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  • Holy Ikons (Orthodox - Catholic Caucus)

    03/02/2015 1:41:54 PM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Publications ^ | 1976 | Archpriest George Florovsky
    THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT IS ORTHODOXY SUNDAY. It was established as a special memorial day of the Council at Constantinople in 843. It commemorates first of all the victory of the Church over the heresy of the Iconoclasts: The use and veneration of Holy Ikons was restored. On this day we continue to sing the troparion of the Holy Image of Christ: "We reverence Thy sacred Image O Christ..." At first glance, it may seem to be an unsuitable occasion to commemorate the glory of the Church and all the heroes and martyrs of the Orthodox Faith. Would it...
  • First Presbyterian Church of Boulder may realign; same-sex marriage a factor

    03/02/2015 11:28:44 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    Boulder Daily Camera ^ | 02/28/2015 | Charlie Brennan
    The First Presbyterian Church of Boulder is asking its congregation to vote on whether to end affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA), in favor of a California-based evangelical Presbyterian association that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The First Presbyterian Church of Boulder, 1820 15th St., well known for a large-scale feed of Boulder's homeless population every Thanksgiving, had originally been scheduled to take a vote of its congregation Feb. 22, but that was postponed due to weather. And although absentee voting has been ongoing, the bulk of the balloting is now scheduled for its...
  • Why Catholics Cant Sing And The Crisis Of Catholic Education

    03/02/2015 8:03:50 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 29 replies
    Patheos ^ | March 2, 2015 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    First Things has a great little post by a dejected Lutheran convert about how Catholic liturgical singing is like plaintive squeaks from depressed marmosets. This is a permanent pet peeve of mine. And yes, this is something parish priests should do more about. You know the phenomenon of how a church will be crowdedexcept the two front pews. I knew a priest who often wouldnt start Mass until those pews were filled. He would go out in front before Mass and ask people to move to the first pews. One of the few 70s-style liturgical tics I wouldnt mind at...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-02-15

    03/01/2015 8:11:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-02-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 2, 2015Monday 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...
  • Is Confession Dead?

    03/01/2015 12:52:48 PM PST · by NYer · 59 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 1, 2015 | Terence K. O'Leary
    The confessionals are empty. The sinners have gone away. Or should I say, sin has gone away. Not to be judgmental, but rather to be observant, I sense poignantly a lack of what I would call sin awareness among modern Catholics. We seem to have assimilated the secular notion that the concept of sin places outdated, even psychologically damaging restraints on people, or that the feeling of guilt for wrongdoing (or wrong-thinking) is emotionally debilitating. Thus, we see in society the virtual elimination of the word sin. We dont want to hurt anybodys self esteem. Catholics, perhaps innocently, have...
  • First Sunday of Lent: The Triumph of Orthodoxy

    03/01/2015 12:46:56 PM PST · by NRx · 7 replies
    The Sunday of Orthodoxy is the first Sunday of Great Lent. The dominant theme of this Sunday since 843 has been that of the victory of the icons. In that year the iconoclastic heresy, which had raged on and off since 726, was finally laid to rest, and icons and their veneration were restored on the first Sunday in Lent. Ever since, this Sunday has been commemorated as the "Triumph of Orthodoxy." - See more at: http://lent.goarch.org/sunday_of_orthodoxy/learn/#sthash.gdvBOiyY.dpuf
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-01-15, Second Sunday of Lent

    02/28/2015 8:04:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 50 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-01-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 1, 2015Second Sunday of Lent    Reading 1 Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 God put Abraham to the test.He called to him, “Abraham!”“Here I am!” he replied.Then God said:“Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah.There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you.” When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it.Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son.But the...
  • Towards A God Centered Liturgy

    02/28/2015 2:07:31 PM PST · by walkinginthedesert · 4 replies
    Ad Orientem and why we should go back to it Ad Orientem is a liturgical orientation done by the priest since the Early Christian Church. It has held a historical and traditional way in which priests would celebrate Mass in the Roman Rite. This liturgical position and action are still celebrated in the Tridentine Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form), as well as in the Dominican and Norbertine Rites, as well as several others.It has however sadly lost practice and has been abandoned in most of the Novus Ordo (Ordinary Form)This article will help explain the historical, and theological significance, its...
  • Getting Back to the Ancient Church (Reprise)

