uring those early formative years after Jesus saved my life, I suppose I would have been considered a Protestant; albeit by default, and one of the things I learned during … Continue reading
ne of the early manuscript reviewers of my book The Divine Symphony: An Exordium to the Theology of the Catholic Mass was my oldest daughter Daeleon. In consideration of the … Continue reading
or some, the title of this article may seem to be unnecessarily abrasive and polemic to both Protestants and Catholics, yet, let’s agree on one basic premise; that, all ‘words’ … Continue reading
It is a paradox that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is a great Mystery that demands our whole self to be captured by so that our whole self might be set free. Yet, how difficult it is to always be offering the full self at all of the Mass?
As we have seen with the two earlier Anti-Catholic Myths and Lies (Constantine Founded the Catholic Church and the Pope is the Antichrist), the origin of these mendacious stories are always grounded in someone's wild imagination, which has not connection to historical facts.
Those who posit that the Pope or the papacy is the Antichrist are troubled to be able to actually prove it, especially through Scripture alone, to which they have to rely, otherwise be found to be inconsistent at minimum for their reliance on interpretative tradition, which began with man who clearly was a mentally disturbed and very prideful.
This story, most famously told by Jehovah Witnesses and Fundamentalist Protestants, came out of their necessity to support their lie that there was an apostasy in the early Church. It is their way to explain how their reform and late arrival is justifiable.
Indeed, throughout the Gospels we clearly see Jesus affirming the proper application of the Oral Torah; that is, where it does not contradict or attempt to supplant the Written Torah. This is especially clear in many of Jesus' dialogues with the Pharisees in response to His works done on the Sabbath.
Therefore, being that Exodus 12:24 is a Permanent Law – a Perpetual Command, if Jesus doesn’t fulfill it – if it is not part of His body of work according this His statement in Matthew 5:17, that He came not to abolish the law, but to fulfill it, then He not the Messiah or Lord; rather, He is a liar, a lunatic, and a sadist.
It is an uncompromising unchaste energy that demands more than we can ever give it. The names of these facilitators that work in conjunction to drive us against God are Pride, Advantage, and Disordered Good, which I will now elaborate upon further.
Again, at least four of these men were skilled in negotiating a squall, which as a common occurrence on Galilee, so when they awoke Jesus to ask Him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” - What they are simply asking Jesus to do is to wake up and do His part to navigate the boat
We can't escape the fact that there is no space for the death penalty in Christ Jesus' mission, except when it was used against Him.
Indeed, the most powerful lesson that Ss. Mary and Joseph have to teach us that we must always act upon the word of God, even if we don't immediately understand it.
While some might have a particular call on their life to live The Waymaker’s Ministry exclusively, all of the Baptized have a general call on their life to prepare themselves and others to receive the fullness and glory of Light of the World.
The Ferguson riots are the first series of protests and demonstrations by Blacks in America that have not been organized and led by Black Protestant clergy.
Could you imagine these Catholics celebrating the Puritan's Thanksgiving Day? I couldn't. Could you imagine these Puritans celebrating a Day of Thanksgiving after burning down those Catholic Churches? I could! And here we are, many centuries later, celebrating the most anti-Catholic holiday of all.
Because Protestantism offers either a neutered liturgy or none at all it has spiritually harmed countless people by making them slaves to their senses and emotions.
Evangelization says that I have something worthwhile for you to hear that might change your life for the better if you respond to it, and when they do positively respond to what they heard us say, we have proselytized; we have made a convert.
This brief article is going to look at what the Catholic Church teaches about the Sacrament of Ordination and compare it to what the Fathers of the Church taught and wrote on this subject, to demonstrate the consistency of our doctrine.
For us to best understand this narrative, we have to spend a moment to contextualize and couch it into the Canaanite myth and Jewish understand about a God who overcomes waves of death.
In short, what Protestants would call an essential is what is perspicuous in Scripture, and what is non-essential is what is obscure in Scripture. For example, according to them, the seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church are obscure in Scripture.
Avoid Sedevacantism. I know it's tempting. I know the hour we are living in. I understand why many Catholics are feeling like something is wrong; something in the air doesn't smell right. I feel it myself and I think that is a legitimate sense, but the proper response is not heresy or abandoning the Church.
For this installment, I'm going to opine about the Cycle of Insanity that Protestantism is stuck in. The working definition of insanity that I'm using here is 'doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results'.
Suffering is what happens when things are not going as they ought to be according to you. When things just aren't going your way and you are upset by it, that's suffering.
This Sunday’s Mass for the Fifth Sunday in Lent is another occasion where get to hear the story about when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (Cf. John 11:1-45).
The call of this Gospel Reading is a simple one. Christ Jesus is the fulfillment all that is good and true. In Him we have found more than we could possible desire for ourselves, and in us we He has found the people He wants to give all that He to give.
