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  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint John Nepomucen, Martyr (Gueranger)

    05/15/2018 9:18:47 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Simple TO THE MARTYRS WHO WERE SLAIN because they refused to adore false gods—to the Martyrs whose blood was shed by heretics—there is added today another brave soldier of Christ, who won his crown in a very different sort of combat. The Sacrament of Penance, whereby sinners regain the heaven they had lost, claims John Nepomucen as its glorious defender. A holy secrecy shrouds the reconciliation made between God and the Penitent. This Sacramental Secrecy deserved to have its Martyr. When Jesus instituted the Sacrament of Penance—that second Baptism, wherein the Blood of our Redeemer washes away the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint John Baptist de la Salle, Confessor (Gueranger)

    05/14/2018 9:04:22 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    White Double JOHN BAPTIST DE LA SALLE, the teacher of the humble, takes his place today beside Leo the Great, Athanasius, and Gregory of Nazianzum. He has no fear. The victor of Paschal Time is the same Jesus who said during his mortal life: Suffer the little children to come unto me, and unless you be converted and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven, that kingdom of heaven which, after entering into his glory, he manifests so fully upon earth. On the other hand, the Lion of Juda is never more terrible...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint John Before the Latin Gate (Gueranger)

    05/06/2018 10:31:50 AM PDT · by CMRosary
    Red Greater Double THE BELOVED DISCIPLE JOHN, whom we saw standing near the Crib of the Babe of Bethlehem, comes before us again today; and this time, he is paying his delighted homage to the glorious Conqueror of death and hell. Like Philip and James, he too is clad in the scarlet robe of Martyrdom. The Month of May, so rich in Saints, was to be graced with the Palm of St. John. Salome one day presented her two sons to Jesus and, with a mother’s ambition, had asked him to grant them the highest places in his kingdom....
  • "Abide in the Vine" (Sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, on John 15:1-8)

    04/28/2018 12:58:05 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 29, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Abide in the Vine (John 15:1-8) Stay where you are! Dont move! These commands sound rather restrictive. These imperatives can sound oppressive and limiting, like were being told what to do, and its to not to do anything. The idea of remaining where you are sounds kind of boring, like were stuck in a rut. But when it comes to the Christian life, nothing could be further from the truth. Far from being dull and lifeless, for the Christian, remaining where you are--that is, abiding in the vine, remaining connected to Christ--is dynamic, active, and very productive. And so our...
  • "Love Received, Love to Give" (Sermon for Holy Thursday, on John 13:1-17, 31b-35)

    03/29/2018 12:52:29 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 29, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Love Received, Love to Give (John 13:1-17, 31b-35) Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. Yes, Jesus did that. And he also tells his disciples: A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. And so our message tonight is all about love: The love with which Jesus loved us, and then the love he would have us give to one another. Love Received, Love to Give. First of all, love received. Love his disciples received...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint John Capistran, Confessor (Gueranger)

    03/27/2018 9:05:55 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    White Semidouble THE NEARER THE CHURCH approaches to the end of her earthly existence, the more she seems to love to enrich her cycle with feasts that recall the glorious past. Indeed, one of the objects of sacred Liturgy is to keep before our minds all that God has done for us. Remember the days of old: think upon every generation, said God to His people in the alliance of Sinai. It was a law in Jacob that the fathers should hand on these traditions to their children, who were in their turn to transmit them to their descendants....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint John Damascene, Confessor and Doctor of the Church (Gueranger)

    03/26/2018 9:03:29 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    White Double THE FAITHFUL HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN that on the first Sunday of Lent the Greeks keep one of their greatest solemnities, that of Orthodoxy. History proves that the Church of Constantinople, the new Rome, did not share the indefectibility of that of the old Rome, for it passed through a cycle of heresies on the dogma of the Incarnation. It rejected successively the consubstantiality of the Word, the unity of Person in Jesus Christ, and the integrity of His two natures. It seemed as though were were nothing left for heretical emperors and patriarchs to deny. Yet there...
  • "The Real Jesus Is All You Really Need" (John 1:1-18; Ephesians 1:3-14)

    03/21/2018 6:01:43 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 21, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    The Real Jesus Is All You Really Need (John 1:1-18; Ephesians 1:3-14) In Sunday morning Bible class, were doing a study based on the book, Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? 12 False Christs. And in these midweek Lenten services, weve been picking up on themes from the book, as well. Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? 12 False Christs. The premise of the book is that in our society people come up with false christs to fit their own presuppositions and desires. The real Jesus does not fit their idea of what he should be like, so...
  • "The Gospel on a Pole" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, on John 3:14-21)

    03/10/2018 2:23:46 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 14 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 11, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    The Gospel on a Pole (John 3:14-21) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. That, of course, is John 3:16, a verse you all know. Because it sums up the good news of Christ so succinctly, John 3:16 is often called the gospel in a nutshell. But today, instead of the nutshell, this morning were going to be looking at the verses right before it, what I call, The Gospel on a Pole. The gospel on a pole? Whats that? Well, what Im...
  • "One Option or the Only Way?" (Lenten sermon on John 14:1-6)

    03/07/2018 9:12:00 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 7, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    One Option or the Only Way? (John 14:1-6) We live in an age of religious pluralism. Religious pluralism is the belief that there are a plurality of religions, many religions, that can work. No one religion has a corner on the truth. All religions are equally valid. What really matters is you being a good person, however that is defined. So whatever religion you choose, that is your choice, and thats fine for you. Your religion is just one option among many equally valid options. All roads lead to heaven. And going along with that idea, then, is this: You...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint John of God, Confessor (Gueranger)

