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  • Why I'm Catholic: Ex-London Gangster, John Pridmore, Returns to the Faith

    03/29/2015 10:39:45 PM PDT · 40 of 40
    Grateful2God to verga; ealgeone

    18 years of Jesus’ life are not recorded in Scripture. Common sense would tell one that the Son of God, although not yet in His public ministry must have said or done at least one remarkable thing. Is it in the Bible? No. But Jesus did not live in a cocoon, or suspended animation all those years. Think about it: He had to be the best-behaved kid in the village, being incapable of sin. He grew in stature in the eyes of God and men, did He not?
    As a prophet, He was not accepted in His own country, a statement which He chose as a generalization for the Prophets, not just Himself. If it’s not in the Bible, them it didn’t happen? I don’t think so.

  • Ted Cruz in NYC: Conservative Christians Being Tricked to Believe General Public Disagrees With Them

    03/29/2015 10:37:58 PM PDT · 9 of 9
    matthew fuller to hinckley buzzard
    "The base isn't enough to win an election without help from other Americans. "

    I have heard reports that Democrats are 31% and Republicans are about 25%, and a large group somewhat in the middle that can be called Independents are about 42%. (Gallup) It is my opinion that Conservatives are composed of part of this Independent group(42%), and they are also are a large part of the Republican(25%) group. I estimate that at a minimum 35-40% of the electorate belongs to the Conservative Tribe, which is part of Ted Cruz's base. I expect Cruz to also attract whatever "Reagan Democrats" that remain, as well as much of the Evangelical vote.

  • Ted Cruz in NYC: Conservative Christians Being Tricked to Believe General Public Disagrees With Them

    03/29/2015 10:37:31 PM PDT · 8 of 9
    laplata to hinckley buzzard

    If Cruz actually wants to be elected he should talk about “ Americans” instead of “the conservative base.” The base isn’t enough to win an election without help from other Americans.

    Exactly! I don’t think Ronald Reagan ever mentioned such things as “the conservative base”. He always used “Americans”.

  • John 6: Believing on Jesus as the Messiah. or not

    03/29/2015 10:31:19 PM PDT · 9 of 9
    imardmd1 to Faith Presses On


  • Vatican Cardinal to German Bishops: We Can’t Adapt Faith to Times Like Christians Under The Nazis

    03/29/2015 10:30:58 PM PDT · 26 of 26
    Steve1789 to marshmallow


  • Never Thirst-Taking Jesus" Literally" can be Fatal

    03/29/2015 10:17:13 PM PDT · 63 of 63
    LukeL to Rashputin

    What part of the OT am I throwing out? Christ as I said is 100% human and 100% God even right now he has a physical body in Heaven. Denying the PHYSICAL presence of Christ in the bread and wine has nothing to do with the denying the Holy Trinity.

  • Can Christianity Survive the Sexual Revolution?

    03/29/2015 10:15:02 PM PDT · 47 of 47
    Steve1789 to NYer


  • Why I'm Catholic: Ex-London Gangster, John Pridmore, Returns to the Faith

    03/29/2015 10:10:50 PM PDT · 39 of 40
    Grateful2God to ealgeone

    1.2 billion people are not all cradle Catholics. We have converts, even reverts. And Mary is an integral part of Catholicism. To Jesus, through Mary!

  • Ted Cruz in NYC: Conservative Christians Being Tricked to Believe General Public Disagrees With Them

    03/29/2015 10:06:09 PM PDT · 7 of 9
    TLI to PeaceBeWithYou
    His? Typo or what?

    Maybe he only saw a photo of the mayor...


  • Why I'm Catholic: Ex-London Gangster, John Pridmore, Returns to the Faith

    03/29/2015 10:03:26 PM PDT · 38 of 40
    Grateful2God to 9thLife
    Notice the keyword "willconvertforfood" has once again made its appearance. 👎 SStuffDD.
  • Ted Cruz in NYC: Conservative Christians Being Tricked to Believe General Public Disagrees With Them

    03/29/2015 9:45:24 PM PDT · 6 of 9
    hinckley buzzard to 2ndDivisionVet
    My plan is to inspire and mobilize the conservative base and the church," Cruz proclaimed.

    If Cruz actually wants to be elected he should talk about " Americans" instead of "the conservative base." The base isn't enough to win an election without help from other Americans.

  • How To Make Pax Cakes, A Palm Sunday Tradition [Taken With Glass of Ale]

    03/29/2015 9:41:02 PM PDT · 1 of 1
  • Ted Cruz in NYC: Conservative Christians Being Tricked to Believe General Public Disagrees With Them

    03/29/2015 9:40:35 PM PDT · 5 of 9
    2ndDivisionVet to corbe

    New York City is the media capital of the world.

  • Ted Cruz in NYC: Conservative Christians Being Tricked to Believe General Public Disagrees With Them

    03/29/2015 9:34:59 PM PDT · 4 of 9
    corbe to 2ndDivisionVet

    When he goes down to Selma and speaks before a Black Congregation and says “I Don’t feel noways Tired”, I’ll believe Ted has jumped the Shark, till then, he needs to be reminded that he’ll never carry NewYawk, though the money may be great.

