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  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Our Lady of Guadalupe, 12-12-18

    12/12/2018 3:13:53 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | 12-12-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: The Virgin of Guadalupe | public domain Our Lady of Guadalupe Saint of the Day for December 12  The Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe The feast in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe goes back to the 16th century. Chronicles of that period tell us the story.A poor Indian named Cuauhtlatohuac was baptized and given the name Juan Diego. He was a 57-year-old widower, and lived in a small village near Mexico City. On Saturday morning December 9, 1531, he was on his way to a nearby barrio to attend Mass in honor of Our...
  • Ark of the Covenant inside a church in Ethiopia?Historian’s claim of having seen the Ark disputed

    12/12/2018 10:06:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/12/2018 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The search for the Ark of the Covenant has led to renewed speculation that the biblical artifact may be hidden inside a church in Ethiopia, but historians have pushed back against the theory. Archaeologists have searched for centuries for clues and hints of where the Ark, containing the stone tablets bearing the Ten Commandments given to Moses by God, could be. The BASE Institute has sent research teams to Ethiopia, Egypt, Israel and Rome and it believes the evidence points to Ethiopia. Although it has not found the actual Ark, it stated, "As unusual as this may sound, the BASE...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Would Jesus Have Come If Adam Had Not Sinned? Why Did He Wait So Long...?

    12/12/2018 8:15:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-11-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Would Jesus Have Come If Adam Had Not Sinned? Why Did He Wait So Long Before Coming? Msgr. Charles Pope • December 11, 2018 • Continuing our series of questions related to the Incarnation, we next ponder whether Jesus would have come at all had we not sinned in the garden. We also consider why He waited thousands of years before coming to our rescue.Would Jesus have come if Adam had not sinned?St. Thomas Aquinas (in his Summa Theologica) first states that there are different opinions on the matter. He also notes that God’s power is not limited and...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Damasus I, 12-11-18

    12/11/2018 6:23:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 12-11-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Lithography of Pope Saint Damasus I | Pedro Augusto Guglielmi Saint Damasus I Saint of the Day for December 11 (304 – December 11, 384)  Saint Damasus I’s Story To his secretary Saint Jerome, Damasus was “an incomparable person, learned in the Scriptures, a virgin doctor of the virgin Church, who loved chastity and heard its praises with pleasure.” Damasus seldom heard such unrestrained praise. Internal political struggles, doctrinal heresies, uneasy relations with his fellow bishops and those of the Eastern Church marred the peace of his pontificate.The son of a Roman priest, possibly of Spanish...
  • ‘Men Have Forgotten God’: Remembering Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s 1983 Templeton Address

    12/11/2018 8:55:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/11/2018
    Editor’s Note: This article, which originally ran in the July 22, 1983, issue of National Review, is adapted from the address Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn gave on the occasion of his acceptance, in London on May 10, 1983, of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. In announcing the 1983 award, the Templeton Foundation described Mr. Solzhenitsyn as “a pioneer in the renaissance of religion in atheist nations.” Mr. Solzhenitsyn ’s introductory remarks were made at the awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace, with Prince Philip presiding. The address proper was delivered later the same day at the London Guildhall. Today, December 11,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Why Did the Second Person of the Trinity, ……. Become Incarnate?

    12/11/2018 8:18:21 AM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-10-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Did the Second Person of the Trinity, Rather Than the Father or the Holy Spirit, Become Incarnate? Msgr. Charles Pope • December 10, 2018 • Trinity Dome. Credit: J. Lippelmann, Catholic StandardAs we await the approaching Feast of Holy Christmas, we have been pondering some of St. Thomas Aquinas’ teachings on the Incarnation. Today we will consider why it was the Son, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, who became incarnate.Most people have never even thought of this question let alone sought to answer it. God could have chosen many different ways to save us; He chose...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The History of the Advent Season

    12/10/2018 9:40:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 12-06-18 | Fr. William Sanders
    The History of the Advent SeasonFr. William Saunders The liturgical season of Advent marks the time of spiritual preparation by the faithful before Christmas. Advent begins on the Sunday closest to the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30). It spans four Sundays and four weeks of preparation, although the last week of Advent is usually truncated because of when Christmas falls.The celebration of Advent has evolved in the spiritual life of the Church. The historical origins of Advent are hard to determine with great precision. In its earliest form, beginning in France, Advent was a period of preparation...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed Adolph Kolping, 12-10-18

