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Apologetics (Religion)

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  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, 08-15-18 [Catholic Caucus]

    08/15/2018 6:51:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 08-15-18 |
    Franciscan Media Image: Detail | Ceiling of the Assumption of Mary in Santa Maria Immacolata a via Veneto, Rome | photo by LivioandronicoSolemnity of the Assumption of Mary Saint of the Day for August 15  The Story of the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary to be a dogma of faith: “We pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to...
  • Important Reminder: God is more Powerful than Satan

    08/15/2018 7:59:10 AM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Important Reminder: God is more Powerful than Satan Msgr. Charles Pope • August 14, 2018 • In the work of deliverance ministry, one of the first obstacles to overcome in the afflicted soul is an exaggerated notion of the power of Satan and his demons. Often the troubled person is experiencing a time of crisis. Overwhelmed, he is often scared and sees only darkness. The power of the evil one seems very real, while the power of the angels, of grace, and of God Himself is discounted or all but forgotten.There are some important truths that need to be...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe, 08-14-18

    08/14/2018 6:14:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 08-14-18 |
    Franciscan Media Image: Stained glass in Our Lady of Czestochowa Grotto (Sorrowful Mother Shrine) | photo by Nheyob Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe Saint of the Day for August 14 (January 8, 1894 – August 14, 1941)  Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe’s Story “I don’t know what’s going to become of you!” How many parents have said that? Maximilian Mary Kolbe’s reaction was, “I prayed very hard to Our Lady to tell me what would happen to me. She appeared, holding in her hands two crowns, one white, one red. She asked if I would like to have them—one was for...
  • Here’s What Grows in King Jesus’ Garden

    08/14/2018 8:51:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-13-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Here’s What Grows in King Jesus’ Garden Msgr. Charles Pope • August 13, 2018 • Flowers, besides being beautiful, have often been used in Christian tradition to signify virtues and remind us of the saints. For example, consider this brief meditation of St. Augustine on the virtues related to our state in life:I tell you again and again, my brethren, that in the Lord’s garden are to be found not only the roses of his martyrs. In it there are also the lilies of the virgins, the ivy of wedded couples, and the violets of widows. On no account...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saints Pontian and Hippolytus, 08-13-18

    08/13/2018 8:38:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 08-13-18 |
    Franciscan Media Image: Photo of Il Tempio Civico della Beata Vergine Incoronata | photo by Giovanni Novara Saints Pontian and Hippolytus Saint of the Day for August 13 (d. 235)  Saints Pontian and Hippolytus’ Story Two men died for the faith after harsh treatment and exhaustion in the mines of Sardinia. One had been pope for five years, the other an antipope for 18. They died reconciled.Pontian. Pontian was a Roman who served as pope from 230 to 235. During his reign he held a synod in Alexandria which confirmed the excommunication of the great theologian Origen. Pontian was...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Patron “Saint” of the Catholic Homo-clerical Crisis

    08/12/2018 7:46:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | April 10, 2018 | Louie Verrecchio
    In preparation for that glorious day in October when the Conciliar Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Revolution will be bestowed upon Pope Paul the Pathetic, the Vatican PR machine recently spit out a puff piece extolling his… ahem… heroic virtues. The Roman spin masters are obviously attempting to gin up excitement for the event among the undernourished masses, but in so doing they inadvertently managed to provide the faithful (those with a handful of Catholic brain cells left, that is) with precisely the reason why Montini is deserving of nothing short of the severest condemnation.The headline to the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] When Two Gay Catholic Tribes Go To (Cold) War

    08/12/2018 5:53:34 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | August 7, 2018 | Rod Dreher
    ‘You wouldn’t want to fill a seminary with people who’ve had all kinds of sexual experiences in the past, and unless you were very, very sure that they could be chaste’ said Cardinal Theodore McCarrick to USA Today in 2002. Gay hypocrite was secretly a molester of seminarians (PBS News Hour screenshot) .post-content > ul:nth-child(6) {float: right; border: solid 1px #1b3346; width: 200px; padding: 15px; font: normal 80% sans-serif; color: #1b3346; margin-left: 8px;} .post-content > ul:nth-child(6)::before { content: "Related Articles"; font: bold 16pt sans-serif; } .post-content > ul:nth-child(6) li{ margin:0px 0px 0px 6px } N., an exceptionally well-informed lay...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, 08-12-18

