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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-10-16, Ash Wednesday

    02/09/2016 7:30:55 PM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-10-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 10, 2016 Ash Wednesday Reading 1 Jl 2:12-18 Even now, says the LORD,return to me with your whole heart,with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;Rend your hearts, not your garments,and return to the LORD, your God.For gracious and merciful is he,slow to anger, rich in kindness,and relenting in punishment.Perhaps he will again relentand leave behind him a blessing,Offerings and libationsfor the LORD, your God. Blow the trumpet in Zion!proclaim a fast,call an assembly;Gather the people,notify the congregation;Assemble the elders,gather the childrenand the infants at the breast;Let the bridegroom quit his roomand the bride her chamber.Between the porch and the...
  • Making a Quiet Place for Our Lord This Lent -- A Meditation on a Teaching from Diadochus of Photice

    02/09/2016 7:24:39 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-08-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Making a Quiet Place for Our Lord This Lent -- A Meditation on a Teaching from Diadochus of Photice Msgr. Charles Pope - February 8, 2016 - There is a remarkable passage in the breviary from Diadochus of Photice (pronounced Di-áh-do-cuss of Fóe-tah-chee). Little is known of his life. He lived from around 400 to 485 A.D. He was a mystic and theologian who particularly refuted Christological heresies and upheld the teachings of the Council of Chalcedon. He became bishop of Photice, a region in northwestern Greece. His writings emphasized the stillness, rest, or quiet that is necessary for...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-09-16

    02/08/2016 9:05:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-09-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 9, 2016 Tuesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 8:22-23, 27-30 Solomon stood before the altar of the LORDin the presence of the whole community of Israel,and stretching forth his hands toward heaven,he said, "LORD, God of Israel,there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below;you keep your covenant of mercy with your servantswho are faithful to you with their whole heart. "Can it indeed be that God dwells on earth?If the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain you,how much less this temple which I have built! Look...
  • Something has clicked for Jeb Bush in the last few days

    02/08/2016 3:08:43 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/8/16 | Ed O'Keefe
    Speaking to a Rotary Club on Monday that his father once addressed as vice president, Jeb Bush admitted that he long resisted visiting New Hampshire before he became a presidential candidate to avoid fueling speculation. But after more than eight months of campaigning here, he said, "I'm a better person, and I'm certainly a better candidate." Something has clicked for Bush in New Hampshire in the past few days. What has transpired by no means guarantees him a top-tier finish in Tuesday's Republican primary here, but the crowds turning out to see him are bigger, his delivery on the stump...
  • McGrath: Ted Cruz Stands Alone On a Female Draft

    02/08/2016 2:12:12 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 102 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | February 8, 2016 | Art McGrath
    After last week's surprise statements by two top generals that women should sign up for the draft just like men, Sen. Ted Cruz has set himself apart from his Republican rivals in the race for president by saying unequivocally that the idea is "nuts." When questioned at a Senate committee hearing last week, the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Gen. Robert Neller and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley both said they thought women should have to register for Selective Service when they turn eighteen, just like men. During Saturday's presidential candidate debate in Manchester, N.H., everyone on stage...
  • Are These the Last Days? Pondering a Text of St. Paul's

    02/08/2016 7:48:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 63 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-07-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Are These the Last Days? Pondering a Text of St. Paul's Msgr. Charles Pope -- February 7, 2016 -- Are these the last days? In some sense the planets are aligning. But hold your horses; let's speak carefully of these matters.Last week in the Breviary we read First and Second Thessalonians, which are important source texts for such considerations. I'd like to look at a critical passage from Second Thessalonians, which lays out some important principles for us in the last days, balancing caution with teaching us about the signs that will point to His coming (though not the...
  • ASK FATHER: Why is a baptismal certificate so important for annulment process? (Catholic Caucus)

    02/07/2016 4:03:49 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | January 22, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader… QUAERITUR: Trying to get an annulment. Can’t find his baptismal record. Why is it so important? Well! That was pithy.There is a Latin adage from ancient Rome: Verba volant, scripta manent… Words merely spoken fly away, but words written down remain.Baptismal records are wonderful things. When they are properly tended, they record all of the sacraments we receive in life. These written records are to be kept at the parish of our baptism. When a baptismal record is issued, it will have notations on the back listing the dates and places of all the sacraments we received....
  • St. of the Day - Giuseppina Margherita Fortunata - Saint Josephine Bakhita - St. Lucky

