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  • Meet the SAINTS! [Catholic and Open]

    04/23/2014 8:05:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CatholicBible101.com ^ | not given | CatholicBible101
    Meet the SAINTS ! The saints of the Holy Catholic Church lived exemplary lives, giving up the temporary pleasures of earth for the eternal joy of Heaven. Their lives were marked by a sincere wish to imitate the life of Christ.† St. Paul says in Hebrews 13:7 to imitate them.† It is important to understand what "the communion of saints" means to us as Catholics. Most Protestants don't know anything about what it means, but as Catholics, it is a very important component of our faith.† A lot of people think that they are dead and gone, but that...
  • Catholicism: Scandalous in Every Age

    04/23/2014 2:57:44 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 16 replies
    http://www.crisismagazine.com ^ | April 23, 2014 | Anthony Esolen
    A few weeks ago, a Catholic priest caused quite a stir in one of our local diocesan high schools. He spoke the truth about sex. Pause here to sigh, and to wish that our heresies were more interesting. Some of the parents and students objected. They did not say, ďThe priest presented the truth in a way that made it less likely that the audience would accept it. We are worried that the Churchís teachings did not appear in the best light. We need to do some considerable work right now, lest the students go on to reject what they...
  • Why is Shakespeare so mysterious? Because he was a Catholic in an age of vicious persecution

    04/23/2014 8:09:57 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/ ^ | April 23, 2014 | Joseph Pearce
    Today is St Georgeís Day. It is also Shakespeareís birthday and, believe it or not, it is the day on which Shakespeare died. Apart from the astonishing coincidence that Shakespeare died on his own birthday, it is also singularly appropriate that Englandís greatest poet should have been born and should have died on the feast day of her patron saint. It seems appropriate, therefore, that we should celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeareís birthday with a reference to cricket, that most quintessential of all English sports. Shakespeare is ď450, Not OutĒ, continuing to hit his audiences for six after reaching...
  • Jokes, quips, wisecracks: John XXIII lived with keen sense of humor

    04/22/2014 5:07:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cns ^ | March 24, 2014 | Emily Antenucci and Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Blessed John XXIII, who will be made a saint April 27, is remembered by many for his warmth, simplicity, social conscience and sense of humor. Pope Francis, who will canonize "the Good Pope," recalled his predecessor as being holy, patient and a man of courage, especially by calling the Second Vatican Council. "He was a man who let himself be guided by the Lord," Pope Francis has said. But the Italian Pope John was also guided by his cheerful disposition, his simple, peasant background and tongue-in-cheek, wisecracking Italian culture. Blessed John XXIII pictured in the Vatican...
  • Jesus of Nazareth, Enemy of the State, Executed for Treason

    04/22/2014 3:39:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | April 22, 2014 | Jerry Bowyer
    An Official Declaration Concerning the Criminal Jesus of NazarethJesus of Nazareth was executed on the orders of the Roman State. Method of execution: Crucifixion. The charge under Roman law was treason, and under Herodian law blasphemy against the Temple.The evidence against this anarchist was so strong that authorities of both the Roman State and the Kingdom of Herod concurred with the arrest and execution, and Jesus was subjected to trial by both governments. And in a rare uprising of spontaneous collective justice, the mass of people who were gathered for Passover called for his execution as well. The mob affirmed...
  • Church and State: The Separation Illusion

    04/22/2014 12:09:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Stand to Reason ^ | 04/22/2014 | Greg Koukl
    The goal of First Amendment was to protect religious expression, not restrict it. In the last 50 years, though, ‚Äúnon-establishment‚ÄĚ has been redefined as ‚Äúseparation,‚ÄĚ effectively amending the Constitution and isolating Christians from the political process.‚ÄúWill You Be a Casualty in Their Religious War?‚ÄĚ read the headline of an advertisement that almost covered an entire page of the L.A. Times. Underneath were pictures of Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and Lou Sheldon, along with condemning quotes substantiating their apparent jihad against irreligious secularists.The text of the advertisement read: ‚ÄúThe radical religious right has declared war on America. It is a...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: URIM AND THUMMIM, 04-22-14

