Robin Zielinski — Sun-News While waiting in a staging area, Holy Cross Catholic Church Monsignor John Anderson tries to get in touch with other

Robin Zielinski-- Sun-News While waiting in a staging area, Holy Cross Catholic Church Monsignor John Anderson aims to contact other local churches to alert them of the two explosions that occurred Sunday early morning and to be alert.

See photos from the scene at Holy Cross Catholic Church and Calvary Baptist Church.

LAS CRUCES && GT; & GT; Surges about a half hour apart shattered the peacefulness of early morning services at 2 Las Cruces churches Sunday, however triggered no injuries and just minor damage, cops said.

The explosions took place at Calvary Baptist Church, 1800 S. Locust, quickly after 8 a.m. and Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1327 N. Miranda, about a half hour later. The surge at Holy Cross occurred in a trash can just outside the entryway of the church as services for the 8 a.m. Mass were taking place.

Robin Zielinski — Sun-News Holy Cross Catholic Church pastoral associate Elizabeth Behnke informs parishioners of ride arrangements and that their

Robin Zielinski-- Sun-News Holy Cross Catholic Church pastoral associate Elizabeth Behnke informs parishioners of ride arrangements and that their automobiles should be left at the church till the parking area is browsed on Sunday.

Monsignor John Anderson had actually remained in the part of the service where communion is passed.

"I was right in the middle of saying the words 'take and consume, this is my body' and there was a Pow! I mean, I knew it had to be more than a gunshot," he said. "It didn't understand if it was a shotgun blast, I didn't understand exactly what. However it was extremely loud and I just kept on saying the words."

Ann Marie Sullivan, a college student and long-lasting parishioner at Holy Cross, explained it. "It sounded like something had actually fallen off and smashed the glass in the back."

At the end of the Lord's Prayer, the pastor sent out a deacon to learn what had happened, and it was reported that a bomb had exploded in a garbage can outside the front glass doors, smashing the thick glass.

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"I had actually just gotten communion and had returned to my chair when the cops turned up and said we require everyone to leave out the doors calmly," Sullivan said, saying authorities told parishioners. "We have it under control but we need you to leave the structure."

Ten minutes later on, and it could have been much worse, Anderson stated.

Robin Zielinski — Sun-News Aaliyah Doninguez, 11, stands on North Alameda Boulevard advising parishioners of Holy Cross Catholic Church that Mass is

Robin Zielinski-- Sun-News Aaliyah Doninguez, 11, stands on North Alameda Boulevard recommending parishioners of Holy Cross Catholic Church that Mass is canceled on Sunday.

"I'm just happy to God no one was standing by the door, due to the fact that there's typically always someone standing there. However because it was the consecration part of the Mass, everyone was kneeling down and facing toward the altar," he said. "10 minutes later on we would have been leaving and standing around that area."

At an interview Sunday night, Gov. Susana Martinez said that only a "coward" would position an explosive device in a church. She vowed that the person accountable would be caught, and prompted people to continue to attend church services.

"Whoever did this will certainly feel the full pressure of the law," she stated. "If your intention was to bring fear to those who worship, you have actually failed."

Robin Zielinski — Sun-News Las Cruces Police Officer Joseph Campa talks to Holy Cross Catholic Church parishioners on Sunday after an explosion

Robin Zielinski-- Sun-News Las Cruces Law enforcement agent Joseph Campa talks with Holy Cross Catholic Church parishioners on Sunday after a surge took place at the entrance of the church during Mass.

. State Cops Chief Pete Kassetas stated the acts were definitely intended to intimidate churchgoers, however he might not call it an act of terrorism at this time, or even confirm for certain that the 2 surges were related.

The Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad, New Mexico State Police, and an NMSU canine system are all aiding in the investigation, as are federal officials with the FBI, ATF and Department of Homeland Security, Las Cruces Police spokesman Dan Trujillo said.

