Dr. Scott Hahn, Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, speaks about “Courtship, Engagement and Marriage: A Model For the New Evangelization” at the 2012 Defending the Faith Conference here on campus in Steubenville, Ohio. Dr. Scott Hahn is the Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR, Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Gen 1:28 God blessed them, saying: “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that move on the earth.”
Gen 17:2 “Between you and me I will establish my covenant, and I will multiply you exceedingly.”
Gen 9:1 God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them: “Be fertile and multiply and fill the earth.“
Gen 26:24 The same night the LORD appeared to him and said: “I am the God of your father Abraham. You have no need to fear, since I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham.”
Deut 1 7:13 He will love and bless and multiply you; he will bless the fruit of your womb and the produce of your soil, your…
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Being raised Catholic does not make us practicing Catholics. You can pray a lot. You can say the Rosary every day. You can ask the intercession of the Saints. You can keep the commandments to the best of your ability. You can be a ‘nice person’. You can do all kinds of things that any ‘good Catholic’ would do, but if you aren’t doing these five things, you cannot receive The Eucharist.
So, what makes a Catholic a practicing Catholic? What is the bare minimum we must do to be able to receive Holy Communion?
Fr. Mike tells us exactly what we have to do, and it’s not that difficult.
It may be difficult to tell a non-practicing Catholic that he or she can’t receive Communion, but—as Fr. Mike Schmitz proves in this video—in the big picture, you would actually be helping the person. While telling an awe-inspiring story about…
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Eucharistic Miracle of Buenos Aires
This short video recounts the story of the amazing Eucharistic Miracle that happened in Argentina in 1996 in the Parish of St. Mary. For many Christians, Holy Communion is a symbolic ritual, but Catholics believe it is in fact His divine body and blood. This sounds absolutely nuts, but it’s a matter of faith.
… And of scientific evidence…
The Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano
The Miracle of Lanciano is officially recognized by the Catholic Church as a true Eucharistic Miracle. It was the first and greatest Eucharistic Miracle of the Catholic Church.
This wondrous Event took place in the 8th century A.D. in the little Church of St. Legontian in Lanciano, Italy, as a divine response to a Basilian monk’s doubt about Jesus’ Real Presence in the Eucharist.
During Holy Mass, after the two-fold consecration, the host was changed into Heart Tissue Flesh and…
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Could The Son Of God Really Become Present In The Eucharist?
If you believe that God exists; If you believe that He created the universe out of nothing; If you believe that He appeared as a burning bush (Exodus 3:2); If you believe that He appeared as a hand (Daniel 5:5); If you believe that He appeared as a finger (Deut 9:10); If you believe that He became man; If you believe that He appeared as a dove (Mt 3:16, Mark 1:10, Lk 3:22, Jn 1:32); If you believe that He cured the sick; If you believe that He raised the dead; If you believe that He turned water into wine; If you believe that He was crucified, died, buried and He rose again from the dead; If you believe that He appeared as wind and tongues of fire (Acts 2:2-3)…
Then why is it so hard to believe that he makes Himself present under the appearance of Bread and Wine in the Holy Eucharist?
If I did not believe that Jesus…
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Greetings Gentle Reader(s)! 🙂
I am in the process of duplicating this site in anticipation of (1) Dying someday and not being around to maintain my ownership of the “thecatholicme.com” domain, (2) Not wanting to pay the fees to maintain the name, even before I die or (3) Not being able to pay the fees or keep up the site before I die and having it revert back to “rightbill.wordpress.com”. (I had thought about just letting it revert back to “rightbill.wordpress.com”, but then I thought, “that just doesn’t seem right, Bill.)
The new URL is “thecatholicme.wordpress.com“, and is up and running as of, well, right now. The only things that would not export over were the links and list of followers, so if you would like to continue following this blog, you might want to re-follow at the new site. I manually moved the links, so they are in tact. And I cleaned up some of them with broken links (no guaranty I got them all :-)).
I will be doing double duty duplicating all of my posts, etc., for awhile (probably at least until my renewal time comes around, anyway), but eventually I hope that everybody will start using the new site and letting this one go. I won’t delete it (especially if I’m dead), but I will stop updating it.
Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know so you’re not shocked to find that nothing new is happening here and I haven’t let you know where to go if you want to continue checking in.
Thanks for hanging in with me this far. 🙂
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Rev 21:27 “but nothing unclean will enter it, nor any (one) who does abominable things or tells lies. Only those will enter whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”
Heb 12:23 “and the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven, and God the judge of all, and the spirits of the just made perfect,“
God is love. Perfect love. Nothing is more perfect than the love of God.
Heaven is a place of perfect love and is completely devoid of hate.
Nothing unclean or imperfect will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
This is what real love works to obtain for itself and for the beloved.
The Devil is hate. Complete hate. Nothing is more completely hateful than the Devil.
Hell is perfect (not to be confused with the biblical “Perfect Hatred”, which is the hatred of evil) in only one thing – hatred. It is completely devoid of love.
Humans are incapable of complete hatred in our earthly lives. We may really hate someone or something, but we also have the capacity to love greatly. Human hatred is incomplete because the chance to love someone or something exists within us as we live day to day.
You may hate your boss, but love your children.
You may feel love for your spouse, children, parents, brothers and sisters and friends. You may love your dog. You may do things that show that love every day. And they may love you just as much.
Now, imagine yourself as a person whose every molecule, every atom, every electron, every proton, every neutron is completely and totally saturated with anger and hatred. Hatred for everyone and everything in the universe. Your parents, your siblings, your children, your friends, your neighbors, your pets and all of nature. And for yourself.
Now multiply those feelings of hatred and anger by infinity.
Now make it permanent. Everlasting. It’s not going away. Ever. You have become hatred and anger itself. It’s no longer just a temporary ‘feeling’, it’s who and what you are.
Now imagine looking into the eyes of your children and seeing that anger and hatred directed at YOU.
That is Hell. Utterly devoid of love. No matter how much you love someone on Earth and how much they love you, if you end up together in Hell all of your capacity for love is gone. You will hate each other, yourselves and everyone and everything else for all eternity. You won’t remember the love you once had – it, and the memory of it, will be erased, completely eradicated.
Even the thought of imperfect love is impossible where only hatred can exist.
This is what real love works to avoid for itself and for the beloved…
Does logic belong only to atheists? Does ice cream have bones?
So, what is wrong with contraception, gay marriage, abortion, etc.?
We are created in the image and likeness of God. The image – our physical appearance. The likeness – our nature.
We can do something that the Angels and Devil cannot do. What makes us “like” God is our ability to create life…
The name “Michael” means “Who is like God?”. It’s a question, and the question is posed to Lucifer.
Michael Hichborn has written a great explanation of the war in Heaven (Rev. 12:7-9) as it relates to us here on Earth today. In it, he answers the question, “Who is like God?”.