This is why it seems so hard to reflect that vision of patience when black-hearted "artists" practice character assassination on the Blessed Virgin...
"Why believe that those twelve did not have authority and understanding that exceeded the authority and understanding of other followers of Jesus?" (Eddie again). WHY, Eddie?-- You do it to discredit the Catholic Church; as Rich has numerous times. Because he serves the devil, not God or His authorized servants. We know Christ gave HIS authority; not out of the Bible or any heretical movement. Rich is a descendant of virulent anti-catholic heretics; and there's your example. He cannot concede any merit that the Church could offer us; he hates the Catholic Church. We can be sure the Church has complete authority from Christ and the apostles.
A Christian can be crushed gazing at the picture of Mary standing at the foot of the cross, watching her beloved son suffocate and die. But in that vision, she stands there for hours, patiently enduring her suffering. For two millennia, she has been a role model for Christians, a woman who practiced obedience in the most difficult of human circumstances, with fervent hope for what this sacrifice will offer all mankind as it struggles with sin.
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