History (Religion)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Four reasons why the Bread of Life Discourse cannot be a metaphor

    03/28/2015 7:24:04 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 66 replies
    http://newtheologicalmovement.blogspot.com ^ | June 25, 2011 | Father Ryan Erlenbush
    Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, John 6:51-58 I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world. […] Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life. […] Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Most, though not all, Protestants wiggle and fidget as they come to the Bread of Life Discourse in the sixth chapter of the Gospel according to St....
  • World War III

    03/28/2015 6:06:31 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 65 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 3/28/15 | Gary
    Honestly, I think it is now only conjecture to say that World War III is not underway.  Just as the world didn't recognize the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand as the beginning of World War I, so the world didn't immediately recognize the invasions of Austria and Poland as the beginnings of World War II. The tumultuous uprisings in the Arab world that began in 2010 have only grown more tumultuous until now.  I believe the massive Arab coalition invasion of Yemen may later be seen as the beginning of World War III.  The wars and rumors of wars all across...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Spiritual Works of Mercy, Pray for the Living and the Dead

    03/28/2015 5:44:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    markshea.com ^ | 2010 | Mark P. Shea
    Pray for the Living and the DeadOne of the sillier things one sometimes hears about the Catholic Church is communicated in jokes like the one about the guy who gets to the Pearly Gates and is ushered inside by St. Peter. As Pete’s showing him around the Elysian Fields, they pass by a little gothic structure and hear voices inside praying in Latin.“Shh!” says Peter, and leads the new arrival tiptoe past the little building.Once out of earshot, the new arrival turns to Peter and says, “What’s up with those guys?”Peter says, “Those are the Catholics. They think they’re...
  • The Sacrifice of the Mass, Hebrews, and the Problem of the One-and-the-Many

    03/28/2015 12:21:36 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 18 replies
    Fallibility ^ | September 23, 2013 | Michael Taylor
    The Sacrifice of the Mass, Hebrews, and the Problem of the One-and-the-Many Introduction In Roman Catholic theology, every particular mass is itself a sacrifice, not merely the memorial of a sacrifice. At the same time, however, the mass is essentially the same sacrifice as Calvary, even though the mass is not in every respect Calvary itself. The Council of Trent says: And inasmuch as in this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the mass is contained and immolated in an unbloody manner the same Christ who once offered Himself in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross,...
  • Will you be celebrating Easter, as well as celebrating the Assumption of Mary into heaven bodily?

    03/28/2015 12:18:26 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 113 replies
    3/28/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    On Easter Day (April 5th, 2015), faithful Christians will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus bodily from death. Later on this year, faithful Christians will also (on August 15th, 2015) celebrate the resurrection of Mary the mother of Jesus (before her body could see decay) and her Assumption into heaven. With the shows on CNN (Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact and Forgery) and O'Reilly's book, "Killing Jesus" on television (both this Sunday), there seems to be an uptick in the interest on the life of Jesus, the Apostles and early followers of Jesus - as well as Mary's role, too.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BETHANY, 03-28-15

    03/28/2015 9:44:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-28-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:BETHANY Beyond Mount Olivet, about one mile southeast of where Christ ascended into heaven, on the side of a nearby hill, is the traditional house where Martha and Mary lived with Lazarus, and where Christ raised Lazarus from the dead. In the fourth century a crypt-chapel marked Lazarus' tomb. The original Bethany was destroyed by the Romans under Titus (A.D. 39-81) and never rebuilt. Monasteries, early Christian churches, and fairly modern shrines were built nearby, but today all are in a ruined condition. In 1187 Bethany was claimed by the Moslems, who forbade Christians to enter...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015 Spiritual Works of Mercy, Bear Wrongs Patiently

