May 20: Blessed Luigi Talamoni

May 20, 2008

Blessed Luigi Talamoni, 1848 – 1926 Read the rest of this entry »


VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate

May 20, 2008


 

Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate


Amy Winehouse Becomes Catholic? I didn’t SeeThat One Coming…

May 19, 2008

Devoted Amy keeps the faith with jail husband abandoning her Jewish roots for Catholicism ???

Alright, alright, I admit, the UK press does not have a fantastic record of accurately reporting matters pertaining to religion.  Probably less so the gossip columns filled with the comings and goings of the glitteratti or, in Winehouse’s case, the partiratti. Further it should be noted that the wearing of Rosary beads does not a Catholic make… 

To go one more step, there is something notable about the conversions of famous persons… But there is no tangible difference – save fame and column inches – between Tony Blair and Joe Sixpack or Amy Winehouse and Annie Catowner.  One might make a case for celeb conversions having a powerful example of offering witness… That is a double-edged  sword however: Famous Catholics – prone to all the issues and indiscretions the rest of us are – also end up getting their issues and indiscretions on the front page.  So it goes.

Still. keep Amy in your prayers.  Given the news reports of a life and lifestyle that has been less than angelic at times (I can relate), this would doubtless be a blessing. 

Of course here at the The Black Cordelias, we are praying for the conversion of the world.

5 bob to Wanton Popery! 


Clergy Couture… Fab – u – LOUS! + Beauty Tips For Ministers

May 19, 2008

Clergy Couture

I now have seen it all, or so I thought.  Then I discovered…

Beauty Tips for Ministers written by a woman whose nom de blogis “PeaceBang”.  (Run with it…)

About

PeaceBang thinks of herself as the stage mother to the American clergy, and she wants ALL her babies to be stars!

This is the gospel of Beauty Tips For Ministers: if clergypeople believe that religious life is vital, relevant and beautiful, they should look the part. PeaceBang is fond of saying that if we do not project an image intentionally, we will project one unconconsciously. She believes that God has made a good gift in you, and you don’t bring an unwrapped gift to God’s party.

This blog is for the encouragement of self-care, the sharing of tips, and the celebration of shoes, lip gloss, fragranced shaving cream, and all of the other accoutrements of vanity which have hitherto been considered wholly unholy, and therefore generally discussed only in hushed whispers among the servants of the LORD.

I do believe if any female minister on the American scene can guide the non-Catholic world through the perils and pitfalls of beauty secrets and being fabulous, to whom else should they turn but a woman minister whose credentials speak for themselves?

I am not going to get all high-and-mighty here and pretend that I don’t absolutely LOVE “Sex and the City” and that it didn’t get me through several break-ups (along with enormous bowls of buttered popcorn liberally doused with chili powder), but I will freely admit that I was deeply offended by the first few episodes I saw and prepared to DENOUNCE IT FROM THE PULPIT. A funny thing happened on my way to researching that sermon further, though: I found myself crying over an episode and that was it — I was totally IN with Carrie and her posse.

Well there you go, I guess.


May 19: Blessed Pina Suriano

May 19, 2008

Blessed Pina Suriano, 1842 – 1916 Read the rest of this entry »


The Daily Maronite: The Christians of Chouf

May 19, 2008

The Christians of Chouf

 

In 1983, 63 Christian villages were partially or completely destroyed in the chouf region. All people found themselves refugees. 10 years later, they began their way back to their lands. Very few came back. It is a mission to confirm these Christians and help them stay in the land of their ancestors. Watch 


Homosexual-By Birth or By Choice?

May 18, 2008


Q. Are homosexuals born gay?

A. There is much controversy about whether homosexuals are born gay, choose it or something in between. At the moment the cause is not certain. However, what we do know is that practicing homosexual intercourse, oral sex, etc. is gravely sinful and disordered.

