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  • Whence Comes the Special Resistance to Christ? A Meditation on a Teaching from Joseph Sobran

    11/24/2015 7:45:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-23-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Whence Comes the Special Resistance to Christ? A Meditation on a Teaching from Joseph Sobran Msgr. Charles Pope • November 23, 2015 • I have started reading through a recently published book called Subtracting Christianity: Essays on American Culture and Society. It is an anthology of the writings of Joseph Sobran (1946-2010), long-time editor at National Review and a keen observer of culture and its intersection with faith. I recommend it highly, for its penetrating observations and its sober portrait of what happens when we remove Christianity from our culture, the same Christianity that was fundamental in our making.I'd like...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-24-15, M, Andrew Dung Lac, Priest/Companions, Martyrs

    11/23/2015 11:43:00 PM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 24, 2015 Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs Reading 1 Dn 2:31-45 Daniel said to Nebuchadnezzar:"In your vision, O king, you saw a statue,very large and exceedingly bright,terrifying in appearance as it stood before you.The head of the statue was pure gold,its chest and arms were silver,its belly and thighs bronze, the legs iron,its feet partly iron and partly tile.While you looked at the statue,a stone which was hewn from a mountainwithout a hand being put to it,struck its iron and tile feet, breaking them in pieces.The iron, tile, bronze, silver, and gold all...
  • Advent Is a Drama of Light and Darkness – Pondering a Season Soon to Come Upon Us

    11/23/2015 7:44:56 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Advent Is a Drama of Light and Darkness – Pondering a Season Soon to Come Upon Us Msgr. Charles Pope • November 22, 2015 • The Feast of Christ the King (celebrated yesterday) signals the end of the liturgical year. This coming Sunday marks the beginning of Advent and a new liturgical year. Perhaps then we do well to prepare by taking a look ahead just past Thanksgiving.Many people think of Advent merely as being "pre-Christmas" time: office parties, shopping, decorating, and baking. But in the Church, Advent is more a penitential period, a time of preparation for both the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-23-15, OM, St. Clement I, St. Columban, Bl. Miguel Pro

    11/22/2015 8:08:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 49 replies
    USCCb.org/RNAB ^ | 11-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 23, 2015 Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dn 1:1-6, 8-20 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim, king of Judah,King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon cameand laid siege to Jerusalem.The Lord handed over to him Jehoiakim, king of Judah,and some of the vessels of the temple of God;he carried them off to the land of Shinar,and placed the vessels in the temple treasury of his god. The king told Ashpenaz, his chief chamberlain,to bring in some of the children of Israel of royal bloodand of the nobility, young men without any defect,handsome, intelligent and...
  • Is Christ Really Your King? A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King

    11/22/2015 7:34:39 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is Christ Really Your King? A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King Is Christ Really Your King? A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King Msgr. Charles Pope • November 21, 2015 • On the feast of Christ the King, we are called to acknowledge that Jesus is in fact our King. It is one thing to say that He is our King because the song in Church says that, or the preacher says that, or the Bible says that (yes, faith does come by hearing). But it is quite another for us to personally say that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-22-15, SOL, Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

    11/21/2015 7:02:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-22-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 22, 2015 The Solemnity Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Reading 1 Dn 7:13-14 As the visions during the night continued, I sawone like a Son of man coming,on the clouds of heaven;when he reached the Ancient Oneand was presented before him,the one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.His dominion is an everlasting dominionthat shall not be taken away,his kingship shall not be destroyed. Responsorial Psalm Ps 93:1, 1-2, 5 R. (1a) The LORD is king; he is robed in majesty.The LORD is king, in splendor...
  • Role of the angels

    11/21/2015 9:00:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 11-18-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Role of the angels While guardian angels can help guide our decisions, God gives us free will to choose sin or goodness Msgr. Charles Pope November 29, 2015 11/18/2015 Question: How does the Church reconcile the role of our guardian angels with the fact that so many children are vulnerable today to things like pornography and other things contrary to the Faith? There are so many attacks, and children seem so vulnerable. Where are the angels in all this?— Name withheld, Boston Answer: Your question is a profound one, touching on the deep mystery of evil, in this case...
  • German Cardinal: ISIS a ‘Satanic Terrorist Group’

