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  • What Does Jesus Mean When He Says That We Will Be Salted with Fire?

    07/25/2016 6:38:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does Jesus Mean When He Says That We Will Be Salted with Fire? Msgr. Charles Pope • July 24, 2016 • I was recently asked (through my Our Sunday Visitor column) about one of Jesus’ lesser known sayings. I would go into a little more detail in today’s post. Here is the passage:Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another (Mark 9:49-50).Some argue that these were separate sayings that were just stitched together,...
  • Our Ethical Basis (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    07/25/2016 5:21:13 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 7/25/2016
    In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. - Judges 21:25 Twenty-first-century America is full of citizens who profess that there is but one absolute truth, and that is that there are no absolute moral standards. It is a self-refuting belief system to be sure, for if one denies that absolute truth exists, that rules out any absolute denial of absolute moral standards. Nevertheless, people hold to this denial most absolutely, and the social cost has been enormous. Modern America is not the first culture to have embraced moral relativism,...
  • Demonic Possession as a Physical Ailment

    07/24/2016 8:33:58 PM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    Fr. Ted's Blog ^ | 07-12-2016 | Fr. Ted Bobosh
    The Gospel lesson in our current lectionary for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost is Matthew 8:28-9:1 in which Christ encounters two men possessed by demons. At the time when the Orthodox Gospel lectionary was being formed, a story of Christ exorcising demons must have been very popular. For in the current lectionary, the parallel version of this story from Lukes Gospel (8:26-39) is read also on the 21st Sunday after Pentecost. Since we have a lectionary that repeats every year, it is interesting that they thought this miracle important enough to proclaim twice during the church year...
  • Kundalini spirits in the church?

    07/24/2016 7:35:45 PM PDT · by metmom · 76 replies
    Christians Together ^ | Andrew Strom
    I just saw the video of Rick Joyner announcing that Todd Bentley is back ministering every night at Morningstar in North Carolina and now they have so-called "revival" manifestations eerily similar to Lakeland. They also announced that they are streaming these big meetings every night on their new TV channel - and they are greatly promoting the whole thing. Now I am a tongues-speaking Pentecostal myself - but can I ask a simple question here please? What kind of "spirit" was it operating in the Lakeland revival - when the leader and main focal- point of the meetings (Todd Bentley)...
  • Three Teachings from the Lord on Prayer

    07/24/2016 7:30:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-23-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Three Teachings from the Lord on Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • July 23, 2016 • Photo by Michael Hoyt for the Catholic StandardLast week’s Gospel featured the Lord insisting that prayer was “the one thing necessary.” This week, we see the disciples’ request that the Lord teach them on prayer. In answer, the Lord gives three basic teachings or prescriptions for prayer.Let’s look at these three prescriptions. I. Pattern of Prayer – The Gospel opens as follows: Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us...
  • Inheriting Heaven or Hell

    07/24/2016 12:13:56 AM PDT · by metmom · 20 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[God] caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Pet. 1:3). Everyone receives an eternal inheritanceeither Heaven or Hell. We have seen several aspects of the believer's inheritance, and will see more in future days. But realize that unbelievers also will receive an inheritance, for Jesus will say to them, "Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels. . . . And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life" (Matt. 25:41,...
  • Self-Control

    07/24/2016 12:13:28 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    And in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance . . . (2 Peter 1:6). Personal self-control demonstrates the certainty of your salvation. In Peters day, the word translated self-control was used to describe athletes. The successful ones abstained from sexual activity and an unhealthy diet for the sake of disciplined training exercises. You practice personal self-control when you control your desires and dont allow them to control you. Let me share some practical tips that have helped me with self-control. 1. Start small. For example, begin by cleaning your bedroom or office, then extend that discipline to the...
  • God's Motive for Your Inheritance

