We now have Members in the New Saint Thomas Institute from the following nations!
China (Hong Kong)
United States of America
As you can see, we are becoming truly catholic or “universal.”
We also have priests, deacons, nuns, monks, friars, postulants, dads, moms, grandfathers, grandmothers, and college students.
Why not make a New Year’s Resolution to study theology with weekly, fun video instruction? As far as I know, this is the only opportunity to be part of a international community for learning Catholic theology.
Please take a moment to watch this crazy video that we choreographed with out seven children for our Family Christmas Card video. As you can see in the out-takes, it took us quiet a few of takes to get it to work!
May God richly bless you, your family, and your friends this Christmas.
You are God’s beloved child and He loves you with an infinite love. He wants to you to be in Heaven with Him forever.
Have a wonderful Christmas and recommit you life and your love to Him.
to Jesus through Mary on Christmas (and every day of the year), Taylor
PS: To show my appreciation and gratitude to everyone who subscribes to this blog, I’m giving you a Christmas gift. It’s a book defending December 25 as the historical birthday of Our Lord Jesus Christ based on biblical and historical research:
It won’t be available anymore after the New Year, so please get your FREE copy now. To get instructions for the Book Download, click here.
Do you believed that Mary experienced a painless delivery of Christ? Did you know that the Catholic Church officially teaches that Mary experienced no pain in giving birth to our Lord Jesus Christ on Christmas?
Find out more in today’s podcast, plus get your Tip of the week, Proverb of the week, and Latin word of the week.
Click to Listen: Mary’s Painless Delivery of Christ Explained
To show my appreciation and gratitude to everyone who subscribes to this blog and to all the Members of the New Saint Thomas Institute, I’m giving you a Christmas gift. It’s a book:
Christ was Born on Christmas: Why December 25?
After doing research on the subject, I am convinced that Christ was truly born on December 25 (against what all the experts say on TV, Time, and Newsweek). More than that, I believe that he was born on December 25 in the year 1BC. In our calendar, there was no year 0. It goes from 1 BC to 1 AD.
This would mean that Dec 2013 is really and truly the 2013th anniversary of Christ’s birth on Dec 25. My convictions on this matter (which may seem shocking) are based on the Church Fathers, secular history, and an analysis of the faulty dating of Josephus regarding the reign and death of Herod. Locating the precise date of Christ’s birth has important theological ramifications.
How do you get your copy?
God’s Birthday will be on sale for Kindle download. However, it will be available for FREE as an ebook to everyone who becomes an email subscriber to this blog. You can subscribe by clicking here.
“What if I am already a subscriber?”
If you are already an email subscriber to my weekly blog posts, simply update your profile and check the blocks that apply to you so that I know what you would like more of by way of posts and free items. You’ll also get a digital copy. Update your existing subscriber profile, by clicking here.
When is it available?
It will be available to everyone by December 20. Stay tuned. We are still formatting the text file. In the meantime, become a FREE subscriber or update your subscription profile by clicking here.
Do you have some “knots” in your life? Here’s the solution! Pope Francis has a very special devotion to Our Lady Undoer of Knots. Many have never heard of this devotion, but it’s a great one…going all the way back to the second century.
Before describing “Our Lady Undoer of Knots,” I’d like to share a recent experience from my own life as it relates to this special Marian devotion:
During the offertory of our High Mass for the feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, a student tapped me on the shoulder, “Dr. Marshall, you’re needed in the courtyard.” I was a bit puzzled, but I followed the student outside.Outside in the courtyard, I saw one of the altar servers handing a hot thurible and the chains were tangled and knotted. The priest was about to incense the altar, and in its current condition, the thurible would not close. It was a jangled up mess. Apparently, the base of the thurible had flipped over a few times and the chains were wound up around each other. If you have handled a thurible, you may have experienced this before.
We literally had 45 seconds until the priest needed the thurible at the altar. I prayed, “Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, pray for us.” And like magic I tumbled around the base of the thurible about three times. Aha! It was straight again. The altar server used his bare hands to put the coals in the thurible (he was in a hurry, after all) and he darted inside to the altar…just in time.So what is meant by the title Our Lady Undoer of Knots?
