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Apologetics (Religion)

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  • True Freedom, As Articulated in the Story of an Ancient Philosopher

    06/22/2018 8:10:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-21-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    True Freedom, As Articulated in the Story of an Ancient Philosopher Msgr. Charles Pope • June 21, 2018 • credit: Xufanc, Wikimedia CommonsThere is an old story that speaks to the true source of freedom:The philosopher Diogenes was eating bread and lentils for his supper. He was seen by the philosopher Aristippus, who said, “If you would learn to be more subservient to the king, you would not have to live on lentils.” Diogenes replied, “Learn to live on lentils and you will not have to cultivate the king.”We often think that money, power, and access give us freedom;...
  • Why stay Protestant?

    06/21/2018 9:48:25 PM PDT · by boatbums · 83 replies
    Medium Corporation ^ | 01/22/18 | Matthew Schultz
    Over the years, Ive had several Catholic friends and converts ask why I ultimately didnt convert to their denomination. During my first two years of college, I spent a significant amount of time with Catholics, including at the (then?) US Opus Dei headquarters in NYC. I attended these gatherings with a good friend, who eventually decided to convert from Evangelicalism. I came close to converting, but ultimately decided against it. This has surprised some Catholics. I suspect this is because the standard narrative is that Protestants, especially Evangelicals, are crossing the Tiber in great droves. Statistically, the narrative isnt quite...
  • On Hypocrisy and its Cure

    06/21/2018 8:27:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-20-18 | Msgr. Charles Popeo
    On Hypocrisy and its Cure Msgr. Charles Pope • June 20, 2018 • In the Gospel for Wednesday of the 11th Week of the Year, Jesus gives an extended teaching on hypocrisy (Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18).Today we tend reduce the idea of hypocrisy to duplicity. The modern notion is that a hypocrite is someone who says one thing but does another, one who is two-faced or phony. While Jesus’ teaching does not exclude this definition, it is far richer.The biblical word Jesus used to refer to hypocrites is ὑποκριταί (hypokritai), which literally means “stage actors.” On one level it is...
  • 1968 - A Year When Many in the Church Drank the Poison of the World

    06/20/2018 9:18:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-19-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    1968 - A Year When Many in the Church Drank the Poison of the World Msgr. Charles Pope • June 19, 2018 • Corner of 7th & N Street NW, Washington D.C., April 8, 1968There was something awful about the year 1968. Fifty years later we are still reeling from its effects. Perhaps we do well to ponder the deep wounds that still fester today.I was a young lad at the time, and almost everything I saw on the television news terrified me. Harrowing nightly reports from Vietnam (where my father was stationed) detailed that day’s casualties; I always...
  • Fix Me, Jesus; Fix Me Three Reasons Why Even Our Spiritual Life Needs Fixing

    06/19/2018 9:05:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-18-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Fix Me, Jesus; Fix Me – Three Reasons Why Even Our Spiritual Life Needs Fixing Msgr. Charles Pope • June 18, 2018 • When I was a good bit younger, in college actually, I had to take a few economics and marketing courses. At that time I thought to myself, “God has a bad marketing department,” since things like Scripture and prayer were often so difficult to understand and do. God seemed to insist that we pray, but everyone I ever asked admitted that prayer was difficult. And while many had reasons they offered as to why prayer was...
  • The Called Out Ones

    06/19/2018 8:43:07 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 70 replies
    Unsealed ^ | 6-19-2018 | Gary
    There are so many religions, let alone Christian denominations, how can anyone know what to believe? And even if Jesus is the truth, which denomination can honestly claim to be the "closest" to the truth? Who are the real Christians? Everything is Counterfeit Christianity For starters, it is important to understand that Judeo-Christianity predatesallmodern religions, beginning in the 20th century BC when Abram heeded God's call to migrate to Canaan. His monotheistic faith not only set the stage for the Bible to be written, but also for the coming of the Messiah (the Redeemer of mankind). Judaismproperadherence to the...
  • Does Jesus Forbid Self-Defense?

