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  • Sainthood rites for John Paul II, John XXIII to be beamed around the world (3D in cinemas, for free)

    04/14/2014 2:29:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 46 replies
    RNS ^ | April 14, 2014 | Josephine McKenna
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) While millions of pilgrims are expected to attend the Catholic Church’s first-ever double canonization at the end of April, the Vatican is preparing its most ambitious TV and social media campaign for the millions who don’t make it to Rome.View down Via della Conciliazione to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Photo courtesy of Jimmy Harris via Flickr City officials are expecting more than 5 million people to attend the ceremony when Pope Francis declares his predecessors Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII saints in St Peter’s Square on April 27.For the first time viewers will...
  • St. Gemma Galgani's Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    04/11/2014 1:04:14 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 5 replies
    Dignare Me Laudare Te, Virgo Sacrata blog ^ | Early 20th century | Venerable Fr. Germanus, C.P.
    Painting of St. Gemma Galgani, taken from St. Gemma Galgani blog "...I believe that God...raised up this child of Heaven at a time of so much falling away in piety as an example and stimulus to Christians to venerate and love the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar..." ..."'Oh, what immense happiness and heart feels before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament! And if Jesus would allow me to enter sacred Tabernacle where He, Soul, Body, Blood, and Divinity is present, should I not be in Paradise?'..." "...We read in the lives of different Saints that, as sometimes they...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-11-14, OM, St. Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr

    04/10/2014 10:40:02 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 04-11-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 11, 2014Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent   Reading 1 Jer 20:10-13 I hear the whisperings of many:“Terror on every side!Denounce! let us denounce him!”All those who were my friendsare on the watch for any misstep of mine.“Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,and take our vengeance on him.”But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion:my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.In their failure they will be put to utter shame,to lasting, unforgettable confusion.O LORD of hosts, you who test the just,who probe mind and heart,Let me witness the vengeance you take on...
  • Francis looks to heal Church with two pope saints

    04/10/2014 6:01:59 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 54 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | April 10, 2014 | Jean-Louis De La Vaissiere (AFP)
    Pope Francis aims to unite conservative and reformist strands of Catholicism with the first canonisation of two popes this month -- an impressive masterstroke that has already stirred dissent in some quarters.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-07-14, OM, St. John Baptist de la Salle, Priest

    04/06/2014 8:36:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 04-07-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 7, 2014Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Dn 13:1-19, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 In Babylon there lived a man named Joakim,who married a very beautiful and God-fearing woman, Susanna,the daughter of Hilkiah;her pious parents had trained their daughteraccording to the law of Moses.Joakim was very rich;he had a garden near his house,and the Jews had recourse to him oftenbecause he was the most respected of them all. That year, two elders of the people were appointed judges,of whom the Lord said, “Wickedness has come out of Babylon:from the elders who were to govern the people...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-05-14, OM, St. Vincent Ferrer, Priest

    04/04/2014 8:37:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 04-05-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 5, 2014Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Jer 11:18-20 I knew their plot because the LORD informed me;at that time you, O LORD, showed me their doings. Yet I, like a trusting lamb led to slaughter,had not realized that they were hatching plots against me:“Let us destroy the tree in its vigor;let us cut him off from the land of the living,so that his name will be spoken no more.” But, you, O LORD of hosts, O just Judge,searcher of mind and heart,Let me witness the vengeance you take on them,for to you I...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-04-14, OM, St. Isidore, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    04/03/2014 8:26:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 04-04-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 4, 2014Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Wis 2:1a, 12-22 The wicked said among themselves, thinking not aright:“Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us;he sets himself against our doings,Reproaches us for transgressions of the lawand charges us with violations of our training.He professes to have knowledge of Godand styles himself a child of the LORD.To us he is the censure of our thoughts; merely to see him is a hardship for us,Because his life is not like that of others,and different are his ways.He judges us debased;he holds aloof...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-02-14, OM, St. Francis of Paola, Hermit