    07/23/2016 11:37:41 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "According to His great mercy" (1 Pet. 1:3). Every dimension of life, whether physical or spiritual, is a testimony to Gods mercy. When God saved you and granted you an eternal inheritance, it wasn't because you were special or more deserving of His love and grace than others. It was because He sovereignly chose to love you and extend His great mercy to you. That's why Paul said, "God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you...
  • Knowledge

    07/23/2016 11:37:04 PM PDT · by metmom · 18 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    . . . in your moral excellence, knowledge (2 Peter 1:5). Moral excellence cannot develop in an intellectual vacuum. Its a frightening thing to realize the extent to which our culture downplays knowledge in favor of emotions. These days people are more likely to ask, How will it make me feel? instead of, Is it true? Sadly, the church has bought into the spirit of the age. Many people go to church, not to learn the truths of Gods Word, but to get an emotional high. The focus of theological discussion also reflects the contemporary hostility to knowledge. To a...
  • The defining Question about Sola Scriptura and Tradition

    07/23/2016 8:40:34 PM PDT · by boatbums · 66 replies
    Apologetics and Agape ^ | May 25, 2016 | Ken Temple
    Has the Roman Catholic Church infallibly defined a single word of Jesus or an apostle, that is not found in Scripture? Dr. James White to Mitch Pacwa I cannot think of any. Mitch Pacwa This shows that everything the church needed for ministry was written down in the Scriptures. That is the clear implication of the verses below; and combined with the early churchs understanding of the rule of faith / apostolic tradition, when it is specifically spelled out, it indicates that everything needed was written down in the NT. Jude 3 the faith was once for all delivered...
  • Spin Of The Year (Possibly the most heretical seminary in the US is going out of business)

    07/23/2016 4:16:43 PM PDT · by NRx · 90 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 07-21-2016 | Rod Dreher
    The Very Rev. Katherine Ragsdale, lesbian cleric and then president and dean of Episcopal Divinity School, delivers 2009 'abortion is a blessing' address (National Organization for Women/Flickr) Via the Episcopal News Service, a press release revealing that the ultramegaliberal Episcopal Divinity School is winding things down: Episcopal Divinity School will cease to grant degrees at the end of the upcoming academic year, the seminarys board of trustees decided July 21 on a 11-4 vote. During the next year, the board will explore options for EDSs future, some of which were suggested by a specially convened Futures Task Force to...
  • Signers of Document Critiquing 'Amoris Laetitia' Revealed

    07/23/2016 3:43:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 7/22/16 | Joshua McElwee
    An until now unpublished list of names attached to a critique of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on family life shows the signatories to include professors at diocesan seminaries, a member of a pontifical academy, and the head of the church's ecclesiastical structure in Afghanistan. The signatories had sent a letter to the world's Catholic cardinals asking them to "respond to the dangers to Catholic faith and morals" from Francis' Amoris Laetitia ("The Joy of Love") The letter, which attracted press coverage earlier in the month as a possible sign of wider disagreement with Amoris Laetitia, was sent to Italian Cardinal...
  • Eucharist in the creed?

    07/23/2016 9:19:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 87 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 07-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Eucharist in the creed? Msgr. Charles Pope Question: The true presence of Christ in the Eucharist is central to our Catholic faith, and many converts say it was essential to their conversion. If this is so, why is the true presence not mentioned at all in the Nicene or Apostles Creeds? Should it not be added at the end where we state things like our belief in the Communion of Saints, the resurrection of the body and so forth? — Jerry Roventini, via email Answer: There are many things that are not mentioned in the Nicene Creed. There is no...
  • Why is Original Sin Called the Sin of Adam?"

