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How Muggeridge’s ‘Something Beautiful for God’ brought Mother Teresa to the attention of the world
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Among other proofs, the Bible casually assumes that great prophets like Moses and Samuel would be praying for those on earth after they died
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When we are open to life, we freely work together with God.
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Some anti-Catholic polemicists exploit myths about the Inquisition in a spirit of fear, surprise, ruthless exaggeration, and an almost fanatical opposition to the pope
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The Council of Trent forbade the selling of indulgences, thus partially agreeing with Luther and the Protestants, while retaining the doctrine itself.
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“The Roman Pontiff, head of the college of bishops, enjoys this infallibility in virtue of his office...” (LG 25)
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The Hebrew “household” (if not virtually always) often would contain extended family members.
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The fundamental reason for Marian beliefs is to exalt and focus on our Lord Jesus Christ.
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To conclude that Our Lady was puzzled about Jesus or His mission is not warranted from the biblical text.
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To a man, the Fathers of the Church all testify that Mary was perpetually a virgin
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Jesus ascended by His own power, but Our Lady was assumed by the power of her Son’s victory over death.
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Mary “remained a virgin in conceiving her Son, a virgin in giving birth to him, a virgin in carrying him, a virgin in nursing him at her breast, always a virgin” (CCC 510)
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If you disbelieve Jesus regarding the Eucharist, chances are you will also regarding Who He is
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God has only sinners to work with, yet work with them He does.
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“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?”
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Golgotha (along with Christ's tomb) is located within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in the walled Old City of Jerusalem.
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The meditations of the Rosary, and Marian devotions and doctrines in general, are centered on Jesus Christ
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The Catechism of the Catholic Church refers to Adam and Eve eight times
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The principle of Sola Scriptura (“Bible Alone”) is unbiblical
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A closer look at the numbers behind the claim
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We should not pit Jesus and his Church against each other
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The Bible draws many parallels between the ark of the (old) covenant and Mary, the “ark of the new covenant”
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“The grace of the Holy Spirit confers upon us the righteousness of God.” (CCC 2017)
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God wants us to be happy and fulfilled, which is precisely why He designed things the way they are.
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We must never stop talking about preborn children being slaughtered, day in and day out, in our nation.
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Which books were inspired by God? The answer to this question is not found in the Bible itself. It necessarily has to appeal to Catholic tradition.
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A closer look at what it means to be “a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek”
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“The Lord made St. Peter the visible foundation of his Church. He entrusted the keys of the Church to him. The bishop of the Church of Rome, successor to St. Peter, is head of the college of bishops, the Vicar of Christ and Pastor of the universal Church on earth.” (CCC 936)
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Blessed John Henry Newman's intensive study of the development of doctrine eventually led him to the Catholic Church.
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This blessed town is the most holy and powerful, extraordinary place I've ever been in my life.
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“For this divine plan my body and soul I have joyfully given.”
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“Radiant beams from thy holy face/With the dawn of redeeming grace”
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Protestants would do well to ponder what their nativity scenes mean, and how they are scarcely different from Catholic veneration.
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The key is to understand biblical language properly in context.
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Why is it considered such an extraordinary thing that God chose to simply make one person—the Mother of God—the way that all of us would have been, but for the Fall?
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Let us pray that we never fall into this grave error.
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The devil is a pathetic joke and a cosmic fool and failure.
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Let’s admit it: This is a huge deficiency in Catholic circles, and the result is ignorance even on very basic doctrines of the faith.
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God intended for His Church to guide individuals in their study of the Bible.
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Many Protestants (particularly Calvinists) have tried to “co-opt” Augustine as one of their own. Here’s why they’ve failed.
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“Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture make up a single sacred deposit of the Word of God...” (DV 10)
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There’s a big difference between “justified by faith” is different from “justified by faith alone.”
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Vernacular Bibles in many languages appeared throughout the early and late Middle Ages, long before Martin Luther.
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Myths often have an unfortunately long life—usually in direct proportion to how untrue they are. This particular myth has lasted for centuries.
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Among other doctrines, Calvin accepted the Catholic and scriptural belief of the perpetual virginity of Mary.
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“By means of God’s Word, water becomes baptism, that is, a bath unto everlasting life, which washes away sins and saves men.”
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Many Catholics are sincerely confused and virtually begging for guidance.
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The Bible is in not against all alcoholic drinks whatsoever. So how do we interpret Proverbs 31:7?
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“In the Latin Church the sacrament of Holy Orders for the presbyterate is normally conferred only on candidates who are ready to embrace celibacy freely and who publicly manifest their intention of staying celibate for the love of God's kingdom and the service of men.” (CCC 1599)
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It is a matter of historical fact that no Christian communion sanctioned contraception until the Anglican Lambeth Conference in 1930.
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Luther vigorously critiqued many of his fellow Protestants.
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John Calvin condemned Catholic boy bishops, but he engaged in ludicrous fawning over King Edward VI of England, who was then all of 13 years old.
