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How to Understand Isaiah 7:14 in the Literal Context

How to Understand Isaiah 7:14 in the Literal Context

Introduction ogether with chapter six, chapter seven lays the groundwork for the entire book of Isaiah. These are linchpin chapters that must be valued and understood first for their literal meaning, so that the beginning, remainder, and all of the book can be understood harmoniously with the full Catholic sense of Scripture. The tropological, didactic

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The History of the Catholic Idea of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and a Series of Propositions on how Two Become One Flesh

The History of the Catholic Idea of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony  and a Series of Propositions on how Two Become One Flesh

Using sacred Scripture, writings from the fathers, councils, popes, doctors, Catholic theologians and those who are opposed to the Catholic teaching on the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, I intend to communicate the history of the Catholic idea of marriage and then offer a series of propositions on the role that grace and sacrificial love plays in husband and wife becoming one flesh through the Sacrament made specifically for it.

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The ‘Woe’ Exclamation of Jesus, Micah and Amos

The ‘Woe’ Exclamation of Jesus, Micah and Amos

A study of the prophetic prefatory exclamative ‘Woe’ is beneficial both to a study in Prophetic Literature, Christology, and New Testament studies as well. This short paper, will examine the usage of ‘woe’ (Heb. hoy; Gk. ouaf), and its use with the prophets Micah (2:1-5) and Amos (5:18-20) as a form of prophetic speech.

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Existence of and Salvation for Extraterrestrials

Existence of and Salvation for Extraterrestrials

Altogether, the initial relationship between science and faith seems to be incompatible in regards to this question. Initially faith is only concerned with what to do with the possibility of ET life existing, while science is only concerned with answering the questions of if and how ET life exists.

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The Four Fatal Errors of Sedevacantism

The Four Fatal Errors of Sedevacantism

Avoid Sedevacantism. I know it’s tempting. I know the hour we are living in. I understand why many Catholics are feeling like something is wrong; something in the air doesn’t smell right. I feel it myself and I think that is a legitimate sense, but the proper response is not heresy or abandoning the Church.

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A Mass-Centered Way to Talk About the Eucharist

A Mass-Centered Way to Talk About the Eucharist

This is a continuation of my Opportunities to Share the Faith series over at Catholic Lane. This is contemporary Catholic Apologetics, by which we share the faith in light of the Apostolic truth and the Mass; rather than post-Trent Apologetics where we share in the faith in dim light of Protestantism. I hope you enjoy!

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500 Years of Protestantism: The 38 Most Ridiculous Things Martin Luther Ever Wrote

500 Years of Protestantism: The 38 Most Ridiculous Things Martin Luther Ever Wrote

As we approach the five hundred year anniversary of the Protestant reformulation on October 31, 2017, it is good to look back examine how that all worked out for them. For, how are we to judge the fruit of tree over the last 500 years unless we first examine its seed? Therefore, let us start from the beginning and blink our eyes at the 33 Most Ridiculous things that Martin Luther, the illustrious Father of Protestantism and the Bible-Only (sola-scriptura) movement, said.

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On the Current Shape, Content, and Order of the Old Testament Canon – as an Approach to Halakah

On the Current Shape, Content, and Order of the Old Testament Canon – as an Approach to Halakah

When I say that the order the Old Testament has a theological chronology, what I am suggesting is that its order leads us not only into an appropriate encounter with God, but also leads us into how we ought to know God, and how we ought to walk with God. In this way, the Old Testament becomes a blueprint of the Halakhah (the way to walk with God, as revealed through oral and written tradition).

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Loving the Novus Ordo Mass: Presenting a Visible God

Loving the Novus Ordo Mass: Presenting a Visible God

Catholicism is actually the first and last religion that truly believes in the reality of a Present and Visible God, and where that belief is actually brought to life is at the Sacrifice of the Mass. And it absolutely doesn’t matter what type of liturgy you participate in – whether Eastern or Western, Latin or Novus Ordo – the Real Presence of God is not only on display and becomes real food at Mass, but the entire liturgy itself is geared and directed towards bringing the most out of that Divine Encounter.