    07/22/2016 7:20:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-21-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why is Original Sin Called the “Sin of Adam”? Msgr. Charles Pope • July 21, 2016 • Original sin is that first sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, committed when they ate the forbidden fruit of the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen 3:1-7). And while it clearly involved both of them, Scripture and Tradition refer to it formally as the “Sin of Adam” or “Adam’s Sin,” not the “Sin of Adam and Eve.” It is also described as coming to us “through one man,” not “through a man and a woman.”...
  • Recognizing Our Enmity (Evangelical/Protestant Caucus and Devotional)

    07/22/2016 6:00:42 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 7/22/2016
    As children we played games drawn from the scenario of war. When a friend approached we pretended that we were sentries. The dialogue was simple: Halt! Who goes there? Friend or foe? Our categories left no room for indifferent neutrality. They were restricted to two options, friend or enemy. Those are the only options we have in our relationship with God. No one is neutral. We are either Gods friends or Gods enemies. Jonathan Edwards once preached a sermon titled, Man, Naturally Gods Enemies. In this sermon Edwards declared: Men, in general, will own that they are sinners. There are...
  • Praising God for Your Eternal Inheritance

    07/22/2016 5:32:17 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 1:3). God has blessed you richly and is worthy of your praise. The source of your eternal inheritance is God, whom Peter described in several ways. First, He is our blessed God (1 Pet. 1:3). The Greek word translated "blessed" in that verse speaks of that which is worthy of blessing, adoration, praise, or worship. Peter's praise for God is an example for us to follow. Our God is especially worthy of our praise in light of the glorious inheritance He has granted us in His Son...
  • Diligence and Excellence

    07/22/2016 5:31:45 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence (2 Peter 1:5). Gods provision does not preclude our responsibility. There are some who believe that since God has provided everything needed for the Christian life, believers should expect Him to do everything for them. Their motto is, Let go and let God! If Peter had a motto for the Christian life, it would have been more along the lines of the popular World War II song, Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition! Peter knew the Christian life is a struggle in which believers...
  • When God Allows Divorce. (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional & Caucus)

    07/21/2016 8:56:57 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 17 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 7.21.2016
    In the house the disciples asked [Jesus] again about this matter. And he said to them, Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery. Mark 10:1012 Given modern no-fault divorce laws and the allowance for divorce in cases of irreconcilable differences, both of which reflect a disdain for Christs teaching on marriage (Mark 10:19), it is unsurprising that many Christians believe divorce is never acceptable. Moreover, passages such as todays text, at least on first reading, seem to lend credence to the idea that...
  • Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage

    07/21/2016 7:39:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-20-16 | Revised New American Bible
    Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage Msgr. Charles Pope • July 20, 2016 • Let’s ponder a significant yet often overlooked text from Hebrews, which describes our most basic and primal fear. Our inordinate fear of what people think of us is rooted in an even deeper fear, one which is at the very core of our being. The Hebrews text both names it and describes it as being the source of our bondage. In order to unlock the secret of the text, I want to suggest to you an interpretation that will allow its...
  • Remembering Your Inheritance

    07/21/2016 5:41:53 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you" (1 Pet. 1:3-4). Victory over present circumstances comes when you focus on your eternal inheritance and praise God for it. One amazing privilege you have as a Christian is to be the beneficiary of a rich and exciting spiritual inheritance. Jesus gave us a...
  • Reminders of Assurance

    07/21/2016 5:41:24 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Therefore, I shall always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present with you (2 Peter 1:12). Remembering where youve been is the key to getting where you want to go. The summer of 1980 was a turning point in my ministry. After nearly a dozen years as pastor of Grace Community Church, I took a three-month sabbatical. In my heart I wasnt sure if I would come back. I felt I had taught my congregation all I knew, and I feared boring them...
  • Top rabbis: Unmistakable signs of Messiah coming

    07/20/2016 6:07:01 PM PDT · by amorphous · 66 replies
    WND ^ | 20 July 2016 | WND Staff
    A conversation between two of the most distinguished rabbis in Israel indicates scholars of the Torah see unmistakable signs of the coming of the Messiah. Whats more, in the Messianic era, Christians will become a source of Torah learning, as believers in Jesus Christ rediscover the source of their beliefs in both Judaism and the Torah. The conversation took place between Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch and Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, both of whom are regarded as leading experts in the Torah. During the conversation, Rabbi Kanievsky reportedly predicted the imminent coming of the Messiah, before the end of the year after the...
  • Ven. Fulton Sheen on the Devil: "As Theologians Dropped the Demonic, Psychiatrists Picked it Up"

