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  • A Recipe for Readiness -- Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

    11/29/2015 7:08:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Recipe for Readiness - - Homily for the First Sunday of Advent Msgr. Charles Pope • November 28, 2015 • As the Advent season begins, we are immediately drawn into its principle theme of preparation and readiness for the coming of the Lord. The first coming of the Lord has already been fulfilled at Bethlehem. And while we should prepare spiritually for the coming Christmas Feast, these first weeks of Advent bid us to focus even more on the Second Coming of the Lord in glory.Thus, as the curtains draw back on the opening scenes of Advent, we are...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-29-15, First Sunday of Advent

    11/28/2015 7:22:58 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-29-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 29, 2015 First Sunday of Advent Reading 1 Jer 33:14-16 The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah.In those days, in that time, I will raise up for David a just shoot ; he shall do what is right and just in the land.In those days Judah shall be safe and Jerusalem shall dwell secure; this is what they shall call her: "The LORD our justice." Responsorial Psalm Ps 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14 R. (1b) To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.Your ways,...
  • BBC 100 Women: The fearless nun inside 'hell on earth' [Nun in Venezuelan prison]

    11/28/2015 4:38:20 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    BBC Mundo ^ | 27 November 2015 | Margarita Rodriguez
    For more than 17 years, a Catholic nun named Neyda Rojas has been serving God in a place that many describe as hell on earth - a Venezuelan prison. For decades, penitentiaries here have been criticised by human rights organisations for allowing serious human rights violations to take place behind their walls. Venezuelan prisons are among the most violent and overcrowded in Latin America. None of that has stopped this missionary, who belongs to the Mercedarian Order, help teach inmates some of the basics of life, like literacy. "I'm very happy when they learn to read and write. I...
  • [In Africa] Pope Francis Condemns Abortion: “Resist Practices That Threaten the Innocent Unborn”

    11/28/2015 3:52:57 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 23 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | Nov 27, 2015 | Micaiah Bilger
    Pope Francis encouraged Catholics in Africa to reject abortion and treat children as a blessing on Thursday in Kenya. "We are also called to resist practices which foster arrogance in men, hurt or demean women, and threaten the life of the innocent unborn," the pontiff said during a Mass at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, according to the BBC. He encouraged young people to stand up for the sanctity of every human life by shaping "a society which is ever more just, inclusive and respectful of human dignity." He added that they "should reject everything that leads to prejudice...
  • 'Chopped'-winning sister on a mission

    11/28/2015 2:33:28 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    osv ^ | November 24, 2015 | Michelle Martin
    Franciscan Sister Alicia Torres gathered about three dozen volunteers in the hall of Our Lady of the Angels Church in Chicago on Nov. 21, having them count off into groups to form teams to serve the roughly 600 guests who would be seated just an hour later. Sister Alicia, 30, spoke clearly and loudly enough to be heard without yelling. As she spoke, more volunteers were busy finishing the cooking for a Thanksgiving brunch that included baked frittata, roast pork, potatoes, fruit and pastries. Through it all, Sister Alicia maintained her good humor, greeting friends and volunteers with smiles...
  • The Truer Gift at Christmas – As Seen in a Commercial

    11/28/2015 1:08:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Truer Gift at Christmas – As Seen in a Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • November 27, 2015 • There is an old saying that the greatest things in life aren't things. Our greatest gifts are those we love, beginning with God and extending to one another.One of the great dangers at Christmastime (and with life in general) is that we maximize the minimum and minimize the maximum, or, as Jesus puts it, we strain out gnats and swallow camels (Matt 23:24). He said this about the religiously observant of His day, who meticulously followed small, technical rules about cleanliness...
  • Rarity of exorcisms

