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  • Living Near the Edge - A Meditation on Some of God’s More Terrifying Gifts

    06/24/2016 6:49:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-23-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Living Near the Edge - A Meditation on Some of God’s More Terrifying Gifts Msgr. Charles Pope • June 23, 2016 • Some of God’s gifts come in strange and terrifying packages. I was reminded of this when I read the following lines from the book of Job in the Office of Readings:The earth, though out of it comes forth bread, is in fiery upheaval underneath (Job 28:2).We live just above a fiery cauldron, separated from it by a thin membrane of earthly crust rife with cracks through which fire routinely flares in volcanoes, a crust that is always...
  • Like Any Progressive Disease, Sin Has Stages

    06/23/2016 8:04:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-22-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Like Any Progressive Disease, Sin Has Stages Msgr. Charles Pope • June 22, 2016 • How does it happen that so many people insist on living obstinately in sin until they are ultimately lost? As with all progressive diseases, sin is a sickness that moves through stages, further debilitating and hardening the sinner in his ways.St. Alphonsus Liguori laid out five stages through which sin (if not resisted and repented of in its initial attacks) takes an increasing toll on the human person, making repentance less likely and more difficult.While the names of the stages are mine, I am...
  • Work Begins to Try to Save Christianity’s Holiest Shrine: Jesus’ Tomb

    06/23/2016 6:44:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 6/20/16 | William Booth
    JERUSALEM — Work has begun to save the holiest shrine in Christendom. It won’t be a simple patch-and-paint job. This is the alpha and omega of restoration projects. They are going to repair Jesus’ tomb — with titanium bolts. Over the next nine months, a team of Greek conservationists will restore the collapsing chapel built above and around the burial cave where the faithful believe that Jesus was buried and rose from the dead after the Crucifixion. To fix the chapel, which is buckling under its own weight, the crew will have to enter a few square meters of the...
  • Early Christianity Comes to Life in Holy Land Museum

    06/23/2016 6:40:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Our Sunday Visitor ^ | 6/22/16 | Judith Sudilovsky
    New exhibit route at the Israel Museum highlights origins of Christianity and pilgrimage in JerusalemFor many Christian pilgrims worldwide, a pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a once-in-a-lifetime highlight of their faith. Few, however, may reflect on the fact that they are a link to a religious ritual that has played out for centuries — one that dramatically changed the landscape of Jerusalem during the Byzantine era of the fourth and seventh centuries A.D. It was during this period that the Byzantine Empire began funneling tremendous amounts of funds to support infrastructure for the growing flow of Christian pilgrims who...
  • Three Hard Sayings of the Lord That Offend Against Modern Sensibilities

    06/22/2016 5:55:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-21-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Three Hard Sayings of the Lord That Offend Against Modern Sensibilities Msgr. Charles Pope • June 21, 2016 • The Gospel for today’s Mass features three hard sayings of the Lord. They are difficult for us moderns to hear because they offend against modern sensibilities; we easily taken aback by their abrupt quality. Here are the first two “offensive” sayings: Do not give what is holy to dogs, (Mt 7:6) or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces (Mt 7:6).The modern notion offended against here is this: You’re not...
  • Lord’s Judgment Will Not Be Delayed Forever - A Meditation on the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel

    06/21/2016 6:40:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Lord’s Judgment Will Not Be Delayed Forever – A Meditation on the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel Msgr. Charles Pope • June 20, 2016 • This post is a kind of follow-on from yesterday’s post as we read the stories of wickedness in ancient Israel and what God did about it.The first reading from Monday’s Mass (of the 12th week of the year) describes a crucial, crushing moment in the history of ancient Israel: the loss of the Northern Kingdom and the destruction and deportation of what came to be called the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel.Shalmaneser, king...
  • Marching to Save Lives and a Nation

    06/20/2016 7:19:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-19-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Marching to Save Lives and a Nation Msgr. Charles Pope • June 19, 2016 •  The following is from a Homily I preached just prior to our march and prayer vigil at the Planned Parenthood “clinic” being built here in Washington, D.C.The first reading at Mass today (Saturday of the 11th week of the year) is from Second Chronicles; it details the reforms of King Joash and then his sad decline. Joash’s grandmother Athalia, a worshipper of Baal, was Queen of Judah and proved to be much like her mother Jezebel; she rose to power by having every possible...
  • Remembering Our Founding Fathers on Father's Day

