Dear friends, I thought you would love to read this piece. Ciao and remain blessed.
The little difficulties in life are intended to make us better, not bitter.
"We ought to love the Blessed Virgin very much. If you invoke the Blessed Virgin when you are tempted, she will come at once to your help, and Satan will leave you. The Blessed Virgin is like a good mother who, not content with looking after all her children in general, watches over each one separately." ~ St. John Vianney Cure of Ars
Kiev, July 20, Interfax - A monument to Pope John Paul II of Rome has been opened beside the Carmelite church at the Bilshivtsy village near Ivano-Frankovsk in Ukraine.
It was blessed during the celebrations devoted to the 230 anniversary of the coronation of the miracle-working Bilshivtsy Icon of the Mother of God.
Officiating at the blessing was Bishop Maryan Muchek of the Lvov diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, MIGnews.com.ua has reported.
The monument was designed by architect Jacek Wieslawovic of Krakow.
La Tunica Stracciata has put up a podcast with the sung propers (Classical Rite) for next Sunday's (Mass 9th after Pentecost). Presumably this is updated each week.
There is also a link to a pdf of the relevant pages of the Graduale Romanum which can be printed off.
St. Mary Magdalene
Patroness Saint of The Remnant Web Site
Perhaps this is because she is one of those most favored souls who actually walked with Our Lord, witnessed His passion and death, and yet kept the faith after witnessing the horrors of the Crucifixion. “God is dead,” the Romans told her…but she paid no mind then even as we should pay no mind now, when so many claim the same.
In a time of discouragement and loss of faith, Magdalene emerges as the powerful patroness of hope and perseverance. She is not a doctor of the Church, but she shows what love of Christ can attain, even for poor, ignorant sinners, and how God crowns such love with His predilection. Her books were the Soul and the Sacred Humanity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and her wisdom was Eternal Wisdom Itself.
She is also the one who wept for Christ because she could not find Him. "The Angels said to her 'Woman, why are you weeping?' She said to them ‘Because they have taken away my Lord and I do not know where they have laid Him'.’ ” And for the sake of her enduring, faithful love, she was chosen by Our Lord to be an Apostle to the Apostles. It fell to St. Mary Magdalene to announce the Good News of the Resurrection to the bewildered, discouraged apostles who had hidden themselves away in the upper room "for fear of the Jews...."
Today, as our churches close their doors, our families divide, our Mass disappears, our world becomes plagued by war, we, too, do not know where to find Him. And hope becomes the virtue that is the assailed the most. And so it seems most fitting to turn to those who retained Hope, even during the darkest hours in human history. Some say ours is the worst time in history, and yet what must it have been like for Magdalene at that cataclysmic moment when the Messiah breathed His last breath and gave up His spirit?
This great saint saw the physical Body of Our Lord expire on the Cross before her eyes. And, yet, far from despairing on that first Good Friday, she wept and prayed and never ceased to seek His Adorable Face. His death on the Cross did not crush her faith, her love or her hope. What cause have we, then, to despair, even as the Mystical Body of Christ seems to be expiring (in its human element) before our eyes? Easter Sunday will come…Mary knew it and so must we.
One of the most frequent barbs tradition-minded Catholics suffer these days is the accusation that we, in our arrogance, see ourselves as “more Catholic than the Church”. If there be any truth to this charge it is to be sadly lamented. But one wonders if Mary wasn’t accused of something similar, standing as she did beneath the cross after all but one of the apostles had fled. Who is she? Who does she think she is? Peter isn’t even there!
If there is a defense we could raise in our own behalf, it is this: It was love, not arrogance, that inspired Mary to stand at the foot of the Cross even when Peter was absent; so, too, it is love—love for Our Lord and His Church—that inspires Catholics today to cling to the Church of the ages, even, alas, when most of the “apostles” seem to be hiding for fear of the Jews.
And lest this be confused with illusions of grandeur or holiness, we hasten to admit that fear, too, is a motivator. We’re afraid to depart from tradition for fear that our faith will fail us. If salvation was so difficult in centuries past—back when there were still the glory of the Tridentine Masses offered daily throughout the world; devotions; countless nuns; monks; good Catholic schools; thriving, orthodox parishes, priests and seminaries—how endangered must our souls be now when only a shell of the great Catholic fortress remains standing?
Who among us is fool enough to presume that salvation is easily within our grasp when the bulwarks of the old Faith that stood strong for a thousand years have been crushed? We remain paralyzed with fear, our arms wrapped around Tradition like Mary’s around the Cross. What else can we do?