The earlier explosion at Calvary Baptist Church took place in a mailbox on a wall near the administrative entrance to the church, Trujillo stated. A number of worshippers were gathering inside the church when the surge happened, however services had actually not yet started.

Jett Loe — Sun-News Las Cruces police block portions of Locust Street in response to an explosion Sunday morning near Calvary Baptist Church.

Jett Loe-- Sun-News Las Cruces police block parts of Locust Street in response to a surge Sunday early morning near Calvary Baptist Church.

"It was a genuine bomb, I saw all the parts," stated Cavalry Baptist member Dennis Llewellyn, who said he was outside the church when the explosive went off. Llewellyn stated he was a previous special forces member with the Militaries and acknowledged bomb parts that consisted of an Eveready battery. He and fellow church member Mike Stewart kept churchgoers arriving for the 8:30 a.m. service from going into the structure during the five to 10 minutes it considered authorities to show up. Stewart was the one to notice the debris and harmed mailbox, the two men said.

Llewellyn described the explosion as loud, and Stewart, who was within, stated it shook the structure. Llewellyn said there were about 30 people inside the building when the surge occurred.

Kassetas stated they were not releasing information on the kind of explosive gadget utilized while the examination is ongoing, however said they "were not fireworks"

"These devices were intended, I think, to do damage and might have done damage to people."

Trujillo stated had no information yet regarding possible intentions, but police assume the 2 blasts are related.

"Just the fact that they were at churches the very same day a half and hour apart approximately, that leads us to think it could be something related," he stated.

"Somebody desired attention, and someone wanted to be really destructive versus the Catholics, I guess," Monsignor John Anderson stated. "I don't know how else to check out that."

"We'll well need to increase the security and have people in the car park all the time and have electronic cameras in that celebration location to see who is there at all times. So, well need to be more watchful."

Trujillo said cops were been contacted by other churches in town asking what they must do.

"We can't tell them exactly what to do, but we can tell them to be on the lookout for anything suspicious," he stated. "Don't go poking around in wastebasket or mail boxes. If you have any suspicion of anything that's out of the normal, kindly call to police and leave it as much as the officers to look it over."

During a rally Sunday night at Pioneer Park, faith leaders from throughout the community required forgiveness and a more powerful sense of community. A message was checked out from Bishop Oscar Cantú where he expressed thanks that nobody was hurt, and vowed the church services would continue, however with more vigilance.

Sun-News staff members Robin Zielinski, Jett Loe, Lucas Peerman and Sylvia Ulloa contributed to this report.

In front of a nationwide TELEVISION audience, millions of viewers saw quarterback Tim Tebow's grinning face engraved with a white "John 3:16" painted on his eye-black. Within minutes of that close-up shot of Tebow, Twitter, Facebook, and Google Web searches were flooded with questions about exactly what the Bible verse suggests. Numerous questioned, "What's so unique about John 3:16?"

The response is that in that one extensive verse, Jesus Christ unlocks the mystery of eternal life.

John 3:16 was written by John, a fisherman, who was one of Jesus Christ's twelve disciples. John claims to be an eyewitness account of Jesus' life and words (see http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%201-22&version=NLT).

John 3:16 records a few of Jesus' words with an essential Jewish spiritual leader, Nicodemus, about immortality (see John 2:24 -3:21). Jesus' miracles, his extensive teaching and righteous life had actually persuaded Nicodemus that Jesus was sent out from God. He thought Jesus understood the trick to immortality.

However, since most of the other Jewish religious leaders were doubtful of Jesus, Nicodemus chose to check out Jesus covertly at night. After he found Jesus, he bluntly asked him the best ways to have eternal life.

