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  • A Reminder in Advent: Christ Reigns, Rules, and Conquers

    12/12/2019 8:02:39 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-12-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on December 11, 2019December 11, 2019 A Reminder in Advent: Christ Reigns, Rules, and Conquers Advent is a season of waiting, waiting for God to fulfill His promises. We know that most of His promises from the Old Testament were fulfilled magnificently by Jesus, but as St. Paul reminds, we have received but the first fruits of His work in our soul (cf Rom 8:23). The created world and our physical bodies still await the full implications of what He has done. We still await a new Heaven and a new earth where the justice of God will...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-12-19, FEAST, Our Lady of Guadalupe

    12/11/2019 8:25:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | 12-12-19 | Revised New American Bible
    December 12 2019 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Reading 1 Zec 2:14-17 Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,and they shall be his people,and he will dwell among you,and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.The LORD will possess Judah as his portion in the holy land,and he will again choose Jerusalem.Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD!For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling. Or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10abGod's...
  • Vatican Uses Donations for the Poor to Plug Its Budget Deficit: Only 10% of donations to the Peter’s Pence collection go directly to charitable works

    12/11/2019 8:41:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 11, 2019 | Francis X. Rocca
    Every year, Catholics around the world donate tens of millions of dollars to the pope. Bishops exhort the faithful to support the weak and suffering through the pope’s main charitable appeal, called Peter’s Pence. What the church doesn’t advertise is that most of that collection, worth more than more than €50 million ($55 million) annually, goes toward plugging the hole in the Vatican’s own administrative budget, while as little as 10% is spent on charitable works, according to people familiar with the funds. The little-publicized breakdown of how the Holy See spends Peter’s Pence, known only among senior Vatican officials,...
  • Modern Problems File: Losing God as the Center of Our Worship

    12/11/2019 8:14:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-10-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on December 10, 2019December 10, 2019 by Msgr. Charles Pope Modern Problems File: Losing God as the Center of Our Worship “Mirror baby”. Licensed underCC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.I have noted before on this blog that one of the trends in modern liturgy is the shift of focus from God to “the assembly.” Too much of liturgy today is anthropocentric.Back in the 1990’s, in his book Why Catholics Can’t Sing, Thomas Day observed that modern liturgy often amounts to “the aware, gathered community, celebrating itself.” Many songs today go on at great length about how we are...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-11-19, OM, St. Damasus I, Pope

    12/10/2019 8:57:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies ^ | 12-11-19 | Revised New American Bible
    December 11 2019 Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 40:25-31 To whom can you liken me as an equal?says the Holy One.Lift up your eyes on highand see who has created these things:He leads out their army and numbers them,calling them all by name.By his great might and the strength of his powernot one of them is missing!Why, O Jacob, do you say,and declare, O Israel,"My way is hidden from the LORD,and my right is disregarded by my God"? Do you not knowor have you not heard?The LORD is the eternal God,creator of the ends...
  • Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There! The Importance of Experience

    12/10/2019 8:10:48 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-09-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on December 9, 2019December 9, 2019 by Msgr. Charles Pope Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There! The Importance of Experience I want to give two thumbs up for good old-fashioned experience—just experiencing life to the fullest. Too often in today’s hurried age, in these times of 24×7 news, we rush past experience right to analysis. We insist on knowing immediately what something “means” and what we should think about it. This rush to analyze often happens before the experience is even over. And, of course, analyzing something before all the facts are in can lead to incorrect conclusions....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-10-19

    12/09/2019 9:12:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies ^ | 1-10-19 | Revised New American Bible
    December 10 2019 Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 40:1-11 Comfort, give comfort to my people,says your God.Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to herthat her service is at an end,her guilt is expiated;Indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORDdouble for all her sins. A voice cries out:In the desert prepare the way of the LORD!Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!Every valley shall be filled in,every mountain and hill shall be made low;The rugged land shall be made a plain,the rough country, a broad valley.Then the glory of...
  • Catholics Split, Vatican Largely Mum on Hong Kong Protests

    12/09/2019 6:11:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | 12/9/19 | Elise Harris
    ROME – As protests continue in Hong Kong, throwing the city’s future as an autonomous democracy within China into question, Catholics appear split about what exactly their role is in the situation, and just how political they ought to be. Protests in Hong Kong erupted in June when Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, former Chief Executive of the city, issued a bill granting mainland China extradition rights over any Hong Kong resident, including tourists and foreign nationals. Facing fierce backlash over the move, Lam – a practicing Catholic – suspended the bill, but she did not immediately meet protesters’ demands to...
  • Catholic Charity, Covenant House, Goes Pro-Gay

    12/09/2019 6:03:34 PM PST · by T Ruth · 7 replies
    Pulpit and Pen ^ | November 20, 2019
    The largest homeless ministry in the United States and a prominent Roman Catholic charity, Covenant House, is now on the LGBT bandwagon. Covenant House was founded Bruce Ritter, a Franciscan priest, in 1972. Ritter was later embroiled in an abuse-scandal in which he was accused of molesting the young men coming in for shelter off the street. It was first formed in Manhattan and Staten Island but now operates in 21 cities throughout the United States, Central America, and Canada. The charity is still a dues-paying member of Catholic Charities and Catholic Charities of New York. Covenant House says that...
  • Who Was Isaiah, and What Does His Message Mean for Us?

    12/09/2019 8:03:53 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-08-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on December 8, 2019December 8, 2019 by Msgr. Charles Pope Who Was Isaiah, and What Does His Message Mean for Us? During Advent, we read quite a bit from the Prophet Isaiah. Therefore, for my own meditation and yours, I offer the following reflection on Isaiah, the man and his message. Each of the issues with which he dealt is still with us, even though we live in a far more secular world than he could have imagined. Let’s consider key elements of his life, his struggle, and his message.Isaiah was born in 760 B.C. He is further...
  • Former Planned Parenthood manager: I wanted to help women. That wasn’t the place to do it.

