February 2007 archive

The puzzle of Lent

Easter Dates 2007-2030

The date for Easter, as most people know it, is calculated according to rules defined by the Catholic Church centuries ago. Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, Dutch Reformed, and other Protestant churches that celebrate Lent, a 40 day preparation before Easter, along with most Catholics, keep Lent the way most people know it.

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43 days left till Easter

Icon of Christ Crucified, chapel of San Damiano, near Assisi

Ash Wednesday was this week. Ash Wednesday began Lent, a period of 40 days of preparation for Easter, when we celebrate the resurrection of Christ from the dead.

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Catholics and the Bible

Still life with Bible, Vincent van Gogh

Sometimes Catholic English and Protestant English use different definitions for the same words. If people want to understand each other, that is am important factor to take into account. You can’t judge a statement unless you know what was intended by it.

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What is purgatory?

The Ladder of Paradise - St John Climacus

In summary, Jesus paid the full price for our sins. That is the atonement, which relates to justification. But he did not take away the chastisement necessary for our growth as Christians. That is sanctification, and Catholics call its completion purgatory – they are one and the same thing. So there is no conflict at all with the atonement achieved for us by Christ. That atonement is not what we complete by sanctification.

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