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  • Some Things You May Not Know About Vivaldi

    05/04/2016 7:51:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some Things You May Not Know About Vivaldi Msgr. Charles Pope • May 3, 2016 • One of my favorite composers is Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741). While I love his secular pieces (such as The Four Seasons), I am especially fond of his Church music. It is so light, bright, and tuneful! Vivaldi loved to go up and down the musical scale, varying the theme a half step at a time.Ah, Vivaldi, he’s right up there with Handel, Bach, and Mozart! I consider him to be an especially Catholic treasure given his large body of sacred Latin liturgical music.Here are...
  • Pulling up Roots from Reality - A Review of a Cogent Analysis of the Post-Cartesian West

    05/03/2016 7:22:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-02-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pulling up Roots from Reality - A Review of a Cogent Analysis of the Post-Cartesian West Msgr. Charles Pope • May 2, 2016 • René DescartesOver the years I have attempted to trace the philosophical disaster of our modern world. Certainly the fundamental roots can be traced back to the breakdown of the medieval synthesis, the rise of nominalism, and the doubts of Descartes. These introduced a disconnect from reality. Descartes introduced a radical doubt in anything seen or experienced, and this disconnects us from reality. If we pull up roots from reality and the revelation of creation, we...
  • Ancient Christian Artifacts at the Louvre

    05/02/2016 3:59:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | April 19, 2016 | GREGORY DIPIPPO
    Our Ambrosian correspondent Nicola de’ Grandi was recently in Paris, and took these photographs of some of the ancient Christian artworks kept at the Louvre Museum. A gilded piece of glass of the type frequent used as grave markers in ancient Christian burial sites; this was a fairly precious object both for its gold, but also because glass was difficult to make in antiquity, and considered a kind of jewel. The image is of the Prophet Jonah being thrown out of the boat, and swallowed by the “whale”, here a large sea monster. (The Hebrew word “bechamah” can also mean either. Jonah...
  • The Real Sword in the Stone Is in a Church in Italy

    05/02/2016 11:28:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Aletelial ^ | May 1, 2016 | Daniel Esparza
    Thirty kilometers southwest of Siena, among the hills of Tuscany, are the ruins of an ancient Cistercian Gothic abbey. In one of the nearby chapels you will find one of the most remarkable relics of the Middle Ages: the sword of St. Galgano Guidotti.When tourists visiting Siena wonder what can be seen in the city, apart from the beautiful hills and villas, one answer is “visit the village of Chiusdino” for the magnificent medieval architecture, its outdoor opera festivals and to see the real sword in the stone.Yes: the sword of St. Galgano is buried to the hilt in...
  • On the Need to Be More Urgent in Preparing for Final Judgment

    05/02/2016 6:33:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-01-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Need to Be More Urgent in Preparing for Final Judgment Msgr. Charles Pope • May 1, 2016 • At every funeral I celebrate, I spend a good portion of the sermon urging everyone, including myself, to be more intent on preparing for death and judgement. I remind the assembled of Jesus’ numerous parables on this theme. I remind them that no one loves them more than does Jesus, and yet no one issued more warnings of judgment and Hell than He did. I do this at funerals because the overwhelming majority of people I see there do...
  • Four Gifts of Grace A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

    05/01/2016 5:45:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Four Gifts of Grace – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter Msgr. Charles Pope • April 30, 2016 • The Gospel for today has a number of “sayings” of the Lord Jesus, which all amount to a kind of litany of love. It is a setting forth of the gifts that He, by His grace, is accomplishing and will accomplish in us. Let’s get right to work and consider the wonderful gifts of grace.I. Power – Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever loves me will keep my word”Here is a fundamental theology of grace: keeping the commandments...
  • Why the New Evangelization Is Necessary, as Seen in a Cartoon

    04/30/2016 7:41:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why the New Evangelization Is Necessary, as Seen in a Cartoon Msgr. Charles Pope • April 29, 2016 • The animated short video below is a humorous reminder that when technology changes so rapidly, some of us can easily get left behind.In it, there is also something of an admonition to the Church, that we not act too much like the man in the video. 1. It would seem that the old man has been sheltered away in his apartment for too long while the world has passed him by. We in the Church also have been hunkered down...
  • Chipping Away Everything That Is Not of God or of You - A Meditation on God as Sculptor

    04/29/2016 7:25:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Chipping Away Everything That Is Not of God or of You - A Meditation on God as Sculptor Msgr. Charles Pope • April 28, 2016 • Michelangelo was asked how he could make a beautiful sculpture like his “Moses” out of a block of marble. His famous response was that he simply chipped away everything that wasn’t “Moses.”This is a paradigm for us in two senses.First, the Lord must chip away everything within us that is not Jesus. Yes, everything that is not of the Lord must go. St. Paul said, “I live; no not I, Christ lives in...
  • The Secret of Modesty

    04/28/2016 7:06:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Secret of Modesty Msgr. Charles Pope • April 27, 2016 • The following post contains some adult content. There is nothing inappropriate, but it does speak frankly to an aspect of sexual desire. Exercise caution if reading it to younger children.There is a secret, once known and widely shared among women, that the best way to get and hold a man’s attention is through modesty. Near nakedness can get a man’s attention, but it is modesty that will hold it.Why is this so? It is because mystery is powerfully attractive. It entices; it draws and holds one in...
  • A Look at the Early Catholic Church from the Acts of the Apostles

    04/27/2016 8:41:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 452 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-26-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Look at the Early Catholic Church from the Acts of the Apostles Msgr. Charles Pope • April 26, 2016 • The second reading from last Sunday’s Mass (5th Sunday of Easter) is very Catholic, and too informative to merely pass up. It presents the Church as rather highly organized and possessed of some of the structures we know today in full form. Granted, some of these structures are in seminal form, but they are there.We will also notice qualities of the original kerygma that are at variance with what some modern thinkers declare should be the methodology of...
  • What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Be Like?

    04/26/2016 7:24:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-25-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Be Like? Msgr. Charles Pope • April 25, 2016 • When I gave a talk recently at the Institute of Catholic Culture on the subject of the Second Coming, I was I asked to describe what our resurrected bodies will be like. Here is an article I wrote a few years back that details some aspects of our resurrected bodies:St Paul writes to the Philippians of the glory that our currently lowly bodies will one day enjoy:He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified Body by the power that enables him...
  • Some Common Misperceptions About the Date of Pascha/Easter

    04/26/2016 6:41:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Public Orthodoxy ^ | 4/25/16 | John Fotopoulos
    There is a common misperception among Orthodox Christians that the reason why Orthodox Easter (i.e. Pascha) often occurs so much later than Western Christian Easter is because the Orthodox Church abides by the rules for calculating the date of Pascha issued by the 1st Ecumenical Council at Nicaea in 325 AD and thus the Orthodox must wait for Passover to be celebrated by the Jewish community before Pascha can occur. Despite this view being held by so many Orthodox Christians as well as being promoted in popular essays written by some Orthodox priests, it is not accurate. The reason why...
  • Reflections on Amoris Laetitia {CATHOLIC CAUCUS}

    04/25/2016 9:00:18 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 2 replies
    https://www.thecatholicthing.org ^ | April 23, 2016 | Fr. Gerald E. Murray
    The perennial discipline of the Catholic Church on the admissibility to Holy Communion of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics living in adulterous, or irregular, second unions was succinctly spelled out by St. John Paul II in Familiaris Consortio: [T]he Church reaffirms her practice, which is based upon Sacred Scripture, of not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons who have remarried. They are unable to be admitted thereto from the fact that their state and condition of life objectively contradict that union of love between Christ and the Church which is signified and effected by the Eucharist. Besides this, there is...
  • A Model of Manhood A Reflection on a Text from St. Paul to Timothy

    04/25/2016 6:44:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Model of Manhood – A Reflection on a Text from St. Paul to Timothy Msgr. Charles Pope • April 24, 2016 • This post is based on a talk I gave to a group of men in Scranton, PA. I preached out of a text from St. Paul to Timothy, whom St. Paul considered a son in the faith:But as for you, O man of God … Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the...
  • The Legacy of Love A Homily for the 5th Week of Easter

