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Most of the contradictions we perceive stem from a misunderstanding of the depths of the riches of God's goodness and his judgement along with a commensurate misunderstanding of our own fallenness. It is always dangerous for us to use ourselves and what good we think we are capable of as the standard against which we evaluate God. Paul Chernoch has given a ...


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Regarding whether the account was known outside the Roman Catholic Church, in addition to the other answer you received in a comment I would add that the account is also well known within the Eastern Orthodox Church, where St. Martin is also commemorated (on October 12th). An account in his life can be found in the relatively recent compilation of Lives of ...


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Why did St. Martin give half of his cloak, and didn't give the whole? The only thing St. Martin could give this beggar was half his cloak! But in doing so, St. Martin had to practice the virtue of prudence at the same time. Having lived in the region of Tours for over a decade and after having the privilege of visiting his tomb in Tours itself, I can ...


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I think it is correct to say that prior to the great schism there really weren't only two sides in exactly the sense you suggest. Dating to at least the time of the 1st Ecumenical Council (Nicaea, 325), those Churches which subscribed to the seven Ecumenical Councils were divided administratively into five (5) "Sees": Rome, Constantinople, Alexandria, ...


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St. Catherine of Alexandria is very much a recognized saint by the Catholic Church. She was taken off the the General Liturgical Calendar in 1970 due to many legends surrounding her life. But she is very much still recognized as a saint. In fact she is still listed as such in the Roman Martyrology, the official catalogue of saints and blesseds recognized by ...


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The Apostle Paul outlined for us a definition of Love. Mercy falls under that larger category. So can we measure the degree of Christ’s love by that standard? If Jesus perfectly exemplifies love by his actions, then we must conclude that the motive behind his admonitions about Hell was one of Love. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does ...


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What are non-ordained lay person’s powers? Seeing that this is essentially quite a broad topic, this answer is being made into a community wiki response answer. Everyone who desires may add to the list. No one will receive points to this, not even myself. Lay persons may have the following ordinary privileges or positions within the Catholic Church: ...


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Why did the Blessed Virgin Mary marry? There are several reasons why the Blessed Virgin Mary married St. Joseph. Let us start with the Catholic Encyclopedia. Her betrothal to Joseph The apocryphal writings to which we referred in the last paragraph state that Mary remained in the Temple after her presentation in order to be educated with other ...


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According to Catholic teaching, openness to having children is required for a valid marriage: 1917 Can. 1081 § 2Matrimonial consent is an act of the will by which each party gives and accepts perpetual and exclusive rights to the body, for those acts that are of themselves suitable for the generation of children. Explaining how Sts. Mary and Joseph had a ...


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According to ch. 6 of Brown, O.F.M.'s The Life of Mary as Seen by the Mystics, a compilation of the approved private "Revelations of St. Elizabeth of Schoenau, St. Bridget of Sweden, Ven. Mother Mary of Agreda and Ven. Anne Catherine Emmerich," she married because her parents died and young girls' service in the Temple was not perpetual: WHEN MARY reached ...


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John XXII (reigned 1316-1334) (in)famously held the opinion that one's particular judgment did not occur immediately after death. His successor Benedict XII (reigned 1334-1342) defined the following dogma in Benedictus Deus (1336): we define that according to the general disposition of God, the souls of those who die in actual mortal sin go down into hell ...


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The bible doesn't speak of a Messianic Age. The Jews do, also called the "Age to Come," the "Future Age," and the "World to Come"; and it included the judgement of mankind and the resurrection of the dead. Likewise, Catholics believe the 2nd Coming is the Last Day/ Judgement Day and it includes the resurrection of the dead. If there was an appropriate term ...


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What constitutes a valid reason for not attending the Eucharistic celebration at your local church on Sundays? First of all what does Canon Law say on this matter? On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are obliged to assist at Mass. They are also to abstain from such work or business that would inhibit the worship to be given to God, ...


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The first precept of the Church is to go to Mass and refrain from servile work on Sundays and holy days. Grave inconvenience can exempt one from observing a precept of the Church. Grave inconvenience is, according to Fr. Hardon, S.J., a sufficient reason to excuse a person from fulfilling certain positive precepts of the Church, not of themselves ...


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One of the earliest records of celebrating Christ's birthday is from St. Theophilus (✝181 AD), bishop of Cæsarea, who wrote: We ought to celebrate the birthday of our Lord on what day soever the 25th of December shall happen. Magdeburgenses, Cent. 2. c. 6. Hospinian, De origine Festorum Chirstianorum. cited in: Taylor R. Marshall, God’s Birthday: Why ...


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Did Jesus' disciples celebrate His birthday? A valid question to say the least, but the short answer seems to be simply: no. The Catholic Church has no such tradition from the Early Church or Church Fathers. The known Apocrypha are equally silent on this issue. The big problem with the Ancient Jews celebrating birthdays at the time of Christ is that the ...


