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  • Getting Back to the Ancient Church (Reprise)

    02/28/2015 12:17:20 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 4 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | October 14, 2014 | Nathan Busenitz
    How much is your church like the ancient church?That’s a popular question these days—especially if you read guys like Robert Webber, Brian McLaren, Wolfgang Simson, or Frank Viola and George Barna.Most of the contemporary discussion about the ancient church attempts to show discrepancies between what is now and what was then. The not-so-subtle implication is that there is something very wrong with the contemporary church. Blame Constantine. Blame the Enlightenment. Blame Capitalism. Blame the Fundamentalists. It doesn’t really matter. The only way to fix the church today is to get back to the ancient church.Based on this premise we...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GUNPOWDER PLOT, 02-28-15

    02/28/2015 11:19:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/dictionary/ ^ | 02-28-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:GUNPOWDER PLOT A conspiracy in English Reformation history, formed by Guy Fawkes and others, to blow up the English Parliament in London in 1605. Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators were discovered and put to death. an attempt was made to incriminate the Catholic Church by arresting the Jesuit priests Greenway and Garnett, to whom the conspirators made their last confession. But the priests kept the seal of confession. Henry Garnett was executed in 1606. One effect of the plot was the passage of new drastic measures of persecution against Catholics. All items in this dictionary are...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Theological Virtues, Faith

    02/28/2015 9:18:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CNA.com ^ | 2015 | CatholicNewsAgency
    Faith God's Truth in Our Souls  Perhaps you remember how back when we were discussing the Cardinal Virtues, the first on the list was Prudence, because it was the virtue of knowledge, and knowledge must always come before all other activities. You have to know what to do before you can do it. The same is true on the supernatural level: you have to have a supernatural perspective before you can live a supernatural life. That supernatural perspective is faith.  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Faith as Belief  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The notion of faith is hard to get a handle on initially, so to start out...
  • Triumph is Born of Struggle – An Important Truth, as Seen in a Movie Outtake

    02/28/2015 7:21:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-285-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Triumph is Born of Struggle – An Important Truth, as Seen in a Movie Outtake By: Msgr. Charles PopeSome years ago, the movie Bruce Almighty was near the top of the box office charts. Unfortunately, one of my favorite scenes was cut from the released version of the movie. I was only able to see it in the “deleted scenes and outtakes” section of the DVD version. Why they deleted the scene is unfathomable to me, since I think it really decodes the whole movie.The movie features a prideful man (Bruce) who has complaints about how God runs the universe....
  • Learning the Priesthood: The Role of Altar Service in Vocational Discernment (Catholic Caucus)

    02/27/2015 1:54:58 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | February 27, 2015 | PETER LYONS
    On March 15, 1994, a virtual tsunami struck the Liturgy of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church. Cardinal Antonio Ortas wrote a document to the Episcopal conferences announcing that the Vatican had, for the first time, permitted altar girls. Over 20 years later, many question the impact of this decision as the Church continues to reap a desperately meager harvest of young men responding to God’s call to the Priesthood.Born in 1997, I was blissfully unaware of the damage being wrought in the Eternal City. By the grace of God I was destined to remain ignorant of the fact for many years. Thinking...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LAST BLESSING, 02-27-15

    02/27/2015 9:40:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 02-27-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:LAST BLESSING After the administration of the sacrament of anointing, the apostolic blessing that gives a plenary indulgence to the dying person. The priest says, "By the power of the Apostolic See has given me, I grant you a plenary indulgence and pardon for all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." To which the person, or the bystanders respond, "Amen." The indulgence is gained, not when the prayer is recited, but at the moment of death, i.e., in articulo mortis. All items in this dictionary...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: The Spiritual Works of Mercy

    02/27/2015 8:47:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    TheDivineMercy.org ^ | (Sep 8, 2009) | Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD
    By Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD (Sep 8, 2009)The following is part 11 of a 14-part series to help inspire parish cenacle and study groups who are looking for ways to make a difference in this troubled world. We invite you to view the entire series. Works of mercy can be directed not only toward the needs of the body, but the needs of the soul as well. Indeed, the most serious form of poverty of all can be the poverty of the spirit, not only because it drains life of all energy, joy, and sense of purpose, but also...
  • Was the Apostle Paul a Misogynist?

