If we make every effort to avoid death of the body, still more should it be our endeavor to avoid death of the soul. There is no obstacle for a man who wants to be saved other than negligence and laziness of soul
“There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy.”
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you
sinners; and purify your hearts, you
double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to
mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the
Lord, and He will lift you up. Do not speak evil of one another,
brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks
evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are
not a doer of the law but a judge. There is one Lawgiver, who is able to
save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another? Come now, you who
say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year
there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what
will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that
appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to
say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” But now you
boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Therefore, to
him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. Come now,
you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you!
Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold
and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against
you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in
the last days. Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields,
which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have
reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have lived on the earth in
pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of
On April 30th, 1944 the Synagogue Council of America called on all Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox synagogues in the United States to hold services when the invasion of Europe by the United States and the United Kingdom began. On June 4th, 1944, when D-Day began, Jewish synagogues around the United States were open for 24 hours to allow people to pray for the success of the invasion and liberation of Europe from Nazi Germany.
“Do not ever say, ‘These beggars annoy me!’ So many millions of men live on earth and all are beggars before the Lord; emperors as well as laborers, the wealthy as well as servants, all are beggars before the Lord and the Lord never said, ‘These beggars annoy me’.”
Hi! So, right now I’m in the process of trying to make a big decision. I am trying to decide if I should remain Protestant or become Catholic. I’m leaning towards Catholicism, however I have a few worries. If anyone who is Catholic (or who isn’t and just wants to talk about their denomination, which I would love) and knows a lot about the Church could message me I would gladly appreciate it.
The Sub tuum praesidium is probably the oldest Christian prayer
dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This prayer was long used in both
Eastern and Western rites, even if numerous variants existed at the
time. In 1917, the John Rylands Library in Manchester managed to acquire
a large panel of Egyptian papyrus – the exact area where they were
discovered is unknown – including an 18 cm by 9.4 cm fragment
containing the text of this prayer in Greek.
This scrap of papyrus is dated to 250 AD.
The Sub tuum praesidium thus precedes by several centuries the Ave Maria in Christian prayer.