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  • What Do We Mean by the Communion of Saints?

    11/17/2017 8:29:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-16-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Do We Mean by the Communion of Saints? Msgr. Charles Pope • November 16, 2017 • This is the eighth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell.Continuing our series on the Four Last Things, in today’s post we consider an aspect of Heaven called the Communion of Saints. I have discovered that it is frequently misunderstood. Many of you know that I write the weekly “Question and Answer” column for the Our Sunday Visitor newspaper. Every once in a while, someone poses a unique question, one that I had never...
  • What Is Eternal Life?

    11/16/2017 8:01:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Is Eternal Life? Msgr. Charles Pope • November 15, 2017 • This is the seventh in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell.I often think that we haven’t done a very good job of setting forth the doctrine of eternal life. For most people, the concept seems a rather shallow one: that we will live forever. Frankly, many may not consider it all that appealing if the place where we live forever is Heaven. Too often, Heaven is reduced to merely this: a place where I’ll be happy. I’ll have a...
  • Martin Luther, Islam, and the Lies that Cripple

    11/15/2017 10:31:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 11/15/2017 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center In Islams Expansion Across Europe: Not Martin Luthers Fault, one Paul Gottfried pretends to respond to my article, The Pro-Islamic West: Born 500 years Ago. While many of his own readers saw through and exposed his misrepresentations in the comments section more thoroughly than I ever would have, Gottfrieds piece is still worth examining if only for the important lessons surrounding it. First, if you seek an example of or are uncertain what a strawman argument istypically defined as giving the impression of refuting an opponent's argument,...
  • Do You Desire Heaven? Really?

    11/15/2017 8:18:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-14-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Do You Desire Heaven? Really? Msgr. Charles Pope • November 14, 2017 • This is the sixth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell.After some sobering reflection on death and judgment over the past several days, it’s finally time to talk about Heaven. Now that is a topic everyone wants to hear about! Yet there is a strange disconnect today. As it becomes easier and easier to satisfy our desire for instant gratification, we find it harder and harder to take the time to ponder a future paradise.Almost no one talks...
  • Ancient Latrine: A Peek into King Hezekiahs Reforms in the Bible?

    11/14/2017 7:58:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Biblical Archaeology ^ | 11/13/17 | Robun Ngo
    Hezekiahs religious reforms sought to centralize worshipA millennia-old latrine discovered at Tel Lachish in Israel might reveal some interesting insights into Biblical history. According to Saar Ganor and Igor Kreimerman, who conducted the excavations on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), the latrine could be evidence of King Hezekiahs religious reforms enacted throughout the Kingdom of Judah in the eighth century B.C.E. The archaeologists detail their discovery in the article Going to the Bathroom at Lachish in the November/December 2017 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review. The latrine discovered in what may be a shrine at Lachish. Photo: Courtesy of...
  • How to Influence the Way the Lord Will Judge Us

    11/14/2017 8:09:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-13-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How to Influence the Way the Lord Will Judge Us Msgr. Charles Pope • November 13, 2017 • This is the seventh in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell.Works of Mercy, Pieter Bruegel In the past several posts, we have been considering the judgment that awaits us. Not only must we be ready in the ways we have described, but should allow our looming judgment to help our attitude today.Scripture says, Always speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the Law that gives freedom. For judgment...
  • Jerusalem of the East: The American Christians of Pyongyang, 1895-1942

    11/13/2017 5:37:14 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 6 replies
    Providence Magazine ^ | July 13, 2016 | Robert S. Kim
    Unknown to the general public and ignored by the academic and foreign affairs establishments, Americans once were leaders of religion, education, and intellectual life in Pyongyang, as missionaries who created the foremost Christian community in Northeast Asia. Before the Soviet Union installed an atheist Communist regime in Pyongyang headed by Kim Il Sung, the city was the center of the Presbyterian Church in Asia, and hundreds of thousands of Korean Christians lived there and elsewhere in what is now North Korea. It was a union of Koreans and Americans that set the course that made South Korea the majority Christian...
  • The Russian Orthodox Church and the Impact of Bolshevism

    11/13/2017 11:34:29 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose
    The Moscow Times via EurasiaNet's Red Legacy Project ^ | November 3, 2017 | Christopher Stroop
    "It is common knowledge that the advent of Bolshevism in 1917 was devastating for devout believers in the former tsarist empire." "Less well known is the fact that the October Revolution interrupted a reform movement that could have taken the Russian Orthodox Church in a new direction, and that it subsequently caused splintering from which the Church still has not recovered." "Under the tsars, the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) served as an important pillar of the autocratic system. Just how subservient the church was to the state remains a matter of debate. Some historians, such as Gregory Freeze and Scott...
  • Preparing for Judgment

    11/13/2017 7:44:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-12-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Preparing for Judgment Msgr. Charles Pope • November 12, 2017 • This is the sixth in a series on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell.In the past two articles we have recalled the reality of the judgment that is upon us when we die and we have surveyed the parables in which Jesus urgently warns us of it. In this post we consider something of a plan to prepare for judgment.You are going to die and you don’t get to say when. This should inspire a sober, urgent, and daily preparation for death and judgment. Yet...
  • French Bishops Approve Opening of Cause for King Louis XVIs Sister

    11/12/2017 6:41:19 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/10/17 | David V Barrett
    The devoutly religious Madame Elisabeth was killed in the French RevolutionA princess executed in the French Revolution is a step closer to sainthood after Frances bishops approved the official opening of her Cause. Born in 1764, Elisabeth of France, known as Madame Elisabeth, was the youngest sister of King Louis XVI. She turned down the possibility of marriage, saying: I can only marry a Kings son, and a Kings son must reign over his fathers kingdom. I should no longer be a Frenchwoman. I do not wish to cease to be one. It is far better to stay here at...
  • Head of Madrid-Based House of Romanov to Meet with Patriarch Kirill in Moscow on Nov 18