We look at the crisis within our Church and we see therein the passion of the Mystical Body of Christ unfolding before our eyes. And in the darkness that is falling again, we plead as Mary might have: Dear Jesus, we are not strong enough to be without You; we are so afraid of the Romans. Permit us to remain here with You where it is safe.
We are sinners whose only hope for salvation lies in clinging to the old ways, the traditional Mass and the pre-Vatican II teachings that safely ushered a million saints and more souls than we can count through this vale of tears.
Thomas Aquinas may have reasoned his way to the Cross; St. Teresa prayed her way there; St. Joan of Arc obeyed even unto the Cross; the Cure of Ars and St. John of the Cross rode there on the backs of their great virtue.
But sinners like we can only hope to find our way as Mary did…through Divine mercy and forgiveness. Our prayer can only be that He will see our pitiful weakness, pick us up and ask His mother to take our hands and lead us to the Cross.
In the end, Mary was so alone in the wilderness that she had to receive Communion from an Angel. She lived in a cave and was cut off from her home by a vast sea. How many abandoned Catholics today cannot return to their parishes because of the vast sea of modernism that lies between them and their beloved home? How many know not whence their next Holy Communion will come and so pray that Angels will be at their side in the stifling darkness of the cave that is the modern world. Again, Mary knows what it’s like.
Here, then, is a short account of Mary’s life. May she be with us always, and may her story remind us forever of the boundless mercy of God, without which we sinners have no chance of seeing God in paradise.
St. Mary Magdalene
St. Mary Magdalene is called "the Penitent". She was given the name 'Magdalene' because, though a Jewish girl, she lived in a Gentile town called Magdalene, in northern Galilee, and her culture and manners were those of a Gentile.
St. Luke records that she was a notorious sinner, and had seven devils removed from her. She was present at Our Lord’s Crucifixion, and with Joanna and Mary, the mother of James and Salome, she was the first at Jesus' empty tomb.
Fourteen years after Our Lord's death, St. Mary was put in a boat by the Jews without sails or oars – along with Sts. Lazarus and Martha, Maximin (who baptized her), Sidonius ("the man born blind"), her maid Sera, and the body of St. Anne, the mother of the Blessed Virgin. They were sent drifting out to sea and landed on the shores of Southern France, where St. Mary spent the rest of her life as a contemplative in a cave known as Sainte-Baume.
She was given the Holy Eucharist daily by angels as her only food, and died when she was 72. She was transported miraculously, just before she died, to the chapel of St. Maximin, where she received the last sacraments.
St. Mary Magdalene was well known as a sinner when she first saw Our Lord. She was very beautiful and very proud, but after she met Jesus, she felt great sorrow for her evil life. When Jesus went to supper at the home of a rich man named Simon, Mary came to weep at His feet. Then with her long beautiful hair, she wiped His feet dry and anointed them with expensive oils.
The Pharisees were shocked that Jesus let such a sinner touch Him, but Our Lord could see into Mary's heart, and He said: "Her sins, many as they are, shall be forgiven her, because she has loved much. But he to whom little if forgiven, loves little." Then to Mary He said kindly, "Thy faith has saved thee; go in peace."
From then on, with the other holy women, Mary humbly served Jesus and His Apostles. When Our Lord was crucified, she was there at the foot of His cross, unafraid for herself, and thinking only of His sufferings. No wonder Jesus said of her: "she has loved much." After Jesus' body had been placed in the tomb, Mary went to anoint it with spices early Easter Sunday morning. Not finding the Body, she began to weep, and seeing someone whom she thought was the gardener, she asked him if he knew where the Body of her beloved Master had been taken.
When she had said this she turned round and beheld Jesus standing there, and she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why art thou weeping? Whom dost thou seek?” She, thinking that he was the gardener, said to him, “Sir, if thou has removed him, tell me where thou hast laid him and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” Turning, she said to him, “Rabboni!” Jesus said to her, “Do not touch me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father, but go to my brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene came, and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord and these things he said to me.”
John, 20: 15-18
The Gospels show that Mary, the repentant one, was chosen by Our Lord himself to announce the Good News of the Resurrection to Peter and the apostles. Hers was an honor so great that in the early centuries of the Church, Mary Magdalene's feast was celebrated with the Mass of an Apostle.
We can ask St. Mary Magdalene to give us grateful and repentant hearts. If we love Jesus as she did, nothing good will be denied us and even the greatest sins will be overcome.St. Mary Magdalene, Pray for us!
Your Superpower Should Be Manipulating Electricity
You're highly reactive, energetic, and super charged.
If the occasion calls for it, you can go from 0 to 60 in a split second.
But you don't harness your energy unless you truly need to.
And because of this, people are often surprised by what you are capable of.
