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The term Lambeth Conference refers to the congregation of Anglican bishops which meets, usually every 10 years, to discuss matters of faith and doctrine. The conference does not issue decrees but only expresses the general opinion of the hierarchy of the Anglican church. Sponsored by the archbishop of Canterbury, the conference convenes at his London residence, Lambeth Palace. The bishops who attend belong to the world confederation of Anglican Churches known as the Anglican Communion.
It is through the Holy Eucharist which Jesus Christ instituted at the Last Supper, that both Christian families and Christian societies are provided with the means for the practice, lifelong practice of that selfless, if need be, heroic, Christ-like selfless charity
The foundation of the Christian family and of Christian society or more generically, of a Christian community, is the virtue in practice of selfless love.
In a broad sense, the expression "lay reader" refers to laymen within certain Protestant churches who lead the people in services where the regular minister needs help or is not available. It is an office that is most commonly associated, however, with the Anglican Communion.
It is remarkable what appeals to kindness and charity are made to repeal capital punishment. Two thousand years of the Churchs defense of capital punishment are brushed aside. Arguments are used to "prove" that capital punishment is inherently evil. No one questions the sincerity of those who claim that capital punishment is not justifiable. But their reasoning needs to be re-examined.
In the words of the first Pope: We do not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty (II Peter 1:16). That is what Salvation History is all about. It is about persons and places, words and events which are not cleverly devised myths. It is about facts and not fiction.
The Apostles' Creed was originally a profession of faith required of converts to Christianity before they were baptized. As a formula of belief, it goes back in substance, if not in words, to the twelve Apostles. This creed still remains the most common profession of the Christian faith in the world.
There are two mysteries of the faith on which we concentrate in this lesson namely, the true humanity of Jesus Christ, and the privileges of Mary, His Mother, who brought Him into the world. The first mystery, the true humanity of Jesus, part of world history, at a definite time, in a definite place. The events of His life are real facts and the words that He said are real speech. The second mystery, His Mother Mary, is also part of the history of the world. Being no less than her Son, the mystery of Mary not only builds on provable historical data and surpasses these data in five marvelous ways.
In covering the tenth article of the Apostle's Creed, the catechist should keep in mind that the sacraments of Baptism, Penance and Anointing of the Sick are the divinely-instituted means of forgiving sins. At this point in the religious instruction, it is better to focus on just one truth of our faith: that the Spirit of Christ, through the Church, now continues the same work of mercy that Jesus performed during His visible ministry in Palestine.
In your lesson, the main thing to keep in mind is that the foundation of Christianity is the faith, that this faith can be expressed in plain, ordinary language, and that the Apostles Creed is the most ancient and widely used summary of what Christians are to believe.
What needs to be emphasized is that the Ascension, no less than the Resurrection, was not something merely symbolic. Less still was it something which the disciples imagined. The Ascension took place at a given point of time in history, at a given place in geography.
Unlike most of the other Doctors of the Church, the Little Flower published very little. Her autobiography and letters are the main source of our knowledge of her teaching. She lived just twenty-four years and wrote her Story of a Soul under obedience to her Carmelite superiors.
If there is one event that changed the course of history it is the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. In the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, the meditation on Bethlehem is called, not a meditation but a contemplation on the Nativity. This means that the focus of this contemplation is on the persons and events which took place at Bethlehem. While the purpose of these reflections is not just to reflect or think about what happened but rather to apply the revealed meaning of the events of Bethlehem to our own spiritual lives. That is why we are calling this conference, "the Lessons of Bethlehem." And by lessons of Bethlehem we mean, the mind being enlightened in order that the will might be inspired here, inspired to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. What I will do in sequence is give a capsule title to each section of our contemplation as we go along.
"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all things to myself." It was from the height of His Cross that our
Lord first drew all the souls to Himself by redeeming them. But when our Lord uttered these words, He certainly also had in mind His
Eucharistic throne, to the foot of which He means to draw all souls so as to bind them there with the chains of His love.
