Faith of Our Fathers

  • “…’ Elijah appealed to all the people and said, ‘How long will you straddle the issue? If the Lord is God, follow him; if Baal, follow him.’ The people, however, did not answer him (1 Kings 18:21)… We, too, must decide. In our times, the true faith has been undermined in the hearts of many by plausible liars, cultural war, and political correctness. Those who strive to hold to the true faith are called hateful, bigoted, and intolerant. A legal framework is growing that seeks to compel compliance to the moral revolution and abandonment of the biblical worldview. Social pressures are at work as well, seeking to force compliance through political correctness, through suppression of speech and ideas, and through the influence of music, cinema, and art. The same question must be asked of us: How long will you straddle the issue?…”

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  • “…our fulfillment is found only in God, but what about my own unique purpose? How do I discover that?
    Here are a few thoughts to ponder as you explore God’s will/purpose for your life…”

  • “…Being open to the possibility of #intelligentDesign isn’t giving up on #science or rationality or the experimental method. It’s giving up on the myth of the ever-shrinking god of the gaps. It’s letting the book of nature tell its own story, and following the story—the evidence—wherever it leads.
    And being open to the possibility of design doesn’t require that one reflexively assume design every time one doesn’t understand a natural phenomenon. Theists open to the possibility of intelligent design in the natural world are free to hone their methods of #scientific detection and hold an explanation for this or that phenomenon provisionally, reassessing the explanation as additional evidence arises. This is in contrast to the dedicated #materialist who must always force their god—blind material forces—into the gaps in their knowledge of the natural world…”

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

    “…The proposition of using Christianity as a #sin management program has been thoroughly explored, and found to be a staggering failure. One of the fundamental tenets of Christianity is the ever-present call to #repentance … Jesus was clear about the rejection of sin and the need for repentance. If one is called to #repent , that means they are called to repent from ‘something’. Sin is a real thing. It is a reality. Sin is dangerous to our souls. The truth of what Jesus and His Church have taught us across the centuries is as relevant today as it was yesterday. Yet, how do we reconcile this truth with all of these ‘rules’?… Sin’s purpose is to kill the intrinsically good nature within every person. As man is ‘made in the image and likeness of God’, sin’s objective is to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10) the reflection of God in every human person. Sin, in a very real sense, is a weapon of war, employed by an enemy to destroy God’s image in the world… sin is a diminishment of the self. Sin makes a person ‘less’ than who they really are…When we reject sin, we embrace life, true goodness, authentic freedom… ”

  • “…’Pray, obey the rules, make the world a better place and God will look after you.’
    This is not Christianity. This is a perversion of Christianity.
    Instead Christianity is based on a simple, historical fact that cannot be refuted. It is called the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…”

  • The #heresy of #Universalism

  • Ingredimur cuncti morte, dives cum paupere mixtus. All enter death, the rich mixed with the poor.
    “…We cannot know the exact moment of our #dying , but we can live in recognition of that moment, in readiness…” #death #LastFourThings

  • “…for an objective #moral system to exist, God must exist. For a moral system to be truly objective, moral law must stem from a source external to humanity. Otherwise all we have is subjective human moral opinion, no matter how it is dressed up. The implications of this are particularly fascinating, especially since the vast majority of nonbelievers live and act as if they believe in an objective moral system, while their own belief system makes this logically impossible…without a divine lawgiver moral choices and actions must be subjective and ultimately meaningless…the only choice left is between God and #nihilism … The veneer of civilized #ethics that we still enjoy is due only to the afterglow of a Christian civilization, and without care our inheritance may be completely cast aside…” #NaturalLaw #morality #SituationalEthics

  • “…we live in a culture that largely ignores death… The reality of death is also ignored by the majority of people because death is something that is hidden or locked away in Western culture…As Catholics, we need to meet #death in hope and courage. We live in a culture that is obsessed with unnatural ways to die, but that ignores death in the day-to-day. Moral therapeutic deism has infected certain circles of the Church and #funeral Masses have been turned into superficial warm and fuzzy occasions. We have an obligation in charity to pray for the dead. #Purgatory is doctrine and it is a possibility for all of us who do not die ready for Heaven, but in a state of grace. Funerals are not remembrance services. They are great acts of charity as we pray for the repose of the soul of our loved ones and commend them to God…”

  • “…Christ, God Man, Second Person of the Trinity, Eternal Word, Truth, Love and Light Itself founded the Catholic Church. Why would you want to belong to any other?
    Is there dysfunction? Sure. Do you think there isn’t dysfunction among the Orthodox? Don’t make me laugh. I’ll take our dysfunction any day.
    Hell attacks the Church – the CATHOLIC Church -that GOD FOUNDED with all its relentless fury and the Devil is very good at what he does. The very fact that Hell attacks the Church so furiously is a demonstration of WHO and WHAT the Church is…
    we need to form our own base communities and resistance bands and fight back…”