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Loving the Novus Ordo Mass: Holy Things & Sacred Space

Loving the Novus Ordo Mass: Holy Things & Sacred Space

There is nothing more beautiful than the Catholic Mass. I’m a fan of beauty – a fan of symmetry, color, and proportion, but I have yet to find anything of the flesh or of the world that comes a billion miles close to matching the beauty of the Mass. If you have been a rote Catholic or a confused non-Catholic, just pay attention to how the Mass is a Divine encounter with holy spaces, things, and people from the beginning to the end at the Latin Rite Mass.

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Mary as Queen Mother, Ark of the New Covenant, and New Eve

Mary as Queen Mother, Ark of the New Covenant, and New Eve

The Ark of the Old Covenant contained the Decalogue (which is the Law/Word), a Pot of Manna (which was the bread from Heaven that sustained the life of the Hebrews during the Exodus), and Aaron’s Rod (which budded and convicted those who were grumbling against Moses). The Ark of the New Covenant, who is the Virgin Mary, contained Jesus (the Word of God and the Bread of Life – the new Manna from Heaven), and the Holy Spirit (which is Truth that convicts us).

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What the Bible Actually Says about Judging Others

What the Bible Actually Says about Judging Others

Despite common misconceptions – true love actually does cares enough to care. True loves does judge. True love is not apathetic. True love is not timid. True love does not allow sin to triumph over its object of love without a fight. True love doesn’t walk past a person dying without trying to aid them. True love desires you to be in Heaven – not in Hell – and will sacrifice anything to get you there. Therefore, if you have people in your life who are not judging you, but are just letting you commit all types of immorality without telling you are wrong, and not encouraging you to do better, then what you have in your life are people who do not truly love you, or who do not know how to love you as they ought.

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4 Reasons Why Artificial Birth Control is Immoral and Unnecessary

4 Reasons Why Artificial Birth Control is Immoral and Unnecessary

This article is going to offer four very clear reasons why artificial birth control (e.g. condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, intrauterine devices, oral contraceptives, patches, sterilizations, spermicide (only), sponge, and injections) is always immoral and unnecessary. As with my other articles, I will build my argument upon the natural law, sacred Scripture, and the teachings of the Catholic Church.

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The Biblical Roots of Catholic Confession

The Biblical Roots of Catholic Confession

The Sacrament of Catholic Penance & Reconciliation (Confession, as it is called) is not so strange once you fully consider it. In the Old Covenant God reconciled man to Himself through the sacrifice of priests, and in the New Covenant God, once and for all, reconciled man to Himself through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus, the High Priest. Yet, in spite of that, man continues to sin; therefore man needs constant forgiveness. This is why Jesus gave His New Covenant priests the authority to forgive or to retain sins in His name.

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The Reasonableness of Hell, and How to Avoid it

The Reasonableness of Hell, and How to Avoid it

Of the many pleasures in this life for us to have, there is no sinful pleasure or choice that is worth spending eternity in Hell for. Indeed, just as Hell is a decision, so is Heaven a decision, and there is nothing in this life more important to fight for than eternal life with God – anything less would be Hell.

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How Does Ritual Lead us to God?

How Does Ritual Lead us to God?

Ritual is a comprehensive action that is performed to convey a meaning that is intended to either be permanently impressed upon the mind of participant or to serve as a veiled mystery. Ritual is not something merely relegated to satanic, pagan, tribal, or secret initiation rites.

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The 4 Benefits of Chaste Courtship

The 4 Benefits of Chaste Courtship

In this modern culture and age of dating solely for the purposes finding someone to ‘hook-up’ with on a regular basis, the idea of courtship, let alone chaste courtship, is an odd if not completely unknown concept. Therefore, it would best serve the purposes of this article if I begin it by drawing the bright contrasts between hooking up, dating, courtship, and chaste courtship.

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