    02/07/2016 11:11:46 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 1 replies
    Catholics for Life, Sacramento ^ | 2/8/2016 | Charles O'Connell
    Saint Josephine Bakhita Giuseppina Margherita Fortunata Josephine was a twin, child of an African family of property. When she was kidnapped into slavery, Sudan wasn't a country. She saw one of her group of fellow slaves severely beaten and abandoned to die. She suffered great cruelty from Turkish owners and was viciously, ritually scarred all over her back. She became the nanny of the daughter of Italian owners. While her mistress returned to Africa, she was left with the baby girl at a convent in Italy where she became Catholic. When her mistress returned to take her and the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-08-16, OM, St. Jerome Emiliani, St. Josephine Bakhita

    02/07/2016 8:38:53 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-08-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 8, 2016 Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 8:1-7, 9-13 The elders of Israel and all the leaders of the tribes,the princes in the ancestral houses of the children of Israel,came to King Solomon in Jerusalem,to bring up the ark of the LORD's covenantfrom the City of David, which is Zion.All the people of Israel assembled before King Solomonduring the festival in the month of Ethanim (the seventh month).When all the elders of Israel had arrived,the priests took up the ark;they carried the ark of the LORDand the meeting tent with all...
  • INSIDE LOOK AT THE 'HOMETOWN' GOP CANDIDATE TED CRUZ

    02/07/2016 1:20:52 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 46 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 06, 2016 | Jessica Willey
    HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) -- Long before he was the Senator from Texas or Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, he was a hometown boy carving a path in life. Those who were there for the journey spoke to Eyewitness News. Much has been made about Cruz having been born in Canada. Four years later, he and his family moved to Houston and like many young boys, Ted Cruz could be mischievous and playful. At Clay Road Baptist Church, his first church home in Houston, he was sometimes a prankster. "He would get down and rummage around underneath the seats. In fact...
  • But at Your Command I Will Lower the Nets -- A Homily for the 5th Sunday of the Year

    02/07/2016 7:24:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-06-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    But at Your Command I Will Lower the Nets -- A Homily for the 5th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope -- February 6, 2016 -- Today's gospel describes the call of Simon Peter. It is a call that takes place in several stages. And while it is presented in a compact time frame, for most of us it takes place over a longer period, as the Lord works to deepen our faith and heighten our call. The upshot of today's gospel is that Peter's faith is strengthened by his obedience to the Lord's command.Let's see how the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-07-16, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    02/06/2016 8:23:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 52 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-07-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 7, 2016 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 6:1-2a, 3-8 In the year King Uzziah died,I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne,with the train of his garment filling the temple.Seraphim were stationed above. They cried one to the other,"Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts!All the earth is filled with his glory!"At the sound of that cry, the frame of the door shookand the house was filled with smoke. Then I said, "Woe is me, I am doomed!For I am a man of unclean lips,living among a people of unclean lips;yet...
  • 'Germany must take fewer refugees' - Catholic church

    02/06/2016 1:57:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 06 Feb 2016 16:18 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    The German Catholic Church called for a reduction in the influx of refugees arriving in Germany, saying the country cannot take in "all the world's needy," according to an interview published on Saturday. Germany has been struggling to cope with 1.1 million asylum seekers that arrived in 2015 and Berlin has not yet given an official estimate for how many it expects this year. "As a church, we say that we need a reduction in the number of refugees," Cardinal Reinhard Marx, chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, told the Passauer Neue Presse daily. ...
  • World Over Ted Cruz Exclusive with Raymond Arroyo (discusses Carson and Trump)

    02/06/2016 11:34:52 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 32 replies
    EWTN ^ | February 4, 2016
    World Over Ted Cruz Exclusive with Raymond Arroyo (discusses Carson and Trump)
  • It's Friday, but Sunday Is Coming! As Seen in Life and in a Powerful Video

