Memoirs of Venerable Fulton John Sheen 2.14.16 From the Universal One Church

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“The Church fasts; the world diets. Materially there is no difference, for a person can lose twenty pounds one way as well as the other. But the difference is in the intention.”

“Most Catholics seem to be aware of the forty-day period before the feast of Easter. Lent, which comes from the Anglo-Saxon work lencten, meaning ‘spring,’ is a time marked by particular rituals, such as the reception of ashes on Ash Wednesday or the decision to ‘give up French Fires’ as a Lenten practice. Is Lent broader than just these practices which seem to be left over from another era?”

“It took a Lincoln’s blood to write a nation; it has taken a Kennedy’s blood to prepare for the equality of men in that same nation…On a brighter Easter day, we shall see that our national brotherhood was purchased by the blood of a victim. Both were great, not by what was done by them, but what was done through them…these two Presidents of Sorrow stand forever near the Man of Sorrow saying: “I will stand here at Thy side; despise my nation not.”

“They call Christ a deceiver! That He is! Only a deceiver like Christ can please us, for we have already been deceived. The world is our first deceiver! It promised us peace and gave us war; it promised us enduring love and gave us age and satiety! Heavenly traitor! That seemed so dead and yet are Risen Life! Deceive us with Thy Scars that our weak soul break free, and throw us back to Thee!”

“The will, on the contrary, when it loves anything above it in dignity goes out to meet the demands of whatever it loves. When the will loves anything that is below it in dignity, it degrades itself. Suppose the dominant love of man was money. Man would degrade himself by loving what is less worthy than himself. In loving it, he becomes like gold. If a man loves only lust, carnality, and the pleasure of the flesh above all things, he degrades his spirit to the sole level of sex. We become like that which we love. If we love what is base, we become base; but if we love what is noble, we become noble.”

“The human heart is not shaped like a valentine heart, perfect and regular in contour it is slightly irregular in shape as if a small piece of it were missing out of its side. The missing part may very well symbolize a piece that a spear tore out of the universal heart of humanity on the Cross, but it probably symbolizes something more. It may very well mean that when God created each human heart, he kept a small sample of it in heaven, and sent the rest of it into the world, where it would each day learn the lesson that it could never be really happy, that it could never be really wholly in love, that it could never be really whole-hearted until it rested with the Risen Christ in an eternal Easter.”

~ Venerable Fulton John Sheen (born Peter John Sheen, May 8, 1895 – December 9, 1979) was an American bishop (later archbishop) of the Roman Catholic Church known for his preaching and especially his work on television and radio. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was a master communicator with an unforgettable voice and ability to communicate the message of Christianity to all peoples. He was a Catholic priest with a tremendous knowledge of Catholic Theology, as well as all Christian denominations and world religions. He had a way of being very likeable and welcoming to all, no matter what your beliefs were. To Catholics, he was a saint of modern times. Though not yet canonized, he is considered one of the most important Catholics that God has put on this earth in the 20th Century. You may find out more information on the Universal One Church at: http://www.universalonechurch.org

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803 Tallahassee Street
Carrabelle, FL. 32322-3220 USA
Phone: (850)720-1061

Hours: 8:30 – 5:30 EST After Hours: Please Leave a Message

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Mission Statement:

“The Universal One Church defends the unborn, feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, educates the young, welcomes refugees, and cares for the sick, both at home and abroad. They believe the Bible is the verbally inspired, inerrant Word of God. The Universal One Church is born, one in Christ, with a precise, but open identity, that embraces the whole world, without exception”

Ordination

“A vocation is a fruit that ripens in a well cultivated field of mutual love that becomes mutual service, in the context of an authentic ecclesial life. No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the experience of fraternal love. We are designed with a dreaming brain and a hopeful spirit; it is our nature to envision the life of our dreams. And while dreaming comes easy to us, we must never forget that it takes strength, dedication, and courageous action to bring that dream to life.”

Do you wish to pursue a vocation in ministry – become a minister, get ordained or serve as a wedding officiant? We provide ordination to men and women enabling work in all facets of Christian Ministry within the USA, Turkey, Canada, UK, Africa, South America, Germany, India, France, Switzerland, Thailand, Japan, Australia, China, Mexico and many other countries throughout the world.

Summary

The Universal One Church as the name implies is a worldwide Religious Non-Profit Organization, extending its reach to the ends of the earth and to the every corner of the globe. The Universal One Church offers weekly Sunday Services, Bible Study, News and more on the Universal One Church TV and Radio Networks
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Remembering Pope John Paul II – Universal One Church, Carrabelle, FL. USA

Fr Lawrence Lew OP CC Crucified Christ

Carrabelle, Florida USA
For Immediate Release

He was in third grade when his mother died; his only sibling, an older brother, died three years later; he discovered his father dead on the floor in their apartment. Karol Wojtyla was an orphan at twenty. Nor were his troubles were not limited to the loss of his whole family. The Nazis overran his country, and he did hard labor in a stone quarry. During the Nazi rule, many of his friends were killed, some in concentration camps, others shot by the Gestapo for the crime of studying for the priesthood. He was run down by a German truck and nearly died. When the Nazis finally left his beloved Poland, he and his countrymen again came under the rule of a dictator when the iron boot of Joseph Stalin replaced that of Adolf Hitler. Later in life, his beloved Church was torn apart by the storm that followed the Second Vatican Council. At sixty, an Islamic assassin shot him in his own front yard, and he nearly died again. As an old man, he suffered from debilitating Parkinson’s disease that rendered him immobile, distorted his physical appearance, and finally took his ability to speak. Pope John Paul II knew about human suffering.

