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  • The Punishment of Complete Loss and What It Says to Us

    09/25/2017 7:58:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-24-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Punishment of Complete Loss and What It Says to Us Msgr. Charles Pope • September 24, 2017 • The Burning of Jerusalem, Circle of Juan de la CorteIn the Office of Readings, we are currently reading from the prophet Ezekiel. Sunday’s reading warns of the possibility that moral conditions in the world can get so awful, even among the people of God, that He must take the strongest and most severe of measures.Ezekiel experienced the coming disaster upon Israel very personally as a last warning to the people.Thus the word of the Lord came to me: Son of...
  • Dimensions of Discipleship - A Homily for the 25th Sunday of the Year

    09/24/2017 8:10:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-23-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Dimensions of Discipleship - A Homily for the 25th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • September 23, 2017 • credit: זלדה10, wikimediaWhat Jesus teaches in this Sunday’s Gospel is one of those parables that rock our world and challenge our worldly way of thinking. Frankly, that is one of its purposes. We are tempted to side with the laborers who worked the longest, thinking that their being paid the same amount as those who worked only for an hour is unfair.Think very carefully before asking God to be “fair.” What we really should ask of God is...
  • The Invisible Christians of North Korea: They Exist and there are More of them than Many Think

    09/23/2017 7:28:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | 09/23/2017 | Eric Metaxas
    If you think North Koreas dictators are bad for the world, just imagine what its like to be a Christian there. Anyone who knows anything about world missions and the global church knows about the Christians of South Korea. According to the Operation World prayer guide, From the first Protestant church planted in 1884, South Korea now has possibly 50,000 Protestant congregations, and 15 million Christians of all kinds. Its also a missionary powerhouse, currently sending more than 21,000 missionaries to about 175 countries. Amazing! But the Christians of North Korea? Theyre virtually invisiblethough of course not in the eyes...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, 07-03-17, Saint Thomas the Apostle

    09/23/2017 6:58:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 07-03-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Saint Thomas | Georges de La TourSaint Thomas the Apostle Saint of the Day for July 3 (1st Century – December 21, 72)  Saint Thomas the Apostle’s Story Poor Thomas! He made one remark and has been branded as “Doubting Thomas” ever since. But if he doubted, he also believed. He made what is certainly the most explicit statement of faith in the New Testament: “My Lord and My God!” and, in so expressing his faith, gave Christians a prayer that will be said till the end of time. He also occasioned a compliment...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, 07-02-17, Saint Oliver Plunkett

    09/23/2017 6:33:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 07-02-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Oliver Plunket | Edward Luttrell Saint Oliver Plunkett Saint of the Day for July 2 (November 1, 1629 – July 1, 1681)  Saint Oliver Plunkett’s Story The name of today’s saint is especially familiar to the Irish and the English—and with good reason. The English martyred Oliver Plunkett for defending the faith in his native Ireland during a period of severe persecution.Born in County Meath in 1629, Oliver studied for the priesthood in Rome and was ordained there in 1654. After some years of teaching and service to the poor of Rome he was appointed...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, 07-01-17, Saint Junipero Serra

    09/23/2017 6:26:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 07-01-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Portrait of Fray Junipero Serra | Detroit Publishing CompanySaint Junipero Serra Saint of the Day for July 1 (November 24, 1713 – August 28, 1784)  Saint Junipero Serra’s Story In 1776, when the American Revolution was beginning in the east, another part of the future United States was being born in California. That year a gray-robed Franciscan founded Mission San Juan Capistrano, now famous for its annually returning swallows. San Juan was the seventh of nine missions established under the direction of this indomitable Spaniard.Born on Spain’s island of Mallorca, Serra entered the Franciscan...
  • Begotten Son

