In this 7th Grade lesson, we study miracles. The Catholic Faith is the religion of God as manifestly shown in various miracles throughout history. Living a moral life is not an intellectual exercise. It is based in the concrete truth that Jesus Christ is real and the religion He established is the Catholic Religion. In this lesson we study various miracles including some modern Eucharistic miracles which show us the divine origin of our religion.Preview This Lesson
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Elevation of the Host As All of Heaven Watches
by Juan Carreño de Miranda, 1666
In the Old Testament, the prophet Isaiah was called by God to prophesy to a divided kingdom of the Jewish people. His mission was specifically to the southern portion of the divided kingdom, Judah.
Here is, in Isaiah’s own words, how God prepared Isaiah for his mission:
In the year that king Ozias died, I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne high and elevated: and his train filled the temple. Upon it stood the seraphims: the one had six wings, and the other had six wings: with two they covered his face, and with two they covered his feet, and with two they flew. And they cried one to another, and said: Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God of hosts, all the earth is full of his glory. And the lintels of the doors were moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: Woe is me, because I have held my peace; because I am a man of unclean ips, and I dwell in the midst of a people that hath unclean lips, and I have seen with my eyes the King the Lord of hosts.
And one of the seraphims flew to me, and in his hand was a live coal, which he had taken with the tongs off the altar. And he touched my mouth, and said: Behold this hath touched thy lips, and thy iniquities shall be taken away, and thy sin shall be cleansed. And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: Whom shall I send? and who shall go for us? And I said: Lo, here am I, send me.
The Purification of Isaiah’s Tongue
by Antonio Balestra in about 1600
In the same manner, God prepares us, at every Mass, to carry out our mission which Jesus carefully described to his Apostles:
And he said to them [His Apostles]: Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
How does he prepare us? At every Mass [the word “Mass” literally means “sending”] we are prepared, just as Isaiah was prepared. We approach the altar of God with unclean lips and unclean hearts, which should have been freshly cleaned through an honest Confession. But how many of us can truly say “my lips are clean?” Most of us, between our last Confession and our reception of the Body of Christ, have at least committed venial sins such as thinking evil thoughts about others or gossiping or disobeying our parents.
So, through Mass, God prepares us to “go into the whole world and preach the gospel to every creature.” The “live coal” that makes us clean is that very Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Chris... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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