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  • Homosexual Acts Cannot be Approved or Celebrated by the Church – Here’s Why

    09/17/2014 6:48:04 AM PDT · 18 of 18
    left that other site to markomalley

    The Good Monsignor hits it out of the park today!

    FTR...I am not Roman Catholic, but I read Msgr Pope every day. :)

    Could you put me on the ping list, Mark?

  • If You Struggle Over an Issue… You Must Be Right!

    09/17/2014 6:46:52 AM PDT · 25 of 25
    Gamecock to af_vet_1981

    The church where the Gospel is clearly preached without pagan influences. The influences you see with a “church” headquartered in Italy.

  • Pope Francis, "If Mary is not your Mother, you are an orphan!"

    09/17/2014 6:45:59 AM PDT · 939 of 939
    CynicalBear to narses

    All you have to do is check how that word is used in scripture and come back and show us how every time it ascribed divinity. That should be easy enough for you shouldn’t it?

  • Pope Francis, "If Mary is not your Mother, you are an orphan!"

    09/17/2014 6:42:57 AM PDT · 938 of 939
    CynicalBear to af_vet_1981
    >>A good thing about Catholicism is that it is never confused about the Divinity of Jesus.<<

    Oh they ascribe divinity to lots of people and even crackers.

  • Pre-Synodal Reconnaissance

    09/17/2014 6:40:38 AM PDT · 5 of 5
    BlatherNaut to ebb tide

    Louie is spot on regarding decentralization. The Pope has already made his intentions clear via multiple fronts.

    Apparently the (modest) Vatican dress code has also become a casualty under this papacy.

    http://www.romereports.com/pg158339-pope-presides-over-marriage-ceremony-of-20-couples—en

  • Pope Francis, "If Mary is not your Mother, you are an orphan!"

    09/17/2014 6:39:42 AM PDT · 937 of 939
    CynicalBear to af_vet_1981

    What part of “specifically” did you not understand? Go look at how the Greek word is used throughout scripture and come back and tell us how every time it denoted deity.

  • Pope Francis, "If Mary is not your Mother, you are an orphan!"

    09/17/2014 6:39:08 AM PDT · 936 of 939
    narses to CynicalBear; Unam Sanctam; x_plus_one; Patton@Bastogne; Oldeconomybuyer; RightField; aposiopetic; ..

    In the Religion forum, on a thread titled Pope Francis, “If Mary is not your Mother, you are an orphan!”, CynicalBear wrote:

    I think you need to check the Greek word there. That same Greek word is used here in Matthew 20:8 where it says “lord of the vineyard”. The Greek word there does NOT specifically denote deity. It is used for masters of slaves and others in authority. Study scripture, not Catholicism.

    Hehehe, watch another fake “expert” try and tell the Catholic Church how to read Greek.

    Say silly bear, what expertise have you? Any degrees in Greek? Or just more of your odd cut-n-paste spam?

  • Mass Etiquette: 20 Things To Do And Not Do In Mass

    09/17/2014 6:38:02 AM PDT · 85 of 85
    defconw to SkyDancer
    Yes, if you are not in a coma by then! The coma depends on how many little darlings are there. :)

    Seriously don't worry about it. It's not like the movies, but sometimes I wish it were that solemn. But people are people, if you know what I mean? I had the same concerns when I was invited to my friends wedding. They were Jewish, lovely wedding!

  • Pope Francis, "If Mary is not your Mother, you are an orphan!"

    09/17/2014 6:36:17 AM PDT · 935 of 939
    af_vet_1981 to CynicalBear; MDLION; mdmathis6
    Study scripture, not Catholicism.

    A good thing about Catholicism is that it is never confused about the Divinity of Jesus.

    And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

  • Mass Etiquette: 20 Things To Do And Not Do In Mass

    09/17/2014 6:34:22 AM PDT · 84 of 85
    SkyDancer to Albion Wilde

    I appreciate everyone’s answer to my question. I feel lots more confident. R/Janey

  • Pope Francis, "If Mary is not your Mother, you are an orphan!"