    04/22/2014 8:44:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:URIM AND THUMMIM†Small objects, possibly stones, mentioned several times in the Old Testament but never described or explained. They were worn on the breast of a religious official, possibly designating his status, as he sought divine help (Exodus 28:30). Some believe that they were sacred lots that would evoke advice or instructions from Yahweh (Leviticus 8:9). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • LETTER OF POPE JOHN PAUL II TO WOMEN

    LETTER OF POPE JOHN PAUL II TO WOMEN I greet you all most cordially, women throughout the world! I am writing this letter to each one of you as a sign of solidarity and gratitude on the eve of the Fourth World Conference on Women, to be held in Beijing this coming September. Before all else, I wish to express my deep appreciation to the United Nations Organization for having sponsored this very significant event. The Church desires for her part to contribute to upholding the dignity, role and rights of women, not only by the specific work of the...
  • How to Become a Catholic (Explanation of the Inquiry and RCIA process)

    04/21/2014 8:51:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 178 replies
    CatholicAnswers ^ | August 10, 2004 | CatholicAnswers
    How to Become a Catholic Becoming Catholic is one of life‚Äôs most profound and joyous experiences. Some are blessed enough to receive this great gift while they are infants, and, over time, they recognize the enormous grace that has been bestowed on them. Others enter the Catholic fold when they are older children or adults. This tract examines the joyful process by which one becomes a Catholic.¬†A person is brought into full communion with the Catholic Church through reception of the three sacraments of Christian initiation‚ÄĒbaptism, confirmation, and the holy Eucharist‚ÄĒbut the process by which one becomes a Catholic...
  • ďTEN COMMANDMENTSĒ SCORES (Old Charlton Heston Movie top rated show on Sunday Night)

    04/21/2014 7:00:14 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | April 21, 2014 | Bill Donohue
    On Easter Sunday night, more Americans watched ďThe Ten CommandmentsĒ on ABC than any other show, even allowing for the fact that the audience was not as big as last yearís. What was most telling was how it creamed the religious fare shown on the Travel Channel and the Science Channel. The Travel Channel gave us ďGreatest Mysteries: Holy Land,Ē a one-hour presentation that took the viewer on a rambling ride through hidden rooms and caves looking for the Holy Grail; a guest appearance by Heinrich Himmler, head of the Nazi SS, rounded out the first segment. The Shroud of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA, 04-21-14

    04/21/2014 9:06:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-21-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA†The churches in Asia Minor mentioned by St. John in the Book of Revelation. They are Ephesus, Smyrnna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea (Revelation 1:11). While on the island of Patmos, St. John was ordered by the Lord to instruct and admonish their bishops, either praising or blaming them for the way they were administering their dioceses. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Honoring Two Beloved Popes (Sainthood of John XXIII and John Paul II)

    04/21/2014 7:48:08 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 2 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | April 21, 2014 | Jonathan Liedl
    Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims are expected to flock to Rome on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, for the canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II. But for those Americans who canít make the trans-Atlantic trip, there will be plenty of fanfare and celebration stateside, as two of the 20th centuryís most beloved popes become saints. The jubilation will be particularly pronounced in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Home to more people of Polish descent than any other city except for Warsaw, Polandís capital, Chicagoís Polish community will be pulling out all the stops to celebrate the canonization of fellow...
  • Bible Critic Says Jesus Isn't God, Stephen Colbert Leaves Him Speechless (Video)

