#084: Revelation Chapter 12 – Our Lady of the Apocalypse (Catholic Apocalypse Part 7)

In this “Catholic Apocalypse” commentary on the Book of Revelation, we study the most Marian section: Chapter 12. We examine the Mary as Ark of Covenant, look at Jeremiah in 2 Maccabees, learn about the fall of Lucifer and discover how Mary is the mother of all who give testimony to Jesus Christ. We also discuss how Mary is an icon of Eve, Ancient Israel, and the Catholic Church. Don’t miss this podcast!

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Podcast Archive
# Title Released
083 The Giant Angel and Two Witnesses: Revelation Part 6 (Chapters 10-11) 07/15/2015
082 The Seven Trumpets: Book of Revelation Part 5 (Chapters 8-9) 07/02/2015
081 Book of Revelation Part 4 (Chapters 6-7) 07/09/2015
080 Taylor’s Catholic Thoughts on Same Sex Marriage 06/30/2015
079 Book of Revelation Part 3 (Chapters 4-5) 06/17/2015
078 Is the Relic of True Cross Real? 06/16/2015
077 Book of Revelation Part 2 (Chapter 2-3) 06/10/2015
076 Book of Revelation Part 1 (Chapter 1) 06/03/2015
075 Trinity Sunday, Liturgy, Thomas Becket and Anglican Use Thoughts 05/29/2015
074 Tongues of Fire in Acts, 1 Enoch, and Pre-Vatican Liturgy 05/27/2015
073 Advice on Being a Man 05/22/2015
072 What was the Priestly Status of Mary? Was she a Levite? 05/16/2015
071 The Theology of Cooking Food 05/14/2015
070 3 Steps to Overcoming Anxiety and Stress 05/06/2015
069 How to Read the Summa in One Year 04/22/2015
068 St Paul on Faith and Works Catholic vs Protestant Debate 03/25/2015
067 How Your Fears Are Hurting You Spiritually? 03/18/2015
066 What is 666 and the Mark of the Beast? 03/04/2015
065 40 Days of Joy 02/26/2015
064 Why did God make you? Luke 19 Gives the Answer 02/11/2015
063 Is Being A Christian Hard or Easy? 01/21/2015
062 Catholic View of the End Times and Tribulation 01/14/2015
061 When Other People Really Hurt You 01/07/2015
060 Is Saint George Still a Saint? 01/01/2015
059 Revolution in Catholic Education – Jennifer Fulwiler Interviews Taylor Marshall 12/31/2014
058 The Hidden Theology in Sword and Serpent with St George and Sabra 12/11/2014
057 Advent Total Consecration to Mary 11/13/2014
056 Top 5 Advent Devotions 11/07/2014
055 Why Do We Baptize Babies? The Covenantal Argument 10/22/2014
054 Is God Male or Female – The Catholic Teaching 10/08/2014
053 Lucifer vs. Saint Michael 10/01/2014
052 1 Year Anniversary Special Edition: Essentialism What is the Essence of Your Life? 09/24/2014
051 The Price of Your Anger 09/17/2014
050 The Seven Sorrows of Mary are the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit 09/15/2014
049 6 Obstacles in Your Life (How to Conquer Them) 09/10/2014
048 Brain Science, Your Soul & Prayer 09/03/2014
047 Don’t Swallow the Camel 08/27/2014
046 The Secret Life of Thomas Aquinas 08/22/2014
045 Did Saint Paul Teach Once Saved Always Saved? 08/06/2014
044 How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 2 07/30/2014
043 How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 1 07/24/2014
042 Golf Cart Saints 07/15/2014
041 5 Intellectual Virtues and Pornography, Art, and Culture 07/02/2014
040 Taylor and Joy Talk About Their Marriage 06/25/2014
039 How Was the Bible Assembled? (plus Joy joins me) 06/18/2014
038 Should You Budget Time (or Money)? 06/04/2014
037 The Theology of Vacation, Leisure, and Recreation 05/28/2014
036 Noah Movie Review – Rock Monsters? 05/21/2014
035 Children Need Fortitude 05/14/2014
034 Jokes of Saint John XXIII 05/07/2014
033 Divine Mercy: 5 Common Questions 04/30/2014
032 4 Sections of Hell 04/23/2014
031 Meet the Saint Version of You 04/16/2014
030 Should You Be an Optimist? 04/09/2014
029 Finding Fellowship like Samwise Gamgee 04/01/2014
028 Demons, Snakes, and Ticks: Lessons from a Hunting Trip 03/26/2014
027 How to Make an Eternal Impact with Your Life 03/19/2014
026 Thoughts on My Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe 02/26/2014
025 Why is the Catholic Church Roman? 02/19/2014
024 The Seven Lies We Believe About Our Failures 02/11/2014
023 How to Restart Your Mental Computer 02/06/2014
022 Top Five Productivity Tips from Thomas Aquinas 01/29/2014
021 Did You Miss God’s Plan for Your Life? 01/23/2014
020 When Prayer Becomes a Chore 01/15/2014
019 12 Attributes of a Baptized Christian 01/08/2014
018 A Podcast Against Bitter Catholics! 12/30/2013
017 Mary’s Painless Delivery of Christ Explained 12/18/2013
016 Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Luke (Plus How to Set Goals) 12/11/2013
015 Total Consecration to Mary 12/04/2013
014 What’s Your Apostolate? 11/27/2013
013 6 Items for the Liturgy of Your Life 11/20/2013
012 Why You Should Be More Creative 11/13/2013
011 Why Did They Stop Teaching Virtue? 11/06/2013
010 How Do Saints Hear Our Prayers? 10/30/2013
009 My Opinion of Martin Luther 10/23/2013
008 My Top 5 Daily Prayers 10/16/2013
007 Your Guardian Angel 10/03/2013
006 How You Can Convert 7 Billion People 09/25/2013
005 3 Strategies for a Marriage that Sings! 09/18/2013
004 4 Step Plan When Family Leave the Faith 09/12/2013
003 5 Tools for Deep Daily Prayer Life 09/04/2013
002 Three Tips to Increase Your Passion for Life 08/28/2013
001 How to Find a Spiritual Director 08/18/2013

