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  • "Noble in person and excellent in royal manners" ~ Baptism of Desire and Valentinian II

    05/15/2019 1:31:13 PM PDT · by Antoninus · 5 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | May 15, 2019 | Florentius
    On May 15, anno domini 392, the young Western Roman Emperor Valentinian II was found dead in the imperial residence at Vienne in southern Gaul. It is said he was hanged using his own handkerchief. Son of the great warrior emperor, Valentinian I, the younger Valentinian had been declared emperor when he was only four years old upon the premature death of is father in AD 375, even though his half-brother, Gratian, already ruled as co-emperor in the West. Under the regency of his mother, the forceful Empress Justina, and the protection of the army, Valentinian II came to an...
  • The second-most-famous vision of a cross in the sky

    03/18/2019 11:41:04 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 8 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | 3/10/18 | Florentius
    Most people are aware of the famous vision seen by Constantine the Great of a cross in the sky with the words, "In hoc signo, vinces" — by this sign you will conquer. Having seen this miraculous vision, Constantine would cause his soldiers to march under Christian symbols, be victorious in his wars, and eventually convert to Christianity. Many citizens of the Roman Empire would follow him. But not all. During the reign of Constantine's sons, paganism continued to be practiced throughout the empire. Indeed, thanks to the weak rule and the rumored personal scandals of Constans, a pagan usurper...
  • Saint Polycarp's dialogue with the Roman Proconsul Statius Quadratus

    02/23/2019 9:39:22 AM PST · by Antoninus · 21 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | 11/30/16 | Florentius
    Saint Polycarp was bishop of Smyrna in Asia Minor in the second century AD. A disciple of Saint John the Evangelist, Polycarp died martyr in AD 155 or 156 for refusing to renounce Christianity. His martyrdom was marked by various miraculous prodigies, but foremost among them, perhaps, is the incredible fortitude of the man--who was at least 86 at the time of his trial--and his willingness to speak the truth to power even with the threat of immediate death hanging over his head. Here is an excerpt from the account of his martyrdom, recorded by Saint Irenaeus, in which Polycarp...
  • Arian, Aryan — What’s the Diff?

    05/18/2008 4:26:22 PM PDT · by Huber · 11 replies · 694+ views
    There’s an urban legend making the rounds about Pope Benedict’s visit to the United States. The story goes that Vice-President Cheney asked the pontiff what he’s been reading. The Holy Father replied that he’s been researching “the Arian heresy.” Cheney, thinking the pope meant “Aryan,” said, “That must be interesting for you, since you lived through it. And Benedict responded, “I’m old, but I’m not that old.” It’s a funny story, and I’m told it appeared in the London Times. But I’m afraid I couldn’t find confirmation anywhere on the Web. So I went over the head of the World...
  • Evangelicals rediscovering "tradition"?

    02/08/2008 1:32:50 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 69 replies · 877+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 2/08/2008 10:01AM | Chris Armstrong
    The Future Lies in the Past -- Why evangelicals are connecting with the early church as they move into the 21st century.Many 20- and 30-something evangelicals are uneasy and alienated in mall-like church environments; high-energy, entertainment-oriented worship; and boomer-era ministry strategies and structures modeled on the business world. Increasingly, they are asking just how these culturally camouflaged churches can help them rise above the values of the consumerist world around them. For younger evangelicals, traditional churches are too centered on words and propositions. And pragmatic churches are compromising authentic Christianity by tailoring their ministries to the marketplace and pop culture....
  • Which Church Father Are You