For this installment we are going to return to Martin Luther and pick up John Calvin along to way to create a narrative about something very timely. How did Martin Luther and John Calvin pave the way for the redefinition of marriage?
Therefore, let us not be like Eve and allow self-pride to lead us into justifying our way into disobedience to God. Go and find the true Church of Christ and discover the household of God that He created just for you, because He loves you that much! Do not reject this gift of His one day longer.
As we approach the five hundred year anniversary of the Protestant reformulation on October 31, 2017, it is good to look back examine how that all worked out for them. For, how are we to judge the fruit of tree over the last 500 years unless we first examine its seed? Therefore, let us start from the beginning and blink our eyes at the 33 Most Ridiculous things that Martin Luther, the illustrious Father of Protestantism and the Bible-Only (sola-scriptura) movement, said.
A great opportunity to share the Catholic faith with Protestants is when they bring up the ceremony that they call ‘Baby Dedication’.
This brief article is going to look at what the Catholic Church teaches about the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist (also called Communion meal) and compare it to what the Fathers of the Church taught and wrote on this subject, to demonstrate the consistency of our doctrine.
I woke up on the morning of October 31, 2003 as the same agnostic/deist that I had been for most of my adult life, but by the end of that day I would actually end up praying to the God who I was unsure even existed.
What the Divine and human authors intended to communicate through this encounter with YHWH and Moses is that the essence of the name of God is who God is in praxis. God actually is who He says He is.
In totality, these Gospel accounts tell us two things, which people often take out of context. The first is that the Lukan version of our Lord’s prophecy held up. The second is that Peter is not the pusillanimous, scared, and bumbling idiot that I grow so weary of hearing so many Christians portray him to be.
This brief article is going to look at what the Catholic Church teaches about the Sacrament of Baptism and compare it to what the Fathers of the Church taught and wrote on this subject, to demonstrate the consistency of our doctrine.
As Christians we need to be on guard against the temptation of the world to get us to accommodate sin and immoral behavior. Inasmuch as everyone should be loved and accepted, we cannot love or accept everything everyone does.
When I say that the order the Old Testament has a theological chronology, what I am suggesting is that its order leads us not only into an appropriate encounter with God, but also leads us into how we ought to know God, and how we ought to walk with God. In this way, the Old Testament becomes a blueprint of the Halakhah (the way to walk with God, as revealed through oral and written tradition).
Today’s Gospel reading at Mass comes from John 2:1-11, and it concerns the Wedding Feast at Cana in Galilee that Mary, Jesus, and His disciples attended. Like all of the Gospel of John this section is jam packed with theological implications and spiritual light.
As I said before, Lesia was a very desirable woman, and, honestly, she seemed to be exactly what I had been searching for all of my life – so, I acquiesced. It was mid-February 2006. I had just turned thirty-four and was still somewhat bitter after having had endured an eight year marriage, which ended in a nasty divorce.
The Novena for the Spiritual Welfare of the Black American Community is a special time of prayer in which people all over the world call to God through the intercession of Father Augustus Tolton, Servant of God, for the Spiritual Welfare of the Black American Community.
The Ark of the Old Covenant contained the Decalogue (which is the Law/Word), a Pot of Manna (which was the bread from Heaven that sustained the life of the Hebrews during the Exodus), and Aaron’s Rod (which budded and convicted those who were grumbling against Moses). The Ark of the New Covenant, who is the Virgin Mary, contained Jesus (the Word of God and the Bread of Life – the new Manna from Heaven), and the Holy Spirit (which is Truth that convicts us).
Despite common misconceptions - true love actually does cares enough to care. True loves does judge. True love is not apathetic. True love is not timid. True love does not allow sin to triumph over its object of love without a fight. True love doesn't walk past a person dying without trying to aid them. True love desires you to be in Heaven - not in Hell - and will sacrifice anything to get you there. Therefore, if you have people in your life who are not judging you, but are just letting you commit all types of immorality without telling you are wrong, and not encouraging you to do better, then what you have in your life are people who do not truly love you, or who do not know how to love you as they ought.
This is the description and image of the Holy Trinity Rosary Prayer. It consist of thirty six prayers that can be recited on a normal Rosary Beads. This is an Invocation Prayer to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
My favorite story in the Bible to prove the concept of love at first sight is when the prophet Samuel was sent by God to find the next king is Israel - the eventual successor to King Saul.
Given the vast experience I'velearned in dating non-Catholics over the years, I thought I might pass along to other daters what is Non-Negotiable for Catholics when considering a mixed marriage. These are questions that you need to ask within the first 40 days of dating.
I've actually met a few people who are arrogant or blind enough to tell me that God is done conforming them to image of Christ Jesus - that, right now, they are just as holy and loving as our Lord; that essentially they are sinless and don't sin.
