Purgatory and Scripture: Part Three

06/13/2016 Comments (2)

If you are just joining us, we are continuing a discussion of the Church's teaching on Purgatory. Last time, we ended with this question.

If baptism and faith in Christ covers our sin and gives us God's grace, why then is sanctification necessary?

Because baptism is grace, not magic. Grace is the life of God planted in the human soul. It is the "imperishable seed" given us by God (1 Peter 1:23). But the seed must grow, as our Lord taught (Matthew 13:1-32). It is not simply, as some have taught, a covering of our sins like snow on a dunghill, but is rather a means of transforming us in our inner being, as Paul taught.

Consider Israel. In the book of Exodus we read the story of how God got...READ MORE

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Holy See Statement on Orlando Massacre

Attack has caused Pope Francis and the Holy See "deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil".

06/12/2016 Comments (26)

Holy See Press Office Director Father Federico Lombardi has released the following statement on the Orlando massacre:

"The terrible massacre that has taken place in Orlando, with its dreadfully high number of innocent victims, has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us, the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil before this new manifestation of homicidal folly and senseless hatred. Pope Francis joins the families of the victims and all of the injured in prayer and in compassion. Sharing in their indescribable suffering he entrusts them to the Lord so they may find comfort. We all hope that ways may be found, as soon as possible, to effectively identify and...READ MORE

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Which Translation of the Bible Is Best, The Man Who Turned from Glossy Magazines to God and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/12/2016 Comment

Click on Which Translation of the Bible Is the Best? by Trent Horn of Catholic Answers link to read more.

Which Translation of the Bible Is the Best? – Trent Horn, Catholic Answers

Meet the Man Who Turned from Glossy Magazines to God – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Art for God’s Sake: An Interview with Artist Daniel Mitsui – Sam Guzman, The Catholic Gentleman

Duncan Stroik Wins the Arthur Ross Award for Classical Architecture – Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

Emmanuel: The Dominant Theme of Fr. Spitzer’s Book on Happiness – Jeffrey A. Mirus Ph., Catholic Culture

Goals for Faithful Catholics in This Time of Confusion – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

The Confessional State, Catholic or Liberal? – John Andra, Crisis Magazine

The Logic of Incarnation and the Temptation of...READ MORE

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John Paul II and the Race Car Driver

06/11/2016 Comments (1)

Robert Kubica at the 2007 British Grand Prix. (Photo: Mark McArdle, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Quick question: What’s the biggest sporting event this weekend? The Belmont Stakes? The Stanley Cup Final? The NBA Final?

Nope. The biggest TV audience will be on the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix, the sixth leg in a 21-race series that began in Australia in March and ends in Abu Dhabi in November. After soccer, Formula One is the most-watched sport on the planet.

Except in America.

Which is why chances are that you haven’t heard of Robert Kubica, a Polish Formula One driver for Sauber-BMW from 2006-2009 and Renault in 2010-2011, winning his one and only race in June 2008 at the Canadian Grand Prix—which is held every year in June on Île Notre-Dame (literally “The Island of Our Lady”),...READ MORE

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Muhammad Ali vs. The Little Sisters of the Poor

06/11/2016 Comments (23)

Much has been made of the life and career of Muhammad Ali in recent days. This is a good thing. His great boxing fights against George Foreman, Joe Frazier and Ken Norton were recalled. But even more has been made about his fight to be a conscientious objector due to his Muslim faith. Many have applauded Ali's strong battle for religious freedom.

Ali's widow, Lonnie, according to ESPN, said that her husband had been prepared to sacrifice everything to follow his soul. She said that message resonates even stronger today. Indeed it does.

Comedian Billy Crystal, in a moving speech at his funeral, said:

"Muhammad Ali struck us in the middle of America's darkest night, in the heart of the...READ MORE

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Each One of Us is Imperfect, and Beloved in the Eyes of God

06/11/2016 Comments (4)

Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890), "Let the Little Children Come Unto Me"

A woman conceived a child with Down syndrome, and her doctor encouraged an abortion.  The story happens every day.  But this woman didn’t have an abortion; she gave birth to a beautiful little girl.  The mother wrote a letter to the doctor, expressing her sadness that anyone would encourage the abortion of a child with Down syndrome.  The letter was posted on social media, and now it’s gone viral.

I have two children, and they both have Down syndrome, so a half-dozen friends have tagged me this week in posts about the letter.

I admire this mother’s support for her daughter.  I am grateful that she brought attention to the plight of children like hers, and like mine, who face the very high...READ MORE

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Eucharist, A Gripping Graphic Novel, and More Great Links!

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06/11/2016 Comment

Click on 10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Eucharist by Bill Dodds of OSV Newsweekly link to read more.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Eucharist - Bill Dodds, OSV Newsweekly

The Crisis of Educating Boys to be Christian Men With No Compromise – Anthony Esolen Ph.D., The Catholic Thing

Catholic Encyclopedia for Children (Our Sunday Visitor) – Stuart Dunn, Stuart’s Study

The Gripping Graphic Novel That Teaches Us that God Always Answers Our Prayers – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

More Reasons for Mary’s Perpetual Virginity – Tim Staples, Catholic Answers

Latin Vespers for the Dedication of a Church – Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy: Atheism and Human Worth – Kenneth Hensley, Catholic Answers

Has the Vatican Cast Aside St. John Paul II’s...READ MORE

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Vatican Cancels Accountancy Giant's Full Involvement in External Audit

Commitment to transparency remains a priority, Vatican says.

06/10/2016 Comments (11)

After first suspending accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers' external audit of Vatican finances in April, the Holy See has now definitively cancelled PwC's full involvement in the financial inspection.

In a statement released today, the Vatican said the audit would now be executed by the Vatican’s own Auditor General. It added that PwC would henceforth “play an assisting role” and be “available to those dicasteries that wish to avail themselves of its support and consulting services.”

The Register revealed in April that the Secretariat of State had suspended the external audit just four months after it had begun its work. The news came as a surprise to Cardinal George Pell, the prefect...READ MORE

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