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Theology (Religion)

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  • Priesthood

    08/01/2015 3:50:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies
    Catholic.com ^ | not given | J. POHLE
    Priesthood. —The word priest (Germ. Priester; Fr. pretre; Ital. prete) is derived from the Greek presbuteros (the elder, as distinguished from neoteros, the younger), and is, in the hieratical sense, equivalent to the Latin sacerdos, the Greek iereus, and the Hebrew KHN. By the term is meant a (male) person called to the immediate service of the Deity and authorized to hold public worship, especially to offer sacrifice. In many instances the priest is the religious mediator between God (gods) and man and the appointed teacher of religious truths, especially when these include esoteric doctrines. To apply the word...
  • Procession of the Honorable Wood of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord

    08/01/2015 11:40:08 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    OCA ^ | OCA
    Procession of the Honorable Wood of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord (First of the three “Feasts of the Savior” in August) Commemorated on August 1 Troparion & KontakionThe Procession of the Venerable Wood of the Life-Creating Cross of the Lord: In the Greek Horologion of 1897 the derivation of this Feast is explained: “Because of the illnesses that occur in August, it was customary, in former times, to carry the Venerable Wood of the Cross through the streets and squares of Constantinople for the sanctification of the city, and for relief from sickness. On the eve (July 31), it...
  • A Society of Things (from the book “Strength for Today”) (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/01/2015 9:15:21 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also’” (Matthew 6:21). In wealthy countries, where the focus is on material things, believers must strive for the right perspective on possessions. Today’s text answers the simple but age-old question, Where is your heart? When our Lord answers the question, it is clear He is referring to all of life’s major preoccupations and investments—anything that receives most of our thinking, planning, and expenditure of energy. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day had their hearts in the wrong places. Among their many other sins, the Pharisees were thing-oriented—covetous, greedy, avaricious, and...
  • The Antidote for Sin (from the book "Drawing Near") (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/01/2015 9:12:52 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Let all that you do be done in love" (1 Cor. 16:14). The more you love God, the less you will sin. Scripture and personal experience teach us that sin always has its consequences. When you harbor unconfessed sin, you dishonor God and forfeit the blessings and joy He desires for you. Prolonged sin might even bring His chastening through pain or illness. That's what happened to Corinthian believers who partook of the Lord's Table in a sinful manner (1 Cor. 11:27-30). Paul warned the rest of the congregation to take careful spiritual inventory of themselves to avoid incurring a...
  • Access to heaven

    08/01/2015 8:31:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 07-29-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Access to heaven It is only through the blood of Christ that the gates of heaven have been opened allowing us to enter Msgr. Charles Pope 7/29/2015 Question: When Christ died on the cross, the heavy curtain that separated the Holy of Holies was torn from top to bottom. What does this mean? Someone told me that this means we no longer need priests to intercede for us to the Father.— Name withheld, via email Answer: We most certainly do need to have a priest intercede for us. He is the Great High Priest, Jesus Christ. Scripture says of...
  • Why the Orthodox Honor Mary

    07/31/2015 5:03:48 PM PDT · by NRx · 59 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 07-30-2015 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    The most difficult part of my Orthodox experience to discuss with the non-Orthodox is the place and role of the Mother of God in the Church and in my life. It is, on the one hand, deeply theological and even essential to a right understanding of the Orthodox faith, while, on the other hand, being intensely personal beyond the bounds of conversation. I am convinced, as well, that the Orthodox approach to Mary is part of the apostolic deposit, and not a later accretion. When I was doing graduate studies some decades back, I decided to concentrate my historical research on...
  • The Sin Of The Unstirred Church

    07/31/2015 3:42:04 PM PDT · by knarf · 5 replies
    oldpathchristianity.com ^ | July 31, 2015 | Lester Roloff
    Evening preaching, 24 minutes
  • On the Biblical Roots and Requirements of Church Design

    07/31/2015 7:13:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Biblical Roots and Requirements of Church Design Msgr. Charles Pope • July 30, 2015 • In yesterday’s readings at Mass we read about how Moses laid out the “tent of meeting” exactly according to the pattern God gave him up on the mountain. A millennium later John described a similar scene of the sanctuary in Heaven.Few Catholics today realize that God actually did indicate a good deal about how He expects our churches to be designed. And while some degree of variation is allowed and has existed, most modern churches have significantly departed from the instructions God gave....
  • Morning Devotional: One Day in the Courts of the Lord (Protestant Devotional)

