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Theology (Religion)

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  • TEN EVIDENCES OF SALVATION (vanity)

    04/19/2015 1:43:46 AM PDT · by imardmd1 · 1 replies
    Happy Heralds, Inc. Articles ^ | undated | Fred Wittman
    TEN EVIDENCES (PROOFS) OF SALVATION Notes by Dr. Fred Wittman 1. The Witness of the Holy Spirit . . A. Within the child of God (Romans 8:9-16; 1 John 3:24); . . B. With another child of God (Romans 8:16); . . C. By fellowship with God (Romans 8: 14; 1 John 1 :7) 2. The Witness of God (Chastening) (Heb. 12:5-11) 3. The Witness of Love (John 13:34,35; 1 John 3:14-19; 5:1-3; 4:7,8,11) 4. The Witness of Your Life (2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 3:7-10). 5. The Witness of God's Word . . A. Your reaction to it...
  • Traveling the Path to Catholicism

    04/18/2015 6:56:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    Catholic Exchange.com ^ | March 12, 22015 | Fr. William Saunders
    Traveling the Path to Catholicism Fr. William Saunders Q: Recently I saw a picture showing the Rite of Election at the cathedral. Would you please explain more about the Rite of Election and RCIA? When I was growing up, we did not have such a program.The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a formal program of catechetical instruction, ascetical practice (prayer and spirituality), and liturgies whereby adults — called catechumens — are formally admitted into the Church and receive the sacraments of initiation — baptism, confirmation, and holy Eucharist. (The sacrament of penance is received later since baptism...
  • Anatomy of a Delusion (Part I)

    04/18/2015 12:30:14 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | April 15, 2015 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    As Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life (CICL), Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz of Brazil is responsible for overseeing the brutal destruction of one of the few flourishing institutes of consecrated life in the Church today, the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, on the direct orders of Pope Francis. Because the order founded by the saintly Father Stefano Manelli, lauded by both John Paul II and Benedict XVI, had dared to take advantage of Benedicts liberation of the Latin Mass from its unjust imprisonment, it had to go. To recall Pope Francis words during the bizarre celebration...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JESUS CHRIST THE CONQUEROR, 04-18-15

    04/18/2015 9:41:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-18-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:JESUS CHRIST THE CONQUERORAncient title of Christ signifying his victory over sin, death, and the evil spirit. It appears in the familiar monogram IC XC NIKA, where I and C are the first and last letters of the Greek word Ihcuc (Jesus); X and C are the first and last letters of Xrictoc (Christ); and nika is the Greek word for "conquers." All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • THE GOOD SIDE OF INADEQUACY

    04/18/2015 7:03:26 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 2 replies
    InTouch.ORG ^ | Aired On 17 Apr 2015 | Dr. Charles Stanley
    How do you respond to challenges that seem beyond your capabilities? Some people feel overwhelmed with a sense of inadequacy, and therefore give up and walk away from the situation. Others approach the undertaking with confidence in themselves and their own abilities. For believers, neither one is the appropriate responseone exhibits a lack of trust in God, and the other displays pride. The apostle Paul described the right approach in 2 Corinthians 3:4-5. Our confidence is not in ourselves, but in Christ. Theres nothing within us that makes us competent for the opportunities God gives us. He alone is the...
  • Francis Cardinal George: Requiescant in Pace

    04/18/2015 6:26:39 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Donald R. McClarey
    Francis Cardinal George lost his long battle with cancer and died today. This is what I wrote about him back in 2012: Francis Cardinal George of the Archdiocese of Chicago is alleged to have predicted that for upholding the teachings of Christ he will die in his bed, his successor will die in a prison cell, and his successor will be executed in a public square in Chicago. Therefore, I am unsurprised that he has written an open letter exploring the Chicago Values cited by Mayor Emanuel when he decided to attack the free speech rights of Chick-Fil-A: Recent comments...
  • THE JOURNEY HOME

