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  • Easter Conversion ĎBoomí?

    04/19/2014 9:34:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    NCRegister.com ^ | 03/31/2014 | CHARLOTTE HAYS
    Easter Conversion ‚ÄėBoom‚Äô? Some U.S. dioceses are reporting that 2014 will be an unusually fruitful year, in terms of the number of people welcomed into the Church. by CHARLOTTE HAYS 03/31/2014 ---The¬†Archdiocese of Washington, where Bidzinski‚Äôs parish is located, will welcome the largest number of candidates¬†and catechumens¬†ever recorded for the archdiocese this¬†Easter. The archdiocese will baptize or confirm 1,311 adults, children and teenagers this Easter ---Bishop Robert Lynch of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Fla.¬†‚ÄĒ where around 1,100 new Catholics will be welcomed at the Easter vigil ‚ÄĒ blogged on the diocesan website that this is the largest number...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LAPSI, 04-19-14

    04/19/2014 9:11:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-19-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:LAPSI†Third-century Christians who relapsed into heathenism by sacrificing to the gods or performing other acts of apostasy. There were three classes: sacrificati, who had actually offered sacrifices to idols; thurificati, who had merely burned incense to the gods; and libellatici, who certified in writing that they had offered sacrifice to idols without having actually offered sacrifice. After the edict of Decius (250-25) the lapsi who had apostasized through weakness often wished to repent and return to Christian worship. Pope Cornelius and St. Cyprian favored their return, and the synods of that time felt that after...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-19-14, Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil-Holy Night of Easter

    04/18/2014 10:18:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-19-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 19, 2014Holy SaturdayAt the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter ¬†¬† Reading 1 Gn 1:1-2:2 In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters. Then God said,‚ÄúLet there be light,‚ÄĚ and there was light.God saw how good the light was.God then separated the light from the darkness.God called the light ‚Äúday,‚ÄĚ and the darkness he called ‚Äúnight.‚ÄĚThus evening came, and morning followed‚ÄĒthe first day. Then God said,‚ÄúLet there be a dome in the middle of...
  • The Rise of Aggressive Emotivism

    04/18/2014 12:01:23 PM PDT · by don-o · 14 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | April 18, 2014 | Dwight Longenecker
    In a recent case in North Carolina, a sweet faced and intellectually accomplished nun came to a Catholic high school to address the students about human sexuality. We donít have the text of sisterís talk, but from the outrage expressed she not only criticized homosexual actions, but was down on divorce and sexual sin. The mother of one student reported her sonís comments, ďWe had the worst assembly today, we tried to leave but were made to sit down. There are students in this school who are openly gay and some who are not out yet. Obviously, they felt bullied.Ē...
  • THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF JESUS CHRIST FROM THE CROSS (in English and Latin) [Catholic Caucus]

    04/18/2014 10:33:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Crossroadsinitiative.com ^ | not given | Dr.Marcellino D'Ambrosio
    THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF JESUS CHRIST FROM THE CROSS(The 7 last words of Jesus Christ on Calvary as recorded by the Four Gospelsprovided here in English and Latin)†††The Seven Last "Words" of Jesus Christ from the cross are actually 7 short phrases that Jesus uttered on Calvary that serve as an excellent holy week meditation.† To find all of the seven last words of Jesus Christ, one must read all the gospels since none of the evangelists records all 7 last words.† The sayings would have been originally uttered by Jesus in the Aramaic language, but only one...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HEROD ANTIPAS, 04-18-14

    04/18/2014 8:51:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-18-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:HEROD ANTIPAS†Son of Herod the Great. He was Tetrarch of Galilee from 4 B.C. to A.D. 39. Since his regime roughly paralleled the life of Jesus, he is mentioned more often in the New Testament than any other Herod. Because of Herod's devious methods, Jesus referred to him as "that fox" (Luke 13:32). He broke the law by marrying his niece, Herodias, who was already married to his half-brother (the beheading of John the Baptist was the aftermath of John's denunciation of this unholy marriage). The curiosity of Herod Antipas was stirred by the accounts...
  • Catholic Commemoration Readings, 04-18-14, Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)