  • John 6: Believing on Jesus as the Messiah. or not

    03/29/2015 9:31:31 PM PDT · 8 of 9
    Iscool to Campion
    As I posted earlier this evening, why is it always "Roman Catholic" apologists, when Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, some Lutherans, and traditional Anglicans believe the same things?

    And you were answered at least twice...Yet you are pretending you didn't get an answer...

  • How the King James Bible changed the world

    03/29/2015 9:25:27 PM PDT · 127 of 127
    goldstategop to redgolum

    The NRSV is in the tradition of the King James - tries to preserve its style and flow but in modern English instead of the dated 17th Century Jacobean English used in the KJV.

    Its literally accurate, which is why all the academic study Bibles - Access, New Intepreter’s, HarperCollins and New Oxford Annotated rely upon it.

    The version strikes a nice balance between gender inclusiveness and customary English usage. If you’re looking for a literal readable translation, its a good one because its also ecumenical in intent and appeal.

  • Does Mary Intercede for Christians?

    03/29/2015 9:25:19 PM PDT · 133 of 133
    blackpacific to CynicalBear

    Genesis was not written in Greek.

    I am with St. Jerome on this one.

    Ver. 15. She shall crush. Ipsa, the woman: so divers of the fathers read this place, conformably to the Latin: others read it ipsum, viz. the seed. The sense is the same: for it is by her seed, Jesus Christ, that the woman crushes the serpent’s head. (Challoner) -— The Hebrew text, as Bellarmine observes, is ambiguous: He mentions one copy which had ipsa instead of ipsum; and so it is even printed in the Hebrew interlineary edition, 1572, by Plantin, under the inspection of Boderianus. Whether the Jewish editions ought to have more weight with Christians, or whether all the other manuscripts conspire against this reading, let others inquire. The fathers who have cited the old Italic version, taken from the Septuagint agree with the Vulgate, which is followed by almost all the Latins; and hence we may argue with probability, that the Septuagint and the Hebrew formerly acknowledged ipsa, which now moves the indignation of Protestants so much, as if we intended by it to give any divine honour to the blessed Virgin Mary. We believe, however, with St. Epiphanius, that “it is no less criminal to vilify the holy Virgin, than to glorify her above measure.” We know that all the power of the mother of God is derived from the merits of her Son. We are no otherwise concerned about the retaining of ipsa, she, in this place, than in as much as we have yet no certain reason to suspect its being genuine. As some words have been corrected in the Vulgate since the Council of Trent by Pope Sixtus V. and others, by Pope Clement VIII. so, if, upon stricter search, it be found that it, and not she, is the true reading, we shall not hesitate to admit the correction: but we must wait in the mean time respectfully, till our superiors determine. (Haydock) Kemnitzius certainly advanced a step too far, when he said that all the ancient fathers read ipsum. Victor, Avitus, St. Augustine, St. Gregory, &c. mentioned in the Douay Bible, will convict him of falsehood. Christ crushed the serpent’s head by his death, suffering himself to be wounded in the heel. His blessed mother crushed him likewise, by her co-operation in the mystery of the Incarnation; and by rejecting, with horror, the very first suggestions of the enemy, to commit even the smallest sin. (St. Bernard, ser. 2, on Missus est.) “We crush,” says St. Gregory, Mor. 1. 38, “the serpent’s head, when we extirpate from our heart the beginnings of temptation, and then he lays snares for our heel, because he opposes the end of a good action with greater craft and power.” The serpent may hiss and threaten; he cannot hurt, if we resist him. (Haydock)

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(3/29/15)[Prayer]

    03/29/2015 9:25:02 PM PDT · 17 of 17
    Alamo-Girl to left that other site

    I join in prayer for Israel, Jerusalem and all God’s beloved.

  • Ted Cruz in NYC: Conservative Christians Being Tricked to Believe General Public Disagrees With Them

    03/29/2015 9:22:50 PM PDT · 3 of 9
    upchuck to SoConPubbie


  • John 6: Believing on Jesus as the Messiah. or not

    03/29/2015 9:21:30 PM PDT · 7 of 9
    ADSUM to Faith Presses On

    You state: “Jesus is literally the Word of God, I also believe that there is some literal meaning to Jesus saying the bread and wine are His body and blood. The Catholic doctrine on it, though, I don’t accept, as it conflicts with Scripture. “

    I do not understand your comment on how the Catholic Doctrine of transubstantiation conflicts with the Words of Jesus.

    Your comment: “But these can’t be proper interpretations as is because Jesus never followed through with the very literal acts that Catholic apologists say offended the people in John 6 and drove many of them away from Him. He never gave to His apostles for them to eat from His actual body and blood, although He was there physically, both at the Last Supper, and after His resurrection”

    You may not believe in the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into Christ’s Body and Blood, but how can you make a factual statement that Jesus did not (nor does not to this day)make it happen?

    You seem to accept other miracles that Christ performed, how can you be so certain that Christ does not continue to perform miracles through His apostles and the priests of the Catholic Church for the last 2000 years?

  • Ted Cruz in NYC: Conservative Christians Being Tricked to Believe General Public Disagrees With Them

    03/29/2015 9:20:21 PM PDT · 2 of 9
    PeaceBeWithYou to 2ndDivisionVet
    We had the rally and within days the mayor had pulled his legal threat to gather the sermons from Houston pastors.


