Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween True Origins and Meaning | October 31st History | Historical Background | Pagan Christian -Welcome to The Crossroads Initiative

Below are some excerpts from an aricle by Father Augustine Thompson, O.P., from Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio's Crossroads Initiative, entitled "Halloween: The Real Story!" Click the link at the bottom of this post, or the post title for the complete article. It is a very good read! The excerpts follow:

  • The origins of Halloween are, in fact, very Christian and rather American. Halloween falls on October 31 because of a pope, and its observances are the result of medieval Catholic piety.

  • It’s true that the ancient Celts of Ireland and Britain celebrated a minor festival on Oct. 31 — as they did on the last day of most other months of the year. However, Halloween falls on the last day of October because the Feast of All Saints or "All Hallows" falls on Nov. 1. The feast in honor of all the saints in heaven used to be celebrated on May 13, but Pope Gregory III (d. 741) moved it to Nov. 1, the dedication day of All Saints Chapel in St. Peter’s at Rome. Later, in the 840s, Pope Gregory IV commanded that All Saints be observed everywhere. And so the holy day spread to Ireland. The day before was the feast’s evening vigil, "All Hallows Even" or "Hallowe’en." In those days, Halloween didn’t have any special significance for Christians or for long-dead Celtic pagans.

  • In 998, St. Odilo, the abbot of the powerful monastery of Cluny in Southern France, added a celebration on Nov. 2. This was a day of prayer for the souls of all the faithful departed. This feast, called All Souls Day, spread from France to the rest of Europe.

  • So now the Church had feasts for all those in heaven and all those in purgatory? What about those in the other place? It seems Irish Catholic peasants wondered about the unfortunate souls in hell. After all, if the souls in hell are left out when we celebrate those in heaven and purgatory, they might be unhappy enough to cause trouble. So it became customary to bang pots and pans on All Hallows Even to let the damned know they were not forgotten. Thus, in Ireland, at least, all the dead came to be remembered — even if the clergy were not terribly sympathetic to Halloween and never allowed All Damned Day into the Church calendar.


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Halloween True Origins and Meaning | October 31st History | Historical Background | Pagan Christian -Welcome to The Crossroads Initiative

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Top 10 Misconceptions About The Catholic Church

The following was shared on a Facebook Group, and I felt that it was so good, that it needed to be shared here.

Click the link below to go read the "Top Ten Misconceptions About the Catholic Church".

Top 10 Misconceptions About The Catholic Church

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

No Apologies #122: The Heresy of Pelagianism




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Monday, February 07, 2011

No Apologies #121: The Heresy of Arianism





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Sunday, February 06, 2011

No Apologies #120: Against the Sedevacantists





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Saturday, February 05, 2011

No Apologies #119: The Heresy of Sabellianism





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Thursday, February 03, 2011

No Apologies #118: The Montanist Heresy





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Monday, January 31, 2011

No Apologies #117: The Heresy of Gnosticism





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Saturday, January 29, 2011

No Apologies #116: The heresy of the Judaizers





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Friday, January 28, 2011

No Apologies #115: Myths of the Spanish Inquisition





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Thursday, January 27, 2011

No Apologies #114: The Spanish Inquisition In Context





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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

No Apologies #113 - More Ruptered Rapture




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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

No Apologies #112 - Ruptured Rapture 2





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Monday, January 24, 2011

No Apologies #111 - The Ruptured Rapture




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Saturday, January 22, 2011

No Apologies #110 - Apocalypse 1000 Year Reign





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Friday, January 21, 2011

No Apologies #109 - Certitude of Salvation





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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

No Apologies #108 - Once saved, always saved?





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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

No Apologies #107 - Being Born Again





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Monday, January 17, 2011

No Apologies #106 - Doesn't Celibacy Bring Immorality?





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Sunday, January 16, 2011

No Apologies #105 - Celibacy and Scripture





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Friday, January 14, 2011

No Apologies #104 - More Galileo Myths





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Thursday, January 13, 2011

No Apologies #103 - The Church and Galileo




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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

No Apologies #102 - Indulgences- A fruit of Christ's Redemption





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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

No Apologies - #101 Indulgences-Not "buying" forgiveness





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Monday, January 10, 2011

No Apologies #100 - Indulgences-Scriptural





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Sunday, January 09, 2011

No Apologies #99 - Confession 2





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Saturday, January 08, 2011

No Apologies #98 - Confession





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Friday, January 07, 2011

No Apologies #97 - Call No Man Father





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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

No Apologies #96 - Purgatory and Scripture 2





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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

No Apologies #95 - Purgatory and Scripture




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Monday, January 03, 2011

No Apologies #94 - Purgatory and Right Reason





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Sunday, January 02, 2011

No Aologies #93 - Infant Baptism





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