Yet, as was evident to all who saw him, he was a man overflowing with joy. He experienced the mystery of suffering and the affliction endured by every single human person, but he also discovered the meaning of suffering. He had found an “answer” to the problem of pain.

An Inescapable Feature

He explored this theme in his apostolic letter Salvifici Doloris (On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering). Suffering is part of human existence from birth until death, and every human person suffers in a variety of ways: physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually. The Bible provides many examples: one’s own death, the danger of death, the death of children or friends, sterility, homesickness, persecution, mockery, scorn, loneliness, abandonment, remorse, watching the wicked prosper while the just suffer, the unfaithfulness of spouse and friends, and the misfortunes of one’s homeland (SD 6). Suffering in one form or another accompanies each of us every day. It is an inescapable feature of human existence.

Suffering naturally leads to questioning. Why do I suffer? Why do others suffer? How can suffering be overcome? Is there any meaning to suffering? To find an answer, John Paul turned to revelation:

In order to perceive the true answer to the “why” of suffering, we must look to the revelation of divine love, the ultimate source of the meaning of everything that exists. Love is also the richest source of the meaning of suffering, which always remains a mystery: We are conscious of the insufficiency and inadequacy of our explanations. Christ causes us to enter into the mystery and to discover the “why” of suffering, as far as we are capable of g.asping the sublimity of divine love. In order to discover the profound meaning of suffering . . . we must above all accept the light of revelation. . . . Love is also the fullest source of the answer to the question of the meaning of suffering. This answer has been given by God to man in the cross of Jesus Christ. (SD 13)

For John Paul, the story of Jesus Christ is the story of humanity. Every human life is a question, and it is the Lord who answers the question. Therefore we must look to Christ to understand the meaning of suffering. But our understanding of God is fragile and incomplete, because we are not capable of comprehending pure love and goodness. It follows, then, that our understanding of suffering cannot be definitive. This is especially true when we are dealing with suffering in its subjective dimension. Words fall far short when we are undergoing suffering, and reasoning cannot remedy the profound sense of the offensiveness of suffering.

In looking for an answer to the “problem of pain,” the Pope avoided reducing all suffering to a single justification but looked at various.aspects and meanings of suffering. Reducing suffering to a single solution does not do justice to its complexities.

Charity

Sometimes suffering makes an important good possible. If God eliminated that suffering, the corresponding good also would be eliminated.

We could say that suffering . . . is present in order to unleash love in the human person, that unselfish gift of one’s “I” on behalf of other people, especially those who suffer. The world of human suffering unceasingly calls for, so to speak, another world: the world of human love; and in a certain sense man owes to suffering that unselfish love that stirs in his heart and actions. (SD 29)

Humility

Suffering can bring us closer to what is good and can draw us away from obstacles to achieving happiness. Pain can prompt rehabilitation, a turning from evil to embrace stronger relationships with others and with God (SD 12). Suffering breaks down that most fundamental of human proclivities: our desire to be God. The atheistic existentialist Jean Paul Sartre wrote: “To be man is to reach toward being God. Or, if you prefer, man fundamentally is the desire to be God.” The original sin of Adam and Eve was an attempt to reorder the universe so they could determine what is good and what is evil. This is replicated in every human sin. The sinner orders the universe according to his own will and sets aside the will of God. Suffering is redemptive in part because it reveals to man that he is not God, rendering him more receptive to the divine:

To suffer means to become particularly susceptible, particularly open to the working of the salvific powers of God, offered to humanity in Christ. In him God has confirmed his desire to act especially through suffering, which is man’s weakness and emptying of self, and he wishes to make his power known precisely in this weakness and emptying of self. (SD 23)

Only when we are weak do many of us rely on God and explicitly repudiate our own divine ambitions.

Transformation

History provides many examples of sinners transformed into saints through suffering.

Down through the centuries and generations it has been seen that in suffering there is concealed a particular power that draws a person interiorly close to Christ, a special grace. To this grace many saints, such as St. Francis of Assisi, St. Ignatius of Loyola, and others, owe their profound conversion. A result of such a conversion is not only that the individual discovers the salvific meaning of suffering but above all that he becomes a completely new person. He discovers a new dimension, as it were, of his entire life and vocation. (SD 26)

It may be that some suffering is permitted by God as a way of waking someone from a dream of self-sufficiency or illusory happiness. Life-saving surgery is painful.

Punishment

Often our sinful actions lead directly to painful repercussions—the drinking binge leads to the hangover, unreasonable anger to injured relationships, laziness to lack of achievement. Suffering can serve as punishment for wrongdoing, a just retribution for personal sins.

The friends of Job sought to universalize this judgment, falsely concluding that all suffering is the direct result of a person’s sin. If Job is punished, they reasoned, he must have sinned against God. But the innocent do suffer:

While it is true that suffering has a meaning as punishment, when it is connected with a fault, it is not true that all suffering is a consequence of a fault and has the nature of a punishment. The figure of the just man Job is a special proof of this in the Old Testament. (SD 11)

In the New Testament, Christ teaches the same truth by his Passion. The Lamb of God—who is entirely without fault—endured rejection, beating, taunting, flogging, and crucifixion at the hands of evil men. By suffering himself, the Son of God removed the moral stigma from suffering. No longer could it be said that personal suffering always indicates moral failure nor that it is a sign of God’s abandonment or disfavor.

