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  • Pope Francis to Proclaim Fatima Visionaries Saints during Portugal Trip [Catholic Caucus]

    03/23/2017 4:58:59 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod
    Crux ^ | March 23, 2017 | Crux Staff
    Pope Francis on Thursday approved a miracle attributed to two of the visionaries who say they saw apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Fatima in 1917. The pope was already scheduled to visit the Marian shrine to mark the 100th anniversary of the event. ROME – Two of the visionaries of the Marian apparitions of Fatima – young shepherds Jacinta and Francisco Marto – will be canonized by Pope Francis when he visits the Portuguese shrine in May.The Vatican announced the pontiff approved the miracle attributed to their intercession on Thursday, the final step necessary before they could be made...
  • Putting The Pieces Together

    03/23/2017 9:37:01 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 4 replies
    Unsealed World News ^ | 2/20/17 | Gary
    As we get nearer and nearer to the day of our redemption it seems that the big picture is coming into focus (Romans 13:11, 1 Cor. 13:12, Daniel 12:3-4, 10). What was once blurry and far off on the horizon, is now right in front of our faces. This post puts many of the puzzle pieces together using research from Craig Chester, Rick Larson, Scott Clarke, Michael Svigel, Scott Darby, Daniel Matson, Steven Sewell, and our own team, among others. This is of course speculative, but I believe these are the most persuasive theories at present: The Biblical Timeline Creation:...
  • Church Official Believes Lenin Will be Buried Sooner or Later

    03/22/2017 12:56:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/21/17
    Moscow, March 22, Interfax - The Russian Church official is sure that Lenin's body should be buried when there are enough preconditions for it. "I believe that Lenin certainly should be moved out and I am sure this question will be settled sooner or later," head of the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media Relations Vladimir Legoyda said on air Dozhd TV channel. According to him, it will take place "when it doesn't give grounds for splits." Legoyda does not agree that "sometimes they make a touchstone of it: if you are an Orthodox Christian, you should demand to...
  • What Is the Geography of the Holy Land Like?"

    03/22/2017 9:15:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-21-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Is the Geography of the Holy Land Like? Msgr. Charles Pope • March 21, 2017 • N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did.Karya ini diberi lisensi dan tunduk di bawah ketentuan Creative Commons Atribusi versi 3.0. Nomenclature – The land today called Israel or the Holy Land, was known to the Greeks and Romans in Jesus’ day as Palestine. This name came from the Philistines,...
  • CNN Questions Jesus' Existence ... Again

    03/22/2017 9:07:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/22/2017 | John Stonestreet
    Ah, springtime. Flowers blooming, birds singing, and articles questioning the historicity of Jesus hitting the newsstands. Insurance company Geico has done a lot of funny commercials, but our editor at BreakPoint has a favorite. A group of teenagers are running through a dark forest being chased by a killer. After debating whether to hide in the basement, the attic or make a quick getaway in the nearby running car, they decide to hide behind dozens of chainsaws dangling from a barn door. "When you're in a horror movie, you make poor decisions," says the narrator. "It's what you do." And...
  • Vatican Releases Schedule for Pope's Fatima Visit [Catholic Caucus]

    03/22/2017 4:58:12 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | March 20, 2017 | Devin Sean Watkins
    (Vatican Radio)  The Vatican has released the schedule of Pope Francis' Apostolic Journey to Fatima in Portugal, due to take place on 12-13 May. The Holy Father will arrive on Saturday by plane at the Monte Real air base in the afternoon, where he will be welcomed by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. He will then travel by helicopter to the Stadium of Fatima before travelling by car to the Fatima Shrine. Whilst there, the Pope will pray at the Chapel of the Apparitions, greet pilgrims present, and recite the Holy Rosary with them. On Sunday, Pope Francis will meet with...
  • What Were Houses Like at the Time of Jesus?