    06/19/2016 10:23:15 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 9 replies
    IFB ^ | 6/19/16
    Today many in the United States are crying out to President Obama and Government (i.e., Washington D.C.) to do more and more to fix our national ills. The notion that Big Government has all our answers and the solutions we need in this very chaotic and unstable world is fairy tale. Our Founding Fathers wisely understood that the less power government possessed the better off we as Americans would be. Our Foundering Fathers fully comprehend that with the abandonment of Judeo/ Christian foundations and principles that our government would be transformed into an ever controlling monster with a tyrant as...
  • Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 12th Sunday of the Year

    06/19/2016 5:46:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-18-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 12th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • June 18, 2016 • Today’s Gospel sets forth some parameters for picturing Christ. Sadly, just as in the time of Jesus, many today worship a “designer Messiah.” It is not the real, revealed Christ whom they acknowledge and worship. Rather, it is a Christ of their own fashioning, whom they “carve” in the form of an idol and then worship.Let’s examine some of the parameters Jesus sets forth for our acknowledgement and worship of Him. As...
  • Who knows our sin?

    06/18/2016 7:39:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 03-16-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Who knows our sin? While Scripture could be taken to mean saints in heaven are aware of details of our sin, it is unlikely Msgr. Charles Pope Question: Do the souls in heaven know our sins, or is that knowledge reserved to God alone?— Peter Tate, Long Beach, California Answer: We are in the realm of speculative theology when it comes to answering questions like this. However, it does not seem to pertain to God’s justice that he would reveal our sins to others (even the saints in heaven), especially our more hidden sins. We are not to reveal to...
  • Church of the Nativity’s Face-Lift Reveals Ancient Treasures

    06/17/2016 8:30:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Pilgrims who visit next Easter will be able to see the extraordinary work that has been done to the roof, walls and 900-year-old mosaics.BETHLEHEM — Christians planning on making a Holy Land pilgrimage — for many, a once-in-a-lifetime journey — may want to wait until Easter 2017, when the scaffolding used to restore the ancient Church of the Nativity is expected to come down. While the $15-million repair, conservation and restoration of the church, which is revered as the site of Jesus’ birth, will not be absolutely completed for another couple of years, due to a funding gap, pilgrims who...
  • Stav - Northern European Fighting System

    06/17/2016 7:58:08 AM PDT · by Ketill Frostbeard · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 9, 2016 | Ronayne Martens-Loderus
    The old Stav system. An old martial art system using staff with the stances of the younger futhark runes.
  • A Parable to Ponder - Why Does God Permit Disability?"

    06/17/2016 6:31:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-16-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Parable to Ponder - Why Does God Permit Disability? Msgr. Charles Pope • June 16, 2016 • Photo Credit: Jaclyn Lipplemann, Catholic StandardAllow me to begin with a simple parable. Every now and then I take a perfectly good paper clip and untwist it, reconfiguring it for some other purpose. Once, I used them to hang Christmas ornaments on my tree. Another time I fashioned a paperclip into a hook to keep my broken file drawer from rolling open. Now if paperclips could see or think, they might be horrified and saddened to see a fellow paperclip so...
  • How Saint John Paul II Conquered Communism

    06/16/2016 1:40:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | June 16, 2016 | Filip Mazurczak
    The documentary "Liberating a Continent" is a subtly provocative refutation of what our secularized elites believe about what truly drives history and how Christianity impacts the world. Next month, the Catholic world’s eyes will for one week focus on Poland, as millions of pilgrims will celebrate World Youth Day with Pope Francis. This is the perfect time to get to know the country’s Catholic heritage. The many contributions of Poland and its native son Pope St. John Paul II include unleashing a revolution of the spirit that showed that the Soviet empire was based on an anthropological lie. This story...
  • Accepting the Disabled in a World Obsessed with Physical Perfection

    06/16/2016 7:20:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-15-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Accepting the Disabled in a World Obsessed with Physical Perfection Msgr. Charles Pope • June 15, 2016 • Photo Credit: Jaclyn Lipplemann, Catholic StandardAs mentioned in yesterday’s post, Pope Francis recently lamented the obsession of modern society with perfect bodies. Although our first thought on contemplating this might be cosmetics and plastic surgery, he was actually speaking about our increasing rejection of the disabled and the sick. This rejection is perhaps most sadly evidenced by the fact that more than 90% of unborn children with a “poor prenatal diagnosis” are aborted. Perhaps the parents are informed that their child...
  • The Shroud of Turin

