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  • Piety has to do with prayer indeed, but also with not rejecting opportunities to serve.

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  • 17 Arguments Against Sola Scriptura: Part 3

    The following excerpt is from “Apologetics and Catholic Doctrine” by Archbishop Michael Sheehan:

    (15) St Philip likewise did not counsel private interpretation. When the Ethiopian man in Acts 8:31 said, “How can I [understand the prophet Isaiah], unless someone guides me?”, St Philip did not say, as a good Protestant would have, “The Holy Spirit will enlighten you; keep on reading” -but in accordance with the need for an official and correct interpretation, St Philip began to instruct him in the true meaning of the prophecy and told him the Good News, after which the man was immediately baptized.

    (16) The practical proof of the insufficiency of the Bible as a rule of faith is the diversity of belief among Protestants, every extravagance of doctrine being professedly based on someone’s interpretation of the sacred text - and no agreed authority to settle disputes even over fundamental doctrines.

    (17) If every sincere interpretation is to be ascribed to the Holy Spirit, this can only mean that God the Holy Spirit inspires totally irreconcilable and contradictory understandings - and unthinkable absurdity.

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  • 17 Arguments Against Sola Scriptura: Part 2

    The following excerpt is from “Apologetics and Catholic Doctrine” by Archbishop Michael Sheehan:

    (7) The doctrine was completely unknown to the early Fathers of the Church. In face, they regularly appeal to ecclesiastical Tradition as a rule of faith in the interpretation of difficult and disputed texts.

    (8) The “Bible alone” doctrine was almost unheard of until Martin Luther in the 16th century after Christ.

    (9) If “Bible alone” be true, all Christians for up to fifteen centuries were in gross error as to the source of their faith, until God sent Luther to put Christians right. This means that, for all those centuries, Christ failed to keep His promise that the Holy Spirit would lead the Apostles to the whole truth and be with them forever, and that He Himself would be with them to the end of the world. As a result, the “Bible alone” doctrine destroys belief in Christ and the Bible.

    Private Interpretation. As to (b), there can be no obligation upon everyone to search for divine truth in the Bible, for the following reasons:

    (10) Christ never said that the ability to read was necessary for salvation. He never commanded us to discover by reading the Bible what we should believe. Such a command would have been a grievous hardship at a time when there were no printed books, when manuscripts were so expensive, and most people were illiterate. Mass literacy is a phenomenon only of the post-Renaissance age.

    (11) Since most people do not read Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, it is not the Bible itself, but a translation of the Bible that they will be reading. And God has not guaranteed the infallibility of flawlessness of any translation. Hence, again, the bible separated from the Church is no guide at all.

    (12) As every Biblical scholar knows perfectly well, there is no book in the world more difficult than the Bible. It is a sheer absurdity to say that ordinary people, with no knowledge of Hebrew or Greek, archeology, ancient history or the writings of the Fathers of the Church, are competent to interpret it.

    (13) The Bible refers to its own obscurity: St Peter himself says that in the epistles of St Paul there are “some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.” (Heb 5:11)

    (14) St Peter also rules out private interpretation: “no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but… from God.” (2 Pet 1:20)

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  • 17 Arguments Against Sola Scriptura: Part 1

    The following excerpt is from “Apologetics and Catholic Doctrine” by Archbishop Michael Sheehan:

    The doctrine of the Protestant Reformers that the Bible, privately interpreted by each reader, is the sole rule of faith, i.e., that it is the one and only sure and easy means of determining what we should believe, implies: (a) that all truths necessary for salvation are found in the Bible (principle of Sola Scriptura), and (b) that everyone can and ought to ascertain those truths for himself by reading the Bible (principle of Private Interpretation). For myriad reasons, both implications are false:

    Bible alone. As to (a), the Bible cannot be the only store-house of divine truth for the following reasons:

