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  • [Why I Am Catholic]: Because I Love the Bible [Catholic and Open]

    04/16/2012 4:21:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 119 replies
    Patheos.comYIMCatholic ^ | August 30, 2010 | Frank Weathers
    Because I Love the Bible Posted on August 30, 2010 by Frank Weathers   Here is a reason that answers the question posed by this blog daily that I’ve never written about yet. So here goes: I love the Bible. Well, duh, Frank you may be thinking, of course you do. Well, let me be more specific. I love the entire Bible and every single book therein, including all the books that Martin Luther tossed out during the Protestant Reformation.I have some mechanical ability, which I have written about in this space once or twice. And I know a...
  • Young Catholic Women Try To Give Church’s Position On Birth Control New Sheen

    04/15/2012 2:02:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 15, 2012 | Michelle Boorstein
    Young Catholic Women Try To Give Church’s Position On Birth Control New Sheen Ashley McGuire is part of a movement of younger, religiously conservative Catholic women who are trying to rebrand what may be Catholicism’s most-ignored teaching: its ban on birth control methods such as the Pill. Michelle Boorstein April 15 Ashley McGuire fell in love with the Catholic Church five years ago, after reading its teaching against artificial birth control. McGuire, then a skeptical Protestant college student, initially saw the ban as a mandatory march to “domestic slavery.” But the more she read, the more she was blown away...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: APPELLANTS, 04-16-12

    04/16/2012 9:17:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 04-16-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):APPELLANTS Various groups who appealed against certain decisions or doctrines of the Holy See. The best known were the appellants in Elizabethan England who protested the alleged use of political means to bring the country back to the Catholic faith; and the appellants in France, led by the Archbishop of Paris, who opposed Pope Clement XI's condemnation of Jansenism in 1713. (Etym. Latin appellare, to address, call upon, appeal to one.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • + the BEGGAR KING: Answer to an Anti-Catholic + Part I

    04/16/2012 4:33:07 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 83 replies
    Beggar King ^ | Oct 28, 1999 | Larry Nolte
    + the BEGGAR KING: Answer to an Anti-Catholic + Catholics are accustomed to being the favorite target of bigots. The Catholic Church is attacked and ridiculed by both the left and the right, by both Secularists and Fundamentalists. Their points might be different but the methods are universally the same; disinformation and willful misrepresentation. What follows is an exchange of views. I am presenting the text of an anonymous tract which I've frequently found on-line. It is a pretty good example of an attack on the Church from the "fundamentalist" perspective. I present it here in its entirety, unedited. I've added...
  • Bible Burning and other Allegations

    04/16/2012 2:13:08 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    A Catholic Response, Inc. ^ | February 11, 1993 | A Catholic Response, Inc.
    Bible Burning and other Allegations There are some things in them (Epistles of St. Paul) hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.2 Peter 3:16 Ever since the Protestant Revolt in the 16th century, the Catholic Church has been accused of ignoring, opposing, hiding and even destroying the Bible in order to keep it from the people. Allegedly, copies of the Bible were chained to the walls of churches during the Middle Ages so that people could not take them home to read. Supposedly the Church during the Middle...
  • The Souls of Cylons [Mormon vs. Christian]

    04/15/2012 4:58:06 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 12 replies
    Belief.net ^ | Ellen Leventry interviews Ron Moor
    Glen Larson, creator and producer of the first show, is a member of the Church of Latter-day Saints. He based much of the first series on Mormon cosmology. Was there a concerted effort to move away from that in this version? Not specifically, no. I looked at the original series as mythos and the way it dealt with religion as sort of a global sense. I was aware that Glen had used Mormon influences and how he had created the cosmology, but I'm not that familiar with Mormon belief or practice. To me there were things that were sort of...
  • Graven Images: Altering the Commandments?

