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Theology (Religion)

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  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 18 [Prayer and Meditation]

    08/18/2018 6:42:04 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 18 (NKJV) The Name of the LORD Is a Strong Tower 01 A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; 00 He rages against all wise judgment. 02 A fool has no delight in understanding, 00 But in expressing his own heart. 03 When the wicked comes, contempt comes also; 00 And with dishonor comes reproach. 04 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; 00 The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook. 05 It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, 00 Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment. 06 A fool's...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Joan of the Cross, 08-17-18

    08/17/2018 6:56:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ |
    Franciscan Media Image: Wooden statue of Saint Joan of the Cross | A l’école des soeurs de Jeanne Delanoue | unknown Saint Joan of the Cross Saint of the Day for August 17 (June 18, 1666 – August 17, 1736)  Saint Joan of the Cross’ Story An encounter with a shabby old woman many dismissed as insane prompted Saint Joan to dedicate her life to the poor. For Joan, who had a reputation as a businesswoman intent on monetary success, this was a significant conversion.Born in 1666 in Anjou, France, Joan worked in the family business—a small shop near...
  • A Grief Observed

    08/17/2018 10:43:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-16-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Grief Observed Msgr. Charles Pope • August 16, 2018 • I like many of you am grieving these days. I will not speak directly to it here, but I think you know why I am grieving.I don’t do grief well. But I have learned to study it in others and thus find my way.My father died more than 10 years ago, and except for essential papers related to his estate, I simply boxed up most of his papers and stored them in the attic of my rectory for future attention. At long last I am sorting through those...
  • Our Hearts Are Broken, but the Church Must Rebuild [Catholic Caucus]

    08/17/2018 10:08:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 86 replies ^ | 08-16-18 | Michael J. Lichens
    Our Hearts Are Broken, but the Church Must RebuildMichael J. Lichens Like just about every Catholic in the Anglophone world, I felt every emotion possible while reading the Grand Jury Report on the priest-abuse in Pennsylvania. Three hundred priests had sexually assaulted numerous souls in their care. I wanted to vomit, I wanted to toss my computer against the wall, and I know I wept bitterly at different points. As I was flying, I didn’t have much room to react.The word that occurred to me over and over, however, was satanic. No, I’m not implying that anybody was worshipping the...
  • God Is No Respecter of Persons...eschatology 14

    For there is no respect of persons with God. For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 17 [Prayer and Meditation]

    08/17/2018 6:37:56 AM PDT · by OneVike · 4 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 17 (NKJV) The LORD Tests Hearts 01 Better is a dry morsel with quietness, 00 Than a house full of feasting with strife. 02 A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, 00 And will share an inheritance among the brothers. 03 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, 00 But the LORD tests the hearts. 04 An evildoer gives heed to false lips; 00 A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue. 05 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; 00 He who is glad at calamity will not...
  • Exalting Others

    08/16/2018 11:41:59 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Love does not brag" (1 Cor. 13:4). Love exalts others; pride exalts self. Most of us shy away from people who have an inflated view of themselves or place themselves at the center of every conversation. Yet perhaps you too struggle with the temptation to spend most of your conversations talking about yourself. Even if you would never openly brag about yourself, might you at times secretly resent others for not acknowledging your accomplishments? That's the subtlety of pride. Boasting always violates love because it seeks to exalt itself at the expense of othersto make itself look good while making...
  • Serving Your Master

    08/16/2018 11:41:30 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (Matthew 6:24). The believer is to serve God, not riches. When reading Matthew 6:24, many people say, I believe that you can serve two masters. I work two jobs. The reason they say that is they dont understand the Greek word translated serve. It refers not to an employee in an 8-to-5 job but to a slave. A slave is one who is constantly and entirely devoted...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Stephen of Hungary, 08-16-18

    08/16/2018 6:45:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies ^ | 08-16-18 |
    Franciscan Media Image: Imre Varga’s statue of Saint Stephen I, Apostolic king of Hungary, 1993, along the cathedral, Aachen, Germany Saint Stephen of Hungary Saint of the Day for August 16 (975 – August 15, 1038)  Saint Stephen of Hungary’s Story The Church is universal, but its expression is always affected—for good or ill—by local culture. There are no “generic” Christians; there are Mexican Christians, Polish Christians, Filipino Christians. This fact is evident in the life of Stephen, national hero and spiritual patron of Hungary.Born a pagan, he was baptized around the age of 10, together with his father,...
  • To Explain Infant Baptism You Must Explain Original Sin