    09/17/2014 6:33:43 AM PDT · 934 of 939
    CynicalBear to Iscool; MDLION
    ≥>So you are saying that since people of the Old Testament would die if they touched the ark, that Mary in the New Testament would have fallen over dead if she was not perfect and sinless when she became pregnant???<<

    It would also deny what scripture says about the Holy Spirit indwelling of believers.

  • Mass Etiquette: 20 Things To Do And Not Do In Mass

    09/17/2014 6:32:55 AM PDT · 83 of 85
    SkyDancer to defconw

    So they do Communion at a confirmation? Okay, thanks All for everyone’s input. R/Janey

  • Pope Francis, "If Mary is not your Mother, you are an orphan!"

    09/17/2014 6:31:43 AM PDT · 933 of 939
    af_vet_1981 to CynicalBear; MDLION; mdmathis6
    >>In Luke, Elizabeth calls her “the Mother of my Lord”. “Lord” is a clear reference to Jesus’ Divinity.<< I think you need to check the Greek word there. That same Greek word is used here in Matthew 20:8 where it says "lord of the vineyard". The Greek word there does NOT specifically denote deity. It is used for masters of slaves and others in authority. Study scripture, not Catholicism.

    Oh, do you mean like this ?

    1. Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
    2. I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded : but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be .
    3. But God forbid that I should glory , save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
    4. From henceforth let no man trouble me : for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. 18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen . [To the Galatians written from Rome.]
  • My lovely wife is having surgery tomorrow morning.

    09/17/2014 6:30:07 AM PDT · 64 of 64
    sweetiepiezer to infool7

    My sincerest prayers for your wife and family.

  • Mass Etiquette: 20 Things To Do And Not Do In Mass

    09/17/2014 6:27:55 AM PDT · 82 of 85
    MrB to rdcbn

    +1 :)

  • My lovely wife is having surgery tomorrow morning.

    09/17/2014 6:27:52 AM PDT · 63 of 64
    Freestate316 to infool7

    The prayers of the righteous avail much! Keep us posted on your wife’s status as we believe and pray in faith for complete healing!

  • Irish Bishop Bows to Pressure, Shelves Plans for Permanent Diaconate

    09/17/2014 6:25:41 AM PDT · 1 of 1
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  • Pope Francis, "If Mary is not your Mother, you are an orphan!"

    09/17/2014 6:24:38 AM PDT · 932 of 939
    CynicalBear to MDLION; mdmathis6
    >>In Luke, Elizabeth calls her “the Mother of my Lord”. “Lord” is a clear reference to Jesus’ Divinity.<<

    I think you need to check the Greek word there. That same Greek word is used here in Matthew 20:8 where it says "lord of the vineyard". The Greek word there does NOT specifically denote deity. It is used for masters of slaves and others in authority. Study scripture, not Catholicism.

  • Mass Etiquette: 20 Things To Do And Not Do In Mass

    09/17/2014 6:22:15 AM PDT · 81 of 85
    defconw to SkyDancer
    Don't worry, there will be lots of people there who are not Catholic. During Communion it is OK not to kneel if you are not Catholic. Some people can't kneel for medical reasons even if they are Catholic. If you get stuck in the middle of a pew, just move out with the group and stand at the end of the pew until everyone exits, so you won't get stepped on, then just slide back in. People will figure it out when they get back. Or you can go to the end of the pew they are coming back to and just stand there until whoever you were sitting next to comes back.

    Catholic Confirmations border on chaos, because of the crowd that shows up. Most important thing! No one is watching you, they are all on their own trip so don't worry about it. No one will likely know that you are not Catholic and they won't care.

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(9/17/14)[Prayer]

    09/17/2014 6:11:08 AM PDT · 2 of 2
    left that other site to left that other site; tajgirvan; DollyCali; seoul62; etabeta; DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis; Lera; ...

