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  • Catholic Word of the Day: OUR LADY OF LUJN, 04-05-14

    07/05/2014 8:19:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 06-05-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:OUR LADY OF LUJNArgentine shrine, forty miles west of Buenos Aires. Its main object of devotion is a small doll-like statue of the Blessed Virgin; her head is surrounded by a golden aureole and is crowned with hundreds of diamonds and other precious stones. The Basilica of Our Lady of Lujn is the most important pilgrimage center in Argentina. According to legend, in 1639 a peasant from Cordova, wishing to revive his neighbors' "belief in their early faith," ordered two statues from Brazil, one of the Immaculate Conception, the other the Blessed Virgin and her...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-28-14, M, The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    06/27/2014 7:49:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-28-14 | Revised New American Bible
    June 28, 2014Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary    Reading 1 Lam 2:2, 10-14, 18-19 The Lord has consumed without pityall the dwellings of Jacob;He has torn down in his angerthe fortresses of daughter Judah;He has brought to the ground in dishonorher king and her princes. On the ground in silence sitthe old men of daughter Zion;They strew dust on their headsand gird themselves with sackcloth;The maidens of Jerusalembow their heads to the ground. Worn out from weeping are my eyes,within me all is in ferment;My gall is poured out on the groundbecause of the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-31-14, FEAST, Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    05/30/2014 9:26:00 PM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies
    USCCB.RNAB ^ | 05-31-14 | Revised New American Bible
    May 31, 2014Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary    Reading 1 Zep 3:14-18a Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!Sing joyfully, O Israel!Be glad and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem!The LORD has removed the judgment against you,he has turned away your enemies;The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst,you have no further misfortune to fear.On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem:Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged!The LORD, your God, is in your midst,a mighty savior;He will rejoice over you with gladness,and renew you in his love,He will sing joyfully...
  • Our Ladys Request: Pray for the Dying! (Our Lady of Fatima [Catholic Caucus]

    05/13/2014 4:45:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    CE.com ^ | May 13, 2014 | R. Jared Staudt
    Our Lady’s Request: Pray for the Dying! R. Jared Staudt“Pray, pray very much. Make sacrifices for sinners. Many souls go to hell, because no one is willing to help them with sacrifice.”-Our Lady of Fatima, July 13, 1917Today is the anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima, Portugal. It is also the anniversary of the assassination attempt on Pope St. John Paul II, when Our Lady of Fatima intervened at what seemed the moment of his death to save his life.This is fitting as Our Lady at Fatima appealed to us to assist those at the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-13-14, OM, Our Lady of Fatima

    05/12/2014 8:28:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-13-14 | Revised New American Bible
    May 13, 2014Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 11:19-26 Those who had been scattered by the persecutionthat arose because of Stephenwent as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch,preaching the word to no one but Jews.There were some Cypriots and Cyrenians among them, however,who came to Antioch and began to speak to the Greeks as well,proclaiming the Lord Jesus. The hand of the Lord was with themand a great number who believed turned to the Lord. The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem,and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch.When...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-25-14, SOL, Annunciation of the Lord

    03/24/2014 8:07:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-25-14 | Revised New American Bible
     March 25, 2014Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord    Reading 1 Is 7:10-14; 8:10 The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying: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 people,must you also weary my God?Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son,and shall name him Emmanuel,which means “God is with us!” Responsorial...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: VESSEL OF HONOR, 03-18-14

    03/18/2014 8:32:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-18-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:VESSEL OF HONORA title of the Blessed Virgin in the Litanry of Loreto. It was given to Mary because she, more than any other human person, deserves to be honored as the one whose body conceived and gave birth to the Son of God. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-11-14, OM, Our Lady of Lourdes

    02/10/2014 7:04:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-11-14 | Revised New American Bible
    February 11, 2014Tuesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Kgs 8:22-23, 27-30 Solomon stood before the altar of the LORDin the presence of the whole community of Israel,and stretching forth his hands toward heaven,he said, “LORD, God of Israel,there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below;you keep your covenant of mercy with your servantswho are faithful to you with their whole heart. “Can it indeed be that God dwells on earth?If the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain you,how much less this temple which I have built! Look...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-01-14, SOL, Mary, the Holy Mother of God

