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Apologetics (Religion)

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  • The Eucharist

    04/17/2014 5:29:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 17, 2014 | Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
    Let us read the words of the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper in Saint Matthew’s Gospel (26:26-28), adding the words of the other sacred authors on the same subject: Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and when he had given thanks (1 Cor. 11:24), broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me’ (Luke 22:19). And he took a cup after supper (Luke 22:20), and when he had given thanks he gave it to them,...
  • The significance of Holy Thursday [Catholic Caucus]

    04/17/2014 11:53:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CNA ^ | not given | CNA staff
    The significance of Holy ThursdayExcept for the Resurrection on Easter, Holy Thursday is possibly one of the most important, complex, and profound days of celebration in the Catholic Church. Holy Thursday celebrates the institution of the Eucharist as the true body and blood of Jesus Christ and the institution of the sacrament of the priesthood.During the Last Supper, Jesus offers himself as the Passover sacrifice, the sacrificial lamb, and teaches that every ordained priest is to follow the same sacrifice in the exact same way. Christ also bids farewell to his followers and prophesizes that one of them will...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BEATTY PAPYRI, 04-17-14

    04/17/2014 9:08:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-17-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:BEATTY PAPYRI Manuscript of thirty leaves from the Gospels and Acts, dating from the third century, together with twenty more leaves from St. Paul and Revelation. Old Testament manuscripts in the same collection amount to 180 leaves from nine books, dating to the second century. The Beatty papyri substantiate the essential soundness of the existing biblical texts. No striking or fundamental variant is shown either in the Old or New Testament. The Beatty papyri were found near Hermopolis in Egypt, most of which were acquired by A. Chester Beatty (1875-1968) in 1931. All items in this...
  • The Harrowing of Hell

    04/17/2014 5:41:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 17, 2014 | David Arias
    The second reading from the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday is taken from an ancient homily on Christ’s descent into hell. It begins: “Something strange is happening—there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep.” The King fell asleep when His soul was separated from His body on Good Friday afternoon. He remained asleep until His soul reanimated His body on Easter morning. But during the silence and stillness of the King’s sleep, He harrowed hell.Our Lord’s descent into hell is well attested to...
  • The Easter Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/16/2014 6:28:16 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    CpTryon.org ^ | 2007 | Victor Hoagland, C.P.
    The Easter Triduum:Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil Meditations on the Triduum by Victor Hoagland, C.P. The Easter triduum, marking the days of Jesus’ passion and resurrection, is the most important time of the church year. It begins with the evening Mass of Holy Thursday, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil, and closes on Easter Sunday evening. Prepared by the days of Lent, Christians celebrate on these holiest of days the saving work God has accomplished in Christ. From the events remembered these days, so sorrowful and so joyful, the church learns the deepest lessons. In...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ROSMINIANISM, 04-16-14

    04/16/2014 5:37:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-16-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ROSMINIANISM A system of philosophy formulated by Antonio Rosmini-Serbati (1797-1855), founder of the Institute of Charity. Encouraged by Popes Pius VII, Gregory XVI, and Pius IX, he undertook a renewal of Italian philosophy, ostensibly following St. Thomas Aquinas. But the influence of Descartes, Kant, and Hegel shifted his thinking. He came to hold that the human mind is born with the idea of "being." In time it analyzes this basic idea to discover in it many other ideas, which are identical with those in the mind of God. Rosmini also taught that reason can explain the...
  • The Final Week of Jesus' Life, a Chronology

    04/15/2014 3:53:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 218 replies
    NewTheologicalMovement.blogspot.com ^ | Mach 2012 | Father Ryan Erlenbush
    The final week of Jesus' life, a chronology Father Ryan Erlenbush Mach 2012  As the Church prepares to enter into Holy Week, we do well to consider the final week of Jesus’ life, from Friday to Friday. In a later post, we will look at the last twenty-four hours (from the Last Supper to the death of Jesus on the Cross) in greater detail.It will be helpful to review the Gospel accounts given by Sts. Mark and John, the two who offer the most explicit chronology of Holy Week. See Mark 11:1 – 15:37 and also John 11:54 –...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NIMBUS, 04-15-14