    11/20/2015 5:32:20 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 13 replies
    Church Militant ^ | November 20, 2015 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a "satanic terrorist group." Those were the words of Cdl. Kurt Koch of Germany on Tuesdayat the International Ecumenical Congress held in his country near Stuttgart. The German cardinal, one of the few remaining orthodox prelates in Germany, told his audience it's wrong to believe violent persecutions of Christians are a thing of the past. Instead, he pointed out how there are plenty of martyrs for the Faith today, specifically because of ISIS. "In about 25 countries Christians are under threat of life and limb," observed Cdl. Koch. Hence, it is...
  • Syrian Patriarch: 'The West Has Betrayed Us'

    11/20/2015 9:43:21 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 26 replies
    Church Militant ^ | November 19, 2015 | Joseph Pelletier
    Syrian Patriarch: 'The West Has Betrayed Us' "We Christians are not able to live in this chaos" Church Militant November 19, 2015 "Be careful, the situation in Syria is not like the Egyptian, Tunisian or Libyan. It is much more complex, and conflict will create only chaos and civil war." This is warning from the head of the Syrian Catholic Church, Moran Mor Ignatius Joseph III Younan. In an interview with Le Messager, the official publication of the Catholic Church in Egypt, the patriarch emphasized that Christians in Syria "are trapped in a terrible situation." The dwindling population faces...
  • Catholic Caucus, Daily Mass Readings, 11-21-15, M, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    11/20/2015 9:39:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-21-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 21, 2015 Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 1 Mc 6:1-13 As King Antiochus was traversing the inland provinces,he heard that in Persia there was a city called Elymais,famous for its wealth in silver and gold,and that its temple was very rich,containing gold helmets, breastplates, and weaponsleft there by Alexander, son of Philip,king of Macedon, the first king of the Greeks.He went therefore and tried to capture and pillage the city.But he could not do so,because his plan became known to the people of the citywho rose up in battle against him.So he retreated...
  • How to Draw Your Children Back to the Church, A Reflection on a Wonderful New Resource [Catholic C]

    11/20/2015 7:11:09 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-19-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How to Draw Your Children Back to the Church – A Reflection on a Wonderful New Resource Msgr. Charles Pope • November 19, 2015 • One of the more common heartaches people express to me is that their adult children no longer attend Mass or have any relationship with the Church. Many of these parents sent their children to Catholic School and brought them to Mass every week. Yet despite these efforts, many of these young adults were drawn away from the Church by the lure of the secular world, often during their college years or shortly thereafter.It was typically...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-20-15

    11/19/2015 9:10:10 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-20-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 20, 2015 Friday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Mc 4:36-37, 52-59 Judas and his brothers said,"Now that our enemies have been crushed,let us go up to purify the sanctuary and rededicate it."So the whole army assembled, and went up to Mount Zion. Early in the morning on the twenty-fifth day of the ninth month,that is, the month of Chislev,in the year one hundred and forty-eight,they arose and offered sacrifice according to the lawon the new altar of burnt offerings that they had made. On the anniversary of the day on which the Gentiles...
  • Catholic Church Facilitates Foreign Invasion

    11/19/2015 2:42:15 PM PST · by RightSideNews · 70 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | November 19, 2015 | Cliff Kincaid
    In addition to direct federal grants to help refugees, government at various levels provide subsidized housing, healthcare, food stamps, other cash assistance, and free education. There is also a cost to the criminal justice system of taking care of the criminals among them. It’s the Catholic role, in collaboration with the federal government, in bringing refugees to the U.S. that caused Corcoran to leave the church. She told Accuracy in Media, “In 2002, having been raised in a protestant faith, I became a Catholic. For a few years I loved being a Catholic. All of that changed beginning in 2007...
  • Pondering Pride, the Most Perilous of All Sins

    11/19/2015 7:42:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-18-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering Pride, the Most Perilous of All Sins Msgr. Charles Pope • November 18, 2015 • Pride is a sin that is so pervasive, and that runs so deep within us, we often don't even sense it is there. Not only is it is a sinful drive in itself, it also plays a role in every other sin we commit. It is the sin we most share with Satan and all the fallen angels. Satan refused to serve God or to submit to His plan, and these are strong tendencies in every human person as well. Satan planned his strategy...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-19-15

    11/19/2015 7:07:38 AM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RHAB ^ | 11-19-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 19, 2015 Thursday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Mc 2:15-29 The officers of the king in charge of enforcing the apostasycame to the city of Modein to organize the sacrifices.Many of Israel joined them,but Mattathias and his sons gathered in a group apart.Then the officers of the king addressed Mattathias:"You are a leader, an honorable and great man in this city,supported by sons and kin.Come now, be the first to obey the king's command,as all the Gentiles and the men of Judahand those who are left in Jerusalem have done.Then you and your...
  • What is the Purpose of Government? [And its Primary Duty?]

