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  • The Christmas Novena

    12/15/2005 6:02:00 PM PST · by NYer · 37 replies · 883+ views
    Catholics in many cultures have prayed the Christmas Novena (nine consecutive days of prayer), from December 16-24. It is a devotion well worth reviving, particularly in young families, for it focuses attention intensely on our expectation of the Coming King, and helps to prepare us spiritually to receive him into our hearts. The Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (on theVatican web site) comments on the background of the Christmas Novena, and suggests the use of the "O Antiphons" (see below) in the celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours, at Vespers: "103. The Christmas novena began as...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-20-14

    12/19/2014 8:49:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-20-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 20, 2014Saturday of the Third Week of Advent    Reading 1 Is 7:10-14 The LORD spoke to Ahaz:Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!But Ahaz answered,“I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!” Then Isaiah said:Listen, O house of David! Is it not enough for you to weary men,must you also weary my God? Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,and shall name him Emmanuel. Responsorial Psalm Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 R. (see...
  • For Advent: Our Mother of Perpetual Help [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    12/19/2014 8:08:48 PM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    SalveMariaRegina ^ | not given | SalveMariaReginia.info
    Our Mother of Perpetual HelpPainted in tempera on hard nutwood, 21 inches by 17, the original picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is one of many copies of the famed Hodeguitria of St. Luke. (The Hodeguitria, reputedly painted by St. Luke, was venerated for centuries at Constantinople as a miraculous icon. It was destroyed by the Turks in the year 1453.) This particular image, however, is THE ONE COPY singled out – by Our Lady herself – for special heavenly favors. You may see it today enshrined above the high altar at the Redemptorist Church of San Alfonso,...
  • D.C. Mayor, Attorney General: New Abortion Mandate Likely Unconstitutional

    12/19/2014 5:23:49 PM PST · by Morgana · 1 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | December 18, 2014, | cns staff
    Yesterdays vote by the Council of the District of Columbia to approve a bill banning even religious organizations from discriminating against employees for their reproductive health practicesincluding abortionlikely violates the Constitution and federal law, warned the D.C. mayor and attorney general weeks before the final vote. The Councils disregard for Mayor Vincent Grays significant legal concerns increases the possibility that he may veto the legislation, which also may be halted by Congress if it can get President Obamas signature on the repeal. Todays approval of this draconian bill confirms the D.C. Councils intentional persecution of religious educators and other employers...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MASSA CANDIDA, 12-19-14

    12/19/2014 9:06:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-19-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:MASSA CANDIDAA group of about three hundred Christians at Carthage who hurled themselves into a vat of burning lime rather than offer homage to Jupiter (c. 253). St. Augustine wrote and spoke of them, and Prudentius wrote of their courage in poetry. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pope Gregory the Great: Advice to the Married

    12/19/2014 7:59:09 AM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-18-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pope Gregory the Great: Advice to the Married By: Msgr. Charles PopeEvery now and again when I write on Holy Matrimony, especially the Church’s more staunch biblical teachings (indissolubility, no contraception, etc.), someone will inevitably write in with a kind of sneer and wonder at or even laugh at a celibate man advising married people about marriage. To be sure, inner experience of something has its place, but so does external observance. I remember as a youth that my swimming coach, who was out of the water, would often correct us if our form was wrong, and advise us...
  • Changes in Catholic Attitudes Toward Bible Readings

    12/19/2014 6:27:23 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 93 replies
    Average Catholics asked today how often they read the Bible likely would say that they do not read the Bible regularly. However, if asked how often they read Scripture, the answer would be different. Practicing Catholics know they read and hear Scripture at every Mass. Many also recognize that basic prayers Catholics say, such as the Our Father and the Hail Mary, are scriptural. But for most Catholics, the Scripture they hear and read is not from the Bible. It is from a worship aid in the pew. Scripture always has played an important role in the prayer life of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-19-14

    12/18/2014 9:52:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-19-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 19, 2014Friday of the Third Week of Advent    Reading 1 Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a There was a certain man from Zorah, of the clan of the Danites,whose name was Manoah. His wife was barren and had borne no children. An angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her,“Though you are barren and have had no children,yet you will conceive and bear a son. Now, then, be careful to take no wine or strong drinkand to eat nothing unclean.As for the son you will conceive and bear,no razor shall touch his head,for this boy is...
  • For Advent: Why Dont Catholics Read the Bible? (They Do!)