    02/28/2015 12:17:20 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 152 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | October 14, 2014 | Nathan Busenitz
    How much is your church like the ancient church?Thats a popular question these daysespecially if you read guys like Robert Webber, Brian McLaren, Wolfgang Simson, or Frank Viola and George Barna.Most of the contemporary discussion about the ancient church attempts to show discrepancies between what is now and what was then. The not-so-subtle implication is that there is something very wrong with the contemporary church. Blame Constantine. Blame the Enlightenment. Blame Capitalism. Blame the Fundamentalists. It doesnt really matter. The only way to fix the church today is to get back to the ancient church.Based on this premise we...
  • Pope Francis offers tips on preparing for Confession

    02/28/2015 10:44:02 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 28, 2015 | Carol Glatz
    Pope Francis hears a Confession in Brazil in July 2013 (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano) Pontiff urges faithful to receive the Sacrament of Penance in LentPope Francis has offered some quick tips to help Catholics prepare for the Sacrament of Penance.After a brief explanation of why people should go to Confession – “because we are all sinners” – the Pope listed 30 questions to reflect on as part of making an examination of conscience and being able to “confess well”.The guide is part of a 28-page booklet in Italian released by the Vatican publishing house. Pope Francis had 50,000 free copies...
  • On the Discipline for Receiving Holy Communion (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    02/28/2015 10:04:10 AM PST · by NRx · 5 replies
    Holy Trinity Monastery ^ | 3 Feb 2015 | The Russian Orthodox Church
    On February 3, 2015 (NS) the Holy Synod approved the linked document which lays out the current discipline for the reception of the Holy Mysteries of the Altar by the lay faithful. The executive summary is that it cautiously encourages the faithful to commune more frequently than the old custom of once or twice a year, while reiterating the necessity of approaching the chalice with great reverence. This means observing the pre-communion fasts, recent confession and prayerful participation in the services of the Church. Details of which may be found in the document. To many the discipline described in the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-28-15

    02/27/2015 9:11:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 28, 2015Saturday of the First Week of Lent    Reading 1 Dt 26:16-19 Moses spoke to the people, saying:“This day the LORD, your God,commands you to observe these statutes and decrees.Be careful, then,to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.Today you are making this agreement with the LORD:he is to be your God and you are to walk in his waysand observe his statutes, commandments and decrees,and to hearken to his voice.And today the LORD is making this agreement with you:you are to be a people peculiarly his own, as he promised you;and provided...
  • Learning the Priesthood: The Role of Altar Service in Vocational Discernment (Catholic Caucus)

    02/27/2015 1:54:58 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | February 27, 2015 | PETER LYONS
    On March 15, 1994, a virtual tsunami struck the Liturgy of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church. Cardinal Antonio Ortas wrote a document to the Episcopal conferences announcing that the Vatican had, for the first time, permitted altar girls. Over 20 years later, many question the impact of this decision as the Church continues to reap a desperately meager harvest of young men responding to God’s call to the Priesthood.Born in 1997, I was blissfully unaware of the damage being wrought in the Eternal City. By the grace of God I was destined to remain ignorant of the fact for many years. Thinking...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-27-15

    02/26/2015 8:43:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 27, 2015Friday of the First Week of Lent    Reading 1 Ez 18:21-28 Thus says the Lord GOD:If the wicked man turns away from all the sins he committed, if he keeps all my statutes and does what is right and just,he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of the crimes he committed shall be remembered against him;he shall live because of the virtue he has practiced. Do I indeed derive any pleasure from the death of the wicked?says the Lord GOD. Do I not rather rejoice when he turns from his evil waythat he may...
  • Thoughts on the 7th of Adar (Moses' birthday) and the Miracles of Today

    02/26/2015 4:21:12 PM PST · by Yomin Postelnik · 4 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 02/26/2015 | Yomin Postelnik
    Today is the 7th of the month of Adar on the Jewish (Torah) calendar. It is the birthday of Moshe Rabbeinu (Moses) and also the anniversary of his passing. On this exact day four years ago, Hosni Mubarak, then President of Egypt, was forced to resign. What made the already incredible timing extra significant, is that every few years there are 2 months of Adar (a Biblical "leap year") and Moshe/Moses was actually born on the 7th of the first month of Adar. Four years ago, that was the case, it was the 7th of Adar I. The reverberations of...
  • There Is No Wisdom in Sin - Chapter 11