    03/21/2017 8:02:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-20-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Were Houses Like at the Time of Jesus? Msgr. Charles Pope • March 21, 2017 • N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did.The smallest homes of the very poor might be little better than a square, stone structure, covered with a whitewashed sort of stucco. There would typically be one larger multi-purpose room and a smaller back room for the animals. Some houses in hilly...
  • The Moscow Patriarchate Believes Lenin's Burial is Untimely

    03/20/2017 5:37:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/17/17
    Moscow, March 17, Interfax - Representative of the Moscow Patriarchate calls extremely untimely the idea to bury Lenin's body and urges to introduce a moratorium on a war against political symbols in Russia. "We understand that his presence on Red Square has nothing to do with Christian traditions. But we can raise a question about reburial only when a campaign on decommunization and desovietization is stopped in the post-Soviet territory. And afterwards, when we pose this question, we should base only on religious, not political grounds," first deputy chairman of the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media relations, PhD...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Salvator of Horta, 03-20-17

    03/20/2017 4:43:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-20-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: The blessed Salvator à Horta of the Franciscan order | Etching | Wellcome Images Saint Salvator of Horta Saint of the Day for March 20 (1520 – March 18, 1567)  Saint Salvator of Horta’s Story A reputation for holiness does have some drawbacks. Public recognition can be a nuisance at times—as the confreres of Salvator found out.Salvator was born during Spain’s Golden Age. Art, politics, and wealth were flourishing. So was religion. Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society of Jesus in 1540.Salvator’s parents were poor. At the age of 21, he entered the Franciscans...
  • Canon lawyers and theologians to hold conference on deposing the pope

    03/20/2017 1:42:02 PM PDT · by redleghunter · 30 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 17 March 2017 | Pete Baklinski
    PARIS, March 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- Canon lawyers, theologians, and scholars will be meeting in Paris in two weeks to discuss a topic that has never been the focus of a Catholic conference before: How to depose a heretical pope. Titled Deposing the Pope: Theological Premises, Canonical Models, Constitutional Challenge, the conference seeks to explore the mechanisms that are built into the Catholic Church for dealing with a pope who openly teaches falsehood and even heresy. Speaking at the conference will be University of Paris Professor Laurent Fonbaustier who published a 1200 page book last year on the topic that...
  • St. Joseph and Manhood

    03/20/2017 8:23:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 94 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-19-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    St. Joseph and Manhood Msgr. Charles Pope • March 19, 2017 • I remember once being amused to hear that a 19th century Franciscan theologian (whose name I cannot recall) wrote a six-volume set called “The Life of St. Joseph.” How could one possibly get enough material to fill six volumes? We know so little about Joseph from Scripture. He seems to have been the strong, silent type. Not a word of his is recorded, but his actions have much to say, especially to men.On this feast of St. Joseph, we do well to ponder him as a model...
  • An Explanation of the Traditional Russian Orthodox Three-bar Cross

    03/19/2017 5:33:38 PM PDT · by NRx · 14 replies
    synaxisinfo ^ | synaxisinfo
    The symbolism of the "complete" Cross (much of which is contained in the Old Rite Russian prosphora seal and on metal and wood icons) is quite complex. Since the OId Rite tradition of the Russian Orthodox Church is much richer than the New Rite Church in its use of symbolism to teach the faithful, this article should be of benefit to those unfamiliar with this tradition.Through the Cross came our Salvation. We are constantly reminded that Christ died for us when we see the Image of the Cross (depicting the crucified Lord), and we are reminded that He rose...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary, 03-19-17

    03/19/2017 5:20:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-19-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: The Dream of St. Joseph | Anton Raphael Mengs Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary Saint of the Day for March 19  Saint Joseph’s Story The Bible pays Joseph the highest compliment: he was a “just” man. The quality meant a lot more than faithfulness in paying debts.When the Bible speaks of God “justifying” someone, it means that God, the all-holy or “righteous” one, so transforms a person that the individual shares somehow in God’s own holiness, and hence it is really “right” for God to love him or her. In other words, God is...
  • Just a Little Talk with Jesus Makes It Right A Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent

    03/19/2017 5:05:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington Just a Little Talk with Jesus Makes It Right – A Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent Msgr. Charles Pope • March 18, 2017 • As we examine the Gospel for this weekend’s Mass we do well to understand that is about human desires and how the Lord reaches us through them. Prior to examining the text in detail, let’s consider a few things: What it is that really makes you happy? We desire so many things: food, water, shelter, clothing, and creature comforts. We long for affection, peace, and a sense of belonging. Sometimes we...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, 03-18-17

