Friday, March 26, 2010

St. Paul: The Man and the Mission

This is a short video explaining who St. Paul was and how he was influential in converting many to Christ in the first century:

For more information about St. Paul, follow this link and read about the 'life and work of St. Paul' (you'll need to scroll down a bit).

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Quick Thought: Holy Communion in the Hand...

"Traditional" Catholics don't like the idea of receiving Holy Communion in the hand, and this is fine; if they prefer to receive Communion directly into the mouth whilst kneeling, even with the Novus Ordo Missae this is acceptable. I've grown up with taking Holy Communion in the hand, and to be quite frank and I don't see what the big deal is about it: when Christ distributed the bread, his body, at the Last Supper, he didn't get his apostles to kneel before him and avoid touching the bread at all costs. Anyway, that being beside the point, I did some digging around and found this snippet form St. Cyril of Jerusalem regarding Holy Communion in the hand:

"When you approach Holy Communion, make the left hand into a throne for the right, which will receive the King. Then with your lower hand, take the consecrated Host and place it in your mouth" (~350 A.D.).

Just as our bodies become the tabernacle of the Body of Christ when we consume Holy Communion, our hands become, like St. Cyril suggests, the throne on which Our Lord and King will sit. Before Christ resides in us, we must first welcome him with great respect and reverence.

For more information about Holy Communion (the Eucharist), follow this link

God bless.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Crucifixion of Jesus: Scientific Evidence?

Another student question needs answering this week, and this time it's on the crucifixion of Our Lord:

"What are some facts known about the details of the crucifixion of Jesus that have been scientifically proven?"

To begin with, we know that there is documented historical evidence [outside the Gospels] that shows that a man by the name of Jesus was crucified while Jerusalem was occupied by the Romans around or during the year 33AD just outside the city of Jerusalem. The first century historian for the Jews, Josephus, in his work The Antiques of the Jews, wrote this on the person of Jesus (translated from Greek):

"Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day."

It's very important to note that Josephus himself was not a Christian but a conventional Jew. Since this particular work was written around 97AD, had he been a Christian he would have been persecuted and killed. Life for a Christian in the first century was extremely difficult, i.e. you had to either hide or constantly be on the move. But on to the scientific evidence...

Have you heard of the Shroud of Turin? This thing is the real deal! Here's some video explaining it in deeper detail:

The following video is also very, very insightful:

... And if I could also recommend listening to this encore episode of Catholic Answers Live, where convert to the Catholic faith and apologist, Steve Ray, discusses the pain of crucifixion:

Listen to the whole program; it is very well worth it.

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Further reading: (non-Catholic Christian site) (non-Catholic Christian site)

Friday, March 05, 2010

Release the hounds!

In my latest Youtube video I present some evidence against the case made by JWs that Jesus is Michael the Archangel.

Today, a JW attempted to refute my arguments. Apparently he has been debating Trinitarians for 30 years and has never lost an argument. I'll let you be the judge of how my debate with him panned out.

Follow this link to see the comments:

... And here's the video: