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Browsing Archive: July, 2015

On the Biblical Roots and Requirements of Church Design

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, July 31, 2015, In : Catholic Videos 


In yesterday’s readings at Mass we read about how Moses laid out the “tent of meeting” exactly according to the pattern God gave him up on the mountain. A millennium later John described a similar scene of the sanctuary in Heaven.

Few Catholics today realize that God actually did indicate a good deal about how He expects our churches to be designed. And while some degree of variation is allowed and has existed, most modern churches have significantly departed from...


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Orthodox Field Guide: Orthodoxy in America

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, July 31, 2015, In : Byzantine Catholics 
Latyntsev V. Rev. Herman of Alaska blesses the Court of the Russian-American Company
Latyntsev V. Rev. Herman of Alaska blesses the Court of the Russian-American Company   

Orthodoxy came to America in four waves. The first wave was by missionary activity in Alaska, a land that belonged to Russia at the time. Russians began trading with natives for fur in the 18th century, and a very successful fur trading company was established on Kodiak Island—the Russian-American Company—along with a school for the indigenous people. Over time, under influence of the...


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How to Go to Heaven

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, In : Our Lady's Promise 

Sometimes people make it sound like the Catholic understanding of how to get to heaven is really complex.

It’s not.

While you can go into any of Christ’s teachings in a lot of very rich detail, he made sure that this one can be understood even by a child.

I can summarize it in two sentences.

The two sentences are these: To come to God and be saved, you need to repent, have faith, and be baptized. If you commit mortal sin, you need to repent, have faith, and go to confe...


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Pope Francis Appoints Father Robert Barron Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 

ROME – This morning, Pope Francis formally announced Father Robert Barron's appointment as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Bishop-Elect Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, host of the award-winning CATHOLICISM film series, and since 2012 has served as the Rector/President of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary outside of Chicago, IL.

His website, WordOnFire.org, reaches millions of people each year. His regular YouTube...


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Fr. Robert Barron on The Queenship of Mary

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, July 18, 2015, In : Our Lady's Promise 

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Three Words That Can Change Your Life

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, July 17, 2015, In : Our Lady's Promise 

 

Move, Breath, trust

Sometimes we like to complicate things. Every now and again it is good to simplify, to make it plain and simple. The other day it occurred to me that three words describe the well-being I have discovered in my physical, emotional, and spiritual life. They are, respectively, move, breathe, and trust.

Let’s look at each in turn. “Move” pertains to the physical, “breathe” to the emotional and psychological, and “trust” to the spiritual.

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Pope Msgr.Charles Pope: Do Not Be Afraid, For Evil Cannot Withstand the Power of Jesus

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, July 16, 2015, In : Our Lady's Promise 

Evil, no matter how powerful it seems, cannot stand. It will ultimately self-destruct and be overcome by the Light.

"Jesus Tempted" by Carl Heinrich Bloch. Public domain from Wikimedia Commons.

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Were Early Churches Ruled by Elders or a Single Bishop?

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, In : Byzantine Catholics 
There is a (seemingly) never-ending debate amongst theologians and pastors about the proper form of government for the church.  For generations, Christians have disagreed about what leadership structure the church ought to use.  From the bishop-led Anglicans to the informal Brethren churches, there is great diversity.

And one of the fundamental flash points in this debate is the practice of the early church.  What form of government did the earliest Christians have?  Of course, early Ch...


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Three Helpful Prayers from the Roman Missal for Those Living in Dark and Difficult Times

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, In : Daily Meditations 

light in darkness

One of the great and often-missed moments in the Mass is the opening prayer, also known as the “collect.” It is called this because after priest says to the faithful, “Let us pray,” he waits a moment as they do so and then “collects” their prayers and directs them to God.

Most of the collects (pronounced káh’-lects) are quite ancient and are minor masterpieces. They are succinct, like most of the prayers of the Roman Rite, and make use of creative...


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Being Jesus Online

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, In : OLP Newsline 

It’s easy to hide behind our online facades and interact in ways that we never would face-to-face. But Jesus wants to be the God of all areas of our lives, including how we communicate in the digital realm. By adopting His mindset, we are better able to live out online some of the qualities that are close to His heart . . . truthfulness, wisdom, gentleness, and love. Being Jesus Online: Biblical Wisdom for a Wired World offers some practical insights for digital discernment.

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5 Prayers Recommended by an Exorcist to Combat Evil

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, July 12, 2015, In : Our Lady's Promise 

Prayers of Deliverance

1. Prayer Against Malefice from the Greek Ritual

Kyrie eleison. God, our Lord, King of ages, All-powerful and All-mighty, You Who made everything and Who transform everything simply by Your will. You Who in Babylon changed into dew the flames of the ‘seven-times hotter’ furnace and protected and saved the three holy children. You are the doctor and the physician of our soul. You are the salvation of those who turn to You. We beseech You to make powerless, ban...


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Catholic Church has unbroken line of Apostolic Succession from Popes back to Peter!

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, July 9, 2015, In : Our Lady's Promise 

Catholic Church traces its origins back to Jesus Christ himself. Jesus Christ established a church nearly two thousand years ago. (1 Timothy 3:15)

He said he will build one church not multiple churches. He said “Upon this Rock I will build My church." (Matthew 16:18) and "There shall be one fold and one shepherd." (John 10:16).The Holy Spirit will guide the Church.( John 16:13) through Apostles(Acts 4:8).Jesus Christ is the truth, then the Church which He founded and guides has all tr...


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