    04/15/2014 7:41:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-15-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:NIMBUS A circle or ornamented disk depicted around the head of a saint. In pre-Christian times it represented power and majesty. The Church adopted the custom and made the nimbus symbolic of virtue. The square nimbus was once used with portraits of the living as emblems of human greatness, round circles reserved for saints as a symbol of grace bestowed on them by God. Related to nimbus are the halo and aureole. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Holy Week Preparation

    04/14/2014 7:48:48 PM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | Apr 09, 2014 | Jennifer Gregory Miller
    Holy Week Preparation By Jennifer Gregory Miller   Apr 09, 2014 Holy Week is one of the busiest weeks of the year for our family. Preparing for Christmas, especially when we have to plan celebrations for both sides of the family and possible travel is also busy, but it never reaches the level of planning as Holy Week. I think the main difference is that we are participating in the liturgy of the Church throughout the whole Triduum, so there is less time at home to “do” things.My father was in the Carmelite seminary in his younger years and...
  • The Real Presence: Imitating Jesus Christ, Incarnate God [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/14/2014 10:37:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    TheRealPresence.org ^ | 1973 | De. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    Imitating Jesus Christ, Incarnate Godby John A. Hardon, S.J.We believe, that the Son of God assumed human flesh, body and soul, and dwelt among us, like one of us, in order to redeem us. We believe that His divine nature was substantially united to our human nature. We believe that Jesus Christ is God who became man and will remain man for the endlessTo be a Christian not only in name but in reality, one must believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ, that He is true God and true man. To be a Christian means to believe that...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CATHOLICITY, 04-14-14

    04/14/2014 7:31:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-14-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:CATHOLICITY Universality of the Church founded by Christ. In the Nicene Creed the Church is said to be "one, holy, catholic, and apostolic." The Church's catholicity is first of all spatial, on account of her actual extension over the whole earth. This kind of catholicity may be actual, when the Church is actually extended everywhere; it is virtual in that Christ's intention was to have the Church present among all peoples. Actual catholicity is said to be physical if it embodies all persons of the earth, even if not literally every individual. It is moral if...
  • JESUIT CREATIVITY IN THE VATICAN: Is Francis sending mixed messages about marriage?

    04/13/2014 5:27:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    Renew America ^ | April 12, 2014 | Marielena Montesino de Stuart
    Francis is like a walk through London. You never know what to expect. But are his latest words on marriage based on his "Jesuit creativity"?
  • The Fourth Cup

    04/13/2014 9:39:14 AM PDT · by verga · 6 replies
    Dr. Scott Hahn shows us how the Catholic Understanding of the Mystical Body of Christ, embodied in the Church and revealed anew in the Holy Eucharist, comes directly from the Bible. He places the Last Supper in the context of the Jewish Passover Seder liturgy. By explaining the significance of the drinking of the fourth and final cup in the Old Testament Passover meal ceremony, Dr. Hahn draws a symbolic parallel to Christ’s death on the Cross. It is an exciting concept, that will help viewers discover a whole new dimension to Holy Mass, and the relationship of the Last...
  • What if God wanted you to have a Pope you didn't like, and even so, do what he says [Vanity]

    04/13/2014 7:37:12 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 145 replies
    4/13/2014 | Charles O'Connell
    A fine young man, a father of children and a professional, approached me at church: "What do you think of that Pope John-Paul? He's no good." Others also didn't like him. I put a magnetic sign on my car, it was met with sneers: 5 pictures of the Pope immediately after being shot, in 1/6th of the space, "In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood." – Hebrews 12:4 Yet I also didn't like Pope John Paul II, not in himself, but because of the cult of personality around him. I love...
  • [Today's] Moral Issues

