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  • PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON NAMED COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER Catholic Caucus

    05/04/2016 2:36:06 AM PDT · 41 of 41
    piusv to Ranger Warrior
    This is a Catholic university

    I don't believe there are any Catholic universities anymore. This sort of news comes as no surprise to me.

  • BRING BACK THE LOWLY ALTAR BOY (Catholic Caucus)

    05/04/2016 2:22:44 AM PDT · 22 of 22
    piusv to Talisker

    Talisker you make excellent points. What you see and what you (and your family) are experiencing are both very real. Most will currently blame it on Francis but there has been a rift in the Catholic Church since Vatican II. It has just reached its boiling point via Francis because he is the most emboldened Modernist pope since that time. Catholics are trying to make sense of the crisis in the Church and what you are seeing and experiencing is the direct result of that.

  • A Look at the Early Catholic Church from the Acts of the Apostles

    05/04/2016 1:03:57 AM PDT · 453 of 453
    Mark17 to terycarl; MHGinTN
    us saying "Take and eat of this, THIS IS MY BODY"

    How do you interpret it???

    I interpret it the correct way. See 449. I think you have been told about 74 million times, but I don't believe you get it yet.
    Besides, some dude told me the sacraments are not required to be saved. I agree with whoever said that. How are you going to bluff your way into Heaven?

  • A Look at the Early Catholic Church from the Acts of the Apostles

    05/04/2016 12:44:53 AM PDT · 452 of 453
    Mark17 to terycarl; boatbums; MHGinTN; ealgeone; knarf
    REALLY????? whoda thunkit??? It is apparent in your postings.....it is SO much easier that way!!

    It is indeed sir. Try it, you'll like it. I rely on the Holy Spirit to help me understand the Word. If you don't, that's on you. How are you going to bluff your way into Heaven? I would like to hear your version. See if I agree with it or not.
    Oh, I forgot to mention, I have Catholics coming for Bible study tomorrow. Pray that I can have a good influence on them, and show them the truth. I think the Navigators will be there too. Praise God for them. 😇

  • BRING BACK THE LOWLY ALTAR BOY (Catholic Caucus)

    05/03/2016 11:12:06 PM PDT · 21 of 22
    Dajjal to Morgana

    bumpus ad summum

  • Strong Warnings from the Founders and Early American Leaders for America

    05/03/2016 10:42:20 PM PDT · 5 of 5
    GOP Poet to The Ignorant Fisherman

    bookmark

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-04-16

    05/03/2016 9:56:16 PM PDT · 21 of 21
    Salvation to All
    Regina Coeli 

    Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia. / For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia.

    Has risen, as he said, alleluia. / Pray for us to God, alleluia.

    Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia. / For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.

    Let us pray. O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-04-16

    05/03/2016 9:55:20 PM PDT · 20 of 21
    Salvation to All
    'By the greater love that we bear for men of decided and solid virtue, we ought to punish all the more severely the least fault in them.'

    St. Ignatius of Loyola

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-04-16

    05/03/2016 9:53:37 PM PDT · 19 of 21
    Salvation to All
    Daily Gospel Commentary

    Wednesday of the Sixth week of Easter
    Commentary of the day
    Saint Anthony of Padua (c.1195-1231), Franciscan, Doctor of the Church
    Sermons for Sundays and the feasts of the saints

    “He will lead you into all truth”

         The Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, the Advocate, is he whom the Father and the Son send like a breath into the souls of the just. It is by him that we are sanctified and made worthy of becoming saints. Human breath is the life of the body, divine breath is the life of the soul. Human breath makes us sensitive, divine breath makes us holy. This Spirit is Holy because without him no spirit, whether angelic or human, is able to be holy.

         “The Father will send him to you in my name,” Jesus says (Jn 14:26), that is to say in my glory, to make my glory known. Or again, because he has the same name as the Son: he is God. “He will glorify me” because he will make you spiritual, understanding how the Son is equal to the Father and not just a man as you see him to be, or because he will take away your fear and cause you to proclaim my glory to the whole world. Thus man’s salvation is what my glory is.

         “He will teach you all things.” “O children of Zion be glad!” says the prophet Joel, “For the Lord your God has given you the one who teaches righteousness” (2:23 Vulg.), he will teach all of you everything that pertains to salvation.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-04-16

    05/03/2016 9:46:31 PM PDT · 18 of 21
    Salvation to All

    May 2016

    Pope's Intentions

    Universal: That, rejecting the culture of indifference, we may care for our neighbours who suffer, especially the sick and the poor

    Evangelization: That Mary's intercession may help Christians in secularized cultures be ready to proclaim Jesus.

  • A Look at the Early Catholic Church from the Acts of the Apostles

    05/03/2016 9:42:42 PM PDT · 451 of 453
    boatbums to terycarl
    Not at all, I believe that God inspired the scriptures and that Jesus founded a church which interpreted them and compiled a book (the Bible) which the church could, and still does, properly interpret. Do I think that everyone is capable of accurately interpreting the Bible?????The answer is NO, and it is very evident in the world today that there are those who attempt to do so and fail miserably. Please pay attention to Christ's original church and their teachings. They are the ONLY authorized and CORRECT authority on the Bible.

    I might agree with some of what you claim as long as it is understood that this "church" isn't exclusive to the Roman Catholic church. God has continued to set up pastors and teachers within the local assemblies to be in authority over their flocks and to teach them those things that God has revealed through His word and which is confirmed by the Holy Spirit to our hearts. This then enables others to evangelize within their families, friends and neighbors and so continue to build Christ's body, His bride, His church. This was the example the Apostles gave and the entire collection of written, Divinely inspired Scripture was recognized, copied, disseminated and taught among the early churches by the end of the first century.

    Where you continue to err is in asserting "your" church is the same "original" church that Jesus began nearly two thousand years ago. They're not. They have YET to even publish a "Roman Catholic church" commentary of Scripture and have left humongous gaps in "interpreting" all of Scripture. Heck, you guys skip over half of the Bible in your Scripture reading in Mass and even what is covered is basically just read with little expounding on what was read. How long are your church's homilies these days? Fifteen minutes? Twenty?

    Failure to understand God's word is more a problem of the reliance upon the natural man - which is incapable because a spiritual discernment is needed. God is not stingy in illuminating His truth to those who earnestly seek to know it. Sometimes all that is needed is a willing and open heart and an open Bible. Get over this elitist mindset and stop limiting God in whom and how He carries on the building of the spiritual temple of which ALL believers are its living stones.

  • “Even if the Pope were Satan incarnate, we ought not to raise up our heads against him” (Cath Cauc)

    05/03/2016 9:37:58 PM PDT · 99 of 99
    Talisker to af_vet_1981
    If you are a Catholic, then you belong on the thread. I only asked if you were a Catholic, as there seemed some doubt.

    There's plenty of doubt, at least from me, yet my faith remains safely intact. I discuss my Catholicism on another thread. This thread was far too hostile towards me to discuss it here.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-04-16

    05/03/2016 9:37:01 PM PDT · 17 of 21
    Salvation to All
    May Devotion: Blessed Virgin Mary

    Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. Toward the end of the eighteenth century a zealous Jesuit priest, Father Lalomia, started among the students of the Roman college of his Society the practice of dedicating May to Our Lady. The devotion, which others had promoted in a small way, soon spread to other Jesuit Colleges and to the entire Latin church and since that time it has been a regular feature of Catholic life.

    INVOCATIONS

    Thou who wast a virgin before thy delivery, pray for us. Hail Mary, etc.
    Thou who wast a virgin in thy delivery, pray for us. Hail Mary, etc.
    Thou who wast a virgin after thy delivery, pray for us. Hail Mary, etc.

    My Mother, deliver me from mortal sin.
    Hail Mary (three times).

    Mother of love, of sorrow and of mercy, pray for us.

    Remember, O Virgin Mother of God, when thou shalt stand before the face of the Lord, that thou speak favorable things in our behalf and that He may turn away His indignation from us.
    Roman Missal

    Thou art my Mother, O Virgin Mary: keep me safe lest I ever offend thy dear Son, and obtain for me the grace to please Him always and in all things.

    FOR THE HELP OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

    May we be assisted, we beseech Thee, 0 Lord, by the worshipful intercession of Thy glorious Mother, the ever-Virgin Mary; that we, who have been enriched by her perpetual blessings, may be delivered from all dangers, and through her loving kindness made to be of one heart and mind: who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.
    Roman Missal

    THE SALVE REGINA

    Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve! To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears! Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus! O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
    Roman Breviary

    PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

    O blessed Virgin Mary, who can worthily repay thee thy just dues of praise and thanksgiving, thou who by the wondrous assent of thy will didst rescue a fallen world? What songs of praise can our weak human nature recite in thy honor, since it is by thy intervention alone that it has found
    the way to restoration? Accept, then, such poor thanks as we have here to offer, though they be unequal to thy merits; and, receiving our vows, obtain by thy prayers the remission of our offenses. Carry thou our prayers within the sanctuary of the heavenly audience, and bring forth from it the antidote of our reconciliation. May the sins we bring before Almighty God through thee, become pardonable through thee; may what we ask for with sure confidence, through thee be granted. Take our offering, grant us our requests, obtain pardon for what we fear, for thou art the sole hope of sinners. Through thee we hope for the remission of our sins, and in thee, 0 blessed Lady, is our hope of reward. Holy Mary, succour the miserable, help the fainthearted, comfort the sorrowful, pray for thy people, plead for the clergy, intercede for all women consecrated to God; may all who keep thy holy commemoration feel now thy help and protection. Be thou ever ready to assist us when we pray, and bring back to us the answers to our prayers. Make it thy continual care to pray for the people of God, thou who, blessed by God, didst merit to bear the Redeemer of the world, who liveth and reigneth, world without end. Amen.
    Saint Augustine

    PETITION TO MARY

    Most holy Virgin Immaculate, my Mother Mary, to thee who art the Mother of my Lord, the queen of the universe, the advocate, the hope, the refuge of sinners, I who am the most miserable of all sinners, have recourse this day. I venerate thee, great queen, and I thank thee for the many graces thou hast bestowed upon me even unto this day; in particular for having delivered me from the hell which I have so often deserved by my sins. I love thee, most dear Lady; and for the love I bear thee, I promise to serve thee willingly for ever and to do what I can to make thee loved by others also. I place in thee all my hopes for salvation; accept me as thy servant and shelter me under thy mantle, thou who art the Mother of mercy. And since thou art so powerful with God, deliver me from all temptations, or at least obtain for me the strength to overcome them until death. From thee I implore a true love for Jesus Christ. Through thee I hope to die a holy death. My dear Mother, by the love thou bearest to Almighty God, I pray thee to assist me always, but most of all at the last moment of my life. Forsake me not then, until thou shalt see me safe in heaven, there to bless thee and sing of thy mercies through all eternity. Such is my hope. Amen.
    Saint Alphonsus Liguori

    Magnificat Prayer
    My being proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit finds joy in God my savior,
    For he has looked upon his servant in her lowliness; all ages to come shall call me blessed.
    God who is mighty has done great things for me,
    holy is his name; His mercy is from age to age on those who fear him. He has shown might with his arm; he has confused the proud in their inmost thoughts. He has deposed the mighty from their thrones and raised the lowly to high places. The hungry he has given every good thing, while the rich he has sent empty away. He has upheld Israel his servant, ever mindful of his mercy; Even as he promised our fathers, promised Abraham and his descendants forever.
    (Lk 1:46-55) 

    TO MARY, REFUGE OF SINNERS
    Hail, most gracious Mother of mercy, hail, Mary, for whom we fondly yearn, through whom we obtain forgiveness! Who would not love thee? Thou art our light in uncertainty, our comfort in sorrow, our solace in the time of trial, our refuge from every peril and temptation. Thou art our sure hope of salvation, second only to thy only-begotten Son; blessed are they who love thee, our Lady! Incline, I beseech thee, thy ears of pity to the entreaties of this thy servant, a miserable sinner; dissipate the darkness of my sins by the bright beams of thy holiness, in order that I may be acceptable in thy sight.

    FOR THE GRACE OF LOVE
    O Mary, my dear Mother, how much I love thee! And yet in reality how little! Thou dost teach me what I ought to know, for thou teachest me what Jesus is to me and what I ought to be for Jesus. Dearly beloved Mother, how close to God thou art, and how utterly filled with Him! In the measure that we know God, we remind ourselves of thee. Mother of God, obtain for me the grace of loving my Jesus; obtain for me the grace of loving thee!
    Cardinal Merry del Val

    TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY FOR MAY

    O most august and blessed Virgin Mary! Holy Mother of God! glorious Queen of heaven and earth! powerful protectress of those who love thee, and unfailing advocate of all who invoke thee! look down, I beseech thee, from thy throne of glory on thy devoted child; accept the solemn offering I present thee of this month, specially dedicated to thee, and receive my ardent, humble desire, that by my love and fervor I could worthily honor thee, who, next to God, art deserving of all honor. Receive me, 0 Mother of Mercy, among thy best beloved children; extend to me thy maternal tenderness and solicitude; obtain for me a place in the Heart of Jesus, and a special share in the gifts of His grace. 0 deign, I beseech thee, to recognize my claims on thy protection, to watch over my spiritual and temporal interests, as well as those of all who are dear to me; to infuse into my soul the spirit of Christ, and to teach me thyself to become meek, humble, charitable, patient, and submissive to the will of God.

    May my heart bum with the love of thy Divine Son, and of thee, His blessed Mother, not for a month alone, but for time and eternity; may I thirst for the promotion of His honor and thine, and contribute, as far as I can, to its extension. Receive me, 0 Mary, the refuge of sinners! Grant me a Mother's blessing and a Mother's care, now, and at the hour of my death. Amen.

    TO OUR LADY

    Saint John Vianney, better known as the Cure of Ars, when asked how long he had loved Mary, said: "I loved her almost before I could know her." In this prayer he expresses that love.
    O thou most holy virgin Mary, who dost evermore stand before the most holy Trinity, and to whom it is granted at all times to pray for us to thy most beloved Son; pray for me in all my necessities; help me, combat for me, and obtain for me the pardon of all my sins. Help me especially at my last hour; and when I can no longer give any sign of the use of reason, then do thou encourage me, make the sign of the cross for me, and fight for me against the enemy. Make in my name a profession of faith; favor me with a testimony of my salvation, and never let me despair of the mercy of God. Help me to overthrow the wicked enemy. When I can no longer say: "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I place my soul in your hands," do thou say it for me; when I can no longer hear human words of consolation, do thou comfort me. Leave me not before I have been judged; and if I have to expiate my sins in purgatory, oh! pray for me earnestly; and admonish my friends to procure for me a speedy enjoyment of the blessed sight of God. Lessen my sufferings, deliver me speedily, and lead my soul into heaven with thee: that, united with all the elect, I may there bless and praise my God and thee for all eternity. Amen.
    Saint John Vianney

    ACT OF REPARATION

    O blessed Virgin, Mother of God, look down in mercy from heaven, where thou art enthroned as Queen, upon me, a miserable sinner, thine unworthy servant. Although I know full well my own unworthiness, yet in order to atone for the offenses that are done to thee by impious and blasphemous
    tongues, from the depths of my heart I praise and extol thee as the purest, the fairest, the holiest creature of all God's handiwork. I bless thy holy name, I praise thine exalted privilege of being truly Mother of God, ever virgin, conceived without stain of sin, co-redemptrix of the human race. I bless the Eternal Father who chose thee in an especial way for His daughter; I bless the Word Incarnate who took upon Himself our nature in thy bosom and so made thee His Mother; I bless the Holy Spirit who took thee as His bride. All honor, praise and thanksgiving to the ever-blessed Trinity, who predestined thee and loved thee so exceedingly from all eternity as to exalt thee above all creatures to the most sublime heights. 0 Virgin, holy and merciful, obtain for all who offend thee the grace of repentance, and graciously accept this poor act of homage from me thy servant, obtaining likewise for me from thy divine Son the pardon and remission of all my sins. Amen.

