Be Joyful

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“I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete.” (John 15:11)

Be Joyful for the gift of the Apostles and Apostolic Teaching.
Be Joyful for the gift of Anointing of the Sick.
Be Joyful for the gift of the angels.
Be Joyful for the gift of animals.
Be Joyful for the gift of art.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Beatitudes.
Be Joyful for the gift of Baptism (in which we are made children of Almighty God).
Be Joyful for the gift of the Bible.
Be Joyful for the gift of Bishops, the successors to the Apostles.
Be Joyful for the gift of the human body made miraculously in the image and likeness of God.
Be Joyful for the gift of books.
Be Joyful for the gift of Christ.
Be Joyful for the gift of Confirmation in which we receive the Holy Spirit in our souls and are made soldiers of Jesus Christ.
Be Joyful for the gift of contemplation and for those who give their lives in contemplative prayer.
Be Joyful for the gift of cloistered nuns and monks.
Be Joyful for the gift of children, supreme gifts from God above.
Be Joyful for the gift of chastity, to which we are all called according to our state in life.

“Keep the joy of loving God in your heart and share this joy with all you meet especially your family. Be holy – let us pray.” *

Be Joyful for the gift of covenant, in which we have become the family of God.
Be Joyful for the gift of celibacy.
Be Joyful for the gift of conversion of hearts.
Be Joyful for the gift of communication.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Cross on which our Savior died for love of us.
Be Joyful for the gift of Divine Mercy.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Dogmas of the Catholic Faith.
Be Joyful for the gift of Divine Providence.
Be Joyful for the gift of sacred devotions the Church has given us.
Be Joyful for the gift of doctors, dentists and nurses.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Holy Eucharist, the Precious Body and Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Be Joyful for the gift of Eucharistic Adoration.
Be Joyful for the gift of evangelization in which we have the opportunity to teach others the One True Catholic Faith.
Be Joyful for the gift of exercise.
Be Joyful for the gift of employment.
Be Joyful for the gift of education.
Be Joyful for the gift of the elderly.

“Let anyone who comes to you go away feeling better and happier. Every one should see goodness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile. Joy shows from the eyes, it appears when we speak and walk. It cannot be kept closed inside us. It reacts outside. Joy is very infectious.” *

Be Joyful for the gift of faith.
Be Joyful for the gift of fatherhood.
Be Joyful for the gift of family.
Be Joyful for the gift of friendship.
Be Joyful for the gift of food.
Be Joyful for the gift of forgiveness.
Be Joyful for the gift of fasting.
Be Joyful for the gift of first responders.
Be Joyful for the gift of God, the Father, the first person of the Blessed Trinity.
Be Joyful for the gift of farmers.
Be Joyful for the gift of fidelity.
Be Joyful for the gift of Feast days of the Saints.
Be Joyful for the gift of Forty Days for Life.
Be Joyful for the gift of your guardian angel, to whom you should pray every single day to protect and guide you on life’s journey.
Be Joyful for the gift of grace – actual and sanctifying.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Blessed Trinity.
Be Joyful for the gift of Holy Orders in which men become ordained holy deacons and priests of Christ.
“Joy is love, the normal result of a heart burning with love. Joy is a need and a physical power. Our lamp will be burning with sacrifices made out of love if we have joy.” *
Be Joyful for the gift of Holy Matrimony.
Be Joyful for the gift of Holy Days of Obligation in which we are given the opportunity to praise and worship our God, and honor our Heavenly Mother and the Saints.
Be Joyful for the gift of the ‘Hail Mary’ (prayer in which we are given the opportunity to honor our Heavenly Mother).
Be Joyful for the gift of Heaven, our true homeland.
Be Joyful for the gift of humility, the root of all virtue.
Be Joyful for the gift of hope.
Be Joyful for the gift of healing.
Be Joyful for the gift of icons which draw us closer to God, His Mother, the angels and saints in heaven.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Imitation of Christ.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Incarnation, which is God made flesh.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Infallibility of the Pope on teachings of faith and morals.
Be Joyful for the gift of inspiration and imagination.
Be Joyful for the gift of intercessory prayer of those on earth and those in Heaven.
Be Joyful for the gift of inter-faith dialogue.
Be Joyful for the gift of Jesus Christ, the second person of the Blessed Trinity.

