So, it was a cool night together. We had remembered funny old stuff. Read the rest of this entry »
Less than a week after the Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago put Father Pfleger on a sort of administrative leave where he was expected to vacate the premises of Saint Sabina’s for a time, it has been announced he will be returning and fully re-instated by the coming weekend. The disciplinary actions was less than two weeks. So it goes. I don’t wish to appear to be second-guessing the venerable Cardinal Archbishop.
I can’t help but wonder how it came to be the case that the Archdiocese has allowed Pflegar to be a pastor for 35 years… A time where he has parlayed his influence and personal style into creating Saint Sabina’s into his very own fiefdom.
I can’t help but wonder if Pfleger’s overly-long stay which allowed this sort of fiefdom isn’t a sort of hat-tip to a backhanded institutional racism. “How so, Simple?” you ask?
Well it rather seems that at any number of levels the shepherds of Chicago – unable or unwilling to challenge a man who has entrenched himself in race-baiting and demagoguery – have failed to reign the man in. Why? I can’t help but suspect that it is based on a perhaps unrealized sense of paternalism… that the Black Catholics of Chicago are assumed to want this, so they get what they want, not what they need. Why rock the boat and replace a loose cannon who has developed such a cult or personality, that his own parish website (when he was disciplined) was used as an organ to advocate people to contact the cardinal to reverse his decision?
These Catholics deserve better, far better. The real implicit racism has been allowing the demagoguery, cult of personality and clowning around to go unabated and largely uncorrected at the expense of obedience and the cultivation of Catholic life. Is that a hat tip to the notion that this foolishness “is good enough for those people”? Fear of rocking the boat?
The longer he goes unchecked, the closer he gets to the sad, sad situation of “Archbishop” George Stallings – a man given such latitude that he created a schismatic sect in Washington, D.C. after years of having a carte blanche reign given his popularity among the Black Catholics he served. Barring such open institutional schism, one has to wonder what effect will be had if and when the day comes that Father Pfleger retires (or is called home) and the new pastor sent just doesn’t live up to the cult-of-personality expectations that those Pfleger served have come to expect. What then happens? What comes first, the Catholic faith, or the idealization of a particular priest? When the new pastor of Saint Sabina’s doesn’t provide the same quality of demagoguery or cleave to the wide latitude of liturgical expression that Lord Pfleger does, how many, conditioned to expect and demand antics over praxis, will simply move on to a non-Catholic community anyway?
The second one is a cold snow storm coming from Europe.
Both of them hit Lebanon at the same time…
and the result… Guess what!
Have you heard about this before? me either.
Imagine you live in a town where all people are convinced that the yellow snow is the true color of snow. No, it’s not. The color of snow is white, but the dust has made it yellow.
The same thing with sex. Most people think that lust is normal and that lust is the true “color” of sex. But it’s not. The color of sex is love, but the original sin has made it stained with lust.
I am amazed by the teaching of Pope John Paul II about the BODY. I hope everybody can read it.
Orig. published March 2006.
Blessed Marianna Biernacka, 1888 – 1943 Read the rest of this entry »
Q. The theory that the popes of the Catholic Church are infallible is ridiculous because history records that several popes have been evil. How can you Catholics go on believing popes are infallible in the face of the historical evidence to the contrary?
A. First let me agree with you that there have been some evil popes in the history of the Church. And if they did not repent before their death there may even be some popes in Hell. But it is common to misunderstand. The Church does not mean, when she claims that the pope is infallible, that we believe the pope is sinless or impeccable. Absolutely not. Jesus and Mary were sinless but the Church has never claimed or even pretended that our popes are sinless. They go to confession at least once a week if not more often.
What the Church means by infallible is a very narrow and closely defined dogma.
The pope is infallible, only when he is:
1. Teaching about faith and morals to the whole Church.
2. We believe that God protects His Church from error and heresy by graciously preventing the pope from ever teaching error regarding faith and morals.
