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  • On Presidents' Day We Should Remember That Washington and Lincoln Often Called us to Prayer

    02/19/2018 7:50:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-18-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On Presidents’ Day We Should Remember That Washington and Lincoln Often Called us to Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • February 18, 2018 • We live in a secular age. Religious utterances by government officials are greeted with surprise or even indignation by some. While the primary role of civil leaders is not a religious one, insisting that never express religious sentiment is a form of extremism rooted in exaggerated conception of the idea of the separation of Church and State. In fact, “separation of Church and State” appears nowhere in the United States Constitution.On Presidents’ Day we do well...
  • Pope: 'I don't know how to use the internet'

    02/18/2018 10:53:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    AFP via ^ | 18 February 2018 03:03 CET+01:00
    The 81-year-old Pope Francis admitted on Saturday that he struggles with modern technology. I dont know how to use online networks and that kind of thing, not even mobile phones; I dont have one, he told his audience. I dont know how to use the internet. When I have to send an email, I write it by hand and a secretary sends it for me, he added. Pope Francis also joked on Saturday that he is on the waiting list for sainthood, along with his retired predecessor Benedict XVI.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-19-18

    02/18/2018 8:14:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 24 replies ^ | 02-19-18 | Revised New American Bible
    February 19, 2018 Monday of the First Week of Lent Reading 1 Lv 19:1-2, 11-18 The LORD said to Moses,"Speak to the whole assembly of the children of Israel and tell them:Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. "You shall not steal.You shall not lie or speak falsely to one another.You shall not swear falsely by my name,thus profaning the name of your God.I am the LORD. "You shall not defraud or rob your neighbor.You shall not withhold overnight the wages of your day laborer.You shall not curse the deaf,or put a stumbling block in front...
  • Wood and Water Work Wonders! A Homily for the First Sunday of Lent

    02/18/2018 7:46:17 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-17-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Wood and Water Work Wonders! A Homily for the First Sunday of Lent Msgr. Charles Pope • February 17, 2018 • On the first Sunday of Lent the readings have a baptismal theme. This makes sense, for it is common that on this day the catechumens report to the Bishop for the Rite of Election, who officially recognizes them as the elect of God in these final weeks before their baptism.In today’s readings there are actually many themes; they seem to form the spokes of a wagon wheel, with baptism being the central hub from which they emanate. Arching...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-18-18, First Sunday of Lent

    02/17/2018 8:08:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 54 replies ^ | 02-18-18 | Revised New American Bible
    February 18, 2018 First Sunday of Lent Reading 1 Gn 9:8-15 God said to Noah and to his sons with him: "See, I am now establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you: all the birds, and the various tame and wild animals that were with you and came out of the ark.I will establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all bodily creatures be destroyedby the waters of a flood; there shall not be another flood to devastate the earth."God added:"This is the sign that...
  • Charlotte woman reports to jail for baptizing daughter

    02/17/2018 6:00:53 PM PST · by Morgana · 28 replies
    WSOCTV ^ | Feb 16, 2018 | Glenn Counts
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A Charlotte woman reported to jail Friday morning after she baptized her daughter. The court case goes back a couple of years to when Kendra Stocks and Paul Schaaf were in a custody battle over their daughter. According to court documents, the two could never agree to the terms of their daughter's baptism. "Its just very sad. Its all just a very sad situation, Stocks told Channel 9.
  • Remembering That We Are Dust, as Seen in an Eerie Video

    02/17/2018 9:11:42 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-16-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Remembering That We Are Dust, as Seen in an Eerie Video Msgr. Charles Pope • February 16, 2018 • It is my usual Friday routine to feature a video (often a commercial) and draw some biblical or spiritual principle from it. The video below is no commercial; it is post-war footage from Berlin in July of 1945. Interestingly it is in color, but it can only be described as eerie. People walk about among the ruins in something of a daze. Not a word is said throughout. The people appear to be trying to get back to “normal” life...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-17-18, OM, The Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order

    02/16/2018 8:09:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 02-17-18 | Revised New American Bible
    February 17, 2018 Saturday after Ash Wednesday Reading 1 Is 58:9b-14 Thus says the LORD:If you remove from your midst oppression,false accusation and malicious speech;If you bestow your bread on the hungryand satisfy the afflicted;Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,and the gloom shall become for you like midday;Then the LORD will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake,and the foundations from ages past you shall raise up;"Repairer...
  • Compared to the Giants of Old, My Lenten Practices Look Pretty Small

    02/16/2018 8:12:38 AM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-15-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Compared to the Giants of Old, My Lenten Practices Look Pretty Small Msgr. Charles Pope • February 15, 2018 • I was explaining to a new Catholic recently that the color purple (violet) used during Lent symbolizes its penitential quality. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence, and all Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. These remind us that during Lent we are to give special attention to our sins and our need for salvation.Long gone are the days of a forty-day fast beginning on Ash Wednesday, but we still delight in the carnival...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-16-18

    02/15/2018 8:33:11 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 02-16-18 | Revised New American Bible
    February 16, 2018 Friday after Ash Wednesday Reading 1 Is 58:1-9a Thus says the Lord GOD:Cry out full-throated and unsparingly,lift up your voice like a trumpet blast; Tell my people their wickedness,and the house of Jacob their sins. They seek me day after day,and desire to know my ways,Like a nation that has done what is justand not abandoned the law of their God;They ask me to declare what is due them,pleased to gain access to God."Why do we fast, and you do not see it?afflict ourselves, and you take no note of it?" Lo, on your fast day...
  • Saint Valentine beheaded - Feb 14, 278 A.D.