    04/01/2014 9:08:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 04-02-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 2, 2014Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent  Reading 1 Is 49:8-15 Thus says the LORD:In a time of favor I answer you,on the day of salvation I help you;and I have kept you and given you as a covenant to the people,To restore the landand allot the desolate heritages,Saying to the prisoners: Come out!To those in darkness: Show yourselves!Along the ways they shall find pasture,on every bare height shall their pastures be.They shall not hunger or thirst,nor shall the scorching wind or the sun strike them;For he who pities them leads themand guides them beside springs of...
  • Saints that are Incorruptible [Ecumenical]

    03/24/2014 8:18:07 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 18 replies
    Mystics of the Church ^ | n/a | Jim Dunning
    When a body is described as being incorrupt it means that it does not decay after death. The same cannot be said of a body that is well preserved or mummified, or has undergone an embalming process. Most such corpses become stiff, but incorruptible saints remain completely flexible, as if they are only sleeping.... There is a whole list of saints, however, whose bodies have been found to be incorrupt. Not all of them were Roman Catholics. The Russian Orthodox Church is well represented by such as St. Alexander of Svir, who was a monk, and by the martyrs of...
  • Was "Babylon The Great" a Symbolic Name for Jerusalem?

    03/22/2014 1:35:03 PM PDT · by PhilipFreneau · 322 replies
    March 22, 2014 | PhilipFreneau
    Was "Babylon The Great" a Symbolic Name for Jerusalem? Recall that Jesus said: " it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem" (Luke 13:33.) That is a very important statement to keep in mind when considering the following passages: and later in the same chapter of Luke, Jesus added: "I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias which...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-19-14, SOL, St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    03/18/2014 8:59:15 PM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies ^ | 03-19-14 | Revised New American Bible
    March 19, 2014Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary   Reading 1 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16 The LORD spoke to Nathan and said:“Go, tell my servant David,‘When your time comes and you rest with your ancestors,I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins,and I will make his kingdom firm.It is he who shall build a house for my name.And I will make his royal throne firm forever.I will be a father to him,and he shall be a son to me.Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me;your throne shall...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-18-14, OM, St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    03/17/2014 9:12:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies ^ | 03-18-14 | Revised New American Bible
    March 18, 2014Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent    Reading 1 Is 1:10, 16-20 Hear the word of the LORD,princes of Sodom!Listen to the instruction of our God,people of Gomorrah! Wash yourselves clean!Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes;cease doing evil; learn to do good.Make justice your aim: redress the wronged,hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow. Come now, let us set things right,says the LORD:Though your sins be like scarlet,they may become white as snow;Though they be crimson red,they may become white as wool.If you are willing, and obey,you shall eat the good things of the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LOUGH DERG, 03-17-14

    03/17/2014 8:11:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-17-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:LOUGH DERGIsland shrine on a small lake in County Donegal, northwest Ireland, a place of pilgrimage since early Christian times. The principal edifice is the Basilica of St. Patrick, near the cave known as St. Patrick's Purgatory, where in answer to the saint's prayers the incredulous could experience something of the burning of hell. Penal legislation by the British Government was repealed in 1871, so that now thousands of pilgrims visit the shrine, especially between June 1 and August 15. The custom is to stay for three days, doing penance and praying. Only one meal...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-17-14, OM, St. Patrick, Bishop

    03/16/2014 9:15:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 03-17-14 | Revised New American Bible
    March 17, 2014Monday of the Second Week in Lent    Reading 1 Dn 9:4b-10 “Lord, great and awesome God,you who keep your merciful covenant toward those who love youand observe your commandments!We have sinned, been wicked and done evil;we have rebelled and departed from your commandments and your laws.We have not obeyed your servants the prophets,who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes,our fathers, and all the people of the land.Justice, O Lord, is on your side;we are shamefaced even to this day:we, the men of Judah, the residents of Jerusalem,and all Israel, near and far,in all...
  • The Thousand Year Reign of Christ on Earth: Is it Biblical?

