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  • Ten Thousand Thanks Could Never Be Enough - A Meditation on the Astonishing Depth of Every Gift

    07/27/2016 6:15:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-26-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Ten Thousand Thanks Could Never Be Enough - A Meditation on the Astonishing Depth of Every Gift Msgr. Charles Pope • July 26, 2016 • In developing gratitude, we do well to remember how intertwined our lives are. None of us lives in isolation—none of us can. We may think we’re pretty self-sufficient, but we drive on roads that others built and paid for, and we do so in cars developed and built by others. We use electricity powered by coal that others mined, converted to power in power plants we neither built nor run, and delivered to us...
  • On eve of Pope Francis visit to Poland, country refuses the red-carpet treatment

    07/26/2016 6:26:24 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 28 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | July 26, 2016 | Don Snyder
    Pope Francis is set to arrive Wednesday in Poland, but the homeland of Saint Pope John Paul II Francis most popular modern-day predecessor -- is not rolling out the red carpet for the pontiff whose social agenda has alienated many in the conservative nation. Francis will be in Krakow to celebrate World Youth Day, the event initiated more than 30 years ago by Pope John Paul II in which hundreds of thousands of young people from all over the world gather. But unlike the favorite son the Eastern European nation sent to the Vatican, Francis has received a chilly...
  • The Church of the Archangel Gabriel, Nazareth

    07/26/2016 1:26:17 PM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 07-26-2016 | Pravoslavie
    When the Virgin Mary as a young girl was one day in her hometown of Nazareth contemplating the coming of the promised Messiah, the Archangel Gabriel (commemorated today, July 13/26) appeared to her with the glad tidings of the Annunciation: And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord...
  • And with Sweet Sleep Mine Eyelids Close - A Meditation on a Beautiful Hymn of the Night

    07/26/2016 8:03:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-25-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    And with Sweet Sleep Mine Eyelids - A Meditation on a Beautiful Hymn of the Night Msgr. Charles Pope • July 25, 2016 • One of the great night prayer hymns, “All Praise to Thee My God This Night,” appears in numerous hymnals of the English tradition. Sadly, it is not in our current breviary, but I hope that the new one might feature it. It was written by Thomas Ken in 1709 and is most often sung to the beautiful tune of Tallis’ Ordinal, which you can hear in the video below.Ideally, night prayer should include acts of...
  • What Does Jesus Mean When He Says That We Will Be Salted with Fire?

    07/25/2016 6:38:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does Jesus Mean When He Says That We Will Be Salted with Fire? Msgr. Charles Pope • July 24, 2016 • I was recently asked (through my Our Sunday Visitor column) about one of Jesus’ lesser known sayings. I would go into a little more detail in today’s post. Here is the passage:Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another (Mark 9:49-50).Some argue that these were separate sayings that were just stitched together,...
  • Why King Richard Did Not March on Jerusalem

    07/24/2016 11:19:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 7/22/16 | Andrew Latham
    When we look back on the Third Crusade (1189-1192) it is all but impossible not to be struck by how close King Richard and the Christian host came to decisively defeating Saladin and re-taking Jerusalem. Twice during the campaignin January 1192 and again in July 1192the crusaders advanced to within a dozen or so miles of the Holy City, only to withdraw without making a serious effort to besiege it. In this brief essay, I will attempt to explain the strategic decision to abandon the first advance on Jerusalem in 1191/2. From Acre to Bayt NubaDuring the summer and autumn...
  • Three Teachings from the Lord on Prayer

    07/24/2016 7:30:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-23-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Three Teachings from the Lord on Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • July 23, 2016 • Photo by Michael Hoyt for the Catholic StandardLast week’s Gospel featured the Lord insisting that prayer was “the one thing necessary.” This week, we see the disciples’ request that the Lord teach them on prayer. In answer, the Lord gives three basic teachings or prescriptions for prayer.Let’s look at these three prescriptions. I. Pattern of Prayer – The Gospel opens as follows: Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us...
  • Eucharist in the creed?

