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  • The Mission of St. John the Baptist A Homily for the Birth of John the Baptist

    06/24/2018 7:43:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-23-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Mission of St. John the Baptist – A Homily for the Birth of John the Baptist Msgr. Charles Pope • June 23, 2018 • John the Baptist, by Alonso Cano (1634)We briefly step out of the “green” of Ordinary Time to celebrate the birth of the last prophet of the Old Testament, St. John the Baptist. In so doing, we not only commemorate a great prophet of history, but we also consider the office of prophet itself, one to which we are summoned by our baptism.As we consider John the Baptist, we also learn of our own duties...
  • Andy Stanley's "Stand Alone" Resurrection vs Scripture Alone - A Response

    06/23/2018 8:18:04 PM PDT · by OddLane · 56 replies
    Whitefield Fellowship ^ | June 22, 2018 | Keith Darrell
    Andy Stanley's sermon series "The Aftermath" demonstrates a downgrade in evangelical theology. In his hope to make Christianity acceptable to an increasingly hostile environment, Andy seeks to eliminate anything, including the Bible, that may stand in the way of people accepting the message. Here we examine Andy's attempt to have the resurrection "stand alone" in opposition to "Scripture Alone, which is a false dichotomy. The simple reality: Jesus is the Jewish Messiah. His death, burial, and resurrection are "according to the Scriptures," as Paul states is of "first importance." The resurrection, like the Scriptures, does not "stand alone," but it...
  • At the name of Jesus

    06/23/2018 7:48:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 78 replies ^ | 06-10-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    At the name of Jesus Bowing at the mention of Jesus’ name is an old practice that has since fallen into wide disuse Msgr. Charles Pope June 10, 2018 Question: I was taught to nod my head when the name of Jesus was spoken. I see some priests and congregants do it, but not most. What is the current practice? — Diane Garrett, via email Answer: Liturgically it is not required. This is a pious custom that, while less common today, is still observed by many. This is not only in the liturgy, but at any time the name of...
  • True Freedom, As Articulated in the Story of an Ancient Philosopher

    06/22/2018 8:10:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-21-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    True Freedom, As Articulated in the Story of an Ancient Philosopher Msgr. Charles Pope • June 21, 2018 • credit: Xufanc, Wikimedia CommonsThere is an old story that speaks to the true source of freedom:The philosopher Diogenes was eating bread and lentils for his supper. He was seen by the philosopher Aristippus, who said, “If you would learn to be more subservient to the king, you would not have to live on lentils.” Diogenes replied, “Learn to live on lentils and you will not have to cultivate the king.”We often think that money, power, and access give us freedom;...
  • Pope Calls for Christian Unity in Protestant Heartland of Geneva

    06/21/2018 5:52:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/21/18 | Carol Glatz
    A 'worldly mindset' caused divisions in Christianity, the Pope saidNot only God, but todays broken, divided world is begging for unity among Christians, Pope Francis said on an ecumenical pilgrimage to Geneva. Our differences must not be excuses, he said, because as Christs disciples, Christians can still pray together, evangelize and serve others. On his 23rd apostolic journey abroad on June 21, the Pope spent several hours with Christian leaders at the headquarters of the World Council of Churches, a fellowship of 350 ecclesial communities, including many Orthodox churches. The Pope came to help celebrate the 70th anniversary of the...
  • On Hypocrisy and its Cure

    06/21/2018 8:27:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-20-18 | Msgr. Charles Popeo
    On Hypocrisy and its Cure Msgr. Charles Pope • June 20, 2018 • In the Gospel for Wednesday of the 11th Week of the Year, Jesus gives an extended teaching on hypocrisy (Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18).Today we tend reduce the idea of hypocrisy to duplicity. The modern notion is that a hypocrite is someone who says one thing but does another, one who is two-faced or phony. While Jesus’ teaching does not exclude this definition, it is far richer.The biblical word Jesus used to refer to hypocrites is ὑποκριταί (hypokritai), which literally means “stage actors.” On one level it is...
  • 1968 - A Year When Many in the Church Drank the Poison of the World

