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  • Feast of St. Gregory the Illuminator, Hieromartyr, Equal of the Apostles and Enlightener of Armenia

    09/30/2016 8:35:50 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | September 30 | OCA
    The Hieromartyr Gregory, Enlightener of Great Armenia, was born in the year 257. He was descended from the line of the Parthian Arsakid emperors. The father of St Gregory, Anak, in striving after the Armenian throne, had murdered his kinsman, the emperor Kursar, in consequence of which all the line of Anak was marked for destruction. A certain kinsman saved Gregory: he carried off the infant from Armenia to Caesarea Cappadocia and raised him in the Christian Faith. At maturity, Gregory married, had two sons, but soon was left a widower. Gregory raised his sons in piety. One of them...
  • A Picture of the Spiritual Life from Job

    09/30/2016 8:19:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Picture of the Spiritual Life from Job Msgr. Charles Pope • September 29, 2016 • Consider a verse from the Book of Job that was read in the Liturgy earlier this week (Wednesday of the 26th Week of the Year):God is wise in heart and mighty in strength; who has withstood him and remained unscathed? (Job 9:3)At first glance, we might read this to mean that we don’t dare talk back to God or resist Him lest He punish us, but this would be a superficial interpretation. The text surely speaks more richly, of the spiritual life and...
  • Vatican Newspaper Examines Deaconesses and the Early Church

    09/29/2016 6:39:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Nearly two months after Pope Francis instituted a commission to study women and the diaconate, LOsservatore Romano has published an article on deaconesses and the early Church. Carlo Carletti, an archaeology professor at the University of Bari, said that the starting point for any examination of the topic is Romans 16:1, in which St. Paul refers to our sister Phoebe, a deaconess. Of the 30 inscriptions that refer to deaconesses, said Carletti, 25 have been found in Asia Minor (in modern-day Turkey). Carletti attributes this geopraphical concentration to the legacy of St. Paul, who included women in his missionary activity....
  • Starstruck: The Marveling of Job as He Looked to the Night Sky

    09/29/2016 7:12:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Starstruck: The Marveling of Job as He Looked to the Night Sky Msgr. Charles Pope • September 28, 2016 • The first reading for today (Wednesday of the 27th Week) says,The LORD alone stretches out the heavens. He made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south; He does great things past finding out, marvelous things beyond reckoning (Job 9:8-10).Due to the light pollution common in our cities today, we urbanites really don’t have any idea what we’re missing when it comes to the night sky. Up until about a hundred years ago, the night...
  • Feast of St Onuphrius of the St David Gareji Monastery, Georgia

    09/28/2016 9:05:44 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 29 September | OCA
    St Onuphrius of the St David Gareji Monastery, Georgia Commemorated on September 29 Saint Onuphrius of Gareji (Otar Machutadze in the world) lived and labored in the 18th century. He was a Kartlian aristocrat famed for his wealth, hospitality, and charity. Longing for the ascetic life, Otar wore a hair shirt under his distinguished raiment and unceasingly prayed to God for the strength to lead the monastic life. He revealed his will to his wife: I thirst to turn from this world and draw nearer to Christ, he said. Therefore, I beg your forgiveness for all my transgressions, both voluntary...
  • A Biblical Picture of Complacency and Its Tragic Results

    09/28/2016 9:24:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Biblical Picture of Complacency and Its Tragic Results Msgr. Charles Pope • September 27, 2016 • The first reading from last Sunday’s Mass was a stunning and sobering analysis of the human tendency to be complacent. It also showed how this complacency is fueled by a series of denials that are listed in a tightly woven tapestry. Here is the passage, followed by some basic analysis.Thus says the LORD the God of hosts: Woe to the complacent in Zion! Lying upon beds of ivory, stretched comfortably on their couches, They eat lambs taken from the flock, and calves...
  • Feast of the Venerable Chariton the Confessor and Abbot of Palestine

    09/27/2016 8:43:56 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 28 September | OCA
    Venerable Chariton the Confessor the Abbot of Palestine Commemorated on September 28 Troparion & KontakionSaint Chariton the Confessor was born at Iconium in the province of Lycaonia, and suffered there during a persecution against Christians in the reign of Emperor Aurelian (270-275). The example of the holy Protomartyr Thekla (September 24), who was also a native of his city, encouraged him to confess Christ, since he had a great devotion to her. St Chariton bravely denounced the pagan gods and staunchly confessed faith in the one True God, Christ the Savior. The holy Confessor underwent fierce tortures but, by God's...
  • Job and Suffering