    11/19/2015 1:37:19 AM PST · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    catholicculture.org ^ | Aug 05, 2011 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    In my latest In Depth Analysis (The Question of Government Size and Scope), I discussed four issues that should be kept very much in mind before we reflexively turn to government, especially the highest level of government, to solve our problems. But one thing I deliberately avoided in that essay was a consideration of the purpose of government in the first place. I’d like to address that briefly here. .... But in the midst of all these attitudes, predispositions, and mood swings, we really ought to stop to ask ourselves: What, in the abstract, is the actual purpose of government?...
  • Pope Cracks Door to Lutheran Communion

    11/16/2015 7:06:16 AM PST · by NRx · 21 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 11-16-2015 | Rod Dreher
    Now for Protestants too, says Francis (Martin Podzorny/Shutterstock) Francis continues to, um, amaze. From Rocco Palma’s report on the Pope’s meeting with Lutherans in Rome on Sunday, as part of an ecumenical dialogue: In an answer that’s almost certain to resonate broadly across the ecumenical scene (and elsewhere, quite possibly show his hand on his intended course following last month’s Synod on the Family), the pontiff – clearly wrestling with the plea – pointedly appealed less to the standard prohibition of the Eucharist for Protestant communities than to the woman’s discernment in conscience.As if to reinforce the point, in...
  • What Did The Pope Really Say… about Lutherans and Communion?

    11/17/2015 12:56:37 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 14 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | November 16, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Here we go again. Pope Francis has offered some confusing observations about the possibility of Lutherans receiving Holy Communion in the Catholic Church.I'm getting email… angry… alarmed… confused… sad… above all demoralized.Edward Pentin has the best press breakdown I have seen so far. HERE You can read the whole of the answer that the Pope gave to a Lutheran woman Anke de Bernardinis. Here's the video of the whole event in the original language, Italian. The part under discussion here starts at 21:00:Here below are the Pope's comments in context (Pentin's working translation): Question: My name is Anke de Bernardinis...
  • New measures seek to prevent ISIS drone attack on Vatican in Year of Mercy

    11/18/2015 9:12:50 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 18, 2015
    Drones are to be banned from the airspace over the centre of Rome, during the Year of Mercy as a precaution against ISIS attacks. In the wake of the Paris attacks, Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Monday that drones will be banned from the airspace from December 8, as the Year of Mercy is due to attract millions of tourists to the Italian capital.Addressing the Italian Parliament, Mr Alfano said that security would be tightened around any potential target, particularly around St Peter’s Square, he said: “Particular attention has been dedicated to the risk of an attack...
  • A Word of Encouragement in One of Jesus' Stranger Sayings

    11/18/2015 7:09:02 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-17-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Word of Encouragement in One of Jesus’ Stranger Sayings Msgr. Charles Pope • November 17, 2015 • It is one of the stranger dialogs that occurs in the Gospel, and it is hard not to rejoice in Jesus’ aplomb. We read it last week in daily Mass.In it, some Pharisees, likely disingenuous, approach Jesus, warning Him to leave immediately: Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you. Probably more for their ears than Herod's, Jesus responds,"Go and tell that fox, 'Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow, and on the third...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-18-15, OM, Ded Basilicas/Peter & Paul, St. Rose P. Duchesne

    11/17/2015 10:06:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-18-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 18, 2015 Wednesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Mc 7:1, 20-31 It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrestedand tortured with whips and scourges by the king,to force them to eat pork in violation of God's law. Most admirable and worthy of everlasting remembrance was the mother,who saw her seven sons perish in a single day,yet bore it courageously because of her hope in the Lord.Filled with a noble spirit that stirred her womanly heart with manly courage,she exhorted each of themin the language of their ancestors with these words:“I do not...
  • Bookends: How the First and Last Books of the Bible Fit Together

