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  • Catholic Word of the Day: FATHERS OF THE DESERT, 03-30-15

    03/30/2015 9:21:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-30-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:FATHERS OF THE DESERTThe hermits and monks of the early Church who developed religious life from its Gospel origins and laid the groundwork for all future institutes of Christian perfection. Since most of them lived in the deserts of Egypt, from the third through the fourth centuries, they are called Desert Fathers. The standard collection of the lives of these Fathers is in ten volumes and contains the biographies of Sts. Paul, Anthony, and Hilarion, and of the women religious Sts. Eugenie, Euphrasia, Euphrosyne, Mary the Egyptian, and many others. All items in this dictionary...
  • Spend This Week With Jesus A Daily Chronology of Jesus Last Week

    03/30/2015 7:45:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-29-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Spend This Week With Jesus – A Daily Chronology of Jesus’ “Last” Week By: Msgr. Charles PopeAt the heart of our faith is the Paschal mystery: the Passion, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. All of salvation history leads up to and goes forth from these saving events. The purpose of this post is to describe Jesus’ final week. We call this “Holy Week” because Jesus’ public ministry culminates with His suffering, death, and resurrection. What follows is a brief description of each day of Holy Week. I hope you will print out this flyer (Walking-with-Jesus-In-Holy-Week) and read it...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-30-15

    03/29/2015 7:38:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-30-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 30, 2015Monday of Holy Week    Reading 1 Is 42:1-7 Here is my servant whom I uphold,my chosen one with whom I am pleased,Upon whom I have put my Spirit;he shall bring forth justice to the nations,Not crying out, not shouting,not making his voice heard in the street.A bruised reed he shall not break,and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,Until he establishes justice on the earth;the coastlands will wait for his teaching. Thus says God, the LORD,who created the heavens and stretched them out,who spreads out the earth with its crops,Who gives breath to its peopleand spirit...
  • How Parents are Stealing the Gift of the Mass from their Children

    03/27/2015 2:55:12 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 18 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 3/27/15 | Father Anthony Gerber
    A parish priest on the troubling news he's learned from kids in the confessional The Need for Questions in Lent Lent is a penitential season, a time of purification and of clarification: of being purified of our sins and of clarifying the roots of what has been keeping us from God in the first place. Purification and clarification can come about through the typical Lenten observances: prayer, almsgiving, and fasting. Fasting, for example, not only acts as an immediate purification of something (ie, a thing is taken away), but it can also clarify in that, as we are feeling the...
  • Will you be celebrating Easter, as well as celebrating the Assumption of Mary into heaven bodily?

    03/28/2015 12:18:26 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 156 replies
    3/28/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    On Easter Day (April 5th, 2015), faithful Christians will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus bodily from death. Later on this year, faithful Christians will also (on August 15th, 2015) celebrate the resurrection of Mary the mother of Jesus (before her body could see decay) and her Assumption into heaven. With the shows on CNN (Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact and Forgery) and O'Reilly's book, "Killing Jesus" on television (both this Sunday), there seems to be an uptick in the interest on the life of Jesus, the Apostles and early followers of Jesus - as well as Mary's role, too.
  • A Modern Translation [Beatitudes for modernists]

    03/29/2015 11:34:53 AM PDT · by rhema · 2 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 3/26/15 | Anthony Esolen
    The Church, Ive been hearing, has to change, if she is going to have any leverage with men and women of our time. What that means, of course, is that they would like a sexual permission slip. Its the only thing they care about. Whats it to them, after all, if the Church does not change her teachings, even if she could? They dont obey them anyway. But perhaps they are setting their revisionary sights too low. Why change the Bride of Christ, when you might as well go for Christ Himself? Why trick out the bride in lingerie from...
  • On taking John 6 literally

    03/29/2015 5:59:11 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 92 replies
    triablogue ^ | October 16, 2005 | Steve
    On taking John 6 literally Roman Catholics claim to take Jn 6 literally, unlike the Baptists. But what exactly does it mean to take Jn 6 literally, and who is more literal, the Catholic or the Baptist? 1.Here is what I take a literal interpretation of Jn 6 to mean. Some time around the year AD 30 or so, Jesus performed three nature miracles (the multiplication of food, walking on water, stilling the storm) situated on or about (the E. shore of) the Sea of Galilee. The next day, in a synagogue located in Capernaum, on the NW shore...
  • See What the End Shall Be -- A Palm Sunday Reflection

