Faith of Our Fathers

  • Do Wives Have to Be ‘Submissive’?? Eph. 5:22-24 “…To some modern readers it confirms their worst suspicions about Christian male chauvinism. They think it also gives cover to husbands who want to lord their authority over their wives, treating them like servants or worse. There is more than one way to understand this text…we can interpret ‘submission’ not as an ordering of authority, but as the mutual regard and self-giving love that both husband and wife must practice in #marriage …Whether these passages refer simply to mutual loving consideration between husband and wife or whether they reveal truths about proper roles and duties within marriage, in neither case do they claim that men are superior to women, or worse, give husbands dictatorial powers over their wives.”

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Faith of Our FathersFaith of Our Fathers 2 weeks ago

    “…Does appearance and dress matter when attending Mass or simply visiting a church?…what we wear is very often an expression of our interior disposition…But how can one expect people to dress appropriately when the house of the Lord is being profaned and re-purposed, hosting rock concerts and disrespectful exhibitions?…How can a profane church pretend to evangelize Generation Z—the most secular generation to date—when Christianity and its sacred place is profaned, stripped of the sacred?…”

  • “…We have lost ground unceasingly for generations and are still losing ground. What prospect can there be of reversing such a tide? To all of which questions, and many more (and worse) to come, the answer in the proclamation of this season: The Child is born.”

  • “St Thomas à Becket was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral on December 29th, 1170, less than a month after he had returned from six years of exile in France…”

  • “While many people debate #theology , few take the time to see what the early Church has said on different #theological topics. While the Church #Fathers were not infallible, their widespread consensus on issues should give weight to the theological positions they advanced. Despite the fact that their writings are all available for free online, many people have not taken the time to educate themselves on what the Church Fathers have taught. This website is meant to serve as a tool to help people do just that…” https://www.churchfathers.org/

  • “…the fact that man can form and understand universal concepts free of all such conditions of matter reveals the spiritual nature of human intellectual operations, and thereby, the spiritual nature of the human soul. Since the human soul is free and independent of matter, it must have existence independent of matter as well. Therefore, the separation of that spiritual soul from the material body at death does not entail the end of life for the human person. Man dies, but his spiritual soul is immortal.… Unlike extreme Cartesian dualism, Aristotelian-Thomistic philosophical psychology recognizes the intrinsic relation of the human soul to the whole of man’s being. The fact that the soul integrates both material sensation and spiritual intellection in the same psychic human acts shows that it must be, not a totally separated spirit during life, but rather the substantial form of the living human being…”

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    • i signed up for this but i’m not suppose to live that long. others say i will live for at least another 10 to 20 years, ha ha i tell them i like life but want to travel the universe and the only way i can ever do that is to get out of this skin. souls travel the speed of the thought, think where i want to be and i am there. no way am i going to take 32 billion years to go around the universe. ha ha travel to the moon was way to slow for me. forget mars no oxygen, no water and no shade. Oh and a very Merry Christmas to all I was detained away from here for the last 4 weeks.

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Faith of Our FathersFaith of Our Fathers 1 month ago

    “In what most Catholics agree is a time of turbulence in the Church, some are finding an anchor in the traditional #Latin Mass. But this is no wave of nostalgia. Although gray-haired grandparents are bound to be found in any traditional Latin Mass congregation, it’s more likely that most worshippers will be middle-aged and #young people, including #converts , with no previous experience of Mass in Latin. Those seeking out the extraordinary form of the Mass — whether in a parish that offers it exclusively or one that also offers the Novus Ordo Mass — are doing so because, in a time of turmoil marked by mixed messages from Rome and the clergy sexual-abuse scandal, they say it is a constant that better reflects and reinforces the faith they believe…experiences more fully the embodiment of what Christ instituted at the Last Supper and his offering of himself for the salvation of sins…’no less appealing is the near-guarantee that the homily is going to be no-nonsense Catholic doctrine, served up neat…’…”

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  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Faith of Our FathersFaith of Our Fathers 1 month ago

    “…the final burial of a civilization always follows an earlier death…’ when was the last time a priest came and celebrated the traditional Mass here, in the chapel that was built for this specific Mass…?’…Symbols and architecture that were once immediately understood and easily grasped had clearly begun to erode…’It’s so empty,’ I whispered. ‘They use it for concerts now,’ my friend retorted…a ruin misused by the barbarians into whose hands it has been placed…we are still witnessing the birth of ruins, and not their consummation, for truly, they are not known as ruins by the world yet…So we dangle in the balance, echoes of ‘new springtime’ still in our ears, the words spoken by contemporaries who ignore the growing ruins around us…we should not expect anyone to save us from this desolation. Our hope must be in God seeing us piece back together what really matters…We will drink this cup of ruin to the dregs, and only then will rebirth come. We Catholics are already living in the ruins.”