    04/15/2012 7:12:32 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 47 replies
    CNA ^ | A Catholic Response, Inc.
    Graven Images: Altering the Commandments? And the LORD said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and every one who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live." So Moses made a bronze serpent... Numbers 21:8-9Recently we received an 80-page booklet entitled "What's Behind The New World Order?" It can be traced back to the writings of Ellen G. White, foundress of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. According to this booklet, the Catholic Church is behind the New World Order. The booklet claims that this is true, since the Church is the beast of Revelation...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - May Individuals Become Soldiers?

    04/15/2012 5:32:42 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    May Individuals Become Soldiers? 1184. What view does the Church take of a soldier killing another so-called enemy soldier? The Catholic Church takes the view that if the soldier knew quite well that the cause of his own country was unjust, he would be guilty of murder, unless he were acting solely in individual self-defense against some individual soldier of the enemy forces. If, however, he did not have certain knowledge that his own country's cause was unjust, he would be free from personal guilt in obeying his officers and fighting for victory, even though it meant his killing enemy...
  • † True Holy Mass Propers : Dominica in Albis, in Octava Paschć ~ Low Sunday and Easter Octave †

    04/15/2012 1:55:17 AM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 53 replies
    Robert Drobot | Anno Dómini 15 April 2012 | Most Holy Trinity
    Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus Traditional True Holy Mass Propers † Dominica Resurrectionis ~ Paschaltide : Easter Sunday † Anno Dómini 15 April 2012 † Statio ad Sancta Maríam Majorem ~ Station at Saint Mary Major † Commemorating† Holy Saint Peter Gonzalez ( Gonzales ) † Color : Albus/White Vestments I Classis ~ First Class Observance Quasi modo géniti infántes allelúia: rationábiles, sine dolo lac concupíscite, allelúia, allelúia, allelúia. Exsultáte Deo adjutóri nostro: jubiláte Deo Jacob.... ( As newborn babes, alleluia, desire the rational milk without guile, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Rejoice to God our helper: sing aloud to the God...
  • Divine Mercy Sunday [Catholic Caucus]

    04/14/2012 6:36:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CE.com ^ | April 13th, 2012 | Gayle Somers
    Divine Mercy Sunday Faith April 13th, 2012 Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 20:19-31)The celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday usually focuses on the sheer ecstasy of His victory over death.  All during Holy Week, we are absorbed with the details of His horrific Passion.  When we reach Easter, our hearts nearly burst with joy that Jesus is alive and vindicated as God’s Son.  In other words, it’s easy to dwell on the fact of the Resurrection and be so dazzled by it that we do not think much beyond that.  The mercy of Divine Mercy Sunday (yes, intended pun)...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Abortion

    04/13/2012 6:03:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2004 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Abortionby Sebastian R. FamaThere are a variety of reasons given to justify an abortion. They include such things as I can’t afford a baby, a baby would interfere with my career, I have enough children, and the doctor said if we have this child it will be handicapped. We are told that every child should be a wanted child.But does any of this really matter? The real question is not whether a child is wanted; the real question is whether or not what is growing inside the mother is a living child. If it is not a living child, a...
  • When did the Resurrection become truly the Faith, and the official teaching of the Church?

    04/13/2012 3:05:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | April 12, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the early hours of the resurrection appearances on the first Easter Sunday news began to be circulated that Jesus was alive and had been seen. These reports were, at first disbelieved or at least doubted by the apostles. Various reports from both women and men were dismissed by the apostles. But suddenly in the evening of that first Easter Sunday there is a change, and a declaration by the apostles that the Lord “has truly risen!” What effected this change? We will see in a moment. But first note the early reports of the resurrection and how they were...
  • The Priests Aboard (the) Titanic [Ecumenical]

    04/13/2012 12:32:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    WAU.org ^ | April 2012 | Louise Perrotta
    The Priests Aboard Titanic Four Stories of Faith, Courage, and Providence By: Louise Perrotta April 15, 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic. The luxury liner hit an iceberg and sank five days into its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York. Only 700 people survived, out of 2,200 passengers and crew. Titanic, called the first disaster of the media global age, has been commemorated in countless books, dozens of movies and TV series, and even a Broadway musical. The fascination lives on, and this year’s anniversary is being marked by numerous productions, exhibits,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NONJURORS, 04-12-12