    09/27/2016 7:23:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-26-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Job and Suffering Msgr. Charles Pope • September 26, 2016 • Job’s Tormentors’ by William BlakeWe are beginning to read from the Book of Job in daily Mass. One of its core issues is the problem of suffering and why God allows it. If God is omnipotent and omniscient then how can He tolerate evil, injustice, and suffering of the innocent? Where is God when a woman is raped, when genocide is committed, or when evil men hatch their plots? Why did God even conceive the evil ones and let them be born?The problem of evil cannot be answered...
  • Feast of the Holy Martyr Callistratus

    09/26/2016 10:15:42 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | September 27 | OCA
    Martyr Callistratus Commemorated on September 27 Troparion & KontakionSaint Callistratus was a native of Carthage. An ancestor of St Callistratus, Neochorus, has served under the emperor Tiberius in Palestine, under the command of Pontius Pilate, the procurator of Judea, and was a witness to the suffering on the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, His voluntary death and glorious Resurrection. The saints father was a Christian, and he raised his son in faith and piety. Also like his father, St Callistratus became a soldier and excelled among his pagan military comrades by his good conduct and gentle disposition. At night...
  • A Biblical Meditation on the Difficulties of Old Age

    09/26/2016 8:02:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-25-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Biblical Meditation on the Difficulties of Old Age Msgr. Charles Pope • September 26, 2016 • Today I would like to discuss the Gospel from last Saturday morning’s daily Mass (25th Week of the Year). For indeed one of the more beautiful passages in the Old Testament is the 12th Chapter of Ecclesiastes. It is a melancholy but soulful meditation on old age. Its poetic imagery is masterful as it draws from the increasingly difficult effects of old age such as hearing loss, fading eyesight, difficulty walking, digestive issues, and even gray hair.Remember your Creator in the days...
  • Feast of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian

    09/25/2016 9:03:01 PM PDT · by NRx
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | September 26 | OCA
    The Holy, Glorious All-laudable Apostle and Evangelist, Virgin, and Beloved Friend of Christ, John the Theologian was the son of Zebedee and Salome, a daughter of St Joseph the Betrothed. He was called by our Lord Jesus Christ to be one of His Apostles at the same time as his elder brother James. This took place at Lake Gennesareth (i.e. the Sea of Galilee). Leaving behind their father, both brothers followed the Lord. The Apostle John was especially loved by the Savior for his sacrificial love and his virginal purity. After his calling, the Apostle John did not part from...
  • Empty Cities Video - Moody Bible Institute

    09/25/2016 7:05:56 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 7 replies
    Moody Bible Institute ^ | 9/25/16 | Moody Institute of Science
    This is a great 30 min. video put out by Moody Bible Institute on the fallen cities and empires of the world. Could America be next?
  • Unlocking the mystery of Our Lady of Guadalupe [ CATHOLIC CAUCUS ]

    09/25/2016 4:09:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | September 15, 2016 | Jeff Mirus
    Earlier this year, Ignatius Press brought out an English edition of a remarkable coffee-table book entitled Guadalupe Mysteries: Deciphering the Code. Authored by film director Grszegorz Górny and photographer Janusz Rosikoń, the 280-page oversize hardback book is printed in full color on high-gloss paper, complete with photographs, paintings, maps and charts to supplement the text on every page. Guadalupe Mysteries retells the history of Mary’s appearance to St. Juan Diego in 1531 in Mexico, the miraculous image she left on his tilma, the importance of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the conversion of Mexico, and the extraordinary details of the...
  • Feast of the Venerable Sergius, Abbot and Wonderworker of Radonezh (Russian Orthodox)

    09/25/2016 2:34:04 PM PDT · by NRx
    Saint Sergius of Radonezh was born in the village of Varnitsa, near Rostov, on May 3, 1314. His parents were the pious and illustrious nobles Cyril and Maria (September 28). The Lord chose him while still in his mothers womb. In the Life of St Sergius it is reported that even before the birth of her son, St Maria and those praying heard the thrice-repeated cry of the infant at the Divine Liturgy: before the reading of the Holy Gospel, during the Cherubic hymn, and when the priest pronounced: Holy Things are for the Holy. God gave Cyril and Maria...
  • Ignoring the Poor Is a Damnable Sin A Homily for the 26th Sunday

