Hold firmly that our faith is identical with the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church.

When: Thursday, December 27, 2007 12:00 AM to Friday, December 28, 2007 12:00 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).
Words of Jesus
And he said to them, "How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?"   Luke 2:49

"Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them.  For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished."   Matthew 5:17-18
"The law and the prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and every one enters it violently.  But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one dot of the law to become void." Luke 16:16-17
And Jesus entered the temple of God and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons.  He said to them, "It is written, `My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you make it a den of robbers."  Matthew 21:12-13
And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.  And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.  I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."    Matthew 16:17-19
And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age."   Matthew 28:18-20
Hold firmly that our faith is identical with the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church.
— St. Thomas Aquinas
Abba, Father, Lord God, the words of St. Thomas Aquinas greet me today bringing thoughts of tradition and change to mind. Clearly Lord God Your truths are true for all generations, as are the teachings of Jesus; but do we misinterpret faith and religion when it comes to the Church, or does our human being get in the way of our spirit being. For I believe that faith is of the spirit, and faith brings forth hope, and one cannot have true faith without hope, and one cannot have hope with feeling the Your love in and through Christ Jesus. When I think of Jesus and the Church, I think of what He said as a child to Mary and Joseph when they found Him in the Temple. I think about what He said about the law and the good news, His words to Peter, and His command to the disciples. I do so with thought that under the sun one cannot walk by faith, with hope, in love, alone. We need fellowship and all that the Church as the living body of Jesus is meant to be. However, we need to remain close to the words of Jesus or that human being will stop the spirit from being. O Lord I know I must walk in the spirit more than I do during the day, I must practice Your presence in all prayer and with supplication when ever my human being stops my spirit being from feeling Your presence. So this is my prayer today, that in me You will strengthen my spirit being, and that You will place me where I can do Your will with a chance to fulfill Your purpose for me in my life and with the Church. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
1 John 1:1-4
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life — 2 the life was made manifest, and we saw it, and testify to it, and proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the Father and was made manifest to us — 3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you may have fellowship with us; and our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And we are writing this that our joy may be complete.
Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12
1 The LORD reigns; let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad! 2 Clouds and thick darkness are round about him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. 5 The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth. 6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness; and all the peoples behold his glory. 11 Light dawns for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart. 12 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name!
John 20:1-8
1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Mag’dalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." 3 Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. 4 They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; 5 and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, 7 and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;
Pope Benedict XVI Encyclical Letter

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