Monday, February 27, 2012

The Catholic Defender at Austin Texas

According to the "Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults General Introduction" it says, "In the sacraments of Christian initiation, we are freed from the power of darkness and joined to Christ's death, burial, and resurrection. We receive the Spirit of filial adoption and are part of the entire people of God in the celebration of the memorial of the Lord's death and resurrection".

Look at how scriptural this is! Ephesians 4:1-5 states, "I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have recieved, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults #138 says, "In the liturgy and liturgical catechesis of Lent the reminder of the baptism already recieved or the preparation for it's reception, as well as the theme of repentance, renew the entire community along with those being prepared to celebrate the paschal mystery, in which each of the elect will share through the sacraments of initiation. For both the elect and the local community, therefore, the Lenten season is a time for spiritual recollection in preparation for the celebration of the paschal mystery".

Sunday, February 26, 2012, from the Diocese of Austin, nearly 1,000 Catechumens and Candidates attended the Rite of Election. Matthew 24:31 states, "And he (Jesus) will send out his angels with a trumpet blast, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other". Tonight these people gathered are now part of the "elect"

Tonight's ceremony was officiated by Bishop Joe S. Vasquez, Bishop of the Diocese of Austin Texas. This years celebration is a "Call to Continuing Conversion".

This is a great example for all of the faithful especially during this time in human history.

With the attack on the family, the loss of faith in this present generation, we need to really get back to the basics.

This needs to begin with our Shepherds , those who are called to lead and guard the flock.

A Catholic owes it to his bishop to be faithful and loyal to the Church. By doing so, we are being faithful and loyal to Christ.

The present day bishops are the successors of the Apostles. Bishop Vasquez presence at this celebration would be like St. Phillip, St. Andrew, or one of the Apostles being there.

That is a most amazing truth. As Catholics, we can be confident that the Lord has blessed all these events throughout the world!

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