    02/27/2015 7:50:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/27/2015 | Richard D. Land
    In the modern world many people rather casually assume, or assert, that the Apostle Paul was a misogynist based upon his teachings concerning the differing roles of men and women in the church and in marriage in the early church. What such critics fail to realize is that they are reading the Apostle Paul through the lens of a 21st century perspective, rather than the 1st century world to which Paul wrote originally. In the first century A.D., women were considered their husband's property, not their partner, and they had very few rights or protections. In that first century context,...
  • Down with the Struggle or Up with the Cross? A Word to Priests, Catechists, and Parents

    02/27/2015 7:49:26 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Down with the Struggle or Up with the Cross? A Word to Priests, Catechists, and Parents By: Msgr. Charles PopeSome forty years ago, the Venerable Bishop Fulton J. Sheen admonished the priests of his day with these words:We become real priests when we empty ourselves, and no longer seek our [own] identity, and where we are lifted up to the cross, not going "down to people" Too many of us today feel we have to be loved $B!D (J [thinking] the young will not love us unless we talk like them, eat like them, drink like them, clothe ourselves...
  • A Message in Blood: ISIS and the Meaning of the Cross

    02/26/2015 2:36:56 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 26, 2015 | Fr. Robert Barron
    When Christians boldly hold up an image of the humiliated, tortured Jesus to the world, they are saying: "We are not afraid.” (Photos: CNS) Last week, the attention of the world was riveted to a deserted beach in northern Libya, where a group of twenty one Coptic Christians were brutally beheaded by masked operatives of the ISIS movement. In the wake of the executions, ISIS released a gruesome video entitled “A Message in Blood to the Nation of the Cross.” I suppose that for the ISIS murderers the reference to “the Nation of the Cross” had little sense beyond a...
  • St. Gregory of Narek: Was the New Doctor of the Church a Catholic?

    02/26/2015 1:41:11 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 26, 2015 | Dr. R. Jared Staudt
    St. Gregory is the first Doctor of the Church to have lived outside direct communion with the Bishop of Rome. Left: Icon of St. Gregory of Narek Matenadaran, in Yerevan, Armenia. Right: The 10th century Armenian monastery of Narekavank (now destroyed), Lake Van, Vaspurakan (modern Turkey). (Photos: Wikipedia.org) On February 21, Pope Francis announced his decision to make St. Gregory of Narek (950-1003) a Doctor of the Church. Once again, Pope Francis has caught us off guard and now many people are scrambling to figure out who St. Gregory was and what the implications of the new honor bestowed upon...
  • Sectarian Rome

    02/26/2015 1:08:37 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 18 replies
    First Things ^ | 2/26/2015 | Peter J. Leithart
    It was a well-nigh universal trope of Reformation rhetoric that the Reformers were the catholics who had to defend orthodoxy and catholicity against the sectarianism of the Roman church. Luther disputed the Catholic claim that obedience to Rome was the definition of catholicity, and disputed it on the basis of the universal testimony of the church (Unitive Protestantism, 65). Calvin defended the Reformers against the charge that they were schismatics: “Verily the wolves complain against the lambs” (quoted, 73). The 1559 French Confession distinguished the true church from “all other sects who call themselves the church” (quoted, 80), a thinly...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HABITUAL GRACE, 02-26-15

    02/26/2015 9:32:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 02-26-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:HABITUAL GRACE  Constant supernatural quality of the soul which sanctifies a person inherently and makes him or her just and pleasing to God. Also called sanctifying grace or justifying grace. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: The Corporal Works of Mercy

    02/26/2015 8:26:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    TheDivineMercy.org ^ | (Sep 7, 2009) | By Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD
    By Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD (Sep 7, 2009)The following is part 9 of a 14-part series to help inspire parish cenacle and study groups who are looking for ways to make a difference in this troubled world. We invite you to view the entire series. Let us now sum up the pattern of life to which our Lord is calling us. Centered on the Merciful Heart of Jesus, whose love is poured into our hearts especially through prayer and the Eucharist, we are to let His merciful love flow through our hearts toward anyone in need whom we meet...
  • Out of Pride and Into Humility: A Lenten Meditation on a Teaching by St. Bernard of Clairvaux

