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Cyprian wrote the following during the plague of 250 AD to remind his diocese that Christians are not to expect special protection from disease: It disturbs some believers that the power of this Disease attacks our people equally with the unbelievers, as if the Christian believed for this purpose - that he might have the enjoyment of the world and this ...


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Martin Luther writing to Johann Hass: Use medicine; take potions which can help you; fumigate house, yard, and street; shun persons and places wherever your neighbor does not need your presence or has recovered, and act like a man who wants to help put out the burning city. What else is the epidemic but a fire which instead of consuming wood and ...


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I found an article that examines the beliefs of Nehemiah Gordon and briefly mentions that although brought up in an Orthodox Jewish family, he converted to Karaite Judaism after he moved to Israel in 1993. The article gives a critical overview of Nehemiah Gordon’s book ‘The Hebrew Yeshua versus the Greek Jesus (Hilkiah Press, 2005). Apparently he rejects ...


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The Biblical basis for using the expression “to be with the Lord” comes from the Apostle Paul who had this to say about his desire to be united with the Lord after death: Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would ...


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The third cholera pandemic (1846–60) was the third major outbreak of cholera originating in India in the nineteenth century that reached far beyond its borders, which researchers at UCLA believe may have started as early as 1837 and lasted until 1863.[1] In Russia, more than one million people died of cholera. In 1853–54, the epidemic in London claimed over ...


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David Steindl-Rast, "Man of Prayer," in Thomas Merton, Monk, ed. Patrick Hark (Garden City, NY: Image Books, 1976), 90. The 1974 ed. doesn't have such a quote, so, considering the influence of Modernism (spec. religious indifferentism) on the post-Vatican II religious life, either Merton himself became a Modernist or the author interpolated that quote.


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"Black Canons" is another name for Augustinian canons regular. They are "black" because of their habit, according to the OED: black canon n. [from the colour of the habit worn; compare post-classical Latin canon niger (c 1220)] now chiefly hist. a canon regular of St Augustine (see note at canon n.2 1). Canons regular are Priests who are bound by ...


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Grace is a quality (a type of accident) that inheres in the soul, analogous to how the quality of redness inheres in a red apple. St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica I-II q. 110 a. 1 ("Whether grace implies anything in the soul?") co.: when a man is said to have the grace of God, there is signified something bestowed on man by God. I-II q. 110 a. 2 ("...


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I've seen the meme's on the Googles, but I think with a little extra foo (a partial search) I found the source: In the Apostolic Creed we confess: "I believe in the holy Christian* Church." That means, I believe that there is no sin, no curse, no evil in the Church of God. Faith says: "I believe that." But if you want to believe your eyes you will find ...


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G.K. Chesterton in his seminal work Orthodoxy: Those countries in Europe which are still influenced by priests, are exactly the countries where there is still singing and dancing and coloured dresses and art in the open-air. Catholic doctrine and discipline may be walls; but they are the walls of a playground. Christianity is the only frame which has ...


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"There's more sanctity in a dog's loyalty than there is in all your human laws." The above quote is not of biblical origin and can not be found in Scripture. References to dogs in the bible are extremely rare. Most are in an unfavourable light, but not all. In the Book of Tobit, ”man’s best friend” accompanies Tobiah on his journey to Media. Tobit's ...


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John Piper and Wayne Grudham have published the following books which may deal with the subject of women as pastors: Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood - A Response to Evangelical Feminism by John Piper and Wayne Grudham - A controversy of major proportions has spread through the church. Recent generations bear witness to the rise of "evangelical ...


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St. Thomas had great influence on Trent, and several of his teachings became, almost verbatim, defined dogma at that council. From the encyclical Æterni Patris (1879) on the restoration of Christian philosophy by Pope Leo XIII: The ecumenical councils, also, where blossoms the flower of all earthly wisdom, have always been careful to hold Thomas ...


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I was a bit skeptical, but the quote appears to be legitimate. It's from one of Jerome's homilies. Merely searching for jerome manger silver, I found this page in The Homilies of Saint Jerome, Volume 2. Here's a more complete quotation: O, if only I were permitted to look upon that manger in which the Lord lay! Now, as an honor to Christ, we have ...


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Your hunch "that it is the Feast of the Assumption" appears correct, at least according to Rev. W. J. Wiseman, “The Titular Feast,” The Pastor 3, no. 5 (March 1885): 129–36. In the § "Practical Directions" (p. 131), he writes: Blessed Virgin is a general title. […](a) If the titulus is simply B. M. V., the titular feast is to be celebrated on the ...