    03/27/2015 8:04:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | July 13, 2010 | Mark Shea
    Bear Wrongs Patiently by Mark Shea - July 13, 2010Reprinted with permission from our good friends at InsideCatholic.com, the leading online journal of Catholic faith, culture, and politics.Me assuming the task of writing about "bearing wrongs patiently" is like asking the Incredible Hulk for anger management counseling or seeking out Britney Spears for tips on marriage and child-rearing. I don't bear wrongs very patiently. Why should I? Those people are wrong! They need to be set right! I'm only doing my Christian duty of admonishing the sinner when I inform that jerk that he's a jerk. I'm not indulging...
  • MARTYRS, WITNESSES, AND PUBLIC LIFE: CATHOLICS AT THE CAPITOL

    03/27/2015 4:27:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | March 26, 2015 | BISHOP JAMES D. CONLEY
    Bishop James D. Conley, of the Diocese of Lincoln, gave the following address on March 24, 2015 at “Catholics in the Capitol,” the annual Catholic advocacy day at the state capitol in Lincoln, Nebraska.  CatholicVote.org is honored to share his words: Dear friends in Christ,Thank you for the invitation to speak to you, during this day of lobbying and advocacy at the State Capitol.  The “Catholics at the Capitol” initiative has a wonderful history in Nebraska, and I’m glad to see so many of you here.I want to thank each of you for choosing to be here today.  You are here to...
  • A look at Pope Francis' summer trip to the Shroud of Turin

    03/27/2015 4:11:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | March 26, 2015 | Ann Schneible
    Shroud of Turin negative. Vatican City, Mar 26, 2015 / 12:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has released the schedule for Pope Francis' upcoming pilgrimage to Turin – home to what is believed to be the burial shroud of Jesus – with a program that largely centers on young people. The pontiff's June 21-22 visit to the northern Italian city also marks the bicentenary of the birth of Saint John Bosco, founder of the Salesian order and patron saint of youth. According to the Vatican, which released the schedule during a March 25 press briefing, the Pope will venerate the...
  • Which Compilations of New Testament Scripture Were Inspired By God and Which Weren't?

    03/27/2015 3:11:53 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 32 replies
    3/27/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Moving back from the Theodosian Code, which stated the scriptures they believed to be heretical, back to the First Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D., which decreed that the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were to be in the fixed New Testament Canon of scripture, and back to earlier dates we find the following: A.) The Clermont List - a codex which embraced the Canon as it existed in Egypt (i.e. Alexandria) c.300 A.D. It lists the New Testament books which are the same as ours except that the Gospels are listed Matthew, Mark, Luke (the apostolic authors...
  • The Shroud: Not a Painting, Not a Scorch, Not a Photograph

    03/27/2015 2:24:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 51 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 27, 2015 | Jim Graves
    “One of my favorite testimonials as to the authenticity of the Shroud,” says Barrie Schwortz, an expert on the Shroud of Turin, “actually came from my Jewish mother.” People view the Shroud of Turin on display at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, in this April 26, 2010, file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) This June, Pope Francis will be making a pilgrimage to Turin, Italy, home of the famous Shroud of Turin, which many believe is the 2,000-year-old burial cloth of Jesus Christ. The pope’s June 21-22 visit will include time venerating the Shroud at the...
  • ASK FATHER: Delaying baptism until after Lent (Catholic Caucus)

    03/27/2015 2:14:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 27, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader…QUAERITUR: The pastoral associate at our NO parish makes a point of insisting every year that we don’t do Baptisms during Lent, supposedly as a way of showing unity with the Catechumens. A couple of years ago, for my daughter that was born in late February, I effectively demanded the sacrament for her based on on CCC 1250, which tasks both the Church and the parents to “confer Baptism shortly after birth” without noting any exception based on the liturgical calendar. Our pastor was on my side and so obviously the Baptism occurred (during Lent, much to the PA’s chagrin). This practice of delaying the sacrament...
  • Mary 'Mother of God'=Church 'Mother of Holy Spirit?'(Are we not god-bearers-'theotokos'-too?[Vanity]

