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  • See What the End Shall Be: A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent

    12/21/2014 6:51:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-20-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    See What the End Shall Be: A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn today’s Gospel we step back nine months to March 25th, the feast of the Annunciation, an event all but hidden, but which changed the world.God, whose focal presence had departed the Temple just prior to the Babylonian invasion (cf Ez 10:18) and the loss of the Ark of the Covenant, now returns to the Ark of Mary’s womb. The glorious presence of God returns now to His people in an obscure town of fewer than three hundred, a town so small...
  • Come Lord Jesus! A Meditation on the Stunning Glory of Being Gathered to Christ on the Last Day

    12/10/2014 8:12:57 AM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-09-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Come Lord Jesus! A Meditation on the Stunning Glory of Being Gathered to Christ on the Last Day By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn Advent, as we continue to meditate on the Parousia (the magnificent Second Coming of the Lord), we do well to allow our imaginations to be engaged in contemplating the glory that awaits those who are faithful, to meditate on the joy and ecstasy of the culmination of all things!Though we have soberly meditated on the need to be ready and on the great danger that many who are not serious may be lost, for those who ARE ready, what glories...
  • The Fire Next Time -- A Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent

    12/07/2014 7:07:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-06-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Fire Next Time – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent By: Msgr. Charles PopeAn old spiritual says, God gave Noah the rainbow sign, No more water, but the fire next time. The second reading in today’s Mass speaks to us of the “Fire next time” and again reminds of the need to be ready for the coming of the Lord. This homily focuses especially on that Second reading wherein St Peter reminds us of a passing that will come for us all, sooner or later. And since Advent is a time to prepare by prayer and repentance, we do...
  • Love of the World Fuels the Fear of Death A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Cyprian

    11/25/2014 7:24:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-24-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Love of the World Fuels the Fear of Death – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Cyprian By: Msgr. Charles PopeAs November winds down and Advent still looms, the traditional meditation we make on the four last things (death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell) is still operative. A classic writing by St. Cyprian comes to mind. It is a meditation on the fundamental human struggle to be free of undue attachment to this world and to have God (and the things waiting for us in Heaven) as our highest priority.In this meditation, St. Cyprian has in mind the Book of James and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-24-14

    12/23/2014 7:10:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-24-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 24, 2014Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent    Reading 1 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 When King David was settled in his palace,and the LORD had given him rest from his enemies on every side,he said to Nathan the prophet,“Here I am living in a house of cedar,while the ark of God dwells in a tent!” Nathan answered the king,“Go, do whatever you have in mind,for the LORD is with you.” But that night the LORD spoke to Nathan and said:“Go, tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD:Should you build me a house to dwell...
  • For Advent: Wedding at Cana, Garden in Eden

    12/22/2014 7:34:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 153 replies
    SalvationHistory.com ^ | not given | SalvationHistory.com
    Wedding at Cana, Garden in Eden Lesson Goals:1. To appreciate the Old Testament symbolism that forms the deep background to the Gospel account of the wedding feast at Cana.2. To understand how Mary is depicted as a “New Eve” in this account.3. To appreciate the importance of the Old Testament marriage symbolism for John’s recounting of the “sign” at Cana. Lesson Outline:        I.        Mary in the Gospel of John                      A.        First Reading                      B.        Sign of a New Creation      II.        The Mother of Jesus                      A.        Scolding Mary?                      B.        Woman of Revelation      III.        The New Eve                      A.        Mother of All...
  • Gods Plan will Stand A Word of Encouragement to the Fainthearted

    12/23/2014 8:44:15 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-22-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    God’s Plan will Stand – A Word of Encouragement to the Fainthearted By: Msgr. Charles PopeAdvent 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 reside...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-23-14, OM, St. John of Kanty

    12/22/2014 7:25:30 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-23-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 23, 2014Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent    Reading 1 Mal 3:1-4, 23-24 Thus says the Lord GOD:Lo, I am sending my messengerto prepare the way before me;And suddenly there will come to the templethe LORD whom you seek,And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.But who will endure the day of his coming?And who can stand when he appears?For he is like the refiner’s fire,or like the fuller’s lye.He will sit refining and purifying silver,and he will purify the sons of Levi,Refining them like gold or like...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-22-14

