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  • A Mysterious Word in the Lord’s Prayer

    12/14/2017 7:43:06 AM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-13-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Mysterious Word in the Lord’s Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • December 13, 2017 • Pope Francis recently made news by indicating a preference for translating the phrase “lead us not into temptation” as “do not let us fall into temptation.” He did not say that the English rendering should be changed, only that He was supportive of a recent similar change made to the French translation. I have written on that issue here, but in this post I would like to explore another difficult element in the Our Father.Within the Lord’s prayer is a mysterious word about which...
  • The Rest of the Story [Chanukah]

    12/14/2017 1:58:51 AM PST · by jjotto · 9 replies
    chabad.org ^ | undated | Asher Lowenstein
    ...There were many people who, enthralled by the appealing lifestyle of the Greeks, sought to discard their Jewishness and embrace the new customs: they were the Hellenists, in whose eyes all of the traditional practices were impractically archaic. To perform circumcision or refrain from eating pork could only further the Jewish particularity and distinctiveness, which was what the Hellenists were fleeing from. For them, the solution was to proclaim all of the Jewish customs unbinding and irrelevant... t the other extreme were a group of people led by the Maccabees, whose only concern was defending their heritage. Their indignation was...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Veronica Giuliani, 07-10-17

    12/13/2017 11:41:08 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Statue of Saint Veronica Giuliani | Mercatello sul Metauro, Marches, Italie | photo by Adri08Saint Veronica Giuliani Saint of the Day for July 10 (December 27, 1660 – July 9, 1727)  Saint Veronica Giuliani’s Story Veronica’s desire to be like Christ crucified was answered with the stigmata.Veronica was born in Mercatelli, Italy. It is said that when her mother Benedetta was dying she called her five daughters to her bedside and entrusted each of them to one of the five wounds of Jesus. Veronica was entrusted to the wound below Christ’s heart.At the age...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions, 07-09-17

    12/13/2017 11:36:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 07-09-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Stained glass window of Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and companions | The Hong Kong Catholic Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception | photo by hugo poon Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions Saint of the Day for July 9 (d. 1648 – 1930)  Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions’ Story Christianity arrived in China by way of Syria in the 600s. Depending on China’s relations with the outside world, Christianity over the centuries was free to grow or was forced to operate secretly.The 120 martyrs in this group died between 1648 and 1930. Eighty-seven of...
  • Look for Christ in Advent and Do Not Be Dismayed

    12/13/2017 8:39:26 AM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-12-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Look for Christ in Advent and Do Not Be Dismayed Msgr. Charles Pope • December 12, 2017 • Wedding at Cana, “Do whatever he tells you.”During Advent we are reminded to look to Christ and ask for His presence in our life so that we can become deeper, brighter, and richer by His grace. One of our unfortunate tendencies is to be dismayed by the world around us. We must be soberly aware of both the events and conditions in our world—sober, not drunk with excessive attention on 24/7 news feeds.In our spiritual lives, too, we ought to be...
  • On The Hidden Mercy of the Tilma of Guadalupe

    12/12/2017 9:05:13 AM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-11-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On The Hidden Mercy of the Tilma of Guadalupe Msgr. Charles Pope • December 11, 2017 • On the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, it is a chance for us to rejoice in the great mercy of our divine Lord and our blessed Lady. I am drawn to mediate on the miraculous quality of our Lady’s eyes on the tilma.As many of you know, recent discoveries using modern magnification and ophthalmological equipment have shown the seemingly miraculous reflection of as many as a dozen persons in her eyes. How such tiny and accurate reflections could occur in both...
  • Walking Toward the Light in Advent

    12/11/2017 8:46:33 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-10-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Walking Toward the Light in Advent Msgr. Charles Pope • December 10, 2017 • Many people think of Advent merely in terms of pre-Christmas activities: office parties, shopping, decorating, and so forth. In the Church, though, Advent is something of a penitential period, a time of preparation for both the Christmas Feast and the Second Coming of the Lord. The purple vestments represent penance. The faithful are encouraged to go to Confession and the liturgical texts and readings emphasize readying for the coming of the Lord.The theme of preparation (and much of the season itself) is couched in the...
  • The Fire Next Time – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent

    12/10/2017 7:56:09 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-09-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Fire Next Time – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent Msgr. Charles Pope • December 9, 2017 • The second reading for Sunday Mass speaks to us of “the fire next time” and reminds us of the need to be ready for the coming of the Lord. In this homily I will focus on that reading, in which St. Peter reminds us of the passing that will come for us all one day.Because Advent is a time to prepare, through prayer and repentance, we do well to heed this sacred teaching and warning. It is echoed...
  • Five Brief Advent Meditations

    12/09/2017 9:22:08 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-04-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Five Brief Advent Meditations Msgr. Charles Pope • December 4, 2017 • The following are five Advent reflections that I prepared for catechumens and candidates in our RCIA program. (They are also available in PDF form here: The Season of Advent.) Advent is witnessed by creationLate autumn and early winter are times of great seasonal change. The leaves turn brilliant colors, then fade and fall. Shadows lengthen as the days grow shorter and colder. Vacations and the warmth of summer are distant memories and we are reminded once again that the things of this world last but a moment...
  • A Sermon on The Song of MARY: "My Spirit Rejoices" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    12/08/2017 11:06:32 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 5 replies
    Sermon Central ^ | 17 December 1933 | Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    The song of Mary is the oldest Advent hymn. It is also the most passionate, the wildest, and one might almost say the most revolutionary Advent hymn that has ever been sung. This is not the gentle, tender, dreamy Mary as we often see her portrayed in paintings. This Mary...is passionate, carried away, proud, enthusiastic. There is none of the sweet, wistful, or even playful tone of many of our Christmas carols, but instead a hard, strong, relentless hymn about the toppling of the thrones and the humiliation of the lords of this world, about the power of God and...
  • The Second Coming and Its Stages

    12/08/2017 8:14:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-07-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Second Coming and Its Stages Msgr. Charles Pope • December 7, 2017 • During Advent, as we continue to meditate on the Parousia (the Second Coming), 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 ecstasy of the culmination of all things!We must soberly admit our need to be ready by God’s grace, but if we are, what glories await us! The “great and terrible day of the Lord” will indeed be great for those who have allowed the Lord to...
  • How December 25 Became Christmas

    12/07/2017 8:36:38 AM PST · by rhett october · 32 replies
    Grace Centered Magazine ^ | 12-6-2017 | Dr. Andrew McGowan
    On December 25, Christians around the world will gather to celebrate Jesus’ birth. Joyful carols, special liturgies, brightly wrapped gifts, festive foods—these all characterize the feast today, at least in the northern hemisphere. But just how did the Christmas festival originate? How did December 25 come to be associated with Jesus’ birthday? The Bible offers few clues: Celebrations of Jesus’ Nativity are not mentioned in the Gospels or Acts; the date is not given, not even the time of year. The biblical reference to shepherds tending their flocks at night when they hear the news of Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:8)...
  • Run to Jesus! An Advent Reflection

    12/07/2017 7:45:17 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-06-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Run to Jesus! An Advent Reflection Msgr. Charles Pope • December 6, 2017 • The Lord’s coming is near. And though we have all been well taught that the word “Advent” means “coming,” there is the danger that we think that we are only passively waiting for Him to come. It is not just that the Lord is coming to us; we are also journeying to Him. In fact, as the Advent prayers in the Roman Missal instruct, we ought to run, not walk, and hasten to greet Him as He draws near.This notion of running to meet God...
  • With Jerusalem Recognized as Israel's Capital, The Tribulation Clock Begins Tick, Tick, Tick