    Typo or what?

  • 'Killing Jesus' Portrays Jesus as Man, Tones Down His Miracles and Power, Film's Actors Explain

    03/29/2015 9:18:46 PM PDT · 59 of 59
    CAluvdubya to NYer

    I only got through the first 15 minutes. when Jesus didn’t seem to know what was going on and his cousin had to tell him who he was, I gave up.

  • Does Mary Intercede for Christians?

    03/29/2015 9:17:42 PM PDT · 132 of 133
    blackpacific to SkyDancer

    Yeshua, your mother is lower than a door. Not worthy of love. I suppose Saint Joseph is to be ignored also?

    I don’t believe your charism is genuine. If it were, it would lead you into the love of the Holy Family.

  • Ted Cruz in NYC: Conservative Christians Being Tricked to Believe General Public Disagrees With Them

    03/29/2015 9:12:08 PM PDT · 1 of 9
  • Why I'm Catholic: Ex-London Gangster, John Pridmore, Returns to the Faith

    03/29/2015 9:11:36 PM PDT · 37 of 40
    Campion to ealgeone

    All of the Marian dogmata are in Scripture as it currently stands. No “extra books” are necessary. You simply aren’t reading or understanding Scripture correctly.

  • Why I'm Catholic: Ex-London Gangster, John Pridmore, Returns to the Faith

    03/29/2015 9:09:41 PM PDT · 36 of 40
    Campion to GeronL
    I think this distortion started sometime before the second council of Nicea, but it did not reach official ‘Mary as goddess’ until the mid-1990’s.

    Is making up history a regular pastime of yours, or do you just dabble in it on occasion?

    Cogitate on this for awhile: the earliest known prayer to Mary that is physically extant today is the prayer "Sub tuum praesidium," which exists on an Egyptian papyrus from the third century. That's before Christianity was legalized under Constantine.

    St. Ephrem of Syria wrote in the "Nisibene Hymns": "Certainly You alone and your mother are from every aspect completely beautiful for there is no blemish in Thee, my Lord, and no stain in Thy mother". That dates from the 4th century.

    There are many, many, many other examples.

  • Never Thirst-Taking Jesus" Literally" can be Fatal

    03/29/2015 9:03:53 PM PDT · 62 of 63
    Rashputin to LukeL

    Well, although throwing out part of the Old Testament is already an absolute blaspheming of the Holy Spirit, if that’s not enough of a denial of the Trinity, denying that Christ is anything other than His human flesh and blood would do the trick.

  • A Day-by-Day Guide to Jesus' Last Week

    03/29/2015 9:01:57 PM PDT · 16 of 16
    vladimir998 to If You Want It Fixed - Fix It

    It wasn’t unusual for people to last days on a cross. Christ, however, had been terribly beaten before hand.

  • John 6: Believing on Jesus as the Messiah. or not

    03/29/2015 8:49:43 PM PDT · 6 of 9
    Campion to Faith Presses On
    is often cited by Roman Catholic apologists

    As I posted earlier this evening, why is it always "Roman Catholic" apologists, when Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, some Lutherans, and traditional Anglicans believe the same things?

    The eucharistic significance of this passage [Jn 6:43-59] is indisputable. Our Lord's declaration that He is Himself the living bread that gives life reveals the Mystical Supper of the New Testament Church. John never reports the details of the Last Supper such as the "words of institution" recorded in Luke ... instead, he reveals the significance and truth of these events, events that were already known to his hearers, by reporting here Christ's own words
    Here, Christ declares Himself to be the true food and drink, the true bread that has come down from heaven (John 6:48-53 reads: "I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate manna in the wilderness, and died. This One is the bread, the One coming down out of the heavens, in order that anyone might eat of it and not die. I am the bread, the living One, the One having come down out of the heavens; if anyone should eat of this bread, he shall live forever. And indeed the bread that I will give in My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world." Then the Jews began quarreling with one another, saying, "How is this One able to give us His flesh to eat?" Then Jesus said to them, "Verily, verily, I say to you, unless ye should eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, ye are not having life in yourselves.").
    In Communion, we truly eat His flesh and drink His blood, and this grants the faithful eternal life
    (From the Eastern Orthodox blog "Orthodox Ecclesiology and the World", here.

    Your view is the minority report in Christendom, and was the non-existent report up until about AD 800; insignificant until the 16th century. Your view is a consequence of late medieval rationalism, it's not part of Christianity as it existed in the first 500 years of the church. It simply isn't.

  • Never Thirst-Taking Jesus" Literally" can be Fatal

    03/29/2015 8:49:27 PM PDT · 61 of 63
    LukeL to Rashputin

    So because I deny the presence of Christ in Communion I am denying the Trinity and the Holy Spirit?

  • Never Thirst-Taking Jesus" Literally" can be Fatal

    03/29/2015 8:46:29 PM PDT · 60 of 63
    Rashputin to LukeL
    Whatever they are in theory, in practice they're Modalists as their claim that there is a complete separation between the body of Christ and the Eucharist proves.

    have a nice day

  • Never Thirst-Taking Jesus" Literally" can be Fatal

    03/29/2015 8:41:30 PM PDT · 59 of 63
    Rashputin to CommerceComet
    Jewish custom and tradition held in the same regard as the law, hence Christ rebuking Pharisees for setting aside money for the Temple which obligated the Rabbis to take care of their parents rather than taking care of their own parents.

