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  • For Christians, Dying From COVID (Or Anything Else) Is A Good Thing

    10/18/2021 9:46:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 18, 2021 | Joy Pullman
    It is time for Christians individually and corporately to repent for the way we and our institutions responded to the COVID-19 outbreak.Blaming people for contracting a catchy virus has been one of many widely deployed COVID manipulation tactics. That has shifted into blaming people for dying of a catchy virus after they decided their risks from taking the vaccines outweighed their risks from catching the disease.Shaming people for dying by accident is a bit twisted, but it might make sense if you believe life is over once a person stops breathing, and so cling to the illusion of human control...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL - SEPTEMBER 1, 2021

    08/31/2021 8:28:25 PM PDT · by Norski · 17 replies
    Free Republic ^ | September 1, 2021 | Free Republic Intercessors
    Join with fellow FREEPERS across the world to pray for AMERICA: For those in Authority in Government, Family, Military, Business, Agri-Business, Healthcare, Education, Churches, Technology, and the Media. "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone: for kings and all those in authority that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." (1 Timothy 2:1-2) Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • THE CRISTEROS: They Died for God, Country & Christ the King

    06/11/2021 8:13:08 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | June 9, 2021 | Theresa Marie Moreau
    THE CRISTEROS: They Died for God, Country & Christ the KingDriving northeasterly for a few minutes, about a mile out of town, the cars suddenly veered to the side of the road and rolled to a stop at El Puerto de Santa Teresa, a nondescript stretch along the primitive roadway that would develop into the Sombrerete-Chalchihuites Highway.Forced from their seats, the prisoners – Catholics: one priest and three laymen – stumbled from the cars on that August 15, 1926, forced down a parched slope of dirt, a graveyard of flora in the arid plateau’s xeric shrubland dotted with skeletal clumps...
  • The enigmatic Saint Vitalis and his magnificent shrine in Ravenna

    04/28/2021 12:17:48 PM PDT · by Antoninus · 20 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | April 28, 2021 | Florentius
    April 28 is the feast day of Saint Vitalis, an ancient Roman martyr about whom very little is known. The summary of his life from Butler's Lives of the Saints contains much of what is known and can reasonably be speculated about Saint Vitalis: Saint Vitalis is honored as the principal patron of the city of Ravenna, in which he glorified God by martyrdom in the persecution of Nero. He was a citizen of Milan, and is said in his acts to have been the father of SS. Gervasius and Protasius. The divine providence conducted him to Ravenna, where he...
  • "A monarch more wicked than all the nations of the earth" ~ Julian the Apostate and the martyrdom of Saints Juventius and Maximus

    01/25/2021 3:29:46 PM PST · by Antoninus · 3 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | January 25, 2021 | Florentius
    January 25 is the feast day of the ancient martyrs, Juventius and Maximus (sometimes called Juventinus and Maximinus). These two were soldiers during the time of Julian the Apostate and suffered martyrdom at his hands, most likely in AD 363. You may remember from similar posts on this blog that although Julian had a deep animosity toward Christianity, he refrained from enacting a wholesale persecution in the style of Diocletian because he had seen that such methods failed to suppress the Faith and indeed, seemed to enhance its appeal. As a result, Julian had taken a more subtle approach to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Berard and Companions, 01-16-19

    01/16/2019 9:05:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 01-16-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Saint Berard and Companions Saint of the Day for January 16 (d. January 16, 1220) Audio Player Saint Berard and Companions’ Story Preaching the gospel is often dangerous work. Leaving one’s homeland and adjusting to new cultures, governments and languages is difficult enough; but martyrdom caps all the other sacrifices. In 1219, with the blessing of Saint Francis, Berard left Italy with Peter, Adjute, Accurs, Odo and Vitalis to preach in Morocco. En route in Spain, Vitalis became sick and commanded the other friars to continue their mission without him. They tried preaching in Seville, then...
  • The Final Days of the Carmelites of Compiegne

    07/18/2020 5:09:19 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | July 17, 2020 | Sharon Kabel
    The Final Days of the Carmelites of Compiegne On February 13, 1790, France, the eldest daughter of the Church, forbade the taking of religious vows.A little over two years later, in September 1792, a Carmelite convent about 50 miles north of Paris was seized. The nuns were forced to live separately, and to abandon their habits. In his book To Quell the Terror, William Bush tells us that the revolutionaries deemed habits “offensive to republican eyes,” an echo of Protestant reformers some 300 years earlier: “The reformers focused especially on religious habits, ripping them to shreds or burning them, ordering...
  • The Floyd Riots Mark a Century of Communist Agitation (Jack Cashill nails it)