3. This does not mean he is infallible in private teaching, conversations or balancing his checkbook.
Some people might think that the Dogma of the Infallibility of the Pope means that the pope is always hearing messages from God that he then passes on to the whole church. While this might, at times, occur with a very holy pope that is not what we mean. Infallibility works to prevent false teaching. The pope must study and learn in the ordinary way and the Holy Spirit guides him into teaching nothing but the truth.
So, when by the wiles of Satan a godless or worldly pope is installed, the Holy Spirit would prevent that pope from teaching error to the whole church through letters, encyclicals etc. That sort of pope would effectively be silenced by the Holy Spirit in order to protect the truth of the Catholic Faith.
CCC 889 In order to preserve the Church in the purity of the faith handed on by the apostles, Christ who is the Truth willed to confer on her a share in his own infallibility. By a “supernatural sense of faith” the People of God, under the guidance of the Church’s living Magisterium, “unfailingly adheres to this faith.”417
890 The mission of the Magisterium is linked to the definitive nature of the covenant established by God with his people in Christ. It is this Magisterium’s task to preserve God’s people from deviations and defections and to guarantee them the objective possibility of professing the true faith without error. Thus, the pastoral duty of the Magisterium is aimed at seeing to it that the People of God abides in the truth that liberates. To fulfill this service, Christ endowed the Church’s shepherds with the charism of infallibility in matters of faith and morals. The exercise of this charism takes several forms:
891 “The Roman Pontiff, head of the college of bishops, enjoys this infallibility in virtue of his office, when, as supreme pastor and teacher of all the faithful – who confirms his brethren in the faith he proclaims by a definitive act a doctrine pertaining to faith or morals. . . . The infallibility promised to the Church is also present in the body of bishops when, together with Peter’s successor, they exercise the supreme Magisterium,” above all in an Ecumenical Council.418 When the Church through its supreme Magisterium proposes a doctrine “for belief as being divinely revealed,”419 and as the teaching of Christ, the definitions “must be adhered to with the obedience of faith.”420 This infallibility extends as far as the deposit of divine Revelation itself.421
I have long thought that the prayer of the priest in the Penitential Rite at the opening of the Mass to be a form of absolution–albeit an absolution “lite.” The Church teaches that the Mass removes venial sin, does it not?
Then I discovered something a few months ago that floored me–the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar from the ancient rite. In that form of the Roman Rite, these prayers begin the Mass as Penitential Rite does in the newer form. That is, the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar are the antecedent of the Penitential Rite. Here is a portion of them in English in the form used (then known as the dialog Mass) in the 1960’s until 1971: Read the rest of this entry »
I live in a region that was deeply affected by war. In 1983, 63 Christian villages have been destroyed and all their inhabitants have been displaced. Ten years later, people started coming back. The development in the Christian villages is too slow and sometimes totally absent. The young are obliged to emigrate and in winter time, just 10% of the people remain in their villages.
Six families have benefited from the amount of money the Ave Maria has sent:
One of them is an 8-year-old boy, Karim, whose family is extremely poor. This boy is suffering from an unknown disease that is eating his body, little by little. His flesh is filled with sores. He reminds me of Lazarus. You can see in the picture his foot filled with sores, as well as his face. He lost his arms. A friend took a picture for me and the boy. I had stomach ache when I saw him. Karim is able to understand, to talk, but he cannot walk. He cannot sleep as well. His mother takes care of him. This boy cannot be left alone. I gave his mother 100,000 LBP worth 66 US$. It seems a little money, but in fact it is worth 20 pizzas here in Lebanon (20 pizzas cost 300 $ in the US). The minimum wage here is 300,000 LBP, so 100,000 LBP is 32% of the minimum wage here. Again, I thank you and encourage other people to help the poor (to adopt children if you can).
Elsewhere in the blogosphere I have come across a post that explores the relationship between the GOP courting the Evangelical vote and winning elections…
A question to be asked is how this might be affected or explained by demographic overlap. What are the commonalities and cohorts of the memberships of Evangelical communities? Do they vote one way or another (or at all) because they are Evangelicals (FULL STOP)? or do they vote as others in their cohort would but the commonality is that Evangelicals are largely successful ALSO among those particular demographics that Republicans have been.