Photos: Defending the Faith Conference

I just returned from the Applied Biblical Studies Conference at the Defending the Faith Conference at Franciscan University in Steubenville and I wanted to share some photos from the conference:

Below is a photo of the Eucharist Procession led by Fr Pablo Gadenz (I love how the Eucharist catches the light and glows in this photo):

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Below, the team for Applied Biblical Studies (Dr. Scott Hahn, Kimberly Han, Curtis Mitch, Fr. Pablo Gadenz, Dr. Ted Sri, Dr. Jeff Morrow, Rob Corzine, Dr. Lawrence Feingold, Dr. Taylor Marshall, Dr. Brant Pitre, Dr. Michael Barber):
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Below is one of my heros Dr. Peter Kreeft and me, Taylor. I’ve ready many of his books and I once picked him up from the airport when I was a Protestant seminarian. This is first time I’ve seen him since I became a Catholic. What a blessing!

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I couldn’t resist: #selfie with Scott Hahn. #nofilter

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Below, Jennifer Fulwiler took this #powerselfie with her, me, and…Patrick Madrid! The glory of Pat Madrid’s facial hair makes me wish that I still had my mustache!!!!

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Below, photo with Ulf Eckman. Ulf and his wife Birgitta are my long lost Swedish family that I never knew (My grandfather is 100% Swede). Ulf is an amazing man. Before becoming Catholic last year, he was the pastor and and leader Yoido Full Gospel Church movement, one of the world’s largest Christian organizations in the world. Read about his massive conversion here. Ulf and Birgitta glow the love of Christ. I already miss them! I hope to go to Sweden one day and learn about Catholicism there.

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Here I am with the Mighty, Mighty Muskoxen of the New Saint Thomas Institute who were attending the Defending the Faith conference. I was so thrilled to meet so many student Members in person. We took this photo together. Thanks so much Muskoxen! (for those who might be confused, the academic muskox is the mascot of our New Saint Thomas Institute – we’re working on a virtual football team – not really).

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Below, me and Patrick Coffin from Catholic Answers Live, after book signings. Patrick has a whimsical and goofy sense of humor that you don’t always hear on the air. He also was doing magic tricks at the hotel bar. Cool. I learned that he once did a magic show for the birthday of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Can you imagine the voice of Catholic Answers Live doing magic tricks for the twins of Full House?!!!

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And below is Brant Pitre, a great scholar. I plan to interview him in the near future on my podcast, so stay tuned.

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I presented two messages at the conferences:

“Father Paul: Saint Paul was a Catholic Priest” and

“Saint Paul’s Theology of the Body: Saint Paul on Sexual Ethics.”

The best part of the last week was meeting so many on-fire Catholics who are studying, loving, and growing in their love for Jesus Christ, His Church, and His Gospel. To everyone I met, the team at Steubenville and to the Hahn’s for hosting: THANK YOU. It was a very blessed time.

Godspeed,
Taylor

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I’ll be at the Steubenville Catholic Conferences this week

I’ll be speaking at two of the Steubenville Catholic Conferences this week:

07/23/2015 – Applied Biblical Studies Conference:
I’ll be explaining how “Saint Paul was a Catholic Priest.”

07/25/2015 – Defending the Faith Conference:
I’ll be giving a message titled: “Saint Paul’s Theology of the Body: Saint Paul on Sexual Ethics.”

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Both topics are important for 2015:

  • The first talk on “Paul as Priest” is a reflection on how priestly Saint Paul was and how his personal identity was priestly and based on “spiritual fatherhood.” I hope to show that “Fatherhood” is the primary attribute of Catholic priests but even more so for Catholic bishops. We have lost the idea of bishop as “father” or “grandfather” and instead see bishops as fundraisers and administrators. Paul help us through this.
  • The second talk is dead on for the our current matrimony crisis. I’ll show how and why Saint Paul rejected homosexuality, pre-marital sex, contraception, etc. and delve into the original Greek text of Paul’s letter to equip the listeners to defend this truth with family and friends.

If you’re going to be at the conference, let’s meet up. I’d love to meet you, sign books, and answer your questions.

Paul Ebook White (1)If you cannot join us, both topics are covered in my book: The Catholic Perspective on Paul: Saint Paul and the Origins of Catholicism (which is currently discounted at amazon.com).

You can also listen to my lesser known Catholic Perspective on Paul podcast.

Because of travel and prep, there won’t be a new Catholic Apocalypse Book of Revelation Commentary Podcast this week. The new podcasts will resume next Wednesday. You can browse over 80 other past podcasts here.

