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  • Light in the Dark Ages: The Church and the saints shined bright during medieval times

    08/15/2018 12:42:13 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    Our Sunday Visitor ^ | 2016 | Robert P. Lockwood
    “At the first glance as you entered Clairvaux ... you could see that it was a temple of God; and the still, silent valley, in the modest simplicity of its buildings, spoke of the sincere humility of Christ’s poor. Moreover, in this valley full of men, where no one was permitted to be idle, where one and all were occupied with their allotted tasks, a silence as deep as that of night prevailed. The sounds of labor, or the chanting of the brethren in the choral service, were the only exceptions …. As I watch them singing without fatigue from...
  • Important Reminder: God is more Powerful than Satan

    08/15/2018 7:59:10 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Important Reminder: God is more Powerful than Satan Msgr. Charles Pope • August 14, 2018 • In the work of deliverance ministry, one of the first obstacles to overcome in the afflicted soul is an exaggerated notion of the power of Satan and his demons. Often the troubled person is experiencing a time of crisis. Overwhelmed, he is often scared and sees only darkness. The power of the evil one seems very real, while the power of the angels, of grace, and of God Himself is discounted or all but forgotten.There are some important truths that need to be...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe, 08-14-18

    08/14/2018 6:14:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 08-14-18 | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Image: Stained glass in Our Lady of Czestochowa Grotto (Sorrowful Mother Shrine) | photo by Nheyob Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe Saint of the Day for August 14 (January 8, 1894 – August 14, 1941)  Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe’s Story “I don’t know what’s going to become of you!” How many parents have said that? Maximilian Mary Kolbe’s reaction was, “I prayed very hard to Our Lady to tell me what would happen to me. She appeared, holding in her hands two crowns, one white, one red. She asked if I would like to have them—one was for...
  • Here’s What Grows in King Jesus’ Garden

    08/14/2018 8:51:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-13-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Here’s What Grows in King Jesus’ Garden Msgr. Charles Pope • August 13, 2018 • Flowers, besides being beautiful, have often been used in Christian tradition to signify virtues and remind us of the saints. For example, consider this brief meditation of St. Augustine on the virtues related to our state in life:I tell you again and again, my brethren, that in the Lord’s garden are to be found not only the roses of his martyrs. In it there are also the lilies of the virgins, the ivy of wedded couples, and the violets of widows. On no account...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saints Pontian and Hippolytus, 08-13-18

    08/13/2018 8:38:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 08-13-18 | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Image: Photo of Il Tempio Civico della Beata Vergine Incoronata | photo by Giovanni Novara Saints Pontian and Hippolytus Saint of the Day for August 13 (d. 235)  Saints Pontian and Hippolytus’ Story Two men died for the faith after harsh treatment and exhaustion in the mines of Sardinia. One had been pope for five years, the other an antipope for 18. They died reconciled.Pontian. Pontian was a Roman who served as pope from 230 to 235. During his reign he held a synod in Alexandria which confirmed the excommunication of the great theologian Origen. Pontian was...
  • When You Want to Trust but Life Won’t Let You

    08/12/2018 11:59:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Bible Gateway ^ | August 6, 2018 | Craig Groeschel
    “I want to believe God cares about me; I really do,” she told me, wiping tears from under her darkened, bloodshot eyes. Under the harsh fluorescent lights of the hospital corridor, Marci barely resembled the vibrant girl I remembered, that kid I’d watched grow up in our youth group at church. When she was a teenager, Marci was outgoing, fun-loving, and full of life, even as she was growing more and more serious about her faith, coming early to youth group and staying late. No one loved to worship and talk about God more than Marci.Then, in her early 20s,...
  • How The Ancient Catholic Church Dealt With Priest Sex Offenders

    08/12/2018 6:25:54 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 53 replies
    July 24, 2018 | Ryan Scheel
    Within the past quarter-century, sexual abuse by clergy has been a high profile scandal within the Catholic Church. Most recently, the detestable accusations against Cardinal Theodore “Uncle Ted” McCarrick have rocked the Church and re-opened the discussion on how to handle cases of clerical abuse. Cardinal McCarrick posing with one of the young men who has accused him of sexual abuse While it may be tempting to encapsulate clerical abuse as a modern phenomenon, fallen human nature and sin have existed since the Garden of Eden, along with it those who would use their position within the Church to...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, 08-12-18

    08/12/2018 4:36:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 08-12-18 | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Image: Stained glass window in Église Saint-Honoré-d’Eylau, Paris | photo by Mbzt’s Saint Jane Frances de Chantal Saint of the Day for August 12 (January 28, 1572 – December 13, 1641)  Saint Jane Frances de Chantal’s Story Jane Frances was wife, mother, nun, and founder of a religious community. Her mother died when she was 18 months old, and her father, head of parliament at Dijon, France, became the main influence on her education. Jane developed into a woman of beauty and refinement, lively and cheerful in temperament. At 21, she married Baron de Chantal, by whom...
  • The World Gets Worse, But Victory Is Just Ahead

    08/12/2018 12:24:07 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 2 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | August 11, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    The World Gets Worse, But Victory Is Just Ahead By Philip Cottraux August is interesting. As summer draws to a close, the days get shorter and the shadows longer, and one starts to expect cooler temperatures. Technically the temperatures are higher in July, but August feels hotter. The sun seems brighter and the hot air is somehow more searing as it beats down on you. Summer almost seems to throw out everything it has, burning hotter than ever in its dying gasps. The same thing happens every March. After three long months of bitter cold, I can’t wait for spring...
  • Five Aspects of Faith – A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year

