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  • [Catholic Caucus] What Are Passive Purifications and Why Are They Needed?

    03/05/2015 7:42:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-03-015 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Are Passive Purifications and Why Are They Needed? By: Msgr. Charles PopeHave you undertaken certain Lenten practices or abstinences to assist you growth in holiness? If so, you do well. Practices such as these are included in what are known as “active purifications.” Active purifications consist of our holy works and efforts and our mortifications, which, by the grace of God, help to purify our mind, our heart, and what is called our “sensitive appetite.”However, there are also “passive purifications,” which are quite essential for our growth in holiness and our readiness to see God one day. These purifications are called passive because they are...
  • God With Us [Devotional Thread]

    03/05/2015 5:59:35 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies
    Day By Day with John Calvin | John Calvin
    Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are -- yet was without sin. -- Hebrews 4:14-15, NIV It deeply concerned us, that he who was to be our Mediator should be very God and very man. Our iniquities, like a cloud intervening between Him and us, having utterly alienated...
  • Does Water Baptism Save?

    03/05/2015 2:28:53 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 49 replies
    Middletown Bible Church ^ | 3/5/15 | Middletown Bible Church
    p { margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1px } <p>body { font-family: "Times New Roman", serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal } Does Water Baptism Save? A Biblical Refutation of Baptismal Regeneration    Baptismal Regeneration is the teaching which says that water baptism is an essential requirement for salvation.  According to this teaching, if a person desires to be born again (born into God's family) then he must be baptized in water.  Those holding to this doctrine teach that apart from water baptism, a person cannot be saved, cannot be born again, cannot see the kingdom, and cannot enter heaven.     Introduction:...
  • Designer Religion: A Critique of a Recent Description of Faith in a National Publication

    03/04/2015 8:20:56 PM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-03-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Designer Religion: A Critique of a Recent Description of Faith in a National Publication By: Msgr. Charles PopeWe live in times of what I would call “designer religion.” Many people seem to think they have a right to assemble religious teachings they like and discard what they do not. The idea that faith is revealed by God and that we are to discover what He has revealed (in both creation and Scripture) and conform ourselves to it is at odds with our consumer culture. But faith is not a consumer product. We can’t just select the commandments we like or...
  • Powerfully Kept

    03/04/2015 4:45:32 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 9 replies
    CCW ^ | 2013 | Jim Elliff
    Ive seen a few extremely powerful things. Just recently I watched a tornado whirling debris on the lawn as it rose up and passed just beside our house. I know that it was insane to be outside watching, but power is intriguing. Ive been in a tropical storm on the Florida coast, packed and ready to leave in an instant if it accelerated to a hurricane. Ive felt the ground rumbling while watching a space shuttle launch, and Ive circled three times in a small plane over the mighty Victoria Falls in southern Africa. Ive faced an angry bull elephant...
  • Losing Salvation or Never Saved at All?

    03/04/2015 4:23:26 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 21 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | May 15, 2013 | J.C. Ryle
    J.C. Ryle,[A] common reason why many do not hold perseverance is an incorrect view of the nature of SAVING FAITH. They regard faith as nothing better than a feeling or impression. As soon as they see a man somewhat impressed with the preaching of the Gospel and manifesting some pleasure in hearing about Christthey set him down at once as a believer! By and by the mans impressions wear away, and his interest about Christ and salvation ceases altogether. Where is the faith he seemed to have? It is gone. How can his friends, who have pronounced him a believer,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015. Theological Virtues" Charity

    03/04/2015 2:57:33 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency.com ^ | not given | CNA.com
    Charity Or: Loving as God Loves The two terms "love" and "charity" are frequently used interchangeably, and with good reason, since the virtue of charity is in fact a kind of love. However, the two are not identical; not all forms of love are also charity. For example, we often hear expressions like, "I love hot chocolate," or "I love basketball," or even "I love America," and these kinds of love, while all good in themselves, still fall somewhat short of the love that is charity.What sort of love is charity, then? Quite simply, charity is the Love of...
  • Promises Fulfilled [Devotional Thread]

    03/04/2015 1:38:59 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies
    Day By Day with John Calvin | John Calvin
    Let us learn that the holy fathers under the Old Testament were not ignorant that in this world God seldom or never gives his servants the fulfilment of what is promised them, and therefore has directed their minds to his sanctuary, where the blessings not exhibited in the present shadowy life are treasured up for them. This sanctuary was the final judgment of God, which (as they could not at all discern it by the eye) they were contented to apprehend by faith. Inspired with this confidence, they doubted not that whatever might happen in the world, a time would...
  • The Lord's Supper: solemn symbolism or corporeal flesh and blood?