    11/28/2015 8:50:31 AM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 11-20-15 | Msgr.Charles Pope
    Rarity of exorcisms Msgr. Charles Pope 11/20/2015 Q. In our diocese, it is very hard to get an exorcism performed. I thought that Rome had insisted that this ancient rite be restored and more available.A. Here’s a reply from Msgr. Charles Pope: Your summation of Rome’s stance is correct but incomplete. The faithful do have a right to pastoral care when possession is suspected and each diocese ought to have some way of addressing the concerns. But the first step is always to assess each case to determine if there is true possession or perhaps a lesser form of demonic oppression....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-28-15

    11/27/2015 9:32:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 28, 2015 Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dn 7:15-27 I, Daniel, found my spirit anguished within its covering of flesh,and I was terrified by the visions of my mind.I approached one of those presentand asked him what all this meant in truth;in answer, he made known to me the meaning of the things:"These four great beasts stand for four kingdomswhich shall arise on the earth.But the holy ones of the Most High shall receive the kingship,to possess it forever and ever." But I wished to make certain about the fourth beast,so very terrible and...
  • Pope Francis to German Bishops: Your Church is a mess! Fix it and … GO TO CONFESSION!

    11/27/2015 5:46:09 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    Fr. Z ^ | 20 November 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The German bishops are making their ad limina visit. Every few years diocesan bishops have to go to Rome to meet with offices of the Roman Curia and, usually, the Pope. Pope Francis gave an address to the German bishops that was clear, coherent, well-crafted and, in many respects, stinging. He painted a dire portrait of the Church in Germany. At one point he said: One notes in particular in traditionally Catholic regions a very strong decline in participation at Sunday Mass, not to mention the sacramental life. Where in the 1960's everywhere just about all the faithful still participated...
  • Zombieland: Convert or Die!

    11/27/2015 4:12:00 PM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The Remnant ^ | 11/27/15 | Patrick Archbold
    Many social commentators have noticed the rise and staying power of zombie lore in our current storytelling. Zombies became all the rage, pardon the pun, many years ago and their popularity shows no sign of waning. We may be getting sick of superheroes, but zombies are ever fresh. Those social commentators suspect that there is something about zombie lore that speaks to us in the modern era, that somehow amidst our comfort and prosperity, we have never been more fragile. They posit that somehow our golden lives, compared to every generation that came before, are more fragile, that something isn’t...
  • Bishop Schneider: Real Compassion Doesn't Mean Concealing the Moral Truth

    11/27/2015 3:58:10 PM PST · by markomalley · 3 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 11/27/15 | Edward Pentin
    Clergy who call for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive holy Communion are effectively lying because they convey the message that a “continuous violation” of their “sacramental bonds” can become “ultimately a positive reality," Bishop Athanasius Schneider has said. Speaking last night at the Lepanto Foundation in Rome on the theme of the “unchangeable truth about marriage and sexuality,” the auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, said that in order to “cover their evident lie and contradiction to the Word of God,” these clergy “protect themselves with the masque of using the concept of ‘Divine mercy’ and sentimental expressions like: ‘to open a...
  • 10 Handmade Christmas Gifts From Monks and Nuns

    11/27/2015 1:42:29 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    Aletelia ^ | November 26, 2015 | ZELDA CALDWELL
    We've never been keen on Black Friday—however … there is something to be said for getting shopping done this week so you can get the most out of Advent, as Zoe Romanowsky wrote here last week.Perhaps we could spare a few minutes to Christmas shop—online—for these lovely gifts, handmade by monks and nuns from monasteries and religious communities. These are a few of the Aleteia staffs’ favorites:1. Brandy-dipped fruitcake from the New Camaldolese Monks of Big Sur, California. This cake is unforgettable ($22 for a one-pound cake) as is the New Camaldoli Hermitage itself. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the...
  • Church in Syria faces ‘suicidal choice’, says archbishop