    02/06/2016 8:10:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-05-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It's Friday, but Sunday Is Coming! As Seen in Life and in a Powerful Video Msgr. Charles Pope -- February 5, 2016 -- Some years ago in a previous parish assignment (St. Thomas More, in Washington D.C.) I was accustomed to taking a Friday afternoon walk in order to focus on my Sunday homily. At the beginning of the walk I'd often stop by the house of an elderly parishioner, Ms. Lillian, and give her Communion. Her mind was beginning to fail and it was difficult for her to get to Church.In mild weather she would often be out...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings: 02-06-16, M, St. Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs

    02/05/2016 7:54:49 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-06-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 6, 2016 Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs Reading 1 1 Kgs 3:4-13 Solomon went to Gibeon to sacrifice there,because that was the most renowned high place.Upon its altar Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings.In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night.God said, "Ask something of me and I will give it to you."Solomon answered:"You have shown great favor to your servant, my father David,because he behaved faithfully toward you,with justice and an upright heart;and you have continued this great favor toward him, even today,seating a son of his on his throne.O...
  • The Call of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving [Catholic and Orthodox Caucus]

    02/05/2016 7:12:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 24 replies
    CE.com ^ | 02-05-16 | Thomas Moses
    The Call of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, and AlmsgivingThomas Moses For many Eastern Christians, Lent is embraced as a time for the renewal of repentance, fervent seeking after God, and increased love and concern for our neighbor. After a few weeks of preparation for Lent (also known as the Great Fast) we begin this period of bright sorrow, a forty day period leading up to Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and finally Pascha, Easter, or the Feast of all Feasts.I say bright sorrow because joy and sorrow are kept in tension. We experience sorrow because of the suffering endured by our Lord...
  • The Mystery of Iniquity -- A Meditation on the Mystery of Rebelliousness

    02/05/2016 8:06:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Mystery of Iniquity -- A Meditation on the Mystery of Rebelliousness Msgr. Charles Pope February 4, 2016 Man who found exitThere is a phrase in the Scriptures that, while speaking of mystery, is itself a bit mysterious and is debated among scholars: the "mystery of iniquity." St. Paul mentions it in Second Thessalonians and ties it to an equally mysterious "man of iniquity" who will appear before the Second Coming of Jesus. Many modern translations (accurately) render it as the "mystery of lawlessness" but that has less of a ring to it.The Latin root of the English word...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-05-16, M, St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr

    02/04/2016 9:00:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-05-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 5, 2016 Memorial of Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr Reading 1 Sir 47:2-11 Like the choice fat of the sacred offerings,so was David in Israel.He made sport of lions as though they were kids,and of bears, like lambs of the flock.As a youth he slew the giantand wiped out the people's disgrace,When his hand let fly the slingstonethat crushed the pride of Goliath.Since he called upon the Most High God, who gave strength to his right armTo defeat the skilled warriorand raise up the might of his people,Therefore the women sang his praises,and ascribed to him tens of...
  • "Church-speak" – Strange Things Church People Say"

    02/04/2016 8:07:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-03-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    "Church-speak" – Strange Things Church People Say Msgr. Charles Pope February 3, 2016 Many groups have a tendency to use words that make sense to their members but are unintelligible to outsiders. I have sometimes had to decode "Church-speak" for recent converts.For example, one time I proudly announced, "RCIA classes will begin next week, so if you know anyone who is interested in attending please fill out an information card on the table just outside the sacristy door." I thought I'd been perfectly clear, but then a new member approached me after Mass to inquire about the availability of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-04-16

    02/03/2016 9:54:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-04-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 4, 2016 Thursday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 2:1-4, 10-12 When the time of David's death drew near,he gave these instructions to his son Solomon:"I am going the way of all flesh.Take courage and be a man.Keep the mandate of the LORD, your God, following his waysand observing his statutes, commands, ordinances, and decreesas they are written in the law of Moses,that you may succeed in whatever you do,wherever you turn, and the LORD may fulfillthe promise he made on my behalf when he said,'If your sons so conduct themselvesthat they remain...
  • Ted Cruz on what the Iowa victory means to him (and how absolutely EVIL Washington has become)

    02/03/2016 10:11:31 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 22 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 2, 2016
    "They would rather Hillary Clinton, they would rather bankrupt our kids and grandkids, they'd rather lose the Supreme Court for a generation, they'd rather see our religious liberties stripped away, our Second Amendment taken away, they would rather see Islamic terrorism continue to rise and Israel continue to be under assault than actually have a true Reagan conservative in the White House who believes what he says. That shows just how messed up Washington is, but it also shows why frustration is volcanic."...
  • Is It Ever OK to Lie?