    Prayer Source: Prayer Book, The by Reverend John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A., The Catholic Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1954

    Memorare of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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    Remember O Most Gracious Virgin Mary!
    That never was it known
    That anyone who fled to thy protection,
    Implored thy help or sought thy intercession
    Was left unaided. 

    Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto Thee!
    O Virgin of virgins, My Mother!

    To Thee I come before Thee I stand,
    Sinful and Sorrowful,
    Oh Mother of the Word Incarnate,
    Despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy,
    Hear and answer me.


    Amen

    Who Is Our Lady of Laus? "My name is Mary" (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)
    What Happened to the Virgin Mary After Pentecost? [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)
    Saint Thomas Aquinas on the Hail Mary (Catholic Caucus)
    Yes, Mary DOES Know
    How Can Mary Hear Thousands Simultaneously?
    Fr Paul Schenck: Immaculate Conception Tells us Who Mary Is and Who We Are (Catholic Caucus)
    Mary,Our Lady of Quatlasupe,She who crushes the head of the serpent, is leading...(Catholic Caucus)
    MARY, MOTHER OF EVANGELIZATION [Cath-Orth caucus]
    On Mary, Model of Faith, Charity and Union with Christ [Weekly Audience]
    Why Don't You honor Mary?
    Columbus and the Virgin Mary [Catholic Caucus]

    Pope Francis: Mary's faith unties the knot of sin
    Pope consecrates world to immaculate heart of Mary
    Mary, Mother of God
    Mary 'can only bring us to God,' expert says as entrustment nears
    Pope Francis: "Mary, look upon us" (Mass in Cagliari)
    Devotion to the Most Holy Name of Mary [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
    Pope Francis: contemplate the "suffering humanity" of Jesus and the sweetness of Mary
    Mary's Nativity Draws Tens of Thousands to Indian Basilica
    Veneration of Mary in Luke 11:27-28
    Pope at Mass: Learning from Mary to keep the Word of God

    Pope: Mary is always in a hurry to help us (first pastoral visit to a diocese in Rome)
    Catholic Word of the Day: MARY'S SINLESSNESS, 04-01-13
    Letter #47: To Mary (Pope Francis prays at (tomb of Pope St. Pius V) [Catholic Caucus]
    Catholic Word of the Day: MARY'S VIRGINITY, 02-26-13
    Mariaphobic Response Syndrome: Part Two
    Mariaphobic Response Syndrome: Part One
    A Mother's Love, The Blessed Virgin Mary Saying YES To God
    Chesterton on devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary [Ecumenical]
    The Perpetual Virginity of Blessed Mary
    A Comparison is Instituted Between the Disobedient and Sinning Eve and the Virgin Mary..

    Magnificat: The Hymn of the Blessed Virgin Mary [Catholic Caucus]
    The Blessed Virgin Mary's Role in the Celibate Priest's Spousal... (Pt 2) (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)
    The Blessed Virgin Mary's Role in the Celibate Priest's Spousal and Paternal Love (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)
    Discovering Mary [Excellent New Book For Converts]
    Beginning Our Lady's Month [Catholic Caucus]
    Give it all to Mary [Catholic Caucus]
    JESUS LIVING IN MARY: HANDBOOK, SPIRITUALITY OF ST. LOUIS DE MONTFORT, ROSARY [Ecumenical]
    Mary, Tabernacle of the Lord By Archbishop Fulton Sheen(Catholic Caucus)
    A ... Discovers Mary
    Mary is our Mother and Queen of the New Davidic Kingdom (Scriptures Agree With Catholic Church)

    Hail Mary
    Holy Water Silhouette (Virgin Mary -video))
    How could Mary be the Mother of God?
    Mary, the Mother of God (a defense)
    Calling Mary "Mother of God" Tells Us Who Jesus Is
    The Holy Spirit And Mary (Catholic Caucus)
    Mary, Our Cause of Rejoicing
    Mary in Byzantine Doctrine and Devotion (Catholic / Orthodox Caucus)
    Radio Replies First Volume - Devotion to Mary
    The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Catholic Discovery of America(Catholic Caucus)

    Mary is the star that guides us to holiness, says Holy Father during Angelus [Catholic Caucus]
    The Efficacy and Power of One Hail Mary [Ecumenical]
    When Did Belief in the Virgin Birth Begin?
    Mary, Motherhood, and the Home BY Archbishop Fulton Sheen
    On Mary, Mother of Priests
    Benedict reflects on Mary and the priesthood [Catholic Caucus]
    Radio Replies First Volume - Mary
    Scholar says ... neglect lessons from Virgin Mary
    Mary and the Sword Continued Part #2 by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen
    Mary and the Sword by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen(Catholic Caucus)

    Why Did Mary Offer a Sin Offering? [Ecumenical]
    Mary and Intercessory Prayer
    Mary: Holy Mother
    Mary not just for Catholics anymore
    Pope concludes Month of Mary in the Vatican Gardens
    Consecration to Mary(Catholic Caucus)
    Mary's Marching Orders
    Praying the Hail Mary Like Never Before [Ecumenical]
    Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament [Catholic Caucus]
    Catholic Caucus: The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas - THE HAIL MARY

    Our Jewish Roots: The Immaculate Conception [Ecumenical]
    The Blessed Virgin in the History of Christianity [Ecumenical]
    Archbishop Sheen Today! -- Mary and the Moslems
    Mary Immaculate: Patroness of the United States [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
    "The Woman He Loved": Fulton Sheen and the Blessed Mother(Catholic Caucus)
    September 12: The Most Holy Name of Mary and Militant Islam
    Catholic Devotional: Feast of the Holy Name of Mary
    A Homily on the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary
    May Devotion: Blessed Virgin Mary
    Catholic Caucus: Mary, The Power of Her Name [The Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary]

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-04-16

    05/03/2016 9:36:08 PM PDT · 16 of 21
    Salvation to All
    From an Obama bumper sticker on a car:
    "Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8"

    PLEASE JOIN US - Evening Prayer
    Someone has said that if people really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless.
    Did you know that during WWII there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every day at a prescribed hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace?

    There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America. If you would like to participate: Every evening at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (8:00 PM Central) (7:00 PM Mountain) (6:00 PM Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, and for a return to a Godly nation. If you know anyone else who would like to participate, please pass this along. Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have. Please forward this to your praying friends.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-04-16

    05/03/2016 9:35:38 PM PDT · 15 of 21
    Salvation to All

    St. Michael the Archangel

    ~ PRAYER ~

    St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle
    Be our protection against the wickedness
    and snares of the devil;
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
    and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    Cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
    who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.
    Amen
    +

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-04-16

    05/03/2016 9:34:43 PM PDT · 14 of 21
    Salvation to All
    Pray a Rosary each day for our nation.