  • “…Priests have always been viewed in the Catholic Church as spiritual fathers. Saint Paul made this clear when writing to the Corinthians, ‘I do not write this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers.
    For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel’ (1 Cor. 4:14–15)…”

  • “…Christianity does not hold that it ultimately began in ‘time’ at all but that it came to be in time through the birth of a child, an event prepared by other events described in the Old Testament. In Christianity’s understanding of itself, the elements of time and eternity are essential, as well as proper and necessary. Christianity began as an event, not as an idea or as a doctrine… because of human freedom, some may, in fact, choose not to reach God…if any are lost, it is by their own choice…In a negative sense, here lies the ultimate foundation of human dignity, the guarantee that man’s own actions are not finally meaningless… The most dangerous threat to universal culture is that Christianity will adapt itself to its surrounding norms rather than remaining itself…That spiritual core of man, which includes his connection to all of the cosmos through his own body, longs for that which will fulfill it. The civilizational purpose of Christianity in the twenty-first century is that this longing should not be forgotten or unattended to, even though what man is transcends the world…”

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  • “…hatred feeds on itself. More Islamist terrorism will mean more ‘Islamophobia’, a fear of terrorists being reasonable enough, which will itself lead to further radicalizing of the Islamic population, breeding a new generation of terrorists. Et cetera. Ad nauseam…What, then, is to be done?
    For Christians, the answer is simple enough. We are to obey the commandment to love our neighbours and even our enemies…We are called to practice the Cardinal Virtues of prudence, temperance, fortitude and justice, regardless of the provocation that hatred places in our path. We are called to the life of virtue, which is to say that we are called to become saints…”

  • Mythologizing the devil won’t end well, Archbishop #Chaput warns. “The #devil , more than anyone, appreciates this irony, i.e., that we can’t fully understand the mission of Jesus without him.
    And he exploits this to his full advantage. He knows that consigning him to myth inevitably sets in motion our same treatment of God.”

  • De-constructing the Catholic Faith. A priest explains his seminary ‘training’. “In the 1980s, I attended a Midwest seminary that was schizophrenic with respect to the Faith. The moral theology department was very orthodox. But Scripture studies were essentially liberal Protestant. And the formation team was hopelessly dissident and liberal…
    describing the totalitarian liberal nature of seminary formation in those days – which is related to and helps us to understand the general timidity of many priests and bishops today. We find ourselves increasingly ashamed of the normal. We oppose global warming and restrictions on immigration (because it’s popular and easy)
    rather than vocally upholding Christian marriage and the Church’s teaching on human sexuality (because it’s unpopular and hard)…”
    Father Jerry J. Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington. He is pastor of St. Catherine of Siena parish in Great Falls, Virginia, USA.

  • “…The paradigm of Catholic social teaching formulated by (Pope) Leo (XIII) resisted the temptation to utopianism, so seldom resisted elsewhere in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Leonine paradigm for social analysis was simple and sturdy. It was a neo-­Aristotelean effort to put the ‘spirits’ of the age into perennial wineskins. Our framework in social matters should be the three ‘necessary’ societies—that is, societies necessary for human happiness.
    They include domestic society (marriage and family), polity, and Church…. Should these societies wither, we would have social problems. A demise of the necessary societies would mark a social calamity…”

  • “Some people say that talk of #indulgences is old-fashioned and counterproductive. Perfect nonsense. Indulgences are part and parcel of God’s economy of salvation and an expression of His overwhelming love for us. Consider the following analogy: #Sin is like a thick nail driven forcibly into a block of wood―the wood represents our soul. The nail can be removed from the wood through the Sacrament of #Reconciliation , but it will leave a gaping hole marring the wood.
    Indulgences heal the wood/soul. I’m often confronted by people who delight in the idea that the Sacrament of #Penance simply ‘excuses bad behavior.’ Nothing could be further from the truth. First, one must approach the #confessional with the intention of sinning no more, as per Christ’s injunction (John 8:11). Second, though one is forgiven after confessing to a priest and those sins will no longer be counted against the penitent, the spiritual and sometimes physical and possible financial damage caused by one’s sins still remains and it’s up to the penitent, if he’s insincere, to make amends…”

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  • “On July 1, 1681, St. Oliver #Plunkett suffered and died at Tyburn. He forgave his persecutors, asked forgiveness for his own sins, made an Act of Contrition, prayed the Miserere, and commended his spirit to God… He was the last Catholic priest to be hanged, drawn, and quartered there; he was the last victim of the Popish Plot’s anti-Catholic, anti-Jesuit hysteria to be executed, but he was not a Jesuit, nor an English priest. St. Oliver Plunkett was the Archbishop of Armagh, the Primate of #Ireland . He was tried twice by the #English authorities: once in Ireland where the jury wouldn’t find him guilty and again in #England , where they couldn’t wait to find him guilty…”

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