    (1) The Bible itself says nothing of the kind. In fact, it says the contrary. St. Paul writes to the Thessalonians, “So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.” (2 Thess 2:15). St Paul tells Timothy, “what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” (2 Tim 2:2). He tells the Thessalonians, “you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.” (1 Thess 4:2). Later he tells the Thessalonians that the man of sin will appear and, “you know what is restraining him now” (2 Thess 2:6) -but what that is must have been told them orally, for it nowhere appears in his letters. He also tells the Corinthians, “About the other things I will give directions when I come.” (1 Cor 11:34). And St John ends his Gospel: “But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” (Jn 21:25). He later closes a letter, “Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink, but I hope to come to see you and talk with you face to face.” (2 Jn 12). At the end of his third epistle, he says the same again (3 Jn 13).

    (2) The Bible itself gives us no satisfactory proof of its inspiration, or even a list of its contents. We require some living authority to say to us: “This collections of books, consisting of these parts, has God for its author.” The collection of books itself cannot say this. It was the living authority of the Church herself in the early centuries which gathered together the writings now called the New Testament and declared them to be inspired. But for her acceptance and recognition of them, their inspiration would have remained unacknowledged, and there would be no such book as that which is now known as the New Testament. As St Augustine said, “I would not believe in the Gospel had not the authority of the Catholic Church moved me to do so.” Catholics and Orthodox have several books in the Old Testament which Protestants exclude from theirs. Only a living authority can say whose list of books is correct.

    (3) Christ did not send the Apostle to write but to preach. Most of the Apostles wrote no inspired Scripture. They never came together to write a systematic book of all that they believed and taught.

    (4) Most of the New Testament did not begin to come into existence for two or three decades after the Ascension; was there no access to Christian truth before then? Yes: in the preaching of the Church - which preceded the writing of Sacred Scripture.

    (5) For three centuries after Christ there was no universal agreement over the authentic books of the New Testament.

    (6) The doctrine is of no practical help when, as in every generation, new questions arise and need an authoritative response which is not explicitly contained in the Bible. To choose but a few examples: what is Christian teaching on gambling, Sunday rest, repeating Baptism, organ transplants, praying to the Holy Spirit, telling a lie to protect the innocent? - none of which is mentioned in the Bible.

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  • 452 The name Jesus means “God saves”. the child born of the Virgin Mary is called Jesus, “for he will save his people from their sins” ( Mt 1:21): “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” ( Acts 4:12).

    453 The title “Christ” means “Anointed One” (Messiah).Jesus is the Christ, for “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power” ( Acts 10:38). He was the one “who is to come” ( Lk 7:19), the object of “the hope of Israel” ( Acts 28:20).

    454 The title “Son of God” signifies the unique and eternal relationship of Jesus Christ to God his Father: he is the only Son of the Father (cf Jn 1:14, 18; 3:16, 18); he is God himself (cf Jn 1:1). To be a Christian, one must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (cf Acts 8:37; 1 Jn 2:23).

    455 The title “Lord” indicates divine sovereignty. To confess or invoke Jesus as Lord is to believe in his divinity. “No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit’” ( I Cor 12:3).

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  • IV. Lord

    446 In the Greek translation of the Old Testament, the ineffable Hebrew name YHWH, by which God revealed himself to Moses,59 is rendered as Kyrios, “Lord”. From then on, “Lord” becomes the more usual name by which to indicate the divinity of Israel’s God. the New Testament uses this full sense of the title “Lord” both for the Father and - what is new - for Jesus, who is thereby recognized as God Himself.60

    447 Jesus ascribes this title to himself in a veiled way when he disputes with the Pharisees about the meaning of Psalm 110, but also in an explicit way when he addresses his apostles.61 Throughout his public life, he demonstrated his divine sovereignty by works of power over nature, illnesses, demons, death and sin.