    12/21/2014 10:30:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-22-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 22, 2014Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent    Reading 1 1 Sm 1:24-28 In those days,Hannah brought Samuel with her,along with a three-year-old bull,an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine,and presented him at the temple of the LORD in Shiloh. After the boy’s father had sacrificed the young bull,Hannah, his mother, approached Eli and said:“Pardon, my lord!As you live, my lord,I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD. I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request. Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD;as long as...
  • "Mary, What DID You Know?" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, on Luke 1:26-38)

    12/20/2014 9:29:33 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 21, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Mary, What DID You Know? (Luke 1:26-38)Every year several of the radio stations in St. Louis start playing nothing but Christmas music. I think they start sometime around mid-August, but thats beside the point. They play Christmas music, and a few of the songs even have something to do with the birth of Christ. Yes, its true! And one of the most popular of these songs is a song called, Mary, Did You Know? Youve probably heard it, Im guessing. The idea of the song is that someone is asking Mary, the mother of our Lord, if she knew what...
  • Catholic Traditions for Advent and Christmas [Catholic Caucus]

    12/20/2014 9:55:55 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CatholicEducation.org ^ | December, 1998 | MICHAELANN MARTIN
    Catholic Traditions for Advent and Christmas Catholic Traditions for Advent and Christmas MICHAELANN MARTIN Issue: How can families better live the spirit of Advent and Christmas in their homes? ResponseThe Catholic Church has designated the four weeks preceding Christmas as Advent, a time to prepare the way of the Lord for His coming as our King and Savior. In addition, the Church teaches that: [w]hen the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Saviors first coming, the faithful...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-20-14

    12/19/2014 8:49:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-20-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 20, 2014Saturday of the Third Week of Advent    Reading 1 Is 7:10-14 The LORD spoke to Ahaz:Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!But Ahaz answered,“I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!” Then Isaiah said:Listen, O house of David! Is it not enough for you to weary men,must you also weary my God? Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,and shall name him Emmanuel. Responsorial Psalm Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 R. (see...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-19-14

    12/18/2014 9:52:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-19-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 19, 2014Friday of the Third Week of Advent    Reading 1 Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a There was a certain man from Zorah, of the clan of the Danites,whose name was Manoah. His wife was barren and had borne no children. An angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her,“Though you are barren and have had no children,yet you will conceive and bear a son. Now, then, be careful to take no wine or strong drinkand to eat nothing unclean.As for the son you will conceive and bear,no razor shall touch his head,for this boy is...
  • Run, Dont Walk, to the Nearing Jesus!

    12/18/2014 7:08:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 26 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-17-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Run, Don’t Walk, to the Nearing Jesus! By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Lord’s coming is near. And though we have all been well taught that the word “Advent” means “coming,” there is the danger that we think we are only passively waiting for him to come.  It is not just that the Lord is coming to us, but that we are also journeying to Him. In fact, as the Advent prayers in the Roman Missal instruct, we ought to run, not walk, and hasten to greet Him as He draws near.The image of the Prodigal Son comes to mind. His...
  • "The Great Christmas Gift Exchange" (Advent sermon on Isaiah 61:1-4, 10-11)

    12/18/2014 12:24:48 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 17, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    The Great Christmas Gift Exchange (Isaiah 61:1-4, 10-11) There is a game that is played at this time of year at Christmas parties all across the land. The game goes by several names, but I think most often it is called Rob Your Neighbor, and Im sure many of you have played it. The rules may vary from place to place, but generally I think it goes something like this. Each person brings a gift that could go to anyone in the group, depending on how the game turns out. The gift is wrapped in a package, so you cant...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-18-14

    12/17/2014 8:17:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-18-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 18, 2014Thursday of the Third Week of Advent    Reading 1 Jer 23:5-8 Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD,when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David;As king he shall reign and govern wisely,he shall do what is just and right in the land.In his days Judah shall be saved,Israel shall dwell in security.This is the name they give him:“The LORD our justice.” Therefore, the days will come, says the LORD,when they shall no longer say, “As the LORD lives,who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt”;but rather, "As the LORD...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-17-14