    08/16/2018 8:52:58 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 64 replies ^ | February 1, 2005 | John Martignoni
    "Can you give me a Bible verse on infant baptism?" I often hear this from Catholics who want to explain the Churchs teaching on the subject to non-Catholics. Well, no and yes. No, because there is no Bible verse that says, "Baptize infants" (just as there is no Bible verse that says, "Do not baptize infants"). But, yes, I can give you a Bible verse on infant baptism if you understand that the Churchs teaching on this subject flows from the Churchs teachings on original sin and the sacrament of baptism. In this article, I will focus on explaining, from...
  • On the Benefits of Heresy

    08/16/2018 8:02:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-15-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the “Benefits” of Heresy Msgr. Charles Pope • August 15, 2018 • In times like these, filled with errors and a resurgence of heresies (old or recast as new), there is a cry that goes up among the faithful: “How long, O Lord?” We may wonder why the Lord permits such errors to flourish. St. Augustine pondered the question as well:But that is precisely why divine providence permits so many heretics to come along with various errors; it’s so that when they taunt us and shower us with questions we do not know the answers to, we may...
  • The Only Two Destinies...eschatology pt 13

    To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:(Romans 2:6-10)Romans is a revelation from God of the righteousness of God. It declares the good news of how God made a way for unrighteous men to be...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 16 [Prayer and Meditation]

    08/16/2018 6:46:45 AM PDT · by OneVike · 6 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 16 (NKJV) Wisdom Is Better Than Gold 01 The preparations of the heart belong to man, 00 But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD. 02 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, 00 But the LORD weighs the spirits. 03 Commit your works to the LORD, 00 And your thoughts will be established. 04 The LORD has made all for Himself, 00 Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom. 05 Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; 00 Though they join forces, none will go...
  • Overcoming Jealousy

    08/15/2018 8:04:53 PM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Love . . . is not jealous" (1 Cor. 13:4). Jealousy thrives in a climate of selfish ambition. Jealousy is an insidious sin that cries out, "I want what you have, and furthermore, I don't want you to have it." It replaces contentment with resentment and spawns a myriad of other sins. The Corinthians, in truth, were jealous of one another's spiritual gifts. First Corinthians 12:31 literally says, "You are earnestly desiring the showy gifts, but I show you a more excellent way." The word translated "earnestly desiring" is translated "jealous" in 1 Corinthians 13:4. It means "to boil" and...
  • Seeing Clearly

    08/15/2018 8:04:28 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! (Matthew 6:22-23). Generous giving brings spiritual understanding. When people see, their body is filled with the light that comes in from the world their eyes perceive. But if their eye is dark (blind), there is no light and they perceive nothing. The eye is like a windowif a window...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, 08-15-18 [Catholic Caucus]

    08/15/2018 6:51:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 08-15-18 |
    Franciscan Media Image: Detail | Ceiling of the Assumption of Mary in Santa Maria Immacolata a via Veneto, Rome | photo by LivioandronicoSolemnity of the Assumption of Mary Saint of the Day for August 15 The Story of the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary to be a dogma of faith: We pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to...
  • An Appeal to the Cardinals of the Catholic Church

    08/15/2018 3:22:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 55 replies
    First Things ^ | 8/15/18 | Various
    Pope Francis has revised the Catechism of the Catholic Church to read, the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person. This statement has been understood by many, both inside and outside the Church, to teach that capital punishment is intrinsically immoral and thus is always illicit, even in principle. Though no Catholic is obliged to support the use of the death penalty in practice (and not all of the undersigned do support its use), to teach that capital punishment is always and intrinsically evil would contradict Scripture. That the death...
  • Description of the Damned...eschatology pt 12

    But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:For there is no respect of persons with God Romans 2:8-11Romans is the teaching about Righteousness. It answers the question, how can sinners be made right with God? And in the flow of the discussion about Righteousness, Paul succinctly describes the righteous man...
  • Important Reminder: God is more Powerful than Satan

    08/15/2018 7:59:10 AM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Important Reminder: God is more Powerful than Satan Msgr. Charles Pope • August 14, 2018 • In the work of deliverance ministry, one of the first obstacles to overcome in the afflicted soul is an exaggerated notion of the power of Satan and his demons. Often the troubled person is experiencing a time of crisis. Overwhelmed, he is often scared and sees only darkness. The power of the evil one seems very real, while the power of the angels, of grace, and of God Himself is discounted or all but forgotten.There are some important truths that need to be...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe, 08-14-18

    08/14/2018 6:14:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 08-14-18 |
    Franciscan Media Image: Stained glass in Our Lady of Czestochowa Grotto (Sorrowful Mother Shrine) | photo by Nheyob Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe Saint of the Day for August 14 (January 8, 1894 – August 14, 1941)  Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe’s Story “I don’t know what’s going to become of you!” How many parents have said that? Maximilian Mary Kolbe’s reaction was, “I prayed very hard to Our Lady to tell me what would happen to me. She appeared, holding in her hands two crowns, one white, one red. She asked if I would like to have them—one was for...