    Honoring your parents, according to Jewish tradition, included caring for them when they were dependent the way they cared for you when you were dependent and not placing responsibility for them on anyone not their child.

    Anyone who wants to find more details can easily find them and anyone who prefers their own preconceptions is free to wallow in those preconceptions. Mox Nix.

  • Because Mary Said “Yes…” — A Reflection For The Solemnity of the Annunciation of Our Lord

    03/29/2015 8:40:31 PM PDT · 594 of 594
    Steelfish to Zuriel

    But actions speak louder than words.

    One of the most intriguing aspects of the celebration of the Eucharist is the fact that it has changed so little over twenty centuries. The essential elements are found in the narrative of the institution of the Eucharist as recorded in the Gospels. The liturgical structure of that celebration developed very rapidly in the early life of the Church as we see in Saint Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians (1Cor.11.26)(“For as often as you shall eat this bread, and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come.”) and the essential elements have remained unchanged. Even in many of the details, we find in the celebration of the liturgy today an identity with what went before us for so many centuries.

    Like the Passover meal, this memorial sacrifice of the new law is both sacrifice and sacred meal. Both aspects remain inseparably a part of the same mystery. In an unbloody re- presentation of the sacrifice of the cross and in application of its saving power, the Lord is offered in the sacrifice of the Mass when through the words of consecration and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Christ is present in a sacramental form under the appearance of bread and wine to become the spiritual food of the faithful.

    There is a large reservoir of evidence to show that this was a practice.
    See the research on the matter found in this link

    Once one accepts the infallibility of Petrine authority, the teaching of the Eucharist as explained in the Catholic Catechism is a given.

    Of course those who dispute Petrine authority then its open season on what interpretation of scripture one accepts. One is free to pick and chose an interpretation/ritual/practice/ that comports with one’s own notion of what is “true.”

  • Never Thirst-Taking Jesus" Literally" can be Fatal

    03/29/2015 8:36:55 PM PDT · 58 of 63
    LukeL to Rashputin
    You also seem to think Protestants believe in Arianism or Modalism which is not true for 99% of Protestants.

    The Holy Spirit came upon man on the day of Pentecost and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is a sign of salvation and the grace of God is upon you.

    Christ the man had to be 100% without sin to be the perfect sacrifice and Passover Lamb (The Passover Seder is a prophecy of Christ's Death) it is his upholding the law that the chains of the law are broken and we are no longer bound to it.

  • 'Killing Jesus' Portrays Jesus as Man, Tones Down His Miracles and Power, Film's Actors Explain

    03/29/2015 8:36:20 PM PDT · 58 of 59
    NYer to Grateful2God; SeekAndFind; GreyFriar; Salvation
    In all fairness to O'Reilly, I don't think Christians were his target audience. However, if one person is led to read the book or see the movie, they may become interested enough in Jesus as an historical figure, to pique their curiosity and take a look at what we Christians see in Him. Kind of like that little hundredth sheep. God can make a greater good out of anything He chooses. You never know... even if one person discovers Him. Just a thought.

    Had not planned to watch the movie but did, out of curiosity. If the target audience was skeptics, they will probably remain so. Not surprisingly, the focus was on the political climate at that time, including the Jewish factions. There were a few 'miracles' included - driving out a demon, healing a leper - but that was it. Why those 2? Why not the healing of the paralytic or the raising of Lazarus, both of which were accompanied by witnesses. The actor's portrayal of Jesus was more matter of fact as if Jesus himself was not sure of who he was. He admits that he intended to portray his human side rather than an other worldly one. The account was also choppy, jumping from one event to another.

    Did anyone else watch the movie? What was your impression?

  • A Day-by-Day Guide to Jesus' Last Week

    03/29/2015 8:32:14 PM PDT · 15 of 16
    roamer_1 to NYer

    Too bad it isn’t true.

  • A Day-by-Day Guide to Jesus' Last Week

    03/29/2015 8:21:47 PM PDT · 14 of 16
    P.O.E. to Salvation


  • Never Thirst-Taking Jesus" Literally" can be Fatal

    03/29/2015 8:20:30 PM PDT · 57 of 63
    LukeL to Rashputin
    To say Protestants deny the perfection of the Holy Spirit is wrong. The Evangelical view of Christ is that he is 100% God and 100% Man. He is not a demigod in that he was half God and half man, nor was he human and became God at his baptism, nor did he become God when needed and man when needed.

    John 1:1 states in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the Word was God. Christ has always been, he was not created.

  • Because Mary Said “Yes…” — A Reflection For The Solemnity of the Annunciation of Our Lord

    03/29/2015 8:19:47 PM PDT · 593 of 594
    boatbums to HossB86
    I seem to recall a few FRoman Catholics on these threads who will INSIST that a source not only be cited BUT linked as well for any kind of statement that we make. They flat out refuse to read a word unless their demand is met. Funny how duplicitous some are, isn't it?
  • Never Thirst-Taking Jesus" Literally" can be Fatal

    03/29/2015 8:17:29 PM PDT · 56 of 63
    daniel1212 to qwertyz
    You did a bait and switch saying “RC scholarship provides evidence contrary.” That link leads to a different rant on a different subject.

