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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-21-15, OM, St. Christopher Magallanes, Priest & Companions

    05/20/2015 8:26:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-21-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 21, 2015Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 22:30; 23:6-11 Wishing to determine the truthabout why Paul was being accused by the Jews,the commander freed himand ordered the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin to convene.Then he brought Paul down and made him stand before them. Paul was aware that some were Sadducees and some Pharisees,so he called out before the Sanhedrin,“My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees;I am on trial for hope in the resurrection of the dead.”When he said this,a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and Sadducees,and the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-20-15, OM, St. Bernadine of Siena, Priest

    05/19/2015 9:07:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-20-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 20, 2015Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 20:28-38 At Miletus, Paul spoke to the presbyters of the Church of Ephesus:“Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flockof which the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers,in which you tend the Church of Godthat he acquired with his own Blood.I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you,and they will not spare the flock.And from your own group, men will come forward perverting the truthto draw the disciples away after them.So be vigilant and remember that for three years, night and...
  • Not Crowded, but Close A Brief Reflection & Clarification/Communion of Saints in Heaven

    05/15/2015 8:38:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-14-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Not Crowded, but Close – A Brief Reflection and Clarification on the Communion of Saints in Heaven By: Msgr. Charles PopeMany of you know that I write the weekly “Question and Answer” column for the Our Sunday Visitor newspaper. Every now and again I get a question that stands out as unique, one that I had not thought of before. And such is the case with the question below. I had never thought of Heaven as potentially being crowded or considered it a drawback. But the question led me to reflect on the deeper experience of what we call the Communion of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-15-15, OM, St. Isidore

    05/14/2015 10:53:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-15-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 15, 2015Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 18:9-18 One night while Paul was in Corinth, the Lord said to him in a vision,“Do not be afraid.Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you.No one will attack and harm you,for I have many people in this city.”He settled there for a year and a halfand taught the word of God among them. But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia,the Jews rose up together against Pauland brought him to the tribunal, saying,“This man is inducing people to worship God contrary...
  • What Does the Arrest of St. Paul at Philippi Teach a Sometimes-Timid Church?

    05/12/2015 7:11:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-12-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does the Arrest of St. Paul at Philippi Teach a Sometimes-Timid Church? By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn daily Mass we are following the missionary journeys of St. Paul. Yesterday we heard of his going over to Macedonia and of the baptism of the first “European” converts: Lydia of Thyatira and her family.Unfortunately, in today’s reading (Tuesday of the 6th Week of Easter) important lines are cut out that describe why Sts. Paul and Silas were in jail. The whole story serves as a metaphor for the radical nature of true Christianity and explains why it so perturbs many in this world....
  • Redemption for 'Bountygate' wasn't happening with 'Deflategate' penalties

    05/12/2015 7:04:40 AM PDT · by BerniesFriend · 7 replies
    Times Picayune (New Orleans) ^ | 05/11/2015 | Larry Holder
    Nothing short of suspending Tom Brady and Bill Belichick for the 2015 NFL season would satisfy many New Orleans Saints fans for the New England Patriots' involvement in Deflategate. The NFL announced Monday a four-game suspension for Brady and several other sanctions for the Patriots for the intentional use of deflated footballs last season. Some penalties levied on the Patriots organization were harsher than what the Saints received in the bounty scandal.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-12-15, Sts. Nereus & Achilleus, St. Pancras, Martyrs

    05/11/2015 8:32:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 0512-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 12, 2015Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 16:22-34 The crowd in Philippi joined in the attack on Paul and Silas,and the magistrates had them strippedand ordered them to be beaten with rods.After inflicting many blows on them,they threw them into prisonand instructed the jailer to guard them securely.When he received these instructions, he put them in the innermost celland secured their feet to a stake. About midnight, while Paul and Silas were prayingand singing hymns to God as the prisoners listened,there was suddenly such a severe earthquakethat the foundations of the jail shook;all...
  • Pope Francis celebrates Junipero Serra at Rome's North American College [Catholic Caucus]

