Longenecker was a American Evangelical who became an Anglican, and then was ordained as an Anglican.
He has converted to Catholicism, and is to be ordained a priest next month.
More information about him and his books on his blog.
No one who reads this is practicing custody of the eyes
A less-than-sincere interview can make things worse for O. J. and his children. Human beings have a marvelous capacity for psychological and spiritual redemption. The public has an admirable capacity for forgiveness. However, there is at least one condition for both— honesty. If he mocks the truth this time he will set himself up to go to the grave a shameless liar. I can't think of anything worse. Oh, wait, there is something worse. He would be leaving his children the legacy of a life lived as if it were just theater.
May my soul bless you,
O Lord God my Creator,
may my soul bless you.
From the very core of my being
may all your merciful gifts sing your praise.
Your generous care for your daughter
has been rich in mercy;
indeed it has been immeasurable,
and as far as I am able
I give you thanks.
To make amends…
I offer you, most loving Father,
all the sufferings of your beloved Son….
To atone for all my neglect
I offer, most loving Father,
all that your only-begotten Son did….
… as an act of thanksgiving,
I praise and worship you, Father,
in deepest humility for your most loving kindness and mercy.
1. WHAT DO WE BELIEVE ABOUT HOLY COMMUNION?
2. WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BEING UNITED TO CHRIST IN HOLY COMMUNION?A. Participating in the One Sacrifice of Christ3. WHO MAY RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION?
B. Communion with One Another
C. Sharing in Jesus’ Resurrection and Divinity
4. SHOULD WE EVER REFRAIN FROM RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION?Lack of Sanctifying Grace5. HOW CAN WE PREPARE TO RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION MORE WORTHILY?
Lack of Adherence to Church Teaching
Giving Public Scandal
We should prayerfully recollect ourselves prior to coming to Mass. We should strive to arrive on time, allowing ourselves to prepare our minds and hearts for the liturgy. Upon entering the church, we should maintain reverent silence so that we and those around us are able to pray before Mass begins. This will ensure that we are at peace within ourselves and with others. Such recollection helps to eliminate distractions and allows us to focus more easily on the great mystery of the Eucharistic celebration in which we are about to participate. A prayerful and reflective reading of the Scripture selections for the Mass of the day will help make our hearts and minds ready to receive God’s Word more deeply.
The Eucharistic Fast
We are required to keep the Eucharistic fast, that is, refraining from food and drink (except for water and medicines) for at least one hour prior to receiving Holy Communion. This fast demonstrates reverence and respect for the Body and Blood of Christ that we are going to receive. It also teaches us to hunger for Jesus in Holy Communion.
We should also come to the sacred liturgy appropriately dressed. As Christians we should dress in a modest manner, wearing clothes that reflect our reverence for God and that manifest our respect for the dignity of the liturgy and for one another.
The harvest celebration of autumn, 1621, was quite plainly neither a fast day nor a thanksgiving day in the eyes of the Pilgrims. Rather it was a secular celebration which included games, recreations, three days of feasting and Indian guests. It would have been unthinkable to have these things as part of a religious Thanksgiving. The actual first declared Thanksgiving occurred in 1623, after a providential rain shower saved the colony’s crops.
When the Puritans rejected the old Medieval ecclesiastical calendar of Christmas, Easter and Saint’s days, they submitted three allowable holy days: The Sabbath, the Day of Humiliation and Fasting, and the Day of Thanksgiving and Praise. The latter two were never held on a regular basis but only in direct response to God’s Providence. When things went well, signaling God’s pleasure with the community, then it was proper to declare a Day of Thanksgiving in His praise. But when God’s displeasure was evident and events were unfortunate, it was an indication that the community should repent and declare a Day of Fasting and Humiliation. Each of these days were held on weekdays and meant an extra day of church services and devotion in addition to the Sabbath. The Day of Thanksgiving was often concluded with a feast, while the fast days saw voluntary privation. [Click HERE for the source and more information on the official website of “Plimoth Plantation”.]