St. Irenaeus: 5 Things You Need To Know

Today is the feast day of St. Irenaeus of Lyons , one of the greatest minds of the Early Church, if not the greatest. You can find basically all of the Church's essential doctrines in sapling form in his writings. His writings are critical for defending the Church's teachings on the Eucharist, the Virgin Mother, the canon of Scripture, and more.  Here are the FIVE key things  you need to know  about St. Irenaeus: 1. Mary is the New Eve St. Paul talks about Jesus being the "Second Adam" or "New Adam," but it's St. Irenaeus who completes the comparison.  St. Irenaeus of Lyons, from Against Heresies , Book III, Chapter 2, paragraph 4 . The consequences of this simple connection are enormous. Just think what it proves about Mary!  How was Eve conceived? She was conceived immaculately, without any stain of sin, and born virginally from the side of Adam.  There you have a basis for the  Immaculate Conception . Also, in terms of  recapitulatio Read More June 27, 2017

Saint Quote of the Day from Saint Pope John Paul

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Catholic, Pro-Life Victory in Georgia: Handel Wins House Seat

On Tuesday night, it was announced that Karen Handel had won the most expensive House race in American history. While many are describing this as a defeat for the Democratic party, what's not being mentioned is that Handel's victory is a big win for the pro-life movement and a vindication of sorts for the Congresswoman-elect.  This is not the first time Georgia's new Congresswoman-elect has made headlines. Back in 2012 after an unsuccessful bid for governor, Handel was appointed the Senior Vice President for Policy of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Shortly thereafter, the Komen foundation cut ties and funding to Planned Parenthood. According to the New York Times , the change resulted in a halt of grants to 19 of Planned Parenthood’s 83 affiliates, which received nearly $700,000 from the Komen foundation in 2011. Before running for Congress, Karen Handel advocated for life as an executive at the Susan Komen Foundation.   A Catholic herself, Handel cited the do Read More June 21, 2017

The Hidden King David of the Lord of the Rings

In the last post , the prophecies of Jesus being the "Son of David" and the new "branch" from the "stump of Jesse" were compared to Aragorn being "Isildur's Heir", as well as the Return of the King being associated with the White Tree of Gondor blooming again. Clearly, Tolkien was connecting the Return of the King(s): Jesus and Aragorn.   However, there are still more connections between Isildur and King David -- perhaps even more obvious connections. So obvious, that you might even wonder why you never saw them until now! The two are very much alike, both in their epic successes and their epic failures.  The Hidden Goliath Sauron was decimating the armies of the Last Alliance of Elves and Men. Sauron towered above even Elendil the Tall , the first High King of Gondor and the greatest warrior of all the Dúnedain . Sauron had just killed not only the High King Elendil but the Elven-King Gil-galad , and he had shattered Elendil’s sw Read More June 14, 2017

The Hidden Prophecy in the Lord of the Rings: The White Tree and the Kingdom of David

Do you remember the White Tree of Gondor? It was the symbol of Gondor. Faramir and the knights of Gondor wore the tree on their armor, their breastplates and shields:     The White Tree grew in the uppermost courtyard of the citadel of Minas Tirith: The White Tree had withered in the years of the Stewards of Gondor, when the throne of Gondor was empty and there was no king. The White Tree mysteriously bloomed again at the Return of the King: But why? What is the significance of the blooming of this tree?  The White Tree of Gondor & the Stump of Jesse  As Jesus was leaving Jericho, a voice rose from the crowd. It was Bartimaeus, the blind beggar. He was sitting in the dust, along the roadside. The blind man cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:47) The blind man was screaming, groping around in his private darkness and among the cruel feet of the road. Why had this blind man called Jesus the Son of David? What did the bli Read More June 07, 2017