    04/12/2012 10:48:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 04-12-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):NONJURORS Name given to Anglican clergymen who refused to take the oath of allegiance to William and Mary and their successors under the Protestant succession Act of 1689. since they felt that their oaths bound them to the Stuart family, they considered William and Mary as mere regents. Suspended and deprived of office, they suffered greatly. Much later some rejoined the Anglican Church. The name has been given also the Catholic clergy of France who refused to take the oath of the Civil Constitutions in 1790. Their loyalty to the Church and the Holy See forced...
  • I Miss Women Wearing Hats and Veils in Church. A brief reminiscence of days gone by

    04/11/2012 5:08:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 146 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | april 10th, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I Miss Women Wearing Hats and Veils in Church. A brief reminiscence of days gone by.By: Msgr. Charles Pope I know, I know, I am so hopelessly old fashioned. But I want to say, I miss women wearing hats. I have written before (HERE) of how I miss them wearing the veil in Church. But even before the veil, the hat was more commonly worn by women in 1940s and before (See photo  below left, of my parish taken in the early 1950s, click photo for a larger view). Veils became popular in the later 1950s and 1960s before...
  • Was C.S. Lewis a Crypto-Mormon

    04/11/2012 4:15:32 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 12 replies
    MormonInfo.org ^ | R. M. Sivulka
    Was C. S. Lewis a Crypto-Mormon? If you would like for us to consider adding your comments here, please send an e-mail to Rob@MormonInfo.org. Many LDS writers have been fascinated with C. S. Lewis to the point of making him an "honorary member" of the LDS Church. A recent article stated, "Lewis wrote about the nature of God and how man's ultimate potential is to become like deity, something that seems to resonate with LDS audiences." To LDS, this means that we can become gods like our God is a God for us. In his book, The Mormon Faith: A...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MALABAR RITES, 04-11-12

    04/11/2012 11:04:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 04-11-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MALABAR RITES The customs and practices of the natives of South India, which the Jesuit missionaries in the seventeenth century permitted their converts but which the Holy See afterward prohibited. Robert de Nobili (1577-1656) initiated these rites in order to pave the way for the hoped-for conversion of the Brahmins. Among those who observed the Malabar Rites was St. John de Britto (1647-93). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Heated debate between Cardinal Pell and Professor Dawkins

    04/11/2012 6:51:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Cath News ^ | April 9, 2012
    Screenshot from The Sydney Morning Herald---Frustration and something bordering on barely concealed mutual disdain boiled over more than once during the ABC's Q&A television show Monday evening, in the hour-long debate between Cardinal George Pell and Professor Richard Dawkins, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.Charles Darwin was claimed as a theist by the Cardinal, because Darwin ''couldn't believe that the immense cosmos and all the beautiful things in the world came about either by chance or out of necessity'' - a claim disputed by Professor Dawkins as ''just not true''.Cardinal Pell won applause when he shot back: ''It's on page 92...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Annulment

    04/10/2012 5:55:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Annulmentby Sebastian R. FamaQuite often you will hear an annulment described as a Catholic divorce. But an annulment and a divorce are two different things. Divorce dissolves a marriage while an annulment is a recognition that a sacramental marriage (valid in the eyes of the Church) never existed. The Church does recognize, however, that a civil marriage (valid in the eyes of the state) did exist. In order for a marriage to be valid in the eyes of the Church, both parties must be aware of what constitutes a sacramental marriage. They must also be free, willing and capable of...
  • Cardinal Burke: Catholic Employers Cannot Provide Contraceptive Coverage!

