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  • On the Need to Be More Urgent in Preparing for Final Judgment

    05/02/2016 6:33:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-01-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Need to Be More Urgent in Preparing for Final Judgment Msgr. Charles Pope • May 1, 2016 • At every funeral I celebrate, I spend a good portion of the sermon urging everyone, including myself, to be more intent on preparing for death and judgement. I remind the assembled of Jesus’ numerous parables on this theme. I remind them that no one loves them more than does Jesus, and yet no one issued more warnings of judgment and Hell than He did. I do this at funerals because the overwhelming majority of people I see there do...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-02-16, M, St. Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    05/01/2016 8:14:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-02-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 2, 2016 Memorial of Saint Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Acts 16:11-15 We set sail from Troas, making a straight run for Samothrace,and on the next day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi,a leading city in that district of Macedonia and a Roman colony.We spent some time in that city.On the sabbath we went outside the city gate along the riverwhere we thought there would be a place of prayer.We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there.One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth,from the city...
  • Catholic church bans inappropriate dresses (Ghana)

    05/01/2016 8:53:51 AM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    pulse.ng ^ | April 25, 2016 | Adeyinka Ogunlami
    St. John The Baptist Church in Cape Coast, Central Region has placed a ban on provocative and inappropriate dresses in the house of the Lord. Banned clothings include armless, short sleeved dresses, short dresses, cleavage showing dresses. Andrew Kofi Wofersor, president of the church stated that the dresses worn by most women to church now is against Christianity. Explaining the reason for the ban, Wofersor said that Muslims wear what they wear to look decent and not to distract men. It is not that the dresses are not good, but they are not good for the church. When we stop...
  • Four Gifts of Grace A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

    05/01/2016 5:45:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Four Gifts of Grace – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter Msgr. Charles Pope • April 30, 2016 • The Gospel for today has a number of “sayings” of the Lord Jesus, which all amount to a kind of litany of love. It is a setting forth of the gifts that He, by His grace, is accomplishing and will accomplish in us. Let’s get right to work and consider the wonderful gifts of grace.I. Power – Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever loves me will keep my word”Here is a fundamental theology of grace: keeping the commandments...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-01-16, Sixth Sunday of Easter

    04/30/2016 7:24:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 53 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-01-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 1, 2016 Sixth Sunday of Easter Reading 1 Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers,Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice,you cannot be saved.Because there arose no little dissension and debateby Paul and Barnabas with them,it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the othersshould go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and eldersabout this question. The apostles and elders, in agreement with the whole church,decided to choose representativesand to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas.The ones chosen were Judas, who was called Barsabbas,and Silas, leaders...
  • Why the New Evangelization Is Necessary, as Seen in a Cartoon

    04/30/2016 7:41:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why the New Evangelization Is Necessary, as Seen in a Cartoon Msgr. Charles Pope • April 29, 2016 • The animated short video below is a humorous reminder that when technology changes so rapidly, some of us can easily get left behind.In it, there is also something of an admonition to the Church, that we not act too much like the man in the video. 1. It would seem that the old man has been sheltered away in his apartment for too long while the world has passed him by. We in the Church also have been hunkered down...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-30-16, OM, St. Pius V, Pope

    04/29/2016 10:17:48 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-30-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 30, 2016 Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 16:1-10 Paul reached also Derbe and Lystrawhere there was a disciple named Timothy,the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer,but his father was a Greek.The brothers in Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of him,and Paul wanted him to come along with him.On account of the Jews of that region, Paul had him circumcised,for they all knew that his father was a Greek.As they traveled from city to city,they handed on to the people for observance the decisionsreached by the Apostles and presbyters in Jerusalem.Day...
  • Chipping Away Everything That Is Not of God or of You - A Meditation on God as Sculptor

    04/29/2016 7:25:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Chipping Away Everything That Is Not of God or of You - A Meditation on God as Sculptor Msgr. Charles Pope • April 28, 2016 • Michelangelo was asked how he could make a beautiful sculpture like his “Moses” out of a block of marble. His famous response was that he simply chipped away everything that wasn’t “Moses.”This is a paradigm for us in two senses.First, the Lord must chip away everything within us that is not Jesus. Yes, everything that is not of the Lord must go. St. Paul said, “I live; no not I, Christ lives in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-29-16, M, St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin & Doctor/Church

