Friday, July 23, 2010

Mary and the Saints

Heavenly Father allow thy Spirit come upon us today to help us understand your Word.
First of all Brothers and sisters in Christ, God expects us to pray for one another. We see this in both the Old and New Testaments.
In a dream, God commanded King Abimelech to ask Abraham to intercede for him: "For [Abraham] is a prophet and he will pray for you, so you shall live" (Gen. 20:7). When the Lord is angry with Job's friends because they did not speak rightly about God, he tells them, "Let my servant Job pray for you because I will accept his [prayer], lest I make a terror on you" (Job 42:8). Very to the point don't you think?
Paul wrote to the Romans: "I exhort you, brothers, through our Lord Jesus Christ and through the love of the Spirit, to strive with me in prayers to God on my behalf, that I may be delivered from the disobedient in Judaea and that my ministry may be acceptable to the saints in Jerusalem, so that in the joy coming to you through the will of God I may rest with you" (Rom. 15:30-32).
And also in 1 Tim 2:1-7 Paul say we all must be there for one another.

James says: "Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects" (James 5:16-17). Thus, according to Scripture, God wants us to pray for one another. This must mean that prayer for one another cannot detract from the role of Jesus Christ as our one mediator with God.

Second, the reason that Christians have the power to pray for one another is that each person who is baptized is made a member of the Body of Christ by virtue of the Holy Spirit's action in baptism (1 Cor. 12:11-13). It is because the Christian belongs to Jesus Christ and is a member of his Body, the Church, that we can make effective prayer.
Yes, brothers and sisters A MEMBER of His Church.

The reason we pray to the saints is that they are still members of the Body of Christ. Remember, the life which Christ gives is eternal life; therefore, every Christian who has died in Christ is forever a member of the Body of Christ. This is the doctrine which we call the Communion of the Saints. Everyone in Christ, whether living or dead, belongs to the Body of Christ. From this it follows that a saint in heaven may intercede for other people because he still is a member of the Body of Christ. Because of this membership in Christ, under his headship, the intercession of the saints cannot be a rival to Christ's mediation; it is one with the mediation of Christ, to whom and in whom the saints form one body. So then Yes, there is just One mediator between God and men but when baptize we are in Christ just like we share his Love. We share this gifts when in heaven and here on earth. This is why we can ask His people in heaven for help. God is divine, Jesus is divine and the Holy spirit is divine.
Read 2 Peter 1:4. We all share in his divine nature. Because, We are All Christians when we all are In Christ. Yes we all share the bond with our Lord God.
The Catholic Church has always believed that Jesus Christ is the one mediator between God and man. It is the death and resurrection of Jesus alone by which people are saved.

Catholic doctrine absolutely rejects the worship of anyone but God and rejects all worship of statues, whether of Christ or the saints. What the Church does allow is praying to the saints in order to ask for their intercession with the one true God. The Church also allows one to make statues to remind a person of Christ or the saint:
When the Catholic Church encourages devotion and prayer to the saints, in no way does it intend for its members to practice some form of superstition. Never does the Church instruct the faithful to conjure the spirits of the saints to carry on some two-way communication. There are no seances that try to make them appear, speak messages, tap tables, or anything of the sort.
Because they are alive, we believe that we can go to them to intercede for us with God. We do not need to see apparitions or hear their voices in order to believe they will pray for us in heaven. We trust that the saints will accept our requests for help and will present them to Christ for us.

Some Christians--most Protestants, in fact--deny that the Bible gives support for devotion to the saints, but they are incorrect. The Bible encourages Christians to approach the saints in heaven, just as they approach God the Father and Jesus Christ the Lord: "But you have approached Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and myriads of angels, and the assembly and church of the firstborn who have been enrolled in heaven, and God the judge of all, and spirits of righteous ones who have been made perfect, and Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and the sprinkled blood which speaks better than that of Abel" (Heb. 12:22-24).
So then does the Bible say we should approach the saints with our prayers? Yes, in two places. In Revelation 5:8 John saw the Lamb, Christ Jesus, on a throne in the midst of four beasts and 24 elders. When the Lamb took the book with the seven seals, the 24 elders fell down before the Lamb in worship, "each one having a harp and golden bowls of incenses, which are the prayers of the saints."
Similarly, in Revelation 8:3-4 we are told that something similar happened when the Lamb opened the seventh seal of the book: "Another angel came and stood on the altar, having a golden censer, and many incenses were given to him, in order that he will give it with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne. And the smoke of the incenses went up with the prayers of the saints from the hand of the angel before God."
Brother Christian, these prayers the angles and the elders have are our prays that are given to God on our behalf. This is the beauty of the Catholic Church my dear brother.
Now in saying all this we go to our Blessed Mother. Yes, we do Venerate her. We look upon her with feelings of deep respect because of all that she did for us. When we read all the verses of Mary the Mother of the Lord we see that none of them speak of our Blesses Mother as the mother of James or anyone else but Jesus alone. Ex. When our Lord Jesus at the age of twelve was lost and found in the temple. There is no mention there of their being any other child but Jesus (Luke 2:41-51). Let me let you know this verse is the last mention of St. Joseph and Mary being together. Wouldn't you think they would have mentioned other children here? As Jesus grew up in Nazareth, the people there referred to Jesus as “the son of Mary” (Mark 6:3). they did not say “this is a son of Mary.” I'll go further and say that others in the Gospels and throughout the New Testament are never referred to as Mary's sons, not even when they are called Jesus's “brethren”. In the New Testament Blessed Mary appears only as the mother of Jesus and of Jesus alone.
Mother Mary is Immaculate, because God made her perfectly clean without a flaw or error pure of heart and innocent and yes brother sinless. She is the Only human other then Jesus Christ without sin. We will get more into this next time. She is Blessed because she is Holy, sacred clean fortunate because she is baring God in her womb. Her Holiness is because she was dedicated to her religious life and in bring up her Son to the man we know as Jesus Christ. Which makes her sacred spiritually, pure, sinless deserving of our most deepest respect. And last but not least she was a Righteous women, because she was acting in a just, upright manner, virtuous. Hope in God you understand this because everything the Catholic Church teaches is Biblical.