From there I guess questions arise as to issues of universality, where politics begin, and where religion ends… and how much of Evangelicalism is influenced in fact by politics and NOTvice versa.
Chickens and eggs, eh?
Servant of God Sister Miriam Teresa (1901-1927)
“The Church does not MAKE saints; GOD DOES …
The Church only RECOGNIZES them.
Who is Sister Miriam Teresa?
Teresa Demjanovich, a 20th Century American girl, was born in Bayonne, New Jersey in 1901, the youngest of seven children of Alexander and Johanna (Suchy) Demjanovich, Ruthenian immigrants to the United States from what is now Eastern Slovakia. Teresa received Baptism, Confirmation, and her First Holy Communion in the Byzantine-Ruthenian rite of her parents.
Where did she live out her brief life?
After attending Bayonne public schools Teresa entered the College of Saint Elizabeth in Convent Station, New Jersey. She was graduated with highest honors in 1923. Two years later, in 1925, she entered the community of Sisters of Charity at Convent Station. After profession of vows as a Sister of Charity, Teresa died in Saint Elizabeth Hospital, Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1927. She was 26 years of age. Read the rest of this entry »
Blessed Choukrallah Maloyan, 1869 – 1915 Read the rest of this entry »
Rihab is in Northern Jordan. The cave is beneath the ancient church of St Georgeous, itself one of the oldest known places of worship in the world.
Archaeologists in Rihab, Jordan, say they have discovered a cave that could be the world’s oldest Christian church.
Dating to the period AD33-70, the underground chapel would have served as both a place of worship and a home.
It is claimed that it was originally used by a group of 70 persecuted Christians who fled from Jerusalem.
These early Christians lived and practised their faith in secrecy until the Romans embraced Christianity several hundred years later.
According to Dr Abdul Qader Al-Hassan, the director of the Rihab Centre for Archaeological studies, the cave site shows clear evidence of early Christian rituals that predate the church.
Dr Al-Hassan says that steps lead down into the chapel which is approximately 12m long and seven metres wide.
There is a circular area of worship with stone seats separated from living quarters. This circular element, called an apse, is important says Dr Al-Hassan because there is only one other Read the rest of this entry »
Q. If popes and bishops are necessary then why were there none in the early church?
A. In the early Church there were all three ordained offices of the Catholic Church that we have today (Deacons, Priests, Bishops). They were called by different names but the offices were in existence and are designated in Acts 6:5 and Acts 15 at the first Church Council and elsewhere in the New Testament.
Q. Then why have I never seen that in Acts 15 before? I have read it many times.
A. You surely saw it but just missed the significance of the information you were reading.
First, we have Peter at the council who stood up and settled the dispute, made the POPE or Vicar of Christ in Matthew 16:17-19.
Then, also present at the first Church Council were the apostles who became the first BISHOPS ( Gr. Episkopos) in the Church. There are many other New Testament passages that mention the office of bishop or overseer.
Next we see PRIESTS, called elders in the New Testament because this is the strict English translation of the Greek presbuteros. However, our English word Priest is etymologically derived from the Greek word presbuteros.
And finally we have DEACONS. Stephen and others in Acts 6 and qualifications of deacons in I Timothy 3:8-12. There are many other NT passages also that talk about deacons.
A friend of mine once stated “The only good things to come out of France were wine, cheese and Jean-Claude Van Damme!”
Of course he was wrong about that.
Jean-Claude Van Damme is from Belgium.
But these folks definately DID come from the “Elder Daughter of the Church”… And they are certainly a very GOOD thing.
Community of Saint John, founded in 1975 by five or six university students under the guidance of a Dominican priest, Fr Marie-Dominique Philippe. They are now a Congregation of diocesan right, approved by the Church, with over five hundred members, about two hundred of whom are priests; they also have contemplative sisters and sisters of apostolic life who share the same charism and spirituality.
The Season of Great Lent is a time to fast in order to be able to regain our vision which has been distorted by our disordinate desires, personal sins, bad habits, etc… It is a time to regain sight: to see the face of our Lord and the needs of our neighbors. It is like a trip on a boat from one side to another side, from old life to new life, from death to life, from dark to light.