    1. Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

    2. The Apostles Creed: I BELIEVE in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

    I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

    3. The Lord's Prayer: OUR Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

    4. (3) Hail Mary: HAIL Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen. (Three times)

    5. Glory Be: GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

    6. Fatima Prayer: Oh, my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of your mercy.

    Announce each mystery, then say 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, 1 Glory Be and 1 Fatima prayer. Repeat the process with each mystery.

    End with the Hail Holy Queen:
    Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve! To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears! Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus!

    O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

    Final step -- The Sign of the Cross

    The Mysteries of the Rosary By tradition, Catholics meditate on these Mysteries during prayers of the Rosary. The biblical references follow each of the Mysteries below.

    The Glorious Mysteries
    (Wednesdays and Sundays)
    1.The Resurrection (Matthew 28:1-8, Mark 16:1-18, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-29) [Spiritual fruit - Faith]
    2. The Ascension (Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:6-11) [Spiritual fruit - Christian Hope]
    3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-13) [Spiritual fruit - Gifts of the Holy Spirit]
    4. The Assumption [Spiritual fruit - To Jesus through Mary]
    5. The Coronation [Spiritual fruit - Grace of Final Perseverance]

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    05/03/2016 9:33:42 PM PDT · 12 of 21
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    Jesus, High Priest
     

    We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to your call to priestly ministry.

    Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill your priests with the sure knowledge of your love.

    Open their hearts to the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit.

    Lead them to new depths of union with your Son.

    Increase in them profound faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us.

    Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire us to strive for holiness by the power of their example, as men of prayer who ponder your word and follow your will.

    O Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of your Son.

    Intercede for our priests, that offering the Sacrifice of your Son, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

    Saint John Vianney, universal patron of priests, pray for us and our priests

    This icon shows Jesus Christ, our eternal high priest.

    The gold pelican over His heart represents self-sacrifice.

    The border contains an altar and grapevines, representing the Mass, and icons of Melchizedek and St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney.

    Melchizedek: king of righteousness (left icon) was priest and king of Jerusalem.  He blessed Abraham and has been considered an ideal priest-king.

    St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests.

  • Catholic College Employee Investigated By Police For Saying There Are Only Two Genders

    05/03/2016 9:31:59 PM PDT · 31 of 31
    octex to twister881

    Two Thumbs Up for stating the facts in your posting!!

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    05/03/2016 9:30:36 PM PDT · 9 of 21
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    05/03/2016 9:30:10 PM PDT · 8 of 21
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    05/03/2016 9:28:17 PM PDT · 6 of 21
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    Pray for Pope Francis.

  • “Even if the Pope were Satan incarnate, we ought not to raise up our heads against him” (Cath Cauc)

    05/03/2016 9:24:19 PM PDT · 98 of 99
    af_vet_1981 to Talisker
    If you are a Catholic, then you belong on the thread. I only asked if you were a Catholic, as there seemed some doubt.

    I don't see that Pope Francis has asked me to do anything that is wrong. Problems that arise of that nature would be my fault and it is my duty to avoid them.
  • Catholic College Employee Investigated By Police For Saying There Are Only Two Genders

    05/03/2016 9:19:32 PM PDT · 30 of 31
    The Great RJ to 2ndDivisionVet

    Thought criminal

  • A Look at the Early Catholic Church from the Acts of the Apostles

    05/03/2016 9:13:45 PM PDT · 450 of 453
    imardmd1 to MHGinTN
    I could have written the same had I been responding to someone insulting you with a sarcastic remark. I have read sound counsel from you both ... in the brief councils at FR.

    Here's my counsel on this:

    (1) Do not take up somebody else's offenses.

    (2) It's acceptable to apply a name whatever value their argument seems to have, but be very careful about calling someone else a pejorative name while discussing their work.

    Respectfully . . .

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-04-16

    05/03/2016 9:12:42 PM PDT · 5 of 21
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    Scripture readings from the Jerusalem Bible by Darton, Longman & Todd

    Readings at Mass

    Liturgical Colour: White.


    First reading
    Acts 17:15,22-18:1 ©
    Paul’s escort took him as far as Athens, and went back with instructions for Silas and Timothy to rejoin Paul as soon as they could.
      So Paul stood before the whole Council of the Areopagus and made this speech:
      ‘Men of Athens, I have seen for myself how extremely scrupulous you are in all religious matters, because I noticed, as I strolled round admiring your sacred monuments, that you had an altar inscribed: To An Unknown God. Well, the God whom I proclaim is in fact the one whom you already worship without knowing it.
      ‘Since the God who made the world and everything in it is himself Lord of heaven and earth, he does not make his home in shrines made by human hands. Nor is he dependent on anything that human hands can do for him, since he can never be in need of anything; on the contrary, it is he who gives everything – including life and breath – to everyone. From one single stock he not only created the whole human race so that they could occupy the entire earth, but he decreed how long each nation should flourish and what the boundaries of its territory should be. And he did this so that all nations might seek the deity and, by feeling their way towards him, succeed in finding him. Yet in fact he is not far from any of us, since it is in him that we live, and move, and exist, as indeed some of your own writers have said:
    “We are all his children.”
    ‘Since we are the children of God, we have no excuse for thinking that the deity looks like anything in gold, silver or stone that has been carved and designed by a man.
      ‘God overlooked that sort of thing when men were ignorant, but now he is telling everyone everywhere that they must repent, because he has fixed a day when the whole world will be judged, and judged in righteousness, and he has appointed a man to be the judge. And God has publicly proved this by raising this man from the dead.’
      At this mention of rising from the dead, some of them burst out laughing; others said, ‘We would like to hear you talk about this again.’ After that Paul left them, but there were some who attached themselves to him and became believers, among them Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman called Damaris, and others besides.
      After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.

    Responsorial Psalm
    Psalm 148:1-2,11-14 ©
    Your glory fills all heaven and earth.
    or
    Alleluia!
    Praise the Lord from the heavens,
      praise him in the heights.
    Praise him, all his angels,
      praise him, all his host.
    Your glory fills all heaven and earth.
    or
    Alleluia!
    All earth’s kings and peoples,
      earth’s princes and rulers,
    young men and maidens,
      old men together with children.
    Your glory fills all heaven and earth.
    or
    Alleluia!
    Let them praise the name of the Lord
      for he alone is exalted.
    The splendour of his name
      reaches beyond heaven and earth.
    Your glory fills all heaven and earth.
    or
    Alleluia!
    He exalts the strength of his people.
      He is the praise of all his saints,
    of the sons of Israel,
      of the people to whom he comes close.
    Your glory fills all heaven and earth.
    or
    Alleluia!

    Gospel Acclamation Col3:1
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ,
    you must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is,
    sitting at God’s right hand.
    Alleluia!
    Or Jn14:16
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    I shall ask the Father,
    and he will give you another Advocate
    to be with you for ever.
    Alleluia!

