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  • George Weigel’s “Invisible Schism” Becomes Visible

    02/20/2024 10:10:13 AM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | February 19, 2024 | Robert Lazu Kmita
    George Weigel’s “Invisible Schism” Becomes VisibleAfter describing the terrible events of the pedophilia scandals involving priests in major Roman Catholic Archdioceses like Boston, Weigel showed that the substrate of these true networks of sin is linked to what he aptly called the “invisible schism.” Since the publication of the Fiducia Supplicans statement on December 18, 2023, I have frequently read headlines and comments in which the word “schism” is mentioned. Similar rumors have been heard in the last fifty years, but everything has remained at the level of words. This time something is different. Some Church prelates, including cardinals and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings 20-February-2024

    02/20/2024 7:50:05 AM PST · by annalex · 11 replies
    20 February 2024 Tuesday of the 1st week of Lent Saints Francisco and Jacinta Marto Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: Violet. Year: B(II).First readingIsaiah 55:10-11 ©The word that goes out from my mouth does not return to me emptyThus says the Lord: ‘As the rain and the snow come down from the heavens and do not return without watering the earth, making it yield and giving growth to provide seed for the sower and bread for the eating, so the word that goes from my mouth does not return to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in...

    02/20/2024 7:26:30 AM PST · by Hebrews 11:6 · 11 replies
  • [Catholic Caucus] My Catholic Life! Praying the Our Father - Tuesday, February 20, 2024 - Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    02/20/2024 6:25:47 AM PST · by fidelis · 4 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | February 20, 2024 | My Catholic Life
    Daily Readings from the USCCBJesus said to his disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Matthew 6:7–8Recall that Jesus used to go off by Himself at times and spend the whole night in prayer. Thus, it’s clear that Jesus is in favor of long and sincere times of prayer, since He gave us His own example as a lesson. But there is clearly a difference between that which our Lord did all night and that which He criticized the pagans for...
  • Pursuing Excellence - Protestant Caucus/Devotional

    02/20/2024 4:51:01 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    "So that you may approve the things that are excellent" (Phil. 1:10). In a world of mediocrity and confusion, God calls you to excellence and discernment. There's the story of a pilot who came on the loudspeaker mid flight and said, "I have some good news and bad news. The bad news is we've lost all our instrumentation and don't know where we are. The good news is we have a strong tail wind and are making great time." That's an accurate picture of how many people live: they have no direction in life but they're getting there fast! We...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings 19-February-2024

    02/19/2024 11:25:54 AM PST · by annalex · 14 replies
    19 February 2024 Monday of the 1st week of Lent grotto of St. Michael at Gargano under the care of Saint Barbatus of Benevento since AD 673Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: Violet. Year: B(II).First readingLeviticus 19:1-2,11-18 ©Only pass judgement on your neighbour according to justiceThe Lord spoke to Moses; he said: ‘Speak to the whole community of the sons of Israel and say to them: ‘“Be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy. ‘“You must not steal nor deal deceitfully or fraudulently with your neighbour. You must not swear falsely by my name, profaning the name of your...
  • [Catholic Caucus] LITURGY - Pope Francis: the Master of Irony

    02/19/2024 9:48:42 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | February 19, 2024 | Fr. Richard Cipolla
    [Catholic Caucus] LITURGY - Pope Francis: the Master of IronyI read with great interest the remarks of Pope Francis to the members of the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline before their annual plenary assembly. What particularly struck me were Pope Francis” words: “Without liturgical reform there is no reform of the Church.”As I pondered these words I was overtaken by a sense of confusion. Was the Pope referring to the document Sacrosanctum Concilium promulgated by the Second Vatican Council and the reform of the Liturgy that occurred in the years after the Council? And if so, what is...
  • [Catholic Caucus] My Catholic Life! The Least Deserving - Monday, February 19, 2024 - Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    02/19/2024 9:08:30 AM PST · by fidelis · 4 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | February 19, 2024 | My Catholic Life
    Daily Readings from the USCCBJesus said to his disciples: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” Matthew 25:31–32What an image to ponder! Try to imagine this scene. At one definitive moment in the future, the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, now also in human form as the “Son of Man,” will return to earth in glory surrounded...
  • Avoiding Indiscriminate Love - Protestant Caucus/Devotional

    02/19/2024 3:50:41 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    "This I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment" (Phil. 1:9). Christian love operates within the parameters of Biblical knowledge and spiritual discernment. As a Christian, you are a repository of divine love. More than anything else, your love for God and for other believers marks you as a true disciple of Jesus Christ (John 13:35). In addition to possessing God's love, you have the privilege and responsibility of expressing it to others on His behalf. That's a sacred trust. Paul qualifies it in Philippians 1:9, which tells us love is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings xx-February-2024

    02/18/2024 10:00:34 AM PST · by annalex · 18 replies
    18 February 2024 1st Sunday of Lent Tomb of Kuriakose Elias Chavara, MannanamReadings at MassLiturgical Colour: Violet. Year: B(II).First readingGenesis 9:8-15 ©'There shall be no flood to destroy the earth again'God spoke to Noah and his sons, ‘See, I establish my Covenant with you, and with your descendants after you; also with every living creature to be found with you, birds, cattle and every wild beast with you: everything that came out of the ark, everything that lives on the earth. I establish my Covenant with you: no thing of flesh shall be swept away again by the waters...
  • [Catholic Caucus] My Catholic Life! The Ministry of Angels - Sunday, February 18, 2024 - Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    02/18/2024 6:47:24 AM PST · by fidelis · 6 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | February 18, 2024 | My Catholic Life
    Daily Readings from the USCCBThe Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him. Mark 1:12–13What an amazing event we reflect upon today. Jesus, the Son of God, the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity humbled Himself in two ways in the passage quoted above. First, He allowed Himself to endure the temptations of satan. Second, He permitted His very own creation, the good angels, to minister to Him in His human form. First of all, recall that...
  • A Prayer for Godliness - Protestant Caucus/Devotional