In John 3:16, Jesus unfolds secrets to Nicodemus about God's love, why he came to earth, and how we can have eternal life. Let's have a look at what Jesus told this religious historian:

"For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Kid, so that everyone who believes in him will not die however have immortality." [John 3:16, NLT]

In this passage, Jesus mentions God's love, leading to his objective to conserve a lost world. Simply puts, Jesus was on a rescue mission. He includes everybody as lost, however informs Nicodemus that God's love connects to everybody as well.

So exactly what did Jesus tell Nicodemus about the secret to immortality?

Surprisingly, Jesus didn't inform Nicodemus to end up being more spiritual in order to go to heaven. Neither did he inform him to give more money or do more good deeds.

In a shocking revelation, he told Nicodemus that eternal life is based upon what Jesus did for us, not on what we have actually done for him. In John 3:16, Jesus informs Nicodemus that those who care about him will certainly have eternal life. The question is: what did Jesus suggest by "think"?

Considering that John wrote his Scripture in Greek, we have to look at the definition of the word "believe" in Greek. The Greek word for believe (pisteuo) indicates a lot more than merely concurring with the facts; it means individual commitment. In other words, "believe" suggests an individual dedication to Jesus Christ.

For instance, you might believe that the Queen of England is a genuine person, but basic knowledge of that fact doesn't personally influence you. Similarly, you might think that Jesus passed away on the cross for your sins, but apart from trusting in him as your Savior and Lord, he exposes that you will certainly not have eternal life.

However, in John 3:16, Jesus makes it clear that God does not want us to perish. In fact, according to the eyewitness reports in the New Testimony, Jesus withstood great suffering, paying our debt in full, so that we can have eternal life with him and leave judgment for our sins.

However he will certainly not require us to trust him. We have the choice to accept or decline Jesus. Yet he encourages each of us to accept his complimentary offer of immortality.

Jesus admonished Nicodemus that such a vital choice as immortality should not be ignored. If you would like to much better comprehend the reason Jesus pertained to earth and died, as well as your role in his strategy, we motivate you to check out http://www.y-jesus.com/why_jesus1.php. You can likewise see the video at www.knowgodpersonally.org.

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Catholics in Iraq are 'challenging' the Islamic State not with weapons or violence however through education and teaching, thanks to the contribution and support of Australian Catholic University. This October courses will certainly start at the Catholic University of Erbil, which was wanted by the Chaldean Church in Iraq as a concrete method to aid the Christian youth in the Middle East.

In recent days, Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil for Chaldeans consulted with representatives of Australian Catholic University (ACU) and the President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Archbishop Denis James Hart of Melbourne in order to much better coordinate the essential aid to total construction on the university located in the city which is primarily Christian. The Chaldean Church provided the 30,000 square metres where the university will certainly stand.

The goal from the start was to develop a personal university open to all, which satisfies the needs of individuals. The university will certainly likewise serve as centre for scientific research study. Virtually three years after the dramatic occasions that swept the northern regions of Iraq and resulted in countless Christian refugees to run away from Islamic State jihadists to Erbil, the University will certainly be a concrete sign of support to young Iraqi Christians, undoubtedly tempted to leave the country and leave the horrors of war and the uncertainties and hazards that influence their future.

Regardless of proof to the contrary, there are individuals who still insist that Jesus is a misconception. But myths have little bit, if any, effect on history. The historian Thomas Carlyle stated, "The history of the world is but the biography of excellent guys." ¹ There is no country or regime which owes its foundation or heritage to a mythological individual or god.

However exactly what has been the impact of Jesus Christ?

The typical Roman resident didn't feel his effect till years after his death. Jesus marshalled no army. He wrote no books and changed no laws. The Jewish leaders and Roman Caesars had actually hoped to erase his memory, and it appeared they would be successful.

Today, all we see of ancient Rome is ruins. Caesar's magnificent legions and the pomp of Roman imperial power have actually faded into oblivion. Yet how is Jesus kept in mind today? What is his enduring influence?