    04/17/2015 11:56:11 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    EWTN ^ | April 17, 2015
    EWTN Video Former Lutheran Minister Discusses Her Conversion Mon. Apr. 20 at 8:00 PM ET Tue. Apr. 21 at 1:00 AM ET Fri. Apr. 24 at 1:00 PM ET JAMIE AND JACK MCALEER Former Lutheran Jamie McAleer explains what made her seek out the Catholic Church, while Jack McAleer discusses what called him back. Hosted by Marcus Grodi.
  • The Work That Saves

    04/17/2015 6:41:04 PM PDT · by bad company · 13 replies
    http://blogs.ancientfaith.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    Do we cooperate in our salvation? Do our efforts make a difference? These questions lie at the heart of a centuries-old religious debate in Christianity. Classically, the Protestant reformers said, No, to these questions, arguing that we are saved solely and utterly by Gods grace, His unmerited favor. The Catholic Church replied that faith without works is dead and that faith alone is insufficient. This debate, with various twists and turns, has continued down through the centuries of Christian culture. At one point, there were complaints of cheap grace, where the exaltation of pure grace over works led to a...
  • Cultural Catholicism and the End of Life: You Earned It

    04/17/2015 12:12:16 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 230 replies
    triablogue ^ | August 30, 2013 | John Bugay
    Ive mentioned that Roman Catholicism is so onerous because it puts its hooks in you at various times in your life from baptism as a child, to first confession and first holy communion, then Confirmation as an early teen, then marriage, baptism of your own children, etc. Its a programmatic cycle. There is another point at which Rome is prominent, and that is at death. As the Baby Boom generation continues to age and die, people will continue to be focused on this phase of life, either as people focused on the end of their own lives, or that...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: WHITE FRIARS, 04-17-15

    04/17/2015 8:17:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-17-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:WHITE FRIARSCarmelite friars so called because of their white habit and scapular. The term is also applied to Premonstratensians and White Canons. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What Ever Happened to the Spiritual Works of Mercy?

    04/17/2015 6:38:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-16-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Ever Happened to the Spiritual Works of Mercy? By: Msgr. Charles PopeDuring daily masses at this time we are beginning to read through John Chapter 6. There of course is a glorious focus and teaching of the Lords true presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament.However, there is also another important teaching given at a critical moment in chapter 6 that is important for us to lay hold of today. It is a call to recover a greater awareness of the importance of the spiritual works of mercy. We will list what they are in the moment, but for now, consider that, despite living in rather...
  • The Communion of Saints - Chapter 19

    04/17/2015 3:54:06 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    "I believe in the communion of saints."-Apostles' Creed THESE WORDS WERE WRITTEN into the creed about the middle of the fifth century. It would be difficult if not altogether impossible for us at this late date to know exactly what was in the minds of the Church Fathers who introduced the words into the creed, but in the Book of Acts we have a description of the first Christian communion: "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine...
  • The Self-sufficiency of God Chapter 6

    04/17/2015 3:49:50 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Teach us, O God, that nothing is necessary to Thee. Were anything necessary to Thee that thing would be the measure of Thine imperfection: and how could we worship one who is imperfect? If nothing is necessary to Thee, then no one is necessary, and if no one, then not we. Thou dost seek us though Thou does not need us. We seek Thee because we need Thee, for in Thee we live and move and have our being. Amen The Father hath life in himself, said our Lord, and it is characteristic of His teaching that He thus in...
  • Media Advisory-Archdiocese of San Francisco

    04/16/2015 10:40:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (SAN FRANCISCO, April 15, 2015) Regarding the paid advertisement in the San Francisco Chronicle slated for publication April 16 the Archdiocese of San Francisco responds: The advertisement is a misrepresentation of Catholic teaching, a misrepresentation of the nature of the teacher contract, and a misrepresentation of the spirit of the Archbishop. The greatest misrepresentation of all is that the signers presume to speak for “the Catholic Community of San Francisco.” They do not. The Archdiocese has met with a broad range of stakeholders. Together, we have engaged in a constructive dialogue on all of the issues raised...
  • Vatican Ends Takeover of U.S. Catholic Nuns Group

