The Catholic apologist’s universal scriptural reference sheet

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Sola scriptura

Jn 21:25 … not everything is in the Bible.
2 Thess 2:15; 2 Tim 2:2; 1 Cor 11:2; 1 Thess 2:13 … Paul speaks of oral tradition.
Acts 2:42 … early Christians followed apostolic tradition.
2 Pet 3:16 … Bible hard to understand, get distorted.
2 Jn 1:12; 3 Jn 1:13-14 … more oral tradition.
2 Pet 1:20-21 … against personal interpretation.
Acts 8:31; Heb 5:12 … guidance needed to interpret scriptures.


Sola fide

Jas 2:14-26 … what good is faith w/o works?
Heb 10:26 … must avoid sin.
Jas 5:20 … “earning” forgiveness.
Lk 6:46; Mt 7:21; Mt 19:16-21; Jn 5:29 … must do will of God.
1 Cor 9:27 … “buffet my body …”
Phil 2:12; 2 Cor 5:10; Rom 2:6-10, 13, 3:31; Mt 25:32-46; Gal 6:6-10; Rev 20:12 … works have merit.
1 Jn 2:3-4; 1 Jn 3:24; 1 Jn 5:3 … keep commandments.

Salvation (once and for all?)


1 Cor 9:27 … after preaching … I myself disqualified.
1 Cor 10:12 … thinks that he stands … lest he fall.
Phil 2:12 … work out salvation with fear and trembling.
Heb 4:1 … fear of failing to reach salvation.
1 Jn 5:16,17 … some sins are mortal, some not.
Rom 11:21,22 … spare branches, continue or be cut off.


Deuterocanonicals

Deuterocanonicals were used in NT: 2 Mach 6:18-7:42 … Heb 11:35; Wisdom 3:5-6 … 1 Pet 1:6-7; Wisdom 13:1-9 … Rom 1:18-32
Septuagint (Gk, w/ Deuterocanonicals) version of OT quoted in NT, noticably different from Hebrew version: Is 7:14 … Mt 1:23; Is 40:3 … Mt 3:3; Joel 2:30-31 … Acts 2:19-29; Ps 95:7-9 … Heb 3:7-9 etc.


Purgatory…

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List of the 100 Best Catholic Movies

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WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) – As with my list of Catholic novels, I am not following any rigid theory of the “Catholic film” in making these recommendations.  Rather than advance a thesis about what constitutes an “authentic” or “orthodox” Catholic film, I’m hoping that you, the reader, will discover on this list some films that will bring you enjoyment. Perhaps you will find some inspirational or edifying and be moved to a renewed aspiration toward the source of all beauty.

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Worried? Here’s a list of 10 saints you should know.

As Catholics, much can be gained by studying the lives of the saints. Far from living easy lives, these men and women have struggled with many of the same anxiety producing problems experienced by you and I. Furthermore, we know that they’ve ended up we all want to go – Heaven! Are you anxious or worried? Do you have serious problems in your life? Here are 10 saints that you should get to know. We can learn A LOT from their lives.

1. Saint Dymphna – Many Catholics who are anxious are familiar with Saint Dymphna, the patroness of those afflicted with nervous disorders and anxiety. According to tradition, she was born in Ireland (in the 7th century) to a pagan father and a Christian mother. When Dymphna’s mother died, her distraught father traveled in vain searching for a new wife. Eventually he reached the unimaginable conclusion that he would take Dymphna as his wife! At the urging of a priest, she took flight and was ultimately located and murdered by her father. It’s easy to see the kind of emotional stress that this young girl was under and equally understandable to see why she became known as the patron saint of those who suffer from anxiety. Many miracles are reported to have taken place at her shrine in Belgium, located near the place of her death.

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On Cultivating the Mind that is Catholic

While books and learning do not guarantee salvation, they can nevertheless, if we let them, open us to those things that we ought to know, the highest things. Often times, we are confused about how to begin this cultivation of the intellectual life, which primarily stems from the fact that we do not know what we should read, or which authors bring us most fully into contact with reality and the totality of things.