    09/23/2017 9:31:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 08-23-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Begotten Son Jesus Christ shares in the nature of the Father from whom all fatherhood has its origin Msgr. Charles Pope 8/23/2017 Question: In the Nicene Creed, a line confuses me about Jesus: “... the only begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages.” If Jesus was eternally with the Father before his incarnation, how can we say he is “begotten … before all ages”? His physical body was only conceived in time. — Richard Smith, Garden Valley, Idaho Answer: You imply by your question that only human beings are begotten, and this somehow is tied only to...
  • Looking for Help: Antique Hymn Music - abt 1800

    09/23/2017 4:35:08 AM PDT · by mairdie · 48 replies
    I'm trying to find an old source for the music of hymns and psalms from about 1775 to 1815. Since I want to transcribe from it, I'd be looking for something written down before 1923. Would anyone be able to point me to something of that kind?
  • When Honor Eclipses Truth

    09/22/2017 8:07:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-21-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    When Honor Eclipses Truth Msgr. Charles Pope • September 21, 2017 • Every year at about this time we read St. Augustine’s sermon “On Pastors” in the Office of Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours. As you know, priests are required to read the Divine Office daily; St. Augustine’s sermon extends over the better part of two weeks. It amounts to a stern warning for priests who too easily live off the sheep instead of shepherding them rightly.There are tender moments in the sermon as well. At one point, commenting on a passage from Ezekiel rebuking bad shepherds...
  • On Jesus Merciful Call of St. Matthew, a Great Sinner

    09/21/2017 10:05:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-20-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On Jesus’ Merciful Call of St. Matthew, a Great Sinner Msgr. Charles Pope • September 20, 2017 • On this Feast Day of St. Matthew, we must acknowledge a great mercy in Jesus’ call. As a tax collector, Matthew was considered a great sinner. In fact, the term “tax collector” was a biblical euphemism for great sinner. Yet despite this, Jesus called him to be an Apostle.In our times, many set mercy and the fact that we are sinners in opposition to each other, but the Lord Jesus unites these realities together. For the Lord, mercy is necessary because...
  • The Many Gifts of St. Hildegard of Bingen

    09/20/2017 9:24:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CE.com ^ | September 18, 2017 | Cari Donaldson
    The Many Gifts of St. Hildegard of BingenCari Donaldson Abbess. Botanist. Physician. Theologian. Playwright. Composer. Doctor of the Church. In another example of God exulting the lowly, all these titles and more have been given to St. Hildegard of Bingen, who was born the sickly youngest child of minor nobility, and eventually presented as a political offering to the Benedictines.St. Hildegard was born around 1098, in what is today Germany. She entered the monastery at Disibodenberg 1112, and by the age of 38 became Prioress. Due to the rapidly growing increase of vocations under Hildegard, one of her first moves...
  • Rosh Hashana "head of the year"), is the Jewish New Year.

    09/20/2017 6:41:24 AM PDT · by SandRat · 23 replies
    ...In the seventh month, on the first of the month, there shall be a sabbath for you, a remembrance with shofar blasts, a holy convocation. -Leviticus 16:24 Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, "head of the year" or "first of the year." Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. This name is somewhat deceptive, because there is little similarity between Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest days of the year, and the American midnight drinking bash and daytime football game. There is, however, one important similarity...
  • Worried About the State of the World? Here Are 5 Bible Verses You Should Know!

    09/19/2017 8:05:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    CE.com ^ | September 19, 2017 | Gary Zimak
    Worried About the State of the World? Here Are 5 Bible Verses You Should Know!Gary Zimak Lets be honestthere are some frightening things going on in the world. Every day we are bombarded with news about terrorism, natural disasters, war and many other threats. While its not necessarily a bad thing, advanced technology now makes it possible for weather forecasters to alert us to the possibility of tornadoes and hurricanes weeks in advance. In the same way, the popularity of the Internet makes it difficult to escape from bad news. It often seems like there is no place to hide....
  • A Meditation on the Delay and Silence of God