    07/20/2016 3:58:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Big Catholics ^ | July 19, 2016
    Venerable Fulton J. Sheen discusses the Devil's incessant attempts to turn our heats away from God. May we never forget that Satan, the father of lies, is a cruel deceiver of men whose only desire is our destruction. Below is a partial transcript of Venerable Sheen's remarks.The Devil - Venerable Fulton Sheen Starting at 4:43: I thought perhaps you might be interested in hearing about the Devil from a sound philosophical and theological point of view. I'm going to describe to you the Devil, first from the psychiatric point of view, and secondly from the biblical. First the psychiatric....
  • Fatherhood and Mercy

    07/20/2016 6:30:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-19-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Fatherhood and Mercy Msgr. Charles Pope • July 19, 2016 • Last weekend I was out in Anacortes, Washington (about a hundred miles north of Seattle) preaching at the Faith on Fire conference. One of the talks I gave was entitled “Mercy and Fatherhood.” In it, I spoke about how a father can show mercy to his children. What follows is my notes for that talk. What does a priest know about being a father? Why don’t you read this post and then tell me? Remember that I have been the son of my father, I have two brothers,...
  • The One-Flesh Union ( Protestant/Evangelical Devotional/Caucus)

    07/20/2016 6:13:44 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 7/20/2016
    A man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate (vv. 79). - Mark 10:19 Every generation of Christians is called to understand the will of God and to bear witness to His truth (Heb. 6:13; 1 Peter 3:1516). It is also clear that while the truth never changes, the points at which this truth is attacked are not the same from generation to generation. In our day, the...
  • Confessing joy: A Sunni Lebanese woman on becoming Christian

    07/20/2016 4:54:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Aletelial ^ | July 19, 2016 | Yasmin Amin Baydawi
    She was a 7-year-old kid while he was there even before history.She loved him since she woke up to life, watching stories of him on TV, mainly on special occasions, but didn’t know him, as no one around her knew him. Those around her refused to get to know him or recognize him.She grew up and he entered her life again, without permission. She betrayed him a lot but he forgave her each and every time and she adored him even more. When her family members knew about her love story, they refused and condemned it. But she insisted on wearing...
  • Proclaiming the Excellencies of God

    07/20/2016 12:03:58 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "That you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light" (1 Pet. 2:9). You are an ambassador of the living God. The privilege of proclaiming the excellencies of God takes us back to 1 Peter 2:9, but we consider it here because it summarizes the purpose of all our Christian privileges. The Greek word translated "proclaim" is an unusual word used only here in the New Testament. It means "to advertise" or "publish," and refers to making something known that would otherwise be unknown. "Excellencies" speak of powerful and heroic deeds....
  • Rejection Because of Your Faith

    07/20/2016 12:03:31 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Not as Cain, who was of the evil one, and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brothers were righteous. Do not marvel, brethren, if the world hates you (1 John 3:12-13). Christians are rejected by the world but accepted by God. An ancient proverb states that you can judge a mans character by who his enemies are. That is also true in the spiritual realm. The world loves its own, but since Christ chose believers out of the world, the world hates them (John 15:19). That this is...
  • Receiving Compassion

    07/19/2016 10:57:26 PM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy" (1 Pet. 2:10). Because of Gods compassion, He withholds the just punishment of your sin. Hosea had a unique role among the prophets. God used him and his adulterous wife, Gomer, as living illustrations of His love for unfaithful Israel. When Gomer gave birth to a daughter, the Lord told Hosea to name her Lo-ruhamah, which means "No mercy," because His mercy for Israel would soon come to an end. When Gomer later gave birth...
  • By who's Power??

