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"I Was Away from the Church for 17 Years. Now I want to Return. Where Do I Start?" What a Priest Said When A Man Asked This.

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:51:24 GMT

see http://wdtprs.com/blog/2017/03/ask-father-away-from-the-church-for-17-years-but-i-want-to-return/ "Your return to the Church and to reception of the sacraments is not complicated'" the priest said. "Go to confession! That’s it."



"The Synagague of Mary Magdalene" (Just Discovered in the Holy Land)

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:36:50 GMT

The city of Magdala in Israel and its synagogue were found recently. ---see http://www.romereports.com/2017/05/21/the-synagogue-of-mary-magdalene People did not have last names then--she is called Mary Magdalene because she was from Magdala. In fact, it is highly likely that Jesus preached in this very synagogue, as well. See http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.633141



To all Geeks I mean people who know Greek!

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:30:51 GMT

Jesus said he goes to "prepare a mansion for us." What does this word really mean? I mean does it mean mansion in the sense that we understand or a dwelling, one bedroom condo? Anyone know what that word mansion really means? I'm looking forward to mine ;);)



The Indissolubility of Marriage; the Joy of Loving Like God Loves.

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:12:48 GMT

The link below reveals what a bishop said about the lifetime bond of marriage, after his father died after his 73-year marriage-- see http://www.catholicsun.org/2016/11/20/the-indissolubility-of-marriage-the-joy-of-loving-like-god-loves/ "When in the Nicene Creed we profess our faith in the 'Father Almighty, Maker … of all things visible and invisible,' one of the most powerful invisible realities we should have in mind is the invisible but real and indissoluble bond put in place by God at the consent of man and woman in the covenant of sacramental marriage."



Manchester Arena bombing: Theresa May raises threat level, and troops to be deployed on Britain's streets

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:49:44 GMT

---Quote--- Given that a “further attack may be imminent”, as Theresa May told the nation tonight, the threat level has been raised to critical. That allows military personnel to be deployed on the streets of Britain to free up armed police resources to hunt down suspects. ---End Quote--- https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/live/2017/may/22/manchester-arena-ariana-grande-concert-explosion-england Edit: Please ignore MindyO's comments. This person seems to be a troll trying to ether promote their YoutTube videos or incite an up stir in the thread. I want to keep this thread on topic so please ignore this person.



Protestants reject Paul's teaching on Married/Celibate Clergy in 1 Tim 3:2?

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:48:06 GMT

Many times I've seen Protestants bring up Paul's statement that a pastor must be "the husband of one wife" as proof against a celibate priesthood, but here's a link to an article that addresses this, and even shows how it is Protestants who contradict Paul's teaching on this verse (1 Timothy 3:2). Do you think this is a valid apologetics rebuttal? :shrug: http://catholicnick.blogspot.com/2017/05/how-protestants-violate-pauls.html



Resumes: template or not?

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:29:20 GMT

I am writing my resume for a job search years after my last one, and I see there are all these fancy templates. Is a fancy resume what employers are expecting now? Mine is one that was above average 20 or 25 years ago, but no fancy graphics or anything like that. Maybe I should add that the job I am applying for is entry level. Thanks!!!!



Canadian Catholic marriage rite (vows wording)

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:35:13 GMT

I am in the process of making an anniversary gift for my wife but can't locate the pamphlet we got during marriage prep that listed all of the Liturgical options we had for the rite of marriage. It included the different choices we had for the readings, the psalms, had different examples of the vows, etc. I've wrote everyone I possibly could. The archdiocesan office, parish priest, parish secretary, music director who did our wedding and no one has it. I've all but given up. Does anyone here at least have the exact wording of the Canadian Catholic Church for wedding vows? I've only been able to find the USA ones online and am affraid the Canadian ones may be a tiny bit different wording (and as I'm making a gift with the words on it I want them to be exact)



Attack during sleep???

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:34:48 GMT

Hey - last night I was sleeping and felt like I was being attacked by something demonic. I cried out best I could in the name of Jesus to help. I felt a thud on my chest and then it felt lighter. I woke up and my left shin felt like it was on fire. My arms tingled and felt hot as well. I felt light and weird for hours after that. I haven't been out in the sun in ages so it isn't a sunburn feeling or something like that. It went away by morning. Anyone ever have this type of experience? :confused:



Jean-Thierry Ebogo: On the Road to Sainthood

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:30:27 GMT

*‘I only wanted to be healed so that I could become a priest’:* * African man on road to sainthood died before his priestly dream could come true* Day after day, little Jean-Thierry made ice from 20 liters of lemon juice to sell on the street. He never even took a tiny taste of it himself, no matter how dry his throat became from the heat and the dust.He was doing this to help his parents earn their livelihood, because the family was poor.But in his heart the little boy carried a big dream: He wanted to be like Jesus.And in order to achieve this, he wanted to become a priest.The boy who never took a taste of the lemon ice and who wanted to be like Jesus, never did become a priest.In 2006, he died at the age of only 23. But many other young men in Cameroon and its neighbouring countries have discovered their calling through him, because when Jean-Thierry Ebogo died, he was known for having lived a holy life or in fama sanctitatis ("with a reputation for holiness").The...