    12/18/2014 5:00:17 PM PST · by Salvation · 170 replies
    HolySpiritInteractive.net ^ | not given | Dwight Longenecker
    Why Don’t Catholics Read the Bible?by Dwight Longenecker The independent Evangelical church I went to as a boy gave me a fantastic amount of Bible knowledge. There were Bible drills in Sunday School classes, Bible memory contests and Bible quizzes, not to mention a complete grounding in all the Bible stories—illustrated with those wonderful flannelgraph figures. As I got older I listened to long Bible sermons, went to home Bible studies, youth Bible camps and a Bible holiday club. I ended up going to a Christian University where Bible study was part of our everyday schedule. Our Christian home...
  • Francis, filtered (George Weigel finds something missing...)

    12/17/2014 6:43:28 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 38 replies
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | December 16, 2014 | George Weigel
    George Weigel About a year ago, I suggested to one of the top editors of a major American newspaper that his journals coverage of things papal left something to be desired, as it seemed based on the assumption that Pope Francis was some kind of radical wild-man, eager to toss into the garbage bin of history all those aspects of Catholic faith and practice that mainstream western culture finds distasteful. My friend replied, in so many words, look, you know how these media narratives are: theyre like bamboo. Once they get started, theres no stopping them. They just keep...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BABYLONIAN CAPTIVITY. 12-18-14

    12/18/2014 8:53:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-18-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:BABYLONIAN CAPTIVITYA term used by Petrarch and later writers of the exile of the popes at Avignon, France, from 1309 to 1377. Seven French popes--so called Clement V, John XXII, Benedict XII, Clement VI, Innocent VI, Blessed Urban V, and Gregory XI--were involved. Pope Gregory, the last one, yielded to the entreaties of St. Catherine of Siena (1347-80) to return to Rome in sprite of the protests of the King of France and most of the cardinals. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with...
  • Run, Dont Walk, to the Nearing Jesus!

    12/18/2014 7:08:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 26 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-17-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Run, Don’t Walk, to the Nearing Jesus! By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Lord’s coming is near. And though we have all been well taught that the word “Advent” means “coming,” there is the danger that we think we are only passively waiting for him to come.  It is not just that the Lord is coming to us, but that we are also journeying to Him. In fact, as the Advent prayers in the Roman Missal instruct, we ought to run, not walk, and hasten to greet Him as He draws near.The image of the Prodigal Son comes to mind. His...
  • College students tell story about abortion

    12/17/2014 9:08:32 PM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | May 29, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    One young woman, a college student at Texas Christian University, tells the following story: Several years ago, a 19-year-old mother found herself pregnant in Houston, Texas from a one night stand. She had a thriving acting and modeling career and was planning to move to LA to persue more in the performing arts as soon as she had enough money. Her parents were ex-pats in Indonesia, and she was living alone in the big city with no one to turn to. She had enough money to get an abortion, and she had the legal right to get an abortion since...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-18-14

    12/17/2014 8:17:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-18-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 18, 2014Thursday of the Third Week of Advent    Reading 1 Jer 23:5-8 Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD,when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David;As king he shall reign and govern wisely,he shall do what is just and right in the land.In his days Judah shall be saved,Israel shall dwell in security.This is the name they give him:“The LORD our justice.” Therefore, the days will come, says the LORD,when they shall no longer say, “As the LORD lives,who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt”;but rather, "As the LORD...
  • For Advent: Where in the New Testament are "priests" mentioned?

    12/17/2014 4:04:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 130 replies
    Catholic.com ^ | n/a | Catholic.com
    Where in the New Testament are "priests" mentioned? Full QuestionThe New Testament mentions three categories of Church leaders: bishops, presbyters, and deacons. So how can the Catholic Church justify its office of "priest"? The New Testament writers seem to understand "bishop" and "presbyter" to be synonymous terms for the same office (Acts 20:17-38).AnswerThe English word "priest" is derived from the Greek word presbuteros, which is commonly rendered into Bible English as "elder" or "presbyter." The ministry of Catholic priests is that of the presbyters mentioned in the New Testament (Acts 15:6, 23). The Bible says little about the duties...
  • Time to Challenge No-Fault Divorce