    07/31/2015 5:35:15 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    “For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness” (v. 10). - Psalm 84:8–12 If you could visit any place, where would you go? That is a common question we have all likely asked or have been asked ourselves. Beach lovers might pick the coasts of California or Florida. European history buffs would perhaps choose Versailles or Berlin.Those who are really adventurous might opt for an out-of-this-world experience such as a trip to Mars or other far-off reaches...
  • The List (Ecumenical)

    07/31/2015 5:11:40 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Key Life ^ | July 30, 2015 | Kimm Crandall
    During my early thirties, my over active guilt glands were at their peak, self-introspection was killing me and depression had its long bony fingers firmly grasped around my neck. For several years, every day felt like a matter of survival. Every day felt like failure. Amongst my drawer full of books that instructed me on how to be a better Christian, wife, mother (etc.), there was a self made list to which I often added new items. It was a list of my sins. A list that grew longer as each minute passed. Every night I would pull it out,...
  • The Blessings of Assurance (from the book “Strength for Today”) (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/31/2015 4:59:36 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble” (2 Peter 1:10). Assurance of salvation lets us enjoy earthly blessings. It is encouraging that scriptural assurance results in specific, practical blessings in the Christian life. Here are six I’d like to share with you today. Assurance makes you praise God. There is no way you can be filled with praise and gratitude to God if you’re not sure you’re saved. Assurance adds joy to your earthly duties and trials. No matter what happens to you, you can be certain that all will work out well in the...
  • Your Present Deliverance (from the book "Drawing Near") (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/31/2015 4:57:01 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls" (1 Pet. 1:9). Your present deliverance sets you free from the penalty and power of sin. In 1 Corinthians 1:18 Paul says that "the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God" (emphasis added). That emphasizes the marvelous reality of the believer's present deliverance from sin. Peter stressed the same truth in 1 Peter 1:8, where he says that believers obtain as the outcome of their faith the salvation of their souls....
  • The Prophetic Words of Pope Leo XIII

    07/31/2015 2:42:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | 7/31/15 | Brian Williams
    In recent weeks we have seen the ugly truth of what a post-Christian America looks like. From the unveiling of a statue of Baphomet by Satanists in Detroit last weekend, to the release of multiple undercover videos of Planned Parenthood sorting through aborted babies and negotiating the sale of their parts, Americans have witnessed nothing less than the manifestation of pure evil in our time. Satan is indeed prowling about our country seeking the ruin of souls.In the midst of this moral depravity and horrific evil I recently came across Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical “Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus”. While it was...
  • Sin is Horrifying...on sin

    07/30/2015 9:42:38 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 11 replies
    07-30-15 | Bill Randles
    The Wages of Sin is death and the gift of God is eternal Life(Romans 6)And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.(Matthew 5:29-30)Once again in my life a tragic story...
  • Dormition Fast Begins (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    07/30/2015 6:52:58 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | August 2015 | Fr. Thaddaeus Hardenbrook
    Standing at your deathbed, the Apostles cried aloud in wonder: The Palace of the King withdraws: the Ark of holiness is raised on high. Let the gates be opened wide that the Gate of God may enter into abundant joy, She who asks without ceasing for great mercy on the world. Several years ago, I was sharing with an Orthodox pilgrim the thought that the Dormition fast, though short, was very intense spiritually and that hardships seemed to befall people more in those two weeks than in the long Apostles’ fast. Without hesitation he responded, “Of course! Lent is...
  • Pray for the Reposed! (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    07/30/2015 6:35:38 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 1992 | Hieromartyr John of Riga
    The death of people who are close and dear to us is one of the most difficult trials sent to us by the Lord God during this temporary life. There are no tears more bitter than the tears of a mother for the beloved child of her heart who goes to the grave before his time. What sorrow can we compare to the sorrow of widows and orphans? Nonetheless, our Lord and Saviour turns to these people, the most unfortunate ones in the eyes of the world, saying respectfully, "Do not weep!" The Apostle Paul commands these sorrowing ones, saying,...
  • Church in Spain declares transgendered person not “suitable” to be a godparent

