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Browsing Archive: May, 2016

Jesus Wants to Feed You! Corpus Christi

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, May 30, 2016, In : Our Lady's Promise 

May 28, 2016


On the Feast of Corpus Christi, we do well to mediate on the desire of the Lord to feed His people and the shocking indifference many have to this fact. This indifference is not just on the part of those who do not come to Mass; it is also found among those in the pews, many of whom don’t seem to care that so many people no longer attend. We should recognize the passionate concern the Lord has to feed all His people...

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Why Does Jesus Call the Father Greater If We Teach That the Members of the Trinity Are Equal?

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, May 26, 2016, In : Our Lady's Promise 

May 23, 2016


Many of you know that I write the Question and Answer column for Our Sunday Visitor. Given the celebration of Trinity Sunday this past Sunday, I thought I might reproduce here on the blog a question/answer regarding the Trinity. It is a fairly common question; perhaps you have it, too. Remember that my answers in the column are required to be brief.

We read in a recent Sunday Gospel (May 1, 2016) that Jesus says that the ...

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Differences between Greek and Russian divine services

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, May 26, 2016, In : Byzantine Catholics 

Basil Krivoshein
Archbishop of Brussels and Belgium

A report given at the Liturgical Conference at the St. Sergius Theological Institute, Paris, on July 2, 1975

The aim of this report is not to examine in detail the historical evolution of the forms of Divine services, the origin of specific differences between Greeks and Russians, the significance of the different Typikons in this process, nor their mutual influences, etc. I am not a liturgist and will no...

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The Russian Icon that Reveals the Mystery of the Trinity

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, In : Byzantine Catholics 

“It is most absurd and improper to depict in icons God the Father with a grey beard and the Only-Begotten Son in His bosom with a dove between them, because no-one has seen the Father according to His Divinity, and the Father has no flesh […] and the Holy Spirit is not in essence a dove, but in essence God.” (Great Synod of Moscow, 1667)

For the Russian Orthodox Church, depicting the Holy Trinity in art has been an issue of controversy for the past thousand years. Even though t...

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Is Love the Cause of Hatred? The Answer May Surprise You

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, In : Our Lady's Promise 

May 22, 2016


There is an old saying that the opposite of love is not hate; it is indifference. Indeed, it’s pretty hard to hate or even to have a strong aversion to something or someone we don’t really care about. But when we do love, we care. And the stronger our love, the more intense our concern, anger, or even hatred for what is wrong.

But does this mean that love is the cause of hatred? Our instinct is to recoil and say, “Of...

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Anglican-Catholic dialogue hammering out the ‘tough difficulties’

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, In : OLP Newsline 
After nearly 50 years of discourse between the Catholic and Anglican communions, the official dialogue body wants to fine-tune how it studies the differences and similarities between two churches which both call themselves Catholic.

“ARCIC III hasn’t proved itself yet,” Sir David Moxon, Anglican co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, told The Catholic Register following an ecumenical evensong on Pentecost Sunday.

This third stage of the dialogue has bee...

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Sin Can Be Attractive Bait, but There’s Always a Hook

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, In : Our Lady's Promise 

May 9, 2016

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Satan, it would seem, does not act in an arbitrary manner when trying to tempt us. Rather, he is more a master hunter carefully setting traps, or a skilled fisherman studying behavior in order to choose the most effective bait. Satan is calculating and clever.

Sadly, most of us are far less calculating and clever in seeking to avoid temptation and sin. We often engage in the wishful thinking that no trouble will befall...

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The Shroud of Turin, Authenticated Again

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, In : OLP Newsline 
A new study released last week included new evidence that links and further authenticates two holy relics that millions of Christians believe offer physical proof of the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But before we explore the research and the relics, let us recall a New Testament passage concerning faith in Christ and the need for physical evidence. I mean the familiar story of “doubting Thomas” (John 20:24–29).

The apostle Thomas was absent when the resu...

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