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  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Raphael, Archangel (Gueranger)

    10/23/2017 9:26:20 PM PDT · by CMRosary · 1 replies
    White Double THE approach of the great solemnity, which will soon be shedding upon us all the splendors of heaven, seems to inspire the Church with a profound recollection. Except for the homage she must needs pay, on their own date, to the glorious Apostles Simon and Jude, only a few Feasts of simple rite break the silence of these last days of October. Our souls must be in confirmity with the dispositions of our common Mother. It will not, however, be out of keeping to give a thought to the great Archangel, honored today by many particular churches....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Begin Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

    By Saint Alphonsus Liguori. Read/print the novena here. See also two other fine Novenas beginning here, in the 1898 Raccolta.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-24-17, OM, St. Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop

    10/23/2017 8:58:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies ^ | 10-24-17 | Revised New American Bible
    October 24, 2017 Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 5:12, 15b, 17-19, 20b-21 Brothers and sisters:Through one man sin entered the world,and through sin, death,and thus death came to all men, inasmuch as all sinned. If by that one person's transgression the many died,how much more did the grace of Godand the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christoverflow for the many.For if, by the transgression of the one,death came to reign through that one,how much more will those who receive the abundance of graceand the gift of justificationcome to reign in life...
  • Russia's Catholics recall their 'gulag martyrs' 100 years after Lenin's revolution

    10/23/2017 7:53:54 PM PDT · by vladimir998 · 3 replies
    National Catholic Reporter (aka The Fishwrap) ^ | 10.23.2017 | Jonathan Luxmoore
    WARSAW, POLAND — When the centenary of the Bolshevik revolution falls this autumn, Christian communities across the former Soviet Union will commemorate the persecutions it unleashed upon them. But they'll also recall the religious meditations born in the country's prisons and labor camps, some of which deserve to rank with the best in Christian history. "Soviet-era sufferings affected not just the churches but the whole of society, atheists included," said Msgr. Igor Kovalevsky, secretary-general of Russia's Catholic Bishops' Conference. "Secular writers like Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Nadhezda Mandelstam may have become the most famous. But themes of witness and martyrdom also...
  • The War Against Cardinal Sarah

    10/23/2017 7:11:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    First Things ^ | 10/23/17 | Marco Tosatti
    Now that Cardinal Gerhard Müller has been removed from his post at the Vatican, the main target of the circle around Pope Francis is Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship. Their latest coup is the release of a letter of “correction” aimed at Cardinal Sarah and signed by Francis. Published on Sunday, the letter was celebrated as a just humiliation of the cardinal and accompanied by calls for his resignation. Earlier this fall, Pope Francis issued Magnum Principium, a document granting bishops’ conferences greater latitude to make their own translations of sacred texts and liturgy. Cardinal...
  • Dublin Archdiocese Affirms Gay Relationships

    10/23/2017 6:36:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Church Militant ^ | Stephen Wynne
    New document portends trouble at 2018 World Meeting of FamiliesDUBLIN ( - Ireland's largest diocese is affirming same-sex relationships. Ahead of the 2018 World Meeting of Families, the archdiocese of Dublin has released a six-part guide, a "parish conversation," to prepare the faithful for the event. Released under the watch of Dublin Abp. Diarmuid Martin, "Amoris: Let's talk Family! Let's be Family!" is sparking controversy, as it contains a passage endorsing active homosexual relationships as an alternative family model, providing "mutual support" for participants. On page 24, under a section titled "The Christian Vision for the Family," the guide reads,...
  • At the Congress Xi Reaffirms: Sinicization of Religions Under the Communist Party

    10/23/2017 6:32:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 10/19/17 | Li Yuan
    In his speech yesterday at the Party Congress, Xi Jinping reiterated the "new approach" to religious activities. The Catholic Church reiterates the independence of nomination and ordination of bishops. Two bishops present at the Congress: Msgr. Giovanni Fang Xingyao of Linyi and Msgr. Giuseppe Ma Yinglin of Kunming.Beijing (AsiaNews) - Insisting the direction of “Siniciziation of religions” was stressed among main goals and visions in General Secretary Xi Jinping’s work report in the opening session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. His epic address or the so-called “Xi Jinping Thought” is expected to become dogma...
  • Pope Publicly Clarifies New Translation Rules in Letter to Cardinal Sarah