    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem






    In This somewhat obscure Passage of Scripture, we see some very familiar things...taxes, a census, a "Building Fund" for a house of worship, and a Building Contractor who sub-contracts out to various tradesmen to complete a huge government project.
    The Temple of Solomon was a magnificent edifice, but due to a succession of bad kings, had fallen into a state of disrepair.

    From this passage, we can infer that the king was motivated by religious fervor as well as civic pride. The project was completed without corruption, which is amazing in and of itself!

    Notice, however, that even though King Joash was religious, he allowed the "high places" to continue operation. These were hilltops that contained pagan shrines, and were the sites of idolatry and some very nasty ceremonies. Whether this was due to indifference or an attempt to be "inclusive" is not mentioned in Scripture, but it was a glaring deficit in his reign, So much so that it is mentioned in the very first sentence!
    It was the "black fly in his Chardonnay".

    Come and Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem, For Our FRiends in Need, For Persecuted Believers, and For Our Beloved Nation.


    Blessings To All Who Visit This Garden of Prayer.



    Hallelujah and Amen

    ML/LTOS

  • My lovely wife is having surgery tomorrow morning.

    09/17/2014 6:05:26 AM PDT · 62 of 64
    heartwood to infool7

    prayers said. May the Lord keep her safe.

  • Pope Francis, "If Mary is not your Mother, you are an orphan!"

    09/17/2014 6:02:45 AM PDT · 931 of 939
    CynicalBear to Heart-Rest
    >>Do you believe a person can encounter Jesus Christ inside a Chapel/Church built by human hands,<<

    Why do you try to change the narrative? Your posts and comments tried to show that we are told to build a place to meet the Lord. And you specifically stated that it's easier to meet Him there. I didn't say you can't meet Him there. I said you can be with Him anywhere and that your comments indicate you believe a structure is not only commanded but preferable.

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(9/17/14)[Prayer]

    09/17/2014 5:57:01 AM PDT · 1 of 2
    left that other site

    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem






    Our Father in Heaven
    Hallowed be Your Most Holy Name!
    We Worship You and You Alone. For You Alone Are Worthy
    Of Glory, Honor, Worship and Praise!
    Keep Us, Lord, From raising up idols,
    In Government, Entertainment, or Religion.
    Let us Always remember, There is Only One King.
    Only One Everlasting and Almighty God!

    We Pray For The Peace of Jerusalem,
    According to Your Will and Promise.
    We Pray For the People and Leaders of Israel,
    that They Will Look to You for the Protection
    and Prosperity of their Nation.
    We Also Pray For Revival in our own Beloved USA.


    We Pray For The Swift and Sure Coming of Messiah,
    Blessed Be He,
    To Establish His Kingdom,
    and Make All Things Right.


    Blessings To All Who Visit This Garden of Prayer.



    Hallelujah and Amen

    ML/LTOS

  • The Rise of the Papacy

    09/17/2014 5:48:17 AM PDT · 262 of 262
    af_vet_1981 to Springfield Reformer
    So it is wrong to disbelieve His teachings at any point, whether early in His ministry, or His later teaching and the teaching of His chosen apostles. But they cannot be in logical contradiction. Being simultaneously obligated both to the full Old Covenant law in Mathew 5 and NOT obligated to the same exact thing in Acts 15 is an absurdity.

    The vision of Peter was for the Gentiles. Jesus gave the Apostles the power to loose and bind. They spoke with his authority and decided at the First Council of Jerusalem not to burden the Gentiles with the Law, with a few exceptions (which many Gentiles who claim the name ignore). Teaching that what Jesus taught in Matthew 5 is no longer extant is disobedience and disavowal of Messiah. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

    I see the sun shining over this little plot of earth. His Word stands and I believe Him.

    Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. 29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. 30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. 31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: 32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. 33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: 34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: 35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. 36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. 37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. 38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. 41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. 42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. 43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

    And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly. 18And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present. 19And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry. 20And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law: 21And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs. 22What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that thou art come. 23Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them; 24Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law. 25As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication. 26Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.

  • Exile to Malta for Cardinal Burke

    09/17/2014 5:43:40 AM PDT · 25 of 25
    defconw to sneakers
    When he was elected, I gasped and said "Oh dear God!". My non-Catholic husband was taken aback. He asked what was wrong? I said a South American Jesuit is the Pope. Even my husband knew what that might mean.

    For the record I prayed I was wrong about him. Dark days my friends! Dark days!

  • Satanists Sell Out Black Mass at Oklahoma Civic Center

    09/17/2014 5:42:50 AM PDT · 74 of 74
    captmar-vell to 82nd Bragger

    We are holding back, with the restrainer, the Holy Spirit working in and through us, until the time of the end, when both he and the Church will no longer do so,

    Daniel was not a part of the called out ones, the Eclessia, and neither was John the Baptist,

    Jesus said the Law and prophets were until John,

    The Church is set on a pedestal and had been given more than is generally understood in denominational eschatology. Paul was blown away by what the Church has been given. Its origin, purpose and ultimate destiny is very different than to the promises God made to David, for which even unbelieving Israel benefits with the restoration,

    Jesus came into the world as it is written and was rejected and cutoff with nothing,

    The Church on this Earth (is) rejected right along with him, but we are brought alive into this physical Earth for now, and while Satan may have it for a short while until he is thrown out of Heaven in Revelation Chapter 12, it ultimately belongs to God and he will redeem it using the very Laws and Ordinances he brought himself into the world to save us with. He came to fulfill the Law not do away with it. This is for Israel, not the Church, we just happen to be alongside our bridegroom as this occurs,

    But that same authority while rejected in the flesh operates in the spirit today, right now, and operates within us,

    Not only for the time of the end and the spiritual warfare in this world where the Church on the Earth resides even if this is not our home. Jesus told us the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church, but in Revelation we see something different happening,

    But Jesus is coming to claim his vineyard that was stolen from him, his inheritance, just like it says in Isaiah Chapter 5 and just as he told the parable of the wicked tenets and I believe it will be adjudicated under the Jubilee process, and that is whats being shown to us with the Court in session in Daniel Chapter 7 and Revelation Chapters 5-6,

    Before that time comes for the gentiles (brought to the full) we have been given authority, not over this flesh or this Earth where Satan has his power, but over what can be bound or loosed on the Earth operating in the spirit, that is against these evil spirits operating freely here just like what is empowering this ISIS evil and like this spirit coming against the people of Oklahoma, just like what is inhabiting that evil person in the White House, they are all one and the same, they all serve the same master.

  • My lovely wife is having surgery tomorrow morning.

    09/17/2014 5:42:44 AM PDT · 61 of 64
    SpirituTuo to infool7

    May Our Heavenly Father guide the hands of the surgeons, and heal your wife. Amen.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-17-14, OM, St. Robert Bellarmine, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    09/17/2014 5:41:22 AM PDT · 19 of 19
    cloudmountain to Salvation
    Two more examples of the beautiful words from God.
    St. Paul's letter is magnificent, isn't it?

    St. Luke's "theme" is always prayer and we can't go wrong with that.

  • My lovely wife is having surgery tomorrow morning.

    09/17/2014 5:37:29 AM PDT · 60 of 64
    defconw to infool7

    Prayers up for your wife. May she be surrounded with protection.

  • Homosexual Acts Cannot be Approved or Celebrated by the Church – Here’s Why

    09/17/2014 5:37:25 AM PDT · 17 of 18
    cloudmountain to markomalley

    AMEN Ping.

  • Homosexual Acts Cannot be Approved or Celebrated by the Church – Here’s Why

    09/17/2014 5:37:13 AM PDT · 16 of 18
    IronJack to markomalley

    It’s easy to get sucked into a relativist argument about homosexuality, but the simplest reason to reject it is that it’s wrong.

