Messianic Prophecies: Isaiah 50:6

Tuesday, December 9, AD 2014

 

Continuing our Advent look at Messianic prophecies for this year, which we began in Advent 2011 and continued in 2102 and 2013, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, here, here ,here, here, here, here, here , here here, here, here, here , here, here and here ,we come to Isaiah 50:6:

 

 

I have given my body to the strikers, and my cheeks to them that plucked them: I have not turned away my face from them that rebuked me, and spit upon me.

Saint Athanasius links this passage to the sufferings of Christ:

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Advent Sermons of Saint Thomas Aquinas-Second Sunday in Advent

Sunday, December 7, AD 2014

 

 

Our progress through Advent continues with the Angelic Doctor as our guide:

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning.”

Rom. xv. 4.

THE Apostle has taught us on the preceding Sunday to arise from the dead; on this day he teaches us towards what we ought to arise, for the Scripture, which our heavenly Master has given for us, is to be studied and read. And the Lord as a good Master was the more solicitous to provide us with the best writings, that He might make us perfectly instructed. “Whatever things,” He said, “were written, were written for our learning.” But these writings are comprised in two books that is to say, in the Book of Creation, and in the Book of Scripture.

The first book has so many creations: it has just so many most perfect writings, which teach the truth without a lie; hence, when Aristotle was asked whence he had learnt so many and so great things, answered, “From the things themselves, which know not how to deceive.” But they teach two things to be learned; and of the things which may be known four things are to be taught.

First, that there is a God; secondly, that this God is one; thirdly, that this God is triune; and, fourthly, that He is the highest good. For the world teaches by itself that it is His work. Wis. xiii. 5, “For by the greatness of the beauty, and of the creature, the Creator of them may be seen, to be known thereby.” Because they are one, and are preserved, in the same manner, they teach the unity of God; for, if there were many Gods, the world would have already been destroyed, since division is the cause of destruction.” S. Matt. xii. 25, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” For all things exist by number, weight, and measure; or, according to S. Augustine, “On the Trinity by mode, by species, and by order; so that they teach a three-fold Godhead.” Wis. xi. 21, “Thou hast ordered all things in measure, number, and weight.” Because all things are good, they teach that He is the highest goodness through Whom so many good things proceed. According to S. Augustine it is a great token of goodness that every creature conceives itself to be good; therefore, because God is good, so are we. About the actions to be done, in like manner, we are taught a four-fold lesson. God is to be obeyed, loved, feared, and praised. Of the first, we ought to obey God, for all things serve Him. Ps. cxlviii. 6, “He hath made a decree which shall not pass.”

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Linus, and Saint Luke, Say It All

Saturday, December 6, AD 2014

As an explanation of why we celebrate Christmas each year, the above video is superb and concise.

The words of Linus are of course taken from the Gospel of Saint Luke:

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them,

Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

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  • Thanks for the memories.

    I noticed the ABC logo on the clip. Then I pondered on the Hate Speech tool fashioned by the liberal maladjusted.
    Could Linus be threatened with hate speech? He could in this day and age.

    Sunday nights after dinner mom would break out the ice cream for her sons.
    We would watch Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom…then Walt Disney feature. The days of four channel’s on the 19″ color TV. Walt Disney was on the side of Light. The Dark side hadn’t conquered his studio yet. The old days.

  • This Christmas special is the best. The next best is the Grinch. Charlie Brown’s Christmas has the passage from St. Luke. Grinch has the Polish Christmas Carol and the Whos who celebrate Christmas without any presents.

    Both have great music, Charlie Brown’s Christmas has the unforgettable piano piece with the kids dancing and Grinch has Boris Karloff singing. Unbeatable.

    Next best is Snow Miser and Heat Miser. I have always loved those songs.

  • Notice how Linus was not worried about offending atheists, agnostics, Islamists, Hindus, or other non-believers? He merely explained what we celebrate without apology – LOVE IT!

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  • This show has been on since 1965. Of course, I was only three and did not start watching it until at least two years later. I am now 52 and have been watching it almost every year; I also have it on DVD. If I live to be 92 I will STILL be watching it.

    As I understand it, Charles Shultz had to fight “tooth and nail” to keep this scene in because even back then it was controversial.