    04/20/2014 4:36:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/17/2014 | BY JARED FREEMAN
    (Screenshot: Comedy Central)As we mentioned, Stephen Colbert, heir to David Letterman's chair on "The Late Show," openly talks about his Catholic faith. It's a surprise to those who know the comedian only as the satirical conservative host of "The Colbert Report."In this April 2009 episode on Maundy Thursday, Colbert hosted Bart Ehrman, a prominent New Testament scholar and biblical critic.As Ehrman points out contradictions he's found in the Bible, notably in the crucifixion of Jesus, Colbert takes him to task in his usual acerbic tone. But under the caricature, Colbert presents the divinity of Christ in ways that leave...
  • The Spirit of a Pure Christianity: Exploring Ethiopia's Stunning Subterranean Churches

    04/20/2014 4:33:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Independent (UK) | 4/20/14 | Evgeny Lebedev
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  • Ever wondered what happened between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday? Where did Jesus go?

    So I am writing this on Easter Saturday. We celebrated the death of Jesus yesterday at our Good Friday services and on Sunday we will celebrate his resurrection . So what happened between Friday and Sunday? Ever Wondered.Well here is what I see in scripture happened. First a little context.Recently I was preaching on types of Christ and I came across this scripture and it troubled meMatt 12:40For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the...
  • He is Risen!

    04/20/2014 7:24:13 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com/ ^ | April 20, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    Those who are Aristotelian devotees of reality stand by the Lesser Truth that A is A, and that A is never Not-A. But the Lesser Truth descends from, and depends upon, the Greater Truth, which is this: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not...
  • The Resurrection: The Best News Ever in a World Filled with Bad News

    04/20/2014 7:07:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/20/2014 | Michael Youssaf
    Much of the world will be celebrating Easter this week. Unfortunately, in the West, secular humanism has relegated the Christian Easter to mere ďEaster bunniesĒ and ďEaster eggs.Ē That degeneration can be closely linked to Western societyís replacement of ďthinkingĒ with ďfeeling.Ē We have replaced the thermostat with the thermometer. We have given up on rigorous intellectual debate of facts and irrefutable truth and replaced it with ďthatís fine if thatís how you feel about it.Ē Perhaps the trend is no clearer than when the mediaóand consequently, the man on the streetóexpresses an opinion on the resurrection of Jesus Christ....
  • The Earthís Most Serious Wound

    04/20/2014 4:44:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | APRIL 20, 2014 | Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
    In the history of the world, only one tomb has ever had a rock rolled before it, and a soldier guard set to watch it to prevent the dead man within from rising: that was the tomb of Christ on the evening of the Friday called Good. What spectacle could be more ridiculous than armed soldiers keeping their eyes on a corpse? But sentinels were set, lest the Dead walk, the Silent speak, and the Pierced Heart quicken to the throb of life.The King lay in state with His guard about Him. The most astounding fact about this spectacle of...
  • Peter is the Rock

    04/20/2014 2:44:35 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 59 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | February 27, 2014 | Tim Staples
    Peter is the Rock Few texts have been the occasion for the spilling of more ink than Matthew 16:17-19:And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be...
  • THOUSANDS ARE JOINING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN UNITED STATES THIS EASTER VIGIL

    04/19/2014 8:58:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 55 replies
    SplendoroftheChurch.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | splendor1618
    THOUSANDS ARE JOINING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN UNITED STATES THIS EASTER VIGIL April 15, 2014 by splendor1618 ¬†The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DCThousands Joining the Church in the U.S. This Saturday Archdiocese of Washington Has Largest Number in Its History WASHINGTON, D.C., April 14, 2014 (Zenit.org) ‚Äď A widower honoring his late wife and a Chinese graduate student are among the thousands of new Catholics joining the Catholic Church in the United States at Easter.All have participated in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), a process of conversion and study...
  • 'The Lord is waiting' Pope baptizes 10 at Easter Vigil

    'The Lord is waiting'Pope baptizes 10 at Easter Vigil Catholic.net photoPope Francis enters a darkened St. Peter Basilica carrying a lone candle. Homily of Pope Francis, Easter Vigil The Gospel of the resurrection of Jesus Christ begins with the journey of the women to the tomb at dawn on the day after the Sabbath. They go to the tomb to honour the body of the Lord, but they find it open and empty. A mighty angel says to them: "Do not be afraid!" (Mt 28:5) and orders them to go and tell the disciples: "He has been raised from...
  • 12 things you need to know about Holy Saturday

