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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-05-15

    09/04/2015 10:23:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-05-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 5, 2015 Saturday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Col 1:21-23 Brothers and sisters:You once were alienated and hostile in mind because of evil deeds;God has now reconciled youin the fleshly Body of Christ through his death,to present you holy, without blemish,and irreproachable before him,provided that you persevere in the faith,firmly grounded, stable,and not shifting from the hope of the Gospel that you heard,which has been preached to every creature under heaven,of which I, Paul, am a minister. Responsorial Psalm PS 54:3-4, 6 and 8 R. (6) God himself is my help.O God, by...
  • Does Catholicism Keep Nations Poor?

    09/04/2015 8:34:52 AM PDT · by pinochet · 65 replies
    Is Catholicism responsible for the fact that Mexico is a third world hell hole? The GDP per capita in Argentina is only one-third of the GDP per capita of America and Canada, despite the fact that Argentina has a larger percentage of Whites than America and Canada. Portugal and Spain are among the poorest West European nations in terms of GDP per capita. Is this caused by Catholicism, or is it caused by other problems?
  • What is at the Core of Original Sin?

    09/04/2015 7:26:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-03-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What is at the Core of Original Sin? Msgr. Charles Pope • September 3, 2015 • Sometimes Original Sin gets simplified into the eating of an apple. But the core of the apple is not the “core” I speak of in the title. Actually an apple is not mentioned. It is fruit surely but what fruit we do not know. But what’s the big deal about eating an apple or piece of fruit? OK, maybe they shouldn’t have eaten it. But really, did an apple lead to all the pain and grief we experience today?As you may have guessed, No,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-04-15

    09/03/2015 9:12:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-04-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 4, 2015 Friday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Col 1:15-20 Brothers and sisters:Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God,the firstborn of all creation.For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth,the visible and the invisible,whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers;all things were created through him and for him.He is before all things,and in him all things hold together.He is the head of the Body, the Church.He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,that in all things he himself might be preeminent.For in him all the...
  • A Man with One Watch Knows What Time It Is; a Man with Two Watches Is Never Quite Sure A Meditatat

    09/03/2015 7:15:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-02-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Man with One Watch Knows What Time It Is; a Man with Two Watches Is Never Quite Sure – A Meditation on Following Only One Shepherd Msgr. Charles Pope • September 2, 2015 • As a kind of follow-up to yesterday’s post on testing everything based on the truth of the Gospel, we might do well to consider that Jesus says, To what shall I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another, “We played the flute for you, but you did not...
  • Vatican says 'no' to transsexual godparents amid Spain controversy

    09/02/2015 1:45:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | September s, 2015
    A view of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, Feb. 14, 2015. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA.Vatican City, Sep 2, 2015 / 12:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A media firestorm arose in Spain after a transsexual woman, who considers herself a man, asked to be the godfather of her nephew – leading a diocese's bishop to turn to the Vatican for an answer. After writing to the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith about the issue earlier this month, Bishop Rafael Zornoza Boy of Cádiz and Ceuta was told that since transsexual persons are not consistently...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-03-15, M, St. Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor/Church

    09/02/2015 8:26:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-03-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 3, 2015 Memorial of Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Col 1:9-14 Brothers and sisters:From the day we heard about you, we do not cease praying for youand asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of Gods willthrough all spiritual wisdom and understandingto walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruitand growing in the knowledge of God,strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might,for all endurance and patience,with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has...
  • Catholic College Prepared to Pay Heavy Fines for Failure to Comply with Obamacare Mandate

    09/02/2015 6:17:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The president of Thomas Aquinas College has said that the California school is prepared to pay heavy fines, if necessary, rather than comply with the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. Thomas Aquinas College has appealed to the Supreme Court for relief from the mandate, as have other Catholic institutions. But Michael McLean told the Cardinal Newman Society that his school would not comply with the federal regulations, regardless of the outcome of their appeal. If the Supreme Court does not take their appeal, McLean said, the college would be forced to choose between dropping health-care coverage or finding an alternative carrier that...
  • Test Everything; Hold Fast to What Is Good A Meditation...from the Imitation of Christ