With love in Christ

Monday, May 24, 2010

The one Triune God

Jesus our Lord and God, is the one Triune God that never lets us down. Jesus has been with God from day one (John 1:1-5), “In the beginning was the Word(How is the Word you might ask? The Word is Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anythings made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and darkness has not overcome it.”
Jesus Christ has been with us in spirit. In the Old Testament he is known to the people as Wisdom (Prv. 8). All this in Proverbs is a foreshadowing of the wisdom in Jesus the incarnate Word of God. We must remember that God has no gender. We are all in the image of God(Gn.1:26), in body and soul All humans have a body and soul as our Father does. Jesus is His flash The Holy Spirit is His soul and God is Love, who puts all three together in one person. As we end our prayers we end them in the name of the Father, Son and, the Holy Spirit (We do not say in the names but in the name). Three divine persons and only one Nature. As St. Patrick teaches us with a three leaf clover and in his teaching on the Holy Trinity. God created the universe, send the Word down for the redemption of mankind, and gave us sanctification through His Son the perfect sacrifice.

St. Thomas, is one that proclaimed Jesus as God. When we read (John 20:24-29) we read, “Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So The other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.” Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” Jesus did not correct Thomas, instead Jesus said “Blessed are those who... This here strong evidence that Jesus is God and not a god.

God's word became flesh for us to follow Him in his own foot step. What “god” or king would do that for his own people? As God spoke to Mary's heart He spoke Jesus into her heart. God, His spoken Word that became flesh for humanity to know Him, who is God. His Spirit came down and dwelt in her heart and in her womb, and through men He became a man and dwelt through the world preaching the Word to men. So that men can hear the Word through a man who is our Lord and savior Jesus Christ who is true man and true God.

-Matthew E. Trevino

Early Church Fathers
Ignatius of Antioch
"Ignatius, also called Theophorus, to the Church at Ephesus in Asia . . . predestined from eternity for a glory that is lasting and unchanging, united and chosen through true suffering by the will of the Father in Jesus Christ our God" (Letter to the Ephesians 1 [A.D. 110]).

"For our God, Jesus Christ, was conceived by Mary in accord with God’s plan: of the seed of David, it is true, but also of the Holy Spirit" (ibid., 18:2).

"[T]o the Church beloved and enlightened after the love of Jesus Christ, our God, by the will of him that has willed everything which is" (Letter to the Romans 1 [A.D. 110]).

"[Christians] are they who, above every people of the earth, have found the truth, for they acknowledge God, the Creator and maker of all things, in the only-begotten Son and in the Holy Spirit" (Apology 16 [A.D. 140]).

Tatian the Syrian
"We are not playing the fool, you Greeks, nor do we talk nonsense, when we report that God was born in the form of a man" (Address to the Greeks 21 [A.D. 170]).

"For the Church, although dispersed throughout the whole world even to the ends of the earth, has received from the apostles and from their disciples the faith in one God, Father Almighty, the creator of heaven and earth and sea and all that is in them; and in one Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who became flesh for our salvation; and in the Holy Spirit, who announced through the prophets the dispensations and the comings, and the birth from a Virgin, and the passion, and the resurrection from the dead, and the bodily ascension into heaven of the beloved Christ Jesus our Lord, and his coming from heaven in the glory of the Father to reestablish all things; and the raising up again of all flesh of all humanity, in order that to Jesus Christ our Lord and God and Savior and King, in accord with the approval of the invisible Father, every knee shall bend of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth . . . " (Against Heresies 1:10:1 [A.D. 189]).
"Nevertheless, what cannot be said of anyone else who ever lived, that he is himself in his own right God and Lord . . . may be seen by all who have attained to even a small portion of the truth" (ibid., 3:19:1).

In John 8:58, when quizzed about how he has special knowledge of Abraham, Jesus replies, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I Am"—invoking and applying to himself the personal name of God—"I Am" (Ex. 3:14). His audience understood exactly what he was claiming about himself. "So they took up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple" (John 8:59).

In John 20:28, Thomas falls at Jesus’ feet, exclaiming, "My Lord and my God!" (Greek: Ho Kurios mou kai ho Theos mou—literally, "The Lord of me and the God of me!")

In Philippians 2:6, Paul tells us that Christ Jesus "[w]ho, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be g.asped" (New International Version). So Jesus chose to be born in humble, human form though he could have simply remained in equal glory with the Father for he was "in very nature God."

Also significant are passages that apply the title "the First and the Last" to Jesus. This is one of the Old Testament titles of Yahweh: "Thus says Yahweh, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, Yahweh of armies: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; besides me there is no god’" (Is. 44:6; cf. 41:4, 48:12).

This title is directly applied to Jesus three times in the book of Revelation: "When I saw him [Christ], I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand upon me, saying, ‘Fear not, I am the First and the Last’" (Rev. 1:17). "And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The words of the First and the Last, who died and came to life’" (Rev. 2:8). "Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense, to repay every one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the beginning and the end" (Rev. 22:12–13).

This last quote is especially significant since it applies to Jesus the parallel title "the Alpha and the Omega," which Revelation earlier applied to the Lord God: "‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty" (Rev. 1:8).

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Faith of the Church

Christ works through the Holy Spirit in our world. Through the Spirit he arouses in human hearts the desire for the age to come. Christ purifies and strengthens the noble longings of the human family to perfect all of creation and to render all people more responsive to compassion and goodness (Cf. Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World 38)

Thanks to God for sending the Holy Spirit down to the Church. We must remember that it is the Holy Spirit that keeps us together, united under the one Family of God. Jesus came down to tear families apart meaning that those who wish to walk away for not believing in His teachings can do so at their own will. Then God sent down the Holy Spirit to fill us with the truth, and uniting all minds and thoughts together under ONE Family. When we trust in the Holy Spirit and allow Him to work with us, we will be all under the same Spirit therefore with his help we will all come to the same conclusion.

There is one thing that we must all do first and that is to believe before we try to understand. If one does not believe one can never see the TRUTH." I believe because it's true then I understand because I believe."-I'm trying to remember who wrote this quotation.

