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Posts by eastsider

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  • Macron denies bodyguard filmed beating protesters is his gay lover

    07/27/2018 6:13:30 PM PDT · 17 of 29
    eastsider to WMarshal

    French fries.

  • Does The Glorified Body of Christ Have Blood?

    07/18/2018 7:10:53 AM PDT · 60 of 125
    eastsider to daniel1212

    I’m asking a a very straightforward question: What is the source of your quote? Either you have a source or you don’t.

  • Does The Glorified Body of Christ Have Blood?

    07/18/2018 4:15:39 AM PDT · 31 of 125
    eastsider to daniel1212
    ... Catholic Eucharistic theology teaches that while the Lord is then “physically present,” ...
    Please provide a cite for the quote "physically present". Much obliged.
  • Does The Glorified Body of Christ Have Blood?

    07/18/2018 4:12:05 AM PDT · 29 of 125
    eastsider to daniel1212
    ... Catholic Eucharistic theology teaches that while the Lord is then “physically present,” ...
    Please provide a cite for the quote "physically present". Much obliged.
  • Kavanaugh can only be stopped by one narrow path (Trunc.)

    07/10/2018 11:27:02 AM PDT · 20 of 28
    eastsider to gathersnomoss

    The day the music died.

  • Kavanaugh can only be stopped by one narrow path (Trunc.)

    07/10/2018 11:09:51 AM PDT · 16 of 28
    eastsider to KC_Conspirator

    I’m not sure my organ would function properly in her ...

  • Priests Do Not Have Experience to Prepare People for Marriage, Says Vatican Cardinal

    07/07/2018 4:53:47 PM PDT · 39 of 168
    eastsider to Salvation
    Good advice!
  • 15 Year Old Dyslexic Girl Comes to the Aid of Distressed Deaf and Blind Passenger

    06/23/2018 10:56:41 AM PDT · 19 of 25
    eastsider to Simon Green
    15 Year Old Dyslexic Girl ...
    The adjective qualifying a person suffering from dyslexia is not dyslexic, it is dyslectic. (Just as the adjective qualifying a person suffering from a hex is not hexic, but hectic.)


  • Curious Circles in Arctic Sea Ice

    04/21/2018 7:12:48 PM PDT · 25 of 35
    eastsider to BenLurkin


  • Rare Historical Photos In Color II

    03/13/2018 8:16:05 AM PDT · 4 of 18
    eastsider to V K Lee

    Prague, Poland? (@ 5:15)

  • Drive-Bys Downplay the Trump Boom After Telling Us the Tax Cut Wouldn’t Work

    01/16/2018 3:08:22 PM PST · 5 of 18
    eastsider to Kaslin
    So with all this economic growth going on, the Democrats are gonna run on Trump hatred and what else?
  • Strategies for Returning to the [Catholic] Church

    01/13/2018 6:42:49 AM PST · 214 of 674
    eastsider to Marchmain
    Even God could not become man without her.
    Well done!
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-08-18, FEAST, The Baptism of the Lord

    01/08/2018 6:32:14 AM PST · 29 of 40
    eastsider to Salvation
    It should be pointed out, however, that like all the “ad extra” actions of God (i.e. actions external to the intimate life of the Blessed Trinity), the sanctification of souls is the work of all three Divine Persons.
    Redemption is an "ad extra" action of God but was the act of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity only. That is because Redemption is a human act, and only the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity has a human nature.
  • "The Heavens Being Torn Open" (Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord, on Mark 1:4-11)

    01/07/2018 4:53:27 PM PST · 10 of 10
    eastsider to Charles Henrickson
    What do you think of when you hear that the heavens were torn open? What do you expect to happen next? ... [T]he idea of the heavens being torn open is not usually a very pleasant or desirable thing in biblical thinking.... This background, then, should shape our expectations when we read that at Jesus’ baptism the heavens were torn open. We would expect that God’s judgment should come crashing down.... And this is God’s judgment on him: “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” ... But where is the judgment? Where is the displeasure and wrath? There is none. Just divine approval. Because Jesus has no sins of his own to confess. He is without sin. He is holy and righteous--always, constantly, consistently, doing God’s will. Yet he takes his stand with sinners. He identifies with us. And here at the Jordan he undertakes his saving mission to rescue us from the death and judgment we all deserve.

    So where and when will the judgment fall? Where is God’s displeasure and wrath? Not here. Not yet. But it will come. At the cross the righteous judgment of God will come crashing down like a ton of bricks. And it will land on the head of this man Jesus, like lightning hitting a lightning rod.

    Thank you for your meditation on the Baptism of Our Lord, as related by Mark the evangelist.

    I'm with you so far as the nexus between Christ's baptism in the Jordan and his crucifixion on Calvary, though I do have a different take on the import of schizo, due to my comparing the event of "the heavens being torn open" not to similar events in the OT but to a parallel event near the end of the same Gospel according to Mark. Permit me to explain.

    As I've already mentioned, I see a clear connection between Christ’s baptism in the Jordan at the beginning of his earthly ministry and Christ’s death on the cross at the end of his ministry. Later in Mark’s gospel, for example, Jesus himself refers to the death he will suffer on the cross as his baptism, when he will be 'immersed' in suffering (cf. Mk 10:38-39). By accepting John’s baptism of repentance, Jesus is, in fact, unconditionally accepting God’s will for him that he should take upon himself the sins of the world and die on the cross in order to reconcile God and man. Jesus will, as Paul tells us, be obedient to God unto death, even death on a cross (Phil 3:8).