    07/30/2015 1:48:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    The Deacons Bench ^ | July 29, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From Huffington Post in Spain: Alex Salinas is 21 years old. He was assigned female at birth, but is now living as his authentic self as a man. He is a “firm believer” and wants to be a godparent at his nephew’s baptism but the diocese of Cadiz and Ceuta is standing in his way. According to them, he is not a “suitable” person because of the life he leads, a life not “congruent with faith.”However, they do not find their argument to be discriminatory.The diocese says that. in responding to the petition they received from Salinas to be a...
  • Evening Devotional: The Poison of Death Removed (Protestant Caucus)

    07/30/2015 1:10:07 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    The Orthodox Presbyterian Church ^ | July 30 2015 | Peter G. Feenstra
    Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 Bible Reading 1 Corinthians 15:50–58 Devotional We live in a world filled with assumptions. We go to bed and wake up, expecting the sun to rise, assuming life will carry on in much the same fashion as it did the day before. Yet death can disrupt and shatter our world of assumptions in a matter of seconds. The death of a loved one, parent, child, brother, sister or close friend can change us for the rest of our lives. Many people consider death...
  • Another Pentecostal Snake Handler Dies After Venomous Bite

    07/30/2015 12:45:09 PM PDT · by xzins · 72 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 7/30/2015 | JESSILYN JUSTICE
    A Kentucky coal miner died after refusing treatment for a Sunday-morning snake bit. John David Brock, a member of the Holiness faith, was bitten by a rattlesnake and died four hours later, according to a CBS affiliate. Brock had other health problems, and the official cause of death will be determined from medical records. Snake-handling churches emerged in the early 20th century. It gained popularity in the last few years through the reality show Snake Salvation. The pastor in Snake Salvation, Jamie Coots, died of a snake bite in 2014. The CBS affiliate says Brock is the second person to...
  • Pondering and Praying the Prefaces of the Sundays of the Year; [Catholic Caucus]

    07/30/2015 7:24:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-29-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering and Praying the Prefaces of the Sundays of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • July 29, 2015 • CS PHOTO BY JACLYN LIPPELMANNI wrote yesterday in a general way about the part of the Mass that is called the “preface.” It is called this because it introduces the Eucharistic Prayer by stating a theme or reason for our gratitude. The text of the preface has a standard opening and closing which surround a varying text that speaks to the time of year, the feast, or the theme of the votive Mass.As I remarked in yesterday’s post, I consider the...
  • Morning Devotional: God’s Lovely Dwelling Place(Protestant Caucus)

    07/30/2015 5:34:04 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    “How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God” (vv. 1–2). - Psalm 84:1–7 You can tell a lot about a person if you know where he aims to spend his time. A self-professed “family man” who spends every free weekend out with his buddies and away from his wife and children has demonstrated the emptiness of his claim. On the other hand, the man who must put in a few extra hours “off the clock” shows...
  • The Climax Of World History...Zechariah 12

    “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.” (Zechariah 12:10 NASB)One of the climactic scenes in the book of Genesis was when Joseph, as Pharoah’s regent, revealed himself to his brothers. They had thought that he, Joseph, was an Egyptian prince. When they realized that this was the...
  • Evening Preaching Sermon .. ALL WELCOME

    07/29/2015 2:36:07 PM PDT · by knarf · 2 replies
    Faithful Word Baptist Church ^ | June 21, 2015 | Pastor Steve Anderson
    The Trinity
  • What Makes a Priest Rejoice at Confession

    07/29/2015 11:24:20 AM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 07-27-2014 | Igumen Nektary (Morozov)
    What gives you joy when one person after another lines up to take confession? Not when you hear the confession that many call, “on duty”, but when you become a witness to change that’s happened (perhaps even before your very eyes) in a person; when you have become the witness of his struggle, the result of his work on himself and the action of God’s grace that goes with it. This is always experienced as a marvelous miracle—the most important and most necessary of all miracles, the most unbelievable and most saving. However, it’s not only the miracle that makes...
  • The Christian Life is Monastic Life

    07/29/2015 10:39:05 AM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 09-18-2013 | Fr. Natham Duffy
         To a culture whose core values are self-fulfillment, self-satisfaction, and self-sovereignty, Orthodox monastic life appears as an affront and a scandal. What could be more contrary to our individualistic society which prizes comfort, ease, and “freedom” above all other concerns than a life of utter self-abasement, strict obedience, and striving after Holy suffering for Christ’s sake? The monastic life is a call to prophetic, apostolic, martyric, Christian witness, but is it a completely distinct call from the general Christian calling? Do the commandments to pray unceasingly (1 Thess. 5:17) or to sell all we have, give to the...
  • The Wisdom of God - Chapter 11 (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/29/2015 10:29:18 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Thou, O Christ, who wert tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin, make us strong to overcome the desire to be wise and to be reputed wise by others as ignorant as ourselves. We turn from our wisdom as well as from our folly and flee to Thee, the wisdom of God and the power of God. Amen. In this brief study of the divine wisdom we begin with faith in God. Following our usual pattern, we shall not seek to understand in order that we may believe, but to believe in order that we may...
  • Three Faithful Wounds - Chapter 25 (Ecumenical)

