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  • Familial bonds

    02/25/2017 6:53:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 02-08-17 | Msgr. Charles Popeo
    Familial bonds Question: We are often told that “brother” or “sister” in the New Testament texts can also be understood as cousins. By why then, in Luke 1:36, does the New Jerusalem Bible refer to Elizabeth as Mary’s “cousin?” Why was the word for “sister” not used there as it is elsewhere?— Robert Tisovich, via email Answer: The Greek word used in Luke 1:36 is “suggenes” and means “relative” or “kinsman.” It is from the Greek roots “syn” (with) and “genos” (seed or offspring). So, the word here refers to Elizabeth as being related to Mary in some physical but unspecified...
  • POPE FRANCIS CONDEMNS EUROPES ANCIENT WALLS AGAINST ISLAM

    02/24/2017 8:32:43 PM PST · by NYer · 67 replies
    FPM ^ | February 24, 2017 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center Pope Francis continues to argue for two interrelated points that, while seemingly humane, compromise Western nations and expose their citizens to danger. He reiterated his first point earlier this month when he said, I appeal not to create walls but to build bridges. Francis has made this appeal frequently, both figuratively (when imploring Western nations not to close their doors against more incoming Muslim migrants), and literallyincluding by characterizing Donald Trumps proposal to build a U.S.-Mexico wall as not Christian. Francis reiterated his second point a few...
  • What Does It Mean to Be Salted with Fire?

    02/24/2017 7:32:29 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-23-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does It Mean to Be Salted with Fire? Msgr. Charles Pope • February 23, 2017 • Spilled salt with salt shaker on wooden background The Gospel from yesterday’s daily Mass featured one of Jesus’ lesser-known teachings: Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another (Mark 9:49-50).Let’s begin with a few observations about salt in those times. Salt was valuable. Some people were even paid with salt (which is where we get the word...
  • It Is Sometimes Necessary to Risk Giving Offense

    02/23/2017 8:25:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-22-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It Is Sometimes Necessary to Risk Giving Offense Msgr. Charles Pope • February 22, 2017 • We live in times when many people take offense very easily. While this may have been a human problem seen in all ages, it is particularly evident today, when relativism and subjectivism are so widespread. Relativism is essentially a form of subjectivism. In subjectivism, the measure of truth shifts from the object (i.e., that which is being perceived) to the subject (i.e., the one who is perceiving). In this system, truth becomes relative, because there are as many versions of truth as there...
  • The true story behind the Marie Stopes eugenics trial of 1923

    02/23/2017 6:05:02 AM PST · by NYer · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 22, 2017 | Mark H. Sutherland
    In the 1920s, a legal victory against the rising eugenic tide was won by a Catholic doctor over prominent birth control advocate Marie Stopes. While Stopes is lauded today as a feminist hero, the story of the eugenics libel trial has been largely overlooked. Marie Stopes in her laboratory in 1904. (Image via Wikipedia) Editor’s note: This is the first of two articles on the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial. In 1923 in Britain, a Catholic doctor won an important victory in the battle against one of the most harmful ideologies of the 20th century: eugenics. The battle was fought...
  • The Prince of Persia

    02/22/2017 4:50:42 PM PST · by Jeremiah Jr · 6 replies
    02/22/2017 | Mordechai ben Avram
    The Prince of Persia apocalyptic Syllabification: a·poc·a·lyp·tic Pronunciation: əˌpäkəˈliptik Definition of apocalyptic in English: ADJECTIVE 1 Describing or prophesying the complete destruction of the world: the apocalyptic visions of ecologists 1.1 Resembling the end of the world; momentous or catastrophic: the struggle between the two countries is assuming apocalyptic proportions 1.2 Of or resembling the biblical Apocalypse: apocalyptic imagery The books of Daniel and Yohannan's Revelation are called 'Apocalyptic' books for good reason. Together they total 34 chapters so get busy, read them through three or four (40-50) times and you'll notice the patterns. For example, the beast that rises...
  • A Brief Primer on Catholic Faith and Conscience