Christ’s Suffering

Christ strikes at the root of our sin and our suffering by overcoming evil with good. Indeed, the suffering of Christ overcomes the worst possible suffering of the human person—permanent alienation from God, the source and summit of all goodness. All suffering in this life—like all happiness—is imperfect, partial, and finite. Even the worst possible human life, spread over the longest spans, comes to an end. Hell does not. It lasts forever. In comparison to the pains of hell, the worst human suffering on earth pales. Jesus saves his people from hell.

The only begotten Son was given to humanity primarily to protect man against this definitive evil and against definitive suffering. In his salvific mission, the Son must therefore strike evil right at its transcendental roots from which it develops in human history. These transcendental roots of evil are grounded in sin and death: for they are at the basis of the loss of eternal life. The mission of the only begotten Son consists in conquering sin and death. He conquers sin by his obedience unto death, and he overcomes death by his Resurrection. (SD 14)

Jesus saves us from the suffering by entering into it. The physical pain endured by Christ is well beyond what most of us have personally experienced: beaten by soldiers, imprisoned, scourged at the pillar, crowned with thorns, forced to carry the cross, and finally dying by crucifixion.

His suffering has human dimensions; it also is unique in the history of humanity—a depth and intensity that, while being human, can also be an incomparable depth and intensity of suffering, insofar as the man who suffers is in person the only begotten Son himself: “God from God.” Therefore, only he—the only begotten Son—is capable of embracing the measure of evil contained in the sin of man: In every sin and in “total” sin, according to the dimensions of the historical existence of humanity on earth. (SD 17)

John Paul echoes a long tradition, going back at least to the time of St. Thomas Aquinas, that the physical, mental, and spiritual suffering of Christ was the greatest human suffering possible. In addition to the physical pain of the passion, he endured the greatest pain of all: alienation from the heavenly Father caused by the totality of human sin.

Suffering and Salvation

What comes of this great suffering? What is its purpose in the divine plan? From the greatest possible evil, God brings about the greatest good: the salvation of the human family, redemption from pain and suffering for those who do not merit it.

Precisely by means of this suffering [Jesus] must bring it about “that man should not perish, but have eternal life.” Precisely by means of his cross he must strike at the roots of evil, planted in the history of man and in human souls. Precisely by means of his cross he must accomplish the work of salvation. (SD 16)

The suffering of Christ redeems suffering itself and opens up the possibility that the sufferer can share in the redemptive work of Christ (SD 19). The suffering of Christ leads to his glory; so, too, does the suffering of Christians. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account” (Matt. 5:10–11). John Paul wrote:

Christ has in a sense opened his own redemptive suffering to all human suffering. . . . Christ has accomplished the world’s redemption through his own suffering. For, at the same time, this redemption, even though it was completely achieved by Christ’s suffering, lives on and in its own special way develops in the history of man. It lives and develops as the body of Christ, the Church, and in this dimension every human suffering, by reason of the loving union with Christ, completes the suffering of Christ. It completes that suffering just as the Church completes the redemptive work of Christ. (SD 24)

The Christian approach to the problem of pain does not imply an indifference to human suffering, and for this reason Christians have always sought to express their faith in charitable works.

Christ’s revelation of the salvific meaning of suffering is in no way identified with an attitude of passivity. Completely the reverse is true. The gospel is the negation of passivity in the face of suffering. Christ himself is especially active in this field. (SD 30)

The works of Christ were to restore sight to the blind, heal the leper, and give food to the hungry. He taught that we should love God and neighbor and gave us the parable of the good Samaritan to illustrate the duty of all Christians to look after the needs of others. The final judgment hinges on our care for suffering people:

Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. (Matt. 25:34-35)

A Reason to Live

Christ’s approach to the problem of pain is not an intellectual answer to an academic puzzle. Not every problem is abstract, intellectual, or academic. Theodicy—reconciling the existence of an all-good God with evil—can be tackled in this manner, but the problem of real pain is concrete, experiential, and personal. Its resolution does not come through words but through the Word alone. As the great Pope put it:

Christ does not answer directly and he does not answer in the abstract this human questioning about the meaning of suffering. Man hears Christ’s saving answer as he himself gradually becomes a sharer in the sufferings of Christ. The answer that comes through this sharing, by way of the interior encounter with the Master, is in itself something more than the mere abstract answer to the question about the meaning of suffering. For it is above all a call. It is a vocation. Christ does not explain in the abstract the reasons for suffering, but before all else he says: “Follow me!” Come! Take part through your suffering in this work of saving the world, a salvation achieved through my suffering! Through my cross. Gradually, as the individual takes up his cross, spiritually uniting himself to the cross of Christ, the salvific meaning of suffering is revealed before him. (SD 26)

The author Victor Frankel in his book Man’s Search for Meaningdescribes his horrifying experiences in Nazi concentration camps. He notes that although all the prisoners were in the same material circumstances—the most horrible imaginable—they did not all react in the same way. Some prisoners killed themselves by walking into electrified fences; others clung to life and even found joy despite the atrocities occurring around them daily. What made the difference? One way to put it is that man can endure anything if he has a reason (logos) to live. Conversely, man can endure nothing if he does not.

