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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-28-17

    07/27/2017 8:54:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies ^ | 07-28-17 | Revised New American Bible
    July 28, 2017 Friday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 20:1-17In those days:God delivered all these commandments: "I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery.You shall not have other gods besides me.You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth; you shall not bow down before them or worship them.For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God, inflicting punishment for their fathers' wickedness...
  • The Infant of Prague [Catholic Caucus]

    07/27/2017 6:04:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | 07-27-17 | Fr. William Saunders
    The Infant of PragueFr. William Saunders Q: My grandmother has always had a statue of Jesus as a child dressed up like a little king with a crown. She even has different outfits for him which are very elaborate. Can you tell me anything about this?From the description given in the question, the statue is one of the Infant of Prague. Devotion to the Holy Child Jesus is a long-standing tradition in our Catholic spirituality. The early Church Fathers, like St. Athanasius and St. Jerome, had a special devotion to the Holy Child Jesus. Some of the later great saints,...
  • Three Characteristics of the Diabolic That Are Widely Evident Today

    07/27/2017 7:37:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-26-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Three Characteristics of the Diabolic That Are Widely Evident Today Msgr. Charles Pope • July 26, 2017 • door panel, Pisa BaptisteryThe video at the bottom of this post is of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. It is a fascinating excerpt from a longer presentation he did. In it, he analyzes the diabolic (anything of or relating to the Devil) from several different perspectives. Archbishop Sheen identifies three characteristics of the diabolic by examining the story of the Gerasene demoniac, which is presented in the synoptic Gospels. Here is the beginning of the story as it appears in the Gospel...
  • Lutheran Leader Calls on Theologians to Remove Obstacles to Unity with Catholics

    07/26/2017 7:41:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    The head of the Lutheran World Federation has called on theologians to remove the obstacles that hinder unity with the Catholic Church. Rev. Dr. Martin Junge made his remarks in a letter commemorating the 50th anniversary of official Lutheran dialogue with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Our task as theologians and as pastors should never be to provide explanations as to why unity is not yet possible; our task shall be to creatively and courageously remove the obstacles that still prevent us from the enjoyment of Gods gift of unity, wrote Junge. He added, Decades of ecumenical dialogue,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-27-17

    07/26/2017 8:53:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 07-27-17 | Revised New American Bible
    July 27, 2017 Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20bIn the third month after their departure from the land of Egypt,on its first day, the children of Israel came to the desert of Sinai.After the journey from Rephidim to the desert of Sinai,they pitched camp. While Israel was encamped here in front of the mountain,the LORD told Moses,"I am coming to you in a dense cloud,so that when the people hear me speaking with you,they may always have faith in you also."When Moses, then, had reported to the LORD the response of...
  • The Idea of a Catholic University 50 Years After Land OLakes

    07/26/2017 7:36:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 7/20/17 | Fr. George W. Rutler
    William Inge (1860-1954), Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University and Dean of Saint Pauls Cathedral, was frequently in the literary crosshairs of G.K. Chesterton for his anti-Catholic polemics and strident promotion of eugenics. Fortunately, Chesterton also rejected his advocacy of nudism. Given Dean Inges eclectic version of progressivism, one is struck by his cynicism about faddish thinking: Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next. Exactly fifty years ago, fads ran wild at the Land OLakes Conference in Wisconsin organized by Father Theodore Hesburgh of the University of Notre Dame to update the...

    07/26/2017 12:02:22 PM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 16 replies ^ | 07/26/2017 | Bill Donohue
    Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the Bedford Cheese Shop, a store with locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan: If the Bedford Cheese Shop did this to some other religious figure, the owner would be in serious trouble. But she chose to defile Mother Teresa, which is why there will be no physical retaliation. They should nonetheless be punished by everyone, not just Catholics: a boycott is in order. At the Manhattan store, the card display of Brebirousse Dargental cheese says, The texture is as close to heaven that we have found here on earth. Kinda like going down on...
  • Suffering for the Gospel: Pondering a Picture of Apostolic Times