    07/29/2015 10:16:01 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    FAITHFUL ARE THE WOUNDS OF A FRIEND, says the Holy Spirit in Proverbs 27:6. And lest we imagine that the preacher is the one who does the wounding, I want to read Job 5:17 and 18: "Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: for he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole." You see, the one who does the wounding here is not the servant, but the Master Himself. So with that in our minds I want to talk to you about three faithful wounds...
  • Spanish Bishop: Transgendered Person May Not Serve as Godparent

    07/29/2015 6:22:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    A Spanish bishop has determined that a 21-year-old woman who identifies herself as a man may not serve as a godparent at the baptism of her nephew. Bishop Rafael Zornoza Boy of Cádiz and Ceuta said that the parish priest was "kind and understanding" in conveying to Alex Salinas, a woman who plans to undergo a sex-change operation, that while she cannot serve as a baptismal sponsor because of canonical requirements that a sponsor live in accordance with the faith, she could spiritually encourage and help the child in living the faith. "No one should be surprised if someone cannot...
  • Spiritual Amnesia (from the book “Strength for Today”) (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/29/2015 4:51:31 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins” (2 Peter 1:9). If you don’t practice spiritual virtues now, you’ll forget their significance later. Physical nearsightedness and mental amnesia both are unwanted conditions. Nearsightedness (myopia) causes people’s eyes to focus the parallel rays of light in front of the retina. They can clearly see things right in front of them, but the farther out they look, the more out of focus objects become. Amnesia, of course, is memory loss. Sometimes it’s selective, but usually it’s total—everything prior to a certain time...
  • The Joy of Anticipated Reward (from the book "Drawing Near") (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/29/2015 4:48:27 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "That the proof of your faith . . . may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 1:7). Your future reward is directly related to your present service. The joy you experience after your faith has been tested and proven genuine is largely due to your present blessings and assurance of salvation. But there's a future aspect as well: the joy of anticipating the reward you'll receive from Jesus when you see Him face to face and hear "Well done, good and faithful servant! . . . Come and...
  • I Have Fallen And I CAN Get Up (Protestant Caucus .. all welcome)

    07/29/2015 3:09:41 AM PDT · by knarf · 13 replies
    God's Holy Word ^ | Preached March 5, 2014 | Dr Bob Gray Sr.
    I go to church because I love to hear preaching
  • Of Hunger and Hallucinations – How the Stages of Starvation Describe the Decaying West

    07/28/2015 7:43:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Of Hunger and Hallucinations – How the Stages of Starvation Describe the Decaying West Msgr. Charles Pope • July 27, 2015 • Yesterday’s post dealt with the capacity of this world, by God’s promise, to provide sufficient food for us. While hunger does exist, it is due more to human sinfulness than insufficient resources.But even more prevalent these days than physical hunger is spiritual hunger, if not outright starvation. As is the case with physical hunger, the source of spiritual hunger is not God, who has given us abundant grace and truth; it is we who are the source. It...
  • Fruitfulness (from the book “Strength for Today”) (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/28/2015 6:31:02 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:8). If you are a Christian, your life will produce spiritual fruit. If you want to enjoy assurance of salvation in all its richness, you need to faithfully pursue all the virtues we have been studying this past week. The reason is simple—they produce fruit in the Christian life, and nothing is a better indicator of true salvation than that. It was the criterion Christ used to distinguish between the true and false...
  • Proving Your Faith from the book "Drawing Near") (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/28/2015 6:27:52 AM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 1:6-7). Proven faith brings joy and confidence. Although some Christians fear that trials and persecutions can only rob them of their joy, Peter taught just the opposite. In fact, he said that joy comes not in spite of trouble but because...
  • THE HOLY TRINITY AND THE PAROUSIA OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ACCORDING TO ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

