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  • Meaning of 'gospel'

    11/18/2017 8:55:33 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 11-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Meaning of 'gospel' As first books of the New Testament hadn’t been written, how did apostles ‘believe in the gospel’? Msgr. Charles Pope 11/15/2017 Question: In Mark 1:15, Jesus is calling for all to “Repent, and believe in the gospel.” Clearly, the Gospels were not yet written when Jesus was saying this. What exactly was he talking about?— Paul VanHoudt, Erie, Colorado Answer: Your question is rooted in the tendency we have to equate the word “gospel” with a written text — more specifically, four written texts in the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. However, the “Gospel” should be...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings,11-18-17, OM,Ded. Basilicas/Sts. Peter &Paul, St. Rose Duchesne

    11/17/2017 8:00:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-18-17 | Revised New American Bible
    November 18, 2017 Saturday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Wis 18:14-16; 19:6-9 When peaceful stillness compassed everythingand the night in its swift course was half spent,Your all-powerful word, from heaven's royal thronebounded, a fierce warrior, into the doomed land,bearing the sharp sword of your inexorable decree.And as he alighted, he filled every place with death;he still reached to heaven, while he stood upon the earth. For all creation, in its several kinds, was being made over anew,serving its natural laws,that your children might be preserved unharmed.The cloud overshadowed their camp;and out of what had before...
  • What Do We Mean by the Communion of Saints?

    11/17/2017 8:29:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-16-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Do We Mean by the Communion of Saints? Msgr. Charles Pope • November 16, 2017 • This is the eighth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell.Continuing our series on the Four Last Things, in today’s post we consider an aspect of Heaven called the Communion of Saints. I have discovered that it is frequently misunderstood. Many of you know that I write the weekly “Question and Answer” column for the Our Sunday Visitor newspaper. Every once in a while, someone poses a unique question, one that I had never...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-17-17, M, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

    11/16/2017 9:53:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-17-17 | Revised New American Bible
    November 17, 2017 Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious Reading 1 Wis 13:1-9 All men were by nature foolish who were in ignorance of God,and who from the good things seen did not succeed in knowing him who is,and from studying the works did not discern the artisan;But either fire, or wind, or the swift air,or the circuit of the stars, or the mighty water,or the luminaries of heaven, the governors of the world, they considered gods.Now if out of joy in their beauty they thought them gods,let them know how far more excellent is the Lord than...
  • What Is Eternal Life?

    11/16/2017 8:01:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Is Eternal Life? Msgr. Charles Pope • November 15, 2017 • This is the seventh in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell.I often think that we haven’t done a very good job of setting forth the doctrine of eternal life. For most people, the concept seems a rather shallow one: that we will live forever. Frankly, many may not consider it all that appealing if the place where we live forever is Heaven. Too often, Heaven is reduced to merely this: a place where I’ll be happy. I’ll have a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-16-17, OM, St. Margaret/Scotland, St. Gerturde the Great

    11/15/2017 9:12:30 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-16-17 | Revised New American Bible
    November 16, 2017 Thursday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Wis 7:22b8:1 In Wisdom is a spiritintelligent, holy, unique,Manifold, subtle, agile,clear, unstained, certain,Not baneful, loving the good, keen,unhampered, beneficent, kindly,Firm, secure, tranquil,all-powerful, all-seeing,And pervading all spirits,though they be intelligent, pure and very subtle.For Wisdom is mobile beyond all motion,and she penetrates and pervades all things by reason of her purity.For she is an aura of the might of Godand a pure effusion of the glory of the Almighty;therefore nought that is sullied enters into her.For she is the refulgence of eternal light,the spotless mirror of the...
  • Do You Desire Heaven? Really?

    11/15/2017 8:18:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-14-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Do You Desire Heaven? Really? Msgr. Charles Pope • November 14, 2017 • This is the sixth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell.After some sobering reflection on death and judgment over the past several days, it’s finally time to talk about Heaven. Now that is a topic everyone wants to hear about! Yet there is a strange disconnect today. As it becomes easier and easier to satisfy our desire for instant gratification, we find it harder and harder to take the time to ponder a future paradise.Almost no one talks...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-15-17, OM, St. Albert/Great, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    11/14/2017 8:48:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-15-17 | Revised New American Bible
    November 15, 2017 Wednesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Wis 6:1-11 Hear, O kings, and understand;learn, you magistrates of the earth's expanse!Hearken, you who are in power over the multitudeand lord it over throngs of peoples!Because authority was given you by the Lordand sovereignty by the Most High,who shall probe your works and scrutinize your counsels.Because, though you were ministers of his kingdom, you judged not rightly,and did not keep the law,nor walk according to the will of God,Terribly and swiftly shall he come against you,because judgment is stern for the exaltedFor the lowly may...
  • How to Influence the Way the Lord Will Judge Us

    11/14/2017 8:09:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-13-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How to Influence the Way the Lord Will Judge Us Msgr. Charles Pope • November 13, 2017 • This is the seventh in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell.Works of Mercy, Pieter Bruegel In the past several posts, we have been considering the judgment that awaits us. Not only must we be ready in the ways we have described, but should allow our looming judgment to help our attitude today.Scripture says, Always speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the Law that gives freedom. For judgment...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-14-17

    11/13/2017 8:00:33 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-14-17 | Revised New American Bible
    November 14, 2017 Tuesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Wis 2:233:9 God formed man to be imperishable;the image of his own nature he made them.But by the envy of the Devil, death entered the world,and they who are in his possession experience it. But the souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them.They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;and their passing away was thought an afflictionand their going forth from us, utter destruction.But they are in peace.For if before men, indeed, they be...
  • Preparing for Judgment