    12/17/2014 1:07:54 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 32 replies
    First Things ^ | December 8, 2014 12:00 GMT | Thomas F. Farr and Hilary Towers
    High in the catalogue of social pathologies afflicting marriage and the family in America stands our system of family law, the central purpose of which is to enforce no-fault divorce. In a letter to the Holy Father and the recent Extraordinary Synod on the Family, almost fifty international scholars and religious leaders joined us in urging the Church to consider the effects of no-fault divorce, along with other barriers to faithful, lifelong marriage. State laws on divorce began to be implemented in the late 1960s, but today have been absorbed into the legal and cultural mainstream nationwide. The logic of...
  • 4 Literally Awesome Facts About Our Lady of Guadalupe

    12/17/2014 11:31:24 AM PST · by millegan · 58 replies
    churchpop.com ^ | December 11, 2014 | Mattew Sewell
    But this article isnt about the whole apparition story so much as it is about the tilma, Juan Diegos cloak, on which the image of the Blessed Mother was imprinted. In the centuries following the event, some amazing and unexplainable qualities have been discovered about it. Heres four (literally) awesome facts about the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe:
  • Strange Moments In Liturgical History How a Paragon of Liturgical Tradition May Have Caused....

    12/17/2014 9:34:51 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-16-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Strange Moments In Liturgical History – How a Paragon of Liturgical Tradition May Have Caused Unintended Effects By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn the modern struggles and disagreements over the Liturgy, there tends to be a list of friends and opponents depending on one’s stance. For those of us with a more traditional leaning, Pope St. Pius X looms large as a friend and an image of tradition. He is usually seen as a defender of the tradition and a great proponent of what is called today the Extraordinary Form or Traditional Latin Mass (TLM)—so much so that the Society of...
  • In Showdown with American Sisters, the Vatican Blinked

    12/17/2014 6:11:17 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 12/16/14 | Phil Lawler
    After a 3-year study of American womens religious orders, undertaken because of problems that are both grave and obvious, the Congregation for Religious has released a report that avoids direct criticism of religious orders, instead suggesting that the communities should evaluate themselves. But for Catholics who long for a genuine revival of religious life in America, todays report should not be too disheartening. First, because we knew this was coming. Second and more important, because another Vatican inquiry, aimed specifically at the Leadership Conference for Women Religious (LCWR), is still underway. This battle isnt over yet. When the process began,...
  • Catholic midwives lose abortion case at UK Supreme Court

    12/17/2014 5:19:59 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | December 17, 2014
    The UK's highest court has told two Catholic midwives they do not have the right to avoid supervising other nurses involved in abortion procedures. The Supreme Court in London ruled that Mary Doogan and Connie Wood should have to support staff who are caring for patients having terminations. Ms Doogan, from Garrowhill in Glasgow, and Mrs Wood, from Clarkston in East Renfrewshire, were employed as labour ward co-ordinators at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. Gillian Smith, RCM director for Scotland, said: "This ruling is sensible and both women and midwives will welcome it. "The ruling gives extensive definition to...
  • Stop pro-abortion internships at the University of St. Thomas

    12/16/2014 9:01:18 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    tfp student action ^ | December 9, 2014: | staff
    Students at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota a Catholic institution founded in 1885 are currently being offered "volunteer/internship opportunities" with mega-abortion provider Planned Parenthood, according to the university's web site. Other pro-abortion advocacy groups featured by the university as "volunteer/internship opportunities," include NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, Pro-Choice Resources, Family Tree Clinic, and the National Organization for Women-Minnesota (NOW). Sign your petition to remove these pro-abortion listings. Your instant protest will go to the president of the University of St. Thomas, Dr. Julie Sullivan, urging her to remove every pro-abortion group on the list of volunteer/internship opportunities. How...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-17-14

    12/16/2014 8:08:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-17-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 17, 2014Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent    Reading 1 Gn 49:2, 8-10 Jacob called his sons and said to them:“Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob,listen to Israel, your father. “You, Judah, shall your brothers praise–your hand on the neck of your enemies;the sons of your father shall bow down to you.Judah, like a lion’s whelp,you have grown up on prey, my son.He crouches like a lion recumbent,the king of beasts–who would dare rouse him?The scepter shall never depart from Judah,or the mace from between his legs,While tribute is brought to him,and he receives the people’s homage.”...
  • "O Antiphons" for the Week before Christmas

    12/16/2014 4:27:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Catholic-Resources.org ^ | 2010 | compiled by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D
    "O Antiphons" for the Week before ChristmasIntroduction: Most familiar today from the Advent hymn, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," the seven traditional "O Antiphons" are actually more than a thousand years old. They have long been used at the very end of Advent (Dec. 17-23) in the liturgical prayer of the Church, as Antiphons for the "Magnificat" sung or recited during Vespers (the Evening Prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours). Since the Second Vatican Council, they have also been adapted (slightly reworded and rearranged) for the "Alleluia Verse" of the Mass (the short scriptural text or paraphrase that...
  • For Advent: Life Begins in the Womb

    12/16/2014 4:11:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 24 replies
    CatholicPlanet.com ^ | not given | Christopher D. Surber
    Life Begins in the Womb “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations." (Jeremiah 1:5, ESV) Every Christian living in the United States is confronted with a question. Is abortion permissible? Abortion is lawful. Many people consider it a viable alternative to an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy. Many of the people who espouse such a belief are intelligent and appear to be well informed. Regardless of a person's social status or level of education, that person is still subject to truth....
  • In Defense of the Immaculate Conception: Part 3

    12/16/2014 2:30:50 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | December 15, 2014 | Nick Hardesty
    In Part 1 we saw that Mary is the woman from Genesis 3:15 and Revelation 12 who is at enmity with the devil. In Part 2, we saw that Mary is the Ark of the New Covenant. Now I would like to examine the salutation of Gabriel, which I think provides some of the strongest evidence for the Immaculate Conception and the sinlessness of Mary.The Salutation of Gabriel With this section, I am attempting to synthesize information taken from the following articles: Lk 1:28 and the Immaculate Conception: Linguistic and Exegetical ConsiderationsDialogue on the Exegesis of Lk 1:28 and the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: REGIMINI ECCLESIAE UNIVERSAE, 12-16-14

    12/16/2014 9:01:57 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-16-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:REGIMINI ECCLESIAE UNIVERSAEApostolic consititution authorizing the new constitution of the Roman Curia. This estensive document gives the juridical structure of: 1. the whole Roman curia in general; 2. the Secretary of State and the Council for the Public Affairs of the Church; 3. the Sacred Congregations (nine); 4. the Secretariats (three); 5. the Council of the Laity and Commission "Justice and Peace"; 6. the Tribunals (three); and 7. Offices (six). Pope Paul VI hereby ratified the centureies-old curial system which he described as "rendering the universal Church outstanding service" (August 15, 1967). All items in...
  • Dont Forget to Worship God! A Call to Better Liturgy from an Unlikely Source

    12/16/2014 6:54:56 AM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-15-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Don’t Forget to Worship God! A Call to Better Liturgy from an Unlikely Source By: Msgr. Charles Pope We have discussed before many of the trends of modern liturgy and how the focus has shifted from God to the “assembly.” Too much of modern liturgy today is anthropocentric (focused on man).Back in the 1990’s, Thomas Day observed in the book Why Catholics Can’t Sing, that liturgy today often comes down  to “the aware, gathered community, celebrating itself.” Many modern songs go on at great length about how we are the gathered, we are the flock, we have been sung throughout all of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-16-14

    12/15/2014 7:44:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCb.org/RNAB ^ | 12-16-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 16, 2014Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent    Reading 1 Zep 3:1-2, 9-13 Thus says the LORD:Woe to the city, rebellious and polluted,to the tyrannical city!She hears no voice,accepts no correction;In the LORD she has not trusted,to her God she has not drawn near. For then I will change and purifythe lips of the peoples,That they all may call upon the name of the LORD,to serve him with one accord;From beyond the rivers of Ethiopiaand as far as the recesses of the North,they shall bring me offerings. On that dayYou need not be ashamed of all your...
  • For Advent: Inspiring Examples of Aged Faith

