Monday, 11 December 2017

ECatholic2000 and Myself ---- A Personal Testimony and Thank You

Dear Friends in Jesus and Mary,

I could not resist posting this letter about the positive role that ecatholic2000 has played in my life.

I am a better person today solely because of ecatholic2000. 

I would like to thank immensely - One Faithful Catholic Web Site Namely ecatholic2000.

It is only because of  ecatholic2000 that I am a Catholic today.

Let me give you my personal story and how ecatholic2000 changed my life for the better.

In 2010, I seriously contemplated leaving the Catholic Church for good because of negative experiences in the U.S. Catholic Church from 1997-2001, when I was living in the United States.

And then it happened- While surfing the net in late 2012 I happened to come across a beautiful, outstanding, extraordinary, conservative, and orthodox catholic website namely "ecatholic2000".

Once, I entered this website I happened to stumble upon some beautiful "Catholic Classics" which explain the true depth and richness of the Catholic Faith and my life before I knew it changed forever.

The more I read these "Catholic Classics" the less I felt like leaving the Catholic Church.

If it was not for ecatholic2000 I would have left the Catholic Church long ago. 

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They are true "Life Changers".

ecatholic2000 helped me to fall in love once more with the "Catholic Faith".

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Sunday, 27 August 2017

I Will Not Be Posting anymore ---- Please Enjoy My Blog

I say this because I am Physically and Mentally Exhausted and Drained.

Catholic Classics Unlimited was a "Work of Art" devised by Me way back in 2013.

However, since then this Blog has been subject to many "Hacker Attacks" which has left me exasperated in more ways than one.

In 2016 as well as in 2017, Hackers and their followers made all sorts of attempts to infect this Blog with viruses, worms, and malware because they were incensed at seeing Links in the form of Catholic Books Online in their entirety from the "Internet Archive".

Twice in the past 1 year I posted Links to Catholic Books from the Internet Archive and twice it was met with opposition. So, I simply took them out.

From 2013 till now, I have posted 180 Articles on various topics specially on the Blessed Sacrament as well as on Our Lady and on the Saints too.

My Advice to Readers of this Blog is to enjoy reading the Traditional and Orthodox Catholic Articles on this Blog and share them with like minded people.

Au Revoir, Then -- Goodbye.

P.S. -- This Blog will be online forever.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Blessed Ceferino Namuncura -- An Amazing South American Indian

Young Ceferino's Life is a Life Story of 19 years but rich in authentic Catholic Christian Spirituality.

He was born at Chimpay in Argentina on August 26, 1886 and was baptized two years later by a Famous Salesian Missionary by the name of Father Milanesio who had brokered a Peace Treaty between the Mapuche -- An Indigenous South American Indian Tribe and the Argentinean Army.

Ceferino was 11 years old when His Father enrolled Him in the Govt School in Buenos Aires.

However, Ceferino realized that He was out of place in such a school and therefore His Father took him to a Salesian School named after the Pope Pius X.

Ceferino immediately showed much interest in Academics.

There were two instances that took him to the path of Holiness.

He loved reading about the Life of Dominic Savio and He treasured His First Holy Communion where He made a Vow to be faithful always to His Great Friend Jesus Christ.

Ceferino's Spirituality was akin to his Salesian Surroundings that were solidly rooted in the Sacraments Specially the Holy Eucharist.

In 1903, When Ceferino was seventeen Monsignor Cagliero accepted Him along with a group of Aspirants to the Aspirantate at Viedma to begin their study of Latin essential at that time to be ordained to the Catholic Priesthood.

It was during those years when His Spirituality was blossoming that He became extremely ill with Tuberculosis.

Seeing His Sickly State Monsignor Cagliero took him to an Aspirantate in Italy where the weather was better than where He was.

In no time, He mastered the art of speaking and writing in Italian.

On March 28, 1905 He had to be admitted to the Hospital where He passed away on May 11.