"We believe then we understand" St. Augustine

"Faith no more perverts reason than a telescope perverts the unnatural unaided eye, faith takes you further places but It's never contradistinction to definings in the basis of reason" Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

So we must open our hearts to the Holy Spirit to allow us to believe in ALL the teachings of the Church which is Jesus Christ our Lord. I do not worry about anything that the Church teaches because of what happened to the Church on the day of Pentecost and he who hears the apostles and his successors hear Jesus Christ, therefore I believe first then come to knowledge.

Matthew E. Trevino

The day the Holy Spirit came upon the Church. Pentecost.

Happy Birthday to Mother Church!!! The is the day the Church began WITH FIRE! We must feel this way every day!!! We must all feel this Fire run through our veins AND PROCLAIM the Word of God with OUT fear!!! Come Holy Spirit and fill the hearts of those in the Church. Let us be the Light God wants us to be. Let us shine on the highest mountain, just as Jesus willed this for us. It is His will not my own. It is not I who speaks but Christ who speaks through me! I will walk with Jesus and Mary and believe in all that the Holy Catholic Church (who is Christ) has taught us!- Matthew E. Trevino

Thursday, April 22, 2010

What is evangelization and what does it mean now that you are Catholics?


What is evangelization and what does it mean now that you are Catholics?

Evangelization is to make Jesus visible to the world, it is a duty and part of Christianity to proclaim the Good News which Jesus Christ taught us to do. Evangelization is not only a job for priest,
bishops, and deacons. Archbishop Jose H. Gomez states it like this, “Evagelization begins in the heart that has been evangelized (which is all of you in this room right now),the heart that has known God's mercy and love. We cannot be silent about what we have seen, heard and felt. We cannot help but to proclaim and testify to the great difference that Jesus Christ has made in our lives.” (Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, S.T.D. In; You will be my witnesses)

As Catholics we have a bigger mission and greater responsibility than our brothers and sisters in Christ have. Why you might ask? Just as Jesus was hated so is the Catholic Church. Acknowledging this should strengthen you to work harder at evangelizing. We must stand firm and proclaim the truth. Yes, the truth is something that a lot people don't like to hear at times. This is why Jesus was hated, because he was the truth.

There are three points that influences people to become Catholics.
The first is the person has a world view of Christianity.
The person has felt at least a minimal need for spiritual life.
The person has a bond with someone in the Church that provides a facilitating relationship for entry into the Church.
We as new Catholics can provide this assistance to those around you, now that you all have witnessed the truth. You all are in the Church that Jesus Christ has established. It is your duty now to go make relationships with those outside of the Church and plant your seeds into the culture of today. You all will make a crucial difference in today's society. Now there are five steps we should know about evangelization;

1. Witness Christ;
We witness Christ by loving, caring and forgiving those around you, we witness him with the way we represent him, with showing love and forgiveness to others. People tend to listen to those that not only preach but lead by example. Be positive about anything you do in life. Remember we have our God on our side. We must be good listeners and not be to critical of those who are unaware of the word of God. We as Catholics must be loving, caring and forgiving in order to bring more people to the truth.

A perfect example of living your life like Christ, is St. Francis of Assisi. He had a famous saying that states; “It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.” And there are all the other saints as well who walked as beacons of light.
2. Share your faith;
Sharing your faith is something pretty simple to do yet it is hard at the same time because it depends on who you are talking to. This is why we must listen and understand before we speak and share the Good News. We must be able to explain the teachings of Christ in terms of what it means to be Catholic.

When we have the knowledge of Jesus' teachings, being silent is not an option.
We must know that sharing that knowledge is very important to help our brothers and sisters around the world to understand and know the word of God.

One can start by sharing this good news with your loved ones and those nearest to us. To set them free with the truth that will bring such love and joy to their lives. We want to share this truth with the world so that everyone can know Jesus Christ and of the gift of salvation. Anyone who has heard the good news and who has been converted is expected to BEAR witness to God.

3. Offer the option for Love;
As Pope John Paul II told America's youth, “I offer you the option for love, the option for Christ.”

Giving the option of love is being at the service of all your friends, family, neighbors and yes, even you enemies, it is wanting to share your source of happiness with those you love. When we do this we offer the greatest service because, we are showing them Jesus' love and mercy though our actions.
We must pray and ask God to whom you should reach out to: if it be a neighbor, a co-worker, a friend or a family member. When we ask God for these opportunities to share our faith, we receive the courage to do so. The Holy Spirit will not let you down. We are now walking with Jesus Christ and his Church.
There are people out there that are inactive Catholics who would come back home if only someone like you and me would invite them to come along with us to Church, or simply by spending some time with them. Take your time to know this person that God brings to you. Look to see where they lay with their spiritual life and give them a hand where they need it. Show them what Christ has done for you. Be there for them when they need you. Invite them to come to mass with you some day, begin a Bible study group, invite them on a mission or on spiritual renewal programs at you parish or if you hear of one anywhere else. In order to offer this option of Love we ourselves must be active and not inactive. Do not be afraid or shy about it because God is holding us in his hand and our blessed Mother in her heart. What else do we need?

4. Challenge today's culture
Us as Catholics should be able to challenge the Culture of today now that is very necessary, especially when it comes to the culture of death. This is a perfect example of when we have to contradict the “modern” culture. We should not allow the culture of death to silence and overpower us!

Evangelization sometimes involves “upsetting values, lines of thought, and models of life that contradict the Word of God and the plan of salvation.” No one ever said it was going to be pleasant and easy, for good reason we call the path to heaven the narrow road. Remember some people do not want to hear the truth. “Only dead people go with the flow, living people go against the flow.” God told us to be firm in our faith. Don't let the culture of death bulldoze you down!

Listen to how Jesus challenged the hypocrisy in his time. (Matt 23:23)
“How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You give to God one tenth even of the seasoning herbs, such as mint, dill, and cumin, but you neglect to obey the really important teachings of the Law, such as justice and mercy and honesty. These you should practice, without neglecting the others.

An example of how brave we should be is in (Acts 4:24-30;5:40-42). It shows us the boldness of St. Peter and St. John after being told not to speak of Jesus ever again. St. Peter shows his courage and loyalty in the first evangelical sermon after Pentecost. So then we have to be fearless and truthful when it come to evangelization and proclaim the word of God.