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Chastity and homosexuality

2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,141 tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

This teaching of the Catholic Church derives its authority from Sacred Read the rest of this entry »


The Daily Maronite: A November Day in Lebanon

May 18, 2008

Winter

 

 


May 18: Blessed Blandine Merten

May 18, 2008

Blessed Blandine Merten, 1883 – 1918


The Daily Maronite: American group in Lebanon

May 17, 2008

American group in Lebanon

 


During Mass, I was surprised to see 30 American students present in the church. I felt I was in Michigan. Most of them were Non-Catholics. I gave my homily in Lebanese, then I switched to English. Later after Mass, people told the mass was heard in the town (big speakers). I didn’t notice that.
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Marian Apparition Approved

May 17, 2008


Vatican recognizes Marian apparitions in France

Rome, May 05 (CNA) – On Sunday during a Mass celebrated in the town of Laus in the French Alps, Bishop Jean-Michel de Falco of Gap, accompanied by numerous cardinals and archbishops from around the world, announced the official approval of the Church of the Marian apparitions to Benôite (Benedicta) Rencurel between 1664 and 1718.

During the Mass, attended by Roman Curia officials including Read the rest of this entry »


May 17: Blessed Antonia Mesina, Virgin & Martyr

May 17, 2008

Blessed Antonia Mesina, 1919 -1935 Read the rest of this entry »


Luther Believed in the Perpetual Virginity of Mary

May 16, 2008

Q. What did Luther and the other reformers think about the perpetual virginity of Mary?

A. All three of the first reformers, Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli, accepted and defended this doctrine completely. So, if the Catholic Church believes in this doctrine and the reformers believed in this doctrine–by whose authority and when was this doctrine rejected by all the Protestant Churches?

Martin Luther: “It is an artcle of faith that Mary is the Mother of the Lord and still a virgin…Christ, we believe, came forth from a womb left perfectly intact.” (Works of Luther, V. 11, pp319-320; V. 6, p 510)

John Calvin: “there have been certain folk who have wished to suggest from this passage (Mt 1:25) that the Virgin Mary had other children than the Son of God, and that Joseph had then dwelt with her later; but what folly this is! For the gospel writer did not wish to record what happened afterwards; he simply wished to make clear Joseph’s obedience and to show also that Joseph had been well and truly assured that it was God who had sent His angel to Mary. He had therefore never dwelt with her nor had he shared her company…And besides this our Lord Jesus Christ is called the firstborn. This is not because there was a second or third, but because the gospel writer is paying regard to the precedence. Scripture speaks thus of naming the first-born whether or no there was any question of the second.” (Sermon on Matthew 1:22-25, published 1562)

Ulrich Zwingli: “I firmly believe that Mary, according to the words of the gospel as a pure Virgin brought forth for us the son of God and in childbirth and after childbirth forever remained a pure, intact Virgin.”.” (Zwingli Opera, Corpus Reformatorum, Berlin, 1905, in Evang. Luc., Op. comp., V6,1 P. 639


The Daily Maronite: It is foggy today. A lot of rain.

May 16, 2008

It is foggy today. A lot of rain.

 

It is foggy today. People began to wear sweaters. It’s not cold for me. I still wear T-Shirts. People laugh at me here. I was used to 20 degrees Fahrenheit in Michigan. 


John 6 in Our Day

May 16, 2008

I have been carrying around this thought for over a decade:

As a result of this hard teaching [just pick one], many of the Anglicans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists, Lutherans and Evangelicals returned to their former pagan way of life and no longer accompanied him.

Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” Read the rest of this entry »


May 16: Blessed Vitalij Volodymyr Bajrak, OSBM – Greek Catholic New Martyr

May 16, 2008

Blessed Vitalij Volodymyr Bajrak, 1907-1946 Read the rest of this entry »


Catholic China News

May 16, 2008

Must Read: Prager on “Why Judaism Rejected Homosexuality”

May 15, 2008

Dennis Prager has written the best explanation of the essential theological-sociological nature of Catholic-Jewish teachings on human sexuality. Starting with a description of male sexuality and implicitly the necessity of social mores/boundaries on the male, he demonstrates the connections between the dignity of the human person, particularly women and children, and the sublimation of male sexuality into exclusively heterosexual outlets. In Catholic terms there is a continuum between the consistent ethic of life and heterosexual family building. It’s an absolute must read!

To a world which divided human sexuality between penetrator and penetrated, Judaism said, “You are wrong — sexuality is to be divided between male and female.” To a world which saw women as baby producers unworthy of romantic and sexual attention, Judaism said “You are wrong — women must be the sole focus of men’s erotic love.” To a world which said that sensual feelings and physical beauty were life’s supreme goods, Judaism said, “You are wrong — ethics and holiness are the supreme goods.” A thousand years before Roman emperors kept naked boys, Jewish kings were commanded to write and keep a sefer torah, a book of the Torah.

