Prayers for Chapecoense

Good morning, people on tumblr. Some hours ago, a plane fell in Colombia full of journalists, football players and others professionals, most of them Brazilian. Approximately 80 people were on the plane, but only 6 were found alive, one of them rumored to have died in the hospital. I would like to ask you all, independent of the religion, to pray for their souls and for the families that are now grieving. Thank you, everyone. God bless you all.

What are you giving up for lent?

Orthodox Christian: Everything, also if you could not talk about meat or anything else tasty for the next few months that’d be super great. 

Protestant who actually does lent: Uh Chocolate? Maybe soda? I dont know yet, I haven’t decided, I gave up coffee last year and almost died, and I don’t think I can do it again. 

Protestant who doesn’t do lent: Christians don’t *have* to do lent, its not in the bible, only Catholics do. 

An Open Letter to Catholics and Protestants

Could we just pause for a moment to look at the world around us? There are too many affected by poverty, war and violence. There are families who are broken or struggling to stay together. There are millions of preborn children killed in their mother’s womb with her consent. And there are new levels of sexual deviance evident around us.

The world is starving for Christ’s love.

And yet  we find ourselves content to bicker with each other, to point fingers and to regard each other condescendingly.

Do you think people are surrendering to depravity and sin because they’ve been presented with the gospel and have chosen to reject it or do you think they’ve not heard it yet? Is it not our task to spread the Good News? To be witnesses for Christ?

Doesn’t the song say “They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love”? and not “They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Squabbling and Pettiness”.

For the love of God, stop. 

We are brothers and sisters in Christ. 

We are members of HIS Body, HIS Church. We are not fully united yet but isn’t it our task to strive towards unity? Should we not focus on the things that unite us and seek God to bridge the divide between us?

And for those who think that that divide is too great, let us not forget the even greater chasm that existed between ourselves and God until Jesus redeemed us by His blood. Now it is our duty to live out the grace that we received.

For the Protestants who deny that Catholics are Christian or believe that we are woefully misled in our beliefs, please take the time to read what we do believe from our Catechism and documents and not from interpretations of what we believe.

For the Catholics who are filled with pride, I love my Church as much as the next guy but do you really think that our smug patronization of our Protestant brothers and sisters is pleasing to God? I personally am offended at that as it discredits the many Protestants who have helped me in my faith journey.

There IS someone who delights in our acrimony. 

Satan knows full well that those who need to hear the gospel are less likely to be drawn to Christ if we are busy bickering and are not authentic witnesses to the joy and hope and truth of the gospel.

It grieves me to know that Christ is grieved by our lack of unity. 

Could we not, should we not try to love as Jesus has loved us?

Call this war, dearest friend, by whateverso name you may, only call it not an American Rebellion, it is nothing more or less than an Irish-Scotch Presbyterian Rebellion.
—  A Hessian officer commenting on the overwhelming support for the American Revolution among Ulster-Scots and Scottish Presbyterians in the Thirteen Colonies. Conversely, Anglicans were frequently Loyalists.

UK. Northern Ireland. Belfast. Shankill Road. 1971. A protestant funeral during the Troubles (1968-1998).

Also known internationally as the Northern Ireland conflict, it is sometimes described as a “guerrilla war” or “low-level war”. The conflict began in 1968 and is usually deemed to have ended with the Belfast “Good Friday” Agreement of 1998.

The conflict was primarily political, but it also had an ethnic or sectarian dimension, although it was not a religious conflict. A key issue was the constitutional status of Northern Ireland. Unionists/loyalists, who are mostly Protestants and consider themselves British, generally want Northern Ireland to remain within the United Kingdom. Irish nationalists/republicans, who are mostly Catholics and consider themselves Irish, generally want it to leave the United Kingdom and join a united Ireland. The conflict began amid a campaign to end discrimination against the Catholic/nationalist minority by the Protestant/unionist-dominated government and police force.

The main participants in the Troubles were republican paramilitaries such as several Irish Republican Army (IRA) groups (particularly the Provisional IRA) and Irish National Liberation Army (INLA); loyalist paramilitaries such as the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and Ulster Defence Association (UDA); British state security forces – the British Army and Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC); and political activists and politicians. More than 3,500 people were killed in the conflict, of whom 52% were civilians, 32% were members of the British security forces, and 16% were members of paramilitary groups. 

Photograph: Bruno Barbey/Magnum Photos

In early December, for example, the students of Edinburgh University broke into the Parliament House in broad daylight and held their own mock trial and condemnation of the pope, whom they then “sentenced to be burn publickly” at the market cross on Christmas Day. Similarly, in January the students of Aberdeen set up a High Court of Justice to “try” his holiness, who was accused (and found guilty) of being “an enemy to Religion, Monarchy and Government.”
—  1688, the only time when being at a Scottish Uni was even more banterful than it is today.