Messianic Prophesies: Jeremiah 23: 5-6

Thursday, December 4, AD 2014

 

 

Continuing our Advent look at Messianic prophecies for this year, which we began in Advent 2011 and continued in 2102 and 2013, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, here, here ,here, here, here, here, here , here here, here, here, here , here and here we come to Jeremiah 23: 5-6:

 

 [5] Behold the days

come, saith the Lord, and I will raise up to David a just branch: and a king shall reign, and shall be wise, and shall execute judgement and justice in the earth.

[6] In those days shall Juda be saved, and Israel shall dwell confidently: and this is the name that they shall call him: the Lord our just one.

Pope Leo in Sermon 28, his great Christmas sermon, illuminates this passage for us:

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Advent Sermons of Saint Thomas Aquinas-First Sunday in Advent

Sunday, November 30, AD 2014

I can think of no finer guide for us as we proceed through Advent this year than the Angelic Doctor.  Here is a sermon he wrote for the First Sunday in Advent:

“Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek,” &c. — S. Matt. xxi. 5.

THIS is a prophecy of the Advent of Our Lord Jesus Christ, about which there are three signs.

 

First, the dignity of Him Who is coming; secondly, the utility of His Advent; thirdly, the manner in which He came.

 

Of the first sign we read in the Gospel, “Thy King cometh;” a merciful King; a just King; a wise King; a terrible King; an omnipotent King; an eternal King. A merciful King in sparing; a just in judging; a good in rewarding; a wise in governing; an omnipotent King in defending the good; a terrible King in punishing the evil; an eternal King in ruling eternally, and in bestowing immortality. Of the first, Isa. xvi. 5, “And in mercy shall the throne be established.”

 

Of the second, Isa. xxxiv., “And behold, a King shall reign in justice;” Isa. xvi. 5, “And He shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David.”

 

Of the third, Ps. Ixxiii. 1, “Truly God, is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.”

 

Of the fourth, Jer. xxiii. 5, “I will raise unto David a righteous branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute justice and judgment in the earth.”

 

Of the fifth, Esth. xiii. 9, “Lord, Lord, the King Almighty, for the whole world is in Thy power.”

 

Of the sixth, Wis. xi. 10, “As a severe King, Thou didst condemn and punish.”

 

Of the seventh, Jer. x. 10, ” But the Lord is the true God, He is the living God and an everlasting King ;” S. Luke i. 33, ” And of His Kingdom there shall be no end.”

Of the seven, collectively, 2 Macc. i. 24, “O Lord, Lord, God, Creator of all things, Who art fearful, and strong, and righteous, and merciful, and the only gracious King.” Wisdom in the Creator, mercy in the pitiful, goodness in the good, justice in the just, severity in the terrible, power in the powerful, eternity in the eternal.

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  • I watched “Mary of Nazareth” on EWTN last night. The ending made everything else perfect. Jesus rises from the dead and visits Mary. Jesus says: “Mother” and Mary says: “Here I am.”
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    Must go to Mass. Will read Thomas Aquinas later.

Pope Paul VI and the Smoke of Satan

Sunday, October 19, AD 2014

 

(The day of the beatification of Pope Paul VI seems like a good day to repost this post.)

I have long heard about Pope Paul VI having referred to the “smoke of Satan” having entered the Church.  Usually most references to it do not mention when it was said and in what context.  The quote apparently was said on June 29, 1972 by Pope Paul VI on the ninth anniversary of his coronation during a homily given at a mass for the solemnity of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.  The Italian text is here.  As far as I know there is no official translation.  On November 13, 2006 Jimmy Atkin posted at his blog  a translation done of the homily by Father Stephanos Pedrano.  Please note that the text that is translated is a summary of what the Pope said and not a word for word transcript of what the Pope said.  Father Pedrano’s translation is as follows (I have placed in red the portion of the text that refers to Satan):

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Advent and Anti-Christ, Part IV

Sunday, December 22, AD 2013

Deeds of the Antichrist

 

 

The fourth and final part of my presentation of the four sermons on the Anti-Christ delivered by John Henry Cardinal Newman before his conversion during Advent in 1835.  Part I is here, part II is here and Part III is here.

