“But in those times, it is known that many things occurred that are not written, as, for example, the linens and the sudarium in which the body of the Lord was wrapped. We read that it was found, but we do not read that it was preserved. Nevertheless, I do not believe that the relics would have been disregarded, but preserved for future times.”
“I just felt like I was at the end of the line. I was down there by myself and I got to feelin’ that I took so many pills that I’d done it, that I was gonna blow up or something. I hadn’t eaten in days, I hadn’t slept in days, and my mind wasn’t workin’ too good anyway. I couldn’t stand myself anymore. I wanted to get away from me. And if that meant dyin’, then okay.”
One question that I hear from time to time asked is what is the difference between contraception and Natural Family Planning? (NFP) Are the two equivalent from a moral perspective? Obviously they differ in the approach to preventing pregnancy. Not only that, NFP can be used as a means for a woman to get pregnant rather than avoid pregnancy.
Being Catholic but spending time among Christians from other denominations, once in a while the question about why Catholics put so much emphasis on Mary, mother of Jesus, comes up. Until recently I would have had difficulty answering that question as that was "just the way it is". However, that is not the best way to live out one's faith. One has to understand what one believes in order to explain, defend or share it with others, otherwise not having a firmly grounded faith based on reason is like living in a house built on sand - the first storms that come will wash it away. So why is Mary so important to Catholics?
Recently I read an article titled “Lead Singer Of Christian Rock Band Hawk Nelson Says He No Longer Believes In God”1. It’s always a shock to read about some Christian Celebrity who loses their faith. But perhaps it should not be. Though one does not often read a headline like that…I can certainly understand where he is coming from. There are arid periods many of us go through in our faith life making us wonder about the reality of a God.
Unravelling Daniel’s prophecy of the weeks is like executing a “paint-by-numbers”. When you first get a paint by numbers the canvas is a confused jumble of numbers…
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth." So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth."