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  • Advent is a Time for Greater Silence and Prayer

    12/02/2016 5:05:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 29, 2016 | Fr. Ed Broom, OMV
    Advent is a Time for Greater Silence and PrayerFr. Ed Broom, OMV Advent is a season of very special graces! It is time of waiting, hope and joy. Waitingfor the birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; Hopebecause Jesus came to save us; finally Joybecause Jesus birth, life and Resurrection is a promise of eternal life for those who obey His commandments and love Him.Silent Night On Christmas Eve it is most appropriate to sing the hymn Silent Night. In the profound depths of that most special night Jesus was born in silence. How important silence is for those...
  • Four Advent Attitudes

    12/02/2016 4:56:20 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CE.com ^ | 11-28-16 | Fr. Edward Looney
    Four Advent AttitudesFr. Edward Looney Its hard to believe Advent has already arrived. If Im not mistaken, this is the longest observance of Advent we celebrate because Christmas falls on a Sunday this year. It seems Advent is one of the seasons that happens, and usually goes quicker than we would like! We are always in a hustle and a bustle preparing for Christmas that we do not slow down enough to take in the purpose of these Advent days of waiting. As we wait for the birth of Jesus on Christmas day, here are four Advent attitudes we can...
  • Patience Required Regarding Archbishop Sheens Body

    12/02/2016 1:32:16 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 14 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | December. 2, 2016 | Father Raymond J. de Souza
    The battle over the bishop’s body continues. A court in New York ruled last month that Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s closest surviving relative, his niece Joan Sheen Cunningham, could transfer her uncle’s body to Peoria, Illinois. The Diocese of Peoria, which prepared the cause for Sheen’s beatification, has declared that unless it gets the body of the late bishop, it will not permit the beatification to proceed. Sheen is currently buried in the crypt under the high altar in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, and the trustees of St. Patrick’s have appealed the court ruling. The facts are relatively...
  • The History of Advent

    12/01/2016 8:32:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CE.com ^ | 11-28-16 | Fr. William Saunders
    The History of AdventFr. 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 for the...
  • Preparing Our Hearts and Minds for Advent

    12/01/2016 8:21:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 25, 2016` | Constance T. Hull
    Preparing Our Hearts and Minds for AdventConstance T. Hull This Sunday the Church begins her new liturgical year with the season of Advent. In the hustle and bustle of the secular Christmas season, it is an often-overlooked season. It is a time when the Church calls us as our Mother to enter into the silence and hope of waiting. Many of us live in cultures of instant gratification, so Advent is rich in spiritual truths. Christmas trees, elves, lights, and holiday decorations seem to show up in stores earlier and earlier. The day after Halloween gave way to Christmas. Here...
  • Advent: The Real Meaning of Christmas Lights

    12/01/2016 8:02:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 25, 2016` | Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
    Advent: The Real Meaning of Christmas LightsMarcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. As fall moves onward towards winter we have places to go, things to do, people to meet. Yet as we go about our business, we notice the days are getting shorter. Sweaters come out of storage, we close the windows, and turn on the heat.Advent is a season where we stop and remember that the light of this world is waning in more ways than one. That the world as we know it is passing away.The world “secular” comes from the Latin word for this present world with its priorities–getting a...
  • Do You Want to Have a Good Christmas? Then Listen ... to this Advent Message: You Need a Savior!

    12/01/2016 8:14:07 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Do You Want to Have a Good Christmas? Then Listen Carefully to this Advent Message: “You Need a Savior!” Msgr. Charles Pope • November 30, 2016 • One of the goals of Advent (in many ways a penitential season) is to meditate on our need for a savior. In daily Mass and in the Liturgy of the Hours, we read lengthy passages from Isaiah and the other prophets, who speak boldly and bluntly about the people’s sin. Some of the passages are even a bit humorous. Here are a few: Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth! For the LORD...
  • The Bridegroom Comes! A Reflection on the Great Wedding Feast That Advent Announces

    11/30/2016 11:53:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-29-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Bridegroom Comes! A Reflection on the Great Wedding Feast That Advent Announces Msgr. Charles Pope • November 29, 2016 • The coming of Christ at Christmas was as an infant and thus we don’t usually think of wedding imagery. Yet since the first coming of Christ has certainly already been fulfilled, we now focus more on His second coming, of which the first coming is a sacramental reminder.Thus, in Advent, our longing and excitement are also directed to His glorious second coming. Mother Church, the New Jerusalem, our Mother, looks for her groom Jesus to come again all...
  • Cardinals in the Church Have Rights, Too