    12/31/2013 8:11:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 45 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-01-14 | Revised New American Bible
    January 1, 2014Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God    Reading 1 Nm 6:22-27 The LORD said to Moses: “Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them: This is how you shall bless the Israelites.Say to them:The LORD bless you and keep you!The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace!So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites, and I will bless them.” Responsorial Psalm Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 R/ (2a) May God bless us in his mercy.May God have pity on...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-12-13, Feast, Our Lady of Guadalupe

    12/11/2013 10:22:17 PM PST · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-12-13 | Revised New American Bible
    December 12, 2013 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe    Reading 1 Zec 2:14-17 Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,and they shall be his people,and he will dwell among you,and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.The LORD will possess Judah as his portion in the holy land,and he will again choose Jerusalem.Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD!For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling. Or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-09-13, SOL, Immaculate Conception, Blessed Virgin Mary

    12/08/2013 6:27:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-09-13 | Revised New American Bible
    December 9, 2013 Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary,Patronal 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...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-21-13, M, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    11/20/2013 8:56:00 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-21-13 | New American Bible
    November 21, 2013 Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary    Reading 1 1 Mc 2:15-29 The officers of the king in charge of enforcing the apostasycame to the city of Modein to organize the sacrifices.Many of Israel joined them,but Mattathias and his sons gathered in a group apart.Then the officers of the king addressed Mattathias:“You are a leader, an honorable and great man in this city,supported by sons and kin.Come now, be the first to obey the king’s command,as all the Gentiles and the men of Judahand those who are left in Jerusalem have done.Then you and...
  • Devotion to the Most Holy Name of Mary [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    09/12/2013 6:23:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    TheMostHolyRosary.com ^ | not given | St. Alphonsus de Liguori
    The Holy Name of Mary - The Power of Her Name By St. Alphonsus de Liguori Richard of St. Laurence states "there is not such powerful help in any name, nor is there any other name given to men, after that of Jesus, from which so much salvation is poured forth upon men as from the name of Mary." He continues, "that the devout invocation of this sweet and holy name leads to the acquisition of superabundant graces in this life, and a very high degree of glory in the next." After the most sacred name of Jesus, the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-22-13, M, Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    08/21/2013 8:42:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-22-13 | Revised New American Bible
    August 22, 2013 Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary    Reading 1 Jgs 11:29-39a The Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah.He passed through Gilead and Manasseh,and through Mizpah-Gilead as well,and from there he went on to the Ammonites.Jephthah made a vow to the LORD.“If you deliver the Ammonites into my power,” he said,“whoever comes out of the doors of my houseto meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonitesshall belong to the LORD.I shall offer him up as a burnt offering.” Jephthah then went on to the Ammonites to fight against them,and the LORD...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MATER DOLOROSA, 08-16-13

    08/16/2013 7:03:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-16-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MATER DOLOROSASorrowing Mother. Title of the Blessed Virgin, referring especially to her mourning Christ's death as she stood beneath the Cross. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission
  • Some Biblical Roots of the Teaching on the Assumption of Mary

    08/15/2013 2:21:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 146 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 14, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    While the actual event of the Assumption of Mary in Heaven is not recorded in the Scriptures, nevertheless there is a biblical basis for the teaching that, considered as a whole, confirms Catholic teaching as both fitting and in keeping with biblical principles. Let’s ponder this feast in three stages:1. Explained – To be “assumed” means to be taken up by God bodily into heaven. As far back as the Church can remember we have celebrated the fact that Mary was taken up into heaven. We do not just acknowledge that her soul was taken to heaven, as is the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-15-13, SOL, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary/Day

    08/14/2013 8:51:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-15-13 | Revised New American Bible
    August 15, 2013  Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Mass during the Day    Reading 1 Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab God’s temple in heaven was opened,and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple. A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,with the moon under her feet,and on her head a crown of twelve stars.She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.Then another sign appeared in the sky;it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns,and on...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-14-13, SOL, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary/Vigil

    08/14/2013 8:39:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-14-13 | Revised New American Bible
    August 15, 2013 Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Vigil Mass   Reading 1 1 Chr 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2 David assembled all Israel in Jerusalem to bring the ark of the LORDto the place which he had prepared for it.David also called together the sons of Aaron and the Levites. The Levites bore the ark of God on their shoulders with poles,as Moses had ordained according to the word of the LORD. David commanded the chiefs of the Levitesto appoint their kinsmen as chanters,to play on musical instruments, harps, lyres, and cymbals,to make a loud...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PANAYA KAPULU (shrine), 07-19-13