    09/19/2017 7:29:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Meditation on the Delay and Silence of God Msgr. Charles Pope • September 18, 2017 • I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but God doesn’t seem to be in a big hurry about most things. This has been a hard lesson for me to learn.We live in a loud, fast-paced world, one of constantly “breaking news,” in which crisis and urgency are the predominant mode. Instant communication and quick responses are expected, even demanded.At the national level, there is hardly any reporting at all by the media before there is a rush to analyze, comment, and...
  • A Tough Guy Priest, in the Gulag and Beyond

    09/18/2017 7:40:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 9/17/17 | Jim Graves
    Father Walter Ciszek is known for his courage while imprisoned in the Soviet Union. But his spiritual writings show him to be a saint of the ordinary life.Father Ciszek (center) is met in New York by his sisters Helen and Sr. Evangeline, upon his release from the USSR. (Photo courtesy of the Father Walter Ciszek Prayer League)For each of us, salvation means no more and no less than taking up daily the same cross of Christ. What it means, in practice, is spelled out as always by the poor old body. It means getting up each morning and going...
  • Can We Influence How the Lord will Judge Us?

    09/18/2017 8:17:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-17-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Can We Influence How the Lord will Judge Us? Msgr. Charles Pope • September 17, 2017 • The readings from Mass for the 24th Sunday of the Year were a continuation from the previous Sunday, when our Lord taught us of the requirement that we correct one another. Yesterday’s readings remind us that our correction must be done with mercy and humility. Failing to correct an erring or sinning brother is not mercy at all, but correcting in a harsh or mean-spirited way falls short as well.As an extended meditation on yesterday’s Gospel let’s consider a kind of “mathematics”...
  • Finding Forgiveness Through the Magnificence of Mercy - A Homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year

    09/17/2017 7:54:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-16-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Finding Forgiveness Through the Magnificence of Mercy - A Homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • September 16, 2017 • The Gospel this Sunday draws us into a remarkably sensitive area of the faith, that of forgiving others who may have harmed us. There are many who been authentically hurt and others who in offering forgiveness will become vulnerable to further harm. Forgiveness is something we experience as a very personal call; in some cases, it may be the most challenging thing we are ever asked to do.I have titled this Homily carefully; if...
  • 'True church' being built by Messianic Jews, Christians

    09/17/2017 4:16:25 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 18 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 9/16/2017 | World Net Daily Staff
    God Himself may have intervened to set the story in motion. And the shocking ramifications could be a sign of nothing less than the end times. So explains Pastor Carl Gallups, who chronicled in book and film The Rabbi Who Found Messiah the story of Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, one of Israels most revered rabbis, an icon who left a mysterious message after his death that many believe identified Jesus Christ as the Messiah. Gallups recently was a guest on the radio show Caravan to Midnight, hosted by John B. Wells. In 2005 right around the time of Yom Kippur,...
  • Russian Court Orders Handover of Much-Contested Soviet-Seized Buildings to the Catholic Church

    09/15/2017 7:44:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 9/12/17 | Jonathon Luxmoore
    'The Appeal Court has upheld earlier rulings, requiring the Moscow government to return this object to our Catholic archdiocese'A Russian court has ordered the handover of a much-contested complex of Soviet-seized buildings in Moscow to the Catholic Church, two weeks after a visit by the Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. However, a Church representative warned that local officials could still block the restitution, which has been demanded for more than 20 years. We can confirm with joy that the Appeal Court has upheld earlier rulings, requiring the Moscow government to return this object to our Catholic archdiocese, said...
  • "That the seat of Peter might not be dishonored by the occupancy of two bishops"

    09/15/2017 8:36:18 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 88 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | 9/15/17 | Florentius
    "This event [the death of (anti) Pope Felix] was, no doubt, ordained by God, that the seat of Peter might not be dishonored by the occupancy of two bishops; for such an arrangement is a sign of discord, and is foreign to ecclesiastical law." ~Ecclesiastical History of Sozomen, ca. AD 440 This quote is taken from a curious bit of history when the Church was torn by the Arian heresy. After the death of Constantine the Great in AD 337, sole rule of the empire eventually devolved upon his son, Constantius II. While Constantius was just as devoted to achieving...