    03/18/2017 11:40:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-18-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Detail | Stained glass of Saints Cyril of Jerusalem & Bernard of Clairvaux | Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Dayton, Ohio | photo by Nheyob Saint Cyril of Jerusalem Saint of the Day for March 18 (c. 315 – March 18, 386)  Saint Cyril of Jerusalem’s Story The crises that the Church faces today may seem minor when compared with the threat posed by the Arian heresy, which denied the divinity of Christ and almost overcame Christianity in the fourth century. Cyril was to be caught up in the controversy, accused of Arianism...
  • Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial

    03/18/2017 9:35:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-17-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • March 17, 2017 • In the Gospel of Matthew (Mat 12:1-8), Jesus is rebuked for violating the Sabbath. This reminded me of the video below, which illustrates how we sometimes follow smaller rules while overlooking more important 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...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, St. Patrick, 03-17-17

    03/17/2017 3:59:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-17-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Sculpture of Saint Patrick of Ireland | Saint Augustine church, Baden-Württemberg, Germany | photo by Reinhardhauke Saint Patrick Saint of the Day for March 17 (c. 386 – 461)  Saint Patrick’s Story Legends about Patrick abound; but truth is best served by our seeing two solid qualities in him: He was humble and he was courageous. The determination to accept suffering and success with equal indifference guided the life of God’s instrument for winning most of Ireland for Christ.Details of his life are uncertain. Current research places his dates of birth and death a...
  • The Universal Prayer

    03/17/2017 7:41:16 AM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-16-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Universal Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • March 16, 2017 • To my mind, one of the most remarkable prayers ever written was one attributed to Clement XI, who was pope from 1700-1721. Many have never heard it. The prayer is called “universal” because of its sweeping themes. Upon completing it one might well ask if anything at all was left out!If you are looking for a prayer to set on your night stand, this is surely a good one. I often pray this when my mind is dull. I admire its beauty and style; it is deeply personal...
  • Trump is right: France is no longer France

    03/17/2017 6:39:00 AM PDT · by high info voter · 24 replies
    The Geller Report ^ | 3/17/2017 | Giulio Meotti
    Paris is no longer Paris, US President Donald Trump recently said. A few days later, the New York Times ran a story entitled As Frances Towns Wither, Fears of a Decline in Frenchness. But the liberal newspaper refused to testify about the real metamorphosis of the French landscape. That is perfectly summarized by a book entitled Will the Church Bells Ring Tomorrow?, in which Philippe de Villiers writes that France, the eldest daughter of the Catholic Church, is turning into the eldest daughter of Islam. Trump was right. A 2,200-page report, entitled Suburbs of the Republic, commissioned by the French...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer, 03-16-17

    03/16/2017 7:53:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-16-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Statue of Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer near Church of the Visitation of Our Lady in Hluboké Mašůvky, Znojmo District | photo by Jiří Sedláček Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer Saint of the Day for March 16 (December 26, 1751 – March 15, 1820)  Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer’s Story Clement might be called the second founder of the Redemptorists, as it was he who carried the congregation of Saint Alphonsus Liguori to the people north of the Alps.John, the name given him at Baptism, was born in Moravia into a poor family, the ninth of 12...
  • There Is Nothing New under the Sun: James Martin SJ and Christology 101 [Catholic Caucus]

    03/16/2017 1:08:35 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Dominus mihi adjutor ^ | March 16, 2017| | Fr Hugh Somerville-Knapman OSB
    As part of our Lenten penance, we are listening to James Martin SJ’s Jesus: A Pilgrimage in the refectory at lunch. It has been not too bad, the bits I have heard; until today. So many blasts from the past: Jesus “discovering” his “call”, “embracing his vocation” as at the wedding feast at Cana. It was the same old tired Christology-from-below (to put it at its best) that triumphed in the 70s and 80s. Truly, there is nothing new under the sun. But then it turned a great deal worse, in one brief phrase: Martin referred to Jesus as “a fully...
  • Learning the Lessons of Lazarus and the Rich Man

    03/16/2017 7:42:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Learning the Lessons of Lazarus and the Rich Man Msgr. Charles Pope • March 15, 2017 • The well-known story of Lazarus and the rich man was read at Mass this morning (Thursday of the Second Week of Lent). On one level the message of the story seems plain enough: neglecting the poor is a damnable sin. However, there are other important teachings: about death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Those teachings are hidden in the details, but the subtlety is part of the story’s beauty. Let’s take a look at some of the teachings, beginning with the obvious one....
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Louise de Marillac, 03-15-17