    06/16/2016 12:46:14 AM PDT · by OrthodoxIndianCatholic · 6 replies
    The Mystery of Holy Saturday Its Spiritual Significance Introduction : One could say that the "Shroud" is the Icon of this mystery, the Icon of Holy Saturday. Indeed, it is a winding - sheet that was wrapped round the body of a man who was crucified, corresponding in every way to what the Gospels tell us of Jesus Christ who was crucified at about noon, died at about 3.00 in the afternoon. At nightfall, since it was "Parasceve" that is the eve of Holy Saturday, Joseph of Arimathea, a rich and authoritative member of the Sanhedrin, courageously asked Pontius Pilate...
  • Letting Go of Our Obsession with Having the Perfect Body

    06/15/2016 7:47:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-14-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Letting Go of Our Obsession with Having the Perfect Body Msgr. Charles Pope • June 14, 2016 • The Pope’s recent remarks about the obsession with having the perfect body were intended as a commentary on the rejection by some of the dignity and quality of life of the disabled. I will be writing more on that topic tomorrow. Today, however, permit me some musings on the obsession that many of us have with achieving the perfect body ourselves.Let me start by saying (with all the good humor I can summon) that I do not have a perfect body....
  • Perplexity At The Roaring And Tossing Of The Sea

    06/14/2016 12:18:06 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 8 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 6/14/2016 | Gary
    In the Gospel of Luke, one of the major signs Jesus mentions as preceding His return (aside from earthquakes, wars, and signs in the heavens) is that "nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea" (Luke 21:25).  I think that all of these record breaking hurricanes and cyclones over the past few years may play a part in the fulfillment of this prophecy.  Just in the last decade or so we've seen the most powerful, costliest, and unique cyclones on record.  In addition there was the massive December 2004 tsunami in the Indian...
  • If You Don’t Know the Bad News, the Good News Is No News

    06/14/2016 7:09:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-13-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    If You Don’t Know the Bad News, the Good News Is No News Msgr. Charles Pope • June 13, 2016 • Following up on Sunday’s Gospel, I would like to propose the following reflection. There was a woman who was so moved by Jesus’ mercy that she wept for joy and showed extravagant, grateful love. Are we that way? Too often we are not. And as Jesus pointed out, a big reason for that is that we do not understand the magnitude of our sin. We miss the greatness of God’s mercy; we lack gratitude for what He has...
  • How Paul VI Abolished the Index of Prohibited Books, 50 Years Ago Today

    06/14/2016 6:19:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/14/16 | Richard Upsher Smith, Jr.
    Fifty years on, we publish a translation of the CDF’s 'Clarification' and 'Ordinance' regarding Paul VI’s Integrae ServandaeIn establishing the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Integrae Servandae, Pope Paul VI gave the congregation the duty of “carefully examin[ing] books that have been reported”, etc., but he made no mention of the status of the Index of Prohibited Books.[1] The following clarification by the CDF of Paul VI’s intention, issued in response to queries received, stated that the Index with its associated penalties would no longer be in force; however, the point of the Index, the safeguarding of...
  • St. Anthony of Padua, Servant of the Gospel

    06/13/2016 7:51:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    WAU.org ^ | 06-2016 | Jeanne Kun
    St. Anthony of Padua, Servant of the Gospel By: Jeanne Kun "Let Works of Mercy Be Our Delight"> Stories abound about the extraordinary events coloring the life of St. Anthony of Padua, the “wonder-worker.” Fish are said to have listened to him preach, their heads attentively raised out of the river, when the hard of heart refused to heed his words. A donkey knelt reverently before the Blessed Sacrament, convincing heretics who had challenged Anthony on Christ’s presence in the host. A severed foot was reportedly rejoined to its owner’s leg when Anthony blessed it. Statues depicting Anthony with the...
  • When Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger Predicted the Future of the (Catholic) Church

    06/13/2016 11:48:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Aletelial ^ | June 13, 2016 | Tod Worner
    He didn’t pretend he could tell the future. No. He was much too wise for that. As a matter of fact, he tempered his initial remarks with this disclaimer,“Let us, therefore, be cautious in our prognostications. What St. Augustine said is still true: man is an abyss; what will rise out of these depths, no one can see in advance. And whoever believes that the Church is not only determined by the abyss that is man, but reaches down into the greater, infinite abyss that is God, will be the first to hesitate with his predictions, for this naïve...
  • Why Was Christ Crucified Between Two Thieves?