    04/09/2007 10:04:53 PM PDT · by Huber · 21 replies · 493+ views
    Which Church Father are you? I’m sure you were wondering when we’d get around just such a self-help test. By now you’ve figured out the color of your parachute and the season of your wardrobe. It’s time to figure out your place in the early Church. For each question, choose ONE answer that best describes your position. When you hear the co-worker in the next cubicle utter heresy, you instinctively… a. take him aside and carefully demonstrate to him that the orthodox position is really the most reasonable. b. hit him with a mallet and then question his masculinity. c....
  • Akathist Hymn to Our Most Holy Lady The Theotokos (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    02/01/2007 6:45:05 AM PST · by Kolokotronis · 9 replies · 251+ views
    Having secretly received the command, the Archangel hastened into Joseph's abode and spoke to the Holy Virgin. He Who bowed the Heavens with His descending, is wholly contained, yet unchanged in You. And seeing Him taking the likeness of a servant in your womb, I stand in amazement and cry unto you: Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride [3 times]. Kontakion 1 Unto you, O Theotokos, invincible Champion, your City [or "we your people"], in thanksgiving ascribes the victory for the deliverance from sufferings. And having your might unassailable, free us from all dangers, so that we may cry unto you: Rejoice,...
  • Homily on the Dormition of Our Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    01/31/2007 7:25:12 PM PST · by Kolokotronis · 13 replies · 301+ views
    Both love and duty today fashion my homily for your charity. It is not only that I wish, because of my love for you, and because I am obliged by the sacred canons, to bring to your God-loving ears a saving word and thus to nourish your souls, but if there be any among those things that bind by obligation and love and can be narrated with praise for the Church, it is the great deed of the Ever-Virgin Mother of God. The desire is double, not single, since it induces me, entreats and persuades me, whereas the inexorable duty...
  • +Gregory Palamas on Holy Icons (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    01/31/2007 4:08:52 PM PST · by Kolokotronis · 31 replies · 495+ views
    You shall not make an image of anything in the heavens above, or in the earth below, or in the sea' (cf. Ex 20.4), in such a way that you worship these things and glorify them as gods. For all are the creations of the one God, created by Him in the Holy Spirit through His Son and Logos, who as Logos of God in these latter times took flesh from a virgin's womb, appeared on earth and associated with men, and who for the salvation of men suffered, died and rose again, ascended with His body into the heavens,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Rosary Prayer for Pope Benedict XVI, October 23, 2006

    10/23/2006 4:49:18 PM PDT · by Carolina · 17 replies · 279+ views
    Various | October 23, 2006 | Various
    Daily Rosary Prayer for our Universal Shepherd, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, the Vicar of Christ, the Successor of Peter, the Bishop of Rome, the Servant of the Servants of God. Let us love being with the Lord! There we can speak with him about everything. We can offer him our petitions, our concerns, our troubles. Our joys. Our gratitude, our disappointments, our needs and our aspirations. There we can also constantly ask him: "Lord send labourers into your harvest! Help me to be a good worker in your vineyard!"  ~from the Homily for the Marian Vespers, Altötting, Germany,  September...
  • Is the Bible Sufficient? A Catholic/Protestant Debate on Sola Scriptura

    06/15/2003 7:00:02 AM PDT · by Class of 78 · 11 replies · 274+ views
    Envoy Magazine ^ | Patrick Madrid (Catholic) Doug Jones (Evangelical)
    This written debate on sola scriptura between Patrick Madrid, publisher of Envoy Magazine, a leading Catholic journal of apolgetics, and Douglas Jones, editor of Credenda/Agenda Magazine, a Reformed evangelical Protestant journal, appeared recently in Credenda/Agenda. It was agreed that Doug would select and frame the debate theme, he would have the first *and* last comment in the exchange, and each response would be limited to no more than 115 words.
  • Blinded by the Light of the East?

    06/14/2003 3:01:28 PM PDT · by Class of 78 · 41 replies · 337+ views
    Envoy Magazine ^ | 06/14/2003 | class of 1978
    [Catholic author Patrick Madrid, Publisher of Envoy Magazine, writes:] In a recent issue of San Diego News Notes there appeared an interview with Paul O'Callaghan, a former cradle Catholic who abandonded the Church to become an Orthodox priest. I found his rationale for leaving the Church in an attempt to find Tradition to be theologically naive. His sometimes inaccurate perceptions about the Catholic Church and its teachings were also problematic. But the biggest dissapointment was his distorted understanding of how the early Church viewed the function and authority of the Bishop of Rome: "The Orthodox view the role of the...
  • St. Paul Not a Christian, Says Theologian

    11/23/2002 7:03:31 AM PST · by Loyalist · 92 replies · 387+ views
    The Ottawa Citizen (via The National Post) ^ | November 23, 2002 | Christopher Guly & Randy Boswell
    Michelangelo painted The Conversion of Saul (as Paul was referred to initially), showing the apostle converting to Christianity while en route to Damascus. Prior to that, Paul denounced followers of Jesus. Regarded today as Christianity's greatest missionary and the premier apostle whose writings in the New Testament promulgated Jesus' message, St. Paul would be "perplexed and dismayed" at the role ascribed to him as one of the principal founders of a new religion, says an American theologian. "Paul would not be happy with this characterization -- he doesn't even use the term 'Christian,' " said Dan Schowalter, a professor of...