    03/04/2015 12:31:00 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 76 replies
    Peace By Jesus ^ | March 4,2015 | Peace by Jesus
    Preface: This is an extensive examination of the Roman Catholic sacrament of Eucharist (which means thanksgiving) as regards the doctrine of the “Real Presence.” This deals with the question as to whether Scripture teaches that Jesus is literally and wholly present—body and blood, soul and divinity—under the appearances of bread and wine by transubstantiation of the elements of bread and wine. And by which believers thereby receive life in themselves. Or whether, consistent with other examples of figurative language and teaching, the elements are representations of Christ, and that eating and drinking Christ in John 6 refers to receiving and...
  • The Necessity of Repentance

    03/04/2015 11:41:31 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 38 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | April 26, 2013 | J.C. Ryle
    J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) We are told that John the Baptist came preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. The plain meaning of this expression is, that John preached the necessity of being baptized, in token of repentance, and that he told his hearers that except they repented of sin, their sins would not be forgiven.We must carefully bear in mind that no repentance can make atonement for sin. The blood of Christ, and nothing else, can wash away sin from mans soul. No quantity of repentance can ever justify us in the sight of God. We are...
  • The Best Model of Believing [Devotional Thread]

    03/04/2015 4:45:12 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies
    Day By Day with John Calvin | John Calvin
    The LORD had said to Abrahm, "Leave your country, your people, and your father's household and go to the land I will show you." -- Genesis 12:1, NIV Abraham alone ought to be to us equal to tens of thousands if we consider his faith, which is set before us as the best model of believing, to whose race also we must be held to belong in order that we may be the children of God. What could be more absurd than that Abraham should be the father of all the faithful, and not even occupy the meanest corner among...
  • 11 Reasons the Authority of Christianity Is Centered on St. Peter and Rome

    03/03/2015 8:04:25 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 70 replies
    http://www.stpeterslist.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | SPL Staff
    Bl. John Henry Newman said it best: To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant. History paints an overwhelming picture of St. Peters apostolic ministry in Rome and this is confirmed by a multitude of different sources within the Early Church. Catholic Encyclopedia states, In opposition to this distinct and unanimous testimony of early Christendom, some few Protestant historians have attempted in recent times to set aside the residence and death of Peter at Rome as legendary. These attempts have resulted in complete failure. Protestantism as a whole seeks to divorce Christianity from history by rending Gospel...
  • The Unrepenting Repenter

    03/03/2015 3:04:42 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 10 replies
    CCW ^ | March 3,2015 | Jim Elliff
    The believer in Christ is a lifelong repenter. He begins with repentance and continues in repentance. (Rom. 8:12-13) David sinned giant sins but fell without a stone at the mere finger of the prophet because he was a repenter at heart (2 Sam. 12:7-13). Peter denied Christ three times but suffered three times the remorse until he repented with bitter tears (Mt. 26:75). Every Christian is called a repenter, but he must be a repenting repenter. The Bible assumes the repentant nature of all true believers in its instruction on church discipline. A man unwilling to repent at the...
  • The Day God Barged Into My Life: Fr. John Riccardo's Amazing Testimony

    03/03/2015 2:15:58 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 3, 2015 | Fr. John Riccardo
    My first memory is of the crucifix in my boyhood parish, Holy Name in Birmingham, Michigan. I do not know how old I was, but I knew Jesus had died forme and my whole life was suppose to be a response to this.This is certainly not a typical first memory but my family was anything but typical. My father, John, was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for the Chrysler Corporation, and also a devout Catholic. My father proved that religion was not just a crutch for the weak. Every night he was on his...
  • The Cross in the Cosmos A Meditation on a Teaching by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