In this last sermon Newman speaks of the persecution that will attend the reign of the anti-Christ.  In Newman’s day, living memory could recall the savage persecution that the Church endured dring the initial years of the French Revolution.  In our time, we have the blood-stained last century when millions of Christians were martyred for their faith.  It is all too easy to suspect that those terrible persecutions were trial runs for the persecution of the Anti-Christ.  The last century brought to reality these words of Newman:  “Let us then apprehend and realize the idea, thus clearly brought before us, that, sheltered as the Church has been from persecution for 1500 years, yet a persecution awaits it, before the end, fierce and more perilous than any which occurred at its first rise.” Certainly all prior persecutions pale before what Christians experienced in the Terrible Twentieth.

This is an interesting passage from Newman’s sermon:  Again, another anxious sign at the present time is what appears in the approaching destruction of the Mahometan power. This too may outlive our day; still it tends visibly to annihilation, and as it crumbles, perchance the sands of the world’s life are running out.” I assume that Newman was thinking of the decline of the Ottoman Empire of his day, the sick man of Europe.  Freed from this adversary, perhaps Europe would unite behind one man, reform or revive the Roman Empire, and bring about the conditions for the Anti-Christ.  Small wonder that Hitler was frequently deemed the Anti-Christ during his lifetime.  Of course Hitler was not the Anti-Christ, but perhaps merely one of myriads of anti-Christs who have arisen and fallen in the centuries since the coming of Christ, or perhaps he is a precursor of the Anti-Christ.

In our secular age, when the Faith is so weak in so many regions of traditional strength, especially in Europe, these words of Newman ring home:  “It is his policy to split us up and divide us, to dislodge us gradually from our rock of strength. And if there is to be a persecution, perhaps it will be then; then, perhaps, when we are all of us in all parts of Christendom so divided, and so reduced, so full of schism, so close upon heresy. When we have cast ourselves upon the world and depend for protection upon it, and have given up our independence and our strength, then he may burst upon us in fury as far as God allows him. “

Newman ends with the hope that the knowledge of a coming persecution may cause us to act more like Christians:  “Surely with this thought before us, we cannot bear to give ourselves up to thoughts of ease and comfort, of making money, settling well, or rising in the world. Surely with this thought before us, we cannot but feel that we are, what all Christians really are in the best estate, (nay rather would wish to be had they their will, if they be Christians in heart) pilgrims, watchers waiting for the morning, waiting for the light, eagerly straining our eyes for the first dawn of day—looking out for our SAVIOUR’S coming, His glorious advent, when He will end the reign of sin and wickedness, accomplish the number of His elect, and perfect those who at present struggle with infirmity, yet in their hearts love and obey Him.”

The fourth and final sermon of Newman on the Anti-Christ:

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  • Eschatology is one area that lacks consensus at all times and everywhere–well, not exactly, but it’s pretty messy. There is no classic viewpoint to fall back on as great minds have frequently differed. What was realized at 70 AD and/or historically? What remains to be realized? Not to mention the exact nature of it all. Gladly, the creeds provide a basic outline: they tell us the important things that remain.

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The Bishop’s Wife

Thursday, December 19, AD 2013

Continuing our look at Advent and Christmas movies:  The Bishop’s Wife from 1947.    David Niven is an Episcopalian Bishop of a struggling diocese;  Loretta Young (ironically one of the more devout Catholics in the Hollywood of her time) is his wife;  and Cary Grant is Dudley, one of the more unimportant angels in Heaven, sent by God to lend the Bishop a hand.  The film is a graceful comedy which effectively and quietly underlines the central importance of faith in God as we see in this little scene:

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  • A good movie, enjoyable, although I was a little creeped out by the angel’s attraction to the wife of the bishop. It’s not something that ruins the movie though. The movie also reaffirmed for me how prudent it is to have celibate clergy.

  • I don’t think Dudley was really attracted to the Bishop’s wife. He allowed her to be attracted to him as part of his mission to show the Bishop that his priorities were fouled up, which included him neglecting his wife and taking her for granted.

  • Andre,
    Christ is born! Let is glorify Him!
    I’ve not seen the movie, so I have no comment about the content. I did want to mention, however, that ordaining married men to the priesthood is a longstanding & legitimate tradition (small “t”) of the Eastern Catholic Churches. God bless —

  • Oops, that should say…”Let US glorify Him!” Sorry for the typo.