    04/24/2016 6:56:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-23-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Legacy of Love – A Homily for the 5th Week of Easter Msgr. Charles Pope • April 24, 2016 • The title of this sermon uses the word legacy, which refers to something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor.Perhaps the most accessible image of this is money. If I receive 100 million dollars from a dying relative, I can use those funds to start living differently. My bills, which now seem overwhelming, can be paid with just the interest earned from my newfound wealth. I can start enjoying things I thought I could never afford...
  • Celebrating Pentecost

    04/23/2016 7:10:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 04-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Celebrating Pentecost Prior to 1970, the Church observed the feast for more than 8 days, marked liturgical calendar by it Msgr. Charles Pope 4/20/2016 Question: Shouldn’t we be celebrating Pentecost for more than one day? Given the amount of time we celebrate Christmas and Easter, it seems appropriate that Pentecost be given at least a short season.— Dianne Spotts, via email Answer: Before 1970, the Church emphasized Pentecost in two ways. The first was the celebration of an “octave.” An Octave is a stretch of eight days that included and followed the actual feast of Pentecost Sunday. It is one...
  • Trans-Speciesism: The Next Moral Boundary To Be Crossed

    04/22/2016 11:38:37 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 29 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 4/22/2016 | Gary
    The U.K.'s Standard reports on the now burgeoning trans-speciesism movement, composed of people who feel they are actually dogs, cats, penguins, etc, who will most certainly be pushing for full legal rights in the near future. The slippery slope is more like a cliff whose edge goes straight into chaotic darkness. The Bible was 100% correct to predict that the last days would be characterized be lawlessness (Matthew 24:12, Revelation 9:21, 2 Thessalonians 2:7, 2 Thessalonians 2:3, Daniel 8:23, Matthew 13:41). Complete governmental control of all amoral aspects of life (education, taxes, guns, farming, monetary policy, etc) and virtually no...
  • Wise Men, Flattering, May Deceive Us -- A Meditation on an Aria from Judas Maccabeus

    04/22/2016 7:17:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-21-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Wise Men, Flattering, May Deceive Us --; A Meditation on an Aria from Judas Maccabeus Msgr. Charles Pope • April 21, 2016 • Judas Maccabeus was Handel’s most famous oratorio during his lifetime, more popular than the Messiah. There are many wonderful moments in it, especially its bold and brave choruses. Written in 1746, it covers the biblical events of 170–160 B.C., when Judea was ruled by the Seleucids and the people were compelled to worship Zeus. Some resisted; others obeyed. The priest Mattathias went to the hills and gathered others who were willing to fight for their faith....
  • Realism and Islam

    04/21/2016 11:39:23 AM PDT · by NRx · 17 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 04-17-2016 | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
    Our leaders cannot comprehend what is going on, either when a whole Western civilization loses its faith and moral standards or when Islam reawakens to the implications of its own faith and its vision of world conquest. James V. Schall, S.J. Egyptian Christians held captive by Islamic State militants are marched by armed men along a beach said to be near Tripoli, Libya, in this still image from an undated video made available on social media Feb. 15,2015. (CNS photo/Reuters) I. Political realism, long associated with Augustine, constrains us to consider what Machiavelli later recommended to usnamely, to look at...
  • Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! Meditation on the Stunning Glory of Being Gathered to Christ on the Last Day

    04/21/2016 6:42:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! A Meditation on the Stunning Glory of Being Gathered to Christ on the Last Day Msgr. Charles Pope • April 20, 2016 • During Eastertide we continue to read from the Book of Revelation and meditate on Jesus as the Lord of history and the Victor over sin and death. As Revelation moves to its conclusion, it points forward to the Parousia (the magnificent second coming of the Lord). We do well to allow our imaginations to be engaged in contemplating the glory that awaits those who are faithful, to meditate on the joy and...
  • Five Remedies for Sorrow from St. Thomas Aquinas

    04/20/2016 9:04:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-19-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Five Remedies for Sorrow from St. Thomas Aquinas Msgr. Charles Pope • April 19, 2016 • Some of you who follow me on Facebook know that I just lost a beloved pet, Daniel, our rectory cat. Losing a pet is not to be equated with losing a spouse, sibling, or friend, but it remains a painful loss. Part of the reason for this, I am convinced, is that we cannot communicate with animals as we do with one another. We cannot know what they are experiencing “inside” and so cannot reassure them or be reassured by them that they...
  • How Envy is Different from Jealously and Is a Diabolical Sin