The Fifteen Prayers of St. Bridget for all of Christ's wounds from His Passion (3)

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:23:37 GMT

. . . continued from The Fifteen Prayers of St. Bridget for all of Christ's wounds from His Passion (2) *Fifteenth Prayer* One Our Father and one Hail Mary O Jesus! True and fruitful Vine! Remember the abundant outpouring of Blood which Thou didst so generously shed from Thy Sacred Body as juice from grapes in a wine press. From Thy Side, pierced with a lance by a soldier, blood and water issued forth until there was not left in Thy Body a single drop, and finally, like a bundle of myrrh lifted to the top of the Cross, Thy delicate flesh was destroyed, the very Substance of Thy Body withered, and the Marrow of Thy Bones dried up.



The Fifteen Prayers of St. Bridget for all of Christ's wounds from His Passion (2)

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:21:07 GMT

. . . continued from The Fifteen Prayers of St. Bridget for all of Christ's wounds from His Passion (1) *Sixth Prayer* One Our Father and one Hail Mary O Jesus! Beloved and most desirable King, remember the grief Thou didst suffer, when naked and like a common criminal, Thou was fastened and raised on the Cross, when all Thy relatives and friends abandoned Thee, except Thy Beloved Mother, who remained close to Thee during Thy agony and whom Thou didst entrust to Thy faithful disciple when Thou saideth to Mary: "Woman, behold thy son!" and to St. John: Son, behold thy Mother!" I beg of Thee O my Savior, by the sword of sorrow which pierced the soul of Thy holy Mother, to have compassion on me in all my affliction and tribulations, both corporal and spiritual, and to assist me in all my trials, and especially at the hour of my death. Amen.



Prayers for my friend whose mother is dying

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:14:23 GMT

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Some weeks ago I prayed for a friend whose Dad "Reg" was dying. "Reg" died and was buried 8 weeks ago. Today, I heard what seemed almost incredible news from this same friend -- God's ways are surely mysterious! My friend wrote: ---Quote--- Prayers please for my mother. Having buried my father eight weeks ago, she is now terminally ill with about eight weeks to live. Hard to describe the grief, but there is immense comfort in the knowledge of the kingdom of Heaven. ---End Quote--- Please join me in praying for this friend and brother in the Legion of Mary. I can only imagine his pain. His dear Mother also belongs to the Legion of Mary. Please keep them and all of their family and friends in your prayers. Thanks so much.



Bad Movie to Avoid

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:09:58 GMT

This is a revival of a thread from a few years back and an idea from another current thread. I realize the topic is not at all objective, but it might be fun to get differing opinions. So, I guess I need to try to think of my idea of the a Bad Movie to be avoided and use your time with something more constructive. :) I think I will start with: Jaws The Revenge.



The Fifteen Prayers of St. Bridget for all of Christ's wounds from His Passion (1)

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:08:22 GMT

The Fifteen Prayers of St. Bridget for all of Christ's wounds from His Passion each with an Our Father and a Hail Mary … Our Lord had revealed to St. Bridget that He received 5,480 blows to His Sacred Body during the Passion. Therefore, if one were to pray the 15 prayers daily for a year, along with 15 Our Fathers and Hail Marys, one would thereby have honored each of the wounds received. … It is entirely possible that the Divine knowledge, which knows the minutest details of the Passion, chose to communicate to St. Bridget the number of actual blows to edify the faithful and inspire them with a greater love of the suffering Redeemer. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ *First Prayer* One Our Father and one Hail Mary



Upon arrival, Trump sees Europe in stark terms

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:02:49 GMT

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40019013 ---Quote--- *Upon arrival, Trump sees Europe in stark terms President Trump sees Europe as a place filled with cheaters and bedlam - and as a place populated by lovely people. Soon he'll be meeting with European leaders and will try to explain his schizophrenic views. What could go wrong? On Wednesday, Trump will spend his first full day in Europe as the US president. He's said so many different things about the place - sometimes he says he loves the continent and other times calls it a hellhole - that it's hard to know how things will go.



