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  • Saint Aphrahat the Christian sage of Persia

    05/24/2018 1:44:26 AM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies
    Aphrahat (Greek: Ἀφραάτης; Latin: Aphraates) (c. 270 – c. 345 C.E.) was an Assyrian author of the fourth century from Persia, who composed a series of twenty-three expositions or homilies on points of Christian doctrine and practice. He was born in Persia around 270, but all his known works, the Demonstrations, come from later in his life. He was an ascetic and celibate, and was almost definitely a "son of the covenant" (an early Syriac form of communal monasticism). He may have been a bishop, and later Syriac tradition places him at the head of Mar Matti monastery near Mosul,...
  • One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, and Organized! A Biblical Picture of the Early Church in Miniature

    09/20/2016 7:05:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-19-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, and Organized! A Biblical Picture of the Early Church in Miniature Msgr. Charles Pope • September 19, 2016 • I’d like to return to a brief Gospel that was read last week at daily Mass (Friday of the 24th Week of the Year). Though terse to the point of leaving a preacher wondering what to say, it actually paints a beautiful picture of the Church. Here is that short passage, followed by some commentary.And it came to pass that Jesus journeyed throughout the towns and villages, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom...
  • A Look at the Early Catholic Church from the Acts of the Apostles

    04/27/2016 8:41:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 465 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-26-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Look at the Early Catholic Church from the Acts of the Apostles Msgr. Charles Pope • April 26, 2016 • The second reading from last Sunday’s Mass (5th Sunday of Easter) is very Catholic, and too informative to merely pass up. It presents the Church as rather highly organized and possessed of some of the structures we know today in full form. Granted, some of these structures are in seminal form, but they are there.We will also notice qualities of the original kerygma that are at variance with what some modern thinkers declare should be the methodology of...
  • The Decision of the Holy Spirit & Us The Council of Jerusalem & the Catholicity of Early Church

    05/08/2015 7:56:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 57 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-07-15 | Msgr. Charlels Pope
    It is the Decision of the Holy Spirit and Us – On the Council of Jerusalem and the Catholicity of the Early Church By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn the first reading at today’s Mass is recounted the Council of Jerusalem, which scholars generally date to around 50 A.D. It was a pivotal moment in the history of the Church, since it would set forth an identity for the Church that was independent of the culture of Judaism per se, and would open wide the door of inculturation to the Gentiles. This surely had a significant effect on evangelization in the early...
  • Surprising Lessons from Marriages in the Early Church versus Pagan Marriages

    04/03/2014 2:51:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    EWTN ^ | April 3, 2014 | Francis Dolores
    The Church has been under attack lately because of its defense of traditional marriage. Not surprisingly, articles in the secular media mostly present arguments against traditional marriage. As a result, few people, including many Catholics, understand the reasons behind Church teaching. Do you? You'll be able to say "I do" after watching "Transforming Witness: Marriage in the Early Church," the latest episode in the "Franciscan University Presents" series. Join Mike Aquilina, Michael Harmon, Dr. Regis Martin, and Dr. Scott Hahn as they compare the Judeo-Christian approach to marriage with that of the pagan cultures of that time. Find out...
  • Customer Reviews Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices

    01/21/2013 7:45:16 PM PST · by narses · 68 replies
    Amazon ^ | July 16, 2008 | The public
    Some areas of disagreement: 1. First off, I disagree with the underlying premise of the entire book - a premise that says the early church was untainted and uncorrupted by human tradition. I often ask this question to those who want to get back to the early church: Which early church do you want to be like?
  • What the early Church had to say about abortion

    01/19/2012 3:57:30 PM PST · by dangus · 3 replies
    Of course, Jesus offers forgiveness of all those who repent from their wickedness, and devote their lives to following him. So, to those women suffering the after-effects of abortion, please accept the forgiveness of Christ, rather than allow this to add to your earthly dismay. But for the sake of putting the lie to the diabolical assertion that the Church only recently forbade abortion, read what the Apostle Peter said: And I saw the murderers and those who conspired with them, cast into a certain strait place, full of evil snakes, and smitten by those beasts, and thus turning to...
  • From Gospel to Life: Guidance The Hard Way