    06/18/2018 8:49:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 109 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-17-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Does Jesus Forbid Self-Defense? Msgr. Charles Pope • June 18, 2018 • In daily Mass for Monday of the 11th Week of the Year, we read a passage from the Sermon on the Mount. It is a challenging text that raises many questions if read in a literal or absolute manner.You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well. If anyone...
  • If You Can Use Anything Lord, You Can Use Me - A Homily for the 11th Sunday of the Year

    06/17/2018 7:38:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-16-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    If You Can Use Anything Lord, You Can Use Me - A Homily for the 11th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • June 16, 2018 • The readings for this Sunday speak of God’s providence, which is often displayed in humble, hidden, and mysterious ways. While it is true that God sometimes works in overpowering ways, His more common method seems to be using the humble and even unlikely things of the created order to accomplish His goals.For us who are disciples, there are three related teachings given to us that speak of how God will make...
  • Unhitching You From Andy Stanley

    06/17/2018 5:46:34 AM PDT · by OddLane · 51 replies
    Youtube ^ | June 2, 2018 | Keith Darrell
    Andy Stanleys sermon series called "Aftermath" makes many foundational errors regarding the historical, Catholic Christian faith. Since Andy wants the end of the story without the beginning, we too started at the end and will go back to the beginning. We begin our 3 part response with his sermon "Not Difficult, where Andy seeks to make the case that Christianity needs to be unhitched from the Old Testament.
  • Why Paul is Important to Christianity

    06/16/2018 4:18:45 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 38 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | June 16, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Why Paul Is Important to Christianity By Philip Cottraux Skeptics often ask what makes Christianity right and all other religions wrong. The implication is that various contradicting faiths renders none of them right. But the Christians best answer is to point out how well Christianity holds up under historical scrutiny. The ministry, death, and aftermath of Christ is the most well-documented event of the ancient world. The time span between His life and the first historical mentions of Him is the shortest in history; and even when we dont include the sheer volumes of ancient copies of the four gospels,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Body of Christ

    06/16/2018 10:21:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 06-06-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Body of ChristQuestion: When Holy Communion is distributed why is “The Body of Christ” said? Why not say, “The Body and Blood of Christ”? Or better yet, “This is Jesus”?— Name withheld, Alabama Answer: We use the word “body” for several reasons. First of all, Jesus himself used the word “body” (soma in Greek) when giving the Eucharist for the first time: “Take and eat, this is my body (soma).” Hence we, in conformity to Christ, use this way of speaking of the Eucharist. Secondly, both the English word “body” and the Greek word “soma” can refer strictly to the...
  • Mrs. Dono's Leaflet to Catechists

    06/15/2018 6:26:10 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 41 replies
    a tiny whispering sound | June 16, 2018 | Mrs Don-o
    Pay close attention to your life and your teaching. Persevere in these things, because if you do so, you will save both yourself, and those who listen to you. 1 Timothy 4:16 Dear fellow catechists, How do you feel when you read headlines like these? "Purge" at Vatican Doctrine Office Are We Still "One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic"? Parish Displays Banner for "Pride Month" Divorce - Remarriage: the New Normal? Doctrine Chief Sees "Well-Defined Attack on Doctrine" USCCB Fires Doctrine Chief Humanae Vitae to be Revisited, Revised Vatican Spokesman: No Comment Church Should Apologize on Sex, Gender Last Rites for Voluntary...
  • What Buzz Lightyear Taught Me About Life

    06/15/2018 8:55:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Buzz Lightyear Taught Me About Life Msgr. Charles Pope • June 14, 2018 • I was interviewed on National Public Radio last year regarding a blog post I had written a few years previously about the movie “Toy Story.” The link to the interview is at the bottom of this post. You may wish to skip my written remarks below and just go to the interview instead, as it incorporates most of my reflections.There was a movie some years ago that most of you have probably seen called Toy Story. It had a profound impact on me, for...
  • Time to Decide A Reflection on a Question from Elijah