    03/14/2014 4:23:52 PM PDT · by PhilipFreneau · 146 replies
    Mar 14, 2014 | PhilipFreneau
    The Thousand Year Reign of Christ on Earth: Is it Biblical? This is the passage in question: "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-08-14, OM, St. John of God

    03/08/2014 8:21:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 03-08-14 | Revised New American Bible
    March 8, 2014Saturday after Ash Wednesday    Reading 1 Is 58:9b-14 Thus says the LORD:If you remove from your midst oppression,false accusation and malicious speech;If you bestow your bread on the hungryand satisfy the afflicted;Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,and the gloom shall become for you like midday;Then the LORD will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake,and the foundations from ages past you shall raise up;“Repairer...
  • Supplica to Saint Dymphna, Virgin and Martyr

    02/28/2014 4:44:52 PM PST · by mlizzy · 5 replies
    Vultus Christi ^ | 1-20-14 | Fr. Mark Kirby
    I received this morning a heart–rending request for prayers to Saint Dymphna on behalf of a woman who has been suffering from mental illness for many years. Although I cannot reveal the details of the request, I would ask my dear readers, of their charity, to say the following prayer to Saint Dymphna for this suffering handmaid of God.O glorious Saint Dymphna, virgin martyr and chaste bride of Christ, child of Ireland, bereft of thy mother, object of thy grief-stricken father’s unlawful desires, pure dove who, to preserve thy purity, didst fly to foreign shores, dauntless follower of the immolated...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-23-14, Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

    02/22/2014 9:12:32 PM PST · by Salvation · 50 replies ^ | 02-23-14 | Revised New American Bible
    February 23, 2014Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Lv 19:1-2, 17-18 The LORD said to Moses,“Speak to the whole Israelite community and tell them:Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. “You shall not bear hatred for your brother or sister in your heart.Though you may have to reprove your fellow citizen,do not incur sin because of him.Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against any of your people.You shall love your neighbor as yourself.I am the LORD.” Responsorial Psalm Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13 R/ (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.Bless the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-22-14, Feast, Chair of Peter, Apostle

    02/21/2014 9:39:00 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies ^ | 02-22-14 | Revised New American Bible
    February 22, 2014Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle    Reading 1 1 Pt 5:1-4 Beloved:I exhort the presbyters among you,as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christand one who has a share in the glory to be revealed.Tend the flock of God in your midst,overseeing not by constraint but willingly,as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly.Do not lord it over those assigned to you,but be examples to the flock.And when the chief Shepherd is revealed,you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Responsorial Psalm Ps 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6 R....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-21-14, OM, St. Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    02/20/2014 8:05:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 02-21-14 | Revised New American Bible
    February 21, 2014Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Jas 2:14-24, 26 What good is it, my brothers and sisters,if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?If a brother or sister has nothing to wearand has no food for the day,and one of you says to them,“Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,”but you do not give them the necessities of the body,what good is it?So also faith of itself,if it does not have works, is dead. Indeed someone might say, “You have faith and I...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-17-14, OM, Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order

    02/16/2014 11:42:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 02-17-14 | Revised New American Bible
    February 17, 2014Monday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Jas 1:1-11 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,to the twelve tribes in the dispersion, greetings. Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters,when you encounter various trials,for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.And let perseverance be perfect,so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.But if any of you lacks wisdom,he should ask God who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly,and he will be given it.But he should ask in faith, not doubting,for the one...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-14-14, M, Sts. Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop

    02/13/2014 9:48:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 02-14-14 | Revised New American Bible
    February 14, 2014Memorial of Saints Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop    Reading 1 1 Kgs 11:29-32; 12:19 Jeroboam left Jerusalem,and the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite met him on the road.The two were alone in the area,and the prophet was wearing a new cloak.Ahijah took off his new cloak,tore it into twelve pieces, and said to Jeroboam: “Take ten pieces for yourself;the LORD, the God of Israel, says:‘I will tear away the kingdom from Solomon’s graspand will give you ten of the tribes.One tribe shall remain to him for the sake of David my servant,and of Jerusalem,the city I have...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-10-14, M, St. Scholastica, Virgin

