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  • Majority of Recent Sainthood Causes Come from Italy, Says Cardinal [Catholic Caucus]

    01/24/2017 9:44:53 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    The Catholic Register (CA) ^ | January 11, 2017 | Catholic News Service
    VATICAN CITY The overwhelming majority of sainthood causes the past decade have originated in Italy, said the head of the Vatican office responsible for investigating the causes. Of the 351 dossiers documenting the holiness of candidates for sainthood received by the Congregation for Saints' Causes between 2006-2016, nearly 40 percent of them 139 causes were from Italy, said Cardinal Angelo Amato, the congregation's prefect. The cardinal spoke Jan. 9 at the start of a two-month course offered each year by the congregation to teach future postulators to navigate the "laborious church process" of promoting a sainthood...
  • Vatican Museums Open Doors Wider with Revamped Website

    01/24/2017 8:25:57 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | January 24, 2017 | Catholic News Service
    A YouTube channel featuring 'virtual tours' has also been launched In an effort to share its masterpieces with even more people around the world, the Vatican Museums has established a YouTube channel and revamped its website to offer high-resolution images and mobile-friendly information.The Musei Vaticani YouTube channel lists short visual tours of some of its collections along with a handful of promotional videos highlighting specially tailored tours and services offered on-site, including signing guides for the deaf or hard-of-hearing.Its website, museivaticani.va, has been completely revamped to be compatible with all platforms and devices in order to extend its reach...
  • Moral Rigorism and the Jansenist Monster under the Bed

    01/24/2017 4:30:19 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | January 23, 2017 | Zane Williamson
    Many are familiar with Aristotle’s view of virtue. Simply put, Aristotle proposed virtue as the mean between two vices – but the virtue, he continued, does not fall directly between the two. Instead, it falls closer to one than the other. Thus, for example, he proposed bravery to fall between cowardice (the defect of the virtue) and foolhardiness (the excess of the virtue).This view on human virtues is a good way to understand them. However, one must always remember that theological virtues – faith, hope, and charity – can have no excess; one cannot have too much faith in Jesus...
  • Orthodox Icons Hidden from Muslims in Mosque Built Within Ancient Church

    01/23/2017 7:03:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 1/23/17
    An ancient Trebizond church of Agia Sophia, built between 1238 and 1263 and defiled by being converted into a mosque in 1461, is now set to undergo a restoration project worth about 2 million Turkish liras (about $530,000). The building, regarded as an exemplary piece of Byzantine architecture, located in northeastern Turkey, served as a museum for fifty-two years before being opened to worship again in 2013. The new project plans to continue prior measures taken to conceal the churchs Orthodox Christian frescos from the eyes of Muslims, who, despite their dogmatic opposition to it, have chosen to worship in...
  • Why Israel is the Middle East's Foremost Problem

    01/22/2017 2:58:05 PM PST · by ChessExpert · 52 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 22nd, 2017 | William A. Levinson
    The fact that Israel stands out head and shoulders above its neighbors cannot be attributed to better natural resources, because Israel has few of them. It can be attributed only to the superiority of Judeo-Christian seeds over militant "Islamic" seeds, and this is something the militant "Islamic" leaders can no more tolerate than the D-minus performers can tolerate from their school's honor student.
  • A Helpful Reminder on the Problem of Suffering

    01/19/2017 8:29:33 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Helpful Reminder on the Problem of Suffering Msgr. Charles Pope • January 18, 2017 • There are many questions related to the problem of suffering and of evil: Why does God permit evil? Why does He not intervene? Why does He delay? Is God really good if He permits such things? Is He really omnipotent?I have covered some of them in the past (e.g., HERE and HERE).The answers we can propose address some but not all aspects of the problem of evil. Suffering and evil are not meaningless, as the cross of our Lord shows, but we must...
  • Welby on the Reformation: Past Violence Must Not be Forgotten

    01/18/2017 5:59:45 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 1/18/17 | Giorgio Bernardelli
    The Archbishops of Canterbury and York in Britain, have sent a message to Anglican communities on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Luthers ThesesThe 500th anniversary of the Reformation is an event to be celebrated but also a memory that requires purification and a request for forgiveness. This is the spirit in which the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby together with John Sentamu the Archbishop of York, the Church of Englands second most important see invite Anglican communities to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Luthers Reformation, in a letter sent on the occasion of the Week of...
  • Arc Containing Relics of Saints Who Died for Faith Under Soviets to be Carried across Russia to..