    09/25/2016 7:26:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 64 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Ignoring the Poor Is a Damnable Sin – A Homily for the 26th Sunday Msgr. Charles Pope • September 24, 2016 • The Rich Man and the Poor Lazarus by Hendrick ter BrugghenIn the Gospel for today about the rich man and Lazarus the Lord gives us some important teachings on judgment and Hell. We live in times in which many consider the teachings on Hell to be untenable. They struggle to understand how a God described as loving, merciful, and forgiving can assign certain souls to Hell forever. Despite the fact that the Doctrine of Hell is taught...
  • Feast of the Holy Martyrs of Alaska Juvenal and Peter the Aleut

    09/24/2016 2:59:02 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Saint Juvenal, the Protomartyr of America, was born in 1761 in Nerchinsk, Siberia. His secular name was John Feodorovich Hovorukhin, and he was trained as a mining engineer. In a letter to Abbot Nazarius of Valaam (December 13, 1819), St Herman says that St Juvenal had been an assistant at our monastery and was a former officer. After his wife died in 1791, John entered a monastery at St Petersburg (St Hermans Letter of December 13, 1819) and was tonsured with the name Juvenal. Three years later, he went to Alaska as a missionary. During 1794, the hieromonks Juvenal and...
  • Transgender Bathrooms?

    Transgender Bathrooms? Q. What is the Church’s official teaching about transgender bathrooms? There does not seem to be a clear answer about all of this. Robert, via e-mail A. There is no such thing as being “transgendered” from any biblical or Catholic perspective. Thus there is no official teaching about something that doesn’t even exist, let alone about bathrooms. What we can do is apply Catholic principles to address the deep confusion that has arisen about something so clear and basic as one’s sex. The human person has a sex (not a gender), and God assigns that sex. Scripture says,...
  • How Methodists Invented Your Kid's Grape Juice Sugar High

    09/24/2016 9:04:55 AM PDT · by NRx · 31 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 09-23-2016 | Luke T. Harrington
    Its weird to think about, but a lot of the things we take for granted are almost shockingly recent inventions. The can opener didnt exist until 1870nearly a full century after canned food was first produced (people ate so much canned food that year, you guys). Doors have been around forever, but doorknobs werent invented until 1878 (and people were finally able to leave their houses). And grape juice?
  • Feast of the Conception of the Honorable Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

    09/23/2016 6:12:52 PM PDT · by NRx · 16 replies
    September 23 (NC) The Conception of the Venerable Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord, John: The holy Prophet Malachi prophesied that before the Messiahs birth His Forerunner would appear, and would indicate His coming. The Jews therefore in awaiting the Messiah also awaited the appearance of His Forerunner. In a city of the hills of Judea in the land of Palestine lived the righteous priest St Zachariah and his wife St Elizabeth, zealously observing the commandments of the Lord. The couple, however, had a misfortune: they remained childless in their old age, and they prayed unceasingly to God to...
  • Exit United States

    09/23/2016 2:25:32 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 2 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 9/23/2016 | Matt Ward
    The United States of America, under the leadership of President Barack Hussein Obama, has effectively abdicated all real current and future leadership within the Middle East arena. Worse still, this abdication of power and influence will knowingly benefit a growing key strategic enemy of America, Vladimir Putins Russia. This almost complete U.S. capitulation has been solidified by the recent signing of the tenuous Syrian ceasefire agreement, on September 9, 2016. This deal is an affront to U.S. regional power and a betrayal of key US allies within Syria. Under the terms of the now signed agreement the rebels in Syria,...
  • The Lies of the Devil and the Empty Promises of the World

    09/23/2016 8:19:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-22-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Lies of the Devil and the Empty Promises of the World Msgr. Charles Pope • September 22, 2016 • One of the great illusions under which we labor is that if we only get just one more thing from this world, then we will be happy. Perhaps we think that if we just had a little more money, or a better job, or the latest iPhone, or if we were married to so-and-so, or if we lived in a better neighborhood, then we would be satisfied and content at last. But “at last” never seems to come even...
  • On Jesus Merciful Call of St. Matthew, a Great Sinner