    02/26/2015 4:08:18 PM PST · by metmom · 26 replies
    THE WORLD HAS DIVIDED MEN into two classes, the stupid good people and the clever wicked ones. This false classification runs through much of the literature of the last centuries from the classics to the comic strip, from Shakespeare's Polomus, who furnished his son with a set of good but dull moral platitudes, to Capp's Li'l Abner, who would never knowingly do a wrong act but who would rather fall on his head than on his feet because there is more feeling in his feet than in his head. In the Holy Scriptures things are quite the opposite. There righteousness...
  • The Byzantine Liturgy in the Basilicas of Rome

    02/26/2015 2:53:16 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | February 26, 2015 | GREGORY DIPIPPO
    Last week, His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of Kiev-Halych, led an “ad limina” visit of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic hierarchy, of which he has been the head since March 2011. In the course of their stay in Rome, he and the other bishops celebrated the Divine Liturgy in a number of churches, including Saint John in the Lateran, the Pope’s own cathedral, St Paul’s outside-the-Walls, and St Mary Major. The Pontifical Ukrainian Institute of the Protection of the Holy Mother of God, (Папський Український Iнститут Покрова Пресвятої Богородиці) has posted a large number of photographs of these liturgies to...
  • Preparing Your Heart for Worship

    02/26/2015 5:07:34 AM PST · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | Feb 25, 2015 | R.C. Sproul
    It is very important that we take time to prepare our hearts to worship God before we set foot in the sanctuary on Sunday morning. God made this clear amid the awesome circumstances of the giving of the law in Exodus 19. God called the people to prepare to come into His presence, or near His presence, but not actually onto the mountain where He would speak to Moses. Then the LORD said to Moses, Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes. And let them be ready for the third day....
  • Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes 11th of February 2015

    The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes is celebrated on the 11th of February. On this important Feast Day, here are my thoughts: AT LOURDES AS THE IMMACULATE- The French Shrine of Lourdes is famous and known throughout the world. In this picturesque French Town which is at the foot of the Pyrenees, Our Lady appeared eighteen times to Saint Bernadette Soubirous in 1858. Confirming the dogma proclaimed by Blessed Pope Pius, the Ninth four years earlier, the Mother of God spoke to the little visionary and presented herself as "The Immaculate Conception". She was required to go to the...
  • LENT - A TIME OF REDISCOVERY

    For the Church, Lent like Advent is a "powerful season" a season of waiting and preparing and therefore a time for sacrifice, repentance, and purification. But, in our hedonistic society of today these words seem to strike a rather discordant note. So, is it fair to ask : how do we speak today about sacrifice and how do we practice it ?? Lent lasts for 40 days - as many days as Jesus Christ spent in the desert before he took on his mission of salvation. 40 is a sacred number in the Bible : the Deluge lasted for 40...
  • THE FOOT OF THE CROSS BY FATHER FABER - AN EXCELLENT CATHOLIC CLASSIC FOR LENT AND FOR HOLY WEEK

    02/26/2015 1:02:19 AM PST · by OrthodoxIndianCatholic · 8 replies
    Dear Friends in Jesus and Mary, The Foot of the Cross by Father Faber is a Beautiful and Magnificent Catholic Classic. It is all about the "Sorrows of Mary". Mother Mary was the first disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ at the Foot of the Cross. Father Faber explains each sorrow of Mary in great detail in this Book. NOTE TO READERS: The Foot of the Cross by Father Faber is a "MUST READ" Catholic Classic not only during Lent but also during Holy Week, specially on Good Friday. FYI - Pauly Fongemie is the webmaster of "Catholic Tradition:. Here...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-26-15

    02/25/2015 8:08:50 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 26, 2015Thursday of the First Week in Lent    Reading 1 Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25 Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish,had recourse to the LORD.She lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids, from morning until evening, and said:“God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you. Help me, who am alone and have no help but you,for I am taking my life in my hand.As a child I used to hear from the books of my forefathersthat you, O LORD, always free those who are pleasing to you.Now help me, who am...
  • Resting in the Righteousness of Christ

    02/25/2015 6:42:49 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 12 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | March 19, 2014 | Charles Spurgeon
    The Lord our Righteousness. Jeremiah 23:6. It will always give a Christian the greatest calm, quiet, ease, and peace, to think of the perfect righteousness of Christ. How often are the saints of God downcast and sad! I do not think they ought to be. I do not think they would be if they could always see their perfection in Christ. There are some who are always talking about corruption, and the depravity of the heart, and the innate evil of the soul. This is quite true, but why not go a little further, and remember that we are...
  • "Let my prayer arise..." (Ecumenical - Lent)