    04/28/2016 9:42:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-29-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 29, 2016 Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Acts 15:22-31 The Apostles and presbyters, in agreement with the whole Church,decided to choose representativesand to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. The ones chosen were Judas, who was called Barsabbas,and Silas, leaders among the brothers.This is the letter delivered by them:The Apostles and the presbyters, your brothers,to the brothers in Antioch, Syria, and Ciliciaof Gentile origin: greetings.Since we have heard that some of our numberwho went out without any mandate from ushave upset you with their teachingsand disturbed your...
  • The Secret of Modesty

    04/28/2016 7:06:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Secret of Modesty Msgr. Charles Pope • April 27, 2016 • The following post contains some adult content. There is nothing inappropriate, but it does speak frankly to an aspect of sexual desire. Exercise caution if reading it to younger children.There is a secret, once known and widely shared among women, that the best way to get and hold a man’s attention is through modesty. Near nakedness can get a man’s attention, but it is modesty that will hold it.Why is this so? It is because mystery is powerfully attractive. It entices; it draws and holds one in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter Lectionary: 288 [Daily Mass Readings,04-28-16]

    04/27/2016 9:51:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-28-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 28, 2016 Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 15:7-21 After much debate had taken place,Peter got up and said to the Apostles and the presbyters,My brothers, you are well aware that from early daysGod made his choice among you that through my mouththe Gentiles would hear the word of the Gospel and believe.And God, who knows the heart,bore witness by granting them the Holy Spiritjust as he did us.He made no distinction between us and them,for by faith he purified their hearts.Why, then, are you now putting God to the testby placing on the...
  • A Look at the Early Catholic Church from the Acts of the Apostles

    04/27/2016 8:41:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 420 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-26-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Look at the Early Catholic Church from the Acts of the Apostles Msgr. Charles Pope • April 26, 2016 • The second reading from last Sunday’s Mass (5th Sunday of Easter) is very Catholic, and too informative to merely pass up. It presents the Church as rather highly organized and possessed of some of the structures we know today in full form. Granted, some of these structures are in seminal form, but they are there.We will also notice qualities of the original kerygma that are at variance with what some modern thinkers declare should be the methodology of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-27-16

    04/26/2016 8:35:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-27-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 27, 2016 Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 15:1-6 Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers,Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice,you cannot be saved.Because there arose no little dissension and debateby Paul and Barnabas with them,it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the othersshould go up to Jerusalem to the Apostles and presbytersabout this question. They were sent on their journey by the Church,and passed through Phoenicia and Samariatelling of the conversion of the Gentiles,and brought great joy to all the brethren.When they arrived in...
  • What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Be Like?

    04/26/2016 7:24:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-25-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Be Like? Msgr. Charles Pope • April 25, 2016 • When I gave a talk recently at the Institute of Catholic Culture on the subject of the Second Coming, I was I asked to describe what our resurrected bodies will be like. Here is an article I wrote a few years back that details some aspects of our resurrected bodies:St Paul writes to the Philippians of the glory that our currently lowly bodies will one day enjoy:He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified Body by the power that enables him...
  • Catholic Bishop: Never Vote for Any Candidate of Any Party Who Supports Abortion

    04/26/2016 7:00:01 AM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | April 25, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Rhode Island has a message for Catholic voters: never ever vote for any candidate who supports abortion. With Hillary Clinton as the likely presidential nominee for the Democratic Party, Bishop Tobins words make it clear that Catholic voters cant vote for her for president. Bishop Tobin made the remarks in an April 21 post on Facebook: Catholics: Vote Pro-Life As the primary election draws near in Rhode Island, I encourage faithful Catholics to vote pro-life and never to vote for any candidate, of any party, who supports abortion. And dont be fooled by those...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-26-16

    04/25/2016 8:23:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-26-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 26, 2016 Tuesday of Fifth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 14:19-28 In those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconiumarrived and won over the crowds. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city,supposing that he was dead.But when the disciples gathered around him,he got up and entered the city. On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. After they had proclaimed the good news to that cityand made a considerable number of disciples,they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch.They strengthened the spirits of the disciplesand exhorted them to persevere in...
  • Kasper: Pope Intends "Not to Preserve Everything as it has Been"

    04/24/2016 10:25:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 4/23/16 | Maike Hickson
    On 22 April, Cardinal Walter Kasper gave yet another interview about Pope Francis and his reforms. This time, he spoke with the German regional newspaper Aachener Zeitung. In this interview, the German cardinal made some candid indeed, bold statements which are very important in the context of the current situation of the Catholic Church. Kasper speaks about the further Church-reform plans of Pope Francis and his intention not to preserve everything as it has been of old. With Pope Francis, things are not any more so abstract and permeated with suspicion, as it was the case in earlier...
  • A Model of Manhood A Reflection on a Text from St. Paul to Timothy

    04/25/2016 6:44:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Model of Manhood – A Reflection on a Text from St. Paul to Timothy Msgr. Charles Pope • April 24, 2016 • This post is based on a talk I gave to a group of men in Scranton, PA. I preached out of a text from St. Paul to Timothy, whom St. Paul considered a son in the faith:But as for you, O man of God … Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the...
  • Cultural Identity Theft (alarming statistics)

    04/25/2016 5:55:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 20, 2016 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    A recent New York Times article revealed that 90 percent of teens in the predominantly Muslim districts of Molenbeek and Schaerbeek think of the Brussels terrorists as heroes. The main thing to notice here is not that these youth have warped values (which they do), but that their heroes are people who are willing to die for what they believe. Which means that some of these young people are likely willing to die for the same beliefs. Meanwhile, a test given to thirteen-year-olds in an Italian middle school revealed that 90 percent of them would convert to Islam if...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-25-16, FEAST, St. Mark, Evangelist

    04/24/2016 7:27:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-25-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 25, 2016 Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist Reading 1 1 Pt 5:5b-14 Beloved: Clothe yourselves with humilityin your dealings with one another, for: God opposes the proudbut bestows favor on the humble. So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,that he may exalt you in due time.Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you. Be sober and vigilant.Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lionlooking for someone to devour.Resist him, steadfast in faith,knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the worldundergo the same sufferings.The God of all gracewho called you to...
  • Pope Francis Abandons Christian Syrian Refugees, Takes Only Muslims To Vatican Instead

    04/24/2016 10:36:52 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 43 replies
    Now The End Begins ^ | April 23, 2016 | Geoffrey Grider
    POPE FRANCIS ABANDONS CHRISTIAN SYRIAN REFUGEES, TAKES ONLY MUSLIMS TO VATICAN INSTEAD Spokesman Massimiliano Signifredi called the incident 'regrettable' - adding: 'The problem here is the three Syrians arrived after the March 20 deadline. They arrived just after the agreement between the European Union and Turkey. Mr Signifredi said: 'Our staff went to Lesbos and spoke with the people who were selected. But everything was decided by the Vatican. CHRISTIAN BROTHER AND SISTER REFUGEES FROM SYRIA SAY THEY HAVE BEEN LET DOWN BY POPE FRANCIS AFTER HE LEFT THEM BEHIND IN A LESBOS REFUGEE CAMP DESPITE PROMISES THEY WOULD BE...
  • The Legacy of Love A Homily for the 5th Week of Easter

    04/24/2016 6:56:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-23-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Legacy of Love – A Homily for the 5th Week of Easter Msgr. Charles Pope • April 24, 2016 • The title of this sermon uses the word legacy, which refers to something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor.Perhaps the most accessible image of this is money. If I receive 100 million dollars from a dying relative, I can use those funds to start living differently. My bills, which now seem overwhelming, can be paid with just the interest earned from my newfound wealth. I can start enjoying things I thought I could never afford...
  • Islamist Turkey seizes ALL Christian churches in city and declares them 'state property'