    11/27/2015 8:25:10 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 27, 2015
    Damascus, 2015. Syria approaches its fifth Christmas at war (Kyodo) ==Kyodo Christians face exile or 'living under the shadow of Islam', says Damascus clericThe Church in Syria faces a “suicidal choice” of either exile or “living under the shadow of Islam”, one of Syria’s leading clerics has said.In his pre-Christmas letter Maronite Archbishop Samir Nassar of Damascus spoke of the exodus of Christians from the country, much of which is under the control of Islamist groups like ISIS and the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front. He also spoke about the sense of hopelessness that pervades the country as it approaches its fifth...
  • Vatican II is policy, not doctrine: Catholicism and Americanism

    11/27/2015 8:01:50 AM PST · by NRx · 7 replies
    A conservative blog for peace ^ | 11-26-2015 | The Young Fogey
    Vatican II is policy, not doctrine: Catholicism and Americanism America can work for us: by the '50s the Northeast was almost a Catholic country. Francis is bad but this was one of our worst Popes, the vacillating one who let the Sixties in. Paul VI: Vatican II is not binding on Catholics.Vatican II didn't define doctrine and nothing can change doctrine. The vernacular in worship, religious liberty American style, and ecumenical and interfaith studies and talks are fine, rightly understood, but we're better off ignoring this council. Thomas Case in 1992: "A contention between American patriots and European fascists is...
  • Love of the World Fuels the Fear of Death - A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Cyprian

    11/27/2015 5:58:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Love of the World Fuels the Fear of Death – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Cyprian Msgr. Charles Pope • November 26, 2015 • As November winds down and Advent approaches, the traditional meditation we make on the four last things (death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell) is still operative. A classic writing by St. Cyprian comes to mind. It is a meditation on the fundamental human struggle to be free of undue attachment to this world and to have God (and the things awaiting us in Heaven) as our highest priority.In writing this meditation, St. Cyprian had in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-27-15

    11/26/2015 7:40:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 27, 2015 Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dn 7:2-14 In a vision I, Daniel, saw during the night,the four winds of heaven stirred up the great sea,from which emerged four immense beasts,each different from the others.The first was like a lion, but with eagle's wings.While I watched, the wings were plucked;it was raised from the ground to stand on two feetlike a man, and given a human mind. The second was like a bear; it was raised up on one side,and among the teeth in its mouth were three tusks.It was given the...
  • Thanksgiving and the Eucharist

    11/26/2015 6:16:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies
    CatholicExhcange.com ^ | 11-26-15 | Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
    November 26, 2015Thanksgiving and the EucharistMarcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. For Americans, the term "Thanksgiving" conjures up images of turkey and cranberry sauce, parades and bowl games. These "traditions" have come to mark an event made a perpetual institution of American life by President Abraham Lincoln.But why did Lincoln proclaim the last Thursday in November as a national holiday? Because it was clear to him that the blessings of food, land, family, and freedom enjoyed by Americans are all gifts from the Creator. But Americans, he realized, had forgotten this. A special day was needed for us to forget our differences and...
  • The Incredible Shrinking Bishop Barron

    11/26/2015 6:00:34 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 14 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | 11/23/15 | Maureen Mullarkey
    I have never been more than an occasional viewer of Fr. Robert Barron's Word on Fire chats. His recent televised interview with EWTN's Catherine Szeltner put paid to whatever interest I had. Newly elevated to an auxiliary bishop in the sprawling L.A. diocese, now-Bp. Barron was in Baltimore for his initial appearance among the USCCB. Ms. Szeltner was on hand to ask how Catholics should respond to the slaughter in Paris. "How should they react?" she wondered, as if Catholics were dependent on guidance in their attitude toward carnage. This was hardly a spontaneous interview. Chairs had been set. The...
  • German Bishops’ Site Accused of 'Lazy Slander' Against Church in Africa

    11/26/2015 3:04:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/26/15 | Staff Reporter
    African Catholics 'accept simple answers to difficult questions', says editor of bishops' websiteThe editor of the German bishops' website has said that the Catholic Church continues to grow in Africa because of a lack of education and because Africans have nothing else in their life, according to First Things. Bjorn Odendahl, writing at Katholisch.de in an article entitled "The Romantic, Poor Church", said: "So also in Africa. Of course the Church is growing there. It grows because the people are socially dependent and often have nothing else but their faith. "It grows because the educational situation there is on average...
  • Some Thoughts to Help Deepen Gratitude