    11/17/2015 6:42:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-16-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Bookends: How the First and Last Books of the Bible Fit Together Msgr. Charles Pope • November 16, 2015 • Today's post shows some contrasts and fulfillments between the first book of the Bible, Genesis, and the last book, Revelation. There is a kind of “bookend” quality to those books wherein things are announced or initiated in Genesis and then fulfilled or finished in Revelation.Consider the following two lists. I pray that you will appreciate the parallels and paradoxes presented in them, especially during the months of November and December, when we consider the four last things and the culmination...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-17-15, M, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

    11/16/2015 8:44:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-17-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 17, 2015 Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious Reading 1 2 Mc 6:18-31 Eleazar, one of the foremost scribes,a man of advanced age and noble appearance,was being forced to open his mouth to eat pork. But preferring a glorious death to a life of defilement,he spat out the meat,and went forward of his own accord to the instrument of torture,as people ought to do who have the courage to reject the foodwhich it is unlawful to taste even for love of life. Those in charge of that unlawful ritual meal took the man aside privately,because of their...
  • Obama Invokes Pope Francis to Justify Taking Syrian Refugees

    11/16/2015 9:55:33 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/16/15 | Pete Kasperowicz
    President Obama on Monday invoked Pope Francis as a way to justify taking in thousands of refugees from war-torn Syria, despite warnings from Congress and several states that doing so runs the risk of taking in terrorists disguised as refugees. "When Pope Francis came to visit the United States and gave a speech before Congress, he didn't just speak about Christians who were being persecuted, he didn't call on Catholic parishes just to admit those who were of the same religious faith, he said protect people who were vulnerable," Obama said in remarks to the press in Turkey. His comments...
  • How to Discuss Same-Sex Marriage With Dissenting Family Members

    11/16/2015 7:08:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-15-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How to Discuss Same-Sex “Marriage” With Dissenting Family Members Msgr. Charles Pope • November 15, 2015 • I was out on the preaching circuit this past week and spoke at five parishes (including my own) on the biblical vision of Holy Matrimony (marriage) as set forth by God and the Church. The talks were sponsored by the pro-life group Defend Life.While I cannot succinctly reproduce the talk in today's blog, I spoke from notes that are available here and here. A video of one of the talks will be posted soon.I heard a consistent concern voiced by those in attendance...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-16-15, OM, St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Gertrude, Virgin

    11/15/2015 8:42:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-16-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 16, 2015 Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Mc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63 [From the descendants of Alexander's officers]there sprang a sinful offshoot, Antiochus Epiphanes,son of King Antiochus, once a hostage at Rome.He became king in the year one hundred and thirty sevenof the kingdom of the Greeks. In those days there appeared in Israelmen who were breakers of the law,and they seduced many people, saying:“Let us go and make an alliance with the Gentiles all around us;since we separated from them, many evils have come upon us.”The proposal was agreeable;some from among...
  • After Paris, Pope Francis Tells Christians To Be Ready For The End Of The World

    11/15/2015 12:32:06 PM PST · by Biggirl · 213 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | November 15, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    Two days after the horrendous jihadist attacks in Paris, Pope Francis preached about the “end times,” encouraging his hearers to be vigilant and ready at any moment to meet God face to face.
  • But the Word of the Lord Remains Forever! A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year

    11/15/2015 6:58:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdioce of Washington ^ | 11-14-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    But the Word of the Lord Remains Forever! A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • November 14, 2015 • “O Jerusalem” by Greg OlsenAs winter approaches and we approach the end of the liturgical year, we ponder the passing quality of this world and the fading of its glories. Jesus' words in the gospel today must surely have shocked, even horrified, his Apostles. Let's look at His stunning words and seek to apply them in our own life.The Place of this Gospel -- As we complete the liturgical year, we find Jesus standing just...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-15-15, Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

    11/14/2015 8:06:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 45 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-15-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 15, 2015 Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dn 12:1-3 In those days, I Daniel, heard this word of the Lord:"At that time there shall ariseMichael, the great prince,guardian of your people;it shall be a time unsurpassed in distresssince nations began until that time.At that time your people shall escape,everyone who is found written in the book. "Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake;some shall live forever,others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace. "But the wise shall shine brightlylike the splendor of the firmament,and those who lead the many to...
  • Crowded with saints?