    02/03/2016 6:37:39 AM PST · by Salvation · 89 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-02-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is It Ever OK to Lie? Msgr. Charles Pope February 2, 2016 Many of you know that I write the Question and Answer Column for Our Sunday Visitor on both their newspaper side and in their magazine, The Catholic Answer. Every now and then a question comes in that seems like a good topic for the blog.The following question comes up frequently whenever I teach moral theology classes and we cover the issue of lying. In a way it is remarkable that the format of the question almost never changes, and that the usual (and I would argue questionable)...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-03-16, OM, St. Blaise, Bishop & Martyr, St. Ansgar, Bishop

    02/02/2016 9:45:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-03-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 3, 2016 Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Sm 24:2, 9-17 King David said to Joab and the leaders of the army who were with him,"Tour all the tribes in Israel from Dan to Beer-shebaand register the people, that I may know their number."Joab then reported to the king the number of people registered:in Israel, eight hundred thousand men fit for military service; in Judah, five hundred thousand. Afterward, however, David regretted having numbered the people,and said to the LORD:"I have sinned grievously in what I have done.But now, LORD, forgive the guilt...
  • The Parish Church in a Changeable Community: Some Basic Requirements for Survival

    02/02/2016 8:30:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-01-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Parish Church in a Changeable Community: Some Basic Requirements for Survival Msgr. Charles Pope February 1, 2016 For my first assignment as a priest I was sent to a large parish located in a suburb just inside the Washington Beltway. At the time it was flourishing, with four well-attended masses each Sunday. The people there loved their parish and spoke with devotion of the former pastor who, though he had died a dozen years before, loomed large in the memories of both Church and neighborhood. He was from that generation of pastors who had an almost kingly status....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-02-16, FEAST, Presentation of the Lord [Candlemas]

    02/01/2016 11:04:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-02-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 2, 2016 Feast of the Presentation of the Lord Reading 1 Mal 3:1-4 Thus says the Lord GOD:Lo, I am sending my messengerto prepare the way before me;And suddenly there will come to the templethe LORD whom you seek,And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.But who will endure the day of his coming?And who can stand when he appears?For he is like the refiner's fire,or like the fuller's lye.He will sit refining and purifying silver,and he will purify the sons of Levi,Refining them like gold or like silverthat...
  • Georgetown Students Drive Pro-Life Efforts Without University Support

    Georgetown University students who attended last week's March for Life in Washington, D.C., recently told The Cardinal Newman Society that student groups at the University are finding success in driving pro-life outreach and discussion on campus despite the University's lack of support for their events and activities, or for Church teaching on life issues."I think that given a campus culture that's often hostile to pro-life views, it's extremely helpful that there exists organizations like Georgetown Right to Life," Michael Khan, president of the student-run Right to Life group, told the Newman Society. "With contraceptives allowed in dorms and faculty...
  • Why the Acclamations at the “Mystery of Faith” Need Further Consideration

    02/01/2016 8:01:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-31-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why the Acclamations at the "Mystery of Faith" Need Further Consideration Msgr. Charles Pope January 31, 2016 There is a moment in the Eucharistic Prayer in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite at which the priest awkwardly summons the people to respond by using a sentence fragment: "The mystery of faith" (mysterium fidei). The 1970 translation from the Latin tried to complete the fragment by supplying some additional words: "Let us proclaim the mystery of faith."But regardless of the specifics of the wording, it seems an awkward moment, something interjected into the action of the Eucharistic Prayer.But even...
  • I’m gay and I’m a priest, period.’

