Is the Rosary “Vain Repetition”?

Photograph by "bykst" [Pixabay / CC0 public domain] ***** A new Catholic convert who was “struggling” with some things in the faith asked me about the Rosary some years ago:Mary is most often mentioned in its entirety. I find it difficult meditating on Christ when Mary is so prevalent. Why is Mary so heavily infused into the prayer?Here is my reply: One must understand the nature of the Rosary and the purpose of the repetition. Most of the words of the Hail Mary are, it should be no … [Read more...]

“Holy Ground” & Mary’s Perpetual Virginity

Immaculate Conception (1628-1629), by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] ***** A priest who was helping a Baptist woman to understand the perpetual virginity of Mary became a bit frustrated, finally blurting out: “God Himself was in Mary's womb!” In a moment of illumination or grace or inspiration, the woman understood, thinking: “Take off your shoes, for this is holy ground.” The many relevant biblical analogies took hold. We observe in Holy Scripture, for insta … [Read more...]

Bible on Mary’s Assumption

Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary (1611), by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] ***** From my book, Proving the Catholic Faith is Biblical (2015) *** Our Protestant friends in Christ often challenge us to find “proofs” of our doctrines in the Bible. When it comes to the doctrine of the Assumption, almost all of them think or say: “there is nothing whatever in the Bible about that!” I'd like to examine this question from two perspectives: whether the challen … [Read more...]

Biblical Arguments for Mary’s Perpetual Virginity

The Annunciation (1490/1495), by Jean Hey (fl. c. 1475 - c. 1505) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] ***** From my book, Proving the Catholic Faith is Biblical (2015) *** In a previous article, I wrote about the “Hebraic” use of the Greek adelphos: as applying to cousins, fellow countrymen, and a wide array of uses beyond the meaning of “sibling.” Yet it is unanimously translated as “brother” in the King James Version (KJV): 246 times. The cognate adelphe is translated 24 times only as “sist … [Read more...]

Prayer to Saints: “New” [?] Biblical Argument

Transfiguration of Christ (c. 1487), by Giovanni Bellini (c. 1430-1516) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] ***** I absolutely love discovering things like this. I learned of it from Mary Sorenson, who follows my posts on Facebook. She wrote on my page, in the context of discussing the rich man's prayer to Abraham (Luke 16): At the Transfiguration, Jesus spoke with Moses & Elijah. And, as He hung on the cross, calling out "Eloi, eloi...", the people thought he was calling out to Elijah. … [Read more...]

Catholic Views: Grace, Merit, & Synergy

Cooperating with God as "Co-Laborers" in Doing Grace-Caused Good WorksPaul's Conversion on the Way to Damascus (c. 1601), by Caravaggio (1571-1610) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] ***** These are old Blogspot papers of mine. Be sure to allow a minute or two for them to upload, and select versions from July 2015 or earlier. ***** Dialogue: "Doing Something" for Salvation (vs. Craig Kott) [1996]Merit: Catholic Doctrine vs. Caricature (James McCarthy's Distortions) … [Read more...]

Dialogue on Praying to Abraham (Luke 16)

Print illustrating the story of the rich man and Lazarus, from the Gospel of Luke, by Gustave Doré (1832-1883) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] *** This is a follow-up discussion regarding my post, Asking Saints to Intercede: Teaching of Jesus. I have edited for the sake of concentration of specific subject matter and flow in the dialogue. The entire exchange is found on my Facebook page. Dave Scott and John Atkinson are Protestants (John is an "ordained Anglican minister"). Dave's words wil … [Read more...]

Catholic Conversion & Converts: 50 Posts & Interviews

Convert G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] *** Most of these are old Blogspot papers of mine. Be sure to allow a minute or two for them to upload, and select versions from July 2015 or earlier. ***** INDIVIDUAL CONVERSIONSG. K. Chesterton's Conversion Story [1991]Ronald Knox's Conversion Story [1991]Malcolm Muggeridge's Conversion Story [1991]Why I Returned to the Catholic Church; Including a Searching Examination of Various Flaws and Errors in … [Read more...]

Praying to Angels & Angelic Intercession

The Angel of the Lord Appearing to Hagar in the Wilderness, by Nicolas Colombel (1644-1717) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] *** From my book, Proving the Catholic Faith is Biblical (2015). ***** Non-Catholic Christians believe that we can pray to no one but God, and ask no one to fulfill an intercessory prayer request but God. But what does the Bible teach? In the Old Testament, Lot makes such a request of two angels, who were sent by God to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen … [Read more...]

Asking Saints to Intercede: Teaching of Jesus

Lazarus and the Rich Man (1865), by Eduard von Gebhardt (1838-1925) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] *** From my book, Proving the Catholic Faith is Biblical (2015). ***** Have you ever talked to anyone who exclaimed: “The Bible never shows anyone praying to anyone other than God! And we can never communicate to anyone who is dead, either; that's occultic!” Yet it's indisputable that Jesus indeed plainly teaches the very thing that they claim is nonexistent in Scripture. In His story of L … [Read more...]


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