    02/22/2017 2:48:13 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | February 22, 2017 | Fr. Mark A. Pilon
    In 1930, the Anglican Communion abandoned the universal Christian moral teaching of two millennia, which condemned artificial birth control as a grave moral evil, contra naturam, and destructive of marriage. It did so by allowing the individual subjective conscience to overrule the absolute moral norm that such actions are intrinsically evil and thus allow no exceptions.This was a death knell for Anglicanism as a moral authority. The result has been not only the total independence of Anglicans from their traditional moral teaching but the collapse of religious practice among the laity (except for the African branches of this once vibrant...
  • Proverbs to Ponder

    02/22/2017 9:57:58 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-21-17 | Thomas Moses
    Proverbs to Ponder Msgr. Charles Pope • February 21, 2017 • In the Divine Office last week, we read from the Book of Proverbs; in this week’s Masses we are reading from Sirach. Both of these books are part of the Wisdom Tradition.Today, I’ll be reviewing a few of the sayings from Proverbs, but before doing so, I’d like to explain the use of the word fool (as contrasted with wise one) in the Wisdom Tradition. Without a richer understanding of the term fool, it is possible to interpret its use as a mere ad hominem attack.To the modern...
  • Two Presidents at Prayer

    02/21/2017 7:05:30 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-20-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Two Presidents at Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • February 20, 2017 • We live in an age of often strident secularism. If a religious utterance is made by a government official (or it would seem, even a First Lady) a loud cry goes up from an increasingly hostile minority. The platitude about “Separation of Church and State” is usually bandied about, a phrase that does not even appear in the Constitution.Free Exercise clause – It is true that the First Amendment decrees that Congress shall pass no law respecting an establishment of religion, but it also specifies that it...
  • Cardinal Mller: Remaining Loyal to Christ Lest We Become Culpable in the Loss of Souls

    02/21/2017 2:22:43 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | February 20, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    Der Papst – Sendung und Auftrag (The Pope – Mission and Mandate) Cardinal Gerhard Müller Publisher Herder 608 pages € 29.99Today, 20 February, the German publishing house, Herder Verlag (Freiburg), has released a new book written by Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. (Ignatius Press is already preparing an English translation of the book, as I was told.) The book is entitled The Pope – Mission and Mandate, and it proposes to be a thorough academic description of the papacy from its inception. Over more than 600 pages, Cardinal Müller presents a detailed discussion of the...
  • Why Does God Make Us Wait?

    02/20/2017 8:08:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-19-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Does God Make Us Wait? Msgr. Charles Pope • February 19, 2017 • One of the most common frustrations in the spiritual life is the fact that God often makes us wait. Many of our requests are made with an elevated sense of urgency. Frankly, we are in a big hurry about many things—but God is not. Although He could fix every problem in an instant, He does not, and He has His reasons for this.While the reasons for God’s delay may be somewhat mysterious, we can certainly understand some of them. For example, any parent knows that...
  • The Cycle of Hatred and Retribution Ends with Me - A Homily for the 7th Sunday of the Year

    02/19/2017 7:30:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Cycle of Hatred and Retribution Ends with Me - A Homily for the 7th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • February 18, 2017 • In today’s Gospel the Lord is teaching us, by His grace, to break the cycle of hatred and retribution. When someone harms me I may well become angry, and in my anger seek to get back at the offender. If I do that, though, then Satan has earned a second victory and brought the anger and retribution to a higher level. Most likely, the one who originally harmed me will then take...
  • President Donald J. Trump Recognizes National Catholic Schools Week