    01/18/2017 5:25:23 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Interfax ^ | 1/18/17
    St. Petersburg, January 18, Interfax - The relics of new martyrs who died for faith after the revolution in Russia will be brought to the dioceses of the Moscow Patriarchate in a special arc. "The arc will be brought to all dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church," Metropolitan Varsonofy of St. Petersburg and Ladoga was quoted as saying by the local metropolia. The arc is now being made, the metropolitan said. It will contain the relics of all new martyrs whose remains have been obtained. The event will be held to mark the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution. The...
  • To Teach as Jesus Taught A Reflection on the Qualities of Jesus as Preacher and Teacher

    01/18/2017 8:27:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-17-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    To Teach as Jesus Taught – A Reflection on the Qualities of Jesus as Preacher and Teacher Msgr. Charles Pope • January 17, 2017 • As a priest, I am called to preach and teach. As such, I must look to Jesus Christ as my model. In this, I refer to the real Jesus of Scripture. Too many people today have refashioned Jesus into a sort of “harmless hippie,” an affable affirmer, a pleasant sort of fellow who healed the sick, blessed the poor, and talked about love, but in a very fuzzy, “anything goes” manner. But absent from...
  • Gods Mercy and Justice - Balance or Bust!

    01/17/2017 8:23:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-16-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    God’s Mercy and Justice – Balance or Bust! Msgr. Charles Pope • January 16, 2017 • One of the signs of orthodoxy is the ability to hold competing truths in tension, realizing that they are there to balance each other. For example, on the one hand God is sovereign and omnipotent, but on the other we are free to say no to Him. Both of these are taught in Scripture. Our freedom mysteriously interacts with God’s sovereignty and omnipotence, but how?Heresy will not abide any tension and so it selects one truth while discarding others meant to balance or...
  • (NOVEMBER 1, 2016:) BIBLE CODES PREDICT TRUMP WIN [WATCH]

    01/16/2017 10:06:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    BREAKING ISRAEL NEWS ^ | NOVEMBER 1, 2016 | DR. RIVKAH LAMBERT ADLER
    And I will surely hide My face in that day for all the evil which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods. Deuteronomy 31:18 (The Israel Bible) In two separate sets of Bible Codes, published three months apart, international Bible Codes expert Rabbi Matityahu Glazerson found evidence that Donald J. Trump will win the upcoming US presidential election. Whats more, Trumps predicted win appears to be connected to his support for Israel. The first table was published on July 6, 2016. In this table, which comes from the Book of Deuteronomy, Rabbi Glazerson pointed to...
  • The Hardening of Hearts Caused by the Deceit of Sin

    01/16/2017 8:27:17 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Hardening of Hearts Caused by the Deceit of Sin Msgr. Charles Pope • January 15, 2017 • Last week at daily Mass (Thursday of the First Week of the Year) we read from the Letter to the Hebrews. In it was an important admonition, especially appropriate for our times:Encourage yourselves daily while it is still today, so that none of you may grow hardened by the deceit of sin (Heb 3:12).Collectively speaking, we been hardened by the deceit of sin. Many of us who are older remember times when sins that are openly practiced (and even celebrated) today...
  • 70 Nations Unanimously Declare That God's Land Must Be Divided