    12/16/2014 8:08:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-17-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 17, 2014Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent    Reading 1 Gn 49:2, 8-10 Jacob called his sons and said to them:“Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob,listen to Israel, your father. “You, Judah, shall your brothers praise–your hand on the neck of your enemies;the sons of your father shall bow down to you.Judah, like a lion’s whelp,you have grown up on prey, my son.He crouches like a lion recumbent,the king of beasts–who would dare rouse him?The scepter shall never depart from Judah,or the mace from between his legs,While tribute is brought to him,and he receives the people’s homage.”...
  • For Advent: Life Begins in the Womb

    12/16/2014 4:11:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 24 replies
    CatholicPlanet.com ^ | not given | Christopher D. Surber
    Life Begins in the Womb “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations." (Jeremiah 1:5, ESV) Every Christian living in the United States is confronted with a question. Is abortion permissible? Abortion is lawful. Many people consider it a viable alternative to an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy. Many of the people who espouse such a belief are intelligent and appear to be well informed. Regardless of a person's social status or level of education, that person is still subject to truth....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-16-14

    12/15/2014 7:44:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCb.org/RNAB ^ | 12-16-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 16, 2014Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent    Reading 1 Zep 3:1-2, 9-13 Thus says the LORD:Woe to the city, rebellious and polluted,to the tyrannical city!She hears no voice,accepts no correction;In the LORD she has not trusted,to her God she has not drawn near. For then I will change and purifythe lips of the peoples,That they all may call upon the name of the LORD,to serve him with one accord;From beyond the rivers of Ethiopiaand as far as the recesses of the North,they shall bring me offerings. On that dayYou need not be ashamed of all your...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-15-14

    12/14/2014 8:09:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-15-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 15, 2014Monday of the Third Week of Advent    Reading 1 Nm 24:2-7, 15-17a When Balaam raised his eyes and saw Israel encamped, tribe by tribe,the spirit of God came upon him,and he gave voice to his oracle: The utterance of Balaam, son of Beor,the utterance of a man whose eye is true,The utterance of one who hears what God says,and knows what the Most High knows,Of one who sees what the Almighty sees,enraptured, and with eyes unveiled:How goodly are your tents, O Jacob;your encampments, O Israel!They are like gardens beside a stream,like the cedars planted by the...
  • "Who Are You, John?" (Sermon for the Third Sunday in Advent, on John 1:6-8, 19-28)

    12/14/2014 1:40:01 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 14, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Who Are You, John? (John 1:6-8, 19-28) How would you like to be defined in terms of someone else? I mean, who you are, your life and identity--when people think of you, they always compare you to somebody else? Are you like this person? Are you like that person? I suppose it could get old after a while. Why cant people just take you for who you are, on your own terms? Well, today well meet someone whose life was always being defined in terms of someone else. And you know what? He was okay with it. And so this...
  • Sweet, Beautiful, Soul-Saving Joy A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent

    12/14/2014 7:31:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-14-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sweet, Beautiful, Soul-Saving Joy – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent By: Msgr. Charles PopeThis Sunday is traditionally called Gaudete Sunday based on the Introit for the day: Gaudete in Domino semper, iterum dico, Gaudete (from Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, Rejoice). This theme is developed most fully in today’s readings in 1 Thessalonians 5:16ff. It, too, begins with the salutation and imperative, “rejoice always!”Let’s take a closer look at that reading and what is meant by the admonition to “rejoice.”The text begins, Rejoice always. The Greek word properly translated here as “rejoice”...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-14-14, Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday

    12/13/2014 7:04:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 58 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-14-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 14, 2014Third Sunday of Advent    Reading 1 Is 61:1-2a, 10-11 The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,because the LORD has anointed me;he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor,to heal the brokenhearted,to proclaim liberty to the captivesand release to the prisoners,to announce a year of favor from the LORDand a day of vindication by our God. I rejoice heartily in the LORD,in my God is the joy of my soul;for he has clothed me with a robe of salvationand wrapped me in a mantle of justice,like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem,like...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-13-14, M, St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