    02/19/2017 5:13:59 AM PST · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    White House ^ | February 03, 2017 | Donald J. Trump
    Today, the President issued a letter recognizing National Catholic Schools Week. THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON February 3, 2017 In recognition of National Catholic Schools Week, I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of the dedicated Catholic school administrators, teachers, priests, and support organizations who work tirelessly to build and sustain quality Catholic schools across the Nation. The theme of this years National Catholic Schools Week is Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service. I appreciate the many ways in which Catholic schools nurture devotion, impart wisdom, and minister to the 2 million students who enter...
  • Grace of the Spirit

    02/18/2017 9:16:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 02-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Grace of the Spirit The key difference in people of the Old and New Testaments is that the Holy Spirit now dwells in us Msgr. Charles Pope Question: I was asked the other day how people who lived in Old Testament times were really any different from New Testament Christians. We seem just as sinful and foolish, but also as virtuous as they were. I did not know how to answer this. What is the basic difference?— Stewart Johnson, via email Answer: The essential difference is grace. The Prophet Ezekiel records God’s promise to ancient Israel: “I will sprinkle clean...
  • Bishop Schneider: Martin Luther is Not a Witness to the Gospel (on Vatican Document)

    02/18/2017 6:28:09 AM PST · by marshmallow · 141 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 2/17/17 | John Vennari
    CFN Intro: On February 16 Rorate Caeli and Adelante la Fe posted a comprehensive video interview with the well-known conservative Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakistan that runs about 48 minutes. The interview covered a myriad of topics, but CFN is spotlighting Bishop Schneiders magnificent response regarding a recent Vatican document that names the heresiarch Martin Luther as a witness to the Gospel. We know you will benefit from Bishop Schneiders forthright commentary (JV). Question: A controversial document from the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity equates Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Saint Francis of Borgia with Martin Luther, calling him a...
  • Cardinal Zen: I Fear the Vaticans Ostpolitik With Communist China

    02/17/2017 12:14:46 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 17, 2017 | Daniel Blackman
    Youre reported as saying that a Vatican deal with China would be to betray Christ. What I mean is that if the Pope knowingly signed a bad agreement with the communists, it would be a betrayal of Jesus, and a betrayal of the good and faithful people in the Catholic Church in China. Im not against the dialogueI cannot see goodwill on the side of the communists. To dialogue means to compromise, but the communists are not ready to give anythingthey have full control of the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association... They probably want to see a decision from the Vatican...
  • The Gospel In The Stars

    02/17/2017 11:29:06 AM PST · by amessenger4god · 31 replies
    Unsealed World News ^ | 2/17/17 | Gary
    While researching the astronomical alignment next September that may be the sign John saw in Revelation 12, it occurred to me to revisit the possible dates surrounding Christ's first advent and see if there were any other "signs in the sky" around that time. I've already written extensively on possible dates for Jesus' birth (primarily based on Craig Chester and Rick Larson's research and The Bethlehem Star documentary), so I won't touch on that here, suffice to say that the argument goes Jesus was conceived on the Feast of Trumpets in 3 BC, was born in June of 2 BC,...
  • Did Noah Really Live to Be 950?

    02/17/2017 7:30:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 106 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-16-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Did Noah Really Live to Be 950? Msgr. Charles Pope • February 16, 2017 • I occasionally get questions about the remarkably long lives of the patriarchs who lived before the great flood. Consider the ages at which these figures purportedly died: Adam – 930Seth – 912Enosh – 905Jared – 962Methuselah – 969Noah – 950Shem – 600Eber – 464Abraham – 175Moses – 120David – 70 How should we understand these references? Many theories have been proposed to explain the claimed longevity. Some use a mathematical corrective, but this leads to other pitfalls such as certain patriarchs apparently begetting children...
  • Why the Oscar-Winning Classic Film Song of Bernadette Is So Inspiring [Catholic Caucus]

