Category Archives: Catholicism

The Church is one as the Trinity is one

One of the many aspects of actively receiving the sacraments of the Church is that your spiritual vision is opened. This is not an automatic or magical process. This depends on growth and spiritual growth. But continuing to bind oneself … Continue reading

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Divine Mercy Chaplet–Momma Jess and I

Momma Jess and I did the rosary together a while back. This is how we’ll do the Divine Mercy Chaplet: We cross ourselves… Momma Jess takes lead, “You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and … Continue reading

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Self-mortification, miscommunication

I think Mother is having difficulty understanding my recent interest in self-mortification and I hope my good friend Damsel of the Faith does not mind if I borrow from some of her posts in order to qualify some statements. Mother … Continue reading

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St Charbel Relics

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St. Ann’s in Tubac, AZ and San Xavier Del Bac in Tucson, AZ

I was trying to send a Catholic deacon I know pictures from the web of St. Ann’s in Tubac, AZ but something screwy went on with the sending via e-mail so I’m going to try to post pictures from the … Continue reading

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The worst argument for women’s ordination I’ve ever seen

I’ve seen some very bad radical egalitarian arguments for women’s ordination but this one from Ben Witherington III, who apparently did his own doctoral thesis on the New Testament on the topic of women in ministry in the church, probably, … Continue reading

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Catholic doctrine and Protestant doctrine

I find it a little bit irritating when Catholic doctrine is deliberately misrepresented by Protestants or the media by pointing to what an individual Catholic says and raising that to the level of Catholic doctrine. There is a firm difference … Continue reading

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Al Mohler on Baptist converts to Catholicism and Anglicanism…

Scot McKnight has posted about Al Mohler’s reaction to two people from the SBC who have converted to Catholicism and Anglicanism. He cites from Bob Allen at Baptist News Global: A recent Wall Street Journal story profiling twin brothers who … Continue reading

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Is evangelicalism a Christian denomination?

I’ve seen Evangelical Christians lower-case the term “evangelicalism” when specifically referring to the so-called “Christian” denomination of Evangelicalism/The Evangelical Movement (for the record, I have prayed about this numerous times, and I have become convinced that this Evangelical Movement is … Continue reading

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Catholics/Orthodox Christians are too Old Testament?

I’ve heard Protestant friends of mine talk about how Catholic and Orthodox Christians are too “Old Testament”. At first, I thought that was referring to their emphasis on works in regard to salvation and having engaged more with Catholic theology, … Continue reading

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Lay exorcisms

I have this one on my “to watch” list right now along with Sinister, The Shining, Annabelle, Evil Dead (2013 re-make), The Exorcist, Jessabelle, and many others. From what I’ve heard, this one produces genuine scares. There is a scene … Continue reading

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Are Anabaptists orthodox?

I use the term Anabaptist here to refer to someone who deliberately denies baptism to infants. Although technically, the term means “no baptist” and a better term would be credobaptist. I reject the term credobaptist to refer to such people … Continue reading

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Women’s Ordination: Starting Points

I came across this video by N.T. Wright a while back. It’s interesting because I think it points out the major problems in making a radical egalitarian argument on this base. The radical egalitarian normally begins his argument for the … Continue reading

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Met. Kallistos Ware on the Ordination of Women in the Orthodox Church

“Man, Woman and the Priesthood of Christ”, Women and the Priesthood, 5-53. It is a common theme of Met. Kallistos Ware to caution hastiness in the Church on a variety of different issues. He cites Isaiah 28:16 which reads “He … Continue reading

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Did the New Testament Church Have an Ecclesiastical Structure?

It is generally argued by Protestants (primarily the Anabaptist Protestants) that the church structure of the episcopacy is entirely a new invention known to the church that did not originate in the Bible. But the reality is that the episcopacy … Continue reading

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Catholic Predestination vs. Calvinist Predestination (and the Orthodox Adoption of Catholic Predestination)

Objection 1. It seems that God reprobates no man. For nobody reprobates what he loves. But God loves every man, according to (Wisdom 11:25): “Thou lovest all things that are, and Thou hatest none of the things Thou hast made.” … Continue reading

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Why Catholics are Neither Arminian nor Calvinist

I’ve often been told by Arminian heretics that Catholics entertain some form of Calvinism. Nothing could be more grossly misrepresented in the whole of Catholic theology than this idea that the Arminians maintain. I imagine they do this in order … Continue reading

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What Binds all Christians Together?

