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Theology (Religion)

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  • [Catholic Caucus] Trappist Abbey Closed Down -- Summorum Undone by Current Vatican Regime

    01/19/2018 2:30:46 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | January 19, 2018 | New Catholic
    Mariawald Trappist Abbey Closed Down -- Summorum Undone by Current Vatican Regime The Trappist Monastery of Mariawald, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, was probably the only monastic house in the world to make use of the provision present in Article 3 of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum that allowed for the whole conversion of such a house to the exclusive use of the Traditional Rite. We covered this momentous news in 2008 (see our 2012 post), and in 2015 we published the translation of a great interview granted by the abbot responsible for this change, Dom Josef Vollberg. The traditional turn...
  • Can We Talk? A Brief List of Annoying Expressions and Verbal Fumbles

    01/19/2018 7:47:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 162 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-18-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Can We Talk? A Brief List of Annoying Expressions and Verbal Fumbles Msgr. Charles Pope • January 18, 2018 • We all have certain phrases that annoy us; oddities creep into the language that invite comment or could use correction. To that end, I propose below a list of ten annoying and/or misused words and expressions.Please accept this list in the humorous vein in which it is intended. I am playing the role of an irritated curmudgeon, but it’s just my shtick. Have some fun with me as I complain and then feel free to add to my list.So,...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 19 [Prayer and Meditation]

    01/19/2018 7:17:34 AM PST · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 19 (NKJV) The Fear of the Lord Leads to Life 01 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity 00 Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. 02 Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, 00 And he sins who hastens with his feet. 03 The foolishness of a man twists his way, 00 And his heart frets against the LORD. 04 Wealth makes many friends, 00 But the poor is separated from his friend. 05 A false witness will not go unpunished, 00 And he who...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Minimalism: the present-day sickness of Catholicism

    01/19/2018 5:51:16 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | January 17, 2018 | Roberto de Mattei
    In Italy recently, two videos have been circulating online which give pause for thought. The first replicates the words of Don Fredo Olivero, Rector of the Church of San Rocco in Turin, uttered during Midnight Mass. Do you know why Im not going to say the Creed? Because I dont believe it! Amidst the laughter of the faithful, the priest continues: As if anyone understands it but as for myself after many years Ive realized that it was something I didnt understand and couldnt accept. Lets sing something else that presents the essential things of the faith. The priest...
  • Major Conference Planned on Divisions in Church, Papal Infallibility

    01/18/2018 6:35:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 1/18/18 | Edward Pentin
    The international meeting in Rome, one of the last wishes of the late Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, is due to take place in April. One of the late Cardinal Carlo Caffarras last wishes to have an international conference to examine ways to resolve the current crisis of division in the Church will take place in Rome in early April, the Register has learned. Details have yet to be officially released, but the conference is expected to explore the limits of papal infallibility as well as seek ways to overcome the division in the Church, exacerbated by what many see...
  • Christians must convert to ecumenism, cardinal says

    01/18/2018 5:50:42 PM PST · by ebb tide · 24 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | January 17, 2018 | Catholic News Service
    Cardinal Kurt Koch, the president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, has suggested that ecumenical work will be productive only if the faithful engage in self-evangelization that includes conversion to the ecumenical search for Christian unity.
  • Proclaiming Gods Preeminence

    01/18/2018 2:59:44 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    We were predestined "to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ should be to the praise of His glory" (Eph. 1:12). In salvation, as in everything else, God is preeminent. He deserves all the credit. Preeminence implies supreme standing, picturing one who excels over all others in a particular quality or achievement. There is no one more preeminent than God. Ephesians 1:12 underscores that truth. You were redeemed and granted an eternal inheritance that God might be glorified. Certainly you benefit greatly from salvation, but God's glory is the primary issue. Our man-centered culture doesn't...
  • Righteous Anger

    01/18/2018 2:59:13 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Walk . . . with all . . . gentleness (Ephesians 4:1-2). Our anger must be under control and should occur only for the right reason. After the previous lesson, you might think that Christians must always be quiet and passive, never getting upset or angry about anything. Actually, believers do have the right to get angry, but only under certain conditions. Ephesians 4:26 says, Be angry and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger. So there is a certain kind of anger that isnt sinful. It must be under control, and it...
  • Envy Illustrated

    01/18/2018 7:21:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-17-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Envy Illustrated Msgr. Charles Pope • January 17, 2018 • The Deadly Sin of Envy, Hieronymus Bosch (1480)In the reading at daily Mass for Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time, we encounter an envious Saul. Upon David’s return from slaying Goliath, the women sing a song praising him. Saul should rejoice with all Israel but instead he is resentful and envies David:Saul was very angry and resentful of the song, for he thought, “They give David ten thousand, but only thousands to me. All that remains for him is the kingship.” And from that day on, Saul...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 18 [Prayer and Meditation]