    04/17/2014 11:12:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-18-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 18, 2014Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)    Reading 1 Is 52:13-53:12 See, my servant shall prosper,he shall be raised high and greatly exalted.Even as many were amazed at himCso marred was his look beyond human semblanceand his appearance beyond that of the sons of manCso shall he startle many nations,because of him kings shall stand speechless;for those who have not been told shall see,those who have not heard shall ponder it. Who would believe what we have heard?To whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?He grew up like a sapling before him,like...
  • Catholic Relief Services pro-abortion grantee wins UN Population Fund Award

    04/17/2014 2:42:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    BALTIMORE, MD, April 17, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) Ė A pro-abortion grantee of Catholic Relief Services has been announced as the winner of the 2014 United Nations Population Award. The award is given to organizations that demonstrate outstanding effectiveness in population control efforts, including contraception, sterilization and abortion. The grantee, Jhpiego, is a non-profit health organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. According to CRSí 990s for 2012, the U.S. bishopsí organization gave Jhpiego a grant of $282,356 that year for ďhealth.Ē As part of their work, the group has spearheaded national campaigns in the developing world to promote the abortifacient morning-after pill....
  • The significance of Holy Thursday [Catholic Caucus]

    04/17/2014 11:53:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CNA ^ | not given | CNA staff
    The significance of Holy ThursdayExcept for the Resurrection on Easter, Holy Thursday is possibly one of the most important, complex, and profound days of celebration in the Catholic Church. Holy Thursday celebrates the institution of the Eucharist as the true body and blood of Jesus Christ and the institution of the sacrament of the priesthood.During the Last Supper, Jesus offers himself as the Passover sacrifice, the sacrificial lamb, and teaches that every ordained priest is to follow the same sacrifice in the exact same way. Christ also bids farewell to his followers and prophesizes that one of them will...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BEATTY PAPYRI, 04-17-14

    04/17/2014 9:08:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-17-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:BEATTY PAPYRI†Manuscript of thirty leaves from the Gospels and Acts, dating from the third century, together with twenty more leaves from St. Paul and Revelation. Old Testament manuscripts in the same collection amount to 180 leaves from nine books, dating to the second century. The Beatty papyri substantiate the essential soundness of the existing biblical texts. No striking or fundamental variant is shown either in the Old or New Testament. The Beatty papyri were found near Hermopolis in Egypt, most of which were acquired by A. Chester Beatty (1875-1968) in 1931. All items in this...
  • Another Catholic school embroiled in battle over Church teaching on sexuality

    04/17/2014 2:51:03 AM PDT · by Morgana · 16 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    WAKEFIELD, RI, April 16, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) Ė Another controversy has erupted at a Roman Catholic school after students and parents reacted with outrage to Church teaching on sexuality as presented at a school assembly. Father Francis ďRockyĒ Hoffman spoke to students at The Prout School in Wakefield, Rhode Island on April 4. During the course of his talk, he apparently made comments critical of homosexuality and divorce that some students found offensive. Fr. Rocky Hoffman The Diocese of Providenceís spokesman on the issue has seemed to agree with Hoffmanís critics. But Catholic observers suggest the controversy is part of a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-17-14, Holy Thursday, Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

    04/16/2014 7:07:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-17-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 17, 2014 | Evening Mass of the Lord's SupperHoly ThursdayEvening Mass of the Lord's Supper    Reading 1 Ex 12:1-8, 11-14 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall stand at the head of your calendar; you shall reckon it the first month of the year.Tell the whole community of Israel: On the tenth of this month every one of your familiesmust procure for itself a lamb, one apiece for each household.If a family is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join the nearest household in procuring one and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-17-14, Holy Thursday: Chrism Mass