    04/19/2014 10:15:26 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 7 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Jimmy Akin
    Every time we say the creed, we note that Jesus "descended into hell." Holy Saturday is the day that commemorates this event. What happened on this day, and how do we celebrate it? Here are 12 things you need to know. 1. What happened on the first Holy Saturday? Here on earth, Jesus' disciples mourned his death and, since it was a sabbath day, they rested. Luke notes that the women returned home "and prepared spices and ointments. On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment" (Luke 23:56). At the tomb, the guards that had been stationed there kept...
  • Easter Conversion ĎBoomí?

    04/19/2014 9:34:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    NCRegister.com ^ | 03/31/2014 | CHARLOTTE HAYS
    Easter Conversion ‚ÄėBoom‚Äô? Some U.S. dioceses are reporting that 2014 will be an unusually fruitful year, in terms of the number of people welcomed into the Church. by CHARLOTTE HAYS 03/31/2014 ---The¬†Archdiocese of Washington, where Bidzinski‚Äôs parish is located, will welcome the largest number of candidates¬†and catechumens¬†ever recorded for the archdiocese this¬†Easter. The archdiocese will baptize or confirm 1,311 adults, children and teenagers this Easter ---Bishop Robert Lynch of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Fla.¬†‚ÄĒ where around 1,100 new Catholics will be welcomed at the Easter vigil ‚ÄĒ blogged on the diocesan website that this is the largest number...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LAPSI, 04-19-14

    04/19/2014 9:11:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-19-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:LAPSI†Third-century Christians who relapsed into heathenism by sacrificing to the gods or performing other acts of apostasy. There were three classes: sacrificati, who had actually offered sacrifices to idols; thurificati, who had merely burned incense to the gods; and libellatici, who certified in writing that they had offered sacrifice to idols without having actually offered sacrifice. After the edict of Decius (250-25) the lapsi who had apostasized through weakness often wished to repent and return to Christian worship. Pope Cornelius and St. Cyprian favored their return, and the synods of that time felt that after...
  • Is Confession Biblical?

    04/18/2014 10:26:17 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 56 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | February 19, 2014 | Tim Staples
    Is Confession Biblical? The Lord declares in Isaiah 43:25:I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.Psalm 103:2-3 adds:Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases¬ÖMany will use these verses against the idea of confession to a priest. God forgiving sins, they will claim, precludes the possibility of there being a priest who forgives sins. Further, Hebrews 3:1 and 7:22-27 tell us Jesus is, ¬ďthe¬Ö high priest of our confession¬Ē and that there are...
  • Reading the Bible in the Dark (the Easter Vigil)

    04/18/2014 3:26:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | APRIL 18, 2014 | DR. MARK GISZCZAK
    Easter VigilSeven OT Readings: Gen 1:1ó2:2; Gen 22:1-18; Exod 14:15ó15:1; Isa 54:5-14; Isa 55:1-11; Bar 3:9-15, 3:32ó4:4; Ezek 36:16-17a, 18-28.When my friend went to the Easter Vigil for the first time and started hearing the many readings, he thought for a moment that they were going to read the whole Bible! At Easter, we might expect a lot of New Testament texts, but instead the Church presents us with seven Old Testament readings and eight responsorial psalms. Thatís 15 Old Testament texts in one sittingótalk about an Old Testament extravaganza! Interestingly, on Easter morning, zero Old Testament texts are...
  • The Rise of Aggressive Emotivism