On Ash Monday, the Maronites in Lebanon and the whole world gathered at churches and received the sign of the cross with ashes on their front. When the priest makes the sign of the cross on your front, he says, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return”.
Orig. published February 2006
Blessed Edward Joannes Maria Poppe, 1890 – 1924 Read the rest of this entry »
UPDATE: It has come to my attention that the bride in the red-shirtfront I had presumed to be Robinson (the photo has been labeled as such) is in fact a DIFFERENT (retired) PECUSA bishop taking a man for a bride. Who knew?
Also worth reading: The post on this matter over at Byzantine, TX.
Gay Episcopal bishop and his partnerjoined in civil union, Star TribuneCONCORD, N.H. – The first openly gay Episcopal bishop and his partner of 20 years have been united in a private civil union.
The Rev. Gene Robinson was legally joined to Mark Andrew in a civil ceremony Saturday, the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire announced.
Civil unions became legal in New Hampshire this year. Read the rest of this entry »
Blessed Luigi Boccardo, 1861 – 1936 Read the rest of this entry »
Q. “Do you say that God makes a man infallible who has to be voted for just like politicians?
A. God says He does. However the pope is not infallible because he was voted for. He is elected by votes, and when elected he receives infallibility from God. The pope does not derive his infallibility from those who elected him but directly from the power of God.” Radio Replies, Vol. 1,p 96
Q. What is infallibility?
A. It is the guarantee that all teaching from the Pope on faith and morals given to the whole Church will be free of error. God gives the pope this gift regardless of his holiness or lack of it because He wills to protect His Church from error. Our Lord can, with a holy pope, instruct the whole Church through many writings and teachings. Thus, the Church is strengthened much. But in the event an evil pope attains the Chair of Peter through the machinations of heretics or evil men (as has happened in the past) Our Lord protects His Church by preventing the pope from writing or teaching error to the whole Church.
Q. If the Pope is infallible, then why do the laws of the Church change with the popes?
A. Infallibility concerns morals and doctrine. These are never changed by popes. Disciplines of the Church can be changed to keep them fresh and fruitful in the lives of the faithful
After a long meeting with 5 priests, I took a ride up to the mountains.
This place is just 20 minutes away from the Mediterranean Sea.
I have a T-Shirt with the picture of Greg.
Greg, my bestfriend from Cadillac-MI, sent me his picture when he was a child. Now, he has 4 kids.
I assure you that I have all the pictures of all the good people I met in the US. They are here in my heart.
Orig. published February 2006
Blessed Nicola da Gesturi, 1882 -1958 Read the rest of this entry »
From Dhimmi Watch:
Bad marks. “Girls’ school blown up in Dir,” from APP, June 7 (thanks to Jeffrey Imm):
TIMERGARA: Unknown militants on Friday morning blew up a Girls’ school in Upper Dir. However, no loss of life was reported. Local police officials said unknown militants detonated a four-room girls middle school, which completely destroyed the school building. Dir Bala police have registered a case and started investigation.
Of course, jihadists have been targeting girls’ schools for years.
Where is the outrage and decrying of this sort of atrocity? Why aren’t the Hollywood celebs holding protests and campaigns? Has multiculturalism and a fear of sounding “judgemental” against another culture cowed them into silence?
“The evangelicals are anti-abortion. I guess that makes them necessary, too”
A funny can of worms to open… Maybe it is the too much coffee from coffee hour that has gotten me to even suggest this… But keep an eye on the Evangelicals and the Emergent Church crowd who are tired of/disinterested in “Your Father’s Culture War™”and are putting “pro-lifery” on the back burner, and sometimes even turning the pilot light off on it. Anything too contentious can be ignored as they focus on “the important things”… If enough people disagree, they agree to disagree and not worry about it. Who wins there?
In the wake of Roe v. Wade – though this is NEVER talked about – the Southern Baptist Convention was preparing to issue a statement that recognized abortion as allowable. Read the rest of this entry »
No surprises here! Los Angeles born leftist Maryknoll priest – former Sandanista government minister, Nicuraguan President & Lenin Peace Price recipient – has been elected to lead the United Nations, the last bastion of world revolution and Marxist ideology.