    06/14/2018 9:03:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-13-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Time to Decide – A Reflection on a Question from Elijah Msgr. Charles Pope • June 13, 2018 • At Mass for Wednesday of the 10th Week in Ordinary Time, we read a crucial question from Elijah. It came at a time of widespread apostasy among the Jewish people. Elijah summoned a multitude to Mt. Carmel in the far north of Israel:Elijah appealed to all the people and said, “How long will you straddle the issue? If the Lord is God, follow him; if Baal, follow him.” The people, however, did not answer him (1 Kings 18:21).The Baals were...
  • What Ails Us? The Rise of the Imperial, Autonomous Self

    06/13/2018 9:35:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-12-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Ails Us? The Rise of the Imperial, Autonomous Self Msgr. Charles Pope • June 12, 2018 • A rather succinct and accurate summary of our current malaise is that we live in the age of “the imperial, autonomous self.” In effect, many if not most people claim an authority, a right, to craft their own reality and live according to their own notions of it. Not so long ago, it was generally accepted that reality was something outside ourselves, something that we had to go out to meet, study, and obey. There was a certain “is-ness” to things....
  • Brethren of the Lord

    06/13/2018 7:22:36 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 105 replies ^ | August 10, 2004 | Bernadeane Carr
    When Catholics call Mary the "Blessed Virgin," they mean she remained a virgin throughout her life. When Protestants refer to Mary as "virgin," they mean she was a virgin only until Jesus birth. They believe that she and Joseph later had children whom Scripture refers to as "the brethren of the Lord." The disagreement arises over biblical verses that use the terms "brethren," "brother," and "sister." There are about ten instances in the New Testament where "brothers" and "sisters" of the Lord are mentioned (Matt. 12:46; Matt. 13:55; Mark 3:3134; Mark 6:3; Luke 8:1920; John 2:12, 7:3, 5, 10; Acts...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Three Insights of Pope Leo XIII That Diagnose Our Cultural Malaise

    06/12/2018 9:22:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-11-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Three Insights of Pope Leo XIII That Diagnose Our Cultural Malaise Msgr. Charles Pope • June 11, 2018 • Pope Leo XIII penned an insightful analysis of three trends that both alarmed him and pointed to future problems. He wrote of these three concerns in 1893 in the Encyclical on the Holy Rosary entitled Laetitiae Sanctae (Of Holy Joy). The Pope laid out these three areas of concern and then offered the Mysteries of the Rosary as a remedy. Let’s look at how he described the problems and then consider what he proposed as a solution. His teaching is...
  • God Has His Seven Thousand: A Word of Encouragement from the Life of Elijah

    06/11/2018 8:23:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-10-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    God Has His Seven Thousand: A Word of Encouragement from the Life of Elijah Msgr. Charles Pope • June 10, 2018 • This week in daily Mass we read of the struggles of Elijah the Prophet, who spent his life fighting the influence of the Canaanite god Baal in Israel. Up on Mt. Carmel, Elijah was strong and fearless, but he also had moments of deep discouragement.Many of us today are discouraged in these times of cultural confusion, times when so many Catholics have fallen away from the practice of the faith or so easily dissent. It makes me...
  • Where Is Allah? Muslims Scholars Answer!

    06/10/2018 3:49:08 PM PDT · by OddLane · 32 replies
    Is Allah above his throne? Is he on his throne? Is he in the heavens? Is he everywhere? Was he ever alone? Are these questions important? In this compilation by Anthony Rogers, Muslim scholars answer these questions and many others, while clarifying the meaning of the Quran.
  • His Hand is Stretched Out Still

    06/10/2018 12:38:58 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 14 replies
    Depths Of Pentecost ^ | June 9, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    His Hand is Stretched Out Still By Philip Cottraux Isaiah is a reflection of the entire Bible itself. The Bible is 66 books. Isaiah is 66 chapters. The Bible is divided into Old and New Testaments. In the 39 books of the Old Testament we tend to view God as angry and vengeful, destroying Sodom and Gomorra with fire and brimstone, killing the firstborn of Egypt during the tenth plague or having all the men, women, and children of Jericho slaughtered by Joshuas army. Likewise, the first 39 chapters of Isaiah focus primarily on dire warnings of Gods judgment; but...