    02/26/2015 7:22:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-25-15 | Mssgr. Charles Pope
    Out of Pride and Into Humility: A Lenten Meditation on a Teaching by St. Bernard of Clairvaux By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn yesterday’s post, we considered the twelve steps of pride set forth by St. Bernard of Clairvaux. In escalating ways, the twelve steps draw us to an increasingly mountainous and enslaving pride.St. Bernard also enumerates the twelve steps to deeper humility (I am using the list from Vultus Dei HERE)  and it is these that we consider in today’s post. As with yesterday’s post, the list by St. Bernard is shown in red, but the commentary on each step is shown in...
  • THE FOOT OF THE CROSS BY FATHER FABER - AN EXCELLENT CATHOLIC CLASSIC FOR LENT AND FOR HOLY WEEK

    02/26/2015 1:02:19 AM PST · by OrthodoxIndianCatholic · 8 replies
    Dear Friends in Jesus and Mary, The Foot of the Cross by Father Faber is a Beautiful and Magnificent Catholic Classic. It is all about the "Sorrows of Mary". Mother Mary was the first disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ at the Foot of the Cross. Father Faber explains each sorrow of Mary in great detail in this Book. NOTE TO READERS: The Foot of the Cross by Father Faber is a "MUST READ" Catholic Classic not only during Lent but also during Holy Week, specially on Good Friday. FYI - Pauly Fongemie is the webmaster of "Catholic Tradition:. Here...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: HOLY ORDERS

    02/25/2015 2:19:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicApologetic.info ^ | not given | Ctholic Apologetics.info
    HOLY ORDERS St. Pius X on Priestly SanctityThe Ordination into the Priesthood is the Sacrament known as Holy Orders. This sacrament is administered by the 'laying of hands', the candidate Deacons for Priesthood, kneel before the Bishop. In silence the Bishop lays his hands upon the head of each individual candidate. The prayer belonging to the imposition of hands is said by the Bishop; by this, the Holy Spirit then enters the candidate imparting on him all Priestly powers. The Sacrament of Holy Orders confers Sanctifying Grace to the recipient. The Bishop, through his power of ordaining, is enabled...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CARDIOGNOSIS, 02-25-15

    02/25/2015 8:08:06 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 02-25-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:CARDIOGNOSIS Literally "knowledge of the heart." The special charism that God confers on some people as recorded in the lives of the saints, to know the moral and spiritual condition of a person without self-manifestation. As an extraordinary supernatural gift, it must be distinguished from the psychological phenomenon of being able to shrewdly estimate someone's minimal external evidence. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Republicans propose declaring Idaho a 'Christian state'

    02/25/2015 6:28:09 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | February 24, 2015 | Laura Zuckerman
    SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Members of a county Republican Party in Idaho are to take up a measure on Tuesday evening that would declare the state a Christian one to bolster what the proposal calls the "Judeo-Christian bedrock of the founding of the United States." The resolution to be voted on by the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee is non-binding, meaning it does not have the effect of laws or rules. The proposal seeks that Idaho be "formally and specifically declared a Christian state," guided by a Judeo-Christian faith reflected in the U.S. Declaration of Independence where all authority and...
  • How Does Pride Accumulate in Our Life? A Reflection on a Teaching by St. Bernard of Clairvaux

    02/25/2015 6:27:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Does Pride Accumulate in Our Life? A Reflection on a Teaching by St. Bernard of Clairvaux By: Msgr. Charles PopeSo you think the idea of the “Twelve Steps” is new? Well, if you think you’ve got a new idea, go back and see how the Greeks put it, or in this case how the Medieval Latins put it. St. Bernard of Clairvaux identified twelve steps up the mountain of pride in his work Steps of Humility and Pride.In today’s post, we focus on the Twelve Steps of Pride. Tomorrow, we’ll tackle the Twelve Steps of Humility (from St. Benedict’s rule). ...
  • Unbelief is Unbelief - No Matter how You Dress it Up!