    What? Why do you engage in such reactionary fallacy, as it was you who poster who said you converted and boldly asserted, “To be deep into history is to cease to be Protestant”!

    So you expect you can make such a provocative assertion and not be countered? My response was entirely fitting for one is going to pass that propaganda off. Newman whom you quote was not referring simply to Eucharistic beliefs, not did you say that this was the aspect of history that led to your conversion.

    Learning what and why billions of Christians have believed the doctrine of the Real Presence for nearly 2000 years is a worthwhile project. Why?

    And which is another fallacy, as we most certainly see no record in the life of the not church in Scripture that manifested the Lord's supper as being the central means of grace, around which all else revolved, it being “the source and summit of the Christian faith” in which “the work of our redemption is accomplished,” by which one received spiritual life in themselves by consuming human flesh, so that without which eating one cannot have eternal life (as per RC literalism, of Jn. 6:53,54).

    Nor is there any record of pastors distinctively titled "priests" and engaging in any unique sacrificial function, that of turning bread into human flesh and dispensing it to the people, or even dispensing bread as their primary ordained function, versus preaching the word. (2Tim. 4:2) Which is what is said to "nourish" believers. (1Tim. 4:6) and build them up. (Acts 20:32)

    Nor do we even come close to knowing what all early church "fathers" taught on this, though most of those we can read of held to some sort of "Real Presence" (apparently originally an Anglican term), but some of which RCs contrive to say what some did not say, in order to support docrtines that latter developed.

    Yet they are not Scripture and determinative of doctrine, despite the often falsely cited “unanimous consent of the fathers.

    1. The Holy Spirit just might have guided them into the truth — just as Jesus promised the disciples that the Holy Spirit “will guide you into all the truth” (John 16:13).

    Out of which RCs extrapolate the novel premise of perpetuate ensured magisterial infallibility, which nowhere seen or necessary in Scripture for God to provide and preserve Truth. But which promise cults emoploy as well to justify their additions to Scripture.

    Yet this promise is not new, as God has engaged in progressive revelation from the beginning, which will go on after the Lord returns, and is not usually realized thru the magisterium, nor does it promise preservation from error, any more than it did for the OT magisterium, even though disobedience was a capital crime. (Dt. 17:8-13)

    Nor is the church the supreme authority for what Truth is thru its magisterium, despite the presumption of Rome, as Scripture is, and the church began upon Scriptural substantiation in word and in power.

    2. Apostle Paul had a definite plan to make sure his successors got the proper interpretation passed along without error: “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” (2Tim 2:2)

    More erroneous extrapolation in order to compel Scripture to say what it does not. For this charge was no different than what God charged the pastors in the OT, and does not teach perpetual ensured magisterial infallibility, upon which specious premise RCs have their assurance of Truth.

    Instead, God often raised up men from without the magisterium to reprove it and provide and preserve Truth, and thus the church began and faith has been preserved.

    3. Peter emphasized that the authority to interpret Scripture does not rest solely with the individual: “no prophecy of scripture is of private interpretation.” (2Peter 1:20)

    Which is another fallacious parroted polemic which actually argues against Rome, or at least RCs, being the correct interpreters of Scripture.

    For in reality 2Peter 1:20 in not about interpreting Scripture, when it is about how Scriptural prophecy came to be given, which is not a result of mans interpretive wisdom, but instead such were found "Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow." (1 Peter 1:11)

    In contrast to being the product of man's wisdom and false prophets and teachers, Peter tells us, "We have also a more sure word of prophecy," "for the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." (2 Peter 119,:21)

    This sets forth Scripture as the "more sure word," not any magisterium of men. And even the claimed "infallible" decrees of popes are not wholly inspired words of God. >

    Moreover, unlike 2Pt. 1:20 has been infallibly interpreted by Rome, then this RC interpretation itself is a fallible interpretation, and which RCs engage in all the time in seeking to support Rome, while disallowing that we may do so.

    Frankly, you don’t sound like a Protestant. Are you a Jeh. Witness? A Protestant usually brings up Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia into their anti-Eucharist argumentation.

    Frankly, you seem to have read very little, not even my tag line, which is not what you are going to hear from JW clones, or many RCs either, as both have a organization to "sell" for salvation.

    I apologize if i have been too curt, but while i have never seen your here before, i keep getting the same parroted polemics from regulars, which are exposed as specious, and then they do not respond, only to engage in the same routine on another thread. On and on.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-30-15

    03/29/2015 8:13:48 PM PDT · 21 of 21
    Salvation to All

    The Angelus 

    The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: 
    And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 

    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
    Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. 

    Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. 

    Hail Mary . . . 

    And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. 

    Hail Mary . . . 

    Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

    Let us pray: 

    Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.