For those going to the Steubenville Catholic Conferences, I’ll see you soon!

Godspeed,
Taylor Marshall

PS: For all my friends in Canada, I look forward to meeting you at the Regenerate(d) 2015 Conference at Niagara Falls! This year’s theme is Divine Mercy.
10/03/2015 – Regenerate(d) 2015 Conference, Niagara Falls

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The Slow Death of Marriage…And Its Future Resurrection

Why are Christians failing so miserably in the social debate on matrimony, abortion, and the redefinition of family? We are losing because the most powerful weapon in social reform is how we relate WORDS to ACTIONS.

Words carry ideas. Ideas change people. So if a regime changes the meaning of words, the regime changes the ideas of people.

What is Marriage? Finding a Definition

Take “marriage,” for example. Marriage is an institution that ratifies a monogamous sexual exclusive relationship for procreation.

Notice the words I’m using here: monogamous, sexual, exclusive, procreation.

It’s not essentially a legal arrangement for “best friends.” It’s not a legal arrangement for insuring hospital visitation rights. It’s not essentially a structure for tax benefits. Holy Matrimony is an institution that ratifies a monogamous sexual exclusive relationship for procreation.

It is a legal contract and covenant that grants exclusive sexual access to one another’s body till the death of one spouse. It always hopes for the fruition of children whether God grants children or not. That’s what marriage is. By fully consenting to this reality, a marriage bond was publicly created.

The historic reason why marriage includes the additional lumping together of financial assets is: children, their rearing, and their inheritance!

But modern society has changed the definition of marriage and by doing so they have changed everyone’s idea of marriage.

Falling in/out of Love

With the advent of the birth control pill, the idea that the marriage contract meant exclusive sexual access to a spouse for the rearing of children decayed.

Decades later, they began to depict marriage as “falling in love.” If you fall in love, then you should be married. The problem is the phenomenon of “falling out of love.” And so in the 1970s we got “no fault divorce.” The children suffered. Matrimony had been a public institution to create and protect the next generation. The children were royally screwed over in the 1970s.

“Love Wins” With Same Sex

So for decades heterosexual spouses performed (and deformed) marriage by “falling in love” and “falling out of love’ while cranking up the divorce rate. Birthrates plummeted. There was no longer any sound reason in this new definition of marriage to prevent same sex marriage. If two men “fall in love” why not have a legal ceremony that means, um, very little to heterosexual people.

Heterosexuals since the 1960s already demonstrated to society that marriage does not mean:

  1. male/female role polarity
  2. life-long monogamy
  3. covenantal indissolubility
  4. natural conception and birth of babies
  5. staying together to raise children
  6. growing old together

Think about it. It was heterosexuals who destroyed those 6 points above – not the gay community! The homosexual lobby merely had to wait for the “normal society” to redefine things in their favor.

Matrimony works because it assures paternity assurance. If a woman has intercourse with 10 men and then becomes pregnant along the way, none of those 10 men are going to provide for that woman and care for the new baby. There is no paternity assurance. Men only invest where there is paternity security. Having children requires effort, time and money. A cuckolded man isn’t going devote that much energy in a promiscuous culture where progeny cannot be secured. That’s why we have the quickly growing MGTOW culture for men. Society breaks down.

How You Can become a Healer for a Broken Culture

I wrote about 10 Radical Ways We Can Reclaim Matrimony. There I explained our strategy to “take back” traditional vocabulary. One way we can accomplish this is to the avoid the word “individual.” Originally, the term individualis was applied to the the “undivided” essence of the Holy Trinity.

Around 1750, the word “individual” began to be used in place of a human “person. Why? Because society was already being restructured as “individualistic.” You can keep dividing nations, states, cities, even families, but according to them you can’t divide the “individual.” This was the era leading up to the French Revolution. The important aspect for an anti-Christian society was to elevate the solo-person – the undivided individual. Every man an island.

Previously, Christians spoke of “persons” not “individuals.” The family was the basic “undivided” unity (everyone comes from a family – not from an individual) for Christendom. But now it is the “individual” that it is the basic unit. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be an Individual (revolutionary). I want to be a Person (Trinitarian).

Reclaiming as an Example of Light

Remember how we learned that we must reclaim right WORDS and associate them with right ACTIONS. Ultimately, the best thing you can do is mentor others with your good example. This is how you best reprogram the definitions of words. If you are single, then you can live a life of noble chastity and avoid the hook up culture. Live with personal dignity and demonstrate the joy of Jesus Christ in your life.

If you are married, the best thing you can do is show your children how much you love and respect your spouse. This will overflow to those around you.

  • Are you kind to one another? Do you give each other the benefit of the doubt before a fight breaks out?
  • Men, are you affectionate with your wife when you get home. (Wives deeply desire love, affection and approval [“I love you and I missed you today. Close your eyes while I kiss you.”] more than they desire gifts or respect.)
  • Women, do you respect your husband in front of the children and your friends? (Husbands deeply desire honor/respect [“I’m so proud that you’re my husband. You work so hard!”] more than they desire love.)
  • Are you quietly teaching those in your circle of influence that lifelong exclusive monogamy is beautiful, sweet, and rewarding?
  • Do you fight back the fear of having babies in this crazy world?