    09/22/2016 7:26:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-21-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On Jesus’ Merciful Call of St. Matthew, a Great Sinner Msgr. Charles Pope • September 21, 2016 • On the Feast Day of St. Matthew (celebrated Wednesday of this week), 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 in opposition to each other. But the Lord Jesus unites these realities together. For...
  • Scanning Software Deciphers Ancient Biblical Scroll

    09/21/2016 6:36:11 PM PDT · by DeltaZulu · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 21, 2:09 PM EDT | DANIEL ESTRIN
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- The charred lump of a 2,000-year-old scroll sat in an Israeli archaeologist's storeroom for decades, too brittle to open. Now, new imaging technology has revealed what was written inside: the earliest evidence of a biblical text in its standardized form.
  • The Nativity of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary [Orthodox/Catholic Caucus]

    09/21/2016 8:11:59 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Church in America | OCA
    September 21/8 (traditional calendar) The Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary: The Most Holy Virgin Mary was born at a time when people had reached such a degree of moral decay that it seemed altogether impossible to restore them. People often said that God must come into the world to restore faith and not permit the ruin of mankind. The Son of God chose to take on human nature for the salvation of mankind, and chose as His Mother the All-Pure Virgin Mary, who alone was worthy to give birth to the Source of purity...
  • Why Is Our Tolerance for Pain Greater Than It Is for Pleasure?

    09/21/2016 7:12:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Is Our Tolerance for Pain Greater Than It Is for Pleasure? Msgr. Charles Pope • September 20, 2016 • “The Garden of Eden” by Thomas ColeOne of the great mysteries of our life in this world is that we can endure more pain than pleasure. Indeed, we can endure only a little pleasure at a time. In fact, too much pleasure actually brings pain: sickness, hangovers, obesity, addiction, laziness, and even boredom. Yet we seem to be able to endure a lot of pain. Some of our pain, whether physical or emotional, can be very intense and go...
  • The New America and Global Tribulation!

    09/20/2016 7:30:55 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 10 replies
    IFB ^ | 9/20/16
    The American Left rejoices greatly in its new "lawless revolution" under Barack H. Obama that has finally over thrown our Founding Father's vision of America. Today the Left celebrates the birth of a new nation to replace our old one which was founded on the Laws of Nature and of Natures God. Almighty God and His moral absolutes for this physical world have been finally ousted from our schools, public squares, lives and three branches of government. Godlessness, secularism, technological tyranny, lawlessness, moral relativism and Big Government are now the new gods of America and as we look back at...
  • Martyred in the USSR: How religious persecution could happen to us too

    09/20/2016 3:58:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Aletelial ^ | September 20, 2016 | Tommy Tighe
    Even the most rookie evangelizer of the Catholic faith has come across the conversation-ending statement that religion is responsible for the majority of the wars and international atrocities throughout history.This comment is typically tossed out by peoplewho have walked away from what they see as an authoritarian structure hellbent on the motto of conversion or death. They point to the Crusades and the Inquisition, or for that matter 9/11, and demand to know who would want to associate themselves with a religion that would carry out such terrifying actions in the name of a God who is supposed to...
  • One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, and Organized! A Biblical Picture of the Early Church in Miniature

    09/20/2016 7:05:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-19-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, and Organized! A Biblical Picture of the Early Church in Miniature Msgr. Charles Pope • September 19, 2016 • I’d like to return to a brief Gospel that was read last week at daily Mass (Friday of the 24th Week of the Year). Though terse to the point of leaving a preacher wondering what to say, it actually paints a beautiful picture of the Church. Here is that short passage, followed by some commentary.And it came to pass that Jesus journeyed throughout the towns and villages, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom...
  • Ancient city unearthed where David battled Goliath

    09/19/2016 3:52:05 PM PDT · by NRx · 45 replies
    JNS ^ | 09-09-2016 | Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman
    Archaeologists believe they have found evidence of King Davids footprints in a mysterious two-gated city from 3,000 years ago, mentioned in the Bibles story of David and Goliath The site is known by its modern name, Khirbet Qeiyafa, in Israels Elah Valley. After nearly seven years of excavations, the public can now explore the archaeological findings of Qeiyafa through In the Valley of David and Goliath, a new Bible Lands Museum exhibition that opened earlier this week in Jerusalem. The Qeiyafa findings have sparked debate and intrigued historians and archaeologists since they were first revealed. The city was discovered between...
  • The Church Must Be Light, That the World May See