    01/31/2016 10:01:53 PM PST · by detective · 100 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 31, 2016 | Michelle Boorstein
    God, what are you calling me to do here, prayed the priest. Come out, or stay in the closet ? After 23 years in Chicago parishes, the question had pushed its way to the surface. He weighed his options. He thought about his parishioners. Many, he knew, were accepting of gay people, even of same-sex marriage, but others - less so. He had grown up in a large Catholic family; he understood what people's faith meant to them. He didn't want to harm his flock, or the Catholic Church.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-01-16

    01/31/2016 9:49:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-01-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 1, 2016 Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Sm 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13 An informant came to David with the report,"The children of Israel have transferred their loyalty to Absalom."At this, David said to all his servantswho were with him in Jerusalem:"Up! Let us take flight, or none of us will escape from Absalom.Leave quickly, lest he hurry and overtake us,then visit disaster upon us and put the city to the sword." As David went up the Mount of Olives, he wept without ceasing.His head was covered, and he was walking barefoot.All those who...
  • A "Rule of Life" for Prophets - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of the Year

    01/31/2016 7:15:40 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A "Rule of Life" for Prophets - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope January 30, 2016 Prophets are those who speak for God. They Love God and His people; they speak the (often painful) truth of God to His people. They do so not to win an argument, but because of their love and conviction that only the undiluted truth of God can save us in the end.People-pleasing and other forms of human respect cannot supplant reverence for God and His truth. Prophets are willing to endure pain and suffering in order to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-31-16, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    01/30/2016 9:02:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-31-16 | Revised New American Bible
    January 31, 2016 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jer 1:4-5, 17-19 The word of the LORD came to me, saying:Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,before you were born I dedicated you,a prophet to the nations I appointed you. But do you gird your loins;stand up and tell themall that I command you.Be not crushed on their account,as though I would leave you crushed before them;for it is I this daywho have made you a fortified city,a pillar of iron, a wall of brass,against the whole land:against Judah's kings and princes,against its priests and people.They...
  • Supreme Court Sets Date for Little Sisters of the Poor’s Challenge to Obama HHS Mandate

    01/30/2016 10:50:43 AM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | Steven Ertelt
    The Supreme Court has set the date for oral arguments for Little Sisters of the Poor’s challenge to the Obama HHS mandate. The nation’s highest court will hear debate from attorneys representing the Catholic religious order and the Obama administration on Wednesday, March 23 at 10 a.m. The Little Sisters of the Poor are asking the nation’s highest court to ensure they do not have to comply with Obamacare’s abortion mandate. The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions. Without relief, the Little Sisters would face millions of dollars in IRS fines...
  • Christ's hidden years

    01/30/2016 8:51:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 58 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 12-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Christ's hidden years Question: One of my great frustrations with Scripture as an historical source is that it leaves so much out. Almost 30 years of Jesus’ life receive no mention at all. How can this be that the life of the most pivotal figure in history receives such vague biographical treatment?— Name, location withheld, Answer: Part of the answer to this is to understand that the Gospels do not propose to be chronological histories of the Lord’s life. The Gospels do record the things that Jesus actually said and did, but they do so in a selective way. St....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-30-16

    01/29/2016 7:38:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-30-16 | Revised New American Bible
    January 30, 2016 Saturday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Sm 12:1-7a, 10-17 The LORD sent Nathan to David, and when he came to him,Nathan said: "Judge this case for me!In a certain town there were two men, one rich, the other poor.The rich man had flocks and herds in great numbers.But the poor man had nothing at all except one little ewe lamb that he had bought.He nourished her, and she grew up with him and his children.She shared the little food he had and drank from his cup and slept in his bosom.She...
  • Blessed (and also very smart) Are the Merciful

    01/29/2016 8:13:21 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Blessed (and also very smart) Are the Merciful Msgr. Charles Pope • January 28, 2016 • In today's gospel the Lord gives us a very practical reminder: "The measure that you measure to others will be measured back to you." What does this mean?Well, if you were on your way to court and you received advice as to how you could influence the judge to be less severe in your case would you not seriously consider following that advice? Surely you would--unless of course the "advice" involved bribery or some other corrupt activity.And in fact Jesus, our judge, has...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-29-16

