October 2016

Al and Steve’s conversation at Mars Hill.

Homily at Athens Cathedral

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adam_and_eveThis is a question that has puzzled people from the beginning. If God is good and all powerful why didn’t he stop Adam and Eve from sinning? Fair question. Of course we all know that he took the risk of giving us free will so that we could choose to love him.

I don’t want my kids to be born with a red button on their forehead that I push every time I want to hear them say, “I love you Daddy!” I want them to choose to say it from their own free will. No one wants a robot son or daughter – God included. 

But even knowing God created us with a free will, wasn’t there something he could have done to keep Man from sinning? Why did he allow this evil deed that brought alienation and death into the world? My friend Jimmy Akin did some pondering after reading a paragraph in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. He wrote,

Today something leapt out that deals with the problem of evil, even though it wasn’t in the section on the problem of evil. It deals with the question of why God allowed original sin to take place.

Here’s what it says:

CCC 412  But why did God not prevent the first man from sinning? St. Leo the Great responds, “Christ’s inexpressible grace gave us blessings better than those the demon’s envy had taken away.” and St. Thomas Aquinas wrote, “There is nothing to prevent human nature’s being raised up to something greater, even after sin; God permits evil in order to draw forth some greater good. Thus St. Paul says, ‘Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more’; and the Exsultet sings, ‘O happy fault,. . . which gained for us so great a Redeemer!’”

communion-of-saints_sThe answers provided by Leo the Great, Aquinas, Paul, and the Exsultet [at Easter] all converge on the idea that God allowed man to fall into sin because he knew he could bring about a greater good by doing so.

This does not necessarily mean a greater good for every individual (e.g., people who commit mortal sin and decide to stay there may not end up with a greater benefit in the long run, although this is itself arguable), but it does mean that there will be greater net good in general.

Thinking of Jimmy’s words reminded me of another paragraph in the Catechism which has caused quite a stir at times. It deals with the divinization of us humans. Had we not sinned, God would presumably not had to become Man. But when God became Man, though his humanity he drew us up into himself and made it possible for us to be sharers in his nature, to share in the very life of the Trinity!

CCC 460  The Word became flesh to make us “partakers of the divine nature”: “For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God.” “For the Son of God became man so that we might become God.” “The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods.”

This is not some strange kind of Mormon theology or New Age nonsense. It is the essence of our salvation. We are not just saved from our sins, but we are drawn right up into the very nature of God by the incarnation and redemption acquired through Jesus Christ.

St. Peter reminds us in 2 Peter 1:4, “He has granted to us his precious and very great promises, that through these you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of passion, and become partakers of the divine nature.”

If you are not dancing yet, re-read the above and then start dancing and sharing this joyous news with everyone!!

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Today was our first full day of this pilgrimage cruise and we went to Corinth. I have to admit this is one of my favorite places because I wrote a Bible study on First and Second Corinthian’s and I feel like I’m walking with St. Paul and sharing my friend with everyone else while were here. Below the full day video is my Intro to Corinth which I gave before Mass.

Below you will find the full video of our day in Corinth and my introduction to Corinth before Mass.

Here is the video of the excellent homily by Fr. Steve Mattson.

Here is my talk at the Erastus Stone last year which I also gave again this year – for those who want to know why I am a Catholic and why the Bible it historically true!

Steve’s Intro to Corinth

Full video of our day in Corinth

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Can you guess what this is? St. Paul would have no idea…

October 30, 2016

Take another look. It has two parts. Today I am in Corinth Greece where St. Paul wrote to these folks 2,000 years ago and told them how to properly conduct themselves on Sunday morning. He also told them what they were to do at the heart of their liturgy. If you still can’t figure it […]

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Ninety-five Excited Pilgrims Arrive in Athens!

October 29, 2016

First day of our St. Paul Mediterranean cruise and “Seminar at Sea.” All is well and everyone is excited. Great 1st day homily by Fr. Mattson here. Enjoy!

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You Laity are Pretty Important and Should be Involved Reminding Priests and Bishops

October 29, 2016

We Catholics often think we should sit back and let the bishops and priests do everything. We should look to them to save our Church. But Archbishop Fulton Sheen has a word of exhortation for us: “Who is going to save our Church? Do not look to the priests. Do not look to the bishops. […]

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Congratulations to Marcus Grodi and Journey Home for 20 Years!

October 28, 2016

Marcus, congratulations on 20 years of excellent and super beneficial broadcasting. You’ve become a household name and your shows have helped millions of people. You are a great friend and have my admiration, love and congratulations. Marcus writes, I never dreamed this would happen — and I don’t think Mother Angelica did either — but […]

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Passover Lamb: A True Story

October 28, 2016

Contributed by Jesse Ray a while ago but worthy of reposting… I arrived on the scene with my gun and stoically loaded in some self-defense rounds (although I was clearly not in danger). I did not lavish the idea of slaughtering a lamb, but my friend and new-farmer, Pat, called and sheepishly asked for some help. […]

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Trump Interviewed on EWTN; Watch Tonight! We Already Voted for Trump!

October 27, 2016

IRONDALE, Ala., Oct. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — At 8 p.m. ET, Thursday, Oct. 27, EWTN’s “The World Over” with Host Raymond Arroyo will air an exclusive interview with Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, which will be of interest to people across the United States. Watch the 15 minute interview below… Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161025/432539 Logo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161025/432540LOGO “He […]

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For those following the Geocentrism arguments and updates

October 27, 2016

MGeocentricism is the view that the earth is the center of the universe and everything revolves around the earth. This is contrary to everything we know and real science that denies this. Dave Palm has been decisively rebutting Bob Sungenis and his followers who actually believe the whole universe spins around the earth. For four […]

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Conversation at an Airport; Don’t Be Intimated! Say What You’re Thinking!

October 25, 2016

We stepped into the Delta lounge to await our flight to Greece where we will meet our group of 95 excited pilgrims for our St. Paul cruise. A guy sat down next to me and said, “How you doing?” I said, “Great, we just voted for Trump and we are on our way to lead […]

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Stop being intimidated, say what you’re thinking! Are example at the airport…

October 25, 2016

We stepped into the Delta lounge to await our flight to Greece where we will meet our group of 95 excited pilgrims for a St. Paul cruise. A guy sat down next to me and said, “How you doing?” I said, “Great, we just voted for Trump and we are on our way to lead […]

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Jack Chick Died, Remember his Cartoon Tracts? Very Anti-Catholic Evangelist; 9 Things You Should Know

October 25, 2016

I remember handing out those cartoon Chick Tracts when I was a Protestant. As uninformed as I was, I liked the simplicity and brashness of the little booklets. Now I know how crude and deceptive they were. Jack Chick just died and Jimmy Akin wrote a bit about it.   First Jimmy writes about Nine […]

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My Daughter Found A Baby

October 20, 2016

My wonderful daughter Charlotte writes: BABY SORRILL HAS BEEN FOUND!!!!!  With great excitement  we announce – we are matched! Our baby boy is due January 16th! We can’t believe how fast this happened! God’s hand was truly in every detail and we are so very thankful and over the moon excited! We met the birth mother today and […]

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