    03/03/2015 8:39:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-03-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Cross in the Cosmos – A Meditation on a Teaching by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Wisdom Tradition of the Scriptures emphasizes that God speaks and is discerned in things He has made. Scripture says, The heavens declare the glory of God, the firmament (stars) shows forth his handiwork (Psalm 19:1). Indeed, when God spoke His Word, creation came forth.And the Word that God spoke was the Logos, Jesus. Scripture says, Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made (Jn 1:3). It also says, For by Him all things were created, both in...
  • The Conversion of a Catholic Priest

    03/03/2015 7:43:25 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 63 replies
    Remnent of God ^ | march 3,2015 | Vincent O'Shaughnessy
    The Conversion of a Catholic Priest Vincent O'Shaughnessy From Dead Religion To New Life In Christ! As a very small boy I remember rolling out of bed to my knees each morning to say my prayers. We began with the Morning Offering, which my mother taught me, together with the Our Father and Hail Mary. I still remember the Morning Offering going like this: "Oh Jesus, through the most pure heart of Mary. . .etc." To me this meant that to get to Jesus I had to go through Mary. I had no other way to Jesus. I also have...
  • AM I A TRUE BELIEVER?

    03/03/2015 2:48:37 AM PST · by RaceBannon
    Middletown Bible Church ^ | 03/03/15 | Middletown Bible Church
    span.WPParaTextBox { border-width: 0.0133333in; border-style: solid; border-color: black; padding: 5px; margin: 0px; display: block } <p>div.WPParaTextBoxWrapper { padding: 0px; float: none } <p>p { margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1px } <p>body { font-family: "Times New Roman", serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal }             Am I A True Believer?   In this brief study we want to consider the important, soul-searching question: Am I a true believer? To help you answer this question, consider the following questions. Think about each one in an honest, personal way. Take time to look up the Bible verses that are given along with each question. Ask...
  • Conversion from Roman Catholicism to Biblical Christianity

    03/02/2015 5:00:25 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 157 replies
    Gorden & Jacki's Place ^ | March 2<2015 | Jackie
    I grew up in a loving family who attended the Catholic Church regularly. Not just my immediate family, mind you(!) - but my entire family (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, etc.) was Catholic! I was a regular participant and played the organ at church and also was a leader in the "folk choir" for most of my teenage years. In short - I was as "Catholic" as they come! I never doubted my faith because I was told to just believe everything the Church taught me without question. The Pope was supreme in his authority, and the priests and nuns were...
  • The Journey Home - 3/2/2015 - Dr. Wesley Vincent

    03/02/2015 4:13:10 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    EWTN ^ | March 2, 2015 | Marcus Grodi
    Mon. Mar. 2 at 8:00 PM ETTue. Mar. 3 at 1:00 AM ETFri. Mar. 6 at 1:00 PM ET DR. WESLEY VINCENT Former Fundamentalist and Evangelical Dr. Wesley Vincent shares his faith journey to the Catholic Church. Hosted by Marcus Grodi. Duration: 01:00 How a Bible Believer Became Catholic by Believing the Bible – Conversion Story of Wesley Vincent Ph.D. Our devout, fundamentalist-evangelical family of six children attended Sunday School, Sunday morning and evening worship services, Wednesday evening prayer meeting, and choir rehearsal after prayer meeting — even when traveling. My parents alternately took us to Nazarene and Baptist congregations....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Theological Virtues, Hope

    03/02/2015 3:17:47 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicNewsAgency. com ^ | not given | CNA
    Hope Or: Striving for Heaven As we saw in the previous lesson, Faith reveals to us God's supernatural plan for our lives. With faith we know that the ultimate purpose and fulfillment of each human person lies in the attainment of Heaven. Once we have this knowledge, it is time to begin working towards that objective. That's where the theological virtue of Hope enters the picture. Hope is the virtue whereby the individual strives for Heaven as something which is possible, but not yet guaranteed. There are, then, three conditions needed for the virtue of hope: firstly, an active...
  • Catholics, Protestants and the Bible

