Death as Personification

Death as Personification Death, due to its prominent place in human culture, is frequently imagined as a personified force, also known as the Grim Reaper. In some mythologies, the Grim Reaper causes the victim’s death by coming to collect that person. In turn, people in some stories try to hold on to life by avoiding...

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Physician Oaths

Physician Oaths The Oath of Hippocrates of Kos, 5th century BC: I swear by Apollo the physician, by Aesculapius, Hygeia, and Panacea, and I take to witness all the gods, all the goddesses, to keep according to my ability and judgment the following oath: To consider dear to me as...

A Teacher’s Prayer

A Teacher’s Prayer Lord, let me be just what they need. If they need someone to trust, let me be trustworthy. If they need sympathy, let me sympathize. If they need love, (and they do need love), let me love, in full measure. • Let me not anger easily, Lord...

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Eschatology

Eschatology The word arises from the Greek ἔσχατος eschatos meaning “last” and -logy meaning “the study of”, and first appeared in English around 1844.[2] The Oxford English Dictionary defines eschatology as “the part of theology concerned with death, judgment, and the final destiny of the soul and of humankind”.[3]   Eschatology is a part of theology concerned with the final events...

Prayer of Saint Francis

Prayer of Saint Francis “Prayer of Saint Francis” by unknown author Original title Belle prière à faire pendant la Messe First published in La Clochette Country France Language French Publisher La Ligue de la Sainte-Messe (ed. Father Esther Bouquerel) Publication date December 1912 The anonymous text that is usually called the Prayer...

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Christian Prayer for Wisdom and Strength

Christian Prayer for Wisdom and Strength Dear God, Dear Jesus, Dear Holy Ghost. I pray to you, my holy help. I’m facing a struggle right now that is making me very confused and upset. It seems to be disrupting my every day life, and it’s like I cannot get it...

The Ways Beings Worship God

The Ways Beings Worship God Have you not seen that before God prostrate all that are in the heavens and all that are in the earth, and the sun, and the moon, and the stars, and the mountains, and the trees, and the beasts, and a great number among mankind? ...

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What Are Essentials Of Worship And Duties For Man?

What Are Essentials Of Worship And Duties For Man? Man has been sent to this world as a guest with a special responsibility, and endowed with important potentials. He has been assigned important duties in accordance with these potentials, and strongly urged to carry out those duties and gravely threatened...

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The Supreme Transaction

The Supreme Transaction In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate Verily God bought from the believers their selves and their possessions in exchange for Paradise. (9:111) A parable to understand the meaning of selling one’s soul to God If you wish to understand how profitable a transaction, how...

Mystical Theology

Mystical Theology Mystical theology is the branch of theology that explains mystical practices and states, as induced by contemplative practices such as contemplative prayer. Early Christianity According to Origen (184/185–253/254AD) and the Alexandrian theology,[1] theoria is the knowledge of God in creation and of sensible things, and thus their contemplation intellectually (150–400AD) (see Clement of Alexandria, and Evagrius Ponticus). This knowledge and contemplation leads to communion with...

Christian meditation

History Of Christian Meditation

History of Christian Meditation Prayer has been an essential part of Christianity since its earliest days. As the Middle Ages began, the monastic traditions of both Western and Eastern Christianity moved beyond vocal prayer to Christian meditation. These progressions resulted in two distinct and different meditative practices: Lectio Divina in the West and hesychasm in the East. Hesychasm involves the repetition of the Jesus Prayer, but...

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Afterlife

What Is Afterlife? The afterlife (life after death) is the belief that the essential part of an individual’s identity or the stream of consciousness continues after the death of the physical body. According to various ideas about the afterlife, the essential aspect of the individual that lives on after death may be some partial element, or the entire soul or spirit, of...

Christian Reflection

A Christian Reflection On The New Age

A Christian Reflection on The New Age A Christian reflection on the New Age refers to a six-year study by the Roman Catholic Church on the New Age movement.[1][2][3][4] The study, published in 2003, is highly critical of the New Age movement and follows the 1989 document Aspects of Christian meditation, in which the Vatican warned Catholics against mixing Christian...

Eucharistic adoration

Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration Eucharistic adoration is a Eucharistic practice in the Roman Catholic, Anglo-Catholic and some Lutheran traditions, in which the Blessed Sacrament is adored by the faithful. This practice may occur either when the Eucharist is exposed, or when it is not publicly viewable because it is reserved in a place such as a church tabernacle. Adoration is a sign of...

Rosary devotions and spirituality

Rosary Devotions And Spirituality

Rosary Devotions And Spirituality Devotion to the Rosary is one of the most notable features of popular Catholic spirituality.[1] According to Pope John Paul II, rosary devotions can foster some central objectives of Christian spirituality and they are “among the finest and most praiseworthy traditions of Christian contemplation.”[2] From its origins in the twelfth century the rosary...

The Mercy of Pope Francis

Absolution

What Is Absolution? Absolution is a traditional theological term for the forgiveness experienced by Christians in the life of the Church. It is a universal feature of the historic churches of Christendom, although the theology and the practice of absolution vary between denominations. Some traditions see absolution as a sacrament (the Sacrament of Penance), a...

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Christian Meditation

Christian Meditation Christian meditation is a form of prayer in which a structured attempt is made to become aware of and reflect upon the revelations of God.[1] The word meditation comes from the Latin word meditārī, which has a range of meanings including to reflect on, to study and to practice. Christian meditation is the process...

Christian Contemplation

Christian Contemplation Christianity took up the use of both the Greek (theoria) and Latin (contemplatio, contemplation) terminology to describe various forms of prayer and the process of coming to know God. Eastern and Western traditions of Christianity grew apart as they incorporated the general notion of theoria into their respective...

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