Our best strategy is living Holy Matrimony and living it with joy and a smile on our face. It is difficult. It is a challenge. My wife Joy is pregnant with baby #8 and it’s much harder on her than baby #1. Much harder! (Ladies, can I get a witness.) But she is living a heroic life and I can’t help but admire her love for me, our new baby, and her profound dedication to our wedding vows.

If you are a student Member of the New Saint Thomas Institute, please watch our 2-part video series in which my wife Joy and I sit down in front of the video camera to talk about those issues as they relate to our own lives and how we grapple with these challenges in our marriage.

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You can find this video series in the “Catholic Certificate in Theology” module on Sacramental Theology:

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If you are not yet a Member of the New Saint Thomas Institute, we will be soon opening enrollment for a few new spots. NSTI is the largest Catholic online education institute in the world with 1,800 Catholic students from 30 nations. If you’d like to join our student body, and earn a Certificate in Catholic Theology with me, please sign up here. (There are currently 280 people on the waiting list for NSTI. Today’s enrollment is limited to the first 300). Please visit newsaintthomas.com to learn more about what we do and what we offer through the New Saint Thomas Institute. And don’t forget to join our waiting list if you are interested Save your spot!

Just like the early confessors and martyrs – we must live heroic lives. People are converted when they see the love of Jesus. That could be in seeing a Coptic Christian beheaded by ISIS. It could also be in the powerful witness of a young mother sweetly caring for her babies. Or by watching a handsome man care for his wife and honor her till death as the mother of his children.

You’d be surprised how much your actions touch the hearts of others. The Sacred Heart of Jesus is in your heart. Share His Heart with the hearts of others.

Cor ad cor loquitur,
Taylor Marshall

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I was embarrassed but now I’m grateful – Thoughts on Catholic Podcasting

Depression in 2006

In 2006 when I renounced the Episcopalian priesthood and became a Catholic, I became depressed and discouraged. My heart was still longing for the ministry and for the pulpit. I loved writing, preparing, and giving sermons. When I became a Catholic layman that part of my soul was vacant. I felt like my life was empty and meaningless. I had followed Christ, but the path guided me to a place that I did not understand or like.

But I knew that I had to follow my heart and my conscience into the Catholic Church.

TM Show Hits 500,000 Downloads

Now I look back and see God’s providential hand. He wasn’t taking something away. He was providing something bigger and better. As of a few days ago, the Taylor Marshall Catholic Show has been downloaded over 500,000 times (514,433 times)! By the way, it’s free. I don’t get paid for it.)

Christ took away the pulpit, but He prepared something else. I thank Him and I also thank you, because you are the one’s downloading and listening to the show and sharing the free files with your friends and family

Jesus has a better plan – always!

Jesus Christ always has a better plan for us – a plan that exceeds our imagination. I could never have imagined something like this happening back in 2006 when I hung up the clerical collar and put on a neck tie. If I had betrayed my conscience and remained as an Episcopalian priest, I would have never, never, never been allowed to experience this blessing.

I’m grateful to you…

I want to thank everyone who listened and supported the show and continues to support the show as we move forward. It lot has evolved over time. I’m grateful to you, because you so often write me and give me input and ideas for new topics and episodes.

If I could go back in time…

If I could go back in time and give myself advice I would have said to myself, “Take heart. Christ loves you. Right now you are not able to understand what God has planned for you. Keep you head up and just be patient. It’s going to be awesome. Be not afraid. Trust Him!”

Our Lord had a bigger pulpit waiting in the future. He is never outdone by generosity.

The Desires of Your Heart

I’ve learned that Christ will give you the desires of your heart if you keep your heart focused on His Sacred Heart.

I’m a little embarrassed by my first Catholic podcast. The sound quality is off and my voice is clearly uncomfortable. But people listened and I kept recording podcasts week after week (we are up to 83 Episodes). They got better over time. A few months back it started getting lots of attention on iTunes and then it starting growing exponentially.

So thank you for being part of that and please always trust Christ with your hopes, desires, and depression.

Whether you are losing heart on finding a spouse, job, vocation, child, personal fulfillment – never give up. He has a plan. I doesn’t look like it, but He has a plan for you.

Thanks for the downloads. Thanks for listening and following in the early days when I was trying to figure it out. Here’s to the next 500,000!

Godspeed,
Taylor Marshall

Here are the:
Top 5 TM Show Episodes of All Time By Download Count:

If you are new to the podcast, here are the five post downloaded episodes. They are not my favorites but these are continue to be popular:

062 Catholic View of the End Times and Tribulation
009 My Opinion of Martin Luther
066 What is 666 and the Mark of the Beast?
018 A Podcast Against Bitter Catholics!
007 Your Guardian Angel (Don’t Name Him!)

My personal favorite shows are these:

24 The Seven Lies We Believe About Our Failures
23 How to Restart Your Mental Computer
22 Top Five Productivity Tips from Thomas Aquinas
21 Did You Miss God’s Plan for Your Life?

And don’t miss the new podcast series on the Book of Revelation!

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#083: Revelation Chapters 10-11 The Giant Angel and Two Witnesses (Catholic Apocalypse Part 6)

Today we examine the Seventh Trumpet of the Apocalypse, the Gigantic Angel (?), and the identity of the Two Witnesses according to Saint Augustine and Saint Thomas Aquinas. We also step into some Christology and look at some of the Preterist details surrounding the two witnesses and their 42 month battle with the Beast. Please click on the file below to start listening.