“In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)

Be Joyful for the gift of the Jewish people, our older brothers and sisters in the faith.
Be Joyful for the gift of justification, by faith and good works.
Be Joyful for the gift of justice.
Be Joyful for the gift of Saint Joseph, the foster-father of Jesus.
Be Joyful for the gift of the King of kings.
Be Joyful for the Kingdom of Heaven.
Be Joyful for the gift of love.
Be Joyful for the gift of St. Therese of Lisieux’s ‘Little Way’ in which we can offer our little acts of love up to God.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Last Supper, where Christ instituted the Holy Eucharist and the Holy Priesthood.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Sacred and Divine Liturgy.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Liturgical Calendar in the Church in which we are privileged to celebrate the most significant events in salvation history.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Laws of the Catholic Church.
Be Joyful for the gift of Mary, the most Holy Mother of Almighty God, our Heavenly Mother who gave us our Redeemer.
Be Joyful for the gift of miracles.
Be Joyful for the gift of mercy.

“Joy is prayer, joy is strength, joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with joy. The best way to show our gratitude to God and the people is to accept everything with joy.” *

Be Joyful for the gift of music.
Be Joyful for the gift of meditation.
Be Joyful for the gift of Marian devotions given to us by Mary and the Church.
Be Joyful for the gift of martyrdom, the ultimate form of love of God.
Be Joyful for the gift of missionaries who spread the Gospel of Christ in Love.
Be Joyful for the gift of morality.
Be Joyful for the gift of medicine.
Be Joyful for the gift of motherhood.
Be Joyful for the gift of Natural Family Planning, the only acceptable form of family planning.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Natural Law, which God has written on every heart.
Be Joyful for the gift of nature.
Be Joyful for the gift of neighbors.
Be Joyful for the gift of the ‘Our Father’, a prayer given to us by our Lord himself.
Be Joyful for the gift of obedience.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Psalms in which we can praise, thank, adore, and be consoled by God.
Be Joyful for the gift of Peter, the first Pope and Shepherd of the Universal Church of Christ.

“God is joy, joy is prayer. Joy is a sign of generosity. When you are full of joy, you move faster and you want to go about doing good to everyone. Joy is a sign of union with God – of God’s presence.” *

Be Joyful for the gift of Pope Francis, the successor to St. Peter.
Be Joyful for the gift of poverty of spirit.
Be Joyful for the gift of peace.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Holy Prophets.
Be Joyful for the gift of Penance.
Be Joyful for the gift of Purgatory.
Be Joyful for the gift of prayer.
Be Joyful for the gift of parables, in which Jesus teaches us many truths of faith and life lessons.
Be Joyful for the gift of Pentecost Sunday.
Be Joyful for the gift of parents who give us life and love.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Passion of Christ.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Passover.
Be Joyful for the gift of Patron Saints.
Be Joyful for the gift of the pro-life movement.
Be Joyful for the gift of play.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Queenship of Mary, the Mother of God.
Be Joyful for the gift of Reconciliation.

“Joy is prayer, joy is strength, joy is love. God loves a cheerful giver. The best way we can show our gratitude to God and the people is to accept everything with joy.” *

Be Joyful for the gift of relics.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Holy Rosary.
Be Joyful for the gift of religious freedom.
Be Joyful for the gift of reason.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Resurrection of Jesus.
Be Joyful for the gift of repentance.
Be Joyful for the gift of being able to make reparation for sins.
Be Joyful for the gift of responsibility.
Be Joyful for the gift of religious vocations.
Be Joyful for the gift of Divine Revelation.
Be Joyful for the gift of Redemption.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Seven Sacraments- Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Penance, Holy Orders, Holy Matrimony, Anointing of the Sick.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Saints in Heaven who constantly intercede for us on earth.
Be Joyful for the gift of Sunday, the Lord’s Day, in order that we may give God the worship and praise that He is due.
Be Joyful for the gift of sacramentals.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Sacred Mysteries of the Catholic Faith.
Be Joyful for the gift of sex, which is sacred only within Holy Matrimony.
Be Joyful for the gift of Sacred Scripture.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Sacrifice of Holy Mass, which is indeed the Heavenly Liturgy.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Sign of the Cross.
Be Joyful for the gift of Sacred Apostolic Tradition.
Be Joyful for the gift of suffering which allows us to participate in the saving work of Christ.
Be Joyful for the gift of silence.
Be Joyful for the gift of simplicity.
Be Joyful for the gift of second chances.
Be Joyful for the gift of salvation.

