Theology

RCIA: 12 Basic Questions on the Sacrament of Baptism

Theology

SPL Staff • May 25th, 2017

Listers, Holy Baptism is the portal of salvation. As we learned in RCIA: 12 Questions to Introduce the Sacraments, a sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. The following twelve questions serve to introduce the Sacrament of Holy Baptism and provide citations for further... Read More →

Inferno: The 7 Steps to Dante's Journey through Upper Hell

Literature Theology

SPL Staff • May 13th, 2017

Listers, the Inferno is an invitation to examine your soul. In addition to the basic journey of Dante the Pilgrim, the notes below examine the Inferno as a story of the soul with a particular emphasis on virtue, vice, and the rationale behind each contrapasso. The contrapasso, as explained below,... Read More →

Inferno: The 8 Steps of Dante's Journey through Lower Hell

Literature Theology

SPL Staff • May 13th, 2017

Listers, the Inferno is an invitation to examine your soul. In addition to the basic journey of Dante the Pilgrim, the notes below examine the Inferno as a story of the soul with a particular emphasis on virtue, vice, and the rationale behind each contrapasso. The contrapasso, as explained below,... Read More →

RCIA: 12 Questions to Introduce the Sacraments of the Church

Theology

SPL Staff • April 20th, 2017

Listers, all seven sacraments--Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Confession, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Holy Matrimony--are outward signs instituted by Jesus Christ to give grace. Rooted in Holy Scripture, the Sacraments are deeply Trinitarian. They are works of the Holy... Read More →

She Shall Crush Thy Head: 6 Examples of Women "Crushing" the Heads of Men in Scripture

Theology

SPL Staff • April 19th, 2016

Listers, in Genesis our first parents suffered a curse due to their fall into sin. One condition of the Fall was that God would place enmity between the woman and the serpent - but the phrase explaining the enmity and what will happen due to that enmity has been a matter of much debate. To wit,... Read More →

The Downward Spiral: 6 Quick Catholic Lessons on the Book of Judges

Theology

SPL Staff • February 27th, 2016

Listers, the Historical Books are paramount in understanding salvation history. The Historical Books of the Old Testament are Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I & II Samuel, I & II Kings, I & II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Tobit, Judith, Esther, and I & II Maccabees. The Historical Books... Read More →

The Conquest: 9 Catholic Lessons from the Book of Joshua

Theology

SPL Staff • February 27th, 2016

Listers, the Historical Books are paramount in understanding salvation history. The Historical Books of the Old Testament are Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I & II Samuel, I & II Kings, I & II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Tobit, Judith, Esther, and I & II Maccabees. The Historical Books... Read More →

The 30 statements of the joint declaration between Pope Francis and Russian Patriarch Kirill

history Theology

SPL Staff • February 13th, 2016

Listers, on February 12, 2016 His Holiness Pope Francis met with the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Havana, Cuba. The two leaders signed a joint declaration on several issues, which included overcoming historic antagonisms between the two Churches, the plight of Christians in the Middle... Read More →

The 13 Examples of Pride Carved into the Floor of Purgatory

Literature Theology

SPL Staff • January 11th, 2016

"The Proud" by Gustave Dore. Listers, pride is the first sin to be purged in Dante's literary work the Purgatorio. The purgation of pride represents the first ledge of purgatory. There are seven ledges - one for each of the seven deadly vices. Dante orders them according to their proximity to... Read More →

7 Illustrations of How People in the Old Testament Viewed the Universe

history Theology

SPL Staff • January 4th, 2016

Listers, the concept of ancient Hebrew cosmology is fascinating. In general, the world was a flat disc covered by a firm dome. Beneath the disc was Sheol - the place of the dead - and the deep waters. Above the dome, there was more water and finally the high heavens where God dwells. "The notion... Read More →