    06/15/2020 4:43:16 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Jack Cashill
    As it happens, George Floyd died exactly 100 years and 40 days after Alessandro Berardelli and Frederick Parmenter were shot to death in a payroll robbery in Braintree, Massachusetts. These men have little in common with Floyd save that none of them deserved to die and that their respective deaths set off worldwide demonstrations orchestrated out of the very same playbook. In the 1920s, communists had to erase some immediate history — namely, the fact that a pair of Italian anarchists murdered Berardelli and Parmenter in cold blood. The evidence that the anarchists, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, killed the...
  • 1886: Twenty-two Uganda Martyrs

    06/03/2020 6:57:28 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 2 replies
    ExecutedToday.com ^ | June 3, 2013 | Meaghan Good
    On this date in 1886, thirteen Catholic men and boys, as well as nine Anglican Christians, were burned alive in Buganda, a kingdom in modern-day Uganda. Most of them pages at the royal court, they had been martyred for their faith. The kingdom of Buganda came in contact with Europeans in the 1860s; Arab traders had been doing business there a few decades before that. Christian missionaries arrived in Buganda in 1879. In the next few years many court officials converted. King Muteesa I tolerated Muslims, Catholics and Protestants and played them off against other for political gain, but his...
  • Paragons of Faith

    04/17/2020 5:46:12 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Church Militant ^ | April 17, 2020 | Luke O'Hara
    Paragons of Faith Paulo Uchibori and Sons A glowering, scar-faced volcano named Mount Unzen looms over the Shimabara Peninsula in southwestern Japan. Atop it, bubbling, sulfurous hot springs vomit out white crud and belch acrid steam. They call this place "Unzen Hell." From 1627 onward, the local ruler found the biggest of its caustic, skin-eating pools perfect for torturing Christians.  Arima Harunobu In the hands of the Catholic ruler Arima Harunobu, this peninsula, once known as Arima, had been the Christian bulwark of Japan. In 1612, though, the de facto shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu condemned Harunobu to death and entrusted Arima to Harunobu's...
  • "Drive out the murderer Barsaumas!" ~ Saint Flavian and the Robber Council of Ephesus

    02/18/2020 10:33:01 AM PST · by Antoninus · 2 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | February 18, 2017 | Florentius
    The feast day of Saint Flavian, martyr, falls on February 18. Flavian was archbishop of Constantinople from AD 446 through 449. Though he lived long after the traditional age of Christian martyrs, Flavian is nonetheless accounted one of their number, though he was slain by men calling themselves Christians--indeed, he died either during or in the immediate aftermath of a Church Council. The deposition of Saint Flavian from Shea's The Pictorial Life of the Saints. As one of the principle parties at the so-called Robber Council of Ephesus, Flavian found himself on the wrong side of the powerful Patriarch of...
  • St. Valentine: The Real Story

    02/09/2020 8:46:41 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 4 replies
    CBN ^ | David Kithcart
    Flowers, candy, red hearts and romance. That's what Valentine's day is all about, right? Well, maybe not. The origin of this holiday for the expression of love really isn't romantic at all—at least not in the traditional sense. Father Frank O'Gara of Whitefriars Street Church in Dublin, Ireland, tells the real story of the man behind the holiday—St. Valentine. "He was a Roman Priest at a time when there was an emperor called Claudias who persecuted the church at that particular time," Father O'Gara explains. " He also had an edict that prohibited the marriage of young people. This was...
  • Saint Ignatius to Trajan: "You are in error when you call the dæmons of the nations gods."

    02/01/2020 12:42:44 PM PST · by Antoninus · 14 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | February 1, 2018 | Florentius
    "Pray without ceasing on behalf of other men...For cannot he that falls rise again?"~Saint Ignatius of Antioch Ignatius of Antioch is one of the earliest of the Church fathers who left significant writings behind. Born in the mid-First Century AD, it is believed that he, along with Polycarp, were disciples of Saint John the Evangelist. Ecclesiastical historians of the fourth and fifth centuries mention that Ignatius was consecrated bishop of Antioch by Saint Peter himself. His feast day, on the traditional calendar, is February 1. Ignatius was martyred during the reign of Trajan, thus sometime between AD 98 and 117....
  • Chinese Christians Submit To Face And Fingerprint Scanning To Attend Church . . .