“Be faithful in little things, for in them our strength lies. We may not be able to give much but we can always give the joy that springs in a heart that is in love with God” *

Be Joyful for the gift of the Sacred Heart of Jesus burning with love for us.
Be Joyful for the gift of Bible scholars.
Be Joyful for the gift of siblings.
Be Joyful for the gift of sleep.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Ten Commandments.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Teaching Authority of the Catholic Church, the Magisterium.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Blessed Trinity.
Be Joyful for the gift of trust in God.
Be Joyful for the gift of teachers.
Be Joyful for the gift of truth.
Be Joyful for the gift of theologians.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Unity of the Catholic Church.
Be Joyful for the gift of the unborn baby.
Be Joyful for the gift of virtues.
Be Joyful for the gift of vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life.
Be Joyful for the gift of Vatican II.
Be Joyful for the gift of virginity.
Be Joyful for the gift of water.
Be Joyful for the gift of the works of mercy – corporal and spiritual.
Be Joyful for the gift of the Washing the Apostles feet at the Last Supper, which Jesus did to teach us to serve one another before ourselves.
Be Joyful for the gift of the will of God.
Be Joyful for the gift of work, which when offered to God, is a prayer.
Be Joyful for the gift of wisdom.
Be Joyful for the gift of Saint Francis Xavier.
Be Joyful for the gift of Yahweh.
Be Joyful for the gift of yearning.
Be Joyful for the gift of zeal.
Be Joyful for the gift of Saint Zita.

Let us be Joyful for all of God’s numerous gifts that He has bestowed so generously on mankind and the entire world. Let us not settle for just being ‘happy’, for happiness is fleeting, only temporary! Let us strive to have JOY in Jesus. For when we have a deeply rooted joy in our hearts for God and His Holy Catholic Church that He went through so very much to give to us, then that will see us through ANYTHING that might come our way — pain, sufferings, trials, confusion, fear or doubts or anything that God might send to us. We need to let our joy be contagious. We need to let our Love for God show so that those who do not yet know Him or love Him will wonder and ask questions. We are only on this earth for an extremely short period of time but we will hopefully spend eternity in Heaven with our Loving Creator who has made us for Himself. As Saint Augustine of Hippo once said, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts will not rest until they rest in you.” We need to accept everything, the good and the hard times, that come our way as a gift from God. He knows best and holds every single person in the palm of His hand. Yes, even the hairs on our heads are counted. He wants us to find that place in our lives, in our hearts, that no matter what is going on in the world, the good and the bad, the just and the unjust, we will have joy in our hearts because of the sheer knowledge that we are loved by Him and have been given the privilege of loving Him in return with an unsurpassable joy!

Saint Augustine and Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us and for all people everywhere to be Joyful in the Lord!!!

* Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s book, The Joy in Loving

The Pope, The Vicar of Christ

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Do you know that the Catholic Church is the only Church on Earth which even dares to claim that She has the Vicar of Christ as her head? The Vicar of Christ is the successor to St. Peter himself. As my favorite author and Biblical theologian, Dr. Scott Hahn has said, “It’s either diabolical or it’s true.” Well, it is true. I take our Lord’s words in Sacred Scripture as Gospel truth and I invite you to do the same. When we obey the Pope, and the Bishops of the Church in union with him, then we give Jesus the honor, glory and praise that He so desires and commands from us. This life is not a free-for-all, doing and believing anything we so please or desire. We must submit ourselves to the authority of the Holy Father, and right now it is Pope Francis, the successor to St. Peter.

I would like to go take a journey through the Bible and show you just some of the verses where it shows that Peter was named the first Pope, the one in charge of all the apostles, the shepherd Jesus left in charge to be the visible head of His Church on Earth. Let’s start in the Old Testament because as I have said before, the New Testament is concealed in the Old and the Old is revealed in the New. Remember, I am neither a bible scholar nor a theologian. I read and study and use well-trusted Catholic sources for my spiritual journey and I encourage you to do the same.

“When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter said in reply, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus said to him in reply, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.’” (Matthew 16:18-20)

Jesus himself states in this passage that Peter did not figure this out on his own, that Jesus is the Messiah, but that it had been revealed to him by the Father in heaven. Peter speaks infallibly; then Jesus names him the Rock of the Church. There are a lot of critics who say that Jesus used the word Petros to describe Peter here and that Petros means little rock in Greek and that petra means a large rock. They say that Jesus was referring to Himself and called himself the large rock and Peter a little rock. However, Jesus was probably speaking Aramaic and in Aramaic, the only word for rock is Kephas. In Aramaic, there would not have been more than one word for rock and so therefore Jesus was indeed calling Peter the rock on which He would build his church. Jesus would actually have been saying in Aramaic, “You are Rock and upon this Rock I will build my Church.” Yes, and also the word “petra” in Greek is for foundation stone and that indeed is a feminine word. However, Matthew knew that this form could not be used for a man and so he, moved by the Holy Spirit, changed it to petros in the Greek to make clear that Peter’s name would be Kephas. And did you know that the name Rock had never, ever been recorded up until now in any historical records?