    07/19/2016 10:42:55 AM PDT · by RevelationDavid · 6 replies
    Source: "Lord of All" by Chip Brogden ^ | July 19, 2016 | Chip Brogden
    July 19 His Life Cannot Fail I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. GALATIANS 2:20 The Law of Gravity brings objects to the ground. It does not matter to Gravity how large or small the object is. It works the same with acorns as it does with airplanes. Likewise, I know today that it does not matter if I am called upon...
  • Bishop Paprocki: Abp Chaput is Right to Deny Communion to Remarried Catholics

    07/19/2016 10:11:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 67 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/18/16 | Claire Chretien
    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, July 18, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) A Catholic bishop simultaneously skewered those celebrating supposed changes in Church doctrine and defended a fellow bishop who instructed Catholics in his diocese to follow the Churchs teaching on sexual morality. Responding to a misleading Associated Press article that ran in Illinois' State Journal-Register, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, wrote in the same newspaper that the guidelines Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput issued on proper disposition to receive Holy Communion are certainly correct because they uphold Biblical teaching. The AP article pitted Chaputs actions against Pope Francis. The article said Chaput "is...
  • How Do You Solve the Problem of Violence? A Commentary on Superheroes

    07/19/2016 7:32:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-18-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Do You Solve the Problem of Violence? A Commentary on Superheroes Msgr. Charles Pope • July 18, 2016 • There was more violence this past weekend. A man, whatever his grievance, killed three police officers and wounded four others. Pray for their souls.And what has this gotten us? More anger. And no progress on justice at all.History is replete with the failures of those who thought they could usher in justice with violence. The “war to end all wars” (World War I) demonstrated this foolish notion, as it ultimately brought about a far bloodier one: World War II.There...
  • Christianitys Major Pivot-Points [vanity]

    07/19/2016 7:32:29 AM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 34 replies
    Vanity
    Christianitys Major Pivot-PointsRecently as I meditated on Scripture, the Holy Spirit drew my attention and interest to how a certain verse embodies a pivoting or inflection-point in Christianitys long story. That caused me to want to derive and list all of the major pivot-points which have occurredthat is, pivotal incidents which substantially changed the course of events in the unfolding of Gods redemptive plan. Your list might be somewhat different, but all these seem to me to be hugely impactful. Chronologically, they are: CREATIONGod creates our physical universe to house us and then He creates us, the first physical creatures...
  • 5 Things You Need to Hear Right Now

    07/18/2016 11:06:37 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 24 replies
    CCC Discovery ^ | Jul 18, 2016 | Nicholas Davis
    Absolutionthat is, the declaration that your sins are forgiven in Jesus Christhas fallen on hard times. In many churches, you will never hear the words: Your sins are forgiven. Go in peace! This is a sad fact, because the grace that God has shown us in and through the work of his son, Jesus, is the best news the church has to offer a broken, rebellious, and sinful world. In an effort to recover forgiveness in our churches, here are five things you need to hear about forgiveness. For all of you who trust in Jesus Christ alone for your...
  • Newspaper: Cardinal Mller to be Archbishop of Mainz

    07/18/2016 10:00:13 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Media report: In a counter-move the Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schnborn (71) is supposed to switch to the Vatican and take over the management of the CDF Kuala Lumpur (kath.net/KNA) Accordjng to a report by the Malaysian Catholic weekly "Herald" Pope Francis plans personnel changes within the Curia. This suggests that the former prefect of the CDF, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mller (68) will occupy the See if Mainz long since vacated by Cardinal Karl Lehmann. In return, the Viennese Cardinal Christoph Schnborn (71) is to switch to the Vatican and take over there, the management of the CDF, the Journal reported...
  • The Importance of Turkey...Turkey pt 1

    And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling...
  • Dont Think, Look! A Meditation on the Need for the Mystical