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Podcast Archive
# Title Released
082 The Seven Trumpets: Book of Revelation Part 5 (Chapters 8-9) 07/02/2015
081 Book of Revelation Part 4 (Chapters 6-7) 07/09/2015
080 Taylor’s Catholic Thoughts on Same Sex Marriage 06/30/2015
079 Book of Revelation Part 3 (Chapters 4-5) 06/17/2015
078 Is the Relic of True Cross Real? 06/16/2015
077 Book of Revelation Part 2 (Chapter 2-3) 06/10/2015
076 Book of Revelation Part 1 (Chapter 1) 06/03/2015
075 Trinity Sunday, Liturgy, Thomas Becket and Anglican Use Thoughts 05/29/2015
074 Tongues of Fire in Acts, 1 Enoch, and Pre-Vatican Liturgy 05/27/2015
073 Advice on Being a Man 05/22/2015
072 What was the Priestly Status of Mary? Was she a Levite? 05/16/2015
071 The Theology of Cooking Food 05/14/2015
070 3 Steps to Overcoming Anxiety and Stress 05/06/2015
069 How to Read the Summa in One Year 04/22/2015
068 St Paul on Faith and Works Catholic vs Protestant Debate 03/25/2015
067 How Your Fears Are Hurting You Spiritually? 03/18/2015
066 What is 666 and the Mark of the Beast? 03/04/2015
065 40 Days of Joy 02/26/2015
064 Why did God make you? Luke 19 Gives the Answer 02/11/2015
063 Is Being A Christian Hard or Easy? 01/21/2015
062 Catholic View of the End Times and Tribulation 01/14/2015
061 When Other People Really Hurt You 01/07/2015
060 Is Saint George Still a Saint? 01/01/2015
059 Revolution in Catholic Education – Jennifer Fulwiler Interviews Taylor Marshall 12/31/2014
058 The Hidden Theology in Sword and Serpent with St George and Sabra 12/11/2014
057 Advent Total Consecration to Mary 11/13/2014
056 Top 5 Advent Devotions 11/07/2014
055 Why Do We Baptize Babies? The Covenantal Argument 10/22/2014
054 Is God Male or Female – The Catholic Teaching 10/08/2014
053 Lucifer vs. Saint Michael 10/01/2014
052 1 Year Anniversary Special Edition: Essentialism What is the Essence of Your Life? 09/24/2014
051 The Price of Your Anger 09/17/2014
050 The Seven Sorrows of Mary are the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit 09/15/2014
049 6 Obstacles in Your Life (How to Conquer Them) 09/10/2014
048 Brain Science, Your Soul & Prayer 09/03/2014
047 Don’t Swallow the Camel 08/27/2014
046 The Secret Life of Thomas Aquinas 08/22/2014
045 Did Saint Paul Teach Once Saved Always Saved? 08/06/2014
044 How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 2 07/30/2014
043 How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 1 07/24/2014
042 Golf Cart Saints 07/15/2014
041 5 Intellectual Virtues and Pornography, Art, and Culture 07/02/2014
040 Taylor and Joy Talk About Their Marriage 06/25/2014
039 How Was the Bible Assembled? (plus Joy joins me) 06/18/2014
038 Should You Budget Time (or Money)? 06/04/2014
037 The Theology of Vacation, Leisure, and Recreation 05/28/2014
036 Noah Movie Review – Rock Monsters? 05/21/2014
035 Children Need Fortitude 05/14/2014
034 Jokes of Saint John XXIII 05/07/2014
033 Divine Mercy: 5 Common Questions 04/30/2014
032 4 Sections of Hell 04/23/2014
031 Meet the Saint Version of You 04/16/2014
030 Should You Be an Optimist? 04/09/2014
029 Finding Fellowship like Samwise Gamgee 04/01/2014
028 Demons, Snakes, and Ticks: Lessons from a Hunting Trip 03/26/2014
027 How to Make an Eternal Impact with Your Life 03/19/2014
026 Thoughts on My Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe 02/26/2014
025 Why is the Catholic Church Roman? 02/19/2014
024 The Seven Lies We Believe About Our Failures 02/11/2014
023 How to Restart Your Mental Computer 02/06/2014
022 Top Five Productivity Tips from Thomas Aquinas 01/29/2014
021 Did You Miss God’s Plan for Your Life? 01/23/2014
020 When Prayer Becomes a Chore 01/15/2014
019 12 Attributes of a Baptized Christian 01/08/2014
018 A Podcast Against Bitter Catholics! 12/30/2013
017 Mary’s Painless Delivery of Christ Explained 12/18/2013
016 Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Luke (Plus How to Set Goals) 12/11/2013
015 Total Consecration to Mary 12/04/2013
014 What’s Your Apostolate? 11/27/2013
013 6 Items for the Liturgy of Your Life 11/20/2013
012 Why You Should Be More Creative 11/13/2013
011 Why Did They Stop Teaching Virtue? 11/06/2013
010 How Do Saints Hear Our Prayers? 10/30/2013
009 My Opinion of Martin Luther 10/23/2013
008 My Top 5 Daily Prayers 10/16/2013
007 Your Guardian Angel 10/03/2013
006 How You Can Convert 7 Billion People 09/25/2013
005 3 Strategies for a Marriage that Sings! 09/18/2013
004 4 Step Plan When Family Leave the Faith 09/12/2013
003 5 Tools for Deep Daily Prayer Life 09/04/2013
002 Three Tips to Increase Your Passion for Life 08/28/2013
001 How to Find a Spiritual Director 08/18/2013

Could Gay Marriage be PASTORALLY Approved at Synod on the Family?