    Gospel John 16:12-15 ©
    Jesus said:
    ‘I still have many things to say to you
    but they would be too much for you now.
    But when the Spirit of truth comes
    he will lead you to the complete truth,
    since he will not be speaking as from himself
    but will say only what he has learnt;
    and he will tell you of the things to come.
    He will glorify me,
    since all he tells you
    will be taken from what is mine.
    Everything the Father has is mine;
    that is why I said:
    All he tells you
    will be taken from what is mine.
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    05/03/2016 9:08:06 PM PDT · 4 of 21
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    From: John 16:12-15

    The Action of the Holy Spirit (Continuation)


    (Jesus said to His disciples,) [12] “I have yet many things to say to you, but you
    cannot bear them now. [13] When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you in-
    to all the truth; for He will not speak of His own authority, but whatever He hears
    He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come. [14] He
    will glorify Me, for He will take what is mine and declare it to you. [15] All that the
    Father has is Mine; therefore I said that He will take what is Mine and declare it
    to you.”

    *********************************************************************************************
    Commentary:

    13. It is the Holy Spirit who makes fully understood the truth revealed by Christ.
    As Vatican II teaches, our Lord “completed and perfected Revelation and con-
    firmed it...finally by sending the Spirit of truth” (Vatican II, “Dei Verbum”, 4). Cf.
    note on John 14:25-26.

    14-15. Jesus Christ here reveals some aspects of the mystery of the Blessed
    Trinity. He teaches that the Three Divine Persons have the same nature when
    He says that everything that the Father has belongs to the Son, and everything
    the Son has belongs to the Father (cf. John 17:10) and that the Spirit also has
    what is common to the Father and the Son, that is, the divine essence. The ac-
    tivity specific to the Holy Spirit is that of glorifying Christ, reminding and clarify-
    ing for the disciples everything the Master taught them (John 16:13). On being
    inspired by the Holy Spirit to recognize the Father through the Son, men render
    glory to Christ; and glorifying Christ is the same as giving glory to God (cf. John
    17:1, 3-5, 10).

    *********************************************************************************************
    Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
    Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
    the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

    Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
    by Scepter Publishers in the United States.

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    05/03/2016 9:07:26 PM PDT · 3 of 21
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    From: Acts 17:15, 22-18:1

    Reception in Beroea (Continuation)


    [15] Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens; and receiving a
    command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they de-
    parted.

    Paul’s Speech in the Areopagus


    [22] So Paul, standing in the middle of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I
    perceive that in every way you are very religious. [23] For as I passed along, and
    observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription,
    ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to
    you. [24] The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven
    and earth, does not live in shrines made by man, [25] nor is he served by human
    hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all men life and
    breath and everything. [26] And he made from one every nation of men to live on
    all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of
    their habitation, [27] that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel
    after him and find him. Yet he is not far from each one of us, [28] for ‘In him we
    live and move and have our being’; as even some of your poets have said, ‘For
    we are indeed his offspring.’

    [29] Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the Deity is like gold,
    or silver, or stone, a representation by the art and imagination of man. [30] The
    times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all men everywhere
    to repent, [31] because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in
    righteousness by a man whom he has appointed and of this he has given assu-
    rance to all men by raising him from the dead.

    [32] Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked; but
    others said, “We will hear you again about this.” [33] So Paul went out from
    among them. [34] But some men joined him and believed, among them Diony-
    sius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.

    Paul in Corinth, with Aquila and Priscilla


    [1] After this he left Athens and went to Corinth.

    *********************************************************************************************
    Commentary:

    22-33. Of all Paul’s addresses reported in Acts, this address in the Areopagus is
    his longest to a pagan audience (cf. 14:15ff). It is a highly significant one, paral-
    leling in importance his address to the Jews of Pisidian Antioch (cf. 13:16ff). It is
    the first model we have of Christian apologetic method, which tends to stress the
    reasonableness of Christianity and the fact that it has no difficulty in holding its
    own with the best in human thought.

    The speaker is clearly the same person as wrote the first three chapters of the
    Epistle to the Romans, someone with a lot of experience of preaching the Gos-
    pel; his method consists in first talking about the one, true, living God and then
    proclaiming Jesus Christ, the divine Saviour of all men (cf. 2 Thess 1:9-10).

    After an introduction designed to catch the attention of listeners and highlight
    the central theme (vv. 22ff), the address can be divided into three parts: 1) God
    is the Lord of the world; he does not need to live in temples built by men (vv. 24f);
    2) man has been created by God and is dependent on him for everything (vv. 26f);
    3) there is a special relationship between God and man; therefore, idolatry is a
    grave sin (vv. 28f). Then, in his conclusion, Paul exhorts his listeners to accept
    the truth about God, and to repent, bearing in mind the Last Judgment (vv. 30f).

    The terminology Paul uses comes mainly from the Greek translation of the Old
    Testament—the Septuagint. Biblical beliefs are expressed in the language of the
    Hellenistic culture of the people.

    22-24. “To an unknown God”: St Paul praises the religious feelings of the Athe-
    nians, which lead them to offer worship to God. But he goes on to point out that
    their form of religion is very imperfect because they do not know enough about
    God and about the right way to worship him; nor does their religion free them
    from their sins or help them live in a way worthy of human dignity. Religious A-
    thenians, he seems to say somewhat ironically, are in fact superstitious, and
    they do not know the one true God and his ways of salvation.

    Paul criticizes pagan religion and points out its limitations, but he does not to-
    tally condemn it. He regards it as a basis to work on: at least it means that his
    listeners accept the possibility of the existence of a true God as yet unknown
    to them. They are predisposed to receive and accept the supernatural revelation
    of God in Christ. Revelation does not destroy natural religion: rather, it purifies it,
    completes it and raises it up, enabling a naturally religious person to know the
    mystery of God, One and Triune, to change his life with the help of the grace of
    Christ and to attain the salvation he needs and yearns for.

    23. “Those who acted in accordance with what is universally naturally and eter-
    nally good were pleasing to God and will be saved by Christ [...], just like the righ-
    teous who preceded them” (St Justin, “Dialogue with Tryphon”, 45). The Church’s
    esteem for the positive elements in pagan religions leads her to preach to all men
    the fullness of truth and salvation which is to be found only in Jesus Christ. “The
    Catholic Church rejects nothing of what is true and holy in these religions. She
    has a high regard for the manner of life and conduct, the precepts and doctrines
    which, although differing in many ways from her own teaching, nevertheless often
    reflect a ray of that truth which enlightens all men, yet she proclaims, and is in
    duty bound to proclaim without fail, Christ who is the way, and the truth, and the
    life (Jn 14:6). In him, in whom God reconciled all things to himself, men find the
    fullness of their religious life” (Vatican II, “Nostra Aetate”, 2).

    24. Paul’s language is in line with the way God is described in the Old Testament
    as being Lord of heaven and earth (cf. Is 42:5; Ex 20:21). The Apostle speaks of
    God’s infinite majesty: God is greater than the universe, of which he is the crea-
    tor. However, Paul does not mean to imply that it is not desirable for God to be
    worshipped in sacred places designed for that purpose.

    His words seem to echo those of Solomon at the dedication of the first Temple:
    “Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain thee; how much less
    this house which I have built!” (1 Kings 8:27).

    Any worship rendered to God should be “in spirit and truth” (Jn 4:24). But the
    Lord has desired to dwell in a special way and to receive homage in temples built
    by men. “The worship of God”, St Thomas Aquinas writes, “regards both God
    who is worshipped and men who perform the worship. God is not confined to any
    place, and therefore it is not on his account that a tabernacle or temple has to be
    made. Worshippers, as corporeal beings, need a special tabernacle or temple set
    up for the worship of God; and this for two reasons. First, that the thought of its
    being appointed to the worship of God might instill a greater sense of reverence;
    second, that the way it is arranged and furnished might signify in various respects
    the excellence of Christ’s divine or human nature. [...] From this it is clear that the
    house of the sanctuary was not set up to receive God as if dwelling there, but that
    his name might dwell there, that is, in order that the knowledge of God might be
    exhibited there” (”Summa Theologiae”, I-II, q. 102, a. 4. ad 1).