    06/20/2018 9:18:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-19-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    1968 - A Year When Many in the Church Drank the Poison of the World Msgr. Charles Pope • June 19, 2018 • Corner of 7th & N Street NW, Washington D.C., April 8, 1968There was something awful about the year 1968. Fifty years later we are still reeling from its effects. Perhaps we do well to ponder the deep wounds that still fester today.I was a young lad at the time, and almost everything I saw on the television news terrified me. Harrowing nightly reports from Vietnam (where my father was stationed) detailed that day’s casualties; I always...
  • Pilgrimage Route in Honor of Victims of Persecution to Open in Russian North

    06/19/2018 6:56:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Pravoslavie ^ | 6/15/18
    A new pilgrimage route, Arkhangelsk North of Special Purpose, in honor of the victims of Russias bloody 20th century, will soon open, reports the Arkhangelsk Diocese. The project won $7,950 (500,000 rubles) in the international grant competition Orthodox Initiative 2017-2018. The pilgrimage route will cover Arkhangelsk, Solovki, Letnyaya Zolotitsa, Yarenga, Cape Hare, Petrominsk, and Luda. The project is aimed at spreading knowledge about the feat of the Arkhangelsk New Martyrs of the 20th century and at preserving the memory of these tragic pages of the history of the Russian North. The authors of the project explain the sad history behind...
  • Fix Me, Jesus; Fix Me Three Reasons Why Even Our Spiritual Life Needs Fixing

    06/19/2018 9:05:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-18-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Fix Me, Jesus; Fix Me – Three Reasons Why Even Our Spiritual Life Needs Fixing Msgr. Charles Pope • June 18, 2018 • When I was a good bit younger, in college actually, I had to take a few economics and marketing courses. At that time I thought to myself, “God has a bad marketing department,” since things like Scripture and prayer were often so difficult to understand and do. God seemed to insist that we pray, but everyone I ever asked admitted that prayer was difficult. And while many had reasons they offered as to why prayer was...
  • The Called Out Ones

    06/19/2018 8:43:07 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 71 replies
    Unsealed ^ | 6-19-2018 | Gary
    There are so many religions, let alone Christian denominations, how can anyone know what to believe? And even if Jesus is the truth, which denomination can honestly claim to be the "closest" to the truth? Who are the real Christians? Everything is Counterfeit Christianity For starters, it is important to understand that Judeo-Christianity predatesallmodern religions, beginning in the 20th century BC when Abram heeded God's call to migrate to Canaan. His monotheistic faith not only set the stage for the Bible to be written, but also for the coming of the Messiah (the Redeemer of mankind). Judaismproperadherence to the...
  • Church Built in Native Village of First Female Cosmonaut to Mark 55th Anniversary of Her Flight

    06/18/2018 6:34:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/18/18
    Moscow, June 18, Interfax - Celebrations dedicated to the 55th anniversary of the first flight of woman-cosmonaut to space were held in the Yaroslavl Region on Saturday. According to the information of the Yaroslavl regional government, the celebrations started with consecration of St. Nicholas Church built in the native village of Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman-cosmonaut. A park has already been set up near the church in the Nikulskoye village. The Space Museum opened in Nikulskoye after reconstruction. Its guests can feel the atmosphere of the 1960-s, paint the placards, learn more about fashion of the epoch, visit the retro...
  • Does Jesus Forbid Self-Defense?