    04/24/2016 4:44:16 AM PDT · by ghosthost · 16 replies
    Express ^ | 4-22-2016 | Nick Gutteridge
    TURKEY'S Islamist government has stepped up its war on Christianity by seizing all the churches in one city and declaring them state property. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken control of six churches in the war-torn southeastern city of Diyarbakir in his latest move to squash freedom of speech and religious movement. The state-sanctioned seizure is just the latest in a number of worrying developments to come out of increasingly hardline Turkey, which is in advanced talks with the EU over visa-free travel for its 80 million citizens. Included in the seizures are Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox churches, one of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-24-16, Fifth Sunday of Easter

    04/23/2016 7:30:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-24-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 24, 2016 Fifth Sunday of Easter Reading 1 Acts 14:21-27 After Paul and Barnabas had proclaimed the good newsto that cityand made a considerable number of disciples,they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch.They strengthened the spirits of the disciplesand exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying,It is necessary for us to undergo many hardshipsto enter the kingdom of God.They appointed elders for them in each church and,with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lordin whom they had put their faith.Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia.After proclaiming the word at Perga they...
  • Celebrating Pentecost

    04/23/2016 7:10:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 04-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Celebrating Pentecost Prior to 1970, the Church observed the feast for more than 8 days, marked liturgical calendar by it Msgr. Charles Pope 4/20/2016 Question: Shouldn’t we be celebrating Pentecost for more than one day? Given the amount of time we celebrate Christmas and Easter, it seems appropriate that Pentecost be given at least a short season.— Dianne Spotts, via email Answer: Before 1970, the Church emphasized Pentecost in two ways. The first was the celebration of an “octave.” An Octave is a stretch of eight days that included and followed the actual feast of Pentecost Sunday. It is one...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-23-16, OM, St. George, St. Adalbert, Bishop - Martyrs

    04/22/2016 9:07:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-23-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 23, 2016 Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 13:44-52 On the following sabbathalmost the whole citygathered to hear the word of the Lord. When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousyand with violent abuse contradicted what Paul said. Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said,It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first,but since you reject itand condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life,we now turn to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us,I have made you a light to the Gentiles,that you...
  • Michael Voris reveals he was freed from homosexual lifestyle by Jesus Christ

    04/22/2016 7:35:03 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | April 22, 2016 | John-Henry Westen
    - Catholic internet evangelist Michael Voris, the founder of Church Militant and known worldwide for his famous show The Vortex, where lies and falsehoods are trapped and exposed, has revealed for the first time that he was actively involved in homosexuality over a prolonged period of time. The internet sensation who has been zealous in exposing error and falsehood even where bishops are concerned, has long admitted he was a revert from a sinful sexual lifestyle, but never before revealed its specific nature. I have said many times in public that I was in a state of mortal...
  • No one is beyond conversion, Abby Johnson tells Georgetown students

    04/22/2016 12:47:36 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    patheos.com ^ | April 21, 2016 | CNA Daily News
    Washington D.C., Apr 21, 2016 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- No matter how deeply someone may be entrenched in the culture of death, they are never beyond the loving reach of Christ, said former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson to a group of Georgetown University students on Wednesday. Im standing in front of you today as a testament to the power of conversion, Johnson, a former Texas Planned Parenthood clinic director who later converted to Catholicism, said in a talk scheduled the same day as Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards address to students on Georgetowns campus. Reflecting later on...
  • Wise Men, Flattering, May Deceive Us -- A Meditation on an Aria from Judas Maccabeus

    04/22/2016 7:17:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-21-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Wise Men, Flattering, May Deceive Us --; A Meditation on an Aria from Judas Maccabeus Msgr. Charles Pope • April 21, 2016 • Judas Maccabeus was Handel’s most famous oratorio during his lifetime, more popular than the Messiah. There are many wonderful moments in it, especially its bold and brave choruses. Written in 1746, it covers the biblical events of 170–160 B.C., when Judea was ruled by the Seleucids and the people were compelled to worship Zeus. Some resisted; others obeyed. The priest Mattathias went to the hills and gathered others who were willing to fight for their faith....
  • The Shroud of Turin, Authenticated Again

    04/17/2016 6:27:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 114 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/16/2016 | Myra Adams
    A new study released last week included new evidence that links and further authenticates two holy relics that millions of Christians believe offer physical proof of the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But before we explore the research and the relics, let us recall a New Testament passage concerning faith in Christ and the need for physical evidence. I mean the familiar story of doubting Thomas (John 20:2429). The apostle Thomas was absent when the resurrected Christ appeared to some of the apostles. On hearing the astonishing news, Thomas declared, Unless I see the nail marks in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-22-16

    04/21/2016 7:39:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-22-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 22, 2016 Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 13:26-33 When Paul came to Antioch in Pisidia, he said in the synagogue:My brothers, children of the family of Abraham,and those others among you who are God-fearing,to us this word of salvation has been sent. The inhabitants of Jerusalem and their leaders failed to recognize him,and by condemning him they fulfilled the oracles of the prophetsthat are read sabbath after sabbath. For even though they found no grounds for a death sentence,they asked Pilate to have him put to death,and when they had accomplished all that...
  • Cecile Richards Tells Catholic Georgetown University Abortion is a Basic Human Right

    04/21/2016 12:33:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | April 21, 2016 | Justin Petrisek, Kimberly Scharfenberger
    Georgetown University blocked concerned Catholics and reporters from attending todays campus lecture by Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, but tweets from participating students revealed faithful Catholics worst fears: Richards spoke to a packed auditorium, flagrantly advocating abortion, deriding pro-lifers and scandalizing students at the nations oldest Catholic university. Richards was introduced by the student group H*yas for Choice, according to a tweet from The Hoyas Twitter page, once again demonstrating the substantial leeway given by Georgetown to this unofficial pro-abortion club. I cant wait to come back when this [H*yas for Choice] is a recognized campus group, Richards reportedly stated...
  • Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! Meditation on the Stunning Glory of Being Gathered to Christ on the Last Day

    04/21/2016 6:42:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! A Meditation on the Stunning Glory of Being Gathered to Christ on the Last Day Msgr. Charles Pope • April 20, 2016 • During Eastertide we continue to read from the Book of Revelation and meditate on Jesus as the Lord of history and the Victor over sin and death. As Revelation moves to its conclusion, it points forward to the Parousia (the magnificent second coming of the Lord). We do well to allow our imaginations to be engaged in contemplating the glory that awaits those who are faithful, to meditate on the joy and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-21-16, OM, St. Anselm, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    04/20/2016 9:24:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-21-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 21, 2016 Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 13:13-25 From Paphos, Paul and his companionsset sail and arrived at Perga in Pamphylia. But John left them and returned to Jerusalem. They continued on from Perga and reached Antioch in Pisidia. On the sabbath they entered into the synagogue and took their seats. After the reading of the law and the prophets,the synagogue officials sent word to them,My brothers, if one of you has a word of exhortationfor the people, please speak. So Paul got up, motioned with his hand, and said,Fellow children of Israel...
  • Five Remedies for Sorrow from St. Thomas Aquinas

    04/20/2016 9:04:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-19-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Five Remedies for Sorrow from St. Thomas Aquinas Msgr. Charles Pope • April 19, 2016 • Some of you who follow me on Facebook know that I just lost a beloved pet, Daniel, our rectory cat. Losing a pet is not to be equated with losing a spouse, sibling, or friend, but it remains a painful loss. Part of the reason for this, I am convinced, is that we cannot communicate with animals as we do with one another. We cannot know what they are experiencing “inside” and so cannot reassure them or be reassured by them that they...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-20-16

    04/19/2016 9:06:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-20-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 20, 2016 Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 12:2413:5a The word of God continued to spread and grow. After Barnabas and Saul completed their relief mission,they returned to Jerusalem,taking with them John, who is called Mark. Now there were in the Church at Antioch prophets and teachers:Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene,Manaen who was a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,Set apart for me Barnabas and Saulfor the work to which I have called them. Then, completing...
  • Americans agree: Obama administration unfair to Little Sisters of the Poor