    08/12/2018 4:36:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 08-12-18 |
    Franciscan Media Image: Stained glass window in Église Saint-Honoré-d’Eylau, Paris | photo by Mbzt’s Saint Jane Frances de Chantal Saint of the Day for August 12 (January 28, 1572 – December 13, 1641)  Saint Jane Frances de Chantal’s Story Jane Frances was wife, mother, nun, and founder of a religious community. Her mother died when she was 18 months old, and her father, head of parliament at Dijon, France, became the main influence on her education. Jane developed into a woman of beauty and refinement, lively and cheerful in temperament. At 21, she married Baron de Chantal, by whom...
  • Brothers and Blades. The Risky Ecumenism of Pope Francis. With a Postscript

    08/12/2018 4:26:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    L'Espresso ^ | August 12, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    On the ecumenical terrain as well, Pope Francis is breaking new ground.No pope before him would have put a Protestant at the head of “L'Osservatore Romano.” And he did it, appointing as the director of the Argentine edition of the Holy See’s official newspaper the Presbyterian Marcelo Figueroa, his longtime friend.No pope had ever been able to arrange a meeting with the Orthodox patriarch of Moscow. And he succeeded, with an appointment at the airport of Havana.In the dialogue with non-Catholic Christians, Jorge Mario Bergoglio doesn’t overlook anyone at all. He shows a friendly face to even the toughest interlocutors,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Gay Elephant in the Sacristy

    08/12/2018 4:08:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | August 11, 2018 | Donald R. McClarey
    The Gay Elephant in the Sacristy Posted on Saturday, August 11, AD 2018 by Donald R. McClarey In the wake of the McCarrick revelations many clerics have taken pen in hand to see if they can sucker, yet again, the Laity.  They write gravely of review panels, protecting minors and everything under the sun except the one fact that every sentient Catholic knows:  our clergy have been heavily infiltrated by the Lavender Mafia and that wretched group helped propel McCarrick to his cardinal’s cap and protected him from any revelation of his misdeeds by other knowing high ranking clerics, who...
  • The World Gets Worse, But Victory Is Just Ahead

    08/12/2018 12:24:07 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 2 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | August 11, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    The World Gets Worse, But Victory Is Just Ahead By Philip Cottraux August is interesting. As summer draws to a close, the days get shorter and the shadows longer, and one starts to expect cooler temperatures. Technically the temperatures are higher in July, but August feels hotter. The sun seems brighter and the hot air is somehow more searing as it beats down on you. Summer almost seems to throw out everything it has, burning hotter than ever in its dying gasps. The same thing happens every March. After three long months of bitter cold, I can’t wait for spring...
  • Five Aspects of Faith – A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year

    08/12/2018 8:19:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-11-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Five Aspects of Faith – A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 11, 2018 • The Gospel this Sunday amounts to a summons to faith by Jesus. He is summoning us to faith in Himself and in the truth He proclaims about His presence in the Holy Eucharist. Last week’s Gospel ended with Jesus declaring that He was the bread come down from Heaven. This Sunday’s Gospel opens with His Jewish listeners grumbling because He claims to have come from Heaven. Throughout the Gospel Jesus stands firm in His call to faith;...
  • Cath Cauc: Capital Punishment Now “Inadmissible”? Francis Pushes Heresy Envelope Even Further

    08/11/2018 8:22:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | August 2, 2018 | Matt Gaspers
    "And one of those robbers who were hanged, blasphemed Him, saying: If thou be Christ, save Thyself and us. But the other answering, rebuked him, saying: Neither dost thou fear God, seeing thou art condemned under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man hath done no evil. And he said to Jesus: Lord, remember me when Thou shalt come into Thy kingdom. And Jesus said to him: Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with Me in paradise." ~ Luke 23:39-43*****For those who haven’t yet...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Call for three cardinals to be removed from World Meeting of Families line-up

