No Room For God

If you don’t have room for God in this life, you won’t have room for God in the next…

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A Prayer For All Saints Day

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Catholic Response to the Reformation with Bishop Frederick Campbell

Bishop Frederick Campbell (PhD in history from The Ohio State University) discusses the Catholic response to the corruption in the Catholic Church as it emerged from the Middle Ages. Bishop Campbell particularly focuses on the Council of Trent and its implementation and St. Charles Borromeo’s influence.

 

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Where Fire Works Best

 

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What About Hell? – The Other Place

Asked about people who do not believe in Hell, St Pio replied – “They will believe in it where they get there”

Probably the two most successful tricks of the Devil to get souls off of the road to Heaven and onto the road to Hell are:

  1. Convince you that there is no Devil and
  2. Convince you that there is no Hell

Once he has succeeded in doing one or both of those two things, it’s pretty much a slam dunk you will end up there.

“Well, what if there isn’t a Devil or Hell?” Well, if there isn’t, then neither of us have anything to worry about.

But, what if there IS? Well then, at least one of us has EVERYTHING to worry about.

You can read about The Other Place here…

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What Is An Atheist vs An Agnostic?

I was in a discussion about God the other day with a young person who considers himself and atheist. Early on in the discussion he stated that he didn’t know if God exists, but conceded that He might.

At the point where he revealed that he is an atheist, I suggested that he was agnostic rather than atheist because he didn’t know for sure one way or the other. He was adamant that he was atheist because an atheist is one who really doesn’t care one way or the other.

A bit more back and forth ensued, and he left the conversation “knowing” that he was right and I was wrong.

Sigh…

This got me to thinking that there may be others out there who might need some clarification…

From Webster:

Definition of atheist

:a person who does not believe in the existence of a god or any gods :one who subscribes to or advocates atheism

How agnostic Differs from atheist

Many people are interested in distinguishing between the words agnostic and atheist. The difference is quite simple: atheist refers to someone who believes that there is no god (or gods), and agnostic refers to someone who doesn’t know whether there is a god, or even if such a thing is knowable. This distinction can be troublesome to remember, but examining the origins of the two words can help.

Agnostic first appeared in 1869, (possibly coined by the English biologist Thomas Henry Huxley), and was formed from the Greek agnōstos (meaning “unknown, unknowable”). Atheist came to English from the French athéisme. Although both words share a prefix (which is probably the source of much of the confusion) the main body of each word is quite different. Agnostic shares part of its history with words such as prognosticate and prognosis, words which have something to do with knowledge or knowing something. Atheist shares roots with words such as theology and theism, which generally have something to do with God.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/atheist

BK

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Jimmy Akin: Open Forum – Catholic Answers Live – 10/17/16

Does the Book of Numbers support abortion?

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Psalm 53 Sung in Aramaic for Pope Francis by Georgians

…And the acoustics are the only sound enhancement… This will give you chills… Amazing…

 

 

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More Sheen On Truth

“Christ said, not a single iota of the truth He gave was to be changed, then by what right do we sit in judgment on Divinity and say: This much of Your truth we will accept, because it pleases us, and this much we will reject? We are not the creators of divine truth; we are only the trustees and the guardians. God’s truths are not optional any more than the right to happiness is optional; they are not debatable any more than the multiplication table is debatable. Any sect which starts with the assumption that it has rights over God’s truth proves that it is man-made, and a religion that is man-made can be man-unmade. But a Church which is God-made cannot be man-unmade.” — Archbishop Fulton Sheen (Seven Pillars of Peace)

H/T Leila Miller

 

 

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Blood and Water

“When the Roman soldier stuck the spear into the side of Christ, both blood and water flowed out from His side. This represents three very significant theological truths:

“1. Blood and water (afterbirth) are always present at the birth of a new child.
2. The blood and water flowing from His side also represent Baptism and the Eucharist, the two sacraments which unite mankind to Christ.
“3. The Jewish temple had a small stream flowing through it, which removed the blood of the sacrificed animals from the temple. Jesus is our new Temple in the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:22), so the blood and water flowing from His side invoke this temple imagery as well.

“Archbishop Sheen once said that the spearing of Jesus on the cross reminds us of the angel with the flaming sword at the gate of Paradise as well. It seems that in order for man to reenter Paradise, it is necessary for the angel to strike us with the sword. Here Jesus physically undergoes stabbing, while Mary undergoes a spiritual stabbing as well (Simeon told Mary in Luke 2:35 that “a sword will pierce through your own soul also, that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed”). For the rest of us, the stabbing with the sword is all of our suffering in this life, something that Peter said was required of us all (1 Peter 5:9).” – Ray Sullivan

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Why Protestant Doctrine Is Man-Made – Catholic Answers

We often hear from Protestants the the Roman Catholic Church is a man-made religion, consisting of man-made doctrines not to be found in the Bible.

Actually, the opposite is true. Tim Staples explains how the Protestant churches, not the Catholic Church, can be demonstrated to be based on man-made doctrines.

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Can You Find Balance In A Christian Life?

I think I’ve discovered my problem…

Try standing on one foot…

 

Balance in life is something many of us strive for while not having much insight on how to achieve it. In this video, Fr. Mike Schmitz provides three principles that can help, advising that when we seek first the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33), everything else tends to fall into place.

 

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So, What Do You Do At Adoration?

Eucharistic Adoration – spending time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. A time for quiet. Time away from the hustle and bustle of the “real” world outside the Church doors. A time to listen. A time to reflect. A time to open your heart, soul and mind to God and let Him drench you in His love and mercy.

But sometimes you don’t want to just sit there. So what do you do?

There are several appropriate things you can do. There are some good ones listed and explained HERE

 

 

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Loving Mother, Faithful Wife – The Video

Many long years ago, my wife, Judy, and I were out to dinner. I had been writing songs for the parish youth group/Confirmation class for several years, and Judy came up with the idea of doing one NOT specifically for the teenagers in the parish. She specifically asked me to write one for The Blessed Mother.

She handed me an extra napkin and a pen. I started writing. I got much of the song written that night in the restaurant…

I honestly don’t think it was me, so much, as the Spirit guiding me along with it.

Anyway, It’s been recorded for almost twenty years, and I thought I might want to make it into some sort of video.

My friend, Koni Ritch, helped out with the vocals (she’s the good sounding one)…

 

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