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  • Catholic Word of the Day: ABBA, 04-24-14

    04/24/2014 8:17:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-24-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ABBA†Father, transliterated from the Aramaic. St. Paul says, "It is the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out 'Abba, Father'" (Romans 8:15). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-24-14, SOL, Thursday in the Octave of Easter

    04/23/2014 8:30:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-24-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 24, 2014Thursday in the Octave of Easter ¬†¬† Reading 1 Acts 3:11-26 As the crippled man who had been cured clung to Peter and John,all the people hurried in amazement toward themin the portico called ‚ÄúSolomon‚Äôs Portico.‚ÄĚWhen Peter saw this, he addressed the people,‚ÄúYou children of Israel, why are you amazed at this,and why do you look so intently at usas if we had made him walk by our own power or piety?The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesuswhom you handed over and...
  • Meet the SAINTS! [Catholic and Open]

    04/23/2014 8:05:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    CatholicBible101.com ^ | not given | CatholicBible101
    Meet the SAINTS ! The saints of the Holy Catholic Church lived exemplary lives, giving up the temporary pleasures of earth for the eternal joy of Heaven. Their lives were marked by a sincere wish to imitate the life of Christ.† St. Paul says in Hebrews 13:7 to imitate them.† It is important to understand what "the communion of saints" means to us as Catholics. Most Protestants don't know anything about what it means, but as Catholics, it is a very important component of our faith.† A lot of people think that they are dead and gone, but that...
  • The Hidden Rebellion: Coming Soon on Film

    04/23/2014 10:40:19 AM PDT · by topher · 7 replies
    NCRegister.com ^ | Tuesday, April 22, 2014 4:04 | by Joseph Pronechen
    This factual film under way details the suppressed story of valiant Catholics during the French Revolution. The Hidden Rebellion: Untold Story Behind the French Revolution is a movie in the making. Filming itself is complete, and only the final editing and musical score needs to be added, as anticipation runs high for this true story.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-23-14, SOL. Wednesday in the Octave of Easter

    04/22/2014 8:49:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-23-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 23, 2014Wednesday in the Octave of Easter ¬†¬† Reading 1 Acts 3:1-10 Peter and John were going up to the temple areafor the three o‚Äôclock hour of prayer.And a man crippled from birth was carriedand placed at the gate of the temple called ‚Äúthe Beautiful Gate‚ÄĚ every day to beg for alms from the people who entered the temple.When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple,he asked for alms.But Peter looked intently at him, as did John,and said, ‚ÄúLook at us.‚ÄĚHe paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them.Peter said, ‚ÄúI have...
  • For [Melkite Catholic leader] Gregorios III, the destruction of Ma'aloula churches is a "war crime"

    04/22/2014 2:52:04 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 11 replies
    AsiaNews.it ^ | 04/22/2014 | Fady Noun
    Gregorios III Laham, Greek-Melkite Catholics patriarch of Antioch, described the destruction of Ma'aloula churches as "a war crime". On Sunday, he was able to visit the historic Christian village, after the Syrian army retook it from the Islamist al-Nusra Front. "It is the mystery of iniquity that one sees at work," he said, unable to find words strong enough to translate the feelings at the sight of desolation before him. "It is the devastation of the Temple, the mystery of iniquity," he said in a telephone interview from Beirut, the night of his visit. The Greek-Catholic patriarch travelled to the...
  • Hundreds of pro-life Catholics give public witness in San Diego on Good Friday

    04/22/2014 1:26:26 PM PDT · by topher · 5 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Tue Apr 22, 2014 14:07 EST | by Thomas J. McKenna
    SAN DIEGO, April 22, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - For the ninth year in a row faithful from San Diego marched through the streets of downtown on Good Friday and prayed the pro-life Stations of the Cross in front of the Federal Building to protest the killing of innocent children by abortion and offer reparation. More than four hundred Catholics carried signs, sang songs, and prayed as police stopped traffic for the procession, which stretched over several city blocks. Led by a local priest, Fr. Anthony Saroki, and a team of acolytes, the manifestation began at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: URIM AND THUMMIM, 04-22-14

    04/22/2014 8:44:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:URIM AND THUMMIM†Small objects, possibly stones, mentioned several times in the Old Testament but never described or explained. They were worn on the breast of a religious official, possibly designating his status, as he sought divine help (Exodus 28:30). Some believe that they were sacred lots that would evoke advice or instructions from Yahweh (Leviticus 8:9). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Father Peter Carota and Traditional Catholic Love