    03/15/2017 3:53:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-15-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Saint Vincent de Paul and Saint Louise de Marillac | Relief in Saint Vincent’s chapel in the church of San Carlo al Corso church in Milan | sculpture by Giovanni Pandiani Saint Louise de Marillac Saint of the Day for March 15 (August 12, 1591 – March 15, 1660)  Saint Louise de Marillac’s Story Born near Meux, France, Louise lost her mother when she was still a child, her beloved father when she was but 15. Her desire to become a nun was discouraged by her confessor, and a marriage was arranged. One son...
  • The Russian Orthodox Church Abroad on the 100th Anniversary of the Calamitous Revolution

    03/15/2017 8:52:17 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    ROCOR ^ | 03-10-2017 | ROCOR
    NEW YORK: March 10, 2017Epistle of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia on the 100th Anniversary of the Tragic Revolution in Russia and Beginning of the Godless PersecutionsFrom the Editors: As reported today from the Chancery of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York gave his blessing to read the following Epistle on the Second Sunday of Great Lent from all church ambos to mark the 100th anniversary of the appearance of the Sovereign Icon of the Mother of...
  • Why Did Jesus Die in His Thirties?

    03/15/2017 5:55:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-14-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Did Jesus Die in His Thirties? Msgr. Charles Pope • March 14, 2017 • Why did Christ die in his early thirties rather than as an older man? This would have permitted Him more time to teach and to set forth His Church. St. Thomas Aquinas answered the question in the following way:Christ willed to suffer while yet young, for three reasons. First of all, to commend the more His love by giving up His life for us when He was in His most perfect state of life. Secondly, because it was not becoming for Him to show...
  • God Gave Bock to Man to Help Man Give Back to God

    03/15/2017 1:27:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 3/14/17 | Angelo Stagnaro
    Caffeine, in the guise of chocolate, is my drug of choice. Chocolate and I have a complicated relationship. I gave up chocolate for Lent once. Once. My parish council asked me to never do that again. Sensibilities can be mended, but thrown hymnals cant. We've all heard the list before. Devout Catholics readying themselves for spiritual combat every year regularly giving up smoking, meat, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, beer, sodas, candy, cakes, sugar, Twittering, Facebooking, bullfighting or traveling by private jet for 40 days. And thoughliterallyeveryone breaks their New Year's resolution on or around Jan. 3, I've not heard of a...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Maximilian, 03-14-17

    03/14/2017 6:58:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-14-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Saint Maximilian Saint of the Day for March 14 (274 – March 12, 295)  Saint Maximilian’s Story We have an early, precious, almost unembellished account of the martyrdom of Saint Maximilian in modern-day Algeria.Brought before the proconsul Dion, Maximilian refused enlistment in the Roman army saying, “I cannot serve, I cannot do evil. I am a Christian.”Dion replied: “You must serve or die.”Maximilian: “I will never serve. You can cut off my head, but I will not be a soldier of this world, for I am a soldier of Christ. My army is the army...
  • Inclusion of Western Saint Names on Moscow Patriarchate Calendar Aims to Remind of Undivided Church

    03/14/2017 6:52:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/13/17
    Moscow, March 13, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church hopes that its official commemoration of the western saints, who were glorified before the division of the Church, will remind Orthodox Christians of the unity of the Christian tradition during the first millennium. On Thursday the Synod in Moscow resolved to include in its calendar the names of the ancient saints who lived in Central and Western Europe before the Schism of 1054 which saw the Christian Church split into the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox. "The inclusion on the Russian Orthodox Church calendar of the names of a number of saints...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Leander of Seville, 03-13-17

    03/14/2017 6:30:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-13-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Detail | Saints Leander and Isidore | © José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro Saint Leander of Seville Saint of the Day for March 13 (c. 534 – March 13, 600 or 601)  Saint Leander of Seville’s Story The next time you recite the Nicene Creed at Mass, think of today’s saint. For it was Leander of Seville who, as bishop, introduced the practice in the sixth century. He saw it as a way to help reinforce the faith of his people and as an antidote against the heresy of Arianism, which denied the divinity of...
  • On the Need for Curiosity in Evangelization (Part Two)