    07/19/2013 7:04:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PANAYA KAPULU (shrine)Mary's home near Selchuk, Turkey, two hundred miles from Constantinople in western Asia Minor. The reputed house where the Blessed Virgin spent her last years on earth. Ephesus is mostly in ruins, but about ten miles from the old city Our Lady's house is a pilgrimage spot that receives five thousand or more pilgrims monthly. A Catholic priest is in constant attendance. Moslems as well as Christians have come here since 1691 to pay homage to Mary. the small house was rebuilt in 1951 after long years of pilgrims' feet had practically destroyed...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-16-13, OM, Our Lady of Mount Carmel

    07/15/2013 9:33:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-16-13 | Revised New American Bible
    July 16, 2013Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Ex 2:1-15a A certain man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman,who conceived and bore a son.Seeing that he was a goodly child, she hid him for three months.When she could hide him no longer, she took a papyrus basket,daubed it with bitumen and pitch,and putting the child in it,placed it among the reeds on the river bank.His sister stationed herself at a distanceto find out what would happen to him. Pharaoh’s daughter came down to the river to bathe,while her maids walked along...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-08-13. M, Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    06/07/2013 9:48:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-08-13 | Revised New American Bible
    June 8, 2013 Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 Tb 12:1, 5-15, 20 Tobit called his son Tobiah and said to him,Son, see to it that you give what is due to the manwho made the journey with you; give him a bonus too.So he called Raphael and said,Take as your wages half of all that you have brought back,and go in peace. Raphael called the two men aside privately and said to them:Thank God! Give him the praise and the glory.Before all the living,acknowledge the many good things he has done...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-31-13, Feast, Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    05/30/2013 9:38:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-31-13 | Revised New American Bible
    May 31, 2013 Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 Zep 3:14-18a Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!Sing joyfully, O Israel!Be glad and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem!The LORD has removed the judgment against you,he has turned away your enemies;The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst,you have no further misfortune to fear.On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem:Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged!The LORD, your God, is in your midst,a mighty savior;He will rejoice over you with gladness,and renew you in his love,He will sing...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ADDOLORATA, 05-24-13

    05/24/2013 7:48:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 05-24-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random): .subadimg { text-align:center; } .subadimg a img { border:none; } ADDOLORATA Our Lady of Sorrows. Popular title of the Blessed Virgin, and object of special devotion among the faithful. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GUADALUPE, 04-24-13

    04/24/2013 7:39:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 04-24-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):GUADALUPE A shrine of the Blessed Virgin in central Mexico, suburb of Mexico City. One of the principal shrines of Christendom. Scene of the apparition of Our lady, in December 1531, to a native Aztec peasant, fifty-one-year-old Juan Diego. He and his wife had been recent converts to Christianity. Mary appeared on a hillside near the Aztec shrine of Tepeyac and told Juan that she wanted a church built there. When Bishop Zumarraga demanded a sign, Juan was directed by Mary to pick some roses (not in bloom then), which he took to the bishop and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-08-13, SOL, Annunciation of the Lord

    04/07/2013 8:34:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-08-13 | Revised New American Bible
    April 8, 2013 Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord Reading 1 Is 7:10-14; 8:10 The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying: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 people,must you also weary my God?Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son,and shall name him Emmanuel,which means God is...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MARY'S VIRGINITY, 02-26-13

    02/26/2013 4:03:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 46 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-26-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MARY'S VIRGINITY The belief that the Mother of Jesus was always a virgin. Three stages of virginity are professed in this belief: "mary's conception of her Son without the co-operation of man, giving birth to Christ without violating her integrity, and remaining a virgin after Jesus was born. The Church's faith in Mary's virginal conception of Jesus found its way into all the ancient professions of belief. In a text dating from the early second century, the Apostles' creed speaks of "Jesus Christ . . . who was born by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin...
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part One: The Creed, The Incarnation

    02/25/2013 7:52:22 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
    The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941) Part One: The Creed The Incarnation Lesson 7 from the Baltimore Cathechism"I believe ... in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost (Spirit), born of the Virgin Mary ..." 77. Did God abandon man after Adam fell into sin? God did not abandon man after Adam fell into sin, but promised to send into the world a Saviour to free man from his sins and to reopen to him the gates of heaven.For God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten son, that whosoever believeth...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OUR LADY, 02-18-13