At three o'clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony.
This article is going to offer four very clear reasons why artificial birth control (e.g. condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, intrauterine devices, oral contraceptives, patches, sterilizations, spermicide (only), sponge, and injections) is always immoral and unnecessary. As with my other articles, I will build my argument upon the natural law, sacred Scripture, and the teachings of the Catholic Church.
The Sacrament of Catholic Penance & Reconciliation (Confession, as it is called) is not so strange once you fully consider it. In the Old Covenant God reconciled man to Himself through the sacrifice of priests, and in the New Covenant God, once and for all, reconciled man to Himself through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus, the High Priest. Yet, in spite of that, man continues to sin; therefore man needs constant forgiveness. This is why Jesus gave His New Covenant priests the authority to forgive or to retain sins in His name.
The reason why St. Paul did quote and use themes from the book of Wisdom in his Letter to the Romans is because it is a book that they would have been very familiar with.
I also prayed every single day for God to delivery me from prison. Not one day passed when I didn't present my petitions to the Lord. I was much worse than the persistent widow that the Gospel of Luke talks about. And, as a Catholic, I took advantage of intercessory prayer with the saints.
Of the many pleasures in this life for us to have, there is no sinful pleasure or choice that is worth spending eternity in Hell for. Indeed, just as Hell is a decision, so is Heaven a decision, and there is nothing in this life more important to fight for than eternal life with God - anything less would be Hell.
But in light of this wave of city health departments across the country trivializing sex for kids, what I am going to do here is focus my argument solely on the use of male condoms and demonstrate why they are always immoral and how they objectify women.
Like so many men, for many years I too found it nearly impossible to be faithful to one woman. Inasmuch as much as I knew, intellectually, and out of a basic sense of reciprocity, that I should be faithful - I simply found the practice impossible.
Ritual is a comprehensive action that is performed to convey a meaning that is intended to either be permanently impressed upon the mind of participant or to serve as a veiled mystery. Ritual is not something merely relegated to satanic, pagan, tribal, or secret initiation rites.
This article is going to point out the clear reasons why masturbation, when performed with the purpose providing an artificial form of sexual pleasure is always morally evil. I will then offer three helpful ways to combat this very addictive behavior. I will build my arguments against masturbation upon the Natural Law and the teachings of the Catholic Church.
In this modern culture and age of dating solely for the purposes finding someone to ‘hook-up’ with on a regular basis, the idea of courtship, let alone chaste courtship, is an odd if not completely unknown concept. Therefore, it would best serve the purposes of this article if I begin it by drawing the bright contrasts between hooking up, dating, courtship, and chaste courtship.
Gossiping or tale-bearing is sharing personal information about other people to people who would not have not otherwise known. Gossiping about people is quite different than lying about them, inasmuch as these two actions oftentimes accompany each other to Hell.
The principles of the Masonic order plots against the Church because it teaches an alternative truth, but because truth is not a thing, but rather a person - Christ Jesus (Cf. Jn. 14:6), essentially, Freemasonry teaches another Gospel (not that there is another) (Cf. Gal. 1:6), but this is what it does. Sacred Scripture is clear in saying that the word of God is truth (Cf. Jn. 17:6) and the truth is what sets us free (Cf. Jn. 8:31-32). This is the mission of the Church - to guide us along the path to dwell in truth and freedom, but Freemasonry acts against that, by perpetuating a system of alternative truths and self-determinism.
This article is going to offer three very clear reasons why the death penalty is always unnecessary at this stage in human civilization. The basis of my argument will be grounded in sacred Scripture, the teachings of the Catholic Church, and reason.
In January of 2006, still restless over this issue of competing Protestant denominations, two questions arose in my heart that changed my life for good. The questions I asked myself that day were, "Well, what happened to the Church that Jesus started through his Apostles? What happened to the Churches in the Bible?" What basic and fundamental questions were these? I thought I was silly for not asking them a long time ago.
The feeling of being spiritually desolate is one of the most natural of the unnatural states that the soul can experience in this life. I say 'natural' because it is one of the most important tools that God uses to draw us ever so deeply into the divine reality of His life.
Marriage and conjugal love belong together and they were made for each other from the very beginning. There are so many great benefits that come by the way of waiting for marriage to have sex. The first of which were explored in this article - to wait for marriage to have sex is natural and it fulfills God's purpose for you and your body. Moreover, sex before and outside of marriage always clouds feelings, it makes courtship inauthentic and artificial.
Here are the Facts: The estimated amount abortions in the United States since Roe vs. Wade are 49,551,703. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that abortion kills … Continue reading
I still went to prison. There was still much more loss to come. More tears yet to cry. However, the joy to have lost it all, but to have found true life in Christ sustains me every day.