    Mark tells us that when Jesus came “up out of the water, he saw the heavens being torn opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove; and a voice came from the heavens, ‘You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.’” If we fast-forward in Mark’s gospel to his narrative of Our Lord's crucifixion, Mark tells us that at the moment of Jesus’ death, "the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that he thus breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” We see, then, in Mark's narrative a clear connection between Jesus’ baptism and his Crucifixion. At both events, we see (1) a tearing apart (same verb, schizo) of the heavens/temple curtain, followed by (2) the presence of the spirit/breath (same root, pneum-, followed by a proclamation of Jesus as the Son (same noun, huios) of God. It is in the parallelism of these two events, both in terms of word usage and sequence, that we recognize that the baptism of Jesus is, in fact, an anticipation and acceptance of the crucifixion.

    All this is not to say that I disagree that Jesus suffered God's judgment for our sins on the Cross, but that I am more inclined to understand the schizo at the Lord's crucifixion in the same way as I understand it at his baptism: as a destruction of the barrier separating God and man that had brought about by the sin of Adam.

    Again, many thanks for your post, and God bless.

  • #TBT: Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi

    01/04/2018 9:33:46 AM PST · 6 of 7
    eastsider to livius

    Happy New Year, livius. Can you direct me to the seagull incident?

  • #TBT: Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi

    01/04/2018 7:25:44 AM PST · 2 of 7
    eastsider to NYer

    Happy New Year, NYer! Perhaps you’d like to broadcast this to the group?

  • #TBT: Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi

    01/04/2018 7:20:43 AM PST · 1 of 7
  • Pope Francis Calls for Lord's Prayer to be Altered as Current Wording Suggests God....

    12/08/2017 4:04:16 PM PST · 79 of 125
    eastsider to metmom
    4. John XII, reigned 955-964 [Catholic Encyclopaedia]
    Personally, I'd rank John XII #1.
  • Excerpt from The Mystical City Of God, book 1, chapter 6, 'The Immaculate Conception'

    12/08/2017 2:44:03 PM PST · 17 of 25
    eastsider to aMorePerfectUnion

    I write my own material, thank you. God bless.

  • Excerpt from The Mystical City Of God, book 1, chapter 6, 'The Immaculate Conception'

    12/08/2017 12:20:23 PM PST · 12 of 25
    eastsider to simpson96
    In the beginning, before God created the first man, he created a pristine garden for the man to live in. It was only after God had prepared the Garden of Eden that God created man in his image and likeness and placed him in the garden. God then gave Adam dominion over the garden, and Adam exercised his God-given dominion over the garden by naming all the animals in it. When Adam failed to find a suitable partner among the animals he had named, God put Adam into a deep sleep and created the first woman as Adam’s helper to live with him in the garden. As we know, God eventually kicked the man and the woman out of Eden for their disobedience, but not without first promising that he would give them a way back to Paradise through the offspring of the woman.

    When man names someone else in Scripture, the name he gives that other person tells us something about the person’s origin or perhaps that person’s role in the narrative. For example, when God put Adam into a deep sleep and created a spouse for him from one of his ribs, the first name that Adam gave his new spouse was simply woman, indicating that she was taken out of the man, that she was flesh of his flesh and bone of his bone. It was not until after the Fall and after our parents had been exiled from the garden that Adam renamed his spouse Eve, indicating that she was to be the mother of all the living.

    On the other hand, when God names someone in Scripture, the name he gives the person gives us an insight into their innermost being. For example, it is at the Annunciation that God names the woman whom he has chosen to bear the promised offspring of Eve. Note that Gabriel does not address this chosen woman as Mary. Gabriel calls her by the name that God has given her – Kecharitomene. We customarily translate Kecharitomene as full of grace, but it means much more. Kecharitomene is in fact based on the Greek radical meaning grace, but that radical takes the form here of a perfect passive participle meaning having been (and continuing to be) thoroughly transformed by God through grace. So the insight that we are given into Mary’s innermost being from the name that God has given her is that, just as God had prepared the Garden of Eden for Adam before creating him, so had the Father prepared Mary by creative grace from all eternity to be the virgin and sinless mother of Jesus, the second Adam and promised Savior who reopens for us the gates of Paradise. And indeed, Catholics recognize Mary as virgin and mother every time they recite the divine praises as they say, Blessed be the name of Mary, virgin and mother.

    God’s name for Mary, Kecharitomene, which God revealed through the angel Gabriel at the Annunciation, forms the scriptural foundation for the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, formally defined by Pope Pius IX in 1854, four years prior to the apparitions at Lourdes at which Mary appeared to Bernadette as the Immaculate Conception. The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception means that "the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, at the first instant of her conception, by the singular grace and privilege of almighty God and in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved immune from all stain of original sin.”

    Note carefully the phrase, “in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race.” Despite all the objections to the contrary, the Immaculate Conception does not mean that Mary does not need a Savior. Indeed, Mary herself acknowledges her need of a savior when, upon greeting her cousin Elizabeth, she says to her, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

    Mary’s singular grace of being conceived without sin is harmonized with her need of a savior in the following way. There are two ways you can save someone from a puddle of mud. Either you can pull that person out of the puddle of mud once he’s fallen into it; or, you can pull him back before he falls into the mud. Theologians call that second way of saving someone, prevenient grace – that is, supernatural grace that saves us in anticipation of falling into sin.

    So to wrap up, the significance of Luke 1:28 is twofold. First, she whom the archangel Gabriel addresses as the one having been thoroughly transformed by God through grace is she whom the Church says has been saved by God through prevenient grace – the Immaculate Conception. And second, she whom God saved through prevenient grace to be the unblemished mother of our Lord is truly our mother as well. For as through baptism we become members of the Body of Christ, and as Mary gave birth to that Body, so is Mary truly our mother in the order of grace. Mary, the new Eve, is truly the mother of all the living, of all those who have been reborn to eternal life through baptism.

    Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.