    02/18/2013 8:45:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-18-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):OUR LADY The most popular title for the Blessed Virgin in Catholic piety and literature. Its first recorded use in English is in the Anglo-Saxon poet Cynewulf (c. A.D. 750) and is commonly associated with some special prerogative or office of the Blessed Virgin, e.g., Our Lady of Ransom, Our Lady of Divine Providence, Our Lady of the Way. It is equivalent to Madonna in Italian, and Domina in Latin. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Worlds largest Marian statue unveiled in Bolivia

    02/04/2013 4:33:22 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 72 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | February - 4 - 2013
    La Paz, Bolivia, Feb 4, 2013 / 12:09 pm (CNA).- The largest statue of the Virgin Mary in the world, dedicated to Our Lady of Socavon, was inaugurated at a Feb. 1 ceremony in the city of Oruro, Bolivia. Rolando Rocha, the lead sculptor for the project, told reporters that more than simply a work of engineering and art, the monument is an act of faith that strengthens our traditions. Towering at 149 feet, the statue is located on a 12,000-foot mountain south of La Paz, the countrys second largest city. It stands 22 feet taller than the Christ the...
  • Mariaphobic Response Syndrome: Part Two

    01/01/2013 1:17:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 92 replies
    MarkShea.com ^ | 2005 | Mark P. Shea
    Mariaphobic Response Syndrome: Part TwoIn my last column, I remarked that the surprise for many Evangelical converts to the Catholic faith is how much smaller Mary is to the Catholic than she is to the Evangelical. For the Evangelical, "the Catholic Mary" looms large as a kind of ur-goddess. The fear that pre-occupies the Evangelical imagination is that, say what Catholics will, once the convert is safely inside the Church, the priest will produce the brain chip implant and you will be reprogrammed to adore and worship Mary by the Vatican's Mind Control Laser Platform in Geosynchronous Orbit above...
  • Mariaphobic Response Syndrome: Part One

    01/01/2013 12:39:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 150 replies
    MarkShea.com ^ | 2005 | Mark P. Shea
    Mariaphobic Response Syndrome: Part OneRecently, I participated in an online conversation about the Blessed Virgin. As an Evangelical convert to the Catholic faith, I can empathize with the deep fears many Evangelicals have about Mary. It's a terror that runs way down into the guts and marrow of many Evangelicals. It's a deep, unreasoning and nameless fear that does not lose any of its power even when every so-called "basis" for the fear is debunked. And like many irrational fears, it has the odd quality of distracting us from reality and clear thinking.To illustrate what I mean, let me sum...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-01-13, SOL, Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God

    12/31/2012 8:05:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 52 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-01-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 1, 2013 Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God The Octave Day of Christmas Reading 1Nm 6:22-27 The LORD said to Moses: Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them: This is how you shall bless the Israelites.Say to them:The LORD bless you and keep you!The LORD let his face shine uponyou, and be gracious to you!The LORD look upon you kindly andgive you peace!So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites, and I will bless them. Responsorial PsalmPs 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 R. (2a) May God bless us in his mercy.May...
  • Magnificent "Magnificat"

    12/21/2012 8:43:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Users.cloud9.net ^ | not given | Richard Cross
    Magnificent "Magnificat" Mary's song of praise (Luke 11, 46-55) has been a source of inspiration to Christians for centuries. Many composers, in every period of music history, as diverse as the early French Baroque Marc-Antoine Charpentier, the staunch Lutheran J-S Bach, the high priest of Romanticism Franz Liszt, and the contemporary Estonian mystic Arvo Prt have set the words of this canticle to music. Luke, the author of the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles was a companion of Saint Paul. He wrote his Gospel in excellent Greek. The name "Magnificat" given to this canticle of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HELP OF CHRISTIANS, 12-12-12

    12/12/2012 11:16:13 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-12-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):HELP OF CHRISTIANS Title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, established as a feast by Pope Pius VII in 1814, in gratitude for his safe return to Rome after five years of captivity in Savona. Though not in the universal calendar, it is the patronal feast of Australia. The original invocation "Auxilium Christianorum" was inserted in the Litany of Our Lady by Pope St. Pius V in thanksgiving for the Christian victory over the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TOWER OF DAVID, 12-11-12