    03/14/2017 8:30:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-13-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Need for Curiosity in Evangelization (Part Two) Msgr. Charles Pope • March 13, 2017 • This is part two of an article on curiosity. We are considering the following four aspects: I. Premises Related to Curiosity II. Problems Regarding Curiosity III. Pictures Reinforcing Curiosity IV. Personal Requirement of CuriosityPlease see yesterday’s post for an introduction to the topic and a discussion of the first two items. In today’s post, we consider the third and fourth. III. Pictures Reinforcing Curiosity – We have already reflected a good deal on this aspect in the introduction. Jesus generated a lot...
  • ROCOR Urges to Rid Red Square of Lenin's Remains and Destroy Monuments to Him

    03/13/2017 6:42:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/13/17
    New York, March 13, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia on occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the revolution urges to liberate cities and towns from monuments to Lenin and to rid the center of Moscow of his body. "A symbol of reconciliation of the Russian nation with the Lord would be to rid Red Square of the remains of the main persecutor and executioner of the 20th century, and the destruction of monuments to him. They are all symbols of catastrophe, tragedy, and of the destruction of our God-given Sovereignty. The same applies to the cities,...
  • On the Need for Curiosity in Evangelization (Part One)

    03/13/2017 8:31:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-12-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Need for Curiosity in Evangelization (Part One) Msgr. Charles Pope • March 12, 2017 • In the world of evangelization, the concept of curiosity is almost never discussed. If anything, evangelizers are encouraged to quickly satisfy any curiosity by supplying all sorts of answers to questions that arise about the faith. Apologetical tracts, books, catechisms, and videos abound. Curiosity, it would seem, is something to be quashed or at least overcome quickly. Allowing a person to wonder why for any length of time seems almost dangerous, especially in a “search-engine” culture. Quick answers, please!How different this is...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed Angela Salawa, 03-12-17

    03/12/2017 11:13:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-12-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Portrait of Aniela Salawa in the Franciscan church in Krakow | photo by Miezian Blessed Angela Salawa Saint of the Day for March 12 (September 9, 1881 – March 12, 1922)  Blessed Angela Salawa’s Story Angela served Christ and Christ’s little ones with all her strength.Born in Siepraw, near Kraków, Poland, she was the 11th child of Bartlomiej and Ewa Salawa. In 1897, she moved to Kraków where her older sister Therese lived. Angela immediately began to gather together and instruct young women domestic workers. During World War I, she helped prisoners of war...
  • Every Round Goes Higher, Higher - A Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent

    03/12/2017 9:29:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-11-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Every Round Goes Higher, Higher - A Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent Msgr. Charles Pope • March 12, 2017 • The second Sunday of Lent always features the Transfiguration. This is because we are following the Lord on His final odyssey to Jerusalem, and this journey up Mt. Tabor was one of His stops (with Peter, James, and John).It is commonly held that Jesus did this to prepare His apostles for the difficult days ahead. There’s a line from an old spiritual that says, “Sometimes I’m up, sometimes I’m down, sometimes I’m almost on the ground …...
  • Drafts Part XVII: the Statement of Mons. Negri on the Resignation of Benedict XVI, and the Denial of

    03/12/2017 5:15:58 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    Anonymous of the Cross ^ | March 9, 2017 | Fra Cristoforo
    Full Title:"Drafts Part XVII: the Statement of Mons. Negri on the Resignation of Benedict XVI, and the Denial of Father Lombardi, Who Either Does Not Know the Facts or Wants to Mislead" Msgr. Negri has a strong friendship with Benedict XVI. And you see frequently. Evidently Father Lombardi does not know and does not know the true motives of the resignation of Benedict. And he begins to talk nonsense. Therefore thus he speaks. But within a month you will be able to publish the content of the fateful letter that Benedict received before deciding to resign. Father Lombardi also, like...
  • ISIS Inadvertently Proves Bible Historically Accurate

    03/12/2017 1:04:15 AM PST · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    NCR ^ | Mar. 8, 2017 | Matthew Archbold
    One archeologist was quoted as saying that ISIS's act of destruction has actually led us to a fantastic find. A find that shows the Bible to be correct once again. ...snip So here's how it happened. In 2014, ISIS destroyed a site believed by many to be the burial site of Jonah in Mosul because...that's what ISIS does. They destroy. For some reason they went to town on the place, even using dynamite to destroy it. But a few weeks ago, the area was liberated by Iraqi forces from ISIS. But because the site was blown to smithereens, what was...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint John Ogilvie, 03-11-17