    02/25/2015 4:02:24 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 13 replies
    IFB ^ | 2/25/15
    My friends, the longer I walk with the Lord and exercise His Word in my life, the REALITIES of time and ETERNITY are ever more clear to me (Psalm 119: 98-100, Prov. 1:5-7, 1 Cor. 1:18-31). No matter who you are, whenever one seeks to abide and take on the Lord of ETERNITY'S yoke (Matt. 11:28-20), one will be illumined beyond ones wildest dreams to the REALITIES of time and ETERNITY. The REALITIES of time and ETERNITY are absolutely horrific! No wonder men love darkness instead of light and seek to hide themselves from the accountability of Almighty God (John...
  • Mystic, monk and poet – meet the newest Doctor of the Church (Catholic/Armenian Caucus)

    02/24/2015 10:27:51 AM PST · by NYer · 33 replies
    cna ^ | February 24, 2015 | Kevin Jones and Ann Schneible
    St Gregory of Narek. Credit: Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons. Vatican City, Feb 23, 2015 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- St. Gregory of Narek – a tenth century priest, monk, mystic, and poet beloved among Armenian Christians – has become the first Armenian to be named a Doctor of the Church. “It is a great honor for the Armenian Church to contribute to this very important rank of saints who have enriched the Catholic Church with their teachings,” Armenian Catholic priest Father Thomas Garabedian told CNA Feb. 23. “Certainly this is a big honor for us Armenian-Americans,” said Fr. Garabedian, who is...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: UTOPIA, 02-24-15

    02/24/2015 7:57:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CCictionary ^ | 02-24-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:UTOPIA Any imaginary state whose inhabitants live under perfect circumstances; ideal commonwealths described by Plato, Bacon, and St. Thomas More in his book Utopia; in an invidious sense, any visionary reform without consideration of man's human weaknesses and defects. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: The Anointing of the Sick (formerly Extreme Unction)

    02/24/2015 7:09:38 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CatholicApologetics.info ^ | not given | Catholic Apoligetics
    The Anointing of the SickWe Find this sacrament in James 5:14 15 "If one of you is ill, he should send for the elders of the Church (So it is not every single person who is entitled to help spiritually the sick) " And they must anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord and pray over him; the prayer of faith ( of course, that of the Elders) will save the sick person and the Lord will raise him up again. And if he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven". We find also in...
  • Choice and Consequences

    02/24/2015 5:49:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-23-15 | Msgr. Charlels Pope
    Choice and Consequences By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe themes of early Lent are pretty basic. The ashes of Ash Wednesday announce the simple truth that we are going to die and  thereafter face judgment. Hence, we need to repent and come to believe the good news that only Jesus can save us.Another early reading from Thursday after Ash Wednesday featured Moses laying out the basic reality that all of us have a choice to make. He says to us,Today I have set before youlife and prosperity, death and doom …I call heaven and earth today to witness against you:I have set before you life...
  • Shakespeare First Folio from Catholic College to Be Exhibited in London

    02/24/2015 4:31:26 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/24/15 | David V Barret
    A recently discovered First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays will be exhibited next year at the Globe TheatreA recently discovered First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays will be exhibited next year – the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death – at the Globe Theatre on London’s South Bank. The First Folio was discovered last November in a library in the small town of Saint-Omer, near Calais in northern France. A librarian came across it when he was preparing an exhibition of links between the area and England. During the Elizabethan and Jacobean period many English Catholics escaped to France, and a college at...
  • Are Christians responsible for most wars?

    02/23/2015 2:56:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    RZIM ^ | 02/23/2015 | Ravi Zacarias
    I am often asked how I can believe in God when there have been so many wars caused by religion. The implication is that if only people would leave behind their convictions about the existence of a God the world would be a much better, more peaceful place. Of course very few people ever reflect on the fact that the very reverse of this was demonstrated in the 20th century, which saw the atheistic communist and Nazi ideologies rise. In fact, that century saw more killing than the previous 19 put together.None of this is to say that religion...
  • Pope Francis declares a new doctor of the Church (Catholic Caucus)

    02/23/2015 2:27:51 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | February 23, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    From Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis has declared Armenian poet and monk, Saint Gregory of Narek, a Doctor of the Universal Church.  Meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Cause of Saints on Saturday ahead of his departure for Aricca on Lenten retreat, the Pope confirmed the proposal put forward by the Plenary Session of the Congregation to confer the title of Doctor of the Universal Church on the 10th century saint.St. Gregory of Narek is widely revered as one of the greatest figures of medieval Armenian religious thought and literature. Born in the city of Narek in...
  • ISIS Will Grow the Church

