Theology on Tap, Pembroke
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by Catholic Insight
3h ago
For those in the area, here is notice of a talk by one of our alumni here at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, this Thursday evening : Theology on Tap – PEMBROKE Thursday, February 22.  7 – 8:30 pm at Nelson St. Pub, 207 Nelson Street, Pembroke.  Guest speaker: Fr. Scott Murray Topic: Chair of St. Peter: A history of the Papacy.  (Talk will begin at approx. 7:10 pm) The post Theology on Tap, Pembroke appeared first on Catholic Insight ..read more
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The Astronomer and the Physicist
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by John Paul Meenan, Editor
10h ago
I. The ancient Greeks – Plato and Aristotle, especially – made a distinction between two approaches to science. (And, by science, they meant anything that could be known by reason): The method of the astronomer and that of the physicist. (Don’t be misled by these terms, for these ‘methods’ apply to any science, not just astronomy. It just happens that astronomy, sometimes called cosmology – the study of the heavens – was the primary ‘science’ of the ancient world). The purpose of these two methods was to predict, and to some extent explain, the motion of the planets – whose Greek name means ‘w ..read more
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The Message of Pope Benedict for Lent from 2010
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by Pope Benedict XVI
20h ago
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI FOR LENT 2010   “The justice of God has been manifested through faith in Jesus Christ” (cf. Rm 3, 21-22)   Dear Brothers and Sisters! Each year, on the occasion of Lent, the Church invites us to a sincere review of our life in light of the teachings of the Gospel. This year, I would like to offer you some reflections on the great theme of justice, beginning from the Pauline affirmation: “The justice of God has been manifested through faith in Jesus Christ” (cf. Rm 3, 21-22). Justice: “dare cuique suum” First of all, I want to consider th ..read more
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Pope Francis and Lent
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by Pope Francis
20h ago
(I realize many of us have some difficulty with Pope Francis – and the Church seems to be in a perpetual penitential mode of late – but his homilies often contain some good spiritual counsel, fitting for his papal office. In light of this beginning of Lent, I thought we should peruse some of his earlier thoughts, and, at the very least, pray for the Holy Father. In that light, here is an address of his from 2015 for the First Sunday of the Lenten season). Editor   POPE FRANCIS ANGELUS Saint Peter’s Square First Sunday of Lent, 22 February 2015 [Multimedia]   Dear Brothers and Sisters ..read more
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Tammy
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by Anonymous
20h ago
(The following is a true story, recently sent to me, which I thought would help others. The author graciously agreed to have this published, anonymously. I thought today a good day to do so, given the Gospel in the Novus Ordo from Matthew 25, and as food – of the spiritual sort – for thought and reflection, as we begin our Lenten pilgrimage. As Pope Benedict put it in his inaugural 2005 encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, what “every person—needs” – what so many lack, is “namely, loving personal concern”. Editor). Like St. Francis, I encountered her like a leper in a field. On a wet, snow-filled aft ..read more
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Censoring Science
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by John Paul Meenan, Editor
5d ago
Two significant censorship stories: Here in Canada, Member of Parliament Charlie Angus has put forward a bill, C-372, that would criminalize any speech claiming the benefit of ‘fossil fuels’, punishable by $1,000,000 and two years in prison. Promotion of said fuels is defined broadly and vaguely as: a representation about a product or service by any means, whether directly or indirectly, including any communication of information about the product or service and its price and distribution, that is likely to influence and shape attitudes, beliefs and behaviours about th ..read more
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Saint Claude de la Colombière
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by John Paul Meenan, Editor
5d ago
Claude de la Colombière (1641 – 1682) is known primarily for his role as the spiritual director of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, the recipient of numerous visions of the Sacred Heart, devotion to which she was asked to spread, in a quiet, anonymous way. But the good Jesuit – there are a few around – did much more than this, counseling future kings, princes and potentates. He was born in 1641 near the city of Vienne in France, and schooled by the Jesuits, whose novitiate he joined in 1658. It is reported that he found the life contrary to his inclinations, but knew that it was his vocation, so ..read more
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Saint John Baptist of the Conception – The Reformer of the Trinitarians
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by Br. Marvin Christopher of St. John, O.SS.T.
1w ago
Most of us are familiar with the names John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila. They defined the Spanish Golden Age of mysticism and started the Reformation movement not just for their Order (Carmelites), but for the entire religious life of the Church. But there is another great reformer born in the same milieu, John (Juan) Garcia-Lopez Rico known as Fraile Juan Bautista de la Conception – St. John Baptist of the Conception. His feast day on February 14 is usually overshadowed either by St. Valentine or in this year, Ash Wednesday. Nonetheless, let us, in a quick gloss, see the heroic life of t ..read more
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The Holy Season of Lent
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by Father Marco Testa
1w ago
‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him’ (Mt. 4:11). On Ash Wednesday we begin the observance of the holy season of Lent with the imposition of blessed ashes; an external sign of our interior resolve to undertake Lenten penance. By the solemn forty days of Lent the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert (The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 510). As this mystery is described and revealed by St. Matthew, Our Lord confronts the Devil’s temptations with the sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God (Eph. 6:17). St. Gregory the Great observes that in so d ..read more
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Where Conservatives and Liberals Disagree
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by Carl Sundell
1w ago
Any definition of conservatism includes the desire to hold on to and save whatever is good and valuable. Since religion concerns itself above all with not only valuing God, but also others and ourselves as children of God (especially those who are closest to us, our families) religion naturally tends to be conservative. It is no accident that religion highly values family integrity. Among the traditional Commandments are the duties to be faithful to our spouse, respectful toward our parents, and loving toward our children. Without respect within the family, where respect is first taught with d ..read more
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