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  • One and One and One Are One - A Homily for Trinity Sunday

    05/27/2018 7:32:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-26-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One and One and One Are One - A Homily for Trinity Sunday Msgr. Charles Pope • May 26, 2018 • There is an old spiritual that says, “My God is so high you can’t get over Him. He’s so low you can’t get under Him. He’s so wide you can’t get around Him. You must come in, by and through the Lamb.”It’s not a bad way of saying that God is “other.” He is beyond what human words can describe, beyond what human thoughts can conjure. On the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity we do well to...
  • On Jesus' terms

    05/26/2018 9:56:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 05-02-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On Jesus' terms Seemingly confusing passage in John’s Gospel shows Jesus’ awareness of how to live his mission Msgr. Charles Pope 5/2/2018 On Jesus' terms Question: In John 7:8, Jesus tells his disciples that he will not go to Jerusalem for the feast of Tabernacles. Then, in John 7:10, he does go up for the feast. It seems like he lied to the disciples, but we know he is sinless. How do you interpret this? — Paul VanHoudt, Erie, Colorado Answer: The context of the verses you cite is important. Consider first the verses leading up to Verse 8: “After...
  • Pondering Isaiahs Advice to Close Our Eyes Lest We Look on Evil

    05/25/2018 7:37:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-24-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering Isaiah’s Advice to Close Our Eyes Lest We “Look on Evil” Msgr. Charles Pope • May 24, 2018 • In this age of nearly instantaneous communication, there is an overwhelming amount of news and information available to us. There is nothing wrong with news and information, but each of us must decide how much exposure, in terms of time and content, is good for us. Not all “Breaking News!” is really that urgent. Too much news can distract us, overwhelm us, and provoke anxiety and anger. Further, the “news” is heavily filtered to feature what is bad, strange,...
  • Christians of Soviet Times Showed an Example of Uncompromising Faith, Benedict XVI Believes

    05/24/2018 7:44:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/24/18
    Moscow, May 24, Interfax - Former Pope of Rome Benedict XVI highly praised the heroism of Russian Christians after the October Revolution. With special gratitude we commemorate all priests and ordinary believers who in the period of atheistic dictate, sparing no effort, violating bans and being subjected to persecutions gathered every Sunday to celebrate the Sacrament of Eucharist, Benedict XVI wrote in his message read out at the presentation of Russian edition of his book Theology of the Liturgy in Moscow. According to him, thus Christians of the persecuted Church showed beauty, transparency, irresistible attraction of the faith. These Christians,...
  • Why Is There Such Strong Hatred for the Church?

    05/24/2018 7:49:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 121 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-22-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Is There Such Strong Hatred for the Church? Msgr. Charles Pope • May 22, 2018 • In the final week of Easter, there were frequent references in the readings to the fact that the world would hate true Christians. For example,If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me first. If you were of the world, it would love you as its own. Instead, the world hates you, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. Remember the word that I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than...
  • Saint Aphrahat the Christian sage of Persia

    05/24/2018 1:44:26 AM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies
    Aphrahat (Greek: Ἀφραάτης; Latin: Aphraates) (c. 270 – c. 345 C.E.) was an Assyrian author of the fourth century from Persia, who composed a series of twenty-three expositions or homilies on points of Christian doctrine and practice. He was born in Persia around 270, but all his known works, the Demonstrations, come from later in his life. He was an ascetic and celibate, and was almost definitely a "son of the covenant" (an early Syriac form of communal monasticism). He may have been a bishop, and later Syriac tradition places him at the head of Mar Matti monastery near Mosul,...
  • Is this World a Womb or a Tomb for You?

