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  • The Four Basic Pillars of the Christian Life

    04/25/2017 7:07:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-24-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Four Basic Pillars of the Christian Life Msgr. Charles Pope • April 24, 2017 • On Sunday we read from the Acts of the Apostles and we do well to look back at the opening verse of that passage (Acts 2:42). There we discover a four-point plan that describes the Christian life. Of the life of the early Christians it is said,They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer (Acts 2:42).Here then are the four pillars of the Christian life. Before looking at them in detail, recall...
  • Four Qualities of Bold and Believable Witnesses to Jesus

    04/24/2017 8:17:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-23-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Four Qualities of Bold and Believable Witnesses to Jesus Msgr. Charles Pope • April 23, 2017 • It is worthwhile to look back at a text that was read on Saturday (Saturday of the Octave of Easter). It is from Acts and sets forth a picture of courage and holy boldness that is too little evident in many Catholics. Let’s look at the passage and then reflect on four qualities that the Apostles Peter and John manifest.Now when [the Sanhedrin] saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And...
  • Catholic deacon given job of hermit at 350-year-old cliffside retreat

    04/23/2017 2:46:20 PM PDT · by vladimir998 · 19 replies
    Catholic Herald (U.K.) ^ | 21 Apr 2017 | Staff Reporter
    Stan Vanuytrecht beat 50 applicants to win the role and occupy one of the last hermitages in central Europe A Catholic deacon has won a competition to live in one of central Europes last hermitages, beating 50 other applicants to occupy a 350-year-old cliffside cell above a small Austrian town. Stan Vanuytrecht, 58, responded to an advertisement placed by Fr Alois Moser, which asked for someone with a connection to Christian belief and at peace with themselves. The role, which is unpaid, became vacant after the previous incumbent left to pursue a writing career in Vienna. The hermitage, in Saalfeden,...
  • From Fear to Faith A Homily for the Second Sunday of Easter

    04/23/2017 7:40:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-22-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    From Fear to Faith – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Easter Msgr. Charles Pope • April 22, 2017 • In today’s Gospel, the risen Lord appeared to the Apostles, who were gathered together in one place. The fact that they were gathered in one place is not without significance, for it is there that the Lord chose to appear to them. One of them was not in the gathering and thus missed the blessing of seeing and experiencing the risen Lord. It might be said that Thomas, the absent Apostle, blocked his blessing.Some people want Jesus without...
  • Meet the Bishop Who Stood Up to the Nazis COMMENTARY on THE LION OF MNSTER

    04/23/2017 5:53:37 AM PDT · by vladimir998 · 5 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | APR. 22, 2017 | Charles Lewis
    In Germany, in 1933, two men came to power... The first man, of course, was Adolf Hitler... The other man was Clemens August Graf von Galen, a towering giant of a man who later in 1933 was named bishop of Mnster. Under the Nazis, he battled racial bias, the Nazi corruption of Church teaching and most notably the state-sanctioned program of euthanasia to kill off so-called useless eaters and burdens on the state.
  • Businessman Sends Free Fatima Statues to Parishes throughout the World [Catholic Caucus]

    04/23/2017 5:20:01 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 20, 2017 | Catholic News Service
    José Camara, who has paid for statues to be sent everywhere from England to Madagascar, says he has nearly depleted his life savings. Every time José Camara thinks his ministry is completed, somebody else needs a statue of Our Lady of Fatima to spread the devotion.Camara, a retired Portuguese businessman, has donated more than 1,000 of the statues, handmade in Fatima, to parishes around the world since January 2013. He even covers the cost of transport, including to South Africa, Madagascar, Australia and the United States.“I started out just over four years ago with the idea of offering 12 hand-made...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Adalbert of Prague, 04-22-17

    04/22/2017 2:14:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 04-22-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Statue of Saint Adalbert of Prague near Church of the Visitation of Our Lady in Hluboké Mašůvky, Znojmo District | photo by Jiří Sedláček Saint Adalbert of Prague Saint of the Day for April 22 (956 – April 23, 997)  Saint Adalbert of Prague’s Story Opposition to the Good News of Jesus did not discourage Adalbert, who is now remembered with great honor in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, and Germany.Born to a noble family in Bohemia, he received part of his education from Saint Adalbert of Magdeburg. At the age of 27, he...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Anselm, 04-21-17