    06/13/2016 7:01:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-12-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Was Christ Crucified Between Two Thieves? Msgr. Charles Pope • June 12, 2016 • There is a bit of puzzlement at the following question: Why was Christ crucified between two thieves? It might make one wonder why one would ask this question at all. Perhaps one could also ask why the Passion was on a Friday, or, why Jesus died at 3:00 PM instead of 4:00 PM. These sorts of questions could go on forever.Nevertheless, some of the best insights come from pondering seemingly insignificant questions. Seldom do the Gospel writers and the Holy Spirit provide a detail...
  • Proof of Jesus Christ? 7 Pieces of Evidence Debated -

    06/12/2016 9:34:31 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    livescience.com ^ | July 8, 2013 | Natalie Wolchover, Staff Writer
    Jesus Christ, the Man Jesus Christ may be the most famous man who ever lived. But how do we know he did? Most theological historians, Christian and non-Christian alike, believe that Jesus really did walk the Earth. They draw that conclusion from textual evidence in the Bible, however, rather than from the odd assortment of relics parading as physical evidence in churches all over Europe.That's because, from fragments of text written on bits of parchment to overly abundant chips of wood allegedly salvaged from his crucifix, none of the physical evidence of Jesus' life and death hold up to scientific...
  • How God Used Hollywood to Topple a Tyrant

    06/12/2016 2:07:40 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 9 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 12, 2016 | JP
    In his latest Facebook post, the two-time Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks urges his legion of fans to see the documentary film “Chuck Norris vs. Communism.” Directed by Ilinca Calugareanu, the film is set in 1980s Romania, under the rule of the notorious Nicolae Ceausescu. It is a testament, Hanks suggested, of “The power of film! To change the world.” Well, film played a role in the transformation of Romania from the communist state it was during Ceausescu’s 22-year reign of repression to the free, democratic society it is today. But it was the power of God that toppled Ceausescu’s...
  • Always Remember- A Homily for the 11th Sunday of the Year

    06/12/2016 8:21:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-11-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Always Remember- A Homily for the 11th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • June 11, 2016 • Every now and then some will suggest that the Church should speak less of sin and instead emphasize positive things. After all, it is said that one can attract more flies with honey than with vinegar. In that vein, we in the Church have been collectively de-emphasizing sin to a large degree for more than forty years. And in spite of the saying, our churches have been getting emptier and emptier. Maybe this is because people are just a little...
  • Explaining disasters

    06/11/2016 6:36:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 05-29-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Explaining disasters While the loss of life stemming from tragedies is heartbreaking, we can’t fully understand God’s plan Msgr. Charles Pope May 29, 2016 Question: Given God’s mercy, how do we explain devastating earthquakes and other natural disasters? It certainly tests our faith!— Gerald Olesen, Fortuna, California Answer: Part of the answer we must accept is that we cannot really know the full answer since there is so much we don’t see or understand. This was the basic answer God gave Job, who asked the meaning of suffering in his own life. In effect, God challenged Job to explain...
  • Adam Lived to Be 900? Maybe, but Our Shorter Life Spans Tell Us More Than We Might Like to Admit

    06/10/2016 7:06:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 157 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-09-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Adam Lived to Be 900? Maybe, but Our Shorter Life Spans Tell Us More Than We Might Like to Admit Msgr. Charles Pope • June 9, 2016 • I sometimes get questions about the remarkably long lives of the patriarchs who lived before the great flood. Consider some of their reported ages when they died: Adam 930Seth 912Enosh 905Jared 962Methuselah 969Noah 600Shem 600Eber 464Abraham 175Moses 120David 70 How should we understand these references? There are many theories that have tried to explain the claimed longevity. Some propose a mathematical corrective, but this leads to other inconsistencies such as certain...
  • It’s Time to Shine or It’ll Be Over Soon - A Meditation on Light of the World

    06/09/2016 6:41:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-08-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It’s Time to Shine or It’ll Be Over Soon - A Meditation on Being Called the Light of the World Msgr. Charles Pope • June 8, 2016 • In the Gospel yesterday (Tuesday of the 10th week) the Lord describes what a Christian is and what He expects of us. He uses two different metaphors: salt and light. Yesterday’s post considered the metaphor of salt.Today let’s consider the metaphor of light. The Lord says,You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it...
  • Salt or Bust! A Consideration of the Lord’s Uncompromising Stance in Calling Us ...

