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  • Islam's Heavenly Whores: Jihad's Biggest Motivator

    08/04/2020 4:41:43 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Raymond Ibrahim
    According to a July 22, 2020 article on PMW: Since the Palestinian Authority started its terror campaign — the second Intifada — in 2000, it has been promising terrorist Martyrs that as Muslims they will be rewarded in Paradise with 72 Dark-Eyed Virgins. The promises are given in religious lessons, statements by political figures, and poems and music videos, while funeral notices are worded as "wedding" announcements. As a recent example, the article cites a Palestinian music video that "reminds viewers that death as a 'Martyr' is really a 'wedding' to the 72 Virgins of Paradise." Another video shows a...
  • William Penn's Holy Experiment "The Seed of a Nation": A Real Example of Tolerance & Equality

    08/02/2020 4:16:40 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 5 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 30, 2020 | Bill Federer
    King Charles II and the British passed the Conventicle Act of 1664, making it illegal to hold church meetings of over five people. It prohibited "... more than five persons in addition to members of the family, for any religious purpose not according to the rules of the Church of England." The word "conventicle" is derived from the word "convenant" and referred to gatherings of church members according to Jesus' promise in Matthew 18:20, "Where two or three are met together in my name." The English Book of Canon Law, Article 11, stated: "All conventicles and secret meetings ... have...
  • St. Corona, Pray for Us!

    03/28/2020 1:14:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies
    Catholic Exchange.com ^ | 03-2020 | Michael L. Lichens
    St. Corona, Pray for Us!Michael J. Lichens The last few weeks have been difficult for many of us living in the new reality brought on by COVID-19. While the virus threatens our vulnerable friends, family, and neighbors, you dont have to be sick to feel its effects. The material and economic realities are hitting us from all sides. In such moments, its easy to let our anxieties overcome our spiritual hope. As a relatively anxious person with a myriad of health problems, my experience over the last few weeks has been rough. This time of quarantine has also been a...
  • Teens discover 1500-year-old church that redefines Israeli history

    11/27/2019 12:22:15 PM PST · by robowombat · 18 replies
    Keep the Faith ^ | Wednesday, November 27, 2019 | Wesley Hudson
    Teens discover 1500-year-old church that redefines Israeli history The church was discovered near Israels Ramat Beit Shemesh neighbourhood. An excavation, largely completed by teens, unearthed the church which dated back to 543 AD during the time of Emperor Justinian. After three years of detailed digging, archaeologists came across mosaics, pillars, still-intact crypts, and frescoes that at one time came together to form a beautiful church. An inscription indicated the building was complete thanks to the financial support of the Emperor. Excavation director Benjamin Storchan, on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, told CBN News: Numerous written sources attest to imperial...
  • Letter of Saint Andrew Kim Taegon (martyr) to Bishop Jean Joseph Ferrol, 1846

    09/20/2019 6:32:13 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 7 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | September 11, 2013 | Florentius
    Andrew Kim Taegon was the first native-born Catholic priest in Korea. He was sired in a family that had supplied numerous martyrs to the glory of Jesus Christ, including his father, Saint Ignatius Kim, and his uncle, Saint Paul Chong Hasang. As a child, Andrew's intelligence impressed a French missionary priest in Korea, and he was sent by his father to Macao to learn Latin and other Western subjects. He later studied for the priesthood and would be ordained in 1844 in Shanghai. After his ordination, he secretly returned to Korea to serve the Catholic community therea dangerous mission considering...
  • John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" - "The monster was hideous to behold...scales...wings like a (TR)

    09/04/2019 12:41:59 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 8 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 31, 2019 | Bill Federer
    John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" - "The monster was hideous to behold...scales...wings like a dragon, feet like a bear...out of his belly came fire & smoke" What would it be like to be imprisoned for 12 years just for preaching the Gospel without a license from the government? This was the fate of John Bunyan, author of the world renown book Pilgrim's Progress. John Bunyan was born in Bedford, England, in 1628, nearly a century before the Europe's Age of Enlightenment. He worked as a poor, unskilled tinker by trade. In 1644, at the age of 16, Bunyan joined the Puritan...
  • Mr. Kendrick Castillo: Better to Die a Young Man of Honor than Live to Old Age as...

