The Church Jesus founded is also a great gift to the world

The spirit of Catholic charity — that we help those in need not out of any expectation of reciprocity, but as a pure gift, and that we even help those who might not like us — finds no analogue in classical Greece and Rome, but it is this idea of charity that we continue to embrace today.

The university was an utterly new phenomenon in European history. Nothing like it had existed in ancient Greece or Rome. The institution that we recognize today, with its faculties, courses of study, examinations, and degrees, as well as the familiar distinction between undergraduate and graduate study, come to us directly from the medieval world.

By the time of the Reformation, no secular government had chartered more universities than the church. Edward Grant, who has written on medieval science for Cambridge University Press, points out that intellectual life was robust and debate was vigorous at these universities — the very opposite of the popular presumption.

It is no surprise that the church should have done so much to foster and protect the nascent university system, since the church, according to historian Lowrie Daly, “was the only institution in Europe that showed consistent interest in the preservation and cultivation of knowledge.”

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Kreeft: The Twelve Most Important Things to Know about Angels

  1. They really exist. Not just in our minds, or our myths, or our symbols, or our culture. They are as real as your dog, or your sister, or electricity.
  2. They’re present, right here, right now, right next to you, reading these words with you.
  3. They’re not cute, cuddly, comfortable, chummy, or “cool”. They are fearsome and formidable. They are huge. They are warriors.
  4. They are the real “extra-terrestrials”, the real “Super-men”, the ultimate aliens. Their powers are far beyond those of all fictional creatures.
  5. They are more brilliant minds than Einstein.
  6. They can literally move the heavens and the earth if God permits them.

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Images and significance of various types of trees, as mentioned in the Bible


The sycamore, the “ficus sycomorus,” belongs to the same family of the fig tree. Its name comes from the Greek “sicon,” fig and “moros,” blackberry bush. That is, the sycamore has leaves similar to the blackberry bush and fruit similar to the fig. In Jesus’ time there were a great number of sycamores in the Holy Land. Its wood was commonly used because it is harder than that of the fig tree. Today, it is a rare tree in the Holy Land. We can find sycamores in Jericho and in Gaza. One of them in Jericho is 15 meters high. Let us remember that the fig tree is never higher than 5 meters.

During the time of King Solomon, “the king made silver common as pebbles, and cedars plentiful as the sycamores of the lowlands” (I Kgs. 10:27).

The fruit of the sycamore was considered as humble food. It is confirmed by the prophet Amos, shepherd of Tekoa: I was no prophet, neither did I belong to any of the brotherhoods of prophets. I was a shepherd, and looked after sycamores: but it was Yahweh who took me from herding the flock, and Yahweh who said, “Go, prophesy to My people Israel’ (Amos 7:14-15).

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Worldly matters should not keep clergy (and lay people) from their sacred duty.


Scripture says the Clergy must Speak…..Paul says of the bishop: He must be able to encourage men in sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it (Titus 1:9). For the same reason God tells us through Malachi: The lips of the priest are to preserve knowledge, and men shall look to him for the law, for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts (Mal 2:7). …..

Every Priest Must Preach – Anyone ordained a priest undertakes the task of preaching, so that with a loud cry he may go on ahead of the terrible judge who follows. If, then, a priest does not know how to preach, what kind of cry can such a dumb herald utter? It was to bring this home that the Holy Spirit descended in the form of tongues on the first pastors (Acts 2:3), for he causes those whom he has filled, to speak out spontaneously.

The People must pray for the clergy – Beloved brothers, consider what has been said: Pray the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest (Matt 9:38). Pray for us so that we may have the strength to work on your behalf, that our tongue may not grow weary of exhortation, and that after we have accepted the office of preaching, our silence may not condemn us before the just judge.

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Father Corapi’s Answer to Turning Back the Tide of Darkness

We should make a commitment to study our faith at least 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week – or some comparable program. Read the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which will in turn help you to understand your reading of Sacred Scripture. You should be able to answer the basic moral questions of the day, as well as give simple explanations for the Church’s basic doctrinal teaching.  Failure to do so results in gross error in faith in morals both among the clergy and among the faithful.  Pray the rosary daily.  By praying the rosary daily, Our Lady will lead you to her Son in the Eucharist, and her Son will obtain for you the grace to obey the Holy Father and magisterial teaching.  Praying the rosary with the scriptures is a lesson in theology however, you must learn to read scripture the way the Church reads scripture.  Therefore, the Bible and the Catechism are inseparable tools to learning the Catholic Faith.

As the darkness settles in ever greater layers our only defense is prayer, the sacraments, and learning all you can about the Catholic Faith. There will be no defense for not learning your faith before the judgment seat of Almighty God.  All the resources are there, but you must be proactive in obtaining the knowledge.

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How do you know Jesus was the messiah, because the holy book says?

Q: How do you know Jesus was the messiah, because the holy book says?

A: No.

It’s because it has been common knowledge within the Catholic Church, since about 3 days after Jesus died.

What Is God’s Will?

Q: What is God’s Will?

A: This is about as simple and direct an answer as I’ve ever come across: 

1Ti 2:1 I desire therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for all men:

1Ti 2:2 For kings and for all that are in high station: that we may lead a quiet and a peaceable life in all piety and chastity.

1Ti 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour,

1Ti 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

1Ti 2:5 For there is one God: and one mediator of God and men, the man Christ Jesus:

1Ti 2:6 Who gave himself a redemption for all, a testimony in due times.