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  • Jesus, Who Loves You, Warned Frequently About Hell

    05/25/2017 8:27:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-24-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Jesus, Who Loves You, Warned Frequently About Hell Msgr. Charles Pope • May 24, 2017 • Many people today put Hell in opposition to the love of God, but Jesus combines them. Here is an important truth: No one loves you more than Jesus Christ, yet no one spoke of or taught on Hell and Judgment more than He did. He gave warning after warning and told parable after parable, practically shouting about judgment and the reality of Hell.No “heresy” of our day is more widespread or pernicious than the denial of hell, its existence, and its sad frequency....
  • The Root Cause of Islamic Violence

    05/24/2017 1:45:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    1P5 ^ | May 24, 2017 | Andrew Bieszad
    Pope Francis’ most recent comments attempting to separate Islamic religious beliefs from Islamic violence are deeply misleading. They are not just slightly or partially incorrect, but dangerously wrong.  They stand in direct contradiction to the Church and her saints’ long history of experience and understanding of the Islamic world.In the context of yet another airplane interview — this time returning from World Youth Day in Poland, Francis was asked to discuss the threat posed by Islamic violence — now occurring with alarming frequency throughout the world — against the backdrop of the murder of French priest Fr. Jacques Hamel at the hands of...
  • Do You Fear the Right Thing? A Meditation on the Story of Chicken Little

    05/24/2017 8:44:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-23-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Do You Fear the Right Thing? A Meditation on the Story of Chicken Little Msgr. Charles Pope • May 23, 2017 • Fear is a complex passion. On the one hand, there are things that we ought to fear such as grave physical and spiritual dangers. The fear of being near the edge of a cliff might well save our life. The fear of serious sin and the punishment we might experience or the offense to God (who loves us) is both appropriate and holy. Sadly, more people lack this holy fear rooted in the possible loss of what...
  • Why Did St. Paul Get Arrested at Philippi?

    05/23/2017 7:56:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-22-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Did St. Paul Get Arrested at Philippi? Msgr. Charles Pope • May 22, 2017 • At daily Mass, we are reading the story of St. Paul’s arrest, beating, and imprisonment at Philippi. It serves as a kind of metaphor for the radical nature of true Christianity and why it so perturbs many in this world. The Christian faith, its message, and the transformation it can effect can be very unsettling to a world that literally and figuratively “banks on” sin. Let’s consider this lesser- known story and see what it ought to mean for us if we take...
  • The Often-Disappointing Quality of the Prayer of the Faithful (during Catholic Masses)

    05/22/2017 8:03:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-21-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Often-Disappointing Quality of the Prayer of the Faithful Msgr. Charles Pope • May 21, 2017 • One of the parts of the Ordinary Form of the Mass that was “restored” from antiquity is the Prayer of the Faithful. In my mind, however, there is a certain disappointing quality to the intentions as they are used today. They are either overly particular and ideological or, at the other end of the spectrum, perfunctory and flat. Peter Kwasniewski, in an article at New Liturgical (here), summarizes the problem very well.It is surely no exaggeration to say that throughout the...
  • It is the Decision of the Holy Spirit and Us A Reflection on the Catholicity of the Early Church

    05/22/2017 7:51:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 209 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-17-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It is the Decision of the Holy Spirit and Us – A Reflection on the Catholicity of the Early Church Msgr. Charles Pope • May 17, 2017 • The first readings at daily Mass this week recount the Council of Jerusalem, which scholars generally date to around 50 A.D. It was a pivotal moment in the history of the Church, because it would set forth an identity for Her that was independent of the culture of Judaism per se and would open wide the door of inculturation to the Gentiles. This surely had a significant effect on evangelization in...
  • Living the Lessons of Love A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