  • Well noted, Patricia. I didn’t mean to imply that it is imprudent for clergy to marry, but it created (at least in this movie) a whole other set of issues, a divided heart, as our Lord stated. I don’t know how some men manage both.

  • Donald, I agree that the angel let her be attracted to him. And truly any heavenly creature, exuding the love of God, even if they weren’t Cary Grant would be considered attractive certainly by the goodness and holiness they radiate. But this passage from the movie, perhaps you interpreted it differently than I. (There was some novel theology in this movie…)

    (From IMDB🙂
    Henry Brougham: Dudley, if we should need you again, will you come back?
    Dudley: Not I. I shall ask to be assigned to the other end of the Universe.
    Henry Brougham: Is that because I was so difficult?
    Dudley: Oh, no. This difficulty was in me. When an Immortal finds himself envying the Mortal he is entrusted to his care, it’s a danger signal. Take her in your arms and hold her tight.
    [Coming]
    Dudley: Kiss her for me, you lucky Henry!

    Dudley envies the bishop for being married to this woman, so much that there is a “danger” that he needs to be “assigned at the other end of the universe”.

  • A good point Andre, unless the statements are also part of Dudley’s plan to make the Bishop realize what a treasure he has in his wife. It is interesting that all the females in the film, the maid, the Bishop’s secretary, the wealthy benefactress, in addition to the Bishop’s wife, are attracted to Dudley. The main emotion that is usually elicited when angels appear in the Old Testament is one of fear, unless they are in disguise. Then again, those angels were not portrayed by Cary Grant!

  • The author of Hebrews suggests we are higher than the angels in Christ, who is highest of all. I wonder if the angels envy us. We know the fallen ones did. Angels watch us. They have greater powers, but they quite significantly lack humanity.

  • Well, it’s light, heart-warming entertainment. I doubt that Hollywood screenwriters were ever your go-to people when it came to the finer points of theology 🙂

    I watched this movie about a week ago, and the suave, charming Cary Grant “angel” made me think of Clarence, the chubby, not-so-suave angel in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Clarence was hardly the smoothie Grant was, but he managed to earn his wings by keeping the Jimmy Stewart character from succumbing to despair and suicide.

    As enjoyable as Grant was to watch (and, being female, I have always greatly enjoyed watching and listening to Grant 🙂 bumbling old Clarence is still my favorite movie “angel.”

  • PS: I recently read an article about Grant, who was born poor and always joked that when he spoke his native dialect, he sounded like Eliza Doolittle before she met Professor Higgins.

    He was no angel in his personal life, but what struck me about him (and many of the stars and entertainers of that time) is how many of them, born in wretched circumstances, aspired to have “class” and sound educated and refined. That was the cultural ideal then. Quite different from today, when many from upper and middle class homes aim for trashy behavior. I was reading that Obama’s “pajama boy” is from the posh Chicago suburb of Willmette (I believe the garbage-mouthed mayor of Chicago hails from the same wealthy ‘burb). Pajama boy is quite proud of the fact he has “no morals.”

  • No, Hollywood never gets it right. And when it comes to the finer points, they’re completely off the mark. As inspiring as their stories often are, they usually entail implausable elements if viewed from an orthodox perspective. But I guess Hollywood has to sell a story that appeals to everyone, even when it revolves around Christian themes.

  • Jon, Re “The author of Hebrews suggests we are higher than the angels in Christ, who is highest of all. Angels watch us. They have greater powers, but they quite significantly lack humanity.”
    Several years ago our parish priest in a homily said that humans are higher than angels, which surprised me. With the Son of God being human and divine we have a connection that the angels do not. Thank you. I will read Hebrews.

  • To paraphrase a Cary Grant quote about his screen persona, “Everyone wants to be like Cary Grant, even I want to be that Cary Grant.”
    Re Donna’s comment on middle to upper class (I would use “income” vice class”)households: I have seen this so often in teens from comfortable suburban homes who talk, dress, and act like they are from the ghetto. Of course they don’t have a clue how hard life is in those real circumstances, but they sure get attention from their parents. It’s some attention even if it’s negative.

  • Cherished this movie the first time I ever saw it on TV late one night as a young man. Very eclectic cast. It addresses personal loss (Mrs. Hamilton) and family and the Great Gift.