    02/17/2017 3:09:38 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    ChurchPop ^ | February 3, 2017 | Fr. Edward Looney
    There are timeless classics in literature and film that all people must read or see. In the Catholic world, I would label The Song of Bernadette such a film.Produced in 1943 and starring Jennifer Jones, the film won many Academy Awards. Based off the novel of the same title by Franz Werfel, the film tells the story of St. Bernadette, who in 1858, received 18 apparitions of the Blessed Mother, who identified herself as the Immaculate Conception.I’ve seen The Song of Bernadette so many times, I have parts memorized. Here are five inspiring quotes from The Song of Bernadette.1) “For...
  • Two Pictures of Patience

    02/16/2017 8:41:53 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Two Pictures of Patience Msgr. Charles Pope • February 15, 2017 • The readings from Mass yesterday (Wednesday of the 6th Week of the Year) give two helpful images that call us to patience. Patience is a virtue through which we are willing to endure as we look for something better that will come to pass. The word comes from the Latin patior, which means “to suffer.” Thus the virtue of patience is the capacity or willingness to suffer some difficulty for a greater good rather than for immediate satisfaction. For example, we might be annoyed at someone’s behavior...
  • Clarifications on the Biblical Flood Narrative

    02/15/2017 9:40:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 49 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-14-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Clarifications on the Biblical Flood Narrative Msgr. Charles Pope • February 14, 2017 • As we read the flood story in Tuesday’s daily Mass, I feel that a few clarifications are in order.While we are not required as Catholics to interpret every detail of the flood story literally, there does seem to be some evidence (preserved in many ancient cultures) of a flood or “mega event” that drastically reduced the size of the human race. In addition, genetic, geological, and anthropological information point to a period some 70,000 years ago during which humans almost vanished from the planet [*].How...
  • How Is Adams Sin Different from Eves?

    02/14/2017 7:36:56 AM PST · by Salvation · 60 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-13-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Is Adam’s Sin Different from Eve’s? Msgr. Charles Pope • February 13, 2017 • In yesterday’s post, we explored the details of original sin and learned that there are subtleties and stages to it that can teach us something. Original sin was more than eating a piece of fruit; there were things that led up to it, both externally and internally.I also mentioned that it was worth exploring how the sacred text speaks of the “Sin of Adam” and differentiates it to some extent from the sin that Eve commits. Biblically, original sin is properly denoted as the...
  • Take back Our Catholic Holidays and Story of Saint Valentine

    02/13/2017 5:46:07 PM PST · by jafojeffsurf · 5 replies
    America Needs Fatima ^ | Feb 2017 | america needs fatima
    "Saint Valentine, priest and martyr, lived nearly 1,700 years ago in pagan Rome. Father Valentine answered Gods call to the priesthood at a time when it wasnt easy to be a Catholic, and it was downright dangerous to be a priest or bishop. The infant Catholic Church was being brutally persecuted by Emperor Claudius II. But that didnt scare young Valentine! He knew that the Christian Faith was the only remedy for the sick and permissive society in which he lived. Especially when it came to Her teachings about the relationship that should exist between a man and a woman...
  • On Defining Religion [Islam is a Quasi-Religious Political Movement]

    02/13/2017 8:21:44 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 11 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 2/12/2017 | Nonie Darwish
    Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said that President Donald Trump's 90-day ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries is "a religiously based ban," and "if they can ban Muslims, why can't they ban Mormons." This has become the position of the Democratic Party and the mainstream media, which has influenced not only the American public but has convinced the majority of the world that America is "bad." How can we blame the world, and even a good segment of American citizens, for hating America when such disingenuous and misleading claims are aired to the world from US officials and broadcast...
  • The Anatomy of Original Sin

    02/13/2017 8:16:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-12-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Anatomy of Original Sin Msgr. Charles Pope • February 12, 2017 • Last week we explored the creation accounts of Genesis, finishing with the account of original sin, that committed by Adam and Eve. Today and tomorrow I’d like to examine original sin more closely. Today, I’ll present the stages of sin that are manifested in Adam’s and Eve’s struggle.Many tend to describe original sin merely as the eating of a forbidden fruit. While this accurate, it is incomplete and leads many to wonder why all this trouble came just from eating a piece of fruit. I believe...
  • A Slide Show of Sanctity - A Homily for the 6th Sunday of the Year