    03/11/2017 10:58:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-11-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Saint John Ogilvie study | © Peter Howson Saint John Ogilvie Saint of the Day for March 11 (1579 – March 10, 1615)  Saint John Ogilvie’s Story John Ogilvie’s noble Scottish family was partly Catholic and partly Presbyterian. His father raised him as a Calvinist, sending him to the continent to be educated. There, John became interested in the popular debates going on between Catholic and Calvinist scholars. Confused by the arguments of Catholic scholars whom he sought out, he turned to Scripture. Two texts particularly struck him: “God wills all men to be...
  • Mass offerings

    03/11/2017 9:24:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 70 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 03-08-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Mass offerings We are encouraged to pray for all who have died, beseeching God’s mercy in judgment and healing Msgr. Charles Pope 3/8/2017 Question: Is it permitted to have Masses offered for departed non-Catholics and non-Christians? How do the graces of the Mass benefit these departed souls? — Marie Pucalik, Mayport, Pennsylvania Answer: It is permitted and encouraged to pray and have Masses celebrated for all the dead, including non-Catholics and non-Christians. The deceased may need and deserve our prayers. This is perhaps, even more, the case for those who died without the help of the sacraments. The fruits of...
  • The Jewish holiday of Purim

    03/11/2017 6:59:18 AM PST · by SandRat · 30 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Rabbi Benzion Shemtov
    I would like to share with all of you readers, the history and lesson behind the upcoming Jewish holiday. Jewish people around the globe will be celebrating the holiday of Purim from nightfall on March 11 until after the March 12. The story in short: In the year 364 BCE, Haman, one of the kings top advisors, plotted with the King to annihilate and destroy all the Jews. The king decided to make a feast for all his constituents, hoping this would lead the Jews to sin which in turn would give him the upper hand. At the party, the...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Dominic Savio, 03-10-17

    03/10/2017 8:44:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-10-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Stained glass of Saint Dominic Savio in the Fatima Chapel | Langen near Brekenz, Austria | photo by Reinhard Müller Saint Dominic Savio Saint of the Day for March 10 (April 2, 1842 – March 9, 1857)  Saint Dominic Savio’s Story So many holy persons seem to die young. Among them was Dominic Savio, the patron of choirboys.Born into a peasant family at Riva, Italy, young Dominic joined Saint John Bosco as a student at the Oratory in Turin at the age of 12. He impressed Don Bosco with his desire to be a...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Frances of Rome, 03-09-17

    03/10/2017 6:11:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-09-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Frances of Rome giving alms | Giovanni Battista Gaulli Saint Frances of Rome Saint of the Day for March 9 (1384 – March 9, 1440) Saint Frances of Rome’s Story Frances’ life combines aspects of secular and religious life. A devoted and loving wife, she longed for a lifestyle of prayer and service, so she organized a group of women to minister to the needs of Rome’s poor.Born of wealthy parents, Frances found herself attracted to the religious life during her youth. But her parents objected and a young nobleman was selected to be...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, St. John of God, 03-08-17

    03/10/2017 5:47:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-08-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Statue of John of God in Rome | photo by Livioandronico2013 Saint John of God Saint of the Day for March 8 ( March 8, 1495 – March 8, 1550)  Saint John of God’s Story Having given up active Christian belief while a soldier, John was 40 before the depth of his sinfulness began to dawn on him. He decided to give the rest of his life to God’s service, and headed at once for Africa where he hoped to free captive Christians and, possibly, be martyred.He was soon advised that his desire for...
  • A Further Confirmation of Father Dollingers Claim about Cardinal Ratzinger and Fatima [CathCaucus]

    03/10/2017 4:03:00 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 23 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | March 10, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    In May of 2016, OnePeterFive received a public denial from the Vatican’s Press Office with regard to a story that we had published about the apparently still missing part of the Third Secret of Fatima. On 15 May 2016, Dr. Ingo Dollinger, a saintly priest and long-time friend of then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, had confirmed to us that Cardinal Ratzinger – shortly after the 26 June 2000 publication of the Third Secret of Fatima – had admitted to him that one part of that secret was still not published.However, in the 21 May 2016 Press Communique from the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI...
  • What Does Jesus Mean by Calling Us Evil?"