    04/18/2014 12:01:23 PM PDT · by don-o · 14 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | April 18, 2014 | Dwight Longenecker
    In a recent case in North Carolina, a sweet faced and intellectually accomplished nun came to a Catholic high school to address the students about human sexuality. We donít have the text of sisterís talk, but from the outrage expressed she not only criticized homosexual actions, but was down on divorce and sexual sin. The mother of one student reported her sonís comments, ďWe had the worst assembly today, we tried to leave but were made to sit down. There are students in this school who are openly gay and some who are not out yet. Obviously, they felt bullied.Ē...
  • THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF JESUS CHRIST FROM THE CROSS (in English and Latin) [Catholic Caucus]

    04/18/2014 10:33:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Crossroadsinitiative.com ^ | not given | Dr.Marcellino D'Ambrosio
    THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF JESUS CHRIST FROM THE CROSS(The 7 last words of Jesus Christ on Calvary as recorded by the Four Gospelsprovided here in English and Latin)†††The Seven Last "Words" of Jesus Christ from the cross are actually 7 short phrases that Jesus uttered on Calvary that serve as an excellent holy week meditation.† To find all of the seven last words of Jesus Christ, one must read all the gospels since none of the evangelists records all 7 last words.† The sayings would have been originally uttered by Jesus in the Aramaic language, but only one...
  • Did the Exodus happen?

    04/18/2014 9:01:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Jewish Journal ^ | 04/18/2014 | Dennis Prager
    With Passover here, it is a propitious time to address the central issue of the holiday: the Exodus. Specifically, did the Exodus happen? My friend Rabbi David Wolpe announced some years ago that it didnít matter whether the Exodus occurred. In his words, writing three years later: ďThree years ago on Passover, I explained to my congregation that according to archeologists, there was no reliable evidence that the Exodus took place ó and that it almost certainly did not take place the way the Bible recounts it. Finally, I emphasized: It didnít matter.Ē ďThe Torah,Ē he continued, ďis not a...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HEROD ANTIPAS, 04-18-14

    04/18/2014 8:51:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-18-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:HEROD ANTIPAS†Son of Herod the Great. He was Tetrarch of Galilee from 4 B.C. to A.D. 39. Since his regime roughly paralleled the life of Jesus, he is mentioned more often in the New Testament than any other Herod. Because of Herod's devious methods, Jesus referred to him as "that fox" (Luke 13:32). He broke the law by marrying his niece, Herodias, who was already married to his half-brother (the beheading of John the Baptist was the aftermath of John's denunciation of this unholy marriage). The curiosity of Herod Antipas was stirred by the accounts...
  • The Greatest Easter Painting Ever Made

    04/18/2014 7:38:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | APRIL 18, 2014 | Elise Ehrhard
    Tucked away in a central Parisian museum that was once a railway station, there hangs an Easter painting quite unlike any Gospel masterpiece created before or after it. It is not painted by a Rembrandt or a Rubens or the patron saint of artists, Fra Angelico. The painting is the work of a little-known Swiss painter. For those who make a trip to see it, viewing the canvas is a special spiritual experience in their lives.The work does not even show the risen Jesus. It merely portrays two witnesses, Jesusí oldest and youngest apostle. The youngest who was the...
  • "On the Physical Death of Jesus Christ" JAMA Atticle

    04/18/2014 6:40:36 AM PDT · by Oakleaf · 7 replies
    Journal of the American Medical Association ^ | March 21, 1986 | William D. Edwards, MD; Wesley J. Gabel, MDiv; Floyd E. Hosmer, MS, AMI
    ABSTRACT: Jesus of Nazareth underwent Jewish and Roman trials, was flogged, and was sentenced to death by crucifixion. The scourging produced deep stripelike lacerations and appreciable blood loss, and it probably set the stage for hypovolemic shock as evidenced by the fact that Jesus was too weakened to carry the crossbar (patibulum) to Golgotha. At the site of crucifixion his wrists were nailed to the patibulum, and after the patibulum was lifted onto the upright post, (stipes) his feet were nailed to the stipes. The major pathophysiologic effect of crucifixion was an interference with normal respirations. Accordingly, death resulted primarily...
  • Jesus Had a Wife, and Iíve Met Her: We donít need a papyrus scrap to tell us He was married.