    We’ve lost our faith in absolutes, and tend to measure everything these days against a “burden of proof” standard. But Right is Right, Wrong is Wrong, and Truth is Truth. It doesn’t have to be argued or even defended. No mortal man can change it by whim or any other device. It is eternal and unbending.

    Homosexuality is wrong because it is wrong. Period.

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(9/16/14)[Prayer]

    09/17/2014 5:36:29 AM PDT · 22 of 22
    left that other site to Alamo-Girl

    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem






    Thank You, Alamo-Girl, For Your Prayers For the Peace of Jerusalem, For Our FRiends in Need, For Persecuted Believers, and For Our Beloved Nation.


    Blessings To All Who Visit This Garden of Prayer.



    This Symbol Represents Christians in The Middle East, who desperately need our Prayers.

    Hallelujah and Amen

    ML/LTOS
  • Pope Francis, "If Mary is not your Mother, you are an orphan!"

    09/17/2014 5:36:00 AM PDT · 930 of 939
    metmom to MDLION; mdmathis6
    You talk about praying the Rosary but avoid the words Gabriel and Elizabeth spoke to Mary which are half a Hail Mary.

    The words Gabriel spoke were not *half a Hail Mary*.

    The Hail Mary did not exist at the time.

    Catholics took the words Gabriel spoke and made it into half the Hail Mary, so your appeal to authority falls flat on its face.

  • The Rise of the Papacy

    09/17/2014 5:32:27 AM PDT · 261 of 262
    af_vet_1981 to metmom
    The only righteousness that can get us into heaven is perfection and we can't do that.

    Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

    And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

  • Homosexual Acts Cannot be Approved or Celebrated by the Church – Here’s Why

    09/17/2014 5:31:20 AM PDT · 15 of 18
    IronJack to markomalley

    Short answer: because it’s a sin.

  • Fishwrap: Approve of “gay” sex or risk a shrinking, irrelevant Church.

    09/17/2014 5:30:10 AM PDT · 24 of 24
    RoosterRedux to terycarl

    BTW, I guess you are unaware that the Protestant Reformation triggered a Catholic Reformation to address corruption in the RC. What was that all about?

  • Pope Francis, "If Mary is not your Mother, you are an orphan!"

    09/17/2014 5:30:02 AM PDT · 929 of 939
    CynicalBear to Heart-Rest
    >>the Bible (Matthew 21:12-13), it also says,<<

    Still prior to the death and resurrection.

    >>but He can choose to make His Holy Presence more available and approachable for humans at a specific, particular, special location, wherever and whenever He wants to.<<

    But He didn't. God is now equally approachable anywhere and everywhere.

  • The Rise of the Papacy

    09/17/2014 5:27:36 AM PDT · 260 of 262
    metmom to don-o

    I’m sure they did. Well, actually, I’m sure they knew it well enough to not need to.

    Anyway, because we are not under the Law any more. We are not obligated to keep it to be considered righteous in God’s sight.

    Jesus came to set us free, not to put us under the bondage of keeping the Law for our justification.

    Sin is still defined by the Law and eating blood was strictly forbidden by it and interestingly, that was one of the four commands that the Holy Spirit and Council at Jerusalem still endorsed.

    They didn’t tell us we were obligated to keep the Sabbath, to be circumcised, or anything else but they did reinforce the command to not eat blood.

    That is for the church.

  • Satanists Sell Out Black Mass at Oklahoma Civic Center

    09/17/2014 5:27:35 AM PDT · 73 of 74
    captmar-vell to GOP Poet

    Your welcome,

  • Fishwrap: Approve of “gay” sex or risk a shrinking, irrelevant Church.

    09/17/2014 5:24:45 AM PDT · 23 of 24
    RoosterRedux to terycarl

    That demonstrates just how brainwashed you are by the Roman Catholic Church. You couldn’t recognize the truth if it fell in your lap.