    12/15/2014 6:58:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | September 7th, 2010 | Fr. Kyle Schnippel
    Inspiring Examples of Aged Faith September 7th, 2010 by Fr. Kyle Schnippel   Last week, I had the opportunity to con-celebrate Mass with two priests who, together, have 120 years of priestly experience.  Only bringing 6 years to the Altar myself, I was somewhat in awe of the two aged servants who have toiled long in the vineyard of the Lord.As I reflect back on this Mass, and as I have continued to grow in friendship with these two men (who are both old enough to be my grandfather!), I continue to marvel at the great gift of the...
  • Pope Francis and the Catholic Crisis

    12/15/2014 1:44:59 PM PST · by detective · 7 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 12/15/2014 | Charles J. Reid Jr.
    There is a growing crisis haunting the Catholic Church. And it is a crisis larger than the events that have so greatly afflicted the American Catholic Church. The pedophilia scandals are a horrifying element of this crisis. So, too, are the bishops who covered up and excused these outrages. And so, also, the more general loss of confidence Catholics have in a hierarchy that seems oddly concerned with rank and privilege and with fighting yesterday's culture wars. Yes, these are all elements of the crisis, but the crisis is larger than this. And that something larger is both sad and...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: KEYS, 12-15-14

    12/15/2014 9:04:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-15-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:KEYSThe emblem of Christ's conferral of spiritual power on St. Peter: "I will give unto you, the keys of the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 16, 19). This distinctive power in the Church given to Peter is expressed by the two crossed keys, the first emblem to have been assigned to any saint, at the same time as the sword came to represent St. Paul. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Mexican Catholics Lose Religion in the USA

    12/15/2014 8:08:30 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 73 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Dec 2014 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    New evidence from the Pew Research Center reveals that Mexican Catholics who emigrate to the United States are considerably less religious than their counterparts who remain in Mexico. A hefty majority of US Hispanics are of Mexican descent (64%), according to US Census Bureau statistics, and about a third of Mexican Americans were born in Mexico and immigrated into the US. Mexican Americans, however, exhibit differences both in religious affiliation and in doctrinal belief as compared with Catholics living in Mexico. Though the Pew study does not explore the reasons Mexican Catholics leave the Church when emigrating to the US,...
  • Some with Same-Sex Attraction Choose Celibacy A Reflection on an Article in the Washington Post

    12/15/2014 7:48:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-14-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some with Same-Sex Attraction Choose Celibacy – A Reflection on an Article in the Washington Post By: Msgr. Charles PopeA little over a year ago, I wrote an article asking and answering this question: What Does the Catholic Church Offer for those with Same-Sex Attraction? And the answer is, “the truth.” It is the same gift we offer anyone who will give us the gift of attention and presence. The truth, as revealed by God, is what we offer and celebrate along with the Sacraments, the communal life, and prayer.Of course the truth we offer in terms of human sexuality...
  • Pope says Salvationists and Catholics meet at peripheries of society

    12/15/2014 7:36:03 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 12/14/2014
    Greeting warmly a delegation led by General Andr Cox, the Pope said Catholics and Salvationists, together with other Christians, recognise that those in need have a special place in Gods heart so much so, that the Lord himself became poor for our sake. As a result, the Pope said, Catholics and Salvationists often meet at the same peripheries of society. I pray, he concluded, that all of Christs disciples can contribute with the same conviction and dynamism that the Salvation Army demonstrates in its devoted and highly appreciated service. Founded by former Methodist minister William Booth in 1865 as...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-15-14

    12/14/2014 8:09:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-15-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 15, 2014Monday of the Third Week of Advent    Reading 1 Nm 24:2-7, 15-17a When Balaam raised his eyes and saw Israel encamped, tribe by tribe,the spirit of God came upon him,and he gave voice to his oracle: The utterance of Balaam, son of Beor,the utterance of a man whose eye is true,The utterance of one who hears what God says,and knows what the Most High knows,Of one who sees what the Almighty sees,enraptured, and with eyes unveiled:How goodly are your tents, O Jacob;your encampments, O Israel!They are like gardens beside a stream,like the cedars planted by the...
  • Is Prayer/Veneration/Worship to Mary Biblical?