    01/16/2017 7:14:22 AM PST · by amessenger4god · 36 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 1/16/17 | Gary
    Representatives from some 70 nations, including Secretary of State John Kerry, gathered in France yesterday for the landmark Conference for Peace in the Middle Eastand upon conclusion of the meeting released a declaration saying that the only way to achieve peace was to divide God's covenant land (see Joel 3:2 for God's response). They also affirmed December 23rd's Resolution 2334, which criticized settlement building in Judea and Samaria. However, yesterday's declaration took it a step further saying that Israel must retreat to the 1949 Armistice Lines without any mention of mutually agreed upon land swaps. Here is the world's response...
  • Paul VI on the Altars of Bergoglio

    01/16/2017 4:10:38 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    Vida Neuva ^ | January 13, 2017 | N/A
    Google Ttranslation: Francis wants to accelerate the process of canonization of Pope Montini, DARO MENOR (ROME) | The Church is on the way to having a new Holy Pontiff: Paul VI. Three years after beatifying him, Francisco shuffles the possibility of canonizing him during 2017, accelerating the times by exempting the need for a new miracle. Jorge Mario Bergoglio would thus promote the ascent to the altars of Giovanni Battista Montini following the same path as John XXIII, who was first beatified by John Paul II in 2000 after a process of use, and then inscribed in the book of...
  • Archbishop Welby 'to Express Remorse' Over Reformation Rifts

    01/15/2017 5:42:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    It's being reported the Archbishop of Canterbury is to express regret over the Reformation period, where thousands were murdered for their religious beliefs. According to the Mail on Sunday, Most Rev Justin Welby is due to issue a joint statement with the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, expressing remorse over the time when various people challenged and abandoned Catholic Church teachings. Significant moments of the period include German priest Martin Luther's nailing of an academic paper to a a church in Wittenberg, outlining his opposition to certain Catholic theology, and King Henry VIII's formation of the Church of England....
  • Defending an Unpopular Pope (Humor) [Catholic Caucus]

    01/15/2017 5:02:30 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    Eccles Is Saved ^ | January 15, 2017 | Eccles
    Most of my readers have never been pope, and probably only one or two ever will be, so you don't realise how difficult the job of a pope is. You probably think that it just involves sitting around in Rome eating pasta, going to Mass, and occasionally saying something about Catholic doctrine. And the latter ought to be easy enough, as just about every issue under the sun has been discussed by previous popes, so you don't have to say anything original, although you can of course rephrase things in your own words. On no account try to change any...
  • End times harbinger: Nations gang up on Israel

    01/15/2017 10:11:23 AM PST · by amorphous · 56 replies
    Worldnet Daily ^ | 15 Jan 2017
    Its like an alarm bell in the night for prophecy experts. Seventy nations are meeting in Paris this weekend for a massive summit to coordinate efforts against the Jewish state of Israel. According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, a statement issued after the conference will demand an end to the occupation that began in 1967, a two-state solution and no recognition of Israeli control of Jerusalem. It may even lead to recognition of a Palestinian state. Theres no telling what this meeting might produce, said Joseph Farah, founder of WND.com and author of the new prophecy book The Restitution of...
  • Who Is Jesus Christ? A Homily for the 2nd Sunday of the Year

    01/15/2017 8:05:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-14-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Who Is Jesus Christ? A Homily for the 2nd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • January 15, 2017 • As Ordinary Time (tempus per annum) opens up, the lectionary continues to “introduce” Christ to us. The Christmas cycle now done, we must ask, “Who is Jesus Christ? Who is this savior who has been born for us?”In today’s Gospel, John the Baptist elaborates on this. John’s words are brief, but they are packed with Christological teaching. In this Gospel we learn at least five things about Jesus. We learn that He is prefigured, preexistent, preeminent, powerful, and...
  • Prayer Heading Into Inaugural Week

    01/14/2017 2:57:28 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 19 replies
    January 14, 2016 | GoldenState_Rose
    Heavenly Father, We thank you as we stand on the brink of a New Dawn for this nation. We pray for the outgoing Obama/Biden administration, LORD. We lift up the souls of all former leaders, from the Bushes to the Clintons. YOU are the ultimate judge of their legacies, and You are the ultimate judge of every soul: powerful and civilian alike. We pray for each of them, wherever they are in spiritual journeys, to come to embrace the FULLNESS of Your Truth. We pray that moving forward, they be advocates for what is objectively good, just, and true, and...
  • Vain Sayings?