    11/30/2016 4:44:14 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    In Light of the Law ^ | November 29, 2016 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap
    The rashest reaction to the Four Cardinals Five Dubia so far is that from Bp. Frangiskos Papamanolis, President of the Bishops Conference of Greece, whose railing against the questions posed by Cdls. Brandmller, Burke, Caffarra, and Meisner in regard to Pope Francis Amoris laetitia must be read to be believed. The Greek prelate hurls epithets such as apostasy, sacrilege, heresy, schism, at four brothers in the episcopate (brothers making text-book use of their rights under Canon 212 3 to pose doctrinal and disciplinary questions that urgently need addressing in our day) giving little indication that he even knows what...
  • Conditionalism Vs Eternal Torment Vs Universal Reconciliation

    11/29/2016 11:45:22 AM PST · by amessenger4god · 53 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 11/29/16 | Gary
    I hold to a doctrine that many would probably consider to be unorthodox, some would even dare call it heresy (though notable ministries such as GotQuestions say it is a valid scriptural interpretation, though they reject it). It's called Conditionalism, sometimes Annihilationism, and in a nutshell it is the belief that the unsaved (those who die apart from Christ) do not possess immortality and after a period of punishment proportional to their sins will be utterly destroyed - body and soul. A chief proof-text is Matthew 10:28: Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot...
  • A Prayer for the Internet from the 1946 Roman Ritual? Sure, and Its Wonderful!

    11/29/2016 7:50:03 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Prayer for the Internet from the 1946 Roman Ritual? Sure, and It’s Wonderful! Msgr. Charles Pope • November 28, 2016 • The old Roman Ritual (published in 1946) is a magnificent collection of blessings and prayers. It has some of the most amazing little blessings of things it would never occur to you to find in such a collection. Along with the blessings of expected objects (e.g., statues, religious medals) are blessings, often elaborately laid out, for things such as seismographs, typewriters, printing presses, fishing boats, fire engines, stables, medicine, wells, bridges, archives, lime kilns, automobiles, mountain-climbing equipment,...
  • Navarro-Vals: Heres How Wojtyla Convinced Fidel to Celebrate Christmas

    11/28/2016 6:36:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 11/27/16 | Andrea Tornielli
    The Polish Popes former spokesman said the late Fidel Castro wanted to know everything there was to know about John Paul II"Fidel Castro kept me talking for six hours. He was fascinated by John Paul II and although he was jealous of his inner life, I sensed he wanted to delve deeper I told him he was a lucky man because the Pope prayed for him every day. For once he was silent. On the occasion of Wojtylas visit to Cuba in January 1998, the role of Joaqun Navarro-Valls, John Paul IIs spokesman, went far beyond his official duties as...
  • Once upon a Time, There Was This Pope Who Was Corrected.

    11/28/2016 4:06:50 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 18 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | November 28, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    In the wake of the confused and confusing elements in Chapter 8 of Amoris laetitia and in light of the Five Dubia submitted by the Four Cardinals, and in view of the remarks made by Card. Burke about what would possibly need to be done were no responses given or further confused and confusing points be issued, some people have wondered what it takes to “correct” a Pope, or if “correction” is even possible.How would such a thing happen, given the fact that the Pope has as his superior only Christ, whose vicar he is, and … the People of God, whose...
  • Fr. Zs Annual Rant on Blue Vestments (and on Rigidity!)

    11/28/2016 3:59:29 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 13 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | November 28, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The use of blue vestments during Advent has been dying out for several years as the aging hippies drop.  However, inspired by Pope Francis, perhaps we shouldn’t be so rigid and just – what the heck – use them anyway?Let’s review.I am pretty sure that that famous indult for blue in Spanish territories doesn’t any longer apply.  It was privilege was granted to Spain and its colonies, and Latin America, by a decree of the Sacred Congregation of Rites in 1864. In a nutshell, the concessions given for the use of cerulean were few in number and were quite restrictive by the...
  • Pondering the Approaching Feast of the Word Made Flesh