    04/16/2014 6:56:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-17-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 17, 2014 | Chrism MassHoly ThursdayChrism Mass    Reading 1 Is 61:1-3a, 6a,  8b-9 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 lowly,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,to comfort all who mourn;To place on those who mourn in Ziona diadem instead of ashes,To give them oil of gladness in place of mourning,a glorious mantle instead of a listless spirit. You yourselves...
  • The Easter Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/16/2014 6:28:16 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    CpTryon.org ^ | 2007 | Victor Hoagland, C.P.
    The Easter Triduum:Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil Meditations on the Triduum by Victor Hoagland, C.P. The Easter triduum, marking the days of Jesus’ passion and resurrection, is the most important time of the church year. It begins with the evening Mass of Holy Thursday, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil, and closes on Easter Sunday evening. Prepared by the days of Lent, Christians celebrate on these holiest of days the saving work God has accomplished in Christ. From the events remembered these days, so sorrowful and so joyful, the church learns the deepest lessons. In...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ROSMINIANISM, 04-16-14

    04/16/2014 5:37:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 53 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-16-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ROSMINIANISM†A system of philosophy formulated by Antonio Rosmini-Serbati (1797-1855), founder of the Institute of Charity. Encouraged by Popes Pius VII, Gregory XVI, and Pius IX, he undertook a renewal of Italian philosophy, ostensibly following St. Thomas Aquinas. But the influence of Descartes, Kant, and Hegel shifted his thinking. He came to hold that the human mind is born with the idea of "being." In time it analyzes this basic idea to discover in it many other ideas, which are identical with those in the mind of God. Rosmini also taught that reason can explain the...
  • WAY OF THE CROSS AT THE COLOSSEUM LED BY POPE FRANCIS: GOOD FRIDAY [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/15/2014 8:27:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Vatican.va ^ | 04-16-14 | Msgr. Giancarlo Maria Bregantini, Archbishop of Campobasso-Boiano
    WAY OF THE CROSSAT THE COLOSSEUMLED BY THE HOLY FATHERPOPE FRANCISGOOD FRIDAY Rome, 18 April 2014¬†‚ÄúThe Face of Christ,the Face of Man‚ÄĚMEDITATIONS by H.E. Msgr. Giancarlo Maria Bregantini,Archbishop of Campobasso-Boiano ¬†INTRODUCTIONHe who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth. These things occurred so that the Scripture might be fulfilled: ‚ÄúNone of his bones shall be broken‚ÄĚ. And again another passage of Scripture says: ‚ÄúThey will look on the one whom they have pierced‚ÄĚ (Jn 19:35-37).Loving Jesus, you went up to Golgotha without hesitation, in...
  • Journalist ĎAstonishedí to Have Fooled Media with Vatican Hoax

    04/15/2014 6:07:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    A British Catholic journalist has said she was astonished when major world news outlets mistook an Vatican April Foolís report she wrote for a genuine news story. The Guardian, which this week won a Pulitzer Prize for its reporting of Edward Snowdenís National Security Agency leaks, was one of the organisations that reported the hoax story that the Vatican employed a hawk called Sylvia to protect the doves periodically released by the Pope. Other outlets to reproduce the story include Agence France-Presse and the Washington Times.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-16-14, Spy Wednesday

    04/15/2014 6:47:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-16-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 16, 2014Wednesday of Holy Week    Reading 1 Is 50:4-9a The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue,That I might know how to speak to the wearya word that will rouse them.Morning after morninghe opens my ear that I may hear;And I have not rebelled,have not turned back.I gave my back to those who beat me,my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;My face I did not shieldfrom buffets and spitting. The Lord GOD is my help,therefore I am not disgraced;I have set my face like flint,knowing that I shall not be put to shame.He is near...
  • Photograph of school children acting out the crucifixion sparks outrage as picture goes viral