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The Daily Maronite: My niece & nephew

May 15, 2008

My niece & nephew

 


This is my beautiful niece “Melanie” & my nephew “Elie” (which means Elijah) 


May 15: Blessed Andrew Abellon

May 15, 2008

Blessed Andrew Abellon, 1375 -1450 Read the rest of this entry »


Reformers Called Mary The Mother of God

May 14, 2008


Q. If the Catholic Church has such good reasons for calling Mary the Mother of God then why did the Protestants stop using this title?

A. It is not known when the Protestant churches dropped this title for Mary or by what authority they did so since all of the principle reformers vigorously affirmed and defended this doctrine.

Martin Luther: “In this work whereby she was made the Mother of God, so many and such good things were given her that no one can grasp them…Not only was Mary the mother of Him who is born in Bethlemem but of Him who, before, the world, was eternally born of the Father, from a Mother in time and at the same time man and God” (Weimer, The Works of Luther, English translation by Pelikan, Concordia, St. Souis, V7, Read the rest of this entry »


The Daily Maronite: Mary & St. Sharbel in the midst of a spiritual battle

May 14, 2008

Mary & St. Sharbel in the midst of a spiritual battle

 

The evil hand that has been controlling Lebanon for almost 30 years tried to assassinate many leaders or journalists who spoke out against terror.
It is the war between the “beast” & the children of God.
In the 80’s, Camille Chamoun, a former Maronite President, survived after an assassination attempt with a car bomb. After the incident, Camille Chamoun took a picture of Our Lady of the Hill out of his pocket saying to the media: “It is mary who saved me.”

On October 1, 2004, Marwan Hamade, a Druze Deputee, survived after an assassination attempt with a powerful car bomb. after the incident, he took a medal out of his pocket saying to the media: “This miraculous medal of Our Lady (Catherine De Laboure) saved me.”

On July 12, 2005, Elias El-Murr, an Orthodox Defense Minister, survived Read the rest of this entry »


May 14: Saint Maria Domenica Mazzarello

May 14, 2008

Saint Maria Domenica Mazzarello, 1837 – 1881 Read the rest of this entry »


6 Months of Green

May 13, 2008

For us Latins, the ride has stopped and it’s time to get off–the liturgical roller coaster we have been on since November, that is!

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Wesley and the Discontents of Protestant Moral Theology

May 13, 2008

While studying at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley much was made of a Wesleyan Quadrilateral theory of sources for theology. The theory, utterly unsupported by scripture or tradition, goes that there are four sources, particularly in moral theology:

1. Scripture

2. Tradition

3. Reason

4. Experience

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The Daily Maronite: I live here

May 13, 2008

I live here

 

 


Sermon of Hope during Unity Prayer

May 13, 2008

In sermon delivered by H.G. Mar Sarhad Jammo during a prayer service of unity, the bishop repeated and emphasized, no more is it “you and I, or I and you”, but now it is us.  We are now one.  The clergy and laity of parishes and missions in Western US had united and come under the guidance and leadership of H.G. Mar Sarhad Jammo.

Indeed, there was no you and I on Saturday, May 10th.  It was a wonderful day, when all our spirits ran high, and many were emotional, crying forth tears of joy.  From the meeting that begun the day, with the gathered councils of the Church laity which help administer and run the parishes, until the end of the dinner fund-raiser for the newly consecrated Church of St. Matthew, this was a day of thanks giving and praising the Lord for bringing forth this wonderful day.

H.G. Mar Sarhad had a message of hope for our people, especially in this time when our people in the Mideast are facing great persecution.  Bringing forth the prophet Jonah as an example when doom was prophesied to Nineveh, and the people repented, he called on us to also challenge the prophecies of doom that now abound about our people:

Challenge destiny, by the force of the Holy Spirit! … Are we doomed? Not if we unite.  Not if we are with the Truth of the Lord.  Not if we fulfill His will.  Not if we are loving each other and loving the Truth.  Where can we reach?  Survive?  I don’t Read the rest of this entry »


VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate

May 13, 2008

We are the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate, a religious community of sisters faithful to the Holy Father, the Pope. We are a pontifical institute who are clothed with the angelic garment of the Immaculate Virgin and clad with sandals of seraphic poverty, prayer, penance and perfect joy.