    25. The idea that God does not need man’s service and does not depend on
    man for his well-being and happiness is to be often found in the prophetical books.
    “Now in Babylon you will see”, Jeremiah proclaims, “gods made of silver and gold
    and wood, which are carried on men’s shoulders and inspire fear in the heathen.
    Their tongues are smoothed by the craftsmen, and they themselves are overlaid
    with gold and silver; but they are false and cannot speak. [...] When they have
    been dressed in purple robes, their faces are wiped because of the dust from the
    temple, which is thick upon them. Like a local ruler the god holds a scepter,
    though unable to destroy any one who offends it. [...] Having no feet, they are
    carried on men’s shoulders, revealing to mankind their worthlessness. And those
    who serve them are ashamed because through them these gods are made to
    stand, lest they fall to the ground” (Bar 6:4, 8, 12-13, 26-27).

    This does not mean that the Lord does not want men to respond to the love-offe-
    ring which he makes them. “Hear, O heavens,” Isaiah prophesies, “and give ear,
    O earth; for the Lord has spoken: Sons have I reared and brought up, but they
    have rebelled against me. The ox knows its owner, and the ass its master’s crib;
    but Israel does not know, my people does not understand” (1:2-3).

    In addition to being offensive and senseless, sin implies indifference and ingrati-
    tude towards God, who, in an excess of love, is tireless in seeking man’s friend-
    ship. “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son,”
    we read in the prophet Hosea. “The more I called them, the more they went from
    me. [...] Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them up in my arms; but
    they did not know that I healed them. I led them with cords of compassion, with
    the bands of love” (11:1-4).

    By far the greatest sign of God’s love for men is the Redemption, and the sacra-
    ments of the Church, through which the fruits of the Redemption reach us. His
    love is expressed in a special way in the Blessed Eucharist, which provides the
    Christian with nourishment and is where Jesus wishes us to adore him and keep
    him company.

    26. “From one”: St Paul is referring to the text of Genesis 2:7: “then the Lord
    God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath
    of life”; in other words, he is speaking of the first progenitor of the human race.
    The expression “from one” should not be interpreted as meaning from “one princi-
    ple” but from “one man”.

    27-28. St Paul is speaking about the absolute nearness of God and his myste-
    rious but real presence in every man and woman. St Augustine echoes this tea-
    ching when he exclaims, “Yet all the time you were within me, more inward than
    the most inward place of my heart, and loftier than the highest” (”Confessions”,
    III, 6, 11).

    Merely to exist, man needs God, his Creator. He also needs him if he is to con-
    tinue in existence, to live and act. He needs him if he is to think and love. And
    in particular he needs him in order to love goodness and be good. It is correct to
    say that God is in us. This intimate union of God and man does not in any way
    take from the fact that there is a perfect distinction and radical difference be-
    tween God, who is infinite, and man, who is finite and limited.

    “Men, who are incapable of existing of themselves,” St Athanasius writes, “are
    to be found confined by place and dependent on the Word of God. But God ex-
    ists of himself, he contains all things and is contained by none. He is to be found
    within everything as far as his goodness and power is concerned, and he is out-
    side of everything as far as his own divine nature is concerned” (”De Decretis Ni-
    caenae Synodi”, 11).

    Christian spirituality has traditionally seen in these ideas an invitation to seek
    God in the depth of one’s soul and to always feel dependent upon him.

    “Consider God”, says St John of Avila, “who is the existence of everything that
    exists, and without whom there is nothing: and who is the life of all that lives, and
    without whom there is death; and who is the strength of all that has capacity to
    act, and without whom there is weakness; and who is the entire good of every-
    thing that is good, without whom nothing can have the least little bit of good in it”
    (”Audi, Filia”, chap. 64).

    St Francis de Sales writes: “Not only is God in the place where you are, but he
    is in a very special manner in your heart and in the depth of your soul, which he
    quickens and animates with his divine presence, since he is there as the heart
    of your heart, and the spirit of your soul; for, as the soul, being spread throughout
    the body, is present in every part of it, and yet resides in a special manner in the
    heart, so God, being present in all things, is present nevertheless in a special
    manner in our spirit and therefore David called God ‘the God of his heart’ (Ps 73:
    26); and Paul said that ‘we live and move and have our being in God’ (Acts 17:28).
    By reflecting on this truth, you will stir up in your heart a great reverence for God,
    who is so intimately present there” (”Introduction to the Devout Life”, II, chap. 2).

    This quotation — in the singular — is from the Stoic poet Aratus (3rd century B.C.).
    The plural in the quotation may refer to a similar verse in the hymn to Zeus writ-
    ten by Cleanthes (also 3rd century).

    “The devil spoke words of Scripture but our Saviour reduced him to silence”, St
    Athanasius comments. “Paul cites secular authors, but, saint that he is, he gives
    them a spiritual meaning” (”De Synodis”, 39). “We are rightly called ‘God’s off-
    spring’, not the offspring of his divinity but created freely by his spirit and recrea-
    ted through adoption as sons” (St Bede, “Super Act Expositio, ad loc”.).

    29. If men are God’s offspring, and are in some way like him, clearly an inanimate
    representation cannot contain the living God. Men have God’s spirit and therefore
    they should recognize that God is spiritual. However, material representations of
    God do serve a useful purpose, due to the fact that human knowledge begins from
    sense experience. Visual images help us to realize that God is present and they
    help us to adore him. Veneration of images — as encouraged by the Church — is,
    therefore, quite different from idolatry: an idolater thinks that God dwells in the i-
    dol, that he acts only through the idol, and in some cases he actually thinks that
    the idol is God.

    30. St Paul now moves on from speaking about natural knowledge of God to ex-
    plaining the knowledge of God that comes from faith.

    Although man can know God by using his reason, the Lord has chosen to make
    known the mysteries of his divine life in a supernatural way, in order to make it
    easier for man to attain salvation. “The Church maintains and teaches that God,
    the beginning and end of all things, can be known with certainty, by the natural
    light of human reason, from created things. [...] However, it pleased him in his
    wisdom and goodness to reveal himself to mankind and to make known the eter-
    nal decrees of his will in another, supernatural way” (Vatican I, “Dei Filius”, chap.
    2).

    “It was also necessary for man to be instructed by divine Revelation concerning
    those truths concerning God, which human reason is able to discover, for these
    truths, attained by human reason, would reach man through the work of a few,
    after much effort and mixed in with many errors; yet the entire salvation of man,
    which lies in God, depends on knowledge of these truths. So, for salvation to
    reach men more rapidly and more surely, it was necessary for them to be ins-
    tructed by divine Revelation concerning the things of God” (St Thomas Aquinas,
    “Summa Theologiae”, I, q. 1, a. 1).

    Supernatural Revelation assures man of easily attained, certain knowledge of
    divine mysteries; it also includes some truths—such as the existence of God —
    which unaided human reason can discover (cf. Rom 1:20).

    “It pleased God, in his goodness and wisdom”, Vatican II teaches, “to reveal
    himself and to make known the mystery of his will (cf. Eph 1:9). His will was that
    men should have access to the Father, through Christ, the Word made flesh, in
    the Holy Spirit, and thus become sharers in the divine nature (cf. Eph 2:18; 2 Pet
    1:4). By this revelation, then, the invisible God (cf. Col 1: 15; 1 Tim 1 :17), from
    the fullness of his love, addresses men as his friends (cf. Ex 33:11; Jn 15:14-15),
    and moves among them in order to invite and receive them into his own company”
    (”Dei Verbum”, 2).

