, Article 3, Reply to Objection 3; emphasis added.  Also,  “Summa Theologica”,  Part I-II, Question 69, Article 2.  Also, Reply to Objection 3; “De Veritate”, Question 14, Article.2.)

What is Sanctifying Grace?



“This explains why St. Thomas likes to say: ‘The good of Grace in one is greater than the good of nature in the whole universe’. (26The slightest degree of Sanctifying Grace contained in the Soul of an infant after Baptism is more precious than the natural good of the entire universe, all Angelic natures taken together included therein; for the least degree of Sanctifying Grace belongs to an enormously superior order, to The Order of The Inner Life of God, which is superior to all miracles and to all the outward signs of Divine Revelation.’ (27).”  (Reverend Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., “The Three Ages of the Interior Life, Prelude of Eternal Life”, Translated by Sister M. Timothea Doyle, O.P., Volume One, Chapter 1,” The Life of Grace, Eternal life begun”, The Seed of Eternal Life in us, page 36,,  ¶ 1, Footnote # 26, without the abbreviations: See - Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P., “Summa Theologica”,  Part I-II, Question 113, Article 9, Reply to Objection 2; emphasis added. Footnote # 27, Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P., “Summa Theologica”,  Part III, Question 111, Article 5: “Gratia gratum faciens is much more excellent than gratia gratis data”; in other words, Sanctifying Grace, which unites us to God Himself, is very much superior to prophecy, to miracles, and to all the signs of Divine intervention.”; emphasis added.)


“Finally, as Sanctifying Grace is essentially ordained to Eternal Life, it is also ordained to a proximate disposition for us to receive the Light of Glory immediately after death without passing through Purgatory.”  (Reverend Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., “The Three Ages of the Interior Life, Prelude of Eternal Life”, Translated by Sister M. Timothea Doyle, O.P., Volume One, Chapter 1, “The Life of Grace, Eternal life begun”, An Important Consequence, page 38, ¶ 4; emphasis added.)




“As Sanctifying Grace is a participation in the Divine Nature, and makes us like to God, Habitual Grace, as Christian, and as coming from Christ crucified, configures us to Him and prepares us to carry our cross in imitation of Him. In this sense it adds a special modality to Sanctifying Grace as it was on the first day of creation in the Angels and in Adam in the State of InnocenceSt. Thomas points this out in treating of Baptismal Grace. (9).”  (Reverend Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., “The Three Ages of the Interior Life, Prelude of Eternal Life”, Translated by Sister M. Timothea Doyle, O.P., Volume Two,  Part 4 - The Unitive Way of the Perfect, Chapter 38, Conduct to Be Observed during the Purification of the Spirit, Faith in the Mystery of the Cross, pages 394-395:  page 394 ¶ 2, to page 395, emphasis added.   Footnote: 9:  Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P., “Summa Theologica”,  Part III, Question 62, Article 2:  “Sacramental Grace confers something in addition to the Grace of the Virtues and Gifts”.  Thus man becomes a member of Christ.)

A Few Practical and Helpful Examples of
The Life of Grace
 


“This is the day which the Lord hath made:
let us be glad and rejoice.”
(Psalm 117:24.)



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Today is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life!
Welcome it with Faith, Hope, and Trust in the Good God!


Put Your Total Trust in God
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Jesus, I Trust in Thee!
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Jesus Will Bless You!
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Have A Blessed Day!
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V. Sit + Nomen Domini benedictum.
R. Ex hoc nunc, et usque in saeculum.
V. Adjutorium nostrum in
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R. Qui fecit cœlum et terram.
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R. Now and for ever more.x
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Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen. 
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