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  • Insanity of Martin Luther

    08/18/2017 11:50:52 AM PDT · by fishtank · 43 replies
    R. C. Sproul's popular lecture on Protestant Reformer Martin Luther.
  • Why and How Does Satan Roam the Earth?

    08/17/2017 7:58:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-16-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why and How Does Satan Roam the Earth? Msgr. Charles Pope • August 16, 2017 • One of the more puzzling aspects of demonology is the freedom that Satan and demons appear to have in roaming the earth, causing trouble. If the condemned are consigned to Hell for all eternity, why is Satan allowed to wander about outside of Hell? Isn’t he supposed to be suffering in Hell along with his minions and the other condemned? Further, it doesn’t seem that he is suffering one bit, but rather having a grand time wreaking havoc on the earth. How do...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for all, Venerable Matt Talbot, 06-18-17

    08/16/2017 7:52:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 06-18-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Statue of Venerable Matt Talbot | flickrVenerable Matt Talbot Saint of the Day for June 18 (May 2, 1856 – June 7, 1925)  Venerable Matt Talbot’s story Matt can be considered the patron of men and women struggling with alcoholism. He was born in Dublin, where his father worked on the docks and had a difficult time supporting his family. After a few years of schooling, Matt obtained work as a messenger for some liquor merchants; there he began to drink excessively. For 15 years—until he was almost 30—Matt was an active alcoholic.One day...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Joseph Cafasso, 06-17-17

    08/16/2017 11:16:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 06-17-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Statue de San Giuseppe Cafasso | José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro Saint Joseph Cafasso Saint of the Day for June 17 (January 15, 1811 – June 23, 1860)  Saint Joseph Cafasso’s story Even as a young man, Joseph loved to attend Mass and was known for his humility and fervor in prayer. After his ordination, he was assigned to a seminary in Turin. There he worked especially against the spirit of Jansenism–an excessive preoccupation with sin and damnation. He used the works of Saint Francis de Sales and Saint Alphonsus Liguori to moderate the rigorism...
  • A Short Reflection on Beauty

    08/16/2017 9:25:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Short Reflection on Beauty Msgr. Charles Pope • August 15, 2017 • It is common to link the good, the true, and the beautiful; this is proper because truth is beautiful and a very high good. But as with most insights, some distinctions are necessary, because while truth is always beautiful, not everyone or everything that appears to be beautiful is thereby true.St. Augustine comments on this, saying,Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses beauty even to the wicked (The City of God, XV,...
  • The Invisible Poems Hidden in One of the World's Oldest Libraries

    08/15/2017 8:38:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 8/9/17 | Richard Gray
    A new technique is revealing traces of lost languages that have been erased from ancient parchments.For centuries they have gathered dust on the shelves of a library marooned in a rocky patch of Egyptian desert, their secrets lost in time. But now a collection of enigmatic manuscripts, carefully stored behind the walls of a 1,500-year-old monastery on the Sinai Peninsula, are giving up their treasures. The library at Saint Catherines Monastery is the oldest continually operating library in the world. Among its thousands of ancient parchments are at least 160 palimpsestsmanuscripts that bear faint scratches and flecks of ink beneath...
  • US Catholics to Mark 50 Years Since Navy Chaplain's Heroic Death

    08/15/2017 8:34:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Washington D.C., Aug 15, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- A Mass and a documentary premiere are among the events marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Servant of God Father Vincent R. Capodanno, the decorated Navy chaplain who was killed seeking to provide the sacraments to ambushed Marines in the Vietnam War. Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services will celebrate the Annual Mass for Father Capodanno Sept. 5 at the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The Mass will take place at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time....
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Biblical Roots of the Assumption of Mary

    08/15/2017 7:09:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-14-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Biblical Roots of the Assumption of Mary Msgr. Charles Pope • August 14, 2017 • While the actual event of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven is not recorded in the Scriptures, there is a biblical basis for the teaching that, considered as a whole, confirms Catholic teaching as both fitting and in keeping with biblical principles. Let’s ponder this feast in stages:The Assumption Explained – To be “assumed” means to be taken up by God bodily into Heaven. As far back as the Church can remember we have celebrated the fact that Mary was taken up into...
  • Clearing up Confusion with Todays Gospel on the Temple Tax

    08/14/2017 7:10:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies ^ | 08-13-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Clearing up Confusion with Today’s Gospel on the Temple Tax Msgr. Charles Pope • August 13, 2017 • The Gospel for today’s Mass (Monday of the 19th Week) is likely confusing to anyone who hears it proclaimed in the United States because the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE), used for the lectionary in this country, makes what I would argue is an inaccurate translation of the Greek text. Here is the passage in question (the crucial section is presented in bold italics):When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax approached Peter and said, “Doesn’t your...
  • Fix Your Focus A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year

    08/13/2017 10:28:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-12-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Fix Your Focus – A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 12, 2017 • The Gospel today is about faith and about focus. It teaches that although storms and struggles inevitably arise, we have a choice as to whether we focus on them or on Jesus. The message is clear: “Keep your eyes on the prize. Hold on!”Let’s look at this Gospel in three stages: Perceived Distance, Produced Distress, and Point of Decision. I have also included a fourth section for more in-depth study: Process of Development.I. Perceived Distance – The text...
  • Epic Imagery

    08/12/2017 3:37:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies ^ | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Epic Imagaery Question: I was in a conversation with several unbelieving college friends who dismissed the Bible as unreliable and merely mythical because it presumes the existence of monsters like Leviathan and fiery dragons. I wasn’t sure how to answer them. — Name withheld, Massachusetts Answer: Leviathan is a name of a large beast in the Old Testament. The term seems to be used both symbolically and also literally to refer to actual beasts in the sea. For example, in Psalm 104 we read, “There is the sea, great and wide, which teems with creatures innumerable, living things both small...
  • What Really Happened at Nicea?

    08/11/2017 10:41:52 PM PDT · by boatbums · 252 replies
    Christian Research Institute ^ | June 10, 2009 | James R. White
    Summary The Council of Nicea is often misrepresented by cults and other religious movements. The actual concern of the council was clearly and unambiguously the relationship between the Father and the Son. Is Christ a creature, or true God? The council said He was true God. Yet, the opponents of the deity of Christ did not simply give up after the councils decision. In fact, they almost succeeded in overturning the Nicene affirmation of Christs deity. But faithful Christians like Athanasius continued to defend the truth, and in the end, truth triumphed over error. The conversation intensified quickly. You cant...
  • Democrat Fingers in the Vatican Pie: Did Obama Force Benedicts Abdication?

    08/11/2017 6:38:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 8/11/17 | Alessandro Rico
    On May 17, I published an article in the Italian newspaper La Verit about pope Benedicts abdication. A few days before, in a renowned Italian geopolitical magazine called Limes, Professor Germano Dottori had argued that Joseph Ratzingers 2013 abdication, and the former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconis resignation in 2011, after a financial storm sold to public opinion as a public debt crisis, were the result of pressures on the part of Obama administration in the United States. According to Dottori, Obama was eager to dethrone Benedict XVI for two reasons. On the one hand, his presidency was close to...
  • If You Truly Want to Have Something, Lose It A Mediation on the Economics of the Kingdom

    08/11/2017 7:47:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-10-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    If You Truly Want to Have Something, Lose It – A Mediation on the Economics of the Kingdom Msgr. Charles Pope • August 10, 2017 • St. Lawrence Distributing Alms, Fra AngelicoThe Feast of St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr, contains an important teaching on the economics of the Kingdom of God. As you might guess, they are quite paradoxical. The teachings come to us both through St. Lawrence’s life and the particular readings selected for his feast.When a persecution broke out in Rome in 257 A.D. (under Valerian), the Prefect of Rome suspected that the Church had a great...
  • Pope Benedict's Red Thread

    08/10/2017 9:38:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    First Things ^ | 8/10/17 | Martin Mosebach
    One shouldnt speak of a cult of personality when describing the papal devotional items that are offered to the hordes of pilgrims and tourists round about Saint Peters in Rome: postcards and calendars, coffee cups and silk cloths, plates and plastic gadgets of every kind, always with the picture of the currently happily reigning Holy Fatherand next to them also those of Popes John Paul II, John XXIII, and even Paul VI. There is only one pope you will not find in any of the souvenir shopsand I mean not any, as if there were a conspiracy here. To dig...
  • Russian Patriarch: Soviet Persecution was Hardest Page in Churchs History

    08/10/2017 9:34:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, paid tribute to his predecessor, Patriarch Sergius I, who governed the Church from 1925 to 1944. Ninety years ago, Patriarch Sergius controversially declared his absolute loyalty to the Communist regime in an attempt to ensure the Churchs survival. Metropolitan Sergius took that step without violating by any means either the dogmata or canons, his current successor said. His did it to create prerequisites for possible development of relations with the state and for consolidating the situation of the Church in the then Soviet Union. Nonetheless, the Church entered an...
  • A Warning About Sloth in a Story from the Old Testament

    08/10/2017 7:18:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-09-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Warning About Sloth in a Story from the Old Testament Msgr. Charles Pope • August 9, 2017 • This week in daily Mass we are presented with a vivid portrait of the sin of sloth and its effects:A critical moment has arrived for the people of Israel. Having seen the Egyptian army defeated at the Red Sea, they have now crossed the desert in a short period of time, perhaps a matter of months. It is now time to enter the Promised Land and savor its “milk and honey.” This is the Land that God had promised them...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint John Francis Regis, 06-16-17

    08/09/2017 11:24:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 06-16-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: The Glory of Saint John Francis Regis | Church of Our Lady of Andance, Ardèche, France | Camillo RusconiSaint John Francis Regis Saint of the Day for June 16 (January 31, 1597 – December 30, 1640)  Saint John Francis Regis’ Story Born into a family of some wealth, John Francis was so impressed by his Jesuit educators that he himself wished to enter the Society of Jesus. He did so at age 18. Despite his rigorous academic schedule, he spent many hours in chapel, often to the dismay of fellow seminarians who were concerned...
  • Beware the Sins of the Pious - A Reflection on the Ways Satan Uses Even Good Things to Entrap Us

    08/09/2017 9:03:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 359 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-08-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Beware the Sins of the Pious - A Reflection on the Ways Satan Uses Even Good Things to Entrap Us Msgr. Charles Pope • August 8, 2017 • What is temptation? It is the work of Satan to drag you to Hell. He can read you like a book, play you like piano. Do not exaggerate his power—but do not underestimate it either.Some of Satan’s subtlest work is done in the area of religious observance. There, he can cloak himself in the lamb’s clothing of piety, but, wolf that he is, distort it through excess or defect, thereby destroying...
  • The Death of Trajan ~ August 8 ~ His correspondence with Pliny, and his legendary rescue from Hell.

    08/08/2017 10:30:01 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 3 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | 8/8/17 | Florentius
    Conqueror of Dacia. Subduer of Parthia. The Roman Emperor Marcus Ulpius Traianus or Trajan as he is known to history died on August 8 in the year AD 117. By most measures, Trajan was a superior emperor. In his satirical work The Caesars, written in AD 361, the emperor Julian the Apostate puts these words into the mouth of Trajan in defense of his reign and exploits before the gods: "O Zeus and ye other gods, when I took over the empire it was in a sort of lethargy and much disordered by the tyranny that had long...