Parousia: Sedona

Daystar DS 1001 (1975) Arizona was the birthplace of God Unlimited, probably the best college-based group of the "Jesus Music" era (although this group did the same kind of ministry).  God Unlimited was an Episcopal group; this Arizona gathering was Roman Catholic, connected with the Spiritual Life Institute and Fr. William McNamara. This is a …

To the Holy Trinity: God of God: The Son of God Does Not Decay

Continuing in Bossuet's Elevations on the Mysteries, 2,2: A God, can a God come from him? A God, can he bring into existence a being other than himself? Yes, if this God is son. It is repugnant to God to come from another creator who pulls him from nothing; but it is not repugnant to …

To the Holy Trinity: God is Fertile: God Has a Son

Starting a new Elevations on the Mysteries by Bossuet, 2,1:  Why should God not have had a Son? Why should this happy nature lack this perfect fecundity that she gives to her creatures? The name of Father, is it so dishonouring and so unworthy of the first being, that he cannot arrange according to his …

The Political Party Called "Enough"

In a lengthy piece on Algeria's succession dilemma, we have this: At least six opposition parties boycotted the elections, arguing that the results were determined well ahead of the voting and that the ballot would not change the nature of the governing regime. One of the many opposition movements, Barakat (“Enough”), regularly demonstrated for peaceful …

Frances Mary Hunter Gordon: The Woldingham Folk Mass

(1968) It didn't take long after Vatican II for new forms of the Mass to emerge.  This not only included the Novus Ordo Missae in 1970 (which is still in place, albeit with the Latinate English translation now in force) but also with new music.  On this side of the Atlantic, we had Peter Scholtes …

An Old Irish Biker Nails It On Civil Marriage

Nick Park, pastor of the Solid Rock Church and Administrative Bishop of the Church of God in Ireland, gets it: The solution is clear. It’s time for the Government to get out of the marriage business. In fact, for most of human history, marriage was something practiced by communities (both religious and non-religious) and the …

God, His Unity and Perfection: The Holiness of God

This is the last in this series from Bossuet's Elevations on the Mysteries, 1,10: 1. God is the Holy One of Israel God particularly delights in the name of holy.  Very often he calls himself the holy one of Israel: he wants that his holiness be his motif, and the principle of ours: be holy …

God, His Unity and Perfection: The Love of God, Despised and Implacable

The next part of Bossuet's Elevations on the Mysteries, 1,9: Because you have not wanted to serve the Lord your God with pleasure and in the joy of your heart, in the abundance of all of his good things, you will be subjected to an implacable enemy which the Lord will send over you, in …

God, His Unity and Perfection: Goodness and Love of God Around Penitent Sinners

Again we have Bossuet's Elevations on the Mysteries, 1,8: It is said by a common proverb (Jeremiah 3) : If a husband leaves his wife and she, going away from him, marries another husband, will the first take her back? This woman, will she not be soiled and abominable? And you, sinning soul, you are …

God, His Unity and Perfection: The Goodness of God and His Love Around His Own

Another post from Bossuet's Elevations on the Mysteries, I, 7: It's a father, it's a mother, it's a nurturer.  A mother, can she forget the child which she carried in her womb? And when she does forget it, I will never forget you, (Isaiah 49,15), says the Lord.  The Lord your God has carried you …

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