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This is a good introduction to the history and philosophy of Modernism: Dominique Bourmaud, One Hundred Years of Modernism: A History of Modernism, Aristotle to the Second Vatican Council (Kansas City, Mo.: Angelus Press, 2006).e-book en español: Cien años de Modernismo: Genealogia del Concilio Vaticano II History Emile Poulat, Histoire, dogme et critique ...


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Who were the Black Canons on the Augustinian Priory of Inchmahome in Scotland? The Priory of Inchmahome was founded in 1238 by the Earl of Menteith, Walter Comyn, for a small community of the Augustinian order also called the Black Canons because of the color of their habits. What are Canon Regulars? Priests who are bound by religious vows and who live ...


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“In the Old Testament the New is concealed, in the New the Old is revealed” (Novum Testamentum in Vetere latet, Vetus Testamentum in Novo patet) literal: New Testament in the Old lies, the Old Testament in the New is clear. St. Augustine, Quaest. in Hept. 2,73: PL 34, 623; cf. DV 16. In case the reference needs decoding; Quaestiones in Heptateuchum VII (...


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From ‘The Five Points of Calvinism Defined Defended Documented’ by David N. Steele and Curtis C. Thomas, Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing, 1963, Part 1, section V: The One Point Which the “Five Points” of Calvinism are Concerned to Establish: Here is a brief extract (on page 23) from a quote by J.I. Packer: ... the very act of setting out ...


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I cannot verify that this specific incident is historical, but it is built on solid fact and is "true" in the sense of legend. The religious and social setting is certainly accurate and it may well have happened. More on this below. Theology of Indulgences "Buying pieces of heaven" most likely refers to the Roman Catholic Church's tradition of selling ...


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What are the earlier references to Mary? Belief in the incarnation of God the Son through Mary is the basis for calling her the Mother of God, which was declared a dogma at the Council of Ephesus in 431. Development of Marian doctrine The theological development of devotion to Mary begins with Justin Martyr (100–165) who articulated Mary’s role ...


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The church father Irenaeus  (130-202) said there were many names that could be produced from the number, and he speculates about the name using the “Greek fashion of calculation”, using the value of the letters contained in 666 and trying to mathematically produce a name. He attributes the erroneous number 616 to a copyist error, and states that none of the ...


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I have found a source (not of the highest quality) claiming that the quote is taken from a work of Tertullian called "De Cultu Feminarum". Unfortunately, the citations I've seen indicate that the quote is from the first volume of this two-volume work. My usual source for the Latin Church Fathers, Migné's Patrologia Latina, contains only the second volume. I ...


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Fortunately, this was a temporary problem which is now solved The site you are looking for has used two domain names over the last 15 years or so: lastseminary.com and apollos.ws. At present, either of these names, with or without a prepended www, should resolve to www.lastseminary.com where the content is. It appears there was an error redirecting from ...


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Greater reward is acquired by more love. What actually earns us a reward? Love is that which earns us a reward. Heaven consists essentially of the beatific vision of God, ie. seeing God face to face. We can not do this in natural order by our own power, but grace is needed; so God gives divine light to us by which we are able to see God. Aquinas writes: ...


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In Catholicism, what can we do on earth to earn reward beyond eternal life? In order to increase our own personal merits before God, we must first of all be in the state of grace. If we are not in the state of grace, we are by default in the state of mortal sin. Simply by going to sacramental confession will restore us to God’s friendship and make us ...


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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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I regret to say I do not know of a book or website that focuses specifically on extracting moral lessons from stories in the Bible, but I can point you to a Protestant source that helps to explain the Christian perspective and lessons to be learned from the miracles performed by Jesus. One important lesson to be learned from the account of Peter walking on ...


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John Calvin wrote in 1542 about the duty he felt he had to minister to those in the plague hospital outside the city, should the minister who had volunteered before him, Peter Blanchet, not survive. The pestilence also begins to rage here with greater violence, and few who are at all affected by it escape its ravages. One of our colleagues was to be set ...


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Joseph F Smith (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) in a Oct 1918 conference, shortly after the spanish flu, spoke to those grieving lost loved ones:1 29 And as I wondered, my eyes were opened, and my understanding quickened, and I perceived that the Lord went not in person among the wicked and the disobedient who had rejected the truth, to teach ...


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