    03/02/2015 3:10:55 PM PST · by Legatus · 59 replies
    August 22, 1994 | Pauline Zingleman
    Almost always, it begins with a warm invitation, from nice people. You work with them. They live on either side of you. They are the parents of your children's friends. Most of the millions of Catholics who have defected to one form of Protestantism or other in the last thirty years did not intend to apostatize, when they agreed to "Come go to church with us!" The individual Catholic frequently does not recognize the profound implications of the invitation. What is being proposed is a grave sin against faith, apostasy, exceeding in moral weight adultery, because faith is a gift...
  • Explaining the Heresy of Catholicism Grace vs> works

    03/02/2015 11:21:42 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 87 replies
    Grace to You ^ | Feb 13,2013 | John MacArthur
    The New Testament is clear about the nature of saving faith. For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law (Romans 3:28). A man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus . . . since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified (Galatians 2:16). But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ABSOLUTE MIRACLE, 03-02-15

    03/02/2015 10:20:46 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-02-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:ABSOLUTE MIRACLEAn effect produced by God in the visible world which totally surpasses all the forces of created nature, e.g., raising a certainly dead person back to life. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Nature of Justifying Faith

    03/02/2015 8:51:38 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 9 replies
    Modern Reformation ^ | Oct. 2007 | David VanDrunen
    The claim that justification comes sola fide was central to the debates of the Reformation. When the matter of sola fide is raised, however, attention tends to focus on the first of these words: alone. We remember that the reformers taught that justification is by faith alone while Roman Catholics countered that justification is by faith and good works. Thus, it may seem, both sides affirmed the importance of faith, but disagreed simply on whether anything had to be added to faith in order to secure justification. This is true in a sense-both sides did speak of the necessity of...
  • Order! Order in the Universe! A Meditation on the Wisdom That Creation Reflects

    03/02/2015 7:49:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 82 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-01-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Order! Order in the Universe! – A Meditation on the Wisdom That Creation Reflects By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn a courtroom, the judge can bring an unruly outburst to an end by shouting, “Order! Order in the court!” I often feel the same urge in the debates of our time about God’s existence and His role in the created universe. It is not so much that the debates can get unruly, but that I, with the  insistence of a town crier, want to shout, “Order! Order, there IS order the universe!” And I want to ask everyone to be quiet and listen to the universe herself...
  • From Fundamentalist Baptist to Catholic Steve Wilsons Story

    03/01/2015 4:54:44 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 1,024 replies
    http://www.catholic-convert.com/ ^ | February 26, 2015 | Steve Wilson
    Archbishop Fulton Sheen once wrote: There are not over a hundred people in the United State who hate the Roman Catholic Church; there are millions, however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church. I was one of those who hated because of what I wrongly believed about the Catholic Church. The reason I had these beliefs was due to being told what to believe about the Catholic Church from those who were told what to believe about the Catholic Church. No one was willing to find out what the bottom line was concerning the Catholic Church....
  • Clement of Rome (died 110 A.D.) [Third Successor To St. Peter And Friend of Apostles]

    03/01/2015 2:00:00 PM PST · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    Clement of Rome (died 110 A.D.) The Fathers of the Church spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, defended the Church in apologetic writing and fought the many heresies of the first six centuries of Christianity. These men, also called Apostolic Fathers, gave special witness to the faith, some dying the death of a martyr. Like Jesus who referred to Abraham as a spiritual father (Luke 16: 24) and St. Paul, who referred to himself in the same terms (1 Cor 4: 15), the Fathers were zealous for the word of God. Their writings are a testimony to the faith of...
  • Is Confession Dead?

    03/01/2015 12:52:48 PM PST · by NYer · 60 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 1, 2015 | Terence K. O'Leary
    The confessionals are empty. The sinners have gone away. Or should I say, sin has gone away. Not to be judgmental, but rather to be observant, I sense poignantly a lack of what I would call sin awareness among modern Catholics. We seem to have assimilated the secular notion that the concept of sin places outdated, even psychologically damaging restraints on people, or that the feeling of guilt for wrongdoing (or wrong-thinking) is emotionally debilitating. Thus, we see in society the virtual elimination of the word sin. We dont want to hurt anybodys self esteem. Catholics, perhaps innocently, have...
  • Genuine Christians are dead to sin while being alive to God