    10/23/2017 6:27:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/23/17 | Cindy Wooden
    'One can no longer hold that translations must conform in every point to the norms of Liturgiam Authenticam,' the Pope saidThe Vatican is not to “impose” a specific liturgical translation on bishops’ conferences, but rather is called to recognise the bishops’ authority and expertise in determining the best way to faithfully translate Latin texts into their local languages, Pope Francis said in a letter to Cardinal Robert Sarah. In the letter, released by the Vatican on October 22, Pope Francis said he wanted to correct several points made in a “commentary,” which Cardinal Sarah sent him and which was published...
  • From Monty Python to Allah: London's New Mega Mosque

    10/23/2017 6:17:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | 10/17/17 | Judith Bergman
    * "We do not know what they are preaching as [it is] all in Arabic." — A petitioner against the Hussainiyat Al-Rasool Al-Adham mosque, in the middle of one of London's two largely Jewish areas. * "[Ayatollah Syed Mohammed Al-Shirazi]... would constantly encourage the establishment of Hussaini centers across the world, especially in non-Islamic countries... so we can propagate the teachings of the Ahlulbayt." — Leading members of the Hussainiyat Al-Rasool Al-Adham mosque describing its 30-year history and why it was established.* The Ayatollah Sayed Sadiq Hussaini Al-Shirazi, a leading Iranian cleric who resides in the city of Qom, has...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Our new ‘catholic Cultural Revolution’s Red Guard. Their cadres and their tactics.

    10/23/2017 4:39:08 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 10/23/17 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    1968 – “The 3 July and 24 July proclamations are Chairman Mao’s great strategic plans! Unite with forces that can be united with to strike surely, accurately and relentlessly at the handful of class enemies.” During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Mao and other leaders signaled to the masses, such as gangs of students, whom they should target for attack and public abuse.  Quickly the mobs, led by party cadres, began to conduct purges of “enemies of the people”.  In those dark days even the slightest suggestion that you were a counter-revolutionary, a foreign agent, an intellectual or a capitalist...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Francis v. Sarah

    10/23/2017 3:32:55 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | October 23, 2017 | Kenneth J. Wolfe
    Francis v. Sarah Responses and comments -- or not -- by a pope are rarely accidental.  When four cardinals asked Pope Francis to clarify the pro-divorce language in Amoris Laetitia the questions have been ignored for so long that half of the cardinals have since died. The remaining two still look forward to an answer. Yet when Francis has a mission, anything (or anyone) standing in its way gets dealt with by the most humble, charitable and non-judgmental pope in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. The most recent example is Magnum Principium, his motu proprio to toss translations of the...
  • Pope Francis "Loses" Argentinean Elections

    10/23/2017 3:02:32 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | October 23, 2017 | Gloria TV
    Center-right Argentinean president Mauricio Macri who received from Pope Francis in February 2016 a frosty welcome in the Vatican, won the midterm parliamentary elections on Sunday. Former leftwing Peronist President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, favoured by Francis but involved in a corruption affair, lost against Macri’s candidate in Buenos Aires by four percentage points. During the election campaign Kirchner had claimed that Macri’s policies would “hurt the poor”. In Buenos Aires Macri’s coalition received more than half of the vote.
  • Venezuela's Catholic bishops deplore pro-government bias in elections