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The best Catholic commentary on St. John's Apocalypse, Fr. Herman Kramer's The Book of Destiny, says this about Apoc. 21:1-2: Verse 1 The prediction voiced at the blowing of the seventh trumpet (XI. 15) has at last become actuality: "the kingdom of this world is become our Lord's and His Christ's". A new heaven and a new earth appear. The promise of ...


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What does it mean when Archbishop Ganswein stated that Pope Benedict XVI expanded the Petrine Ministry? Unum Nessesarium or “One Thing is Necessary” answers this whole question. Let me explain! Basically the response to this question boils down to the sisters Mary and Martha moment. At the Home of Martha and Mary 38 As Jesus and his disciples ...


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According to Catholicism, how did Jesus go in secret (disguise) to the Feast of Tabernacles? 8 You go up to this feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, for My time has not yet fully come.” 9 When He had said these things to them, He remained in Galilee. 10 But when His brothers had gone up, then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but as ...


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What kinds of things are mutable in Latin Rite Catholic Liturgy? Not everything is immutable in the Sacred Liturgy of the Roman Rite. What are some examples of the "elements which are subject to change" and how have they done so over the years? Has this change increased or remained steady since Vatican II? In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the words of ...


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Can a Catholic be denied communion for the way they want to receive Communion? The short answer is no. Denying the faithful Holy Communion on the grounds solely on the grounds that the person wishes to receive the Eucharist kneeling or standing, on the tongue or in the hands is not a legitimate reason for denial. [90.] “The faithful should receive ...


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Receiving the Communion on the tongue or kneeling is never a legal reason for denying Communion. The instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum "On certain matters to be observed or to be avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist" of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments deals with this topic [bold by me]: In distributing ...


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Best wishes for a good week at the end of the mass? I have noticed this practice either at the beginning of Mass or at the end of Mass in many different countries, at least since the late 1970s. It has almost become a local non-liturgical custom for some priests to speak off the cuff statements of this nature during the Sacred Liturgy of the Mass. I have ...


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Was there a time when bishops were not appointed to other sees and did not generally ever relocate? The simple answer is yes. In the Early Church, the bishop of a diocese was chosen by the local clergy and not appointed to the diocese by the pope. Thus transfers to other articles sees was extremely rare, if not non-existent. It was however not unheard of ...


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The obvious answer is that Jesus taught in Greek, that is, that the words recorded in the Gospels are his actual words. Since he also spoke Aramaic as many, but not all Jews in Judea and Galilean did, he mixed Aramaic words in his teaching. Some of those words, such as amen were very common and a play on the Greek word men, which has a similar meaning. ...


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Who was Saint Raynerius of Beaulieu? St. Raynerius was Benedictine monk. He served at Beaulieu, near Limoges, France and died in 967. His feast day is celebrated on February 22. The above information is about the most you will be able to glean off the internet. One source has this to add: Let me introduce you to the Blessed Rainer. Rainer’s cult ...


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While I know nothing about how the Church perceived the stories concerning the Holy Grail (this answer claims that the Catholic Church has no official opinion), the answer is a solid no, simply because the Holy Grail was not invented by the Church in the first place. The first appearance of such thing as the Grail was in the romance Perceval, by Chretien de ...


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Are there any saints and/or mystics who had vision of hell and based on that made a judgment about have many people are in hell? The majority of mystics and saints who have had visions of Hell, believe that the majority of souls go to Hell. But this is neither absolute or known and is often based on their personal interpretation of their visions. The truth ...


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Let us answer this question, that was tearing me apart until recently, with simple reason- The law regarding the creation of images was abrogated by Christ Himself. Insofar as he was GOD, by becoming man, he made himself visible to the eye of man. He, God, depicted himself- not in the privacy of one man's dream, nor to a select group, but to the world, ...


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From the link you gave: "In February, a report was sent to Cardinal Tisserant. It concluded that the Syrian rite was seen as foreign to many members of the community. The Cardinal referred to the Pope who gave permission to use the Latin rite with some parts of the mass in Hebrew (including the readings)." So, the Epistle and the Gospel (and the homily) ...


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The question of whether you are called to be a priest, or really any other specific calling, is not one you make on your own. If you feel you might be called to such a thing you should follow a number of steps. Since we don't give personal spiritual advice, this will be generic advice. First, pray about it. Ask God to show you whether he is really calling ...


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Why is Mary Magdalene the patron saint of hairdressers and when was the first time she was assigned this role? Historically speaking we do not know when St. Mary-Magdelene became the patron saint of hairdressers. But it can be reasonably assumed that it came about during the Middle Ages. As to why St. Mary-Magdelene is the patron saint of hairdressers is a ...


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