Catholic :- Mysteries of the Church

Narratives

Hosted by Carolyn Morrison here is a series of short videos.

  1. Mysteries of the Church :- The Church and WWII
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  2. Mysteries of the Church: The Crusades
    Published On: 2013-Feb-04
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  3. Mysteries of the Church: Gifts
    Published On: 2013-Feb-02
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  4. 27 Catholic Mysteries Gifts of The Holy Spirit
    Published On: 2013-Nov-07
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  5. Mysteries of the Church: The Early Evangelists
    Published On: 2013-Feb-04
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  6. Mysteries of the Church: Apocalypse
    Published On:- 2013-Feb-02
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  7. Mysteries of the Church: Marian Apparition
    A Marian apparition is a reported supernatural appearance by the Blessed Virgin Mary. The figure is often named after the town where it is reported, or on the sobriquet given to Mary on the occasion of the apparition. Marian apparitions sometimes are reported to recur at the same site over an extended period of time.
    Published On:- 2013-Feb-02
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  8. Mysteries of the Church: Intense Spiritual
    Published On:- 2013-Feb-02
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  9. Mysteries of the Church: Exorcism
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Indepth

Mysteries of the Church: Marian Apparition

  1. Annunciation
    • On the night known as the Annunciation, our blessed Mary received a message
    • The message being that though a Virgin, she will conceive and  have a son
    • Now many millions of people have gotten to know her
    • She has her own prayer and those who pray to her have received her blessings
  2. Apparition
    • Dr. Patrick Hayes, Fairfield University
      • Divine Intervention into Human Consciousness
      • God breaks in from Time to Time
      • Number in the hundreds
    • 295 have been investigated
    • Out of that number only 12 have been approved
    • Steps to approval
      • Local Dioceses Investigate
      •  Bishop Conference, a whole country will investigate
      • Vatican, Apostolic Seal will then jump in
  3.  Fatima
    • Sources
      • Wikipedia ( Link )
    • Appeared to three young portuguese children
    • Predictions
      • Hell await those who sinned
      • Predictions of World War One and World War Two unless Russian Converted
        • 1917 Communist Takeover of Russia
          • Religion was driven out of Russia
        • In response, they were told
          • ReChristianize Russia
          • Listeners pushed to convert Russia to Immaculate Heart
      • Third Secret
        • Presented Real Challenge to the authority that heard it
        • A man in white will suffer
          • Led to mountain top by gunmen and shot
          • Is it the Pope?
          • Pope shot
            • Pope Francis shot in 1981
            • He vowed to place bullet
            • May 13, 1981: Assassination Attempt on Pope John Paul II!
            • The Pope of Our Lady of Fatima
              • MichaelJournal.Org
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                While he was in the hospital, Pope John Paul reviewed the Church’s documentation of Fatima and the Third Secret of Fatima. He was convinced that Our Lady of Fatima had saved his life. Later that year, he had a mosaic of the Virgin Mary (Mater Ecclesiae — Mother of the Church) installed on St. Peter’s Square. He went three times afterwards to the shrine of Fatima in Portugal (1982, 1991 and 2000) — to thank the Virgin Mary. On March 25, 1984, to fulfill the request of Our Lady of Fatima, the Pope consecrated the world — including Russia — to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Communism collapsed soon afterward.As a measure of his gratitude, John Paul gave the bullet that was extracted from his abdomen to the shrine; the bullet today forms part of the crown of the statue of the Virgin of Fatima. During John Paul’s 2000 visit to Fatima, the third part of the message the Virgin gave to the three children in 1917 was revealed; it was a description of the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul: the “bishop clothed in white” who prays for all the faithful is the Pope. As he makes his way with great effort towards the Cross amid the corpses of those who were martyred (bishops, priests, men and women religious and many lay persons), he too falls to the ground, apparently dead, under a burst of gunfire.
    • Lucia, one of the three
      • Said it could be released at 1960
      • But, held till 2000
    • Released
      • By Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict
  4. Guadalupe
    • Our lady of Guadalupe
    • Sources
      • Wikipedia ( Link )
  5.  Lourdes, France
    • Appeared to 14-year old Bernadette Soubirous in 1858
    • Sources
      • Wikipedia ( Link )

