Monday, April 1, 2019

2019-04-02 - The Ark of God and the Church


  1. Sacrilege is common, and common sense is not.

    David's dancing is like the last straw for Michal. When I had read this story before I never realized that she already had a reason not to like him. Pride, maybe?

    So, Ephesus is on the west coast of Turkey. There are several traditions regarding where Mary went according to this article from Aleteia. I thin it's interesting that the house in Ephesus is revered not only by Catholics but by Muslims as well.

    What does it mean to be Catholic? It isn't merely the Creed, because other Christians follow the Creed. Therefore, it must be the Church, I suppose.

    1. It's the Church, the Eucharist (actually, the entire sacramental worldview) and the infallibility of the Magisterium. The Body of Christ "subsits" in the Catholic Church. There is nowhere else to go, and all other "churches" are either partially related to the Church or entirely opposed to it.

      By the way, the Debate students have NO SACRAMENTAL WORLDVIEW. They don't even understand what Matrimony is.

      If this population of devout Catholic homeschoolers are more secular than Catholic, then the problem is worse than anybody realizes.

  2. Who are the Debate students? I am confused. Could you clarify?

    1. Is this with HSC? I'm as perplexed as Gabby here.

      Do I understand correctly that they understand the Faith as a self-help program, a system to game? Perhaps one of many viable belief systems?

  3. Props to Bible Hub for making those excellent commentary available! I never understood why Uzzah would be killed for trying to help. I do something similar... When my little brother acts up, I tend to unthinkingly try to correct him instead of just letting my parents do their job. I can learn some lessons from this.

    Also, the spirit of Uzzah seems to be alive and well in those who see the problems in the Church and try to solve the problems with more policies, more programs, more lay involvement, etc. All those things can be good, but ultimately it is Christ the Head who will save the Church from any troubles we poor mortals get her into.

    Thanks for those links, Gabby. Very interesting.

    Beautiful psalm today.

    The opening of the Passion narrative in Mark seems very similar to that of Matthew. I'm fascinated that Christ allowing himself to be anointed seems to be what tipped Judas over the edge. It also makes me think of the people in the Church today who think we should get rid of all the beautiful, expensive accoutrements of liturgy and give the money to the poor. They unwittingly (or maybe willfully) advocate for material blessing at the cost of spiritual privation.