    08/12/2018 8:19:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-11-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Five Aspects of Faith – A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 11, 2018 • The Gospel this Sunday amounts to a summons to faith by Jesus. He is summoning us to faith in Himself and in the truth He proclaims about His presence in the Holy Eucharist. Last week’s Gospel ended with Jesus declaring that He was the bread come down from Heaven. This Sunday’s Gospel opens with His Jewish listeners grumbling because He claims to have come from Heaven. Throughout the Gospel Jesus stands firm in His call to faith;...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Clare of Assisi, 08-11-18

    08/11/2018 4:26:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 08-11-18 | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Image: Saint Clare | original painting for the Poor Clares in Cincinnati, OH Saint Clare of Assisi Saint of the Day for August 11 (July 16, 1194 – August 11, 1253)  Saint Clare of Assisi’s Story One of the more sugary movies made about Francis of Assisi pictures Clare as a golden-haired beauty floating through sun-drenched fields, a sort of one-woman counterpart to the new Franciscan Order.The beginning of her religious life was indeed movie material. Having refused to marry at 15, Clare was moved by the dynamic preaching of Francis. He became her lifelong friend and...
  • Why infant baptism?

    08/11/2018 10:24:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 291 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 08-01-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why infant baptism? Practices have shifted for some Christians, but Catholics are with those who hold to infant baptism Msgr. Charles Pope 8/1/2018 Question: Since infant baptism is becoming controversial, why doesn’t the Church abandon the practice or emphasize individualized confirmation for older teens? —Robert Bonsignore,  Brooklyn, N.Y. Answer: I am unaware of any recent controversy about infant baptism in the Church. There have been Protestant groups opposed to infant baptism, but their views stretch back more than 200 years. Ironically today, it is the Baptists and their evangelical offshoots that are most opposed to the practice. But for...
  • Is the Koran a Literary Masterpiece?

    08/10/2018 9:59:31 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 34 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 10, 2018 | William Kilpatrick
    In my last piece for Crisis, I emphasized the importance of casting doubts on Islamic beliefs just as we cast doubts on Soviet Communist ideology during the Cold War. With that in mind, let’s talk about the Koran. It’s the fountain from which the ideology flows. It is quoted incessantly by terrorist leaders and imams alike, and it provides the motivation for both armed jihadists in combat fatigues, and cultural jihadists in business suits.So it would seem logical for those threatened by Islam to cast doubts on the Koran. If the Koran came to be seem as a man-made fabrication...
  • Catholic Caucus: Patrick Madrid on the Cristeros - Relevant Radio

    08/10/2018 7:03:07 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies
    Relevant Radio ^ | 04.17.18 | Patrick Madrid
    Please click on the Relevant Radio link above. Patrick Madrid, of Mexican descent, is an expert on the Cristero War, Rebellion, Movement,
  • Catholic Caucus: Viva Cristo Rey: Catholic Persecution in Mexico - Patrick Madrid - Deep in History

    08/10/2018 6:39:19 PM PDT · by Coleus
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  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Lawrence, 08-10-18

    08/10/2018 4:48:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Image: Saint Lawrence | Bernardo Cavallino Saint Lawrence Saint of the Day for August 10 (c. 225 – August 10, 258)  Saint Lawrence’s Story The esteem in which the Church holds Lawrence is seen in the fact that today’s celebration ranks as a feast. We know very little about his life. He is one of those whose martyrdom made a deep and lasting impression on the early Church. Celebration of his feast day spread rapidly.He was a Roman deacon under Pope Saint Sixtus II. Four days after this pope was put to death, Lawrence and four clerics...
  • Sweet Hour of Prayer! Or Not? How do You Experience Prayer?

    08/10/2018 9:05:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-09-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sweet Hour of Prayer! Or Not? How do You Experience Prayer? Msgr. Charles Pope • August 9, 2018 • How do you think of prayer? Is it another thing you “have to do” among many other things on your list? Or is prayer a time when you refrain from doing? Is prayer a requirement you regret or a rest you relish? What is prayer for you?The danger in answering questions like these is that we may answer them the way we think they “should” be answered rather than in an honest way. Many struggle with prayer and experience it...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, 08-09-18

    08/09/2018 8:56:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 08-09-18 | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Image: Portrait of Edith Stein in the student chapel of the Hochschulgemeinde Wien im Edith-Stein-Haus | photo by Braveheart Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross Saint of the Day for August 9 (October 12, 1891 – August 9, 1942)  Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross’ Story A brilliant philosopher who stopped believing in God when she was 14, Edith Stein was so captivated by reading the autobiography of Teresa of Avila that she began a spiritual journey that led to her baptism in 1922. Twelve years later she imitated Saint Teresa by becoming a Carmelite, taking the...
  • In Loud and Strident Times, the Sacred Liturgy Can Restore Us to Balance

    08/09/2018 8:26:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-08-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In Loud and Strident Times, the Sacred Liturgy Can Restore Us to Balance Msgr. Charles Pope • August 8, 2018 • One of the most concise and cogent descriptions of these often-strident times came from Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in 1986. It is contained in, of all places, his treatise on the theology of sacred music in a book called The Feast of Faith (Ignatius Press, 1986). His comments have recently been republished in a larger compendium of his works: Collected Works: Theology of the Liturgy (Ignatius Press, 2014, Vol 11).It hard to describe our times as anything but contentious....
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Dominic, 08-08-18

    08/08/2018 9:53:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Image: Stained glass | St. Dominic sends out the Friars | photo by Lawrence, OP | flickr Saint Dominic Saint of the Day for August 8 (August 8, 1170 – August 6, 1221)  Saint Dominic’s Story If he hadn’t taken a trip with his bishop, Dominic would probably have remained within the structure of contemplative life; after the trip, he spent the rest of his life being a contemplative in active apostolic work.Born in old Castile, Spain, Dominic was trained for the priesthood by a priest-uncle, studied the arts and theology, and became a canon of the...