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  • Fortnight for Freedom: Please Spend Some Time Working and Praying to Protect Your Religious Liberty

    06/23/2017 8:33:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-22-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Fortnight for Freedom: Please Spend Some Time Working and Praying to Protect Your Religious Liberty Msgr. Charles Pope • June 22, 2017 • There has been a steady erosion of religious liberty in the United States in recent years. It has been challenged through a broad range of incidents, requirements from the medical world, health insurance mandates, and court decisions. We often take our religious freedom for granted, but it is under substantive though sometimes subtle challenge. We are in the midst of a sea change; we are being told that religion has no place in the marketplace, in...
  • Its a Glorious, Glorious Life

    06/23/2017 7:47:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-22-17 | Christopher Baker
    It’s a Glorious, Glorious Life Christopher Baker • June 22, 2017 • Last week, in preparation for our celebration of the Archdiocese of Washington’s Marriage Jubilarian Mass, we produced this video about Bob and Laurin Balkam, a husband and wife from the Greatest Generation.Before the interview could start, Bob said, “I’ll tell you my life story and you see what you think. And I’ll try to do it in about five minutes.” But you can neither tell a 75-year love story in five minutes, nor help but take away some life lessons.The first lesson to take away is the...
  • A Brief Meditation on the Fiery Violence of Love

    06/22/2017 7:19:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-21-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Brief Meditation on the Fiery “Violence” of Love Msgr. Charles Pope • June 21, 2017 • One of the great paradoxes of creation and our existence in God’s world is that many blessings are unlocked by explosive, even violent forces. The very cosmos itself is in a kind of process of hurtling outward in a massive explosion. And here we are, living midway (?) through that explosion.When I see fireworks on the Fourth of July, I often think that each of those beautiful, fiery explosions is a miniature replica of the cosmos. Everywhere in the universe, the burning...
  • Love Your Enemies, says the Lord; I am Coming Soon!

    06/21/2017 8:55:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-20-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Love Your Enemies, says the Lord; I am Coming Soon! Msgr. Charles Pope • June 20, 2017 • There is a specific depiction of Christ known as Christ Pantocrator. It was widespread in the ancient world and still is today. The title “Pantocrator” is most often translated as “The Almighty One” or “The Omnipotent One.” It comes from the Greek words παντός (pantos, meaning all) and κράτος (kratos, meaning strength, might, or power).In the particular image at right, Christ is seated (as a sign of authority). In many of the specific images he holds a book, sometimes open and...
  • What is Sacred Music? The History Is More Complex Than You Might Think

    06/20/2017 8:02:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-19-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What is Sacred Music? The History Is More Complex Than You Might Think Msgr. Charles Pope • June 19, 2017 • Note to readers: The following article is long (3500 words). This is because I have been adding to it over the years as my research has continued. I am by avocation a church musician. Before my ordination, I was a Choir director and an organist. Like most of you, I have my preferences in the area of Church music, but we must be careful not merely to dogmatize them. If we are going to talk intelligently about Church...
  • The Vatican plan to reinterpret anti-contraception encyclical is real

    06/20/2017 5:55:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 16, 2017 | Roberto de Mattei
    June 16, 2017 (Lepanto Foundation) — Monsignor Gilfredo Marengo, professor at John Paul II Pontifical Institute, will be the coordinator of the commission nominated by Pope Francis to "reinterpret" the encyclical Humanæ Vitæ by Pope Paul VI, in the light of Amoris laetitia, on the occasion of  the 50th anniversary of the former's promulgation, which falls next year. The initial rumors of the existence of this commission, still secret but reported by Vatican correspondent Marco Tosatti, were of a sound source. We can confirm that there is a commission, made up of Monsignor Pierangelo Sequeri, Head of the John Paul II Pontifical...
  • Faithful Fathers (Faithful Priests)

    06/19/2017 7:50:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Faithful Fathers Msgr. Charles Pope • June 18, 2017 • Priesthood Ordination 2017 – Photo Credit: Daphne StubboloSunday’s Feast of Corpus Christi brought the first Masses of the new priests ordained here in Washington. It was also Father’s Day. The readings for Corpus Christi suggest a kind of threefold office for the priest (related to teaching, governing, and sanctifying). I thought it might be good to present some of the notes from that homily on the blog today. Here, then, are three facets of a faithful Father—of a faithful priest.I. The Priest Announces the Truth – Throughout the readings...
  • Husband's Day (Father's Day)

