Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Many non-Catholics like to argue that St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church, did not accept the Primacy of Peter. I have written much about this in my book Upon This Rock. I have written on it extensively on my website HERE (scroll down to 3rd section “My Books”)

The Navarre Bible Commentary gets this correct in its comments on Acts 1:15 as it quotes our Catholic Saint and Doctor: “Peter is the ardent and impetuous apostle to whom Christ entrusted the care of his flock; and since he is first in dignity, he is the first to speak” (St John Chrysostom, Homily on Acts, 3).

Here we see Peter performing his ministry. Events will make for the gradual manifestation of the supreme role of government which Christ entrusted to him. His is a ministry of service—he is the servus servorum Dei, the servant of the servants of God—a min ministry given to none other, different from all other ministries in the Church. Peter will carry it out in solidarity with his brothers in the Apostolate and in close contact with the whole Church represented here in the one hundred and twenty brethren around him.

This account of Peter with the other apostles and disciples all brought together is described by St John Chrysostom in these words: “Observe the admirable prudence of St Peter. He begins by quoting the authority of a prophet and does not say, ‘My own word suffices,’ so far is he from any thought of pride. But he seeks nothing less than the election of a twelfth apostle and he presses for this. His entire behaviour shows the degree of his authority and that he understood the apostolic office of government not as a position of honour but as a commitment to watch over the spiritual health of those under him.

“The disciples were one hundred and twenty, and Peter asks for one of these. But he it is who proposes the election and exercises the principal authority because he has been entrusted with the care of all” (Hom. on Acts, 3).

Come on folks. St. John Chrysostom was a bishop of the Catholic Church, proudly, not a Baptist sectarian.


My Walks thru Nagaland and Hyderabad India

by Steve Ray on November 27, 2012

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Arrived in Muscat Oman late last evening in preparation for two days of talks. We get to tour a bit too and tomorrow I will take an extensive walk through the old city. But I wanted to catch up and share my two long walks during our last days in India.

First, Kohima, Nagaland India is as exotic as we’ve visited. It was the land of the headhunters and the first Catholic was baptized here only 60 years ago and there are now 60,000 with 80 priests. It was amazing to meet the first priest from a specific tribe who’s father or grandfather was a jungle headhunter. The Baptists arrived in the mid-1800’s so many of the people below to Baptist churches spread over the hills.

The people are poor but very happy. As I walked through the narrow streets in the morning I watched the city come alive. They were shy of me. Naga folks tend to be wary of strangers, but as soon as I smiled, waved and said, “Hello,” their faces lit up and they smiled back with a quick, “Good morning!”

Click on the above image to the right to join the adventure with my interactive map, videos and pictures. The only thing I can’t bring you is the smells and ambiance of this exotic land. But enjoy the visuals and sounds. 

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Second, Hyderabad India, another exotic and wild place. No where do you hear quiet, feel clean or stop the motion of millions of people on the street like waterways pouring through the arteries. Motorcycles with whole families squeezed on the seat, rickshaws teetering as they swerve left and right through the traffic and rickety buses bulging with people and belching exhaust.

Destitute people laying helpless on the streets, students rushing along to get to class, bicycles dodging taxis which are dodging trucks. Hindu temples rise colorfully every few blocks with beggars at the doors and flower garlands and offerings brought to the elephantine gods. Everything imaginable for sales under blue plastic tarps and sidewalkless curbs.

You have to see it to believe and appreciate it so I used EveryTrail.com to provide you an interactive map with videos and pictures. Click lower picture to the right. Enjoy!