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St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do you, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. Advertise Now

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"Jesus' Baptism"

Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven, submit himself to John's baptism? John preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of the "baptism" of Jesus bloody death upon the cross. Jesus' baptism is the acceptance and the beginning of his mission as God's suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father's will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust and submission to God? Read More »

Names of Heaven in the Bible

The bible is filled with references to Heaven, giving different names and expressions. The following are the names of heaven in the New Testament:

- Paradise Lk.23:43; 2 Cor.12:3; Rev.2:7... in 3 places
- The new heaven, the new Jerusalem (Rev.21:1-2).
- The holy city of Jerusalem (Rev.21:10).
- The king of glory (Ps.24:7), Crown of Glory (I Pet.5:4)
- The place of Abraham, in the parable of the rich man and   Lazarus (Lk.16:19-31).
- Heaven is the dwelling place of God: Mt.5:16; 45; 6:1...   (Gen.19:24; Deut.10:14; 1K.22:19; Ps.11:4)
- Jesus came down from heaven: Jn.3:13; 31; 6:38;   1Cor.15:47
- Jesus ascended into heaven: Mk.16:19; Lk.24:50;   Jn.20:17; Act.1:3-9; Eph.4:10; 1Pet.3:22
- Jesus will return from heaven: Mt.10:23; 16:27; 19:28;   25:31; Act.1:11; 1Thess.4:13-18; 2Thess.1:7; 2 Pet.1:16;   Rev.1:7; 20:11; 22:20
- Heaven our home: Mt.5:12; 2Cor.5:1-5; Phil 3:20; Col 1:5;   1Pet 1:4
- Christ will take us to heaven: Mt 24:31; Jn.14:2-3;   1Thess.4:16-17; 2Thess.2:1
- Heaven intended for all mankind: 1Tim.2:4
- Not easy to attain: Prov.11:28; Mk.10:23-25; 1Cor.6:9;   1Pet.4:18
- We should strive to attain heaven: Col.3:1; Heb.13:14
- Our bodies must first be changed: 1Cor.15:50-51;   1Thess.4:13-17
- Degrees of happiness in heaven: Mt.20:21; Jn.14:1-3
- St. Paul taken to third heaven: 2Cor.12:2

Other names of Heaven in the New Testament:

» the kingdom of heaven (Matt.5:3)
» great reward (Matt.5:12)
» life (Matt.7:14)
» life everlasting (Matt.9:16)
» the kingdom of the Father (Matt.13:43)
» the joy of the Lord (Matt.25:21)
» eternal life (Matt.25:46)
» the kingdom (Matt.25:34)
» the kingdom of God (Mk.9:46)
» the kingdom of Christ (Luk.22:30)
» the house of the Father (Jn.14:2)
» incorrupt crown (I Cor.9:25)
» inheritance of Christ (Eph.1:18)
» crown of justice (2Tim.4:8)
» crown of life (James 1:12)
» the holy place (Hebr.9:12)
» eternal inheritance (Hebr.9:15)
» Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem (Hebr.12:22)
» The new heaven, the new Jerusalem (Rev.21:1-2).
» The holy city of Jerusalem (Rev.21:10).
» the City (Rev.22:2-3)
» heaven and heavens: in dozens of places:
Mt.3:16, 5:12,18,34, 6:9, 11:23, 16:1,2,19, 19:21, 21:25, 28:18
Mar.1:0, 16:19, Luk.4:25, 9:54, 10:20, 12:33, 12:56, 15:7, 24:51, Jn.1:51, 3:13, 6:31,32
Acts 3:21, 4:12, 7:49,56, 22:6
2Cor. 5:1, 12:2, Eph.1:10, 3:15, 4:10, Phil.3:20, Col.1:16, 1Thes.1:10, 4:16, Heb.1:0,9:24, 10:34, 12:23,
Jam.5:12, 1Pet.1:4, 3:22, 2Pet.3:10,13, 1Jn.5:7, Rev.6:14, 12:7, 21:1-3

In the Old Testament:

» "I know that my Redeemer lives, and that he will stand upon the earth at last. And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!" (Job 19:25).

» "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them 7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. 9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea". (Isaiah 11:6-9)

» "And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. 7 And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations. 8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it." (Isaiah 25:6-8)

» "The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. 20 Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended." (Isaiah 60:19)

» "I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes." (Hosea 13:14)

Other quotations of Heaven in the Old Testament:

- Gen.1:1, 11:4, 28:12, - Ex.20:22, - Dt.10:14, 30:12
- 1K.8:27, - 2Chr.2:6, 6:18, - Nehem.9:6, - Job 15:15, 22:12,   22:14, 26:11, 37:18, 38:33
- Psalms 8:3, 11:14, 19:1, 33:6, 50:6, 73:25, 89:6,   102:19,25, 103:11, 104:2, 108:4, 115:6, 139:8, 146:6
- Is.34:4, 40:12,22, 51:6, 55:9, 64:1, 65:17, 66:1,22 -   Jer.10:2, 23:24, 31:37, Ez.32:7
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LIVES OF THE SAINTS

MAY 1
ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER

This is St. Joseph's second feast day on the Church calendar of celebrations. We honor him also on March 19. St. Joseph is a very important saint. Read More »

MAY 2
ST. ATHANASIUS

St. Athanasius was born around 297 in Alexandria, Egypt. He devoted his life to proving that Jesus is truly.. Read More »