Living throughout the world, in Marian contemplation and apostolate, in the convent and in parishes, in hermitages and in radio and television studios, on mission in country places and in the most populous cities, we strive to diffuse “the perfume of Christ” (2 Cor. 2:15), and radiate the holiness of Mary Immaculate, recalling to all on earth the divine reality of the Kingdom of God.

Our Goals

Our love for the Immaculate presses us forward to share that same burning love with others in response to the call given by Jesus Crucified to our Holy Read the rest of this entry »


May 13: Blessed Julian of Norwich

May 13, 2008

Blessed Julian of Norwich, 1342 – 1416 Read the rest of this entry »


St. Peter the Apostle Diocesan Announcement on May 9th

May 12, 2008

The following announcement was published by the St. Peter the Apostle for Chaldeans & Assyrians Diocese on May 9th:

From Kalday.net:

To all the clergy and faithful of the Catholic Diocese of St. Peter the Apostle for Chaldeans & Assyrians, and to all clergy and faithful of the Assyrian parishes and missions who requested merger with our Diocese.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In the midst of the painful news of our people in Iraq, and the wounds of our Church among the challenges of the present situation, the mercy of God sends us aid and comfort, which is the movement of ecclesial Unity, whose fruits are now ripe for harvest. Thus the clergy and faithful of the Assyrian parishes and missions who have publicly requested fullness of communion with the Catholic Church and living union with the Chaldean Church by their entrance into the Chaldean Catholic Dioceses in which they reside have submitted, on March 17, 2008, an official request for the fulfillment of this intention.

In these past three months, we have lived together in mutual interaction and ecclesial and brotherly union, between all the clergy and all the children of these Dioceses, having shared our liturgies, spiritual activities, youth movements, and seminars for deacons.

The most obvious element which has aided this Church Unity movement was Read the rest of this entry »


Did the Early Church Believe in the Real Presence?

May 12, 2008


Q. Did the Christians in the first three centuries believe in the Real Presence in the Eucharist?

A. Yes. They certainly did!

110 AD–St. Ignatius of Antioch, a disciple of the Apostle John wrote in :

“They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer, because they do not confess that the Eucharist is the Flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ. Flesh which suffered for our sins and which the Father, in His goodness, raised up again.” (Letter to the Smyrnaeans 6,2)

“I desire the Bread of God, which is the Flesh of Jesus Christ…and for drink I desire His Blood, which is love incorruptible.” (Letter to the Romans 7,3)

150 AD–St Justin Martyr wrote to the Emperor of Rome around :

“We call this food Eucharist; and no one else is permitted to partake of it, except one who believes our teaching to be true…For not as common bread nor common drink do we receive these; but since Jesus Christ our Savior was made Read the rest of this entry »


The Daily Maronite: persecution & mission

May 12, 2008

persecution & mission

 


Deir El Kamar has a long history of persecution. It is the biggest Christian town in a non-Christian region. In 1860, all of its inhabitants were massacred. Back then, the conflict was incited by the Ottomans (turks). In 1983, 64 villages were completely destroyed. Many people were killed. The rest of the inhabitants of these villages took refuge in Deir El Kamar. Deir El Kamar was spared after 100 days of siege.
Now, there is peace. Christians & Non-Christians have been reconciled with one another.
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May 12: Blessed Juana of Portugal, Princess & Dominican,

May 12, 2008

Blessed Juana of Portugal, 1452 – 1490


Dorothy Day

May 12, 2008


The Daily Maronite:My new car

May 11, 2008

My new car

 


It is a Wolkswagen Golf. Today I received it from my Order. Finally, now I can visit my friends & family. 


May 11: Blessed Ceferino Namuncurá

May 11, 2008

Blessed Ceferino Namuncurá, 1884 – 1905 Read the rest of this entry »


Pentecost

May 11, 2008


Re-union of Chaldean Catholics and The Assyrian Catholic Apostolic Diocese Completed and Announced!

May 10, 2008

On Sunday, May 4th, an announcement was made at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  The announcement heralds the entry of the parishes of ACAD {the Assyrian Catholic Apostolic Diocese} into the local Chaldean Catholic dioceses.

It seems that after their uplifting visit to Rome, H.G. Mar Sarhad and H.G. Mar Bawai are fully underway to leading their diocese to a union.  On Saturday, May 10th, at noon, at St. Thomas Chaldean Chatholic Church in Turlock, CA, there will be a joint prayer of unity with the clergy of the two diocese.  Then at 5pm, there will be the “Syameeda” {laying of hand} of St. Matthew Church in Ceres.  This new church will be opened with the clergy as one.

