My kids took this rather funny photo of me today. They wanted to play "Knights and Kings" and they all agreed I should be king. They bought me a kings crown from the local toy store and took this photo of me with my Mr.Perfect mug. As we all laughed at the photo it nevertheless … Continue reading What It Means To Live Like A King
West Face Of The High Cross http://www.stephenbernard.org It is only a short drive from my home yet remains one of the biggest tourist attractions all year round. This is only one of the numerous well preserved 1100 year old High Crosses found in Ireland today. It was erected on the site of a monastery that … Continue reading 10th century High Crosses Of Monasterboice explained.
whoever loses their life for me will find itMatthew:16:25 The Church often uses this quote when referring to those who were martyred for the faith. While they do that legitimately, there is another way you can lose your life without ever shedding a drop of blood. How do many martyrs willingly give up their bodily … Continue reading What It Really Means To Lose Your Life For Christ
Source: Public domain In the last 4 weeks I have consumed so much written and audible material on the Crusades. Not only have I read modern historians one the subject but have so far read three primary accounts. I've roughly read 3-4000 pages of work. I feel like I'm at least somewhat qualified to throw … Continue reading The Problem With Church Sanctioned Violence
Source: Public Domain In the Gospel of Matthew We read about the miracle of the 5 loaves and two fishes: And when he had commanded the multitudes to sit down upon the grass, he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves … Continue reading Christians Who Come Only For The Bread
Image Source: Public Domain Today many men would see something seriously wrong with the featured image in this article. Three men lying together with an Angel watching over the entire affair appears to be heresy surely. Well, in the middle ages people slept together in one big bed. It was not uncommon for families to … Continue reading How Medieval Sleeping Arrangements Compare To The Modern World
Image by Waldo Miguez from Pixabay It's been a strange few weeks for me. In the lead up to the President of Turkey converting the Hagia Sofia into a Mosque I found myself studying the Crusades. I had been gifted a book by Christopher Tyerman, "The World Of The Crusades". I followed this by purchasing … Continue reading The Hagia Sofia Should Not Be Cause For Division
Source: Web Peter the Hermit was a priest and monk who independently went about the streets of Europe riding on a donkey recruiting mostly peasants for the Crusade. He was a brilliant and talented orator whose speeches were grand enough to gather 30-40,000 men and women on his mission across the Bosporus into Turkey. Peters … Continue reading How Independent YouTube Preachers Resemble Peter The Hermit
Source: Web The Crusades seem to be provoke many (mostly non believers with an existing dislike for Catholicism) to anger. Whenever there is unrest with fundamentalism in the Islamic world from groups such as Isis, westerners are always quick to remind Christians that Crusaders done many terrible things to Muslims in the name of Christ. … Continue reading Should Catholics Be Embarrassed By The Crusades?
A common misconception is that Constantinople was sacked by the Crusaders simply for economic reasons and to gain power. Nothing could be further from the truth. As the video below demonstrates quoting many historians, the sack of the city was self inflicted. Alexius the IV, who had an agreement with the Crusaders to fund the … Continue reading Video: Debunking The Myth Why The Crusaders Sacked Constantinople