    03/27/2015 2:04:10 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 21 replies
    Colofornian | March 27, 2015 | Colofornian
    It's past time to unpack an old Greek word: 'Theotokos' Here, you'll "catch" the English translation of it among the italicized words below: A Freeper put it rather logically on a recent thread...and something, btw, historically verifiable within the history of the church: Jesus is God incarnate.Mary is Jesus mother.Ergo, Mary is the Mother of God. The history behind 'Mother of God'"In the fourth century a bishop of Constantinople named Nestorious...wanted to call Mary only 'Mother of Christ'; he feared that the title 'Mother of God' would confuse the divine and human aspects of Jesus. The church in the East...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NECROMANCY, 03-27-15

    03/27/2015 8:43:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-27-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:NECROMANCY The art of divining the future through alleged communication with the dead. It was mentioned in the Bible and found in every ancient nation. It was forbidden by Mosaic law in any form, whether as alchemy, magic, or witchcraft. It is also forbidden by the Church. One reason is that the practice lends itself to dependence on the evil spirits who can pretend to foretell the future, but only to deceive and mislead the practitioners. In modern times it is called spiritism or spiritualism. (Etym. Greek nekros, corpse + manteia, divination; Latin necromantia. All items...
  • On the Lost Justice of the “Sabbath Rest”

    03/27/2015 7:34:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Lost Justice of the “Sabbath Rest” By: Msgr. Charles PopeSome of us who are older remember that Sundays were once quiet in downtown; in shopping areas, parking lots were empty. Most businesses were closed and few people had to work on Sundays. Surely there were exceptions, such as medical personnel, emergency workers, and those who ran essential services like power plants. But for most, Sunday was a day off. And although the biblical Sabbath was Saturday, in a largely Christian nation Sunday was the “Sabbath” day of rest.In those days, Church was in the morning and then it was...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Spiritual Works of Mercy, Forgive Offenses Willingly

    03/26/2015 5:37:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CrisisMagazine.com ^ | 2012 | Mark P. Shea
    Forgive Offenses Willingly Mark P. SheaThe forgiveness of sins, said the Fathers of the Church, is a greater miracle than the creation of the universe. That seems exaggerated, when considered from our perspective. A Catholic does something he feels ashamed of, hies himself to Confession, goes in the little room with the priest, and comes out a few minutes later. Sometimes he stops for a quick penance prayer in the pew. Sometimes he’s off like a shot to his next Saturday afternoon appointment. To the naked eye, it’s hard to see something akin to God hurling the Andromeda Galaxy...
  • Fathers and Daughters – Is This a Missing Key to Modesty Today?

    03/26/2015 8:25:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 55 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Fathers and Daughters – Is This a Missing Key to Modesty Today? By: Msgr. Charles PopeWe often speak today of the terrible toll that fatherless homes have on young boys. And this is true. Without a reasonably good (even though not sinless) model of manhood and responsibility, many boys lose their way. Fathers also play a large role in disciplining boys, especially as they grow older and become  stronger than their mothers.But missing fathers also bring forth terrible effects on many girls. Women, even young girls, certainly do seek and desire the love and appreciation of men and have...
  • Richard III’s Last Act

    03/26/2015 5:09:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 3/25/15 | Joanna Bogle
    NEWS ANALYSIS: Thursday’s interment of the last Plantagenet monarch has reawakened interest in England’s rich Catholic pastLONDON — Crowds thronging the roads and prayers and hymns chanted as a monarch is laid to rest, with British pageantry and traditions on full display. King Richard III died more than 500 years ago and has been the subject of much controversy among historians. And, finally, on Thursday, amid great ceremony, the monarch will be reburied, awakening all sorts of discussions connected with Britain’s history, traditions, religious beliefs and sense of common heritage. Britain has been gripped by a sudden surge of fascination...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EFFICIENT CAUSE, 03-25-15