    01/28/2016 8:30:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-29-16 | Revised New American Bible
    January 29, 2016 Friday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Sm 11:1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17 At the turn of the year, when kings go out on campaign,David sent out Joab along with his officersand the army of Israel, and they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah.David, however, remained in Jerusalem.One evening David rose from his siesta and strolled about on the roof of the palace.From the roof he saw a woman bathing, who was very beautiful.David had inquiries made about the woman and was told, "She is Bathsheba, daughter of Eliam, and wife of Joab's armor...
  • Sacrilegious “Mass” Scheduled in Brooklyn Diocese (Catholic Caucus)

    01/28/2016 8:04:49 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    lepantoinstitute.org ^ | January 28, 2015 | Michael Hichborn
    We wish this was just a joke. It is not. It is pure sacrilege taking place in a parish in Brooklyn, New York. Not only does the Diocese of Brooklyn know about this abomination … it actually helped advertise it on facebook! The statement from the Diocese of Brooklyn says: “On Sunday, Jan. 31, head down to St. Bernard’s Parish in Mill Basin for a very special treat: a #StarWars themes Mass! Kids come dressed as their favorite character and there will be snacks in the auditorium after the Mass. Be sure to be there at 11:30 AM and May...
  • Ted Cruz gives clean water to pregnant moms in Flint, and the pro-abort media is seething

    01/28/2016 11:47:44 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 30 replies
    Life Site ^ | January 28, 2016 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    FLINT, Michigan, January 28, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The mainstream media is once again showing its pro-abortion bias, going so far as to blatantly lie in its reporting. The city of Flint is in the middle of a water disaster, causing lead poisoning and other health problems. Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) criticized "every level of government" for the crisis, said officials should be held accountable for exposing residents to "poisoned water," and called the impact on Flint residents "heartbreaking." Cruz made good on his rhetoric, as his campaign gave out bottled water to Flint women in crisis pregnancy centers,...
  • Why Holy Days and the Sanctoral Cycle Are Important

    01/28/2016 7:29:14 AM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Holy Days and the Sanctoral Cycle Are Important Msgr. Charles Pope • January 27, 2016 • In last Sunday's Mass we read from the eighth chapter of the Book of Nehemiah. I posted a lengthy commentary on it last week (On the Wonder of the Word of God). In today's post I would like to ponder a rather surprising emphasis of that text. Let's start with a little background.In a stunning reversal for the Jewish people, the Babylonians invaded Jerusalem and destroyed not only the city, but the Temple as well! Prophet after prophet had warned the people...
  • Iranian president bids for US investment

    01/28/2016 6:58:44 AM PST · by skimbell · 8 replies
    AP @ QCOnline ^ | January 27, 2016 | AP staff
    ...Francis was asked last year about the Charlie Hebdo attacks and suggested that a violent reaction could be expected when someone's faith was insulted. He said while violence must be condemned, anyone who insults his mother can expect to be punched...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-28-16, M, St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest/Doctor of the Church

    01/27/2016 9:00:30 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-28-16 | Revised New American Bible
    January 28, 2016 Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 2 Sm 7:18-19, 24-29 After Nathan had spoken to King David, the king went in and sat before the LORD and said, "Who am I, Lord GOD, and who are the members of my house, that you have brought me to this point?Yet even this you see as too little, Lord GOD; you have also spoken of the house of your servant for a long time to come: this too you have shown to man, Lord GOD! "You have established for yourself your...
  • Leading ProLife Women Tell ProLife Voters-Don’t Vote for Donald TrumpCan’t Trust Him on Abortion

    01/27/2016 4:42:22 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 106 replies
    Life News ^ | January 26, 2016 | STEVEN ERTELT
    A group of pro-life women leaders have a message for pro-life voters ahead of the first presidential primary and caucus votes next month: Don’t vote for Donald Trump, he can’t be trusted on abortion. In a letter provided to LifeNews, the group of pro-life women leaders claim Trump is not trustworthy on the abortion issue because offhanded comments he’s made make it appear he supports pro-abortion judges on the Supreme Court or a pro-abortion vice-presidential running mate. The group includes heavy hitters like Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List and Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America and...
  • Catholic Vote: Not. Trump.