    03/01/2015 12:50:13 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 16 replies
    Possessing the Treasure ^ | Feb 19,2015 | Mike Ratliff
    6 But the righteousness based on faith speaks as follows: DO not say in your heart, Who will ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down), 7 or Who will descend into the abyss? (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heartthat is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead,...
  • First Sunday of Lent: The Triumph of Orthodoxy

    03/01/2015 12:46:56 PM PST · by NRx · 7 replies
    The Sunday of Orthodoxy is the first Sunday of Great Lent. The dominant theme of this Sunday since 843 has been that of the victory of the icons. In that year the iconoclastic heresy, which had raged on and off since 726, was finally laid to rest, and icons and their veneration were restored on the first Sunday in Lent. Ever since, this Sunday has been commemorated as the "Triumph of Orthodoxy." - See more at: http://lent.goarch.org/sunday_of_orthodoxy/learn/#sthash.gdvBOiyY.dpuf
  • Beams of Heaven As I Go -- A Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent

    03/01/2015 6:57:03 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Beams of Heaven As I Go – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent By: Msgr. Charles PopeWhat is it that gives hope, peace, and serene joy to the Christian life? Briefly, it is the vision of glory, a glimpse into the Promised Land of Heaven, which the Lord can and does give to His people. Today’s gospel shows forth a kind of process wherein the Lord lays the foundations of hope, peace, and joy for His disciples and for us. Let’s look at four aspects of how the Lord lays this foundation.I. The Paradoxical Prelude - The...
  • Irrational Disbelief: The Hypocrisy of Scientific Atheism

    03/01/2015 6:17:28 AM PST · by Popman · 14 replies
    Crisi magazine ^ | OCTOBER 9, 2014 | DUSTY GATES
    Somewhere along the line of modern history, the idea has taken root, spread, and become commonly held among seculars that religious people hold to a Faith that is separate from, and at odds with, natural reason. Modern science, following the lead of modern philosophy and modern secularized religion, has fallen for the heretical notion that there are two separate tracks of history: a material track, which many assume to be the true one and to which many attach all their trust, and the spiritual one, which is reduced by many to mere fantasy; a delusion held by believers to bring...
  • The Christian Life, and how it is to be lived

    03/01/2015 4:32:57 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 15 replies
    Middletown Bible Church | 03/01/15 | Middletown Bible Church
    The Christian LifeAnd How It Is To Be Lived "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). "But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me"...
  • Why These 66 Books?

    02/28/2015 5:16:22 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 125 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | June 20,2013 | Nathan Busenitz
    Why These 66 Books? Have you ever looked at your Bible andwondered, Why do we regard these 66 books, and no others,ascomprising theinspiredWord of God?That is a critically important question,since there are many today who would deny that these 66 books truly make upthe complete canon of Scripture.The Roman Catholic Church, for example, claims that the Apocryphal books which were written during the inter-testamental period (between the Old and New Testaments) ought to be included in the Bible.Cult groups like the Mormons want to add their own books to the Biblethings like the Book of Mormon, The Doctrines and Covenants,...
  • Towards A God Centered Liturgy

    02/28/2015 2:07:31 PM PST · by walkinginthedesert · 4 replies
    Ad Orientem and why we should go back to it Ad Orientem is a liturgical orientation done by the priest since the Early Christian Church. It has held a historical and traditional way in which priests would celebrate Mass in the Roman Rite. This liturgical position and action are still celebrated in the Tridentine Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form), as well as in the Dominican and Norbertine Rites, as well as several others.It has however sadly lost practice and has been abandoned in most of the Novus Ordo (Ordinary Form)This article will help explain the historical, and theological significance, its...
  • Getting Back to the Ancient Church (Reprise)

    02/28/2015 12:17:20 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 152 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | October 14, 2014 | Nathan Busenitz
    How much is your church like the ancient church?Thats a popular question these daysespecially if you read guys like Robert Webber, Brian McLaren, Wolfgang Simson, or Frank Viola and George Barna.Most of the contemporary discussion about the ancient church attempts to show discrepancies between what is now and what was then. The not-so-subtle implication is that there is something very wrong with the contemporary church. Blame Constantine. Blame the Enlightenment. Blame Capitalism. Blame the Fundamentalists. It doesnt really matter. The only way to fix the church today is to get back to the ancient church.Based on this premise we...
  • A Refresher on Apostolic Succession