    09/02/2015 8:09:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-01-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Test Everything; Hold Fast to What Is Good – A Meditation on a Teaching from the Imitation of Christ Msgr. Charles Pope • September 1, 2015 • How do you and I regard this world? How do we perceive its offerings, philosophies, and standards? I pray that we soberly assess the things of this world. Sadly, many Christians pass through their days in this world in a very unreflective manner, accepting without critique many ungodly and harmful notions. Almost anything can be spewed forth from the television, the radio, or some celebrity’s mouth and many people will accept it uncritically,...
  • Feds to treat pope's visit like a snow day

    09/02/2015 2:49:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/1/15 | Tim Devaney
    The federal government is bracing for Pope Franciss long-awaited visit later this month to the nations capital.Over the course of three days, the pope will travel around Washington, meeting with President Obama at the White House and addressing a joint session of Congress before he heads to New York and then Philadelphia.The pope's visit will attract thousands of Catholics hoping for a glimpse of their religions leader. As many as 50,000 people are expected to flood the Capitol area during his speech, and many more will crowd the National Mall.This could create logistics headaches for the government, which has been...
  • POPE FRANCIS FOR YEAR OF MERCY GRANTS THAT SSPX PRIESTS CAN VALIDLY ABSOLVE!

    09/01/2015 3:53:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 355 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 1, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Huge news. This was under embargo till noon, Rome time, which must be honored. [UPDATE: The Bollettino is now available HERE]The Year of Mercy begins 8 December 2015 until 20 November 2016.It is about to be announced that the Holy Father has sent a letter to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization about the upcoming Extraordinary Year of Mercy.In this letter the Pope says that he is granting to all priests the faculty to absolve from the sin of abortion.  He writes: “I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for...
  • Catholc Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-02-15

    09/01/2015 8:51:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-02-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 2, 2015 Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Col 1:1-8 Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,and Timothy our brother, to the holy ones and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae:grace to you and peace from God our Father. We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,when we pray for you,for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesusand the love that you have for all the holy onesbecause of the hope reserved for you in heaven.Of this you have already...
  • The ACLUs Sterile View of the First Amendment

    09/01/2015 4:41:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2015 | Robert Knight
    Tie her tubes, or well sue you for sex discrimination, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) told a Catholic-affiliated hospital in California. So after first declining to do so, Mercy Medical Center in Redding has now slated a tubal ligation for a woman after her scheduled C-section to deliver a baby in late September. The ACLUs demand is cut from the same cloth as the Obama Administrations order under Obamacare to the Little Sisters of the Poor to violate their beliefs and provide contraceptives and abortifacients or pay crushing fines. That case is still in litigation. The latest manifestation of...
  • To Teach as Jesus Taught A Reflection on the Qualities of Jesus as Preacher and Teacher

    09/01/2015 7:13:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-31-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    To Teach as Jesus Taught – A Reflection on the Qualities of Jesus as Preacher and Teacher Msgr. Charles Pope • August 31, 2015 • As a priest I am called to preach and teach, and as such I must look to Jesus Christ as my model. In this I refer to the real Jesus of Scripture. Too many people today have refashioned Jesus into a sort of “harmless hippie,” an affable affirmer, a pleasant sort of fellow who healed the sick, blessed the poor, and talked about love but in a very fuzzy and “anything goes” manner. But absent...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-01-15

    08/31/2015 9:10:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-01-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 1, 2015 Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Thes 5:1-6, 9-11 Concerning times and seasons, brothers and sisters,you have no need for anything to be written to you.For you yourselves know very wellthat the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night.When people are saying, Peace and security,then sudden disaster comes upon them,like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness,for that day to overtake you like a thief.For all of you are children of the light...
  • Is the (Catholic) Church Prepared to Confront the Secular Culture?