    03/07/2018 9:00:48 PM PST · by CMRosary
    White Double THIS DAY LAST MONTH we were keeping the feast of St. John of Matha, whose characteristic virtue was charity; our Saint of today was like him: love for his neighbor led him to devote himself to the service of them that most needed help. Both are examples to us of what is a principal duty of this present Season: they are models of Fraternal Charity. They teach us this great lesson—that our love of God is false, if our hearts are not disposed to show mercy to our neighbor, and help him in his necessities and troubles....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint John of Matha, Confessor (Gueranger)

    02/07/2018 9:03:59 PM PST · by CMRosary
    White Double WE WERE CELEBRATING, not many days ago, the memory of Peter Nolasco, who was inspired by the holy Mother of God to found an Order for the ransoming of Christian captives from the infidels: today, we have to honor the generous saint to whom this sublime work was first revealed. He established, under the name of the most holy Trinity, a body of religious men who bound themselves by vow to devote their energies, their privations, their liberty, nay, their very life, to the service of the poor slaves who were groaning under the Saracen yoke. The...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint John Bosco, Confessor (Gueranger)

    01/30/2018 9:24:15 PM PST · by CMRosary
    White Double AT THE CLOSE of the month dedicated to honoring the infancy of our Savior, St. John Bosco leads to the Child Jesus—to Jesus the worker—the multitude of young people and workers to whom he dedicated his life. Let us turn our attention to the Lessons which abbreviate this holy man’s life and work. Joannes Bosco, humili loco natus apud Castum Novum in Astensibus atque sanctissime, patre amisso, disciplina materna institutus, mira de se vel a prima ætate portendit. Ingenio enim mitis atque ad pietatem pronus, singulari se gerebat auctoritate inter æquales, quorum lites dirimere, faciles rixas componere,...
  • "Philip and Nathanael: A Story of Witnessing" (Sermon on John 1:43-51)

    01/13/2018 8:01:49 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 14, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Philip and Nathanael: A Story of Witnessing (John 1:43-51) The Holy Gospel for today, from John 1, takes place very early in Jesus ministry, when he was first gathering his disciples. Its the story of Philip and Nathanael, how they came to be disciples and follow our Lord. Its the story of Philip and Nathanael: A Story of Witnessing. Now today let their story become your story also. The story begins with Jesus finding Philip and saying to him, Follow me. Notice that: Jesus finds Philip. Just like he finds us. He seeks us out, even when we were not...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Octave of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist (Gueranger)

    01/02/2018 9:10:03 PM PST · by CMRosary
    White Simple THE OCTAVE of the Beloved Disciple closes today; let us devoutly offer him our parting homage. We shall meet him again during the year, for on the 6th of May, when the Resurrection of his Divine Master is gladdening the Church with the Easter joys, we shall have the Feast of our Apostle’s Confession, made before the Latin Gate:—but his grand Feast ends today, and he has done too much for us this Christmas that we should allow this Octave Day to pass without returning him our warmest thanks. Let us begin by exciting ourselves to a...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist (Gueranger)

    12/26/2017 9:42:09 PM PST · by CMRosary
    White Double of the Second Class with Simple Octave NEAREST TO JESUS’ CRIB after Stephen, stands John, the Apostle and Evangelist. It was only right that the first place should be assigned to him who so loved his God that he shed his blood in his service; for, as this God himself declares, greater love than this hath no man, that he lay down his life for his friends, and Martyrdom has ever been counted, by the Church, as the greatest act of love, and as having, consequently, the power of remitting sins, like a second Baptism. But next...
  • "And the Word Became Flesh" (Sermon for Christmas Day, on John 1:1-18)

    12/25/2017 12:00:41 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 25, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    And the Word Became Flesh (John 1:1-18) And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Christmas marks a dividing line between truth and error. The reality of what happened at Christmas--namely, that the Word became flesh--that reality is so shocking, so utterly unreasonable and offensive, that it drives people crazy. It causes them to deny the truth and to promote error in its place. Most all the classic heresies that have been around...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint John of the Cross, Confessor (Gueranger)

    11/24/2017 1:42:00 AM PST · by CMRosary · 2 replies
    White Double LET US go with the Church to Mount Carmel, and offer our grateful homage to John of the Cross, who, following in the footsteps of Teresa of Jesus, opened a safe way to souls seeking God. The growing disinclination of the people for social prayer was threatening the irreparable destruction of piety, when in the sixteenth century the divine goodness raised up Saints, whose teaching and holiness responded to the needs of the new times. Doctrine does not change: the asceticism and mysticism of that age transmitted to the succeeding centuries the echo of those that had...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint John Cantius, Confessor (Gueranger)

    10/19/2017 10:22:55 PM PDT · by CMRosary · 1 replies
    White Double KENTY, the humble village of Silesia which witnessed the birth of St. John, owes its celebrity entirely to him. The canonization of this holy priest, who in the fifteenth century had illustrated the university of Cracow by his virtues and science, was the last hope of expiring Poland. It took place in the year 1767. Two years earlier, it was at the request of this heroic nation that Clement XIII had issued the first decree sanctioning the celebration of the feast of the sacred Heart. When enrolling John Cantius among the saints, the magnanimous Pontiff expressed in...
  • Senate wont confirm Trumps Pentagon nominees until McCain gets Iraq and Afghanistan details

    10/04/2017 9:21:56 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 57 replies
    WASHINGTON Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said Tuesday he is refusing to advance U.S. President Donald Trumps nominees to the Pentagon until he is satisfied the administration is communicating its plans for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Outside a tense committee hearing on Afghanistan with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, McCain told Defense News that because the administration has not been open with Congress, weve been holding nominations from the Pentagon to fill in those Pentagon jobs. The disclosure came little more than a month after Trump...