Difficulties understanding the mind of “the Oracle of Santa Marta”

For someone complaining about “downers,” the Pope seems to constantly tear down the faithful. As I’ve noted before, his language is that of a prophet, not a pastor. He is Isaiah, eveighing against the wickedness and hypocrisy of the Jews, i.e. Catholics. (In fact, the last time he called us hypocrites, the language was practically word-for-word from Isaiah. And that was two weeks ago, for those of you keeping score at home.)

When the Pope speaks of the “formalism” of hypocrites who say “It is not possible,” the Bear thinks of the two Argentine lesbians with their sham marriage and the baby they’ve managed to obtain. They’re set for their own Confirmation and baby’s baptism April 5th at the cathedral in Cordoba. Is it the formalism of the hypocrite to have serious reservations about this? Is that the sort of thing the Pope has in mind?

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Feast of the Epiphany: The gifts of the Magi were both practical and prophetic.

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by Doug Lawrence

The nation of Israel managed to kill every prophet God sent to them. Jesus, the prophesied Messiah, and a prophet in his own right,  would be treated similarly. So the gift of myrrh … typically used to prepare the dead for burial … was indeed both practical and prophetic.

Since the time of Moses and Aaron, the burning of incense in the Tabernacle/Temple had always been a priestly function, and it remains so, even  today. Jesus was and is our heavenly high priest, so the gift of frankincense was indeed both practical and prophetic.

Gold was a gift fit for a king. According to 1st Timothy 6:15, Revelation 17:14 and 19:16, Jesus Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Besides, the gold would come in handy for expenses, during the Holy Family’s subsequent flight to Egypt. So, the gift of gold was indeed both practical and prophetic.

The concept of the promised Messiah as the God-man who was also priest, prophet and king is now widely understood, but that certainly was not the case in the Middle East, around the beginning of the 1st century. Yet, on the Feast of the Epiphany, we celebrate the fact that the Magi somehow managed to get it right.

Practical and prophetic, indeed!

Out of the mouth of infants and of sucklings thou hast perfected praise…

A seven year-old
waxes eloquently
on the Old Testament
story of the Prophet Jonah.

Definitely worth watching!

Father John Hardon, S.J.: A Primer On Islam

Doctrine and worship in the Koran

Islam is a glomeration of sects and traditions that bewilder the Western mind. Yet after thirteen centuries, the followers of Mohammed are somehow united and their unity traceable to a common devotion to the Koran. It is the duty of every Moslem, man, woman, or child, to read the Koran and understand it according to his capacity. There runs through the book a consistent body of doctrine and of practical obligations which has remained in all ages the inspiration of the Muslim religion.

Unexpectedly, the famous Shahada or profession of faith, “There is but one God, and Mohammed is the Apostle of God,” nowhere occurs as such in the Koran. The nearest equivalent, often called the Islamic Credo, is found in the surah of Women: “You who believe, believe in God and His apostle, and the Book which He revealed to His apostle, and the Book which he revealed to those before him. Whoever denies God and His angels and His books and His apostle and the day of judgment has strayed far away from the truth.”1

While the Koran itself is central, three other sources of Islamic doctrine and practice are recognized by orthodox Moslems: tradition or Qunnah, community agreement or igmah, and the principle of analogy called gijas.

Tradition as a source of revelation is co-equal with the Koran in binding power and authority. It consists of all the sayings, explicit or implicit, of Mohammed, which he did not personally set down in the Koran.

Consensus of believers is more difficult to define and has occasioned endless dispute and schism. But in theory it means that whenever a sizeable portion of the Moslem faithful agrees on some cardinal issue of doctrine or ritual, this becomes part of the creedal structure of Islam.

The method of analogy finds special application in the field of morals and conduct, where a new situation is evaluated by comparison with a similar one in the past. Understandably the principle of gijas lends itself to arbitrary interpretation and, in fact, has been the cause of grave tension and conflict in Moslem jurisprudence.

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Israel already has that of which the Obama administration can only dream: no constitution to worry about!

The modern state of Israel has NO constitution

To propose a constitution, in other words, is to ask the question: What form of sovereignty is higher than that of the present voters? America’s Founders appealed to “nature and nature’s God.” Judaism has an answer to this question, elaborated in the oral and written Torah—however remote they appear, at first consideration, from the practical requirements of the state of Israel.

Judaism is founded on a covenant between God and Israel. Instead of unilaterally imposing his will on Israel, God enters into a relation of mutual obligations with a people. This relation is, in content, not only religious but political and legal, and it is understood in this fashion in the Bible and rabbinic literature, where God is called “the King of all Kings” perhaps more often than by any other appellation.

God, moreover, exercises his kingship through proxies. There are three religious institutions and persons in the biblical polity who are divinely sanctioned: the king, the prophet, and the high priest. But of these three offices, only the term king is routinely applied to human beings as well as to God. This is noteworthy because, of the three, the prophet and high priest hold religious functions while the office of king is largely secular. In the presence of a human king, the following blessing is recited: “Blessed are You, Hashem, our God, King of the Universe, Who has given of His glory to flesh and blood.” A human king thus participates in the glory of God. To see a human king is, in a sense, to see a proxy for God.

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Christians: Why do some deny Mary’s favor with God?

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Q: Christians: Why do some deny Mary’s favor with God?

A: It really makes no sense … especially for self-confessed “Bible literalists”.

The words of the angel Gabriel tell us all we need to know about Mary, and her part in God’s great mission of redemption.

Name one other time an angel “hailed” any human being, declaring them to be “full of grace” and/or “highly favored by God, so as to be eternally blessed.

Name one other person who encountered an angel and responded with such grace and discernment.

Name one other time that an angel waited patiently, so that a young Jewish girl might give her permission, so God could save the world.

Name one other person who carried God in her womb for 9 months, and dwelt in his immediate presence for over 30 years, right here on earth.

Name one other person who was so important to Jesus, that he made provisions for her care while he was hanging on the cross, only moments before he died.

Abraham is our Father in Faith. Moses is the Law Giver. Elijah is the Prophet. John the Baptist is the Forerunner.

Mary gave us Jesus, the one who IS salvation, his humanity made from her own flesh, by the Spirit of God.

Mary was also Jesus’ first, best, and most constant disciple. So what if there’s little mention of her in scripture?

God gave her the very best part.

Not bad for a creature who is merely a “vessel” to be “used” by God and then relegated to obscurity!

If anyone really thinks God works that way, then they simply don’t know God.

Mary as CoRedemptrix? Absolutely! And that takes absolutely nothing away from God, whose grace makes it all possible.

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What Does “Hosanna” Mean?

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Q: What Does “Hosanna” Mean?

A: “Hosanna” means … “Messiah Save Us!”

The context, is an emphatic “NOW!”

Mat 21:1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and came unto Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,
Mat 21:2 saying unto them, Go into the village that is over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.
Mat 21:3 And if any one say aught unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.
Mat 21:4 Now this is come to pass, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying,
Mat 21:5 Tell ye the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, Meek, and riding upon an ass, And upon a colt the foal of an ass.
Mat 21:6 And the disciples went, and did even as Jesus appointed them,
Mat 21:7 and brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their garments; and he sat thereon.
Mat 21:8 And the most part of the multitude spread their garments in the way; and others cut branches from the trees, and spread them in the way.
Mat 21:9 And the multitudes that went before him, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
Mat 21:10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, Who is this?
Mat 21:11 And the multitudes said, This is the prophet, Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.