    04/22/2014 7:41:00 AM PDT · by cleghornboy
    La Salette Journey ^ | April 22, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Father Peter Carota writes, "During Lent we relived the evil actions of the religious authorities of Jesusí time. We read from the Bible of their planning and paying for the eradication of Jesus. As soon as Jesus began His public ministry of forgiving sins, exorcising devils, healing the sick (especially on the Sabbath), and preaching, He evoked the hatred and jealousy of the Jewish Religious leaders (Scribes, Pharisees, Lawyers and Priest). All His actions were works of love that only brought on Him their hatred. I would say that there is a constant law even at work today. That law...
  • How to Become a Catholic (Explanation of the Inquiry and RCIA process)

    04/21/2014 8:51:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 180 replies
    CatholicAnswers ^ | August 10, 2004 | CatholicAnswers
    How to Become a Catholic Becoming Catholic is one of life‚Äôs most profound and joyous experiences. Some are blessed enough to receive this great gift while they are infants, and, over time, they recognize the enormous grace that has been bestowed on them. Others enter the Catholic fold when they are older children or adults. This tract examines the joyful process by which one becomes a Catholic.¬†A person is brought into full communion with the Catholic Church through reception of the three sacraments of Christian initiation‚ÄĒbaptism, confirmation, and the holy Eucharist‚ÄĒbut the process by which one becomes a Catholic...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-22-14, SOL, Tuesday in the Octave of Easter

    04/21/2014 8:06:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org.RNAB ^ | 04-22-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 22, 2014Tuesday in the Octave of Easter ¬†¬† Reading 1 Acts 2:36-41 On the day of Pentecost, Peter said to the Jewish people,‚ÄúLet the whole house of Israel know for certainthat God has made him both Lord and Christ,this Jesus whom you crucified.‚ÄĚ Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart,and they asked Peter and the other Apostles,‚ÄúWhat are we to do, my brothers?‚ÄĚPeter said to them,‚ÄúRepent and be baptized, every one of you,in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins;and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.For the...
  • Planned Parenthood Fundraiser Mocks Catholic Church With ďQueer NunsĒ

    04/21/2014 6:39:23 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt
    The Planned Parenthood abortion business in Seattle, Washington is taking a page out o the religious bigotry book in order to raise funds for itself. Tomorrow night, the abortion corporation will stage ďBar Nun BingoĒ at and, two days later, with hold another ďBar Nun BingoĒ ó fundraising events that, as Bill Donohue of the Catholic League tells LifeNews in an email, are aimed squarely at Catholics: barnunbingoBoth fund-raising events will bash nuns, and will be led by the demonstrably anti-Catholic gay group, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Pictures of previous ďBar Nun BingoĒ affairs show how sick it is. Planned...
  • Are There Souls in Hell Right Now?

    04/21/2014 11:30:24 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 43 replies
    Catholic.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | Tim Staples
    It has become fashionable in some Catholic quarters these days to question where there are now or will ever be any souls populating hell. Hell, it is taught, is a "real possibility," but whether there are any souls actually there, or whether there will ever be any souls there, is unknown to us.It is, of course, true that hell is a "real possibility" for each of us. And that is a sobering thought. But it is also true that souls are actually in hell now, and will be for all eternity. This is a teaching of our Catholic Faith.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA, 04-21-14

    04/21/2014 9:06:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-21-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA†The churches in Asia Minor mentioned by St. John in the Book of Revelation. They are Ephesus, Smyrnna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea (Revelation 1:11). While on the island of Patmos, St. John was ordered by the Lord to instruct and admonish their bishops, either praising or blaming them for the way they were administering their dioceses. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • John Kerryís Easter Message: Iím ĎFirst Catholic Secretary of State in 33 Yearsí

    04/21/2014 3:13:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 20, 2014 - 10:14 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In an op-ed published in the Boston Globe on Easter Sunday and posted on the State Department website, Secretary of State John Kerry recalled his days as an altar boy and pointed out that he is ďthe first Catholic Secretary of State in 33 years.Ē Alexander Haig, who served as secretary of state to President Ronald Reagan from January 1981 to July 1982, was also a Catholic. [Ö] Kerry supports legalized abortion. In January 2004, when he was running for president then-Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis said that Kerry should not go to communion. Ö
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-21-14, SOL, Monday in the Octave of Easter

