St. George- Patron Saint of England.
A brief article can be read here. The growing cry for England and St George.
Who was Saint George?
(From the BBC)
The story of Saint George is so wrapped in myth and legend that it’s difficult to extract the historical facts of a real life. Some believe he never existed or that he’s a Christianised version of an older pagan myth.
In the early centuries of Christianity, followers would write up fabulous accounts of the lives of their heroes. This enhanced George’s reputation but left the details of his life very blurred.
What we believe to be the truth is that George was born in Cappadocia, an area which is now in Turkey, in the 3rd century; that his parents were Christians; and that when his father died, George’s mother returned to her native Palestine, taking George with her. George became a soldier in the Roman army and rose to the rank of Tribune.
Persecution of Christians
The Emperor of the day, Diocletian (245-313 AD), began a campaign against Christians at the very beginning of the 4th century. In about 303 AD George is said to have objected to this persecution and resigned his military post in protest.
Torture and martyrdom
George tore up the Emperor’s order against Christians. This infuriated Diocletian, and George was imprisoned and tortured – but he refused to deny his faith. Eventually he was dragged through the streets of Diospolis (now Lydda) in Palestine and beheaded. It’s said that Diocletian’s wife was so impressed by George’s resilience that she became a Christian and that she too was executed for her faith.
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Piers Morgan interviews a pretty remarkable Ryan Anderson about his views on marriage . Ryan displays tenacity, and doesn’t waver under pressure and derision from the interviewer, Suze Orman and the studio audience.
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on April 20, 2013
The Way of Love :- 1 Corinthians , 13
13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest is love.
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on April 2, 2013
St Albert the Great image@http://thesestonewalls.com
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With JP the Great.
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, spoke these words to the College of Cardinals following his election as the 265th Successor of Saint Peter, Bishop of Rome, and Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church:
Let us never give in to pessimism, to that bitterness that the devil offers us every day. Do not give in to pessimism and discouragement. We have the firm certainty that the Holy Spirit gives the Church with His mighty breath, the courage to persevere and also to seek new methods of evangelization, to bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth. The Christian truth is attractive and persuasive because it responds to the deep needs of human existence, convincingly announcing that Christ is the only Saviour of the whole person and of all persons. This announcement is as valid today as it was at the beginning of Christianity when there was a great missionary expansion of the Gospel.
Sounds and reads like poetry to me!
Good to hear that ‘the father of lies and deceit’ is alive and well- we need more of our Shepherds to speak of his wily ways.
Will Pope Francis Defend the Persecuted Church?
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/will-pope-francis-defend-the-persecuted-church-91847/#5OXMVkucczLCFUkA.99
With the Christian s being the MOST persecuted faith in the world who better could we have on our side?
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on March 16, 2013
PLEASE TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE ATTACHED PICTURES UNDER THE VIDEO CLIP.
I just had to reblog this from Biltrix....! Brilliant. The more I learn about our new Papa, the more I like him.
To add a little news of my own:- A colleague approached me today to tell me about the experience her daughter had on meeting our new Pope at after conference in Argentina. She was catching the tube back home and he was on the same tube (he as a Bishop then). They chatted about the conference and asked questions to and fro. He found out that she was heavily involved with ALPHA, and at the end of the trip his parting words to her were: 'I am blessed to have met such a young Catholic with God in her eyes.'
What a beautiful thing to say....and now the once marvellous Bishop is Christ's representative here on earth...the leader of the Universal Church. I'm so pleased this anecdote was shared with me, so I in turn thought that this little story will warm the cockles of your hearts as well.
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on March 15, 2013
POPE FRANCIS, THE POPE OF ‘FIRSTS’.
A sense of excitement tinged with a little anxiety. This is what I felt while waiting to hear the good news! Our Papa seemed a little overwhelmed and taken aback at first, but as soon as he started speaking, he had a air of complete assurance and confidence. His warm smile immediately stole my heart,as I’m sure it did for the millions watching all over the globe.
My thoughts as our new Pope was introduced:
- Pope Francis:- simple, humble, sincere, trustworthy, dedicated, passionate, servant of the servants. The immediate adjectives which sprang to mind as I thought of St. Francis.
- Speaking with ease…
- Then, bowing to be prayed for by the people!!! Just wonderful. Wonderful!
- Orthodox too!!!!! An added bonus.
I feel good things are yet to come. Thank God for Pope Francis!
His first words after his election,’ As you know the duty of the conclave is to give Rome a bishop.It seems that my brother cardinals went almost to the end of the world’. I like this sense of humour.
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on March 13, 2013