    02/12/2017 7:30:33 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-11-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Slide Show of Sanctity - A Homily for the 6th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • February 11, 2017 • The Gospel for Sunday’s Mass is from the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), specifically 5:17-37. In a way the Lord is drawing a picture for us of the transformed human person. He is presenting a kind of slide show of what sanctity really is. In understanding this rather lengthy text we do well to reflect on it in three parts. I. The Power of New Life in Christ – We have discussed before that an...
  • Never Say Never, as Seen in a Commercial

    02/11/2017 10:03:42 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-10-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Never Say Never, as Seen in a Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • February 11, 2017 • I have met a good number of people who at one time said that they would never become Catholic yet now are; some are lay leaders in the Church and some are even priests! I have met other people who at one time said that they would never believe in God, yield to any religious instruction, or confess to “any man,” yet now they do (and teach others to do the same).Growing up I never thought that I’d become a priest; the thought...
  • The Book of Revelation was Written Before AD 70

    02/11/2017 6:41:06 AM PST · by searchinsany · 113 replies
    HubPages.com ^ | 11 February 2017 | searchinsany
    John received the Revelation prior to AD 70, to encourage and prepare the Church for the events leading to the vision's imminent fulfillment. I believe therefore, Christ's second coming described in the Revelation took place during the great and the dreadful day of the Lord in AD 70. On that 'day' of judgement, Old Covenant Israel ended with the destruction of the temple and Jerusalem; the remaining survivors of the Jewish nation were enslaved and dispersed throughout the Roman Empire. Futurists, Dispensationalism in particular, adamantly oppose this view by insisting on a post-AD 70 date, in an attempt to refute...
  • If Your Church is Celebrating Darwin, Leave (and Dont Come Back)

    02/11/2017 6:34:51 AM PST · by DWW1990 · 22 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 2/11/2017 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    The 200th anniversary of the birth of devoted Materialist and Evolutionist Charles Darwin was in 2009. It was that year that I first became aware of Evolution Weekend. Originally Evolution Sunday, Evolution Weekend is the product of The Clergy Letter Project. This project exists to promote the teaching of Darwinian evolution, especially within religious institutions. For example, the letter to Christian clergy, in part, reads, "While virtually all Christians take the Bible seriously and hold it to be authoritative in matters of faith and practice, the overwhelming majority do not read the Bible literally, as they would a science textbookReligious...
  • Whats Happening and Where Were Headed

    02/10/2017 6:44:19 PM PST · by marshmallow · 86 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 2/10/17 | Fr. Timothy V. Vaverek
    Determining the precise meaning of the pastoral guidance in Amoris laetitia (AL) for the reception of Holy Communion is not the real crisis facing the Church. AL is tangled up in a centuries-long struggle with Subjectivism, which seeks to establish the primacy of private judgment as the effective norm for Christian life. No response to the Cardinals dubia can resolve this crisis, therefore, because AL did not start it. And besides, the controversy has now reached the stage that the question facing us is the authentic interpretation of the ordinary Magisterium of the Church, not the meaning of prudential guidance...
  • Catholics and Lutherans Celebrate Reformation with New Bible Translations

    02/10/2017 5:59:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 2/10/17 | CNS
    The two Christian churches came together in a demonstration of unity ahead of the 500th anniversary of the ReformationCatholics and Lutherans celebrate Reformation with new Bible translations Five centuries after the start of the Protestant Reformation, leaders of the Catholic and Lutheran churches came together in a demonstration of unity to release new Bible translations. At an ecumenical service at St Eberhard's Catholic Cathedral, in Stuttgart, Germany, clergy from both churches gathered to release revised German translations of the Catholic and Lutheran Bibles. The release came as the 500th anniversary of the Reformation neared. It began in 1517 when theologian...
  • Stern Love -- A Meditation on a Moment When Jesus Was Unkind