    05/21/2017 6:08:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-20-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington Living the Lessons of Love – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter Msgr. Charles Pope • May 20, 2017 • In the Gospel for today’s Mass, Jesus gives us three lessons on love meant to prepare us for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. They also go a long way in describing the normal Christian life.Too many Christians see the Faith more as a set of rules to keep than as a love that transforms—if we accept it. Let’s take a look at the revolutionary life of love and grace that the Lord...
  • Remaining in the Lord [Catholic Caucus]

    05/20/2017 12:57:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Remaining in the Lord Msgr. Charles Pope • May 16, 2017 • The text from today’s Gospel (Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter) speaks of the need to remain in the Lord.Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me...
  • Catholic Caucus: Fatima at 100

    05/19/2017 8:53:58 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies
    The message of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children in 1917 points to God as the source of peace in the worldBetween May and October 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared six times to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. Francisco and Jacinta Marto and their cousin, Lucia dos Santos, received Mary’s words with simple trust and faithfully put them into practice. Our Lady’s message was one of prayer, penance and conversion at a time of international crisis, as World War I intensified in Europe and the Bolshevik revolution in Russia loomed on the horizon.During the deadly flu...
  • Pope John Paul IIs Mother Rejected Doctors Abortion Suggestion

    05/19/2017 6:03:56 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies
    Life News ^ | 05.17.17 | Maria Gallagher
    A champion of life—that title expertly captures the work and legacy of Pope John Paul II. More than a decade after his death, the author of Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) remains one of the greatest heroes of the pro-life movement, respected by people of all faiths and all walks of life.The story of Pope John Paul II’s life is filled with suspense, heroism, and intrigue. What is particularly striking is the number of times during the course of his long life, he escaped death. His life hung in the balance when he was hit by a vehicle in...
  • 2017: Everything You Think You Know Is About To Change

    05/19/2017 9:12:46 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 9 replies
    Unsealed World News ^ | 5/19/2017 | Gary
    There have always been wars and rumors of wars. There have always been earthquakes. There have always been famines and pestilences. There have even been "signs in the heavens" in times past, like the Star of Bethlehem. Yet it is not any one of these signs that tells us that Christ's return is near, it is the convergence of these quickly, all at once. The reestablishment of Israel. The conquest of Jerusalem. Globalization simultaneous with more simultaneous armed conflicts (56 at last count) than at any other time in history. Large earthquakes in short-succession. Genuine up-trend in earthquakes of >...
  • Catholic Caucus: When a Priest Should Not Sing - A Reflection on an Often-Forgotten Rubric

    05/15/2017 6:36:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    When a Priest Should Not Sing - A Reflection on an Often-Forgotten Rubric Msgr. Charles Pope • May 14, 2017 • I received a question last month in my Question and Answer Column at Our Sunday Visitor that I answered only briefly. I’d like to expand on it here.The new priest in our parish just stands there at the altar when we sing the acclamations such as the mystery of faith, the great Amen, Lamb of God, etc. The previous pastor sang loudly with us. Should he not participate more fervently in these acclamations? – Name withheldActually, his stance...
  • Mothers Day Blessings to Childless Women

    05/14/2017 7:30:45 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 10 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | May 14, 2017 | JP
    Mothers Day is a joyous observance for most of the 85 percent of women who have borne a child by age 40. But not so much for women who have neither procreated nor adopted, who find Mothers Day a painful reminder of their childlessness. Perhaps they squandered years on a relationship that resulted in neither marriage nor children. Perhaps they were so career-driven they had no room in their lives for a husband and offspring. Or perhaps they wed and tried to have children, but their wombs were barren. For women of faith despairing on this Mothers Day that they...
  • Are You a Tombstone or a Living Stone? A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Easter

    05/14/2017 7:24:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-13-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Are You a Tombstone or a Living Stone? – A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Easter Msgr. Charles Pope • May 13, 2017 • By His resurrection, Jesus has brought us from death to life. He has snatched us from this present evil age (Gal 1:4) and from the death-directed desires of our body (Rom 6:12), and made us into a new and living creation (2 Cor 5:17). As such, we have exchanged the tombstones that once indicated we were dead in our sins and have become living stones in the spiritual edifice that is the Body of...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Our Lady of Fatima, 05-13-17