  • Mass Etiquette: 20 Things To Do And Not Do In Mass

    09/17/2014 5:22:36 AM PDT · 80 of 85
    FourtySeven to SkyDancer

    And don’t be nervous. God wants you there.

  • My lovely wife is having surgery tomorrow morning.

    09/17/2014 5:22:03 AM PDT · 59 of 64
    Bigg Red to infool7

    Prayers up for your wife and for you.

  • The Rise of the Papacy

    09/17/2014 5:21:47 AM PDT · 259 of 262
    metmom to af_vet_1981
    Nut that IS simply believing what He said.

    The Holy Spirit inspired Scripture says this:

    2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

    Romans 4:1-8 What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

    Romans 4:20-25 No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

    The only righteousness that can get us into heaven is perfection and we can't do that. Not to mention that our righteous deeds are as filthy rags in God's sight because they are tainted with sin, so they CAN'T count.

    The only way to be considered righteous enough for heaven is to be forgiven and have the righteousness given to us, credited to our account.

    Colossians 3:1-4 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

    When God sees us, He sees us hidden in Christ, through a filter, so to speak, that He sees us as righteous as Christ.

  • Mass Etiquette: 20 Things To Do And Not Do In Mass

    09/17/2014 5:21:35 AM PDT · 79 of 85
    FourtySeven to SkyDancer

    I would respectfully ask that you kneel during the Consecration of the bread and wine even though you are Jewish. I was at a Mass a couple of weeks ago and a Muslim delegation there (invited for some outreach thing) didn’t kneel at all. Out of charity I assumed it was because no one asked them to or told them it should be done.

    Again, even though you don’t believe it’s Jesus after the words “this is my body” are said, I would humbly ask you show this respect. It will be when everyone else is kneeling so don’t worry about knowing when. Just do as everyone else is doing. Thank you for your understanding.

    And you may go up for Communion if you wish (if you don’t want to stay in the pew as everyone else goes up) just fold your hands across your chest so the priest knows to only bless you and not offer you a Host. You don’t have to go up if you don’t want. There is no shame in staying in your seat either. It’s your choice. However to be clear, as you aren’t Catholic you aren’t to receive Communion.

    Thank you.

  • Surprise! One of the (Catholic) Church's family issues is polygamy (Synod on the Family)

    09/17/2014 5:14:48 AM PDT · 34 of 34
    Oratam to vladimir998
    It is an excellent example of the pragmatic nature of missionary work in the Middle Ages.

    I knew the "Dark Ages" weren't so dark. I find it interesting that there were still missionary fields in Europe so late in history.

  • The possible demotion of Card. Burke. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

    09/17/2014 5:13:52 AM PDT · 16 of 16
    Alex Murphy to piusv
    I can’t *wait* to hear Michael Voris’ take. /s

    That will be interesting. And telling.

  • Surprise! One of the (Catholic) Church's family issues is polygamy (Synod on the Family)

    09/17/2014 5:10:57 AM PDT · 33 of 34
    Oratam to piusv

    see post 31

  • Homosexual Acts Cannot be Approved or Celebrated by the Church – Here’s Why

    09/17/2014 4:59:50 AM PDT · 14 of 18
    GOP_Party_Animal to Craftmore

    Yes, clearly all of them are gay and also none of the ministers of other faiths are. /sarc

  • Mass Etiquette: 20 Things To Do And Not Do In Mass

    09/17/2014 4:56:48 AM PDT · 78 of 85
    Albion Wilde to EDINVA

    Hi, FRiend. Did I imply otherwise?

  • Mass Etiquette: 20 Things To Do And Not Do In Mass

    09/17/2014 4:53:40 AM PDT · 77 of 85
    steve8714 to Engedi

    Here’s worse; on 9-16-2001, my pastor had a sermon about the US being attacked because of “the corrupt men who control Alan Greenspan”. Yes, I walked out in the middle. He’s a Jew-hating commie.