    04/12/2014 4:12:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    CatholicsComeHome.org ^ | not given | CatholicsComeHome.org
    Moral Issues Making moral choices in our modern world can be confusing and difficult. With so many temptations and influences pulling us in all directions, and the pressures of life driving us toward the seemingly “easy” path, it is comforting to know that Jesus Christ, through His Church, has blessed us with clear moral framework to guide us toward a happy, fulfilling life.It makes perfect sense that our Creator, who made us and designed us to work in a certain way, would know what’s best for us. Fortunately, He gifted the Church with His advice on how to live...
  • Pope Francis: Satan exists in the 21st century and how we can fight him

    04/11/2014 1:56:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    salesianity ^ | April 11, 2014
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis said Satan exists in our present century and we must learn from the Gospel how to fight against his temptations. This was the core message of his homily at the Mass celebrated on Friday in the Santa Marta residence.Pope Francis said the life of every Christian is a constant battle against evil just as Jesus during his life had to struggle against the devil and his many temptations. And he warned that whoever wants to follow Jesus must be aware of this reality. “We too are tempted, we too are the target of attacks by the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TEN COMMANDMENTS, 04-11-14

    04/11/2014 9:00:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:TEN COMMANDMENTS  Also called the Decalogue, they are the divinely revealed precepts received by Moses on Mount Sinai. Engrave on two tablets of stone, they occur in two versions in the Bible. The earlier form (Exodus 20:1-17) differs from the alter (Deuteronomy 5:6-18) in tow ways. It gives a religious motive, instead of a humanitarian one, for observing the sabbath; and in prohibitin avarice, it classes a man's wife along with the rest of his possessions, instead of separately. With the exception of forbidding graven images and statues and the precept about the Sabbath, the...
  • The Real Presence: How to Live in the Presence of God [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/10/2014 8:27:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    TheRealPresence.org ^ | 2003 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    How to Live in the Presence of Godby Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.The Closing Conference of a RetreatWe are first told to pray continually. The first time we meet this injunction of Christ is in the Gospel of St. Luke. Luke, by the way, is the evangelist of the Holy Spirit. The Savior is described by St. Luke as telling His followers to pray continually and never lose heart. Let us think seriously about what we are told. We need, that is we should, which means we are expected to, pray continually. It is a universal duty applying to...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MARTYR, 04-10-14

    04/10/2014 7:30:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-10-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:MARTYR A person who chooses to suffer, even to die, rather than renounce his or her faith or Christian principles. After the example of Christ one does not resist one's persecutors when they use violence out of hatred or malice against Christ, or his Church, or some revealed truth of the Catholic religion. (Etym. Greek martyros, witness, martyr.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • WHY CAN’T MY SON RECEIVE THE EUCHARIST?

    04/10/2014 1:49:20 AM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    First Things ^ | April 8, 2014 | Anna Nussbaum Keating
    My two-and-a-half-year-old son has never liked to be still. Everywhere he goes, he runs. So taking this little rambunctious boy to Mass on Sundays has often been a chore. For months we never made it through an entire liturgy without someone having to take him outside to run. I hated being relegated to the cry room, so I engaged him in what was going on. I would whisper in his ear, drawing his attention to the statues, the candles, or the stained glass. “Is that Jesus? Look, there’s Mary and Joseph.” I would attempt to teach him the responses, whispering,...
  • A Comment on Argentina’s Uncharitable Baptism

    04/09/2014 5:53:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    DavidLGrayInfo.com ^ | April 8, 2014 | David L. Gray
    There was a well-reported Baptism of an Argentinian child, Umma Azul, that took place last Saturday, April 5, 2014. Umma’s mother, Soledad Ortiz happens to be ‘married’ to a woman named Carina Villarroel. Having never received the Sacrament of Confirmation, these women are not in full communion with the Catholic Church. The chosen Godmother of Umma is Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez, who signed Argentina’s homosexual-marriage legislation into law in 2010. Fernandez is also a strong proponent of birth control and surgical abortion. She considers herself to be a Roman Catholic. Despite serious concerns raised in the weeks that preceded the...
  • New Book by Rabbi Moshe Meiselman on Torah, Chazal, and Science