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Faith of Our FathersFaith of Our Fathers 1 month ago

    “…is life greater than ideas (i.e., interpretations, explanations, etc.) in the sense that there is a chasm between thinking and reality, theory and practice?…It would mean that moral precepts do not adequately align with concrete acts and situations, and that one can accept them on a general level, without recognizing the necessity to submit to them in real life…individuality is what matters, differences need to be respected, and discernment brings one closer to real life…after every discernment we are left with what we tried to avoid: general terms…denying the objectivity of general terms ultimately leads to a rejection of the possibility of achieving true knowledge, and therefore to #relativism …general terms with their definitions—which can be applied to specific cases and statements whose truth-value can be assessed—set the boundaries of reliable human knowledge. The ability to understand ideas has been given to us in order to recognize the truth, and, by following it in our lives, come closer to the source of Truth, the Creator of Life…”

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    “…Why, though, do the bees employ the regular hexagon and not some other shape in the making of their honeycombs? The reason is because, out of the unlimited number of different kinds of plane figures, the regular hexagon alone enables the bees to store the largest amount of honey, in the least amount of space, while using the least amount of wax…if a master geometer were tasked with designing a wax structure to store the largest amount of honey, in the least amount of space, while using the least amount of wax, he could not do any better in his design than the bees do in theirs…
    it is this share in God’s eternal wisdom which the bees, in turn, manifest to those of us who would take the time to watch and wonder about the acts of these humble creatures of God…”

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Faith of Our FathersFaith of Our Fathers 1 month ago

    How to Refute #Moral #Relativism

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Faith of Our FathersFaith of Our Fathers 1 month ago

    “…It is the single most studied artifact in all of human history…the 1988 carbon dating study that supposedly showed that the shroud was a painting from the Middle Ages, sometime between 1200 and 1350.However, further science showed that the carbon dating had been compromised, taken from an area of the shroud that was known to be a medieval side strip… We have information on newer studies of textiles, which show that the shroud is similar to cloths from the first century Masada [an ancient Jewish fortress in Israel around the time of Christ], having a similar weave to those of the Masada. We have information on pollen studies, which show traces on the shroud of plants which would have been found in Jerusalem at Christ’s time…while many in our generation believe that science and faith are contradictory, they, in fact, are not. Science points to faith…Young people come to us looking for answers…Many are rejecting faith because of the false belief that science has disproven faith. But seeing and experiencing the shroud is something that can really open their eyes..”

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  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Faith of Our FathersFaith of Our Fathers 1 month ago

    “…Meister #Eckhart , a 14th-century Dominican friar famous for his popular sermons on the direct experience of God…The creative power that people address as “God,” he explained, is already present within each individual and is best understood as the very force that infuses all living things. He believed this divinity to be genderless and completely “other” from humans, accessible not through images or words but through a direct encounter within each person…Eckhart embraced meditation and what is now called mindfulness…Richard #Rohr , a friar from the Franciscan order and a contemporary spirituality writer, views Eckhart’s teachings as part of a long and ancient Christian contemplative tradition… Eckhart did not preach an individualistic, isolated kind of personal enlightenment, nor did he reject as much of his own faith tradition as many modern spiritual but not religious are wont to do. The truly enlightened person, Eckhart argued, naturally lives an active life of neighborly love, not isolation – an important social dimension sometimes lost today…”

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  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Faith of Our FathersFaith of Our Fathers 1 month ago

    “…it was a joy to spend a week at #ClearCreek Monastery in Oklahoma. It was a joy because I spent my week with a gang of guys who show us the positive and powerful face of #traditionalist Catholicism…they have fifty monks and the average age is, I’d guess, about 32…What I found at Clear Creek was (in my opinion) monasticism as it should be. The monks are dedicated to the life of contemplation and enclosure…Their monastic life is austere and while there is “nothing harsh, nothing burdensome” neither is there anything soft and easy. The diet is predominantly vegetarian. The schedule is rigorous. The work is hard…There were a couple of things distinctive about Clear Creek that struck me as genius. The first is that they have re-established the monastic tradition of “lay brothers” or as they call them “converse brothers”. These men are distinct from the “choir monks” who pursue further studies for the priesthood. Meanwhile the converse brothers are busy with the more manual labor of the monastery…”

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  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Faith of Our FathersFaith of Our Fathers 1 month ago

    Christ’s face revealed at Shivta: an Early Byzantine wall painting in the desert of the Holy Land “…Based on iconography, we estimate that this scene was also painted in the sixth century AD…”

  • “…A society dedicated to pleasure is one that has lost a higher vision of the good within human sexuality. If we recover the essential view of sexuality—that it is naturally and rightly ordered toward children who are the fruit of a lifelong companionship—then sex requires a far greater context than a Tinder hookup…”

  • The ‘ #BenedictOption ’ does NOT mean abandoning the Church: “When faced with an ecclesial crisis of apocalyptic proportions, what are faithful Catholics to do: Stay on and fight for the Bride of Christ, no matter how vile her captors might be? Or shall we yield to the scandal we all feel in our heart and abandon Mother Church in pursuit of the illusion of greener pastures… is there any point to being a votary of a religion if it is not true?…Though one could create a weighty list of Orthodox clerical corruption–from decades of criminal collaboration with homicidal communist authorities to luxury, venality, and, yes, occasional sexual abuse–in the end it is a fool’s errand to make endless opposing tallies of clerical deviance, Catholic vs. Orthodox, because, when all is said and done, the tallies won’t decide the theological question…Orthodoxy is intellectually moribund. To excuse it on the basis of an attachment to ritualism and mysticism is most deceptive. Let’s not confuse stultification with stability…”

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