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  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Ignatius of Antioch, 10-17-18

    10/17/2018 3:08:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Detail | Saint Ignatius with Madonna and Child | Lorenzo Lotto Saint Ignatius of Antioch Saint of the Day for October 17 (d. c. 107)  Saint Ignatius of Antioch’s Story Born in Syria, Ignatius converted to Christianity and eventually became bishop of Antioch. In the year 107, Emperor Trajan visited Antioch and forced the Christians there to choose between death and apostasy. Ignatius would not deny Christ and thus was condemned to be put to death in Rome.Ignatius is well known for the seven letters he wrote on the long journey from Antioch to Rome. Five...
  • The Identity Politics of Heaven

    10/17/2018 12:19:55 PM PDT · by unlearner · 3 replies
    WND ^ | 10/16/2018 | David Kupelian
    ... The mesmerizing ad ends with these words on screen: "Unlock your past. Inspire your future. Ancestry." There are currently over 10 million people in Ancestry's DNA database, each of whom sent the company $99 plus tiny bit of saliva, hoping to discover more about where they came from, who they're related to, what they're made of, what hidden gifts might lie dormant within them – in short, who they really are. While a few fortunate customers are reunited with long-lost relatives, most people, in return for paying for the privilege of giving their most private, personal data – their...
  • On the Adolescent Fixation of the Modern West

    10/17/2018 10:23:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-16-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Adolescent Fixation of the Modern West Msgr. Charles Pope • October 16, 2018 • Recently at the Synod on Youth, Archbishop Charles Chaput made the following observation:Unfortunately, many “developed” countries today are actually “underdeveloped in their humanity. They’re frozen in a kind of moral adolescence; an adolescence which they’ve chosen for themselves and now seek to impose upon others.I have written on this topic as well. What follows is largely taken from an article I first published on this blog in 2010. In it I wrote about the kind of teenage fixation that is evident in our...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, 10-16-18

    10/16/2018 8:23:15 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 10-16-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Stained glass, depiction Christ appearing to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and showing her His Sacred Heart | St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Vincennes, IN Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque Saint of the Day for October 16 (July 22, 1647 – October 17, 1690)  Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque’s Story Margaret Mary was chosen by Christ to arouse the Church to a realization of the love of God symbolized by the heart of Jesus.Her early years were marked by sickness and a painful home situation. “The heaviest of my crosses was that I could do nothing to lighten the cross...
  • Jim Jones & Harvey Milk: The Secret History

    10/16/2018 7:44:06 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 41 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 10-15-18 | Rod Dreher
    Next month marks the 40th anniversary of two landmark events of American popular culture: the assassination of pioneering gay politician Harvey Milk, and the mass suicide of 900 members of the Peoples Temple cult. If you remember anything about the mass suicide, it’s probably that cult leader Jim Jones was a fundamentalist Christian demon whose Bible-thumping berated brainwashed followers into drinking cyanide-laced Kool-Aid. Harvey Milk, by contrast, is a folk hero. The San Francisco supervisor became a gay-rights saint because he was martyred by a right-wing fanatic. That’s the received history in both cases. But according to author Daniel Flynn,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] What Our Church Buildings Say About Us

    10/16/2018 8:24:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-15-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Our Church Buildings Say About Us Msgr. Charles Pope • October 15, 2018 • The week in the Office of Readings from the Liturgy of the Hours we are reading from the books of Haggai and Zechariah. Both these prophets wrote at the time of the return of the Jews from the Babylonian exile, which had begun in 587 B.C. The Jewish people were permitted to return to the Promised Land beginning in about 538 B.C. Haggai wrote his book in the summer of 520 B.C. and in it he scolds the people for concentrating on their “paneled...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Teresa of Avila, 10-15-18

    10/15/2018 4:39:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa of Avila | Gian Lorenzo Bernini | photo by Tybo | flickr Saint Teresa of Avila Saint of the Day for October 15 (March 28, 1515 – October 4, 1582)  Saint Teresa of Avila’s Story Teresa lived in an age of exploration as well as political, social, and religious upheaval. It was the 16th century, a time of turmoil and reform. She was born before the ------------- --------------- and died almost 20 years after the closing of the Council of Trent.The gift of God to Teresa in and through which she...
  • KGB ‘Christians’: Putin, Stalin, and the KGB’s History of Manipulating the Orthodox Church