    03/25/2015 9:44:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:EFFICIENT CAUSE   An agent in the production of any effect. It is that which, by its activity or exercise of power, produces existence or change in another. See Also: FINAL CAUSE, See Also: FIRST CAUSE, See Also: FORMAL CAUSE, See Also: FREE CAUSE, See Also: MATERIAL CAUSE, See Also: MORAL CAUSE, See Also: NECESSARY CAUSE, See Also: SECONDARY CAUSE, See Also: CAUSEAll items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • 'Killing Jesus' Portrays Jesus as Man, Tones Down His Miracles and Power, Film's Actors Explain

    03/25/2015 8:38:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/25/2015 | Vincent Funaro
    The upcoming National Geographic miniseries "Killing Jesus," which is based on Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly's bestselling book of the same name, tells the story of the historical Jesus and leaves the supernatural claims made by believers out of the equation. The approach to the film was intentional, according to some of the actors in the film who believe it will help to get the Jesus story out to those who are skeptics. Chris Ryman, who plays Malchus, the Roman guard who arrests Jesus before His crucifixion, commented on the film's portrayal of Jesus — the man — in the...
  • Why Do Islamists Love Bulldozing History So Much?

    03/25/2015 8:05:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/25/2015 | Daniel Pipes
    The recent bulldozing by the Islamic State of the ancient cities of Nimrud, Hatra, and Korsabad, three of the world’s greatest archaeological and cultural sites, is just this group’s latest round of assaults across the large area under its control. Since January 2014, the flamboyantly barbaric Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has blown up Shiite mosques, bulldozed churches, pulverized shrines, and plundered museums. Worse, the ISIS record fits into an old and common pattern of destruction of historical artifacts by Muslims. Some attacks target the works of other, rival religions, such as Orthodox churches in northern Cyprus (since 1974),...
  • Feast of the Enunciation? [Christian Churches Celebrate 'Feast of The Enunciation' on March 25th]

    03/25/2015 7:26:59 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    WWN, by way of The Waffling Anglican ^ | November 28, 2006 | Mike The Greek
    I miss the Weekly World News! It stands head–and-shoulders above the rest of the tabloids for sheer exuberance and hilarity. Other tabloids waste their time and efforts on Brangelina and Brittany Spears stories, while WWW sticks with the straight "news" of alien cab drivers and three-headed chihuahuas. At various times, I have purchased subscriptions to WWW for my old lab boss, so it would come proudly addressed to his faculty mail box, and for one of the Major Consulting Firm partners so it would be delivered in his name to the front desk at the office. Rediscovered last spring on...
  • [Catholic Caucus] A Woman Wrapped in Silence – A Meditation for the Feast of the Annunciation

    03/25/2015 7:08:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Woman Wrapped in Silence – A Meditation for the Feast of the Annunciation By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn preparation for today’s Feast of the Annunciation I picked up Jesus of Nazareth, Vol. 3 (The Infancy Narratives)  by Pope Emeritus Benedict. I was very moved by a very brief reflection that he made on Mary as the Angel Gabriel left her. His remarks consider her faith in a very touching manner. I must say that I have always been moved, and intrigued, by the faith of the Blessed Mother, for she is “a woman wrapped in silence,” a phrase that forms the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Spiritual Works of Mercy, Comfort the Afflicted (Sorrowful)

    03/24/2015 6:11:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | July 27, 2010 | Mark Shea
    Comfort the Afflicted by Mark Shea - July 27, 2010Reprinted with permission from our good friends at InsideCatholic.com, the leading online journal of Catholic faith, culture, and politics.Last week, I had an earache. You nod briefly. Okay. Duly noted. Earache. Can we get on to the article?I reply, "You don't get it. Last week, I had an earache." I don't mean, "Little twingy pain, like a headache or a sore toe." I mean, "Worst and most excruciating pain I have felt in three decades." Up there with the Great Wisdom Tooth Agony of '78. Worse than the Line Drive...
  • The Photian schism: history and legend (and the two 8th Ecumenical Councils)