    02/15/2018 3:10:43 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 10 replies
    On February 14 around the year 278 A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed. Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. Claudius believed that Roman men were unwilling to join the army because of their strong attachment to their wives and families. To get rid of the problem, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. Valentine, realizing the injustice of...
  • The Battle Theme of Lent

    02/15/2018 7:57:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Battle Theme of Lent Msgr. Charles Pope • February 14, 2018 • A brief observation of the first two days in Lent reveals militaristic, even violent imagery in the battle against sin and the unruly passions of the flesh. The Collect (opening prayer) of Ash Wednesday provides an image of troops mustering for battle:Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with...
  • The biggest Lenten 40 Days for Life campaign yet is finally here! February 14-March 25

    02/14/2018 10:23:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies
    40 Days for Life ^ | 02-14-18 | Shawn Carney and team
    DAY 1: The biggest ever February 14, 2018 The biggest Lenten 40 Days for Life campaign yet is finally here!And now we need YOU to step out in faith and go to the closest location to pray and fast for an end to abortion!40 Days for Life begins TODAY — and continues through March 25 — in 354 communities across the United States and 24 other countries … including multiple locations in nations such as Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Mexico, Romania and the United Kingdom!It is because of your prayers that God has provided so many blessings: 13,998 lives have been...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-15-18

    02/14/2018 10:05:28 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 02-15-18 | Revised New American Bible
    February 15, 2018 Thursday after Ash Wednesday Reading 1 Dt 30:15-20 Moses said to the people:"Today I have set before youlife and prosperity, death and doom.If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God,which I enjoin on you today,loving him, and walking in his ways,and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees,you will live and grow numerous,and the LORD, your God,will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen,but are led astray and adore and serve other gods,I tell you now that you will certainly perish;you will...
  • Five Meanings of the Ashes We Receive Today

    02/14/2018 8:01:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-13-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Five Meanings of the Ashes We Receive Today Msgr. Charles Pope • February 13, 2018 • As a boy, I remember wondering why so many people liked to rush to Church to get ashes smudged on their foreheads. Frankly, I had some revulsion at the idea. I didn’t like it at all and would secretly rub them off when no one was looking. Today, though I’ll admit I still don’t like it too much, I behave myself and don’t rub them off!I pray that this doesn’t seem impious, but I still marvel at how many people pack into the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-14-18, Ash Wednesday

    02/13/2018 8:30:56 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies ^ | 02-14-18 | Revised New American Bible
    February 14, 2018 Ash Wednesday If the blessing and distribution of ashes take place outside Mass, it is appropriate thatthe Liturgy of the Word precede it, using texts assigned to the Mass of Ash Wednesday. Reading 1 Jl 2:12-18 Even now, says the LORD,return to me with your whole heart,with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;Rend your hearts, not your garments,and return to the LORD, your God.For gracious and merciful is he,slow to anger, rich in kindness,and relenting in punishment.Perhaps he will again relentand leave behind him a blessing,Offerings and libationsfor the LORD, your God. Blow the trumpet in Zion!proclaim...
  • [Catholic Caucus] A Pre-Lenten Preparation for Priests and a Request for Prayers from the Faithful

    02/13/2018 7:22:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-12-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Pre-Lenten Preparation for Priests and a Request for Prayers from the Faithful Msgr. Charles Pope • February 12, 2018 • Priests need to prepare for Lent too. The Book of the Prophet Malachi provides a kind of mini-examen for them.As we consider the sins of the priests enumerated below, please understand that neither the biblical text nor my commentary should be construed as meaning that all or even most priests are like this. Sadly, though, sins and shortcomings are far too common among the clergy. As priests must strive to be better and more holy, so must the...
  • Irish church deserves to die, says outspoken Irish priest [barf]

    02/12/2018 10:29:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Irish Central ^ | February 10, 2018 06:15 AM | James OShea
    An outspoken priest in the Dublin archdiocese has written a highly controversial book titled Five Reasons the Irish Church Deserves to Die.Father Joe MacDonald was a late vocation at 45, but 11 years later he is a highly popular figure in his home parish of St. Matthews in Ballyfermot, a working class area of Dublin. He believes the church desperately needs to modernize, and that the continued lack of vocations will eventually cripple the church. Dublin now has only 220 priests, the vast majority of them elderly, for a population of one million. The church must change or die, he...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-13-18

    02/12/2018 8:24:55 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 02-13-18 | Revised New American Bible
    February 13, 2018 Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jas 1:12-18 Blessed is he who perseveres in temptation,for when he has been proven he will receive the crown of life that he promised to those who love him.No one experiencing temptation should say,"I am being tempted by God";for God is not subject to temptation to evil,and he himself tempts no one.Rather, each person is tempted when lured and enticed by his desire.Then desire conceives and brings forth sin,and when sin reaches maturity it gives birth to death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers and...
  • Miami Catholic school did the right thing (Firing Lesbian Teacher who "got married")

    02/12/2018 10:24:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/12/2018 | By Matt C. Abbott
    Once again, the left is expressing outrage over "politically-incorrect" Catholic teaching and practice. From theMiami Herald: First-grade teacher Jocelyn Morffi lost her job at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School on Thursday, the day after she returned from her [same-sex] wedding [sic] in the Florida Keys[.] ... After judges in Florida lifted the state's ban on same-sex marriage [sic] in 2015, Archbishop Thomas Wenski sent a memo to employees reminding them of the Archdiocese of Miami's policy.All employees, including school teachers, are considered church representatives and are expected to abide by Catholic teachings, the memo said.Any conduct 'inconsistent' with...