Something Wondrous This Way Comes

Wednesday, June 06, 2012 9:24 PM Comments (23)

Author Ray Bradbury has died in Los Angeles at the age of 91.

Bradbury is often referred to as a science fiction author, though he wrote much more broadly than that, including works of fantasy, mystery, and horror.

His titles include some of the best-known in the history of speculative fiction, including:

He worked in both short story and novel form. Many of his stories ended up in film or television form, including episodes of the Twilight Zone and his own Ray Bradbury Theater anthology series.

He is credited by some for...READ MORE

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God's Infinite Mercy

Saturday, June 02, 2012 10:19 AM Comments (9)

At some point in their lives, virtually everyone has wondered whether they can be forgiven for what they've done. The good news is, they can!

But sometimes the doubts linger, particularly for people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and particularly in connection with certain passages in the Bible, such as some in the book of Hebrews that deal with the subject of apostasy -- the complete rejection of the Christian faith.

Passages like these:

Hebrews 6:4-6

It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan Authorized Paying Abusers?

Thursday, May 31, 2012 9:51 PM Comments (97)

Laurie Goodstein of The New York Times has (yet another) deceptively crafted hit piece on the Catholic Church.

Surprise!

You can read it here.

The piece is headlined:

In Milwaukee Post, Cardinal Authorized Paying Abusers

Not the best headline I've ever read. It left me scratching my head, wondering whether a Cardinal had authorized paying abusers in a newspaper called the Milwaukee Post.

Apparently this isn't even the only headline the article has had, because at the bottom of the column, in tiny, hard-to-read grey print, it says:

A version of this article appeared in print on May 31, 2012, on page A20 of the New York edition with the headline: Cardinal Authorized Payments...READ MORE

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Who Is the Holy Spirit?

Saturday, May 26, 2012 3:46 PM Comments (14)

This Sunday is Pentecost, and to celebrate, I have made a special video in which I demonstrate a simple way that you can show that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person.

The divinity of the Holy Spirit was infallibly defined at the First Council of Constantinople in A.D. 381, but not everyone accepts the fact that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person--one of the three Persons of the Blessed Trinity.

For example, Jehovah's Witnesses claim that the Holy Spirit is merely God's "energy" or "active force."

In this video, I show a simple and surprising way that you can use the Bible to show both that the Holy Spirit is a Person and that he is a divine Person, alongside the Father and the Son.

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More Surprising Facts About the Beast of Revelation

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 10:45 PM Comments (4)

There is more evidence regarding who the Beast of Revelation is than I could fit in the first video I did on the subject, so in this video I pick up where I left off and reveal new and surprising facts--things most people have never heard of--that point to who the Beast is.

Previously, we saw that the Beast:

  • Has great Political Authority
  • Claims Divine Honors
  • Attacks the Saints
  • Has Seven Heads, which we are told represent Seven Hills and Seven Kings
  • Has the number 666 (or 616)

 

We are also told, in the first and last chapter of Revelation that it discloses

  • “what must soon take place”

 

Using this information, we concluded that there is a significant...READ MORE

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Liturgical Horror Backfire: Popsicle "Artist" Cuts, Runs

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 10:19 AM Comments (6)

Remember the Chilean-born, New York area "artist" who was planning to distribute popsicles that he (wrongly) claimed were made from the Precious Blood?

Yeah, that guy.

Guess what?

He's now bailed on his own publicity campaign.

According to the Christian Post:

A spokesperson for Errazuriz told The Christian Post via email that the artist is no longer granting interviews about the popsicles so that his studio can focus on other projects.

So Mr. Errasuriz has concluded that he doesn't want attention in connection with the popsicles any more and has pulled the plug on his sacrilegious popsicle campaign.

Good.

Let's hope he cancels the popsicle-distributing party he had planned...READ MORE

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Liturgical Horror Story: Popsicles Made from the Blood of Christ?

Monday, May 21, 2012 8:38 PM Comments (37)

A page on CNN's web site is headlined:

Jesus Christ ice pops made from frozen, inadvertently blessed wine. No, we can't believe we typed that, either.

The story goes on to explain:

Sebastian Errazuriz has used art to take on an array of issues: New York's death rate, the Occupy movement, military suicide, children with disabilities, the brutal reign of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Now, the Brooklyn-based artist is taking aim at what he sees as religious extremism.

At a party this weekend celebrating New York Design Week, which begins today, the Chilean-born artist plans to hand out 100 "Christian Popsicles" made of "frozen holy wine transformed into the blood of Christ" and...READ MORE

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Who Is the Beast of Revelation?

Saturday, May 19, 2012 10:25 AM Comments (41)

One of the most sinister figures in the Bible is the so-called "Beast" from the Book of Revelation. Portrayed as a frightening monster and identified with the ominous number 666, the Beast has been the subject of an enormous amount of discussion down through the centuries.

We read about him:

"This calls for wisdom: let him who has understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty-six" (Rev. 13:18).

And:

"This calls for a mind with wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated;
they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he comes he must remain...READ MORE

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Jimmy was born in Texas, grew up nominally Protestant, but at age 20 experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, he started an intensive study of the Bible. But the more he immersed himself in Scripture the more he found to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he entered the Catholic Church. His conversion story, "A Triumph and a Tragedy," is published in Surprised by Truth. Besides being an author, Jimmy is a Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to This Rock magazine, and a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live."