    10/15/2018 3:23:17 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 2016 | Spyridon Mitsotakis
    Anyone who grew up with the Eastern Orthodox Church (in my case, the Greek Orthodox Church) will get a good laugh at Vladimir Putin pretending to be a Christian during his first Easter as Russian ruler. As recounted by the great journalist Anna Politkovskaya (1958-2006), the bravest of all the many Putin-critics to be systematically assassinated, in her book Putin’s Russia: The three men clumsily and clownishly crossed themselves, Medvedev making his crosses by touching his hands to his forehead and then to his genitals. It was risible. Medvedev followed Putin in shaking the patriarch’s hand as if he were...
  • BEYOND THE HARBINGER

    10/15/2018 9:16:39 AM PDT · by amorphous · 6 replies
    At least one quarter of the Bible consists of prophecy, much of which has been fulfilled, demonstrating the veracity of the scriptures and the unseen hand of our great Creator that inspired them. The Bible contains many mysteries, some of which result from the figurative language used in dreams and visions in prophecy. As indicated by the Reformers quoted in the following many prophecies remained mysteries, until the prophecy was fulfilled which could then be understood through hindsight, as in the examples that we will explore in these pages.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Forsaking Everything and Receiving More Besides

    10/15/2018 8:26:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Forsaking Everything and Receiving More Besides Msgr. Charles Pope • October 14, 2018 • Church of Holy Comforter St. Cyprian. Photo credit: C. PopeIn the Gospel for Sunday’s Mass, we read this funny story about Peter that speaks to the paradox of losing one’s life only to find it more abundantly:Peter began to say to Jesus, “We have given up everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Callistus I, 10-14-18

    10/14/2018 7:27:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Franciscan Media.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Statue of Pope Callistus I on the Saints portal | Northern transept of Our Lady cathedral of Reims, Marne, France | photo by Fab5669 Saint Callistus I Saint of the Day for October 14 (d. 223)  Saint Callistus I’s Story The most reliable information about this saint comes from his enemy Saint Hippolytus, an early antipope, later a martyr for the Church. A negative principle is used: If some worse things had happened, Hippolytus would surely have mentioned them.Callistus was a slave in the imperial Roman household. Put in charge of the bank by his master,...
  • PRAYERS ANSWERED: Ukrainian Christians Greet Official Church Split from Russia With Open Arms

    10/14/2018 9:01:59 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 1 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | Christopher Miller
    Patriarch Bartholomew I -- considered the leader of roughly 300 million Orthodox Christians, or "first among equals" of Eastern Orthodox clerics -- to "proceed to the granting of autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine" marked a clear step closer to another remarkable break from Moscow and its reach into Kyiv's affairs. After taking a moment to say a prayer, Natalia, a retired schoolteacher and parishioner of St. Volodymyr's, told RFE/RL that her previous prayer -- for her church to be legitimized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and broken free from Russia -- had been answered. The push for independence, "was our...
  • [Catholic Caucus] What Does Heaven Cost? A Homily for the 28th Sunday of the Year

    10/14/2018 7:24:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-13-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does Heaven Cost? A Homily for the 28th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • October 13, 2018 • The Rich Young Man Goes Away Sorrowful, J. Tissot (1894)The Sunday Gospel invites us to wrestle with these fundamental, essential, focal questions: “What does Heaven cost?” and “Am I willing to pay it?” I. Problematic Pondering – A rich man asks Jesus, Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?Though his question is a good one, it is problematic because he couches it in terms of his own personal power and achievement. He wonders what he...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher, 10-13-18

    10/13/2018 8:10:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Blessed Marie Rose Durocher | Achona, The Online Newspaper of Academy of the Holy Names, Tampa | photo by Keri Kelly/Achona Online Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher Saint of the Day for October 13 (October 6, 1811 – October 6, 1849)  Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher’s Story Canada was one diocese from coast to coast during the first eight years of Marie-Rose Durocher’s life. Its half-million Catholics had received civil and religious liberty from the English only 44 years before.She was born in a little village near Montreal in 1811, the 10th of 11 children. She had a good education,...
  • How Many Moseses Wrote the Torah?