    04/15/2014 4:19:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    mail online ^ | James Nye
    An image of children play-acting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at an unidentified school in Brazil for Holy Week complete with fake wounds and a crown of thorns has spread across the Internet. Wearing a loin cloth and a fake painted beard, the boy who acts as Jesus holds his two arms above his neck, to signify the last agonizing hours of Christ on the cross. Flecked across his body are red marks from his flogging at the hands of the Romans - played by two boys with mock-feathered galea helmets, who will presumably offer him fake vinegar and pretend...
  • The Final Week of Jesus' Life, a Chronology

    04/15/2014 3:53:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 285 replies
    NewTheologicalMovement.blogspot.com ^ | Mach 2012 | Father Ryan Erlenbush
    The final week of Jesus' life, a chronology Father Ryan Erlenbush Mach 2012 ¬†As the Church prepares to enter into Holy Week, we do well to consider the final week of Jesus‚Äô life, from Friday to Friday. In a later post, we will look at the last twenty-four hours (from the Last Supper to the death of Jesus on the Cross) in greater detail.It will be helpful to review the Gospel accounts given by Sts. Mark and John, the two who offer the most explicit chronology of Holy Week. See Mark 11:1 ‚Äď 15:37 and also John 11:54 ‚Äď...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NIMBUS, 04-15-14

    04/15/2014 7:41:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-15-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:NIMBUS†A circle or ornamented disk depicted around the head of a saint. In pre-Christian times it represented power and majesty. The Church adopted the custom and made the nimbus symbolic of virtue. The square nimbus was once used with portraits of the living as emblems of human greatness, round circles reserved for saints as a symbol of grace bestowed on them by God. Related to nimbus are the halo and aureole. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-15-14

    04/14/2014 9:14:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-15-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 15, 2014Tuesday of Holy Week    Reading 1 Is 49:1-6 Hear me, O islands,listen, O distant peoples.The LORD called me from birth,from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.He made of me a sharp-edged swordand concealed me in the shadow of his arm.He made me a polished arrow,in his quiver he hid me.You are my servant, he said to me,Israel, through whom I show my glory. Though I thought I had toiled in vain,and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,Yet my reward is with the LORD,my recompense is with my God.For now the LORD has spokenwho formed...
  • The persecution of Sister Jane Dominic Laurel

    04/14/2014 7:11:08 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Judie Brown
    Teaching the truths about homosexuality, chastity, adultery, and how God wants us to live our lives is not always an easy thing to do. Nor is living that life. But God asks that we do our best nevertheless, for our ultimate goal is eternity with Him. We cannot plead ignorance. We cannot justify that we chose otherwise. God's word is the truth, and though some may try to silence those who tell the truth, it doesn't change the facts. April 11, 2014 (ALL.org) - Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, a Dominican nun who has recently come under fire for a presentation...
  • British woman appointed by Pope to head Pontifical Academy

    04/14/2014 4:02:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | April 12, 2014 | Kerri Lenartowick
    Vatican City, Apr 12, 2014 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis has appointed Lady Margaret Scotford Archer as president of a group of scholars dedicated to studying issues in the social sciences in order to offer reflection and advice to the leadership of the Church. According to an April 12 press release from the Holy See, ‚Äúthe Holy Father has named the most illustrious Professor Lady Margaret Scotford Archer President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.‚ÄĚ The new president was born in Grenoside, U.K., and holds a Ph.D. from the University of London. She is currently a professor...
  • Pontius Pilate should have listened to his wife

    04/14/2014 2:40:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 54 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 14, 2014 | FR ALEXANDER LUCIE-SMITH
    Ecce Homo by Antonio Ciseri The reading of the Passion according to Saint Matthew yesterday featured one of the most mysterious verses in the whole New Testament.It was this: While Pilate was sitting on the judge‚Äôs seat, his wife sent him this message: ‚ÄėDon‚Äôt have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.‚Äô (Matthew 27:19). Pilate¬ís wife appears, and disappears, in this one verse. Moreover, this verse is found only in the gospel of St Matthew, and in none of the other synoptic gospels. What on earth...
  • Sainthood rites for John Paul II, John XXIII to be beamed around the world (3D in cinemas, for free)