    12/12/2014 8:10:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-13-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 13, 2014Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr    Reading 1 Sir 48:1-4, 9-11 In those days,like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijahwhose words were as a flaming furnace.Their staff of bread he shattered,in his zeal he reduced them to straits;By the Lord’s word he shut up the heavensand three times brought down fire.How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds!Whose glory is equal to yours?You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire,in a chariot with fiery horses.You were destined, it is written, in time to cometo put an end to wrath before the day...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-12-14, FEAST, Our Lady of Guadalupe

    12/11/2014 7:35:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-12-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 12, 2014Feast 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, 10ab...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-11-14, OM, St. Damasus I, Pope

    12/10/2014 8:30:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-10-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 11, 2014Thursday of the Second Week of Advent    Reading 1 Is 41:13-20 I am the LORD, your God,who grasp your right hand;It is I who say to you, “Fear not,I will help you.”Fear not, O worm Jacob,O maggot Israel;I will help you, says the LORD;your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.I will make of you a threshing sledge,sharp, new, and double-edged,To thresh the mountains and crush them,to make the hills like chaff.When you winnow them, the wind shall carry them offand the storm shall scatter them.But you shall rejoice in the LORD,and glory in the Holy...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-10-14

    12/09/2014 7:41:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-10-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 10, 2014Wednesday 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...
  • The Great Gettin Up Morning as Described in an Unlikely Advent Hymn

    12/09/2014 8:08:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-08-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The “Great Gettin’ Up Morning” as Described in an Unlikely Advent Hymn By: Msgr. Charles PopeHere in the heart of Advent, we are considering how prepared we are for the Lord to come again. Either He will come to us or we will go to Him, but either way we must prepare. In today’s post I’d like to consider some teachings about the Day of Judgment, from an Advent hymn that most do not know is an Advent hymn. Tomorrow I would like to consider the great Parousia, wherein the saved enter into glory with the Lord.Regarding the “Great and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-09-14, OM, St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin

    12/08/2014 8:29:00 PM PST · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-09-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 9, 2014Tuesday 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...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-08-14, SOL, Immaculate Conception -- Blessed Virgin Mary

    12/07/2014 7:33:20 PM PST · by Salvation · 51 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-08-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 8, 2014Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin MaryPatronal Feastday of the United States of America    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 meCshe gave me fruit from...
  • "Comfort, Comfort My People" (Sermon for the Second Sunday in Advent, on Isaiah 40:1-11)

    12/07/2014 12:16:41 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 7, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Comfort, Comfort My People (Isaiah 40:1-11)Comfort, comfort my people. Yes, comfort. A word so nice, they said it twice. Who did? Why, Isaiah did. Well, actually God said it, through his prophet Isaiah. You heard it at the start of todays Old Testament Reading from Isaiah 40: Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, etc. God wants his preachers to bring comfort to his people, to speak tenderly to his church. And so this is what God has sent me to do here today for you. He says, Comfort, Comfort My People. Comfort: Today I want...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-07-14, Second Sunday of Advent

    12/06/2014 6:02:55 PM PST · by Salvation · 49 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-07-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 7, 2014Second Sunday of Advent    Reading 1 Is 40:1-5, 9-11 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 the LORD...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-06-14, OM, St. Nicholas, Bishop

    12/05/2014 7:46:53 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-06-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 6, 2014Saturday of the First Week of Advent    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 you would turn...
  • The Challenge: Waiting Through Advent

    12/05/2014 9:33:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2014 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Waiting for peace; hoping for joy; anticipating something wonderful. All of creation waits in earnest for the time of salvation. It is this time of year when we think about how the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing since the day a voice shouted in the wilderness, Prepare the way for the Lords coming! Clear the road for him! John the Baptist - the prophet who baptized men in rivers - proclaimed that the long-awaited Messiah was coming to baptize them with fire. He was born for adventborn to tell the news: The morning light from heaven is about...
  • Advent and the Drama of Light and Darkness

    12/05/2014 8:23:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-04-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Advent and the Drama of Light and Darkness By: Msgr. Charles PopeHere are the summary notes from a talk I gave tonight at the Parish of St. Columba, here in D.C.Many people think of Advent merely in terms of pre-Christmas time: office parties, shopping, decorating etc. But in the Church, Advent is a penitential time, a time of preparation for both the Christmas Feast and the Second Coming of the Lord. The purple vestments signal penance. The faithful are encouraged to go to Confession, and the liturgical texts and readings emphasize readying for the coming of the Lord.The theme of preparation...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-05-14