For Marsh J and her husband

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:00:52 GMT

Both are a generous and kind older couple. Both are also experiencing serious health issues. But, right now, Marsh is in the hospital with a series of symptoms and test results that are stumping the doctors. They are awaiting more test results which will hopefully shed more light on why she is ill. Please pray for them and their health care team, including the sweet nurses who are taking care of her. God Bless you all and thank you for your prayers.



Feeling modest when your body isn't "modest"

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:56:35 GMT

This is something I've always struggled with. I know we're supposed to be modest - but it seems much more difficult when you don't have a standard body shape. Most of the women I've seen held up as modesty images are slim women with fairly straight bodies. I am...not that. I was actually trying on bras recently and discovered a DDD cup size is too small. So for example, one of the things I was taught was to not wear anything that draws attention to your chest. Let's be honest, anything that's not an oversize men's t-shirt draws attention to my chest. And of course there's the fact that if you work at anywhere that wants nice clothing, there's a certain expectation that women's clothing is going to be at least somewhat fitted. And there is a certain natural desire not to be unduly constrained in your clothing choices because of having a different body. There's also the fact that, fair or not, some bodies are more sexualized in our society than others. Bodies like mine...



What does God "want"?

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:35:00 GMT

If God does or permits something, then the only logical conclusion is that God *does not object* to it. It may be that God positively prefers it, or it may be that God is indifferent to it. To say that God does NOT want something, and yet he does / allows it would describe God to be an idiot. And that is not very complimentary.



Skipping Communion Line because of Status

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:06:37 GMT

I work at a University with a church inside. This morning I noticed the altar boy go to the Provost separately to hand him communion privately while the very small 8am crowd went to the middle. I was disheartened and don't want to judge him as someone whom exalts himself but if this is the case is not the priest enabling this exaltation of self. I'm hoping there is a church explanation for this but I've gone to mass daily and never saw anything like it. I heard the priest say "so and so is here..." which I'm guessing was the instruction to give him communion separately. He also sits away from everyone else. My husband says God will humble those who exalt themselves. I've been going to mass daily here for almost a year and this high level executive I've seen the past 2 days with this special treatment. I find it hard to be in the middle of this experience. May I please have your thoughts. Thank you.



BREAKING : Duterte Declares Martial Law On Mindanao

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:42:11 GMT

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-05-23/philippine-president-declares-martial-law-in-mindanao-spokesman It's to deal with a terror group allied with ISIS.



Help regarding Pilgrim Routes in France

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:33:00 GMT

Hi all. I'm a newbie, and looking to hear from anyone who has followed the Via Turonensis (Voie de Tours) on the pilgrimage route to St James of Compostela. I have a dream to open a Pilgrim's Halt along the way (north of Bordeaux) and would love to know about your experiences if you have travelled along this way. I hope that in the next month or so I'll be able to offer hospitality to pilgrims, altho it will be very simple. I would also like to hear from anyone who knows about crowdfunding to help get this project really off the ground. I can't finance it all myself, and French law is complicated about these things, but it would be a non-profit undertaking. Any help and prayers will be greatly appreciated.



Details of a sin in confession.

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:08:48 GMT

Hello, I want to convert after decades of really serious sin and fear of hell. I'm serious, praying the rosary dialy and try to learn, and I need advice about some "minor" details of my confession. Years ago, I admit that I sort of bullied(I'm not trying to embellish it, just think that it isn't the exact word) someone, and I'll confess it no matter what. But I'm ashamed to enter in detail with the priest. It had different scales I'll be as accurate as I need to. It's just that, if possible, I don't want to tell every action. But I don't plan to be generic either. On this matter of detail. I also blasphemed against God. Do I also have to tell what I did in confession?



Also for my neice

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:37:00 GMT

My husband's sister's adopted daughter, who has stage 5 kidney disease, and is undergoing tests now to see if she is a candidate for transplant. Is in her 20's. Praying for a miracle or at least a good transplant candidate.



For My friend who lost her grandaughter.

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:35:30 GMT

My dear friend and former co-worker, now about 80, lost her granddaughter unexpectedly this weekend. the Granddaughter was in her late 30's. An Autopsy is being done to determine cause of death(stroke, heart attack, aneurysm,ect.) The girl's father, my friends son, has been battling leukemia for the last few months and is now undergoing chemo when he has to bury his daughter. My friend also lost another son years ago in a car accident. I am just heartbroken for my friend and her family. Prayers appreciated.



Did the Passion affect God?

