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April 9, 2013
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Christians must focus on what we agree on, not differences

In her March 9 letter Rosalee Hilton stated that Mary (Jesus’s mother) was dead. We as Catholics believe she is alive (in Christ) in heaven, interceding for us with her son (not the father, since there is only one mediator for us with the father, Jesus Christ. Also when we die, we are outside of time, we are in eternity, and can intercede for each other as we will be in the Community of Saints. When you are in heaven you are a saint,and are present with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

We as Catholics believe Mary was conceived “Immaculately,” that is without “original sin,” so when she died her body was raised up with her soul into heaven. If she read the O.T. she would know that the two patriarchs Enoch and Elijah, didn’t even die, but were transported into heaven bodily, and will come again to help convert the Jews before Jesus’s 2nd coming.

We believe in both Scripture and Tradition, and that not everything Jesus (as God) did was written down in the Bible as it is said in the last line of John’s Gospel. Why would he have spent three years teaching them (Apostles) if it was all to die out with the last Apostle’s death. Keep in mind the Bible was not able to be printed for the common person until the 15th century. His words and teachings were passed on through preaching,not reading.

In closing I would just like to add that we should all concentrate on what we agree on, instead of what divides us as Christians.

Neil Powers

Carson City

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Apr 9, 2013 10:26AM Published Apr 10, 2013 02:44AM Copyright 2013 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.