    12/11/2012 9:38:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-11-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):TOWER OF DAVID A symbol of the Blessed Virgin occuring in the Litany of Loreto. Mary's Son recognized as the glory of the line of David, whose star often appears in conjunction with the tower when that symbol is used. Mary, too, is a tower of strength against heresy. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-08-12, Solemnity, Immaculate Conception

    12/07/2012 9:49:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 51 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-08-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 8, 2012 Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1Gn 3:9-15, 20 After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree,the LORD God called to the man and asked him, "Where are you?"He answered, "I heard you in the garden;but I was afraid, because I was naked,so I hid myself."Then he asked, "Who told you that you were naked?You have eaten, then,from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!"The man replied, "The woman whom you put here with me--she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate...
  • Why Catholics Believe in the Immaculate Conception

    12/07/2012 8:28:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 77 replies
    CatholicEducation.org ^ | April 2003 | David M. Bristow
    Why Catholics Believe in the Immaculate ConceptionDAVID M. BRISTOWWhy do Catholics believe in the Immaculate Conception? The belief means that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was preserved without sin for her entire life. It was Mary's closeness to Christ that made her receive God's "fullness of grace" to be sinless. Without God's grace, it would have been impossible for Mary to be sinless, and she too would be like the rest of humanity. However, because of her decision to say, "yes" in giving birth to Christ, she was given a special privilege by having no sin touch her. Catholics believe...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MAY CROWNING, 11-23-12

    11/23/2012 8:54:39 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-23-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random): MAY CROWNING A solemn procession, during the month of May, at the close of which a statue of the Blessed Virgin is crowned with a garland of roses or other appropriate ornament. There is a special honor attached to being chosen to crown the statue. A May crowning is often the high point of public devotion to Our Lady in a diocese, parish, or Catholic institution. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-21-12, M, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    11/20/2012 10:35:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-21-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 21, 2012 Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1Rv 4:1-11 I, John, had a vision of an open door to heaven,and I heard the trumpetlike voicethat had spoken to me before, saying,"Come up here and I will show you what must happen afterwards."At once I was caught up in spirit.A throne was there in heaven, and on the throne sat onewhose appearance sparkled like jasper and carnelian.Around the throne was a halo as brilliant as an emerald.Surrounding the throne I saw twenty-four other throneson which twenty-four elders sat,dressed in white garments and with...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: COBRE, 11-19-12

    11/19/2012 7:22:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-19-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):COBRE A Cuban shrine of Our Lady of Charity. According to legend, a small statue of Mary and her Child was brought from Spain by an officer who accompanied Columbus on his second American voyage and who gave it to a native pagan cheiftain. but when the crew came to claim it, both the chief and the statue had disappeared into a nearby swamp. the statue was later recovered, mysteriously floating on a wooden plank. At a later date the statue of the Madonna was on its way to Santiago de Cuba but accidentally arrived at...
  • The Malicious Mangling of the Virgin Mary

    11/16/2012 4:47:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    A Christian can be crushed gazing at the picture of Mary standing at the foot of the cross, watching her beloved son suffocate and die. But in that vision, she stands there for hours, patiently enduring her suffering. For two millennia, she has been a role model for Christians, a woman who practiced obedience in the most difficult of human circumstances, with fervent hope for what this sacrifice will offer all mankind as it struggles with sin. This is why it seems so hard to reflect that vision of patience when black-hearted "artists" practice character assassination on the Blessed Virgin...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-15-12, M, Our Lady of Sorrows

    09/14/2012 9:52:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-15-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 15, 2012 Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows Reading 11 Cor 10:14-22 My beloved ones, avoid idolatry.I am speaking as to sensible people;judge for yourselves what I am saying.The cup of blessing that we bless,is it not a participation in the Blood of Christ?The bread that we break,is it not a participation in the Body of Christ?Because the loaf of bread is one,we, though many, are one Body,for we all partake of the one loaf. Look at Israel according to the flesh;are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar?So what am I saying?That...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-12-12. OM. Most Holy Name of Mary