    05/04/2015 2:00:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    News.va ^ | 05-02-15 | Pope Francis
    Pope Francis celebrates Junipero Serra at Rome's North American College 2015-05-02 Vatican Radio(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday made the short trip to Rome’s Janiculum Hill to the Pontifical North American College, the national seminary for the United States.The College was hosting a day of reflection on Blessed Junipero Serra, the Franciscan missionary to California who will canonized by Pope Francis during his trip to Washington, DC, in September.Pope Francis said during his homily he wanted to discuss three aspect of the life of Blessed Serra – his missionary zeal, his Marian devotion, and his witness of holiness.Pope Francis said...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-02-15, M, St. Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    05/01/2015 8:19:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-02-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 2, 2015Memorial of Saint Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Acts 13:44-52 On the following sabbathalmost the whole citygathered to hear the word of the Lord. When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousyand with violent abuse contradicted what Paul said. Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said,“It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first,but since you reject itand condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life,we now turn to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us,I have made you a light to...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: THE LITTLE FLOWERS OF ST. FRANCIS, 05-01-15

    05/01/2015 8:31:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-01-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random: THE LITTLE FLOWERS OF ST. FRANCISAlso called Fioretti. A collection of stories about the life of St. Francis of Assisi and his companions. It cannot be traced to a single author, but one part at least has been attributed to a provincial of the Friars Minor, Fra. Ugolino Brunforte. The earliest manuscript dated 1390 is in Berlin. First printed at Vicenza in 1476, the vernacular translation was widely circulated and is considered a masterpiece of Italian literature. There are several English versions. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-01-15, OM, St. Joseph the Worker

    04/30/2015 7:52:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-01-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 1, 2015Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 13:26-33 When Paul came to Antioch in Pisidia, he said in the synagogue:“My brothers, children of the family of Abraham,and those others among you who are God-fearing,to us this word of salvation has been sent. The inhabitants of Jerusalem and their leaders failed to recognize him,and by condemning him they fulfilled the oracles of the prophetsthat are read sabbath after sabbath. For even though they found no grounds for a death sentence,they asked Pilate to have him put to death,and when they had accomplished all that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-30-15, OM, St. Pius V, Pope

    04/29/2015 8:54:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-30-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 30, 2015Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 13:13-25 From Paphos, Paul and his companionsset sail and arrived at Perga in Pamphylia. But John left them and returned to Jerusalem. They continued on from Perga and reached Antioch in Pisidia. On the sabbath they entered into the synagogue and took their seats. After the reading of the law and the prophets,the synagogue officials sent word to them,“My brothers, if one of you has a word of exhortationfor the people, please speak.” So Paul got up, motioned with his hand, and said,“Fellow children of Israel...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-29-15. M, St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin & Doctor/Church

    04/28/2015 9:29:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-29-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 29, 2015Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Acts 12:24—13:5a The word of God continued to spread and grow. After Barnabas and Saul completed their relief mission,they returned to Jerusalem,taking with them John, who is called Mark. Now there were in the Church at Antioch prophets and teachers:Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene,Manaen who was a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,“Set apart for me Barnabas and Saulfor the work to which I...
  • Eyes That Are Humble A Meditation on the Humbling Thorn of St. Paul

    04/28/2015 7:17:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-17-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Eyes That Are Humble – A Meditation on the Humbling Thorn of St. Paul By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe story of St. Paul’s conversion is well known and we read it last week in daily Mass. But there is a detail that I have often pondered which, though speculative, ought not be overlooked. Indeed, even my choice of the words “speculative” and “overlooked” (both of which refer to the eyes) indicate that we ought to give an eye (i.e., a look) to St. Paul’s eyes.As you probably recall, St. Paul was not just struck down on the road to Damascus, he was...
  • Catholic Caucus:Daily Mass Readings, 04-28-15,OM, St PeterChanel,St Louis deMontfort, St GiannaMolla

    04/27/2015 8:00:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 28, 2015Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 11:19-26 Those who had been scattered by the persecutionthat arose because of Stephenwent as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch,preaching the word to no one but Jews.There were some Cypriots and Cyrenians among them, however,who came to Antioch and began to speak to the Greeks as well,proclaiming the Lord Jesus. The hand of the Lord was with themand a great number who believed turned to the Lord. The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem,and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch.When...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-25-15, FEAST, St. Mark, Evangelist

    04/24/2015 7:54:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 25, 2015Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist    Reading 1 1 Pt 5:5b-14 Beloved: Clothe yourselves with humilityin your dealings with one another, for: God opposes the proudbut bestows favor on the humble. So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,that he may exalt you in due time.Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you. Be sober and vigilant.Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lionlooking for someone to devour.Resist him, steadfast in faith,knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the worldundergo the same sufferings.The God of all gracewho called you to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-24-15, OM, St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest and Martyr