 

Mysteries of the Church: Intense Spiritual

  1. Questions
    • Questions Jesus asked Peter
      • Who do you say that I am
      • And, the other question, do you love me
      • What is your relationship to me
  2. Difference between Religion and Faith
    • Religion can be just an external observance
      • (+)
        • You do this, you do that
      • (-)
        • It does not lead to transformation
        • It does not lead to true peace
        • It does not give you a sense of purpose
        • It does not help you
      • And, so people give it up
    • Faith always helps us
      • Because we are meant to believe
    • That is why people can give up religion
      • They do not allow it to come into the innermost being
  3. Franciscan Friar
    • Vows
      • Poverty
        • Vows of Poverty does not mean to live in Poverty, but to live in a community where everything is shared with each other
      • Chastity
      • Obedience
    • Live in an area noted for Poverty
      • (-)
        • Crime
        • Drugs
        • Prostitution
      • (+)
        • Godly people
    • Why do we do this?
      • To conform ourselves to the obedient one
        • To the Poverty
        • To the Chaste one
        • To the Obedient one
      • If Jesus
        • If Jesus was married
        • If Jesus was wealthy
        • If Jesus was independent and autonomous
      • Did his own thing
    • Life lived
      • More in conformity with Jesus
    • If the community has a turn around
      • They will leave and go live elsewhere
    • Simple Life
      • Franciscan Friar
        • Sources
  4. Carolene Morrison
    • What truly matters is that one has done so in the Spirit of Jesus Christ
    • It can not be felt from outside, but only when truly lived
    • We may not fully grasp the decisions made by those who have dedicated themselves to an intense spiritual life, but perhaps that is the point; that it should remain a mystery.
    • And, to truly understand such a life, one must live it

 

 

Mysteries of the Church: Exorcism

  1. Demonic possession is not ordinary, sin is ordinary
    • Anybody can sin

The Crusades – Pope Urban II – First Crusade

Background

As part of catching up on the term Caliph, got sidetracked a bit into Crusades as well.

On Nov 27th, 1095, 921 Years ago today, Pope Urban II ordered the First Crusade.

 

Write-Up

  1. 1095 Pope Urban II orders first Crusade
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Videos

  1. Pope Urban II’s Speech Preaching the First Crusade
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Indepth

1095 Pope Urban II orders first Crusade

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On November 27, 1095, Pope Urban II makes perhaps the most influential speech of the Middle Ages, giving rise to the Crusades by calling all Christians in Europe to war against Muslims in order to reclaim the Holy Land, with a cry of “Deus vult!” or “God wills it!”

By the end of the 11th century, the Holy Land—the area now commonly referred to as the Middle East—had become a point of conflict for European Christians. Since the 6th century, Christians frequently made pilgrimages to the birthplace of their religion, but when the Seljuk Turks took control of Jerusalem, Christians were barred from the Holy City. When the Turks then threatened to invade the Byzantine Empire and take Constantinople, Byzantine Emperor Alexius I made a special appeal to Urban for help. This was not the first appeal of its kind, but it came at an important time for Urban. Wanting to reinforce the power of the papacy, Urban seized the opportunity to unite Christian Europe under him as he fought to take back the Holy Land from the Turks.

At the Council of Clermont, in France, at which several hundred clerics and noblemen gathered, Urban delivered a rousing speech summoning rich and poor alike to stop their in-fighting and embark on a righteous war to help their fellow Christians in the East and take back Jerusalem. Urban denigrated the Muslims, exaggerating stories of their anti-Christian acts, and promised absolution and remission of sins for all who died in the service of Christ.

Urban died in 1099, two weeks after the fall of Jerusalem but before news of the Christian victory made it back to Europe. His was the first of seven major military campaigns fought over the next two centuries known as the Crusades, the bloody repercussions of which are still felt today. Urban was beatified by the Roman Catholic Church in 1881.

The Caliph

Prelude

Betrothed to Pop Culture never looked into the Khalifa in Wiz Khalifa’s name.

