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Published on Jul 28, 2013

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Why did the Virgin Mary remain a virgin even after the birth of Jesus?

It is an interesting question, and it can be answered on both a divine and a human level.

In this video, Jimmy Akin explores both aspects of the question, showing why, on a human level, Mary would have chosen to remain a virgin and why, on a divine level, God would find it fitting to have his Son born of a woman who remained a virgin for her whole life.

In the process, Jimmy quotes from from a little-known document from the A.D. 100s that sheds some light on the question.

 

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Published on Feb 27, 2017

In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (Feb. 23, 2017, 2nd hour), Jimmy answers the following questions:

* My wife divorced me, how do I get an annulment?

* Why do we never hear about the Apostles children?

* What’s the Catholic teaching on predestination?

* What is the Douay-Rheims Bible and is it a valid translation?

* When I explain the Immaculate Conception to my Protestant family, I get to the point where I say “It is fitting that Mary was Immaculate Conception” and my family says, “Well, it might be fitting, but that doesn’t mean it is so.” How can I explain this better?

* If you’ve had spiritual experiences, how do you explain them? I’ve seen things that are hard to explain.

* How do I correct the false teachings of my RCIA director?
Are the miracles of Medjugorje valid?

* I invited two Mormons to breakfast tomorrow, how should I steer the conversation?

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Published on Aug 24, 2012

Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, Jimmy Akin, talks about the origins of the Catholic Church as we continue our Church History Series. Akin explains papal infallibility, the idea of purgatory, as well as the reasons for praying to Virgin Mary.

Originally aired on theDove TV & Radio, August 21st 2012
See more at http://thedove.us and http://facebook.com/thedoveonline

 

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Published on Feb 1, 2018

Some videos on YouTube are claiming that there’s a prayer in Latin where the Vatican invokes Lucifer!

But here’s the truth . . .

The prayer in question—the Exsultet—is actually referring to Jesus Christ.

The word lucifer originally had no connection to the devil. It was the Latin word for the morning star (i.e., the planet Venus when it appears in the east).

Venus is the brightest planet in the sky, and because it sometimes appears before dawn, it was referred to as lucifer or the bringer of light (lux = “light” + ferre = “to bring”). It was called the same thing in Greek, where its name was phôsphoros (phôs = “light” + pherein = “to bring”). It also had other names.

The morning star is so bright and prominent that the Bible uses it as a symbol. In Isaiah 14:12, it symbolizes the persecuting king of Babylon (cf. 14:3). In 2 Peter 1:19, it is a positive spiritual symbol. And in Revelation 2:28 and 22:16, it is a symbol of Jesus.

It is also a symbol of Jesus in the Exsultet—a prayer sung at Easter by various Christians, including Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, and Methodists.

After the Paschal (Easter) Candle is lit, the deacon sings, “May this flame be found still burning by the morning star: the one morning star who never sets, Christ your Son, who, coming back from death’s domain, has shed his peaceful light on humanity, and lives and reigns for ever and ever.”

(Latin: Flammas eius lúcifer matutínus invéniat: ille, inquam, lúcifer, qui nescit occásum. Christus Fílius tuus, qui, regréssus ab ínferis, humáno géneri serénus illúxit, et vivit et regnat in sæcula sæculórum.)

When this is sung in Latin, the Latin word for “morning star”—lucifer—is used. To make it clear this is not a personal name but just a noun, it is left uncapitalized in the Latin text.

Other Christians use their own versions of this prayer, which also invoke Jesus as the morning star. They just don’t typically use Latin.

There is no devil worship happening. The prayer merely refers to Jesus as the morning star, in keeping with his own declaration: “I am . . . the bright and morning star” (Rev. 22:16).

This augmented video was originally taken from Catholic Answers Live, February 1, 2018 (2nd hour)

 

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Published on Oct 11, 2012

http://www.SecretInfoClub.com You sometimes encounter the charge that the Catholic Church wrongly “changed the sabbath” from Saturday to Sunday. This claim is often made by Seventh-Day Adventists, for example. But even if one isn’t accusing the Church of wrongdoing, the question can still arise: Why do Catholics worship on Sunday rather than Saturday? Here’s the story . . .

What Day the Sabbath Is

First, let’s clear away a potential source of confusion. While it’s true that people sometimes speak of Sunday as “the Christian sabbath,” this is a loose way of speaking. Strictly speaking, the sabbath is the day it always was–Saturday–though it should be noted that traditionally Jewish people have celebrated the sabbath from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. Sunday is a distinct day, which follows the sabbath. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains:

2175 Sunday is expressly distinguished from the sabbath which it follows chronologically every week; for Christians its ceremonial observance replaces that of the sabbath. In Christ’s Passover, Sunday fulfills the spiritual truth of the Jewish sabbath and announces man’s eternal rest in God. For worship under the Law prepared for the mystery of Christ, and what was done there prefigured some aspects of Christ.

Why We Celebrate Sunday

That same paragraph explains why we celebrate on Sunday. For Christians the ceremonial observance of Sunday replaces that of the sabbath. Properly speaking, we’re not celebrating the sabbath on Sunday. We’re celebrating something else, but it’s something that the sabbath points toward. As the Catechism says, the Jewish sabbath announces man’s eternal rest in God and prefigures some aspects of Christ. Sunday thus fulfills what the sabbath pointed toward.

 

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