    08/31/2015 2:16:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 31, 2015 | STEPHEN M. KRASON
    The Catholic Church in America (CCA) seems to be unable to play a leading role in fighting the damaging socio-cultural trends of our time and now, for the first time since the colonial era, even faces serious threats to religious liberty. Why is the Church in such a weakened state? Some commentators would single out the priest sexual abuse scandal, but thats only one small part of the picture. The answer lies in longer-run trends, which have been discussed by faithful Catholic commentators and scholars for some time but now come into sharp relief. Most of these, but not...
  • Healing Medicine for Strident Times Reflection on a Teaching on the Liturgy from Joseph Ratzinger

    08/31/2015 7:42:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Healing Medicine for Strident Times – A Reflection on a Teaching on the Liturgy from Joseph Ratzinger Msgr. Charles Pope • August 30, 2015 • One of the most concise and cogent descriptions of these often strident times came from Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in 1986. It is contained in, of all places, his treatise on the theology of sacred music in a book called The Feast of Faith (Ignatius Press, 1986). His comments have recently been republished in a larger compendium of his works: Collected Works: Theology of the Liturgy (Ignatius Press, 2014, Vol 11).It hard to describe our times...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-31-15

    08/30/2015 8:25:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-31-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 31, 2015 Monday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Thes 4:13-18 We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,about those who have fallen asleep,so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.For if we believe that Jesus died and rose,so too will God, through Jesus,bring with him those who have fallen asleep.Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord,that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord,will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep.For the Lord himself,...
  • The Love of the Law and the Law of Love A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

    08/30/2015 7:25:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-29-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Love of the Law and the Law of Love – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 29, 2015 • Today’s readings teach a proper understanding of the Law and its relationship to our hearts. The readings go a long way toward addressing the false dichotomy that many set up between love and law, as though the two were opposed; they are not. For if we love God, we want what He wants and love what He loves. And the Law goes a long way toward describing what God wants and loves....
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-30-15, Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/29/2015 7:23:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-30-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 30, 2015 Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dt 4:1-2, 6-8 Moses said to the people:Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decreeswhich I am teaching you to observe,that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the landwhich the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. In your observance of the commandments of the LORD, your God,which I enjoin upon you,you shall not add to what I command you nor subtract from it. Observe them carefully,for thus will you give evidenceof your wisdom and intelligence to the nations,who will hear of...
  • Every Life is a Story, Only Known Fully by God A Meditation on a Moving Video

    08/29/2015 7:38:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Every Life is a Story, Only Known Fully by God – A Meditation on a Moving Video Msgr. Charles Pope • August 28, 2015 • When my father lay dying, I remember that one of the losses I began to grieve was that he was the keeper of so many family stories. He was the one who could look at an old family photograph, identify all the people, and tell you something about each one. As I saw him lying there, no longer able to talk much, I thought of all the memories stored up in his mind, all the...
  • The Problem with Pews

    08/27/2015 1:31:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 26, 2015 | FR. GEORGE W. RUTLER
    The queen consort of George V was consistent in her sense of duty and unswerving in how she expressed it. Crowned with dignity and corseted with confidence, at five feet six inches, Mary of Teck was the same height as the king, but they were called George the Fifth and Mary the Four-fifths. Of her many benefactions to Empire, not least, and perhaps most conspicuous, was her habit of removing climbing ivy from regal residences and public buildings. Her detestation of climbing ivy was a life-long obsession, quite the opposite of Queen Anne’s love affair with boxwood. Even in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-29-15, M, Passion of St. John the Baptist

    08/28/2015 9:09:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-29-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 29, 2015 Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist Reading 1 1 Thes 4:9-11 Brothers and sisters:On the subject of fraternal charityyou have no need for anyone to write you,for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.Indeed, you do this for all the brothers throughout Macedonia.Nevertheless we urge you, brothers and sisters, to progress even more,and to aspire to live a tranquil life,to mind your own affairs,and to work with your own hands,as we instructed you. Responsorial Psalm PS 98:1, 7-8, 9 R. (9) The Lord comes to rule the earth with...
  • St. Monica and the Prayers of Mothers

