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By Dr. Bob Ocio
Isyo ug Servicio
Saturday, March 1, 2014
DO CATHOLICS worship Idols?
The first commandment says:
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them (Ex. 20:2–5).
In Deuteronomy 5:7–8, God specifically says we are not to make statues in the shape of anything in the sky above, the earth below or the waters beneath the earth.
Statues or images have no power in and of itself. We have statues of saints to contemplate Gods works through the Saints. We have statues of Christ on the Cross and in His way towards Calvary not because these statues are gods or idols but because we contemplate the same message which he Himself sent us in life and in death.
Bowing and Adoration are two different things:
Verse 5 of Exodus 20: “You shall not bow down to them or serve [adore] them.” We bow down before the statues but we do not adore these. Exodus 20, God commanded Moses to build the Ark of the Covenant, which would contain the presence of God. In the same manner, we bow down before God and adore Him because we believe in His holy presence in our churches. If we kiss the statues, what is the difference at all if we also kiss the pictures of our love ones?
China headed to cripple the US economy
China is no longer interested in accumulating US foreign currency reserves. THEY ARE NOW SHYING AWAY FROM THEUS DOLLARS AND DEBTS. China dumped US debt worth $50 billion in December and that will cause the interest rate of the US to rise. In the meantime, it is stockpiling gold instead, knowing that it will hold value over the long term while the US is still busy printing the money and borrowing to support it's own economy. If China is dumping US debt, then, where will it borrow money? Europe is financially in trouble too. Meanwhile, China imported, consumed, and produced more gold than any other country in 2013. It has become the worlds biggest gold importer and consumer.
Intercession of all saints
Scripture teaches us the intercession of Saints. We the faithful too, can intercede for one another in prayer and in supplication. Such is the principle we apply when we ask for the intercession of Mary, when we ask her to pray with us in the Rosary.
Fifteen Promises of the Rosary
In the thirteenth century, Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan received the following promises from Our Lady for all those who faithfully pray the Rosary:
To all those who shall pray my Rosary devoutly, I promise my special protection and great graces.
Those who shall persevere in the recitation of my Rosary will receive some special grace.
The Rosary will be a very powerful armor against hell; it will destroy vice, deliver from sin and dispel heresy.
The rosary will make virtue and good works flourish, and will obtain for souls the most abundant divine mercies. It will draw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
Those who trust themselves to me through the Rosary will not perish.
Whoever recites my Rosary devoutly reflecting on the mysteries, shall never be overwhelmed by misfortune. He will not experience the anger of God nor will he perish by an unprovided death. The sinner will be converted; the just will persevere in grace and merit eternal life.
Those truly devoted to my Rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.
Those who are faithful to recite my Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces and will share in the merits of the blessed.
I will deliver promptly from purgatory souls devoted to my Rosary.
True children of my Rosary will enjoy great glory in heaven.
What you shall ask through my Rosary you shall obtain.
To those who propagate my Rosary I promise aid in all their necessities.
I have obtained from my Son that all the members of the Rosary Confraternity shall have as their intercessors, in life and in death, the entire celestial court.
Those who recite my Rosary faithfully are my beloved children, the brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ.
Devotion to my Rosary is a special sign of predestination.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 02, 2014.