    02/10/2017 7:29:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-09-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Stern Love -- A Meditation on a Moment When Jesus Was Unkind Msgr. Charles Pope • February 9, 2017 • The Gospel for today’s Mass shocks most modern readers and perhaps a few ancient ones as well. It is the story of the Syrophoenician woman who begs Jesus to heal her daughter. But Jesus ignores and then rebuffs her. Our shock says perhaps more about our poor understanding of love than about Jesus’ terse response.For review, here is the well known passage:Jesus went to the district of Tyre.He entered a house and wanted no one to know about it,but...
  • American Women Would You Enjoy Being Beaten Up?

    02/10/2017 5:37:15 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 29 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 1/9/17 | Pat Franklin
    Fact: Islam condones beating women. The Koran declares: when you go to bed, hit them. This is in the holy book of the muslim people, Sura (chapter) 4:34. The Koran is supposedly a divine revelation to Islams founder, Muhammad, in the 7th century A.D. I wonder if the American women marching in protest would enjoy being beaten by their husbands in bed? Fact: I personally saw a young girl in Morocco who came to me in tears. She held out her arms. Both her hands had been cut off. To this day I feel great guilt that I could not...
  • All Things Wise and Wonderful; All Creatures Great and Small

    02/09/2017 8:00:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-08-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    All Things Wise and Wonderful; All Creatures Great and Small Msgr. Charles Pope • February 8, 2017 • We have been reading the Genesis account of Creation in Mass, and so I’d like to ponder with you the awesome mystery of size and numbers as we look outward to all creatures great and inward to all creatures small.Outer Space: As we look out on God’s universe, we cannot even fathom how huge and magnificent it is; we cannot comprehend its immensity. If one were to make a scale model of the Milky Way galaxy and reduce each star in...
  • 17th-Century Catholic Samurai-Martyr Beatified

    02/09/2017 7:45:20 AM PST · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    National Catholic Register/CNA/EWTN News ^ | Feb. 8, 2017 | National Catholic Register
    Justo Takayama Ukon was an example of ‘great fidelity to the Christian vocation.’ CNA/EWTN News TOKYO, Japan — A 17th-century Catholic Samurai and martyr was beatified during a Mass in ‎Osaka, Japan, on Tuesday. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Vatican’s ‎Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided over the beatification Mass of Justo Takayama Ukon, who was declared a martyr by Pope Francis in January last year. Takayama Ukon was born in 1552 in Japan during the time when Jesuit missionaries were being introduced within the country. By the time Takayama was 12, his father had converted to Catholicism...
  • Michael Heiser - Reversing Hermon

    02/08/2017 6:18:52 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 8 replies
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  • God Is A Revealer Of Secrets (The life of George Washington Carver)

    02/08/2017 2:34:32 PM PST · by Sontagged · 7 replies
    The Love Commandment ^ | Feb. 20, 2014 | Larry Vaughn
    George Washington Carver was a creative genius. He invented crop rotation, and discovered over 300 new uses for peanuts. He was a friend of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and three American Presidents. He saved the economy of the South from the devastation that followed the Civil War; and this was in spite of the fact that his father and mother were slaves. How was he able to accomplish all of these things? This is his answer to that question: There is literally nothing that I ever wanted to do, that I asked the blessed Creator to help me to do,...
  • On Church-speak and the Tendency to be Obscure

    02/08/2017 8:45:15 AM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-07-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On “Church-speak” and the Tendency to be Obscure Msgr. Charles Pope • February 7, 2017 • /a> Many groups have a tendency to use words that make sense to their members but are unintelligible to outsiders. I have sometimes had to decode “Church-speak” for recent converts.For example, one time I proudly announced, “RCIA classes will begin next week, so if you know anyone who is interested in attending please fill out an information card on the table just outside the sacristy door.” I thought I’d been perfectly clear, but then a new member approached me after Mass to inquire...
  • The Three Final Gatherings: One if by Land, Two if by Sea and Air (Part 1)