The Pope recently made some remarks about the Synod on the Family coming up on Oct. 4-25 2015. Both the liberal media and Catholics within the fold are eager to see this play out.

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When I was in Rome last month, I had the chance to talk bishops, priests, and layman (some work in the curial offices of the Holy See) about the “word on the street” regarding the upcoming Synod of the Family.

I left Rome concerned and not at all encouraged regarding the place of the Family.

The buzz word for this year’s Synod on the Family is: “finding solutions.” I don’t know what it means, but that’s the phrase. It’s all about “finding solutions.”

Here’s my concern:

The contemporary political landscape is unilaterally affirming:

  • reproductive “health” (contraception and abortion) as a political right
  • same sex “marriage” as a political right
  • “divorce for the sake of happiness” (however defined) as a right

So when the Church speaks of “finding solutions,” what is the problem?

Two possible options:

  1. Good Option: Could it be that the Church is going to find new and creative ways to help traditional monogamous Christians to flourish and succeed under the cloud of political oppression?
  2. Bad Option: Could it be that the Church is going to find new and creative ways to hallow the new political status quo by “finding solutions” for give the “rights” of full communion to those that live and/or support the newly ratified politically lifestyles.

My concern is that the “finding solutions” phrase refers to finding a way to give the Holy Eucharist for those living in adultery and in same sex marriage without technically and theologically sanctioning adultery and same-sex marriage.

The hypothetical argument for a sleight-of-hand Church sanctioning of divorce/remarriage or same sex marriage would look like the argument below.

[Note that this is not my argument or something I am suggesting. Rather, my observation and my gut tells me that this is the sort of thing that the enemies of the Catholic Church (from within) are going to try.] Here is what they will try to push at the Synod on the Family:

We must approach the emerging forms of family and the individuals involved belong to these units with a hand of mercy. People have made decisions in the past (or had decisions made for them in the past) that places them in a situations or relationships contrary to the teaching of the Catholic Church. Due to the passing of time and/or physical/mental/emotional damage, there is no way to “turn back the clock” so that these people of good will can enter into a regular sacramental situation with the Catholic Church. For the sake of mercy, we have found a pastoral solution that does not run counter to the theology or dogma of the Catholic Church regarding monogamy and sacramental marriage. The local conferences of bishops can authorize their bishops and pastors (those with canonical cure of souls) to determine, after prayer, counsel, and interviews, whether certain baptized faithful can be dispensed from certain irregularities due to the passing of time or through physical/mental/emotional trauma. The prayerful dispensation of the bishop or pastor should be honored and respected. The bishop or pastor’s dispensation is similar to the pastor’s power to dispense of the Sunday Mass obligation or rules for fasting for those under his care for pastoral reasons.”

I’m not a prophet, but I feel pretty sure that the argument that I drafted above will be developed and popularized in the years to come, but perhaps even as early as this next Synod of the Family in October 2015.

A couple things to notice:

  1. It affirms the traditional teaching of the church, but…
  2. It introduces the ability of a bishop or pastor to make dispensations or sanations due to past realities.

Question: What do you think? Could you see this happening? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Don’t lose hope: I think this is a dangerous proposition that could emerge. But don’t worry, good people. The Holy Trinity is in charge! The Holy Spirit will be victorious! Never lose hope in Christ.

Here’s a video I made for last year’s Synod on the Family about not getting worried or depressed about these things. Watch it if you’re worried: VIDEO: Crazy Cardinals, Synod on Marriage, and Finding Peace.

People That Drag You Down…Let them Fall

Look around your social circle. Think of the 20 people that are most often at your parties, on your Facebook wall, or texting you. Got those 20 in your mind? Good?

Do any of those people sound like this:

  1. They are upset because you want to go to bed early and get your 9 hours sleep.
  2. They are upset because you don’t eat junk food with them or drink too much with them.
  3. They are upset because you protect your time with your family at night or weekends.
  4. They are upset because you don’t gossip with them.
  5. They secretly rejoice when you experience a failure.
  6. They begrudge your successes.
  7. They try to get you to say or do things that are contrary to your moral code.

Any of these ringing a bell?

They are dragging you down.  Don’t let them take you one inch lower.

They are not your friends. They are not. Stop pretending. They are dragging you down. Find some real friends.

As Christians, we must love everyone, especially our enemies. We pray for them, but we don’t need to pour out our scarcest asset for them: time. Yes we are called to be the Good Samaritan, but your tangible friendships are limited by time. So invest wisely.

Saint Paul reminds us that vicious people (in the form of sin or bad influence) do in fact negatively impact our lives:

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” (1 Cor 15:33)

Also, Aristotle taught us that a “friend” is someone who “loves your soul.” He writes:

Those who wish good things to their friends for the sake of the latter (virtue or character) are friends most of all, because they do so because of their friends themselves, and not coincidentally” (N. Ethics, 1156b9–11).

If you’re going to a be a saint, you need some real friends to help you along away.

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PS: For men, I’d recommend the Troops of Saint George as one of the easiest way to meet fantastic and virtuous friends. My best friendships of the last two years were formed in TSG.