    12/06/2017 3:28:30 PM PST · by OneVike · 47 replies
    A Christian's Worldview ^ | December 6, 2007 | Chuck Ness
    Many believe that Trump is a type of Cyrus. Chosen by God for this time in our history to do His bidding. For those who have no clue as to who Cyrus was, he became King of the Persian empire in 559 BC. About 150 years before he became king, the prophet Isaiah wrote that a man named Cyrus would come along and assist God's people in rebuilding Jerusalem and the Temple. Mind you, this was about 70 years before the Temple and the city would be destroyed and the citizens taken away in captivity. I can imagine that...
  • Preparing our Hearts for Mystery in Advent

    12/06/2017 8:56:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-05-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Preparing our Hearts for Mystery in Advent Msgr. Charles Pope • December 5, 2017 • As we look toward Christmas and ponder the incarnation, we ought to remember that so profound was truth of the incarnation that the early Church fell to her knees at these words: “and He was incarnate by the Holy Spirit, from the virgin Mary, and became man.” This act of falling to one’s knees at these words is still practiced in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite; in the ordinary form, we are asked to bow.These gestures acknowledge the profound mystery of the...
  • Punch a Heretic Day or the Feast of St Nicholas [Catholic/Orthodox and Arianism Caucus]

    12/06/2017 4:06:22 AM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Fr Ray Blake's Blog ^ | 12/5/2014 | Fr Ray Blake
    I like this.  I know you will say to me we can't do this today, we have to find the odd Arian and embrace him. We can't call people Pelagians, 'Porridge eating scumbags' or pultibus Scottorum praegravatus, which is too racist for modern sensibilities to be translated into the vernacular. St Nicholas is another of those Advent saints who insist on being faithful to the Trinity and Incarnation. I love the old European custom of St Nicholas going around bishops houses disguised as a small child and demanding to know if they have been good in the past year and...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Gregory Grassi and Companions, 07-08-17

    12/05/2017 6:55:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 07-08-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Images from Whitworth University | Whitworth Digital Commons Saint Gregory Grassi and Companions Saint of the Day for July 8 (d. July 9, 1900)  Saint Gregory Grassi and Companions’ Story Christian missionaries have often gotten caught in the crossfire of wars against their own countries. When the governments of Britain, Germany, Russia, and France forced substantial territorial concessions from the Chinese in 1898, anti-foreign sentiment grew very strong among many Chinese people.Gregory Grassi was born in Italy in 1833, ordained in 1856, and sent to China five years later. Gregory was later ordained Bishop...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed Emmanuel Ruiz and Companions, 07-07-17

    12/05/2017 6:50:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 07-07-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Stained glass window in St. Peter church | Jaffa | photo by yiftah-s Blessed Emmanuel Ruiz and Companions Saint of the Day for July 7 (1804 – 1860)  Blessed Emmanuel Ruiz and Companions’ Story Not much is known of the early life of Emmanuel Ruiz, but details of his heroic death in defense of the faith have come down to us.Born of humble parents in Santander, Spain, he became a Franciscan priest and served as a missionary in Damascus. This was at a time when anti-Christian riots shook Syria and thousands lost their lives...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Maria Goretti, 07-06-17

    12/05/2017 6:38:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 07-06-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Stained glass window of Saint Maria Goretti | Reinhard MüllerSaint of the Day for July 6 (October 16, 1890 – July 6, 1902)  Saint Maria Goretti’s Story One of the largest crowds ever assembled for a canonization—250,000—symbolized the reaction of millions touched by the simple story of Maria Goretti.She was the daughter of a poor Italian tenant farmer, had no chance to go to school, never learned to read or write. When Maria made her First Communion not long before her death at age 12, she was one of the larger and somewhat backward...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Anthony Zaccaria, 07-05-17

    12/05/2017 6:30:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 07-05-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Sculpture of Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria, at St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican | Cesare AureliSaint Anthony Zaccaria Saint of the Day for July 5 (1502 – July 5, 1539)  Saint Anthony Zaccaria’s Story At the same time that Martin Luther was attacking abuses in the Church, a reformation within the Church was already being attempted. Among the early movers of the Counter-Reformation was Anthony Zaccaria. His mother became a widow at 18, and devoted herself to the spiritual education of her son. He received a medical doctorate at 22, and while working among the poor...