    12/10/2018 7:45:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 12-10-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Adolph Kolping | Den katolske kirke Blessed Adolph Kolping Saint of the Day for December 10 (December 8, 1813 – December 4, 1865)  Blessed Adolph Kolping’s Story The rise of the factory system in 19th-century Germany brought many single men into cities where they faced new challenges to their faith. Father Adolph Kolping began a ministry to them, hoping that they would not be lost to the Catholic faith, as was happening to workers elsewhere in industrialized Europe.Born in the village of Kerpen, Adolph became a shoemaker at an early age because of his family’s economic...
  • Catholic monks beatified in Algeria, first in a Muslim nation

    12/10/2018 10:31:24 AM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Aljazeera ^ | December 9, 2018
    Some 1,200 people, including pilgrims, relatives and friends of the beatified, filled the Chapel of our Lady of Santa Cruz [Abdelaziz Boumzar/Reuters] The Catholic Church has beatified in Algeria seven French monks and 12 other members of the clergy killed during the country's civil war, the first ceremony of its kind in a Muslim country.Papal envoy Cardinal Angelo Becciu read the official decree on Saturday, stating that the 19 men and women would "from now on be called blessed" at an event in the coastal city of Oran. Some 1,200 people, including pilgrims and relatives and friends of the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Four Reasons That the Incarnation was Fitting, According to St. Thomas Aquinas

    12/10/2018 7:56:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-09-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Four Reasons That the Incarnation was Fitting, According to St. Thomas Aquinas Msgr. Charles Pope • December 9, 2018 • Incarnation of Jesus, Piero di Cosimo (1505)As we approach the Christmas feasts, it is good for us to ponder aspects of the Incarnation. In this post, I would like to consider what St. Thomas Aquinas teaches about its fittingness. God was not radically “required” to do everything as He did. We do well to ponder why the manner of the Lord’s incarnation is “fitting,” why it makes sense.St. Thomas, referencing St. John Damascene, gives four reasons for the fittingness...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Juan Diego, 12-09-18

    12/09/2018 5:59:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 12-09-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Detail | Saint Juan Diego | photo by Lawrence OP | flickr Saint Juan Diego Saint of the Day for December 9 (1474 – May 30, 1548)  Saint Juan Diego’s Story Thousands of people gathered in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe July 31, 2002, for the canonization of Juan Diego, to whom the Blessed Mother appeared in the 16th century. Pope John Paul II celebrated the ceremony at which the poor Indian peasant became the Church’s first saint indigenous to the Americas.The Holy Father called the new saint “a simple, humble Indian” who accepted...
  • Murmansk Airport to be Renamed in Honor of Tsar Nicholas II

    12/09/2018 5:52:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12/6/18
    The Public Chamber of the Russian Federation held its final meeting of the expert council of the “Great Names of Russia” contest on Tuesday, summing up the national vote for renaming 42 airports throughout the country after great Russians. 5.5 million people participated in choosing 42 names out of a possible 142, and the final results were announced on the program 60 Minutes on the channel Russia-1, reports the Murmansk Gazette. Among the winners was Royal Martyr Tsar Nicholas II, in whose honor Murmansk Airport will be renamed, having received 49% of the votes (71,652). The great and beloved Russian...
  • I Wanna Be Ready to Put on a Long White Robe – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent

    12/09/2018 7:45:01 AM PST · by Salvation · 103 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-08-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I Wanna Be Ready to Put on a Long White Robe – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent Msgr. Charles Pope • December 8, 2018 • Preaching of John the Baptist, Baciccio (1690)But who may abide the day of his coming and who shall stand when he appeareth? This is the cry that goes up from the final pages of the Old Testament (Mal 3:2). The Lord himself gives the answer:See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, The Immaculate Conception of the BVM, 12-08-18