    02/23/2015 1:25:20 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    Aleteia ^ | February 23, 2015 | TOM HOOPES
    The mass martyrdoms we are seeing in the Middle East will be followed, as they always are, by a remarkable rise of Christianity that will change the course of history. St. John Paul the prophet said so. “The Church has become once again a Church of martyrs,” he said, as he looked ahead at the coming of the Third Millennium of Christianity. Then, as the new millennium dawned, he recalled how the blood of the martyrs had built the early Church despite the “trials of history.” “Will this not also be the case of the century and millennium now...
  • Our Whole Bodies Are Cleansed (The Original Prot. on Baptism)

    02/23/2015 1:11:03 PM PST · by LearsFool · 53 replies
    Gnesio ^ | 1522 | Martin Luther
    But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit… (Titus 3:5) How beautifully the apostle in these strong words extols the grace of God bestowed in baptism! He refers to baptism as a washing, whereby not our feet only, not our hands, but our whole bodies are cleansed. Baptism perfectly and instantaneously cleanses and saves. For the vital part of salvation and its inheritance, nothing more is necessary...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Holy Matrimony

    02/23/2015 7:30:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    CatholicApologetics.info ^ | not given | CatholicApologetics
    HOLY MATRIMONY The Catholic teaching on Matrimony Marriage was instituted by GOD Himself: "And the Lord GOD said: 'It is not good for man to be alone: let us make him a helper like unto himself'." Genesis 2:18 "Then the Lord GOD cast a deep sleep upon Adam: and when he was fast asleep, He took one of his ribs, and filled up flesh for it. And the Lord GOD built the rib which He took from Adam into a woman: and brought her to Adam." Genesis 2:21-22 "...and they shall be two in one flesh." Genesis 2:24 Matrimony is the...
  • Becoming the Beatitudes – A Lenten Meditation on the Gift of the Life Jesus Died to Give Us

    02/23/2015 7:12:03 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Becoming the Beatitudes – A Lenten Meditation on the Gift of the Life Jesus Died to Give Us By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn the Beatitudes, and indeed in the whole Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-8), the Lord is painting a picture of the transformed human person. The Sermon on the Mount is the Lord’s great moral treatise. But it is not to be understood so much as a list of things to do (out of our own fleshly power) but as gifts to receive from God’s grace. This is what happens to the human person in whom the Lord...
  • Pope Francis Declares Armenian Saint Doctor of the Church

    02/23/2015 6:07:21 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 2/23/15
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has declared Armenian poet and monk, Saint Gregory of Narek, a Doctor of the Universal Church. Meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Cause of Saints on Saturday ahead of his departure for Aricca on Lenten retreat, the Pope confirmed the proposal put forward by the Plenary Session of the Congregation to confer the title of Doctor of the Universal Church on the 10th century saint. St. Gregory of Narek is widely revered as one of the greatest figures of medieval Armenian religious thought and literature. Born in the city of Narek...
  • Secrets in the Scroll of Esther

    02/22/2015 9:25:03 PM PST · by Phinneous · 40 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11/3/2013 | Rabbi Mordechai Kraft
    A video class (in English y'all) about the history of "Amalek" and a seemingly superfluous verse in the Scroll of Esther. In short (if you don't have 48 minutes to listen to a fascinating class) -The nation of Amalek in the Bible is the modern nation of Germany (the Rabbi lists Jewish Rabbinical sources stating it will be such-- even before the Midevil kingdoms of Germany emerged) -Esther asks King Achashverosh to (Es 9:13) Then said Esther, If it please the king, let it be granted to the Jews which are in Shushan to do to morrow also according unto...
  • The True Rainbow in the Sky – A Reflection on the Readings of the First Sunday of Lent

    02/22/2015 5:59:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington The True Rainbow in the Sky – A Reflection on the Readings of the First Sunday of Lent By: Msgr. Charles PopeOn the first Sunday of Lent, the readings have a very baptismal theme. It makes sense, for it is common on this Sunday that the catechumens report to the Bishop for the Rite of Election, wherein they are recognized as elect (chosen) of God in these final weeks before their baptism.In today’s readings, there are many themes that form the “spokes” of a wagon wheel, and baptism is the central hub around which they turn. And arching over...
  • McGivney: One Man's Dream For A New World

    02/21/2015 4:21:00 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies
    http://mcgivneymusical.com/ ^ | February 21, 2015
    The incredible true story of a heroic Catholic priest who battled corruption, violence, bigotry and even persecution from his own, in order to save the lives of countless women and children.
  • Will the Other Sleeping Giant Awake?

