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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-13-17, M, St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

    12/12/2017 8:39:17 PM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-13-17 | Revised New American Bible
    December 13, 2017 Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr Reading 1 Is 40:25-31 To whom can you liken me as an equal?says the Holy One.Lift up your eyes on highand see who has created these things:He leads out their army and numbers them,calling them all by name.By his great might and the strength of his powernot one of them is missing!Why, O Jacob, do you say,and declare, O Israel,"My way is hidden from the LORD,and my right is disregarded by my God"? Do you not knowor have you not heard?The LORD is the eternal God,creator of the ends...
  • On The Hidden Mercy of the Tilma of Guadalupe

    12/12/2017 9:05:13 AM PST · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-11-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On The Hidden Mercy of the Tilma of Guadalupe Msgr. Charles Pope • December 11, 2017 • On the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, it is a chance for us to rejoice in the great mercy of our divine Lord and our blessed Lady. I am drawn to mediate on the miraculous quality of our Lady’s eyes on the tilma.As many of you know, recent discoveries using modern magnification and ophthalmological equipment have shown the seemingly miraculous reflection of as many as a dozen persons in her eyes. How such tiny and accurate reflections could occur in both...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-12-17, FEAST, Our Lady of Guadalupe

    12/11/2017 8:04:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-12-17 | Revised New American Bible
    December 12, 2017 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Reading 1 Zec 2:14-17 Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,and they shall be his people,and he will dwell among you,and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.The LORD will possess Judah as his portion in the holy land,and he will again choose Jerusalem.Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD!For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling. Or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab...
  • Walking Toward the Light in Advent

    12/11/2017 8:46:33 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-10-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Walking Toward the Light in Advent Msgr. Charles Pope • December 10, 2017 • Many people think of Advent merely in terms of pre-Christmas activities: office parties, shopping, decorating, and so forth. In the Church, though, Advent is something of a penitential period, a time of preparation for both the Christmas Feast and the Second Coming of the Lord. The purple vestments represent penance. The faithful are encouraged to go to Confession and the liturgical texts and readings emphasize readying for the coming of the Lord.The theme of preparation (and much of the season itself) is couched in the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-11-17, OM, St. Damamsus I, Pope

    12/10/2017 7:53:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-11-17 | Revised New American Bible
    December 11, 2017 Monday of the Second Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 35:1-10 The desert and the parched land will exult;the steppe will rejoice and bloom.They will bloom with abundant flowers,and rejoice with joyful song.The glory of Lebanon will be given to them,the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;They will see the glory of the LORD,the splendor of our God.Strengthen the hands that are feeble,make firm the knees that are weak,Say to those whose hearts are frightened:Be strong, fear not!Here is your God,he comes with vindication;With divine recompensehe comes to save you.Then will the eyes of the blind be...
  • Dedication of Trinity Dome Mosaic marks completion of National Shrine

    12/10/2017 12:15:14 PM PST · by re_tail20 · 6 replies
    Catholic Standard ^ | Friday, December 8, 2017
    Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl was the principal celebrant of a Dec. 8 Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary and to dedicate the National Shrines newly completed Trinity Dome Mosaic. As your faithful people look at the images contained in the Trinity Dome, may they become of one mind with Christ, Cardinal Wuerl prayed during the dedication of the 89-foot in diameter dome mosaic. In dedicating the dome mosaic, which depicts the Most Holy Trinity, the Blessed Virgin Mary as the...
  • The Fire Next Time A Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent

    12/10/2017 7:56:09 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-09-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Fire Next Time – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent Msgr. Charles Pope • December 9, 2017 • The second reading for Sunday Mass speaks to us of “the fire next time” and reminds us of the need to be ready for the coming of the Lord. In this homily I will focus on that reading, in which St. Peter reminds us of the passing that will come for us all one day.Because Advent is a time to prepare, through prayer and repentance, we do well to heed this sacred teaching and warning. It is echoed...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-10-17, Second Sunday of Advent

    12/09/2017 7:50:32 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-10-17 | Revised New American Bible
    December 10, 2017 Second Sunday of Advent Reading 1 Is 40:1-5, 9-11 Comfort, give comfort to my people,says your God.Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to herthat her service is at an end,her guilt is expiated;indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORDdouble for all her sins. A voice cries out:In the desert prepare the way of the LORD!Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!Every valley shall be filled in,every mountain and hill shall be made low;the rugged land shall be made a plain,the rough country, a broad valley.Then the glory of the LORD...
  • Five Brief Advent Meditations

    12/09/2017 9:22:08 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-04-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Five Brief Advent Meditations Msgr. Charles Pope • December 4, 2017 • The following are five Advent reflections that I prepared for catechumens and candidates in our RCIA program. (They are also available in PDF form here: The Season of Advent.) Advent is witnessed by creationLate autumn and early winter are times of great seasonal change. The leaves turn brilliant colors, then fade and fall. Shadows lengthen as the days grow shorter and colder. Vacations and the warmth of summer are distant memories and we are reminded once again that the things of this world last but a moment...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-09-17, OM, St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin

    12/08/2017 9:02:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-09-17 | Revised New American Bible
    December 9, 2017 Saturday of the First Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 30:19-21, 23-26 Thus says the Lord GOD,the Holy One of Israel:O people of Zion, who dwell in Jerusalem,no more will you weep;He will be gracious to you when you cry out,as soon as he hears he will answer you.The Lord will give you the bread you needand the water for which you thirst.No longer will your Teacher hide himself,but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher,While from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears:"This is the way; walk in it,"when you would turn...
  • The Second Coming and Its Stages