    11/28/2016 8:48:30 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering the Approaching Feast of the Word Made Flesh Msgr. Charles Pope • November 27, 2016 • As Catholics, we open Advent with the New Testament. We read its earliest pages, and the light shows brighter than ever as one covenant passes on and the New Covenant begins. The Groom has found his Bride.Catholics reverence the whole of the Scriptures and refuse Marcionism, a heresy that (among other things) rejected the Old Testament. However, not all of Scripture has equal authority in its application. We read the Old Testament in the light of the New Testament. Many of the...
  • A Recipe for Readiness A Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

    11/27/2016 4:41:30 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-26-16 | Revised New American Bible
    A Recipe for Readiness – A Homily for the First Sunday of Advent Msgr. Charles Pope • November 26, 2016 • The first weeks of Advent focus more on the Lord’s second coming in glory than on His first coming at Bethlehem. The Gospel clearly states that we must always be prepared, for at an hour we do not expect, the Son of Man will come. “Ready” is the key word. But how should we be ready?The second reading from today’s Mass (Romans 13:11-14) gives us a basic recipe for readiness. We can distinguish five fundamental instructions in Paul’s...
  • Is Discretion Just Another Form of Deception?

    11/26/2016 9:57:56 AM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-25-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is Discretion Just Another Form of Deception? Msgr. Charles Pope • November 25, 2016 • The movie trailer below is for the upcoming move Jackie, about the life of Jacqueline Kennedy. The trailer sets before us the question of what should be exposed and what should remain private in the lives of public figures.We came to learn, well after John F. Kennedy’s death, that he was quite the womanizer. Although most of the White House press corps was aware of this, it was not reported. Franklin Roosevelt’s palsy was also not publicized; in fact, photographs were taken at angles...
  • How Does the Church Correct the Serious Error of a Pope?

    11/26/2016 5:00:52 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 78 replies
    EWTN ^ | November 26, 2016 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Considering the seriousness of the questions put to him by the cardinals, Pope Francis’ decision not to respond is incomprehensible. The cardinals have cautioned the Holy Father that consequences will follow his refusal of their dubia. Cardinal Burke explained in his interview with Edward Pentin that the Pope's lack of response may trigger a formal act of correction. Pentin asked, “What happens if the Holy Father does not respond to your act of justice and charity and fails to give the clarification of the Church’s teaching that you hope to achieve?"  To which Cardinal Burke replied, “Then we would...
  • First Meeting of Study Commission on the Diaconate of Women

    11/26/2016 2:31:17 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | November 25, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    In my email a Communiqué of the Holy See Press Office Today, November 25, 2016, the first meeting of the Study Commission on the Diaconate of Women took place. This commission was established by the Holy Father on August 2 with the purpose of doing an objective study on the situation in the early Church. Chaired by Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, S.J., Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Commission members will meet in morning and evening sessions over two days in the offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. So, their slow...
  • Run to Jesus! An Advent Reflection

    11/25/2016 8:18:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Run to Jesus! An Advent Reflection Msgr. Charles Pope • November 24, 2016 • The Lord’s coming is near. And though we have all been well taught that the word “Advent” means “coming,” there is the danger that we think that we are only passively waiting for Him to come. It is not just that the Lord is coming to us; we are also journeying to Him. In fact, as the Advent prayers in the Roman Missal instruct, we ought to run, not walk, and hasten to greet Him as He draws near.This notion of running to meet God...
  • Submitting Dubia Is a Standard Part of Church Life. Its Not Unreasonable to Expect a Clear Answer

    11/25/2016 1:34:54 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 24, 2016 | Stephen Bullivant
    Church doctrine and canonical legislation can be complicated to navigate. Dubia seek to end confusion on all sorts of topicsEarlier today, while looking for something else entirely, I came across an interesting sentence on the website of the Liturgy Office of the Bishops’ Conference: Following a request for information the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales submitted a dubium to the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei which confirmed that in the Roman Rite, whichever Form of the liturgy is being celebrated, the Holydays of Obligation are held in common. Note the casual use here of that technical term, dubium. The root...
  • Russian Patriarch: LGBT agenda poses significant threat for the existence of the human race