    07/18/2016 8:13:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-17-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Don’t Think, Look! A Meditation on the Need for the Mystical Msgr. Charles Pope • July 17, 2016 • Our intellect is our greatest strength and one of our greatest blessings, yet almost nothing gets us into as much trouble. Our strength is also our struggle. We think we know a few things, and indeed we do—a very few things.The greatest intellects, if they have wisdom and humility, know this. St. Thomas Aquinas famously said,In finem nostrae cognitionis Deum tamquam ignotum cognoscimus. (At the end of our knowledge we know God as unknown.) (In Boetium de Trinitate, q. 1,...
  • Eliminating Unrealistic Expectations (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    07/18/2016 5:40:33 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 7/18/2016
    Sometimes we all feel as if our prayers lack the power to penetrate our ceilings. It seems as though our petitions fall on deaf ears and God remains unmoved or unconcerned about our passionate pleading. Why do these feelings haunt us? There are several reasons why we are sometimes frustrated in prayer. One is that our expectations are unrealistic. This, perhaps more than any other factor, leads to a frustration in prayer. We make the common mistake of taking statements of Jesus in isolation from other biblical aspects of teaching in prayer, and we blow these few statements out of...
  • The Priority of Personal Prayer

    07/17/2016 6:40:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-16-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Priority of Personal Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • July 16, 2016 • Today’s Gospel is the very familiar one of Martha and Mary. Martha is the anxious worker seeking to please the Lord with a good meal and hospitality; Mary sits quietly at His feet and listens. One has come to be the image of work, the other of prayer.Misinterpreted? In my lifetime I have heard many a sermon that interpreted this Gospel passage as a call for a proper balance between work and prayer. Some have gone on to state that we all need a little of...
  • Jesus Left The Temple...Matthew 24 pt 1

    O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. ( Matthew 23:37-39)I am led to take us through a very significant and relevant chapter of scripture, Matthew 24. But we must take into account the flow...
  • The Catacombs Pact [Catholic Caucus]

    07/16/2016 3:41:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | July 16, 2016 | Michael Matt
    Editors Note: I wrote this last year, and it appeared in the Print/E-edition of The Remnant only. Given recent developments involving an increasingly aggressive Pope Francis, it seems appropriate to post it here on our site. MJM Pope Francis during the Liturgy of the Lords Passion at St Peters Basilica on April 3 2015 Credit LOsservatore Romano CNA 4 3 15 The Churchs constant teaching regarding the duty of faithful Catholics to resist legitimate authority in times of crisis is rooted in Scripture. But when Cephas was come to Antioch, writes St. Paul in Galatians 2:11, I withstood him to...
  • Houston, We Have a Problem

    07/16/2016 11:04:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 7/16/16 | Fr. Mark A. Pilon
    When Amoris Laetitia was first published, I knew immediately that a big problem was facing the Church. Reading Chapter 8 confirmed my judgment that the present pope has a serious problem with the Churchs teaching on moral absolutes, as so brilliantly presented in St. JPIIs Veritatis Splendor. In fact, I began to wonder whether one of the primary goals of the quickly summoned Synod on the Family, was precisely to overcome or correct the pastoral implications of the teaching on moral absolutes, and in particular the teaching on birth control and the pastoral problems that resulted from Humanae Vitae and...
  • Misusing St. JPII to Alter Doctrine

    07/16/2016 10:47:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 7/16/16 | Fr. Gerald E. Murray
    The Jesuit review La Civilt Cattolica recently published a Conversation with Cardinal Christoph Schnborn about Amoris Laetitia. The Cardinal answered various pointed questions in terms that reveal a troubling effort to justify the well-known ambiguities and possible errors in AL by appealing to St. John Paul IIs Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio. And he even claims, now we must read the previous statements of the magisterium about the family in the light of the contribution made by AL. Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J. asked this question: After this Exhortation, therefore, it is no longer meaningful to ask whether, in general, all divorced...
  • Patient Autonomy?