    03/29/2015 7:22:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    See What the End Shall Be – A Palm Sunday Reflection By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Passion which we read in today’s liturgy is too long to comment on in detail. We are only able to take a portion and examine it.The usual villains such as the Temple leaders, Judas, and the recruited crowd, which shouted “Crucify him!” are fairly obvious in displaying their sinfulness and are unambiguously wicked. But there are others who participate in the Passion accounts whose sinfulness, struggles and neglect are more subtle, but still real and contribute significantly to the Lord’s sufferings on Good Friday....
  • Four reasons why the Bread of Life Discourse cannot be a metaphor

    03/28/2015 7:24:04 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 101 replies
    http://newtheologicalmovement.blogspot.com ^ | June 25, 2011 | Father Ryan Erlenbush
    Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, John 6:51-58 I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world. [] Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life. [] Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Most, though not all, Protestants wiggle and fidget as they come to the Bread of Life Discourse in the sixth chapter of the Gospel according to St....
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-29-15, Palm Sunday of the Lords Passion

    03/28/2015 7:12:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 63 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-29-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 29, 2015Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion    At the Procession with Palms - Gospel Mk 11:1-10 When Jesus and his disciples drew near to Jerusalem,to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village opposite you,and immediately on entering it, you will find a colt tethered on which no one has ever sat.Untie it and bring it here.If anyone should say to you,‘Why are you doing this?’ reply,‘The Master has need of itand will send it back here at once.’”So they went off and found...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Spiritual Works of Mercy, Pray for the Living and the Dead

    03/28/2015 5:44:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    markshea.com ^ | 2010 | Mark P. Shea
    Pray for the Living and the DeadOne of the sillier things one sometimes hears about the Catholic Church is communicated in jokes like the one about the guy who gets to the Pearly Gates and is ushered inside by St. Peter. As Pete’s showing him around the Elysian Fields, they pass by a little gothic structure and hear voices inside praying in Latin.“Shh!” says Peter, and leads the new arrival tiptoe past the little building.Once out of earshot, the new arrival turns to Peter and says, “What’s up with those guys?”Peter says, “Those are the Catholics. They think they’re...
  • WAY OF THE CROSS LED BY HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS (Prayer and Meditation)

    03/28/2015 5:22:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Vatican.va ^ | ROME, 3 APRIL 2015 | LED BY HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
    GOOD FRIDAYPASSION OF THE LORDWAY OF THE CROSS LED BY HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCISCOLOSSEUMROME, 3 APRIL 2015THE CROSS,RADIANT CULMINATIONOF GOD’S PROTECTIVE LOVE We too are called, in love, to be protectorsMEDITATIONSby H.E. Msgr. Renato CortiEmeritus Bishop of Novara [English, French, Italian, Portuguese] INTRODUCTIONIt was 19 March 2013. Pope Francis had been elected just a few days before. He preached on Saint Joseph, the “protector” of Mary and Jesus[1], as a model of discretion, humility, silence, abiding presence and complete fidelity.The present Way of the Cross will make constant reference to the gift of our being “protected” by God’s love, particularly...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BETHANY, 03-28-15

    03/28/2015 9:44:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-28-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:BETHANYBeyond Mount Olivet, about one mile southeast of where Christ ascended into heaven, on the side of a nearby hill, is the traditional house where Martha and Mary lived with Lazarus, and where Christ raised Lazarus from the dead. In the fourth century a crypt-chapel marked Lazarus' tomb. The original Bethany was destroyed by the Romans under Titus (A.D. 39-81) and never rebuilt. Monasteries, early Christian churches, and fairly modern shrines were built nearby, but today all are in a ruined condition. In 1187 Bethany was claimed by the Moslems, who forbade Christians to enter...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-28-15

    03/27/2015 9:03:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 28, 2015Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Ez 37:21-28 Thus says the Lord GOD:I will take the children of Israel from among the nationsto which they have come,and gather them from all sides to bring them back to their land.I will make them one nation upon the land,in the mountains of Israel,and there shall be one prince for them all. Never again shall they be two nations,and never again shall they be divided into two kingdoms. No longer shall they defile themselves with their idols,their abominations, and all their transgressions. I will deliver them...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015 Spiritual Works of Mercy, Bear Wrongs Patiently