    01/18/2018 6:10:33 AM PST · by OneVike · 3 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...
  • Kindness Is Not the Same as Love

    01/17/2018 9:31:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-16-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Kindness Is Not the Same as Love Msgr. Charles Pope • January 16, 2018 • Many decades ago, C.S. Lewis wrote about the problem of substituting kindness for love:We [speak] nowadays almost exclusively [of God’s] lovingness …. And by love, in this context, most of us mean kindness—the desire to see others happy …. What would really satisfy us would be a god who said of anything we happened to be doing, “What does it matter as long as they are contented?” We want, in fact, not so much a Father in heaven as a grandfather in Heaven—a senile...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 17 [Prayer and Meditation]

    01/17/2018 7:33:17 AM PST · 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...
  • Anticipating Your Inheritance

    01/16/2018 6:03:27 PM PST · by metmom · 21 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In [Christ] also we have obtained an inheritance" (Eph. 1:10-11). As a member of Gods family, you have obtained a future inheritance that has many present benefits. An inheritance is something received by an heir as a result of a will or legal process. It's a legacy one receives from family connections. As a member of God's family, you are an heir of God and fellow heir with Christ (Rom. 8:17). As such you have obtained an inheritance that Peter called "imperishable and undefiled . . . reserved in heaven for you" (1 Pet. 1:4). It cannot perish, fade away,...
  • Contentment: How to Enjoy it

    01/16/2018 6:02:59 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Let your way of life be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you, so that we confidently say, The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What shall man do to me? (Hebrews 13:5-6). Your relationship with God allows you to enjoy genuine contentment. In view of yesterdays lesson, you may be asking, But how can I enjoy contentment and be satisfied with what I have? You can begin by realizing Gods goodness and believing that He...
  • Does Christianity Produce Agnostics?

    01/16/2018 11:54:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | By Dan Delzell
    While discussing religion with Stephen Colbert on the "Late Show," Ricky Gervais described himself as an "agnostic atheist." Gervais said, "No one knows if there's a God, so technically, everyone's agnostic. We don't know. An agnostic atheist is someone who doesn't know if there's a God or not, as no one does."And from Gervais's point of view, such a statement makes perfect sense. After all, one would expect a self-proclaimed agnostic atheist to assume that even Christians don't know for a fact that God exists, right?In reality, you can know for sure that God is real by entering into a...
  • Jesus and Bending the Law

    01/16/2018 9:05:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-15-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Jesus and Bending the Law Msgr. Charles Pope • January 15, 2018 • In the Gospels we are reading this week at daily Mass we see Jesus coming into conflict with the religious authorities of His day, who accuse Him of violating the law. In Monday’s reading Jesus is accused of not following the fasting rules observed by the Pharisees and the disciples of John the Baptist. Jesus rebuffs them by saying, in effect, that rejoicing with the Lord (the very giver of the law) is a weightier matter than the observance of fasting traditions (Mk 2:18ff).In Tuesday’s reading...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 16 [Prayer and Meditation]

    01/16/2018 7:49:13 AM PST · by OneVike · 2 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...
  • A Public Statement on Orthodox Deaconesses

    01/15/2018 6:09:38 PM PST · by NRx · 5 replies
    Orthodox Ethos ^ | 01-15-2018 | Concerned Clergy and Laity
    The Patriarchate of Alexandria’s appointment of six “deaconesses” in the Congo in February 2017 has prompted calls in some corners for other local churches to follow suit. In particular, a group of Orthodox liturgical scholars has issued an open statement of support for Alexandria, declaring that the “restoration of the female diaconate is such that neither doctrinal issues nor authoritative precedents are at stake.”1We, the undersigned clergy and laity, beg to differ and are writing now with three purposes: to question what was accomplished in the Congo, to clarify the historical record on the place of deaconesses in Orthodox tradition,...
  • Resting in God's Sovereignty

    01/15/2018 4:42:14 PM PST · by metmom · 13 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[God] made known the mystery of His will according to His kind intention which He purposed in [Christ] with a view to an administration suitable to the fulness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things upon the earth" (Eph. 1:9-10). God is intimately involved in the flow of human history and is directing its course toward a specific, predetermined climax. For centuries men of various philosophical schools have debated the cause, course, and climax of human history. Some deny God and therefore deny any divine involvement in history....
  • The Opposite of Covetousness

    01/15/2018 4:41:46 PM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Let your way of life be free from the love of money, being content with what you have (Hebrews 13:5). If you are content with what God has given you, you will not be a person who is covetous or a lover of money. I once had a man come into my church office and confess the sin of gluttony. When I told him he did not look overweight, he answered, I know. It is not that I eat too much but that I want to. I continually crave food. Its an obsession. Covetousness is very similar to that mans...