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Doctors in the Bible
1 Make friends with the doctor, for he is essential to you; God has also established him in his profession. 2 From God the doctor has wisdom, and from the king he receives sustenance. 3 Knowledge makes the doctor distinguished, and gives access to those in authority. 4 God makes the earth yield healing herbs which the prudent should not neglect; 5 was not the water sweetened by a twig, so that all might learn his power? 6 He endows people with knowledge, to glory in his mighty works, 7 through which the doctor eases pain, 8 and the druggist prepares his medicines.
The rosary is not just for little old church ladies and pious nuns locked up in convents. It’s been prayed by brave soldiers, young martyrs, brilliant scientists, key political figures, and recently, a hopeless hippie drug addict. But the real question is: why should everyone, including and especially you, pray the rosary? Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC makes a staunch case for this powerful prayer in the most comprehensive book about the rosary. His thoroughly researched book “Champions of the Rosary” traces the origin of the prayer.
Assumed into Heaven
On Monday, August 15, Catholics and many other Christians celebrate the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This significant feast day recalls the spiritual and physical departure of the mother of Jesus Christ from the earth, when both her soul and her body were taken into the presence of God. Venerable Pope Pius XII confirmed this belief about the Virgin Mary as the perennial teaching of the Church when he defined it formally as a dogma of Catholic faith in 1950, invoking papal infallibility to proclaim:
Gender is Set by God
Pope Francis strongly criticized gender theory while in Poland for World Youth Day last week, saying it was “terrible” for children to be taught in school that gender is a choice and that such things amount to the destruction of the idea that man is made in God’s image. “Today, in schools, they are teaching this to children — to children! — that everyone can choose their gender,” the Holy Father said.
36 Then Judas Maccabee and his brothers said, "See, our enemies are crushed; let us go up to cleanse the sanctuary and dedicate it." 37 So all the army assembled and went up to Mount Zion. 38 There they saw the sanctuary desolate, the altar profaned, and the gates burned. In the courts they saw bushes sprung up as in a thicket, or as on one of the mountains. They saw also the chambers of the priests in ruins. 39 Then they tore their clothes and mourned with great lamentation; they sprinkled themselves with ashes 40 and fell face down on the ground.
Perfect in Weakness
12 I must boast; there is nothing to be gained by it, but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who 14 years ago was caught up to the third heaven — whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. 3 And I know that this man was caught up into Paradise — whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows — 4 and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter.
The Parable of the Ten Virgins: 1 The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, 4 but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 Since the bridegroom was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 At midnight, there was a cry, "Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!"
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never overcome it.
John Wayne, Catholic Convert
My "granddaddy" John Wayne, actor and Catholic convert -- John Wayne, for many, was a Hollywood legend who symbolized true masculinity and American values. To Father Matthew Muñoz, though, he was simply “granddaddy.” “When we were little, we’d go to his house and we’d simply hang out with granddaddy and we’d play and have fun -- a very different image from what most people have of him,” Father Muñoz told the Catholic News Agency (CNA) on a visit to Rome.
A relic tour currently taking place in the United States highlights the virtues of two English saints who stood up for conscience and paid the ultimate price. The "Witness to Freedom" relic tour is being held in conjunction with the U.S. bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom, which takes place across the nation June 21 - July 4. The fortnight aims to stress the importance of defending religious freedom in the United States and to raise awareness of religious persecution around the world.