    03/27/2015 8:04:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | July 13, 2010 | Mark Shea
    Bear Wrongs Patiently by Mark Shea - July 13, 2010Reprinted with permission from our good friends at InsideCatholic.com, the leading online journal of Catholic faith, culture, and politics.Me assuming the task of writing about "bearing wrongs patiently" is like asking the Incredible Hulk for anger management counseling or seeking out Britney Spears for tips on marriage and child-rearing. I don't bear wrongs very patiently. Why should I? Those people are wrong! They need to be set right! I'm only doing my Christian duty of admonishing the sinner when I inform that jerk that he's a jerk. I'm not indulging...
  • Mary 'Mother of God'=Church 'Mother of Holy Spirit?'(Are we not god-bearers-'theotokos'-too?[Vanity]

    03/27/2015 2:04:10 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 21 replies
    Colofornian | March 27, 2015 | Colofornian
    It's past time to unpack an old Greek word: 'Theotokos' Here, you'll "catch" the English translation of it among the italicized words below: A Freeper put it rather logically on a recent thread...and something, btw, historically verifiable within the history of the church: Jesus is God incarnate.Mary is Jesus mother.Ergo, Mary is the Mother of God. The history behind 'Mother of God'"In the fourth century a bishop of Constantinople named Nestorious...wanted to call Mary only 'Mother of Christ'; he feared that the title 'Mother of God' would confuse the divine and human aspects of Jesus. The church in the East...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NECROMANCY, 03-27-15

    03/27/2015 8:43:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-27-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:NECROMANCYThe art of divining the future through alleged communication with the dead. It was mentioned in the Bible and found in every ancient nation. It was forbidden by Mosaic law in any form, whether as alchemy, magic, or witchcraft. It is also forbidden by the Church. One reason is that the practice lends itself to dependence on the evil spirits who can pretend to foretell the future, but only to deceive and mislead the practitioners. In modern times it is called spiritism or spiritualism. (Etym. Greek nekros, corpse + manteia, divination; Latin necromantia. All items...
  • On the Lost Justice of the Sabbath Rest

    03/27/2015 7:34:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Lost Justice of the “Sabbath Rest” By: Msgr. Charles PopeSome of us who are older remember that Sundays were once quiet in downtown; in shopping areas, parking lots were empty. Most businesses were closed and few people had to work on Sundays. Surely there were exceptions, such as medical personnel, emergency workers, and those who ran essential services like power plants. But for most, Sunday was a day off. And although the biblical Sabbath was Saturday, in a largely Christian nation Sunday was the “Sabbath” day of rest.In those days, Church was in the morning and then it was...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-27-15

    03/26/2015 7:38:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 27, 2015Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Jer 20:10-13 I hear the whisperings of many:“Terror on every side!Denounce! let us denounce him!”All those who were my friendsare on the watch for any misstep of mine.“Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,and take our vengeance on him.”But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion:my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.In their failure they will be put to utter shame,to lasting, unforgettable confusion.O LORD of hosts, you who test the just,who probe mind and heart,Let me witness the vengeance you take...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Spiritual Works of Mercy, Forgive Offenses Willingly

    03/26/2015 5:37:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CrisisMagazine.com ^ | 2012 | Mark P. Shea
    Forgive Offenses Willingly Mark P. SheaThe forgiveness of sins, said the Fathers of the Church, is a greater miracle than the creation of the universe. That seems exaggerated, when considered from our perspective. A Catholic does something he feels ashamed of, hies himself to Confession, goes in the little room with the priest, and comes out a few minutes later. Sometimes he stops for a quick penance prayer in the pew. Sometimes he’s off like a shot to his next Saturday afternoon appointment. To the naked eye, it’s hard to see something akin to God hurling the Andromeda Galaxy...
  • Fathers and Daughters Is This a Missing Key to Modesty Today?

