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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.