    07/27/2015 9:54:56 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Orthodox Research Institute ^ | uncertain | Prof. Stylianos Papadopoulos
    Distinction and Relationship in the Divine HypostasesIn Antioch and in its spiritual sphere of influence, all the familiar solutions had been tried and even proposed synodically to bridge the chasm separating the teaching of the First Ecumenical Council from the Arian heresy. These solutions were, of course, being offered to Arius, but were more or less diminishing the doctrine of Nicaea. Chrysostom who certainly knew these solutions, accepted the Homoousion of Nicaea, but was also familiar with the theology of the Cappadocians, at least in general. He particularly knew the distinction of the three divine Hypostases and the one nature...
  • Evening Devotional: The Resurrection Story (Protestant Caucus)

    07/27/2015 12:52:28 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    The Orthodox Presbyterian Church ^ | July 27 2015 | Peter G. Feenstra
    Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 14:3–4 Bible Reading 1 Corinthians 15:3–5 Devotional Do you want to hear a good story? Most of us, adults and children alike, enjoy stories. There are certain stories that we love to hear over and over again. If you ask young children to bring you a book to read, they may bring you one that you have read to them five times already. As children of the Lord we like to sit...
  • Agape Love (from the book “Strength for Today”) (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/27/2015 6:41:35 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “. . . And in your brotherly kindness, Christian love” (2 Peter 1:7). Sacrificial love proves genuine faith. Classical Greek had three common terms for love. As we saw yesterday, phileo (philadelphia) is the love of give and take, best expressed in friendship. Eros is the love that takes—one loves another strictly for what he or she can get out of that person. It is typical of the world’s sexual and lustful desires, which are always bent toward self-gratification. Agape is the love that gives. It is completely unselfish, with no taking involved. This is the highest form of love,...
  • Rejoicing in Your Inheritance (from the book "Drawing Near") (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/27/2015 6:39:12 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In this you greatly rejoice" (1 Pet. 1:6). Contemplating your eternal inheritance should give you joy that transcends any temporal circumstance. Joy is a major theme in Scripture. The psalmist said, "Sing for joy in the Lord, O you righteous ones; praise is becoming to the upright" (Ps. 33:1); "My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to Thee; and my soul, which Thou hast redeemed" (Ps. 71:23). Even creation itself is said to rejoice in the Lord: "Thou dost make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy. . . . Let the heavens be glad, and...
  • Of Plenty, Population, and Trust: A Further Reflection on the Multiplication of the Loaves/Fishes

    07/27/2015 6:34:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Of Plenty, Population, and Trust: A Further Reflection on the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes Msgr. Charles Pope • July 26, 2015 • The multiplication of the loaves and fishes that we read about at Sunday Mass this week was a miracle so astonishing that it is recounted in all four Gospels. And a second, similar instance is recorded in another Gospel. In other words, this sort of miracle by Jesus is recounted five times within the four Gospels.There are many theological reasons for this. Clearly, Jesus was fulfilling the promise of Moses: that after him a greater One...
  • Ireland's Top Archbishop Holds Historic Talks with Catholic Gay Group

    07/27/2015 6:14:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Irish Central ^ | 7/24/15 | Jane Walsh
    Pro-gay faith groups have met Dr Eamon Martin, the Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland. The meeting with the Archbishop was requested by Faith in Marriage Equality (FiME) during the recent referendum campaign on same sex marriage. The meeting took place at the Archbishop's residence in Armagh, on Wednesday, July 22. Dr Richard O'Leary of Faith in Marriage Equality said “We believe it is a positive step to open dialogue with the Catholic Church as a contribution to the 'reality check' signalled by the Church after the vote for civil marriage equality.” He was referring to the...
  • Morning Devotional: The Vain Search for a Righteous Man (Protestant Caucus)

    07/27/2015 5:43:15 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 7/27/2015
    “Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.” - Ecclesiastes 7:20 Nobody’s perfect, the old saying goes, and this truth is confirmed every day in our experience. We might pore over our work for hours, even days, seeking to catch every error, and yet the report we handed to our boss ends up having mistakes here and there. We measure and remeasure a wall so that we can center a picture that will bring some beauty to our living room, but then after hanging it, it is positioned just a hair too much...
  • What is the source of the Church’s authority?