    04/16/2015 9:50:17 AM PDT · by NRx · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | 04-16-2015 | LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    The Vatican has abruptly ended its standoff with American nuns, announcing that the investigation and oversight of the nuns main leadership group has been finished two years earlier than expected, without instituting any major changes that would affect the groups practices or direction. Four of the leaders of the American nuns group, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, were called in to an unexpected meeting on Thursday with Pope Francis in the Vatican that lasted 50 minutes. He did not speak publicly, but the sisters said afterward in a statement that they were deeply heartened by Francis expression of appreciation...
  • The Catholic Dogma of Infallibility

    04/16/2015 8:47:22 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 82 replies
    Apologitics Press ^ | 2005 | Moiss Pinedo
    When the Roman Pontiff speaks EX CATHEDRA...he possesses, by the divine assistance promised to him in blessed Peter, that infallibility which the divine Redeemer willed his Church to enjoy in defining doctrine concerning faith or morals. Therefore, such definitions of the Roman Pontiff are of themselves, and not by the consent of the Church, irreformable (Vatican I, 1869b, chap. 4, s. 9). This is the dogma declared by Pope Pius IX, and approved by the Vatican I Council, in regard to the alleged infallible teaching authority of the Roman pontiff. For more than a century, this dogma has pressed greatly...
  • The Greatness of Little Things: A Reflection on a Quote From St. Augustine

    04/16/2015 6:46:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-15-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Greatness of Little Things: A Reflection on a Quote From St. Augustine By: Msgr. Charles PopeI have found that one of my favorite quotes from St. Augustine  is not all that well known. Here it is in Latin, followed by my own translation: Quod minimum, minimum est, Sed in minimo fidelem esse,magnum est.What is a little thing,  is (just) a little thing.But to be faithful in a little thingis a great thing. (from St. Augustine’s De Doctrina Christiana, IV,35)I first saw this quote on the frontispiece of a book by Adrian Fortescue. Fortescue applied it to the intricate details of celebrating...
  • Rubio: I Would Attend Gay Wedding of Family Member, Friend

    04/16/2015 6:28:43 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 133 replies
    http://www.newsmax.com ^ | April 13, 2015
    Although he thinks marriage should be between a man and a woman, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says he would attend a same-sex wedding of a family member or friend to show his support for someone he cares about. Rubio was interviewed Wednesday by Fusion's Jorge Ramos, who asked the Republican presidential candidate whether he would attend the wedding of a gay friend or co-worker if invited. "If there's somebody that I love that's in my life, I don't necessarily have to agree with their decisions, or the decisions they've made, to continue to love them and participate in important events,"...
  • Thumbs up or thumbs down on Rome?

    04/15/2015 10:35:02 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 134 replies
    Reformation500 ^ | February 23, 2010 | John Bugay
    One commenter said: The way you write, I guess, seems to me to reveal a near certainty concerning the falsity of Catholic Doctrine. It seems as though you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Catholicism simply couldnt be true. And youre willing to hang everything on that confidence. Too often, an argument is put forth in this form: Protestantism has lots of problems. Therefore, Catholicism. I once looked at it this way myself. I was hanging around some close friends who were starting a fellowship for completed Jews, that is, these were all Jewish people who had...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HOLY HILL, 04-15-15

    04/15/2015 9:07:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:HOLY HILLA shrine of Mary, Help of Christians in Hubertus, Wisconsin, northwest of Milwaukee. A statue of the Madonna, arms outstretched, with the Child beside her, is the central feature of the shrine. The present edifice is the third church built since 1863, when the first log building became to small to hold the pilgrims who came to Holy Hill, where it is reputed that Jacques Marquette first planted the Cross. Now in charge of the shrine, the Carmelites have built a six-story monastery on the grounds. Discarded crutches and braces there attest to the...
  • Strange but Rich Verses: What Does Acts 1:4 Mean by Saying That Jesus Was Eating Salt with Them?