    01/27/2016 12:28:09 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 213 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | 1-27-16 | Brian at Catholic Vote
    CV cannot remain on the sidelines any longer. As Iowans prepare to cast the first votes in the 2016 nomination process, we owe you our thoughts. While we are not officially endorsing a candidate at this time, we believe it is important to share some critical thoughts on the race, or at least on one candidate in particular. As Catholics, we are called to participate in the democratic process. The Church does not endorse candidates for public office. That job rests with us, the laity. No candidate is perfect, and no simple checklist is sufficient. Prudence is a necessity. Some...
  • Order -- A Meditation on one of God's Great Gifts

    01/27/2016 8:26:59 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-26-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Order -- A Meditation on one of God's Great Gifts Msgr. Charles Pope January 26, 2016 In this series of two posts, I ponder the glory of something we call order. I do this more in the form of a meditation than a treatise on the glory of order. In the first part (yesterday's post) I set forth how the appreciation and understanding of order has suffered in the modern age. In this second part I want to meditate on the glory of order under four headings.The English word "order" comes from the Latin ordo, which is a row...
  • Italian gay rights debate prompts rethink of sacred family

    01/27/2016 6:07:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2016 5:48 AM EST | Frances D’Emilio
    In Italy, family is considered so sacred that marriage is lauded in the Constitution. But what kind of family? That has become a bitterly divisive question in a nation where the Vatican packs considerable political weight and where gays have grown impatient as other traditionally Catholic European countries have either allowed same-sex couples to marry or legally recognized their civil unions. On Thursday, Italy's Senate will plunge into a debate on proposed legislation to grant legal recognition to "civil unions," including those of homosexual couples, without equating the partnerships to marriage. ...
  • The Angel of Dachau: Pope Francis declares concentration camp priest a martyr

    01/26/2016 7:30:21 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | January 26, 2016
    Venerable Engelmar Unzeitig, CMM, whom Pope Francis declared a martyr last week. Credit: (c) Archiv Redaktion Mariannhill, Reimlingen via engelmarunzeitig.de. Vatican City, Jan 26, 2016 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Engelmar Unzeitig, a young priest with Czech roots serving in Germany and Austria, was arrested by the Nazis on April 21, 1941.His crime? Preaching against the Third Reich from his pulpit, particularly against their treatment of the Jewish people. He encouraged his congregation to be faithful to God and to resist the lies of the Nazi regime.As punishment, Fr. Unzeitig was sent to what has been called the "largest...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-27-16, OM, St. Angela Merici, Virgin

    01/26/2016 8:48:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-27-16 | Revised New American Bible
    January 27, 2016 Wednesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Sm 7:4-17 That night the LORD spoke to Nathan and said:"Go, tell my servant David, 'Thus says the LORD:Should you build me a house to dwell in?I have not dwelt in a house from the day on which I led the children of Israel out of Egypt to the present, but I have been going about in a tent under cloth.In all my wanderings everywhere among the children of Israel, did I ever utter a word to any one of the judges whom I charged to...
  • Donald Trump attacks evangelical leader in Iowa who endorsed Ted Cruz

    01/26/2016 11:39:16 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 130 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 26, 2016 | Jenna Johnson
    As an influential evangelical Iowan, Bob Vander Plaats experienced what it was like to be friends with Donald Trump. The New York billionaire invited Vander Plaats and his family to visit New York several times, refusing to allow them to pay to stay at one of his hotels and lavishing kindness. Then Vander Plaats - president of the Family Leader, which is opposed to abortion and gay marriage - decided to endorse Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) for president instead of Trump. On Tuesday, Trump skewered Vander Plaats on Twitter, calling him "phony" and "a bad guy." The attacks came as...
  • Order, Order! A Meditation on the Glory of Order in God's Creation

    01/26/2016 7:43:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-25-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Order, Order! A Meditation on the Glory of Order in God's Creation Msgr. Charles Pope • January 25, 2016 • In a series of two posts I would like to ponder the glory of something we call order. I do this more in the form of a meditation than a treatise. Some may argue that I am oversimplifying complex philosophical concepts. That may be true, but I am a pastor not an academic. And though I summarize here, I do not think I have been inauthentic in setting forth the concepts and problems that have birthed the modern age....