Advent and Anti-Christ, Part III

Sunday, December 15, AD 2013

Part three of my presentation of the four sermons of John Henry Cardinal Newman on the Anti-Christ delivered in 1835 before his conversion.  Part I is here and Part II is here.

In this sermon Newman considers the City and Empire of Rome and its relation to the Anti-Christ.  Many Protestant theologians since the Reformation identified the Roman Catholic Church as the Whore of Babylon and the Pope as Anti-Christ.  Newman wrote a detailed attack in 1840 on this belief while he was still a Protestant.  It may be read here.  For Newman the Rome identified with the AntiChrist was the City and the Empire and not the Church.  Newman sums up the relationship of Rome and the Anti-Christ as follows:  “The question asked was, Is not (as is commonly said and believed among us) Rome mentioned in the Apocalypse, as having especial share in the events which will come at the end of the world by means or after the time of Antichrist. I answer this, that Rome’s judgments have come on her in great measure, when her empire was taken from her; that her persecutions of the Church have been in great measure judged, and the Scripture predictions concerning her fulfilled; that whether or not, she shall be further judged depends on two circumstances, first, whether “the righteous men” in the city who saved her when her judgment first came may not, through GOD’S great mercy, be allowed to save her still; next, whether the prophecy relates in its fulness to Rome or to some other object or objects of which Rome is a type. And further, I say, that if Rome is still to be judged, this must be before Antichrist comes, because Antichrist comes upon and destroys the ten kings, and lasts but a short space, but the ten kings are to destroy Rome. On the other hand, so far would seem to be clear, that the prophecy itself has not been fully accomplished, whatever we decide about Rome’s concern in it. The Roman empire has not yet been divided into ten heads, nor has it yet risen against the woman, whoever she stands for, nor has the woman yet received her ultimate judgment.”

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  • And what about he partial-preterist view, which says that the great city is Jerusalem judged in 70AD? It seems Newman took a historical/futurist view. More people have identified the great city with Rome than with Jerusalem. I suppose it’s possible that both cities could be had in view.

Advent and Confession

Tuesday, December 10, AD 2013

The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.

Saint Augustine

 

 

I went to Confession with my bride tonight.  I always think we must give an interesting contrast to the priest as we confess seriatim.  My bride is one of the saintliest people I have ever encountered.  Her confession must be a breeze!  While I am a fairly typical attorney, with all that implies!  (I suppose I am not quite as bad as Charles II.  When the Merrie Monarch was on his death bed he was received into the Faith by Father John Huddleston who had helped care for him during Charles’ escape after the battle of Worcester.  He was told By Father Huddleston that he must confess all his sins.  Charles looked at the elderly priest and said “Ah, Father, I doubt if either of us have sufficient time for the recitation of all my sins!”)

I have never confessed without feeling that a mountain of sin has been lifted from my shoulders, as indeed it has.   In A Christmas Carol Scrooge announces after his conversion that he feels as giddy as a schoolboy, and that Is always my mood after Confession. I wish the whole world tonight might feel precisely the same giddiness.

In Confession I have always observed the rule of the three B’s:

1.  Be Blunt.

2.  Be Brief.

3.  Be Gone.

It saves time, especially if one attempts to prepare a mental list of sins beforehand.  I always end my confessions with the formula that I am truly sorry for any sins that I cannot recall.

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  • Ditto, Don. Every time I leave the confessional I feel as though a great weight has been lifted. Also, the three B’s are great advice.

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  • Donald—thank you for this reminder. I will look forward to my Advent confession, as a fellow sinner at the bar, with the joy of Zechias.

  • This weekend as we were traveling through a city we stopped to make a visit and see the renovation of the Cathedral. The beige painted bas relief had all been restored to life like tones – beautiful! When we walked in in we were pleased to see 3 confessionals with lines of penitents at each one. We took the opportunity and confessed. You could say we were also renovated and all the “beige” was returned to life like tones. What a wonderful blessing to be a Catholic.