    04/19/2016 6:53:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-18-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Envy is Different from Jealously and Is a Diabolical Sin Msgr. Charles Pope • April 18, 2016 • A short while back, we read from First Samuel at daily Mass and encountered an envious Saul. Upon David’s return from slaying Goliath, the women sing a song praising him. Saul should rejoice with all Israel but instead he is resentful and envies David: Saul was very angry and resentful of the song, for he thought, “They give David ten thousands, but only thousands to me. All that remains for him is the kingship.” And from that day on, Saul...
  • All Together Now: What the Catechism Has to Say on Assessing Moral Acts

    04/18/2016 7:12:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-17-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    All Together Now: What the Catechism Has to Say on Assessing Moral Acts Msgr. Charles Pope • April 18, 2016 • The Catechism of the Catholic Church states the following regarding moral acts:The object, the intention, and the circumstances make up the “sources,” or constitutive elements, of the morality of human acts (CCC # 1750).Note, therefore, that in assessing a particular moral act we must look not only to what is done, but also to the circumstances under which it is done, and to the intention of the one doing it.For example, to steal is wrong. However, one’s culpability...
  • What Did Jesus Call Me? A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter

    04/17/2016 6:35:43 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-16-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Did Jesus Call Me? A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter Msgr. Charles Pope • April 16, 2016 • The Lord says, “My sheep hear my voice…” That’s right, He called you a sheep. Now come on, get a little indignant with me here! The Lord is comparing us, not to the swift eagle, the beautiful gazelle, the swift horse, the powerful bear, the mighty lion, or the clever dog. No, He looks at us as says we’re like sheep. Hmm … While reality may hurt, the truth can also liberate. For the fact is that although...
  • Incorruptibles?

    04/16/2016 8:01:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 190 replies
    OSV.com ^ | March and April, 2016 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Incorruptibles? Q. Can you explain about the incorruptibles? I know that some saints are given that designation, but is it part of the process of canonization? What does it mean spiritually if a body is incorrupt? Was St. John XXIII found to be incorrupt?Name withheld by request, via e-mail A. The normal process of decay for the human body, especially before embalming was common, was for the remains of a cadaver to be largely skeletonized within just a few years after death. In certain rare cases, however, the usual process of decay seems arrested and the bodies are preserved largely...
  • How the Hays Code Brought Us the Sensational Screen Kiss

    04/16/2016 7:06:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Aletelial ^ | April 16, 2016 | William F. Greene
    Sometimes restrictions serve to bring out our creativity in startling and memorable ways There was a time in the early years of motion pictures when a kiss was the ultimate expression of love. Anything beyond a brush of the lips was left to the imagination, and love scenes were actually more potent because of it.In the 1930s a strict code dictated to directors and writers the lines of demarcation between what was permissible, not only for lovemaking, but also for vulgarity and other delicate themes. Though marked in part by what was considered backward in the era [i.e., miscegenation – ed],...
  • There Has Been No Loss of Wonders, Only a Loss of Wonder - A Brief Summons to Awe

    04/15/2016 8:02:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-14-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There Has Been No Loss of Wonders, Only a Loss of Wonder - A Brief Summons to Awe Msgr. Charles Pope • April 14, 2016 • A big problem today is that of rampant boredom. One would think, with all the diversions available to us, we would be one of the least bored generations in history. There are various forms of entertainment available to us quite literally at our fingertips: television, radio, the Internet, Netflix, video games, and more.Yet it still seems that we moderns are often bored. The reason for this, I think, is that we are overstimulated.The...
  • Russian Orthodox Church - The Great Revival [Ecumenical]

    04/14/2016 5:00:45 PM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04-14-2016 | Orthodox Church
    A video tribute to the revival of the Church in Russia after a century of bloody persecution.
  • Atheist Blogger Challenges New Russian Blasphemy Law