    06/18/2017 1:57:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CERC.org ^ | June 16, 2006 | Jennifer Roback Morse
    Husbands Day JENNIFER ROBACK MORSE Father's Day is a day for honoring fathers. But I would like to take a step back and honor men as husbands. In our enlightened, liberated era, we have a tendency to overlook men as husbands, since the father is so often not the husband of the mother. But without some kind of connection between the man and the woman, there is quite literally, no child. I'd like to make the case that the most important thing fathers can do for their children is to love their mother. And likewise, among the many things...
  • Are You a Mouse or A Man? A Homily for The Feast of Corpus Christi

    06/18/2017 6:28:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-17-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Are You a Mouse or A Man? A Homily for The Feast of Corpus Christi Msgr. Charles Pope • June 17, 2017 • In many places this Sunday, the (moved) Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Our Lord is celebrated.While you may puzzle over my title for today’s blog, allow me to delay the explanation to a bit later. On a solemn feast like this, many things might be preached and taught. Let’s look at three areas for reflection: the Reality of the Eucharist, the Requirement of the Eucharist, and the Remembrance of the Eucharist.I....
  • Corpus Christi [Catholic Caucus]

    06/17/2017 4:48:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    CERC.org ^ | June 22, 2014 | FATHER GEORGE W. RUTLER
    Corpus Christi FATHER GEORGE W. RUTLER When Jesus had given instructions sending two of his disciples into Jerusalem where they would find an upper room in which he would institute the Eucharist, "The disciples went out and came to the city, and found everything just as he had told them" (Mark 14:16). Similarly, the liturgical cycle follows a pattern based on this economy that was planned and predicted by God. Ten days after the celebration of the Ascension, the Church celebrates her birth in the flames and wind of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. And then comes Trinity Sunday....
  • Oldest German Diocese to Close 96% of Parishes

    06/17/2017 3:32:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 45 replies
    1P5 ^ | June 16, 2017 | Steve Skojec
    Bishop Stephan Ackermann of the Diocese of Trier, in Germany, has announced that the diocese will be closing almost all of its parishes. From Gloria.tv: Trier diocese, the oldest in Germany, will dissolve its 903 parishes and reduce them to 35, liberal Bishop Stephan Ackermann (54) explained on Friday during an information meeting of the diocese in Trier. He spoke of a “crisis”.Ackermann admitted that the new parishes will have nothing in common with the traditional ones “but the name”. Trier is the birthplace of Karl Marx. A Feature, Not a BugFor most Catholics in the English-speaking world, there...
  • Purdue researcher verifies the existence of 53 people mentioned in Hebrew Bible

    06/17/2017 3:19:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Greensburg Daily News ^ | June 17, 2017
    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Lawrence Mykytiuk cannot document that everything in the Bible took place. What the Purdue University Libraries professor can do is show you that many of the people written about did, in fact, exist.While some would put their hand on the Bible and really mean it when they take an oath, a few revisionist academics would throw it out and say, Thats creative writing. I was looking for concrete, objective evidence outside of the Bible that would help build the case, said Mykytiuk, an associate professor of library science.Mykytiuk (pronounced MICK-ee-took) has added three names to the...
  • Our Interconnectedness as seen in a Commercial

    06/17/2017 9:50:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-16-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Our Interconnectedness as seen in a Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • June 16, 2017 • The commercial below reminds us that the products we use don’t just come out of nowhere. Good goes around and around. The Cheerios in the cereal box started out as seeds in the ground, but the commercial stops well short of showing everyone we should thank for the final product.• Before sowing the seed, the ground has to be tilled and prepared.o Thank you to the farmers as well as those who invented, designed, and build the plows. o Thanks to the steel workers...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Augustine of Canterbury, 05-27-17