    04/10/2012 4:48:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | April 10th, 2012 | Jenn Giroux
    Cardinal Burke: Catholic Employers Cannot Provide Contraceptive Coverage! FaithApril 10th, 2012 Jenn Giroux The upcoming episode of Catholic Action Insight hosted by Thomas McKenna to air on EWTN on Wednesday, April 11 at 2:30pm and April 13 at 9:00pm EST will surely ignite discussion among Catholics on the impending mandate which is an attack on religious liberty.  In this interview, Cardinal Raymond Burke speaks out for the first time in a public interview on matters of faith, religious liberty, and culpability in relation to this threatened mandate for employers.Cardinal Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura (photo credit: abbey-roads.blogspot.com) “We...
  • Vatican Cardinal: If Catholic employers provide contraceptive coverage they cooperate in sin

    04/10/2012 12:39:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 10, 2012 | Jenn Giroux
    WASHINGTON, April 10, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The upcoming episode of Catholic Action Insight hosted by Thomas McKenna to air on EWTN on Wednesday, April 11 at 2:30pm and April 13 at 9:00pm EST will surely ignite discussion among Catholics on the impending mandate which is an attack on religious liberty.  In this interview, Cardinal Raymond Burke speaks out for the first time in a public interview on matters of faith, religious liberty, and culpability in relation to this threatened mandate for employers. “We are very blessed to be granted this interview with Cardinal Raymond Burke who explains the Catholic...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PALM SUNDAY, 04-10-12

    04/10/2012 10:40:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    http://www.catholicreference.net/ ^ | 04-10-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PALM SUNDAY The Sunday before Easter and the sixth and last of Lent, and the beginning of Holy Week. On this day the Church commemorates Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, when olive and palm branches were strewn in his path. In the liturgy the memorial of this event is included in every Mass, with the procession or solemn entrance before the principal Mass, and with the simple procession before the other Masses on Palm Sunday. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What are they thinking? (The Easter and Christmas only Church-goers, that is!)

    04/10/2012 10:09:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 127 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | April 0, 2012 | Susan Timoney
    What are they thinking?By: Susan Timoney On Easter Sunday I had the privilege of serving as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at the 9:00 am Mass.  By the time Mass began it was standing room only in the church. This was not a surprise. I bet it was the same at your parish. When it came time to distribute Communion, another person and I were asked to go to a station at the rear of the church. A line formed among those standing. At a certain point, I wondered why the line did not seem to get shorter...
  • The Resurrection Appearances Chronologically Arranged

    04/10/2012 9:57:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-09-12 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Resurrection Appearances Chronologically ArrangedBy: Msgr. Charles Pope This blog post is a follow-up from yesterday’s blog. You can read yesterday’s post by clicking HEREWhen we encounter the resurrection accounts in the New Testament we face a challenge in putting all the pieces together in a way that the sequence of the events flow in logical order. This is due to the fact that no one Gospel presents all, or even most of the data. Some of the data also seems to conflict. I tried to show in yesterday’s blog that these apparent conflicts are not, usually, true conflicts....
  • † Traditional True Mass Propers : Dominica Resurrectionis ~ Paschaltide : Easter Sunday †

    04/10/2012 1:48:29 AM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 53 replies
    Robert Drobot | Anno Dómini 8 April 2012 | Most Holy Trinity
    Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus Traditional True Holy Mass Propers † Dominica Resurrectionis ~ Paschaltide : Easter Sunday † Anno Dómini 8 April 2012 † Statio ad Sancta Maríam Majorem ~ Station at Saint Mary Major † Commemorating† The Resurrection of Our Redeemer, Jesus Christ † Color : Albus/White Vestments I Classis ~ First Class Observance Resurréxi, et adhuc tecum sum, allelúja: potuísti super me manum tuam, allelúja: mirábilis facta est sciéntia tua. Allelúja, allelúja..... ( I arose and am still with thee, alleluia: Thou hast laid Thy hand upon me, alleluia; Thy knowledge is become wonderful, alleluia, alleluia..... )...
  • Richard Dawkins in debate with Archbishop of Sydney George Pell