    07/23/2016 9:19:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 236 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 07-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Eucharist in the creed? Msgr. Charles Pope Question: The true presence of Christ in the Eucharist is central to our Catholic faith, and many converts say it was essential to their conversion. If this is so, why is the true presence not mentioned at all in the Nicene or Apostles Creeds? Should it not be added at the end where we state things like our belief in the Communion of Saints, the resurrection of the body and so forth? — Jerry Roventini, via email Answer: There are many things that are not mentioned in the Nicene Creed. There is no...
  • Why is Original Sin Called the Sin of Adam?"

    07/22/2016 7:20:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-21-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why is Original Sin Called the “Sin of Adam”? Msgr. Charles Pope • July 21, 2016 • Original sin is that first sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, committed when they ate the forbidden fruit of the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen 3:1-7). And while it clearly involved both of them, Scripture and Tradition refer to it formally as the “Sin of Adam” or “Adam’s Sin,” not the “Sin of Adam and Eve.” It is also described as coming to us “through one man,” not “through a man and a woman.”...
  • Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage

    07/21/2016 7:39:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-20-16 | Revised New American Bible
    Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage Msgr. Charles Pope • July 20, 2016 • 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...
  • Public revelation reveals some detail of life of St. Joseph

    07/20/2016 6:24:11 PM PDT · by rwa265 · 7 replies
    St. Louis Review ^ | July 7, 2016 | Fr. John Mayo
    The life of St. Joseph is largely veiled to us by history. While there are some writings from the early centuries of the Church about St. Joseph, they are part of the apocryphal literature. Writings in this category are largely viewed with suspicion, as they were written more to convey hidden, secret knowledge that was believed to be needed to attain salvation, rather than to give an account of events that took place. We also have the writings of mystics such as Anne Catherine Emmerich and the Venerable Mother Mary of Jesus of Agreda, which pass along vivid details of...
  • Fatherhood and Mercy

    07/20/2016 6:30:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-19-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Fatherhood and Mercy Msgr. Charles Pope • July 19, 2016 • Last weekend I was out in Anacortes, Washington (about a hundred miles north of Seattle) preaching at the Faith on Fire conference. One of the talks I gave was entitled “Mercy and Fatherhood.” In it, I spoke about how a father can show mercy to his children. What follows is my notes for that talk. What does a priest know about being a father? Why don’t you read this post and then tell me? Remember that I have been the son of my father, I have two brothers,...
  • The Catholic Mass, as described by Justin Martyr in the year 155

    07/19/2016 2:43:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 46 replies
    Aletelial ^ | July 19, 2016 | Daniel Esparza
    At the Last Supper, Jesus commanded the 12 Apostles to “do this in remembrance of me.”The “this” is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, also called the Divine Liturgy by Eastern Rite Catholics.When Christianity was new, misunderstood and outlawed, Saint Justin Martyr, one of the first Christian philosophers who understood Greek thought and Christian doctrine to be compatible, defended Christian doctrine and liturgical practices from secular political power, claiming Christians should not be persecuted. In his Apology, a detailed written defense of Christianity, one of the earliest descriptions of the Catholic Mass is found. “And this food is called among us...
  • How Do You Solve the Problem of Violence? A Commentary on Superheroes

    07/19/2016 7:32:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-18-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Do You Solve the Problem of Violence? A Commentary on Superheroes Msgr. Charles Pope • July 18, 2016 • There was more violence this past weekend. A man, whatever his grievance, killed three police officers and wounded four others. Pray for their souls.And what has this gotten us? More anger. And no progress on justice at all.History is replete with the failures of those who thought they could usher in justice with violence. The “war to end all wars” (World War I) demonstrated this foolish notion, as it ultimately brought about a far bloodier one: World War II.There...
  • Christianitys Major Pivot-Points [vanity]

    07/19/2016 7:32:29 AM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 34 replies
    Vanity
    Christianitys Major Pivot-PointsRecently as I meditated on Scripture, the Holy Spirit drew my attention and interest to how a certain verse embodies a pivoting or inflection-point in Christianitys long story. That caused me to want to derive and list all of the major pivot-points which have occurredthat is, pivotal incidents which substantially changed the course of events in the unfolding of Gods redemptive plan. Your list might be somewhat different, but all these seem to me to be hugely impactful. Chronologically, they are: CREATIONGod creates our physical universe to house us and then He creates us, the first physical creatures...
  • Dont Think, Look! A Meditation on the Need for the Mystical