    08/28/2015 7:00:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    St. Monica and the Prayers of Mothers Msgr. Charles Pope • August 27, 2015 • On this Feast of St. Monica, who prayed at length for her son, I’d like to say that my mother prayed for me, too! And I really needed (and still need) her prayers.Satan hates priests and seeks above all to get to us. Jesus remarked laconically and pointedly, quoting from Zechariah (13:7), Strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered. This is why Satan hates priests and seeks to topple them. Corruptio optime pessima (The corruption of the best is the...
  • How the Supreme Court Abolished Article V of the Constitution

    08/28/2015 4:44:27 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 37 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 8.14.15 | Robert A. J. Gagnon
    On July 31 at the American Bar Associations International Human Rights Award Luncheon, former Justice John Paul Stevens declared that, while the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment establishes a right to gay marriage, it does not protect an individuals right to keep and bear arms.... I marvel at Stevens ability to reject an application of the Fourteenth Amendment to a right clearly enumerated elsewhere in the Constitution (viz., the right of the people to keep and bear arms in the Second Amendment) while affirming its application to a supposed right not elsewhere even remotely alluded to in the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-28-15, M, St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    08/27/2015 10:21:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 28, 2015 Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 1 Thes 4:1-8 Brothers and sisters,we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that,as you received from ushow you should conduct yourselves to please God and as you are conducting yourselves you do so even more.For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. This is the will of God, your holiness:that you refrain from immorality,that each of you know how to acquire a wife for himselfin holiness and honor, not in lustful passionas do the Gentiles who...
  • BUILDING AN ISLAMIC STATE IN AMERICA, ONE CHURCH AT A TIME

    08/27/2015 9:55:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 27, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Churches fall, mosques rise. Across Europe, thousands of churches have closed and many of them have become mosques. The St. Marks Cathedral in London survived Nazi bombers in WW2, but fell to a new invasion and became the New Peckham Mosque. In France, where there are now more Muslims than practicing Catholics, the Islamic colonists demanded that thousands of empty churches be turned into mosques. The Capernaum Church in Germany has become the Al-Nour Islamic Center. In Amsterdam, the St. Ignatius Church was transformed into the Fatih Camii Mosque. Its name means The Conquerors Mosque. The original Fatih Camii Mosque...
  • Muslim "Breaking of the Crosses" in Syracuse

    08/27/2015 5:00:17 PM PDT · by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton · 14 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | August 24, 2015 | Sidway
    Muslims cut down, paint over 10,000 crosses to convert former Roman Catholic church to mosque. Plan approved by US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board, funded by U.S. tax dollars. In addition to being yet another violation of the establishment of religion clause in the First Amendment under the Obama administration, this is an ominous sign of our times, a sign of the spread of Islam in America, and the collapse of Christianity. The breaking of crosses and conversion of churches into mosques is widespread in Europe, but not yet so much in America.
  • St. Mary's reverses policy on gay employment after backlash over rescinded hire (OR)

    08/27/2015 8:23:20 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 19 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 08/26/2015 | Melissa Binder
    The St. Mary's Academy board voted Wednesday night to change the school's policy on hiring gay employees after facing backlash over the administration's decision to rescind a job offer to a gay counselor. Students and high-profile donor Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportswear, had earlier condemned the choice not to employ 27-year-old Lauren Brown. In response, administrators brought the board together and recommended members vote to expand the hiring policy. . . . In July, the Roman Catholic high school reversed its plans to make Brown an academic adviser after learning she was gay, the job applicant said. Friedhoff said...
  • Be Catholic to Save the World by Grace! Some Words of Encouragement from the Early Church

