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Thomas Aquinas's leisure reading

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 19:49:28 GMT

Does anyone know what St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Bonaventure and St. Augustine read during their leisure hours (if any)? In particular, what do you speculate would be the Latin and Greek books read by them?

Pope " Mass in vernacular helps people understand God, live the faith

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:50:38 GMT An interesting article and I thought it might provide some fodder for discussion around here.

Is Evangelism A Waste of Time ??

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:42:28 GMT

I have several friends who, while not card carrying atheists, appear to be headed that way. We love to discuss and argue religion. They often pose questions to me that I can’t answer satisfactorily. Some of these questions are very disturbing. I’m stuck between trying to think up good answers or drop them from my friend list, a thing I would rather not do. The latest question I cannot answer goes something like this. Supposedly, God at this very moment knows exactly the ultimate fate of every alive human, either Heaven or Hell. Then, why would I as a potential evangelist, ever bother to go to some deep jungle in Borneo and try to spread the word of Christ and Christianity to the pagan cannibals I find there? I can’t possibly change the scheme God already has worked out. So why do I bother? How do I answer such a question?

Judaism & Catholicism

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:38:42 GMT

My family was Catholic five years ago. At that point, I converted to Judaism with 3 of my 4 children. My husband, who grew up Catholic had left the practice of the faith long before our conversion. My oldest child at the time, who was 13 decided not to convert. All of a sudden I am drawn to the rosary. This is no longer in line with my beliefs and I was unsure what to think. I am a very rational, calm person. Last week I prayed the rosary for the first time in years. And I felt an incredible peace. Am I losing my mind?? I love Judaism and can't articulate where these feelings are coming from.

Mortal sin?

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:25:05 GMT

Hi, I had to read an experiment for my college psychology class about Masters and Johnson's research on sexual activity and arousal and as I was reading it was making me aroused, but I had to keep reading it if I want to answer the questions about this experiment right on the test, is this a mortal sin? Thank you :)

AT&T to buy HBO, CNN, and the rest of Time Warner for more than $80 billion

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:03:46 GMT

Is complaining necessary for relationships?

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:13:52 GMT

Is complaining necessary for relationships... to put it more precisely, do people need to complain ( and not be ashamed or put down for it) in order to establish so called boundaries? No one likes to hear someone complaining. To live with someone who complains constantly is highly draining and depressing and annoying(angering). In articles I've read, it stated that its not the problems the complainer is stressing about, but that its their way of gaining empathy or affection and if one doesn't give that to them, they will complain louder and pour out another bucket of self pity.... The thing is, it is obviously a rather ineffective way of someone getting empathy or sympathy or affection, but even if this person asked outright for empathy or sympathy or affection, I still don't think they'd get it... who does that? (I don't even think that would be satisfying to either camp) Is their problem that they are asking for something they have no right in asking for?...

Aunt Kidney Disease

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:05:51 GMT

My aunt needs prayers please. She is in stage 5 of kidney disease which is really bad. She is in desperate need of a kidney. Her name is Ann Godin and she is on the kidney registry list. Please pray that one is found for her very very soon. Thank you.


Sat, 22 Oct 2016 16:50:27 GMT

Hello everyone, sorry to bother you, and thank you so much for previous prayers, could you pray again that I can persevere in faith and studies as I apply to medical residency. May I have the heart of St. Monica, enduring and trusting that God will bless me and give me peace when this is over. Thanks

Please pray for Reagan

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:58:32 GMT

a toddler who has down's syndrome as well as all other who have it and their caregivers. Thanks and God bless! Rocket

Fighting over liturgy distorts purpose of Mass, papal liturgist says

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:53:30 GMT

---Quote--- VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When a choir director and parish priest differ over liturgical music, the choir should follow in good faith the wishes of the priest for the sake of unity, said the papal liturgist. When it comes to celebrating the liturgy, “we should never fight,” Msgr. Guido Marini told choir members, directors and priests. “Otherwise, we distort the very nature” of what the people of God should be doing during the Mass, which is seeking to be “one body before the Lord.” The papal master of liturgical ceremonies spoke Oct. 21 at a conference opening a three-day jubilee for choirs. Hundreds of people involved in providing music for the liturgical celebrations in Italian dioceses and parishes — such as singers, organists and musicians — attended, as did directors of diocesan liturgy offices and schools of sacred music. ---End Quote---

Practicality of sola scriptura

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:01:31 GMT

Hey guys, I have a question. We know that sola scriptura is a relatively new invention, but I'm beginning to think about something. We know that Christ taught nothing in secret, and that the goal he gave to his disciples was to spread the gospel. So, could it simply be logical that sola scriptura is true, if everything that Christ taught is in scripture, why would we need anything else? God bless, Potato1237 :)

Thousands protest same-sex marriage law in Paris

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:45:57 GMT

---Quote--- Thousands of people took part in a demonstration in Paris this afternoon, Sunday, demanding the repeal of the Taubira law which legalized same-sex marriage. The demonstration, which comes only six months before the next French presidential election, was organizated by the ManifpourTous, an organization consisting of private citizens opposed to same-sex marriage. ManifpourTous has been relatively quiet over the past two years, but organizers say that they have become active again to put pressure on candidates in the presidential elections. ---End Quote---

FBI found mention of 'shadow govt' in Clinton emails...