    01/14/2017 9:41:01 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 12-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Vain Sayings? Q. Is saying “Oh, my God!” when reacting to a situation or story taking the name of the Lord in vain?Janet, Wakefield, Kan. A. While the phrase “Oh, my God” could be a prayer, it is not usually meant in this way. More commonly it uses the Divine name as a mere expression of surprise or exasperation. This is not a reverent or prayerful use of God’s name in most circumstances. The word “vain” means empty. And, therefore, the context you cite would usually seem to qualify as using God’s name in vain. However, in assigning culpability (blameworthiness),...
  • Russian Cathedral That Was Turned Into Museum Of Atheism Is To Be A Church Again

    01/13/2017 6:16:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Christian Today ^ | Mark Woods
    A former Russian Orthodox cathedral that was converted into a museum of atheism during the Soviet period is to be returned to the Church and local people are protesting the move. More than 100,000 people signed a petition on change.org against the return of St Isaac's Cathedral in St Petersburg. Built between 1818 and 1858 by French architect Auguste Ricard de Montferrand, it was formerly the flagship church of Orthodoxy in Russia. The building is now used for concerts and is a major tourist attraction though religious services are occasionally held there. According to AFP the petition has been...
  • Sins Against Hope

    01/13/2017 9:11:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-12-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sins Against Hope Msgr. Charles Pope • January 13, 2017 • In yesterday’s post, we discussed the theological virtue of hope. This is the supernatural virtue whereby we confidently expect God’s help in attaining eternal life. The object of hope is not earthly things (e.g., better health, a higher-paying job), but rather God and the things awaiting us in Heaven. Hope pertains to things that are difficult but not impossible; we do not really need to hope for things that are at hand or easily obtained.Today, let’s ponder briefly some sins against hope. Expectation of God’s help must be...
  • Daniels Seventieth Week

    01/12/2017 6:35:07 PM PST · by Jeremiah Jr
    1/12/2017 | Mordechai ben Avram
    Daniels Seventieth Week Disclaimer: Jeremiah 16:19 O YHVH, my strength, and my stronghold, and my refuge in the day of affliction, unto thee shall the nations come from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Our fathers have inherited nought but lies, even vanity and things wherein there is no profit. 20 Shall a man make unto himself gods, which yet are no gods? My analysis is on the current side of the above verses. Daniels 70 weeks The Messiah and the Ruler (Anti Christ) Gabriel conveys information to Daniel in chapter 9 relating to the coming of the...
  • Rescuing the Word Hope and Recovering Its Biblical Meaning

    01/12/2017 8:51:46 AM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-11-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Rescuing the Word “Hope” and Recovering Its Biblical Meaning Msgr. Charles Pope • January 11, 2017 • Hope (like love) is a word that needs to be rescued from a world that has overused and misused it for so long that its original meaning has been nearly lost. Hope has come to imply more of a vague wish for something. Sometimes it’s used as a substitute for the word “maybe.” For example, if a person says, “I hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow,” he likely means “I wish it wouldn’t rain” or “It’ll probably rain but it sure would be...
  • [Russian] Church Will Release Results of Yekaterinburg Relics Expertise by Second Quarter of 2017

    01/11/2017 5:53:34 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Interfax ^ | 1/6/17
    *** Principally new data obtained in course of investigationMoscow, January 6, Interfax - Head of the Patriarchal Council for Culture, rector of the Moscow Sretensky Monastery Bishop Tikhon (Shevkunov) of Yegoryevsk tells when results of the church expertise of the criminal case on the murder of Nicholas II family will be released. "We hope that as the work is very extensive and the report will be very voluminous, it will be ready by the second quarter of this year: investigators will report to the Investigative Committee, and we will report to the coming Bishops' Council," the bishop told in his...
  • Revelation 12 Sign Compendium

