Sunday, August 28, 2011

Saints and Scripture Martyrs

"For he that will save his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall find it."
--Matthew 16:25

The Church has been persecuted from the beginning. I've blogged before about St Ignatios of Antioch, the disciple of St John the Apostle who was thrown to the lions because of his Christian faith.
We all know about the persecution during by the Roman Empire, but how many us have given any thought to the persecutions suffered under the English, Vietnamese, Japanese and Koreans? How many of us knew that St Thomas was martyred in India?
How many of us have sat down and realized that persecution has been continuous since they crucified Jesus and stoned Stephen? As Christians we've even persecuted other parts of our Church.
In the 20th Century the leading cause of persecution and thus martyrdom was Communism. Today the leading source of persecution is Islamic governments and extremists, followed by Communists, and the third source is Hindu fundamentalists.
Keep the persecuted Church in your prayers. If you want to know what else to do, look here or here.
"Remember them that are in bonds, as if you were bound with them; and them that labour, as being yourselves also in the body."
--Hebrews 13:3

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Vade Retro Satana by Cradle Catholic

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Sunday Snippet

Blogging has been light lately, I only had three posts this week (other than this post).

Saints and Scripture 14AUG: This post is about the union of Heaven and Earth during Mass/Divine Liturgy
One way to Reduce the Deficit: Feds should save money by selling BLM lands.
7 Quick Takes 19AUG: My excitement for the new Doctor Who episode and some of my other randoms thoughts for this week.

Be sure to stop by RAnn's This That and the Other Thing to see the other Sunday Snippets for this week.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

7 Quick Takes 19AUG

1. A clip from the upcoming new episode of Doctor Who, "Let's Kill Hitler"

2. Another clip from the next episode. This clip has an awkward ending. I can't wait to see this episode!

3. Just one more clip about the upcoming episode:

4. I read about St Maximus the Confessor the other day. He wrote the earliest known biography of Mary.

5. I live in Augusta, GA and found out a couple of weeks ago that a priest from here was going to travel to St Gertrude's Monastery in Idaho, just a few miles from where I am from. I was amazed that of all the places, he was going there.
I got a call the other night from my Mom. Father had mentioned to one of the nuns that he knew me and she called my parents and invited them to lunch with Father. It sounds like everyone had a nice time.

6. I've been going to the local Spirit and Truth group here for three weeks. Each week we have adoration. Each week we since Christian pop songs the whole time. I take that back, twice we sang Tantum Ergo and prayed the Divine Praises once. I keep wishing that we could have adoration in silence to contemplate or at least to sing songs about the Eucharist to draw us into a deeper awareness of the majesty and wonder before us. Is this a valid point or am I just being snobbish?

7. Hooray for another weekend with my daughter! I love spending time with my little princess.

Thanks Jen for hosting 7 Quick Takes for another week.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

One Way to Cut Deficit

If the federal government is really serious about saving money they can start selling off land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The federal gov't owns 80+% of most western states. They can start by selling off the land that they lease for next to nothing to ranchers, loggers. Not only would it raise an immediate amount of money, but if we can save millions when enough land is sold that we can start eliminating district offices. Think about the money saved when all that administrative overhead is gone for land that very often just sits there.
Think about all the land that the federal gov't owns and is holding on to for no good reason, and then the money we pay in taxes/deficit to hold onto this land.

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Saints and Scripture 14Aug

And they cried one to another, and said: Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God of hosts, all the earth is full of his glory.
Isaiah 6:3
And the four living creatures had each of them six wings; and round about and within they are full of eyes. And they rested not day and night, saying: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was, and who is, and who is to come.
Revelation 4:8

Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will.
Luke 2:14

One of the most beautiful aspects of the Ancient Churches (Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican) is also one of the least taught/talked about, at least in the Western Churches. What I am talking about is the union of Heaven and Earth during the celebration of the Mass/Divine Liturgy.
This union is most evident when we sing praise to Lord of the Heavenly Host just the same way as the angels in Heaven (see above). For those of us who have been Catholic, Orthodox, or Anglican for any amount of time those passages are familiar as part of the liturgy. "Holy, holy, holy" is from prophetic visions of how the angels worship in Heaven and the third is from the Lucan account of the Nativity and the angelic worship around the Baby Jesus.
Certainly here I would like to mention Sts Michael, Raphael and of course our Guardian Angels.
Heavenly Host pray for us to the Lord, Our God.

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Theandric-Adoro Te Devote

I Googled "Thomas Aquinas+heavy metal" (I don't know why I do half of the random things I do.) and found this video:

hat tip to Why I am Catholic
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Saints and Scripture Unity

That they all may be one, as thou, Father, in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
Gospel of St John 17:21 (Douay-Rheims)

All Christians certainly share in the New Covenant and as such we all have a spiritual communion with one another, but we are called to a much closer unity. Christ prayed at the Mount of Olives that we may be one as He and the Father are one. Christ and the Father don't say two different things about contraception, Eucharist or anything else. They are of One Voice.
St Josaphat the Bishop of Polotsk was martyred for his attempts to reconcile the Eastern Orthodox is his eparchy with the Catholic Church and reestablish unity.
Sts Athanasius and Maximus the Confessor suffered much during their lives because they preached the truth about the nature of Christ and refused to lead others into separate Churches. Much of their suffering could have been eased if they had led some kind of "Reformation", but like the prophets of the Old Testament they remained steadfast through the Holy Spirit and corrected their brothers and maintained the unity of God's people by converting and convincing others away from false ideas about our God.

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