Advent and Anti-Christ, Part I

Sunday, December 1, AD 2013

 

 

(I originally posted these sermons back in 2009 when the readership of the blog was quite smaller.  Time to do so again.  The Anti-Christ would seem at first blush to be a theme for the end of the liturgical year which focuses on the end times and not during Advent.  However, Christ came to bring us to salvation and the exact opposite goal is that of the Anti-Christ.  Thinking about the Anti-Christ during Advent reminds us that the mission of Christ is ongoing and that at Advent we celebrate the beginning of that mission, not as a mere historical event that occurred two millennia ago, but an on-going reality.}

 

 

Prior to his conversion to Catholicism, Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman preached in 1835 a series of Advent Sermons on the Anti-Christ.  I have always found them extremely intriguing, and I am going to present them on each of the Sundays in Advent this year.

In this first sermon Newman gives us an overview of the Anti-Christ and the time of his appearance.  We see in this sermon Newman’s total command of history and how he uses this knowledge to draw out the implications of the few mentions of the Anti-Christ in Scripture.  Newman intellectually was always first and foremost a historian of the highest order and he puts this talent to good and instructive use in this sermon.  When Newman converted the Church gained one of the finest intellects of the Nineteenth Century or any century for that matter.  Much of Newman’s work concerned the working out of God’s plan for salvation through human history, and his examination of the Anti-Christ places that mysterious part of revelation into that plan.

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  • WOW Thank you, Donald R. MCClarey. “one man’s opinion is not better than another’s.” Dan Brown based his “truth” of The Da Vinci Code on Leonardo Da Vinci’s opinion in Da Vinci’s painting of The Last Supper. Dan Brown’s misinterpretation of Da Vinci’s Last Supper painting, superimposing Brown’s own opinion is cheating Da Vinci out of his work. In short, abuse. Brown’s distortion of Da Vinci’s opinion in his painting of The Last Supper is calumny and false witness.
    I am looking forward to reading all of this post. Thank you. Thank you.

  • Excellent… and enlightening. That gives me a lot to think about and ponder….

    May you and your family continue to have a Blessed Advent Season Donald.

  • “As to the third and last instance, which I might mention in the generation immediately before ourselves, I will but observe that in like manner, the Shadow of Antichrist arose out of an apostasy, an apostasy to infidel doctrines, perhaps the most flagitious and blasphemous which the world has ever seen.”

    Elucidation?

  • I am not sure WK, but I assume that Newman was referring to the attacks on religion in the French Revolution, certainly the most severe attack on Christianity up to Newman’s time.

  • When reading that first will come a falling away, a gentle wariness and intrigue begins in the mind. His later speaking of a falling away from God is clarity itself.
    I look forward to this series. This history helps understanding events.
    Advent beginning today is a time for reminding us to awaken to the eternal, and these posts will help with perspectives and all.

  • This Sermon of Blessed John Henry Newman on the Antichrist is powerful. I look forward to the other three Sermons. This type of Sermon certainly cuts through the sentimental and materialist versions of the meaning of Christmas.

    As to what the third instance of “apostasy, etc.” and it’s identity, I concur with Donald that Newman was referring to the French Revolution, however I would add the reign of Napoleon who swept through Europe with his forces playing/singing the Marseillaise, the hymn of the Revolution.

    The Revolution itself was the almost automatic fruit of more radical dimensions of the Enlightenment (I would differentiate, at least somewhat, between the radical Enlightenment on the Continent, and it’s milder form in Great Britain and America)

    There is an outline of Modern History ( perhaps too simple) that sums it up in three movements: 1)The Reformation in its call for Scripture alone/faith alone was the revolution against the Church (16th century)
    2) The Enlightenment with its call by Descartes for ‘ reason alone’, was a revolution against Jesus Christ and revelation (18th century). 3) Revolution against God 19th-20th century

    Newman was right on target

  • No; he offers you baits to tempt you. He promises you civil liberty; he promises you equality; he promises you trade and wealth; he promises you a remission of taxes; he promises you reform. This is the way in which he conceals from you the kind of work to which he is putting you; … Then he laughs and jokes with you, and gets intimate with you; he takes your hand, and gets his fingers between yours, and grasps them, and then you are his. –

    Who would have believed 50 years ago we would have abortion on demand, homosexual “marriages”, more than half of marriages ending in divorce, euthanasia and so on as defining our culture? Satan is laughing alright and grasping many fingers while preparing our world for the one antichrist Newman speaks of. Sobering stuff.