    12/04/2014 8:06:10 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-05-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 5, 2014Friday 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...
  • for Advent: SAINT JOSEPH AND LIVING OUT ADVENT

    12/04/2014 7:50:30 PM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Fr.Ed Broom.blogspot.com ^ | December 1, 2014 | Fr. Ed Broom
    SAINT JOSEPH AND LIVING OUT ADVENT   Saint Joseph, pray for us  Saint Joseph can help us to live a most fruitful Advent, and for many reasons. Let us quietly meditate upon five extraordinary virtues of this greatest of all saints so that we can live a most fervent Advent season and allow Jesus to be born in the depths of our hearts this Christmas!  Silence lead to prayer  1.    SILENCE. Not once in the Bible do we hear a word from the great Saint Joseph. This silence of Saint Joseph is very eloquent. It teaches us a fundamental...
  • "Restore Us, O God" (Advent sermon on Psalms 80, 85, 126)

    12/03/2014 8:21:28 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 3, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Restore Us, O God (Psalms 80, 85, 126)Weve just heard three psalms that are appointed for this Advent season, Psalms 80, 85, and 126. Did you happen to catch what they have in common? There was a connecting theme running through all three of these psalms. And here it is. It is the prayer, in one form or another, that goes something like this: Restore Us, O God. In Psalm 126, we heard of a previous restoration: When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. And then the psalmist prays that the Lord would...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-04-14, OM, St. John Damascene, Priest & Doctor/Church

    12/03/2014 8:19:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 45 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-04-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 4, 2014Thursday of the First Week of Advent    Reading 1 Is 26:1-6 On that day they will sing this song in the land of Judah: “A strong city have we;he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us.Open up the gatesto let in a nation that is just,one that keeps faith.A nation of firm purpose you keep in peace;in peace, for its trust in you.” Trust in the LORD forever!For the LORD is an eternal Rock.He humbles those in high places,and the lofty city he brings down;He tumbles it to the ground,levels it with the dust.It is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-03-14, M, St. Francis Xavier, Priest

    12/02/2014 9:10:46 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-03-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 3, 2014Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest    Reading 1 Is 25:6-10a On this mountain the LORD of hostswill provide for all peoplesA feast of rich food and choice wines,juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.On this mountain he will destroythe veil that veils all peoples,The web that is woven over all nations;he will destroy death forever.The Lord GOD will wipe awaythe tears from all faces;The reproach of his people he will removefrom the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken. On that day it will be said:“Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!This is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-02-14

    12/01/2014 9:51:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-02-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 2, 2014Tuesday of the First Week 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...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-01-14

    11/30/2014 8:09:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-01-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 1, 2014Monday of the First Week of Advent    Reading 1 Is 2:1-5 This is what Isaiah, son of Amoz,saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In days to come,The mountain of the LORD’s houseshall be established as the highest mountainand raised above the hills.All nations shall stream toward it;many peoples shall come and say:“Come, let us climb the LORD’s mountain,to the house of the God of Jacob,That he may instruct us in his ways,and we may walk in his paths.”For from Zion shall go forth instruction,and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.He shall judge between the nations,and impose...
  • "A Prayer to the God Who Acts" (Sermon for the First Sunday in Advent, on Isaiah 64:1-9)

    11/30/2014 3:57:28 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 30, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    A Prayer to the God Who Acts (Isaiah 64:1-9) Today is the First Sunday in Advent, the first day of a brand new church year. And this season of Advent is a time of waiting, a time of penitential preparation, as we wait for the coming of our King. Christ is coming, our Savior and Redeemer. We prepare for the celebration of our Saviors birth at Christmas. And we wait for his coming again at the end of this age. Advent is a time for remembering Gods promises to send a Savior. It is a time to repent of our...
  • In Times Like These You Need a Savior – A Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

