Pope Names 4 New Saints

Pope Benedict XVI named four new saints Sunday from France, Malta, the Netherlands and Poland at a ceremony in St. Full Story
Diane

Brandon, Canada

#21 Jun 5, 2007
I am so sick and tired of seeing the Pope get recognition and presents placed at his feet. HE IS NOT THE LORD and far from it. He is making a mockery of God the Father. I hope the pope realizes that he will have to answer for this.
Sheryl

Andover, NJ

#22 Jun 5, 2007
Ed Burke wrote:
Jesus also said, to his Apostles,
" Who's sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them. Who's sins you shall retain, they are retained."
Christ's church lives in those He assigned the task of such ministry, and those who are their successors up until this day. The Pope is the current person assigned to the job Christ originally gave Saint Peter. It is that lineage of life by an ever living GOD that allows the Pope to make such decisions in the present day. Anyone who takes the effort to learn of the lives of the people the Pope has Cannonized, would see the wisdom of God in this action of His 2000 year old church, by its assigned vicar.
It is the decadent world that celebrates the people who are immoral and greedy. It falls to Christ and His church to celebrate those who God recognizes as celebrated for their piety, wisdom, and goodness when they lived amongst us. God celebrates people like Mother Theresa, and wishes the rest of us to emulate her love, kindness and charity. He recognizes this world usually celebrates the opposite, which undoubtedly explains why, in His Wisdom, His church Cannonizes Saints. Otherwise no one in this world would.
"Whose sins you shall forgive, etc." has to be the most abused statement ever in religion!
jan dhs california

Indio, CA

#23 Jun 5, 2007
jan wrote:
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That's reasonable. But why do they have to have done 2 miracles?(which really are only done by God through people) Why pray to the saints? Why not simply pray directly to God? I've never had Him say to me, "I'm busy right now. Please find one of the saints." I'm not being facetious. I really want to know the rationale.
Anyone? Anyone? Will someone honestly answer my question?
Zoompad

Coventry, UK

#24 Jun 5, 2007
Sheryl wrote:
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Another thing, let's get serious and realistic here. There is a "saint" for every damn imaginable cause, including a saint to pray to when one's KEYS are lost. Downright laughable.
Actually, I think there may be one for lost keys. I will have to find out as I am always losing mine! ;)
jfsully

United States

#25 Jun 5, 2007
Zoompad wrote:
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Actually, I think there may be one for lost keys. I will have to find out as I am always losing mine! ;)
It's St. Anthony...aka Tony
sumisilangko

Bronx, NY

#26 Jun 5, 2007
There is only one mediator between a man and his God, that is Christ. All others are pretending to be. Hence, let no man comes in between me and my God, the creator of this earth, the one who has no beginning or end and the one who promised that He will return after he had prepared a place for those who made it through according to his will.

Thank you.
Zoompad

Coventry, UK

#27 Jun 5, 2007
sumisilangko wrote:
There is only one mediator between a man and his God, that is Christ. All others are pretending to be. Hence, let no man comes in between me and my God, the creator of this earth, the one who has no beginning or end and the one who promised that He will return after he had prepared a place for those who made it through according to his will.
Thank you.
I know. Don't worry, I won't be asking Tony to help me next time I lose my keys - I'll ask God, as I always do!
sumisilangko

Bronx, NY

#28 Jun 5, 2007
Be well, then. :)
Sheryl

Andover, NJ

#29 Jun 5, 2007
Just curious -- how did the following belief come about? If you bury a statue of St. Joseph on your property, your house will sell quicker! If this isn't superstition, what is? Do true intelligent Catholics take this seriously?

“The Kingdom of God Begins NOW!”

Since: May 07

The Mountain Empire

#30 Jun 6, 2007
Why did they let Pope JP get away with fewer miracles in the canonization process?
Sheryl

Andover, NJ

#31 Jun 6, 2007
MiddleWay wrote:
Why did they let Pope JP get away with fewer miracles in the canonization process?
Because the church does anything it wants to. Makes rules, breaks rules, changes anything it cares to.
Ed Burke

Coram, NY

#32 Jun 6, 2007
Sheryl wrote:
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"Whose sins you shall forgive, etc." has to be the most abused statement ever in religion!
Christ imparted that ability and others to HIS Apostles, and those they chose as their successors. That is why Catholic priests offer the sacrament of reconciliation, what the rest of you call 'confession'. It was the wish of Jesus that this weight of our sins be lifted so we could move ahead, and improve ourselves, and not sin again. Christ placed no limit on the number of times ones sins may be forgiven.