    04/10/2012 12:57:08 AM PDT · by iowamark · 15 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 10 April 2012 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Atheist Richard Dawkins is in Australia this week for the Global Atheist Convention which started in Melbourne on Good Friday, and on Monday night the academic faced up against Archbishop of Sydney George Pell, the highest ranked clergyman in Australia, in a televised debate on faith and religion. Pell, the Australian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church in Australia, who has served in his position since 2001, took on Dawkins in a Q&A session hosted by ABC TV. Journalist Tony Jones moderated the debate, which he predicted would be an intense encounter between the two prominent figures. ''This is a...
  • Happiness: Blessed are Those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness (Part 3)

    04/09/2012 7:22:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CERC.org ^ | 2012 | Peter Kreeft
    Happiness: Blessed are Those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness PETER KREEFTChrist's fourth beatitude, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness," cuts to the rotten flesh at the heart of the modern world. It shows a striking difference between our culture and all others, especially our own culture's past. As Solzhenitsyn said in his great and shocking 1978 Harvard commencement address, nothing more conspicuously distinguishes us than our lack of courage, our lack of passion. You see this strikingly when you live in another culture, or even when you read the writings of another culture, like the Middle Ages...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PLAIN CHANT, 04-09-12

    04/09/2012 10:34:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 04-09-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PLAIN CHANT Sometimes inaccurately called Gregorian chant, but plain chant is a modification of the Gregorian, introduced among the Franks in the ninth century. It is unisonous and free-rhythmed and composed on a scale of four lines. The modes or scales of plain chant are limited to the natural intervals of the human voice and the melodies likewise confined to a person's natural range. Features of this chant are that the "leading note" is commonly avoided; also two choirs may be used while alternately singing the same melody. The beauty of plain chant derives from its...
  • Easter Changes Everything

    04/08/2012 12:08:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | April 5th, 2012 | George Weigel
    Easter Changes Everything Columnists George WeigelApril 5th, 2012 George Weigel Christmas occupies such a large part of the Christian imagination that the absolute supremacy of Easter as the greatest of Christian feasts may get obscured at times. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, an Italian biblical scholar, suggests that we might begin to appreciate how Easter changed everything—and gave the birth of Jesus at Christmas its significance—by reflecting on the story of Jesus purifying the Jerusalem Temple, at the beginning of John’s Gospel.In this prophetic and symbolic act, Ravasi writes, Jesus draws a sharp contrast between a religion of superficiality and self-absorption and...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Divorce and Remarriage

    04/07/2012 8:31:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2004 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Divorce and Remarriageby Sebastian R. FamaIt is a sad fact of life that divorce has become an all-too-common occurrence. Many marriages that began with joy and hope end in bitter separation. Unfortunately, the Church is not immune to this problem. As with marriage, many view the Church’s position on divorce and remarriage as archaic and unrealistic. But the Church’s position is nothing more than the direct teaching of Christ. In Luke 16:18 we hear Jesus saying: "Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery."Paul says essentially...
  • THE EXULTET: Liturgical Treasure of the Easter Vigil

    04/07/2012 3:53:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Homiletic & Pastoral Review ^ | April 6, 2012 | DR WILLIAM LUCKEY
    The Exultet is a very lengthy, yet beautiful proclamation of the resurrection of Christ, resembling Haggadah, the great proclamation in the Jewish Pascal supper.The deacon singing the Exultet at Easter VigilThe Benedictine theologian of liturgy, Cyprian Vagaggini, points out that there are certain attitudes, surprisingly, within the church today, which have muddled the understanding of Easter. First, there is a positivist-historicist mentality which kind of tricked us into seeing the resurrection of Christ separately from his passion, and, then, his passion and death separately from his resurrection, and, both of these, separate from the sacraments. There is also a “juridic...
  • 2012 Easter Message from Archbishop Duncan

    04/07/2012 3:48:38 PM PDT · by lightman · 2 replies
    Anglican Church in North America ^ | 7 April AD 2012 | ++Robert Duncan
    EASTER HOMILY Preached by the Most Reverend Robert Duncan at the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh Vigil, in St. Peter's Church in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, on Easter Eve, 7th April, A.D.2012. They were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb? [Mark 16:3] In the Name of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, One God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Blessed and Praised forever: Amen. In all four gospels it is women who come first to the tomb. Matthew, Mark and Luke all tell us the purpose: to anoint Jesus'...
  • Where is Jesus after he Dies?