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:35:13 GMT

As I prayed the Rosary this morning, pondering the sorrowful mysteries, I began wonder: Was God changed in any way by the experience of Christ's Passion? Human beings are altered forever by traumatic events. Such events give us new perspective, and can make us more sullen and angry, or more sympathetic. We know Jesus is of a dual nature, both fully divine and fully human. We can observe a certain difference between the way the old testament expresses God and the way the new testament expresses God. We know Jesus suffered horrible pain, anguish and humiliation during His passion. Did God gain new perspective during His suffering? We know that God is infinite, and being infinite there should be no experience that would be new to God. But, is God's infinite nature potential, or substantive? For example, I have decent manual dexterity and reasonable intelligence. I have the capacity to learn to play the guitar. That is not the same thing as saying that I know how to...



Habakkuk 2: 4?

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:30:36 GMT

Any and all ideas are most welcome, thanks! The Septuagint's English translation is of Habakkuk 2: 4 If he should draw back, my soul has no pleasure in him: but the just shall live by my faith. Origen's is the same: "the righteous by my faith," Fathers of the Church translation, Vol. 1, p. 87. The translation from the Hebrew is different: NAB : "...but the just man, because of his faith shall live."



How could we know?

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:15:28 GMT

Here we discuss about the possibility of existence of soul. The only fact that we are sure about it is that we experience. There are two feasible scenario in here: (1) There exist an experiencer (soul) and (2) The experience is an local event. The question is how could we know what truth is, the existence of soul, knowing the fact that the experience is the only thing that we are sure about it? What sort of evidence do you have to show each of the above scenario? Evidences for scenario (1): NDE. Evidences for scenario (2): Existence of brain.



Bible Commentary for Non-believers?

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:07:48 GMT

Hello all, I am involved in an ongoing dialogue with an agnostic, possibly atheist, acquaintance, about various issues of interpreting Scripture. Specifically, passages in which God "slaughters the innocent", with the implied contradiction of God's loving/ merciful nature and the use of religion as a justification for committing terrorism and violence "in the name of God". I'm not out to convert him but I do want to at least give him some accurate information to think over as he evaluates (or doesn't) his opinion. What are some good books offering linguistic/ cultural context for understanding what the Bible says? Many thanks, Lotus



Reading the Bible

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:30:47 GMT

Hello! I'm fairly new when it comes to living as a Catholic. As a former protestant, I was wondering if there was any special way Catholics read the bible. I don't want to rely on my own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6) but I don't really know how to go about this. Currently, I try to read the mass readings everyday and I get an email with a little reflection about them but I would like to do more reading of scripture. I am eager to jump right into rereading various parts of the bible or even try for an entire read through with a Catholic mindset now but I am hesitant to go it on my own. What is the best way to go about doing this? I saw in the sticky threads on this subforum that there are some awesome free commentaries out there by some of the early church. Should I just read and then refer to those or is there some other method someone would suggest for someone in my position?



Repose of the soul of Willem

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:37:32 GMT

My counselor and good friend Willem died from brain cancer on May 8th. In our talks together, he was close to becoming Catholic. Please pray for the repose of Willem's soul and please pray for me as I miss him. Thank you.



Where was my soul during a recent long anesthesia?

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:22:55 GMT

Where was my soul during a recent long, deep anesthesia? For one hour I was completely out of touch with reality. I experienced nothing, I remember nothing of the event. I might as well have not existed. My soul should have been aware of what was going on and I think it should have remembered it if it is as closely associated with my mind, brain, or being as is taught.



Adoration Question - Newbie Here

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:08:29 GMT

So I signed up for Adoration for the first time after coming home. They were looking for people to each sign up for one hour to be with our Lord in the Sacrament. My question is this - is this prayer only time, or is some scripture reading allowed? I'll try to contact the priest, but it can be hit an miss, and today is the day. Thanks!



The price tag on universal health care is in, and it’s bigger than California’s budget

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:07:04 GMT

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article151960182.html ---Quote--- The price tag is in: It would cost $400 billion to remake California’s health insurance marketplace and create a publicly funded universal heath care system, according to a state financial analysis released Monday. California would have to find an additional $200 billion per year, including in new tax revenues, to create a so-called “single-payer” system, the analysis by the Senate Appropriations Committee found. The estimate assumes the state would retain the existing $200 billion in local, state and federal funding it currently receives to offset the total $400 billion price tag. ---End Quote--- California, validating the old saying "if you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free".



giving massages to the opposite sex?

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:00:08 GMT

Hi.Im studying to become a massage therapist,is it oke to give massages to women?and if its not is it a venial or mortal sin?