    11/14/2015 8:42:53 AM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 11-2015 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Crowded with saints? Msgr. Charles Pope Q.  The descriptions of heaven in the Bible seem to describe a vast amount of people, and the paintings I have seen from the Renaissance make it look rather crowded and busy. Frankly, I hate big cities and crowds. Are these descriptions accurate, or am I missing something?— D.L., Wichita, Kansas A. Here’s a reply from Msgr. Charles Pope: The danger to avoid when meditating on heaven is taking earthly realities and merely transferring them to heaven. Whatever similarities heavenly realities have to things on earth, they will be experienced there in a heavenly...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-14-15

    11/13/2015 9:19:58 PM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-14-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 14, 2015 Saturday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Wis 18:14-16; 19:6-9 When peaceful stillness compassed everythingand the night in its swift course was half spent,Your all-powerful word, from heaven's royal thronebounded, a fierce warrior, into the doomed land,bearing the sharp sword of your inexorable decree.And as he alighted, he filled every place with death;he still reached to heaven, while he stood upon the earth. For all creation, in its several kinds, was being made over anew,serving its natural laws,that your children might be preserved unharmed.The cloud overshadowed their camp;and out of what had before...
  • Feast of St. John Chrysostomos, Archbishop of Constantinople

    Synaxarion: This greatest and most beloved of all Christian orators was born in Antioch the Great in the year 344 or 347; his pious parents were called Secundus and Anthusa. After his mother was widowed at the age of twenty, she devoted herself to bringing up John and his elder sister in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. John received his literary training under Anthragathius the philosopher, and Libanius the sophist, who was the greatest Greek scholar and rhetorician of his day. Libanius was a pagan, and when asked before his death whom he wished to have for his...
  • On the Worthy and Unworthy Participation of the Divine Eucharist

    11/13/2015 10:28:35 AM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    Mystagogy ^ | 11-13-2015 | St. John Chrysostom
    By St. John Chrysostom How many now say, I would wish to see His form, the mark, His clothes, His shoes. Lo! You see Him, you touch Him, you eat Him. And you indeed desire to see His clothes, but He gives Himself to you not to see only, but also to touch and eat and receive within you. Let then no one approach It with indifference, no one faint-hearted, but all with burning hearts, all fervent, all desiring. For if Jews standing, and having on their shoes and their staves in their hands, ate with haste, much more...
  • Three Aspects of Anxiety and How to Overcome Them

    11/13/2015 8:35:38 AM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-12-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Three Aspects of Anxiety and How to Overcome Them Msgr. Charles Pope • November 12, 2015 • Worry is a universal human problem. Jesus speaks to it in Matthew 6 and His advice amounts to more than just "Don't worry." He actually sets forth how we can avoid it. Let's see how by looking at three problems He describes that bring about worry.No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Therefore I tell...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-13-15, M, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin

    11/12/2015 9:55:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-13-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 13, 2015 Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin Reading 1 Wis 13:1-9 All men were by nature foolish who were in ignorance of God,and who from the good things seen did not succeed in knowing him who is,and from studying the works did not discern the artisan;But either fire, or wind, or the swift air,or the circuit of the stars, or the mighty water,or the luminaries of heaven, the governors of the world, they considered gods.Now if out of joy in their beauty they thought them gods,let them know how far more excellent is the Lord than...
  • Homosexuality Is Not Sexuality

    11/11/2015 7:00:29 PM PST · by Coleus · 11 replies
    crisis magazine ^ | November 11, 2015 | Deacon Jim Russell
    Events of recent memory have left my head spinning in disbelief—“Caitlyn,” same-sex so-called “marriage,” three women “marrying” in South America, and, yes, “gay Catholics” and “chaste gay couples.” With me, you may wonder how all this has emerged in a short few decades of social upheaval. I may have an answer: Society has constructed an unreal cultural landscape in which things that are not sexuality are passed off as sexuality. Even a majority of Catholics are, perhaps unwittingly, swallowing this unreality, hook, line, and sinker.The fabric of this false landscape is language—language that frames everyone and everything in a...
  • The Myth of the War Between Science and Religion