    06/08/2016 6:13:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-07-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Salt or Bust! A Consideration of the Lord’s Uncompromising Stance in Calling Us the Salt of the Earth Msgr. Charles Pope • June 7, 2016 • In the Gospel today (Tuesday of the 10th week) the Lord describes metaphorically what a Christian is and what He expects of us.You are the salt of the earth … You are the light of the World … But if salt goes flat it is good for nothing … No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket.Note the metaphor of salt: You are either salt, or you are nothing—in fact,...
  • When God Says No – A Meditation On the Sometimes Mysterious Providence of God

    06/07/2016 7:06:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-06-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    When God Says No – A Meditation On the Sometimes Mysterious Providence of God Msgr. Charles Pope • June 6, 2016 • In last Sunday’s Gospel, we heard the story of the widow at Nain, whose son Jesus raised from the dead. Beautiful though that story is, there are some who may wonder sadly why they did not receive a better answer to their prayers; why their loved one died. Such stories might even serve to deepen their sorrow.All of us struggle with the great mystery of God’s providence and will. Sometimes it is our own struggle and sometimes...
  • Pondering the Collection Basket in an Age of Electronic Giving

    06/06/2016 6:56:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-05-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering the Collection Basket in an Age of Electronic Giving Msgr. Charles Pope • June 5, 2016 • New financial realities and mechanisms raise questions for the traditional collection and offertory procedures at Mass. For as far back as most of us can remember, the “collection” has always taken place after the Creed and Intercessory prayers. A basket is passed and people drop in cash or a check, often inside an envelope. It is often brought up along with the bread and wine as an actual offering to the Lord and His Church.But the problem is that cash, and...
  • The Treasures of Santa Maria Antiqua: Christianity Emerges Out of the Ashes of Imperial Rome

    06/05/2016 7:03:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 6/5/16 | Elizabeth Lev
    A recently completed restoration and exhibit shows how Christians put their mark on Rome after the emperors exited the stage.For 1200 years the Roman Forum thrived as the legislative, religious and administrative nerve center of Rome. From the little kingdom founded in 753 BC to the SPQR of the Roman Republic to the mighty Empire, the little open area grew from marketplace to city center to hub of the world. But then what happened? When the Empire fell in 476, did the Forum just cease to be? No, it did not. Despite the implosion of the Roman government, the Forum...
  • A Prescription for Peace in a World of Woe – A Homily for the 10th Sunday of the Year

    06/05/2016 8:18:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Prescription for Peace in a World of Woe – A Homily for the 10th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • June 4, 2016 • Today’s Gospel provides a kind of prescription for peace in a world of woe. Let’s look at this Gospel in four stages. I. The Place – The text says plainly, Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him.The name of the city, Nain, means fair (in the sense of beautiful). And it was, for it sat upon a high hill and commanded a magnificent...
  • Is every lie intrinsically evil?

    06/04/2016 9:41:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 88 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 4/29/2016 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is every lie intrinsically evil? Q. Is every lie intrinsically evil? I remember 60 years ago, when the Jesuits were still faithful teachers of Holy Mother Church, being taught that if a person was not entitled to the truth, one could, in fact, lead them away from the truth, by lying. For example, if I knew the hideout of Anne Frank, and the Gestapo asked me if I knew her whereabouts, according to you (“Intrinsically Evil?” TCA Faith, November/December 2015), if I said I did not, that would be intrinsically evil? Ed Siering, Muscatine, Iowa A. Permit a personal reply...
  • Welcome To Dystopia

    06/03/2016 1:03:36 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 2 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 6/3/2016 | Gary
    The mantra of progressivism over the past century has been the unstoppable 'progression' of human society, government, and technology towards a supposed utopian future free from war, disease, and poverty - a future where humans are masters of their own universe, unshackled from anything and everything holding us back and united as citizens of the world. Yet no "progressive" (be they communist, socialist, technocrat, or humanist) stops to ask if this is a possible or even worthwhile goal.  No one of that political persuasion questions whether their philosophical outlook is the right one to have nor why it is justifiable...
  • A Consideration of the Human Tendency to be Stubbornly Unrepentant