    05/23/2018 9:19:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-22-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is this World a Womb or a Tomb for You? Msgr. Charles Pope • May 22, 2018 • There is a line in the first reading for Wednesday of the seventh week of the year that reminds us to be humble and to realize that things—including us—are passing:You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears (James 4:14).This is an antidote of sorts to the modern tendencies of excessive self-esteem and lack of concern for our death. Despite the advances of modern science and technology, we cannot even be sure of the next beat of our...
  • Five Images of the Holy Spirit from Scripture

    05/22/2018 8:07:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-21-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Five Images of the Holy Spirit from Scripture Msgr. Charles Pope • May 21, 2018 • One of the quirks of the post-conciliar liturgy is that the octave of Pentecost was dropped. Generally, the post-conciliar age has tried to emphasize the gifts and works of the Holy Spirit, so eliminating the octave of Pentecost is quite paradoxical. The Feast of Pentecost ranks right up there with Easter and the Nativity, both of which have an octave, yet the octave of Pentecost fell away. So it is that on the Monday after Pentecost we are back to ordinary time and...
  • A Look at the Fruits of the Holy Spirit

    05/21/2018 7:51:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-20-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Look at the Fruits of the Holy Spirit Msgr. Charles Pope • May 20, 2018 • On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was given unto our mission to the ends of the earth. Among His gifts are the fruits of the Spirit which deserve our attention today.The Fruits of the Holy Spirit in the Catholic Catechism and Tradition are drawn largely from St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians where he writes,But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ...
  • The Spirit of the Lord Filled the Earth A Homily for Pentecost

    05/20/2018 6:22:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-19-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Spirit of the Lord Filled the Earth – A Homily for Pentecost Msgr. Charles Pope • May 19, 2018 • What a wondrous and challenging feast we celebrate at Pentecost! A feast like this challenges us because it puts to the lie a lazy, sleepy, hidden, and tepid Christian life. The Lord Jesus said to apostles, and still says to us, I have come to cast a fire on the earth (Luke 12:49). This is a feast about fire, a transformative, refining, purifying fire that the Lord wants to kindle in us and in this world. It is...
  • The Father's grief

    05/19/2018 10:26:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 11-01-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Father's grief Question: Should we more fully realize that God the Father suffered grief and sorrow at the crucifixion of his Son? — Robert Bonsignore, Brooklyn, New York Answer: To suffer sorrow and grief or other emotions does not pertain to the divine nature. Although the Scriptures do speak of God as being angry or pleased, jealous or exacting vengeance, etc., these are said by way of analogy and speak to God’s determination to set things right. God the Father certainly does love his Son and did “care” what was happening to him on the cross, but not...
  • Is the Church a Cruise Ship or a Battleship?

    05/18/2018 7:48:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-18-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is the Church a Cruise Ship or a Battleship? Msgr. Charles Pope • May 17, 2018 • Some years ago, Fr. Patrick Smith, a friend of mine and a priest of this archdiocese, preached a sermon in which he asked if the Church was a clubhouse or a lighthouse.It seems that many people want the Church just to be a friendly place where people can gather. Many of these same people get angry when the Church shines the light of truth on something. They declare that the Church should just be open and inviting. They object when She is...
  • To Know Muhammad Is to Know Islam (He's the Muslim Ideal of the Perfect Man)

    05/18/2018 7:25:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/18/2018 | Amil Imani
    Over fourteen centuries ago rose Muhammad, a supposedly illiterate hired hand of a rich widow, Khadija, claiming he was the bearer of a perfect life prescription from Allah: the Quran.  He claimed that humanity could do no better than to follow its precepts as well as to emulate Muhammad's own life example for a guarantee of bliss and salvation.  In exchange for this, people had to embrace Islam – surrender – by surrendering their liberty to Muhammad.  Up to this day, the Muslim world considers a perfect Muslim as someone who follows in the footsteps of Muhammad, by action and by deeds. You...
  • An Eschatological Question: Is God Finished With Israel?

