Always be prepared to make a defense to Anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, Yet do it in gentleness and reverence. (1Pet3:15)
Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answering said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven. And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven. Then he commanded his disciples, that they should tell no one that he was Jesus the Christ. (Mt16:16-20). It is upon this “rock” (foundation) CityofGod.blog. builds this webpage.
With the help of my son ( the father loves the son and the son his father). (Jn5:20-23). I have designed these web-pages as a gateway providing Catholic orthodoxy in defense of the Apostolic Doctrines (Act2:42), per the “Mind of holy mother Church”. This is defined as, “Sensus fidelium“ translates to, “sense of the faithful.” The Latin term originated with the early Church fathers, and refers to our unerring truth sensed or recognized by the body of the faithful. These include,
St. Augustine explains, from the beginning – Adam, Seth, Noah, Abraham, David, All the Saints, forward in time, to our Magisterium including every last of the Laity, (present and past) . All souls are welcome, so, seek protection within these City Walls using the prominent headings tabs on the “home page”, [ Apostles’ Creed, Outside the Walls and Stairway to Heaven], each “Primary Heading” has “topic drop downs” that are Secondary Headings, OR you can go to the list of Gateway Essay’s displayed as posted. Or follow along daily and be convicted with the Sacred heart of Jesus.
Your A.T.M. Passport for Spiritual Faith (“Apologetic, Truth or Mystery”) in Christ, Jesus, “our beginning and ending of all things.” In humility, the “City” hopes, “Navigating this adventure for Apology (“sound argument”), Truth (is Dogma) (and Mysteries (received and revealed), to His Church will assist you in defending your Catholic faith; CityofGod.blog brings you, The Bride of Christ perpetually calling you to enter His Kingdom here on earth until the end of the Age, so gather your intellect, reason, talents, and in humility, proclaim with us, We Love Our Mother, “Ever New & Ever Ancient”, we are the Catholic Church.” (St. Augustine).
Navigating the Gates of the City of God.blog:
APOSTLES CREED, ( Truth)
When clicking on this prominent tab, several “Drop downs” from the home page will assist your search. If you are Catholic or Christian you are familiar with the Apostles’ Declaration of Truth, – in “Faith” handed down from the Apostles. This is the “Truth” listed on the home gateway. Even “IF you are NOT familiar with the “Credo”, you can read “the drop downs” the verses from the Creed are paraphrased, so select those statements where the spirit guides you. In time, City’s cumulative essays and posts should create a solid foundation for defense of your Katholike Faith through the lens of the Apostles Statements in Faith called, Our Apostles Creed. Sanctified by Jesus the Christ, who establishes His empire (government) on earth, with Authority from the Father, in the year 33AD. “His empire shall be multiplied, and there shall be no end of peace: he shall sit upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom; to establish it and strengthen it with judgment and with justice, from henceforth and for ever: the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” (Is 9:7) [Scripture (Lk10:16; Mt28:18-20, 22:29-30, 18:17-18, 16:19; Jn10:16, 20:23, 21:17; Acts15:28); and many others!]
Whatever YOU decide, BE NOT ACTING in DISBELIEF: in Sinful incredulity. Or as were the 5 Virgins found sleeping with their lamps darkened, out of oil (charity), when the bridegroom arrives. Because as CS Lewis reasons, “Christianity; If false?, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important“. As Jesus said to the multitudes and to his disciples; “For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel, shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul? (Mk8:36-37).
Our Eastern friends, in Union with the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, chant this dirge (death hymn), “Behold the Bridegroom come. In the middle of the night: Blessed is thy servant that he finds awake. But the One found asleep is NOT worthy of Him. Beware O’ soul do not fall asleep, lest to death, YOU are delivered and the door of the kingdom is closed on you. Watch instead and cry out,” Holy, Holy Holy, Lord”
OUTSIDE THE WALLS:( The Apologetic s)
The second principal content references St. Paul, the Apostle & His magnificent Basilica’s: [where Paul’s remains, ” relics” rest under the altar outside the walls of Rome, thus Outside the Walls], [“And they, (our Martyr’s), cried with a loud voice, saying: “How long, O Lord (holy and true) dost thou not judge and revenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?”] (Rev6:9-11). When ready, click on the Primary Heading and topic drop downs will appear & choose one.