    11/12/2015 10:04:55 AM PST · by Heartlander · 10 replies
    Strange Notions ^ | October 12, 2015 | Bishop Robert Barron
    The Myth of the War Between Science and Religion For the past several years, I've been posting short commentaries on YouTube, probably the most popular website in the world.  I've covered everything from movies and music to books and cultural trends, but I've given special attention to the New Atheism. Among other videos, I've posted three answers to Christopher Hitchens' book God is Not Great, a brief presentation of some classical arguments for God's existence, and a response to Bill Maher's movie Religulous. As you might know, people are able to post comments in response to videos, and I’ve received a huge...
  • Hyperstimulation Is an Increasing Evil Whose Influence We Must Combat

    11/12/2015 7:21:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-11-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Hyperstimulation Is an Increasing Evil Whose Influence We Must Combat Msgr. Charles Pope • November 11, 2015 • We live in an age of such overstimulation that it would be unimaginable to people even a mere hundred years ago. In fact, it is probably more accurate to say we are not simply overstimulated, we are hyperstimulated. The number and kind of diversions available to us and imposed upon us are almost too numerous to mention. Silence and quietude are as unknown to us as is real darkness. We are enveloped in such sea of light that we are no longer...
  • Patriarch of Antioch: Muslims Want to Conquer Europe with ‘Faith and the Birthrate’

    11/12/2015 1:06:10 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 6, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    In a stunning interview, the Maronite patriarch of Antioch, Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, has contended that Islam has a clear, two-pronged strategy to take over Europe: religion and procreation. The cardinal said that Muslims look on Christians as weak and believe that since they have no children and barely practice their faith, Islam will easily conquer them. Sadly, he said, Muslims take their faith more seriously than most Christians, and they are gaining ground because of it. "I have often heard from Muslims that their goal is to conquer Europe with two weapons: their faith and their birthrate," al-Rahi said......
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-12-15, M, St. Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr

    11/11/2015 8:35:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-12-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 12, 2015 Memorial of Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr Reading 1 Wis 7:22b–8:1 In Wisdom is a spiritintelligent, holy, unique,Manifold, subtle, agile,clear, unstained, certain,Not baneful, loving the good, keen,unhampered, beneficent, kindly,Firm, secure, tranquil,all-powerful, all-seeing,And pervading all spirits,though they be intelligent, pure and very subtle.For Wisdom is mobile beyond all motion,and she penetrates and pervades all things by reason of her purity.For she is an aura of the might of Godand a pure effusion of the glory of the Almighty;therefore nought that is sullied enters into her.For she is the refulgence of eternal light,the spotless mirror of the power of...
  • What are Beauty and Peace? The Ancient Philosophers Had Simple, Objective Definitions

    11/11/2015 7:02:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-10-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What are Beauty and Peace? The Ancient Philosophers Had Simple, Objective Definitions Msgr. Charles Pope • November 10, 2015 • Every now and then we all run across a description or definition of something that captures its truth, yet at the same time respects its mystery. For indeed mere words can ever really be, or take the place of, the thing or person they describe. The reality is always richer than the descriptions we attempt with the grunts and scrawls we call "words."Such were my thoughts when I was rummaging through some old philosophy notes and came across two classic...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-11-15, M, St. Martin of Tours, Bishop

    11/10/2015 9:30:17 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-11-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 11, 2015 Memorial of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop Reading 1 Wis 6:1-11 Hear, O kings, and understand;learn, you magistrates of the earth's expanse!Hearken, you who are in power over the multitudeand lord it over throngs of peoples!Because authority was given you by the Lordand sovereignty by the Most High,who shall probe your works and scrutinize your counsels.Because, though you were ministers of his kingdom, you judged not rightly,and did not keep the law,nor walk according to the will of God,Terribly and swiftly shall he come against you,because judgment is stern for the exalted -For the lowly may be...
  • The African Church Is the New Champion of Orthodoxy [Catholic Caucus]

    11/10/2015 5:19:43 PM PST · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Crisis ^ | 11/10/15 | Stephen Beale
    Europe is the Faith–so Hilaire Belloc declared in 1920. Nearly a century later, the faith burns as bright as it did then, but it is Africa, not Europe, that is carrying the torch of orthodoxy.Such is the unavoidable take-away from last month’s synod on the family. With prominent Western traditionalists like Cardinal Raymond Burke sidelined, the prelates from sub-Saharan Africa became the outspoken voices of orthodoxy.Cardinal Robert Sarah, a Guinea native and the head of the Congregation for Divine Worship, made headlines in a floor speech (fittingly, in this context, they are called “interventions”) likening gender ideology and ISIS to...
  • Love and Lament Alike -- A Brief Reflection for All Who Care About the Church