    03/26/2015 8:25:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 55 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Fathers and Daughters – Is This a Missing Key to Modesty Today? By: Msgr. Charles PopeWe often speak today of the terrible toll that fatherless homes have on young boys. And this is true. Without a reasonably good (even though not sinless) model of manhood and responsibility, many boys lose their way. Fathers also play a large role in disciplining boys, especially as they grow older and become  stronger than their mothers.But missing fathers also bring forth terrible effects on many girls. Women, even young girls, certainly do seek and desire the love and appreciation of men and have...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-26-15

    03/25/2015 8:31:15 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 26, 2015Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Gn 17:3-9 When Abram prostrated himself, God spoke to him:“My covenant with you is this:you are to become the father of a host of nations.No longer shall you be called Abram;your name shall be Abraham,for I am making you the father of a host of nations.I will render you exceedingly fertile;I will make nations of you;kings shall stem from you.I will maintain my covenant with youand your descendants after youthroughout the ages as an everlasting pact,to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.I...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EFFICIENT CAUSE, 03-25-15

    03/25/2015 9:44:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:EFFICIENT CAUSE An agent in the production of any effect. It is that which, by its activity or exercise of power, produces existence or change in another. See Also: FINAL CAUSE, See Also: FIRST CAUSE, See Also: FORMAL CAUSE, See Also: FREE CAUSE, See Also: MATERIAL CAUSE, See Also: MORAL CAUSE, See Also: NECESSARY CAUSE, See Also: SECONDARY CAUSE, See Also: CAUSEAll items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • University of Scranton stands tall and says No! to abortion coverage for its employees

    03/25/2015 6:59:10 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 16 replies
    Coach Is Right ^ | March 25, 2015 | Derrick Hollenbeck
    In a very encouraging turn of events, the Jesuit run University of Scranton has announced it will no longer pay for abortion coverage for its employees. The schools President Father Kevin P. Quinn S.J. made his announcement in a statement issued on February 10th in which he said that it [abortion] is inconsistent with the moral teachings of the Church. . [Because] The University is self-insured we can, and therefore must, offer insurance plans that are free of all abortion coverage. Like clockwork, the numbingly predictable protests from Planned Parenthood and Concerned Clergy for Choice appeared to show their ardent...
  • I support Patricia Jannuzzi's right to express her Catholic mind without fear of retribution

    03/25/2015 8:35:47 AM PDT · by Tefilo · 90 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 25 Mar 2015 | Tefilo de Jess (@vivificat)
    Teacher Patricia Jannuzi Brethren, Peace be with you. As you may know from numerous media reports, Patricia Jannuzzi is a (suspended) teacher at a Catholic high school in New Jersey. According to Aleteia.org, Jannuzzi, a teacher at Immaculata High School in Somerville, was suspended with pay and benefits two weeks ago. Her bishop, Paul Bootkoski of the diocese of Metuchen, wrote that Jannuzzis now-deleted Facebook post was disturbing and do not reflect the churchs teachings of acceptance. Placing private-school teachers on administrative leave is a common form of punishment that school district officials use to fire the employees, according...
  • Feast of the Enunciation? [Christian Churches Celebrate 'Feast of The Enunciation' on March 25th]

    03/25/2015 7:26:59 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    WWN, by way of The Waffling Anglican ^ | November 28, 2006 | Mike The Greek
    I miss the Weekly World News! It stands headand-shoulders above the rest of the tabloids for sheer exuberance and hilarity. Other tabloids waste their time and efforts on Brangelina and Brittany Spears stories, while WWW sticks with the straight "news" of alien cab drivers and three-headed chihuahuas. At various times, I have purchased subscriptions to WWW for my old lab boss, so it would come proudly addressed to his faculty mail box, and for one of the Major Consulting Firm partners so it would be delivered in his name to the front desk at the office. Rediscovered last spring on...
  • [Catholic Caucus] A Woman Wrapped in Silence A Meditation for the Feast of the Annunciation

    03/25/2015 7:08:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Woman Wrapped in Silence – A Meditation for the Feast of the Annunciation By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn preparation for today’s Feast of the Annunciation I picked up Jesus of Nazareth, Vol. 3 (The Infancy Narratives)  by Pope Emeritus Benedict. I was very moved by a very brief reflection that he made on Mary as the Angel Gabriel left her. His remarks consider her faith in a very touching manner. I must say that I have always been moved, and intrigued, by the faith of the Blessed Mother, for she is “a woman wrapped in silence,” a phrase that forms the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-25-15, SOL, The Annunciation of the Lord

    03/24/2015 7:55:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 25, 2015Solemnity 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 Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Spiritual Works of Mercy, Comfort the Afflicted (Sorrowful)