    11/26/2015 6:34:01 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 00-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some Thoughts to Help Deepen Gratitude Msgr. Charles Pope • November 25, 2015 • True gratitude is a grace, or gift, from God. It proceeds from a humble and transformed heart. In such a case we do not render thanks merely because it is polite or expected, or because God commands it, but because it naturally flows from a profound experience of gratitude. The “command” of Scripture to give thanks is not a moralism, but a truth and a description of what flows from a transformed heart.Thus, an anointing to seek from God is the powerful transformation of our intellect...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-26-15, Thanksgiving Day

    11/25/2015 9:13:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 26, 2015 Thanksgiving Day The following are a selection of the readings that may be used on this day. Reading 1 Sir 50:22-24 And now, bless the God of all,who has done wondrous things on earth;Who fosters people's growth from their mother's womb,and fashions them according to his will!May he grant you joy of heartand may peace abide among you;May his goodness toward us endure in Israelto deliver us in our days. Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11 R. (see 1) I will praise your name for ever, Lord.Every day will I bless you,and I will...
  • Papal Preacher Praises 'Theological and Spiritual Enrichment' of Reformation

    11/25/2015 2:53:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/25/15 | Madeleine Teahan
    Fr Raniero Cantalamessa preached during the inauguarion of the Tenth General Synod in Westminster Abbey The Pope's personal preacher has praised the Reformation and said that moral issues such as sexuality, should not "divide us more than Jesus unites us." Speaking at Wesminster Abbey, during the inauguration of the Church of England's Tenth General Synod, Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, who has served as Preacher to the Papal Household since 1980, praised the "theological and spiritual enrichment" of the Reformation. He said: "We need to go back to the time of the Apostles: they faced a pre-Christian world, and we are facing...
  • Pope Francis Confirms Mexico Trip, Including Stop at US Border

    11/25/2015 2:46:45 PM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Crux ^ | 11/25/15 | Inés San Martín
    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis confirmed on Wednesday that he plans to visit Mexico in February 2016, including a stop at Ciudad Juarez on the US/Mexican border, a gesture clearly intended to express the pontiff's solidarity with immigrants making their way to America in search of opportunity. "I'm going to leave through [Ciudad Juarez] because I wanted to enter the United States from this city," the pontiff said to reporters traveling with him on a six-day swing through Africa. He was referring to his trip to the US last September, when Francis had originally hoped to make a...
  • On Syrian refugees, bishops say: Welcome all to the table

    11/25/2015 1:51:54 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 24 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 11/25/15 | Vinnie Rotondaro
    As the United States prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving - a holiday that American legend traces back to a dinner between Native Americans and bedraggled, immigrant pilgrims - some of the country's top political leaders are calling to block the arrival of Syrian refugees, would-be immigrants fleeing chaos and possible death in the Middle East, a situation some think the U.S. may have helped create. In the wake of the Nov. 13 Paris terrorist attacks, newly elected U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the U.S. government needs to "balance our compassion and our safety," when it comes to processing refugees...
  • Pray for Mother Angelica. She is on a Feeding Tube [Prayer thread]

    11/25/2015 10:32:04 AM PST · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Sacerdotus ^ | 11/24/15
    Mother Angelica, the Franciscan nun known for her zeal and feistiness in regards to spreading the faith is on a feeding tube and her overall health is declining according to the Our Lady of the Angels Monastery Family Newsletter, see link below in the sources. Mother founded the Eternal World Television Network in 1981 which has helped millions around the world learn the faith and brought many more back to the Catholic Church. She has been a blessing for the Church despite being attacked by Cardinal Mahony and others who felt she overstepped her role as a religious nun.
  • The Not-so-Nice Origins and Meanings of the Word "Nice"