“On that day I will summon my servant Eliakim, son of Hilkiah; I will clothe him with your robe, and gird him with your sash, and give over to him your authority, He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah, I will place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; when he opens, no one shall shut, when he shuts, no one shall open.” (Please see Isaiah 22: 15-24) The keys in the Old Testament meant a symbol of authority and here in Isaiah the authority of the one prime minister Shebna was being transferred to Eliakim, son of Hilkiah. Isaiah was prophesying this change which would come. The prime minister was a specific office in the Royal Davidic government. It was known by all that this person stood between the king and all of his other advisors. The Jewish people knew that the keys meant authority and so that is why when Jesus named Peter the head of the Apostles in Matthew’s Gospel he used the word keys. The Apostles would have understood that language and known that Peter was their head. Doesn’t this verse’s language sound very similar to the above verse from Matthew 16, when Jesus names Peter the Rock of the Church?

Have you ever noticed how much Jesus loves to use parables to explain truths of faith in the Gospels? His parables are always teaching us in such simple ways, such as in the Gospel of Matthew: “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.” (Matthew 7:24-27) You see, the Jewish people would have immediately thought of Solomon, the wise King who had indeed built the great Temple of Jerusalem. He did indeed build it upon a foundation stone – just as in Matthew 16:18-20 where Jesus says that He will build his church upon the rock of Peter and no power – even the power of hell – could win against it. The Church Jesus was establishing would not be ended even against the power of hell.

There are so many people who say that Peter could not be the Vicar of Christ because Jesus had reprimanded him and called him Satan and also that Paul had scolded him as well. Well, Jesus was only scolding Peter because of his lack of will, for Peter had just proclaimed Him to be the Son of God. He had spoken infallibly. He was human and scared and he was being scolded for his lack of will, not for his teaching authority. Also, when Paul publicly reprimanded Peter, it was not for his doctrine of not eating with the Gentiles, but it was for Peter not being willing to preach what he had already practiced himself. He himself ate with the uncircumcised now it was time to teach everyone else to do it as well. Jesus knew that Peter would sin, he still wanted him in charge. He even prayed for him. “Simon, Simon, behold Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed that your own faith may not fall; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32)

Yes, even Jesus knew that Peter would sin. He did rebuke him in the Gospels as I mentioned earlier and He also knew that Peter would deny him. He still appointed him the head of the Church on earth. We know clearly from Scripture that Jesus never changed his mind about Peter’s authority on earth because after the Resurrection, Jesus still confirmed Peter as the Head of the Apostles, the visible head of the Church on Earth, the Shepherd of the Universal Church. And remember Jesus never wanted disunity, he always prayed for unity, (John 17) and so he wanted there to be one head of His church.

In John 21, when the disciples were fishing in the Sea of Tiberias, Jesus appeared on the shore and told them to cast their net over the right side of the boat and they would find something. They listened and caught so many fish they couldn’t pull it in because there were so many. John told Peter, “It is the Lord.” (John 21:7) and what do you think Peter did immediately? He got out of the boat and went right into the sea to go to Jesus. Now, may I ask you why didn’t John tell any of the other disciples who were with him that it was the Lord, why did he tell Peter? Because he knew and believed Peter was the chief apostle. “When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord you know that I love you.’ He said to him, ‘Feed my lambs’ He then said to him a second time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.’ He said to him, ‘Tend my sheep’ he said to him, the third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep.’” (John 21:15-17) Here Jesus is clearly reaffirming Peter as the chief shepherd to lead his Church. I mean why did he only talk to Peter and say these things to Peter? It is because Peter is the Rock of the Church and through him to his successors.

