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PRAYER REQUESTS October 2014.

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16th October 2014
Prayer Request by Anonymous.
For the safety of Christian missionaries that are working in areas being attacked by ISIS.


2nd October 2014
Prayer Request by florendo09.

i heard that my uncle was rushed to the hospital due to possible mild stroke, and my elderly grandmother is crying pls pray to God that this will be all settled and also pray for me for i assigned to a night shift class and the road home is far and many dangers lurk at night. pls pray for me, my uncle and my grandmother


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FullmetalKobe824 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
One thing I discovered about the Catholic Church that surprised me is their stance on evolution. I mean, besides the fact that many great scientific advances have come about through Catholic scholarship and education (contrary to the common myth that the Church is anti-science which, as we all know, is a complete bull) and that it was the Belgian priest who proposed the Big Bang theory and convinced Einstein himself to accept it ("Your math is correct, but your physics is abominable"), the Church doesn't even reject evolution at all. Unlike many of the American Protestants and evangelical religions, the Church encourages it to be taught as part of their science curriculum!

What's so absolutely beautiful about it is that, as Pope Pius XII said, "the Church does not forbid that... research and discussions, on the part of men experienced in both fields, take place with regard to the doctrine of evolution, in as far as it inquires into the origin of the human body as coming from pre-existent and living matter." Didn't even Benedict XVI issue the statement that "the universe erupted 15 billion years ago in an explosion called the 'Big Bang' and has been expanding and cooling ever since, converging evidence from many studies in the physical and biological sciences furnishes mounting support for some theory of evolution to account for the development and diversification of life on earth, while controversy continues over the pace and mechanisms of evolution."

With that all said, I am curious as to what you guys positions on evolution are. I am interested in hearing you guys' thoughts and beliefs. :) Would appreciate if you could take some time to explain to me. If there is something I said factually wrong in any of my statement above, please correct me. :) 
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hamundr21 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Writer
I certainly wouldn't say that anything you have said is wrong. That is certainly the Church's position on both science and evolution. Indeed, as Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen said:

“Christianity, by emphasizing discipline, reason, and the value of nature as such, became the rock on which empirical science was founded. Science arose and could arise only in a Christian civilization. The East, lacking this foundation, never became scientific. Science is not inimical to a Christian civilization, for it has flourished only in a Christian civilization. It has not flourished in a Buddhist civilization, nor amongst the Mohammedans, for the reason that a pantheistic civilization that confuses God and the world can never get hold of the world alone to study it scientifically. The Christian conception, on the contrary, makes God and the world distinct, and therefore make it possible for a man to study the universe as the universe. In doing this, man follows out the injunction of the Creator, Who commanded man to rule over the earth and subject it.”

As for my own position on evolution, which is of course not a doctrine but something open to our own opinions, I am not entirely sold on it. I've researched it quite a bit and contemplated it, and to me there are a few discrepencies and implausibilities that just don't make sense to me. To me, our understanding of modern genetics causes some contradictions. For one, the idea that random mutations can cause an organism to not only change, but change so significantly that it becomes a new species. Even gradually, this is very implausible due to the nature of genetic mutations, which are always very minor, rarely beneficial and even the slightest mutation can cause terrible genetic disorders. For two, the perfect harmony of biological anatomy, whereby each individual organ and bodily function fits precisely with the rest of the body and is dependent on it, seems to contradict the idea that our bodily could change either gradually or significantly without doing great harm. For example, our eyes are dependent on our brain, our skull shape, our erect stance, etc., and so if any of it was different, our eyes couldn't work.

Those are two of my main issues. I have a couple more but I can't quite remember them now. I am completely on board with genetics and even with the idea of adaptation, but to me they are not entirely in line with what evolution proposes. Again this is just my opinion, I have no problem with science, in fact my desire is to be as scientific as possible. God bless and thank you for being a rational Catholic. :)
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FullmetalKobe824 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Oh, and can I just add how much I love Tolkiens and therefore, your signature? 

Don't also forget this one:
"We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming 'sub-creator' and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic 'progress' leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil." - J.R.R. Tolkiens
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hamundr21 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Writer
Oh yes, he is truly incredible and indeed a saint I believe. Besides his deep devotion and holiness, as well as being a great husband and father (the latter being one of my favorite things about him), he was I think the best fiction writer ever, and one of the greatest linguists/philologists ever. I wish more people could appreciate him for being more than just a generic fantasy writer, especially recognizing that a great deal of the meaning and worldview presented in his works is due to his extremely deep-rooted Catholicism.
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FullmetalKobe824 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
And your thoughts and position and others' are all I need to know. Thank you for your sincere answer and spending some time explaining it. :) ANd thank you for sharing Fulton Sheen's quote! ;) It was indeed wise and inspiring. God bless you too.