One Fundamentalist “End Times” blogger has already sounded the alarm bell that Brockmann’s election is a sign of Vatican domination of the United Nations and a coming one-world government… I wouldn’t be too afraid if I were him, the Maryknollers haven’t exactly been papal yes-men in the past 40 years.
UNITED NATIONS— The Rev. Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, an outspoken leftist critic of the United States and a former foreign minister in Nicaragua’s Sandinista government, was elected president of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »
Today, I woke up seeing the whole town white. The bricks of all houses were white because of the snow. It is very cold. I had to drive on the road at 6:45 am to say Mass for the nuns. After Mass, I took a ride under the snow. That reminds me of Michigan. I miss MI. Then the road got slippery, so I went back to the monastery.
At 10:00 am, I welcomed the body of a 6 month-old child. He was like an Read the rest of this entry »
Blessed Ann of Saint Bartholomew, 1549 – 1626 Read the rest of this entry »
Q. How can anyone actually believe that a mere man could be infallible?
A. Of course, an athiest would never accept this, but anyone who believes in a Creator God could easily accept that God can do anything He chooses to do. Wouldn’t you agree? So, anyone who believes in an all powerful God could accept that it would be theoretically possible for God to cause a man to be infallible.
But, that does not mean that He would choose to make a man infallible. So, then we could ask,
“Has He ever made any mere man infallible in the past?” And the answer to that question is
But here we are only left with Jews and Christians, perhaps Muslims, but I don’t know for sure, who believe that God has made many different men infallible down through the Read the rest of this entry »
On Friday February 10, 2006, I came to a non-Christian town. I entered a house where 10 non-Christians gathered together to hear the Good News: The father and the mother + 2 children- Another man with his wife + 2 children – and two guests.
A little boy asked me saying, “Tell me about Jesus”. I began to evangelize. Little by little, the 14-year-old girl said, “How beautiful Jesus is.” I gave them copies of the Bible. We read from John chapter 4. I talked about the Samaritan woman. They asked many questions. The little children opened up their hearts talking about their nightmares, fears, and struggles. I had to offer them Jesus who can set them free. After 3 hours of discussion, they invited me to eat dinner with them. I ate with them. After dinner, I blessed their house, gave them holy water and left their town. I drove at night back to the parish, the snow at both sides of the road, I had to drive carefully. Suddenly, I had to push the brakes thinking I was going to hit someone, a being, but it was not a person. It seemed to me like a ghost. That was scary. But I knew I would be under attack because of evangelization.
Today, I called these 10 thirsty non-Christians. They said I should come and tell them more about Jesus. I think soon they will accept the Lord and receive Baptism.
Praise to God. The harvest here is so big.
Orig. published: Feb 2006
I know that the venerable Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago has directed him to vacate the premises of Saint Sabina’s for a pre-determined time (against Father Pfleger’s wishes)… But news reports (as follows) that he is apartment hunting like I was in my early 20s seems odd.
On Tuesday morning, the cardinal called him at St. Sabina to tell him he thought he should take a leave of absence. Pfleger said no, the cardinal said he’d be forced to act, and by late afternoon, George had issued a statement saying, despite Pfleger’s protestations, he was going on leave, effective immediately.
“I asked the cardinal if I could stay in the rectory during this time and he said no,” Pfleger said late Tuesday night, after his parishioners held a prayer service and rally demanding their pastor’s immediate and full return to the parish, as well as a meeting with George to discuss Pfleger’s future and the future of the unique African-American parish he’s been instrumental in shaping over the last three decades.