A source of joy is found in the overcoming of the sense of the uselessness of suffering, a feeling that is sometimes very strongly rooted in human suffering. This feeling not only consumes the person interiorly but seems to make him a burden to others. The person feels condemned to receive help and assistance from others and at the same time seems useless to himself. The discovery of the salvific meaning of suffering in union with Christ transforms this depressing feeling. Faith in sharing in the suffering of Christ brings with it the interior certainty that the suffering person “completes what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions”; the certainty that in the spiritual dimension of the work of redemption he is serving, like Christ, the salvation of his brothers and sisters. Therefore he is carrying out an irreplaceable service. (SD 27)

Christ gives us a reason to live, however much we suffer. Written by By: Christopher Kaczor

~ Fr Jordan Francis † (Most Reverend Jordan Francis) is the Presiding Bishop of the Universal One Church. ~ Fr Jordan Francis † opens up his heart and door to all children of God. Through the Universal One Church and the Order of St Michael, both men or women who feel they are being called to a Religious Vocation have the opportunity to be ordained with Apostolic Succession and Lineage. The Universal One Church also ordains men and/or woman to serve as Wedding Ministers on a part or full time basis. The Universal One Church ordains men or women as Nondenominational Ministers or as Catholic Priests. ~ Fr Jordan Francis † subscribes to the ecclesiastical teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. However at your discretion you are afforded the opportunity to continue within the respective teachings in the faith of your baptism or that of whatever it is you practice today, provided the core belief is the acceptance of Jesus Christ as you Lord and Savior. Join in with our Sunday Night Universal Mass, our weekly Bible Study or find out more about pursuing your calling in ministry or as a wedding minister by going to our website at: http://www.universalonechurch.org

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803 Tallahassee Street
Carrabelle, FL. 32322-3220 USA
Phone: (850)720-1061

Hours: 8:30 – 5:30 EST After Hours: Please Leave a Message

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Mission Statement:

“The Universal One Church defends the unborn, feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, educates the young, welcomes refugees, and cares for the sick, both at home and abroad. They believe the Bible is the verbally inspired, inerrant Word of God. The Universal One Church is born, one in Christ, with a precise, but open identity, that embraces the whole world, without exception”

Ordination

“A vocation is a fruit that ripens in a well cultivated field of mutual love that becomes mutual service, in the context of an authentic ecclesial life. No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the experience of fraternal love. We are designed with a dreaming brain and a hopeful spirit; it is our nature to envision the life of our dreams. And while dreaming comes easy to us, we must never forget that it takes strength, dedication, and courageous action to bring that dream to life.”

Do you wish to pursue a vocation in ministry – become a minister, get ordained or serve as a wedding officiant? We provide ordination to men and women enabling work in all facets of Christian Ministry within the USA, Turkey, Canada, UK, Africa, South America, Germany, India, France, Switzerland, Thailand, Japan, Australia, China, Mexico and many other countries throughout the world.

Summary

The Universal One Church as the name implies is a worldwide Religious Non-Profit Organization, extending its reach to the ends of the earth and to the every corner of the globe. The Universal One Church offers weekly Sunday Services, Bible Study, News and more on the Universal One Church TV and Radio Networks
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Pope makes long-awaited visit to Our Lady of Guadalupe – Universal One Church, Carrabelle, FL. USA

Carrabelle, Florida USA
For Immediate Release

The original image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is rotated so that Pope Francis can pray before it in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City (CNS)

The original image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is rotated so that Pope Francis can pray before it in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City (CNS)

Francis sat alone in prayerful silence with the miraculous image of the Virgin after celebrating Mass

On Saturday Pope Francis fulfilled his much-desired wish to pray in silence before the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

After celebrating the first Mass of his papal trip to Mexico, the Pope made his way to the “camarin” (“little room”) behind the main altar of the basilica dedicated to Mary. The miraculous mantle, which normally faces the congregation, can be turned around to allow a closer and more private moment of veneration.

Laying a bouquet of yellow roses in front of the image, the pope sat down in prayerful silence with eyes closed and head bowed. After roughly 20 minutes, the pope stood up, laid his hand on the image and departed from the small room.

About 12,000 people packed the basilica for the papal Mass and another 30,000 were watching on screens set up in the outer courtyard. Built in 1976, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe is located near Tepeyac hill, the site of Mary’s apparitions to St Juan Diego in 1531. With some 12 million people visiting each year, it is Catholicism’s most popular Marian shrine.

In his homily, the Pope reflected on the Gospel reading, which recalled Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth.

Mary’s humility in saying “yes” to God’s will, he said, is a response “which prompted her to give the best of herself, going forth to meet others.”

That very humility also led her to appear to a poor indigenous man, he said. “Just as she made herself present to little Juan, so too she continues to reveal herself to all of us, especially to those who feel — like him — ‘worthless,’” the Pope said.

Recalling the miraculous appearance of Mary’s image, Pope Francis noted that through such a miracle, “Juan experienced in his own life what hope is, what the mercy of God is.”

The Pope said that despite the indigenous saint’s feelings of inadequacy, Mary chose him to “oversee, care for, protect and promote the building of this shrine.”

“In this way, she managed to awaken something he did not know how to express, a veritable banner of love and justice: no one could be left out in the building of that other shrine: the shrine of life, the shrine of our communities, our societies and our cultures,” he said.

God’s true shrine, he added, is the life of his children, especially young people without a future, the elderly who are often unacknowledged and forgotten and families lacking even the most basic necessities.

“The shrine of God is the faces of the many people we encounter each day,” the pope said.

Pope Francis said that those who suffer do not weep in vain and their sufferings are a silent prayer that rises to heaven, “always finding a place in Mary’s mantle.”

Like St Juan Diego, Christians are called to be Mary’s ambassadors and console those who are overwhelmed by trials and sufferings, he said.

“‘Am I not your mother? Am I not here with you?’ Mary says this to us again. Go and build my shrine, help me to lift up the lives of my sons and daughters, your brothers and sisters,” the Pope said.