Sertillanges implores us to build our own libraries. “Show me your library, and I can tell you the state of your soul” is a good adage to help incline and encourage us to begin collecting our own.

As a means of practical counsel, I have given a simple list of 10 books that one can go to in order to begin nurturing “the mind that is Catholic,” authors who help lead us onwards to wisdom:

1) The Intellectual Life by A.D. Sertillanges, O.P.

2) Another Sort of Learning by Fr. James Schall

3) The Mind That is Catholic: Political and Philosophical Essays by Schall

4) Leisure: The Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper

5) Confessions by St. Augustine

6) Summa Theologiae by St. Thomas Aquinas

7) Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle

8) Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton

9) A First Glance at St. Thomas Aquinas: A Handbook for Peeping Thomists by Ralph McInerny

10) Prayer and Intelligence by Jacques Maritain

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The List of Things That (Allegedly) Offend Muslims

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Christians

The Trinity, Pope Benedict XVI. Pope John Paul II, Coptic Pope Shenouda III, Robert Spencer, The name “Crusaders” , The Cross, Christmas presents, Santa ClausBibles, selling Bibles, Lip synching videos, Craig Winn, Prayer, Valentine’s Day, Christians who accidently touch the Koran, Street Evangelists, The Letter X, Muslim converts to Christianity, the Knights of Malta, The Bishop of Rochester, Use of the word Allah by Catholics, Christians proselytizing to Muslims, Church Bells, a picture of Jesus hung on a staffroom wall, Father Zakariah, Jerry Falwell, a coin with John 3:16 printed on it, Eli Soriano, dating a Polish Catholic Girl, UK Radio Minister Rev MasihZion Baptist Church in Rochdale, UK, Rotary and Lions Clubs, Hector Aleem, the color red near Valentine’s Day, Christians who use the word “Allah” to describe God, Fr Daniil Sysoyev.

Jews

The existence of Israel, The reality of the holocaust, Holocaust Day (UK), Teaching of the Holocaust, Annapolis Peace Talks, A Rabbi speaking at an Islamic University, An Israeli Vodka Bottle with a Picture of Jerusalem, Paper cups that were made in Israel, luggage from Israel, an Israeli soccer team, The Torah scrolls at Hebron, Tennis Star Shahar Peer, the Israeli Taekwondo team.

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An extensive list of truly Catholic “stuff”

The 7 Sacraments (The Holy Mysteries)
The 7 Corporal Works of Mercy
The 7 Spiritual Works of Mercy
The 3 Eminent Good Works
The 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost (& the Charismata)
The 12 Fruits of the Holy Ghost
The 3 Theological Virtues
The 4 Cardinal Virtues
The 7 Capital Sins & Their Contrary Virtues
The 6 Sins Against the Holy Ghost
The 4 Sins That Cry Out to Heaven
The 3 Conditions of Mortal Sin
The 9 Ways We Participate in Others’ Sins
The 10 Commandments
The 2 Greatest Commandments
The 3 Evangelical Counsels
The 6 Precepts of the Church
The Holy Days of Obligation (English)
The 3 Powers of the Soul
The 4 Pillars of the Catholic Faith
The 3 Pillars of the Church’s Authority
The 3 Munera (Duties of the Ordained)
The 3 Parts of the Church
The 4 Marks of the Church
The 12 Apostles
The 12 Tribes of Israel
The 8 Beatitudes
The 14 Stations of the Cross

The 7 Sorrows (Dolours) and 7 Joys of Our Lady
The 7 Sorrows and 7 Joys of St. Joseph
The 15 Mysteries of the Rosary
The Order of Creation
The 9 Choirs of Angels
The 3 levels of reverence
The 14 Holy Helpers
The 7 Last Words of Christ
The 4 Last Things (The Novissima)

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Complete list of 43 Republican Obamacare amendments – ALL “killed” by the Democrats

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