    04/14/2016 3:25:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Aletelial ^ | April 14, 2016 | John Burger
    In a twist that would have been unthinkable five decades ago, a man in Russia could go to jail for blogging that God does not exist.Ironically, Viktor Krasnov’s day in court was to be Tuesday, which was the 55th anniversary of the historic space flight of Cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin. Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev later said in a speech that Gargarin found no evidence of God while orbiting Earth.Much has changed since 1961, but the change that concerns religious freedom advocates was prompted by a protest the feminist punk rock band known as Pussy Riot staged in a Russian Orthodox church four years ago. The group went...
  • Priest and Victim Are One and the Same Offering Our Lives to God as Members of a Royal Priesthood

    04/14/2016 6:54:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-13-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Priest and Victim Are One and the Same – A Meditation on Offering Our Lives to God as Members of a Royal Priesthood Msgr. Charles Pope • April 13, 2016 • A key aspect of the priesthood, set forth by Jesus in the New Covenant, is that priest and victim are one and the same. Prior to this, the priests of the Old Covenant sacrificed animals: lambs, bulls, goats, turtle doves, etc. But in the priesthood of Jesus Christ, the priesthood of the New Covenant, the priest offers himself as victim.Regarding Jesus and His priesthood, Scripture says,For it is...
  • The Powerful Testimony and Conversion of The Girl in the Picture

    04/13/2016 3:40:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Aletelial ^ | April 11, 2016 | DEACON GREG KANDRA
    The picture is the iconic image of a Vietnamese girl, naked, burned by napalm as she runs down a road.The girl is Kim Phuc, and her life could have ended in that moment. It didn’t. She has taken an extraordinary journey and has not let that searing moment in her life define her: Despite the fear that no one would want her, Kim is now married and has two sons. She says her conversion from the Cao Dai religion to Christianity at the age of 19 changed everything.“And when I read in John 14:6, where Jesus say, ‘I am the...
  • Pondering the Great Reversal Announced in Scripture

    04/13/2016 7:58:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-12-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering the Great Reversal Announced in Scripture Msgr. Charles Pope • April 12, 2016 • One of the strong traditions of Scripture is of the great reversal that will one day come for many. I have often been sobered by it when I consider how blessed I have been in this life. I have also been consoled by it when I struggle to understand why some people in this world seem to suffer so much more that I do, or others do.Life seems a very uneven proposition if we only look at this side of the equation. Only God...
  • The Passion of Anger and the Miserable Truce of the Modern Age

    04/12/2016 7:25:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-11-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Passion of Anger and the “Miserable Truce” of the Modern Age Msgr. Charles Pope • April 11, 2016 • Here in the Western world, we live in a culture that tends to treat anger as taboo. A common tactic to unsettle an opponent today is to accuse him or her of being angry. It is amazing how easily humiliated and/or defensive an adversary can become in response to such an accusation. Yes, it is remarkable how quickly the one accused of anger can feel the need to resort to denials such as these: I am not angry! (Note...
  • New Study: The Shroud of Turin and the Sudarium of Oviedo Covered the Same Person

    04/12/2016 4:26:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 100 replies
    Aletelial ^ | April 11, 2016 | Paraula
    The Shroud of Turin and the Sudarium of Oviedo almost certainly covered the cadaver of the same person. This is the conclusion from an investigation that has compared the two relics using forensics and geometry.The research was done by Dr. Juan Manuel Miarro, a sculpture professor at the University of Seville, as part of a project sponsored by the Valencia-based Centro Espaol de Sindonologa (CES) (The Spanish Center of Sindonology).Transparency acetate on three-dimensional model used in the investigation of Juan Manuel Miarro . LINTEUM The study thus supports what tradition has held for more than two millennia: that the...
  • Jane Austen Prays

    04/11/2016 2:29:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | April 11, 2016 | Guy McClung, J.D., Ph.D.
    The primary reason for this article is to make those who do not know of the prayers written by Jane Austen. Below are some links to the full text of her prayers. The comments that follow are mere pedestrian commentary and do not hold a candle to the beauty and sublimity of her prayerful words.These prayers were probably written when Jane was a young woman, perhaps even in her teenage years. They are all “night” prayers, said at the end of day before retiring.Decades ago, good catholic elementary school students learned that prayer had four major themes or goals:...
  • Eradicating Poverty Is Not a Gospel Value A Reflection on a Teaching by Cardinal Sarah