But, now with was is on TV, I am forced to look elsewhere.

 

Caliphate

Wikipedia
A caliphate (Arabic: خِلافة‎‎ khilāfa) is an area containing an Islamic steward known as a caliph (Arabic: خَليفة‎‎ khalīfah )—a person considered a religious successor to the Islamic prophet, Muhammad (Muhammad ibn ʿAbdullāh), and a leader of the entire Muslim community.  

The Rashidun caliphs, who directly succeeded Muhammad as leaders of the Muslim community, were chosen through shura, a process of community consultation that some consider loosely to be an early form of Islamic democracy.  During the history of Islam after the Rashidun period, many Muslim states, almost all of them hereditary monarchies, have claimed to be caliphates. Even though caliphs were thought to go back to Muhammad, they were not thought of as having the same prophetic power as he did.

The Sunni branch of Islam stipulates that, as a head of state, a caliph should be elected by Muslims or their representatives.  Followers of Shia Islam, however, believe a caliph should be an Imam chosen by God from the Ahl al-Bayt (the “Family of the House”, Muhammad’s direct descendants).

 

 

Videos

  1. The Caliph – Part 1: Foundation
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  2. The Caliph – Part 2: Division
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  3. The Caliph – Part 3: Decline
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Indepth

Part 2: Division

  1. Iraq become the center and hub of Civilization
    • Transcribed Cultural & Scientific work of past civilization
      • Medicine
        • Translated into Latin
    • Will later become the roots of Europe Renaissance
  2. Caliph 8
    • Move Embassy to Iraq
  3. Turkey installed the 10th Caliph
  4. An Army that will soon erode the Power of the Caliph
  5. For a century to come that will effectively rule the Caliph
    • Installing and Deposing twelve Caliphs who were nothing more than puppets

 

Part 3: Decline

  1. Lasted for almost 13 centuries
    • Death of Prophet in the 6th Century
    • Till fall of Ottoman Dynasty in 1924
  2. By 11th Century, Caliph started losing control
    • Controlled wrestled by Political & Military Elite
  3. Pope Urban Ii
    • Christian campaign to get get back Jerusalem from the muslim
    • Pope reasserted his authority to declare War
  4. 1096 – Pope Urban II orders first Crusade ( Link )
    • On November 27, 1095, Pope Urban II makes perhaps the most influential speech of the Middle Ages, giving rise to the Crusades by calling all Christians in Europe to war against Muslims in order to reclaim the Holy Land, with a cry of “Deus vult!” or “God wills it!”
    • Born Odo of Lagery in 1042, Urban was a protege of the great reformer Pope Gregory VII. Like Gregory, he made internal reform his main focus, railing against simony (the selling of church offices) and other clerical abuses prevalent during the Middle Ages. Urban showed himself to be an adept and powerful cleric, and when he was elected pope in 1088, he applied his statecraft to weakening support for his rivals, notably Clement III.
    • By the end of the 11th century, the Holy Land—the area now commonly referred to as the Middle East—had become a point of conflict for European Christians. Since the 6th century, Christians frequently made pilgrimages to the birthplace of their religion, but when the Seljuk Turks took control of Jerusalem, Christians were barred from the Holy City. When the Turks then threatened to invade the Byzantine Empire and take Constantinople, Byzantine Emperor Alexius I made a special appeal to Urban for help. This was not the first appeal of its kind, but it came at an important time for Urban. Wanting to reinforce the power of the papacy, Urban seized the opportunity to unite Christian Europe under him as he fought to take back the Holy Land from the Turks.
    • At the Council of Clermont, in France, at which several hundred clerics and noblemen gathered, Urban delivered a rousing speech summoning rich and poor alike to stop their in-fighting and embark on a righteous war to help their fellow Christians in the East and take back Jerusalem. Urban denigrated the Muslims, exaggerating stories of their anti-Christian acts, and promised absolution and remission of sins for all who died in the service of Christ.
    • Urban’s war cry caught fire, mobilizing clerics to drum up support throughout Europe for the crusade against the Muslims. All told, between 60,000 and 100,000 people responded to Urban’s call to march on Jerusalem. Not all who responded did so out of piety: European nobles were tempted by the prospect of increased land holdings and riches to be gained from the conquest. These nobles were responsible for the death of a great many innocents both on the way to and in the Holy Land, absorbing the riches and estates of those they conveniently deemed opponents to their cause. Adding to the death toll was the inexperience and lack of discipline of the Christian peasants against the trained, professional armies of the Muslims. As a result, the Christians were initially beaten back, and only through sheer force of numbers were they eventually able to triumph.
    • Urban died in 1099, two weeks after the fall of Jerusalem but before news of the Christian victory made it back to Europe. His was the first of seven major military campaigns fought over the next two centuries known as the Crusades, the bloody repercussions of which are still felt today. Urban was beatified by the Roman Catholic Church in 1881.
  5. Prophet Muhammad, Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him
    • In 571, Born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
    • Born into Banu Hashim clan, part of the Quraysh tribe