    03/24/2015 6:11:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | July 27, 2010 | Mark Shea
    Comfort the Afflicted by Mark Shea - July 27, 2010Reprinted with permission from our good friends at InsideCatholic.com, the leading online journal of Catholic faith, culture, and politics.Last week, I had an earache. You nod briefly. Okay. Duly noted. Earache. Can we get on to the article?I reply, "You don't get it. Last week, I had an earache." I don't mean, "Little twingy pain, like a headache or a sore toe." I mean, "Worst and most excruciating pain I have felt in three decades." Up there with the Great Wisdom Tooth Agony of '78. Worse than the Line Drive...
  • A 'spiritual oasis' Southern Arabian cathedral celebrates 50 years

    03/24/2015 12:02:55 PM PDT · by iowamark · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/24/2015 | Antonio Anup Gonsalves
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - The Vicariate Apostolic of Southern Arabia, which serves the more than 2 million Catholics in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Yemen, last week celebrated the 50th anniversary of its cathedral parish. On March 19, Bishop Paul Hinder, Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia, said a Mass of thanksgiving to mark the anniversary of the founding of St. Joseph's Cathedral, located in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. St. Joseph's is the oldest Catholic church in the emirates. Bishop Hinder was joined by more than 30 priests, nuns, and over 5,000 laity for...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: KULTURKAMPF, 03-24-15

    03/24/2015 8:55:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-24-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:KULTURKAMPFA movement in Prussia, Bavaria, Hesse, and Baden to make the Catholic Church subject to the state and independent of Rome. Professor Rudolf Virchow (1821-1902), the liberal scientist who named it, called it a struggle for civilization. Bismarck and Falk, the political leaders, were actively supported by the Church's enemies in and out of the German Parliament. Their aim was to destroy papal influence and build up a national church, strengthening Protestant power. Religious orders were forced by impossible laws to secularize their schools or leave the country. Clergy were fined or punished for practicing...
  • Some Strategies for Overcoming Temptation

    03/24/2015 7:41:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-23-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some Strategies for Overcoming Temptation By: Msgr. Charles PopeThis is part two of an article on temptation. See yesterday’s post for part one.How can we overcome temptation?Remote Battles are Essential! When people ask about overcoming temptation they most often have in mind what to do “in the moment” of temptation. But if we focus merely on the moment of temptation we are missing the bulk of the work that needs to be done. For in order to become more successful in withstanding temptation, a strong foundation needs to be established. There is much “remote” work to be done such...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Spiritual Works of Mercy, Admonish the Sinner

    03/23/2015 7:09:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | July 6, 2010 | Mark Shea
    Admonish the Sinner by Mark Shea - July 6, 2010Reprinted with permission from our good friends at InsideCatholic.com, the leading online journal of Catholic faith, culture, and politics.Of all the works of mercy, probably the most thankless and despised is admonishing the sinner. Nobody wants to do it (except human toothaches and people who never get invited to parties), and nobody wants it done to them."Repent!" is one of those words that eats at the heart of all but the most egotistical jerk. "Who the hell are you, you great hypocritical gasbag, to go all John the Baptist on...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-24-15

    03/23/2015 7:00:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 24, 2015Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Nm 21:4-9 From Mount Hor the children of Israel set out on the Red Sea road,to bypass the land of Edom.But with their patience worn out by the journey,the people complained against God and Moses,“Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,where there is no food or water?We are disgusted with this wretched food!” In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents,which bit the people so that many of them died.Then the people came to Moses and said,“We have sinned...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: RELATIVISM, 03-23-15

    03/23/2015 9:07:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-23-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:REALTIVISMIn philosophy, the view that there is no absolute truth or certitude. It is claimed that truth depends entirely on variable factors such as person, place, time, and circumstances. Moral relativism holds that there are no unchangeable principles of human behavior, either because all truth is relative or becaue there are no inherently evil actins, sicne everything depends on other factors, such as customs, conventions, or social approval. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What Is Temptation, Why Does God Permit It, and What Are Its Sources?

