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  • After 883 Years, Cistercian Monastery to Close in Germany

    10/18/2017 5:50:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Himmerod Abbey was founded by St Bernard of Clairvaux, but closed due to lack of vocationsA Cistercian monastery that’s existed for almost 900 years in what is now western Germany is closing down for good, due to a shortage of monks. The Himmerod Abbey, founded in 1134 by the French abbot Bernard of Clairvaux, had just six resident monks before the closure that was decided this week, down from about 30 monks in the 1970s. German news agency dpa on Saturday quoted the monastery’s head, Abbot Johannes, as saying the financial situation and especially the small number of monks had...
  • Romans 1 - Is It a Prophetic Interpretation of Reality for Our Times?

    10/18/2017 8:53:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-17-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Romans 1 - Is It a Prophetic Interpretation of Reality for Our Times? Msgr. Charles Pope • October 17, 2017 • We continue to read from the Letter to the Romans in daily Mass. Scripture is a prophetic interpretation of reality. That is, it tells us what is really going on from the perspective of the Lord of History. An inspired text, it traces out not only the current time, but also the trajectory, the end to which things tend. It is of course important for us to read Scripture with the Church, and exercising care, to submit our...
  • St. Luke: 10 things to know and share

    10/17/2017 7:54:57 PM PDT · by iowamark · 2 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 10/17/17 | Jimmy Akin
    October 18th is the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist. 1) Who was St. Luke? St. Luke is mentioned by name in three passages of Scripture: In Colossians 4:14, St. Paul writes: “Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you.” In 2 Timothy 4:11, Paul writes: “Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you; for he is very useful in serving me.” And in Philemon 23-24, Paul writes: “Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you, and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.” Since Luke is mentioned in three...
  • St. Paul Was Not Ashamed of the Gospel — Are We?

    10/17/2017 8:10:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 139 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-16-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    St. Paul Was Not Ashamed of the Gospel — Are We? Msgr. Charles Pope • October 16, 2017 • Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, RomeSt. Paul writes this in today’s reading from the Letter to the Romans: “I am not ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” (Rom 1:16).“Gospel” here refers to the whole of the New Testament rather than merely the four Gospels. The gospel is the apostolic exhortation, the proclamation of the apostles of what Jesus taught and said and did for our salvation. This...
  • Faith Is About Obedience

    10/16/2017 8:16:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Faith Is About Obedience Msgr. Charles Pope • October 15, 2017 • There is a very important phrase in the beginning of St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, which we are reading in daily Mass. A common modern conception of what it means to have faith has an egocentric element, for which St. Paul provides a remedy. In describing his authority and mission as an apostle, he says,Through [Jesus] we have received the grace of apostleship, to bring about the obedience of faith, for the sake of his name (Romans 1:3-4).There it is: the obedience of faith.He repeats the...
  • Party or Perish

    10/15/2017 7:57:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-14-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Party or Perish Msgr. Charles Pope • October 14, 2017 • The past three Sundays have featured shocking parables about our readiness, fruitfulness, and decision as to whether to accept and enter the Kingdom of God. The Lord has used the image of a vineyard extensively: a vineyard into which workers are dispatched at different times of the day but who have different attitudes about what is due to them at the end of the day; a vineyard into which two sons are sent, one of whom goes and one who does not; a vineyard in which are wicked...
  • A Mysterious Passage

    10/14/2017 10:32:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 09-01-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Mysterious Passage Q: Matthew’s Gospel says that, right after Jesus died, “the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep were raised. And coming forth from their tombs after his resurrection, they entered the holy city and appeared to many” (27:52-53). What else do we know about these appearances of the dead who had been raised after the Resurrection? Who would’ve been among them?Bob, Oakland, California A: This is a very mysterious text that does not lend itself to simple or satisfying explanations. Matthew seems to have two purposes in mind: He reports what actually happened, but he...
  • A Spiritual Danger, as Seen in the Book of Jonah

    10/13/2017 8:41:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-12-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Spiritual Danger, as Seen in the Book of Jonah Msgr. Charles Pope • October 12, 2017 • As we continue to read the story of Jonah at daily Mass, for Wednesday of the 27th Week we ponder a significant spiritual danger. Most of us struggle to some degree over God’s patience and clemency. Certainly, we want God to be patient and merciful with us, but we don’t want Him to be patient when it comes to allowing bad or even sinful things to continue. We would like to see God put a swift end to every heresy, mete...
  • Luther would be horrified by the world he forged

    10/12/2017 7:43:41 PM PDT · by vladimir998 · 213 replies
    Catholic Herald (U.K.) ^ | Thursday, 12 Oct 2017 | Archbishop Charles Chaput
    The brilliant German monk never intended to start his own Church A few years ago, a Lutheran friend sent me a link to her favourite website: Lutheran Satire. The brainchild of a US Lutheran pastor, it focuses on Church humour from a Lutheran angle. The goal is catechesis through comedy, and no issue or religious leader is too sacred to poke. One of the site’s most popular videos is a cartoon called “The Reformation Piggybackers”. The plot is simple: Luther nails his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg church...
  • Reluctant Prophet – The Story of Jonah

    10/12/2017 8:25:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-11-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Reluctant Prophet – The Story of Jonah Msgr. Charles Pope • October 11, 2017 • Jonah, Michelangelo, Sistine ChapelOf all the prophets, Jonah is perhaps the most reluctant; his struggle with sin is not hidden. We are currently reading Jonah’s story in daily Mass. In the story we see a portrait of sin and of God’s love for sinners. Psalm 139 says, beautifully,Whither shall I go from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy face? If I ascend into heaven, thou art there; if I descend into hell, thou art present. If I take my wings early...
  • Without the Catechism, I might never have become Catholic

    10/11/2017 2:12:10 PM PDT · by iowamark · 28 replies
    UK Catholic Herald ^ | 10/11/2017 | Luke Coppen
    The Catechism, published 25 years ago today, is no dry-as-dust manual - as I discovered when wrestling with its contentsI have never argued more with a book than the one that sits before me now. When I open my dog-eared copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, I see page after page covered in pencil marks. The comments, written almost 20 years ago, read like those of a stranger: someone trying to argue his way out of becoming a Catholic.As I flick through the book, with its yellowed and broken spine, I see expressions of bafflement and even outrage....
  • Hard Spiritual Truths That Will Set Us Free

    10/11/2017 9:49:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-10-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Hard Spiritual Truths That Will Set Us Free Msgr. Charles Pope • October 10, 2017 • In today’s post I would like to ponder some hard spiritual truths, but ones that will set us free.In calling them “hard truths”, I mean that they are not the usual cozy bromides that many seek. They speak bluntly about the more irksome and difficult realities we face. If we come to accept them, though, they have a strange way of bringing serenity by getting us to focus us on the right things rather than spending our time chasing after false dreams.A person...
  • Strategic Blunder - Supporting Palestine While Rejecting Kurdistan

    10/11/2017 8:58:49 AM PDT · by Maudeen · 5 replies
    Prophecy News Watch ^ | 10/11/2017 | Ryan Mauro/Clarion Project
    The U.S. is still poking the eyes of the Kurds in Iraq for their referendum on independence, with the State Department declaring that the Kurds' vote is "illegitimate" and that America opposes an independent state for the Kurds. "The vote and the results lack legitimacy and we continue to support a united, federal, democratic and prosperous Iraq," said U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders defended the Trump Administration's position using the absurd defense that a unified Iraq can "push back on Iran." Question: How has that worked since out since 2003? . . .
  • Something We Can Learn About Ourselves After the Las Vegas Shootings