    08/11/2018 7:48:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    The Irish TImes ^ | August 10, 2018 | Patsy McGarry
    A group representing clerical child sex survivors worldwide has written an open letter to Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin seeking the removal of three cardinals from World Meeting of Families (WMOF) events in Dublin later this month. Archbishop Martin is chairing the WMOF board. Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA) represents survivors in 15 countries and aims to hold the Vatican to account over clerical abuse of minors. It says the three cardinals – Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect at the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life which has overall responsibility for the World Meeting of Families, Cardinal Óscar Maradiaga of...
  • [Barf Alert] Catholic bishops urge Florida governor to spare death-row inmate

    08/11/2018 7:30:25 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 24 replies
    Catholic News Service via Crux ^ | August 11, 2018 | Contributor
    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The Catholic bishops of Florida urged Gov. Rick Scott to commute the death sentence of Jose Antonio Jimenez to a life sentence without parole. Jimenez is scheduled to be executed Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. local time for the 1992 murder of Phyllis Minas. “Both victims of crime and offenders are children of God and members of the same human family,” said an Aug. 10 letter to Scott on behalf of the bishops by Michael B. Sheedy , executive director of the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops in Tallahassee. “We appreciate your difficult task as governor and...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Clare of Assisi, 08-11-18

    08/11/2018 4:26:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | 08-11-18 |
    Franciscan Media Image: Saint Clare | original painting for the Poor Clares in Cincinnati, OH Saint Clare of Assisi Saint of the Day for August 11 (July 16, 1194 – August 11, 1253)  Saint Clare of Assisi’s Story One of the more sugary movies made about Francis of Assisi pictures Clare as a golden-haired beauty floating through sun-drenched fields, a sort of one-woman counterpart to the new Franciscan Order.The beginning of her religious life was indeed movie material. Having refused to marry at 15, Clare was moved by the dynamic preaching of Francis. He became her lifelong friend and...
  • Confusion (Biblical Reasons)

    08/11/2018 2:02:07 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 8 replies
    Bible Reasons ^ | July 16, 2018 | Fritz Chery
    Bible Verses About Confusion Being confused can be one of the worst feelings. Are you struggling with confusion? If you are, don’t worry, because you are not alone. I have struggled with this as well. The things that happen every day in our lives can be confusing. We all need direction, but as Christians we can rest assure that the Holy Spirit is living inside of us and He is able to guide us and keep our mind at ease. 25 Important Bible Verses About Confusion Quotes “Confusion and impotence are the inevitable results when the wisdom and resources of...
  • Why infant baptism?

    08/11/2018 10:24:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 291 replies ^ | 08-01-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why infant baptism? Practices have shifted for some Christians, but Catholics are with those who hold to infant baptism Msgr. Charles Pope 8/1/2018 Question: Since infant baptism is becoming controversial, why doesn’t the Church abandon the practice or emphasize individualized confirmation for older teens? —Robert Bonsignore,  Brooklyn, N.Y. Answer: I am unaware of any recent controversy about infant baptism in the Church. There have been Protestant groups opposed to infant baptism, but their views stretch back more than 200 years. Ironically today, it is the Baptists and their evangelical offshoots that are most opposed to the practice. But for...
  • Is the Koran a Literary Masterpiece?

    08/10/2018 9:59:31 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 34 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 10, 2018 | William Kilpatrick
    In my last piece for Crisis, I emphasized the importance of casting doubts on Islamic beliefs just as we cast doubts on Soviet Communist ideology during the Cold War. With that in mind, let’s talk about the Koran. It’s the fountain from which the ideology flows. It is quoted incessantly by terrorist leaders and imams alike, and it provides the motivation for both armed jihadists in combat fatigues, and cultural jihadists in business suits.So it would seem logical for those threatened by Islam to cast doubts on the Koran. If the Koran came to be seem as a man-made fabrication...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Lawrence, 08-10-18

    08/10/2018 4:48:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies ^ |
    Franciscan Media Image: Saint Lawrence | Bernardo Cavallino Saint Lawrence Saint of the Day for August 10 (c. 225 – August 10, 258)  Saint Lawrence’s Story The esteem in which the Church holds Lawrence is seen in the fact that today’s celebration ranks as a feast. We know very little about his life. He is one of those whose martyrdom made a deep and lasting impression on the early Church. Celebration of his feast day spread rapidly.He was a Roman deacon under Pope Saint Sixtus II. Four days after this pope was put to death, Lawrence and four clerics...