    01/20/2010 5:46:48 AM PST · by Jihadi Du Jour · 180+ views ^ | 1/20/10 | Joseph Speranzella SFO
    Bede, in Marc., 1, 15: The Pharisees, thinking it a crime that at the word of the Lord the hand which was diseased was restored to a sound state, agreed to make a pretext of the words spoken by our Saviour. Wherefore it is said, "And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him." As if every one amongst them did not greater things on the sabbath day, carrying food, reaching forth a cup, and whatever else is necessary for meals. Neither could He, Who said and it was done,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MIGNE PATROLOGIA, 11-05-09

    11/05/2009 8:23:24 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies · 447+ views ^ | 11-06-09 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MIGNE PATROLOGIA The most comprehensive editions of the Fathers of the Church and ecclesiastical writers in existence. Jacques Paul Migne (1800-75) had been a parish priest in Orlans, France, until 1844, when he began publishing the corpus of Latin authors up to Innocent III (217 volumes, 1844-55). Then followed the Greek writers to A.D. 1439 (162 volumes, with Latin translation, 1857-66). The two collections, Patrologia Latina (P.L.) and Patrologia Graeca (P.G.), although lacking the critical perfection of modern scholarship, are still a standard source for reference and quotation. All items in this dictionary are from Fr....
  • St. Ignatius of Antioch and the Early Church

    10/16/2009 3:59:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 1,190+ views
    Ignatius Insight ^ | October 16, 2009 | Kenneth D. Whitehead
    Sometime around the year 107 A.D., a short, sharp persecution of the Church of Christ resulted in the arrest of the bishop of Antioch in Syria. His name was Ignatius. According to one of the harsh penal practices of the Roman Empire of the day, the good bishop was condemned to be delivered up to wild beasts in the arena in the capital city. The insatiable public appetite for bloody spectacles meant a chronically short supply of victims; prisoners were thus sent off to Rome to help fill the need. So the second bishop of Antioch was sent to Rome...
  • Evangelicals rediscovering "tradition"?

    02/08/2008 1:32:50 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 69 replies · 877+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 2/08/2008 10:01AM | Chris Armstrong
    The Future Lies in the Past -- Why evangelicals are connecting with the early church as they move into the 21st century.Many 20- and 30-something evangelicals are uneasy and alienated in mall-like church environments; high-energy, entertainment-oriented worship; and boomer-era ministry strategies and structures modeled on the business world. Increasingly, they are asking just how these culturally camouflaged churches can help them rise above the values of the consumerist world around them. For younger evangelicals, traditional churches are too centered on words and propositions. And pragmatic churches are compromising authentic Christianity by tailoring their ministries to the marketplace and pop culture....
  • Pope St. Leo the Great - Early Church Father and Doctor of the Church

    11/10/2006 12:05:32 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 1,187+ views
    Crossroads Initiative ^ | timeless | Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio
    It is regrettable that so little is known about the early life of this man who proved to be such an extraordinary shepherd of the Catholic Church that he came to be known not only as Pope Saint Leo I, but also is one of the only two Popes in two thousand years to be called "the Great." What we do know is that as a deacon of the Roman Church, before being elevated to the office of Pope in 440 AD, St. Leo the Great had opposed the heresy of Pelagianism which taught that grace was not necessary for...

    05/08/2006 9:46:31 PM PDT · by TBP · 12 replies · 511+ views
    Came to me via email
    Where It All Began The very thing which is now called the Christian religion existed among the ancients also, nor was it wanting]rom the inception if the human race until the coming if Christ in the flesh, at which point the true religion which was already in existence began to be called Christian. -ST. AUGUSTINE, Retractiones THIS ASTOUNDING STATEMENT by St. Augustine, one of the most brilliant thinkers in the earliest centuries of the Church, utterly refutes the traditional view that Christianity, though of obvious Jewish roots, virtually fell from the skies as a radically new, unique, all- surpassing religion...
  • Archaeologists unveil ancient church in Israel