    11/24/2016 10:09:45 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 1 replies
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | November 23, 2016 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    MOSCOW, Russia, November 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- The head of the world's largest Orthodox Church says anti-discrimination laws supporting homosexuality and transgenderism are "at odds with the moral nature of human beings." Patriarch Kirill, leader of more than 200 million Russian Orthodox Christians, gave an exclusive interview to Russia Today (RT), the English-language news channel that provides a Russian view on global news. The Christian leader said Western same-sex "marriage" laws and transgender "anti-discrimination" laws are unprecedented and unnatural. "What's happening in the Western countries is that, for the first time in human history, legislation is at odds with the...
  • True Thanksgiving Isnt Just Something We Do; Its Something That Happens to Us

    11/24/2016 7:10:03 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-23-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    True Thanksgiving Isn’t Just Something We Do; It’s Something That Happens to Us Msgr. Charles Pope • November 23, 2016 • One of the dangers in presenting New Testament moral teaching is reducing the Gospel to a moralism, a rule to follow using the power of one’s own flesh. This is an incorrect notion because for a Christian, the moral life is not merely achieved; it is received. The moral life is not an imposition; it is a gift from God.The Gospel chosen for Thanksgiving Day features the familiar story of the ten lepers who are healed by Jesus,...
  • New Books Tell the Stories of Popes Benedict, Francis

    11/24/2016 12:18:06 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 23, 2016 | Barbara Mahany
    It's unprecedented in publishing history for two books tracing the spiritual roots and biographies of two living popes to be published within the same month, let alone within the same lifetimes. And in tandem, or alone, they make for extraordinary reading. One, "Last Testament: In His Own Words," by Pope Benedict XVI with Peter Seewald, is the much-awaited, book-length, question-and-answer autobiography of the only modern-day pope to retire from the papacy. While Benedict's resignation in February 2013 fueled a firestorm of speculation, and bracketed a deeply divisive chapter of Catholic Church scandal, the ex-officio pope breaks his silence here and...
  • A Glimpse Inside Christs Burial Place

    11/23/2016 6:06:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/23/16 | Jill Duchess of Hamilton
    For the first time in almost 2,000 years, scientists have examined Jesuss tomb; what they have found underlines the truth of the GospelsLast week, for the first time in its history of nearly 2,000 years, the tomb (sepulchre) of Jesus was examined by archaeologists and conservationists. Never before has it been subject to scientific scrutiny. These men of science, accompanied by a group of selected priests and monks, were surprised by what they saw. Despite centuries of damp, wars and more than a dozen earthquakes, everything in the rock-cut cave chamber is still intact. It has been central to the...
  • Americas First Thanksgiving Was in Florida Seriously. It Was!

    11/23/2016 2:35:45 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 9 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | November 23, 2016 | Thomas J. Craughwell
    St. Augustine, Florida, is a small city with a lot of firsts to its credit. It was the first permanent European settlement in what is now the United States. It was the site of the first Mass in the U.S. It is the place where the first shrine to Our Lady was erected (it stands on the grounds of the Mission Nombre de Dios). It was from here that the first Catholic mission to American Indians was launched. And, now, here comes the surprise St. Augustine was the site of the first Thanksgiving celebration in America. As youd...
  • The Real Jesus of Scripture Might Surprise You

    11/23/2016 7:05:18 AM PST · by Salvation · 179 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-22-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Real Jesus of Scripture Might Surprise You Msgr. Charles Pope • November 22, 2016 • If we could travel back in time to 30 A.D. and meet the Lord Jesus as He carried forth His public ministry, we might be quite surprised by what we saw. I say this because many of us are heirs to a rather filtered description of Him that is both Western and modern.Most picture Jesus as fair-skinned and slender, with long, straight hair and a gentle beard. This physical reimagining of Him began rather early, gathered steam during the Renaissance, and has come...
  • A Private Letter to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Revealed [Catholic Caucus]

    11/22/2016 10:50:32 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | November 18, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    An Earnest Call to Publish the Missing Third Secret of FatimaThe recent courageous and encouraging initiative of the Four Cardinals Letter to Pope Francis has also energized the faithful and given them hope that an effective resistance is being mounted against the heretical statements of Pope Francis’ post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia. It encourages us all to keep requesting the fullness of Catholic Truth, trusting that God will provide us with the necessary Grace and prudent means if we loyally do what He would want us to do.“At what cost has the former pope made up his mind to remain silent?”Since...
  • The Forgotten Man