    12/14/2014 11:57:21 AM PST · by ealgeone · 2,309 replies
    self | 12-14-14 | ealgeone
    The reason for this article is to determine if the worship/veneration given to Mary by the catholic church is justified from a Biblical perspective. This will be evaluated using the Biblical standard and not mans standard.
  • For Advent: Celibacy in the First Two Centuries

    12/14/2014 7:25:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies
    Celibacy in the First Two Centuriesby Fr. Michael E. Giesler It is a fact that virginity and continence (restraint from sexual activity) were highly regarded in ancient times. Many non-Christian peoples valued these practices for their ascetical example as well as for their religious significance.1 Hebrew priests were asked to abstain from intercourse in order to prepare themselves for certain rituals, the Roman vestal virgins were considered sacred guardians of the city, and many tribal religions considered sexual abstinence, at least for a time, as a way to win favor from God. Closer to the time of Christ, a religious...
  • The Sunday Propers: Gaudete Sunday

    12/14/2014 8:32:51 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | December 2014 | Kevin Tierney
    The Sunday Propers: Gaudete Sunday Kevin TierneyIn his commentary on today’s Mass in The Liturgical Year, Dom Prosper Gueranger speaks of a Church that will “somewhat lessen” the penitential season in today’s liturgy.  Bells are rung, the Gloria is sung and the organ is played, something that doesn’t happen during Advent normally.  Why is this so?  While normally we answer “to anticipate the joy of the Messiah”, I think a deeper answer is in order, and today’s liturgy provides it.When we fast, it is important to remember that the point is not to “give something up.”  The point is...
  • Sweet, Beautiful, Soul-Saving Joy A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent

    12/14/2014 7:31:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-14-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sweet, Beautiful, Soul-Saving Joy – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent By: Msgr. Charles PopeThis Sunday is traditionally called Gaudete Sunday based on the Introit for the day: Gaudete in Domino semper, iterum dico, Gaudete (from Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, Rejoice). This theme is developed most fully in today’s readings in 1 Thessalonians 5:16ff. It, too, begins with the salutation and imperative, “rejoice always!”Let’s take a closer look at that reading and what is meant by the admonition to “rejoice.”The text begins, Rejoice always. The Greek word properly translated here as “rejoice”...
  • Scottish monk arrested for distributing leaflets promoting sexual morality

    12/13/2014 8:54:12 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Life Site news ^ | Dec 12, 2014 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    A Scottish monk has been arrested for distributing a series of leaflets in the Cambridgeshire area critical of homosexuality, fornication, contraception, euthanasia, abortion, and divorce. Brother Damon Jonah Kelly, head of the Glasgow based charity the Black Hermits, was arrested by Cambridgeshire Police on December 8 on suspicion of a Section 5 (religious/racial) public order offence after he wrote a letter to the homosexual news publication, Pink News, claiming responsibility for the distribution of leaflets in the city of Ely, as well as in Cambridge, Kings Lynn and several other Cambridgeshire towns and cities. Initially police declined to take any...
  • Does Womens Rights Equal Abortion?

    12/13/2014 8:46:50 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Patheos ^ | December 12, 2014 | Rebecca Hamilton
    It seems Ive run afoul of the atheist portal here at Patheos One. More. Time. Nobody sticks in these folks collective craw more than I do. They love to hate me and they love to trash me. If one of them was slowly slipping away, I think the doc could show them one of my blog posts to get their poor little heart started beating again. Im not sure how I do it, and to be honest, I dont care, but I do get under their skin. They react to me the way Tribbles react to Klingons. Ive studiously ignored...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-14-14, Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday

    12/13/2014 7:04:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 57 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-14-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 14, 2014Third Sunday of Advent    Reading 1 Is 61:1-2a, 10-11 The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,because the LORD has anointed me;he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor,to heal the brokenhearted,to proclaim liberty to the captivesand release to the prisoners,to announce a year of favor from the LORDand a day of vindication by our God. I rejoice heartily in the LORD,in my God is the joy of my soul;for he has clothed me with a robe of salvationand wrapped me in a mantle of justice,like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem,like...
  • For Advent: The Importance of Mothers and Fathers

    12/13/2014 5:43:59 PM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    StayCahtolic via Columbia Magazine ^ | 2013 | Archbishop William E. Lori
    The Importance of Mothers and Fathersby Archbishop William E. LoriNo one loves us quite so tenderly and persistently as our mothers. Where would we be without them? They are the glue that holds families together. Even though Mother’s Day is past, it is never too late to pay tribute to our mothers, living and dead, and to commend them to the Lord. Let me wager, however, that good mothers desire, more than anything else, good husbands and fathers. They deserve husbands who are loving and faithful. Mothers understand how important a father’s love and example is for their children....
  • Beware the Red Kettle: The Salvation Army and Abortion

