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bnshcTbA6u bnshcTbA6u
on 15/2/16
so openly and puilbcly.Certainly change is not necessarily an insult, and the reform mandate was obvious before the Cardinals went into the Conclave this is no surprise.However, if Pope Francis's statements were insinuating that Pope Benedict were one of the fools who is trying to domesticate the Holy Spirit and turn back the clock because of some of the decisions he made, particularly liturgically, that would constitute a significant insult.But I don't think that insult took place because I don't read the homily as the rejection of the general direction of the last two pontificates (unlike some commenters here). Instead, I'm casting my lot with those who are seeking to read Francis in some form of continuity with Benedict (and with JPII).I'm reading the Pope's admonition as a more thorough need to let go of the past and move on e28093 gently, graciously, gratefully whether that holding on consists of a refusal to accept any accidentals from after the Council as some of the trads do, or of holding on to a 1970s-era refusal to accept the accidentals from before the Council as some of the progressives do. Both groups fit the Pope's description of fools .This was the reason for my use of Lewis's quote. Many things in the pre-Conciliar Church cried out for reform. However, no small number of things were rendered equally broken by misapplications of the Council and wrong discernment of the Holy Spirit. Humble discernment has led to the remedy of some of these misapplications and injustices along with continued reform of the earlier issues usually by means that don't resemble the pre-Conciliar status quo. It has meant backtracking from our wrong path long enough to find our way back to the right one.
P3VJe9DRO P3VJe9DRO
on 15/2/16
What do you mean "the GOD particle?" There is no such thing as "God!"(Atheists are great! They spend all their time trinyg to prove something doesn't exist. If something really doesn't exist, there is no need at all to prove it!!! Do you every hear of anyone trinyg to prove the tooth-fairy doesn't exist?. The ones I have met have taken the time to assure me they are really the nicest people who really practice the Biblical command "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." If G-d doesn't exist, what's the difference! OR they say they don't believe in G-d because how could G-d allow such suffering and injustice in the world? (Don't tell them this, but they DO believe God, or they wouldn't have this dilemma, how could their concept of G-d connect with this screwed up planet? (See the Book of Genesis) And if G-d really doesn't exist why waste your time worrying about Biblical and Theological and moral issues like "suffering" "justice" or "right and wrong."} DOES THIS MAKE ANY SENSE OR AM I JUST RAMBLING, HELP ME OUT HERE!
u69c8IFGLYP u69c8IFGLYP
on 15/2/16
, Let there be light: and there was light. {1:4} And God saw the light, that [it was] good: and God divided the light from the dnakress ..How come he got the light turned on AFTER the earth was formed and presumably when the sun was either not shining or did not exist ???? (first???). Was the ( omniscient ) writer of this book such a complete ignorant fool not to know the logic of cosmology as informed by modern astrophysics ?Revd. Professor Polkinghorne, I'm a clever kid. I saw you on the tele tonight, Answer me please.Address the ABSOLUTE catastrophic conclusion that an irreparable clanger is dropped in the Bible by 1:3 that has possibility of a no non-distorted hermeneutical or heuristic reply which is consistent with reality. Ergo all human history that follows from Genesis 1:3 is predicated on absurdity rather than The Word of God .(Presuming that 1:3 materially comes ATER 1:2, and the face of the deep was on the earth).
FAyjwVvFNlk8 FAyjwVvFNlk8
on 15/2/16
Thank you so much for some new articles that u wrote ..It heelpd me a lot when the Holy Spirit is teaching me about His Kingdom and suddently I can clearly understand ..because it was all written on your blog. I did share the message to some of my friends .I really want everybody to know the truth ..that we all have to be in His Kingdom and it is really our future. May God Bless you my brother and sister all the community in Philipine.
ZwkiSX9ojH ZwkiSX9ojH
on 15/2/16
Dear LionelThanks for posting this. where I grew up, we had a ledear who loved getting us to finish this with the tongue-twisting verse of:-For there is therefore now no condemnationDown in my heart, down in my heart, down in my heart!For there is therefore nowno condemnationDown in my heart to stay.
nAeInBEE8 nAeInBEE8
on 15/2/16
John,I reembmer that.I reembmer Fr Mark needed some money for the homeless, and either going to pray to at Canterbury or in front of a relic of St Thomas Becket and a huge cheque arriving in a couple of days.I was thinking about Fr Mark after looking at that link to the "Noble Constantinian Order", which I think is plain silly. The extra-ordinary thing about Fr mark is that he is quite willing to be foolish for God, and he is willing to risk being foolish. I think we would have more miracles if we were willing to be foolish for God.Come on bishops and priests, let's hsve a bit more folly.
so7ykuV1VqH so7ykuV1VqH
on 15/2/16
Actually, I liked Jesus Christ Superstar, that may be my favorite Jesus movie. I also liked The Life of Brian for a good laugh. As far as more datamric movies, The Passion of the Christ wasn't bad, but it was long at some points and almost sickeningly violent at others. Nativity Story was good and takes the story pretty seriously while remaining a family movie.