    07/18/2016 8:13:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-17-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Don’t Think, Look! A Meditation on the Need for the Mystical Msgr. Charles Pope • July 17, 2016 • Our intellect is our greatest strength and one of our greatest blessings, yet almost nothing gets us into as much trouble. Our strength is also our struggle. We think we know a few things, and indeed we do—a very few things.The greatest intellects, if they have wisdom and humility, know this. St. Thomas Aquinas famously said,In finem nostrae cognitionis Deum tamquam ignotum cognoscimus. (At the end of our knowledge we know God as unknown.) (In Boetium de Trinitate, q. 1,...
  • The Priority of Personal Prayer

    07/17/2016 6:40:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-16-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Priority of Personal Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • July 16, 2016 • Today’s Gospel is the very familiar one of Martha and Mary. Martha is the anxious worker seeking to please the Lord with a good meal and hospitality; Mary sits quietly at His feet and listens. One has come to be the image of work, the other of prayer.Misinterpreted? In my lifetime I have heard many a sermon that interpreted this Gospel passage as a call for a proper balance between work and prayer. Some have gone on to state that we all need a little of...
  • Patient Autonomy?

    07/16/2016 9:27:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    OSV.com ^ | JulyAugust-2016 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Patient Autonomy? Q. I am a student nurse, and I never have yet had to deal with questions from patients about euthanasia. But I was wondering: When I am a nurse, if I have a patient who is serious about euthanasia and feels that it is the best choice for him or her, how should I respond? Would I be indirectly allowing that person to die by “passing the buck”? The nurse is the patient’s advocate, but what can I morally do if the patient’s wishes are incompatible with my morals as a Catholic, without stifling the patient’s autonomy? Kelley,...
  • After Renovation, Prison Where Sts. Peter and Paul were Jailed Now Open to Visitors

    07/15/2016 7:12:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 83 replies
    The ancient Roman prison where Sts. Peter and Paul were once confined has been re-opened to visitors after a year-long renovation. The Mamertine prison, also known as the Carcer Tullianum, is a 3,000-year-old structure, located near the Roman Forum. The church of San Giuseppe dei Falegnami now stands above it, and in the prison itself there is an altar so that Mass can be celebrated at the site where the apostles were jailed. The renovations to the prison include the introduction of a multimedia tour, which allows visitors to learn more about any facet of the building and its history...
  • Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial

    07/15/2016 7:10:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-14-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • July 14, 2016 • Today’s Gospel (Mat 12:1-8), in which Jesus is rebuked for violating the Sabbath, reminded me of the video below. It illustrates how we sometimes follow smaller rules while overlooking bigger ones in the process.The Lord Jesus was often scorned by the people of His day, who claimed that He overlooked certain details of the law (often Sabbath observances). But those who rebuked him for this were guilty of far greater violations. For example, [Jesus] went into the synagogue, and a...
  • Theres a Yoke to Be Carried in Following Jesus -- Make Sure Its Jesus Yoke, Not Yours

    07/14/2016 7:16:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-13-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There’s a Yoke to Be Carried in Following Jesus -- Make Sure It’s Jesus’ Yoke, Not Yours Msgr. Charles Pope • July 13, 2016 • 0 Comments The Gospel from Wednesday’s Daily Mass contains memorable but often misunderstood lines:Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest … Take my yoke upon you … For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.The most important word in this sentence is the word “my.” Jesus says, my yoke is easy; my burden is light.What is a yoke? It’s a wooden truss that makes...
  • Whats the oldest continuously operating library in the world? St. Catherines Monastery of Sinai

    07/13/2016 1:25:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Aletelial ^ | July 12, 2016 | Daniel Esparza
    Considered one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world still in operation, the Monastery of Saint Catherine in Sinai is home to more than two centuries of history — and more than that of legend. Tradition claims, for example, that the main altar of the monastery is built on the spot where the Burning Bush first addressed Moses. But the monastery, declared a world heritage site by UNESCO, also holds other seats of honor. For example, it accommodates the oldest continuously operating active library in the world.From the day it was founded in the sixth century (between 548 and...
  • Is It Time to Flee the World?"