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:07:22 GMT I read about this yesterday and to be honest was not shocked, but surprised it made it into the headlines, I find it amazing they are state dept officials though, although this would put them in the perfect position of control and manipulation. I just wonder if this is the same 'black arm of the govt' that was found by National security advisor Dick DaMato, Senator Byrd, back in the early 90s?

Dear Lord (Humor)

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:21:01 GMT

Dear Lord, Image: So far today, I'm - doing all right. I have not gossiped, lost my temper, been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or self-indulgent. I have not whined, complained, cursed, or eaten any chocolate. I have charged nothing on my credit card. But I will be getting out of bed in a minute, and I think that I will really need your help then. - unknown author

Acting inappropriately at church... mortal sin?

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:45:24 GMT

If I had a disagreement with someone inside a church, is this a sin?

Help Understanding Detraction

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:23:49 GMT

I am having some trouble understanding what classifies as detraction. Here's an example: Lets say I tell a friend at work a family story my mother told me about how her college English teacher corrected her character's purposefully bad grammar because she was a journalist. This was said with the intent of simply sharing a story, not to bring anyone down. :shrug: Would this be included detraction because it has the potential to hurt the English teacher (who probably is retired now anyway)?

For a woman who has had a stroke

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:57:00 GMT

Could someone please pray this woman makes a full recovery please.

Prayers for something important that's gone lost to be found

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:55:59 GMT

My sister has lost something very important of mine. Could anyone please pray that the item in question gets found/shows up please?:(

Was it a sin to laugh at a video poking fun of Penticostalism?

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:34:00 GMT

This was recommended to me via YouTube. It's a video of Evangelical/Pentecostal preachers knocking people over with the Holy Spirit with noises from the Street Fighter video game series in the background. As a former Pentecostal, looking back in from the outside, I found it hilarious. Afterwards I felt a little bad about laughing at a video poking fun at a religious belief some believe to be legitimate. Am I being scrupulous to feel guilty about finding it funny?

Judge blocks kapparot pre-Yom Kippur chicken ritual in Southern California

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:30:44 GMT

Jewish Telegrahic Agency ( ---Quote--- *Judge blocks kapparot pre-Yom Kippur chicken ritual in Southern California* A Los Angeles federal court judge ordered a preliminary injunction against performing kapparot, a Jewish pre-Yom Kippur ritual in which a chicken is swung by its legs and then slaughtered. U.S. District Judge Andre Birrote Jr. granted the injunction Friday in response to a lawsuit filed ( late last month on behalf of the Virginia-based United Poultry Concerns against the Chabad of Irvine and an unnamed rabbi. The judge set a hearing for Thursday at which Chabad Irvine is to have the chance to contest the injunction. Yom Kippur begins Tuesday evening and ends Wednesday night, so the ruling essentially...

EWTN TV: (John Paul II) Witness to Hope: 10/22 at 5:00 PM EST

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:25:32 GMT

*EWTN TV: WITNESS TO HOPE 10/22 at 5:00 PM ET* ---Quote--- An influential philosopher, poet, playwright, actor, mystic, and pastor, Pope John Paul II’s appeal and charisma reaches beyond his billion member flock, yet he remains one of the most controversial figures of our times. Based on George Weigel’s acclaimed biography, this is the most comprehensive and intimate film ever made about the pontiff, revealing the man from the inside not from the outside looking in. 2 hrs ---End Quote---

Self defense? Defending others?

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:55:51 GMT

Looks like a simple problem. Someone attacks you (or anyone else) with a visible intent to kill, like wielding a knife or brandishing a gun. The only way to thwart the attack is kill the attacker. If there would be any other way to prevent the intended killing, you would choose it. But there is none. In such a dire case you are entitled to use deadly force to defend yourself or the other person(s). The Church allows killing in self-defense (or defending others) - at least that is my understanding. :) If I am wrong, present some official document to the contrary. But life is not always simple. Suppose that someone is infected by some deadly virus - but he is immune to it. If this person would come into contact with others, the virus would propagate and kill untold many thousands or millions. If your only option to stop this is using deadly force - KILLING - would you be allowed to kill him? Unlike the explicit attacker, this person does not intend to kill anyone, he may even be...

