What's missing from the book of Acts? More than you might think!

10/06/2014 Comments (9)

What’s missing from the book of Acts? More than you might think!

The book of Acts does not tell us the full story of early Church history. It provides only partial information.

This is obvious from the fact that it just covers the period between A.D. 33 and 60, when it suddenly stops (providing us an important clue to when it was written).

Even within that time frame, though, it is only a partial record . . .

 

The How Many Apostles?

For example, the book of Acts tracks the activities of three individuals:

  • Peter (ch.s 1-6, 9-12)
  • Philip (ch. 8)
  • Paul (ch.s 9, 11, 13-28)

That gives us a big clue about who Luke’s main sources were in composing the book for those parts that he didn’t personally witness (the so-called “we” passages later in the...READ MORE

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In the Breaking of the Bread

10/05/2014 Comments (13)

A woman I know once suffered amnesia. One morning, her surroundings suddenly looked strange and she found she could not recognize her house or remember where she lived. Fumbling for the phone she tried desperately to call somebody for help. However, try as she might, she could not even remember the phone number of her best friend.

At this point something remarkable happened: Lifting the handset on the phone she found that her hand knew which numbers to press though her brain was at a loss to verbalize them. So she got through to her friend and was able to get help.

I think of this story sometimes when people speak of ritual or liturgy as a meaningless "going through the motions." For many...READ MORE

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Making Confirmation Engaging: Lessons From Chris Stefanick and Chosen

10/04/2014 Comments (2)

As a confirmation catechist and program leader, I am always looking for great resources. Our parish has never found anything that works completely and totally. We have a program we use, sort of, but it comes down to a team approach of tapping into resources, pulling together what this year’s candidates are asking about in their interviews and letting the Holy Spirit work through us.

Even so, knowing that there’s probably no program that will meet all the unique needs of our program, I took some time to sit down with Ascension Press’ new Chosen confirmation program.

It is, in a word, “incredible.” I think it has a place with many parishes and programs. It’s essentially a toolbox, and it’s...READ MORE

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Father Benedict Groeschel Dies at 81

10/04/2014 Comments (49)

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The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal have announced that Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., has died at the age of 81.

The co-founder of the order passed away on October 3rd at 11 PM, the vigil of the feast of St. Francis.

The Cardinal Newman Society reported on their facebook page earlier this week that Father Groeschel had taken a fall and reinjured the same arm that was hurt in his accident ten years ago. One of his brother friars, Father Glenn Sudano, said that Father Groeschel was in much pain.

The Friars were founded in 1987 by Father Groeschel and seven other Capuchin friars: Father Stan Fortuna, Father Robert Stanion, Father Glenn Sudano, Father Bob Lombardo, and Father Andrew...READ MORE

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Who was St. Francis of Assisi? 12 things to know and share

10/04/2014 Comments (8)

Who was St. Francis of Assisi? (12 things to know and share)

St. Francis is one of the most famous saints in Church history.

He’s so significant that the current pope—Pope Francis—chose to take his name.

October 4th is his memorial day.

But who was he, and what did he do?

Here are 12 things to know and share . . .

 

1) When did St. Francis live?

He was born in 1181 or 1182 (we’re not sure), and he died in 1226. He thus lived to be only 44 or 45 years old.

He was born—and he died—in Assisi, Italy, which is somewhat near Rome.

You can read about Assisi here.

 

2) How did he get the name “Francis”?

Although many people take new names upon entering religious life, this is not how St. Francis originally got his name.

He was born Giovanni...READ MORE

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Register Radio - Sister Miriam Demjanovich and St. Thérèse

10/03/2014 Comments (1)

This week on Register Radio, a beatification on U.S. soil and for the first time! Jeanette De Melo talks to Register columnist Fr. Roger Landry about the beatification of Sister Miriam Demjanovich. Also, a little warrior like a little flower? You bet! Dan Burke talks to Fr. Dwight Longenecker about St. Thérèse, known as “the Little Flower.”

Beatification of Sister Miriam Demjanovich

You may remember Fr. Roger Landry as one of the on-site commentators for EWTN’s special coverage of the 2013 papal conclave and election of Pope Francis.  Fr. Landry is a concelebrant at the first Mass of beatification—ever—on U.S. soil… the beatification of Sr. Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, in Newark, New...READ MORE

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Christian College Could Lose Accreditation. Guess Why

10/03/2014 Comments (127)

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges recently announced that they were giving Gordon College, a Christian institution, one year to "review" its policies regarding homosexuality or face losing its accreditation.

These bureaucratic bullies say that the college may be in violation of accreditation standards because of its view that homosexual behavior is a sin and prohibited on campus. The NEASC is demanding that the college review its policy and submit a report to "ensure that the College’s policies and procedures are non-discriminatory."

So now the college has formed a committee to "review" its policy. In a statement that both the NEASC and Gordon College released together,...READ MORE

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Give…Even if You’ve Been Taken

10/03/2014 Comments (18)
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– Alex Proimos/Wikipedia

Some time ago, my husband and son were traveling to visit relatives. At a rest area, they were approached by a woman in need of some quick cash.  Her car had broken down, her cell phone was dead, she had a sick child in need of immediate care and she had no one to call for help, as she was traveling thousands of miles from home...or something to that effect. My husband offered to do everything from having the vehicle towed to putting the family up in a hotel.  In the end, he gave them cash.  No sooner had the money exchanged hands than the family skipped right over to their (perfectly functioning) car and drove away. 

Shortly after that event I learned that someone I know actually carries...READ MORE

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