    04/23/2015 7:52:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 24, 2015Friday of the Third Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 9:1-20 Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord,went to the high priest and asked himfor letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that,if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way,he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains. On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus,a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him,“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”He said, “Who are you, sir?” The...
  • How the Saints Overcame Evil

    04/23/2015 7:25:02 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    CE.com ^ | April 23, 2015 | Kathleen Beckman
    How the Saints Overcame Evil Kathleen BeckmanFr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, M.C., Postulator for the cause of Mother Teresa of Calcutta wrote, “Her beatification challenges us to take a closer look at the question of holiness and its relevance in contemporary society.”The saints not only teach us volumes about the spiritual life; their stories enkindle the heart with a desire to do what they did. That is, to make a radical gift of self to God. Do I really, truly desire holiness of life? If so, how am I putting my desire into action and cooperating with God’s grace?I am presently...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-23-15, OM,St. George, Martyr, St. Adalbert, Bishop& Martyr

    04/22/2015 8:48:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 23, 2015Thursday of the Third Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 8:26-40 The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip,“Get up and head south on the roadthat goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert route.” So he got up and set out. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch,a court official of the Candace,that is, the queen of the Ethiopians,in charge of her entire treasury,who had come to Jerusalem to worship, and was returning home.Seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.The Spirit said to Philip,“Go and join up with that chariot.” Philip ran up...
  • Three Things You're Probably Getting Wrong about Praying to the Saints

    04/20/2015 1:46:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 983 replies
    Shameless popery ^ | April 20, 2015
    As Christianity Today acknowledges, prayers for and to the Saints date back to the early Church (in fact, these practices date back far earlier, even to Old Testament Judaism, but I'll talk more about that tomorrow). Nevertheless, these practices are controversial within Protestantism. Today, I want to look at just one of them -- prayer to the Saints -- and show why the opposition to it is grounded in a faulty view of life after death. Tomorrow, I'll look at the Biblical support for both prayer to the Saints and prayer for the Saints. First, a word on why...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-21-15, OM, St. Anselm, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    04/20/2015 7:17:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-21-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 21, 2015Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 7:51—8:1a Stephen said to the people, the elders, and the scribes:“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears,you always oppose the Holy Spirit;you are just like your ancestors.Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute?They put to death those who foretold the coming of the righteous one,whose betrayers and murderers you have now become.You received the law as transmitted by angels,but you did not observe it.” When they heard this, they were infuriated,and they ground their teeth at him.But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit,looked...
  • The Greatness of Little Things: A Reflection on a Quote From St. Augustine

    04/16/2015 6:46:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-15-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Greatness of Little Things: A Reflection on a Quote From St. Augustine By: Msgr. Charles PopeI have found that one of my favorite quotes from St. Augustine  is not all that well known. Here it is in Latin, followed by my own translation: Quod minimum, minimum est, Sed in minimo fidelem esse,magnum est.What is a little thing,  is (just) a little thing.But to be faithful in a little thingis a great thing. (from St. Augustine’s De Doctrina Christiana, IV,35)I first saw this quote on the frontispiece of a book by Adrian Fortescue. Fortescue applied it to the intricate details of celebrating...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-13-15, OM, St. Martin I, Pope and Martyr

    04/12/2015 9:54:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-13-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 13, 2015Monday of the Second Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 4:23-31 After their release Peter and John went back to their own peopleand reported what the chief priests and elders had told them.And when they heard it,they raised their voices to God with one accordand said, “Sovereign Lord, maker of heaven and earthand the sea and all that is in them,you said by the Holy Spiritthrough the mouth of our father David, your servant: Why did the Gentiles rageand the peoples entertain folly?The kings of the earth took their standand the princes gathered togetheragainst the Lord...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-07-15, SOL, Tuesday within the Octave of Easter

    04/06/2015 10:12:15 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-07-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 7, 2015Tuesday in the Octave of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 2:36-41 On the day of Pentecost, Peter said to the Jewish people,“Let the whole house of Israel know for certainthat God has made him both Lord and Christ,this Jesus whom you crucified.” Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart,and they asked Peter and the other Apostles,“What are we to do, my brothers?”Peter said to them,“Repent and be baptized, every one of you,in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins;and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.For the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-23-15, OM, St. Turibius of Mogrovejo, Bishop