    04/09/2014 11:04:21 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 4 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 11/27/'13 | Rabbi Raphael Fuchs
    “Toras Hashem temimah” – The Torah, in all aspects, is perfect and complete. It need not bend or comply with any other system. In fact, since the Torah is the blueprint according to which the universe was created, other systems should be judged by their agreement with the Torah. In recent years, however, Rabbi Moshe Meiselman notes that many unqualified authors have taken the liberty of challenging the classic mesorah of the Torah to accommodate the views of modern science. The authors are accused of relegating Chazal to a back seat in relation to modern-day scientific theories. Many of these...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PAPIST, 04-09-14

    04/09/2014 8:44:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-09-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:PAPIST Opprobrious term used in English-speaking countries to designate a Catholic. Its origin goes back to the Protestant Reformation, when Martin Luther (1483-1546) and John Calvin (1509-64) wrote polemics against the papacy. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Confession: Why Do We Go to Confession? [Catholic Caucus]

    04/08/2014 7:15:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    StIsidore-yubacity.orgg ^ | not given | NA
    Confession Why Do We Go To Confession?"Catholics who started going to confession as children may recall that the major concern during preparation was not how you sinned - disobedience was a given - but how often you had sinned since your last confession. The Sacrament of Reconciliation, or Penance as it was once called, was never intended to be a numbers game. It is now and always has been a means to seek receive God's forgiveness and to renew our resolve, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to follow Jesus' commands to love God and to love one...
  • Scientists Confirm Biblical Account of the ‘Fountains of The Deep’

    04/08/2014 2:41:22 PM PDT · by OneVike · 57 replies
    In yet another confirmation of the Bible’s accuracy, scientists have now confirmed what Scripture refers to as “the fountains of the deep.” In the days of Noah and the Ark, these large pools of water beneath the Earth’s crust burst forth onto the surface providing the massive amounts of water needed for the global flood judgment. What has once been a source of skepticism and mockery for those who doubt the Bible, has now been confirmed by secular scientists, again showing that although written over 3,000 years ago, the Bible’s description of the Earth and its natural properties are...
  • Francis: “Christianity is not just about being polite”

    04/08/2014 2:19:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | April 8, 2014 | DOMENICO AGASSO JR
    At this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House Francis said “the forgiveness that God gives us not the same as erasing a debt that we have with Him” it is “the wounds of his Son on the Cross” which is “not an ornament” “Christianity is not a philosophical doctrine; it’s not a programme for life survival or education, or for peace-making. These are consequences. Christianity is a person, a person raised on the Cross, a person who annihilated himself to save us, who became sin,” Francis said at this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House.  In his homily, the Pope...
  • Moralism is Not the Gospel (But Many Christians Think it Is)

    04/08/2014 9:31:13 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 50 replies
    Alber Mohler.com ^ | 8 April 2014 | Al Mohler
    One of the most amazing statements by the Apostle Paul is his indictment of the Galatian Christians for abandoning the Gospel. “I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel,” Paul declared. As he stated so emphatically, the Galatians had failed in the crucial test of discerning the authentic Gospel from its counterfeits. His words could not be more clear: “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: COMMUNION OF SAINTS, 04-08-14

    04/08/2014 8:16:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-08-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:COMMUNION OF SAINTS The unity and co-operation of the members of the Church on earth with those in heaven and in purgatory. They are united as being one Mystical Body of Christ. The faithful on earth are in communion with each other by professing the same faith, obeying the same authority, and assisting each other with their prayers and good works. They are in communion with the saints in heaven by honoring them as glorified members of the Church, invoking their prayers and aid, and striving to imitate their virtues. They are in communion with the...
  • Canon Fire: Burke vs. Wuerl

    04/07/2014 5:10:13 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    New Oxford Review ^ | April 2014 | Christopher Manion
    In his guest column “On ‘Politicizing’ the Eucharist” (Dec.), Fr. Regis Scanlon explains the wisdom of canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law, which reads, “Those who are excommunicated…and others who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” The argument over the canon’s application is not going to go away soon. Recent events, however, have significantly affected the prospects for applying this canon to pro-abortion politicians in the U.S.
  • The Core Mormon Teaching the LDS Church Didn’t Jettison