MAY 3
ST. PHILIP AND ST. JAMES

Both of these saints were part of the original group of Jesus'.. Read More »

MAY 4
BLESSED MARIE-LEONIE PARADIS

Blessed Marie-Elodie Paradis was born in the village of L'Acadie in Quebec, Canada. It was May 12, 1840. Read More »

MAY 5
ST. JUDITH OF PRUSSIA

St. Judith lived in the thirteenth century. She was born in Thuringia. This was in what is now central Germany. She wanted to model her life on the example of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. Read More »

MAY 6
BLESSED FRANCOIS DE MONTMORENCY LAVAL

Blessed Francois was the first bishop of Quebec City, Canada. He was born in 1623 in a small town.. Read More »

MAY 7
BLESSED ROSE VENERINI

Blessed Rose was born in Viterbo, Italy, in 1656. Her father was a physician. Rose entered the convent but returned home after a few months. Read More »

MAY 8
BLESSED CATHERINE OF ST. AUGUSTINE

St. Catherine was born on May 3, 1632, in a little village in France. She was baptized the same day. Read More »

MAY 9
BLESSED NICHOLAS ALBERGATI

Blessed Nicholas was born in Bologna, Italy. Nicholas' family could afford to send him to the university where he began to study law. Read More »

MAY 10
ST. ANTONINUS

St. Antoninus lived in the fifteenth century. Even as a boy he showed that he had good sense and will power. Read More »

MAY 11
ST. IGNATIUS OF LACONI

St. Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701. Read More »

MAY 12
ST. NEREUS, ST. ACHILLEUS AND ST. PANCRAS

Sts. Nereus and Achilleus were Roman soldiers who died around 304. They were probably Praetorian guards under Emperor Trajan. We know little else about them. Read More »

MAY 13
ST. ANDREW FOURNET

St. Andrew Fournet was born on December 6, 1752. He was from Maille, a little town near Poitiers, in France. Andrew's parents were.. Read More »

MAY 14
ST. MATTHIAS

St. Matthias was one of Our Lord's seventy-two disciples. Read More »

MAY 15
ST. ISIDORE THE FARMER

Saint Isidore was born in 1070, in Madrid, Spain. His parents were deeply religious. They named their son after the great St. Isidore, archbishop of.. Read More »

MAY 16
ST. UBALD

St. Ubald lived in twelfth-century Italy. He was an orphan raised by his uncle, a bishop. Ubald was given a good education. Read More »

MAY 17
ST. PASCHAL BAYLON

St. Paschal, a Spanish saint, was born in 1540. From the time he was seven, he worked as a shepherd. He never had the opportunity to go to school. Read More »

MAY 18
ST. JOHN I

St. John I was a priest of Rome. He became pope after the death of Pope St. Hormisdas in 523. At that time, Italy's ruler, heodoric the Goth.. Read More »

MAY 19
ST. CELESTINE V

Peter di Morone was the eleventh of twelve children. He was born around 1210 in Isernia, Italy. His father died when he was small. Read More »

MAY 20
ST. BERNARDINE OF SIENA

St. Bernardine of Siena was born in 1380 in a town near Siena, Italy. He was the son of an Italian governor. Read More »

MAY 21
BLESSED EUGENE DE MAZENOD

Blessed Eugene was born in France in 1782. He became a priest in 1811. Father Eugene was sensitive to the needs of the poor and he ministered..Read More »

MAY 22
ST. RITA OF CASCIA

St. Rita was born in 1381 in a little Italian village. Her parents were older. They had begged God to send them a child. They brought Rita up well. Read More »

MAY 23
ST. JOHN BAPTIST ROSSI

St. John Baptist Rossi was born in 1698 in a village near Genoa, Italy. His family loved him. They were proud when a wealthy couple visiting their town offered to educate him. His parents knew the couple and trusted them. Read More »

MAY 24
ST. DAVID I OF SCOTLAND

St. David was born in 1080. He was the youngest son of St. Margaret, queen of Scotland, and her good husband, King Malcom. Read More »

MAY 25
VENERABLE BEDE

Venerable Bede, the English priest, was famous as a saint, a priest, a monk, a teacher and a writer of history. He was born in England in 673. Read More »

MAY 26
ST. PHILIP NERI

St. Philip Neri was born in Florence, Italy, in 1515. As a child, his nickname was "Good little Phil." He was always so jolly and friendly that everyone he met loved him. Read More »

MAY 27
ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY

St. Augustine was the abbot of St. Andrew's monastery in Rome. Pope St. Gregory the Great chose him and forty other monks for a mission.. Read More »

MAY 28
BLESSED MARGARET POLE

Blessed Margaret was born in 1471. She was the niece of two English kings, Edward IV and Richard III. Henry VII arranged her marriage to Sir Reginald Pole. Read More »

MAY 29
ST. MAXIMINIUS

St. Maximinius was a bishop who lived in the fourth century. It is believed that he was born in Poitiers, France. As a young man, he heard of a saintly bishop of Trier, in Gaul. Read More »

MAY 30
ST. JOAN OF ARC

St. Joan was born in 1412. Her hometown was Domremy, a little village in France. Jacques d'Arc, her father, was a hard working farmer. Read More »

MAY 31
THE VISITATION OF MARY

Visitation means "visit." The Archangel Gabriel told the Blessed Virgin Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was going to have a baby. Read More »

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