There are other Christian churches out there that are not shy about asking people to join them. Well we as Catholics should start doing these things as well. In oder to be able to open the worlds' eyes to the truth. For example right now we have about 100 Anglican parishes that will God willing be part of the Catholic Church. Thanks to both John Paul II and Benedict XVI. We should not lay behind the line but in the front line to get us some action for Christ. Evangelizing is opening the door to all our brothers and sisters and letting them into the fullness of truth.

5. Making the good better.
Everything in our life that is good, we must make it better. You should polish your goods to make them shine brighter then they ever did. How, is one to see you if you are not a beacon of light. God wants us to be set up high in a mountain and let the world know you walk with Him who is Love. With all the technology we have today, we should use it all for goodness. The internet, television, and radio are modern devices we should use for evangelization now more then ever. There are more evil things being aired on them then good. I now if the apostles were still here with us they'd be all over the net, and the air waves of the world to proclaim God's good news. Health care is good but not at the cost of the unborn
We all as Catholics must rise our voices and stand firm together to resist and overcome the hypocrites who teach heresy in our nation and all around the world and open the eyes and the hearts of our now blinded brothers and sisters. It is a part of Christianity for all to evangelize. There are many beautiful ways of evangelization. Remember we must stand strong in our new or renewed faith and be ready to defend it when necessary. We must not separate our spiritual beliefs from everyday life. To live a Godly life we must merge the two together. We must speak up and go against anything morally wrong that is imposed by todays society. Prayer is a powerful tool to use, but we also need to be proactive to overcome the injustices of the world. All Christians must stand together an go against anything morally wrong and have faith that we will succeed because like I've said before we are on God's side and he is in ours.
We must must never give in to a society that supports evil and immoral practices, simply because it's easier not to resist and go with the flow. Like I said before, “No one ever said life was going to be easy, and with good reason we call the path to heaven the narrow road.” Many people will say, “ Well the immoral injustices of society or the world don't affect me because I don't support it, so I don't think I should get involved.”
The truth is that it does affect everyone of us, if not now it will affect us in the near future. By not being proactive we are teaching our children we should not care about anybody else and only worry about ones self. This way of thinking does not help those who believe this or the rest of us trying to make a difference and lead by example. Our Church is our strength and the reason our church is strong is because of our unity. If we work together and oppose all that is immoral we are more likely to succeed.

It has been proven that when people are truly evangelized and keep the word of God in their heart, they are more likely to evangelize other people and are more likely to participate in the Church and stand firm against all the immorality we have to face daily as a society and valiantly defend our faith.
“Anyone who has discovered Christ must lead others to him. A great joy cannot be kept to oneself, it has to be passed on.” -Pope Benedict XVI (2005 World Youth Day)

Written by Matthew E. Trevino


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Friday, April 2, 2010

A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.

A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.

When one goes to Church we go to worship the Lord our God not to party or to get entertained. Our Lord Jesus Christ suffered for 40 days in isolation out in the desert and at the hands of those who did not believe in Him, and a lot of people claim church is boring. How sad it is that people can't even give our God at least one hour, once a week to really worship in His house. We must also understand that the church is the pillar and the bulwark of truth (1 Tim 3:15). We must remember the church is one body and in this body it has many members (1 Cor.6:15; 12:12-27, Eph 5:30, Rom 12:4-5), and i am not speaking of an invisible body but very visible body of the Church which is Jesus Christ. Jesus said if we have an unresolved grievance we should "tell it to the church" (Matt. 18: 17). How’s that possible if the church is "invisible" for some of you? St. Paul never speaks of the Church ever being in the spirit alone but always both spirit and in the flesh, because Jesus our God was both flesh and Spirit. God's Church is made of sinners and saints, and when He came down and gathered the twelve men He did not gather twelve individuals but a body of men. There is only one Church that I know of, that has been doing this for 2010 years. We are known as the first Christians and the one True Church. It's been known as the Catholic Church since the year 110A.D.. It has a strong back bone founded by our Lord Jesus Christ. He set the first foundation which is St. Peter, the rock of the Church. Yes the Church is built on St. Peter and it's also built on 11 other apostles. Christ founded a visible structure and unified doctrine. So for 2010 years this Church has been worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ every Sunday and every day of the week when we go to Church. Therefore, anyone who is satisfied with the notion of the Church being merely a disjointed spiritual union of believers is settling for something less than the Church divinely instituted and ordered by Christ. Jesus tells his followers, who make us the Church on earth, that they are "the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lamp stand, where it gives light to all in the house" (Matt. 5:14-15; see also Luke 8:16,11:33).
-Matthew Trevino

Monday, March 22, 2010

God's rain

God's rain of LOVE pours from the heavens...
Blessing the grounds we walk with much needed rain,
His love comes down over this land that was dry.
Rains from heaven cool my anger, wet my lips with your love, my LORD God. Let it cool my heart so that it may open more to your love. Let it cool my thirst for seeking you out. For your love is like no other. It's all that i need. Let this much needed rain keep falling, to fill my heart with the ocean of your divine mercy. To get me out of this desert I'm in. I give you thanks for all you've done for me. Let your love keep raining in my heart and soul.
Matthew E. Trevino

I Honor Mary as God honors her

I Honor Mary as God honors her

Blessed Mother of Jesus with all my Love I have for your Son, I praise the
LORD our God because of you.
I'm glad that God has chosen you to bear His Word in you womb.
You are honored by God and because of this we honor you as well.
You are most blessed among women. And your heart is sacred like a garden sanctuary,
Where ones soul can rest and grow in faith for your Son.
With that one, Yes!
You gave all of mankind a reason to live and to be free through your son Jesus Christ our LORD.
Your heart holds those in sorrow.
You with the grace of God gave us Wisdom and the fountain of divine life through Jesus Christ our LORD.
Your heart holds all the sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Then you turn to your Son and offer them to our LORD.
Hail Mary, full of grace; the LORD is with you!
The angel Gabriel greeted you with honor.
Pope John Paul II honor you as well.
All the saints also honor thee.
Hail Mary, full of grace; the LORD is with thee!
With a crown of twelve stars and clothed with the sun you
serve the LORD with great respect and honor, and for this
I honor you as God honors you.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God
That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.

