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Religion Heretical Sects

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The Beguines: The Intersection of Gender and Heresy in the Church

The Beguines may not be a household term, but this all-female religious movement of the thirteenth century left an indelible stamp on European and Church history. Beguine philosophy, theology, and religious practice are all quintessentially mystical, with an emphasis on personal encounters with God and overt displays of religious experience taking place outside of the dominant Church monastic order. The writings of key figures in the movement like Hadewijch and Marguerite Porète reveal the independent spirit that epitomizes the Beguine way of life. Arguably, the Beguine’s greatest contributions may be towards the illumination of gender roles and norms in European society. Because the Beguines eschewed neither asceticism nor family life entirely, their liminal status presented a threat to the rigid dogma that dominated Church discourse throughout the Middle Ages. The Beguines were primarily active in the Low Countries: mainly…… [Read More]

Works Cited
“The Beguines.”
Coleman, John A. “When They Began the Beguines.” America: The Jesuit Review. 8 Nov, 2011.
Gui, Bernard. Inquisitor’s Manual. Burr, David (Trans.).
Hadewijch. “You Who Want...” Hirschfield, Jane (Trans.).
Knuth, Elizabeth T. “The Beguines.” Dec, 1992,
Porète, Marguerite. The Mirror of Simple Souls. Duncan, Bonnie (Trans.). Excerpt online:
Raber, Jean Hughes. “The Wisdom of the Beguines.” Commonweal. 29 July, 2015,
“Who Were the Beguines?” The Economist. 13 May, 2013,
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Preaching that Changes Lives by Mike Fabarez

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Reflection Summary: Preaching that Changes Lives by Mike Fabarez (2005)
Because the weekly sermon is typically the most visible and by far the most common interaction that most congregants have with their church, developing an acute sense of what sermons should communicate and how they should be framed represents an essential need for all who would seek to inspire others and help them change their lives in meaningful ways. This need and how to address it are described and discussed in Mike Fabarez’s text, Preaching that Changes Lives, together with a number of useful empirical observations and insights that can help guide the process. This reflection summary provides a chapter-by-chapter summary of this book followed by a statement concerning what was learned and how this learning is applicable to the author’s life and ministry.
Part I – Rethink Your Task
1. Understand the life-changing power of preaching. As the title…… [Read More]

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The Conditions of the Cluny Foundation Charter

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The work that will be the focus of the monks’ lives, according to the Cluny foundation charter, is the work of the rule of St. Benedict. The monks were to pray, perform “works of mercy toward the poor, the needy, strangers, and pilgrims.”[footnoteRef:1] Who would benefit from it, of course, would be the monks themselves, the Church as a whole, those who would receive the attentions of the monks, as well as William and his wife (who donated the land) and their families. William notes several times that he is donating the land because he is wealthy and it is good for the wealthy to care for others and to give to the Church. He asserts that he is donating it because he wants to reap a portion of the rewards of those monks who, despising the world, are able to give their lives to the everlasting and obtain mercies…… [Read More]

“The Foundation Charter of Cluny” in Readings in Medieval History, 5th Ed. (ed. by
Patrick Geary), Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016.
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Power during Jesus Time

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The Nature of Power
Military, political and religious power was extremely influential in determining the events of the world at the time of Jesus. Essentially, those manifestations of power were the might that determined the shape, form, and nature of the world in terms of its social order. Those who had religious power were able to assert their sway over others to gain personal and public benefits. The same concept is applicable to men with military power as well as political power. Oftentimes during the epoch in which Jesus lived, religious power earned one political power, which in turn was reinforced by the might of the military.
The ministry and environment of Jesus was at odds with the political power of his day. In this regard, Herod the Great was something of an antipode to Jesus in terms of the varying forms of power. Herod’s power came from the military…… [Read More]

Pope Francis (2017). Pope Francis’ daily homily.