Why you would be a good superhero: You have the stamina to fight enemies for days
Your biggest problem as a superhero: As with your normal life, people would continue to underestimate you
If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. (Matt 16:24)
…all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life… (I Jn 2:26)
Because of personal hurts and the ultrahigh stakes of eternal salvation or damnation, many followers of Jesus are brokenhearted and deeply concerned about the salvation of their children, parents, family members, or friends. If you are brokenhearted because your loved ones don't know the Lord, be thankful that you have faith enough and love enough to care. The Lord will not forsake you.
Give your life to Jesus and then give your spouses, children, family, and friends to the Lord. "Cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you" (1 Pt 5:7). At the great family reunion in heaven, the Lord will gather your family members, and we have reason to hope that not one will be missing.
We usually focus on the sinfulness and stubbornness of loved ones who are not totally committed to Jesus. However, we should first remove the plank from our own eyes before taking the speck out of theirs (Mt 7:5). Let's focus on our sinfulness, go to Confession, forgive, and be forgiven. Then we should commit or recommit our lives to the Lord and ask for the Spirit to be stirred up in us (see 2 Tm 1:6-7). Also, we should surround ourselves with a cloud of witnesses (Heb 12:1) — faith-filled people who will support us in prayer.
All this prepares us to be effective ministers of God's grace for our loved ones. When our lives are in order — under His lordship, in the power of the Spirit, and in unity with Christ's body — then we may be called to pray and possibly fast for an extended time. Often the Lord calls us to a novena, nine days of prayer. In this novena, we pray not so much for other persons as for ourselves. We pray and fast to be freed from false impressions, negative feelings, condemning attitudes, and lack of faith (see Is 58:6). We want to see our family in a new way — God's way. We pray for ourselves to love our loved ones unconditionally. We probably love them in some way, but not with God's agape love. And without this kind of love, nothing we do will work (1 Cor 13:3). We begin by praying for ourselves to receive unconditional love.
We must be sure the foundation is laid, if we are to be effective ministers of God's grace. When loved ones delay in coming to Christ, it is sometimes more our fault than theirs. Often we try to mold others before we have let God mold us. This makes matters worse and delays our loved ones' conversion. But when we've let God deal with us for an extended time and have opened up to receive His unconditional love, then we're ready to be used by God in leading our loved ones to Christ.
To transform others' lives, we simply must act according to our relationship with that person. For example, if you are a wife, you will lead your husband to Christ by the hidden beauty of your life (1 Pt 3:1-4). If you are a husband, you must take spiritual leadership, call your wife to obedience, and serve her sacrificially (Eph -26). If you are a parent, give your children prime time, personal attention, and affectionate love. Teach them, pray with and for them, and call them to obedience (Eph 6:4). If you are a child, you will win your parents to Christ by honoring and obeying them (Eph 6:1-2). If you are a brother or sister, be faithful and self-sacrificing. God has created these relationships; they are the primary ways in which He works.
When we act according to our relationships, we see the Lord moving powerfully. Usually the first reaction is resistance. Things get worse before they get better. The family becomes even more divided. Jesus came "for division. From now on, a household of five will be divided three against two and two against three; father will be split against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law against mother-in-law" (Lk 12:51-53). However, this division is part of the process of reordering the family. When something is put together wrong, it must be dismantled before it can be resembled properly.
During this time of division, we feel worse, worried, and fearful. The devil uses these circumstances to manipulate us into our taking back control of our lives and families. We are like fishermen who have thrown out our lines; but every time we're afraid, worried or resentful, we reel them in a little. Soon the cares we have "cast" on the Lord are back in our hands (see 1 Pt 5:7). Trust the Lord. Keep your family and loved ones in the nail-scarred hands of the crucified and glorified One, Jesus. He is your Savior and your family's Savior.
This article can be found at PRESENTATION MINISTRIES
When I read this a few moments ago, I knew that a Novena of love is what I'm being called to do and to pray and to fast for my family and friends. I've been very weak in the 'fasting' area. Needing to let God mold me and to be more docile to the Holy Spirit's promptings in my own life is what I must do. As stated above, I've been at times, trying to mold them, while I'm still clinging to my sinful behavior. Lord have mercy. I don't want to ever be a clanging gong...but I know at times I've been just that. I do mean well, but this was a "tough word" that I need. And I hope it will have fallen on fertile ground in my own heart and take root to accomplish what Jesus wants to do IN me so that the faults of others won't be so prominent before my eyes, but the plank in my eyes will be dealt with FIRST so that the Love of Christ in me can help to remove the remote, and tiny speck that is in the eye of my brother/sister.