  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-30-15

    03/29/2015 8:13:20 PM PDT · 20 of 21
    Salvation to All
    Just A Minute Just A Minute (Listen)
    Some of EWTN's most popular hosts and guests in a collection of one minute inspirational messages. A different message each time you click.
  • The Sacrifice of the Mass, Hebrews, and the Problem of the One-and-the-Many

    03/29/2015 8:10:29 PM PDT · 25 of 25
    RobbyS to Springfield Reformer

    Indeed, Christians have the help of the Holy Spirit. But which Christians? You say that there is no Scripture prohibiting the attempt of the individual to understand God’s Word. There is also no express grant of that right. Believe it or not, Catholics are also urged to read Scripture in search of the truth, but we seed what you do not, that where that search is not curbed, then there is division. Indeed, even with curbing there is division. The devil has his agents at work inside the Church as well as out. God is righteous: he will keep his covenant. He will also help us to keep our faith as well. The ship will not sink, but someone must read the charts and who that is is the question.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-30-15

    03/29/2015 8:09:21 PM PDT · 19 of 21
    Salvation to All
    So let us spread before his feet, not garments or soulless olive branches, which delight the eye for a few hours and then wither, but ourselves, clothed in his grace, or rather, clothed completely in him. We who have been baptized into Christ must ourselves be the garments that we spread before him. Now that the crimson stains of our sins have been washed away in the saving waters of baptism and we have become white as pure wool, let us present the conqueror of death, not with mere branches of palms but with the real rewards of his victory. Let our souls take the place of the welcoming branches as we join today in the children’s holy song: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is the king of Israel.

    -- Saint Andrew of Crete from a Palm Sunday sermon

  • Why I'm Catholic: Ex-London Gangster, John Pridmore, Returns to the Faith

    03/29/2015 8:05:52 PM PDT · 35 of 40
    ealgeone to Heart-Rest
    Changing the subject again, eh? (By the way, the written record for Christianity came from the Catholic Church, as God chose to have it.

    Whoa....hold on there....did it come from God or the catholic church? Your statement is a bit vague.

    You will never hear Christians make this claim. We know that it was God moving men through the Holy Spirit to write the Word and to give us the Word.

    But let's pretend for discussion sake your statement is correct.....interesting no books were included on the subject of mary as how the catholic church understands her.

    The roman catholic church had another chance at Trent to include these books with the false teachings of mary, but chose not to. That is telling.

    If you have a problem with that sovereign choice, take it up with God.) Goodnight to all.

    Nope....just trying to address your questions. If that's changing the subject in catholicism's world so be it.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-30-15

    03/29/2015 8:05:00 PM PDT · 18 of 21
    Salvation to All
    Daily Gospel Commentary

    Monday of Holy Week

    Commentary of the day
    Saint Augustine (354-430), Bishop of Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church
    Sermons on Saint John’s Gospel, no.50, 6-7

    "You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me"

    This is the historical event, now let us look for the symbol. Whoever you are, if you want to be faithful, pour precious perfume on the Lord’s feet along with Mary. This perfume is uprightness… Pour perfume on the feet of Jesus: follow in the Lord’s footsteps by a holy way of life. Wipe his feet with your hair: if you have more than enough, give to the poor and in this way you will have wiped the Lord’s feet… Perhaps the Lord’s feet on earth are in need. Indeed, isn’t it about his members he will say at the end of the world: “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Mt 25,40)?

    “And the house was filled with its fragrance.” That is to say, the world has been filled with the renown of this woman, for the sweet fragrance is her good name. People who associate the name of Christian with a dishonest life injure Christ…; if God’s name is blasphemed by bad Christians, it is praised and honored, on the other hand, by the good: “For in every place we are the aroma of Christ” (2Cor,14-15). And it is said in the Song of Songs: “Your name is oil poured out” (1,3).

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-30-15

    03/29/2015 8:03:44 PM PDT · 17 of 21
    Salvation to All
    March 2015

    Pope's Intentions

    Universal: Scientists
    That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.

    Evangelization: Contribution of women
    That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.

  • Never Thirst-Taking Jesus" Literally" can be Fatal

    03/29/2015 8:03:24 PM PDT · 55 of 63
    CommerceComet to Rashputin
    Then obviously Christ had no siblings since leaving His mother in the care of someone not a family member would have been breaking Old Testament Law.

    Where exactly is that requirement in the Old Testament that Jesus must assign responsibility for the care of his mother to his siblings and not to someone else?

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-30-15

    03/29/2015 8:03:05 PM PDT · 16 of 21
    Salvation to All
    March Devotion: Saint Joseph

    Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. Due to the solemnity of Saint Joseph on March 19, this month is devoted to this great saint, the foster father of Christ. "It greatly behooves Christians, while honoring the Virgin Mother of God, constantly to invoke with deep piety and confidence her most chaste spouse, Saint Joseph. We have a well grounded conviction that such is the special desire of the Blessed Virgin herself." --Pope Leo XIII

    Glorious Saint Joseph, pattern of all who are devoted to toil, obtain for me the grace to toil in the spirit of penance, in order thereby to atone for my many sins; to toil conscientiously, putting devotion to duty before my own inclinations; to labor with thankfulness and joy, deeming it an honor to employ and to develop, by my labor, the gifts I have received from Almighty God; to work with order, peace, moderation, and patience, without ever shrinking from weariness and difficulties; to work above all with a pure intention and with detachment from self, having always before my eyes the hour of death and the accounting which I must then render of time ill-spent, of talents unemployed, of good undone, and of my empty pride in success, which is so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all through Mary, all in imitation of thee, 0 Patriarch Joseph! This shall be my motto in life and in death. Amen.