    06/03/2016 6:29:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-02-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Consideration of the Human Tendency to be Stubbornly Unrepentant Msgr. Charles Pope • June 2, 2016 • One of the consistent observations that God makes of our human family, and we, the individual members of it is that we are stiff-necked (cf Ex 32:9; 33:3; Deut 9:3; 10:16; 2 Chron 30:8; 2 Kings 17:14; Jer 7:26, and many, many other texts). That is to say we tend to be stubborn, prideful, and difficult to correct. And when reproved we easily become resentful and tend to harden our hearts.One of the more humorous and true things God ever said...
  • Childlike Qualities the Spiritually Mature Should Possess

    06/02/2016 6:50:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-01-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Childlike Qualities the Spiritually Mature Should Possess Msgr. Charles Pope • June 1, 2016 • There are times when Scripture seems to contradict itself. On the one hand we read, Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it (Mk 10;15). And yet elsewhere Scripture says, then we will no longer be infants, tossed about by the waves and carried around by every wind of teaching and by the clever cunning of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all...
  • Muslims in Turkey Demand Right to Pray at Hagia Sophia

    06/01/2016 6:44:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Qanatara.de ^ | 5/30/16
    On Saturday thousands of Muslim worshippers descended on Istanbul's world famous Hagia Sophia, the towering former Byzantine church that is now a museum, to demand the right to pray there, Turkish media reported. An imam led a prayer in front of the vast building that was once a Greek Orthodox basilica, then a mosque and now a museum before crowds called for it to be restored as a Muslim place of worship. "Let the chains break, open Hagia Sophia," chanted the crowds who gathered on the plaza in front of the museum, according to Turkey's Dogan news agency. "In the...
  • Learn the Latin of “O Salutaris Hostia” and “Tantum Ergo Sacramentum

    06/01/2016 7:13:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-31-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Learn the Latin of “O Salutaris Hostia” and “Tantum Ergo Sacramentum” Msgr. Charles Pope • May 31, 2016 • As a further reflection in the wake of Corpus Christi Sunday, permit me to offer a reflection on the two great Eucharistic hymns of Benediction. I sometimes get requests for help in understanding the Latin texts of these very familiar hymns for Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction.“O Salutaris Hostia” and “Tantum Ergo Sacramentum,” though familiar to many Catholics, remain only vaguely understood in terms of a word-for-word translation. They are sometimes referred to as just “O Salutaris” and “Tantum Ergo.” Most...
  • On the Need to Receive the Eucharist Worthily

    05/31/2016 8:47:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Need to Receive the Eucharist Worthily Msgr. Charles Pope • May 30, 2016 • In light of Sunday’s Feast of Corpus Christi, I would like to recall the need for the reverent and worthy reception of Holy Communion and to develop an explanation for the Church’s practice of what some call “closed Communion.” Not everyone who uses this terminology means it pejoratively, although some do. But to some extent it is fair to say that we do have “closed Communion.” For the Catholic Church, Holy Communion is not a “come one, come all” event. It is reserved...
  • Jubilee of Mercy: A Final Gift, Prophecies, End Times

    05/29/2016 9:17:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CE.com ^ | Kathleen Beckman
    Jubilee of Mercy: A Final Gift, Prophecies, End TimesKathleen Beckman Not yet half way through the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the universal Church continues to invite the faithful to focus on the need to ask for Divine Mercy and to be reconciled with the Father of Mercy. Repentance and conversion are central to the call to become ambassadors of the Father’s mercy for others. Acknowledging the deep need for Divine Mercy and cultivating a merciful heart is more challenging than it appears.St. John Paul II’s 1980 encyclical, Dives in Misericordia (Rich in Mercy), taught, “The present day mentality, more perhaps...
  • Jesus Wants to Feed You! Corpus Christi

    05/29/2016 6:50:43 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Jesus Wants to Feed You! Corpus Christi Msgr. Charles Pope • May 28, 2016 • On the Feast of Corpus Christi, we do well to mediate on the desire of the Lord to feed His people and the shocking indifference many have to this fact. This indifference is not just on the part of those who do not come to Mass; it is also found among those in the pews, many of whom don’t seem to care that so many people no longer attend. We should recognize the passionate concern the Lord has to feed all His people—yes even...
  • The Evangelical Quality of Joy, As Seen in an Animated Short Film