    08/27/2015 7:08:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Be Catholic to Save the World by Grace! Some Words of Encouragement from the Early Church Msgr. Charles Pope • August 26, 2015 • There are some who would have the Church step back to avoid persecution or giving offense. Perhaps there are assets like buildings and land to protect. And maybe some rapprochement with the world will attract more members. Or so the thinking goes.But a study of earlier periods of persecution reveals a different plan for the way forward: confidence, courage, boldness, and love—even for our enemies. Let’s look at some texts.Earlier this week we read from St....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-27-15, M, St. Monica

    08/26/2015 7:46:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 27, 2015 Memorial of Saint Monica Reading 1 1 Thes 3:7-13 We have been reassured about you, brothers and sisters,in our every distress and affliction, through your faith.For we now live, if you stand firm in the Lord. What thanksgiving, then, can we render to God for you,for all the joy we feel on your account before our God?Night and day we pray beyond measure to see you in personand to remedy the deficiencies of your faith.Now may God himself, our Father, and our Lord Jesusdirect our way to you, and may the Lord make you increaseand...
  • Hating CatholicsAmericas ONLY Accepted Prejudice

    08/25/2015 6:45:11 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 493 replies
    I recall when I got scorned for attacking homosexuality on my blog with a comment that said, You are a homophobe, do you not know that God loves everyone including homosexuals, in which I answered with, do you not know that God loves everyone including the homophobe? Indeed, we say God loves everyone, including, but not limited to; heretics, pedophiles, hemophiliacs, sodomites, lesbians, murderers, rapists, child molesters, drug pushers and every mutant from the pit of hell, except, of course, the legalist and the Pharisee, that is, the good old Catholic Church. y now, objectors who read so far what...
  • Blessed are the Pure of Heart A Reflection on an Often Misunderstood Beatitude and Virtue

    08/26/2015 7:09:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Blessed are the Pure of Heart – A Reflection on an Often Misunderstood Beatitude and Virtue Msgr. Charles Pope • August 25, 2015 • One of the beatitudes taught by Jesus is often misunderstood, largely due to the popular translations of it from the Greek text: “Blessed are the pure of heart,” or “Blessed are the clean of heart.” Let’s look at three facets of the beatitude: its fundamental meaning, its focus, and the freedom it gives. I. Fundamental Meaning – While the words “pure” and “clean,” are not inauthentic translations of the Greek word καθαρός (katharos), a more literal...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-26-15

    08/25/2015 7:52:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 26, 2015 Wednesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Thes 2:9-13 You recall, brothers and sisters, our toil and drudgery.Working night and day in order not to burden any of you,we proclaimed to you the Gospel of God.You are witnesses, and so is God,how devoutly and justly and blamelesslywe behaved toward you believers.As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his children,exhorting and encouraging you and insistingthat you walk in a manner worthy of the Godwho calls you into his Kingdom and glory. And for this reason we...
  • His Wrath is Not Turned Back, His Hand is Still Outstretched! Pondering the Wrath of God...

    08/25/2015 7:07:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    His Wrath is Not Turned Back, His Hand is Still Outstretched! Pondering the Wrath of God as a Work of Revelation Msgr. Charles Pope • August 24, 2015 • When reading Scripture that mentions the wrath of God, most think of His wrath in human terms. But we must be clear that God does not get angry the way we do. Further, our God is not moody: pleasant and patient one moment and then angry and punishing the next. No, God does not suffer from mood swings or throw tantrums. God is love; stably, serenely, and consistently so.So then what...
  • How wearing religious clothing publicly can work conversions

    08/25/2015 6:47:19 AM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    veneremurcernui.wordpress.com ^ | April 30, 2014 | Tantumblogo
    Wearing religious garb publicly, whether cassock, biretta, habit, etc., was at one time a no-brainer act for all priestly and religious vocations. It was always understood to give a public witness to the Faith, and serve as a tool for evangelization. Even Hollywood has picked up on this, and invariably portrays priests and religious in traditional habits. But many in the Church have forgotten this elemental truth over the past few decades. A very handy post from Fr. Peter Carota who you should read daily! notes the conversion experience of one secular woman who found herself having a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-25-15, OM, St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz

    08/24/2015 9:42:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 25, 2015 Tuesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Thes 2:1-8 You yourselves know, brothers and sisters,that our reception among you was not without effect.Rather, after we had suffered and been insolently treated,as you know, in Philippi,we drew courage through our Godto speak to you the Gospel of God with much struggle.Our exhortation was not from delusion or impure motives,nor did it work through deception.But as we were judged worthy by God to be entrusted with the Gospel,that is how we speak,not as trying to please men,but rather God, who judges our hearts.Nor, indeed,...
  • Father Pavones Abolishing Abortion hits bookshelves today Pro-life manifesto calls upon the...

    08/24/2015 10:42:06 AM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    standtrue.com ^ | August 18, 2015 | Bryan Kemper
    FULL TITLE: Father Pavones Abolishing Abortion hits bookshelves today Pro-life manifesto calls upon the Church and State to protect unborn children Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and a long-time pro-life activist, has long said hes not just fighting abortion, hes working to end it. His new book, Abolishing Abortion: How You Can Play a Part in Ending the Greatest Evil of Our Day (Thomas Nelson, HarperCollins Christian Publishing), released today, outlines a strategy to end abortion in the United States. In the book, Father Pavone explores biblical, moral, historical, and legal reasons Christians belong in...
  • Biblical Teaching on the Use of Colorful and Harsh Language

    08/24/2015 7:27:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-23-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Biblical Teaching on the Use of Colorful and Harsh Language Msgr. Charles Pope • August 23, 2015 • In the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord warns of using uncivil and/or hateful words such as “Raqa” and “fool.” And yet the same Lord Jesus often used very strong language toward some of His opponents, sometimes calling them names such as vipers and hypocrites.We live in a world that often insists on the use of gentle language and euphemisms. While doing so is not a bad thing, we also tend to manifest a kind of thin-skinned quality and a political correctness...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-24-15, FEAST, St. Bartholomew, Apostle

    08/23/2015 9:05:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 24, 2015 Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle Reading 1 Rv 21:9b-14 The angel spoke to me, saying,Come here.I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.He took me in spirit to a great, high mountainand showed me the holy city Jerusalemcoming down out of heaven from God.It gleamed with the splendor of God.Its radiance was like that of a precious stone,like jasper, clear as crystal.It had a massive, high wall,with twelve gates where twelve angels were stationedand on which names were inscribed,the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.There were three gates...
  • Islamic State desecrates saints bones after bulldozing 1,600-year-old church

    08/23/2015 7:57:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 8/23/15 | Robert Spencer
    Saint Elian, also known as Saint Julian of Emesa, was a Christian who was martyred in 284AD. But the Islamic State, over 1,800 years later, wants to make sure his bones dont tempt anyone to idolatry.More on this story. ISIS dig up and desecrate saints bones after bulldozing 1,600-year-old Christian church, by Nick Gutteridge, Express, August 21, 2015: The twisted terror group today released a video showing its barbaric militants razing the ancient Mar Elian monastery to the ground, even digging up and desecrating the bones of a Christian saint.There were reports that fighters had also kidnapped the monasterys abbot,...
  • Two Hard Sayings in One Day A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year

    08/23/2015 6:47:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Two Hard Sayings in One Day – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 22, 2015 • Today’s readings feature two “hard sayings,” one on the Eucharist, the other on marriage. One is hard because it defies our sensibilities, the other is hard because it is out-of-season and politically incorrect. The first hard saying is Jesus’ insistence that the Eucharist is actually His Body and Blood and that we must eat His true Flesh and drink His true Blood as our true food, as our necessary manna to sustain us on our journey...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-23-15, Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/22/2015 7:47:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 23, 2015 Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jos 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b Joshua gathered together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem,summoning their elders, their leaders,their judges, and their officers. When they stood in ranks before God,Joshua addressed all the people:If it does not please you to serve the LORD,decide today whom you will serve,the gods your fathers served beyond the Riveror the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are now dwelling. As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. But the people answered,Far be it from us to forsake the...
  • Full yet Lonely A Picture of the Modern Person, as Seen in a Video