    03/23/2015 8:03:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Is Temptation, Why Does God Permit It, and What Are Its Sources? By: Msgr. Charles PopeI will be on the Catholic Answers radio show today (Monday, March 23) at 6:00PM Eastern Time. The topic will be temptation: what it isand how to avoid and overcomeit.Ive assembled some notes in preparation and Ill present them (in two parts) in the blog. Todays post focuses on what temptation is, whyGod allowsit, and what its sources are. Tomorrow Ill present the second half of the notes, which centeron how to avoid and overcome temptation.What is Temptation? A seminary teacher of mineoncedefined...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-23-15, OM, St. Turibius of Mogrovejo, Bishop

    03/22/2015 7:46:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 23, 2015Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 In Babylon there lived a man named Joakim,who married a very beautiful and God-fearing woman, Susanna,the daughter of Hilkiah;her pious parents had trained their daughteraccording to the law of Moses.Joakim was very rich;he had a garden near his house,and the Jews had recourse to him oftenbecause he was the most respected of them all. That year, two elders of the people were appointed judges,of whom the Lord said, “Wickedness has come out of Babylon:from the elders who were to govern the people...
  • Richard III returns to Bosworth Field for final time

    03/22/2015 11:44:34 AM PDT · by Prospero · 49 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/22/2015 | Sarah Knapton
    The last time Richard III was at Bosworth Field the outcome proved less than satisfactory for the King. The battle, which was the last significant skirmish in the War of the Roses, saw Richard not only lose the English throne but also his life.
  • The Cross Always Wins -- A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent

    03/22/2015 7:52:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Cross Always Wins – A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Gospel today is, to the world and those who are perishing, utter madness, utter foolishness. For Christ, in effect, declares that dying (to this world) is the only way to true life. While the world’s so-called wisdom declares to us that the way to life is power, prestige, possessions, and popularity, Jesus says we should die to all that in order to find true life.The word “paradox” refers to something that is contrary to the usual way of thinking. And the true gospel...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-22-15, Fifth Sunday of Lent

    03/21/2015 6:29:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 57 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-22-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 22, 2015Fifth Sunday of Lent    Reading 1 Jer 31:31-34 The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathersthe day I took them by the hand to lead them forth from the land of Egypt; for they broke my covenant, and I had to show myself their master, says the LORD.But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD.I will place...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Spiritual Works of Mercy, Instruct the Ignorant

    03/21/2015 9:01:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Catholicity.com ^ | June 22, 2010 | Mark Shea
    Instruct the Ignorant by Mark Shea - June 22, 2010Reprinted with permission from our good friends at InsideCatholic.com, the leading online journal of Catholic faith, culture, and politics.Back in 1971, when experiments in educational theory from pointy-headed intellectuals with no children were just starting to become all the rage, my fellow seventh graders and I were pulled out of what used to be called a "junior high" and packed off to a newly built experiment in education called Eisenhower Middle School. It was the latest thing: a school without walls where education would miraculously unfold, as the natural instinct...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-21-15

    03/20/2015 8:48:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-21-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 21, 2015Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Jer 11:18-20 I knew their plot because the LORD informed me;at that time you, O LORD, showed me their doings. Yet I, like a trusting lamb led to slaughter,had not realized that they were hatching plots against me:“Let us destroy the tree in its vigor;let us cut him off from the land of the living,so that his name will be spoken no more.” But, you, O LORD of hosts, O just Judge,searcher of mind and heart,Let me witness the vengeance you take on them,for to you I...
  • Catholic Caucus: Pope Francis declares Holy Year for Mercy

    03/20/2015 6:59:11 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies
    CNA ^ | Mar 13, 2015 | Elise Harris
    ome, Italy, Mar 13, 2015 / 10:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his homily for a Lenten penitential service, Pope Francis announced an extraordinary Jubilee to start at the end of the year, which will be dedicated to a theme close to the pontiffs heart: mercy. Dear brothers and sisters, I have thought about how the Church can make clear its mission of being a witness of mercy, the Pope told attendees of his March 13 penitential liturgy in St. Peters Basilica. It's a journey that starts with a spiritual conversion. For this reason I have decided to declare an Extraordinary...
  • Charade Dishonors Saint Patrick and Parade

    03/20/2015 6:12:21 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies
    HLI ^ | 03.17.15 | Fr. Peter West
    In Boston and New York, persons with same-sex inclinations representing gay activist groups aremarching openly for the first time in Saint Patricks Day parades after years of lobbying and court battles. In Boston, two LGBT groups have been invited to participate in the parade honoring Saint Patrick Out Vets and Boston Pride. In New York, Out@NBC-Universal will be allowed to march in the parade for the first time.These groups reject Catholic teaching on the immorality of homosexual acts and advocate for same-sex marriage. The Church is on the defensive, and Church leaders are concerned about appearing intolerant. Of course,...
  • Meet the Oriental Orthodox Christians and Their Controversial Christology