    05/17/2018 8:58:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/17/2018 | Michael Brown
    Is God finished with Israel? Is He done with the Jewish people as a people? Heaven forbid. All of Scripture and history shouts a loud "No" to this question. Paul addressed this directly, asking, "So I ask, did they [speaking of the Jewish people as a whole] stumble in order that they might fall? By no means!" (Romans 11:11). Or, in the words of the King James Version, "God forbid." So, despite Israel's rejection of Jesus as Messiah, Israel has not fallen beyond the point of recovery. Rather, as Paul writes in Romans 9:4 (speaking, again, of non-believing Jews), "They...
  • What Is Molinism? (As Opposed to Calvinism and Arminianism)

    05/17/2018 8:55:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/17/2018 | By Brian G. Chilton
    When it comes to theology, many issues are not discussed among most ordinary Christians. For instance, few people will speak of the aseity of God on most Sunday mornings. However, when it comes to the issue of divine sovereignty and human freedom, the first theological question I get asked as a minister is; Are you a Calvinist or an Arminian? My answer muddies the waters for most because I respond by saying, "I am neither a Calvinist nor an Arminian." "What?" they reply. "You have to be one or the other." I say, "Not necessarily. I am a Molinist." The...
  • [Catholic Caucus] That at Least Peters Shadow Might Fall on Them: A Challenge to the Church...

    05/17/2018 7:08:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-16-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    That at Least Peter’s Shadow Might Fall on Them: A Challenge to the Church in the Acts of the Apostles Msgr. Charles Pope • May 16, 2018 • Peter Healing the Sick with his Shadow, Masaccio (1426-27)As this Easter Season is nearing a close, we do well to ponder the picture of the early Church described in the Acts of the Apostles. The kind of persecution and suffering they endured in those days should serve to remind us of the sacrifices we are often unwilling to make.Yet these early descriptions are also an affirmation of what we in effect...
  • Zoroastrian Revivalism and the Rise and Fall of the Khurramite Movement

    05/17/2018 2:29:56 AM PDT · by Cronos · 16 replies
    History ^ | mAY 17,2018 | Ibrahim Mammodov
    The rise of the Arab Caliphate in theseventh and eighth centuriesis considered among the most important turning points in the history of the Middle East. Within two centuries,vast areas were united under the banner of Islam, and great empires were brought to their knees at the sword of the Arab soldiers. Among those great empires wasSassanid Persia, and the death of the last Sassanian emperor Yazdegerd III(r. 632-651)is usually considered the point when the Muslim forces put an end to Zoroastrianism in Iran. And while it is true that the fall of the Sassanids dealt a heavy blow to Zoroastrianism,...
  • Pondering St. Pauls Lament of Savage Wolves

    05/16/2018 10:03:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-15-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering St. Paul’s Lament of Savage Wolves Msgr. Charles Pope • May 15, 2018 • In the first reading for Wednesday of the 7th Week of Easter, St. Paul warns of perhaps the most damaging and wrenching evil that the Church must face: dissension from within.I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you, and they will not spare the flock. And from your own group, men will come forward perverting the truth to draw the disciples away after them. (Acts 20:30-31).St. Paul calls them savage wolves. Is this hyperbole? No, for their work is to...
  • We Must Teach and Insist on the Whole Counsel of God

    05/15/2018 7:28:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 184 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    We Must Teach and Insist on the “Whole Counsel of God” Msgr. Charles Pope • May 14, 2018 • The first reading from Tuesday’s Mass is Paul’s farewell speech to the presbyters (priests) of the early Church. Here is a skilled bishop and pastor exhorting others who have pastoral roles within the Church. Let’s examine this text and apply its wisdom to bishops and priests as well as to parents and other leaders in the Church.Paul’s Farewell Sermon – The scene is Miletus, a town in Asia Minor on the coast not far from Ephesus. Paul, who is about...
  • How Christs Ascension is to Be Manifested in Us

    05/14/2018 8:20:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-13-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Christ’s Ascension is to Be Manifested in Us Msgr. Charles Pope • May 13, 2018 • “Noli Me Tangere,” Giotto (1304-06)There is an interaction between Jesus and Mary Magdalene, recounted in John’s Gospel, teaching that Christ’s ascension is about more than just His going up to Heaven. In this, His ascension is like all of His actions: they are not just for Him but also for us.As Christ ascends, we are called to ascend in at least two ways:The event with Mary Magdalene takes place early in the morning on the day of His resurrection. Mary recognizes the...