    12/08/2019 11:59:48 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | September 24, 2019 | Sarah Terzo
    Ramona Trevińo is a former manager of a Planned Parenthood facility who left her job and is now pro-life. In her book, she shared the story of how a Catholic radio show helped open her eyes to the truth about abortion. Before she left Planned Parenthood, Trevino began having doubts about her work there. In her book, she writes: "For some time, I had been experiencing an unrelenting, secret turmoil.… I felt like someone engaged in an intense game of tug-of-war. At work, ‘every child should be a wanted child’ was a constant message. …This idea that every child should...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-09-19, SOL, The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    12/08/2019 9:49:48 PM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies ^ | 12-09-19 | Revised New American Bible
    December 9 2019 Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 Gn 3:9-15, 20 After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree,the LORD God called to the man 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...
  • A Prophet Who Prepares

    12/08/2019 9:55:58 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-07-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on December 7, 2019December 7, 2019 by Msgr. Charles Pope A Prophet Who Prepares Preaching of John the Baptist, Baciccio (1690) The Second Sunday of Advent usually features the ministry of St. John the Baptist. He was the prophet who fulfilled the Office of Elijah, of whom it was said, See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land...
  • Pro-Abortion Pelosi's Convenient Catholicism

    12/08/2019 7:43:27 AM PST · by raptor22 · 50 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 8, 2019 | Daniel John Sobieski
    If House speaker Nancy Pelosi is a "practicing Catholic," then Sen. Elizabeth Warren is an American Indian. If she is a practicing Catholic, then one hopes that one day, she gets it right. You cannot be in fundamental disagreement with a fundamental doctrine of the Catholic Church and then wrap yourself in its vestments to proclaim you don't hate anybody. Funny: Cafeteria Catholic Pelosi doesn't invoke her Christian conscience when she supports her caucus's abortion-until-birth infanticide policy, the ultimate separation of mother from child.
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-08-19 Second Sunday of Advent

    12/07/2019 9:38:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies ^ | 12-08-19 | Revised New American Bible
    December 8 2019 Second Sunday of Advent Reading 1 Is 11:1-10 On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,and from his roots a bud shall blossom.The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:a spirit of wisdom and of understanding,a spirit of counsel and of strength,a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.Not by appearance shall he judge,nor by hearsay shall he decide,but he shall judge the poor with justice,and decide aright for the land's afflicted.He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of...
  • Despite opposition, students from this college pray in ‘mega shields’ at abortion facility

    12/07/2019 12:51:47 AM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | Dec, 6, 2019 | Anne Marie Williams
    n 1977, Christendom College was founded in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, with the motto “Instaurare Omnia In Christo: To Restore All Things in Christ.” Shortly thereafter, a pro-life student club called Shield of Roses was formed. The current club president, Elizabeth Eller, a junior majoring in History at the Catholic college, told Live Action News about the club name’s origin. “The name came from the concept of praying the rosary at the clinics every time we peacefully protest. Just as we say the rosary and ask (the Blessed Virgin) Mary to protect us from harm, we pray the...
  • Catholic Cqucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-07-19, M, St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    12/06/2019 9:30:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | 12-07-19 | Revised New American Bible
    December 7 2019 Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Is 30:19-21, 23-26 Thus says the Lord GOD,the Holy One of Israel:O people of Zion, who dwell in Jerusalem,no more will you weep;He will be gracious to you when you cry out,as soon as he hears he will answer you.The Lord will give you the bread you needand the water for which you thirst.No longer will your Teacher hide himself,but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher,While from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears:"This is the way; walk in it,"when...
  • An Advent Hymn That Sings of the Great Wedding Feast of the Lamb

    12/06/2019 7:58:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-05-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on December 5, 2019December 5, 2019 by Msgr. Charles Pope An Advent Hymn That Sings of the Great Wedding Feast of the Lamb ERNEST KARLOVICH LIPGART” VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS Another great Advent hymn to discuss is “Wake, O Wake with Tidings Thrilling.” Its original German title is “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,” which is more literally translated “Awake, a voice calls to us.” The hymn was written in 1599 by Philipp Nicolai, and concerns the Parable of the Ten Virgins. It is beautifully creative, painting a picture of joyful anticipation, as the groom finally arrives, and the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-06-19, OM, St. Nicholas, Bishop

    12/05/2019 8:01:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 12 replies ^ | 12-06-19 | Revised New American Bible
    December 6 2019 Friday of the First Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 29:17-24 Thus says the Lord GOD:But a very little while,and Lebanon shall be changed into an orchard,and the orchard be regarded as a forest!On that day the deaf shall hearthe words of a book;And out of gloom and darkness,the eyes of the blind shall see.The lowly will ever find joy in the LORD,and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.For the tyrant will be no moreand the arrogant will have gone;All who are alert to do evil will be cut off,those whose mere word...
  • Rocketman: Vatican funded explicit film of Elton John’s life

    12/05/2019 3:03:50 PM PST · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    The Times ^ | December 5, 2019 | Tom Kingtom
    Rocketman: Vatican funded explicit film of Elton John’s life The biographical film about Sir Elton John, which contains a gay sex scene, was partly financed by an investment fund backed by the Vatican, an Italian newspaper has reported.The use of money donated by Roman Catholics to help to fund Rocketman emerged during a Vatican inquiry into where the cash, which is officially used for good works, has been invested.Researchers were looking into the Vatican secretariat of state’s backing of Centurion Global Fund, the Malta-based company that invested €1 million in the film’s production, Corriere della Sera reported