The Ultimate Guide to St. Genevieve: 13 Things about Her and Her Feast Day

history Theology

SPL Staff • January 3rd, 2016

Life & Works 1. General Background St. Genevieve was born around Anno Domini 419 or 422 in Nanterre, France, "a small village four miles from Paris, near the famous modern stations, or Calvary, adorned with excellent sculptures, representing our Lord's Passion, on Mount Valerien."1 She died... Read More →

Ante-Purgatory: "The 3 Ways Those Who Repent Late in Life are Punished in Dante's Purgatorio"

Literature Theology

SPL Staff • November 16th, 2015

Ante-Purgatory   1. The Excommunicated In Canto III, Dante and Virgil encounter those souls who were excommunicated. The reason, however, these souls are in purgatory and not hell is because they repented at the very end of their life. In Dante's Purgatorio, the repentant excommunicants are... Read More →

Purgatory: 8 Maps of Dante's Purgatorio

Literature Theology

SPL Staff • November 7th, 2015

"The Portals of Purgatory" by Gustave Dore. Listers, "The "Divina Commedia" is an allegory of human life, in the form of a vision of the world beyond the grave, written avowedly with the object of converting a corrupt society to righteousness: "to remove those living in this life from the state... Read More →

7 Prayers for God to Defend & Cleanse His Holy Catholic Church

Theology

SPL Staff • October 3rd, 2015

Listers, the gates of hell have not and will not prevail against the Church. As the Catechism states: "Simon Peter holds the first place in the college of the Twelve; Jesus entrusted a unique mission to him. Through a revelation from the Father, Peter had confessed: 'You are the Christ, the Son... Read More →

Bible Study: 7 Essential Principles for Catholic Biblical Interpretation

Theology

SPL Staff • October 1st, 2015

Click to view on Amazon. Listers, "what does a Catholic approach to Scripture study look like?" This is the question Dr. Steven C. Smith takes up in his work 7 Essential Principles for Catholic Scripture Study: The Word of the Lord. The book strikes an excellent balance between academic insights... Read More →

26 Quotes from Pope Francis' Visit to Washington D.C. and New York City

history Theology

SPL Staff • September 26th, 2015

Listers, Pope Francis' visit to the United States is one marked with historic firsts. His Holiness Pope Francis was the first Roman Pontiff to address a full joint session of the U.S. Congress. Second, Pope Francis was the first Vicar of Christ to address the United Nations at the opening of a... Read More →

Night Holds No Terror: 7 of the Best Psalms to Pray Before Bed

Life & Leisure Theology

SPL Staff • May 28th, 2015

Compline via anglicanbreviary.net Listers, the Liturgy of the Hours is a gift from Sacred Tradition that allows the Faithful to truly pray without ceasing. Though quite complex, this rich tradition is basically the Psalms adorned with hymns and other prayers. The Holy Mass and the Liturgy of the... Read More →

May Catholics Overthrow or Even Kill a Tyrant? - 9 Comments by Aquinas

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • May 11th, 2015

Listers, may Catholics overthrow or even kill a tyrant? The answer to this question is one St. Thomas Aquinas pondered over his lifetime. In contemplating the assassination of Julius Caesar, a young Aquinas seemed to state that not only can a Catholic kill a tyrant, there are times he should be... Read More →

Friendship in the Trinity: 4 Thoughts on Christian Friendship

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • March 15th, 2015

Listers, "There is nothing closer to the heart of a twenty year old," states Fr. James V. Schall, S.J., "than that of friendship: how it is gained and how it is lost. If you do not understand this, you do not understand life." [i] The ability to develop friendships is one of the greatest gifts of... Read More →

On the Privilege of Being a Woman: 7 Quotes on True Femininity

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • March 2nd, 2015

Click to view it on Amazon. Listers, what is true femininity? In her excellent short work entitled The Privilege of Being a Woman, Alice von Hildebrand deftly describes true femininity. In history, women have either been "denigrated as lower than men" or "viewed as privileged." In... Read More →
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