    01/11/2017 2:28:56 PM PST · by amessenger4god · 25 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 1/11/17 | Gary
    By now you've probably heard about what a number of Christians are calling the Revelation 12 Sign that will supposedly occur on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017. There is a lot of rampant speculation on the internet both for and against the legitimacy of this sign and much information to weed through. What's true? What's false? Is this all hype? The goal of this article is to provide readers with a comprehensive and straightforward analysis of the purported sign, addressing many questions and concerns. The three sections below cover the sign itself, it's possible significance, and claims and critiques about...
  • Welcome to Ordinary Time

    01/11/2017 7:54:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-10-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Welcome to “Ordinary Time” Msgr. Charles Pope • January 11, 2017 • Welcome to the wearing of the green, green vestments that is. The weeks of the year outside of seasons such as Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter are termed “ordinary time.” It’s a rather dull-sounding description, isn’t it? “Ordinary” time, hmm …But in this case, the word “ordinary” does not refer to its typical meaning, “common, usual, or unremarkable.” Instead, it comes from the English word “ordinal” meaning “relating to a thing’s position in a series.” Some examples of ordinal numbers are “first,” “second,” and “third.” Thus ordinary...
  • [2014] The Church in Crisis Diaspora in Germany (the decline of Christianity in Germany)

    01/11/2017 3:41:57 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    OnePeterFive / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ^ | January 10, 2017 / December 29, 2014 | Markus Gnther
    Translator’s note: The following article has been translated from the German original as it had been originally published in December of 2014 by the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) (29 December 2014). We consider this article to be an excellent description, in the longer light of history, of the decline of Christianity in Germany. We believe it might also be of special interest to our readers in the current discussions concerning the role of German prelates in Rome. The Church in Crisis Diaspora in Germany by Markus GüntherIs Germany a Christian country? It depends. On paper, the churches are still binding...
  • {Zoroastrian} Is Real Change Coming to Iran? Get Ready for March 15, 2017

    01/10/2017 12:36:25 PM PST · by Cronos · 42 replies
    Breaking news Israel ^ | 27 Dec 2016 | Mordechai Kedar
    The social makeup of Irans population is very complex, because there is actually no such thing as an Iranian people. There are, instead, Iranian citizens divided into many ethnic groups: Persians make up about 60% of the population, while the rest are Azars, Kurds, Blouchis, Arabs, Turkmen and tens of smaller ethnic groups. The main religion in Iran is Shia Islam, adhered to by 90% of the countrys people, while Sunnis mainly Kurds and Blouchis make up about 10%. The country recognizes Judaism, Christianity and Zoroastrianism and reserves a parliamentary seat for each religion. Zoroastrianism is based on...
  • Political Islam Is All of It

    01/10/2017 9:04:19 AM PST · by wtd · 8 replies
    Gates of Vienna Blog ^ | January 10, 2017 | Dymphna, Dr. Bill Warner
    Political Islam Is All of ItHere is one of Bill Warners new videos, Hijra, Islamic Migration. But it is so much more than that. With each of his expositions you can learn something new, sometimes with his charts, sometimes just with his ideas, often with his Socratic questions. The progressive map showing the conquest of the Arabian Peninsula followed by the subjugation of other areas once they moved in, is sobering. Thats one reason Dr. Warner says he never talks about Muslims as individuals (except for Mohammed). His interest is jihad and sharia, i.e., ISLAM. By coincidence, thats a...
  • What we can learn about suffering in the story of Joseph, the Patriarch?