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  • Regarding Napoleon: the beginning of the break-up of the Catholic Spanish Empire was precipitated by Napoleon through a ruse starting the Peninsular War. By putting his brother Joseph on the throne, the Spanish monarchy was weakened and their colonies in the Western hemisphere began to seek independence. The concordat between the Holy See and the former Spanish colonies was broken and many of the governments became not only secular, but vehemently anti-Catholic. As an example, the persecution of religious in Mexico that continued into the 20th century.

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Messianic Prophecies: Isaiah 60: 1-6

Sunday, December 16, AD 2012

 

Continuing our Advent look at Messianic prophecies which we began last Advent, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, here, here ,here, here, here, here, here and here , we come to Isaiah 60: 1-6.

[1] Arise, be enlightened, O Jerusalem: for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

 

[2] For behold darkness shall cover the earth, and a mist the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

 

[3] And the Gentiles shall walk in thy light, and kings in the brightness of thy rising.

 

[4] Lift up thy eyes round about, and see: all these are gathered together, they are come to thee: thy sons shall come from afar, and thy daughters shall rise up at thy side.

 

[5] Then shalt thou see, and abound, and thy heart shall wonder and be enlarged, when the multitude of the sea shall be converted to thee, the strength of the Gentiles shall come to thee.

 

[6] The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Madian and Epha: all they from Saba shall come, bringing gold and frankincense: and shewing forth praise to the Lord.

Saint Methodius has written the following in regard to this passage:

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Messianic Prophecies: Jonah 2:1

Sunday, December 9, AD 2012

A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign: and a sign shall not be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. And he left them, and went away.

Matthew 16:4

 

Continuing our Advent look at Messianic prophecies which we began last Advent, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, here, here ,here, here, here, here, and here we come to Jonah 2:1:

[1] Now the Lord prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonas: and Jonas was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Saint Jerome writes about this passage:

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8 Responses to Messianic Prophecies: Jonah 2:1

  • The perspective of Holy Mary and her Blessed Son among the ships is a symbol of the size of the presence of the supernatural (unseen) among the natural (seen).

    Taking the words of Jesus in Matthew 16:4 and applying them to this generation in the world of 2012, there is reason to stop and consider the lesson of Jonah.

    It’s just one of the many, generous ways our Father is reaching for us to think of Him and love Him.

  • How many prophets have been snuffed out because they were aborted? How many great statesmen? When Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta was asked by [ former first lady ] H.Clinton what she thought of the possibility of a woman President in Mother Theresa lifetime, Mother responded; “No. It won’t happen. That soul has already been aborted.”

    A reluctant prophet was successful. Question.
    How many Lord? Will you spare America if I can find ten worthy souls?

  • God must have given speculation to keep humans off the street and out of real trouble.

    A tip of the hat to philip.

  • The Sign and Wonder was in front of them–

    BTW, my Dad is one of Pearl Harbor veterans still alive. Thank you for the post. On war/ peace. the incomparable Fr. James Schall, S.J. wrote that “war colleges” do more to insure peace than “peace academies.” Amen to that!

  • I completely concur MJ in that sentiment. Glad you enjoyed the post.

  • Robert-
    The “Hillary 2016” speak is turning my stomach, and I didn’t mean to mix prophets when I posted earlier. I was at the Assisted Living center having my lunch break and hurried to A.C. to enjoy the Perspectives.
    I look at this site as an oasis in the parched landscapes of msm., and I should read more…text less.

    The Clinton meeting with Mother Theresa was during her visit to NYC having just won the Peace Prize…..you know, when it had meaning.

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Messianic Prophecies: Malachi 3:1-5

Thursday, December 6, AD 2012

Continuing our Advent look at Messianic prophecies which we began last Advent, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, here, here ,here, here, here, here and here, we look today at Malachi 3: 1-5.

 

[1] Behold I send my angel, and he shall prepare the way before my face. And presently the Lord, whom you seek, and the angel of the testament, whom you desire, shall come to his temple. Behold he cometh, saith the Lord of hosts.

 [2] And who shall be able to think of the day of his coming? and who shall stand to see him? for he is like a refining fire, and like the fuller’s herb:

[3] And he shall sit refining and cleansing the silver, and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and shall refine them as gold, and as silver, and they shall offer sacrifices to the Lord in justice. [4] And the sacrifice of Juda and of Jerusalem shall please the Lord, as in the days of old, and in the ancient years.