    05/10/2019 11:45:29 AM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 22 replies
    Barnhardt Blog ^ | May 10, A.D. 2019 | Ann Barnhardt
    Yes, thanks and honor to the man who demonstrated manly and courteous sacrifice in this sad incident. His courage inspired others to step forward as well and lives were spared. Hail, Mr. Castillo!
  • [Cath Caucus] Saints Jonas, Barachisius, and Their Companions, Martyrs

    03/29/2019 3:49:37 AM PDT · by Repent and Believe
    CatholicSaints.Info ^ | AD 1866 | Father Alban Butler
    A.D. 327. King Sapor, in the eighteenth year of his reign, raised a bloody persecution against the Christians, and demolished their churches and monasteries. Jonas and Barachisius, two brothers of the city Beth-Asa, hearing that several Christians lay under sentence of death at Hubaham, went thither to encourage and serve them. Nine of that number received the crown of martyrdom. After their execution, Jonas and Barachisius were apprehended for having exhorted them to die. The president mildly entreated the two brothers to obey the king of kings, meaning the king of Persia, and to worship the sun, moon, fire, and...
  • Saint Polycarp's dialogue with the Roman Proconsul Statius Quadratus

    02/23/2019 9:39:22 AM PST · by Antoninus · 21 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | 11/30/16 | Florentius
    Saint Polycarp was bishop of Smyrna in Asia Minor in the second century AD. A disciple of Saint John the Evangelist, Polycarp died martyr in AD 155 or 156 for refusing to renounce Christianity. His martyrdom was marked by various miraculous prodigies, but foremost among them, perhaps, is the incredible fortitude of the man--who was at least 86 at the time of his trial--and his willingness to speak the truth to power even with the threat of immediate death hanging over his head. Here is an excerpt from the account of his martyrdom, recorded by Saint Irenaeus, in which Polycarp...
  • Saint Flavian and the Robber Council of Ephesus

    02/18/2019 9:35:26 AM PST · by Antoninus · 8 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | 2/18/2017 | Florentius
    The feast day of Saint Flavian, martyr, falls on February 18. Flavian was archbishop of Constantinople from AD 446 through 449. Though he lived long after the traditional age of Christian martyrs, Flavian is nonetheless accounted one of their number, though he was slain by men calling themselves Christians--indeed, he died either during or in the immediate aftermath of a Church Council. As one of the principle parties at the so-called Robber Council of Ephesus, Flavian found himself on the wrong side of the powerful Patriarch of Alexandria, Dioscorus, and a veritable army of monks led by the Syrian archimandrite,...
  • Glittering with the Indescribable Brightness of the Sun: St Polyeuctus and his temple in Byzantium

    02/13/2019 10:15:52 AM PST · by Antoninus · 4 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | 2/13/19 | Florentius
    February 13 is the feast day of yet another victim of the persecution of Decius, Saint Polyeuctus of Melitene in Roman Armenia. Though practically unknown today, Polyeuctus was renowned in antiquity as a soldier-martyr. An epitome of his acts was recorded by Symeon Metaphrastes in the 10th century, though it is likely that Symeon was working from a much older tradition. Indeed, Polyeuctus was revered in antiquity from at least the time of the Empress Eudocia (mid 5th century AD) who built a shrine dedicated to him in Constantinople. Here is an English translation of Metaphrastes’s acts of Saint Polyeuctos...
  • Cath Cauc: Louis XVI, King, Martyr: a Catholic going to death and His Last Will and Testament

    01/21/2019 4:45:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | January 21, 2019 | Fr. L. Demets, FSSP, 2006
    Louis XVI, King, Martyr: a Catholic going to death and His Last Will and Testament Louis XVI, King, Martyr: a Catholic going to death and His Last Will and Testament Procession to eternity On January 20, 1793, the National Convention condemned Louis XVI to death, his execution scheduled for the next day. Louis spent that evening saying goodbye to his wife and children. The following day, January 21, dawned cold and wet. Louis arose at five. At eight o'clock a guard of 1,200 horsemen arrived to escort the former king on a two-hour carriage ride to his place of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr (Gueranger)

    11/13/2018 9:01:29 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Double JOSAPHAT KUNCEWICZ, contemporary with St. Francis de Sales and St. Vincent de Paul, might have been taken for a Greek monk of the eleventh century, or an ascetic of the Thebaid. A stranger to the intellectual culture of the West, he knew only the liturgical books and sacred texts used in his own church; as a priest, an archimandrite, a reformer of his order of St. Basil, and lastly as Archbishop, he combated all his life against the consequences of the schism of Photius, and closed the struggle by culling the palm of martyrdom. Yet all this...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Martin I, Pope and Martyr (Gueranger)