    03/24/2015 3:16:54 PM PDT · by NRx · 10 replies
    Google E Books ^ | 1948 | Francis Dvornik
    An examination of the history and background to the so called Photian Schism of the 9th Century, one of the most important events in the history of the early Church. It also discusses in detail the two competing synods (AD 869-70 and 879-80) that claimed to be the 8th Ecumenical Council. Both synods enjoyed recognition by the pre-Schism Church as the Eighth Ecumenical Council. The earlier synod until it was annulled by the Council of 879-80. and the latter for about two centuries. The Church of Rome switched its support back to the earlier synod in the 11th century which...
  • Russia's Orthodox Soft Power

    03/24/2015 11:14:39 AM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    The Carnegie Council ^ | 03-23-2015 | Nicolai N. Petro
    Abstract For many analysts the term Russky mir, or Russian World, epitomizes an expansionist and messianic Russian foreign policy, the perverse intersection of the interests of the Russian state and the Russian Orthodox Church. Little noted is that the term actually means something quite different for each party. For the state it is a tool for expanding Russia's cultural and political influence, while for the Russian Orthodox Church it is a spiritual concept, a reminder that through the baptism of Rus, God consecrated these people to the task of building a Holy Rus. The close symphonic relationship between the Orthodox...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: KULTURKAMPF, 03-24-15

    03/24/2015 8:55:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-24-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:KULTURKAMPF A movement in Prussia, Bavaria, Hesse, and Baden to make the Catholic Church subject to the state and independent of Rome. Professor Rudolf Virchow (1821-1902), the liberal scientist who named it, called it a struggle for civilization. Bismarck and Falk, the political leaders, were actively supported by the Church's enemies in and out of the German Parliament. Their aim was to destroy papal influence and build up a national church, strengthening Protestant power. Religious orders were forced by impossible laws to secularize their schools or leave the country. Clergy were fined or punished for practicing...
  • Some Strategies for Overcoming Temptation

    03/24/2015 7:41:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-23-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some Strategies for Overcoming Temptation By: Msgr. Charles PopeThis is part two of an article on temptation. See yesterday’s post for part one.How can we overcome temptation?Remote Battles are Essential! When people ask about overcoming temptation they most often have in mind what to do “in the moment” of temptation. But if we focus merely on the moment of temptation we are missing the bulk of the work that needs to be done. For in order to become more successful in withstanding temptation, a strong foundation needs to be established. There is much “remote” work to be done such...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Spiritual Works of Mercy, Admonish the Sinner

    03/23/2015 7:09:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | July 6, 2010 | Mark Shea
    Admonish the Sinner by Mark Shea - July 6, 2010Reprinted with permission from our good friends at InsideCatholic.com, the leading online journal of Catholic faith, culture, and politics.Of all the works of mercy, probably the most thankless and despised is admonishing the sinner. Nobody wants to do it (except human toothaches and people who never get invited to parties), and nobody wants it done to them."Repent!" is one of those words that eats at the heart of all but the most egotistical jerk. "Who the hell are you, you great hypocritical gasbag, to go all John the Baptist on...
  • Did the Catholic Church really support the Divine Right of Kings?

    03/23/2015 2:34:33 PM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 65 replies
    Refuting the Belief that the Catholic Church ever supported the notion of the Divine Right of KingsI this article I will help to refute the false belief that the Catholic Church ever supported the so called “Divine Right” of kings. I will show that the concept of “Divine Right” is actually not a Catholic and for most part a medieval concept, but rather a concept which derived from the Late medieval ages, and which found its way into complete acceptance in the Protestant Reformation. Similarly I will show that to much extent the Catholic Church actually helped develop much of...
  • Cardinal Nichols prays for repose of Richard III’s soul

    03/23/2015 1:48:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | March 23, 2015
    Richard III's coffin inside Leicester Cathedral (PA) Cardinal gives homily during historic ceremony in Leicester on SundayCardinal Vincent Nichols has prayed for the soul of Richard III during a service for the dead king.At a service he described as “so rich in meaning and symbolism”, the body of the last Plantagenet was taken from the Leicester University to the Leicester Cathedral on Sunday.The remains of the king were found in September 2012 under a car park in Leicester, having been buried under a Greyfiars Friary Church, which was destroyed in the Reformation. Some 35,000 people came yesterday to watch...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: RELATIVISM, 03-23-15