    11/10/2015 7:14:58 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-09-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Love and Lament Alike – A Brief Reflection for All Who Care About the Church Msgr. Charles Pope • November 9, 2015 • As a priest and pastor I work very closely with others: clergy, religious, laity who work for the Church, and laity who volunteer. We all work for the Church because we love her and her people.But along with that love comes, at times, disappointment, hurt, or even disillusionment. Perhaps these feelings result from issues in the wider Church such as the betrayal of sexual abuse by clergy, the lack of courage and leadership from some bishops and...
  • Cardinal: Islam's Goal is to Conquer Europe by Faith and Birth Rate

    11/09/2015 7:18:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Christian Examiner ^ | 11/9/15 | Gregory Tomlin
    BERUIT (Christian Examiner) - The leader of Maronite Catholics in Lebanon has said if the multiple wars in the Middle East do not stop, the region will be emptied of its Christians and Europe will eventually fall to Islam. Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, who leads the eastern Catholics still aligned with Rome, said in a recent interview with an Italian Catholic news magazine, Famiglia Christiana or Christian Family, the recent waves of immigration into Europe are only the beginning of Islam's expansion into the continent. Islam will eventually win the territory, he said, for two reasons. "I have heard many...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-10-15, M, St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church

    11/09/2015 7:18:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-10-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 10, 2015 Memorial of Saint Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Wis 2:23–3:9 God formed man to be imperishable;the image of his own nature he made them.But by the envy of the Devil, death entered the world,and they who are in his possession experience it. But the souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them.They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;and their passing away was thought an afflictionand their going forth from us, utter destruction.But they are in peace.For if before...
  • Why Does Jesus Tell Us to Use "Dishonest Wealth”?"

    11/09/2015 7:11:42 AM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-08-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Does Jesus Tell Us to Use "Dishonest Wealth"? Msgr. Charles Pope • November 8, 2015 • There was a puzzling reference in Saturday morning's Gospel (Saturday of the 31st week in Ordinary Time) in which Jesus says,I tell you, make friends for yourselves by your use of dishonest wealth, so that, when it fails, they will welcome you to eternal dwellings (Luke 16:9).What does He mean by "dishonest wealth"?The Greek expression μαμωνᾶ τῆς ἀδικίας (mamona tes adikias) is more literally translated as “mammon of unrighteousness.” Mammon is a Hebrew and Aramaic word that has a wider meaning than just...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-09-15, FEAST, Ded. of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

    11/08/2015 8:09:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-09-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 9, 2015 Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome Reading 1 Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 The angel brought meback to the entrance of the temple,and I saw water flowing outfrom beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east,for the facade of the temple was toward the east;the water flowed down from the southern side of the temple,south of the altar.He led me outside by the north gate,and around to the outer gate facing the east,where I saw water trickling from the southern side.He said to me,"This water flows into the eastern district down upon...
  • The Paradox of Poverty – A Homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year

    11/08/2015 6:49:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-07-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington The Paradox of Poverty -- A Homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • November 7, 2015 • The first reading in today's Mass, from 1st Kings, speaks to us of the paradox of poverty. And the paradox is this: it is often our poverty, our neediness, that provides a doorway for God to bless us with true riches. It is our emptiness that provides room for God to go to work.Yes, in our riches we have "too much to lose." To the rich and worldly minded, the Gospel seems too demanding. But...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-08-15, Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

    11/07/2015 6:41:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 45 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-0815 | Revised New American Bible
    November 8, 2015 Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 17:10-16 In those days, Elijah the prophet went to Zarephath.As he arrived at the entrance of the city,a widow was gathering sticks there; he called out to her,"Please bring me a small cupful of water to drink." She left to get it, and he called out after her,"Please bring along a bit of bread." She answered, "As the LORD, your God, lives,I have nothing baked; there is only a handful of flour in my jarand a little oil in my jug. Just now I was collecting a...