    04/20/2014 8:46:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-21-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 21, 2014Monday in the Octave of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 2:14, 22-33 On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up with the Eleven,raised his voice, and proclaimed:“You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem.Let this be known to you, and listen to my words. “You who are children of Israel, hear these words.Jesus the Nazorean was a man commended to you by Godwith mighty deeds, wonders, and signs,which God worked through him in your midst, as you yourselves know.This man, delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God,you killed, using lawless men...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-20-14, SOL, The Resurrection of the Lord

    04/19/2014 9:20:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 54 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-20-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 20, 2014The Resurrection of the LordThe Mass of Easter Sunday    Reading 1 Acts 10:34a, 37-43 Peter proceeded to speak and said:“You know what has happened all over Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptismthat John preached, how God anointed Jesus of Nazarethwith the Holy Spirit and power.He went about doing goodand healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.We are witnesses of all that he didboth in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.They put him to death by hanging him on a tree.This man God raised on the third day and...
  • THOUSANDS ARE JOINING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN UNITED STATES THIS EASTER VIGIL

    04/19/2014 8:58:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 55 replies
    SplendoroftheChurch.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | splendor1618
    THOUSANDS ARE JOINING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN UNITED STATES THIS EASTER VIGIL April 15, 2014 by splendor1618 ¬†The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DCThousands Joining the Church in the U.S. This Saturday Archdiocese of Washington Has Largest Number in Its History WASHINGTON, D.C., April 14, 2014 (Zenit.org) ‚Äď A widower honoring his late wife and a Chinese graduate student are among the thousands of new Catholics joining the Catholic Church in the United States at Easter.All have participated in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), a process of conversion and study...
  • 'The Lord is waiting' Pope baptizes 10 at Easter Vigil

    'The Lord is waiting'Pope baptizes 10 at Easter Vigil Catholic.net photoPope Francis enters a darkened St. Peter Basilica carrying a lone candle. Homily of Pope Francis, Easter Vigil The Gospel of the resurrection of Jesus Christ begins with the journey of the women to the tomb at dawn on the day after the Sabbath. They go to the tomb to honour the body of the Lord, but they find it open and empty. A mighty angel says to them: "Do not be afraid!" (Mt 28:5) and orders them to go and tell the disciples: "He has been raised from...
  • Easter Conversion ĎBoomí?

    04/19/2014 9:34:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    NCRegister.com ^ | 03/31/2014 | CHARLOTTE HAYS
    Easter Conversion ‚ÄėBoom‚Äô? Some U.S. dioceses are reporting that 2014 will be an unusually fruitful year, in terms of the number of people welcomed into the Church. by CHARLOTTE HAYS 03/31/2014 ---The¬†Archdiocese of Washington, where Bidzinski‚Äôs parish is located, will welcome the largest number of candidates¬†and catechumens¬†ever recorded for the archdiocese this¬†Easter. The archdiocese will baptize or confirm 1,311 adults, children and teenagers this Easter ---Bishop Robert Lynch of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Fla.¬†‚ÄĒ where around 1,100 new Catholics will be welcomed at the Easter vigil ‚ÄĒ blogged on the diocesan website that this is the largest number...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LAPSI, 04-19-14

    04/19/2014 9:11:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-19-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:LAPSI†Third-century Christians who relapsed into heathenism by sacrificing to the gods or performing other acts of apostasy. There were three classes: sacrificati, who had actually offered sacrifices to idols; thurificati, who had merely burned incense to the gods; and libellatici, who certified in writing that they had offered sacrifice to idols without having actually offered sacrifice. After the edict of Decius (250-25) the lapsi who had apostasized through weakness often wished to repent and return to Christian worship. Pope Cornelius and St. Cyprian favored their return, and the synods of that time felt that after...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-19-14, Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil-Holy Night of Easter

    04/18/2014 10:18:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-19-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 19, 2014Holy SaturdayAt the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter ¬†¬† Reading 1 Gn 1:1-2:2 In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters. Then God said,‚ÄúLet there be light,‚ÄĚ and there was light.God saw how good the light was.God then separated the light from the darkness.God called the light ‚Äúday,‚ÄĚ and the darkness he called ‚Äúnight.‚ÄĚThus evening came, and morning followed‚ÄĒthe first day. Then God said,‚ÄúLet there be a dome in the middle of...
  • The Rise of Aggressive Emotivism