    The knowledge of the triune God and his saving will which supernatural revelation
    offers men is not just theoretical or intellectual knowledge: it has the aim of con-
    verting man and leading him to repent and to change his life. It is, therefore, a cal-
    ling from God; and God expects man to make a personal response to that call.
    “The obedience of faith” (Rom 16:26; cf. Rom 1:5; 2 Cor 10:5-6) must be given to
    God as he reveals himself. By faith man freely commits his entire self to God,
    making ‘the full submission of his intellect and will to God who reveals’ (Vatican I,
    “Dei Filius”, chap. 3), and willingly assenting to the Revelation given by him. Be-
    fore this faith can be exercised, man must have the grace of God to move and as-
    sist him; he must have the interior helps of the Holy Spirit, who moves the heart
    and converts it to God” (Vatican II, “Dei Verbum”, 5).

    This practical knowledge of the living and true God revealed in Christ is in fact the
    only way for man to know himself, despise his faults and sins, and find hope in
    divine mercy. It is a self-knowledge—given by God—which enables the repentant
    sinner to begin a new life and work freely with God at his own sanctification: “As
    I see it, we shall never succeed in knowing ourselves unless we seek to know
    God,” St Teresa writes. “Let us think of his greatness and then come back to our
    own baseness; by looking at his purity we shall see our foulness; by meditating
    on his humility, we shall see how far we are from being humble” (”Interior Castle”,
    I, 2, 9).

    31. On Jesus Christ as Judge of all, see the note on Acts 10:42.

    32. When St Paul begins to tell the Athenians about Jesus’ resurrection from the
    dead, they actually begin to jeer. For pagans, the notion of resurrection from the
    dead was absurd, something they were not prepared to believe. If the Apostle
    speaks in this way, the reason is that the truths of the Christian faith all lead into
    the mystery of the Resurrection; even though he may have anticipated his liste-
    ners’ reaction, he does not avoid telling them about this truth, which forms the
    bedrock of our faith. “See how he leads them,” Chrysostom points out, “to the
    God who takes care of the world, who is kind, merciful, powerful and wise: all
    these attributes of the Creator are confirmed in the Resurrection” (”Hom. on Acts”,
    38).

    The Apostle fails to overcome the rationalist prejudices of most of his audience.
    Here we have, as it were, an application of what he wrote later to the Corinthians:
    “The Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified.... folly to the Gentiles”
    (1 Cor 1:22), the reason being that if people do not have an attitude and disposi-
    tion of faith, then reason goes out of control and haughtily rejects mysteries. If
    the human mind is made the measure of all things, it will despise and reject any-
    thing it does not understand—including things which are beyond human understan-
    ding. The mysteries God has revealed to man cannot be grasped by unaided hu-
    man reason; they have to be accepted on faith. What moves the mind to accept
    these mysteries is not the evidence they contain but the authority of God, who is
    infallible truth and cannot deceive or be deceived. The act of faith, although strict-
    ly speaking an act of the assenting mind, is influenced by the will; the desire to
    believe presupposes that one loves him who is proposing the truth to be believed.

    34. “Those careful to live an upright life do not take long to understand the word;
    but the same does not go for others” (Chrysostom, Hom. on Acts, 39).

    Among the few converts in Athens St Luke mentions Damaris. She is one of the
    many women who appear in Acts—which clearly shows that the preaching of the
    Gospel was addressed to everyone without distinction. In all that they did the A-
    postles followed their Master’s example, who in spite of the prejudices of his age
    proclaimed the Kingdom to women as well as men.

    St. Luke told us about the first convert in Europe being a woman (cf. 16:14ff).
    Something similar happened in the case of the Samaritans: it was a woman who
    first spoke to them about the Saviour (cf. Jn 4). In the Gospels we see how atten-
    tive women are to our Lord—standing at the foot of the Cross or being the first to
    visit the tomb on Easter Sunday. And there is no record of women being hypocri-
    tical or hating Christ or abandoning him out of cowardice.

    St Paul has a deep appreciation of the role of the Christian woman—as mother,
    wife and sister—in the spreading of Christianity, as can be seen from his letters
    and preaching. Lydia in Philippi, Priscilla and Chloe in Corinth, Phoebe in Cen-
    chrae, the mother of Rufus—who was also a mother to him—, and the daughters
    of Philip (Acts 21:9): these are some of the women to whom Paul was ever-
    grateful for their help and prayers.

    “Women are called to bring to the family, to society and to the Church, charac-
    teristics which are their own and which they alone can give—their gentle warmth
    and untiring generosity, their love for detail, their quick-wittedness and intuition,
    their simple and deep piety, their constancy...” (St. J. Escriva, “Conversations”,
    87). The Church looks to women to commit themselves and bear witness to hu-
    man values and to where human happiness lies: “Women have received from
    God”, Bl. John Paul II says, “a natural charism of their own, which features great
    sensitivity, a fine sense of balance, a gift for detail and a providential love for life-
    in-the-making, life in need of loving attention. These are qualities which make for
    human maturity” (”Address”, 7 December 1979).

    When these qualities, with which God has endowed feminine personality, are de-
    veloped and brought into play, woman’s “life and work will be really constructive,
    fruitful and full of meaning, whether she spends the day dedicated to her husband
    and children or whether, having given up the idea of marriage for a noble reason,
    she has given herself fully to other tasks.

    “Each woman in her own sphere of life, if she is faithful to her divine and human
    vocation, can and, in fact, does achieve the fullness of her feminine personality.
    Let us remember that Mary, Mother of God and Mother of men, is not only a mo-
    del but also a proof of the transcendental value of an apparently unimportant life”
    (St. J. Escriva, “Conversations”, 87).

    *********************************************************************************************

    Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
    Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
    the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

    Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
    by Scepter Publishers in the United States.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-04-16

    05/03/2016 9:01:32 PM PDT · 2 of 21
    Salvation to nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...
    Alleluia Ping

    Please FReepmail me to get on/off the Alleluia Ping List.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-04-16

    05/03/2016 9:00:18 PM PDT · 1 of 21
    Salvation
    For your reading, reflection, faith-sharing, comments, questions, discussion.
  • Strong Warnings from the Founders and Early American Leaders for America

    05/03/2016 9:00:17 PM PDT · 4 of 5
    loveliberty2 to The Ignorant Fisherman
    For a downloadable set of illustrated essays outlining and explaining the Founders' principles underlying America's Declaration of Independence and Constitution, see the NCCS web site.

    Between now and the Republican Convention, share copies of these essays with every so-called "millennial" you know. Perhaps they may be better prepared to evaluate what they see and hear on television, and then be better informed voters in the Fall.

    Ours is the job of helping to inform youth of the unique ideas of liberty which made America the place where oppressed individuals from all over the world have come for centuries to find opportunity, freedom, and the ability to pursue happiness for themselves and their families.

  • A Look at the Early Catholic Church from the Acts of the Apostles

    05/03/2016 8:52:08 PM PDT · 449 of 453
    MHGinTN to terycarl
    So you take this phrase literally, in spite of the TRUTH that it would break the law GOD gave to the Jews never to be dissolved. That means you should do a little 'interpreting' based on the rest of scripture. You are doing what the twisters and seekers after signs did in John 6 where they too took what Jesus said literally, rather than figure out how GOD with them could remain unchanged, not breaking His Given Laws.

    But we understand that to do the extra work of checking on how GOD remains unchanged is not allowed by the magicsteeringthem who you follow.

