Why is there a feast for the Holy Name of Jesus?
The Bible gives names to persons based on their characteristics. The name of Jesus tells us who he is as well as his role in salvation.
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Where did celebrating in graves come from?
Filipinos like to commemorate All Saints Day by going to the cemeteries to celebrate with food, drink, music, and games. It comes from a Roman practice that was transformed by the early Christians and altered by cultures along the generations.
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Why are certain Sundays called Sundays in Ordinary Time?
Some Sundays do not fall within a season such as Lent or Easter. In order to know which Sunday is which, they are counted. Ordinals are used to count, thus they are called ordinary.
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Why do Catholics say Mary didn’t have other children aside from Jesus when the bible says he had brothers?
When one reads the original Greek, we find out that the word describing the relationship does not necessarily mean blood brother. In fact as we piece together some verses we can see that James - the brother of the Lord - is not a cousin of some sort.
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What do grown-ups mean when they say, offer up your suffering?
Christ did not come to save us from suffering, but through it. He offered his suffering to the Father, and we can do that too, especially during the mass when we can piggy-back on Christ's self offering and offer ours as well.
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Why do you pray the rosary when it is vain repetition?
Repetition is not always vain. We need to get the context of what vain repetition is by reading the entire text of what Christ said so we can get it from context. Christ himself prayed the same prayer three times...
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My atheist-leaning friends say we cherry-pick on what is literal and what is not when we read the Bible. Is this true?
While the Bible is a book, it is also a collection of books. So depending on the book being read, we need to adjust the way we read it. The Psalms, for example, do not contain literal truths, but truths expressed in poetry and song...
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What does it mean there is no salvation outside the Church? Does that mean if you are not in the Catholic Church you will not be saved?
No that's not what it means. Salvation is God's prerogative so he can save anyone regardless of what Church he or she may belong to. What this statement expresses is that the Catholic Church has the tools to attain salvation in the form of sacraments...
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What is the difference between the Catholic Bible and the Protestant Bible? Which one is authentic?
The Protestant and the Catholic Bibles had the same number of books from 1534 until 1827, at which point the Protestant Bible was opted to be printed without the seven apocryphal books...
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So the Pope is infallible even if he is a sinner? How can that be?
Infallibility is the gift where faith and morals are taught without error, while impeccability is the ability to sin. They are independent of each other so one can be a sinner and still be infallible...
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Please tell me more about the command God gave the angels. Also why can't they repent and be obedient after that?
Through a consensus of theologians, Angels were infused with knowledge of the natural universe. They had all the knowledge to decide whether or not they would obey God. No new knowledge could be added to change their minds...
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How do we know God exists?
Saint Thomas Aquinas offered five proofs of God's existence. One of them is the proof from causality. From experience we know matter can only come from matter. It does not materialize out of thin air...
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Someone told me that the people who wrote the gospels did not really write them. Is that true and if it is does that mean the Bible is not authentic?
Scripture is divinely inspired, which means it has God as its author, but written by humans using their own words. While it is true the evangelists may not have written each word themselves...
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I don't understand how God can't have a beginning. How is it possible since everything has to have a beginning.
God created the universe, which means he is not part of the universe. Since time started only when the universe began, then it means God existed before time. It shows he transcends time...
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So how can you say the Catholic Church is good if its members are sinners and it had bad Popes?
The holiness of the Church is determined by two things, Christ who established it, thus making it a divine institution; and by the Holy Spirit who is her soul...
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Is is true Roman Catholics banned the English Bible?
Yes, it is true that the Catholic Church banned and burned English versions of the Bible. But she burned and banned only those versions (in any language) that were erroneous in order to protect the integrity of its content...
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How would you react when certain people say the Catholic Church is Satan's greatest achievement?
Angry, sad, and amused. We believe it is the Christ who established the Church, and it is his mystical body, while the Holy Spirit is the soul that animates her. To say Satan created the church is like saying Christ is the devil...
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If God loves us, why does he punish us with hell?
God doesn't actively punish us, but when we separate ourselves we actually "punish" ourselves. This of course needs some explanation...
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If what God told Moses was his nature, why did God not give us his name?
The lack of a name does not allow us to, in a sense, put God under our control. The name YHWH is not so much as a name but a nature, and the name of Jesus is an extension of this...
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If the Bible is just one message then how is it that the laws in Leviticus are not being followed by Christians?
Christ said he came not to abolish the law, but to fulfill it. So when he asked us to love God and one another, it actually summarizes all the other laws. Just like a father gives many instructions to a child, this becomes less as the child grows up...
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I see God's name as Yahweh in some books, and Jehovah in others. What is God's true name?
The name that he gave Moses is Yahweh, however the Israelites did not want to pronounce it and instead used Adonai, which means Lord. Through an ill-informed translator who saw the consonants and vowels together, wrote it as Yahowah, or in Latin, Jehovah.
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Is there a hell?
I wish I could answer differently, but sadly, yes, there is a hell.
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If the Ten Commandments tell us to remember the Sabbath, which Jews do on Saturday, how come Christians do it on Sunday?
The apostles determined the Lord's Day based on the Resurrection, and it does not conflict with the Ten Commandments, as we will discuss...
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If the Bible is true, how come we don't have the original manuscripts from the original writers like Paul, or Matthew, or Mark?
Basically the manuscripts would not have survived the ravages of turbulent times. Here are two good reasons...
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