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  • On Being Faithful in a Few Things before Being Ruler over Many Things - A Homily

    09/22/2019 7:03:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-21-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on September 21, 2019September 20, 2019 by Msgr. Charles Pope On Being Faithful in a Few Things before Being Ruler over Many Things - A Homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year In this Sunday’s Gospel, the Lord Jesus gives a penetrating analysis of the state of the sinner and some very sobering advice to us would-be saints. Let’s look at the Gospel in two stages:I. ANALYSIS OF THE SINNER – In the opening lines of the Gospel, Jesus describes a sinful steward.DELUSION (of the sinner) – Jesus said to his disciples, “A rich man had a...
  • September 22 - Nicodemuss Inquiry: What Is the Kingdom?

    09/22/2019 1:58:25 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You. org ^ | 2008 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him. Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:1-3). Nicodemus came to Jesus as one of those superficial believers mentioned in John 2:2325. But the Lord refused to accept Nicodemuss...
  • The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist Letter of Bishop Daniel R. Jenky,CSC Peoria IL

    09/21/2019 12:21:15 PM PDT · by ADSUM · 5 replies
    https://cdop.org/ | 9/16/2019 | Bishop Daniel R Jenky
    The bishops 2,100-word teaching document, titled The Real Presence, was released Sept. 16, six weeks after the publication of a Pew Research Center study showing that a majority of Catholics in the United States do not believe that the bread and wine used at Mass become the body and blood of Christ.
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Mass in Slow Motion: The Altar is Reverenced

    09/21/2019 10:44:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    The Mass is Slow Motion ^ | pre 2011 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Mass in Slow Motion The Altar is Reverenced As the Entrance procession draws to its close something rather unusual happens! Upon entering the sanctuary, (the part of the Church where the Altar and Tabernacle are located) the priest and deacon enter the sanctuary and kiss the altar as a sign of reverence and veneration. Many of us who go to Mass all the time may hardly notice this gesture. But to someone observing Mass for the first time this gesture may seem quite unusual and raise questions. Why kiss an altar? Where did this gesture come from and what...
  • [Bishop] Jenky: Real Presence Not Opinion, but Foundational to Catholic Faith

    09/20/2019 6:38:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crux ^ | 9/18/19 | Tom Dermody
    PEORIA, Illinois - Acknowledging evidence that for several generations the Catholic Church has not sufficiently taught its core truths, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky has called for all ministries of the Diocese of Peoria to be intentionally centered on the Real Presence in the holy Eucharist. The bishops 2,100-word teaching document, titled The Real Presence, was released Sept. 16, six weeks after the publication of a Pew Research Center survey showing that a majority of Catholics in the United States do not believe that the bread and wine used at Mass become the body and blood of Christ. This failure in...
  • Vatican experts tell EWTN host that real schism is underway in Germany, not America

    09/20/2019 6:38:47 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 20, 2019 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    Vatican experts tell EWTN host that real schism is underway in Germany, not America WASHINGTON, D.C., September 20, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ― An EWTN host and his guests took aim at unfounded rumors of an American plot against Pope Francis last night, pointing out that a real schism appears to be happening in Germany, not America.  In speaking last night with Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Reporter and Damian Thompson of Britain’s The Spectator magazine, “The World Order” host Ramond Arroyo revealed a startling paradox: people are spinning a fantasy about an American schism while the German bishops openly...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Vatican whistleblower Vigan: Pope Francis is the one provoking schism

    09/20/2019 4:32:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 20, 2019 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    [Catholic Caucus] Vatican whistleblower Viganò: Pope Francis is the one ‘provoking’ schism ROME, September 20, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ― A veteran Vatican journalist has revealed that a Vatican whistleblower told him that Pope Francis is ‘provoking’ a schism in the Catholic Church.  Dr. Robert Moynihan, founder and editor-in-chief of Inside the Vatican magazine, recently published remarks he says Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò made to him in response to Pope Francis’ recent reflections on schism.  On his September 10 flight to Rome from a five-day trip to Madagascar and Mozambique, the Argentinian pontiff told reporters that he was “not afraid of...
  • NIV Quest Study Bible: Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen?