    04/07/2012 3:40:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 139 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | April 6, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Where is Christ after he dies on Friday afternoon and before he rises on Easter Sunday? Both Scripture and Tradition answer this question. Consider the following from a Second Century Sermon and also a mediation from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.An Ancient Sermon: Today a great silence reigns on earth, a great silence and a great stillness. A great silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. . . He has gone...
  • Following the Truth: Follow Me… [into Holy Week]

    04/07/2012 1:13:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FollowingtheTruth.com ^ | Apr 1st, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Follow Me… Apr 1st, 2012by Gary Zimak.  As Jesus passed on from there,He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. (Matthew 9:9)As we head into the final 2 weeks our Spiritual Exercises retreat, I just wanted to reach out and share a few thoughts. Today, with the celebration of Palm Sunday, we enter into the holiest week of the year. Over the next five days, on my nightly radio show, we’ll meditate on Our Lord’s Passion and death. As we do this, we’ll recognize...
  • The missing ingredient of Easter; what the church has lost.

    04/07/2012 12:51:27 AM PDT · by fabian · 15 replies
    me ^ | 4/07/12 | fabian
    I rarely have heard Jesus's suffering spoken about in these terms; as he was the perfect example of patient non-resentment for us to follow closely. Take a look.. http://youtu.be/jprge6jhdzA
  • Historical Questions About the Resurrection (Special TSP Easter Post and Podcast)

    04/07/2012 12:35:42 AM PDT · by Mighty_Quinn
    The Sacred Page ^ | 4/7/12 | Michael Barber
    Click below (scroll to the bottom of this post) to listen to the special TSP Easter podcast. Of course, you can also listen on iTunes. (Have you subscribed to the podcast yet?)St. Paul makes it clear that Resurrection is an essential aspect of Christian faith. He states, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied.” (1 Cor 15:16–19). Yet...
  • "He Descended into Hell. . .": Did Jesus Really Go To Hell? (Special Holy Saturday Podcast and Post)

    Click below (scroll to the bottom of this post) to listen to our special Holy Saturday podcast. Listen on iTunes or right click the link below. On Holy Saturday we meditate on one of the most obscure lines in the Apostles' Creed: "he descended into hell." What does this part of the Creed refer to? Is it biblical? Moreover, what does it mean to say Christ "descended into hell"? Did he experience the torments of wicked? Christ and the "Spirits in Prison"In 1 Peter we read that Christ continued to save souls--even after his death. For Christ also died for sins once for...
  • Atheist's Reason Rally and Lawsuits Threaten to Make us a Godless America

    04/06/2012 7:53:51 PM PDT · by InHisService · 12 replies
    Survival - By Mary Kirchhoff ^ | 4-6-12 | Mary C. Kirchhoff
    "Mock them, ridicule them in public. Don't fall for the convention that we're all too polite to talk about religion." – Richard Dawkins - prominent atheist, author and keynote speaker _________________________________________________ They came out in force: rallying for “reason” and a secular, Godless America. The Reason Rally, held on Saturday, March 24th, at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. was an opportunity like no other for Christian bashing and spewing hatred of Christians.
  • Following the Truth: No Greater Love… [Catholic and Open]

    04/06/2012 6:57:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    FollowingtheTruth.com ^ | Apr 6th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    No Greater Love… Apr 6th, 2012by Gary Zimak.   Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)On this day, approximately 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ suffered and died on a cross so that you and I can one day live in the eternal happiness of His kingdom. He gave everything, holding nothing back. As we look over our lives, what have we done to express our gratitude? Speaking for myself, I have to admit that the answer is “not much”. As a matter of fact, not only haven’t I...
  • Following the Truth: Don’t Just Feel Sorry For Jesus… [Catholic and Open]