    11/25/2015 7:02:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 28 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Not-so-Nice Origins and Meanings of the Word "Nice" Msgr. Charles Pope • November 24, 2015 • Words can change meaning over time—sometimes dramatically. For example, "manufactured" originally meant "handmade" (manu (hand) + facere (make)). The word "decimate" used to mean "to reduce by a tenth" (decem = ten); now people usually use it mean "to wipe out completely." The list of examples could go on and on. Yes, words do change meaning over time.One word that has changed meaning dramatically over time is "nice." Today it is an overused word that usually means pleasant, kind, or easygoing. In our...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-25-15, OM, St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr

    11/24/2015 9:41:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 25, 2015 Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dn 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28 King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his lords,with whom he drank.Under the influence of the wine,he ordered the gold and silver vesselswhich Nebuchadnezzar, his father,had taken from the temple in Jerusalem,to be brought in so that the king, his lords,his wives and his entertainers might drink from them.When the gold and silver vesselstaken from the house of God in Jerusalem had been brought in,and while the king, his lords, his wives and his entertainerswere drinking wine from them,they...
  • Archbishop Ganswein Praises Cardinal Sarah for His Prophetic Witness

    11/24/2015 7:15:43 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 11/21/5 | Edward Pentin
    Cardinal Robert Sarah's boldness in proclaiming the Gospel and resisting the Zeitgeist is a prophetic witness reminiscent of a 5th century North African Pope who laid the foundations for healthy church-state relations, Archbishop George Ganswein has said. In a well-received speech in Rome Nov. 20 at the launch of the German edition of the book 'God or Nothing' - an interview with Cardinal Sarah by Nicolas Diat - the personal secretary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI compared the cardinal favorably to Pope Galasius I whom the Church, by coincidence, commemorated on Nov. 20. Gelasius' letter to the Emperor Anastasius I...
  • Pope Names First Catholic Bishop to Oversee Anglican Ordinariate

    11/24/2015 7:05:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 11/24/15 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Nov 24, 2015 / 07:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Steven Lopes, a Catholic priest from California, as the new bishop who will head the Anglican Ordinariate in the United States and Canada. Bishop-elect Lopes, 40, is originally from the Archdiocese of San Francisco in the United States, and currently serves as an official for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the FaithHe will be taking over for Msgr. Jeffrey N. Steenson, a former Episcopal bishop appointed by Benedict XVI in 2012 to shepherd the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. The Personal...
  • The Real History of the Crusades

    11/24/2015 6:42:11 PM PST · by Dr. Marten · 19 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 03/19/2011 | Thomas F. Madden
    Many historians had been trying for some time to set the record straight on the Crusades—misconceptions are all too common. For them, current interest is an opportunity to explain the Crusades while people are actually listening. With the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia we call the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of all places), poring over musty chronicles and writing dull yet meticulous studies that few will read. Imagine, then, my surprise when within days...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Bill Donohue vs. Michael Voris

    11/24/2015 3:22:45 PM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Sancte Pater ^ | 11/24/15 | Vicenzo
    From Bill Donohue at the Catholic League followed by Michael Voris' response: Bill Donohue addresses recent attacks on Cardinal Donald Wuerl: The crazies on the Catholic right have set their sights on Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington. Why? Because he is close to Pope Francis, and they hate the pope. The attacks are coming from The Church Militant, a loose gang of angry right-wingers who specialize in character assassination, and American Spectator hater George Neumayr. Three recent hit pieces by Church Militant author Christine Niles set the agenda. She says “today’s archbishop of Washington owns a penthouse in a...
  • Fr. Miscamble Can't Tell Students How to Get a Catholic Education at Notre Dame

    11/24/2015 2:50:51 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 11/22/15 | Matthew Archbold
    Earlier this month, the great Sycamore Trust created a website called NDCatholic.com which would assist Notre Dame students in finding those professors and courses on campus that could be counted on to deliver an "authentic Catholic education." Great idea, right? On top of that, they had the great Fr. Wilson D. Miscamble, C.S.C., making his very well informed recommendations to students on the website. Great idea, right? In fact, so many students thought it was a great idea that the website reportedly crashed on the first day. Well, it seems to me the university's administration didn't like the idea. The...
  • Papal Dressing Down of the German Bishops: German Church Not the Most Progressive, But...

