The Old is contained in the New which reveals it (the Old), the type of the New.
The Books of Maccabees: the background of both books is the resistance movement against the hellenisation of the Jewish nation by the Seleucid kings.
Stay with me … Watch as ‘they’ attempt to ‘modernise’ the Church: what has been in the works unsuspected is now very plain before our very own eyes. The new target: the saints!
Whilst the Church gave these books recognition, the others rejected them to the advantage of #hell-on-the-loose.
Protestants, and other non-Catholics, please, through your Catholics friends, have masses offered up for your beloved departed. They have no one praying for them.
Catholics: you know the drill: frequent confession and reception of Holy Communion, sacramental life, prayer, norms of piety, visits to the Blessed Sacrament, the Holy Rosary, scapular, Nine First Fridays Devotion to the Sacred Heart, love for and tender devotion to Our lady and Mother, First Saturday devotion, Chaplet of The Divine Mercy, defend the faith, honor your father (the Pope, the Bishops, and the Priests, by first praying for them), holy water, etc. Do not forget B16.
St. Patrick, pray for us!
 Part of the ninth article of the Creed. The complete article is, ‘the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints’.
[Update 4/26/15]: This is interesting: