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  • Catholic Word of the Day: GUNPOWDER PLOT, 02-28-15

    02/28/2015 11:19:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/dictionary/ ^ | 02-28-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:GUNPOWDER PLOT A conspiracy in English Reformation history, formed by Guy Fawkes and others, to blow up the English Parliament in London in 1605. Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators were discovered and put to death. an attempt was made to incriminate the Catholic Church by arresting the Jesuit priests Greenway and Garnett, to whom the conspirators made their last confession. But the priests kept the seal of confession. Henry Garnett was executed in 1606. One effect of the plot was the passage of new drastic measures of persecution against Catholics. All items in this dictionary are...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Theological Virtues, Faith

    02/28/2015 9:18:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CNA.com ^ | 2015 | CatholicNewsAgency
    Faith God's Truth in Our Souls  Perhaps you remember how back when we were discussing the Cardinal Virtues, the first on the list was Prudence, because it was the virtue of knowledge, and knowledge must always come before all other activities. You have to know what to do before you can do it. The same is true on the supernatural level: you have to have a supernatural perspective before you can live a supernatural life. That supernatural perspective is faith.  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Faith as Belief  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The notion of faith is hard to get a handle on initially, so to start out...
  • Triumph is Born of Struggle – An Important Truth, as Seen in a Movie Outtake

    02/28/2015 7:21:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-285-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Triumph is Born of Struggle – An Important Truth, as Seen in a Movie Outtake By: Msgr. Charles PopeSome years ago, the movie Bruce Almighty was near the top of the box office charts. Unfortunately, one of my favorite scenes was cut from the released version of the movie. I was only able to see it in the “deleted scenes and outtakes” section of the DVD version. Why they deleted the scene is unfathomable to me, since I think it really decodes the whole movie.The movie features a prideful man (Bruce) who has complaints about how God runs the universe....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-28-15

    02/27/2015 9:11:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 28, 2015Saturday of the First Week of Lent    Reading 1 Dt 26:16-19 Moses spoke to the people, saying:“This day the LORD, your God,commands you to observe these statutes and decrees.Be careful, then,to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.Today you are making this agreement with the LORD:he is to be your God and you are to walk in his waysand observe his statutes, commandments and decrees,and to hearken to his voice.And today the LORD is making this agreement with you:you are to be a people peculiarly his own, as he promised you;and provided...
  • Restaurant chain invites the pope (and you) to try its Lent menu

    02/27/2015 2:18:59 PM PST · by NYer · 28 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | February 21, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    How’s this for an unusual marketing gimmick: Red Robin is hoping to lure Catholics who are abstaining from meat during Lent by presenting its latest seafood menu — even inviting Pope Francis to lunch.And other fast food restaurants are jumping on the Lent wagon as well.Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc., based in Greenwood Village, Colorado, extended an invitation to the pope on Wednesday as it introduced its new “Wild Pacific” crab cake burger.The company released a statement “joyfully” extending an invitation to the pope to eat at Red Robin during the Lenten season.“If His Holiness accepts and visits any U.S. location between February 18 and...
  • The Two Shall Become One Flesh: Reclaiming Marriage by Evangelicals and Catholics Together

    02/27/2015 4:11:53 PM PST · by xzins · 32 replies
    In the Gospel of St. Mark, the Lord Jesus teaches that “from the beginning of creation ‘God made them male and female.’” He then declares a great and beautiful truth inscribed in creation: “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh” (Mark 10:6–8). For centuries, Christians have proclaimed these words at weddings, for they express the gift of marriage long recognized by all humanity and acknowledged by men and women of faith: Marriage is...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LAST BLESSING, 02-27-15

    02/27/2015 9:40:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 02-27-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:LAST BLESSING After the administration of the sacrament of anointing, the apostolic blessing that gives a plenary indulgence to the dying person. The priest says, "By the power of the Apostolic See has given me, I grant you a plenary indulgence and pardon for all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." To which the person, or the bystanders respond, "Amen." The indulgence is gained, not when the prayer is recited, but at the moment of death, i.e., in articulo mortis. All items in this dictionary...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: The Spiritual Works of Mercy

    02/27/2015 8:47:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    TheDivineMercy.org ^ | (Sep 8, 2009) | Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD
    By Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD (Sep 8, 2009)The following is part 11 of a 14-part series to help inspire parish cenacle and study groups who are looking for ways to make a difference in this troubled world. We invite you to view the entire series. Works of mercy can be directed not only toward the needs of the body, but the needs of the soul as well. Indeed, the most serious form of poverty of all can be the poverty of the spirit, not only because it drains life of all energy, joy, and sense of purpose, but also...
  • Down with the Struggle or Up with the Cross? A Word to Priests, Catechists, and Parents

    02/27/2015 7:49:26 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Down with the Struggle or Up with the Cross? A Word to Priests, Catechists, and Parents By: Msgr. Charles PopeSome forty years ago, the Venerable Bishop Fulton J. Sheen admonished the priests of his day with these words:We become real priests when we empty ourselves, and no longer seek our [own] identity, and where we are lifted up to the cross, not going "down to people" Too many of us today feel we have to be loved $B!D (J [thinking] the young will not love us unless we talk like them, eat like them, drink like them, clothe ourselves...
  • Bishops Praise Net Neutrality Ruling (Surprise .... Not!)

    02/27/2015 6:41:11 AM PST · by NYer · 65 replies
    Aleteia ^ | February 27, 2015 | MARK STRICHERZ
    WASHINGTON – For years, top Catholic bishops have argued for stronger federal oversight of the Internet superhighway. The alternative is intolerable, they said; big cable companies will force noncommercial religious speakers to pay more or assign them to slower lanes. On Thursday, the bishops saw their dream move one step closer to reality after the Federal Communications Commission voted for strict network neutrality or “open Internet” rules. Bishop John C. Wester, chairman of the communications committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), endorsed the FCC’s approval in a statement.  “From the inception of the Internet until the...
  • St. Gregory of Narek: Was the New Doctor of the Church a Catholic?

    02/26/2015 1:41:11 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 26, 2015 | Dr. R. Jared Staudt
    St. Gregory is the first Doctor of the Church to have lived outside direct communion with the Bishop of Rome. Left: Icon of St. Gregory of Narek Matenadaran, in Yerevan, Armenia. Right: The 10th century Armenian monastery of Narekavank (now destroyed), Lake Van, Vaspurakan (modern Turkey). (Photos: Wikipedia.org) On February 21, Pope Francis announced his decision to make St. Gregory of Narek (950-1003) a Doctor of the Church. Once again, Pope Francis has caught us off guard and now many people are scrambling to figure out who St. Gregory was and what the implications of the new honor bestowed upon...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-27-15

    02/26/2015 8:43:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 27, 2015Friday of the First Week of Lent    Reading 1 Ez 18:21-28 Thus says the Lord GOD:If the wicked man turns away from all the sins he committed, if he keeps all my statutes and does what is right and just,he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of the crimes he committed shall be remembered against him;he shall live because of the virtue he has practiced. Do I indeed derive any pleasure from the death of the wicked?says the Lord GOD. Do I not rather rejoice when he turns from his evil waythat he may...
  • Catholic school pulls out of Boston Saint Patrick’s Day Parade after gay group approved

    02/26/2015 8:29:38 PM PST · by massmike · 29 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 02/26/2015 | n/a
    Immaculate Heart of Mary School of Still River, MA has withdrawn its marching band and float of Saint Patrick from this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade after learning that a small homosexual activist group will be allowed to march while publicly identifying its homosexuality. The school is compelled by the teachings of the Catholic Church to pull out. According to the Principal, Brother Thomas Dalton, “Catholics are forbidden to sponsor or even participate in an event which openly promotes unnatural and immoral behavior. The Church will never accept nor condone same sex marriage and the homosexual life style.” For 25...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HABITUAL GRACE, 02-26-15

    02/26/2015 9:32:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 02-26-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:HABITUAL GRACE  Constant supernatural quality of the soul which sanctifies a person inherently and makes him or her just and pleasing to God. Also called sanctifying grace or justifying grace. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: The Corporal Works of Mercy

    02/26/2015 8:26:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    TheDivineMercy.org ^ | (Sep 7, 2009) | By Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD
    By Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD (Sep 7, 2009)The following is part 9 of a 14-part series to help inspire parish cenacle and study groups who are looking for ways to make a difference in this troubled world. We invite you to view the entire series. Let us now sum up the pattern of life to which our Lord is calling us. Centered on the Merciful Heart of Jesus, whose love is poured into our hearts especially through prayer and the Eucharist, we are to let His merciful love flow through our hearts toward anyone in need whom we meet...
  • Out of Pride and Into Humility: A Lenten Meditation on a Teaching by St. Bernard of Clairvaux

    02/26/2015 7:22:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-25-15 | Mssgr. Charles Pope
    Out of Pride and Into Humility: A Lenten Meditation on a Teaching by St. Bernard of Clairvaux By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn yesterday’s post, we considered the twelve steps of pride set forth by St. Bernard of Clairvaux. In escalating ways, the twelve steps draw us to an increasingly mountainous and enslaving pride.St. Bernard also enumerates the twelve steps to deeper humility (I am using the list from Vultus Dei HERE)  and it is these that we consider in today’s post. As with yesterday’s post, the list by St. Bernard is shown in red, but the commentary on each step is shown in...
  • How ISIS Plans to Sack Rome: E-Book Outlines Their Plans

    02/25/2015 7:08:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/25/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    An ISIS e-book on how to accomplish their caliphate goal of sacking Rome stresses enlisting “the Islamic State’s secret weapon = secret white converts” to take on Italy.Much of the book, “Black Flags from Rome,” is dedicated to laying out a case for why Muslims in Europe should rise up and assist ISIS from within, citing justifications for discontent from modern-day anti-immigration protests back to post-Ottoman creation of Muslim “ghettos.”The Rome title is one of a series disseminated online that includes Khorasan, Syria, Arabia and Persia, with a forthcoming “Black Flags from Palestine” title promised.It uses graphics from Pew...
  • Mystic, monk and poet – meet the newest Doctor of the Church (Catholic/Armenian Caucus)

    02/24/2015 10:27:51 AM PST · by NYer · 33 replies
    cna ^ | February 24, 2015 | Kevin Jones and Ann Schneible
    St Gregory of Narek. Credit: Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons. Vatican City, Feb 23, 2015 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- St. Gregory of Narek – a tenth century priest, monk, mystic, and poet beloved among Armenian Christians – has become the first Armenian to be named a Doctor of the Church. “It is a great honor for the Armenian Church to contribute to this very important rank of saints who have enriched the Catholic Church with their teachings,” Armenian Catholic priest Father Thomas Garabedian told CNA Feb. 23. “Certainly this is a big honor for us Armenian-Americans,” said Fr. Garabedian, who is...
  • Emergency Contraception at Catholic Institutions: Bishops Can No Longer Claim Ignorance

    02/24/2015 8:46:22 AM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 7 replies
    1Peter5 ^ | February 24, 2015 | Dr. Brian Kopp
    Emergency Contraception at Catholic Institutions: Bishops Can No Longer Claim Ignorance by Dr. Brian KoppFebruary 24, 2015Photo courtesy of Mike Mozart. The February 2015 Linacre Quarterly (the official journal of the Catholic Medical Association) features a groundbreaking study by Chris Kahlenborn, MD of The Polycarp Research Institute titled Mechanism of action of levonorgestrel emergency contraception. The study, contrasting the theoretical basis on which emergency contraception (otherwise known as “Plan B”) is claimed to function with the facts and statistics of the most recent research outlining the mechanism by which they cause early abortions, is sure to cause heartburn among...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-26-15

    02/25/2015 8:08:50 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 26, 2015Thursday of the First Week in Lent    Reading 1 Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25 Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish,had recourse to the LORD.She lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids, from morning until evening, and said:“God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you. Help me, who am alone and have no help but you,for I am taking my life in my hand.As a child I used to hear from the books of my forefathersthat you, O LORD, always free those who are pleasing to you.Now help me, who am...
  • Faith Alone v. Forgiving Trespasses: How the Lord's Prayer Contradicts the Reformation

    02/25/2015 11:50:17 AM PST · by NYer · 407 replies
    Catholic Defense ^ | February 25, 2015
    Lines from the Lord's Prayer, in various languages. From the Eucharist Door at the Glory Facade of the Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain. It's Lent in Rome. That means it's time for one of the great Roman traditions: station churches. Each morning, English-speaking pilgrims walk to a different church for Mass. This morning, on the way to St. Anastasia's, I was once again struck by a line in the Our Father: “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” That's a hard thing to pray, It doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room. Even the Catechism...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: HOLY ORDERS

    02/25/2015 2:19:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicApologetic.info ^ | not given | Ctholic Apologetics.info
    HOLY ORDERS St. Pius X on Priestly SanctityThe Ordination into the Priesthood is the Sacrament known as Holy Orders. This sacrament is administered by the 'laying of hands', the candidate Deacons for Priesthood, kneel before the Bishop. In silence the Bishop lays his hands upon the head of each individual candidate. The prayer belonging to the imposition of hands is said by the Bishop; by this, the Holy Spirit then enters the candidate imparting on him all Priestly powers. The Sacrament of Holy Orders confers Sanctifying Grace to the recipient. The Bishop, through his power of ordaining, is enabled...
  • Gay Roman Catholic priest admits watching child porn film

    02/25/2015 12:42:12 PM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 41 replies
    Echo News UK ^ | 2/25/2014
    A GAY Roman Catholic priest on trial for sex abuse has admitted being shown a child porn film by a close friend. Tony McSweeney, 68, was father at St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Eastwood Road North, Eastwood, before being moved from the church in 1998, just months after his cleaner found pornographic video tapes at his home. McSweeney denies molesting three youngsters at Grafton Close Children’s Home in Hounslow, West London, between 1979 and 1981. He admitted being shown a child sex porn film by close friend and care home manager John Stingemore, 72, and broke down in tears...
  • When Jesus Says 'I Never Knew You'

    02/25/2015 7:05:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/25/2015 | Dan Delzell
    The words of Jesus in Matthew 7:21-23 are often quoted, but commonly misapplied. In this familiar passage our Lord declared, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'" Unfortunately, this passage is often presented to genuine believers...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CARDIOGNOSIS, 02-25-15

    02/25/2015 8:08:06 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 02-25-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:CARDIOGNOSIS Literally "knowledge of the heart." The special charism that God confers on some people as recorded in the lives of the saints, to know the moral and spiritual condition of a person without self-manifestation. As an extraordinary supernatural gift, it must be distinguished from the psychological phenomenon of being able to shrewdly estimate someone's minimal external evidence. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pope Francis Defends Human Nature Against Gender Radicals

    02/25/2015 7:12:03 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 25, 2015 | ANNE HENDERSHOTT
    Disappointing progressives yet again, Pope Francis has now condemned contemporary gender theory as denying “the order of creation.” In an interview published in a new book, Pope Francis: This Economy Kills, by Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi, (portions of which were also published last month in the Italian daily La Stampa), Pope Francis appears to reject the postmodern conceptualization of gender as a moveable point along a spectrum that is fluid and changeable. He does not accept the progressive claim that gender is socially constructed rather than God-given and instead appears to embrace gender in a traditional “binary” category of...
  • How Does Pride Accumulate in Our Life? A Reflection on a Teaching by St. Bernard of Clairvaux

    02/25/2015 6:27:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Does Pride Accumulate in Our Life? A Reflection on a Teaching by St. Bernard of Clairvaux By: Msgr. Charles PopeSo you think the idea of the “Twelve Steps” is new? Well, if you think you’ve got a new idea, go back and see how the Greeks put it, or in this case how the Medieval Latins put it. St. Bernard of Clairvaux identified twelve steps up the mountain of pride in his work Steps of Humility and Pride.In today’s post, we focus on the Twelve Steps of Pride. Tomorrow, we’ll tackle the Twelve Steps of Humility (from St. Benedict’s rule). ...
  • Mother Angelica: Life-long Catholic - The Journey Home

    02/25/2015 4:30:29 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 45 replies
    EWTN ^ | 140916 | Marcus Grodi / Mother Angelica
    Mother Angelica joins Marcus for the 4th Anniversary episode of the Journey Home Program. Mother Angelica was born Rita Antoinette Rizzo, in 1923, in Canton, Ohio. In 1944, she joined the contemplative order of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration. After a severe back injury, she told God that if she could walk after the surgery, she would build Him a monastery in the South. True to her word and God's goodness, the surgery was a success. The new Mother Angelica and five founding Sisters made the journey South. Our Lady of the Angels Monastery was solemnly consecrated on May...
  • Fr Terrence Staples: Former Assembly of God - The Journey Home Program ["Works-Righteousness"]

    02/25/2015 3:54:21 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 17 replies
    EWTN ^ | 140813 | Marcus Grodi / Terrence Staples
    Fr. Terry is a priest in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia. Raised in the Baptist Church, he was later very active in the Assembly of God church before finding his way home to the Catholic Church at the age of 26. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1986 with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1995 he graduated from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, PA, with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts. That same year he was ordained a priest for the Arlington Diocese. He is the brother of Catholic apologist Tim Staples.
  • EWTN LIVE - 2015.1.21 - Tim Staples {Mary]

    02/25/2015 2:19:31 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 10 replies
    EWTN ^ | 150122 | Fr. Mitch Pacwa / Tim Staples
    Author and apologist Tim Staples joins Fr. Mitch to talk about Marian devotion and defends Mary as Mother of God, the immaculate conception, her perpetual virginity and assumption into heaven.
  • Hand Gestures at Mass?

    02/25/2015 12:21:11 AM PST · by walkinginthedesert · 20 replies
    The Orans Position and holding hands during the Our Father[caption id="attachment_1144" align="alignnone" width="300"] Dominican Orans position at the Unde et Memores[/caption] Most people who attend a Novus Ordo parish or who simply attend Mass in what is known as the Ordinary Form (which most people attend) encounter two specific types of hand gestures that many of the laity engage in. The first type of hand gesture is that which is known as the "Orans Position" (praying with elevated hands). This type of gesture can be seen in several parts of the Mass such as when one of the laity elevates...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-25-15

    02/24/2015 9:13:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 25, 2015Wednesday of the First Week in Lent    Reading 1 Jon 3:1-10 The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:“Set out for the great city of Nineveh,and announce to it the message that I will tell you.”So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,according to the LORD’s bidding.Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;it took three days to go through it.Jonah began his journey through the city,and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing,“Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,”when the people of Nineveh believed God;they proclaimed a fastand all of them,...
  • “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Mrs. Don-o

    02/16/2015 11:29:19 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 189 replies
    February 16, 2015 | Mrs. Don-o
    “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Mark Twain Hello, Freepalicious friends, this will have been your first and probably your last communication from me until Christ our God grants a better body/brain recovery. But I wanted to write what I can before it all disappears down the Memory Hole. Collapsed on Jan 19, septic shock from UTI. EMT's say BP fell to something like 40. Dead. Cardiac arrest. And again. And again. Dead, dead, dead. No bright tunnel of light, no golden escalator with old Fleetwood Mac mix tapes, no exclusive book and movie rights. I even forgot...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: UTOPIA, 02-24-15

    02/24/2015 7:57:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CCictionary ^ | 02-24-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:UTOPIA Any imaginary state whose inhabitants live under perfect circumstances; ideal commonwealths described by Plato, Bacon, and St. Thomas More in his book Utopia; in an invidious sense, any visionary reform without consideration of man's human weaknesses and defects. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: The Anointing of the Sick (formerly Extreme Unction)

    02/24/2015 7:09:38 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CatholicApologetics.info ^ | not given | Catholic Apoligetics
    The Anointing of the SickWe Find this sacrament in James 5:14 15 "If one of you is ill, he should send for the elders of the Church (So it is not every single person who is entitled to help spiritually the sick) " And they must anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord and pray over him; the prayer of faith ( of course, that of the Elders) will save the sick person and the Lord will raise him up again. And if he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven". We find also in...
  • Choice and Consequences

