Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that is in you, but do so with gentleness and reverence.”
cf. 1 Peter 3:15-16
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Tradition, Bible or Both?
QUESTION OR COMMON OBJECTION:
You have man-made traditions. Colossians 2:8 says not to follow “the traditions of men.”
Christians don’t have to follow man-made traditions, but the Bible says we are to follow apostolic, or sacred, Tradition.
I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold fast to the traditions, just as I handed them on to you.”
1 Corinthians 11:2
This Sacred Tradition came from Jesus to the Apostles, then to the bishops. It is in the Catholic Church that the bishops today can follow their line of ordination from the bishop who ordained them all the way back to the Apostles who were commissioned by Jesus Christ.
Other References: 2 Thess 2:15, Acts 20:35, Mt 28:19-20
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Let us pray.
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.”
Saint John Paul II, pope
Jesus, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life (cf. John 6:68).
Be not afraid! And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always. Holy Family, pray for us. Amen.