    03/19/2015 1:25:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Taylormarshall.com ^ | March 18, 2015 | Dr Taylor Marshall
    On planet earth there are about 70 million Orthodox Christians that are not in full communion with the Catholic Church (centered at Rome) or with the Eastern Orthodox (centered at Constantinople). These are the Oriental Orthodox Christians. They have all seven sacraments, revere the Mother of God and the saints, have a valid Eucharist, pray for the faithful departed, and have preserved a valid line of apostolic succession.Armenian Christians in the Miaphysite Tradition These Oriental Orthodox Christians do not accept the Council of Chalcedon in AD 451 which dogmatically defined that Christ is one divine Person with two natures (divine and human).Meet the...
  • Pope Francis: no crime ever deserves the death penalty

    03/20/2015 1:12:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 86 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 3/20/2015 | Vatican Radio
    Capital punishment is cruel, inhuman and an offense to the dignity of human life. In today's world, the death penalty is "inadmissible, however serious the crime" that has been committed. That was Pope Francis unequivocal message to members of the International Commission against the death penalty who met with him on Friday morning in the Vatican. Listen to Philippa Hitchens report: In a lengthy letter written in Spanish and addressed to the president of the International Commission against the death penalty, Pope Francis thanks those who work tirelessly for a universal moratorium, with the goal of abolishing the use of...
  • Sad. Former SSPX Bp. Williamson consecrates a bishop. Both now excommunicated (Catholic)

    03/20/2015 2:38:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 50 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 19, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Former SSPX Bp. Williamson consecrated another bishop. They both have incurred the late sententiae excommunication foreseen in Canon Law.The SSPX issued an official statement HERE: On March 19, 2015, Bishop Richard Williamson performed the episcopal consecration of Fr. Jean-Michel Faure at the Benedictine Monastery of the Holy Cross in Nova Friburgo, Brazil.Bishop Williamson and Fr. Faure have not been members of the Society of St. Pius X since 2012 and 2014, respectively, [NB] because of their violent criticisms of any relations with the Roman authorities. According to them, such contacts were incompatible with the apostolic work of Archbishop Lefebvre. [I suspect...
  • What I Wish Id Known About Catholics (And Why Im Becoming One Now That I Do)

    03/20/2015 9:46:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 239 replies
    The Cordial Catholic ^ | March 19, 2015 | Albert Little
    Photo Credit: Michael Caven. This Easter I become a Catholic.It’s been a strange, unexpected journey. Something I often think about, and reflect on, is what I would’ve thought of myself, today, if I’d met me ten years ago. What if, by some miracle of space and time, the twenty year old me was able to visit the thirty year old me, today. What would the younger me think?Becoming a Catholic is something I never could’ve imagined or envisioned.I became a Christian at the age of about fifteen. I found an incredible local Pentecostal church, and incredible youth group, and was welcomed...
  • A Protestant "comes out" (the effects of sola scriptura)

    03/20/2015 10:50:55 AM PDT · by NYer · 116 replies
    Little Catholic Bubble ^ | March 19, 2015 | Leila
    For the first ten or fifteen years after my reversion, my main apologetical interest was in debating and discussing with Protestants. These days, I rarely engage the Protestant/Catholic debate, and I focus more on the "culture wars" by debating secularists and atheists. Protestants are fellow Christians, our brothers and sisters in Christ, and the Church is very clear on that. However, every so often, I revisit the issues that divide Protestants and Catholics because Truth matters, and because the Church is a stronger witness to the world when we are undivided. At the Last Supper, hours before His death, Jesus prayed that his followers all be...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DE FIDE, 03-20-15

    03/20/2015 8:27:25 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-20-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:DE FIDEA term meaning "of Faith," used to identify those doctrines of the Church which are infallibly true. Their infallible certitude derives ultimately from divine revelation, but proximately from the fact that they have either been solemnly defined by the Church's magisterium or have been taught by her ordinary universal teaching authority as binding on the consciences of all the faithful. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.