    04/22/2017 6:40:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | 04-21-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Stained glass of Saint Anselm in Chester Cathedral cloister | photo by Mum’s taxiSaint Anselm Saint of the Day for April 21 (1033 – April 21, 1109)  Saint Anselm’s Story Indifferent toward religion as a young man, Anselm became one of the Church’s greatest theologians and leaders. He received the title “Father of Scholasticism” for his attempt to analyze and illumine the truths of faith through the aid of reason.At 15, Anselm wanted to enter a monastery, but was refused acceptance because of his father’s opposition. Twelve years later, after careless disinterest in religion...
  • Washing of feet

    04/22/2017 5:21:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies ^ | 04-19-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Washing of feet Question: I fled one parish over its strange observances of the foot-washing ceremony (and other liturgical abuses). The parish I am in now is better, but lo and behold, at the foot washing, they are planning to dismiss everyone to the church basement for a service project of sorting canned goods, washing their hands as they return. Why do such strange things persist?— Name and location withheld Answer: The idiosyncrasies that continue to surface regarding the foot washing are indeed a continuing problem in the Church. That the Lord intended this gesture to be a sign...
  • Why Jesus Resurrected Body Still Had Wounds

    04/21/2017 7:48:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-20-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Jesus’ Resurrected Body Still Had Wounds Msgr. Charles Pope • April 20, 2017 • When Christ rose from the dead, His body was the same one that had been cast down in death. Yet it manifests qualities not currently enjoyed by our bodies. It was truly Christ’s same body, with its bones and muscles, but it was also a glorified body, wholly reflective of and subservient to the glory and faculties of His soul. He could appear and disappear at will, be somewhere at one moment and then elsewhere the next, and so forth.St. Thomas Aquinas teaches that...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Conrad of Parzham, 04-20-17

    04/20/2017 9:03:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 04-20-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Sculpture of Saint Conrad of Parzham | photo by Andreas PraefckeSaint Conrad of Parzham Saint of the Day for April 20 (December 22, 1818 – April 21, 1894)  Saint Conrad of Parzham’s Story Conrad spent most of his life as porter in Altoetting, Bavaria, letting people into the friary and indirectly encouraging them to let God into their lives.His parents, Bartholomew and Gertrude Birndorfer, lived near Parzham, Bavaria. In those days, this region was recovering from the Napoleonic wars. A lover of solitary prayer and a peacemaker as a young man, Conrad joined the...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, 04-19-17

    04/20/2017 8:58:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies ^ | 04-19-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Painting of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla with her children | Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe | flickr Saint Gianna Beretta Molla Saint of the Day for April 19 (October 4, 1922 – April 28, 1962)  Saint Gianna Beretta Molla’s Story In less than 40 years, Gianna Beretta Molla became a pediatric physician, a wife, a mother and a saint!She was born in Magenta near Milano, the 10th of Alberto and Maria Beretta’s 13 children. An active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and a leader in the Catholic Action movement, Gianna...
  • Still Shrouded in Mystery

    04/20/2017 10:51:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 20, 2017 | K. V. TURLEY
    It was sometime in the late 1970s—or was it the early 1980s? The priest in charge marched us to the school’s lecture theatre where we were soon plunged into darkness as a large screen lit up.This was no Hollywood fare, however, but a film about the Turin Shroud. To this day, I can remember sitting there, mesmerized by what looked and sounded like any well-made television documentary but which seemed to suggest that the relic was more, much more, than merely an object of piety.The film in question was The Silent Witness (1978). It was the work of David...
  • Why Did Christ Rise?