    07/26/2017 8:06:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-25-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Suffering for the Gospel: Pondering a Picture of Apostolic Times Msgr. Charles Pope • July 25, 2017 • Death of St. James by Stefan Lochner (c. 1435)Writing as I am on the Feast of Saint James, likely the first Apostle to be martyred, I’d like to ponder the kinds of sufferings the Apostles endured in order to announce the Gospel and win souls for Christ. In the “softer” Church of the declining West, it is hard for us even to imagine. How many Catholics today can barely rouse themselves to get to an hour-long Mass on Sunday? How many...
  • Same-sex marriage: Religious right was right all along

    07/20/2017 3:37:24 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 19, 2017 | Charles LiMandri
    July 18, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — For 12 years before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex "marriage" in 2015, I wrote and lectured extensively on why this development would be fraught with peril. I even recorded a three CD set on the topic for Catholic Answers in 2011. As the General Counsel for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) in California, I also campaigned extensively for the passage of Proposition 8. This State Constitutional Amendment passed with a majority vote in liberal California, as did similar ones in 30 other states. Yet, by a mere vote of 5-4, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down all of those state...
  • What Do the Hand Gestures in Icons Mean?

    07/24/2017 3:46:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 20, 2017 | Daniel Esparza |
    A classical Greco-Roman rhetorical tradition survives in Christian iconography  Have you ever wondered, while looking at religious icons, why the figures of Christ and the saints make certain hand gestures? Each gesture has a specific meaning, but it’s no wonder we can’t always understand them: they’re “written” in Greek! Classical Greeks and Romans developed a well-established, quite complex hand-gesture code, which was used by both orators and rhetoricians alike, when they were giving speeches in the agora or the Senate, during their private addresses, or even in the classroom. The gestures accompanying the oratory, of course, were a matter of public...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-26-17, M, Sts. Joachim & Anne, Parents-Blessed Virgin Mary

    07/25/2017 9:33:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 07-26-17 | Revised New American Bible
    July 26, 2017 Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 Ex 16:1-5, 9-15The children of Israel set out from Elim, and came into the desert of Sin,which is between Elim and Sinai,on the fifteenth day of the second monthafter their departure from the land of Egypt.Here in the desert the whole assembly of the children of Israelgrumbled against Moses and Aaron.The children of Israel said to them,"Would that we had died at the LORD's hand in the land of Egypt,as we sat by our fleshpots and ate our fill of bread!But you...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Marguerite dYouville, 06-15-17

    07/25/2017 9:09:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | 06-15-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Portrait of Mère Marguerite d’Youville (1701-1771) | James Duncan Saint Marguerite d’Youville Saint of the Day for June 15 (October 15, 1701 – December 23, 1771)  Saint Marguerite d’Youville’s Story We learn compassion from allowing our lives to be influenced by compassionate people, by seeing life from their perspectives, and reconsidering our own values.Born in Varennes, Canada, Marie Marguerite Dufrost de Lajemmerais had to interrupt her schooling at the age of 12 to help her widowed mother. Eight years later she married Francois d’Youville; they had six children, four of whom died young. Despite...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Albert Chmielowski, 06-14-17

    07/25/2017 9:03:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 06-14-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Opuszczona plebania | Painting by Albert ChmielowskiSaint Albert Chmielowski Saint of the Day for June 14 (August 20, 1845 – December 25, 1916)  Saint Albert Chmielowski’s Story Born in Igolomia near Kraków as the eldest of four children in a wealthy family, he was christened Adam. During the 1864 revolt against Czar Alexander III, Adam’s wounds forced the amputation of his left leg.His great talent for painting led to studies in Warsaw, Munich, and Paris. Adam returned to Kraków and became a Secular Franciscan. In 1888, when he founded the Brothers of the Third...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Anthony of Padua, 06-13-17