Now, Catholics and Protestants both agree, do they not, that Peter was infallible when he wrote his two letters in the New Testament? So why is it so hard to believe that he can teach infallibly on the matters of faith and morals? If Judas had to be replaced after his death so that there would be 12 apostles once again then do you really believe that Peter and all the Apostles would not be able to hand down their authority to their successors? It is Peter, acting as the leader of the church, who calls for Judas’ place to be filled. “For it is written in the Book of Psalms: ‘Let his encampment become desolate, and may no one dwell in it.’ And ‘May another take his office.” (Acts 1:20) “‘Then they prayed ,’You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this apostolic ministry from which Judas turned away to go to his own place. Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was counted with the eleven apostles.” (Acts 1:24-25)

At Pentecost, Peter is the one who goes out into the crowds and speaks and 3000 are converted in a single day. Now, why do you suppose it was Peter who did this? Why wasn’t it Andrew or John or any of the other apostles? It was because Peter was in charge, he had been named the Rock of the Church. Peter is the one to cure the crippled beggar in the name of Jesus in Acts 3 and then gave another speech to all of the Israelites proclaiming Jesus to them. He was the one who defended him and John before the high priest, Annas and all the leaders and elders of the Sanhedrin. In Acts 5:15-16 “Thus they even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on cots and mats so that when Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on one or another of them. A large number of people from the towns in the vicinity of Jerusalem also gathered, bringing the sick and those disturbed by unclean spirits, and they were all cured.”

Yes, it is very true that Jesus had also given authority to the other apostles to preach and teach and heal in Jesus’ name. They were given the power to bind and loose on earth as well (Matthew 18:18) however, they were not given the keys to the kingdom, only Peter had been given that sole authority. Peter had the final say on matters of faith and morals and he still does as the successor to Peter, the Vicar of Christ on Earth. You see, the Apostles were the first bishops of the Church. As in Ephesians 2:20, the church is built upon the foundation of all the apostles and prophets, with Christ himself as the capstone.

A very telling example of the authority of Peter is in Acts Chapter 5 with Ananias and Sapphira. “A man named Ananias, however with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property. He retained for himself, with his wife’s knowledge, some of the purchase price, took the remainder, and put it at the feet of the apostles. But Peter said, ‘Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart so that you lied to the holy Spirit and retained part of the price of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain yours? And when it was sold, was it still not under your control? Why did you contrive this deed? You have lied not to human beings, but to God.’ When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last, and great fear came upon all who heard of it.” (Acts 5:1-5) The same fate befalls Ananias’ wife, Sapphira in the next verses. Here Ananias and his wife were accused of not lying to Peter but to the Holy Spirit (to God himself). Jesus made Peter his Vicar on earth, the visible head of the church on earth, and so when they lied to him it was the same as lying to God and they both fell down dead; they had committed a mortal sin.

In Acts Chapter 15, at the Council of Jerusalem, Peter was the one who stood up and settled the matter of circumcision and then, “the whole assembly fell silent.” They didn’t argue with Peter, or try to debate him more, they knew that his word was final because they truly believed that he had been appointed by Jesus to be His Vicar on Earth. (see Acts 15:12)

Have you ever noticed that Peter’s name is ALWAYS listed first when the lists of Apostles are given in the Bible? Matthew 10:2, Mark 3:14 and Luke 6:13-16 and even after the Resurrection at the Sea of Tiberias when he appeared to seven of the disciples, Peter was listed first, John 21:2. Do you really believe that this could just be a coincidence? I really don’t think so.

Scripture does not lie. It is the inerrant Word of God. It has the power to change lives. It has most assuredly changed mine. From all these examples it is quite clear to me – and I hope to you – that Jesus did name Peter the foundation of the Universal Church. Peter is indeed the chief apostle and shepherd. None of the apostles, including Paul even questioned his final authority. They believed and knew that Jesus had named him the ‘Rock’ on which he would build his Church and through him to his successors.

I humbly share this with you; there is absolutely no teaching of the Catholic Church that I have not conformed my heart and mind to. I believe, respect and absolutely love all of the teachings of the Catholic Church. I am not saying that all of Her teachings are easy to follow. Some of them can be quite difficult at times, but I believe them and live them. Yes, I am a sinner, make mistakes every day of my life, and I frequent the Sacrament of Reconciliation as often as I can and I encourage you to do the same. But, my heart is conformed to the Church, and all of us Catholic Christians are called to do the same, are we not? It is not an option, we may not pick and choose which teachings to believe and follow; we must accept them all. This should not be a chore, we should do it as an act of love for our Lord Jesus who loves us more than we can possibly even imagine. Why is it so easy for me to bind myself to the authority of the Church, under the Holy Father, the Pope? It is because Jesus himself said to and when I honor and obey our Holy Father, who without a doubt is the successor to St. Peter, then I am giving honor and glory to God Himself.

Saint Peter and all you Holy Vicars of Christ in Heaven, pray for us and for all people everywhere to acknowledge your successors’ authority on Earth!