More books have actually been discussed Jesus than about any other person in history.
Nations have actually utilized his words as the bedrock of their governments. According to Durant, "The accomplishment of Christ was the beginning of democracy." ²
. His Sermon on the Mount developed a new paradigm in principles and morals.
Schools, hospitals, and humanitarian works have been started in his name. Over 100 excellent universities-- including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Columbia, and Oxford-- were started by his followers. ³
. The raised role of ladies in Western culture traces its roots back to Jesus. (Women in Jesus' day were thought about inferior and virtual nonpersons until his teaching was followed.).
Slavery was abolished in Britain and America due to Jesus' teaching that each human life is valuable.

Exceptionally, Jesus made all this impact as an outcome of simply a three-year period of public ministry. When kept in mind author and world historian H. G. Wells was asked who has actually left the best heritage on history, he responded, "By this test Jesus stands first."4

Yale historian Jaroslav Pelikan writes of him, "Despite exactly what anyone might personally believe or believe about him, Jesus of Nazareth has actually been the dominant figure in the history of Western culture for almost twenty centuries ... It is from his birth that the majority of the human race dates its calendars, it is by his name that millions curse and in his name that millions hope."5

If Jesus didn't exist, one have to question how a misconception could so modify history.

For more evidence, checked out Was Jesus a Real Individual?

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¹ Quoted in Christopher Lee, This Sceptred Island (London: Penguin, 1997), 1.
² Will certainly Durant, The Story of Philosophy (New york city: Pocket, 1961), 428.
³ Estimated in Costs Bright, Thinking God for the Impossible (San Bernardino, CA: Right here's Life, 1979), 177-8.4 Priced quote in Bernard Ramm, Protestant Christian Evidences (Chicago: Moody Press, 1957), 163.5 Jaroslav Pelikan, Jesus through the Centuries (New York: Harper & & Row, 1987), 1.

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In an age where we have actually made many technological advances that are indicated to conserve time, we find ourselves busier than ever. What does this mean for the spiritual life? The most common response to "why do not you hope on a daily basis" is "I have no time." Yet, is that truly a reason?

Jim Beckman in his book God, Help Me: Ways to Grow in Prayerhttp://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=intthewes-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0867168900put it in this manner:

The way we spend our time has the tendency to expose what we put value on. One author I continue reading this subject observed with amusement that no one ever died of appetite due to the fact that of not having time to consume. There are things we finish with our time every day, and if we track our activity, we'll see exactly what is genuinely crucial to us. If prayer is something we put value on, we'll make time for it.

So the short response is no, having "no time at all" is not a good reason. We just are challenged to make time. It doesn't always have to be a Holy Hour; it might simply be a "holy half-hour" or a "holy 5 minutes."

Personally, discovering time for everyday prayer was the easiest while I was in seminary studying to become a priest. I got up everyday at 5:30, showered and headed down to the chapel for a Eucharistic Holy Hour from 6:00 to 7:00. Then after Mass I went off to breakfast and after that to class. I ate lunch, went to more classes then came back to the seminary at 4:45 for Evening Prayer. After that, we went to supper and returned to the seminary for the critical research study hour. Our night didn't end there, as we continued to nightly conferences with small groups and closed the day with Night Prayer. I even squeaked in a rosary before I went to sleep at 10:00.

This happened daily and it was all set out for me. Not only that, but I was with over 100 other young men who were doing the exact same thing. While it had not been always easy awakening so early, finding time to pray was like clockwork. All I needed to do was follow the schedule.

Then I left seminary and finding time to pray was challenging.

I determined God was not calling me to be a priest and so I finished college and got wed soon after that. It didn't take wish for us to be blessed with youngsters. Talk about not having whenever to pray!

With a full-time job, an other half and children, it is a challenge to cut the lawn or shovel the driveway, let alone discover time to sit down and hope. At the exact same time, I could feel myself slipping and prayer was no place like it utilized to be. Prayer was normally quick and dry. Squeaking in a minute here and there, however general never feeling like I was making any development.