    O Joseph, virgin-father of Jesus, most pure spouse of the Virgin Mary, pray every day for us to the same Jesus, the Son of God, that we, being defended by the power of His grace and striving dutifully in life, may be crowned by Him at the hour of death.

    Prayer Source: Prayer Book, The by Reverend John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A., The Catholic Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1954

    St. Joseph
    St. Joseph was an ordinary manual laborer although descended from the royal house of David. In the designs of Providence he was destined to become the spouse of the Mother of God. His high privilege is expressed in a single phrase, "Foster-father of Jesus." About him Sacred Scripture has little more to say than that he was a just man-an expression which indicates how faithfully he fulfilled his high trust of protecting and guarding God's greatest treasures upon earth, Jesus and Mary.

    The darkest hours of his life may well have been those when he first learned of Mary's pregnancy; but precisely in this time of trial Joseph showed himself great. His suffering, which likewise formed a part of the work of the redemption, was not without great providential import: Joseph was to be, for all times, the trustworthy witness of the Messiah's virgin birth. After this, he modestly retires into the background of holy Scripture.

    Of St. Joseph's death the Bible tells us nothing. There are indications, however, that he died before the beginning of Christ's public life. His was the most beautiful death that one could have, in the arms of Jesus and Mary. Humbly and unknown, he passed his years at Nazareth, silent and almost forgotten he remained in the background through centuries of Church history. Only in more recent times has he been accorded greater honor. Liturgical veneration of St. Joseph began in the fifteenth century, fostered by Sts. Brigid of Sweden and Bernadine of Siena. St. Teresa, too, did much to further his cult.

    At present there are two major feasts in his honor. On March 19 our veneration is directed to him personally and to his part in the work of redemption, while on May 1 we honor him as the patron of workmen throughout the world and as our guide in the difficult matter of establishing equitable norms regarding obligations and rights in the social order.

    Excerpted from The Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch.

    St. Joseph is invoked as patron for many causes. He is the patron of the Universal Church. He is the patron of the dying because Jesus and Mary were at his death-bed. He is also the patron of fathers, of carpenters, and of social justice. Many religious orders and communities are placed under his patronage.

    Patron: Against doubt; against hesitation; Americas; Austria; Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; California; Belgium; Bohemia; bursars; cabinetmakers; Canada; Carinthia; carpenters; China; Church; confectioners; craftsmen; Croatian people (in 1687 by decree of the Croatian parliament) dying people; emigrants; engineers; expectant mothers; families; fathers; Florence, Italy; happy death; holy death; house hunters; immigrants; interior souls; Korea; laborers; Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin; Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky; Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire; Mexico; Diocese of Nashville, Tennessee; New France; New World; Oblates of Saint Joseph; people in doubt; people who fight Communism; Peru; pioneers; pregnant women; protection of the Church; Diocese of San Jose, California; diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; social justice; Styria, Austria; travelers; Turin Italy; Tyrol Austria; unborn children Universal Church; Vatican II; Viet Nam; Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston West Virginia; wheelwrights; workers; working people.

    Symbols: Bible; branch; capenter's square; carpenter's tools; chalice; cross; hand tools; infant Jesus; ladder; lamb; lily; monstrance; old man holding a lily and a carpenter's tool such as a square; old man holding the infant Jesus; plane; rod.


    Prayer to St. Joseph

    Pope Pius X composed this prayer to St. Joseph, patron of working people, that expresses concisely the Christian attitude toward labor. It summarizes also for us the lessons of the Holy Family's work at Nazareth.

    Glorious St. Joseph, model of all who devote their lives to labor, obtain for me the grace to work in the spirit of penance in order thereby to atone for my many sins; to work conscientiously, setting devotion to duty in preference to my own whims; to work with thankfulness and joy, deeming it an honor to employ and to develop by my labor the gifts I have received from God; to work with order, peace, moderation, and patience, without ever shrinking from weariness and difficulties; to work above all with a pure intention and with detachment from self, having always before my eyes the hour of death and the accounting which I must then render of time ill spent, of talents wasted, of good omitted, and of vain complacency in success, which is so fatal to the work of God.

    All for Jesus, all through Mary, all in imitation of you, O Patriarch Joseph! This shall be my motto in life and in death, Amen.