    04/06/2012 6:52:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    FollowingtheTruth ^ | Apr 4th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Don’t Just Feel Sorry For Jesus… Apr 4th, 2012by Gary Zimak  For several years, my reaction to Our Lord’s Passion was the same:How could the authorities do this to Jesus?How could people cry out “Crucify Him”?What did He ever do to deserve this?How could Peter and Judas betray their friend?These people were really nasty!But eventually the sadness passed (usually by the evening of Good Friday) and nothing really changed in my life. As I started to learn more about my faith, however, I realized that my sins were responsible for the Lord’s suffering. Although that was a big revelation, the...
  • Bread from Heaven: The Eucharist Sustains Us and Lifts Us Up [Catholic Caucus]

    04/06/2012 1:10:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    WAU.org ^ | April, 2012 | WAU staff
    Bread from Heaven The Eucharist Sustains Us and Lifts Us Up From the very beginning of time, when God first created the universe, his intention was that we would all come to him to receive the grace, wisdom, and strength we needed. The Book of Genesis uses the image of the two trees in the Garden of Eden to convey this central truth: The tree of life held all the treasures of his divine plan, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil supported the philosophy that we could decide for ourselves what was right or wrong—we...
  • † IN PASSIONE ET MORTI DOMINI ~ THE PASSION AND DEATH OF OUR JESUS THE CHRIST †

    04/06/2012 10:57:50 AM PDT · by Robert Drobot
    Robert Drobot | Anno Dómini 6 April 2012 | Most Holy Trinity
    † IN PASSIONE ET MORTI DOMINI ~ The Passion and Death of Christ Jesus † † Statio ad S. Crucem in Ierusalem ~ Station at Holy Cross in Jerusalem † Color: Nigrum ~ Black Vestments I Classis ~ First Class Observance 6 April 2012 Anno Dómini D uring the late Middle Ages, when heathen muslim occupation of the Holy Land prevented devout pilgrims from visiting Christianity's Most Sacred Sites, the faithful made replicas of those Holy Sites in Western and Eastern Europe, where they would come to pray.Roman Catholics sought greater detail about the Passion of the Lord, beyond...
  • Crucifixion: Ancient descriptions, archaeology (with photos!), and why Jesus died this way

    04/06/2012 9:20:15 AM PDT · by Mighty_Quinn · 9 replies
    TheSacredPage.com ^ | 4/6/12 | Michael Barber
    Click below to listen to our special Good Friday podcast. Also be sure to come back tomorrow and Sunday for special podcasts on Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday!  Crucifixion: History, Archaeology, and Why Jesus Died This Way (Good Friday Podcast)(Right click to download) Today we celebrate the crucifixion of Jesus. In places around the world, images of the Christ crucified will be contemplated and venerated. Indeed, the image of the cross is quite familiar to us. It is part and parcel of Christian iconography. Perhaps, it is too familiar. Put frankly, the cross has in many ways been sanitized. To some...
  • Not the church lady's Christ.

    04/06/2012 9:19:46 AM PDT · by Lowell1775
    Bartlesby Great Works. ^ | circa 1917 | Ezra Pound
    Ballad of the Goodly Fere By Ezra Pound Simon Zelotes speaketh it somewhile after the Crucifixion. HA’ we lost the goodliest fere o’ all For the priests and the gallows tree? Aye lover he was of brawny men, O’ ships and the open sea. When they came wi’ a host to take Our Man 5 His smile was good to see, “First let these go!” quo’ our Goodly Fere, “Or I’ll see ye damned,” says he. Aye he sent us out through the crossed high spears And the scorn of his laugh rang free, 10 “Why took ye not me...
  • The Last Supper and the Forgiveness of Sins

