Can we study astronomy, charms, dark arts, flying, herbology, history of magic, potions, and transfiguration?

This class is boring. This class is boring. Can we study astronomy, charms, dark arts, flying, herbology, history of magic, potions, and transfiguration?

This class is boring. Can we study astronomy, charms, dark arts, flying, herbology, history of magic, potions, and transfiguration?

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This class is boring. Can we learn about astronomy, charms, dark arts, defense against the dark arts, flying, herbology, history of magic, potions and transfiguration?

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Catholics for Reproductive Health (C4RH) using Mary and the Holy Rosary in vain

Catholics for RH using Mary and the Holy Rosary in vain

Catholics for RH using Mary and the Holy Rosary in vain

Something diabolical is afoot: Catholics for Reproductive Health (C4RH) is using Mary and the Holy Rosary to promote something which is contrary to the teaching of the Catholic Church. I think they found a  mnemonic device: RH is Roproductive Bill, so HR is Holy Rosary. HR for RH. Sounds good, right? But alas, as the Holy Rosary and the Reproductive Health Bill are opposites that can’t be mixed, in the same way as one cannot mix water and oil.

Reproductive Health Bill is for contraception, but Mary is the Immaculate Conception. Contraceptives prevent conception; conception is the failure of contraception. Had Mary practiced contraception, we would not have Christ. The contraceptive mentality says:

“Mary, you are still young. A good life still awaits you. That child will prevent you from attaining that good life. You have a boyfriend, Joseph, an honest and just man.  You are already betrothed to him.  What will he say to you when he finds out that the child is not his?  He will despise you and leave you.  What will your parents and relatives say when they found you with child and Joseph divorced you, you will be despised by all.  Worst, they will hand you over to be stoned to death, according to the law of Moses.

And even if you and your child will escape death by stoning, you will have a hard life raising that child.  A Son of God?  That’s a ridiculous title?  No one will believe that.  Surely, you don’t believe that.  A prophet maybe, but not Son of God.  There is no precedence in history that God became man.  You are just deluding yourself that you are talking to an angel.  You fast too much that you began to see things that are not there.  Slap yourself in the face.  Maybe that would awake you to your senses.

Catholics for RH Bill poster

Catholics for RH Bill poster

But Mary said “No” to contraceptive mentality and “yes” to God.  And in doing so, she undid the disobedience of Eve, who took the fruit of disobedience in her womb, believing that she would be like God who can define what is good and what is evil.  Mary, said, “yes,” and the whole plan of salvation unfolded starting from her Immaculate womb:

Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.

It is Mary’s openness to life that should serve as model for all women.  A married woman becomes open to life if she accepts whatever child God gives her as a gift to be treasured and cared for.  Because the child is so great a gift, a woman must prepare for such great responsibility, by not having intercourse outside of marriage.  Chastity is the path to marriage and modesty is the guardian of chastity.  As the Song of Songs says: “I adjure you, daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles and hinds of the field, do not arouse, do not stir up love, before its own time.”

For the members of the Catholics for Reproductive Health (C4RH), if you still consider yourself Catholic, listen to what Pope Paul VI wrote in his encyclical Humanae Vitae:

Though it is true that sometimes it is lawful to tolerate a lesser moral evil in order to avoid a greater evil or in order to promote a greater good,” it is never lawful, even for the gravest reasons, to do evil that good may come of it (18)—in other words, to intend directly something which of its very nature contradicts the moral order, and which must therefore be judged unworthy of man, even though the intention is to protect or promote the welfare of an individual, of a family or of society in general. Consequently, it is a serious error to think that a whole married life of otherwise normal relations can justify sexual intercourse which is deliberately contraceptive and so intrinsically wrong.

Is Jesus just an ordinary prophet as claimed by Muslims?

Question:

Posted by Ben Langcuyan Jr on July 1, 2011 at 9:30 am

By the way, any comment on these points?

“Pls read the following verses of the Bible need not to elucidate here:
Jesus Prophethood,
Mathew 19: 16-17
21:45-46
Jesus a mere servant of god,
Mathew 23:8-9
24:36
Jesus also pray,
Mathew 14:23
Jesus was merely for the Israel
Mathew 15:22-28
Jesus asked help while in the cross
Mathew 27:46″

Post back here or PM me: gang1033@yahoo.com T.Y.

Response:

Posted by Quirino M. Sugon Jr on July 1, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Ben,

Being a prophet only means that he was sent by God to tell the people the word of God. The Prophet Jeremiah, for example, begins his speech: “Listen to the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob! All you clans of the house of Israel, thus says the LORD” (Jer 2:4-5). Now, Jesus is a prophet because he speaks the word of God. But he is more than an ordinary prophet like Jeremiah. He is the Word of God Himself:

” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 He was in the beginning with God.33 All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be…And the Word became flesh 9 and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.1510 John testified to him and cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’”16 From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace, 1117 because while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (Jn 1:14-17).

Jesus is the Father’s only Son. We only became adopted sons of God if we believe in His Son. The Sonship of Christ is unique. Christ is God. He was the Word who was in the beginning with God. So Christ is not just an ordinary prophet who speaks God’s words. Christ is God’s Word Himself Who Became Man. That is why, during the Transfiguration when Christ showed His glory as God’s Only Son, the Father said:

“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” (Mt 17:5)

Listen to the parable of the tenants:

(A) man planted a vineyard, leased it to tenant farmers, and then went on a journey for a long time.10 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenant farmers to receive some of the produce of the vineyard. But they beat the servant and sent him away empty-handed. 11 So he proceeded to send another servant, but him also they beat and insulted and sent away empty-handed. 12 Then he proceeded to send a third, but this one too they wounded and threw out. 13 The owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I shall send my beloved son; maybe they will respect him.’ 14 But when the tenant farmers saw him they said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him that the inheritance may become ours.’15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. (Lk 20:9-15)

God is the owner of the vineyard. The tenant farmers are the Pharisees who rule the Jews. The servants are the prophets. The beloved Son is Christ Himself. The servants has no blood relation with the landowner, but only the Son. In the same way, the prophets before Christ has no relation to the the Father, only the Son does. If the Father is God, then the Son must be truly God.