Find Out More: http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2016/02/14/98956/

~ Fr Jordan Francis † (Most Reverend Jordan Francis) is the Presiding Bishop of the Universal One Church. ~ Fr Jordan Francis † opens up his heart and door to all children of God. Through the Universal One Church and the Order of St Michael, both men or women who feel they are being called to a Religious Vocation have the opportunity to be ordained with Apostolic Succession and Lineage. The Universal One Church also ordains men and/or woman to serve as Wedding Ministers on a part or full time basis. The Universal One Church ordains men or women as Nondenominational Ministers or as Catholic Priests. ~ Fr Jordan Francis † subscribes to the ecclesiastical teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. However at your discretion you are afforded the opportunity to continue within the respective teachings in the faith of your baptism or that of whatever it is you practice today, provided the core belief is the acceptance of Jesus Christ as you Lord and Savior. Join in with our Sunday Night Universal Mass, our weekly Bible Study or find out more about pursuing your calling in ministry or as a wedding minister by going to our website at: http://www.universalonechurch.org

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803 Tallahassee Street
Carrabelle, FL. 32322-3220 USA
Phone: (850)720-1061

Hours: 8:30 – 5:30 EST After Hours: Please Leave a Message

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Mission Statement:

“The Universal One Church defends the unborn, feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, educates the young, welcomes refugees, and cares for the sick, both at home and abroad. They believe the Bible is the verbally inspired, inerrant Word of God. The Universal One Church is born, one in Christ, with a precise, but open identity, that embraces the whole world, without exception”

Ordination

“A vocation is a fruit that ripens in a well cultivated field of mutual love that becomes mutual service, in the context of an authentic ecclesial life. No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the experience of fraternal love. We are designed with a dreaming brain and a hopeful spirit; it is our nature to envision the life of our dreams. And while dreaming comes easy to us, we must never forget that it takes strength, dedication, and courageous action to bring that dream to life.”

Do you wish to pursue a vocation in ministry – become a minister, get ordained or serve as a wedding officiant? We provide ordination to men and women enabling work in all facets of Christian Ministry within the USA, Turkey, Canada, UK, Africa, South America, Germany, India, France, Switzerland, Thailand, Japan, Australia, China, Mexico and many other countries throughout the world.

Summary

The Universal One Church as the name implies is a worldwide Religious Non-Profit Organization, extending its reach to the ends of the earth and to the every corner of the globe. The Universal One Church offers weekly Sunday Services, Bible Study, News and more on the Universal One Church TV and Radio Networks
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Catholic Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia dies aged 79 – Universal One Church, Carrabelle, FL. USA

Universal one Church Scales of Justice carrabelle florida

Carrabelle, Florida USA
For Immediate Release

The late Antonin Scalia: 'The business of the state is not God's business'

The late Antonin Scalia: ‘The business of the state is not God’s business’

He is hailed as ‘a man of God, a patriot and an unwavering defender of the written Constitution’

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the longest-serving justice on the Supreme Court, has died of apparent natural causes at a resort in West Texas. He was 79.

Scalia, a Catholic, was appointed in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan. Five of the remaining eight justices also are Catholic.

In a statement, Texas Governor Greg Abbott called Scalia “a man of God, a patriot and an unwavering defender of the written Constitution and the rule of law”.

“He was the solid rock who turned away so many attempts to depart from and distort the Constitution,” he said in a statement in which he promised to keep the Scalia family in his prayers.

In 1992, Scalia told a group of high school students at Washington’s Georgetown Visitation High School that, as Catholics, they might feel out of step with the rest of the world, but they should learn to accept it and take pride in it.

He said he was raised a Catholic when the religion was not in the mainstream.

“When I was the age of you young ladies, the Church provided obtrusive reminders that we were different,” he said, referring to meatless Fridays and Sunday morning fasts before receiving Communion. These practices “were not just to toughen us up” but to “require us to be out of step”, he said.

Scalia noted the sense of “differentness” should have enabled Catholics “to be strong enough on bigger issues” such as abortion, contraception and divorce.

He also spoke of what he called the necessary distinction between Church and state.

“The business of the state is not God’s business,” he said.

In 1994, he was honored by The Catholic University of America with the James Cardinal Gibbons Medal, given for service to the nation, the Catholic Church, or the university.

He was born in Trenton, New Jersey, on March 11, 1936. In 1953, he graduated first in his class from Jesuit-run Xavier High School in Manhattan. He then attended Georgetown University and Harvard Law School.

Find Out More: http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2016/02/14/catholic-supreme-court-justice-antonin-scalia-dies-aged-79/

~ Fr Jordan Francis † (Most Reverend Jordan Francis) is the Presiding Bishop of the Universal One Church. ~ Fr Jordan Francis † opens up his heart and door to all children of God. Through the Universal One Church and the Order of St Michael, both men or women who feel they are being called to a Religious Vocation have the opportunity to be ordained with Apostolic Succession and Lineage. The Universal One Church also ordains men and/or woman to serve as Wedding Ministers on a part or full time basis. The Universal One Church ordains men or women as Nondenominational Ministers or as Catholic Priests. ~ Fr Jordan Francis † subscribes to the ecclesiastical teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. However at your discretion you are afforded the opportunity to continue within the respective teachings in the faith of your baptism or that of whatever it is you practice today, provided the core belief is the acceptance of Jesus Christ as you Lord and Savior. Join in with our Sunday Night Universal Mass, our weekly Bible Study or find out more about pursuing your calling in ministry or as a wedding minister by going to our website at: http://www.universalonechurch.org