    04/19/2016 6:50:35 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    catholicnewsagency.com ^ | April 19, 2016 | staff
    - A new survey says most Americans think the Obama administrations federal contraception mandate is unfair to the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious groups defending themselves before the U.S. Supreme Court. About 53 percent of Americans said the process required by the government is unfair, while only 32 percent did not, according to a new Marist Poll commissioned by the Knights of Columbus. The federal government has exempted many other organizations employee health care plans from a requirement to provide contraception and drugs that can produce abortions. But it has no exemption for the Little Sisters of...
  • How Envy is Different from Jealously and Is a Diabolical Sin

    04/19/2016 6:53:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-18-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Envy is Different from Jealously and Is a Diabolical Sin Msgr. Charles Pope • April 18, 2016 • A short while back, we read from First Samuel at daily Mass and encountered an envious Saul. Upon David’s return from slaying Goliath, the women sing a song praising him. Saul should rejoice with all Israel but instead he is resentful and envies David: Saul was very angry and resentful of the song, for he thought, “They give David ten thousands, but only thousands to me. All that remains for him is the kingship.” And from that day on, Saul...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-19-16

    04/18/2016 7:53:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-19-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 19, 2016 Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 11:19-26 Those who had been scattered by the persecutionthat arose because of Stephenwent as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch,preaching the word to no one but Jews.There were some Cypriots and Cyrenians among them, however,who came to Antioch and began to speak to the Greeks as well,proclaiming the Lord Jesus. The hand of the Lord was with themand a great number who believed turned to the Lord. The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem,and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch.When...
  • Report: Catholic parishioners seek federal fraud probe of Sanders' wife for land deal

    04/18/2016 6:32:55 PM PDT · by topher · 6 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Published April 18, 2016 | FoxNews.com
    Catholic parishioners in Vermont reportedly are seeking a federal probe into whether Bernie Sanders wife committed loan fraud when she was president of Burlington College -- by allegedly exaggerating the amount of money the college could raise in order to secure millions for a land deal. According to a report published Monday morning by Heat Street, the allegations against Jane OMeara Sanders were laid out in a letter sent by Brady Toensing, vice chair of the Vermont GOP, to the U.S. attorney in January. The claims stem from Sanders time as president of Burlington College between 2004 and 2011. Toward...
  • All Together Now: What the Catechism Has to Say on Assessing Moral Acts

    04/18/2016 7:12:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-17-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    All Together Now: What the Catechism Has to Say on Assessing Moral Acts Msgr. Charles Pope • April 18, 2016 • The Catechism of the Catholic Church states the following regarding moral acts:The object, the intention, and the circumstances make up the “sources,” or constitutive elements, of the morality of human acts (CCC # 1750).Note, therefore, that in assessing a particular moral act we must look not only to what is done, but also to the circumstances under which it is done, and to the intention of the one doing it.For example, to steal is wrong. However, one’s culpability...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-18-16

    04/17/2016 7:38:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-18-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 18, 2016 Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 11:1-18 The Apostles and the brothers who were in Judeaheard that the Gentiles too had accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalemthe circumcised believers confronted him, saying,You entered the house of uncircumcised people and ate with them. Peter began and explained it to them step by step, saying,I was at prayer in the city of Joppawhen in a trance I had a vision,something resembling a large sheet coming down,lowered from the sky by its four corners, and it came to me....
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-17-16, Fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday

    04/16/2016 7:26:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-17-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 17, 2016 Fourth Sunday of Easter Reading 1 Acts 13:14, 43-52 Paul and Barnabas continued on from Pergaand reached Antioch in Pisidia.On the sabbath they entered the synagogue and took their seats.Many Jews and worshipers who were converts to Judaismfollowed Paul and Barnabas, who spoke to themand urged them to remain faithful to the grace of God. On the following sabbath almost the whole city gatheredto hear the word of the Lord.When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousyand with violent abuse contradicted what Paul said.Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said,It was necessary...
  • Pope Francis Brings 12 Muslim Refugees Back to Italy on Papal Plane

