Bible Archaeology

Facts About Jerusalem

An official government organization, the Jerusalem Development Authority, sent out their “Monthly Jerusalem Newsletter” today with these “Facts about Jerusalem.”

  • King David made Jerusalem the capital of Israel 3,000 years ago.
  • The Western Wall in the Old City is the last remaining wall of the ancient Second Jewish Temple which was destroyed by the Romans in 70CE.
  • For Christians, Jerusalem is the place where Jesus lived, preached, died, and was resurrected.
  • According to Islam, the prophet Muhammad was miraculously transported from Mecca to Jerusalem, and then ascended to Heaven.
  • Mishkenot Sha’ananim is the first area of habitation in Jerusalem outside the Old City walls. It’s building began in 1860.
  • Jerusalem today has over 10,000 hotel rooms with another 10,000 planned in the coming years.
  • The most visited site in Israel is in Jerusalem. It is the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the traditional site of Jesus’ crucifixion.

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Tips for Making a Good Confession, Lent is Near

Fr John Zuhlsdorf has a helpful list.

Fr. Z’s 20 Tips For Making A Good Confession o{]:¬)

We should…

1) …examine our consciences regularly and thoroughly;
2) …wait our turn in line patiently;
3) …come at the time confessions are scheduled, not a few minutes before they are to end;
4) …speak distinctly but never so loudly that we might be overheard;
5) …state our sins clearly and briefly without rambling;
6) …confess all mortal sins in number and kind;
7) …listen carefully to the advice the priest gives;
8) …confess our own sins and not someone else’s;
9) …carefully listen to and remember the penance and be sure to understand it;
10) …use a regular formula for confession so that it is familiar and comfortable;
11) …never be afraid to say something “embarrassing”… just say it;
12) …never worry that the priest thinks we are jerks…. he is usually impressed by our courage;
13) …never fear that the priest will not keep our confession secret… he is bound by the Seal;
14) …never confess “tendencies” or “struggles”… just sins;
15) …never leave the confessional before the priest has finished giving absolution;
16) …memorize an Act of Contrition;
17) …answer the priest’s questions briefly if he asks for a clarification;
18) …ask questions if we can’t understand what he means when he tells us something;
19) …keep in mind that sometimes priests can have bad days just like we do;
20) …remember that priests must go to confession too … they know what we are going through.

 

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Why I Don’t Go to Church

  • I don’t go to church to meet my friends.
  • I don’t go to church to sing the songs I like
  • I don’t go to church so the neighbors think I’m respectable
  • I don’t go to church to increase my self esteem
  • I don’t go to church to learn more about the Bible
  • I don’t go to church to drink coffee and eat donuts
  • I don’t go to church to have an emotional experience
  • I don’t go to church to plan how to change the world
  • I don’t go to church to “have fellowship”
  • I don’t go to church to learn more about God and Jesus
  • I don’t go to church to be a good example to my children
  • I don’t go to church to please my mother
  • I don’t go to church to avoid hell
  • I don’t go to church to achieve heaven
  • I don’t go to church to cheer on my team
  • I don’t go to church to feel spiritual
  • I don’t go to church to be better than everyone else
  • I don’t go to church to boost moral
  • I don’t go to church to launch an agenda

I don’t make the church. The church makes me.

Look not on my sins, but the faith of your church.

The church is the four men who took paralyzed me on a long journey to meet the Lord.

The church is the four men who took apart the roof–everything that separated me from my Lord and God.

The church is the four men who brought me– paralyzed by sin– and lowered me down to where I ought to be–at the feet of Jesus.

The church is the four men who brought me to receive forgiveness and healing.

The church is my mother. Within the church I was spiritually conceived, gestated, brought to life, given birth, nursed and nurtured.

It’s simple:

The Church is the Body of Christ and so I go to church so that the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ might preserve my body and soul unto everlasting life.

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