    04/11/2016 7:49:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 126 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-10-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Eradicating Poverty Is Not a Gospel Value – A Reflection on a Teaching by Cardinal Sarah Msgr. Charles Pope • April 10, 2016 • The eradication of poverty is an oft-stated goal of the modern, liberal West. President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s pronouncement of a “war on poverty” so imprinted this notion in the Western mind that it has become almost axiomatic. It is now a fundamental pillar in the thinking of almost every person (and organization) in the Western world, from the religious pew-sitter concerned for the poor to the most secular humanist bent on a utopian vision. Poverty...
  • Back to the Future A Meditation on the Gospel for the Third Sunday of Easter

    04/10/2016 8:53:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04--09-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Back to the Future – A Meditation on the Gospel for the Third Sunday of Easter Msgr. Charles Pope • April 9, 2016 • Today’s Gospel is really quite remarkable. For despite the fact that the apostles have seen the resurrected Jesus several times now, they seem to be retreating into the past. They’re headed backwards and Jesus must summon them, if you’ll pardon the expression, “back to the future.”They were going back to fishing but the Lord calls them away from fishing and points them to the future, a future that includes going to all the nations and...
  • How should We Then Live (Video Series)

    04/10/2016 2:40:43 AM PDT · by Fai Mao · 4 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1977 | Schaeffer, Francis
    I think the examination of the emphasis upon sexuality and hedonism in the late Roman Empire and Modern Western society is both fascinating and scary. These are somewhat dry productions but contain a lot of truth.
  • Who knows our sin?

    04/09/2016 7:13:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 03-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Who knows our sin? While Scripture could be taken to mean saints in heaven are aware of details of our sin, it is unlikely Msgr. Charles PopeMarch 27, 2016 Question: Do the souls in heaven know our sins, or is that knowledge reserved to God alone?— Peter Tate, Long Beach, California Answer: We are in the realm of speculative theology when it comes to answering questions like this. However, it does not seem to pertain to God’s justice that he would reveal our sins to others (even the saints in heaven), especially our more hidden sins. We are not...
  • Risk Of Collapse At Jesus' Tomb Unites Rival Christians

    04/07/2016 11:47:24 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 7, 2016 | Breitbart Jerusalem
    The New York Times reports: JERUSALEM It was a typical day at the shrine around what many believe is the tomb of Jesus in Jerusalems Old City.
  • Of Mice and Men - Pondering the Strange Loss of Faith in an Age of Science

    04/07/2016 7:26:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-06-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Of Mice and Men - Pondering the Strange Loss of Faith in an Age of Science Msgr. Charles Pope • April 6, 2016 • One of the more perplexing claims of the growing number of agnostics and atheists among us is that there is no evidence of an intelligent creator of the universe. But clearly the created universe manifests intelligibility and order from the farthest reaches of outer space down to our tiny planet and further down into the “inner space” of cells, atoms, and molecules. Science affirms the existence of a creator by uncovering the inner order and...
  • "The Greatest Show on Earth" -P.T. Barnum, & Evangelist D.L. Moody

    04/07/2016 6:44:39 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 1 replies
    "The Greatest Show on Earth" was owned by P.T. Barnum, who died APRIL 7, 1891. Selling millions of tickets, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus had big draws including General Tom Thumb, a man only 25 inches tall, and elephant "Jumbo," whose name entered the dictionary. Barnum, who was received by President Lincoln and gave a command performance for Queen Victoria, stated: "Most persons, on the whole, are humbugged by believing too little, than by believing too much..."
  • Liturgy is About God! A Soulful Reminder from Cardinal Sarah

    04/06/2016 7:35:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-05-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Liturgy is About God! A Soulful Reminder from Cardinal Sarah Msgr. Charles Pope • April 5, 2016 • Cardinal Sarah, in his book-length interview with Nicolas Diet, God or Nothing, has many good observations on the Sacred Liturgy. His remarks should cause all of us to think as well as to repent.His fundamental insights are that the Sacred Liturgy is about the adoration and worship of God, and that it is our hearts that God seeks.I will present a few quotes from the good Cardinal in bold, black italics while my meager commentary is in plain, blue text.Cardinal Sarah...
  • The Book of Revelation Is a Sure Guide to What Is Really Going On