By Matthew E. Trevino

whispers of the unborn

whispers of the unborn

Lonely souls lay in dark alleys waiting to be found. Only whispers in the breeze where only God speaks. Voices only God can hear.
Lonely souls lay in dark alleys with silent cries, no one can hear them.
Are proper burials too much to ask?
Many of God's children are being separated from the divine plan God our LORD has.
All happens for reason unknown to men.
But because of our selfishness, we hurt the divine plan
for our salvation.
God's Love grows more for us at times like this.
Lonely souls lay in dark alleys waiting to be found and some never to be found again...
Their cries are carried by the breeze, where the LORD'S voice soothes them
to eternal life.
God have mercy on those who not only murders them
but also to those who abandon them in these dark and lonely alleys.

By. Matthew E. Trevino

God's hope

God's hope

Hope is not to rely on a person.

Hope is to rely on God's Grace for us.

A human can promise things but, he will not do any of it.

God promises everything and he will do it all for us and more.

God is our hope, not man that speaks through his teeth. And all he speaks are empty words.

God's words are full of life.

Have him in you mind and soul.

He is the light of our souls.

God's hope it is the true reality not a fantasy.

Matthew E. Trevino



A smile with no meaning...
A prayer with no meaning...
Love with no meaning...

Empty words spill from their mouths giving their cold shoulders to the issues at hand. As their souls wounder endlessly like mindless robots that have no feeling . They pray and their words are meaningless, when they break their faces with a smile it has no feeling, and when they love you with their "warmth" it's with a cold heart.

Why even smile...
Why even pray...
Why even love...

By, Matthew E. Trevino



Rain pours out of his eyes but, yet it is a desert

Melancholy, peaceful nights

A dim of hope flourishes, lit in the soul of a man that has passion, but is too weak.

Tranquility in his mind is needed to be at ease.

Sanctuary from everything that is bad,

His mind was once that sanctuary

Now everything flows uncontrollable

His mind must be at ease.

Melancholy, undisturbed nights.

A dim of bliss flourishes, to warm the soul of this man

that has affection.

Calmness flows his way to put him at ease.

A touch of sincerity caress his soul…

A touch of innocence caress his soul…

Sanctuary comes to this man with the love of two.

By Matthew E. Trevino


Why i need my wife and daughter?

Why i need my wife and daughter?

I need them because, I love them!
They are the ones that believe in me.
They are the ones the only ones that love me with such pure love.

Their enchanting wings of pearl embrace me, holding me ever closer to their burning heart.
hearts that illuminate my life...
the beacons of my life!

I need them because, I love them!
They are that hidden treasure that know one knows of and I was the LUCKY man that found them.
love that is pure...
love of a family...
love that rarely exist else where.
They are my hidden treasure and no jewel is as precious as what is in this hidden treasure.

They are why, I wake in the mornings. They are my strength and my will to keep working. They have opened my eyes to what true love really is, and are showing me how beautiful it is.

Yes this is why I love them both because I NEED THEM!


by, Matthew E. Trevino

The weathering of the field of innocence

The weathering of the field of innocence

The world of the youth is growing up. Dumb and stupid with no morals at all! What is to become of us in the future? No boundary!!! They say. With this kind of attitude the future does not look good. What may lie in our futures with such attitude of this kind? Maybe a dark one! Where will be, is up to us the parents.

Field of innocence is weathering

The world of innocence is slowly vanishing. Life like we know it is changing and with it our children. Where is our youth going to? God's hands are opened to us. One is to ask and he'd be there for you. No questions asked.

He is the way, the only way!

The innocent are vanishing…

Blame who want to blame but, he with no rules, knows no boundaries!

Us as the parent's are the wall that guide the innocent though life.

With no boundary their innocence vanishes…

Field of innocence is just a handful of our youth.

Morals, Love and, Compassion

Things our children are now lacking.

Children want to grow up so fast with no boundaries. That they forget what play is. Children's imaginations change with no compassion given to them. They themselves dirty their minds with things of bad nature. And without guidance from us they know not what to do.

Love is not the same anymore. Love is shown from us parents and grandparents. And if we lack that our children will lack it to.

Children's minds are ripening too fast. Field of innocence whether a way! All that is left is a lost young adult. And is this what the world wants, a future with an adult that has no morals, love and, compassion for other?

We must take our children by their hands and show them what God has given us.

The power of will was given to us to do with it what we please. And our children need to understand the morals and values of what has been given to us, this great thing that God has treasured us with. Guidance of morals, love and, compassion is the wall! Without this the field of innocence will whether a way.

By Matthew E. Trevino


Life's precious gift

Life's precious gift

The hands of father Time wakes us in the morning, with the raise of the sun. There is word that God has a precious gift.

Mother Nature is at work blooming flowers and making the scent of spring surround the air. Life flourishes all around us.

We take in a breath of fresh air and father Time takes us back. Dreams that in the past were born and now exists, we searched the heavenly stars no more.

We dreamt of flowers blooming in the morning sun with the winds of change. Spring blows in with its fresh air, rain and, sunshine giving life to all the wildflowers in the field, where Diana and I danced amongst them.

Now it all makes sense.

God is giving us a precious gift. Mother Nature has worked her magic and now it's up to father Time to make his magic come through. Life is filled with many precious things, not one is like giving life to a new born baby.

By Matthew E. Trevino

5 - 5 - 05

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Patrick

Patrick was born in Bannaventa, in southwestern Britain, sometime around 389.He became bishop of Ireland after Palladius died around 432. He eventually resigned as bishop, retiring to Dalaradia, where he died in 461. The influence of St. Patrick continued, for he had converted pagan kingdoms and organized Christianity throughout Ireland, making it part of Christendom. This is why he is known as the patron Saint of Ireland. St.Patrick is a great defender of the Trinity. He sees the three acts of God's love: the first is the creation of the universe, the second in sending the word (Jesus) becoming the flash to redeem the world. And the third in giving the Holy Spirit to bring light and life to humankind.
This here is one of the writings on the Trinity,
"There is no other God, nor ever was nor will be in future days, other than God who is unbegotten Father, without beginning, yet from whom is all beginning...and his Son Jesus Christ whom together with his Father, we bear witness, has most surely always existed even before time began, begotten spiritually and present with the Father in a manner beyond any human words; before all time began. And through him have all things, seen unseen, been made, that he himself was made man, and once death had been overcome, he was received into the heavens with his Father... And "he has poured out abundantly his Holy Spirit upon us," given as his pledge of our immortality. Which Holy Spirit makes us both believers, obedient "children of God and equal heirs with Christ": whom we confess and adore, one God the most holy named Trinity." Confession 4
The three leaf clover was used by St.Patrick to teach the Holy Trinity. It represented the Oneness of God the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
The is a prayer of his,
Christ, be with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me.
Christ in me, Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ where I lie,
Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of the Christ.
May Your salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Hell the eternal death

Hell the eternal death

Death is something not to fear unless you have
fallen away from God, then fear it because that death is forever.