    04/18/2014 12:01:23 PM PDT · by don-o · 14 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | April 18, 2014 | Dwight Longenecker
    In a recent case in North Carolina, a sweet faced and intellectually accomplished nun came to a Catholic high school to address the students about human sexuality. We donít have the text of sisterís talk, but from the outrage expressed she not only criticized homosexual actions, but was down on divorce and sexual sin. The mother of one student reported her sonís comments, ďWe had the worst assembly today, we tried to leave but were made to sit down. There are students in this school who are openly gay and some who are not out yet. Obviously, they felt bullied.Ē...
  • THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF JESUS CHRIST FROM THE CROSS (in English and Latin) [Catholic Caucus]

    04/18/2014 10:33:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Crossroadsinitiative.com ^ | not given | Dr.Marcellino D'Ambrosio
    THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF JESUS CHRIST FROM THE CROSS(The 7 last words of Jesus Christ on Calvary as recorded by the Four Gospelsprovided here in English and Latin)†††The Seven Last "Words" of Jesus Christ from the cross are actually 7 short phrases that Jesus uttered on Calvary that serve as an excellent holy week meditation.† To find all of the seven last words of Jesus Christ, one must read all the gospels since none of the evangelists records all 7 last words.† The sayings would have been originally uttered by Jesus in the Aramaic language, but only one...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HEROD ANTIPAS, 04-18-14

    04/18/2014 8:51:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-18-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:HEROD ANTIPAS†Son of Herod the Great. He was Tetrarch of Galilee from 4 B.C. to A.D. 39. Since his regime roughly paralleled the life of Jesus, he is mentioned more often in the New Testament than any other Herod. Because of Herod's devious methods, Jesus referred to him as "that fox" (Luke 13:32). He broke the law by marrying his niece, Herodias, who was already married to his half-brother (the beheading of John the Baptist was the aftermath of John's denunciation of this unholy marriage). The curiosity of Herod Antipas was stirred by the accounts...
  • Catholic Commemoration Readings, 04-18-14, Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)

    04/17/2014 11:12:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-18-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 18, 2014Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)    Reading 1 Is 52:13-53:12 See, my servant shall prosper,he shall be raised high and greatly exalted.Even as many were amazed at himCso marred was his look beyond human semblanceand his appearance beyond that of the sons of manCso shall he startle many nations,because of him kings shall stand speechless;for those who have not been told shall see,those who have not heard shall ponder it. Who would believe what we have heard?To whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?He grew up like a sapling before him,like...
  • Catholic Relief Services pro-abortion grantee wins UN Population Fund Award

    04/17/2014 2:42:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    BALTIMORE, MD, April 17, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) Ė A pro-abortion grantee of Catholic Relief Services has been announced as the winner of the 2014 United Nations Population Award. The award is given to organizations that demonstrate outstanding effectiveness in population control efforts, including contraception, sterilization and abortion. The grantee, Jhpiego, is a non-profit health organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. According to CRSí 990s for 2012, the U.S. bishopsí organization gave Jhpiego a grant of $282,356 that year for ďhealth.Ē As part of their work, the group has spearheaded national campaigns in the developing world to promote the abortifacient morning-after pill....
  • The significance of Holy Thursday [Catholic Caucus]

    04/17/2014 11:53:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CNA ^ | not given | CNA staff
    The significance of Holy ThursdayExcept for the Resurrection on Easter, Holy Thursday is possibly one of the most important, complex, and profound days of celebration in the Catholic Church. Holy Thursday celebrates the institution of the Eucharist as the true body and blood of Jesus Christ and the institution of the sacrament of the priesthood.During the Last Supper, Jesus offers himself as the Passover sacrifice, the sacrificial lamb, and teaches that every ordained priest is to follow the same sacrifice in the exact same way. Christ also bids farewell to his followers and prophesizes that one of them will...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BEATTY PAPYRI, 04-17-14

    04/17/2014 9:08:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-17-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:BEATTY PAPYRI†Manuscript of thirty leaves from the Gospels and Acts, dating from the third century, together with twenty more leaves from St. Paul and Revelation. Old Testament manuscripts in the same collection amount to 180 leaves from nine books, dating to the second century. The Beatty papyri substantiate the essential soundness of the existing biblical texts. No striking or fundamental variant is shown either in the Old or New Testament. The Beatty papyri were found near Hermopolis in Egypt, most of which were acquired by A. Chester Beatty (1875-1968) in 1931. All items in this...
  • Another Catholic school embroiled in battle over Church teaching on sexuality