    03/22/2015 7:46:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 23, 2015Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Dn 13:1-9, 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: St. Joseph, a Father of Fathers

    03/19/2015 8:00:25 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies
    Columbia Magazine ^ | 02.27.12 | Father Frederick J. Miller
    In his love for Mary and Jesus, St. Josephs faithfulness and purity are an example for all Christian fathersby Father Frederick J. Miller (Tyrolese Art Glass Co., Austria, 1899 / Courtesy Saint Joseph's University Collection, Philadelphia) In his 1989 apostolic letter, Guardian of the Redeemer, Blessed John Paul II held up St. Joseph as a model of the Christian life for all believers. He wrote, St. Josephs example transcends all individual states of life and serves as a model for the entire Christian community, whatever the condition and duties of each of its members may be (30). Precisely because...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-19-15, SOL, St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    03/18/2015 8:16:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 59 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-19-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 19, 2015Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary   Reading 1 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16The 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 stand firm...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-18-15, OM, St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop, Doctor/Church

    03/17/2015 8:29:48 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.orf/RNAB ^ | 03-18-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 18, 2015Wednesday 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...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-17-15, OM, St. Patrick, Bishop

    03/16/2015 8:01:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-17-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 17, 2015Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent   Reading 1 Ez 47:1-9, 12 The angel brought me, Ezekiel,back to the entrance of the temple of the LORD,and I saw water flowing outfrom beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east,for the façade of the temple was toward the east;the water flowed down from the right side of the temple,south of the altar.He led me outside by the north gate,and around to the outer gate facing the east,where I saw water trickling from the right side.Then when he had walked off to the eastwith a measuring cord...
  • Idolatry

    03/12/2015 6:55:28 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 35 replies
    Bible Hub ^ | 3/12/2015 | J.C. Ryle
    Idolatry by J. C. Ryle (1816-1900) This updated and revised manuscript is copyrighted 1998 by Tony Capoccia. All rights reserved. "Flee from idolatry" (1 Corinthians 10:14) Our text for today may seem at first to be hardly needed in our country. In an age of education and intelligence, we might almost fancy it is waste of time to tell us to "flee from idolatry." I am bold to say that this is a great mistake. I believe that we have come to a time when the subject of idolatry demands a thorough and searching investigation....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-09-15, OM, St. Frances of Rome, Religious

    03/08/2015 8:02:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-09-15 | Revised New Americn Bible
    March 9, 2015Monday of the Third Week of Lent    Reading 1 2 Kgs 5:1-15ab Naaman, the army commander of the king of Aram,was highly esteemed and respected by his master,for through him the LORD had brought victory to Aram.But valiant as he was, the man was a leper.Now the Arameans had captured in a raid on the land of Israela little girl, who became the servant of Naaman’s wife.“If only my master would present himself to the prophet in Samaria,”she said to her mistress, “he would cure him of his leprosy.”Naaman went and told his lordjust what the...
  • Please Pray for my cousin Susan, her husband Tim and their daughters Lucy and Reyna

    02/28/2015 11:51:31 AM PST · by infool7 · 158 replies
    http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/154148/b2c9b1db89/503852215/3699457961/ | 02/28/2015 | Unknown
    It is with unspeakable sadness and broken hearts that we share the news of Susan's death. Susan passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on the evening of Wednesday, February 25th. She collapsed and never regained consciousness. She was pregnant with baby girls, Lucy and Reyna, who were delivered by C-section. Susan grew and loved these two beautiful baby girls who only lived for a short time, but long enough to be held by their loving father Tim and the family. We have never felt a loss as devastating as this. Susan was an inspiration in every way possible. An inspiration to...
  • How Does Pride Accumulate in Our Life? A Reflection on a Teaching by St. Bernard of Clairvaux

    02/25/2015 6:27:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Does Pride Accumulate in Our Life? A Reflection on a Teaching by St. Bernard of Clairvaux By: Msgr. Charles PopeSo you think the idea of the “Twelve Steps” is new? Well, if you think you’ve got a new idea, go back and see how the Greeks put it, or in this case how the Medieval Latins put it. St. Bernard of Clairvaux identified twelve steps up the mountain of pride in his work Steps of Humility and Pride.In today’s post, we focus on the Twelve Steps of Pride. Tomorrow, we’ll tackle the Twelve Steps of Humility (from St. Benedict’s rule). ...
  • Did Pope Francis Just Declare a non-Catholic a "Doctor of the Church?"