    02/09/2014 9:06:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 02-10-14 | Revised New American Bible
    February 10, 2014Memorial of Saint Scholastica, Virgin    Reading 1 1 Kgs 8:1-7, 9-13 The elders of Israel and all the leaders of the tribes,the princes in the ancestral houses of the children of Israel,came to King Solomon in Jerusalem,to bring up the ark of the LORD’s covenantfrom the City of David, which is Zion.All the people of Israel assembled before King Solomonduring the festival in the month of Ethanim (the seventh month).When all the elders of Israel had arrived,the priests took up the ark;they carried the ark of the LORDand the meeting tent with all the sacred vesselsthat...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-08-14, OM, St. Jerome Emiliani, St. Josephine Bakhita

    02/07/2014 8:11:48 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 02-08-14 | Revised New American Bible
    February 8, 2014Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Kgs 3:4-13 Solomon went to Gibeon to sacrifice there,because that was the most renowned high place.Upon its altar Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings.In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night.God said, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.”Solomon answered:“You have shown great favor to your servant, my father David,because he behaved faithfully toward you,with justice and an upright heart;and you have continued this great favor toward him, even today,seating a son of his on his throne.O...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-06-14, M, St. Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs

    02/05/2014 7:59:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 02-06-14 | Revised New American Bible
    February 6, 2014Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs    Reading 1 1 kgs 2:1-4, 10-12 When the time of David’s death drew near,he gave these instructions to his son Solomon:“I am going the way of all flesh.Take courage and be a man.Keep the mandate of the LORD, your God, following his waysand observing his statutes, commands, ordinances, and decreesas they are written in the law of Moses,that you may succeed in whatever you do,wherever you turn, and the LORD may fulfillthe promise he made on my behalf when he said,‘If your sons so conduct themselvesthat they remain...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-03-14, OM, St. Blaise, Bishop & Martyr, St. Ansgar, Bishop

    02/02/2014 8:59:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 02-03-14 | Revised New American Bible
    February 3, 2014Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 2 Sm 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13 An informant came to David with the report,“The children of Israel have transferred their loyalty to Absalom.”At this, David said to all his servantswho were with him in Jerusalem:“Up! Let us take flight, or none of us will escape from Absalom.Leave quickly, lest he hurry and overtake us,then visit disaster upon us and put the city to the sword.” As David went up the Mount of Olives, he wept without ceasing.His head was covered, and he was walking barefoot.All those who...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-02-14, Feast, Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas)

    02/01/2014 7:50:32 PM PST · by Salvation · 49 replies ^ | 02-02-14 | Revised New American Bible
    February 2, 2014Feast of the Presentation of the Lord    Reading 1 Mal 3:1-4 Thus says the Lord God:Lo, I am sending my messengerto prepare the way before me;And suddenly there will come to the templethe LORD whom you seek,And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.But who will endure the day of his coming?And who can stand when he appears?For he is like the refiner’s fire,or like the fuller’s lye.He will sit refining and purifying silver,and he will purify the sons of Levi,Refining them like gold or like silverthat...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-31-14. M, St. John Bosco, Priest

    01/30/2014 8:38:20 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 01-31-14 | Revised New American Bible
    January 31, 2014Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest    Reading 1 2 Sm 11:1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17 At the turn of the year, when kings go out on campaign,David sent out Joab along with his officersand the army of Israel, and they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah.David, however, remained in Jerusalem.One evening David rose from his siesta and strolled about on the roof of the palace.From the roof he saw a woman bathing, who was very beautiful.David had inquiries made about the woman and was told, “She is Bathsheba, daughter of Eliam, and wife of Joab’s armor bearer Uriah...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings,01-28-14, M, St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor/Church

    01/27/2014 8:28:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 01-28-14 | Revised New American Bible
    January 28, 2014Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 2 Sm 6:12b-15, 17-19 David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the City of David amid festivities.As soon as the bearers of the ark of the LORD had advanced six steps, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling.Then David, girt with a linen apron, came dancing before the LORD with abandon, as he and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the LORDwith shouts of joy and to the sound of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-25-14, Feast, Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle

    01/24/2014 9:34:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies ^ | 01-25-14 | Revised New American Bible
    January 25, 2014Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle    Reading 1 Acts 22:3-16 Paul addressed the people in these words:“I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia,but brought up in this city.At the feet of Gamaliel I was educated strictly in our ancestral lawand was zealous for God, just as all of you are today.I persecuted this Way to death,binding both men and women and delivering them to prison.Even the high priest and the whole council of elderscan testify on my behalf.For from them I even received letters to the brothersand set out for Damascus to...
  • Converted and Converting [St. Paul]

    01/24/2014 8:43:28 PM PST · by Salvation · 90 replies ^ | 01-22-14 | Scott Hahn
    Converted and Converting Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 01.22.14 |Our patron, St. Paul, isn’t any ordinary saint. He’s a singularity. He’s unique. And the Church calendar reflects the extraordinary role he played in God’s revelation. It was he who brought the Gospel to the world beyond Israel — the Gentiles. He’s credited as author of more than half the books of the New Testament, and it was under Paul’s tutelage that Luke composed his Gospel and Acts.The Apostle to the Gentiles gets not one but two feasts on the Church’s Western calendar. In June he shares a feast...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-24-14, M, St. Francis de Sales, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    01/23/2014 8:15:32 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 01-24-14 | Revised New American Bible
    January 24, 2014Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 1 Sm 24:3-21 Saul took three thousand picked men from all Israel and went in search of David and his men in the direction of the wild goat crags.When he came to the sheepfolds along the way, he found a cave, which he entered to relieve himself.David and his men were occupying the inmost recesses of the cave. David’s servants said to him, “This is the day of which the LORD said to you, ‘I will deliver your enemy into your grasp;...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-23-14. OM, St. Vincent, Deacon, St. Marianne Cope, Virgin

    01/22/2014 7:36:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 01-23-14 | Revised New American Bible
     January 23, 2014Thursday of the Second week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 1 Sm 18:6-9;19:1-7 When David and Saul approached(on David’s return after slaying the Philistine), women came out from each of the cities of Israel to meet King Saul,singing and dancing, with tambourines, joyful songs, and sistrums.The women played and sang: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” Saul was very angry and resentful of the song, for he thought:“They give David ten thousands, but only thousands to me.All that remains for him is the kingship.”And from that day on, Saul was jealous of David....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-21-14, M, St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

    01/20/2014 9:22:38 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies ^ | 01-21-14 | Revised New American Bible
    January 21, 2014Memorial of Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr    Reading 1 1 Sm 16:1-13 The LORD said to Samuel:“How long will you grieve for Saul,whom I have rejected as king of Israel?Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem,for I have chosen my king from among his sons.”But Samuel replied:“How can I go?Saul will hear of it and kill me.”To this the LORD answered:“Take a heifer along and say,‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I myself will tell you what to do;you...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-20-14, OM, St. Fabian, Pope & Martyr, St. Sebastian, Martyr

    01/19/2014 7:01:59 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 01-20-14 | Revised New American Bible
    January 20, 2014Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Sm 15:16-23 Samuel said to Saul:“Stop! Let me tell you what the LORD said to me last night.”Saul replied, “Speak!” Samuel then said: “Though little in your own esteem,are you not leader of the tribes of Israel?The LORD anointed you king of Israel and sent you on a mission, saying,‘Go and put the sinful Amalekites under a ban of destruction.Fight against them until you have exterminated them.’Why then have you disobeyed the LORD?You have pounced on the spoil, thus displeasing the LORD.”Saul answered Samuel: “I...
  • You Must Faithful Over a Few Things to Be Ruler Over Many Things...

    09/18/2010 7:57:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/18/2010 | Msgr Charles Pope
    The Lord Jesus give a penetrating analysis of the state of the sinner and some very sobering advice to we would-be saints in todays Gospel. Lets look at the Gospel in two stages: The Analysis of the Sinner and the Advice to the Saints.I. ANALYSIS OF THE SINNER - The Lord Jesus describes a sinful steward in the opening lines of this gospel. Lets look at the description: A. DEFINITION (of the sinner)- Jesus said to his disciples, A rich man had a steward Notice he is called a steward not an owner. God is the owner of everything,...
  • In Times Like These, Reform is Still Possible. A Meditation on the Life of St. Charles Borromeo