    02/25/2015 12:09:17 PM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    Optina Monastery ^ | 25 Feb 2015 | Optina Monastery
    Scenes from the Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts on the First Wednesday of Great Lent at the Optina Monastery. (Church Slavonic)
  • February 23, 1945: The Mass on Mount Suribachi

    02/25/2015 9:42:34 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 12 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | February 23, 2015 | Donald R. McClarey
    Seventy years ago today the Marines raised the flag over Mount Suribachi during the battle of Iwo Jima and a mass was said at the summit. Iwo Jima probably has the sad distinction of being the most expensive piece of worthless real estate in the history of the globe. Expensive not in something as minor as money, but costly in something as all important as human lives. In 1943 the island had a civilian population of 1018 who scratched a precarious living from sulfur mining, some sugar cane farming and fishing. All rice and consumer goods had to be imported...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-25-15

    02/24/2015 9:13:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 25, 2015Wednesday of the First Week in Lent    Reading 1 Jon 3:1-10 The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:“Set out for the great city of Nineveh,and announce to it the message that I will tell you.”So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,according to the LORD’s bidding.Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;it took three days to go through it.Jonah began his journey through the city,and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing,“Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,”when the people of Nineveh believed God;they proclaimed a fastand all of them,...
  • Resting in the Righteousness of Christ

    02/24/2015 3:19:36 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 9 replies
    Morning devotion via Eric T. Young's Reformed Bibliophile ^ | Morning devotion for January 31, 1890 | Charles Spurgeon 1834-1892
    The Lord our Righteousness. Jeremiah 23:6.It will always give a Christian the greatest calm, quiet, ease, and peace, to think of the perfect righteousness of Christ. How often are the saints of God downcast and sad! I do not think they ought to be. I do not think they would be if they could always see theirperfection in Christ. There are some who are always talking about corruption, and the depravity of the heart, and the innate evil of the soul. This is quite true, but why not go a little further, and remember that we are perfect in...
  • Repentance

    02/24/2015 2:52:23 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 180 replies
    My Utmost For His Higest ^ | Dec.7,2014 | Oswald Chambers
    Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation 2 Corinthians 7:10 Conviction of sin is best described in the words:My sins, my sins, my Savior, How sad on Thee they fall.Conviction of sin is one of the most uncommon things that ever happens to a person. It is the beginning of an understanding of God. Jesus Christ said that when the Holy Spirit came He would convict people of sin (seeJohn 16:8). And when the Holy Spirit stirs a persons conscience and brings him into the presence of God, it is not that persons relationship with others that bothers him...
  • A Guide to Holy Confession (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    02/24/2015 1:44:14 PM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    Orthodox Publications ^ | unknown | Bishop Alexander Mileant
    Reasons for inner discord The greatest paradox of our life is that while we all instinctively strive for happiness, most of the time we are unhappy and dissatisfied even when no danger threatens us. Philosophy is helpless in satisfactorily clarifying the reason for this paradox. The Christian faith, however, explains that the reason for our dissatisfaction and dark feelings lies within ourselves. It results from our sinfulness not only from our personal sins but also from our very nature that is marred by the primordial sin. Sinful corruption is the main source of our grief and suffering. Sin is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-24-15

    02/23/2015 7:57:39 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 24, 2015Tuesday of the First Week of Lent    Reading 1 Is 55:10-11 Thus says the LORD:Just as from the heavensthe rain and snow come downAnd do not return theretill they have watered the earth,making it fertile and fruitful,Giving seed to the one who sowsand bread to the one who eats,So shall my word bethat goes forth from my mouth;It shall not return to me void,but shall do my will,achieving the end for which I sent it. Responsorial Psalm PS 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19 R. (18b) From all their distress God rescues the just.Glorify the LORD with me,let...
  • The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete (First Day of Lent)

    02/23/2015 10:33:39 AM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7th Century | St. Andrew of Crete
    Today is the first day of Lent for Orthodox Christians. During Clean Week there are many special services of which one of the most important is The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, also known as The Great Canon of Repentance. It is a penitential hymn, the longest ever composed, that is chanted in monasteries on Clean Monday. Because of its great length it is usually broken up in parishes and chanted over the first four days of Lent as part of Great Compline. The linked video is from one of those services. This particular rendition is entirely in...
  • Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    02/23/2015 6:39:23 AM PST · by redleghunter · 7 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | 23 February 2015 | Charles Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon February 23, 2015 Morning Reading I will never leave thee. Hebrews 13:5 No promise is of private interpretation. Whatever God has said to any one saint, He has said to all. When He opens a well for one, it is that all may drink. When He openeth a granary-door to give out food, there may be some one starving man who is the occasion of its being opened, but all hungry saints may come and feed too. Whether He gave the word to Abraham or to Moses, matters not, O believer; He has given...
  • God Has Not Cast Away His People,Israel...Romans 9-11 pt 14

    I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-23-15, OM, St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr

    02/22/2015 6:26:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 23, 2015Monday of the First Week of Lent    Reading 1 Lv 19:1-2, 11-18 The LORD said to Moses,“Speak to the whole assembly of the children of Israel and tell them:Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. “You shall not steal.You shall not lie or speak falsely to one another.You shall not swear falsely by my name,thus profaning the name of your God.I am the LORD. “You shall not defraud or rob your neighbor.You shall not withhold overnight the wages of your day laborer.You shall not curse the deaf,or put a stumbling block in front...
  • The Old Cross and the New - Chapter 10

    02/22/2015 5:41:49 PM PST · by metmom · 7 replies
    ALL UNANNOUNCED AND MOSTLY UNDETECTED there has come in modern times a new cross into popular evangelical circles. It is like the old cross, but different: the likenesses are superficial; the differences, fundamental. From this new cross has sprung a new philosophy of the Christian life, and from that new philosophy has come a new evangelical technique-a new type of meeting and a new kind of preaching. This new evangelism employs the same language as the old, but its content is not the same and its emphasis not as before. The old cross would have no truck with the world....
  • The Sacrament of Living - Chapter 10

    02/22/2015 5:33:05 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Cor. 10:31 One of the greatest hindrances to internal peace which the Christian encounters is the common habit of dividing our lives into two areas, the sacred and the secular. As these areas are conceived to exist apart from each other and to be morally and spiritually incompatible, and as we are compelled by the necessities of living to be always crossing back and forth from the one to the other, our inner lives tend to break up so that we live...
  • LENT: A spiritual spring for the soul

    02/22/2015 1:51:58 PM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    Orthodox Publications ^ | April 1964 | Bishop Alexander Mileant
    The season of the great fast"This is a favorable time, this is the day of salvation."Nature revives with the arrival of spring, and during this same season Christians who are serious about salvation are spiritualy renewed through prayer and fasting. Fasts are special days of the year that are set aside by the Church to motivate believers to concentrate on the salvation of their souls. The most important of the fasts is Lent, which is prior to the Easter. It begins on the Monday following the Sunday of Forgiveness and lasts for forty days (six weeks) until Palm Sunday, continues...
  • The New Creation: Scott Hahn Reflects on the First Sunday of Lent (Catholic Caucus)

    02/22/2015 1:51:01 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Salvation History ^ | February 22, 2015 | Dr. Scott Hahn
    Readings: Genesis 9:8-15 Psalm 25:4-9 1 Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:12-15 Lent bids us to return to the innocence of baptism. As Noah and his family were saved through the waters of the deluge, we were saved through the waters of baptism, Peter reminds us in today’s Epistle.And God’s covenant with Noah in today’s First Reading marked the start of a new world. But it also prefigured a new and greater covenant between God and His creation (see Hosea 2:20; Isaiah 11:1-9).We see that new covenant and that new creation begin in today’s Gospel.Jesus is portrayed as the new Adam...
  • What Man is This (An Easter Song)

    02/22/2015 5:15:31 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 2 replies
    An Easter song set to Greensleeves
  • Forgiveness Sunday - Cheesefare (the Eve of Great Lent)

    02/21/2015 8:47:15 PM PST · by NRx
    GOA ^ | unknown | GOA
    The Sunday of Forgiveness, the last of the preparatory Sundays before Great Lent, has two themes: it commemorates Adams expulsion from Paradise, and it accentuates our need for forgiveness. There are obvious reasons why these two things should be brought to our attention as we stand on the threshold of Great Lent. One of the primary images in the Triodion is that of the return to Paradise. Lent is a time when we weep with Adam and Eve before the closed gate of Eden, repenting with them for the sins that have deprived us of our free communion with God....
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-22-15, First Sunday of Lent

    02/21/2015 8:27:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 53 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-22-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 22, 2015First Sunday of LentReading 1Gn 9:8-15God said to Noah and to his sons with him: "See, I am now establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you: all the birds, and the various tame and wild animals that were with you and came out of the ark.I will establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all bodily creatures be destroyedby the waters of a flood; there shall not be another flood to devastate the earth."God added:"This is the sign that I am giving for...
  • 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...
  • Cardinal Sarah: "Detachment of doctrine and pastoral practice is Heresy."