Then I knew exactly what I had to do. I needed to make a schedule. Actually, I had to make my own "Horarium."

The "Horarium" is the sacred schedule that seminarians and religious live by every day. It is a mix of times for prayer, work and recreation. Considering that the family is frequently called the "domestic church" I knew that I needed to make my own spiritual schedule or else prayer would never ever occur.

In my experience in establishing a daily prayer schedule, the simplest method (though sometimes the hardest way) to "discover" time for prayer is to get up previously or go to bed later on. Those 2 bookends to our day are normally under our control. In order to find out which time is much better, we must respond to the easy concern: am I a rooster or an owl?

Archbishop Fulton Sheen framed the circumstance this way in his book Treasure in Clay:

At the start of my priesthood I would make the Holy Hour during the day or the evening. As the years installed and I ended up being busier, I made the Hour early in the early morning, normally prior to Holy Mass. Priests, like everyone else, are divided into two classes: roosters and owls. Some work better in the early morning, others during the night.

We all know ourselves and whether we have the energy during the night or in the early morning. Personally when my head strikes the pillow at 9:30 pm, I am dead to the world. I have never been able to stay up much behind 10:00 pm.

The morning, nevertheless, is a time that I delight in. It is not always easy waking up at 5:00 am, but after the early morning cup of coffee gets into my system, I have a great deal of energy and invest the rest of my early morning in prayer and after that work on these short articles before the children wake-up. I have actually learned that with kids, as soon as they wake-up, your entire day is spent. Commonly if I wind up oversleeping or the alarm wasn't set right and I wake-up after the kids are awake, I never find time to sit-down and hope individually. The day is gone and I missed my chance.

So in the end we might be busy, however we can all find time to pray daily. We merely need to challenge ourselves and determine whether prayer is a priority in our lives and after that take action to make it occur.

To learn more about the best ways to make your very own everyday prayer schedule, take a look at my brief eBook The Horarium: A Basic Guide to Developing a Daily Prayer Set up That Will certainly Modification Your Life.

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Many think that Jesus Christ wants us to become religious. They believe Jesus pertained to take all the enjoyable from life, and offer us difficult rules to live by. They want to call him a great leader from the past, however state he is not pertinent to their lives today.

Josh McDowell was an university student who believed Jesus was simply another spiritual leader who set up difficult rules to live by. He believed Jesus was absolutely irrelevant to his life.

Then one day at a student union lunch table McDowell sat next to a lively young coed with a glowing smile. Intrigued, he asked her why she was so happy. Her immediate reply was, "Jesus Christ!"

Jesus Christ? McDowell bristled, shooting back:

"Oh, for God's sake, don't provide me that trash. I'm fed up with religion; I'm fed up with the church; I'm fed up with the Bible. Don't provide me that garbage about religious beliefs."

However the unfazed young coed calmly notified him,

"Mister, I didn't state religious beliefs, I said Jesus Christ."

McDowell was shocked. He had never considered Jesus more than a religious figure, and didn't want any part of religious hypocrisy. Yet here was this joyful Christian female discussing Jesus as someone who had actually brought implying to her life.

Christ asserted to address all the deep concerns about our existence. At one time or another, we all question what life is all about. Have you ever gazed up at the stars on a pitch-black night and questioned who put them there? Or have you ever seen a sunset and thought about life's biggest questions:

"Who am I?"
"Why am I right here?"
"Where am I going after I die?"

Although other theorists and spiritual leaders have provided their responses to the definition of life, just Jesus Christ showed his credentials by increasing from the dead. Skeptics like McDowell who initially scoffed at Jesus' resurrection, have actually discovered that there is engaging proof that it actually occurred.

Jesus provides life with actual meaning. He stated that life is much more than generating income, having a good time, being successful, then winding up in a graveyard. Yet, many individuals still try to find meaning in fame and success, even the best superstars.