    01/11/2014 6:50:17 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies
    Msgr. Charles Pope ^ | 11.04.12 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There is perhaps a tendency for some of us today to feel discouraged over the state of the world, and the Church. It may surprise us, that there have been times in the Church and in Western culture when things were possibly worse. The exact mix of troubles may have been different, but troubles, deep troubles they still were.I have spent some of today, Sunday, November 4, meditating on the life of my patron saint, St. Charles Borromeo. Today is his feast day, and thus mine as well. And the times in which he lived were not so different from...
  • A remedy for Pride based on something Jesus told St. Catherine of Siena

    09/02/2013 1:39:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | September 1, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    We live in times collectively marked by pride. And, while pride is a problem of the human condition that has beset us from the very beginnings of paradise lost, our modern age, with the rise of atheism, rejection of God, scorn for the metaphysical, and a hyper-emphasis of the “autonomous” self, pride has taken an even more prominent place.Largely absent from the modern psyche is any deep notion that we are contingent beings, radically dependent on things, people and factors outside our “autonomous” self. Even before we bring God into the discussion, we seem less aware today that our existence...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PATRON SAINT, 01-07-14

    01/07/2014 8:41:53 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-07-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:PATRON SAINTA saint or blessed who, since early Christian times, has been chosen as a special intercessor with God for a for a particular person, place, community, or organization. The custom arose from the biblical fact that a change of personal name indicated a change in the person, e.g., Abram, to Abraham, Simon to Peter, Saul to Paul; and from the practice of having churches built over the tombs of martyrs. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-07-14, OM, St. Raymond Penyafort, Priest

    01/06/2014 11:37:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies ^ | 01-07-14 | Revised New American Bible
    January 7, 2014 Tuesday after Epiphany    Reading 1 1 Jn 4:7-10 Beloved, let us love one another,because love is of God;everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.In this way the love of God was revealed to us:God sent his only-begotten Son into the worldso that we might have life through him.In this is love:not that we have loved God, but that he loved usand sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Responsorial Psalm Ps 72:1-2, 3-4, 7-8 R. (see 11) Lord, every nation on...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-06-14, OM Bl. Andre Bessette

    01/05/2014 8:54:20 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 01-06-14 | Revised New American Bible
    January 6, 2014Monday after Epiphany  Reading 1 1 jn 3:22-4:6 Beloved:We receive from him whatever we ask,because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.And his commandment is this:we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ,and love one another just as he commanded us.Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them,and the way we know that he remains in usis from the Spirit whom he gave us. Beloved, do not trust every spiritbut test the spirits to see whether they belong to God,because many false prophets have gone out into the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-05-14, SOL, Epiphany of the Lord

    01/04/2014 8:13:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 64 replies ^ | 01-05-14 | Revosed New American Bible
    January 5, 2014 Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord    Reading 1 is 60:1-6 Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come,the glory of the Lord shines upon you.See, darkness covers the earth,and thick clouds cover the peoples;but upon you the LORD shines,and over you appears his glory.Nations shall walk by your light,and kings by your shining radiance.Raise your eyes and look about;they all gather and come to you:your sons come from afar,and your daughters in the arms of their nurses. Then you shall be radiant at what you see,your heart shall throb and overflow,for the riches of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-04-14, M, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious

    01/03/2014 9:17:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 01-04-13 | Revosed New American Bible
    January 4, 2014 Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious   Reading 1 1 jn 3:7-10 Children, let no one deceive you. The person who acts in righteousness is righteous,just as he is righteous. Whoever sins belongs to the Devil,because the Devil has sinned from the beginning. Indeed, the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the Devil. No one who is begotten by God commits sin,because God’s seed remains in him;he cannot sin because he is begotten by God. In this way,the children of God and the children of the Devil are made plain;no one who...
  • Away in a Manger [St. Francis of Assisi and the first Nativity scene]