Ceferino wanted to become a Catholic Priest so that He could contribute to the Cultural and Spiritual Development of his native people.

Credits and References :

Ceferino Namuncura
Salesian Saint of the Month
Pages 10 and 11
Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai
March 2017,  Vol -18, N0-11

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

An All Encompassing Perspective on Psalm 65

"To You Our Praise is Due" begins this Psalm for in the Blessed Sacrament Jesus Christ shows us the depth of His Love. He was willing to be pierced on Calvary so that He might pour out to us the abundance of His All Encompassing Love in the Holy Eucharist.

He experienced "Total Abandonment" on the Cross so that He could be our constant companion and faithful friend in the Holy Eucharist.

"We Pay Our Vows" to Him by completely giving up ourselves to His Will. This Psalm tells us that Jesus Christ hears every prayer and answers it according to the positive aspects that it brings about in Our Life.

Any Prayer or Petition that God does not answer simply means that He has something much better in mind for us.

"To You All Flesh Will Come" means that Christ who was lifted up on the Cross will draw all souls to His Eucharistic Heart.

All Flesh expresses the significance that each of us has to submit his Passions to the Eucharistic Heart of Christ.

We Live in a Pagan Secular and Materialistic World that is constantly seeking Self- Gratification from the Pleasures of the Flesh.

Yet, Christ teaches us that it is the Spirit only which gives fulfillment in our day to day lives.

What better place to find strength amidst the World's Temptations than in the Eucharistic Arms of Our Saviour.

"Blessed is He whom you choose and call to dwell in Your Courts" means it was the Eternal Father aka Abba aka God Who chose you to be with Him right now.

He chose you out of countless others because he wants to shower His Love and Blessings on you in the special way of "Perpetual Adoration".

God has chosen you to adore Him so that His Blessings through his Son Jesus may flow to you from His Eucharistic Heart.

Like Saint Paul, His Grace is enough for us in our journey towards our lasting dwelling place that is the Wedding Feast that God has prepared for us for all eternity.

Credits and References :

Come To Me in the Blessed Sacrament
By Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament
Page 108
Meditation on Psalm 65
Year 1997

Monday, 21 August 2017

Meditating on Psalm 84

Psalm 84 begins with "How lovely is your dwelling place -- Lord God of Hosts".

There is no place on earth where there is more love than where you are right now. In the Blessed Sacrament, All the Love of Heaven and Earth is contained.

Within the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Christ, dwells the source of all Love, Human and Divine.

Just like the sparrow finds a "Home" in the Nest, Our "Home" is in the Eucharistic Christ.

Each person who comes before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is welcomed by him with unspeakable Enthusiasm and Delight.

The "Roads to Zion" are the Gospel, the Teachings of the Holy Catholic Church, and participation in Her Holy Sacraments which can be described as a "Seven Fold Gift".

The "Bitter Valley" is our earthly tribulation. The Apostle Paul tells us that on earth We do not have a lasting city -- We seek a Home that is yet to come. (Hebrews 13:14).

We are a people who are on a continuous pilgrimage.

"One Day within your courts is better than a Thousand elsewhere" expresses the unspeakable value of "Perpetual Adoration".

Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament fills us with Spiritual Riches and increases our Divine Union with Him.

Many People feel "Eucharistic Adoration" is a waste of time. This is because their priorities are not correct and their journey in life has no purpose beyond the "Material World" in which they live.

Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament points to our "Eternal Destiny" and gives us the light and strength to reach it.

Whenever, We get frustrated or exasperated with Life -- We should simply set our eyes on the "Whiteness" of the Sacred Host because that is where the Risen Saviour dwells in all His Majesty 24-7-365.

The Eucharistic Christ is our "Faithful Friend" in more ways than one.

