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  • What Do the Hand Gestures in Icons Mean?

    07/24/2017 3:46:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 20, 2017 | Daniel Esparza |
    A classical Greco-Roman rhetorical tradition survives in Christian iconography  Have you ever wondered, while looking at religious icons, why the figures of Christ and the saints make certain hand gestures? Each gesture has a specific meaning, but it’s no wonder we can’t always understand them: they’re “written” in Greek! Classical Greeks and Romans developed a well-established, quite complex hand-gesture code, which was used by both orators and rhetoricians alike, when they were giving speeches in the agora or the Senate, during their private addresses, or even in the classroom. The gestures accompanying the oratory, of course, were a matter of public...
  • On Trust and Foolishness as Seen in the Exodus

    07/24/2017 7:54:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-23-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On Trust and Foolishness as Seen in the Exodus Msgr. Charles Pope • July 23, 2017 • In daily Masses this week we are reading largely from the Book of Exodus, specifically the familiar story of the parting of the Red Sea by God, working through Moses. Unfortunately, Tuesday’s Feast of the St. James, good though it is, interrupts the story and we miss the critical passage in which the water is parted and the people of Israel escape through the sea, dry-shod.Let’s review the passage:Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD drove the...
  • Saint or Aint? A Homily for the 16th Sunday of the Year

    07/23/2017 7:08:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-22-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington Saint or Ain’t? A Homily for the 16th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • July 22, 2017 • We live in difficult times for the Church; from many sectors the very legitimate cry for reform goes up frequently. Beyond the sexual abuse scandal there are also deep concerns regarding the uncertain trumpet of Catholic preaching, lukewarm and nominal Catholics, an overall lack of self-discipline among Catholics, and a lack of disciplining by the bishops and clergy of those Catholics (lay and clergy) who cause scandal. The list of concerns is long, and in general I...
  • Russian Representation Church in Jerusalem to Reopen After Years of Restoration

    07/22/2017 6:23:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Pravoslavie ^ | 7/18/17
    The Russian Sergius Podvoriye in Jerusalem, returned to Russia nine years ago, will reopen today, following the completion of its restoration, the Deputy Chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society (IOPS) Elena Agapova reported to RIA-Novosti. The Sergius Podvoriye in Jerusalem was built at the end of the 19th century with funds from the IOPS and its founder Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich Romanov. It was entrusted with the management of all representation churches, schools, and hospitals in Syria and Palestine. The date for reopening the Sergius representation church after its restoration was not accidental, the IOPS notes. The Russian Orthodox...
  • Islam and Liberalism: Twins Separated at Birth [Daniel 4]

    07/22/2017 5:10:03 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 9 replies
    Free Republic | July 22, 2017 | Jan_Sobieski
    Catholic apologist, Howard Kainz, wrote the following in his insightful article, "Is Islam a Religion?": The egalitarianism of the French Revolution, which led to the Terror; Karl Marxs movement in 1843-1844 to communism as "true democracy"; Pol Pots massive exterminations of people and property in Cambodia during the 1970s to establish "Democratic Kampuchea"; and similar massive "levelings" in the name of democracy, by throwing out the "baby" (individual freedom) with the "bathwater" (social inequalities) do not deserve the title of democracies. And any "democracy" that is dedicated to the destruction of all other democracies, would qualify as a "limiting case"...
  • Islam is an Anti-religion? [Satan's Battle Plan to Defeat Christianity]

    07/22/2017 2:28:35 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 18 replies
    Free Republic | July 22, 2017 | Jan_Sobieski
    Nonie Darwish gives a westernized definition of "religion" in her polemic against Islam, "Cruel and Usual Punishment", as follows: 1) a religion must be a personal choice; 2) no religion should kill those who leave it; 3) a religion must never order the killing and subjugation of those who do not choose to be its members; 4) a religion must abide by basic human rights. For the last 70 years, the west has been ostensibly tolerant of individual freedom of conscience and human life (note: the exceptions being abortion, euthanasia, Socialism, etc.) Accepting this definition leads one to conclude that...
  • Inner Vision: Having connection with God is more satisfying than physically seeing God

