There are two things in this life that are spiritually unhealthy; the first thing is meddling in God’s business; the second is meddling in Satan’s business. The latter will frustrated you, while the former will possess you. The best place to be is minding the business that God has given you to mind – tending to the things that God has given you to tend to.
I actually had that discussion with Pope Benedict. It was — I had a wonderful meeting with him several months before he stepped down. It was like going back to theology class. And by the way, he wasn’t judgmental. He was open. I came away enlivened from the discussion.
Indeed, we all become a type of Mary and Joseph when we serve the least. This is the pinnacle of being the greatest in the Kingdom of God, when we serve God as the the Holy Family did.
For a Catholic Priest to affirm to the state, by his signature, that he has officiated a marriage ceremony, what he is saying is that he agrees and cooperates with the state’s definition of marriage. In this way, he is behaving the complete opposite of Kim Davis. He is certifying, by his signature, that the state’s definition of marriage is acceptable to the Church.
The most damning evidence of someone truly accepting Jesus Christ into their life is their response to the most important question that has ever been asked in the visible realm – ‘Who do you say that Jesus is?’
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.
Using Scripture itself, reason, and a spoon full of humor, David L. Gray (also called Yoseph Daviyd) brilliantly reduces the doctrine of Sola-Scripture to absolute absurdity; thus rendering all of Protestantism Dead on Arrival. This book is a must have for all Christians who love sacred Scripture and desire to use it as God intended
This is a clip from my guest appearance on Catholic TV’s ‘This is the Day’ on June 28, 2011. I talk about my conversion from agnosticism to Catholicism and my ministry.
Rather than learning how to avoid near occasions of sin, The Bridegroom’s Prayer teaches us how to seek near occasions of grace through reflecting on the 13 petitions of Christ Jesus in His prayer of High Intimacy to His Father before His sacrifice on the Cross (Seventeenth Chapter of John). In the first book of his series on Cooperating with God, contemplative David L. Gray (Yoseph M. Daviyd) draws from the rich treasure of sacred Scripture, patristic texts, writings of the saints, teachings of the Catholic Church, and stories from his own life to present a masterpiece in systematic Catholic spiritual theology.