    04/18/2014 6:24:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/18/2014 | Fr. Stephen Grunow
    Did Jesus have a wife? According to Karen L. King, an academic from Harvard, the answer might exist in the fragment of an ancient Coptic manuscript. On this slip of papyrus, Jesus is quoted as saying ďmy wife,Ē and because of that, King notes, ďthis fragment seems to be the first case where we have a married Jesus who appears to be affirming that women who are mothers and wives can be his disciples.Ē This story broke in 2012 and was immediately qualified by protests from other academics, who claimed the textual fragment King cited was likely a forgery. These...
  • The significance of Holy Thursday [Catholic Caucus]

    04/17/2014 11:53:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CNA ^ | not given | CNA staff
    The significance of Holy ThursdayExcept for the Resurrection on Easter, Holy Thursday is possibly one of the most important, complex, and profound days of celebration in the Catholic Church. Holy Thursday celebrates the institution of the Eucharist as the true body and blood of Jesus Christ and the institution of the sacrament of the priesthood.During the Last Supper, Jesus offers himself as the Passover sacrifice, the sacrificial lamb, and teaches that every ordained priest is to follow the same sacrifice in the exact same way. Christ also bids farewell to his followers and prophesizes that one of them will...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BEATTY PAPYRI, 04-17-14

    04/17/2014 9:08:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-17-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:BEATTY PAPYRI†Manuscript of thirty leaves from the Gospels and Acts, dating from the third century, together with twenty more leaves from St. Paul and Revelation. Old Testament manuscripts in the same collection amount to 180 leaves from nine books, dating to the second century. The Beatty papyri substantiate the essential soundness of the existing biblical texts. No striking or fundamental variant is shown either in the Old or New Testament. The Beatty papyri were found near Hermopolis in Egypt, most of which were acquired by A. Chester Beatty (1875-1968) in 1931. All items in this...
  • On the Holy Thursday foot washing: ďIt didnít exclude women until 1955ÖĒ

    04/17/2014 4:14:07 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Deacon's Bench ^ | April 17, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Some interesting history on this controversial rite, from David Gibson at Religion News Service, via NCR: Accounts of Christian foot-washing rituals go back as far as the sixth century. As Peter Jeffrey writes in his 1985 book, A New Commandment: Toward a Renewed Rite for the Washing of Feet, there were generally two forms: the ‚ÄúMandatum Pauperam,‚ÄĚ or washing of the feet of poor people, and the ‚ÄúMandatum Fratrum,‚ÄĚ the washing of the feet of ‚Äúthe brothers.‚ÄĚNeither were part of the Holy Thursday liturgy, and popes and clerics routinely washed the feet of poor people as a sign of service...
  • Touchdown! Franciscans reach goal with a winning kick (restoration project)

    04/16/2014 2:41:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cns ^ | April 14, 2014 | Carol Glatz
    ROME ‚ÄĒ Bypassing strapped government funding, a community of Franciscan friars in Rome was able to raise more than a quarter of a million dollars in 30 days through the crowd-funding platform, Kickstarter.The small cell where St. Francis of Assisi used to sleep when he came to Rome. (Screengrab from the Franciscans‚Äô Kickstarter webpage) The Franciscans in charge of the Church of St. Francis at Ripa will be using the money to restore the darkened, crumbling cell where St. Francis of Assisi stayed during his visits to Rome.More than 1,100 people, mostly from the United States, contributed to the Franciscans‚Äô...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ROSMINIANISM, 04-16-14