In this Portal are ALL “TOPICS of CONTENTION” (contests, debates or discussions) in testimony to the Word’s revealed Truth), are found for these “City Gates,” “Come”, One and All, Be ever attentive of Wisdom, and be FOREWARNED, this City has at each of it’s twelve gates (3) Angels of God, at guard, with many Witnesses standing upon her roof tops of the CityofGod.blog. As it is written – “Upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen all the day, and all the night, they shall never hold their peace. You that are mindful of the Lord, hold not your peace,” (Is62:6) – Our Godhead, Lord Jesus the Christ, True God and True man, “The Truth”, has handed down (paradosis) to His Witnesses of the Spirit of Truth. Her walls are like crystal, of translucent gold, built on Our Apostolic Tradition, Orthodox, Catholic Fathers’, cemented by the Apostles Doctrines (teaching)
(Acts2:42) and boldly heralded by the Church’s appointed Doctors of the Church. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them, the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. (Rev21:14), And the twelve gates are twelve pearls, one to each: and every several gate was of one several pearl. (Rev21:21)– His army, St. Peter’s successors holding the eternal keys to heaven’s door: true worthy disciples, such as, St Augustine, Doctor of Grace (Author of CITY OF GOD), St. Athanasius (Defender of Catholic ORTHODOXY and many more great Doctors of the Church East or West thru the Age; St Thomas Aquinas, St Basil, St Terese of Jesus, St Teresa of Avila & St. John of the Corss, St.Gregory the Great, and St John Chrysostom. All armed in sound argument, having defended against every false teacher, divination dreamer, or false prophets, that arose on the sands of the sea for these past two thousand years. [ “And the dragon was angry against the woman: and went to make war with the rest of her seed, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. And he stood upon the sand of the sea”]. (Rev12:17-18). Each Doctor of Theology, and or Professors of Philosophy stand above the twelve City Gates, at the ready, defending these City Walls, with reason, intellect and wisdom of the ages, all unsurpassed in logic, truth of debate found in this subtitle, “Outside the Walls”. And the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. And I saw no temple therein. For the Lord God Almighty is the temple thereof, and the Lamb. And the city hath no need of the sun, nor of the moon, to shine in it. For the glory of God hath enlightened it, and the Lamb is the lamp thereof. (Rev21:22- 23) Our battle cry is, Jesus calling, “Saul, Saul, Why do you persecute me?” (Acts9:3-5,22:7, 26:14). For those who believe the Church lost her way (dogmatic error), and many make this claim.
The City rebukes these unbelievers, who make Jesus, The bridegroom of divorce, and the Spirit of Truth a LIAR! The sheep of this Church will ask these profane unbelievers, what each heard from our shepherd (Mt16:16) While Outside the Walls – “Without are dogs, and sorcerers, and unchaste, and murderers, and servers of idols, and every one that love and make a lie. I Jesus have sent my angel, to testify to you these things in the churches. And the spirit and the bride say: Come. (Rev.22:15-17)
“Lord, To whom shall I go?” (Jn6:67-68) you have the Words, of eternal life!”
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN: ( Is Mystery)
City’s third living well of content. Once again “click on the Primary Heading and find the secondary drop downs your thirsting for. Traveling into this section, before you, Jacob’s ladder extending into the “heavenly cloud of Victorious witnesses”, that join us daily in our celebrations of praise (Heb12:1). These little, humble witnesses, who ascends the “Via Dolorosa of Jesus“, who left behind for us, at our “City’s” gate, this Mystery, this Blog calls “Stairway to Heaven”. “And the spirit and the bride say: “Come. And he that hear, let him say: Come. And he that thirst, let him come: and he that will, let him take the water of life, freely.“ (Rev22:17)
The Supernatural Order is the ensemble of effects exceeding the powers of the created universe and gratuitously produced by God for the purpose of raising us lowly creatures above its physical sphere to a God-like life and destiny. Mystery signifies, in general, that which is unknowable, or valuable knowledge that is kept secret. The Church calls “Mystery” many truths of faith that have been revealed by “The WORD” (Jesus the Christ) that go beyond human understanding, science, intellect, and knowledge. <Catholic Encyclopedia> St Augustine speaks of this supernatural order. Augustine wrote of miracles, “the miracles works, by our Lord Jesus Christ are divine works which raise the human mind above visible things to understand “What is Divine” (IoEvTr24,1) [ if he were writing this he would point to the tense of the supernatural works he speaks as the present tense.]
