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  • A Call to Humility in the Mystery of the Seven Thunders

    04/25/2018 7:55:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-24-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Call to Humility in the Mystery of the Seven Thunders Msgr. Charles Pope • April 24, 2018 • In the Office of Readings last week, we examined some of the more terrifying passages from the Book of Revelation, related to the seven trumpets, seals, and bowls of wrath. There is also a reference to the underreported “seven thunders,” reminding us that there are some things that are not for us to know.Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-25-18, FEAST, St. Mark, Evangelist

    04/24/2018 9:16:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies ^ | 04-25-18 | Revised New American Bible
    April 25, 2018 Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist Reading 1 1 Pt 5:5b-14 Beloved: Clothe yourselves with humilityin your dealings with one another, for: God opposes the proudbut bestows favor on the humble. So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,that he may exalt you in due time.Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you. Be sober and vigilant.Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lionlooking for someone to devour.Resist him, steadfast in faith,knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the worldundergo the same sufferings.The God of all gracewho called you to...
  • [Barf Alert] The Pope: not to remain prisoners of ideas, lets open ourselves to new things

    04/24/2018 6:19:00 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    La Stampa/Vatican Insider ^ | April 24, 2018 | salvatore cernuzio
    God frees, ideas and ideologies do not: they make prisoners. From this axiom, clearly expressed in the Gospel of John and his reference to the doctors of the law, Pope Francis unfolds his homily during this morning mass in Casa Santa Marta before the C9 Cardinals, who until tomorrow will be attending their twenty-fourth meeting. Once again, the Pontiff warns against the risk of rigidity, which leads to placing oneself at the center and thus remain untouched before the works of the Holy Spirit and insensitive to new things. The doctors of the law, in fact, were incapable of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion (Part Two)

    04/24/2018 8:41:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-23-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion (Part Two) Msgr. Charles Pope • April 23, 2018 • In yesterday’s post we considered the term “closed communion,” the practice of offering Holy Communion only to those who hold to the full doctrine of the Church. This practice emphasizes that communion of mind and heart to all the Holy Catholic Church teaches to be revealed by God is included in the “Amen” that affirms the true presence.Today we will discuss the need to approach the Sacrament of Holy Communion free from serious and unrepentant sin. Let’s consider some texts showing that...
  • Dictator Pope Author Says Book is an Alarm Call

    04/23/2018 7:01:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/21/18 | Diane Montagna
    ROME, April 21, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) The author of the top-selling book The Dictator Pope has said Pope Francis isnt a reformer but rather a maverick pope who acts like a dictator and has completely gone off the rails. In a video interview with the National Catholic Register published on Saturday (watch interview below), author and historian Henry Sire says Francis is one of the more disastrous pontificates in history, and he felt it necessary to reveal the gap between Francis public image and the reality as it is known in the Vatican. Sire says he had no intention of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-24-18, OM, St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen

    04/23/2018 8:18:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 04-24-18 | Revised New American Bible
    April 24, 2018 Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 11:19-26 Those who had been scattered by the persecutionthat arose because of Stephenwent as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch,preaching the word to no one but Jews.There were some Cypriots and Cyrenians among them, however,who came to Antioch and began to speak to the Greeks as well,proclaiming the Lord Jesus. The hand of the Lord was with themand a great number who believed turned to the Lord. The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem,and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch.When...
  • Focus on witchcraft at exorcists summit signifies a paradigm shift

    04/23/2018 12:13:09 PM PDT · by Thurifer the Censer · 3 replies ^ | Apr 18, 2018 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Laying out this years edition on Monday, Professor Giuseppe Ferrari, who heads the Group for Socio-Religious Research and Information which sponsors the annual gathering, went over the history of the course and also whats new in the 2018 edition. One novelty, Ferrari said, is that for the first time, the course will feature a section on witchcraft in Africa. We will deal with the theme of the kidnapping and murder of children for ritual sacrifice, linked to witchcraft, in order to obtain favors for clients, he said, calling it a cruel and inhuman practice.
  • On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion, Part One

    04/23/2018 7:28:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 126 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-22-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion, Part One Msgr. Charles Pope • April 22, 2018 • credit: J. Lippelmann, Catholic StandardLast week in the Office of Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours we read from St. Justin Martyr who said:No one may share the Eucharist with us unless he believes what we teach is true; Unless he is washed in the regenerating waters of baptism for the remission of his sins, and unless he lives in accordance with the principles given us by Christ (Apologia Cap 66: 6, 427-431)St Justin may also have in mind a text...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-23-18, OM, St. Adalabert, Bishop, St. George, Martyrs

    04/22/2018 9:17:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 04-23-18 | Revised New American Bible
    April 23, 2018 Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 11:1-18 The Apostles and the brothers who were in Judeaheard that the Gentiles too had accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalemthe circumcised believers confronted him, saying,'You entered the house of uncircumcised people and ate with them." Peter began and explained it to them step by step, saying,"I was at prayer in the city of Joppawhen in a trance I had a vision,something resembling a large sheet coming down,lowered from the sky by its four corners, and it came to me....
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter

    04/22/2018 8:11:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-21-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The King of Love My Shepherd Is - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter Msgr. Charles Pope • April 21, 2018 • The Good Shepherd, St. John the Baptist’s Anglican Church, by Alfred Handel. Photo credit: Toby HudsonOn this fourth Sunday of Easter we turn a corner of sorts. Up until now we have been reading of the resurrection appearances themselves. Today we begin to see how the risen Lord ministers to us as the Good Shepherd. In effect, the Lord gives us four basic pictures or teachings of how, as the King of Love, He shepherds...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-22-18, Fourth Sunday of Easter

    04/21/2018 10:38:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies ^ | 04-21-18 | Revised New American Bible
    April 22, 2018 Fourth Sunday of Easter Reading 1 Acts 4:8-12 Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said:"Leaders of the people and elders:If we are being examined todayabout a good deed done to a cripple,namely, by what means he was saved,then all of you and all the people of Israel should knowthat it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazoreanwhom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead;in his name this man stands before you healed.He is the stone rejected by you, the builders,which has become the cornerstone.There is no salvation through anyone else,nor is there any...
  • Salvation and Church

    04/21/2018 9:30:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 532 replies ^ | 03-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Salvation and Church The teaching of ‘no salvation outside the Church’ is important and one that must rightly be understood Msgr. Charles Pope 3/14/2018 Question: I hear the Catholic Church teaches there is no salvation outside the Church. This would seem to condemn most to hell. Or am I missing something? — Name, location withheld Answer: It is in fact a doctrine of the Church often repeated by the Fathers of the Church and taught formally. However, it must be understood properly. The Catechism of the Catholic Church has this to say by way of explanation: “‘Outside the Church...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-21-18, OM, St. Anselm, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    04/20/2018 8:03:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 04-21-18 | Revised New American Bible
    April 21, 2018 Saturday of the Third Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 9:31-42 The Church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samariawas at peace. She was being built up and walked in the fear of the Lord,and with the consolation of the Holy Spirit she grew in numbers. As Peter was passing through every region,he went down to the holy ones living in Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas,who had been confined to bed for eight years, for he was paralyzed. Peter said to him,"Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed." He got...
  • Your Life is Not About You, As Illustrated in a Biblical Story

    04/20/2018 8:15:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-19-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Your Life is Not About You, As Illustrated in a Biblical Story Msgr. Charles Pope • April 19, 2018 • Stoning of Stephen With Saul Holding Cloaks, Fra AngelicoIn Wednesday’s reading, the Acts of the Apostles sets forth an event that amounts to a tale of one Church in two cities or regions. It illustrates well a couple of points: that the Church is always in need of reform and that our lives are not merely about us and what we want. Let’s look at the event in two scenes.Scene 1: The Church in Jerusalem –There broke out a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-20-18

    04/19/2018 8:53:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 04-20-18 | Revised New American Bible
    April 20, 2018 Friday of the Third Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 9:1-20 Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord,went to the high priest and asked himfor letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that,if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way,he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains. On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus,a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him,"Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?"He said, "Who are you, sir?" The...
  • What a Pile of Dry Leaves Has to Teach Us About Humility

    04/19/2018 7:37:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-18-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What a Pile of Dry Leaves Has to Teach Us About Humility Msgr. Charles Pope • April 18, 2018 • We tend to think that happiness is the result of the right circumstances or externalities. If I just have enough money, or live in this place or that, or if I can arrange just the right sort of pleasures, or be with just the right people, I will be happy.Of course, this doesn’t really work. But it is a little lie we like to tell ourselves. By it we excuse a lot of our greed and excessiveness. It is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-19-18

    04/18/2018 9:31:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 04-19-18 | Revised New American Bible
    April 19, 2018 Thursday of the Third Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 8:26-40 The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip,Get up and head south on the roadthat goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert route. So he got up and set out. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch,a court official of the Candace,that is, the queen of the Ethiopians,in charge of her entire treasury,who had come to Jerusalem to worship, and was returning home.Seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.The Spirit said to Philip,Go and join up with that chariot. Philip ran up...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed James Oldo, 04-18-18

    04/18/2018 10:40:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 04-18-17 |
    Franciscan Media Image: Photo of Il Tempio Civico della Beata Vergine Incoronata | photo by Giovanni Novara Blessed James Oldo Saint of the Day for April 18 (1364 – April 18, 1404)  Blessed James Oldo’s Story You’ve heard rags-to-riches stories. Today, we celebrate the reverse.James of Oldo was born into a well-to-do family near Milan in 1364. He married a woman who like him, appreciated the comforts that came with wealth. But an outbreak of the plague drove James, his wife, and their three children out of their home and into the countryside. Despite those precautions, two of his...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage

    04/18/2018 8:48:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-17-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage Msgr. Charles Pope • April 17, 2018 • Let’s ponder a significant yet often overlooked text from Hebrews, which describes our most basic and primal fear. Our inordinate fear of what people think of us is rooted in an even deeper fear, one which is at the very core of our being. The Hebrews text both names it and describes it as being the source of our bondage. In order to unlock the secret of the text, I want to suggest to you an interpretation that will allow its...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-18-18

    04/17/2018 8:43:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 04-18-18 | Revised New American Bible
    April 18, 2018 Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 8:1b-8 There broke out a severe persecution of the Church in Jerusalem,and all were scatteredthroughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria,except the Apostles.Devout men buried Stephen and made a loud lament over him.Saul, meanwhile, was trying to destroy the Church;entering house after house and dragging out men and women,he handed them over for imprisonment. Now those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.Thus Philip went down to the city of Samariaand proclaimed the Christ to them.With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what...