There are two doctrines that Jesus talks about which I see as uniting points for Christians. Baptism (John 3:3-5) Eucharist (John 6:51-58) Jesus assured Nicodemus that unless a man is born of water and Spirit, he cannot enter into the … Continue reading

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Marks of a Valid Baptism…

Intent I have concluded recently that the Traditionalist Catholics are correct in their interpretation of the sacrament of baptism and what marks a baptism as being valid. Of course, the implications would exclude the vast majority of Protestant baptisms as … Continue reading

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What Christian Denomination are You Quiz?

I got 82% Episcopalian, 82% Catholic, 49% Lutheran, 49% Restorationist, 32% Methodist, 19% Calvinist, 14% Puritan, 5% Baptist, and 0% Pentecostal. Take the Quiz and tell me what your scores were in the comments section.

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At what point did the reformers cease being Catholic?

At what point did Luther’s teachings transgress the bounds of ‘Catholic’ orthodoxy? This question, which fascinated some older scholars, rests on an assumption unacceptable to modern historians: namely, that there exists an eternal standard of ‘Catholic’ truth independent of name … Continue reading

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Biblical Theologian Converts to Catholicism

Yes, you can take the Bible seriously and still be a Catholic. Sorry Bosco, you lose. Buy the Catholic Bible Dictionary Bosco! Or his book Scripture Matters because Scripture matters to Catholics JUST AS MUCH as it matters to Protestants! … Continue reading

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Biblical Meditations–Queen of Heaven

Those poor Protestants tend to use this verse to dismantle Catholic and Orthodox Mariology. Jeremiah 7:18—“The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out … Continue reading

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Dormition of St Anna

I forgot to tell Mother that Eastern Christians celebrated the dormition of St Anna on Friday, July 25. She is patron saint to childless people and mothers so she is a good patron for Mother. She is the mother of … Continue reading

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The women debate—my attempt to explain from a sacramental perspective

Sacramentalists (or Christians who favour a more sacramental system of God distributing aid to his people) usually don’t agree that a woman can be a cultic or ritualistic priest. Sacramentalists are High Anglicans, Catholics, and Eastern Orthodox generally. They may … Continue reading

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I saw a baby baptism yesterday…

I’ve never seen a baby baptism before. Even though Jesus had revealed himself to babies (Matt. 11:25-26), a baby being enlightened to know Jesus was simply unthinkable among the Evangelical Protestantism I grew up with. They did baptise infants at … Continue reading

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Help me, Momma Jessica

Help me to discern. Why hasn’t God made anything clear to me? You deserve a child…God wants me to be with him…you’ll lead me to him. But at the same time, my deacon came up to me last night at … Continue reading

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The Rosary–Momma Jess and I

The crucifix: Auntie and I genuflect—she does a Latinised genuflection, I do a Greek genuflection. Mother prays: I cannot, for the life of me, remember the Apostle’s Creed by heart so Auntie prays that for me… “I believe in God, … Continue reading

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Auntie’s Faith Imparted to Me

“No one can tell you how to believe,” the words of Fr. Kimel echo through my head. How do I believe? How do I find faith? I need not worry about that right now. It is not my own faith … Continue reading

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An Orthodox Christian is in My Religion and Moral Issues Class!

