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
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
We paid a visit to the shrine of Saint Oliver Plunkett today. He was Martyred in 1681 on false charges brought agaisnt him, trialled by a Kangaroo court. It is great to have his relics so close. Head of St.Oliver Plunkett From the gift shop attached to the Church.
Image by Lorri Lang from Pixabay I've witnessed some people who left the Catholic Church recently announce it on social media. The people who announce it are usually Catholic celebrities who feel like they owe it to their "fans" some sort of explanation. They don't really owe them an explanation which is why I find … Continue reading Our Reasons For Leaving The Catholic Church
Source: web Departure for the Crusades included many varied ceremonies in and around western Europe. From receiving Crosses, scrips and staffs to wild going away parties for the more wealthy Lords and landowners, others were quite stoical in nature. They took place behind closed doors without anyone taking notice. One such person was an Irishman … Continue reading The Irish Gaelic Poet Who Went On The Fifth Crusade
Kiera sleeps beside me as I take a nap. I bought a new puppy recently. I've had her now about four months and I'm currently in the process of training and building trust with her. As I'm training her, I've recognized a lot about the importance of a dog trusting its owner. I saw in … Continue reading To Live A True Life In God We Must Trust Him
Image by Couleur from Pixabay Whenever I talk about obedience, it drives people nuts. When the government or Church clergy is corrupt, it heightens all the more the sense of disgust at the thought of obeying. Regardless of what we may think of our government, when we are asked to do something that doesn't contradict … Continue reading The Importance Of Obedience To A Corrupt Government