    11/29/2019 8:45:26 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Activist Mommy ^ | November 26, 2019 | The Activist Mommy
    The totalitarian efforts to suppress and control Christian faith in China have taken a disturbing turn that reflects Beijing’s greater Orwellian aspirations of social control. In the communist nation, in which it is already quite dangerous to be a Christian, some churchgoers must now submit to facial and fingerprint scanning when they come to church. According to Bitter Winter, an online magazine exposing China’s human rights abuses and religious oppression, government thugs set up two biometric scanning stations at the entrance of the Muyang Church in Hubei. Now, before being allowed in to worship, Christians must line up to be...
  • "I know that your gods are demons" ~ The Martyrdom of Saint Saturninus of Toulouse - November 29

    11/29/2019 3:13:15 PM PST · by Antoninus · 6 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | November 28, 2018 | Florentius
    If you’ve never heard of Saint Saturninus of Toulouse, you may be forgiven. Though obscure today, he was among the most illustrious early martyrs of the Church in France. His feast day is November 29. Saturninus is certainly worth knowing about, however, because the account of his death represents one of the most ancient extant Christian works to originate from the Roman province of Gaul. Saturninus was bishop of Tolosa — Toulouse in modern-day France. He was martyred either during the the persecution of Christians initiated by Decius (AD 250) or Valerian (AD 258). Saturninus is mentioned by the 6th...
  • "I myself saw her incorrupt" ~ November 22, feast of St. Cecilia

    11/22/2019 8:40:37 PM PST · by Antoninus · 5 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | November 22, 2019 | Florentius
    November 22 is the feast day of one of the most ancient female martyrs of the Church – Saint Cecilia of Rome. Unlike many of the other early martyrs I have mentioned in this blog (eg. here, here, here, and here), Saint Cecilia’s Acts are considered by ecclesiastical scholars to be unreliable, having been composed two to three hundred years after her death. That said, there does seem to be broad agreement on some of the basic facts: 1.) There was a Christian martyr named Cecilia. 2.) She was martyred in Rome. 3.) She was buried in the catacombs of...
  • "Dread Gehenna, and hold fast to Christ" ~ November 13, feast of Sts. Arcadius, Paschasius...

    11/13/2019 6:35:43 AM PST · by Antoninus · 11 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | November 12, 2019 | Florentius
    November 13 is the feast day of Saints Arcadius, Paschasius, Probus and Eutychianus. These four Spanish Roman martyrs were put to death by the cruel Vandal king, Geiseric, after he had completed his conquest of Roman Africa. Their martyrdom took place about AD 437 and their crime was refusing to accept the Arian heresy which was favored by the Vandals. Writing in the mid-5th century, not many years after the events described, the chronicler Prosper of Aquitaine recorded the following about these martyrs: In Africa, Geiseric, King of the Vandals, wanted to use the Arian impiety to undo the Catholic...
  • US ISIS Strike Named in Honor of Christian Martyr

    10/31/2019 11:11:52 AM PDT · by Twotone · 7 replies
    Church Militant ^ | October 29, 2019 | Anita Carey
    WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - President Trump is honoring a Christian martyr by naming the mission to kill a top ISIS leader and her captor after her. In an address at the White House on Sunday, Trump announced that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a special forces raid in Syria while he and his security team watched. Also on Sunday, National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien told NBC's "Meet the Press" that the mission was named in honor of Kayla Mueller, captured in Syria in 2013 while working with humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders. Mueller spent 18 months in...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Five Heroic Men Who Withstood Hellfire for Their Faith

    08/26/2019 8:03:57 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | August 25, 2019 | Luke O'Hara
    [Catholic Caucus] Five Heroic Men Who Withstood Hellfire for Their Faith August 25, 1624 marks the martyrdom of four priests and a brother On Aug. 25, 1624, five Catholic heroes faced hellish deaths for having brought Christ to the people of Japan. Burned at the stake in Ōmura, east of Nagasaki, was Jesuit Fr. Miguel Carvalho, S.J., Franciscan Frs. Luís Sotelo and Luís Sasada, Dominican Fr. Pedro Vázquez and Franciscan Br. Luís Baba. Padre Carvalho, the Jesuit, had entered Japan in 1622 on a Portuguese trading ship, having disguised himself as a soldier. The three Franciscans had been sent from...
  • When the Jesuits were Catholic

    06/20/2019 8:35:46 PM PDT · by Antoninus · 21 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | September 26, 2018 | Florentius
    In this scandal-plagued, retrograde age of the Catholic Church, we see the Faith dominated by members of the semi-heretical Society of Jesus, whose superior recently declared himself a baptized Buddhist, who said that the devil is merely a symbol, and suggested that we don't know what Jesus actually meant with regard to the indissolubility of marriage. This order, once so famous for its staunch defenders of the Faith, sturdy apostles to the wilderness nations, and glorious martyrs of superhuman courage and fidelity, has now reached the point where they are little more than a parody of Catholicism. Their institutions are...