    02/18/2024 4:07:07 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    "This I pray" (Phil. 1:9). Your prayers reveal the level of your spiritual maturity. As we come to our study of godliness in Philippians 1:9-11, we note that this passage is a prayer. Typically, Paul's prayers reflected his concern that his readers would mature spiritually. That is impossible without prayer because spiritual growth depends on the Holy Spirit's power, which is tapped through prayer. Prayer is so vital that Jesus instructed His disciples to pray at all times (Luke 18:1). Paul commands us to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thess. 5:17). Peter said we should be "of sound judgment and sober...

    02/18/2024 3:53:30 AM PST · by Faith · 24 replies
    February 18, 2024 | Faith
    Praying daily since 2015: AMERICA Prayer Vigil … And this is the confidence we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His Will, He hears us.—1 John 5:14 Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for AMERICA: For those in Authority in Government, Family, Military, Business, Healthcare, Education, Churches, and the Media.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings 17-February-2024

    02/17/2024 11:39:53 AM PST · by annalex · 12 replies
    17 February 2024 Saturday after Ash Wednesday (optional commemoration of The Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order) Seven Holy Founders, St. Louis, MO Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: Violet. Year: B(II).First readingIsaiah 58:9-14 ©You will be like a spring whose waters never run dryThe Lord says this:If you do away with the yoke,the clenched fist, the wicked word,if you give your bread to the hungry,and relief to the oppressed,your light will rise in the darkness,and your shadows become like noon.The Lord will always guide you,giving you relief in desert places.He will give strength to your bonesand you shall be like...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Sacred Page: Readings for the First Sunday of Lent

    02/17/2024 9:37:36 AM PST · by fidelis · 4 replies
    The Sacred Page Blog ^ | February 17, 2024 | Dr. John Bergsma
    In the contemporary Lectionary, the First Readings during Lent in all three years attempt to rehearse and teach salvation history, not only as a refresher for the congregation but as an initiation for catechumens, who are preparing to enter into the story of salvation through the sacraments. World literature has many stories, with variations, about magic books that suck the reader into the world of the book, where they suddenly find themselves in a very different reality. In a way, the Bible is such a “magic book.” It contains a story that appears to be distant from the reader in...
  • [Catholic Caucus] My Catholic Life! Make the Radical Choice, Today - Saturday, February 17, 2024 - Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    02/17/2024 5:36:10 AM PST · by fidelis · 3 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | February 17, 2024 | My Catholic Life
    Daily Readings from the USCCBJesus saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him. Luke 5:27–28Levi had a good life. He made good money and had steady employment as a tax collector. But in an instant, he gave that all up to follow Jesus, and his life immediately changed for the good. This short story of the call of Levi is one that we should take note of. Though you most likely have already made the choice to follow Christ, that choice...
  • How to Lose Your Joy - Protestant Caucus/Devotional

    02/17/2024 4:33:36 AM PST · by metmom · 10 replies ^ | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    "I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am" (Phil. 4:11). Discontent and ingratitude will steal your joy. True joy is God's gift to every believer, yet many Christians seem to lack it. How can that be? Did God fail them? No. As with peace, assurance, and other benefits of salvation, joy can be forfeited for many reasons: willful sin, prayerlessness, fear, self-centeredness, focusing on circumstances, and lack of forgiveness are the main culprits. Two of the most common joy-thieves are dissatisfaction and ingratitude. Both are by-products of the health, wealth, and prosperity mentality of our day. It...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings 16-February-2024

    02/16/2024 11:05:56 AM PST · by annalex · 12 replies
    16 February 2024 Friday after Ash Wednesday Saint Juliana Parish, Chicago Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: Violet. Year: B(II).First readingIsaiah 58:1-9 ©The sort of fast that pleases meThus says the Lord:Shout for all you are worth, raise your voice like a trumpet.Proclaim their faults to my people, their sins to the House of Jacob.They seek me day after day, they long to know my ways,like a nation that wants to act with integrity and not ignore the law of its God.They ask me for laws that are just, they long for God to draw near:‘Why should we fast if you...
  • [Catholic Caucus] My Catholic Life! The Transforming Power of Fasting - Friday, February 16, 2024 - Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    02/16/2024 9:16:44 AM PST · by fidelis · 3 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | February 16, 2024 | My Catholic Life
    Daily Readings from the USCCB“The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.” Matthew 9:15Our appetites and fleshly desires can easily cloud our thinking and keep us from desiring only God and His holy will. Therefore, in order to curb one’s disordered appetites, it is useful to mortify them by acts of self-denial, such as fasting. But during Jesus’ public ministry, when He was daily with His disciples, it appears that self-denial was unnecessary for His disciples. One can only speculate that this was because Jesus was so intimately present to them...
  • The Joy of Pleasing God - Protestant Caucus/Devotional

    02/16/2024 5:02:09 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The blameless in their walk are [God's] delight" (Prov. 11:20). Your love for God brings Him joy. Our focus so far this month has been on the joy we experience in knowing and serving Christ. Before we turn our attention to the theme of godliness, I want you to consider two additional aspects of joy: the joy of pleasing God, and how to lose your joy. Pleasing God is our topic for today. Perhaps you haven't given much thought to how you can bring joy to God, but Scripture mentions several ways. Luke 15:7, for example, says, "There will be...