Credits :

Come to Me in the Blessed Sacrament
By Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament
Page 115
"Meditation on Psalm 84"
Year 1997

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Eucharistic Procession in Decades arouses fervor in North West China

The Procession of the Blessed Sacrament in Zhouzhi Diocese in North West China in half a century has stimulated devotion among Local Catholics there.

To the Accompaniment of Drums, Trumpets, and Firecrackers -- Four Village Churches in Mei County, Shaanxi Province joined the Eucharistic Procession.

A Parishioner with the Surname Li said some Catholics could hardly believe what they were seeing. They were amazed to see the Blessed Sacrament being brought to their rural parishes.

This was the First Eucharistic Procession to be held in North West China since 1949.

Many Non - Catholic Villagers were curious and stepped out of their homes to see what exactly was going on.

The Event had an Evangelizing Effect as a Witness of the Catholic Faith noting that the Procession went around some Factories run by Catholics where Non Catholic Workers are also present.

This Eucharistic Procession passed through 5 Villages. Catholic Families kneeled and prayed as it passed by. On entering each of these villages with Parish Churches the Procession Participants went to the Church for a Benediction Service with the Blessed Sacrament.

Zhouzhi Diocese has more than 60,000 Catholics with more than 54 Priests, 200 Churches, 120 Seminarians or more and 200 Odd Sisters of various Congregations.

Credits : Asianews 

Friday, 18 August 2017

Catholic Community Maintains Faith Without A Priest For More Than 50 Years

Catholics in a remote mountain are of South Western China continue to keep their God Given Faith Alive, even though no Catholic Priest has been stationed there for more than 50 Years.

About 5,000 Catholics mainly Drung, Lisu, Nu, and Tibetan Ethnic Minorities in Gongshan Drungzu Nuzu Autonomous County in North Western Yunnan Province pray together daily.

Gongshan County is more than 2,000 Kilometers from Beijing.

Here, Local Catholics have not only maintained their faith but they have also evangelized. When It is Winter, and it is impossible to till the land -- Catholics go in groups of 2 or 3 to visit and to preach to Non - Catholic Villagers at their Homes.

Because of the many different ethnic minority groups in the county it is hard to use the Holy Bible to evangelize because the Holy Bible is available only in Chinese, Tibetan, and Lisu.

This is why Catholics use Hymns to spread the Good News instead.

Father Paul Chen Kaihua of Kunming Diocese in the same province said that after learning about this Catholic Community from the faithful in his diocese he has started visiting them twice a year.

Father Chen said He was impressed by their Catholic Faith.

Despite, The absence of a Catholic Priest He said the number of Catholic Churches has grown to 15 from the 3 established in 1949. The number of Catholics also grew from just 1,000 to more than 5,000 thanks to the Evangelization by Lay People.

French Catholic Missionaries served this area before 1949.

The Priest recounted that the blessing of 2 New Catholic Churches has encouraged the Catholics to continue to expand their community much as they have been doing in recent years.

Father John Fang Ping from Urumqi Diocese visited Gongshan County after a Parishioner working in Yunnan Province told him about these Catholics. Father Fang says it is one of China's Poorest Counties.

The Villagers seldom see a Catholic Priest. Occasionally, Priests from other Dioceses pay short visits but usually it is the Catholics who gather by themselves to pray.

The Villagers had built by themselves two churches and carried every piece of Brick, Wood, and Rock Uphill where the Churches are currently situated.

At the Blessing Ceremony of these Catholic Churches Father Fang recalled that the Catholic Villagers dressed in their ethnic costumes and offered their Farm Produce as well as Chickens, Lambs, and Cows as Gifts to God.

Finally, in Gongshan County Father Fang learned to say the Hail Mary among the Catholic Villagers in Tibetan. This is an important cultural  heritage of the Catholic Church in Yunnan Province.

Credits : Asianews

ECatholic2000 and Myself ---- A Personal Testimony and Thank You

Dear Friends in Jesus and Mary, I could not resist posting this letter about the positive role that ecatholic2000 has played in my life. ...