    11/22/2016 7:22:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    ChurchMilitant.com ^ | 11-16 | Michael Voris
    Video Link: http://www.churchmilitant.com/video/episode/vortex-the-forgotten-man I will post the transcript below.
  • Palace of Westminster to Be Lit Up in Red to Honour Those Persecuted for Their Faith

    11/22/2016 2:13:40 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 21, 2016 | Staff Reporter
    The historic building will be lit up as part of ACN's Red Wednesday campaignThe Palace of Westminster will be lit up with red lighting on Wednesday evening as part of the Red Wednesday events in honour of those persecuted or killed in acts of religious hatred.Aid to the Church in Need have organised the event in which participants will wear red to remember those persecuted because of their faith.Both Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral will also light up their famous facades in scarlet.Speaking about the importance of the campaign, Lord David Alton said: “Red Wednesday is a chance to show...
  • Is Pope Francis the Last Pope before Armageddon?

    11/22/2016 12:37:37 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 16 replies
    FOX8 Cleveland ^ | November 21, 2016 | Suzanne Stratford
    For centuries, church and prophecy scholars have studied the predictions of a 12th century Irish saint, but most laymen paid no attention until now. St. Malachy was known for accurately predicting events during his own lifetime and for countless miraculous healings; including the son of Scotland's King David in 1140. But he also reportedly received a heavenly vision, the church calls a personal revelation, that identified the next 112 popes would lead the Catholic church before the end of time. The list vanished for hundreds of years, and many think its fake or forged. The church doesn't endorse it, and...
  • [October 12, 2016] That Time Jesus Appeared in the Sky of Mexico [Catholic Caucus]

    11/21/2016 12:02:50 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 9 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | October 12, 2016 | N/A
    Lima, Peru, Oct 12, 2016 / 06:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It's a major miracle that you've probably never heard of.On Sunday, Oct. 3, 1847, more than 2,000 people in Ocotln, Mexico saw a perfect image of Jesus Christ crucified that appeared in the sky for more than 30 minutes.Approved by the Archdiocese of Guadalajara in 1911, the phenomenon is known as the Miracle of Ocotln and took place one day before an earthquake that killed 40 and left the town in Jalisco State in ruins. Before the start of Mass at the cemetery of the Chapel of the Immaculate...
  • Why Was Christ Crucified Between Two Thieves?

    11/21/2016 7:34:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Was Christ Crucified Between Two Thieves? Msgr. Charles Pope • November 20, 2016 • It is good and necessary to ponder more of the Gospel of yesterday’s Solemnity of Christ the King. It remains a profound teaching that Christ was crucified between two thieves. Why?St. Thomas Aquinas proposes three answers to the question. Let’s consider them, with particular emphasis on the third. I. To Identify with Fallen Sinners – St Thomas said, As Christ became accursed of the cross for us, so for our salvation He was crucified as a guilty one among the guilty (Comm. xxxiii in...
  • Calvin Coolidge: Our Finest President on Giving Thanks

    11/20/2016 6:20:28 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 29 replies
    Ruthfully Yours Blog ^ | Charles C. Johnson of The National Review
    Coolidge was perhaps the 20th centurys most religious president. He saw the hand of Providence involved in Americas destiny and in her day-to-day affairs. He often warmly quoted the Bible in his speeches. He attended church regularly though he never joined a Washington church, worrying that his duties as president might make it difficult to set a good example. I am inclined to think now that this was the counsel of darkness, he regretted in his Autobiography. Most of all, he believed, as did his mentor, Charles Garman of Amherst College, that the Golden Rule revealed a new politics, where...
  • King of Thieves and King of the Universe A Homily for the Solemnity of Christ the King

    11/20/2016 6:49:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-19-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington King of Thieves and King of the Universe – A Homily for the Solemnity of Christ the King Msgr. Charles Pope • November 19, 2016 • Jesus Christ is King of Thieves, though He never stole. He is savior of sinners, though He never sinned.Today’s Gospel chosen presents Jesus as reigning from the cross. Nothing could be more paradoxical. Let’s look at it from four perspectives: I. Vision – Today’s Gospel presents a vision or image of the Church. We like to think of more pleasant images: the Church is the Bride of Christ or the Body...
  • Our Strengths Are Often Our Struggles