    02/28/2015 11:26:52 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 51 replies
    triablogue ^ | January 28, 2015 | John Bugay
    Thomas Hobbes said “The Papacy is not other than the Ghost of the deceased Roman Empire, sitting crowned upon the grave thereof”. History has borne out this statement. The question of “authority” is at the heart of every discussion between Protestants and Roman Catholics since the time of the Reformation, and yet the Church of Rome (“Roman Catholicism”) bases all of its claims to authority upon “apostolic succession” … the notion that there was an unbroken succession of “successors” from the time of the Apostles till now. Bryan Cross has said “The Church always had the concept of apostolic succession.”,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GUNPOWDER PLOT, 02-28-15

    02/28/2015 11:19:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/dictionary/ ^ | 02-28-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:GUNPOWDER PLOTA conspiracy in English Reformation history, formed by Guy Fawkes and others, to blow up the English Parliament in London in 1605. Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators were discovered and put to death. an attempt was made to incriminate the Catholic Church by arresting the Jesuit priests Greenway and Garnett, to whom the conspirators made their last confession. But the priests kept the seal of confession. Henry Garnett was executed in 1606. One effect of the plot was the passage of new drastic measures of persecution against Catholics. All items in this dictionary are...
  • The Journey Home: Tim Staples

    02/28/2015 11:16:01 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    Da Mihi Animas ^ | February 28, 2015
    The Journey Home: Tim Staples - Pt1 VIDEO Tim Staples is Director of Apologetics and Evangelization at Catholic Answers, but he was not always Catholic. Tim was raised a Southern Baptist. Although he fell away from the faith of his childhood, Tim came back to faith in Christ during his late teen years through the witness of Christian televangelists. Soon after, Tim joined the Marine Corps.During his four-year tour, he became involved in ministry with various Assemblies of God communities. Immediately after his tour of duty, Tim enrolled in Jimmy Swaggart Bible College and became a youth minister in an...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Theological Virtues, Faith

    02/28/2015 9:18:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CNA.com ^ | 2015 | CatholicNewsAgency
    Faith God's Truth in Our Souls Perhaps you remember how back when we were discussing the Cardinal Virtues, the first on the list was Prudence, because it was the virtue of knowledge, and knowledge must always come before all other activities. You have to know what to do before you can do it. The same is true on the supernatural level: you have to have a supernatural perspective before you can live a supernatural life. That supernatural perspective is faith. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------Faith as Belief --------------------------------------------------------------------------------The notion of faith is hard to get a handle on initially, so to start out...
  • Triumph is Born of Struggle An Important Truth, as Seen in a Movie Outtake

    02/28/2015 7:21:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-285-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Triumph is Born of Struggle – An Important Truth, as Seen in a Movie Outtake By: Msgr. Charles PopeSome years ago, the movie Bruce Almighty was near the top of the box office charts. Unfortunately, one of my favorite scenes was cut from the released version of the movie. I was only able to see it in the “deleted scenes and outtakes” section of the DVD version. Why they deleted the scene is unfathomable to me, since I think it really decodes the whole movie.The movie features a prideful man (Bruce) who has complaints about how God runs the universe....
  • The Foolishness Of The Cross

    02/27/2015 9:51:00 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 53 replies
    triablogue ^ | March 08, 2008 | Dusman
    The Foolishness of the Cross INTRODUCTION (1 Cor. 1:18-25) I have had the pleasure of preaching the gospel open-air two times per month for about six years. Every time I preach to a group of God-hating sinners and hear their heckling, I am reminded of just how scandalous they think the gospel really is. Many have told me outright how foolish it is to think that a crucified Jewish man from ancient Palestine was the very incarnation of God Almighty and that by having faith in His death, burial, and resurrection, you can have eternal life. Yes indeed, repentance and...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LAST BLESSING, 02-27-15

    02/27/2015 9:40:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 02-27-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:LAST BLESSINGAfter the administration of the sacrament of anointing, the apostolic blessing that gives a plenary indulgence to the dying person. The priest says, "By the power of the Apostolic See has given me, I grant you a plenary indulgence and pardon for all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." To which the person, or the bystanders respond, "Amen." The indulgence is gained, not when the prayer is recited, but at the moment of death, i.e., in articulo mortis. All items in this dictionary...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: The Spiritual Works of Mercy

