Thursday, June 24, 2010

Early Christian Devotion to the Saints: An Archeological Fact

According to a CNS Story, devotion to the saints, complete with depicting IMAGES of them, recently thought by radical protestants to be "idolotrous" was actually practiced in the early Church, long before the middle ages and long before the radical protestant rebellion. An excerpt from the article states:

At Rome's Catacombs of St. Thecla, in the burial chamber of a Roman noblewoman, they have discovered what they said are the oldest existing paintings of Sts. Peter, Paul, Andrew and John.

Saint Thecla, according to Catholic Encyclopedia, was a virgin of Iconium who converted to Christianity and led to dedicating a life to perpetual virginity by the preaching of the Apostle Paul. She followed the Apostle Paul to Antioch and then to Myra surviving the persecutions from death at the stake then from death by wild beasts. Modern day Catholic religious orders continue make vows of chastity in line with the tradition that the Apostle Paul inspired and in conformity with the admonitions of our Lord Himself when He said:

"Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." Matthew 10:37-39

Monday, June 14, 2010

Hyundai: 'Roman Catholics Need Not Apply'

This is essentially the message the carmaker Hyundai wants to deliver to Catholics - 'don't buy our cars'. And rightly so, after Our Lord advised all Christians to refrain from giving our wealth to those who would use it to trample you under your feet when He

"Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces."
Matthew 7:6

I refuse to even post the commercial, the ad is so insulting. To get an idea of how low Hyundai has drug themselves to, an article by Gregg Burke recalls the ad in detail:

The ad begins with singing in Latin, and depicts an Argentine “church” – complete with a stained-glass window of a soccer ball -- in which the wildly popular sport is clearly what’s being worshipped.

Hyundai then insults our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament . . .

by showing “worshippers” on their knees receiving slices of pizza rather than the communion host.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

How to Dress for Mass: the Archdiocese of Washington Sets the Standard

According to the Archdiocese of Washington website and reported by Spirit Daily, the very Rev. Msgr. Charles Pope sets down some foundational principles. Click here for article.