My Religion and Moral Issues class that I’m taking this summer that is going to prevent me from blogging for quite a bit has an Orthodox Christian in it–I’m fairly certain a Syriac Orthodox Christian so jrj1701 might have something … Continue reading

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Discerning…

Fr. Kimel requested I do some praying and discerning about where God is trying to lead me as I feel genuinely pulled by God into three directions right now. I’m not entirely certain as to what “discipleship” is but if … Continue reading

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All Saints’ Day

This past Sunday was All Saints’ Day for Greek/Byzantine Catholics my archpriest was telling me yesterday as I called him on the phone. One thing that you notice about all the saints is that they all had doubts and that … Continue reading

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My Archpriest

I was talking to my archpriest just now about my struggles with the faith and all the details in the catechetical instruction classes that one must learn and go over. I loved talking to him! He was able to give … Continue reading

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Why I Just Want to Blow Off Any And All Catechetical Instruction

The scars on my arms show my cries to God quite well constantly asking him on and on, “How much longer?” How much longer until I am freed? How much longer until I’m rescued? Auntie says I just need to … Continue reading

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My parish priest…

I met with my parish priest yesterday and I had the initial impression that I’d be able to have more of a command as to what was going on with my journey but it didn’t happen that way. My parish … Continue reading

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I need your help…

As I start to go back to liturgies again this Sunday, the most difficult thing for me is going to be this “fortress” Christianity I see amongst so many different parishioners. There is this “labeling” and “demonisation” to make themselves … Continue reading

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Called Into All Three – But Why?

I feel like all of these strings on me are trying to pull me into three different churches all at once and it is confusing me. I feel like I am right back where I started when I first started … Continue reading

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Sorry…

Apologies about my raunchy post yesterday. That was vile of me. Going off of food for 24 hours isn’t starving. Going off of food for 48 hours a week on two days that are separated by another day isn’t starving. … Continue reading

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Dear God, Thank You for Your Fan-Club

In these recent times, I’ve been having struggles dealing with the concept of a God who reaches down to me since I never was lucky enough to have God starting from birth. It might be because of my depression which … Continue reading

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Followers God Would Rather Not Have

On the Uncyclopedia, there is a list of followers that God would rather not have. Based on some of my experiences with Christian literature, scholarship, and blogging, I have decided to create my own list of followers that God would … Continue reading

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I’ve Had it With Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick

“Fr.” in this context is an abbreviation for a certain word that I dare not say for it upsets some people. First off, don’t become his apologist. If he truly is in support of something that which has a strong … Continue reading

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Why a Male Protestant Pastor/Minister/Priest Would Want to Support Egalitarianism

In the past, I’ve commented numerous times as to how Protestant male educators in the Christian circles are only supporting egalitarianism because they are turning the sacrament of holy orders into nothing more than a power-grab away from the mystical … Continue reading

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Protestantism and Ministry

Since women were created to compliment men (and vice versa) it seems that having a mixed elder board, for example, would be advantageous. The unique qualities of femininity (e.g. relationality) would contribute and compliment the group. Further, having women on … Continue reading

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A Female Bishop

According to one source, St. Brigid was apparently ordained to the episcopate. Feminist scholars sometimes use this to support the position that women can be ordained. But apparently not all feminist scholars are convinced of this (this is primarily because … Continue reading

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The Necessity of the Seven Sacraments

In Catholic theology and Eastern Orthodox theology I believe too, the sacraments show God participating in our lives and with us at the liturgy. It is God, breathing life into his Church–his bride. I come from a background that challenges … Continue reading

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Social Justice and the All-Male Priesthood

When you frame the argument that an all-male priesthood violates the norms of social justice, you are completely missing the point of what it means to be a priest. It further indicates that you hold no responsibility whatsoever yourself. For … Continue reading

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It’s the Eucharist! Bon Apetit!

Chips and salsa. I like me some nachos! Jesus says that these nachos are his body and blood. They’re special nachos! Thank God for sending Jesus to declare Ritz crackers with tomato bruschetta his body and blood. Yes Jesus, I … Continue reading

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2 Catholic Kooks Debating on Jesus

Note: Moss comments on how O’Reilly cherry-picks yet in her CNN article review on the subject she insists that “Not everything Roman historians tell you is true” and that “the Roman orator Cicero complains that he is misrepresented in the … Continue reading

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Catholic Sex Abuse?

I was looking up a saint name for a Bagon I had captured in my Pokemon Black 2 game today (I’ve taken the liberty to name some of my Pokemon after saints–all of them have nicknames) and I had found … Continue reading

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H.P. Lovecraft in Music

I was actually inspired to write this after reading Brian Niemeier’s post today on his play-through of the video game, Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth. I actually decided to write this primarily for him since he comes … Continue reading

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