    12/13/2014 5:24:46 AM PST · by NYer · 149 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | December 12, 2014 | Birgit Jones
    It’s Advent and our thoughts naturally turn toward less fortunate souls, longing for basic niceties, and the call for selfless giving. Christ-like love, almsgiving, and prayer are staples of this anticipatory time which brings in the new Church year. The scripture readings at Mass remind us of those in need and our moral obligation toward them. What a sad statement about current times, then, that we are forced to look a gift horse in the mouth.No, not the gifts we receive, but the gifts we give.As the giving season continues, as well as the rest of the year, we are often...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FATHERS OF THE CHURCH, 12-13-14

    12/13/2014 7:55:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-13-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:FATHERS OF THE CHURCHSaintly writers of the early centuries whom the Church recognizes as her special witnesses of the faith. Antiquity, orthodoxy, sanctity, and approval by the Church are their four main prerogatives. They are commonly divided into the Greek and Latin Fathers. It is now generally held that the last of the Western Fathers (Latin) closed with St. Isidore of Seville (560-636), and the last of the Eastern Fathers (Greek) was St. John Damascene (675-749). LATIN FATHERS OF THE CHURCH St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan (340-97) Arnobius, apologist (d 327) St. Augustine, Bishop of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-13-14, M, St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

    12/12/2014 8:10:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-13-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 13, 2014Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr    Reading 1 Sir 48:1-4, 9-11 In those days,like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijahwhose words were as a flaming furnace.Their staff of bread he shattered,in his zeal he reduced them to straits;By the Lord’s word he shut up the heavensand three times brought down fire.How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds!Whose glory is equal to yours?You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire,in a chariot with fiery horses.You were destined, it is written, in time to cometo put an end to wrath before the day...
  • For Advent: The Seven Capital Sins: Lust (Week 1)

    12/12/2014 7:35:20 PM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Catholic.net ^ | 2004 | Fr. Michael Sliney, LC
    The Seven Capital Sins: Lust (Week 1)Fr. Michael gives advice on how to overcome the sin of lust in our lives. This is the first of a seven-part series on the Capital Sins. by Fr. Michael Sliney, LC | Source: Catholic.net My weekly message for the next seven weeks will be focused on the 7 Capital sins with some practical tips on how to conquer them in your daily lives. The first one is more of an issue for men and teenage boys, so the focus will be in that direction. I sincerely hope that this will be helpful....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NIGHT WATCH, 12-12-14

    12/12/2014 8:44:03 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-12-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:NIGHT WATCHA sacred vigil or guard. One of the four ancient divisions of the night during which official prayers were offered in the early days of the Church. The later Matins and Lauds of the Divine Office probably represented those watches. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • American Catholic Laity Poll, 2011

    12/12/2014 8:26:15 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 33 replies
    Association of Religion Data Archives ^ | 12-14 | Association of Religion Data Archives
    American Catholic Laity Poll, 2011 Data Archive > U.S. Surveys > Religious Groups > Members or Leaders > Catholic > Summary SummaryCodebookSearchDownload The American Catholic Laity Poll contains many questions on pressing issues in the Catholic Church--views of the hierarchy, political positions of the church, women's roles in the church, what it takes to be a "good Catholic," how churches can respond to the current shortage of priests, and the effects of sex abuse in the church. Other questions also concern Mass attendance, prayer, Communion, and demographic characteristics. This poll contains respondents from many different generations of Catholics, and it...
  • A Prayer for the Internet from the 1946 Roman Ritual? Sure, and Its Wonderful!

    12/12/2014 7:50:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-11-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Prayer for the Internet from the 1946 Roman Ritual? Sure, and It’s Wonderful! By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe old Roman Ritual was (is) a magnificent collection of blessings and prayers. It had some of the most amazing little blessings of things it would never occur to you to find in such a collection. For example, among other more common blessings of statues, religious medals, and so forth are blessings, often elaborately laid out, for things like a seismograph, a typewriter, a printing press, a fishing boat, a fire engine, a stable, medicine, a well, a bridge, an archive, a lime kiln,...