Christ have mercy.
This is from John. I thought it was a superb.
I thought I would just do a short reflection on why, from a purely scriptural standpoint, Catholics believe that while salvation is a free gift of God’s grace, faith and works are both necessary responses to God’s grace.
Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God – not because of works, lest any man should boast.”
“Amen!” says the Catholic. We are saved by God’s grace and by God’s grace alone! It is not by works. It is not even by faith that we are saved. It is by God’s grace and God’s grace alone. Now, as this passage mentions, it is by God’s grace “through faith”, but it is not our faith that actually saves us. As the Council of Trent stated, nothing that comes before justification, whether faith or works, merits the grace of justification. Justification, salvation, is a free gift of God’s grace.
The fact that we believe, as Catholics, that salvation is a free gift from God and that we do absolutely nothing to merit this salvation, is nowhere better evidenced than in our practice of infant baptism. We believe that, through baptism, we receive salvation. The fact that infants can receive this gift of salvation through baptism is proof that we believe salvation is by God’s grace alone. An infant cannot perform works and cannot make a profession of faith. But, through the faith of the parents, the child, upon being baptized, receives salvation…he is saved.
1 Peter 3:21, “Baptism, which corresponds to this [Noah and his family being saved through water], now saves you…” And, in Titus 3:4-7, ”...but when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit, which He pooured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that we might be justified by His grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.”
“Baptism…now saves you.” That is a direct quote from 1 Peter 3:21. Baptism saves us. Also, the passage from Titus backs up what we believe – “[God} saved us…by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit…so that we might be justified by His grace.” What is the “washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit”? Baptism. John 3:5, ”...unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” Baptism. What happens in all 4 accounts of Jesus’ baptism (John 1:31-34; Luke 3:21-22; Mark 1:9-11; Matt 3:16-17)? After Jesus is baptized with water, the Holy Spirit descends upon Him. Water and the Spirit…Baptism.
So, what do we see quite clearly from Scripture? We see that Baptism involves water and the Spirit. We see that through Baptism we receive the Holy Spirit. Through baptism we are regenerated (Titus 3:5) or “born again” (John 3:3). Through Baptism we are saved. All by God’s grace alone. That is what we, as Catholics, believe.
But, salvation does not stop there. Unlike those who believe in once saved always saved, we do not believe salvation is a one-time event. We believe salvation is a process. That it is like running a race. We believe that after one’s initial justification – by God’s grace alone, through Baptism – one must continue to “abide” in Christ in order to be saved in the end. We believe one can lose their salvation by what they do or by what they don’t do. We believe that after one starts the race, they can indeed lose it.
So, we cannot earn our salvation by the works we do, or by the faith we have, but we can lose it if we do not do keep our faith and do not do the works that God requires of us. We can lose our salvation if we do not abide in Christ through our faith and works.
John 6:56, “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in me, and I in him.” We must eat His flesh and drink His blood in order to abide in Him…whether you interpret that in a literal sense or in a symbolic sense, it is still something we must do…a work…in order to abide in Christ.
John 15:4-6,10, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit. If a man does not abide in me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned…If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love…”
If you do not abide in Christ…if you do not bear good fruit and do not keep His commandments, what happens? You are cut off from Christ, wither, and are thrown into the fire to be burned. In other words, you lose your salvation. But, if you do bear good fruit and you do keep His commandments, you abide in Christ and are saved. But, what does it say about producing good fruit? It says the branches(us) cannot bear good fruit by themselves, it is only by being attached to the vine (the Body of Christ) that we can bear good fruit. Which is exactly the point I labored, apparently in vain, to convey to Joe Mizzi in our debate (see Issues #28-31 on the “Newsletter” page of the website).
All that is necessary to produce good fruit comes through the vine, but, the vine doesn’t do it alone…the vine produces fruit through the branches. What, then, is the difference between the branches that produce good fruit and those that don’t? Is it the vine? No. The vine is the same. So, the difference lies with the branches. Some branches cooperate with the vine…cooperate with the grace provided by Christ…allow Christ to work through them…and some branches don’t. So, as Catholics, we are very much in tune with Scripture when we say that, as branches of the vine, our good works are necessary for salvation, but they do not earn us salvation. In other words, we are not branches of the vine because of our good works, but we will not remain branches of the vine if we do not produce good works (fruit). It’s all right there in the Bible.
1 John 2:6, ”...he who says he abides in Him, ought to walk in the same way in which He walked.” We have to walk in the same way that Jesus walked in order to abide in Him. Sounds like a series of works, doesn’t it?