In the language of the early fathers the mysteries were those religious teachings that were carefully guarded from the knowledge of the profane. Contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints“ (Jude3-4 ) In here, you will find the glories in the Divine Liturgy & Holy Mass described by Charles Belmonte “Understanding the Mass”, the Law of Grace – our sacraments, Pray without ceasing (1Thes5:17), Christian Spiritual Life, Indulgences, “Holy Saints” advice and miracles of the ages, last things etc.
As an adjunct, “City” is responding to a perceived need to rekindle knowledge and counsel, Our Spiritual Mother’s life, as model for our renewed call to Catholic holiness, (Lumen Gentium Ch5.) Vatican II’s most important document, found in “CityofGod.blog, instructing with the work of Venerable Sister Mary of Jesus – of Agreda Spain. Sister Maria, one of several in the Holy Church’s body of incorruptible s, was granted many revealed mysteries in her books specifically, for this blog, ” the Mystical City of God, ( this blogs name sake). I offer no new incite, just determined intent for publishing, and sharing the spiritual lessons received, believed, and practiced, by Maria of Jesus.
“City’s” effort is mere synthesis, summation and identification, hopeful emphases those specific instructions & “awe inspiring mysteries,” she received on matters of her soul’s “spiritual progress,” while Maria was raptured in the sublime of the Holy Ghost. Enclosed, are many hidden wonders “for the profit of the faithful, understanding of scriptures, and Mary’s veiled role in salvation. Our Mother Mary has the most intimate relationship with the Holy Trinity (above all other creatures), as revealed, “O’ Daughter of Zion, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, and a Mother of the Only Begotten Son of the Father, true adopted Daughter of the Father; these titles describe her mingled role with the mysteries of Christ and His Bride, we call the Holy Mother Church ” For there is not any thing secret that shall not be made manifest, nor hidden, that shall not be known and come abroad. (Lk8:17) Maria of Jesus of Agreda’s soul having conversed in the sublime, with the Most High reveals glorious details to her. In the hope of inspiring YOU, as it has me, seek these incredibly awe struck revelations explained to Sister Maria, after she heard this stunning command ” OBEY SOUL.” Approved & Approbated by 5 Popes of Rome for private revelation! – Alexander VIII, Clement IX, and Benedict XIII, these decrees Benedict XIV and Clement XIV were followed by 2 two decrees of the Congregation of Rites, approved by an extraordinary wisdom will be found under Stairway to Heaven, and also under Mystical City of God, drop down.
I am blessed to share, defend my faith, in charity by ever increasing Spiritual Mercies described on City’s Home Page. With faith, hope and charity, (three theological virtues,) and by the Grace of God, I ask in all thanksgiving to inspire YOU with Catholic Orthodoxy in an “Ever New, Yet Ever Ancient” St Augustine perspective known as “The Way”. If you are searching this blog, in hope for confirmation of ideals espoused by the materialist of Modernism or Relativism, rupturing our society, destroying families & Life, these devils deceits cannot NOT be found here inside these walls of “CityofGod.blog. [“Apologetic, Truth, and Mystery”]. Maranatha, (“Come Lord”) and my friends “Christos Anesti” : Christ is Risen; Response: “Alithos Anesti”! “Indeed He is Risen”; “Christos Anesti ek nekron, thanato thanaton patisas, kai tis en tis mnimasi zoin harisamenos”. Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and to those in the tombs, He granted life. (Mt27:53).