    03/23/2015 9:07:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-23-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:REALTIVISM In philosophy, the view that there is no absolute truth or certitude. It is claimed that truth depends entirely on variable factors such as person, place, time, and circumstances. Moral relativism holds that there are no unchangeable principles of human behavior, either because all truth is relative or becaue there are no inherently evil actins, sicne everything depends on other factors, such as customs, conventions, or social approval. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Why Do So Many Evangelicals So Strongly Support Israel?

    03/23/2015 8:23:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/23/2015 | Dr. Richard D, Land
    Why do so many Evangelicals so strongly support Israel? The answer is that a significant majority of American Evangelicals believe that the Abrahamic Covenant is still in force. The Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 12:1-3) says, among other things, that God promised the land of Canaan to the Jews forever. A significant majority of American Evangelicals believe that God is a keeper of His promises and that the "Promised Land" belongs to the Jews in belief and unbelief, in obedience and in disobedience, forever. (It is an unconditional promise, with no time limits or conditions.) The Abrahamic Covenant also promises that "I...
  • What Is Temptation, Why Does God Permit It, and What Are Its Sources?

    03/23/2015 8:03:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Is Temptation, Why Does God Permit It, and What Are Its Sources? By: Msgr. Charles PopeI will be on the Catholic Answers radio show today (Monday, March 23) at 6:00 PM Eastern Time. The topic will be temptation: what it is and how to avoid and overcome it.  I’ve assembled some notes in preparation and I’ll present them (in two parts) in the blog. Today’s post focuses on what temptation is, why God allows it, and what its sources are. Tomorrow I’ll present the second half of the notes, which center on how to avoid and overcome temptation.What is Temptation? A seminary teacher of mine once defined...
  • Vatican Archives Shed Light on Tragedy of Armenian Genocide

    03/23/2015 6:07:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/20/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Vatican City, Mar 20, 2015 / 11:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of Pope Francis’ Mass commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, newly released historic documents confirm the Holy See’s broad commitment to helping the Armenian people at a time when few others would. The Italian Jesuit-run magazine La Civiltŕ Cattolica stressed that newly published documents “prove how the Holy See, always informed about events, had not remained passive, but was strongly committed to face the issue” of the Armenian Genocide. “Benedict XV was the only ruler or religious leader to voice out a protest against the ‘massive crime’.”...
  • When Is (Was) the Great Tribulation?

    03/22/2015 5:47:53 PM PDT · by grumpa · 130 replies
    self | March 22, 2015 | Charles S. Meek
    WHEN IS (WAS) THE GREAT TRIBULATION? by Charles S. Meek “And they will deliver YOU up to tribulation. . . .” (Matthew 24:9) “For these are the days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written.” (Luke 21:22) “For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole EARTH.” (Luke 21:35) The Olivet Discourse contains the greatest body of prophecy in the New Testament outside of Revelation. It is found in the parallel passages of Matthew 24/25, Mark 13, and Luke 21. The above passages in the Olivet Discourse are referring to the Great Tribulation at...
  • Richard III returns to Bosworth Field for final time

    03/22/2015 11:44:34 AM PDT · by Prospero · 49 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/22/2015 | Sarah Knapton
    The last time Richard III was at Bosworth Field the outcome proved less than satisfactory for the King. The battle, which was the last significant skirmish in the War of the Roses, saw Richard not only lose the English throne but also his life.
  • The Nation Israel's Greatest Need in this Hour!

