2/13/2018

from Amy Welborn


Horrifyingly real

The Prince of Lies hates us and hates our humanity: “for God created man for incorruption, and made him in the image of his own eternity, but through the devil’s envy death entered the world.” (Wis 2:23-24) So God warned the Israelites against, among others, the bizarre and demonic ritual of child sacrifice to the demon Molech [Moloch]: “You shall not give any of your children to devote them by fire to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.” (Lev 18:21)

 Through the Prophet Jeremiah the Lord continued to condemn the abomination: “And they have built the high place of Topheth [Moloch], which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I did not command, nor did it come into my mind.” (Jeremiah 7:31) The 12th-century rabbi Rashi comments: “Tophet is Moloch, which was made of brass; and they heated him from his lower parts; and his hands being stretched out, and made hot, they put the child between his hands, and it was burnt; when it vehemently cried out; but the priests beat a drum, that the father might not hear the voice of his son, and his heart might not be moved.”

The sacrifices took place in the Valley of Hinnom outside of Jerusalem, known as Gehenna, the metaphor Jesus would use for the pains of Hell. The beating drum distracting parents from the cries of their children is an eerie but important detail. The Devil needed a distraction as the evil was being done. He has become much more sophisticated today with diversionary tactics and we remain remarkably susceptible to them.

 -from the Catholic Thing post by Jerry Pokorsky

2/09/2018

Tally Ho!

The new Vatican News website has become the central hub for information coming out of the Holy See, and the consolidation process has been long coming and so badly needed. The digital continent must be boldly evangelized!

12/05/2017

Links for later

http://thefederalist.com/2017/11/03/research-proves-no-1-social-justice-imperative-marriage/

https://dwightlongenecker.com/relics-in-the-altar-where-is-that-in-the-bible/

https://dwightlongenecker.com/would-jesus-recognize-catholic-worship/

http://blog.adw.org/2017/11/the-biblical-roots-of-the-liturgy/

https://www.wordonfire.org/resources/article/paul-vi-prophet/5658/

Advent

https://dwightlongenecker.com/shop/the-mystery-of-the-magi/

https://angelusnews.com/content/awake-to-the-adventure-of-advent

11/19/2017

Domestic church

In the speech of Cardinal Amato at yesterday's beatification, I heard him say one thing that perked up my ears. He described the upbringing of Blessed Solanus in a devout family, and then when he got to the part about entering the Capuchins, he said that Bernard Casey moved "from one community of faith to another" and that made my heart sing! To describe the domestic church as equivalent to a religious community...that's my life's work.

11/04/2017

register by Nov 30

I really want to go to this symposium, April 4-6, but I'm not sure I can afford it.

11/02/2017

Purgatory patiently parsed

Julie K over at Happy Catholic has a great explanation at Purgatory 101.

11/01/2017

for all the saints

http://www.ucatholic.com/blog/do-catholics-believe-in-ghosts/

https://churchpop.com/2017/10/27/real-but-dangerous-a-catholic-account-of-ghosts/

http://catholicexchange.com/seven-souls-pray-november

10/13/2017

October 13

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/joseph-pronechen/fatimas-little-known-miracles-with-earth-and-water

10/10/2017

Links for later

https://churchpop.com/2017/10/02/the-5-effects-of-the-sacrament-of-confirmation/

http://www.hprweb.com/2017/09/encountering-christs-love-in-the-sacraments/

https://aleteia.org/2017/10/04/the-bibles-not-enough/

http://www.catholicstand.com/persecution-the-eighth-beatitude/

https://www.catholic.com/magazine/online-edition/the-science-of-angels

https://byrslf.co/thoughts-on-the-vegas-shooting-14af397cee2c

9/20/2017

The end of the world

as I have known it and devoted myself to it:

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/pope-francis-sets-up-new-john-paul-ii-institute-on-marriage-and-family


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