Disco or Church

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A recent post on fb shows a church presumably in Latin America with couples singing praise music whole dancing with their partners. The headings asks, “discotheque or church?”.

The story is written and commented on primarily by conservative minded and Bible-Christians that are opposed to excesses in their communities.

Philosophical question; what about your church makes it intrinsically ‘sacred’ other than any other place?

I am formerly a Protestant pastor, I always wanted people to show reverence to church and specifically to the altar and platform area…

But we had no literal altar. Moreover, there was nothing that made the church building more sacred than any other space. What we did there, we could do anywhere; we pray at home, at stores on the street, I listen to and sing praise music in the car, at home and at work. I fellowship with other believers in Homes and in restaurants.

So what makes the Protestant Church more sacred than any other place?

Absolutely nothing.

It’s our “Holy Memory” that we remember when our ancestors had truly sacred spaces in church, when Jesus was truly present on the altar, in communion.

Our catholic ancestors converted from paganism and believed Jesus was truly present under the appearance of bread and wine on the altar and was truly bread from Heaven.

If God is is everywhere,but Jesus is physically present under the appearance of bread and wine in every Tabernacle in every Catholic Church In the world, then we have a reason to be reverent, respectfull and prayerful in the Presence of Our Precious Savior.

Now as a Catholic I recognize that when the priest says the words of consecration, just like St Paul wrote in his first letter to the Corinthians, that what looks like bread and wine, truly and substantially becomes the body, blood, soul and divinity of Our Lord and Savior, and is Our Bread from Heaven.

Let us be pious in the Presence of Our great God and Savior and give the honor due Him.

King Edmund Kept The Faith Unto Death

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St. King Edmund, Pray for us.

In 869, the Great Heathen Army advanced on East Anglia (England).
By tradition he met his death after he refused the Viking’s demand that he renounce Christ: the Vikings beat him, he still refused to renounce Christ.
They shot him with arrows, yet this great King still refused to renounce His Lord Jesus Christ.

When the heathen Vikings saw that Edmund would not waiver in his profession, they beheaded him on the orders of Ivar the Boneless and his brother Ubba.

According to one legend, his head was then thrown into the forest, but was found safe by searchers after following the cries of an ethereal wolf that was calling, in Latin, “Hic, Hic, Hic” – “Here, Here, Here”.

Let us pray for such devotion and steadfastness in our days of temptation and darkness. May Our Lord give us strength to hold our profession of faith.

The 500 Year Christian Divorce Party

Divorce PartyOctober 31, 2017 is the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, or as some call it, revolution. Among many changes to Christianity, the would be ‘reformers’ proposed that is a new theological doctrine; that the Christian Scriptures are the sole infallible rule of faith and practice. In other words, modern protestant christians, and the reformers from 500 years ago, claim that the Holy Scripture has authority in all matters above anything any preacher says, above what any ancient church council said, or above any teaching of the Catholic Church.

I was raised a protestant (mostly pentecostal) christian, and believed that for years until….

As a young ‘would-be’ youth minister, I began working with troubled youth, most of them from broken, dysfunctional families. In working with these youth, even an amateur could quickly figure out that our society would be much better off with family units kept together, without divorce, in other words,  mommies and daddies staying married. Continue reading “The 500 Year Christian Divorce Party”