Pope Francis’s Devotion to ‘Our Lady Undoer of Knots’
Our new Pope Francis has been one of the chief promoters of “Our Lady Undoer of Knots.” When Pope Francis, then Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was studying in Germany, he was stunned by a Bavarian painting of “Holy Mary, Our Lady Untier of Knots.” He acquired a copy of the painting and brought it to Argentina and promoted devotion to Mary under this title. Apparently it has caught on with the faithful of Argentina.It is interesting that this Marian devotion of Pope Francis is rooted in Bavaria – it therefore creates a bridge between the Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI and that of Pope Francis. In fact, Cardinal Bergoglio had an image of Our Lady Undoer of Knots engraved into a chalice and presented it to Pope Benedict XVI.
The Theology of Our Lady Undoer of Knots
The theology of Mary untying knots goes back to the second century – less than one hundred years after the death of the Apostles. Saint Irenaeus of Lyons wrote “the knot of Eve’s disobedience was loosed by the obedience of Mary. For what the virgin Eve had bound fast through unbelief, this did the virgin Mary set free through faith.” (Adversus haereses, 3, 22) This is one of the earliest examples of describing Mary as the “New Eve.” Eve, standing next to Adam, is the “co-peccatrix” (co-sinner) Mary, standing next to Christ crucified, is the “co-redemptrix” (co-redemptress). This does not mean that Mary directly saves or redeems us. It means that Mary consents and participates in the redemptive action of Christ. Her role is congruent and relative to the condign and absolute role of Christ.
Our Lady Undoer of Knots is Patristic and may be the way forward for establishing and expanding Marian theology. The doctrine of Mary’s universal mediation and her subordinate role to Christ in human salvation is beautifully summed up in this saying of Saint Irenaeus of Lyons. The fact that it goes back to the second century reveals that this is not a medieval accretion. It’s a doctrine deriving from the Apostles themselves.
Question: Had you heard of this devotion, Our Lady Undoer of Knots? If so, in what part of the world do you live? Is it popular there? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
I’m giving you the “How to Learn and Pronounce Latin” Course (valued at $197) for FREE (live on Dec 12). Combining the book above and these Latin courses, that’s over $210 in value – for free when you sign up.
My mp3 presentation on the Theology of Saint Joseph: Josephology
My mp3 presentation on “How we Lost Catholic Masculinity and How We Can Regain It”
My mp3 presentation on “How to Pray the Rosary Daily” (live on Dec 12)
Bonus Courses on Learning Logic
Access to our Member Forum where I and others answer your questions.
Thomas Aquinas Reading list (Bibliography)
Outlines to the Summa theologiae
Full access to all previous high-definition video courses. This means literally hours of interesting college-like courses in theology delivered to your computer.
* Current previously enrolled Members will receive the bonuses automatically.
Not only do you get the 10 bonuses above, you’ll also receive all the standard features of the New Saint Thomas Institute:
December’s video courses will feature our Blessed Virgin Mary and Mariology
1 or 2 HD quality video courses come out every Tuesday – what we call “Thomas Tuesdays”
Watch the courses in your own home on a computer, iPad, tablet, or mobile device.
You can watch the courses on your time. No deadlines. No papers. No tests. No schedules. Learn how and when you want to learn.
Master Courses – theological courses
Life Lessons – practical course, for example, “How to examine your conscience”
Screencasts – walk you through how to read the Summa
Expert Interviews – interviews with experts in their field
I give you the notes, so you don’t have to take notes
Quit any time. No semester long contracts. It’s month to month.
Tuition is ridiculously inexpensive for the time being: currently $25 per month (compare this to conservative Catholic college tuition at about $2,100 per class).
If you enroll in the New Saint Thomas Institute before December 12 (Thursday/Our Lady of Guadalupe), you can take all the previous 17 video courses for October/November, plus receive the 10 bonuses above.
We estimate the value of all the academic material and bonuses is worth well over $1,200.
You get it all for $25 by being an early adopter to our Institute and joining before Dec 12. You will also be able to keep your $25 intro tuition locked in forever before it goes up to around $40. And if want to quit later, you can keep the bonuses and the book!
So if you’re still on the fence, today is the time to join the New Saint Thomas Institute before the tuition goes up and you miss out on the bonuses. It takes just a few quick seconds to sign up.