    04/06/2012 7:11:07 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    The Sacred Page ^ | April 5, 2012 | Michael Barber
    "The Last Supper is what transforms Jesus' execution into a sacrifice." So Scott Hahn frequently tells audiences. He is right of course. As he frequently observes, no one standing at the foot of the cross would have described what was going on as a sacrificial offering. They would have described it as an execution. What reveals the true meaning of Jesus' death? The Last Supper. In light of that, here I want to revisit a topic I've looked at before, namely, the imagery of "atonement" at the Last Supper. As Jesus makes clear--in multiple ways, in fact!--his death is what...
  • Austrian woman intends to celebrate "Easter Mass"

    04/05/2012 3:36:35 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 17 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 5 April 2012 | Cathcon
    At Easter, the theologian Martha Heizer returns to committing a "delictum gravis" and will hold a Eucharistic celebration in the "domestic church" – under the threat of excommunication. The Tyrolean church theologian and critic Martha Heizer has drawn the ire of many religious leaders. She and four colleagues are accused of imitating Eucharistic celebrations without a priest. In the ecclesiastical world, this is a "delictum gravis", ie a "serious offense", which may lead to the excommunication. The local clergy has now launched investigations into the case. An opinion of the Bishop, Manfred Scheuer should be be presented "in the coming...
  • The Christian Origin of Easter Eggs.

    04/05/2012 9:17:44 AM PDT · by dangus · 30 replies
    Vanity | 4-5-12 | Dangus
    In past years, I've debunked all sorts of nonsense about supposedly pagan origins of various Easter traditions, and Easter itself. However, since the Western Church has lost some of its ancient traditions, I was unaware of the Christian origins of Easter eggs. Since attending Eastern rites, occasionally, I have learned the truth: Traditionally, Christians have fasted from not only meat on Friday, but from all meat, fish, and dairy, all week long. Thus, just before Lent, great Feasts are held to consume all the spoilable foods that are abstained from during Lent. One can wait until after Lent is over...
  • VIDEO PLAYLIST: APOLOGETICS TO ISLAM by Joe Carey (radicaltruth.net)

    04/05/2012 8:13:03 AM PDT · by damonw · 4 replies
    The Religion of Conquest ^ | 4/4/12 | Joe Cary
    This 16 hour video course on "Apologetics to Islam" by Joe Carey (from radicaltruth.net) is the best course or class on Islam I have ever seen, HANDS DOWN. And I have collected about 15 of them here on this site. It is so good I am going to show all 16 hours at my church. It is even a great resource for non-Christians to learn about Islam. NO HYPE - YOU GOTTA SEE THIS - all of it! Joe has been studying Islam since 1999, has a Masters Degree from Biola University (with and emphasis on Islam) and has been...
  • Xavier University to halt contraception, sterilization coverage

    04/05/2012 5:13:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | April 5, 2012
    Fr. Michael J. Graham, S.J, president of Xavier University. Cincinnati, Ohio, Apr 5, 2012 / 04:06 am (CNA).- Xavier University president Fr. Michael J. Graham, S.J. has directed the Jesuit school to stop its health plan's insurance coverage of contraception and sterilization.“As a Catholic priest and as president of a Catholic university, I have concluded that, absent a legal mandate, it is inconsistent for a Catholic institution to cover those drugs and procedures the Church opposes,” he said in an April 2 letter to members of the Xavier University community.Fr. Graham said he reviewed the university’s policy amid controversy...
  • Essays for Lent: Marriage

    04/04/2012 8:26:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2004 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Marriageby Sebastian R. FamaIn recent years the institution of Marriage has increasingly come under attack. Some consider it to be an outdated relic from the past. Some think of it as an unnecessary formality while still others see it as something that "was created for the benefit of men at the expense of women."Isn’t it true, critics will ask, that women are required to vow blind obedience to their husbands? No they aren’t, at least not in the Catholic Church. To begin with the Church does not allow people to write their own vows. Marriage is an ecclesial affair, not...