    04/05/2016 6:55:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Book of Revelation Is a Sure Guide to What Is Really Going On Msgr. Charles Pope • April 4, 2016 • In the Office of Readings this Easter season, we are reading from the Book of Revelation. This choice might seem surprising, but there are good reasons for it.While many suppose that the Book of Revelation is merely about the end of the world, it is about far more; it is also about what is happening right now. It was not written only for the end of the ages but for all ages. It is a book of...
  • Bones of Saint 'Found in Ruins of Monastery Destroyed by ISIS'

    04/05/2016 5:52:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    St Elian monastery, in the recaptured town of Qaryatain, was bulldozed by the terrorist group last summerThe bones of a saint have reportedly been discovered among the ruins of a monastery in the Syrian town of Qaryatain, which was recaptured from ISIS on Sunday. Photographs taken of the ruins of the Mar Elian (St Julian) monastery appear to show a destroyed sarcophagus containing a skull and bones. The photographs, taken by Channel 4 News reporter Lindsey Hilsum, show bones laying on the ground amid rubble. The remains are thought to be those of St Julian, who was martyred in 284...
  • A Reflection on the Surprising, Truer, and Original Meaning of the Word Relevant

    04/04/2016 6:59:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-03-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Reflection on the Surprising, Truer, and Original Meaning of the Word “Relevant” Msgr. Charles Pope • April 3, 2016 • The word “relevant” is one seen and heard frequently in modern times. Today it seems that everything said, taught, or presented should be relevant. On one level, this means that it ought to be applicable, reasonable, understandable, easily grasped, etc.But today there is also a more problematic meaning added to the concept: to be in agreement with or in step with modern times, to be in agreement with the thinking, leanings, customs, and mores of people today.Thus many...
  • From Fear to Faith A Homily for the Second Sunday of Easter

    04/03/2016 7:32:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-02-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    From Fear to Faith – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Easter Msgr. Charles Pope • April 2, 2016 • In today’s Gospel, the risen Lord appeared to the apostles, who were gathered together in one place. The fact that they were gathered in one place is not without significance, for it is there that the Lord chose to appear to them. One of them, as we shall see, was not in the gathering and thus missed the blessing of seeing and experiencing the risen Lord. It might be said that Thomas, the absent apostle, blocked his blessing.Some...
  • Amazing 6th Century Church Uncovered in Rome

    04/02/2016 3:58:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | March 30, 2016 | STEVE SKOJEC
    After 30 years and millions of dollars of restoration, 1500-year-old Santa Maria Antiqua, buried beneath the Roman Forum by an earthquake in 847, has finally reopened to the public, and it is stunning: “This church is the Sistine Chapel of the early Middle Ages,” Maria Andaloro, an art historian involved in the project, told Reuters. “It collected the very best of figurative culture of the Christian world between Rome and Byzantium.” Being buried by the earthquake saved the church from being altered in later centuries, particularly during the Counter-Reformation, said Prof Andaloro. Among the most significant frescoes is a depiction...
  • The Joy of Giving, as Seen in a Beautiful Commercial

    04/02/2016 8:23:16 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-01-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Joy of Giving, as Seen in a Beautiful Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • April 1, 2016 • In our care for the poor, there are many rewards that we know do not come right away. Sometimes we are not even sure whether what we did helped at all!Scripture speaks of some blessings that will wait until Heaven. And thus Jesus counsels us to store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal (Matt 6:20). Of course we do not store up treasure in Heaven by...
  • Is Your Spiritual Life Like a Sailboat or a Motorboat?

    04/01/2016 7:24:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-31-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is Your Spiritual Life Like a Sailboat or a Motorboat? Msgr. Charles Pope • March 31, 2016 • When I was about 10 years old I took some sailing lessons, and then did so again when I was in my early 30s. Sailing involves a kind of romancing of the wind, wherein one observes it and then adapts to it, wooing it, learning its moves, its vicissitudes, its often subtle and changing signs.Oh, for the great times when the wind was with us! And then catching the wind, the boat would speed along making a slick sound in the...