The eternal death is the eternal sadness of one's life.
Your loved ones no longer around you.
All the happy times are gone, all that is left is but a memory,
you wish you can get it all back but, there is no hope there.
Tormented... extinguished... isolated...
yelling out for someone to hear you,
yet no one hears you because they themselves
are to themselves.

You yell for love and love does not come,
all because you turned your back on him who is love.
He gave you chance after chance and
you walked away.

Hell the eternal death is separation of God.
The road to it is wide, and only dead people walk
that road.

No one is predestined to hell; for this, is a willful turning
away from God.

Which one will you chose?
Eternal shadows, everlasting silence, and loneliness
Everlasting Love, Joy, and happiness.

By, Matthew E. Trevino

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Our Blessed Mother ever virgin

Venerate: To look upon with feelings of deep respect
Immaculate: Perfectly clean without a flaw or error pure: innocent: sinless
Blessed: Holy; sacred; clean; fortunate; blissful; beatified
Holy: Dedicated to religious use; sacred, spiritually pure; sinless, deserving deep respect
Righteous: Acting in a just, upright manner, virtuous, morally right or justifiable

All these words describe our Blessed Mother. We worship God, our Lord, Jesus; and, we venerate our Blessed Mother.  The words Immaculate Conception are not in the Bible, and neither is the word Trinity, but yet, we all believe in the Holy Trinity. Let me ask you all a question, could God have made Mary without sin?  See again how not everything is in the Bible itself.  As I've stated before in the first letter, as Catholics we go with Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition which as the Bible says is important. There are no false traditions that work with the Holy Spirit. “I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold fast to the traditions, just as I handed them on to you.” (1 Cor. 11:2) But the word of the LORD remains forever… This is the word that has been proclaimed to you” (1 Peter 1:25). The Holy Spirit is at work with every teaching of the Catholic Church through the unity with the will of the Father through our LORD Jesus Christ. Now with saying this, I can say that Mary being immaculate is not going against Sacred Scripture. Let’s start with (Luke 1: 6, 15, 28, 37, 48)
6: Both were righteous in the eyes of God, observing all the commandments and ordinances of the LORD blamelessly. (Zechariah & Elizabeth)
15: for he will be great in the sight of [the] LORD. He will drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother's womb, (John)
28: And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The LORD is with you. (Mary)
37: For nothing will be impossible for God.”
48: For he has looked upon his handmaid's lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.
And in (Gen 3:15) they are talking about Mary mother of God.
I will make you and the woman hate each other; her offspring and yours will always be enemies. Her offspring will crush your head, and you will bite her offspring's heel.”
Adam and Eve were also sinless before Eve ate out of the forbidden tree. If they can be sinless why can't Mary be immaculate? I ask because it would be befitting her to be so as she is the God Barer.  Immaculate, Blessed, Holy and, Righteous are all perfect words to describe our Mother in heaven.  She is a spiritual Mother for all Christians. She is there guiding us straight to our LORD Jesus Christ. Her Immaculate Heart is the garden in which ones faith can grow with the her guardianship of a mother loving her child.
Perpetual Virginity,
Okay, the first thing I'd like to say here is that In Aramaric (which is the language our LORD Jesus spoke.) there is no translation for, uncle, aunt, cousin, nice or nephew. All they had was brother and sister. [Oh, and I would just like to put this in which has nothing to do with any of this. But I found it cool. In the native American language they too called their aunt, uncle, cousin, nice, and nephew by brother and sister.  I just thought this was a cool thing to now.] Okay back to the issue, second thing at the death of our LORD Jesus looking down at his mother he said to her “Woman behold, your son. Then he looked at the disciple how he loved and sad, behold, your mother.”(John 19: 26-27).  At this time, if Jesus had any brothers or sisters he would have handed over guardianship of his mother to them, but he did not, he entrusted her to John.  If you were in the alleged brother’s stead before the cross, and you heard Jesus entrusting your mother to the care of non-family member, how would you feel?  Insulted?
Here let’s look at what the founding fathers of Protestantism said concerning our Blessed Mother:
Luther: “It is an article of faith that Mary is mother of the LORD and still a virgin... Christ we believe,, came forth from a womb left perfectly intact.” (work of Luther, vol. II, 319-320;vol.6,510)
Calvin: “There have been certain folk who have wished to suggest from this passage [Matt. 1:25] that the Virgin Mary had other children that the Son of God, and that Joseph had then dwelt with her later; but what folly this is! For the gospel writer did not wish to record what happened after wards; he simply wished to make clear Joseph's obedience and to show also that Joseph had been well and truly assured that it was God who had sent His angel to Mary. He had therefore never dwelt with her nor had he shared her company... and besides this our LORD Jesus Christ is called the first-born. This is not because there was a second or third, but because the gospel writer is paying regard to the precedence. Scripture speaks thus of naming the first-born whether or no there was any question of the second.”(Sermon on Matthew 1:22-25,published 1562)
Zwingli: I firmly believe that Mary, according to the words of the gospel as a pure Virgin brought forth for us the us the Son of God and in childbirth and after childbirth forever remained a pure, intact Virgin.”(Zwingli Opera, Vol. I,424.)
These are the fathers of Protestantism speaking on our Blessed Mother's everlasting Virginity. I think of our Blessed Mother as one of God's most prefect creatures on earth and in heaven. A masterpiece of God's work--clean from sin not a taint of sin so that Satan will not be able to possess her.
As we can read in Gen. 3:15, “I will make you and the woman hate each other; her offspring and your will always be enemies. Her offspring will crush your head, and you will bite her offspring's heel.” Our blessed Mother was preserved from original sin at her conception. Our Lady was immaculately conceived, hence the Title “Immaculate Conception.”  Protestants always confuse the issue of conception.  We use the words “conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit” to try and give understanding to the Incarnation, but Christ was not conceived in the literally manner as in man and woman having relations.  Christ was begotten, Mary was conceived.  Now specifically speaking, we are talking about the point when the soul is infused into the body.  At that moment, God Our Father preserved her from the stain of Original Sin in order that she might bear Our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Mary clean of heart and soul bared a son that would and still rules over men. She is the ark of the new Covenant. These here are parallel verses that are very interesting. It looks like Mary almost took the same path as the Ark of the Covenant did in the Old Testament. You can find this in a book called Catholics for a risen by Tim Gray. Will be looking at (2 Samuel 6 and Luke 1).