    09/20/2019 12:22:50 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 70 replies
    Bible Gateway Blog ^ | September 16, 2019 | Jonathan Petersen
    No one knows the mind of God, except for God himself. He is infinite; we are finite. We are not entirely clueless about his character, however, because God speaks to us through his Word. According to the Bible, one reason bad things happen is because the whole world is under the control of the evil one (1 John 5:19). Thats why Jesus taught us to ask God to deliver us from the evil one when we pray (Matthew 6:13). Even in the Garden of Eden in paradise, before Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit Satan was...
  • On the Power of Liturgy and Prayer

    09/20/2019 9:28:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-19-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on September 19, 2019September 19, 2019 by Msgr. Charles Pope On the Power of Liturgy and Prayer There is a text from the Acts of the Apostles that sets forth quite well some of the qualities of the Sacred Liturgy. Although the “liturgy” cited in this passage is not a Mass, the description should apply to all our liturgies; from the Liturgy of the Hours to baptism, from a penance service to a full sung Mass. Let’s look at the passage and learn from it the power of liturgy to deliver, instruct, and transform us and the world.About...
  • Believing Is The Only Requirement For Salvation...against OSAS pt 5

    Therefore they said to Him, What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God? Jesus answered and said to them, This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent. ( John 6:28-29)Salvation cannot be obtained by our personal merit. Thank God , because there is not one of us who could ever merit salvation. We cannot earn it, nor can we who have received the gift, ever lose it due to lack of merit. The scriptures make it obvious, By the works of the law shall no flesh be justified...
  • New theological trend of confessing sins to plants leaves vegetarians with much to answer for

    09/20/2019 7:33:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/20/2019 | Monica Showalter
    Do leftists ever think through the implications of their bright lightbulb poppings?One of their latest stupidities, via Glen Reynolds of Instapundit (who has a fine curation), came a couple days ago from the Presbyterian side of things, with seminarians at New York's Union Theological Seminary offering up their 'confessions' to plants, an act than makes even less sense than trying to talk to a goat. According to the Washington Examiner, they tweeted: "Today in chapel, we confessed to plants," the nation's oldest independent seminary declared Tuesday on Twitter. "Together, we held our grief, joy, regret, hope, guilt and sorrow...
  • For Francis, Saving the Amazon is Evangelization in Motion

    09/19/2019 6:18:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Crux ^ | 9/17/19 | John Allen Jr
    ROME - A persistent line of criticism heading into next months Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, generally coming from more conservative and traditional quarters of Catholicism, is that the whole exercise is a distraction from the Churchs core mission of evangelization, meaning bringing souls to Christ. That, for instance, was the gist of a complaint by German Cardinal Walter Brandmller, whos pointedly asked, What do ecology, economy, and politics have to do with the mandate and mission of the Church? Whats sometimes overlooked is that for Pope Francis, such subjects do not constitute an alternative to evangelization. As he...
  • The Church Is a Bride, Not a Widow

    09/19/2019 9:04:10 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-17-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on September 17, 2019September 17, 2019 by Msgr. Charles Pope The Church Is a Bride, Not a Widow Venerable Fulton J. Sheen once wrote, The Church knows after 1900 years experience that any institution which suits the spirit of any age will be a widow in the next one (War and Guilt, OSV Press, 1941, pp. 138-139).This is a clear admonition to the many who demand that the Church update her teachings, particularly (1) her moral doctrines, and (2) the dogma that salvation is exclusively through Jesus Christ. Some say that the Catholic Church is hopelessly out-of-date and...
  • September 19 - The Significance of Temple Cleansing

    09/19/2019 3:15:51 AM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; and to those who were selling the doves He said, Take these things away; stop making My Fathers house a place of business. His disciples remembered that it was...
  • New JPII Institute Professors Question Church Orthodoxy on Homosexuality, Contraception