    02/21/2015 11:30:49 AM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 20, 2015 | William Kilpatrick
    Despite widespread slaughter of Christians and other religious minorities in Muslim lands, the Church currently seems unable to mount any kind of resistance to Islamic ideology. Left: St. Peter's Basilica (us.fotolia.com | © rudi1976); right: Muslim militants (us.fotolia.com | © Oleg_Zabielin) It is often said that when Admiral Yamamoto ordered the attack on Pearl Harbor, he awakened a sleeping giant. Even though the Nazis had occupied much of Europe, bombed London, and advanced to the outskirts of Moscow, the United States was still slumbering on the morning of December 7, 1941. Although we were aiding the anti-Nazi forces through Lend-Lease...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HOLY NAILS, 02-21-15

    02/21/2015 8:13:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDicitonary ^ | 02-21-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:HOLY NAILS The nails with which Christ was fastened to the Cross, and believed to have been found by St. Helena (255-330). Many claims have been made about these relics. Some parts of these nails are said to be in different places in Europe, but at best they may be only filings of the original relics. St. Ambrose (340-97) indicated that one nail was made into a crown for Constantine (c. 274-337), which might well be preserved as the Iron Crown of Lombardy at Monza. Others are supposed to be at Santa Croce in Rome. A...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: CONFIRMATION

    02/21/2015 7:54:38 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicApologetics.info ^ | not given | Catholic Apologetics
    CONFIRMATIONConfirmation was instituted by Christ Our redeemer . This Sacrament was then practiced by His Apostles who were the first Bishops of the Church. "But you shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto Me...and even to the uttermost part of the earth." The Acts 1:8 Confirmation is the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit and is usually administered by a Bishop, in accordance with the traditions of the Church. For it is the Bishops who have the fullness of Gifts from the Holy Spirit, the same and equal Gifts...
  • 10 Things Catholics Are Tired of Hearing

    02/20/2015 3:22:59 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 337 replies
    http://www.catholic365.com ^ | February 19, 2015 | Elizabeth Giddens
    1.“Catholics worship statues.” This stereotype is painful to hear. Not only is this completely false, but it is ludicrous. Despite the fact that there are 801 millions Protestants world-wide, according to the Pew Research Center, my rant will be geared towards our brothers and sisters in the United States. In this country, approximately 51.5% of people are Protestant Christians. Realistically, most of these families have pictures in their home, which is completely normal, right? Right. They have pictures of their loved ones, both living and deceased. Is it not hypocritical then to say that Catholics are idol worshipers, when these...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: VAIN OBSERVANCE, 02-20-15

    02/20/2015 8:19:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 02-20-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:VAIN OBSERVANCE A form of superstition that tries to achieve a certain effect by the use of unsuitable means. Implicit in vain observance is the belief that there are hidden preternatural forces at work in the world which dispense with the need of using ordinary, natural, or supernatural means for obtaining a desired effect. Vain observance also implies the expectation of an infallible result whenever certain words are said or actions performed. There is only a shade of difference between vain observance and divination. In both cases reliance on the evil spirit in involved. But vain...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: The Blessed Eucharist

    02/20/2015 7:34:33 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CatholicApologetics.info ^ | not given | Catholic Apologetics
    The Blessed Eucharist "He hath made a remembrance of his wonderful works" - Psalm 110:4The sacrament of the Blessed Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ under the appearances, or accidents, of bread and wine. Unlike the other sacraments, it not only bestows grace, but contains the Author of Grace Himself. According to St. Thomas Aquinas (S.T. III, q.65 a. 3, C.), all the other Sacraments point to, or are servants of, the Blessed Eucharist. The Minister of this sacrament is the Priest or Bishop who consecrates the Blessed Eucharist at Mass. He is therefore...
  • The Gift of Sorrow for Sin – A Meditation on the “Mass for the Gift of Tears” in the Missal

