A nation always gets the kind of politicians it deserves.

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Submitted by Bob Stanley

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Christian doctor explains: How to distinguish between natural disorders and the demonic.

In Dr. Rambally’s opinion, you first see what the person’s reaction is to the Name of Jesus (obviously, a demonic case will bring about a violent reaction). Demonized people — like the aforementioned woman — show supernatural strength (or knowledge).

The demonized will not repeat the Name of Jesus or read from Scripture. And while demon possession may pass from one person to another, mental illness usually does not. Meanwhile, a case of the demonic may involve the fingers twisting, when in fact a normal human can’t twist the fingers in such a way, sane or insane.

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Are you a Mary, a Joseph, a Wise Man, or a Shepherd?

Let’s try to recapture the riches of this lost worldview by applying the spiritual sense of the Christmas story to our lives. For that story happens not only once, in history, but also many times in each individual’s soul. Christ comes to the world — but He also comes to each of us. Advent happens over and over again.

There are two ways to connecting the historical and the spiritual senses. The Jesuit method, from St. Ignatius’ “Spiritual Exercises,” tells us to imaginatively place ourselves into the Gospel stories. The older Augustinian method tells us to look for elements of the story in our lives. We shall be using this latter method as we survey the scene in Bethlehem for the next four weeks.

Look at your Nativity set. Around the Christ Child you see four people or groups: Mary, Joseph, the wise men and the shepherds. We are all around the Christ Child, defined by our relationship to Him; we are all Marys, Josephs, wise men or shepherds.

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Terminal diagnosis: ‘I am stepping out of time into eternity’

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Late last year Tony Foley, a 41-year-old tax adviser, was told he had terminal cancer. In this frank account he explains how he has coped.

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The Inquisition

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The Inquisition arose at the end of Middle Ages proper as a Church’s answer to the excesses of the heretical movements that didn’t limit themselves to support deviations of strictly theological character – which had till then opposed on a doctrinal level and only by spiritual means – but were also deadly threatening society . The steadfast opposition of the people to heretics’ violence forced the ecclesiastical authorities to intervene, basically to control and to curb a reaction by the people and handled by secular tribunals – sometimes without the necessary wisdom – under the illusion of solving the problem simply by sending heretics to the stake.

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The Eucharist: symbolic or real?

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Q: The Eucharist: symbolic or real?

Do you think that the Eucharist (“body and blood of Christ” … “bread and wine”) is a symbolic thing, or the real PRESENCE of God. And why do you think that?

A: The Catholic and Orthodox churches have an authentic ministerial priesthood, according to the authority of the original apostles, given to them by Jesus at the Last Supper, and transmitted to their successors through ordination, in the sacrament of Holy Orders.

Consequently, ordinary bread and wine becomes the real and substantial body and blood of Jesus Christ, and Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist: body, blood, soul, and divinity.

None of the protestant Christian denominations have an authentic priesthood or valid holy orders, so they have no power whatsoever to consecrate the authentic eucharist.

As a result, their communion remains purely spiritual and symbolic.

That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since whenever two or more are gathered in his name, Jesus will be there … but NOT in a physical way.

Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses are not included in the above group, since they follow “strange” christs and are not even authentically Christian.

It’s really that simple.

Was Christ’s physical body resurrected from the dead or did He rise an immaterial spirit?

Q: Was Christ’s physical body resurrected from the dead or did He rise an immaterial spirit?

A: The resurrection was the supernatural transformation of Jesus’ physical body into a higher form of physical body that was compatible with both heaven and earth, and that could exist in the near presence of God.

Gnostics believe in a purely spiritual resurrection, not understanding that such a thing would be no resurrection at all.

Here’s what St. Augustine had to say about it:

“Christ demonstrated justice by His death, He promised power by His resurrection. What could be more just than to go as far as the death of the cross, for the sake of justice?

What greater act of power than to rise from the dead, and ascend to heaven with the very flesh in which He was slain?”

“First, justice conquered the devil, then power; justice, because Christ had no sin and was most unjustly put to death by the devil; power, because He lived again after death, never to die thereafter.”