    07/13/2016 8:34:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-12-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is It Time to Flee the World? Msgr. Charles Pope • July 12, 2016 • As we go through the Book of the Prophet Isaiah at Mass, we read of Israel’s painful purifications and also of a coming punishment of the surrounding nations. These ancient stories have something to say to us today.As Isaiah sets forth, God permitted the nations to persecute Israel in order that she be purified. But the iniquity and sin of the nations and of this world cannot go on forever; wickedness must be ended. The Lord will judge the nations, not merely purify Israel.In...
  • Excellent 4th of July Speech, Tom Price,MD (Ga/6th)

    07/12/2016 10:53:10 AM PDT · by Scooter100 · 3 replies
    4 July 2016 | Tom Price
    Excellent 4th of July speech by Tom Price,MD (R) Georgia's 6th District, to the Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Atlanta. Tom Price/July 4th Speech >>>>> click on the "here!" URL Warning to Dems and other terrorists, it may not be to your taste.
  • Who was Isaiah?

    07/12/2016 7:35:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-11-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Who was Isaiah? Msgr. Charles Pope • July 11, 2016 • Prophet Isaiah by Antonio BalestraWe are reading excerpts from the Prophet Isaiah this week in the Daily Liturgy, particularly from passages in which God’s judgment on unbelief and sin is proclaimed. I will write a bit more on this tomorrow, but perhaps for today there is some benefit in looking at Isaiah by way of overview. Let’s consider key elements of his life, struggle, and message. If you already have a firm grasp on Isaiah’s life and teachings and would like to read a shorter meditation, you can...
  • The Vatican Digital Library is Now Online. Heres What You Need to Know

    07/11/2016 1:39:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Epic Pew ^ | SHAUN MCAFEE
    First, some historyThe Vatican Library was established in 1475 and is one of the oldest libraries in the world, and also one of the biggest and most safely guarded. Currently, Vatican Library holds about 75000 codices, 85000 incunabula and about 1.1 million books. Apart from all these, there are around 400000 coins and medals, millions of  photographs, prints, drawings. The library stores a large collection starting from the pre-Christian era to the present day collection. Vatican Library  is a huge collection, consisting of many languages from the west to the east, and has added Mathematics, Science, Social Science and other important subjects. What it...
  • The War in Iraq and St. John Paul IIs Prophecy

    07/11/2016 9:09:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | Andrea Tornielli
    The Chilcot Report has brought to light the absurdity of the conflict to bring down Saddam Hussein which has transformed the Country into a cesspool of terrorists. The Pope, already old and ill, tried everything to stop it. But in vainIn January 2003, during a working meal with some Vaticanists at the Nunciature in Italy, the then Secretary of State Angelo Sodano decided to reply to some questions on the already imminent Anglo-Saxon war against Saddam Husseins Iraq. We say to our American friends: is it in your interest to anger a billion Muslims and risk having the hostility of...
  • The Ark Encounter Opens To The Public

    07/11/2016 7:44:01 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 27 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 7/11/16 | Gary
    The Ark Encounter, a full-scale, 510-foot long model of Noah's Ark, has opened to the public in Grant County, Kentucky. It is the largest timber frame structure in the United States and the largest free-standing timber frame structure in the world. I find this fascinating in light of biblical prophecy, specifically 2 Peter 3:3-10: Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, Where is this coming he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation. But...
  • Some Thoughts on Recent Tragedies and Racial Tensions

    07/11/2016 7:04:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-10-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some Thoughts on Recent Tragedies and Racial Tensions Msgr. Charles Pope • July 10, 2016 • For some twenty-four of my twenty-seven years as a priest I have lived in and ministered to largely African-American parishes and communities. It has been a great blessing to me spiritually, liturgically, and personally.As you may imagine, I get a lot of questions from people when racially charged events appear in the news. I’m asked what my parishioners think as well as what I think.This past week began with the death of two African-American men, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, in interactions with...
  • Love Lightens Every Load A Homily for the 15th Sunday of the Year

    07/10/2016 7:35:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-09-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Love Lightens Every Load – A Homily for the 15th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • July 9, 2016 • One could easily reduce today’s Gospel to trite moralisms: Help people in trouble; Be kind to strangers; etc. While these are certainly good thoughts, I would argue that it is about far deeper things than human kindness or ethics. This is a Gospel about the transformative power of God’s love and our need to receive it. It is not a Gospel that can be understood as a demand of the flesh.Let’s look at the Gospel in three...
  • Italians Restore 900-Year-Old Mosaics at Bethlehem Church

    07/10/2016 5:35:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/8/16 | Judith Sudilovsky
    Restorers, after clearing away centuries of dirt, discovered the Church of the Nativity had a seventh mosaicAn Italian team has completed restoration of Crusader-era mosaics in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The mosaics will only be unveiled publicly after work on lighting, electricity and a fire alarm system. The work involved removing the layers of centuries-worth of soot and dirt a result of the smoke of candles lit by pilgrims coming to venerate the site traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus from about 1.55 million tiny mosaic pieces that were reviewed and restored. I...
  • When Israel Was a Child I Loved Him - A Meditation on the Heavenly Fathers Love

    07/08/2016 7:08:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-07-16 | catholic
    When Israel Was a Child I Loved Him - A Meditation on the Heavenly Father’s Love Msgr. Charles Pope • July 7, 2016 • We recently pondered the story of Hosea’s marriage and through it had a glimpse into the heart of God. In today’s reading from Hosea, we get another look into the heart of the Father, not from the perspective of God as husband, but as Father to Israel. In this passage we get another moving portrait of a God who loves tenderly and immensely but who is also grieved at His son’s rebelliousness and all the...
  • Were the Pagan Gods Actually Demons? The Scriptural View and Why It Matters

    07/07/2016 6:50:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 82 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-06-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Were the Pagan Gods Actually Demons? The Scriptural View and Why It Matters Msgr. Charles Pope • July 6, 2016 • There is a tendency for us to simplistically dismiss the gods of the ancient world as mere figments of human imagination, but the biblical approach is a bit more complex than that.To be clear, at no time in the Scriptures were these gods ever acknowledged to be gods in any true sense of the word. There is only one God and He is the LORD.Consider the following text by St. Paul:For although there may be so-called gods in...
  • The Story of Hosea and What It Teaches About God and Holy Matrimony

    07/06/2016 7:13:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-05-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Story of Hosea and What It Teaches About God and Holy Matrimony Msgr. Charles Pope • July 5, 2016 • We are currently reading from the Book of the Prophet Hosea at daily Mass. The story of the Prophet Hosea’s troubled marriage is a powerful testimony to two things: our own tendency to be unfaithful to God, but also of God’s passionate love for us. We do well to recall the story, especially given the “great debate” among some in the Church today over the question of divorce and remarriage. And while there are many painful stories of...
  • Let Us Fall by the Hand of God Rather than by Man - A Meditation on the Paradoxical Mercy ...

    07/05/2016 6:56:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Let Us Fall by the Hand of God Rather than by Man - A Meditation on the Paradoxical Mercy of God’s Punishments Msgr. Charles Pope • July 4, 2016 • One of the paradoxes of God’s mercy is that through it He punishes wrongdoing. At first glance, mercy and punishment seem contradictory.But the apparent contradiction is rooted in the premise that punishment is the same as vengeance. This premise holds that the one who punishes is merely exacting revenge for some offense, or that the punishment is merely a way for the more powerful to vent their anger on...
  • 10 Things You Should Know about Catholics and the American Founding

    07/04/2016 2:22:59 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 58 replies
    http://www.catholicworldreport.com ^ | July 4, 2016 | Bradley J. Birzer
    In my essay 10 Things You Should Know About the American Founding I focused on some little-known facts about the American Founding in general. The final three of those 10 things mentioned Catholics and Catholicism, including how every colony had some form of anti-Catholic law, except for Pennsylvania. The farther north one journeyed, the stronger the anti-Catholicism became. This is not to suggest that Catholicism is incompatible with the Founding, but simply to note that Catholics were usually, at best, the odd men out and were to many colonists the dire symbol of all that was wrong with the world....
  • A Tale of Two Georges

    07/04/2016 1:33:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 4, 2016 | Fr. George Rutler
    In Philadelphia, in what now is called Independence Hall, is preserved a Chippendale style chair crafted in 1779 by the cabinetmaker John Folwell, with a sun on the horizon carved at the top. For nearly three months in 1787, George Washington used this chair during the sessions of the Federal Convention. According to James Madison, whose feet would have dangled from it since, at 5’4” he was ten inches shorter than Washington, Benjamin Franklin mused: “I have often in the course of the session looked at that sun behind the President without being able to tell whether it was...
  • Beware of Fake Mercy - Behold True Mercy in the Call of St. Matthew

    07/04/2016 5:44:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Beware of Fake Mercy - Behold True Mercy in the Call of St. Matthew Msgr. Charles Pope • July 3, 2016 • This year in particular (the year of mercy), we are summoned to reflect on the concept of mercy. Many think of mercy as an overlooking of sin rather than as a remedy for it. To some, the fact of God’s mercy is a sign that He doesn’t care about sin and is content to leave us in it. Those who speak to the reality of mercy are often called harsh, mean-spirited, etc. Many set mercy and sin...
  • The Affirmative Argument for Receiving Communion on the Tongue (Catholic Caucus)

    07/03/2016 4:06:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
     A recent post at the site Roman Catholic Man has focused a great deal of attention on the manner in which the faithful receive Communion. As any discussion regarding the Eucharist is a discussion about Our Lord Himself, the importance of this topic cannot be overstated.  Bishop Athanasius Schneider recently noted that we are experiencing the fourth great crisis in the history of the Church, and our casual and “banal” treatment of the Eucharist is the greatest sign of this crisis.  Now is indeed the time to revisit the topic.  Putting aside opinions and personal preferences, let us objectively discuss...
  • Practical Principles for Proclaiming the Kingdom

    07/03/2016 6:16:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-02-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Practical Principles for Proclaiming the Kingdom Msgr. Charles Pope • July 2, 2016 • In the Gospel today, Jesus gives a number of practical principles for those who would proclaim the Kingdom. Let’s look at each of them in turn. I. Serious – The text says, At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”The Lord...
  • Our Last True American 4th of July? - The Rise of a New Darkened America

    07/02/2016 8:56:31 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 81 replies
    IFB ^ | 7/3/16
    Much has changed in America in this last year... even since the last few months and weeks even! The hope and joy that once filled American has turned to great despair and dread concern for many of its inhabitants. My dear friends, as I look at America at present I truly believe that this will be our last true 4th of July we will celebrate and remember as a nation as regarding our founding. Whoever is to be elected in this coming presidential election nothing good will come of it at all. We as a nation are on the Titanic...
  • Sacred Heart and Divine Mercy?

    07/02/2016 8:36:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 07-02-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sacred Heart and Divine Mercy? Q. I wanted to know if there is a connection between the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Heart of Divine Mercy. The painting of the Divine Mercy reminds me a lot of the Sacred Heart, or am I off-base? Also, what is a good source to understand the Divine Mercy better? Diane, via e-mail A. The devotions are distinct historically but are obviously related since they point to the one and same Lord Jesus, our merciful and great High Priest. But they also have in common the desire to emphasize that, although Christ will...
  • Feast of St. John of San Francisco & Shanghai

    07/02/2016 6:43:26 AM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    OCA ^ | OCA
    Our Father among the Saints John (Maximovitch), Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco (1896-1966), was a diocesan bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) who served widely from China to France to the United States.Saint John departed this life on June 19 (O.S.) / July 2 (N.S.), 1966, and was officially glorified by the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad on July 2, 1994. His glorification was later recognized for universal veneration by the Patriarchate of Moscow on July 2, 2008.LifeThe future Saint John was born on June 4, 1896, in the village of Adamovka in Kharkiv province to...
  • 10 Reasons Jesus Will Come Back In Our Lifetime