    04/15/2015 7:02:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 61 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-14-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Strange but Rich Verses File: What Does Acts 1:4 Mean by Saying That Jesus Was “Eating Salt with Them”? By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere is an unusual verse that occurs in the first chapter of the Acts the Apostles, describing a gathering of Jesus and the Apostles after the resurrection but before the ascension. For the most part, modern translations do not reveal the full oddity of the verse. The verse in question, as rendered by the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition, is,And while staying with them he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father (Acts 1:4).However,...
  • Misericordiae Vultus: BULL OF INDICTION OF THE EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE OF MERCY

    04/15/2015 7:00:20 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    '"It is as if nothing has been learned from the confrontations with secular and atheist ideologies in the last 50 years. The passages he chose to quote from John XXIII and Paul VI are revealing: the former's dichotomy between the Council's "medicine of mercy" as contrasted with "severity", and the latter's glowing profession of trust and admiration for the modern world. Francis, for all of his talk of going forward, seems intent on going back to the naivet of the immediate post-Conciliar years. With the Jubilee of Mercy as the instrument of this time-travel."
  • The Didache - The Complete Text

    04/14/2015 8:58:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 79 replies
    Paraclete Press ^ | not given | Apostles
    The Didache - The Complete Text 1 There Are Two Ways 1:1 There are two ways, one of life and one of death! and there is a great difference between the two ways. 1:2 The way of life is this: First, you shall love God who made you. And second, love your neighbor as yourself, and do not do to another what you would not want done to you. 1:3 The meaning of these sayings is this: Bless those who curse you, and pray for your enemies, and fast for those who persecute you. For what reward is there...
  • A Short Meditation on the Look of Jesus

    04/14/2015 7:43:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-13-15 | Msgr. Charlels Pope
    A Short Meditation on the “Look” of Jesus By: Msgr. Charles PopeI have a large Icon of Christ in my room. What icons from the Eastern tradition do best is to capture “the Look.” No matter where I move in the room Christ is looking right at me. His look is intense, though not severe. In the Eastern spirituality Icons are windows into heaven. Hence this icon is no mere portrait that reminds one of Christ, it is an image which mediates his presence. When I look upon him, I experience that he knows me. It is a knowing...
  • Card. Sarah Laments "True scandal" of "Confusion Between Good and Evil..Made by Catholic Pastors"

    04/14/2015 6:48:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/13/15 | Carl E. Olson
    Sandro Magister has published excerpts from a new bookan interview of Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guineatitled, "Dieu ou rien" [God or nothing], by French journalist Nicolas Diat. The Cardinal is quite candid and direct: There is now no mistake when one realizes that there exists a form of rejection of the dogmas of the Church, or a growing distance among men, the faithful and dogmas. On the question of marriage, there is a chasm between a certain world and the Church. The question is ultimately very simple: is it the world that must change its attitude, or the Church its...
  • Can Matter Be Eternal and Created at the Same Time?

    04/13/2015 2:37:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 13, 2015 | WILLIAM E. CARROLL
    Does it matter whether or not matter is eternal? Peter J. Leithart, who writes a regular blog on the web site of First Things, definitely thinks it does. According to Leithart, who is a Protestant theologian in the Reformed Presbyterian tradition in the United States, if matter is eternal, "creation can only be control, limitation, ordering." Then God could only be a master craftsman, working with already existing material to form the universe. If matter is eternal, "creation cannot be a gift; . . . cannot be the bestowal of existence, a grant of being." Finally, if matter is...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SANCTIFYING GRACE, 04-13-15

    04/13/2015 9:36:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-13-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:SANCTIFYING GRACE The supernatural state of being infused by God, which permanently inheres in the soul. It is a vital principle of the supernatural life, as the rational soul is the vital principle of a human being's natural life. It is not a substance but a real quality that becomes part of the soul substance. Although commonly associated with the possession of the virtue of charity, sanctifuing grace is yet distinct from this virtue. Charity, rather, belongs to the will, whereas sanctifying grace belongs to the whole soul, mind, will, and affections. It is called...
  • Catholic Church Will Pay Price for Stance on Gay Marriage [Ireland]

    04/13/2015 8:26:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 4/11/15 | Colin Gleeson
    Bishop tells TCD conference that gay rights is the justice issue of our timeA conference discussing the religious case for marriage equality has heard there will be a price to be paid by the Catholic Church for its stance in relation to the upcoming referendum. Marriage Equality: The Religious Case for a Yes Vote took place on Saturday and was hosted by Faith in Marriage Equality at the school of ecumenics, Trinity College, Dublin. Sociologist Dr Richard OLeary told the conference there was a danger of a smaller, more anti-gay church emerging from the public debate in relation to the...
  • Two Gifts of Deeper Prayer: Silence and Spaciousness

    04/13/2015 7:31:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 0-12-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Two Gifts of Deeper Prayer: Silence and Spaciousness By: Msgr. Charles PopeOne of the great spiritual battles and journeys is to get beyond, and outside our self. St. Augustine described one of the chief effects of sin was that man was curvatus in se (turned in on himself, i.e. turned inward). Forgetful of God we loose our way. Called to look outward and upward, to behold the Lord and his glory, instead we focus inward and downward, on things that are passing, noisy, troubling, and far less noble. No longer seeing our Father’s face and experiencing joyful confidence, we...
  • The Scope Of The Apostasy...The Delusion pt 1

    Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;( 2 Thess 2:1-3)When I read that the President of the United States, Barak Hussein Obama ordered...
  • Are Christians Under the 10 Commandments?

    04/12/2015 11:16:47 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 271 replies
    Desiring God ^ | August 7, 2010 | John Piper
    The following is an edited transcript of the audio. Are Christians under the 10 commandments? No. The Bible says we're not under the law. I love Romans 7:4-6. By way of analogy, it says that you are married to the law. And you better stay married because if you leave this husband and go marry another you are going to be called an adulterer. But if your husband dies, then you can go and remarry. And then Paul draws the analogy outa little complex the way he does itsaying that you died to the law. You aren't married anymore, you...
  • THOSE FEELINGS OF INADEQUACY, Part 1

    04/12/2015 7:36:37 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 1 replies
    InTouch.ORG ^ | Aired On 10 Apr 2015 | Dr. Charles Stanley
    Poor self-image. Past failures. Weak faith. We all feel inadequate in different areas of our lives. No one is adequate within themselves to be saved or to serve God effectively. We must respond to Gods call and rely on the Holy Spirit. Watch video at this link Duration: Twenty-three minutes, eleven seconds.
  • Gods Perfect Mercy A Meditation for Divine Mercy Sunday

    04/12/2015 6:54:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdicoese of Washington ^ | 04-11-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    God’s Perfect Mercy – A Meditation for Divine Mercy Sunday By: Msgr. Charles PopeWe live in times in which mercy, like so many other things, has become a detached concept in people’s minds, separated from the things that really help us to understand it. For indeed, mercy makes sense and is necessary because we are sinners in desperate shape. Yet many today think it unkind and unmerciful to speak of sin as sin. Many think that mercy is a declaration that God doesn’t really care about sin, or that sin is not a relevant concept.On the contrary, mercy means that sin...
  • Don't Make a Savior of Your Morality

    04/11/2015 4:20:43 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 26 replies
    Monergism ^ | 11/10/2014 | john_hendryx
    To utterly despair of oneself is infinitely more difficult for a man than to invent some kind of good works.generated self-salvation project. Human beings irresistibly gravitate toward a works or karma-based system because it gives man the false hope that his redemption is within his own reach. But a salvation that is all of grace, a gift earned by Someone else, is so utterly offensive to human nature, so humbling to our pride, that only a supernatural work of grace will bring a person to yield to it. Contrary to popular and cultural concepts of God, the Bible declares that...
  • Pope: Church Must Be 'Oasis of Mercy,' Not Severe Fortress

    04/11/2015 11:22:49 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 29 replies
    YahooNews ^ | April 11, 2015
    Pope: Church Must Be 'Oasis of Mercy,' Not Severe Fortress By FRANCES D'EMILIO April 11, 2015. Pope Francis has proclaimed a special year of efforts by the Catholic Church to be more merciful and less judgmental. At St. Peter's Basilica Saturday evening, he listened as a Vatican prelate read excerpts from a papal bull, or decree, in which Francis proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy& Holy Year. The year begins on Dec. 8 with Francis opening the normally closed Holy Door in the back of the basilica, and ends on Nov. 20, 2016. . VATICAN CITY (AP) Pope Francis...
  • MISERICORDIAE VULTUS: BULL OF INDICTION OF THE EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE OF MERCY