    07/26/2015 7:30:39 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 236 replies
    The source & nature of Church authority is one of the major issues that beginning Catholics have to examine and come to terms with. The Catholic Church makes an amazing claim: it teaches, governs, and sanctifies with the authority of Christ himself. Catholics believe that this gift of Church authority is one of the jewels that Christ has given to us as an aid to our salvation. Keep three things in mind: There is a large amount of evidence in Scripture to support the Catholic Church’s claim to authority, as well as from early Church history. The nature and scope...
  • Forgiven & Forgotten

    07/26/2015 12:28:39 PM PDT · by metmom · 54 replies
    Key Life ^ | July 13, 2015 | Steve Brown
    Right now you may be feeling guilty about one thing or another: what you said to your spouse last night, those unrelenting thoughts, something you did years ago and regret, actual lying and cheating. What do you do with this guilt? Do you try to ignore it? Bury it? Would you like to know how to handle it for good, how to find true and lasting forgiveness? Let me give you an important principle for believers: Definition is a prerequisite to recovery. In other words, if you can define a problem, you can usually deal with it. Vague anxiety without...
  • Christ Our Passover Lamb: Jesus' Real Presence In The Eucharist

    07/26/2015 9:13:49 AM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    catholic365.com ^ | 7,14, 2015 | Alex Brittain
    "Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament... There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death. By the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste -or foretaste- of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man's heart desires....
  • False Doctrine

    07/26/2015 7:38:37 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 5 replies
    InTouch.ORG ^ | Aired On 24 Jul 2015
    Sermon Video 21:24KEY PASSAGE: Deuteronomy 6, 7 SUPPORTING SCRIPTURE: 1 Timothy 6:20 | 2 Peter 3:17-18 | 2 John 1 SUMMARY Our children live in a culture filled with spiritual dangers. The philosophies of atheism, agnosticism, and various other false teachings threaten to lead our kids into error and unbelief, while rampant moral corruption pressures them to succumb to sinful practices. With so much stacked against them, there’s a great need for the influence of godly fathers who love the Lord and know His Word. When the Israelites were about to cross into the Promised Land, they were entering an...
  • What Are Your Five Loaves and Two Fishes? A Homily for the 17th Sunday of the Year

    07/26/2015 7:03:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Are Your Five Loaves and Two Fishes? A Homily for the 17th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • July 25, 2015 • We have in today’s gospel the very familiar miracle of the loaves and the fishes. One is tempted to say, “Oh, that one …” and then tune out. But the gospel today contains a personal appeal from the Lord’s lips to your (my) ears: “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?”Immediately, objections begin to pop up in our minds. But let’s be still and allow the Lord to instruct us by...
  • Brotherly Love (from the book “Strength for Today”) (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/26/2015 5:24:00 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And in your godliness, brotherly kindness . . .” (2 Peter 1:7). Real Christian discipleship will include practical brotherly love. A genuine love for God will invariably lead to a love for others. That’s what Jesus said of the two great commandments (Matt. 22:36-40) that summarize the Ten Commandments. The apostle John also related love for God and love for others: “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20). The...
  • Your Secure Inheritance (from the book "Drawing Near") (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    07/26/2015 5:20:48 AM PDT · by metmom · 17 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "To obtain an inheritance which is . . . reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time" (1 Pet. 1:4-5). Your eternal inheritance is doubly secure: it is reserved for you, and you are reserved for it. When Peter wrote his first epistle, attitudes toward Christians in the Roman Empire were not at all favorable. Because they would not worship the emperor as a god, or enter into other sinful pagan practices, Christians were looked upon with suspicion and disdain. In addition,...
  • Who is ‘righteous’?

    07/25/2015 9:57:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 07-02-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    August 2, 2015 Question: Jesus says, “I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” (Lk 5:32). But I thought the Scriptures said that no one is righteous and that to say we are without sin makes God a liar (1 Jn 1:8, 10). Why does Jesus imply that there are some who are righteous?— Steven Manning, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Answer: Jesus may be using the expression ironically, as if to say, “Well, since God is in the business of saving sinners, maybe you’d better get into that category if you seek his graces.” Thus, Jesus is not...
  • Rome Has Lost the Faith

    I recall those days, during my “conservative” adolescence, when it was shocking to hear Bishop Fellay, or a priest of the Society of St. Pius X, say, “Rome has lost the faith.” Unaware of the entirely valid and utterly crucial distinction that is to be made between “Eternal Rome” and “Modernist Rome,” I wondered, how could this be true? No longer. In any case, if ever one was compelled to question whether or not the predominant crop of men running the show in Rome today, objectively speaking, hold the Catholic faith, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity has provided...