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  • [Catholic Caucus] On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion (Part Two)

    04/24/2018 8:41:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-23-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion (Part Two) Msgr. Charles Pope • April 23, 2018 • In yesterday’s post we considered the term “closed communion,” the practice of offering Holy Communion only to those who hold to the full doctrine of the Church. This practice emphasizes that communion of mind and heart to all the Holy Catholic Church teaches to be revealed by God is included in the “Amen” that affirms the true presence.Today we will discuss the need to approach the Sacrament of Holy Communion free from serious and unrepentant sin. Let’s consider some texts showing that...
  • On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion, Part One

    04/23/2018 7:28:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 125 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-22-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion, Part One Msgr. Charles Pope • April 22, 2018 • credit: J. Lippelmann, Catholic StandardLast week in the Office of Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours we read from St. Justin Martyr who said:No one may share the Eucharist with us unless he believes what we teach is true; Unless he is washed in the regenerating waters of baptism for the remission of his sins, and unless he lives in accordance with the principles given us by Christ (Apologia Cap 66: 6, 427-431)St Justin may also have in mind a text...
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter

    04/22/2018 8:11:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-21-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The King of Love My Shepherd Is - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter Msgr. Charles Pope • April 21, 2018 • The Good Shepherd, St. John the Baptist’s Anglican Church, by Alfred Handel. Photo credit: Toby HudsonOn this fourth Sunday of Easter we turn a corner of sorts. Up until now we have been reading of the resurrection appearances themselves. Today we begin to see how the risen Lord ministers to us as the Good Shepherd. In effect, the Lord gives us four basic pictures or teachings of how, as the King of Love, He shepherds...
  • The surprising reason why LGBT and abortion activists have been close allies from the beginning.

    04/21/2018 11:00:54 AM PDT · by jonrick46 · 27 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Apr 17, 2018 | Lisa Bourne
    CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) The pro-abortion and LGBT movements are linked spiritually, ideologically and politically, a Christian pro-family advocate says. Because of this, it has become more important than ever before for pro-life and family advocates to unite against these enemies of life and the family. Former abortion volunteer and Christian convert Linda Harvey explained to a recent pro-life conference how the LGBT and abortion movements have the common elements of rejecting Gods plan for humanity and targeting children. Children are the targeted of sexualization via comprehensive sex education in schools, Harvey said, and through dangerous and...
  • Salvation and Church

    04/21/2018 9:30:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 525 replies ^ | 03-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Salvation and Church The teaching of ‘no salvation outside the Church’ is important and one that must rightly be understood Msgr. Charles Pope 3/14/2018 Question: I hear the Catholic Church teaches there is no salvation outside the Church. This would seem to condemn most to hell. Or am I missing something? — Name, location withheld Answer: It is in fact a doctrine of the Church often repeated by the Fathers of the Church and taught formally. However, it must be understood properly. The Catechism of the Catholic Church has this to say by way of explanation: “‘Outside the Church...
  • Your Life is Not About You, As Illustrated in a Biblical Story

    04/20/2018 8:15:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-19-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Your Life is Not About You, As Illustrated in a Biblical Story Msgr. Charles Pope • April 19, 2018 • Stoning of Stephen With Saul Holding Cloaks, Fra AngelicoIn Wednesday’s reading, the Acts of the Apostles sets forth an event that amounts to a tale of one Church in two cities or regions. It illustrates well a couple of points: that the Church is always in need of reform and that our lives are not merely about us and what we want. Let’s look at the event in two scenes.Scene 1: The Church in Jerusalem –There broke out a...
  • What a Pile of Dry Leaves Has to Teach Us About Humility

    04/19/2018 7:37:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-18-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What a Pile of Dry Leaves Has to Teach Us About Humility Msgr. Charles Pope • April 18, 2018 • We tend to think that happiness is the result of the right circumstances or externalities. If I just have enough money, or live in this place or that, or if I can arrange just the right sort of pleasures, or be with just the right people, I will be happy.Of course, this doesn’t really work. But it is a little lie we like to tell ourselves. By it we excuse a lot of our greed and excessiveness. It is...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed James Oldo, 04-18-18

    04/18/2018 10:40:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 04-18-17 |
    Franciscan Media Image: Photo of Il Tempio Civico della Beata Vergine Incoronata | photo by Giovanni Novara Blessed James Oldo Saint of the Day for April 18 (1364 – April 18, 1404)  Blessed James Oldo’s Story You’ve heard rags-to-riches stories. Today, we celebrate the reverse.James of Oldo was born into a well-to-do family near Milan in 1364. He married a woman who like him, appreciated the comforts that came with wealth. But an outbreak of the plague drove James, his wife, and their three children out of their home and into the countryside. Despite those precautions, two of his...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage

    04/18/2018 8:48:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-17-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage Msgr. Charles Pope • April 17, 2018 • Let’s ponder a significant yet often overlooked text from Hebrews, which describes our most basic and primal fear. Our inordinate fear of what people think of us is rooted in an even deeper fear, one which is at the very core of our being. The Hebrews text both names it and describes it as being the source of our bondage. In order to unlock the secret of the text, I want to suggest to you an interpretation that will allow its...
  • [Catholic C] The Ancient Biblical Sermons Break All the Modern Rules - Maybe the Rules Should Be...