    11/24/2015 2:50:44 PM PST · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Rome) In the Catholic Church there is a conflict over the demand to give Communion to the divorced and remarried.There is also uncertainty about what Pope Francis will present in his Post-Synodal Exhortation.According to the published opinion of the secular media the "German group" has prevailed at the Synod of Bishops last October, led by Cardinal Walter Kasper.In theirad limina- Visit of November 20 Pope Francis, however, told the German bishops, however, that their church was not "the most advanced, but the most desolate," as the Vatican expert Sandro Magister reports. The German bishops, received a stern dressing down by...
  • Whence Comes the Special Resistance to Christ? A Meditation on a Teaching from Joseph Sobran

    11/24/2015 7:45:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-23-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Whence Comes the Special Resistance to Christ? A Meditation on a Teaching from Joseph Sobran Msgr. Charles Pope • November 23, 2015 • I have started reading through a recently published book called Subtracting Christianity: Essays on American Culture and Society. It is an anthology of the writings of Joseph Sobran (1946-2010), long-time editor at National Review and a keen observer of culture and its intersection with faith. I recommend it highly, for its penetrating observations and its sober portrait of what happens when we remove Christianity from our culture, the same Christianity that was fundamental in our making.I'd like...
  • THE WARFARE OF WORSHIP [Charismatic Caucus]

    11/24/2015 7:23:31 AM PST · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    bible, the joshua chronicles ^ | bible,Holy Spirit
    Jursidiction is when My Spirit overwhelms the rulers,thrones and principalities with the heavenlies and you shall always find this in worship and praise for it causes an immediate setback and hedge of Holy Fire for My Seraphim guard My Glory and such is the worship of My Children to their KING ! Job 1:6-10 6 Now there was a day when the sons (the angels) of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan (the adversary and accuser) also came among them. 7 And the Lord said to Satan, From where did you come? Then Satan answered the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-24-15, M, Andrew Dung Lac, Priest/Companions, Martyrs

    11/23/2015 11:43:00 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 24, 2015 Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs Reading 1 Dn 2:31-45 Daniel said to Nebuchadnezzar:"In your vision, O king, you saw a statue,very large and exceedingly bright,terrifying in appearance as it stood before you.The head of the statue was pure gold,its chest and arms were silver,its belly and thighs bronze, the legs iron,its feet partly iron and partly tile.While you looked at the statue,a stone which was hewn from a mountainwithout a hand being put to it,struck its iron and tile feet, breaking them in pieces.The iron, tile, bronze, silver, and gold all...
  • Over 200 Consecrated Hosts Stolen, Desecrated in Spain Art Exhibit

    11/23/2015 6:36:26 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Madrid, Spain, Nov 23, 2015 / 04:40 pm (CNA).- Critics of Pamplona's city council say it deliberately attacked Catholics and broke Spanish law by using city property to display a sacrilegious art exhibit with more than 240 stolen consecrated Hosts. The Spanish artist Abel Azcona stole more than 240 consecrated Hosts by pretending to receive Holy Communion at Mass. He then placed the hosts on the ground to form the word "Pederasty" in Spanish. Photos of the theft of the Hosts and their placement on the ground are shown in a public art gallery in Pamplona. The city council there...
  • Satan Worshippers Attack Christian Pastor, Beat Him Over The Head And Light His Whole Body...

