Saturday, January 24, 2015

Fr. Thomas Hopko, Jesus - Mediator and Intercessor

Ancient Faith Radio - mp3

Dialects of Differeing Mutual Intelligibility? The Solution: Use Latin!?!

FIUV Position Paper: The Extraordinary Form and China

Instead of creating a different missal for Cantonese speakers, for example. Or a restoration of a Missal using literary/classical Chinese (which can be spoken in the local Chinese dialect), but that has a problem of making it potentially difficult for speakers of all Chinese dialects/languages to comprehend? Bet it is still a better solution than the use of Latin.

(Or maybe the Chinese should do what some of the 20th century reformers suggested and give up their language in favor of one that is not limited by phonographs and tones.

For only a few

And time is running out...

Is Scholasticism Making a Comeback? by Rev. James V. Schall, S.J.

Fr. Schall reviews Ed Feser's Scholastic Metaphysics.

2015 Huffington Ecumenical Symposium

website - "Sacred Architecture of East and West: Lessons from History and Contemporary Trends." This year's theme: the relationship between the liturgy and sacred architecture. (via OCA Diocese of the West)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Haven't Seen Christ's Head in This Position Before

Sopoćani Monastery

First Century Copy of the Gospel of St. Mark

"We serve at the pleasure of the bishop of Rome."

Or not?

Francis Flogs the Curia. But What a Gap Between Words and Deeds

The summit on the reform of the Church’s central government is approaching. But in the meantime, the pope is moving forward on his own. In some cases, driving out the good and rewarding the bad

by Sandro Magister

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Russian Orthodox Catechism in the Works

Mospat: Synodal Biblical and Theological Commission in its new composition holds plenary session

St. Vissarion, Smolyan, Bulgaria

St. Maximos the Confessor

Fr. Jacques Philippe - Prayer and Work

Member of the Community of the Beatitudes (FB), Fr. Jacques Philippe will be in the area next week as a speaker for Theology on Tap Silicon Valley. He will also be giving a parish mission at Our Lady of Peace Shrine the following weekend. (More details.)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Love the Sinner...


Spiritual Childhood?

Or Divine Filiation? The second, or adopted sonship, is more appealing to me than "spiritual childhood." While "becoming like children" has scriptural warrant (Matthew 18:3, 19:14), it must be understood in its context, and read in conjunction with what St. Paul teaches (1 Cor 13:11). Child or children is being used equivocally with respect to both instances. We should be humble and trusting and put ourselves in the hands of God the Father, who leads us by the Holy Spirit; but we also need to take responsibility for ourselves as spiritually mature sons of God. "Child" is can be used to refer to the young and to adults but it is usually associated with the former, while "son" can refer to both equally.

Apparently, St. Thérèse herself did not use the French equivalent of "spiritual childhood" or "spiritual infancy" -- from the article by Andrea Tornielli: "Gennari explains that Thérèse’s true doctrine is not 'spiritual infancy' in a minimalist sense: according to her thinking, “Enfant de Dieu”, the Son of God, is the only model, which by divine grace, “deifies” humans by invading them with the love of his Spirit, transforming them into himself, just as Thérèse had explicitly written in a letter to her sister Celine: 'we are called to become divine ourselves.'"

Gianni Gennari, Teresa di Lisieux, il fascino della santità

Teresa maestra di teologia
Intervista a Gianni Gennari sul suo libro "Teresa di Lisieux. Il fascino della santità: i segreti di una dottrina ritrovata" (ed. Lindau)
L'Osservatore Romano

Contemplatives in the Midst of the World by Bishop Robert W. Finn
Thoughts for January 16 from Fr Willie Doyle

Monday, January 19, 2015

Writing the Story of the Extraordinary Synod

On Synod reforms and that theology which was “done with faith”
A collage of images fromt he Sistine Chapel

A collage of images fromt he Sistine Chapel
None of the speeches given at the last assembly called into question the fundamental truths about the Sacrament of Marriage,” Francis said. An article by Italian journalist and theologian Gianni Gennari recalled the developments in Church doctrine on the family. What Ratzinger said about theologians who place more faith in the wisdom of the Church than in their own erudition
andrea tornielli

The Patriarchal Nativity Epistle by His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV Catholicos Patriarch of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East

Assyrian Church News

The Forgotten Christian World

St. John Chrysostom on Theophany

More Photos of the Tiny Temple in Antarctica

Guido Innocenzo Gargano on Divorce

For the “Hard of Heart” the Law of Moses Still Applies

So says an illustrious biblicist, with a new interpretation of the words of Jesus on marriage and divorce. But the Catholic Church has always preached indissolubility without exception. Will it come to admit second marriages, as in the East?

by Sandro Magister

David Solomon on Ralph McInerny

And a lecture from the Big Mc in 2005...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Divine Liturgy, 180115

Does learning Koine Greek lead Protestants to Orthodoxy?

Curious if this is a route to conversion... Getting a copy of this book to help me refresh my Greek. (Though I studied Attic Greek first...)

Reading Koine Greek
An Introduction and Integrated Workbook
by: Rodney J. Decker


The Family Under Attack by Pietro Leone

Rorate Caeli: "Theology of the Body" explained - a Traditional Catholic view