Posted by: frroberts | July 23, 2017

A good commencement speech

Posted by: frroberts | July 22, 2017

Goodbye, Emmanuel Church

I moved into St. Patrick, Kokomo, Indiana, yesterday. Here is one last look at Emmanuel:

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Posted by: frroberts | July 22, 2017

Mass Intentions for this week

July 23-28 Pamela Cintas

Posted by: frroberts | July 21, 2017

Marian thoughts

 

“I beg you Holy Virgin, that I may have Jesus from the Holy Spirit, by whom you brought Jesus forth.  May my soul receive Jesus through the Holy Spirit, by whom your flesh conceived Jesus.”

St. Idelfonsus

Posted by: frroberts | July 21, 2017

Another Spiritual Thought

Posted by: frroberts | July 21, 2017

Spiritual thought for the day

“You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me. In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England. I did not then see what is now the most shining and obvious thing; the Divine humility which will accept a convert even on such terms. The Prodigal Son at least walked home on his own feet. But who can duly adore that Love which will open the high gates to a prodigal who is brought in kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance of escape? The words “compelle intrare,” compel them to come in, have been so abused be wicked men that we shudder at them; but, properly understood, they plumb the depth of the Divine mercy. The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation.”

C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy

Posted by: frroberts | July 20, 2017

The Assumption, part iii

Posted by: frroberts | July 20, 2017

The Assumption, part ii

Posted by: frroberts | July 20, 2017

The Assumption

Posted by: frroberts | July 18, 2017

The New Testament and Birth Control

According to George Sim Johnson at the Catholic Thing, the answer is likely yes.

About contraception, a Catholic couple can easily succumb to what might be called the bourgeois temptation: Christianity is fine so long as it makes no demands. But what if the Church’s teachings about contraception are true? What if they are part of revelation and the Bible?

St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians uses a certain Greek word: pharmakeia. It is usually translated as “sorcery” and appears in a catalogue of sins that Paul condemns as “works of the flesh”: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger. (5:19-21). The list is long and invites devout skimming. Yet each word was put there by the Holy Spirit for a reason and is meant to be unpacked.

Sorcery was a problem around the 54 A. D., when St. Paul wrote his letter. In his invaluable book, Sex and the Marriage Covenant, John F. Kippley points out that pharmakeia may also refer to artificial birth control:

“Pharmakeia” in general was the mixing of various potions for secret purposes, and it is known that potions were mixed in the first century A.D. to prevent or stop a pregnancy. The typical translation as “sorcery” may not reveal all of the specific practices condemned by the New Testament. In all three of the passages in which it appears, it is in a context condemning sexual immorality; two of the three passages also condemn murder (Gal 5:19-26; Rev 9:21, 21:8). Thus it is very possible that there are three New Testament passages condemning the use of the products of “pharmakeia” for birth control purposes.

Posted by: frroberts | July 18, 2017

Marian thoughts, part I

“It is a more excellent benefit to preserve a person from evil than to permit him to fall into it and then to redeem him from it.”

Bl. John Duns Scotus

Posted by: frroberts | July 17, 2017

Mass intentions for the week

Monday Fr. Thomas Murphy

Tuesday Claracille Kline

Wednesday Neil Kline

Thursday-Saturday Pamela Cintas

Posted by: frroberts | July 17, 2017

Sermon cast: incorruption!

Posted by: frroberts | July 17, 2017

More Catholic Eye Candy

 

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Posted by: frroberts | July 17, 2017

Marian thoughts

I shall put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; it will bruise your head and you will strike its heel.’ Gen. 3:15

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