    04/16/2014 5:37:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 162 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-16-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ROSMINIANISM†A system of philosophy formulated by Antonio Rosmini-Serbati (1797-1855), founder of the Institute of Charity. Encouraged by Popes Pius VII, Gregory XVI, and Pius IX, he undertook a renewal of Italian philosophy, ostensibly following St. Thomas Aquinas. But the influence of Descartes, Kant, and Hegel shifted his thinking. He came to hold that the human mind is born with the idea of "being." In time it analyzes this basic idea to discover in it many other ideas, which are identical with those in the mind of God. Rosmini also taught that reason can explain the...
  • The Final Week of Jesus' Life, a Chronology

    04/15/2014 3:53:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 290 replies
    NewTheologicalMovement.blogspot.com ^ | Mach 2012 | Father Ryan Erlenbush
    The final week of Jesus' life, a chronology Father Ryan Erlenbush Mach 2012 ¬†As the Church prepares to enter into Holy Week, we do well to consider the final week of Jesus‚Äô life, from Friday to Friday. In a later post, we will look at the last twenty-four hours (from the Last Supper to the death of Jesus on the Cross) in greater detail.It will be helpful to review the Gospel accounts given by Sts. Mark and John, the two who offer the most explicit chronology of Holy Week. See Mark 11:1 ‚Äď 15:37 and also John 11:54 ‚Äď...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NIMBUS, 04-15-14

    04/15/2014 7:41:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-15-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:NIMBUS†A circle or ornamented disk depicted around the head of a saint. In pre-Christian times it represented power and majesty. The Church adopted the custom and made the nimbus symbolic of virtue. The square nimbus was once used with portraits of the living as emblems of human greatness, round circles reserved for saints as a symbol of grace bestowed on them by God. Related to nimbus are the halo and aureole. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Who Is Our Lady of Laus? ďMy name is MaryĒ (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)

    04/14/2014 7:56:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    OSV ^ | April 14, 2014 | Stephanie A. Mann
    Ben√īite. Photos: ND du Laus In May 2008, Bishop Jean-Michel di Falco Leandri, the bishop of Gap in the French Alps, celebrated a special Mass to announce the Vatican‚Äôs approval of Marian apparitions in that diocese that occurred between 1664 and 1718. Although the location of the apparitions to Venerable Ben√īite (Benedicta) Rencurel and the shrine founded there have been drawing pilgrims since the late 17th century, Our Lady of Laus is relatively unknown outside of France. The website for the shrine is available only in French and Italian, for example, and the nearest airport is in Grenoble, about 60...
  • Holy Week Preparation

    04/14/2014 7:48:48 PM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | Apr 09, 2014 | Jennifer Gregory Miller
    Holy Week Preparation By Jennifer Gregory Miller ¬† Apr 09, 2014 Holy Week is one of the busiest weeks of the year for our family. Preparing for Christmas, especially when we have to plan celebrations for both sides of the family and possible travel is also busy, but it never reaches the level of planning as Holy Week. I think the main difference is that we are participating in the liturgy of the Church throughout the whole Triduum, so there is less time at home to ‚Äúdo‚ÄĚ things.My father was in the Carmelite seminary in his younger years and...
  • Pontius Pilate should have listened to his wife

    04/14/2014 2:40:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 54 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 14, 2014 | FR ALEXANDER LUCIE-SMITH
    Ecce Homo by Antonio Ciseri The reading of the Passion according to Saint Matthew yesterday featured one of the most mysterious verses in the whole New Testament.It was this: While Pilate was sitting on the judge‚Äôs seat, his wife sent him this message: ‚ÄėDon‚Äôt have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.‚Äô (Matthew 27:19). Pilate¬ís wife appears, and disappears, in this one verse. Moreover, this verse is found only in the gospel of St Matthew, and in none of the other synoptic gospels. What on earth...
  • The Real Presence: Imitating Jesus Christ, Incarnate God [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/14/2014 10:37:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    TheRealPresence.org ^ | 1973 | De. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    Imitating Jesus Christ, Incarnate Godby John A. Hardon, S.J.We believe, that the Son of God assumed human flesh, body and soul, and dwelt among us, like one of us, in order to redeem us. We believe that His divine nature was substantially united to our human nature. We believe that Jesus Christ is God who became man and will remain man for the endlessTo be a Christian not only in name but in reality, one must believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ, that He is true God and true man. To be a Christian means to believe that...
  • GUINNESS BOYCOTT TAPS KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