    05/28/2016 10:33:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Evangelical Quality of Joy, As Seen in an Animated Short Film Msgr. Charles Pope • May 27, 2016 • All of us have wounds and imperfections. Some of us make do, even living joyfully in spite of them. Others of us brood or withdraw.An old saying attributed to Abraham Lincoln goes, “Most folks are about as happy as they decide to be.”An old Stephen Foster classic, “Some Folks,” goes as follows:Some folks like to sigh,Some folks do, some folks do;Others long to die,But that’s not me nor you. Chorus: Long live the merry, merry heartThat laughs by night...
  • It’s Not About You: A Meditation on the Abrupt End of the Acts of the Apostles

    05/27/2016 7:19:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-26-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It’s Not About You: A Meditation on the Abrupt End of the Acts of the Apostles Msgr. Charles Pope • May 26, 2016 • Last week as we finished the Easter Cycle and crowned it with Pentecost. We also finished the lengthy reading of the Acts of the Apostles. There are two parts of the Acts of the Apostles: The Acts of Peter and those of Paul. But to be honest, the book has an unfinished quality to it. Let’s consider that.First, a quick summary: The second part of Acts is focused on the evangelical mission of St. Paul...
  • SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: 11 Eclipses On Days Of Biblical Significance

    05/25/2016 11:01:12 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 18 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 5/24/16 | Gary
    Everyone talks about the four consecutive "blood moons," but they were part of a larger story: 11 eclipses falling on Jewish holy days.  Jesus said there would "be signs in the sun, moon, and stars" (Luke 21:25). 1. April 15th, 2014: the first "blood moon," a total lunar eclipse, on the Feast of Passover 2. October 8th, 2014: the second "blood moon," a total lunar eclipse, on the Feast of Tabernacles 3. March 20th, 2015: a total solar eclipse on Nisan 1, the biblical New Year 4. April 4th, 2015: the third "blood moon," a total lunar eclipse, on the...
  • Met Saba (Esber) on the Orthodox "Diaspora" (Orthodox Caucus)

    05/25/2016 10:58:28 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Notes on Arab Orthodoxy ^ | 05-25-206 | Metropolitan Saba (Esber)
    On the Issue of the Orthodox "Diaspora" Introduction It seems, during the course of work on the Great Orthodox Council, that the issue of the "diaspora" will be the most important, in the sense that there is no issue more important than it. Due to serious disagreements that currently exist between the Orthodox Churches, mostly due to historical factors, the other working papers, most of which have been agreed upon, were formulated according to the lowest common denominator of agreement and not at the level hoped for by the people of God. The issue of the "diaspora," however, has remained urgent because...
  • And Out You Go! Why Fainting Is So Common in Church

    05/25/2016 8:40:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    And Out You Go! Why Fainting Is So Common in Church Msgr. Charles Pope • May 24, 2016 • In my over 26 years as a priest (even longer serving in some capacity at the Holy Liturgy) I have witnessed more than a few people faint. Some just slump over; others go out with a real bang. Weddings are a big source of fainting spells, but just about any long Mass produces its share of “lights out” experiences. Some years ago, when I was serving as First Assistant Deacon for a Pontifical Solemn High Mass in the Basilica, we...
  • A hidden surprise in the heart of the Sistine Chapel

    05/25/2016 3:55:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Aletelial ^ | March 20, 2016 | Leigh Anderson
    How much do you know about the Sistine Chapel? Did you know, for example, that it began as a private chapel for Church elites—the “ultimate ecclesiastical man cave”? The Chapel, which attracts 5 million visitors per year, isn’t just an obligatory stop on an art history tour of Italy, it is a living history of the Church and its influences—influences that range from global, geopolitical change to petty personal feuds. This TED talk, by art historian Elizabeth Lev, outlines the evolution of the Chapel in three stages. The full talk, which Lev delivered in Geneva last December, is well...
  • Why Does Jesus Call the Father Greater If We Teach That the Members of the Trinity Are Equal?

    05/24/2016 6:49:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1,052 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-23-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Does Jesus Call the Father Greater If We Teach That the Members of the Trinity Are Equal? Msgr. Charles Pope • May 23, 2016 • Many of you know that I write the Question and Answer column for Our Sunday Visitor. Given the celebration of Trinity Sunday this past Sunday, I thought I might reproduce here on the blog a question/answer regarding the Trinity. It is a fairly common question; perhaps you have it, too. Remember that my answers in the column are required to be brief.We read in a recent Sunday Gospel (May 1, 2016) that Jesus...