(2 Sam 6:2)
and led them to Baalah in Judah, in order to bring from there God's Covenant Box, bearing the name of the LORD Almighty, whose throne is above the winged creatures.
(Luke 1:39)
Soon afterward Mary got ready and hurried off to a town in the hill county of Judea.
(2 Sam 6:9)
Then David was afraid of the LORD and said, “How can I take the Covenant Box with me now?
(Luke 1:43)
Why should this great thing happen to me, that my LORD's mother comes to visit me?
(2 Sam 6:10)
So he decided not to take it with him to Jerusalem; instead, he turned off the read and took it to the house of Obed Edom, a native of the city of Gath.
(Luke 1:40)
She went into Zechariah's house and greeted Elizabeth.
(2 Sam 6:11)
It stayed there three months, and the LORD blessed Obed Edom and his family.
(Luke 1:56)
Mary stayed about three months with Elizabeth and then went back home.
(2 Sam 6:2)
and led them to Baalah in Judah, in order to bring from there God's Ark of the Covenant, bearing the name of the LORD almighty, whose throne is above the winged creatures.
(Luke 1:47)
My soul is glad because of God my Savior,
(2 Sam 6:15)
And so he and all the Israelites took the Covenant Box up to Jerusalem with shouts of joy and sounds of trumpets.
(Luke 1:42)
and said in a loud voice, “You are the most blessed of all women and blessed is the child you will bear!
(2 Sam 6:16)
As the Ark was being brought into the city, and saw King David dancing and jumping around in the scared dance, and she was disgusted with him.
(Luke 1:41)
When Elizabeth hard Mary's greeting, the baby moved within her. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit
Well I think that this here was very interesting. Like I've before, it looks like the Mary took the same path as the Ark of the Covenant does. Just something to think about and pray over. Now lets look at the Queen of heaven and earth, where do we get this idea from? Okay I think most of you all know that when reading Revelation it's open to time. So we cant read past , present, and future in these books.
Here for example in book 12 we are looking at the verses 1,5,9,13.  These here are past tense.
(Revelation 12:1)
Then a great and mysterious sight appeared in the sky. There was a woman, whose dress was the sun and who had the moon under her feet and a crow of twelve stars on her head.
(Revelation 12:5)
Then she gave birth to a son, who will rule over all nation with an iron rod. But the child was snatched away and taken to Gog and his throne
(Revelation 12:9)
The huge dragon was thrown out-that ancient serpent, named the devil, or satan, that deceived the whole world. He was thrown down to earth, and all his angels with him.
(Revelation 12:13)
When the dragon realized that he had been thrown down to the earth, he began to pursue the woman who had given birth to the boy.
Now lets look at a little part in Genesis 3:15.  Here we are looking at the future : “I will make you and the woman hate each other; her offspring and yours will always be enemies. Her offspring will crush your head, and you will bite her offspring's heel.”
Who is the person who they might be talking about here in Genesis 3:15?  It's about Mary and Jesus her only son. And so by the power of the Holy Spirit in Unity with God the Father, And so by Grace of her divine Motherhood, Our Lady, is Queen of Heaven and Earth. Our hearts belong to God the Father himself and because of His Grace we as one in His one body we all share this bound to help, pray, and love one and other. Thomas Howard put it beautifully this way:
What King surrounds himself with warped, dwarfish, worthless creatures? The more glorious the king, the more glorious are the titles and honors he bestows. The plumes, cockades, coronets, diadems, mantles, and rosettes that deck his retinue testify to one thing alone: his own majesty and munificence. He is a very great king, to have figures of such immense in his train, or even better, to have raised them to such dignity. These great lords and ladies, mantled and crowned with the highest possible honor and rank, are precisely his vassals. This glittering array is his court! All glory to him and, in him, glory and honor to these others. Thomas Howard, Evangelical is Not Enough (Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson, 1984), 87.
We worship the King our LORD God,  and because of his grace we venerate our Blessed Mother who is of great importance to all of mankind. She gave birth to Jesus not just in her womb, but in her heart too. Mary was the first disciple of God,  Mary accepted God in mind, heart, and soul, and because of this honor God gave Mary, we as Catholic honor her as well.

The Eucharist (Carpus Christs)

The Eucharist (Corpus Christi)
What happens to those that don't believe that the Eucharist becomes the Body and Blood of Christ? I was asked this question given to me by one of you, and well before I answer you I'd like to being by showing you what I have learned thus far. With God's help, I hope that we partake in the Joy I feel in sharing this with you.

Lets start with (John 6:53-56) which is exactly one year before the last supper, right before the passover, Jesus said:
John 6:53
            “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him”
This passage is not merely a metaphor that asks us to put our faith in Him. If it were only so, Jesus would not be a very good teacher. Everyone listening to Him understood this literally:

John 6:52
            “how can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
When Jesus speaks of himself as being the “door” or the “vine” no one asked Him “How can this man be a door made out of wood?” or “How can this man claim to be a plant?” Furthermore, in these verses of the “door” and the “vine,” it is very clear from their context that He was using metaphors. However, we can see that in John 6 Jesus is speaking literal terms. Lets look at

John 6:41 and 6:52
“The Jews then murmured at him because he said, 'I am the bread which came down from heaven.”[...and then...] “the Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, 'How can this man give us his flesh to eat?'”