    04/16/2016 2:06:59 PM PDT · by dennisw · 92 replies
    breitbart ^ | 16 Apr 2016 | by Thomas D. Williams
    In a gesture of welcome, Pope Francis took three families of Syrian refugees with him in the papal plane on his return to Rome from the Greek island of Lesbos Saturday. The Vatican said it will assume responsibility for the upkeep of the three families, and has enlisted the community of SantEgidio to provide the initial hospitality. Two of the families come from Damascus, and the other from Deir Azzor, in the area occupied by the Islamic State, and all three families had their homes bombed during the Syrian civil war. All the members of the three families are Muslims,...
  • Pope Benedict celebrates 89th Birthday

    04/16/2016 10:06:26 AM PDT · by annalex · 32 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 16 April 2016
    <p>On board the Papal plane en route to the Greek island of Lesbos where he is visiting refugees, Pope Francis remembered his predecessor in his prayers saying, "I would like to remind you that today is the 89th birthday of Pope Benedict XVI. Pray for him"</p>
  • Incorruptibles?

    04/16/2016 8:01:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 190 replies
    OSV.com ^ | March and April, 2016 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Incorruptibles? Q. Can you explain about the incorruptibles? I know that some saints are given that designation, but is it part of the process of canonization? What does it mean spiritually if a body is incorrupt? Was St. John XXIII found to be incorrupt?Name withheld by request, via e-mail A. The normal process of decay for the human body, especially before embalming was common, was for the remains of a cadaver to be largely skeletonized within just a few years after death. In certain rare cases, however, the usual process of decay seems arrested and the bodies are preserved largely...
  • Slate Writer: It Might Take Centuries, But the Catholic Church Will Accept Same-Sex Marriage

    04/15/2016 10:06:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 15, 2016 | 9:29 PM EDT | Tom Johnson
    Media coverage of Pope Francis Amoris Laetitia typically noted that it reaffirmed the Catholic Churchs opposition to gay marriage. Slates William Saletan acknowledges the literal truth of that reporting, but suggested in an April 8 article that the document contains seeds that will sprout into Vatican acceptance of same-sex unions, though he admits that process might take centuries. Saletan argued that in time, the Church will extend Amoris Laetitias treatment of infertile heterosexual couples to same-sex couples: This double standard, between homosexuality and other forms of infertility, is the cracked pillar at the foundation of the churchs policy against same-sex...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-16-16

    04/15/2016 10:01:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-16-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 16, 2016 Saturday of the Third Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 9:31-42 The Church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samariawas at peace. She was being built up and walked in the fear of the Lord,and with the consolation of the Holy Spirit she grew in numbers. As Peter was passing through every region,he went down to the holy ones living in Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas,who had been confined to bed for eight years, for he was paralyzed. Peter said to him,Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed. He got...
  • There Has Been No Loss of Wonders, Only a Loss of Wonder - A Brief Summons to Awe

    04/15/2016 8:02:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-14-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There Has Been No Loss of Wonders, Only a Loss of Wonder - A Brief Summons to Awe Msgr. Charles Pope • April 14, 2016 • A big problem today is that of rampant boredom. One would think, with all the diversions available to us, we would be one of the least bored generations in history. There are various forms of entertainment available to us quite literally at our fingertips: television, radio, the Internet, Netflix, video games, and more.Yet it still seems that we moderns are often bored. The reason for this, I think, is that we are overstimulated.The...
  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/15/2016 7:25:23 AM PDT · by verga · 396 replies
    Verga | 4/15/16 | Verga
    For years there has been disagreement between Catholics and some non-Catholic groups about the Catholic Church’s teaching on the Marian Dogmas, particularly, the perpetual virginity of the Blessed Mother. This will attempt to clear up some of the confusion. Catholics have always held that Mary remained a virgin before, during, and following the birth of Jesus. Many non-Catholics contend that scripture proves that she did not and points to several instances of people being called brothers or sisters of Jesus. When we study the scriptures carefully, paying particular attention to the order of sentences and view the language with precision,...