    04/17/2018 8:55:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-16-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Ancient Biblical Sermons Break All the Modern Rules - Maybe the Rules Should Be Re-Examined Msgr. Charles Pope • April 16, 2018 • The first reading from last Sunday’s Mass features an excerpt from St. Peter’s first sermon. The contents of the sermon are very similar to others recorded in the Acts of the Apostles by Saints Paul and Stephen. What is interesting is that these ancient sermons break almost every rule (written and unwritten) of modern preaching! Consider the clip from yesterday and not the areas highlighted in red:Peter said to the people:“The God of Abraham, the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pondering the Great Reversal Announced in Scripture

    04/16/2018 8:12:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-15-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering the Great Reversal Announced in Scripture Msgr. Charles Pope • April 15, 2018 • One of the strong traditions of Scripture is of the great reversal that will one day come for many. I have often been sobered by it when I consider how blessed I have been in this life. I have also been consoled by it when I struggle to understand why some people in this world seem to suffer so much more that I do, or others do.Life seems a very uneven proposition if we only look at this side of the equation. Only God...
  • You Are Witnesses of These Things - A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Easter

    04/15/2018 7:33:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    You Are Witnesses of These Things - A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Easter Msgr. Charles Pope • April 14, 2018 • Risen Christ Appears to Apostles, Duccio (1308-11)This Sunday’s Gospel speaks to the necessity of becoming witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection Jesus. It begins with the necessary foundation of the Church’s proclamation: The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon! (Luke 24:34) This solemn declaration forms the doctrinal certitude of the resurrection. On this foundation of the truth, the personal witness of every Catholic must be built. In this gospel we see how the Lord...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The role of Christ

    04/14/2018 9:21:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies ^ | 04-11-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The role of Christ Question: I want to sit down with my pastor and discuss why he has the laity proclaim the words of Christ during the reading of the Passion on Palm Sunday and Good Friday. He also has the laity wash feet, not himself. — John Liberatore, via email Answer: This was answered by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments in 1988 in a document entitled Paschales Solemnitatis. It says: “The passion narrative ... should be sung or read in the traditional way, that is, by three persons who take the parts of Christ, the narrator...
  • Lenin Should be Buried, Stalin Returned to Georgia - Kadyrov

    04/13/2018 6:12:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/13/18
    Moscow, April 13, Interfax - A prompt decision needs to be made on the burial of the remains of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin and on the transfer of the remains of Joseph Stalin to Georgia, Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Chechnya, said. "If I was asked, I would make this decision today, without waiting until tomorrow. Why torture Lenin's dead body, clean it constantly, keep this mummy? Who needs it? He is not a holy person. I am firmly convinced that Lenin's remains should be buried and Stalin's remains should be sent to his homeland, to Georgia," he said in...
  • Two Questions on Creation

    04/13/2018 9:11:43 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-12-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Two Questions on Creation Msgr. Charles Pope • April 12, 2018 • As most of you know, I write a “question and answer” type column for Our Sunday Visitor. (For those interested, back issues of my column are available here: Msgr. Pope at Our Sunday Visitor.)I recently received these two questions on creation:Q: I wonder if God has not finished creating the world, that we are still in the sixth day of creation. Then God will rest.Perhaps we can begin by distinguishing macroevolution from microevolution and Natural Law from natural variations within that law. Microevolution refers to developmental changes...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Four Qualities of Bold and Believable Witnesses to Jesus

    04/12/2018 8:43:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-11-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Four Qualities of Bold and Believable Witnesses to Jesus Msgr. Charles Pope • April 11, 2018 • It is worthwhile to look back at a text that was read on Saturday (Saturday of the Octave of Easter). It is from Acts and sets forth a picture of courage and holy boldness that is too little evident in many Catholics. Let’s look at the passage and then reflect on four qualities that the Apostles Peter and John manifest.Now when [the Sanhedrin] saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And...
  • Does Calvinism Offer a Basis for the Assurance of Salvation?

    04/11/2018 8:47:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/11/2018 | Randal Rauser
    Calvinism affirms a doctrine known as the perseverance of the saints according to which the truly regenerated disciple will persist in faith. In the words of the seventeenth-century Puritan William Secker, "Though Christians be not kept altogether from falling, yet they are kept from falling altogether."Calvinists insist that perseverance of the saints is a scriptural doctrine. As Paul says in Philippians 1:6: "he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."In addition, Calvinists have also often argued that perseverance has a clear pastoral advantage in that it grounds our...
  • [Catholic Caucus] There Has Been No Loss of Wonders, Only a Loss of Wonder - A Brief Summons to Awe

    04/11/2018 7:18:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-10-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There Has Been No Loss of Wonders, Only a Loss of Wonder - A Brief Summons to Awe Msgr. Charles Pope • April 10, 2018 • A big problem today is that of widespread boredom. With all the diversions available to us, one would think we would be one of the least bored generations in history. There are various forms of entertainment available to us quite literally at our fingertips: television, streaming video, radio, the Internet, video games, and more.Yet still it seems that we are often bored. The reason for this, I think, is that we are overstimulated.The...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Why Didnt Christ Stay with His Disciples Continually from the Resurrection..?

    04/10/2018 8:23:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-09-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Didn’t Christ Stay with His Disciples Continually from the Resurrection to His Ascension? Msgr. Charles Pope • April 9, 2018 • After Christ rose from the dead, He appeared to His disciples at certain places and times, but did not seem to stay with them continuously. On the first Easter Sunday, He appeared six times in rather rapid succession: first to Mary Magdalene, then to the women at the tomb, third as the women left the tomb, fourth to Peter, fifth to the two disciples going to Emmaus, and sixth to the ten Apostles in Jerusalem (when Thomas...
  • Turkey on End-Times Table

    04/09/2018 4:01:28 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 24 replies
    RR ^ | 4/9/18 | Terry James
    A major leg of the Ezekiel 38-39 Gog-Magog coalition is coming into view. The Turkey leg is now, undeniably in the estimation of many students of prophecy, on the end-times table of Bible prophecy. We are given the nations that will make up that attacking force by the prophet Ezekiel. Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:And I will turn thee back, and put...