    10/13/2018 2:55:45 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 16 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | October 13, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    How Many Moseses Wrote the Torah? By Philip Cottraux I wrote two previous blogs discussing mid-19th century German theologian J.G. Eichhorn, originator of many modern criticisms of the Bible. In “The Daniel Lynchpin,” (click here to read) I addressed his proposal that the book of Daniel was a product of the Maccabean period. In “How Many Isaiahs Wrote Isaiah?” (click here to read), I addressed his theory that Isaiah has more than one author. This is a follow-up of sorts, as there is a similar claim that the Torah has multiple authors (at least in the Isaiah theory, the prophet...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, 10-12-18

    10/12/2018 7:15:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, St Magn Basilica, Füssen, Germany | photo by Myke Rosenthal Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Saint of the Day for October 12 (January 11, 1819 – October 4, 1867)  Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos’ Story Zeal as a preacher and a confessor led Father Seelos to works of compassion as well.Born in southern Bavaria, he studied philosophy and theology in Munich. On hearing about the work of the Redemptorists among German-speaking Catholics in the United States, he came to this country in 1843. Ordained at the end of 1844, he was assigned...
  • What Conscience Dreads and Prayer Dares Not Ask

    10/12/2018 9:03:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-11-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Conscience Dreads and Prayer Dares Not Ask Msgr. Charles Pope • October 11, 2018 • The Collect (Opening Prayer) for this week’s Masses (27th Week of the Year), though directed to God, teaches us that our prayer is not always about things with which we are comfortable. It sometimes leads us to examine areas of our life in which we struggle with sin or we struggle to desire to be free of sin. Here is the prayer:Almighty ever-living God, who in the abundance of your kindness surpass the merits and the desires of those who entreat you, pour...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint John XXIII, 10-11-18

    10/11/2018 7:21:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Pope John XXIII begins the Mass | Saint Peter’s Basilica, October 11, 1959 | photo by Medici con l’Africa Cuamm Saint John XXIII Saint of the Day for October 11 (November 25, 1881 – June 3, 1963)  Saint John XXIII’s Story Although few people had as great an impact on the 20th century as Pope John XXIII, he avoided the limelight as much as possible. Indeed, one writer has noted that his “ordinariness” seems one of his most remarkable qualities.The firstborn son of a farming family in Sotto il Monte, near Bergamo in northern Italy, Angelo...
  • Why Men Wage War and the EXPONENTIAL Day of the Lord!

    10/11/2018 6:18:57 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 2 replies
    IFB ^ | 10/11/18
    War, what is it good for? Well, that is a good question but do men really want to know where wars come from? No, NOT really... Men seek to end wars but they cannot stop the war from within their own fallen hearts against their ETERNAL Creator and His RIGHTEOUSNESS (Gen. 6, Psalm 14:1-4, Matt. 15:17-21, Rom. 3:11-20; 7:10-25, Gal. 5:19-21, James 4:1-10). Until one has received Almighty God's Savior and Propitiation there can NEVER be TRUE peace in one's heart and the conflict and wars (internally and externally) will go on and on. Here on planet earth; strife, discord,...
  • Ukraine's Orthodox Church officially granted Independence from Russia

    10/11/2018 10:31:42 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 11 October 2018 | Roman Olearchyk, Henry Foy
    The head of global Orthodox Christianity has decided to grant Ukraine its own church independent of Russia’s patriarchate, in a politically charged move that defies sharp warnings from Moscow. The decision is a victory for Ukraine in a wider struggle against Russia that encompasses Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and its continued support for separatists fighting against Kiev in the east of the country. But it has been condemned by Russian officials, who have warned it threatens to trigger the biggest Christian schism in a millennium. While both Ukraine and Russia share the same orthodox Christian roots that date back...