    11/23/2015 6:34:24 PM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 11/23/15 | Theodore Shoebat
    The most dangerous place in the Western world to be a pastor is Mexico. Violence towards priests has increased by 400% in Mexico, since Nieto became president, and the violence is only getting more and more severe, worse than Iraq even. Another priest was murdered just a few days ago.Fr. Erastus Pliego de Jesus, pastor of St. Mary of the Nativity in the small town of Cuyuaco was martyred. The savage pagans hit him in the head and burned his body. He went missing for some days and his corpse was discovered in the countryside surrounding the site of the kidnapping....
  • France’s Catholic Revolution

    11/23/2015 3:04:13 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 23, 2015 | Samuel Gregg
    A boy stands with cross outside Sacre Coeur basilica in Paris April 3. Catholic churches in France have been placed under police protection and urged to take extra security measures against possible Islamist attacks before the Aug. 15 feast of the Assumption. (CNS photo/Etienne Laurent, EPA) When many think about France and religion today, the images that usually come to mind are those of a highly secular society with a growing Islamic presence: a combination of widespread indifferentism, epicurean Voltairans, persistent anti-Semitism, increasingly radicalized Muslims, and now jihadist-inspired and organized terrorism. But now even some secular French journalists have...
  • Will the Poor Really Always Be With Us?

    11/23/2015 2:27:02 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 23, 2015 | REV. JAMES V. SCHALL, S.J.
    “Those who want to eradicate poverty make the Son of God a liar. They are mistaken and lying.”  ∼ Robert Cardinal Sarah“The economic problem … has been solved already: we know how to provide enough and do not require any hostile, inhuman, aggressive technologies to do so. There is no economic problem and, in a sense, there never has been.”  ∼ E. F. SchumacherI.In Chapter 19 of Luke, we have the account of one Zacchaeus, a wealthy tax-collector in Jericho. As he seems to have been short in stature, he climbs a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus who was...
  • TRUE VIRTUE [charismatic Caucus]

    11/23/2015 7:44:25 AM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles,Bible ^ | 11-23-15 | Holy Spirit,Bible
    My opportunities come with decisions made from a righteous mindset and it is only as one decides to walk in Virtue NOT Guile that heavens open and the Highway of Holiness is then revealed before your very eyes as Stephen ~ ~ ~ Acts 6:8-15 8 Now Stephen, full of grace (divine blessing and favor) and power (strength and ability) worked great wonders and signs (miracles) among the people. 9 However, some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (freed Jewish slaves), as it was called, and [of the synagogues] of the Cyrenians and of the Alexandrians...
  • Advent Is a Drama of Light and Darkness – Pondering a Season Soon to Come Upon Us

    11/23/2015 7:44:56 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Advent Is a Drama of Light and Darkness – Pondering a Season Soon to Come Upon Us Msgr. Charles Pope • November 22, 2015 • The Feast of Christ the King (celebrated yesterday) signals the end of the liturgical year. This coming Sunday marks the beginning of Advent and a new liturgical year. Perhaps then we do well to prepare by taking a look ahead just past Thanksgiving.Many people think of Advent merely as being "pre-Christmas" time: office parties, shopping, decorating, and baking. But in the Church, Advent is more a penitential period, a time of preparation for both the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-23-15, OM, St. Clement I, St. Columban, Bl. Miguel Pro

    11/22/2015 8:08:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 51 replies
    USCCb.org/RNAB ^ | 11-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 23, 2015 Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dn 1:1-6, 8-20 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim, king of Judah,King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon cameand laid siege to Jerusalem.The Lord handed over to him Jehoiakim, king of Judah,and some of the vessels of the temple of God;he carried them off to the land of Shinar,and placed the vessels in the temple treasury of his god. The king told Ashpenaz, his chief chamberlain,to bring in some of the children of Israel of royal bloodand of the nobility, young men without any defect,handsome, intelligent and...
  • U.S. Bishops Clash as Pope Francis Appointees Push to Downplay Battle for Life and Family