    11/06/2005 5:54:15 PM PST · by gobucks · 57 replies · 3,216+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 5 Nov 05 | AP
    MEGIDDO PRISON, Israel - Israeli prisoner Ramil Razilo was removing rubble from the planned site of a new prison ward when his shovel uncovered the edge of an elaborate mosaic, unveiling what Israeli archaeologists said Sunday may be the Holy Lands oldest church. The discovery of the church in the northern Israeli town of Megiddo, near the biblical Armageddon, was hailed by experts as an important discovery that could reveal details about the development of the early church in the region. Archaeologists said the church dated from the third century, decades before Constantine legalized Christianity across the Byzantine Empire. Whats...
  • Church of Acts (Catholic and Orthodox generally)

    02/20/2005 6:20:38 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 18 replies · 312+ views
    N/A | 20 FEB 05 | Vanity
    My University Center's Education Committee which I am on is looking at historical stuff in Church history. The first two events were mine, "Where We Got the Nicene Creed" and "One Holy Catholic and Apostolic -- What does that mean?" The next two however are more ambiguous. The one this week, "The Church of Acts" is bound to turn into a discussion on how the Church of Acts is more enlightened then our current Roman Catholic Church on doctrine, practice, etc. Anyone have good documents, etc, that are easy to get to, for apologetics on that? Since some of the...
  • The Didache or The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles

    11/09/2004 6:57:01 PM PST · by Rocketman · 50 replies · 1,229+ views
    Ancient Christian Writings | 10/09/04 | Me
    The Didache is the oldest Christain document in existance other than the books of the New Testament. Scholars say it was written between 50 - 150 AD. Its importance is that it gives us a glimpse of how the early church enacted the teachings of Christ and the Apostles. It is best to read this a bit at a time and meditate on it comparing it with the bible and what you were taught. The DidacheCHAPTER 1 1 There are two Ways, one of Life and one of Death, and there is a great difference between the two Ways. 2...
  • Blinded by the Light of the East?

    06/14/2003 3:01:28 PM PDT · by Class of 78 · 41 replies · 337+ views
    Envoy Magazine ^ | 06/14/2003 | class of 1978
    [Catholic author Patrick Madrid, Publisher of Envoy Magazine, writes:] In a recent issue of San Diego News Notes there appeared an interview with Paul O'Callaghan, a former cradle Catholic who abandonded the Church to become an Orthodox priest. I found his rationale for leaving the Church in an attempt to find Tradition to be theologically naive. His sometimes inaccurate perceptions about the Catholic Church and its teachings were also problematic. But the biggest dissapointment was his distorted understanding of how the early Church viewed the function and authority of the Bishop of Rome: "The Orthodox view the role of the...

    12/25/2002 10:01:47 AM PST · by Fester Chugabrew · 6 replies · 558+ views
    Public Domain; Redacted by Rev. Dr. Donald R. Stuckwisch, Emmaus Lutheran Church | Reigned 440-61 | St. Leo the Great
    In the Name + of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. [Amen] Our Savior, dearly-beloved, is born today: let us be glad. For there is no proper place for sadness when we are keeping the birthday of Life, which destroys the fear of mortality and brings to us the joy of promised eternity. No one is kept from sharing in this happiness. There is for all one common measure of joy, because as our Lord, the Destroyer of sin and death, finds no one free of blame so does He come to free us all....

    05/22/2002 6:11:04 AM PDT · by Clive Douglas Campbell · 93 replies · 1,345+ views
    May 22, 2002 | Clive Douglas Campbell
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada author Clive Douglas Campbell and Phoenix, Arizona, USA publisher Selah Publishing Group are pleased to announce the release of Messiah: 2030. Nobody knows the day and hour of the Second Coming, but the following years are on the front cover: Messiah: 2030 Cluny: 1030 Jesus: 30 David: 970 Abraham: 1970 Noah: 2970 Adam: 3970 Messiah: 2030 claims the Bible prophesies a sixth Arab-Israeli war will be over in 2003 and include the following: --the Palestinians will be deported to Jordan --Israel will go to war with Jordan, possess Jordanian land east of the Jordan River and King...