    04/14/2014 2:29:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 46 replies
    RNS ^ | April 14, 2014 | Josephine McKenna
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) While millions of pilgrims are expected to attend the Catholic Church’s first-ever double canonization at the end of April, the Vatican is preparing its most ambitious TV and social media campaign for the millions who don’t make it to Rome.View down Via della Conciliazione to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Photo courtesy of Jimmy Harris via Flickr City officials are expecting more than 5 million people to attend the ceremony when Pope Francis declares his predecessors Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII saints in St Peter’s Square on April 27.For the first time viewers will...
  • The Real Presence: Imitating Jesus Christ, Incarnate God [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/14/2014 10:37:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    TheRealPresence.org ^ | 1973 | De. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    Imitating Jesus Christ, Incarnate Godby John A. Hardon, S.J.We believe, that the Son of God assumed human flesh, body and soul, and dwelt among us, like one of us, in order to redeem us. We believe that His divine nature was substantially united to our human nature. We believe that Jesus Christ is God who became man and will remain man for the endlessTo be a Christian not only in name but in reality, one must believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ, that He is true God and true man. To be a Christian means to believe that...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CATHOLICITY, 04-14-14

    04/14/2014 7:31:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-14-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:CATHOLICITY†Universality of the Church founded by Christ. In the Nicene Creed the Church is said to be "one, holy, catholic, and apostolic." The Church's catholicity is first of all spatial, on account of her actual extension over the whole earth. This kind of catholicity may be actual, when the Church is actually extended everywhere; it is virtual in that Christ's intention was to have the Church present among all peoples. Actual catholicity is said to be physical if it embodies all persons of the earth, even if not literally every individual. It is moral if...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-14-14

    04/13/2014 9:14:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-14-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 14, 2014Monday of Holy Week    Reading 1 Is 42:1-7 Here is my servant whom I uphold,my chosen one with whom I am pleased,Upon whom I have put my Spirit;he shall bring forth justice to the nations,Not crying out, not shouting,not making his voice heard in the street.A bruised reed he shall not break,and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,Until he establishes justice on the earth;the coastlands will wait for his teaching. Thus says God, the LORD,who created the heavens and stretched them out,who spreads out the earth with its crops,Who gives breath to its peopleand spirit...
  • Is the tea party running out of steam?

    04/13/2014 5:01:35 PM PDT · by Excellence · 24 replies
    Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo News ^ | April 12, 2014 | Linda Feldmann
    Defying the GOP establishment, tea party muscle has sent some of this era's most charismatic Republican politicians to Washington, starting with Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas. They have changed the debate in Washington, polarized their own party, and sharpened gridlock. House Speaker John Boehner (R) of Ohio and the tea party are openly at war. Regardless of what happens in the primaries and in November, the tea party will live on. "The tea party's hold on the GOP persists beyond each burial ceremony," writes Harvard sociologist and political scientist Theda Skocpol in The Atlantic.
  • The Fourth Cup

    04/13/2014 9:39:14 AM PDT · by verga · 6 replies
    Dr. Scott Hahn shows us how the Catholic Understanding of the Mystical Body of Christ, embodied in the Church and revealed anew in the Holy Eucharist, comes directly from the Bible. He places the Last Supper in the context of the Jewish Passover Seder liturgy. By explaining the significance of the drinking of the fourth and final cup in the Old Testament Passover meal ceremony, Dr. Hahn draws a symbolic parallel to Christís death on the Cross. It is an exciting concept, that will help viewers discover a whole new dimension to Holy Mass, and the relationship of the Last...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-13-14, Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