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universalonechurchinsigniaUniversal One Church, Inc.
803 Tallahassee Street
Carrabelle, FL. 32322-3220 USA
Phone: (850)720-1061

Hours: 8:30 – 5:30 EST After Hours: Please Leave a Message

brothermichael@universalonechurch.org
@UniverOneChurch
UniversalOneChurch.org

Mission Statement:

“The Universal One Church defends the unborn, feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, educates the young, welcomes refugees, and cares for the sick, both at home and abroad. They believe the Bible is the verbally inspired, inerrant Word of God. The Universal One Church is born, one in Christ, with a precise, but open identity, that embraces the whole world, without exception”

Ordination

“A vocation is a fruit that ripens in a well cultivated field of mutual love that becomes mutual service, in the context of an authentic ecclesial life. No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the experience of fraternal love. We are designed with a dreaming brain and a hopeful spirit; it is our nature to envision the life of our dreams. And while dreaming comes easy to us, we must never forget that it takes strength, dedication, and courageous action to bring that dream to life.”

Do you wish to pursue a vocation in ministry – become a minister, get ordained or serve as a wedding officiant? We provide ordination to men and women enabling work in all facets of Christian Ministry within the USA, Turkey, Canada, UK, Africa, South America, Germany, India, France, Switzerland, Thailand, Japan, Australia, China, Mexico and many other countries throughout the world.

Summary

The Universal One Church as the name implies is a worldwide Religious Non-Profit Organization, extending its reach to the ends of the earth and to the every corner of the globe. The Universal One Church offers weekly Sunday Services, Bible Study, News and more on the Universal One Church TV and Radio Networks
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A Year in the Word: He’s Not Our Friend, He’s Our Father We don’t have to understand God, we just have to trust – Universal One Church, Carrabelle, FL. USA

Carrabelle, Florida USA
For Immediate Release

SEVILLE, SPAIN - OCTOBER 28, 2014: The detail of Holy Trinity from paint "Souls" in church Iglesia de San Roque by unknown baroque painter.

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage. Wait for the Lord!—Psalm 27:14

Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.—Matthew 10:29-31

Perhaps it’s naïve for a young, healthy, single woman to make sweeping statements like, “The hardest thing about being a Christian is …” There’s much I haven’t experienced in life, and I suppose I might eat my words in a decade or two. But with all the people I’ve loved and all the books I’ve read, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to stand up and declare:

The hardest thing about being a Christian is trusting God.

This is what we’re struggling with when we suffer. “Why doesn’t God heal her?” “When will God convert him?” “How much longer do I have to endure this?”

We want so badly, as God’s children, to trust that he’s doing what needs to be done. We want to believe that he has us in mind, that he’s working all things for our good (Romans 8:28), but the evidence suggests otherwise. We cry out in prayer, and he stays silent or simply refuses. In the face of unanswered prayer after unanswered prayer, how do we continue to trust?

We step back and remind ourselves what it means that he is God. It means that he knows better than we do. That his love for us drives all that he does and that his love for us reaches beyond today’s happiness into eternity. It means that he’s not our friend but our Father, and fathers often do stern or scary or seemingly unkind things for the good of their children.

The most powerful lesson the Old Testament Jews have taught me comes through their incessant repetitions of the good things of the past. Every other page of the Old Testament, it seems, is recounting again the story of God rescuing the Israelites from Pharaoh and his army. Again and again God’s people remind themselves: we might not know what he’s doing ,but we know who he is. He is for us. He is good. His ways are not our ways. And we don’t have to understand him, we just have to trust.

So we wait for the Lord as we wait on the Lord. We serve him with our lives, even when we can’t see what he’s doing. We let our hearts take courage in the certainty — chosen if not felt — that God is for us.

Because if it’s true that he loves us, then we don’t have to worry or fear. I love the gentle way Jesus speaks in this passage from Matthew. I feel like a hungry little street urchin with tear tracks on my dirty cheeks looking into the eyes of my big brother. “Sweet girl, look how God takes care of the sparrows. He knows each of them by name, sees where they go and what they do. He cares when they fall and when they go hungry. And those are just birds! How can you believe he doesn’t care about you, see you, love you? He knows every hair on your head, every tear you cry, every smile, every half-dreamed dream. He knows your hunger and your fear and your joy and your anger and he loves you all the same. Don’t be afraid, little one. Your Father will take care of you.”

I know Matthew recounts Jesus speaking these words to the disciples before he sends them out on the terrifying mission of proclaiming the Gospel in hostile territory and I don’t doubt that he did. But I can’t help thinking that words this simple and childlike must have been spoken first to a brokenhearted little one. And I’m awfully grateful for the gentle way he reminds us: he’s got this. He is God, and we are not.

The devotion to Divine Mercy, the conviction that God’s love is stronger than our foulest sin, is all wrapped up in the words “Jesus, I trust in you.” The struggle of the Christian life is to live as though that were true until it becomes true, to wait for the Lord, to live beyond fear.

Wherever your darkness and fears lie right now, I pray that God holds you close and reminds you that he deserves your trust, even if you can’t see what he’s doing.