    11/19/2016 9:11:38 AM PST · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-18-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Our Strengths Are Often Our Struggles Msgr. Charles Pope • November 18, 2016 • One of the things that I have learned about myself, and humans in general, is that our strengths are very closely related to our struggles. Some people are very passionate; this makes them dedicated and driven to make a difference. But it also makes them prone to anger or depression. Their passion in one area (e.g., truth, justice) can cause difficulties with passions in other areas such as sexuality, food, or drink. Passionate people can inspire others and are often great leaders. But they also...
  • The Meanest Thing Jesus Ever Said

    11/18/2016 7:27:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-17-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Meanest Thing Jesus Ever Said Msgr. Charles Pope • November 17, 2016 • The Gospel from Wednesday’s Mass (Wed. of the 33rd Week – Luke 19:11-27) is known as the “Parable of the Ten Gold Coins.” It has an ending so shocking that, when I read it at Mass some years ago, a young child said audibly to her mother, “Wow, that’s mean!”I’d like to look at it and ponder its shocking ending.Today’s parable is like Matthew’s “Parable of the Talents,” but with some significant differences. In today’s parable, ten people each receive one gold coin. We only...
  • A Funeral Sermon Designed to Teach on the Last Things and Inspire Prayer

    11/17/2016 6:53:15 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-16-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Funeral Sermon Designed to Teach on the Last Things and Inspire Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • November 16, 2016 • In Monday’s post, I discussed some of the more common problems with funerals; it provides background for the homily I summarize in today’s post. In it, I tried to teach on what I think are the central themes that should be emphasized in Christian funerals. I do not necessarily preach every word you see here at every funeral, but I do address these basic themes.The homily I typically give at funerals is broken into three main parts: Praise...
  • Half a Million People May Have Suffered for Orthodox Faith in USSR

    11/16/2016 5:35:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/16/18
    Ufa, November 16, Interfax - Thousands of people may have been subjected to repression for Orthodox faith under Soviet rule, church researchers said. "The total number of victims in the years of the repression currently cannot be determined because the archives of the relevant agencies are not accessible to the public. However, church researchers believe the number of people who suffered for their faith may reach 500,000 people," Metropolitan of Ufa and Sterlitamak Nikon said at the 6th Tabyn Recitals entitled '1917-2017: Centennial Lessons.'The names of 1,774 saints have now been included in the Assembly of New Martyrs and Confessors...
  • Love of the World Fuels the Fear of Death A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Cyprian

    11/16/2016 7:03:04 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-15-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Love of the World Fuels the Fear of Death – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Cyprian Msgr. Charles Pope • November 15, 2016 • As November winds down and Advent still looms, the traditional meditation we make on the four last things (death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell) is still operative. A classic writing by St. Cyprian comes to mind. It is a meditation on the fundamental human struggle to be free of undue attachment to this world and to have God (and the things waiting for us in Heaven) as our highest priority.In this meditation, St. Cyprian...
  • Workers Report Extraordinary Phenomena at Christs Tomb

    11/15/2016 7:07:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Workers engaged in a restoration project at the church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem have reported extraordinary phenomena at the tomb in which Jesus was laid, located inside the basilica. Workers report that as they approached the tomb they detected a sweet aromathe sort of floral scent that has often been reported in encounters with the saints and with Marian apparitions. The workers also report that some electronic devices that were left near the tomb began to malfunction or broke down entirely, suggesting that they had been affected by powerful electromagnetic forces. An international team is engaged in restoration...
  • Funeral Foibles Problems in the Celebration of Catholic Funerals

    11/15/2016 7:14:03 AM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-14-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Funeral Foibles – Problems in the Celebration of Catholic Funerals Msgr. Charles Pope • November 14, 2016 • In this month of All Souls, it is good to reflect on funerals. It concerns me that very few people today seem to understand the real purpose of a funeral. The way in which we conduct ourselves at funerals, the manner of preaching at funerals, and other visible attitudes expressed at funerals not only teach poorly, but are often a countersign of biblical and Church teaching on death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell.There are many problems, both sociological, and liturgical, that combine...
  • Avoiding Extremes - A Post-Election Reflection

    11/14/2016 6:22:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-13-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Avoiding Extremes - A Post-Election Reflection Msgr. Charles Pope • November 13, 2016 • In the aftermath of the recent election I have noticed a tendency toward extremes. I’d like to point them out and counsel something of a via media.There is no doubt that we have been through a difficult and painful election cycle. There were many strong, acidic, and even hateful things said by the candidates and their supporters; the knives were surely out. Even within the parties there were strong differences. It is clear that we are a very divided land.And thus there are very different...
  • Our Journey Through a Passing World A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year

