Christian Unity – Covenant and Priesthood

+JMJ+ Welcome to Day 6 in our Octave of Christian Unity series of posts. Keywords today are: People of God, laity and priests, and covenant. Another good way of thinking of our relationship to the Lord, and, from what I remember of listening to and reading Scott Hahn, a better translation of the phrase used in Scripture, would be “Family of God.” As always, any notes and links will be at the end of the post.

“Christians are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a people set apart for Jesus Christ.”

ICWG, vol. 6, p. 51
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Christian Unity, Day 5, Jan 22

Welcome to Day 5 in the Octave of Christian Unity. I’m going to try something different tonight. I’ve been posting a Live Rosary Thread on Twitter (follow me on Twitter) for months now (this time around; I posted an earlier round for nine months from Summer 2018 to Easter Vigil 2019 the first time around). Tonight I devoted the Rosary thread to ending the culture of death and the Coronavirus crisis, and prayed for the Church and our country, too. I’m going to try to embed the thread here in this post and give my eyes a rest for the rest of the night. They’re dealing me fits. So here goes. Let’s see if it works. (Note: Success! It worked!)

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Christian Unity – Foundation

+JMJ+ Welcome to Day 4 of the Octave of Christian Unity. In Conversation with God,* by Fr. Francis Fernandez Carvajal, is what I’m using as a jumping off place for this series of posts. I’ll refer to it as ICWG with volume & page number hereafter, or Ibid. Tonight’s keyword is Foundation, specifically, the Foundation of our Unity. Notes and links will be at the end of the post.

This chapter of the book begins with this sentence.

“The primacy of Peter is realized in the Church in the person of the Roman Pontiff.”

ICWG, vol 6, p. 39.
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The Story of Salvation – Part 2

+JMJ+ Welcome to the second post in our new Thursday series, The Story of Salvation. I’d like to begin with a prayer. I’ll pray the Come, Holy Spirit prayer. Pray with me if you like, use the same prayer or one of your choice. When you’re ready, meet me back here.

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Christian Unity – Deposit of Faith

+JMJ+ Welcome to Day 3 of the Octave of Christian Unity. I’m using a meditation book as a jumping off place for this series of posts, In Conversation with God,* by Fr. Francis Fernandez Carvajal. (I’ll refer to it as ICWG with volume & page number hereafter, or Ibid. You know, standard stuff, or as close to standard as I usually get. Notes and links will be at the end of the post.) In this post we’ll be looking at the deposit of faith and ecumenism.

“Ecumenical dialogue needs to be based on a sincere love for divine truth.”.

ICWG, vol. 6, 33
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Christian Unity – Vine and branch

+JMJ+ Welcome to Day 2 of a special series of posts for the Octave of Christian Unity.  I’m using one of my favorite meditation starters, In Conversation with God (ICWG hereafter), a seven-volume set published by Scepter, written by Fr. Francis Fernandez Carvajal. I’ve used it for years and it never gets old. As always, you’ll find notes and links at the end of this post.

The first image Fr. Carvajal mentions in this day’s meditation is the image of the Vine and the branches. He says that there was a sculpture of an immense golden vine in the vestibule of the Temple. So Jesus here is using an image familiar to His disciples. If the branches remain on the vine, they thrive. But if they are removed, they dry up and wither. (ICWG, vol. 6, p. 27.)

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Entry form for Giveaway is working now

Sigh. I knew I should’ve tested that form last night, er, this morning. Oh, well, it’s working now. If you tried earlier and got an error message, I apologize. There was a step in the form-making process that I didn’t realize was there. It’s all fixed now, I tested it just now. Go to the Winter Giveaway 2021 page.

Week of Christian Unity

+JMJ+ This is the first post in a short series for the Week or Octave of Christian Unity. The practice of praying for several days for Christian Unity goes back—well, in a sense it goes all the way back to Jesus and the Apostles, but this particular practice goes back to 1897, though it was then observed during the nine days between the Ascension and Pentecost. These days we observe it “during the octave which precedes the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul on January 25.” So it begins today, Monday, January 18. 

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New series exploring salvation history

+JMJ+ Welcome to the introduction of a new Thursday series where we will explore the Story of Salvation. I’ve been wanting to write about the Bible and salvation history for some time now but have only mentioned it here and there in the past. When I was a kid (either in the 7th or 8th grade or maybe a freshman in high school) and a Methodist, I read the Bible straight through. I’d gotten one at church and, bookworm that I was (and am), I set myself the goal of reading it from cover to cover. And I did. I didn’t understand most of what I read, but I kept at it. Parts of it were beautiful and I’ve maintained my love of the Psalms to this day. 

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Aiming at Sainthood

Greetings! I gotta tell you about Matthew Leonard’s Next Level Catholic Academy! If you’ve watched any of the videos he’s done with the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and Scott Hahn, then you know this is going to be good. And it is. I signed up this weekend so I could get the special price with a one month trial period. And I’m so glad I did! I’m not an affiliate and I don’t make any commission on this, I’m just very excited about it and I like to share things that I think are of high quality and that are helpful. And who doesn’t need some help learning how to become a saint?

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A new year and a renewed focus

+JMJ+ Two things for tonight: first, a note about the virtual Catholic Bible conference that starts tomorrow. I registered already and then ran over here to tell you about it. Looks really interesting and I’m excited about it. Second, I’ve been working on a blog plan for the year and I’m looking forward to that, too.

There will be lots of free content at the Catholic Bible conference, I think, and a premium tier gets you continuing access to the content with downloadables and such. That’s what I need, something I can access way after the thing is over because I can hardly ever sit down and pay attention while these things are actually happening. More about the Take and Read: A Journey Into the Bible and a video below.

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Re-Reading the New Age Series – Part 8 – The Course

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 8 of the continuing series, Re-Reading the New Age. We’re currently beginning to explore A Course In Miracles (ACIM) from a Catholic perspective. I found some really good articles about the Course from a Catholic perspective. I linked to them in part 7, but I had only read a little of them then. I spent yesterday and today reading and thinking, getting ready to go directly to the text. But I’ll need to pray a few rosaries first. For now I’ll share some quotes from them. It’s important to get this information out there to help as many people as we can to stay away from (or get out of) the ACIM and its false Christ trap, and away from or out of the New Age movement altogether. I was in that trap for years, I know how it is, how easy it is to fall into it, how difficult to get out.

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