    04/17/2014 2:51:03 AM PDT · by Morgana · 16 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    WAKEFIELD, RI, April 16, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) Ė Another controversy has erupted at a Roman Catholic school after students and parents reacted with outrage to Church teaching on sexuality as presented at a school assembly. Father Francis ďRockyĒ Hoffman spoke to students at The Prout School in Wakefield, Rhode Island on April 4. During the course of his talk, he apparently made comments critical of homosexuality and divorce that some students found offensive. Fr. Rocky Hoffman The Diocese of Providenceís spokesman on the issue has seemed to agree with Hoffmanís critics. But Catholic observers suggest the controversy is part of a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-17-14, Holy Thursday, Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

    04/16/2014 7:07:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-17-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 17, 2014 | Evening Mass of the Lord's SupperHoly ThursdayEvening Mass of the Lord's Supper    Reading 1 Ex 12:1-8, 11-14 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall stand at the head of your calendar; you shall reckon it the first month of the year.Tell the whole community of Israel: On the tenth of this month every one of your familiesmust procure for itself a lamb, one apiece for each household.If a family is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join the nearest household in procuring one and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-17-14, Holy Thursday: Chrism Mass

    04/16/2014 6:56:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-17-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 17, 2014 | Chrism MassHoly ThursdayChrism Mass    Reading 1 Is 61:1-3a, 6a,  8b-9 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,because the LORD has anointed me;He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly,to heal the brokenhearted,To proclaim liberty to the captivesand release to the prisoners,To announce a year of favor from the LORDand a day of vindication by our God,to comfort all who mourn;To place on those who mourn in Ziona diadem instead of ashes,To give them oil of gladness in place of mourning,a glorious mantle instead of a listless spirit. You yourselves...
  • The Easter Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/16/2014 6:28:16 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    CpTryon.org ^ | 2007 | Victor Hoagland, C.P.
    The Easter Triduum:Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil Meditations on the Triduum by Victor Hoagland, C.P. The Easter triduum, marking the days of Jesus’ passion and resurrection, is the most important time of the church year. It begins with the evening Mass of Holy Thursday, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil, and closes on Easter Sunday evening. Prepared by the days of Lent, Christians celebrate on these holiest of days the saving work God has accomplished in Christ. From the events remembered these days, so sorrowful and so joyful, the church learns the deepest lessons. In...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ROSMINIANISM, 04-16-14

    04/16/2014 5:37:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 167 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-16-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ROSMINIANISM†A system of philosophy formulated by Antonio Rosmini-Serbati (1797-1855), founder of the Institute of Charity. Encouraged by Popes Pius VII, Gregory XVI, and Pius IX, he undertook a renewal of Italian philosophy, ostensibly following St. Thomas Aquinas. But the influence of Descartes, Kant, and Hegel shifted his thinking. He came to hold that the human mind is born with the idea of "being." In time it analyzes this basic idea to discover in it many other ideas, which are identical with those in the mind of God. Rosmini also taught that reason can explain the...
  • WAY OF THE CROSS AT THE COLOSSEUM LED BY POPE FRANCIS: GOOD FRIDAY [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/15/2014 8:27:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Vatican.va ^ | 04-16-14 | Msgr. Giancarlo Maria Bregantini, Archbishop of Campobasso-Boiano
    WAY OF THE CROSSAT THE COLOSSEUMLED BY THE HOLY FATHERPOPE FRANCISGOOD FRIDAY Rome, 18 April 2014¬†‚ÄúThe Face of Christ,the Face of Man‚ÄĚMEDITATIONS by H.E. Msgr. Giancarlo Maria Bregantini,Archbishop of Campobasso-Boiano ¬†INTRODUCTIONHe who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth. These things occurred so that the Scripture might be fulfilled: ‚ÄúNone of his bones shall be broken‚ÄĚ. And again another passage of Scripture says: ‚ÄúThey will look on the one whom they have pierced‚ÄĚ (Jn 19:35-37).Loving Jesus, you went up to Golgotha without hesitation, in...
  • Journalist ĎAstonishedí to Have Fooled Media with Vatican Hoax