    448 Very often in the Gospels people address Jesus as “Lord”. This title testifies to the respect and trust of those who approach him for help and healing.62 At the prompting of the Holy Spirit, “Lord” expresses the recognition of the divine mystery of Jesus.63 In the encounter with the risen Jesus, this title becomes adoration: “My Lord and my God!” It thus takes on a connotation of love and affection that remains proper to the Christian tradition: “It is the Lord!”64

    449 By attributing to Jesus the divine title “Lord”, the first confessions of the Church’s faith affirm from the beginning that the power, honour and glory due to God the Father are due also to Jesus, because “he was in the form of God”,65 and the Father manifested the sovereignty of Jesus by raising him from the dead and exalting him into his glory.66

    450 From the beginning of Christian history, the assertion of Christ’s lordship over the world and over history has implicitly recognized that man should not submit his personal freedom in an absolute manner to any earthly power, but only to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Caesar is not “the Lord”.67 “The Church… believes that the key, the centre and the purpose of the whole of man’s history is to be found in its Lord and Master.”68

    451 Christian prayer is characterized by the title “Lord”, whether in the invitation to prayer (“The Lord be with you”), its conclusion (“through Christ our Lord”) or the exclamation full of trust and hope: Maranatha (“Our Lord, come!”) or Maranatha (“Come, Lord!”) - “Amen Come Lord Jesus!”69

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  • question for catholic and orthodox gals who veil: i want to start once i can go to mass in person again, does it matter if its white or not? im looking on etsy and im not sure is it alright if its like grey or like some tasteful obviously subtle colour? thanks!

    #tais toi thérèse #catholic#faith tag
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  • It is not dependent on you to heal yourself. You do not have to fix yourself, present a perfect version of yourself. You, as you are, is what the Lord desires.

    It is not his plan to keep you in pain; He desires healing and freedom for you, regardless of what you believe. You are made for wholeness. The Lord desires to restore you to that.

    Let him lead you upon the waters. Let him take your hand and lead you into the dessert where he will provide your every need. Be not afraid.

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  • Well worn church kneeler Upon you our souls take flight In union with Christ

    #poem #poems on tumblr #poetry #poets on tumblr #catholic#haiku
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  • Loving those who judge us negatively is utterly impossible without prayer.

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  • Ver “Salve Regina (tono simple) | 450 voces – coro virtual | Música Católica” en YouTube

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  • Thinking about Him 😌💕 (the most holy Eucharist)

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  • Happy Feast Day
    Saint Gregory of Narek
    Doctor of the Church 
    c.950 - c.1005
     Feast Day: February 27 (Roman Rite) October 13 (Armenian Rite)

    Saint Gregory of Narek, the son of an Armenian Bishop, was raised and lived most of his life in the Monastery of Narekavank in Turkey, teaching, and writing. Gregory was a priest/monk, poet, theologian, mathematician, and scientist. He wrote the Encyclopedia of Prayer for all Nations, that’s considered a classic in Armenian literature. The Book of Lamentations, his masterpiece, was completed just before he died at age 90. Today he’s known as “the Watchful Angel in Human Form” because of the many miracles started with prayer. Pope Francis proclaimed him a Doctor of the Church in 2015.


    #St Gregory of Narek #Catholic#Catholc saints#Armenian Church #Doctor of the Church
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  • the most scandalous thing I’ve done all week was accidentally walk into church without a veil and I think that says a lot about me as a person but maybe not

    #catholic#2021 #(we have mandatory veiling at our parish btw) #(it’s lovely)
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  • Reforma

    #love #instagood #jesus #rafaelmillertatuagem #deus #jesuscristo #me #follow #selfie #lencoispaulista #jesuschrist #deusébomotempotodo #táamarradoemnomedejesus #instadaily #girl #vatican #smile #catholic #church #art #instalike #food #aleluia #igreja #family #amém  #likeforlike. (em Rafael Miller - Tatuagem)

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  • i don’t believe in god but i call myself catholic out of disrespect and spite

    #catholic#ex catholic #?? #sorry for being a butch dyke occultist dad #he had me baptised #not out of spite #but because his mother made him #but she did that out of spite #how many other tags can i reasonably add #very new to the tumblr thing #dyke #that should do it
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  • Could you please keep ‘C’ and his family in your prayers, C used to attend my church and I have been informed that he has recently passed away. 

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