Madonna attempted to respond to the concern of, "Why am I right here?" by ending up being a diva, confessing, "There were many years when I believed fame, fortune, and public approval would bring me happiness. But one day you get up and realize they do not. I still felt something was missing. I needed to know the definition of real and long lasting joy and how I might go about discovering it." ¹ Others have given up on finding definition. Kurt Cobain, lead singer of the Seattle grunge band Nirvana, despaired of life at age 27 and dedicated suicide. Jazz-age cartoonist Ralph Barton also found life to be worthless, leaving the following suicide note: "I have actually had few problems, numerous good friends, terrific successes; I have gone from partner to other half, and from residence to residence, visited nations of the world, but I am fed up with creating gadgets to fill up 24-HOUR of the day." ² Pascal, the terrific French philosopher, believed this inner void all of us experience can only be filled by God. He states, "There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every male which just Jesus Christ can fill." ³ If Pascal corrects, then we would expect Jesus to not only answer the concern of our identity and definition in this life, however also to provide us hope for life after we pass away.

Can there be suggesting, without God? Not according to atheist Bertrand Russell, who composed, "Unless you presume a god, the concern of life's function is worthless."4 Russell resigned himself to ultimately "rot" in the grave. In his book, Why I am not a Christian, Russell dismissed everything Jesus stated about life's meaning, including his pledge of immortality.

But if Jesus actually defeated death as eyewitnesses claim, (See "Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?") then he alone would be able to tell us exactly what life is all about, and response, "Where am I going?" In order to understand how Jesus' words, life, and death can develop our identities, give us suggesting in life, and provide expect the future, we need to comprehend exactly what he said about God, about us, and about himself.

This post was excerpted from "Is Jesus Relevant Today?". Continue reading to discover exactly what Jesus stated about God, about us, and about Himself.

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¹ O: The Oprah Magazine, "Oprah speaks with Madonna," (January, 2004), 120.
² Quoted in Josh McDowell, The Resurrection Aspect (San Bernardino, CA: Right here's Life Publ., 1981), 1.
³ Estimated in William R. Bright, Jesus and the Intellectual (San Bernardino, CA: Right here's Life Publ., 1968), 33.4 Priced quote in Rick Warren, The Function Driven Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002), 17.

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2015/ 06:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With a sister who is a Doctor of the Church and parents set to be canonized in October, Leonia Martin might be the fourth member of her household stated as a saint after her own cause for canonization was recently introduced.

The other day morning, Leonia's cause was officially opened by Bishop Jean-Claude Boulanger of Bayeux-Lisieux in the chapel of the Visitation Abbey at Caen, France, where Leonia invested the majority of her life and where she died. Mass was celebrated following the cause opening.

The intention to open her cause was initially revealed January 24, according to French daily La Croix. On April 25, a "acknowledgment" of her body was made-- a procedure which included opening her tomb to inspect the state of her remains.

With the opening of her cause, Leonia has actually now received the title "Servant of God" and is on the path toward beatification, the step in the sainthood procedure which precedes canonization.

The July 2 step comes at the conclusion of the preliminary phase of collecting all the historical files associated with her life.

The main opening of her cause signals that Bishop Boulanger has actually gotten the required nihil obstat, the main approval of the Catholic Church from the moral and doctrinal viewpoint given by the Churchgoers for the Causes of the Saints, which since February was still being waited on.

Leonia is the sis of St. Therese of Lisieux and the 3rd little girl of Blessed Louis and Zelia Martin, who are set to be the first couple ever to be canonized at the same event, which will certainly be held Oct. 18 in the Vatican.

The event will occur fewer than three weeks after the Oct. 1 feast of their little girl, and doctor of the Church, St. Therese of the Child Jesus.

In statements made to CNA in February, Carmelite Dad Antonio Sangalli, Leonia's postulator, stated that St. Therese's "hard" sister is on the path towards sainthood is a suggestion that holiness is call for everybody.