    04/15/2014 6:07:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    A British Catholic journalist has said she was astonished when major world news outlets mistook an Vatican April Foolís report she wrote for a genuine news story. The Guardian, which this week won a Pulitzer Prize for its reporting of Edward Snowdenís National Security Agency leaks, was one of the organisations that reported the hoax story that the Vatican employed a hawk called Sylvia to protect the doves periodically released by the Pope. Other outlets to reproduce the story include Agence France-Presse and the Washington Times.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-16-14, Spy Wednesday

    04/15/2014 6:47:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-16-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 16, 2014Wednesday of Holy Week    Reading 1 Is 50:4-9a The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue,That I might know how to speak to the wearya word that will rouse them.Morning after morninghe opens my ear that I may hear;And I have not rebelled,have not turned back.I gave my back to those who beat me,my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;My face I did not shieldfrom buffets and spitting. The Lord GOD is my help,therefore I am not disgraced;I have set my face like flint,knowing that I shall not be put to shame.He is near...
  • Photograph of school children acting out the crucifixion sparks outrage as picture goes viral

    04/15/2014 4:19:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    mail online ^ | James Nye
    An image of children play-acting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at an unidentified school in Brazil for Holy Week complete with fake wounds and a crown of thorns has spread across the Internet. Wearing a loin cloth and a fake painted beard, the boy who acts as Jesus holds his two arms above his neck, to signify the last agonizing hours of Christ on the cross. Flecked across his body are red marks from his flogging at the hands of the Romans - played by two boys with mock-feathered galea helmets, who will presumably offer him fake vinegar and pretend...
  • The Final Week of Jesus' Life, a Chronology

    04/15/2014 3:53:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 290 replies
    NewTheologicalMovement.blogspot.com ^ | Mach 2012 | Father Ryan Erlenbush
    The final week of Jesus' life, a chronology Father Ryan Erlenbush Mach 2012 ¬†As the Church prepares to enter into Holy Week, we do well to consider the final week of Jesus‚Äô life, from Friday to Friday. In a later post, we will look at the last twenty-four hours (from the Last Supper to the death of Jesus on the Cross) in greater detail.It will be helpful to review the Gospel accounts given by Sts. Mark and John, the two who offer the most explicit chronology of Holy Week. See Mark 11:1 ‚Äď 15:37 and also John 11:54 ‚Äď...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NIMBUS, 04-15-14

    04/15/2014 7:41:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-15-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:NIMBUS†A circle or ornamented disk depicted around the head of a saint. In pre-Christian times it represented power and majesty. The Church adopted the custom and made the nimbus symbolic of virtue. The square nimbus was once used with portraits of the living as emblems of human greatness, round circles reserved for saints as a symbol of grace bestowed on them by God. Related to nimbus are the halo and aureole. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-15-14

    04/14/2014 9:14:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-15-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 15, 2014Tuesday of Holy Week    Reading 1 Is 49:1-6 Hear me, O islands,listen, O distant peoples.The LORD called me from birth,from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.He made of me a sharp-edged swordand concealed me in the shadow of his arm.He made me a polished arrow,in his quiver he hid me.You are my servant, he said to me,Israel, through whom I show my glory. Though I thought I had toiled in vain,and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,Yet my reward is with the LORD,my recompense is with my God.For now the LORD has spokenwho formed...
  • The persecution of Sister Jane Dominic Laurel

    04/14/2014 7:11:08 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Judie Brown
    Teaching the truths about homosexuality, chastity, adultery, and how God wants us to live our lives is not always an easy thing to do. Nor is living that life. But God asks that we do our best nevertheless, for our ultimate goal is eternity with Him. We cannot plead ignorance. We cannot justify that we chose otherwise. God's word is the truth, and though some may try to silence those who tell the truth, it doesn't change the facts. April 11, 2014 (ALL.org) - Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, a Dominican nun who has recently come under fire for a presentation...
  • British woman appointed by Pope to head Pontifical Academy

    04/14/2014 4:02:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | April 12, 2014 | Kerri Lenartowick
    Vatican City, Apr 12, 2014 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis has appointed Lady Margaret Scotford Archer as president of a group of scholars dedicated to studying issues in the social sciences in order to offer reflection and advice to the leadership of the Church. According to an April 12 press release from the Holy See, ‚Äúthe Holy Father has named the most illustrious Professor Lady Margaret Scotford Archer President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.‚ÄĚ The new president was born in Grenoside, U.K., and holds a Ph.D. from the University of London. She is currently a professor...
  • Pontius Pilate should have listened to his wife