    03/22/2015 11:14:23 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 26 replies
    IFB ^ | 3/22/15
    As Israel - at this moment - faces great hostility and worldly hatred, there is One who truly knows their greatest need. Sadly today the sons of Abraham are OBLIVIOUS to the promises made to Abraham and the world by Almighty G-d about the very One who would come in his line, his SEED (single)? G-d's promise to the whole world is found in Abraham , "In your SEED shall ALL nations be blessed" (Gen. 18:18, 22:18, 26:4, 28:14, Gal. 3:6-14)! That SEED is referring to the Lamb of G-d that TAKES AWAY the transgressions of the ENTIRE world (Isa....
  • The Cross Always Wins -- A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent

    03/22/2015 7:52:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Cross Always Wins – A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Gospel today is, to the world and those who are perishing, utter madness, utter foolishness. For Christ, in effect, declares that dying (to this world) is the only way to true life. While the world’s so-called wisdom declares to us that the way to life is power, prestige, possessions, and popularity, Jesus says we should die to all that in order to find true life.The word “paradox” refers to something that is contrary to the usual way of thinking. And the true gospel...
  • By Faith Alone: The Conversion of Martin Luther

    03/22/2015 7:35:22 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 145 replies
    Christian Communicators Worldwide ^ | 2013 | Susan Verstraete
    By Faith Alone: The Conversion of Martin Luther by Susan Verstraete     It was the moment he had been waiting for. His father was in the audience watching, as were his fellow monks. It was time for Martin to offer his first mass, and he was overwhelmed with the solemnity of the event. He led the congregation, saying, “We offer unto Thee, the living, the true, the eternal God.” Suddenly Martin froze. He couldn’t go on. He later wrote:“At these words I was utterly stupefied and terror-stricken. I thought to myself, ‘With what tongue shall I address such...
  • Turkey’s Ruling Party Official Hails The Antichrist Saying To “Get Ready For Erdogan’s Caliphate”

    03/21/2015 7:55:12 PM PDT · by free_life · 32 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | March 19, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    These guys are not kidding. And the media is also going ballistics (see Washington Post, The Jerusalem Post and Turkish Today’s Zaman, also here). The media explosion started when the head of a provincial branch of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has stirred the pot by tweeting that the country should “get ready for the caliphate” of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. A caliph is a spiritual leader of Islam who claims succession from Prophet Muhammad. The word, stemming from the Arabic khalifa meaning “successor,” has been the focus of much debate since being claimed by the Islamic State...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Spiritual Works of Mercy, Instruct the Ignorant

    03/21/2015 9:01:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Catholicity.com ^ | June 22, 2010 | Mark Shea
    Instruct the Ignorant by Mark Shea - June 22, 2010Reprinted with permission from our good friends at InsideCatholic.com, the leading online journal of Catholic faith, culture, and politics.Back in 1971, when experiments in educational theory from pointy-headed intellectuals with no children were just starting to become all the rage, my fellow seventh graders and I were pulled out of what used to be called a "junior high" and packed off to a newly built experiment in education called Eisenhower Middle School. It was the latest thing: a school without walls where education would miraculously unfold, as the natural instinct...
  • A Protestant "comes out" (the effects of sola scriptura)

    03/20/2015 10:50:55 AM PDT · by NYer · 115 replies
    Little Catholic Bubble ^ | March 19, 2015 | Leila
    For the first ten or fifteen years after my reversion, my main apologetical interest was in debating and discussing with Protestants. These days, I rarely engage the Protestant/Catholic debate, and I focus more on the "culture wars" by debating secularists and atheists. Protestants are fellow Christians, our brothers and sisters in Christ, and the Church is very clear on that. However, every so often, I revisit the issues that divide Protestants and Catholics because Truth matters, and because the Church is a stronger witness to the world when we are undivided. At the Last Supper, hours before His death, Jesus prayed that his followers all be...
  • What I Wish I’d Known About Catholics (And Why I’m Becoming One Now That I Do)

    03/20/2015 9:46:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 239 replies
    The Cordial Catholic ^ | March 19, 2015 | Albert Little
    Photo Credit: Michael Caven. This Easter I become a Catholic.It’s been a strange, unexpected journey. Something I often think about, and reflect on, is what I would’ve thought of myself, today, if I’d met me ten years ago. What if, by some miracle of space and time, the twenty year old me was able to visit the thirty year old me, today. What would the younger me think?Becoming a Catholic is something I never could’ve imagined or envisioned.I became a Christian at the age of about fifteen. I found an incredible local Pentecostal church, and incredible youth group, and was welcomed...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DE FIDE, 03-20-15