    04/07/2014 11:29:00 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 129 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 7, 2014 | Jay Michaelson
    While the church got headlines for dropping its much-mocked ‘Mormons get their own planets’ doctrine, it quietly reaffirmed a far more important, and more radical, tenet of the faith.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently backpedaled on a key tenet of Mormon theology: that after death, righteous Mormons will become gods, with the capacity to create planets of their own. But while press coverage of the walk-back has focused on the “Mormons get their own planets” doctrine, already ridiculed on Broadway and TV, what’s remarkable is what the LDS church left in.Indeed, the church doubled down on the...
  • The Real Presence: Easter and the Holy Eucharist [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/07/2014 9:24:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    TheRealPresence.org ^ | 2003 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    Easter and the Holy Eucharistby Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.We do not usually associate Easter and the Holy Eucharist. But we should. Our faith tells us that God became man in order that, by His death on the Cross, He might redeem the world. But this same faith tells us that, when Christ died on Calvary, the Church came into existence. We may therefore say that we were delivered from sin by the Savior’s death, and receive the blessings of His grace through the Mystical Body which came into being the moment Jesus expired on Good Friday.But our Catholic...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GIFT OF COUNSEL, 04-07-14

    04/07/2014 7:37:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-07-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:GIFT OF COUNSEL One of the special gifts of the Holy Spirit; it perfects the virtue of prudence. Its function is to enable a person to judge promptly and rightly, as by a sort of supernatural intuition, what should be done, especially in difficult situations. With the gift of counsel, the Holy Spirit speaks, as it were, to the heart and in an instant enlightens a person what to do. It corresponds to the promise made by Christ to his followers, "When they hand you over, do not worry about how to speak or what to...
  • Pope Francis: Put-Down Artist?

    04/06/2014 6:52:21 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    New Oxford Review ^ | April 2014
    From the moment Jorge Mario Bergoglio stepped out onto the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica and asked the world to “pray for me,” a persistent theme has resounded in the mainstream media. Pope Francis, as the popular narrative would have it, has singlehandedly set a “new tone” for the Church after decades, if not centuries — or millennia! — of crankiness and stagnation. Consider these headlines:
  • Are You a Dispensationalist? (Ecumenical)

    04/06/2014 12:12:06 PM PDT · by wmfights · 20 replies
    Personal Update News Journal ^ | March, 2011 | Leisa Garcia
    It is possible that you are a dispensationalist and don’t know it. If you’re like me, I’ve been taught the essentials of dispensationalism all my life without knowing exactly what the term itself meant. Hopefully, by the end of this discussion you will have a better understanding of dispensationalism, and you may be able to determine if you are a dispensationalist. What is a Dispensation? The central idea of the word dispensation is that of managing or administering the affairs of a household.1 A dispensation is NOT a time period. If things stayed the same and never changed, it would...
  • The Real Presence: The Real Presence and Sanctity [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/06/2014 10:31:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    SaintPhilomena.com via TheRealPresence.com ^ | 200-2014 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    The Real Presence and SanctityFr. John A. Hardon, S.J.In speaking about Holiness it is remarkable how we can overlook the obvious.  For example it is obvious that we cannot become holy unless we obtain the extraordinary graces needed to reach sanctity.  Hearing about holiness;  reading about it;  even seeing holiness, does not make one holy.  We need grace.   It is equally obvious that the graces we need must come to us from Christ since as He told us, "Without Me you can do nothing".  If that nothing refers even to salvation, it most certainly refers to sanctification. Photo...
  • Vatican displays Bible that traveled to moon, and oldest Gospel on record

    04/05/2014 5:31:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | 4-05-14
    Between the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical texts in the world, and this microfilm, which contains the Bible and traveled to the moon on board Apollo 14, there is a 2,000-year span. Both pieces are intended to show the uniqueness of the Bible. They're part of the "Verbum Domini” exhibit, which includes 150 other precious artifacts. CARY L. SUMMERS Museum of the Bible, Oklahoma City (USA) "The technology that we have today that didn't exist many years ago, we're able to look at the writing underneath writings, For example in this collection, it's called the Climaci Rescriptus, and in...
  • I’ll Take Back what the Devil Stole from Me. Msgr. Pope Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent

    04/05/2014 2:38:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | April 5, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In today’s Gospel We hear the story of the raising of Lazarus from the dead. The story is a significant turning point in the ministry of Jesus for, as we shall see, it because of this incident that the Temple Leadership in Jerusalem resolves to have Jesus killed.As is proper with all the gospel accounts we must not see this as merely an historical happening to people 2000 years ago. Rather we must recall that I am Lazarus, I am Martha and Mary. This is also the story of how Jesus is acting in my life.Let’s look at this Gospel...
  • Charlotte fallout: nun cancels all speaking engagements, takes leave from teaching

    04/05/2014 1:56:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 94 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | April 5, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From The Catholic Herald: The Dominican sister who gave a presentation on sexuality to students at Charlotte Catholic High School that sparked controversy among students and parents last month is taking a sabbatical from teaching and canceling her other speaking engagements.The presentation March 21 by Dominican Sister Jane Dominic Laurel of Nashville, Tenn., entitled “Masculinity and Femininity: Difference and Gift,” drew the ire of hundreds of students and parents over the past two weeks, and their emotions boiled over during a parents meeting with school and diocesan leaders Wednesday night.Sister Jane has a doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical...
  • Interview with Roberto de Mattei

    04/05/2014 10:51:23 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Corsia dei Servi ^ | April 2, 2014
    Let us start with your expulsion from Radio Maria, justified, in the words of the director, Father Livio Fanzaga, by an increasingly critical attitude towards the pontificate of Pope Francis. You have been charged with not putting your great cultural qualifications at the service of the Successor of Peter(even if you have written a book on the Pope: The Vicar of Christ, published by Fede&Cultura). In the end your dismissal was justified by an incompatibility with the aims of Radio Maria, which are those of adhesion to the Magisterium of the Church and of support of the pastoral activities of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DEDICATION, 04-05-14

    04/05/2014 7:04:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-05-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:DEDICATION Setting aside for sacred use. This may be a person, place, or object that in whole or in part is withdrawn from its natural and secular purpose to be more or less reserved for the worship or service of God. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • A Saintly Supper: Fulton Sheen and the Turning of a Communist

    04/04/2014 9:17:05 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    The Hotel Commodore building sits at the corner of 42nd street and Lexington in the heart of Manhattan’s thriving business hub once known as Terminal City, a complex of hotels and offices conveniently connected to New York’s bustling Grand Central Station. Gloriously introduced in 1919, the hotel boasted a total of ten elevators and 2000 commodious rooms, each one elegantly designed and quite modern for its time. The ceilings were built low for a trendier look, and the largest and most expensive room came with its own working waterfall. The spacious reception area was touted as “The Most Beautiful Lobby...
  • Another Papal Scolding

    04/04/2014 8:00:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 68 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | April 2, 2014 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Another Papal Scolding “… they make themselves up like little holy cards, looking up at heaven as they pray, making sure they are seen…" —Pope Francis, condemning Catholics (again) When will the Pope's relentless bashing of his own subjects cease? Apparently not as long as he has breath in him and a microphone to speak into. On April Fool’s day we had another rambling sermon likening Catholics to Pharisees who " go to Mass every Sunday, but better not get mixed up in things – I have faith for my health, I do not feel the need to give it...
  • Care for poor rooted in Gospel, not communism, Pope affirms

    04/04/2014 5:16:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    cna ^ | April 4, 2014 | Marta Jimenez and Elise Harris
    Pope Francis. Credit: Stephen Driscoll / CNA. Rome, Italy, Apr 4, 2014 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a March 31 interview with communications students, Pope Francis responded to previous accusations of being a communist, explaining that his preference for the poor is in fact based in the Gospel. “I heard two months ago that a person referred to my preference for speaking about the poor, saying: 'This Pope is a communist, no?' And no, this is the banner of the Gospel, not of communism, of the Gospel,” the Pope explained during the encounter. Given to three Belgian youth who...
  • Pope: OK to fight with God, hold him to his promise, remember his love