    05/13/2017 3:27:09 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | 05-13-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Our Lady of Fatima Saint of the Day for May 13  The Story of Our Lady of Fatima Between May 13 and October 13, 1917, three Portuguese children–Francisco and Jacinta Marto and their cousin Lucia dos Santos–received apparitions of Our Lady at Cova da Iria near Fatima, a city 110 miles north of Lisbon. Mary asked the children to pray the rosary for world peace, for the end of World War I, for sinners, and for the conversion of Russia.Mary gave the children three secrets. Following the deaths of Francisco and Jacinta in 1919 and...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saints Nereus and Achilleus, 05-12-17

    05/13/2017 3:10:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 05-12-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: “Flavia Domitilla van Terracina, Nereus en Achilleus” | Peter Paul RubensSaints Nereus and Achilleus Saint of the Day for May 12 (? – ?)  Saints Nereus and Achilleus’ Story Devotion to these two saints goes back to the fourth century, though almost nothing is known of their lives. They were praetorian soldiers of the Roman army, became Christians, and were removed to the island of Terracina, where they were martyred. Their bodies were buried in a family vault, later known as the cemetery of Domitilla. Excavations by De Rossi in 1896 resulted in the...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Ignatius of Laconi, 05-11-17

    05/13/2017 3:01:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 05-11-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Statue of Saint Ignatius of Laconi | Unknown Saint Ignatius of Laconi Saint of the Day for May 11 (December 17, 1701 – May 11, 1781) Saint Ignatius of Laconi’s Story Ignatius is another sainted begging brother.He was the second of seven children of peasant parents in Sardinia. His path to the Franciscans was unusual. During a serious illness, Ignatius vowed to become a Capuchin if he recovered. He regained his health but ignored the promise. When he was 20, a riding accident prompted Ignatius to renew the pledge, which he acted on the...
  • Brothers and Sisters?

    05/13/2017 6:28:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1,072 replies ^ | 05-01-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Brothers and Sisters? Q. I know that the Church believes in Mary’s perpetual virginity, but what are we to make of the passages in the Gospel that refer to Jesus’ brothers and sisters?Rose, via email A. There are a number of places in the New Testament (see Mk 3:31-34; 6:3; Mt 12:46; 13:55; Lk 8:19-20; Jn 2:12; 7:3-10; Acts 1:14; and 1 Cor 9:5) where Jesus’ kinsfolk are mentioned using terms such as “brother” (adelphos), “sister” (adelphe) or “brethren” (adelphoi). But “brother” has a wider meaning both in the Scriptures and at the time they were written. It is not...
  • Iraqi Priest Protects Ancient Christian Manuscripts from ISIS

    05/12/2017 6:50:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 5/12/17 | Zelda Caldwell
    The Dominican friar has stayed a step ahead of militants bent on the destruction of evidence of pre-Islamic history.At an undisclosed location, Dominican priest Fr. Najeeb Michaeel is painstakingly digitizing his collection of ancient manuscripts documenting Iraqs cultural heritage, including its Christian history, according to a report at the website these texts, the oldest of which date from the 7th century and which include manuscripts on Christian and Muslim spirituality, may be the only way to save these records of Iraqs history from destruction by Islamic State groups. As part of former Mesopotamia, Iraq has a rich Christian tradition....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Fatima Fake News at Crux

    05/12/2017 5:27:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies ^ | May 11, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    In two days, Pope Bergoglio will be in Fatima for what will be little more than a day trip. There is no reason to expect any change in the regime of Fatima revisionism that has buried the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary along with the text of the Third Secret in which the Blessed Virgin undoubtedly explains the enigmatic vision of the "Bishop dressed in White." An article in Crux magazine's online edition concerning the papal trip, by one Ins San Martn, confirms, with dreary predictability, the entire Vatican party line on Fatima. "Regarding Russia," she...