    12/08/2017 8:14:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-07-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Second Coming and Its Stages Msgr. Charles Pope • December 7, 2017 • During Advent, as we continue to meditate on the Parousia (the Second Coming), we do well to allow our imaginations to be engaged in contemplating the glory that awaits those who are faithful, to meditate on the joy and ecstasy of the culmination of all things!We must soberly admit our need to be ready by God’s grace, but if we are, what glories await us! The “great and terrible day of the Lord” will indeed be great for those who have allowed the Lord to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-08-17, SOL, Immaculate Conception -- Blessed Virgin Mary

    12/07/2017 8:00:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-08-17 | Revised New American Bible
    December 8, 2017 Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 Gn 3:9-15, 20 After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree,the LORD God called to the man and asked him, "Where are you?"He answered, "I heard you in the garden;but I was afraid, because I was naked,so I hid myself."Then he asked, "Who told you that you were naked?You have eaten, then,from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!"The man replied, "The woman whom you put here with meCshe gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it."The...
  • Run to Jesus! An Advent Reflection

    12/07/2017 7:45:17 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-06-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Run to Jesus! An Advent Reflection Msgr. Charles Pope • December 6, 2017 • The 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 that we are only passively waiting for Him to come. It is not just that the Lord is coming to us; 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.This notion of running to meet God...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-07-17, M, St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    12/06/2017 9:25:32 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-07-17 | Revised New American Bible
    December 7, 2017 Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Is 26:1-6 On that day they will sing this song in the land of Judah: "A strong city have we;he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us.Open up the gatesto let in a nation that is just,one that keeps faith.A nation of firm purpose you keep in peace;in peace, for its trust in you." Trust in the LORD forever!For the LORD is an eternal Rock.He humbles those in high places,and the lofty city he brings down;He tumbles it to the ground,levels it with...
  • Punch a Heretic Day or the Feast of St Nicholas [Catholic/Orthodox and Arianism Caucus]

    12/06/2017 4:06:22 AM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Fr Ray Blake's Blog ^ | 12/5/2014 | Fr Ray Blake
    I like this.  I know you will say to me we can't do this today, we have to find the odd Arian and embrace him. We can't call people Pelagians, 'Porridge eating scumbags' or pultibus Scottorum praegravatus, which is too racist for modern sensibilities to be translated into the vernacular. St Nicholas is another of those Advent saints who insist on being faithful to the Trinity and Incarnation. I love the old European custom of St Nicholas going around bishops houses disguised as a small child and demanding to know if they have been good in the past year and...
  • "Resist, Resist, Resist": Interview with Fr. Alessandro M. Minutella

    12/05/2017 8:36:50 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | December 5, 2017 | CFN
    Dec 5 Dec 5 "Resist, Resist, Resist": CFN Exclusive Interview with Fr. Alessandro M. Minutella "I am dumbfounded that in Italy, I am still the only one."Suspension and Double-Excommunication: "These are medals of honor""Resist, resist, resist!"Editor's Note: Father Alessandro Maria Minutella is an Italian priest of the Archdiocese of Palermo. Born in 1973 and ordained in 1999,he became known in the past month to English speakers around the world thanks to a Youtube video about resisting Pope Francis and Amoris laetitia. Catholic Family News is happy to present this exclusive interview with Don Minutella, (to our knowledge) the first...
  • Preparing our Hearts for Mystery in Advent

    12/06/2017 8:56:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-05-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Preparing our Hearts for Mystery in Advent Msgr. Charles Pope • December 5, 2017 • As we look toward Christmas and ponder the incarnation, we ought to remember that so profound was truth of the incarnation that the early Church fell to her knees at these words: “and He was incarnate by the Holy Spirit, from the virgin Mary, and became man.” This act of falling to one’s knees at these words is still practiced in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite; in the ordinary form, we are asked to bow.These gestures acknowledge the profound mystery of the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-06-17, OM, St. Nicholas, Bishop

    12/05/2017 8:05:09 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-06-17 | Revised New American Bible
    December 6, 2017 Wednesday of the First Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 25:6-10a On this mountain the LORD of hostswill provide for all peoplesA feast of rich food and choice wines,juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.On this mountain he will destroythe veil that veils all peoples,The web that is woven over all nations;he will destroy death forever.The Lord GOD will wipe awaythe tears from all faces;The reproach of his people he will removefrom the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken. On that day it will be said:"Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!This...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Gregory Grassi and Companions, 07-08-17

    12/05/2017 6:55:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 07-08-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Images from Whitworth University | Whitworth Digital Commons Saint Gregory Grassi and Companions Saint of the Day for July 8 (d. July 9, 1900)  Saint Gregory Grassi and Companions’ Story Christian missionaries have often gotten caught in the crossfire of wars against their own countries. When the governments of Britain, Germany, Russia, and France forced substantial territorial concessions from the Chinese in 1898, anti-foreign sentiment grew very strong among many Chinese people.Gregory Grassi was born in Italy in 1833, ordained in 1856, and sent to China five years later. Gregory was later ordained Bishop...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed Emmanuel Ruiz and Companions, 07-07-17

    12/05/2017 6:50:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 07-07-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Stained glass window in St. Peter church | Jaffa | photo by yiftah-s Blessed Emmanuel Ruiz and Companions Saint of the Day for July 7 (1804 – 1860)  Blessed Emmanuel Ruiz and Companions’ Story Not much is known of the early life of Emmanuel Ruiz, but details of his heroic death in defense of the faith have come down to us.Born of humble parents in Santander, Spain, he became a Franciscan priest and served as a missionary in Damascus. This was at a time when anti-Christian riots shook Syria and thousands lost their lives...