August 27, 2008
Two men considering a religious vocation were having a conversation. “What is similar about the Jesuit and Dominican Orders? ” the one asked.
The second replied, “Well, they were both founded by Spaniards — St. Dominic for the Dominicans, and St. Ignatius of Loyola for the Jesuits. They were also both founded to combat heresy — the Dominicans to fight the Albigensians, and the Jesuits to fight the Protestants.”
“What is different about the Jesuit and Dominican Orders?”
“Met any Albigensians lately?”
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August 27, 2008
Saint David Lewis
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August 26, 2008
Q. Where do you find the doctrines of baptism of Blood and Baptism by desire in scripture?
A. The Catholic Faith is not based on Scripture in the same way Protestants do theology. (But please see this post for scripture on baptism)
For several reasons:
1. For 400 years after the birth of Christ, the New Testament, as we know it today, was non-existent.
2. Therefore, it would have been impossible for all theology to be based on something that did not exist.
The Church taught FIRST from the deposit of Teachings given to the Apostles by Jesus. Then as the need arose to write epistles or Gospels these were written, SECONDARILY. So, Sacred Scripture, is derived from the teaching of the Apostles or Sacred Tradition as we call it. Not the other way around as in most Protestant Churches.
3. The only Christian Churches in the world for over 1400 years based theology on both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition (Teaching of the Apostles) until the advent of Martin Luther.
4. There is nothing in Sacred Scripture that commands the faithful to base theology on Scripture Alone/Sola Scripture.
5. Until some time after the invention of the printing press, the Bible, was an extremely costly book. At today’s minimum wages of $5.15 the cost of one Bible in today’s US Dollars would come to $21,424. And that still does Read the rest of this entry »
August 26, 2008
Blessed Luigi Beltrame Quattrocchi
1880 – 1951
Blessed Maria Corsini
1884 – 1965
August 25, 2008
A Short Series recording my childhood memories of the most avant garde Catholic parish in the nation.
Part I: Confetti and Streamers
About the same time the new Roman sacramentary came out, there was in the Washington, D.C. area an enormous and dynamic movement among Catholics to put into motion the Spirit of Vatican II which was then sweeping the globe with promises of great radical changes. The Charismatic Movement was sweeping through at the same time.
One such movement was the Mass People movement in the District which set up liturgies in various public places around the city, in parks, community centers, at national monuments, anywhere on the city streets. The radical idea these liturgies embodied with the new erradication of the divide between the sacred and the profane. With the elimination of the communion rail and the sanctuary open to all, there could no longer be a real separation between the holy and the ordinary. This was a liturgical embodiment of the the Spirit of Gaudium et Spes, as well, the joys and hopes of the world becoming the joys and hopes of the Catholic Church.
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Born in 1965, my first memory of going to church was walking there when we lived on an Army base in 1969. At four, somehow was etched in my psyche a church with blue curtains (military chapel), the men in their uniforms and the boys, like me, in shirt and ties.
My next memory was at our new parish when we moved to Northern Virginia, Good Shepherd Catholic Church. I remember my mother taking me over to the statue of the Virgin Mary to the left of the altar and explaining to me that I should light a candle with her and say a prayer for my sister who had died and needed my prayers. It was a sweet memory. I knew my prayer was important and that it made my sister and God happy. That was the last truly traditional Catholic experience I would have for many, many years. Our new parish had a new pastor… Read the rest of this entry »