    02/21/2015 3:13:51 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | February 20, 2015
    French publishing house Fayard is publishing a book with an interview with one of the most impressive Cardinals in the College, the recently-named Prefect for Divine Worship, Cardinal Robert Sarah. "Either God or Nothing" (Dieu ou rien) has the very interesting subtitle "Entretien sur la foi" (Conversation on faith), which certainly calls to mind the groundbreaking book-interview of another Cardinal published three decades ago -- Rapporto sulla fede (Report on the Faith, published in English as... The Ratzinger Report). From its presentation by French magazine Famille Chrtienne, we find the following remarkable extract of Cardinal Sarah's words on a...
  • 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...
  • Has Israel Heard The Gospel?...Romans 9-11 pt 13

    For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are...
  • 10 Things Catholics Are Tired of Hearing

    02/20/2015 3:22:59 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 337 replies
    http://www.catholic365.com ^ | February 19, 2015 | Elizabeth Giddens
    1.Catholics worship statues. This stereotype is painful to hear. Not only is this completely false, but it is ludicrous. Despite the fact that there are 801 millions Protestants world-wide, according to the Pew Research Center, my rant will be geared towards our brothers and sisters in the United States. In this country, approximately 51.5% of people are Protestant Christians. Realistically, most of these families have pictures in their home, which is completely normal, right? Right. They have pictures of their loved ones, both living and deceased. Is it not hypocritical then to say that Catholics are idol worshipers, when these...
  • A Critical Consideration of The Case for Clerical Celibacy (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    02/20/2015 1:41:44 PM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    East to West ^ | unknown | Dr. Anthony T. Dragani
    Although the general populace is unaware of it, during the past decade a new effort has been underway to defend the Roman Catholic practice of mandatory priestly celibacy. Putting aside the traditional sociological arguments that we are all familiar with, these new defenders argue for the discipline based primarily on historical grounds. Although their writings have not reached a broad audience, they have found a committed following in some Catholic circles. Normally I would not concern myself with a defense of the Roman Catholic discipline of mandatory celibacy. After all, it is their tradition and they certainly have a right...
  • How a supporter of womens ordination left the Anglican Church to become a Catholic

    02/20/2015 11:52:09 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 19, 2015
    Women priests (PA) The author of Bread Not Stones had a dramatic and unconventional journey to RomeIt is always interesting to read the various ways that converts stumble onto the path to Rome. Surely one of the strangest accounts in modern times is that of Dr Una Kroll, whose autobiography, Bread Not Stones, has recently been published by Christian Alternative. Dr Kroll received quite a lot of publicity in the past as an active and vocal Christian feminist. Indeed, she was ordained into the Anglican priesthood as one of the first women priest of the Church of Wales. The...
  • Pope Holds Two Hour Meeting with Roman Clergy

    02/20/2015 10:29:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Speaks Briefly on Homiletics, Engages in Open Discussion With "His Priests"While many newspapers have reported solely on comments regarding 'married priests', there is much more to Pope Francis' address during his annual meeting with the clergy of Rome today. The Bishop of Rome spent almost two hours with hundreds of priests, speaking briefly on homiletics and the Ars celebrandi (the art of proper celebration). However, he spent most of the time engaging in an open discussion with the clergy saying: "I am more interested in your questions." The Pontiff's intentions weren't on giving a lecture, but in conversing directly with...
  • Egypt's Coptic Catholics Consecrate First Church in Sinai

    02/20/2015 5:56:28 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Aleteia ^ | February 19, 2015 | OLIVER MAKSAN
    Against Backdrop of ISIS Beheadings, Egypt's Coptic Catholics Consecrate First Church in Sinai Bishop says Church strengthened by martyrdom of its brothers. NEW YORK (Feb. 19, 2015)"The Church in Egypt has been strengthened by the murder of our brothers in Libya." Such was the reaction by Coptic Catholic Bishop Youssef Aboul-Kheir of Sohag to the beheading of 21 Orthodox Coptic men in Libya by ISIS. The guest workers in Libya "suffered a holy death with prayers on their lips. They went to their deaths just like the early Christians, the bishop told international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in...