    02/08/2017 7:51:09 AM PST · by amessenger4god · 1 replies
    Unsealed World News ^ | 2/7/16 | Jeff E.
    You have heard it said that there was a big bang in the beginning, but I tell you it isthe endthat begins with a bang. Specifically speaking, the end of this age will commence at the sound of a trumpet blast and a great shout, a command from one who gathers his troops for battle. At this time there will be war under the banner of "peace." The kingdom of God will be at hand, and there will be the merging of realms, the unveiling of a false king and, ultimately, the return of Israel's true King and rightful Heir...
  • Retrial for Jesus? New campaign launched in Israel

    02/07/2017 7:44:26 PM PST · by amorphous · 47 replies
    Worldnet Daily ^ | 7 Feb 2017 | Bob Unruh
    A Jewish Orthodox scholar is proposing an Old Testament ceremony, the redemption of the firstborn, to return Jesus of Nazareth to the Jewish fold and then hold a retrial at which he could be acquitted. The first trial, two millennia ago, resulted in Jesus condemnation by the high priests for blasphemy, his crucifixion by the Roman conquerors and his resurrection through which Christians worldwide believe they can receive salvation and life eternal. The Jewish authorities, however, have been libeled ever since as Christ-killers and more. One scholar, Ariel Cohen Alloro, while not an official rabbi, is a student of one...
  • Lessons from Thomas Aquinas for President Trump

    02/07/2017 7:45:11 AM PST · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | Feb 3, 2017 | Joseph Pearce
    What would Thomas Aquinas, in his wisdom, say about President Trumps executive order temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim countries, in terms of its justness and conformity to right reason? I am grateful to The Imaginative Conservative for publishing Fr. Dwight Longeneckers reasoned defence of President Trumps executive order placing a ninety day moratorium on immigration from countries deemed to pose a terrorist threat to the United States.I am grateful also for a recent essay by John Horvat II in which Mr. Horvat discusses what Thomas Aquinas says on the thorny topic of immigration.[1] Both of these essayshave served as...
  • On the Chin Paten and How It Was Once Thought Impious

    02/07/2017 7:27:06 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-06-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Chin Paten and How It Was Once Thought Impious Msgr. Charles Pope • February 6, 2017 • Such a small but highly significant thing, the chin paten. It is used is to catch a host or piece of a host that might otherwise fall to the ground. It is another reminder of the real, true, and substantial presence of Christ in even the smallest particle of the host.Today, the chin paten (also called a communion paten) is also symbolic. When one sees one today it is a pretty clear sign that it’s a more traditional parish. Their...
  • [2010] The Reality is Love (Benedict XVI) [Catholic Caucus]

    02/07/2017 4:12:59 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Andrew Cusack ^ | May 17, 2010 | Hilary White
                 ROME, May 17, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – There is one thing that still surprises me about Italy: the Italians love the pope. Even when they don’t necessarily listen to or obey him on every point, even when he is not an Italian, the Italians have a genuine and very warm paternal relationship with the holder of the Keys. This Sunday, 150,000 people packed into St. Peter’s Piazza to hear Benedict XVI give an address after reciting the Regina Caeli, and to show their Holy Father their love and support after the trying period of the last few months.I suppose...
  • Our Dying Universities

    02/06/2017 8:25:53 AM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-05-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Our Dying Universities Msgr. Charles Pope • February 5, 2017 • The last vestiges of the once impressive institution known as the “university” are disappearing as our culture continues to crumble. Perhaps it is poetic justice, since the universities themselves have been a central cause of the cultural collapse that is burying them.The recent riots at the University of California at Berkeley and on other campuses are the result of a decades-long process that has increasingly sought to silence opinions or facts that are at odds with liberalism. Most universities have become indoctrination centers that tolerate little if any...
  • Pass the Salt and Put on the Lights - A Homily for the 5th Sunday of the Year