    11/30/2014 7:45:31 AM PST · by Salvation · 28 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-30-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In Times Like These You Need a Savior – A Homily for the First Sunday of Advent By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Gospel today surely announces a critical Advent theme: Watch! And while I want to comment primarily on the reading from Isaiah, the Gospel admonition certainly deserves some attention as well.For it is too often the case that many today hold the unbiblical notion that most, if not all, are going to Heaven. But for many weeks now we have been reading parables in the gospels wherein the Lord Jesus warns us that some (perhaps many and possibly even most) are...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-30-14, First Sunday of Advent

    11/29/2014 7:32:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 58 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-30-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 30, 2014First Sunday of Advent    Reading 1 Is 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7 You, LORD, are our father,our redeemer you are named forever.Why do you let us wander, O LORD, from your ways,and harden our hearts so that we fear you not?Return for the sake of your servants,the tribes of your heritage.Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,with the mountains quaking before you,while you wrought awesome deeds we could not hope for,such as they had not heard of from of old.No ear has ever heard, no eye ever seen, any God but youdoing such deeds for...
  • For Advent: The Sunday Propers: Advent and Penance

    11/29/2014 6:04:59 PM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CE.com ^ | 11-27-14 | Kevin Tierney
    The Sunday Propers: Advent and Penance Kevin Tierney While it is sometimes forgotten in the minds of Catholics today, the season of Advent is ultimately a penitential season.   The priest wears purple vestments (with the exception of Gaudete Sunday) and the Gloria being omitted are two ways this is signified.  When the reader hears “penitential”, he automatically thinks of sorrow for sin, such as during the Lenten season.  While this is indeed part of our penitential journey during this season, the Propers of this Sunday’s liturgy in the Extraordinary Form tell us a different story.The Catechism of the Council of Trent...
  • Nebraska Diocese Will Move to Ad Orientem Liturgy During Advent

    11/20/2014 2:10:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, has announced that Mass will be celebrated ad orientem in the diocsean cathedral during Advent, to remind the faithful of the symbolism of facing East. Explaining the move, Bishop Conley writes: But the symbolism of facing together, and awaiting Christ, is rich, time-honored and important. Especially during Advent, as we await the coming of the Lord, facing the east togethereven symbolically facing Christ together at the altar and on the crucifixis a powerful witness to Christs imminent return.
  • A Summary of our Salvation A Meditation on the Readings from the 4th Sunday of Advent

    12/23/2012 2:30:44 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 22, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Here on the 4th Sunday of Advent, we are but a day away, practically speaking, from the unfolding of the great mystery of the Word made flesh. It is possible for us to look right past this 4th Sunday of Advent, but we do well to pause and ponder what is taught to us today about the salvation that is to unfold. One significant way we can do this is by pondering the first reading today from the prophet Micah. In four short verses we behold a kind of summary of our salvation, a snapshot of what ails us and...
  • Pope Defends Nativity Scene as a Sign of Faith and Culture In Angelus Address - Gaudete Sunday

    12/12/2004 9:02:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies · 339+ views
    Zenit.org ^ | 12-12-04 | Pope John Paul II
    Code: ZE04121203Date: 2004-12-12Pope Defends Nativity Scene as a Sign of Faith and CultureIn Angelus Address on Gaudete SundayVATICAN CITY, DEC. 12, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The Christmas crib is a sign of faith and culture, says John Paul II. "Small or large, simple or elaborate, the crib constitutes a familiar and particularly expressive representation of Christmas," the Pope said. "It is an element of our culture and art, but above all a sign of faith in God, who came to Bethlehem 'to dwell among us.'" The Holy Father made his comment today from the window of study, as he greeted the crowds...
  • The Real St. Nicholas How Did a Cantankerous but Holy Bishop Become Jolly Ole St. Nick?

    12/06/2010 2:56:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 6, 2010 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Real St. Nicholas How Did a Cantankerous but Holy Bishop Become Jolly Ole St. Nick?By: Msgr. Charles Pope Today is the Feast of St. Nicholas. The real St. Nicholas was nothing close to the St. Nick (Santa Claus) of the modern age. He was a thin curmudgeonly man with a zeal for the Lord that caused flairs of anger. Compromise was unknown to him. The slow transformation of him into Jolly ole Saint Nicholas is a remarkable recasting of him centuries in the making. Some years ago the Washington Post featured an article entitled Poles Apart: Nicholas...