And for the record, I am not actually a Catholic. ^^; Just an open-minded, inquisitive individual who wants to learn new things from others and shares the knowledge he discovered with them. I would like to learn more about the Catholic doctrines and history of the Church in general from devout Catholics themselves. :D Though I personally disagree(which I hope you all understand), I am also curious as to why they believe Mary remained a virgin for the rest of her life even after giving birth to Christ even though the Gospels clearly say that He had the earthly siblings and that there is no denying that James the Just, one of the crucial historical figures in history of early Christianity, along with Apostle Peter, the first Bishop of Rome, and Apostle Paul, was one of them and what their take on the critical arguments against that are. I crave for a calm, intellectual discussion and learning. Even though I don't think I will ever be a Catholic, I am always happy to hear things I have to know about the Catholic faith from the Catholics. :)

So if I have any more question regarding the Catholic Church and their doctrines, please do educate me on them and fill me in correct understandings. :D
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hamundr21 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Writer
I appreciate your openness to Catholicism. :) I am a convert from atheism, over a very long period of rational investigation of many different religions and philosophical standpoints. I found that Catholicism alone can perfectly answer all questions and fit the world most seamlessly. As such, I, and I'm sure many others in this group, are more than willing to discuss anything you wish about our Faith. :)

As for this specific question, I think it is important to understand that the idea of sola scriptura, the belief that all Christian doctrine and discipline must derive from the Bible, is purely an invention of the Protestant Reformation. Indeed, the New Testament was written and organized by the Church, which had been alive for decades before any book of the NT was written and for centuries before it was definitively compiled. This is also true of the Old Testament, whereby Judaism had existed for a very long time before it was written or finished. The Jews, like Catholics, understood in the time of Jesus and before that the Temple and the Church, not the Bible, are the living centers of the Faith, through which we actively live God in this world. The Bible itself, especially the NT, testify that oral tradition and the authority of the Church are equal to and often precede the Bible. (By the way, if you would like any specific quotes about these statements, just ask; I dislike citations and so I rarely give them unless asked.)

The doctrine of the perpetual virginity of the Blessed Virgin derives from several things. For one, it, like the Assumption, had been apart of Christian tradition since the very early Church and I believe many of the Church Fathers attested to it. For two, it is based on the Catholic sacramental imagination, whereby things in the Faith fit not just fact, but the symbolic and spiritual truths of God. For example, only men may be priests not only because Christ only chose men as apostles, but because in their liturgical functions, priests act in persona Christi, meaning in the person of Christ. They act as Christ and act in a "giving", rather than feminine "receiving" sense; this is also why the Father is called Father, when in truth He has no gender.

These are some of the main reasons for our belief in the perpetual virginity of the Blessed Virgin. As for the siblings of Christ, Koine Greek had no name for cousins or other similar relatives and so called them brothers/sisters interchangeably.  The Church has always taught its use of the term siblings refers to Christ's relatives, not his brothers or sisters. Again for specific verification on this if you wish, just ask.

Thank you again for your interest. Though I am certainly not trying to proselytize you, I would advise you to reconsider your position that you will "never be a Catholic". If you are truly open-minded, then allow your mind, your heart, your conscience and your entire being guide you wherever Truth wills. This was my method and it led me home. God bless. :)
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Student Writer
Do we believe in the Anti-Christ?
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hamundr21 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student Writer
There have been different views on this in Church history. The view I prefer is that the Anti-Christ is a spirit, or pervasive attitude, which can occur in an individual or group. It is motivated by Satan, who tempts people to actively go against Christ - not just in an involuntary way, as often happens with sin, but in a knowledgeable and conscious way. To me, that is the Anti-Christ, and it has been present since the Incarnation (hence the Slaughter of the Innocents). If any specific individual could be called Anti-Christ, I would say Satan, who often tries to "imitate" Christ and desires to set himself up in Christ's place, though in an evil form and using his corrupt ways.
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you for your input.
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hamundr21 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student Writer
Mhm. :)
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