    04/14/2014 2:40:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 54 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 14, 2014 | FR ALEXANDER LUCIE-SMITH
    Ecce Homo by Antonio Ciseri The reading of the Passion according to Saint Matthew yesterday featured one of the most mysterious verses in the whole New Testament.It was this: While Pilate was sitting on the judge‚Äôs seat, his wife sent him this message: ‚ÄėDon‚Äôt have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.‚Äô (Matthew 27:19). Pilate¬ís wife appears, and disappears, in this one verse. Moreover, this verse is found only in the gospel of St Matthew, and in none of the other synoptic gospels. What on earth...
  • Sainthood rites for John Paul II, John XXIII to be beamed around the world (3D in cinemas, for free)

    04/14/2014 2:29:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 46 replies
    RNS ^ | April 14, 2014 | Josephine McKenna
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) While millions of pilgrims are expected to attend the Catholic Church’s first-ever double canonization at the end of April, the Vatican is preparing its most ambitious TV and social media campaign for the millions who don’t make it to Rome.View down Via della Conciliazione to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Photo courtesy of Jimmy Harris via Flickr City officials are expecting more than 5 million people to attend the ceremony when Pope Francis declares his predecessors Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII saints in St Peter’s Square on April 27.For the first time viewers will...
  • The Real Presence: Imitating Jesus Christ, Incarnate God [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/14/2014 10:37:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    TheRealPresence.org ^ | 1973 | De. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    Imitating Jesus Christ, Incarnate Godby John A. Hardon, S.J.We believe, that the Son of God assumed human flesh, body and soul, and dwelt among us, like one of us, in order to redeem us. We believe that His divine nature was substantially united to our human nature. We believe that Jesus Christ is God who became man and will remain man for the endlessTo be a Christian not only in name but in reality, one must believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ, that He is true God and true man. To be a Christian means to believe that...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CATHOLICITY, 04-14-14

    04/14/2014 7:31:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-14-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:CATHOLICITY†Universality of the Church founded by Christ. In the Nicene Creed the Church is said to be "one, holy, catholic, and apostolic." The Church's catholicity is first of all spatial, on account of her actual extension over the whole earth. This kind of catholicity may be actual, when the Church is actually extended everywhere; it is virtual in that Christ's intention was to have the Church present among all peoples. Actual catholicity is said to be physical if it embodies all persons of the earth, even if not literally every individual. It is moral if...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-14-14

    04/13/2014 9:14:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-14-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 14, 2014Monday of Holy Week    Reading 1 Is 42:1-7 Here is my servant whom I uphold,my chosen one with whom I am pleased,Upon whom I have put my Spirit;he shall bring forth justice to the nations,Not crying out, not shouting,not making his voice heard in the street.A bruised reed he shall not break,and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,Until he establishes justice on the earth;the coastlands will wait for his teaching. Thus says God, the LORD,who created the heavens and stretched them out,who spreads out the earth with its crops,Who gives breath to its peopleand spirit...
  • Is the tea party running out of steam?

    04/13/2014 5:01:35 PM PDT · by Excellence · 24 replies
    Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo News ^ | April 12, 2014 | Linda Feldmann
    Defying the GOP establishment, tea party muscle has sent some of this era's most charismatic Republican politicians to Washington, starting with Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas. They have changed the debate in Washington, polarized their own party, and sharpened gridlock. House Speaker John Boehner (R) of Ohio and the tea party are openly at war. Regardless of what happens in the primaries and in November, the tea party will live on. "The tea party's hold on the GOP persists beyond each burial ceremony," writes Harvard sociologist and political scientist Theda Skocpol in The Atlantic.
  • The Fourth Cup

    04/13/2014 9:39:14 AM PDT · by verga · 6 replies
    Dr. Scott Hahn shows us how the Catholic Understanding of the Mystical Body of Christ, embodied in the Church and revealed anew in the Holy Eucharist, comes directly from the Bible. He places the Last Supper in the context of the Jewish Passover Seder liturgy. By explaining the significance of the drinking of the fourth and final cup in the Old Testament Passover meal ceremony, Dr. Hahn draws a symbolic parallel to Christís death on the Cross. It is an exciting concept, that will help viewers discover a whole new dimension to Holy Mass, and the relationship of the Last...