    07/16/2016 9:27:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    OSV.com ^ | JulyAugust-2016 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Patient Autonomy? Q. I am a student nurse, and I never have yet had to deal with questions from patients about euthanasia. But I was wondering: When I am a nurse, if I have a patient who is serious about euthanasia and feels that it is the best choice for him or her, how should I respond? Would I be indirectly allowing that person to die by “passing the buck”? The nurse is the patient’s advocate, but what can I morally do if the patient’s wishes are incompatible with my morals as a Catholic, without stifling the patient’s autonomy? Kelley,...
  • 45 Catholic academics urge cardinals to ask Pope Francis to fix exhortations errors

    07/16/2016 7:55:11 AM PDT · by annalex · 21 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Thu Jul 14, 2016 - 12:44 pm EST | Claire Chretien
    45 Catholic academics urge cardinals to ask Pope Francis to fix exhortation’s errors July 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Forty-five Catholic prelates, academics, and clergy have submitted an appeal to the Dean of the College of Cardinals in Rome requesting that the cardinals and Eastern Catholic Patriarchs petition Pope Francis to repudiate a list of erroneous propositions that can be drawn from Amoris Laetitia. The appeal will be sent in various languages to the 218 living Catholic Cardinals and Patriarchs over the coming weeks. The unnamed signatories contend that the exhortation contains “a number of statements that can be understood in a...
  • WHAT does God really want??

    07/16/2016 7:48:49 AM PDT · by RevelationDavid · 50 replies
    July 16 What Does God Want? I am the Way. JOHN 14:6 What is God after? What does He seek from us? What does He want? First and foremost, He desires a people who will be conformed to the image of His Son, that they may demonstrate the preeminence of Christ in all things. But how does He gain such a people for Himself? The first step is to reveal His Son to us. This is the narrow gate. We cannot begin to walk the narrow path until we have entered the narrow gate. Upon entering the narrow gate He...
  • ATHONITE FATHERS CALL FOR REJECTION OF CRETAN COUNCIL AND CESSATION OF COMMEMORATION OF THE...

    07/15/2016 4:48:37 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Orthodox Ethos ^ | 07-14-2016
    An "Open Letter" from Athonite Fathers to the Holy Community of the Holy Mountain of Athos is calling for an immediate convocation of the governing body of Mt. Athos in order to condemn the "false council" of Crete and cease the comemoration of the Patriarch of Constantinople on Mt. Athos. OVER 60 Hieromonk and monks, with a disciple of Saint Paisios, Elder Gabriel of the Kelli of St. Christodoulos (Holy Monastery of Koutloumosiou) at their head, have written an open letter to the Holy Community of Mt. Athos calling upon the Abbots to reject the Council in Crete and stating...
  • The Greatest Betrayal Ever...France/Europe/Terror

    The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in. There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone. In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction. When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done.(Isaiah 24:10-13)From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the...
  • Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial

    07/15/2016 7:10:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-14-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • July 14, 2016 • Today’s Gospel (Mat 12:1-8), in which Jesus is rebuked for violating the Sabbath, reminded me of the video below. It illustrates how we sometimes follow smaller rules while overlooking bigger ones in the process.The Lord Jesus was often scorned by the people of His day, who claimed that He overlooked certain details of the law (often Sabbath observances). But those who rebuked him for this were guilty of far greater violations. For example, [Jesus] went into the synagogue, and a...
  • Excommunicated Priestesses Invited to the Vatican? [Catholic Caucus]

    07/14/2016 5:31:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | July 14, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Rome) Last Friday to representatives of militant women's association Women's Ordination Worldwide (WOW) have been received in the Vatican. The organization calls for the introduction of women to the priesthood by the Catholic Church. According to a WOW spokesman, the excommunicated Pole, Janice Secre-Duszynska, she had been received by a "senior official" of the Vatican Secretariat of State, together with other WOW "priestesses". They wished to leave a petition with which they begin a dialogue and the lifting of the excommunication against persons called by Pope Francis, who work for women priests in the Catholic Church. Ambiguous wording of Pope...