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The_Ressurrection_of_ChristToday is the Feast Day of St. Isaiah the Prophet.  What? Isaiah is a saint? Yes, and so are many of the heroes of the Old Testament.

Adam and Eve have liturgical feast days, so do Moses, Elijah, Elisha, Jeremiah, King David and many others.

The Roman Martyrology (1600) lists saints recognized up to that point including many saints not in the Church’s general calendar. Some that it remembers are Habakkuk (Jan. 15); Isaiah (July 6); Daniel and Elias/Elijah (July 20 and 21); the seven Maccabees and their mother (Aug. 17); Abraham (Oct. 9); and King David (Dec. 29).

We in the West have not discussed it much, but the Eastern Churches remember them every year.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states,

“The patriarchs, prophets, and certain other Old Testament figures have been and always will be honored as saints in all the Church’s liturgical traditions” (CCC 61).

48340dc324c6ca26bea274dc480c6789Here is an interesting article Dr. Jeremy Holmes who teaches Theology at Wyoming Catholic College ? Old Testament Saints and Events.

It not only explains the “sainthood” of Old Testament heroes, but gives a list of the dates for various prophets, kings, and virtuous men and women before Christ. For this article and calendar, click here.

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In answer to the question on air about the redemption of Adam and Eve, I promised a bit of information. The Catechism 489 states, “Throughout the Old Covenant the mission of many holy women prepared for that of Mary. At the very beginning there was Eve; despite her disobedience, she receives the promise of a posterity that will be victorious over the evil one, as well as the promise that she will be the mother of all the living.

Another quote CCC 635 “Today a great silence reigns on earth, a great silence and a great stillness. A great silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began.… He has gone to search for Adam, our first father, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow Adam in his bonds and Eve, captive with him—He who is both their God and the son of Eve.… “I am your God, who for your sake have become your son.… I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead.”

Soshestvie-vo-ad(Picture to right: Jesus raises Adam and Eve from their graves. Notice they are wearing halos. Notice a similar picture at the top of the post.)

One Journal I own states it well, though I don’t agree with the article overall:

“In this first dispensation, there is a clear illustration that the only way of salvation is by the grace and personal provision of God. After the judgment section of Chapter 3, the literal translation states that the Lord God himself “made garments of skin for Adam and for his wife, and He caused to clothe them.”

The Lord God initiated and was the causative agent (Hiphil stem—“cause to”) of the personal redemption of Adam and Eve by providing a method of restoring the personal relationship with Him. Some conclude that the personal faith of Adam was expressed by naming his wife, Eve (living or life-giver), and believing that (strong textual emphasis) “she, she will be (the) mother of all living.”

This act would have verified that he believed in the future promise of God (3:15) and in the prospect of continued life after judgment (3:20). In a similar way, having acknowledged that the Lord was the source of her first born son, Eve confirmed her personal faith in the Lord and His previous promises of children (3:15–16; 4:1).

“Considering that this was a possible theophany of God, the full impact of the statement may be realized. This would be Christ himself who had performed this sovereign act of divine grace for Adam and Eve, another Old Testament verification that Christ was involved providentially in the affairs of mankind from the beginning!”

Conservative Theological Journal Volume 2 2, no. 7 (1998): 455–456.

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Another Good Priest Removed: What a Shame!

by Steve Ray on July 4, 2020

setoncarmel-orgIt seems like the Sadducees and Pharisees of old, the clericalists and religious leaders of their day, are again killing the prophets and silencing the voices in the wilderness.

Bishop Timothy Doherty (765-742-0275) removed Father Ted Rothrock, of Carmel, IN for posting in his bulletin the truth about the social situation today.

For Fr. Ted’s comments, he was forced to apologize and even then still removed from ministry.

Patrick Coffin gives a good critique of the situation and the text of Fr. Ted’s commentary here.

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The Declaration of Independence as presented on July 4, 1776

July 4, 2020

In Congress, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which […]

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Another Homily by Fr. James Altman: Racism and what we are not told

July 3, 2020

This is an excellent homily on racism and the history of our country. Worth a listen. The homily starts at the 30:00 minute mark.

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A Man Wrote Discouraged by our World and Felt in Despair

July 2, 2020

A Catholic couple wrote and expressed their dismay at the current state of affairs in our country and the world. He said he was about to give up. I wrote to him these words which I hope will encourage others as well. ******************************************** We certainly do live in disappointing times. Seeing the chaos and anarchy […]

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Peter & the Primacy in the New Testament

June 30, 2020

St. Peter in the New Testament What Do We Know About Him? Peter is the big rugged fisherman who became the humble servant of the servants of God. Jesus chose him from among the Twelve to be the leader and the visible head of the Church. What do we know about Peter from the New […]

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Eucharist Interview with Steve Ray and Paul Sangreal

June 29, 2020

This is a recording of my interview with Paul Thies on the Eucharist. You can listen by clicking below. His website page for this talk is here. Questions discussed: 1.      As a convert to Catholicism, describe how you came to accept the Real Presence? 2.      What was instrumental in increasing your devotion to the Eucharist? 3.      What is […]

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Did Jesus Re-name Simon the “Rock” – Confusion with Petra, Cephas, Rock and Peter

June 29, 2020

A loving wife of an unbelieving Protestant husband asked me to explain to her husband that Jesus renamed Simon as Peter and how that relates to Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew. So in simple terms I gave it a simple (though a bit long) explanation. I hope it helps you as well. ******************************* Let’s give this […]

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Terrifying Power of Black Lives Matter

June 27, 2020
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Founder of Protestant movement returns to Catholic Church

June 25, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus Punalur, India, Jan 15, 2020 / 02:42 pm MT (CNA).- The founder of a prominent non-denominational movement in India has returned to the Catholic faith of his baptism, after more than a decade as a Pentecostal pastor and traveling preacher. Sajith Joseph, 36, was confirmed Dec. 21, 2019 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in […]

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Isn’t this homily a breath of fresh air?

June 24, 2020

Fearless, politically-incorrect and calling out those who need to be called out including the USCCB, the coronavirus hysteria, the Cardinal of Washington DC, and more. He actually discusses politics – how dare he? He also challenges the media, LGBTQ, the attack against masculinity, the genuine role of men and fathers and reactions to sin in the world. I wonder […]

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Steve & Janet Speak at Free Virtual Homeschooling Conference this weekend

June 23, 2020

Free Conference Pass for June 25-27 Get full access to all the content up through the last day of the conference for FREE. HIT Subscribe to get your FREE Access!  If you want to upgrade to the VIP Pass, click on the Early Bird price: – Year round access to all talks – BONUS content […]

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Help “Priests for Life” Elect Pro-life in November – Volunteer HERE!

June 23, 2020

If we all just sit around and hope for the best, it will not happen. The liberal Left, pro-death camp is out recruiting and working like crazy. All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing. Click this banner which will take you to the Priest for Life website […]

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The Inspiration of Scripture and “People of Faith”

June 22, 2020

A fellow Catholic wrote with a good question. I would like to ask you a question. When I was in grade school, everyone just accepted the Bible as the Word of God. If you said, “It’s in the Bible” then it was assumed to be true, even if it was a very questionable interpretation. Now, […]

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Why We Don’ t Support Pride Month: Excellent 56-Second Video by Fr. Simon

June 21, 2020

If you click the video and it does not play, then click on the words above the video and it should take you to Twitter to view the 56 second video. It is short, sweet and carries an eloquent punch. Twitter deleted this video and Fr. Simon’s twitter account because it went viral. Let’s make […]

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