“I’m going to buy a bed and get some furniture from the church basement and move into an apartment in the neighborhood,” a deflated-sounding Pfleger told me, while the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ where Pfleger made the fiery statements late last month that got him into this latest donnybrook with the cardinal, waited to take him to a late dinner. “I’m trying to find out what [George] means by ‘a couple of weeks.’ There’s no timeline. There’s no date. Give me a time. It just says a couple of weeks. I don’t know . . . ” (READ ALL)
The thought occurs to me, since Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s retirement package includes a $1.3M home in Chicago, maybe they could be roommates for a few weeks while Father Pfleger sits in the time-out chair of the Archdiocese… Of course Father Pfleger claims friendhsip and brotherhood with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan… Farrakhan resides in Kenwood, a rather affluent neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, and part time at a Nation of Islam farm in New Buffalo, Michigan. It rather seems like Farrakhan should be able to put the “blue eyed priest with a black soul” up for a few weeks in his rich digs or in a cabin at the NOI farm…
SOME OTHER SUGGESTIONS
Now if he were to ask my opinion as to where he could go as a Catholic priest for a few weeks with time on his hands… I would suggest that he would do well to go down to Jamaica and work with Father Richard Ho Lung and his venerable Missionaries of the Poor.
Of course he could also use this time of hiatus and reflection to go serve as a chaplain Read the rest of this entry »
Bishop James Augustine Healy
James Augustine Healy was born in Georgia a slave. Due to his status, he and his siblings were forbidden from attending school. His parents wanted for them to be educated, and therefore sent se and his brother to the North to attend school. They later transfered to the Holy Cross College.
He and his brother Hugh were among the first graduation class, “Class of 1849”.
James then attended the Suplican Seminary in Paris. During this time, he felt he was called to e a pastor. In 1854, he was ordained at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Following his return to the US, he served as a priest and pastor in Boston for many years.
In 1875, he was named Bishop of Portland, Maine, being the fist African-American to be named bishop.
Within the 25 years he served as bishop, he established 60 new seminaries, 68 missions, 18 convents and schools throughout Maine, while overcoming the prejudices he faced.
Bishop Healy was a humble man, who wanted to served God and aid His people.
Renewing vows on the feast of St. Antonius
It was on January 17, the feast of St. Anthony of the Desert, when we (the members of my Maronite Order) renewed our vows.
Ohh. I am a big sinner. I think this ceremony should be cancelled. Who can be faithful? Only God is. We are all a bunch of sinners. Though we are loved by God.
I am in the back holding a sheet of paper. after prayer, we had a really good lunch. Mmmmm.
Q. In Acts 10:25-26, Peter refused to let a man kneel before him. Why doesn’t the Pope also forbid people from kneeling before him just like St. Peter?
A. In this passage from Acts Cornelius “fell at his feet and worshipped” Peter. Seeing this Peter said, “Arise. I myself am also a man.”
If the Pope detected that someone who came to honor him was in fact worshipping him he too would give the same warning. And forbid it. But kneeling is a sign of respect and reverence, especially in former times. When Sir Francis Drake knelt before Queen Elizabeth, he was not worshipping her. So kneeling can be a sign of respect or of worship. It all depends upon the intentions of the one who kneels.
The intention of the one who is kneeling can not be detected, for sure, unless he is asked about his intentions. For instance, many non Catholics, seeing a person kneeling in front of a picture or statue of Mary or another saint jump to the uncharitable conclusion that he has seen idolatry with his own eyes!
Comment: Actually a difference can be detected by an outward sign. Gregor:The difference is marked by the rule (today not always observed) that we genuflect on our right knee before God, whereas we genuflect on our left before the Pope (and – traditionally – Cardinals and our own Bishop).
Du bist Amerika, auch!
I got this in the combox yesterday:
Hello. I think that you would enjoy this video. When the European society discovered that in some years there will not be enough children, some, companies, celebrities and Read the rest of this entry »
We have found the Messiah (John 1:35-42)
Despite the noise of politics, the financial preoccupation, the anxiety over the future, the fear of terrorism, let us retire today to meet the Lord Jesus in this passage of the Gospel of John. We may find here a light of hope in the midst of darkness:
1- Jesus walks by:
Jesus passes by our lives. He sees the things that are going on in our lives, nation, world. But this time, he walks by knocking at each one’s door, holding with him a promise: A promise of Peace, Glory, the Holy Spirit. If you hear his voice do not harden your hearts.
2- “Look, here is the Lamb of God!”:
This is the voice of a Christian who discovered the Mystery of Jesus Christ. Read the rest of this entry »
Pray for us.