The parishes which were part of ACAD will be joining the local Chaldean Diocese, so that our California parishes will be in the diocese of H.G. Mar Sarhad, where as the parishes in other areas or countries will be joining whichever diocese they fall under territorially.

This is a significant event in history.  Truly, it would have been a significantly greater steps towards unity had the entire Assyrian CotE kept in earnest pursuit of communion with the Catholic Church.  However, the significance of this diocese uniting with the Chaldean church should not be underestimated: it has been about 180 years since any similar scale unity between our people.   This diocese has managed to follow the teachings of our Church, and to establish communion with our brothers already in the Catholic Communion.

Although one can have regrets about not being able to do it as a whole, one must remember to trust in God All-mighty.  Our goal now will be two-fold… to continue in the path that is opened to us, in true faithfulness to the teachings of the Church fathers, and to pray and help our brothers and sisters that did not take this step.

SEE ALSO:

Mar Bawai Soro & The Presentation to Synod in 2005

Post from BaghdadHope: Mar Bawai Soro

Father Jarjis Robert Sayd & Mar Bawai Soro At The Vatican: Hope, Defiance, Unity

Assyrians Electing To Enter Communion With Rome: Declaration Of Intent 


Are Catholics Christian?

May 10, 2008


Q. Are Catholics Christians?
A. Yes. The Catholic Church was founded by Jesus Christ.

“Upon this rock I will build my Church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.” Matt. 16:18

Q. Why is it called the Catholic Church?

A. “Catholic” comes from the Greek word kataholos meaning universal. The Christian Church has been called “The Catholic Church” at least since 110 AD. We know this from a letter written by St. Ignatius of Antioch:

“Let no one do anything of concern to the Church without the bishop. Let that be considered a valid Eucharist which is celebrated by the bishop or by one whom he ordains. Wherever the bishop appears, let the people be there;
just as wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church” (Letter to the Smyrneans 8:2 Ignatius of Antioch; 110 A.D. ).

Q. Are Catholic Christians born again?

A. Certainly. In the Catholic faith tradition we believe that we are born again through the waters of baptism.

Jn 3:5 “Unless one is born again of water and the Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”

I Peter 3:21 “…baptism now saves you..”.

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The Daily Maronite:Fresh Water from the mountains of Lebanon

May 10, 2008

Fresh Water from the mountains of Lebanon

 

 


May 10: Blessed Enrico Rebuschini

May 10, 2008

 

Blessed Enrico Rebuschini, 1860 – 1938 Read the rest of this entry »


CTA: Graven Images: Altering the Commandments?

May 9, 2008

Graven Images: Altering the Commandments?


And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and every one who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent…
Numbers 21:8-9


Recently we received an 80-page booklet entitled “What’s Behind The New World Order?” It can be traced back to the writings of Ellen G. White, foundress of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. According to this booklet, the Catholic Church is behind the New World Order. The booklet claims that this is true, since the Church is the beast of Revelation (Rev. 17). It attempts to prove this claim by exposing the “marks of the beast.” Due to limited space, only one charge will be considered. This is a common charge used against the Catholic Church.

According to this booklet, one “mark of the beast” is the alteration of God’s Commandments. The booklet claims that the Catholic Church dropped the “Second Commandment” which forbids “graven images”, i.e. statues. Allegedly the Catholic Church condones statue worship.

Now one version of the Ten Commandments can be found in the fifth chapter of the Book of Deuteronomy (also Exodus 20). Comparing Deut. 5:6-21 in a Catholic Bible with that found in a Protestant Bible reveals no essential differences. A few words may differ but that is due to differing translations. The major difference is not content but how Catholics and Protestants traditionally divide up and number these Commandments. Unfortunately the Bible lumps the Ten Commandments all together without division or numbering. (The verse numbers are no help since they were added by Bible scholars many centuries after Christ.)

Traditionally Catholics consider Deut. 5:6-10 as the First Commandment, Read the rest of this entry »


THE DAILY MARONITE: Youth Groups

May 9, 2008

Youth Groups

 


There are over 50 young people very active in the church I am not assigned to. 