    03/20/2015 8:27:25 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-20-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:DE FIDE A term meaning "of Faith," used to identify those doctrines of the Church which are infallibly true. Their infallible certitude derives ultimately from divine revelation, but proximately from the fact that they have either been solemnly defined by the Church's magisterium or have been taught by her ordinary universal teaching authority as binding on the consciences of all the faithful. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Why Church History Always Matters

    03/20/2015 6:57:58 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 59 replies
    Place For Truth ^ | March 17, 2015 | Michael Roberts
    “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”  But how does one know such a danger exists unless one already possesses an interest in, and respect for, people who lived and thought and wrote in the past?  And in order to avoid this historical pitfall, the assumption must exist that people in the past actually have things to say to us that we need to know, an assumption that may not be as accepted as it once was.  C.S. Lewis talked about the threat of “presentism,” the idea that our current time is the most developed and that...
  • What Is Serenity and How Can We Grow in It?

    03/20/2015 6:52:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-19-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Is Serenity and How Can We Grow in It? By: Msgr. Charles PopeDuring Lent, a gift to seek is greater serenity. The word comes from the Latin serenus, meaning clear or unclouded (skies). By extension it thus means calm, without storm.Serenity has become more used in modern times with the advent of many 12-Step programs, which use the Serenity Prayer as an important help to their work.Perhaps the closest Greek word to serenity is ãáëÞíç (galene=calm) and it is used most specifically to describe the incident when Jesus stood in the boat and rebuked the storm, bringing about a great calm,...
  • Cardinal to Wear Vestment ‘From Wardrobe of King Richard III’

    03/20/2015 6:40:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/20/15 | Staff Reporter
    Cardinal Nichols will wear the vestment at a Mass for the repose of the king's soulCardinal Vincent Nichols will wear an ancient vestment believed to be from the royal wardrobe of King Richard III when he celebrates Mass for the repose of the soul of the monarch’s soul in Leicester on Monday. Known as the Westminster Vestment, the chasuble is part of the heritage collection of Ushaw College, the former Catholic seminary at Ushaw Moor, Durham. There is a tradition that it was worn by the Benedictine monks of Westminster Abbey during the reign of King Richard, who died at...
  • Meet the Oriental Orthodox Christians and Their Controversial Christology

    03/19/2015 1:25:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Taylormarshall.com ^ | March 18, 2015 | Dr Taylor Marshall
    On planet earth there are about 70 million Orthodox Christians that are not in full communion with the Catholic Church (centered at Rome) or with the Eastern Orthodox (centered at Constantinople). These are the Oriental Orthodox Christians. They have all seven sacraments, revere the Mother of God and the saints, have a valid Eucharist, pray for the faithful departed, and have preserved a valid line of apostolic succession.Armenian Christians in the Miaphysite Tradition These Oriental Orthodox Christians do not accept the Council of Chalcedon in AD 451 which dogmatically defined that Christ is one divine Person with two natures (divine and human).Meet the...
  • Reformation Museum in Geneva Blends Humor and Wonder

    03/19/2015 6:20:07 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 16, 2015 | John Hanc
    Finding the International Museum of the Reformation is almost as complicated as explaining the historical movement it chronicles. You must first navigate the labyrinth of Geneva’s Old Town, down narrow, cobblestone streets and then up a long flight of stone stairs, skirting the shadows cast by a towering 13th-century cathedral. Finally you arrive at the tranquil courtyard of the Maison Mallet, the 14-room 18th-century mansion housing the museum, which opened in 2005. [SNIP] Given how practices have changed, museum officials set out to create a space that contemporary visitors, Protestant or not, would find appealing and meaningful, with creative high-...