Exorcism and the Catholic Church

 

Forward

Browsing around the corridors of the local pharmacy I was taken in by the cover of the latest Vanity Fair.

It has a piece titled ‘The Devil and Father Amorth: Witnessing “the Vatican Exorcist” at Work.

And, it is available here.

 

Preface

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The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “When the Church asks publicly and authoritatively in the name of Jesus Christ that a person or object be protected against the power of the Evil One and withdrawn from his dominion, it is called exorcism.”

 

Videos

Here are some videos that touch on the same topic.

  1. Father Gary Thomas – Leading Vatican Certified Exorcist In America
    • Father Gary Thomas – “The 25th Hour Radio Show”
      Father Gary Thomas, the leading certified Vatican exorcist in the United States and inspiration for the 2011 motion picture “The Rite” starring Anthony Hopkins, talks with Rob & Randy about his encounters with demons while performing exorcisms. Topics of discussion include history, manifestations, vulnerability to evil, and a recent instance where he felt the Holy Spirit overcome him during a recent exorcism and seen the glory of God.
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    • Fr Gary Thomas – “Does Evil Exist?”
      Does Evil Exist? Fr. Gary Thomas, a Vatican approved exorcist and inspiration for the movie, “The Rite” shares his story at Rutgers University.
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    • The Ministry of Exorcisms – Father Gary Thomas
      Published On :- 2016-Apr-21st
      Title of Talk // The Ministry of Exorcisms in the Roman Catholic Tradition of the 21st Century
      The talk was given at Colorado State University in the Grand Ballroom of the Lory Student Center.
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  2. Confessions of an Exorcist
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  3. Exorcisms Are Returning To The Catholic Church
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In-Depth

Father Gary Thomas

Father Gary Thomas – Leading Vatican Certified Exorcist In America

  1. Doorways
    • Drugs
      • Drugs cursed
      • Most of the cartels are satanist
      • Gang members are cult members
  2. Benedict 16
    • As faith decreases, superstition increases
  3. Doorways
    1. What have you done to invite them in
    2. Teens for Satan
  4. Medium
    • Idolatry
  5. Free will versus Dominic Influences
    • People will have a good understanding of what they are choosing
    • Redemption
    • God gives Satan boundaries
    • God gives Satan limitations
  6. What can we do
    • Moral Life
    • Prayer Life
    • Sacramental Life
    • Prayer Life
  7. Demonic Life
    • Getting louder and louder
    • Christ gives us a vehicle to get there
  8. Satan can not predict the future, they have some sense of it
    • If they can predict it, it is Satanic attack

 

The Ministry of Exorcisms – Father Gary Thomas

  1. We are becoming more isolated
  2. Occult: Power and Knowledge
  3. Faith Optics is becoming thin and they are not able to discern out, practices that are helpful and stay away from those that are not
  4. When prayers doesn’t work as we are used to getting answers to problems at the push of a button
    • Because I can do everything and not need other people
    • Even without a relationship with God
    • Science Ends and Spirituality and Faith Begins

 

Additional Reading

  1. Exorcism in the Catholic Church
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