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BARBARIANS AT THE GATE? OR INSIDE THE KEEP?

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Technical problems with Google indexing have made it desirable to re-post all of our material. I hope you will find interest in reflecting with me, on the history of the Church over the centuries and during the life of the Blog which began on 14th December 2009. This post first appeared on 8thNovember 2010.
Serving with the Angels


“Barbarians at the Gate”- images of Attila the Hun advancing on Rome at the head of his barbarian hordes in A.D. 452 and being dissuaded by Pope Saint Leo the Great (A.D. 440-461) are conjured up by these words. They are powerful and eloquent.
1,600 Years ago, and 42 years before Attila, Rome HAD been sacked by Alaric and the Visigoth hordes he led – something that had not happened in the preceding 800 years. The overrunning and sacking of cities was not uncommon in the ancient world. But not Rome – this was the great trauma of Civilisation! “The city that had conquered the world, was itself conquered….” says Roman citizen St.Jerome 

As the shock waves and conse…

FOUR SENSES OF SACRED SCRIPTURE

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Technical problems with Google indexing have made it desirable to re-post all of our material. I hope you will find interest in reflecting with me, on the history of the Church over the centuries and during the life of the Blog which began on 14th December 2009. This post first appeared on 4th November 2010. “The Letter speaks of deeds; Allegory to faith;
The Moral how to act; Anagogy our destiny.”
What is it all about? Catholics have long held that there are Four Senses in which Sacred Scripture can be understood: Literally and Spiritually which latter can be divided into Allegorical, Moral and Anagogical. This Catholic concern for the whole meaning of Sacred Scripture is part of the many things that separate fundamentalist organizations from the Church founded by Christ. (They are ultra literalist.)

The Catechism teaches us that the Holy Spirit has inspired and directed the human authors of Sacred Scripture, and in seeking to interpret the Scripture we must do so in the light of that sa…

ALL SAINTS DAY AND THE DEFORMATION

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Technical problems with Google indexing have made it desirable to re-post all of our material. I hope you will find interest in reflecting with me, on the history of the Church over the centuries and during the life of the Blog which began on 14th December 2009. This post first appeared on 1st November 2010.

Could there be a more diverse group of people? The Saints the Catholic Church has elevated to the Honours of the Altar are an extraordinarily diverse group.
Today the Church celebrates their achievement of eternal life with God in Heaven. She holds them up to us as gleaming examples of the reality that we can all, no matter what our station in life, respond successfully to the universal call to holiness.
Sadly on this same date, 1st November we look back to yesterday with its concentration  on the occult and evil, when some Protestants have come to choose to  commemorate the day in 1517 when the less than saintly Martin Luther nailed his personal manifesto to the church door in the G…

THE BOGEYMAN HIMSELF HAS APPEARED THANK GOD!

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Technical problems with Google indexing have made it desirable to re-post all of our material. I hope you will find interest in reflecting with me, on the history of the Church over the centuries and during the life of the Blog which began on 14th December 2009. This post first appeared on 28 September,2010. Serving With the Angels

How fortunate we are to be alive when such a great demonstration of the action of God’s Grace occurs! For that is what Pope Benedict’s marvellous visit to England and Scotland has been - a great demonstration of the action of God’s Grace. Who could fail to notice the difference between the visit itself and the chorus of its deriders and opponents, particularly in the immediate lead-up to the Holy Father’s arrival? Now the Humanists Society and its eminent signatories, Prof. Dawkins, the ABC, the BBC, the homosexuals and abortionists are shown to be empty vessels – they make the most noise but they deliver nothing!

All but 500 years have passed since King Henry…

"FROM OUT THE FLAMINIAN GATE" OH NO!!! CATHOLICS !!!

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Technical problems with Google indexing have made it desirable to re-post all of our material. I hope you will find interest in reflecting with me, on the history of the Church over the centuries and during the life of the Blog which began on 14th December 2009. This post first appeared on    3rd September 2010.       

From Out the Flaminian Gate 
                          (Seen above -  now known as The Porta Del Populo)


The English stereotypically delight in their (self-imagined) superiority and ascendancy over lesser mortals (everyone else). This self-assurance was famously encapsulated in the phrase “the wogs begin at Calais”. But if anything has regularly caused the “stiff upper lip” to quiver, or the teacups to rattle, it is the spectre of the Catholic Church. As the Anglican Archbishop of York said in 1850: “Rome’s ever wakeful ambition (is) plotting for our captivity and ruin”, whilst his brother Bishop of London referred to Catholic Priests as: “emissaries of darkness”!