    07/25/2017 8:58:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies ^ | 06-13-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Baby Jesus and St. Anthony of Padua | Elisabetta Sirani Saint Anthony of Padua Saint of the Day for June 13 (1195 – June 13,1231)   Saint Anthony of Padua’s Story The gospel call to leave everything and follow Christ was the rule of Anthony’s life. Over and over again, God called him to something new in his plan. Every time Anthony responded with renewed zeal and self-sacrificing to serve his Lord Jesus more completely.His journey as the servant of God began as a very young man when he decided to join the Augustinians...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed Jolenta (Yolanda) of Poland, 06-12-17

    07/25/2017 8:54:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 06-12-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Saint Jolenta of Poland | photo by Karol Ferdynand NeyBlessed Jolenta (Yolanda) of Poland Saint of the Day for June 12 (c. 1235 – June 11,1298)  Blessed Jolenta of Poland’s Story Jolenta was the daughter of Bela IV, King of Hungary. Her sister, St. Kunigunde, was married to the Duke of Poland. Jolenta was sent to Poland where her sister was to supervise her education. Eventually married to Boleslaus, the Duke of Greater Poland, Jolenta was able to use her material means to assist the poor, the sick, widows, and orphans. Her husband joined...
  • Does God Harden Human Hearts?

    07/25/2017 8:06:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-24-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Does God Harden Human Hearts? Msgr. Charles Pope • July 24, 2017 • One of the more difficult biblical themes to understand is that of God hardening the hearts and minds of certain people. The most memorable case is that of Pharaoh. Before sending Moses to him, God said that He would “harden Pharaoh’s heart” (Ex 4:21). There are other instances in which biblical texts speak of God hardening the hearts of sinners, even from among His own people.Jesus hinted at such a theme in Matthew 13, when He said that He spoke in parables (here understood more as...
  • Petition to stop "P*** Christ" display in Texas Art Museum

    07/24/2017 9:55:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    America Needs Fatima ^ | July 24, 2017 | America Needs Fatima
    The notorious P*** Christ! is a photo of a beautiful crucifix immersed in a famous artists own urine - - - and popularized without merit by a fawning art world and press. (Above, Ive suppressed the vulgar P expression which the artist used as its official title). And its being hosted by the art gallery The Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston, Texas. This is a high-profile, sacrilegious desecration of Our Lords holocaust on His cross, plunged in the artists own urine. You and I cannot sit by idly and do nothing about this awful blasphemy! We must do...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-25-17, FEAST, St. James, Apostle

    07/24/2017 9:32:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 07-25-17 | Revised New American Bible
    July 25, 2017 Feast of Saint James, Apostle Reading 1 2 Cor 4:7-15Brothers and sisters:We hold this treasure in earthen vessels,that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained;perplexed, but not driven to despair;persecuted, but not abandoned;struck down, but not destroyed;always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus,so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.For we who live are constantly being given up to deathfor the sake of Jesus,so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh....
  • Jesus Shrugged

    07/24/2017 8:05:00 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 16 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | July 20, 2017 | Addison Del Mastro
    Weve all heard of the idea of a general workers strike. In her tome Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand posed a provocative question. What if, in response to an increasingly overbearing regulatory state, the entrepreneurs of America decided to go on strike? The resulting 1000 pages, if you can get through them, constitute one of the most creative, if overwrought, dystopias ever envisioned. Societys producers quietly disappear, enclosed in their own hidden capitalist utopia, while innovation grinds to a halt, intellectual property languishes, and overconfident, arrogant bureaucrats run world-class factories into the ground. When alls said and done, all that was...
  • On Trust and Foolishness as Seen in the Exodus

    07/24/2017 7:54:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-23-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On Trust and Foolishness as Seen in the Exodus Msgr. Charles Pope • July 23, 2017 • In daily Masses this week we are reading largely from the Book of Exodus, specifically the familiar story of the parting of the Red Sea by God, working through Moses. Unfortunately, Tuesday’s Feast of the St. James, good though it is, interrupts the story and we miss the critical passage in which the water is parted and the people of Israel escape through the sea, dry-shod.Let’s review the passage:Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD drove the...