    09/19/2016 7:41:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-18-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Church Must Be Light, That the World May See Msgr. Charles Pope • September 18, 2016 • In the Gospel today (Monday of the 25th Week of the Year) the Lord says,No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light (Lk 8:16).In other words, the Lord lit the light of the Church in order to give light to the world and to be seen. The world is in darkness; the moral darkness of these...
  • On Being Faithful in a Few Things before Being Ruler over Many Things

    09/18/2016 7:09:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-17-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington On Being Faithful in a Few Things before Being Ruler over Many Things Capital Catholic Happenings • September 17, 2016 • A Homily for the 25th Sunday of the YearIn today’s Gospel, the Lord Jesus gives a penetrating analysis of the state of the sinner and some very sobering advice to us would-be saints. Let’s look at the Gospel in two stages:I. ANALYSIS OF THE SINNER – In the opening lines of the Gospel, Jesus describes a sinful steward: DELUSION (of the sinner) – Jesus said to his disciples, “A rich man had a steward …” Notice...
  • Head of Zoroastrian temple says people are returning to their roots

    09/16/2016 7:15:44 PM PDT · by odds · 40 replies
    Rudaw (Kurdish Website) ^ | 1/2/2016 | Rudaw
    There has been a recent surge in conversions to Zoroastrianism among Kurds at home and abroad. Andaz Hawezi, chief of the Zoroastrian Temple in Sweden says thousands have joined the faith. In 2011 he was elected to lead the temple. Zoroastrianism is one of the worlds oldest religions to which most Kurds trace their ancestral faith. Hawezi says not all the new converts or followers are Kurds. There are Arabs, Turks, Persian, Swedish, Polish, British and other nationalities. We hope to come back to Kurdistan. Thats why we named the Temple Kurdish Zoroastrian. Hawezi says. The Temple in Sweden is...
  • The changing face of Islam in Kurdistan

    09/16/2016 7:11:45 PM PDT · by odds · 8 replies
    Rudaw (Kurdish Website) ^ | July 2, 2016 | Hannah Lynch
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region We Muslims have a lot of problems with our religion, for a lot of reasons, the words of Sanger Najim, a young man living in Erbil, echo the sentiments of a growing population in the Kurdistan Region who struggle with questions about their faith. Many Muslims are confronted by the violent extremism of the Islamic State (ISIS) and wonder how to reconcile their personal beliefs with the actions of the extremist group. The Kurdish population is approximately 94% nominally Muslim. Recently, however, there have been many reports of Kurds leaving Islam or converting to other religions....
  • St. Thomas More's Hats and Other Relics Coming Soon to DC

    09/16/2016 4:59:11 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 9/15/16 | Matt Hadro
    Washington D.C., Sep 15, 2016 / 05:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Centuries-old relics and artifacts of St. Thomas More will be coming to the U.S. for the first time in an exhibit that curators hope will evangelize todays faithful. The exhibit celebrates a powerful and eloquent example of Christian discipleship, said Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, which co-sponsored the exhibit. In an era when many people look to secular authorities for inspiration and guidance on what is right and just, Thomas Mores example underscores the necessity of living our lives according to the dictates of a well-formed...
  • First Mongolian priest in a thousand years meets with Aleteia

    09/16/2016 2:15:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Aletelial ^ | September 16, 2016 | Louis Plantier-Vassal
    Aleteia: You were ordained a priest in Mongolia on August 28, 2016, which makes you the first indigenous priest for almost 1000 years! How do you feel about the historical significance of this?  Joseph Enkhee-Baatar: I am just glad and honored to have been chosen to be ordained here in Mongolia, and to be a small part of the mission. The first missionaries who came to the Mongol Empire were Nestorians. They came as early as the 7th and 8th century. Consequently, several Mongol tribes converted to Christianity. Then, in the thirteenth century under the Yuan dynasty, the first Catholic missionaries arrived. According to some historical...
  • The Fading of Earthly Glories, As Seen on TV

    09/16/2016 7:47:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-15-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Fading of Earthly Glories, As Seen on TV Msgr. Charles Pope • September 15, 2016 • According to the video below, the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man in the World” is being replaced; there is now a new “Most Interesting Man in the World.”And the Verizon “Can you hear me now” guy has defected to Sprint.What is this world coming to? How can this be?Scripture says, We have here no lasting city (Heb 13:14). There is a well-known saying that used to be etched on many fireplaces: Sic transit gloria mundi (Thus passes the glory of the world)....
  • A Vatican That Can't Be Trusted

