Wearing the Brown Scapular singles someone out as a devotee of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as one of her special chosen children, as someone living a life dedicated to Mary, as one belonging to her army, as someone who is under her special protection. [Read more…]
A “type” is something in literature, or historically an event, something that actually happens. But it also is a foreshadowing or a prefigurement of something greater that is going to happen. One of the most famous types or foreshadowing in the Old Testament is the story of Moses and the bronze serpent. The bronze serpent in the desert is a type, or a foreshadowing, a prefigurement of Christ hanging on the cross.
In Matthew 7:21, Jesus says, “he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Religion teaches us to do the will of God. That seems pretty obvious. But there’s this powerful error on earth today that says something very different. The error tells us that those that accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. Those are two different religions, one who tells us to do God’s will to be saved, and one that tells us all we have to do to be saved is to believe. And they result in two very different ways of living.
“The Word Became Flesh” is the central mystery of our faith. The first two Masses for Christmas day (the Mass at Midnight and the Mass at Dawn) told about the birth of our Savior according to the flesh, born in a stable in Bethlehem. But in the Mass of Christmas Day, Holy Mother Church wants to make sure that we understand the significance of that event, the Word became flesh.