1 John 3:23-24, “And this is His commandment, that we should believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as He has commanded us. All who keep His commandments abide in Him, and He in them.” Believing and loving (faith and works). Keeping the commandments (works), enables us to abide in Christ. And we must abide in Christ in order to be saved.
1 John 4:15-16, “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we know and believe the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” Faith and love (works) allow us to abide in God and He is us.
2 John 9, “Any one who goes ahead and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God; he who abides in the doctrine has both the Father and the Son.” Abiding in correct doctrine (which falls into the works category) allows us to abide in Christ. If we do not abide in correct doctrine, we do not have God…we are not saved.
1 Tim 4:1, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by giving heed to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons.” We can depart from the faith…not abide in Christ…if we give heed to the doctrines of demons. Again, as we just saw in 2 John, believing or not believing certain doctrines causes us to “not have God.”
I guess that’s enough on “abiding” to show that the Scripture is very clear that we must abide in Christ…remain in Christ…in order to be saved, and that it is through faith and works that we abide in Christ. And, I hope I have shown, particularly from John 15 that while we do not become branches of the vine because of our works, we do, however, remain branches of the vine because of our works (fruits). In other words, we are not justified because of our good works, but we can lose our justification if we do not do the good works that God has prepared for us beforehand “that we should walk in them” (Eph 2:10). But, again, we can only produce fruit…do the works…by the grace of God. It is not us working, but Christ working in us and through us for His good pleasure (Phil 2:13). We, however, have to cooperate with…we have to work with…God’s grace in order for the fruit to be produced. We can block Christ from working in us and through us and we can block Him from producing good fruit.
What I want to do now is give you a number of other Scripture verses that show the importance of works in the process of our salvation:
Heb 12:14, “Strive for peace with all men, and for the holiness whithout which no one will see the Lord.” We won’t see the Lord if we aren’t holy, and we won’t be holy unless we strive for it. And listen to what it says just a few verses earlier:
Heb 12:10-11, ”...but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant; later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” God’s discipline yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Hebrews 13:4, “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled; for God will judge the immoral and adulterous.”
James 1:22, “Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
James 2:14, “What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him?”
James 2:20, “Do you want to be shown, you foolish fellow, that faith apart from works is barren?”
James 2:24, “You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.”
James 2:26, “For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so faith apart from works is dead.”
1 Ptr 1:17, “And if you invoke as Father Him Who judges each one impartially according to his deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile.”
Phil 2:12, ”...work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”
1 Ptr 3:10-11, “He that would love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking guile; let him turn away from evil and do right.”
Romans 2:6-7, “For He will render to every man according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, He will give eternal life.”
1 John 3:17, ”...he who does the will of God abides for ever.”
Matthew 7:21, “Not every one who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father Who is in heaven.”
1 John 3:17, “If any one has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”
James 2:15-17, “If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith, by itself, if it has no works, is dead.”
1 Tim 5:8, “If any one does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his own family, he has disowned the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
Matt 6:14-15, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive ment their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Matt 18:23-25 ”...and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you? And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your bgrother from your heart.”
Matt 25:14-30; and 31-46. The first set of verses is the parable of the talents. The servants who have faith in their master and do something with what he has given them “enter into the joy of their master.” However, the one servant who had faith in his master but did not do anything with what his master had given him…provided no return…produced no fruit…got tossed into the outer darkness. And this parable of the talents is immediately followed up with a description of the Last Judgment. Those who feed the poor, clothe the naked, etc. inherit the kingdom. Those who do not do these things, go into the eternal fire.
Luke 9:23, “If an man would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
I could go on and on and on, but I think we see a very clear connection, in Scripture, of the relationship between faith and works and salvation. God’s free gift of salvation is by His grace alone. However, we have to respond to this free gift with not just faith, but works, as well. As it says in James 2:26, both faith and works are necessary for life. God gives us the free gift, but we have to open the gift and put it to use. We do that through faith and works, not just faith alone. Or, as Galatians 5:6 puts it, “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is of any avail, but faith working through love.”
"Finally, the clerk stubbornly sold me the NAS Bible. I used it for decades until the binding fell apart. But the incident has long reminded me of the strange ideology in some sectors of Christianity — that before his ascension Jesus supervised the writing of the KJV (in Elizabethan prose), oversaw its printing on imported India paper, and approved the first edition leather bindings, before letting the Apostles organize a book signing. From that day on, I wondered where the Bible came from."
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This young man is 19. This surely gives me much hope for the youth and the "cleansing tide" washing out the sloppy theology that I came of age in..the late 60's and 70's were tragic, but I see the Holy Spirit is busy "cleaning house" with zealous youth bold and lions and gentle as lambs.