    10/23/2017 2:49:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Ecumenical News ^ | October 23, 2017 (updated) | Ecumenical News Reporter
    (Photo: REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins)Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro attends to a meeting with representatives of the opposition, the Roman Catholic Church and Union of South American Nations' (UNASUR) at Miraflores Palace in Caracas April 10, 2014. Maduro hosted Venezuelan opposition leaders on Thursday at the start of mediated talks intended to stem two months of political unrest that has killed dozens in the OPEC nation.Venezuela's Catholic bishops have criticized bias by the country's National Electoral Council in favor of the government of President Nicolas Maduro during last week's regional elections. Maduro's regime took 18 out of 23 disputed...
  • The Sunlight by Which We See Is Ancient

    10/23/2017 8:31:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-22-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Sunlight by Which We See Is Ancient Msgr. Charles Pope • October 22, 2017 • I was meditating on time today, precipitated by some things I have recently learned about the light of the Sun that reaches Earth.I have long known that to look up into the night sky is to look far into the past. Looking up at the star Sirius, I am seeing 9 years into the past. Looking over at the star Antares, I am seeing 250 years into the past. And when I look the star Rigel, I am seeing 600 years into the...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(10/23/17)[Prayer]

    10/23/2017 7:42:31 AM PDT · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 10/23/17 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Meditating Upon The Names and Attributes of GodElah Elahin, (God of gods) (Old Testament) Daniel 2:47 47 The king said to Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.” 3. (End of Scripture Passage) Elah Elahin, (God of gods) The Declaration that YHVH is "Elah-Elahin, God of gods" comes from Nebuchadnezzar, the pagan king of Babylon. He had just witnessed the MIGHTY POWER of Daniel's God. New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®,...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 23 [Prayer and Meditation]

    10/23/2017 7:07:00 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 23 (NKJV) Listen to Your Father 01 When you sit down to eat with a ruler, 00 Consider carefully what is before you; 02 And put a knife to your throat 00 If you are a man given to appetite. 03 Do not desire his delicacies, 00 For they are deceptive food. 04 Do not overwork to be rich; 00 Because of your own understanding, cease! 05 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? 00 For riches certainly make themselves wings; 00 They fly away like an eagle toward heaven. 06 Do not eat the...
  • Understanding the Cross (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    10/23/2017 5:26:16 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    What really happened on the cross? Was the death of Jesus a human tragedy whereby a good man was brutally and unfairly slain? Was His death an example of faith, obedience, and self-sacrifice? Was it a ransom paid to the Devil? A victory over the Devil? A manifestation of moral influence? Was the cross an atonement? Did it involve expiation and propitiation for sin? Was it a supernatural act done to satisfy the wrath and justice of God? Each of these individually and several in combination have been set forth as the real meaning of Christ’s death. How we understand...
  • The Source of Righteousness

    10/23/2017 3:34:24 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether" (Ps. 19:9). God’s Word is true and produces righteousness in the believer’s life. The inability of human wisdom to produce right living was reaffirmed in my thinking as I read a contemporary psychiatrist's book on how to overcome depression. The doctor's first suggestion was to shout "Cancel!" every time you have a negative thought. She also recommended playing a tape recording of positive messages while you sleep at night, and listening to positive music during the day. Cultivating a meaningful spiritual philosophy was another of her suggestions. She said...
  • Joined to Christ

    10/23/2017 3:33:54 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “. . . That you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, that we might bear fruit for God” (Romans 7:4). No longer married to the law, the believer is now married to Jesus Christ. Of the many New Testament metaphors used to describe the church, the most intimate is that of the bride of Christ. Paul describes that relationship in Ephesians 5:24-27: “But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL 10/23/17 {Prayer}

    10/22/2017 10:30:30 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 22 replies
    10-23-17 | Kitty Mittens
    The “Donald Trump/Mike Pence Prayer Vigil” and “Pray for our American Heroes" Prayer Thread have Combined to Form the AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL Prayer Thread! Join with Fellow FREEPERS to Pray for our PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 'And this is the Confidence that we have in Him, that, if we Ask Anything According to His Will, He Heareth us.' 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum Threads Labeled [Prayer] are Closed to Debate of Any Kind. Acts 4:12 There is None Other Name Under Heaven Given Among Men, Whereby we...