    Litany of Saint Joseph
    Lord, have mercy on us.
    Christ, have mercy on us.
    Lord, have mercy on us.
    Christ, hear us.
    Christ, graciously hear us.
    God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
    God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
    God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
    Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
    Holy Mary, pray for us.
    Holy Joseph,
    pray for us.
    Illustrious Son of David, pray for us.
    Light of the Patriarchs, pray for us.
    Spouse of the Mother of God, pray for us.
    Chaste Guardian of the Virgin, pray for us.
    Foster-Father of the Son of God, pray for us.
    Faithful Protector of Christ, pray for us.
    Head of the Holy Family, pray for us.
    Joseph most just, pray for us.
    Joseph most chaste, pray for us.
    Joseph most prudent, pray for us.
    Joseph most courageous, pray for us.
    Joseph most obedient, pray for us.
    Joseph most faithful, pray for us.
    Mirror of patience, pray for us.
    Lover of poverty, pray for us.
    Model of working men, pray for us.
    Ornament of the domestic life, pray for us.
    Guardian of virgins, pray for us.
    Pillar of the family, pray for us.
    Consoler of the miserable, pray for us.
    Hope of the sick, pray for us.
    Patron of the dying, pray for us.
    Terror of demons, pray for us.
    Protector of the Holy Church,
    pray for us.
    Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
    Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
    Graciously hear us, O Lord.
    Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
    Have mercy on us.
    V. He hath made him master of His house.
    R. And ruler of all His possessions.

    Let us pray.
    O God, who in Thy ineffable providence didst vouchsafe to choose blessed Joseph to be the Spouse of Thy most holy Mother: grant, we beseech Thee, that we may have him for our intercessor in Heaven, whom on earth we venerate as out most holy Protector. Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

    Was St. Joseph a tzadik?
    St. Joseph: Patron saint of three Popes [Catholic Caucus]
    St. Joseph and the Staircase
    St. Joseph, Foster Father, Novena [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
    Patron of a “Happy Death” A Special Role for St. Joseph [Catholic/Orhtodox Caucus]
    Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 7 Sorrows and 7 Joys of St. Joseph
    Catholic Group Blasts Pelosi For Invoking St. Joseph on Pro-Abortion Health Care Bill
    Joseph, Mary and Jesus: A Model Family
    Season of Announcement - Revelation to Joseph

    In hard times, don't forget about the humble carpenter Joseph
    Saint Joseph: Complete submission to the will of God (Pope Benedict XVI) (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)
    St. Joseph as Head of the Holy Family (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)
    St. Joseph, Patron of a Peaceful Death [Catholic Caucus]
    Octave: St. Joseph, A 'Man’s Man', Calling Men to Jesus
    St. Teresa de Avila's Devotion to St. Joseph (Catholic Caucus)
    Catholic Men's National Day of Prayer, MARCH 15, 2008, The Solemnity of St. Joseph (Catholic Caucus)
    The Role and Responsibility of Fatherhood - St. Joseph as Model
    St. Joseph - Foster Father of Jesus
    Some divine intervention in real estate-[Bury St. Joseph Statues in Ground]

    Many Turn To Higher Power For Home Sales
    St. Joseph the Worker, Memorial, May 1
    Catholic Devotions: St. Joseph the Worker
    Nothing Will Be Denied Him (St. Joseph)
    The Heart of a Father [St. Joseph]
    St. Joseph's DAY
    Quemadmodum Deus - Decree Under Blessed Pius IX, Making St. Joseph Patron of the Church
    Father & Child (Preaching on St. Joseph)
    March 19 - Feast of St. Joseph - Husband of Mary - Intercessor of civil leaders
    St. Joseph's Spirit of Silence

    St. Joseph's Humility (By St. Francis de Sales)
    St. Joseph [Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary], Solemnity, March 19
    St Joseph’s Paternal Love
    The Heart of St. Joseph
    The Importance of Devotion to St. Joseph
    St. Francis de Sales on St. Joseph (Some Excerpts for St. Joseph's Day 2004)
    St. Joseph: REDEMPTORIS CUSTOS (Guardian Of The Redeemer)
    (Saint) Joseph the Patriarch: A Reflection on the Solemnity of St. Joseph
    How I Rediscovered a "Neglected" Saint: Work of Art Inspires Young Man to Rediscover St. Joseph

    Novena to Saint Joseph

    O Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.

    O Saint Joseph, assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.

    O Saint Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me, and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath, Amen.

    O Saint Joseph, hear my prayers and obtain my petitions. O Saint Joseph, pray for me. (mention your intention)

    St. Joseph Novena

    O good father Joseph! I beg you,  by all your sufferings, sorrows and joys, to obtain for me what I ask.

    (Here name your petition).

    Obtain for all those who have asked my prayers, everything that is useful to them in the plan of God. Be near to me in my last moments, that I may eternally sing the praises of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Amen.

    (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be)

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-30-15

    03/29/2015 8:02:35 PM PDT · 15 of 21
    Salvation to All

    A Prayer for our Free Nation Under God
    God Save Our Country web site (prayer warriors)
    Prayer Chain Request for the United States of America
    Pray for Nancy Pelosi
    Prayer and fasting will help defeat health care reform (Freeper Prayer Thread)
    Prayer Campaign Started to Convert Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians to Pro-Life
    [Catholic Caucus] One Million Rosaries
    Non-stop Rosary vigil to defeat ObamaCare

    From an Obama bumper sticker on a car:

    "Pray for Obama.  Psalm 109:8"



    Evening Prayer
    Someone has said that if people really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless.
    Did you know that during WWII there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every day at a prescribed hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace?  

    There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America. If you would like to participate: Every evening at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (8:00 PM Central) (7:00 PM Mountain) (6:00 PM Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, and for a return to a Godly nation. If you know anyone else who would like to participate, please pass this along. Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have.    Please forward this to your praying friends.