8 Reasons Why the Troops of Saint George may not be right for you:

Our cultural problems (same-sex unions, abortion, broken families, lack of priestly vocations, etc.) all come down to this: our culture lacks authentic Fatherhood (if you agree, keep reading). We need authentic Fatherhood in Holy Matrimony. We need authentic spiritual Fatherhood in the Catholic priesthood.

Elephants and Teenaged Men

Several years ago, biologists at the Kruger National Park attempted to relocate young adolescent male elephants to another wildlife preserve. These young male elephants began to display neurotic behavior by violently killing the rhino population. The biologists then introduced fully mature adult male elephants into the heard.

The mature male elephants began to discipline and check the young males. With the re-introduction of adult males, the younger males mellowed and peace returned to the elephant population.

Biological Lesson: young adolescent males go crazy without the presence of mature males.

Multi-Generational Male Fraternitas

In May of 2013, when I founded the Troops of Saint George, I did not yet fully understand what God had planned for us. In the last two years, the Troops of Saint George has become (in my opinion) the single most important apostolate for fostering virtue among men.

In the years to come it will, by God’s grace, begin to introduce virtuous mature males into our churches and communities – with healthy families and vocations to the religious life and priesthood. Our goal is to support any young man from our ranks who enters the Seminary. We already have bishops who are supporting us and showing interest in our fraternal apostolate. We are growing and building tremendous steam.

What is TSG?

The Troops of Saint George is a fraternal organization in the Catholic tradition that is 100% male-led by Catholic priests, deacons, and lay men. Our goal is to foster the life of the seven virtues (theological and cardinal) in perfect conformity with the magisterium of the Catholic Church.

Here’s a video to see what we’re all about. At minute 5:43 you’ll see one or our Holy Masses in an outdoor forest:

Being Politically Incorrect

We hold to a politically incorrect belief: Men are not culturally dispensable. Christian civilization requires that older men pass down their wisdom, virtue, and example to younger men. Young men are lost without their elders to train them.

…But We Are Not For Everyone

However, the Troops of Saint George is not for you if:

  1. You don’t want to kneel in the dirt with a hungry stomach while a Catholic priest celebrates Mass in the woods on an altar that you and a dozen other men just built.
  2. You want women to organize and do everything for you (ie, be mommied by your wife).
  3. You’re intimidated by cooking meat on fire and meals in iron skillets. (We encourage cooking and eating fish on Fridays.)
  4. You and your sons prefer video games and air conditioning to rock climbing, hiking, sailing, canoeing and adventure.
  5. Building a trebuchet with other men and their boys sounds uninteresting.
  6. Waking up at 6am to boil coffee on a campfire stresses you out.
  7. You want to waste your time with pointless meetings and lame arts-and-crafts projects. (Troops of Saint George has a “no silly arts and crafts” policy and we don’t emphasize meetings, but rather campouts and adventure trips instead.)
  8. You don’t want to make unforgettable memories with your sons.

As you see, we are fraternal, faithful to the Catholic Church, and ruggedly outdoors. Something virtuous and strong re-emerges in a man’s chest when he’s in the great outdoors. Don’t believe me? Just ask Teddy Roosevelet. He’s the guy riding across a river on the back of a moose below:

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When my three sons and I get home from a TSG campout, we are covered with dirt and soot. The boys have a few cuts and scrapes from knives and thorns – and we are all smiling.

Jude (9 years) brags to his mother about making a fire with only flint and his pocket knife. Gabriel (13 years) talks about the fish he caught, and Becket (6 years) talks tells mom about the stars. Meanwhile I had a great weekend joking around with men, organizing competitions, and whittlings sticks. And my wife gets to see her man smoky, scruffy, and wild (Guys: your wife needs to see you looking like self-dependent survivalist every once in awhile – you’ll thank me later).

Every excursion is a great time with great men…and we didn’t miss Holy Mass on Sunday. In fact, our Catholic pastor was out there with us playing football in the field and sitting around the campfire for dinner – because he supports us!

  1. Find A TSG Troop Near You: So if you’re interested, you need to join your local Troop of Saint George in your city (click here for map of our TSG Troops).
  2. Start Your Own TSG Troop: If your region does not already have a TSG Troop, you (yes you, manly man) need take the lead by starting a Troop (click here to start a Troop in your town).
  3. How to Get Started: Every Troop of Saint George requires a Catholic Priest and a Catholic Captain (male leader approved by the priest with Safe Environment certification) and a formal application TSG Charter document that you can find here at our Troops of Saint George website.

We have a great team in place to help you start your own local Troop of Saint George. We’re here to help you. Please click here and enter your email address to begin the TSG Troop Application process.

We can guarantee that you will grow in virtue, meet great men, meet great priests, and rediscover the outdoors. If you do end up riding a moose across a river (as in photo above), please send it to us so that we can include in our next brochure!

Saint George, pray for us,
Taylor Marshall
Founder of the Troops of Saint George

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#082: Revelation Chapters 8-9 Seven Trumpets against Jerusalem (Catholic Apocalypse Part 5)

After the Lamb of God (Christ) opens the seven seals, we see in Heaven the appearance of seven angels that sound the seven trumpets. The image is a throw back to the conquest of Jericho at the blowing of trumpets. We see how these cosmic events relate to creation and how they relate the Roman conquest of Jerusalem in the first century. Please click “play” to begin listening.