    06/18/2018 8:49:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 109 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-17-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Does Jesus Forbid Self-Defense? Msgr. Charles Pope • June 18, 2018 • In daily Mass for Monday of the 11th Week of the Year, we read a passage from the Sermon on the Mount. It is a challenging text that raises many questions if read in a literal or absolute manner.You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well. If anyone...
  • 84,000 Signatures Gathered for Revival of Moscow Monastery Destroyed by Communists

    06/17/2018 4:39:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 6/14/18
    The community of the Moscow Strastnoy (Passion) Monastery held a festive prayer meeting at Pushkin Square on Tuesday, and a procession around the historical territory of the Strastnoy Monastery, destroyed by the atheist soviets in 1937. The event was dedicated to the 360th anniversary of the founding of the holy monastery, for the restoration of which Orthodox activists have gathered more than 84,000 signatures, reports the Synodal Department for Monasteries and Monasticism of the Russian Orthodox Church. A festive moleben was celebrated by the rector of the Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God at Putinki in Moscow...
  • If You Can Use Anything Lord, You Can Use Me - A Homily for the 11th Sunday of the Year

    06/17/2018 7:38:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-16-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    If You Can Use Anything Lord, You Can Use Me - A Homily for the 11th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • June 16, 2018 • The readings for this Sunday speak of God’s providence, which is often displayed in humble, hidden, and mysterious ways. While it is true that God sometimes works in overpowering ways, His more common method seems to be using the humble and even unlikely things of the created order to accomplish His goals.For us who are disciples, there are three related teachings given to us that speak of how God will make...
  • 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ

    06/17/2018 12:07:43 AM PDT · by JohnThree3to16 · 20 replies
    Youtube Video ^ | JB Bond
  • Why Paul is Important to Christianity

    06/16/2018 4:18:45 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 38 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | June 16, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Why Paul Is Important to Christianity By Philip Cottraux Skeptics often ask what makes Christianity right and all other religions wrong. The implication is that various contradicting faiths renders none of them right. But the Christians best answer is to point out how well Christianity holds up under historical scrutiny. The ministry, death, and aftermath of Christ is the most well-documented event of the ancient world. The time span between His life and the first historical mentions of Him is the shortest in history; and even when we dont include the sheer volumes of ancient copies of the four gospels,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Body of Christ

    06/16/2018 10:21:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 06-06-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Body of ChristQuestion: When Holy Communion is distributed why is “The Body of Christ” said? Why not say, “The Body and Blood of Christ”? Or better yet, “This is Jesus”?— Name withheld, Alabama Answer: We use the word “body” for several reasons. First of all, Jesus himself used the word “body” (soma in Greek) when giving the Eucharist for the first time: “Take and eat, this is my body (soma).” Hence we, in conformity to Christ, use this way of speaking of the Eucharist. Secondly, both the English word “body” and the Greek word “soma” can refer strictly to the...
  • Black America Walking Off the Cliff

    06/15/2018 12:55:04 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 13, 2018 | Samuel E. Tolley III
    I've lived long enough to witness the racist pre-Civil Rights negro-controlling techniques evolving into the self-perpetuating genocidal black machine we have today. What the Klan, Jim Crow, segregation, and every other racist policy couldn't accomplish has been accomplished beyond the expectations of the American Eugenics Society because of a singular unalterable fact. The society that perverts the family structure of man, woman, and child cannot stand, because every society that abandons the truth of God will eventually collapse. Once that foundation has eroded, the society will crumble under the sheer weight of its own depravity. But many will say, "Wait...
  • What Buzz Lightyear Taught Me About Life

    06/15/2018 8:55:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Buzz Lightyear Taught Me About Life Msgr. Charles Pope • June 14, 2018 • I was interviewed on National Public Radio last year regarding a blog post I had written a few years previously about the movie “Toy Story.” The link to the interview is at the bottom of this post. You may wish to skip my written remarks below and just go to the interview instead, as it incorporates most of my reflections.There was a movie some years ago that most of you have probably seen called Toy Story. It had a profound impact on me, for...

    06/15/2018 7:04:48 AM PDT · by NRx · 24 replies
    New York Tribune ^ | 06-16-1904 | Staff
    The greatest steamboat disaster ever known in this city was the burning of the General Slocum near North Brother Island yesterday morning. Of more than one thousand persons whom the steamboat was carrying on a Sunday School excursion of the St. Mark's Lutheran Church, of Sixth street, Manhattan, to Locust Grove, Long Island, only a few hundred were saved. It was estimated, unofficially, last night that more than seven hundred perished either by burning or drowning. They were mostly women and children.