    02/27/2015 8:47:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    TheDivineMercy.org ^ | (Sep 8, 2009) | Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD
    By Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD (Sep 8, 2009)The following is part 11 of a 14-part series to help inspire parish cenacle and study groups who are looking for ways to make a difference in this troubled world. We invite you to view the entire series. Works of mercy can be directed not only toward the needs of the body, but the needs of the soul as well. Indeed, the most serious form of poverty of all can be the poverty of the spirit, not only because it drains life of all energy, joy, and sense of purpose, but also...
  • Down with the Struggle or Up with the Cross? A Word to Priests, Catechists, and Parents

    02/27/2015 7:49:26 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Down with the Struggle or Up with the Cross? A Word to Priests, Catechists, and Parents By: Msgr. Charles PopeSome forty years ago, the Venerable Bishop Fulton J. Sheen admonished the priests of his day with these words:We become real priests when we empty ourselves, and no longer seek our [own] identity, and where we are lifted up to the cross, not going "down to people" Too many of us today feel we have to be loved $B!D (J [thinking] the young will not love us unless we talk like them, eat like them, drink like them, clothe ourselves...
  • Is There A Purgatory?

    02/26/2015 1:41:17 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 117 replies
    In Plain Site ^ | 02/26/2015 | Jason Engwer
    "in purgatory the souls of those 'who died in the charity of God and truly repentant, but who had not made satisfaction with adequate penance for their sins and omissions,' are cleansed after death with punishments designed to purge away their debt." - Second Vatican Council, "Sacred Liturgy", "Apostolic Constitution on the Revision of Indulgences", no. 3 "For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God" - 1 Peter 3:18 The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Christians may have to suffer in Purgatory before going to...
  • St. Gregory of Narek: Was the New Doctor of the Church a Catholic?

    02/26/2015 1:41:11 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 26, 2015 | Dr. R. Jared Staudt
    St. Gregory is the first Doctor of the Church to have lived outside direct communion with the Bishop of Rome. Left: Icon of St. Gregory of Narek Matenadaran, in Yerevan, Armenia. Right: The 10th century Armenian monastery of Narekavank (now destroyed), Lake Van, Vaspurakan (modern Turkey). (Photos: Wikipedia.org) On February 21, Pope Francis announced his decision to make St. Gregory of Narek (950-1003) a Doctor of the Church. Once again, Pope Francis has caught us off guard and now many people are scrambling to figure out who St. Gregory was and what the implications of the new honor bestowed upon...
  • Sectarian Rome

    02/26/2015 1:08:37 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 18 replies
    First Things ^ | 2/26/2015 | Peter J. Leithart
    It was a well-nigh universal trope of Reformation rhetoric that the Reformers were the catholics who had to defend orthodoxy and catholicity against the sectarianism of the Roman church. Luther disputed the Catholic claim that obedience to Rome was the definition of catholicity, and disputed it on the basis of the universal testimony of the church (Unitive Protestantism, 65). Calvin defended the Reformers against the charge that they were schismatics: Verily the wolves complain against the lambs (quoted, 73). The 1559 French Confession distinguished the true church from all other sects who call themselves the church (quoted, 80), a thinly...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HABITUAL GRACE, 02-26-15

    02/26/2015 9:32:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 02-26-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:HABITUAL GRACE Constant supernatural quality of the soul which sanctifies a person inherently and makes him or her just and pleasing to God. Also called sanctifying grace or justifying grace. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: The Corporal Works of Mercy

    02/26/2015 8:26:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    TheDivineMercy.org ^ | (Sep 7, 2009) | By Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD
    By Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD (Sep 7, 2009)The following is part 9 of a 14-part series to help inspire parish cenacle and study groups who are looking for ways to make a difference in this troubled world. We invite you to view the entire series. Let us now sum up the pattern of life to which our Lord is calling us. Centered on the Merciful Heart of Jesus, whose love is poured into our hearts especially through prayer and the Eucharist, we are to let His merciful love flow through our hearts toward anyone in need whom we meet...