    09/18/2019 6:41:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/13/19 | Ed Pentin
    Father Maurizio Chiodi and Father Pier Davide Guenzi currently teach moral theology at the University of Northern Italy in Milan, and both are well known for their questioning of moral absolutes. VATICAN CITY The latest development in what is becoming increasingly viewed as both a purge and a revolution of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute is the hiring of two moral theologians whose views on homosexuality and contraception contradict the magisterium. The new professors, Father Maurizio Chiodi and Father Pier Davide Guenzi, both moral theologians at the University of Northern Italy in Milan, will begin teaching at the...
  • (Catholic) Bishop Dons Hindu Robes for Mass Before Ritual Genitalia of Pagan Gods

    09/18/2019 10:47:19 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 38 replies
    Church Militant ^ | September 18, 2019 | Jules Gomes
    Bishop Dons Hindu Robes for Mass Before Ritual Genitalia of Pagan Gods Catholic church has tabernacle in the form of the phallus of a Hindu deity DESHNUR, India (ChurchMilitant.com) - An Indian bishop has provoked a backlash from Catholic and Hindus after he celebrated the Holy Eucharist using saffron robes worn by Hindu priests before a tabernacle in the form of aShivalinga the phallus of the Hindu god Shiva. Bp. Derek Fernandes Bishop Derek Fernandes and his concelebrating clergy werephotographedat Mass wearing Hindu clerical vestments and sportingrudraksha malas a necklace of Hindu beads. The clerics had also smeared their foreheads...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Mass in Slow Motion, The Gathering Rite

    09/18/2019 10:35:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    The Mass in Slow Motion ^ | pre-2011 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Mass in Slow Motion This is a series on the Mass explaining the meaning and history of what we do each Sunday. This series of flyers is an attempt to add insight and understanding to our celebration of the Sacred Liturgy. You are also invited to learn more by attending Sunday School classes for adults which take place in the school cafeteria each Sunday from 9:45 am. to 10:45 am. This series will follow the Mass in order. The Congregation Gathers We begin by noting the simple and obvious fact that before Mass can begin we must all...
  • Cdl. Marx defies Vatican: German synod will go ahead despite plan being called notvalid

    09/18/2019 9:34:25 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 17, 2019 | Claire Chretien
    Cdl. Marx defies Vatican: German synod will go ahead despite plan being called notvalid September 17, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) Cardinal Reinhard Marx has fired back at the Vatican after it informed him the German bishops plans for a binding synodal path are not ecclesiologically valid, saying the German bishops plans, which include addressing issues of priestly celibacy, the role of women, and sexual morality, will be helpful to the Church. Countless believers in Germany consider [these issues] to be in need of discussion, Marx wrote to Cardinal Marc Ouellet of the Vaticans Congregation for Bishops. More than 200,000 Catholics...
  • September 18 - The Importance of the Miracle at Cana

    09/18/2019 3:53:57 AM PDT · by metmom · 10 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him (John 2:11). When Jesus turned water into wine, His purpose was not to amaze His audience with His power. His miracles met specific needs, such as opening blind eyes or deaf ears, delivering those oppressed by demons, feeding hungry people, or calming a threatening storm. This miracle met the genuine need of the family and their guests. But even more important, this first of Jesus signs manifested His glory (cf. 1:14)He put His deity on display. Jesus signs were...
  • Transmitting What We Have Received: An Interview with the SSPX Superior General

    09/17/2019 5:14:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 32 replies
    FSSPX News ^ | September 17, 2019 | Father Davide Pagliarani
    Interview with Father Davide Pagliarani, Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X Rev. Fr. Superior General, a number of important events will take place before the end of the year, such as the Synod for the Amazon and the reform of the Roman Curia. They will have a historical impact on the life of the Church. In your opinion, what place do they occupy in Pope Francis's pontificate? The impression that many Catholics are currently experiencing is that of a Church on the brink of a new disaster. If we step back a moment, the Second Vatican Council...