    07/22/2017 7:32:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 07-12-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Inner vision Having a deep understanding and connection with God is more satisfying than physically seeing God 7/12/2017 Monsignor Charles Pope Question: You said in a previous answer, “We need not presume that we will see God with our physical eyes.” This confuses me, because St. Paul says of heaven that we shall see God “face to face” (1 Cor 13:12). Can you elaborate? — Name, location withheld Answer: My use of the word “presume” does not exclude physical seeing altogether but seeks to avoid reducing the beatific vision to natural seeing (light hitting our retina). But while not...
  • More Than 60,000 Take Part in Royal Procession in Honor of Romanovs

    07/21/2017 6:57:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 7/17/17
    In the night of July 16-17, on the anniversary of the killing of the holy Royal Martyrs, the penitential Royal Procession was held in Ekaterinburg from the place of their killing to the place where their remains were hidden, where today stands a monastery in honor of the holy Royal Martyrs, reports the site of the Ekaterinburg Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church. The cross procession began immediately after the Divine Liturgy which was celebrated by Metropolitan Alexander of Astana and Kazakhstan, along with Metropolitans Vikenty of Tashkent and Uzbekistan and Kirill of Verkhoturye and Ekaterinburg, and Bishops Benjamin of...
  • Greed: A Meditation on an Underreported Sin

    07/21/2017 7:38:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-20-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Greed: A Meditation on an Underreported Sin Msgr. Charles Pope • July 20, 2017 • One of the more underreported sins is greed. It is easy to conclude that greed is something manifested by “that other person,” who has more than I do. Yes, that rich guy over there, the one who earns a dollar more per hour than I do; he’s greedy, but I’m not.But honestly, does any one of us ever come to a point in our life when we say, “I earn more than enough money. I’ll just give the rest away”? Not on your life!Almost...
  • 80 Years Ago, Hilaire Belloc Predicted Radical Islams Re-Emergence Because Of Secularization

    07/21/2017 4:20:58 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 20, 2017 | Maureen Mullarkey
    Immersed in current news, we forget that the past is not really “past” in significant ways. Much of the news of the day is not so new at all. In relation to Islam especially, the past is far from over. We are simply watching it emerge from the hibernation it entered after the formal dissolution of the 600- year reign of the Ottoman Empire in 1923.British writer Hilaire Belloc, writing in the 1930s, put no date on Islam’s re-emergence. But while the West’s attention was elsewhere, he predicted its inevitability: Millions of modern people . . . have forgotten all...
  • Time to Decide - A Reflection on a Question from Elijah

    07/20/2017 8:13:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-19-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Time to Decide - A Reflection on a Question from Elijah Msgr. Charles Pope • July 19, 2017 • In this week’s Office of Readings comes a crucial question from Elijah. It came at a time of widespread apostasy among the Jewish people. Elijah summoned a multitude to Mt. Carmel in the far north of Israel:Elijah appealed to all the people and said, “How long will you straddle the issue? If the Lord is God, follow him; if Baal, follow him.” The people, however, did not answer him (1 Kings 18:21).The Baals were the gods of the Canaanites. It...
  • Salem witch trial victims are honored in two different communities on the 325th anniversary of...

    07/19/2017 11:02:22 PM PDT · by Morgana · 32 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | July 19, 2017 | Dailymail.com Reporter and Associated Press
    FULL TITLE: Salem witch trial victims are honored in two different communities on the 325th anniversary of the tragedy Two communities in Massachusetts where 20 people suspected of witchcraft were put to death in 1692 honored the victims on Wednesday. The ceremonies in Salem and Danvers comes 325 years to the day when Sarah Good, Elizabeth Howe, Susannah Martin, Rebecca Nurse and Sarah Wildes were hanged at a site in Salem known as Proctor's Ledge. It was the first of three mass hangings at the spot. The 20th victim was crushed to death. Salem unveiled a memorial at noon on...
  • Psalm 83: The Six-Day War

    07/19/2017 9:05:17 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 10 replies
    Unsealed ^ | 7/19/17 | Gary
    In recent years some famous Bible scholars have popularized the belief that the Psalm 83 War is yet to occur and will shortly precede the War of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38). While this theory explains some of the pieces of the puzzle, such as why the nations listed in Psalm 83 are not mentioned in Ezekiel 38, it has at least one glaring problem: the geopolitical scene is not, at least right now, aligned in such a way for the Psalm 83 War to occur. Egypt and Jordan are both at peace with Israel and are in fact...
  • On the Necessity of Friendship and the Loss of It In Our Times

    07/19/2017 8:19:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Necessity of Friendship and the Loss of It In Our Times Msgr. Charles Pope • July 18, 2017 • One of the many troublesome aspects of the modern age is the demise of friendship. While the terms “friend” and “friendship” might be bandied about rather easily today, they do not usually mean friendship in its deeper and original sense. Rather, we use the terms to refer to acquaintances rather than friends. True friendship has a depth, history, and stability. It involves some sort of commonality of life and a deeper knowledge of the other.Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, drawing...
  • Why Would God Sow Seed He Knows Will Bear Little or No Fruit?

    07/18/2017 7:50:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Would God Sow Seed He Knows Will Bear Little or No Fruit? Msgr. Charles Pope • July 17, 2017 • At Sunday Mass we heard the parable of the sower. Afterward, someone asked me the following question: “Since the sower is the Son of Man, Jesus Himself, why would He, who knows everything ahead of time, sow seed He knew would not bear fruit?”First, let’s review the text:A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, where it had...
  • Archaeologists may have discovered the place where Jesus performed the miracle of the swine

    07/17/2017 4:40:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 17, 2017
    A marble slab was uncovered with an inscription in Hebrew that might indicate the exact location of the event. The Gospel of Mark recalls the arrival of Jesus to the northeastern region of the Sea of Galilee, the Kineret: They reached the territory of the Gerasenes on the other side of the lake, and when he disembarked, a man with an unclean spirit at once came out from the tombs towards him. The man lived in the tombs and no one could secure him any more, even with a chain, because he had often been secured with fetters and...
  • When Theology Must Fall Silent: A Reflection on a Teaching from St. Bonaventure

    07/17/2017 7:52:43 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-16-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    When Theology Must Fall Silent: A Reflection on a Teaching from St. Bonaventure Msgr. Charles Pope • July 16, 2017 • Saints often say daring and even “dangerous” things. They are able to do this because their listeners and readers take for granted their orthodoxy and holiness. As a result, they are able to use hyperbole or speak with bold flourishes that a lesser person would be unable to carry off.Consider, for example, that St. Athanasius once wrote, For the Son of God became man so that we might become God (De inc. 54, 3). Of itself, this sort...
  • Islam and the Ten Commandments ("Islam and the Decalogue")

    07/17/2017 7:03:43 AM PDT · by AnalogReigns · 22 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | July 3, 2016 | Howard Kainz
    I first noticed something unusual about Islam during the 1980s when I was doing research for my book, Ethics in Context. I devoted one section of the book to the Golden Rule. The Golden Rule, in its negative or positive formulations, is incorporated not only in Christianity (Matt. 7:12), where Jesus declares it is a summary of the law and the prophets, but also in other major religions. For example, in Judaism, What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor; in Hinduism, Let no man do to another that which would be repugnant to himself; in...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Barnabas, 06-11-17

    07/16/2017 8:17:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 06-11-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Saint Barnabas Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Stained glass window of Saints Peter and Barnabas in the cathedral of Saint Corentin| photo by Thesupermat Saint Barnabas Saint of the Day for June 11 (c. 75) Saint Barnabas’ Story Barnabas, a Jew of Cyprus, comes as close as anyone outside the Twelve to being a full-fledged apostle. He was closely associated with Saint Paul–he introduced Paul to Peter and the other apostles–and served as a kind of mediator between the former persecutor and the still suspicious Jewish Christians.When a Christian community developed at Antioch, Barnabas was sent as the official representative...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed Joachima, 06-10-17

    07/16/2017 8:10:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 06-10-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Blessed Joachima Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Blessed Joachima | unknown Blessed Joachima Saint of the Day for June 10 (1783-1854)  Blessed Joachima’s Story Born into an aristocratic family in Barcelona, Spain, Joachima was 12 when she expressed a desire to become a Carmelite nun. But her life took an altogether different turn at 16 with her marriage to a young lawyer, Theodore de Mas. Both deeply devout, they became secular Franciscans. During their 17 years of married life they raised eight children.The normalcy of their family life was interrupted when Napoleon invaded Spain. Joachima had to flee with the...