    11/22/2015 10:41:45 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | 11/20/15 | LifeSiteNews/ Lisa Bourne and Patrick B. Craine
    BALTIMORE, Maryland, November 20, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - A group of Pope Francis' episcopal appointees and other like-minded prelates provoked an open clash at the American Catholic bishops' fall meeting in Baltimore this week as they pressed the conference to rewrite its election guide for 2016 to downplay the importance of the battle for life and family. Ahead of a vote on a revision to the bishops' Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, Bishop Robert McElroy made a pointed argument that the document was out of step with Pope Francis' priorities - specifically, by putting too much emphasis on abortion and euthanasia,...
  • Is Christ Really Your King? A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King

    11/22/2015 7:34:39 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is Christ Really Your King? A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King Is Christ Really Your King? A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King Msgr. Charles Pope • November 21, 2015 • On the feast of Christ the King, we are called to acknowledge that Jesus is in fact our King. It is one thing to say that He is our King because the song in Church says that, or the preacher says that, or the Bible says that (yes, faith does come by hearing). But it is quite another for us to personally say that...
  • Controversy Over Voting Doc Shows Divisions Among US Bishops

    11/22/2015 6:25:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Baltimore, Md., Nov 20, 2015 / 03:30 am (CNA).- At their annual fall meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops voted to issue a new introductory note and make limited revisions to their quadrennial statement on political responsibility. But while the vote was overwhelmingly in favor, it was not without controversy. The 2007 voting guide, "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship," was among the subjects discussed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this past week. Previously, the bishops had directed a working committee to make limited revisions to the document in order to reflect the magisterium of both the latter part...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-22-15, SOL, Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

    11/21/2015 7:02:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-22-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 22, 2015 The Solemnity Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Reading 1 Dn 7:13-14 As the visions during the night continued, I sawone like a Son of man coming,on the clouds of heaven;when he reached the Ancient Oneand was presented before him,the one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.His dominion is an everlasting dominionthat shall not be taken away,his kingship shall not be destroyed. Responsorial Psalm Ps 93:1, 1-2, 5 R. (1a) The LORD is king; he is robed in majesty.The LORD is king, in splendor...
  • Islamic Refugee Crisis: Good Samaritan or Maccabean Response? Or both

    11/21/2015 3:08:04 PM PST · by SweetAkitoRose · 8 replies
    blog ^ | November 20, 2015 | Dr. Taylor Marshall
    This article is politically incorrect and says things that might shock you. Please read the entire article until the very last two paragraphs before making a judgment or writing incendiary comments. This might be one of the clearest things you’ve read on the topic, because it draws on virtue ethics of Thomas Aquinas – something generally ignored in our day and age. – Godspeed, Taylor Marshall
  • Archbp Chaput: European Churches that Give Communion to 'Remarried' are Violating Catholic Teaching

    11/21/2015 11:25:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/20/15 | John-Henry Westen
    PHILADELPHIA, November 20, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has definitively called out his brother bishops in Europe who have allowed Communion for remarried divorcees, saying they have "departed from authentic Catholic teaching." His remarks come in a lengthy essay on mercy published in the December issue of First Things. The Church, he says, "cannot be merciful without being truthful," and a pastoral approach which ignores that we are called to conversion, "out of a thinly veiled pastoral despair and accommodationism will result in less faith, not more." Indeed, continues Chaput, "this is what we see happening in Europe,...
  • Neurotic Priests Scare Me, Says Pope

    11/21/2015 11:16:03 AM PST · by marshmallow · 57 replies
    Global Post ^ | 11/20/15 | AFP
    Pope Francis on Friday described some Catholic priests as so scary and neurotic he keeps well away from them. In comments that had his audience chuckling at a conference on training for the priesthood, the 78-year-old pontiff revealed he is instinctively suspicious of overly pious candidates. "I will tell you sincerely, I'm scared of rigid priests," he said. "I keep away from them. They bite!" Francis resorted to humor to make a serious point that some people who are drawn to a clerical career are fundamentally unstable - and that inevitably creates problems for the church if they are not...