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081 Book of Revelation Part 4 (Chapters 6-7) 07/02/2015
080 Taylor’s Catholic Thoughts on Same Sex Marriage 06/30/2015
079 Book of Revelation Part 3 (Chapters 4-5) 06/17/2015
078 Is the Relic of True Cross Real? 06/16/2015
077 Book of Revelation Part 2 (Chapter 2-3) 06/10/2015
076 Book of Revelation Part 1 (Chapter 1) 06/03/2015
075 Trinity Sunday, Liturgy, Thomas Becket and Anglican Use Thoughts 05/29/2015
074 Tongues of Fire in Acts, 1 Enoch, and Pre-Vatican Liturgy 05/27/2015
073 Advice on Being a Man 05/22/2015
072 What was the Priestly Status of Mary? Was she a Levite? 05/16/2015
071 The Theology of Cooking Food 05/14/2015
070 3 Steps to Overcoming Anxiety and Stress 05/06/2015
069 How to Read the Summa in One Year 04/22/2015
068 St Paul on Faith and Works Catholic vs Protestant Debate 03/25/2015
067 How Your Fears Are Hurting You Spiritually? 03/18/2015
066 What is 666 and the Mark of the Beast? 03/04/2015
065 40 Days of Joy 02/26/2015
064 Why did God make you? Luke 19 Gives the Answer 02/11/2015
063 Is Being A Christian Hard or Easy? 01/21/2015
062 Catholic View of the End Times and Tribulation 01/14/2015
061 When Other People Really Hurt You 01/07/2015
060 Is Saint George Still a Saint? 01/01/2015
059 Revolution in Catholic Education – Jennifer Fulwiler Interviews Taylor Marshall 12/31/2014
058 The Hidden Theology in Sword and Serpent with St George and Sabra 12/11/2014
057 Advent Total Consecration to Mary 11/13/2014
056 Top 5 Advent Devotions 11/07/2014
055 Why Do We Baptize Babies? The Covenantal Argument 10/22/2014
054 Is God Male or Female – The Catholic Teaching 10/08/2014
053 Lucifer vs. Saint Michael 10/01/2014
052 1 Year Anniversary Special Edition: Essentialism What is the Essence of Your Life? 09/24/2014
051 The Price of Your Anger 09/17/2014
050 The Seven Sorrows of Mary are the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit 09/15/2014
049 6 Obstacles in Your Life (How to Conquer Them) 09/10/2014
048 Brain Science, Your Soul & Prayer 09/03/2014
047 Don’t Swallow the Camel 08/27/2014
046 The Secret Life of Thomas Aquinas 08/22/2014
045 Did Saint Paul Teach Once Saved Always Saved? 08/06/2014
044 How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 2 07/30/2014
043 How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 1 07/24/2014
042 Golf Cart Saints 07/15/2014
041 5 Intellectual Virtues and Pornography, Art, and Culture 07/02/2014
040 Taylor and Joy Talk About Their Marriage 06/25/2014
039 How Was the Bible Assembled? (plus Joy joins me) 06/18/2014
038 Should You Budget Time (or Money)? 06/04/2014
037 The Theology of Vacation, Leisure, and Recreation 05/28/2014
036 Noah Movie Review – Rock Monsters? 05/21/2014
035 Children Need Fortitude 05/14/2014
034 Jokes of Saint John XXIII 05/07/2014
033 Divine Mercy: 5 Common Questions 04/30/2014
032 4 Sections of Hell 04/23/2014
031 Meet the Saint Version of You 04/16/2014
030 Should You Be an Optimist? 04/09/2014
029 Finding Fellowship like Samwise Gamgee 04/01/2014
028 Demons, Snakes, and Ticks: Lessons from a Hunting Trip 03/26/2014
027 How to Make an Eternal Impact with Your Life 03/19/2014
026 Thoughts on My Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe 02/26/2014
025 Why is the Catholic Church Roman? 02/19/2014
024 The Seven Lies We Believe About Our Failures 02/11/2014
023 How to Restart Your Mental Computer 02/06/2014
022 Top Five Productivity Tips from Thomas Aquinas 01/29/2014
021 Did You Miss God’s Plan for Your Life? 01/23/2014
020 When Prayer Becomes a Chore 01/15/2014
019 12 Attributes of a Baptized Christian 01/08/2014
018 A Podcast Against Bitter Catholics! 12/30/2013
017 Mary’s Painless Delivery of Christ Explained 12/18/2013
016 Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Luke (Plus How to Set Goals) 12/11/2013
015 Total Consecration to Mary 12/04/2013
014 What’s Your Apostolate? 11/27/2013
013 6 Items for the Liturgy of Your Life 11/20/2013
012 Why You Should Be More Creative 11/13/2013
011 Why Did They Stop Teaching Virtue? 11/06/2013
010 How Do Saints Hear Our Prayers? 10/30/2013
009 My Opinion of Martin Luther 10/23/2013
008 My Top 5 Daily Prayers 10/16/2013
007 Your Guardian Angel 10/03/2013
006 How You Can Convert 7 Billion People 09/25/2013
005 3 Strategies for a Marriage that Sings! 09/18/2013
004 4 Step Plan When Family Leave the Faith 09/12/2013
003 5 Tools for Deep Daily Prayer Life 09/04/2013
002 Three Tips to Increase Your Passion for Life 08/28/2013
001 How to Find a Spiritual Director 08/18/2013