9HDndVlpc0tO 9HDndVlpc0tO
on 15/2/16
You can buy cute coffee mugs and dtciraeove cellophane bags at the dollar store. Instant Coffee bags (just like tea bags), hot chocolate packs, tea bags packets of creamer, and packets of sugar at the grocery store. Throw in a couple of hersey kisses too. I know any nurse will love the quick boost especially the 7pm 7am staff. That's a quick, cheap, cute AND useful gift. Hope this helped.
NEH1Itk52hEB NEH1Itk52hEB
on 15/2/16
Land of a Thousand HillsJulie, we were so excited for the opttnpurioy to serve and share the spread the Drink Coffee. Do Good.™ story through a wonderful and engaging event like Passion. Thank you for being a part of that story!
dmeRB7lj6J dmeRB7lj6J
on 15/2/16
I'm not sure orthodoxy and ecsnimeum have to be at at such great odds with each other. I think Jesus was great at both, and expects us to learn to follow. I believe this may be what the Psalmist was getting at in 85:10 Mercy (ecsnimeum) and truth (orthodoxy) are met together; Righteousness (orthodoxy) and peace (ecsnimeum) have kissed each other.
Z9IlP7MNBRf Z9IlP7MNBRf
on 15/2/16
'Surely no Catholic parent can send their child to a dcieesoan 'Catholic' school nowadays! To be 'talked dirty' to?? With all their wicked 'sex ed' '???????????I am beginning to think a lot of 'catholic' bloggers are actually anti catholic. They slag the Church off, worse than some of the prod fundamentalists do.My son learnt that abortion was wrong , in a Catholic school, also euthanasia, also many other truths taught through the catechism, there was a much bigger emphasis given to the latter. He would not get that in a non-catholic school. I know. I went to one. He also gets the opportunity for Mass and confessions, not on offer in state schools.These are all moments, times offered by God, where he might be glimpsed and a moment of clarity given to a soul, so needed in this world today, where even our fellow catholics do not look on each other as brothers.The Pope tells us to pray for this, yet 'serious catholics' are seeking to dissolve catholic schools and implement your perfect teaching at home. What about children who's only introduction to Christ might be through their catholic schooling? Their souls are more important to God than your need to expose and punish their lapsed parents. According to most of you it's the church hierarchy's fault from Vat 2 that they've got a weak faith anyway, so why seek to wreck their children's formation, poor as it maybe, now.You Catholics who are in the know liturgically, instead of defending your unfriendliness, by saying it's caused by years of hurt, take the vat 2 bull by the horns and repent for the church's(our)mistakes. Own them yourself, don't sit from a high and lofty place, watching the biological judgmental clock 'tick,tick,tick'Christ didn't do that! He died for us, while we were yet in the mire!He got stuck in. Do any of you scorners of imperfect catholic education actually know any sinners?Or love any sinners?Or like Christ, would be prepared to die for sinners, rather than sit back as they die?You can't keep using past behaviours as an excuse for your own. Imagine if Jesus did that with us.Our Lady can turn this round. She managed to turn my out of control life around. If she can do that for me, she can surely raise the spirit's of the righteous?Stop knocking the church, it is Jesus you are fighting.Shame on us!!
xH6yElEg xH6yElEg
on 15/2/16
, friends pulilng you in only to make you fit their approvals.It is a false face. It is deliberately acting a part, as if life is a play, and you are not yourself but are someone else.God is very concerned that we are ourselves. And speaks hard words about those who are fakers and want others to be fakers with them. He says to the Pharisees that they will go to great lengths to make a convert but will then make them twice the demon of hell as themselves.Fakers are those who disguised themselves as interested in Jesus only to get information to report later.Hypocrites, in other words, are the spies of hell. They move undercover, under shadow, to remain unknown, so they can get the approval or others and snatch others into their way.In contrast, when Paul confronts Peter for playing the wrong part with the Jews in Galatians, he pointed out the issue and Peter better understood. This was not hypocrisy as the Scripture condemns it. It was a growing moment for Peter.I do think the church has many hypocrites. So does the rest of the world. I meet fake people often. You can see it in their eyes, in their talk, the way they divert from the personal questions, the way they want you to think well of them, how cool they are. Some of this is merely insecurity and acting out of wounds of abuse. But this should also sober us to realize that healing from abuse and wounds and insecurity is not a real option. It isn't just to make us function better. If we aren't growing out of it, we're learning to become hypocrites. Very sobering, that.So what can we do about hypocrisy? Our therapist says health breeds health. So we focus on being healthy ourselves, being real, exploring our soul, finding what is in there, our fears and wants and worries and resentments and desires. We will will always find more, but we want to be in the habit of exploring. And these we bring to the light in humility, confessing them to ourselves and God and sharing them with others who are trustworthy so they can give us feedback and encouragement. Then we find out why we have these beliefs, desires, fears, resentments, etc and we speak truth into them. Speaking truth into them doesn't mean we simply say, Don't do that! It is finding out what triggers that. For example, when I wake up in the morning worried about finances, I can feel