    02/24/2015 5:49:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-23-15 | Msgr. Charlels Pope
    Choice and Consequences By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe themes of early Lent are pretty basic. The ashes of Ash Wednesday announce the simple truth that we are going to die and  thereafter face judgment. Hence, we need to repent and come to believe the good news that only Jesus can save us.Another early reading from Thursday after Ash Wednesday featured Moses laying out the basic reality that all of us have a choice to make. He says to us,Today I have set before youlife and prosperity, death and doom 
I call heaven and earth today to witness against you:I have set before you life...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-24-15

    02/23/2015 7:57:39 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 24, 2015Tuesday of the First Week of Lent    Reading 1 Is 55:10-11 Thus says the LORD:Just as from the heavensthe rain and snow come downAnd do not return theretill they have watered the earth,making it fertile and fruitful,Giving seed to the one who sowsand bread to the one who eats,So shall my word bethat goes forth from my mouth;It shall not return to me void,but shall do my will,achieving the end for which I sent it. Responsorial Psalm PS 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19 R. (18b) From all their distress God rescues the just.Glorify the LORD with me,let...
  • Pope Francis Shocks Liberals on Same-Sex “Marriage”

    01/23/2015 2:45:00 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 23, 2015 | PAUL KENGOR
    In his trip to the Philippines, Pope Francis once again defended marriage, and he again edged closer to a firm, unequivocal papal statement against same-sex “marriage.” As Francis clearly continues to carefully move in that direction, liberals, both secular and non-secular, non-Catholic and Catholic, are going to feel a severe sense of betrayal and grave disappointment, contrary to the most optimistic expectations they’ve eagerly imposed upon their first “gay-marriage” pope.Before considering what Francis said last week, I want to back up and reiterate related points I made in a piece posted here a few weeks ago, which created a...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Holy Matrimony

    02/23/2015 7:30:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    CatholicApologetics.info ^ | not given | CatholicApologetics
    HOLY MATRIMONY The Catholic teaching on Matrimony Marriage was instituted by GOD Himself: "And the Lord GOD said: 'It is not good for man to be alone: let us make him a helper like unto himself'." Genesis 2:18 "Then the Lord GOD cast a deep sleep upon Adam: and when he was fast asleep, He took one of his ribs, and filled up flesh for it. And the Lord GOD built the rib which He took from Adam into a woman: and brought her to Adam." Genesis 2:21-22 "...and they shall be two in one flesh." Genesis 2:24 Matrimony is the...
  • Becoming the Beatitudes – A Lenten Meditation on the Gift of the Life Jesus Died to Give Us

    02/23/2015 7:12:03 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Becoming the Beatitudes – A Lenten Meditation on the Gift of the Life Jesus Died to Give Us By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn the Beatitudes, and indeed in the whole Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-8), the Lord is painting a picture of the transformed human person. The Sermon on the Mount is the Lord’s great moral treatise. But it is not to be understood so much as a list of things to do (out of our own fleshly power) but as gifts to receive from God’s grace. This is what happens to the human person in whom the Lord...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-23-15, OM, St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr

    02/22/2015 6:26:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 23, 2015Monday of the First Week of Lent    Reading 1 Lv 19:1-2, 11-18 The LORD said to Moses,“Speak to the whole assembly of the children of Israel and tell them:Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. “You shall not steal.You shall not lie or speak falsely to one another.You shall not swear falsely by my name,thus profaning the name of your God.I am the LORD. “You shall not defraud or rob your neighbor.You shall not withhold overnight the wages of your day laborer.You shall not curse the deaf,or put a stumbling block in front...
  • Putin is pushing the Patriarch to the brink

    02/22/2015 12:30:33 PM PST · by Agog · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 02/19/2015 | Geraldine Fagan
    The Patriarch of Moscow laid the intellectual groundwork for Russia’s incursion into Ukraine. But now he is paying an exceedingly heavy price Russia has done shocking things in Ukraine – but, with a display of nerve that should surprise no one, it presents its designs on that country as the legitimate resurgence of an Orthodox Christian civilisation.
  • The True Rainbow in the Sky – A Reflection on the Readings of the First Sunday of Lent

    02/22/2015 5:59:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington The True Rainbow in the Sky – A Reflection on the Readings of the First Sunday of Lent By: Msgr. Charles PopeOn the first Sunday of Lent, the readings have a very baptismal theme. It makes sense, for it is common on this Sunday that the catechumens report to the Bishop for the Rite of Election, wherein they are recognized as elect (chosen) of God in these final weeks before their baptism.In today’s readings, there are many themes that form the “spokes” of a wagon wheel, and baptism is the central hub around which they turn. And arching over...
  • Catholic bloggers may now be sued for offering fraternal correction?