Why is it that they Jews understood it literally and you can't? You, like them can't handle this Truth. If Jesus were speaking metaphorically, He would have taken the time to elaborate this point to make it clear, but instead, He goes on to make His literal point several more times in even stronger terms. After verse 53, Jesus stops using the normal Greek word phago (which just means “eat”, and can sometimes have a symbolic meaning). and he started using trogo, (which is a very vivid word meaning “munch” or “gnaw” and which is never anything but literal in the Greek bible and literature).
Yes in verse 63 Jesus says “the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” Now, when and where in the bible do they ever use spirit as a symbol? Spirit is the life soul of everything that God created. This to me is why God is present in the Eucharist. Even more so with Jesus saying this verse. (John 4:24) says; God is spirit-. You sure don't think he is speaking symbolically here do you? When you do a study on the word Jesus uses for “flesh” here, you'll find that there's nowhere in the Gospels where it is used symbolically either.
This is the only place in the bible where followers of Jesus abandon him for theological reasons. Verse 60 they say, “this is a hard teaching, who can listen to it.” Then in (John 6:66) it goes to say; “After this many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him.” Weird and interesting that the only verse in the bible with the numbers 666 is where people reject Jesus because of his teaching about the Eucharist. Think and pray about it. Anyhow, here we have people leaving Jesus because of this hard teaching. Some people think this was the biggest crowd that Jesus ever preached to, which would make this his single biggest public relations blunder. He could have cleared things up and stopped everyone from leaving just by saying “no,no, listen you guys, it was just a symbol, I don't really mean my literal body and blood.” Okay then verses 67-68: Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave.?” Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go to? You have the words of eternal life.
Here lets look ahead and look at (Mark 4:34) “Without parables he did not speak to them, but to his disciples he explained everything in private.” Okay if he had some mysterious symbolic meaning in John 6, he didn't explain it to his disciples, which is another reason to think he was being literal. And there are other places in the Gospels where Jesus just repeats a true but unpopular teaching like in (Matthew 9:2-8) where he talks about his power to forgive sins, and people don't believe him, and he insists on it. John 8:58 goes on to say “Before Abraham was born, I am!” Once again I say to you is Jesus speaking symbolically here? This passage about the Eucharist is just like these I've just showed you. Plus, there’re heaps of places where Jesus says something, the disciples get it wrong, and Jesus explains it to them.
Eating flash and drinking blood does actually have a metaphorical meaning in the Old Testament, (Psalm 27:2) When evildoers come at me to devour my flesh, These my enemies and foes themselves stumble and fall. So if Jesus was speaking symbolically, he would have been saying that people must slander him in order to have eternal life. I don't think so.
Now we also have the teaching of St. Paul in (1Corinthians 10:16-17)
The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf. See communion is a participation in the body of Christ. He presence is really there.
Then we also have (1 Corinthians 11:27-29)
            “Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the LORD unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the LORD. A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eat and drinks judgment on himself.”
It sounds like St. Paul's talking about the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. You wouldn't be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the LORD if it was just a symbol. And, did you know that the Greek phrase for being “guilty of someone's body and blood” is a technical way of saying “guilty of murder?” It's very serious. So, if one is taking grape juice and crackers it would not be a big deal. But, if one fools around with it knowing Jesus is really present, then to receive communion unworthily would be a big deal, which is why we take St. Paul very seriously, and why we take the Eucharist vary seriously as well. In the last supper, Jesus didn't say “this represents my body,” did he? He said “This is my body.” and we just take him at his word.
A little history.
The teaching of the Eucharist is nothing new. Transubstantiation is a technical term that describes what happens, and the only reason it wasn't widely used until the 11th century was because that was the first time on record that anyone significant denied the real presence. So the Catholic Church used Transubstantiation (which just means “change of substance”) to define things very clearly in a single word.
The Eastern Church had been using the Greek word metaousiosis, which means the same thing for hundreds of years before that. You do believe in the Trinity? I'm pretty sure you do. Well the word Trinity wasn't officially used until the council of Nicaea in AD325, but that doesn't mean that no-one believed in the Trinity until then. And as for the Real Presence in the early Church, heed this, this is a quote from St. Ignatius of Antioch who was martyred in AD110 and was a disciple of of both Peter and John: “They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer, because they do not confess that the Eucharist to be the Flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ, Flesh which suffered for our sins and which the Father, in His goodness, raised up again. ”(Letter to the Smyrnaeans 6,2; William A. Jurgens, The Faith of the Early Fathers (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical press, 1970), Vol. 1,#64). He also wrote this “I desire the Bread of God, which is the Flesh of Jesus Christ... and for drink I desire His Blood, which is love incorruptible.” (Letter to the Romans 7,3; Jurgens,#54a.) J.N.D. Kelly, a well respected historian, who's not a Catholic, and summaries what the Early Church believed about the Eucharist: “Eucharistic teaching, it should be understood at out set, was in general unquestioningly realist, i. e., the consecrated bread and wine were taken to be, and were treated and designated as, the Savior's body and blood.” (J.N.D. Kelly, early Christian Doctrines, pg.440).
In (Mathew 16:5-12) Jesus speaks of the bread.
In coming to the other side of the sea, the disciples had forgotten to bring bread. Jesus said to them, “Look out, and beware of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” The concluded among themselves, saying, “it is because we have brought no bread,” When Jesus became aware of this he said, “You of little faith, why do you conclude among your selves that it is because you have no bread? Do you not yet understand, and do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many wicker baskets you took up? Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you took up? How do you not comprehend that I was not speaking to you about bread? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Then they understood that he was telling them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Saddusees.
In (John 4:31-34)
Meanwhile, the disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” So the disciples said to one another, “could someone have brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of the one who send me and to finish his work.
I leave you with this brothers and sisters in Christ, Bethlehem means: House of Bread and Manger means: a place for food... Think and pray for the knowledge and ability to believe the Word of God, and to accept what he has done; that you might understand the unity of His Kingdom here on earth and the fullness of His body which is the Church, the visible and invisible.
The answer to the question is, one will not enter heaven without believing in the fullness of God's teachings. Remember we must BELIEVE in all that was set before us, not to understand it but to BELIEVE in it. How can someone come to an understanding if one does not believe in it first?