    09/11/2012 9:26:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-12-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 12, 2012 Wednesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 11 Cor 7:25-31 Brothers and sisters:In regard to virgins, I have no commandment from the Lord,but I give my opinion as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy.So this is what I think best because of the present distress:that it is a good thing for a person to remain as he is.Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek a separation.Are you free of a wife? Then do not look for a wife.If you marry, however, you do not sin,nor does an unmarried woman...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-08-12, Feast, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    09/07/2012 9:04:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-08-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 8, 2012 Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1Mi 5:1-4a The LORD says:You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah,too small to be among the clans of Judah,From you shall come forth for meone who is to be ruler in Israel;Whose origin is from of old,from ancient times.(Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the timewhen she who is to give birth has borne,And the rest of his brethren shall returnto the children of Israel.)He shall stand firm and shepherd his flockby the strength of the LORD,in the majestic name of the LORD, his God;And they shall...
  • Our Lady of Czestochowa [Catholic Caucus]

    08/26/2012 1:36:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    PolishAmericanCenter.org ^ | not available | PolishAmericanCenter.org
    Our Lady of Czestochowa Saint Luke the Evangelist, according to tradition, is believed to be the original artist of this painting in which Mary is depicted holding the Christ Child. This sacred picture, enshrined and venerated at the renowned Marian Shrine in Poland, was first brought from Jerusalem through Constantinople and was bestowed to the Princess of Ruthenia. It was brought to Poland in 1382 through the efforts of Ladislaus of Opole who had discovered it in a castle at Belz. To ensure its protection, he invited the Monks of Saint Paul the First Hermit from Hungary to be its...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-22-12, M, Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    08/21/2012 10:01:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-22-12 | Revised New American Bible
    August 22, 2012 Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1Ez 34:1-11 The word of the Lord came to me:Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel,in these words prophesy to them to the shepherds:Thus says the Lord GOD: Woe to the shepherds of Israelwho have been pasturing themselves!Should not shepherds, rather, pasture sheep?You have fed off their milk, worn their wool,and slaughtered the fatlings,but the sheep you have not pastured.You did not strengthen the weak nor heal the sicknor bind up the injured.You did not bring back the strayed nor seek the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-15-12, Solemnity, Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary/Day

    08/14/2012 9:25:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-15-12 | Revised New American Bible
    August 15, 2012 Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab God's temple in heaven was opened,and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple. A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,with the moon under her feet,and on her head a crown of twelve stars.She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.Then another sign appeared in the sky;it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns,and on its heads were seven diadems.Its tail...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings,08-15-12, Solemnity, Assumption-Blessed Virgin Mary/Vigil

    08/14/2012 9:19:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-15-12 | Revised New American Bible
    August 15, 2012 Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 11 Chr 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2 David assembled all Israel in Jerusalem to bring the ark of the LORDto the place which he had prepared for it.David also called together the sons of Aaron and the Levites. The Levites bore the ark of God on their shoulders with poles,as Moses had ordained according to the word of the LORD. David commanded the chiefs of the Levitesto appoint their kinsmen as chanters,to play on musical instruments, harps, lyres, and cymbals,to make a loud sound of rejoicing....
  • Fr Mitch Pacwa: Lack of any Spiritual Depth to Messages May be the Unraveling of Medjugorje

    07/29/2012 2:43:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Sanctepater ^ | July 29, 2012 | Greg Garrison
    [Father Mitch] Pacwa said there is no chance for the visions to get approval while they're still going on, and it's a long shot even after they stop. One quirk that emerged was when two of the Medjugorje visionaries said the Virgin Mary endorsed a book, "The Poem of the Man-God," that had been condemned by the Vatican. The fanciful 1940s biography of Jesus by Maria Valtorta contains details like a dancing girl brushing up against Jesus, Joseph giving young Jesus an anachronistic tool kit with screwdrivers and the Virgin Mary making statements such as "man disgusts me," Pacwa...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-16-12, OM, Our Lady of Mount Carmel

    07/15/2012 8:16:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-16-12 | Revised New American Bible
    July 16, 2012 Monday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1Is 1:10-17 Hear the word of the LORD,princes of Sodom!Listen to the instruction of our God,people of Gomorrah!What care I for the number of your sacrifices?says the LORD.I have had enough of whole-burnt ramsand fat of fatlings;In the blood of calves, lambs and goatsI find no pleasure. When you come in to visit me,who asks these things of you?Trample my courts no more!Bring no more worthless offerings;your incense is loathsome to me.New moon and sabbath, calling of assemblies,octaves with wickedness: these I cannot bear.Your new moons...