    11/13/2016 7:33:57 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-12-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Our Journey Through a Passing World – A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • November 12, 2016 • During the month of November, the Church has us ponder the Four Last Things: death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell. As the golden gown of autumn gives way to the lifeless look of winter, we are encouraged to see that our lives are on a trajectory that leads to autumn and then to the winter of death. But those who have faith know that this passage to death ultimately leads to glory. Scripture says, And the...
  • Jesus' time in hell

    11/12/2016 6:11:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 50 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 10-26-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Jesus’ time in hell Question: Are there any teachings about what Jesus did during the time he went to hell, as described in the Apostles’ Creed?— Robert Lusby, Commerce City, Colorado Answer: It is important to distinguish the hell of the damned from the place of the dead, which the ancients termed variously as Sheol, Hades or hell. Since the Catechism of the Catholic Church answers your question quite thoroughly, here is an excerpt: “[Jesus] descended [to hell, that is to the realm of the dead] as Savior, proclaiming the Good News to the spirits [of men] imprisoned there. Scripture...
  • [Catholic Caucus]Tradition is for the Young

    11/11/2016 9:07:56 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | November 11, 2016 | GREGORY DIPIPPO
    Many years ago, I read an interview with a famous dissenting theologian, as they are sometimes euphemistically called, (one who has now passed to his reward, and shall therefore remain nameless), in which he talked about the many things that had permanently disappeared from Catholic life, and of which younger Catholics would therefore never any experience or memory. As I recall it, funeral Masses in black vestments were named among them, and this was said with something of a wistful tone, since even the most obdurate revolutionaries could hardly deny the powerful sense which the tradition Requiem communicates of the...
  • It Was Both a Joy and a Burden: Extracts from Benedict XVIs Last Testament

    11/11/2016 3:57:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    In these extracts from his new book-length interview, the Pope Emeritus reflects on his ‘guillotine’ election, his achievements as Pope and his tendency to ‘think too much’Why did you not name yourself John Paul III? I felt that would be inappropriate, because a standard had been set there which I couldn’t match. I could not be a John Paul III. I was a different character, cut from a different cloth; I had a different sort of charisma, or rather a non-charisma. Suddenly: Christ’s vicar on earth. What inner change was going on there?Yes, there was the thought: no, I need still...
  • Who Is Your Real Enemy and What Are His Tactics?

    11/11/2016 8:04:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-10-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Who Is Your Real Enemy and What Are His Tactics? Msgr. Charles Pope • November 10, 2016 • In the aftermath of the recent election, our country and our parishes are divided. Some people are hurt and angry while others are jubilant and hopeful. But although we often square off in opposing corners and stare fearfully at each other, we should remember our common enemy, the Devil. There’s a saying that warring brothers reconcile when there’s a maniac at the door; and the Devil is surely a maniacal and cunning opponent.One of the key elements in any battle is...
  • Why Do So Many Miss Experiencing Jesus in Our Parishes and How Can We Change This?

    11/10/2016 8:27:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-09-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Do So Many Miss Experiencing Jesus in Our Parishes and How Can We Change This? Msgr. Charles Pope • November 9, 2016 • We were blessed this past weekend to have Sherry Weddell, author of Forming Intentional Disciples, visit the Archdiocese of Washington and speak to priests and lay leaders. Her work is a great blessing to the Church in calling us back to “job one,” which is to make disciples. In Catholic parishes evangelization is too often relegated to committees or tossed into the “we’ll get to that next year” file. Weddell’s mission is to create greater...
  • Obama and His Marxist Army Still Have Two Months Left People and Will NEVER Go Away

    11/10/2016 4:05:09 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 29 replies
    IFB ^ | 11/10/16
    Dear friends, I think it is safe to say that the Trump victory came as a sigh of relief to millions while on the other hand it only enrage millions of secular leftist who despise our capitalistic economy and U.S sovereignty. Trump's victory may slow down our nation's EXPONENTIAL accelerating rot a "tad" but do not deceive yourselves and think that happy days are here again! As Almighty God's watchman I want to be sure to give you the Divine warnings which are sure to be. The American progressive coop has already taken place here in America and has won...