    06/16/2017 7:51:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 05-27-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Stained glass of Apostle to the English | photo by Lawrence, OPSaint Augustine of Canterbury Saint of the Day for May 27 (? – May 26, 605)  Saint Augustine of Canterbury’s Story In the year 596, some 40 monks set out from Rome to evangelize the Anglo-Saxons in England. Leading the group was Augustine, the prior of their monastery. Hardly had he and his men reached Gaul when they heard stories of the ferocity of the Anglo-Saxons and of the treacherous waters of the English Channel. Augustine returned to Rome and to Gregory the...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Philip Neri, 05-26-17

    06/16/2017 7:44:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 05-26-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: The Madonna Apperaing to Saint Philip Neri | Sebastiano ConcaSaint Philip Neri Saint of the Day for May 26 (July 21, 1515 – May 26, 1595)  Saint Philip Neri’s Story Philip Neri was a sign of contradiction, combining popularity with piety against the background of a corrupt Rome and a disinterested clergy: the whole post-Renaissance malaise.At an early age, Philip abandoned the chance to become a businessman, moved to Rome from Florence, and devoted his life and individuality to God. After three years of philosophy and theology studies, he gave up any thought of...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Bede the Venerable, 05-25-17

    06/16/2017 7:35:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 05-25-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: San Beda | Bartolomé Román Saint Bede the Venerable Saint of the Day for May 25 (c. 672 – May 25, 735)  Saint Bede the Venerable’s Story Bede is one of the few saints honored as such even during his lifetime. His writings were filled with such faith and learning that even while he was still alive, a Church council ordered them to be read publicly in the churches.At an early age, Bede was entrusted to the care of the abbot of the Monastery of St. Paul, Jarrow. The happy combination of genius and the...
  • NH (RC) Diocese Becomes Latest Diocese to Restore Order of Sacraments (Cath Caucus)

    06/16/2017 2:29:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    NC Register ^ | June 14, 2017 | Peter Jesserer Smith
    MANCHESTER, N.H. — In the name of raising up lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ, another U.S. Latin-rite diocese has decided to restore confirmation to its traditional place before first Holy Communion. Bishop Peter Libasci of Manchester, New Hampshire, has begun the process of restoring the reception of the sacraments of initiation in the diocese to their theological sequential order of baptism, then confirmation and first Eucharist. Most U.S. dioceses, for more than 100 years, have followed a sequence of baptism, first Communion and then confirmation, ever since Pope St. Pius X made the age of reason (typically around age...
  • Fortitude, Patience, and Meekness: Three Virtues We Often Separate, but That Belong Together

    06/16/2017 9:00:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Fortitude, Patience, and Meekness: Three Virtues We Often Separate, but That Belong Together Msgr. Charles Pope • June 15, 2017 • The Virtues, by Raphael Sanzio, Vatican MuseumsThere is an important interplay and balance between the virtues that many modern minds set in opposition to one another. False dichotomies often prevail when the subtlety of virtues are lost or their meanings are grasped in simplistic or inaccurate ways.Consider three virtues that are related and which enable and moderate one other: fortitude, patience, and meekness. To most people, these virtues seem more opposed than related. Today, fortitude conjures up an...
  • How Eucharistic Miracles Show Christs Blood Type [Catholic Caucus]

    06/16/2017 1:29:30 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 21 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | June 15, 2017 | Nick Hallett
    Scientific testing on a wide variety of Eucharistic miracles consistently shows human flesh with blood group AB. Catholic doctrine has always held that, upon consecration at Mass, Christ becomes truly and substantially present in the bread and wine on the altar.Over the centuries, however, there have been numerous reports of consecrated Hosts literally turning to physical flesh and blood.One such miracle happened in 8th Century Lanciano, where a priest who was doubting the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist saw the bread and wine transform into human flesh and blood as he said the words of consecration.Over 1,200 years...
  • Reminders on the Road to Victory - A Witness to the Truth of a Teaching from St. Catherine

    06/15/2017 8:39:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-14-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Reminders on the Road to Victory - A Witness to the Truth of a Teaching from St. Catherine Msgr. Charles Pope • June 14, 2017 • One of the great battles in the spiritual life is mastering our emotions, by God’s grace. Our emotions are not evil, but they are unruly and easily manipulated by the world and the devil. Our own flesh (fallen nature) also contributes to the difficulty of self-mastery.Yet as I have often testified, if we are faithful to the Lord and to prayer, growth in the spiritual life happens. Many of my once-unruly emotions have...