    01/05/2009 5:21:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies · 480+ views ^ | January 5, 2008 | Fr. William Saunders
    Away in a Manger January 5th, 2009 by Fr. William Saunders As we learn each week from the saints, one must wonder, How did the saints celebrate Christmas? One of the best examples whose celebration lives on in our own is St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226). Thomas of Celano, one of the first biographers of St. Francis, wrote, More than any other feast, he celebrated Christmas with an indescribable joy. He said that this was the feast of feasts, for on this day God became a little child and sucked milk like all human children. Francis embraced with great tenderness...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings,01-02-14, M,Sts. Basil/Great, Gregory Nazianzen, Doctors/Church

    01/01/2014 9:55:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 01-02-14 | Revised New American Bible
    January 2, 2014 Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church    Reading 1 1 Jn 2:22-28 Beloved:Who is the liar? Whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Whoever denies the Father and the Son, this is the antichrist. Anyone who denies the Son does not have the Father,but whoever confesses the Son has the Father as well. Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you,then you will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise...
  • One must abandon oneself to God [Catholic Caucus]

    12/31/2013 7:16:22 PM PST · by mlizzy · 5 replies
    Vultus Christi ^ | 12-30-13 | Fr. Mark Kirby
    As the beginning of the Mectildian Jubilee Year (1614–2014) draws near, I decided to translate these passages from a confidential text of Mother Mectilde written in or around 1671. This text was not published until 1992, when it appeared in Mother Marie–Véronique Andral’s “Itinéraire spirituel de Mère Mectilde”. These texts reveal Mother Mectilde’s acute sensitivity, her intelligence, her gift of empathy, and her zeal. I, for one, find them very moving.When all seems overturned, to the point of my feeling almost overwhelmed; when I don’t know where I stand; and when I meet with opposition everywhere, in the minds of...
  • Peyton Manning set passing record by 1 yard, but was a 7-yard pass vs. Oakland really a lateral?

    12/31/2013 5:25:19 AM PST · by Perdogg · 146 replies
    Peyton Manning set a huge NFL record on Sunday, and barely. A touchdown pass late in the second quarter to Demaryius Thomas broke Drew Brees' single-season record for passing yards by 1 yard. Or did it?
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-31-13, Seventh Day/Octave of Christmas, OM, St. Sylvester I

    12/30/2013 8:56:58 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies ^ | 12-30-13 | Revised New American Bible
    December 31, 2013 The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas    Reading 1 1 Jn 2:18-21 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming,so now many antichrists have appeared. Thus we know this is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of our number;if they had been, they would have remained with us. Their desertion shows that none of them was of our number. But you have the anointing that comes from the Holy One,and you all have knowledge. I write to you not because...
  • Some of the Most Beautiful Women I Know Hang Out At the Basilica

    08/30/2010 12:14:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/30/2010 | Msgr Charles Pope
    St. Cecilia I went to the Basilica of the National Shrine of The Immaculate Conception here in Washington DC last week to celebrate Mass the TV Mass. Afterward I went to the crypt church and took a series of pictures of the beautiful mosaics of the women of the Scriptures and early Church. Among them are Agatha, Agnes, Anastasia, Anne, Brigid, Catherine, Cecilia, Lucy, Margarita, Perpetua, Felicity, and Susanna.At the right is a mosaic of St. CeciliaThe Mosaics date to 1927 and were designed and installed by Ravenna Mosaic Co, of St. Louis. They are the backdrops for the...
  • On Strange Names and the Curse of Individualism

    12/08/2012 12:50:55 PM PST · by NYer · 171 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 7, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Living and working the African American Catholic Community I have been subject to some time with names that are often unpronounceable. It is a controversial practice even in the Black community for parents to name their children all sorts of crazy, made-up names that are often intentionally misspelled.DeQuanna, Sharkeisha, LaDarrius, Shamyra, Marketta, Shontella, LaRochelle, Shandrika, Charmonique, Myosha, LaKeisha, DeQuan, Rhondella, Raviona, Rominthia, Tomika, LaVenia, Trishela, LaTasha, ABCDE, Tyeisha, Mootron, Knoshon, Keyshawn, Tarquisha, Q’J'Q’Sha, Laquintas, Jamarcus, JoNathans, et al.I trip over this especially at Baptisms when I am supposed to solemnly pronounce the name of the child. Even after the irritated...