    01/10/2017 8:09:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-09-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What we can learn about suffering in the story of Joseph, the Patriarch? Msgr. Charles Pope • January 9, 2017 • One of the greatest and most painful of mysteries is the problem of suffering and the broader problem of evil in the world. I was meditating with my Sunday School parents this past weekend on the Old Testament Patriarch Joseph. That story is rich with lessons about family struggles, envy, jealousy, pride, mercy and forgiveness. But the story also has a lot to say about suffering and the way that God can use it to bring blessings.Lets take...
  • Lenin Should be Buried, but Most Important is not to Inflict Harm, Russian Church Official Believes

    01/09/2017 1:43:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Interfax ^ | 1/6/17
    *** Red Square is not a cemetery and is not a place for such burialsMoscow, January 6, Interfax - Head of the Patriarchal Council for Culture, rector of the Moscow Sretensky Monastery Bishop Tikhon (Shevkunov) of Yegoryevsk believes that Lenin's body should be interred, but authorities should take the final decision. "Red Square is not a cemetery, it is not a place for such burials, but it will be decided by people who are authorized to take such decisions, after listening to all opinions. And this decision will certainly influence many vectors. The most important thing is not to inflict...
  • Is It Time to Restore the Full Psalter to the Liturgy of the Hours?

    01/09/2017 8:09:17 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-08-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is It Time to Restore the Full Psalter to the Liturgy of the Hours? Msgr. Charles Pope • January 8, 2017 • One of the great gifts of reading the Liturgy of the Hours (also called the Breviary) faithfully over the years faithfully is that the Scriptures become deeply impressed upon the mind, heart, memory, and imagination. This is especially true of the psalms that are repeated every four weeks, all year long, every year.But there are significant omissions in the modern Breviary. This is true not merely because of the loss of the texts themselves, but that of...
  • The Journey of Faith A Homily for the Feast of Epiphany

    01/08/2017 8:03:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-07-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Journey of Faith – A Homily for the Feast of Epiphany Msgr. Charles Pope • January 7, 2017 • There are so many wonderful details in the Epiphany story: the call of the Gentiles, their enthusiastic response, the significance of the star they seek, the gifts they bring, the dramatic interaction with Herod, and their ultimate rejection of Herod in favor of Christ.In this meditation, I would like to follow these Magi in their journey of faith to become “Wise Men.” As magi, they followed the faint stars, distant points of light; as wise men, they follow Jesus,...
  • Does TV Mass 'count'?

    01/07/2017 10:00:31 AM PST · by Salvation · 48 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 01-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Does TV Mass 'count'? The Church teaches that missing Mass is a grave sin, but there are reasons obligation wouldn’t apply Msgr. Charles Pope 1/4/2017 Question: I am 87 years old, live in a retirement community and can no longer drive. I attend the Mass that is offered here once a month and receive holy Communion when it is distributed each week by extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist. I watch Mass on TV. But someone told me that I am not meeting my obligation to go to Mass by watching it on TV. They say it doesn’t count. Is this...
  • A Daring Image of the Reason for the Incarnation

    01/06/2017 8:13:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-05-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Daring Image of the Reason for the Incarnation Msgr. Charles Pope • January 5, 2017 • Saints can be daring in their words. For example, St Athanasius said that God became man so that man might become God (De inarnationis c. 54, 3). And St. Thomas Aquinas said that pride is such a serious sin that, as a remedy for it, God permits other sins to humble us (Summa Theologica II IIae, 162,6).These are daring—even dangerous—assertions if they are not properly understood. And of course they can be properly understood. We do not become gods, but we do...
  • On the Necessary Order of Love

    01/05/2017 8:42:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Necessary Order of Love Msgr. Charles Pope • January 4, 2017 • A reading in the breviary this week from the preaching of St. Augustine offers sound advice on what theologians often call “the order of love.”It is a general obligation that that we must love all our fellow human beings. It is also true that we must love God with our whole heart and mind, above all people and things. Loving all humanity presents problems, though, because we have not met most other people on the planet, nor have we met those who lived and died...
  • Incarnation and the First Letter of John