    04/12/2014 6:43:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 66 replies
    USCCb.org/RNAB ^ | 04-13-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 13, 2014Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion ¬†¬† At the Procession with Palms - Gospel Mt 21:1-11 When Jesus and the disciples drew near Jerusalemand came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‚ÄúGo into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass tethered,and a colt with her.Untie them and bring them here to me.And if anyone should say anything to you, reply, ‚ÄėThe master has need of them.‚ÄôThen he will send them at once.‚ÄĚThis happened so that what had been spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled:Say...
  • [Today's] Moral Issues

    04/12/2014 4:12:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    CatholicsComeHome.org ^ | not given | CatholicsComeHome.org
    Moral Issues Making moral choices in our modern world can be confusing and difficult. With so many temptations and influences pulling us in all directions, and the pressures of life driving us toward the seemingly ‚Äúeasy‚ÄĚ path, it is comforting to know that Jesus Christ, through His Church, has blessed us with clear moral framework to guide us toward a happy, fulfilling life.It makes perfect sense that our Creator, who made us and designed us to work in a certain way, would know what‚Äôs best for us. Fortunately, He gifted the Church with His advice on how to live...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EPISTEMOLOGY, 04-12-14

    04/12/2014 5:51:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 0-12-14 | Fr. . John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:EPISTEMOLOGY†A theory of knowledge. A branch of scholastic philosophy that studies the principles underlying the acquisition of knowledge, the methods of logical reasoning, and the critical evaluation of truth, certitude, and right thinking. (Etym. Greek epist_m_, knowledge + logia, science, knowledge.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-12-14

    04/11/2014 9:20:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-12-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 12, 2014Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Ez 37:21-28 Thus says the Lord GOD:I will take the children of Israel from among the nationsto which they have come,and gather them from all sides to bring them back to their land.I will make them one nation upon the land,in the mountains of Israel,and there shall be one prince for them all. Never again shall they be two nations,and never again shall they be divided into two kingdoms. No longer shall they defile themselves with their idols,their abominations, and all their transgressions. I will deliver them...
  • Jesuit Priest Championed Conservative Catholic Values in Era of Change

    04/11/2014 11:54:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 4/10/14 | Jan Uebelherr
    The Rev. Cletus Healy warned about the evils of communism, presided over annual vigils at the gravesite of Sen. Joseph McCarthy and wrote "Stations of the Cross for the Victims of Abortion."These were the passions of Healy, a Jesuit who ó in an era of change that was troubling for some Catholics ó emerged as a bastion of long-held conservative values. He was a voice of reason, of continuity ó a connection with the Vatican that was often blurred, especially through the '60s and '70s, when things were in such turmoil," his friend Mary Lou Wirtz said of Healy, who...
  • Married Manís Ordination Reveals Unusual Prohibition on Eastern Catholics

    04/10/2014 1:32:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    NC Register ^ | April 7, 2014 | PETER JESSERER SMITH
    Father Wissam Akiki with his wife and daughter, Perla, at her first Communion. ST. LOUIS ó Surrounded by his wife, daughter and the bishops of his Church, Father Wissam Akiki made history in February as the first married man in 90 years to enter the priesthood for the Maronite Catholic Church in the U.S. Kp> But for Catholics of most Eastern-rite Churches in the U.S., including the Maronites, the fact the priest is a married man isnít that extraordinary: Whatís extraordinary is that they have to ask the Vatican for permission to ordain married men in the first place. snip...
  • St. Gemma Galgani's Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    04/11/2014 1:04:14 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 5 replies
    Dignare Me Laudare Te, Virgo Sacrata blog ^ | Early 20th century | Venerable Fr. Germanus, C.P.
    Painting of St. Gemma Galgani, taken from St. Gemma Galgani blog "...I have...to believe that God...raised up this child of Heaven at a time of so much falling away in piety as an example and stimulus to Christians to venerate and love the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar..." ..."'Oh, what immense happiness and joy...my heart feels before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament! And if Jesus would allow me to enter sacred Tabernacle where He, Soul, Body, Blood, and Divinity is present, should I not be in Paradise?'..." "...We read in the lives of different Saints that, as sometimes they...
  • Homofascist Tyranny

