Author: Pastor Phil Corr

Entering abundant and eternal life through “the strait and narrow” way

[From https://www.litcharts.com/lit/the-pilgrim-s-progress/part-1-at-the-wicket-gate#summary-207998] Christian hastily makes his way to the Wicket-gate. When he gets there, he sees a sign over the Gate reading, “Knock and it shall be opened unto you.” Christian knocks several times, asking if a rebel like himself can be admitted. At last, a solemn person named Good-will answers and asks who’s there. Christian introduces himself as […]

Christian at the Foot of the Cross

The following is from John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress.” THE CROSS Now I saw in my dream, that the highway up which CHRISTIAN was to go was fenced on either side with a wall; and that wall was called “Salvation”. “In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation […]

More on “The Muckraker”

Christian is the name of the Pilgrim in “The Pilgrim’s Progress.” But there would be another pilgrim, Christian’s wife Christiani. It is she who comes across the Muckraker.” See the picture below. “This done and after these things had been somewhat digested by Christiana and her company, the Interpreter takes them apart again, and has […]

“The Pilgrim’s Progress”

If you have not read the complete “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan, I highly recommend you do so. I further recommend that you buy the version (well worth the extra cost) with quality paper (old fashioned magazine quality) illustrations. Here is one which is the basis of the word “muckraker” that Teddy Roosevelt used to […]

Patrick’s Prayer

Over 1600 years ago a young shepherd was taken from England and forced to work in Ireland. He was able to escape and go back home. But God called him back to the island of his servitude. The man we have come to know as St. Patrick brought Christianity to the entire island. It was […]

The Prayer of Francis

Years ago I saw the movie “Brother Sun, Sister Moon.” It introduced me to the life of the man who has come to be known as St. Francis of Assisi. After the movie, I was moved to research this remarkable man. He is one of the giants of Church History. Here is a prayer by […]

Ukraine and the Sunflower

www.mircorp.com/why-is-the–sunflower–the-national-flower-of-ukraine/ “Sunflowers (sunyashniki) are especially loved in Ukraine, where golden fields of them face the sunrise in the east. They are Ukraine’s national flower, and in folk imagery represent the warmth and power of the sun.” Wreaths of sunflowers (venki) are sometimes worn. www.mircorp.com/why-is-the–sunflower–the-national-flower-of-ukraine/

“Just War”

In a previous post I mentioned that Augustine of Hippo developed a just war theory. Here is a summary of his just war theory. This information is drawn from dogmadoctrineblog.org. A “just reason for going to war may be defending the innocent from attacks, the punishment of a perceived evil, and the recovery of kidnapped […]