Friday, October 17, 2014

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My apologies to those of you kind enough to leave comments. At times the comments may not appear immediately on the blog. I have trouble with trolls and stalkers from time to time.

There are only a few people who are permanently banned from commenting here. It takes a long time to reach the line that says, "Cross this and you'll be on permanent ignore."

Now with Facebook and Twitter, blog discussions aren't as popular as they once were. I still prefer blogs and discussion forums. I do maintain a Facebook page for this blog, and post to it from time to time. I simply don't have the time or desire to maintain it regularly. And besides, I've never really pursued being an Internet-apologist rock star. I don't sell anything, and more often than not, I blog the stuff I do out of purely selfish reasons rather than to gain a following. I expect no one to comment, and then I'm amazed people actually do.

Thanks for the comments.  


Brigitte said...

Salve Regina.

Brigitte said...

HAIL holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Eia, ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte. Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.

O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria. Amen. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us. And after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.

Brigitte said...

Sorry, Guy, if you put me to beheading like ISIS does, I would not submit to saying that prayer to Mary.

Jesus has already had his epiphany. He has been proclaimed to us and we have seen his light and been loved by him.

Brigitte said...

I don't believe I have said anything about Rome. I try to speak about Christ and about the Bible. His word of truth is my life; Rome needs to see itself before Christ, as well, and what he would say about its teaching.

Brigitte said...

The prophets and apostles gave us the Bible. Listen to them first of all. If I have said something heretical and counter to sound biblical teaching, tell me what it is, without trying to pigeonhole me.

Jonathan Roberts said...

For an awesome discussion of the canon, please read Michael Kruger's "The Question of Canon: Challenging the Status Quo in the New Testament Debate." Amazing.

Brigitte said...

Guy, I am a Lutheran teacher, and I am quite aware of how the Bible came together, and who is an apostle or was close to the apostles. It is not particularly profound of you to point out that Luke was not an apostle himself.

I have attended Catholic school in Bavaria, and there the nuns only prayed to Mary in May, an no other time. I have only good memories of the time, but I did not learn much there about God. Mostly, I learned a lot of Latin, which has held me in good stead with other language learning. English is a second language I began learning in grade 5 in school. Latin beginning grade 7, and French in grade 10. After that I moved to Canada. The order was Mary Ward, who educated girls.

guy fawkes said...

My wife went to school in Vienna and Detmold and she loves Germany. Her sister lived in Saarbrucken for 20 years and we used to enjoy visiting her at Christmas time. Germany is the ultimate for Christmas.
As for Bavaria, my wife is a big fan of both Benedict 16 and Pius XII who lived in Munich. We spent Holy Week there some years ago. A great catholic city.

Brigitte said...

I went to Catholic school, but was not schooled in Roman Catholicism. We were Lutherans in diaspora and we had our own religion classes, which was mostly the memorizing of hymns. We memorized many songs, also in music class. Sometimes, the hymns memorized in music class were Lutheran hymns like "a mighty fortress", and "ich steh an denier Krippen hier" (I stand at your cradle here). See my translation, here, if you please.

In my German hymnal', latest edition, the hymns have occasionally a marking of "ecumenical", which I think it means that they are shared with a Roman Catholic hymnal.

James Swan said...

How would Luther or a Lutheran respond to the charge of being a bread worshiper? This ugly pejorative is thrown at Catholics who don't even believe any bread exists after the words of Consecration, so it must really apply to Lutherans, huh? May I quote your answer? ( If I like it of course ). As nobody would ever accuse you of being soft on popery, your opinion will carry some weight with other anti-Catholics I am in dialogue with over on Green Baggins and elsewhere.

The Green Baggins folks probably have no idea who I am, so whatever opinion of mine you think has weight- it doesn't.

Rome's view and the Lutheran view are two different things. I've never heard the charge "bread worshiper" before being applied to Rome's defenders. without seeing the context, it seems like a polemical argument rather than an argument of substance.