    04/11/2015 9:51:38 AM PDT · by NRx · 28 replies
    The Holy See ^ | 04-11-2015 | Pope Francis
    FRANCIS BISHOP OF ROME SERVANT OF THE SERVANTS OF GOD TO ALL WHO READ THIS LETTER GRACE, MERCY, AND PEACE
  • Boasting or Belittling - Chapter 18

    04/11/2015 6:28:13 AM PDT · by metmom · 16 replies
    WE ALL know how painful it is to be forced to listen to a confirmed boaster sound off on his favorite topic - himself. To be the captive of such a man even for a short time tries our patience to the utmost and puts a heavy strain upon our Christian charity. Boasting is particularly offensive when it is heard among the children of God, the one place above all others where it should never be found. Yet it is quite common among Christians, though disguised somewhat by the use of the stock expression, "I say this to the glory...
  • We Cannot Love God if We Do Not Love His Word

    04/10/2015 4:15:28 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 115 replies
    ligonier ministries ^ | Mar 27, 2015 | R.C. Sproul
    We Cannot Love God if We Do Not Love HisWord from R.C. Sproul Mar 27, 2015 Category: Articles Emil Brunner, the twentieth-century Swiss theologian and one of the fathers of neoorthodox theology, wrote a little book titled Truth as Encounter. His thesis was that when we study the things of God, we are not studying truth in the abstract. We want to understand theology not merely so that we can make an A on a theology exam. We want to understand the doctrine of God so that we can understand God, so that we can meet the living God...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: VALIDITY, 04-10-15

    04/10/2015 9:11:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:VALIDITYHaving not only legal force but actually producing the effect intended. Applied to the sacraments, it refers to the conditions of matter, form, and circumstances required for valid administration. In ecclesiastical law it means that certain prescriptions must be fulfilled for the law or contractual agreement to bind or take effect. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • When Did the Resurrection Go from Rumor to an Official Declaration of the Church?

    04/10/2015 7:44:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-09-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    When Did the Resurrection Go from Rumor to an Official Declaration of the Church? By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn the early hours of the first Easter Sunday, the news began to circulate that Jesus was alive and had been seen. These reports were at first disbelieved or at least doubted by the Apostles. They dismissed various reports from both women and men. But suddenly that evening there was a change, a declaration by the Apostles that the Lord “has truly risen!”  What effected this change? We will see in a moment. But first, note the early reports of the resurrection and how they...
  • Christian churches must be made to affirm homosexuality, says New York Times columnist

    04/09/2015 9:34:44 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 72 replies
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | April 7, 2015 | Ben Johnson
    A New York Times columnist and a corporate leader have agreed that Christian churches must be convinced, or coerced, to change their teachings on sexual morality and abandon an ossified doctrinal teaching that sex outside heterosexual marriage is immoral. Frank Bruni wrote that traditional Christianity whether among evangelicals, Catholics, or Orthodox provides the greatest resistance to normalizing homosexuality in the United States in a recent column in the New York Times. Homosexuality and Christianity dont have to be in conflict in any church anywhere, Bruni insisted. The continued view of gays, lesbians and bisexuals as sinners is a...
  • Kasper is Not the 'Pope's Theologian,' Says Leading African Cardinal

    04/09/2015 5:01:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 4/9/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Vatican City, Apr 9, 2015 / 05:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A top African cardinal says that German cardinal Walter Kasper who's stirred controversy over his views promoting Communion for the divorced and remarried does not necessarily represent Pope Francis' theological stance. He also rejected efforts to claim the Pope for either side of the debate ahead of the upcoming synod on the family. South Africa's Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier dismissed a news report's label of Cardinal Walter Kasper as the Popes theologian, saying, I believe Pope Francis is a theologian in his own right. So he does not...
  • Obama a Christian?