    09/15/2016 10:19:08 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    http://www.onepeterfive.com ^ | September 15, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    Information, disinformation, truths, half-truths and lies all seem to be jumbled up in the communication strategy of the Holy See. The history of the Church is being written through interviews, improvised discourses, articles on semi-official blogs and media-rumours, leaving the field wide open to all interpretations possible and giving rise to the suspicion that the confusion is deliberate. Two recent examples. The first regards the expulsion of the President of the IOR (the Vatican Bank), Ettore Gotti Tedeschi in 2012. In Benedict XVIs latest book Last Conversations with Peter Seewald, the Pope Emeritus takes responsibility himself for Gotti Tedeschis dismissal,...
  • Beethoven and the Catholic Church

    09/15/2016 8:44:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CERC.org via Crisis magazine ^ | September 7, 2016 | Michael DeSapio
    Beethoven and the Catholic Church MICHAEL DE SAPIO Ludwig van Beethoven,Johann Sebastian Bach, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart form the great trinity of Western classical composers. Of the three, it is Beethoven whose religious beliefs have proven the most elusive. We know all about the devout Lutheranism of Bach, who wrote his music "for the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul"; and Mozart was a practicing Catholic, as his letters make clear. Beethoven, by contrast, was reticent about expressing his religious convictions. He is often portrayed as a child of the secular-humanist Enlightenment a freethinking individualist...
  • Vatican II: Last Surviving Bishop, "Radical" Remi De Roo, Speaks in Vancouver

    09/15/2016 7:11:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | 9/15/16 | Douglas Todd
    This is how retired radical Vancouver Island Bishop Remi De Roo, 92, is being described by St. Marks College on the UBC campus, which is hosting his talk Thursday evening: Bishop Remi J. De Roo is the last surviving bishop to have participated in all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council, which spanned 1962 to 1965.A self-described pilgrim of the Council in the years since its closing, he has kept alive its goal of aggiornamento the renewal of the Church as it relates with the world.This is to say the least. Well-travelled De Roo has taken his lumps...
  • A Bizarre Papal Move

    09/15/2016 7:00:21 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies
    https://www.thecatholicthing.org ^ | September 14, 2016 | Robert Royal
    So now we know. We knew before, really, but didnt have explicit confirmation. The long, agonizing slog, however, is finally over: from Pope Francis invitation to Cardinal Kasper to address the bishops in Rome in February of 2014 to the popes letter last week to some Argentinean bishops affirming guidelines they had developed in a joint document that, in exceptional cases, people divorced and remarried (living in an adulterous relationship as we believed for 2000 years in Western Christianity), may receive Holy Communion. This whole affair is bizarre. No other word will do. As I wrote on this page many...
  • Byzantine Creation Era Calendar

    09/14/2016 3:30:37 PM PDT · by NRx · 16 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | September 14, 7525 (since creation) | Pravoslavie
         According to the Church's calendar, developed during the Byzantine period and based on Biblical chronologies, September 1/14 marks the beginning of the ecclesiastical year. Specifically, September 1/14, 2016 marks the beginning of the year 7525 from the creation of the world, God having created 5509 years before the Nativity of Christ.The article below, originally appearing on OrthodoxWiki, offers a detailed look at the development of the Church's Byzantine Creation Era calendar, and several of its predecessing calendars.* * * The Byzantine Creation Era, also "Creation Era of Constantinople," or "Era of the World" (Greek: Έτη Γενέσεως Κόσμου κατά...
  • The Wisdom and Power of the Cross

    09/14/2016 6:57:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-13-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Wisdom and Power of the Cross Msgr. Charles Pope • September 13, 2016 • The readings for Wednesday’s Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross provide rich teachings. Let’s look at five themes, each in turn. I. The Pattern of the Cross – One of the stranger passages in the Old Testamentis the one describing a command Moses received from God to mount a bronze snake on a pole.The people had grumbled against God and Moses because of the “wretched” manna they had to consume (Numbers 21:5). Even though it was the miracle food, the bread from...
  • Getting a Medieval Tattoo in Jerusalem