    03/10/2017 8:18:07 AM PST · by Salvation · 28 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-09-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does Jesus Mean by Calling Us Evil? Msgr. Charles Pope • March 9, 2017 • In the Gospel for today’s Mass (Thursday of the First Week of Lent) Jesus says,If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him? (Mt 7:11)A similar verse occurs in the Gospel of Luke: If you then, though you are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit...
  • The Contentious Case of Fulton Sheens Corpse [Catholic Caucus]

    03/10/2017 5:34:18 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 6, 2017 | Elizabeth Anderson
    A dispute over the body of a saint reminds us of the incarnational world in which we live, and draws attention to deep elements of the Catholic faith. Reflecting on the many unusual events of 2016, the case surrounding the corpse of Venerable Archbishop Fulton John Sheen may stand out as one of most bizarre of all. Although the good man died 37 years ago, his body hit the news again because his final resting place couldn’t be decided upon outside of court. Though he was born in the Diocese of Peoria, Sheen’s public life ended in the Archdiocese of...
  • As Restoration Work on Holy Sepulchre Ends, Franciscan Friar Urges Pilgrims to Come to the Holy Land

    03/10/2017 5:27:32 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Asia News ^ | March 9, 2017 | Unknown
    The inauguration is set for 22 March in a “simple” joint ceremony based on unity between Greek Orthodox, Armenians and Latins, this according to Fr Sinisa Srebenovic. The work "brought together even more" the three great communities. Work on the basilica floor is the next step. Jerusalem (AsiaNews) – The reopening of the Holy Sepulchre after the restoration work is an invitation to pilgrims from around the world, but especially in Europe and the West, to "come and visit the Holy Land." They are, together with the local community, the "living stones" that make up "a unique land," said...
  • Traveling the Path to Catholicism

    03/09/2017 7:25:55 PM PST · by Salvation · 209 replies
    CE.com ^ | 03-09-17 | Fr. William Saunders
    Traveling the Path to CatholicismFr. William Saunders Q: Recently I saw a picture showing the Rite of Election at the cathedral. Would you please explain more about the Rite of Election and RCIA? When I was growing up, we did not have such a program.The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a formal program of catechetical instruction, ascetical practice (prayer and spirituality), and liturgies whereby adults — called catechumens — are formally admitted into the Church and receive the sacraments of initiation — baptism, confirmation, and holy Eucharist. (The sacrament of penance is received later since baptism washes...
  • Edinburghs tale of two cities: Learning from the lessons of history

    03/09/2017 11:22:45 AM PST · by fishtank · 3 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 3-9-2017 | Paul James-Griffiths
    Edinburghs tale of two cities: Learning from the lessons of history by Paul James-Griffiths Published: 9 March 2017 (GMT+10) For the past 10 years I have been leading walking tours2 of the famous Royal Mile in Edinburgh. What a joy it is to weave our way around the old streets where people can discover our extraordinary Christian heritage. Here St Columba and St Cuthbert preached, as did John Knox and the Scottish Reformers; here the Covenanter Christians bled and died for their faith. Amidst the years and turmoil of the ages revival has broken out to transform the world from...
  • What is the Sign of Jonah?

    03/09/2017 8:04:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-08-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What is the Sign of Jonah? Msgr. Charles Pope • March 8, 2017 • In the Gospel for Wednesday (Wednesday of the First Week of Lent) the Lord says, This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah (Lk 11:30). What is the sign of Jonah? Does it apply today?The Gospels of Matthew and Luke present two signs of Jonah, one of which particularly concerns us here. First Sign: In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus invokes Jonah in a twofold way: For as Jonah was three...
  • Beatification Process Underway for Pyongyang Bishop and the Other 213 Martyrs

    03/08/2017 6:36:38 PM PST · by marshmallow
    AsiaNews ^ | 3/7/17 | Pietro Kim
    The process will be national and not diocesan in scope. It covers two groups: Korean martyrs killed between 1785 and 1879 and those killed in modern Korea, from 1901 to Communist persecution after the Korean War (1950-1953). The first group includes John Baptist Yi Byeok, killed for the faith along with his whole family. The second group includes the bishop of P’yŏng-yang, presumed dead in a concentration camp, and Mgr Patrick James Byrne, Maryknoll missionary, taken to the North who died from exhaustion. For Mgr Lazarus You, the candidates are already saints for the faithful.Seoul (AsiaNews) – The special committee...