that worry. I stop and I go into it, not to revel in it, but to find it's source. God, I pray, Help me see what is making me worry. And I ask myself questions, Why do you worry? What are you afraid of? That your funds will dry up? And keep asking questions until you start to get at the heart of it . Because I am afraid of being alone? That I'm afraid you, God, do not care about me? That I can lose it all and people will suffer? That I will have no power? That I will be a nobody? That I will die? And I explore all of this, I bring them to God and often it's more at the root of not knowing God's love and care. And, in that care, maybe reevaluating my financial picture and bring it in line with the One who loves me.That's a simple example. We can do it with our relationships, our futures, our everything else.This is what I have found that has helped me not be a hypocrite to others. It's my own frailty, knowing myself. And when I meet people, I bring my real self to them, without agenda. I don't want anyone to be convinced by what I say because I want to feel better about myself. I want them to see what I see and then walk alongside me as their own person. And, in turn, I would hope they would help me in return.Health breeds health. When we are healthy, people around us will be touched and want to be healthy too. If they don't, we don't have to spend much time with them. Then we search for those who want to live an honest life.This is the great difficulty, I believe, of dogma. When we push people to believe a certain set of Biblical truths without their growing into them. We can quickly and easily give others the impression that they must follow a set of rules in order to be loved. And then the mess begins. They start play acting too.God built us to walk with him in honesty and humility. And if people want us to be a certain way for their benefit, we can steer clear. If people want us to have all our doctrines perfectly arranged in order to be loved by them, we can steer clear. What we can know is that God loves us and when he loves us he will gently woo us into the truth and into an authentic life.An authentic life is extremely attractive in this world. I think Jesus called it salt and light. It is a life safe in his care and filled with his light (not because we have bible verses but because we've tasted and live his life). Most cannot believe it (like the way many poke at Tim Tebow). But they want it. But if we focus not on how others perceive us but on how we are loved by God and walk with him with our true selves, it doesn't matter what others think much of the time. The right people will come alongside us. Jesus said that giving up our many unhealthy relationships for the sake of God will bring us many more brothers and sisters who want to live the righteous life . and persecutions in this life and the one to come. Healthy breads health. Growing into health for ourselves is the best thing we can do to answer hypocrisy in those around us.
TUDROpb0tLF TUDROpb0tLF
on 15/2/16
to die is gain to live is Christ. What if our focus was not on saving our dtoominaeinn, but on living out our call. It might not mean that our strategies would change, but I believe our drive would. When we operate from crisis management we work out of the assumption that our only resource is what we have left to offer and our vision is one of danger. If we operate out of the commission of Christ we work out of the assumption that we are not limited by resources because we are animated by the source . In turn, our vision is of the unlimited possibilities of the Kingdom of God and not the impossibilities of man. Hebrews 11:12 states, And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. God is notorious for using the barren, both literally and metaphorically, to bring forth life. We have a God who promises to be with us always and supply every need as we seek first the kingdom of God. When we operate out of faith, being obedient to our mission, living in God's grace we will merge when we need to merge, close when we need to close, plant when we need to plant. Our revitalization will not come out of our frantic activity, but out of the refreshing waters of God's grace.
eQu5BSrllt3 eQu5BSrllt3
on 15/2/16
I agree 100% with your statements. We tell many mirnitises to think of their website not as one person but two, a greeter and a usher. The greeter should be warm and friendly paying attention to the people that haven't been here before. Ushers typically know the ins and out of everything. From what time is the 9:30 service starting to when was the church financial meeting moved to. With this line of thought, many people have started to see the website through both outsider and insider eyes.Blessings,Domonic
6kSy0m7l 6kSy0m7l
on 15/2/16
I am willing to modtraee my criticism, you are pointing at some relevant issues there, I agree. Stephen Fry is a sensible man and his opinions are well worth listening to, especially in times of overmedication and Big Pharma along with National Health Care operating sometimes on the edge of basic human rights. But he is an artist, and his worst nightmare would probably be his creativity taken away, so I was not surprised when he concluded that he wouldn't be medicated "for all the tea in China". The button question was exciting, but wouldn't more socially challenged interview objects have pushed it? (All in all it was a stunning documentary, indeed.)
FOFdPclKk FOFdPclKk
on 15/2/16
Hey Mike, Hope you are doing well and thanks for lavieng a comment. I pray too that the next Pope is able to rejuvenate the Church, bring some sanity back to this world and reach the minds and hearts of many. It is a lot to ask of one person, but with God on his side, I am sure it is possible.