    11/12/2018 5:50:43 AM PST · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Demidouble WHILE THE CONCOURSE OF PILGRIMS to the sepulchre of the Bishop of Tours induced his third successor Perpetuus to raise over his precious remains the basilicas, in which so many prodigies were to be wrought all through the middle ages, Rome herself was dedicating to St. Martin one of her noblest churches, uniting with him as joint titular her own illustrious Pontiff and Confessor Sylvester. Adorned with this twofold glory, St. Martin-on-the-hill worthily inaugurated in the eternal City the cultus of Confessors side by side with that of the Martyrs. But another honor awaited the venerable sanctuary....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Evaristus, Pope and Martyr (Gueranger)

    10/25/2018 9:08:50 PM PDT · by CMRosary · 2 replies
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Simple THE BELOVED DISCIPLE had just received the long-promised visit of our Lord inviting him to heaven when the Church, under Evaristus, completed the drawing up of the itinerary for her long pilgrimage to the end of time. The blessed period of the apostolic times was definitively closed, but the eternal City continued to augment her treasure of glory. Under this pontificate the virgin Domitilla, by her martyrdom, cemented the foundations of the new Jerusalem with the old. Then Ignatius of Antioch brought to the “Church that presides in charity” the testimony of his death; he was the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saints Chrysanthus and Daria, Martyrs (Gueranger)

    10/24/2018 9:04:31 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Simple CHRYSANTHUS WAS UNITED, in his confession of our Lord, with her whom he had won to Christianity and to the love of the angelic virtue. Our forefathers had a great veneration for these two martyrs who, having lived together in holy virginity, were together buried alive in a sand pit at Rome for refusing to honor the false gods. Dying like the seed in the earth, they yielded the fruit of martyrdom. On the anniversary day of their triumph, numbers of the faithful had gathered in the catacomb on the Salarian Way for the liturgical Synaxis, when...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Callixtus I, Pope and Martyr (Gueranger)

    10/13/2018 9:07:14 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Double HE WAS A SIGN OF CONTRADICTION in Israel. In his own time, Christians were ranged either around him or against him. The trouble excited by his mere name sixteen hundred years ago was renewed in the middle of the nineteenth century by the discovery of a famous book, which gave an occasion to the sectaries of our own days to stand with those of old against Callixtus and the Church. The book, entitled Philosophumena or refutation of heresies, was composed in the third century; it represented Callixtus, whose life and character were painted in the darkest colors,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Dionysius, Bishop/Martyr; Ss Rusticus and Eleutherius, Martyrs (Gueranger)

    10/08/2018 9:01:46 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    White (for St. Dionysius), Red (for St. Rusticus) Double USHERED IN BY BRIDGET the northern prophetess, Dionysius appears as the brightest star in that constellation of mystics, which illumines the close of the cycle with the first glimmers of eternal union. Soon we shall salute Teresa of Jesus, and her guide Peter of Alcantara; while from the shades of his Obscure night, John of the cross will rise in glory next month near to the great St. Gertrude. The Man-God began to do and to teach, gave us first example then doctrine; so too the Church, in her liturgical...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Placid and His Companions, Martyrs (Gueranger)

    10/04/2018 9:05:06 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Simple THE PROTOMARTYR OF THE BENEDICTINE ORDER stands before us today in his strength and his beauty. The empire had fallen, and the yoke of the Arian Goths lay heavy upon Italy. Rome was no longer in the hands of the glorious races, which had made her greatness; these, nevertheless, kept up their honorable traditions. They offered a great lesson for future times of revolution to other descendants of not less noble families: in lieu of the ensign of civic honor once committed to their fathers, the survivors of the old patrician ranks made it their duty to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Wenceslas, Duke and Martyr (Gueranger)

    09/27/2018 9:02:07 PM PDT · by CMRosary · 4 replies
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Semidouble WENCESLAS RECALLS TO US the entrance into the Church of a warlike nation, the Czechs, the most indomitable of the Slavonic tribes, which had penetrated into the very midst of Germany. It is well known with what bitterness and active energy this nation upholds its social claims, as though its struggle for existence in the early days of its history had made it proof against every trial. The faith of its apostles and martyrs, the Roman faith, will be the safeguard as it is the bond of union of the countries subject to the crown of St....