    08/22/2015 9:18:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Full yet Lonely – A Picture of the Modern Person, as Seen in a Video Msgr. Charles Pope • August 21, 2015 • One of the great “evils” of our time is satiation. I put the word “evil” inside quotation marks to emphasize that no particular good thing that God has made is, in itself, evil. But on account of our own inordinate drives, we accumulate and indulge beyond reason. And in becoming satiated, we leave little room for God or other people.The more materially affluent we get, the more spiritually poor we seem to become. The higher our standard...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-22-15, M, The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    08/21/2015 8:45:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB/org/RNAB ^ | 08-22-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 22, 2015 Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 Ru 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17 Naomi had a prominent kinsman named Boaz,of the clan of her husband Elimelech.Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi,Let me go and glean ears of grain in the fieldof anyone who will allow me that favor.Naomi said to her, Go, my daughter, and she went.The field she entered to glean after the harvestershappened to be the section belonging to Boazof the clan of Elimelech. Boaz said to Ruth, Listen, my daughter!Do not go to glean in anyone elses field;you are not...
  • Court says Little Sisters can duck birth-control mandate until Supreme Court weighs in

    08/21/2015 3:15:42 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | August 21, 2015 | Tom Howell Jr.
    A federal appeals court that refused to exempt a group of nuns from Obamacares birth-control rules said Friday the sisters can duck the mandate and its hefty fines until the Supreme Court decides whether to take up their appeal. The Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged is among several nonprofit plaintiffs whove asked the justices to hear them out next term, saying the Obama administration hasnt done enough to absolve them from providing birth control they find sinful, including morning-after pills that Catholic groups equate with abortion. The federal government doesnt need the Little Sisters or any...
  • IS Destroys Ancient Catholic Monastery in Syria

    08/21/2015 12:17:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | 8/21
    Islamic State militants have destroyed an ancient monastery in the central Syrian province of Homs, according to a monitor and pictures published by the jihadist group. "The Islamic State group yesterday used bulldozers to destroy the Mar Elian monastery in Al-Qaryatain, in Homs province," said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman. He said the militants demolished the Syriac Catholic monastery "on the pretext that it was used for worshipping others than God."
  • Answering Those Who Say There Is Only One Mediator

    08/21/2015 7:07:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 261 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Answering Those Who Say There Is Only One Mediator Msgr. Charles Pope • August 20, 2015 • There is a common Protestant claim that there is one (sole) mediator between God and Man—Jesus. Therefore, they say, asking the saints to pray for us is useless, wrong, and maybe even sinful. Those who object, usually cite some of the following texts: For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all (1 Timothy 2:5).Come to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 8-21-15, M, St. Pius X, Pope

    08/20/2015 9:16:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 8-21-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 21, 2015 Memorial of Saint Pius X, Pope Reading 1 Ru 1:1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22 Once in the time of the judges there was a famine in the land;so a man from Bethlehem of Judahdeparted with his wife and two sonsto reside on the plateau of Moab.Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died,and she was left with her two sons, who married Moabite women,one named Orpah, the other Ruth.When they had lived there about ten years,both Mahlon and Chilion died also,and the woman was left with neither her two sons nor her husband.She then made ready to go...
  • Church on Edge as Nepal Undergoes Birth Pangs of New Constitution (to recognize Christianity)

    08/20/2015 2:55:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Aletelia ^ | August 20, 2015 | ANTO AKKARA
    Kathmandu -- The church in Nepal is on the edge as Nepal struggles to finalize its much-awaited new constitution amid sporadic protests, violent clashes and shut downs in several districts over demarcation of the provinces under the draft constitution. "There is lot of tension, both good news and bad news for us on the constitution [making] front," Father Silas Bogati, vicar general of the Vicariate of Nepal told Aleteia August 19 a day after as a young protester died in police firing. On the positive side, Father Bogati pointed out that: "At least church and Christianity will...