It is worth remembering that Christ called Satan the ruler of this world, and told his disciples " I send you out as sheep amidst wolves." A cursory example of the world of today should make it abundantly clear HE wasn't exaggerating when Christ said those things. The evidence that Evil surrounds us all is in every newspaper, every day, everywhere.
Ed Burke

Coram, NY

#33 Jun 6, 2007
sumisilangko wrote:
There is only one mediator between a man and his God, that is Christ. All others are pretending to be. Hence, let no man comes in between me and my God, the creator of this earth, the one who has no beginning or end and the one who promised that He will return after he had prepared a place for those who made it through according to his will.
Thank you.
Remember when Christ was transfigured, and stood with Moses and Eliger ? God has around Him, as that proves, those who HE considered his friends when they lived. You may ask, in prayer, for one such as these to use his influence on your behalf. Who do you imagine God will listen to and answer first a lowly sinner on earth,(aka YOU) or a saimt like Moses standing with Him in heaven. In Congress we have lobbyists, same idea only you can't buy these guys.
Sheryl

Andover, NJ

#34 Jun 6, 2007
Ed Burke wrote:
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Christ imparted that ability and others to HIS Apostles, and those they chose as their successors. That is why Catholic priests offer the sacrament of reconciliation, what the rest of you call 'confession'. It was the wish of Jesus that this weight of our sins be lifted so we could move ahead, and improve ourselves, and not sin again. Christ placed no limit on the number of times ones sins may be forgiven.
It is worth remembering that Christ called Satan the ruler of this world, and told his disciples " I send you out as sheep amidst wolves." A cursory example of the world of today should make it abundantly clear HE wasn't exaggerating when Christ said those things. The evidence that Evil surrounds us all is in every newspaper, every day, everywhere.
Interesting post, but not everyone believes as you do. Peace to you.
Ed Burke

Coram, NY

#35 Jun 6, 2007
We Catholics pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede with her son Jesus, on our behalf. You think Jesus will listen to you faster than HIS Blessed Mother ? Saints belong to a VERY exclusive club we all wish to join. We Catholics learned that It's never too soon to make friends who can 'put-in-a good-word' for you. For those who wish to understand look at it this way, we believe in the Bible, but its still only a book, Christ LIVES, as does His Church, and we interact with all those who live in HIS church, dead or alive !
Ed Burke

Coram, NY

#36 Jun 6, 2007
Sheryl wrote:
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Because the church does anything it wants to. Makes rules, breaks rules, changes anything it cares to.
It was Jesus Himself who told His Apostles, " Whatever You Bind on Earth, Is Bound in Heaven" The Holy Spirit sees to it that what should be changed is, and what shouldn't isn't. Christ's Church is alive, not just a book of rules and like we ignorant sinful humans it enlightens us, and helps us improve. Lose you cynicism, believe in Christ's love and presence. If you do it's a win-win situation for you.
Ed Burke

Coram, NY

#37 Jun 6, 2007
Sheryl wrote:
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Interesting post, but not everyone believes as you do. Peace to you.
My "Belief" as you correctly characterize it is a great gift. The Bible says that I, and others like me can only give praise and honor to God because His Holy Spirit enlightens us to know such things. I, and others like me have still a great deal to learn, but I know I am priviledged to know what I do. I offer my meager crumbs of wisdom in hope you see a glimmer of the treasure that is the wisdom of God. No treasure is of greater value, and once you have it it cannot be stolen from you. It what Christ offerred when He said, "Seek, and You Shall Find; Knock and it will be Opened To You. "
jan dhs california

Indio, CA

#38 Jun 6, 2007
Ed Burke wrote:
We Catholics pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede with her son Jesus, on our behalf. You think Jesus will listen to you faster than HIS Blessed Mother ? Saints belong to a VERY exclusive club we all wish to join. We Catholics learned that It's never too soon to make friends who can 'put-in-a good-word' for you. For those who wish to understand look at it this way, we believe in the Bible, but its still only a book, Christ LIVES, as does His Church, and we interact with all those who live in HIS church, dead or alive !
I'm assuming you're responding to my question about praying to saints. So, is what you're saying the equivalent to asking friends to pray for you?
Ed Burke

Coram, NY

#39 Jun 6, 2007
jan wrote:
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I'm assuming you're responding to my question about praying to saints. So, is what you're saying the equivalent to asking friends to pray for you?
Saints are indeed our friends, so the answer to your question is absolutely yes.
Sheryl

Andover, NJ

#40 Jun 6, 2007
Ed Burke wrote:
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It was Jesus Himself who told His Apostles, " Whatever You Bind on Earth, Is Bound in Heaven" The Holy Spirit sees to it that what should be changed is, and what shouldn't isn't. Christ's Church is alive, not just a book of rules and like we ignorant sinful humans it enlightens us, and helps us improve. Lose you cynicism, believe in Christ's love and presence. If you do it's a win-win situation for you.
I'm trying! Anyone who knows me from here knows that I'm continually "searching" for truth. I'm a former Catholic, but left the church years ago because of many serious doubts. I'm not trying to offend you, I'm just not sure of many important things.

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