Find Out More: http://aleteia.org/2016/02/14/a-year-in-the-word-hes-not-our-friend-hes-our-father/

~ Fr Jordan Francis † (Most Reverend Jordan Francis) is the Presiding Bishop of the Universal One Church. ~ Fr Jordan Francis † opens up his heart and door to all children of God. Through the Universal One Church and the Order of St Michael, both men or women who feel they are being called to a Religious Vocation have the opportunity to be ordained with Apostolic Succession and Lineage. The Universal One Church also ordains men and/or woman to serve as Wedding Ministers on a part or full time basis. The Universal One Church ordains men or women as Nondenominational Ministers or as Catholic Priests. ~ Fr Jordan Francis † subscribes to the ecclesiastical teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. However at your discretion you are afforded the opportunity to continue within the respective teachings in the faith of your baptism or that of whatever it is you practice today, provided the core belief is the acceptance of Jesus Christ as you Lord and Savior. Join in with our Sunday Night Universal Mass, our weekly Bible Study or find out more about pursuing your calling in ministry or as a wedding minister by going to our website at: http://www.universalonechurch.org

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universalonechurchinsigniaUniversal One Church, Inc.
803 Tallahassee Street
Carrabelle, FL. 32322-3220 USA
Phone: (850)720-1061

Hours: 8:30 – 5:30 EST After Hours: Please Leave a Message

brothermichael@universalonechurch.org
@UniverOneChurch
UniversalOneChurch.org

Mission Statement:

“The Universal One Church defends the unborn, feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, educates the young, welcomes refugees, and cares for the sick, both at home and abroad. They believe the Bible is the verbally inspired, inerrant Word of God. The Universal One Church is born, one in Christ, with a precise, but open identity, that embraces the whole world, without exception”

Ordination

“A vocation is a fruit that ripens in a well cultivated field of mutual love that becomes mutual service, in the context of an authentic ecclesial life. No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the experience of fraternal love. We are designed with a dreaming brain and a hopeful spirit; it is our nature to envision the life of our dreams. And while dreaming comes easy to us, we must never forget that it takes strength, dedication, and courageous action to bring that dream to life.”

Do you wish to pursue a vocation in ministry – become a minister, get ordained or serve as a wedding officiant? We provide ordination to men and women enabling work in all facets of Christian Ministry within the USA, Turkey, Canada, UK, Africa, South America, Germany, India, France, Switzerland, Thailand, Japan, Australia, China, Mexico and many other countries throughout the world.

Summary

The Universal One Church as the name implies is a worldwide Religious Non-Profit Organization, extending its reach to the ends of the earth and to the every corner of the globe. The Universal One Church offers weekly Sunday Services, Bible Study, News and more on the Universal One Church TV and Radio Networks
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Deion Sanders Glorifies God Ahead of Back Surgery, ‘God Has Me Covered’ – Universal One Church, Carrabelle, FL. USA

Carrabelle, Florida USA
For Immediate Release

Deion Sanders

(Photo: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)

Deion Sanders talks about OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Deion’s Family Playbook” during the Winter 2014 TCA presentations in Pasadena, California, January 9, 2014.

Deion Sanders is glorifying God while undergoing back surgery to fix his sciatic nerve.

The 48-year-old, Hall-of-Fame-NFL-player-turned-NFL-Network analyst, had back surgery Wednesday and never stopped believing in God for his recovery.

“Good Morning and God bless. The time has finally come for my back surgery,” Sanders wrote on Instagram, where he also thanked doctors and nurses by name. “Thank u for your prayers. God has me covered.”
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His long-time producer and television host girlfriend Tracey Edmonds took to her own Instagram account to call for prayers for Sanders.

“Would you please help me pray for my Superman @deionsanders today? He just had major back surgery and is recovering in the hospital right now,” she wrote. “He’s doing well, but I need us all to pray for his rest and recovery. The REST part for him is SO important because he’s ALWAYS GIVING and NEVER likes to slow down.”

Edmonds expressed concern about Sanders coaching his youth baseball team the day after surgery.

“He’s already talking about coaching his @AAAPrimeU Baseball game tomorrow and he needs to REST,” she wrote. “Love and Prayers to/for him! Thank you!!!”

Sanders, who also played major league baseball, does seem to be recovering well and ended up coaching his baseball team.

“I know I just had back surgery yesterday but I can’t miss my @AAAPrimeU Baseball team play,” Sanders wrote on his own Instagram page. “I love these kids to life.”

Sanders played 14 seasons in the NFL and spoke about how being a professional athlete can result in injury.

“I have back surgery scheduled this Wednesday. I have a sciatic nerve that’s brushing up the back of my right leg into my back right now that’s really hurting,” he said in a report for The Washington Post “I’ve probably got about a seven-minute window right now to sit in this position, then I have to change.

Still, the retired athlete and coach who has undergone three toe surgeries said he signed up for an industry where he puts his body on the line.

“You had aches and pains in high school. You had aches and pains in college,” he said. “In the pros, you definitely have them because the season is so long and so challenging. I don’t know one player that goes into a game without one ache or pain. … It’s what we sign up for.”

However, Sanders makes sure not to blame all of his health issues on football.

“We can’t complain. And we can’t attribute everything that we’re feeling to this game,” he said. “My eyes are starting to fade. That has nothing to do with football. I’m 48 years old.”