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“Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law...” (CCC 1210)
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“The veneration of sacred images is based on the mystery of the Incarnation of the Word of God. It is not contrary to the first commandment.” (CCC 2141)
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If Jesus is our high priest forever, He is still offering Himself, out of time, because that's what priests do.
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God willed that the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Theotokos, the Immaculate one, the perpetual Virgin, the Second Eve, would play a part in the redemption of all.
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“The Church is catholic because she has been sent out by Christ on a mission to the whole of the human race.” (CCC 831)
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“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?” (James 2:14)
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The next time that you are questioned about “why you confess to a man,” this article might be a handy aid.
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“The sheer gratuitousness of the grace of salvation is particularly manifest in infant Baptism.” (CCC 1250)
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Atheist “exegetes” often approach the Bible like a butcher approaches a hog.
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We help ourselves by following God, doing good works in faith, seeking righteousness and His will.
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God will work through us. “The laborers are few.”
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The desire for salvation and for unity with God are always caused by His grace.
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We must interpret with an intelligent understanding of genre, how literature and language work, and the Hebrew mind.
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“I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one...” (John 17:20)
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Catholics believe in an identifiable, demonstrable one true Church, and it is our duty to proclaim this to others.
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It is easy to conceive how God could give us an infallible Church, because He gave us an infallible Bible.
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Life without God in eternity is a dreadful, horrific thing called hell.
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Apologetics has to be done in love, with humility, soaked in prayer.
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The evil of the contraceptive act stems from its willful, unnatural separation of what God intended to be together.
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The papacy has succession as one of its inherent characteristics.
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Several of these passages involve foretelling of the future, in a manner not unlike later Marian apparitions.
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The New Testament canon is based on Catholic authority, not on the text of the Bible itself.
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“The saints have always had a lively awareness that their merits were pure grace.” (CCC 2011)
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Origen, St. Irenaeus, St. Ambrose, St. Augustine, and St. Jerome all saw descriptions of purgatory in the Bible.
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“‘Full of grace’, Mary is ‘the most excellent fruit of redemption’: from the first instant of her conception, she was totally preserved from the stain of original sin and she remained pure from all personal sin throughout her life.” (CCC 508)
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“‘Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture make up a single sacred deposit of the Word of God’ (DV 10) in which, as in a mirror, the pilgrim Church contemplates God, the source of all her riches.” (CCC 97)
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Catholics recognize and venerate the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Immaculate Mother of God, as the exemplar of redeemed humanity.
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Jesus descended to, and led captives from, Sheol
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“Like the prophets before him Jesus expressed the deepest respect for the Temple in Jerusalem.” (CCC 583)
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Annulments are not divorces. The difference is essential.
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“I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God...” (Romans 15:15-17)
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“The Church has always venerated the Scriptures as she venerates the Lord's Body.” (CCC 103)
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“May the Lord grant Onesiphorus to find mercy from the Lord on that Day.”
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Church history is overwhelmingly on the Catholic side of the debate, as is internal evidence from the other 66 biblical books that all Christians agree are canonical.
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Was it his upbringing in Belfast, or something else entirely?
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“Whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.”
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I am still pondering or wondering aloud about the following aspects.
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Jesus is God the Son. He is the eternal, all-powerful, all-loving, self-existent Creator God.
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“The sooner you learn these bedrock principles, the more quickly you will advance down the diabolical ladder, and be even more fulfilled in your marvelously advanced wickedness.”
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Christians remain bound to Church doctrine through its development, precisely because “the Church of the living God” is indeed “the pillar and bulwark of the truth.”
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There is simply no way to avoid the authoritative Church in Holy Scripture.
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Here is a compelling biblical argument for an infallible Church, and against sola Scriptura.
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“We believe in the communion of all the faithful of Christ, those who are pilgrims on earth, the dead who are being purified, and the blessed in heaven, all together forming one Church; and we believe that in this communion, the merciful love of God and his saints is always [attentive] to our prayers.” —Pope Paul VI
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Luther had a rather “high” Mariology in many respects.
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Iconoclasm (opposition to images) is a false tradition of men that was officially condemned by the Church long ago.
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The end of St. Louis de Montfort's Marian devotion is “being conformed, united and consecrated to Jesus.”
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The Bible teaches that a “three-legged stool” (Bible, Church and Tradition) is necessary to arrive at the truth.
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If religious ritual were intrinsically opposed to a sincere, heartfelt praise of God, then God never would have commanded it.
Dave Armstrong

Dave Armstrong is a full-time Catholic author and apologist, who has been actively proclaiming and defending Christianity since 1981. He was received into the Catholic Church in 1991.

His multi-faceted website/blog, Biblical Evidence for Catholicism, has been online since March 1997. He also maintains a popular Facebook page.

Dave has been happily married to his wife Judy since October 1984. They have three sons and a daughter (all homeschooled) and reside in metro Detroit.