"Although she was eliminated 3 times from the convent, she accomplished her objective of becoming a religious, which reveals that if we persist, it is possible to do God's will," he said.

"Leonia's troubles were mostly due to her order's strict policies, which were very challenging to follow in those times. However, this did not lead her to bury the one talent she got which she used fruitfully to fully live out her occupation."

He kept in mind that even before her cause was opened, Leonia was revered for her holiness and that her crypt at the Monastery of the Visitation in Caen is frequently visited by pilgrims from all over the world.

"They pertain to hope. They ask her for favors and they find spiritual assistance in her. Their faith is strengthened by the example of this simple sibling of the Visitation, and lots of letters testify to graces received," the priest said.

Leonia, who took the name Sister Francisca-Teresa, also dealt with physical problems as a youngster.

"She did not have the human qualities of her other sisters, but she understood how to desert herself to God, who calls all of us despite our qualities. Nobody is left out from the call to holiness," Fr. Sangalli stated.

Leonia likewise had a close relationship with St. Therese, and the two commonly exchanged letters. After her saintly sis passed away, Leonia chose to attempt to enter the convent once more, following the "little method" traced out by St. Therese, with trust and desertion to God.

Fr. Sangalli said she eventually was admitted to the convent, which "shows that Therese's teaching is not only suggested for the Carmelites however for everybody-- with the little method, Leonia ended up being a better sister of the Visitation, constantly continuing to be in the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales and St. Frances de Chantal, the founders of the Order of the Visitation."

Leonia died June 17, 1941, at the age of 78 in the abbey where she lived. Her burial place has ended up being a haven for moms and dads worried about raising their kids, who find in her an example and an inspiration.
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In his fictitious novel, The Da Vinci Code, author Dan Brown suggests that of the motives for Constantine's supposed prohibiting of the Gnostic writings was a desire to suppress women in the church. So was Constantine a sexist? Would the addition of the Gnostic writings in the Bible have raised ladies?

Paradoxically, it is the Gnostic Scripture of Thomas that demeans women. It concludes (apparently quoting Peter) with this eye-popping statement: "Let Mary go away from us, because females are not deserving of life". ¹ Then Jesus supposedly informs Peter that he will certainly make Mary into a male so that she may enter the kingdom of heaven. Read: women are inferior. With sentiments like that on display, it's challenging to conceive of the Gnostic writings as being a battle cry for women's freedom.

In raw contrast, the Jesus of the scriptural Gospels constantly dealt with women with self-respect and respect. Revolutionary verses like this one discovered within the New Testament have actually been fundamental to attempts at raising females's condition:

"There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or complimentary, male or female. For you are all Christians-you are one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28, NLT).

Read more about the Gnostic works and why they were not consisted of in bible in the article Existed a Da Vinci Conspiracy?

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¹ Quoted in James M. Robinson, ed., The Nag Hammadi Library: The Definitive Translation of the Gnostic Scriptures (HarperCollins, 1990), 138.

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What does development teach us?
In the starting God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
The first verse of the Bible gives us a rewarding and beneficial account of the origin of the earth and the heavens. The faith of modest Christians understands this much better than the fancy of the most discovered males. From what we see of heaven and earth, we discover the power of the terrific Developer. And let our make and place as men, advise us of our task as Christians, constantly to keep heaven in our eye, and the earth under our feet.
- Matthew Henry
Observe here the effect produced, The heaven and the earth-- That is, the world, consisting of the entire frame and furniture of deep space. But it is only the visible part of the production that Moses designs to offer an account of. Yet even in this there are secrets which can not be fathomed, nor made up. But from what we see of heaven and earth, we may infer the eternal power and godhead of the excellent Developer. And let our make and location, as males, mind us of our task, as Christians, which is always to keep heaven in our eye, and the earth under our feet.
- John Wesley

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How has God revealed Himself?