Find Out More: http://www.christianpost.com/news/deion-sanders-glorifies-god-ahead-of-back-surgery-god-has-me-covered-157554/#RTl8O8lFkVQJ5BEv.99

~ Fr Jordan Francis † (Most Reverend Jordan Francis) is the Presiding Bishop of the Universal One Church. ~ Fr Jordan Francis † opens up his heart and door to all children of God. Through the Universal One Church and the Order of St Michael, both men or women who feel they are being called to a Religious Vocation have the opportunity to be ordained with Apostolic Succession and Lineage. The Universal One Church also ordains men and/or woman to serve as Wedding Ministers on a part or full time basis. The Universal One Church ordains men or women as Nondenominational Ministers or as Catholic Priests. ~ Fr Jordan Francis † subscribes to the ecclesiastical teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. However at your discretion you are afforded the opportunity to continue within the respective teachings in the faith of your baptism or that of whatever it is you practice today, provided the core belief is the acceptance of Jesus Christ as you Lord and Savior. Join in with our Sunday Night Universal Mass, our weekly Bible Study or find out more about pursuing your calling in ministry or as a wedding minister by going to our website at: http://www.universalonechurch.org

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universalonechurchinsigniaUniversal One Church, Inc.
803 Tallahassee Street
Carrabelle, FL. 32322-3220 USA
Phone: (850)720-1061

Hours: 8:30 – 5:30 EST After Hours: Please Leave a Message

brothermichael@universalonechurch.org
@UniverOneChurch
UniversalOneChurch.org

Mission Statement:

“The Universal One Church defends the unborn, feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, educates the young, welcomes refugees, and cares for the sick, both at home and abroad. They believe the Bible is the verbally inspired, inerrant Word of God. The Universal One Church is born, one in Christ, with a precise, but open identity, that embraces the whole world, without exception”

Ordination

“A vocation is a fruit that ripens in a well cultivated field of mutual love that becomes mutual service, in the context of an authentic ecclesial life. No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the experience of fraternal love. We are designed with a dreaming brain and a hopeful spirit; it is our nature to envision the life of our dreams. And while dreaming comes easy to us, we must never forget that it takes strength, dedication, and courageous action to bring that dream to life.”

Do you wish to pursue a vocation in ministry – become a minister, get ordained or serve as a wedding officiant? We provide ordination to men and women enabling work in all facets of Christian Ministry within the USA, Turkey, Canada, UK, Africa, South America, Germany, India, France, Switzerland, Thailand, Japan, Australia, China, Mexico and many other countries throughout the world.

Summary

The Universal One Church as the name implies is a worldwide Religious Non-Profit Organization, extending its reach to the ends of the earth and to the every corner of the globe. The Universal One Church offers weekly Sunday Services, Bible Study, News and more on the Universal One Church TV and Radio Networks
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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 4:1-13 – Universal One Church, Carrabelle, FL. USA

Carrabelle, Florida USA
For Immediate Release

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 4:1-13.

Filled with the holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over he was hungry.
The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”
Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.'”
Then he took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a single instant.
The devil said to him, “I shall give to you all this power and their glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I may give it to whomever I wish.
All this will be yours, if you worship me.”
Jesus said to him in reply, “It is written: ‘You shall worship the Lord, your God, and him alone shall you serve.'”
Then he led him to Jerusalem, made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here,
for it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,’ and: ‘With their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.'”
Jesus said to him in reply, “It also says, ‘You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.'”
When the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time.

Carl Heinrich Bloch. 19th century. Museum of National History on Frederiksborg Castle, Hillerød, Denmark.

~ Fr Jordan Francis † (Most Reverend Jordan Francis) is the Presiding Bishop of the Universal One Church. ~ Fr Jordan Francis † opens up his heart and door to all children of God. Through the Universal One Church and the Order of St Michael, both men or women who feel they are being called to a Religious Vocation have the opportunity to be ordained with Apostolic Succession and Lineage. The Universal One Church also ordains men and/or woman to serve as Wedding Ministers on a part or full time basis. The Universal One Church ordains men or women as Nondenominational Ministers or as Catholic Priests. ~ Fr Jordan Francis † subscribes to the ecclesiastical teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. However at your discretion you are afforded the opportunity to continue within the respective teachings in the faith of your baptism or that of whatever it is you practice today, provided the core belief is the acceptance of Jesus Christ as you Lord and Savior. Join in with our Sunday Night Universal Mass, our weekly Bible Study or find out more about pursuing your calling in ministry or as a wedding minister by going to our website at: http://www.universalonechurch.org

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universalonechurchinsigniaUniversal One Church, Inc.
803 Tallahassee Street
Carrabelle, FL. 32322-3220 USA
Phone: (850)720-1061

Hours: 8:30 – 5:30 EST After Hours: Please Leave a Message

brothermichael@universalonechurch.org
@UniverOneChurch
UniversalOneChurch.org

Mission Statement:

“The Universal One Church defends the unborn, feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, educates the young, welcomes refugees, and cares for the sick, both at home and abroad. They believe the Bible is the verbally inspired, inerrant Word of God. The Universal One Church is born, one in Christ, with a precise, but open identity, that embraces the whole world, without exception”

Ordination

“A vocation is a fruit that ripens in a well cultivated field of mutual love that becomes mutual service, in the context of an authentic ecclesial life. No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the experience of fraternal love. We are designed with a dreaming brain and a hopeful spirit; it is our nature to envision the life of our dreams. And while dreaming comes easy to us, we must never forget that it takes strength, dedication, and courageous action to bring that dream to life.”

Do you wish to pursue a vocation in ministry – become a minister, get ordained or serve as a wedding officiant? We provide ordination to men and women enabling work in all facets of Christian Ministry within the USA, Turkey, Canada, UK, Africa, South America, Germany, India, France, Switzerland, Thailand, Japan, Australia, China, Mexico and many other countries throughout the world.

Summary

The Universal One Church as the name implies is a worldwide Religious Non-Profit Organization, extending its reach to the ends of the earth and to the every corner of the globe. The Universal One Church offers weekly Sunday Services, Bible Study, News and more on the Universal One Church TV and Radio Networks
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