    04/11/2014 9:33:26 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 4-9-14 | Michael Voris
    Homofascist Tyranny The tyranny of homofascism must be opposed By Michael Voris The Vortex April 9, 2014 Grab a pen and write the word down as quickly as you can and start using it everywhere Ė the word is .. homofascists .. as in homofascism. A working definition you ask? Howís this for starters? Homofascism Ė ďa way of organizing a society in which homosexualists impose their agenda with which no one is allowed to disagree or have any appeal to the contrary without being subjected to severe consequences of ridicule, slander, libel, fines, public demonstrations, distortions, denial of free...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TEN COMMANDMENTS, 04-11-14

    04/11/2014 9:00:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:TEN COMMANDMENTS †Also called the Decalogue, they are the divinely revealed precepts received by Moses on Mount Sinai. Engrave on two tablets of stone, they occur in two versions in the Bible. The earlier form (Exodus 20:1-17) differs from the alter (Deuteronomy 5:6-18) in tow ways. It gives a religious motive, instead of a humanitarian one, for observing the sabbath; and in prohibitin avarice, it classes a man's wife along with the rest of his possessions, instead of separately. With the exception of forbidding graven images and statues and the precept about the Sabbath, the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-11-14, OM, St. Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr

    04/10/2014 10:40:02 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-11-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 11, 2014Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent ¬†¬†Reading 1 Jer 20:10-13 I hear the whisperings of many:‚ÄúTerror on every side!Denounce! let us denounce him!‚ÄĚAll those who were my friendsare on the watch for any misstep of mine.‚ÄúPerhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,and take our vengeance on him.‚ÄĚBut the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion:my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.In their failure they will be put to utter shame,to lasting, unforgettable confusion.O LORD of hosts, you who test the just,who probe mind and heart,Let me witness the vengeance you take on...
  • NYC Rev. Msgr Edward Scharfenberger ordained 10th bishop of Catholic Diocese of Albany

    04/10/2014 3:16:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    The Republic ^ | April 10, 2014
    ALBANY, New York ‚ÄĒ The cathedral filled with applause as New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan placed the bishop's miter on the head of the Rev. Monsignor Edward Scharfenberger, ordained Thursday as the 10th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Albany.Hundreds of white-robed priests and 34 bishops from across New York and New England participated in the Ordination Mass at the red-stone neo-Gothic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception near Albany's capitol complex.Scharfenberger, 65, of New York City, was appointed by Pope Francis to succeed Bishop Howard Hubbard, who was the longest-tenured bishop of a single diocese in the nation when...
  • The reform that no one wanted: Communion in the hand

    04/10/2014 11:34:40 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 59 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 4/10/14 | Dr. Bianchi
    Over the winter break, I spent several days shifting through the survey results in the dioceseís archive, located in St. Maryís Seminary. The survey results could provide evidence for many articles, even books, but I was initially only interested in questions dealing with the liturgy. The simple answer to the laityís reception of the liturgical changes can be found in question 19: ďChanges in the Mass have harmed rather than helped me to worshipĒ and 27% agreed and 68% disagreed. These results confirm the standard narrative that the majority of Catholics preferred the new Mass with its use of English...
  • The Real Presence: How to Live in the Presence of God [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/10/2014 8:27:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    TheRealPresence.org ^ | 2003 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    How to Live in the Presence of Godby Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.The Closing Conference of a RetreatWe are first told to pray continually. The first time we meet this injunction of Christ is in the Gospel of St. Luke. Luke, by the way, is the evangelist of the Holy Spirit. The Savior is described by St. Luke as telling His followers to pray continually and never lose heart. Let us think seriously about what we are told. We need, that is we should, which means we are expected to, pray continually. It is a universal duty applying to...
  • We Lost True North: The Epidemic of Violence in the U.S. Not Caused by Guns or Knives

