Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Kids Would Harass Him

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, who heads the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kan., is seen in this Aug. 31, 2015, photo. The archbishop also is chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities. (CNS photo/Lori Wood Habiger, The Leaven)
St. Ann's parochial school in Prairie Village, Kansas refused admittance to a child of the same sex couple.  As expected in this present culture of promoting the same sexuality, a public uproar arose against the Catholic Church.

You have to laugh because it's a knee-jerk reaction to anything the Church does.  People don't think; they react.  Think about it.

Why would you send your child to a school that is going to teach your child that the relationship God created for a family is a bond created by a man and a woman?  This is sacred.  What would go through the child's mind?

And even if the teachers shied away from teaching Genesis and other scripture references that refer to the bond between men and women, out of predictable controversy with same-sex parents, I think the kids would know about the issue.  Children can be cruel.  Why would parents even take the chance of subjecting their child to ridicule?

Kansas Archbishop Naumann's response in the Pilot is excellent.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Resurrection Rolls

It seems to me that at least a year ago, I made resurrection rolls and posted it here.  But I can't find it.  I can't find the recipe, either.  Going by my memory I think they are made like this:


Pillsbury Crescent Rolls.

Put a marshmallow at the wide end of the crescent roll and roll up.  The marshmallow is inside.  Bake according to the directions on the Pillsbury canister. 

When eaten, the center is hallow, or empty, like Jesus' tomb.  Hence, the name--resurrection rolls.l

The trouble is I couldn't remember what size marshmallow to use.
So I experimented.  I put a large marshmallow in some and a tiny marshmallow, in others.  Neither was a success.  The rolls with the large marshmallow had the hallow center but they were a mess.  Melted marshmallow spilled out--very sticky.  The ones with the one tiny marshmallow had nothing.  So I think two marshmallows would work.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Let the Child Choose Religion When They're Grown

Think deeper.  So how about not teaching a language to your child so they can decide what language they want to speak when they get older.  Live in a boat in the middle of the ocean so your child can choose what country he wants to live in when he grows up.

Parents make all kinds of choices for their children: schooling, sports, music, friends, pets, traditions,
etc.  But not something as important as religion? 

Don't be surprised if you don't bring up your child in a religion that he will choose no religion when he's an adult. 

Friday, March 15, 2019

Jesus Talks

Dr. Tim Gray explains Lectio Divina.  Actually, in this video Dr. Gray explains how to hear God's voice.  Same thing as Lectio Divina.  You talk to God and His voice comes through your thoughts.  With practice, you'll hear It.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Purgatory 101

In response to my Messianic friend who said:

"Catholics invented purgatory to make money."

No, Catholics did not add purgatory to make money or for any reason.  In fact, Catholics got praying for the dead from our Jewish brothers and sisters.  Prayers for the dead and the consequent doctrine of purgatory have been part of religion since before the time of Christ. Not only can we show it was practiced by the Jews of the time of the Maccabees, but it has even been retained by Orthodox Jews today, who recite a prayer known as the Mourner’s Kaddish for eleven months after the death of a loved one so that the loved one may be purified. It was not the Catholic Church that added the doctrine of purgatory. Rather, any change in the original teaching has taken place in the Protestant churches, which rejected a doctrine that had always been believed by Jews and Christians.

The term purgatory isn’t in scripture.  So what?  The word Bible isn’t in scripture, either, or Trinity, or Incarnation, or atheism, or rapture, or monotheism…the specific term may not be spelled out, but the concept is explained.

But before Christ was even born, people prayed for their dead.  Judas Maccabee prayed for the dead who had sinned, II Maccabees 12: 43-45.  Prayers are not needed by those in heaven and no prayers can help those in hell.  So what are the Maccabees praying for?  There must be another place, realm, existence…let’s call it purgatory.  Some say that this reference so clearly illustrates the existence of purgatory that, at the time of the Reformation, Protestants had to cut the books of the Maccabees out of their Bibles.

Besides our Jewish brothers and sisters praying in Maccabees and the Mourner’s Kaddish for eleven months after death, the earliest Christians also prayed for their dead.  The graffiti in the catacombs, where Christians hid during persecutions in the first three centuries recorded prayers for the dead.

When did the term “purgatory” start being used?  Can’t say, probably because in early Christianity teachings and traditions were passed down orally.   It was an oral society, after all.  But there’s no debate over heresy and novel doctrines.  In the immediate post-apostolic years the faithful were sticklers for tradition.  Remember Paul confronting  Peter for not eating with the Gentiles, Galatians 2: 11-13. So if purgatory were a novel idea, Paul or someone would have made a fuss about it.

The Bible speaks of heaven, hell, and another place where the just who had died before Christ were waiting for heaven to be opened to them.  We call that purgatory. After His death and before His resurrection, Christ visited those experiencing the limbo of the Fathers and preached to them the good news that heaven would now be opened to them (1Pet. 3:19). We call this place purgatory.  Purgatory or limbo or whatever you want to call that place where there is a temporary, intermediate state is where people wait to gain entrance to heaven.  At least it proves there is more than just heaven and hell.

Christ refers to the sinner who “will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come” (Matt. 12:32), suggesting that one can be freed after death of the consequences of one’s sins.  Similarly, Paul tells us that, when we are judged, each man’s work will be tried. And what happens if a righteous man’s work fails the test?  “He will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire” (1 Cor 3:15).  Now this loss, this penalty, can’t refer to hell, since no one is saved there; and it can’t be heaven since there is no suffering there.  Catholics call it purgatory.  It seems reasonable to suppose that souls waiting to go to heaven are gradually purified.  

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Mouse in the House

My friend Billy wrote about the mouse that's been plaguing his cat, Ikea.  It was so cute that I want to post it.

Ikea my cat is on the prowl.
When mice are around, hear him growl.
He'll tease and play with them and
                            bounce them around.
You'll never know where they'll be found.
They might be alive; they might be dead.
You might find them without any head.
My cat is rough; my cat is mean.
Those mice will simply not be seen.
A mouse in the house, they once were around.
Now they simply won't be found.
They once were here; they once were there.
Now they simply won't be anywhere.
Ikea is such a beautiful cat.
He's just where it is at.
A mouse in the house, they once were found.
Now they're gone and not around.
                  by Bill Wyllie

There's Little Justice Here

It's no news to anyone has listened to or read my blog, that there is little justice here on earth.  We have to wait for divine justice.  The case in point is Cardinal George's case.  He was accused of crimes that anyone who knows the atmosphere in a sacristry before and after Mass, and anyone who knows what the Mass celebrant wears, would never believe.  The accusations are impossible to have occurred. 

The anti-Catholic hype poisoned the minds of the jurors.  The cardinal is a scape-goat.  This article by George Weigel says it all.

The Kids Would Harass Him

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, who heads the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kan., is seen in this Aug. 31, 2015, photo. The archbishop also i...