    02/22/2015 3:01:13 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 3 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | February 22, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    "We invite you to criticize our institutions without reserve. One is not insulted by being informed of something amiss, but rather gets an opportunity for amendment, if the information is taken in good part, without resentment.” – Plato, Laws, Bk. 1, 635a In a post which may be found here, Terry McDermott writes, "We live in a litigious society. People sue for every and any reason: finding something gross in their fast food, slipping on an ice-covered driveway, getting one’s feelings hurt. In media, lawsuits abound: copyright infringement and stealing someone else’s work is illegal. When we post an image...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-22-15, First Sunday of Lent

    02/21/2015 8:27:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 52 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-22-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 22, 2015First Sunday of Lent Reading 1 Gn 9:8-15God said to Noah and to his sons with him: "See, I am now establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you: all the birds, and the various tame and wild animals that were with you and came out of the ark.I will establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all bodily creatures be destroyedby the waters of a flood; there shall not be another flood to devastate the earth."God added:"This is the sign that I am giving for...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: CONFIRMATION

    02/21/2015 7:54:38 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicApologetics.info ^ | not given | Catholic Apologetics
    CONFIRMATIONConfirmation was instituted by Christ Our redeemer . This Sacrament was then practiced by His Apostles who were the first Bishops of the Church. "But you shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto Me...and even to the uttermost part of the earth." The Acts 1:8 Confirmation is the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit and is usually administered by a Bishop, in accordance with the traditions of the Church. For it is the Bishops who have the fullness of Gifts from the Holy Spirit, the same and equal Gifts...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-21-15, OM, St. Peter Damian, Bishop & Doctor of the Church

    02/20/2015 8:16:39 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-21-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 21, 2015Saturday after Ash Wednesday    Reading 1 Is 58:9b-14 Thus says the LORD:If you remove from your midst oppression,false accusation and malicious speech;If you bestow your bread on the hungryand satisfy the afflicted;Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,and the gloom shall become for you like midday;Then the LORD will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake,and the foundations from ages past you shall raise up;“Repairer...
  • What Is Hell?

    02/20/2015 2:13:26 PM PST · by NYer · 82 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | February 20, 2015 | Tim Staples
    In a previous blog post, I talked about the error of both Fr. Robert Baron and Hans Urs von Balthasar in positing the real possibility that Hell could be empty for all eternity. This post led to people asking more questions about the nature of Hell itself. What is it? Is it really "eternal?" and more.Below find my answers to some of those questions.By definition, according to CCC 1033, hell is “[the] state of definitive self-exclusion from communion with God and the blessed.” Some people cannot fathom how Hell could be a reality if God is truly an “all-loving” and...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: VAIN OBSERVANCE, 02-20-15

    02/20/2015 8:19:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 02-20-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:VAIN OBSERVANCE A form of superstition that tries to achieve a certain effect by the use of unsuitable means. Implicit in vain observance is the belief that there are hidden preternatural forces at work in the world which dispense with the need of using ordinary, natural, or supernatural means for obtaining a desired effect. Vain observance also implies the expectation of an infallible result whenever certain words are said or actions performed. There is only a shade of difference between vain observance and divination. In both cases reliance on the evil spirit in involved. But vain...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: The Blessed Eucharist

    02/20/2015 7:34:33 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CatholicApologetics.info ^ | not given | Catholic Apologetics
    The Blessed Eucharist "He hath made a remembrance of his wonderful works" - Psalm 110:4The sacrament of the Blessed Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ under the appearances, or accidents, of bread and wine. Unlike the other sacraments, it not only bestows grace, but contains the Author of Grace Himself. According to St. Thomas Aquinas (S.T. III, q.65 a. 3, C.), all the other Sacraments point to, or are servants of, the Blessed Eucharist. The Minister of this sacrament is the Priest or Bishop who consecrates the Blessed Eucharist at Mass. He is therefore...