 [5] And I will come to you in judgment, and will be a speedy witness against sorcerers, and adulterers, and false swearers, and them that oppress the hireling in his wages; the widows, and the fatherless: and oppress the stranger, and have not feared me, saith the Lord of hosts.

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Messianic Prophecies: Zechariah 9:9-10

Tuesday, December 4, AD 2012

 

 

Continuing our Advent look at Messianic prophecies which we began last Advent, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, here, here ,here, here, here, and here, we come to Zechariah 9:9-10 :

[9] Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Sion, shout for joy, O daughter of Jerusalem: BEHOLD THY KING will come to thee, the just and saviour: he is poor, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. [10] And I will destroy the chariot out of Ephraim, and the horse out of Jerusalem, and the bow for war shall be broken: and he shall speak peace to the Gentiles, and his power shall be from sea to sea, and from the rivers even to the end of the earth.

Saint Clement of Alexandria wrote about this passage:

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  • THE BREAD OF LIFE

    Into Bethlehem, the city of bread – Our Savior came.
    For the Eucharist, bread of life is yet another name.
    He lay in a manger that gives animals food for life.
    In a bitter cold cave, life began in intended strife.

    Heavenly angels came to proclaim to shepherds great joy,
    and announce the birth of Our Savior as a baby boy.
    Shepherds were overcome by awe and associated fear.
    Fear gave in to joy for the glorious sounds they could hear.

    Power and might of the heavenly host calmed shepherd’s fears.
    They were truly assured that God was indeed very near.
    Many said let us go so we can view this divine sight.
    They were in awe of Mother and Child in glorious light.

    For their humility they were God’s most honored choices,
    to be privileged as first to hear the heralds’ voices.
    Three wise men were proceeding on a journey from afar.
    They were promised to be guided by a special bright star.

    The sight of wondrous displays were such a heavenly cue,
    so that everyone would then understand worship was due.
    The world has surely strayed so far from the message heard,
    it has never had a greater need for the Incarnate Word.

    Bob Rowland
    VI/IV/MMXII

  • Oooh, Don. You have brought tears to my old eyes with this Melodious Hymn of my childhood. God bless you.

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  • Thank you Mary. It has always been one of my favorites also.

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O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Saturday, December 1, AD 2012

 

Something for the weekend.  Tomorrow Advent gets under way and to rush it a bit we have my favorite version of O Come O Come Emmanuel, which has always sounded to me as if a group of Zealots were singing it.  Emmanuel or Immanuel, “God With Us”, comes from the seventh chapter of Isaiah:

10  And the Lord spoke again to Achaz, saying:

 11  Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God either unto the depth of hell, or unto the height above.

 12  And Achaz said: I will not ask, and I will not tempt the Lord.

  13  And he said: Hear ye therefore, O house of David: Is it a small thing for you to be grievous to men, that you are grievous to my God also?

  14  Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel.  

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  • Great message Donald.
    Thanks.

  • Thank you Philip and have a happy Advent.

  • THE BREAD OF LIFE

    Into Bethlehem, the city of bread – Our Savior came.
    For the Eucharist, bread of life is yet another name.
    He lay in a manger that gives animals food for life.
    In a bitter cold cave, life began in intended strife.

    Heavenly angels came to proclaim to shepherds great joy,
    and announce the birth of Our Savior as a baby boy.
    Shepherds were overcome by awe and associated fear.
    Fear gave in to joy for the glorious sounds they could hear.

    Power and might of the heavenly host calmed shepherd’s fears.
    They were truly assured that God was indeed very near.
    Many said let us go so we can view this divine sight.
    They were in awe of Mother and Child in glorious light.

    For their humility they were God’s most honored choices,
    to be privileged as first to hear the heralds’ voices.
    Three wise men were proceeding on a journey from afar.
    They were promised to be guided by a special bright star.

    The sight of wondrous displays were such a heavenly cue,
    so that everyone would then understand worship was due.
    The world has surely strayed so far from the message heard,
    it has never had a greater need for the Incarnate Word.

    Bob Rowland
    VI/IV/MMXII

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  • “No matter how desperate our situation in this world, God is with us. Nations rise and fall, triumphs and disasters come our way, and through it all God is with us. That is the great meaning of Advent.”

    Thank you,Donald, for this powerful Post and the Hymns.

  • Thank you Mary and have a happy Advent!