Fra Bartolomeo, “The Annunciation”, 1497
BLOGS | AUG. 24, 2017
The Veneration of Angels and Men is Biblical
“The veneration of sacred images is based on the mystery of the Incarnation of the Word of God. It is not contrary to the first commandment.” (CCC 2141)
By Dave Armstrong
I’d like to examine several relevant biblical texts in support of this practice which is fully embedded within Catholic tradition, but strongly contested by our Protestant brethren.
Genesis 18:1-2, 22 (RSV) And the LORD appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day.  He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men stood in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the earth, . . .  So the men turned from there, and went toward Sodom; but Abraham still stood before the LORD.read more
The Church forcefully and specially exhorts all the Christian faithful to learn the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures. Let them remember, however, that prayer should accompany the reading of Sacred Scripture, so that a dialogue takes place between God and man. For we speak to him when we pray; we listen to him when we read the divine oracles.
How to Allow God to Speak with You and Guide Your Life Daily Through Prayer using Scripture
Pope Leo XIII said, “In the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven comes lovingly to meet His children and talks with them.” St. Ambrose says, “We have been given Sacred Scripture so that God and man may talk together; for we speak to Him when we pray; we hear Him when we read the divine saying.”read more
There were at least 26 German translations of the Bible available in Germany before Luther’s version
By Timothy Lang
The “Legend of Martin Luther” claims that he translated the Bible into German so that the German people would have the Holy Scriptures in their native language. This 10-week effort is often portrayed as his finest achievement. The “Legend” would also have us believe that he was an incredibly brilliant scholar and theologian, and that he was gifted in Greek, Hebrew, the Classics, the writings of the Early Church Fathers, etc., etc. However, the facts are that there were at least 26 German translations available in Germany before Luther’s. That these other German Bibles were already available is not part of the Luther Legend.read more
On this first Sunday after Pentecost, the Church calls us to remember the Most Holy Trinity. Why is this perfect timing?
Gospel (Read Jn 3:16-18)
Today’s Gospel is different from any we have seen during the long seasons of Lent and Easter. On Sunday after Sunday, the Gospels have reported actions of Jesus. They have been passages full of conversations and events that moved His story along, culminating in His Ascension into Heaven and His promise to send the Holy Spirit. Today, however, St. John gives us a kind of summary of this. It is simple, but what a sweep it has! Read the first verse carefully so as not to miss its impact through familiarity: “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life.” If we understand the scope of this statement, we will know why it is perfectly fitting that today is Trinity Sunday.read more
This notion contradicts the words of St. Paul, St. John and Christ Himself
By Peter Holm
Sola Scriptura, the protestant claim that each man alone may interpret Scripture for himself, isn’t in the Bible (which wasn’t assembled by the Church until 393). The notion of “Scripture Alone” presumes that the Holy Scripture alone, less context, carries the full truth of God to the hearts of the Christian faithful. Worse, this philosophy directly contradicts the words of St. Paul, St. John and even Christ Jesus Himself.read more
Six Things People Get Wrong About the Resurrection of Jesus
Resurrection of Christ by Carl Bloch (Public domain)
COMMENTARY: Christianity without a risen Christ — truly alive and with a real, glorified body — is an essentially empty, even false, belief system.
By Carl E. Olson, April 17,2017
When the apostle Paul told the Corinthians that the message of Christ crucified is “a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles” (1 Corinthians 1:23), he surely recognized the same was equally true of the message of Christ risen from the dead. Later in the same epistle, after all, he declares, “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain” and explains that if “Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” (15:14, 17).read more
In this article, originally published in French in the Actes du Symposium sur Maxime le Confesseur (1982), François-Marie Léthel shows how the prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane factored into the monothelite controversy. Léthel first focuses on the monothelite interpretation of Christ’s apparent refusal of the Chalice, and the monothelite idea of opposition. Léthel argues that this opposition can only occur in Christ on an infra-moral level. Then he focuses on the interpretation by Maximus the Confessor of the acceptance of the Chalice and how it demonstrates not only two wills in Christ, but two wills acting in complete harmony (συμφυΐα).read more
In this video, which is 1 of 5 introductory videos to The Case for Jesus: The Reliability of the Gospels and the Jewish Roots of Jesus’ Divinity, Dr. Brant Pitre sets the stage for what will follow in the upcoming videos. In this video, Dr. Pitre juxtaposes C.S. Lewis’ famous trilemma argument (Liar, Lunatic, or Lord) about Jesus being divine to Dr. Bart Ehrman’s position that Jesus is not divine in the all four Gospels. In Lewis’ famous argument, he assumes that what the Gospels tell us is actually reliable. However, this assumption is something that has been questioned in recent years, heralded by Ehrman as one of the more notable proponents of this form of skepticism.read more
Apostolic Succession as Seen in the Jerusalem Council
Saint Matthias, from ‘Christ and the Apostles’, Friedrich Herlin, 1499
Apostolic Succession as Seen in the Jerusalem Council
Here is a compelling biblical argument for an infallible Church, and against sola Scriptura.
By Dave Armstrong, January 15,2017
The standard Catholic apologetics argument from the Bible for apostolic succession is the selection of Matthias to succeed Judas (Acts 1:16-26). That includes taking note that the word for “office” in 1:20 is episkopos: the word for “bishop.” Thus, we have some sort of equation of apostles and bishops, which is necessary, for we believe that bishops are indeed the successors of (but not identical to) the apostles.
This very day, in dialogue with a Protestant on Facebook, I stumbled upon a “new” argument for succession from Scripture that had never occurred to me before in my 26 years of doing Catholic apologetics (I love when that happens!). I put “new” in quotes because I’m sure someone else has thought of this (“nothing new under the sun”), but for me it’s new, and I did come up with it on my own, even if others have taught it in the past. Dialogue and its intellectual challenge has a way of bringing about such wonderful discoveries.read more
The 7 Weirdest Bible Stories They Didn’t Teach You in Sunday School
They might not come up in Sunday school, but they’re in there.
You’ve probably heard of Adam and Eve, Noah and the ark, and of course Jesus. But the Bible is a big book, and there’s lot more in there than just those popular stories. There’s also magic fish, giants, and a prophet who was apparently really sensitive about being bald.
But then again, the Bible is the inspired Word of the almighty and ineffable God, so maybe we shouldn’t be so surprised that things seem a bit strange at times.read more
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