    09/12/2016 5:58:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 9/12/16 | Daniel Esparza
    The Razzouk family has tattooed pilgrims arriving to the Holy Land for the last 700 yearsJerusalems Old City was, until the mid-19th century, the entire urban area of the Holy City. Today, it only occupies a small area (actually, less than one kilometer) in East Jerusalem, but it is still home to several of the most important religious sites for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike: thats where you find the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock, and the Kotel. But the Old City is also home to the Razzouks tattoo shop. A sign on the door identifies it unequivocally:...
  • The Genius of Sacred Music as Heard in Seven Musical "Onomatopoeias"

    09/12/2016 8:14:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-11-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Genius of Sacred Music as Heard in Seven Musical “Onomatopoeias” Msgr. Charles Pope • September 11, 2016 • Do you remember the meaning of the literary term onomatopoeia? In case you’ve forgotten, it’s a word that sounds like the object it describes. Words like oink, meow, wham, sizzle, and my personal favorite: yackety-yak are examples of onomatopoeia.There are times when music, including sacred music, has an onomatopoetic quality; they sound like what their words are describing. For example, there are songs that describe the crucifixion featuring hammer blows in the background, and songs about the resurrection and ascension...
  • Catholicisms incredible growth story (global numbers have doubled since 19700)

    09/11/2016 5:54:37 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 43 replies
    Catholic Herald (U.K.) ^ | Thursday, 8 Sep 2016 | Philip Jenkins
    `There are around 1.2 billion Catholics in the world today; by 2050 it may be 1.6 billion (CNS) `Critics keep announcing the Church's imminent demise. If only they realised that numbers have doubled since 1970 and are still rising In many parts of the world, its difficult to feel optimistic about the future of the Catholic Church. Some years ago, the American Physical Society heard an alarming paper that predicted the countries in the world that would have no religion whatever by 2100, and high on the list were such former Catholic heartlands as Austria and Ireland Ireland!...
  • Crazy! A Homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year

    09/11/2016 7:19:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-10-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Crazy! A Homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • September 10, 2016 • The three parables in today’s lengthy Gospel challenge conventional thinking. They describe people doing things that we most likely would not do. All three of them— especially the first two—seem crazy. Who would ever do what the shepherd of the lost sheep does or what the woman with the lost coin does? Probably no one. Likewise, the father in the Prodigal Son parable breaks all the rules of “tough love.” His forgiveness has an almost reckless quality to it. No father...
  • King James English and Orthodox Worship

    09/10/2016 9:21:42 AM PDT · by NRx · 38 replies
    King James English and Orthodox Worship One doesn't usually look to Orthodox Jewish sources for guidance on the kind of English that is best suited for worship, but years ago I stumbled across some very telling comments in the preface to the book "To Pray as a Jew," by Rabbi Hayim Halevy Donin. Commenting on his translations of the prayers his book would discuss, he says: "I have decided to retain the use of "Thou," "Thee," and "Thy" in all passages that address themselves directly to God. The more contemporary "You" and "Your," which I had at first considered using,...
  • Lessons Against Fascination with Evil

    09/10/2016 6:13:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-09-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Lessons Against Fascination with Evil Msgr. Charles Pope • September 9, 2016 • The video below is a trailer for an upcoming movie. I can’t comment on the full context of the movie (since it hasn’t yet been released), but there are several important messages in the trailer. Allow it to bring forth in you a salutary fear; don’t be fascinated by the cheap parlor tricks of Satan or the Hollywood depiction of them.Let’s take away four lessons from the trailer.As the trailer begins, it seems that some scam artists have drawn in gullible people with fake séances and...
  • Hitherto You Have Asked Nothing in My Name "

    09/09/2016 7:10:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-08-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Hitherto You Have Asked Nothing in My Name … Msgr. Charles Pope • September 8, 2016 • There is an old spiritual that says, “King Jesus is a-listenin’ all day long, to hear some sinner pray.” I thought of that line recently during my spiritual reading when, due to a page break, a quote from our Lord was interrupted. Here is the full verse:Hitherto you have asked nothing in my name; ask and you shall receive, that your joy may be full (John 16:24).As my dry fingers fumbled to turn the page, I was stuck for a time with...
  • Pope Benedict: My biggest accomplishment was breaking up Vatican gay lobby

    09/08/2016 4:42:44 PM PDT · by annalex · 30 replies
    <p>VATICAN CITY (AP) Retired Pope Benedict XVI has acknowledged that governing the church wasnt his strong suit but says he doesnt see his papacy as a failure and that he succeeded at least in breaking up the Vaticans so-called gay lobby.</p>