From the …

"SEX" OR "GENDER" ? SERVING WITH THE ANGELS

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Technical problems with Google indexing have made it desirable to re-post all of our material. I hope you will find interest in reflecting with me, on the history of the Church over the centuries and during the life of the Blog which began on 14th December 2009. This post first appeared on 26th July 2010.
To-day’s media pour out words in an unremitting stream. Even when there is nothing to be said, commentators feel obliged to maintain a stream of mindless blather to justify their presence, even when a televised image is absolutely self-explanatory.

The repetition of certain words and phrases is an acknowledged form of indoctrination. If it is not subtle, it can sometimes prove counter-productive. In recent times the repetitive solemn intonation of “working families” was so overdone in Australia that it became a source of national mirth. When the same stable more recently brought forth “moving forward” the community was well-primed and the universal ridicule in response made the effor…

SAINT PAUL PART XIII THE THEOLOGIAN AND HIS LEGACY

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Technical problems with Google indexing have made it desirable to re-post all of our material. I hope you will find interest in reflecting with me, on the history of the Church over the centuries and during the life of the Blog which began on 14th December 2009. This post first appeared on 11th July,2010.
 St Paul


The theologian and his legacy



The beginning of this Year of St Paul set us off on a path of discovery, endeavouring to see St Paul as he really was, the man in the context of his times and locations. We learned a great deal, even down to his appearance, his temperament and most importantly the great depth of his love for Christ and the remarkable extent of his apostolic activity and teaching through Christ living in him.

Now, at the end of that year, we can step back a little to consider the whole picture of the great Saint’s life. Many modernists have tried to present St Paul as the” inventor” of Christianity, in effect to separate his teaching from the “real” Christ and his te…

BLOG "NOVUS ORDO" A SCARY AFTERNOON

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Technical problems with Google indexing have made it desirable to re-post all of our material. I hope you will find interest in reflecting with me, on the history of the Church over the centuries and during the life of the Blog which began on 14th December 2009. This post first appeared on11th July 2010.

"NOVUS ORDO" INDEED -A new order in the appearance of VEXILLA REGIS!
I have spent a hair-raising afternoon ( despite my apparent composure in the above picture!) trying to choose a design for the Blog that is easier on the eye.

Hair-raising? Well, yes for several minutes, ALL of the text of all of the posts disappeared and all went BLACK. I freely admit I am no computer whizz, and some of my exclamations were less than edifying. But through perseverance and restoration of hope, I got back to basics - and all were revealed in their pristine state! Deo Gratias!

I hope readers will find the general result pleasing. The Template comes with a few background pidgeons in scattered flig…

SAINT PAUL Part XII SAINT PAUL WRITES FROM ROME II

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Technical problems with Google indexing have made it desirable to re-post all of our material. I hope you will find interest in reflecting with me, on the history of the Church over the centuries and during the life of the Blog which began on 14th December 2009. This post first appeared on 10th July 2010.





















St Paul Writes from Rome II


Letter to the Ephesians

This letter is, in many ways, among St Paul’s finest. It has also been the cause of some academic controversy in past years concerning its direction and its authenticity. On both points, there is now general favourable agreement.

Direction

We know the letter as “Ephesians” because two of the manuscripts that survive contain the words “en Epheso” in the first verse of their Greek texts. But these words are not in the most ancient manuscripts and St. Basil (AD 330 – 379) affirms that in his day they were not in the manuscripts. They are not in two of our surviving manuscripts known as Codex B and Codex Aleph.

The internal evidence from the …

SAINT PAUL Part XI SAINT PAUL WRITES FROM ROME I

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Technical problems with Google indexing have made it desirable to re-post all of our material. I hope you will find interest in reflecting with me, on the history of the Church over the centuries and during the life of the Blog which began on 14th December 2009. This post first appeared on 8th July 2010.





St Paul Writes from Rome I




The chain that secured him to the wall and the constant attention of the Praetorian Guards reminded Paul that he was a prisoner of the Emperor Nero. But the wall was in a house he had rented at his own cost, possibly near the Jewish quarter of the City, and the regular stream of visitors reminded him of the relative privilege his Roman Citizenship afforded him. Imprisoned by the authorities in Jerusalem and Caesarea at the behest of the Jews, Paul had used his Roman Citizen’s right to be tried by the Emperor himself to ensure the fulfilment of his long-held desire to visit Rome. It seems he arrived there around March AD 61.

Being a prisoner of the increasingly …