The New Millennium of grace is already bringing a renewed interest of the faithful in the real presence of our Lord in the
Eucharist. This is a movement of the Holy Spirit in the Church in these times.
With this letter, I wholeheartedly commend to you the Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association which has as its noble purpose the
promotion of worship of the Most Blessed Sacrament, especially through the establishment of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in parishes.
Roman Catholic Church documents on the Eucharist and on Liturgy.
Links to Roman Catholic resources on Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration.
Catholic resources: general Catholic websites, Catholic reference books, and Catholic search tools.
Links to Catholic resources on Jesus.
The Eucharist, Eucharist in the Bible, Early Christians, Church Documents - Eucharist and Liturgy, Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration,
Mass and Liturgy, Jesus, Prayers, Ministries and Evangelization, and Catholic Resources.
Links to resources for Catholic Apologetics and Youth Ministries.
Links to Roman Catholic resources on Prayers and Devotions.
Links to Catholic Religious Orders that have Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration.
Resources that give an overview of the Eucharist, and resources pertaining to the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
Give me a Catholic fully realizing the doctrine of the Mass, really and truly living the grace of daily Mass, and I, too,
will show you someone who will be a saint at the hour of death.
Shortly before she died, she wrote, "I have never given the good God anything but love, and it is with love that He will repay. After my death, I will let fall a shower of roses. I will spend my heaven in doing good upon earth. My little way is the way of spiritual childhood, the way of trust and absolute self-surrender."
"Our purpose in this conference will be very simple. We shall first briefly explain what we mean by the liturgy. Then, at greater length, identify the sacraments. And finally, in the time at our disposal, show how the sacraments belong to the heart of the liturgy." - Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
Devotion to the Blessed Virgin is one of the cardinal features of a Catholic. And this devotion to our Blessed Mother must go far deeper than affective feeling. We can look at and check our devotion to Mary on six norms: the one who is devoted to our Blessed Mother thinks of her, reads about her, talks about her, speaks to her, invokes her and tries to imitate her.
"There is no single subject in spiritual literature that is more highly recommended or insisted upon as more indispensable than the spirit of recollection or living in God's presence
The important thing is, how do we grow or develop in this living in God's presence?" - Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
If we were to synthesize the Fatima message, it could be expressed in one sentence of the Blessed Virgin's: "Do whatever He (my Son) tells you" and you will be happy, already in this life and perfectly happy in the eternal life to come. The Fatima message is both a promise and a condition. Our Lady understands how the human heart is made to be happy. She also understands that our happiness is conditional. What is the core of the Fatima message? The heart of the Fatima message is a divine imperative. Sin leads to unhappiness. Stop sinning, repent of your sins and you will enjoy God's blessings in time and eternity.
Looking for Peace? Try Confession! This is a masterpiece of simplicity. It spells out what our risen Lord gave to us on Easter Sunday night. He appeared to His disciples and told them, "Peace be with you."
"The word "model" has been cheapened in the English language. Among other definitions in the latest third International Dictionary, a model is defined as "one who is employed to display clothes or merchandise, as in a fashion show, in a photograph or on television." Yet we know that a model is much more, and for our purpose is far more sublime. Model is a person worthy of imitation. A model is someone who is perfect and therefore serves as a pattern or standard for others to follow." - Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
Organized in 1962, the Lutheran Church in America is a consolidation of four Lutheran denominations whose origins go back to the middle of the nineteenth century. It began to function as a new juridical institution on January 1, 1963, and represents one of the principal Protestant mergers in the present generation.
The first Lutherans to make a permanent settlement in America came from Holland in 1623 to the Dutch New Netherlands (Manhattan Island), now part of New York City. The first Lutheran congregation in the Colonies was formed about l5 years later at Ft. Christina, now Wilmington, on the Delaware River.