Saint Francis Classes

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:10:09 GMT

Hello! I have recently started Saint Francis Third Order classes and am really interested in learning all I can about Saint Francis aside what I am already learning. I am hoping there could be on online class about Saint Francis somewhere and somebody here may know of one? Thank you for your time! Susan

Please pray for my mom with breast cancer.

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 02:46:40 GMT

Please pray for my Mom who has Parkinsons and now is having her second bout of breast cancer after having beat it in 2005. She is 78 years old, and in poor health. Thank you so much.

Please pray for Pam who committed suicide

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 02:41:15 GMT

Please pray for my co-worker Pam who committed suicide. She broke her neck a few years ago and was always in terrible pain. Her doctor told her she was a drug addict and was not going to give her any more pain medication. She wrote a six page letter and then shot herself. She was the type that would give her shirt off her back, very sweet. We are all in shock. Our hearts are broken. Lord, please have mercy on Pam.

Purim Festival?

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 02:40:42 GMT

I know the origin of the Jewish holiday Purim, and that it is related to Haman and Esther and all of that... I was wondering if Jesus would have taken part in observing it. It seems it involved dressing up in costumes, giving gifts, drinking wine, partying, and all for the celebration of the anniversary of the death of Haman. Somehow, I doubt very much Jesus would have celebrated this, and I've tried to research it, but I can't find anything and, once again, thought I would just ask on here.:rolleyes::o The only reason I care to know is that I'm writing another little novella about Mary's life, and I just wondered if Purim was something she and Jesus would have observed.

Is objective truth mathematics?

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:20:25 GMT

Lets define objective truth as a set mind independent rules that every state of truth can be derived from it. Now lets look at reality and see how well laws of physics describes the state and evolution of Cosmos. Laws of physics however is derivable from mathematics. So question which comes to mind is whether mathematics is objective truth. How do you define objective truth and do you think that mathematics could be objective truth?

The Consolation of Philosophy

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:34:12 GMT

I've started reading the Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius, and I'm enjoying it so far. I've found it to be very insightful, but I'm wanting to hear the opinions of others who've read it. I know some historians question the quality of his Christianity, and I'm wondering if there is anything unorthodox I should look out for.

help my 25 yr/o daughter is not responding well when asked to corporate at home

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:08:17 GMT

I have a beautiful 25 year old daughter who has been going through some terrible times. We have gladly wanted her to be at home until she discerned what to do next, but she has been really difficult to communicate with and even relate to. This has become a big issue as she has an issue with participating naturally in home life and chores around the house. We have given her some space to try to overcome her difficulties but she is responding bad and even using tantrum behaviours avoiding contributing. Currently not even trying to get a job. I am really concerned about the character she is developing. I feeI guilty because if she doesn't change I don't want her Living at home anymore. I feeI I have no authority in my own home. My husband is also very frustrated and feeIs it's a Iack of respect. I have tried being firm in my approach to my request to assist but nothing happens. I appreciate advice!! Thank you and many blessings

Please Pray For All Children

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:54:49 GMT

_*Matthew 18:5-6 (RSVCE)*_ 5 "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; 6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. :gopray: Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum: Benedicta tu in mulieribus et benedictus fructus ventris tui Jesu. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

Biden: ‘I wish we were in high school’ so I could take Trump ‘behind the gym’

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:45:56 GMT

---Quote--- A heated Vice President Joe Biden ( told a crowd Friday that he would challenge Donald Trump ( to a fight if they were still in high school. While campaigning for Hillary Clinton at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, Mr. Biden ( said the press was “always” asking him whether he would like to debate the Republican presidential nominee. ---End Quote---

A Relationship

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:43:41 GMT

I've tried to stifle it for a long time, but I still strongly desire a romantic relationship. Please pray that our Lord might send someone holy my way. Please also pray that I may be able to accept if our Lord says no. Thanks, all, you're in my prayers.

1,000 Clinton-Petraeus emails missing from records sent to State, FBI files show

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:29:23 GMT

1,000 Clinton-Petraeus emails missing from records sent to State, FBI files show ---Quote--- Roughly 1,000 emails between Hillary Clinton and Gen. David Petraeus were thought to be missing from the 30,000 emails provided by Clinton’s team to the State Department in December 2014, according to the newly released FBI investigative files. Additional documents obtained through a federal lawsuit by Judicial Watch show Clinton had directed Petraeus to send her emails at her personal address, which was used for all government work during her tenure as secretary of state. ---End Quote--- ---Quote---

How to respond when the Eucharist us mocked

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:21:46 GMT

How do you respond when someone begins mockin Catholic belief if the Real Presence? It is a hard thing to refute for me, because it takes much faith. Case-in-point: from the show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, one character says, "so you're telling me Jesus comes back to life every Sunday in the form of a bowl of crackers, and then you just proceed to eat the man?" How would you answerve this with logic and charity?