    10/10/2017 7:36:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-09-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Something We Can Learn About Ourselves After the Las Vegas Shootings Msgr. Charles Pope • October 9, 2017 • The recent shootings in Las Vegas have caused agony to many. May the dead rest in peace, the injured be healed, and families be consoled in their losses! Another lesser, but clearly expressed “agony” is apparent in the questions it raises: Why did he do it? Why did the shooter (I intentionally do not mention his name), who seemed to give no warning, do such a heinous thing? There is almost a desperation to figure out why. So deep is...
  • Bite Your Tongue! A Reflection on Common Sins of Speech

    10/09/2017 7:40:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-08-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Bite Your Tongue! A Reflection on Common Sins of Speech Msgr. Charles Pope • October 8, 2017 • The Office of Readings this week features passages from the pastoral guide of St. Gregory the Great. In the opening line, Gregory reminds us: “A spiritual guide should be silent when discretion requires and speak when words are of service.”This is not easy. Indeed, self-mastery in speech is among the rarer gifts and usually comes later in life!Some of the most common sins we commit are related to speech: gossip, idle chatter, lies, exaggerations, harsh attacks, and uncharitable remarks. With our...
  • Sinner Please Don’t Let This Harvest Pass

    10/08/2017 6:48:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-07-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sinner Please Don’t Let This Harvest Pass Msgr. Charles Pope • October 7, 2017 • credit: Roland.h.bueb,wikimediaThere is an urgency and clarity about Sunday’s Gospel that is often lacking in modern Christians, including the clergy. The message is urgent, provocative, and clear: there is a day of judgment coming for every one of us and we must be ready for it. The message is a sobering one for a modern world that is often dismissive of judgment—and certainly of Hell. Jesus clearly says that the Kingdom of God can be taken from us for our refusal to accept its...
  • Papal adviser: We can no longer ‘judge people’ based on moral norms

    10/08/2017 6:08:07 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 56 replies
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | October 6, 2017 | Pete Baklinski
    BOSTON, Massachusetts, October 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- Jesuit priest and papal confidant Father Anthony Spadaro said that Pope Francis holds that the Catholic Church can no longer set down general norms that apply to entire groups of people. Spadaro, editor of the Italian magazine La Civiltŕ Cattolica, made the comment today at a conference at Boston College where liberal Cardinals met with dissident theologians to discuss strategies for implementing Pope Francis’ controversial teachings on marriage and family in dioceses across the United States. The Jesuit priest told attendees that Amoris Laetitia, the Pope's 2016 teaching on marriage and family, recognizes...
  • Sinner Please Don’t Let This Harvest Pass

    10/08/2017 7:42:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-07-17 | Revised New American Bible
    Sinner Please Don’t Let This Harvest Pass Msgr. Charles Pope • October 7, 2017 • credit: Roland.h.bueb,wikimediaThere is an urgency and clarity about Sunday’s Gospel that is often lacking in modern Christians, including the clergy. The message is urgent, provocative, and clear: there is a day of judgment coming for every one of us and we must be ready for it. The message is a sobering one for a modern world that is often dismissive of judgment—and certainly of Hell. Jesus clearly says that the Kingdom of God can be taken from us for our refusal to accept its...
  • Creedal Differences

    10/07/2017 6:10:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 09-01-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Creedal Differences Q: Why is the phrase “He descended into hell” in the Apostles’ Creed but not in the Creed that we pray at Mass?John, via email A: A creed is not a catechism and hence we should not expect that every possible truth is set forth in them. Creeds were a feature, primarily, of the early Church and generally were written to clarify Catholic teaching and refute errors of the time.Most of the disputes at the time the Nicene Creed was written centered on the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, the truth of the Incarnation and, to some degree,...
  • Martin Luther: What You Might Not Know About the Man Who Sparked the Reformation

    10/06/2017 9:51:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/06/2017 | Brandon Showalter
    Few people have punctuated history like Martin Luther, the man who spawned the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago, says author Eric Metaxas, whose latest book chronicles his life and legacy. "I never wanted to write another biography," Metaxas said in an interview with The Christian Post in early September, noting that his previous biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, was a huge undertaking. But two friends — to whom he dedicates his new work, Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed World —convinced him that he was the man for the job given that this...