  • BRING BACK THE LOWLY ALTAR BOY (Catholic Caucus)

    05/03/2016 8:39:40 PM PDT · 20 of 22
    Mercat to vladimir998

    Thanks. I’m a fan of Brother Cadfael so was hoping for Mass at the Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul.

  • A Look at the Early Catholic Church from the Acts of the Apostles

    05/03/2016 8:38:39 PM PDT · 448 of 453
    terycarl to Mark17
    Now, I am going to go read the Bible, and interpret it for myself.

    There's a passage that says" Jesus took bread in His hands, blessed it, broke it and gave it to His Apostles saying Take and eat of this, THIS IS MY BODY"

    I Interpret this as Jesus saying "Take and eat of this, THIS IS MY BODY"

    How do you interpret it???

  • The Real Sexual Revolution...gender pt 3

    05/03/2016 8:34:03 PM PDT · 1 of 1
    pastorbillrandles
  • A Look at the Early Catholic Church from the Acts of the Apostles

    05/03/2016 8:33:25 PM PDT · 447 of 453
    MHGinTN to terycarl

    What would you be without C O N F L A T I O N ?

  • Catholic College Employee Investigated By Police For Saying There Are Only Two Genders

    05/03/2016 8:33:13 PM PDT · 29 of 31
    CrazyIvan to 2ndDivisionVet

    Wouldn’t it be nice if people who tried to distort the second amendment got this kind of treatment. (Actually I don’t want any dissenter treated this way, but you get my point?)

  • Catholic College Employee Investigated By Police For Saying There Are Only Two Genders

    05/03/2016 8:32:43 PM PDT · 28 of 31
    Rembrandt to 2ndDivisionVet

    I’d recommend this lady talk to an attorney who could take legal action against the school on a contingency basis. I think being deprived of your livelihood is a “sueable” offense.

  • A Look at the Early Catholic Church from the Acts of the Apostles

    05/03/2016 8:30:02 PM PDT · 446 of 453
    CraigEsq to mrobisr

    “Let me say this loud and clear NO sacrament saves you or forgives any sin.”

    Matthew, Mark, Luke, Paul, and Peter all disagree with you.

    “Only the shed blood of Jesus Christ forgives sins and not by works but by Grace through faith.”

    That is a very true statement.

  • Strong Warnings from the Founders and Early American Leaders for America

    05/03/2016 8:24:35 PM PDT · 3 of 5
    DavidLSpud to The Ignorant Fisherman

    Agreed....

    we don’t need no stinkin parties...

    or constitution for that matter...

    According to Madison’s notes, Hamilton said in regards to the executive, “The English model was the only good one on this subject. The hereditary interest of the king was so interwoven with that of the nation, and his personal emoluments so great, that he was placed above the danger of being corrupted from abroad…Let one executive be appointed for life who dares execute his powers.”[64] Hamilton argued, “And let me observe that an executive is less dangerous to the liberties of the people when in office during life than for seven years.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Hamilton

    after Hitlery it can be Chelsea....

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/ca/Chelsea_Clinton.jpg/440px-Chelsea_Clinton.jpg

    or Monica...

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/57/Monica_lewinsky.jpg/170px-Monica_lewinsky.jpg

    I love this plan! I’m excited to be a part of it.

    ( ; )

  • BRING BACK THE LOWLY ALTAR BOY (Catholic Caucus)

    05/03/2016 8:24:07 PM PDT · 19 of 22
    Salvation to kearnyirish2

    Another reason every priest needs to instigate adult catechesis in his parish!

  • A Look at the Early Catholic Church from the Acts of the Apostles

    05/03/2016 8:23:51 PM PDT · 445 of 453
    terycarl to Mark17
    Now, I am going to go read the Bible, and interpret it for myself.

    REALLY????? whoda thunkit??? It is apparent in your postings.....it is SO much easier that way!!

  • Strong Warnings from the Founders and Early American Leaders for America

    05/03/2016 8:20:55 PM PDT · 2 of 5
    familyop to The Ignorant Fisherman
    "After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp, and fashioned them at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd.

    "The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided -- men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till [the] nation is reduced to be nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd."


    Looks like a tyranny under NIMBYs (NIMBY: "not in my back yard"). It outlaws productive activities and threatens the very survival of owners of vacant lots (laws against camping on one's own private property, etc.).

  • A Look at the Early Catholic Church from the Acts of the Apostles

    05/03/2016 8:20:53 PM PDT · 444 of 453
    terycarl to boatbums
    Do you think Peter believed Scripture needed a magic decoder ring to understand like it was all written in undecipherable code? Scripture was written so that we may be complete, fully equipped and able to know the truth through the SAME Holy Spirit that inspired the writers and who now indwells believers.

    Not at all, I believe that God inspired the scriptures and that Jesus founded a church which interpreted them and compiled a book (the Bible) which the church could, and still does, properly interpret. Do I think that everyone is capable of accurately interpreting the Bible?????The answer is NO, and it is very evident in the world today that there are those who attempt to do so and fail miserably.

    Please pay attention to Christ's original church and their teachings. They are the ONLY authorized and CORRECT authority on the Bible.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-03-16, FEAST, Sts. Philip and James, Apostles

    05/03/2016 8:20:37 PM PDT · 38 of 38
    Salvation to All
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-03-16, FEAST, Sts. Philip and James, Apostles

    05/03/2016 8:19:21 PM PDT · 37 of 38
    Salvation to All
    One Bread, One Body

    One Bread, One Body

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    1 Corinthians 15:1-8
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    "I WISH TO KNOW CHRIST" (Phil 3:10)

     
    " 'Philip,' Jesus replied, 'after I have been with you all this time, you still do not know Me?' " —John 14:9
     

    The apostle Philip lived, ate, drank, slept, and traveled with Jesus. After three years, Jesus had to conclude that Philip still did not know Him (Jn 14:9).

    After three similar years, the apostle Peter admitted this same fact. Peter looked at Jesus standing bound and accused from across the courtyard and said: "I do not even know the Man!" (Mt 26:74) While it is true that Peter spoke words of cowardice, it's also important to realize that Peter really didn't know Jesus. He knew Jesus as Teacher, Master, and Miracle-Worker, but Peter did not know Jesus, the Suffering-Servant.

    If the apostles didn't know Him, then how can we know Him? "The way we can be sure of our knowledge of Him is to keep His commandments" (1 Jn 2:3). If we tell ourselves, " 'I have known Him,' without keeping His commandments," we are self-deceived (1 Jn 2:4).

    We need to know His commandments in order to obey them. Consequently, we need to spend time reading His Word and making it our home (Jn 8:31). In the words of St. Jerome: "Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ" (Catechism, 133).

    We will one day find ourselves telling Jesus all the ways in which we knew Him (Mt 7:22; Lk 13:26). Yet if we did not show that we have known Jesus by keeping His commandments, His assessment of us will be: "I never knew You" (Mt 7:23).

     
    Prayer: Jesus, I wish to know You, Your Word, the power flowing from Your Resurrection, and how to share in Your sufferings by being formed into the pattern of Your death (Phil 3:10).
    Promise: Jesus "rose on the third day...He was seen by Cephas, then by the Twelve." —1 Cor 15:4-5
    Praise: Because of his faithfulness, St. James was one of the first to encounter the risen Jesus.
  • Catholic College Employee Investigated By Police For Saying There Are Only Two Genders

    05/03/2016 8:09:36 PM PDT · 27 of 31
    steve86 to 2ndDivisionVet

    T-rump won’t lift a chubby finger to help our side with this stuff.