    01/04/2017 9:52:26 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-03-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Incarnation and the First Letter of John Msgr. Charles Pope • January 3, 2017 • Åâàíãåëèñò ÈîàííIn the weekday Masses following the Christmas octave we celebrate the Word becoming flesh. We read from the First Letter of John, which emphasizes the Incarnation of Jesus and demands that we experience the Word becoming Flesh in a practical way in our own lives.Fundamentally, the Incarnation, the Second Person of the Trinity becoming flesh, means that our faith is about things that are real and tangible. As human beings, we have bodies. We have a soul that is spiritual, but it is...
  • 2017: The Year Of Completion

    01/04/2017 7:30:32 AM PST · by amessenger4god · 10 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 12/28/16 | Gary
    We are currently in Jewish year 5777, which will end on Rosh Hashanah in the Fall of 2017 - and we are now only days away from 2017, the year in which the heavenly sign of Revelation 12:1-5 may be seen in the sky on September 23rd. More and more things are lining up in some particularly striking ways that should cause even the stalwart skeptic to pause and take notice - especially in regards to the number seven, which is the biblical number for spiritual completion and perfection. I've written about this several times (see here, here, and...
  • Diocese Opens Sainthood Cause for Ohio Woman Renowned for Healing Gifts

    01/03/2017 6:15:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    It was standing-room-only at the Mass to officially open the cause for Rhoda WiseIn the fall when the Diocese of Youngstown formally opened the sainthood cause for an Ohio woman known for her life of prayer and spiritual gifts, more than 1,000 people filled St Peter Church in Canton. It was standing-room-only at the Mass to officially open the cause for Cantons Rhoda Wise, known for her healing gifts and the stigmata, wounds that resemble those of Christ on the cross. Though raised a Protestant, Wise (1888-1948) later embraced Catholicism and was devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the...
  • Russian Pentecostals Took the Road

    01/03/2017 4:09:37 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 13 replies
    Christianity.com. ^ | 01/03/17 | Dan Graves, MSL
    Increasingly the word that came to Peter Vashchenko's mind early in the 1960s was Doroga-- "the road." He must find a road out of the atheistic Soviet Union... Years before, Peter's father, Paul Vashchenko, was converted to Christianity during World War I. Back in Russia, he told others about his faith. When he married and had children, he passed his belief on to them. Peter married Augustina, a non-Christian. They moved to Chernogorsk in Siberia. While visiting Peter's family, Augustina read the Bible. It became her favorite book. She was impressed with her in-laws' loving home. What a contrast it...
  • Resolution: Remember That the World Will Not Satisfy

    01/03/2017 8:37:40 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-02-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Resolution: Remember That the World Will Not Satisfy Msgr. Charles Pope • January 2, 2017 • Here’s another New Year’s resolution: Remember that the world has only trinkets; God has treasure. It’s amazing how much effort we put into pursuing things that are like sand running through our fingers. In the end they cannot satisfy or last. In this new year, resolve to remember that world we know cannot satisfy us and it is passing away. Teach this to your children as well.The video below is good for teaching both children and adults. It is a humorous depiction of...
  • Patriarch Kirill Believes the Word 'Celebrations' Inappropriate to 100th Anniv. of October Revolt

    01/02/2017 4:14:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 12/30/16
    *** According to him, it is important not to repeat mistakes of the revolutionMoscow, December 30, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill says the word 'celebrations' is inappropriate referring to 100th anniversary of 1917 events. "The thing is not to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the tragedy, but to remember this date consciously, accompanying it with deep reflections and sincere prayers, so that mistakes committed a hundred years ago should teach our nations not to make the same mistakes at the current stage of development," the patriarch said at the session of Supreme Church Council. He believes that a hundred year anniversary...
  • Vatican Radio Ends 85 Years of Independent Operations