May 9: Blessed Stefan Grelewski, New Martyr Of Poland

May 9, 2008

Blessed Stefan Grelewski, 1898 – 1941 Read the rest of this entry »


Catholics and Tithing

May 8, 2008

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I am struck also by the example set by some Protestant groups who practice rather disciplined tithing: 10% of their wages going to their churches.  I wonder how many people in the TLM groups around the country are giving 10% of the income to their parishes.  If Protestants, with their lack of sacraments, can do this, how much more should Catholics, who receiving infinitely more from their shepherds and the Church be willing to ante-up?

Father Z.


Combox Genius: William Witt on T19 on Barth and Schleiermacher

May 8, 2008

William Witt, a lay Anglican theologian, has a PhD from Notre Dame and now currently is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Historical Theology at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. His comment is found here:

Yesterday my students and I finished an entire semester of studying Contemporary Theology. We began with Schleiermacher and Barth, then covered everyone from Brunner, Bonhoeffer, the Niebuhrs, the Catholic Resourcement movement (DeLubac, Congar, Danielou), Orthodoxy (Bulgakof, Schmemann, Lossky), post-Vatican II theology (Rahner, Lonergan, von Balthasar), theology of hope/revelation history (Moltmann, Pannenberg) post-Liberalism (Lindbeck, Hauerwas), Evangelicals (Packer, Henry),(post-conservative)Evangelicals (N.T. Wright, Vanhoozer), “Scientific” theology (T. F. Torrance, Alister McGrath). We finished with Anglican theology–Ramsey and Sykes. All of these fairly clearly lined up with Barth.

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Why Can’t Protestants Take Communion in a Catholic Church?

May 8, 2008


Q. Why can’t Protestants receive communion at the Catholic Church?

A. To protect them from Judgment.

1 Corinthians 11: 27 Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be
guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.
28 A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.

Since, Protestants do not believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist as we do, they do not discern or recognize that Jesus’ body is present under the appearance of bread and wine. We would be allowing them to eat and drink judgment upon themselves. The prohibition is actually very charitable but, unfortunately, it is usually seen as a rejection.

Evidence of this interpretation of this passage is supported by St. Justin the Martyr :

“We call this food Eucharist; and no one else is permitted to partake of it, except one who believes our teaching to be true…”
-Justin Martyr –FIRST APOLOGY, 66,20–(150 A.D.)

Q. Why do we call the bread “The Host”?

A. Our use of this term, to refer to the consecrated bread, comes from the Latin word hostia, which means ‘victim’. We believe that Jesus Christ is really present in the consecrated bread and wine on our altars. The mass is a re-presentation of the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross. Therefore, Jesus is the victim of sacrifice and we call the bread the host/victim to help us remember that it is no longer bread but the Real Presence of our Lord Jesus Christ given to us to strengthen and keep us on the journey to Heaven.

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May 8: Blessed Antonin Jan Eugenius Bajewski, New Martyr Of Poland, Aged 26

May 8, 2008

Blessed Antonin Jan Eugenius Bajewski, 1915 – 1941 Read the rest of this entry »


Prayer to the Holy Spirit

May 8, 2008

 

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

 

Come Holy Spirit, and from heaven direct on man the rays of your light. Come, Father of the poor, Come, Giver of God?s gifts, Come, Light of men?s hearts, Kindly Paraclete, In your gracious visits to man?s soul, you bring relief and consolation, it is weary with toil, you bring it ease. In the heat of temptation, your grace cools it; if sorrowful, your words console it. Light most blessed, shine on the hearts of your faithful, even into their darkest corners; for without your help there is nothing good in man, and nothing is innocent. Wash clean the injured soul. Soften the hard of heart, warm the cold of heart, and direct the wayward. Grant the seven holy gifts to your faithful, for their trust is in you. Grant reward for their virtues; grant them death that ensures salvation; grant them everlasting bliss. Amen. 


Father Anthony’s Address

May 7, 2008

My Address

 

Fr. Antonio Feghali
Notre Dame of Louaize
P.O. Box 31
Zouk Michael-
Keserwan-Lebanon

My Phone number:
Dial 011-961-3413476

There are 7 hours in difference between the US & Lebanon:
If it is 8:00 am in the US, it will be 3:00 pm in Lebanon
If it is 5:00 pm in the US, it will be midnight in Lebanon.

Please don’t call me after 4:30 pm in the US.
Thanks