    02/20/2015 6:33:40 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-19-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Gift of Sorrow for Sin – A Meditation on the “Mass for the Gift of Tears” in the Missal By: Msgr. Charles PopeMost pastors and confessors are aware that in any parish there are going to be a few who are scrupulous, even in times like these. Some have a kind of scrupulosity that is mild and almost admirable.  A sensitive conscience is a beautiful thing and bespeaks a kind of innocence that is rare today.Some others have a more unhealthy form of scrupulosity, rooted too much in cringing fear of a God who is seen more as a...
  • Divinum Officium: Whoever does not embrace the Catholic Christian religion will be damned

    02/20/2015 2:37:38 AM PST · by Repent and Believe · 243 replies
    Divin Office of the Holy Catholic Church ^ | Traditional Catholic Church
    From the Martyrology today we have: "At Damascus, [in the year 743,] holy Peter Mavimeno. Some Arabs came to see him while he was ill, and to them he said, " Whoever does not embrace the Catholic Christian religion will be damned, as your false prophet Mohammed is," whereupon they killed him."
  • All About Lent [Catholic Caucus]

    02/19/2015 8:04:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 12 replies
    EWTN.com ^ | 02-19-15 | Jimmy Akin
    ALL ABOUT LENT James Akin Q: What is Lent? A: Lent is the forty day period before Easter, excluding Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter Sunday). [This traditional ennumeration does not precisely coincide with the calendar according to the liturgical reform. In order to give special prominence to the Sacred Triduum (Mass of the Lord's Supper, Good Friday, Easter Vigil) the current calendar counts Lent as only from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday, up to the Mass of the Lord's Supper. Even so, Lenten practices are properly maintained up to...
  • Reading Sacred Scripture and the Catechism Together

    02/19/2015 2:11:15 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 19, 2015 | Liam Ford
    The inspiration for the publication of "The Didache Bible" was an address given by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI, shown here in an October 2008 photo. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters) The Didache Bible (RSV, Second Catholic Edition): Ignatius Bible Edition, recently published by the Midwest Theological Forum with Ignatius Press, is a 1960-page study Bible featuring extensive commentaries, based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, for each of the books of the Bible. The Didache Bible also includes over 100 apologetical inserts, over two dozen full-color biblical maps, and a 43-page glossary and a topical index. Rev. James...
  • Robert Jeffress on Obama and ISIS: He Needs to Get Off His High Horse and Acknowledge Radical Islam

    02/18/2015 3:30:43 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 2/18/2015 | Sami K. Martin
    Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas. joined Father Gerald Murray of New York on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" Tuesday night to encourage Americans of all faiths to contact the White House and demand that the Obama administration call out radical Islam and take action to defeat the Islamic State terrorist organization. "This is part of a disturbing pattern," Jeffress said when asked by Bill O'Reilly what he made of Obama's initial refusal to call the ISIS beheading victims Coptic Christians [until he publicly acknowledged that the 21 Egyptian men were Christians and not just "citizens"...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FERULE (ferula), 02-19-15

    02/19/2015 8:45:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 02-19-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:FERULE (ferula) The long rod with which until recently priests of the Vatican Sacred Penitentiary lightly touched penitents. Pope Benedict XIV granted a twenty day's indulgence for observing this symbolic rite. A ferule was also the cane with a short transverse on top with which clergy and the people would support themselves during liturgical services before sitting down was allowed. Maronite monks and dissident Ethiopians and Coptics still use such a staff in choir. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Lenten Series 2015: CONFESSION (Penance/Reconciliation

    02/19/2015 8:12:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 53 replies
    CatholicApologetics ^ | not given | CatholicApologetics.info
    CONFESSION " Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained" - John 20:22"He that covers his sins shall not prosper; but whosoever confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy" - Prov 28:13 "My son, give glory to the Lord God of Israel, and make confession unto Him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me" - Josh 7:19   The Biblical TeachingThe Catholic Priest forgives sinners of their sins in the name of Jesus Christ, by the Authority given to priest...
  • You are Going to Die – An After Ash Wednesday Reflection

    02/19/2015 7:07:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-18-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    You are Going to Die – An After Ash Wednesday Reflection By: Msgr. Charles PopeAt Ash Wednesday Masses we heard the ancient acclamation, as ashes are imposed, Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.The  beginning of the Lenten season puts before us an urgent plea that we should be sober and watchful of our soul and its condition, for the form of this world is passing away (1 Cor 7:31).Simply put, we are going to die and we need to be made ready to meet our God. Recall some of the urgency present in the...