    02/05/2017 7:11:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-04-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pass the Salt and Put on the Lights - A Homily for the 5th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • February 5, 2017 • In the gospel today the Lord describes metaphorically (i.e. figuratively) what a Christian is and what He expects of us. Note five things about what He says I. The Definitiveness of his Proclamation – The Text says You are the Salt of the earth….You are the light of the World…..But if salt goes flat it is good for nothing…..No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket.The Lord is definitive in...
  • Is Today's State of Israel the Same as Biblical Israel? Scholars Weigh In

    02/04/2017 5:15:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 148 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/03/2017 | BY BRANDON SHOWALTER
    Do Old Testament verses regarding Israel apply today to the State of Israel, Jews around the world, or the Church? Many Christians believe that God's words to Abraham in Genesis 12:3, where after He instructs him to leave his homeland He says "I will bless those who bless you, and curse those who curse you," as well as other verses regarding Israel, are still in effect today. Favorable foreign policy toward modern Israel, then, is seen as a doorway to blessings from God. But for others a theological quandary exists as to just who and what constitutes "Israel" and what...
  • The Presentation

    02/04/2017 9:40:58 AM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    OSV.com ^ | January-February 2017 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Presentation Q. Why was Jesus presented in the Temple as a small boy? Dan, Elmira, N.Y. A. Two things were operative in this event. In the first place, presenting Jesus in the Temple was the fulfillment of Jewish law, which said, “Consecrate to me every firstborn; whatever opens the womb among the Israelites, whether of human being or beast, belongs to me” (Ex 13:1-2). And since Jesus was Mary’s firstborn (and only) son, He was brought to the Temple to be consecrated to the Lord.In addition, the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple seems to have coincided with Mary’s...
  • Advice on Punishment from St. John Bosco

    02/03/2017 7:43:15 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-02-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Advice on Punishment from St. John Bosco Msgr. Charles Pope • February 2, 2017 • Part of a healthy, well-ordered love is correction of the sinner. Admonishing the sinner is one of the spiritual works of mercy. St. Thomas numbers fraternal correction among the works of charity.Getting correction right is often difficult. Too often our ego gets in the way or our anger taints this necessary work.Parents have the particular responsibility of punishing their children. To be sure, punishment should come after teaching and necessary warnings and admonishments.The purpose of punishing youngsters is to teach them. It is to...
  • The Age of the Universe The '6' Days of Creation

    02/02/2017 6:07:38 PM PST · by Jeremiah Jr · 23 replies
    Bible | 02/02/2017 | Mordechai ben Avram
    The Age of the Universe The '6' Days of Creation For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of YHVH as the waters cover the seabed. Habakkuk 2, 14 & Isaiah 11, 9 In the six hundredth year of the sixth [millennium], the gateways of heavenly wisdom and the fountains of lower wisdom will be opened, and the world will be uplifted to prepare for the ascension of the seventh [millennium]... Zohar I, 117a The formula for calculating the age of the universe was written by Moses and it's recorded in Tehillim 90 (Psalm). Tehillim Chapter...
  • Many Titles of Christ from Scripture

    02/02/2017 7:45:15 AM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-01-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Many Titles of Christ from Scripture Msgr. Charles Pope • February 1, 2017 • There are many, many different titles of Christ in both the New and Old Testaments. If one studies them carefully, they can provide a “mini-catechesis” of the Lord Jesus.Presented below are more than 150 different titles of Christ. For each title, I have included a link to the Scripture from which it was drawn. The list was compiled from various sources, but most come from The Catholic Source Book, which was compiled and edited by Fr. Peter Klein. In addition, some years ago my readers...