    12/08/2018 6:31:48 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: The Immaculate Conception | Giovanni Battista Tiepolo The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Saint of the Day for December 8  The Story of the Immaculate Conception of Mary A feast called the Conception of Mary arose in the Eastern Church in the seventh century. It came to the West in the eighth century. In the 11th century it received its present name, the Immaculate Conception. In the 18th century it became a feast of the universal Church. It is now recognized as a solemnity.In 1854, Pius IX solemnly proclaimed: “The most Blessed Virgin Mary,...
  • Woe Unto Edom

    12/08/2018 5:34:38 PM PST · by pcottraux · 4 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | December 8, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Woe Unto Edom By Philip Cottraux When it comes to Bible prophecy, end-times study is the most popular subject among Christians. However, we miss out by not looking more at prophecy that’s already been fulfilled. If you want to see God’s fingerprints in history, it’s worth examining predictions from the Old Testament that were fulfilled within ancient times, in some cases even before the New Testament age. Daniel is the best example. This prophet lived during the reign of king Nebuchadnezzar all the way through the occupation of Babylon by the Medo-Persians, in the time span of 620-538 BC. But...
  • Science Confirms: Angels Took the House of Our Lady of Nazareth to Loreto

    12/08/2018 7:17:28 AM PST · by NYer · 1,101 replies
    tfp ^ | August 7, 2016 | Luis Dufaur
    How did the Holy House take off from its foundations and reappear intact about 2,000 miles away, where it remains to this day?At a conference organized by the “Amici del Timone” Cultural Center in Staggia Senese, Italy, titled “The Story of the Incredible Move of the House of Mary of Nazareth to Loreto,” a topic was developed which challenges engineering.Indeed, the Holy House, birthplace of Our Lady and where the Archangel Gabriel announced to her the Incarnation, has been for many centuries in the town of Loreto (Santa Casa di Loreto), in the Marche region of Italy, facing the Adriatic...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Ambrose, 12-07-18

    12/07/2018 6:58:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 12-07-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Statue of Saint Ambrose | Luigi Scorzini | photo by G.dallorto Saint Ambrose Saint of the Day for December 7 (337 – April 4, 397)  Saint Ambrose’s Story One of Ambrose’s biographers observed that at the Last Judgment, people would still be divided between those who admired Ambrose and those who heartily disliked him. He emerges as the man of action who cut a furrow through the lives of his contemporaries. Even royal personages were numbered among those who were to suffer crushing divine punishments for standing in Ambrose’s way.When the Empress Justina attempted to wrest...
  • The Last True Knight on Malta

    12/07/2018 4:44:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 11/30/18 | Ross Kenneth Urken
    The storied Knights of Malta shaped the Maltese capital of Valletta into a ‘city for gentlemen’, but how much longer can chivalry survive in the modern age?At 21:00 one Sunday evening this past October, I telephoned Fra John Critien and he was none too pleased. A gentleman does not, he told me, cold call a knight at such an unreasonable hour. The conversation ended there. Click. But when I promptly sent him a follow-up email to explain that I had come to Malta to learn how to behave in a manner befitting of the storied knights of the Sovereign Military...
  • A Shocking Loss of Faith: Reflecting on the Closing of So Many Churches

    12/07/2018 8:54:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 74 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-06-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Shocking Loss of Faith: Reflecting on the Closing of So Many Churches Msgr. Charles Pope • December 6, 2018 • Lincoln Congregational Temple in Shaw, credit: NCinDC, FlickrAs I walk or drive through my Capitol Hill neighborhood here in Washington, D.C., I pass by more than twenty churches (all of them Protestant) that have been closed in the past decade. Many of them are grand and prominent buildings. (Click here to see four of them.) Most of the them have been converted to condominiums, likely due to historic preservation norms that seek to retain the exterior appearance of...
  • No, Christmas is Not Pagan. Just Stop.

    12/07/2018 7:10:02 AM PST · by Carpe Cerevisi · 53 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | December 5, 2018 | Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick
    Well, it’s time for a good Christmas rant. This requires a rant, because every year, we see the same ignorant silliness. (Sorry, but it’s just true.) Supposedly, Christmas is secretly pagan, secretly syncretist, secretly a co-opting of pagan stuff and ignorantly claiming it to be Christian. But the truth about these things is so available that it’s literally staring out at you even from Wikipedia. Well, if you are one of the people who says this stuff, I’ve got a lot of problems with you people. Let the airing of grievances begin. (And it’s not even Festivus yet!)