    04/04/2014 1:58:22 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 129 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 4/03/2014 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Don’t hold back when praying to God — tell him exactly what’s wrong and insist on holding him to his promises, Pope Francis said. Prayer should be like speaking face-to-face with a friend: “without fear, freely and also with insistence,” the pope said in his homily April 3 during an early morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Pope Francis’ homily focused on the day’s reading from the Book of Exodus (32:7-14), in which Moses begs God to spare his people, even though they have created a golden calf to worship as their...
  • The Real Presence: Imitating Christ in the Eucharist [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/04/2014 8:43:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    TheRealPresence.org ^ | 2001 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    Imitating Christ in the EucharistFr. John A. Hardon, S.J.The most popular book in the world, after the Bible, is The Imitation of Christ. Since it was published in the early fifteenth century, it has deeply influenced the spirituality of millions of believing Christians. Its basic theme is that, since Jesus Christ is true God and true man, by imitating Christ as man, we become more and more like Christ, who is God. We commonly associate the imitation of Christ by following the example He gave us during His mortal and visible stay in Palestine two thousand years ago. However,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TRUTH, 04-04-14

    04/04/2014 7:04:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-04-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:TRUTH Conformity of mind and reality. Three kinds of conformity give rise to three kinds of truth. In logical truth, the mind is conformed or in agreement with things outside the mind, either in assenting to what is or in denying what is not. Its opposite is error. In metaphysical or ontological truth, things conform with the mind. This is primary conformity, when something corresponds to the idea of its maker, and it is secondary conformity when something is intelligible and therefore true to anyone who knows it. In moral truth, what is said conforms with...
  • Catholic Priests Who Become Non-Catholic Ministers

    04/04/2014 3:49:02 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 40 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | April 3, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: Recently, a Catholic priest in our area left to become “pastor” of an Episcopal church. If we assume for a moment that the Episcopal liturgy contains the valid words of Institution, and if we assume that valid matter was used, does he confect the Eucharist? –Patrick A: Sad to say, the case cited by Patrick is far from unique. In certain countries with a sizeable Episcopal community, one far too frequently encounters priests who have left the Catholic Church to join the Church of England—often in order to get married while still remaining in some sort of ministry—and who...
  • Prudence: Mother of All Virtues

    04/03/2014 6:59:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CE.com ^ | 03-02-14 | Fr. William Saunders
    Prudence: Mother of All Virtues Fr. William Saunders Q: I keep hearing about the importance of virtue and being virtuous, but no one explains what virtue is.St. Paul in his Letter to the Philippians captured the idea of virtue and the living of a virtuous life: “My brothers, your thoughts should be wholly directed to all that is true, all that deserves respect, all that is honest, pure, admirable, decent, virtuous or worthy of praise” (4:8). With this in mind, the classic definition of virtue is a habit or firm disposition which inclines a person to do good and avoid evil....
  • The Real Presence: The Eucharist: Foundation of the Christian Family [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/03/2014 9:16:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    TheRealPresence.org ^ | 2002 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    The Eucharist: Foundation of the Christian FamilyFr. John A. Hardon, S.J.We do not normally associate the Holy Eucharist with marriage and the family. But we should. Without the Eucharist, there would not be a livable Sacrament of Matrimony or a stable Christian family. What are we saying? We are saying that Christ intended these two sacraments to be related as condition and consequence. The Eucharist is the condition, and matrimony as the core of the family is the supernatural consequence. Surely this calls for an explanation, and a clear explanation. Needless to say, this is a most important subject....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TERNA, 04-03-14

    04/03/2014 8:07:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-03-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:TERNA A list of three names submitted to the Holy See as candidates for a particular episcopal see; or a similar list given to the superior general of a religious institute for appointment or approval as provincial. the term always includes reasons pro and con for each of the recommended candidates. (Etym. Latin terni, three each; from ter, thrice.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.