    01/02/2017 4:11:09 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 12/31/16 | Kathy Schiffer
    After more than 80 years of operation, Vatican Radio is being absorbed into the new Secretariat for Communications."I have the highest honor of announcing that in only a matter of seconds the Supreme Pontiff, Pope Pius XI, will inaugurate the Radio Station of the Vatican City State. The electric radio waves will transport to all the world his words of peace and blessing.With the help of Almighty God, who allows the many mysterious forces of nature to be used by man, I have been able to prepare this instrument which will accord to the Faithful of all the world the...
  • CATHOLIC CAUCUS: Fatima visionary predicted 'final battle' would be over marriage, family

    01/02/2017 11:02:32 AM PST · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Mexico City, Mexico, Dec 31, 2016 / 02:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children who witnessed the Marian apparitions at Fatima, died in 2005. But before her death, she predicted that the final battle between Christ and Satan would be over marriage and the family. So says Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, who reports that the visionary sent him a letter with this prediction when he was Archbishop of Bologna, Italy. This reported statement by Sister Lucia, expressed during the pontificate of Saint John Paul II, was revisited earlier this year by the Desde la Fe...
  • Revelation 12: Escape To A Place Prepared

    01/01/2017 9:34:15 AM PST · by amessenger4god · 42 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 12/31/16 | Jeff E.
    Phil Clandillon (original artwork, Fire Escape Sign with Fire-breathing Dragon, 2008) We are a blessed generation. Blessed by the One who has already given us every spiritual blessing in Christ (Eph. 1:3). Blessed because we are watching unfold great and awe-inspiring signs as seen and foretold by the apostle John (Rev. 12; c.f. Lk. 21:11), and we are only beginning to scratch the surface. Dig deeper, and you will discover further blessings. When you mine the depths of this wonderfully mysterious passage at the center of the last book of the Bible, you will discover that our Lord was...
  • Why 2017 Will Be a Very Important Year - A Homily for The Solemnity of Mary Mother of God

    01/01/2017 8:01:34 AM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-31-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why 2017 Will Be a Very Important Year - A Homily for The Solemnity of Mary Mother of God Msgr. Charles Pope • December 31, 2016 • Last week at Christmas we celebrated an event that was both pivotal and hidden. The conception and birth of Jesus Christ were events that changed human history. It was a daring, hidden raid by the Kingdom of Light into the kingdom of darkness, an incursion behind enemy lines, into enemy territory. Only some shepherds in Bethlehem and a few magi from distant lands were witnesses to this event, one which began the...
  • One Solitary Life

    12/31/2016 9:17:49 PM PST · by boatbums · 16 replies
    1926 | Dr James Allan Francis 1926.
    ONE SOLITARY LIFE He was born in an obscure village The child of a peasant woman He grew up in another obscure village Where he worked in a carpenter shop Until he was thirty when public opinion turned against him He never wrote a book He never held an office He never went to college He never visited a big city He never travelled more than two hundred miles From the place where he was born He did none of the things Usually associated with greatness He had no credentials but himself He was only thirty three His friends ran...
  • Why is Israel So Hated?

    12/31/2016 2:42:49 PM PST · by DWW1990 · 75 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 12/31/16 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    Before getting to the question in the title of this piece, another question must be considered: Why is there a nation called Israel? This question begets other questions: How did Israel come into existence? And another: What purpose, if any (beyond the typical purposes of a nation), does the nation of Israel serve? Each of these questions is important when it comes to understanding the ongoing conflict in the Middle East and the centuries of hate and suffering endured by the children of Israel. Most everyone with at least a spotty Sunday school background (fewer and fewer of us) knows...
  • Love Finds a Way As Seen in a Commercial

    12/31/2016 10:19:02 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-31-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Love Finds a Way – As Seen in a Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • December 30, 2016 • One of the more poorly translated (into English) verses of the Bible is this one: If you love me, keep my commandments (John 14:15). This gives the impression that the commandments are an imposition on us and that we prove our love for the Lord by keeping them through our own human effort. The verse thus translated could be interpreted to mean this: “If you really love me, prove it by keeping my commandments.”But the verb translated here as the imperative...