    11/13/2017 7:44:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-12-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Preparing for Judgment Msgr. Charles Pope • November 12, 2017 • This is the sixth in a series on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell.In the past two articles we have recalled the reality of the judgment that is upon us when we die and we have surveyed the parables in which Jesus urgently warns us of it. In this post we consider something of a plan to prepare for judgment.You are going to die and you don’t get to say when. This should inspire a sober, urgent, and daily preparation for death and judgment. Yet...
  • Democrats Bring Words to a Gun Fight

    11/13/2017 1:01:28 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Nov 13, 2017 | Susan Stamper Brown
    What kind of vermin mocks prayer and politicizes human tragedy after a dark-hearted creep who reportedly bought dogs online and used them for target practice walks into a church and kills 26 innocent people? Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, for one, and leftists at large. Just after the Sutherland Springs, Texas shooting, Warren tweeted: Thoughts and prayers are not enough, GOP. We must end this violence. We must stop these tragedies. People are dying while you wait. The Hollywood hypocrite crowd paused from sexually assaulting each other long enough to attack the faithful for their thoughts and prayers. Meanwhile,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-13-17, M, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin

    11/12/2017 8:06:10 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-13-17 | Revised New American Bible
    November 13, 2017 Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin Reading 1 Wis 1:1-7 Love justice, you who judge the earth;think of the Lord in goodness,and seek him in integrity of heart;Because he is found by those who test him not, and he manifests himself to those who do not disbelieve him.For perverse counsels separate a man from God,and his power, put to the proof, rebukes the foolhardy;Because into a soul that plots evil, wisdom enters not,nor dwells she in a body under debt of sin.For the holy Spirit of discipline flees deceitand withdraws from senseless counsels;and when injustice...
  • Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning A Homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year

    11/12/2017 7:47:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-11-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning – A Homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • November 11, 2017 • Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, RomeThe Gospel this Sunday presents a number of practical principles of preparation. As always the Lord has a way of teaching us in a very memorable way. Let’s look at four principles taught in the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins. In the end we will find that the Lord turns the tables on us. I. Procure your Provisions – The text says, The kingdom of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-12-17, Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

    11/11/2017 7:25:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-12-17 | Revised New American Bible
    November 12, 2017 Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Wis 6:12-16 Resplendent and unfading is wisdom,and she is readily perceived by those who love her,and found by those who seek her.She hastens to make herself known in anticipation of their desire;Whoever watches for her at dawn shall not be disappointed,for he shall find her sitting by his gate.For taking thought of wisdom is the perfection of prudence,and whoever for her sake keeps vigilshall quickly be free from care;because she makes her own rounds, seeking those worthy of her,and graciously appears to them in the ways,and meets them with...
  • Its Not About Me: National Vocation Awareness Week

    11/11/2017 5:53:22 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CE.com ^ | 11-09-17 | Kathleen Beckman
    “It’s Not About Me”: National Vocation Awareness WeekKathleen Beckman “This is not about me. My vocation story is all about God.” These words of Bishop Michael C. Barber, S.J., were spoken at a Magnificat Prayer Breakfast that I attended in Oakland, California. His testimony, along with nineteen other clergy is now published in a new book titled, Holy Orders: A Collection of Inspiring Clergy Testimonies.Bishop Barber’s vocation story is filled with surprising twists and turns in a tumultuous time of the Church. He was faithful to what the Lord asked along the sometimes-confusing way. In the end, he was ordained...
  • Yoga position?

    Yoga position? While the Church hasn’t definitively declared yoga wrong, prudential judgment points to avoiding it Msgr. Charles Pope November 5, 2017 10/25/2017 Yoga position? Question: Does the Catholic Church disapprove of yoga for exercise or to assist meditation?— Rita Malone, Norwood, Massachusetts Answer: The Church generally distinguishes between physical postures of yoga and the philosophy or religion from which they come (see the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “On Some Aspects of Christian Meditation,” Nos. 26-28). The adoption of a physical position, even if originating in a religious system other than Christianity, is permissible provided the posture...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-11-17, M, St. Martin of Tours, Bishop

    11/10/2017 9:24:55 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-11-17 | Revised New American Bible
    November 11, 2017 Memorial of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop Reading 1 Rom 16:3-9, 16, 22-27 Brothers and sisters:Greet Prisca and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus,who risked their necks for my life,to whom not only I am grateful but also all the churches of the Gentiles;greet also the Church at their house.Greet my beloved Epaenetus,who was the firstfruits in Asia for Christ.Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you.Greet Andronicus and Junia,my relatives and my fellow prisoners;they are prominent among the Apostlesand they were in Christ before me.Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord.Greet Urbanus, our co-worker in...
  • Parables by Jesus on the Day of Judgment and on Our Need to be Ready

    11/10/2017 8:20:40 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-09-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Parables by Jesus on the Day of Judgment and on Our Need to be Ready Msgr. Charles Pope • November 9, 2017 • This is the fifth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell.credit: Ashland CTC Jesus was urgent in warning us to be ready for judgment. He did this in many ways, but most notably in the parables. In this post let’s ponder His teachings and hear His urgency.Most casual readers of the Bible tend to view the parables as merely interesting, entertaining stories. While that is so, they are...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-10-17, M, Saint Leo the Great, Pope & Doctor of the Church

    11/09/2017 9:53:50 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-10-17 | Revised New American Bible
    November 10, 2017 Memorial of Saint Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Rom 15:14-21 I myself am convinced about you, my brothers and sisters,that you yourselves are full of goodness,filled with all knowledge, and able to admonish one another.But I have written to you rather boldly in some respects to remind you,because of the grace given me by Godto be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentilesin performing the priestly service of the Gospel of God,so that the offering up of the Gentiles may be acceptable,sanctified by the Holy Spirit.In Christ Jesus, then,...