    11/12/2017 6:37:20 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/9/17
    St. Petersburg, November 9, Interfax - The head of the Madrid-based House of Romanov, Maria Vladimirovna, will meet with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia during a visit timed to coincide with the centenary of the Great October Socialist Revolution. After visiting the cruiser Aurora in St. Petersburg, Maria Vladimirovna will travel to Ryazan and Moscow, her chancellery's director Alexander Zakatov told Interfax. "After St. Petersburg, she will visit Ryazan, an old Russian city, at the governor's invitation. The visit will conclude in Moscow, where meetings will also be held with public figures and the media. Maria Vladimirovna will...
  • Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning A Homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year

    11/12/2017 7:47:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-11-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning – A Homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • November 11, 2017 • Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, RomeThe Gospel this Sunday presents a number of practical principles of preparation. As always the Lord has a way of teaching us in a very memorable way. Let’s look at four principles taught in the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins. In the end we will find that the Lord turns the tables on us. I. Procure your Provisions – The text says, The kingdom of...
  • Its Not About Me: National Vocation Awareness Week

    11/11/2017 5:53:22 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CE.com ^ | 11-09-17 | Kathleen Beckman
    “It’s Not About Me”: National Vocation Awareness WeekKathleen Beckman “This is not about me. My vocation story is all about God.” These words of Bishop Michael C. Barber, S.J., were spoken at a Magnificat Prayer Breakfast that I attended in Oakland, California. His testimony, along with nineteen other clergy is now published in a new book titled, Holy Orders: A Collection of Inspiring Clergy Testimonies.Bishop Barber’s vocation story is filled with surprising twists and turns in a tumultuous time of the Church. He was faithful to what the Lord asked along the sometimes-confusing way. In the end, he was ordained...
  • Yoga position?

    Yoga position? While the Church hasn’t definitively declared yoga wrong, prudential judgment points to avoiding it Msgr. Charles Pope November 5, 2017 10/25/2017 Yoga position? Question: Does the Catholic Church disapprove of yoga for exercise or to assist meditation?— Rita Malone, Norwood, Massachusetts Answer: The Church generally distinguishes between physical postures of yoga and the philosophy or religion from which they come (see the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “On Some Aspects of Christian Meditation,” Nos. 26-28). The adoption of a physical position, even if originating in a religious system other than Christianity, is permissible provided the posture...
  • Parables by Jesus on the Day of Judgment and on Our Need to be Ready

    11/10/2017 8:20:40 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-09-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Parables by Jesus on the Day of Judgment and on Our Need to be Ready Msgr. Charles Pope • November 9, 2017 • This is the fifth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell.credit: Ashland CTC Jesus was urgent in warning us to be ready for judgment. He did this in many ways, but most notably in the parables. In this post let’s ponder His teachings and hear His urgency.Most casual readers of the Bible tend to view the parables as merely interesting, entertaining stories. While that is so, they are...
  • Russian Imperial House: Revolution Caused by Profound Spiritual Crisis

    11/09/2017 6:08:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11/8/17
    The head of the Russian Imperial House H.I.H. the Grand Duchess Maria of Russia recently released a statement on the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, calling for an evaluation of the bloody events based on the system of spiritual and moral values that took shape during the long course of Russian history and stating that the main cause of the revolution was a profound spiritual crisis. In this vein, Grand Duchess Maria goes on to write of the Royal Houses own guilt in the fact that the country underwent such a revolution, noting that it therefore suffered along...
  • Pondering Judgment, One of the Four Last Things

    11/09/2017 7:50:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-08-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering Judgment, One of the Four Last Things Msgr. Charles Pope • November 8, 2017 • This is the fourth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell.We turn our attention now to the judgment that awaits us all. Scripture speaks in the Book of Hebrews speaks rather plainly to this day for us all:It is appointed for us to die once, and after that to face judgment (Heb 9:27).For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he...
  • National Disaster, Ending in the Revolution, Started 200 Years BeforehandPat. Kirill

    11/08/2017 9:06:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11/7/17
    His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia recently expressed his view that that the causes of the October Revolution ultimately lie in events that took place 200 years beforehand. Speaking after the Divine Liturgy on Saturday, the Russian National Day of Unity, in the Kremlin Dormition Cathedral, the primate of the Russian Church spoke of events that led to a loss of faith and the spiritual darkness of the Russian people, Interfax-Religion reports. If we sweep aside the entire political environment connected with the events of a century ago, if we detach ourselves from this ideological view, then...
  • Mass Formally Opens Canonization Cause for Black Elk

    11/08/2017 9:01:28 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    PINE RIDGE, S.D. (CNS) -- During a Mass to formally open the sainthood cause for Nicholas W. Black Elk, the Native American was described as someone who merged the Lakota and Catholic culture in a way "that drew him deeper into the mystery of Christ's love and the church." Black Elk's love for God and Scripture led him to become a catechist, fulfilling the mission of all disciples, said Bishop Robert D. Gruss of Rapid City in his homily at the Oct. 21 Mass at Holy Rosary Church in Pine Ridge. The bishop said that for 50 years Black Elk...
  • And Death Is Gain: A Reflection on the Proper Christian Sense of Death

    11/08/2017 9:14:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-08-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    And Death Is Gain: A Reflection on the Proper Christian Sense of Death Msgr. Charles Pope • November 7, 2017 • This is the third in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell.Yesterday we pondered the fear of death and some understandable reasons for it, but we also considered how a lack of lively faith can lead to a fear of death that is unchristian. As St. Paul admonishes regarding death,We do not want you to … grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died...