    04/20/2017 8:01:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-19-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Did Christ Rise? Msgr. Charles Pope • April 20, 2017 • Did Christ have to rise? No, God could have chosen other methods to show us His justice and love. However, for many reasons it was fitting that Jesus should rise bodily and present Himself to His disciples and other believers.St. Thomas Aquinas presents us with five reasons that the resurrection was fitting. Let’s examine his teaching. St. Thomas’ writing is presented bold, black italics, while my inferior comments appear in plain red text. The teaching is drawn from the Summa Theologiae III, Q. 53, Art. 1.It behooved...
  • A Non-Catholic German Warns Against Protestantization of Catholicism

    04/19/2017 4:31:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 153 replies
    1P5 ^ | April 19, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    In the wake of a recent critical overview of the four years of Pope Francis’ papacy as presented by the German Catholic journalist Matthias Matussek, another German journalist (who is not a Catholic) has now raised his voice of resistance with respect to Pope Francis. We speak here about Jan Fleischhauer, who is an editor of the influential secular weekly magazine Der Spiegel, and who, in 2009, wrote a book about his change of conviction away from a leftist to a more conservative viewpoint.On 17 April, Fleischhauer published a column in Der Spiegel which is entitled “Self-Secularization: The Sponti-Pope [i.e., the...
  • How Does the Church Determine a True Marian Apparition? [Catholic Caucus]

    04/19/2017 11:51:19 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 19, 2017 | Junno Arocho Esteves
    When it comes to apparition reports the Catholic Church takes a prudent approach. When it comes to Marian apparitions, the Catholic Church takes a prudent approach that focuses more on the message than the miracle.Supernatural phenomena, like the alleged miracle of the sun in Fatima, Portugal, nearly 100 years ago, are not the primary factors in determining an apparition is worthy of belief.In that particular case, the Bishop of Leiria – where Fatima is located – deemed the apparitions, but not the miracle of the sun, were worthy of belief.His ruling came in 1930, more than a dozen years after...
  • Fatima at 100: a History of the Marian Apparitions [Catholic Caucus]

    04/19/2017 11:46:47 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 19, 2017 | Junno Arocho Esteves
    The events of a century ago continue to fascinate believers and non-believers alike. While conversion and prayer are at the heart of Marys messages at Fatima, Portugal, the miracles and unexplained phenomenon that accompanied the events 100 years ago continue to intrigue believers and non-believers alike.The apparitions of Mary at Fatima in 1917 were not the first supernatural events reported there two years before Mary appeared to the three shepherd children Lucia dos Santos and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto they saw a strange sight while praying the rosary in the field, according to the memoirs...
  • URGENT: Benedict XVIs new text about Sacred Liturgy The Russian Preface

    04/19/2017 11:22:45 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | April 17, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    For years I have contended that if we do not revitalize our sacred liturgical worship, every initiative we undertake as a Church will wither and face.  Everything we do must start in worship and must be brought back to liturgical worship.  We must reorder our efforts, prioritize if we truly want renewal.This is one of the reasons that I pound my head on my desk when I read about conferences about “New Evangelization” that lack a strong liturgical component (other than the de rigueur vanilla Novus Ordo Mass with concelebration with some bishop or other for the attendees).A friend tipped me to something in the Italian...
  • Pondering Some of the Teachings of the Easter Vigil in its Afterglow

    04/19/2017 9:48:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering Some of the Teachings of the Easter Vigil in its Afterglow Msgr. Charles Pope • April 18, 2017 • The Easter Vigil so recently celebrated provides a rich fare for reflection. Alas, its memories pass so quickly. The shadowy yet wonderful Easter Vigil is the greatest and most elaborate liturgy of the Church year.Due to its length and late hour, many Catholics have never rejoiced in the somber glow of its initial moments or in the blaze of glory and sacraments that follow. It features a presentation of the dramatic battle between darkness and light; the light wins,...
  • ISIS: The Embodiment of Islam (Contrary to what the many apologetic Muslims in the West offer)

    04/19/2017 6:43:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/19/2017 | Shari Goodman
    For the last few years, the world has been subjected with increasing regularity to bloody terrorism waged upon innocent civilians worldwide by the Islamic State in their holy war against all non-believers. Their warfare, once reserved and contained within the Middle East, is now a battlefield in the streets of Paris, Brussels, London, New York, Orlando, Boston, Sydney, and San Bernardino, and many other cities. Here in the West, the many Muslim Brotherhood front groups such as CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations, ISNA (Islamic Society of North America), and MPAC (Muslim Public Affairs Council) would have us believe that...