    04/09/2015 10:15:04 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 32 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | April 8, 2015 | Donald R. McClarey
    Midwest Conservative Journal brings to our attention that Obama continues his pretense of being a Christian in order to bash Christians: If theres one thing I love, its a quote which doesnt even require fisking. At the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast on Sunday, an occasion of great significance to Christians, heres what President Barack Obama had to say: On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love, Obama said. And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned. As the crowd began...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CANONS REGULAR, 04-09-15

    04/09/2015 9:25:25 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-09-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:CANONS REGULARPriests who are bound by religious vows and who live in community under a distinctive rule. Originating in the eleventh century, in connection with the reform movement of Pope Gregory VII, they have mainly adopted the Rule of St. Augustine. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • A Meditation on the Sins of the Intellect

    04/09/2015 8:22:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 131 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-08-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Meditation on the Sins of the Intellect By: Msgr. Charles PopeWhen I was in the seminary, my Moral Theology Professor, Fr. Robert Zylla (R.I.P.), encouraged us to meditate on the sins of the intellect during the third sorrowful mystery (The Crowning with Thorns). In his years of teaching he had surely witnessed the intellectual pride that could beset theologians and seminary students who figured they knew a few things. And added to this human tendency to intellectual pride was the rather prideful sense of the 20th century that we had somehow “come of age.” Dissent from church teaching was rampant and...
  • On Redefining Reality: A Dialogue [sodomite "marriage"]

    04/09/2015 4:17:32 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Crisis ^ | 3/31/2015 | James Jacobs
    As I walked down the street, I noticed in the window of a shop a decal advertising the so-called Human Rights Campaign, the organization agitating for a redefinition of marriage to include homosexual unions. I was a little shocked somebody would be proud of that association, for I had heard the news that the founder of the Human Rights Campaign (and a major financial backer of President Obama), Terry Bean, was recently arrested in Oregon for sexually abusing a 15 year-old boy. Maybe that story was not broadcast as widely as it should have beenI can only guess why; if...
  • Making Catholicism Countercultural and Supernatural Again

    04/08/2015 9:41:58 PM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 5 replies
    Countercultural Christianity and the need of the supernaturalNot too long ago I had the pleasure to read a series of three articles that grabbed my attention, and which allowed me to formulate a series of thoughts regarding the need of what is known as Countercultural Christianity and furthermore of making Christianity strange again. All of this simply implies the need of bringing back the supernatural elements of Christianity.Two articles that I read on these specific subjects were both written by Rod Dreher a senior editor for The American Conservative. The first article is called Christian and Countercultural and the second...
  • Schism ... it's time we got serious

    04/08/2015 6:18:22 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | 04-08-2015 | Fr John Hunwicke
    A year or two ago, Cardinal Mueller suggested that, although the excommunication of its bishops had been lifted, the SSPX was still in de facto schism. At first, I disliked this idea, because it seemed to nullify the emollient effects of the removal of the excommunications, as intended by Benedict XVI. But, upon lengthier thought, I came (as I usually do ... honest, no irony here ...) to the conclusion that his Eminence is right. After all, with whatever justification, the SSPX does not have any recognition in Rome or throughout the world-wide churches which are in unflawed communion with...
  • New York Times Runs Easter Story Suggesting Resurrection Didn't Happen

    04/08/2015 2:44:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 8, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    A few weeks ago, an Israeli geologist met with a reporter from the New York Timesin the lobby of Jerusalem's King David Hotel.The geologist brought along evidence. Just before Easter, the Times came out with his story. The geologist, Aryeh Shimron, claims to have proof of a connection between a famous ossuary, or burial box for bones, and a tomb of in the environs of Jerusalem that, he believes, was the final resting place for Jesus of Nazareth, his wife and his family. If he were right, his theory would callinto question the truth of the Resurrection. The Times...
  • The Self-existence of God Chapter 5

    04/08/2015 1:19:59 PM PDT · by metmom · 35 replies
    Lord of all being! Thou alone canst affirm I AM THAT I AM; yet we who are made in Thine image may each one repeat I am, so confessing that we derive from Thee and that our words are but an echo of Thine own. We acknowledge Thee to be the great Original of which we through Thy goodness are grateful if imperfect copies. We worship Thee, O Father Everlasting. Amen. God has no origin, said Novatian and it is precisely this concept of no-origin which distinguishes That-which-is-God from whatever is not God. Origin is a word that can apply...