    04/10/2014 6:21:41 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 29 replies
    http://www.catholic.org ^ | April 9, 2014 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    A High School and an Army Base; places which should be known as places of safety, were turned into killing fields. A Nation pauses, grieves and seeks to make sense of what seems to be a growing epidemic of violence. Efforts to point to guns as the cause of the problems at Fort Hood had become the rallying cry among some lawmakers. However, now the weapon was knives. So far, no-one has called for banning or restricting knives. That is because this is not about guns or knives.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MARTYR, 04-10-14

    04/10/2014 7:30:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-10-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:MARTYR†A person who chooses to suffer, even to die, rather than renounce his or her faith or Christian principles. After the example of Christ one does not resist one's persecutors when they use violence out of hatred or malice against Christ, or his Church, or some revealed truth of the Catholic religion. (Etym. Greek martyros, witness, martyr.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-10-14

    04/09/2014 9:18:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-10-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 10, 2014Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Gn 17:3-9 When Abram prostrated himself, God spoke to him:“My covenant with you is this:you are to become the father of a host of nations.No longer shall you be called Abram;your name shall be Abraham,for I am making you the father of a host of nations.I will render you exceedingly fertile;I will make nations of you;kings shall stem from you.I will maintain my covenant with youand your descendants after youthroughout the ages as an everlasting pact,to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.I...
  • Charlotte bishop: ďShocked at the lack of charity and respectĒ (Chastises trouble-making parents)

    04/09/2014 6:10:38 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | April 9, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    In a statement issued today, Bishop Peter J. Jugis called the controversy over a recent presentation on human sexuality at Charlotte Catholic High School ďa difficult timeĒ that has caused everyone ďa great deal of pain.Ē The all-school assembly March 21 featured a presentation by Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, a Dominican from Nashville, Tenn., and a frequent speaker in the Diocese of Charlotte. Sister Jane spoke on ďMasculinity and Femininity: Difference and Gift,Ē which explained Catholic teaching about gender using Blessed Pope John Paul IIís Theology of the Body. Sister Janeís March 21 address to students, which was arranged by...
  • A Comment on Argentinaís Uncharitable Baptism

    04/09/2014 5:53:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    DavidLGrayInfo.com ^ | April 8, 2014 | David L. Gray
    There was a well-reported Baptism of an Argentinian child, Umma Azul, that took place last Saturday, April 5, 2014. Ummaís mother, Soledad Ortiz happens to be Ďmarriedí to a woman named Carina Villarroel. Having never received the Sacrament of Confirmation, these women are not in full communion with the Catholic Church. The chosen Godmother of Umma is Argentinaís President Cristina Fernandez, who signed Argentinaís homosexual-marriage legislation into law in 2010. Fernandez is also a strong proponent of birth control and surgical abortion. She considers herself to be a Roman Catholic. Despite serious concerns raised in the weeks that preceded the...
  • Watch a priest leave this bride and groom speechlessóand in tears

    04/09/2014 4:45:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | April 9, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    I‚Äôve never seen anything quite like this. And I‚Äôll wager you haven‚Äôt either.From the Christian Post: SonLight Music Ministry had just finished what sounded like a beautiful rendition of ‚ÄúBe Thou My Vision‚ÄĚ when Father Ray Kelly again took the mic at the wedding of Chris and Leah O‚ÄôKane. But instead of closing the ceremony as planned, the priest unleashed a big surprise for the couple that‚Äôs destined for the pantheon of wedding viral videos.It‚Äôs not a joke or a slip-up, but a performance of epic proportions. A backing track mysteriously begins and Father Kelly launches into a rewritten version...