    04/14/2014 9:33:54 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 23 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | April 14, 2014 | Bill Donohue
    Bill Donohue comments on the latest developments in the Catholic Leagueís boycott of Guinness: We have amassed over 7,000 email addresses from the Knights of Columbus, constituting over 1,500 councils across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Today, we are asking the Knights to join us in our boycott of Guinness. We are confident that many Knights will participate. How do we know? Because we have been contacted by many councils already, anticipating our appeal to them. When Guinness pulled the plug on its sponsorship of the St. Patrickís Day Parade in New York Cityóover the bogus argument...
  • Is There New Evidence That Jesus Had a Wife?

    04/14/2014 9:05:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 212 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/14/2014 | Michael Brown
    The internet has been abuzz with intriguing headlines announcing that scholars have determined that the so-called ďGospel of Jesusí WifeĒ papyrus is ďauthenticĒ and that there is ďno forgery evidenceĒ in the manuscript. What exactly does this mean? And should Christians be concerned that a new discovery might contradict the biblical account and undermine their faith? Actually, the report from scholars working with the Harvard Divinity School found that the manuscript is much younger than previously thought Ė in other words, it is even further removed from the time of the New Testament than scholars originally believed Ė meaning that,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CATHOLICITY, 04-14-14

    04/14/2014 7:31:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-14-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:CATHOLICITY†Universality of the Church founded by Christ. In the Nicene Creed the Church is said to be "one, holy, catholic, and apostolic." The Church's catholicity is first of all spatial, on account of her actual extension over the whole earth. This kind of catholicity may be actual, when the Church is actually extended everywhere; it is virtual in that Christ's intention was to have the Church present among all peoples. Actual catholicity is said to be physical if it embodies all persons of the earth, even if not literally every individual. It is moral if...
  • Jesus The Water of Life

    04/13/2014 9:33:24 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 14 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | April 12, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    Something for the weekend. One of the most powerful depictions of Christ on film from the movie Ben Hur (1959). A wonderful melding of music and dialogue as Christ goes silently to the aid of Ben Hur and gives him water. The wordless encounter between Christ and the Centurion was amazing, as the Centurionís face registers bewilderment, shame and curiosity as he has a totally unexpected encounter with the Divine. Whatever the actor who played the Centurion was earning that day, it wasnít nearly enough.
  • The Muslims Will Invade The Vatican, And Try to Destroy The Roman Catholic Church

    04/12/2014 9:30:55 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 133 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | April 12, 2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    The Muslims Will Invade The Vatican, And Try to Destroy The Roman Catholic Church By Ted on April 12, 2014 inFeatured, General SHOEBAT EXCLUSIVE By Theodore Shoebat I remember a few years ago spending time with an Evangelical friend of mine. Within our conversation, somehow, the subject of the Crusades came up. Of course, I defended the Crusades, explaining that they were fighting off Islamic invaders in the Middle East. He, on the other hand, vehemently condemned the Crusaders as evil and barbarous people. I asked him, ďWho would you rather win, the Muslims or the Crusaders?Ē He said,...
  • [Today's] Moral Issues

    04/12/2014 4:12:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    CatholicsComeHome.org ^ | not given | CatholicsComeHome.org
    Moral Issues Making moral choices in our modern world can be confusing and difficult. With so many temptations and influences pulling us in all directions, and the pressures of life driving us toward the seemingly ‚Äúeasy‚ÄĚ path, it is comforting to know that Jesus Christ, through His Church, has blessed us with clear moral framework to guide us toward a happy, fulfilling life.It makes perfect sense that our Creator, who made us and designed us to work in a certain way, would know what‚Äôs best for us. Fortunately, He gifted the Church with His advice on how to live...