    07/01/2016 2:26:42 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 76 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 7/1/16 | Gary
    Previously we've discussed 20 specific signs that were foretold in the Bible indicating that Christ's coming is now imminent. This new list is a little different - these are ten indicators that we have reached the upper limits of when Christ can return. God is sovereign and we can merely speculate, but I believe there is sound reasoning behind each of these: 1. The culmination of signs From the return of the Jews to their God-given land beginning in the late 1800s, to the rebirth of Israel in 1948 and the recapturing of Jerusalem in 1967, the signs foretold in...
  • Benedict XVI Will Destroy a Diary He Kept During His Papacy

    07/01/2016 9:41:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/1/16 | Staff Reporter
    The Pope Emeritus reportedly admitted to the diary in a book-length interview to be published in SeptemberBenedict XVI kept a diary throughout his papacy but plans to destroy it, according to an Italian newspaper. The retired pope apparently admitted to the diary in a new book-length interview to be published in September. The historic book, called The Last Conversations, follows the format of previous book-length interviews Light of the World and Salt of the Earth and shares the same German author, Peter Seewald. The Corriere della Sera newspaper, which has acquired the rights to publish excerpts of the book in...
  • Christians in Antioch Celebrate Feast of Sts Peter and Paul Together in the "Cave Church of Peter"

    07/01/2016 9:31:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 6/27/16
    Antakia (Agenzia Fides) - This year in Antakya, Turkey, Catholics and Orthodox will celebrate together the feast of Saints Peter and Paul at the "Cave Church of Peter", the ancient cave church on Mt. Silpius, reopened to visitors in 2015, after a restoration that lasted many years. On the morning of June 29, in the presence of Bishop Paul Bizzeti SJ, Apostolic Vicar of Anatolia, and envoy of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, the Christians of the local community will animate a joint celebration with songs, prayers and readings from the New Testament. Archbishop Paul Fitzpatrick Russell, Apostolic Nuncio...
  • In Memoirs, ex Pope Benedict Says Vatican 'Gay Lobby' Tried to Wield Power -Report

    07/01/2016 9:16:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/1/16 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY, July 1 (Reuters) - Former Pope Benedict says in his memoirs that no-one pressured him to resign but alleges that a "gay lobby" in the Vatican had tried to influence decisions, a leading Italian newspaper reported on Friday. The book, called "The Last Conversations," is the first time in history that a former pope judges his own pontificate after it is over. It is due to be published on Sept. 9. Citing health reasons, Benedict in 2103 became the first pope in six centuries to resign. He promised to remain "hidden to the world" and has been living...
  • Injustice to the Poor and the Coming Judgment

    07/01/2016 7:52:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Injustice to the Poor and the Coming Judgment Msgr. Charles Pope • June 30, 2016 • As we continue to read from the Book of the Prophet Amos it becomes clear that a grave sin among the people of that age was injustice to the poor. Consider an excerpt from today’s passage (Friday of the 13th Week of the Year):Hear this, you who trample on the needy and bring the poor of the land to an end … [you] buy the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals and sell the chaff of the wheat....
  • Peter in Jail - Five Facts of Faith We Learn from His Story

    06/30/2016 6:35:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-29-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Peter in Jail - Five Facts of Faith We Learn from His Story Msgr. Charles Pope • June 29, 2016 • Today’s Feast of Saints Peter and Paul honors two pillars of the early Church. While all the Apostles form the foundation, Peter and Paul stand out profoundly in terms of their influence and their work. And while some suggest a division between them, the Church insists that they must been seen together; hence their feast is set forth in this way.Indeed, those who see division between them base it on only one text (Galatians 2:11), in which St....
  • Is This Cave in Turkey the Place Where Saint Peter Celebrated Mass?

    06/29/2016 4:03:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 207 replies
    Aletelial ^ | June 22, 2016 | Daniel Esparza
    Chapter 11of the Acts of the Apostlessays that Antioch was the city in which, for the first time, the disciples of Jesus were called Christians. Tradition has enthroned Peter as the founder of the Church of Antioch, following the narration of the very same Book of Acts, which tells not only of the arrival of Peter and Barnabas to the Turkish city, but also of their preaching.Moreover, this very same tradition claims that it was in the Knisset Mar Semaan Kefa (Grotto of St. Peter in Aramaic) where Peter would celebrate the Eucharist for this community. That is to...