Father Ragheed Aziz Ganni, 1972 – 2007
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Over the past 145 years, the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia have given the fruits of their contemplation in the apostolate of Catholic education. With a love of Truth and a dedication to the Church, the sisters have brought generations of young people the message of Christ.
Today the Church calls religious to proclaim this message with new vigor in what our Holy Father has called “the New Evangelization.” Over the past few years, in recognition of the Great Jubilee of Our Lord’s birth, the leadership of St. Cecilia Congregation has responded with the extension of our presence in a number of additional schools. Many more requests have been made, indicating that, indeed, the harvest is very rich. Read the rest of this entry »
Blessed Pope John XXIII, 1881 – 1963 Read the rest of this entry »
The weapons of our battle
Saint Paul said in his letter to the Corinthians that the weapons of our battle are not of flesh but of spirit. We do not force people to believe in Christ. We do not blow up ourselves in order to expand our religion. We do not fight evil with bombs and explosions. I do not force my parishioners to welcome Christ in their hearts. The weapons of our battle are spiritual. These weapons are enormously powerful, capable of 4 things:
1- destroying fortresses (strongholds);
2- destroying erroneous thoughts (arguments);
3- destroying every pretension raising itself against the knowledge of God (proud);
4- taking every thought captive in obedience to Christ.
That was the mission of John the Baptist: calling everyone to repentance so that everyone might understand the message of Christ. Without repentance we can never understand the will of God in our lives. John the Baptist was preparing the way for Christ in destroying fortresses, erroneous thoughts, Read the rest of this entry »
Q. In Galatians 2:11-14 Paul rebuked Peter for hypocrisy so it seems pretty clear that Peter was NOT infallible after all.
A. If the definition of the Dogma of Infallibility of the Pope included all the actions of the pope then the Galatians passage would indeed be evidence that Peter was not infallible. However, the Dogma of Infallibility DOES NOT include the actions of the pope. The Pope is only infallible when and ONLY when, he both 1) teaches on faith and morals and 2) when he teaches to the whole church.
In the Galatians passage Peter did not fulfill either one of the requirements for infallible teaching let alone both requirements. He simply did not promulgate any teaching for the whole church. He caved into peer pressure. He was weak at this moment.
Some might insist that he certainly was teaching by his actions. But again this is not the type of teaching referred to in the Dogma of Infallibility. But even if we concede that Peter did teach, still he was NOT teaching error to the whole Church. Therefore, it still would not meet the requirements necessary to be considered a failure of infallibility.
This Dogma does not imply that every word from the lips of the pope is infallible.
He could make arithmetic errors in his checkbook. (Neither about faith and morals nor for the whole Church)
In a meeting and discussion of theology with other bishops he could even make mistakes. (Not taught to the whole Church)
But none of these would disqualify him from being infallible because the Holy Spirit ONLY protects his teaching when it is about both faith and morals and it is being taught to the whole church
Leila Hussein lived her last few weeks in terror. Moving constantly from safe house to safe house, she dared to stay no longer than four days at each. It was the price she was forced to pay after denouncing and divorcing her husband – the man she witnessed suffocate, stamp on, then stab their young daughter Rand in a brutal ‘honour’ killing for which he has shown no remorse. Read the rest of this entry »
White Christmas in Lebanon
We had white Christmas in Lebanon. That’s where I live. It snowed on December 24 but it didn’t stick. The snow in the picture is just 20 minutes away from where I live.
We had 6 Masses in the parish. We heard hundreds of confessions. The bells ring everywhere. There were even some non-Christians attending Mass. One of them asked me to bless him with the chalice (with the Blessed Sacrament).
The Birth of the Savior & the Birth of our Independence
Christ has been born in the world. The Light has come. The Truth has been revealed. Life came to us. The Word became flesh. Salvation has been born. Freedom has begun.
Christ the Savior was born in the world and no power has been able to stop God’s plan of Salvation. No one has been able to stop the encounter Read the rest of this entry »
Blessed Giovanni Battista Scalabrini, 1839 -1905 Read the rest of this entry »