    02/23/2015 5:01:49 PM PST · by NRx · 67 replies
    Vanity | 23 Feb 2015 | NRx
    Pope Francis has declared Gregory of Narek to be a "Doctor of the Church." This is one of the highest honors conferred by the Catholic Church on saints. Only a handful have been so honored. The only problem is that as far as I am able to tell, Gregory of Narek was not Catholic. He was a monk of the Armenian Apostolic Church, which is part of the non-Chalcedonian (Oriental Orthodox) communion. The Armenian Church has not been in communion with the Pope of Rome since at least the sixth century. The very small Armenian Catholic (Eastern Rite) Church did...
  • Coptic Orthodox Pope Canonizes the 21 New Martyrs of Egypt & Libya

    02/21/2015 4:02:24 PM PST · by NRx · 17 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 21 Feb 2015 | Vatican Radio
    The Coptic Orthodox Church has announced that the murder of the 21 Egyptian Christians killed by the so-called Islamic State in Libya will be commemorated in its Church calendar. Pope Tawadros II announced that the names of the martyrs will be inserted into the Coptic Synaxarium, the Oriental Churchs equivalent to the Roman Martyrology. This procedure is also equivalent to canonization in the Latin Church. According to terrasanta.net, the martyrdom of the 21 Christians will be commemorated on the 8th Amshir of the Coptic calendar, or February 15th of the Gregorian calendar. The commemoration falls on the feast day of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-21-15, OM, St. Peter Damian, Bishop & Doctor of the Church

    02/20/2015 8:16:39 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-21-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 21, 2015Saturday 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...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-17-15, OM, Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order

    02/16/2015 7:48:17 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-17-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 17, 2015Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Gn 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10 When the LORD saw how great was man’s wickedness on earth,and how no desire that his heart conceivedwas ever anything but evil,he regretted that he had made man on the earth,and his heart was grieved. So the LORD said:“I will wipe out from the earth the men whom I have created,and not only the men,but also the beasts and the creeping things and the birds of the air,for I am sorry that I made them.”But Noah found favor with the LORD. Then...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-14-15, M, Sts. Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop

    02/13/2015 10:30:55 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-14-15 | Revised New Ameican Bible
    February 14, 2015Memorial of Saints Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop    Reading 1 Gn 3:9-24 The LORD God called to Adam and asked him, “Where are you?”He answered, “I heard you in the garden;but I was afraid, because I was naked,so I hid myself.”Then he asked, “Who told you that you were naked?You have eaten, then,from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!”The man replied, “The woman whom you put here with me— she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it.”The LORD God then asked the woman,“Why did you do such a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-10-15, M, St. Scholastica, Virgin

    02/09/2015 7:23:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-10-15 | Revised New American Bible
     February 10, 2015Memorial of Saint Scholastica, Virgin    Reading 1 Gn 1:20—2:4a God said,“Let the water teem with an abundance of living creatures,and on the earth let birds fly beneath the dome of the sky.”And so it happened:God created the great sea monstersand all kinds of swimming creatures with which the water teems,and all kinds of winged birds.God saw how good it was, and God blessed them, saying,“Be fertile, multiply, and fill the water of the seas;and let the birds multiply on the earth.”Evening came, and morning followed–the fifth day. Then God said,“Let the earth bring forth all kinds...
  • Saintly Siblings [Catholic Caucus]

    02/09/2015 7:07:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CE.com ^ | February 09, 2015 | Br. Isaac Augustine Morales, O.P.
    Saintly Siblings Br. Isaac Augustine Morales, O.P.Over the centuries God has raised up countless saints in his Church, leading men and women from all walks of life along various paths to sanctity. Particularly striking are those saints who came from the same family. One thinks, for example, of St. Monica, whose perseverance in prayer we can thank for the conversion of St. Augustine, one of the greatest minds in the history of the Church. Among the first disciples of Jesus, St. Andrew brought his brother Simon, who was to become head of the Church, to Jesus (Jn 1:40-42). In...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-06-15, M, St. Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs

    02/05/2015 7:40:53 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-06-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 6, 2015Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs    Reading 1 Heb 13:1-8 Let brotherly love continue.Do not neglect hospitality,for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.Be mindful of prisoners as if sharing their imprisonment,and of the ill-treated as of yourselves,for you also are in the body.Let marriage be honored among alland the marriage bed be kept undefiled,for God will judge the immoral and adulterers.Let your life be free from love of moneybut be content with what you have,for he has said, I will never forsake you or abandon you.Thus we may say with confidence: The Lord...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-05-15, M, St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr

    02/04/2015 8:38:46 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-05-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 5, 2015Memorial of Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr    Reading 1 Heb 12:18-19, 21-24 Brothers and sisters:You have not approached that which could be touchedand a blazing fire and gloomy darknessand storm and a trumpet blastand a voice speaking words such that those who heardbegged that no message be further addressed to them.Indeed, so fearful was the spectacle that Moses said,“I am terrified and trembling.”No, you have approached Mount Zionand the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,and countless angels in festal gathering,and the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven,and God the judge of all,and the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-03-15, OM, St. Blaise, Bishop & Martyr, St. Ansgar, Bishop

    02/02/2015 9:47:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-03-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 3, 2015Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Heb 12:1-4 Brothers and sisters:Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to usand persevere in running the race that lies before uswhile keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus,the leader and perfecter of faith.For the sake of the joy that lay before himJesus endured the cross, despising its shame,and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God.Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners,in order that you may not...
  • St. John Bosco: Conquering Souls for Christ [Catholic Caucus]

    01/31/2015 9:43:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CE.com ^ | 01-30-15 | Sean Fitzpatrick
    St. John Bosco: Conquering Souls for Christ Sean FitzpatrickThe boy entered the strange courtyard. He saw a knot of boys gathered by the far corner. As he approached, wondering where he was, he overheard them talking, laughing, and cursing. The boy became enraged at the foul language and rushed into their midst, striking them to silence their blasphemies. He froze suddenly under the gaze of a man with a face like the sun.“John,” the man said, “come here.”The boy lowered his fists, standing before the group he had been belaboring.“Conquer the hearts of these, your friends, not with violence...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-31-15, M, St. John Bosco, Priest

    01/30/2015 8:21:32 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-31-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 31, 2015Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest    Reading 1 Heb 11:1-2, 8-19 Brothers and sisters:Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.Because of it the ancients were well attested. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a placethat he was to receive as an inheritance; he went out, not knowing where he was to go.By faith he sojourned in the promised land as in a foreign country,dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs of the same promise; for he was looking forward to the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-28-15, M, St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor/Church

    01/27/2015 9:34:38 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
     January 28, 2015Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Heb 10:11-18 Every priest stands daily at his ministry, offering frequently those same sacrifices that can never take away sins.But this one offered one sacrifice for sins, and took his seat forever at the right hand of God; now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool.For by one offering he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated.The Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying: This is the covenant I will establish with themafter those days, says the...
  • 5 Saints Who Totally Had Superpowers

    01/27/2015 7:20:38 PM PST · by millegan · 166 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | January 27, 2015
    God acts in mysterious ways. That truth is made particularly evident in the types of things he does with those who are especially close to him. Here are a few saints who totally had superpowers:
  • The Conversion We Think We Want

    01/26/2015 6:04:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 20 replies
    CE.com ^ | 01-26-15 | Stephen Beale
    The Conversion We Think We Want Stephen BealeLet’s face it. Given a choice, most of us would choose to have the conversion experienced by St. Paul.Here’s how Acts 22 describes the sudden conversion of the great apostle, which we celebrated on Sunday:On that journey as I drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from the sky suddenly shone around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ I replied, ‘Who are you, sir?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazorean whom you...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-26-15, M, Sts. Timothy and Titus, Bishops

    01/25/2015 7:42:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 26, 2015Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops    Reading 1 2 Tm 1:1-8 Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of Godfor the promise of life in Christ Jesus,to Timothy, my dear child:grace, mercy, and peace from God the Fatherand Christ Jesus our Lord. I am grateful to God,whom I worship with a clear conscience as my ancestors did,as I remember you constantly in my prayers, night and day.I yearn to see you again, recalling your tears,so that I may be filled with joy, as I recall your sincere faiththat first lived in your grandmother...
  • Who Are These?...Revelation 7 pt 4

    01/25/2015 11:41:11 AM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 2 replies
    01-24-15 | Bill Randles
    And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun...